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The road to recovery

first_imgPeople AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The road to recovery The Gordon Moody Centre in Dudley, West Midlands provides a residential rehabilitation program to former gambling addicts. Some of the centre’s former residents speak to Daniel O’Boyle about how the Gordon Moody Assocation has helped their journeys to recovery.At the back of the garden at 47 Maughan Street in Dudley sits a shelter resembling a football dugout.At one end, a roadmap interrupted by a series of warning signs: harmful, impending avalanche, corrosive, beware. Along the road are 45 circles, representing losses, and four crosses, representing wins.At the other is an underground map featuring stops such as “help,” “respect” and — a final stop on one line — “acceptance.”On the wall in between the two, amid slogans such as “keep the faith” and “out of the darkness” read the names of the staff of the Gordon Moody Residential Centre for gambling addiction.This artwork doesn’t just have meaning for Stuart Lee of London, the artist who painted the shelter, but for many more of the residents who take part in Gordon Moody’s 14 week gambling rehabilitation programme.“Most art is personal to the individual, but I wanted to create something that all gamblers could relate to,” Lee said. “Gordon Moody were very happy for me to help out in this way Everyone that comes in here always comments on how real it is and that’s what I wanted. There’s no point in making something that’s aesthetically pleasing that doesn’t really mean anything.”Lee’s own journey into problem gambling came out of a dark period of his life. After breaking free of a drug addiction, online roulette and blackjack took hold instead, leading to losses of as much as £10,000 in a matter of hours.“I’ve gambled since I was 15, when I first looked old enough to get into a bookmaker’s,” Lee said. “When I was 25, my girlfriend at the time had an ectopic pregnancy that led me into all sorts, including cocaine. I got out of rehab for cocaine, I was back to me again, but I still needed a distraction from my life and I ended up disappearing into the gambling.”Eventually, however, Lee had a realisation that his gambling addiction needed to come to an end somehow.“I texted my brother and my mum and dad and said ‘I’ve had enough’ and switched my phone off for three hours. I just couldn’t do it to them anymore,” he said.After receiving that text, Lee’s brother looked for a solution and found the Gordon Moody Association.“This place is amazing,” Lee said. “I can’t speak highly enough of this place, I try to do that with my art but it’s really hard to articulate how grateful I am.”The centre is run by the Gordon Moody Assocation, a charity who have provided residential support and treatment for people who are severely addicted to gambling since 1971. The charity, named after a Methodist minister who set up the first  Gamblers Anonymous in the UK, operates treatment centres — the only treatment centres in the UK specifically for gambling addiction — in both Dudley and Beckenham, South London.The charity is funded mainly through GambleAware, which receives funding from the industry itself and works in partnership with many other gambling treatment services and charities such as GamCare.“Winning was the worst thing that could have happened” For Tom Chorlton, also from London, the path into gambling was a different one, but the way out again involved family guiding him towards the Gordon Moody Association, this time after a friend of his mother sent her a link to its website.“My gambling really started at about 8-10 years old when I would go to the Isle of Wight with my family and play the arcades,” Chorlton said. “But I didn’t actually go into the bookies until I was 24 or 25 years old but things got really bad from there. My whole life started falling apart.”Chorlton’s addiction was to a single game on a fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) at a single operator’s shops, but left him homeless as his pay packets went directly to fuelling his addiction.“I had a few wins at the same game when I first started and from there it just exploded. I believed they were just easy money,” Chorlton said. “The first time I played I made about £1000 in ten minutes and I thought, ‘Why am I working? I can just do this and I’ll be sorted’. Winning like that was the worst thing that could have happened to me. It reinforced the idea that I can win and it takes a long time to get past that. Now whenever bills come up and stress comes up it can still be difficult, I have to remind myself that gambling’s not easy money, it’s the opposite, it makes things worse.”“I’m so grateful for GMA. I’m so thankful that someone gave my mum a link to the website I knew things were bad. I was in a really bad situation. I was working full-time but I was homeless. When I got paid, I just used it all for gambling. I wasn’t able to deal with my own situation and I knew I needed something bigger than a quick fix.”Lee and Chorlton, like all Gordon Moody residents, first went through a two-week “life audit,” to assess their suitability for the programme, followed by 12 more weeks of rehabilitation including one-on-one and group therapy, each with a focus on a different area of recovery.When the program ends, ex-residents can continue to benefit from the centre’s support. For Chorlton, who continues to live in Dudley but returns to London every weekend, that made a significant difference in returning to the outside world.“Now whenever bills come up and stress comes up it can still be difficult, I have to remind myself that gambling’s not easy money, it’s the opposite, it makes things worse,” Chorlton said. “But Gordon Moody have been great for support because, living just down the road, I can just drop in and say ‘Can I just have a talk?’”Lee’s continued connection to the Association, meanwhile, prompted him to volunteer his artistic skills at the residential centre after he completed the programme in 2018. As well as painting the outdoor shelter, Lee built a bed for the centre’s cat, Pudding. Like Chorlton, Lee said he has found that spending time around other residents and staff helps him remain on the right path.“The integration to society after being shut off was very difficult, but you’ve got the support of others and they know how it is,” Lee said. “It’s so good to be around people who have done this programme. The staff here, they’re not just therapists, they’re almost family with that love they have.”Safety nets While Lee and Chorlton have given up gambling for good, operators, lawmakers and regulators differ on how best to prevent more gamblers from developing similar addictions. Earlier this month, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling-Related Harm issued a series of recommendations for the industry, including a £2 stake limit for online casino games, which GVC chief executive Kenny Alexander branded “ridiculous.“Lee and Chorlton, however, greeted the recommendation positively.“That would be excellent,” Lee said. “My immediate thought when they said they were bringing it down on the FOBTs was that people can still play online and lose a lot of money online. You could bet even more than £100 per spin.“Some people will say you’re opening the door for illegal gambling. But illegal gambling will really only appeal to certain people. I think this will still stop a lot of people from losing a lot more money. I think the rule is good news to hear. They need more restrictions. And it makes sense really, it’s not in the gambling companies’ interests to be overly responsible because then their business doesn’t work.”Chrolton expressed a similar sentiment, believing that no measure could be perfect, but anything that would slow a potential problem gambler down enough to rethink their decisions  would help.“I don’t know if it would have stopped me or if it just would have been the same thing over a slow period of time or with a different game,” Chorlton said of the FOBT stake limit reduction. “It’s always good to try new things to dissuade people, there’ll be lots of trial and error in working out what the best way to make gambling safer is but just having things in place stops me from thinking gambling’s an option. That’s what I need, safety nets. For every three it doesn’t stop, maybe there’s seven it does”Chorlton added that he no longer blames the industry for his addiction, but still believes that advertising messages could be improved to increase awareness of the full effect of responsible gambling.“I used to blame the companies for all the advertising and making everything so readily available, but with a bit of hindsight I can take more responsibility for my own actions” Chorlton said. “It’s my choices the situations I put myself in”“The advertising about gambling should be more hard-hitting about the real damage it does though. Like smoking and drunk driving, because the consequences really are equally as bad. I think they’re too jokey and jovial right now about it.”Lee, however, remains skeptical of the industry’s motives in bringing in changes to promote safer gambling.“For people who have severe problems but want to exclude, I think the exclusion processes are far too weak,” Lee said. “I sometimes wonder if they make them weaker than they should, knowing that the problem gambler is your meat and gravy, they give you the big money and they’ll find a way around restrictions because that’s the state of mind they’re in. It’s almost like they know a proper problem gambler will always find a way around these restrictions.”An affirmation As his gambling addiction gets more distant, Lee – who has exhibited his art at a show in London – says any flashbacks to his past only serve to reaffirm how important his recovery is.“It was hard work, but thankfully I’ve never really had the thought to gamble again,” Lee said. “I do have nightmares, but to me that’s like my subconscious is imagining what it’s like to relapse again. It’s an affirmation not to gamble again.”To Chorlton, the recovery process never ends, but he said he will always be grateful to have the stability in is life restored.“It’s forever ongoing,” Chorlton said. “Being here is what’s needed. At first, left to my own devices I would never have the strength to make the right choice. So being here, restricting the movement of money and things was so important. It’s only in the last couple of years I realised that I have a steady job, my own flat, a steady relationship and my family relationships are back in a great spot again. That’s the biggest prize for me. Sometimes the day-to-day of working can seem boring but actually I have loads of good things.”“You can never take your foot off the gas, you’re only ever one bad decision from being in the wrong place, but if you do make a bad decision you have to remember not to make it worse and you can still come back.” Regions: UK & Ireland Email Addresscenter_img Topics: People Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 18th November 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle The Gordon Moody Centre in Dudley, West Midlands provides a residential rehabilitation program to former gambling addicts. Some of the centre’s former residents speak to Daniel O’Boyle about how the Gordon Moody Assocation (GMA) has helped their journeys to recovery.last_img read more

Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group ( HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited Group ( listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Group) is a leading financial institution offering retail and corporate banking services in Uganda through its subsidiary company. KCB Group offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in treasury bills and bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Becherer House / Robert M. Gurney Architect

first_img “COPY” CopyHouses•United States Save this picture!© Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural+ 26 Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Becherer House / Robert M. Gurney ArchitectSave this projectSaveBecherer House / Robert M. Gurney Architect Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses Projectscenter_img United States Becherer House / Robert M. Gurney Architect 2011 Architects: Robert M. Gurney Architect Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs “COPY” CopyAbout this officeRobert M. Gurney ArchitectOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesUnited StatesPublished on May 18, 2012Cite: “Becherer House / Robert M. Gurney Architect” 18 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Becherer House / Robert M. Gurney Architect是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs:  Maxwell MacKenzie ArchitecturalText description provided by the architects. Rolling pastures, bordered with dark, stained fences interspersed in woodlands define the Albemarle County, Virginia countryside where this project is located. The new house is sited at the edge of woodland on the crest of a hill, providing vantage view points of the pastures and distant treetops.Save this picture!© Maxwell MacKenzie ArchitecturalRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20WoodBruagBalcony BalustradesThe house is conceived of three gable-roofed pavilions that provide a threshold between the woodlands and the pastures, taking advantage of two very different scenic panoramas. The one room deep, central living pavilion contains large expanses of glass along two walls, affording views of both the woods and rolling horse pastures.Save this picture!© Maxwell MacKenzie ArchitecturalThis configuration insures the space will be flooded with light at all times of the day throughout the year. A screened porch and bluestone terrace, running the length of the house provides a stage to view sunsets over the pastures while a manicured lawn and dry-stacked slate wall provide an ordered transition from the house to the woods beyond.Save this picture!© Maxwell MacKenzie ArchitecturalGable roofs with black, standing seam metal, clapboard siding and the small scale of the separated pavilions evoke a familiar, comfortable rural vernacular. The large expanses of glass, cement board paneling and crisp, minimal detailing render the house decidedly modern.Save this picture!© Maxwell MacKenzie ArchitecturalProject gallerySee allShow lessAIA 2012: Opening DiscussionsArticlesThe Indicator: City IPO WTFArticles Sharelast_img read more

Marie Curie wins Everyclick Charity Challenge

first_img Howard Lake | 9 June 2009 | News Marie Curie wins Everyclick Charity Challenge Marie Curie will now work with Clear Channel Outdoor and Everyclick to launch a national advertising campaign to raise awareness of the charity’s work, which will appear later this year. The winner in 2008 was Diabetes UK.Pip Hainsworth, Marketing Director of Clear Channel Outdoor UK, said: “The Marie Curie entry was outstanding for its clear objectives and evidence of effectiveness, the integrated campaign using every resource available, and the sheer energy and enthusiasm that shone through”.Since its launch in 2005 Everyclick has attracted over 140,000 registered users, who have helped raise over £750,000 for UK charities.The next Everyclick Charity Challenge will be announced later in Tagged with: Digital Everyclick Marie Curie Cancer Care has won this year’s Everyclick Charity Challenge so will receive a major Clear Channel Outdoor national advertising campaign across 1,500 UK sites.Hundreds of charities enocuraged their supporters to to search the internet, donate and fundraise on online giving platform Everyclick. To make it fair, Everyclick divided the Charity Challenge into three categories based on the size of charities’ donor bases. Marie Curie was the winner of the large charities category and also the overall competition.The winners of the small and medium categories were Endometriosis UK and Epilepsy Action. They both win free advertising on Everyclick. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  25 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

GivePenny app now supports Strava

first_img  568 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Advertisement Tagged with: fundraising apps fundraising events givepenny mobile virtual event About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  567 total views,  5 views today Digital fundraising platform GivePenny now lets runners and cyclists connect their account to Strava so that they can upload their activity achievements to their fundraising pages.Strava is a globally popular mobile tracking app designed for runners and cyclists, which uses the built-in GPS function of tablets, smartwatches and smartphones to calculate distances and speeds travelled.GivePenny already connects with other popular GPS devices including those made by Garmin, Polar and Fitbit, and other services including Runkeeper, Fitbit, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.Strava users can now link their accounts with their GivePenny accounts to help attract sponsorship from friends and family for every mile or kilometre tracked through the app. GivePenny describes its approach of ‘Connected Giving’. In this way it is letting Strava users link some of the app’s motivational challenges to their fundraising. Charities and good causes can create their own fundraising challenges for multiple supporters e.g. 100 miles in 100 days or run a marathon in a month.They could also set up virtual mass participation campaigns, such as ‘run around the world’ or ‘cycle around the UK coastline’. Plenty of other Strava-connected apps allow this kind of virtual activity, such as the cycling app Zwift.Indeed, Strava itself isn’t limited to just running and cycling. It can track an extensive list of activities. These include:SwimWalkHikeAlpine SkiBackcountry SkiCanoeStrava’s platform is very social, with running groups and shared events like Park Runs communicating and sharing online, together with various leaderboards to show how athletes compare with each other, from long distance runs to personal bests over short segments of a route. This should prove useful in inspiring more people to take part in charity events and support them via GivePenny.Lee Clark, founder and CEO or GivePenny, said: “We’re so happy to have added Strava as a connection on GivePenny. It is an immensely popular platform for both athletes and people using it to motivate themselves to stay fit. We can’t wait to see how charities and good causes take full advantage of the ability to be front-of-mind while their supporters are using such a fun platform. Our team of FUN-Raisers will be there to help every step of the way.”He explains that GivePenny’s mission is to develop new ways to inspire giving “and we’re doing this by connecting the world’s favourite apps, wearable technology and websites to exciting fundraising experiences.”WATCH: StriveStrava means strive in Swedish. GivePenny app now supports Strava Howard Lake | 13 April 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14last_img read more

Applications Open for Performers and Toy Testers for The Late Late…

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads REPRO FREE 22/10/18Ryan Tubridy pictured with auditionees, Anna Doody, Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig Choir, Rebel Brass Jazz group and Drumadoir Drummers at the first day of RTƒÕs The Late Late Toy Show Audition Tour at the Strand Hotel in Limerick.The team will also travel to auditions in Tullamore & Dublin this week. This yearÕs Toy Show airs on RTƒ One on Friday November 30th.Photo: Oisin McHugh True MediaAPPLICATIONS are now open for performers and Toy Testers on the Late Late Toy Show.The Toy Show, which airs at the end of November, is one of the most watched TV programme all year as children get to see what the latest toys, gadgets and books that are on offer.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Host Ryan Tubridy dons a festive jumper for the occasion and there’s always a celebrity guest on the show.If you think your child has what it takes to be on the Late Late Toy Show then head to Advertisement WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Print Emailcenter_img Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleCall to extend Patrickswell public sewer lineNext articleRound 3 Talking Points: Gillane, Kilmallock and Ballybrown pace setters & more Meghann Scully Facebook Twitter TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedLate Late showLate Late Toy ShowlimerickLimerick PostrteRyan Tubridy Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash LimerickNewsApplications Open for Performers and Toy Testers for The Late Late Toy Show 2020By Meghann Scully – August 10, 2020 266 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live last_img read more

Deutsche Chief: Bank is ‘Rock Solid’ Despite MBS Probes and Settlements

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News February 10, 2016 1,331 Views Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Deutsche Bank RMBS Settlements Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Xhevrije West Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Since the close of the financial crisis, Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, has faced several settlements related to violations of U.S. sanctions, rigging of interest-rate benchmarks, and allegations that it defrauded mortgage issuers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Now, the bank is ready to resolve its legal and law enforcement problems that have occurred all over the world since the close of the financial crisis.As of today, the bank has paid over $9.3 billion in fines and legal settlements since 2008, according to a Bloomberg article.In addition to dealing with a variety mortgage-backed securities suits, Deutsche Bank is also facing an investigation by U.S. and U.K. authorities over whether its internal controls failed to catch some $10 billion in transactions that may have moved money out of Russia, Bloomberg reported.In August 2015, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has revived a lawsuits filed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., accusing Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and the Royal Bank of Scotland of fraud with regards to $840 million worth of mortgage-backed securities sold to a Texas bank that later failed, according to multiple media reports.In another case, in December 2013,  Deutsche Bank said it would pay $1.9 billion to settle claims that it defrauded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, according to an article from Reuters.”Today’s agreement marks another step in our efforts to resolve the bank’s legacy issues, and we intend to make further progress in this regard throughout 2014,” Co-Chief Executive Officers Juergen Fitschen and Anshu Jain said in a statement.In a note to employees, Co-CEO John Cryan said the bank is “absolutely rock solid”and has a plan to cover its legal costs. “I am personally investing time to resolve successfully and speedily open regulatory and legal cases. A small group of senior people, led by me, will focus on this.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Deutsche Chief: Bank is ‘Rock Solid’ Despite MBS Probes and Settlements Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Wells Fargo Faces Challenges to Start 2016 Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 2/11/2016  Print This Post Deutsche Bank RMBS Settlements 2016-02-10 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Deutsche Chief: Bank is ‘Rock Solid’ Despite MBS Probes and Settlements The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Three men charged with drug offences in Derry

first_img Previous article65 year-old man rescued from the sea off Malin HeadNext articleSDLP Omagh councillor Seamus Shields passes away News Highland Three men charged with drug offences in Derry Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Pinterest News By News Highland – August 5, 2012 Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Three men have been charged with drugs offences after being arrested in the Blackthorn area of Derry on Friday.Two men, aged 21 and 44, are charged with supplying cannabis, possessing it and possession with intent to supply.They have also charged a 30-year-old man with possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply and money laundering.A 21-year-old woman has been released pending a report to the PPS.The men, who were arrested on Friday, are to appear in court in Derry tomorrow. HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegallast_img read more

Washington sheriff’s deputy killed in shooting during traffic stop

first_imgEvgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(KITTITAS, Wash.) — A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Washington state late Tuesday.Deputies from Kittitas County, about 90 minutes east of Seattle, were called for a “driving complaint” at about 7:30 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. When the suspect failed to stop, law enforcement officers pursued the suspect into Kittitas, the small city that gives the county its name.The suspect stopped his vehicle, exited and began firing at law enforcement, the sheriff’s office said.A sheriff’s deputy was struck by gunfire and taken to Kittitas Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A Kittitas police officer was also shot in the exchange of fire and is being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, officials said. The suspect was also shot and is being treated at the hospital for his injury.The sheriff’s office did not release the conditions of the police officer or suspect.The name of the officer killed has not been released.The deputy is the 12th law enforcement officer to be shot and killed this year and the third in March.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Increased COVID-19 testing in Michigan shows fewer cases as Whitmer again vows vigilance

first_imgsonreir es gratis/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(LANSING, Mich.) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s cautious approach to reopening Michigan put her at odds with protestors clamoring for faster solutions, but data from recently ramped-up testing shows something on which perhaps all sides can agree: slow but steady progress.Positive COVID-19 cases are declining statewide, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, with new per-day cases for the first 20 days in May falling by almost 60%, to 378 from 932, compared with the same period in April. Total cases over those 20-day spans fell to 7,569 from 18,641.Hospitalizations through May 20 also declined, to 1,054 from 2,100 in April, according to a health department spokeswoman.“The data shows that Michigan is ready to phase in these sectors of our economy, but we must stay vigilant and ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect ourselves and our families from the spread of COVID-19,” Whitmer said in a statement.Whitmer also announced on Thursday that gatherings that didn’t exceed 10 people, so long as they respected social distancing, would be allowed immediately statewide. Michigan’s retail and auto shops can reopen by appointment starting May 26, and nonessential medical, dental and veterinary services are allowed to reopen May 29.Earlier this month, she allowed manufacturing businesses, including automobile factories, to restart with certain restrictions after many residents, state leaders and even President Donald Trump criticized her stay-at-home order as too strict.Michigan had 53,009 positive cases and 5,060 related deaths as of May 20, according to state health department data. Roughly 68% of cases have been recorded in the southeast section of the state, which includes Wayne County, which has seen the fifth-most deaths, 2,284, and 12th-most cases, 19,432, in the U.S., according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Through the first 18 days of May, Michigan was administering an average of 14,396 daily tests, compared with 4,628 during the first 18 days of April, health department data shows. Through May 18, almost 453,000 tests had been administered with a positive rate of 15%, compared with 208,157 total state-administered tests at a rate of 23.4% at the end of April.“We have a short-term goal of reaching 15,000 tests per day, and a goal of reaching 30,000 tests per day by June,” Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Health Department, said in a statement to ABC News. “Over the past week, we have averaged around 17,000 tests per day.”Whitmer, a Democrat who’s spoken to Joe Biden’s campaign about potentially becoming his running mate, has fended of criticism from groups of protestors, hundreds of whom — many armed — stormed the Capitol in Lansing during an April 30 rally.Some barbers and hairstylists on Wednesday staged a rally where they cut people’s hair despite current orders from the governor, who’s said repeatedly any plan to reopen her state’s economy would have to be balanced with the best-available health data.“While I respect people’s right to dissent,” she said last week on “The View,” “they need to do it in a way that is responsible and does not put others at risk.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

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