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Posted by: | Posted on: May 18, 2021

Police officer killed by stray bullet while in his home

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WEST MEMPHIS, Ark.) — An Arkansas police officer is dead after a fluke incident in which he was struck by a stray bullet while in his home.Capt. Joe Baker, of the West Memphis, Arkansas, police said the officer from nearby Forrest City was struck by the bullet at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The officer, identified as Oliver Johnson, was off-duty at the time and not involved in law enforcement activities when he was killed.An altercation between two groups broke out and shots were fired outside of the officer’s residence, Baker said. Johnson was not the intended target.Johnson was the father of two young girls, according to Memphis ABC affiliate WATN.Baker also said a vehicle was involved, but was not able to confirm whether it was a drive-by shooting.A full investigation is underway.“Obviously it’s a tragic situation when anybody is killed,” Baker said at a press conference outside the victim’s home. “This hits everybody a little close to home in law enforcement, he was a police officer. Some of our officers did in fact know him. Our cities are pretty close, a lot of our officers had interactions [with him].”Johnson lived in West Memphis, Arkansas, just over the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee, but was a police officer with the Forrest City Police Department. Forrest City is located about 40 miles west of West Memphis.Neighbors told WATN they heard as many as 40 shots outside Johnson’s home.“When I stepped outside one of his nephews yelled, ‘My uncle has been shot.’ So, when I went in the house, I found him shot and me and my husband tried to do CPR,” neighbor Portia Weatherspoon told WATN.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 18, 2021

Police seeking discarded mattress in missing Utah student case

first_imgSalt Lake City Police(SALT LAKE CITY) — Authorities are searching the home of a person of interest in the mysterious case of missing University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck, police said.Investigators are also looking to track down a mattress discarded from that house, police said.Lueck, 23, was last seen in the early hours of June 17. She landed at the Salt Lake City International Airport around 2 a.m., then at 2:40 a.m. she took a Lyft from the airport to Hatch Park in north Salt Lake City, police said.The Lyft driver told police that an individual met Lueck at the park and the 23-year-old did not appear to be in distress, police said.The college senior hasn’t been seen since.On Wednesday night police, executed one of many warrants in the case and searched the home of someone they’ve determined to be a person of interest, Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said at a news conference Thursday.Salt Lake City Police Department posted this photo on Twitter.The homeowner, who has not been named, has spoken with detectives, said Brown. The chief said it is not clear if the person of interest is the same person Lueck met at Hatch Park.No arrests have been made, Brown said.On Wednesday night, police learned that a mattress and box spring were given away from the home last week, Brown said. Whoever took the mattress and box spring is asked to contact police so investigators can collect them, Brown said.Multiple items of evidence were collected from the home and are in the process of being analyzed, Brown added.Lueck had gone home to Southern California for her grandmother’s funeral before flying back to Utah on June 17.Since then, Lueck has missed an exam and was not on her flight to California on June 23.“I feel very concerned and very worried,” her friend Kennedy Stoner told “Good Morning America” earlier this week. “It’s out of character for Kenzie to go just off the grid like this. She is very close with her family.”Chief Brown said that having spoken to Lueck’s father, “I can feel the heartache and the pain and the suffering in his voice as we spoke.”The Lyft driver and Lyft officials have spoken to police and have cooperated with the investigation, authorities said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 18, 2021

TMP Worldwide

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. TMP WorldwideOn 13 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Founded in 1967, TMP Worldwide – now with more than 7,600 employees in 29 countries – is one of the largest search and selection agencies, the on-line recruitment leader with Monster.com, and the world’s largest recruitment advertising agency.The company’s clients include more than 90 of the Fortune 100 and more than 490 of the Fortune 500 companies. With over 600 staff across the UK, the executive resourcing division of TMP Worldwide is an important part of Europe’s fastest moving human capital solutions business. A major player in the HR recruitment market, the team provides tailored recruitment solutions across all industry sectors, placing HR professionals in both contract and permanent roles throughout Europe.BOXPascoe has led many outsourcing arrangements with major organisations as the service provider, and has extensive consulting on all aspects of the outsourcing process.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 9, 2021

The upper Cenozoic tephra record in the south polar region: a review

first_imgTephrochronology studies in the south polar region are reviewed and evaluated. There have been numerous investigations of tephra layers in ice cores, reflecting the continuing importance of ice cores as a principal source of palaeoenvironmental information. By contrast, tephra in marine sediment cores have been largely neglected. Chemical analyses of glass shards are not uniformly available across the region. In particular, they are currently unavailable for the northern Antarctic Peninsula. Few tephras have been dated directly, although potassic glass and minerals are commonly present and should be readily amenable to isotopic dating. Chemical ‘fingerprinting’ seems to have a high potential for successfully correlating layers and identifying source areas, but only a few studies have considered trace elements as well as major oxides. The effects of within-ash compositional variations and analytical imprecision limit the general utility of ‘fingerprinting’. The tephra record is locally much more complete than is preserved in the source volcanoes themselves. However, the effects of frequent eruptions on local depocentres may swamp other environmentally significant indicators and make the environmental record harder to interpret than in tephra-free successions. Linked studies of tephra and volcanically-derived aerosols in ice in the south polar region could be of critical importance for quantitative calculations of the volcanic contribution to atmospheric fluxes and attempts to assess the possible effects of volcanism on global climate.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 3, 2021

Cuts to local authorities force two Oxford homeless shelters to close

first_imgOxfordshire’s two biggest providers of shelter for the homeless are being forced to close due cuts in funding.Simon House, located on Paradise Street in Oxford, and Julian Housing, based in Oxford and Abingdon, will be ‘decomissioned’ by April 2018. This follows the Government’s £1.5 million cut to homelessness provision across the county.In response, the County Council and all five county districts resolved to provide a ‘realistic solution despite difficult circumstances’. They pledged £2.94 million over the next three years to counteract government cuts, but this will only provide 141 beds, less than half of the 286 currently available.The funds from the County Council will be used to create a hostel with 56 beds in Oxford, which will allocate spaces to regions across the country. South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council have contributed around £215,000 to the project. Oxford City council will continue to provide its £1.4 million a year funding, but has said that it will be unable to increase its funding in response to Government cuts.Andrew Smith, the MP for Oxford East, praised the city council for maintaining their support, but criticised the Government’s decision, saying that cuts “make a mockery of ministers’ claims that they want to tackle rough sleeping when they are pulling the rug from under the local providers.”Simon House, which has beds for 52 people, will be closed over the next year. Julian Housing, which has around 150 beds and is run by Oxford Homeless Pathways, is expected to have its resources dispersed across the county over the following 6 months.Lucy Faithful House, which provided 61 beds, was forced to close in January 2016 after Oxford Homeless Pathways had 38 per cent of its budget cut. The shelter had been offering support to rough sleepers in Oxford for 30 years.Oxford City Council and several activist groups have expressed disappointment that the county’s funding has been cut. Claire Dowan, chief executive of charity Oxford Homeless Pathways, told the Oxford Mail the decision to withdraw more than half of the county’s beds for the homeless was a “significant cut” to an “essential and vital service”.Ms Dowan said she “did not expect” such drastic reductions, and added about a quarter of the charity’s cash currently came from the Government.She added, “Against a backdrop of ever increasing need in our city for support and accommodation, we are extremely concerned about the on-going decline in government funding and the increasing numbers of rough sleepers.Oxford City Council expects that the number of rough sleepers in Oxfordshire will increase in the coming years. Concerns that changes to homelessness provision will lead to increased numbers of deaths due to conditions such as hypothermia have been raised by campaigners. Kate Cocker, director of Crisis Skylight Oxford, said that charities will be forced to fill the gap that cuts to government support will create in local authority funding.There is currently no legal obligation for local authorities to offer or maintain homelessness provision.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 3, 2021

Commentary: Franklin College Steps Forward Through The Rubble

first_imgBy John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The email came in like a missile.It said that the Franklin College board of trustees had fired the school’s president. The president had been arrested on charges that he had committed a sex crime with a presumed 15-year-old.This missile did what missiles always do when they explode. It blasted the landscape and left everyone still standing feeling dazed, wounded and unsure of their footing.I know, because I’m one of them.Franklin College is part of me. I teach at the college now, but I’m also a proud alumnus. I was a townie who went to the hometown school.Even before that, it often seemed like I lived on the campus. When I was in junior high, my buddies and I played pickup football on the FC practice field all the time.The father of my best friend when I was a kid worked at the college. Sometimes, on special occasions or when the college was on break, my friend’s father would let us into the gym to play basketball.In those days when teenagers didn’t have electronic diversions and entertainments, there was no bigger treat for a group of young guys than to be able to play full-court ball on an actual college floor for five, six or seven hours straight.When the news hit, I walked past that old gym on the way to my office and thought of those long-ago days.I stood there for a long moment, a mix of grief, anger, and resentment. I seethed at the thought of what had happened to this dear place.This college – my college – has seen a lot of history in its 186-year existence. So many good people have sat in this school’s classrooms, walked this campus and loved this school.When I got to my office, I began to hear from many of them.My cell phone erupted with texts from former students. They all expressed shock, then moved fast to what they most wanted to say.“We’re here for whatever the college needs,” one said.“How can I help?” another said.“What do you need me to do?” still another asked.The answer was easy:Just continue to be yourselves. You’re the best ambassadors or advertisements this college or any college could ask for.The next day, I talked with some FC journalism students. They’d had to report on the former president’s arrest and dismissal. They’d done their work like seasoned pros, which meant they hadn’t had much time to think about what it might mean for them and the college they love.They asked, what was this going to do to the college’s reputation?I told them the truth.A story like this is never good news, I said, and we will take a hit in the short term.But the reputation of a college that has been around for almost two centuries isn’t and won’t be defined by anyone incident.The reputation of the college, I told them, rested on the quality of the work our students do, both while they’re in school and after they graduate. If they continued to do their jobs and lead good lives both they and Franklin College would do just fine.The students listened, thought about it for a moment and then did what good people always do.They went back to work.A missile landed a few days ago on a college so many people love. It stunned and hurt everyone connected with the place.But it didn’t stop them.Right away, they began cleaning up the debris, comforting the wounded and finding ways to move forward.For almost 190 years, that caring but the determined spirit has defined Franklin College.God willing, it always will.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Commentary: Franklin College Steps Forward Through The Rubblelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: April 20, 2021

The past seven days in bakery

first_imgLast week was another busy one in the world of bakery – so here’s a round-up of the most read British Baker stories in case you missed them.There is, it seems, never a quiet moment in bakery. Last week saw IBA take place in Munich and a number of new launches from link-ups with Paul Hollywood to the onset of a new coffee chain.Here are our top five stories of the last seven days:1. Real Bread comes out fighting The campaign has called for a legal definition of sourdough:  http://tinyurl.com/n9ve4vp2. Wiltshire baker takes the National Cupcake crownMrs B’s Cakes was the star of the show at the National Cupcake Championships: http://tinyurl.com/oqahur33. The Canadians are comingSecond Cup Coffee Company, the Canadian chain, is planning to open 500 UK sites in the next 10 years: http://tinyurl.com/pfhabcf4. Paul Hollywood does breadThe Great British Bake Off judge launches a new range of premium ready-to-bake rolls: http://tinyurl.com/nkl5dpu5. Tartisan launches in Nottingham, thinks bigTartisan, the recently opened bakery in Nottingham, has revealed plans to grow nationally and abroad in the next five years: http://tinyurl.com/pnx5hbolast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: March 2, 2021

Ween Delivers Johnny Cash Cover And A Slew Of Bustouts In Boston Tour Closer [Photos/Audio]

first_imgPhoto: Dave DeCrescente On Sunday, Ween wrapped up their spring run–the most extensive since their reunion last summer–with a performance at Boston, MA’s Blue Hills Bank Pavillion. As they did throughout the tour, the band worked in several tour debuts throughout their main set (“Up On The Hill,” “I’m In The Mood To Move,” “Awesome Sound,” “I’ll Miss You,” “Put The Coke On My Dick,” “The Enabler,” “Fluffy” and “Sweet Texas Fire”).Ween Paints The Borough Brown In Brooklyn Steel Debut [Review/Photos]After a 26-song set, the band returned for the encore with Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo) wielding a blue acoustic guitar rather than his signature red Stratocaster. The encore began with “Homo Rainbow,” which was followed by the evening’s biggest bust-out: a rendition of “There’s A Pig” featuring both Deaner and Gener (Aaron Greeman) on vocals, after a gap of 375 shows. Next the band debuted a cover of Johnny Cash‘s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” to the delight of the crowd, which was followed by “I’m Holding You” (the first in 412 shows), “Sorry Charlie,” and “You Were The Fool,” after which Deaner smashed his “new” blue acoustic guitar to bits in true rock and roll style (and, apparently, threw what was left of the instrument to a fan in the crowd according to this post in a Ween fan group):SETLIST: Ween | Blue Hills Bank Pavilion | Boston, MA | 6/11/17Set: Fiesta, Nan, Transdermal Celebration, Boy’s Club, Gabrielle, Up on the Hill, I’m in the Mood to Move, Learnin’ to Love, Ice Castles> The Golden Eel, Cover It With Gas and Set It on Fire, Back to Basom, Awesome Sound, I’ll Miss You, Mutilated Lips, Doctor Rock, Put the Coke on My Dick, The Enabler, Springtheme, Monique the Freak, Fluffy, The HIV Song, Mister Richard Smoker, Sweet Texas Fire, The Stallion pt 1, Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)Encore: Homo Rainbow, There’s a Pig, Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down, I’m Holding You, Sorry Charlie, You Were the FoolNotes: – soundcheck: Pork Roll Egg and Cheese, Light Me Up– false start on Nan– Gener solo for I’ll Miss You– Deaner on vocals for Sunday Mornin’– Deaner played a blue acoustic guitar for the entire encore, and then thoroughly smashed it to tiny bits over his ampYou can listen to the full show below, courtesy of taper tgakidis on archive.org:Enjoy the gallery from Sunday night’s Ween show below by photographer Dave DeCrescente.Next up for Ween is a performance at High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, CA on June 29th. For a full list of dates on the books for Ween, head to the band’s website.Ween | Blue Hills Bank Pavilion | Boston, MA | 6/11/17 Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: March 1, 2021

Where ideas trump devices

first_imgShoulder to shoulder in the Northwest Labs, students gathered around laptops — 200 at a time — at the CS50 Fair. An annual fixture at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the fair is an opportunity for students taking the introductory computer science course to show off their final projects to the wider community. It also provides an opportunity for others to see what programming is all about.For Emilie R. Wong ’17, studying literature at Harvard Extension School, computer science offers a way to visualize and play music, using Google Glass. For William Anthony Greenlaw ’17, it’s a tool to attract new recruits to the ballroom dance team. For Gabriel Amador ’16, studying organismic and evolutionary biology, it helps to modernize a long-running study of the plant life in Harvard Yard.Interest in computer science has been growing every year. With more than 800 students enrolled this fall, CS50 became the largest course at Harvard College. Excitement about the field further increased in November, when the University announced plans to increase the size of the computer science faculty at SEAS by 50 percent, with support from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ’77.And David J. Malan, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, is sending teaching fellow Jason Hirschhorn ’15 to help set up a collaborative version of CS50 at Yale University, where Harvard lectures will be live-streamed next fall.Standing amid row upon row of long tables strewn with laptops, raffle tickets, helium balloons, and CS50 stress balls during the Dec. 8 fair, Malan noted, “It should be an exciting experiment to try to execute a CS50 Fair not only in Cambridge but in New Haven next year as well.”Students in CS50 have almost free rein to select final projects that appeal to their curiosity, although they are asked to “strive to create something that outlives this course.”“All that we ask,” the syllabus says, “is that you build something of interest to you, that you solve an actual problem, that you impact campus, or that you change the world.”David Malan, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, said a higher percentage of students in CS50 this fall came into the course with no coding experience at all. Eliza Grinnell/Harvard SEASPutting names to faces“I was always the kid at the museum who wanted to get the audio guide and listen to every entry,” said Jacob Rienstra ’17. A sophomore studying computer science, Rienstra has spent the last 18 months wondering about the old portraits that hang in halls across the campus, from Annenberg Hall to Lowell House. Noting that many have no name plaque to identify them, he said, “Harvard has a very long history … and a lot of people have shaped Harvard. Some of them are immortalized in portraits, but they’re not really immortalized because no one knows who they are.”Knowing that a face on the wall belonged to a former House master would be a good start, Rienstra says, but rich historical details would be better. “Increase Mather,” he said, for example, “was involved in the Salem witch trials. One of his close friends was one of the judges at the trials, and he urged a more rational approach.” Knowing the stories behind the faces on the wall would bring history to life and could spark conversations over meals in the dining hall.Rienstra’s CS50 project catalogs all of the portraits in Lowell House and makes historical information about each one available through a searchable website that draws on a database. He hopes to expand the project campus-wide, adding a feature that suggests nearby portraits based on a user’s location.In homage to a sketch by the student comedy group On Harvard Time (Rienstra is a member), the portrait project is titled “Old White Dudes of Harvard.”“That’s poking fun at the fact that there are a lot of white dudes in our history — and the ones who aren’t are usually pretty awesome people — but to open up a conversation about that,” Rienstra says. “It allows us to discuss where we have come from and where we have to continue to go.”Language, simplifiedJennifer Hu ’18 studied German, Latin, and Greek in high school, “and I know Chinese,” she added casually. So when Problem Set 5 asked her to write a fast spell-checking program, she recognized quickly that part of the challenge arose from the difficulty of spotting irregularities in a highly irregular language.German, she knew, capitalizes the first letter of all nouns, so a computer presented with a capitalized word in the middle of a sentence could save time by comparing it to a list of only nouns, instead of searching the entire language for a match. She wondered: Could there be a computationally “perfect” language that eliminates ambiguity and facilitates fast processing?With her friend and classmate Kevin Loughlin ’18 — the two met at Visitas last April — Hu decided to find out.For their final CS50 project, the pair wrote a program that reconstructed and optimized the English language. The structure of every word in their new language system incorporates cues about the part of speech and where a word begins and ends. There are no homonyms or homophones. Adjectives and adverbs always follow the word they modify.The result is a language thoroughly lacking in nuance, and that’s the point. When speed and precision matter, it doesn’t mince words.“No one wants to take the time to learn something completely new that’s useless,” Loughlin admitted. “The reason to learn our language would be that you can easily communicate with artificial intelligence.”Most of the project work went into identifying constraints and designing the language carefully, Loughlin said. “They tell you all the time in computer science that CS is not about coding, and this is the first project where a huge part of our thought had to go — before we wrote a single line of code — into, ‘What do we want to accomplish with this task, and why do we want to do it in this way?’”To demonstrate the benefits of the new language, Hu and Loughlin also ran experiments and statistical analysis on its performance. They found that their language could be spell-checked faster than English, even when their words were longer, on average, than English words, and regardless of the location of a misspelled character.“Already, the fact that with spell-check we’ve achieved some significant results bodes well for us in terms of going forward in the future research that we do,” Loughlin said. “We’re really hoping to turn it into something several years long.”Loughlin had some coding experience when he arrived at Harvard, but it wasn’t like CS50. The courses he had taken in high school and during his gap year were enlightening, but uninspiring, he said.“It wasn’t my favorite subject in the whole world,” he added. “I think I saw computer science as something where you just perform mathematical operations. CS50 has done a great job in not only showing me the many different applications that computer science has, but [also] getting me to see that those applications are quite exciting“I really came in thinking I was going to do raw math, and within two weeks of CS50 it blew my mind.”Hu plans to study applied mathematics and linguistics. Loughlin intends to concentrate in computer science.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: March 1, 2021

Nobel laureate honored with Humanitarian of the Year award

first_imgAddressing what he called the “world’s current and future top thought leaders, researchers and entrepreneurs,” Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi urged Harvard students to take action in defense of abused and enslaved children around the world.“Even a small act can dispel darkness in a room,” he told his audience at Harvard’s Memorial Church.“You all represent so many bright sparks. Do not simply look … act,” said Satyarthi, who was honored on Friday by the Harvard Foundation as its 2015 Humanitarian of the Year.“As the creator of the Global March Against Child Labor, [Satyarthi] ensured that both transnational awareness and organizational activism were at the center of the largest civil society movement in the world,” said College senior Irfan Mahmud in introducing Satyarthi. “As an advocate on the national level, he played a key role in the Right to Education law in India that made education not only a fundamental right for children up to 14 years of age, but also made it institutionally accessible and free.Indian children’ rights activist, Kailish Satyarthi greets children in the audience before he received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Harvard Foundation. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“This is just the surface of his work. It is no wonder that the Nobel Institute found him worthy for their highest honor for world peace … And today, we are lucky enough to honor him as the Harvard Foundation’s 2015 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of the Year.”For more than 25 years, Satyarthi has been a world-renowned activist for children’s rights, fighting against child slavery and exploitive child labor. He has waged a peaceful struggle to stop children being exploited as labor instead of attending school, and has contributed to the development of international conventions on the rights of children. He and his organization, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, have rescued more than 84,000 children from exploitive conditions.In 2014, he and Malala Yousafzai were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”“Friends, do you realize that fear, not freedom, is the primary driving force for all creation in this world today?” said Satyarthi. “We obsess about money for the fear of being left out. We chase power, for fear of being labeled inconsequential. We attach ourselves to brands, heroes, and celebrities for fear of not fitting in. On the international stage we try to establish our power by making bombs, drawing borders, and sending missiles, for fear of our security and position.”In offering a solution to combating this fear, Satyarthi urged the “globalization of compassion.” That is the key, he said. “Compassion for fellow man, regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, nationality, politics, or anything else.”He called for “compassionate intelligence” in politics, business, and religion. “Most of all, we need to teach our bright, young, energetic, and idealistic youth the value of compassion so they don’t become disillusioned or turn to violence.” He urged his Harvard audience to “come together to not lose any more of our children to needless violence. Let us inculcate compassion, global citizenship, and universal brotherhood from the earliest ages.“Harvard is a beacon of excellence, a repository of the best leadership in the world, representing the potential to change the world,” Satyarthi said. “The time to lead is now and this is the place. I am confident we can together make slavery, child labor and trafficking history. Let that be the legacy of our lives, our gift to the world. Freedom, freedom, freedom, for each and every one of us!” he concluded.The award is given in memory of the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor and Minister in Harvard’s Memorial Church, who died in 2011.last_img read more