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Further Expansion of Wigton Windfarm

first_imgFurther Expansion of Wigton WindfarmJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedTexaco Jamaica Lauded For Energy Project Photo: JIS PhotographerState Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson (left), in discussion with Project Engineer for Renewable Energy at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Shane Silvera (right), while attending the a two-day PCJ Alternative energy Expo, held on Monday, June 23, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston. Others (from left) are: Consul of Ecuador to Jamaica, Cletia Barreto; Permanent Secretary in the Energy Ministry, Hilary Alexander, and Senior Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Nerine Small. Advertisements RelatedFour Jamaicans Awarded Cuban Scholarships The Government is to undertake further expansion of the Wigton Windfarm in Rose Hill, Manchester, which should result in the reduction of 37,100 barrels of imported oil, and savings of $400 million.Making the announcement, State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Mining and Energy, Hon. Julian Robinson, said along with the reduction in oil consumption, the expanded facility will produce 63,072 Megawatt hours per year.“The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), is also collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture on biofuels research to identify plants that can be cultivated locally, which can be converted into fuels,” he said, while delivering the opening address at a two-day PCJ Alternative Energy Expo, held on Monday, June 23, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston.“This would have positive implications for our farmers, who would have new income earning opportunities, and for players in our transport sector, who would have a more affordable alternative to imported fuel,” the State Minister added.He told the gathering that in its quest to promote alternative energy, the Government in 2012, removed General Consumption Tax (GCT), from renewable energy systems, and in 2013, suspended the Common External Tariff on selected pieces of machinery and equipment commonly used in the industry.“The role of energy in Jamaica’s social development and economic progression cannot be overstated, so where there is competition, let us ensure that there is collaboration. If there is disagreement, let us ensure there is resolution, because our common future depends on our ability to adequately address the issue of energy security,” he said.The expo provides exposure for local and international alternative energy providers to demonstrate the latest and emerging energy efficiency products designed to reduce energy usage. It is open to the public free of cost.center_img Further Expansion of Wigton Windfarm TechnologyJune 24, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedPetroleum Corporation Invests $116M in Energy-Efficient Projects Story HighlightsThe Government is to undertake further expansion of the Wigton Windfarm in Rose Hill, Manchester, which should result in the reduction of 37,100 barrels of imported oil, and savings of $400 million.Along with the reduction in oil consumption, the expanded facility will produce 63,072 Megawatt hours per year.The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), is also collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture on biofuels research. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Lyons fills the hole at short

first_imgLyons brings more experience than you’d typically expect from a first-year player.The Rochester native was a first-team Junior College All-American at Iowa Central Community College last year and won a Golden Glove Award when he played for the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League.“He’s played a lot of baseball,” Anderson said. “I think that’s one of the reasons why he’s been able to play at a fairly high level here right out of the gate.”Lyons said his previous baseball experience has been a factor in his early season success.“I owe a lot of that to playing summer ball in the Northwoods League,” Lyons said. “There’s a lot of good Division I competition in that league, and playing in that for two years really helped me out to get where I am now.”And he’s been able to fit in nicely with teammates.“He’s a great player,” second baseman Luke MacLean said. “He’s making most of the plays. He’s putting the ball in play. He’s stealing bases. He’s got some power. He can do it all.”Yet MacLean did admit that Lyons is a bit of a different shortstop than Fornasiere was.“Fornasiere had a little bit stronger arm, a little bit bigger kid,” MacLean said. “(Lyons) gets rid of the ball real quick. There (are) not a lot of adjustments that I (had) to make when he came in here.” Lyons fills the hole at shortShortstop Dan Lyons has gotten on base in all 15 of Minnesota’s games. Robert MewsMarch 22, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintComing into the season, Minnesota’s baseball team had some big question marks as to who would fill the shoes of third baseman David Hrncirik and shortstop Matt Fornasiere.After all, Fornasiere led the Gophers last year in batting average (.335), runs (47), hits (77), doubles (18) and triples (2).Despite those numbers and his .925 fielding percentage, Minnesota possibly has been able to forget Fornasiere through its first 15 games this season with the addition of Dan Lyons.Lyons has gotten a hit in 13 of 15 games this season and gotten on base in all 15. He now has the Gophers’ second-highest on-base percentage, at .460.“They put a lot of trust in me to get my job done,” Lyons said.Lyons has been able to do just that. If he continues his pace, he’ll end up with about the same number of runs and RBIs that Fornasiere had last season. He’ll just about double the number of bases-on-balls, which will almost assure him a higher batting average than Fornasiere had last season.Furthermore, Lyons said he’s been able to adjust to hitting in the Division I level mostly because pitchers at this level throw with more command than at the junior college level, where Lyons played last season.“I know where the ball is going to be a lot more,” Lyons said of the location of pitches within the strike zone. “Coming from junior college you get pitches that you don’t expect a lot.”Despite his lack of Division I experience, coach John Anderson said he felt early on that Lyons would be able to fill the role of the departing senior.“He’s been a pleasant addition to our team,” Anderson said. “He’s exceeded my expectations early in this first part with his defensive play and his overall play altogether.”last_img read more

HHS finds school-based pandemic vaccine clinics effective

first_imgJun 18, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials looked to the relatively new model of school-based immunization clinics as an efficient way to deliver the pandemic vaccine to children, and a report from clinic observers detailed that the process worked well, though most schools would need more resources to hold future clinics.When the novel H1N1 flu virus emerged last April, only a few school districts such as those in Hawaii, East Baton Rouge, La., Knox County, Tenn., and Aurora, Colo., had ever conducted flu immunization clinics.Before the flu pandemic, momentum had been building for school-based clinics, especially after vaccine advisors for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in February 2008 expanded their flu vaccine recommendation to include all schoolchildren. They previously focused the recommendation on preschoolers.Early evidence showed that pandemic H1N1 virus was taking a greater toll on children, and in July 2009 the CDC’s vaccine advisors placed young people ages 6 months through 24 years old in its priority group to receive the first doses of the vaccine, which focused attention on school-based vaccine clinics as an ideal delivery tool to reach large numbers of children.Given the relative newness of the school-based vaccine clinic model, the CDC said it would be useful to evaluate administration of the pandemic vaccine at school-based sites. In response, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted on-site reviews in November and December 2009 at 38 elementary school–based clinics in six localities.Federal officials released the OIG findings on Jun 16 in a 32-page report. The goals of the study were to determine the extent of vaccination, how sites administered the clinics, and what lessons schools learned from the experience.The OIG said most states prioritized young people between ages 6 months and 24 years to receive the vaccine, and 40 of them used school-based vaccine programs to some extent to reach the group.Investigators based their clinic evaluations on five elements: ensuring proper vaccine storage, distributing consent forms and verifying eligibility, staffing, parent communications, and billing for vaccine administration.They found that sites vaccinated an average of 28% of enrolled students during 1-day programs, which federal officials said compares favorably with state and national vaccination rates. For example, the average vaccination rate for the six states included in the study is 37%, which reflects a child vaccination period of about 3 months at multiple sites such as doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and community clinics. Most of the 38 locations said the school-based clinics were a useful vaccination method but said they would not hold them in the future without additional resources.About 42% of the children vaccinated at the sites received the nasal mist form of the vaccine, and 59% received the injection. Reviewers noted that three of the six localities reported decreased demand for the nasal mist version, due to parent and staff misconceptions about its safety, which were driven by incorrect media messages that the nasal mist was riskier because it contained a live attenuated virus.Most school sites used recommended vaccine storage containers, but only half monitored the temperature of the cooler or refrigerator as recommended.All locations used parental consent forms to verify student eligibility, though most said they would revise the procedures for future vaccine clinics. Some said they needed more staff available to call parents to verify some of the information on the form. Others said they would reformat the form for varying parent reading levels and translate the forms as needed.Paperwork seemed to be a bottleneck. Schools said they would have distributed information to parents and schools earlier and that it would be useful to provide staff with more training about registering children and verifying the forms.For staffing, all sites used contractors, such as local public health officials or volunteers, to supplement clinic personnel. Some reported problems gathering enough workers to staff the clinics. They reported that lack of registrars led to some clinic delays, which were particularly apparent in after-school settings in which parents and siblings added to the number of people to be vaccinated.Several sites reported that they would streamline communication with parents and that a challenge was providing consistent messages about the need for a second dose for children younger than 10 and about vaccine safety.Four of the six localities didn’t establish a billing system for vaccine administration, instead using Public Health Emergency Response grant funding to cover the costs. The two that did used commercial community vaccinators found that, although Medicare and Medicaid reimbursed administration costs, some private insurers did not.See also:Jun 16 HHS OIG report on school-based vaccinationFeb 27, 2008, CIDRAP News story “ACIP recommends flu shots for all school children”Nov 19, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Experts weigh advisability of school-based flu shots”last_img read more

Final Update: Caja Fire Now 100 Percent Contained

first_imgSFNF News:The Caja Fire is now 100 percent contained, firefighters are monitoring the perimeter to make sure the lines are holding and the edges are cold. As temperatures warmed today, crews also were keeping an eye out for hot spots in the fire’s interior. Crews will continue to monitor the Caja Fire over the next few days on the Colorado Peak on the Caja del Rio Plateau in the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF).This will be the final update on the Caja Fire unless conditions change.Start date: Aug. 23, 2020Cause: LightningSize: 158 acresResources: Eight firefighters, two engines and three resource advisors are on scene. The resource advisors are assessing the fire’s impact on cultural resources in the area.Weather: Overnight showers missed the Caja Fire by a quarter mile, but numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop over the area again this afternoon. Temperatures are slightly cooler today with an increase in humidity.Values at risk: There are no immediate values at risk, although natural and cultural resources and a powerline are in proximity.Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public are always the first priority. Firefighters are conducting operations under protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. Smoke: Smoke from the Caja Fire is very minimal at this point. An interactive smoke map at allows you to zoom into the Santa Fe area to see the latest smoke information. Primarily because of the Medio Fire and wildfires in adjacent states, smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at Fire updates will be posted on the SFNF website, New Mexico Fire Information website and on the Santa Fe National Forest Facebook page and Twitter @SantafeNF.last_img read more

Let’s talk about health, baby

first_imgIT has been said that a woman confides everything to her hairdresser. ‘Talking Health’ builds on that unique relationship between…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Born survivors

first_imgMONDAY 17 November was World Prematurity Day and the National Premmie Foundation was again participating in a campaign to raise…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nelson’s Peewee House Leafs crowned West Kootenay Champs

first_imgThe team, finishing sixth overall in the 10-team league won a pair of games over Castlegar and Trail during the round robin before settling for a tie with a second squad from the Silver City.Nelson then advanced into the semi final, having to play immediately following its final round robin contest.Nelson trailed 2-0 before staging a rally and forcing overtime after the score finished 3-3 after regulation time.In shutout, Seamus Boyd and Callum Cutler notched goals to send the Heritage City squad into the final against a second Boundary City team.In the championship game, Nelson held a 4-2 advantage before Grand Forks scored twice in the final minutes to tie the game at 4-4 and force the extra period.Overtime, once again, settled nothing, forcing shootout to decide the West Kootenay title.Again, Boyd and Cutler scored to power Nelson to the West Kootenay Peewee House League title.The team includes, coaches Dean Centrone, Pat Thast, Martin Grill, Mark Arrowsmith and players, Nick Haydu, Dylan Ewen, Jackson Cousins, Callum Cutler, Ben Thast, Rhett Hamilton, Gordon Hollett, Ethan grill, Seamus Boyd, Nikko Lazier, Bruce Sookro, Ethan Bennett, Jack Centrone, Josh Marsden, Devan Hawkes and Andy Loutit and Manager Laura Marsden. Nelson Minor Hockey has another West Kootenay champion.The Peewee Leafs captured the West Kootenay Peewee House League title by putting in a little extra time during the weekend in Grand Forks.The Leafs defeated a pair of teams from the host Boundary City in shootout to claim the regional title.The Nelson Leafs won the West Kootenay Bantam House Championship last month in Nelson.During the weekend, everything came up roses for the Nelson squad.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week – L.V. Rogers Bombers Girl’s Soccer Team

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the pitch this week to play host to the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships beginning Thursday at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch.Some of the games are also being played in Castlegar.The Bombers, defending BC Champs, play a round-robin draw in the pool with DW Poppey of Langley, St. Michael’s University from Victoria and Nechako Valley of Vanderhoof. First game is Thursday morning at 8 a.m. when LVR meets soccer heavyweight St. Michael’s University.LVR then plays Nechako Valley at 2 p.m. before concluding the round robin format Friday at 10 a.m. against DW Poppey.The top team in each of the four pools of play advance to the semi final round of the tournament.The Championship goes at 2 p.m. Saturday.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Bombers with Team of the Week honours.The team includes coaches Chuck Bennett and Paul Burkart and players Grace Dehnel, Julia Burkart, Noa Butterfield, Jessemyn Vandonselaar, Megan Tenant, Laurel Halleran, Amy Hodgson, Ashley Hall, Sofia Arcuri, Ruby Sereight, McKenna Bennett, Maya Ida, Rylee Zondervan, Mattea Lorenzo, Emily Taylor, Hanna Quinn, Emma Wheeldon, Taylor Zimmer, Shianne Michalchuk and Bella Guderyan. Manager is Tanis Bouchier.last_img read more

FAI Junior Cup 7th round draw this evening

first_imgGREENCASTLE – The Inishowen side beat defendingchampions St Michaels at the weekend 2-1 after extra time, having beaten MervueUtd on penalties in the previous round.PIKE ROVERS – The Limerick side were champions back in 2011 and they won 3-1 away to Suncroft at the weekend despite having to play with ten men for the final quarter.WESTPORT UTD– A hat-trick from Peter Corcoran saw the 2005 champions from Mayo turn arounda 2-0 first-half deficit to defeat Doolan’s Cow 3-2 in Mayfield. FAIRVIEW RANGERS – Eight-time winners Fairview Rangers from Limerick, the mostsuccessful side in the competition’s history, beat Dublin’s St John Bosco 3-0.USHER CELTIC– The Dublin side progressed to the last 16 with a 5-3 win over Limerick’sRegional United in Grangegorman.OLIVER BOND CELTIC – the Dublin side fought from a goal down to see of Donegal’s KildrumTigers 2-1, goals from Adam Mitchell and Jimmy McHugh overturning the openerfrom ex-Finn Harps striker Kevin McHugh.RUSH ATHLETIC– The North Dublin seasiders run of form continued with a hard-fought 3-1 winaway to Villa of Waterford thanks to a brace from Brian McAllister.GOREY RANGERS– A hat-trick from former Bray Wanderers playmaker Dylan Vickers helped theWexford side register a 4-0 win at home to Cashel Town.CRETTYARD –Second-halfgoals from Bobby Dowling, Lee Salter and Colin Osborne saw the Carlow leagueside see off the challenge of the Cork AUL’s Glenthorn Celtic 3-0 at theweekend.NEWPARK –The Kilkenny League club are also in the hat as goals from Eoin Wall, HenryO’Neill and Greg Morton saw them past Carrig Celtic of Limerick 3-0.SHERRIF YC –On Friday night, the 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017 champions Sheriff YC from Dublinadvanced thanks to goalkeeper Lee Murphy’s late goal from a kick-out againstSkerries Town.CRUMLIN UTD– A hat-trick from Conor Murray sent Dublin side Crumlin United on their way toa 5-1 win over Limerick side Coonagh United on Saturday.CASTLEBAR CELTIC or TOLKA ROVERS – Tolka Rovers ran out 3-1 winners away to Shannon Hibernians at the weekend while Castlebar are waiting in the wings since early December.TRIM CELTIC or AVENUE UTD or FERRYBANK – Waterford side Ferrybank were 4-1 winners at hometo Drumcondra at the weekend and they will play the winners of next Saturday’sTrim Celtic (Meath) v Avenue Utd (Clare) match in round 6.BUNCRANA HEARTS or KILLARNEY CELTIC – Buncrana Hearts won away at Rosemount Mulvey inatrocious conditions in Dundrum to set up a home meeting with Kerry side KillarneyCeltic in round 6.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email ATHENRY FC – The last remaining Galway team stageda Houdini act on Sunday, coming from 3-0 down to beat Manulla 5-4 after extratime in Mayo. The draw for the last 16 of the FAI JUNIOR CUP takes place in Abbotstown at 5pm this evening (Tuesday). Galway side Athenry FC are in the hat after their dramatic extra time win over Manulla on Sunday and they are joined by two Mayo sides, Westport United and Castlebar Celtic (who still have to play their round 6 tie against Tolka Rovers), as well as 8 times former winners Fairview Rangers from Limerick and 4 time winners Sherriff YC from Dublin. Let’s look at the teams in the hat, with one round 5 and three round 6 games still to be completed:last_img read more

Memorable SFA Season Ends In Third-Round Loss to UCLA

first_imgIn the second half, the Lumberjacks were able to cut the lead to nine points on two occasions, at 46-37 (17:31) and 50-41 (15:36), but the Bruins answered both times to eliminate SFA from the big dance. Junior Jacob Parker was limited to five points, but pulled in nine boards, seven on the defensive end, in the loss. Senior Desmond Haymon finished with 17 points, on 3-of-11 shooting, with all coming beyond the arc, and 8 of 10 from the charity stripe; senior Nikola Gajic finished with 10 points. The loss caps off an historic season for the Lumberjacks that saw them record their first win in the NCAA tournament and most wins in a single-season in program history at 32. Sophomore Thomas Walkup recorded his fourth double-double of the season, with a game-high 22points and 11 rebounds, to pace the SFA against the Bruins (28-8). The native of Pasadena, Texas, finished 10 of 17 from the field with two free throws. SFA battled back, with a 5-0 run of its own, to cut the deficit to three points at 20-17 (9:30), before the UCLA pushed the lead to 27-19 on a free throw from Zach LaVine. After a Gajic’s jump shot cut it to 27-21 on the next possession, the Bruins built their lead to as high as 11 points (32-21), eventually taking a 42-32 lead in to the locker room. SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Stephen F. Austin had its memorable season come to an end in a 77-60 loss to No. 4 seed UCLA in the third round of the NCAA tournament at the Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. The Bruins size played a part in their win, outscoring the Lumberjacks 42-22. UCLA limited the Lumberjacks to 20-of-57 shooting for a 35.1 shooting percentage, a season-low. The Lumberjacks (32-3) suffered their first defeat since Nov. 23, to end their 29-game overall win streak, which led the nation after top-seed Wichita State’s loss to Kentucky earlier in the day. The two teams traded baskets in the early going, pulling even on three occasions and two lead changes, with SFA’s last advantage of the game coming at the 16:40 mark when Walkup hit a layup to make it 9-7 in favor of the Lumberjacks. UCLA answered with a 5-3 run to tie it 12-12, before a jumper by Jordan Adams sparked a 6-0 run for the Bruins to stake themselves out front 20-12 with 11:50 to go.last_img read more

Ravel’s name known now

first_img“I think this race probably did him a world of good,” said Michael McCarthy, the Arcadia-native assistant trainer who saddled Ravel for the suspended Pletcher. “He was a handful (when he broke his maiden secondtime out) at Hollywood Park. Today, he was all business.” Ravel ($7.20), fourth and pocketed early, swung out and wore down favored Liquidity to win by a length. The son of 2000 Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and grandson of 1991 Belmont winner A.P. Indy ran the second-fastest (1:48.91) of seven Shams. Liquidity, the Hollywood Futurity runner-up to top California 3-year-old Stormello, might have his blinkers opened next time so he can see rivals and “show his competitiveness,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. Song of Navarone held on for third. Well-bet Pirates Deputy and Time Squared finished at the back of the seven-horse field. McCarthy indicated Ravel will aim for the April 7 Santa Anita Derby. While Ravel was on melody in the Sham, a gelding by Brahms tuned up for the March 3 SantaAnita Handicap. Arson Squad, a Pennsylvania-bred, surged from last at the rail to win the Strub by 1 lengths over Spring At Last and again-disappointing Brother Derek and give veteran trainer Bruce Headley his first win in the event named for Santa Anita’s founding family. For his first stakes win since lastJuly’s Swaps at Hollywood, Arson Squad jumped over Awesome Gem (fifth), Midnight Lute (fourth) and Brother Derek, the three who outran him in lastmonth’s San Fernando. Though the Strub for 4-year-olds and today’s San Antonio Handicap for older horses (on an 11 a.m. card) should produce most of the Big ‘Cap field, these horses shouldn’t frighten Invasor. Jockey Fernando Jara had Invasor, the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, practically stopped behind slowing front-runners and apparently clipping heels before pushing through at the rail in Florida to win by two lengths over Hesanoldsalt in the 11/8-mile Donn. Invasor ($2.80), now 10 for 11, will go to the March 31 Dubai World Cup to try and avenge his loss to Discreet Cat. Earlier at Gulfstream, Nobiz Like Shobiz ($3.40) didn’t always run straight but led the whole 1-mile race with Cornelio Velasquez to add a 1 -length win over Drums of Thunder in the Holy Bull to the dominating win in the Remsen that made him the Derby choice of many. Pletcher-trained Scat Daddy faded to third. Trainer Barclay Tagg said the son of Albert the Great could go next in the March 3 Fountain of Youth. One star disappointed at Gulfstream, 2006 champion turf horse Miesque’s Approval a punchless fifth behind winner Giant Wrecker in the $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap. Aqueduct scrapped its last fourraces in cold weather after two horses died in an accident touched off when Cadillac Cruiser broke down, sending jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. to the hospital with reported bruises to the eye and shoulder. Trainer’s wife dies: Kellie Cerin, wife of Hollywood Park-based trainer Vladimir Cerin and a show-horse trainer in her own right, died after falling Thursday at the house where the couple were vacationing in Puerto Vallarta. She was 50. [email protected] (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ravel’s triumph in the $101,500 Sham Stakes was the local highlight of the day. Arson Squad won the $300,000 Strub to give jockey Garrett Gomez a big-race double, and Horse of the Year Invasor pulled out the $500,000 Donn Handicap and popular 3-year-old Nobiz Like Shobiz took the $150,000 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park. Maurice Ravel was best known for “Bolero,” a piece that ran on and on. We’ll see if his four- legged namesake can do the same and go 1 miles in the May 5 Derby. For now, Gomez, trainer Todd Pletcher and owners Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor had to be thrilled to crack the 11/8-mile barrier for a breakthrough victory at the end of a stretch duel with Liquidity in the Sham. center_img ARCADIA – In case Ravel goes on to win the Kentucky Derby, let the record show that on the day of the colt’s first stakes victory, knowledgeable people weren’t even sure how to pronounce his name. “Ravel, that’s his name,” bloodstock agent Demi O’Byrne confirmed Saturday at Santa Anita, saying it like the composer instead of the opposite of unravel. “We’ll have to have a talk with Mr. (Trevor) Denman (the track announcer).” last_img read more

Chatham homeowner chases off intruder

first_imgA Chatham homeowner chased away an intruder but still had approximately $2,000 worth of jewelry and electronics stolen.Police said the citizen returned to his Elizabeth Street home Tuesday morning to find a man in his residence carrying a bag.The suspect was chased out of the residence as police were called.Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect, police said.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Ashwin Roy at [email protected] or 519-436-6600 ext. 8107331.Anonymous calls can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).Chatham couple both charged with assaultTwo Chatham residents are facing assault charges after police responded to a disturbance at a Park Street home Tuesday night.Police said an investigation revealed the two – a 34-year-old woman and 31-year-old man – were arguing before it allegedly escalated into a physical altercation, which resulted in a coffee table being broken.Police said the man accused was also charged with resisting arrest and mischief under $5,000.The couple was taken into custody pending a bail hearing, police said.Citizen spots woman wanted by copsChatham-Kent police arrested a 33-year-old Wallaceburg woman from its wanted list thanks to an observant citizen.Police said the citizen recognized the woman, wanted in connection to a shoplifting incident at Home Hardware in Dresden last March, and called police Tuesday afternoon to report the suspect was outside a store in Wallaceburg.The woman fled on foot when officers responded, but she was taken into custody following a short foot chase, police said.Police also learned through investigation the accused was wanted by the OPP.The accused was released by Chatham-Kent police with a July 9 court date and turned over to OPP fir court purposes.Impaired drivingA 25-year-old Thamesville woman is facing an impaired driving charge in connection to a two-vehicle crash around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Morpeth.Chatham-Kent police responded to the collision at the intersection of Hill Road and Talbot Trail and, through investigation, believed the accused was driving while under the influence of alcohol.She was arrested and transported to police headquarters for breath tests, which resulted in a charge of having a blood alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit.The woman was released with a June 25 court date.Man charged for possessing break-in toolsRiding a bicycle at night with no lights led to a 37-year-old Chatham man facing charges for other offences.Chatham-Kent police said the accused was seen by a officer on patrol riding a bicycle with no lights around 2 a.m. on King Street West in Chatham.The officer stopped the man for the offence and, through investigation, learned he was breaching a curfew condition.When searched while being arrested, police said the accused was found with a backpack that contained wire cutters, pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, flashlights, a multi-tool and utility knife.The accused was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and heroin, police said.The man has been charged with being in possession of break-in instruments, two counts of failing to comply with his release conditions and drug possession.He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.last_img read more

Free Lunch Does Not a Culture Make

first_imgLow-Cost Employee Engagement Inspiration For Millennials, By Millennials! Breaking up is hard to do – or so the song says – for both employees and employers. As HR professionals, many of us have seen the oft-quoted skyrocketing costs to an employer to replace an employee between recruiting and training replacements.  Quite plainly, it is in every employer’s interest to strive for an effective employee engagement plan – but how is an employer with limited financial resources able to compete with napping pods, endless paid time off, or kitchens stocked to the brim with organic specialty snacks? As young HR professionals, many of my peers have found themselves facing these same questions while accepting entry-level positions in companies with less than a Google Nap Pod budget. Between their fiery streak of creativity, a determination to develop a truly engaging employee retention plan, and reducing costs wherever possible, the following points of inspiration are drawn from the real-life solutions developed by my fellow young HR professionals and can serve as a road map forward in recruiting, retaining, and most importantly, engaging your up and coming millennial work force!Coffee with the ChiefThe key here isn’t rewarding your employee with a cup of coffee and a blueberry scone. The true element of recognition and opportunity to engage the employee is giving them the opportunity to speak freely with a member of leadership – whether that’s John Smith, CEO or John Doe, Company Owner. This gives the employee a chance to have their ideas and feedback be truly heard in a one-on-one setting – all for the cost of a cup of joe.Volunteerism – Paid time off OR volunteering as a teamIf there is one commonality I hear among my fellow young professionals it is a commitment to bettering our environment and the lives of those walking in the world with us. Encouraging this desire to make a difference for the better in the world speaks more than donating a few hours of pay for an employee to volunteer on a crisis line, plant trees, or contribute time and efforts to the cause they connect with. This not only speaks to the company’s commitment to the future and our world, but to the importance of building strong relationships if you can get your entire team involved.Wellness HourMy most recent employer provides this benefit that professionals of all ages across our company truly treasure. For the employer cost of one extra paid hour per week, employees can pursue a health and wellness related activity at their choosing. Whether that means taking in some fresh air on a walk outside or meditatively clearing the mind during a yoga class, this method of engagement not only communicates to employees the genuine concern for the mental, physical, and emotional well-being, but also is more likely to yield happier, more productive employees when they take time to step away, refocus, and reenergize.Many, many, many young professionals that I’ve worked with, connected with, and discussed engagement with are not focused on how many hours they schedule into a nap pod. While everyone loves a free lunch, on the average millennials are most engaged when their employers have a mission and a vision that purposefully and intentionally want to improve and grow. Not every company has the freedom to try and tackle world hunger as part of their mission, but every company can approach developing a company culture where their employees understand how what they contribute makes a difference to more than just the bottom line. Step one in engaging your employees? Time to start re-evaluating your company culture and assessing how you think about engaging your team. Perhaps it is even time to, in the words of Steve Jobs, think different:““Here’s to the crazy ones — the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things.”Are you ready to think different?last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: September 26, 2018,LP and Risk Management for Signet Jewelers Brands,Loss Prevention Issues Are Law Enforcement Issues,Shoplift Suspect Dies after Being Shot by Police

first_imgEmployee suspected in $100K jewelry theftIn Ohio, the Southern Park Mall JCPenney store suspects that an employee is responsible for the theft of about $100,000 in jewelry, according to a police report. The report, made with township police Thursday, determined that the theft occurred between this September’s inventory and last September, when the store last performed an inventory of merchandise.The suspected employee asked questions about the inventory after it was completed, a store investigator told police. Almost $58,000 in gold necklaces were stolen along with other gold jewelry, the report said. JCPenney will pursue criminal charges should a suspect be identified.   [Source: The Vindicator]Suspect runs from crash, gets caught by store employee and police A Colorado man fled the scene of a traffic accident in south Colorado Springs and ran through a nearby office supply store Saturday morning, but an employee quickly jumped into action and held him until police officers made an arrest. The crash happened at S. 8th Street and Cimarron, and police say 28-year-old Jackson Reynolds took off on foot while carrying a baseball bat. Reynolds ran into an Office Depot on S. 8th Street while police searched the area, but one of the store employees noticed something was awry when Reynolds ran straight to an exit door on the side of the building.- Sponsor – The employee told us that when Reynolds ran out the door, an alarm sounded throughout the building, and that’s when the employee went outside and held him in a bear hug until officers caught up to him. Reynolds was arrested and booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. He faces charges of motor vehicle theft, hit & run, and other traffic-related offenses. No mugshot has been made available yet. Police said nobody was injured in the pursuit.   [Source: KRDO News]Tariffs will be devastating for retail, trade group executive saysThe new round of tariffs on Chinese goods will have devastating effects on retail and consumers, Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of retail trade group American Apparel & Footwear Association, told CNBC on Monday. “I’m surprised today the Dow reacted so modestly. People don’t realize the impact that this is going to have at retail. This will be devastating,” Helfenbein said on CNBC’s “Power Lunch.”The latest round of tariffs targeting U.S. and Chinese goods went into effect Monday. The Trump administration levied tariffs of 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese products, including furniture and appliances, with the rate set to increase to 25 percent by the end of the year. In response, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government said it would impose taxes on 5,207 U.S. imports worth about $60 billion.The U.S. and China have already applied tariffs to $50 billion of each other’s goods — moves that threaten to derail global supply chains. The Dow Jones Industrial Index dropped 151.29 points to 26,592.21 on Monday. “This is not funny; it is not fun. We’ve got about half of the imports coming from China going to get hit with tariffs. They gave us six days notice for this,” Helfenbein said.The American Apparel & Footwear Association represents more than 1,000 retail brands, including Ralph Lauren, Under Armour, Macy’s and Target, among others. Helfenbein said he anticipates retail to suffer and worries the tariffs will kick off a scramble by companies to get out of China and source alternative, cheaper production solutions.About 41 percent of apparel, 72 percent of footwear, and 84 percent of travel goods imported into the U.S. come from China, Helfenbein said, and it will be difficult to account for that much production capacity elsewhere. Once companies start leaving China, Helfenbein said, “demand and supply don’t match, prices go up, sales go down, jobs get lost. This is a very difficult situation.”Furthermore, if the economy weakens, Helfenbein said, consumers will no longer have the option of purchasing cheap Chinese goods — which often helps draw the economy out of recession. “Prices are going to go up, they are going to stay up, and any downturn in the market will be harder to recover from,” Helfenbein said.   [Source: CNBC News]WATCH: Police officer resigns after ‘unnecessary use of force’ in shoplifting arrestThe Fort Collins police officer under investigation for his use of force during a March 29 arrest at Target has resigned following a recommendation for his firing. Video footage of the arrest was released Thursday evening. After an internal affairs investigation, Fort Collins Police Services Chief Jeff Swoboda said Thursday that the recommendation by Officer Todd Hopkins’ chain of command was for him to be fired. Swoboda was scheduled to have what’s called a predecision hearing with Hopkins on Tuesday, but the officer submitted his resignation effective immediately prior to the hearing and Swoboda’s final decision.Swoboda said in an interview that when he first saw the footage, he was “disturbed” by the “unnecessary use of force” and what appeared to be actions that were inconsistent with agency training. Fort Collins police trains its officers to use “the least amount of force necessary to effect a lawful arrest,” he said. Hopkins was reportedly driving home from a shift March 29 when a shoplifting call came in at Target at 105 W. Troutman Pkwy. He was close by and was the first officer to arrive to the store. Because his shift had just ended, Hopkins was not wearing a body-mounted camera, which was charging at the police station.Prior to Hopkins’ arrival, a Target loss-prevention associate was fighting with suspect Natasha Patnode, who allegedly shoplifted $419 worth of merchandise. Hopkins tried to arrest Patnode for several minutes before another officer arrived to help, surveillance footage shows. Hopkins grabbed Patnode by the collar and took her to the ground, used OC spray and sat on top of her as he tried to handcuff her while she had one arm either inside of or holding onto her purse underneath her. The officer struck Patnode with his fist and baton more than 50 times. After on-duty Officer Mike Natalzia arrived at the scene, he used a Taser twice on Patnode, body camera footage shows. After both of Patnode’s hands were behind her back, Hopkins uses his Taser on her, which can be seen about 8:15 minutes into the body camera footage.   [Source: Coloradoan]Man allegedly chases LP associate with knives after being caught attempting to shopliftAn Oklahoma man was arrested by police after reportedly threatening an employee who stopped him from shoplifting at a metro store.
 The Oklahoma City Police Department reports that 28-year-old Edgar Munoz was arrested Sept. 23 on a complaint of assault with a dangerous weapon.Just before 1 a.m. that day, officers were called to the Walmart SuperCenter at 3301 SW 104 Street to a disturbance. A loss prevention associate at the store met with police and said that he had observed a man, later found to be Munoz, attempting to steal a watch in the store. The LP associate approached Munoz and told him to leave the watch alone and exit the store.Munoz was then walked out of the store. As he was walking away in the parking lot, he reportedly turned back towards the associate, brandished two knives and ran straight at the man. The associate ran into the store and was followed by Munoz. Shortly after, Munoz walked out of the store and towards a nearby Taco Bell. Police arrested Munoz in the parking lot. He was then booked into the Oklahoma County Jail.   [Source: Fox25 News]Retailers offering perks to attract seasonal workers for the holidaysAmid low unemployment in the area and a major entry-level job fair coming up in Tacoma, retailers needing seasonal help are offering perks that include in-store discounts and enticements to lure workers.Here’s a roundup: ▪ Gap: The clothing retailer is hiring 65,000 nationwide for Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta and Old Navy stores. “Seasonal associates will enjoy the same merchandise discount, wellness offerings and flexible scheduling as the company’s current associates,” according to the retailer. “Gap Inc.’s employee merchandise discount includes 50 percent off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy stores; 30 percent off at Outlet and Factory stores; and 25 percent off at Athleta stores. ▪ Kohl’s: It plans to hire 90,000 seasonal associates nationwide with its seasonal hiring day at select stores Oct. 20. A variety of positions will be available at its stores, distribution centers, e-commerce fulfillment centers and credit centers. According to its announcement, “Kohl’s offers competitive wages, a weekly pay schedule, an immediate 15 percent Kohl’s discount — which can be stacked with other applicable Kohl’s coupons — and special Associate Shop days.” The company also will provide a 35 percent discount that can be used at its stores and on “Associates also have the opportunity to be considered for open full-time and part-time positions after the season,” the announcement stated. ▪ Target: It will hire 120,000 seasonal workers for its stores, distribution and fulfillment centers. The retailer says it “plans to nearly double the number of hires to help fulfill digital orders compared to last year.” Perks include: a 10 percent discount at Target stores and; additional 20 percent merchandise wellness discount on fruits and vegetables and all Simply Balanced and C9 Champion merchandise; the chance to earn holiday pay on Thanksgiving and Christmas; and flexible schedules. Also, a new worker appreciation program will offer one hourly employee from each of Target’s stores and distribution centers the chance to get a $500 holiday gift card “and an opportunity to donate $500 to the local community organization of their choice.” ▪ Amazon: A representative said the online retailer will be hiring for seasonal positions, but there is no announcement yet on specifics. ▪ Walmart: The retailer will follow its previous staffing strategy. “For the past two years, we have taken the hours available during the holidays and given them to our current associates,” said Tiffany Wilson, director of corporate communications for Walmart. “There may be some hiring on a store-by-store basis, but the majority of our stores will be giving those hours to current associates.”   [Source: The News-Tribune] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Donkupar Roy passes away at 65

first_imgNew Delhi: Meghalaya assembly speaker Donkupar Roy passed away in a private hospital in New Delhi on Sunday afternoon. He was 65. Roy was admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram on July 18 due to some stomach related complication and was undergoing treatment since then. Sources said Roy breathed his last around 2:50 pm in the hospital. Roy, president of United Democratic Party (UDP), the key ally in the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, was elected as the assembly speaker on March 2018. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe was first elected in 1988 as an independent MLA from Shella assembly constituency in East Khasi Hills district. Roy was the chief minister of Meghalaya from 2008 to 2009. He won from Shella constituency for the seventh consecutive term and was not defeated since 1988 till 2018 Assembly elections. Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma has condoled the sudden demise of Roy. “Deeply saddened by the demise of Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Dr Donkupar Roy. In his death, we have lost a leader, a guide, who had dedicated his life for the service of the people. May almighty provide strength to his family in this hour of grief. Rest in peace!,” Sangma said in a tweet.last_img read more

Plant walk a peek inside traditional medicine chest

first_imgChief Jerry Daniels (left) and his uncle David Daniels lead a medicine walk through a Prairie meadow. (Beverly Andrews/APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA First Nation Elder says you can make a salad with wild plants growing in your backyard if you know what to look for.“Pigweed is more nutritious than kale,” said David Daniels, who hosted a medicine-picking tour on Manitoba’s Long Plain First Nation last month.“But some plants will kill you.”David is an uncle of Jerry Daniels, grand chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization.SCO has more tours scheduled in Manitoba this summer to share the medicinal and nutritional value of native plants.Medicines picked during the tours will be gifted to visitors at the upcoming Anishinaabe Nation Gathering – a huge celebration SCO is holding in August.Jerry Daniels accompanied the group – many of whom wore traditional ribbon skirts and shirts — donned in elaborately beaded medicine-picking regalia.“My grandfather was a medicine man and he wore an outfit like this many years ago,” he said.“We’re hoping to pass that on so that more of us are collectively aware of the land and its impact on our life.”There are two types of sage – female (pictured) and male – used in sacred medicine. (Kathleen Martens/APTN)Over the course of two hours, David talked about the traditional value of the trees, bushes and plants that grow all around us.Some of which are used in traditional Indigenous ceremonies.He also pointed out what can help and what can hurt, emphasizing the difference between what is original and what isn’t.“Plantain is an import,” he said of what many consider a common weed.“It makes a nice tea for healing and helps with bug bites.”He said lamb’s quarters hails from the goosefoot family, which includes quinoa, spinach, beets and Swiss chard.“Have a taste,” he said, handing out pieces of greenery under the hot sun. “It tastes like spinach.”Berry bushes and ground-covering plants can heal, nourish and cleanse us, added David, who grew up and still lives on Long Plain First Nation.“Rose hips you can eat right from the bush and it actually tastes good,” he said, noting rhubarb shampoo is great for hair.“And rhubarb pie,” he added.Daniels wears beaded medicine-picking regalia first modelled by his grandfather. (Beverly Andrews/APTN)The nature walk, which weaved along gravel roads and through thick bush towards the Assiniboine River, saw the elder pointing out poison ivy along the way.David said he brews a special tea to combat its itchy effects. And, he showed us how to spread the creamy centre of the milkweed plant on unsightly moles.“Take the yarrow plant,” he said, stopping to point out the tall bush common along roadways.In the Trojan War, hero “Achilles advised soldiers to apply this plant to stop the bleeding” of their wounds, he said.“Pass that along and have a sniff.”Rheane Brandon loved the knowledge David shared on the tour.“I came out here to learn our traditional medicine,” she said later.“It is important for our kids to learn because many of our remedies have been lost.”The elder says creamy centre of the milkweed plant can fade skin moles. (Kathleen Martens/APTN)But some plants were still kept a secret.More than once we watched as the elder and junior Daniels disappeared into the bush and reappeared with a root or a bloom – and an interesting anecdote.“This heals sores that don’t heal,” was the only hint we got.That’s why they call elders the ‘knowledge-keepers’, noted Jerry.“People need to understand that that relationship is a very significant and deep relationship that’s developed over time…“And you can actually hear the land speak to you.”last_img read more