Police departments slowing down traffic in “Operation Southern Shield”

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first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSOperation Southern Shield Previous article36 Easy, Breezy No-Cook Summer RecipesNext articleHollywood character actor Martin Landau dies at 89 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Police departments in Florida and four other states launched a weeklong safety initiative to slow down drivers called “Operation Southern Shield”.The initiative started yesterday and continues through Sunday, July 23rd. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, speeding is the cause of 30 percent of the traffic deaths in the United States each year. The campaign aims to reduce the number of drivers who are speeding, impaired, distracted and not wearing seat belts, according to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, which oversees grants used for the program.Extra patrols are being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Statistics from the agency show wrecks killed about 35,000 people in the United States in 2015, an increase of 7 percent from 2014. In four of the five states participating in Operation Southern Shield, traffic fatalities increased in 2015. Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina saw higher fatalities, while deaths were down slightly in Tennessee.Operation Southern Shield is being held in July between other major highway safety campaigns to coincide with the larger-than-normal numbers of drivers on roads because of summer travel, officials said. Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

Checkpoints continuing in Letterkenny as movement restrictions extended

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first_img WhatsApp Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ The restrictions on movement which were meant to expire tomorrow, have been extended for 3 more weeks, until Tuesday May 5th.Garda checkpoints continued in Letterkenny throughout the night and are ongoing today. Gardai are asking people to stay at home if your journey is not essential.The Taoiseach’s urging people not to tell authorities if someone’s breaking the rules.Leo Varadkar says it’s up to the gardai to take charge of the coronavirus restrictions:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Varadkar-10am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – April 11, 2020 Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleGardai alerted to a scam email from Bank of IrelandNext articleTests shipped to Germany due to be completed by next week News Highland WhatsAppcenter_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Checkpoints continuing in Letterkenny as movement restrictions extended Pinterest Facebook Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Attorney General Curtis Hill: W-2 Phishing Scams Not Exclusive To Businesses

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first_img INDIANAPOLIS – In the wake of a W-2 phishing scam that successfully targeted two Indianapolis businesses, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers that school districts, hospitals and nonprofits – and even small business owners – are also at risk of falling victim to the fraudulent scheme.In just the last two weeks, scammers successfully compromised two Indianapolis businesses with a Form W-2 phishing scam – often referred to as the business email spoofing (BES) or business email compromise (BEC) scam. These cybercriminals, or scammers, will make their personal emails appear as if they are sent from a high-ranking employee at the targeted business. The email, which requests names of each employee and their Form W-2, is sent to someone in the company or business’ human resources or accounting department, and if successful, collects sensitive personal information of each employee.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen called the W-2 scam one of the most dangerous email phishing scams the IRS has seen in a long time. Attorney General Hill is cautioning everyone that this scam is not exclusive to the corporate world.If you work for a company that has been compromised by such a scam, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General encourages you to sign up for a credit freeze to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. Hoosiers can visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division for more information. You can also fill out an Identity Theft Complaint Form. Contact us at 1-800-382-5516 to speak to a consumer protection staff member who can help you in obtaining an Identity Theft Affidavit Form 14039 which can be submitted to the IRS if you are a victim of tax fraud.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Indiana utility Vectren charts quick transition away from coal to renewable generation

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:The electric utility serving southern Indiana’s coal country yesterday announced a plan to transition swiftly from coal to renewable energy as part of a strategy it said would save consumers more than $300 million and slash carbon emissions.The plan, announced by Vectren Corp., would reduce the utility’s reliance on coal from 78% this year to just 12% by mid-decade.Vectren, a unit of Houston-based CenterPoint Energy Inc., is the second Indiana utility to announce a massive shift away from coal in the past two years and comes in spite of intense lobbying by Indiana’s coal industry to slow the retirement of aging plants. In late 2018, Northern Indiana Public Service Co. announced a plan to shut its coal fleet within a decade — most of it by 2023 — and replace much of the capacity with renewables.Vectren’s announcement is similar. Under a “preferred portfolio” that’s the core of a 20-year integrated resource plan (IRP), the utility would shutter most of its coal-fired generation by 2023 and add more than 1,000 megawatts of wind energy and solar, some of which would be paired with battery storage.The utility said shutting three coal units will save an estimated $700 million that would be required to meet environmental regulations. Replacing the units with wind and solar energy, meanwhile, will reduce the utility’s carbon emissions by 75%.The Vectren plan represents not just a dramatic shift from the status quo but also a big departure from a previous proposal by the utility to replace much of its coal capacity with a new $900 million natural gas plant. The gas plant proposal was rejected by state regulators, who sent Vectren back to the drawing board.[Jeffrey Tomich]More: 78% to 12% coal: Ind. utility announces renewable shift Indiana utility Vectren charts quick transition away from coal to renewable generationlast_img read more

Roosevelt Man Admits to Fatal DWI Crash That Killed Girlfriend

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Roosevelt man admitted Wednesday to driving while drunk and high on drugs when he crashed his car head-on into another vehicle, killing his girlfriend on her 25th birthday in 2015.Horace Cummings, 34, pleaded guilty at Nassau County court to second-degree manslaughter, reckless endangerment and driving while ability impaired by combined influence of alcohol and drugs.“The terrible ironies in this crash do not obscure the fact that Horace Cummings was driving while impaired by alcohol and drugs,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said Cummings was driving a Nissan Altima westbound on Front Street in Hempstead when he crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with an eastbound vehicle at 2:40 a.m. on Nov. 21, 2015.His girlfriend, Diamond Hawkins, who was killed in the collision, was given the Altima as a birthday gift. Cummings suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the other driver was not hurt.Cummings faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced April 6 by Judge Robert McDonald. He has been held at Nassau County jail since his bail was set at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.last_img read more

US health chief to visit Taiwan, likely angering China

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first_imgUS Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will visit Taiwan in coming days, his office said on Tuesday, making the highest-level visit by a US official in four decades in a move likely to anger China, which claims the island as its own.During his visit, Azar will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said in a separate statement.China describes Taiwan as the most sensitive issue in Sino-US ties, and Azar’s visit will probably further inflame already poor Beijing-Washington relations. “Taiwan has been a model of transparency and cooperation in global health during the COVID-19 pandemic and long before it,” Azar said in a statement. “I look forward to conveying President Trump’s support for Taiwan’s global health leadership and underscoring our shared belief that free and democratic societies are the best model for protecting and promoting health.”His department, describing the trip as “historic”, said Azar would be accompanied by Mitchell Wolfe, chief medical officer of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other members of the administration.Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said the visit showed the firm US support for Taiwan and the closeness of their relationship.Taiwan has been especially grateful for US support for its requests to get meaningful access to the World Health Organization during the pandemic. Taiwan is not a member because of Chinese objections; Beijing considers the island merely one of China’s provinces.The United States, like most countries, has no formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan, having ditched Taipei in favor of Beijing in 1979, but is its main arms supplier and strongest backer on the international stage.Gina McCarthy, then-head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was the last US Cabinet-level official to visit the island, in 2014. Her position is technically lower-ranking than Azar’s.Taiwan has won praise for its response to the coronavirus pandemic, having kept its case numbers low due to effective and early prevention steps.The United States has more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country.In April, Azar held a teleconference with Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, whom he will also meet on his trip.US President Donald Trump signed a new law in March requiring increased support for Taiwan’s international role. China threatened unspecified retaliation in response. Topics :last_img read more

The Bielemas get some #karma of their own

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first_imgFormer Wisconsin football head coach Bret Bielema took a tumble as he walked into the stadium where his new team, Arkansas, was preparing to play Texas A&M Saturday. The slip came exactly two weeks after Bielema’s wife tweeted “#karma” just moments after Wisconsin’s bizarre loss to Arizona State Sept. 14. The video quickly went viral.Full video below:last_img