Quebec man whose daughters death sparked youth protection inquiry denied bail

first_imgGRANBY, Que. — The father of a seven-year-old Quebec girl whose death sparked several probes about the state of youth protection services in the province has been denied bail.Quebec court Judge Serge Champoux ruled today the man, 30, would remain behind bars until there is a resolution to the charges he faces stemming from his daughter’s death.The man and the young girl’s stepmother were charged one day after police found the girl in critical condition in her family home in Granby, about 80 kilometres east of Montreal. In the hours following their initial court appearance on April 30, the girl died in hospital.The two accused, who cannot be identified to protect the girl’s identity, have been detained since.The bail hearing took place last week with a publication ban on the evidence.The man faces three charges — failing to provide the necessities of life, child abandonment and unlawful confinement. The girl’s stepmother returns to court June 21 on charges of unlawful confinement and aggravated assault.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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At a cemetery bones tossed like trash and families in pain

first_imgA mass desecration of graves at a Connecticut cemetery has devastated dozens of families while police determine whether to file criminal charges.Authorities say gravestones and human remains at Park Cemetery in Bridgeport were moved to make way for the newly dead.A layer of dirt was placed in some areas to allow for new burials atop old ones. Human bones, casket pieces and old headstones were found in the woods.Relatives estimate more than 100 graves were either disinterred or had new remains buried above them. They’re now trying to restore an oversight board and determine whether everyone is buried where they should be.A state judge ousted the cemetery caretaker last week because of the conditions.Police are investigating, but no arrests have been announced.Dave Collins, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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City staff will ask students about culture in St Catharines

The City of St. Catharines will be doing “man on the street” interviews at Brock next week to ask about the city’s culture.City staff and consultants will ask students a number of questions, including: What arts activities do you or your family participate in in St. Catharines? What aspect of St. Catharines history do you think would make a great museum exhibit? What would you like to see as the first performance at the new performing arts centre?The interviews will take place on Monday in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.The interviews are part of a project that started in November to develop a new culture plan. Residents will express their ideas and local artists will create visual impressions on the city’s culture. read more

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Haiti facing huge shortfall in funds to recover from deadly tropical storm

The amount of clean water being distributed to the population has greatly increased although it is still far short of the volume that a population of 200,000 people would normally require, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Oxfam are working together to restore clean water to some 50 schools and disinfect wells in the area.Due in large part to the presence of a 120-bed Canadian/Norwegian Red Cross field hospital, health care in Gonaïves, in northwest Haiti, is now considered to be better than it was before storms battered the city but the health sector still suffers from a lack of Haitian doctors, a shortage of free medical services and difficulty in replacing epidemiologists who have left the area.Another urgent priority is restoring the destroyed irrigation systems, as the vast majority of Gonaïves’ population depends on agriculture for employment. Much of the reconstruction work is being hampered by lack of funds since only 27 per cent of the requested funds have been received.In a fundraising effort a selection of Brazilian soccer players who won the 1994 World Cup will face off against the current Haitian national team in a friendly match Saturday in Miami to focus attention on the situation in Haiti. Ticket sales will finance UNICEF programmes in Haiti for health, nutrition, education and protection.Haitian authorities have estimated that at least 1,300 people perished and more than 1,000 others were missing from the storm, with most casualties in Gonaïves, Haiti’s third-largest city. read more

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2014 devastating year for Palestinians says UN humanitarian report

“Continued occupation undermines the ability of Palestinians to live normal lives,” UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the territory, James Rawley, said in conjunction with the release of the 2014 Annual Humanitarian Overview by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “Were these factors removed and related policies changed, international humanitarian assistance would not be necessary here,” he added, while acknowledging that last year had been a “devastating” one for Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank. The OCHA report, entitled Fragmented Lives, recalls that 1.8 million people in Gaza experienced an escalation in hostilities during the 2014 conflict between Gaza-based Palestinian militants and Israeli forces, resulting in over 1,500 Palestinian civilian fatalities, including more than 550 children, and leaving some 100,000 residents without a home. In addition, five Israeli civilians, including a child, as well as a security guard were killed. Moreover, it adds, reconstruction efforts in Gaza following the 51-day conflict have been slow, hampered by the continued blockade and the lack of funding, although the temporary Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism has enabled the import of construction material. The ongoing crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory has been overwhelming relief efforts in recent months. Just last month, Mr. Rawley presented OCHA’s 2015 Strategic Response Plan in an effort to raise $705 million required to help the millions of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank with their sharply increasing humanitarian needs. But, he warned, there were also many lingering difficulties. A lack of donor support for the Plan would result in the continued displacement of over 22,000 families while up to 1.6 million people across the occupied Palestinian territory would be deprived of adequate water and sanitation services, and food assistance. Access to basic healthcare and education would also be compromised. In today’s press release, Mr. Rawley added that the problems for the occupied Palestinian territory were not only isolated to Gaza, where the ongoing blockade had placed a stranglehold on the enclave’s economy and restricted movement for its residents, but also spilled over into the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.“A record number of 1,215 Palestinians were displaced due to home demolitions by Israeli authorities, while settlement and settler activity continued, in contravention of international law, and contributed to humanitarian vulnerability of affected Palestinian communities,” he noted. In 2014, according to OCHA figures, the Israeli authorities destroyed 590 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C [over 60 per cent of the West Bank where Israel retains control over security, planning and building] and East Jerusalem causing the highest level of displacement in the West Bank since the Office began systematically monitoring the issue in 2008. The UN has also noted that planning policies applied by Israel in Area C and East Jerusalem continue to discriminate against Palestinians, making it extremely difficult for them to obtain building permits. Nevertheless, despite describing a grim outlook for the occupied Palestinian territory, the OCHA report also suggests a range of actions that would help achieve progress on the ground, including Israel fulfilling its “primary obligations to protect the Palestinian civilian population” and the fulfilment by all parties to the conflict of their legal obligations to conduct hostilities in accordance with international law. read more

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FEATURE Grandpa Oyster offers example of sustainable ocean business

It has become clear now that the source of iron in the waters off Japan’s Sanriku Coast is the forests in the Russian-Chinese border. Many fishery and ocean experts are expected to participate in the UN Ocean Conference. But it is meaningless to hold the meeting if they forget to discuss the link between the forest and the ocean. It is important to teach children how forests, rivers and the ocean are connectedUN News: Please share your thoughts about the importance of human resource development and youth education.Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: If you don’t share the values with people living in the river basin, the sea will get contaminated. This is not a matter of natural science but a problem created by humans. It is important to teach children how forests, rivers and the ocean are connected. We started educating children one year after our reforestation movement began. We planted trees not only in the mountains, but also in the minds of boys and girls. We have educated more than 10,000 children. UN News: How do you feel about being nicknamed ‘Grandpa Oyster?’Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: I could not use water for two months after the 2011 tsunami. My beard grew unkempt and I probably looked like Colonel Sanders, the founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food chain. Elementary school children enrolled in our on-site environmental education programme started calling me ‘Grandpa Oyster.’ Now at 74, I feel I have reached an appropriate age to be called a grandpa.   About 40 years ago, a red tide occurred in the bay. Red tide is caused by human activities on the land side. It does not come from offshore. A shell of oyster inhales 200 litres of water a day. The body of oysters turned red and they were called ‘blood oysters,’ which were not sellable in markets and had to all be disposed of. This incident was the starting point for our fishing community to launch a campaign to regain the blue sea. I also had a first-hand experience that deepened my understanding of the link between forests, rivers and the oceanI also had a first-hand experience that deepened my understanding of the link between forests, rivers and the ocean. One day, a French scholar visited a research facility in the Kesennuma area.  At her invitation, I visited France, a country known for oyster farming. I was very impressed with a variety of seafood produced in the estuary of Loire. There was a huge forest of deciduous broad-leaved trees along the river. I rediscovered the link among forests, rivers and the ocean. A good forest raises a good ocean. The academic world is vertically divided. Forest, river and sea are placed in different academic fields. There were few scholars who can elucidate the relationship between forest, rivers and the ocean in a holistic manner. American scholar John Martin discovered that plankton does not grow in some waters that lack iron. The sea becomes anaemic if iron is not provided. I found that Hokkaido University professor Katsuhiko Matsunaga was also saying that forests grow a rich ocean.  His research gave scientific justification for our movement of planting trees upstream of rivers. Dams stop the flow of iron into the ocean.  Farmers usually do not take the ocean into account when they grow crops. If inhabitants in the river basin do not think about the seas, oyster production sites will vanish. Shigeatsu Hatakeyama speaks to participants at a tree-planting festival. Photo/Mori wa Umi no Koibito Shigeatsu Hatakeyama teaches children about environmental conservation. Photo/Mori wa Umi no Koibito Overview of floating oyster farms in Kesennuma Bay. Photo/Mori wa Umi no Koibito  UN News: What impact did the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 have on your oyster business?Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: It was beyond an impact. A 20-metre-high tsunami brought complete destruction and I lost everything, from boats, aquaculture rafts and other equipment like refrigerators. Honestly, I thought to myself ‘my business is over.’ All living creatures disappeared. But by May (about two months after the disaster), living beings started to re-emerge. When a Kyoto University research team came, I was eager to know the status of plankton in the bay as there was speculation that the sea was dead. A member of the research mission said: ‘Mr. Hatakeyama, please rest assured. There are more plankton than oysters can eat.’Hearing that, I was convinced that I could revive my oyster farming business. The researcher attributed the quick comeback of the sea’s condition to the forests upstream. This experience proved the legitimacy of our reforestation movement. In the following year, I received the UN Forest Hero Award. UN News: As a recipient of the UN Forest Hero Award, what kind of outcome do you expect from the UN Ocean Conference to be held in June?Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: Research on the relationship between the ocean and forest is progressing. As you know, waters off Japan’s Sanriku Coast form one of the world’s top three fishing grounds. In fishery high school, I was taught that the condition for the fertile waters was created by the collision of Black and Parental currents. But new studies suggest that the forests – five times larger than Japan’s land – around the Amur River, which runs along the border of eastern Russia and northern China, produce iron that does not oxidize. The Amur carries this type of iron into the Sea of Okhotsk, and iron flows via the Bussol Strait of the Kuril Islands into the northern Pacific Ocean, where the Sanriku fishing ground is situated. “I thought to myself my business was over,” says 74-year-old Hatakeyama, who is known as ‘Grandpa Oyster,’ a nickname given by the schoolchildren in his environmental education programme.   To his surprise, however, the conditions conducive to oyster farming in Kesennuma Bay came back quickly.  He believes the recovery can be attributed to the tree-planting movement he and his fishing community initiated decades ago in the upstream of Okawa River that flows into the Bay.              Mr. Hatakeyama is the president of the non-profit organization “Mori wa Umi no Koibito” (The forest is longing for the sea, the sea is longing for the forest), whose activities focus on reforestation and environmental education. He was also one of the recipients of the UN Forest Hero Award in 2012.Ahead of the United Nations Ocean Conference, Mr. Hatakeyama spoke with UN News and explained how the forest environment is interlinked to marine production. UN News: What led you to start the reforestation movement “The forest is longing for the sea, the sea is longing for the forest?”Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: The movement started in 1989. Oysters grow in areas of brackish waters where a river meets the sea.  You cannot grow oysters just with salt water. Fresh water is necessary. For instance, Hiroshima, a well-known oyster production site, has brackish water areas at the mouth of the Ota River. Okawa flows into Kesennuma Bay, where our oyster farm is situated. Nutrients from upstream forests that a river carries raise phytoplankton, which oysters feed on. Oysters growing in Kesennuma Bay. Photo/Mori wa Umi no Koibito  UN News: What kind of contributions does your movement make to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals?Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: Because I am just a fisherman, I cannot say big things. But I say this. The four major civilizations in the world originated in river basins. Civilization will perish if you destroy the river basin environment. In Japan, 35,000 rivers are flowing into the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. However, many river basins are sick. This is not sustainable. We need to restore the original condition. When the ocean gets better, you can reap more fish for sushi. Then, sushi prices will go down. So, it’s good for food security and for the economy of the local communities.UN News: What is your dream?Shigeatsu Hatakeyama: My father started our family’s oyster business. My three sons are now running it. If my grandson, who is in high school now, succeeds, our business will have lasted 100 years. This is sustainability to the letter, isn’t it? If the river basin environment is preserved, a sustainable life will continue even in remote seaside areas. I hope to prove that and continue communicating these linkages through my real-life example. read more

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New rules for reverse mortgages

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The National Consumer Credit Protection Act has been amended to include regulations covering reverse mortgages.Brokers and lenders who arrange reverse mortgages must now make reasonable enquiries about the borrower’s requirements and objectives in meeting their possible future needs.A reverse mortgage contract will be generally unsuitable if the loan to valuation ratio exceeds 15 per cent for borrowers aged 55 or younger, increased by 1 per cent for each year that the youngest borrower is older than 55.A lender must give the borrower(s) a Reverse Mortgage Key Information Statement before making a credit assessment.Source: The Adviserlast_img read more

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These Clever Plugs Let You MagSafe All Your Cords

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Apple’s breakaway MagSafe connector is a beautiful thing. It’s kept many a MacBook from being unceremoniously yanked off a counter or desk when someone happens to trip over the cord.Other manufacturers have introduced similar solutions for their own devices — Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Book being two of the best-known examples. But why stop there? Surely there are other cords that might ensnare our feet and lead to expensive accidental breakage of things.That’s where Tug comes in. It’s a clever little two-piece adapter that lets you add that device-saving quick-disconnect action to any cord in your house (provide those cords use the standard 2 or 3-prong we lean on in the U.S. and Canada).One end goes in the wall, the other on the end of the cord you’re going to plug in. It doesn’t get much simpler than that now, does it?It just takes a tug (hence the name) to unplug after that… or someone or something snagging the cord at high speed, whichever. If you regularly have small children tearing around your house these gizmos could help you avoid numerous injuries, meltdowns, and unplanned replacements of electrically-powered things. The same goes for clumsy and/or drunken adults, really.Apart from preventing damage to yourself/friends/family and whatever you have plugged in, Tug also prevents annoying plug breakage. You know the sort of thing — when you kick or pull a cord for the umpteenth time and one of the prongs finally shears off in the outlet.How much will this added peace-of-mind and safety set you back? If you’re only buying a single Tug adapter it’ll run you $19.95. Buying in bulk will save you a few bucks: a three-pack goes for $49.95.You can place pre-orders now over at the ILOVEHANDLES online store, and you won’t have to wait too long for your Tugs to show up. They’ll start shipping on March 1.center_img Bitcoin Mining Puts Massive Strain on Electric PowerCalifornia Mandates Solar Panels On New Homes last_img read more

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Superstar Shakeup continues tonight on Smackdown WWE hypes The Undertaker vs Rusev

first_img Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Twitter Google+ Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest Ronda Rousey Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Elias, Chad Gable advance to the Semifinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournament Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 80.98%0:03Remaining Time -0:46 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Superstar Shake-up continues tonight on SmackdownThe second night of the Superstar Shake-up continues tonight on Smackdown Live.The following Smackdown talents (Owens and Zayn will be included even though they were storyline “fired” from the brand) were shifted to RAW last night:Jinder MahalSunil SinghRuby RiottSarah LoganLiv MorganKevin OwensSami ZaynZack RyderFandangoTyler BreezeNatalyaDolph ZigglerDrew McIntyreBaron CorbinKonnorViktorBobby RoodeMike KanellisChad GableMojo RawleyThe Miz was the only RAW name moved to Smackdown last night.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of Smackdown tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).WWE hypes The Undertaker vs. RusevWWE has posted a video previewing next week’s Greatest Royal Rumble event from Saudi Arabia that will be airing live on the WWE Network.The video includes the announcement last night that the originally scheduled Undertaker vs. Rusev casket match is now back on after being changed last week. Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApplast_img read more

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The benefits of lego building beer smelling and train pushing

first_imgSomething for the weekend… From becoming a master lego builder to taking on the role of beer smeller, there are numerous unusual vacancies emerging onto the 2016 job market.Jobs such as the aforementioned could also mean a hefty pay rise for some employees, with roles such as a placenta chef paying around £15 an hour, and a job as a chicken sexer, which involves determining whether a chick is male or female, paying around £40,000 a year.CV writing firm StandOut CV has revealed the 10 quirkiest jobs available to apply for this year, as well as the salaries successful applicants can expect to receive.These jobs are:1. Placenta chefAs the trend for eating placentas after giving birth gains increasing attention, vacancies for placenta chefs are beginning to appear on sites such as Craigslist. Previous experience cooking placenta is listed as a requirement.Salary: £15 an hour.2. AstronautThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is advertising for astronauts to take part in a human mission to Mars. The launch isn’t expected to take place until at least 2030. Applicants must hold a degree in biological or physical science, mathematics or engineering, and have at least three years of experience in a relevant field or over 1,000 hours experience piloting a jet.Salary: Unknown.3. Chicken sexerThe British Poultry Council is currently experiencing a shortage of chicken sexers. The main role of a chicken sexer is to determine whether a chick is male or female so they can be reared appropriately. The role involves three years of training.Salary: £40,000 a year.4. Beer smellerScottish start up BrewDog is currently looking for someone to smell and drink beer to help them find the best attributes in each product. A science degree is desirable and experience is essential.Salary: Negotiable and dependent on experience.5. Animal therapy handlerPets As Therapy and Canine Concern Scotland Trust are looking for volunteers to share the fun their pets bring with those in residential homes, hospitals and special needs schools. Being an animal owner and lover is essential and previous experience is not necessary.Salary: Unpaid.6. Train pusherDue to overcrowding, Japan’s train network has started hiring professional pushers to push people onto trains. Pushers are also required to pull off passengers that have attempted to board the train too late or when the train is at capacity.Salary: Unknown.7. Master lego builderLego is now offering the opportunity for a skilled lego aficionado to become a master lego builder at one of its theme parks or discovery centres. The role is highly competitive and selective; Lego has just 40 master lego builders worldwide.Salary: $37,500 a year.8. Video game testerVideo game testers are needed to play new games, report faults and ensure overall quality.Salary: Starting salaries begin at around £12,000-£18,000 a year, rising to £25,000 for more experienced gamers.9. Dog poo picker-upperA US-based dog poo removal service is looking for staff. The ideal candidate should not be frightened of dogs, and be happy to work outdoors in all weathers.Experience is not necessary, but a high school education or equivalent is required.Salary: $10-$12 an hour.10. Manager of Chelsea Football ClubThere is a spot open to manage the Premier League team after the football club parted ways with Jose Mourinho in December.Salary: Expected to be in the millions.The Employee Benefits team is wondering how many other unusual roles are out there and what kind of pay and benefits they might offer…last_img read more

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ShortTerm Relief from Boehner Resignation Unlikely to Translate into LongTerm Budget Deal

first_imgHouse Speaker John Boehner’s surprise announcement that he would retire next month appears to have averted the possibility of a government shutdown this week, but it may have ended the chances for a bipartisan deal to relax the statutory spending caps and advance a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill.The end result could be a full-year continuing resolution.With hard-line conservatives in the House emboldened by Boehner’s departure, the new speaker almost certainly will find it more difficult to negotiate a bipartisan budget agreement that loosens the caps, reports CQ. A new House leader could be forced to make concessions to conservatives, limiting his ability to negotiate higher spending levels with Democrats.And time spent by the House Republican conference over the next several weeks filling leadership positions likely will come at the expense of a focus on budget negotiations. The multitude of other deadlines hitting at the end of the year — the need to raise the debt ceiling and extend expiring tax breaks — also could lead to lawmakers resorting to a full-year CR to keep the government running, according to the story.“Boehner bought us two months of government funding but his decision leaves a colossal mess in December. I expect either a shutdown, a default or both,” said Scott Lilly, a former top Democratic staff member on the House Appropriations Committee.Other Capitol Hill sources, however, don’t view Boehner’s retirement as a hindrance to a budget deal, since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) already was considered the key GOP cog that would work with the White House and Democrats on the budget. McConnell previously has said reaching an agreement over the FY 2016 budget will require a deal with the Obama administration that raises the spending caps.Perhaps the right combination of budget offsets and omnibus concessions could gain sufficient support from conservatives to forge a bipartisan deal, according to CQ. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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DOC suspends some reentry related policies

first_imgThe Dunleavy administration is making changes to the Department of Corrections: It removed a position focused specifically on re-entry and is changing policies that some advocates say helped people succeed when they released from prison. Many are reserving judgment about the new direction, but the changes are concerning others.In early January, a group of people with community organizations who volunteer inside prisons to provide re-entry services met for a conference that was also attended by some Department of Corrections employees. Some of the volunteers were unexpectedly asked to turn in the green badges that gave them easier access to the inmates they work with.Tom Sharkey, the deputy director of institutions, addressed some of their concerns about changing policies during a lunchtime panel discussion at the event. He said his department is receiving direction from the governor’s office.“The governor’s office is micromanaging us at this point,” he said. “[They are] very, very involved with everything we’re doing. The commissioner — every time we come up with something — changing the language on a policy, putting a security thing forward — she has to take it to the governor’s office for their approval.”Previous policies aimed at helping people when they are released from prison involved community input from reentry-focused organizations. But Sharkey said there is no community input into the process for changing these policies at this time.DOC Commissioner Nancy Dahlstrom said during a phone interview the following week that it is her responsibility to review every single policy in her department.“I have a team here that I use and we go over everything from what the purpose of it is, and are we accomplishing that?” she said. “And safety – safety of the community, safety of the inmates… I don’t know that it would be correct to name any more specifics than that.”Some of the changes that have already been put into place include suspending special access volunteer badges. Dahlstrom said it created security risks, though she couldn’t provide specifics. Vetted volunteers are still allowed into facilities with regular volunteer passes.Another change suspends the 12-hour day pass program that allowed inmates a chance to participate in community activities, like church services, outside of prisons. That pass violated the rights of victims to be notified of a person’s release from custody.Dahlstrom emphasized that she recognizes the important role community members play in her department.“Without the community involvement, we won’t be successful,” she said.She said the department will continue involving community members in programs. Advocates understand a new governor needs to review policies, but have some concerns about the changes.Cathleen McLaughlin with the Partners Reentry Center in Anchorage said programs like the ones that were suspended were developed to help people more easily transition back into the community.“Many people don’t understand but one of the key feelings, key emotions” of people being released, she said, “is fear when going back into the community.”Programs that help people build connections before they get out of prison can ease that fear, McLaughlin said.McLaughlin said she recognizes the need to review departmental policies.“I am hoping, though, that we will take a look at what many of the services do, and how they are designed to do things in the best interest in the state of Alaska before simply saying we’re going to put them on the shelf, or we’re going to put them in the parking lot for a later date,” she said.Janice Weiss runs the Mat-Su Re-entry Coalition. She said she expected changes when the new administration took over, and she agrees with some of the changes so far. She recognizes that the department’s main concern is security and public safety and said that doesn’t mean the coalitions and the department can’t still work together.“DOC still wants to work with us,” she said. “We still have very valuable services to offer to the folks who are either incarcerated or about to be released. And we just need to find out the best ways to do that without causing any antagonism or problems.”Other department changes include rejecting a $1 million federal grant to use for re-entry programs. Alaska was one of three states awarded the grant last fall. Dahlstrom said she turned the money down because it would have built too many costs into the department’s overhead budget that lasted beyond the grant.When asked about potential cost savings for the Department going into the future, during a December interview, a department spokesperson said all possibilities are on the table, including privatizing the prisons. She said that decision would include community input.last_img read more

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New solar desalination device improves efficiency by suppressing heat loss

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Phys.org Explore further (A) Schematics of conventional solar steam generation with direct water contact. (B) Schematics of solar desalination devices with suppressed heat loss and 2D water supply. Credit: (c) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1613031113 (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Nanjing University in China has developed a new kind of solar desalinating device that does not require a traditional solar concentrator or thermal insulation. Instead, as the group explains in their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they introduce a 2-D channel for water circulation that works through capillary action, thereby greatly reducing heat dissipation. More information: Xiuqiang Li et al. Graphene oxide-based efficient and scalable solar desalination under one sun with a confined 2D water path, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1613031113AbstractBecause it is able to produce desalinated water directly using solar energy with minimum carbon footprint, solar steam generation and desalination is considered one of the most important technologies to address the increasingly pressing global water scarcity. Despite tremendous progress in the past few years, efficient solar steam generation and desalination can only be achieved for rather limited water quantity with the assistance of concentrators and thermal insulation, not feasible for large-scale applications. The fundamental paradox is that the conventional design of direct absorber−bulk water contact ensures efficient energy transfer and water supply but also has intrinsic thermal loss through bulk water. Here, enabled by a confined 2D water path, we report an efficient (80% under one-sun illumination) and effective (four orders salinity decrement) solar desalination device. More strikingly, because of minimized heat loss, high efficiency of solar desalination is independent of the water quantity and can be maintained without thermal insulation of the container. A foldable graphene oxide film, fabricated by a scalable process, serves as efficient solar absorbers (>94%), vapor channels, and thermal insulators. With unique structure designs fabricated by scalable processes and high and stable efficiency achieved under normal solar illumination independent of water quantity without any supporting systems, our device represents a concrete step for solar desalination to emerge as a complementary portable and personalized clean water solution.center_img Citation: New solar desalination device improves efficiency by suppressing heat loss (2016, November 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-solar-desalination-device-efficiency-suppressing.html Sponge creates steam using ambient sunlight Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences As the demand for water continues to increase around the globe, even as supplies diminish, scientists have been hard at work trying to improve water desalination devices—if a cheaper, more efficient means could be found to turn seawater into drinking water, the problem would be solved. Unfortunately, conventional desalination plants are still expensive to operate, running at approximately 80 megawatt-hours per megaliter of water produced, making them practical only in arid regions that have a lot of money to invest—such as the Middle East. For that reason, many researchers have turned to solar power as a possible option—unfortunately to date, such systems are difficult to ramp up in a way that allows them to produce enough drinking water to be useful—mainly because of the need for optical concentrators and thermal insulation. In this new effort, the researchers describe a new type of solar desalination device that works without either of them.The reason most solar systems require thermal insulation is because of the need to separate water being heated from unheated water—failure to do so would lose heat to the input water supply. To get around this problem, the researchers used simple polystyrene foam to separate the heated water from the input stream and introduced a 2-D channel that relies on capillary action to circulate the water as it is heated by the absorber. Because of its 2-D nature, heat cannot pass backwards through the channel; thus, very little is lost. The team also created an absorber using graphene oxide, because, as they note, it has excellent solar absorbing properties and low thermal conductivity. Another benefit, they note, is that it can be folded, making the device transportable.The result is a relatively inexpensive, highly efficient solar powered water desalination device. There is one problem still to overcome, however, before the device can be put to use in the real world—because of the materials used it is not clear how long such a device would stand up to real world environmental conditions.last_img read more

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Sunny Side of winters

first_imgSitting near the pool side, surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns, sipping on some champagne or wine and enjoying a delectable spread of exquisite brunch by a pool is what a rejuvenating Sunday sounds like. The Sunday Brunch is now out of the coffee shop and on to the Poolside. Enjoy a plethora of dishes to choose from a lavish buffet with live grill counters which showcase the best of Indian and international cuisines as well as the engaging cooking performances by the chefs.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe brunch features various styles of grilled meats and vegetables which gourmets can choose as per their taste as Mongolian, Indian or American that goes really well along with the freshly baked breads. Tawa Delicacies from the Indian Kitchen or the Crispy & Crunchy Caesar Salad station enhances the charm of the afternoon that starts at noon and carries on right through till 4PM. One should not forget to entice his/her taste buds with signature dishes like Bratwurst sausages, grilled butterfish and grilled tenderloin.The good times continue to roll as the pastry chef rolls out an impressive range of desserts to choose from every Sunday the team at Jaypee Vasant Continental is waiting to pamper you. One would want to come to unwind and laze around under the amazing winter Sun all afternoon and enjoy the delicacies for Rs 1475 (non-alcoholic) and Rs 2500 + taxes (alcoholic) excluding taxes.last_img read more

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Costa Rica ties Switzerland 22 heads for World Cup exits

first_imgAt least we scored.It’s not the silver lining Costa Ricans were hoping for when their 2018 National Team, full of veterans of La Sele’s extraordinary run at the 2014 World Cup, headed to Russia. But that’s how the story ended in today’s final match against Switzerland, played after Costa Rica’s exit from the tournament was already guaranteed by its losses to Serbia and Brazil.Despite a spirited first half with several shots on goal from Costa Rica (few and far between in the match against Brazil), La Sele ended the first half down by one. Kendall Waston lifted Ticos’ spirits by heading the ball to the back of the net in the 56th minute.Switzerland tied the game in the 88th minute and Costa Rica seemed headed for a loss until a penalty kick in injury time bounced over the line thanks to Bryan Ruíz, a friendly crossbar and perhaps the sheer force of will of 4.5 million Costa Ricans. Daniel Solano for The Tico Times Related posts:Costa Rica, Brazil battle rumors of tension and injury before high-stakes matchup OMG it’s Keylor Navas San Keylor takes off Costa Rica fans descend on Saint Petersburg Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Worlds first Boeing 78710 Dreamliner touches down in Australia

first_imgWorld’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner touches down in AustraliaWorld’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner touches down in AustraliaSingapore Airlines flight SQ223 touched down in Perth today at 14:21pm marking the world’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner flight to Australia.Perth has become just the second destination in the world, behind Osaka Japan, to welcome the newest member of the Dreamliner family for regular scheduled services.Singapore Airlines’ Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Mr Philip Goh, said the deployment of the 787-10 to Perth, the first Australian city to welcome the new Dreamliner, is a testament to the Airline’s longstanding connection to the city.“Perth was the very first destination we operated to in Australia more than 50 years ago,” Mr Goh said.“Today we mark another fantastic milestone with the arrival of the 787-10 further emphasising our commitment to this wonderful city.“With the arrival of the 787-10 we are not only providing our West Australian customers the latest in aircraft technology but also our newest regional cabin products, which I am sure will delight our customers.”Passengers travelling on the inaugural flight from of Perth today, 7 May, to Singapore were treated to pleasant surprises at check-in and boarding. A string quartet from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), an organisation proudly supported by Singapore Airlines for the past six years, entertained customers who were also served light refreshments.  Premium passengers in the Airline’s SilverKris Lounge enjoyed a magical atmosphere, thanks to a harpist from WASO.From Tuesday 8 May onwards, the 787-10 will be deployed to operate SQ215 departing Singapore at 18:45 and arriving in Perth at 23:55, before turning around and operating as SQ216 departing Perth at 01:10 and arriving in Singapore at 06:35.The new 787-10s are configured with 337 seats across two classes, featuring 36 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 layout and 301 Economy Class seats in a 3-3-3 layout. The new seating configuration represents an almost 5 percent increase in overall weekly seat capacity to Perth.The new cabin products feature full-flat beds in Business Class, with a staggered forward-facing layout providing direct aisle access for all customers. The ergonomically-designed Economy Class seats feature contoured backrests and six-way adjustable headrests to provide greater comfort and neck support. All customers will enjoy the latest in personalised in-flight entertainment through myKrisWorld.The Airline’s 787-10s will be used on flights of up to eight hours duration, with more destinations to be added as additional aircraft are received.Singapore Airlines is the largest customer for the 787-10, with firm orders for 49 of the aircraft. The Airline is investing US$350 million to install the new medium-haul cabin products on the first 20 787-10 aircraft.Source = Singapore Airlineslast_img read more

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first_img2 (Part II)After starting his NFL career a perfect 17-for-17 on field goal attempts, Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro has missed four of his last nine kicks, including two misses on Sunday.7The Cardinals have yet to lose inside the friendly confines of University of Phoenix this season. Arizona is a perfect 7-0 at home in 2014.13The Cardinals forced a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter that allowed them to salt away the waning minutes of the game. Arizona leads the NFL with 13 fourth quarter turnovers this season.63Jamaal Charles’ big day began early, as he capped off the Chiefs’ opening drive with a 63-yard touchdown run just 4:05 into the game. Charles finished the day with 111 total yards and two total TDs.100Kerwynn Williams was promoted from the practice squad on Friday and he went on to lead the Cardinals in rushing yards with 100 on 19 carries. It was the first game in which Williams got a touch.141Thanks in no small part to Williams, the Cardinals rushed for 141 yards on the ground after coming into the game with the NFL’s 31st-ranked rushing offense, averaging 74.8 yards per game on the ground. 160Larry Fitzgerald returned from his two-game absence to catch four balls for 34 yards. He now as at least one catch in his last 160 games played, the longest active streak in the NFL. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona weathered the early Chiefs storm, as Kansas City found the endzone twice in the first half while Arizona could only muster a pair of field goals. Call it a team stepping up, call it halftime adjustments, call it what ever, the Cardinals shut the door in the second half. Arizona outscored Kansas City 11-0 in the third quarter and neither team scored in the fourth as the Cardinals held on for the three-point victory.The winning formula on Sunday revolved around the running game, as the team ran more often than they passed (33 to 30), despite playing without starter Andre Ellington, who is out for the season.Sunday’s win puts the Cardinals in firm control of their NFC West and playoff destiny. Here is how the Cardinals won by the numbers:0 (Part I)Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith completed 26-of-39 passes for 293 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Smith has not thrown a touchdown pass to a wide receiver this season. 0 (Part II)After giving up 14 points in the opening half, Arizona’s defense shut the door and shut out the Chiefs in the second half. 2 (Part I)Number of sacks by Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker, the first multi-sack game of his career. Rucker came into the game with two sacks for the season and 14 for his career. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo – / 43 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories Comments   Share   While various media outlets around the country were preparing for the Arizona Cardinals’ fall from grace, the team itself was preparing to right the ship.Despite coming into Sunday’s game on a two-game losing streak and falling behind early, the Cardinals rallied to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-14 and improve to 10-3.Win No. 10 marks the eighth time in franchise history the Cardinals had a double-digit win season. It is the first time that has happened in back-to-back seasons since 1975-76. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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July 13 2004 On June 30 we reported on the e

first_imgJuly 13, 2004 On June 30. we reported on the effort to extend the work area of the Foundry. Part of that pour was a small beam that surrounds this new work area. On top of that beam the crew has now built a form for a table surface. [Photo & Text: sa] Patient detail work achives a smooth finish. In future this long table will be able to seat a good-size dinner party. It is a work area with a great view. [Photo & Text: sa] Many hands make short work out of a large task. [Photo & Text: sa] center_img There is no room for a concrete mixer close to this site, which is why there was a large pump truck for the big pour on 6/28. For this pour the concrete has to be wheel barrowed to below the new work area. From there it is chained up in cans. [Photo & Text: sa] last_img read more

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Administered 14. there’s no ghost in the machine, Wilshere has managed to marry a prolonged spell of form and fitness. goal difference and goals scored.”? “Now that we know what to look for, on Sept. for examplewas “political theater” that some didn’t take seriously. read more

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