Deadly explosion at California day spa wasn’t an accident, officials say

first_imgABC News(ALISO VIEJO, Calif) — The mysterious, deadly explosion that rocked a Southern California day spa on Tuesday doesn’t appear to have been an accident, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI said Wednesday.The powerful explosion in Aliso Viejo, which is about 50 miles south of Los Angeles, left one woman — believed to be the day spa owner — dead and three others injured.The motive is not clear, officials said Wednesday, adding that no arrests have been made.The working theory is that the explosion was from a device, the FBI said. Two law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation told ABC News that preliminary indications are that the device was inside a package that was delivered to the business.The blast sent plumes of white smoke into the air and debris flying into the parking lot.Witness Dong Shin told ABC News he heard a booming sound and then “felt the ground shake.”When he saw fire and debris, Shin said, his first thought was a bomb.At least 1 killed, 3 injured after mysterious explosion rocks medical buildingChildren at a day care facility across the street from the building were evacuated. Some were seen walking outside holding hands, while others were wheeled out in cribs.No children were hurt, officials said.“It’s horrible, it’s a tragedy,” Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Tony Bommarito told ABC News. “Anytime you’re near this or you see it, it’s going to affect you.”The scene has been rendered safe, the city said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Donald Trump Jr tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA, JON HAWORTH and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide.Over 57 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has also varied from country to country.The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 11.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 253,309 deaths.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Nov 20, 6:13 pmDonald Trump Jr. has tested positive for COVID-19Donald Trump. Jr. is the latest person connected to the White House to test positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman confirmed to ABC News.“Don tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result. He’s been completely asymptomatic so far and is following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines,” the spokesman said in a statement.The president’s eldest son is the second of his children to test positive for the virus, following Barron Trump’s diagnosis last month.ABC News’ John Santucci contributed to this reportNov 20, 5:52 pmFDA to review Pfizer vaccine on Dec. 10The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that its vaccine advisory committee will meet Dec. 10 to discuss the request for emergency use authorization of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate.The public meeting will be a chance for both FDA career scientists and members of the independent advisory board to ask Pfizer questions about its product.After that, the board will make a recommendation, which the FDA will take into account when it decides whether to authorize the vaccine.Officials said they cannot predict how long the FDA’s review will take, but that it will be “as expeditiously as possible, while still doing so in a thorough and science-based manner.”ABC News’ Anne Flaherty contributed to this reportNov 20, 5:17 pmCalifornia sets new record with more than 13,000 daily casesCalifornia broke its daily case record with 13,005 newly recorded cases.California’s seven-day positivity rate stands at 5.9%.With over 1.07 million cases, California trails only Texas, which last reported 1.1 million cases.ABC News’ Alex Stone contributed to this report.Nov 20, 3:15 pmFDA could approve emergency use of Pfizer vaccine in DecemberPfizer said it’s completed its submission to the Food and Drug Administration in which the company requests emergency use authorization for its vaccine.The FDA is expected to start digging into the efficacy and safety data immediately, and it could make a decision as early as mid-December.ABC News’ Sony Salzman contributed to this report.Nov 20, 1:43 pmCases double in Kansas counties without mask mandateA new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Kansas counties that opted out of a statewide July 3 mask mandate saw COVID-19 cases jump 100% from July 3 to Aug. 23.While 81 counties opted out of the mandate, the 24 that adhered to it saw a 6% decrease in cases, according to the CDC.ABC News’ Sony Salzman contributed to this report.Nov 20, 12:45 pmMore than half of El Paso cases coming from retail shoppingIn hard-hit El Paso, Texas, rising cases are due to community spread, primarily through retail shopping, Mayor Dee Margo said.“We did a deep dive from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16 in our contact tracing,” he told “GMA 3: What You Need To Know.” We found out that 55.11% of our positives were coming from retail shopping. Primarily in what we would term the big major retailers, the big-box stores. So it’s a community spread.”El Paso is in the middle of its fifth week of its latest COVID-19 spike, the mayor said. With so many fatalities, the county Thursday put out a call for morgue staffing.With 1,000 cases reported on Friday, the Texas city has had at least 79,000 — and 845 fatalities.ABC News’ Ariane Nalty contributed to this report.Nov 20, 12:27 pmMore cases in past 4 weeks than in first 6 months of pandemicThere have been more COVID-19 cases worldwide in the last four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization.He again urged people, despite promising news on vaccines, to continue using all tools to interrupt chains of transmission and save lives now.ABC News’ Kirit Radia contributed to this report.Nov 20, 9:57 amFlorida Sen. Rick Scott tests positive, urges everyone to wear masksSen. Rick Scott, R-Fl., announced Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.After returning to Florida last week, Scott came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive. The Republican senator has been quarantining at his home in Naples since then. He took multiple rapid tests earlier this week, all of which were negative, but a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test he took Tuesday came back positive Friday morning, according to a press release from his office.“After several negative tests, I learned I was positive this morning,” Scott said in a statement Friday. “I am feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms. I will be working from home in Naples until it is safe for me to return to Washington, D.C.”Scott is the eighth member of Congress to test positive for COVID-19 just this week.“I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect yourselves and others. Wear a mask. Social distance. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did,” he said. “As we approach Thanksgiving, we know this holiday will be different this year. But, listen to public health officials and follow their guidance. We will beat this together, but we all have to be responsible.”ABC News’ Mariam Khan contributed to this report.Nov 20, 8:54 amUS Army general says there’s 40 million vaccine doses ready to go once FDA grants authorizationA top U.S. Army general who is co-leading the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine initiative said they will start distributing doses throughout the nation 24 hours after the Food and Drug Administration grants emergency use authorization (EUA).“We have about 40 million doses of vaccine, give or take, exactly when the EUA comes out,” Gen. Gustave Perna, chief operations officer for Operation Warp Speed, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Friday on Good Morning America.“We’re going to execute fair and equitable distribution based on the population of the jurisdictions — jurisdictions identified as the 50 states, eight territories and six metropolitan cities,” he added, noting that governors will then “make sure the priority for the execution of the vaccine within the state will be implemented.”“We’re going to get it down to the states. The states are going to tell us exactly where they want it to be,” the general said. “We will ensure that the vaccine gets there in a timely manner. We’ll make an initial push — once EUA is approved — of everything we have on the shelf, and then every week we’re going to maintain a cadence of delivery of vaccine so the states have access and prior planning knowledge to ensure it gets to the right places and the right times.”Perna said the news that Pfizer and partner BioNTech will submit a EUA request to the FDA on Friday for their COVID-19 vaccine candidate is “really remarkable.” He expressed “100% confidence” that Operation Warp Speed’s distribution plan will be a success — a process he said began some six months ago.“We started with the development, manufacturing. We have taken no shortcuts to this end,” he said. “It has been a well regulated and accounted for process that we are ensuring occurs the right way.”The general said Operation Warp Speed has also teamed up with companies like Walgreens and CVS.“I’ve sat down with their CEOS and their teams — very elaborate, very comprehensive, operational plans on how they can partner with states to deliver vaccines from inner cities to rural America,” he said, “and I’m incredibly confident that they can do that.”When asked whether outgoing President Donald Trump’s refusal to cooperate with President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team has hindered vaccine efforts, Perna replied, “Absolutely not.”Nov 20, 6:45 amPfizer and BioNTech to submit emergency authorization request to FDA todayPfizer and partner BioNTech announced they will submit a request on Friday to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate.The submission, which is based on a vaccine efficacy rate of 95% demonstrated in the Phase 3 clinical study with no serious safety concerns to date, will potentially enable use of the drug in high-risk populations in the United States by the middle to end of December.“Our work to deliver a safe and effective vaccine has never been more urgent, as we continue to see an alarming rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 globally,” Dr. Albert Bourla, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, said in a statement Friday. “Filing in the U.S. represents a critical milestone in our journey to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine to the world and we now have a more complete picture of both the efficacy and safety profile of our vaccine, giving us confidence in its potential.”The companies have already initiated rolling submissions with several drug regulatory agencies around the world, including in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the United Kingdom, and plan to submit applications to others in the coming days. The companies said they will be ready to distribute the vaccine within hours after authorization.Based on current projects, the companies said they expect to produce globally up to 50 million doses in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021.“Filing for Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S. is a critical step in making our vaccine candidate available to the global population as quickly as possible,” Dr. Ugur Sahin, CEO and co-founder of BioNTech, said in a statement Friday. “We intend to continue to work with regulatory agencies worldwide to enable the rapid distribution of our vaccine globally. As a company located in Germany in the heart of Europe, our interactions with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are of particular importance to us and we have continuously provided data to them as part of our rolling review process.”Nov 20, 6:40 amRussia reports record high of over 24K new casesRussia confirmed 24,318 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.It’s the highest single-day tally of COVID-19 infections that Russia has reported since the start of the pandemic, and it marks the second straight day that the country has set a new record for its daily case counts.An additional 461 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide over the past day, just under Russia’s peak of 463 deaths recorded the previous day. The country’s cumulative total now stands at 2,039,926 cases, including 35,311 deaths, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.The Eastern European nation of 145 million people has the fifth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and France, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nov 20, 6:02 amNorth Carolina college student dies from COVID-19 complicationsA 23-year-old college student in North Carolina died from COVID-19 complications on Thursday morning.Jamesha Waddell was a senior at Livingstone College, a private, historically black Christian college in Salisbury, about 45 miles northeast of Charlotte. She left campus on Sept. 19 and was self-isolating at home after testing positive for COVID-19, according to Livingstone College president Jimmy Jenkins.“While isolating at home, Jamesha’s condition worsened, and she required hospitalization and intensive care,” Jenkins said in a statement Thursday. “This morning, her spirit transitioned due to complications related to the COVID-19 virus.”As students prepare to leave campus next week for winter, Jenkins urged them to “remain vigilant in mitigating the spread of this virus” by wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing and washing hands frequently.Nov 20, 5:31 amIndia becomes second country in the world to reach nine million casesIndia’s tally of COVID-19 cases has hit the nine million mark, becoming only the second country in the world to do so.The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare confirmed 45,882 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with an additional 584 deaths from the disease. That brings the country’s cumulative total to 9,004,365 cases with 132,162 deaths.Despite surpassing the grim milestone, India has seen a steady decline in its infection rate since reaching a peak of 97,894 new cases on Sept. 16.India has the second-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, and the third-highest death toll from the pandemic, after the United States and Brazil. The relatively low death toll in a vast county of 1.3 billion people has raised questions about how India is counting COVID-19 fatalities.Nov 20, 4:20 amUS records all-time high of over 187K new casesThere were 187,833 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Thursday, marking the highest single-day increase in infections worldwide since the pandemic began, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the first time that the United States has reported over 180,000 newly diagnosed infections. Thursday’s count shatters the country’s previous record of 177,224 new cases on Nov. 13.An additional 2,015 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Thursday, the highest since May 6 but still under a peak of 2,609 new deaths on April 15, according to Johns Hopkins data.A total of 11,717,947 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 252,555 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 4/4

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys SoccerRegion 17MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Connor Smith and Tate Reynolds each amassed hat tricks as the Waterford Ravens routed Wasatch Academy 8-0 Wednesday in Region 17 boys soccer action.BaseballNon-RegionFILLMORE, Utah-Conner Ingram tripled and doubled as the Juab Wasps routed Millard 15-3 in non-region baseball action Wednesday. Raidyn Steele and Tucker Memmott added doubles for the Wasps while Talon Mangelson earned the win on the mound for Juab. Slade Sheriff and Tyson Aburto doubled in the loss for the Eagles.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Kolton Petersen went yard and Janzen Kiesel added an RBI and 4.1 innings of successful pitching as the Gunnison Bulldogs routed the North Sanpete Hawks 11-1 in non-region baseball action Wednesday.SoftballRegion 15MOAB, Utah-The Richfield Wildcats used a 12-run 6th inning to outgun Grand 15-14 Wednesday in the first game of a Region 15 softball doubleheader.MOAB, Utah-Allie Torgerson went yard three times, but it wasn’t enough as the Grand Red Devils earned a split with Richfield in a Region 15 softball doubleheader with a 16-15 win Wednesday.Girls GolfRegion 15RICHFIELD, Utah-Richfield won the Region 15 golf tournament Wednesday at Cove View Golf Club in Richfield with a team score of 349. Emery finished second at 424 with San Juan third at 475. Grand finished fourth with a 480, Manti placed fifth with a score of 483, South Sevier took sixth at 492 and North Sanpete finished seventh at 564.Individually Hayden Harris of Richfield took first with a 77. The Wildcats had four of the top six finishers as Natasha Oldroyd placed second with an 88, Piper Harris third with an 89 and Ellie Hair tied for fifth with a 95. Emery’s Lainee Jensen took fourth with a 91. Written by April 4, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/4 Tags: Boys Soccer/Emery/Girls Golf/Grand/Hayden Harris/Juab/Manti/Millard/North Sanpete/Richfield/San Juan/Softball/South Sevier/Wasatch Academy/Waterford Brad Jameslast_img read more

PREMIERE: We Can’t Stop Smiling At The Reverend Shawn Amos’ New Puppet-Filled Music Video

first_imgThe Reverend Shawn Amos has been bringing his soulful blues to clubs on the West Coast, deep south joints, festivals across the globe, and the podcast world for years. Blending black roots music, R&B, and stripped down rock n’ roll, The Rev delivers authentically raw tunes, with socially conscious ideas and issues, layered between his soulful voice. While out on the road in support of his 2015 release, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, Amos was bothered by the country’s altered political landscape that he visibly noticed from city to city. This inspired Amos to release his most recent studio effort, The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down.As a musician, American citizen, African-American male, and father, The Reverend Shawn Amos was influenced by the writing of Dr. Martin Luther King, which transpired into Amos’ 2018 release of The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down. Addressing love in our country’s current political state while avoiding reeling in the dark and dreariness, Amos works through a series of “freedom songs”, with deeply conscious messages rooted in the contemporary new tunes.Live For Live Music is proud to premiere The Reverend Shawn Amos’ new official video for “(We’ve Got To) Come Together” featuring the Pop Culture Passionistas puppet troupe. The song, which is part of The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down‘s”Freedom Suite”, was inspired by The Staples Singers Amen! album and recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios. As for the fantastic puppets in the song’s new music video, the Pop Culture Passionistas have made a career based on their love of pop culture through elaborate and comical sock puppets. The soul-drenched tune’s incorporation of puppets makes for a fun and funky exploration through race and politics.Regarding his official video for “(We’ve Got To) Come Together”, The Reverend Shawn Amos explained,This is the first freedom song I wrote for the album. I was inspired by the Staples Singers and great freedom singers of the 1960s. We live in similar times. This ain’t a song about laying blame. It’s meant to remind of our commonality and our humanity. We clearly need to come together ‘cause pulling apart ain’t doing it.I’ve been a fan — and friend —  of the Pop Culture Passionistas for over 15 years. They are so creative and have such love. There’s no one else I would entrust with turning me into a puppet.  It also gave me a chance to get two of my kids involved as puppeteers. It’s the only way I could ever get them to come around — bribe them with puppets. Although it kinda works for all of us. We’re all kids at heart, right?You can watch Live For Live Music’s premiere of the official music video for “(We’ve Got To) Come Together” below. For more information on his upcoming dates and music, head to The Reverend Shawn Amos’ website here.The Reverend Shawn Amos – “(We’ve Got To) Come Together”[Video: The Reverend Shawn Amos]The Reverend Shawn Amos is getting ready to embark on a small tour, with an upcoming three-night run in California, followed by a brief European run in November, that will take the artist through the U.K. and the Netherlands.Upcoming The Reverend Shawn Amos Tour Dates:OCT 9 TUEVibrato Grill JazzLos Angeles, CA, United StatesOCT 10 WEDBlue Note NapaNapa, CA, United StatesOCT 11 THUBiscuits and BluesSan Francisco, CA, United StatesNOV 15 THUThe Arts ClubLondon, United KingdomNOV 17 SATTenby Blues FestivalTenby, United KingdomNOV 19 MONMeneer FritsEindhoven, NetherlandsNOV 20 TUEMuziekhuis Q-BusLeiden, NetherlandsView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Prince Estate Sends Trump A Cease & Desist Letter For Using “Purple Rain” At Rallies

first_img[Video: Eryn Allen Kane][H/T Consequence Of Sound] Earlier this month, Donald J. Trump hosted a rally in South Haven, Mississippi, during which the President used Prince‘s classic tune “Purple Rain”. However, recently, the Prince Estate has issued a request to President 45 to stop playing Prince’s music at his political rallies, joining a number of other high-profile artists like Neil Young and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler who have publicly denounced Trump using their songs at rallies.Notes the Star Tribune, after footage of the rally surfaced on Fox News and CNN with the song being played in the background, the Prince Estate issued the following via Twitter: “The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.”However, unlike Neil Young and Steven Tyler’s public requests for Donald Trump to abstain from using their music, the Prince Estate’s request seems less likely to be explicitly political. Before Prince’s untimely death in 2016, the famed guitarist and singer was notorious for protecting his music’s rights and for aggressively shutting down any unauthorized use of his music. In that vein, Prince was also selective about what he chose to address politically, frequently avoiding taking sides politically.This is not to say that Prince was non-political; rather, the famed pop icon was very intentional about how and why his music was used. For example, a year before his death, Prince released a protest song with soul singer Eryn Allen Kane that addressed the Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of Baltimore City police officers and the community’s tumultuous response, which has since been renamed the Baltimore Uprising or the Baltimore Riots.last_img read more

Judge approves divorce for ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has approved a divorce settlement between the former Minneapolis police officer who placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck and his wife. The divorce of Derek Chauvin and Kellie Chauvin was finalized Tuesday and redacted documents were made public Thursday. The approval comes months after Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman rejected a prior agreement that transferred most of the couple’s assets to Kellie Chauvin. The judge wrote at the time that transfer of most of the assets to one party could be a “badge of fraud.”  The terms of the finalized settlement have been heavily redacted. Derek Chauvin is charged with murder in Floyd’s death and faces trial in March.last_img read more

Long Island Weather: Blizzard Hits Suffolk Hardest, Cuomo Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Trucks plowing roads in Locust Valley Saturday morning. (Photo credit: Michael Damm)Suffolk County was the hardest hit area in New York State after a Nor’easter rolled through Long Island and dumped more than two feet of snow on the region, officials said Saturday.“Suffolk has sustained significant damage and significant hardship as a result of the storm,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a briefing Saturday morning.In order to improve road conditions the governor said Suffolk would receive assistance from New York City and Nassau County, which will be sending additional crews to help plow streets to make roads passable.The biggest obstacle facing crews Saturday morning are abandoned vehicles, especially on the Long Island Expressway, officials said. More than 150 cars were stranded, Cuomo said, complicating matters for emergency crews. No deaths were reported.Late Friday night, authorities shut down all major highways in Suffolk, including the LIE, Sunrise Highway and Southern and Northern State Parkways.“If this storm would have happened two hours later, the hundreds of people struggling to get home would have made it home,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “Emergency vehicles were dispatched immediately but emergency vehicles at this time were getting stuck. Fire trucks were getting stuck…We’ve never seen anything like this.”Suffolk also saw the most outages, with more than 10,000 homes and businesses losing power, officials said.Watch live streaming video from newyorkstateofficeofthegovernor at livestream.comThe rest of the state, including Nassau, fared much better during the powerful Nor’easter, which dropped more than 30 inches of snow on Long Island.Although New York suffered “statewide consequences,” according to Cuomo, the damage didn’t compare to Connecticut and Massachusetts, the two states hit hardest by the storm.Cuomo said the state would deploy additional resources to aid both states, including utility and emergency workers.Back on Long Island, the National Weather Service said roads remain “either impassable or treacherous.” Officials recommended that residents only leave their homes for emergencies.“If you don’t have to leave the house for an urgent matter,” Cuomo said, “don’t leave the house.”last_img read more

Happy hour at the branch

first_imgHosting after-hours beer tastings is a way for O Bee Credit Union to pay tribute to its roots and to change the way members think about their local branch.“It becomes an inviting place for members to mingle and socialize,” says Lee Wojnar, VP/marketing of the Tumwater, Wash., credit union, which was founded to serve Olympia Brewing Co. employees and their families. Olympia has since been sold to Pabst, but the credit union still embraces its logo and the Pacific Northwest’s reputation for nurturing craft and micro-breweries.In fact, Wojnar credits O Bee CU’s celebration of its ties to the brewing industry with the credit union’s doubling in asset size to $255 million over the past five years. The members-only beer tastings featuring a different brewery at each event and spirits from Sandstone Distilling evoke how once-popular Olympia plant tours ended in its tasting room. Check out a video from a happy hour that took place early this summer: To comply with state liquor license and branch occupancy rules, the credit union opens its free beer-tasting events to a limited number of members who sign up online on a first-come, first-served basis. Since the first tasting this spring, O Bee CU has learned to keep several pour stations operating so members don’t need to stand in a long single line to try different beers, he notes. continue reading » 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

A transformational leader

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Joe Newberry believes in the power of transformational leadership. This leadership approach takes a great organization and makes it excellent, guiding the management team and employees alike toward becoming more innovative in their thinking. It’s an approach that requires a strong and visionary leader, which is what makes Newberry so worthy of being named CUES’ 2018 Outstanding Chief Executive.“I try to practice as best I can to be a servant leader and have a transformational leadership style,” says Newberry, who has been the president/CEO of $4.8 billion Redstone Federal Credit Union, Huntsville, Ala., for more than 10 years.In his role as a transformational leader, Newberry has led Redstone FCU through a cultural change that has greatly improved the organization’s processes, products and performance. As he explains, “You can create an amazing strategic plan; however, culture is the engine that drives strategic objectives and performance. You need your people aligned and a culture that supports it to achieve desired results.”last_img read more

Lynbrook Man High on Drugs in Crash That Killed 2, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man and woman were killed when their vehicle was rear-ended by a driver who was allegedly high on drugs in their hometown of Lynbrook on Monday night, Nassau County police said.John Aniano, 25, was speeding in his Mercedes Benz westbound on Sunrise Highway when he crashed into the back of a Toyota, which then veered into the opposite lane of traffic, where it collided with another vehicle at 8:13 p.m., according to investigators.The driver of the Toyota, 42-year-old John Jones, was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, where he died. His passenger, Sharon Rene Long, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the third vehicle was treated for non-life threatening injuries.Aniano, who is also from Lynbrook, was taken to a local hospital for a leg injury. Homicide Squad detectives alleged that he was found to be under the influence of drugs and two prescription bottles were found in his vehicle, police said. Detectives impounded the suspect’s vehicle while the investigation is continuing.Aniano was charged with two counts second-degree manslaughter, two counts second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired. He will be arraigned as soon as medically practical, police said.last_img read more