‘Miracle’ boy who was trapped in sewer pipe thanks ‘God for giving me another chance to live’

first_imgLos Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)(LOS ANGELES) — A 13-year-old boy who was rescued after spending 13 hours trapped in a network of sewage pipes said Tuesday he thanks God “for giving me another chance to live.”Jesse Hernandez was picnicking with his family in Los Angeles as part of an annual Easter tradition on Sunday when he went to play at an abandoned building.After he stepped on a piece of wood that gave way, Jesse fell about 25 feet into the sewer pipe, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.The pipes, which run parallel the Los Angeles River and cross under freeways, are 4 feet in diameter. They are filled with 2 feet or more of sewage that moves at 15 mph, officials said.“Everything just happened fast and I fell,” and landed in water, Jesse told ABC News Tuesday. “I thought I was gonna die but I didn’t cause I got to stand up. … It felt like a dream.”He said his phone fell out of his pocket while he was trying to use it for light in the dark tunnel.Jesse stayed in one spot for 13 hours, keeping himself awake in the cold, wet, foul-smelling darkness.Bali Construction As he waited for help, Jesse said he had both positive and negative thoughts. At some points “I thought it was gonna be OK,” he told ABC News, while at other moments he was worried, “I was gonna die right here.”During the long and lonely wait, Jesse said he thought about his family.“I didn’t want to lose them,” he said. “I was pretty scared.”The fire department, working with the Bureau of Sanitation, frantically worked through the night and pinpointed the search area to a one-mile radius. Intelligence then narrowed the search down to a specific section of pipe, LAFD Capt. Erik Scott told ABC News.Cameras used to inspect pipes for repair were employed as part of the rescue effort, the fire department said.Early Monday morning one of the cameras saw handprints inside the pipe. Rescuers opened a maintenance hatch and spotted Jesse, said Adel Hagekhalil of the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation.The teen said he screamed “help” and rescuers quickly lowered a rope to him.Jesse said he first asked for a phone to call his mother and told her, “Mom, I’m OK. Where you at? Come pick me up!”Jesse’s stepfather, Arturo Ramirez, added that Jesse told his mother, “Mom, don’t get mad I lost my phone!”Ramirez told ABC News he never gave up hope as he prayed through that long night.A day after the rescue, Jesse said he thanks “God for giving me another chance to live.”He’s also grateful to the crews who worked through the night, saying, “Thank you for working hard and finding me.”Scott said it appears Jesse traveled about three-quarters of a mile. He was found near the intersection of the 134 Freeway and the 5 Freeway.Jesse was taken to a local hospital and later released.Scott called it a “miracle” that the 13-year-old survived.“We maintained hope, we maintained intensity and we did not give up,” Scott said. “But I’ll be honest, we did not think we would find a viable patient.”After word spread that Jesse had been found, Scott said he has never seen so many men hold back their tears and embrace each other.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Boom! Branches sold 13 properties each in July, extraordinary figures reveal

first_imgAgents sold 13 properties per branch on average during July, the highest figures since 2007, it has been reported by Propertymark.This represents a 44% increase compared to the same month last year. Its figures also show that one in ten properties sold for more than the original asking prices as demand jumped by 12% month-on-month.The extraordinary figures keep coming – the number of house hunters registered at each member’s branch increased by 13% month-on-month and 35% year-on-year.Also, the number of properties available per member branch stood at 43 in July, increasing from 37 in June.“It’s positive to see the market continuing to boom with clear interest from both buyers and sellers,” says Mark Hayward, outgoing Chief Executive of NAEA Propertymark.“Usually we would expect to see a lull in activity during the summer months; but demand remains unabated with no signs that this will not continue.“With the recent stamp duty holiday announcement, we expect the housing market to remain busy throughout the rest of the summer.”Such feverish property market activity is also driving down time to sell, data released by Zoopla reveals.It says properties are selling nearly two weeks faster now in comparison to the same period last year (13 May to 13 August 2020).The time to sell a home has reduced across all UK regions and countries; this has been driven an imbalance between supply and demand, with the average time to sell a property since the lockdown restrictions were lifted now 31% lower than the same period 12 months before.Mark Hayward propertymark Zoopla August 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Boom! Branches sold 13 properties each in July, extraordinary figures reveal previous nextHousing MarketBoom! Branches sold 13 properties each in July, extraordinary figures revealTrade association says last month was the busiest for sales agents for 13 years as the market continues its astonishing boom.Nigel Lewis27th August 20200684 Viewslast_img read more

Detyens Shipyards to Revamp USNS Leroy Grumman

first_img Industry news Complement103 crew Displacement9,500 tons light/40,700 long tons January 30, 2014 Capacity178,000 to 180,000 barrels of fuel oil and jet fuel   HENRY J. KAISER CLASS OF REPLENISHMENT OILERS View post tag: News by topic [mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 30, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Naval Beam29.69 m View post tag: Grumman View post tag: Defense Draft11 m Speed20 knots View post tag: Replenishment View post tag: Oiler View post tag: Navy View post tag: Detyens View post tag: Defence The contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the overall value of the contract to over USD 11 million.USNS Leroy Grumman, pertains to a Henry J. Kaiser-class of replenishment oilers and is operated by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, providing fuel to Navy ships at sea and jet fuel to aircraft assigned to aircraft carriers.The ship will undergo port main engine clutch and coupling overhaul, antenna cleaning, helicopter deck sprinkler and hose reel piping renewal and flight deck non-skid renewal. The contract provides for inspection and refurbishing of fall blocks and fairlead sheaves, along with cleaning of the hull and its painting.The oiler’s overhaul will be performed in Charleston, South Carolina, and is expected to be completed by April 2014. Back to overview,Home naval-today Detyens Shipyards to Revamp USNS Leroy Grumman View post tag: Shipyards View post tag: Leroy View post tag: USNS Length206 m View post tag: Revamp Detyens Shipyards to Revamp USNS Leroy Grumman USNS LEROY GRUMMANDetyens Shipyards, Inc., a naval facility specializing in emergency ship repair, ship conversion, and dry docking, has won a USD $9.6 million contract for a 55-calendar day regular overhaul and dry docking of fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). Share this articlelast_img read more

Frank Cable Supply Department turns stress to success

first_img For the Sailors assigned to the Supply Department on board the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), the months that led up to March 22 included many hours of file maintenance, organizing, double-checking and mental preparation. Every Supply Department Sailor from the supply officer to the most junior seaman were focused and ready for the most comprehensive inspection many of them have ever faced.On March 22-29, inspectors from Commander, Submarine Force – Pacific Fleet came aboard the Frank Cable to conduct the Supply Management Inspection on the Supply Department. During the SMI, a group of inspectors verified the processes and procedures of the Supply Department. The main inspection took place during the first three days, while the remaining days were used primarily for the inspectors to provide training and mentorship to the various divisions.“The Supply Management Inspection comes around every 18 months,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Jamey Smith, leading petty officer of Submarine Supply Assistance Team division. “It is the most critical inspection any supply department on any platform goes through to showcase its supply readiness capabilities.”In October 2016, the Frank Cable Supply Department underwent a Supply Management Assessment. Although the results of that assessment were less than favorable, it helped to prepare the department for what they can expect to encounter during the SMI.“The inspection in October was invaluable to the department,” said Lt. Tucker Livingston, customer service officer. “The SUBPAC inspectors are extremely knowledgeable and were able to analyze every aspect of our operation. It was a fantastic training opportunity for everyone from our most junior to senior personnel, especially for Sailors that have not been through such a rigorous inspection.”The inspectors inspected six divisions of the Frank Cable Supply department including Administration/ Training, Stock Control, Ship Store, Customer Service, Material Division and Quality Assurance. Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Joanna Paras said, the inspection made her nervous but she was confident in her division’s ability to pass.“At some point I didn’t know what they were asking for but my chain of command had my back and helped me throughout the process,” said Paras.Logistics Specialist 1st Class Patrice Rice, supply department leading petty officer, said the process was as much a learning experience as it was an inspection.“This is my first SMI and I think it went really well,” said Rice. “We have a motivated team that spent a lot of long hours making sure everything was ready for the big day and now it’s finally paying off.”The valiant effort of each division resulted in an overall “Excellent” evaluation for the 2017 SMI. Cmdr. Robert Corley, Frank Cable’s supply officer, said this result is a testament to the hours of training, teamwork, coordination, persistence and supervisory oversight by each and every Supply team member.“Supply performance has improved significantly since last October, and the results of this SMI provide an indicator that my team’s contributions are vital to the overall success of Supply,” said Corley. “But, we need to continue the momentum and close the gap on perfection. We have some work ahead of us, and I know my team will continue to manage improvements across the range of supply operations on Frank Cable.”Frank Cable, en route to Portland, Ore. for her dry-dock phase maintenance availability, conducts maintenance and supports submarines and surface vessels deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Training & Education Frank Cable Supply Department turns stress to success April 6, 2017 View post tag: US Navycenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Frank Cable Supply Department turns stress to success View post tag: USS Frank Cable Share this articlelast_img read more

IS IT TRUE MARCH 27, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that the secrets about the appraisals surrounding the former CVS on North Main that was leased by DaVita to become a dialysis center for $1,600 per month is maddening?…by connecting the statements of DMD Director Kelley Coures, it can be surmised that the City of Evansville and DaVita Dialyisis have spent over $2 Million to purchase and refurbish this building?…it is now on sale and bids are being solicited based on the value of the building based on the cash income method?…income real estate is often valued based on the CAP rate which in Evansville is between 8 and 12 times the annual gross revenue potential?…the lease rate of $1.600 per month at a CAP rate of 10 would yield a value of only $192,000 for this building that supposedly has over $2 million in it?…there is actually a bidder that has offered $178,000 which is on the low end of the CAP rate expectation so this offer needs to be taken seriously?…the fact that the City of Evansville paid over $500,000 for the building and DaVita Dialysis reportedly added another $1.5 million is irrelevant?…it sounds like the viability of income property in Jimtown has not changed much in 50 years since the manufacturing base left town?…investing in Evansville as if it was a high-cost coastal enclave has and will always lead to losses and this time the taxpayers of Evansville were fleeced again by their own government?…as much as altering the rules to keep the Rathbone viable was the right thing to do, the actions and investments of the City of Evansville in the Jimtown CVS is just plain old dumb?IS IT TRUE  last week that the President of the National Gridiron League went to Roanoke, Va to reassure city leaders that the league is still on track to bring Arena Football to that area?  …. we are told even after his presentation to city officials, there are still many questions to be answered?  …we urge you and members of the local mainstream media to pull up the story March 22, 2019, written by Shayne Dwyer – reporter for Channel 10 TV News to view his extremely interesting story concerning Arena Football in the Roanoke area?IS IT TRUE the Vanderburgh County Commissioners have formed a “County Health Insurance Advisory Committee” to study the county health insurance plan?  …this Committee is chaired by President of the County Commission Ben Shoulders? …this committee is comprised of many different county employees from each department?   …this committee met for the first time last week and a great deal of progress was made?  …that the committee will meet a few more times and will then decide on a recommendation to the Commissioners on what health insurance plan they want?….we give kudos to the County Commissioners for thinking outside the box?IS IT TRUE we would like to congratulate the Evansville Sports Corporation for doing a superb job in coordinating the “Elite Eight” Divison ll basketball tournament?  …we expect that the Evansville Sports Corporation would also do an outstanding job if they were allowed to coordinate the marketing efforts of the Evansville Thunderbolts hockey team?IS IT TRUE we noticed that several City Council candidates already have their po0litical signs displayed in people yards?  …this is a good sign that we are going to have a spirited City Council election?IS IT TRUE we are told by reliable sources that the renovations of the Westside Water and Treatment could use a little extra project management oversite help? …our sources tell us that they expect this project will go over budget and may not be finished in the time frame projected?IS IT TRUE during the last several years K. C. Chesser had a dispute with the City over parking concerning his proposed bar and grill on West Franklin Street??  … although this dispute cost him a great deal of time and money we are glad that he finally resolved this issue with the city?  …last week one of our was our staff member went to the Grand opening of BUD”S (Rocking Country) BAR AND GRILL on Friday evening and was really impressive in what he observed? …by 9:00 PM the place was jammed packed with people waiting to get in?  …the atmosphere was festive and the food was very appetizing and affordable?  …the band were really talented and played down home county music?  …if you’re looking for a “Downhome Place” to enjoy great county music and delicious food,  BUD”S (Rocking Country) BAR AND GRILL is the place to go to? …we give five (5) cheers to K. C. Chesser and his business partner Chad Brady for bringing this exciting Country Bar and Grill to the Westside Franklin Street area?IS IT TRUE we invite you to drive down West Franklin Street during the evening time and you shall get an idea of how businesses can flourish without the help of local government?  …we also encourage you to drive down the newly $18 million dollars renovated North Main Street area during the evening time and you’ll get an idea of how businesses didn’t flourish with the financial help of local government?IS IT TRUE we would like to thank Kemberie Weightman for sending us the daily “EPD Activities Police” reports in a timely manner?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the Robert Mueller investigation final report cleared President Trump of any wrongdoing?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs.Over the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes.  Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.”READERS FORUM”  FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Announces New Dates To Complete 7-Show Colorado Run

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident has added a new Colorado run to their schedule, rounding out a 7-show stint in their home state set to take place this July. The band will now hit the newly re-done Dillon Amphitheater on the shores of Lake Dillon on Tuesday, July 17th and Wednesday, July 18th. This new run fits snugly in between the band’s two-night stint at the RIDE Festival in Telluride on Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th and their three-night return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre the following weekend, from July 20th – July 22nd.As the band says in their announcement post:Summer in Colorado just got a whole lot sweeter! We are pleased to announce two Incidents at the newly renovated Dillon Amphitheater this July! This completes a can’t-miss week of shows in SCI’s home state, starting at The RIDE Festival in Telluride on July 14+15, followed by a stop at Lake Dillon on July 17+18, and ending over July 20-22 with three nights at Red Rocks!Aside from The String Cheese Incident’s 7 nights in Colorado over the course of a week and change, the only summer engagements on the band’s calendar are the two weekends of their Electric Forest Festival in late June and early July, a two-night stint at High Sierra Music Festival on July 5th and 6th, and a pair of shows in Eugene, OR on July 7th and 8th.A limited amount of SCI pre-sale tickets for the Dillon, CO run will go on sale through website the String Cheese Incident’s website this Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. MT. After the SCI pre-sale, a public on-sale will take place on Friday, March 16 at 11 a.m. MT.For more information about all of The String Cheese Incident’s summer tour dates, or to purchase your tickets to any of the other upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Bob Weir And Wolf Bros Announce Free Webcast Of Intimate NYC Shows [Watch]

first_imgUtilizing three days off in their touring schedule, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros announced a pair of shows at New York City’s intimate Blue Note Jazz Club set to go down tonight, Monday, March 11th at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively. The two surprise sets were announced on SiriusXM’s “Tales From The Golden Road” program on Sunday.Tonight, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros’ 8 p.m. show and 10:30 p.m. show will be webcast for free via nugs.tv. Watch below:Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – Blue Note Webcast TONIGHT: We’ve got a special FREE webcast of @BobWeir and Wolf Bros at @BlueNoteNYCWatch both sets from tonight’s show in their entirety for FREE at https://t.co/Jc1K5YkQgA starting at 8PM ET pic.twitter.com/Q3uYNWag1t— nugs.net (@LiveDownloads) March 11, 2019Bob Weir, Don Was, and Jay Lane are currently in the midst of their 20-date late-winter tour that spans through March 30th. Following Bob Weir and Wolf Bros upcoming intimate NYC club shows, the trio will head south for a two-night run at Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, March 13th and 14th.For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Bob Weir’s website.last_img read more

Construction to force Commencement indoors

first_imgAs a result of construction on Notre Dame Stadium related to the Campus Crossroads Project, the 2015 University Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC), University Registrar Chuck Hurley said in an email to the student body Thursday.“After five years in Notre Dame Stadium, the ceremony will return temporarily to the location that was used from 1969 to 2009.  The 18 diploma ceremonies that take place on commencement weekend will continue at their current times and locations,” the email stated. “An Ad Hoc Commencement Ceremony Committee led by the Office of the Registrar and composed of students, faculty and staff was formed last spring to explore site alternatives for Notre Dame’s commencement exercises in light of the Crossroads project.  After considering several locations, the committee recommended moving the May University Commencement Ceremony back to Purcell Pavilion while Crossroads is under construction.”The email also stated the Commencement ceremony will be a ticketed event with limited seating. Senior Stephanie Wachs said the venue change disappointed her because of Purcell Pavilion’s smaller capacity.“For me, I could care less what the venue is,” she said. “I don’t care that it’s not in the stadium, I just care that we won’t have the capacity of the stadium. I am pretty sure each student will get two tickets, and that means my sister won’t be able to see me graduate, which makes me extremely sad. Yes, she’ll be able to see me get my diploma, but that will be with about forty other kids in a room in Hayes-Healy. No President’s address, no Valedictorian speech, or Commencement speaker. She won’t get to see most of the things that make graduation graduation, and that’s really disappointing.”There was no limit on tickets when the Commencement ceremony was held in Notre Dame Stadium. Purcell Pavilion seats 9,149, and Notre Dame conferred 2,269 diplomas in May 2014, meaning each student could be allotted up to four tickets only if no seats in the arena are assigned to graduates, faculty or administrators.The venue change also contradicted the class of 2015’s expectations, Wachs said.“The disappointment and disbelief is also because they originally said it wouldn’t affect commencement and now it is, which is pretty hurtful to the seniors in my opinion,” she said. “Honestly, it doesn’t change my opinion of the [Campus Crossroads] project much; I haven’t been following it closely because I know I won’t be able to use the facilities. Part of me feels like they could be doing more or making some exceptions to have Commencement still in the stadium, but they’re not for whatever reason. I, of course, don’t know all that went into the decision, but it’s definitely disappointing and kind of hurtful to our class as a whole.”Senior Ellen Yokum said when the Campus Crossroads construction project was announced, she was concerned the class of 2015 would not be able to graduate in Notre Dame Stadium.“Upon hearing the official news that the Commencement ceremony would be moved due to construction, I was fairly upset to have these fears confirmed,” she said. “[Notre Dame Stadium] holds a special place in many of our hearts and is a symbol of both the work and play that have defined our time at Notre Dame. The fact that our class will not have the opportunity to graduate in the stadium is a disappointment to myself and many members of the class of 2015.”Yokum, who has several members of her family planning on attending her graduation, said she is concerned that not all of them will be able to attend the Commencement ceremony in the Purcell Pavilion.“Graduating in the stadium would have allowed at least the majority of these family members to take part in the ceremony itself,” she said.  “With limited seating available in the JACC, I doubt that many of them will be present for the conferring of diplomas.”Yokum said that she has heard a variety of opinions from her classmates at the change in venue.“Many people have expressed that they are upset about the change because they have been looking forward to graduating in the stadium,” she said. “Others, while still dismayed, understand that the change of venue is a necessary side effect of the Campus Crossroads Project.”Some seniors are looking on the positive side of this news, Yokum said, as graduation in the Purcell Pavilion is not subject to the weather.“Weather conditions play a huge part in the graduation experience when it is held outdoors in the stadium,” she said. “At my sister’s graduation in 2012, extremely high temperatures made it pretty miserable to watch the ceremony. Some students were even removing their gowns because it was too hot to keep them on.”Senior Alex Cantrell said he was impressed when he attended the Commencement ceremony in the stadium two years ago.“I thought it was very special how the seniors got to walk down the tunnel onto the field to graduate,” he said.  “While I was looking forward to it being in the stadium, I understand the decision that was made, and I believe that graduation in the Purcell Pavilion will be just as special.”Senior Elena Brindley said the news disheartened her because she looked forward to sharing her graduation experience with her whole family.“My first reaction was definitely disappointment because I had always dreamed of that day in the stadium, but more important because with limited ticketing, I’m really upset my whole family may not be able to go. I think that our entire families all deserve that moment as much as we do,” she said.Senior Hilary Johnson said she was also disappointed with the change.“The stadium is the location on campus where the majority of our significant events occur,” Johnson said. “Therefore, I was very disappointed to hear that the class of 2015 would not be fortunate enough to be like years of … Notre Dame grads and graduate in the stadium. My only hope is that they don’t limit the number of seats for our families.”Senior Arturo Chiquito said he was not upset by the change in venue.“It’s not an established tradition, which is why I’m not bothered by it, that we’re not having it [in the stadium],” Chiquito said. “It’s only been for like the last five years, so I was bummed out or kind of disappointed about it when it was first announced but … I’m fine with it. We’re still graduating.”Chiquito said he was also not concerned with the Commencement ceremony becoming a ticketed event.“I’m fine as long as I have my parents and my sisters and maybe my grandma there. I don’t know how many tickets were for the stadium,” he said. “But as long as I have them there, I’m good. I wouldn’t want to be struggling to try to get tickets from others and I know that … I have family who is coming from Chicago, but they’d understand.”Despite the initial letdown, senior Mikaela Prego said she remains confident the University will create a complete Commencement experience.“My initial reaction was disappointment because I think it is a very unique experience to graduate together in the stadium where we spend so much of our fall and expend so many of our emotions,” Prego said. “I would have hoped that the senior student body would be more involved in the decision-making process, and the announcement did come as a surprise. That being said, I trust the university will put together a beautiful ceremony no matter the location.”Tags: Campus Crossroads, Class of 2015, Commencement, Notre Dame Stadium, Purcell Pavillionlast_img read more

Truth and knowledge come from data

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shazia Manus At AdvantEdge Analtyics, Shazia Manus applies a futurist view to the field of analytics, helping credit unions discover new possibilities for exceptional member experiences. Prior to joining CUNA Mutual Group … Web: advantedgeanalytics.com Details When historians look back on 2020, I believe they’ll observe a shocking disruption in society’s evolutionary patterns. Lessons it would have taken years to learn were discovered nearly overnight. Acceptance of new ideas accelerated in ways we’ve not seen before. People tried new things (sometimes willingly, sometimes not), and in many cases, really enjoyed the experiences that came out of it. As a culture, we also confirmed once and for all the notion that knowledge is power. When humans are armed with the truth – whether discovered on their own or with the increasing help of machines – they are capable of incredible change.Data influence felt strongly during pandemic responseThe fact is that today, truth and knowledge come from data, or more to the point, data analytics. Throughout COVID-19, the impending recession and the global cries for racial equity, we felt the influence of data very strongly – in good ways and in not-so-good ways. We discovered the value of contact tracing data to slow the spread of a deadly pandemic, and at the same time, learned that bogus contact tracing apps could be used to steal personal data.We found out how perfectly suited quantum processing and algorithms are to finding cures for diseases, yet how ill-suited they are to performing soft tasks, such as determining prison sentences and parole.  Within the movement, we used data to build personalized relief programs for the most vulnerable members, while our big bank counterparts used the same data to deny PPP and other loans to struggling individuals and businesses. Lack of data is a serious handicapIn addition to all the concrete good and bad uses of data, we also uncovered multiple “Wouldn’t it have been nice” scenarios. The lack of data was an obvious handicap to the pandemic response, as well as to society’s confrontation of lingering racial inequity. Take ventilators, for example. While it’s hard to believe, given today’s democratization of cloud-based data tools, there is no national database to track these lifesaving assets. Wouldn’t it have been nice if there had been? Then, hospitals with the greatest need could have more easily sourced ventilators from hospitals without as many cases.The same could be said for doctors. Did you know there were some doctors who have the skills and the desire to move into hotspots temporarily to help out the cities hit hardest by COVID-19, but they were denied because of the terms of their visas? Wouldn’t it have been nice to have a predictive model that officials could use to confidently make exceptions to work visa rules to help medical teams fight back against the virus?Data could also be a powerful tool to help mitigate the ripple effects of police misconduct in the U.S. While the FBI has made an effort to establish a database on use of force, less than half of the country’s police agencies are participating. Wouldn’t it have been nice if there was a highly rewarding, simple-to-use interface that would encourage greater participation in such an effort?Big data is soon to become giant dataThere’s no doubt that the heightened awareness around the power and influence of data will accelerate the field of analytics. The creativity and ingenuity that has come out of the global, collective struggles humans are facing will manifest in entirely new analytics capabilities across all aspects of life.What’s really exciting is that our cultural willingness to adapt data analytics is hitting at an ideal time. The “big data” we’ve all been talking about for two decades is about to become “giant data.” Half the world—predominantly poor and rural communities—still has no Internet access, but that’s about to change. Imagine the analytics possibilities that will open up when satellite Internet like Elon Musk’s Space X brings another 150 million humans online. Credit union boards and members expect analytics leadershipCredit unions are poised to become leaders in the deployment of new analytics tools, as well as in service to the newly online. Your board and members are not only open to your use of personal data to improve financial health; they expect it. Underpinned by data analytics, “people helping people” evolves for the digital era, delivering financial experiences so hyper-personalized members won’t even think of leaving their credit union. Of all the lessons we’ve learned so far in 2020, one of the biggest is that disruption is never 100 percent predictable. Although analytics gets us close to being able to see the future, we can never truly know what surprises are waiting around the corner.  As an industry, we must be nimble enough to weather the unexpected storms and unprecedented opportunities that confront the members we serve. Every brick on the footpath to that new reality is made from data. With insights on who needs us most, we will live out the “people helping people” spirit in entirely new, entirely inclusive ways that both acknowledge our past while seeing the possibilities of our future.last_img read more

Police stun Americans by taking a knee with protesters

first_imgTopics : They are images that surprised and moved Americans: police officers taking a knee alongside protesters in the most widespread civil unrest to rock the nation in decades — and in doing so embracing an anti-racism gesture denounced by President Donald Trump.As Trump pushes for a crackdown on often violent protests over the death of George Floyd, police officers from New York to Los Angeles to Houston are making gestures of solidarity with demonstrators incensed at the latest case of an unarmed black man dying while in police custody.”I took off the helmet and laid the batons down. Where do you want to walk? We’ll walk all night,” Chris Swanson, the white sheriff in Flint, Michigan, shouted to a group of protesters on Saturday. Then Swanson did just that, setting off walking with them, to cheers. He even posed for a selfie with a young black protester, and gave the thumbs up sign.In Des Moines, Iowa, police chief Dana Wingert took a knee before a crowd of demonstrators along with other officers and explained it this way: “Us joining them in a symbolic way, that’s the least we can do.”Anti-racism demonstrators across the country have embraced the gesture made famous by former quarterback Colin Kaepernick who began kneeling during pre-game renditions of the national anthem in 2016, to protest police brutality against blacks and other minorities.Kaepernick was ostracized by the NFL over his kneeling protest, which earned him and likeminded athletes condemnation and insults from conservatives including Trump. Now, the police are emulating the protesters emulating the quarterback turned civil rights activist. In an intense scene captured on camera Monday in New York, the city’s white police chief Terence Monahan knelt and clenched hands with protest leaders, arms raised high, as a way to show support and shared outrage at Floyd’s death. “Moments like that are how I know we will find a way through,” tweeted the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, in response.Similar scenes have played out in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia — as well as in the capital Washington.Leading politicians have adopted the gesture, from Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden to the mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, who dropped to a knee along with a line of officers as they mingled with demonstrators near city hall on Tuesday. ‘We are here with you’The nationwide protests over Floyd’s death on May 25 have seen police charge against and fire tear gas or rubber bullets at protesters — a minority of whom have engaged in looting and vandalism in the most widespread racial unrest to hit America in decades.In some cases, the police outreach appears wholly genuine — a case of individuals pledging their solidarity with the anti-racism cause, and seeking an absolution of sorts for police abuses past.At other times, the kneeling has served to defuse soaring tensions — raising the question of whether it is more of a de-escalation tactic.Outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Monday evening, for instance, a line of police standing nose to nose with protesters took a knee as they were heckled by the screaming crowd.In Los Angeles also, a line officers were being shouted at by protesters before finally taking a knee, one by one, some of them smiling as they got to the ground.”You want to take a knee? We’ll take a knee with you because we are here with you,” the leader of the unit says. As he rises he shakes hands with a protester and urges the group to refrain from violence to protect the city.In Washington, a police spokesman told AFP the decision to kneel outside the Trump hotel was “organic in the moment and was not a scripted technique.”He also said police were “not facing disciplinary action” for embracing what is seen by many as a gesture of defiance to authority — even if video footage from a day earlier appeared to show one officer yanking a kneeling subordinate back to his feet.last_img read more