Police seek man in surveillance footage who was with murdered Playboy model

first_imgLower Merion Police Department(PHILADELPHIA) — Police now have a person of interest they are trying to identify in connection to the strangulation of a former Playboy model near Philadelphia last week.The Lower Merion Police Department released surveillance video of someone who spent time with Christina Kraft, 36, in the early morning hours the day she was killed at her apartment in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. They have not referred to him as a suspect.Police say the man “had contact with the victim during the early morning hours” of Aug. 22 in Philadelphia, and was seen on surveillance footage near a SEPTA subway entrance at 15th and Market streets in the city and “may have also utilized a ridesharing service” to get to Ardmore.Ardmore, Pennsylvania, is a suburb just nine miles northwest of Philadelphia.In the surveillance video released by police a woman has her arm around the man, though she has been blurred out.The man in the images can be seen entering Kraft’s apartment building, and riding the elevator, but he never is seen leaving, a source told Philadelphia ABC station WPVI, leading authorities to believe he might have jumped from her second-floor balcony to escape.Kraft’s body was found Wednesday night after police conducted a wellness check.The model appeared in Playboy, Vanity Fair and Maxim, according to WPVI.Authorities said last week they were searching for Andre Melton, 31, in connection to a robbery that took place at Kraft’s apartment the weekend before her murder. Designer handbags and jewelry belonging to Kraft were found in Melton’s apartment, but he has not been located.He was not named as a suspect in her death.Police asked anyone with information to contact the Lower Merion Police Department at 610-649-1000 or the Montgomery County Detective Bureau at 610-278-3368.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

US Coast Guard orders six over the horizon cutter boats

first_img US Coast Guard orders six over the horizon cutter boats from Safe Boats The US Coast Guard has awarded Safe Boats International a contract worth approximately $2.31 million for the delivery of six over the horizon IV (OTH-IV) cutter boats.The latest award brings the total number of OTH-IVs ordered to 96.The six OTH-IVs under the most recent order are scheduled for delivery later this year and will be deployed on board 210-foot and 270-foot medium endurance cutters.The OTH-IVs deploy from their cutters to deliver boarding teams to vessels of interest during search and rescue; law enforcement; ports, waterways and coastal security; and defense readiness missions. They are 26 feet long and have a top speed of 40 knots. Compared to earlier models, the boats feature increased cargo space and seating, higher speeds, and compatibility with both stern and side-davit launch and recovery systems.Seventy-eight OTH-IVs have been delivered, including boats for the first seven national security cutters and the first 28 fast response cutters. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard orders six over the horizon cutter boats from Safe Boats Authorities March 1, 2018 View post tag: US Coast Guard View post tag: Safe Boats View post tag: OTH-IV cutter boats Share this articlelast_img read more

Governor Holcomb announces 15 additional counties selected for FSSA’s On My Way Pre-K program

first_imgGovernor Eric J. Holcomb today announced 15 additional Indiana counties are now eligible to participate in On My Way Pre-K, making prekindergarten available in 2018 to 4-year-olds from low-income families in those counties. Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly expanded the program from five pilot counties to 20 counties in House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1004-2017.The new counties added to the On My Way Pre-K program are Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Kosciusko, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe and Vigo. Participating local providers in these counties will be expected to enroll children in On My Way Pre-K for the 2018/2019 school year, with the possibility of a limited program beginning in January of 2018.These additional counties will join Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties, which have provided early education via the On My Way Pre-K program since 2015 when first authorized by the General Assembly.“Eligible Hoosier children who start at the back of the line now have an opportunity to move ahead when enrolled in a high-quality pre-kindergarten program,” Governor Holcomb said. “A strategic investment now to expand state-funded prekindergarten for children from low-income families is an essential investment we must make in Indiana’s workforce and our state’s future.”“We at FSSA already know from the two years we have spent managing the five-county pilot of On My Way Pre-K that children who begin the program are some of the most educationally needy in our state, yet they make higher gains than their peers in important aspects of school readiness such as language comprehension, early literacy, executive functioning and a reduction in behavior problems in the classroom,” said Indiana Family and Social Services Secretary Dr. Jennifer Walthall. “We hope the expansion of On My Way Pre-K will double the number of Hoosier children receiving these important benefits.”HEA 1004 tasked the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) via its Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL), to identify 15 additional counties that demonstrated readiness to support an expansion of the On My Way Pre-K program. In total, OECOSL asked 27 counties for readiness statements based upon the following factors:To evaluate need in the communityo   The number of 4-year-olds being served under the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) in each county, as well as any children who were on the CCDF waitlistTo evaluate available capacityo   The number of Early Care and Education (ECE) providers who have reached a Level 3 or 4 in the Paths to Quality (PTQ) system in each countyo   Demonstration that capacity might be available based upon number of Level 3 and 4 (PTQ) child care providers existing in county vs. the number of children currently being servedTo evaluate community supporto   The demonstration that the county has an active ECE coalition that could support community engagement as well as philanthropic supportTwenty of the 27 counties responded to OECOSL’s request for information. Applications were then scored by two separate groups of early learning professionals. Scoring included the following key criteria:The county’s readiness to implement and sustain the program, including the ability to raise the statutorily required community contributionThe involvement of all community partners that would support a mixed delivery system that includes public and private schools, child care home providers, child care centers and ministriesThe number of potentially eligible childrenWhether the county was defined as “rural” or “primarily rural” by the U.S. Census BureauThe kindergarten retention rate in the countyHEA 1004 required that consideration be given to counties that are primarily rural. It also required counties to secure a community contribution of a minimum of five percent of the state’s total investment in that county’s program. The 2017 Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) annual report estimates about 6,700 4-year-olds in these new counties are likely to need care and whose families have incomes at or below 127 percent of Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is required for eligibility.In addition to representatives of FSSA’s OECOSL, the team of reviewers included early education professionals from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), Head Start, the Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC), the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (Indiana AEYC) Early Learning Indiana, United Way of Central Indiana, and the University of Southern Indiana’s Department of Teacher Education.More information about On My Way Pre-K is available here. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Alyssa Shepherd’s attempt at appeal in bus stop crash deaths fails

first_img Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) The appeal for a woman convicted of killing three children nearly two years ago at a school bus stop in Fulton County has failed.MORE: Guilty verdict in Alyssa Shepherd/deadly school bus stop collision caseAlyssa Shepherd of Rochester had appealed her convictions saying that the state had not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she acted recklessly.Two brothers and their older sister died from the crash on State Road 25 in Rochester. A fourth child struck has required 21 surgeries.On Monday, Sep. 14, The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld all three convictions. Google+ Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Alyssa Shepherd’s attempt at appeal in bus stop crash deaths fails By Jon Zimney – September 14, 2020 2 287 Previous articleSuspect in deadly University Park Mall shooting still at–largeNext articleGoshen Health reports COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise again Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Planning for fans in the stands at the Indy 500

first_img Twitter Google+ By Network Indiana – March 31, 2021 1 210 Google+ Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Previous articleTeens charged with armed robbery after iPhone sale set upNext articleOne-week leaf pickup begins in Mishawaka Monday Network Indiana Planning for fans in the stands at the Indy 500 Twitter (“Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, IN” by Josh Hallett, Creative Commons) Will fans be allowed to attend this year’s Indianapolis 500? That’s the plan, says Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles.“We’re very, very hopeful to have fans. In fact, we’re planning for fans,” Boles said. “We got five or six different scenarios in the back pocket that we’re hoping to pull out.”However, he didn’t say what any of those scenarios consisted of, or how many fans they’re planning to have in May.One decision that has been made though is the cancellation of this year’s 500 Festival parade. Boles says it would’ve been hard to plan with the ongoing COVID restrictions.“It’s even harder to take care of than in one of the venues for the NCAA Tournament that’s going on, or even the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the end of May, just because it’s widespread throughout the city of Indianapolis.”Instead, the traditional parade will be replaced by something called the “500 Spectacle of Homes”, which invites people to decorate their porches and houses.“We started these porch parties a few years ago for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, where people would register at IMS.com and we would do driver visits and surprise people with swag bags. It’s really, like, trying to put that on steroids.”Then, on May 29 — the day before the race — the drivers in this year’s Indy 500 will do their own parade.“We’re going to take our 33 drivers and put them in some of our Chevrolet Camaro event cars, drive them around the city, and we’ll make some surprise visits to some people’s houses and thank them for participating.”Boles says, in the next few days, they’ll create a link on the IMS website where people can register their home. Pinterest Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

News story: New Crown Commercial Service website

first_imgOur new website is your single source for everything you need from Crown Commercial Service. It has been designed around customers and suppliers and will make public sector procurement simple. Framework details can now be filtered by category Procurement pipeline pages are displayed as ‘Upcoming deals’ New and comprehensive help and guidance for first time users about our routes to market and how to buy from our frameworks, catalogues and portals More detailed and dynamic news pages Please use this link to access our new website. Once there, we hope you’ll take a little time to familiarise yourself with our new home and some of the many improvements we’ve made.The redesign has been based on your feedback – we’ve addressed some of the problems of the past and have been inspired by user suggestions.Our framework contents and pipeline pages have moved to our new home but are now accessible within a much more satisfying user experience.Among the changes you’ll notice at our new website are:last_img read more

Thom Yorke Makes His Scoring Debut With The Horror Film, ‘Suspiria’ [Watch Official Trailer]

first_imgThom Yorke of Radiohead has composed the score for the remake of cult-classic horror film, Suspiria. Marking his debut in composing a movie score, Yorke revealed in a recent interview with BBC Music 6 that the experience was “absolutely terrifying” and that he “watched Blade Runner twice” over a weekend for inspiration. “Normally [scoring] a horror movie involves orchestras, these specific things,” Yorke explained. “But Luca [Guadagnino], the director, and Walter [Fasano], the editor, are very much, like, find your own path with it. … I just have to find a way into it.”Today, you can watch (and listen to) the full-length trailer for Suspiria, showing off Yorke’s first time ever doing music for a feature film. Due out November 2nd, the film’s new remake is directed by Luca Guadagnino, and stars Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, and Chloë Grace Moretz. Suspira is about a young American woman who travels to Berlin in 1977 to join an internationally renowned dance company and quickly finds that there might be something insidious to the mysterious disappearances of other members of the troupe.Guadagnino noted that it was “a dream come true” to have Thom Yorke accept their offer and that their goal is “to make a move that will be a disturbing and transforming experience: for this ambition, we could not find a better partner than Thom.”Suspiria – Official Trailerlast_img read more

Bringing ACI to VCE Vblock Systems

first_imgThe ability to have dynamic network policy,  driven by applications and enabling seamless mobility, will significantly boost cloud administrator productivity in the modern data center.  Cloud administrators also have a desire for deep, real-time operational visibility into how the entire system is operating.  VCE introduced Vision Intelligent Operations software to provide converged visibility across compute, storage and network resources within a Vblock System.   This systems-based telemetry view has given VCE customers extensive visibility into the system resources and their correlation to each other.  As multiple Vblock Systems are networked together, understanding the state of network pathways interconnecting Vblock Systems is vital to facilitating workload movement and user access.   A Cisco ACI fabric enabled Vblock environment provides new levels of visibility through systems-based network telemetry, correlating information between network resources and providing a single network operations perspective.Customers deploying Vblock Systems with Cisco ACI will have application level visibility for tracking of end-point policies and system performance attributes for any application environment.  This visibility is first seen in individual ACI enabled Vblock Systems and extends to application environments running on multiple Vblock Systems.  The Cisco ACI Fabric provides health status for every physical or virtual network port,  every switch port buffer and every connection to any resource within a Vblock System or between Vblock Systems.  This new insight and its inclusion in the VCE Vision object model will enable new converged operations capabilities that will be incorporated in future VCE Vision software innovations.VCE Vision allows a broad management ecosystem of partners to consolidate their view of Vblock Systems with comprehensive context around how the constituent products have been integrated through VCE’s productization process.   In the Cisco ACI keynote VCE collaborated with Cisco to produce an initial use case in demonstrating the power of Cisco ACI in combination with converged infrastructure, specifically Vblock Systems.  I want to provide some more insight into our work regarding this use case.For the ACI keynote demo, we wanted to demonstrate how ACI-enabled Vblock Systems can facilitate entire application environment migrations from legacy infrastructure to Vblock Systems.  For the specific demonstration we used an existing SAP business warehouse, running on legacy infrastructure and ingested its application model into a Vnomic desired state controller.  VCE Vision Intelligent Operations provides the converged infrastructure object model for the destination ACI-enabled Vblock System.  Vnomic’s desired state controller then determined how best to provision the resources of the ACI-enabled Vblock System to accommodate the SAP business warehouse, and then performed provisioning and migration.  Because the Vblock System was ACI-enabled, end point groups were configured based on application landscapes.  These end point groups were then assigned appropriate security, quality of service and connectivity attributes.   As the Vnomic declarative state controller prepared to perform the migration it became possible to migrate physical endpoints to virtual endpoints as the network policy would be assigned to the endpoint no matter it’s ultimate physical or virtual state.   Once the SAP business warehouse was operational on the Vblock System, physical or virtual resources could be moved within a Vblock System or between multiple Vblock Systems operating within the ACI fabric. Cloud, Mobility and Big Data are driving a paradigm shift in the design, consumption and operation of IT infrastructure. Management models are shifting from component centric capabilities to providing a more comprehensive and holistic view of infrastructure resources.  Security is evolving from a perimeter defensive posture to highly adaptive capabilities across physical, virtual and cloud domains.VCE was formed to lead the IT infrastructure paradigm shift by developing, selling and supporting the Vblock System™, the worlds most advanced converged infrastructure.   At the heart of every Vblock System are networks, the means by which Vblock System resources connect and the means by which users gain access to the applications they serve. The application economy is driving demands on the network in the form of higher performance, workload mobility, multi-tenancy, load-balancing, security and automation.  These capabilities are implemented each day in the thousands of Vblock Systems that VCE has in operation throughout the world.   For our customers, VCE represents business agility with low risk, high performance with high availability, and simplified, secure operations with low total cost of ownership.   The coordinated provisioning and optimization of infrastructure resources for multiple types of applications is essential to realize world-class IT services.The emerging application economy has been limited by legacy IT architectures, as application performance is frequently predicated upon limitless bandwidth, while infrastructure resources are bandwidth constrained because they have limited visibility into application resource consumption dynamics.  A more comprehensive approach has been needed, one that abstracts the complexity of the underlying physical infrastructure from the cloud administrator.Together, VCE and Cisco’s Insieme Networks team have been working on a better path. As one of Cisco’s major venture investments, VCE is built on a technology foundation of Cisco Networking & Compute, EMC Storage & Data Protection, VMware Server Virtualization & Virtualization Management.Today, Cisco launches a new generation of Nexus offerings and their much anticipated Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), and VCE welcomes this portfolio of products that represent new powerful capabilities to be incorporated within Vblock Systems.  Cisco’s approach to paradigm shifts has always been to deliver architectural solutions that provide comprehensive capabilities, adapting to the many use cases encountered in a diverse world of customers.The ACI architecture delivers a transformational network operations model for next-generation Vblock Systems.  While a single Vblock System can scale to hundreds of compute devices, the application economy is driving customers to scale beyond thousands of compute devices.  In scaling to thousands of compute devices, customers require resource isolation into fault domains by deploying multiple Vblock Systems. Network pathways to support workload mobility within a Vblock System are inherent to the system.   Creating network pathways to support any workload moving to any Vblock System requires a new approach to networking.In an ACI fabric-enabled Vblock environment,  applications drive networking behavior.   Pre-defined Application Network Profiles become policy templates for how networking end-points communicate and how their networking attributes are operationalized.As application resources are moved, their network security, performance and connectivity attributes remain constant.  The connectivity, security, load-balancing and quality of service network attributes become an extensible policy model, allowing application administrators to define how they need the network to operate, and the network’s resources (physical or virtual) are abstracted and then operationalized.  The configuration of the network no longer consists of provisioning individual components on a box by box, virtual switch by virtual switch basis.  Instead, the network operates as a system with aggregated capabilities, instructed by a centralized policy entity called the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (Cisco APIC).   Cisco APIC enables Vblock Systems to have one network policy, extensible to every system and every workload, dynamically aware of the application’s networking requirements. Today’s announcement and first demonstration hints at the possibilities for agility and optimization of ACI-enabled Vblock Systems, combined with VCE Vision Intelligent Operations.  We are excited to continue our journey in bringing together new operating models that combine application and infrastructure intelligence. The technology world continues to rapidly change and there are points where new concepts are introduced that give way to a quantum advances in innovation. Cisco ACI is an important contribution to the state of the art in networking, and VCE is proud to bring Cisco’s networking leadership technologies to the world in our industry leading Vblock Systems.last_img read more

Blueberries bountiful this season

first_imgIt’s blueberry time in Georgia, and farmers expect a good season, says a University of Georgia blueberry expert.“We started picking (Southern) highbush berries the last of April, and the crop looks good this year,” said Danny Stanaland, the UGA Cooperative Extension agent in Bacon County, Ga., which is in the heart of Georgia blueberry country. Most are rabbiteyesAbout 60 percent of blueberries in Georgia are the rabbiteye variety. The remaining 40 percent are Southern highbush variety. Farmers will begin harvesting rabbiteye berries later this month. Harvest for both varieties runs through July. Georgia didn’t get late-spring frosts this year. This caused the bushes to produce more fruit, which isn’t always a good thing, Stanaland said.“Growers had a little trouble with the bushes over-fruiting because of a cold early winter followed by a warm spell,” he said. “The little frosts and freezes we usually have thin the fruit. When this doesn’t happen, the bush makes more berries, and the berries are a little smaller than they would have been if the plant had thinned.”Need more rainOverall, though, the crop looks “really good,” he said.Weather is a hot topic right now for all farmers. Stanaland says the weather is “cooperating, but we haven’t had much rain, and we need some.” Steve Mullis of Alma tends 400 acres of his own blueberries and is the president of the Georgia Blueberry Growers Association. He has been involved in the industry since its infancy in the early 1970s when, as a teenager in FFA, he helped plant the state’s first crop.“It’s an emerging crop across the U.S., not just in Georgia,” Mullis said. “We started in Georgia with a handful of growers, and now we have around 325 growers who sell to the fresh and frozen market.”No. 4 for nowGrown in a few southeast counties, Georgia-grown blueberries are sold in the U.S. and exported to other countries.If Mother Nature doesn’t send a “weather tragedy,” Mullis anticipates the blueberry crop will be larger this season than last. “We should have a record crop,” he said. “But there are a lot of variables between now and the end of the season. The crop is going okay. We’re just a little short on labor.”Georgia farmers grow around 25,000 acres of blueberries. This puts Georgia in fourth place production-wise behind Michigan, New Jersey and North Carolina. “We’re No. 4 now, but we are slowly moving up,” Stanaland said.A healthy wantStanaland feels the economy has taken a turn and consumers are spending more on items they want instead of need.“With a commodity like blueberries, you don’t have to have them, but they are sure good,” he said. “And if you eat a few every day, they are very healthy for you.”For home gardeners who want to add a blueberry bush or two to their landscapes, Mullis recommends rabbiteye varieties. For more information on adding fruit trees or bushes to your landscape, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Friend of 4-H

first_imgDuring the event, National 4-H Council thanked Congress for their support of positive youth development and recognized the Congressional 4-H alumni who in attendance. Many notable Georgians attribute their success at least in part to the time they spent in 4-H. Jennifer Nettles, female vocalist for the popular duo Sugarland, demonstrated the evaluation skills she learned in 4-H while selecting the top finalists in the new ABC singing competition show “Duets”. Nettles received the National 4-H Alumni Medallion as did Nancy Grace, CNN Headline News commentator. ###About 4-H4-H is a community of seven million young people around the world learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture within the United States Department of Agriculture. In the U.S., the 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension implement 4-H programs through more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the U.S., 4-H programs operate through independent, country-led organizations in more than 50 countries.Georgia 4-H is operated through UGA Extension in every county in Georgia. Georgia 4-H programs are open to students in fifth grade through high school who attend public and private schools and are home schooled. To learn more about Georgia 4-H, visit www.Georgia4-H.org or find them on Facebook. National 4-H Council recognized Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) with the 4-H Champion for Kids Award today during a 4-H Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill. Chambliss received the award in honor of his work advancing 4-H youth development in Georgia. Chambliss, of Moultrie, Ga., serves as co-chair of the U.S. Senate’s 4-H Caucus. A U.S. Senator since 2003 and in Congress since 1995, Chambliss grew up in Tennessee’s 4-H program and was inducted to the National 4-H Hall of Fame in 2009. He attributes his success as a public speaker and as a politician to early 4-H experiences, including giving his first public speech at school in Tracy City, Tenn. Georgia 4-H, which is operated as part of University of Georgia Extension, currently serves more than 170,000 young Georgians each year through local 4-H club activities, youth challenge and development programs and environmental education programs. While 4-H was founded in the early 20th century to encourage the development of better farming and home management techniques, the program has evolved over the last 100 years. Today’s 4-H focuses on the development of youth leadership, public speaking and team building skills. In 2013, 4-H announced a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics campaign that would use its unique structure to encourage 1 million young Americans to choose careers in science and technology. center_img “This is the first 4-H Congressional Breakfast for National 4-H Council and we were thrilled to have such great response from dozens of congressional leaders, including 10 who are 4-H alumni and know the power of positive youth development firsthand,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council. “We were particularly pleased to have the chance to honor Senator Chambliss for his years of support as a true champion for youth.” “My first public speech was as a sixth-grader in a 4-H competition, standing on a table in the lunch room. Since then, I have delivered many speeches, but I will never forget that experience 4-H afforded me as a child. It is truly an honor to receive this award and a privilege to support the mission and principles of 4-H,” Chambliss said. Chambliss co-hosted the breakfast along with Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). The purpose of the event was to spotlight the importance of positive youth development programs in addressing urgent challenges facing America’s youth. Congressional speakers included Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE), Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA). last_img read more