Jefferson City take multiple kids into custody after Salute to America fight

first_imgJefferson City police said they took six juveniles into custody after a fight broke out during Salute to America.Officers said they were notified that several kids were throwing fireworks from the parking garage onto people who were walking below.After police responded to that incident, they were notified the same group was fighting in the 200 block of East Capitol. Officers attempted to break up the fight but were having difficulty due to a large crowd of people interfering.Police said during the fight, officers were pushed. After multiple verbal warnings, officers sprayed OC spray on those who continued to fight.The juveniles face charges of affray and resisting arrest.last_img read more

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Robben should stay at Bayern – Boulahrouz

first_imgArjen Robben Robben should renew at Bayern Munich – Boulahrouz Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author 17:00 3/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arjen Robben Bayern Munich Getty Bayern München Bundesliga The former Oranje defender has called upon his compatriot to stay at the Bundesliga champions beyond the 2017-18 campaign Former Netherlands international Khalid Boulahrouz believes Arjen Robben still has plenty to offer and hopes his compatriot will continue to play for Bayern Munich for a few more years. Robben has developed into a key figure at the Bavarians since joining from Real Madrid in 2009, but his time at the club could come to an end in the not too distant future as the 34-year-old has only four months left on his current deal.It remains unclear for now whether Robben will ink a renewal, but Boulahrouz believes the experienced attacker is best off staying in the Bundesliga as long as his body allows it.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I don’t think he should go back to the Netherlands yet,” Boulahrouz told Goal. “He can go back eventually but it also depends on his family. He has been playing in top competitions for so many years. In England, he was at the top level. In Spain, he was at the top level. In Germany, he is at the top level.”There comes a day when your body cannot continue, you are tired. Even if you want to continue, your body will talk to you and say ‘okay I cannot handle it anymore.'”If he can continue then I would advise him to continue with Bayern Munich. They are one of the best clubs in the world and he already has a big reputation in Germany. He has been there for so many years, so why not.”I think it feels like home to him, so why change club when you are comfortable. He looks strong in a physical way so I cannot see why he cannot continue for another couple of years. He was one of the best I have played with, he is fantastic.”Robben’s success at Bayern reached its peak when he won the Champions League and scored a last-minute winner in 2013. That came just a year after he missed a penalty in the 2012 Champions League final, which saw his former club Chelsea win their first ever honour in the competition.last_img read more

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ESPN Reveals Broadcasting Teams For Every Week 1 Game

first_img Football is back in session 🏈ESPN announces game assignments for five-day, 50+ game kickoff week 🗓Schedule: https://t.co/HX6l9llC7G pic.twitter.com/Rl3UbGt585— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) August 21, 2019Here’s the full breakdown:DateTime (ET)MatchupNetworkThu, Aug. 297 p.m. UCLA at Cincinnati Adam Amin, Matt Hasselbeck, Pat McAfee, Molly McGrathESPN Robert Morris at BuffaloESPN+ Morgan State at Bowling GreenESPN3 Albany at Central MichiganESPN3 Wagner at UConnESPN3 7:30 p.m.Gardner-Webb at CharlotteESPN+ Central Arkansas at Western KentuckyESPN+ 8 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 1 Clemson Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie GeorgeACC Network Alabama State at UABESPN+ Florida International at TulaneESPN3 8:30 p.m. Texas State at. No. 12 Texas A&M Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole CubelicSEC Network 10:15 p.m. No. 14 Utah at BYU Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Kris BuddenESPNFri, Aug. 307 p.m. No. 19 Wisconsin at South Florida Dave Flemming, Louis Riddick, Paul CarcaterraESPN 8 p.m. Utah State at Wake Forest Kevin Brown, Andre Ware, Dr. Jerry PunchACC Network 10 p.m. Colorado State vs. Colorado from Denver Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer Lauren SislerESPNSat, Aug. 31Noon Ole Miss at Memphis Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Olivia DekkerABC  South Alabama at Nebraska Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky BoimanESPN  Mississippi State vs. Louisiana from New Orleans Mike Corey, Rene IngogliaESPNU  East Carolina at NC State Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric WoodACC Network  Toledo at Kentucky Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa LangSEC Network 2 p.m.Rhode Island at OhioESPN+ 3 p.m.Bucknell at TempleESPN3 3:30 p.m. 2019 Chick-fil-A Kickoff: Duke vs. No. 2 Alabama from Atlanta Steve Levy, Brain Griese, Todd McShay, Molly McGrathABC  2019 Belk Kickoff: South Carolina vs. North Carolina from Charlotte Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison WilliamsESPN  Georgia State at Tennessee Clay Matvick, Ryan Leaf, Stormy BuonantonyESPNU Colgate at Air ForceESPN3 East Tennessee State at Appalachian StateESPN+ Eastern Michigan at Coastal CarolinaESPN+ 4 p.m. Virginia Tech at Boston College Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey RiggsACC Network  Portland State at Arkansas Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn DavenportSEC Network 6 p.m.Syracuse at LibertyESPN+ Campbell at TroyESPN+ Incarnate Word at UTSAESPN3 7 p.m. Boise State vs. Florida State from Jacksonville Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, Tom LuginbillESPN Stephen F. Austin at BaylorESPN+ Nicholls at Kansas StateESPN+ SMU at Arkansas StateESPN+ Alcorn State at Southern MissESPN+ Illinois State at Northern IllinoisESPN+ Monmouth at Western MichiganESPN3 Norfolk State at Old DominionESPN3 7:30 p.m. No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 16 Auburn from Arlington Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria TaylorABC  Georgia Southern at No. 6 LSU Mike Couzens, Kirk Morrison, Ed AschoffESPNU  Virginia at Pittsburgh Adam Amin, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie GeorgeACC Network  No. 2 Georgia at Vanderbilt Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole CubelicSEC Network Abilene Christian at North TexasESPN+ 8 p.m. Louisiana Tech at No. 10 Texas Lowell Galindo, Ahmad Brooks, and Taylor DavisLonghorn Network Houston Baptist at UTEPESPN+ Grambling at Louisiana-MonroeESPN3 10:30 p.m. Fresno State at USC Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Quint KessenichESPNSun, Sept. 13 p.m. MEAC/SWAC Challenge: Bethune-Cookman vs. Jackson State from AtlantaTiffany Greene, Jay Walker, Lericia HarrisESPN2 7:30 p.m. Houston at No. 4 Oklahoma Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly RoweABCMon, Sept. 28 p.m. No. 9 Notre Dame at LouisvilleChris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria TaylorESPNWe can’t wait for the games to get going. David Pollack talking to Maria Taylor during College GameDay.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: ESPN College Gameday Analysts Maria Taylor and David Pollack discuss college gameday at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)ESPN revealed this evening its broadcasting teams for every Week 1 game set to air on its network next week.Week 1 on ESPN will feature 50-plus games over five days.ESPN released its full broadcasting teams in an announcement on Twitter.The games start on Thursday, Aug. 29.last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral dispatches Middle East envoy amid rising concern

22 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is dispatching his new Middle East envoy Michael Williams to the region for consultations after a week of deadly violence involving intra-Palestinian clashes, Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli military operations. Mr. Williams is currently en route to the Middle East and is expected to start holding meetings on Thursday with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told journalists today.Mr. Williams is then scheduled to travel to the Egyptian capital, Cairo, for further consultations.Yesterday Mr. Ban’s spokesperson issued a statement voicing hope that the ceasefire reached among the Palestinian factions will hold after a week of deadly clashes in the Gaza Strip.The statement also expressed deep concern that Palestinian militants continue to fire rockets targeting Israeli civilians, and, while recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself, that Israeli military operations in Gaza have led to a mounting number of civilian casualties.Last week Mr. Ban announced that Mr. Williams had been appointed as the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, as well as the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority and his Envoy to the Quartet, the international diplomatic grouping on the Middle East. read more

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Migrants in tsunamihit Thai regions need more access to health services says

In communities of people from Myanmar in Phang-nga and Ranong provinces, one in four mothers delivers without a skilled birth attendant, 55 per cent of all infants are not receiving immunization, only half of all married women are using contraception, and half the adults surveyed have incorrect knowledge about how HIV is spread. One-third of the unmarried migrant men pay for sex without consistently using condoms, a UN Population Fund (UNFPA) survey showed.The survey of 700 migrants was conducted in June by Mahidol University’s Institute for Population and Social Research with funding from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UNFPA. UNFPA said the findings confirm the need for mobile health clinics and health education campaigns such as those being run in both migrant and Thai communities in Krabi, Phang-nga, Phuket and Ranong by the World Vision Foundation of Thailand and provincial public health offices with UNFPA support. World Vision employs Burmese-speaking medical staff to serve migrants and is training a cadre of health volunteers to do community outreach. Migrant workers play essential roles in the region’s fishing and construction industries and on rubber plantations. Several migrant communities were hit hard by the 26 December tsunami. While many migrants returned to Myanmar immediately after the disaster, there has since been a steady influx of new workers.Fewer than half the migrants studied were legally registered, and therefore entitled to the same affordable universal health care coverage as Thai citizens. Those not registered reportedly avoid public clinics and hospitals due to the cost and fear of deportation. Health workers say this is an important problem, as mobile clinics must refer seriously ill patients to hospitals.The Fund is also supporting an effort by the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections in the affected areas, by promoting safer sexual behaviours and social marketing of condoms, it added. read more

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MICROMINE to launch Micromine 2016 in May

first_imgNow in its 30th year, MICROMINE has maintained its reputation by regularly releasing new software versions that build upon the strengths of its solutions. This aims to ensure the software continues to meet evolving user needs and industry conditions.MICROMINE is set to release the latest version of its leading exploration and 3D mine design solution, Micromine 2016, to clients and industry at a launch event held in May at the QV1 Function Centre in Perth, Western Australia. Following the Perth launch, events will be held in Brisbane, Australia, and international launches throughout the company’s global offices, including Russia, North America, Indonesia, the UK and South Africa.Micromine 2016 is the 16th version of the application, which enables users to capture, manage and interpret critical data, and is relevant to all stages of the mineral extraction process.Micromine provides explorers with an in-depth understanding of their project so they can target prospective regions more effectively, increasing the chance of a project’s success. It gives miners easy-to-use modelling, estimation, planning and design tools to simplify day-to-day production tasks.Commenting on the upcoming release, Technical Product Manager, Frank Bilki, said, “After nearly two years of continuous development and many hundreds of individual changes, we’re close to finalising Micromine 2016.“This year’s release has something for everyone. Many of the updates are Core features that benefit every user, not just those with extra modules. They include simple timesavers like being able to drop any supported file into Micromine from an outside location, and a Project Explorer pane that provides direct access to all of the files in a project.”Other Core enhancements include:3D PDF output, which produces PDFs where users can interactively show and hide layers, rotate, pan and zoom the display, and even measure distances and directions, right within Adobe Acrobat ReaderDynamic field expressions that let users write ‘equations’ wherever they would select an input field, together with an expression-based calculator that takes full advantage of this enhancementQuick-find options for locating drillholes and wireframes (triangulations) within a mass of dataMaximum Intensity Projection for the Vizex Point layer for visualising trends in huge point clouds. This is extremely useful when preparing data for Implicit Modelling or Geostatistics.Explorers benefit from a suite of flexible new drillhole planning tools that includes options for designing straight or curved holes from the bottom up or the top down. As an added timesaver, customers working in a mature area can easily use an existing hole as a template for a planned hole. Other new drillhole-related tools include:Drillhole log display, includes a large number of display types and page layout controls, along with interactive grade intersection calculationsDrillhole database filter option, which is ideal for packaging all of the drill data needed for statutory annual reportingOther changes for explorers and resource geologists include new chart axis formatting options; stereonet improvements that include Fisher contours and pole-group definitions; improved statistical cross-validation, which now supports all interpolation methods and modelling parameters; a new block model assign option that writes the properties of rotated and sub-blocked models to a file; and improved multiple indicator kriging.“We’ve also made major changes to our implicit modelling module, the largest of which is the inclusion of a varying structural trend in the modelling process. Our implicit modeller now accommodates changes in the direction of the geological structures under investigation. We’ve also added new radial basis function (RBF) solver options so users can tailor the solver to the data. Other changes include a new output file option that saves the implicit model equation for later reuse; better handling of unassigned rock codes in lithology modelling” commented Bilki.Miners benefit from our all-new long-term production scheduler, which complements the existing short-term activity scheduler. The long-term scheduler uses industry-standard mixed-integer solvers to determine the optimal mining sequence, and users can choose a free or commercial solver to suit their needs and budget. We’ve added a new create mining blocks tool to simplify the creation of mining blocks (tasks). A new quick filter option simplifies the search for individual mining tasks in a complex schedule. We’ve also modified our wireframe grade-tonnage reporting to define hierarchical material types that are necessary for today’s mineral operations. Users can view their hierarchies on a relationship diagram, making them easy to understand and validate.Surface miners gain a redesigned Pit Optimiser workflow and a built-in charting and reporting framework that eliminates the need to use a spreadsheet application. A new Pit Optimiser database caches all of the relevant data, eliminating unnecessary recalculations. Other new features for surface miners include tools for auto-building an open pit shell and realigning multiple open pit design strings.Underground miners get a suite of tools for converting sidewalls of underground mine workings into 3D solids, which includes creating floor wireframes (triangulations) from overlapping mine workings such as declines, sidewall-to-centreline conversion, and an improved sidewall-to-solid conversion.  A new coalesce strings (polylines) function intelligently joins strings without having to know the join order beforehand, making it an ideal pre-processing step for these sidewall tools.The company says it “developers always work with the latest operating system, and Micromine is fully Windows 10 compatible. Although we can’t seek certification from Microsoft until we release a finished version of Micromine 2016, certification will be a simple formality given our ongoing emphasis on compatibility.”last_img read more

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Dublin Zoo confident in its security as European zoos take extra steps

first_img EARLIER THIS MONTH, intruders at a Paris zoo shot dead a white rhino and hacked off its horns in a grisly poaching incident.This week, a Czech zoo said it had begun to saw off the horns from its herd of rare rhinos after the brutal French attack.“The risk that the rhinos currently face not only in the wild but even in zoos is too high and the safety of the animals is our first concern,” said Premysl Rabas from the zoo in the central Czech town of Dvur Kralove nad Labem.“The dehorned rhino is definitely a better option than the dead rhino,” he added.Veterinarians on Monday used a chainsaw to cut off the horn of Pamir, a rare southern white male rhino who was anaesthetised during the procedure.“The intervention took less than one hour and it was performed without any complications,” said Jiri Hruby, the zoo’s rhino expert.When approached by TheJournal.ie for comment, a spokesperson for Dublin zoo declined to say whether or not they were considering adopting a similar approach to the Czechs, but said that the facility was confident it could keep its rhinos safe.They said: “Dublin Zoo is confident in its top class security facilities.”Hefty price tagDespite a dearth of scientific evidence that it has any curative powers, rhino horn commands astronomical prices of about €57,000 per kilo – more than gold or cocaine.Wild rhino numbers are plummeting. About 1,400 are killed every year, out of an estimated population of 25,000 – mainly in South Africa but also in Asia and India.In the last eight years alone, roughly a quarter of the world population has been massacred in South Africa, home to 80% of surviving rhinos.Today, it may be easier to poach in a European zoo than an African game park, where just about every rhino has its own guard.There are about 160 rhinos in European zoos – a potential goldmine for horn smugglers.Earlier this month, a statue of rhinos in Kenya “went green” as part of the global St Patrick’s Day greening initiative to raise awareness of the problem of poaching and draw attention to conservation efforts in the region.With reporting from AFP – © – AFP, 2017Read: Vince the white rhino shot by poachers at French zoo and mutilated with chainsawRead: European zoos the latest target for poachers seeking rhino horn http://jrnl.ie/3302087 Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 7:15 AM Share19 Tweet Email Image: Patrick Bolger Dublin Zoo confident in its security as European zoos take extra steps to protect rhinos A rhino was shot dead and had its horns hacked off in a grisly poacher attack earlier this month. By Sean Murray Mar 25th 2017, 7:15 AM center_img Mother Ashanti and her calf Zuko reside in Dublin zoo Image: Patrick Bolger Mother Ashanti and her calf Zuko reside in Dublin zoo Short URL 9,110 Views 14 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Un fertilisant naturel pour remplacer les engrais chimiques

first_imgUn fertilisant naturel pour remplacer les engrais chimiquesUn éleveur et chercheur de l’Aveyron a mis au point un fertilisant naturel capable de remplacer de façon très efficace les engrais chimiques. Un produit qui a déjà fait de nombreux adeptes parmi les agriculteurs français. Marcel Mezy, un éleveur de l’Aveyron et agronome enseignant à AgroParisTech, a développé et commercialise auprès de ses confrères un fertilisant naturel. Certifié Agriculture biologique, il est réalisé à partir d’un mélange de micro-organismes obtenu grâce aux composts de matières végétales, rapporte l’AFP. Un produit vendu sous forme de granulés, qui grâce à sa grande efficacité, a déjà séduit de nombreux agriculteurs. Quelque 5.000 exploitations françaises l’ont adopté.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Avec ce fertilisant naturel, Marcel Mezy entend du haut de ses 70 ans “rendre aux agriculteurs fierté et dignité” après avoir pendant tant d’années été accusés de polluer l’environnement. “Pour la première fois, on a un produit naturel et efficace, supérieur en terme de rendement aux engrais classiques (…) C’est une innovation d’une grande portée”, se félicite-t-il. Pour lui, ce procédé est amené, “dans le siècle à venir, à changer radicalement la perspective en matière de fertilisation”. Il ne s’agit pas d’éradiquer totalement les engrais chimiques et pesticides, mais de limiter leur usage, “ce qui est nécessaire” souligne-t-il.Baptisé Bactériosol, le produit développé par ce paysan agronome au sein de sa société Sobac, ne cesse de voir ses ventes augmenter. Celles-ci enregistreraient une croissance d’environ 20% chaque année. Mais interrogé par l’AFP, l’eurodéputé écologiste José Bové estime que l’avenir de ce fertilisant naturel est loin d’être assuré. Il salue l'”efficacitédeceprocédéd’avenir” capable de “valoriserl’agriculturebiologique”, mais le fait qu’il aille “à l’encontredel’agrochimie” laisseprésager de grandes difficultés pour Marcel Mezy et ses associés. Chose dont l’agriculteur est tout à fait conscient. Les producteurs d’engrais classiques et distributeurs “n’ont pas intérêt de vendre un produit moins cher, dont ils vendront des quantités moindres”, déplore-t-il en effet.Le 19 mars 2012 à 17:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Samsungs Graphene Ball Battery Promises Higher Capacity Faster Charging

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Additive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the ColdThe Battery in This Phone is Five Times Bigger Than Yours Stay on targetcenter_img Researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) developed a next-gen battery technology they call a “graphene ball.”A sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, graphene is the basic structural element of other forms of carbon, including graphite and charcoal.The much-talked-about allotrope has gained attention among battery manufacturers, excited about its top-notch physical and chemical stability: Graphene is 100 times more effective than copper in conducting electricity, and boasts electron mobility 140 times faster than silicon—making it “an ideal material” for fast charging, according to Samsung.It also blows standard lithium-ion batteries out of the water.Which is good news for mobile device and electric vehicles owners (i.e. basically everyone).For more than 25 years, most household electronics have run on lithium-ion batteries. But, as most people know, the technology requires at least an hour to recharge fully, and has little room for improvement.Many believe its successor will come in the form of graphene, a material with high strength and conductivity to batteries. In this case, a ball of it.Samsung claims its orb (described as a “3D popcorn-like structure”) requires only 12 minutes to juice up, and can maintain a stable 60℃ temperature—key for electric vehicles (and Galaxy Note handsets).“Our research enables mass synthesis of multifunctional composite material graphene at an affordable price,” project leader Son In-hyuk said in a statement. “At the same time, we were able to considerably enhance the capabilities of lithium-ion batteries in an environment where the markets for mobile devices and electric vehicles [are] growing rapidly.”Results of SAIT’s study—conducted in collaboration with Samsung SDI and a team from Seoul National University’s School of Chemical and Biological Engineering—were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.The Institute has also filed two applications for the “graphene ball” technology patent in the US and Korea.“Our commitment is to continuously explore and develop secondary battery technology in light of these trends,” Son said.last_img read more

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Long journey to deeper Columbia River ends

first_imgAfter 20 years of talking and planning and dredging, the $190 million project to deepen the Columbia River to boost commerce is over.On Thursday, leaders in Washington and Oregon politics and business who pushed the project forward put an exclamation on that fact by celebrating it at a Port of Vancouver event that drew more than 200 people.For the port, the channel-deepening project already has helped attract an export operation that could generate at least 60 jobs and millions of dollars in revenue for other port ventures.The project, which deepened the navigation channel from 40 feet to 43 feet, was one of the keys to obtaining a preliminary agreement with Australian mining giant BHP Billiton to ship fertilizers for crops from the port’s Terminal 5, according to Larry Paulson, executive director of the Port of Vancouver. “You have the ability to load more on bigger ships,” Paulson said when the port announced the deal with BHP two months ago.While the port has already benefitted, it’s unclear how broad an impact the channel-deepening project will have in a down economy. But that didn’t hamper the enthusiasm of Paulson and other government, business, labor and agricultural leaders in Washington and Oregon who gathered to tout completion of the controversial project, which triggered public acrimony and touched off lawsuits from environmentalists.Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski urged some 275 attendees, assembled inside a massive warehouse with a giant American flag strung from the rafters, to take the long-term view of the economic benefits of the channel-deepening project. “When the economy does fully recover, we are going to be ready to say we’re open for business both at the Port of Portland and the Port of Vancouver,” Kulongoski said. “This river serves all regions of our states.”last_img read more

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15year sentence in Olympia underwear theft case

first_imgOLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to charges related to underwear thefts was sentenced Tuesday in Olympia to 15 years in prison.Fifty-nine-year-old Royce Baxter of Long Beach denied he was a threat but apologized in court, saying he committed terrible transgressions because of his obsession with a co-worker.The Olympian reports Baxter pleaded guilty in September to burglary, stalking and harassment charges.Baxter is a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife employee who had worked with his victim at the Willapa Wildlife Refuge in the 1990s.Court papers say the married woman had no idea Baxter was obsessed with her until her house was broken into several times. He may have broken into her home as many as 28 times over a dozen years.last_img read more

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Liquor sales surged prior to privatization

first_imgState spirit sales surged in the three months ending in July, as restaurateurs, bar owners and consumers stockpiled liquor in May, according to figures released by the Washington Department of Revenue on Monday.Liquor sales by volume increased 10.7 percent in the second quarter over the same three months in 2011. However, most of the increase occurred in May which registered a 46.7 percent jump in liquor sales to bars and restaurants. Sales to retail consumers increased by 19.6 percent in May.In all, a total of 10.6 million liters of spirits were purchased in May, June and July, compared with 9.5 million liters for the same period in 2011. Statewide liquor sales totaled $164.8 million in the second quarter, compared with $138.9 million during the same period last year.It is unclear whether Clark County’s hard liquor sales followed the trend because the state does not track spirit sales in the state’s 39 counties. Oregon liquor store operators have reported more Washington booze shoppers since the switch. Consumers say Washington spirits prices are higher since the June 1 privatization of the formerly state-run liquor sales system. New state fees have raised the retail price of booze anywhere from 25 to 30 percent above the former state-run system’s costs, although the state says prices are down 1.5 percent since June.last_img read more

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Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 29 October and 4 November:Judge allows Facebook director pay case.Uber offers purr-fect wellbeing booster.Lloyds Banking Group and Unilever commit to living wage.Living wage increases to £8.25.Morrisons faces legal action over payroll data leak.Camden Council publishes pay gap data.Amazon Prime Now drivers seek employee status.Fife Council staff to receive equal pay settlements.Telefonica and Royal Dutch Shell awarded for employee share ownership.29% of female workers earn less than living wage.last_img read more

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State calls for appeals against Vallenar Bay timber sale

first_imgAppeals for Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry decision to sell timber from the Vallenar Bay unit of the Southeast State Forest on Gravina Island are due by May 27.The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the state decided May 4 that the sale was in the best interest of Alaska. The amount of available timber is approximately 12 million board feet.The project area is about five miles west of the Ketchikan International Airport.According to the Division of Forestry the project will establish access to the Vallenar Bay area from the existing road system on Gravina Island by constructing a forest road from the Lewis Reef area to the existing logging road on the southeast side of Vallenar Bay.last_img read more

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Alleged gunfights kill 13 more death toll rises to 130

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationEight more alleged drug traders were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcement early Wednesday amid the ongoing anti-narcotics drive across the country.Of them, three were killed in Dhaka city while one each in Cox’s Bazar, Chattogram, Cumilla, Narail and Chuadanga districts.Besides, alleged gun battles among rival groups left two ‘drug traders’ dead in Benapole and three in Magura.A total of 130 people were killed in reported gunfights across the country since 12 May, reports UNB.In Dhaka, three suspected drug peddlers including Ataur Rahman alias Ata, a listed drug peddler of Savar, were killed in a reported gunfight between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members near Dewanpara Lohar Bridge in city’s Bhashantek area early Wednesday.A number of arms, ammunition and huge amount of drugs were recovered from the spot, said sources at RAB headquarters.The identities of the other deceased could not be confirmed immediately.In Cox’s Bazar, a gunfight between the members of RAB and a gang of suspected drug peddlers left one drug pusher dead in Kabitachattar point near the sea beach around 1:00am.Farid Uddin Khandaker, officer-in-charge of Cox’s Bazar Model police station, said the deceased was identified as Majibur Rahman, 42, from Netrakona district.A total of 6,000 yaba tablets, a shutter gun, five bullets and four shells of bullets were recovered from the spot.In Chattogram, Mohammad Ishak alias Omar Faruk, 37, an alleged drug pusher and son of Mohammad Ali of the port city, was killed in the so-called gunfight with the members of RAB at Polo ground in the city around 12:30am.Ishak was wanted in 19 cases including that of murder, said assistant director of RAB Mimtanur Rahaman. As many as 4,000 pieces of yaba tablets, bullets, cartridges and one shutter gun were recovered from the spot.In Cumilla, Rosmat Ali, 40, a ‘drug trader’ and son of one Ali Ahmed of Soygram village in Burichang upazila, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Laribagh of the upazila around 12:45am.Rosmat was wanted in seven cases filed under Narcotics Control Act, said Manoj Kumar, officer-in-charge of Burichang police station.Police also recovered one cartridge, a pipe gun and 40 kgs of hemp. Three policemen were injured in the incident.In Narail, Sajib, a suspected drug peddler of Dattapara village in sadar upazila, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Malibagh in the suburb area of the district town early Wednesday, said Mehedi Hasan, senior assistant superintendent of Narail police.One shutter gun, a sharp weapon and some drug items were recovered from the spot.In Chuadanga, Tanjil Hossain, 40, a top listed ‘drug trader’ and an accused in 12 cases was killed in a reported gun battle between his cohorts and police at Satgari Natunpara in the municipality area around 3:00am, said Abdul Khalek, officer-in-charge of sadar police station.Tanjil, son of a certain Ramjan Ali of Doulatdiar village, was a wanted criminal, said police.Law enforcement also recovered one shutter gun, four bullets and one sacks of phensedyl from the spot.Two policemen were injured during the gun battle that lasted for half an hour.In Benapole, two suspected drug peddlers were killed in a ‘gunfight’ between two gangs of drug peddlers at Boro Achra in the land port area around 4:00am, said Apurba Hasan, officer-in-charge of Benapole Port police station.One of the deceased is Liton Mia, 42, son of a certain Shahjahan of Bhaberber village.Ten kilogram’s of hemp, one pistol, two bullets and shells of bullets were recovered from the spot.In Magura, three suspected drug pushers were killed in the reported gunfight between two groups of drug peddlers at Batikadanga in sadar upazila around 1:00am, said Tariqul Islam, additional superintendent of Magura police.They are — Bacchu Chopdar, 55, son of one Mahiuddin Chopdar of Bhaiana village, Raihan Dhali, 22, son of one Razzak Dhali of Islampur Para and Kishore Odhikari, 43, son of a certain Khokon Odhikari of Natun Bazar area in the district town.The law enforcement recovered 320 grams heroin, one kg hemp, six bottles of phensedyl, six bullets and eight bullet shells from the spot.last_img read more

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Waiting for your turn

first_imgStudents protest the death of a university student in a road accident in front of Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: Abdus Salam’Who is next’ was the question being asked by the classmates of 20-year-old Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, who was killed in a road accident in front of Jamuna Future Park in the capital city on Tuesday morning.The classmates of Abrar, along with those of other institutions and local people, were protesting against the incident with placards and demanding road safety.“Is this a road made of coal or made of blood?” reads one placard.Abrar, a student of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), was hit by a bus on a Zebra Crossing in the area around 7:30am.Two of the protesting students lied down on the two sides of the Zebra Crossing.One of the placards placed by one of them read “Wait for your turn,”. Another one said, “How many more lives will you take?”Two students lied down in two sides of a Zebra Crossing while protesting at the death of a university student in a road accident in front of Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: Nasrin Akhter“We have been assured time and again [about safe roads]. We won’t budge this time. Our safety must be ensured,” said a protesting student, Shatil Hasan.The students of BUP, North South University, Independent University, American International University, Titumir College and several other colleges and universities took part on the protest at Pragati Sarani in front of the entrance of Bashundhara Residential Area.The police, however, arrested the driver of the bus that hit Abrar Ahmed.last_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. January 25, 2013 — Sports-related concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries have grabbed headlines in recent months, as the long-term damage they can cause becomes increasingly evident among both current and former athletes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that millions of these injuries occur each year.Despite the devastating consequences of traumatic brain injury and the large number of athletes playing contact sports who are at risk, no method has been developed for early detection or tracking of the brain pathology associated with these injuries.Now, for the first time, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have used a new brain-imaging tool to identify the abnormal tau proteins associated with this type of repetitive injury in five retired National Football League players who are still living. Previously, confirmation of the presence of this protein, which is also associated with Alzheimer’s disease, could only be established by an autopsy. UCLA is using similar positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracers recently approved for Alzheimer’s imaging to visualize the tau proteins.The preliminary findings of the small clinical study are reported Jan. 22 in the online issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, the official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.Previous reports and studies have shown that professional athletes in contact sports who are exposed to repetitive mild traumatic brain injuries may develop ongoing impairment such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative condition caused by a build up of tau protein. CTE has been associated with memory loss, confusion, progressive dementia, depression, suicidal behavior, personality changes, abnormal gait and tremors.”Early detection of tau proteins may help us to understand what is happening sooner in the brains of these injured athletes,” said lead study author Gary Small, UCLA’s Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. “Our findings may also guide us in developing strategies and interventions to protect those with early symptoms, rather than try to repair damage once it becomes extensive.”Small notes that larger follow-up studies are needed to determine the impact and usefulness of detecting these tau proteins early, but given the large number of people at risk for mild traumatic brain injury — not only athletes but military personnel, auto accident victims and others — a means of testing what is happening in the brain during the early stages could potentially have a considerable impact on public health.For the study, the researchers recruited five retired NFL players who were 45 years of age or older. Each had a history of one or more concussions and some were experiencing cognitive or mood symptoms. The players represented a range of positions, including linebacker, quarterback, guard, center and defensive lineman.”I hope that my participation in these kinds of studies will lead to a better understanding of the consequences of repeated head injury and new standards to protect players from sports concussions,” said Wayne Clark, a player in the study who had normal cognitive function.For the study, the UCLA scientists used a brain-imaging tool they had developed previously for assessing neurological changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. They employed a chemical marker they created called FDDNP, which binds to deposits of amyloid beta “plaques” and neurofibrillary tau “tangles” — the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s — which they then viewed using a positron emission tomography (PET) scan, providing a “window into the brain.” With this method, researchers are able to pinpoint where in the brain these abnormal proteins accumulate.After the players received intravenous injections of FDDNP, researchers performed PET brain scans on them and compared the scans to those of healthy men of comparable age, education, body mass index and family history of dementia.The scientists found that compared to the healthy men, the NFL players had elevated levels of FDDNP in the amygdala and subcortical regions of the brain. These regions control learning, memory, behavior, emotions and other mental and physical functions. Those players who had experienced a greater number of concussions were found to have higher FDDNP levels.”The FDDNP binding patterns in the players’ scans were consistent with the tau deposit patterns that have been observed at autopsy in CTE cases,” said study author Jorge R. Barrio, a professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.Each of the research volunteers also received a standard clinical assessment to gauge their degree of depression (Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, or HAM-D) and cognitive ability (Mini-Mental State Examination, or MMSE). The players had more depressive symptoms than the healthy men and generally scored lower on the MMSE test, demonstrating evidence of cognitive loss. Three players had mild cognitive impairment, one had dementia and another had normal cognitive function.Elevated levels of FDDNP have been shown in studies to be associated with cognitive symptoms in normal aging, mild cognitive impairment and dementia, according to Barrio. The FDDNP signals appear to reflect a range of mental symptoms that have been observed in CTE cases, he noted.Although the FDDNP marker also binds to another abnormal brain protein called amyloid beta, previous autopsy studies have shown the amyloid plaques are observed in less than a third of CTE cases in retired football players, suggesting that the FDDNP signal in the players represents mostly tau deposits in the brain.”Providing a non-invasive method for early detection is a critical first step in developing interventions to prevent symptom onset and progression in CTE,” said Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center. “FDDNP is the only imaging marker currently available that can provide a measure of tau in living humans.”According to Small, a recent study of more than 3,400 retired professional football players showed that they had a higher-than-average risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease. Small’s team also is studying lifestyle interventions for delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. His new book “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program,” released in paperback this month, features the latest research on this topic and offers the public practical strategies for protecting brain health.Research into CTE and the long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injuries such as sports-related concussions has been picking up momentum.”It is the holy grail of CTE research to be able to identify those who are suffering from the syndrome early, while they’re still alive. Discovering the effects of prior brain trauma earlier opens up possibilities for symptom treatment and prevention,” said study author Julian Bailes, director of the Brain Injury Research Institute and the Bennett Tarkington Chairman of the department of neurosurgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem based in Evanston, Ill.The study was funded by the Brain Injury Research Institute; the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease Research; the Ahmanson Foundation and the Parlow-Solomon Professorship.UCLA owns three U.S. patents on the FDDNP chemical marker. Small and Barrio are among the inventors. Disclosures are listed in the full study.Additional study authors included Vladimir Kepe, Ph.D.; Prabha Siddarth, Ph.D.; Linda M. Ercoli, Ph.D.; David A. Merrill; Natacha Donghue, B.A.; Susan Y. Bookheimer, Ph.D.; Jacqueline Martinez, M.S.; and Bennet Omalu. 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Hotel and restaurant owners showcase goods at 2012 Expo

first_imgFrom the print editionThis week the Pedregal Events Center in San Antonio de Belén in Heredia, north of San José, filled with booths showcasing luxury hotel and restaurant goods with exhibitors hoping to rub shoulders with their customers, and maybe, ink a few new deals.They call it Exphore, or Expo Hotels and Restaurants.“We have more than 200 exhibitors, 250 booths with new technology, new products and new services for the hotel and restaurant industry,” said Exphore Director Karl Hempel.Shirley Ugalde, editor of Apetito magazine, which helped organize the event, said about 1,000 visitors showed up to Exphore on Tuesday, the opening day.The massive Pedregal Events Center was crammed with booths hawking everything from beer and wine and specialty foods to furniture and bathroom fixtures. Booth visitors – mostly hotel and restaurant owners and managers – had the opportunity to observe the Regional Culinary Cup, a regional competition featuring teams of more than 60 professional chefs from 11 countries across the region that ran throughout the three days of Exphore.Hampel said the competition is an opportunity to develop a culture of gastronomy in Costa Rica. The country hosted the Culinary Cup of the Americas in 2011.Besides the Culinary Cup, Exphore also featured three days of the Reto Barrista, a coffee-preparation competition featuring six barristas working to pull the perfect cup of joe.In order to gauge the state of the hotel and restaurant industry before this week’s event, organizers surveyed 50 businesses in the sector about perceptions of the tourism industry in Costa Rica.The survey touched on different aspects of the service industry in Costa Rica. Some 80 percent of hotel operators surveyed and 78 percent of restaurant operators reported positive feelings about Costa Rica’s recently passed anti-smoking law.About 85 percent of restaurant operators said they expected 2013 to be a better year for the sector than 2012. Most hotel operators, about 72 percent, indicated similarly positive outlooks, with about 15 percent of both hotel and restaurant operators expecting 2013 to turn out about the same as 2012. Only 12 percent of hotel operators and zero percent of restaurant operators projected a worse year in 2013.Restaurant operators were not particularly concerned about competition from new restaurants, according to the survey. About 19 percent responded that new offers in the market had stimulated the sector, roughly half those surveyed indicated that more competition had had little effect on their sales and 27 percent responded that more competition had adversely affected their business.In terms of technology, 68 percent of the businesses surveyed indicated that they considered investing in new technology to promote sustainability “very important” to their businesses.The survey also queried hotel and restaurant operators on the work of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). The ICT has fielded criticism lately from the small-scale tourism business sector, but businesses contacted in the Exphore survey showed mixed responses. A slight majority of 32 percent responded that the ICT had done a “regular” job of managing tourism in Costa Rica; 24 percent responded with “very good”; 28 percent responded “good”; and 16 percent of the businesses categorized the ICT’s work as “bad.”Exphore organizers released the results of the survey at a press conference on June 14.Bernard Perraud, owner of Corbe Gourmet, a distributor of French wines, manned a table full of open wine bottles on Tuesday night. He said Corbe Gourmet comes to Exphore every year.“We are always here,” Perraud said. “We can meet our customers and they can try our different wines. Many people stopped by here today. It has already been a successful day.” Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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