Fewer domestic violence calls during COVID-19 outbreak has California officials concerned

first_imgKameleon007/iStockBy ALEX STONE, ALEXANDER MALLIN and MATT GUTMAN, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Since the beginning of COVID-19-related stay-at-home orders, police and advocacy groups across the country have warned that domestic violence calls could increase with people being cooped up at home, tempers more likely to flare, abusers more likely to lash out.And although data in a few of America’s largest cities initially suggests otherwise, multiple agencies told ABC News that may be an even bigger reason for concern.“We’re having 10 fewer crime reports each day for instances of domestic violence,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said. “That’s going in the wrong direction with what we believe is actually happening behind closed doors.”Calls related to domestic violence in LA declined 18% from March 19 through April 15 compared with the same period in 2019, according to LAPD data provided to ABC News. Cases also declined in San Francisco.Other cities including San Diego, Anaheim, Burbank and Santa Rose have reported little change, while calls in Fresno County spiked in March but declined into April.Nationwide, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., reported lower overall violent crime numbers during stay-at-home orders, but it’s unclear exactly how many of those were related to domestic violence.In New York City, even with a record number of officers calling in sick during the COVID-19 outbreak in March, Commissioner Dermot Shea said “domestic violence is an extremely high priority for all members of the New York City Police Department.”Back in California, officials told ABC News they believe domestic violence is increasing but the abused are stuck at home with their abusers and can’t alert authorities.Rebecca Levenso, a police consultant on domestic violence, said that for victims their “world has gotten a whole lot smaller” and that they’re “hyper vulnerable” because of technology.“With home cameras, you literally can’t do anything,” she added. “The abuser can check which websites you were on and check your phone.”MORE: Rihanna, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donate $4.2M to combat quarantine-induced domestic violencePolice said that’s resulted in fewer calls, which Los Angeles County is combatting with “Behind Closed Doors,” a campaign aimed at helping abuse victims too scared to seek help.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a program this month to put domestic violence victims in hotels during shelter-in-place orders rather than return them to homes where they were abused. Garcetti highlighted the work of Rihanna and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who have paid for hotels, food and counseling for victims of domestic abuse.“I am very alarmed by what appears to be a dramatic decrease in reported crimes involving our most vulnerable,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said on Friday.Feuer and L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey are leading the program that will put signs up in grocery stores and other places where abuse victims may see them to know they can reach out without their abuser knowing. One option might be texting 911 instead of calling.The “Behind Closed Doors” campaign also is calling on delivery drivers, landscapers, postal workers and others in Los Angeles County who might see signs of abuse at homes to contract police.“With this unprecedented situation,” said Feuer, adding that children and the elderly also may be at risk, “there are some under-discussed consequences.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This month’s newsWhitty drive Lord Whitty, the minister responsible for health and safety at work, hashinted at stricter measures on occupational health. He told a major Londonconference attended by employers, industry bodies and trade unions that”those who make decisions based on risk know they cannot expect an easyride”. Resin research Research giant TWI is to investigate the possible harmful effects of epoxyresins used in adhesives, coatings and sealants. Reported effects includephoto-sensitisation, and skin, eye, nose and throat sensitisation.   [email protected]   [email protected] guide TUC guidance on working with chemicals sets out six “essentialrights” for safety reps. The rights are to: be trained; be informed; beconsulted; be involved in decisions; investigate and inspect, and representwork colleagues.  www.tuc.org.ukOH intranet Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, has set up an occupational health intranet sitefor its 8000 UK staff. Employees will be able to book appointments with companyphysiotherapists, chiropodists and opticians, as well as download healthinformation. Keep it internal Employers should give preference to internal staff for advice on health andsafety, government guidance has confirmed. The advice comes in the new ApprovedCode of Practice to accompany the revised Management of Health and Safety atWork Regulations 1999.  www.hse.gov.uk; copies from 01787 881165 Hand-held advice Hand-arm vibration syndrome comes under the spotlight in a new publicationfrom independent company Scriptographic. It offers training guidance on how touse hand-held tools.  [email protected] Downs chair OH consultant Peter Mattison has been appointed chair of the Mid Downs Groupof OH Nurses. Mattison has experience with construction giant Costain, and inthe public sector at Guy’s Hospital and in local government. Welsh health plan The Welsh Assembly has launched a health promotion strategy after a reviewof public health highlighted problems. Promoting Health and Well Being isavailable from the Health Promotion Division, National Assembly for Wales,Ffynnon-las, Cardiff CF14 5DZ Hazards bus tour A promotional HSC bus toured construction sites in Scotland and the north ofEngland last month showing how to avoid hazards at work. The mobile exhibitionwas put together by the HSC’s Construction Industry Advisory Committee as partof the Working Well Together campaign.  www.wwt.uk.comWoodwork guide The HSE has produced guidance for the woodworking industry on how to reduceinjuries caused by manual handling. Nearly a third of injuries reported to theHSE are caused by poor handling practices.  www.open.gov.uk/hse/press/press.htmClaims aid dries up Legal aid for compensation claims arising from workplace accidents is toend, the Government has said. Claimants with limited resources will have torely on solicitors with “no win, no fee” deals. Schools safety risk Devolved budgets for schools increase the risk of injury to staff andpupils, Bill Walker of Zurich Municipal told the conference of the RegionalEducation Safety Officers Group last month. He said the Fair Funding scheme createsuncertainty over whether the school or the LEA is responsible for health andsafety. Prep pilot One in 10 nurses will have their post-registration education and practiceaudited from April next year – 60,000 nurses on the UKCC register. Glasgow CaledonianUniversity lecturer Helen Gough said the 10 per cent will need to give evidenceof their learning and relevance of this to their work on specially developedforms. Summer survey OH nurses in Scotland were urged to complete a survey of their work when itis sent out this summer. Dr Bernice West, director at Robert Gordon University,said that the survey would help to give a voice to the scope of the OH nurses’professional practice. Public health Chief nursing officer of the Scottish health executive Anne Jarvie tolddelegates that nurses would have to change their way of working in publichealth. She said the OH strategy was aimed at supporting and promoting healthin the NHS in Scotland. National service The motion: “Should there be a national OH service in the newmillennium?”, was won by a clear majority at the close of the conference.Speakers for the motion argued that it should be different from the NHS modeland could be funded through the national insurance contributions. last_img read more

Minshew leads Washington State over Utah 28-24

first_img Written by Tags: Football/Pac 12/Utah Utes September 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local Minshew leads Washington State over Utah 28-24 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Gardner Minshew threw an 89-yard touchdown pass to Easop Winston Jr. late in the fourth quarter to lift Washington State to a 28-24 victory over Utah on Saturday.Washington State (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) shredded the nation’s No. 1 defense for 454 total yards and won its 10th straight home game.Utah (2-2, 0-2) was coming off a bye week. The Utes defense came in allowing just 12.3 points and 204 yards per game.Minshew completed 31 of 56 passes for three touchdowns and one interception.Winston caught four passes for 115 yards.Washington State marched to the Utah 17 on the opening drive, but Minshew was intercepted by Corrion Ballard near the end zone to end the scoring threat.On the ensuing series, Utah’s Britain Covey appeared to fumble after catching a pass and the ball was recovered by Washington State. But safety Skyler Thomas was called for targeting and ejected from the game and Utah retained the ball at midfield. Quarterback Tyler Huntley ran up the middle for 24 yards and a 7-0 Utah lead.Minshew threw a short touchdown pass to Tay Martin on the next series to tie the score.Zach Moss ran for a 6-yard touchdown to put Utah ahead. Minshew bootlegged 10 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 14-14.After Utah’s first punt, Minshew fired a 65-yard touchdown pass to a streaking Dezmon Patmon, who caught the ball near midfield and ran untouched into the end zone.Utah tied the score at 21-21 on Huntley’s 1-yard plunge, and that stood at halftime.The defenses took over in the second half.Matt Gay kicked a 41-yard field goal on the first possession of the third to put Utah ahead 24-21. Blake Mazza tried a 52-yard field goal on the next series for WSU, but it was blocked by Maxs Tupai.In the fourth, Minshew lofted an 89-yard touchdown pass to Winston to take a 28-24 lead with 4:14 left. Utah turned the ball over on downs with 50 seconds left when Huntley’s pass fell short on fourth-and-20.THE TAKEAWAYUtah: The Utes’ slumbering offense woke up, but the defense could not stop WSU’s Air Raid.Washington State: Washington State has won 10 straight home games, dating to its latest loss in 2016. It’s the Cougars’ longest streak since winning nine in a row from 1941-46 (there was no football in 1943-44 because of the war).UP NEXTUtah plays at No. 7 Stanford next SaturdayWashington State plays at Oregon State next Saturday. Associated Presslast_img read more

UVU Men’s Basketball Rings In New Year Against Chicago State

first_img Written by January 2, 2020 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Rings In New Year Against Chicago State Tags: Chicago State Men’s Basketball/UVU Men’s Basketball Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Thursday evening, Utah Valley men’s basketball (6-9,) hosts Chicago State (4-11) in what is the WAC season opener for both the Wolverines and the Cougars.First-year head coach Mark Madsen (6-9, .400) continues to seek to find his groove at the helm of the Wolverines’ program.UVU currently scores 70.6 points per game which ranks the Wolverines 213th nationally in scoring offense.Junior guard Isaiah White leads UVU in both scoring and rebounding (16.3 points, 9.1 rebounds per game).Senior guard TJ Washington (13.5 points per game), redshirt junior guard Brandon Averette (12.9 points per game, a team-best 43 assists) and redshirt junior guard/forward Casdon Jardine (10.8 points per game) also score in double figures on-average for the Wolverines.Junior guard Jamison Overton leads UVU with 15 steals.Senior forward Emmanuel Olojakpoke ranks 8th nationally with 42 blocked shots. He is 12th nationally with 2.8 blocked shots per game as well. His heroics rank the Wolverines sixth nationally in blocked shots with 86 and 14th in blocked shots per game at 5.7.UVU surrenders 70.1 points per game. This ties the Wolverines for 207th nationally in scoring defense with Wright State.The Cougars are coached by Lance Irvin who is 7-40 (.149) in his second season at the helm of the Chicago State program.The Cougars score 66 points per game which ranks them 302nd nationally in scoring offense.Junior guard Xavier Johnson leads the Cougars in scoring (17.7 points per game), assists (44) and steals (26).Fellow junior guard Andrew Lewis (12.7 points per game) is the only other Cougar to score in double figures on-average this season.Junior forward, Canadian national Jace Colley, leads Chicago State in rebounds (5.2 per game) and blocked shots (15).The Cougars struggle defensively, surrendering 83.5 points per game. This ranks them 346th out of 350 Division I teams nationwide.The Wolverines have traditionally dominated Chicago State as they lead the all-time series 19-5.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 4/17

first_img Written by Brad James April 17, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/17center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseballNon-RegionRICHFIELD, Utah-Max Robinson posted 2 RBI and the Richfield Wildcats waxed Hurricane 4-1 Saturday in non-region baseball play. Connor Anderson had 2 strikeouts in the loss for Richfield.last_img

Virgin Baron to Open Health Centre in Oxford

first_imgSir Richard Branson is planning to open a health centre in Oxford where GPs would work alongside private health practitioners. Virgin Healthcare would offer services like dentistry, pharmacies and complementary therapies in state-of-the-art buildings. It coincides with a Government strategy to get private firms running health centres whilst still being contracted to carry out NHS GP work. Critics have accused the proposal of providing an opportunity for Virgin to market its additional services to potentially vulnerable patients when they’re in need of medical care.by Nadya Thormanlast_img

Tutors video admissions process

first_imgOxford University has opened up its admissions process more than ever before with a series of video diaries charting the experience of tutors during the interview process. Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, commented, “We want to be as open and transparent about the process as possible, and show prospective applicants what it’s like for those making decisions about who to admit.” However, the video diaries have been greeted cautiously by some. There is speculation amongst current students that if the programme is expanded to include interviews, applicants may be placed under further pressure in the already stressful process.Sam Robberts, a first year historian at Corpus Christi, commented, “The idea of filming is good in principle. But the [interview] process is one designed to test a student’s ability and talent, not their nerves in front of a panel. Going before a camera would only add to the pressure, against the interests of the individual student, who must surely come first.”The eye-view video diaries form part of a larger effort to make the admissions process less intimidating for potential applicants, including a podcast series entitled ‘PodOxford’. OUSU is supportive of the University’s plans, commenting, “These are fantastic resources offering advice straight from tutors about how to do your best in an Oxford interview.”The video diaries have been filmed by Helen Swift, tutor in French at St Hilda’s, and Byron Byrne, an Engineering tutor at St Catz. Each discusses what their role within the application process is and what it is like for them. Swift commented the admissions period is “all consuming”, adding, “There comes a point just after the end of term where you basically surrender everything else in your life and give yourself over to admissions.”The undergraduate admissions office claims that the videos will help to increase transparency in the application process, showing “how hard [tutors] work, how rigorous the process is, and how consuming and exciting it can be for tutors as well as prospective students.”Interviews have long been the cause of anxiety for prospective Oxford candidates. It is hoped that projects such as these video diaries and PodOxford will quell the fears many applicants have.With yet another record number of applicants this year, competition for places at Oxford is more competitive than ever before. Courses such as Economics and Management and Medicine have successful application rates of just 9% and 13% respectively.Around 10,000 students come to Oxford during December’s interview period. If successful, the video diary programme will be expanded next year.CORRECTION:It was previously stated in this article that Oxford University was filming prospective student interviews. This is in fact untrue – tutors are being filmed throughout the admissions process but no individual candidates are being filmed or discussed. Cherwell would like to apologise to Oxford’s Admissions Office and to its readers for any confusion this may have caused.last_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare This December, Team Members at Tropicana Evansville pulled a $500 donation out of their denim pockets to give to Riley Hospital for Children.  Each month, Team Members have the opportunity to wear blue jeans on designated days in exchange for a donation to a pre-selected charity.One of the top children’s hospitals in the country, Riley Hospital for children opened in 1924 with funds from a foundation set up to honor “Children’s Poet” James Whitcomb Riley, who lived in Indianapolis.  Now operated by Indiana University Health, Riley Hospital for Children helps more than 57,000 patients annually.Tropicana Evansville’s Team Members are pleased that their donations help fund programs for children across Indiana and the United States.  Those programs include pediatric research; educational opportunities for physicians and medical students; facilities and life-sustaining technology for children; life-changing summer adventures for children with disabilities at Camp Riley and emergency financial support for families.last_img read more

South Bend begins fire hydrant flow testing

first_img WhatsApp Facebook By Brooklyne Beatty – September 24, 2020 0 396 The City of South Bend has begun flow testing more than 950 fire hydrants.Flow testing ensures adequate water supply and pressure is delivered to the hydrants when they are needed in a fire emergency. This also helps improve the City’s Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating, which evaluates the community’s ability to handle fires.Currently, South Bend is at a 2, with 1 being the highest rating. A 1 classification could help reduce homeowner insurance premiums.During testing, residents may notice a temporary drop in water pressure and may experience discolored water. These residents should run cold-water faucets at full stream until water runs clear again.Hydrant flow testing is expected to run through the end of November. Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews South Bend begins fire hydrant flow testing Pinterestcenter_img Twitter TAGSfireflowhydrantIndianaSouth Bendtesting Previous articleBlack Lives Matter South Bend issues statement regarding Breonna Taylor rulingNext articleI.U. issues cease-and-desist letter to Alpha Epsilon Pi Brooklyne Beatty Twitter Pinterest Facebook Google+last_img read more


first_imgView all articlesView all videos FULL SERIES COVERAGE Earnhardt Jr., who has developed a passion for BBQ cooking, toured the family-owned restaurant’s huge BBQ fire pits with Hard Eight Pit BBQ Owner & President Chad Decker and the duo shared their BBQ tips with more than 130 guests in attendance, all while helping raise more than $32,000 for Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter.“Every time I come to Texas, it’s always fun,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “You guys (Texas Motor Speedway fans) are so welcoming and just make me feel like part of the family.”A visit by NASCAR’s most popular driver to Roanoke, nicknamed the “Unique Dining Capital of Texas,” included a hero’s welcome as throngs of fans lined North Oak Street of downtown Roanoke for Earnhardt Jr.’s arrival. Led by a police escort, AAA Texas 500 Chevrolet Camaro pace car and Wild Asphalt Circus vehicles, Earnhardt Jr. rode in the bed of a Texas Motor Speedway Chevrolet Silverado similar to NASCAR pre-race parade laps, waving to fans as well as curious onlookers en route to Hard Eight Pit BBQ.Roanoke Mayor Scooter Gierisch officially welcomed Earnhardt Jr. to his quaint town of 6,500 by presenting him with a key to the city and a special proclamation that announced Oct. 3, 2013, as “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Day.”  “I’m really humbled,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I want to thank the citizens of Roanoke for allowing me to come here. This is the kind of town we like to come and visit when we’re traveling to all these different race tracks and staying in the motor coaches every weekend. These are the kinds of places we like to get out to because this place is just like home, it’s a small town. It’s just like Mooresville (N.C.) to me.”Earnhardt Jr., a passionate grill master when he is not behind the wheel of his No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet, made the perfect student for Decker’s BBQ 101 demonstration. To make sure Earnhardt Jr. looked the part of an official grill master, Decker presented him with a customized black chef’s coat that featured the driver’s iconic No. 88 and “Pit Master” embroidered on the back, Texas state flag on the sleeve and the Hard Eight Pit BBQ logo and Jr. on the front.His lessons included a tour of Hard Eight Pit BBQ’s massive fire pits and grill that featured an array of smoked meats, including brisket, ribs and steaks. Earnhardt Jr. also got into the action as he learned how Hard Eight Pit BBQ grills its signature rib eye with onions to perfection.  “We cook some brisket and do ribs every once in a while,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “We’ve had a lot of good and bad results, but that’s what it’s about. I enjoy it because it is real similar to preparing a race car for a weekend of racing. There is a right way to do it and there are steps and a process. I enjoy it, plus it is something that lasts the entire day. You start in the morning getting the smoker ready and you are cooking the meat for hours on end. It’s something you get your friends and families together and enjoy an entire day.”Earnhardt Jr. fans traveled from as far as Houston and Baytown for the one-of-a-kind event and Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas was a big winner thanks to their support. Guests had an opportunity to purchase charity raffle tickets for an opportunity for the ultimate upgrade of their seats and join Earnhardt Jr. for dinner at his personal table. Dana Kirby, of Keller; Pam Bailey, of Addison; Shelley Head, of Gainesville; Randy Kleam of Bridgeport; and Ann Clark and Judie Kochenower, of Houston, were the big winners as they got to rub elbows with Earnhardt Jr. in addition to other VIP perks for the evening.A live auction brought in more than $23,000 for the SCC-Texas Chapter for only a handful of unique items, including an autographed, race-used Goodyear tire from his No. 88 Chevrolet that ran in April’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway; pre-race parade laps with him for the upcoming AAA Texas 500; autographed racing shoes and an autographed vintage Earnhardt Jr. 1998 NASCAR Busch Series No. 3 ACDelco championship car die-cast.The most sought-after auction item proved to be the opportunity to serve as an “Honorary Pit Crew Member” for Earnhardt Jr. at the Nov. 3 AAA Texas 500. The experience, courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports, included access to the drivers’ meeting, private tour of the No. 88 hauler, pit crew shirt, pre-race photo with Earnhardt Jr. by his car, and watching a portion of the AAA Texas 500 from Earnhardt Jr.’s pit box. With the experience selling for $8,500, Earnhardt Jr. doubled down and offered a second “Honorary Pit Crew Member” experience to the other bidder that lost out and sold the pair for $17,000.A trip to Texas Motor Speedway remains one of Earnhardt Jr.’s favorite stops on the NASCAR schedule considering the historical significance the 1.5-mile speedway has played in his career. Texas Motor Speedway was the site for his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series victories, coming in the 2000  DIRECT500  and 1998 Coca-Cola 300, respectively.Texas Motor Speedway has served as one of his stronger tracks throughout the course of his 15-year career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Along with his victory in 2000, he has earned 12 top-10 finishes, which places him in a tie for fourth-most all time among Sprint Cup Series drivers.“This place has always been special to me having won the first races down here in the Nationwide Series and the Cup Series,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “Texas is a great race track. We’ve had great success here. The surface of the race track has aged really well and the drivers really appreciate that. You can use all kinds of different grooves in the corners.”Earnhardt Jr. was asked if Texas Motor Speedway would be a strong candidate in the future to host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season finale for the crowning of the champion.“I think it would be exciting,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “This is a great market here for us. We always seem to get great support from this area. The fans have really latched on to the race track and made it their own. I think it would be awesome if the season ended here. It’s tough to pick the perfect track at the end of the year, but Texas is definitely on that list.” Sold-Out ‘BBQ Pit Stop With Dale Jr.’ Event Fetches More Than $23,000 In Live Auction Of Earnhardt Jr. Itemscenter_img FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 4, 2013) – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s pit stops traditionally consist of four Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel, but on Thursday evening his pit-stop service included fueling up with brisket, chicken, ribs, pork chops and jalapeno sausage.Earnhardt Jr., visiting the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to promote the upcoming AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, played host to a sold-out “BBQ Pit Stop with Dale Jr.” fan event to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter at Hard Eight Pit BBQ in Roanoke, Texas. View all photoslast_img read more