Man ‘faked a heart attack’ before CVS robbery: Police

first_imgMalden Police Department(MALDEN, Mass.) — Police in Massachusetts said they’re still searching for a man who faked a heart attack while his accomplice tried raiding a drugstore’s cash register.Jesse Meharg, 30, and Vyacheslav Phinney, 31, fled from a CVS in Malden after the caper on Sunday, with police locating and arresting Phinney on Tuesday, ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV reported.Meharg, who “faked a heart attack” to create a distraction while Phinney lept toward the register, remains at large, police told WCVB.The Malden Police Department released surveillance footage of the incident in which the men try to flee but are tripped by a bystander, sending wads of cash flying in the air.Meharg appears to be scrambling for fistfuls of bills before running off, leaving behind his knit cap.Malden police joked on Facebook that their continued pursuit of Meharg is not only to make sure he’s “held accountable” but to “make sure his ‘heart problems’ have been taken care of by a medical professional.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Online tool launched today is first to provide ‘per square metre’ house prices

first_imgRightmove has branched out of the house sales and rental market and into house extensions with a new tool designed to help people estimate the labour cost of enlarging their home, rather than buying a new one.Although some agents might see it as encouraging the ‘improve not move’ trend that has been increasing in recent years as Stamp Duty and removal costs have escalated, Rightmove says the tool is designed to help home owners work out how much value an extension might add to their property, and average local costs to build.It is set up to estimate costs and added-value for the three most common sizes of extension; 15m2, 25m2 and 35m2.The Rightmove tool, which is being launched this morning, uses the data from the portal’s nine million EPC records to work out the average size of a home in any given area which is then, with the average asking price locally, used to work out price per square metre.The portal says the average price per square metre in England and Wales is £2,954 or £274.43p per square foot.Also, the differences in price for a square metre of property, which is barely big enough for an adult to sit down in, vary hugely from £1,417 in Sunderland to £10,427 in the W postcode of West London.“Homeowners need to think about why they are doing an extension,” says Rightmove’s Direct of Data Services, Tim Bannister (left).“If it’s to add value to a home then it’s worth bearing in mind that local markets all differ, as does the price that people will be able to pay for a property, so there will be times where adding an extension will not increase the home’s value by more than its cost.”Try out the tool here.Read more about extensions. price per square metre price per square foot Tim Bannister. Rightmove February 26, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Online tool launched today is first to provide ‘per square metre’ house prices previous nextProptechOnline tool launched today is first to provide ‘per square metre’ house pricesDeveloped by Rightmove it is designed to help homeowners to work out the costs and values of extending their property using local data.Nigel Lewis26th February 202006,418 Viewslast_img read more

Students contest suitable costume ideas

first_imgThe Gender and Women’s Studies program at Saint Mary’s College and the Gender Studies program at Notre Dame came together Monday to present “What Does Your Halloween Costume Say About You?,” an event featuring monologues and skits designed to spark conversations about the cultural insensitivity of many popular costumes.  Payton Moore, a junior at Saint Mary’s, opened the night with a skit showing the prevalence of culturally offensive costumes and the lack of realization that some costumes are inappropriate.  “It’s like if I accidentally punched Nikki in the face, and said ‘Oh sorry, but come on you’re just being too sensitive. It isn’t like I meant to punch you in the face.’ Fact of the matter is I still punched her in the face causing harm which is foul,” Moore said.  She said she used this example to impress the point that just because there may be no malintent behind a costume, there can still be offense.  Angela Bird, a Notre Dame sophomore, followed Moore’s skit with an anecdote in hopes of instilling a similar message. Bird recounted her experience with a “Native Americans and Hoes” themed party and the effect of her standing up against the politically incorrect theme.  “I posted a picture of the ‘It’s not a costume, it’s a culture’ poster on the event wall. The picture was quickly taken down and I received a message from the hosts soon after,” Bird said.  The hosts told Bird that no one was hurt by politically incorrect theme parties and she was wasting her time by interfering because the party was ironic.  “Satire is supposed to move upwards and hit the powerful, not those who are already vulnerable,” Bird said.  Jamie Wagman, associate professor of history and gender and women’s studies at Saint Mary’s, said she hopes this event would inspire more events centered around open discussion.  “I see this as a starting point … we have many people committed to keeping the conversation alive, but we need students to get involved,” Wagman said.  Abby Palko, director of undergraduate studies in the gender studies program at Notre Dame, expressed similar hopes.  “I want students to realize they have a voice and can be heard,” Palko said. “We need to keep the dialogue going between Saint Mary’s and Notrelast_img read more

Masterpass: Digital payments for your members that create deeper relationships for you

first_imgThe New Multi-screen World: Understanding Cross-platform Consumer Behavior, Google, 2012 Online omnibus study, October 2015 Mastercard Advisors “Embracing Digital Payments to Influence Cardholder Behavior and Issuer Loyalty.” August 2015. A customized digital payment solutionOffer your members a differentiated digital payment service that you design, own, and operate. With your logo and the ability to weave your services throughout, members always know it’s coming from you. Integrate Masterpass into your existing mobile banking app and online site to enable digital payments for your members without requiring them to create a separate account or even load their existing cards.As trusted as you areMore people are comfortable using a digital wallet offered by their financial institution than by any other provider1. With your branded Masterpass offering, your members can confidently make the move to adopt digital payments. And consumers that make digital payments across channels spend 10x more than those who are not active2.How your members want to shopResearch shows that over 90% of consumers move between their connected devices throughout the day3. And because Masterpass offers a seamless shopping experience across devices and shopping channels, issuers can serve more digital consumers and be there at the moment of payment – whether your customer is shopping online, in-app or in-store.The digital payments partner of financial institutions worldwideFinancial institutions across the globe have already announced their support for Masterpass to provide a superior digital payment service to their customers. It’s time for your credit union to do the same for your members. 180SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Women in leadership positions in credit unions: Gratitude – practice it daily

first_imgIsn’t it interesting that when November rolls around people are posting their 30 days of gratitude and yet, the other 11 months they aren’t? What is so different about that one month that directs people to this simple behavior? I know it must be Thanksgiving but, practicing gratitude should be a daily ritual. After all, we can always find something to be grateful for.This past year on my birthday, my social media pages were on fire. Friends and colleagues from everywhere were wishing me a wonderful year and telling me how much I meant to them. I love my birthday and I wanted to say a simple thank you to everyone that took the time to send me their thoughts and wishes and let them know how much it meant to me. So, with a quick message, I said thank you to each and every person…one by one, instead of a blanket thank you. Every time another wish came through, my gratitude was shown and one by one, I wrote thank you…hundreds and hundreds of times.I guess this is not an ordinary practice on Facebook because suddenly I found I was in FB jail. My account was suspended because I said thank you too many times. Really? I am being disciplined for letting people know my gratitude for their time and their thoughts? How is that possible? But there I was in a suspended mode for 48 hours.  What does that say about our society? Have we decided that those two simple words are not to be uttered too many times? Have we forgotten how powerful those two words really are?Recently I attended a conference with my husband.  There were many take-aways from the conference and one in particular that made me sit up and take notice.  The two most important times in your life are right before you go to sleep and right before you wake up.  These two times are when you should express your gratitude. You can say something as simple as “Thank you for today and what tomorrow brings.”Now here is something to ponder…we often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude. So back to another take-away from the conference.  It was suggested that perhaps we should all start journaling each night. I love to write and so that seemed like a great way to get my thoughts down.  My husband, not so much, but he agreed to give it a try.  Every evening before we got ready for bed, we started journaling, separately, but together. We would write down 3-5 things that were our successes that day…no matter how small you felt they were. Next 3-things that we are grateful for, 3 actions we took towards our dreams and then 3 actions we took towards our happiness.So, we sat down on the couch and wrote our thoughts down and when we were done, we shared what we wrote with each other. That was where the magic of gratitude came into play.You see we each wrote 3 things we were grateful for and when we heard what the other one wrote; it spoke volumes to each of us.  For instance, I wrote that I was grateful to have shared this experience with my husband. Would I have told him that? Probably, but this was something that was important to me and he acknowledged it. He wrote that he was grateful that after an extremely long week, we had date night at our favorite restaurant.  I was grateful that he made dinner and it was my favorite food.  Can you see how this works?  It’s the little things that we express our gratitude for that become the big things.Think about your team…what would it mean to them to hear that you are grateful for what they do and who they are. I’m pretty sure the climate and culture of your organization would shift.The question is, how do you start expressing and showing gratitude? Here are some easy ways:Get yourself a beautiful journal. Find one that when you look at it, it makes you smile. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to be leather-bound. It can be a blank book with a graphic or saying that you love. The hardest part is starting so find something you can’t wait to write in. Find a really cool pen or marker as well.Create the moment. When is the best time for you to express your gratitude? I like it right before I go to sleep so I have something sweet to think about. The choice is entirely yours. Maybe it’s after dinner with your dessert. If you are a bath person, maybe it’s after you’ve relaxed and Calgon has taken you away. Whatever time you choose to do it, keep it as consistent as possible so that you look forward to writing.Think about what your gratitude was for the day. It could be something personally or professionally or a combination. It could be something very small or something you’ve been working on that is a huge accomplishment. It could have been a day that you truly believe there is nothing to be grateful for…and that’s when you need it the most. We all have something that we can say a simple thank you for that has happened.Have you seen the sunset lately? What about that very cool journal you bought? Aren’t you excited you have someplace to capture your thoughts?Write a few sentences, not a dissertation. The point of expressing gratitude is not to overwhelm you or make you feel like you are not a writer. It’s to remind each one of us that we have so much to be grateful for…no matter how small it seems or how insignificant it is to someone else. Have you ever thanked the pilot on a flight for a safe trip? There you go.Start somewhere and see how your life takes a different path.  When you are grateful amazing things happen. Opportunities are all around you. Be open to seeing them and receiving them.Recognize those around you. This is a bonus one that is for all of us that work with others. One of my colleagues shows how much he appreciates his team, his company, others outside of his company, people that he respects etc. on LinkedIn. Every morning someone or a group of people are recognized. Can you imagine how awesome that is when you see yourself appreciated…and then publicly? It will speak volumes to your team about how important they are to you.Remember, there is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS something to be grateful for. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: www.sellinginaskirt.com Detailslast_img read more

China virus toll hits 722 as Hong Kong imposes quarantine

first_imgThe death toll from China’s coronavirus outbreak soared to 722 on Saturday as Hong Kong imposed a mandatory quarantine on mainland arrivals to block the spread of an epidemic that has caused global panic.With 86 more people dying in mainland China — the highest one-day jump so far — the toll was closing in on the 774 killed worldwide during the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic.Nearly 35,000 people have been infected by the new strain, which is believed to have emerged in a market selling wild animals in the central city of Wuhan last year before spreading across China. Hong Kong began enforcing a two-week quarantine for anyone arriving from mainland China, under threat of both fines and jail terms.Most people will be able to be quarantined at home or in hotels but they will face daily phone calls and spot checks.The financial hub has 25 confirmed cases with one patient who died earlier this week.The city has been on edge as the virus has revived memories of the SARS outbreak that killed 299 in the semi-autonomous city.City officials hope the new measures will virtually halt the flow of people across the border while allowing the financial hub to remain stocked with food and goods from the mainland.The SARS epidemic left profound psychological scars and saddled residents with a deep distrust of authorities in Beijing who initially covered up the outbreak.In the last week, Hong Kong has been hit by a wave of panic-buying with supermarket shelves frequently emptied of staple goods such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser, rice and pasta.The government has blamed unfounded rumours of shortages.Cruise ship quarantined Other governments around the world have hardened their defences, with several countries banning arrivals from China and advising their citizens to avoid travelling there.Major airlines have suspended flights to and from China.Asian cruise ships have become a focal point as dozens of cases have been confirmed on a vessel off Japan’s coast.Sixty-four people aboard the Diamond Princess off Yokohama have tested positive and passengers aboard the cruise ship have been asked to stay inside their cabins to prevent new infections.Another cruise ship carrying a passenger suspected of infection with coronavirus will not be allowed to dock in southern Japan, the government said.In Hong Kong, 3,600 people were confined aboard the World Dream, where eight former passengers have tested positive for the virus.- Hero doctor -On the mainland, the death Friday of a Wuhan doctor who was reprimanded by police after he had sent messages warning about the virus back in December sparked a rare outpouring of grief and anger on social media.Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist who contracted the disease while treating a patient, was eulogised as a “hero” while people on Twitter-like Weibo railed against “fat officials” and demanded “freedom of speech”.Videos shared on Weibo showed a small group of people blowing whistles late Friday in front of a floral tribute to Li at Wuhan Central Hospital, where he died.As people across China fumed, the government expressed condolences and ordered an investigation. Wuhan’s government will award Li’s family 800,000 yuan ($114,000) in compensation covered by “work-related injury insurance”, according to the official Xinhua news agency.- Scientists scramble -Researchers, meanwhile, are scrambling to develop a drug to combat the virus.The US health department is working with pharmaceutical firm Regeneron to develop a treatment using a class of drug that has boosted survival rates among Ebola patients.Two weeks ago Chinese doctors confirmed they had been giving anti-HIV drugs to coronavirus patients in Beijing, based on a 2004 study published after the SARS outbreak that showed “favourable” responses.Scientists around the world are also working to develop a vaccine, which experts say could take months.Chinese researchers looking at how the virus spread said the endangered pangolin, also known as the scaly anteater, may be the “missing link” between bats and humans.An earlier study — since discredited — pointed to snakes, and there remain numerous other possible candidates in the Wuhan wildlife market thought to be ground zero of the epidemic.Topics : The epidemic has prompted the government to lock down cities home to tens of millions of people, as anger mounts over its handling of the crisis, especially after a whistleblowing doctor fell victim to the virus.Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, on a visit to quarantined Wuhan this week, instructed officials to take a “wartime” approach as they implement drastic measures that include combing the city for feverish residents.With panic spiralling around the globe — more than 320 cases have emerged in nearly 30 other countries — researchers were racing to find treatments and a vaccine to fight the virus.Hong Kong quarantine last_img read more