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Terry O’Connor, controversial judge, called before the British Boxing Board of Control – SecondsOut

Following the controversial conduct of ringside judge Terry O’Connor during the Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez main event from Peterborough on Saturday (show report here), and the contentious scorecard he then turned in at the bout’s conclusion, the Birmingham man has been called before the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).

O’Connor’s 117-111 tally in favour of Ritson, who was seemingly outboxed for lengthy periods of the 12-rounder, raised eyebrows even before an image emerged of him apparently distracted from the action in the ring, looking instead at an object in his hand, possibly a mobile phone. The combination of these two developments appear to be the final straw for an official with a chequered history of questionable scorecards.

Even on the same card as Ritson-Vazquez, O’Connor, a 67-year-old former pro heavyweight, turned in a score sheet that made Thomas Patrick Ward a four-point victor over Thomas Essomba, their contest being halted early in the ninth round to precipitate a technical decision. O’Connor’s two colleagues had it level and Essomba ahead, respectively, leading to a draw overall. In the main event, Terry was not the only judge to have Ritson winning but Michael Alexander at least made it close, while Marcus McDonnell had Vazquez a clear victor.

O’Connor is notorious for a number of high-profile scores, including, as referee and sole arbiter, making Tyson Fury a fortunate winner over John McDermott in their first fight, and by a whopping six-point margin.

BBBofC General Secretary Robert Smith, interviewed yesterday morning, claimed there was “Nothing controversial” about the Ritson vs Vazquez verdict, so presumably the order for O’Connor to appear before the Board Stewards is more related to his apparent lack of focus, however momentary, caught on camera.

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Water main break in downtown Boston closes part of I-93 – Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

BOSTON (WHDH) – First responders and utility companies worked to contain and repair a water main break in downtown Boston that shut an I-93 exit Sunday night.

The break flooded Summer and High streets with several inches of water, affecting traffic in the area. Exit 20A in the O’Neill Tunnel was closed because of the break, MassDOT officials said.

There was no immediate information about the source or cause of the water main break.

This is a developing news story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest details.

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Jacksonville Main Street Hopes To Find Alternate Location of Temporary Homeless Shelter – WLDS-WEAI News

Jacksonville Main Street has concerns about the location of a temporary homeless shelter in the downtown area. In emails obtained by WLDS News over the weekend, Jacksonville Main Street Executive Director Judy Tighe says Jacksonville Main Street is attempting to work with Jacksonville Police Chaplain Alan Bradish to find an alternate location for the temporary homeless shelter. Tighe says that Jacksonville Main Street would not be able to support the shelter if all of the businesses in the downtown area weren’t on board with the idea. Bradish alerted the Jacksonville City Council last Monday night that he had worked out a verbal agreement with the owners of the former Krush Time/ Times Theater location on East State Street.

Tighe says in the emails that the homeless shelter near the downtown business district may possibly bring about a negative perception that may further hurt business in the area, already hurting due to COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns. Tighe says that Bradish and the Jacksonville City Council are still open to suggestions and ideas for the proposed temporary shelter at this time. Tighe says that a temporary rezoning of the area is set to happen soon by vote of the City Council.

Tighe has created an open forum for business owners in the downtown area to voice concerns and ask questions on the Krush Time location. Bradish is also expected to attend and provide further information. The meeting is set to take place Monday afternoon at 3PM at Hamilton’s Ballroom. The meeting is expected to last approximately 1 hour. Tighe says that business owners who cannot attend should email or call her as soon as possible with their questions or concerns. To send along questions, call Tighe tomorrow at 217-245-6884.

Tighe says that she hopes a civil conversation can be had to ensure that helping businesses and neighbors can all happen, and that ideas can be presented to provide a solution to an extremely difficult situation.

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Mars Global Food Safety Center Infographic

Half of consumers believe food safety is one of main global issues – Food Safety News

More than half of respondents, including people from the U.S., to a survey feel food safety is a top three global issue.

The study from the Mars Global Food Safety Center (GFSC), that surveyed people in the United States, United Kingdom and China, found 77 percent of people think food safety is a top 10 worldwide problem.

KRC Research conducted the survey online with 1,754 adults aged 18 to 65 in mid-September. Respondents include 502 each from the U.S. and UK and 750 in China.

Food safety threats
Almost three quarters of respondents believe coronavirus will impact the viability of the global supply chain and 71 percent believe it will impact access to food. These consumers think about food safety and security as much as climate change (39 percent) and pollution (38 percent).

The “rising generation”, or people aged 18 to 34, are particularly attuned to food safety through technology and an increasingly globalized economy, according to Mars.

“New food safety threats, like those posed by COVID-19, are constantly emerging through a combination of factors including global warming, increased globalization of trade, as well as changes in agriculture practices and food production,” said David Crean, Mars chief science officer and vice president of corporate R&D.

Study from Mars finds consumers believe food safety is a top global issue

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Global Food Safety Center, a research and training facility in Beijing, China designed to tackle food safety challenges with a team of more than 30 Mars associates who work at the site.

Mycotoxins, microbes and fraud
One area of focus is mycotoxin risk management starting with aflatoxins in the developing world. Other topics are microbial risk management for faster detection, identification and a predictive approach as well as food integrity including food fraud.

Mars also co-founded the Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Consortium with IBM that is using genomics, the microbiome, and big data to try and improve food safety.

Sixty percent of those surveyed raised concern about keeping food safe from toxins, as well as bacteria, and 58 percent are worried about preventing food fraud.

People also expressed the importance for government and private organizations to continue to focus on preventing food safety issues (85 percent), to invest in early detection programs (84 percent) and to manage global food safety (80 percent).

Almost three quarters of consumers are willing to place their trust in food regulatory agencies, country governments (65 percent) and international governing bodies (61 percent) to ensure food safety but most agree more needs to be done.

Sixty-one percent of respondents feel they are knowledgeable about food safety and security, with most people finding information from news outlets (55 percent), social media (37 percent) and word of mouth (36 percent), but 82 percent of those asked wanted to learn more.

(To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)

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Water main break in Richmond Heights leaves surrounding areas without water – News 5 Cleveland

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — A water main break in Richmond Heights Saturday night has left residents in some surrounding neighborhoods and cities without water.

The water main break is on Highland Road between Hillcrest Drive and Trebisky Road. The westbound lane of Highland Road is currently closed, according to the Richmond Heights Police Department.

Police ask that you avoid the area.

The Cleveland Water Department has crews on scene. According to the water department, the main break is causing a service outage and low pressure. Of

Cleveland Water Department Spokesperson John Goersmeyer said crews are working to locate and isolate the break. Once that is fixed, customers should have their water pressure restored. He also noted that the department was experiencing a technical issue with its phone lines, but the issue has been resolved. Calls are being answered again.

News 5 viewers in Richmond Heights, University Heights, Mayfield Village, South Euclid and Lyndhurst have reported that their water is not working.

A boil advisory has been issued for Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, South Euclid, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights and Gates Mills.

“Due to a very large transmission main break Saturday night, organisms that cause illness in people may have entered the water supply. The affected area is roughly bounded by the Lake County line and Highland Road on the north, Green Road on the west, Cedar Road and then Ridgebury Blvd. on the south, and the Chagrin River and then Brainard Road on the east. This area includes portions of Highland Heights, Richmond Heights, Lyndhurst, South Euclid, Mayfield, Mayfield Heights, and Gates Mills.”

The water department said you should take the following precautions:

You can check THIS MAP to see if you reside in an area where the boil advisory is active.

The water department said you should take the following precautions:

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT FLUSHING AND BOILING IT FIRST. Flush all taps used for drinking and cooking for at least 3 minutes. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for at least one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
  • Waterborne illness may include nausea and stomach discomfort. If you experience one or more of these symptoms and they persist, contact your doctor. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly people may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

For more information about the water boil advisory, CLICK HERE.

Anyone with questions can contact the water department at 216-664-3060.

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Gunman Sought Following Triple Shooting At Broward’s Main Bus Terminal – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Police are investigating a shooting Saturday afternoon at the main Broward County Transit bus terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The shooting happened at 101 NW 1st Avenue at Broward Boulevard at around 2:30 p.m.

Here is what Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman DeAnna Greenlaw had to say about the shooting:

“At some point, there was some type of a disturbance between two individuals. During the same time, it was beginning to rain and people were running towards the terminal to get away from the rain. At the same time, a bus was pulling up during the disturbance and people were getting off the bus.”

“The suspect produced a firearm, then he turned the firearm to the person involved with the disturbance, and shot him multiple times.”

“While doing that, he shot two innocent bystanders and they were transported to Broward Health.”

She said the innocent bystanders are suffering from non-life-threatening wounds and should be released shortly.

The person who was shot multiple times is listed in critical condition.

Police said the shooter is still at large.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Fort Lauderdale Police at 954-828-5581 or 954-828-6093 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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The future of Main Street in Hamburg, IA – erienewsnow.com

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Explosion reported on South Main Street in Harrisonburg, Va. – WHSV

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) (UPDATE 12:59 p.m.) — Officials say they have no reason to believe anyone else is inside the building where the explosion occurred.

(UPDATE 12:15 p.m.) — James Madison University tweeted that three students were involved in the incident.

Of the three individuals recently reported injured, one individual, who was transported to RMH, is being treated for cuts to the arm from flying glass, according to officials.

Two other JMU students were treated on the scene and released. All three students were participating in a community event.

Officials have not given an update on the two individuals flown to UVA.

Officials say that the fire from the explosion has been contained. Parts of South Main Street will stay closed for several hours.

Stay with WHSV for updates.

(UPDATE 11:53 a.m.) — Two individuals were flown from the scene to UVA after this morning’s explosion. One is being treated at RMH.

Officials say the victims were outside of the building when crews arrived at the scene.

The fire from the explosion is contained, but still not out, according to officials. Cheif Tobia with the Harrisonburg Fire Department says crews will most likely be on the scene for days.

(UPDATE 11:06 a.m.) — Two stores in the shopping center report its employees are okay after the incident this morning.

Governor Ralph Northam tweeted that he has deployed state emergency personnel for additional support regarding the explosion.

Despite Northam’s tweet, officials can not confirm the incident was a gas explosion.

(UPDATE 9:33 a.m.) — City officials say the explosion happened in a commercial business area in Miller Circle in Harrisonburg.

As of 9:27 a.m., there are multiple crews and aid on the scene. Officials say at least three people have been transported from the scene, two in serious condition.

Firefighters are still handling the flames.

Officials say some nearby businesses have been impacted by the explosion, but there is no belief there are serious impacts or injuries from those businesses.

Officials say they haven’t been able to assess damage outside of the area for residents, but homeowners are encouraged to report property damage from the incident to the Harrisonburg Fire Department.

Stay with WHSV for updates.

BREAKING: 3 injured after explosion along South Main Street in Harrisonburg. Kyle Rogers reports on the latest from city officials:

Posted by WHSV – TV 3 on Saturday, October 17, 2020

(ORIGINAL STORY 9:08 a.m.) — An explosion was reported on South Main Street near Wendy’s and El Charro.

Multiple WHSV viewers reported hearing or feeling the explosion for miles.

Reaction to this morning's explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.
Reaction to this morning’s explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.(WHSV)
Reaction to this morning's explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.
Reaction to this morning’s explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.(WHSV)
Reaction to this morning's explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.
Reaction to this morning’s explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.(WHSV)

There is still no word on what caused the explosion or if there were any casualties.

Stay with WHSV for updates.

BREAKING: Explosion in Harrisonburg. Kyle Rogers and the WHSV News team are on the scene along South Main Street.

Posted by WHSV – TV 3 on Saturday, October 17, 2020

Copyright 2020 WHSV. All rights reserved.

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Officials: Natural gas leak caused explosion at Harrisonburg shopping center – WHSV

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) (UPDATE 10/19 5:09 p.m.) — The Harrisonburg Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that Saturday morning’s explosion and subsequent fire at Miller Circle was the result of a natural gas leak inside the building.

According to a tweet from the City of Harrisonburg, the exact origin of the leak and ignition source are still under investigation.

(UPDATE 10/19) — Officials will not be releasing further information or details regarding the exact cause of Saturday’s explosion along South Main Street in Harrisonburg that damaged multiple commercial buildings and injured at least five individuals until a secondary investigation is complete.

At this time, city officials say they have no reason to believe the cause of the explosion was deliberate or suspicious.

Surrounding businesses who were impacted by the explosion have taken to social media to give updates regarding their staff and buildings. As of Monday, GoFundMe pages have been created to help the owners and employees of Funky’s, Element Vapors, Naza Salon and Barber Shop, Blue Sprocket and Hometown Music and Halal Market cover building damages from the explosion and subsequent fire.

As of Sunday afternoon, officials say the two individuals who were flown to UVA with serious injuries are in stable condition.

Stay with WHSV as we cover local businesses and individuals impacted, as well as the latest updates from city officials.

(UPDATE 2:41 p.m.) — Officials say that the two individuals who were flown to UVA are in stable condition.

Officials say they have no reason to believe there are other injuries at this time. They are currently conducting a secondary search of the area.

Crews are currently in the process of reopening South Main Street, but will continue to be onsite for the remainder of the day and the next few days.

It will likely be a few days to determine the exact cause of the explosion and fire, according to officials.

Columbia Gas was on scene to shut down nearby gas lines in the area.

(UPDATE 12:59 p.m.) — Officials say they have no reason to believe anyone else is inside the building where the explosion occurred.

(UPDATE 12:15 p.m.) — James Madison University tweeted that three students were involved in the incident.

Of the three individuals recently reported injured, one individual, who was transported to RMH, is being treated for cuts to the arm from flying glass, according to officials.

Two other JMU students were treated on the scene and released. All three students were participating in a community event.

Officials have not given an update on the two individuals flown to UVA.

Officials say that the fire from the explosion has been contained. Parts of South Main Street will stay closed for several hours.

Stay with WHSV for updates.

(UPDATE 11:53 a.m.) — Two individuals were flown from the scene to UVA after this morning’s explosion. One is being treated at RMH.

Officials say the victims were outside of the building when crews arrived at the scene.

The fire from the explosion is contained, but still not out, according to officials. Cheif Tobia with the Harrisonburg Fire Department says crews will most likely be on the scene for days.

(UPDATE 11:06 a.m.) — Two stores in the shopping center report its employees are okay after the incident this morning.

Governor Ralph Northam tweeted that he has deployed state emergency personnel for additional support regarding the explosion.

Despite Northam’s tweet, officials can not confirm the incident was a gas explosion.

(UPDATE 9:33 a.m.) — City officials say the explosion happened in a commercial business area in Miller Circle in Harrisonburg.

As of 9:27 a.m., there are multiple crews and aid on the scene. Officials say at least three people have been transported from the scene, two in serious condition.

Firefighters are still handling the flames.

Officials say some nearby businesses have been impacted by the explosion, but there is no belief there are serious impacts or injuries from those businesses.

Officials say they haven’t been able to assess damage outside of the area for residents, but homeowners are encouraged to report property damage from the incident to the Harrisonburg Fire Department.

Stay with WHSV for updates.

BREAKING: 3 injured after explosion along South Main Street in Harrisonburg. Kyle Rogers reports on the latest from city officials:

Posted by WHSV – TV 3 on Saturday, October 17, 2020

(ORIGINAL STORY 9:08 a.m.) — An explosion was reported on South Main Street near Wendy’s and El Charro.

Multiple WHSV viewers reported hearing or feeling the explosion for miles.

Reaction to this morning's explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.
Reaction to this morning’s explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.(WHSV)
Reaction to this morning's explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.
Reaction to this morning’s explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.(WHSV)
Reaction to this morning's explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.
Reaction to this morning’s explosion from WHSV viewers on our Facebook page.(WHSV)

There is still no word on what caused the explosion or if there were any casualties.

Stay with WHSV for updates.

BREAKING: Explosion in Harrisonburg. Kyle Rogers and the WHSV News team are on the scene along South Main Street.

Posted by WHSV – TV 3 on Saturday, October 17, 2020

Copyright 2020 WHSV. All rights reserved.

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Cottonwood declines permits for Walkin’ On Main – JournalAZ.com – Verde Valley News, Jobs, Classifieds – Camp Verde Journal

While town and city councils can choose to waive the governor’s restrictions for their signature events, many councils in the state have not done so.

Walkin’ On Main, an annual event held in Cottonwood’s Old Town to boost local businesses, was the latest casualty when the Cottonwood City Council failed to move forward on a motion to approve street closures for the event at an Oct. 6 meeting.

Cottonwood Parks and Recreation staff had hoped that with virus spread declining in the Verde Valley since the early summer, the event could be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, with some increased precautions.

“One of the biggest considerations for us is the group sizes of 50 and making sure we can spread those groups throughout town as best as we can,” Parks and Recreation Manager Jak Teel told the council at the meeting. “One of the biggest things we really want to focus on is keeping it regional. We don’t want to draw a huge crowd from outside areas, so we’re going to be focusing on local marketing only.”

Parks and Recreation gave council recommendations of changes to the event, including no wine garden on Main Street but the opportunity to buy glasses and get redeemed at wineries on the street; no big artist tent in the street, but artists could sell at the Club House; no main stage, but music in different locations with a larger concert in the park to close the event; relocating the car show to utilize more of the Gateway Parking Lot to encourage physical distancing; and spreading out the vendors more.

Teel told council that the event would still likely have more than 1,000 attendees. Despite the precautions, council did not move forward with approving the street closures for the event.

“I just see this as being blatant hypocrisy,” Vice Mayor Michael Mathews said. “If we think that this pandemic is enough to where we’ve got to have a local mandate, I don’t see how we can reconcile that. If it’s that dangerous and people are going to risk death by getting together …. I don’t know how we can have that on one hand and be talking about events on the other. I just can’t reconcile the two. We need to eliminate one, or we need to eliminate the other — and I’m in favor of the events.”

Others on the council expressed concern about the event and its potential to spread the virus.

“I’m concerned that we’re going to have a large crowd,” Councilman Doug Hulse said. “They’re supposed to wear masks. We have no real way to enforce people wearing masks.”

Mayor Tim Elinski ordered a city- wide mask mandate in June over the objections of council, but did not include any penalty with his order. Last week, Elinski attended the grand opening of a new brewery in Old Town and was standing in a crowd not wearing a mask in a video posted to social media.

“We’ve canceled every other event because of this and I just feel like we maybe need to go along the same guidelines rather than put people in jeopardy,” Hulse said. “We’re hearing on the news that the second wave is on its way, it’s coming. By next month it’s probably going to be here if it’s coming. I’m not sure what the results are going to be for us, but I think it would be a negative influence if people were to get infected.”

Councilwoman Tosca Henry made a motion in favor of approving the street closure, which did not receive a

second motion, effectively ending the plan before it even came to a vote.

Business owners in Old Town expressed mixed feelings on the decision.

“Because the Old Town Association’s focus is bringing commerce to Old Town and fostering local support, we respect the council’s decision, but we are also disappointed,” Brenda Clouston, owner of COLT Grill and president of the OTA, wrote in an email. “The businesses in Old Town are working hard to sustain themselves during this pandemic and this cancellation isn’t helpful in that regard as it is very well attended from around the state.

“Personally I believe if you can go safely to Walmart, Safeway and Home Depot, then get on an airplane, you can probably navigate an outdoor street fair just fine,” she said. “That being said, I also understand the fear of this virus and have family members who are at risk. Our board looks forward to December’s Old Town activities with hopeful anticipation.”

“I agree with the city’s decision,” wrote Eric Jurisin, head of the Haunted Group, which own several restaurants in Old Town. “It would look bad to some. Wish things were different but it’s the 2020 norm at this point.”

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