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  • Jail protocols for checking on Jeffrey Epstein before suicide not followed: Sources

    first_imgMoreISO/iStock(NEW YORK) — Jail protocols requiring routine checks on the wellbeing of accused sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein appear to have not been followed in the hours before the millionaire was found hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, sources told ABC News on Sunday.As an inmate in the Special Housing Unit at MCC, Epstein should have been checked on by a correctional officer every 30 minutes, according to Bureau of Prison protocols. But sources told ABC News that protocol was not followed prior to Epstein’s death by suicide.In recent weeks, the correctional officers’ union has complained of understaffing. Those gripes are now part of the investigation into whether the 30-minute checks were happening, sources said.Epstein, a convicted sex offender, was found unresponsive in his cell around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Bureau of Prisons said. He was transported in cardiac arrest at 6:39 a.m. to New York Downtown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to sources.The official cause of death is pending an autopsy by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.The 66-year-old financier — who once socialized with former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump — was placed on suicide watch on July 23 after he was initially found unresponsive and with bruises on his neck in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the federal lockup in lower Manhattan. He was taken off suicide watch on July 29, officials told ABC News.His death angered many of Epstein’s accusers who said they wanted him to be found accountable for the alleged sex abuse he subjected them too, including some when they were minors.One of Epstein’s accusers, Jennifer Araoz, who claimed that Epstein raped her when she was 15, said through her attorney that she plans to go ahead with a lawsuit against Epstein.“This week, we intend to pursue justice for our client, Jennifer Araoz, and hold accountable those who enabled Mr. Epstein’s criminal activity,” Araoz’s attorney, Dan Kaiser, said in a statement on Sunday. “Regardless of his untimely death, our case will move forward. Jennifer deserves her day in court.”U.S. Attorney General William Barr has ordered a full investigation into Epstein’s death to determine how such a high-profile inmate could have taken his own life and why he was ever removed from suicide watch in the first place. Barr was said to be “livid,” and “determined to get to the bottom of this,” according to a source familiar with the case.Barr said in a statement that he was “appalled” to learn Epstein was found dead in his cell while in federal custody.“In addition to the FBI’s investigation, I consulted with the Inspector General who is opening an investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein’s death,” Barr said in his statement released on Saturday.On Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., would only say that he will leave it up to FBI Director Christopher Wray to get to the bottom of Epstein’s death.“I have faith and that’s all I’m going to say on it. I think it’s good that the FBI is investigating and they’re good at this,” Schumer said during a news conference. “I want them to leave no stone unturned.”Under the U.S. Borough of Prison’s suicide prevention protocol, Epstein’s removal from suicide watch would have required the approval of the jail’s suicide prevention coordinator, usually the facility’s chief psychologist.“I won’t be surprised if these impending investigations reveal that Epstein was able to charm his way off suicide watch, frankly. I mean, the guy was a master manipulator,” Cameron Lindsay, a retired federal prison warden and jail consultant, told ABC News on Sunday. “I think when you look at the scope and nature of his offenses, he was probably able to convince some mental health professional that he was OK to come off suicide watch because he was no longer a threat to himself.”While under suicide watch, according to the Bureau of Prison’s protocols, an inmate must be kept in a special room with no “fixtures or architectural features that would easily allow self-injury.” The prisoner is also not allowed to have bedsheets or any type of clothing that can be ripped and used to harm themselves, according to the protocols.During suicide watch, the prisoner must be observed 24 hours a day by jail staff or a trained and certified inmate companion, and seen by the jail’s chief psychologist at least once a day, according to the protocols.Once an inmate is taken off suicide watch, a report on how the decision was made must be forwarded to the warden, according to the protocols.“There should be a clear description of the resolution of the crisis and guidelines for follow-up care,” the protocols state.Lindsay said that once removed from suicide watch, Epstein would have been provided personal property, bed sheets and T-shirts.“In a situation like this, where you have somebody who is of such high notoriety, obviously the warden is involved,” Lindsay said. “As warden of five different correctional facilities, I was involved in the decision-making process on a daily basis with any inmate on suicide watch.“But this is a hyper-exaggerated situation. It’s Jeffrey Epstein. You simply have to be involved as the warden,” Lindsay said.The warden of the MCC facility, Shirley Skipper-Scott, has not commented on Epstein’s death.Epstein was arrested on July 7, upon his return from France to New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport. He was set to stand trial next year for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of girls in New York and Florida.He faced a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison, if convicted.A judge ordered him to be held without bail at the MCC facility after finding Epstein to be a flight risk.Epstein’s death came a day after a federal appellate court in New York unsealed around 2,000 pages of documents from a now-settled civil defamation case between Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an alleged Epstein victim, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime Epstein associate. Giuffre claimed she eventually became a teen sex slave to Epstein, and a victim of sex trafficking, beginning at age 17.The newly-unsealed documents showed that Giuffre alleged that Epstein and Maxwell directed her to have sex with, among others: Prince Andrew; criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz; former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; former Maine Sen. George Mitchell; a well-known prime minister, who she wouldn’t name; and a foreign man who was introduced to her as a “prince.”Maxwell has consistently denied Giuffre’s claims. Mitchell, Richardson, Dershowitz and Prince Andrew have all denied the claims.Lindsay discounted several conspiracy theories that have emerged since Epstein’s death suggesting that something nefarious was involved.“I personally believe that somebody got lulled to sleep. I see it as an issue of complacency and lack of leadership,” Lindsay said. “I hope it’s not something more than that, but that’s what I believe is how this is going to unfold.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


    first_imgOritani Bank collecting donations for Union City fire victimsThe Oritani Bank branch at 4200 Bergenline Ave. will be collecting and matching donations to assist the victims of the fire in Union City March 4. The four-alarm blaze killed one-year-old Eddie Gonzalez Jr. and briefly hospitalized his parents; it also displaced over 50 different people. Oritani Bank will match all cash donations up to a total of $10,000. A North Bergen OEM vehicle works to clear snow during the recent snowstorm that hit the tri-state area. “This terrible fire has affected many innocent individuals of our community and it is our duty to help them,” said Kevin J. Lynch, Oritani’s president and CEO. Donations can be made by mail or in person at Union City town hall, 3715 Palisade Ave., 3rd floor, Union City, NJ, 07087. Any checks or money orders must be made out directly to the City of Union City Fire Victims Fund at the town hall’s address.Hudson Chamber to open small business workshopsThe Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will introduce a series of small business workshops on Wednesday, March 22. Called “Introduction to Franchising,” it is the first of a series of four workshops to be offered this spring in partnership with the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation and the Union County Economic Corporation. The small business workshops are free and open to the public. “With a growing number of start-ups and small businesses choosing to make Hudson County their home, the chamber is expanding our educational offerings and focusing on topic areas we believe are highly relevant for business owners,” said Maria Nieves, chamber president and CEO. The workshops will take place from 6-8 pm on the following days: March 22 and April 19, at Hudson County Plaza; May 10, at the North Bergen Public Library; and June 7, at the Kearny Public Library. For more information about these workshops, please call (201) 386-0699 x 220 or visit the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce website: www.hudsonchamber.org.U.S. premiere of film to be held in Union CityOn Saturday, Apr. 8, 7 p.m., the 2017 NoHu International Film Festival will present the U.S. premiere of “Ameluk”, a film by Mimmo Mancini. This free event, presented in Italian with English subtitles, takes place at the Union City Performing Arts Center, at 2500 Kennedy Blvd. The film features Ameluk, a man in a small Italian city who plays Jesus Christ in a re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross. As it so happens, though, Ameluk is Muslim, which sharply divides public opinion on whether or not it is appropriate. For more information on the screening, visit http://www.unioncitypac.com/.Second annual car show coming to North BergenThe North Bergen Classic Car and Bike Show will return to town for a second year June 25, according to a recent press release. The show will run from 12-5 p.m. at 7900 Bergenline Ave. It will feature live DJ’s, guest judges, raffle prizes, and more. The Hoboken Cruisers will award trophies to the best vehicles in show. A $20 registration fee for each vehicle will apply. All proceeds will go to the 2017 New Jersey Special Olympics Fundraiser. For more information, or to register your vehicle, email [email protected], or call (201) 589-0941.center_img ×A North Bergen OEM vehicle works to clear snow during the recent snowstorm that hit the tri-state area.last_img read more

  • New SME service for growth launched

    first_imgThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has launched a new national programme focused on growing small and medium manufacturing businesses.The new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), launched by business minister Mark Prisk and the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC), is now available to all manufacturing businesses across England. It has been estimated that the new scheme will help generate £1.5bn in economic growth, create 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.Prisk commented: “The new Manufacturing Advisory Service will play a key role, providing tailored advice to businesses, helping them to grow and thrive, with a specific focus on helping SMEs improve competitiveness and unlock their growth potential.”Businesses interested in finding out more about the programme can visit www.mymas.org or call an advisor on 0845 658 9600.Small manufacturing businesses will also have access to a new initiative recently announced by the government to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains. The funding – up to £125m – will cover the whole of England and will help to support the UK supply chain, encourage new suppliers to invest in the UK and support economic growth.last_img read more

  • Tufts University president joins Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership

    first_img Read Full Story The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today that Tufts University president emeritus Lawrence S. Bacow M.P.P. 1976, Ph.D. 1978, has joined the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) community as its inaugural Leader-in-Residence. Bacow’s two-year appointment begins this summer.Bacow is known as a prominent expert on environmental policy and environmental dispute resolution, as well as a pioneering champion of broadened access to higher education and a scholar of technology’s role in expanding learning opportunities. He served as president of Tufts University from September 2001 through July 2011.“I have long admired Larry Bacow for his inspiring and creative leadership, and I am excited that he will be joining us at the Kennedy School,” said HKS Dean David T. Ellwood.last_img read more

  • Police Investigating Canada’s Deadliest Mass Shooting

    first_imgThe investigation into a 12-hour shooting spree across the Canadian area of Nova Scotia continues today. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman dressed up as a cop with a fake police car and started his rampage Saturday night. By the time Wortman was shot and killed by police, at least 17 people were dead, including an officer, in what’s now Canada’s deadliest mass shooting. Mass shooting spree in gun-controlled Canada leaves 17 dead, including mountie https://t.co/W4QuBOEHHX via @BIZPACReview— Dont tread upon (@donttreadupon) April 20, 2020 Police don’t know Wortman’s motive but investigators say it seems clear this wasn’t just a random act.last_img read more

  • McCue: Big Ten’s strength to blame for disappointing start

    first_imgLess than a month ago, the Wisconsin basketball team looked poised to make a run for a Big Ten title once again as it flirted with a top 10 ranking and turned heads with its stellar shooting.How quickly things can change.Ranked as high as No. 7 in the coaches poll and sitting comfortably at No. 11 just after Christmas, the Badgers then dropped three of their first four games in Big Ten play. Three games in a row – including two losses at home. For Wisconsin fans spoiled by Bo Ryan’s unexpectedly strong conference finishes, a 1-3 start sounded like nothing more than a terrifying dream.While it was a rocky run for the Badgers, much of that underperforming falls on the strength of the Big Ten, which currently sits atop college basketball as the nation’s premier conference. With five teams from the nation’s oldest conference ranked in the latest polls – and Wisconsin sitting just outside – the Big Ten’s talent in 2012 has Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany drooling. The conference standings remain a crowded battle for the top spot, as five teams boast no more than five losses, as of Jan. 21.There’s no excuse for a home court loss to Iowa, other than atrocious shooting – 10.7 percent from beyond the arc, seriously? – but losses to Michigan State and Michigan are a product of a tougher-than-usual Big Ten. This year’s rendition of the swing offense has plenty of talent but lacks experience, an issue that has shown through early in the conference season.Star guard Jordan Taylor has yet to find his shooting rhythm, and the Badgers are still seeking a dominant post presence. Senior forward Jared Berggren has certainly stepped his game up, as he now averages double figures, but is simply not the consistent post presence Wisconsin desperately needs. Though Ben Brust has saved UW with his explosive scoring ability several times this season, the Badgers lack a serious No. 2 scorer behind Taylor.Just don’t expect things to get any easier soon – the conference is simply loaded with deep, talented teams.A Jared Sullinger-powered Ohio State is the conference favorite, and rightfully so, but Tom Izzo’s Michigan State team has proven they’re up for the challenge after working through one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country. After an 18-point beatdown of the Badgers, Michigan solidified its place as a conference title contender with a nail-biting victory over the Spartans.And after pulling off upsets over Ohio State and Kentucky this year, Indiana has proven the team is regaining its spot as a national basketball powerhouse. Tom Crean is finally getting the pieces to fall together and, with the impressive post play of freshman Cody Zeller, the Hoosiers will be a tough matchup for Wisconsin.According to Cindy Boren of The Washington Post, the Big Ten could have nine of its 12 teams dancing come March. That’s right, nine teams, or three-quarters of the conference, in case you can’t handle the math.Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East fans will likely dismiss the Big Ten’s dominance in 2012 on grounds that the teams lack explosive scorers and high-flying offenses that are commonplace on the east coast. It’s true that Big Ten play is often dominated by defensive battles with final scores in the 50s or 60s (Indiana is the only Big Ten squad to rank in the top 25 nationally in scoring offense), but that shouldn’t disqualify it from being the country’s best conference top to bottom.Although probably its best showing in recent memory, the strength of the Big Ten alone doesn’t justify an 1-3 start to conference play. When the Badgers climbed the polls early in the year, they were shooting the lights out. As Taylor fought off a slump, players like Mike Bruesewitz, Brust and at times Ryan Evans came out of the shadows to power Wisconsin’s offense.The post game was still lacking, but when UW was nailing half its shots from long-range, it wasn’t much of an issue. Such a slump can only be expected from a team that relies on jump shots and three-pointers, and all signs are pointing to a quick turnaround for Ryan’s squad.With three straight victories over Big Ten opponents, including a statement road win over Purdue, the NCAA tournament is well within reach of Taylor & Co. Despite the disappointing start, the Badgers still exude a don’t-hurt-yourself Bo Ryan-coached team. Wisconsin leads the country in turnovers per game – nine – and holds its competition to just 35.1 percent shooting from the field, tops in the nation. The fundamentals are there – the shooting isn’t.Wisconsin fans have been spoiled under Ryan for his tremendous success on the hardwood, a mark proven last year when the Badgers finished the season undefeated in Madison. But those numbers can’t be maintained when the Big Ten is this good.UW has faced defeat in front of a home crowd three times this season and – maybe I’m a pessimist – but they will likely pick up another rare loss at the Kohl Center before the year is out. Perhaps it will pay off and the heightened competition in the regular season will prepare Wisconsin for a deep run in the NCAA tourney.It may keep another Big Ten title banner from the rafters of the Kohl Center, but this ultimately benefits the conference. I can see Delany’s wide-mouthed grin from here.Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers are still underperforming in a talent-loaded Big Ten? Or is the oldest athletic conference overrated? Let him know at [email protected] or tweet @imccue.last_img read more

  • Palm Beach County Prepares to Offer $60 Million in Business Grants

    first_imgIn order to be eligible, businesses must be located within the county limits, cannot be publicly traded, cannot be a nonprofit and must have operated from at least Oct. 1 through Feb. 29.Additionally, small businesses cannot exceed $3 million in gross receipts or sales, and businesses with more than 25 employees cannot exceed $5 million in sales in order to be eligible.Business owners will be required to provide an active Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt, a copy of the active filing with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations as seen on sunbiz.org, as well as financial documents such as tax returns and payroll reports.The money can be used for payroll, rent, utilities and other expenses that have developed during the pandemic. The money must be used by Dec. 30.Businesses that have received $25,000 or more from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, or other forgivable loans, are not eligible for a county grant.In addition, businesses that have received less than $25,000 from the PPP or other forgivable loans will have that amount deducted from their maximum eligible award.Officials estimated it may take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete the application. Palm Beach County is preparing to distriubute $60 million in grants for businesses that was been hurt by the ongoing pandemic. An online application portal will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Friday at discover.pbcgov.org.However, there are some catches.The county is planning to give $50 million, from the $261 million it received from the CARES Act, for businesses with 25 employees or fewer. The other $10 million will go to businesses with more than 25 employees.The grants may not exceed $25,000, in order to accommodate at least 2,000 small businesses and at least 400 businesses that have more than 25 employees. The amount provided will depend on the business’ specific line-item expenses over a six-month period.A paper application will be available in case the online portal fails.“We understand businesses are hurting, and we’re working as diligently to get everything prepared to make this process user friendly for the applicants,” says county administrator Verdenia Baker.last_img read more

  • Giants minor leaguer tweets meager paycheck, says he actually pays to play baseball

    first_imgTyler Cyr is making a name for himself. The San Francisco Giants minor league relief pitcher has climbed the organizational ladder, from rookie ball in 2015, to Triple-A Sacramento — one rung below the major leagues — this past season.What he is not making: Money.In an attempt to shine a light on the plight of minor league baseball prospects, Cyr, a Fremont native, took to Twitter on Monday to share his paycheck. Which took some courage.Cyr’s contract was worth $10,275. His net pay was …last_img read more

  • Amazon Web Services Hits $3.8 Billion Revenue – But Can It Capture The Enterprise?

    first_imgIt took Amazon Web Services (AWS) eight years to hit $650 million in revenue, according to Citigroup in 2010.  Just three years later, Macquarie Capital analyst Ben Schachter estimates that AWS will top $3.8 billion in 2013 revenue, up from $2.1 billion in 2012 (estimated), valuing the AWS business at $19 billion.  It’s a lot of money, and it underlines Amazon’s increasingly dominant role in cloud computing, and the rising risks associated with enterprises putting all their eggs in the AWS basket.The Enterprise Is Cloud Computing’s Next Big TargetUltimately, it’s the enterprise that will crown a winner in cloud computing. And as Macquarie Capital posits, Amazon is gearing up to take on the enterprise:We highlight that much of AWS‟s past growth has come from SMBs [small and medium-sized businesses] and start-ups. While these will continue to drive growth globally, in 2013 we expect a more concerted effort to focus on growing the AWS business at large enterprises. Importantly, the broadening platform offered by AWS is helping to drive adoption in larger enterprises (moving up the tech stack, with RedShift and other recent product launches). Additionally, we think emerging markets offer a significant opportunity, as many enterprises in these regions will likely bypass traditional technology infrastructure and go straight to the cloud.Not that winning the enterprise will come easily. Outside the SMB market, Amazon has real challenges.  One is reliability, which has Amazon scrambling to root out “unknown unknowns” before they bring down AWS. In this the company largely has to go it alone. Even if Amazon were to open source the infrastructure it uses to run its operations, as Facebook has, it’s unlikely that the company would derive much benefit. Amazon runs at a scale that few developers have experienced, rendering its “many eyeballs” just that: eyeballs that don’t necessarily know what they’re looking at, and impotent to dig in and help make AWS more resilient. Sure, there are engineers at Google and other Web giants who can appreciate Amazon’s scale (450,000 Linux servers and counting), but what’s their incentive to help by contributing code or insight?It’s unlikely that the enterprise is going to toss out AWS any time soon, however. It’s just too convenient, and relatively cheap. Amazon is happy to run at ridiculously low margins, according to its CEO Jeff Bezos in a Harvard Business Review interview, because the company believes the potential of the Internet is still largely untapped. In Bezos’ mind, we’re in the midst of a land grab for the future of retail and computing. Building and owning a market is more important than collecting profits from it. At least for now.  Amazon Is A Tough CompetitorThis translates into serious customer benefit. As for competitors, well, Businessweek‘s Brad Stone calls the company’s approach “the Bermuda triangle of business.”  Amazon also has the benefit of having been first to market, with its interface (API) now dominant among developers. In responding to a podcast question about why his company chose to embrace the Amazon API instead of creating its own, Basho CTO Justin Sheehy highlights the developer inertia cutting against API innovation:I’ve never heard a single customer say, “Don’t give me the Amazon API.”… If everyone were starting to build these things at the same time then innovating at the API might be interesting. When the majority of users are already using the same one, however, you don’t pick it because it’s the best. You pick it because it’s the API that gives you the least friction to people adopting your product.None of which is to suggest that AWS has already won the battle for the enterprise. There are plenty of excellent alternatives, particularly for enterprise workloads, in Google Cloud Platform, VMware CloudFoundry, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and others, not to mention private/hybrid cloud solutions from Citrix (Apache Cloudstack), Eucalyptus, OpenNebula and more. Many of these have technical and other advantages, as well as price discounts in some cases. But right now it is Amazon that is setting the terms, and with its aggressive pricing and product roll-outs, it’s making those terms as onerous as possible for competitors to surpass.Ultimately, it’s a race to see whether competitors can improve their ease-of-use and cost structure faster than Amazon can improve its reliability and security. Either way, customers win.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Matt Asay 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Tags:#Amazon#cloud computing#Cloud Providers Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

  • Airbus open to a fighter plane assembly plant in Quebec ahead of

    first_imgMIRABEL, Que. — Airbus is not ruling out the possibility that Quebec will host a fighter plane assembly line and satellite construction plant if the European giant manages to win new contracts in Canada.Simon Jacques, head of Canadian operations for the multinational, mentioned the possibility Monday at a company event in Mirabel, an off-island Montreal suburb, where it manufactures A220 jetliners, previously known as the Bombardier C Series.Airbus is on the lookout for Ottawa’s call for tenders — expected before the start of the 2019 election campaign — for 88 fighter planes to replace the government’s aging CF-18s. Airbus makes the Eurofighter Typhoon.Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Saab are all in the running alongside Airbus for the federal contract.Jacques says the construction of a new assembly line, which would create numerous jobs, would not be a logistical challenge given there is space available in Mirabel.Since the call for tenders would impose local content requirements, he says he wants to propose a “Canadian solution.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more