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One officer killed, another wounded by suspect in ongoing barricade situation

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PONOMA, Calif.) — One officer was killed and another wounded by a suspect who fired through an apartment door in an ongoing barricade situation in Southern California, authorities said.The incident began around 9 p.m. local time Friday night in the city of Pomona after police responded to a report of a reckless vehicle, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Christopher Bergner said at a press conference Saturday morning.Two officers pursued the vehicle, which failed to yield, leading to a crash, Bergner said.The suspect, whose identity is unknown, fled the vehicle and ran into an apartment building, in which he barricaded himself. As officers tried to enter, he fired a gun through the door, hitting two Pomona police officers, Bergner said.Both officers were taken to the hospital, where one died from his injuries. The second officer is in serious condition after undergoing surgery.As of 8:30 local time Saturday morning, the suspect was still barricaded in the apartment. Crisis negotiators have been trying to talk to him, but have not yet been able to enter the scene, Bergner said.All residents of the apartment building have been evacuated, authorities said.Video from the scene shows a pickup truck that appears to have crashed into other vehicles. Video also shows a wounded officer lying on the ground as other officers perform chest compressions on him. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Safer food

first_imgWhile the California dairy cow that tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, made national headlines this week, University of Georgia livestock and food safety experts say the real story is how well the nation’s food safety system worked. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, “was identified in a dairy cow, and the cow never entered the food supply,” said Judy Harrison, a professor and UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “It is not passed through milk, and we have many tests in place in this country to make sure problems like this are not a threat to the food supply. … This case is a good example to consumers of how the system works to keep their food safe.” BSE first made headlines in the late 1980s with a mass outbreak in Great Britain. It’s a degenerative disease caused by small proteins called prions that attack the cow’s central nervous system. Prions are less complex than viruses but are still able to reproduce their genetic material and damage cells. The disease caused herds of cows in Britain to act erratically and then gradually lose most of their motor function, leading to the lay term “mad cow disease.” After eating beef that was tainted with these prions, some humans also contracted the human form of the disease. Since the late 1980s, the USDA, the FDA and the beef industry have completely changed their practices regarding the handling of cattle and beef bound for human consumption, said Ronnie Silcox, an associate professor of animal science in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. These changes have made it nearly impossible for a tainted cow to make it to a processing facility — much less make it onto a family’s dinner table. The disease spread through Great Britain’s cattle supply so quickly because of the use of animal feed made from beef byproducts. The practice of feeding mammalian byproducts to cattle has since been banned, and beef processors now remove the spine and brain from beef carcasses before they are processed. Any cow that cannot walk into a processing facility is suspected of having BSE, excluded from the food supply and tested. Farmers and stockyards now routinely test older and sick cows for BSE, Silcox said. Although millions of older and sick cows have been tested since these safety practices have been put in place, only four U.S. cows have tested positive for the disease—one cow imported from Canada to Washington state, one in Texas, one in Alabama and the recent dairy cow in California, Silcox said. No cow under 30 months of age has ever been found to be carrying the disease, he said. “When you go into the grocery store, all the steak and roasts there come from relatively young cow,” he said. “We have never seen a cow test positive for BSE who was less than 30 months old.” The precautions taken by the USDA, FDA and the international food safety and agriculture communities have nearly eradicated BSE from cattle populations over the last 20 years, Silcox said. With only 29 cases of BSE reported worldwide in 2011, the specter of the disease is now one of its greatest impacts. This week’s announcement disrupted the cattle futures market, but it later rebounded. “This one wasn’t even going to end up in the food supply, and the beef futures market still dropped, but of course any news about beef can disrupt the futures market,” Silcox said. The case will not affect beef exports to trade partners like Mexico or Japan that already require imported beef to be harvested before the cows reach 30 or 20 months of age, Silcox said. What you should know about BSE:– The USDA announced a positive test result for BSE in a central California dairy cow on April 24 as part of its targeted surveillance program to test cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy. — According to the USDA, the carcass of the animal is being held under State authority at a rendering facility in California and will be destroyed. It was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health. — The bottom line for consumers remains the same: U.S. beef is safe because of multiple, interlocking safeguards instituted over the past two decades. The BSE agent is not found in meat like steaks and roasts. It is only found in central nervous system tissue such as the brain and spinal cord, which are not allowed for use in food products. — BSE is fast approaching eradication worldwide. According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) there were only 29 cases of BSE worldwide in 2011, which is a 99 percent reduction since the peak in 1992 of more than 37,300 cases. This is only the fourth case of BSE in the U.S., compared to more than 37,000 cases in the United Kingdom alone during peak occurrence in 1992. — USDA’s ongoing BSE surveillance program tests approximately 40,000 high-risk cattle annually, bringing the total of tested animals to more than 1 million since the program began. A scientific analysis of seven years of surveillance data found the estimated prevalence of BSE in the U.S. to be less than one infected animal per 1 million adult cattle.– USDA Public Health Veterinarians examine every single animal before processing and condemn those with any signs of illness. Animals most likely to have BSE are older animals either unable to walk or showing signs of neurological disease. Such animals are banned from the human food supply.last_img read more

Building relationships… The heartbeat of the universal banker

first_img 105SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Burnett As Regional Director for LEVEL5, I prospect, identify and align the needs of financial institutions across the US with LEVEL5’s integrated service offering. We develop solutions that allow our … Web: www.level5.com Details Community based financial institutions (FI’s) are the heart and soul of America. These locally-owned and operated institutions are woven into the fabric of the communities we live in, work in, raise our families and build our lives. That building involves our careers, our hobbies and our futures. That future in large depends on…money, investment and risk.Most of us are not born with the equity we need to see our hopes and dreams come true. We need money to finance our education, our houses, cars and businesses. We need equipment, tools, facilities and employees to make our lives work. The local community bank and credit union steps in to make all of this possible. It is the reason they were created, and fuels the local economy and future.In today’s changing consumer environment, where omni-channel delivery is the norm, community banks and credit unions are also challenged with delivering services in a way that deepens their wallet share, household penetration and margins…so they can continue to fuel the American spirit.In years passed, that service was almost universally delivered the same way. A customer interacted with a “banker” in a branch across three feet of mahogany. Most interactions were transactional in purpose…check cashing, payments and order filling. The world had fewer channels for consumers to access financial resources and the delivery model…worked. No, it worked great!However, today we have smart phones, the Internet, and global mobilization thanks to technology. Routine components of all things financial are now automated. Checking balances, moving money, making payments and even loan applications are handled via smart phones, tablets, laptops, drive thru’s, and ATMs. Therefore, the purpose of the physical channel i.e. the branch has changed and with it the identity of the banker.A 2014 study by Ernst & young sheds tremendous light on what is happening, and what FI’s have done to adapt. The graph below shows consumer channel preference by banking task. The study found the more routine and automated the task, the more likely the consumer is to choose a “non-human” interfacing channel. However, the more complex the interaction, the more likely the consumer prefers a physical channel…especially when it comes to sales.Over the last decade, FI’s have been moving toward a different branch delivery model based on these preferences by consumers, so they can continue to deepen wallet share, reach more households, businesses and boost margins. What was born are Universal Bankers who do so much more than the routine…they now educate, advise, and teach consumers as they discuss products, introduce experts and create deeper relationships with their customer or member in the process. In fact, NCR estimates Universal Bankers can handle up to 95% of customer requests; the remaining 5% are referred to subject matter experts.The deepening of relationships with the customer is the key. Consumers today are becoming so much better at research and analysis, but they need help making decisions and choosing a partner. So, they’ll ask a friend or a thought leader, and then go and meet the people others also trust.FIs can strengthen these interactions and introductions by following these steps as they develop their own Universal Bankers:Hire people who like people and are engaging. Customer engagement is a culture shift that moves away from transactions and toward conversations.Train the banker to ask questions. Educate the consumer before offering solutions. The Banker’s job is to listen first, and then speak from his/her wealth of knowledge or bring in experts…when needed.Invest in tools that automate routine activities and create margin for the banker to invest time with their customers. Scheduling tools, staffing models, cash handling equipment, ATMs, and or Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs) are examples of such investments.Remove the barriers to the customer. Often this involves eliminating fixtures that separate the customer from the banker, but it doesn’t have to be radical. The key is the facilitation of the desired experience.Promote the  credit union’s brand in the physical environment. Stay away from artwork and use flat screens and marketing materials to communicate your unique brand message. Promote your value proposition so the community and customer know what you are about.Credit unions that embrace this model often see dramatic results. According to FDIC reports, a community bank in the Southwest organically grew its assets from $1.0 billion to $3.5 billion in five years with this engagement model. Furthermore, NCUA loan and asset data prove a credit union in Tennessee grew its loan portfolio by 50% in four years and another in the Carolinas grew its book of business by over $100 million in a similar period. These are real results, from real financial institutions who have embraced the Universal Banker model – engaging customers in a new way…and there are more.Investment in people and creating an environment that fosters engagement can change cultures. And, that culture is about building relationships…the heartbeat of the Universal Banker.last_img read more