Fisherman’s catch of the day prompts evacuation of a Taco Bell in Ocala, Florida

first_imgOcala Police Department(OCALA, Fla.) — A fisherman prompted the evacuation of a Florida Taco Bell when he put his catch of the day in the trunk of his car and drove to the fast-food restaurant, police said.The angler, who was not identified, reeled in a rusted WWII hand grenade on Saturday while fishing with a magnet in Ocklawaha, according to police.Instead of immediately calling for the bomb squad when he pulled in the explosive with other rusted pieces of metal, he put the vintage device in the trunk of his vehicle and drove 17 miles north to a Taco Bell in Ocala, according to the Ocala Police Department The fisherman called 911 from the Taco Bell at about 5 p.m. Saturday, triggering an emergency response and the evacuation of the restaurant, police said.“This has been verified as an authentic WWII hand grenade,” the Ocala police posted on Twitter.A bomb squad responded, removed the grenade from the fisherman’s truck and carted it off to dispose of it.No one was injured during the incident, and the Taco Bell reopened about two hours after the grenade was reported, police said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s IT department releases app

first_imgErin Rice | The Observer The Department of Information Technology (IT) released BelleMobile today as part of Saint Mary’s first ever Social Media Week.Chief Information Officer Michael Boehm said BelleMobile allows students to check information on their phone which in the past, they might have had to find on the Saint Mary’s website or through a visit with somebody on campus.“Now [students] have the ability to search number of things related to campus activity through their phones, whether it’s their course schedule or the master calendar,” he said.The app allows students to check their grades, a calendar of campus events, available computers on campus and even the lunch menu and laundry availability, Boehm said.“BelleMobile, as with most apps, is a matter of convenience,” Boehm said. “It provides information at your fingertips.”Boehm said IT worked with a vendor called Dublabs that has created apps for over 200 schools.“We got a lot of knowledge from [Dublabs] about what functionalities work and don’t work in their experience working with other institutions,” he said.Boehm said in addition to Dublabs, Saint Mary’s associate director of technology integration and software development Steve Hideg did a lot of the work behind the scenes in order for the app to release this week.Another feature of the app is a map, which can give the user directions to academic buildings on campus, Boehm said.“It will be very helpful for new students when they are trying to figure out where their classes are,” he said. “The maps feature is also a huge benefit when parents are coming for the weekend, trying to figure out where various meeting places are around campus. They can use the app to give them directions.”Boehm said another benefit of the app for Saint Mary’s is that the College can send push notifications to the users of the app as often as necessary.“If there was a big function, like reunion weekend, we can put the list of activities on the app and push it to the users,” he said.In the case of emergencies or important school-wide updates, the app will serve as another avenue to reach users and notify them with an urgent message, Boehm said.Boehm said BelleMobile also brings all the information that is available through other avenues into one place, including links to the Notre Dame athletics calendar and The Observer.The most valuable feature of the app will depend on the preference of the user, Boehm said.“There are some users who will find the connection to BlackBoard and checking their grades as the best feature of the app, but there are other students who might appreciate the interaction with social media,” he said.Boehm said BelleMobile is an evolving tool that IT will periodically update, incorporating user feedback as users download the app.“The nice thing about mobile app technology is that we can continue to evolve and update the mobile app based on our user needs,” he said. “The primary audience is our students, so if after a period of time the consensus is to add new functionality, we will update to support user requests and needs.”Boehm said he hopes students find the information BelleMobile provides valuable and convenient.“The whole idea of a mobile app is to make life more convenient, to provide information to our students that is timely and effective,” he said.Users can download BelleMobile at http://www.saintmarys.edu/~bellemobile. The app is also available on the App Store and Google Play.Tags: BelleMobile, Dublabs, Michael Boehm, Mobile app, Steve Hideglast_img read more

Ireland come up short in Dublin

first_img The Stoke frontman dragged his side back into it with just 12 minutes remaining after Turkey had taken a 2-0 lead at the Aviva Stadium, but Martin O’Neill’s men were unable to rescue themselves as the visitors held out. Ahmet Ilhan Ozek’s first goal for his country handed the Turks a 17th-minute lead, and substitute Osman Tarik Camdal ultimately secured victory with 14 minutes from time. But the home side were to be felled by a sucker punch with 17 minutes played. Gokhan Gonul’s right-wing cross was inviting, but the header applied to it by Ahmet proved unstoppable as Elliot dived full length to no avail. Ireland’s response was concerted, with McGeady the architect of much of their best work. He led full-back Caner Erkin a merry dance to produce a series of dangerous balls into the box, one of which was headed wide by McClean. The Wigan midfielder turned provider 10 minutes before the break with a cross which Long back-heeled just off target, and he was unfortunate not to level himself within seconds when Onur repelled his well-struck shot from McGeady’s left-wing cross. Neither side was able to exert any real control in a scrappy start to the second half with play largely confined to the middle third of the pitch. However, Hoolahan sparked Ireland back into life with a raking 59th-minute crossfield pass which McGeady controlled expertly before seeing his shot blocked at source by Erkin. But there was action too at the other end of the pitch with Damien Delaney twice having the block Erdinc shots, the second of them a piledriver from distance, within three minutes. The Crystal Palace defender departed three minutes later along with McGeady and Long as O’Neill introduced David Meyler, Daryl Murphy and Walters with Marc Wilson, who had started the game in central midfielder, dropping into the back four as a result. Turkey dropped ever deeper as the home side made their big push with Hoolahan orchestrating behind the front two of Walters and Murphy, and Toprak was fortunate to escape once again after appearing to tug Hoolahan’s shirt inside the box with 15 minutes remaining. Ireland were still smarting when their fortunes dipped further as substitutes Oguzhan Ozyakup and Tarik combined for the later to extend the visitors’ lead in emphatic style just seconds later. Walters’ equally convincing finish after wrong-footing Toprak later gave O’Neill’s men hope, but Murphy headed straight at Onur from McClean’s 86th-minute cross as Ireland came up short. Jon Walters’ fifth international goal was not enough to prevent Ireland from slipping to a second successive friendly defeat. Ireland, playing in front of a sparse crowd – one dwarfed by the attendance at Croke Park for boyband One Direction’s concert the same evening – played in fits and starts with wingers Aiden McGeady and James McClean and playmaker Wes Hoolahan the bright spots. They might have been awarded two penalties as Turkey defender Omer Toprak rode his luck, and the visitors were indebted to the resilience of goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak. However, the hosts were unable to convert possession into goals and paid the price as Fatih Terim’s side matched Serbia’s feat in March by winning in Dublin. The challenge now increases significantly for O’Neill and his players as they face World Cup-bound Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal – all of whom are ranked higher than the Turks by FIFA, in their remaining summer fixtures. O’Neill rewarded Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot for his commitment – the 28-year-old missed his own stag trip to Las Vegas to join up with the squad – by handing him a first senior cap. The Newcastle man had little time to settle as he was called upon for the first time with less than a minute gone to keep out striker Mevlut Erdinc’s skidding shot, and, but for a near-post block by Stephen Ward, he might have been required once again seconds later. However, it was Ireland who largely enjoyed the better of the opening stages, and they were hugely aggrieved not to be awarded a fifth-minute penalty after Shane Long went down under Toprak’s clumsy challenge, but not to the satisfaction of French referee Ruddy Buquet. Ward smashed a left-footed shot just wide of the far post two minutes later with the home side in enterprising mood, and Long was denied by Onur from point-blank range before John O’Shea’s follow-up was blocked on the line. Press Associationlast_img read more

Students named finalists in Hult Prize Challenge

first_imgThree USC students have a shot at winning $1 million in Dubai this Friday and Saturday by reaching the regional finals of the largest student competition in the world.Each year, former President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative, a subsidiary of the Clinton Foundation which brings leaders together to create solutions to global issues, partners with the Hult International Business School and asks students to form teams of three or four members. Teams must create a project that will address the Hult Prize Challenge. The Hult Prize is an organization that promotes social entrepreneurship by encouraging students to solve many of the world’s major challenges.This year, 25,000 teams applied and 303 of those teams were asked to attend the regional finals. A team of three USC students is among those selected to advance.Out of the teams that will compete in the regional finals, one will be selected to receive a one-year membership into the Clinton Global Initiative and will be given the opportunity to spend the summer at the Hult Prize Accelerator, which is an incubator for social enterprise, according to its website. In addition, the winning team will not only receive $1 million, but also attend the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, where the members will pitch their ideas to a world-class audience.The team includes Adam Gramling, a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering with a focus on information systems; Will Harris, a senior majoring in business administration; and Sam Calvert, a sophomore majoring in accounting.This year’s challenge encourages participants to find a way to double the incomes of those who live in poor conditions by improving mobility and connectivity. The income double must be achieved by 2022, according to the competition’s website.The team is creating a dynamic education system that connects people with the online freelancing market. This will allow someone working in Jakarta to make a U.S. salary, giving the worker access to a much larger economy.Gramling competed in the program last year and made it to the semifinals in Shanghai. He wanted to compete again this year, so when he told Harris and Calvert about the challenge, they decided to form a team. Now, the three members of the team have become best friends.“We call each other at 2 a.m. saying, ‘Guys, I have this new idea. What do you think?’” Gramling said.The team said each of the members brings a different skill to the table; Harris is strategic, Calvert handles finances and Gramling works with implementing the ideas.Gramling said the team has been meeting for about 10 hours each week since September. After one month of hard work, Harris told the other members of the team they should come up with a new idea. The team members decided to take the freelancing trend and the market for individuals and pair them together to come up with their current solution. Last year’s challenge had to do with education, so Gramling was able to use his experience to help the team come up with a new project.“You get connections with these wonderful people, so when you take an idea to them, they have the power to actually go execute it,” Gramling said.The competition allows each team to choose the location its members will travel to if they make it to the regional finals. Gramling said his team chose Dubai because the solution they came up with revolves around freelancing. Given Dubai’s proximity to India, it is a good market for the judges to understand the team’s pitch.Though the team is hoping to win the competition, Gramling said he believes just going through the process of participating in the program is beneficial.“I feel it’s a very worthwhile learning experience just getting involved with this,” Gramling said. “One of my life goals is I really want to make a big change in the world and affect a lot of people, and I feel this is a great outlet to do so.”last_img read more