Mother, daughter killed when 800-pound boulder fell off truck, smashed their car; driver in custody: Police

first_imgKSTP(ROSEMOUNT, Minn.) — A mother and daughter died when a roughly 800-pound boulder fell off a truck and smashed into their car, and now that truck driver is in custody, according to police.Karen Christiansen, 67, was driving with her daughter, Jena Christiansen, 32, in Rosemount, Minnesota, Monday afternoon when the massive boulder dislodged from the back of the truck and crashed into their 2002 Toyota Avalon, the Rosemount Police Department said.The mother and daughter, both of Shoreview, Minnesota, died from blunt force head trauma, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office said.“My heart is broken,” Jena Christiansen’s boyfriend, Ryan Kilian, told ABC affiliate KSTP in Minneapolis. “She is the most amazing person I have ever met.”After the crash, authorities turned to surveillance video to track down the commercial truck involved, according to KSTP.On Wednesday, detectives identified the commercial vehicle driver and owner as Joe Czeck, 33, of Hastings, Minnesota, police said.Czeck was arrested and declined to give a statement, police said Thursday. Charges are pending, police said, and he is being held in the Dakota County Jail.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Observations of forced oscillations of the magnetosphere by a geostationary satellite and an extensive ground magnetometer array

first_imgWe present results from the analysis of magnetometer measurements of one of the clearest observations of a double resonance Pc4 pulsation to date. The Pc4, with a period of 55 s, was measured by 18 ground magnetometers and also on board the ATS-6 satellite at geostationary orbit. Using a subsequent observation of a second harmonic guided poloidal mode pulsation at ATS-6, we have been able to estimate the plasma density at geostationary orbit. We then calculated periods of theoretical cavity mode resonances in the plasmatrough and the eigenperiods of different wave modes and harmonics at geostationary orbit. We developed a model of the variation of plasma density, and hence eigenperiods, within the magnetosphere which is consistent with these calculations and with the amplitude, phase and ellipticity observations made over the array of ground observatories. In this model we suggest that hydromagnetic field line resonances occur in the plasmatrough and in the plasmasphcre, which are the second and fundamental harmonic guided toroidal mode resonances, respectively. The model also allows us to evaluate the damping experienced by hydromagnetic standing waves in the magnetosphere. The damping is found to be slightly higher than that previously suggested for daytime conditions.last_img read more

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GRiZ Collaborates With Cherub For Funky New Single “PS GFY” [Listen]

first_imgFor his second single release from his forthcoming album Good Will Prevail (release date of Sept. 23rd), Michigan-based funk producer GRiZ has released the track “PS GFY” which features long-time friends and co-conspirators Cherub. The song features some upbeat funk with some ripping guitar work and vocals (take a listen below).“I originally wrote this song about my brothers ex-girlfriend but then it turned into a funky middle fingers up but celebratory and super swaggerific f*ck you to anyone who done you mad dirty,” GRiZ recently discussed with Billboard Dance. “But the strong thing about a proper f*ck you is to make sure you give them a nice condescending ‘hope life treats you swell.’”“We’ve been friends with Grant for years now,” says Cherub’s Jason Huber. “It’s always a rowdy time pulling renegade DJ sets, deep in the music festival campsites. We are so stoked to make the collaboration all that much more official with ‘PS GFY.’ Grant’s dedication to his music and his fans is really inspiring. I’ve seen the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into this new GRiZ record. It’s an honor to be a part of it.”Listen to “PS GFY” ft. Cherub, streaming below.GRiZ Tour Dates10/1 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO10/5 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT *10/6 – Revolution Center – Garden City, ID *10/7 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR *10/11 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR *10/12 – Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA *10/13 – Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA *10/14 – Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA &10/15 – SOMA – San Diego, CA *10/16 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ *10/19 – Emo’s Austin – Austin, TX *10/20 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX *10/21 – Mardi Gras World – New Orleans, LA *10/22 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA ^10/23 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA ^10/26 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN ^10/27 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN ^10/29 – Omar Shrine Temple – Mt. Pleasant, SC ^11/2 – State Theatre – Portland, ME ^11/3 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY ^11/4 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY ^11/5 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA ^11/6 – Boston, MA – House of Blues ^11/9 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA ^11/10 – Express Live! – Columbus, OH ^11/11 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN %11/12 – Navy Pier Festival Hall – Chicago, IL11/15 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH %11/16 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY %11/17 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO %11/19 – Myth – St. Paul, MN %11/22 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA %11/26 – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA $& – w/Haywyre* – w/Haywyre and Louis Futon^ – w/Haywyre and The Geek X VRV% – w/Haywyre and Brasstracks$ – w/Lettuce, Haywyre and more TBA[via Billboard]last_img read more

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Vermont Technical College Spring open house

first_imgVermont Technical College Spring Open House Is April 19RANDOLPH CENTER, Vt- Vermont Technical College’s academic programs will be showcased at a spring open house on the main Randolph Center campus on April 19. Visitors will get the chance to learn more about the college’s hands-on approach to learning at the open house from 3-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. All prospective students attending the open house may enter a drawing to be held that day to win a new laptop computer.Registration and an opening reception are scheduled from 3-3:30 p.m. in Judd Gym. From 3:30-5:30 p.m. prospective students may meet with program faculty, attend informational sessions on topics such as financial aid, and enjoy campus tours. The open house concludes with a free dinner in Morey Dining Hall at 5:30 p.m.Vermont Tech offers thirty bachelor and associate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. Engineering technology degrees are available in aeronautical, architecture, civil and environmental, computer, electrical, electromechanical, and mechanical. Allied health programs include nursing, respiratory therapy and dental hygiene. Other major programs are automotive technology, business, construction practices and management, dairy farm management, information technology, landscape development and ornamental horticulture, software engineering, and veterinary technology.New programs for this fall include bachelor degree programs in Dental Hygiene, Equine Studies, and Sustainable Design and Technology. Two new associate degree programs welcome their first class of students this fall. Those majors are in Fire Science and in Diesel Power Technology.Registration may be completed online by going to www.vtc.edu(link is external) or by contacting the Office of Admissions at 1-800-442-8821.last_img read more

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Melville Industrial Incident Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 23-year-old Queens man was killed in an industrial incident in Melville on Monday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Officers responded to a call at 110 Sand and Gravel on Spagnoli Drive, where they found the body of Mauricio Edy Zambranovera lying on the ground at the rear of his commercial truck at 1:11p.m., police said.Zambranovera, who worked for Brooklyn-based City Recycling, had suffered significant internal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.His body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

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Are you using #hashtags correctly?

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Prager Prior to forming Prager Creative, Ben worked with design studios, branding firms and advertising agencies to push great strategy and design for all his projects. His experience with all aspects … Web: www.pragercreative.com/creditunions Details Can you tell the difference between hashtags that are good for your brand and hashtags that clutter up the conversation? Good, strategic use of hashtags increase viewers, likes and attention for your brand. On the other hand, using them wrong can turn your audience away. In the financial world, there is so much to be shared, and there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re talking to an empty room. Trying to prevent this, many companies turn to hashtags on social media. After all, that’s what millennials are doing, right?The problem with this outlook is that many times hashtags get left out of overall strategy. Your whole board has discussed and agreed upon launching a new website, and your marketing team has strategized how best to share it. Then when it comes down to posting on social media, that job gets pushed aside until someone has a free moment–and in that moment they decide to add a few (or way too many) hashtags to increase viewers. So how can you improve hashtag use for your credit union? Here are a few ideas: 1.) THINK ABOUT THEM EARLYThis is not to say that the board or CEO has to approve every hashtag before use, but if you keep the idea back of mind something good might come out early on. Even if specific hashtags aren’t decided on at the first steps, they should definitely be thought about by the entire marketing team. 2.) PERSONALIZE SPARINGLYOne of the biggest problems with hashtag use is when companies try to incorporate too many long, personalized or off-topic tags to one posts. It’s important to remember hashtags allow your members to join the conversation. One or two hashtags unique to your credit union allow members to remember and share with ease. An additional single hashtag for specific initiatives can work similarly. Use brand hashtags often to allow recognition.3.)DON’T OVERUSEBy now pretty much everyone has seen brands that overuse hashtags. While it’s important to add enough to reach out to your audience, it’s equally as important to only use hashtags that make the most sense for what you’re posting. 4.) PAY ATTENTION TO OTHERSAlthough hashtags are a big topic currently, they still aren’t for everyone or every social platform. Knowing what’s best for your credit union involves paying attention to other conversations, from members and competition. For example, hashtags are great on Twitter and Instagram, but some data has shown they don’t work well on Facebook. Also, places like LinkedIn don’t support hashtags at all. Social media, hashtags, and pretty much all forms of marketing lately are always changing. It’s important to stay on top of what’s happening by listening as much as you speak. Using hashtags incorrectly can be a red flag to consumers your credit union is out of touch or behind with technology in other areas. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to connect with current and future members. last_img read more

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Why your credit union needs to understand RPA and AI

first_imgFinancial institutions are on course to accumulate “nine times more unstructured data than structured data by about 2020.” Applications for accounts and loans continue to require more verification than ever before. Hundreds or even thousands of data points for a single credit union member multiplied by thousands of members equals a massive amount of information. An enterprise content management (ECM) system is vital to organizing and managing all of this information. But painstakingly slow and error-prone work is still required to gather much of it. This gap is often where robotic process automation (RPA) solutions come in. Credit unions need to be aware of the current and developing technologies that could help them continue to grow and adapt. But what is RPA, other than an industry buzzword? And is AI the same thing? Read on to find out. What is IA?RPA and AI are both technologies within intelligent automation (IA). Deloitte defines IA as the combination of automation and artificial intelligence. At its most basic, IA takes a “doing” role, focusing on automating tasks. At its most complex, IA takes a “thinking” role, focusing on data-driven work that requires deduction and analysis. Check out the IA continuum graphic in this article.What is RPA?Have you ever heard the term “swivel chair automation”? RPA is the deployment of software robots to significantly reduce the time, resources and errors associated with tasks that require workers to “swivel” in their chairs when changing focus between screens, systems and third party information sources, like websites. RPA can be applied to many processes in financial institutions where employees do repetitive, relatively simple tasks that don’t require analysis to complete. While the discussion around workplace automation does include some concern about the elimination of jobs, many employees feel that removing these burdensome, error-prone manual tasks actually provides opportunities to expand their skills and take on new responsibilities. In fact, 80 percent of workers feel that automation will create positive change. Businesses have a lot to consider when looking at adding an RPA solution. Besides reallocating workers to higher value tasks, it’s also important to evaluate process efficiency on its most basic level – before adding software robots to the mix. A recent blog post from The Financial Brand notes that RPA “will not magically resolve data quality issues or existing platform limitations. If a process is fundamentally flawed or broken, and this is converted from human-owned to robot-owned, the underlying data quality or connectivity issues that existed in the old world will also exist in the new.” What is AI?RPA is obviously on the “doing” end of the IA scale. Artificial intelligence (AI), on the other hand, is all about teaching computers to think and analyze while performing tasks, like humans. AI technologies may include speech recognition, learning, planning and problem solving capabilities. What can AI do for financial institutions? Consider these examples:Chat-bots are being used for customer engagement. With AI capabilities, these bots can answer customer questions and make recommendations.Analyst-bots can detect fraud and help manage risk by analyzing portfolios and transactions much faster and more accurately than humans. Compliance-bots keep track of laws and regulations in real time, ensuring that financial institutions comply. What should your credit union do now?The unstructured data explosion is happening. But don’t panic. Follow these steps:Evaluate your current processes for potential improvements at a base level – before automating any tasks.Enable your credit union to digitize documentation and speed processes by implementing an ECM system, such as OnBase by Hyland, that integrates with your core banking system and provides intelligent capture and electronic workflow.Start researching IA solutions, including RPA and AI, and where those solutions could quickly make the most impact for your credit union.Want to know more about OnBase by Hyland? Visit www.OnBase.com/creditunions 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rick Hiles Rick Hiles is the Credit Union Industry Team Lead at Hyland. His past 6.5 years with the company includes various roles and responsibilities within Marketing and Sales supporting Financial … Web: https://www.onbase.com/en Detailslast_img read more

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Tobacco giant seals £3.4bn pension de-risking deal with PIC

first_imgMitul Magudia, head of business development at PIC, added: “Insuring both pensioner and deferred members introduces more complexity to an insurance transaction when compared to similarly large pensioner buy-ins and requires careful consideration of areas including residual risks, asset strategy and reinsurance.“This transaction continues to advance the development of innovative structures in the de-risking market and we are really pleased to have been able to help the trustee secure its members’ benefits following their excellent stewardship.” Source: BATBAT’s de-risking deal accounted for the bulk of its £4bn DB pension fundFTSE 100-listed BAT joins a number of other major UK companies to have offloaded pension risk this year. Rolls-Royce’s UK DB scheme insured the benefits of around 40% of its members in a £4.6bn deal with Legal & General (L&G) in June, while L&G also backed a £500m transaction with publishing company Pearson and a £95m deal with private equity house 3i this year.PIC insured £900m of liabilities for Marks & Spencer’s UK DB scheme in May, with Phoenix taking on £460m.  Michelle Wright, head of trustee consulting at LCP and adviser to the BAT trustees, said: “This landmark transaction is an important milestone for the market. The fund exemplifies the growing trend of large schemes accelerating their de-risking plans due to attractive pricing and improved affordability…“The competitive pricing negotiated with PIC allowed the fund to maximise the amount insured. Having now insured three quarters of its liabilities, the fund has successfully achieved another important step in reducing risk and increasing the security of members’ benefits.”The employer was advised on its de-risking strategy by Mercer. British American Tobacco (BAT) has insured £3.4bn (€3.7bn) worth of UK pension liabilities with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), one of the industry’s biggest such deals.The transaction covers 8,300 pensioners and 2,300 deferred members, accounting for the majority of the tobacco manufacturer’s £4bn defined benefit (DB) pension scheme. It is the biggest pension de-risking deal to cover both retired and non-retired members, and is PIC’s largest single transaction to date.Brian Barrow, chairman of the British American Tobacco UK Pension Fund, said: “This transaction is very good news for our members, insuring the vast majority of benefits within the fund. It achieves a significant step towards the trustee’s objective of reducing risk and increasing the security of members’ benefits.“We are delighted that we have been able to complete a transaction of this scale successfully, despite the recent market volatility. PIC has been flexible and innovative throughout and I want to thank them and our advisers for helping us achieve our de-risking goals.”last_img read more

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Two IHC Reheaters for Kenmare

first_imgThe recently formed partnership between Royal IHC and Pyromak has already proven to be successful with an order for two reheaters for Kenmare Moma Processing (Mauritius) Limited.The two indirect electric reheaters will operate at the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine, located on the north-east coast of Mozambique.“The mine contains deposits of heavy minerals including ilmenite and rutile, as well as zircon. This order is another result of the strong relationship between IHC and Kenmare. Recently we delivered the third mining dredger for Kenmare, JULIA, which will also operate in the Moma Titanium Minerals Mine in Mozambique,” said Royal IHC in their latest release.The indirect electric reheaters allow for the uniformed reheating of products by suspending the material in a fluid-like state. The complete surface of the material is then exposed to the electric heating elements. The discharge temperature is measured and controlled by adjusting the voltage supplied to the electric elements.If no reheating is required, the control system switches off the power supply to the elements, but the fluidizing fan continues to operate, allowing material to flow through the reheater.According to IHC, the reheater can adjust to changes in feed and ambient conditions rapidly, and also reduces operational costs.last_img read more

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John Grisham child porn argument ‘wrong’

first_imgStuff co.nz 16 October 2014Bestselling author John Grisham’s argument in defence of people who watch child pornography is wrong, a New Zealand child protection group says.In a discussion about the United States justice system and prison overcrowding, the best-selling legal novelist told the Telegraph that American judges had gone crazy with sentencing in the past three decades, placing child porn watchers in jail who did not deserve to be there.He said he had no time for paedophiles but told the story of a how one of his lawyer friends ended up in prison for one stupid mistake to highlight how bad the system had got.“His drinking was out of control and he went to a website – it was labelled ’16-year-old wannabee hookers or something like that’ – and it said ’16-year-old girls’,” Grisham said.“So he went there, downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.“He shouldn’t have done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went to prison for three years.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/10624453/John-Grisham-angers-with-child-porn-commentsJohn Grisham apologises for child porn commentsNZ Herald 17 October 2014Novelist John Grisham has apologised for saying in an interview that many men imprisoned for child pornography offenses in the US probably just had too much to drink and “pushed the wrong buttons.”Grisham told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph that US prisons were “filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who have never harmed anybody, would never touch a child.”He said many of those jailed “got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”Grisham made a distinction between “real pedophiles” and those he said were being punished too harshly. He said offenders did deserve punishment, but “we’ve gone nuts with this incarceration.”Child welfare advocates criticized the comments, made during an interview to promote Grisham’s latest legal thriller, Gray Mountain.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11343887last_img read more

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