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Boy, 5, caught on video tackling gunman during home invasion

first_imgSouth Bend Police Department/FacebookBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News (SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — A 5-year-old boy has been caught on video tackling an armed gunman during a home invasion as four men burst into his family’s home, according to the South Bend Police Department.Police recently released the video from the home invasion, which took place on Sept. 30, in an appeal to the public to track down the suspects involved in the case.Four men, and at least three of them armed with firearms, forced themselves inside of the family’s home at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the Westside neighborhood of South Bend, Indiana, after a child answered the door, according to the South Bend Police Department.In the video, two men with hoodies on can be seen immediately charging into the living room where a woman looks to be ironing clothes on the floor with two small children standing by the sofa.One of the gunmen holds his weapon up just a few feet away from the woman’s face as she falls back into a chair before the 5-year-old boy before begins hitting him from behind. Another gunman then comes to help out before making his way to another room in the family home as the boy can then be seen throwing an object at one of the suspects before charging him from behind in the altercation.“This video is extremely disturbing,” said the South Bend Police Department in a statement accompanying the video. “You can see a little boy hitting one of the armed suspects as he tries to defend his home. It is our job now to defend him.”The suspects fired shots and fled the scene, police said, but no one was injured.Authorities are still investigating and asking for anybody with information on this case to contact the South Bend Police Department.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

On the move

first_imgOn the moveOn 4 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Recruitment company Manpower has appointed Daniel Kasmir into thenewly-created position of HR director. He will be responsible for Europe, theMiddle East and Africa. His primary task will be to ensure a consistentapproach to HR across the region, which covers 18 markets. Kasmir will workclosely with the senior vice-president for global HR, Robert Lincoln, andreport directly to managing director Yoav Michaely. The change comes by way ofa promotion and he originally joined the company in 2000. Ronnie Clawson has joined the Peabody Trust housing association as HRdirector. He moves from the Affinity Homes Group, where he was group head of HRand administration. Previously he worked as the head of equality and diversityat the Crown Prosecution Service and held senior roles at English ChurchesHousing Group and Wandle Housing Association. Clawson replaces Ann Lewis whojoined Peabody Trust from Childline in 1999. Roffey Park, the research and education organisation, has appointed AndrewConstable (pictured) as director of consultancy and bespoke services. In thepost he will help advise on interventions ranging from management developmentprogrammes and coaching to culture change and organisational development. Hejoined Roffey in 1992 and has held a range of roles, including director ofinternational development. Prior to this he worked in management developmentfor Abbey National. last_img read more

Manhattan landlords warehousing units in down market

first_img Full Name* Message* ManhattanNYC Rental Market Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* (iStock/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)Apartment landlords in Manhattan are keeping more units vacant as the rental market slumps.According to real-estate data analytics company UrbanDigs, landlords last month removed 1,814 apartment listings in the borough. The figure is more than three times the number of apartments that were warehoused in February 2020, the Wall Street Journal reported.As many renters moved out of the city in the pandemic, Manhattan’s apartment vacancy rate went up, and the median rental price fell by more than 17 percent last year, according to a Douglas Elliman report compiled by appraisal firm Miller Samuel.Read moreNYC rents continue to drop, and landlords feel the crunchManhattan vacancy hits new peak; Brooklyn stableManhattan, Brooklyn rental leasing hit 12-year high in December Share via Shortlink The peak month for delistings was August, when more than 5,500 apartments were taken off the market, according to UrbanDigs data.Discounts have lured back prospective renters, and in January, the number of new leases signed in Manhattan was the highest in 13 years, according to Miller Samuel.Landlords might be warehousing units to avoid signing long-term leases at discounted rent, betting that the market will recover as more people get vaccinated, said John Walkup, co-founder of UrbanDigs.Housing advocates are appalled by the practice as it exacerbates the city’s housing crisis.“I think it is unconscionable that some landlords are keeping units off the market, and are just, you know, sitting with their arms crossed waiting for rents to go up,” Assembly member Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, told the Journal.Rosenthal last year proposed a law to fine landlords who warehouse apartments for more than three months. She said she plans to introduce an updated bill this year. [WSJ] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsudalast_img read more

Leading auctioneer launches unique hybrid ‘estate agent’

first_imgHome » News » Auctions news » Leading auctioneer launches unique hybrid ‘estate agent’ previous nextAuctions newsLeading auctioneer launches unique hybrid ‘estate agent’Innovative and unique business launched by John Pye Auctions will offer hybrid estate agent style online sales service to help vendors sell their home.Nigel Lewis1st April 201901,063 Views One of the UK’s best-known auction firms John Pye has launched a hybrid estate agency service amid considerable fanfare, including a sponsorship deal with Nottinghamshire’s cricket team.The business is believed to the first of its kind in the UK offering vendors the opportunity to sell their home via an estate-agency style service.John Pye Property is to offer vendors a fully-managed service from instruction to final sale which it claims will be an “effective and inexpensive alternative to traditional high-street estate agent services”.The business, which is part of the Nottingham-based but national John Pye Auctions group, has been two years in development and at launch is to offer home sellers a 0% and zero-fee home selling service.The agency is to feature on the kit of the Nottinghamshire Outlaws’ new T20 kit and is part of an ongoing sponsorship deal with the cricket club, that has now been extended for another five years.“Working with Notts over the past few years has been the ideal fit for us,” said Adam Pye managing director of John Pye Auctions (left).Last year the hybrid agency held 1,000 online auctions selling both residential and commercial property on behalf of bank, lender, government, vendor and estate agency clients.John Pye has been expanding fast over the past eight years and has grown from a single auction and 50 staff to 23 auction sites and 450 staff, although the company has been trading since 1969.  April 1, 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

Library Offers “Virtually” Everything

first_imgStoryWalk is the latest activity offered by the library to engage children. By MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City Free Public Library historically has been a hub of community activity, offering entertainment, learning tools and, of course, books in all forms from traditional to e-books.COVID-19 did not stop that. However, it did alter the way the library gives patrons all that they have been accustomed to enjoying.StoryWalk, which kicked off Oct. 9 and runs through Nov. 30, is a primary example of a new addition to the library activities that allows for social distancing.The event gives families a way to participate in an outdoor activity at Lake Memorial Park, 407 Wesley Ave., with others who love books.Characters are hidden in the park, and kids can go on a scavenger hunt to find characters when they are finished reading the story. Every family that completes the scavenger hunt is entered to win a special prize at the end of November.“I just want to say that the StoryWalk is yet another example of the creative ways our library has risen to the challenge to promote early literacy and engage with the community, yet still stay safe during COVID-19,” Library Board of Trustees President Jennifer Shirk said Monday.The reception to the new event has been wonderful, said Library Director Karen Mahar.“It is a fantastic way to enjoy a book in nature and be able to social distance while doing it,” she noted.The library offers limited hours and staff strictly adheres to COVID-19 safety measures.As part of the library’s safety protocols during the pandemic, people can come into the building, but there are time limits. Many patrons take advantage of curbside pickup, Mahar pointed out.Shifting the focus from in-house programming and events at least until December to all virtual events took a lot of work, library officials said. But the patrons seem to love what is being offered.The proof is in the fact that virtual events ranging from author talks and concerts to trivia nights fill up quickly on Zoom.“Things are going well. People are coming into the library getting their items and leaving,” Mahar said. “We really are not extremely busy. People are taking advantage of our curbside pickup services and they are definitely taking advantage of our virtual programming.”Over 700 patrons signed up for virtual activities this month alone, Mahar said.Friday night virtual concerts have proven to be an overwhelming success along with the fall series for OC Reads, in which people hear from authors.Mahar described both activities this month as “fantastic.”She added that for OC Reads more than 100 people jumped on the Zoom event to hear from the author.Trivia Night is a popular virtual event among patrons. (Image courtesy OCFPL)The library makes sure to offer events and activities for all ages.“We’re doing all our story hours virtually, as well as young adult programs virtually,” Mahar explained.In addition, an American sign language class, a memoirs class, a book discussion group, and other interesting virtual events are being given, she said.“Our circulation statistics have held their own and our e-book and digital audiobook circulation has really taken off,” Mahar said.Mahar emphasized that the library staff is following all safety protocols amid the pandemic.“We want to keep my staff and our patrons safe and healthy wearing masks when they’re in the building and on our staff,” she said.She added that the library is cleaned vigorously, including high-touch areas such as counters.Mahar added, “I commend my board and my staff for really doing their best to continue to offer the awesome services of our public library. Even though it is in a different way than are the norm, while keeping our staff and our library patrons safe.”For more information, visit the Ocean City Free Public Library at library offers patrons a self-checkout service with a touch screen device (at right).last_img read more

Fancie opens first bakery/café

first_imgKnown for its cupcake shops, Fancie, based in Sheffield, opened its first canteen and bakery this week.The outlet, on Ecclesall Road, will offer breakfast, a day menu, a supper club, a private dining and events space and an outside catering facility.Earlier this month, however, the business did also close the doors on its Meadowhall shop, after three years in business.On its Facebook page, Fancie said the decision had been made due to the business wanting to focus more on its two other shops, events, and the new bakery. However, respondents hinted at the fact it may also have been to do with the high rents charged in that area of the city.The firm, run by Amanda Perry, has two dedicated cupcake shops in Sharrowvale Road, and The Winter Gardens, in addition to the new bakery.last_img read more

Pink Floyd Shares Rare Video Footage Of ‘Ummagumma’ Track From 1970 [Watch]

first_imgEasily one of the most bizarre releases from the Pink Floyd catalog is Ummagumma, the first album released post-Syd Barrett that sees the remaining members of Pink Floyd explore the depths of psychedelia and weirdness. With Pink Floyd set to release a major box set that chronicles their earliest years, the band has shared some interesting footage of the Ummagumma original, “Grantchester Meadows.”Written by Roger Waters, both he and David Gilmour provide guitarwork on the track. With additional keyboard support from Richard Wright, it’s the animal noises that really set this instrumental into the ether. Recorded at San Francisco’s KQED in 1970, this newly shared footage shows Pink Floyd in the height of their otherworldly approach.The song itself pays tribute to a small English town near Cambridge, evoking the melodies and actual sounds of a warm summer’s day. The song “Fat Old Man” was written later on, by David Gilmour, as a sequel to this unusual instrumental.Watch the newly-shared rare footage, streaming below.[h/t Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Phil Lesh, String Cheese Incident, Brandi Carlile, & More Announced For 2019 FloydFest

first_imgFloydFest has announced their 2018 lineup! Taking place from July 24th through 28th, 2019 in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. FloyFest 19, dubbed “Voyage Home,” will feature headlining sets from Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, The String Cheese Incident, and Brandi Carlile.The rest of the initial lineup includes Tyler Childers, Margo Price, Fantastic Negrito, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass featuring Love Canon, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Acoustic Syndicate, Songs From The Road Band, Kaleta & Super Yamba Band, Trout Steak Revival, Jon Stickley Trio, and many more.Floyfest 19~Voyage Home will feature five days of music, magic, and mountains, in the picturesque paradise at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, VA. With more than 100 total artists on eight stages, the festival is jam-packed with outdoor adventure, vibrant and varied vendors, quality brews and chews, healing arts, workshops, and whimsy children’s activities.You can check out the full lineup below, and head to the FloydFest website for details.last_img read more

Dimensions of war, including peace

first_imgIt was almost a decade ago that Harvard literary scholar Homi K. Bhabha took over as director of what is now the Mahindra Humanities Center. One vision he had was of a University-wide seminar to address, in detail, year by year, the most vital issues gripping the world.Some dreams come true, and this one did. Last fall the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Seminar, funded for three years, welcomed its first class of fellows. All three years will have a common theme, the intersection of violence and nonviolence. Aptly, the 2014-2015 series has a sub-theme that looms in the present cultural discourse — war.For one thing, armed conflicts around the globe have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in recent years. (The Syrian civil war tops the list, with nearly 200,000 dead so far.) For another, people everywhere are marking the centennial of World War I, looking back in puzzlement and horror at a conflict that killed 16 million people and wounded another 20 million.Bi-weekly seminars in the Mellon series started in October, with presentations and discussions based on pre-circulated papers related to violence and nonviolence in war. Taking part are six Mellon Seminar Fellows and a mix of nine Harvard postdoctoral fellows and Boston-area graduate students.During the fall semester, as will be the rule over the life of the program, there were a number of associated public lectures. Columbia University anthropologist Partha Chatterjee took on “International Law and the Pedagogy of Violence” (Oct. 23). University of California, Irvine, comparative literature scholar Ếtienne Balibar presented a two-part series on violence, civility, and politics (Nov. 4-5). And Columbia professor of modern Arab studies Rashid Khalidi delivered the Hrant Dink Memorial Peace and Justice Lecture on “Unhealed Wounds of World War I: Armenia, Kurdistan, and Palestine” (Nov. 13).The first big conference of the Mellon program ― there will be two annually — unfolds this week as “In Our Time: The Great War at 100,” on Feb. 12 and 13. Panelists will set the cultural and political stage for what was once called the War to End All Wars.Also beginning this week is a companion series at the Harvard Film Archive, “Grand Illusions: The Cinema of World War I,” to run Feb. 13 to March 2. The first feature is “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930), a harrowing anti-war war movie that was banned in Nazi Germany.University of Oxford historian Margaret MacMillan will deliver the Feb. 12 keynote address. She is the author of “The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914” (2013), a 739-page study whose summary might read: The war could have been avoided. The book, with its emphasis on the few personalities making decisions back then, underscores what historian A.J.P. Taylor once observed and what so few were willing to believe, “that great events have small causes.”Even a big war may start on a very small scale. But on every scale war is a spectacle, as are the attempts at justice that follow. And in every war, violence and nonviolence intersect. December and January marked the 100th anniversary of the World War I Christmas truce that lasted well beyond the holiday in some sectors of the front.Bhabha reached into the nearer past. After the 1994 neighbor-on-neighbor genocide in Rwanda that killed 800,000, he said, the same “instruments and institutions that shaped the worst violence became the sites of nonviolent negotiation.” Some examples: radio, local bars, and clubs.Part of Rwanda’s reconciliation process also involved community courts. The Gacaca system gave perpetrators the chance to confess their deeds in a local setting.Nonviolence can rise out of its opposite even within a single politically potent figure, observed Bhabha. Mahatma Gandhi was “obsessed with warfare and even the nobility of warfare,” he said, yet his project of nonviolent action made him famous. Similarly, Nelson Mandela rose out of “a place of violence, prison, and had been involved in violent struggle,” said Bhabha, but in the end preached peaceful reconciliation in South Africa.The Mellon series joins the Mahindra Center’s traditional seminars. They are wide-ranging too ― from American literature to cartography, opera, and women and culture in the early modern world. Some of these traditional seminars date to 1984, when the Humanities Center was founded as the more narrowly focused Center for Literary Studies. And they are pleasingly, smartly episodic, and create glimpses of bright scholarship.But the Mellon Seminar is intended to be a lingering study of a big subject from a variety of perspectives, said Bhabha. “There is no one convening discipline.” Episodes of individual scholarship give way to long-term collaborations in pursuit of larger meaning.Part of the mission will be to examine how different disciplines investigate a phenomenon as big and important as war, or as puzzling as the ways violence and nonviolence intersect. In part, Bhabha said, the three-year program is “a seminar on how interdisciplinary systems of knowledge work.”Fellows and students in this year’s program represent urban planning, philosophy, international relations, anthropology, economic history, political science, East Asian languages, American studies, international social justice, social studies, performance, and international law. One is a former infantry officer with the British Army, who completed three tours in Afghanistan. Another is a veteran of NGO work in Egypt and Darfur in western Sudan.The initiative, over time, may reveal “how one discipline veers toward another in a process of self-understanding,” said Bhabha.He gave an example. “The law always plays a role in dealing with violence. A legal thread is always present,” said Bhabha. The business of law is to gather testimony. On the other hand, literature — with its emphasis on narrative and storytelling ― can broaden the understanding of what legal testimony means. It adds affect to legal testimony intended to be without affect.At the same time, the Mellon series will look at clashes of scale within the arena of violence and nonviolence. In Rwanda, for instance, the United Nations set in motion the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (1997-2012). But at the community level, the Gacaca courts from 1996 to 2006 meted out justice in the same social spaces where violence originated.“To see violence on a civilizational scale is a problem,” said Bhabha, if inquiry stops at the large scale. Meanwhile, “neighborliness is the site for a fight over a cup of sugar,” he said, thinking of Rwanda two decades ago. “But it’s also the site of genocidal violence.”The 2015-2016 iteration of the Mellon Seminar will have such matters of scale in mind. The year’s focus will be “everyday violence,” a topic that includes a litany of the familiar: protest, incarceration, domestic violence, white-collar crime, and identity-based violence.The first major conference of the Mellon program, “In Our Time: The Great War at 100,”  Feb. 12 and 13, will have a keynote address delivered by University of Oxford historian Margaret MacMillan, author of “The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914.” Also beginning this week is a companion series at the Harvard Film Archive, Feb. 13 to March 2.last_img read more

Shorenstein Center announces spring 2018 Fellows

first_img Read Full Story The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, based at Harvard Kennedy School, is pleased to announce the appointment of its spring 2018 fellows, and the A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence.“This semester we will be joined by experienced journalists and practitioners who focus on some of today’s most pressing issues: race relations, the urban/rural divide, the role of algorithms in society, and climate change, among other topics,” said Shorenstein Center Director Nicco Mele.The A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence program brings nonfiction writers to Harvard to work on writing projects, teach student workshops, and interact with the Harvard community. Jelani Cobb will be the A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence for spring 2018. He is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he writes about race, politics, history, and culture.Joan Shorenstein Fellows spend the academic semester researching and writing a paper, participating in events, and interacting with students, faculty, and the Harvard community. The spring 2018 Joan Shorenstein Fellows are:Elizabeth Arnold is a former NPR Political Correspondent, an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska, and the producer of Ghosh is a fellow at New America, where he works on digital privacy, artificial intelligence, and civil rights. A computer scientist by training, Ghosh until recently worked on global privacy and public policy issues at Facebook.Genevieve Roth is a founding partner of Invisible Hand, a social impact and events agency that focuses on the intersection of media, women’s empowerment, and social justice.Sarah Smarsh is a freelance journalist and former professor of nonfiction writing who covers politics and economic inequality for The Guardian, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and others from her home state of Kansas.The Entrepreneurship Fellows program, established in fall 2016, invites experienced technology entrepreneurs to provide guidance and mentorship to Harvard students. Hossein Derakhshan is a joint fellow with the MIT Media Lab and the Shorenstein Center for Spring 2018. He is an Iranian-Canadian writer and researcher who focuses on the long-term socio-political impacts of media and technology.The Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellowship, established in 2013, brings high-profile figures at the forefront of media, politics, and policy to the Kennedy School to work on timely issues. Tom Wheeler, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow for the 2017–18 academic year, served as the Chairman of the FCC from 2013 to 2017 under President Obama.last_img read more