Community leaders demand reward for murder of 16-year-old girl found along Los Angeles freeway – Daily News

A group of community activists gathered on Saturday to call on state officials to introduce a reward for information leading to the murder of a 16-year-old girl whose body was found dumped along the highway in the harbor (110).

The body of Tioni Theus – with a gunshot wound to the neck – was found on the morning of January 8 on the side of the freeway on the West Manchester Avenue on-ramp near South Figueroa Street in the Vermont borough Knolls in Los Angeles, according to the California Highway Patrol.

She was last seen the previous day after telling a family member she was meeting a friend for a party, officials said. No other information was provided and no suspect description was available.

Tioni’s family, along with CHP members and Project Hope activists, attended a press conference on Saturday calling on officials to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible for the death of the teenager.

Activists say the lack of such a reward in the murder of a young black girl stands in stark contrast to the efforts that led to a proposed $250,000 reward in the search for the killer of 24-year-old resident Brianna Kupfer of Pacific Palisades and UCLA graduate student who was fatally stabbed Jan. 13 at a furniture store in Hancock Park.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz introduced a motion on Tuesday to create a $50,000 reward in the Kupfer case, and private donations later raised the amount to a potential $250,000.

Kupfer’s suspected killer was arrested Wednesday in Pasadena. It was not immediately clear if anyone would be in line to receive a reward in this case.

“The CHP is leading the criminal investigation (into Tioni’s death), and California’s elected officials are the representatives to whom the family should apply for the reward since his body was dumped and recovered on California State property. “said Najee Ali of Project Hope.

“It’s important that Governor Newsom and state officials realize that Tioni Theus’ life mattered,” he added. “The fact that someone could shoot and kill a young woman and dump her body on the side of the highway like she was trash is outrageous.”

Ali told the City News Service that he has reached out to Los Angeles City Council members Curren Price and Marqueece Harris-Dawson about a possible award from the City Council, but they need to coordinate those efforts with representatives from state, primarily Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D- Los Angeles.

“Procedurally, the CHP is leading the investigation because the body was found on state property, so we have to work with state officials,” Ali said.

The CHP posted photos of Tioni on Twitter on Thursday and asked anyone with information about his murder to call the agency at 323-644-9557.

“If you are from the community here and you have cameras in your vehicle and you were driving along the road, along the 110 freeway that morning, please watch your video,” said the captain of the CHP Jeff Lofton at Saturday’s event. “If you find anything in Manchester and 110, call the investigators.”

Tioni’s cousins ​​told the Los Angeles Times that the teenager was good at school and loved to golf, dance and sing. But they said her life took a turn in 2019 when her mother was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident that left her in a rehabilitation centre.

Tioni began to rebel after that, disappearing for long periods of time and eventually being drawn into prostitution and theft by a man she met on Instagram, the cousins ​​told The Times.

“We certainly don’t claim that Tioni was an angel,” her cousin Nafeesah Kincy told the newspaper. “She suffered a trauma. I want to humanize it. I don’t want her to be seen as a prostitute or a runaway or someone that people think “Oh, well, they live that lifestyle.”

“…There are so many young women here who are physically and sexually victimized and exploited. So this is my cousin today. But it could be your cousin, your daughter, your friend tomorrow,” Kincy added.

Price also called for justice in the matter.

“All of Los Angeles needs to speak its name. Tioni, a 16-year-old black girl, straight college student, and devoted girl, was shot dead and left on the side of the 110 freeway. The person(s) involved in her murder are heartless and must be brought to justice,” the councilman tweeted on Friday.

“…I stand in solidarity with the Theus family and the African American community who are seeking justice on his behalf so that his family and loved ones can find comfort in knowing that those who chose to end the life of this dynamic young girl will answer for their crime,” Price continued.

Service clubs dwindle as members age, COVID continues

More than forty years ago, these two dozen clubs displayed signs in Rio Rancho. File photo.

A 2009 online article noted that “Service clubs are a uniquely American institution that began in the heartland, though they are now found on both coasts, as well as in virtually every country in the world. …
“The questions of the 21st century are: Does anyone care more? Is it cool to belong to a service club? Are these organizations too old, too Midwestern, too goofy to matter today?
A handful of local service club members recently gathered in the Observer boardroom to answer these questions.
Their answers, broadly, were: Yes, people care; yes, it can be cool to belong; and maybe they’re too old, but not necessarily too Midwestern (perhaps Southwestern) or too clunky to still matter.
The common denominator of service club members is to make their community a better place to live. Clubs need more members, but how do you get them in this pandemic world?
“There is a huge need for community service,” said Dan Brown, president of the City of Vision Civitan Club. “We just have to figure out how to get that service there. How can we attract people and how can we make them known? »

City of Vision Citizen Club
Brown – with Civitan since 1988 – is also Civitan’s international president. Today, his City of Vision Club has 30 members, below its pre-COVID peak.
At a service club leadership conference in Orlando, Fla., in November, Brown and said up to 50 service organizations from around the world participated in a roundtable.
“The top four issues (that we face) were the same for all organizations,” he said. “No. 1, aging membership. No. 2, trying to attract younger members. No. 3, non-dues revenue; basically your (membership) dues don’t pay your overhead for the organization. And you have to find other ways to do it, and fourth, develop a new concept to attract young people.
Brown said attracting new retirees could improve membership, but young people don’t have time: “They have 2.3 kids doing 6.2 activities and they don’t have time to do it. , but they still want to volunteer – it’s important to them.
“So we have to come up with a concept that will meet their needs,” he said, and he explained this new concept.
“I call it the ‘Civitan Club of the Future’. It’s based online – probably something like Microsoft Teams – a central platform that includes video conferencing, email, messaging, document storage, and scheduling. The younger ones seem to want instant gratification: “Hey, this week, Saturday, I have a few free hours. Let me check my schedule and see if there’s anything I can work on this Saturday.
Brown said, “Their most valuable asset is time; it’s not finances or anything else. It’s time, and we need to figure out how we can meet those needs.
This can increase membership and participation in projects, but loses the original club strengths of friendliness and bonding. This may take some getting used to, especially for long-time club members.
Worldwide, Brown said, there are 20,000 adult Civitans clubs and 10,000 junior and campus Civitans.
“We had a junior club at Rio Rancho High and many others in the Albuquerque area,” he said.
Citizens primarily focus on helping people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Among their local projects is Special Olympics.
“Civitan’s three principles are service, knowledge and camaraderie. It’s like a three-legged milk stool — they’re all equally important,” Brown said. “If one leg is shorter than the others, what happens? You rock, so the brotherhood part definitely missed last year. Our opportunities to help the community have dried up.
“At the time I joined, it was common – especially for banks, accounting firms and law firms – to require their employees to perform community service,” said Brown said. “They would pay their dues, they would allow them to have two hours off a week to go to lunch (meetings) and pay for their meals, but you don’t see that anymore.
“People are working 50 hours a week or more, and they don’t have the time or the opportunity to take time off to go to a meeting,” Brown said.

Rotary Club of Rio Rancho
Rotary International is a global network of 1.4 people who want to come together and take action to create lasting change.
Locally, Rotary provides support grants to A Park Above, Boy Scout troops, ReadWest, and the Dick Hillier Tutoring Program, a reading program for elementary students in which teachers are paid overtime to help after school.
Rotarian Earl Waid is also proud of a recent project, a student art exhibit and sale where 30 children from elementary to high school sold their art.
“We’re going to do another one in May,” Waid said. “You won’t believe what these kids can do. So that’s the big problem. »
A Rotarian since 1995, Michelle Frechette said, “One of the best continuities I have in Rotary is my young adults who have been international exchange students.
For example, ROTEX – Rotary Exchange students – was recently highlighted by asking exchange students to talk about the countries they have visited as part of this soon-to-be-launched program.
“ROTEX is one of our biggest resources in this district to help, at least, keep the trend of bringing these elders back to us, so we recruited a few members from that,” she said. .
Rotary members were so desperate to maintain the aspect of camaraderie that they met outside in Haynes Park for a time because pandemic restrictions prevented them from meeting indoors.
“During COVID, we had a weekly meeting all the time on Zoom – it’s not the same,” he said. “Once the Governor said you could at least go to a bar, we would have these meetings afterwards and we would have a ton of people from the club coming in, just to talk to each other.”
“All my close friends are Rotarians now,” Waid said. “I think we all think the same way, basically. We want young people to join us; that’s why we have our satellite club.
Jerry Reeder, president of the Noon Rotary Club, said, “It basically helped me get more involved in the community. Working for public schools, the things I’ve done have been one-dimensional, so it’s helped me see things in more dimensions.
The more than 46,000 Rotary clubs around the world work together to promote peace; fight disease; providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene; saving mothers and children; supporting education; develop local economies; protect the environment; and get involved.
“We also support nonprofits,” Waid added. “There was a time when we (gave) more than $40,000 a year to different groups; now it’s closer to $20,000.

Rio Rancho Kiwanis Club
Kiwanis’ mission is to “serve the children” and this includes sponsoring Kiwanis Key Clubs in high schools in Cleveland and Rio Rancho; Key clubs help develop leadership skills and encourage service to the student community.
Often, Key Club members join Circle K Clubs when they enter college.
“Hopefully we’ll reconnect them to Kiwanis, but what happens at this point in their lives is they find new jobs,” said lifelong Kiwanian Dave Heil, also concerned about declining service club membership.
But, he rationalized, “there’s a lot more competition for people to get involved in things today than there were years ago.” When Kiwanis started and Rotary started, in the early 1900s or late 1800s, when you were going to provide service to your community, you were showing up to meetings, so there were fewer social media.
“Today there are all kinds of programs you can get involved in to serve your community. It’s not just the service clubs.
“Service clubs (today) kind of have this heavy connotation, that it’s usually about older people.”
For Kiwanis, it is not the quantity of members but the quality of members that determines success.
The Kiwanis Club of Rio Rancho works with other Kiwanis clubs to purchase school clothes for children in need. Heil is the main organizer of Sunday is Funday, a local event that attracts volunteers from other local service clubs.
Proceeds from this event are donated to youth programs.
Kiwanis participates in the Sandoval County Juvenile Justice Program to help at-risk children earn the credits needed to graduate with their class
“We started working with tutors and paying the tutors,” Heil said.
Another Kiwanis project that Heil is proud of is “Buy Rio Rancho: “It’s been a Kiwanis project since it started about seven years ago.
Heil said COVID and the times have played a part in dwindling membership numbers — down to 14 now.


Live updates from the fourth stimulus check: tax return, child tax credit, unemployment benefits…

Faster tax refunds for EITC recipients?

The 2022 tax season starts in Ernest le Monday and it could be difficult. The IRS is starting this year with a large backlog of unprocessed tax returns from last year, possibly as high as 10 million. The agency advises taxpayers to file early and electronically to get their refund faster.

A group of taxpayers however will have to wait until at least February 15 to obtain their tax refund, even if they drop off early. By law, the IRS must withhold refunds for those claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

This deadline is for allow time for the IRS to match the information personal income tax returns with information on W-2 forms from employers, which are sent to the IRS by January 31 to prevent identity theft and fraud. But it also has the effect of delaying any payment on the Child Tax Credit taxpayers may be eligible.

To remedy the situation, US Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr and Richard Neal have introduced legislation removing the tax refund delay and accelerating tax refunds for filers applying for the EITC.

“While well intentioned, these delays are hurting too many ordinary Americans, we are therefore proposing this simple change to remove the hold on refunds and allow the IRS to issue prompt refunds to all first filers,” the members of Congress said in a joint statement.

The proposed bill would allow the IRS to issue refunds before Feb. 15 if the tax return amount was verified with W-2 forms.

“Americans who file their taxes early should not be penalized for their scruples.”

Environmentalists vow to fight latest Kimberley fracking proposal to unearth Australia’s biggest oil reserve

An energy economist says the world will watch as a proposal by an Australian onshore oil fracking company in the Kimberley is being reviewed by Western Australia’s environmental watchdog.

The WA Environmental Protection Agency this week released Theia Energy’s request for seven days of public comment, which outlines plans to drill and frack two exploration wells 155 kilometers southeast of Broome.

This is the second application for hydraulic fracturing in the region since a moratorium on the practice was lifted in 2018, with a proposal from Texas-based Black Mountain Energy currently under review by the EPA.

Roberto F Aguilera, a researcher at Curtin University, said that if proven viable, Theia Energy’s proposal had the potential to become Australia’s biggest oil project.

“It could theoretically be a huge project if you consider the resource of almost six billion barrels of oil and compare that with the proven oil reserves in Australia which are around two and a half billion,” did he declare.

“But of course it’s one thing to have abundant resources, it’s another to be able to access them.”

Unleashing Australia’s Largest Oil Supply

There has been much speculation about the potential of Theia Energy’s Great Sandy Desert project, located in the northwest Canning Basin – which has some of the largest onshore oil and gas reserves in the country.

A project fact sheet produced by the Perth-based company and dated 2018 suggested that of the estimated tens of billions of barrels of oil to be locked up in shale rock on their oil lease, six billion barrels were recoverable.

The oil discovery is described as “unconventional”, meaning it is encased in dense rock that will require hydraulic fracturing, or fracturing, to allow the oil to flow to the surface.

The company, which has been contacted for comment, also previously released a concept graphic showing a network of wells, pipelines and a new port on the Kimberley Coast to support the project should it develop successfully.

The conceptual development of Theia Energy’s oil project shows a network of pipelines, roads and ports.(Supplied by: Theia Energy)

Economic and social challenges ahead

Dr Aguilera, who is also an oil consultant, said the idea was promising, but there were many financial, logistical and social challenges for this fledgling industry.

“That includes upstream infrastructure to be able to produce the resource, but also midstream facilities like pipelines to be able to deliver it to a market,” he said.

“Not to mention other factors such as environmental and public acceptance, which are also very important in determining a company’s social license to operate.

“Without this license, development becomes very difficult, as we have seen in many parts of the world.”

Dr Aguilera said building infrastructure such as pipelines was particularly expensive, but with oil prices holding near $90 a barrel, that could tip the scales in favor of the project.

Environmentalists remain opposed

While Theia Energy was able to negotiate an indigenous land use agreement with the Karajarri traditional owners in late 2020, the project continued to draw criticism from environmental groups.

Surroundings Kimberley director Martin Pritchard called on the state government to reject the proposal, which is near the environmentally sensitive Edgar Ranges and Fitzroy River catchment.

The Theia-1 exploration well
Theia Energy’s only well is the Theia-1 exploration well in the Great Sandy Desert, drilled in 2015 by Finder Exploration which was spun off in 2018 into Finder Energy and Theia Energy.(Supplied: WA Department of Mines and Petroleum)

“Our main concern is that although this proposal is one well, what this company is looking at are hundreds, if not thousands, of wells in this Kimberley region,” he said.

“This comes with concerns about the pollution of groundwater, surface water and the land clearing that would come with it, but also the carbon emissions that would come with both oil and gas extraction and the burning of the oil and gas for energy.

“We are very concerned that this could be major industrialization of the South Kimberley and we call on the WA State Government, in particular Premier Mark McGowan, to ensure this does not happen. “

Following the conclusion of the investigation by WA’s Independent Scientific Panel into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation, the practice was found to pose a low risk to human health and the environment.

However, fracking is still banned in 98% of the state, with exploration permits limited to existing oil leases in the Kimberley, adjacent to the Dampier Peninsula region, an area northeast of Carnarvon and a area between Geraldton and Gingin.

A wide shot of anti-fracking protesters carrying banners and signs on the beach at Broome's Entry Point.
Protesters gathered in Broome after the WA government announced it was lifting its ban on fracking in 2018.(ABC Kimberley: Rhiannon Shine)

Worrying carbon emissions

According to a report by consultancy Climate Analytics, carbon emissions from fracking the Canning Basin would be double Australia’s commitment under the Paris Agreement.

The research was led by veteran climate scientist Bill Hare, who said there was a clear contradiction between emission reduction policies and simultaneous support for new fossil fuel projects.

Dr Hare said there was a global shift away from fossil fuels in favor of renewables, as many countries around the world strive to reach net zero targets by 2050.

A flame leaps from a gas well
The future of unconventional oil and gas fracking is in question as the world transitions to a carbon neutral future.(ABC News: Dan Fitzgerald)

“The International Energy Agency has made it clear that if we want to limit global warming to one and a half degrees worldwide, we cannot afford to develop new oil or gas reserves and use them” , did he declare.

“And I believe, as countries strive to increase their commitments and actions under the Paris Agreement, that will only intensify.

“It’s a historically significant moment now on climate change…and I think there’s a risk that the Western Australian government will end up on the wrong side of history on this.”

A mid shot of Bill Hare seated at a desk posing for a photo while holding a pen and leaning over a notebook.
Bill Hare has over 30 years of experience in climatology.(ABC News: Evelyn Manfield)

The public has until January 24 to submit comments on Theia Energy’s exploration well stimulation program.

An EPA spokesperson said the submissions and potential impacts would be considered, and then the environmental regulator would decide whether to assess the proposal.

They said any future proposals or significant increases to the returned proposal would have to be returned separately under section 38 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

Aegis Capital Corp. Announces Hiring of New Executive Vice President of Investment Banking

NEW YORK, NY/ACCESSWIRE/January 21, 2022/Aegis Capital Corp. (“Aegis”), a full-service wealth management, financial services and investment banking firm, is pleased to announce that Andrew L. Johnson has joined the firm as Executive Vice President of investment bank.

Andrew L. Johnson has extensive experience in several facets of the small and mid cap investment banking process. Prior to joining Aegis, Andrew served as Chief Strategy Officer of Exactus, Inc. from January 2019 to July 2021, where he was instrumental in restructuring the business as well as completing the acquisition of Panacea Life Sciences Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: PLSH), a leader in the production of legal hemp-derived trace THC cannabinoid products for consumers and pets. Previously, he was Director of Investor Relations at ChromaDex Corp. (NASDAQ: CDXC), an integrated global nutraceutical company dedicated to improving the way people age. During his time at ChromaDex, the company raised over $50 million, transitioned from OTC to NASDAQ, significantly increased institutional ownership and improved liquidity. Prior to joining ChromaDex, he served as Director of Outreach at Alliance Advisors, an investor relations advisory firm. During this time, Mr. Johnson has worked with management teams of small and micro businesses to increase investor awareness by facilitating and participating in no-deal road shows, investment conferences, group meetings and individual meetings with institutional investors. Mr. Johnson also gained experience working at Sidoti & Company, an institutional equity research firm, where he served on the sales desk. During his time at Sidoti, he built relationships, pitched investment ideas and provided equity research, including company access to over 750 small and mid cap stocks.

Isaac L. Eide, Head of Investment Banking at Aegis, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to the investment banking team at Aegis. With his extensive network and experience in the small cap space, we anticipate Andrew will be a valuable addition to help us build on the strong growth we have experienced in 2021. The addition of Andrew shows the firm’s commitment to growing its Equity and Investment Banking practice and providing the best service to corporate and institutional clients.”

About Aegis Capital Corporation

Aegis Capital Corporation “Aegis” has been in business for nearly 40 years serving the needs of private, institutional and corporate clients. Aegis was founded in 1984 and offers its investment representatives a conflict-free service platform and is able to provide a full range of products and services including investment banking, wealth management, insurance , retirement planning, structured products, private equity, alternatives, equity research, fixed income and securitization vehicles. Aegis is able to provide quality service through its primary clearing relationship with RBC Clearing & Custody whose parent company, Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE:RY), is one of the leading diversified financial services companies in the world. Member: FINRA / SIPC.

For any questions, contact:

Michael Pata, Business Development Manager
Phone: 1-212-813-1010
[email protected]
www.aegiscapcorp.com

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Post Falls Pride


POST FALLS — She is a leader, business owner, dedicated community supporter and role model for young women around the world.

That’s why Eve Knudtsen is the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Citizen of the Year.

Knudtsen was honored at the annual community recognition gala at Red Lion Templin’s on the River on Thursday night.

“My sister, Eve Knudtsen, is a donor, mentor, teacher, advocate, leader, and warrior,” said Eric Knudtsen, chairman of the chamber’s board of trustees.

Knudtsen is the third generation to own and operate Knudtsen Chevrolet, which was founded in 1939. In this capacity, she has broken through the glass ceiling of a male-dominated company that has earned national respect in the industry. . Knudtsen Chevrolet employs 115 people and celebrates 20 years in Post Falls.

The selection committee, made up of past recipients, hails Knudtsen as “a giver, mentor, teacher, advocate, leader and warrior.” She is also a wife, mother and recently added the title of grandmother to the list.

Idaho Central Credit Union’s green team received the Business of the Year award. ICCU has been a member of the Post Falls Chamber since 2015. Its employees represent their company at many local events including the Business Fair, Reverse Job Fair, Annual Golf Tournament, Post Fallidays and more. ICCU provides financial education and support to local nonprofits and food banks, showcasing a corporate culture of community engagement and giving back.

The 2022 Volunteer of the Year is Jim Koester. Koester went from student to leader in a short time; as a member of the River City Leadership Class of 2021, he was enthusiastic and active in community projects and fundraising. After graduating, he assumed the role of vice-chairman of the chamber’s executive committee, leading the retreat and orientation of new students.

Avista Corporation received the Heritage Award. Avista easily exceeds a quarter century of community impact, having begun its dedicated impact in 1906. Its 40 years of chamber membership is also noteworthy. Formerly Washington Water Power, with the construction of the Post Falls Dam, the company provided power to support mining and railroad operations and Post Falls families more than a century ago.

The Avista Foundation supports local education through scholarships in electrical engineering and line construction. Avista remains committed to continuing the legacy of its partnership with Post Falls through its Economic and Cultural Vitality Program, which helped in part to create the brand new Post Falls Community Park and Amphitheater east of the dam. .

“This year, the number and quality of nominees was exceptional,” said former Citizen of the Year Kerri Thoreson.

Other winners:

Spirit of Post Falls: Newby-ginnings of Northern Idaho

Small Business of the Year: Guardian Angel Homes

Board of Trustees Significant Impact Award: Scot and Nicole Frazer

Latest Covid-19 News: Live Updates

Credit…Marietjie Venter

JOHANNESBURG – Lions at a South African zoo who caught the coronavirus from their handlers were sick for more than three weeks and continued to test positive for up to seven weeks, according to a new study that has raised concerns about to the spread of the virus among animals in the wild.

It’s unclear how much virus the lions were carrying or if they were actively infectious during the entire time they tested positive. But prolonged periods of infection in big cats would increase the risk of an outbreak in the wild spreading more widely and infecting other species, researchers said. This could eventually make the virus endemic in wild animals and, in the worst case scenario, give rise to new variants that could come back to humans.

The study at the University of Pretoria is probably the first of its kind in Africa. Researchers began monitoring captive wildlife in zoos and conservation sanctuaries after a tiger at the Bronx Zoo fell ill with the coronavirus in April 2020, according to Professor Marietjie Venter, lead researcher on the study.

The research team monitored two pumas who contracted the coronavirus at a private zoo in July 2020, during the first pandemic wave in South Africa. The cougars, which are not native to South Africa, began showing symptoms including loss of appetite, diarrhoea, runny nose and persistent cough. Both cats fully recovered after 23 days.

About a year later, at the same zoo, three lions began showing similar symptoms. One of the lions, an older female, developed pneumonia. The lion trainer and a zoo engineer also tested positive for the virus.

This time, the researchers were able to sequence the samples and found that the lions and their handler were infected with the same Delta variant. The disease developed by the lions, particularly in the older female, showed that animals, like humans, could develop severe symptoms from the Delta, which caused South Africa’s deadliest pandemic wave.

Source: Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The daily average is calculated from data reported over the last seven days.

The lions recovered after 25 days, but had positive PCR tests for over three more weeks. PCR tests amplify the genetic material of the virus and can therefore detect even very small amounts of it. The data suggests the amount of virus the lions were carrying decreased over those weeks, and it was unclear how long they were infectious.

In a captive environment the animals have been kept in quarantine, but in large parks scattered across South Africa, where lions are a common public attraction, controlling an outbreak could prove “very, very difficult”, according to the report. study, especially if it went undetected. . These lions are often fed by humans rather than hunting for themselves, increasing their exposure.

“If you don’t know it’s Covid, there’s a risk that it will then spread to other animals and then potentially to humans,” said Dr Venter, a professor of medical virology, who s is partnered with a veterinary wildlife scientist for this study. Animals have been infected long enough “for the virus to actually mutate,” she said, “but the risk is more than if you’re in a wildlife sanctuary and it spreads in the wild, it can then become endemic”.

The coronavirus causing the global pandemic likely originated in bats and eventually spread to humans, in what are known as “spillover” infections.

Scientists warn that ‘backward’ infections from humans infecting animals – as has happened with mink, deer and domestic cats – could ravage entire ecosystems in the wild. Infections that have reached the wild could also extend the potential for the virus to spread out of control and mutate in animals, potentially into variants dangerous to humans.

A well-studied phenomenon concerns infections among large populations of mink in captivity. At a mink farm in Denmark, the virus mutated into a new strain when passing from humans to mink, prompting the mass culling of animals across that country and Europe to prevent its spread to humans.

In contrast, the South African study involved small outbreaks, but Dr Venter noted that the spread in mink shows the potential danger of larger outbreaks in wildlife.

A senior from PEI. cannot find housing after being randomly selected for eviction

Seniors in P.E.I. are feeling the housing crisis more than most, with rising rental costs outpacing fixed incomes for retirees or welfare.

Ask Valérie Arsenault.

The Charlottetown woman’s landlord took the names of several tenants in the Kensington Road apartment building where she lives, put them in a hat and pulled one out.

The “winner” would have to give up his home so that his son could move in.

“I received an eviction notice on October 4 because my landlord has a family member who is moving from British Columbia,” Arsenault told CBC News, adding that it is difficult to lose a house in which she has spent the past six years.

According to the province’s website, more than 350 Islanders are registered with the PEI Social Housing Registry, including 88 for the seniors’ housing program specifically. (Bryan Eneas/CBC)

She appealed the opinion to the island’s Regulatory and Appeals Board and won – initially. However, its owner proved to the satisfaction of the commission in December that he needed the unit for personal use, with his son planning to move in. This is one of the permitted grounds for the type of expulsion that Arsenault faces.

Arsenault is on welfare and said she could only afford about $750 in rent, including heat and light. She said she doesn’t think she can find a new place that fits her budget.

“That’s not the case for pets in the Charlottetown area because I don’t have a car. So where I’m at right now I’m really close to the bus stop, so it’s is absolutely perfect for me,” she said.

“People are renting out rooms in their house for more than I’m allowed.”

Under the PEI social assistance program, clients can receive a maximum of $794 per month to pay for one-bedroom accommodation. This money is also intended to cover heating and electricity costs.

In January, the province added $4.5 million in spending to increase living allowance rates to cover the cost of food and other basic needs, but housing rates remained unchanged.

Son also needs a home, says landlord

Arsenault was told she had to be released by January 31, but after some recent health issues, she was given a few extra weeks to leave.

Landlord Gary Jenkins would not do a taped interview, but told CBC News he was renting accommodations as little as possible and that his son also needed a place to stay in a tight housing market. He said he felt sorry for Arsenault and understood that she was on a fixed income. He intends to give her a good reference to show when looking for a new home.

What needs to happen, Jenkins said, is for the government to add more money to social service programs, given rising rents.

“The parent shouldn’t be able to take back their property because the owner owns it,” says Connor Kelly. (Nicola MacLeod/CBC)

The situation is not unique. Connor Kelly, of the PEI Fight for Affordable Housing, said he had received calls about other people being evicted from housing for “personal use”.

He doesn’t think giving a unit to a parent should fall into that category when it comes to kicking other people out.

“If it’s an eviction for personal use, only the landlord should be allowed to apply – for example, the parent shouldn’t be able to repossess their property because it’s the landlord who owns the house. property,” he said.

Upcoming changes to tenancy law

The province of Prince Edward Island recently completed a round of consultations on a new draft Residential Tenancies Act. The current law is 30 years old.

In the most recent draft, a tenant would be given twice as much notice to vacate a unit when it is wanted for personal use, with the period ranging from two months to four.

Kelly said it’s not “really a protection” for tenants, however; it just gives people more time to try to find another place to live.

What is needed, according to landlord Gary Jenkins, is for the government to add more money to social service programs, given rising rents. (Radio Canada)

Arsenault said she applied for help through the Prince Edward Island Seniors Housing Program, which offers either rental subsidies or spaces in buildings funded by the government, but has not yet received a response.

According to the province’s website, there are more than 350 Islanders on register who are waiting for help with social housing, of which 88 are specifically waiting for help from the housing program for the elderly.

“Once an application is submitted for seniors housing, it takes about a week for it to be reviewed, and then a housing officer will follow up on the application to complete a formal assessment,” officials said. from the Department of Social Development and Housing to CBC News in a statement. E-mail.

If an assessment shows the applicant meets the eligibility requirements, after considering things like income and current living conditions, the person is placed on the list as needing help, the e says. -mail.

We need more low-income housing, senior-friendly housing, because they are the ones who fall through the cracks.—Valerie Arsenault

The province said those on the registry can call Housing Services for an update on their case.

Arsenault is still waiting.

She doesn’t know what her next step will be. She said she wasn’t comfortable with the idea of ​​having a roommate, given the COVID-19 pandemic.

For now, she and many other Islanders are just a check away from living on the streets, she said.

“What I think is really needed is that we need more low-income housing, senior-friendly housing, because they’re the ones falling through the cracks in the system.”

Names in the News: The People Shaping the Future of Lake Region Businesses – American Press

FNBD Bank promotions

DERIDDER — First National Bank DeRidder (FNBD) welcomed the new year with the following promotions and new hires:

Robert “Robie” Touchette was promoted to SVP, Chief Banking Officer on Beauregard Parish and Calcasieu Parish.

Matt Fruge was promoted to SVP, Chief Operations Officer.

Mandy Thomas was promoted to AVP, commercial lender of the Sulfur branch.

Heather Hardy was promoted to director of operations for the Sulfur branch.

Chad Blankenbaker was engaged as a secondary market lender.

Council appoints 2022 Board of Directors

The Board of Trustees of the SWLA Arts and Humanities Council has appointedRandy Partin of Amalash Corporation as Chairman of the 2022 Board of Directors at its annual meeting of the Board of Directors.

Partin served on the Arts and Humanities Council for four years.

The board also approved a new slate of executive committee members, includingJana Crainde Scofield, Gerard, Pohorelsky, Gallaugher & Landry Attorneys at Law as Senior Vice President;friend herbertof KPLC as second vice-president; Caleb Waldmeier of Merchant & Farmers Bank as Treasurer;Logan Fontenot of the First Federal Bank of Louisiana as secretary; and Mitchell Woods of Merrill Lynch as a full member.

Twelve new directors were appointed to bring the total number of directors to 37. The board now includesAlyson Antoon, Ann Barilleaux, Charla Blake, Curry Burton, Aryca Bussell, Dr David Chang, Ashley Chrétien Williams, Dr Philip Conner, Madison Crain, Daneisha Davis, Michael Dawson, Amanda Donaldson, Emily Dupin, Meghan Fleming, Michael Gardner, Robert Goodson , Karen Hartfield, Jennifer Jones, Nichole Lanthier, Tracy LeMieux, Allie Livingston, Angie Manning, Luci Mireles, Lauren Morris, Amy Nyberg, Jennifer Spees, Lindsay Taylor, Kristina Webster, Carolynn White, and Mary Williams.

Aguillard appointed to the board of directors

Assessor of the parish of Calcasieu Wendy Curphy Aguillard was named to the 2022 Louisiana Assessor’s Association Board of Directors.

Aguillard has served the LAA as president, vice president, and treasurer. She has already been honored by being named Louisiana’s 2015 Evaluator of the Year.

Aguillard began her career in the office of Calcasieu Parish Assessor in 1996 and has served as an assessor since her first election in 2011. She was re-elected to her third term in 2019.

She is a three-time Louisiana Certified Assessor with over 700 hours of IAAO-accredited coursework and continuing education.

Alaribe named vice president of mission integration

Christus Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana is thrilled to welcome the newest addition to its leadership team. Father Felix Okechukwu Alaribe, also known as Father Okey, recently accepted the position of Vice President of Mission Integration.

Okey is new to Christus Ochsner campuses, but has been part of the Christus family for over 14 years. In 2007, he became Resident Chaplain at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System in Tyler, Texas, then joined the Christus System as Chaplain at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana.

Most recently, he served as Director of Mission and Spiritual Care at Christus Shreveport-Bossier Health System in Shreveport.

In his role, Father Okey helps safeguard the ethics and integrity of Christus Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana as a Catholic healthcare system. He will work in the community to build relationships with faith leaders and organizations, while identifying key needs and developing strategies and resources to respond to each. He will also ensure that Christus Ochsner Associates, patients and the community have access to quality spiritual care.

Manual joined MC Bank

MORGAN CITY – Christopher LeBato, CEO of MC Bank, said: “I am delighted to announce that Marie-Manuel is officially part of our management team and will act as General Counsel and Director of Human Resources. His unique blend of legal and human resources experience along with his passion for helping others will play a key role in the growth of our community bank.

Manuel comes to MC Bank from IberiaBank/First Horizon, where she worked for seven years, first as Regional Human Resources Manager and then as Associate Relations Manager.

Manuel is a graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and she later continued her studies at LSU, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she earned her JD and graduated with honors.

Prior to entering banking, she practiced law for 18 years at the law firm Onebane in Lafayette.

Manuel is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Society for Human Resource Management and is a Certified SHRM-Senior Professional. She has held leadership positions in community and professional organizations, including as former state director of the Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management, former president of the Acadiana Society for Human Resource Management, former president of the chapter of LSBA Labor and Employment Law, and is a member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.

The Bank welcomes Latiolais, DeLoach

Home Bank is pleased to welcome Kevin Latiolais as Senior Vice President/President of Acadiana Market and Bryant DeLoach as Vice President/Senior Commercial Relations Manager. The two new additions join the company having recently worked in the commercial division of Hancock Whitney.

Latiolais brings 33 years of commercial lending experience to his new role at Home Bank, where he will lead the commercial team in Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana. Previously, he was Group Director of Commercial Banking at Hancock Whitney Bank, and prior to that worked for MidSouth Bank for over 30 years, most recently serving as Regional President of Southwest Louisiana.

Latiolais is from Breaux Bridge and a longtime resident of Youngsville. He is known for his interest in community and relationship lending, and he attributes his success to growing loan portfolios by focusing on the unique lending needs of the client, whether large or small.

Latiolais graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He served in the Louisiana National Guard and holds a master’s degree in International Leadership Report. Latiolais is a member of the board of directors and former treasurer of the Petroleum Club of Lafayette. He volunteers with the United Way of Acadiana, devoting many hours to hurricane response in 2020 after Hurricane Laura hit the Lake Charles area.

DeLoach is a Lafayette native with 20 years of expertise in business banking and lending, most recently as an Acadiana middle market lender for Hancock Whitney. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and he serves on the finance committee of One Acadiana.

APG Announces Board Members

The Alliance for Positive Growth has announced the appointment of five new members to its 2022 Board of Directors.

They are Dr John Noble with Noble Development; Ryan Hess with Hancock Whitney Bank; Dean Robert with Stream Wetland Services; Guy Richard with Rain for Rent, LLC; and Joe Banks with Liberty Plaza Properties. These new members of the Board of Directors will have a term of three years.

APG is an organization of professionals in real estate, development, construction, and all other interested parties, working together to promote strong and beneficial growth in Southwest Louisiana. Since its inception in 2017, the APG has grown to include 120 members. The group holds regular meetings and events for its members and has active committees dealing with the most critical issues affecting business growth in the region.

For more information about APG and membership opportunities, visit APGrowth.org or call

MSMEs: MSMEs now prioritize cross-border trade, online sales and social commerce: report

As Indian small and medium enterprises learn to cope with changing market scenarios due to the ongoing pandemic, their participation in online selling, social commerce and cross-border trade has increased significantly. According to a recent survey, 9 out of 10 MSMEs say that trading across borders is a key area for business growth and 2 out of 3 MSMEs now use social media as a sales channel.

The PayPal India survey in partnership with Edelman Data and Intelligence, aims to understand how Indian MSMEs have adapted during the pandemic by adopting a digital approach while leveraging the global opportunity and their top priorities to grow.

The MSME Digital Readiness Survey 2021 was conducted between October and November 2021. The respondent included small businesses and 250 Indian SME business decision markers with an annual turnover ranging from Rs 5 crore to Rs 250 crore. The companies have an average turnover of Rs 123 crore and an average workforce of 386 people. The sample adopts a mix of industries, mainly comprising the service (36%), manufacturing (28%) and retail and hospitality (16%) sectors.

The survey highlighted that after two years since Covid-19 hit the country, more than half of small businesses (52%) saw a positive impact on their business once economies started to reopen. In fact, 29% of MSMEs found that the business environment in India had become more conducive to online sales and for 31% the cross-border opportunity was promising.

“At first it was quite difficult, but they adapted and they actually took a leap forward here. Our information clearly showed that the majority of MSMEs have benefited from the post-pandemic situation, especially guys who have taken the initiative to go digital, and one in three businesses have benefited from various payment offers and cross-border sales,” said Nath Parameshwaran, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, PayPal India.

As the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have led to a change in consumer behavior, this has paved the way for online shopping. The survey showed that MSMEs saw a 65% increase in online purchases from their customers and nearly 80% said their consumers were more receptive to using different payment options. The ease, accessibility and adoption of digital methods led 51% of MSMEs to see an increase in spending by existing customers, while 46% saw an increase in repeat purchases, according to the report.

“We’ve seen a whole new segment of consumers going online – what we call the silver tech generation – people typically in their 50s to 70s who can go online for the first time,” Parameshwaran said.

MSMEs have also been actively involved in harnessing technology and increasing their online presence. The survey highlighted that currently 66% of MSMEs use social media as an online sales channel, followed by the market (62%), company-owned platforms, i.e. applications (61%), their own e-commerce website (54%) and third parties. party e-commerce platforms (54%). 49% of MSMEs surveyed wanted to expand or develop their own website or app.