Big Give Christmas Challenge application deadline extended to 19 July

first_img  308 total views,  2 views today  309 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 Tagged with: christmas match funding The Big Give AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 Melanie May | 9 July 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Big Give Christmas Challenge application deadline extended to 19 July Last year’s Christmas Challenge raised £13,336,636 and saw 589 charities participate. Match funding is provided by a range of philanthropic organisations, known as ‘Champions’ which for 2019 include the Reed Foundation, the EQ Foundation, Candis, The Childhood Trust, and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Big Give has extended the deadline for applications to this year’s Christmas Challenge to 19 July.The online match funding campaign offers participating charities up to £25,000 in match funding. Due to more match funding secured this year, the Big Give is seeking further applications for the 2019 Christmas Challenge.Reasons given by The Big Give for taking part include:Access to match funding from a Big Give Champion funder – up to £25,000 availableUse match funds to help you ask donors for support – evidence shows that donors are more likely to give, and to give moreBuild the Christmas Challenge into your Christmas campaign for this yearJoin the #GivingTuesday movement as the campaign launches on this dateBuild your skills in running digital fundraising campaignBuild your online donor databaseBenefit from additional resources and trainingTo take part, charities need to login to their Big Give account or create one, then go to the Big Give campaigns section in their account area and apply to the Christmas Challenge 2019. The deadline is Friday 19 July at 5pm.Alex Day, Director of the Big Give said:“We are excited to have a bigger pot of match funds this year meaning that we can support even more charities. Last year 589 charities joined together to make a big splash in the Christmas Challenge, raising over £13 million collectively. This year we are looking for charities working in a number of areas including working with children, in health, international development, and the heritage sector – with some new champion funders on board for the first time this year including the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Please check the Big Give website for updates on who is funding the campaign this year.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Horoscope: February 26, 2021

first_imgHoroscope: April 30, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 ReddIt Facebook + posts ReddIt Linkedin Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Tamia Banks Twitter Facebook Linkedin Horoscope: April 28, 2021 Twitter printA baby born today has a Sun in Aquarius and a Moon in Leo until 12:07 p.m., when the Moon enters Virgo.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Feb. 26, 2021:Empathic, sensitive and magnetic, you move people deeply. This year, your dedicated attention earns you many followers. July will be your most ambitious month. If single, you can be a shy lone wolf, and must make an effort this year if you want to be with your soul mate. If attached, you and your partner can communicate without speaking. Your bond is unbreakable. SAGITTARIUS helps you take yourself less seriously.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★Your sense of adventure deepens. You’ll yearn to wander and explore. Dreams and visions must not be taken literally. Direct your heightened imagination and creativity into constructive ends. A domestic matter demands your attention and can be sorted out. Tonight: An especially healthy meal.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★★★Today ushers in a cycle of happiness. Reach out to those you care about (even one you haven’t talked to in a long time), visit an art display, or complete creative projects. Get all the facts before acting. Tonight: Patience is a must.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★Seek inner harmony and release stress. A family member is feeling very adventurous and may surprise you by taking a gamble. Take sensible precautions and all will be well. Genealogical study uncovers interesting facts. Tonight: It’s a wonderful time to redecorate your workspace.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★A sibling or neighbor is changing. Don’t be in denial when obvious signs are being sent. Be diplomatic when discussing controversial issues. Call ahead and confirm plans. Transportation needs are being considered and information exchange is very important. Tonight: Return calls promptly.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★Thoughts mostly revolve around your earning power. You work hard for your family’s security. Shop for an item you’ve long coveted in the days before the pandemic. Keep receipts; a purchase might have to be exchanged. Tonight: Study your habits regarding money.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★★Today marks one of the most promising times all year. Career and personal opportunities abound. Enjoy life and put plans in motion for future dreams. Write your new resolutions, schedule appointments and begin projects you’ve been interested in. Tonight: Celebrate quietly.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★Memories of a lost love must be kept in perspective. Your interest in helping the disadvantaged grows. Quietly, you will act and do much good in the world. Tonight: There are thoughts and feelings you’d prefer to keep to yourself for the time being.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★★You will enjoy chance meetings with those from your past. A reunion with a longtime friend is likely. You reconsider the pursuit of a dream once abandoned. Get in touch with your inner voice for direction. Tonight: Consult with a group.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★★★Today is all about professional aspirations and your ambitions. You will attract attention. Pursue opportunities that showcase your capabilities. You’re entering a more promising security cycle. You might have gone from rags to riches more than once. Tonight: A sigh of relief.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★★Expect an increase in energy and motivation. Take time to exercise. Travel is favored, as are journeys of the mind and spirit. There is much to learn. If you’ve always yearned to write, now is the time. Tonight: A sense of the miraculous prevails.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★Today puts you in tune with your potential. Fate is at work in your life. Some things just are or are not meant to be. Appreciate synchronicities, and you’ll be guided to manifest what’s best. Heed signs. Tonight: Your energy level is especially high.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★Today reveals much about a close partner. Companions offer suggestions. Reality is clouded. If in doubt, wait for the facts to be revealed before making choices. Revel in the attraction of opposites. Tonight: A much sought-after dinner with a loved one.Born today: Writer Christopher Marlowe (1564), musician Fats Domino (1928), singer Johnny Cash (1932) Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Previous articleLaDainian Tomlinson calls for racial understanding, asks TCU to lead the chargeNext articleHoroscope: February 27, 2021 Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Bill Clinton leaves Pyongyang with pardoned US journalists

first_imgNews North KoreaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information August 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bill Clinton leaves Pyongyang with pardoned US journalists RSF_en to go further Follow the news on North Korea November 18, 2019 Find out more News Organisation The two journalists described their capture in a statement posted on the Current TV website on 3 September: click here ——————Reporters Without Borders hails today’s release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were arrested by North Korea on 17 March and were sentenced to 12 years in a labour camp in June on charges of “serious crimes” and trying to defame the regime. They were freed a day after US President Bill Clinton’s surprise arrival in Pyongyang.“We are relieved by the release of these two journalists, which underscores the fact that the charges against them were baseless,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But we must not forget that a third journalist, Korean national Kim Seong-cheol, is still being held by the authorities. North Korea continues to be one of the world’s most totalitarian regimes and its population is denied the most basic rights.”After flying yesterday to Pyongyang to seek the release of Ling and Lee, the former US president met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il. The North Korean news agency KCNA said Bill Clinton gave him an apology over dinner and Kim responded by granting the two journalists a “special pardon.” The US administration has denied that Clinton gave any apology.Clinton, Ling and Lee left Pyongyang this morning in a chartered jet and made a stopover in a US military base in Japan before setting off again for Los Angeles. A US official said the two women were in very good health.Ling, 32, and Lee, 36, work for California-based Current TV. At the time of their arrest, they were investigating the trafficking of North Korean women across the border between North Korea and China.center_img Campaigns News North KoreaAsia – Pacific Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency July 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts April 1, 2020 Find out more “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new adlast_img read more

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Falcons pull off upset of No. 11 Dallas Baptist in overtime

first_imgSportsCollegeLocal News Pinterest If you are the 11th-ranked team in the nation, seeing the UTPB men’s basketball team at the other end of the court should be cause for concern.Six days after defeating then No. 11 St. Edward’s, the Falcon were at it again, this time against Dallas Baptist, the team that supplanted the Hilltoppers in the polls.It did take a little extra effort, and few extra minutes of waiting when the lights in the gym went out, for UTPB to complete the upset.Jordan Horn’s 3-pointer with less than a minute to play, moments after the lights came back on, proved to be the game-winner as the Falcons edged the No. 11 Patriots, 99-97, in overtime in Lone Star Conference play Friday at the Falcon Dome.Jordan finished with a game-high 28 points, with 23 coming after halftime.“The shot felt good when it left my hand, but I wasn’t sure,” Horn said. “All I know is that having to come back after the lights went out, my legs were killing me, having to wait around.“This was a really good win for the team, but we know that we have to come focused tomorrow (Saturday) because they are going to be mad and motivated to play better and we have to match that.”The two-game series concludes at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Falcon Dome.Quinntez Grimes added 21 points for the Falcons, who improved to 8-6 overall, 7-6 in conference. Trevion Lamar finished with 15 and Adam Rivera 10 in the victory.Ricky Lujan led Dallas Baptist (9-2) with 27 points, with Chandler Jacobs adding 24, Cameron Kahn 19 and William Heather 15 in the loss.Lujan had a good look with less than five seconds to play, but watched his shot carom off the rim to be rebounded by UTPB Malik Brikat.“I don’t know that anyone’s ever played the No. 11 team four games in a row,” UTPB men’s coach Josh Newman said. “We’ve talked about playing our best basketball moving forward and we have on the board right now ‘The Process’ and we really started to say on Jan. 14 that we needed to reembrace the process.“And I’ve thought the last two games our guys have done that, they’ve played unselfish, they’ve valued the ball the last two games. I thought our guys competed and I thought defensively we locked in.” Twitter Twitter Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 30, 2021 center_img TAGS  Previous articleWOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UTPB holds off Texas Woman’s UniversityNext articleJazz finish sweep of Mavericks 120-101 for 11th straight win Digital AIM Web Support Facebook COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Falcons pull off upset of No. 11 Dallas Baptist in overtime WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

DS News Webcast: Friday 11/22/2013

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post November 22, 2013 549 Views Subscribe Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Friday 11/22/2013 Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Negative Equity: A New Way of Life in the Recovery Next: Wingspan Appoints 30-Year Veteran to Newly Created Post in Featured, Media, Webcasts Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago DS News Webcast: Friday 11/22/2013 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: DSNews 2013-11-22 DSNews The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

Credit Access Affected by Diminishing Private-Label Securities Market

first_img Related Articles  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Credit Access Affected by Diminishing Private-Label Securities Market Home / Daily Dose / Credit Access Affected by Diminishing Private-Label Securities Market A diminishing private-label securitizations market among strong government-backed loans presents credit implications for the mortgage market.Director of the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute Laurie Goodman highlights in a blog the importance of consumers knowing how the disappearance of the private-label securitizations market affects their access to credit.Goodman also explains that if government-backed securitizations continue to dominate the market, the impact could affect credit availability for all consumers, even those with high net worth and excellent credit and those in expensive areas in need of jumbo loans.A healthy mortgage-backed securities market consists of ample money on hand for lenders to originate new loans, but today’s market is nothing like this.The $718 billion 2007 private-label securities market fell dramatically to $59 billion in 2008, and it has not been above $64 billion since then.Today, the GSEs and Ginnie Mae are the only companies securitizing loans in large numbers. The GSEs typically attract high quality, less risky loans within their limits, while Ginnie Mae mostly caters to minorities and first-time buyers.”Mortgage money is flowing reasonably well to some potential borrowers—those with high-quality, low-risk loans that meet the GSE size limits and minority and first-time homebuyers who qualify for FHA lending,” Goodman wrote. “And because banks are lending to their best customers, mortgage money flows well to borrowers with pristine credit seeking jumbo mortgages.”Borrowers that don’t meet government guidelines and have less than perfect credit are currently locked out of lending as the private-label securities market disappears, according to Urban Institute. Meanwhile, in the future, borrowers with high net worth and perfect credit and those in expensive areas who need jumbo loans could be affected by this falling market if banks retreat further from holding mortgages before this market restarts.”The loss of the private-label securities market could render mortgage securitization an exclusively government-sponsored activity and lock borrowers who need larger loans or have less than pristine credit out of lending,” Goodman stated.Click here to read the complete blog. Previous: Fannie Mae Offers Three Pools of NPLs totaling $1.2 Billion in UPB Next: Ask the Economist: How Have Zero Interest Rates Affected the Housing Industry? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Xhevrije West in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Credit Access Private-Label Securities Market Urban Institute 2015-10-09 Brian Honea Subscribe October 9, 2015 2,793 Views Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Credit Access Private-Label Securities Market Urban Institute Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Many Donegal roads remain in dangerous condition due to ice and snow

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Many Donegal roads remain in dangerous condition due to ice and snow By News Highland – December 20, 2009 Previous articleDerry man due in court on terrorism chargesNext articleSchool closure list News Highland Driving conditions are described as ‘extremely hazardous’ on most secondary and sheltered roads this afternoon.Gardai in Donegal are still advising motorists not to make any unnecessary journeys today.The AA says road temperatures on many national routes remain below zero and icy conditions are reported. Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+center_img Pinterest WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Pinterest News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

15 Years Of RTI: A Saga Of Harassment

first_imgColumns15 Years Of RTI: A Saga Of Harassment LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 Oct 2020 7:46 AMShare This – xCallous PIOs & Failing Appellate Authorities It is sad that at every step the RTI Act is being diluted. Non-performance of duty diligently by the Public Information Officers is the reason for first appeal and the irresponsibility of First Appellate Authority is cause for second appeal. Disinclination of Commissioner to initiate penalty proceedings often compels the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginCallous PIOs & Failing Appellate Authorities It is sad that at every step the RTI Act is being diluted. Non-performance of duty diligently by the Public Information Officers is the reason for first appeal and the irresponsibility of First Appellate Authority is cause for second appeal. Disinclination of Commissioner to initiate penalty proceedings often compels the appellants to knock the doors of High Courts for justice. It is fortunate that there was a positive response at High Court, in the case discussed herein below. A Public Information Officer, PIO, (at Central public authorities he is called CPIO) is an important statutory functionary under Right to Information Act. However, he is not given any importance by the public authority. The law envisages independent functioning of PIOs to apply minds to the request for information, apply the law to the information sought, examine if any exception is attracted and then decide whether to give information within 30 days or not. But generally, they are at the thumb of their bosses, never allowed to act independently. They are at the risk of penalty if information is denied without justification. They are at receiving end from both the applicants and the officers above them. The Information Commission can make a PIO responsible for unjustifiable denial. Neither the government nor the public authority trains them. They are not given powers, funds, and furniture. This is one-side of the story. Some PIOs have strong mind bent upon not giving any information. They do not respond, allow 30 days to lapse, do not care about the first appeal to authority within the department, that generally takes the stand of the PIO anyhow. They say, let Information Commission direct, then we will see. This is the prevalent attitude of the PIOs in general, and that is the main problem with implementation of the fifteen-year-old RTI Act. Most of them are callous! We can admonish and advise to apply mind, without imposing penalty on the first set of PIOs for their inability to give information, but the second set of PIOs deserve punishment. They are fortunate that imprisonment provision was removed from the draft. Otherwise, they would have been jailed for malicious, or negligent denial of information. They deserve maximum penalty. The Story Of Harassment An RTI applicant, Sureshchandra Maneklal Dholakiya was compelled to file a writ petition before the Gujarat High Court to get some information which he otherwise could have been provided without any problem under the RTI Act. The saga of the 87-years old applicant resulted in Gujarat High Court’s command on 10th September 2020, to State Information Commission to start penal proceedings against the callous Public Information Officer. On 19th April 2018, Dholakia, a resident of Gujarat had asked for some specific details under the RTI Act and had required certain documents which the Public Information Officer and Mamlatdar, Bhachau refused, on the ground that such information pertains to third party, and therefore, it is privileged information under Section 8(1)(d) of the Right to Information Act. As usual, the first appellate authority (FAA) did not respond to the appeal filed against the denial. Most of the times the First appeal is a time killer without serving any purpose. The Act expected that the FAA would act as a filter to prevent appeals to escalate to Information Commission level, which is outside and independent of public authority. First Appeal provides a scope for the public authority to review the decision of denial within the same organization so that information seeker is not unnecessarily pushed to take next step. Another major hurdle in seeking information is the Information Commission, where most of the Commissioners in most of the appeals, if inclined to give information, are not interested in penalizing the PIOs even if they notice the illegality and lack of justification for not sharing information. Gujarat State Information Commission found reason in second appeal, discovered that request was rejected callously, and allowed the appeal directing the public authority to furnish the information asked for. The only stand, which was taken before the State Information Commissioner was that the information pertained to the third party, and thus could not be provided in view of Section 8(1) (d) of the Right to Information Act. The PIO never said that information was destroyed or not available. The SIC did not agree with that. The State Information Commissioner had also made drastic remarks against the authority for not supplying the required documents. But the SIC was lenient towards the PIO and the public authority. It did not even give a show cause notice to start the penalty proceedings against the PIO. Emboldened with this lenience, the PIO took flip flap stands to defy the direction of the Commission. Surprisingly, after the direction of the State Information Commissioner, the public authority took altogether different stand that the information was not available, saying that it had no record to be produced before the State Information Commissioner, as that was destroyed or was not available. The public authority in its affidavit in reply to the writ petition stated that on account of an earthquake, the area of Bhachau had faced considerable damage even to the government offices and hence, information was not available with the authority. The Petitioner submitted that this flip flop by the authorities for not providing the information, right from the beginning till the passing of the order by the State Information Commissioner, should not be accepted. The High Court acknowledged the conflicting stand of the respondent authorities, more particularly the Public Information Officer, at the relevant time, before the State Information Commissioner that the information, as sought for by the petitioner, pertains to the third party. The court was critical about this kind of attitude of the PIO. It said: “As against that stand, now, stand being taken that the record is not available cannot be accepted by the Court. At the first stage when the response was given to the petitioner by the Public Information Officer as well as State Information Commissioner about the information of the third party, and therefore, not provided would be at the presumption that the respondent authorities had the record with them and after perusal of such record have found that the information sought for by the petitioner is missing, and thereafter, change their stand of no record being available. Therefore, the same cannot be accepted by this Court.” By changing its stand, the PIO gave rise to a suspicion that the record was available at the time of filing of application under RTI, but after the positive direction by the State Information Commission to give the information, they invented a plea of non-availability, for which they preferred to use ‘earthquake’ as an excuse. The High Court concluded: “Therefore, there is no hesitation in holding in aforesaid fact situation that the respondent authorities more particularly, Public Information Officer and Mamlatdar, Bhachau has acted in a callous manner as a result of which the petitioner had been deprived of from the right of Right to Information.” Justice A.Y. Kogje observed, “The Court is of the view that this is a fit case where the proceedings under Section 20 of the Right to Information Act needs to be initiated in view of non-compliance of the order passed by the State Information Commissioner as well as the casual manner in which the application of the petitioner to seek the right to information under the Right to Information Act has been dealt with.” The matter was relegated back to the State Information Commissioner to initiate proceedings under Section 20 of the Right to Information Act. Another point that was missed by the High Court is that even under the third party excuse, the information cannot be denied. The RTI Act mandates the PIO to consult the third party, giving him an opportunity to explain his objections against such disclosure. If the objection is not convincing, the PIO has to share the information after giving a notice of such decision to the third party. Further, before consulting the third party, the PIO must justify his conclusion how it was considered as third-party information. However, there was no such examination in this case. Changing a stand after the SIC directed that the information be divulged, is absolute fraud on the RTI Act. He is liable on two counts- one, for unjustifiable denial of information under the RTI Act, and two, for non-compliance of the order of the SIC. Section 20 of RTI Act makes the PIO liable on these two counts. The appellant needed the documents he sought under RTI, to use them in a pending litigation. It is not sure whether story, that has come back to State Information Commission, ends there with delivery of information.Views are personal M Sridhar Acharyulu Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

2-year-old boy among 3 dead in Pennsylvania car explosion: Coroner

first_imgRich Rolen(ALLENTOWN, Pa.) — A 2-year-old boy is among the three dead after a mysterious car explosion this weekend in Allentown, Pennsylvania, authorities said, and one of the adults is suspected to have triggered it.Jonathan Schmoyer, 2, his father Jacob Schmoyer, 27, and Jacob Schmoyer’s friend David Hallman, 66, all of Allentown, were the three victims of the Saturday night blast, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said at a news conference Monday.All three died from traumatic injuries caused by the explosion, Grim said.Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said Sunday that the suspect was likely among those killed.Authorities are confident the adults were friends and are looking into why they met that night, Special Agent in Charge Don Robinson of The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said on Monday.“We can safely say this is an isolated incident. We have preliminary information on the circumstances,” Robinson said, though he would not elaborate further.“We’re not prepared to say the cause of the explosion yet,” he continued. “We know we are dealing with a material that exploded … that could be anything from an accident to” an explosive device.No arrests have been made, authorities said.“We are making a lot of progress in both the scene and interview portions of the investigation,” Robinson added. “We expect to be done probably by tomorrow.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Heavy snow in the Northeast as multiple storms target West Coast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Heavy rain and snow are expected Tuesday morning in the Northeast, after the East Coast already saw 1 to 2 inches of rain on Monday and parts of southern Vermont got a foot of snow.Winter storm warnings and advisories as well as coastal flooding alerts have been issued throughout the Northeast.Significant lake-effect snow trailing behind the storm has been reported in Ohio and Pennsylvania, each of which has seen a number of weather-related traffic accidents.Heavy rain is expected Tuesday in coastal Maine because of a double low-pressure system.Later in the day, as the storms merge into a single low-pressure system, it’ll move very slowly north into Maine, delivering more precipitation and with more lake-effect snow in its rear-view mirror.Some areas could see 6 to 12 inches of snow — parts of northern New England may see 18 inches.Out West, warnings and watches for high winds, floods and storms have been issued up and down the coast in anticipation of a series of storms.Winds of 80 mph have already swept through the Pacific Northwest, with some regions seeing 4 to 6 inches of rain.More rain is heading for the Bay Area and snow is likely in the Sierra Nevadas.A second storm should be moving in Wednesday night, into Thursday, mostly in California — from San Francisco down to San Diego — with 1 to 3 inches of rain likely and 1 to 3 feet of snow possible in higher elevations. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more