16-year-old girl fatally shot by police in Ohio

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — A 16-year-old girl was shot and killed by police on Tuesday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, police said.Police said they were responding to a report of an attempted stabbing in the southern part of the city at about 4:30 p.m. local time. The shooting took place a short time later, according to police.The victim, who the Franklin County Children Services identified as Ma’Khia Bryant, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead just before 5:30 p.m.“She could be my grandchild,” Ned Pettus, director of the Columbus Department of Public Safety, said at a press conference. “My heart breaks for the family tonight. No matter the circumstances, that family is in agony. … They deserve answers, the city deserves answers. … But fast answers cannot come at the expense of accurate answers.”Pettus said if the law was broken the police officer will be held accountable.Police held a press conference late Tuesday where they showed body camera footage of the incident. In the video, the police officer is seen approaching a fight between several teenage girls.Police said, and the slow motion video appeared to show, that the officer shot the teen just as she was “attempting to stab the first female that lands on the ground and then the second female that is pushed onto the vehicle.”“She was a good kid. She was loving,” Hazel Bryant, who said she was the victim’s aunt, told Columbus ABC affiliate WSYX-TV near the scene of the shooting. “Yeah she had issues, but that’s OK. … She didn’t deserve to die like a dog on the street.”A review of the shooting will be done by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther confirmed the news of the shooting on Twitter.“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life,” he wrote. “We do not know all of the details. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible. BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation — as they do with all CPD-involved shootings.”“We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available,” he continued. “I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.”People gathered near the scene of the shooting as night fell and later marched through Columbus and outside the police department.The shooting came about an hour before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd last May.Police initially said Ma’Khia was 15 years old, but Franklin County Children Services later said she was 16.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgUniversity College Cork (UCC) is an internationally renownedUniversity where excellence in teaching and research is alignedwith an inclusive and respectful environment, in which all staffand students can flourish and thrive. Founded in 1845, UCC is acomprehensive research-intensive institution comprising fouracademic colleges, delivering a rich tradition of collaborativeteaching, research and scholarship that has true global impact.Located in Cork City, which is known for its vibrancy and culture,UCC’s distinctive features and character owe much to its locationand history.UCC continues to build on its achievements with passion anddrive. With 3,000 staff, 22,650 students and over 200,000 alumniworldwide, the University continues to further enhance its positionas a world-leading university. It is in the top 1.1% of alluniversities globally, and the top university in Ireland forgraduate employability and industry collaborations. UCC also has astrong commitment to sustainability, ranking 9th globally in UI’sGreen Metric World University Rankings. In its next President, UCCis seeking an outstanding leader with an exceptional understandingof the challenges and opportunities that face UCC’s community.Candidates are sought who will bring dynamic, modern, values-basedleadership skills to inspire colleagues such that the extraordinarytalents of all staff and students are fully realised. TheUniversity is looking for an individual who will have a significantexternal role representing UCC regionally, nationally and globally;someone who can demonstrate a commitment to the values of acomprehensive, research-intensive, international university whichaspires to excellence in all its endeavours.To apply or to download further information for this role,please visit https://www.perrettlaver.com/campaigns/ucc-president.For a confidential discussion regarding this role, please callDr Sinéad Gibney or Ms Michelle Scanlon at Perrett Laver on +353(0) 1 905 3537.The deadline for applications is 12 noon (Irish LocalTime) on Friday 21st May 2021.UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing aninclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.  As aUniversity, UCC strives to create a workplace that reflects thediversity of its student population where people from a widevariety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, andwork collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employerthat recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff.  UCCencourages applicants to consult its policies at https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/policies/ and initiativesat https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/implementation/ and UCCwelcomes applications from everyone, including those whoare under-represented in the protected characteristics set out inUCC’s Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.last_img read more

1M struggling homeowners didn’t request forbearance. Now what?

first_imgOver one million borrowers are at least 30 days past due on their mortgages and not in a forbearance program, according to mortgage-data firm Black Knight Inc. Of those, 680,000 have federally guaranteed mortgages and therefore qualify for a forbearance plan. While the rest do not, some lenders may have offered forbearance regardless.Some experts expect that number to grow to several million as the six-month point of those forbearances approaches in October. While an extension is possible, homeowners must once again request it.The mortgage relief program was put into place in the early phases of the coronavirus pandemic as part of the CARES Act, but homeowners don’t need to prove they’re experiencing financial difficulties to take advantage. But according to a July report from the National Housing Resource Center, more than half of borrowers surveyed either were not aware of the forbearance program, or were confused about how it works.“Some borrowers are falling through the cracks that we’re not picking up,” Lisa Rice, president and chief executive of the National Fair Housing Alliance, told the Journal. “It’s just a really sad series of events.” [WSJ] — Sasha Jones This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now A million homeowners haven’t requested forbearance on their mortgages — and are now at risk for foreclosure and eviction. (iStock)One million homeowners are at risk of losing their homes because they haven’t taken advantage of an option that protects them from foreclosure or eviction.Homeowners with federally guaranteed mortgages can temporarily hold off on their monthly payments for up to a year without penalty, as long as they make those payments up later. In order to do so, borrowers must call their mortgage company to ask for forbearance.However, many homeowners have simply missed payments, according to the Wall Street Journal.Read moreLandlords lost about $9B in rental payments last quarter: reportBanks see CRE loans delinquencies hit 5-year highSize does matter: Mortgage loan average swells to new recordlast_img read more

Nottingham City Transport opts for Freeway fleet management

first_imgNottingham City Transport (NCT) is deploying the latest mobile technology across its engineering operation as part of the rollout of a new package from Freeway Fleet Systems.Engineering staff at NCT are being equipped with rugged tablets that synchronise in real time with a central Freeway system for managing the maintenance of NCT’s fleet of over 300 buses.The operator required a system to transform what was largely a paper-based operation, says Engineer Director Gary Mason. In addition to mobile paperless working, the operator also specified a cloud-based system. With Freeway, Nottingham City Transport has a secure and fully managed cloud solution, minimising demands on its IT resources.Says Gary: “For us, the move from paper to digital working is expected to provide improved compliance and audit trail capabilities, as well as significant gains in profitability.“Real time visibility of defects will improve vehicle turnaround times. And beyond those efficiencies, the project has also identified significant cost reductions. Printing alone has been costing use £25,000 annually.”NCT is undertaking a phased rollout of Freeway. The first part is now complete with the introduction of workshop management software and live connected tablets. The next phase involves the integration of drivers’ pre-service inspection reports using a Tranzaura app.Tablets will be used to replace virtually all paperwork. They will be utilised by everyone from technicians to electrical specialists and cleaners. Running Freeway apps, the devices provide quick, easy entry of data to replace job sheets, inspection reports, timesheets, 24-hour sheets and others.At NCT, vehicles are allocated by the engineering department and not operations. For the latter, that removes one important variable and it simplifies scheduling as availability is assured. However, it increases the responsibility on engineering to maintain the fleet and minimise downtime.Says Chief Engineer Liam O’Brien (pictured, left): “Our primary responsibility is to protect the company’s O-Licence. Freeway will help here, but the real benefits come from the fact that it is a tool that will allow us to work more effectively.“With everything digital and the information we need always immediately visible, we’ll be able to manage things in a way that was impossible before.”Fellow East Midlands operator Trentbarton, along with other Wellglade subsidiaries, adopted Freeway Fleet Systems earlier in 2020.last_img read more

Reddick manages fuel, wins regular-season finale at Las Vegas

first_imgLAS VEGAS – Tyler Reddick and his Richard Childress Racing team gambled and hit the jackpot Saturday evening at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, taking a chance on fuel mileage and racing just hard enough to hold off Christopher Bell by 0.738 seconds in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300.Reddick, who hoisted his fifth trophy, also officially earned the regular-season championship based on points come lap 71 of the 200-lap race. He was running fifth at the time.“Christopher Bell had a really fast race car today, but we were just able to come in and get fuel and tires and run really fast laps to keep us in front of him,’’ said Reddick, whose 30 laps led to close out the win were the sum of his laps out front. “Hats off to (crew chief) Randall (Burnett) and all the guys. We’ve had a really fast car in the past, unfortunately today we didn’t have it but we got them with strategy.’’RELATED: Official Las Vegas results | Reddick wins regular-season titleBrandon Jones was third, polesitter Cole Custer was fourth, and Justin Allgaier rounded out the top five. Veteran Elliott Sadler, a four-time Xfinity Series championship runner-up and 13-race winner, finished 10th in his last NASCAR national series race.It was a strong statement for Reddick, who earned his fifth victory to close out the regular season and now begins his playoff run on a high note Friday at Richmond Raceway. The Californian has a series-best 20 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes in 26 races and is the defending Xfinity Series champion.A six-race winner this season, Bell led a race-high 154 laps and was disappointed in the outcome after an especially strong showing. He pitted for tires and fuel with 30 laps remaining and returned to the track to try to make up Reddick’s nearly 20-second advantage at the time. Bell slowly gained but ultimately came up short.Although Bell’s effort didn’t earn him the race trophy, he does go into the playoffs with the points lead. He is the top-ranked driver with 2,055 points as they reset. Custer and Reddick are tied for second, 11 points fewer than Bell.The rest of the Xfinity Series postseason qualifiers in their reseeded order include Austin Cindric, rookie Chase Briscoe, veterans Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett, rookie Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, Justin Haley, Ryan Sieg and rookie John Hunter Nemechek.Sieg failed post-race technical inspection, but it didn’t cost him a playoff berth.RELATED: Complete look at 12-driver playoff fieldCuster, who bested Bell for the pole position Saturday afternoon, earned his fourth consecutive top 10 at the track and, although disappointed not to win, seemed optimistic about his playoff potential.“We were just tight,’’ Custer said of his No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. “We tried to make adjustments to fix it. Just a tough weekend. … We had a great regular season and looking forward to the playoffs. I’m pumped for it. I think all the tracks in the playoffs we’ll be strong and everybody should look out for us.’’In addition to Richmond, there’s the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval and Dover International Speedway in the first round.Reddick’s crew chief conceded it was a risky move to get the victory, but Burnett ultimately said he was feeling the Vegas vibe and that a strategic gamble was the team’s only hope in besting the faster Bell.“We felt like we weren’t going to be able to get up there and compete with the 20; he was the class of the field all day,’’ Burnett said. “We saw an opportunity there. We knew we would be really close. None of the other guys came down (pit road). We really didn’t have anything to lose at this point.“We got back out there, (Reddick) did a great job managing and holding pace. We just managed our pace based on how fast the 20 was catching us. We had to pick it back up at the end.“It just worked out. “6.2.5last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Sept. 2

first_imgDeath noticesCharles A. Colichia Jr., 87, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves.Daniel “Danny” P. Gordy, 47, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves.Cody Lane Livingston, 23, of Beaumont, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Jerry Lynn Fox, Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland, 2 p.m.Jolea Viguet, Hooks Cemetery, Kountze, 2:30 p.m. Services todayEvelyn Charles, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Eunice Gobert, Harvest Time Bible Church, Port Arthur, 1 p.m.center_img Josef Alan Degen, 77, of Nederland died Thursday, Sept.1, 2016. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland.Ramiro Ayala Villaneuva, 40, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Marshal Lewis Dean, 85, of Beaumont died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.last_img read more

Joe Iconis & Joe Tracz’s Be More Chill Will Transfer to Broadway

first_img This just might be the news of the day! Be More Chill, Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s fan-favorite musical currently making its off-Broadway debut at the Pershing Square Signature Center, will move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre in 2019. Previews will begin on February 13 followed by a March 10 opening night. Tickets are now on sale.”The fact that I get to make my Broadway debut as a writer surrounded by so many longtime collaborators and beloved friends both onstage and behind the scenes is a literal dream come true,” said Iconis in a statement. “Be More Chill has surprised me and Joe Tracz every step of the way and we can’t believe that our celebration of misfits, losers and underdogs gets to take up residence on 45th Street.”Based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill is the story of Jeremy Heere, your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey. That is, until the day he finds out about “The Squip.” Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy’s desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self.Be More Chill features a book by Tracz and a score by Iconis. Stephen Brackett will repeat his work as director with Chase Brock as choreographer and Emily Marshall as musical director.The off-Broadway cast is led by Will Roland as Jeremy Heere, Jason Tam as “The Squip,” Gerard Canonico as Rich, Katlyn Carlson as Chloe, Stephanie Hsu as Christine, Lauren Marcus as Brooke, George Salazar as Michael, Jason SweetTooth Williams as Jeremy’s Dad/Mr. Reyes, Tiffany Mann as Jenna and Britton Smith as Jake.Broadway’s Be More Chill will feature scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Ryan Rumery and orchestrations by Charlie Rosen.Be More Chill was originally commissioned and produced by Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey in 2015. Star Files View Comments Jason Tam & Will Roland in off-Broadway’s “Be More Chill”(Photo: Maria Baranova) Related Showscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 11, 2019 Be More Chill Will Rolandlast_img read more

Vistancia Sees Record Sales for Planned Community

first_imgVistanciaa master planned community located in the rising foothills of the northwest Valley, is experiencing record sales for the first half of 2012 reporting 189 net sales representing a 78 percent increase in year-over-year sales growth.“We’ve eclipsed our 2011 total net sales during the first six months of this year and continue to attract premier builders to join our growing community,” said Mark Hammons, vice president/general manager of Vistancia.“It’s been an exciting year thus far and record sales growth coupled with an increase in builder activity is a confirmation that home builders and consumers have confidence in the market and consider Vistancia because of its unique lifestyle, wide selection of new home options and quicker access to Phoenix with the Loop 303 and Lone Mountain Parkway,” Hammons said.Visitors to the Vistancia Information Center have nearly doubled since 2011 setting a 96 percent year-over-year growth.Builder interest in the community is stronger than ever with three new builders opening in the first half of 2012 and up to five additional neighborhoods in The Village and Blackstone at Vistancia anticipated before year end. Specific builders and new homes planned will be announced this fall.“We’re seeing demand for new homes continuing to improve including our custom homesites and our most recent new builders like Meritage Homes, Taylor Morrison and Shea Homes have brought new buyers to the community,” said Hammons.“Each of our builders offer a different product and we anticipate that the newly-designed floorplans coming this fall will help satisfy the pent-up demand of consumers who have been waiting for new opportunities to purchase in Vistancia.”Set amongst a stunning backdrop of the natural Sonoran desert mountain beauty, the Vistancia community features a vibrant and genuine spirit with six actively selling new home neighborhoods by national and regional builders offering varied designs in three unique lifestyle communities: The Village at Vistancia, a multi-generational family community; Blackstone at Vistancia, a private golf community featuring luxury homes and custom homesites; and Trilogy at Vistancia, an active adult resort community.Recreational experiences at Vistancia include the 3.5-mile Discovery Trail, the heart of Vistancia that connects the entire community linking to on-site schools and scenic parks with interactive gardens and walkways for enjoying the surrounding Sonoran desert with year-round events.The centerpiece of The Village at Vistancia is the 15,000-square-foot Mountain Vista Club, featuring an outdoor basketball court, three swimming pools with waterslides, tennis courts, playground, large event lawn and picnic areas. Residents in The Village community can also enjoy the Foothills Center featuring a six-lane lap pool, children’s playground and scenic ramada.Amenities of Blackstone at Vistancia include a private guard gated entrance, neighborhood park and spectacular desert views. In addition, Blackstone at Vistancia features the Blackstone Country Club including a Jim Engh-designed 18-hole golf course and the Blackstone clubhouse, a 30,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial architectural style clubhouse with a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, three resort-style pools and lighted tennis courts. Club membership is separate from real estate purchase.Trilogy at Vistancia features an 18-hole golf course designed by Gary Panks and the 35,000-square-foot Kiva Club with fitness center, swimming pools, full-service Alvea Spa, four lighted tennis courts and the Verde Grill.“We’ve created a master plan that offers a wide range of living choices and amenities that engage residents, provides unique ways to discover their community and creates a genuine, overall feeling of being connected with our natural Sonoran desert beauty which is what today’s homebuyers are seeking,” Hammons said.Vistancia is located in Peoria set amongst a stunning backdrop of mountain ranges featuring dramatic views of White Peak, Twin Buttes and the Bradshaw Mountains in pristine desert surroundings.Vistancia now has a second community entrance and exit, providing both north and south access. Take Loop 303 to the new Lone Mountain Parkway (exit 127). The Vistancia Information Center is located at the guard-gated entrance of Blackstone at Vistancia. For more information about Vistancia visit www.vistancia.com or call 623-933-6233.last_img read more

Reading Pain in a Human Face

first_imgThe New York Times:How well can computers interact with humans? Certainly computers play a mean game of chess, which requires strategy and logic, and “Jeopardy!,” in which they must process language to understand the clues read by Alex Trebek (and buzz in with the correct question).But in recent years, scientists have striven for an even more complex goal: programming computers to read human facial expressions.…Jeffrey Cohn, a University of Pittsburgh professor of psychology who also conducts research on computers and facial expressions, said the CERT study addressed “an important problem, medically and socially,” referring to the difficulty of assessing patients who claim to be in pain. But he noted that the study’s observers were university students, not pain specialists.Dr. Bartlett said she didn’t mean to imply that doctors or nurses do not perceive pain accurately. But “we shouldn’t assume human perception is better than it is,” she said. “There are signals in nonverbal behavior that our perceptual system may not detect or we don’t attend to them.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more