New fire and police training center opens in Fort Worth

first_imgJamie Manning Twitter Linkedin ReddIt printMembers of the Fort Worth community came together on Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex.The new facility, located at 505 W Felix St., includes modern technology and advanced training environments for both the police and fire departments.“Our previous facility was built many years ago,” Fire Chief Rudy Jackson said. “Many of the things that we use to train were out-of-date.”Finding a new location was also necessary because of the Trinity River Vision project planning to take over some of the area where the old facility was located.“We needed a facility that not only fits our needs today, but leaves expansion room for tomorrow,” interim Chief of Police Rhonda Robertson said.The project was $97.4 million and funded by Fort Worth taxpayers. The mayor said the complex is an investment for the city.“The facility will benefit the Fort Worth community by building the best trained public safety,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “If a citizen is in need, they will get the best of the best.”The 500,000 square feet of indoor training space was repurposed from two pre-World War II warehouses, which resulted in significant financial savings.“The history is very important to know,” Price said.All of the original wood has been reclaimed to preserve the building’s history.When deciding what to name the new complex, the city council’s vote was unanimous.“Former Mayor Bob Bolen touched so many lives in this city and really got us to where we are today,” Price said. “There was no one better to name it after.”Bolen was Fort Worth’s longest-serving mayor from 1982-1991. He then went on to work at TCU as the senior advisor to the chancellor until he died Jan. 6, 2014.“Bob Bolen always did all he could to support public safety and this facility does just that,” Robertson said. “It helps us modernize, enhance and expand our training to educate and support the firefighters and police officers of Fort Worth.” Linkedin Jamie Manning Sundance Square’s Christmas tree lighting brings the spirit of giving Facebook Jamie Manning Facebook Twitter Jamie Manning ReddIt The State Fair of Texas opens for the season Humane Society of North Texas raises money in annual “Trick or Trot” Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Junior League of Fort Worth hosts annual holiday gift market Previous articleDylan Thomas dominates early in the seasonNext articleQ & A with Bob Schieffer Jamie Manning RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Jamie Manning read more

Limerick Chamber slams rates rise proposal

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Limerick Chamber chief executive Dr James RingLimerick Chamber has expressed its outright opposition to a proposed 4.5 per cent increase in commercial rates for 2016 by Limerick City and County council.Chamber chief executive Dr. James Ring said the local authority needed to balance its budget and stop looking to businesses to plug the gap.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Expenditure needs to be reduced and a broader income base needs to be developed in City Hall. A rates increase merely seeks to increase income from a group that is already stretched to the limit.“The proposal to increase rates by 4.5 per cent will extract an addition €2.25 million from businesses who already give the local authority almost €60 million a year, which is 35 per cent of the council’s overall income” he said.“It is counter-intuitive to promote Limerick as ‘open for businesses with a ‘can-do’ attitude yet increase commercial rates to bleed more money from businesses. Ultimately we must enable businesses, both large and small, to create employment and continue to support the economic vibrancy of the region.“Limerick Chamber calls on all councillors to think of their constituents and the businesses that provide and generate employment for them when they vote on this proposal on Friday, jobs will inevitably be lost with a rates increase.“The proposed rates increase sends a message that the local authority see businesses as a source of additional income.“Limerick Chamber believes commercial rates should be index linked and at the moment, in a period of zero inflation, a 4.5 per cent rates increase cannot be justified. Revisit this issue in 12 months and allow businesses to get back on their feet and get people back into employment”, Dr Ring concluded. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSbusinessChamberDr James Ringfeaturedlimerickrates Linkedin Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories center_img Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Print Previous articleLumiere show cancelled due to illnessNext articleGAA – Weekend Fixtures for Limerick GAA Editor Email Advertisement NewsBreaking newsLimerick Chamber slams rates rise proposalBy Editor – November 18, 2015 754 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Man charged in connection with Albertsons robbery

first_img Pinterest Previous articlePermian Basin, U.S. rig counts soarNext articleOC president named Citizen of the Year admin Timothy Eugene Thomas The Odessa Police Department charged a man Wednesday after he reportedly stole merchandise from Albertsons and threatened to assault an employee who confronted him, an OPD press release said.Police arrested the suspect, 43-year-old Timothy Eugene Thomas, around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at Albertsons, 1350 East Eighth St., the release stated.The release detailed Thomas had concealed merchandise on his person and left the store without attempting to pay. Upon being confronted by an employee, Thomas reportedly told him “don’t make me reach for my weapon,” and the two got into a scuffle, leaving the employee with bodily injury on his chest, a torn shirt, and a broken necklace afterwards, the release said.Surveillance footage of the incident confirmed the employee’s account, the release detailed.Thomas was charged with robbery, a second-degree felony.Jail records show Thomas was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Thursday and his bond was set at $7,500. Twitter Man charged in connection with Albertsons robbery Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter By admin – January 12, 2018 Local NewsCrime WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Myanmar coup leader: ‘Join hands’ with army for democracy

first_img Myanmar coup leader: ‘Join hands’ with army for democracy Facebook Pinterest TAGS  Local NewsUS NewsWorld News Previous articlekENUP Foundation: scepsis ten aanzien van vaccins in Duitsland neemt toe met nieuwe COVID-vaccinsNext articleLamar looks to extend streak vs HBU Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 12, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Investor Says His Company Has Made ‘Considerable Progress’ In GSE Funds Lawsuit

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Investor Says His Company Has Made ‘Considerable Progress’ In GSE Funds Lawsuit The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago February 3, 2015 879 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Investor Says His Company Has Made ‘Considerable Progress’ In GSE Funds Lawsuit Previous: Credit Agency Reaches $1.37 Billion Settlement With DOJ, 19 States over RMBS Ratings Next: Bank of America Loses Bid to Overturn Verdict in ‘Hustle’ Case in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. center_img One week after a U.S. Federal Court of Claims Judge ruled that his company’s lawsuit against the government over its use of GSE profits could continue, Fairholme Funds CEO Bruce Berkowitz addressed investors on a conference call Tuesday morning, telling them that his company, one of the GSEs’ biggest investors, has made “considerable progress” in its lawsuit against the government.Also on Tuesday, a U.S. District Judge in Iowa dismissed a suit filed by Continental Western Insurance Company similar to the one filed by Miami-based Fairholme Funds over the sweeping of GSE profits into the U.S. Department of Treasury. The judge in the Iowa case cited last year’s decision by Judge Royce Lamberth in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia which dismissed the Fairholme suit and a similar complaint filed by Perry Capital.On Tuesday morning, Berkowitz expressed optimism about Fairholme’s lawsuit, which was filed in 2013 and revived by Judge Margaret Sweeney last week in the U.S. Federal Court of Claims despite Lamberth’s dismissal of the case last September in the D.C. District Court.”We’ve had our ups and downs, but we are making considerable progress in the Federal Court of Claims,” Berkowitz said. “The judge will decline the Justice Department’s motion to stay the case despite the government’s purposeful delays. Discovery is ongoing. Our lawyers have reviewed 400,000 pages of documents. Depositions will soon begin.”Berkowitz reiterated in the conference call that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are “essential” and “they have no substitutes” because of their role in the housing industry, which includes offering $7 trillion in liquidity to the U.S. mortgage market since 2009.”If you want to stimulate the national economy in tough times, start with the housing sector,” Berkowitz said. “It’s roughly 23 percent of GDP. There’s nobody better to prime that pump than Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.”The GSEs have been under conservatorship of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) since September 2008, at which time they needed a government bailout totaling $188 billion to stay afloat. They have since returned to profitability and are predicted to earn about $21 billion a year for the foreseeable future, according to Berkowitz.Under the terms of the bailout, the government acquired 80 percent of the GSEs’ common stock and a 10 percent dividend each year through senior preferred shares. Treasury amended the agreement in August 2012, however, and required that all GSE profits be swept into Treasury.Berkowitz likened the amending of the bailout terms to a farmer whose farm was successful for decades, but when a drought came, was forced to accept an offer from a wealthy neighbor who was willing to loan the farmer money to keep the farm going. The deal he negotiated was tough, however – the farmer pays the neighbor 10 percent interest per year on his investment and gives him 80 percent ownership in the farm. Years later, when the farm conditions are better and the farm returns to profitability, the wealthy neighbor visits the farm and sees it flourishing – then changes the terms of the agreement, requiring the farmer to pay him 100 percent of the farm’s profits from that point forward.”It seems far-fetched, but this is precisely what has happened to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the hands of the U.S. Treasury,” Berkowitz said. “Some call it expropriation, others call it a de facto nationalization. Either way, it’s illegal and unfathomable. This is America. We’re not in Venezuela and it’s not the Soviet Union.”A spokesman for Treasury declined to comment on the Fairholme suit, and the Department of Justice was not immediately available for comment. The government’s position is that Treasury did not directly affect and control FHFA as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and that the amending of the bailout terms was not illegal but rather “imposed a so-called net sweep,” according to Berkowitz.Berkowitz remained positive in the conference call about his company’s future relationship with the GSEs.”At Fairholme, we believe in America,” he said. “We don’t bet against America. Fannie and Freddie are two of the most valuable companies we have in America. We own them, we own them at cheap prices, and we look forward to staying invested in them for a very long period of time.” Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Fairholme Funds Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSEs Lawsuits 2015-02-03 Brian Honea Tagged with: Fairholme Funds Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSEs Lawsuits Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Savelast_img read more

Fatal road traffic collision in County Tyrone

first_img Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Google+ Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Fatal road traffic collision in County Tyrone Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Facebook Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Previous articleThree people arrested in Derry following anti-social behaviour crackdownNext articleSt. Catherine’s are league champions admin Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – April 11, 2015 Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp One person has died following a  road crash in County Tyrone.The incident  happened on the Gortagammon Road, near Cookstown between midnight and one o’ clock this morning.A pedestrian and a vehicle were involved.The Gortagammon Road remains closed at this time.Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25thlast_img read more

Police confirm dead 8-month-old is child of missing California man

first_imgLos Angeles County Sheriffs Office(LOS ANGELES) — An 8-month-old child found dead outside a funeral home in Southern California was identified Tuesday as the daughter of a missing man sheriffs are calling an “at-risk” individual.The infant was found Monday morning next to a dumpster behind a mortuary in Bellflower, California, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.The sheriff’s office confirmed Tuesday afternoon the body was that of Alexia Rose Echeverria, and said the case was now being handled by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.The baby’s father, Alexander Echeverria, 22, has not been seen since Monday. Friends said he suffers from depression, according to Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV.He is not being called a suspect in the child’s death, but is considered a “person of interest.” He was reported missing by family members in Sacramento on the same day his daughter’s body was found.“Alexander is considered a person of interest in the death of Alexia,” the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “He is considered at-risk due to suicidal statements made to family members recently.”Alexander Echeverria was last seen driving a gray 2014 Volkswagon Jetta with California license plate 7FFT866.He has family in the Bellflower area, authorities said. Bellflower is a suburb about 20 minutes southeast of downtown Los Angeles.Alexia Echeverria’s cause of death has not been announced. An autopsy is being performed. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Team Tiger hoping Trump pardons Joe Exotic

first_imgKatie Conway/ABC NewsBy KATIE CONWAY, ABC News(FORT WORTH, Texas) — The legal team fighting to free Joe Exotic, the jailed former owner of an exotic animal park in Oklahoma and star of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King, said they were told Tuesday that “this may be Joe’s week” to be pardoned.Eric Love, a Fort Worth, Texas-based private investigator working with Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, on his pardon case, tells ABC News he believes President Donald Trump will use presidential pardons in the last weeks of his term to continue to take attention away from President-elect Joe Biden. Love is working to make Maldonado-Passage one of those pardons.“President Trump is the only one that we can approach in this manner,” Love said. “He is the only one that can appreciate [Joe’s] showmanship.”Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year sentence after being found guilty on two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act, according to the Department of Justice.Love and a group of attorneys and private investigators, dubbed “Team Tiger,” filed a 257-page pardon application with the White House on Sept. 10, which has been obtained by ABC News.The pardon application alleges that if Maldonado-Passage had matched the prosecution’s resources, the outcome of his case would have been different.“At the time Joe was tried, he was just some gay, gun-toting, redneck in Oklahoma,” who “dared to assert his Constitutional right to a trial by Jury and Presumption of Innocence,” the pardon application said.The application includes letters from Maldonado-Passage’s presidential campaign manager, Anne Patrick, a partner who took over ownership of the zoo following Maldonado-Passage’s arrest, Timothy Stark and long-time Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park manager John Reinke, who was heavily featured in the Netflix show and claimed he was never asked to testify.“Without the testimonies of Anne Patrick, John Reinke, and Timothy Stark, there is a lot of evidence and information that was missing from the Court and federal jury’s consideration, hindering their ability to accurately assess Joe’s innocence,” the pardon application said.Team Tiger includes Love, and attorneys Francisco Hernandez and Jeff Hoover, who all say they are working pro bono on the case and footing the bill for the entire operation.“This is just a group of people that are doing this because we want to,” Hernandez told ABC News.The team began their quest for a pardon for Maldonado-Passage this summer, releasing a music video and embarking on a bus trip to Washington, D.C., on a two-story bus wrapped in “Free Joe Exotic” signage to hand-deliver the presidential pardon application. Hoover said the strategy was “meant to be as deeply over the top as the show.” The team said the showmanship was to capture Trump’s attention.Team Tiger said it has submitted all necessary documents for Maldonado-Passage’s presidential pardon and now, they wait for a call from the White House. The legal team also said it filed an appeal on Maldonado-Passage’s case in Denver, which has not yet been heard.Maldonado-Passage’s life as head of the exotic animal park and his subsequent legal case were featured in this year’s Netflix docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.He is currently housed at the Federal Medical Center, a 1,500-inmate facility in Fort Worth. Love says that if released, Maldonado-Passage plans to focus on a career in music.A father of four, Love said he spent his life in law enforcement, working as a patrol sergeant in the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department in Texas, before moving into private security work in 2007.He tells ABC News he spends his free time corresponding with incarcerated individuals, particularly those on death row. Love says his goal is to learn their “triggers” and turn that into a learning opportunity. He said he shares his insight during private investigator courses, but also with everyday people, so that law enforcement and civilians might feel better equipped to identify and prevent future crimes.After watching the Tiger King documentary on the persuasion of his wife and daughter, Love said he turned to his family and said, “We’re getting [Joe] a pardon.”He said he wrote Maldonado-Passage a letter in prison and promised him three things; he would assemble the smartest legal team he knew, keep his story on the front pages and do it all with grand showmanship. He said Maldonado-Passage accepted the offer.Love said he identified with Maldonado-Passage’s story.“I grew up in a very dysfunctional home. I thrive at dysfunction … when you are a person from that side of the tracks, you can identify with it real quick and probably understand it better than somebody else,” Love said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kinetic equation of linear fractional stable motion and applications to modeling the scaling of intermittent bursts

first_imgLévy flights and fractional Brownian motion have become exemplars of the heavy-tailed jumps and longrangedmemory widely seen in physics. Natural time series frequently combine both effects, and linear fractionalstable motion lfsm is a model process of this type, combining alpha-stable jumps with a memory kernel.In contrast complex physical spatiotemporal diffusion processes where both the above effects compete have formany years been modeled using the fully fractional kinetic equation for the continuous-time random walkCTRW, with power laws in the probability density functions of both jump size and waiting time. We derivethe analogous kinetic equation for lfsm and show that it has a diffusion coefficient with a power law in timerather than having a fractional time derivative like the CTRW. We discuss some preliminary results on thescaling of burst “sizes” and “durations” in lfsm time series, with applications to modeling existing observationsin space physics and elsewhere.last_img read more

Utah State Football Enters Into 3-Game Series With Oregon

first_imgApril 28, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Enters Into 3-Game Series With Oregon FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, Utah State athletic director and vice president John Hartwell confirmed the Aggies’ football squad will play three games against Oregon in 2027, 2028 and 2029.The Aggies will play at Eugene, Ore. September 18, 2027 and September 15, 2029 with the Ducks paying a visit to Logan September 16, 2028.The Aggies will play their first game against a Pac-12 opponent at home September 3 against Washington State since September 7, 2012 when they upset nationally-ranked Utah 27-20 in overtime.The Aggies have played the Ducks four times in their history with Oregon leading the all-time series 4-0.The Ducks have outscored Utah State by a combined score of 183-61 all-time.The 2028 visit to Logan will be Oregon’s first road game against the Aggies since 2001, a game the Ducks won 38-21. Brad James Tags: Oregon Football/USU Football Written bylast_img read more