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12 dead, including suspect, in Virginia Beach shooting: Police

first_imgACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION-municipal center, building 2. Multiple injuries. At this time it is believed that only 1 shooter, and they have been taken into custody. More to follow— Virginia Beach PD (@VBPD) May 31, 2019This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. iStock/aijohn784(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) –Twelve people are dead, including the suspected gunman, after a shooting occurred at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday afternoon, according to police.Six additional victims were taken to the hospital with injuries, police said. An emergency services spokesperson would not comment on the condition of the injured victims.It’s unclear how many total victims there were. However, five patients were transported to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and one victim is currently being transported to its Level I Trauma Center, according to Dale Gauding, senior communications advisor for brand engagement at Senatara Healthcare.The suspected shooter is in custody, according to the Virginia Beach Police Department.Authorities are asking people to avoid the Municipal Center area.Both the FBI and ATF have sent agents to the scene.last_img read more

Kansas zoo monkey dies after being attacked while protecting its baby during a break-in

first_imgfilo/iStock(DODGE CITY, Kan.) — A Capuchin monkey at a Kansas zoo has died after it was attacked while protecting its offspring from someone who broke into the facility.The staff at Wright Park Zoo in Dodge City first learned of what happened on Sept. 2 when a monkey named Pickett was found and captured outside the facility and somewhere in the city. When employees went to check the enclosure, they discovered a second monkey, named Vern, injured inside, the zoo said in a statement.Vern, who is an older Tufted Capuchin monkey, was found to have extensive injuries that required surgery.Officers investigated and suspected that someone gained access to the enclosure and injured Vern as it tried to protect Pickett from being taken, officials said.“Based on DCPD’s investigation … we do not believe the little monkey, Pickett, found his way outside the enclosure on his own,” said Dodge City Police Chief Drew Francis. “Nor do we believe he traveled to where he was found on his own. His father’s injury appears to be from blunt force trauma in excess of what would occur from a fall.”Hanna Schroeder, who is the head zookeeper at Wright Park, said Vern suffered a broken knee cap as a result of the incident.“Vern is very protective of the younger monkey and would not have let him go without a fight,” Schroeder said.Vern required a cast on his leg and isolation from the other monkeys, but could not recover from the injuries and was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive by staff on Tuesday, officials said.A necropsy will be performed to determine the official cause of the death.Francis asked for the public’s help in finding out who is responsible.“Though I doubt the culprit has the decency to come forward,” Francis said, “I also suspect someone may know who committed this act or have an idea who would do this. If that’s you, we would greatly appreciate talking with you.”Vern was a year old when it arrived at the Wright Park Zoo in 1988 with a female named Charro, according to the zoo. Capuchin monkeys, from South America, are declining in population as they face threats that include capture for the pet trade and deforestation.Additional security measures were installed at the enclosure to protect the animals, the zoo said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

On the move

first_imgIPC Media has announced the appointment of Dee Mair as HR director. Mair iscurrently Global HR director for NOP World, the market research division ofUnited Business Media. She has worked for United since 1996 in a variety ofsenior HR roles, including group personnel manager at head office and HR directorof Express Newspapers. She will join IPC in September and report directly toIPC Media Board director Tim Brooks. Oxfam GB has appointed Lynn Rutter to the newly-created position of changemanager for global HR projects. She will work as part of their international HRteam to provide hands-on support, expertise and coaching to regional HR andmanagement teams. She will also oversee implementation of a number of keychange projects. Oxfam is a respected international NGO, and one of the UK’sleading charities, operating in more than 70 countries. Rutter previouslyworked as the director of HR communications for Nokia. Mark Childs has recently left Fidelity Investments to take up a part-timeposition as group compensation and benefits director at Chubb. He also becomesa non-executive director of Outset, a start-up HR consulting and employment lawbusiness. Childs will continue in his role as vice-president reward at theCIPD. On the moveOn 24 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Growth, production and biomass of the antarctic gastropod Laevilacunaria Antarctica Martens 1885

first_imgTwenty-one monthly collections of the Antarctic prosobranch gastropod Laevilacunaria antarctica Martens 1885 were obtained by divers at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands. Animals were contagiously distributed in the depth range 2–12 m below mean low water, with a mean monthly density of 199.0 ± 207.3 (S.D.) m−2. Size frequency distribution was analysed, and at least three year classes identified. There was a prolonged annual recruitment from mid winter to mid summer, and juveniles dominated the population numerically for ten months of the year. Growth was seasonal, with a high rate during the Austral spring and summer, and a reduced rate during winter. A mean biomass of 356.3 mg dry tissue wt · m−2 and a total annual production of 812.2 mg · m−2 were estimated for the second year of study, and a production to biomass ratio of 2.28 obtained.last_img read more

Southwestern Energy to acquire Montage Resources

first_imgMontage Resources shareholders will receive 1.8656 shares of Southwestern for each share held The deal provides Southwestern with investment opportunities in Utica and Marcellus Shales in the US. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) Southwestern Energy, a US-based natural gas exploration and production company, has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Montage Resources.Under the terms of the agreement, Montage Resources shareholders will receive 1.8656 shares of Southwestern for each share held.Expected to become the third-largest producer in Appalachia, the combined entity will have total equivalent production of approximately three billions of cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe) per day.Southwestern Energy president and CEO Bill Way said: “This is an exciting step for Southwestern as we expand our Appalachia footprint with the high-quality assets of Montage.“This transaction further solidifies the Company’s position as a premier Appalachia operator and provides additional scale and synergies strengthened by our leading operational execution.”Deal to deliver $100m free cash flow annually for SouthwesternSouthwestern Energy expects the deal to deliver approximately $100m of annual free cash flow, lead to synergies of approximately $30m, and improve operational efficiencies while maintaining a strong balance sheet.Montage Resources president and CEO John Reinhart said: “The combination creates a Company of substantial scale with capabilities to enhance cash flow generation and a strong balance sheet that provides opportunities for enhanced shareholder value creation.”The transaction also provides the combined entity with investment opportunities in Utica and Marcellus Shales of Southeast Ohio, West Virginia and North Central Pennsylvania.Planned to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020, the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of the Montage Resources shareholders.Meanwhile, Southwestern Energy has commenced an underwritten public offering of 55,000,000 shares of its common stock.The firm plans to use the proceeds to retire a part of Montage’s issued and outstanding senior notes, that Southwestern will assume upon completion of the deal with Montage.In 2018, Southwestern Energy divested its Fayetteville Shale Business to Flywheel Energy for $1.865bn.last_img read more

U.S. NWC opens Russia Maritime Studies Institute

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today U.S. NWC opens Russia Maritime Studies Institute September 1, 2016 Share this article Industry news View post tag: US Navycenter_img U.S. NWC opens Russia Maritime Studies Institute View post tag: Naval War College U.S. Naval War College (NWC) has opened a Russia Maritime Studies Institute (RMSI) on their Newport, Rhode Islandv campus on August 31st,2016 , tasked with the mission of better understanding Russia’s expanding role in the global maritime environment.Establishing the institute is partially in response to a resurgent Russian military that has enabled Moscow to assert itself in Ukraine, Syria and elsewhere as well as the need to better understand the factors that drive Russian decision making about maritime issues, according to Michael Petersen, the founding director of RMSI. The mission of the RMSI is to conduct research on Russian strategic and operational maritime issues on behalf of the U.S. Navy. The RMSI is developing a research agenda that is responsive to the Navy’s needs and will execute that agenda through collaborative and independent scholarly research projects both inside and outside of NWC.RMSI will leverage connections across the U.S. government and academia to conduct research into Russian naval policy, strategy, maritime operations, shipbuilding, international law and other topics. RMSI will then disseminate that research to the U.S. Navy, NATO allies and the academic world.“RMSI’s goals are to inform the Navy’s and our NATO partners’ decision making with regard to Russian maritime issues, provide analysis that supports U.S. planning and engagement efforts and develop new knowledge that contributes to scholarship,” said Petersen.While the focus of this new institute is on Russia, the intention is not to be a policymaking group.“We don’t make policy,” said Petersen. “We are here to inform those who do make policy and give them the best analysis of Russian maritime issues that we can.”NWC also has a similar group, China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI), devoted to researching and analyzing that country’s maritime forces.RMSI was officially opened with a brief ceremony in the office of Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley, president of NWC.During the ceremony, Harley indicated that the establishment of RMSI will be an asset to the college and also to national decision makers.“The world is changing quickly and Naval War College continues to position itself as a preeminent intellectual center for our Fleet and our Navy,” said Harley. “The faculty and staff of RMSI will locate strategic knowledge gaps and work to fill them. One of our missions is to support defining the future Navy and associated roles and missions. Establishing RMSI is another way we fulfill this.” last_img read more

OUSU, Magdalen and Somerville JCRs to debate withdrawing Oxford Radical Forum funding

first_img“One case was that of Ahmed Yassin of Hamas, an elderly man in a wheelchair living in a refugee camp in Gaza. I was part of a protest against the incredible violence of that period, many were making this argument, including the UN, the EU, as well as a large numbers of MPs in this country.”However Jewish News—Britain’s largest Jewish newspaper—and JTA—a global Jewish news agency—have claimed that in 2004 Aouragh indeed did organise a memorial service in Amsterdam for Ahmed Yassin, the Hamas founder and ‘spiritual leader’ killed by Israel that year.The OUJS statement continues: “We believe that our community should not be inviting speakers who espouse anti-Semitism and hate speech. They should not be afforded a platform to spread their opinion. We understand that the ORF are “not committed to a unified political line”, however anti-Semitism in any form is not a political issue and should be condemned.“In the OUSU council of February 1st, £150 of OUSU’s discretionary fund was assigned to the ORF and, in particular, to these speakers’ expenses. ORF have also received funding from a number of JCRs. We believe that our students’ union and JCRs should not be supporting this event and therefore demand that their funding for the Oxford Radical Forum 2017 be withdrawn.” Following Oxford University Jewish Society’s (OUJS) condemnation of the Oxford Radical Forum (ORF) for inviting “speakers who espouse anti-Semitism and hate speech”, Oxford University Student Union (OUSU), and Magdalen and Somerville JCRs are set to debate withdrawing funding from the event. Speakers at the Oxford Radical Forum (ORF), including controversial NUS President Malia Bouattia, have been variously condemned for alleged anti-Semitic views, alleged sympathy with Hamas, and for mocking a disfigured British veteran, among other provocative positions.Magdalen and Somerville JCRs had voted before the announcement of the lineup to give £200 and £150 respectively to fund speakers travel to the event and to publicise the Forum to common room members. OUSU Council voted to give £150 from their discretionary fund. This morning debate erupted on the Magdalen JCR Facebook page in response to OUJS’s statement. Jemma Silvert wrote: “ORF are not providing a forum for open and honest debate… In platforming three openly anti-Semitic speakers they are ensuring a systematically one-sided discussion, and not the open forum they had promised when requesting our funding.“Whilst it is the prerogative of the left to criticise the actions of the Israeli government (in my personal opinion, rightly), this can be done… without any traces of anti-Semitism. If ORF wish to provide such a viewpoint in their debates they should be doing so without platforming speakers who have an unapologetic history of anti-Semitic and racist remarks.”Another student commented: “However pro-free speech you are, and I am very, I don’t see any defense for *paying* to help these people.” Magdalen is now set to hold an emergency JCR meeting this Sunday in order that a motion can be proposed in an attempt to withdraw the money they donated, which has already been given to ORF.The Magdalen JCR executive team said in an email to JCR members: “This JCR in no way condones anti-Semitism or hate speech in any form and the committee are thus deeply perturbed by ORF’s announcement. We are dealing with this to the best of our ability.”Somerville College JCR will also hold a meeting this Sunday, in which “the JCR’s donation to the ORF will be brought under review”, according to JCR President Alex Crichton-Miller.Crichton-Miller also stated in an email to JCR members: “The passing of that JCR motion in no way sought to condone the alleged views of these speakers. We utterly condemn hate speech and attacks on identity in any form. “The invited speakers was not a topic for debate in the meeting, and indeed the implicated parties had not (I am told) been confirmed as speakers at the time. The ORF is a left-leaning weekend forum that seeks to provide robust debate on issues that it feels are relevant.”OUSU said in a statement: “OUSU weren’t aware of any such allegations against the motion but take them very seriously. We have previously condemned anti-Semitism and expressed our commitment to tackling it, which we reaffirm now. We are similarly opposed to any form of oppression and prejudice against marginalised groups.“The OUSU Executive Committee has considered the matter, and believes that Cherwell’s investigation constitutes new information, and which may have affected the outcome of the motion had it come to light in the original discussion.”OUSU now intend to hold a debate at council due to be held on the first of March, to which they invite “all interested parties (including the original proposers of the motion, and OUJS) to attend and debate the issues.” The statement put out this morning by OUJC condemns three figures scheduled to speak in particular: “The Oxford University Jewish Society (OUJS) stands in opposition to the decision of the Oxford Radical Forum (ORF) 2017 to host Miriyam Aouragh, Malia Bouattia and George Ciccariello-Maher.”George Ciccariello-Maher, is a self-described ‘radical political theorist’ and Associate Professor at Drexel University.OUJS state that: “Last year, Ciccariello-Maher suggested in a tweet that Israel harvests organs, and explicitly refers to the blood libel trope. This is the idea that Jews steal the blood and organs of non-Jews for religious rituals. It is not only false, but grossly offensive. It is steeped in a long history of blood libel claims and should put someone beyond the pale of student debate.Ciccariello-Maher rejected the allegations, telling Cherwell: “The desperation of OUJS’s campaign against the ORF is truly absurd. In particular, I am accused of fostering a ‘blood libel’ narrative, when the totality of my comments on the matter have been limited to: one, defending my courageous colleague Jasbir Puar from a similar smear campaign, two, posting a 2009 article published in The Guardian on the subject, and three, responding to Israeli military comments regarding admitted past practices. “The ludicrous nature of OSJS’s claims is most apparent when they suggest that I “explicitly refer to the blood libel trope,” without mentioning that I only “refer” to the trope in order to reject its use in smear campaigns like this one. “The saddest part of such witch hunts is that we live in a moment of resurgent white supremacy – anti-Semitism very much included. We should be spending our energy fighting real racists and anti-Semites, not invented fantasies.”Malia Bouattia was criticised last year following her description of Birmingham University as a  “Zionist outpost”. Following her election as NUS President, OUJS referred to her comments as “unambiguously and unashamedly anti-Semitic” and campaigned for Oxford to disaffiliate from the NUS.center_img An NUS spokesperson released the following statement in relation to allegations made against President Bouattia: “Malia has addressed the accusations of antisemitism numerous times since her election last year, including in the Sunday Times in April, the Huffington Post in October, and in writing to the 560 NUS-affiliated further and higher education students’ unions in December.“The resuscitation of this story in the media is part of a sustained attack on a high-profile Muslim woman in a public position. Her family has been harassed and she is the subject of regular and serious threats. These attacks not only put her personal safety at risk but are part of a dangerous trend that deter under-represented groups from taking part in public life.”OUJS said of Miriyam Aouragh: “In 2004 she organised a commemoration service for Ahmed Yassin, the founder of Hamas, a terrorist organisation whose charter issued in 1988 is overtly anti-Semitic, stating the need to kill Jews and referring to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”In a statement made to Cherwell Miriyam denied the allegations: “Like many I was very angry about Israel’s murderous targeted killings campaign between 2000-2004, which saw hundreds of political activists and leaders assassinated when the popular uprising in 2000 broke out.“These war crimes were condemned across the political spectrum, especially the ‘collateral damage’ caused by extrajudicial killings using F16s, such as collapsing buildings with families in them and the killing of bystanders when cars were blown up. In light of Cherwell‘s investigation, OUSU has as made clear its intention to re-examine ORF funding: “The OUSU Executive Committee has considered the matter, and believes that the Cherwell’s investigation constitutes new information, and which may have affected the outcome of the motion had it come to light in the original discussion.“As a result, and given that ORF doesn’t take place until 3rd-5th March, we have decided to refer this motion back to OUSU Council in 7th week Hilary Term (1st March). We encourage all interested parties (including the original proposers of the motion, and OUJS) to attend and debate the issues.”The Oxford Radical Forum has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Real Bread Campaign launches initiatives for schoolchildren

first_imgThe Real Bread Campaign (RBC) is going into schools in a bid to spread knowledge about its definition of ‘real bread’ to the next generation.Launching on 24 January, RBC has devised a scheme – Bake Your Lawn – to encourage children around Britain to plant wheat in February and March, and to follow its journey from seed to sandwich in their own back garden.A free to download information pack will be available from The guide has been designed for teachers and parents to help children of all ages to plant, grow and mill their own wheat, before baking and eating it.Bake Your Lawn companions, including Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food programme Bakery Bits, The National Trust, Organic Seed Producers, and many RBC members, will work together to make seed wheat available, organise community harvesting, milling and baking days, and encourage members to get involved.RBC is also launching a national scheme to help pass on breadmaking skills to the next generation, called Lessons in Loaf, where professional bakers will pair up with local primary schools.Also free to download is a Lessons in Loaf handbook, which contains lesson plans, recipes, information and ideas designed to help teachers get children at Key Stage 2 level thinking and asking questions about the food they eat.Campaign ambassador Tom Herbert, director of Cotswolds-based Hobbs House Bakery, commented: “I just ran a Lesson in Loaf at my local primary school and it was fantastic to see their faces light up, and their messy hands, to really get what real bread is all about.”Lynn Harrison, head teacher of Culgaith School in Cumbria, which took part in the pilot phase of the scheme added: “The children had a great time and lots of fun. We now have plans in the spring term to run a community-wide breadmaking day using the children as co-experts.”last_img read more

Gluten-free pop-up shop opened in Nottingham

first_imgRiverside Bakery in Nottingham has opened a pop-up shop for its successful brand Too Good To Be Gluten Free.The company launched NO.G – the UK’s first chilled gluten-free savoury pastry range – in March and it has already been snapped up by Whole Foods Market and Selfridges in London. It is the first retail shop of the brand to sell wholesale across the UK.NO.G spokesman Sam Benjamin said: “We’re getting a fantastic response to NO.G and decided to open a pop-up shop so our local customers could drop in and buy products direct from us.”The brand will be showcased at the Allergy & Free From Show in Olympia, London from 4 to 6 July and at the BBC Good Food Show Summer 2014.The range has been developed by Riverside Bakery’s chef Phil Bohemia, who trained with celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Brian Turner. It includes: slow-cooked beef and mushroom pie; butternut, spinach and emmental pie; and mini cheese and bacon soufflés. Recommended retail prices range from £2.69 to £3.99. The shop is open from 10am-3pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.Demand for gluten-free products is rising as the number of coeliacs increases and people without allergies make healthier eating choices.last_img read more

All-Star Jerry Garcia Birthday Band Will Recreate JGB Live Album In San Francisco

first_imgLast August, Red Rocks Amphitheater hosted a special celebration in honor of Jerry Garcia‘s 75th birthday. The evening, simply dubbed “Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Concert,” featured performances by both Bob Weir’s Campfire Band and The Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band; a special collaboration featuring Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch, and Gloria Jones as well as Oteil Burbridge, Kamasi Washington, Tom Hamilton, Duane Trucks, and a surprise appearance from John Mayer. With all that talent on the stage, perhaps the biggest stars of the night were the collection of Jerry Garcia’s guitars in attendance, including Wolf, Tiger, Rosebud, and two Travis Bean axes, which Hamilton had the distinct honor of playing.As previously announced, the majority of the same all-star cast of musicians will reunite to honor the late, great Captain Trips on January 11th and 12th at San Francisco’s Warfield. Longtime Jerry Garcia Band members Melvin Seals, Jackie LaBranch and Gloria Jones will be joined by bassist Oteil Burbridge, guitarist Tom Hamilton and drummer Duane Trucks for the two-night run dubbed, “Like A Road Leading Home: Celebrating Jerry Garcia.”On the first night, January 11th, the supergroup will recreate Jerry Garcia Band’s 1991 self-titled live album, recorded throughout the spring and summer of 1990 at San Francisco’s Warfield.Tickets for both shows are still available here.You can watch the all-star Jerry Garcia Birthday Band’s debut performance below:Jerry Garcia 75th Birthday Band – Red Rocks Amphitheatre [Video: HDLt00b]last_img read more