iStock/Jonathan Ross(NEW YORK) — BY: AARON KATERSKY and ELLA TORRESA previously unidentified victim of the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders in Long Island was named Thursday, nearly two decades after her partial remains were first found, police said.Valerie Mack was identified as the victim previously known as “Manorville Jane Doe” or “Jane Doe #6,” the Suffolk County Police Department announced. Mack was identified through genetic genealogy technology.Mack went missing in 2000 when she was 24 and working as an escort in Philadelphia, according to police. Her partial remains were found that same year in a wooded area off Halsey-Manor Road in Manorville. In 2011, her dismembered remains were found along Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach.The murders have never been solved, and, until Mack’s identification, half the victims had not yet been identified.In 2010 and 2011, the remains of 10 people were discovered in Gilgo Beach in weedy sections of Ocean Parkway near Jones Beach. Police have said most of the victims were sex workers. Four victims remain unidentified.No suspects have been detained, but police previously told ABC News they’re working under the assumption a serial killer is to blame in some, if not all, of the killings.Police made the grisly discovery while searching for a missing sex worker, Shannan Gilbert. Her body eventually was found in December 2011 in nearby Oak Beach, which is also along Ocean Parkway. Police don’t believe her death is tied to the others because she “doesn’t match the pattern of the Gilgo Beach homicides,” but they’ve also said her death is part of the active investigation into the Gilgo Beach murders.In January, police released what they called a “significant piece of evidence” involving the murders. The evidence was a photograph of a black leather belt embossed with the letters “WH” or “HM,” depending on how it’s held.Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said at a press conference she believed a suspect in the murders “handled” the belt, but would not elaborate.Hart on Thursday said she hopes the identification of Mack will bring some sense of closure and peace to her family.It is believed to be the first time a law enforcement agency in New York state has used genetic genealogy to identify an individual as part of a police investigation, authorities said. Police had announced last week that they made the identification, but did not immediately name Mack.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Home » News » Marketing » Record month for OnTheMarket as consumer confidence returns previous nextMarketingRecord month for OnTheMarket as consumer confidence returnsPortal says it enjoyed the busiest month in its history with over 30 million visits to the company’s website and mobile app during January.Nigel Lewis6th February 20200654 Views OnTheMarket has revealed its latest monthly performance figures including a 28% rise in the number of visits to its site and mobile app.Some 30 million visits were made to its platform last month, a new monthly record for the firm, helped by the ‘Boris bounce’ surge in consumer confidence following the General Election and New Year.It also ramped-up the number of alerts it sent to house hunters to 140 million during January, compared to the same month last year.“Our strong January performance provides powerful further evidence that our growth strategy is working and engagement is building amongst both property-seekers and agents,” says Ian Springett, Chief Executive Officer of OnTheMarket.“Our brand proposition and our multi-channel marketing investment have proven effective in attracting active property-seekers to the portal.“Many of our agent shareholders and customers are choosing to list their properties on a ‘New & exclusive’ basis, 24 hours or more before Rightmove or Zoopla, and we are generating greater value than ever for our agents and new homes developers.”The portal last month issued a further 407,547 ordinary shares to give to both existing and new agents who sign long-term agreements. Giving agents equity in the portal is one of the key planks of OTM’s strategy to sign up new agents and convert ‘freebies’ into paying customers.OnTheMarket results on the market OnTheMarket OTM February 6, 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Share this article View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Arlington Performs Its First NEO Drill View post tag: USS Arlington Newly commissioned, USS Arlington (LPD 24), conducted its first non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) drill Nov. 4, in support of multi-national, amphibious exercise Bold Alligator 2014 (BA14).NEO is the safe evacuation of civilians and embassy officials in the event an emergency situation arises in a foreign country. Emergency situations include natural disasters, war or civil unrest.Lt. Cmdr. Emily Bassett, USS Arlington’s executive officer, said:Non-combatant evacuation is one of the primary exercises in crisis action response.We have seen NEO very recently in Libya, so it is a mission that is extremely relevant in today’s world events.In the Bold Alligator scenario, Dutch and Belgian role player evacuees were brought to HDLMS Johan De Witt (L801). In addition, Arlington Sailors simulated additional evacuees who were taken aboard and processed by ship’s company.To conduct the drill, the passageway just on the starboard side of Arlington’s hangar bay, known as Arlington Blvd., was divided into separate stations to include in-processing, a security check point, physical exams and supply pick-up.As the administration division created a database of all the evacuees, medical personnel provided simulated care and treatment, as required.In addition to NEO, Bold Alligator 2014 provides a forum to improve Navy and Marine Corps amphibious core competencies across the full spectrum of military operations. The exercise is scheduled to continue until Nov. 10, afloat and ashore along the Eastern Seaboard.[mappress mapid=”14377″]Press release, Image: US Navy November 10, 2014 USS Arlington Performs Its First NEO Drill View post tag: first Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: NEO View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Drill View post tag: Performs View post tag: Naval
The Cape Shore Chorus, a local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will be performing at the Ocean City Music Pier on Sunday, Oct. 20. The performance of “Rock Around the Clock” will feature music selections that will demonstrate the best of women’s four-part a cappella singing and include songs that will take the audience through a history of rock and roll music. Featured guests include Just 4 Kicks, a 2018 Sweet Adelines Regional Champion Quartet from Waldwick, N.J., and the Stockton University a cappella singers – Stockapella and The Stocktones.The performance starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event. Cape Shore Chorus is a non-profit organization and funding for the event comes in part from a Cape May County Arts Re-Grant. Ticket proceeds support the annual scholarship fund that is awarded to a graduating female who has been active in performing arts during high school. Although it is a competitive scholarship for area high schools, the 2018 and 2019 scholarship has been awarded to a graduate of Ocean City High School.Cape Shore Chorus is also inviting women of all ages to join chorus rehearsals for the next month, learn some classic holiday music in the barbershop style, and sing with the chorus during its December concerts.No experience or special training is necessary. The first rehearsal will be on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Upper Township Community Center, 1709 Route 50 in Tuckahoe, beginning at 7:45 p.m. Call Betsy for more information at 609-425-4648.
Brighton-based cake designer Choccywoccydoodah has signed a deal to supply Selfridges’ food halls across the country with a collection of stylish cakes, as well as personalised wedding and celebration cakes.To highlight the collaboration, the company created a seaside-themed cake sculpture, inspired by sailors and mermaids, for a large display in Selfridges’ Oxford Street food hall. Choccywoccydoodah will also sell its cakes in the regional Selfridges stores.The elaborately decorated range includes a chocolate cake, a marshmallow pyramid cake and a boozy chocolate fruit & nut cake, ranging in size from 4in to 6in and in price from £24.99 to £49.99. Wedding and personalised celebration cakes are also available.Choccywoccydoodah, which has a shop and cafe in Brighton, specialises in chocolate one-off ’sculptured fantasies’, bespoke wedding cakes and chocolate gifts. Its cakes and chocolate creations also appeared in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Tim Burton.
The Environment Agency will continue to work with water companies, councils and local communities to keep our beaches clean, reduce pollution and protect our environment. We are working to achieve the goal in Defra’s 25 Year Plan to minimise the harmful bacteria in our bathing waters by 2030. During the bathing water season environment officers will take up to 20 samples at each location, from now until the end of September. Samples will be tested in Environment Agency labs for cleanliness. This year, in addition to sampling water quality, Environment Agency teams will also carry out surveys of plastic pollution on beaches. This data will help target our work and support community action.Dramatic improvements have already been made over the last two decades to prevent pollution ending up in the sea, but there is always more to do.Pollution from sewage and from agriculture are generally recognised as the two most significant sources but there are some local variations. Surveys have shown that around a third of bathing water pollution is caused by agriculture. This year the Environment Agency is rolling out new rules for farmers to ensure best practice is followed and pollution from farms is reduced.Water companies have done a lot over the last two decades to improve infrastructure investing over £2.5 billion on projects that have improved water at swimming beaches.To go further the Environment Agency are advising water companies on the investment they should be making to protect the environment, these include measures to protect water quality as well as being more resilient to flooding and potential water shortages. Environment Agency proposals include that water companies should improve 24 bathing waters between 2020-2025.All members of the public can help keep water clean by taking all rubbish with them after visits to the beach, not leaving dog mess on the beach and at home never flushing wet wipes or pouring fats down drains.Heavy rain is likely to reduce water quality in the short term, even at Excellent beaches. Information on the Bathing Water Data Explorer website may advise against swimming and there could be temporary signs at beaches.The nine new beaches have become official bathing waters following suggestions from councils, feedback from public consultations and a decision by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.All the new bathing waters will have signage to show they are official swimming spots and the Environment Agency will test water quality regularly.One of the new beaches is in Bournemouth, Manor Steps beach. Eight of the new locations are in Cornwall: South Fistral beach in Newquay, Booby’s Bay near Trevose Head, Mexico Towan, Upton Towan and Godrevy, all situated on a long stretch of dunes in St Ives Bay, Northcott Mouth beach to the north of Bude, Gwynver Beach which forms part Whitesand Bay and Tregonhawke in Whitesand Bay. It is wonderful news that more beaches have been given bathing status in time for the start of the 2018 season. Water quality has improved at English beaches giving locals and tourists a better experience as well as benefiting the environment. As the bathing water season begins this week, visitors to the seaside will have 422 bathing spots to choose from after nine new beach locations have been designated as official bathing waters along the south coast.The Environment Agency tests water quality at every official bathing water to ensure it is maintained and improved. Last year, water quality remained high with 98.3% of bathing waters in England meeting the tough standards. 92% of these locations achieved the top rating of Excellent or Good.Beach-goers can check out the water quality at their nearest bathing water spot by visiting the Environment Agency’s online map at the Bathing Water Data Explorer website.Helen Wakeham, Deputy Director of Water Quality at the Environment Agency, said: Water quality tests are published online, me and my family will certainly be searching the online map before heading off to enjoy time at the beach this summer.
Sales of Premier Foods cakes have bounced back following a slowdown in the early days of the lockdown.In a trading update for the 13 weeks ended 27 June, the company said sales of branded products from its Sweet Treats division, which includes Mr Kipling and licensed Cadbury cakes, rose 0.5% year on year.Total sales across the division, including own-label products, rose 0.7% year on year.The business reported that cake volumes were down early in the quarter, but returned to growth in the latter part.Mr Kipling was backed by eight weeks of a TV advertising campaign and also benefited from the launch of its Mini pies range and Signature premium ranges.Cadbury cake sales grew in the UK, with the core Cadbury Mini Rolls range performing “very well”, said Premier.The business also reported strong demand for its recently launched Cadbury baking mixes as consumer interest in home baking soared during lockdown.“This demonstrates that demand for the group’s product ranges have been not only for its core ranges, but also new product innovation, as consumers expand their repertoire of meals eaten in home,” stated the firm.The business supplies cakes to Australia and reported a dip in sales in the market as demand fell during lockdown.Total sales across Premier, which produces grocery brands including Ambrosia, Oxo and Sharwood’s, rose 22.5% year on year as its grocery division benefited from more consumers making their own meals.“As expected, we continued to see strong demand for our grocery brands in Q1, with consumers eating the vast majority of their meals at home,” said Premier chief executive officer Alex Whitehouse.“We have grown faster than our categories during this period, both in standard retail and online channels. This reflects not only the strength of our brands, but also the excellent performance of our colleagues across the supply chain to ensure product availability while working in close collaboration with our customers to meet this elevated demand.”Premier said its second quarter had got off to a strong start but expected sales to level out as consumers gradually returned to eating out of home.
On Wednesday, The Rolling Stones announced the opening acts for their recently rescheduled No Filter North American Tour.The Stones’ openers vary by date and city and include Gary Clark Jr. (Foxboro); Dumpstaphunk with special guests The Soul Rebels (New Orleans); The Revivalists (Jacksonville); Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (E. Rutherford & Seattle); Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (Denver); St. Paul & The Broken Bones (Chicago) and more.The tour, originally scheduled to run from mid-April through the end of June, was postponed in late March when Mick Jagger was forced to undergo a surgical procedure to place a stent in his heart. The postponement of the tour forced the band to cancel their highly-anticipated headlining slot at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.Now that Jagger is healed up and ready to rock, the band revealed their revised tour plans, which will see them stop in each of the cities originally included on the tour—including a newly-added show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on July 14th to make up for the missed Jazz Fest performance.See a full list of the Rolling Stones’ North American tour dates below, as well as the special guests that will be joining the band throughout their lengthy tour.For more information, head to The Rolling Stones’ tour page here.Rolling Stones 2019 No Filter North American Tour Dates:June 21 Chicago, IL Soldier Field St. Paul & The Broken BonesJune 25 Chicago, IL Soldier Field Whiskey MyersJune 29 Ontario, Canada Burl’s Creek The Glorious Sons + The BeachesJuly 3 Washington, DC FedExField Ghost HoundsJuly 7 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium Gary Clark Jr.July 14 New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk with special guest The Soul RebelsJuly 19 Jacksonville, FL TIAA Bank Field The RevivalistsJuly 23 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field Des RocsJuly 27 Houston, TX NRG Stadium Bishop GunnAugust 1 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium The WombatsAugust 5 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium Lukas Nelson & Promise of the RealAugust 10 Denver, CO Broncos Stadium at Mile High Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsAugust 14 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field Lukas Nelson & Promise of the RealAugust 18 Santa Clara, CA Levi’s®️ Stadium Vista KicksAugust 22 Pasadena, CA The Rose Bowl KALEOAugust 26 Glendale, AZ State Farm Stadium KALEOAugust 31 Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium JuanesView Tour Dates
A team of computer scientists, physicists, and physicians at Harvard has developed a simple yet powerful method of visualizing human arteries that may result in more accurate diagnoses of atherosclerosis and heart disease.The prototype tool, called HemoVis, creates a two-dimensional diagram of arteries that performs better than the traditional 3-D, rainbow-colored model. In a clinical setting, the tool has been shown to increase diagnostic accuracy from 39 percent to 91 percent.Presented this week at the IEEE Information Visualization Conference, the new visualization method offers insight to clinicians, imaging specialists, engineers, and others in a wide range of fields who need to explore and evaluate complex structures.“Our goal was to design a visual representation of the data that was as accurate and efficient for patient diagnosis as possible,” said lead author Michelle Borkin, a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “What we found is that the prettiest, most popular visualization is not always the most effective.”Using data from patient-specific blood flow simulations, HemoVis displays a tree diagram of the arteries with areas of disease highlighted to assist in diagnosis.Tools for artery visualization in both clinical and research settings commonly use 3-D models that portray the shape and spatial arrangement of vessels of interest. These complex tools require users to rotate the models to get a complete perspective of spatial orientation.“In the 3-D case, the more complex and branched the arteries were, the longer it took to complete the patient diagnosis, and the lower the accuracy was,” said lead author Michelle Borkin (right), a doctoral candidate at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Borkin, SEAS Professor Hanspeter Pfister (left), and their colleagues relied on the input of physicians and others with clinical or laboratory imaging experience throughout the process. Photo by Eliza Grinnell/SEASBy contrast, the new visualization requires no such rotation or interaction. The tool utilizes 2-D, circumference-adjusted cylindrical cross sections arranged in tree diagrams.Though this method may seem less high-tech, the team demonstrated through quantitative evaluation with medical experts that the 2-D model is actually more accurate and efficient for patient diagnosis.“In the 3-D case, the more complex and branched the arteries were, the longer it took to complete the patient diagnosis, and the lower the accuracy was,” Borkin said. “In the 2-D representation, it didn’t matter how many branches we had or how complex they were — we got consistently fast, accurate results. We weren’t expecting that.”Tree diagrams are hardly new, as evolutionary biologists will attest, but scientists in many fields are using them to solve a range of modern and complex problems. In fact, Borkin applied her own experience in astronomy and physics to transform the concept of visualization for SEAS’ Multiscale Hemodynamics research group. In prior work, she used a similar type of tree diagram to determine the structure of nebulae in space.“With the consultation and cooperation of clinicians, we were able to draw on fairly well-known visualization techniques and principles from computer science to solve a practical clinical problem,” says Hanspeter Pfister, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science at SEAS.Borkin, Pfister, and their colleagues relied on the input of physicians and others with clinical or laboratory imaging experience throughout the process. Through extensive surveys and interviews, they identified the most popular options for display, accurate layout, and coloring of these arterial projections.Doctors initially showed some resistance when asked about the benefits of an alternative color scheme, citing familiarity, chromatic vibrancy, and aesthetic appeal in support of the rainbow scheme, which is most common in scientific visual representations.However, Borkin drew on well-supported research that is less well-known outside the visualization community:“For years, visualization, computer science, and psychology researchers have identified that color is critical for conveying the value of data, but that the rainbow coloring is not well-attuned to the human visual system.”Accordingly, HemoVis departs from the traditional practice of rainbow color-coding in favor of a graded single-color scheme (red to black) that can represent placement along a continuum.In tests, diagnostic accuracy, as measured by the proportion of diseased areas identified, increased dramatically with the new color scheme.Widespread adoption of visual representations like those in HemoVis could have the effect of not only optimizing tasks that are critical for doctors, but also changing long-entrenched mindsets and making scientists think twice about their assumptions in data visualization, Borkin says.“This approach to visualization design and validation is broadly applicable in medicine, engineering, and science,” said Pfister. “We hope that people will use this process as a template for transforming their own visualizations.”Borkin and Pfister said that while HemoVis represents an important step forward, the traditional 3-D artery mode still plays an important role, particularly as a spatially intuitive tool for surgical planning.With this in mind, the next steps for research include further development and optimization of the 2-D tool and investigation into how it might complement, rather than replace, its 3-D counterpart.A paper about the work will be published later this year in the journal IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.Borkin and Pfister’s collaborators were Krzysztof Gajos, assistant professor of computer science at SEAS; Amanda Peters, a doctoral candidate in applied physics at SEAS; research scientist Simone Melchionna; and Dimitrios Mitsouras, Frank Rybicki, and Charles Feldman of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.The project was supported by the Toshiba Medical Systems Corp., the CyberInfrastructure Lab at SEAS, the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Program.
Start Your Weekend with Megan HiltyFebruary 6 at Lincoln CenterFriday is the perfect time to treat yourself. No, we’re not talking about the latest tepid multiplex offering followed by equally tepid pizza. We have an option you cannot refuse: the glorious Megan Hilty making her American Songbook debut. The Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Smash star (and new mom!) will perform Broadway favorites and songs from her album, It Happens All the Time. Click for tickets! Visit Marin Mazzie’s Wonder YearsBegins February 4 at 54 BelowThree-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie, last seen in Bullets Over Broadway, gets the spotlight for four nights at 54 Below. According to the venue, the audience should prepare for an “evening of fun and fantasy” as “we get inside the head of a Midwest girl and the music she loved.” Sounds great. And way more fun than our formative years, which featured a lot of daytime TV, angry journaling, and quiet sobbing. Click for tickets! See Chicago’s New Cellblock ResidentsBegins February 2 at the Ambassador TheatreA Broadway favorite gets some welcome country flavor as Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles starts her much-anticipated run as Roxie Hart. If that doesn’t get you excited—are you made of stone?—Pippin and Beautiful alum Carly Hughes joins the newly minted Broadway.com vlogger as Velma Kelly. Still not excited? Perhaps you’re on the wrong Website. Or maybe you are made out of stone. You should see a doctor about that. Click for tickets! View Comments Hey, you, frantically whipping up a 47-layer bean dip for your Idina Menzel Super Bowl party: Pace yourself! Going to work the day after eating three pounds of Doritos is draining. It’s time to take a break and plan the rest of your week. We have a Smash favorite performing at Lincoln Center, Larry David’s new play, and two splashy additions to Chicago. Make room for this week’s picks! Stay In with Kristin ChenowethAvailable for purchase February 3We advocate devouring all the fun this city has to offer. However, it never hurts to have options handy in case you want to have a decadent night in. Start preparing now: stock up on the good ice cream, buy a nice pair of slippers, and purchase On the Twentieth Century star Kristin Chenoweth’s live concert Coming Home, which is on DVD today. The songbird’s homecoming show, which aired last year on PBS, is sweet relief from a rough day. Unleash Your Enthusiasm at Larry DavidBegins February 2 at the Cort TheatreAmerica’s favorite curmudgeon, Larry David, makes his Broadway debut in Fish in the Dark, an ensemble comedy he wrote and stars in. We couldn’t be happier. Poor David, however, sounds like he’s about to split the atom with a butter knife. Relax, Lar. As the creative juice behind two of television’s most influential comedies in the last 30 years—Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm—you know what you’re doing. Probably. Click for tickets! Star Files Kristin Chenoweth