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Abandoned newborn girl found alive in plastic grocery bag

first_imgForsyth County Sheriffs Office(NEW YORK) — Georgia authorities are searching for information after they say an abandoned newborn girl was found alive in a plastic grocery bag. Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman called it “divine intervention” that the baby was found in good condition. The newborn was found along a road in Forsyth County at about 10 p.m Thursday, Freeman said at a news conference on Friday.Residents heard the baby’s cry and called 911, he said. “It was obvious that the baby was a newborn. We believe within hours of our discovery that the baby had been born,” he said. She was rushed to a hospital “where surprisingly, the baby was in good condition,” Freeman said.Now, the sheriff is desperate to find the identity of the baby and her parents.“We want to understand and find out how this baby was abandoned,” Freeman said. “Thirty-two years, this is the first one I’ve had of an abandoned child in this manner.” As the news spreads, residents are coming forward and asking about adopting the baby, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Deputy Jenny Belafi said Monday.The state has laws allowing for the safe surrender of newborn children. “Georgia Safe Haven Law allows a mother up to 30 days after the birth of an infant to drop that infant off at a hospital, a fire station, a police station, a sheriff’s station,” the sheriff stressed. “And as long as they turn it over to a person, a live human being, they cannot be charged with abandonment, cruelty to children. It is a way to make sure that a child like this is safely cared for.” The little girl has been temporarily named India, and is in custody of the Department of Children and Family Services, the sheriff said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Will digital disruption result in another financial industry crisis?

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Could the banking industry revisit the financial crisis of 2008?According to a 52-page analysis from McKinsey entitled, “The Phoenix Rises: Remaking the Bank for an Ecosystem World,” that is what banks and credit unions must be prepared for if there isn’t an increased focus on digitalization and a new perspective on what constitutes the banking ecosystem. Bottom line, the threat from digital technology players like Amazon, Tencent, Alibaba and Google is accelerating, and banks could be relegated to commodity providers in less than a decade if the industry doesn’t rethink how it delivers financial services.McKinsey estimates that fully digitizing, along with significantly improving skills in digital marketing and analytics, could add $350 billion to the banking industry’s bottom line over the next three to five years. In addition, if the banking industry could find ways to compete effectively with big tech companies like Amazon, Alibaba and Tencent, an ROE between 9% and 14% is possible by 2025.Alternatively, if the financial services industry does not rethink distribution, and if retail and corporate customers switch their banking to digital companies at the same rate that people have adopted new technologies in the past, the industry’s ROE, absent any mitigating actions, could fall by roughly 4 points, to 5.2 percent by 2025. This is close to the levels experienced in 2008, during the worst of the 2008 financial crisis. continue reading »last_img read more

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Three get first IMCA wins of season at Davenport

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (June 1) – The Davenport Speedway kicked off the month of June in style Friday with three IMCA drivers collecting their first local feature wins of the season.In Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model action, Chuck Hanna stole the show. Hanna easily won his heat race and then dominated the feature, leading 23 of the 25 laps.Hanna took the lead from Joe Ross on lap three and never looked back. Matt Ryan moved up through the field to record a second place finish. Joe Ross, Andy Nezworski and Rob Toland, com­pleted the top five.The Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified feature had a similar story. A lap six restart gave Eric Barnes the opportunity to pass Craig Crawford for the lead. Barnes led the rest of the way. Bryce Garnhart came from mid-pack to finish second, while Chris Zogg went from deep in the field to take third.Craig Crawford held on to fourth with Bruce Hanford completing the top five.Jared Waterman won his first Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod feature of the season. Mike Haines jumped out to the early lead in the race. Waterman took the lead and started to pull away. Following Waterman to the checkers were Mike Haines, Mike Adam, and Kyle Eller in that order. Henry Carson rounded out the top five.Next Friday, June 8, brings the IMCA SportMod Challenge to the Davenport Speedway. $2,000 awaits the winner of the SportMod main. Weekly point racing will be held in all other classes.last_img read more

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