One Year After Deadly SF Mission Fire Building Decays as Tenants Struggle

first_imgCarolyn Goossen, an aide to Supervisor David Campos, said the supervisor’s office allocated some $40,000 to $50,000 of its discretionary funds to help restore units on Treasure Island and subsidize displaced tenants’ rents.The remaining portion of residents struck out on their own.Araceli Toyama and her two children, for example, are staying with friends in the city. She relies on their generosity while she looks for housing, and a year after her displacement she still hasn’t found any. “It’s been difficult to find a place without so many restrictions — credit, no children, affordable rent,” Toyama said. “I just want something I can afford, not a studio for $4,000, plus last and first month’s deposit — it’s not logical.”Toyama still works at a laundromat on Valencia and 22nd Streets, and her two kids still go to school at Buena Vista Horace Mann.Eugenia Aldama and Humberto Lopez at the dining table in their temporary home in Parkmerced. Photo by Laura WenusJuan Lara, a recent arrival to the building at the time that it burned down, stays in the Mission with an old acquaintance but doesn’t know how long that can last. At 66, he is struggling to get by. “Whenever she wants me out, she can throw me out, no lease, no nothing,” Lara said. “Sometimes I work, and with what I get from social security, I barely make it. Sometimes I go where they give out food for seniors, or my friends invite me over for dinner.”Lara said his former roommate at the building, Felipe Reyes, is also staying with friends and sells goods on the street to make ends meet. But living in city-assigned housing has not been a picnic either.Humberto Lopez and Eugenia Aldama, former reporters and photographers who had extremely active social lives at the building, now live in Parkmerced and are completely isolated from their former lives. They have the option to extend their lease there for an additional year, but feel they have no choice.“We are not working, I am retired, so what little money I get is what we get. I barely pay the rent,” Lopez said. Jose Gonzalez, whose son Alessandro Gonzalez received an award for his heroism for managing to save his dog while jumping from a second story window to escape the blaze, lives on Treasure Island. But at Mission and 22nd streets, nothing is clear. Residents say they have heard that Lou sold the building. And it appeared in August that Lou was in the midst of a deal. At that time, he told Mission Local he would not be able to wait to sell the building to the non-profit Mission Economic Development Agency. At the time, sources estimated that Lou was getting $20 million from potential buyers. Nonetheless, public records show that he is still the owner, though neither Lou himself nor his attorney responded to requests to confirm this.Roof gone. Mission Local’s visit to the building two months post-fire. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.Applications have been filed with the Department of Building Inspections to repair the roof and third floors of the building, but they have not yet been approved. Lily Madjus Wu, a department spokesperson, said it’s unclear why the permits were never issued, but it’s likely inspectors needed additional documentation from the applicant and it was never provided.Building inspectors have been after Lou for some time after the fire to get his building back in shape, and in fact initiated enforcement proceedings to speed up the repair process. After the department received no response to several notices of violation and follow-ups, it has referred the case to the City Attorney’s office, which will provide legal representation during enforcement. Meanwhile, the structure continues to decay. “All of this awful mold and mildew and rot happened, because everything was wet and sitting in water for months,” said Van Dine, the artist. She estimates her last trip inside was in May. “The stench was unbelievable, and the smoke damage, and the mold – The walls were furry.”Several tenants said they have seen or heard of workers cleaning out refuse from the building, but after the walls and ceiling were shored to allow re-entry, no additional visible repairs were made. “I really hope [the landlord] can sell it,” Van Dine said. “It’s just this hole that is eating all of us up.” This boy and his dog had to jump from the fire escape from #sf #fire, were safely caught by a neighbor. pic.twitter.com/F7Hy10ED4W— Mission Local (@MLNow) January 29, 2015 Tom Jue, who operates Tom Jue & Company, said he believes he’s been cleared of any violation by the San Francisco Fire Department. Gordon Kaupp, an attorney from the firm Kaupp and Feinberg who is representing residential tenants Jorge and Lucia Flores in a case against Lou, said that ultimately it is a landlord’s duty to keep his building in working order.“Under the law, the owner is always responsible to maintain the fire alarm system in operable condition,” Kaupp said. “The buck stops with the landlord.”Smoke detectors in the building were also found to be more than ten years old, Kaupp said, despite a legal requirement that smoke detectors in residential buildings be replaced at least every ten years. He also pointed out inadequate egress from the building. The commercial exit to Mission Street was locked with a padlock, and awnings over ground floor retail prevented fire escapes from extending to the ground.The night of the fire, residents told Mission Local and firefighters on the scene that the alarms failed to sound, and that many had no warning that anything was amiss until they opened their doors to smoke and flames — or heard the sirens of arriving emergency vehicles. Video Courtesy of Janet KornblumKaupp said it appears the alarm system was without power the night of the fire. A resident in the building also told Mission Local in the days after the fire that the alarm system had been disabled temporarily after a false alarm about four months before the fire, and that he suspected it may not have been hooked back up.Firefighters ultimately determined that the cause of the fire was likely an electrical short inside a third floor interior wall. Lou told fire investigators, according to a fire department report, that he was not aware of any problems with the building itself. According to the fire investigation report, a tenant told fire investigators that “circuits occasionally are overloaded and ‘trip’ in the unit.” None of the attorneys representing Lou responded to calls for comment.Residents Struggle with New LivesRumors abound among former residents and business tenants of the building as to the current state of the building, but not one resident said they had heard from the landlord directly. So they have tried to build new lives, a difficult task in a city with a severe housing crisis. Benjamin Amyes, the emergency management coordinator for the city’s Human Services Agency, said some 90 percent of the displaced from the fire have been housed through various city programs. He said each of these residents are able to stay in their new location for up to two years, at their pre-disaster rents. Locations include Treasure Island, Parkmerced and a complex in the Mission District called 2B Living. “There’s constantly fire drills, so I’m constantly having panic attacks there.” “There’s constantly fire drills, so I’m constantly having panic attacks there,” Cordova said. “I went to therapy but didn’t like the therapy, so I just take medication. It’s been kinda hard.”Nancy Segovia does day-care work in the city, and her husband Tony works in construction. It takes them around an hour and a half to get to work. Her 18-year-old daughter commutes two hours to her classes at City College of San Mateo. But beyond the endless bus rides, residents are concerned about safety. Two weeks ago, Cordova’s daughter was accosted by a man in their corner of Treasure Island who was apparently under the influence of amphetamines. Cordova was in the kitchen when she heard her daughter shouting.“All I kept hearing was ‘Mom! Mom! Mom!’ He would not let go of her,” Cordova recalled. She went to her daughter’s aid, only to find a neighbor had forced his way into their house. “I was able to get him out of my house and I called the police.” It took officers more than 15 minutes to arrive on scene, and by that time, the man had disappeared.“I’m so worried,” said Segovia, who heard about the incident from Cordova. “So then I say to the police, ‘What happens if that happens with my son, my daughter?’ That’s not too safe.”Businesses AdriftAminta Calderón, owner of Antojitos Salvadoreños Aminta, the day after the fire.  Photo by Daniel MondragónSome businesses from the building have relocated, with mixed results. Sollega moved several blocks north along Mission, and continues to do business. The solar company was not as deeply affected by the fire as others, said employee Patrick Waite. Thalia’s Jewelry moved to Mission near 24th Street, and its owners are trying to reinvent their business. Nieves Cinco de Mayo found refuge inside a grocery on 16th Street. Taquería La Alteña has relocated to inside Cava 22.For former business owners who no longer work in the neighborhood, it can be painful to return.Nancy Ortega, who for 20 years ran El Perol restaurant in the building, is thinking about relocating the business to San Rafael, where she now lives. “It’s difficult just to look at the building. I always wonder, ‘Why?’” Ortega mused. “But the owner never guaranteed our safety: There were no alarms, emergency exits were blocked, and all that comes to mind when you wonder what happened.”Still, she’s determined to bring her business back in one form or another. “A lot of my customers still call me and sometimes I do catering. They miss my Peruvian breakfasts,” Ortega said.Teresa Reyes, whose family ran the Bay Area Fish and Poultry on the ground floor of the building, said she was forced to leave her home in San Francisco almost immediately after the fire, when her landlord wanted to reclaim the unit. “All of this awful mold and mildew and rot happened, because everything was wet and sitting in water for months.” 0% Tags: 22nd Street fire • displacement • Fires • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img “It’s difficult just to look at the building. I always wonder, ‘Why?’” Disclosure: Mission Local was a commercial tenant for a year and half at the building discussed in this article.One year after a fire tore through the three-story building at Mission and 22nd streets, killing one and displacing more than 60, its former tenants are in limbo. The building remains destroyed, moldy and completely vacant. Residential tenants have been displaced to distant and, in most cases, temporary homes while many of the building’s former businesses are struggling to get back on their feet.Meanwhile, five lawsuits brought by more than 30 tenants and 20 businesses against the building’s owner, Hawk Ling Lou, are in various early stages, with those affected hoping to be compensated for some of their losses. Lou Shifts Blame to Alarm Company She has relocated to Daily City, but her business shut down. She estimates she sustained losses of $200,000. Now, there’s not really any reason to spend time in the neighborhood where she once made a living. “I don’t really have any more ties to the Mission. Sometimes I go over there to buy things, and maybe the bank on 22nd… but that’s it,” said Reyes.Karen Van Dine, an artist whose work, tools and materials were stored in her studio in the building, said she is grateful to have been offered a temporary storage space at the African American Arts and Culture Complex. With the help of friends, Van Dine was able to return to the building several times to rescue her belongings. But finding a new studio in San Francisco appears to be out of the question. “And to find a new space, it’s just exorbitant,” she said. “The rates are out of this world. People in Nob Hill are renting out closets for more than I can afford. Most artists have fled to the East Bay. I’m 74 now and there’s just no way I can do that. I just don’t have the strength.” Fate of the Building UnclearTo a person, former tenants are frustrated that they have heard absolutely nothing from landlord Lou and his attorneys about the potential repair of the building. Many know that they have the right to return to the building after repairs are complete, and intend to exercise that right. Moving back may not be in the cards if it takes longer to repair the building than they can stay in their temporary housing. The recent history of fires in the Mission shows that few displaced tenants ultimately do return to their homes. Lou is counter-suing the alarm company in four of the five cases against him.The cross-complaints allege that damages from the fire at 2578-2598 Mission St. were the responsibility of the company that maintained the building’s alarm systems.In legal documents, Lou’s attorneys allege that Tom Jue & Company, a fire safety firm that managed the alarm systems at the burned building, failed to maintain the system, causing some of the losses that the tenants have suffered. These losses include property, profits, housing and tenant improvements. In their lawsuits, the tenants allege negligence, including a lack of maintenance on the electrical systems. “The buck stops with the landlord.” “Sometimes I work, and with what I get from social security, I barely make it.” “To live here, it’s okay. But it’s difficult because we have to take the kid to 22nd and Dolores, to school,” Gonzalez said. “My wife doesn’t drive and she has to take public transportation, so it’s a one hour commute each way.”Transportation and isolation are two major concerns on Treasure Island — particularly for residents who still have jobs in the Mission. Marcela Cordova works at the UCSF hospital. It takes her about 15 minutes to drive to work, she said, but it can take an hour just to get on the bridge during the evening rush hour. Working at a hospital comes with its own complications, too.last_img read more

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Anne Kihagi Bank forecloses on building owned by San Franciscos cruelest landlord

first_imgWell-heeled bidders should head to City Hall’s steps on Oct. 17 to buy one of Kihagi’s properties Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Last year, a city jury leveled a state-record penalty against her in a case waged by just the first of several lawyered-up former tenants — and a number of other cases are pending. The city itself, in 2017, won a multi-million dollar judgment against her for more than 1,600 separate violations — a penalty that continues to swell past $6 million, considering interest payments and burgeoning legal fees brought on by Kihagi’s legal war of attrition.This strategy of legal trench warfare was effective for Kihagi against individual tenants of limited means. It has proven less successful in battling a city with essentially infinite means and no external time pressures. And the scheduled Oct. 17 auction of the six-unit structure at 3947 18th St., which Kihagi purchased for some $2.8 million in 2013, might be the first of several dominos to fall. A scheduled Oct. 12 hearing could determine whether three more of Kihagi’s properties will be sold off to the highest bidder: 195 Eureka St., 1000-1022 Filbert St., and 4018-4022 19th St. Manufacturers Bank declared Kihagi in default regarding the 3947 18th St. property all the way back in April. The bank accused her of transferring the property without permission; “unconsented encumbrances” on the building stemming from injunctions from the city; failing to adhere to “laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards” relating to the structure; and, to top it off, neglecting to pay property taxes. Failure to remedy all of the above, Kihagi was warned, “may result in the Bank’s exercise of its rights and remedies under the subject loan documents, including foreclosure.” That happened. And, barring unforeseen lunacy, the property will now be auctioned off, in open air, Oct. 17. Anne Kihagi’s brazen wave of tenant evictions and documented persecution earned her the consensus title of San Francisco’s cruelest landlord. But, following a series of court rulings against her, she is facing yet another legal setback: One of her foreclosed properties is slated to be auctioned off on the City Hall steps later this month. Kihagi burst onto the San Francisco real-estate scene in 2013, purchasing some 11 buildings over three years, shelling out more than $30 million. In an all-but-choreographed pattern, later painstakingly documented by several court rulings, she targeted properties inhabited by rent-controlled tenants — who were often elderly or infirm — purchased them at artificially low prices due to the rent-controlled buildings’ limited income potential, and then methodically squeezed out her low-income renters. Email Addresslast_img read more

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Saints travel to the Magic Weekend in Newcastle lo

first_imgSaints travel to the Magic Weekend in Newcastle looking to get back on the horse after two defeats in a row – including a heavy loss at Castleford.But they won’t stand a chance of doing that if they don’t go back to basics.“We were disappointed with the performance at Castleford,” he said. “We are gutted we are out of the Cup and for the fans that paid good money to go over to Cas. We put in our worst performance of the season.“The good thing is we can start to put it right this week. The boys have responded well to our sessions this week and seem upbeat.“When things aren’t going great it is a vicious circle. We have to get the boys believing in themselves a little more. A few good wins breeds confidence.“Cas are blowing teams away and we knew we would be up against. But we should have played a lot better. Credit to them, they were good, but it wasn’t good enough and we need to fix a lot of things up.“We need a performance and from that comes belief. We’re focusing on getting the small things right. We are going back to basics; stripping it right back rather than over complicating things.”He continued: “Last time we played Hull we turned over loads of ball. If we had kept hold of it at certain periods we would have got that game. At the back end we were coming home with a wet sail but couldn’t get over the line.“We know it will be a tough game but we have to respect the ball a little more and go back to basics. It is a big game and we are looking forward to it.“Mahe Fonua and their backs set the platform for the forwards and then Marc Sneyd, with his kicking game, and Albert Kelly, with his running game do the rest. They are a dangerous team.”Long says Saints new head coach Justin Holbrook should arrive in the country in time to travel over with the squad.“Justin should be here for the game and will oversee things,” he added. “He has told us to keep things ticking over, get the boys coming to training with a smile on their faces and stick with the same team so he can take a look at everyone.“It’s an added incentive for the boys to play well. They are playing for their jerseys. I think the boys need a lift and they should get a boost this week.“If we can get a couple of wins then in the next couple of weeks we will be a different side altogether. It is all about belief. Once you get one win then another will come.“We’re on a big stage this week, in front of 40,000 people and it will be a good atmosphere. There is no better time to get the win.”Ticket details for the game can be found here. They will be available on gameday.last_img read more

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Saints Hospitality is perfect for entertaining cli

first_imgSaints Hospitality is perfect for entertaining clients, rewarding staff performance, celebrating a special occasion or just wanting to experience your Saints in style.Guests enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal pre-match and with direct access to premium seats, it’s the perfect environment for entertaining and impressing your guests.The 1873 Lounge is located on the first floor of the South Stand, with ease of access for all guests – and places are now available for our season opener against Wigan on January 31.The Package Includes:Premium padded match seats in the South Stand close to the half way line.Delicious pre-match three-course meal plus a tasting plate with complimentary tea & coffee at half-time.Private cash bar.Professional & vastly experienced lounge compère – Pete Emmett.Pre-match interviews with Saints’ squad players and legends.Post-match interview with Saints Man of the Match.Complimentary Match Programme for each guest.10% merchandise discount for Saints Superstore (located at the Totally Wicked Stadium) on Matchday, just show your match ticket in store to qualify.Our Lounge magician, John Holt will visit your table and entertain your group.Sky Sports live game will be shown in the Lounge.Post-match Quiz with the prize of a round of drinks for your table courtesy of our partners, Robinsons BreweryCar Parking (for parties of four or more – subject to availability).2019 Memberships (excluding VAT):Renewal£735 +VATNew Customer£788 +VAT1873 Lounge Prices (exc VAT):CategoryAdult Member UpgradeJunior Member UpgradeAdult PriceJunior PriceA£75£41£95£52B£55£33£75£42C£45£25£55£30Categories:ABCWiganCastlefordCatalanWarringtonLeedsLondonHull FCWakefieldSalfordHull KRHuddersfieldSaints 2019 fixtures can be found here and our 2019 Brochure can be viewed by clicking on the image below. If you would like more information or you would like to book, please call us on 01744 455 053 or  email sales@saintsrlfc.com.last_img read more

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After 37 years Harris Teeter in Ogden to close

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Harris Teeter at Ogden Plaza will close its doors next month.According to a news release, the decision came after “careful consideration and strategic market reviews.”- Advertisement – The company opened the store at 6840 Market Street in February 1981.The company said it announced the closure yesterday and began informing its 57 employees.Harris Teeter said the company will work with its associates and give them the opportunity to transfer to other locations.Related Article: Water conservation urged for Memorial Day throughout Brunswick CountyCustomers were notified through signs in store and e-VIC communication.Starting Wednesday, the store hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.The store will officially close at noon on August 11.Harris Teeter has several other stores in the area, including one 2.1 miles away at Mayfaire, 3.5 miles away at Lumina Station near Wrightsville Beach and 4.1 miles away in Porters Neck.last_img read more

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Hit and run leaves man with shattered prosthetic leg

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A hit and run back in March leaves one young man with ongoing medical complications. Police are now offering a reward for information about the suspect.Larry Blakley was riding his skateboard near Greenfield Lake last March. When a driver hit him head on, Blakley says he thought he was going to die.- Advertisement – 20-year-old Blakley had a prosthetic leg, but his accident has left him in dire need of a new leg.Blakley says he was riding his skateboard over a pothole. He says the next thing he remembers is being on top of a car.Blakley says the car slammed on its brakes, threw him to the ground, then drove over him, shattering his prosthetic leg.Related Article: Neighbors exchange gunshots during Tabor City home break-inBlakley says it is extremely painful to wear now, but does not have the insurance for a new leg.“It digs into my foot, my nub. And since it’s not the right fit, it messes with my hip internally,” said Larry Blakley. “So that will cause an internal injury and my hips will be displaced. So I’ll walk with an even more noticeable limp than I have now. And it will stop my hip from being level with my other one. But as of right now, that’s what I have to deal with.”Blakley had a replacement prosthetic, but says his ex-girlfriend threw it in the dumpster. Now, he only has the broken one.Blakley says a replacement prosthetic could cost as much as $50,000.Blakley has started a GoFundMe to raise money for a new prosthetic leg. Click here to donate.last_img read more

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Firewood giveaway for elderly

first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — Are you in need of some wood for your fireplace? One Leland man is giving it away for free! Leland Firewood Co-Owner Jalen Brown says he wants to give back to the community.He says he wants to help people stay warm during these cold days. Brown says he cut, split and dried each log for about 16 months. The longer each dries the slower it burns.- Advertisement – Each piece is 16 inches long. This particular type of wood he is giving away is for heating.He is specifically looking to help elderly. Brown says collecting wood may be, especially, difficult for them.“Temperatures are dropping and elderly can’t get out and split it,” said Brown. “It’s a lot of work getting the wood processed and ready to go in the heater… and getting it dry.”Brown says he started by helping an elderly neighbor. He then realized the need to continue to help them.Related Article: Police searching for man who reportedly robbed bank near UNCWIf you are interested, Brown can be contacted at (910) 200-9441.last_img read more

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Wilmington police investigating Tuesday shooting

first_imgWilmington Police are investigating a shooting at 6th and Meares on March 12, 2019 (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating after a man was shot south of downtown Wilmington Tuesday afternoon.Department spokesperson Jennifer Dandron said police responded to South 6th and Meares streets around 2:10 p.m. for a shooting.- Advertisement – EMS transported a male victim who is in his mid to late twenty’s with a gun shot wound to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was in serious condition.Dandron did not say if any arrests have been made. Police continue to investigate.They urge anyone with info to call WPD.last_img

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Jaime Lannister grows a hand

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint While the epic final season of Game Of Thrones has fans frantically proposing endgames, the editors of the impressive series have got egg on their face yet again. Jaime Lanister seems to have grown back a hand.Without going into spoilers for those who have as yet not seen the episode, the awesome cinematic effects of this final season have been undermined by a second great booby. After the Starbucks cup plainly visible on the medieval banqueting table in Episode 4, now, Jaime Lannister’s hand has miraculously re-grown.Die-hard fans of the long-running fantasy drama will remember Jamie, famed for his elaborate sword-play, relearning the art of combat after it was brutally cut at the wrist during its third season. This was a watershed moment for the character played by Nikolai Coster-Waldau, as he lost his hand to save Brienne of Tarth. This action humanised a character which, up to that point had been a rather two-dimensional ‘baddie’. The gold hand which replaced his severed hand gave the character depth and eventually helped in his transition into the ‘goodies’.  However, the cumbersome gold replacement was nowhere in sight as he embraced sister Cersei one last time.Instead, the hand we last saw being separated from his right arm in 2013 appeared to be in frame ….and as for the rest, our lips are sealed.center_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Third country nationals employed illegally due to documentation delay – MEA

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Malta Employers’ Association called for a faster and more efficient process to expedite applications, as in many cases third country nationals were being employed illegally because of the delays in processing.This came about in a press release where the same Association expressed its support for the establishment of an Enforcement Unit within Identity Malta to tackle illegal employment of third country nationals. The Association said that it has consistently been against illegalemployment practices which, besides being objectionable in themselves, also give abusive operators an unfair competitive advantage over others that adhere to the rules.The Association went on to say that Identity Malta should distinguish between operators who abuse the system to profit from illegality, and employers who are pressured into employing third country nationals because of inefficient administration, which they said frequently drives applicants to desperate measures to work in order to support themselves. This, explained the Association, carries the risk that they might end up being exploited.In the meantime, MEA also recommended authorities to consider combining the inspectorate of Jobs Plus, DIER and Identity Malta for better effectiveness and to avoid anoverlapping of duties.WhatsApplast_img read more

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Rovios Bad piggies breaks Angry Birds sale record

first_imgAdvertisement Rovio today announced that Bad Piggies reached the number one spot in the U.S. iTunes App Store in just over three hours after its release on September 27th  making it the fastest Rovio game to claim the top spot in the App Store.Bad Piggies tells is about the same plot as in the Angry Birds games but from the pigs’ point of view.The pigs use clever creations to help them steal the eggs. – Advertisement – The press release on the Rovio website had this to say about Bad piggies“We’ve never done anything like this,” said Petri Järvilehto, EVP of Games. “Where Angry Birds was all about destruction, Bad Piggies is all about the joy of construction. It’s not just about getting three stars — in this game, failing is almost as much fun as succeeding!”The game is set on Piggy Island, where the Bad Piggies are after the eggs again — but as usual, nothing is going according to plan. They need help in creating the ultimate flying machine and steering it safely to their destination.With more than 60 levels, and free updates coming up, there’s hours and hours of pig-crashing, exploding, and flying fun. Fans can unlock an additional 30 levels by getting three stars, and four sandbox levels let them stretch their creativity to the utmost. With 33 objects available to create the ultimate machine, the sky’s the limit — if you can navigate around all the obstacles first!This is the first time the Bad Piggies are protagonists of a game, but it’s just the beginning of a series of Bad Piggies related games and other entertainment.Rovio also announced that  Bad Piggies will be getting its first free update in the next few weeks which will include a new episode titled Flight Into the Night. This will have new unlock able levels and more plot.Bad Piggies is available now for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. “A Windows Phone version of the game is coming soon.” says Rovio.Additional reporting from WebProNewslast_img read more

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Hackers using hotel wifi to check into victims computers

first_imgAdvertisement A hacking campaign known as Darkhotel has been deployed by Hackers to steal sensitive information from business executives, security researchers have revealed.How it happened is that the sophisticated attackers had been lurking on the hotel’s network for days waiting for him to check in. They uploaded their malware to the hotel’s server days before then deleted it from the hotel network days after.Kaspersky says the attackers have been active for at least seven years, conducting surgical strikes against targeted guests at other luxury hotels in Asia as well as infecting victims via spear-phishing attacks and P2P networks. – Advertisement – Their targets  include high-profile executives—among them a media executive from Asia—as well as government agencies and NGOs and U.S. executives. The primary targets, however, appear to be in North Korea, Japan, and India.The attackers take a two-pronged approach—using the P2P campaign to infect as many victims as possible and then the spear-phishing and hotel attacks for surgically targeted attacks.Until recently, the attackers had about 200 command-and-control servers set up to manage the operation. Kaspersky managed to sinkhole 26 of the command server domains and even gained access to some of the servers, where they found unprotected logs identifying thousands of infected systems. Alot of the machines in the attackers’ logs, however, turned out to be sandboxes set up by researchers to ensnare and study botnets, showing how indiscriminating the attackers were in their P2P campaign. The attackers shut down much of their command infrastructure in October, however, presumably after becoming aware that the Kaspersky researchers were tracking them.When victims attempt to connect to the WiFi network, they get a pop-up alert telling them their Adobe Flash player needs an update and offering them a file, digitally signed to make it look authentic, to download.If the victims accept they download, they get a Trojan delivered instead. Crucially, the alerts pop up before guests actually get onto the WiFi network, so even if they abandon their plan to get online, they are infected the moment they hit “accept.”The malware doesn’t then immediately go to work. Instead it sits quietly for six months before waking up and calling home to a command-and-control server. Kaspersky still doesn’t know how the attackers get onto the hotel servers.Safeguarding against such an attack can be difficult for hotel guests. The best defense is to double check update alerts that pop up on your computer during a stay in a hotel. Go to the software vendor’s site directly to see if an update has been posted and download it directly from there. Though, of course, this won’t help if the attackers are able to redirect your machine to a malicious download siteSource: Wiredlast_img read more

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BEN KEITHS BLOG Tyra Banks at 4pm with nurseuniform please Pam

first_imgOh, Blog, I’ve been struck down by my first sore-throat of the winter season. Horizontalising on my bed, like a malingering staff, I’m just trying to let the world go by, whilst of course, skyping Pam Statements every half hour, to interrupt her unnecessarily, for any non-existent news updates on this quiet Tuesday.In other non-eventful news:Made my way over on Sunday, under-cover, protected by middle-class-leftie Belindabelle, to Spitalfields Market. Regulars will know that apart from the fantastic stall selling top-quality wool products, and some of the food outlets serving up some very good grub indeed, there is also a plethora of traders selling t-shirts that they have made up. I spotted one and INSTANTLY purchased it for my oldest friend, who also doubles up as my token-leftie-friend; AM. I feel that it will really help him in his struggle against the unjust world. Worded ‘I DON’T NEED SEX the government fucks me everyday’ it must be his perfect fashion statement, Blog! In the 1 of 365 days a year, when his militant profession’s unions haven’t got their soft-and-pandered-to hands clamped around the government’s bollocks, using our nation’s children as pawns of blackmail, the statement may be true, and I know that AM will be able to make a perfect hard-done-by-face to do the t-shirt full justice! I hope it’s the wrong size too, then he’ll be able to taunt the brain-washed kids at school a bit more ‘I had to get a medium. Larges cost too much for us teachers!!’ XxI drove to Victoria on Friday night to collect Belinda. It was absolutely pissing down, and the traffic was terrible all day, do you remember, Blog? This song came onto the radio and floated around my car for a few minutes. Everything calmed and cleared for an instant, all my stresses drifting away. Drake; ‘Hold on we’re going home’. Just perfect.Pam, pl organise Tyra Banks to come and mop my brow and serve me lemon and honey tea. 4pm will be fine. Please ask her to wear a nurse’s uniform, as to keep everything professional. Thanks..B xlast_img read more

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STAR PREVIEW Liverpool v Brighton

first_imgDespite what the SKY hype machine might say, it’s a damp squib end to the Premier League season this afternoon with the only business of consequence to be resolved being the fight between Liverpool and Chelsea for a top four position.Liverpool need just a point at Anfield unless Chelsea go ballistic on the goal scoring front in their match against Newcastle at St James’ Park !If you’ve already had enough – it won’t be long before it all gets going again and we have the small matter of the World Cup as the sandwich in-between. Stay tuned for more news on the starsports.bet World Cup coverage including sign-up bonuses, specials and match previews.starsports.bet also have a range of boosted trebles today (see below) and don’t forget all the matches kick off at 3pm.Liverpool v Brighton & Hove AlbionPremier League15:00 Sky Sports Red Button / Sky Sports Main EventHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Dec 2017 PREMIER Brighton 1-5 LiverpoolFeb 2012 FA CUP Liverpool 6-1 BrightonSep 2011 CARLING CUP Brighton 1-2 LiverpoolJan 1991 FA CUP Brighton 2-3 LiverpoolJan 1991 FA CUP Liverpool 2-2 BrightonOct 1985 LEAGUE CUP Liverpool 4-0 BrightonJan 1984 FA CUP Brighton 2-0 LiverpoolMar 1983 DIV 1 (OLD) Brighton 2-2 LiverpoolJan 1983 FA CUP Liverpool 1-2 BrightonOct 1982 DIV 1 (OLD) Liverpool 3-1 BrightonFirstly, well done Brighton for survival – but also congratulations too to fellow promoted sides Newcastle and Huddersfield. All three were varying degrees of short prices to drop straight back down and it’s only the third time in Premier League history that the three promoted sides have stayed up the following season.The last two head to heads between Liverpool and Brighton have produced 13 goals and when you consider the final day of the season can often throw up plenty of goals as teams are generally more relaxed – this could be a real goalfest.For all Brighton’s good work this season though, they haven’t been as effective on their travels scoring just 10 goals.Brighton’s manager Chris Hughton said: “I think the next step is making sure that we stay in the division again. I think it has to be that way, this is only our first season in this Premier League. We are learning still, we’re trying to improve as much as we can.“We will try in the summer to add to the squad, even though I don’t see big additions. I think you have to be stable in a division first before perhaps you can make bigger steps.”Liverpool still have a job to do and I think they will do it in style leaving them then to focus on their date with Real Madrid in two weeks time. I’m playing the goals markets on starsports.bet.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK OVER 3.5 GOALS 12 points win at evens with starsports.betBACK OVER 4.5 GOALS 6 points win at 23/10 with starsports.betBACK OVER 5.5 GOALS 4 points win at 19/4 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 142.83 pointslast_img read more

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Quillen named president of Davidson College in North Carolina

first_imgCAROL QUILLEN ”Carol has brought great vision and collaborative skills to her leadership role at Rice, greatly enhancing our ability to implement interdisciplinary and international initiatives,” Rice President David Leebron said. ”We are sorry to lose her, but Davidson is a great college, and I know they will benefit tremendously from her vision and skills. It is a fantastic opportunity, and we are proud that the talents of leaders at Rice are recognized widely in higher education.” “Davidson has made an inspired choice of a new, transformational leader,” Rice Provost George McLendon said. ”I am grateful for Carol’s insights and creative energy that helped me enormously in my first year at Rice. She will be missed, but she leaves a remarkable legacy.”During her more than two decades of service to Rice, Quillen was the first to hold two top administrative posts. She was the first director of the Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance when it was established in 2004. She was appointed Rice’s first vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives in October 2010. In her role as vice president, Quillen was responsible for developing Rice’s global outreach, including research partnerships, recruiting strategies, curricular revision and international opportunities for students. She also facilitated implementation of university-wide initiatives, including Rice’s global health efforts and collaborations with institutions in the Texas Medical Center. Quillen joined the Rice faculty in 1989 as an instructor of history and was promoted to assistant professor a year later and to associate professor in 1996. She taught classes ranging from Early Modern Europe and Gender and Society in Early Modern Europe to Introduction to U.S. Women’s History and Humanist Tradition and Its Critics. She has received Rice’s George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching three times as well as other teaching awards.In addition to serving as director of the Boniuk Center from 2004 to 2008, Quillen served as Rice’s vice provost for academic affairs from 2006 to 2010. She helped develop the Chao Center for Asian Studies and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, co-chaired the president’s Diversity Task Force and instituted mentoring programs for junior faculty.“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Davidson, a truly remarkable institution that, I think, has a special role to play now as an exemplar of a liberal arts college,” Quillen said. “And I leave Rice, my home for over two decades, keenly aware of how much I owe this university and how much I have learned from friends and colleagues here. From the time I arrived I have worked with extraordinary people whose wisdom and wit made my job rewarding and fun. To my History Department colleagues, our deans, our vice presidents and especially to David Leebron, Gene Levy, George McLendon and Jim Crownover, all I can say is, Thank you. It has been a privilege.”Quillen’s daughter, Caitlin, will be a first-year student at the University of North Carolina in the fall. Davidson is located just north of Charlotte, N.C., and enrolls 1,900 students. Established in 1837 by the Presbyterian Church, the college is regarded as one of the top liberal arts institutions in the country. ShareQuillen named president of Davidson College in North CarolinaFROM RICE NEWS STAFF REPORTSRice Vice President for International and Interdisciplinary Initiatives Carol Quillen has been named the 18th president of Davidson College. Her appointment at the liberal arts college in Davidson, N.C., is effective Aug. 1. AddThis Long Descriptionlast_img read more

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UCLA Announces John Wooden Global Fellows for 2018 and More – Los

first_imgUCLA Announces John Wooden Global Fellows for 2018, and More – Los Angeles News RelatedXerox CEO and Chair Ursula Burns receives UCLA Anderson’s John Wooden Global Leadership AwardUCLA Anderson School of Business bestowed Xerox Corporation Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns with the 2015 John Wooden Global Leadership Award. The event took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles on October 6, 2015. Ursula Burns rose from intern to CEO of Xerox over the course of…October 13, 2015In “Featured Region”Anderson Marks 10th Year of GEMBA ProgramThis summer marks the 10th anniversary of the UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific program at UCLA Anderson School of Business. The program is a 15-month, dual-degree program in which graduates earn two MBAs, one from UCLA Anderson School of Management and another from the National University of Singapore…August 20, 2014In “Featured Home”Embracing Diversity at UCLA Anderson, Graziadio’s Commencement, and More – LA NewsFriday, ya’ll. Let’s dig into the biggest stories coming out of Los Angeles this week. UCLA Anderson’s Hosts Annual Diversity Conference – UCLA Anderson News UCLA Anderson recently hosted its annual Embracing Diversity Conference. The co-VP for diversity of the Anderson Admissions Ambassador Corps, Denice Gonzales-Kim, discussed her involvement with drawing…December 14, 2018In “Featured Home” Happy Friday!Before we close out November, let’s look into some of the biggest news from the Los Angeles business school community from the week that was.UCLA Anderson Announces 2018 John Wooden Global Leadership Fellows – UCLA Anderson NewsThe UCLA Anderson School of Management just announced the 2018 John Wooden Global Leadership Fellows, a program which, according to Anderson’s website, honors students who exemplify “leadership ideals and a commitment to improving the lives of others.”The fellowship was named after Naismith Hall of Fame basketball coach John Wooden. Wooden, perhaps the most successful NCAA basketball coach of all-time, won 10 national championships with the UCLA men’s team from 1964 to 1975, coaching up NBA legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabaar and Bill Walton.The four fellows, Jessica Barnette, Leah Maddock Loh, Gerry Sims, and Ryan Tan, are all currently pursuing MBA degrees at UCLA Anderson. Barnette, who also received her master’s of public health at UCLA, is currently Director of Operations at WellStart Health, an organization that offers innovative methods to reduce chronic disease. Leah Maddock Loh also attended UCLA for her master of public health degree, and her current work focuses upon reproductive education with Kaiser Permanente.Gerry Sims, a U.S. Marine veteran, received an undergraduate degree in management from Purdue University before deciding to join the military. He was deployed in Afghanistan twice, serving as an intelligence officer. Sims recently worked with Google’s small business division where he focused on increasing diversity. He works to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides assistance to families of veterans and the vets themselves as they re-enter civilian life.Ryan Tan has also integrated his military service into his MBA and his career.  A member of the armed services in Singapore, Tan is pursuing his EMBA at UCLA in conjunction with coursework at the National University of Singapore. He brings the values he learned from his extensive military service to his role as head of mergers and acquisitions at StarHub Ltd., one of Singapore’s largest telecommunications companies.You can learn more about the John Wooden Global Leadership Fellows here, which will also featured a moderated discussion with celebrated Anderson alum and YouTube figurehead Susan Wojcicki.LMU LA Hosts talk on Investment in Research Science – Loyola Marymount University LA NewsEntrepreneur Jim Demetriades (LMU LA ’85), the founder of Kairos Ventures, returned to Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, discussing the importance of private funding for scientific research. Sponsored by the Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship, Demetriades’ talk was entitled “How Science Will Change the World in the Next Five Years.”In the aftermath of several recent events, such as natural disasters and the cuts in research funding by the U.S., Demetriades believes that privatization of such funding is the wave of the future. With a background that combines computer science, mathematics, and economics, Demetriades formed his own software company which led to the formation of Kairos.His goal is to “turn scientific breakthroughs into successful businesses.” Among his recent projects is raising $50 million for research at Caltech. He foresees innovative developments in various industries, such as wireless devices that can charge from up to 20 feet away, and artificial insect pheromones meant to increase crop efficiency.You can learn more about the school’s investment in research here.Banking on Success: A Look at Careers in the Banking Industry with CommerceWest CEO Ivo Tjan ’99 – Mihaylo College of BusinessIvo Tjan, (Mihaylo ’99) recently shared his insight with current Mihaylo College of Business MBAs into why the banking industry is an increasingly worthwhile as a career venture.Tjan, who became a CEO at the incredibly young age of 27, had just received his undergrad degree when he earned the job.  With a niche at CommerceWest that provides commercial services for companies with revenues between $5 million and $100 million, Tjan is a leader in providing services to small to medium sized companies.“There are not many people going into banking because it is unsexy.” Tjan says. “But the unsexy part is the entry into the opportunities you will have. There is a huge vacuum for young people to take new roles and responsibilities that will create good value for them … [with a banking career] you get to meet many entrepreneurs and business owners who are starting off, on their way to becoming multi-million dollar successes.”The talk focused also upon the importance of mentorship at Cal State Fullerton. “When I wanted to apply the real-world fundamentals to [my mentor’s] teachings, they were always open to discussing and talking about it, which helped me accelerate my understanding,” he says.You can read more about Tjan’s recent discussion at his alma mater here. regions: Los Angelescenter_img About the AuthorMaggie BoccellaMaggie Boccella, a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, is a freelance writer, artist and photographer. She has consulted on various film and multimedia projects, and she also serves as a juror for the city’s annual LGBTQIA Film Festival.View more posts by Maggie Boccella Last Updated Nov 30, 2018 by Maggie BoccellaFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail last_img read more

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US Officials Say 450000 in Texas Likely to Seek Disaster Aid

first_imgA military helicopter flies over a destroyed house. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) US Officials Say 450,000 in Texas Likely to Seek Disaster Aid By Reuters August 28, 2017 Updated: August 28, 2017 Share US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img WASHINGTON—U.S. emergency management officials said on Monday they were expediting federal resources to Texas to help with rescue efforts after Hurricane Harvey swamped coastal areas of the state and forced 30,000 people to seek refuge in temporary shelters.Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said more than 450,000 people were expected to seek disaster assistance due to flooding after Harvey made landfall during the weekend before weakening to tropical storm status. President Donald Trump approved an emergency request on Monday for Louisiana, where severe flooding also was expected.“We are not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot,” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said at a news briefing early on Monday. “Harvey is still a dangerous and historic storm.”Duke said federal agencies were focused at the moment on providing state and local officials in Texas with the assistance they need to continue search and rescue efforts to help those immediately affected by the flooding.Residents use a truck to navigate through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. on Aug. 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif) Residents use a truck to navigate through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas on Aug. 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)“Right now we are focused on rescue operations and will move into recovery operations later in the week,” she said. “But today we are deeply concerned with those in Houston and surrounding areas who are stranded and in need of immediate assistance.” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said federal officials were focused on a “life safety and life sustaining mission” at the moment, helping with things like swift water search and rescue efforts over the 30 to 50 counties possibly affected by the storm in Texas.Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas on Aug. 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Carson) Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas on Aug. 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Carson)Brock said authorities were anticipating that some 30,000 people would be placed in temporary shelters due to the flooding.He said FEMA was in the process of deploying life-saving commodities while the Army Corps of Engineers was helping work to restore power and other federal authorities were involved in ensuring communications interoperability between federal, state and local officials. Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Face Appears in Hurricane Irma Satellite Picture

first_img US  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Some claim that an infrared shot of Hurricane Irma shows a “face,” like an elephant, a pig, or a dog.Weather Channel meteorologist Stu Ostro noticed the apparent “face” image.(Twitter/screenshot) (Twitter/screenshot)Last year, photos of Hurricane Matthew showed a more eerie image of a smiling “skull”-like face. As that picture emerged, Matthew slammed the island of Hispanola, killing hundreds of people.Ostro noticed Irma’s resemblance as it made landfall in northern Cuba. It was captured via the NASA Earth Science Office’s satellite.Reuters reported that Cuba likely suffered heavy losses during Irma. Waves of up to 36 feet smashed businesses along Havana’s sea side drive on Sunday morning. Irma did not hit Havana directly and brought only moderate wind and rain, but the storm surge was still driving giant waves over the sea wall on Sunday.Irma weakened to a Category 3 cyclone over Cuba, before strengthening again en route to Florida.The National Hurricane Center says Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm in the Florida Keys at around 9:10 a.m. ET on Sunday.Boats are seen at a marina in South Beach as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, in Miami Beach, Florida on Sept. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Boats are seen at a marina in South Beach as Hurricane Irma arrives in south Florida, in Miami Beach, Fla., on Sept. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)Waves battle a stranded ship in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. (REUTERS/Alvin Baez) Waves battle a stranded ship in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. (REUTERS/Alvin Baez)Heavy wind is seen along Ocean Drive in South Beach as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida, in Miami Beach, Florida on Sept. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Heavy wind is seen along Ocean Drive in South Beach as Hurricane Irma arrives in south Florida, in Miami Beach, Fla., on Sept. 10, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)Palm trees sway in the wind prior to the arrival of the Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, Cuba, September 8, 2017. (Reuters/Alexandre Meneghini) Palm trees sway in the wind prior to the arrival of the Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, Cuba, on September 8, 2017. (Reuters/Alexandre Meneghini)A lone car drives down a road as Hurricane Irma strikes on September 10, 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Marc Serota/Getty Images) A lone car drives down a road as Hurricane Irma strikes in Boca Raton, Fla., on September 10, 2017. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)Reuters contributed to this report. ‘Face’ Appears in Hurricane Irma Satellite Picture By Epoch Newsroom September 10, 2017 Updated: September 11, 2017 Share this articlecenter_img Share Hurricane Irma on Sept. 8. (NASA Earth Science Office) Show Discussionlast_img read more

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Discovery Channel Storm Chaser Star Joel Taylor Dies

first_imgThe group continued to say that the cause of Taylor’s death still remains unknown.“The medical professionals are trying to determine the cause,” the post said. “It will most likely be quite a while before the medical professionals have those answers.”From NTD.tv RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend. We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I’ll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend pic.twitter.com/htN45t8wik— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) January 24, 2018 Discovery Channel ‘Storm Chaser’ Star Joel Taylor Dies Update: Cause of death could be overdose, report saysBy Bowen Xiao January 24, 2018 Updated: January 25, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   A supercell thunderstorm as it bears down on the area in Lamb County, Texas on May 9, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Update: TMZ reported that Taylor reported died of a suspected overdose. The official cause of death hasn’t been released. Law enforcement sources told the website: “It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming controlled substances.”It reported: “A passenger who interacted with Joel tells TMZ, Joel had consumed enough GHB on the dance floor Tuesday that he was rendered unconscious and taken off the dance floor by 2 people and back to his room.”—Fans of the popular reality series “Storm Chasers” were left devastated after the death of Joel Taylor, one of the stars of the former Discovery Channel show.Co-star Reed Timmer announced that Taylor’s death on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The cause of his death had not been released yet.Taylor passed away at the age of 38. “RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend,” Timmer wrote on Twitter. “We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I’ll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend.” Share The series “Storm Chasers” ran for five seasons on the Discovery Channel between 2007 and 2011, according to IMDB. It follows teams as they encounter severe weather across the central US region known.A storm-chasing group Taylor was a part of called “Team Western OK Chaser” also mourned the loss with a tribute in a now-deleted Facebook post.“Our community of Elk City and the Storm Chasing community lost a great guy today,” the post says, according to USA Today. “He was one of the most level headed chasers on the roads and truly a classy guy outside of chasing. He didn’t chase for the glory he chased because he had a true passion for storms.” Share this articlecenter_img According to USA Today, Taylor grew up in Oklahoma, part of the iconic “tornado alley” area. He studied meteorology at a University of Oklahoma and later joined the Storm Chasers cast in 2008 before Discovery canceled the show in 2012.Another friend of Taylor’s, Mike Olbinski, recalled how they met years ago adding that he “will be so missed.” Show Discussion US News  QualityAuto 720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Follow Bowen on Twitter: @BowenXiao3 I was lucky enough to meet Joel a few years ago at Reed’s wedding. He was so kind to me and we got to hang out for a bit during those few days. I snapped this photo of him and that just seemed like who he was. A huge smile. RIP Joel Taylor…you will be so missed. pic.twitter.com/mZI5eHzhKG— Mike Olbinski (@MikeOlbinski) January 24, 2018 Recommended Video: How Doctors in China Turn into Murderers Fans in shock after ‘Storm Chasers’ star Joel Taylor dies at 38 https://t.co/6MzsMXU917 pic.twitter.com/hWtW04bb3o— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 24, 2018last_img read more

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Trial Begins for Man Charged in Gyspy Hill Serial Killings

first_img Share this article Trial Begins for Man Charged in ‘Gyspy Hill’ Serial Killings By The Associated Press September 7, 2018 Updated: September 7, 2018 Northern California Share  QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Opening statements start on Sept.7, in Redwood City, which is about 30 miles south of San Francisco.The killings of six young women in Northern California and Reno, Nevada, remained a mystery until 2014.That’s when DNA taken from cigarette butts saved from the scene of one of the killings in Reno led investigators to Halbower’s prison cell in Oregon.The San Mateo County district attorney’s office charged Halbower with two of the six murders that occurred there, citing the cases’ DNA evidence. Read MoreCincinnati Police Show Police Bodycam Video From Mass ShootingCouple Who Survived Las Vegas Massacre Says Comfort Dog Was Killed by NeighborPolice Release Bodycam Video of Officer Firing Shots at Stolen CarSan Mateo District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe called Halbower “a sociopathic serial killer” and said he is seeking to have Halbower sentenced to life in prison if convicted.Halbower’s DNA was taken when he entered the Oregon prison in 1989 where he was serving 90 years for rape and attempted murder. Halbower’s DNA was stored in a national database and matched the sample Reno cold case detectives scraped from the cigarette butt when they took another look at the Reno murder case in 2014.A woman who confessed to murder spent 30 years in prison for the crime, but evidence mounted that she was mentally unfit and probably innocent.It’s likely Halbower would never have been linked to the five California murders and the killing of a University of Nevada nursing student in Reno had he not escaped from a Nevada prison in December 1986. He stole a car and made his way to Oregon, where—within days of his escape—he was arrested for rape and attempted murder.An Oregon jury convicted Halbower and sentenced him to 15 years in prison in that state. First, he was returned to Nevada to finish that state’s prison term.When Nevada paroled him in 2013, he was sent back to Oregon, where prison officials took a DNA sample and submitted it to the national database investigators use to revive stalled investigations, which linked him to the Gypsy Hill murders.Halbower was first transferred to the San Mateo County Jail in 2014 and his trial has been delayed several times. He has fired several of his public defenders and demanded to represent himself. The case was also delayed until a jury last year determined he was competent to stand trial. Judges have refused to let him serve as his own attorney. His current public defender, John Halley, didn’t return a call from The Associated Press on Sept. 5.Read MoreWisconsin Man Riding Home From Church With Grandmother Handcuffed‘Disgraceful’: Man Assaults Elderly Man in Aged Care, Caught on CameraCourt records show Halbower has spent the last 53 years in prison or on the lam after escaping.A 1987 psychiatric report for an Oregon court concluded that Halbower was an intelligent man who suffered from “a severe personality disorder, with a propensity toward criminal behavior.”Halbower earned a high school diploma in prison, but he has had no other education, court records show. He does not appear to possess job skills, although he took drafting classes and dabbled with art behind bars in Michigan, Nevada, and Oregon.Still, that psychiatric report said Halbower “feels that he is pretty accomplished, that he should be able to teach, that he has a great many qualifications” and yearned to be a famous artist or a rock-and-roll star. The report concluded that Halbower’s “life is replete with poor impulse control, narcissism and a certain grandiosity.”By Paul Elias  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   This undated file photo provided by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office shows Rodney Halbower. Halbower, a career criminal who authorities believe is a serial killer dubbed the Gypsy Hill Killer, faces trial on Sept. 7, 2018. (San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office/AP) REDWOOD CITY, California—A career criminal who authorities believe is the Gypsy Hill Killer faces trial on Sept. 7, in Northern California for the murders of two young women four decades ago. Law enforcement officials believe Rodney Halbower, 69, is the man who raped and killed six young women during a five-month period in 1976. The serial killer was given his nickname when one of the bodies was found in the Gypsy Hills section of Pacifica, about 10 miles south of San Francisco. Show Discussionlast_img read more

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