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2-year-old boy shot to death in apparent home robbery: Sheriff

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first_imgKTRK(SPRING, Texas) — A 2-year-old boy was shot to death in a “brazen attack” during an apparent home invasion robbery at his apartment near Houston, authorities said.The baby was in an open garage in Spring, Texas, with his father and the dad’s friend Tuesday night when two suspects approached and immediately started shooting, Harris County Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Minchew said.The boy’s father was shot multiple times and hospitalized in very serious condition, authorities said. His friend was shot in the leg and hospitalized in stable condition, Minchew said.The child was killed at the scene, Minchew said at a news conference Wednesday.The boy’s mother, who was upstairs at the time with a 1-month-old, “thought there were fireworks going off downstairs,” Minchew said.The mother went downstairs, at which point a suspect “accosted her” and demanded money at gunpoint, Minchew said.She said she didn’t have money and the suspects fled on foot through the apartment complex, Minchew said.“They made off with nothing,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said, calling it a “brazen attack.”“Why kill a 2-year-old?” Gonzalez said to reporters on Wednesday.“When you’re shooting kids, this is senseless and unacceptable,” Gonzalez said. “We’re seeing way too much gun violence, especially focused on our children.”It does not appear the mother knew the suspects, the sheriff said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: CDC says rate of COVID cases in children ‘steadily increasing’

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first_imgzoranm/iStockBY: JON HAWORTH, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 768,000 people worldwide.More than 21.3 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 United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 5.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 169,423 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.10:45 a.m.: 7 million tests conducted in New York stateNew York state has conducted 7 million diagnostic tests for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release Sunday.For the ninth straight day the percentage of positive cases in the state was below 1%. The state saw an additional 607 coronavirus cases and now has a total of 425,508 cases statewide.Cuomo praised the “hard work of New Yorkers” for the decline in new cases.“For more than a week, we’ve seen our positivity rate stay below 1 percent, and to date New York has done 7 million tests—these are remarkable accomplishments that New Yorkers should be proud of,” Cuomo said. “But, we must not become complacent and risk slipping backwards — everyone must remember to wear their masks, socially distance, wash their hands regularly, and stay New York Tough.”Six deaths were recorded in the state on Saturday, increasing the New York death total to 25,250, the release stated.3:52 a.m.: Rate of COVID cases in children ‘steadily increasing’The CDC has issued guidance to inform pediatric healthcare providers and said that while it is unclear whether children are as susceptible to infection by SARS-CoV-2 compared with adults and whether they can transmit the virus as effectively as adults, recent evidence suggests that children likely have the same or higher viral loads compared with adults and that children can spread the virus effectively in households and camp settings.“The number and rate of cases in children in the United States have been steadily increasing from March to July 2020,” the CDC’s updated guidelines read. “The true incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children is not known due to lack of widespread testing and the prioritization of testing for adults and those with severe illness. Hospitalization rates in children are significantly lower than hospitalization rates in adults with COVID-19, suggesting that children may have less severe illness from COVID-19 compared to adults.”“While children infected with SARS-CoV-2 are less likely to develop severe illness compared with adults, children are still at risk of developing severe illness and complications from COVID-19,” the statement continued. “Recent COVID-19 hospitalization surveillance data shows that the rate of hospitalization among children is low (8.0 per 100,000 population) compared with that in adults (164.5 per 100,000 population), but hospitalization rates in children are increasing.The CDC also said that while children do have lower rates of mechanical ventilation and death than adults, on in three children who are hospitalized with COVID-19 complications in the United States were admitted to the intensive care unit — the same rate for adults.3:04 a.m.: Off-campus sorority house quarantined after 23 test positive for COVID-19, OSU saysOklahoma State University officials announced Saturday that 23 people in an off-campus sorority house have tested positive for COVID-19.According to a news release, Oklahoma State University officials learned Friday night of 23 positive coronavirus cases at the university’s Pi Beta Phi chapter, an off-campus sorority house. The release states rapid antigen testing was performed at an off-campus health care facility.“Due to the nature of this situation, the entire chapter house is in isolation or quarantine and will be prohibited from leaving the facility,” the news release states. “One member of the sorority who lives elsewhere is among those who tested positive and will also remain in isolation.”Everyone involved is being monitored by Oklahoma State University and Payne County Health Department officials, and the release states contact tracing is being conducted to further protect the campus community.University officials said the services of a third-party contractor have been enlisted to disinfect the facility and will do so again after the two-week isolation and quarantine period.12:11 a.m.: Georgia governor issues new order to let some cities impose mask mandatesGeorgia governor Brian Kemp issued a new order which renews existing restrictions for gatherings, sheltering in place, and businesses.He said that local education leaders will continue to have full authority on how best to educate students and keep them safe in school.“In late July, I asked Georgians to do ‘Four Things for Four Weeks’ to stop COVID-19,” Kemp said in a statement issued on Saturday. Without a mandate, our citizens answered the call, and we are making progress. In Georgia, our statewide case numbers have dropped 22% over the last two weeks, and daily hospitalizations have decreased by 7% in the last seven days. We are on average testing over 31,000 Georgians daily at 180 SPOCs while maintaining a low rate of transmission. The positivity rate is on the decline, and the mortality rate continues to fall.”Kemp continued: “While encouraged by the data, we cannot grow complacent. This Executive Order extends the shelter in place order for the medically fragile, continues the ban on large gatherings, and maintains health and safety protocols for Georgia businesses. This order also protects Georgia businesses from government overreach by restricting the application and enforcement of local masking requirements to public property. While I support local control, it must be properly balanced with property rights and personal freedoms. As always, we encourage citizens to wear masks, watch their distance, wash hands, and continue to follow the guidance provided in the Executive Order. Together, we will protect the lives, livelihoods, and personal freedoms of all Georgians.”ABC News’ Ahmad Hemingway and Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

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Spanish Frigate Engages in Missile Defense Exercise

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first_img View post tag: Spanish Spanish Frigate Engages in Missile Defense Exercise Authorities View post tag: ASD 15 View post tag: Missile View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Frigate Engages in Missile Defense Exercise View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Defense View post tag: Frigate The Spanish frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón (F-102) is taking part in the multinational sea-based missile defense exercise “At Sea Demonstration 15” (ASD-15) in Scottish waters along with other warships from the Netherlands, USA, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada and Norway. The Spanish Navy frigate is therefore contributing to NATO’s ballistic missile defense system while she also takes the opportunity to train in other conventional air defense tactics.In this ASD-15 edition, the F-102 detected and tracked a ballistic missile during its trajectory out of the atmosphere. The target was subsequently destroyed by an AA missile launched from a US Navy destroyer. Other ships from the multinational force activated their defense systems against two targets simulating anti-ship missiles.This is the third time the Spanish frigate has successfully detected and tracked a target of this type, thanks to the new capability recently installed on board.Originally established at the end of the 90’s, the MTMD (Maritime Theatre Missile Defense) Forum, which comprises NATO and non-NATO nations was conceived as a co-operation body for participating navies to develop improved cooperation and interoperability in sea-based missile defense using a common command and control system.The trials and exercises will continue in the coming days. The Almirante Juan de Borbón is scheduled to launch an Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) against a target simulating a modern anti-ship missile. The frigate will return to her home port at the beginning of November.Image: Spanish Navy October 22, 2015 Share this articlelast_img read more

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USS Bonhomme Richard joins 3rd Fleet

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first_img Share this article April 30, 2018 US Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Pearl Harbor on April 27, marking the ship’s first port visit since it entered US 3rd Fleet.Bonhomme Richard is stopping at Pearl Harbor as part of the ship’s transit from Sasebo, Japan, to San Diego, where the ship will be permanently homeported.“Our visit to Hawaii marks a new chapter in Bonhomme Richard’s history, and we are proud to be back on American soil after a successful FDNF tour of duty,” Capt. Larry McCullen, Bonhomme Richard’s commanding officer, said.Forward-deployed to Japan since 2012, Bonhomme Richard has called Sasebo home for six years, serving as the flagship of Expeditionary Strike Group 7, providing a rapid-response capability for the US 7th Fleet area of operations.The ship is transiting to San Diego where it will conduct operations in 3rd Fleet prior to entering an extended maintenance availability, including upgrades and modernization to operate the F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft.Video: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Bonhomme Richard makes 1st port visit in US 3rd Fleet View post tag: USS Bonhomme Richardcenter_img USS Bonhomme Richard makes 1st port visit in US 3rd Fleet Authorities View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

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Film Review: I Do

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first_imgby Rosie FearonIf you strip I Do down to its fundamental components it can be probably best be summarised as Pretty Woman seen through a slightly quirky French filter. Did you ever catch Richard Gere wearing a gimp mask? No; I didn’t think so. The protagonist is Luis, a middle aged perfumier who is the archetypal committment-phobe; reluctant to move on from his adolescence and escape from the Godfather-esque herd of matriarchs who run his life for him. Pushing him towards marriage they introduce him to a series of attractive, intelligent women who add to the feminine blanket that surrounds him, emphasised through the director’s clever employment of split screen technique. Determined to take action and to regain his masculinity, Luis decides to hire someone to pose as a potential fiancé in order to halt the wife-hunting female brethren in their tracks. After dismissing internet escorts as too expensive (Julia Roberts wouldn’t get a look in), he persuades Emanuelle, a colleague’s sister to take the job. After successfully getting dumped at the altar, Luis’ plan appears to have worked a little too well, and the comedic second half of the film is dominated by his campaign to get his family to reverse their opinions about Emma so that he can escape from the relationship. The film then takes the predictable turn of deeper feelings developing between the two main characters, which is complicated slightly by the fact that Emma is in the middle of adopting a child (from Brazil; how very Angelina of her). The fact that Luis, a fundamentally selfish and slightly pedantic neat freak, is won over by the toothy smile of an orphan from the other side of the world seems to let the film down slightly. I Do tries to deviate from the traditional rom-com format by bulking up its plot with sidelines that are never fully developed, apparently designed to keep us wondering about the outcome of the story. These tagged on sections of the narrative are never quite engaging enough to make us really care about the characters they involve. The time would be better spent in exploring the understated chemistry that exists between Luis and Emanuelle, and reconciling the fact that they both seem to be searching for something but can’t quite seem to grasp it.A charming, Saturday morning piece of film-making, I Do isn’t going to change the world, but it succeeded in making the afternoon’s essay a lot easier to write after a good dose of boy meets girl, boy and girl have some problems, and boy and girl shack up together with an extremely cute baby.last_img read more

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Singer Halsey is pregnant with 1st child

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first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Halsey has something new to sing about. The pop star announced on Instagram on Wednesday that she is expecting her first child. The 26-year-old posted photos of her baby bump with the caption: “surprise!” A representative for the singer didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking comment or additional information. Halsey has released three platinum albums and is known for hits like “Without Me,” “Bad at Love” and “Closer” with the Chainsmokers.last_img

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Top 10 Tick Facts

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first_imgIf you’ve paid attention to the news in recent months, you probably know what we are currently in the midst of what most experts would call a banner tick season. Because these blood sucking parasites are well-known carriers of lyme and other disease causing pathogens, it’s important for every outdoor enthusiast to arm themselves with knowledge about how to avoid and cope with tick encounters in the wild.Reference this handy tick fact sheet next time you set out into the great outdoors. 1. Ticks crawl up. Ticks don’t jump, fly, or drop from trees onto your head and back. If you find one attached there, it most likely latched onto your foot or leg and crawled up over your entire body.2. All ticks (including deer ticks) come in small, medium and large sizes3. Ticks can be active even in the winter. Deer Ticks in particular are not killed by freezing temperatures, and will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen.4. Ticks carry disease-causing microbes: Tick-transmitted infections are more common now than in past decades. With increases in deer populations, extending even into semi-urban areas in the eastern and western U.S., the trend is for increasing abundance and geographic spread of deer ticks and Lone Star ticks; and scientists are finding an ever-increasing list of disease-causing microbes transmitted by these ticks (Lyme disease bacteria, Babesia protozoa, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and other rickettsia, even encephalitis-causing viruses, and possibly Bartonella bacteria).5. The only way to get Lyme disease is by being bitten by a deer tick or one of its “cousins” found around the world.6. For most tick-borne diseases, you have 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection. Even a quick daily tick check at bath or shower time can be helpful in finding and removing attached ticks before they can transmit an infection. Lyme disease bacteria take at least 24 hours to invade the tick’s saliva.7. Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin. And with about one-in-four nymphal deer ticks carrying the Lyme disease spirochete and other germs in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and upper mid-western U.S., it’s important to know what you’re really looking for. They’re easy to miss, their bites are generally painless, and they have a habit of climbing up (under clothing) and biting in hard-to-see places.8. The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with a pointy tweezer. Using really pointy tweezers, it’s possible to grab even the poppy-seed sized nymphs right down next to the skin. The next step is to simply pull the tick out like a splinter.9. Clothing with built-in tick repellent is great for preventing tick bites. An easy way to avoid tick bites and disease is to wear clothing (shoes, socks, shorts or pants, and shirt) with Insect Shield tick repellent built-in.10. There’s really only one way you get a tick-transmitted disease, and that’s from a tick bite. Reducing tick abundance in your yard, wearing tick repellent clothing every day, treating pets every month and getting into a habit of doing a quick body scan are all great actions for preventing tick bites.–Tips courtesy of tickencounter.org.last_img read more

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Panel tweaks MJP rules to accommodate arbitrations

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first_img Panel tweaks MJP rules to accommodate arbitrations Senior EditorA possible hindrance to an international business arbitration group locating its headquarters in Florida has been cleared up with a change to the proposed Florida Bar rules on multijurisdictional practices.The Multijurisdictional Practice Commission 2002 approved amendments to its rule package, which is pending before the Bar Board of Governors, when it met September 4 at the Bar’s General Meeting in Tampa.The Free Trade Association of the Americas has been looking to locate its secretariat in Miami, which would handle international business arbitration matters. But representatives of the Bar’s International Law and Business Law sections said provisions in the proposed MJP rules could unwittingly put up barriers to international arbitration in the state.Those rules would require lawyers licensed in other jurisdictions who come into the state to represent clients to register with the Supreme Court, pay a fee, be subject to Bar discipline, and handle no more than three cases in a 365-day period.Bar President Miles McGrane told the commission he found out about the problem just before the Bar’s Annual Meeting in June, and decided to pull the rules from board consideration to address the issues.“The Bar will do anything in its power to get any barriers out of the way to bring the secretariat of the FTAA to Miami,” McGrane said. “We will do whatever we can that meets with the core values of the Bar. If there are any barriers, we can get rid of them today.”He said the Governor’s Office had reviewed the suggested amendments and approved them, and that he wants the Bar to actively support bringing the FTAA to the state.Commission member Ruth Kinsolving headed the subcommittee that came up with the amendments to accommodate international arbitrations.“Basically, what our subcommittee recommends to the commission is that there be an additional niche carved out that followed for the most part the ABA [MJP] model rules,” she said.“The person who would be conducting the international arbitration needs to be a lawyer, or recognized as like a lawyer, from the jurisdiction where they come from. If that person is a licensed lawyer or the equivalent,. . . then that’s fine.”Those representatives would not be required to register with the Bar or pay a fee, she said.Commission members noted the changes fit with the spirit of the MJP rules since international arbitrations would not involve Florida law.“The point is this arbitration would take place anywhere. It’s kind of like having a little United Nations in Miami,” Kinsolving said. “It really isn’t Florida law; it isn’t Florida court jurisdiction; it isn’t things that would involve a Florida lawyer practicing in Florida on things that The Florida Bar regulates.”“With that amendment, the International Law Section would approve and join in the modification of the rule,” said Ed Davis, a member of that section’s executive council who has been monitoring the issue.“That cures the issue and really paves the way for international arbitration and the FTAA in Florida.”The commission also approved one other change that affects arbitrations in general, which would protect information from a confidential arbitration when filing a verification statement. That alteration had been sought by the Business Law Section.Lou Conti, representing the section, also asked the commission to review rules affecting national arbitrations. But commission Chair John Yanchunis said those had been discussed and settled by the commission in earlier meetings.The Board of Governors is expected to take up the changes on first reading at its October 3 meeting, and then give final approval at its December meeting. October 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Panel tweaks MJP rules to accommodate arbitrationslast_img read more

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State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnover

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first_img State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnover Jan Pudlow Senior Editor A half dozen years ago, the legislature boosted the starting salaries of rookie prosecutors and public defenders to lure them in the door. Now it’s time for the second phase of trying to keep mid-level attorneys with three to six years experience, the group with the highest turnover rate.That was the message 19th Circuit State Attorney Bruce Colton, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, delivered to the Senate Justice Appropriations Committee on January 26.Ditto for public defenders, says Eighth Circuit Public Defender Richard Parker, who made his case for additional staff, as well as increased pay, when he asked for $15 million for workload, an 8.3 percent increase over last year’s trial operating budget.“We can’t stop the turnover,” Parker said. Over an eight-year period, he said, the turnover rate has been nearly 22 percent. That means each year, about one in five attorneys quits the public defenders’ office. Experienced assistant public defenders, he said, are “only making $10,000 more than brand new lawyers coming through the door.”The minimum starting salary for assistant public defenders, Parker said, is $38,317. Yet the minimum starting salary for lawyers in the executive branch after two years is $50,616.The same turnover crisis is also happening on the other side of the courtroom.“We can’t keep experienced lawyers, and we have a problem sending people into court with very little experience on very important cases,” Colton said. “Every day, people apologize for leaving a job they love, because they can’t afford to pay student loans and raise a family.”The prosecutors are asking for $6.9 million.State attorneys are not trying to compete with law firm salaries, just other government agencies, Colton said. He gave the example of the lowest salary of an assistant county attorney in Miami-Dade County is more than 35 percent greater than the average salary of prosecutors in the 11th circuit.Every time the legislature funds a new judge, Colton said, the state attorneys need seven employees, including attorneys, support staff, and a victims’ advocate.In “virtually every case where someone goes to prison,” he said, there are 3.850 motions filed on ineffective assistance of counsel.“These are killing us,” Colton said. “There are four people handling just those motions in our office.”Speaking for the public defenders, Parker agreed: “You can add as many new judges as you want, but if you don’t add corresponding staff it won’t be efficient.”Even without new judges, he said, “We are still facing pressures.”The ineffective assistance of counsel motions are a “tremendous drain” on the public defenders, as well, he said, because they are defending some and prosecuting others.Committee Chair Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, said: “We recognize what your needs are. It’s more than hiring attorneys. It’s staff support.”This year, Crist said, he hopes to fund 66 new judgeships (64 trial and two appellate), 55 Supreme Court certified last year, plus 11 new ones the court has requested.“Whatever we do, we will do in a balanced holistic approach so all parties are equally stroked and no one is penalized,” Crist said. February 15, 2006 Regular News State attorneys, PDs need money to reduce turnoverlast_img read more

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Addressing the gender gap in credit unions

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first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Women are underrepresented in credit union leadership roles around the globe with males predominating chief executive roles. This is especially the case in smaller credit unions, where numbers in the United States show that most female leaders serve at credit unions smaller than $50m. These figures, published in a report by the Filene Research Institute and World Council of Credit Unions, revealed five key challenges in enhancing women’s leadership in the sector.The research shows that women tend to work in lower-level positions and in roles that do not lead to executive positions. Women also perceive themselves as having less power and influence than men. Other challenges include the existing leadership climate and the fact that mentors and mentees tend to group towards their own gender. The report demonstrated that there is still significant opportunity for credit unions to realise the promise of female leadership.The World Council’s Global Women’s Leadership Network was set up for this purpose – striving to connect credit union women globally and engage them in professional and personal development through online and in-person educational platforms. Members are encouraged to become more active in their credit unions, share ideas and experiences, and explore international perspectives on the common challenges that face the industry. Over 900 women from 53 countries have joined the network to cultivate their leadership potential since it started in 2009. Members can attend the Networking Breakfast at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference and the Annual Leadership Forum, take part in local chapter meetings, called Sister Societies, and vote and participate in the Network’s Scholarship/Empowerment Grant programmes. continue reading »last_img read more

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