One injured and three arrested during EDL march in Oxford

first_imgThree arrests were made and a policeman was injured during the English Defence League (EDL) march through Oxford city centre on Saturday afternoon.Two men, a 24-year old from Bristol and a 49-year old from Kidlington, were detained on suspicion of affray, whilst a third man, a 44-year old from Summertown, was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. 
The police officer sustained minor head injuries as a result of a bottle being thrown. Five hundred policemen, including officers from five neighbouring forces and a mounted unit, assisted Thames Valley Police in policing the demonstrations.About 150 people marched as part of the EDL demonstration, whilst around 300 people took part in a Unite Against Fascism (UAF) counter-demonstration in Bonn Square. Before the march began minor scuffles were reported between the different groups.The EDL said that they were “protesting against the appalling revelations of another case of Muslim Grooming Gangs prying [sic] on vulnerable English children and the lack of protection given to them by those intrusted [sic] to do so; the local council and Police.”A UAF open letter said, “We condemn the decision by the EDL to come to Oxford on Saturday 4th April to exploit the suffering of Oxfordshire victims of child sexual exploitation to further its own selfish ends.  This is not the first time that the EDL have tried to take advantage of the suffering of exploited children.”









Superintendent Christian Bunt, LPA Commander for Oxford, commented, “Disruption was kept to a minimum and we are grateful for the support we received from local businesses and communities.
The success of the operation is, in no small part, down to the excellent work before and during the event between the police, our partner agencies, representatives of our communities and the protest organisers.
“There were a few arrests made over the course of the day, however, the majority of those taking part were well behaved. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our communities, some of whom understandably had concerns about the demonstrations, for their tolerance, cooperation and patience today.
” In the Oxford City Council’s statement on the Protests, Councillor Bob Price said, “The EDL is a racist organisation, and is not welcome in our city. We regret that the Thames Valley Police declined to ban this march and that it will cause substantial disruption for visitors, shoppers and bus travellers on a popular and busy holiday weekend.“We also regret the massive cost that it will impose on the budget of the Thames Valley Police which is already under severe strain because of the cuts imposed by the Government.“We strongly endorse the right to demonstrate and to assembly, but these rights must be qualified in respect of organisations which explicitly seek to promote the criminal offence of racial hatred or to instil division in our communities.“Oxford is a diverse city with excellent relations between people of widely varied national and ethnic backgrounds. This is a crude attempt to attack the good name of a whole community on the basis of crimes committed by a group of vile individuals, from a variety of backgrounds.”OUSU condemned the march in a statement realeased earlier in the week stating, “OUSU condemns the EDL and its views. Muslims are a valued part of our community and the lies and violence with which the EDL target them and their faith are unacceptable. We stand in solidarity with Muslim students and residents of Oxford who may be adversely affected by the march.“We recognise the risk posed by the march to the welfare of students who are in Oxford. People of all faiths and ethnicities should be welcome in Oxford, and the presence of the EDL is a barrier to this. As far as OUSU is concerned, the EDL is not welcome in Oxford.”The Oxford Islamic Society likewise condemned the march in their statement, commenting, “Islam is the faith of almost three million Britons and the EDL’s rhetoric of hate and division flies in the face of Islam as understood by the almost three million Britons.“There are up to 500 people who are expected to attend the March so we would just like to ask anyone who will be in Oxford on Saturday to be cautious, sensible and try to stay away from the town centre if possible. Most importantly, remember to place your trust in Allah (SWT) and seek His protection. A perfect Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands mankind is safe, and a true emigrant is one who flees from what God has forbidden.“For those who want to take a more active stance, there will be an interfaith circle organized as a counter to the EDL. This will be at midday, outside the shop ‘Lush’ on Saturday.”The EDL march began at Oxford train station at about 2pm on Saturday and ended up outside St. Aldate’s police station.
 Police temporarily closed Queen’s Street and St. Aldate’s as the march passed through, causing some traffic problems. The EDL demonstrators left the city at about 5pm.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s department of chemistry and physics launches new project to test local well water

first_imgAlthough water is one of the most abundant resources in the world, it exists on a wide spectrum of drinkability. Bottled water tends to be the safest option, while river and lake water should be considered non-potable. However, well water falls into a gray area. At times it can be consumed safely, but it can also potentially contain dangerous heavy metals.City water is tested regularly, but testing for well water is completed much less frequently, as it must be done at the homeowner’s expense, according to a flyer distributed by the Saint Mary’s department of chemistry and physics.This means heavy metals, such as arsenic, can build up in the water, and according to the flyer, “long term exposure can pose a significant health risk.”The department hopes to aid Saint Mary’s students and the wider community in learning how to test their well water.Their water-testing project began about two years ago as a community research study.“Community research is a little challenging, because the pathway to getting a project is less obvious than with more traditional science research,” Kimberly Cossey, chemistry professor and head of the project, said in an email.Cossey said she began at the local level of community engagement.“The first step of any community research is meeting people and networking, so that you know what is needed,” Cossey said in the email.Then, the group had to map out the exact procedure the department would use to test the well water.“The next step was to determine the methods that we would use for the science part of the project,” she said in the email. “I decided to use ICP-OES (an instrument used to test water samples), which [test] not only arsenic but also other heavy metals, even in low concentrations. Thus, we could test for multiple potential contaminants at once, and give residents the results.”Cossey and a student collaborator, senior chemistry major Katelyn Long, have begun a pilot study where students will be able to test and send in the results from their water.This process is fairly simple, Cossey said.“We give residents a kit that has water bottles, and instructions on how to collect their water,” she said in the email. “They run the tap for a few minutes, and then collect the water into the water bottle. Residents can test multiple locations in their home, as water is not the same from every tap (due to things like water softeners, RO [reverse-osmosis] filters, etc.)”Next, Cossey will test the water with Long.“They bring the samples back to Saint Mary’s, and we treat the samples with chemicals,” she said in the email. “This is necessary for testing, and also makes sure that the samples stay ‘useable’ until we can test them.”According to Cossey, the next steps for the project involve collecting, calibrating and distributing data from the project.“The primary goal is to decrease health risks in the community by letting people know what’s in their drinking water,” Cossey said in the email. “We don’t want anyone to be drinking water with arsenic or lead on a regular basis without realizing it.”The project also seeks to discover local problem areas that may have issues, she said.“We are also looking for patterns in location and time,” Cossey said. “After testing one location found to have arsenic for several months, we have found that the amount of arsenic varies. … By mapping the places where high levels are found, we can identify neighborhoods that may need more immediate testing. This way those residents can know if they should be concerned.”Tags: department of physics and chemistry, South Bend, South Bend community, waterlast_img read more

CIRC-WILLISTON STUDY TO HOLD PUBLIC WORKSHOPS

first_imgFebruary 2, 2006 CIRC-WILLISTON STUDY TO HOLD PUBLIC WORKSHOPSProject seeks input on design of Route 2A Improvements, Circ A/B, and Hybrid AlternativesMONTPELIER Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Secretary Dawn Terrill announced today thatthe agency will be holding public design workshops on the eight alternatives short-listed for detailed study inthe Circ-Williston Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).The alternatives include three options for making improvements to Route 2A from I-89 to Five Corners inEssex Junction, two Circ Highway options (segments A/B) from I-89 to Route 289, and three hybridalternatives combining Route 2A improvements and a Circ roadway extending only to Mountain View Road.The short-listed alternatives were selected from a list of 23 options and advanced from Step 2 (Screening) toStep 3 (Detailed Analysis) in the 5-step EIS process.The purpose of the Design Workshops is not to evaluate the alternatives but to help refine their design. Beforewe analyze the short list of alternatives, we hope to get specific feedback on how to make the design of eachone as good as it can be, said Secretary Terrill.At the workshops the consultants will present the detailed design of the eight alternatives and solicit commentsand suggestions from the public. The alternatives will be further refined after the workshops and then analyzedfor environmental impact.Each workshop will focus on a separate part of the project area so we can have in-depth discussions, saidTerrill. The public will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the designers.The workshop on Tuesday February 7 at Williston Town Hall is being hosted by the Williston PlanningCommission; it will focus on the Route 2A corridor from I-89 to the Winooski River. Wednesdays workshopat Essex High School will focus on Five Corners and Route 2A in Essex Junction. The Thursday February 9workshop will focus on the Circ A/B corridor in Williston. All workshops are from 6:30 to 9PM.For more information, visit www.circEIS.org(link is external).# # #State of VermontAgency of Transportation1 National Life DriveDrawer 33Montpelier, Vermont05633-5001last_img read more

Senator’s trucking firm ordered to stop work; Shumlin bashed for break

first_imgby Anne Galloway vtdigger.org March 8, 2011 The Vermont Department of Labor issued a stop-work order in January to Starr’s United, a trucking company in North Troy. The business is under investigation for an alleged failure to hold a workers’ compensation insurance policy on its 20 employees, according to Labor Department officials. An injury claim from an employee triggered the probe.State Senator Bobby Starr, D-Essex-Orleans, is president of the company and has served as director of the Vermont Truck and Bus Association. When he was reached by phone last Friday, he said, ‘I really don’t know what you’re talking about ‘ I don’t know anything about it.’Starr said he is ‘gone most of the winter’ and his son, Eric, who is the general manager, is ‘dealing with that.’Stephen Monahan, director of the Workers’ Compensation & Safety Division, said the stop-work order was issued on Jan. 21 and remains in effect.Dig DeeperSOURCE MATERIAL ‘ STARR’S TRUCKINGThe Vermont Statutes Online: 21 V.S.A. § 692. Penalties; failure to insure; stop work orders2008-2009 Progress Report of the Workers’ Compensation Employee Classification, Coding, and Fraud Enforcement Task ForceVermont Department of Labor: Info Center ‘ FraudLINKS ‘ DISAPPEARANCESWCAX: Shumlin off on vacationVT GOP: Where is Governor Shumlin?LINKS ‘ DRUMROLL, PLEASEâ ¦Vermont Democratic Party: 12th Annual David W. Curtis Leadership Awards DinnerCampaignMoney.com: Arthur Berndt Political Campaign Contributions 2008 Election CycleGreenpeace: Climate LawsuitThe Huffington Post: Local Hero Learns From The BestLINKS ‘ MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY DAYPress release: Mental health advocacy day set for March 9LINKS ‘ SECRETARY OF EDA Secretary of Ed?LINKS ‘ CHURN, BABY, CHURNPress release: In the raw on March 8 ‘ Butter Appreciation DayRural Vermont questions state’s raw milk rulesDOCUMENTS ‘ BILLS ON THE MOVEVermont Legislature: March 8 calendarUnder the order, no work can be carried out, Monahan said, ‘except possibly by the owner him or herself.’The investigation, which began on Jan. 13, Monahan said, is moving toward the penalty phase. Starr’s United could be fined $150 a day for every day the company has operated without worker’s compensation insurance. The number of employees who went without coverage will also be factored into the penalty, Monahan said.In July 2010 the Legislature enacted new penalties for businesses that fail to provide workers’ comp. Since then, the division has issued 15 stop-work orders, Monahan said. The penalty for violating a stop-work order is $5,000 in civil penalties or $10,000 in criminal penalties or imprisonment for up to 180 days.Most workers’ comp investigations are triggered by complaints or referrals from other agencies or programs, such as the Tax Department, Unemployment Insurance program, Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Vermont Department of Buildings & General Services or Agency of Transportation, Monahan wrote in an e-mail. Most of the complaints have been filed through an online form on the Department of Labor website.‘Misclassifying workers or not complying withU.I. or W.C. coverage is considered fraud,’ Monahan wrote.Fourteen hundred insurers in Vermont offer worker’s compensation insurance.DISAPPEARANCESDo you know where your governor is?That was the question Anson Tebbetts of WCAX posed last Friday.Tebbetts, a former Douglas administration official, reported that Gov. Peter Shumlin was ‘off’ on vacation ‘two months into his first term,’ and that the governor didn’t tell two members of his staff he interviewed ‘ press secretary Bianca Slota (who was formerly employed by WCAX) and Jeb Spaulding, secretary of the Agency of Administration ‘ where he was headed.Later, Slota told Tebbetts she knew where the governor was, but she couldn’t disclose his location. Shumlin left for vacation last Thursday and is scheduled to return to Vermont Tuesday night.‘He’s been working really hard,’ Slota said. ‘While the Legislature’s out of town, he thought it would be a good time to take a couple days off. Out of respect for his privacy, we’re just not telling people where he is.’The news spurred Patricia McDonald, new chair of the Vermont GOP, to issue a press release taking the governor to task. The missive, titled ‘‘I don’t know where the governor is’ is not an acceptable response,’ blasted Shumlin for neglecting to inform key administrative officials of his whereabouts.‘Simply being reachable by cell phone is not an acceptable substitute for knowing the whereabouts of our head of state,’ McDonald wrote. ‘Vermonters deserve better. Why is it that no one seems to know where Governor Shumlin is?’In an interview, McDonald said she doesn’t ‘begrudge the governor a vacation.’She did, however, find fault with the timing of the governor’s absence. A statewide public hearing on Shumlin’s health care legislation at Vermont Interactive Television sites around the state was scheduled on Monday, and this week his signature health care legislation is slated to emerge from the House Health Care Committee. She complained that ‘he will not be around to answer questions on the bill, or to hear Vermonters speak on the issue.’ (The hearing has since been rescheduled because of Monday’s snow storm.)‘Vermonters need to know that the chain of command is intact and that the lines of communication are open and working for the security and safety of our state,’ McDonald wrote. ‘From a transparency and confidence perspective, the process was handled very poorly.’Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, who is the governor’s stand-in when he’s away, wasn’t worried. Scott summed up his take on the brouhaha with: ‘I don’t have knee-jerk reactions.’Shumlin’s staff called Scott the day before the governor left for parts unknown. ‘I don’t know for myself that it really matters,’ Scott said. ‘If he’s on vacation, it’s probably well-deserved. We have a lot to do in the next three to four weeks, and I would want his head to be clear.’Chris Graff, a longtime reporter and Montpelier bureau chief for the Associated Press, said in an e-mail that other governors’ vacations were also private affairs.‘We don’t really know much about governors’ vacations,’ Graff wrote.Douglas spent time in Maine on occasion. Gov. Howard Dean went on a hiking adventure one summer, Graff said, and ‘that got attention because a trooper drove.’Gov. Dick Snelling went off sailing and there was a crisis in his absence, Graff recalled. In the era before cell phones, members of his staff had trouble reaching him.DRUMROLL, PLEASE â ¦The Vermont Democratic Party holds its annual celebrity dinner ‘ the Curtis Awards ‘ each spring, and this year the party has brought in a major player ‘ Al Franken, the former comedy writer for Saturday Night Live-turned-senator from Minnesota. (Last year’s keynote was also given by a Minnesotan senator, Amy Klobuchar.)Online registration for the event, slated for March 19, is closed.The VDP also announces the political equivalent of the Academy Awards for Democrats who have played leading roles in setting the scene for the party’s successes. Sources say this year’s Curtis Award winners will be Mike Obuchowski, Arthur Berndt and Barbara MacIntyre.Obuchowski retired from his seat in the House of Representatives in January, after 38 years in the Statehouse. He is the longest-serving member of the General Assembly in living memory. Shumlin recently tapped his fellow Democrat from Windham County as commissioner of the Department of Buildings and General Services.Berndt is a major donor to the party who has given thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates ($51,000 in 2008, according to CampaignMoney.com).He and his wife, Anne, were involved in a Greenpeace lawsuit against two taxpayer-funded entities, Export Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, for funding $32 billion in financing fossil fuel projects without assessing how the projects would contribute to global warming. Greenpeace won the suit in 2010.MacIntyre of Shaftsbury tirelessly volunteered for the Obama campaign in 2008.RALLIES, HEARINGS AND A PUBLIC ‘CHURN’Vermonters for Health Care Freedom canceled its rally on the Statehouse lawn because of the record-breaking storm on Monday, but the 75-100 protesters who planned to attend the event will attempt another protest in a week or so, according to Darcie Johnston.The rally had been scheduled just before the state was scheduled to take testimony on the legislation tonight in a series of Vermont Interactive Television forums. (The hearings were cancelled because of Monday’s snow storm.)Johnston, who runs a government relations and political fundraising firm, started Vermonters for Health Care Freedom for ‘free market’ supporters who oppose Gov. Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care bill.Johnston’s clients have included Sen. James Jeffords, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, Ruth Dwyer, the Vermont Republican Party, the New Hampshire Republican Party, and the Rhode Island Republican Party.She says she is spearheading the effort because she ‘feels passionate about this issue.’ Johnston said her anti-single-payer activism is separate from her consultancy work. So far, Vermonters for Health Care Freedom has no financial backing; supporters are campaigning for the cause on Facebook and Twitter.Johnston said VHCF is a loose association of 75-100 ‘leaders’ who represent various interests. She declined to list members, but she said she’s ‘amazed’ that many of the supporters of the new group feel they can’t publicly oppose the legislation because it might jeopardize their business with the state or with clients. She said they are as concerned as she is about the impact of a single-payer system on ‘free market’ health care.‘I’m worried about what this legislation is going to do to Vermont’s economy,’ Johnston said. ‘I’m worried about what it’s going to do to the quality of health care; I’m worried about doctors leaving the state; I’m worried about what it’s going to do to job growth; I’m worried about the stability of the economy.’Johnston pointed to the Massachusetts health care reforms as an example of a system in which costs are ‘running away.’‘Businesses want to be able to plan,’ Johnston said. ‘This doesn’t help that at all, if anything it makes it worse.’A BLOCKBUSTER MENTAL HEALTH DAY?Speaking of rallies, advocates are gearing up for a large turnout on Mental Health Advocacy Day, Wednesday, March 9. Ten organizations are sponsoring the event, and they plan to bus in more than 1,000 Vermonters with mental illness or developmental disabilities.Floyd Nease, executive director of the Vermont Association for Mental Health (and former Democratic House Majority Leader), said last week that the advocates and ‘consumers’ will be a presence in the Statehouse. They plan to testify at 9:30 a.m. at a joint meeting of the House Human Services and Senate Health and Welfare Committees in Room 11 and then rally in front of the Statehouse steps at noon. Nease said Christine Oliver, Department of Mental Health commissioner, has been invited to speak along with House Speaker Shap Smith, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell and Doug Racine, now head of the Agency of Human Services.‘We ultimately want consumers to be heard,’ Nease said.Read the press release about the rally.LAWMAKERS TAKE TESTIMONY ON SECRETARY OF EDThe House Education Committee will take testimony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on whether the governor should have the right to appoint the state’s top education official.The committee has been discussing this alternative as one of a menu of governance changes for the Department of Education, which also include transforming the department to an agency and altering the state board of education from a body with the authority to select the education chief to an advisory board.Read the story, ‘A Secretary of Ed?’.CHURN, BABY, CHURNSome Vermonters worry about the right to bear arms; others are concerned about the right to churn raw milk.For the latter, there is the Butter Appreciation Day, brought to you by the Vermont Coalition for Food Sovereignty 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Room 10 of the Statehouse in Montpelier. Participants should bring their own cream, a small jar and ‘thoughts about raw milk.’The churn-in is a protest of a recent decision by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to shut down raw milk, butter and cheese workshops that were sponsored by Rural Vermont, a nonprofit advocacy group.For more about the raw milk ‘informational,’ check out the press release from the Vermont Coalition for Food Sovereignty.Or, read Sylvia Fagin’s VTD story about raw milk rules.BILLS ON THE MOVEThere are several key pieces of legislation on the House notice calendar for Tuesday, namely the jobs bill and an Internet sales tax proposal.Read the March 8 notice calendar.The Senate is taking up a bill for third reading that would prohibit sex offenders from using false names on social networking sites.Senators will also consider two joint resolutions, both of which are directed at Congress. The Senate will consider a resolution asking the Congress to approve a streamlined sales tax agreement and another to maintain funding for Community Service Block Grants at current levels. The grants, which fund community action councils, are on the chopping block. Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.org March 8, 2011last_img read more

Retailers need real data security to combat wave of cyberattacks

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jim Nussle, president and CEO, Credit Union National AssociationWith data breaches continuing to happen left and right, we need a bill that would establish a national data security standard. Thankfully, that’s exactly what Reps. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) and John Carney’s (D-Del.) legislation, the House Data Security Act of 2015, would do. H.R. 2205 would require all entities that deal with consumers’ personal information to develop and maintain an effective information security program tailored to the complexity and scope of its operations and the sensitivity of its data.It is simple: Those who accept card payments need to be held to the same standard as those who issue cards for payment. This is not an attempt to crush small business, as Mr. French portends (“Bank-style rules for small business are wrong approach to data security,” June 1). Neugebauer and Carney’s bill will actually protect consumers.Merchants have little incentive to adopt stronger security measures on their own because the cost of their data breaches are passed on to credit unions and banks. Holding these retailers accountable is not only good logic, it is sound policy. continue reading »last_img read more

Technology enables member service

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr LAFCU members wanting a “face-to-face” transaction experience can use the interactive teller machines in the drive-thru.center_img As concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, credit unions have begun closing their lobbies and urging members to use alternative ways to access their accounts.LAFCU in Lansing, Mich., is now opening its branch lobbies by  appointment  to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.“As an employer and public-facing institution, LAFCU believes it is our responsibility to keep our employees, members, and community safe,” says Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, chief marketing officer at the $747 million asset credit union. “It’s just the right thing to do.“The decision was immediately embraced by employees,” she continues. “They sent emails to management saying they are grateful and proud to work for a company that cares. Members have also been receptive to the change, understanding that change is the new normal in this rapidly evolving environment.”last_img read more

Lock those bikes up! Owego Police Department urging public to look after bicycles amid recent string of thefts

first_imgFirst he says it’s important to always lock up your belongings, and if you have a garage or shed, lock that too. Monitor your security cameras if you have them and take detailed photos of bikes or other items that could be taken. Investigator Parker says it’s not just bikes, but tools and other items have been disappearing from yards around the village as well. He says there are several ways to prevent your property from being stolen. He says at this point he thinks some of the bikes are being sold for scrap while others are being used to get around by people in the village. Investigator Parker says no arrests have been made so far but the department does have several leads. Owego police encourage anyone who has had a bike or any item stolen to report it to them directly even if you don’t want or need the item back. It will help them catch the individual or individuals responsible. Additionally he encourages everyone to register your bike with the police department, so if they come across it, they can get it back to you using photos, and the bike’s serial number. “We’re even going to start taking pictures of the bikes ourselves so we’ll have a database for these bicycles that we can look at and say ‘yeah that’s Joe Smith’s bike’ and be able to take that bike and get it back to him,” he said. Investigator Parker showed 12 News a recovered bike that had been altered using parts from several other stolen bicycles. OWEGO (WBNG) — A recent string of property thefts has police in Owego reminding residents to lock up their belongings, especially their bikes. They say even if your bike is taken and police recover it, it may look nothing like it did when you last saw it. From what he’s seen so far, he says it’s likely that individuals who are using the stolen bikes are altering them significantly to avoid detection by the bike’s owner. Bikes have been found with mismatched parts from other stolen bikes, and some have been painted over. Investigator Rudy Parker says he’s looking into at least a dozen cases of stolen bikes in the village and he believes there are several more cases where the owner of the bike has decided not to report it. “What they did was they was they changed the seat on it. This was the seat from a Diamondback bike that was stolen recently. They had this Nishiki seat on there originally. Then they added a water bottle placement here that also came off a Diamondback bike that was stolen,” he said.last_img read more

Changi branch approved

first_imgSINGAPORE’s Mass Rapid Transit network is to be extended to Changi Airport by 2001, at a cost of S$700m to S$800m. The long-awaited decision was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on November 15. The 6·4 km branch from Tanah Merah was proposed as part of the initial MRT network, but later dropped because of poor traffic projections, although the flying junctions were included as part of the access to Changi depot.Last March Communications Minister Mah Bow Tan instructed the Land Transport Authority to review the prospects for the branch. The study found that air passengers, airport workers and employees at a new business park would generate enough patronage to justify construction under the revised funding formula agreed with the government last year (RG 3.96 p118).The branch will run on viaduct from Tanah Merah to Sompah station, serving the Changi Business Park, and then tunnel under the airport to a station serving both air terminals. Trains will run through onto the MRT east-west line, and terminate at Outram Park west of the city centre, providing interchange with both the Woodlands loop and the Northeast line now under construction. Services are expected to run every 15 min, handling around 36000 passengers/day olast_img read more

Judge halts Atatiana Jefferson’s funeral amid family dispute

first_imgiStock/Kuzma(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Family and friends of Atatiana Jefferson, the 28-year-old woman fatally shot by a Fort Worth police officer in her home last week, will have to wait to pay their respects after a judge halted Saturday’s scheduled funeral.At the request of the victim’s father, Marquis Jefferson, Dallas County Probate Court Judge Brenda Hull Thompson issued the temporary restraining order Friday to postpone the funeral. The father claimed he had no control over his daughter’s funeral and burial arrangements, which were planned by Atatiana Jefferson’s aunt, Bonita Body.Lee Merritt, the attorney for Brody, confirmed Saturday the funeral had been postponed. He lamented the family having to deal with this family dispute publicly.“This family, like most families, is dealing with internal disputes,” Merritt said in a statement Saturday. “Unfortunately, due to the public outcry concerning Atatiana’s murder, they are being forced to go through this tragedy publicly. Please respect their privacy as the family resolves this conflict.”Marquis Jefferson, according to court documents, argued that, as the surviving parent and his daughter’s heir, he should be the one planning her funeral. The documents also state that he was denied any involvement by the funeral home.“Good cause exists to limit the right of Bonita Body to control the funeral and burial of Atatiana Jefferson because … Marquis A. Jefferson, as the parent, has priority of the persons that are allowed under the Code to control the decedent’s funeral and burial arrangements,” Marquis Jefferson’s temporary restraining order application states. “Applicant prays that after notice and hearing on this matter, the Court to restrain Bonita Body, Golden Gate Funeral home and others acting in concert with them to control the funeral and burial of Atatiana Jefferson.”Body’s funeral for Atatiana Jefferson was planned for 2 p.m. Saturday before the judge postponed it. Thompson scheduled a hearing for Monday, Oct. 21, to determine if the restraining order would continue.Atatiana Jefferson was shot to death on Oct. 12 at around 2:30 a.m. Her neighbor called the non-emergency number for a welfare check because her doors were open. Police bodycam footage showed that when officers arrived, they walked to the back of the house. That’s where they saw Atatiana Jefferson, in the rear window. The officer, later identified as Aaron Dean, approached the window with his gun drawn. When he saw Atatiana Jefferson in the window, he shouted, “Put your hands up, show me your hands,” but then fired one shot.When police arrived at her home, Atatiana Jefferson was playing video games and baby-sitting her 8-year-old nephew. The boy told investigators he witnessed his aunt being shot to death as she approached the window that night.“She took her handgun from her purse,” the arrest affidavit reads. “(The nephew) said Jefferson raised her handgun, pointed toward the window.”At that point, she was shot and fell to the ground, the affidavit said.Dean’s partner, identified in the warrant as L Darch, told investigators that she didn’t see Jefferson raise the gun before Dean discharged his weapon. “Officer Darch said that they went into the backyard and Officer Dean was standing between her and the house and she could only see Jefferson’s face through the window when Officer Dean discharged his weapon one time,” the arrest warrant affidavit reads.The footage appears to confirm that Dean never identified himself as a police officer before opening fire. On Monday, Dean abruptly quit the police department shortly before he was going to be fired, according to Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus.“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations of several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy, and unprofessional conduct,” Kraus said at a press conference Monday.Just hours after he resigned, Dean was arrested and charged with the murder of Atatiana Jefferson. Dean was then released on bond from Tarrant County Jail late Monday, according to court records.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

State Rep Emily Slosberg was Baker Acted Last Month

first_imgDemocratic State Representative and Boca Raton resident Emily Slosberg was involuntarily hospitalized under the Baker Act last month, her father said on Wednesday.Irving Slosberg, Emily’s father, explains that his daughter suffers from PTSD as a result of the death of her twin sister in a 1996 car accident. Emily was hospitalized on October 7 and was released a few weeks later.She is now under partial hospitalization as she recovers, according to her father. He adds that she attended her legislative meetings in Tallahassee last week, and she filed legislation.At about 7:35 a.m. on October 7, a deputy was dispatched to Powerline Road just south of Glades Road after receiving reports of a “suicidal female,” according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. When the deputy arrived on the scene, Emily Slosberg told them she was not taking her medications and that she suffers from depression.The deputy then told Slosberg that he received a report that she was acting erratically and that she may have endangered herself.The sheriff’s report adds that the deputy responded to a nearby Shell gas station earlier that morning, where Slosberg told him that her hands were “on fire” and that she needed medical help, despite the lack of visible injuries to her hands.That is when deputies contacted Irving Slosberg, who told them that Emily showed up at his home that morning unannounced at around 6 a.m., let the dog out, and then left. He also told the deputies that his daughter never recovered from her sister’s death, and “her behavior has deteriorated ever since.”Irving Slosberg says his daughter’s episodes began about a year ago, around the time of her birthday.Earlier this year, Emily Slosberg was arrested and charged with petty theft, trespassing of a structure, and criminal mischief at a home in the Estada community.County property records show that she had sold the home last December. The new owners reported the burglary, according to the incident report released by the Boca Raton Police Department.Irving Slosberg says his daughter does not plan to resign.last_img read more