Man wanted in arson attempt at Chicago synagogue: Police

first_imgSurveillance video of a man who attempted to start a fire at a synagogue in Chicago, May 19, 2019. (Chicago Police Department)(CHICAGO) — Police are searching for a man who left a Molotov cocktail at a Chicago synagogue in an apparent arson attempt, authorities said.The crime took place at the Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago’s Lake View East neighborhood this weekend, according to the Chicago Police Department.Three broken glass bottles with unknown substances inside and charred black cloth towels were found at the scene, said police.No one was hurt and no buildings were damaged, police said.“Someone attempted to violate the sacred space that serves as the beating heart of our vibrant community,” rabbi David Wolkenfeld wrote in a letter to the congregation on Facebook. “Our response must be to rededicate ourselves to honoring the sanctity of our shul… we will stand together and support one another when we are frightened or in need of help.”Officers are also searching for a separate suspect wanted in for smashing three car windows outside of synagogues in the Rogers Park District this weekend, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.In the wake of both crimes, Chicago Police Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio has ordered special attention at all Jewish schools, synagogues and businesses, Guglielmi tweeted on Sunday. Dep Supt Anthony Riccio has ordered special attention at all Jewish schools, synagogues & businesses following vandalism and an attempted arson at 2 separate Chicago synogogues. Dets are investigating & have good video evidence. Info can be sent anonymously to www.cpdtip com— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) May 20, 2019Rabbi Wolkenfeld said in his letter, “The police are not aware of any specific threat targeting our building or community. Nonetheless, over a period of many years, we have implemented a proactive security culture of constant improvement.”“Our security team is in regular and ongoing contact with local police, security professionals at neighboring congregations and with security consultants at local and national Jewish agencies,” he said.The United States had seen a decline in expression of anti-Semitism over the past several decades until three to four years ago, when it started to rise, according to John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and current ABC News contributor.Of the 1,749 victims of anti-religious hate crimes in 2017, 58.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by the perpetrators’ anti-Jewish bias, according to statistics from the FBI.The Anti-Defamation League recorded a total of 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents across the country in 2018, the third-highest year on record since the Jewish organization began tracking such data in the 1970s.The rise in anti-Semitic expressions spans from harassment to vandalism to assault to murder to mass murder and “seems to be coinciding with a rise in public expressions of white supremacy,” Cohen told ABC News in March.“The themes promoted by white supremacist leaders and the language they use has now been promoted into mainstream political discourse,” Cohen said. “[When] racist, mentally unwell, violence-prone individuals hear our elected officials promoting the ideological themes of white supremacy and anti-Semitism, then that serves to empower those people to action,” he said.Anyone with information about the Chicago arson attempt is asked to call police at 312-746-7618.The suspect in the arson attempt “appears to be a male with a light skinned complexion, wearing a black jacket with a hoodie, black pants and black shoes and carrying a black bag,” said police.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

News story: PM meets South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

first_img The Prime Minister had a bilateral meeting earlier today with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Prime Minister said she was pleased to welcome Mr Ramaphosa to the UK on his first visit as President, noting that the relationship between the UK and South Africa is strong and deep, both bilaterally and as a key Commonwealth partner. They discussed the potential for reinvigorating and revitalising the partnership between the UK and South Africa, and the Prime Minister noted that the UK stood ready to support South Africa’s transformation and national development plan. They agreed that tackling youth unemployment and social inequality was a key priority. They agreed an ambition to build on our strong bilateral trade and investment relationship, including as we leave the European Union. The Prime Minister noted that the UK is already the largest investor in South Africa, and that we are firm supporters of the President’s drive to attract even more investment to the country. They agreed £50 million new UK funding across the next four years to help South Africa improve its business environment to make it more attractive to investors including in the UK, and ultimately lift some of the poorest people in South Africa out of poverty by creating jobs and opportunities. The funding will be used to help identify and dismantle barriers to trade within Africa and beyond, creating a wealth of opportunities for UK business over the coming years. A Downing Street spokesperson said:last_img read more

Marketing to millennials with kids

first_img“These kids today…….” Is a phrase often uttered when discussing marketing strategies for reaching the Millennial Generation. “These kids today require different approaches.” “We have to reach these kids today.” “These kids today are so different.” The problem with that phrase? These kids today are having kids.That’s right: consumers from the Millennial Generation are becoming parents. And that is a game changer for marketers. So what can credit union and banking professionals do to reach this critical demographic? You can read Millenials with Kids by Jeff Fromm and Marissa Vidler. The subtitle notes that this group is extremely powerful and different. And their book offers extremely powerful and different marketing approaches.The authors note, “Many Millennials are parents now. Millenials are growing up and with that come more responsibilities. Now one in four Millennials is already a parent and that number is growing every day. As parents, Millennials are not changing their lifestyles to fit parenthood but are instead changing parenthood to fit their lifestyle.”Below are three principles from the book and how we can apply them in the financial services world. For the remaining suggestions (and there are plenty of them), be sure to pick up a copy of Millennials with Kids. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Big banks line up against small institutions in war for faster payments

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Both consumers and businesses want payments to be faster and simpler — witness on the consumer side the boom in the use of Zelle, Venmo and other services. The Federal Reserve has announced plans for its own faster payments initiative. The nation’s largest banks, hard at work on a faster payments scheme of their own, aren’t happy about the proposed FedNow.The Fed’s timeframe — calling for a launch in 2023 or 2024 — is an eternity in the new world of technology in which banks and credit unions operate today, particularly considering that the Fed began its consideration of realtime payments back in 2013. The Fed also announced its intention to explore the expansion of the hours of the Fedwire Funds Service and National Settlement Service, up to 24x7x365, to provide support for private-sector faster payments and related efforts.Good intentions, but FedNow seems years too late. Realtime payments systems are commonplace around the globe, from the U.K. to Sweden to Singapore to Australia. The U.K’s faster payments scheme began in a limited, same-day form in the 1980s, and a comprehensive faster payments scheme was initiated in 2003 — ten years before the Fed began its study and sent out requests for comment.last_img read more

Cross-border cooperation to the development of tourism and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in Slavonia

first_imgSome are fighting to maintain the status quo, while others are fighting against the status quo. This is the difference between successful and those who strive for development and others who stagnate or fail. It is easiest to say there is no money, the status quo cannot be adhered to, while those who are proactive are always looking for a solution to the problem and are actively fighting in the market, and this is also the case when we talk about attracting money from various EU funds. EU projects are there to make the best use of them for development, they all have the same opportunities, and it is up to us whether we use them or not.This is also the case with the project “EXtraordinary PLeasure of Our REGion – Common gastro, eco and recreation routes of Croatia and Serbia” (EXPLORE CRO-SRB) which is implemented with the general goal of contributing to tourism development and preservation of cultural and natural heritage of the cross-border area. expansion and integration of the tourist offer and management of cultural and natural assets of the cross-border area.The targeted cross-border area is rich in natural, historical and cultural resources that are economically underutilized due to poor tourism infrastructure, low level of marketing, lack of information exchange within the tourism industry and undiversified tourism offer, lack of communication among tourism stakeholders, poor destination management and lack of effective marketing strategy.Anita Đerek Krnjić from the Development Agency of the City of Slavonski Brod states that this project with a total value of EUR 369 thousand was financed from the Interreg IPA cross-border cooperation program Croatia-Serbia for the period 2014-2020, and is implemented from July 2017 to July 2019. implementation, an eco, gastro and recreational study of the cross-border area will be made in order to form three tourist routes of the cross-border area. “An e-cluster platform will be established, the capacities of the members of the Tourist Cluster “Slavonian Basket” and the Tourist Cluster of the Subotica Palić microregion and other actors in tourism will be strengthened through trainings on destination management, promotion and marketing, logistics in tourism, valorization of cross-border resources.”Says Krnjic.Photo: Bojan Haron MarkičevićNew cross-border tourism products will be promoted through a ten-month targeted social media marketing campaign, a presentation at trade fairs with a total of 100.000 visitors and a ten-minute promotional film on regional television. We learned more about future studies of tourist routes from the development process leader, Autumn Ricl, leaders of the Eco Route Study process, Tina Horvatina, leader of the Recreational Route Study process and Jasmine Krkić Poznić, leaders of the process of making the Gastro Route Study.Each study also consists of survey questionnaires, ie research on eko, recreational i gastro tourism, which are extremely important for the implementation and development of the project. If you care about quality and sustainable development of tourism, especially in Slavonia, take a few minutes of your time and participate in the survey.The geographical area of ​​eastern Croatia covered by the study contains all the prerequisites for the development of quality and eco-tourism, not mass tourism, he points out. Jesenka Ricl, process leader of the Eco Route Study, adds that the rich natural and cultural heritage, natural landscapes recognized in the plains and the peculiarities of the Kopački rit and Papuk Nature Parks are a great inspiration for travelers who do not want to leave their footprints after their visit. “If the tourism sector, but also many other complementary sectors, accept changes that will affect sustainable development, energy efficiency, production of eco products and business based on the offer of “eco friendly” services then we can say with great certainty that the offer of Osijek-Baranja County, Vukovar Srijem County, Slavonski Brod County and Požega-Slavonia County to be deserved on the map of the tourist international eco route. A tourism product alone is not enough to become a respectable eco destination. Such a thing requires a “green” state of consciousness in every household, school, local government unit, factories. An eco-tourist is highly educated, often knows more about the destination than the host, and expects quality, originality and principles for the value of the money he pays.” Ricl points out.Link to the eco-tourism survey questionnaire: the study, we want to first analyze the situation on the ground in the field of recreational tourism, in eastern Croatia, he points out Tin Horvatin, head of the Recreational Route Study process, adds that the results will then be compared with strategic documents applicable to this geographical area and global trends in tourism, so that they can identify, improve and promote tourism products that will be on the recreational route. “Personally, I think that Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem can offer a lot in the field of recreational tourism, through active holidays, but also through an offer aimed at professional sports, and I hope that the Study will eventually show that.”Horvatin pointed out.Link to the survey questionnaire for recreational tourism: Bojan Haron MarkičevićThe third study is based on gastro tourism, and the head of the Gastro Tour Study process points out that Slavonia and Baranja as an agricultural treasury are a unique source that enables the development of gastro tourism, and tourism development becomes a tool in promoting and commercializing these same agricultural products. “Holidays are increasingly ceasing to be “sun and sea”, and more and more desire for new experiences. In the sea of ​​today’s attractive offers of once almost unattainable exotic destinations, today’s tourist becomes oversaturated and turns to discovering destinations that nurture traditional values. Originality becomes an attraction in itself. And that is the best answer to the question of how to stand out in the offer of a guest who is oversaturated with everything? With life  traditional values. And that is the basis of gastronomy – respect for culture and tradition, a healthy lifestyle, authenticity, sustainability, experience. We have never given up our traditional values, although they are sometimes neglected. The gastronomic experience we expect becomes one of the key moments when choosing a destination ” concludes Krkić Poznić.Link to the survey questionnaire for gastro tourism: read more

Long division

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JUST-IN: Arteta’s Arsenal lifts 2019-20 FA Cup

first_imgBut there was nothing the Arsenal goalkeeper could do from the next Chelsea attack as Pulisic struck.Mount broke into the penalty area and squared to Olivier Giroud, the former Arsenal man flicking the ball into the path of Pulisic, who skipped past the challenge of Kieran Tierney to become the first United States international to score in an FA Cup final.Nicolas Pepe thought he had curled in a marvellous equaliser but his celebrations were cut short as Aubameyang had strayed offside in the build-up.However, just seconds later and Aubameyang was played in over the top, racing clear of Azpilicueta before being hauled back by the Chelsea skipper.After the break, Pulisic broke forward looking to add his second of the afternoon but instead was soon going the same way as his captain, limping off with a hamstring injury after shooting wide.Pedro entered the fray in his place as Chelsea started to wrestle back control of the contest.That was until Aubameyang struck once again.Hector Bellerin burst forward down the right and Christensen’s heavy challenge saw the ball break to Pepe, his pass picked up by Aubameyang who turned on to his preferred left foot to lift the ball over Caballero. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Chelsea then had Mateo Kovacic sent off as they chased the game, the Croatia international picking up two bookings, both for fouls on Granit Xhaka with the second a controversial call from referee Anthony Taylor.Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal remains in doubt as he has less than a year to run on his contract, but after downing Manchester City with two goals in the semi-final, he again showed his importance to Mikel Arteta’s side.For Arteta, this was a first piece of silverware in a managerial career that only began in December and sees Arsenal qualify for the Europa League next season.Aubameyang wasted the first chance of the final, heading wide when picked out in the box by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.Chelsea had their own opening moments later, Xhaka robbed of the ball and Mason Mount’s curling effort forcing Emiliano Martinez into an early save. Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again lit up Wembley as his brace ensured FA Cup final victory for Mikel Arteta’s side over 10-man Chelsea. Read Also: FA Cup Final: How Chelsea will lineup vs Arsenal after latest injuriesChelsea’s task was made all the more difficult as Mateo Kovacic was sent off, shown his second yellow card for a foul on Granit Xhaka just six minutes after they had lost their lead.While Arteta could toast his first trophy, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard ultimately saw his side come up short.He threw on Ross Barkley, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi despite being a man light but there was to be no comeback. The striker equalised with a penalty he had won himself to cancel out Christian Pulisic’s early opener. Chelsea then lost Cesar Azpilicueta and Pulisic to injury before Aubameyang brilliantly added his second to secure a 2-1 victory and then lifted a record 14th FA Cup for the Gunners. Promoted ContentKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryHow Most Popular Food In The World Came To BeLil Nas X Is About To Beat A World Record!What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Muchlast_img read more

26th Annual Student GREEN Congress at The Evergreen State College

first_imgFacebook96Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeOn March 22, 400 student delegates from schools around the South Puget Sound and Nisqually Watersheds will gather at The Evergreen State College for the 26th Annual Student GREEN Congress. This year’s Congress theme focuses on the Orcas of Puget Sound, featuring a welcome from State Representative Beth Doglio (LD-22) and keynote presentation Jeff Hogan of Killer Whale Tales, a program where students can experience the world as the animals around them do. With the Southern Resident Killer Whale population at critical levels, this year is a special opportunity to connect students’ work studying local stream habitats to broad issues of environmental stewardship at every level of their communities.The Nisqually River Education Project and South Sound Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN) host Student GREEN Congress each year as the culmination of water quality monitoring programs in classes around local watersheds. Student delegates ranging from 4th grade through high school will participate in a “State of the Rivers” session, sharing water quality data and developing action plans to improve their local streams and rivers.Students will also learn from experts dealing with today’s environmental issues and take part in hands-on, science-based educational workshops, including salmon carcass dissections, making bird boxes, getting up close with stream bugs, shellfish tasting, live raptors, tree planting, and much more.Since Student GREEN Congress began in 1992, thousands of students and hundreds of teachers have used hands-on learning to make a meaningful difference in their own backyards. The event is supported by a robust group of community partners who make this educational experience possible. In addition to support from Thurston Conservation District, Nisqually River Foundation, and The Evergreen State College, this year’s GREEN Congress partners include Mount Rainier National Park, Thurston County Environmental Health, the Nisqually and Capital Land Trusts, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Nisqually Reach Nature Center, Tacoma Power, Taylor Shellfish Farm, Wolf Haven International, Northwest Trek, the Pacific Shellfish Institute, Trout Unlimited, Northwoods Limited, Strawless Olympia, Eco Woodworks, Native Plant Salvage Foundation, City of Olympia, Tumwater Stream Team, and the Mountaineers, along with local artists, scientists, and educators committed to environmental stewardship.South Sound GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) is a watershed education program in Thurston County that educates, empowers and connects about 50 classrooms and 1200 students in watershed studies annually. Through South Sound GREEN, participants engage in science and engineering practices related to water quality in South Sound. For more information, visit the Thurston Conservation District website. The Nisqually River Education Project is housed within the Nisqually River Foundation. Our mission is to connect students in the Nisqually watershed with the environment around them. We work to teach students how they impact the river, the environment, and their community. For more information, visit the Nisqually River Education Project website.last_img read more

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia to sell stake as he looks to save cash-strapped club

first_img 3 Aston Villa owner Tony Xia is preparing to sell a stake in the club as he looks to save the cash-strapped Villans.The Chinese businessman wants a cash injection with Villa in need of £40million to comply with Financial Fair Play. Leicester were interested but made James Maddison their first choice and are expected to complete a £24million move for the Norwich man.Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester could also leave as Villa cut costs following last month’s 1-0 Sky Bet Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham.Aston Villa insist they will NOT sell Jack Grealish on the cheap despite financial woes Villa missed a £4million tax payment earlier this month and another is due at the end of the week.Documents on Companies House show Villa will allow shares to be sold and a restriction on their sale has been lifted.Details on Villa’s parent company, the Recon Group, confirm Xia now has the legal power to create additional shares and potentially sell a stake in the club.Xia is the only director of the Recon Group at Companies House and the documents show he has the right to allot and sell shares.Xia is likely to be searching for investment from China, although there have been at least three groups interested in Villa since they failed to earn promotion.Selling the club is a last resort for Xia, who bought Villa for £76million in 2016, and he is determined to hang on to power. He fell out with former chief executive Keith Wyness this month – first suspending him and then sacking him – after becoming unhappy Wyness was looking into options to safeguard the club’s financial future.Wyness is now suing Villa for constructive dismissal and they could be forced to pay over £6million if he wins.Villa are also due to meet with EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey soon with the league ready to offer what assistance it can.Young Villans star Jack Grealish is likely to be sold to raise funds although the club are yet to receive an acceptable offer for a player they were hoping to get over £30million for. Tony Xia bought Villa for £76million in 2016 3 Villa may have to sell star man Grealish this summer 3last_img read more