“My dad was an FDNY Firefighter at Ladder 123. I was four years old when he died in the line of duty,” said Lt. Toomey. “My mom used to tell me how much he loved his job and this Department. I have two daughters, Lorelai and Emilia. Emilia is just a week old, and I hope to instill a work ethic in them the same way my father did to me.” “Being able to help people is really what drew me to this work. I love medicine and after learning more through my coworkers I found out what a difference we can make in people’s lives,” said Lt. Kwok. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to give a strong voice to all the people I work with every day.” At the ceremony, 35 Paramedics were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Their experiences include preparing emergency response to major events, managing mass casualty incidents across the five boroughs, and ensuring the safety of millions of New Yorkers. “The FDNY Emergency Medical Service is incredibly important for our city and the people we serve,” said Chief Bonsignore. “Having already been committed to saving lives, caring for others, and providing outstanding medical care, the leadership and guidance you will now provide is the reason we’re not only the busiest — but the absolute best. “In 2019, FDNY EMS responded to more than 1.5 million medical emergencies — the most the FDNY has ever responded to in a single year,” said Commissioner Nigro. “As new Lieutenants, these promoted members will play a critical leadership role at many of the incidents we face, ensuring the safety of our patients and EMS personnel.” The promoted members will be assigned to stations across the five boroughs. This promotion ceremony was particularly special for Lt. Michael Toomey, son of Firefighter John Toomey, who made the supreme sacrifice at a fire in 1987. Lt. Toomey contributes his passion and love of the department to his father. Lt. Josephine Kwok emphasized the importance of being an officer. NEW YORK — FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presided over the promotion ceremony for 35 EMS Officers at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday. Chief of EMS Lillian Bonsignore praised the promotees for their dedication and commitment. FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presided over a promotion ceremony for 35 FDNY EMS Lieutenants on Wednesday. (Photo/FDNY) Photo/FDNY
Related In response to increased female participation in running races, triathlons and other fitness based activities, Headsweats, the specialist maker of technical headwear for athletes, is debuting a women’s collection in autumn/fall 2014.According to Headsweats, this new collection will give women more wearable options for racing and training. Utilizing the same technical, quick-drying fabrics and sweatband unique to Headsweats, the new female-specific collection will be available with a women’s-specific fit and will incorporate bright colours such as purple, limeade and coral, in contrast stitching and fabrics.Other women-specific features, such as a ponytail hole in the back of the Reversible Knit Beanie and Thermal Skully, aim to make these products more comfortable for women while training and racing. The collection will be available in a Tempo Visor with Reflective Piping, Thermal Topless, Reversible Topless, Thermal Skully and Reversible Knit Beanie.A feminine influenced scroll pattern will be embroidered on the Tempo Visor bill, Reversible Topless and Reversible Knit Beanie. Every piece in the collection will also include a new women’s specific ‘Running Girl’ logo on the side. Headsweats also notes that all colours in the line will merchandise well with stock women’s colours in the Race Hat and Supervisor for greater flexibility at retail locations.“We have seen a demand for more women’s specific headwear from our customers and we created a collection to meet the needs of women for headwear that will help them train and compete year-round in multiple disciplines,” said Mike McQueeney, President of Headsweats.“We’ve changed the sizing and added women’s specific features to make our headwear even more comfortable, functional and fun for ladies.”Headsweats women’s collection can be viewed at Summer Outdoor Retailer (booth #38189) and Interbike (booth #14145) and will be available at Headsweats.com and retailers in October 2014.The Headsweats line includes ultra-light, wicking performance headwear that has built a following across the triathlon, cycling, running and endurance markets. A spirit of innovation and well-developed partnerships, along with a focus on customer service, has established Headsweats as a leading player for more than a decade.‘With a dedication and commitment to cutting-edge materials, innovative designs and the most comfortable, best fitting headwear in the industry, the Headsweats team is constantly looking towards the future of performance headwear.’www.headsweats.com
LiveScience: For all of recorded history, people have been giving presents for a myriad of reasons: to show affection, curry favor, or fulfill familial duty. And the custom goes beyond the human species. Even family cats are known to bequeath presents of dead mice or birds on their owners.There’s also regifting — recycling a gift you’ve received previously — which new research in the journal Psychological Science suggests may not be as offensive as once thought, at least to the gift giver. To improve acceptance of regifting, the researchers suggested voicing your feelings when recycling a present, even expressing to the receiver that it’s OK for them to do what they like with the gift (even if that means passing it along next year).Read the whole story: LiveScience More of our Members in the Media >
Saudi officials confirmed a new fatal MERS-CoV case today, while a study gives a less-than-stellar review of using convalescent plasma for treatment.After 6 days of no new cases, Saudi Arabia’s Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) reported that a man from Najran has died from MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus). The case is not related to an outbreak in recent weeks at the King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh.According to the MOH, a 49-year-old Saudi man with confirmed MERS passed away yesterday. His source of infection is listed as “primary,” meaning not likely contracted from another person. He was not a healthcare worker.On Jul 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) hinted that the recent cases in Najran may be part of a cluster. The last MERS-CoV patient in Najran was a 28-year-old male healthcare who developed symptoms on Jun 24, according to the WHO.The new case brings Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV total to 1,439, 606 of them fatal, since 2012.Study casts doubt on use of plasmaIn other MERS news, a study today in Emerging Infectious Diseases explored the feasibility of using convalescent plasma from recovered MERS patients as passive immunotherapy and found the evidence to be lacking.The plasma, which contained MERS-CoV–specific antibodies, could theoretically prevent death or worsening symptoms in patients. Researchers conducted a feasibility trial by obtaining plasma from three sources: 96 patients with suspected or laboratory-confirmed MERS-CoV infection, 230 healthcare workers, and 17 household contacts exposed to the virus, for a total of 443 samples. Using ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), the researchers found only 12 of the samples (2.7%) had adequately high antibody titers.”Our results indicate that it would be possible to obtain quantities of convalescent plasma large enough to use in therapeutic studies or in a large number of MERS-CoV patients,” the authors said. “However, large-scale screening would be required because of the limited availability of eligible potential donors with sufficient levels of antibody.”The authors suggest that their results could be explained by short-lasting antibody response to the virus, and they recommended further ELISA testing with serum samples obtained from recently diagnosed or very ill patients.See also:Jul 20 MOH reportJul 6 WHO statementJul 20 Emerg Infect Dis study
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FLINT, Mich. (AP) A Canadian man shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck Wednesday at a Michigan airport, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that’s now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said.Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, was immediately taken into custody. A criminal complaint charging him with committing violence at an airport says Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why the officer didn’t kill him.The attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, is being investigated as an act of terrorism, but authorities have no indication at this time that the suspect was involved in a “wider plot,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios.“At this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker,” Gelios said. “We have no information to suggest any training.”The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife after yelling “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.”More charges against Ftouhi could be filed as prosecutors take the case to a grand jury seeking an indictment, Gelios said.Neville was in satisfactory condition after initially being in critical condition, airport police Chief Chris Miller said at a late afternoon news conference where the charge against Ftouhi was announced.The attack occurred just before 10 a.m., prompting officials to evacuate and shut down the airport and add security elsewhere in the Michigan city about 50 miles northwest of Detroit. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump was briefed on the stabbing.In Canada, police were searching a Montreal apartment. Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boiselle said officers with their department were assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the search on behalf of an FBI request. A number of police stood guard outside the apartment building in the east end of Montreal located on Bélair St. in St-Michel borough. Canadian TV footage showed police escorting at least one person from the building where Ftouhi is believed to have lived.Gelios said Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, on June 16 and made his way to the Flint airport on Wednesday morning.Ftouhi spent some time in public, unsecured areas of the airport before going to a restroom where he dropped two bags before attacking the officer with a 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade, Gelios said.Ftouhi never went through any security screening, Gelios said. He described Ftouhi as “cooperative” and talking to investigators.Witnesses described seeing the suspect being led away as Neville was bleeding, a knife on the ground.“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Ken Brown told The Flint Journal. “I said they need to get him a towel.”Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, told Flint TV station WJRT she saw the attacker being led away in handcuffs. She described the man in custody as appearing “blank, just totally blank.”Miller, the airport chief, said Neville “fought him to the end,” managing to stop the stabbing and bring Ftouhi to the ground as Miller and other officers arrived to help.After the stabbing, officials stationed police officers at Flint City Hall a few miles away. Mayor Karen Weaver said in a release the situation was “under control” but that officials sought to take “extra precautions.”Genesee County Commissioner Mark Young, a friend of Neville’s who retired from the county sheriff’s office in 1997, said Neville left that department two years after him. He said Neville served in various capacities with the sheriff’s office including in the jail, on road patrol and as a court officer.Neville retired from the sheriff’s office as a lieutenant. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: June 21, 2017 6:56 PM EDT Updated: June 21, 2017 8:34 PM EDT SHARE Canadian charged in US airport attack investigated as terror
An unqualified woman who posed as a barrister, solicitor and Home Office official to progress immigration applications has been jailed for five years. Harvinder Kaur Thethi, 46, was found guilty of six counts of fraud by false representation in July and sentenced last week at Southwark Crown Court. Operating from June 2013 to September 2014 in Hounslow, West London, Thethi obtained £68,000 from vulnerable people in payment for immigration services which were promised but not delivered. The fraudster, from Solihull in the West Midlands, would ingratiate herself to the victims and was treated as a daughter or sister by them, the court heard. In sentencing, His Honour Judge Loraine-Smith said: ‘You decided to embark on a fantasy life, when you claimed to be a successful lawyer earning a large income. You were nothing of the sort. ‘The large amounts of money you obtained came entirely from money you had stolen from people you had befriended and cheated. People whose immigration status is precarious are very, very vulnerable. It is not surprising that if they found somebody they thought was a family friend, they could be convinced to part with large sums of money they could ill afford.’ This prosecution followed an investigation led by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner in partnership with Immigration Enforcement and the Metropolitan Police. Deputy immigration services commissioner Dr Ian Leigh said it was vital to ensure that people seeking immigration advice are treated fairly by qualified people. ‘Ms Thethi was operating outside of the law, preying upon vulnerable victims without regard for their protection or the consequences of her criminal behaviour,’ he added. ‘I hope [her conviction] sends a clear deterrent message to anyone considering acting similarly.’
Peter WatsonAfter three months, during which Meredith and Watson had a positive relationship, Watson was alerted by the firm’s finance director to a loan wrongly recorded as profit costs, and then about disbursements being transferred to the firm’s office account. The total unpaid disbursements were estimated by the finance director at £1m, and discussions were immediately sought with Meredith. There was no suggestion that Meredith was aware of these problems prior to being alerted by Watson, or that she was involved in any failure to pay disbursements. The tribunal heard it was clear from early email exchanges that Meredith was keen to get to the bottom of the problem, and there was no indication she was angry or upset with Watson. Meredith reported to the SRA immediately after issues were first raised, notifying the regulator of what Watson said was a ‘material failure’ to comply with accounts rules. Within two days, Watson and the finance director decided to resign with immediate effect. The following day their resignations were accepted following a brief board meeting. Initially sent on gardening leave while efforts were made to persuade him to reconsider, Watson was told by Meredith the firm’s outstanding debt, including the unpaid disbursements, could be reduced. He replied that the firm could not sustain Meredith’s drawings and his income in the long term without growth. The tribunal heard that some weeks later an ‘unpleasant’ meeting between the parties took place in which Watson was accused of over-reacting. In a letter to her lawyers, Meredith described how Watson ‘ran for the hills based on inaccurate information’. She later accused him of forcing the resignation of other directors and destabilising the company, and cited this breach of his duties as director for terminating his contract. Employment Judge Slater said elements of Meredith’s evidence were shown ‘not to be entirely reliable’. But the tribunal noted she had made no attempt to hide the problems at the firm. Even after disclosures were made, Meredith had wanted Watson to return to the firm, it was found. The judge added: ‘After reflection, [Meredith] took issue with the way that [Watson] resigned so quickly, without staying to see the real extent of the problem and working to see if it could be resolved. She decided to dismiss [him] once it became apparent that settlement terms were not going to be reached.‘Can [Watson’s] actions following the making of the protected disclosures be severed from the protected disclosures themselves? We conclude that they can.’ The SRA has said it is aware of the disclosures made. A former chief executive of a firm specialising in armed forces claims has failed in his employment claim for unfair dismissal weeks after alleging potential breaches of accounts rules. Peter Watson, who had invested £100,000 in north west firm Hilary Meredith Solicitors, made a series of disclosures to the firm and the Solicitors Regulation Authority about unpaid disbursements and other financial issues before he was dismissed in the autumn of 2017, an employment tribunal in Manchester heard. Firm founder Hilary Meredith told the tribunal that she took no issue with Watson’s disclosures and had notified the SRA once she was aware of the matters. She had sought to engage with the issues and felt let down by Watson’s actions. Watson submitted that Meredith could not truly believe he had committed misconduct justifying summary dismissal. He told the tribunal that she had made a decision to remove him and was looking to rely on any grounds she could. Employment Judge Slater ruled that Meredith’s reasons for dismissal were not ‘materially influenced by the disclosures’. The complaint of unfair dismissal was judged to be not well founded. Watson, formerly with national firm Simpson Millar, joined Hilary Meredith Solicitors in April 2017 in what the firm described as a ‘transformational appointment’. His basic annual salary was stated to be £180,000.
Ethiopia’s technology and gaming industry is growing. The annual Addis Ababa Design Week provides many businesses with an opportunity to showcase new innovations.This year, it aims to put Ethiopia on the global tech map, as CGTN’s Coletta Wanjohi discovers. Take a look!
Share 235 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsTertiary Dr. Byron Winston for DSC Annual Lecture Series 2014 by: – October 10, 2014 The Dominica State College Lecture Series Committee is pleased to announce its 2014 Installment of its Annual Lecture Series on Friday October 17th, at 7pm at the DSC Auditorium. The Guest Lecturer is Dr Byron Winston, a son of the soil currently based in Arkansas. He will be focusing his discussion on Global Climate Change’s Impact on Small Developing States, and the Need for Exploring Renewable energy. Dr Winston, an SMA graduate, received his BSc with honors from Midwestern State University in 2003, and went on to pursue his Masters and Doctorate from the University of Arkansas in 2008.Currently, Dr. Winston is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville focusing on the impact of Climate Change on drinking water quality. To date he has raised about $250,000 to support his research, published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at numerous conferences across the U.S. He has received a number of different awards dating back to his high school days such as Aurelius Jolly, Academic Excellence in Agriculture, Most Outstanding Senior Man at Midwestern State University and the Sam Walton Doctoral Dissertation fellowship to name a few. He is passionately involved in programs which seek to empower the young black male.The General Public is invited to participate in this discussion, as we seek to elevate the level of discourse in Dominica, while showcasing the accomplishments of our fellow Dominicans both here and abroad. The Lecture is open to all members of the General Public and is free. Share Share