Florida girl, 7, dies after being struck by stray bullet sitting in car

first_imgThe Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Police are searching for suspects who shot and killed a 7-year-old Florida girl at a shopping plaza over the weekend.Heydi Rivas Villanueva was sitting in a vehicle with her father on Saturday evening when a stray bullet struck her in the head, killing her, police said.The shooting happened at around 6 p.m. at a Jacksonville shopping plaza, authorities said. Police said multiple shots rang out during a confrontation between “two unrelated groups,” but the circumstances of the incident weren’t immediately clear.“Gunfire erupted between the groups and a stray bullet struck Heydi in the head while she was in the vehicle and she later died in the hospital,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said during a press conference Sunday.The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office released photos and surveillance video in connection with the case on Sunday, showing the faces of two potential suspects and two vehicles of interest.The two male suspects fled the scene in an early- to mid-2000s green Nissan Altima, the office said. Details about the make and model of the second vehicle were unknown and there was no way to determine the number of occupants, police said.“Vehicles in the photos attached are being sought due to being in the parking lot at the time of the shooting,” First Coast Crime Stoppers said in a statement Sunday. “The bright blue vehicle we believe was involved in a traffic crash with one of the vehicles. We are trying to make contact with the driver of the vehicle.”Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry called the shooting “heartbreaking” in a statement on Twitter Saturday.“My Lord. My God. This is heartbreaking. These are our children,” Curry said. “Our cops are in pursuit of these terrible people. Prayers for the family. Our law enforcement will bring the full force of the law on those who committed this.”Authorities are offering $11,000 for information leading to an arrest. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

St. Louis police officer charged with killing fellow cop in Russian roulette-style shooting

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — A St. Louis police officer has been charged with killing a fellow officer after a Russian roulette-style game went horribly wrong.Nathaniel Hendren, 29, was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, according to Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and a probable cause statement.Hendren, who was on-duty at the time of the shooting, and Katlyn Alix were allegedly playing a game where all but one bullet was removed from a revolver and the two would take turns pointing it at each other and pulling the trigger, according to the probable cause document. The statement was provided by Sgt. Richard Hellmeier, Hendren’s partner, who was on-duty and with the two at the time of the shooting.According to Hellmeier, Hendren initially spun the cylinder and pointed the revolver away from Alix. But when he pulled the trigger, it did not fire. She took the gun and pointed it at Hendren, but again the gun did not fire. Hendren took the gun back and pointed it at Alix, pulled the trigger and shot Alix in the chest. She was rushed to the hospital by the officers, where she died of her injuries.The 24-year-old Alix was off-duty at the time of the shooting, which took place at one of the men’s apartment at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday. Hellmeier said, according to the probable cause statement, that “he advised that he told the defendant and victim that they shouldn’t be playing with guns and that they were police officers. He felt uncomfortable with them playing with guns and didn’t want to have any part of it and he started to leave. As he left the room but before leaving the apartment he heard a shot. He went back into the room and saw that the victim had been shot in the chest.”Gardner would not comment on the allegations presented in the probable cause statement, but called the shooting a “devastating incident.” “Yesterday, we lost a shining star and a dedicated public servant,” Gardner said. “From everything I hear about this bright, young woman, Katlyn represented the police department in an honorable manner, and she had a very bright future.“I have said this many times before; I will hold people accountable who violate Missouri law regardless of their profession, public status or station in life,” the statement continued. “Today, as much as it saddens my staff and me to file these charges, Katlyn and her family deserve accountability and justice.”The St. Louis Police Department had said Thursday following the shooting that Alix had been shot in an “accidental discharge” when Hendren “mishandled a firearm.”Alix is the fifth police officer to die in the U.S. in a shooting this year. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Police recruit high numbers

first_imgPolice recruit high numbersOn 1 May 2001 in Police, Personnel Today The number of police recruits who entered residential training last yearrose by 77 per cent, according to latest figures. National Police Training and the Metropolitan Police Service figures showthere were 7,009 recruits in 2000-1 compared with 3,963 the previous year. Nearly 40 per cent of the recruits entering police training colleges in2000-1 have been paid for out of the Government’s Crime Fighting Fundinitiative which was set up to reverse falling police numbers. All but one of the 43 forces in England and Wales have seen an overallincrease in the numbers sent for training, ranging from a 30 per cent rise inthe London region to a 168 per cent increase in Yorkshire and Humber. By March 31 this year nearly 2,800 new officers had been recruited over andabove the number police forces had planned to recruit during 2000-1. Colin Taylor, chief inspector for personnel at North Yorkshire Police, saidthe funding and the national advertising campaign had helped his force boostthe number of recruits to 70 last year from nine in 1999. He expects to appoint170 more this year. He said, “This is the result of additional funding from the crimefighting fund and the county council. It means we can improve our service andallocate officers to tasks we have not been able to do until now.” Home Secretary Jack Straw, visiting the Metropolitan Police training centreat Hendon, said substantial investment and the first national advertisingcampaign had delivered results. He said, “Forces are to be congratulated on their efforts to recruitmore officers. In just the first year of the operation the three-year crimefighting fund is already having a significant impact on overall police numbers.On the basis of forces’ projections police numbers should reach record numbersby March 2003.” By Ben Willmott Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Sex-related variation in the vulnerability of wandering albatrosses to pelagic longline fleets

first_imgThe population of wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans at South Georgia is decreasing because of bycatch in longline fisheries. Until at least the early 1990s, the survival rate of females was lower than males, consistent with the adult female-biased bycatch reported for fisheries operating around the Brazil-Falklands Confluence (BFC). Here we use extensive tracking data (1990–2012) from breeding birds at South Georgia to investigate overlap with longline fishing effort reported to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Using data from multiple years, we conclude that breeding females are at higher risk than males from all the main pelagic longline fleets in the south-west Atlantic. Our overlap index (based on fishing effort and bird distributions) correlated positively with numbers of ringed birds reported dead on longliners, indicating that the metric was a good proxy of bycatch risk. The consistent sex bias in overlap across years, and the likely resulting sex-biased mortality, could account for lower adult female survival rate at the colony. The risk from fisheries changed seasonally; both sexes overlapped with pelagic longline effort during incubation (January–March), and particularly during post-brood chick-rearing (May–December), whereas overlap was negligible during brooding (April). The highest percentage of overlap was with the Taiwanese fleet, then vessels flagged to Brazil, Uruguay, Spain, Japan and Portugal. Females were consistently at greatest risk in the BFC region, whereas males showed lower and more variable levels of overlap with fisheries from 35 to 45°S. Our results have important implications for management of ICCAT longline fisheries and conservation of this highly threatened albatross population.last_img read more

Sulzer launches new global bio-based and renewables application development team

first_imgThe company’s new unit will help create the technology and engineering solutions to enable a successful transition towards sustainable processing and manufacturing activities Sulzer launches new global bio-based and renewables application development team (Credit: Sulzer Ltd) Sulzer Chemtech has announced the creation of a new global Bio-based and Renewables application development team. This will lead innovation for the conversion of renewable feedstocks into oleo-chemicals, biofuels, bio-chemicals and bio-polymers. It will also support the development of cutting-edge solutions for plastic recycling. This will be achieved by delivering advanced, fully customizable separation technologies, mass transfer and polymerization solutions for businesses interested in developing or producing sustainable materials. This further strengthens Sulzer’s commitment to drive innovation and early adoption of green and recycling technologies within the chemicals processing and manufacturing sectors.Sulzer, a leader in separation, mixing and polymerization technology, has been actively involved in a multitude of green and circular-economy initiatives around the world. For instance, the company has been part of non-conventional biofuel production, plastics recycling and bio-based plastic commercial production projects. These include the Quantafuel (Norway) and Steelanol (Belgium) projects for the transformation of non-recyclable plastics and carbon rich waste gases into fuel. In addition, Sulzer’s PLAnet venture offers turn-key production equipment and plants to obtain polylactic acid (PLA) from sugars or starches.Global feedstock players, producers and businesses in the packaging sector are committed to increase the use of bio-based and circular products in the coming years. By creating the global Bio-based and Renewables team, Sulzer is putting a dedicated organizational structure in place to support the transformation of manufacturing and processing businesses. The company’s new unit will help create the technology and engineering solutions to enable a successful transition towards sustainable processing and manufacturing activities.Startups and companies developing new, cutting-edge green projects often face substantial challenges when scaling up their innovative processes. Sulzer is already well-established in the bio-based and renewable industrial sector. Businesses in this field can benefit from a partner that combines the technical experience required to develop suitable, bespoke mass transfer and polymerization solutions with a broad industry experience necessary to bridge the gaps between development and commercial production.The Bio-based and Renewables team is comprised of dedicated, skilled engineers from around the world. By leveraging their combined capabilities, Sulzer can act as a full-service provider for the design, manufacture, testing, installation and startup of standard as well as custom mass transfer and polymerization solutions for any application. From single components, to technology licensing and full industrial-scale plants, Sulzer can offer a global service with local points of contact.Torsten Wintergerste, Division President of Sulzer Chemtech, concludes: “I am extremely excited by the launch of this new team. I look forward to supporting the creation of the groundbreaking, sustainable solutions that our collaboration partners and customers are currently developing, and I am thrilled to see Sulzer playing a key role in turning these ideas into commercially viable realities.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Staggering increase in resi revenues

first_imgHome » News » Products & Services » Staggering increase in resi revenues Staggering increase in resi revenues5th July 20160662 Views David Sandeman at EIG reports a very positive set of auction results, which show a 21 per cent rise in lots offered to 3,200 lots (up from 2,640 in May 2015), and a 17 per cent rise in lots sold to 2,374 (up from 2,019 in May 2015). Furthermore, the total raised at UK property auctions increased by over £100m to £524.6m, the largest amount raised in the month of May since 2007.These results are particularly pleasing as they came against a backdrop of economic and political uncertainty caused by the impending EU referendum, and predictions that the recent changes to stamp duty would cast gloom over the market, but the gains shown below in the residential market certainly buck the trend and dispel any notion of a declining market.“Whilst the recent stamp duty increases may be unwelcome, as long as the sums still add up, buyers are there to do battle.”Last month the residential market recorded increases of 24 per cent and 19 per cent for lots offered and lots sold respectively, and a staggering £63m increase in the amount raised (up 25.7 per cent). Further double-digit gains are evident in the rolling quarterly figures, with almost £100m extra revenue gained in the last three months compared with the same period last year – up 14 per cent from £704m to £802.7m.Allsop Residential reports £63m Sale2000 bidders attended the Allsop Residential Auction on 26th May at London’s Cumberland Hotel, as auctioneers worked their way through over 250 lots raising £63m. Competition was fierce, particularly for opportunities in London and the South East. Those who found prices the capital a little too steamy looked further afield and pushed prices for regional stock.Auctioneer, Gary Murphy said, “This was an exceptional day. We were expecting the sale to be strong. But the depth of demand and furious competition for many lots actually took us by surprise. It’s clear that London remains top of many investors’ lists. And whilst recent stamp duty increases may be unwelcome, these are simply an additional cost, at the end of the day.As long as the sums still work, buyers are there to do battle.”“Housing is in short supply and would be first time buyers are finding it so difficult to put a foot on the ladder. With renting the only option, buy to let is increasingly attractive to investors. Buyers I have spoken to have not been fazed by the Chancellor’s attempts to cool the market with tax changes. The result is rising capital values and this has fuelled demand for development opportunities. The sweet spot seems to be individual homes up to £800,000 in the South East.”resi revenues Allsop Residential auction auctions 2016-07-05The Negotiator Related articles Client accounting firm honoured with Queen’s Award29th April 2021 Give conveyancers up-front property information earlier, Sprift urges agents15th April 2021 Leading inventories service and Reapit integrate for ‘faster check-outs’9th April 2021What’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.last_img read more

High rents are drastically reducing employment mobility, claims think tank

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » High rents are drastically reducing employment mobility, claims think tank previous nextHousing MarketHigh rents are drastically reducing employment mobility, claims think tankHigh rents have halved the number of younger workers moving location to get a better job, says the Resolution Foundation.Nigel Lewis7th June 20190460 Views High rents are preventing younger workers from ‘getting on their bike’ to access better jobs and reducing employment mobility, leading independent think tank the Resolution Foundation has claimed.In a report published yesterday by Torsten Bell (left), once an aide to former Labour leader Ed Milliband, it is claimed that the number of people moving home to get a new job each year has fallen from 30,000 in 1997 to 18,000 today.It blames this dramatic reduction in mobility on high rents in areas where the best-paid jobs are to be found for 25 to 34 year olds,“Rents have risen fastest in areas that have the highest earnings levels – not the fastest earnings growth – rising by almost 90 per cent the among highest paying local authority areas, compared to 70 per cent among the lowest paying,” says Bell.“This has reduced the living standards boost that people might receive from moving to higher paying parts of the country.”In response to the report, the Residential Landlords’ Association has blamed the UK’s high rents on the private rented sector policies being pursued by the government, which is says are “choking off the supply of homes for private rent as demand is increasing,” says its Policy Director David Smith  (right).“We warned Ministers that this would happen, but they have not listened.“Instead of attacking the private rented sector we need pro-growth policies that recognise the need for more homes of a good standard and at an affordable rent.“Making renting less attractive for landlords will not make a substantial difference to the availability of property. We must focus on building more homes to address this.”Read the report in full. High Rent mobility Resolution Foundation social mobility June 7, 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Nationwide breaks ranks and backs cross-party plans to scrap Section 21 evictions

first_imgThe UK’s second largest mortgage lender the Nationwide building society has broken ranks and, highly unusually, supported the key political parties by saying it believes Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions should be scrapped.Both the Tories, Labour and LibDems have all said if elected they’d get rid of Section 21 evictions and would transfer the process to the court system.This proposal, many agents and landlords argue, will make it more difficult to eject tenants who have stopped paying the rent or who are behaving antisocially.The building society’s disclosure came during an industry roundtable convened earlier this week.It included representatives from ARLA Propertymark, Connells, the soon to be merged NLA and RLA, Generation Rent and Countrywide.The group also agreed that letting agents should play a stronger role in ensuring tenants understand the legal framework of their tenancy, although this is likely to infuriate some landlords who view empowered and more knowledgeable tenants as future ‘troublemakers’.The event also recommended that insurance products aimed at the lettings industry should include clauses that prevent landlords and agents using ‘No DSS’ clauses within their property ads.Paul Wootton, Nationwide Building Society’s Director of Home Propositions (left), said: “It was great to convene such a positive and collaborative discussion with people representing different parts of the sector.“I feel very optimistic about how we can take this conversation forward, and work to ensure that the private rented sector works for everyone. Nationwide members are both renters and landlords, and we’re keen to ensure that both parties get a fair deal from the sector.”Read more about Nationwide. November 28, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsGordon Brown, freckleton brown freckleton brown 28th November 2019 at 11:12 amWhen will these numpties realise that we only use the ‘no fault’ Section 21 notice to evict tenants who are either not paying the rent or not looking after the property. ‘No fault’ doesn’t come in to it.The Section 8 notice which should be used is not fit for purpose as it is easily defendable.No landlord will evict good tenants on a whim. Clearly the Nationwide have been hoodwinked by left wing agitators like Generation Rent and Shelter who hate landlords and the thought of anyone making any money.Log in to Replyjeremy clarke, Belvoir Christchurch Belvoir Christchurch 28th November 2019 at 9:17 amI just hope that Nationwide are ready for the keys coming back from landlords who will lose their properties if there isn’t a way of getting the property back from bad tenants!Log in to ReplyWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Nationwide breaks ranks and backs cross-party plans to scrap Section 21 evictions previous nextRegulation & LawNationwide breaks ranks and backs cross-party plans to scrap Section 21 evictionsUK’s second largest building society says ‘no fault’ evictions should be outlawed, aligning itself with Generation Rent, Shelter and the key political parties.Nigel Lewis28th November 20192 Comments1,276 Viewslast_img read more

England’s asset is continuity against an unsettled Pakistan

first_imgMichael Vaughan’s men have arrived in Pakistan for the first leg of their subcontinental tour, relying on their established backbone in the pursuit of a seventh consecutive series victory. Pakistan is a testing destination. A role call of retiring talent includes Wasim Akram, Waquar Younis and Saeed Aanwar. Not only does the current crop lack a talisman of Wasim or Waquar’s proportions, but also the frustrating blend of world class and schoolboy cricket that has always infuriated Pakistan supporters continues to undermine progress.In the absence of genuine world beaters, Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq recognises that each one of his men must stand up and be counted: “Aall eleven have to contribute; one or two players will not be able to swing it for us.” But the identity of his team remains uncertain. England have the established pairings of Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss and Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard, both of which have been proven in the Test arena. Pakistan have tried six different opening batsmen and eight different opening bowlers in the last four years. Woolmer may revert to the combination of Imran Farhat and Yasir Hameed at the top of the order but the bowling attack is proving more problematic. Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Sami have usually been first choice and no one questions their capacity for extreme pace and hostility, but neither seems to be able to stay fit for a sustained period, to the coach’s increasing irritation. Woolmer is thought to have issued an ultimatum to Shoaib; if he doesn’t knuckle down and regain fitness, he won’t feature. If they fail to shape up, the leading candidates are Shabbir Ahmed, a 6ft 5in pace bowler with an action newly cleared by the ICC, and Nnaved-ul-Hasan, whose reverse swing Sussex fans enjoyed last season. As if this were not enough, there is also a uncertainty surrounding the identity of the fifth bowler, to back up the openers and second string of Abdur Rrassaq and Danish Kaneria; Shoaib Malik and Shahid Aafridi are spinners who can bat and, although Mushtaqu Aahmed has been called up for a practice match, Malik and are ahead in the pecking order.The embryonic nature of their team and relative disorganisation has contributed to Pakistan’s failure to win any of their last five Test series, a statistic only emphasised when contrasted with new found success. Eever the diplomat, Michael Vaughan insists that “Pakistan are a dangerous team and it will be a tough test”. His appraisal may be correct, if conservative. Bob Woolmer’s pre-series rhetoric, in contrast, is provocative, and even hints at sour grapes from a man who turned down Dduncan Fletcher’s job six years ago: “The series was wonderful. I wouldn’t say England were the better side, but they prevented Australia from playing well”. Its present disarray suggests Woolmer was not too busy trying to whip his team into shape to pay careful attention to summer dominance, but he continues: “I want to see whether Kevin Pieterson can handle the limelight.” If his own house were in perfect order, then Woolmer could justify baiting, but it emphatically is not.If can acclimatise to the subcontinental wickets, while Pakistan’s players are still getting to know each other, the series will be a triumph of continuity over change.Eengland’s lauded Aashes heroes will be confronted by the unfamiliar at every turn, not least because they have not faced a Pakistan Test team since 2001, but consistent selection and team spirit should provide a measure of confidence in extremis.In stark contrast, hosts have endured inconsistency to match their local climate since the teams last met.ARCHIVE: 4th week MT 2005last_img read more

Senator Braun Releases Statement Regarding President Trump’s Historic Deal Regarding The Renewable Fuel Standard

first_imgU.S. Senator Mike Braun, who was a strong advocate on behalf of Hoosier farmers released, the following statement regarding President Trump’s agreement on biofuels.“At my recent townhall meeting in Franklin, Indiana, this issue was top of mind for Hoosier farmers and producers.  I worked closely with USDA and the Trump Administration to make sure those concerns were realized here in Washington. This is why I am proud to announce that President Trump kept his promise to Hoosier farmers to ensure the RFS is implanted in a manner consistent with Congressional intent,” said U.S. Senator Mike Braun.  “This agreement to expand domestic energy production is a win for Hoosier farmers, and it comes on the heels of a year-round E-15 decision.  Hoosiers will not forget that President Trump is in their corner.”BACKGROUND …Trump announces deal to boost demand for ethanol, in boon for farmers.  “The Trump administration moved Friday to quell complaints from farmers — a key voting constituency — by increasing federal mandates for production of corn-based ethanol and biodiesel.  President Trump has sought for weeks to broker a compromise between ethanol supporters and the oil industry over the Renewable Fuel Standard. … Farmers have criticized the administration’s policy of exempting some small oil refineries from RFS requirements to blend billions of gallons of corn ethanol into gasoline, which they argue are eroding the market for ethanol and the corn used to make it.  The Trump administration has approved waivers almost four times as often as the previous administration. Farmers’ anger peaked when the EPA announced in August that it exempted 31 oil refineries from 2018 requirements to use renewable fuel.  In a series of proposed changes to the RFS, EPA says it will issue a notice for public comment on expanding biofuel requirements so that more than 15 billion gallons of conventional ethanol be blended into the nation’s fuel supply beginning in 2020.  EPA said it will also propose a rule to streamline labeling and remove other barriers to the sale of E15, a gasoline fuel blend that is 15% ethanol.”  (The Washington Examiner, 10/04/19) FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more