Man with rifle hijacks elementary school bus full of children; kids all safe: Sheriff

first_imgChiccoDodiFC/iStock(FORT JACKSON, S.C.) — A Fort Jackson trainee is in custody after allegedly hijacking a South Carolina elementary school bus with 18 children on board, authorities said.The Forest Lake Elementary students and the bus driver are safe, Richland County Sheriff Lott said at a news conference.Lott called this “one of the scariest calls that we could get in law enforcement.”The incident began around 7 a.m. Thursday when the suspect allegedly fled Fort Jackson, Lott said.The children had boarded the bus when the suspect, armed with a rifle, got on at the bus stop and allegedly “told the bus driver he didn’t want to hurt him, but he wanted him to drive him to the next town,” Lott said.The bus driver started driving and the suspect brought the children to the front of the bus, Lott said.“The kids started asking lots of questions to the suspect if he was going to hurt them or the bus driver,” Lott said.“The suspect got a little frustrated,” Lott said, and the driver pulled over.The children and the bus driver got off safely.The suspect then drove the bus for a few miles before abandoning it, leaving the rifle inside, Lott said.The suspect was spotted by deputies and civilians and was arrested without incident, Lott said. The trainee, believed to be in his third week at Fort Jackson, will be charged with multiple counts of kidnapping, Lott said. His name has not been released.Some of the children had cellphones. Lott said authorities were alerted to the situation when a parent stopped a deputy to say “there was a man with a gun on the school bus.”Richland County School Board Chairman James Manning said, “I’ve been on the board now for over 10 years and I have never received a call that scared me as much as the call that I received this morning — that a bus had been hijacked with our students and staff.”Counseling services were immediately deployed to the elementary school, officials said.“You can just imagine, they were scared to death, along with that bus driver,” Lott said.Lott praised the bus driver who he said “kept his cool” and “kept the situation calm.”“His main concern was the safety of those kids and he did his job,” Lott said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

6 ways financial advisors can gain leads through social media

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Emily Lange RodeckerAs part of a 3-part series, we’ll be exploring the various ways financial advisors can gain leads through social media and work to expand their businesses and gain new customers. First up? LinkedIn – the professional social network.Your presence on LinkedIn is all about expertise – showing you know your stuff and that you’re the person for the job. How can you exhibit this? Well, you have to post. You have to brag (a little). And you have to know what your audience needs so you can tout your talents appropriately.There are several ways to use LinkedIn to inform your audience of your expertise as a financial advisor and increase your leads. We’ll share a few of our favorite tips and tricks, from posting methods to LinkedIn tools, that will help you on your way to new business!LinkedIn GroupsLinkedIn Groups as a shared space for professionals to share content, ask each other questions, find answers, and establish themselves as industry experts. Groups are a great place to stay up-to-date on the latest industry news – you can glean new insights from your peers, and share your own. LinkedIn’s “search” feature can help you find groups for almost any topic, industry, and interest. Our rule of thumb? Don’t join too many – you don’t want to spread yourself too thin! Choose a varied selection so you can reach multiple audiences. continue reading »last_img read more

Your 2025 strategy: Seven key success drivers

first_imgWe are in the service business, the financial service business. We help consumers solve or resolve the money conundrum by providing a safe place to store their money, a place to grow their money, a place to borrow, a convenient and safe way to transact, and a place to come for sound advice that can help add value. Financial institutions are dream makers. We help consumers with their financial journeys.Yet we face some significant challenges as the number of consumers visiting branches and interacting with our people channels continues to go down and it is becoming harder to attract consumers to join us. We are losing out on everyday transactions to FinTech and emerging financial services providers…Two young entrepreneurs, 10 and 12 started a personalized skincare business. Their “regular” financial institution cannot accept many of their ecommerce and in-person transactions. The two young ladies have an account with a digital financial institution that can seamlessly accept all kinds of payments.11 tenants residing close to a college pay their landlord via a digital wallet. Six of those tenants are under 21, the other five are senior citizens. The senior citizens prefer using digital to transact. They say it is easier than writing checks and that they have easy instant access to information.When you use a rideshare app there is absolute ease, pinpoint accuracy, and complete transparency. A push of a button (ease) summons the vehicle to where you are (pinpoint accuracy), and you know exactly where you are going and what you are paying (complete transparency).The way we transact is being redefined. No cash changed hands in any of the above scenarios. The owner of the transaction has an opportunity to engage with their consumer. What role does a traditional financial institution get to play in this evolving world? The consumer we seek desires instant access to information, is empowered by choices, and is still demanding even more. What can we do to stay relevant?Seven critical elements are going to define our foundation for success beyond 2020:The Branch Experience Has to Change: We need to draw members in for advisory versus transactional services, encourage them to transact online, and provide intuitive, consistent experiences across channel.We Can Lead and Win with Payments – By getting the consumer to transact with our payment instruments we have the opportunity to earn income, and leverage this relationship to do much more. We also need to develop a strategy on cryptocurrency and mitigate fraud.Create a Foundational Digital Strategy – Digital will continue to change and evolve. Most digital initiatives have focused on the front-end user experience. Significant enhancements need to be made to digitize our internal processes. Security: Authentication, Transactions, Information – Information needs to be protected, transactions completely secured, and financial institutions need to invest in speeding up authentication. Biometrics needs to be leveraged with a hint of personalization. Smarter Employees & Channels – The channels that serve our consumers need to provide information that is consistent, correct, and do so quickly. Our people channel needs to be more effective. AI should be leveraged to assist all channels. ( Data, Decision Science, & the Cognitive Cloud – We need to leverage the information we are collecting to personalize transactions and even predict events to provide “wow” service. Data collection is not going to slow down, our data strategy needs to be accelerated.Banking Delivered in Your Pocket – We are moving towards a mobile first, perhaps a mobile only environment. Our future branch will sit in the palm of our hand. We have to enable a smooth migration to this mobility driven environment.(I have authored a five-page whitepaper on this subject. If you would like a copy of this, please send an email to [email protected]) 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sundeep Kapur Sundeep has been assisting financial institutions with their omni-channel strategies – a more effective branch, a better online experience, & great consumer engagement. He is the author of an online … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Trades continue push for Senate consideration of SAFE Banking Act

first_img continue reading » The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act is a critical first step to ensure legal cannabis marketplaces are safe, legal and transparent, CUNA and other financial services trade organizations wrote to Senate Banking Committee leadership Thursday. CUNA and the other organizations called on the Senate Banking Committee to bring up and vote on the SAFE Banking Act or similar measures.The bill would provide a safe harbor for entities that conduct legal, cannabis-based businesses, which CUNA supports. CUNA takes no position on the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis.“A growing chorus of Americans and legal businesses now face an increasing number of risks resulting from a patchwork legal system with no federal banking protections. Because of this, U.S. industry and, especially, financial institutions – which provide the infrastructure for safe marketplaces to grow— must assume civil and in some instances, criminal liability in order to service state-licensed cannabis businesses and ancillary companies,” the letter reads. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

2nd Suspect Charged With Murder of Man Found Dead in Manorville

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A second suspect was arrested for his alleged role in killing a 36-year-old man whose body was found on fire in a wooded area of Manorville last week, Suffolk County police said.Orlen Soliz-Galvez, 18, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the teenager and 21-year-old Bryan RosalesMejia killed German Guzman, whose burning remains were found within the Otis Pike Preserve off Wading River-Manor Road on Thursday.All three men are from Amityville.Soliz-Galvez will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.RosalesMejia was ordered held without bail Saturday. He is due back in court Friday.Detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Beat writers unanimously pick Clemson to beat up on Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) kicks off with No. 2 Clemson (6-0, 4-0) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Tigers beat the Orange 54-0 last year in Death Valley. Clemson has not won an ACC game by fewer than 14 points and won at then-hyped Louisville 47-21.Friday night’s SU-CU game will air on ESPN.Tomer Langer (5-1)Makes senseClemson 44, Syracuse 24Earlier this week, quarterback Eric Dungey said he liked the fact that nobody thought they’d be able to beat Clemson. And while it would be a good story for Syracuse to win this game, I need to throw my hat in with the group of people who don’t think the Orange will pull it off. Clemson’s defense is just too tough for SU to consistently crack, and if the Orange can’t move the ball it’ll give the Tigers short fields on offense. I think Syracuse manages to score by aggressively going for it on fourth downs, but Clemson should pull away.Matthew Gutierrez (4-2)Eye of the TigerClemson 45, Syracuse 17AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe defending national champs prove to be too much for Syracuse, which only narrowly beat a fledgling Pittsburgh team last week. As head coach Dino Babers said this week, Clemson’s front is “O-M-G.” So is the rest of the team. Clemson has its way in the primetime matchup.Joe Bloss (4-2)As it should beClemson 31, Syracuse 20Eric Dungey and this Syracuse offense can do some very nice things when they have the time. But that necessary time will not be granted against a Clemson defensive line that has accounted for 14.5 of the Tigers’ 22 sacks. It will occasionally get ugly. Feel free to look away when it does. A solid Syracuse defense won’t let up 54 points like it did a year ago, but it won’t be able to contain Kelly Bryant and his weapons to a score Dungey and Co. can match. As it has been in Syracuse’s losses thus far, the better team will win. Comments Published on October 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more