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Community Engagement Programming to offer alternative spring break

first_imgTCU housing helps upperclassmen find their home Twitter Explore DFW with Campus Rec Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts ReddIt Dylan Guest is a journalism major and Spanish minor from the Caribbean island of Aruba. Dylan Guesthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dylan-guest/ ReddIt Twitter Dylan Guest Dylan Guesthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dylan-guest/center_img printTCU’s Community Engagement Programming will be offering an alternative spring break trip next semester to Houston next semester.Students will be working with St. Bernard’s Project (SBP), an organization that helps rebuild homes for families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.Marit Winborn, the Community Engagement coordinator, said TCU students that attend will have an opportunity to impact a community while working alongside a nonprofit organization. “The reason this service project was chosen is because TCU students will have the opportunity to acquire hands-on skills while also giving back to the community,” Winborn said. Although this kind of work may be new to some students, no experience is required to sign up and students will be trained on the first day.“Students will literally be helping families build their homes from the ground up, and this may include hanging insulation, painting, priming, hanging trim, texturing, laying floors and many other things,” Winborn said. There are 10 spaces available for students. The deadline to apply is Jan. 1, and the application can be found on Community Engagement’s page on Engage.The trip will cost $350, which includes transportation, most meals, lodging and the volunteer experience. Students must pay a $50 deposit by Feb. 5 to hold their spot, and the remaining $300 balance is due by Feb. 10. Need-based waivers will be available, however, and students can select the option on their application.The group will travel in vans, which Wiborn said will give students an opportunity to get to know each other. In Houston, a local church that has places to sleep and take showers, as well as game rooms, will host students.Students will also have free time in Houston, where they will be able to explore and choose activities they would like to do for one day.Students from other universities will also be present, giving TCU students a chance to connect with them and the community members and SBP staff.Winborn said he believes students will learn a lot from this trip.“I want students to walk away from this trip understanding what it is like to interact with people who are different than them as well as understand what it is like to serve others,” Winborn said. “It is important to learn how to put others before ourselves, as that is how we grow and become active citizens in the community.” World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Previous articleVolleyball outmatched by No.1 Baylor in season finaleNext articleWomen’s basketball tops Boise State in Maggie Dixon Classic to remain undefeated Dylan Guest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR National Parks road trip to be held during spring break Linkedin Health, communication and media: New minor is on the way Dylan Guesthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dylan-guest/ Dylan Guesthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dylan-guest/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedinlast_img read more

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DRILLING REPORT: April 25 through May 1

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Facebook TAGS  Local News Permit applications approved by the Texas Railroad Commission for April 25 through May 1 for Districts 7C, 8 and 8A. Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of permits approved for that leasehold. WhatsApp Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC, Aspen 55-1-30 Unit, Loving, new drill. Apache Corporation, Iroquois State Unit, Reeves, new drill; Parks-Coyote 1506 A, Midland, new drill; Parks-Coyote 1506 B, Midland, new drill; Parks-Coyote 1506 C, Midland, new drill; Parks-Coyote 1506 D, Midland, new drill; Parks-Coyote 1506 E, Midland, new drill; Parks-Coyote 1506 F, Midland, new drill; Parks-Coyote 1506 G, Midland, new drill. BHP Billiton Petroleum (TxLa Op.) Co., Austin Cox 57-T1-42×43, Reeves, new drill. Blackbeard Operating, LLC, Captain Stegermain, Winkler, new drill; Dinghy, Winkler, new drill. Bold Operating, LLC, Char 46-9 A, Reagan, new drill; Char 46-9 B, Reagan, new drill. Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co.-Midland, Waddell, W.N., Crane, recompletion. Callon Petroleum Operating Co., Moran A1, Ward, new drill (2). Carrizo (Permian), LLC, Christian 1413 (alloc. A), Reeves, new drill; Christian 2 (alloc. C), Reeves, new drill; Sansom 3875 (alloc. C), Reeves, new drill; Dorothy-Sansom 3875 (alloc. A), Reeves, new drill; State CVX A1314 Unit, Reeves, new drill. Chevron U.S.A., Inc., Taylor Ranch State Unit, Culberson, new drill (4). Cimarex Energy Co., Foolish Pleasure 6 Fee Unit C, Culberson, new drill; Donerail 8 Fee Unit, Culberson, new drill. COG Operating, LLC, Spanish Trail, Midland, new drill (2); Carla West C, Upton, new drill; Timmerman J6, Midland, new drill; Timmerman J9, Midland, new drill; Timmerman J11, Midland, new drill. CrownQuest Operating, LLC, Toe Nail G, Martin, new drill; Chili 101, Midland, new drill; Tiger 1, Midland, new drill (2). Diamondback E&P, LLC, Neal Lethco 16-15 D, Pecos, new drill; Neal Lethco 17-18 D, Pecos, new drill; ST-ST RR P, Midland, new drill; Dunigan State Unit E 53-6-17, Reeves, new drill. Elevation Resources, LLC, UL G 1-33 Unit, Andrews, new drill. Encana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc., DFK 319II, Martin, new drill (3); DFK 319JJ, Martin, new drill (2); DFK 319K, Martin, new drill; RiverRun North 16C, Howard, new drill; RiverRun North 16D, Howard, new drill. Endeavor Energy Resources, LP, Pier 21-24 C, Martin, new drill (2); Pier 21-24 D, Martin, new drill (2). EOG Resources, Inc., McGregor D 5 Unit, Loving, new drill; Yellow Rose B Unit, Loving, new drill (2); State Cortez Unit, Reeves, new drill. Felix Energy Holdings II, LLC, Mosquito 1108-74 W, Winkler, new drill; UL FourMile 2140-17, Ward, new drill. Foreland Operating, LLC, Munson C, Irion, new drill. Gary Permian, LLC, Imogene, Pecos, new drill. Golden Oil and Ranch, LLC, Poehls, Runnels, new drill; Hannah, Runnels, new drill; Ashley Unit, Runnels, new drill. Goodnight Midstream Permian, LLC, Koehn SWD, Ward, recompletion. Hadaway Consult and Engineer, LLC, Old Switcheroo 418, Yoakum, new drill (2).Hannathon Petroleum, LLC, Morgan-Chevron 46-39 A Unit, Howard, new drill. Henry Resources, LLC, John J Bush 218-219 Unit A, Reeves, new drill. Jagged Peak Energy, LLC, State Big Tex South 7673-8, Pecos, new drill. Kinder Morgan Production Co., LLC, Yates Field Unit, Pecos, recompletion. Lario Oil & Gas Company, Mott 4, Martin, new drill; Slaughter-Trice, Martin, field transfer (2); Caffey, Martin, recompletion; Arnold 2, Martin, new drill (2). Mammoth Exploration, LLC, Wight, Mrs. L.E. 4, Ector, recompletion. MDC Texas Operator, LLC, Just Call Me Ken 8-82 Unit, Reeves, new drill (2); Seattle Slew 17, Reeves, new drill; Russells Reserve 8-82 Unit, Reeves, new drill. Noble Energy, Inc, Luke Short 38-37 Unit A, Reeves, new drill. Oasis Petroleum Permian, LLC, UL Pahaska 21-15, Winkler, new drill. Occidental Permian, Ltd., Central Robertson Clearfork Unit, Gaines, new drill; Ratliff & Bedford, Andrews, new drill (4). Oolite Energy Corp., Kennedy State, Pecos, reenter. Owl Exploration, LLC-Service Operating, Robb Ranch 13, Howard, new drill. Oxy USA, Inc., Seminole San Andres Unit, Gaines, recompletion (2). Oxy USA WTP, LP, Sparks, T.E., Gaines, recompletion. Park Hill Disposal, LLC, TPLT 23 SWD, Glasscock, new drill. Parsley Energy Operations, LLC, Calverley 25A, Glasscock, field transfer. Petroplex SWD System, LLC, South Stanton SWD, Martin, new drill. Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc., University 3-15, Upton, new drill (3); XBC-Caroline 3K, Upton, new drill; XBC-Caroline 3L, Upton, new drill; XBC-Caroline 3M, Upton, new drill; Woodfin-Dollie W16C, Upton, new drill; Frank-Morgan E27A, Upton, new drill; Frank-Morgan E27B, Upton, new drill; Frank-Morgan W27A, Upton, new drill; Frank-Morgan W27B, Upton, new drill; North Brook NE45S, Upton, new drill; North Brook NE45T, Upton, new drill; North Brook NE45U, Upton, new drill. Point Energy Partners Petro, LLC, Jim Ed, Ward, new drill (2).Primexx Operating Corporation, Kesey Unit 10-7E, Reeves, new drill. QEP Energy Company, Flo E, Martin, new drill (2); Mabee, Guy B, Martin, recompletion; Woodward C, Martin, new drill. Ring Energy, Inc., University Block 14 Cons, Andrews, new drill (5); Bucky 711 A, Yoakum, new drill; Matador 646 B, Yoakum, new drill. Rosehill Operating Company, LLC, Z&T 32, Loving, new drill (3). Sabinal Energy Operating, LLC, Mallet Land & Cattle Co., Terry, recompletion. Sable Permian Resources, LLC, Mayer, Irion, new drill (2); Mayer-215 (alloc. 06), Irion, new drill. SM Energy Company, Dusty, Howard, new drill; Michael Scott D, Howard, new drill. Solaris Water Midstream, LLC, Goose SWD, Loving, new drill. Stanolind Production, LLC, Curry 17, Glasscock, recompletion. Sundown Energy, LP, Hutchings Stock Association, Ward, new drill. Surge Operating, LLC, Higginbotham Unit C 30-18, Borden, new drill (2); Old Tom Unit A 21-28, Howard, new drill. Tall City Operations III, LLC, Tasha 17-20A, Reeves, new drill. WPX Energy Permian, LLC, North Rudd Draw 22, Loving, new drill; University 32, Winkler, new drill; University 40, Winkler, new drill; University 41, Winkler, new drill; Lindsay 10-3I, Loving, new drill; CBR 10 Pilot, Loving, new drill. XTO Energy, Inc., St. Lucia 76-28 Mon, Loving, new drill; Aegis 1918-13, Upton, new drill. Zarvona Energy, LLC, University 1-30, Andrews, new drill. RAILROAD COMMISSION Previous articleCar_show_051719_06.jpgNext article052219_OPDSocialHost.jpg Digital AIM Web Support DRILLING REPORT: April 25 through May 1 Pinterest Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

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“Project Has No Feature Of Essentiality Of Service To Public At Large”: Plea In Delhi High Court Seeks Suspension Of Central Vista Redevelopment Project

first_imgTop Stories”Project Has No Feature Of Essentiality Of Service To Public At Large”: Plea In Delhi High Court Seeks Suspension Of Central Vista Redevelopment Project Shreya Agarwal4 May 2021 1:20 AMShare This – xA petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking suspension of all kinds of construction activity in relation to the Central Vista Redevelopment Project in compliance of the orders issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority in wake of the covid 19 surge in the national capital.The petition moved by Anya Malhotra and Sohail Hashmi highlights that the construction of the aforesaid project has a “super spreading potential and threat” to the workers who are being exposed to the infection on a daily basis while working and that too without payment.Calling it “relentless, unmindful and reckless act” of the Union of India and Central Public Works Department, the plea states that such an act of carrying on the Project posing threat to the lives of the citizens of Delhi has “the potential of being a super spreader and is in clear breach and violation of the Orders passed by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority.””The construction of the Project cannot be equated to an essential activity. There is no exigency whatsoever in the construction of the Project and there is no reason why the same cannot be suspended at a time when Delhi is facing an unprecedented health crisis. There is no rational basis to differentiate between workers engaged in the construction of the Project and workers engaged in any other construction work. It cannot be stated that the construction work being carried out as a part of the Project is any more essential than the construction of other public services.” The plea states further.During the course of hearing today before the division bench comprising of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh, while the bench showed it’s non inclination of issuing notice in the plea, the Bench listed the matter for further hearing on May 17.The petition was vehemently opposed by ASG Chetan Sharma appearing on behalf of the Centre whereas Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra appeared for the petitioner.The petition seeks the following prayers:-Issue a Writ/Order/Direction in the nature of mandamus and command Respondent No. 1 & 2 to forthwith halt / suspend all construction activity of the Central Vista Avenue Redevelopment Project awarded to Respondent No. 4 in compliance with Orders issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority during the subsistence of the peak phase of the pandemic.- Issue a Writ/Order/Direction in the nature of mandamus commanding and directing Respondent No. 3 to forthwith withdraw and rescind the Movement Pass dated 19.04.2021.- In the event that this Hon’ble Court is pleased to grant the relief prayed for in Prayer (i) above, issue directions toRespondent No. 1, 2 and 4 to ensure that all workers are paidtheir full wages, notwithstanding suspension work, and to payand release arrears of wages to the workers/laborers engagedin the Central Vista Avenue Redevelopment Project.The Supreme Court in January this year upheld the Central Government’s plan for construction of the Central Vista project and the government’s proposal to construct a new Parliament in Lutyen’s Delhi.Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna pronounced the judgement, with Justices Khanwilkar and Maheshwari forming the majority, and with Justice Khanna pronouncing a separate judgement.The court had, on November 5, 2020, reserved judgment on these batch of petitions challenging the Rs. 20,000 crore Central Vista project, involving renovation and redevelopment of approximately 86 acres of land in the heart of Lutyens Delhi, marked by structures like the Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, North Block and South Block amongst others.Edited by Nupur ThapliyalTagsDelhi High Court COVID -19 Chief Justice DN Patel Justice Jasmeet Singh #Central Vista Project Next Storylast_img read more

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100-plus participate in free prostate screenings

first_img “Family history means father, brother or grandfather,” Bivins said. “These screenings are highly recommended for all African American men because prostate cancer incidence and death rates are higher than in Caucasian men.”Men in the at-risk categories should have annual checkups that include screenings for prostate cancer.Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men and is the second leading cause of cancer death, behind only lung cancer. About one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. One man in 38 will die of prostate cancer.The American Cancer Society estimates that, in 2015, about 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and that there will be 27,540 deaths from prostate cancer. The prostate cancer incidence in Alabama is higher than the United States rate as is the prostate cancer mortality rate.Prostate cancer can be a serious disease but most men with prostate cancer do not die from it. More than 2.9 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today. Messenger photo/Jaine TreadwellDrs. Michael Bivins, left, and Tom Moody, right, Urology Centers of Alabama in Birmingham conducted free prostate cancer screenings at the Pike County Health Department Saturday. Mike Amos, host of Troy Cable’s “Today in LA” joined Bivins and Moody in recognizing the importance for early detection for prostate cancer.More than 100 men participated in the free prostate cancer screenings offered by Urology Centers of Alabama in Birmingham at the Pike County Health Department Saturday.Sherry Wilson said 47 percent of those tested in the annual free screenings were participating for the first time. Fifty-six percent of those tested were African Americans.Wilson said there is a higher incidence of prostate cancer among African Americans than Caucasians, and it is encouraging that more African Americans are being tested. Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Published 2:00 am Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Blood Sugar Blaster Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Dr. Bivens talks straight to PCHS students Bivens Students at Pike County High School heard the message that success is not determined by the size of the… read more 100-plus participate in free prostate screenings Email the author Latest Stories Skip Print Article Dr. Michael Bivins, urologist and surgeon with Urology Centers of Alabama in Birmingham, said early detection through prostate cancer screenings saves lives.“At Urology Centers of Alabama, we offer free prostate cancer screenings in an effort to find those patients so they can be treated and cured,” Bivins said.He recommended that all men ages 50 and older be screened, unless there is a family history of prostate cancer. Then, the screenings are recommended to begin at age 40. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Key takeaways from Day 6 of Derek Chauvin’s trial in George Floyd’s death

first_imgScott Olson/Getty ImagesBY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo took the witness stand in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin on Monday and testified the former officer violated numerous use-of-force and ethics policies in the fatal arrest of George Floyd, including the force’s underlying motto to “protect with courage and serve with compassion.”Arradondo, the highest-profile witness yet to testify for the prosecution, went over page after page of his police force’s policies on use-of-force, de-escalation and best practices, some of which he personally wrote.Prosecutor Steve Schleicher asked Arradondo if he would describe the force Chauvin used on Floyd on May 25, 2020, as proper and according to the training of Minneapolis police officers.“I absolutely do not agree with that,” Arradondo answered. “That action is not de-escalation and when we talk about the framework of our sanctity of life and when we talk about the principles and values that we have that action goes contrary to what we’re taught.”Arradondo said he drew his conclusions based on police body-camera, surveillance and bystander video he reviewed in the hours after Floyd was pronounced dead.After being shown a photo, described as “Exhibit 17,” of Chauvin digging his knee into Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while the handcuffed 46-year-old Black man was prone on the ground with two other officers holding him down, the chief said the tactic was not the type of “conscious neck restraint” his officers have been trained to use.“A conscious neck restraint by policy mentions light to moderate pressure. When I look at Exhibit 17 and when I look at the facial expression of Mr. Floyd, that does not appear in any way, shape or form that that is light to moderate pressure,” he said.Asked if the restraint Chauvin used on Floyd was a violation of department policy, Arradondo answered, “I absolutely agree that violates our policy.”“It has to be objectively reasonable. We have to take into account the circumstances, information, the threat to the officer, the threat to others, the severity of that. So that is not part of our policy. That is not what we teach and that should be condoned,” he added.Schleicher asked Arradondo if he has an opinion on when Chauvin should have stopped using the restraint on Floyd.“Once Mr. Floyd, and this is based on my viewing of the videos, had stopped resisting and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that, that should have stopped,” Arradondo said. “To continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind his back, that in no way shape or form is anything that is by policy. It’s not part of our training and it is certainly not part of our ethics or values.”Arradondo also said that it was troubling to see that Chauvin, and the other officers who restrained Floyd, failed to provide first aid even though they had checked for a pulse and not found one.“I agree the defendant violated our policy in terms of rendering aid,” Arradondo said.Arradondo was asked to read a key section of his department’s procedure manual as Schleicher sought to establish how it pertained to the encounter Floyd had with Chauvin and three other officers involved in the arrest, but was precluded from discussing his decision in front of the jury.“Be courteous, respectful, polite and professional. Ensure that the length of any detention is no longer than necessary to take appropriate action for the known or suspected offense,” Arradondo said as he read the training manual.Arradondo also went into great detail about the de-escalation procedures officers are mandated to follow, saying it’s really about attempting to stretch out “time, options and resources.”He said officers are trained to know how to assess a subject they are encountering for medical conditions, mental impairment, developmental disabilities and whether they are in the throes of a behavioral crisis or under the influence of drugs. The officers are also retrained on this annually, Arradondo said.He said Floyd did not appear to be a threat to the officers or other citizens during the incident, and added that Floyd should have never been arrested for the minor offense of trying to buy a pack of cigarettes with a phony $20 bill, which is a misdemeanor.He said that instead of de-escalating the situation, Chauvin’s actions escalated it.“It’s really primarily trying to provide an opportunity to stabilize a situation, to de-escalate it. The goal is having a safe and peaceful outcome,” Arradondo testified, reading from the department’s code of ethics.In one dramatic moment, Arradondo pointed to Chauvin sitting at the defense table and identified him as wearing a blue suit, light blue tie and white shirt.The chief terminated Chauvin’s 19-year-career as a police officer a day after his encounter with Floyd.During cross-examination, Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, attempted to undermine Arradondo’s earlier testimony, by asking when the last time the chief had made an arrest of a combative person.“It’s been a number of years,” Arradondo said.Head police trainer testifiesMinneapolis police Inspector Katie Blackwell, who was the department’s training commander at the time of Floyd’s death, testified that Chauvin was fully trained in the most current procedures and practices, and had undergone an in-service retraining in everything from defensive tactics to first aid in March of 2020.Blackwell testified that she has known Chauvin for nearly 20 years and even selected him to be a field training officer. She said Chauvin went through the department’s field-training officer program in 2018.“We were trying to make sure that they understood what the recruits are being taught because they’re going to evaluate them out there and they’re the closest thing to a supervisor that that young recruit officer has,” Blackwell said.She was shown a photo of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck and asked by Schleicher if that was a training technique taught at the time she was overseeing the training unit.“It is not,” Blackwell responded.When asked why, Blackwell said, “I don’t know what kind of improvised position that is. So, it’s not what we train.”Doctor who pronounced Floyd deadDr. Bradford Lagenfeld, who declared Floyd dead, was the first witness called to testify for the protection on Monday and said Floyd likely died from asphyxia.Langenfeld, who was a senior resident in the emergency room at Hennepin County Medical Center in May 2020, when Floyd died, detailed the feverish pace he and his team took in performing a series of procedures to determine if there was even a chance to revive Floyd, at one point cutting open the patient’s chest.Langenfeld was the senior resident on duty in the emergency room when George Floyd was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center. He took over Floyd’s care from the paramedics who testified last week that Floyd’s heart had “flatlined” and that, in layman’s terms, he was dead when they transported him to the hospital.The physician testified that he believed, based on the tests he was able to run at the hospital and also the reports he received from the paramedics, that the primary reason for Floyd’s cardiac arrest was a lack of oxygen, or asphyxia, and not a heart attack or drug overdose as the defense contends.He also said the lack of first aid rendered to Floyd as the officers waited for paramedics to arrive dramatically reduced the chances of reviving Floyd, saying that survival drops 10% to 15% each minute CPR is not administered.On cross-examination, Nelson attempted to tie Floyd’s death to fentanyl and methamphetamine — drugs that were found in his system during an autopsy. Langenfeld agreed with Nelson that the use of those drugs can cause shortness of breath and suppress a person’s breathing.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Accountants to join the Met as new fraud squad

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Bosses at the Metropolitan Police are trying to recruit accountants to forma squad to crackdown on fraud in London. The Met is looking to recruit up to 20 accountants as special constables, togive the force more expertise in analysing fraud and tracking money laundering.Scotland Yard has teamed up with the Institute of Chartered Accountants(ICA) to find possible candidates, who will join as plain-clothesinvestigators. Douglas Llambias, a council member of the ICA, said the accountants can givethe police more hands-on, forensic advice. The institute said the voluntary work would appeal to employees looking toput something back into the community. Detective chief superintendent James Perry said: “The accountants willbe able to fully participate in police interviews of suspects,” he said. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Accountants to join the Met as new fraud squadOn 25 Feb 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Oxford academics urge climate cost redistribution

first_imgTwo Oxford academics have published a paper arguing that rich countries must pay for the introduction of low carbon technology in poorer nations if significant emissions reduction is to be achieved.The paper controversially focuses on “clean-coal” technology, despite the fact that coal is an industry that many argue should be phased out in the drive for emissions reduction. Drs Arunabha Ghosh and Kevin Watkins argue that in the medium term, for which interim climate change targets will be set, this is simply not feasible, and so reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants should be a primary aim.Neil Bowerman, Oxford DPhil student and Executive Director of Climatico, (a group specialising in analysis of climate change policy) fully agrees with the recommendations of the paper, but warns that a focus on “clean coal”, which at full capacity would capture “at maximum 85% of emissions” is “at best a temporary solution and at worst a false distraction” from the more pressing task of reducing overall emissions. Aside from tar sands, coal power is “still the most polluting form of energy we have” and will never be clean enough to serve as a long-term solution.The paper, “Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change – Why Financing to Technology Transfer Matters”, explains that worldwide emissions must halve by 2050 to avoid a global temperature increase of 2°C. By contrast, current estimations show emissions increasing by 45% during this period, with 90% of this growth coming from developing countries. In India alone, it is expected that a 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant will be constructed each week, on average, until 2030.Ghosh and Watkins assert that the key to reducing these projections is technological change, yet this is expensive. Unsurprisingly, only rich countries have the money and resources to put low emissions technology into action: the best performing coal power stations in developed nations are 50% more efficient than the average plants in India and China. Developing nations are loath to pay for costly clean technology which would come at the expense of poverty reduction. The investments that are needed are staggering: achieving 45% thermal efficiency by 2030 would cost India $5.2-8.4 billion more than planned per year.Emphasising that climate change is a global problem, that developed countries have had the greatest emissions over time, and that developed countries have the greatest capability to pay, Ghosh and Watkins argue, “Rich countries should finance the full incremental cost of the transition to higher efficiency.” They further explain, “This can be done through the creation of a Low Carbon Technology and Finance Facility to mobilise around $50 billion a year by 2020 through the public purse, with additional amounts leveraged through private investment.” The academics believe that this is the key to a meaningful agreement in the Copenhagen climate conference this December.Mae Penner, Chair of OUSU’s Environment & Ethics Campaign, agreed with the paper’s recommendations, stressing the international nature of the climate change problem. “We in Britain cannot separate our future from that of developing nations whose emissions are set to skyrocket in the next few decades: their ability to become low-carbon will define the future of our shared planet, so it is essential that we offer them as much support as we can.”This view is shared by Alice Heath, University College JCR President, who emphasised that “The blunt truth of climate change is that poorer countries who have emitted virtually no CO2 will suffer the most.”last_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: All the Way Breaks Broadway Box Office Record

first_imgPresident Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” Well, it seems like he knows how to get it right on Broadway. The Tony-winning play All the Way, starring Tony and Emmy winner Bryan Cranston as the 36th President of the United States, broke a Broadway box office record last week. The production grossed $1,425,001, which is more than any other play has grossed in an eight-show week in Broadway history. The show landed in the top five grossing shows, joining perennial favorites The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots. Meanwhile, another new play, Mothers and Sons, took its final bow on June 22, but not before bringing in its highest weekly gross of its run. Source: The Broadway League FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.28%)** 3. Matilda (100.67%) 4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.63%) 5. Aladdin (100.06%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. Rocky (67.56%) 4. The Cripple of Inishmaan (66.13%) 3. Bullets Over Broadway (64.04%) 2. Mothers and Sons (60.83%) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me (58.46%) UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Violet ($342,877)  4. Rock of Ages ($341,945)  3. Mothers and Sons ($253,788) 2. Casa Valentina ($182,859) 1. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($170,652)* View Commentscenter_img *Number based on 2 preview performances and 6 regular performances **Number based on 7 regular performances Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 22: FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. The Lion King ($2,098,868) 2. Wicked ($2,027,347) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,641,677) 4. All the Way ($1,425,001) 5. Kinky Boots ($1,394,435)last_img read more

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EIA: Renewable energy capacity to climb sharply in next two years, while coal declines continue

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNN:The boom in solar and wind power in the United States will deal a fresh blow to coal country in the next few years.Renewable energy, led by solar and wind, is projected to be the fastest-growing source of US electricity generation for at least the next two years, according to a report published Friday by the US Energy Department.Boosted by swiftly falling prices, utility-scale solar power is expected to increase by 10% in 2019 and 17% in 2020, the Energy Information Administration said. Wind power should grow 12% and 14% in those years, vaulting it ahead of hydropower for the first time.Coal, long the king of the power industry, continues to rapidly decline. The share of total power generation from coal-fired power plants tumbled to 28% last year, compared with 45% in 2010, according to the EIA. Coal’s market share is expected to decline to 24% by 2020. US coal consumption declined by an estimated 4% in 2018 to the lowest level since 1979.“Coal is just an expensive technology that can no longer compete,” said Kingsmill Bond, new energy strategist at Carbon Tracker, a think tank that examines the relationship between energy and financial markets.Natural gas’ share of the US power market is expected to increase from 35% in 2018 to 37% by 2020, according to the EIA. Renewables other than hydropower are projected to grow from 10% in 2018 to 13% in 2020.More: Solar and wind are booming, while coal keeps shrinking EIA: Renewable energy capacity to climb sharply in next two years, while coal declines continuelast_img read more

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Canadian Newsprint is Not The Enemy — Tariffs Are

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end.The fact that newsprint is being threatened is the work of one newsprint mill in the Pacific Northwest, NORPAC. In August 2017, NORPAC petitioned the United States Department of Commerce to begin applying tariffs to newsprint imported from Canada, claiming the imported paper was harming the U.S. newsprint industry. But NORPAC is not acting in the best interests of newsprint consumers or the U.S. paper industry at large — they are acting in their own interest and no one else’s.The buying and selling of newsprint has always been regional without regard for the border. Consumers of newsprint — from newspaper and book publishers to telephone directory manufacturers — tend to buy newsprint in their region, close to their printing operations. The printers who typically utilize Canadian newsprint are those in the northeast and Midwest, where there are currently no U.S. mills operating.But those regions are not newsprint deserts because of unfair trade by Canadian paper mills. Rather, newsprint mills shut down or converted to producing other, more profitable paper products when the demand for newsprint fell, something that has been happening steadily for decades. Since 2000, the demand for newsprint in North America has dropped by 75 percent.But affordable Canadian paper has helped keep the printed news alive and flourishing well into the 21st century. With new tariffs, many smaller newspapers will feel their belts tightening. The combination of preliminary countervailing and antidumping duties increases the cost of imported newsprint by as much as 32 percent, and a number of newspapers have already experienced price increases and a disruption in supply. If the International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce make these tariffs permanent in the coming months, it could lead some small local publishers to cut their print product entirely — or even shut their doors.Some, like NORPAC, may argue that by imposing duties on Canadian imports we’re saving American jobs and boosting our own economy, but while that may sometimes be true for other industries, the opposite is true of newsprint.What we’re seeing with the newsprint tariffs is not a government acting to try to better the economy for its citizens. Instead, it is “political arbitrage” by one private investment group — where they are effectively looking to use the U.S. government to tax local and community newspapers across the United States in order to bolster their own bottom line.When considering whether to take NORPAC’s claims seriously, the Department of Commerce excluded input from U.S. newsprint mills owned by Canadian companies — specifically Resolute Forest Products and White Birch. Excluding manufacturers who, during the period of investigation, had three functioning newsprint mills in the U.S. because they have sister mills in Canada shows an unwillingness to understand the borderless newsprint industry and the restructuring that has taken place in recent decades.If the tariffs on Canadian newsprint are allowed to stand, we’re not only risking a centuries-old relationship with our neighbors to the north, but we’re putting our own U.S. news industry in jeopardy. While the big national and regional papers may have less trouble finding the funds to keep their print editions coming, we could see small publishers lose footing, and those tiny local papers are some of the most vital members of our news community. Under the right conditions, those papers can find a way to maintain their footing, but if the newsprint industry can’t support them, those communities will become news deserts, and that’s a future none of us want.We may not be able to save the entire industry by keeping tariffs off our paper, but we can keep it thriving while we re-position ourselves for the years to come. Having affordable newsprint will help us do that.David Chavern serves as President & CEO of the News Media Alliance. Chavern has built a career spanning 30 years in executive strategic and operational roles, and most recently completed a decade-long tenure at the United States Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more