Texas police officer rescues baby who was choking on a marble

first_imgWFAA(PLANO, Texas) — A police officer in Texas helped save a 1-year-old girl who was choking on a marble.Last month, officer Coy Clements responded to a 911 call about an emergency at a resident’s home in Plano.Inside, Ariana Yousif, 1, was choking on a marble she had been playing with earlier.Clements can be seen in bodycam footage striking Ariana’s back several times. After a few attempts the marble flies out of her mouth.Sity Yousif, Ariana’s aunt, told ABC News that police arrived within minutes after the 911 call was placed. Her sister, Ariana’s mother, does not speak English well, Yousif said, but she was still able to communicate with Clements.“We thought maybe she’s gone. The police saved her life,” Yousif said.About six to seven people were in the house when he arrived, Clements, 38, said. All of them were in a state of panic.“It was just a big blessing that the call came when it did,” he explained. “A lot of times you get calls like that … you’re almost kind of on your knees and you don’t really know what to do with yourself.”David Tilley, public information officer of the Plano police department, said Clements’ response to the situation was “outstanding.”“He immediately went to work doing the training skills that he was given and within a matter of a few seconds he had an unresponsive and breathing child that was now back to breathing crying and ultimately turned out to be OK,” he said.Moss Yousif, Ariana’s father, told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV that Clements is a hero.“He’s a hero. That’s it. That’s all I can say,” he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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NASA astronaut accused of crime committed in space

first_imgABC News(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — Authorities are investigating the first allegation of a crime committed in space.Astronaut Anne McClain has been accused of unlawfully accessing her estranged spouse’s bank account aboard the International Space Station.McClain and her spouse, Summer Worden, have been engaged in a custody battle over Worden’s six year-old son Briggs after filing for divorce in October 2018.“Lt. Col Anne McClain has an accomplished military career, flew combat missions in Iraq and is one of NASA’s top astronauts,” NASA said in a statement. “She did a great job on her most recent mission to the International Space Station. As with all NASA employees NASA does not comment on personal, or personnel issues.”Worden, a former Airforce Intelligence Officer, claimed McClain got into her account as part of a plan to gain parental rights of her son.But McClain’s attorney said when she accessed the account, she was making sure the couple’s finances were in order as she had been doing for years using passwords that weren’t changed.McClain tweeted her response to the allegations writing, “There’s unequivocally no truth to these claims. We’ve been going through a painful, personal separation that’s now unfortunately in the media. I appreciate the outpouring of support and will reserve comment until after the investigation. I have total confidence in the IG process.”The two married in December 2014 but after filing for divorce nearly four years later, Worden argues since McClain did not legally adopt Briggs, she does not have custodial rights.ABC’s Chief Transportation Correspondent, David Kerley, spoke with McClain in 2018 about operating in space before her six-month stint aboard the International Space Station. When asked about training in the Astronaut Corps and going to space for the first time she said, “I do know that it as been something so magical that has given me such a purpose my whole life and I’m really looking forward to achieving it,” she said.McClain and Worden’s divorce trial is set for Sept. 17th in Houston.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Onyx Equities acquires massive New Jersey office portfolio for $160M

first_imgOnyx Equities’ Jonathan B. Schultz (left) and John Saraceno, Jr. with 7 Sylvan Way (right) and 8 Campus Drive in New Jersey (Onyx Equities)Mack-Cali Realty Corp. continues to shed its suburban office buildings as it focuses on properties closer to the New Jersey waterfront.The Jersey City-based real estate investment trust recently sold a 1.5 million-square-foot office portfolio in Morris County, New Jersey, to Onyx Equities, along with partners Taconic Capital Advisors, Axonic Capital and Machine Investment Group. According to the firm, Onyx and its partners paid $160 million for the 10-building parcel. The sale comes two years after Onyx acquired another Mack-Cali office portfolio in nearby Bergen County.“ReadInside Gilmartin’s short-term gig at Mack-CaliThe Mack DaddyOnyx Equities secures 320k sf of tristate leases Mack-Cali has in recent years shifted its strategy to focus on the acquisition of office and multifamily properties on the Hudson County waterfront. In 2019, the firm announced that it would shed its entire suburban office portfolio in order to pay down its corporate debt. The REIT also recently tapped MaryAnne Gilmartin to temporarily serve as CEO amid a larger shake-up of its leadership team.“Our team’s effort, led by Ricardo Cardoso, has achieved a major milestone for the company with the strategic sale of our Parsippany assets,” said Gilmartin. She said the firm would continue to prune its portfolio and focus on commercial waterfront assets.Although the Morris County assemblage went into contract before the pandemic, the unusual investing environment, and the question of whether employees will be returning to offices in the near future, impacted the transaction.John Saraceno, Jr., managing principal for Onyx Equities, said the final purchase price was 10 percent lower than the initial offer, and some assets were left out of the transaction. Real Estate New Jersey reported in December 2019 that Onyx was in contract to buy 2.4 million square feet for $288.5 million.“In conjunction with Mack-Cali, we worked through some revisions to pricing and staggered the closing,” said Saraceno. “We both recognized the world was different.”The buildings included in the transaction are all located in Morris County. Nine are in Parsippany: 1, 3, 5 and 7 Sylvan Way; 4, 6 and 8 Campus Drive; 2 Dryden Way and 2 Hilton Court. The final building is 1 Giralda Farms, in Madison.The properties are 84 percent leased, Saraceno said, and he believes they’re well-positioned to benefit both from tenants already in the suburbs who are looking for office space, as well as those looking for space outside of New York City due to Covid-19.Saraceno acknowledged that in the office sector, the next two to three years may be “choppy,” but he said there will still be a demand for high-quality productivity space — especially if it allows some workers the flexibility to not commute into New York City.“Our anecdotal evidence tells us that people enjoy being closer to their house,” Saraceno said. “People have recognized once and for all that they don’t need to go to New York City.”Georgia Kromrei Email Address* Message*center_img Full Name* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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What’s in the tangled pipelines for Europe?

first_imgThe EU’s failure to notice the obvious is breathtaking. As for its efforts trying to avert what, to everyone else, is evidently coming next, forget it.  The horror of Gaza, for instance, has unfolded like a car-crash in slow motion. As for the latest Russia-Ukraine imbroglio over gas, were our political leaders celebrating too hard on New Year’s Day, as they were in 2006, to notice Gazprom switching off Ukraine’s gas supplies? It did not do so for long then, but enough to remind everyone how cold life can get without heating. The economic slump is likely to kill off that EU-US scheme, which was already making private investors jumpy. Threats of ‘another Georgia’ also discourage this sort of scheme, as does the steady subversion of EU energy utilities, a process sometimes known as ‘self-invasion’. Russia or its proxies take large shareholdings in these, then make sure EU states are locked into long-term Russian energy contracts. If, as many experts predict, some of these contracts cannot be honoured, then what better winter sport for Gazprom and friends than watching EU states fighting it out with one another? A typical – and for me shameful – nail in the coffin of EU independence was the deal with Putin signed by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis in April 2008. The following month Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev signed too. 2008 was not a proud spring for the South. But there is a plentiful supply of useful or simply greedy idiots throughout the Union, Schröders, Karamanlises, Kouchners and Stanishevs galore, according to a recent study, ‘The EU’s attitude towards Russia: condemned to be divided?’, by Stefano Braghiroli and Caterina Carta. It categorises EU countries according to their level of loyalty towards Russia: “eastern divorced”, “loyal wives”, “vigilant critics” and, the most disturbing, “acquiescent partners”. Could there be a better playground for Russia than Europe? The excuse then was allegedly unpaid bills and the happy political outcome – for Vladimir Putin at least – was in effect to block Ukraine’s bid to join NATO. Now we are back in the same place. The EU of course claims credit – its favourite activity – for a new agreement reached on Monday, 19 January, which may or may not hold. But the real point is different: that the EU cannot afford to be forever dependent on the vagaries of Russian geopolitical games. Not that they are vague at all, really. Russia’s planned Nord Stream gas pipeline under the sea to Germany, avoiding the Baltic states, is a neat divisive move. Even more elegant was the appointment of Gerhard Schröder, the rascally former German chancellor and a Putin crony, as head of the Nord Stream shareholders’ committee. A South Stream under-sea pipeline is planned to pump an annual 30 billion cubic metres of Russian gas to Italy via Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Croatia, while a branchline will run through Serbia and Hungary to Austria. The precondition of this entirely coherent strategy, as most ten-year-olds could work out, is to block, or make an economic nonsense of, EU and American attempts to by-pass Russian or Russian-controlled energy supplies such as the EU’s flagship Nabucco project to get Caspian gas to Vienna. last_img read more

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Gaza Crisis: Paramedics under Pressure

first_imgYouTube/AlJazeeraEnglish – Let’s get more on our top story now and the crisis in Gaza. Paramedics there are battling to save lives of those injured in Israel’s bombing campaign. Al Jazeera’s Casey Kauffman joined a response team on call.last_img

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Discussion highlights conflict in Ukraine

first_imgThe Hesburgh Center for International Studies hosted the event “Dinner and Discussion: The Crisis in Ukraine,” a discussion that focused on Russia, Ukraine and the political and ideological motivations that encompassed them on Tuesday evening.The discussion was led by Russian scholar Alexander Martin and leading international relations scholar Dan Lindley, who are both fellows of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The pair attempted to explain the historical, political and ideological relationship Russia has with Ukraine, Europe and NATO.Martin said while there are similarities between the crisis in Crimea and the Cold War, there exists a failure to understand the Russian political system.“Russia is not a dictatorship in the sense that you might assume,”  Martin said. “The Russian government is a political machine. It’s a system in which multiple groups have to work together, but that is dominated by a small number of people, particularly Vladimir Putin”.Martin said Russia’s political system is largely influenced by people who occupy positions in the military, police and other occupations relating to defense and security, which is influential in international relations.“The people who dominate the Russian political system are people whose careers have mostly been spent in what Russians call the ‘power ministry,’ [where the] people’s number one concern has been national security. That leads them to view international affairs in terms of threats,” he said.Russia’s history and ideological viewpoint is crucial to understanding the events in Crimea, Martin said, for Russia is not just a nation, but a multinational empire.”[Russia] is a state with a unique purpose and a unique destiny,” Martin said. “Russians see themselves as having a special role or mission that is reflected in Russian orthodoxy and Soviet socialism.”Lindley mainly discussed the relationship between Russia and NATO. NATO created part of the problematic relationship between the U.S and Russia, Lindley said, due to its role in the fall of the Soviet Union.“The U.S looks at events in Crimea and the Ukraine from two main perspectives: liberal internationalism and conservative primacy,” Lindley said.Lindley defined liberal internationalism as an ideology centered on spreading western values and democracy to other countries, while conservative primacy places more importance on America’s relative position of power in the world.  Both views support NATO expansion in countries bordering Russia, yet fail to understand the implications, he said.“Both are wrong and both are dangerous in their approach and explanations to what’s going on.” Lindley said. Tags: alexander martin, Cold War, Crimea, dan lindley, dinner and discussion, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, nanovic institute fellows, nato, power ministry, Russia, russian political system, the crisis in ukraine, Ukrainelast_img read more

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Senate discusses registration, amendments, alcohol policy

first_imgOfficials from the Office of the Registrar updated the Notre Dame student senate on the class registration project Wednesday.Amika Micou, Chuck Hurley and Paul Ullrich explained and demonstrated the use of the new system, which will be implemented when students register for classes for the spring semester. The new process will allow students to create a mock schedule in a Notre Dame specific online planner, similar to the process available on websites like Coursicle.“The plan … is integrated into the NOVO registration,” Micou said. “So, in two clicks, you have registered for classes.”The system will allow for easier class searching with a wildcard search option, a calendar representation of the classes in the planner and the ability to switch to a different section of the same class without leaving the planner, the presenters explained.The registration process will look very similar to the current system, with each student receiving a timed ticket to access registration for classes.“I know all of you love waking up in the morning and registering early, so we won’t prevent you from doing that,” Hurley said. “The planning tool is not registration, and it’s important that you emphasize that.”Senators will have the chance to try the new system before the rest of the student body and give feedback on their experience, Micou said.An update to the co-exchange program between Notre Dame, Holy Cross College and St. Mary’s will also take place next semester. Students will be required to enroll in 12 credits in their home institution before enrolling in classes elsewhere, Hurley said.Student Union parliamentarian Colin Brankin presented proposals for amendments to the Student Union Constitution to the senate, the largest involving the quorum and proxy policies for the senate. Currently, the quorum, which is the minimum number of senators that must be present in order for the meeting to take place, is set at three-fifths of members present. Brankin and his committee propose increasing that number to two-thirds, which is the quorum for every organization in the Student Union except for the senate.“Nobody really knows why it’s three-fifths, so just for consistency’s sake, we are setting it at two-thirds,” Brankin said. “One of the other supporting reasons why we are changing it to two-thirds rather than just consistency is to hold you guys accountable. You ran based on the promise that you’d be here … and two-thirds will hopefully entice you to do so.”Senate also discussed whether proxy members of senate, who attend in place of a senator who cannot attend, should count for quorum and should be allowed to vote. Currently, proxies do count for quorum, meaning there is no limit on the number of proxies that attend senate meetings. No consensus was reached on either issue.Other proposed changes include allowing the chairperson, currently student body vice president Sibonay Shewit, to call for a paper ballot vote for any type of vote. As the constitution reads now, any senators can call for a paper ballot vote, but the chairperson cannot.“Some people may be discouraged to [call for a paper ballot] for fear that people will automatically assume that they are voting a certain way,” Brankin said. “This way, it gives [Shewit] the extra ability to call for that. It will allow the voting members to feel more comfortable in how they vote, and to vote truthfully and honestly.”Other proposed changes are organizational changes to clarify and condense parts of the constitution, with no effect on the constitutional policy itself.The group will continue to discuss these proposed changes and will vote in the coming weeks.Student body president Becca Blais, Shewit and student government chief of staff Prathm Juneja updated the senate on their report to the Board of Trustees.The report regarded on-campus alcohol culture and was given to the Board over fall break. Blais said the Board asked questions, engaged with the report and were interested in finding solutions to make campus safer, especially with the new requirement to spend six semesters on campus.The implementation of Callisto, a program to allow for easier anonymous recording and reporting of sexual violence on campus, will be voted on by Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention (CSAP) this Friday. Blais, Shewit and Juneja said they support the enactment of this program at Notre Dame.Tags: alcohol abuse, class registration, Constitutional Amendments, Senatelast_img read more

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Bonk Breaker fuels ‘America’s Toughest Stage Race’ – the Larry H….

first_imgFresh off the Tour de France, some of the world’s best cyclists will reach for freshly-baked Bonk Breaker energy bars during next week’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Billed as America’s Toughest Stage Race, which this year takes place 6-11 August, Bonk Breaker will fuel the peloton, including 5 UCI Pro Teams, as the official nutrition bar – in addition to sponsoring the Bonk Breaker Feed Zone.Among the 16 professional cycling teams invited from around the globe to do battle over the challenging six-day, 586-mile mountainous stage race summiting over 43,000 vertical feet are two UCI Continental teams sponsored by Bonk Breaker: 5-hour ENERGY presented by Kenda Racing and the Hincapie Sportswear Development Team.“The Tour of Utah is one of the premier cycling events held on American roads and is a perfect fit for Bonk Breaker,” said Chris Frank, Chairman & Co-CEO of Bonk Breaker.“We’re proud to be the official nutrition bar and sponsor the Bonk Breaker Feed Zone on every stage. We are confident that this partnership (with the race) will be a sensational success and as die hard cycling fans, we’re excited to fuel some tremendous competition.”Bonk Breaker makes the official energy, protein and nutritional bars of USA Cycling and the USA Cycling Team in ten flavour variants. It is also the official energy bar of the US Ironman triathlon series.“The Tour is proud to have Bonk Breaker support the race this year at our feed zones, showcasing their gluten, dairy and soy-free energy bars to endurance athletes, weekend warriors and spectators,” said Jenn Andrs, Project Manager for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.“We welcome the partnership between a physically challenging activity like cycling and a nutritional product that can help fuel high performance.”www.bonkbreaker.comwww.tourofutah.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Us Against Them

first_imgThere is a game played out every summer out here, Us against Them. You all know what I mean. Some locals resent the summer visitors and I get that. They clog up the already clogged up roads and all the good restaurants are all booked up on weekend nights. There’s no place to park. A lot of the visitors are short-tempered, bossy, and nasty. They annoy us even more than we annoy each other.On the other hand, our little town wouldn’t survive without their money.The locals take grim satisfaction on holiday weekends when the weather is bad. That’s because we know a lot of people come out for the sun and beaches and have nothing to do when it rains. Let’s face it, if you brave the traffic to come all the way out here and end up eating a soggy hot dog in your dank summer rental, you lost.But if you are among the new breed of nouveau riche and you have a couple tricks (or should I say tips) up your sleeve, life is sweet. One phone call to your favorite maître’d and you and your loved ones have the premier seat at the best restaurant in town, with three waiters fawning all over you and complimentary Shirley Temples for your little obnoxious snot-nosed kids who screech painfully loud and run around the dining room coughing and spraying germs all over. Meanwhile, locals are still waiting outside after being promised the next available table that never comes.The sun finally comes out and you head for the beach. No, there are no parking spaces — you already knew that. You also know at least one of these pushy city Alphas will park without the requisite beach sticker, because they don’t realize how precious these things are. So, you drop a dime on the Land Rover and wait five minutes until the tow truck comes. You pull right in as the tow truck backs out.Here’s one the locals love. Go to Main Street and keep circling until you finally get a parking space. This takes a while because hundreds of people are doing the same thing, circling to find a spot so they can go buy charcoal, coconut suntan lotion, and pink flip flops.Once you pull in, turn around and drape your arm around the seat and look out the back window. When you see Mr. Alpha in his black Land Rover coming, place the car in reverse. The Alpha will stop to wait for you to pull out. Don’t. Eventually he’ll jump out of the Land Rover, slam the door, storm towards you, and angrily knock on your car window. “Are you pulling out or what?” he yells. “No, I’m not,” you say.Let’s tell it like it is. There are only three things to do around here at night: drink, drink, or go to the movies. During the summer, hundreds of people are bearing down on the theater because it’s a rainy cold night and they can’t get into the restaurant. You wait online for an hour and when you get to the head of the line, four of the five movies in the multiplex, like the Avengers and Ocean’s Eight are sold out.The only movie left is Mrs. O’Reilly’s Left Foot starring Emma Thompson as a blind woman who reads The Brothers Karamazov with her big toe — in English and Russian. Note: Best take a bottle of vodka in with you. I laughed, I cried as I desperately waited for the clock to move.Meanwhile, our friends from the city used their phone apps to buy tickets to all the future Oscar winners that will be playing out here all summer.Here’s our little revenge: all our stores carry the de rigueur Hamptons summer wear. But not really. None of us would ever get caught wearing any of this stuff, but the tourists love it to death. For example, straw hats actually attract flies. It’s like wearing a miniature horse on your head. If you want to keep the sun out of your eyes, here’s a tip: stay out of the sun.Terrycloth shirts: my god, man, this isn’t the Yonkers Bath House. Take those things off; it scares the kids.Flip flops: regular readers know how I feel about these peculiar things, made all the more ridiculous because they are invariably either pink, orange, or lime green. If God wanted two of our toes to do the work of five, he would have made us ducks.What’s that smell? You guessed it — the coconut suntan lotion. Does this concoction prevent sunburn? Of course not. But sharks won’t come within 20 miles of it. And that’s a win-win for all of us.Rick Murphy is a six-time winner of the New York Press Association Best Column award as well as the winner of first place awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Suburban Newspaper Association of America and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. Sharelast_img read more

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Marathon Confirms Sale of Angola Assets to Sinopec

first_imgAfter it was previously announced that China’s Sinopec has reached an agreement to buy Marathon’s stake in Block 31, offshore Angola, the US-based oil company has confirmed the deal today.Marathon Oil Corporation announced that its subsidiary, Marathon International Oil Angola Block 31 Limited, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its 10 percent working interest in the Production Sharing Contract and Joint Operating Agreement in Block 31 offshore Angola to SSI Thirty-One Limited (Sonangol Sinopec International). The transaction has a total value of approximately $1.5 billion, excluding any purchase price adjustments at closing. The companies anticipate closing the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2013, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2013.The transaction is subject to government, regulatory and third-party approvals, and pre-emption rights which exist on the block. SSI Thirty-One Limited currently holds a 5 percent working interest in the block.“This transaction highlights the shareholder value we have created through exploration success in Angola, as well as our commitment to financial discipline and efforts to profitably grow the Company,” said Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., Marathon Oil chairman, president and CEO. “We expect to use the proceeds from this sale to repurchase shares, strengthen the balance sheet and for general corporate purposes.”With this transaction, the Company has agreed upon or closed on nearly $2.9 billion in divestitures, at the upper end of its targeted $1.5 billion to $3 billion of divestitures over the period of 2011 through 2013.Production from the PSVM development on Block 31 commenced in the fourth quarter of 2012. The concessionaire of Block 31 is Sonangol, Angola’s state-owned oil company. The operator is BP Exploration Angola with a 26.67 percent working interest. Sonangol E.P. holds 25 percent; Sonangol P&P holds 20 percent; Statoil Angola A.S. holds 13.33 percent; and SSI Thirty-One Limited currently holds 5 percent.Marathon Oil’s financial advisor for this transaction is Scotia Waterous.[mappress]June 26, 2013; Image: Marathonlast_img read more

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