New Austin incident not related to serial bombings, police say

first_imgABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — Law enforcement officials said an incident involving an artillery simulator that went off in Austin, Texas, Tuesday evening is not related to a series of recent bombings.The string of explosions in Austin, which have left two dead and injured others, has the city on edge and sparked hundreds of law enforcement to descend on the area. Earlier on Tuesday, a package detonated at a FedEx facility near San Antonio, injuring one.Reports of a package explosion at a Goodwill store on Brodie Lane Tuesday night initially sparked panic, but police later said the incident involved an artillery simulator and was not connected to the so-called serial bomber terrorizing the area.A male Goodwill employee was injured when he handled the device, police said in a press conference Tuesday. The device was one of two dropped off in a box at Goodwill, police said, adding that they will investigate who left the devices at the store.Police said there was no reason to believe the incident was a copycat attempt related to the recent bombings.An unexploded package bomb was discovered earlier Tuesday at the FedEx facility in Austin, Texas, two sources briefed on the investigation told ABC News, the sixth device connected to the serial bomber. Among the devices are five package bombs and one device involving a tripwire.The intact package was discovered by FedEx workers, the company said in a statement, and could yield major clues in the hunt for the serial bomber terrorizing Austin.“We have also confirmed that the individual responsible [for Tuesday’s package bomb] also shipped a second package that has now been secured and turned over to law enforcement,” FedEx said in its statement but did not reveal which of its facilities the package was discovered in.The two sources confirmed to ABC News the undetonated package was discovered at an Austin facility.“We have provided law enforcement responsible for this investigation extensive evidence related to these packages and the individual that shipped them collected from our advanced technology security systems,” FedEx said. “The safety and security measures in place across the FedEx networks are designed to protect the safety of our people, customers and communities, and to assist law enforcement as appropriate.”The FBI has discovered a link between packages involved in the Austin bombings and a mail delivery office at a strip mall in the neighboring city of Sunset Valley. Police cordoned off the area and were combing through the office Tuesday.In his first public comments on the Texas bombings, which started March 2, President Donald Trump said the federal government is doing everything it can think of to catch the culprits.“These are sick people and we need to find them immediately,” Trump told reporters at the White House.Tuesday’s explosion in the San Antonio suburb of Schertz occurred about 12:45 a.m. at a FedEx facility. About 65 miles away, two men were injured Sunday night in the fourth bombing in 17 days to rock the Texas capital.Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told the Austin City Council this morning that the package that exploded in Schertz originated at a facility in Austin that has been closed.“A package had been traveling along an automated conveyor when it exploded,” Schertz Police Chief Michael Hanson said at a news conference outside the Schertz FexEx facility this morning.Hanson said the injured worker complained of “ringing in her ears,” was treated at the scene and released.Earlier Tuesday, police told ABC San Antonio affiliate KSAT-TV that the medium-sized box that exploded contained nails and metal shrapnel.Jim McClusky, a spokesman for FedEx, confirmed in a statement to ABC News that “a single package exploded” and that one worker was treated for minor injuries.There were 75 people in the building at the time of the explosion, authorities said.“This is a fluid investigation and we want the general public to know their safety is our No. 1 priority,” said Frank Ortega, ATF acting assistant special agent in charge.He said the ATF’s National Response Team and bomb-sniffing dogs were searching the facility for other possible explosives.Neither Ortega or FBI assistant special agent James Smith, who both spoke at the news conference, would say if investigators definitively believe the explosion is connected to the Austin bombings.Manley said investigators from his department, the FBI and the ATF were working to determine whether the explosive is the work of a serial bomber or bombers who have terrorized Austin since the beginning of the month.“We’ve seen an evolution in the type of devices, the one in Schertz involves a delivery service. What we are seeing here is unprecedented,” Manley told the city council.He cautioned residents to pay close attention to any suspicious device whether it be a package, a bag, a backpack “or anything that looks out of place” and advised residents to immediately call 911 and stay clear of the suspicious items.Manley said Monday at a news conference on the Austin explosions, “Clearly we are dealing with a serial bomber.”Austin residents have been on edge for a month after the series of bombings. The first three bombings were packages, apparently hand-delivered and left on porches of homes before exploding when picked up by residents, police said.The fourth explosion took place Sunday night. Two men, ages 22 and 23, were injured in that blast, which was caused by a device using a tripwire on a sidewalk in the Travis Country neighborhood of Austin.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Fannie, Freddie say housing market could see slight hiccup

first_imgFreddie Mac’s economists said the slowdown will be caused by a hike in mortgage rates and limits on housing supply, which may eventually lead to a slowdown in home prices. Those are projected to rise 6.6 percent this year before slowing to 4.4 percent in 2022, according to Freddie Mac.“As the economy continues to improve, we expect conditions to remain generally favorable for the housing and mortgage market,” Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater said. “Higher mortgage rates have the potential, however, to dampen the robust demand we’ve been experiencing.”The housing giants are bullish on the U.S. economy. Fannie Mae expects real GDP growth to be 6.8 percent, including 9.1 percent in the second quarter, as more people are vaccinated and states and cities ease restrictions.[Inman] — Keith Larsen Tags Share via Shortlink Freddie Mac’s economists said the slowdown will be caused by a hike in mortgage rates and limits on housing supply. (iStock)The red-hot housing market could be heading for a slight slowdown, according to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Fannie Mae projects that mortgage originations will fall to $4 trillion this year from $4.5 trillion in 2020, Inman reported. Next year, the agency expects originations will drop even further to just below $3 trillion.Freddie Mac, meanwhile, expects total originations to fall to $3.5 trillion in 2021. Most of this will be felt in refinancings, according to the agency.Read moreMortgage requests refinancings continue to drop Good news march housing starts soar 19% Institutional investors higher material costs lead to rising home pricescenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink fannie maefreddie macMortgagesResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

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Ocean City Beach Patrol – 2016 Women’s Invitational

first_imgThe winners of the Ocean City Beach Patrol – 2016 Women’s Invitational are as follows:Sprint DoubleVentnor: Amanda McCabe / Stacy PriceBrigantine: Lena Stinson / Laura StinsonLongport: Caroline Bradley / Amanda RealeAtlantic City: Megan Birkbeck / Danielle La RatondaOcean City: Stephanie Hauck / Enn CurryRow- SwimVentnor: Meghan Holland / Melissa TroyBrigantine: Laren Stinson / Kyle McKenzieOcean City: Casey Merrill / Noel StyerStone Harbor: Trisha Stump / Emily MessinaLongport: Caroline Bradley / Katie AdamsSurfDashSea Isle City: Kristi Rohrer / Danielle DeMichael / Mandi Basantis / Rachel StremmeVenture: Meghan Holland / Melissa Toy / Colleen Callahan / Stacy PriceOcean City: Sam Brady / Noel Styer / Steph Hauck / Ryann StyerBrigantine: Grace Emig / Kaitlyn Schreiner / Grace Emig / Kaitlyn SchreinerStone Harbor: Cathrine Ashley / Nichole Saladino / Trisha Stump / Emily MassinaBoxSwimMargate: Amber GlennVentnor: Colleen CallahanStone Harbor: Hailey EdwardsAvalon: Aly ChainCape May: Sara Wener PaddleBoardVentnor: Colleen CallahanBringatine: Grace EmigStone Harbor: Hailey EdwardsMargate: Amber GlennOcean City: Sam BradyTop 5 Patrols                       Total Points Ventnor:                            26Brigantine:                         14Stone Harbor:                     9Ocean City                          8Margate:                             8last_img read more

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Extra help

first_imgJust in time for the school year, Harvard University is putting new tools into the hands of teachers, families, and children.Approximately 3,000 bags of homework support materials for grades K-5 — including crayons, counters, and magnetic alphabet letters for kindergarteners; play money and rulers for first- to third-graders; and dictionaries, multiplication tables, and calculators for fourth- and fifth-graders — will be distributed to family members attending Boston Public Schools’ Back-to-School Night sessions beginning in mid-September.The bags, each containing about $15 in learning materials and bilingual homework support tips, are being sent to principals and teachers at Step UP schools that implement Harvard’s SmartTALK: Homework Support for Kids Program. The program was developed by the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI), the University’s development and grant-making effort to increase learning opportunities for Boston’s young people.HASI coordinated with principals of the schools and recruited nearly 30 volunteers — including teachers, parents, children, and family outreach coordinators — to put together learning bags at HASI’s offices in Allston. Teachers will offer them to parents along with tips on setting up homework spaces for children.“I’m thrilled. This helps teachers and parents kick off the year building a great partnership,” said Danielle Betancourt, a first-grade teacher at the John Winthrop Elementary School in Dorchester. “Having the materials is as important as working with parents to use them effectively; it gives parents an entry point in helping to support their child’s learning. Given that the materials are already prepared, I can spend more time helping parents to use them.”Joan Matsalia and Lisa Moellman, HASI assistant directors, said the effort builds on HASI’s family engagement, which launched last fall with a series of Family Night events, and is designed to help link families to tools and games that support learning at home.“This is hugely important for students and their families,” said Carmen Rodriguez, family outreach coordinator for the William E. Russell Elementary School in Dorchester. “They will learn skills and habits now that will carry them through the year.”“It’s exciting to see this kind of collaboration between higher education and primary education, particularly when home-school partnerships are being thoughtfully nurtured by a dynamic group like HASI,” added Betancourt.last_img read more

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Clean Day

first_imgNearly 60,000 pounds of unwanted or out-of-date pesticides were collected for disposal through the Clean Day event held Feb. 27, 2013 in 21 southwest Georgia counties.The event was organized by University of Georgia Extension and funded by the Environmental Protective Agency. Clean Days are held to give farmers an opportunity to dispose of pesticides cheaply and legally. Clean Day events typically accept insecticides, growth regulators, fungicides, harvest aid chemicals, nematicides, bactericides, herbicides and other miscellaneous pesticides.“There was a long line going a long way but everybody was happy to wait because they were happy to get rid of all this stuff,” said Mathew Roberts, former Colquitt County Extension agent. Colquitt County was one of the southwest Georgia counties that participated. Farmers who want to get rid of pesticides legally without taking advantage of a Clean Day event have to contact the pesticide disposal company. If the farmer has enough unusable products, the company will come to them. Otherwise, the farmer has to take the unusable products to the company.“This is where people can get in trouble, too. They want to get rid of (their pesticides), and they might do that in a way they’re not supposed to, and you definitely don’t want that to happen,” Roberts said.Farmers who wish to request a Clean Day are encouraged to check with the Georgia Department of Agriculture or call their local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.To learn more about pesticide safety, see extension.uga.edu/publications. Storing old pesticides can be a safety issue, Roberts said. The pesticide and its label can deteriorate as making it easy to mistake one product for another product. And containers often break down and leak, leaving a mess for somebody to clean up, he said.“The longer you have these old and unusable pesticides sitting around, the more likely you are to have some sort of accident with them, so having Cleans Days is a really huge service to everybody,” Roberts said.last_img read more

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Taking care of your members during a stressful situation

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » As we continue to deal with the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S., credit unions are in a unique position to provide their members with much-needed relief during this time of stress. In particular, members need help addressing varying degrees of financial strain, access to funds (either on deposit or acquired through lending), and a continuous stream of information to help make informed decisions. There are many relatively simple solutions that can help your members in these difficult times, and many already exist – often your members simply need education to fully understand how they can best leverage these solutions.When it comes to helping your members through stressful situations, the following are four areas of focus for credit unions to consider:Helping Members Meet Their ObligationsA skip-a-payment program is an effective way to help members stay current on their payment obligations. Given the unique circumstances of COVID-19, consider extending the payment skip beyond the traditional one-month duration – perhaps two or three months.last_img read more

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Coronavirus came to New York from Europe, not China: Governor

first_imgBut Cuomo took aim at what he described as a slow reaction by the country’s leaders, even as increasingly disturbing reports emerged out of China in January and February about how quickly the virus was spreading and killing people.Read also: NY’s Cuomo says Trump agrees to help expand coronavirus testingCuomo said as many as 2.2 million people took flights from Europe to New York and New Jersey airports in those two months, many of them likely carrying the highly contagious respiratory illness COVID-19.”We acted two months after the China outbreak. When you look back, does anyone think the virus was still in China waiting for us to act two months later?” Cuomo said. “The horse had already left the barn by the time we moved.”Cuomo said it was important that the country learns from the mistakes that were made because the virus could surge again in autumn or a new virus could emerge. “It will happen again. Bank on it. Let’s not put our head in the sand,” he said.He said it was too early to reopen his state, which is in lockdown until at least May 15. He said the three-day rolling average for people newly admitted for COVID-19 was holding stubbornly around 1,300 per day, a worrisome sign.But on a positive note, he said hospitalizations for COVID-19 totaled 14,258 on Thursday, declining for the tenth straight day. He reported 422 additional deaths, the lowest daily total since March 31.  Topics : “We closed the front door with the China travel ban, which was right,” Cuomo told a briefing. “But we left the back door open because the virus had left China by the time we did the China travel ban.”With his comments, Cuomo thrust himself into a heated and politically fraught debate about when and how the virus first entered the United States and whether officials like Trump and himself could have saved more lives if they had acted sooner.Cuomo defended his own actions by pointing to the 19 days between New York’s first confirmed case and his lockdown order, arguing that he had moved faster than any other state.He also said Trump, who last week halted US contributions to the World Health Organization after accusing it of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the outbreak, was right to question whether the WHO responded properly to the crisis. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday pointed to research showing that strains of the novel coronavirus entered his state from Europe, not China, and said that travel bans enacted by US President Donald Trump were too late to halt its spread.Cuomo cited research from Northeastern University estimating that more than 10,000 New Yorkers may have contracted the disease by the time the state had its first confirmed case on March 1. He said he believed Italy was the likely source.The governor noted that Trump ordered a ban on travel from China on Feb. 2, more than a month after news reports had emerged about an outbreak in the city of Wuhan, and decided to restrict travel from Europe the following month. By that time, the virus had spread widely in the United States, he said.last_img read more

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Friday people roundup

first_imgSAUL Trustee Company – Sue Applegarth has been appointed chief executive, replacing Penny Green, who is to retire at the end of the year. Applegarth is currently chairman of Ensign Pension Administration but is to leave her role, as the third-party administrator was recently sold to consultancy JLT Employee Benefits. She will take up her new role at beginning of November, with Green stepping down at the end of 2014 after 14 years as chief executive.Neuberger Berman – Jolie Cornelius has been appointed senior vice-president of UK coverage for the US-based investment manager. Cornelius served as an investor relations professional for Verrazzano Capital and before then was with Blackstone.Stratus Infrastructure – Bob Shekleton and Nigel Brindley have launched a new advisory company that will focus on infrastructure investments in emerging markets. Shekleton has worked in infrastructure for 25 years, having led PPP bid activity for Jarvis and Mowlem. Brindley has 20 years’ experience and has worked at Barclays Private Equity, Barclays Infrastructure Funds and Mowlem.CBRE Global Multi Manager – Charles Baigler has been appointed to lead transactions in Europe from next month. Baigler will be based in London and have a particular focus on co-investments and joint ventures. Baigler joins from Rockspring and has also worked for Catalyst Capital. Kirstein, Forca, PBU, RBC Global Asset Management, SAUL Trustee Company, Neuberger Berman, Stratus Infrastructure, CBRE Global Multi ManagerKirstein – Nikolaj Waldhausen, partner at consultancy Kirstein and head of department for search and selection, has left to look for new challenges, according to the firm. He has worked at Kirstein for more than seven years. His role as head of the department will be taken over by senior investment analyst Martin Sønderskov Nielsen with immediate effect. Sønderskov Nielsen has seven years of experience in the department. Andreas Weilby, another senior investment analyst at the firm, will also join the search and selection team. Weilby comes from a role in financial market research. The rest of the search and selection team comprises senior investment analyst Jakob Hommel and investment analysts Peter Haurum and Simon Sparre. Another senior investment analyst will be added to the team in the autumn, Kirstein said.Forca – Lene Mortensen has been appointed as research director at Danish pensions administration company Forca, taking up the role at the beginning of August. She is joining the company from the education practitioners’ pension fund PBU (Pædagogernes Pensionskasse) – one of Forca’s customers – where she was head of membership. Mortensen has previously worked for ATP, PensionDanmark and Lægernes Pensionskasse, the pension fund for doctors.RBC Global Asset Management – The asset management division of Royal Bank of Canada has appointed Anne-Sophie Girault as managing director for business development in the EMEA region. Based in London, she will be responsible for growing the institutional asset management business. She joins from Aviva Investors, where she was responsible for the client portfolio managers teams for fixed income. Before then, she held roles at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Fidelity Investments and La Compagnie Financiere Edmond de Rothschild, in Paris and London.last_img read more

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Bashir’s exit from South Africa rattles International community

first_imgSouth Africa Rastafarians South Africa budget expectations Related South Africa Elections Coverage The incident involving Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir in South Africa has raised serious questions about the ability of the International Criminal Court to arrest and hold accountable leaders accused of war crimes.It has also called into question the level of cooperation from member states in carrying out arrests. But perhaps even more worrying is the prospect of African Union states withdrawing from the ICC. CCTV’s Liling Tan reports.last_img read more

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Gates Foundation pledges Ebola cash

first_img Tweet Share BusinessHealthLifestyle Gates Foundation pledges Ebola cash by: – September 11, 2014 Share Health agencies have warned of an exponential surge in the number of Ebola cases in LiberiaMore money has been announced to help the emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.The Gates Foundation is committing $50m to help step up efforts to tackle the deadly virus in the affected countries.This comes on top of other funds announced by the UK and US governments, as well as the European Union.But some aid charities say that the most urgent need in Africa is for expert teams in bio-hazard containment.The Gates Foundation – set up by the Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda – says it will immediately release “flexible funds” to United Nations agencies and other organisations involved in the work against Ebola, so they can buy badly needed supplies.And it says it will work with partners to speed up the development of drugs and vaccines against the virus, which has claimed almost 2,300 lives so far.Nearly half of the deaths have been in Liberia. The country’s defence minister has said it is facing a threat to its national existence.And Sierra Leone’s finance minister said the Ebola crisis had devastated the economy.The CEO of the Gates Foundation, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, said: “We are working urgently with our partners to identify the most effective ways to help them save lives now.“We also want to accelerate the development of treatments, vaccines and diagnostics that can help end this epidemic and prevent future outbreaks.”Wednesday’s announcement is the latest financial commitment from international donors.‘Lethally inadequate’Britain has already committed support worth $40m. Earlier this week, the UK’s Department for International Development said it would set up a 62-bed medical treatment centre in Sierra Leone, to open within eight weeks.A street artist paints a mural informing people of the symptoms of Ebola in the Liberian capital MonroviaThe European Union has announced funding worth $180m to help the governments in West Africa strengthen their health services – and to help local people by securing food and water supplies.The US government has spent more than $100m in response to the outbreak. This includes funding for more than 100 extra African health workers to help run treatment units in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.But the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned about a “lethally inadequate” international response, saying disaster response teams needed to be dispatched in collaboration with the affected African countries.Its international president, Dr Joanne Liu, said last week: “While funding announcements, roadmaps, and finding vaccines and treatments are welcome, they will not stop the epidemic today.“It is imperative that states immediately deploy civilian and military assets with expertise in biohazard containment.”According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, there have been more than 4,000 cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.In Nigeria, there have been 21 cases and 8 deaths. In Senegal, one case has been confirmed.An official in Senegal said on Wednesday that the 21-year-old student who arrived from neighbouring Guinea last month had recovered.BBC Newscenter_img 186 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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