Man allegedly sexually assaults woman he met on dating app

first_imgTero Vesalainen/iStock(CHICAGO) — An Illinois man allegedly posed as a ride share driver and sexually assaulted a woman he met on a dating app, according to police. Jason Taylor, a 28-year-old from Evanston, just outside of Chicago, first got in contact with the victim, described as a Chicago woman in her 20s, through an unnamed dating app, according to the Evanston Police Department.On July 30, Taylor allegedly posed as a ride share driver and “was able to intercept her,” said Evanston Police Commander Ryan Glew. After the victim got in Taylor’s car, Taylor allegedly sexually assaulted her, police said.Taylor also tried to contact two Northwestern University students and a Loyola University Chicago student through dating apps, Glew said. “Despite Taylor’s multiple attempts these students declined to meet him,” police said in a statement on Tuesday. Taylor was arrested last week and charged on Sunday with criminal sexual assault, said police. He posted bond on Monday and returns to court on Aug. 19. He has not yet been assigned a public defender.Glew declined to comment further on the alleged assault citing the ongoing investigation, but he did stress that the public should be mindful while using dating apps and ride shares. “Dating apps and ride shares are part of our every day life, but we need to recognize that sometimes people will try to use them with bad intent, and we just need to be cautious,” Glew told ABC News.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hurricane Delta takes aim on the Gulf Coast, storm surge warning in effect

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Delta is turning north toward the Louisiana coast where it’s expected to slam the shoreline on Friday.Landfall is expected Friday evening near Cameron, Louisiana, which was hit hard by Hurricane Laura in August.A hurricane warning has been issued for western and central Louisiana, including as far inland as Alexandria, Louisiana. A tropical storm warning was issued for New Orleans and for Galveston, Texas.The biggest threat besides hurricane-force winds will be the storm surge that could get as high as 11 feet. A storm surge warning is in effect for Louisiana and Mississippi.States of emergency have been declared in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.Once Delta moves inland, heavy rain will move into central and northern Louisiana, southern Arkansas and western Mississippi. Some areas could see six to 12 inches of rain in a matter of hours, causing flash flooding.Heavy rain could also impact the Tennessee River Valley on Saturday. Up to three inches of rain is possible in Tennessee.When Hurricane Delta makes landfall, it will break the record for most storms to make landfall in one season in the continental U.S.The other nine named storms that made landfall this season were: Tropical Storm Bertha (South Carolina); Tropical Storm Cristobal (Louisiana); Tropical Storm Fay (New Jersey); Hurricane Hanna (Texas); Hurricane Isaias (North Carolina); Hurricane Laura (Louisiana); Tropical Storm Marco (Louisiana), Hurricane Sally (Alabama); and Tropical Storm Beta (Texas).Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Compass and Side are both unicorns. How different are they?

first_img Email Address* Tags Full Name* Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Compass CEO Robert Reffkin and Side CEO Guy Gal (Getty, Twitter, iStock)No sooner did the venture capital-backed brokerage Side achieve unicorn status last week than the comparisons to Compass started rolling in.The firm, which targets “not all agents, just the best agents,” announced a $150 million round led by Coatue Management, putting its valuation around $1 billion. The capital will fund Side’s growth across the U.S., just as Compass moves forward with a long-awaited plan to go public at a $10 billion valuation.“Side is more of a direct competitor for Compass than a direct competitor to me,” said Michael Nourmand, president of Nourmand & Associates Realtors in Los Angeles.Neither Compass nor Side pioneered the idea of a VC-backed brokerage, but each one claims to empower agents — particularly top agents — by giving them technology and software that makes them more productive.ADVERTISEMENTBeyond that, however, there are more differences than similarities between the two firms.Compass, founded in New York City in 2012, has grown aggressively in part by elevating its own brand. Side, a five-year-old firm based in San Francisco, is a white-label platform — meaning agents have their own brand and run their own businesses while Side takes care of the back-end (i.e., administrative) work.Read moreYou can’t sit with us: How Side’s elite agent model could upend the resi brokerage game Compass looks to go public at $10B valuation Compass S-1: How it measures the upside of tech compassIPOProptechResidential Real EstateRobert Reffkin “You don’t join Side to be at Side,” said Clelia Peters, president of Warburg Realty and a venture partner at Bain Capital Ventures, who sits on Side’s board. “It’s an enabling platform.”Both firms also have limitations.Compass has been a thorn in the side of industry incumbents, who question whether its valuation is too high since it is not profitable. While rivals credit Side with putting agents front-and-center, they say that focus may backfire since the company lacks brand recognition among homeowners.“It makes [agents] feel unique,” said Vanessa Bergmark, CEO of Red Oak Realty in Oakland, California. “But I think the consumer, the true end client, can get confused. There’s no name recognition … no established reputation, so that can simultaneously work against the agent.”Here are the other ways in which the firms are alike — and where they differ.Their cups runneth overBoth Compass and Side have scaled up using other people’s money.Compass has raised more than $1.5 billion from investors, including SoftBank, Fidelity and Dragoneer. By comparison, Side has locked in some $200 million from backers Coatue, Trinity Ventures, Sapphire Ventures and others.Both firms became unicorns after closing their Series D rounds. For Compass, it happened in 2016 when Wellington Management led a $75 million financing. Side’s recent $150 million round valued the firm at north of $1 billion.“If you want to grow, you have to eat cash,” CEO Guy Gal told The Real Deal. “You can’t partner with the agents first and not be prepared to support them excellently.”Billion-dollar roadmapIn 2018, Compass CEO Robert Reffkin outlined an ambitious plan to capture 20 percent market share in the top 20 U.S. markets by 2020. That kicked off an acquisition spree of epic proportions: Between 2018 and 2020, Compass shelled out $300 million to buy other firms (such as Pacific Union International in San Francisco) and tech companies (such as Contactually, a popular consumer relationship management software). The result: The brokerage now has 19,000 agents in 46 markets.With 1,500 agents nationwide, Side has taken a “quality over quantity” approach. Last year, Gal told TRD most real estate agents are “hucksters and charlatans,” and shared his belief that nine out of 10 agents shouldn’t even be licensed. He says the company has a 20-year vision to bring only the best agents onto its platform. Side collects a 10 percent commission on each transaction, and it limits the number of “partner” agents in a given market so they don’t cannibalize each others’ business.“We’re incentivized to grow by helping those teams grow,” Gal said. “It’s not adding net new people in an indiscriminate way.”Whose brand?Reffkin frequently cites his mom, an agent, as his motivation for building better tools to help agents be more productive. “We believe that real estate agents are an underserved group of business owners,” he wrote in a founder’s letter included in the company’s S-1. But Compass has also offered agents favorable splits and bonuses. While top agents run their own teams, all of the firm’s agents coexist under the company flag and market themselves with Compass’ elegant, black-and-white branding.Side’s approach to empowerment is to stay in the background. The emphasis is on its platform, which provides back-end support so that agents run their own brokerage and brand.“Great agents are not opportunity constrained, they’re capacity constrained,” said Gal. He said Side does not offer signing bonuses or incentives — but it doesn’t have to, because agents using Side’s platform become more productive. “We look for [agents] who will pass the marshmallow test,” he said. “Instead of taking a marshmallow today, they wait six to 12 months to have a whole bag of them.”The “P” wordCompass’ IPO filing gave an unvarnished look at the company’s financials. Buoyed by this year’s hot housing market, Compass’ sales volume jumped 55 percent in 2020 to $151.7 billion. That led to $3.7 billion in revenue last year, up from $2.4 billion in 2019.But Compass is not profitable and lost $270 million in 2020, compared to a net loss of $388 million a year prior. Compass said in its S-1 that it expects losses to continue for the “foreseeable future,” although it has invested in ancillary services like title and escrow to drive profits.As a private company, Side’s finances are not easily accessible, but Gal said the company tripled in size — and, consequently, production — last year. Side reportedly generated between $30 million and $50 million in revenue in 2020, according to TechCrunch. Gal said as of early 2020, Side agents collectively represented $5 billion in 2019 sales volume. Today, they represent $15 billion in annual transaction volume.“We choose not to be profitable,” he said, noting that Side is profitable on a per transaction basis. “We’ll never have to raise money again,” he added. “This will take us to where we want to grow … If we do [raise money], it’s not because we need it.”Contact E.B. Solomont Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Radiation belt electron precipitation into the atmosphere: Recovery from a geomagnetic storm

first_imgLarge geomagnetic storms are associated with electron population changes in the outer radiation belt and the slot region, often leading to significant increases in the relativistic electron population. The increased population decays in part through the loss, that is, precipitation from the bounce loss cone, of highly energized electrons into the middle and upper atmosphere (30–90 km). However, direct satellite observations of energetic electrons in the bounce loss cone are very rare due to its small angular width. In this study we have analyzed ground-based subionospheric radio wave observations of electrons from the bounce loss cone at L = 3.2 during and after a geomagnetic disturbance which occurred in September 2005. Relativistic electron precipitation into the atmosphere leads to large changes in observed subionospheric amplitudes. Satellite-observed energy spectra from the CRRES and DEMETER spacecraft were used as an input to an ionospheric chemistry and subionospheric propagation model, describing the ionospheric ionization modifications caused by precipitating electrons. We find that the peak precipitated fluxes of >150 keV electrons into the atmosphere were 3500 ± 300 el cm−2 s−1 at midday and 185 ± 15 el cm−2 s−1 at midnight. For 6 d following the storm onset the midday precipitated fluxes are approximately 20 times larger than observed at midnight, consistent with observed day/night patterns of plasmaspheric hiss intensities. The variation in DEMETER observed wave power at L = 3.2 in the plasmaspheric hiss frequency band shows similar time variation to that seen in the precipitating particles. Consequently, plasmaspheric hiss with frequencies below ∼500 Hz appears to be the principal loss mechanism for energetic electrons in the inner zone of the outer radiation belts during the nonstorm time periods of this study, although off-equatorial chorus waves could contribute when the plasmapause is L < 3.0.last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident’s Kyle Hollingsworth Has A Broken Wrist, But Will Still Perform

first_imgFor the first time since Suwannee Hulaween, beloved jam group The String Cheese Incident is set to take the stage tonight for the first of three nights at the 1stBANK Center in Broomfield, CO. As excitement builds for the three shows ahead, some unfortunate news was passed down from keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth.Hollingsworth apparently has a broken left wrist, though he does intend to play through the pain and be present for all three upcoming shows. To turn the unfortunate situation into an optimistic one, Hollingsworth is offering a free ticket for whoever comes up with the best storyline for how he broke the bone.You can see the photos and enter the story contest through the Facebook post embedded below.last_img read more

Soul Train Musical Taps CSI’s Anthony E. Zuiker

first_imgThe “hippest trip in America” has found its storyteller. Anthony E. Zuiker, creator of the CSI franchise, will pen the previously reported Broadway-aimed production of Soul Train. The show is the brainchild of Rock of Ages producer Matthew Weaver. No word yet on theater, dates or timing for the project.Created in 1970 by Don Cornelius, Soul Train is the longest running, first-run, nationally syndicated music program in television history. The series influenced a generation and broke racial barriers by famously introducing the world to new music, artists, dance moves and styles on a weekly basis.Soul Train the musical will be a “lyrical narrative,” weaving together the personal story of Cornelius with more than 20 classic hit songs from the TV series including “Proud Mary” (Ike & Tina Turner), “I’ll Be Around” (The Spinners), “Loving You” (Minnie Riperton), and “Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me ” (Gladys Knight & The Pips). View Commentslast_img read more

Dead Poets Society Finds Complete Cast

first_img Related Shows The cast is now set for the world premiere of Dead Poets Society. Among those joining the previously announced Jason Sudeikis in the Classic Stage Company production are Tony nominee David Garrison and Project X star Thomas Mann. Tickets are now available for the production, which will begin previews on October 27; opening night is set for November 17.Garrison has been tapped to play Gale Nolan, the strict headmaster of Welton Academy. His previous Broadway credits include a Tony-nominated turn in A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine, as well as Bells Are Ringing, Wicked and The Visit. Mann is set to play Neil Perry, a promising student who decides to pursue acting, despite objections from the authoritative adults in his life. In addition to Project X, he has appeared on screen in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Some Freaks and the upcoming Kong: Skull Island.Rounding out the company in the John Doyle-helmed production are Zane Pais (Mercury Fur) as Todd Anderson, Francesca Carpanini (Public Works’ The Tempest) as Chris, Stephen Barker Turner (The North Pool) as Mr. Perry, William Hochman as Knox Overstreet, Cody Kostro as Charlie Dalton, Yaron Lotan as Richard Cameron and Bubba Weiler as Steven Meeks.Tom Schulman will adapt his Oscar-winning screenplay for the stage. Like the 1989 film, the play is set in an elite all-male boarding school, where new English teacher John Keating uses unconventional methods to get his students to challenge the status quo and “make your lives extraordinary.” The new play is scheduled to run through December 11. Dead Poets Society View Commentscenter_img David Garrison & Thomas Mann(Photos: Bruce Glikas & Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 18, 2016last_img read more

Brazilian Military Athletes Eye Medal Success at 2016 Rio Olympics

first_imgIn addition to receiving a salary, athletes can count on the Armed Forces’ nutritionists, physiotherapists, doctors, dentists, and coaches to provide crucial support. “Only once I entered the Brazilian Army did I know for sure that I should continue my plans to become a professional athlete,” said 25-year-old Sgt. Iris, who earned a bronze medal in a competition in Russia earlier this year, a bronze in the Pan-American Games in Toronto in August, and a gold medal at the 2015 Military World Games in October. The program has contributed to Brazil’s excellent performance during the 2011 Military World Games in Rio, where it earned first place in the medal tally – 114 total, including 45 gold, 33 silver, and 36 bronze. In October, Brazil came in second in the medal count in the 2015 Military World Games in South Korea with 84 medals – 34 gold, 26 silver, and 24 bronze. The High Performing Athlete Incorporation Program supports Army Sergeant Yane Marques, who has trained as a pentathlete since 2009. To create an infrastructure supporting the development of athletics throughout Brazil, the Ministry of Sports invested $6.5 million in the Armed Forces’ program between 2010 and 2015, with the Ministry of Defense spending around $4 million in salaries alone. As many as 120 members of Brazil’s Armed Forces may compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, following the success at the 2012 Olympics in London where 51 athletes from the military won five of the country’s 17 medals. “I will only be able to stay until March 2017, which is when my eight years are up,” said Sgt. Yane, who has won six of her seven medals since entering the program. “But it came at the right time, because it prepared me for my performance in London, where I earned bronze, and for the games in Rio de Janeiro next year. This is not a program that is simply temporary. It has the potential to benefit many generations of athletes, if it continues.” The athletic success of the Military can be traced to the High-Performing Athlete Incorporation Program, which is the result of a partnership with the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Sports, the Brazilian Olympic Committee, and other athletic confederations. “We do not want people to think that the Olympics in Rio are the end of the work that needs to be done here. The Ministry of Defense has already prepared a plan for the time between the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, while also keeping the Military World Games in mind. This Defense Ministry program is not going to go away.” “We receive a salary, but it’s not just the money. Throughout Brazil, there are barracks that participate in the program. When I had to travel to compete, I used them a lot. They have them in Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Resende…” “In 2007, we came in 27th place at the Military World Games. We were selected to host the Games the next time they were held, which was in 2011, and were also candidates to host the 2016 Olympic Games,” explained Brigadier Carlos Augusto Amaral, director of the Department of Military Sports of the Ministry of Defense. “So we asked ourselves: how can we improve our performance? We did some research and realized that, during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, eight of the top 10 in the medal rankings had some sort of connection with an Armed Forces athletic program.” Growing up in poverty in Itaboraí, a town in the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area, Sgt. Iris aspired to turn professional in taekwondo – a decision her parents were firmly against. However, Iris sought money from local businesses and organized raffles to fund her trips to competitions. Though all the work since 2008 will culminate at the 2016 Olympics, which begins on August 5th, the project won’t end when the Games conclude on August 21st. center_img Air Force Colonel Júlio Almeida, a 46-year-old winner of six medals in various Pan-American Games, is hoping his second and final Olympics are his best. Army Sergeant Iris Tang Sin’s Olympic hopes changed drastically upon entering the High-Performing Athlete Incorporation Program in 2011. Such success is in part attributable to the hundreds of top-notch athletes who are members of the Brazilian Military. Currently, the Army, Navy, and Air Force have 541 athletes participating in 24 sports while serving as Temporary Military personnel for up to eight years. Additionally, 167 Military athletes are career Armed Forces members and have backgrounds in sport shooting or in activities that are exclusive to the Military, such as parachuting or naval pentathlons. Col. Almeida placed 11th in rapid fire, 12th in air pistol and 17th in free pistol at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing before winning gold in free pistol at the Pan-American Games in August and in the team shooting competition at the Military World Games in October. “The Army has been my anchor. The return on my investment in the sport is always guaranteed. This sport has taken me around the world, given me new hopes and dreams, and has provided me a new path in life. I also teach a course called Project Íris for children for the city government of Itaboraí [a town in the state of Rio de Janeiro]. This sport is my life, and the Army has been very supportive.” “When I was still a cadet at the academy, I discovered that I had a talent for sport shooting, so I stuck with it and pursued it alongside my duties as an officer,” he said. “I believe it is very valid. There is a lack of infrastructure for sports in Brazil, but we have sports facilities in many quarters.” Sgt. Yane, 31, won bronze at the 2012 Olympics before taking silver at the 2013 World Modern Pentathlon Championships in Taiwan and bronze during the same competition in Germany in 2015. At the Pan-American Games, she won gold in 2007 and 2015 and took silver in Guadalajara in 2011, in addition to claiming another gold medal at the 2011 Military World Games. Other program participants with a good shot at medaling at the upcoming Olympics include Sergeants Leonardo de Deus and Etiene Medeiros (swimming), Sarah Menezes, Mayra Aguiar, Erika Miranda, Maria Portela, Tiago Camilo and Charles Chibana (judo), in addition to beach volleyball players, the men’s and women’s handball teams, and the women’s soccer team. By Dialogo December 11, 2015 Excellent idea and facts about the Armed Forces at work not on private issues but pertinent ones. Congratulations, Brazilians! Keep on going, Brazil! What I want the most would be to see our Armed Forces, especially the Brazilian Army, taking care of and watching over our border, thus inhibiting the entry of contraband and arms on behalf of criminals. Everything is very sad. Our borders are becoming besieged. Military institutions are trustworthy, and we can believe in them. Honor and dignity, even with terrible salaries. It’s very good and pleasing to see our Armed Forces involved in sports and representing our Brazil. I loved the reports…may the Armed Forces always continue protecting our Country…Taking advantage of this opportunity, though, I would like to know if there’s a bachelor out there who would like to become friends… Thanks… SELVA I would really like to participate…I think the work that these people are doing is really good…I would truly like to participate in that of the army…but the good is that it protects us and, above all, the people of Brazil… well I from all the information in order to stay within the facts and developments ? from all of Brazil so that we can stay inside I’m really happy to see the Armed Forces preparing themselves, fighting, always doing new things in defense of our Beloved Brazil.I am the Sister of a Brazilian expeditionary. Wake our young people up for a healthy life! he beat positioned wrestler didn’t make the cut when labor authorities picked officers from his class to stay on dynamic obligation, the terrifically vital vocation assignment, and that left numerous stupefied supporters crying foul. Saddoris, they called attention to, had exceeded expectations at all that he has been requested that do; his wellness reports were out of this world solid. Others contended that Saddoris ought not be released, but instead complimented for having effectively satisfied his task as officer accountable for the Marine Corps’ wrestling group. ‘The Army has been my anchor’ Athlete program provides comprehensive supportlast_img read more

CUInsight Minute with Lauren Culp – April 17, 2020

first_imgWelcome to the CUInsight Minute, sixty seconds from our Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp with the top three of our favorite things from the week.Mentioned this week:*Lauren’s favorite banana bread recipe to bake during quarantine, plus the top “Quarantine Recipes” from around the world.3 questions video archivesby LAUREN CULP & RANDALL SMITH, CUINSIGHT.COMWatch on or on Youtube.10 questions to guide boards through the pandemicby DAMBISA MOYO, HBRSome say that corporate boards only have value when companies are in crisis. If that is true, the 2020 global pandemic presents a moment for corporate boards to step up like no other. (read more)Sometimes we need a little distance to see the big picture of business lendingby HEATHER BOSENKO, LUCRO COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONSOver the last few years, borrowers have begun to prefer online loan processes purely for the convenience. According to the 2019 Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey online lenders experienced the most substantial growth when compared to physical banks and credit unions. (read more) ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: Detailslast_img read more

First responders of limo crash receive standing ovation at vigil

first_imgSCHOHARIE, N.Y. (WBNG) — When Bill Wither’s “Lean On Me,” was played on the piano at Wednesday night’s vigil at the Schoharie County High School, that’s what many among the crowd of 1,000 did, lean on each other. Crisis response dogs were on hand as well as members of the Red Cross who continue to offer their emotional support to those who need to talk about the heartache they are going through. RELATED: UPDATE: Lawyer says limo service operator isn’t guilty That’s why many of those who were on the deadly scene from Saturday into Sunday are getting help they need in handling such a large loss of life. About 200 seats, reserved for first responders, stood at the vigil behind family members who lost loved ones in Saturday’s crash. First responders stood up from their chairs as their agency was called, followed by a standing ovation from the victims’ loved ones and community members. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was among the speakers who said Governor Andrew Cuomo’s staff owes it to these New York families to find out how this vehicle was able to operate on the road after the past it had. “The most we can do is we can all come together as one and try and support one another,” said Schoharie Fire Chief Marty Pierce. It’s especially important because even during this emotional time, the volunteers of the Schoharie Fire Department are still on call. “We still have to continue and maintain 24-hour emergency services for our community,” Pierce explained.center_img “They go home and look at their family. That’s their outreach. So we’re not only looking at our volunteers, but we’re also making sure their families get the proper help that they need as well,” said Pierce. “It’s something no one ever expects to see and it’s something nobody should see,” said Pierce. Many of the first reposnders fought back tears as the crowd showed its appreciation. After the vigil some of the victim’s relatives thanked those on scene that night for their efforts. The images of the scene on Saturday, which Chief Pierce described as “horrifying,” are still ingrained in the minds of him and the first responders that answered that call. Pierce has been in this line of work for more than 30 years, but Saturday’s crash was the worst he’s “ever seen.” 12 News spoke with families who lost relatives on Saturday, including the Steenburg Family who would’ve celebrated Amanda Steenburg’s 30th birthday on Wednesday. Steenburg, her husband, and brother-in-law all died in the crash. “Like” Michael Schwartz on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter.last_img read more