Florida reporters win CU-Boulder’s Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Two Florida reporters have won the 2014 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Journalism and Mass Communication program and the Denver Press Club.The $2,000 Nakkula prize goes to reporters Megan O’Matz and database editor John Maines of the South Florida Sun Sentinel for their series, “Cops, Cash, Cocaine.” The piece uncovered a police department’s secret scheme to lure drug dealers to a small town, entangle them in a sting and pocket money from the operation.The award is named in honor of the late Al Nakkula, a 46-year veteran of the Rocky Mountain News whose tenacity made him a legendary police reporter, according to award organizers. The contest has existed since 1991 and this year drew more than two dozen entries from major publications around the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, the Boston Globe and Newsday.Five veteran reporters, who worked at the Rocky Mountain News before its closure in 2009, judged the contest. Most of the reporters worked with Nakkula.“The Sun Sentinel’s report stood out for the sheer doggedness of the reporting and the sheer audacity of the operation the newspaper exposed,” said Nakkula award judge Kevin Vaughan, an investigative reporter for Fox Sports.Reporters O’Matz and Maines found that the Sunrise, Fla., police department enticed drug buyers to come to town, arrested them, confiscated their cash and cars and kept millions in proceeds. The officers who participated also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime pay.“ ‘Cops, Cash, Cocaine,’ was one of those stories that allowed Megan O’Matz and John Maines to deploy the skills they have become known for around here: piecing together bits of information, reviewing documents endlessly, talking to sources and checking things out in person. In other words: old-fashioned tenacity,” said Howard Saltz, Sun Sentinel editor.“The result of their investigation not only revealed something that still boggles the mind when you read it, but served the community by forcing a highly unusual — and arguably dangerous — police operation to shut down,” he said.O’Matz has received numerous state and national honors for previous work and was a 2006 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.Series co-reporter Maines has been a database editor for the Sun Sentinel for 16 years. He and a Sun Sentinel colleague won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.Second place in this year’s competition was awarded to reporters John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for their series, “Backfire.”The judges also sent a special commendation to the staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for the depth and breadth of their work in 2013. The staff entered two major reporting projects in the contest.For more information about the Al Nakkula award visit http://journalism.colorado.edu/al-nakkula-award/. For more information about CU-Boulder’s Journalism and Mass Communication program visit http://journalism.colorado.edu/.Contact: Michelle Fulcher, Journalism and Mass Communication, [email protected] Elizabeth Lock, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Megan O’Matz, reporter for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, is one of two recipients of the 2014 Al Nakkula Police Reporting Award bestowed by the University of Colorado Boulder and the Denver Press Club. (Photo courtesy Megan O’Matz) Categories:AcademicsCampus Community Published: March 4, 2014 last_img read more

T-Mobile US adds 1M customers in Q3

first_img Tags Previous ArticleNFC/MMS 13 Keynote: Darrell Sandefur, Luxottica RetailNext ArticleNFC/MMS 13 Closing panel Home T-Mobile US adds 1M customers in Q3 Author Justin Springham Amazon reels in MGM T-Mobile US claimed its latest quarterly results is further evidence that its ‘un-carrier’ approach to the mobile industry is paying off, with the country’s fourth-largest operator touting 1.023 million net customer additions during the third quarter.“T-Mobile’s un-carrier approach is resonating with consumers,” said John Legere (pictured), president and CEO, in a prepared statement. “We added more than 1 million customers and led the industry with 643,000 branded postpaid phone additions because we are fixing the things that drive customers crazy.” The company ended the quarter with 45 million customers.The operator sold 5.6 million smartphone units, 88 per cent of total phone unit sales. iPhone sales represented 15 per cent of total smartphone sales on the T-Mobile brand, equating to 840,000 iPhones. However, the company admitted it could have sold more iPhones if it hadn’t experienced supply issues from Apple.Revenue in the period rose 7.4 per cent thanks to the addition of MetroPCS to T-Mobile’s finances from May, as well as record smartphone sales. The firm’s adjusted earnings before tax and interest (EBITDA) was $1.34 billion, up 6.2 percent quarter-over-quarter and attributed to lower promotional expenditures compared to the second quarter.Legere continued: “Part of our customer momentum comes from the MetroPCS acquisition. With MetroPCS we are making great progress, including the planned additional expansion of the MetroPCS brand into another 15 additional markets by November 21 [bringing the total of expansion markets to 30 by the end of this month]. Our momentum is great and we have confidence that we can continue to deliver sustainable and profitable growth.”Legere has spent much of this year ruffling feathers in the mobile industry, calling the sector “stupid, broken and arrogant”. In March T-Mobile US unveiled simplified tariff plans with no annual contract, and followed this up in July with the launch of Jump, an initiative that enables customers to upgrade their devices twice a year for a fee (rather than locking them into two-year contracts). And last month the operator scrapped data roaming fees for 2G services and promised free data for life for tablet customers.All of Legere’s plans are designed to help the smallest nationwide wireless carrier in the US claw back market share from rivals.“Our uncarrier strategy continues to differentiate us from the competition,” added Legere on a conference call with analysts. “We are going to continue to be disruptive but we will do it smartly and profitably.” Related Justin manages the editorial content for the Mobile World Live portal and award-winning Mobile World Live TV service. In the last few years Justin has launched and grown a portfolio of premier media products, which include the Mobile World Congress… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 NOV 2013 Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound FinancialT-Mobile USlast_img read more

EDI Contributing to Formation of Professional Community in Energy Sector

first_imgThe Netherlands hosted the 13th meeting of the International Supervisory Board of the Energy Delta Institute (EDI). The meeting addressed the Energy Delta Institute performance in 2012 and 2013. Taking part in the meeting were Sergey Khomyakov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Han Fennema, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Nederlandse Gasunie, Gertjan Lankhorst, CEO of GasTerra, Pieter Dekker, Vice President JV Governance of Shell Energy Europe, Eric Dam, President of EDI, Elmer Sterken, Rector of the University of Groningen, Viktor Martynov, Rector of Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Member of the Gazprom Board of Directors.It was pointed out that over the said period EDI had successfully delivered various international educational projects focused on energy issues, such as Executive Master of Gas Business Management program, Finance & Control for Energy Industry, as well as specific projects, including Strategies of Gas Trade at Liquidity Markets, New Developments in LNG Industry, Underground Gas Storage, Gas Transportation & Shipping, and the Professional Energy Community project.The meeting participants visited the University of Groningen, which celebrates its 400 anniversary this year.At the end of the meeting, Sergey Khomyakov was awarded the title of the Honorary Fellow of the Academic Board for outstanding contribution to the EDI development.“Today not only does EDI provide an educational milieu for training the oil & gas industry professionals, it also serves as the base for creating a professional community to share experience and knowledge in the energy sector. We highly appreciate EDI as the unparalleled educational project uniting the potential of the leading European oil & gas companies and academic knowledge of the oldest European university,” said Sergey Khomyakov.“It is now more than 10 years that we closely cooperate with Gazprom in the sphere of personnel training and knowledge exchange in the energy industry. And today it is my pleasure to announce that Mr. Khomyakov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Management Committee is rewarded with an EDI Honorary Fellow title with which we express our warmest gratitude for his input into the development of EDI, which is hard to overestimate. And thus I express my hope that our further cooperation will strengthen from day to day and together we will provide the industry with young and competent professionals who will be ready to meet the challenges of the changing energy world,” said Eric Dam.[mappress]Press Release, April 17, 2014; Image: Gazpromlast_img read more

SRA urged not to dispense with accounts requirement

first_imgThe Law Society has urged the Solicitors Regulation Authority to maintain some form of independent check over firms’ accounts.The regulator has proposed to abolish the requirement for firms to have and submit an accountant’s report every year.The proposal, one of several potential reforms aimed at easing the regulatory burden on firms, is that compliance officers for finance and administration (COFAs) instead make a declaration that client accounts are in order.But the Law Society, in a consultation response submitted last week, is concerned that independent accounts are currently the only check on a firm’s ‘honesty and the state of its accounts’.Removing the compulsory reporting requirement would leave the regulatory regime ‘significantly weaker’ and could reduce assurance to clients.The SRA notes that very few submitted accountants’ reports lead to a formal investigation into a firm, the Society said. ‘However, what cannot be quantified is the importance of them as a regulatory tool, both in terms of deterring dishonesty and in preventing poor accounting practices. The requirement to have an annual review of accounts acts as an incentive to ensure that records are kept up to date and in order.’Instead of removing the reporting requirement altogether, the Society called for a form of independent review to be retained.The response backs a change to the Accounts Rules to require accountants to report only ‘systemic’ breaches, with the SRA encouraged to develop a more efficient, online method for submitting reports.The Society also voices concerns that the role of the COFA has changed ‘significantly’ from what was first envisaged, and now requires a member of the management team rather than an employee to take it on.It said the added responsibility of checking accounts could ‘create an environment in which some may be put under pressure into making a declaration without being able to fully verify compliance’.Meanwhile, the City of London Law Society has said it is ‘inappropriate’ to dispense with the mandatory requirement wholesale, particularly when the SRA has said it brings some benefits.The City society said no changes should be made before a wider review of accounts rules, with any subsequent reforms ‘premature’.last_img read more

Troxler encourages horse owners to vaccinate against EEE

first_imgAgriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging North Carolina horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis.“Triple E is a mosquito-borne disease that causes inflammation or swelling of the brain and spinal cord in equine and is usually fatal,” Troxler said. “The disease is preventable by vaccination.”There were nine recorded cases of EEE in horses in North Carolina in 2016, but the mild winter could cause that number to go up this year, State Veterinarian Doug Meckes said.Symptoms of EEE include impaired vision, aimless wandering, head pressing, circling, inability to swallow, irregular staggering gait, paralysis, convulsions and death. Once a horse has been bitten by an infected mosquito, it may take three to 10 days for symptoms to appear.“If your horses or other equine animals exhibit any symptoms of EEE, contact your veterinarian immediately,” Meckes said.Meckes recommends that equine owners talk to their veterinarians about an effective vaccination protocol to protect horses from EEE and another mosquito-borne disease, West Nile virus. The combo vaccination initially requires two shots, 30 days apart, for horses, mules and donkeys that have no prior vaccination history. Meckes recommends a booster shot every six months.Mosquitoes can breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days, so removing any source of standing water can reduce the chance of exposing animals to WNV or EEE. Keeping horses in stalls at night, using insect screens and fans and turning off lights after dusk can also help reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Insect repellants can be effective if used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.People, horses and birds can become infected from a bite by a mosquito carrying the diseases, but there is no evidence that horses can transmit the viruses to other horses, birds or people through direct contact.last_img read more

Trudeau says government will limit access to handguns assault weapons

first_imgMONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government plans to limit access to handguns and assault weapons to confront gun violence in the country.Speaking to Montreal radio station 98.5 FM today on the anniversary of the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique massacre, Trudeau did not rule out a full ban when asked by the host.The prime minister says the government is looking at different alternatives to address a situation he called unacceptable. But he says the goal is to limit the easy access criminals have to handguns and assault weapons.In 2015, Trudeau campaigned on a promise to get handguns and assault weapons off the streets, but gun-control advocates recently criticized the government for failing to follow through.Today’s comments come as Montreal marks the 29th anniversary of shootings that killed 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school.Trudeau is scheduled to join Premier Francois Legault and other dignitaries at the end of the day at a memorial event on Mount Royal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Crime Doesnt Pay Aaron Hernandez Alleged Accomplice Arraigned on

A man who police say is connected to the murder investigation involving former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was arraigned in a Massachusetts courtroom Monday morning.Ernest Wallace, 41, was charged with accessory to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd.The police said Wallace along with Carlos Ortiz, who has already been arrested and charged in the case, drove in the car with Hernandez and Lloyd to the location where Lloyd was murdered. At this time, investigators have not said who fired the shots.All three men face life in prison if convicted. read more