Four people, including young boy, killed in Queens apartment shooting

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a New York City apartment building that left four dead, including a young boy, authorities said Monday.The shooting occurred at around 9 p.m. on Monday at a four-story building in Queens, New York, police said.Police have not provided any details about the possible motive, but investigators say it may have been a murder-suicide.“We don’t lean either way but that is certainly something we will look to,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.Upon entering the building on the first floor, they observed four people who were apparently victims of gunshot wounds. All were pronounced dead at the scene by the medical examiner.Police said the victims were a boy, around the age of 5, two women and one man. Investigators said they were able to identify one of the victims, but they declined to comment further.It’s unclear if the victims were from the same family, according to police.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Retired Service Members Counter Violence in Brazilian Schools

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira July 18, 2019 The government of the state of Rio de Janeiro announced the hiring of 1,000 reservists who will begin work in public schools in the second semester of 2019. The idea arose from a March attack that led to 10 deaths from two armed students at a public school in the city of Suzano, in the state of São Paulo.More schools around the country are hiring reservists and military police officers to fight violence. In Rio de Janeiro, service members will monitor building entrances to stop armed students, act as inspectors, and mediate conflicts.Schools managed with support from the police, Armed Forces, and Fire Department to reduce the country’s crime rate, especially among children and youth attending public schools in more vulnerable areas, is a concept Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro endorses.In January, the Department of Education created the Deputy Secretary Office for Civilian-Military School Development to implement and strengthen new management models in public schools, based on standards used in the Brazilian Army’s (EB, in Portuguese) 13 military schools across the country. The model, however, doesn’t include the educational curriculum, which remains the responsibility of academic staff. Service members would oversee areas such as discipline, administration, and school installations.The 13 military schools, both public and private, have an above-average national performance, as per the National High School Examination, which enables admission to universities, and per the Basic Education Quality Index (IDEB, in Portuguese), which measures national education quality on a scale from 0 to 10. Most students in these schools are service members’ children. The competition for placement in these schools can reach up to 270 students for each opening.A total of 120 public schools in 17 states are modeled after EB military school. Goiás holds the majority, with 60 public schools and 65,000 students enrolled. In 2018, there were more than 20,000 applications for 5,000 available spaces. Major Oscar Alveólos Military Police Public School of Goiás, which went from 5.0 to 6.1 points on the IDEB scale in only two years, illustrates the success of the model.Betting on the modelThe program in Rio de Janeiro dubbed Care will hire reservists, as well as military police officers to patrol areas near schools and to respond to calls in the event of threats.“All professionals who will be working on the program are also trained for conflict mediation, through a partnership with the Court of Justice. The expectation for these operations is that they will increase the sense of security and generate benefits, including a reduction of student drop outs, due to improved security to attend classes,” said Pedro Fernandes, secretary of Public Education of Rio de Janeiro, at the Care launching ceremony, on April 17.At the onset of 2019, the secretary of Public Education created the Shared Management School in Brasília, choosing to hire military police for community patrols and to counter violence in schools. The pilot project operates in four schools with nearly 7,000 students. Schools were selected based on basic education development indexes, education quality, human development, and the violence rate where they operate.“The distribution of police officers is based on the need of each educational network. All military police officers have been trained to work in schools,” the Public Affairs Office for the Federal District Public Security Secretariat told Diálogo. In the capital, the Dr. César Toledo Military Police Public School is proof of the program’s success with an IDEB score of 4.7 in 2007 and 7.5 in 2017.“The school environment is noticeably more peaceful, and teachers can work at ease,” the Public Affairs Office for the Federal District Public Education Secretariat said. The initiative also helps reservists, who want to continue to work and leverage the expertise acquired in the Armed Forces.last_img read more

Apple iPad With Mini-LED Display, AirPods 3 to Launch in First Half of 2021: Ming-Chi Kuo

first_imgApple could launch its first iPads with Mini-LED display as well as the AirPods 3 true wireless earphones in the first half of 2021, according to the latest research note by highly-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TFI Securities. The research note to investors focuses on Taiwan-based OEM Career Technology, which Kuo suggests will be a key supply chain partner of Apple for the upcoming product cycle. The new iPads and AirPods 3 are expected to go into mass production in early 2021, and could be launched in the first half of the year itself.Mini-LED display on the new iPadsAccording to a report by MacRumors, Kuo states that Career Technology will receive orders for certain components related to the manufacture of a Mini-LED iPad that will go into mass production in the first half of 2021. This means that the launch of the new iPad could be in the first half of 2021 itself; a March or April launch would not be difficult to envision.- Advertisement – Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Mini-LED is a new display technology that offers many of the benefits of OLED, by using many individual LEDs to produce the picture in a similar manner to OLED displays. Although every individual pixel is not independently controlled, the technology functions in a similar manner, and is said to be less expensive to manufacture as well. Apple is expected to push Mini-LED display technology for many of its upcoming products starting with the iPad range in early 2021.Apple AirPods 3 expected to launch in 2021The report further states that Kuo also expects the Apple AirPods 3 to launch in the first half of 2021. The new true wireless earphones will have a different design to the Apple AirPods 2, with interchangeable ear tips and a shorter stem, just like on the AirPods Pro. However, the key differentiating factor here will be the lack of premium features such as active noise cancellation, which will maintain the AirPods Pro as the flagship product in Apple’s true wireless audio range.Career Technology is expected to receive component orders for the AirPods 3 in addition to the Mini-LED iPads, and will also likely benefit for any possible adoption of Mini-LED displays on the next iPhones as well. Kuo’s predictions point towards Mini-LED displays being adopted heavily by Apple in 2021, and the analyst has often been right with his research and predictions.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more