Boynton Beach Police Department(BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) — A 12-year-old boy dove from a moving vehicle to escape a suspected kidnapper in South Florida, police say.The child was treated for abrasions to his forehead, arms and hands, while the suspect, 26-year-old Timothy Miller of West Palm Beach, was arrested on charges of kidnapping under the age of 13, resisting an officer with violence and child neglect, according to a probable cause affidavit.The boy told detectives that he got off his school bus and was walking home in Boynton Beach on Wednesday afternoon when a man driving a white pickup truck pulled over and offered him a ride. The man, later identified as Miller, told the child that he gives rides to kids “all the time” and “not to worry” because he “won’t do anything weird,” according to the affidavit.The boy said Miller “seemed nice and had a friendly smile,” so he accepted his offer and got in the truck. But then, the child said, Miller started to “act different” and looked at him “strangely,” while driving erratically and asking if he had any drugs, according to the affidavit.The boy said he became frightened and tried to open the passenger door to get out, but Miller told him he couldn’t leave and sped up in an effort to prevent him from doing so. Still, the child managed to open the door and jumped from the moving vehicle, according to the affidavit.Onlookers who saw the boy land on the pavement stopped to help him, while two others went after Miller and followed his truck onto Interstate 95. When Miller got off at an exit, the other drivers used their cars to block in his truck until police arrived. Miller “repeatedly violently resisted officer’s attempts to detain him” but was ultimately taken into custody, according to the affidavit.Miller told detectives that he picked up the boy because he thought he was a teenager and could sell him drugs, according to the affidavit.“We are grateful to the Good Samaritans who assisted us with taking Miller into custody,” the Boynton Police Department said in a Facebook post. “We encourage parents to use this as an opportunity to remind their children about the dangers of getting into a car with someone they do not know.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The postponed ministerial gathering of the UN Conference on Trade and Development will take place in Barbados in April 2021, organizers said Wednesday, tasked with rebuilding economies battered by the coronavirus crisis.The quadrennial UNCTAD conference will be a “window of opportunity” to reset the way international trade operates, organizers said.The UN organization’s 15th ministerial conference was initially scheduled for October 2020 in Barbados but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides the climbing death toll — now above 700,000 — the pandemic has caused deep economic damage around the world.”The global trading system has been woefully unprepared for this global health crisis,” said UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi.”UNCTAD 15 will shape the ambitions for a better recovery. Countries have realized the devastating limits of current development practices,” the Kenyan former trade minister said.”This gives us a window of opportunity to build the political will towards the systemic changes needed for truly better recovery, despite the current steep obstacles to international solidarity,” he said.According to UNCTAD’s estimates, developing countries need $2.5 trillion immediately to start tackling the damage caused by the pandemic. Topics : It will now be held in the Caribbean island’s capital Bridgetown next April 25-30.”The COVID-19 global emergency and its extreme repercussions have exposed the need for a fundamental rethinking of many of the assumptions that previously underpinned the international economic order,” Mia Mottley, the prime minster of Barbados, said at a virtual signing ceremony for the hosting agreement.”The crisis has provided the UNCTAD membership with a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of the new thinking and radical policy corrections that the situation now requires,” she added.The conference is the highest decision-making body of Geneva-based UNCTAD, which counts 195 member states and reports to the UN General Assembly.