Building Healthy Military Communities – Featuring Indiana

first_imgThis week we feature a guest post from Building Healthy Military Communities State Coordinator in Indiana, Kyle WoodIndiana is different from the other states that are piloting Building Healthy Military Communities because there are no active duty installations in the state. We are heavily focused on the geographically dispersed military population. In our state, there are many programs in place to address service member needs. Rather than develop redundant programs, Indiana looks to augment those programs by providing additional resources for soldiers to access by way of Joint Services Support (JSS).  We also prioritize making sure all community partners throughout the state know how to communicate their services to JSS.Everyone is geographically dispersed, which requires Indiana to have a large pool of community, state, and federal resources to be spread out. Family assistant specialists and personal finance counselors need to be strategically placed in all five corners of the state in order to meet needs.Although there are federal programs designed for specific branches such as Army National Guard, active duty and Reserve members do not know they can use National Guard family assistant specialists. This is an area we are pursuing additional education for service members. Further partnership with Purdue Cooperative Extension could assist in these and other efforts, and we look forward to engaging more with our counterparts at Purdue University. Along with his position as the Indiana State Coordinator for Building Healthy Military Communities, Kyle Wood is a member of the Indiana Army National Guard as a UM-60M Blackhawk pilot. Being a current member of the military gives him a unique perspective on the struggles that geographically dispersed Service Members face on a day to day basis.last_img read more

New James Bond film may include characters like Jaws or Oddjob

first_imgThe makers of the upcoming James Bond film Bond 24 are reportedly in search of new iconic character like Jaws or Oddjob to feature in the movie.Filming for the Sam Mendes directed project would begin December 2014 According to James Bond’s fan-site MI6, the producers were considering former sports athletes who were extremely physically fit and over 6’2 for the part of their main assassin in the Daniel Craig starrer project, reported.The website added that the character, which has been temporarily named ‘Hinx’ and believed to be between 30- 45 years of age, would have altercation scenes with Craig in addition to a driving sequence.It was also reported that filming for the Sam Mendes directed project would begin December 2014.last_img

Vertebra, lumbar (low back)

first_imgThese are the five vertebra of the lower back. The last vertebra (on the upper left of the picture) attaches to the sacrum, and the top vertebra (on the right of the picture) attaches to the thoracic section of the back. The vertebra are broader and stronger than the other bones in the spine. This allows them to absorb the added pressure applied to the lower back, but this area remains a common site of injury. The vertebra are numbered from one to five and are labeled L1, L2, L3 etc. from the higher bones to the lower.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 Official Mascots Unveiled at Ceremony

first_imgTOKYO (AP) — The official mascots for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were unveiled at a ceremony in downtown Tokyo on Sunday.The mascot for the Olympics is named Miraitowa while the Paralympic mascot will be known as Someity.Miraitowa is a combination of the Japanese words for future and eternity while Someity comes from a popular cherry blossom variety “Someiyoshino” and echoes the English phrase “so mighty.”The two mascot designs were selected by elementary schoolchildren across Japan.“These mascots are your friends,” Tokyo 2020 organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori said at the ceremony. “You have helped to pick them and across the country, I believe, 5 million children helped to pick this. And the name is also something we have picked together. So this Olympics belongs to everyone.”The selection process involving schoolchildren was introduced to get students enthusiastic about the games while also ensuring transparency.Organizers say the pair of futuristic characters combine tradition and innovation. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020.“I think a very worthy name has been picked not only for Tokyo, but for Japan as well as the Olympics and Paralympics,” said Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

HTC U11 ditching audio jack, instead coming with headphone adapter: Report

first_imgHTC’s next flagship is going to be — HTC U11 which is set to launch on May 16. Ahead of the launch, the upcoming flagship device has already been subjected to several rumours and leaks. A popular leakster — LlabTooFeR on Wednesday tweeted that the HTC U11 will not come with the 3.5mm headphone jack, instead will include a separate headphone adaptor. However, no comments come from HTC as of now.HTC U11 will not come with a 3.5mm audio port. However, the company also brings a solution along. The upcoming HTC phone is speculated to come with a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter inside the packaged box. This means that the HTC U11 users will still be able to use their pair of wired headphones and listen to their favorite tracks. Well as of now, the rumours only reveal the coming of the adapter, however; there are no details on how it will look like.Also Read: HTC U11 complete specs revealed before May 16 launch: ReportTo recall, HTC U Ultra which was announced back in January also didn’t come with the headphone jack. However, U Ultra comes with a pair of HTC’s Usonic earbuds with a USB-Type C connector. The story started long ago when Apple, when the company removed the headphone jack for its iPhone 7. Apple was followed by Motorola who also ditched the headphone jack for its Moto Z phones.Well, by putting the adapter in the box, chances are that the HTC U11 might come with USB Type-C headphones along with its own USonic technology. The USonic technology was previously seen in HTC U Ultra. Well, what’s HTC’s take on removing the headphone jack is a mystery for now, which will be unveiled on May 16.advertisementRecently, retail box of the HTC U11 was leaked, which highlight most of the specs that the device is expected to sport. The key highlight of the device is the processor. HTC U11 is tipped to launch with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, which was seen in Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 6. Further, the upcoming OnePlus 5 is also going to sport the same processor. Another highlight of the phone will be the Edge Sense technology.Also Read: HTC U11 with Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, Android 7.1.1 Nougat spottedDisplay wise, the smartphone is going to sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, which is protected by a Gorilla Glass 5. On the camera front, the device features a 12-megapixel primary camera which comes also with OIS and HTC’s “UltraPixel 3” and “UltraSpeed AF” brandings. While on the front, the upcoming HTC device comes with a 16MP front-facing selfie shooter with f/2.0 and selfie panorama.The smartphone will come in two variants – 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of inbuilt storage. Further, the HTC U11 is going to run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, Bluetooth 5.0, and is also said to include water resistance features.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img DIGBY COUNTY: Cape St. Marys Bridge Cape St. Marys Bridge, located on John Doucette Road, Cape St. Marys, is closed for replacement until Friday, Dec. 21. Detour signs in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 210 Route 210, from Route 325 (Newcombville) to Waterloo Road, has alternating lane closures until Saturday, Dec. 15. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, northbound from Exit 4C (Bedford) to Exit 5 (Fall River), is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Friday, Dec. 21. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Conquerall Mills Road Conquerall Mills Road, Conquerall Mills, has alternating lane closures until Saturday, Dec. 15. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Barss Corner Road Barss Corner Road, from Trunk 10 to Ramey Road, will have alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and paving until Saturday, Dec. 15. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting is taking place twice a day, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Highway 103 between exits 5 and 5A. Traffic will be stopped in both directions while blasting is occurring. Traffic may be stopped for periods of 20 minutes. Expect delays and proceed with caution. Blasting will be ongoing until mid-December. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lower Branch Road Lower Branch Road, from Tompkin Road to Trunk 10, will have alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Dec. 15. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Battery Point Road Battery Point Road, from Blue Rocks Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Dec. 15. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road Eastern Shore Road, from Trunk 3 easterly for about four kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Dec. 15. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, March 31, 2019. NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. Replacement to take place in 2019. Detour via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road.last_img read more

India slams Paks JK narrative

first_imgGENEVA: Revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was a sovereign decision taken by the Indian Parliament, and the country cannot accept any interference in its internal affairs, India on Tuesday asserted at the UN Human Rights Council, while vigorously rejecting Pakistan’s “malicious” campaign on the issue.Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Vijay Thakur Singh, in a clear reference to Pakistan, said there was a need to call out those who are misusing the UNHRC for malicious political agenda under the garb of human rights. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”They cry victim when they are the perpetrators,” she said, rejecting Pakistan’s charges against India on the issue at the 42nd session of the UNHRC. She said the recent legislative measures taken by India in Jammu and Kashmir were within the framework of its Constitution. “These decisions were taken by our Parliament after a full debate that was televised and enjoyed widespread support. We wish to reiterate that this sovereign decision, like other legislation passed by Parliament, is entirely internal to India. No country can accept interference in its internal affairs, certainly not India,” Singh said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayEarlier on Tuesday, Pakistan – which has been making repeated unsuccessful efforts to flag Jammu and Kashmir at various international forums – made its pitch at the meet for an investigation by the global body after making a series of allegations against India. Pointing to the arrest of political leaders and the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had also hinted at the consequences of such measures in a “nuclearised” Southeast Asia. Earlier on the day, India also objected to the reference made to Jammu and Kashmir in a China-Pakistan joint statement issued after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to Islamabad. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also talked about the China-Pakistan economic corridor in Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir, asserting that India is “resolutely opposed” to any actions by other countries to change the status quo in the region. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi left his country red-faced on Tuesday by referring to Jammu and Kashmir as an “Indian state” following his speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session here. Till date, Pakistan, in all its official communication, has been referring to Jammu and Kashmir as “Indian Administered Kashmir”. With agency inputslast_img read more

Family Equality Councils LA Awards Dinner Raises Record Amount

first_imgFamily Equality Council’s Los Angeles Awards Dinner, hosted at the Globe Theater in Universal City on Saturday, set a Los Angeles record for the event, raising $571,000 for the Council and it’s programs.Performances included Adam Lambert, Amber Riley, Darren Criss and Melissa Etheridge.Presenters included Glee creator Ryan Murphy, actress Busy Philipps, and the cast of ABC’s Scandal including Scott Foley, Tony Goldwyn and Jeff Perry. Other guests included Tim Allen, Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Laura Prepon, George Takei, Harold Perrineau, Aisha Tyler, Kathleen Robertson, Tuc Watkins, Alex Newell (Glee), Tamara Barney (Real Housewives of Orange County), Heather Dubrow (Real Housewives of Orange County), Carlon Gebbia (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Joyce Giraud (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Yolanda Foster (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Dale Dickey, Debbie Holliday, Amanda Bearse, and the cast of ABC Family’s The Fosters including Maia Mithcell, David Lambert, Cierra Ramirez, Jake T. Austin, Danny Nucci and Hayden Byerly.Family Equality Council programs that will benefit from the event include Pearls of Wisdom, an initiative to empower seniors with family members who identify as LGBTQ to tell their stories and promote family equality on local, state, and national levels.For more info on the event, click here.last_img read more

David Ortiz Joins Prizeo To Raise Money For Charity

first_imgPrizeo, the leader in online sweepstakes and experiences, is giving baseball fans the chance of a lifetime!One lucky winner will get to play a game of catch at Fenway Park with retiring Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and celebrate Big Papi’s final season for just a $10 donation to charity. In addition, the winner will receive a custom hand-painted Fender American Stratocaster guitar signed by Ortiz.Fans are invited to enter by donating to Ortiz’s chosen causes, David Ortiz Children’s Fund and the Fender Music Foundation. Guaranteed rewards items ranging from a signed David Ortiz photo and a Big Papi beanie and hoodie to a signed jersey and exclusive David Ortiz bat are available.The deadline to enter and be a part of Ortiz’s final season is July 26. Enter here.last_img

King Mohammed VI Reiterates His Resolve to Build Strong Maghreb Union

Rabat – King Mohammed VI on Wednesday reiterated His resolve to see a strong Maghreb Union built on the firm foundation of solid bilateral relations and integrated economic projects, noting that the situation is such that Maghreb citizens do not understand or accept such a state of affairs.“As regards the Maghreb, I should like to say, once again, that I keenly look forward to seeing a strong union built on the firm foundation of solid bilateral relations and integrated economic projects,” the Sovereign said in a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of His enthronement.“I personally believe that disputes are not inevitable and that they are quite normal in all communities,” the King said, citing as example the European Union. “There had been disagreements between EU members, but the breaking point is hardly ever reached.” “What is regrettable in the Maghreb, however, is that a dispute is allowed to continue for the purpose of disrupting the evolution of the Maghreb Union,” king Mohammed VI said.For the King, whatever the magnitude of the dispute, it should not, for instance, be used as a pretext for the continued closure of the borders. He said that “The situation is such that Maghreb citizens do not understand or accept such a state of affairs.”He also recalled that Morocco has been calling for more than six years now for a solution to this “odd situation,” underlining that the response to all of Morocco’s constructive initiatives has been a stubborn, systematic refusal which is not only inconsistent with the logic of history and legitimacy, but also out of step with our peoples’ natural entitlement to human interaction and economic exchange. read more

Somalia sexual violence must be subject to criminal justice says UN expert

Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Somalia Bahame Tom Mukariya Nyanduga. UN Photo/Ilyas Ahmed The Independent Expert also reiterated the need to address the human rights challenges that journalists and media in Somalia face. He warned that the Media Law must not be used as a tool to harass journalists, but rather to ensure respect for the rights to freedom of opinion and expression. He noted with satisfaction the Government’s commitment to adopt the National Human Rights Commission Bill, establishing an independent National Human Rights Institution before the end of its tenure, and urged that this commitment be met. “However, another bill, the Counter Terrorism Bill, could potentially negatively affect the enjoyment of human rights,” Mr. Nyanduga said. “I urge the authorities to ensure that this bill conforms to international human rights guarantees in accordance with Somalia’s international human rights obligations and the revised Federal Constitution. To be effective in fighting terrorism, the law must be firmly entrenched in human rights.” AMISOM’s role in SomaliaThe Independent Expert commended the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) for the role it continues to play in the country. He noted its commitment to comply with human rights and international humanitarian law, including ensuring accountability for violations committed by its forces. Regarding the incident on the killing of the four civilians by AMISOM forces in Bullo Mareer, Lower Shabelle, the expert urged the Mission to conduct thorough, independent investigations and make the findings of its inquiries public. In this regard, he welcomed the plan by the UN and AMISOM to hold the first UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy implementation review workshop on 26 and 27 April, urging that stronger collaboration on the ground will foster compliance with human rights and international humanitarian law, which is a shared objective for both the United Nations and the African Union. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. “I call on the Government to prioritize the creation and implementation of a twin strategy: to enhance the capacity of the judiciary and the Somali Police force, and to prohibit clan and traditional elders from resolving or adjudicating such cases,” said the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Nyanduga, in a press release. “There is also a crucial need to create human rights awareness among clan elders and religious leaders about women’s rights, as one way of facilitating change within communities,” he added. Mr. Nyanduga began his visit to Somalia on 16 April. During his mission, he visited Mogadishu, Kismayo and Baidoa, and met the Speaker of the Federal Parliament, Federal Government authorities in Mogadishu, representatives of Jubbaland state, and the South West state.On Saturday, at the end of his third mission to the country, Mr. Nyanduga noted that the Xeer Somali traditional dispute resolution system continues to play a key role in the country, given that rule of law institutions are still being established. He was concerned to learn that traditional elders adjudicate sexual and gender-based violence cases, such as rape, due to the absence of a fully functioning criminal justice system in many parts of Somalia. He called for the adoption of the Sexual Offences Bill during the forthcoming session of Parliament to further guarantee the protection of women’s rights and also urged the Government to implement the recommendations arising from Somalia’s 2016 Universal Periodic Review before the Human Rights Council, including the adoption of a moratorium on the death penalty. Mr. Nyanduga commended the Federal and regional authorities and Parliament for committing themselves to holding elections later this year, widening the electoral base and ensuring that a 30 per cent women representation is met. However, he expressed concern that representation of youth, minorities and persons with disabilities, is not similarly guaranteed. read more

From valedictorian to captain Browning excels on and off field

At 6-foot-4-inches tall and 313 pounds, Bryant Browning doesn’t look like the typical scholar, but when he’s not opening running lanes or protecting the quarterback, he’s making the grade. A three-year starter on the offensive line, and one of six team captains, Browning has been named a semi-finalist for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy, commonly known as the Academic Heisman. “I’m definitely honored. It’s a very prestigious award,” Browning said. “I like the recognition that you worked hard till the end throughout your college career.” As a fifth-year marketing major and Big Ten All-Academic athlete, Browning’s education has always been very important to him. “When I first started playing sports my parents and grandparents always reminded me that school came first,” Browning said. “I had an older brother that always did well in school while he played sports, so I guess I always tried to follow behind him and always tried to keep my grades up and do the best I can.” The valedictorian of his graduating class, Browning played at Cleveland Glenville High School, where he was an All-State offensive lineman and helped lead Glenville to the regional finals in both his junior and senior years. With Glenville being known for producing high-caliber football players like Ted Ginn Jr. and Troy Smith, Browning was initially overshadowed by two of his high school teammates Ray Small and Robert Rose. “I don’t know, I feel that coming from Glenville we all have a lot of talent,” Browning said. “Personally I felt that if I came in to Ohio State with an open mind and was willing to work, that things were going to be fine.” Browning was redshirted his freshman year while Small and Rose saw early playing time. Though as time went on, Browning became a starter in his third year while Small and Rose never realized their full potential and fell out of the lime light. Having always won a Big Ten Championship and been undefeated against Michigan in his four years here, Browning still has a lot of unfinished business. “I want to win another Big Ten championship, beat Michigan again, and also go undefeated and win a national championship,” Browning said. “I had a taste of it my first couple years here, but never really got all the way through with it.” Browning said that his years at OSU have gone by too fast, and that he hopes he left a legacy here. “I guess if there’s one thing, I’d like to be remembered as a great teammate,” Browning said. “Someone who cared about the younger players and tried to teach them things whenever possible, a guy who you could always come to and count on when things weren’t going great for you.” After his playing days at OSU are over, Browning wants to try and play in the NFL, but says that if that doesn’t work out he may try to go to graduate school in marketing or law school. “I just hope to have a successful life in anything I try to do,” Browning said. “I just know that I have to be willing to work at it if I want things to turn out the right way.” read more

59 motorcycle impounded during police operations

Fifty-nine motorcycles were impounded by ranks of the “A” Division during an operation at the Georgetown Seawalls (Camp Street- Vlissengen Road).During this activity which was carried out between 23:00h on Sunday and 05:00h on Monday six persons were taken into Police custody while a dozen cycles were abandoned by riders.Some of the motorcycles that were impoundedA verification of the authenticity of the documents of the said cycles is being done since many are suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained. Seventy grams of cannabis was also found.In the meanwhile, 18 persons who were arrested by senior ranks of the Police Force are being questioned for several criminal offenses.Reports are that the individuals are being questioned in relation to robbery under arms, simple larceny and housebreaking offences. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeveral detained for questioning during cordon and search operations – GPFFebruary 11, 2019In “latest news”29 arrested in Agricola, North Road during police raidsSeptember 30, 2018In “Crime”Constable arrested for stealing impounded motorcycle from Police StationMay 9, 2017In “Crime” read more

Fuel for your project power supply

first_imgRon Miller, Principal at Reliant Energy Solutions LLC, asks what is the first thing we evaluate when looking at power supply alternatives for an industrial client with a large power requirement? Is it 1) site, 2) engineering, procurement, and construction companies, 3) independent power producers, 4) turbine vendors, 5) grid connections, or 6) fuel supply, logistics, and infrastructure?“In my evaluations of power supply alternatives for industrial companies with special emphasis in developing countries, there is one over-riding conclusion: reliable fuel supply drives the energy generation economic engine.“Evaluating several different fuels including LNG, natural gas, diesel, heavy fuel oil, and LPGs among others, the best project outcomes are those where fuel supply, pricing, logistics, and infrastructure is given an extensive amount of time during the analysis stage.“I assessed the 20-year costs of generating power from multiple fuels and placed each fuel’s costs into three separate net present value (NPV) buckets of 1) capital, 2) operating and maintenance, and 3) fuel. Within a range of 65% to 85% for all fuels, fuel cost was the largest component of the NPV of power generation costs.“So if 65% to 85% of your final power generation cost is one item, shouldn’t you spend a corresponding amount of time in your analysis stage fully understanding this key determinant for a successful power project? In developing countries where power generation infrastructure may not exist or does not exist at the same level as is found in North America and Europe, fuel analysis becomes even more important.“One of the key questions for fuel importation in developing countries is the draft at existing ports to allow larger vessels to dock at the jetty. Can larger ocean-going tankers dock at the port for off-loading, or is the port’s draft too shallow, thus forcing a Single Point Mooring (SPM) system or Conventional Buoy Mooring (CBM) system to be constructed at substantial capital expense?“Once fuel can be imported, sufficient onshore storage capacity should exist, or must be built to off-load the entire fuel cargo from the larger ships. Additionally, the throughput capacity of the pipeline from SPM/CBM must allow a rapid unloading of the fuel from ship to shore to eliminate steep demurrage costs for the project.“Availability and reliability of fuel supply plays a much larger share of concern in developing country power projects than in the rest of the world. Consequently, analysing multiple fuel supply alternatives with their attendant pricing, availability, and off-loading, storage and logistics capabilities is essential. Although optionality in the fuels that the selected generation equipment can accept may reduce the efficiency with a higher heat rate, the risk of no fuel for the facility and its huge opportunity costs for the industrial company can be substantial. For developing countries, it is better to plan that there will be a fuel interruption and a need for fuel supply options as that may become the norm rather than the exception.“For countries without a transmission grid, the obvious solution for a power requirement inland is to transport fuel. However, in those applications where a reasonably-reliable grid exists, we must evaluate which is cheaper: transporting fuel over the highway system with its inherent costs, long supply chain, and liability risks, or transporting electrons overhead?“A power generation fuel supply checklist is as follows:How will fuel physically be imported into the country and/or made available to the power generation facility?Has the required capacity planning for each step along the fuel supply chain been completed to ensure adequate capacity exists?What are the multiple fuels that will allow the power generation facility to reliably produce power for the term required, and can they be accessed?Does the power generation equipment offer flexibility in the fuels that can be used?How easily will the new facility be able to move from the primary fuel to the ‘Plan B’ fuel in case of a fuel supply interruption or a price spike?“By understanding the critical nature of reliable fuel supply and how it economically drives the power generation engine, the high opportunity cost of no power production due to a lack of fuel can be avoided. A more holistic evaluation of the entire power generation process with special emphasis on fuel supply can yield better and more profitable long term results and truly harvest the ‘gold’ for a successful power project.”Picture courtesy of Synchrotech Controls, specialising in providing remote site power generation.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Monday

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news…Country superstar Garth Brooks is pictured at the launch of ‘The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event’, which is set to take place at Croke Park on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 of July 2014. Tickets go on sale Thursday. (Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)IRELAND A family is appealing after two watches left to a deceased man’s sons were stolenThe former board of the CRC will appear before the Public Accounts Committee ‘as soon as possible’The families of the victims of the Stardust blaze say they will reveal the cause of the blaze on 14 FebruaryA ballot will be taken on 7 February which could see thousands of electricians go on strikeThe HSE will sanction hospitals which break the rules surrounding working hours of junior doctorsSix people were revealed to have shared Saturday’s Lotto jackpot, one who had been using the numbers for 26 yearsA woman in her 50s was killed when she was hit by a truck in Thurles3,000 people were granted Irish citizenship at a ceremony in Dublin todayResidents of the area near the proposed new Cork prison raised concerns about the projectThe Tánaiste said that no Irish troops would be sent to the Central African Republic INTERNATIONALPolice gather around the prison van departing Edinburgh Sheriff Court where Rosdeep Kular, mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular, appeared charged with his murder.(PA Wire/Press Association Images)#MIKAEEL KULAR: The mother of three-year-old Scottish boy Mikaeel Kular appeared in an Edinburgh court today, charged with his murder. Rosdeep Kular was remanded in custody, due to appear in court on 28 January.#UKRAINE: Opposition protesters and police clashed in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev today. The clashes centre around controversial new laws that allow protesters to be jailed.#ASSAD: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told AFP that it is ‘not easy’ to explain his country’s bloody civil war to his children. Assad added that he has no intentions of stepping down.#DOLPHINS: Japan has defended the practice of hunting dolphins after the US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy said that she was ‘deeply concerned’ about the annual hunt. A Japanese official said it was a form of ‘traditional fishing’.INNOVATIONIf an astronaut is caught in an accident on the launchpad, what’s the plan? Using cast-off trucks from the US military, apparently. [Gizmodo]Amazon may be able to deliver things to you quicker. In fact, it may be able to deliver before you order. Here’s how. []PARTING SHOTMount Sinabung spews lava and gas during its eruption as seen from Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia, early today. The volcano has been erupting since September, forcing more than 20,000 people who live around it slopes to flee their homes to several temporary shelters. (AP/Press Association Images)Can’t see the photo? Click here.last_img read more

President Higgins on Castro Next time hell require more than one line

first_img 39 Comments Barry McLoughlin WHEN IT COMES to writing about the recently deceased, we Irish seem to adopt the approach, if you have nothing good to say, say nothing. But is this the way to properly mark the passing of someone, either loved or loathed? What should go into an obituary and why?This dilemma was best exemplified when President Higgins described Castro as a “Giant among global leaders”. He took a view, shared by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, that Castro’s life and achievements were to be praised, not vilified.Castro, according to President Higgins, “guided the country through a remarkable process of social and political change, advocating a development path that was unique and determined independently.”Further on, his only explicit nod to oppression was the following line: “The economic and social reforms introduced were at the price of a restriction of civil society, which brought its critics.” It was this line that caught the attention of the political class. Fianna Fáil thought the statement should have been “more balanced”.An independent senator attacked “a complimentary statement about a man that many Irish people would find repugnant.” The President had to send out his spokesman to clarify his remarks.What was wrong with that statement? Like any communication, you need to know your audience before you start writing and be clear on what your objective is.President Higgins clearly admired Castro from a political point of view. But he is President of Ireland.In his statement of 10 paragraphs, just one line covered darker areas like human rights abuses.Was this objective the right one for our Head of State? Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center, attends a ceremony at the Jose Marti Monument n Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. Source: Ramon EspinosaThis was a question those close to Justin Trudeau pondered at the same time.The cack-handed wording and rationale of Trudeau’s statement, (“While a controversial figure, both Mr Castro’s supporters and detractors recognised his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante’”) lead to a twitter storm of #TrudeauEulogies.Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin, Darth Vader and others were all given positive eulogies in a similar style by a gleeful Twitterati. Trudeau, according to The New York Times: “generated the kind of social media blowback to which the telegenic…..Prime Minister is rarely subjected.” Trudeau had good personal reasons to call Castro a “Remarkable Leader”. Trudeau’s father was a friend of Castro. Castro had served as an honorary pallbearer at his funeral. And allowing that to dominate his thinking when drafting the statement was the problem.Speaking ill of the deadIn Ireland, we place great emphasis on respecting the newly dead, whatever their sins.We have an entire literary genre of tension-filled funeral dramas. Think of anything John B Keane wrote. De Valera famously offered his condolences to the Germans after the war on the death of Hitler.This was despite the emergence of details of the concentration camps and the fact that he would have invaded us in a heartbeat if it suited. So, should we look hard at this reflex to blindly honour the dead in our obituaries and statements?Can our leaders write statements that are accurate and objective?Ann Roe, obituaries editor with The Economist, has spoken about writing an obituary “from their (the deceased’s) point of view”. This means looking at the good and the bad sides. Below is the first paragraph of an obituary she wrote in 2011.“When he gave interviews to foreign journalists, which he did rarely, he had a way of looking down at his hands. This, and his soft, slightly raspy voice, and his gentle eyes, as well as the fact that he allowed no instantaneous translation, helped conceal what he was saying: that it was the duty of all Muslims to kill unbelievers, especially Americans.”The man with the soft voice was Osama Bin Laden. The Economist received criticism for this obituary, which included references to how he was with his children and how he liked to relax. If we are to see an obituary or eulogy as an honest statement, it needs to show both sides.Trudeau’s statement was that of a son mourning his late father’s friend, not of Canadian PM speaking on behalf of his country. Neither Canada’s statement nor Ireland’s mentioned the Cuban Missile Crisis.Never criticising dead public figuresWe are not a people inclined to criticise our dead public figures. President Higgins reflected that in his statement, albeit to the point of giving enough to the politically ambitious to query his tone and force a clarification.Perhaps the next time he drafts such a statement, he’ll require more than one line to reflect the reality of any political or human life, failure, moral ambiguity and moments of weakness. And he need not be blunt.There’s a wealth of phrases that say one thing but mean another. The Times of London used the phrase “a bon viveur” to indicate alcoholism. “Survived by his mother” was a code for homosexuality. “Did not suffer fools” really meant a domineering tyrant. And “devoted to his wife” suggested that the deceased rutted around town like an old goat, such was his devotion.With two wives, numerous affairs and 11 children by 4 different women, that one might have suited Castro perfectly.Barry McLoughlin is a Senior Training Consultant with The Communications Clinic. He advises clients on communications and media strategy. He has worked with the Communications Clinic since 2011 and previously worked as a solicitor for a number of years.President Higgins criticised for praising ‘brutal dictator’ Castro>President Higgins expresses his “great sadness” upon hearing of Fidel Castro’s death> Dec 4th 2016, 7:40 AM Short URL By Barry McLoughlin Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article President Higgins on Castro: ‘Next time he’ll require more than one line to reflect reality’ Was President Higgins’ Castro tribute appropriate, asks Barry McLoughlin. 33 Views Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 7:40 AMlast_img read more

Family violence victims of CALD background more vulnerable

first_imgWomen of migrant and refugee background who are victims of family violence find it harder to access services and are more vulnerable when it comes to reporting the crimes committed against them. This grim reality was brought to the fore at the Royal Commission into Family Violence by InTouch the only Multicultural Centre against Family Violence in Victoria which provides support services exclusively to women of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Victoria.With the Royal Commission continuing its public consultations this week, InTouch submitted its 42 recommendations for the Commission to consider and act upon. The recommendations cover a number of issues, with the need for the provision and funding of interpreting, as well as culturally and linguistically sensitive legal services, at the heart of them. The need for the government to support service providers to centre the needs of CALD women and children when designing programs and services for people affected by family violence is the overarching principle that the recommendations are based upon. The recommendations point out that there is a lack of community-led family violence prevention initiatives in settings such as faith groups, schools, ethno-specific organisations and migrant resource centres: primary social locations for women and men of CALD background when they are newcomers to Australia. InTouch CEO Maya Avdibegovic, pointed out to Neos Kosmos that while the experiences of migrant and refugee women are similar to women in the wider community, there are additional challenges to overcome when seeking protection from a violent partner or family member such as: lack of knowledge about the Australian legal system; extreme social isolation; a fear of people in positions of authority; and limited English skills. Similarly, the experiences of their children may differ to the experiences of children in the wider community who suffer family violence, because of trauma related to their pre-migration and migration experiences, racism and discrimination, and the normalisation of certain cultural beliefs. According Ms Avdibegovic if undertaken the recommendations would greatly enhance the capacity of CALD women and children to access effective family violence support services, and thereby assist the government to achieve its aim of combating family violence.“While we recognise there have been a number of systematic advances in relation to assisting victims of family violence, migrant and refugee women and children still face a range of barriers and service gaps when it comes to accessing mainstream broader services” said Ms Avdibegovic. The Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence started public hearings in Melbourne last Monday. The Victorian Government established the royal commission earlier this year, describing family violence as a national emergency.According to crime statistics in 2013 there were 44 family violence-related deaths in Victoria and more than 65,000 family violence incidents reported to police. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Kellogg Company Voluntarily Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal Due to Possible Health Risk

first_imgLink to Outbreak Summary DEC’s Food Safety and Sanitation Program has confirmed the Alaska distribution of a recently recalled product. Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling its Honey Smacks Cereal due to possible health risk. Kellogg launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey Smacks immediately after being contacted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding reported illnesses. HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RECALLED PRODUCTThe affected product includes the following varieties distributed across the United States as well as limited distribution in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan. The BEST if Used By Date can be found on the top of the cereal box, and the UPC code can be found on the bottom of the box. Kellogg is asking that people who purchased potentially affected product discard it and contact the company for a full refund. Consumers seeking more information, including images of these products, can visit or call 1-800-962-1413 from Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. Description (Retail)UPC CodeSizeBEST If Used By Datecenter_img According to the CDC, use or consumption of products contaminated with Salmonella may result in serious illness. It can also produce serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses. Honey Smacks380001481023 oz JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019 Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kellogg Company Thursday announced it is voluntarily recalling 15.3 oz. and 23 oz. packages of Kellogg’s ® Honey Smacks ® cereal (with code dates listed below) because these products have the potential presence of Salmonella. No other Kellogg products are impacted by this recall. Honey Smacks (with limited distribution outside the U.S.)380003910315.3 ozJUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019last_img read more

How Factors Before College Impact Success For Students Of Color

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X PexelsIn Texas students of color are less likely to finish college than their white peers. More than 60 percent of that gap can be explained by factors before college, according to a new study.In Texas, the majority of white students finish college. But for black and Hispanic students, graduation rates are 50 percent or less.To find out why, one researcher looked at what these students brought with them to college, starting in kindergarten.“For both groups we saw the overwhelming factor contributing to the racial college completion gap was high school segregation, racial segregation in the high schools,” said Stella Flores, a professor at New York University.Flores also found some differences behind the gap. Hispanic students in Texas faced a lot of poverty while black students didn’t have as much access to rigorous classes in high school that would prepare them for college.“We can’t ignore the demographic realities of race,” Flores said. “The majority of our students in Texas are now Latino and across the nation the majority of students are non-white, so investing in the success, it’s an utmost economic priority.”Flores added that the study shows that both school districts and also universities need to tailor their services to what certain kids need.“This doesn’t relieve the higher education sector from any responsibility or accountability,” she said. “But it does encourage us to take a wider look across the pipeline to understand how to increase college completion. The way we’re looking at it now is not sufficient.” Listen 00:00 /01:08last_img read more

Houston Organization Works To Empower Boss Babes

first_img X Listen 00:00 /03:21 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Ed Mayberry | Houston Public MediaEllyse Espinoza co-founded HTX Boss Babes to give a platform to female entrepreneurs like herself.center_img The number of female entrepreneurs in the United States is rising, but it’s still lagging behind the number of men.Houstonian Ellyse Espinoza would like to change that.She’s the owner of online boutique State Line Designs and co-founded HTX Boss Babes – a social group meant to empower female entrepreneurs.This month, HTX Boss Babes is collaborating with pop-up shop Launch in downtown Houston, where the work of 12 different female-owned businesses is being showcased.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. Sharelast_img read more