News story: New non-executive director and panel members appointed to the Competition and Markets Authority board

first_imgBusiness Secretary Greg Clark has appointed Cynthia Dubin as a non-executive director and Paul Hughes, Robin Foster, Colleen Keck, Karthik Subramanya, Shrinivas Honap and Maria da Cunha as panel members to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).The CMA is a non-ministerial department and the UK’s primary competition and consumer authority. It has responsibility for carrying out investigations into mergers, markets and the regulated industries, and enforcing competition and consumer law.Non-executive directors of the CMA Board play a key role in providing leadership and direction to the organisation, working with the chair and chief executive, responsible for setting the organisation’s strategic direction, developing priorities and monitoring performance against its objectives. Members are appointed to the CMA Board for up to 5 years.Panel members join independent groups to make decisions on ‘phase 2’ merger and market investigations and on regulatory appeals. Members are appointed to the CMA Panel for up to 8 years.The new members appointed by the Secretary of State are:Cynthia DubinCynthia Dubin is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. and chief financial officer of Pivot Power LLP in the UK. Cynthia has previously held senior positions at Edison Mission Energy and JKX Oil & Gas plc. Her role as a board member commenced in January 2019.Paul HughesPaul is a former partner of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, and has specialised in competition law and regulation for some 30 years. His appointment as a panel member commences in February 2019.Robin FosterRobin Foster is a non-executive member of the Content Board at media regulator Ofcom, and of the Advertising Advisory Committee at the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). He was previously Strategy Partner at Ofcom and led the strategy and competition teams at the BBC. His appointment as a panel member commences in February 2019.Colleen KeckColleen Keck is currently General Counsel and Company Secretary at Parkinson’s UK and Deputy Chair of the Copyright Tribunal. Prior to that she was a partner at international law firm Allen & Overy LLP for over 20 years. Her appointment as a panel member commences in February 2019.Karthik SubramanyaKarthik Subramanya is currently Senior Advisor with Boston Consulting Group. He is also a board member of Scottish Enterprise and Creative Scotland. His appointment as a panel member commences in February 2019.Shrinivas HonapShrinivas Honap’s roles include a non-executive directorship at the British Transport Police Authority, where he is Chair of the Pensions Committee. He has held senior roles in Capita Plc, Vodafone and Egg Financial Service. His appointment as a panel member commences in April 2019.Maria da CunhaMaria da Cunha is currently a non-executive director of De La Rue plc and a trustee of Community Integrated Care. She was previously General Counsel and Director of HR at British Airways plc. Her appointment as a panel member commences in February 2019.last_img read more

The ripple effect

first_img Spray paint PBHA Director Gene Corbin gets a hand hosing down a paint pan from PBHA nonprofit management fellow Emily Parrott ’09. Bounce with me Nworah Ayogu ’10 (left) and Timothy McCarthy ’93, a lecturer in history and literature and public policy at Harvard, surf the scaffolding. Looking ahead Fourth-grader Daishawn Tobias studies with Schuyler Milender ’13 inside the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in New Orleans. Tobias was a first-grader when Hurricane Katrina struck his city. Adams in Alabama Joseph Gaspard ’12 represents Adams House while cutting floor tiles for the Hayneville Church of Christ in Hayneville, Ala. Robin’s egg blue New York City dentist Mercedes Franklin, Harvard School of Dental Medicine ’74, takes a breather from painting duties. Judith Dollenmayer ’63 was in the first class at Radcliffe College to receive Harvard degrees. And she was the first woman president at the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C.Now, the former congressional aide has added a different sort of first. Last month, she was in New Orleans on the first public service trip for Harvard alumni co-sponsored with the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA).More such alumni events are already planned for next year, one of many indicators that service trips are a growing movement at Harvard, among present and former students alike. “All the trends we see here are increasing drastically,” said Gene Corbin, executive director of PBHA, Harvard’s largest undergraduate group and the source of year-round regional public service.Alternative spring breaks at Harvard College grew from one trip in 2001 to nearly a dozen this year. Harvard’s professional Schools are funding more initiatives that combine learning with doing good. Trips abroad increasingly combine scholarship and assistance.And Harvard’s January intercession, new this year, immediately became a vehicle for prolonged service trips. Students went to Uganda to fight malnutrition, to El Salvador to promote literacy, and to the Dominican Republic for a water purification project. Even sports played a role. The Harvard women’s squash team traveled to northern India to combine court instruction with academic tutoring.Last month, the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) teamed up with PBHA and PBHA-Alumni, which is one of the HAA’s 35 “shared interest groups.” The resulting working trip to New Orleans was for Harvard alumni who embrace the idea of travel combined with good deeds. The HAA also has designated April as its first Global Month of Service.“Public service has been a critical activity for Harvard alumni for generations, and we wanted to recognize it this year,” said Philip W. Lovejoy, the HAA’s deputy executive director.Destination JanuaryFor next year, said PBHA’s Corbin, there’s already strong interest in shifting some of the alternative spring break trips to January, a move that would allow for longer service and better justify the expense of traveling to faraway places.Last month, 85 undergraduates took alternative spring break trips to 10 domestic sites and a Habitat for Humanity location in El Salvador.The public service trend is fueled in part by the spotlight shown on the issue by Harvard President Drew Faust, said Corbin. “Faust is using the bully pulpit of the Harvard presidency to say: Public service is valued at Harvard. It’s an important use of your time while in school, and public interest careers represent a valuable use of your Harvard education.”Adding momentum to the efforts, Harvard held its first Public Service Week last fall. Events and activities highlighted the University’s service history, celebrated its present, and encouraged a future of doing more.Harvard’s Schools are expanding their service roles as well. In February, Harvard Law School created a new Public Service Venture Fund that awards grants to students pursuing careers in public service.Starting April 5, there will be a Public Service Week at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), five days of panels and programs on health care, public sector careers, race, poverty, human rights, urban schools, employment, and other issues. HKS students have historically brought their scholarship and energy to local municipalities. They also maintain a Student Public Service Collaborative to integrate service into the School’s culture.Then there is the growing alumni effort. Last May, the HAA co-sponsored Harvard’s first Global Day of Service with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. About 300 alumni and students volunteered for projects in 13 cities.Last month’s alumni work trip to New Orleans was a warm-up for the HAA’s Global Month of Service (April 1-30), one of four “Harvard Serves” initiatives. This month, there will be more than 75 volunteer opportunities in 20 cities on four continents. Volunteers will help to clean up riverbanks, tutor schoolchildren, work at rescue missions, and build houses.Starting this week (April 2), the HAA will launch its “Public Service on the Map” Web site so that alumni, students, faculty, and staff can register their projects. Said Lovejoy, “We’re billing it as an instant connection to Harvard’s public service community throughout the world.” The site will include listings of volunteer opportunities, internships, and jobs.Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland ’76, M.B.A. ’79, president of the HAA this year and a resident of Oslo, Norway, has made Harvard’s global public service the theme of her tenure. As to the breadth of the projects around the world, she said, “I am thrilled and proud.”Among Harvard graduates, the potential for doing good is enormous. There are nearly 365,000 Harvard alumni worldwide, and 181 Harvard clubs (105 in the United States and 76 in other countries).The plight of GentillyDuring the alumni work trip in New Orleans last month, 22 alumni and friends gathered in a sun-parched lot in Gentilly. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina had turned a vibrant neighborhood into a fetid lake 5 feet deep. Today, every third house is still abandoned, adults scramble for work, and children wander restlessly after school.The Harvard volunteers spent six days sprucing up two narrow frame houses owned by the Pentecost Baptist Church, which lost half its congregation after Katrina. The volunteers scraped, painted, washed, fixed, and gardened. They ate box lunches and slept in college dorms. On their last day, though New Orleans is famous for fun, they elected to stay on the job.Corbin was there, in a T-shirt and shorts, brushing on paint and nailing boards. After six days, the two houses looked “markedly different” even from a block away. “It makes an enormous contribution to a neighborhood struggling to rebound following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,” he said.Dollenmayer, the alumna who is now a freelance writer and editor, climbed a stepladder to reach a painted-over stained glass window. “I was happy to come and help, and I’m having a great time,” she said in a YouTube video posted by an alumni trip blogger, “though this task is maddening.”The work site on Harrison Avenue, in a part of Gentilly called Pilotland, contains two low houses, a sweep of grass, a parking lot, and a one-story church, where the high-water flood mark once reached the height of a man.The Rev. Lionel Davis Sr., the 54-year-old pastor of Pentecost, watched the Harvard volunteers work. Dressed in a black suit and a New Orleans Saints ball cap, he contemplated the devastation. Once teeming and vital, he said, the neighborhood now is “one of those communities where you have to bring them from nowhere to get them somewhere.”Nick Harris, compact and affable, stood near the New Orleans work site. He’s assistant vice president for community and economic development at Dillard University, and helped to coordinate the HAA volunteers. “The benefit of having Harvard come in speaks volumes — to what’s not been done in this area since 2005,” he said. Having Harvard here, added Davis, “allows the community to have a bigger voice.”Bringing his share of hope was Clifton Dawson ’07, an alumni volunteer. Fresh out of three seasons as an NFL running back, the highest-yardage Ivy League ball carrier has his sights set on Harvard Business School in the fall. Meanwhile, he was managing a painting crew.“I thought it would be a good way to give back,” he said of the alumni trip, “and to reconnect with Harvard.”The same benefitsYoung and old, graduates and students, the volunteers talk about the same benefits: the satisfaction of moral effort, the value of immersion in other cultures, the thrill of camaraderie, and the sense that learning does not come from books alone — that not all competence can be measured by a grade.The undergraduates noticed those benefits and contrasts. In New York City, New Orleans, rural Alabama, and elsewhere last month, Harvard’s future doctors, lawyers, politicians, financiers, teachers, and diplomats got a glimpse at the challenge and exactitude of laying tile, hanging sheetrock, installing siding, and working with wood. Other volunteers tutored at-risk students, helped with legal tasks, or joined ambulance crews.In New Orleans, Octabio Garcia ’12, a Winthrop House math concentrator, was tutoring fourth-graders at the Andrew H. Wilson Elementary School, the kindergarten to sixth-grade bedrock of the Broadmoor neighborhood. Some students, just days from critical state tests, still couldn’t write a four-paragraph essay.Tutoring writing in the same school was freshman Schuyler Milender ’13, who blogged nightly about her experiences. Appreciating the immensity of resources at Harvard, she said, made it imperative for her to give something back.“I have been given so much, and these people are so underserved,” said Milender of students who can’t write paragraphs and who have lost pivotal schooling because of Katrina, and all against a backdrop of abandoned houses. “I feel like I’m learning a lot. It’s putting things in perspective for me,” she said. “I wanted to lend my support, even for a week. ‘’Such short-term help has its critics, who suggest it doesn’t make a difference. But student volunteers do important work, said Hal Roark, executive director of the Broadmoor Development Corporation. He said they establish frameworks for future action, provide continuity, and assure an ongoing sequence of eager volunteers. Roark draws help from students at Harvard, Yale University, and Bard College, many of whom return as summer or even yearlong fellows.A few feet from Roark’s office, in a rambling frame house, eight Harvard undergraduates hunched over computer screens to prepare for the next day’s work. Four were navigating the legal system that can delay rebuilding blighted houses. The others worked on a project to help seniors weatherize their houses, part of a Salvation Army program called EnviRenew.“I’m not a big beach person,” said Sarah Legrand ’10, part of the second group, explaining why she was there. “Time-limited but immersive experiences” during school breaks are important. “I’m glad to take advantage of it.”Community gratitudeGratitude for these service trips takes many forms. In Hayneville, Ala., Martin McCall Sr., pastor of the 78-member Hayneville Church of Christ, watched Harvard undergraduates put the finishing touches on the congregation’s new church. (The first burned in a 2008 fire.)The volunteers, who spent six days tiling, painting, and staining, are “angels from heaven,” said the 57-year-old mason, who grew up in the segregated Jim Crow South. “They’ve got good manners, they catch on, they’re eager to learn. They’ve been putting forth a great effort here.”And the benefits are mutual, said Marcel Moran ’11, a pre-med student and one of four co-leaders on the Hayneville trip. He peeled off his work gloves and surveyed the busy work site. He said that he has made his best friends on these trips, that he has learned to break out of solitary learning to work cooperatively, and that there are special rewards in doing physical work that demands its own kind of precision.Said Moran, “It’s using your brain in a whole new way.” Steppin’ it up Alumnus Clifton Dawson ’07, a former Harvard football player, ladders up for the Pentecost Baptist Church in New Orleans. No idle hands here Pastor Martin McCall Sr. and Kennedy Mukuna ’12 move a plank. They’re rebuilding the Hayneville Church of Christ in Hayneville, Ala., which burned down in 2008. Uplifted Marcel Moran ’11 (from left), George Thampy ’10, Nworah Ayogu ’10, Rachael Goldberg ’12, and Kennedy Mukuna ’12 raise the roof.center_img Through the looking glass These pastel panes get a cleaning from Carole Malcolmson, Ed.D ’07. Laugh it off Macey Landry, 10 (left), Joshua Gibson, 9 (right), and Shamar Henderson, 10 (far right), get their learn on with Octabio Garcia ’12. What’s schoolwork without a few laughs? For reflections: Students and alums share thoughts on service Shadow workers Paint, scrape, and roll. These silhouettes are Andrew Dane ’09 (from left), Rebecca Cohen ’12, and Brittany Turner ’10. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer PBHA Alternative Spring Break Multiple choice Ivoronce Laird, 10 (left), and Kevielle Thomas, 9, are guided by Schuyler Milender ’13, who helps them prepare for upcoming LEAD exams.last_img read more

Tracking Bug Tracks

first_imgModeling clay isn’t limited to art classrooms and sculpting studios. University of Georgia researchers developed a tool to track beneficial insects in turfgrass systems using clay models. Tracking these good predators can help develop eco-friendly pest management techniques for both home lawns and commercial sod growers.In a recently published article in Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, UGA scientists determined that beneficial predator insects will interact with and leave distinct markings on clay models that resemble their prey, in this case the larvae of turfgrass pests. This study was led by entomology doctoral candidate Fawad Khan under the guidance of Assistant Professor Shimat Joseph in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences on the UGA Griffin campus.“We want to know who the predators are and what kind of impressions these predators will create on these clay models. Before we do anything in the field, we need to have a sense of what that looks like,” said Joseph, a turfgrass entomologist.Though the clay model approach has been used in other disciplines to observe predator activity, Joseph and Khan found no previous use of the method in turfgrass research. This study developed clay models as a tool to aid in future research.“It’s kind of brain hack of the predator. We want to see how much the real predator interacts with the model based only on the visual cues,” said Khan, a Fulbright scholar who came to UGA to study eco-friendly pest management options, specifically beneficial insects.The need for researchThe turfgrass industry contributes $9 billion to Georgia’s economy each year, but one of the high costs is pest management. Joseph said that the use of insecticides not only cuts into grower profits but requires valuable time, labor and equipment. The use of biological controls, such as natural predator insects, could mean only using chemical management when pest numbers rise beyond a certain threshold.Harmful pests such as fall armyworms cause problems for turf growers and homeowners alike. Though there are natural predators that attack pests in their larval stage, it’s difficult to study the activity since they leave little evidence. The goal of Khan and Joseph’s research was to identify predator interactions and use that knowledge in commercial and residential turf. But before they could do so, they needed a method to measure how predators interacted with their prey.In this study, researchers created two sizes of simulated larvae from modeling clay. Then they collected natural predators from turf lawns at UGA-Griffin. Each collected arthropod spent 48 hours in a petri dish with two sizes of clay larvae models. This was enough time for them to make their marks. Because the clay stays soft at room temperature, any markings left by the predators were preserved.Researchers used video equipment to observe how the predators would first interact with models in the field. Outside of the petri dish controlled environment, they also placed the clay models near a fire ant mound in turfgrass. The study found different types of predators left behind distinct markings.The researchers characterized and named the impressions left by each type of arthropod and used the knowledge of the specific markings as a tool to study the activities of these insects in the field.“(The clay method) is good and it’s also cost-effective because it does not use a lot of expenditures like cameras or heavy equipment. You just have to put the clay models on the trees and near the turfgrass. After one or two days you see there are different markings and some activity there,” Khan said.Fueling pest management researchBecause this study used a new method for measuring predator activity in turf, it created a baseline tool for further research as part of Khan’s dissertation work. The next step in the research is to compare predator activity between different systems.“For that research, we need to identify the marks in the real field conditions of the sod farms and the residential lawns. If we did not have the baseline research on the turfgrass system, we couldn’t do that,” Khan said.The goal in tracking predator activity between the systems is to create integrated pest management (IPM) methods against harmful insects such as fall armyworms. The clay model system will allow researchers to know which predators are present in commercial and residential situations. With that knowledge, Joseph said that they hope to manipulate existing predator insects to serve as a control method for the pests.“In IPM, we tend to use multiple tactics. Pesticide is an important tactic, but there are others, like biological control,” Joseph said. “My viewpoint is more conservation. Here we are looking at biological control so we can … develop a population of predators and beneficial insects. When the fall armyworm attacks, (predators) can provide the first layer of control. If the population is overwhelming, we have to come up with a remedy. Chemical management comes into play if the numbers go beyond a certain threshold.”Khan said the ecosystem-based approach of IPM considers beneficial insects including predators, parasites and pollinators, the environment, costs, economic loss and other factors surrounding any crop. However, this approach is not just important for those in the commercial agricultural sector. One of Khan’s ultimate research goals is to help homeowners know more about what is happening in their lawns.“We have to appreciate the natural enemies and biological control that is happening around us in our residential lawns. My research will be giving an estimation technique to see what good insects are active,” Khan said.For more information on the UGA Department of Entomology, visit read more

Shining Path leader Alezander Dimas Fabián Huamán captured by Peruvian security forces

first_img “The capture of the terrorist Héctor dealt a major blow to Shining Path (SL). With this, we are consolidating the pacification of the Huallaga [Valley],” Gen. Vicente Romero, director of the Anti-Drug Directorate of the National Police (DIRANDRO) told reporters. Intelligence work and cooperation between the PNP and the Armed Forces led to the capture, said Diego Salazar Morales, principal researcher of the publication, Revista Andina de Estudios Políticos. Special Intelligence Brigade agents captured Héctor around 9:20 a.m. in the Las Lomas sector of the José Crespo y Castillo district in the province of Leoncio Prado, in the highland department of Huanuco, according to a joint statement from the Ministries of Defense and Interior. A member of the Public Prosecutor’s office also participated in the operation, authorities said. ‘Major blow’ to the Shining Path By Dialogo January 29, 2014 The capture of Héctor is part of an ongoing effort by Peruvian security forces to weaken the leadership of the SP. In February, 2012, Peruvian security forces captured SP leader Florindo Eleuterio Flores Hala, who is also known as “Artemio.” A team of National Police agents and Army soldiers captured Artemio in the Tocache province during “Operation Peru.” Security forces wounded Artemio during a fierce gun battle. Artemio, who was later convicted of terrorism, drug trafficking, and money laundering. He is serving a life sentence in prison. The capture of Artemio was a strong blow against the SP, security officials said. The recent arrest of Héctor, who had been leading the Shining Path after the capture of Artemio, further weakens the SP, according to Diego Salazar Morales, a researcher at the publication Andean Political Studies. “A group of 50 to 60 armed men are trying to save what remains of the Shining Path organization in the area,” Salazar Morales said. “The capture of Héctor slows reorganization.” The Shining Path rebel group split into two factions more than 20 years ago after security forces captured its founder and then-leader, Abimael Guzmán Reynoso, who is known as “Gonzalo”. The “Acuerdista” faction remained loyal to Gonzalo, and operated primarily in the Huallaga Valley region. The “Proseguir” faction has operated primarily in the region that includes the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM). Víctor Quispe Palomino, who is known as “José” and Jorge Quispe Palomino, who is also known as “Raúl”, lead the “Proseguir” faction. Both factions produce and traffic cocaine. The SP depends on this criminal enterprise to buy weapons and finance its terrorist activities, authorities said. Attacking the SP’s leadership center_img Fighting the SP in the VRAEM Peruvian Army soldiers and National Police agents recently captured Alezander Dimas Fabián Huamán, a high-ranking leader of the Shining Path who is also known as “Héctor.” Agents of the Special Intelligence Brigade, which is comprised of members of the Armed Forces and the National Police of Peru (PNP), captured Héctor on Dec. 9, 2013 in the department of Huánuco. President Ollanta Humala announced the arrest at Army headquarters during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Ayacucho. Héctor led the rebel group’s operations in Huallaga Valley, one of the largest coca-growing valleys in Peru, authorities said. Drug traffickers cultivate coca on about 13,000 hectares valley, producing about 100 tons of cocaine a year, authorities said. Héctor is also suspected of killing several people who lived along the banks of the Huallaga River, which flows through several regions of the central jungle and is a transit area for drug trafficking organization. In recent years, the Proseguir faction of the SP has killed dozens of police agents and Army soldiers who were conducting security operations in the VRAEM, according to the report, “Situational Analysis of Drug Trafficking,” which was published by the American Police Community (AMERIPOL). Transnational criminal organizations from Peru, Colombia, and Mexico have sophisticated transit networks to send drug shipments from Peru to the United States, East Asia, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and other Latin American countries. The SL once generated most of its income by collecting “fees” from drug trafficking organizations which operate in Peru. The SL now cultivates, processes, and traffics tons of cocaine every year, said Alain Zegarra Sun, a security analyst at Federico Villarreal National University. The SL supports its terrorist activities by cultivating and trafficking drugs, the security analyst said. “In other words, there is a symbiotic relationship between terrorism and drug trafficking as Shining Path (SL) has mutated into what the Brigadier General of the Peruvian Army, Leonardo Longa López, rightly called ‘terror narco-logging.’ Currently, the terrorist group survives on these two illicit activities: drug trafficking and illegal logging,” Zegarra Sun explained. While the captures of Héctor and Artemio are important blows against the SP, security forces in the VRAEM must remain vigilant, according to Zegarra Sun. Both SP factions adjust whenever their leaders are captured or killed, Zegarra Sun said. Even if security forces were to capture all of the top SP leaders in the VRAEM, other Shining Path operatives would move up in the group’s hierarchy to replace them, or, Colombian drug traffickres might move into the region, Salazar Morales said. “Efforts must be redoubled based on operational intelligence, which will have to be reinforced with a comprehensive strategy that also prioritizes the promotion of development on the basis of a concerted effort from all sectors of the State, the sphere of development, in order to win the hearts and minds of the people, isolating them from the guerrillas like separating fish from water,” Zerraga Sun said. Security forces will continue to root out drug trafficking in the VRAEM, said Carmen Masias, chief executive of the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (Devida). “We will go into the VRAEM region whether or not the Shining Path is there,” Masias said. “The social cost must always be assessed, but we cannot wait for terrorism to end before we take any action.”last_img read more

Longtime Air Traffic Controller Arrested For Guns & Crystal Meth

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A longtime air traffic controller was arrested Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Wantagh after police discovered two loaded handguns and a drug believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine in his pants pocket, Nassau County police said. Breen Peck, 52, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday. The Federal Aviation Administration has employed Peck since 1991, Nassau County Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said at a press conference at police headquarters Thursday.Peck is currently employed at the FAA’s Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON) in Westbury and assigned to a training program, the FAA said. A man with the same name was previously involved in two high-profile air incidents in the last five years—in April 2011, when a plane carrying First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, was forced to abort its landing after it came too close to a military jet it was trailing, and in June 2010 when a plane carrying US Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) reportedly avoided a collision with a jet by only 15 seconds. Asked if Peck was the same man responsible for Michelle Obama’s plane aborting its landing, the FAA said “We are not confirming that information at this time.” Nassau’s Top Cop said two Criminal Intelligence Rapid Response Team officers were on patrol in Wantagh when they spotted Peck’s 2010 Toyota traveling south on Willow Street with dark tinted windows and failing to signal upon turning left on Byron Street. After pulling over, Peck notified the two officers he had a loaded handgun behind the driver’s seat and another handgun in the trunk, Krumpter said. A subsequent search by the officers turned up what police now believe to be Crystal Meth in his pants pocket, Krumpter said. Breen Peck was arrested for criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He works for the Federal Aviation Administration and is currently assigned to a training program.Peck identified himself as an air traffic controller during the traffic stop, Krumpter said. Inside Peck’s car, police said, was a Bersa Thunder.380 handgun with eight rounds in the magazine, a Beretta .40-caliber semi-automatic with 10 rounds, and an additional magazine with five rounds. Peck does not have a permit for the guns, police said. Krumpter was unable to say if Peck was driving to or from work at the time of the stop. He did not describe Peck’s state of mind at the time of the arrest. Based on alleged statements made by Peck during the encounter, police believe “He is an active substance abuser,” Krumpter said. “The Nassau County police may have averted an air disaster in the skies above Nassau County by arresting” Peck, the commissioner added. An FAA spokeswoman acknowledged in a statement that the agency was made aware of Peck’s arrest. Contrary to what Peck allegedly told police, “Peck currently is not an air traffic controller,” the statement said. “He is assigned to the facility training program.” The statement noted that the FAA has opened its own investigation into the incident. According to the FAA, all agency employees are subject to random drug testing. First Lady Michelle Obama heading home after she spoke at the University of California at Merced commencement on Thursday, May 16, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)The Washington Post reported in April 2011 that an air controller named Breen Peck directed a Boeing 737 carrying both Michelle Obama and Jill Biden from New York to Andrews Air Force Base into potentially dangerous turbulence conditions caused by the C-17 military plane traveling ahead of it.According to an NTSB incident report, on instructions from air traffic control, the two aircrafts came within only 2.81 miles as they prepared for landing. The minimum separation was supposed to be three miles, the report states. “The local controller authorized the B737 to make ‘S’ turns on final approach to increase separation,” the report states. “However, when the B737 was 2 miles from the landing threshold, the B737 pilot told the local controller, ‘It doesn’t look like we’re going to make this,’ since the C-17 was still conducting the landing roll on the runway.” That’s when the plane was forced to abort its landing. The controller told investigators that “He confused the minimum wake turbulence separation requirements” for a B737 following a C-17 instead with the requirement of two B757s following one another. The report goes on to note that the controller, later identified in published reports as a Breen Peck, had been involved in four other operational errors in the four previous years. Rep. Sensenbrenner declined to comment. It’s unclear if Peck was raised on Long Island. Nassau police originally said he lived in Indiana.last_img read more

Supreme Court OKs live coverage of Maguindanao massacre ruling

first_imgThe verdict on the Maguindanao massacrewill be handed down by the Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon CityRegional Trial Court Branch 221 at the Quezon City Jail Annex at Camp BagongDiwa in Taguig City at 9 a.m. Last month, several news outfits,journalists’ organizations and government communications agencies have petitionto allow the media to cover live the release of verdict. “Because of the paramount publicinterest involved in this case, the Supreme Court, which is overseeing thematter, would like to have live television coverage of the proceedings,” Hosakasaid Other reporters, however, will be ableto see the proceedings from a screen in the media room showing live footagetaken by state media PTV4. Recording devices other than the PTV4 and the SC’scameras are prohibited inside the courtroom itself. SC spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka saidSC justices have unanimously voted for the live airing of the verdict readingat Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on Tuesday. Backed by mainstream news outlets, theNational Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the Center for Media Freedomand Responsibility, and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism saida live coverage would benefit relatives of the massacre victims who could notafford to fly to Manila. Several Ampatuans and alleged members oftheir private army were charged for conspiring to kill 58 people, 32 of whomwere journalists, on a hill in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009.center_img The promulgation of judgment on theinfamous massacre against more than a hundred defendants will be theculmination of a 10-year case at the trial court level. MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) allowed thelive media coverage of the release of the court verdict on the decade-old Maguindanaomassacre case on Dec. 19. According to Hosaka, due to spaceconstraints and security concerns, only accredited members of the media will beallowed in a designated media room inside the police camp. Andal Ampatuan Jr. (center) is the former mayor of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, charged with multiple mass murder. The Supreme Court en banc approved on Tuesday the live coverage of the promulgation of judgment of the Maguindanao massacre – considered as the worst election-related violence and attack on press freedom in the Philippines. UNTV The incident is known as thePhilippines’ worst case of election-related violence and the single deadliestattack on members of the press since detailed records were kept./PNlast_img read more

New study ranks most/least educated states

first_imgBatesville, In. — A new study completed by WalletHub® has ranked the most and least educated state in the nation and Kentucky hits the list at number 45. The study examined 20 areas for people over 25-years-old with at least a high school diploma.A link to the complete study is here.last_img

Jol desperate to retain Schwarzer

first_img Press Association He added: “So maybe we will put him on loan. Stockdale is already on loan; so I have a problem. We need one or two goalkeepers. Hopefully we can get competition for places because that’s the ideal.” Fulham’s priority, however, is to sign up Schwarzer on a new contract which Jol hopes will extend beyond the 2014 World Cup. Talks are currently in process and Jol said: “He (Schwarzer) can go on for the next one or two years but it’s not like he is 22 and has another 10 years left in him. But how old are goalkeepers? If you look for evidence of them being 44-45, I can’t see it. So 40 is quite remarkable. “They (Australia) will go to the World Cup and he wants to be there. He will be 42 and then he will come back to us hopefully.” Meanwhile, Jol has been boosted by captain Brede Hangeland signing a new two-year contract. The Norwegian central defender will have the task of nullifying the threat of former Fulham and England striker Bobby Zamora, who has been passed fit to face his old team-mates. Zamora left Craven Cottage for Loftus Road in January 2012 but Jol has few regrets at losing a player with a dubious fitness record. “Bobby wanted to move,” said Jol. “He felt he could help QPR. Hopefully, after our game, he will help them. If he is fit he can help any team because he is a good striker.” The form of the Australian veteran, who is set to go to Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup with his country next year, is the reason David Stockdale is on loan at npower Championship side Hull and Jol accepts that he might have to let the 27-year-old go permanently. “David wants to be a number one,” said Jol, whose side take on relegation-threatened QPR on Monday night in a west London derby which has huge significance, in particular, for Harry Redknapp’s side. “I’m always looking for a good goalkeeper. I’ve got another good goalkeeper who’s 23, Neil Etheridge, and he’s very talented but he needs to play.” center_img Fulham manager Martin Jol insists goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer can keep going for at least another two years in the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more

N. Illinois looks to extend streak vs Ball State

first_imgN. Illinois looks to extend streak vs Ball State SUPER SENIORS: Northern Illinois’ Eugene German, Lacey James and Noah McCarty have combined to account for 52 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 56 percent of all Huskies points over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: German has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Northern Illinois field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 25 field goals and 10 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 70: Ball State is 0-6 this year when it allows 70 points or more and 13-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 70.STREAK SCORING: Ball State has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 77.4 points while giving up 59.DID YOU KNOW: The Ball State defense has allowed only 61.9 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Cardinals 20th among Division I teams. The Northern Illinois offense has averaged 66.8 points through 24 games (ranked 248th, nationally). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC,,Update on the latest sports,Update on the latest sports Associated Press center_img February 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorthern Illinois (15-9, 8-3) vs. Ball State (13-10, 6-4)John E. Worthen Arena, Muncie, Indiana; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Northern Illinois looks for its seventh straight conference win against Ball State. Northern Illinois’ last MAC loss came against the Bowling Green Falcons 66-64 on Jan. 18. Ball State lost 68-64 at Western Michigan on Saturday.last_img read more

Tigers roar to historic win over Sri Lanka 100th Test

first_img(REUTERS)-Bangladesh secured their maiden test win against Sri Lanka, and their second against a major test-playing nation in the last five months, with an eventful four-wicket victory on the final day of the second Test at the P Sara Oval on Sunday.Playing their 100th Test overall, the touring side chased down their target of 191 in the final session to level the two-match series at 1-1.Bangladesh had lost 15 Tests and drawn two of their previous 17 matches in the five-day format against Sri Lanka and Sunday’s victory is undoubtedly their best away from home after they beat England in Dhaka last October.The South Asian nation’s other Test successes have come against West Indies, whose glory days are long past and are no longer considered to be among Test cricket’s major players, and Zimbabwe.It was a great comeback for Bangladesh after they lost the opening Test at Galle by 259 runs to a side that blanked Australia 3-0 at home last year.“The way we are improving, down the line we will win some games,” Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was named player of the series, said.“We are having a very good time at home but it’s time for us to play outside (of Bangladesh) and play well. It’s a very good sign for our cricket that we are improving as a team.”Experienced opening batsman Tamim Iqbal anchored the chase with a stroke-filled 82 after home captain Rangana Herath had picked up two wickets in successive deliveries to reduce Bangladesh to 22-2.Tamim, who hit seven fours and a six, added 109 for the third wicket with Sabbir Rahman before the latter fell for 41.“I think this win started when we lost the match in Galle,” man of the match Tamim said. “We had a long chat with the coach, and the players stepped up.”Shakib, who set up the win with his 116 in the first innings, fell for 15 with Bangladesh still 29 runs away from a famous victory and there were more nervous moments awaiting the touring side.Mushfiqur Rahim was given out leg before but the Bangladesh captain managed to overturn the umpire’s decision on review with replays confirming the delivery was missing the stumps.Herath, celebrating his 39th birthday on Sunday, could not hold on to a return catch offered by Mosaddek Hossain, but later dismissed him for 13 with Bangladesh needing two for the win.“We are bitterly disappointed but it’s part of the game,” Herath said. “I think every single area, bowling, batting and fielding will need to improve.“But this is not the time to talk about it. We will have a discussion later with the coaches.”Mushfiqur remained unbeaten on 22 while Mehedi Hasan was not out on two after hitting the winning runs that sparked wild celebrations from the visiting team.SRI LANKA 1st innings 338 (D. Chandimal 138)Bangladesh 1st innings 467 (S. Al Hasan 116, M. Hossain 75, S. Sarkar 61, M. Rahim 52; R. Herath 4-82, L. Sandakan 4-140)Sri Lanka 2nd innings (Overnight: 268-8)D. Karunaratne c Sarkar b Al Hasan 126U. Tharanga b M. Hasan 26K. Mendis c Rahim b M. Rahman 36D. Chandimal c Rahim b M. Rahman 5A. Gunaratne lbw b Al Hasan 7D. de Silva c Rahim b M. Rahman 0N. Dickwella c Rahim b Al Hasan 5D. Perera run out (Roy, M. Hasan) 50R. Herath lbw b T. Islam 9S. Lakmal c Mosa. Hossain b Al Hasan 42L. Sandakan not out 0Extras (b-4 lb-8 w-1) 13Total (all out, 113.2 overs) 319Fall of wickets: 1-57 U. Tharanga,2-143 K. Mendis,3-165 D. Chandimal,4-176 A. Gunaratne,5-177 D. de Silva,6-190 N. Dickwella,7-217 D. Karunaratne,8-238 R. Herath,9-318 D. Perera,10-319 S. LakmalBowling: S. Roy 16 – 4 – 36 – 0(w-1),M. Hasan 24 – 0 – 71 – 1,M. Rahman 23 – 3 – 78 – 3,S. Al Hasan 36.2 – 9 – 74 – 4,Mosa. Hossain 3 – 0 – 10 – 0, T. Islam 11 – 1 – 38 – 1BANGLADESH 2nd innings (Target: 191 runs)T. Iqbal c Chandimal b D. Perera 82S. Sarkar c Tharanga b Herath 10I. Kayes c Gunaratne b Herath 0Sa. Rahman lbw b D. Perera 41S. Al Hasan b D. Perera 15M. Rahim not out 22Mosa. Hossain c Dickwella b Herath 13M. Hasan not out 2Extras (b-4 lb-1 w-1) 6Total (for 6 wickets, 57.5 overs) 191Fall of wickets: 1-22 S. Sarkar,2-22 I. Kayes,3-131 T. Iqbal,4-143 Sa. Rahman,5-162 S. Al Hasan,6-189 Mosa. HossainDid not bat: T. Islam, S. Roy, M. RahmanBowling:D. Perera 22 – 1 – 59 – 3, R. Herath 24.5 – 2 – 75 – 3,D. de Silva 2 – 0 – 7 – 0, L. Sandakan 6 – 1 – 34 – 0,S. Lakmal 2 – 0 – 7 – 0(w-1),A. Gunaratne 1 – 0 – 4 – 0last_img read more