Man arrested for lighting police car on fire

first_imgHomeBriefsMan arrested for lighting police car on fire Mar. 02, 2021 at 5:00 amBriefsNewsMan arrested for lighting police car on fireeditor3 months agocar firecrime The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges on George Joosten, a 32-year-old white male, for lighting a police vehicle on fire.On February 25, 2021 at approximately 6:04 p.m., Santa Monica Police Officers were investigating a robbery incident and detaining the involved suspects at the 4th Street Metro train station. One of their unmarked police vehicles was left at the intersection of 5th and Colorado with its emergency lights activated. A male suspect, unrelated to the call officers were investigating, was observed by witnesses jump on top of that vehicle, pour an unknown substance over the hood, then igniting it on fire. The suspect fled the area before being stopped by officers. Witnesses positively identified Joosten as being the person causing the arson. The fire was extinguished by police personnel utilizing a fire-extinguisher.Earlier this morning Los Angeles County’s District Attorney’s Officer Charged Joosten with 451(d) P.C. – Arson. Joosten remains in custody pending future court proceedings.Anyone with additional information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Detective A. Buus with the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) at (310) 458-8943 or the Watch Commander’s office at (310) 458-2249.Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy FloresTags :car firecrimeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentDemocratic voting bill would make biggest changes in decadesVaccinations begin for SMMUSD staff and teachersYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press9 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agolast_img read more

Texas, Florida may be the next hot spots for COVID-19

first_imgfelixmizioznikov/iStock(NEW YORK) — The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly, with 100,000 additional confirmed cases in the U.S. this past week alone, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Part of the U.S. and the global community have been trying to combat this spread of the novel coronavirus is by instituting measures such as social distancing, travel restrictions, school closures, closure of nonessential businesses, and in the most extreme cases, statewide stay-at-home orders.China and South Korea instituted similar policies and were able to control the disease spread in their countries. But the U.S. has noticeable state-to-state differences in how the pandemic is being handled. California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a sweeping statewide stay-at-home order on March 19. On the other hand, Texas took a much slower approach, instituting an order to close all non-essential businesses on March 31.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in particular has received criticism for his sluggish promotion of social distancing, such as not closing down beaches despite crowds gathering, delays in closing down businesses and resisting issuing a stay-at-home order. He ultimately reversed his position on April 1, issuing a stay-at-home order after discussion with the president.Now, experts are saying that these scattered state-by-state policies may result in new coronavirus hot spots, warning the uptick in infections may soon overrun local health care systems.“I think Texas is going to be the next hot spot. We can already see the cases starting to increase, it is start of an exponential rise,” Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told ABC News. “Any intervention we do now will take weeks to see the impact.”Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, predicts that Florida is also at risk, tweeting, “Florida continues to show an acceleration in new #COVID19 cases, with Miami as one of a number of epicenters of spread.”Experts agree that states that have not done so yet should impose stricter social distancing and policies to reduce mobility. Their stance, they say, is backed up by new data that finds social distancing measures work.A recent set of studies in King County, Washington, used Facebook data to monitor the movement of the population. They found that having a population limit their movement to public places resulted in much slower disease spread.But it is not yet time to celebrate. Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer with Public Health Seattle and King County, notes that “No one should take these findings as an indication to relax our social distancing strategy. The threat of a rebound that could overwhelm the healthcare system remains.”But strict social distancing measures simply might not work in every city and every state.In Cumming, Georgia, the mayor posted on Facebook, “Effective immediately I have rescinded the social distancing order that took effect on the morning of April 1, 2020…. [because] it is obvious that a large portion of our public doesn’t want government mandating the recommendations of public health officials.”Experts warn this kind of public response is dangerous, as it may allow the disease to spread.Brownstein notes, “It’s all about trying to reduce community and individual mobility early. That’s where you have the greatest amount of impact on an epidemic.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SynAudCon Updates Famed Audio 100 Course

first_imgSynAudCon announced and update to its “Course 100 – Principles of Audio” and it’s already on live on the website.“Course 100 – Principles of Audio” is the fifth course to undergo such renovations by SynAudCon in the last 24 months. The newly released Course 100 underwent a six-month transformation process — expanding on topics existing prior to the update, as well as adding new additions to the course content.These additions include:Newly added demonstrations shot in HD from our in-person training.Nearly 100% of all course images and animations were updated and enhanced.Newly added content; including a digital audio overview.A significant expansion in course resource material.Interactive software calculators to execute the math.Increased the resolution of all 49 course videos from 720p to 1080p.“We’ve been working through the process of updating our existing courses and in some cases, adding completely new courses over the last two years,” said Pat Brown of SynAudCon.Brown continued, “Technology changes, and honestly, the world right now is changing; we are always in an innovative and adaptive mindset towards meeting the ever-changing needs of audio professionals.”“Course 100 – Principles of Audio” includes 49 instructional videos, real-world demonstrations, video transcriptions and reference manual, quizzes, a one-year SynAudCon complimentary membership and the course graduates will receive a SynAudCon Certificate of Completion with passing of the final exam.SynAudCon has reported a significant capital investment in custom studio recording equipment, camera systems, lighting, etc. in a facility which will be used to continue to create new course videos and material.last_img read more

Illegal crab exportation lands woman in court

first_imgLocalNews Illegal crab exportation lands woman in court by: – November 1, 2013 Share A Dominican woman residing in Guadeloupe has been fined EC$300 by a magistrate for attempting to export wildlife without a permit. Bernadette Hira was arrested on October 21st at the Roseau Ferry Terminal after a bag containing crabs were confiscated. The package with a quantity of wildlife; crabs was found in her possession during a routine search. Mrs. Hira was brought before Magistrate Ossie Lewis on Friday 1st November 2013, where thr charge was read to her. During her plea in mitigation she said, “I didn’t know, I am sorry”.Magistrate Lewis however told her “ignorance of the law is no excuse”. He took into consideration that she was a first time offender, who apologized and has had no previous convictions.Mrs. Hira was ordered to pay the $300 fine forthwith or in default spend one month in prison. The maximum fine for the exportation of wildlife without a permit is $400 and in default three months in prison. Mrs. Hira was scheduled to leave island later today. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!center_img 8 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

MY TOP 10 MOMENTS…

first_imgRachel Grant Well for my last official written piece for TFA, I thought I would do ‘My top 10 moments or things’ during my time with TFA.1)      The staff at TFA…may well sound corny but I doubt you will ever come across a group of people more dedicated to their work. There have certainly been some difficult times for the sport, and currently still are, but these people give 100% in everything they do and really want to see the sport succeed. They take a lot of flak everyday and continue to put the sport first. I have a lot of respect for these people as both my work colleagues and my friends and will miss them dearly.2)      The volunteers Australia-wide…There are so many volunteers in our sport that do so much work for so little reward or even thanks, which makes them incredibly special people! Cathy Gray, Ian Matthew, Lou Tompkins, Dennis Coffey, the Australian Coaches and staff, technical panel members and more. There are so many others that work incredibly hard at a local level doing so much for the sport, like Matt Wood from Woolgoolga Touch, who comes along to all TFA events at Coffs Harbour and gives up his days to help with the event. I want to thank everyone who I have worked with for the way you give yourself so selflessly to the sport. I cannot finish number 2 without mentioning Lisa Plummer, my media off-sider who has provided so much friendship, help and assistance with national events and the monthly newsletter and also the boys ‘From the Fishbowl’, Adam and Kane. They have amused us at recent National 18’s and NTL’s with their wit and humour, while expertly providing commentary and keeping the whole day in control. I will definitely miss their voices over the loudspeaker.3)      The 2005 Youth World Cup is easily the biggest event of my career to date, organising national and international media for the 6 Aussie junior teams and the event itself.The Youth World Cup had many ‘moments’, with some of the standouts including: ·         The South Africans singing in the Opening Ceremony·         The Mixed 18’s performing out of their skin to claim their title ·         The Thailand team being convincingly thrashed in every match but still showing the utmost respect to their team mates, officials, opposition and crowd·         The dramatic Mens 20’s final and the exceptional performance of the Aussies 4)      The Northern Eagles Mens 20’s winning the 2006 NTL was one of the most emotional sporting events I have ever been privileged enough to see. The boys, their support staff and their families all handled themselves so incredibly well after the traumatic events leading up to the NTL. 5)      The 2005 National Under 18’s saw for the first time, the celebrity match…and who could go past guest referee Tony Eltakchi in his finest form, the Jamaican Dr Bruce Watts, Kane Weeks letting no player stand in his way, Joe Williams letting his stepping do the talking, Peter Topp being sin binned and Eltakchi’s final penalty “penalty for being too good!” They had us all in stitches.   6)      Sixty Seconds in Touch has become my weekly ritual, a chance to sum up the happenings of the week and the upcoming events. A chance for people to advertise, announce and highlight important things. My awesome husband took it upon himself to design me a logo and the weekly edition has now become the most-read article on the TFA website with around 1000 people logging on each Monday to read it. I hope it will continue on!7)      Another memory comes courtesy of two of our young Touch stars who has gone on to play in the NRL, Benji Marshall and Joe Williams…Many will remember the AusTouch launch and National 18’s Opening Ceremony where Joe Williams fell off the stage but composed himself beautifully…how his chair managed to make it’s way to the edge of the stage is only a question Benji can answer. My thanks go to Joe and to Benji who always made themselves available for interviews, promoting the sport, talking and encouraging the up and coming junior players.8)      The TFA Media & Marketing Kit is something I’ve been working on for a few months and have madly been completing this last week. I created the final Master DVD on Friday and will leave TFA staff to produce a copy of the Kit for every affiliate. It contains marketing essentials such as posters, a television advert, a 3 minute promotional clip and plenty of helpful documents such as ‘How to write a Media Release’, ‘How to maintain your website’ and much more. It will be distributed Australia-wide to every affiliate over the coming weeks!9)      TFA staff put in an incredible amount of time and effort to produce the 2006 NTL Opens finals for the Fox Sports production. It would be remiss of me not to include it here as it was fantastic to see the sport back on the national airwaves and the show put on by the players in all 3 finals was fantastic.10)  The Touch-e-Talk newsletter has been running monthly for over 1 year now and I hope it will continue to get bigger and better…eventually to the stage where it can be printed and produced professionally…keep reading and keep supporting ideas such as this so TFA can get them off the ground.last_img read more

Parliamentary Sports Festival A Success

first_imgThe parliamentarians competed across eight different sports, promoting how important it is to stay fit and healthy through playing sport. Two teams of parliamentarians and their staff competed in the Touch Football component of the day, with six teams taking part in total. Touch Football Australia (TFA) staff provided two teams for the event, which included Australian World Cup winners Daniel Rushworth (Mixed) and Jess McCall (Women’s) in the line-up. Our two Australian representatives impressed, playing for several teams throughout the day. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and a Brumbies team, including Stephen Larkham and Laurie Fisher, also took part in the event, which was played at the Senate Oval. Stay tuned to the TFA YouTube Channel to see some of the highlights of the day.last_img read more

It’s #GivingTuesday!

first_imgIf you want to feel happy – and wonderful about yourself – science has the answer. Do something for someone else.Researchers Lalin Anik, Lara Aknin, Michael Norton and Elizabeth Dunn have shown that people who commit random acts of kindness are significantly happier than those who don’t, and spending money on others makes you happier than spending money on yourself. They also have discovered happier people help others more, and they give more. A positive mood makes you nicer! This makes a circle: giving makes you happy, and when you’re happy you give more, which makes you happier, which makes you give more.I bring up this selfess circle of happiness now because Tuesday is #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving. Black Friday in stores and Cyber Monday for online shopping are behind us, and we’ve arrived at the day to do something for others.Here are two ways to celebrate.1. Go into work today feeling like a star of the movement. If you read this blog, you are making the world a better place in some way, and you live #GivingTuesday every day of the year. You are wonderful, and so you should take a moment to feel joy at the difference you make. I, for one, am so happy for what you do.2. Encourage others to support your cause – or whatever cause they love – today. For example, give and get your gift matched here! (Thanks to partners the Case Foundation, Crowdrise and Six Degrees.)Thanks for being a part of #GivingTuesday – and the circle of happiness – with your great work for good.last_img read more

The number one quality of a great presentation

first_imgTo follow up on yesterday’s post – the number one quality of a great presenter – I wanted to share the number one quality of a great presentation.(Both of these pieces of advice are from The Art of the Pitch from the legendary ad guy Peter Coughter, now at VCU Brandcenter. The book includes excellent stories that remind us how just how critical it is to master persuasion and presentation skills.)What makes a fantastic presentation? One point. Before you say a thing, you have decided upon a single goal. Everything you say leads to that conclusion. Everything else gets edited out. This is far harder than it sounds. In fact, if you had to quickly scribble on a notecard the one, clear overarching point of your last pitch, could you do it in seconds? If not, you probably didn’t have the overarching story pinpointed. Stick to that sole truth and sell it with great passion. It’s how we connect – and how we get remembered.last_img read more

5 Favorite Nonprofits to Follow on Social Media

first_imgIn honor of Social Media Week, I asked a few of our favorite nonprofit experts to weigh in with their personal picks for nonprofits who are hitting it out of the park on social media. Here’s what they had to say:Mark RovnerPrincipal, Founder & CEO, Sea Change Strategies National Audubon SocietyWhere I follow them: Facebook and TwitterWhy they’re so awesome: Social media manager Elizabeth Sorrell knows her audience and feeds them a generous supply of bird photos, interactive challenges, and conservation news. She’s made the Facebook page incredibly fun and lively, and the extremely high level of engagement is testimony to that.Darian Rodriguez HeymanCo-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofitscharity:waterWhere I follow them: TwitterWhy they’re so awesome: Everyone talks about how amazing charity:water is at outreach, but one specific thing they’ve done on Twitter to get to over one million (!) followers is their “photo of the day” campaign. They use the assets they have incredibly well, and that’s the key to their success.Alia McKeePrincipal, Sea Change Strategies and founder, LifeboatAmnesty International Where I follow them: Facebook and Twitter Why they’re so awesome: They are timely, relevant, authentic. They use engagement data to optimize their social media communications. They use social media as a listening tool to tap into what their supporters are thinking and feeling about human rights. That info gets communicated to the fundraising and advocacy teams and informs integrated campaign opportunities. David HartsteinWired ImpactNo Kid Hungry Where I follow them: Twitter, Facebook, and Google+Why they’re so awesome: From the name of the organization to the information they share, No Kid Hungry does an awesome job of communicating their mission in a clear way. On social media, they vary the content they share to provide a wealth of value to those interested in ending childhood hunger in America. Despite their sizable following, they take the time to engage with individuals, responding and thanking supporters publicly. No Kid Hungry sets a great example for all types of organizations.Joe WatersSelfish Giving and author of Fundraising with BusinessesGeorge Washington’s Mount VernonWhere I follow them: Twitter and PinterestWhy they are awesome: They do a wonderful job creating unique content for their site and promoting it on social networks. For example, in October they really captured the macabre spirit of Halloween. They had a great post on people who had claimed to see Washington’s ghost through the years. Thanks to their activity on Twitter, I recently discovered a detailed post on how Mount Vernon looked when Washington lived there in the 18th century. Finally, Mount Vernon doesn’t restrict their content to text. They also have an active YouTube channel. Check out this video on Washington’s dentures! As a guy who follows and loves history, Mount Vernon really makes it come alive!Want to improve your organization’s social savvy? Download our free social media guide.last_img read more

The Two Absolute Requirements for #GivingTuesday Success

first_imgWhen I’m not wearing heels, I’m all of 5’1″ tall. I like to think of myself as “small but mighty” and I have developed a bit of an independent streak. (This might also be due to the fact that I was born on the 4th of July.) I feel this urge to prove to myself and the world that I am capable of tackling even the most herculean tasks … all by myself. Dragging an area rug into the office for an upcoming conference? Easy. Loading a U-Haul van full of furniture and a big screen television? No sweat. (Ok, maybe a little sweat.)I’m mostly proud of my independent nature, but it all comes down to balance. By being a DIYer, I sometimes miss the opportunity to tap into the rich support and expertise that I have in my network of friends and colleagues.Unfortunately, this is also what many organizations fail to do when planning events or considering new initiatives. But tapping into your network and empowering your people is how the magic happens (especially with big fundraising events like #GivingTuesday). Even if you are a small and mighty nonprofit who is used to doing things on your own, let’s agree to do it differently this year. It might feel a little uncomfortable, but it’s time to get out of your comfort zone. There are two things you absolutely must do for a truly successful #GivingTuesday campaign:Identify your team and activate your community.Even if you are the smallest organization, it is so important to consider the collective impact of your network and the expertise you can tap. A strong team with a dedicated leader will help you organize your efforts and move your campaign forward. These champions may be your staff, or they may be volunteers, board members, or other partners. And, without a passionate and active community, the energy and contagious enthusiasm of a great #GivingTuesday campaign is quickly lost. Beyond technology, your marketing message, or your fundraising goal, you simply cannot succeed without these two key pieces.There are 153 days until #GivingTuesday. Now is the time to create a plan for identifying your team and activating your community. Need some help? Download the Guide to a Successful Giving Day, then register for our free webinar later this month, where I’ll help you think through your strategy for #GivingTuesday, from assembling your team to writing effective appeals.last_img read more