Protestor Killed, Three Injured in Minneapolis Vehicle Ramming

Several hundred protestors at an event in Minneapolis were taken by surprise when an SUV drove into their midst at a protest against police violence. The protestors were speaking out about a recent event in which Winston Smith, a 32-year-old black American man, was shot by law enforcement officers earlier in June.

An eyewitness reported the SUV drove at a high rate of speed – “70 or 80 miles an hour” — and appeared to have accelerated as it got closer to the crowd. The SUV hit another vehicle that was acting as a blockade. That blockade vehicle then hit several protestors. The woman killed was reportedly tossed into the air and hit a pole.

Deona Erickson, whose 32nd birthday would have been June 16, was identified as the deceased. A 35-year-old man was booked on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide, driving after a license was canceled and providing false information to police. He had past convictions of driving while impaired, reports say.

Muslim Family Targeted in Vehicle Ramming Attack

Out for a walk together in Ontario, Canada, four members of a Muslim family were killed Sunday, June 6, 2020 when a black truck drove into them.

Those killed included Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzaal and Salman Afzaal’s 74-year-old mother, Talat Afzaal. The youngest member of the family, a 9 year old, survived the attack.

The driver of the truck, a 20-year old man, has been charged with four counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. Police there are calling it a hate-motivated attack. The driver of the truck, Nathaniel Veltman, was arrested near the scene immediately after the attack. It is reported that he “planned the attack and targeted the family because of their Muslim faith.” 

Government announces £11.8 million for New Lyminster Bypass

West Sussex in the UK is set to benefit from £11.8 million of government funding to construct the northern section of the Lyminster Bypass, Roads Minister Baroness Vere announced onn 5 June 2021.

The planned scheme will link up with the southern section of the bypass, which is currently under construction, to complete a new 1.1-mile single carriageway running to the east of Lyminster and Wick villages.

The road will link a new junction on the A259 in Littlehampton to the A284 just south of the A27 at Crossbush, easing congestion, providing much-needed improvements to routes in and out of Littlehampton and supporting plans for 1,260 new homes and 700 new jobs in the region.

It comes as part of the government’s drive to build back better from the pandemic and boost transport links across the country.

“Local residents deserve quicker, easier and more reliable journeys in and out of Littlehampton and around West Sussex, and that’s exactly what this scheme will deliver, along with new jobs, houses and safer and better journeys for cyclists and pedestrians,” Transport Minister Baroness Vere said. “This government is committed to leveling up transport across the country, so that no matter where you live, you can get around easily and safely.”

Joy Dennis, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said, “The Department for Transport’s financial backing for the project to build the northern section of the A284 Lyminster Bypass is excellent news. It shows confidence in the scheme which is designed to provide strategic north-south access to and from the A27 for residents, businesses and visitors alike, address congestion and remove delays caused by the level crossing at Wick.”

Currently, journeys in and out of Littlehampton are often very slow along the narrow route into the town centre, with numerous delays caused by the Wick railway level crossing. The proposed bypass would provide motorists and road-users with a shorter and less congested route, slashing journey times and avoiding the level crossing.

A 3m-wide shared cycle and footway will run along one side of the road and a signalised crossing will be built so cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders can safely cross.

The total cost of the scheme comes to £21.6 million, with the remaining £9.8 million coming from West Sussex County Council, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and private developers, on top of the Department for Transport’s multimillion-pound contribution.

U. S. State Department Holding Special Passport Acceptance Fairs

The U. S. State Department will be hosting special passport fairs across the United States to help U. S. citizens apply for passports. Most events are for first-time customers and children using Form DS-11 to apply. The State Department recommends those that are eligible to renew their passport should do so by mail. 

Upcoming events

Broward County Clerk of CourtFt. LauderdaleFLSat, Jun 58am-2pmNo
Cedar County Recorder’s OfficeTiptonIATue, Jun 810am-5pmNo
Visalia Main Post OfficeVisaliaCASat, Jun 199am-2pmNo
Lyndhurst Community Center (Tontine & Riverside Ave.)LyndhurstNJMon, Jun 2110am-2pmNo
Cedar County Recorder’s OfficeTiptonIATue, Jun 2210am-5pmNo
Broward County Clerk of CourtFt. LauderdaleFLSat, Jun 268am-2pmNo
Fort Lee Recreation Center (1500 8th St.)Fort LeeNJMon, Jun 2810am-2pmNo
Special Passport Acceptance Fairs Locations and Dates

Returning to the United States on an Expired U.S. Passport Possible in Temporary Exemption

The Biden administration is allowing U. S. citizens with expired passports to return to the U. S. Citizens with recently expired passports will be able to return until the end of the year. There were more than usual due to the pandemic.

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will accept for admission certain expired U.S. passports, thereby assisting U.S. citizens who have been affected by appointment backlogs at embassies and consulates overseas caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” a notice issued early this week said. “Recently expired passports cannot be used to travel from the United States to an international destination or to travel to a foreign country for any length of stay longer than an airport connection en route to the United States or to a United States territory.”

Not all expired passports will be eligible for the temporary waiver. All travelers should check to see if they are eligible before firming up travel arrangements.

To qualify for this exception you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Currently abroad seeking direct return to the United States.
  • Flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States Territory.
  • The expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if you were 15 years of age or younger when the passport was issued, your expired passport was valid for 5 years.
  • The expired passport is undamaged.
  • The expired passport is unaltered.
  • The expired passport is in your possession.

More information is available on the U. S. State Department website.

B&B Roadway Security Announces New CEO

B&B Roadway and Security Solutions announced that Dave Patterson has joined their team as their new CEO.

“Since our founding in 1925, along with Huron Capital’s Flex Equity fund investment in February 2018, we have been leaders in design and manufacturing of roadway safety and perimeter security products for government and commercial customers. Dave brings more than two decades of leadership experience to the company, and we’re looking forward to his leadership in this next phase of growth,” the company said in a press announcement.

VERIFLY’S Digital Wallet to Accept Vaccine Health Credential Globally

VeriFLY, a digital wallet created to help travelers and event attendees quickly meet their destination’s COVID-19 requirements, is now offering the ability to upload vaccination cards as part of their secure digital health credentials.

“VeriFLY is committed to establishing digital interfaces to global sources of verifiable clinical information, including proof of vaccines, as they become available,” said Daon CEO Tom Grissen. “To ensure the equitable inclusion of all travelers in meeting their current COVID-19 requirements, VeriFLY is immediately offering the ability to upload vaccination cards as part of their secure digital health credentials to ensure a digital divide does not exacerbate health inequities.”

The VeriFLY app continues to grow in popularity around the world. Now with more than 800,000 active users departing from more than 60 countries on six continents, VeriFLY provides clear information in one place that customers and governments can trust. It enables customers to complete all travel requirements in one simple app while securing data and safeguarding confidential information.

“We are gratified that travelers and event attendees around the world have turned to VeriFLY to assist in their life journeys as we begin to see a return to normalcy,” Grissen added. “The VeriFLY app will help not only with air travel, but also at conventions, sporting events and concerts. We envision a world where your VeriFLY digital wallet will provide access to the places you and your family want to visit. And the ability to accept a vaccine health credential will accelerate opportunities to resume activities we’ve all dearly missed.”

Starting today, American Airlines – the first airline to offer VeriFLY to its customers – will provide travelers the option to use the VeriFLY app to securely upload their vaccine documentation for travel to El Salvador, Guatemala and the Bahamas. Travelers can simply upload a photo of both sides of their COVID-19 vaccine record into the app. The VeriFLY team will review that all documentation meets the destination requirements.

Grissen noted that Daon has trained professionals that can analyze vaccination cards prior to a customer arriving at the airport, giving them a streamlined travel experience.

“Daon’s design team is using digital comparative analysis in combination with human review to help guard against the use of fraudulent documents,” Grissen added. “As more and more travelers upload vaccination cards and test results our algorithms will only get more accurate and effective. We believe we can train our algorithms to help combat fraud at scale, however, the ultimate goal should be for government and other parties to come together and create sources of verifiable credentials. As an industry leader for more than 20 years, we feel Daon can play a role in bringing these parties together.”

Press Release

Allied Universal Seeks to Hire 35,000 Security Professionals in US Over the Next Two Months

Global security and facility services company, Allied Universal, is seeking to hire more than 35,000 security professionals, administrative and managerial staff to fill positions over the next two months. Recently, Allied Universal joined forces with London-based global security provider G4S and is now the 3rd largest employer in North America. The company’s goal is to seek security professionals to support its local operations in communities across the nation. Allied Universal is offering hiring bonuses to new employees in select states across the United States.

“It’s an exciting time to join Allied Universal as the sky is the limit in terms of career opportunities and growth,” said Don Tefft, Jr., chief human resources officer, Allied Universal. “Our security professionals play a pivotal role in serving and safeguarding our customers and communities in our ever-changing world.” 

Allied Universal is offering regular and temporary, full-time and part-time opportunities, and these open positions include security professionals, client and account managers, site supervisors, and other functional roles within human resources, sales, finance and IT.  
Allied Universal employs a virtual interview process where applicants can complete the company’s online application from the comfort of their home through highly advanced video interviewing technology. The company is looking for individuals who are dependable and trustworthy and offer superior customer services skills. 

“Allied Universal offers so much more than just a job — we offer careers,” said Tefft. “We have countless examples of employees who began their career as security professionals and today, are members of our senior management team, working in all facets of the organization.”

Allied Universal Partners with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to Help Combat Human Trafficking

Allied Universal announced recently that it is providing Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) online video training to the company’s more than 300,000 security professionals.  

The Truckers Against Trafficking training will assist security professionals working with law enforcement in the recognition and reporting of human trafficking, in order to aid in the recovery of victims and the arrest of their perpetrators.

“Our Security Professionals are the eyes and ears of the world who are on the front line of service each and every day,” said Brent O’Bryan, SVP of Training & Organizational Effectiveness at Allied Universal. “We are proud to align with Truckers Against Trafficking to ensure that our security professionals are expertly trained to recognize and combat human trafficking.” 

TAT believes education and awareness about the realities of human trafficking are key to shifting cultural and societal views that will protect victims and survivors and create opportunities for long-term impact. This is especially important for those in positions with a high likelihood of encountering victims (transportation, justice system, law enforcement/security, education professionals, healthcare workers, etc.)
“We commend Allied Universal for their leadership in recognizing the important role that Security Professionals can play in the fight to end human trafficking due to the many ways that they may come into contact with victims or traffickers in the course of their work,” said Annie Sovcik, program director, Truckers Against Trafficking.  “By partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking to provide this vital coursework to their Security Professionals, they will play a critical role in combating one of our nation’s greatest human rights violations.”

VRA Injures Six in Jerusalem

A car was driven into a police roadblock in Jerusalem amid heightened clashes between Israel and Palestine Sunday, May 16. The vehicle ramming attack happened in Sheikh Jarrah, an Israeli-annexed part of East Jerusalem, where Palestinian families may be evicted. Video of the event showed the vehicle driving at high speed into the police roadblock. Police there called the attack deliberate. The police opened fire, killing the driver. Six people were injured and taken to hospital to receive medical attention.