New York’s First Offshore Wind Project Approved

first_img Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook No posts to display At the time of the announcement, Cuomo was said to plan an announcement of other sources of energy to replace Indian Springs’ capacity. 1.26.2017 The Long Island Power Authority has approved a plan to build New York state’s first offshore wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk. Linkedin LIPA signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Deepwater Wind LLC, the developer of the 90-MW, 15-turbine wind project, the Wall Street Journal reported. Construction on the $740 million project will start in 2020 with operations expected to begin in 2022. Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas The same week as the offshore wind announcement, Cuomo announced his office, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, environmental group Riverkeeper and Entergy had reached an agreement to close the two nuclear reactors at Indian Point Energy Center in 2020 and 2021. New York’s First Offshore Wind Project Approved Twitter By chloecox – That goal, to be met by 2030, would also include an 800-MW, 79.000-acre wind project 17 miles south of the Rockaway Peninsula. Statoil Wind US LLC won the rights from the U.S. government to lease the area for wind energy in December. Avista considering RNG on way to net-zero carbon goals TAGSNYPA Previous articleMassachusetts Bill Would Require 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2035Next articleClass-Action Lawsuit Filed Over Progress of Kemper Plant chloecox The Governor’s Clean Energy Standard calls for 50 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. Additionally, the governor has called on the New York Department of Environmental Conversation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to undertake a study to determine the most rapid, cost-effective and responsible pathway to reach 100 percent renewable energy across the state. As part of the deal, the state of New York will drop legal challenges against the plant and allow for nuclear license extensions to keep Indian Point running until the shutdown date. RenewablesNew ProjectsWind The Deepwater development was announced during New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s call for the addition of 2.4 GW of offshore wind development earlier this month. By Editors of Power Engineering Thomas Falcone, CEO of the Long Island Power Authority, said the Deepwater development won’t be the last or largest offshore wind development built near New York. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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Husband charged in 1982 ax killing of wife; chief calls it one of ‘worst outcomes of domestic violence’

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — Decades after a young mom was found dead in her upstate New York home with an ax in her head, her husband was arrested for second-degree murder.Brighton Police Department Chief Charles David Catholdi called the crime “one of the worst outcomes of domestic violence this agency has investigated.”On the evening of Feb. 19, 1982, police responded to a 911 call from a neighbor. Officers were led to the home of James and Cathleen Krauseneck in the Rochester area, where 29-year-old Cathleen Krauseneck was found with a blow to her head from an ax, according to officials.The crime was initially reported as a burglary, authorities said. The Krausenecks’ 3-year-old daughter was home when her mother died, Catholdi said at a news conference Tuesday.Police did not elaborate on what led to James Krauseneck’s arrest decades later, but did say a “fresh look” with help from the FBI began in 2015.Catholdi stressed there’s no single piece of evidence that points to James Krauseneck, but investigators are looking at the totality of circumstances and the timeline.DNA, fingerprints and the lack there of “can speak volumes,” Catholdi said.Catholdi also said investigators reexamined the timeline which he said proves James Krauseneck “was in the home at the time of the homicide.”An indictment was unsealed Friday. Krauseneck surrendered the same day and was charged with second-degree murder by way of a grand jury indictment, authorities said.Defense attorney Michael Wolford in a statement Friday called the indictment a mistake.“Jim’s innocence was clear 37 years ago; it’s clear today,” he said. “At the end of the case, I have no doubt Jim will be vindicated.”Wolford said the Krausenecks’ daughter, who was home at the time of the alleged crime, “has never doubted her father’s innocence.”“For the last 37 years, Jim has continued to contribute to society. At the time of his wife’s murder, Jim was an economist at Kodak Company and then afterward, had a successful career and retired as vice-president of a Fortune 500 company,” Wolford said. Jim has cooperated in the investigation of his wife’s murder, repeatedly giving statements to the police, consenting to the search of his home and his car. It wasn’t until I became involved and it became evident that he was being targeted, that I placed some reasonable conditions on any further interrogation.”Krauseneck was 30 years old at the time of the alleged crime. Now 67 and living in Arizona, he was arraigned on Friday and released on $100,000 bail, Catholdi said.The trial is scheduled to begin on June 2, prosecutors said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: Houston see some 300 social distancing complaints over weekend

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 345,000 people worldwide.Over 5.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 97,722 deaths. Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:8:38 a.m.: Montenegro declares itself virus-freeMontenegro has become the second country in Europe to declare itself free of the novel coronavirus.Montenegro’s Institute for Public Health announced via Twitter on Sunday that the tiny Balkan nation currently has no active cases of COVID-19. The news comes 68 days after Montenegro recorded its first case of the disease.“As of yesterday, our laboratories have completed analysis of 140 respiratory samples, among which there were no new cases of infection,” the institute tweeted. “At the same time, the last active case met the criteria for full recovery.”Montenegro, which is home to some 631,000 people, has reported 324 cases of COVID-19 with nine deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Earlier this month, Slovenia became the first European nation declare itself coronavirus-free.7:10 a.m.: South Korea to require masks on transit, flightsPeople must wear face masks when using public transportation and taxis in South Korea starting Tuesday, as part of efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus while public activities are increased.South Korean health ministry official Yoon Taeho said masks will also be required on all domestic and international flights from Wednesday. Meanwhile, starting in June, owners of “high-risk” facilities such as bars, gyms and concert halls will be required to register customers at the door using smartphone QR codes to aid contact tracing when infections occur.“Until treatments and vaccines are developed,” we will never know when the COVID-19 crisis could end, and until then we will have to learn how to live with COVID-19,” Yoon told reporters Monday.South Korea once had the largest novel coronavirus outbreak outside China, where the virus first emerged, but appears to have brought it largely under control with an extensive “trace, test and treat” strategy. A total of 11,206 people in the country have been diagnosed with COVID-19, of which 10,226 have recovered and 267 have died, according to South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Earlier this month, South Korea returned to a sense of normalcy as the nation eased its strict social-distancing measures that were put in place to curb the spread of the virus. The number of new cases reported in the country has generally stayed low, but health authorities remain wary of cluster infections and imported cases. More than 200 cases were recently linked to reopened bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues in Seoul, the densely populated capital.6:23 a.m.: Russia surpasses 350,000 coronavirus casesRussia reported 8,946 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the country’s tally to 353,427.Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters also recorded 92 coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours, placing the nationwide toll at 3,633, which is considerably lower than many other countries hit hard by the pandemic.The daily rise in deaths has declined by a third after a record high of 153 reported on Sunday. Meanwhile, the latest daily caseload is down from a peak of 11,656 new infections reported on May 11, during which Russia registered over 10,000 new cases per day over a 12-day period. Since then, the daily number of new infections has hovered around 9,000 per day.Over the weekend, Brazil surpassed Russia as the country with the second-highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:31 a.m.: Japan lifts state of emergency in Tokyo and other remaining areasJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the state of emergency in Tokyo and four other remaining areas on Monday, bringing an end to the restrictions nationwide.A government-commissioned panel of experts approved the move in the prefectures of Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Hokkaido and Chiba, all of which had remained under the emergency declaration after it was lifted for most of Japan earlier this month.The prime minister first declared a month-long state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures on April 7, as Japan reported a surge in COVID-19 cases. He later expanded the declaration to cover the entire country and last until May 31. Under the order, prefectural governors asked residents to stay home and for some businesses to temporarily close, but public cooperation was voluntary. There were no penalties for failure to comply.On May 13, Abe ended the state of emergency in 39 of the country’s 47 prefectures. The decree remained in place for urban regions, including the capital, Tokyo, and the large port city of Osaka.Abe lifted the state of emergency in Osaka as well as Kyoto and Hyogo on May 21, following a drop in the number of new cases reported each day. Chiba, Hokkaido, Kanagawa, Saitama and Tokyo all remained under restrictions until now.The prime minister has credited the recent decline in new infections to the efforts of residents staying at home and practicing social distancing. He warned, however, that the state of emergency may have to be reimposed if infections increase.More than 16,500 people in Japan have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 820 have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:18 a.m.: US reports over 20,600 new coronavirus casesMore than 20,600 people in the United States were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sunday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The country also reported over 600 new deaths from the disease on the same day.The United States is, by far, the hardest-hit country in the coronavirus pandemic. 3:45 a.m.: Houston receives hundreds of social distancing complaints over the weekendAuthorities in Houston said they have received hundreds of social distancing complaints over Memorial Day weekend amid the coronavirus pandemic.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order allows bars to reopen at 25% of their normal capacity and restaurants at 50%. However, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said via Twitter on Sunday afternoon that his department had addressed around 300 complaints of violation to the governor’s rules since Friday, adding that “admittance beyond approved capacity will cause events to be stopped until condition is corrected.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced 115 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 with one additional death in the city on Sunday, bringing the total to 6,640 cases with 126 deaths.Turner also said he saw photos and videos of people flouting the social distancing rules at crowded bars and packed pool parties over the holiday weekend. The mayor pleaded with businesses and customers to “be responsible,” noting that their behavior puts first responders at risk, too.“We don’t want to be heavy handed,” Turner said at a press conference Sunday. “If you work with us, nobody gets closed down.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Nursing: Jane W. and James E. Moore Nursing Research Professorship

first_imgPOSITION: TheUniversity of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is seeking candidates for theinaugural Jane W. and James E. Moore Nursing Research Professorshipin the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. This is a full-timeposition with a concurrent, tenured appointment in the college. Theanticipated start date is August 1, 2021. The Moore Professorshipwas created to recognize and promote the ongoing researchdevelopment of a nurse scientist at a nationally recognizedundergraduate facul  ty/student research intensivecomprehensive university. The named scholar is an experienced nurseeducator with a demonstrated commitment to scholarship and adocumented pattern of research in a designated area. The candidateis at a place in their career trajectory where they wish to expandupon an area or refocus their scholarship to establish a new areaof research. The recipient of the Moore Professorship will begranted time and resources to further develop their own researchprogram, while also promoting scholarship of the faculty andstudents in the department of nursing. This is a tenured facultyposition at the associate or full professor rank, holding anine-month appointment with a summer appointment at 25%. Theappointment as the Moore Professor is a limited term appointment ofthree years. The Moore Professor reports to and works inconsultation with the Chair of the Department of Nursing in theCollege of Nursing and Health Sciences. The College of Nursing andHealth Sciences offers traditional and BSN-Completion, MSN, and DNPprogram options. Our 800+ undergraduate and graduate studentsengage in collaborative learning in and out of the classroom,conduct research with faculty and translate it into practice, andget hands-on experience through clinicals and practica.Additionally, we have a distance education site located inMarshfield, Wisconsin through which we connect via live interactivetechnology. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:A successful candidate will present evidence of the following: PhDin Nursing, Eligibility for RN licensure in WI , Eligibility forrank at the Associate Professor or Professor level, Eligibility fortenure at the time of hire, Evidence of an established program ofresearch and concomitant publications, Evidence of expertise inqualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research modalities,Experience in securing external grant funding, Familiarity withtranslational and/or evidence-based scholarship, Evidence ofworking effectively and collaboratively with faculty and students,Evidence of interprofessional scholarship, teaching or service,Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, andinclusion. PREFERREDQUALIFICATIONS: Teachingexperience in both undergraduate and graduate programs; evidence ofscholarly and/or research dissemination. RESPONSIBILITIES: TheMoore Professor provides effective oversight, operationalexcellence, and coordination for the following functions: Research,Maintain the research program established before being named theMoore Professor or establish a new research program, Engage ingrant writing for externally funded research utilizing theexpertise in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Developrelationships within the college and across the university,including those involving collaborative research with communityagencies such as Mayo Clinic Health System and Marshfield ClinicHealth System. CAMPUS RESEARCH SUPPORTS: Thecandidate will have access to support staff within the College ofNursing and Health Sciences for assistance with various scholarlyactivities, such as formatting grant submissions. The College alsohas technology support staff to assist the candidate, in thedissemination of scholarship. Funds will also be available tosupport attendance at conferences to present scholarship. Thecandidate will also have access to university resources to supportscholarship through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs(ORSP). ORSP provides funding and administrative support forinternal, external and UW system grants and programs, professionaldevelopment, and sabbatical leave projects. ORSP promotes facultyand academic staff professional development by presenting andmentoring in the areas of grant writing, faculty-student researchcollaboration, and strategic planning for scholarly success.Finally, ORSP sponsors colloquia and celebrations to highlightfaculty and staff research, publications, and grant seeking. Inaddition to ORSP, the candidate may have opportunities tocollaborate with peer faculty in research professorships on campusand or practice partners at local and regional health systems,health departments, or other practice sites.COLLEGE & DEPARTMENT:CollegeJoin an institution built on a foundation of excellence, liberaleducation, and inclusivity. The College of Nursing and HealthSciences (CNHS) fosters the transformation of individuals at theundergraduate and graduate levels into leaders in professionalnursing practice, education, and scholarship. We value excellencein education, experiential learning, leadership, life-longlearning, practice, and scholarship; diversity and eliminatingbarriers to participation; integrity; innovation; socialresponsibility inclusive to a positive influence on health,respect, social justice, accountability, and sustainability;finally, health and quality of life. In doing so, we endeavor totransform the lives of our students, the practice of ourprofession, and the health of all we serve. As part of the college you become a member of two communitiesand gain partnerships with the premier healthcare providers in thestate of Wisconsin. The college is comprised of the Department ofNursing with two site locations: Eau Claire, WI located on theUW-Eau Claire campus and Marshfield, WI located within theprestigious Marshfield Clinic. In addition to Marshfield Clinic,UW-Eau Claire the College of Nursing has partnerships in place withworld acclaimed Mayo Clinic Health System. Department The College of Nursing andHealth Sciences provides undergraduate and graduate programs forNursing. Building on a foundation of excellence, the Collegeprepares liberally educated individuals for professional practice.Creative educational experiences, scholarship, and service to ourcommunities enhance the personal and professional growth ofstudents and faculty and promote life-long learning. As a College,we value a caring spirit, ethical practice, and advocacy forpolicies and actions that contribute to the improvement of thehuman condition. The College of Nursing & Health Sciences is comprised of theDepartment of Nursing with two site locations: The University ofWisconsin – Eau Claire campus and the Marshfield Clinic site inMarshfield, Wisconsin. The Department has 32 faculty and clinicalinstructional staff in addition to two clinical agency coordinatorsand three full time administrative support staff. The Department of Nursing offers four-degree programs:traditional bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor ofScience in Nursing Completion (BSNC), Master of Science in Nursing(MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). UW-Eau Claire is theonly public university in northwestern and north-central Wisconsinthat offers a baccalaureate nursing degree. The baccalaureatedegree in nursing, the master’s degree in nursing, and the Doctorof Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of Wisconsin-EauClaire are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate NursingEducation (CCNE). The baccalaureate degree in nursing, the master’sdegree in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degreeare also approved by the State Board of Nursing. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to collaborate withfaculty on faculty-mentored scholarly projects, through an internalprogram out of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. ThisStudent-Faculty Research Collaboration program is designed tofacilitate undergraduate research, scholarship and creativeactivities. Awards include funds for student stipends, supplies,services, and research travel. The current student body size consists of 440 pre-nursingstudents, 430 undergraduate students, and 89 graduate students.Upon graduation, the College has a 99% student employment orcontinuing education rate. For more information on the College of Nursing and HealthSciences please visit our website: https://www.uwec.edu/academics/college-nursing-health-sciences/.UNIVERSITY & EAU CLAIRECOMMUNITY:UW-Eau ClaireBecome a part of a campus that truly cares about you in every way.From the faculty in the classrooms to the staff around campus, whenyou become a Blugold you become part of the family.The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is consistently ratedamong the top 10 public Midwestern universities and recognizednationally for quality academics and high return on investment(U.S. News). Among our ranks are celebrated scholars and awardwinners, people who are passionate about their intellectualpursuits, critical thinkers and innovators deeply committed tointeracting with and improving the world around us.Our campus provides a beautiful setting for living and learning.Our faculty and staff provide instruction, inspiration and the kindof challenge that makes an education extraordinary. A century ofaccomplished Blugolds around the world provides evidence that livesare transformed and meaningful careers are launched right here.For more information about UW-Eau Claire, please visit: https://www.uwec.edu/about/Eau ClaireWhen you come to UW- Eau Claire you join a community beyond campus.Our partnerships with business, industry and local organizationsprovide professional, research and scholarly opportunities. Some67,500 residents live, work and play in Western Wisconsin’s largestcity.Located at the confluence of the crystal clear Eau Claire andChippewa Rivers, and 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul, EauClaire goes its own way and encourages everyone who visits andlives here to come along for the ride. This is where farm kids growup to be artists and entrepreneurs. Where alternative is apositive. Where attitude is more important than age. Whereoriginality is celebrated. In other words, ideal.Northwestern Wisconsin is known for variable weather across theboard to welcome residents to any and every season.  Fromfreshly laid snow and spring flowers to the soothing heat of summerand the crispy leaves of fall, you’ll experience life as it shouldbe all year long.  We embrace our variable weather and climateby offering seasonal attractions for every interest.  Forexample, summer concerts and sporting events are enjoyed asfrequently as our fall festivals and our winter Silvermine SkiInvitational event.  Whether you prefer to spend your timeindoors or outdoors, solo or with the family, Eau Claire offersboundless opportunities all year long.For more information about Eau Claire, please visit: https://www.visiteauclaire.com/ APPLICATIONPROCEDURE:Applications are submitted electronically. Pleasefollow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Website:  http://www.uwec.edu/Job-Postings/. You must create an account and login before you can apply.  Ifyou have not yet registered, click on the “Click here to Register”link to begin the registration process. If you are already aregistered user, input your “User Name” and “Password” and select”Login.”  Click the link to the Nursing:Jane W. and James E. Moore Nursing ResearchProfessorship position (Job ID # 17044)and then click the “Apply Now” button to submit your applicationelectronically.  Your application will not be consideredcomplete until all required documents are attached and all requiredfields are completed.  Please be sure you have included thefollowing in PDF format:Letter of applicationCurriculum vitaUnofficial graduate school transcriptCopy of current RN licenseNames and contact information for three references. Please direct requests for additional information to: AllisonHannah  [email protected] Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Theuniversity reserves the right to contact additional references withnotice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in theprocess. A criminal background check is required prior toemployment. Employment will also require you and your references toanswer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violenceand sexual harassment. The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal theidentities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing,except that the identity of the successful candidate will bereleased. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7). The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaininga safe and secure environment for learning and working. Althoughcrime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited,the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be awareof crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The JeanneClery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus CrimeStatistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges anduniversities to disclose annual information about campuscrime.  Visit Campus Security and FireReport  (https://www.uwec.edu/human-resources/employment-opportunities/job-penings/upload/AnnualSecurityandFireReport-2.pdf) .  Alsovisit our Campus Security Authority policy (https://www.uwec.edu/human-resources/employment-opportunities/job-openings/upload/CleryCompliancePolicy.pdf) UW-Eau Claire is anAA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated toenhancing equity, diversity, andinclusion.last_img read more

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Sponsored Content: Free 60-day trial from Datik to demonstrate cost savings

first_imgDatik has announced a free 60 day trial to demonstrate to any operator currently running CCTV, wi-fi or infotainment services that iPanel can save them up to 50% on costs.iPanel is a simple, centralised and connected fleet management system that enables integration of transport services, such telematics, CCTVs, wi-fi, infotainment and more.The aim of iPanel is to reduce costs, increase safety and improve service quality of public transport operators, from the comfort of the depot, or anywhere.Datik does this by providing a one-stop shop solution, which means simplifying existing architecture to a single hardware and software platform.iPanel is a future proof solution. ITxPT compliant and highly scalable, it means Datik can develop ad hoc applications and services quickly, maximising the investment.Why iPanel?Coach and bus operators are currently installing more on-board systems than ever before to support their services. Some vehicles may have five, six or even seven on-board systems working and running simultaneously, with several SIM cards, supplier contracts and a number of web and local access points to manage all areas of the business.With iPanel operators simply need one on-board system, one SIM card and one licence contract. It’s that simple. It is estimated that operators can save up to 50% of the costs involved in buying, installing and running all services, while providing a platform to grow the business.Using a single platform it also means operations can be integrated and the business can be run more efficiently, doing more with less.How does it work?The Datik Computing Brain (DCB) is installed in the vehicle with a GPS and a GPRS antenna, connecting it to iPanel. Datik can supply necessary equipment to support the services, such as CCTV cameras, In-Cab Display, etc. iPanel for coach: This solution simplifies the operations to manage any coach operating business. Track vehicles in real time, send messages to drivers instantly or download a video footage remotely are some of the perks. This solution provides CCTV for up to 14 cameras, WiFi for passengers as well as vehicle tracking, vehicle health and driver monitoring applications.iPanel for bus: Keep your passengers informed and happy. This solution enables bus operators install next stop announcement systems together with wi-fi. Get access for free to advance telematics applications, including driver monitoring tools, and punctuality as well as regularity analytics.Meet DatikDatik is an engineering company specialised in Intelligent Transport Systems, working exclusively for the coach and bus industry. It helps public transport operators reduce cost, improve efficiency, and enhance passenger and driver experience.To support iPanel solutions, Datik offers 24/7 customer support by phone or email.Regardless of your size of operations, if you are interested to take part in the trial, please send an email to [email protected] can find more info about Datik and iPanel at www.datik.co.uklast_img read more

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Masked men rob Groves motel guests

first_imgA man and his pregnant wife were robbed at gunpoint at a local motel on Sunday. The local couple were staying at Southwinds Inn on East Parkway when four black males wearing masks forcibly entered their room about 11:40 p.m. April 19. One of the robbers armed with a large black gun, possibly a Glock, put the gun to one of the victim’s head. Meanwhile the other three men rummaged through the couple’s belongings, Groves Police Det. Kirk Rice said. The suspects fled the scene with cash, credit cards and cell phones. “The woman, who is pregnant, was very distraught and taken by EMS to The Medical Center of Southeast Texas for evaluation,” Rice said. No other injuries were reported. Robberies at local motels have occurred in the past. But this robbery is different from previous robberies in that the suspects entered the motel room, Rice said. Past robberies often occurred when the motel guest was in the parking lot or otherwise outside the room. The suspects are described as: Suspect No. 1: Black male, approximately 25 years of age, 230 pounds, 5-foot 8-inches tall, wearing a multi-colored dark sweat shirt with a hood, blue jeans. The other three suspects are described as: Black male, 20-35 years of age, unknown clothing. The suspect vehicle is described as a 1997-1999 Buick passenger car, burgundy in color. The car has a chrome trim line along the bottom of both sides of the vehicle. If you have information about this crime, call the Groves Police Department Investigation Division at 962-0244 or EasTex Crimestoppers at 724-TIPS. [email protected]last_img read more

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Work begins to develop the Southern Vermont Green Economy Cluster

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Following years of planning and development with the Southeastern Vermont region’s business and non-profit community, residents and municipalities, the work of developing the Green Building and Services Economy in the Brattleboro area is under way. The work began with the development of the region’s federally recognized strategic economic development plan (CEDS), and continued through a lengthy funding process with Vermont state and federal partners. On Wednesday, December 9, Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) will convene approximately 50 businesses, organizations, local and state government officials for a series of initial workshops during the official launch of the region’s Green Economy Cluster project.  SeVEDS and BDCC have been reaching out to leaders in construction, design, finance, sustainability, education, policy, real estate, insurance and more from throughout the greater Southern Vermont Region. Participants will focus on refining the vision, goals, brand identity and creating the guiding principles of the cluster. This first in a series of four Milestone meetings will lay the groundwork for the additional research and strategy testing to see if the region can establish a national center for excellence in green building, energy, financing, and systems.  The December 9 cluster kick off meeting will be led by consultant Frank Knott of ViTAL Economy, Inc (VE) and local partners Building Green and the Resilient Design Institute. The meeting space is sponsored and provided by Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies.  The Green Economy cluster analysis will test three initial hypotheses or strategic directions for the region:1. Establishing a National Green Building Systems Knowledge Center of Excellence for the sustainable and resilient built environment that attracts talent, businesses, investment and visitors.2. The region can achieve increased exports, higher wages and new employment by focusing on green building and energy research, product development and manufacturing with a systems rather than a component focus.3. The green building markets have a barrier in finance, assessment and appraisal services. The GB cluster can develop creative finance solutions designed to accelerate adoption of green building products and services across the US, creating high wage financial services jobs in the region.The Green Building and Service industry cluster analysis is a 14-month initiative designed to engage and include community, business and nonprofit leaders from the region that are involved or have expertise in green economy. The initiative will consist of multiple milestone events, action teams and sharing of information within four milestone elements.Milestones include:#1 Recruitment and development of cluster leadership and foundation research,#2 conduct primary research, test hypotheses, select niche markets,#3 finalize niche market research and select 9-12 business case opportunities,#4 quantify long-term opportunity value with a implementation and sustainability plan.SeVEDS and BDCC are currently recruiting leadership team members to further develop the vision and scope of the Green Economy cluster opportunities including helping to connect and identify local, national, and international contacts to the cluster. The current Cluster Leadership Team includes members from Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Berkley Veller & Greenwood Country Realtors, Building Green, Keene State College, Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies, Stevens & Associates, and Green River. Project HistoryIn August 2015 SeVEDS and BDCC announced that a high priority set of projects from the 2014 Windham Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy S.M.A.R.T.  (CEDS) had been fully funded and were ready to be implemented.   Funding for the Green Building and Services Cluster Analysis and the Southern Vermont Business Accelerator  has been awarded by the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s Windham County Economic Development Program .  The funded project, officially titled, “Accelerating the Green Building Cluster in the Tri-State Region,” will also assess the opportunities for strategic alignment of elements of the Windham Region S.M.A.R.T. CEDS with the Franklin County, MA and Cheshire County, NH CEDS.   The Tri-State Region project was proposed as a specific strategy for greater coordination of resources to mitigate the economic impacts of the closure of the Entergy nuclear power plant in Vernon, VT.ViTAL Economy (VE) previously worked with SeVEDS from 2012-2014 across the 27-town Windham region to develop the asset based S.M.A.R.T. CEDS. They engaged hundreds of community leaders in identifying indigenous regional assets that could be the foundation for growing industries and identifying  sectors that could provide high wage job growth opportunities to offset the loss of the 600 high wage jobs that resulting from the closure of the Entergy Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.To keep track of the progress or to contact the Green Economy Cluster team, visit the BDCC website http://brattleborodevelopment.com/economic-development/projects/greeneconomy(link is external)last_img read more

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Have an Awesome Day with K-Swiss

first_img Related K-Swiss will step into a new era this Spring as it updates and solidifies its ‘California cool’ heritage with the launch of a new global branding campaign.K-Swiss aims to communicate its California roots with a playful take on the joy on both performance and lifestyle with its campaign dubbed ‘Have an Awesome Day’. As the title suggests, each element of the interactive campaign will tell visual stories of idyllic days set in California.The campaign, which includes television spots, print and interactive elements, first aired on Monday 15 March in the US, with its first flight of television spots running for a stretch of four weeks on networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNews, MTV, MTV2, MTVU, Fox Sports, Comedy Central and some syndication.”We’ve developed our best ever collection of performance running, training, tennis and lifestyle footwear and apparel for elite athletes and enthusiasts of world class attention to product details,” said David Nichols, Executive Vice President of K-Swiss.”We are setting out to remind people about our California roots, since 1966, and encouraging them to find the joy of life and sport; that it is not only about winning, but about the joy of the game and the moment.”K-Swiss has collaborated with renowned creative agency 72andSunny on the project to develop the campaign’s overall direction and produce initial television spots, print and online digital content.The campaign includes a combination of iconic California enthusiasts and world-class K-Swiss athletes, all shown ‘playing’ in their natural element. Each subject is shown warming-up, competing, winning and/or enjoying themselves in K-Swiss products including the K-Ona and Tubes running shoes and a selection of sports apparel.K-Swiss pro triathletes: Chris Lieto, Luke McKenzie and Terenzo Bozzone are featured in the advertisements.www.kswiss.comlast_img read more

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G.R.A.C.E Court: where trafficked kids are understood

first_imgG.R.A.C.E Court: where trafficked kids are understood October 15, 2016 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News G.R.A.C.E Court: where trafficked kids are understoodcenter_img ‘The affected kids are from all neighborhoods. You may know some of these girls and boys’ Senior Editor The 13-year-old girl would not look the judge in the eye. Eleventh Circuit Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia welcomed her up to the bench for a down-to-earth sidebar chat. “Please look at me while I’m talking to you,” the judge said, gently. Finally, the girl looked straight at the judge, revealing that her eyelids had been tattooed. “The pimps brand the girls. ‘Gigantic.’ ‘King.’ ‘Gucchi.’ Those are the popular ones,” Judge Sampedro-Iglesia said. At a recent child-welfare summit, child advocates learned that tattoos that symbolize stars inked on certain parts of the body signify the child is a “highest earner.” This girl’s tattoos were removed, thanks to donated services. The girl underwent extensive mental-health therapy. There was hope. Three years later, recently, the girl’s mother came to court to discuss the fate of her 16-year-old daughter, who is “back in the life.” “I don’t want to see my daughter in a coffin,” the mother told Judge Sampedro-Iglesia. It’s another heart-wrenching story among 101 cases on the current docket of G.R.A.C.E. Court. Officially launched in July (after Chief Judge Bertila Soto signed an administrative order in 2015) G.R.A.C.E. is the first specialty court in the nation devoted solely to help juvenile victims of human trafficking, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Because there is stigma and shame associated with the words “human trafficking,” the acronym was created for Growth Renewed through Acceptance, Change and Empowerment. Whenever a child is identified as a victim of human trafficking — whether it is in dependency, delinquency, or family court — that case is transferred to G.R.A.C.E. Court. Most of the cases are the commercial sexual exploitation of children. They have been recruited for the sex trade as young as 9. Most are 14- or 15-year-olds who say they began being traded sexually when they were 12. A few of the trafficking cases are labor-related, but they are often hidden from view. Most victims are girls, and 85 percent were sexually abused before they became victims of human trafficking. Because they have more freedom and stay out later at night, it’s harder to identify the boys, says Yinay Ruiz, project manager of Miami CARES that holds the contract to shelter children in foster care. “We don’t look deep into the boys’ cases, unless something tragic happens. That is something we need to work more on,” she said. Kimberly McGrath, clinical coordinator for foster care at Citrus Health Network, supervises therapists for the victims and their families. Constant running away, acting out, and substance abuse “stem from trauma these youth have experienced that are complex, multi-layered, and typically started at a young age prior to their involvement in commercial sexual exploitation,” she said. On average, these children have already experienced “seven different traumas in their lifetime,” McGrath said. So the biggest challenge, she said, is “Where do we start and what trauma do we deal with first?” Typically, family therapy services are provided in the child’s home, along with 24/7 support for therapeutic foster parents. “Even if they are on the run, we provide services in the community,” McGrath said. “At the park, at the beach, at McDonald’s, at a quiet room at libraries, at a back table at Starbucks — wherever the child will meet us, and wherever there is privacy.” G.R.A.C.E. Court is essential, she said. “I know the youth are feeling very supported by the court. It’s less adversarial, and they are definitely responding to that environment,” McGrath said. “We have a judge specialized in human trafficking, who understands the dynamics and that the services and interventions that she is ordering are extremely important.” McGrath wants everyone to understand: “Don’t judge these children by their behavior. Look at the trauma they are experiencing. It can take months to establish rapport, and we are looking at a minimum of a year, typically, to help them.”Prosecuting the Pimps What happens to the pimps in criminal court? “It is very traumatic for these young victims to have to face their pimps and exploiters,” said 11th Circuit State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “These are people who have controlled every aspect of their lives, every move they have made, and it has a psychological impact on them. They still experience great fear and physical reactions to that fear when faced with the person that threatened them, drugged them, starved them, raped them, sold them. “There are cases where the victim is so afraid of testifying that he/she runs away. There are other cases in which even though the victim may want to cooperate, the therapists and doctors treating her/him may recommend that the victim not testify or be deposed, as this could further traumatize and cause the victim to decompensate, in some cases with irrevocable results.” Instead, prosecutors use forensic evidence, such as cell phones, social media, and computers, to provide information that they need to prove a case without risking re-traumatizing the victim. Fernandez Rundle sees “immense value” in G.R.A.C.E Court for supporting and healing these victims and their families. Those involved in G.R.A.C.E. Court say there is a huge need for more specialized placements for these kids. There are only four safe houses with four or five beds each in the entire state, at a cost of $10,000 per month, Ruiz said. There is one in-patient place in the state for girls with substance-abuse problems who act out sexually, The Grove in Orlando. But they don’t want to put girls who know each other at the same place, because they are too tempted to run away together, she said. There are only 15 therapeutic foster homes with specialized training to work with human trafficking victims in Miami. Victims are not exclusively foster children. “A lot of times parents are asking for help with their teenagers, but they are unwilling to care for the child themselves,” said Keyla Bade, division chief of Children’s Legal Services. “Sometimes, the parents feel threatened themselves because of their child’s behavior, and they say, ‘I just can’t have the child in my home anymore.’ There are drugs and bad people coming around, and they are trying to protect their other children.” Some parents have drug issues of their own. “I’ve seen at least two cases where parents themselves are exploiting their children sexually,” Bade said. At G.R.A.C.E. Court, everyone comes together to try to help the traumatized child. “Everyone in the courtroom has received specialized training in human trafficking,” said Ruiz. “So our language, when we have a child present, is really helping and healing the child and not traumatizing the child any further. The clinical team is constantly in the hearings. And if the child is present, we make sure the therapist is standing right there by the child. Having a judge understand this population and the trauma involved really helps.” At G.R.A.C.E. Court, success is measured differently. “We have learned that if we have a child who went from running away 365 days a year to running away and coming back to a foster home, that is a success. Or, if we had a child not going to school ever, she may continue to run away, but at least she is coming to school. That is a success story,” Ruiz said. “We have had a few cases where the children said, ‘You know what? I have had it and I’m not running anymore.’ We do have children doing extremely well who have come to understand that this type of life is not what they deserve.”‘In Our Own Backyards’ Judge Sampedro-Iglesia calls G.R.A.C.E. Court “the most challenging thing I’ve ever done.” Some days, she admits, what she really needs is a little kid running to her for a hug and a teddy bear in a happy adoption case. Before, the judge thought human trafficking only happened in Third World countries. Then, in 2011, she attended a circuit court conference and heard a presentation by Terry Coonan, director of Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, who said, “The affected kids are from all neighborhoods. You may know some of these girls and boys.” “I was astonished! Unbeknownst to most, human trafficking does not only occur in Third World countries, but also in our own backyards. When 12-year-old children are being held captive so their bodies can be sold, this community must respond,” Judge Sampedro-Iglesia said. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it. We’d have judges meetings and bring up the issue. We were seeing girls who were constant runaways. It makes you stop and think. Where are they running to?” While victims come from all kinds of homes and backgrounds, including traditional, two-parent family homes, Judge Sampedro-Iglesia said she has noticed a pattern. “For whatever reason, I see a lot of the girls come from single mom adoptive homes. I don’t know what the connection is. Are they looking for a missing father figure?” she wonders. The victims are recruited at school, on the internet, on Facebook, by other women who seem cool to hang out with, by “Romeo pimps” who seem like generous boyfriends at first. They are lured by stylish hairdos, the latest cell phone, Louis Vuitton purses, drugs, and alcohol. Some, the judge says, are simply hungry. And they are paid $5 and $10 for sex, just to be able to buy lunch. “They are so, so, so broken. I try not to think that way. But I do think some are too broken to help,” Judge Sampedro-Iglesia said. When a child is rescued, she said, “It’s such a gigantic high. We had a little girl in court this week, with a baby, and she is doing well. When she is in therapy, she is doing well. She said, ‘Everybody is blaming me. But if I got to go to your home, you would feed me. I would have a bed to sleep in, and a roof over my head.’ “When you hear those things, we can’t give up on these kids. This could be their only opportunity to get out of the life,” Judge Sampedro-Iglesia said. “We have to catch them while they’re here, before they slip through our fingers,” said Bade. Ruiz adds: “If we can save one child, that is really rewarding enough for all of us. If we can do it for one, we can do it for many others. When we have a happy, successful story, we share it in court. It can be done. Of course, it can be done. It really takes everyone. And G.R.A.C.E. Court is working with everyone.”last_img read more

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County: Farolito Sand Available For Holiday Season

first_imgCOUNTY News:The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division has placed sand at the following locations to fill farolito bags:North Road at Lower Pueblo Canyon crossing;Deer Trap on Barranca Mesa;Soccer Field parking lot on North Mesa; andThe parking lot by the transfer station in White Rock.last_img

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