If everyone wore a mask, Covid-19 could be brought under control, CDC director urges

first_img CDC director Robert Redfield wore a mask while testifying at a Senate hearing this month. Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images Leave this field empty if you’re human: And at the largest health care system in Massachusetts, Mass General Brigham, before administrators adopted a policy of universal masking for health care workers in late March, new Covid-19 infections in that population were increasing exponentially, from 0% to 21%, or 1.16% per day, on average, researchers reported in another JAMA paper published Tuesday. With everyone masked, the rate of Covid-19 in health care workers fell to 11.5% by late April, dropping 0.49% per day, on average.In his editorial, Redfield made not only a public health case for face coverings but also an economic one. Citing an analysis by Goldman Sachs Research, he and his colleagues noted that if masking increased 15%, it “could prevent the need to bring back stay-at-home orders that would otherwise cost an estimated 5% of gross domestic product, or a projected cost of $1 trillion.”“Broad adoption of cloth face coverings is a civic duty,” Redfield and his co-authors wrote in their editorial. “Like herd immunity with vaccines, the more individuals wear cloth face coverings in public places where they may be close together, the more the entire community is protected,” Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and two colleagues wrote in an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also published on Tuesday. Because cloth face coverings can also allow states to more safely ease stay-at-home orders and business closings, Redfield told a JAMA Live webcast Tuesday, “If we could get everybody to wear a mask right now, I really think in the next four, six, eight weeks, we could bring this epidemic under control.” Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Although mask wearing does not differ by gender, it does vary by region of the country. In May, 87% of people surveyed in the Northeast said they wore masks when going out in public; it was 80% in the West, 74% in the Midwest, and 71% in the South, where cases are skyrocketing.Face coverings almost certainly explain why the Springfield hair stylists did not transmit the virus to a single client. Of the 104 clients surveyed, 102 said they wore a face covering (usually cloth coverings or surgical masks) during their entire appointment; two said they did for part of it. Both stylists were always masked.The benefits of masking in reducing viral transmission are clear from much more than the unusual case of a Springfield hair salon, of course. In an unpublished analysis of 194 countries, those that did not recommend face masks saw per-capita Covid-19 mortality increase 54% every week after the first case appeared; in countries with masking policies, the weekly increase was only 8%. How to fix the Covid-19 dumpster fire in the U.S. The “if,” of course, has been the problem. Because masking or refusing to mask has become a political statement, only 62% of Americans said in April that they did so (the CDC recommended the practice on April 3); in May, 76% said they did, according to another MMWR study. The CDC advice followed weeks of mixed and contradictory messaging, and even after it was issued, President Trump and other national leaders fell well short of endorsing face coverings.advertisement @sxbegle Tags Coronaviruspublic healthresearch The two hair stylists in Springfield, Mo., broke the cardinal rule of infection control: Despite having respiratory symptoms, one went to work and saw clients for eight days, when she learned she had tested positive for Covid-19. Her colleague also developed symptoms, three days after her co-worker, and also kept working until she tested positive, two days after the first stylist. Together, they saw 139 clients, with appointments for haircuts, shaves, and perms lasting 15 to 45 minutes.Yet when the local health department identified and contacted the 139 clients, asking them to self-quarantine for 14 days and checking in daily about whether they had developed Covid-19 symptoms, not a single one (of the 104 who agreed to be interviewed) did. Of the 67 who consented to a swab test, every one tested negative. There was one other notable fact about the case: Both stylists and every client had worn a face covering.The stark case, described on Tuesday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, adds to the near-universal scientific consensus that, more than any of single action short of everyone entering solitary confinement, face coverings can prevent the transmission of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.advertisement Sharon Begley By Sharon Begley July 14, 2020 Reprints About the Author Reprints Please enter a valid email address. HealthIf everyone wore a mask, Covid-19 could be brought under control, CDC director urges Privacy Policy Related: [email protected] last_img read more

Dean School of Professional and Graduate Studies

first_imgCandidates must hold an earned doctorate or terminal degree in aprofessional field related to disciplines offered at Trinity; andhave at least 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience inhigher education including teaching as well asadministration.  Candidates should also have evidence ofoutstanding abilities in oral and written communication includingprofessional presentations and publications to support thisrequirement.Submit a letter of application that is no more than two pagesalong with a current c.v. to  APPLY HERE NOW   and you will be re-directed to theonline application portal.Trinity Washington University is dedicated to theachievement of excellence and diversity among its students, facultyand staff. Trinity is committed to fostering a diverse andinclusive community and strongly encourages all qualifiedindividuals to apply. Trinity seeks a Dean who also has considerable expertise in thedevelopment, delivery and assessment of online academic programsand services, and who can lead the movement of select Trinityprograms into 100% online delivery attracting new studentaudiences. Trinity in Washington, a comprehensive university in thenation’s capital, seeks a Dean of the School of Professional andGraduate Studies (PGS) upon the retirement of the incumbentdean.  The PGS unit includes associate, baccalaureate andmaster’s degrees as well as certificates in a range of professionaldisciplines including Education, Business, Journalism and MediaStudies, Strategic Communication and Public Relations, HumanRelations, Health Services, Criminal Justice, Psychology andsimilar disciplines.  The undergraduate programs focus on theeducational needs of adult students who have been out of school fora period of time and wish to enter or move up in professionalpositions; the graduate programs focus on students who seekmovement into managerial and executive positions, teaching andschool administration, or who are career changers.  PGScurrently enrolls more than 500 students and seeks to growconsiderably.  More than 90% of the students are women,reflecting Trinity’s primary mission in women’s education; morethan 95% of the students are African American and Latina, primarilyresidents of D.C. and the metropolitan Washington region. Dean School of Professional and GraduateStudiescenter_img The Dean reports to the Provost and working collaboratively withthe deans of other units.  The Dean must be an experiencedacademic leader who has a track record of working collaborativelyand creatively with talented faculty in developing effectiveprograms for students who come to Trinity across a range ofpreparatory backgrounds, professional work experiences and personallife challenges.  The Dean will be an effective externalleader to build programmatic partnerships with governmentalagencies, schools, associations and corporations in the Washingtonregion for student recruiting, internships and employmentpathways.  The Dean must be a strategic thinker who can workwith faculty, students, partners and Trinity’s leadership todevelop new programs or enhance existing programs and deliverysystems to keep pace with contemporary expectations forprofessional education. Internally, the Dean must have a goodunderstanding of academic organization and processes, able tosupport and direct faculty and staff in academic advising, programassessment and accreditation activities, faculty recruiting andprofessional development. Trinity Washington Universitylast_img read more

What Baking Can Do! Waitress Celebrates 1,000 Broadway Performances with Karaoke

first_img View Comments NaTasha Yvette Williams and Nicolette Robinson sing along to a cut song for karaoke! Waitress Related Showscenter_img That’s a lot of pie! The Sara Bareilles-scored musical Waitress celebrated 1,000 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 19. Since there are plenty of sweets backstage and onstage, stars Nicolette Robinson, Drew Gehling and the rest of the cast treated the audiences to a karaoke session, and not just any karaoke session: they performed a cut Bareilles song from the musical called “Down at the Diner.” Take a look at the photos, and see Robinson as Jenna in the piping hot hit through October 28. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020last_img read more

Africa in the new world order

first_imgAfrica came through the depths of theeconomic crisis better than manyexpected, growing even faster than theaverage for emerging and developingeconomies during the crisis. This article originally appeared on pagefour of South Africa Now, a six-pagesupplement to the Washington Postproduced on behalf of Brand South Africa.(Click to enlarge.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Thabo Masebe, spokesperson to DeputyPresident Kgalema Motlanthe+27 82 410 [email protected] MotlantheThe world is changing – this is now well known. What is less well known or not yet understood is that Africa is changing as much as, if not more than, the rest of the world.Africa is the second-fastest-growing region in the world, after “Developing Asia”, and has been for most of the last decade. Forecasts from the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) expect this to continue to be the case.The first decade of 21st century has seen some of the most profound changes in the balance of the world economy. The dramatic extent of the shift was evident during the depths of the world financial crisis. During the course of 2009, the economies of the OECD member countries shrank by about 3.3%. Only three members of the OECD grew at all – South Korea, Australia and Poland. Overall, gross fixed investment fell in the OECD countries by nearly 12% and unemployment rose sharply.At the same time, developing countries grew by about 1.2%. So, in the middle of the financial crisis, the developing grew 4.5% faster than the OECD member countries. And investment remained positive in many of these countries.In the past it was the other way around – when the industrialised countries sneezed, the world got a cold. In the past, economists from the developed countries told the developing countries what they should be doing. In the past, they said that developing countries should behave more like the developed countries. This time the virus has attacked the industrialised countries most severely, and they have been looking at developing countries like China, India, Brazil and South Africa to help pull them from recession back to growth.The developing countries are not autonomous from the industrialised countries. Indeed, the world economy is more integrated than ever before, and all markets are linked. Yet, we do now have a world where the sources of growth are multiple – it is no longer a case of one or two locomotives pulling the world economy forward. This is “the new reality”.The dynamism in the world economy is clearly shifting from North to South and from West to East. The OECD Development Centre estimates that, measured in terms of real domestic buying power, the developing countries will have a larger share of the world economy than the OECD countries by 2012. By 2030, developing countries will have 57% of the world economy, and the current OECD members 43%.The developing world contributed almost 70% of world growth measured in terms of domestic buying power during the last decade. China alone contributed nearly 30% of world growth.Africa is now seen in a new light. It came through the depths of the economic crisis better than many expected, growing even faster than the average for emerging and developing economies during the crisis. Africa grew by about 2.5%, on average, during 2009. While a few of the bigger economies were more severely affected by the crisis, most African countries grew even faster than that.This is an edited excerpt of a speech by South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to the Emerging Markets Summit 2010: the New Reality. Download the original speech in PDF format (120 KB).Download South Africa Now in PDF format, or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid MandelaThere is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.last_img read more

Local industry leads at NW summit

first_imgThe speakers at the recent summit were (front, from left) Bafana Mabale, Lefty Mogorosi, Refilwe Thlabanyane, Mojalefa Nale, (back, from left) Miller Matola, Leo Makgamathe and Jaco Viljoen.North West, one of the country’s agricultural and mining powerhouses, was the latest province to host a Brand South Africa stakeholder summit. The event, held on 28 November 2011, showcased local poultry operation Opti Chicks and its innovative business model.Taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Each event presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country and epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.Seizing opportunity Opti Chicks manager Jaco Viljoen spoke about his company’s contribution to growth and sustainability in the province.Having identified a gap in the market for day-old chicks over three years ago, Opti Chicks has become one of the leading suppliers in the province. It sells the birds to other poultry companies, which then rear the hatchlings for consumption.The North West is the biggest broiler-growing area in South Africa, and Opti Chicks is ideally placed to make the most of opportunities in such a niche segment of the production chain.What adds value to this company and sets it apart from competitors is the fact that it concentrates solely on producing top-quality day-old birds, whereas most other players in the industry are fully integrated.This means they focus on the entire growing cycle, from breeding chickens and processing their meat to distributing and marketing the end product.“Opti Chicks was started in 2008 by NWK, a 102-year-old agriculture-based business in the province with its head office in Lichtenburg. With an initial investment of R150-million (US$18.4-million), the original plan was to produce 350 000 day-old chicks per week,” says manager Jaco Viljoen.“But after we secured a supply agreement with one of the leading role-players in the industry, and they agreed to buy that number from us, we decided to go slightly bigger and produce 500 000 chicks per week. Other stakeholders in North West also needed day-old chicks, so we decided we could sell the difference to them.”Training and development key Opti Chicks produces day-old broilers for the local market. (Images: Nicky Rehbock) With the supply contract in place and the production capacity decided upon, Opti Chicks set about building up the business. They bought a 320ha farm between the towns of Ottosdal and Coligny in the province and began recruiting staff.Some 90% of staff were unskilled and knew little about the business when they started – one of the company’s biggest challenges, according to Viljoen.But thanks to rigorous ongoing training and development, Opti Chicks has rapidly amassed skills and boosted competency and efficiency. So far the company has created 182 jobs and plans to double that and its capacity by 2014.“In the beginning, through innovative thinking and planning, we realised that we were able to use our existing incubation equipment to further increase our capacity from 500 000 to 650 000 chicks per week, which amounts to about 34-million birds per year. Our operation now accounts for 3.3% of the total production in South Africa,” Viljoen adds.Hygiene is one of Opti Chicks’ top priorities, as the business is highly sensitive to poultry diseases.“We have a shower facility at the farm gate for all personnel entering the premises, and require them to wear protective clothing. We need to make sure there is absolutely no contamination from the outside.”Viljoen attributes the success of his operation to good management practices, thorough training, proper implementation of systems and not overcapitalising on staff and infrastructure.“Our contribution to North West includes job creation and economic stability and sustainability, meaning that no chicks have to be brought in from other provinces. All our inputs, such as maize for feed and bedding material, are also all sourced from North West, which means we help support other local businesses as well.”Growing its African footprintOpti Chicks is currently looking to buy another farm to accommodate expected capacity expansion.“We currently export fertilised eggs for broiler operations in Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and other states on the continent, and are planning to expand our footprint to the rest of Africa in the next 10 years – we’re now looking for strategic partners for that. We want to be prepared for any growth or new developments when they come our way.”Some 32kg of poultry was consumed per capita in the country in 2010, followed by 17.65kg of beef, 4.58kg of pork and 3.16kg of mutton and goat – indicating that chicken is the biggest protein source for South Africans.In comparison, the per capita poultry consumption in the US in 2010 was 43kg, meaning there’s potential for the local industry to expand by 40% to 50% in the coming years.The challenge here is to ensure that this growth comes from South Africa, as 16% of domestically consumed poultry is now imported – and 73% of this from Brazil.“Because of the strength of the rand and the cost of maize in South Africa, imports increased by 15% between 2009 and 2010. And from January to July 2011, 181 554 tons were imported – this is estimated to increase to 311 235 tons by the end of the year.“If half of that could be produced locally, the potential new jobs in the chicken and feed industry could amount to 10 000,” Viljoen says.last_img read more

Madiba’s life captured in art

first_imgBeaded artwork by the husband and wife team Billy and Jane Makhubele. A photograph of Natalie Knight and Nelson Mandela at her art studio in 1993. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a lithograph, titled Tennis Court, by Mandela himself. Susan Woolf’s conceptual pieces in the Towards Mandela series made of newspaper clippings, teabags and resin. Joachim Schonfeldt’s unusual circular paintings depict Mandela’s life in the townships. Collen Maswanganyi’s painted sculpture of a Shangaan woman wearing traditional clothes sending a Facebook message to Madiba on his 94th birthday. (Images: Natalie Knight) MEDIA CONTACTS • Natalie Knight   Curator  +27 11 485 3606 RELATED ARTICLES • ConCourt art tells South Africa’s story • “The excitement never left us” • World to serenade Madiba • African Guernica: life becomes art Wilma den HartighAhead of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July, art is being used to celebrate the life of South Africa’s iconic former president and anti-apartheid activist in his 94th year, and tell the story of a life dedicated to the struggle for freedom. Unlike speeches, films or awards, the beauty of art is in the detail and individual artistic representations that have captured the story of Mandela, at all stages, over many years. Natalie Knight, art curator of the Mandela @ 94 _ z _a exhibition, now open to the public at the Origins Centre at Wits University in Johannesburg, says that the artworks on show do just this. They tell Mandela’s story from his rural beginnings, his life of poverty in Alexandra township and his home in Soweto, to his days as a lawyer and as an accused, his suffering in prison and his triumph of becoming the country’s first democratically-elected president.Sharing experiences of MadibaThe Mandela @ 94 _z _a exhibition consists of paintings, sculptures, photographs, cartoons, beadwork and prints created by artists from various cultural backgrounds. The 20 participating artists are all South African, with the exception of Blanchard Magu from the Ivory Coast.Knight says one of the most remarkable aspects about artists’ representations of Mandela over the years is that they have been overwhelmingly positive.“The common denominator among the exhibiting artists is their admiration and respect for a leader who has made South Africans proud,“ she says.“Through their artworks they have captured the spirit of a man who embodies the desire for peace, justice and reconciliation.”She says this is why the exhibition is so captivating. “Everyone has a different experience of Mandela.” She recalls her own experience of meeting the renowned struggle icon.“My first interaction with Nelson Mandela was when he walked into the Natalie Knight Gallery in the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre in 1993,” she says. “I was in the middle of a photo shoot.”She also remembers what he was wearing. “He was wearing his broad, friendly smile and a casual sweat shirt with the words – The Music Talks.”Knight showed Mandela a pastel drawing by artist Tommy Motswai, of the historic handshake between FW de Klerk and himself. The photographer asked if Mandela would shake hands with Knight in front of the drawing.“He obliged and then shook hands with the other 15 members of my staff as well,” she says. “His bodyguards were getting restless and possessive but Madiba brushed them aside.”Years later the photograph became the source material of a beaded artwork made by the husband and wife team Billy and Jane Makhubele. This is one of the works on show at the exhibition.The pair created artworks from photographs published in newspapers of important events in Mandela’s life – including the day of his release from Robben Island and his wedding to Graça Machel – using beads and safety pins on traditional Shangaan fabric. Mandela’s art also on showOne of the highlights of the exhibition is a lithograph, titled Tennis Court, by Mandela himself.The lithograph is one of a collection of artworks by Madiba which appeared in The Robben Island series II. The series was sketched and completed by the Nobel laureate between March and June 2003. It consists of 21 charcoal sketches of images that he found meaningful during his incarceration on the island. The tennis court came into existence when prisoners asked officials if a courtyard at the prison could be converted so that they could get more exercise. Before this, prisoners were only marched round the courtyard for half an hour every day. “Our persistence paid off and we painted the cement courtyard surface to create a traditional tennis court layout,” Mandela explains in the book. “Strangely, Robben Island was the first opportunity for me to play tennis since university … it was a strange sensation enjoying such civilised hobbies in such an uncivilised place.”Knight says that this particular work’s simplicity is what makes it so striking. Various pieces by conceptual artist Susan Woolf are also on show. Woolf is an accomplished South African artist and one of her more recent projects depicting taxi hand signs were accepted for a national stamp series in 2010. Stampnews.com also chose Woolf’s taxi hand sign stamps as one of the top 10 most important stamps in the world in 2010.Her conceptual pieces in the Towards Mandela series were made of newspaper clippings, teabags and resin. Woolf says she collected newspaper articles about Mandela for many years, and when she moved into her new studio she wasn’t sure what to do with them. “I thought that I just can’t let go of the clippings and I wanted to find a way to preserve them,” she explains.She decided to set the clippings in used rooibos teabags. The use of rooibos teabags is significant as it relates to Mandela’s years in prison. Before it became popular, rooibos was considered a cheap tea and was often only deemed suitable to serve in prisons.Every teabag, complete with tea grains, contains inscriptions by Woolf. “I just recorded my thoughts of the moment on them, often while waiting for my children when I was picking them up at school.”Knight also included unusual circular paintings by Joachim Schonfeldt. The round hand-painted scenes on hollowed-out sections of wooden doors depict Mandela’s life in the townships. “The artist bought ordinary doors, then carved circles in them and in each carving painted a site where Mandela lived,” she explains. Schonfeldt is also known as one of the founders of the Bag Factory Artists Studios in Johannesburg, one of the first collective studio spaces for visual artists in the country. Sculptor Johannes Maswangnayi produced images in wood of Mandela at different times of his life. His son Collen exhibits a thought-provoking sculpture entitled Fruits of Freedom, which questions whether Mandela’s long walk to freedom has borne fruit. Cartoons by well known South African cartoonist Jonathan Zapiro and photographs by Jurgen Schadeburg, Debbie Yazbek, Michael Meyersfeld and Ivor Ginsberg are also part of the exhibition.References to social mediaKnight says that Collen Maswanganyi’s small painted sculpture of a Shangaan woman wearing traditional clothes and sending a Facebook message to Madiba on his 94th birthday straddles the cultural divide. In the exhibition’s name Knight also tried to include elements of social media and the internet by using references to emails, Twitter and instant messages. But the abbreviation “ZA” signals that it is very much a local exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 09:00 – 17:00 and on Saturdays from 09:00 – 13:00. It runs until the 31st of July 2012.last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: November 16, 2018

first_imgHoliday hiring for retail expected to top 650,000This holiday season, consumer confidence is strong, and the economy is healthy. Against that backdrop, retailers are hoping to rake in the green this holiday season, but in order to do that, they’re going to need a whole lot of elves. With a tight labor market, retailers like Macy’s and Target started hiring their holiday help this past July, and holiday hiring plans are impressive. Amazon has plans to hire 100,000 people. Target, meanwhile, is planning to hire 120,000, and Macy’s, 80,000. According to estimates from the National Retail Federation, retailers could be looking to hire 650,000 seasonal holiday employees this year, roughly 10% up from 2017’s holiday workforce.   [Source: Fox10 News]Robber takes taxi to rob storeA Hagerstown, Maryland, man who allegedly called a Dollar General store Sunday morning, then hired a cab to take him to rob the store, was being held without bond on Wednesday. Robert Lee Pettaway, 24, of Meadowlark Avenue is charged with armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault and theft of $100 to $1,500 in the holdup, which was called in at 9:11 a.m. from the Dollar General.The cashier was stocking shelves near the register later when a man grabbed her from behind, put a sharp object to her neck and demanded money from the register. The man left the store with $264, the document said. Store surveillance  video showed the robber was wearing a scarf around his face, a black stocking cap and square sunglasses, the document said. Security cameras from private residences behind the Dollar General showed that man arrived in a cab about two minutes before the robbery was reported.- Sponsor – Investigators also checked with the ride service company and a driver said she had picked up a fare matching the robber’s description on Robinwood Drive. The address was within sight of Pettaway’s Meadowlark Avenue address, the document said. The driver drove the man to behind the Dollar General, where he returned after a couple of minutes, the document said. The driver then took the man to an Elm Street address before returning him to Robinwood Drive. Investigators took the cab driver back to the area where she picked the man up, where Pettaway was spotted outside his Meadowlark Avenue address, the document said. He was seen getting into another cab, which police stopped a short time later.   [Source: Herald-Mail Media]Thanksgiving holiday cargo theft trends and security tipsThanksgiving is fast approaching, and enterprising cargo thieves will seek to exploit the abundance of unattended trailers and warehouses loaded with desirable cargo. Activity is expected to be higher this holiday season than previous years, because publications report consumer confidence is at an 18-year high and shoppers plan to spend more this year than in recent seasons.CargoNet analyzed data from the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving for 2013 to 2017 and found cargo thieves stole $9.4 million in cargo, 79 semi-tractors, and 95 semi-trailers across 108 reported theft events. Twenty percent of theft events in this analysis occurred in California, 14 percent in Texas, and 12 percent in Florida. Cargo thefts were reported in more than 20 states. Article continues on our website.  [Source: LPM Insider]‘Porch Pirates’ are ID thieves tooAtlantic Beach, Florida, police arrested two men who they said are members of a Miami-based identity theft ring that employs quick-hitting porch pirate tactics to pick up fraudulent credit cards.  Alvaro Acosta, 28, and Obed Cardoza, 21, were arrested Friday after a stake-out in the Ocean Walk area. According to an arrest report, one resident saw on his surveillance video system that a package delivered by FedEx was stolen from his front porch two minutes after it was delivered. The man told police he hadn’t been expecting any packages.The next day, according to police, the man got a call about fraudulent activity on a credit card that had been activated in his name, and $11,000 had already been charged on the card. Police said they learned that three more packages from the same credit card company were to be delivered, so they set up the stake-out and when Acosta and Cardoza grabbed another package, they were busted. Cardoza bonded out of jail but when he went to pick up his impounded SUV Tuesday, he was arrested again on charges of ID theft and credit card fraud. Atlantic Beach police said they processed credit card receipts found in the SUV, leading to the additional charges. [Source: News4Jax]Additional charges found after shoplift arrestA suspect was in court for shoplifting, but racked up a whole host of other charges while he was there. The suspect is charged with failing to return to court to answer charges. This all began April 9, 2018 in Myrtle Beach Magistrate Court when a Judge found Christopher Bryan Bellows guilty of shoplifting and sentenced him to 30 days in jail. Authorities then found the 40-year-old had narcotics concealed in his jeans. Bellows admitted he was concealing heroin, clonazepam and crystal methamphetamine. Bellows said he got a ride to the courthouse by a friend. Officers went to the parking lot to inform that friend of Bellow’s arrest and saw a syringe in the middle console of the vehicle. It was loaded with 20 units of a brown liquid. Bellows admitted the syringe was his and that the liquid was Heroin.   [Source: WMBF News]Local PD holds theft Summit for holidaysRepresentatives from businesses across the Green Bay, Wisconsin, area gathered at the Green Bay Police Department Tuesday afternoon to talk about a negative side effect of the holiday season: retail theft. Retail stores across the country have their biggest months in November and December,” Keli Biebel, owner of the Wild Ginger boutique in downtown Green Bay explained, “more people, more traffic, and more shoplifting.” Biebel says that for small businesses like Wild Ginger, retail theft is a major problem.“We don’t have the security and the staffing that the larger department stores have,” she said, “so it hits us harder and hits our pocketbook directly.” Captain Kevin Warych of the Green Bay Police Department agrees, “For those smaller Ma and Pop stores, it’s that much more important because they need a lot of turnover, they need to sell a lot of property, and when that property is going out the door for free, that’s really hurting the bottom line.”Capt. Warych told Local 5 that the purpose of Tuesday’s retail theft roundtable was to morph individual efforts to end shoplifting into a larger conversation.  It’s about learning what people are doing, best practices, what areas of improvement we can do, make sure we’re all working on the same mission,” he said. It’s a mission to keep local businesses in the black. “We’re bringing all this merchandise in and paying for it and having to pay for the rent and the lights and everything that goes with running a business,” Biebel said. “They think that we can writie it off, or it’s not going to effect us, and it does.”   [Source: GreenBay.com] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Twitter Acquires Ad Platform AdGrok

first_imgaudrey watters Tags:#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Rumors surfaced over the holiday weekend that Twitter was in talks to acquire AdGrok, and the startup has just confirmed the news on its blog. A Y Combinator alum, AdGrok offers a platform to help businesses manage their Google Adwords. The company built a number of tools to make the process easier for businesses to be able to gauge the performance of the keywords they’re buying, with a breakdown of the impressions, clicks, and conversion rates. AdGrok says it will be joining Twitter’s “revenue engineering team,” and it’s pretty apparent that the tools that the startup built could be adapted to help Twitter monetize its Promoted Tweets, as well as other campaigns.“When Twitter approached us and asked if we’d be interested in working on their monetization platform, we realized that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we just couldn’t pass up,” says AdGrok co-founder Matthew McEachen. “The fact that the Twitter team is both smart and user-focused only made our decision easier.”For its part, AdGrok will no longer accept new companies, will stop charging its existing customers and will shut down its services at the end of the month. It also says it will make sure to unlink all customers’ accounts from the AdGrok Google account and “securely delete our databases.” No data from AdGrok’s customers will be shared with Twitter.According to Techcrunch’s Alexis Tsotsis, who broke the news of the impending acquisition over the weekend, the deal was for “less than $10 million.” She also noted that it was “complicated,” surmising that this was due in part to co-founder Antonio Garcia-Martinez who recently changed his Facebook profile status to reflect that he’s a product manager at Facebook.Indeed, today’s blog post by AdGrok is signed by McEachen and his fellow co-founder Argyris Zymnis, with no mention of Garcia-Martinez. We’ve reached out to the team for comment, but haven’t heard back at the time of publishing.last_img read more

Nuggets beat Kings without coach and 2 starters

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malone served a one-game NBA suspension for making contact with a referee in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver also was missing Millsap, who sprained his left wrist against the Lakers, and Chandler (lower back pain).After a sluggish first half, Denver pulled away in the third quarter following a 19-7 run late in the third quarter sparked by the long-distance shooting of Barton and Lyles. The Nuggets shot 15 of 32 beyond the arc and led by as many as 22 in the final period.“That third quarter we were real patient and sound, ran our sets and got going,” Barton said. “Anytime you’re missing two starters, impact guys like that, it’s going to take a while.”Nikola Jokic added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Gary Harris scored 20 for the Nuggets.George Hill and Kosta Koufos scored 16 points apiece to lead six players in double figures for Sacramento. The Kings, who had won their three previous home games against the Thunder, 76ers and Trail Blazers, have lost five of six overall.ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans rally after Cousins ejection, beat Thunder After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) drives around Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple (17) and Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (50) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Will Barton didn’t know Mike Malone was suspended by the NBA until the Denver Nuggets coach informed him as Barton got on the team bus to head to the arena.“I thought he was joking,” Barton said. “I told him we’d hold it down for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Athletically, (the Nuggets) go and get balls and jumped over the top of us and did some of those kind of things,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We’ve got to be more physical. We were a step slow in the second half.”BARTON COMES UP BIGBarton shot 9 of 15 and made a season-high five 3-pointers on six attempts from beyond the arc. “He wasn’t an aggressive scorer but he was a playmaker for us,” Unseld said. “Down the stretch he controlled the game.”WHAT WENT WRONGJoerger thought his team played hard throughout the game but rookie guard De’Aaron Fox wasn’t so sure. Asked if the Kings let up in the second half when the Nuggets got on their roll, Fox said: “It felt that way. But it’s happened before, we’ve got back before. It’s just something if we go down, we’ve got to pick it up even more. You have to pick up your effort when things are going south.”TIP-INSNuggets: With Millsap and Chandler out, Unseld went to a three-guard lineup but the offense sputtered in the first half with 11 turnovers. Denver did a much better job after the break and pulled away. . The Nuggets dominated the offensive rebounding (14-5) and converted that into a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points.Kings: Zach Randolph had 12 points and six rebounds in his third consecutive start at center. … Buddy Hield missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle.UP NEXTNuggets: Play at Houston on Wednesday. The Rockets have won four straight against Denver. LATEST STORIES Minus their coach and two starters, the short-handed Nuggets did just that — and only 24 hours after losing by 21 points to begin their three-game road trip.Barton and Trey Lyles made two 3-pointers apiece during a big run in the third quarter, and Denver pulled away to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-98 on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBarton finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third start this season for Denver, which also was without injured starters Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler.“Given the circumstances, I’ll take it,” said Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., who coached the team while Malone stayed back at the team hotel. “The minute (we) got in here from the team bus they knew it was a task at hand. We were under adverse circumstances and had no other option than to pull it together.” MOST READ Malditas save PH from shutout Kings: Host the Lakers on Wednesday. The teams split the season series in 2016-17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Hockey World League: India beat Poland 3-0 to notch second win

first_imgIndia produced a much-improved show than their opening match as they post a facile 3-0 victory over Poland to notch up their second consecutive win in the Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium, on Tuesday.Walmiki brothers, Yuvraj (23rd minute) and Devinder (52nd) got their names on the scoresheet with flash goals and captain Sardar Singh (41st) sounded the boards with a firm reverse drive to secure India’s win at the KHC Dragons Stadium.India had launched their campaign with a 3-2 victory over France on the opening day. Breezy conditions and 16 degree Celsius temperature seemed to be to Poland’s liking and they did well to frustrate the Indian strikers in the first session, not allowing them a decent look at the goal. Crowding their defence, the Polish players were able to frustrate the Indian strikers for long, and in turn banked on long-passes from their territory to build up some brisk counters. But in the end, the Indians found ways to break down the crowded Polish defence to pump in three goals.It was Poland who earned the first penalty corner in the 20th minute, but captain Pawel Bratkowski’s rising drag-flick was palmed away by goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. Yuvraj opened the scoring for India as he capitalised on a lucky break in the 23rd minute, when a long diagonal ball deflected towards him off a defender’s stick and he made no mistake in flicking it past the hapless goalkeeper.India impressed little with their three penalty corners in the absence of Rupinder Singh, who is recuperating from an injury suffered in the warm-up matches. Sardar increased the lead in the 41st minute with a stinging reverse drive from the top of the scoring circle into the left corner of the goal. Devindar Walmiki then scored his second goal in successive matches in his debut tournament by deflecting in a diagonal ball from Chinglensana Singh in the 52nd minutes.advertisementEarlier, in a Pool B fixture, Ireland rallied from a two-goal deficit in the first quarter to secure a 2-2 draw against Great Britain. Ireland, who narrowly missed qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games, showed a lot of resolve in earning a point in the first outing of this World League Semifinals. Britain were two goals ahead by the eighth minute of play with field strikes from captain Barry Middleton (5th minute) and Iain Lewers (8th) before the Irish hit back. Kyle Good’s 19th-minute strike in open play was followed by John Jackson firing the equaliser in six minutes into the second session.Britain have now drawn both their matches, having earlier held Belgium 2-2 on the opening day.last_img read more