Month: July 2019

Lowriders Cops Face Off at SF Mission Hunger Strike

first_img Tags: Mission Police Station • police shooting Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Within moments, some dozen police officers exited the station and told drivers to leave or face a ticket.“They are parking illegally and obstructing the street,” said one officer. “We are not trying to hassle them and respect the right to protest. But the lowriders can’t be here, I’m sure you understand.”The police fanned out into the street and caused the drivers to quickly disappear, though hunger strikers confronted officers. They asked that officers tell Mayor Lee about the strike and the demand to fire Chief Suhr.“I have no place in telling the mayor anything, sir,” responded the officer. “We are not here because of that, we’re here because the flow of traffic was impeded.”“We controlled the traffic probably better than you guys,” retorted one supporter, as others shouted “Who are you protecting?” before dispersing.Edwin Lindo (right) speaking with a police officer on Sunday. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe lowriders driving away from the police. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe lowriders parked in red zones in front of the station. Photo by Lola M. ChavezSellassie Blackwell, one of the hunger strikers, and officers on Sunday. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezThe car show at John O’Connell where the lowriders came to the hunger strike from. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPresentation of trophies at the lowrider show at John O’Connell High School. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez On Sunday, a group of some 20 lowriders gave an impromptu visit to the Mission District hunger strikers — known as as the Frisco Five — who have been camped out in front of the Mission District police station for 12 days to call for the firing of the city’s police chief.The lowriders shut down Valencia Street for some five minutes before police officers threatened citations, causing drivers to leave the area.“I don’t have money for this ticket,” said one lowrider driver. “But maybe I do if it’s for a cause.” The lowriders — coming from an earlier show at John O’Connell High School — crowded both sides of Valencia Street with their muscle cars and formed a narrow sliver for vehicular traffic, while some supporters of the hunger strike attempted to guide cars through the blockade.center_img 0%last_img read more

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Veteran offers peaceful solution to controversial confederate monuments

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tired of seeing arguments over confederate statues? One army veteran has an idea he hopes will catch on and make both sides happy.There is controversy over confederate statues across the state and nation as many demand they come down. It’s enough to make one New Hanover County veteran upset at the way people have been fighting with one another.- Advertisement – “Seeing the extremist on both sides arguing and fighting and these battles going on over these things out in public like I said it’s heartbreaking,” David Deserres said.A former US Army Infantry Sergeant, Deserres has sparked an idea that he hopes others will agree with.“Well it’s a very complex problem but I have a very very simple solution,” he said.Related Article: Board taking more time to decide on UNC’s Silent SamHe wants to find a common ground.“Some people want it some people don’t, alright well let’s make everybody happy,” he said. “Instead of tearing the statues down what we can do is relocate them to a safe place.”A place like a cemetery where people can visit them if they want.“These statues could be replaced with brand new statues that would commemorate and honor the fallen heroes in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq,” he added.Deserres plans to continue reaching out to state and local leaders to see what they think of his idea.We spoke to Wilmington City councilman Kevin O’Grady and he says conversations about the statues need to happen. He believes the decisions about the removal or non-removal of statues should be at the local level.last_img read more

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Pender County Schools to name new superintendent

first_img The Pender County School Board has called a special meeting for 4:30 p.m. “for the selection, approval and introduction of a new [s]uperintendent.”The News-Herald reports Hill submitted his resignation to the Bertie County School Board earlier this week. The paper says he came to Bertie County in December 2016 and was approved by the school board in January. He had spent the previous two years working with STEM East in Greenville. Prior to working with that group, Hill built his career within an entrepreneur business and the North Carolina state government system. A key part of his work has been in the public education system, serving as a teacher, principal, and secondary education director in Jones and Lenoir counties as well as his earlier work with the NC Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.If approved for the position, Hill would replace Terri Cobb, who announced earlier this year she would retire Oct. 1. Cobb has been Pender County Schools Superintendent since 2012. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It looks like the leader of another North Carolina school district will soon take over Pender County Schools.According to the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald Bertie County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hill will take the same job in Pender County.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Improvements on the horizon for floodprone NC 133

first_img DOT Spokesman Brian Rick said the area was selected for repairs because, historically, the area has flooded during heavy rain and storm events, causing the DOT to close the road and establish a detour.“This project will help prevent this road from flooding during these events,” he said.The DOT is currently evaluating hydraulic design options for the area, which stretches 1 mile in each direction down N.C. 133 from Funston Road. Hydraulic design options include replacing existing crossline pipes with larger box culverts or a potential bridge structure, Rick said.Related Article: 600-pound black bear killed when car slams into it on NC highwayBrian Watts, Brunswick County’s emergency services director, said flooding is a major issue on N.C. 133 and “hopefully DOT can fix it.”“With the least little bit of rain, we’re losing Hwy. 133,” Watts said. “And that is not only for the people in Southport trying to get to Wilmington, but it’s a major thoroughfare. God forbid if we were having to evacuate for a hurricane or a nuclear episode … when we lose that route, that turns into a nightmare for us.”Click here to read the full story. Flooding on NC 133 (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (Star News) — A $1 million effort could bring some relief to flooding issues on N.C. 133 in northern Brunswick County — although Brunswick officials warn there are plenty of other flooding hot spots in the county that also need drainage improvements.The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to do repairs to a 2-mile section of N.C. 133 at Funston Road, which is about 10 miles south of U.S. 17-74-76 in Leland.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Group bails moms out of jail ahead of Mothers Day

first_img The group raised money with local organizations to make these bailouts possible.Members of the campaign group joined “Southerners on New Ground” and other community organizations Wednesday, calling the effort “Black Mama’s Bail Out.”Group bailed mothers out of the New Hanover County jail so they can be home for Mother’s Day. (Photo: WWAY)One participant says their goal is to help women who cannot afford their bail. She says they hope this will keep women from losing their jobs, homes and even children while they deal with their own legal matters.Related Article: New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s Office earns Triple Crown Award“We picked Mother’s Day because this is so important first of all, because the fact that these women are sitting in jail because they don’t have the money to get out is atrocious enough,” Janyce Jones said. “To add on to that, they can’t be with their families because they can’t afford to get out.”Jones says they plan to hold a celebration Sunday for mothers and their families. She also says they work to give these mothers access to resources throughout the community.District Attorney Ben David says he and Sheriff Ed McMahon have been working on a program to help solve the issues with the bail bond system that they plan to share later this week. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Mother’s Day is right around the corner, but not everyone will have the chance to celebrate this weekend.One local group is trying to change that. The goal of the group, “Campaign to End Cash Bail” is to change the bail bond system so people who cannot afford their bail can still have a chance to be home with their families.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Call to the United Nations to boost African technology adoption

first_imgAdvertisement Pan-African charity, the Planet Earth Institute (PEI), plans to lead a delegation of senior African figures and academics to New York, between Tuesday 20-22 May, to call for renewed Maths and science investment targets in Africa. The call will be made to the United Nations (UN) to help double student enrollment rates in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects in African universities.The delegation is led by the Board of Trustees at the Planet Earth Institute, including African businessman and philanthropist Dr Alvaro Sobrinho, former Cabinet Minister and British Ambassador to South Africa Rt Hon Lord Boateng and Sir Christopher Edwards, a prominent academic. The delegation is further planned to include a number of the PEI’s scientific and business partners, including leading academic Prof Phillip Griffiths, Chair of the Science Initiative Group, and Dr Joaquim Teixeira da Cunha, CEO of TAAG Angola Airlines.The call is expected to be made at a conference hosted by the Observer Office of the African Union, which is planned to be attended by Ambassador Antonio Tete and the United Nations Secretary General’s Post 2015 Adviser Amina J. Mohammed. – Advertisement – The call is expected to further focus on Africa’s technology and science strategy after UN millennium development goals expire next year. “Our campaign for Africa’s scientific independence is about setting the continent on the best possible path to sustainable development and growth. Only through science, technology and innovation – driven by investment higher education and advanced skills training – can Africa move to a knowledge producing continent and able to reach our true potential.” -Chairman of the PEI, Dr Alvaro Sobrinho, said in a press statement.“No development agenda will be complete without addressing the critical issue such of Africa’s scientific deficit. The Post 2015 process must include measures to support training and resourcing local African researchers, and apply pressure for governments to invest in research and development, as well as incentivize and support business to play their part. As someone who has spent my life in the private sector in emerging African economies, I see every day the ability enterprise has to make scientific debates real and tangible, through job creation and investment in new technologies that can improve the daily lives of our communities. Our conference and delegation to the United Nations next week is in recognition of the growing support we are receiving, working with partners across Africa and around the world. I urge all those interested in Africa’s scientific development and Post 2015 journey to join us,” he said.The call also aims to focus on Africa’s number PhD researcher, which is currently the lowest in the world.The PEI plans to bring this figure more in line with the global average in the next ten years.Source: itwebafricalast_img read more

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MTN and Huawei successfully test 24 terabit per second speed network

first_imgAdvertisement Telecommunication giants MTN and Huawei have announced the successful live trial of a Transport Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and 2.4Tbit/s wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) system.MTN says, this trial is currently the fastest and most intelligent optical network to date in the industry – setting the standard for the evolution of optical transport.The ultra-fast single-channel 2.4 Tbit/s field trial took place on MTN’s national fibre backbone network in South Africa. – Advertisement – In the first scenario, 2.4 Tbit/s with 16QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) was achieved over a transmission distance exceeding 300 km, while in the second scenario, 2 Tbit/s with QPSK was achieved over a transmission distance of 1031 km. The success of this trial demonstrates the advanced optical transport system with bandwidth capacities far beyond the existing 100G technology.The “world’s first” transport SDN new features were also tested. Huawei Transport SDN solutions, using physical network modeling and resource abstraction, have realized transmission pipe virtualization. These advances allow traditional communication technology networks to be “IT-like”. This trial successfully demonstrated SDN features such as Bandwidth on Demand (BoD), Virtual Transport Service (VTS) and Automatic O&M functions.Mr.Navi Naidoo, Group Technology Officer, MTN, said: “With this successful field trial, we have demonstrated our commitment to digital innovation. MTN continues to invest in future-proof transport networks to realize world class technologies, not only to our existing markets, but to extend our technology offerings globally. We believe that networks such as cloud computing, streaming media and mobile broadband must be scalable, intelligent and flexible. To this end, Huawei’s next generation optical evolution concept ‘SDN-based flex optical network’ properly fits our requirements.”Mr. Zha Jun, President of Huawei’s Fixed Network Business Unit, said, “Huawei will maintain cooperation and joint innovation with MTN, and continue to promote the commercialization process of SDN and ultra-high speed optical transmission technology, in order to jointly meet the challenges of a digital future.”Source: IT News Africalast_img read more

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Change your Gmail password now 493 million Gmail passwords leaked by hackers

first_imgAdvertisement If you use Gmail, you better change your password!Russian hackers have leaked the email IDs and passwords of as many as 4.93 million Google accounts.  It should be noted that the same Google account password is used across all Google products, such as Gmail, Drive, Plus, YouTube, Maps etc.The account details have been posted on bitcoin forum btcsec.com by a user named Tvskit. On the forum, Tvskit has said that approximately 60% of the passwords are still active. – Advertisement – However, google has refuted the claim and said that only 2% of the passwords still work and also said that its automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of the login attempts.While acknowledging the leak, Google said that this is not due to a breach in its own systems.It said: “Often, these credentials are obtained through a combination of other sources. For instance, if you reuse the same username and password across websites, and one of those websites gets hacked, your credentials could be used to log into the others. Or attackers can use malware or phishing schemes to capture login credentials.”Source: IndiaTimeslast_img read more

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The Texas Instruments Rice Connection DSP And Beyond

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT:Rice University Michael Cinelli (713) 831-4794Texas Instruments Gail Chandler (214) 995-2984 or Donna Coletti(713) 274-3361 THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, RICE CONNECTION: DSP AND BEYONDThe $7 million cash donation from Texas Instruments to Rice University is the latest and most visible evidence of the long, well -established relationship between the two organizations. About 140TI employees hold degrees from Rice. But the TI-Rice connection is stronger than that alumni base. During the past decade, research teams from both organizations have collaborated on projects which resulted in improved technologies andapplications in the telecommunications field. For instance: * In Digital Signal Processing (DSP), the relationship between TI and Rice began in 1982. John Hayn of Texas Instruments had discussions with Rice faculty members Sidney Burrus and Thomas Parks, which led to the agreement in 1983 for the two professors to write books on DSP chips. These books have been instrumental in training students in universities around the world about digital signal processing. During a five-year period, three books were written, and Burrus and Parks also consulted on FFT algorithms anddigital filter design with members of TI’s DSP department. Currently, Burrus and the DSP group at TI are working with applications of wavelet technology in signal and image compressionand denoising. * Rice professors Joseph Cavallaro, Behnaam Aazhang and Ian Walker of the university’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are involved in projects to improve real-time performance of parallel algorithms for wireless communication systems and robot control systems. The Rice group has interacted with Texas Instruments engineers- the results include development ofthe next generation of cellular mobile phones and autonomous robots. * During the past 15 years, the university’s compiler group, which has included faculty members Ken Kennedy, Keith Cooper, John Mellor-Crummey and Linda Torczon, as well as Randy Allen, Preston Briggs and David Callahan, pioneered the analyses and transformations required for automatic vectorization and parallelization. The results of their research are used in many commercial compiler systems. This group has developed a working relationship with members of TI’s DSP compiler group in Stafford, Texas. The current generation of DSP compilers that TI sells usesmany algorithms developed at Rice. * Rice has a history of collaborating with TI in semiconductor research. Professor Emeritus Franz Brotzen of Rice’s Department of Materials Science has worked with members of TI’s Semiconductor group for more than 10 years, investigating a variety of issues associated with metallic interconnects. Also, William Wilson, Jr., a professor in electrical and computer engineering, has interacted with TI on several issues, including the study of the fundamental characteristics of Fowler-Norheim tunneling currents as they pertain to the lifetime and reliability of electrically erasableprogrammable read-only memories (EEPROMS). * In other semiconductor-related research, professors Joseph Cavallaro, Frank Tittel and Wilson-all of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering-are working on an interdisciplinary project to improve the manufacturing yield and efficiency of integrated circuits. The group, working with TI representatives, has made advances in both experimental laser microlithography and computer-aided design (CAD). An innovative, integrated CAD framework has been developed at Rice that identifies, simulates and analyzes the potential quality of the design mask pattern. By using this interactive computer simulation environment, design and manufacturing engineers can study a new manufacturing process and optimize the design to introduce new products quicklyand cost-effectively. ###last_img read more

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JPMorgan Chases Dimon to speak at Baker Institute April 11

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduHOUSTON – (April 4, 2012) – Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., will draw upon his experience in the global financial services sector for a speech about “Global Affairs and the Global Economy” at 6 p.m. April 11 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III, the honorary chair of the Baker Institute, will offer opening remarks. Baker Institute Founding Director Edward Djerejian will moderate the discussion and a question-and-answer session.JPMorgan Chase is a global financial services firm with assets of $2.2 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The company is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity.Who: Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase.What: A speech on “Global Affairs and the Global Economy.”When: 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11.Where: Rice University’s Baker Institute, Baker Hall, 6100 Main St. Dimon became CEO of JPMorgan Chase in January 2006 and was named chairman a year later. Previously, Dimon was president and chief operating officer of Bank One Corp., which merged with JPMorgan Chase in 2004. Dimon began his career at American Express as assistant to the president from 1982 to 1985. He went on to serve as chief financial officer and then president of Commercial Credit Co., which became Primerica Corp. and then Travelers Group. Dimon served as Travelers’ president and COO from 1990 to 1999 while concurrently serving as COO of its Smith Barney subsidiary. He became CEO of Smith Barney in January 1996 and then co-chair and co-CEO of the combined brokerage following the 1997 merger of Smith Barney and Salomon Brothers. In 1998, Dimon was named president of Citigroup, formed by the combination of Travelers Group and Citicorp.Dimon serves on the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Clearing House and the United Negro College Fund.The event is free and open to the public. Registration is available at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/global-affairs-and-the-global-economy, where Dimon’s speech will also be webcast.Media who want to attend the event must RSVP to David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327. Media credentials will be issued at the event.last_img read more

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Intersection of diversity and business is topic at Rices Jones School Oct

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775Intersection of diversity and business is topic at Rice’s Jones School Oct. 27HOUSTON – (Oct. 17, 2017) – Bringing together leading local business and thought leaders, Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business will host a conference on “Sparking Success: The Intersection of Diversity and Business” at the school’s McNair Hall Oct. 27. The event will provide a forum for dialogue about diversity and inclusion in the business world and will connect people to issues important in today’s workforce.Credit: Shutterstock.com/Rice UniversityThe conference is open to the public; registration is $35. Session themes will include “Attracting and Engaging the Evolving Workforce,” “Championing Women in the C-Suite,” “Inclusive Marketing,” “The Entrepreneurial Mindset” and “Best HR Practices.”What: A conference titled “Sparking Success: The Intersection of Diversity and Business.”Who: Presenters include Donna Sims Wilson, president, Smith Graham and Co. Investment Advisors LP; Holli Ladhani, chairman, president and CEO, Rockwater Energy Solutions; Julio Arrieta, managing director, chief marketing officer, Lopez Negrete Communications; Michael Dillon, vice president, strategy and analytics, Houston Astros; Donna Cole, president and CEO, Cole Chemical; Carla Lane, president of Lane Staffing; and Robert Gaudette, president, NRG Business Solutions.Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, will give welcoming remarks.When: 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.Where: Rice University, McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St. Parking is available in the Central Campus Garage. For directions, see http://business.rice.edu/directions-and-parking.In addition to lunch and a networking reception, the conference will include an interactive workshop on identifying and responding to inclusion issues in the workplace. For a full list of conference speakers and to register, visit https://business.rice.edu/rice-business-diversity-and-inclusion-conference/agenda.Members of the news media who want to attend (free of charge) should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow the Jones Graduate School of Business via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.last_img read more

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Doctors Consider Removing Tube for 41St President Bush

first_imgFormer President George H.W. Bush acknowledges the crowd at his presidential library before his son former President George W. Bush discusses his new book “41: A Portrait of My Father” in College Station, Texas, in this file photo. (Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune via AP, Pool, File) US Doctors Consider Removing Tube for 41St President Bush By The Associated Press January 19, 2017 Updated: January 19, 2017 Share this article Sharecenter_img Show Discussion  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   HOUSTON—Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush for pneumonia considered Thursday whether to take out a breathing tube while his wife, Barbara, said she was feeling much better after undergoing treatment for bronchitis.Family spokesman Jim McGrath said physicians for the 92-year-old Bush were evaluating him for removal of the tube, which was inserted Wednesday in a procedure to clear his airway.The 41st president has been in the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital since Wednesday, relying on a ventilator to breathe. Removing the tube—a procedure known as extubation—would allow Bush to breathe on his own. He was struggling to breathe when he was admitted to the hospital Saturday.Bush “had a good night’s rest” and remained in stable condition, McGrath said. “We are hopeful he will be discharged from the ICU in a few days.”Barbara Bush, 91, was admitted Wednesday and diagnosed with bronchitis after feeling fatigued and coughing for weeks. She reported feeling “1,000 percent better” on Thursday.“Antibiotics and some good rest seem to have restored her to better health,” McGrath said. The couple received “an uplifting visit” from longtime friends former Secretary of State James Baker and his wife, Susan, who also live in Houston, McGrath said.President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama have sent their well wishes, via Twitter and a news conference, respectively. Former President Bill Clinton also tweeted: “41 and Barbara—thinking about you both and sending wishes for a speedy recovery. Love, 42.”Former President George W. Bush offered thanks on Instagram Thursday for messages “of love and support for Mother and Dad.”“Your prayers are working: 41 and Mom are doing much better today and fighting on,” he said in his first public comments about their illnesses.Bush said he and former first lady Laura Bush “look forward to representing them” at Trump’s inauguration Friday in Washington “while they continue to recover in Houston.”Even though he was hospitalized, the elder Bush’s Twitter account was active Thursday, offering “hearty congrats” to former Houston Astros baseball player Jeff Bagwell on his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.McGrath said while Bush did not physically type the tweet, he did approve it from his hospital room, calling the Astros’ former slugging first baseman a “good friend and great player” and praising his election Wednesday to Cooperstown.Bush was a first baseman when he attended Yale, and was captain of the Yale team that played in the first College World Series in 1947. As president, he kept his first baseman’s glove in his desk in the Oval Office, and he and his wife have frequently attended Astros games since leaving the White House.The Bushes were married Jan. 6, 1945, and have had the longest marriage of any presidential couple in American history. At the time of their wedding, he was a young naval aviator. She had been a student at Smith College.After World War II, they moved to the Texas oil patch to seek their fortune and raise a family. It was there that George Bush began his political career, representing Houston for two terms in Congress in the late 1960s and early 1970s.George Herbert Walker Bush, born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts, also served as CIA director and Ronald Reagan’s vice president. last_img read more

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Trump Visits Yuma Where Border Wall Is Vital

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Trump Visits Yuma, Where Border Wall Is ‘Vital’ Illegal border crossers who get past Border Patrol ‘no longer home free,’ says DHS officialBy Charlotte Cuthbertson August 22, 2017 Updated: August 28, 2017 A Border Patrol vehicle drags the sand to make any new footprints of border crossers more visible along the US–Mexico border fence expansion between Yuma, Ariz., and Calexico, Calif., March 14, 2009. (David McNew/Getty Images) President Donald Trump visited Border Patrol and viewed equipment such as a predator drone, surveillance truck, and a boat, in Yuma, Arizona, on Aug. 22, before an evening rally in Phoenix. “We are building a wall on the southern border which is absolutely necessary,” Trump said at the rally, adding that Border Patrol staff told him that the fencing at the Yuma–Mexico border is vital. “Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it. But believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump said. Earlier in the day, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials touted the Yuma sector as a prime example of how securing the border through fencing, technology, and agents can heavily reduce illegal crossings. The Yuma sector has a 126-mile border with Mexico and in 2005 was besieged with illicit border crossings. “For three years, Yuma battled entrenched smuggling groups for control of the border,” said a Border Patrol video. “Mass incursions often left agents outnumbered 50 to 1. Agents were assaulted with rocks and weapons daily.” In 2005, more than 2,700 vehicles crossed the Colorado River and open deserts, loaded with migrants and drugs, according to the video. Apprehensions steadily increased to more than 138,000.Related CoverageAs Illegal Crossings Decline, New Focus for Border PatrolFollowing the Secure Fence Act of 2006, Yuma tripled manpower and added mobile surveillance, as well as fencing and vehicle barriers. Yuma went from 5.2 miles of fencing prior to 2006, to 63 miles, and has subsequently seen an 83 percent decrease in border apprehensions. By 2009, Yuma apprehensions fell to about 7,000 and has remained steady since. The physical barrier plays the role of slowing down, impeding, and denying people and vehicles into the United States, so agents can respond, a DHS official said.A Border Patrol vehicle passes an international border marker in the Colorado Desert at the Imperial Sand Dunes along the US–Mexico border between El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., on April 5, 2008. (David McNew/Getty Images) A Border Patrol vehicle passes an international border marker in the Colorado Desert at the Imperial Sand Dunes along the US–Mexico border between El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., on April 5, 2008. (David McNew/Getty Images)National NumbersNationwide, the number of apprehensions of illegal border crossers on the 1,997-mile southwest border have decreased 46 percent (to 126,472 individuals) between January 1 and July 31, year over year. During that seven-month period, year over year, the number of Mexican nationals apprehended has dropped 47 percent to 62,687, while the number of unaccompanied minors crossing has gone down 54 percent to 14,282. “We’ve made great strides,” said a DHS official on a press call, Aug. 22. “Those who cross our borders illegally don’t respect the laws of our nation.”Interior EnforcementWith illegal border crossings down, more resources are being deployed for interior enforcement, said a DHS official. “Coupled with a strong border, we need to have strong interior enforcement,” he said. “We know that as we increase our interior enforcement efforts, individuals who once thought that if they could get by the Border Patrol or get smuggled in and not apprehended, that they were home free,” the official said.“That is no longer the case.”Since Trump signed executive orders pertaining to immigration at the end of January, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested 91,000 people known to be in the country illegally or have violated their immigration status—a 43 percent increase from the same period in 2016. Of the 91,000, 72 percent have criminal convictions. The remainder have either been charged with a crime, are an immigration fugitive, or are a repeat immigration violator, according to a DHS official. “We are focused on criminals and those that are public safety threats,” the official said. “We have over 500,000 immigration fugitives.”Sanctuary PoliciesThe official said sanctuary cities create one of the biggest challenges. Due to sanctuary policies, which often stop local law enforcement from cooperating and communicating with ICE officials, “there are criminal aliens we can’t get to,” the DHS official said. “We can’t get into the jails and identify and take enforcement action against individuals who are arrested for a criminal violation. So that’s obviously a much more efficient and safe process—both for my officers and for the public—to be able to do that.”ICE usually issues a detainer, which is a legally authorized request to law enforcement agencies to hold an individual for up to 48 hours in order to allow ICE to assume custody.“All of our detainers are accompanied by a warrant, and there is probable cause established and demonstrated when we serve that, and we provide that to the detaining law enforcement agency,” a DHS official said. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has started to take measures against sanctuary cities by cutting some funding options to cities that do not comply with federal immigration authorities. Challenges also remain in the immigration court system, where a DHS official said nearly a million cases are in process.Following his stop in Yuma, Trump will travel to Phoenix for a 7 p.m. rally at the Phoenix Convention Center.This article was updated on Aug. 23, following Trump’s speech at the rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Aug. 22.Related CoverageSanctuary Policies Shield Convicted Criminals From FedsNew York City Releases Felon Despite Immigration Authorities Requesting CustodyChronic Shortage of Judges Clogs Immigration System Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @charlottecuthbo Share this articlecenter_img US Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Sheriffs Deputy Corrections Officer Die in Florida Crash

first_img A Florida deputy and a corrections officer both died in a traffic crash as the deputy was trying to get supplies ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall in the state.The fatal crash took place at 6:30 a.m. between State Route 66 and Old Trueswald Road, WFLA reported.Hardee County Deputy Sheriff Julie Bridges was identified as the officer who died. The corrections officer who died was identified as Sgt. Joseph J. Ossman.Bridges was out to get supplies for an evacuation shelter. Ossman was on his way to at the Hardee Correctional Institute, the Florida Department of Corrections said, according to reports.WFTV said they crashed into each other head-on.Hardee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Julie Bridges and Department of Corrections Sergeant Joseph Ossman (Facebook) Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Julie Bridges and Department of Corrections Sergeant Joseph Ossman(Facebook) Bridges was driving in an unmarked police cruiser when the crash took place, BayNews9 reported.“She worked the shelter all night and was going home to retrieve some more items and then go back to the shelter,” Sheriff Arnold Lanier told the Herald-Advocate.“We’re all very saddened,” Sheriff Arnold Lanier told WTSP-TV of her death.It’s unclear if Hurricane Irma had anything to do with the crash.Bridges was a 13-year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office.“It is with a heavy heart that I must notify you of the untimely passing of Sergeant Joseph Ossman who was involved in a vehicle accident while reporting to work this morning,” the Department of Corrections said in a statement, according to the Miami Herald. “Our Chaplain is on duty and will begin providing grievance counseling to our staff.”The Florida Highway Patrol is now investigating the crash.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hardee County Sheriff’s Department, the Florida Department of Corrections and their families,” the Florida Highway Patrol said in a statement.Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a statement on their deaths.hdshdshdshHurricane Irma made landfall at the Florida Keys at 9:10 a.m. ET on Sunday as a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to hit Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon or evening before moving north.Water rises up to a sidewalk by the Miami river as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, in downtown Miami, Florida on Sept. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Water rises from the Miami River onto the streets as Hurricane Irma arrives in Miami, Fla., on Sept. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Police patrol the area as Hurricane Irma makes landfall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (REUTERS/Alvin Baez)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share Sheriff’s Deputy, Corrections Officer Die in Florida Crash By Epoch Newsroom September 10, 2017 Updated: September 11, 2017center_img US Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Brother of Las Vegas Shooter Says Family Is Dumbfounded

first_img The brother of the shooter who killed more than 50 people in Las Vegas on Sunday night said that his family was dumbfounded by the news.“He was just a guy,” Eric Paddock told Daily Mail. “Something happened, he snapped or something.”Police identified local resident Stephen Paddock, 64, as the gunman who opened fire from a 32nd-floor window of Mandalay Hotel on a crowd of people attending a country music festival. Paddock killed more than 50 people and wounded at least 406 before police stormed his hotel room and he apparently took his own life.The killer’s brother said there was “absolutely no indication he could do something like this” and that Paddock had no political or religious affiliation. A man lays on top of a woman as others flee the Route 91 Harvest country music festival grounds after an active shooter was reported in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)“We know absolutely nothing,” Eric Paddock said from his home in Orlando, Florida. “We are dumbfounded.” Police received the first reports of the shooting at 10:08 p.m. Rapid shooting, likely from a machine gun, can be heard in videos filmed by concert goers.“We have absolutely no idea,” the brother said. “Our condolences go to the victims and all their families.”Thousands were in attendance on the third day of a country music festival. The shooting became the deadliest in U.S. history, eclipsing last year’s massacre of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub. People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 1, 2017. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)“Our family is OK, we’re sitting in here in our house hoping that everyone doesn’t attack us,” Eric Paddock said. “My mother is 90 years old, lives down the street from me, we’re just completely dumbfounded. You can imagine how this is affected her.”Paddock had more than 10 rifles in his hotel room, police say.Authorities had earlier regarded Paddock’s roommate as a person of interest, but later on Monday said they no longer regarded her as involved in the case, CNN and Fox News reported, citing police sources.The dead included one off-duty police officer, said Joseph Lombardo, the Clark County sheriff. Two on-duty officers were injured, including one who was in stable condition after surgery and one who sustained minor injuries, Lombardo said. Police warned the death toll may rise. An injured person is tended to in the intersection of Tropicana Ave. and Las Vegas Boulevard after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2017. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 50 people. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Police are still finding people who had taken cover during the attack, Lombardo said.“It’s going to take time for us to get through the evacuation phase,” Lombardo said.‘Just Kept Going On’Video taken of the attack showed panicked crowds fleeing as sustained rapid gunfire ripped through the area.“It sounded like fireworks. People were just dropping to the ground. It just kept going on,” said Steve Smith, a 45-year-old visitor from Phoenix, Arizona, who had flown in for the concert. He said the gunfire went on for an extended period of time.“Probably 100 shots at a time. It would sound like it was reloading and then it would go again,” Smith said. “People were shot and trying to get out. A lot of people were shot.” Police officers stop a man who drove down Tropicana Ave. near Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave, which had been closed after a mass shooting at a country music festival that left at least 2 people dead nearby in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2017. The man was released. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Las Vegas’s casinos, nightclubs, and shopping draw some 3.5 million visitors from around the world each year and the area was packed with visitors when the shooting broke out shortly after 10 p.m. local time (0400 GMT).Mike McGarry, a 53-year-old financial adviser from Philadelphia, was at the concert when he heard hundreds of shots ring out.“It was crazy – I laid on top of the kids. They’re 20. I’m 53. I lived a good life,” McGarry said. The back of his shirt bore footmarks after people ran over him in the panicked crowd.The shooting broke out on the final night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt, and Jason Aldean. People run from the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after gunfire was heard in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 1, 2017. (David Becker/Getty Images)“Tonight has been beyond horrific,” Aldean said in a statement on Instagram. “It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”U.S. President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the victims via a post on Twitter early Monday.“My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!” Trump said.The rampage was reminiscent of a mass shooting at a Paris rock concert in November 2015 that killed 89 people, part of a wave of coordinated attacks by Islamist militants that left 130 dead.The concert venue was in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotels. The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in this file photo. (Reuters/Ethan Miller/File Photo)“Our thoughts & prayers are with the victims of last night’s tragic events,” the Mandalay Bay said on Twitter.Shares of U.S. casino operators fell in premarket trading on Wall Street, with MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay, down 5 percent. Melco Resorts & Entertainment Ltd, Wynn Resorts Ltd, and Las Vegas Sands Corp each fell 1 to 2 percent.Reuters contributed to this report.From NTD.tv Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov A cowboy hat lays in the street after shots were fired near a country music festival on Oct. 1, 2017 in Las Vegas. (David Becker/Getty Images) US News Brother of Las Vegas Shooter Says Family Is Dumbfounded By Ivan Pentchoukov October 2, 2017 Updated: October 2, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Share this article Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

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3YearOld Goes Missing Twice in a Week — But the 3rd Time

first_imgSheldon Baker (Livingston Parish Sheriff) Share Share this article US News 3-Year-Old Goes Missing Twice in a Week — But the 3rd Time Was Different By Ivan Pentchoukov December 19, 2017 Updated: December 19, 2017center_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A 3-year-old Louisiana boy was discovered shivering in the woods on Friday, Dec. 15, after a massive five-hour effort by police, horseback riders, volunteers and a helicopter.“He was freezing cold and said he wanted to go home and he was hungry,” Tanya Bankston, a volunteer who responded after seeing a Facebook post, told Miami Herald.“He was scared as his feet were blood-red swollen,” Bankston added. “He had on shorts and a T-shirt and no shoes on.”It was not the first time the same boy went missing this week, according to Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard.“This is actually the third time this has happened this week. And, each time he had to be located,” Ard wrote on Facebook. “One time, he was found at a neighbor’s home. Just last night, he was found in the wooded area surrounding the home.” View of Jack Perry Rd. in Independence, La. The missing boy was found one mile from here on Dec. 15. (Screenshot via Google Maps)“Through negligence, he was outside today for hours fending for himself while inappropriately dressed for this colder weather,” Ard added.Sheldon Baker was found scratched up and wearing only cut-off jeans and a white shirt in mid-40 degree weather. The boy was airlifted to a hospital as a precaution and placed in protective custody.Meanwhile, his parents, Sylvia Baker, 37, and Shane Baker, 40, were arrested on desertion and drug charges. Investigators who searched their home on Friday found marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Shane Baker and Sylvia Baker (Livingston Parish Sheriff)The deputies were called to the family’s home on Jack Perry Rd. in Independence, Louisiana, shortly after noon on Friday. Volunteers and first responders from several agencies aided in the search effort. Ard thanked all involved for their help.Independence is about 60 miles northwest of New Orleans.Some people who heard about the boy’s third disappearance criticized the parents, while others hoped they get the help they need to take proper care of their child. Aerial view of Jack Perry Rd in Independence, La. (Screenshot via Google Maps)“The first time can be written off as an accident, but three times in one week just screams child neglect!” Haley Corkern Peters wrote on Facebook.“I hope they receive the help they need and if they want to improve their lives to get their child back, I wish them all the best,” Mia L. Jewell wrote on Facebook.From NTD.tv Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Passenger Uses Emergency Slide to Escape Flight From Newark to Tampa

first_img Share The plane was delayed for about five hours because of the incident, but later did make the flight to Tampa without incident, arriving just after 3 a.m. on the Feb. 26.That same evening another United flight leaving Newark suffered a minor mishap, NBC reported. Flight 1551 to Oregon, blew a tire on takeoff but was able to land safely at Portland International Airport.“Flight 1551 from Newark Liberty International Airport to Portland International Airport landed safely following a tire blowout during takeoff,” a United spokesperson said. “Customers will deplane normally.”From NTD.tvRecommended Video: GoPro Dropped Down Deep Well to Check Out Reports of Limestone Caves Show Discussion This guy really didn’t want to go to Tampa.A passenger on a United Airlines flight from New Jersey to Tampa employed extreme measures to get off before takeoff on the evening of Feb. 25.Flight 1640 from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport was still boarding through the forward entrance—a passenger started talking to the flight crew, CBS News reported.According to news reports, the passenger then bolted for the back of the plane and pulled open an emergency exit. When the door opened the inflatable emergency slide deployed, and the panicked passenger slide to the tarmac.The passenger was arrested almost immediately by Port Authority police, who told NBC News that the passenger was yelling about being on the wrong flight. “At about 10 p.m. Port Authority Police responded to a report of a disorderly subject at Newark Airport Terminal C,” the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) public information officer told Fox News. “[The suspect] was arrested by Port Authority police.”Troy Fattun was arrested after allegedly deploying the emergency chute on a United Airlines aircraft and sliding down to the tarmac. (Port Authority of New York) Troy Fattun was arrested after allegedly deploying the emergency chute on a United Airlines aircraft and sliding down to the tarmac. (Port Authority of New York)Officials identified the fleeing flyer as 25-year-old Troy Fattun, from Micronesia. Fattun did indeed have a ticket for flight 1640, CBS reported.The plane was evacuated after the incident, according to passenger John O’Malley, who videotaped the police as they escorted Fattun away.Fattun is being held in Essex County Jail. It has not yet been decided what charges he will be facing.“While Flight 1640 was parked at the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport, a passenger opened the emergency exit door and departed the aircraft using the slide,” United Airlines spokeswoman Maggie Schmerin told NBC New York. Panicked United Airlines passenger on wrong flight pops open emergency exit, goes down inflatable chute in daring escape at Newark airport https://t.co/q5WGrq6gKu pic.twitter.com/gl8bZcNVQK— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) February 26, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Troy Fattun was arrested after allegedly deploying the emergency chute on a United Airlines aircraft and sliding down to the tarmac. (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey) Share this article US News Passenger Uses Emergency Slide to Escape Flight From Newark to Tampa By Chris Jasurek February 26, 2018 Updated: February 26, 2018last_img read more

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Here Is What Happened to Anthony Bourdains Body After Death

first_img Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Here Is What Happened to Anthony Bourdain’s Body After Death By Jack Phillips June 14, 2018 Updated: June 14, 2018 Anthony Bourdain poses with the outstanding informational series or special award for “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 12, 2015. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo) His mother, Grace, also issued a statement to the New York Times.“He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this,” Gladys Bourdain told the New York Times. “Tony had been in a dark mood these past couple of days,” Ripert had told Gladys Bourdain after her son’s death, according to the Times.She added that she had “no idea why” he killed himself.She explained: “He had everything. Success beyond his wildest dreams. Money beyond his wildest dreams.”In a statement to People magazine, the U.S. Embassy in Paris wrote: “We can confirm the death of Anthony Bourdain in the Haut-Rhin department of France. We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. We stand ready to provide appropriate consular service. Out of respect for the family at this difficult time we have no further comment.”If you’re in an emergency in the US or Canada, please call 911. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. Young people can call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868. Anthony Bourdain’s body has been cremated in France, according to reports.His remains will be returned back to the United States on Friday, People magazine reported.  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video French prosecutor Christian de Rocquigney de Fayel said that his death was a suicide, and there was nothing to indicate that foul play was involved. That’s why the cremation was allowed, he explained.“Nothing suggested the involvement of a third person,” Rocquigny said.Bourdain was found dead in his Paris-area hotel room on Friday, June 8. The 61-year-old celebrity chef and TV host was filming an episode for CNN’s “Parts Unknown.” His body was discovered by friend and chef Eric Ripert.Other chefs mourned his loss.“I know you are on a Ferry going to somewhere amazing,” Chef José Andrés wrote on Twitter. “You still had so many places to show us, whispering to our souls the great possibilities beyond what we could see with our own eyes. You only saw beauty in all people. You will always travel with me.”His girlfriend, Actress Asia Argento, 42, issued a statement on his death.“Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did,” she wrote on Twitter. “His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”center_img Share this article Watch Next: Father Who Lost Child Tells Trump: ‘I remember the hug you gave me’  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video pic.twitter.com/dB1s994Znf— Asia Argento (@AsiaArgento) June 8, 2018 US News Show Discussionlast_img read more

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