Father of toddler killed in Union City fire charged

Posted On May 2 2021 by

first_imgThe Prosecutor’s Office did not elaborate on Thursday. × UNION CITY — The Office of the Hudson County prosecutor charged Eddie Gonzalez Sr., the father of 1-year-old Eddie Gonzalez Jr.,who perished in the four-alarm Union City fire March 4, according to a press release Thursday. Gonzalez, 26, along with Edwin Diaz, 20, was charged with one count of Causing Widespread Damage, a third-degree crime, and one count of Creating a Risk of Widespread Injury or Damage, a fourth-degree crime. If convicted of the third-degree crime, both defendants face up to five years behind bars. The office also revealed that “the origin of the fire was the rear room in Apt. 2L” at 1404 Summit Avenue, where Gonzalez lived with Eddie Jr. and Aaliyah Mercado, the boy’s mother. A five-month old sibling to Eddie Jr. was also present.The prosecutor’s office did not elaborate on why the two men were charged or how they may have been involved in the fire. Mercado managed to escape through the building’s fire escape with the 5-month-old baby. Responding officers found Eddie Sr. at the top of the fire escape. But Eddie Sr. could not reach the boy, who perished in the blaze. Gonzalez and Mercado were treated at different hospitals after the fire, then released. Eddie Jr. is the lone casualty in the incident, which displaced over 80 people. High winds caused it to quickly spread as far as Sts. Joseph and Michael Church at 1413 Central Ave. In total, eight residential buildings and 20 apartments were damaged by the fire.“The investigation into the Eddie’s death is far from over,” said Prosecutor Esther Suarez. “Our continuing investigation will now focus on trying to ascertain the events which led to his death.”Gonzalez and Diaz are set to appear in Central Judicial Processing Court in Jersey City Apr. 6.last_img read more


Internet-based business tactics are focus of new Champlain College online courses

Posted On Jan 1 2021 by

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Area experts in Internet marketing and business practices are teaching five new ‘mini-courses’ at Champlain College this summer and fall. The online courses are well-suited to business professionals who want to use Internet technologies to advance their organizations. Each of the one-credit courses runs for five weeks.”These are tactics that don’t require traditional textbook teaching,” said Elaine Young, director of Champlain’s e-Business Management program. “These are practical, ready-to-use-right-away courses.”Dave Winslow and Alex Broussard of EpikOne will teach the first three courses, where students will getting the most current information possible in the areas of: ‘Search Engine Optimization,’ ‘Google AdWords’ and ‘Web Analytics.’ These three courses begin July 5. Winslow, a Champlain alumnus, and Broussard are Google Enterprise Professional and Google Analytics Authorized Consultants.”One of the biggest challenges in e-business is staying current,” Young said. “If tomorrow Google announces a major change in its search algorithm, we are ready to include that information because current professionals and experts are teaching the course.”Starting August 28, Justin Siegel of JNJ Mobile will teach a course called ‘Social Networking’- allowing participants to explore the effectiveness of social networking as a communications vehicle. Siegel’s company develops and publishes innovative mobile entertainment and social networking applications.In October, Elaine Young of the Champlain faculty presents an ‘Online Visibility’ course while in November, Champlain faculty member Robin Lane teaches an ‘Ethical Policy Development’ course, covering privacy policies and Internet policies for staff and customers. Young has previously worked with a Web development firm and Lane was previously CEO of an Internet service provider.These one-credit ‘mini-courses’ are $420 in the summer and $440 in the fall. Group tuition discounts are available through the Champlain College Workforce Development Center at (802) 865-5402 or [email protected](link sends e-mail). Individuals may register through Champlain College’s Center for Online and Continuing Education at (888) 545-3459 or www.champlain.edu/coce(link is external).# # #last_img read more


Philippine bank RCBC to stop lending for new coal-fired power projects

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgPhilippine bank RCBC to stop lending for new coal-fired power projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Manila Bulletin:Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) has forthrightly declared that it will no longer extend financing to new coal-fired power projects in the Philippines.That came as a daring statement from RCBC President and CEO Eugene S. Acevedo, the first bank chief executive to do so following last month’s coal moratorium declaration by the Department of Energy. “No more coal, no more coal. I’ll say that slowly — NO MORE COAL,” he told reporters who were attending the Yuchengco Groups’ Future-Proofing 2021 virtual forum.Acevedo made it clear to the journalists that the bank will be taking a milestone change and shift on its energy project funding – that the leaning moving forward will be largely on renewables and gas-fired power facilities.“The good news is, many of those who used to be coal are migrating to renewables,” the RCBC chief executive said, noting that while there might not be a set percentage on their energy loan portfolios now, the sure thing is they will just bankroll clean energy projects in the foreseeable future.“I’m going to say that moving forward, all our loans for energy projects will be non-coal, it will be 100 percent non-coal… but it’s very difficult for the country to subsist on purely renewables, so we’ll have a mix,” he said.Acevedo further opined that “to create a robust energy grid, there has to be a combination of renewables plus a few power plants that are rapidly ratcheted up — and those plants are usually gas-fired. So, we might have a combination of gas and a lot of renewables moving forward.”[Myrna M. Velasco]More: RCBC to stop funding coal power projectslast_img read more


This week: NAFCU’s award-winning advocacy continues, senators talk blockchain, EU’s GDPR

Posted On Dec 17 2020 by

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » House members remain in their home districts this week as the Senate continues work in Washington. NAFCU encourages credit unions to set up meetings with lawmakers while they are gearing up for the mid-term elections to talk about issues facing the industry; meanwhile, NAFCU continues its award-winning advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.In recent weeks – as a result of NAFCU and credit union advocacy – Congress has made progress on credit union priorities including data security and regulatory relief, and also left the industry’s tax-exempt status untouched in its second push for tax reform. NAFCU is also fighting against efforts to wrap credit unions into the Community Reinvestment Act, and is instead asking that credit unions’ ability to serve underserved areas be expanded as well as their capacity to make more member business loans.Furthermore, the association is pushing for the withdrawal of a proposed rulemaking that would loosen Volcker rule requirements on big banks.last_img read more


Millennial farmers weather COVID-19 storm

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgThe country’s emerging millennial farmers are striving to weather the COVID-19 outbreak that has impacted the agriculture sector, with many relying on innovations in technology.Safari Munjin, a farmer and a Javanese literature graduate from the University of Indonesia, said on Friday that he had been able to boost his farming business, called Sayuran Pagi, during the health crisis, by maximizing promotion on social media.“We do not use complicated advertisements other than maximizing the potential of Sayuran Pagi’s Instagram account” Safari said in a virtual talk on Friday. At the same time, the agriculture sector has proven to be resilient during the pandemic, growing 2.19 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter this year, while Indonesia’s economy shrank 5.32 percent yoy.Meanwhile, Ardiansyah, also a millennial farmer, suffered Rp 150 million in losses during the pandemic from the death of 12 of his cows, as the tofu factory on which he relied for feed was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“The biggest risk in cattle [business] is death,” said Ardiansyah. “The difficulty came only during the COVID-19 pandemic. There were no difficulties prior to that because the demand for milk exceeded our available stocks.”Ardiansyah said he had followed in his parents’ footsteps by breeding cows and selling milk since 2011 after trying to develop other businesses.When he inherited the business from his father, they only had two cows because his father had gone bankrupt. It took Ardiansyah eight years to rebuild the business.Despite the impact of the pandemic on his business, he still has 80 cows and makes around Rp 45 million every month.Vicky Shu, a celebrity-cum-business woman, said she expected the agriculture sector to keep growing amid the pandemic because it provided for people’s basic needs.Vicky runs a grocery store in Jakarta, and hopes to sell agricultural products at affordable prices. She now plans to buy a field, expand her grocery store and start a poultry farm to sell chicken eggs.“I am interested in buying a field because it will create jobs for people,” said Vicky, who took her pre-wedding photos in a field.“I ran for office last year and engaged with a lot of farmers, socializing and listening to their stories. I was inspired,” she added.Topics : With the effort, he has booked a 50 percent increase in monthly revenue to Rp 7 million (US$473.97) since the beginning of 2020.Safari and his seven friends – with the help of their former lecturer who has provided them with a house – have been running Sayuran Pagi for two years in Depok, West Java, selling various kinds of vegetables to more than 150 customers.With harvests on Saturdays, they produce between 15 to 17 kilograms of vegetables each month.“The key is maintaining our customers’ confidence,” said Safari. “After we place ads, there is usually one person who makes an order and they will tell their friends to buy vegetables from us without us having to ask for it. Hence, we believe that maintaining quality automatically boosts our customer base.”Fewer young people are pursuing farming as a profession compared with previous generations. Only 23 percent of the country’s 14.2 million people aged between 15 and 24 worked in the agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors in 2019, data from the National Labor Force Survey showed.Despite being an agriculture powerhouse, the country lost 5.1 million farmers between 2003 and 2013, with their numbers falling to 26 million, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).One of the reasons is the lack of income, with farmers earning just around Rp 55,613 on average per day in July this year, up slightly by 0.2 percent from June, BPS data showed.Read also: Investment, financing key to sustaining agriculturelast_img read more


Westham 3-1 Chelsea

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgRafael Benitez’s troubled start to life at Chelsea plumbed new depths at Upton Park, as West Ham produced an incredible second-half comeback to snatch a memorable victory.Chants of “sacked in the morning” and “one Di Matteo” rang out as Chelsea allowed a 1-0 half-time lead to slip, with West Ham roaring back thanks to goals from Carlton Cole, Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga.Juan Mata fired Chelsea in front early in the first half and the visitors might have increased their advantage before the interval, only to see a series of good chances go to waste.Carlton Cole headed West Ham level, before Diame fired in with a ferocious low shot. With time running out West Ham broke again, allowing Maiga to turn in a rebound.To make matters worse, 26 points from 15 matches represents Chelsea’s worst Premier League start in the Abramovich era.It is the first time since February 1995 that Chelsea have failed to win for seven league matches and Benitez becomes the first manager since Gianluca Vialli to not win any of his opening three matches as manager. Much of the focus after this game will fall on Benitez and Chelsea but West Ham were an unrecognisable team after the interval, with the introduction of Diame crucial in changing the game.Chelsea will struggle to know how they let this one slip. Sharper to the ball and swifter to use it, they bossed the early stages, although it took until the 13th minute for them to construct their first meaningful attack.Victor Moses gathered the ball wide on the right and, seeing Torres angling his run behind the West Ham backline, found his team-mate with a cleverly weighted pass. In one fluid movement, the struggling striker cut the ball back across goal where Mata stroked it beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The move was a study in simplicity.Chelsea’s attacking play was creative, clever and, at times, rapier sharp. The West Ham defence was shredded time and again, as Torres, Moses and Mata were each presented chances that they contrived to waste. And yet, the hosts clung on.Mark Noble fought for everything in the engine room, Matt Jarvis turned and twisted and Kevin Nolan provided the spark in attack. As half-time approached Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech was booked for punching outside his area. James Collins’s resulting free-kick deflected up, allowing James Tomkins to head on to Nolan, whose powerful header was tipped over.The introduction of Diame gave West Ham another dimension. The confidence and swagger which had accompanied Chelsea’s play in the first half deserted them as the contest turned into an altogether more muscular affair.Where West Ham had stood off and allowed Chelsea to dictate, now they snapped in and fought for everything. Carlton Cole had wasted two earlier chances but when Jarvis’s cross deflected up off Gary Cahill, he reacted before Ivanovic, to stoop low and head firmly beyond Cech at the near post. Jarvis tested Cech moments later. Chelsea were being forced back time and again but their attacking threat remained nonetheless. Eden Hazard forced Jaaskelainen to turn his fierce low shot away, only for Torres to prod the rebound straight back at the West Ham goalkeeper.Moments later, Mata clattered Jaaskelainen’s left-hand post with a delightful 25-yard free-kick. West Ham were at it too, however, as first Jarvis raced clear only to see his shot brilliantly saved by Cech before Ashley Cole cleared Winston Reid’s header off the line. But West Ham would not be denied.Carlton Cole’s clever pass found Diame on the edge of the box and his shot flashed beyond Cech and into the net.Chelsea were all over the place and when Matthew Taylor’s shot was deflected back to Maiga, the West Ham forward made no mistake to complete an incredible comeback.last_img read more


Big match preview: Ghana v Mali

Posted On Aug 28 2020 by

first_imgMali suffered a 4-3 defeat to Gabon last week Monday and the new group of the Eagles will also be fighting to impress returning head coach Alain Giresse who fully takes charge of office on April 1. Mali: L L D D L

Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Mirandes, Spain), Fatau Dauda (AshGold)Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Gyimah Edwin (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Daniel Amartey, (FC Copenhagen, Denmark) He is expected to make changes in the starting line-up that was defeated 2-1 by Senegal.Fresh facesEvian TG centre-back Jonathan Mensah who got injured in the game is expected to have his place taken by Daniel Amartey while goalkeeper Razak Braimah could be made to start from the bench. “We have another game against Mali on Tuesday and I believe we can build on how we played the Senegal game and make things better,” he said. Ghana and Mali have 21 games played between them with the Black Stars coming out victors in 10 games, drawn 6 and lost to the Eagles 5 times.In their last encounter, Mali defeated Ghana 3-1 in the third place finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations held in South Africa. Ghana had early on won by a lone goal courtesy Mubarak Wakaso when the two sides met at the group stage. Mali Ghana coach Avram Grant described the performance against Senegal as “satisfactory” and hopes to build on the defeat. Midfielders: Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Sampdoria, Italy), Solomon Asante (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Christian Atsu (Everton, England), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Seidu Salifu (Club Africaine, Tunisia)Forwards: Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Kwesi Appiah (Crystal Palace, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (FC Sion, Switzerland), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Atalanta, Italy), David Accam (Chicago Fire, U.S.A) Jonathan Mensah looks set to be rested from the Mali game after missing out on training on Monday. He is the only player in Avram Grant’s 22-man squad injured at the moment. Avram Grant has said he will play a 4-3-3 system, deaprting from the 4-4-2 used on Saturday.  The international encounter will be the second game in the past seven days by both sides who are shaping up their teams ahead of the upcoming Afcon and World Cup qualifiers. Aside Mali losing captain Seydou Keita, Diaby Abdoulaye and Mamoutou N’Diaye to various degrees of injuries, new striker Moussa Marega will not be available for the Eagles after he was recalled by his Portuguese club Maritimo for preparations towards a Portuguese Cup semifinals clash with FC Porto.His place has been taken by youngster Tiécoro Keita who plays for French third division side Paris FC. Forwards: Cheick Fantamady Diarra (Auxerre, France), Modibo Maïga (Metz, France), Mana Dembelé (Nancy, France), Tiécoro Keita (Paris FC, France)–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith Ghana: W W W L L read more