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Double shooting inside Jacksonville home leaves man dead, another critically injured
Travis Gibson , Digital reporter/editor
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One man was killed and another man was critically injured following an early morning shooting inside a home in Northwest Jacksonville.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, officers showed up at the scene in the Magnolia Gardens neighborhood just before 5 a.m. on Wednesday and found two people had been shot in a home on Abelia Road.
JSO said one man was pronounced dead from at least one gunshot and the other man was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The victims are between the ages of 35 and 50 years old.
JSO said the shooting is believed to be an isolated incident between two people who knew each other and detectives are interviewing those who were there when the gunfire erupted.
No other information was immediately released.
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Texas Tech vs. Texas Christian, Nov. 2, 2023
DATE: October 9, 2023
TO: Faculty and Staff
FROM: Ron Hendrick, Provost & Senior Vice President Noel Sloan, CFO and Senior Vice President for Administration & Finance
RE: Texas Tech vs. Texas Christian, Nov. 2, 2023
On Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023 , Texas Tech Football will host Texas Christian University for a nationally televised game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. We appreciate that this does impact teaching, learning and work schedules. Because of this rare weekday game, we are requiring the following:
- All in-person, on-campus classes must be dismissed by 2 p.m. Courses beginning at 1 p.m. should continue to take place. Online classes scheduled can take place at the instructor's discretion.
- Faculty with classes at the above-mentioned times will receive an additional reminder from the Office of the Registrar.
- Many faculty, staff, and student parking lots will need to be cleared by 2:30 p.m. You will receive an email from Transportation & Parking Services with instructions and information on when your parking lot will close.
Faculty and Staff Departure Times
Using the guidance above, it is important for each department and college to determine their own limited essential staffing needs based on Thursday classes (until 1 p.m.), services and support to faculty, staff and students, university commitments and deadlines. Employees whose work is deemed non-essential by their supervisors are asked to leave by noon. Supervisors are encouraged to communicate to your team any impact to internal deadlines that may be affected by campus closure. Full-time and part-time benefits-eligible employees scheduled to work during the early dismissal will report emergency leave for their remaining scheduled work hours following normal departmental procedures. Non-benefits eligible employees will only report actual hours worked. Non-exempt emergency services employees and non-exempt designated essential personnel required to work during these periods of emergency leave will be paid for time worked in addition to emergency leave. Semi-monthly employee timesheets for Oct.16 - 31 are due by 6 p.m., Nov. 2. Limited Essential Faculty and Staff Parking
Limited essential faculty and staff parking will be available in the R01, R09, R13 Visitor and Commuter West parking lots. Questions?
- Work schedules and essential staff questions should be directed to department managers.
- Parking questions should be directed to Texas Tech Transportation & Parking Services .
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These countries have the most generous retirement plans in the world
- Portugal ranked at the top for the most financially adequate retirement system according to a new study.
- The US, however, ranked 24th in adequacy among the 47 countries studied for its retirement system.
- Many Americans fear they're behind on saving for retirement, with some forced to postpone it.
Portugal, the Netherlands, and Iceland ranked at the top for the most financially adequate retirement systems — while the US ranked 24th.
The latest Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index , released Tuesday, ranked the Netherlands at the top for overall retirement systems, followed by the Netherlands and Denmark. The ranking of 47 retirement income systems took into account measures of adequacy, sustainability, and integrity.
The adequacy rating — which makes up 40% of the overall index — accounts for benefits, system design, savings, government support, home ownership, and growth assets. The following chart shows the scores for that sub-index on a scale from 0–100 for the top 25 countries.
The US came in at 22nd on the overall ranking, scoring a C+. A C+ on the scale represents "A system that has some good features but also has major risks and/or shortcomings that should be addressed; without these improvements, its efficacy and/or long-term sustainability can be questioned."
Many Americans have been skeptical of the US's retirement system, funded primarily through savings in 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts, as well as Social Security. While this benefits white-collar workers, blue-collar workers and gig workers often struggle to save up enough for retirement. Many Americans lack access to a 401(k), and not all employers provide retirement plans.
Americans on the whole feel they're behind on retirement and may be forced to push it back amid financial concerns. A recent Bankrate survey shows 56% of Americans feel behind on saving for retirement, while around a quarter say they haven't made retirement contributions in at least a year.
Portugal, which ranked at the top of Mercer's list, also ranked second for comfortable retirement on U.S. News & World Report's Best Countries ranking.
The retirement age in Portugal is 66 years and seven months , which is set to drop by three months this year. Data from Numbeo found that Portugal's cost of living, excluding rent, is 29% lower than the US. Portugal's healthcare system is considered top notch, and it also has golden visas that can be obtained by purchasing 500,000 euros worth of real estate or investing 500,000 euros in scientific research.
The Netherlands, meanwhile, requires all workers to have a private and public pension account. The state pension is paid starting at age 66 , Though prices in the Netherlands are about 10% higher than the US, excluding rent, the country has universal healthcare, and its pension structure may "continue to provide very good benefits, supported by a strong asset base and very sound regulation," the report found.
Iceland, which ranked third for adequacy — and second overall — has both a basic state pension and a pension supplement, with a retirement age of 67 . Iceland provides universal healthcare to its residents, and rent is relatively inexpensive, according to SmartAsset .
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Hamas’ social media following has skyrocketed since its attack. America is powerless to stop it
Hamas is barred from most social media platforms. But its following has surged on popular messaging app Telegram since its October 7 terror attack on Israel.
One account belonging to the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, has seen its following triple, and there has been a ten-fold increase in the number of views of videos and other content posted by the account.
Hamas is a designated foreign terror organization in the United States, and new internet laws in the European Union mean large social media platforms can face penalties for hosting terroristic content.
Meta and Google prohibit Hamas accounts, but Telegram, a company founded by a Russian-born entrepreneur which is now based in Dubai, has decided to allow the group to continue use its service.
X, formerly Twitter, says it also has a ban on Hamas and has removed “hundreds” of “Hamas-affiliated accounts.” Last week, however, the European Union announced it was opening an investigation into the company about disinformation and illegal content about the conflict on its platform.
Hamas’ growing audience
The Telegram channel for Hamas’ military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, had about 200,000 followers at the time of the attack. The channel’s following has since more than tripled, according to an analysis by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab.
Before the attack, posts by the channel were viewed on average about 25,000 times – now they are viewed more than 300,000 times, a more than 10-fold increase.
Another channel that posts video messages from a Hamas spokesperson had about 166,000 followers before October 7th and now has more than 414,000 followers, according to Memetica, a threat analysis company.
Because of its very loose content moderation rules, Telegram has become popular among extremist groups internationally and among far-right groups in the United States, said Brian Fishman, who formerly ran the team at Meta that tackled terrorist and other dangerous organizations and who now works at Cinder, a trust and safety company he co-founded.
Telegram’s popularity in the US began to grow after the January 6th attack on the US Capitol when prominent peddlers of election conspiracy theories began using the platform after they were kicked off sites like Facebook and Twitter. Some 800 million people use Telegram globally, its founder says .
Fishman said while the huge growth in the number of people following Hamas’ Telegram accounts is concerning, it doesn’t mean all the followers are supporters – pointing out that many journalists, researchers and others are likely following the accounts.
But he said Telegram can be an effective propaganda tool, “I think it’s really concerning when a group can get its message out to a wider range of folks. And some of those people are going to be force multipliers because they’ll take that material and they’re going to post it on other platforms. That’s really the model we saw with ISIS.”
Telegram was founded by Pavel Durov, a Russian-born entrepreneur. Durov left Russia in 2014 after refusing to hand over data from another tech company he founded about pro-Ukrainian protesters to the Russian government.
“Earlier this week, Hamas used Telegram to warn civilians in Ashkelon to leave the area ahead of their missile strikes,” Durov wrote in a public Telegram post on Friday explaining why he would continue to allow Hamas to use his platform. “Would shutting down their channel help save lives — or would it endanger more lives?”
Durov argued that Telegram was different from other platforms because it doesn’t use algorithms to promote content and that Hamas Telegram channels “serve as a unique source of first-hand information for researchers, journalists and fact-checkers.”
Could Telegram be held accountable?
For years, critics of social media have tried to hold platforms accountable by suing them for the content they host, including material produced by terror groups.
But US courts have generally looked askance at this type of litigation, and few if any potential content moderation lawsuits linked to the Israel-Hamas war will get very far, at least in the United States, according to John Bergmayer, an attorney specializing in platform liability issues at Public Knowledge, a US-based consumer advocacy group.
Internet platforms have broad leeway in the United States to moderate what appears on their platforms, and that right is protected legally both by the First Amendment and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the hot-button federal law that has been widely criticized by Republicans and Democrats for letting tech companies off the hook, albeit for different reasons.
Section 230 would benefit platforms such as Telegram by letting it claim that decisions to host or remove terrorism content can’t be questioned in US courts. And that could make it more difficult for plaintiffs to use legal action to force Telegram to remove Hamas content.
Telegram could potentially face tougher scrutiny in the European Union, where regulations exist requiring platforms to remove terrorism content within one hour of an EU authority notifying them of its existence. Platforms that don’t comply could face fines of up to 4% of their annual revenue.
The European Union has warned very large platforms this past week that they could also be fined billions if their handling of illegal content or mis- and disinformation violates the Digital Services Act (DSA), a law that went into effect for companies including Meta, X and TikTok in August.
It’s unclear whether the European Commission has sent similar warnings to Telegram or requested information from the platform, and a spokesman for Thierry Breton, the European commissioner who sent last week’s warnings to tech companies, didn’t immediately respond to questions about how EU officials view Telegram. But Telegram is not included on the EU’s official list of very large platforms subject to heightened DSA obligations.
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There’s something Charlie McAvoy can do to be more like Bruins great Ray Bourque
To Charlie McAvoy, the solution was simple.
“Well, then I guess I should start shooting the puck more,” said the smiling Bruins defenseman.
McAvoy was responding to team president Cam Neely, who was asked if he saw similarities between McAvoy and Neely’s one-time teammate and fellow Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque.
“I’m starting to see a lot of [parallels],” Neely said.
“We talk about leadership, and you can’t hope that someone’s going to be a leader because maybe they’re one of your better players. Someone has to kind of come up and emerge and show you that they want to be a leader, show you because of what they’re doing both on and off the ice, and Charlie is certainly doing that.”
For proof of the respect McAvoy commands in his locker room, he was named an alternate captain this season.
“He can log big minutes like Ray could and defensively he is strong,” Neely said. “Offensively is the area where he’s lagging a little bit from where Bourque was. I think we’d all like to see him shoot the puck more, because he does have a good shot. I think he’d be more dangerous if he shot the puck more.”
Bourque was famous for pulling into the barn parking lot ready to shoot first and ask questions later. The five-time Norris Trophy winner, who hasn’t played a game since 2001, was the NHL’s career leader in shots (6,209) up until last season when Washington sniper Alexander Ovechkin passed him.
“That’s one thing Ray loved to do was shoot the puck,” said Neely. “So, as someone who stood in front of the net and took a beating, I loved that.”
McAvoy, who is regarded in league circles as one of the top defenders and a Norris Trophy candidate, said shooting more has been an area of emphasis for him as he looks to alter his offensive mind-set. He acknowledged he’s always had a “passer first” mentality.
“Ever since I was a kid, once we started learning from our coaches, the back-door [passes] and stuff,” said McAvoy. “So, at mini mites you’re back-dooring each other and stuff like that. So, it’s sort of a foundational thing more so than anything else and sort of having that feeling of making a good pass and giving guys opportunities to score.
“So, that’s just something that I’ve built my foundation on, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to score goals, so I’m just focusing more on giving myself a chance to do that.”
Coach Jim Montgomery has noticed a more confident McAvoy this season, in part because the defenseman is injury-free after missing time at the start of last season while recovering from shoulder surgery. The coach said they have a plan in place to help McAvoy get into the offensive mind-set.
“We’re continuing to show him opportunities where he could have gone in and when he passed it up and hopefully over time it gets less and less,” he said.
McAvoy, who helps quarterback the Bruins’ power play, had a hand in a pair of goals in the 3-2 win over the Predators Saturday.
His second helper, on the clincher, was a product of his emphasis on getting pucks to the net. His rising wrister from just inside the blue line was redirected into the net by James van Riemsdyk.
“I think it’s just something you’ve got to focus more on: Seeing lanes and giving guys a chance to win battles,” said McAvoy.
The Bruins have a long history of elite defensemen, from Eddie Shore to Bobby Orr. From Brad Park to Bourque. The most recent dominant defender, Zdeno Chara, was one of McAvoy’s early partners. Some of those Bruins legends believe McAvoy can be the next in line of brilliant blue liners.
“I think he has the potential,” Bourque said before the season opener. “He’s got the whole game. The physical game. The skating game. Great vision and shot. He has instincts that are very special. I love watching him play. The potential is unlimited.”
“You could sense from the time he stepped on the ice that he was going to be a special player,” said Chara, the longtime Bruins captain. “He’s proving that he’s getting better and better. He’s really finding himself in that mode where he’s going to be very steady and solid for many years.
“I think he’s going to still improve. He’s got so much more room to improve. Of course, he’s going to add to that with his leadership. I’m excited for him.”
The Bruins were off ice Tuesday as they flew to San Jose, Calif., where they will practice Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s late-night faceoff (10:30 p.m.) with the Sharks.
Jim McBride can be reached at [email protected] . Follow him @globejimmcbride .
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Some demand for energy in Europe could be 'lost forever' after a terrible year for oil and gas, exec says
- Some of the lost demand for energy in Europe may be gone for good, the CEO of Vitol said.
- Global gas prices soared in 2022 after Russia cut off its gas supply to Europe, disrupting the energy sector.
- "We can expect some of that lost demand to stay lost forever."
Turmoil and soaring prices in the energy sector have crimped demand in Europe, and the chief executive of Vitol warned that some of that demand may never return.
"Gas and power had a terrible year for demand [in 2022]," Russel Hardy of Vitol, the world's top independent energy trader, said at a conference in London, per Reuters. "And it continues to be very difficult in Europe...on the industrial side because of the damage over the last few months of high prices."
Hardy, speaking at the Energy Intelligence Forum, added: "We can expect some of that lost demand to stay lost forever."
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022, Moscow slashed gas supply to Europe. The continent in turn diversified its energy sources and imported liquefied natural gas from other countries, while also taking steps to slash domestic demand.
Russia previously sent 155 billion cubic metres of gas to Europe annually, EU figures show, but that plunged to about 60 billion in 2022, and officials expect that to drop to 20 billion this year.
In Hardy's view, the conflict unfolding between Israel and Hamas could create further energy obstacles.
Last month, Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency, wrote in a column for the Financial Times that the "the age of seemingly relentless growth" for fossil fuel demand is at the beginning of the end .
"Based only on today's policy settings by governments worldwide — even without any new climate policies — demand for each of the three fossil fuels is set to hit a peak in the coming years," Birol said. "This is the first time that a peak in demand is visible for each fuel this decade — earlier than many people anticipated."