Manhunt on for 2 robbers who gunned down mother working at gas station

first_imgHarris County Sheriffs Office(HOUSTON) — A massive manhunt in Texas stretched into its fifth day Tuesday for two armed robbers who gunned down in cold blood a mother of two described by a relative as a “light in a dark world” and had recently become engaged to be married.Donna Pena, 31, was shot to death in a holdup at a Houston-area Shell gas station, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Pena started working at the gas station three days before she was killed, her brother-in-law, Kevin Hamilton, told ABC News on Tuesday.“Why? Just why? It was senseless,” Hamilton said. “They have to pay.”the Harris County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video of the two gun-wielding robbers, both wearing bandannas over their faces, and one dressed in a hooded sweatshirt with the word “Navy” written on the front and back. His accomplice was wearing red sneakers with white stripes, police said.Investigators said the fatal holdup occurred Friday night while Pena was working in the gas station’s mini market, officials said.In a horrific crime that took just 25 seconds, the two bandits bust through the front door about 10 p.m. with pistols in hand and mercilessly shot Pena dead before emptying the cash register, authorities said.Sheriff’s officials said the two men are believed to be responsible for five to 10 armed robberies in the Houston area, including one recently at a Subway restaurant.“Getting these two men off the streets is a top priority for us. We owe it to Donna Pena, her loved ones and everybody that mourns her death, as well as the community that we are sworn to protect,” Chief Deputy Edison Toquica of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said during a news conference.Hamilton said Pena had previously worked for the chain of Shell gas stations in the Houston area, but quit to go to welding school. He said Pena went back to work three days before she was killed.“She was actually just picking up a shift. That was not her regular store,” Hamilton told ABC News.He described his sister-in-law as “full of love” and is survived by a 4-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son.“She was there for everybody and she loved nature, she loved Texas and she loved just about everything,” Hamilton said. “She was a light in a dark world.”Hamilton said Pena’s boyfriend recently proposed marriage and she accepted.He said Pena’s son is distraught over his mother’s death.“He’s trying to stay strong for everybody,” Hamilton said. “It’s just hitting her little girl. She thinks it’s a dream and we’re all going to wake up.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Falls from height are not being addressed by London employers

first_img Comments are closed. Falls from height are not being addressed by London employersOn 3 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Onein 10 London workplaces are failing to prevent falls from height, aninvestigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found.Inspectionsat 949 workplaces over two weeks during September – including schools, busgarages, factories and public and private hospitals – resulted in 47enforcement notices.Muchof the enforcement action concerned industrial estates. Examples of their poorpractice include a gang of roofing contractors who were working on a fragileroof without any means of fall prevention, and a wooden ladder that was sobadly damaged, the inspector immediately prohibited its use. Fallsfrom height are the single biggest cause of death in UK workplaces, accountingfor 69 deaths and 3,996 major injuries in 2001-2002. InLondon in the same year, nine workers died following falls from height at work,and 393 suffered major injuries.TheHSE has been running a campaign entitled ‘Don’t Fall for It’, designed tohighlight the dangers of falls from height – particularly within theconstruction industry.Inits latest blitz on building sites during September, the HSE found more than athird of sites were still well below standard. Inspectorsvisited 1,429 sites around the country, issuing 332 prohibition and 82improvement notices, with 13 potential prosecutions under consideration.KevinMyers, chief inspector for construction at the HSE, said that despite ahigh-profile inspection regime, the findings worryingly suggest the industryhad failed to raise its standards.“Manyin the industry are deliberately cutting corners, paying lip-service to safetyand risking the lives of their workers,” he said.TheHSE has published a new information sheet on preventing falls from boom-typemobile elevating work platforms, often called ‘cherry pickers’. Informationsheet MISC614 clarifies the issues surrounding the selection and use ofappropriate personal fall protection equipment, and is availlast_img read more

Transactions slump by a fifth in Central London as Brexit bites

first_imgThe Central London prime housing market has continued to take a hammering, latest research by housing data platform LonRes has revealed.Its analysis of the sales market within the capital’s prime postcodes during the final three months of 2018 have unearthed some alarming results, including a year-on-year 20% drop in instructions and a 13% reduction in transactions. Just over two thirds of respondents to the survey blamed this all squarely on Brexit.Also, 63% of the agents quizzed by LonRes said house prices in their area had reduced by 10% or more since the peak of the market.“Despite the Brexit fog having turned into more of a pea-souper we have seen a number of high value deals being agreed in the last few months,” says Marcus Dixon, Head of Research at LonRes (left).“Yet, while the world’s wealthy appear to be seeing value and opportunity in prime London, many are still postponing their decision to buy.“In an uncertain market the response by both buyers and sellers in prime London has been to hunker down and observe rather than participate.”The  report also reveals how more vendors are withdrawing their homes from the market, but offers some rays of hope.It says agents are reporting an increase in the time between under offer and exchange and that these deals struck in the final months of 2018 could well still translate into sales.In the lettings market, the tenant population is growing as fewer people buy which, coupled with a reduction in stock, has pushed up rents recently across most of central London.Marcus Dixon LonRes prime london Brexit February 12, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Transactions slump by a fifth in Central London as Brexit bites previous nextHousing MarketTransactions slump by a fifth in Central London as Brexit bitesMarket report by LonRes covering the final months of last year reveal continuing problems for the Capital’s central postcodes.Nigel Lewis12th February 20190917 Viewslast_img read more

Australian DoD, Department of Fisheries WA to Monitor, Manage Marine Pests in WA Waters

first_img View post tag: Defense Share this article View post tag: DoD View post tag: waters Australian DoD, Department of Fisheries WA to Monitor, Manage Marine Pests in WA Waters View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence The Australian Department of Defence has joined forces with the Department of Fisheries WA to monitor and manage marine pests in Western Australian waters.The Defence Support Group (DSG), the Royal Australian Navy and the Department of Fisheries specialist Marine Biosecurity Research and Monitoring Group has worked together to develop and manage a marine pest monitoring program around Garden Island.As part of the program, Royal Australian Navy Clearance Divers have taken part in marine pest surveys in waters surrounding HMAS Stirling, which involved collecting samples by scraping mussel fouling off pylons, from a prescribed depth. On the surface, the research group then sort through the fouling looking for the pest mussel.The surveys are designed to ensure the early detection of marine pest incursions, vastly improving the chances of eradicating any pests that are found.While the Asian Green Mussel has been a pest targeted by the program, this particular pest has not been found in the vicinity of Garden Island to date.Navy, DSG and the Department of Fisheries WA intend to continue their vigilance to keep the marine area surrounding Garden Island free from marine and environmental pests.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 25, 2013; Image: Australian Navy February 25, 2013 View post tag: Monitor View post tag: Australian View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian DoD, Department of Fisheries WA to Monitor, Manage Marine Pests in WA Waters View post tag: marine View post tag: manage View post tag: Department View post tag: Navy View post tag: Pests View post tag: WA Industry news View post tag: Fisherieslast_img read more

VC embraces Chinese uni

first_imgOxford’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton has announced a new scheme to enhance academic co-operation with China as he attended the 100th birthday celebrations of Beijing’s Tsinghua University.Representatives of over 120 universities were present, ranging from Chinese institutions to Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard.Following an agreement made at the event, Oxford and Tsinghua will begin an increased program of co-operation within academic research, and an enhanced exchange of students and faculty over the next 5 years.Students from China would be able to undertake summer research placements at Oxford, whilst similar programmes in China will also be offered to those at Oxford. Additional ‘Li and Fung Scholarships’ will support the exchange of students between China and Oxford, whilst seminars and workshops will also be co-hosted under the new scheme. The sharing of academic materials was also proposed.As well as celebrating Tsinghua’s birthday, the “Tsinghua Consensus” was reached by the University representatives. It was decided that the Universities would attempt to strengthen co-operation and exchange, maintain a commitment to excellence, play a more important role in international issues, and “improve the development of human civilization”.The Consensus echoes growing calls that, in a time of shifting global economic dominance, the export of top quality higher education will become increasingly important for Western economies.Fourth year Mansfield student Melvin Chen, who was born and lived in China, was positive about the relationship. He said, “Grassroots initiatives that promote understanding, collaboration and investment between China and the developed world are critical to the future prosperity of both parties.“I believe that the development of global leaders who intimately understand both cultures is one of the great challenges of this century. Fostering greater academic collaboration will be key in this respect.”However, whilst Hamilton discussed the growing need for global co-operation amongst Universities, some have questioned Oxford’s increasingly warm relationship with China.The Vice Chancellor accepted an honorary doctorate from Tsinghua and revealed how over 3,000 senior Chinese government officials have received short-term training programs in Oxford in recent years.The University’s Advanced Leadership Development Programme trains politicians up to Vice Minister level, and is run through the Department for Continuing Education in association with the UNDP.A spokesperson for the university confirmed that this training is partly aimed at helping Chinese leaders to meet Millennium Development Goals.St. Catz student Pascal Jerome commented, “China’s human rights abuses are grave and many, but the risk of legitimising these transgressions through academic collaboration is surely outweighed by the opportunity of naturally fostering human rights ideals in the higher echelons of Chinese government.”Oxford University is currently home to around 750 Chinese students, 4% of the total student body and, as stated by Hamilton, “China has become the biggest source of students following the United Kingdom and the United States”.He stressed that enhanced globalisation for universities did not necessarily mean taking a fundamentally different approach. Whereas many Western universities have rapidly established new overseas campuses in countries such as China, Oxford has not yet announced any plans to do so.last_img read more

Supreme Court: Man Allowed To View Video Of Controlled Drug Buy With Informant

first_imgThree Individuals and Relay Qualify for Finals on Friday at NCAA ChampionshipsOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comA Vigo County man facing drug charges will now be able to review a video of a controlled drug buy between himself and an informant after the Indiana Supreme Court decided Friday that the disclosure of the video would be relevant and helpful to his case.In Marvin Beville v. State of Indiana, 84S01-1606-CR-347, Marvin Beville was accused of selling marijuana to a confidential informant and was subsequently charged with dealing in marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. The state informed Beville that it had a video recording of the controlled buy, but only offered to let Beville’s public defender review the video at the prosecutor’s office.Beville then made multiple attempts to obtain a copy of the video for his own review, including filing a motion to compel. The state claimed the informer’s privilege allowed the withholding of any item that could reveal the informant’s identity.The public defender argued that allowing Beville to review the video was “fundamental to (their) preparation,” and the video might not reveal the informant’s identity because the camera was likely pointed at Beville.The Vigo Superior Court denied the motion to compel, but did not issue findings of fact or conclusions of law.A divided Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed in a March 2016 memorandum decision, holding that the state showed a “paramount interest” in protecting the informant’s identity, though Judge Elaine Brown dissented. The Indiana Supreme Court also disagreed with the Vigo Superior Court and reversed its decision to withhold the video from Belville.Chief Justice Loretta Rush noted that the court had not resolved how the informer’s privilege and three-part Dillard discovery test work together. Beville argued that the informer’s privilege does not apply to his case, and that even if it did, the state failed to carry its burden to withhold the video under the Dillard test because it did not prove its “paramount interest” in doing so.The justices agreed with Belville that his motion to compel should have been granted, but the court took a different legal analysis to reach that conclusion. According to the court’s unanimous opinion, if the state properly asserts the informer’s privilege, then the Dillard test is not applicable to the case.“Thus, the State need not show a ‘paramount interest’ in withholding evidence revealing a CI’s identity, even if a defendant can demonstrate particularity and relevance,” Rush wrote. “Rather, a valid assertion of the informer’s privilege shifts the burden to the defendant to demonstrate that disclosure of the requested evidence is either relevant and helpful to his defense or necessary for a fair trial.”In a situation in which it is unknown whether the informer’s privilege applies, the state could ask the trial court to review the video in camera to determine whether it contains privileged information, Rush said. But given that the state failed to meet its burden of establishing the essential elements of the privilege, the chief justice wrote that the denial of the motion to compel was an abuse of discretion.However, even if the state had proven that the video would have revealed the informant’s identity, the court found that Beville would have been entitled to the video, regardless, because he carried his burden of establishing that the evidence was “relevant and helpful to his defense.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Ocean City Police Sergeant Charged With Sexual Assault

first_imgCape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief Paul Skill of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of 50-year-old Tyrone Rolls, a resident of Marmora, for sexual assault charges. Rolls is currently employed by the Ocean City Police Department as a sergeant.On Wednesday, Rolls turned himself in to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, where he was charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault, a crime of the first degree, and one count of sexual assault, a crime of the second degree.He was also charged with two separate counts of official misconduct, crimes of the second degree, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a crime of the second degree, and one count of aggravated assault of a domestic violence victim, a crime of the third degree.The charges were a result of an investigation conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, after it was reported Rolls had a sexual relationship with a juvenile victim, according to a news release.Rolls was lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center pending court proceedings. Sutherland said a person convicted of a first degree crime is subject to a term of 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison.Offenders convicted of a second degree crime are subject to a prison term of 5 to 10 years and third degree crimes are subject to 3 to 5 years.Sutherland said this is an ongoing investigation and urges anyone who has additional information relating to the case to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or report it anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-889-3597. Sgt. Tyrone Rolls is charged with sexual assault of a minor.last_img read more

Cake Toppers to expand outside Ireland

first_imgHome-based cake decoration business Cake Toppers Ireland has announced plans to expand internationally.Jill FitzGerald, who runs the business from a studio beside her home in Co Kerry, south-west Ireland, said she plans to expand with the production of christening and birthday toppers this year. She also hopes to start supplying the UK and US markets.The cake-topping figures are made from non-toxic polymer clay and are currently ordered by customers for use on wedding and celebration cakes. The clay figures, for example a bride and groom, are personalised for each customer.FitzGerald, who has a background in food and catering, started Cake Toppers in 2008. She previously ran a part-time business producing wedding cakes.Her business was boosted following an appearance on TV last autumn, and FitzGerald said her only problem has been keeping up with orders. “I need to employ someone soon, to help meet demand,” she added.last_img read more

Bob Weir Talks About Wanting To Continue Touring For The Rest Of His Life [Watch]

first_imgYesterday, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir was a special guest at the Einstein Gala in Toronto, ON, both to perform and to speak about the importance of innovation in both science and the arts. Ahead of that scheduled appearance, Weir appeared on local news affiliate CP24, talking one-on-one with host Travis Dhanaraj.The interesting conversation touched on a number of topics in a short time, including Weir’s presence at the gala and the connections between science and the arts, the foundation of the Grateful Dead, and Weir’s plans for the future. He mentions that he believes STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) should really be STEAM, with the A for arts, because of the importance of the creative spark. When the conversation turns to the Dead, Weir tells the story of meeting Jerry Garcia before the conversation turns to Weir’s plans for the future. In the discussion, Weir cites Count Basie and Johnnie Johnson as inspirational musicians who toured until their final days, saying “I’ve got nothing better to do” on multiple occasions.Keep on rockin’ it Bobby! You can watch the interview below:last_img read more

Report compares dietary fat intake among countries

first_imgHarvard School of Public Health researchers and colleagues have compiled the first global data on dietary intakes of specific fats worldwide. The report compares the intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fats, omega 3s, and other fats and oils among 187 countries.The report, written on behalf of the Global Burden of Diseases Nutrition and Chronic Diseases Expert Group, was published online April 15, 2014 in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).Poor diet is believed to be the single leading modifiable cause of poor health in the world. By 2020, it likely will contribute to about 75% of all deaths from such chronic diseases as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cancer.The analysis of dietary assessments across the world provides estimates of the global consumption of major dietary fats and oils by region, country, age, and sex. The study was led by Renata Micha, research associate in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH and research director, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, and senior author Dariush Mozaffarian, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH.Among the findings:Between 1990 and 2010, global saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, and trans fat intakes remained stable, while omega 6, seafood omega 3, and plant omega 3 fat intakes each increased. Read Full Storylast_img read more