Effects of density dependence on diel vertical migration of populations of northern krill: a genetic algorithm model

first_imgNet and acoustic studies of diel vertical migration (DVM) in krill often show a degree of dispersion around the mean population depth, which becomes greater during night-time. Trade-off models can predict optimum depths over diet cycles but rarely explain why there is vertical scatter and why aggregations disperse at certain times. We examined density-dependent factors as a potential explanation for these phenomena. A Genetic Algorithm model was developed that predicted DVM,in a krill population based on internal state (i.e. levels of energy reserves), risk of predation and location of conspecifics. The modelling approach was designed to be dynamic in that optimal policies could respond to changing circumstances through time. Parameterisation of the model was achieved through measurements made in the Clyde Sea Area on northern krill Meganyctiphanes norvegica and its environment. Light intensity at depth was used to assess the level of risk of visual predation. Food provision was a mixture of vertically stratified phytoplankton and vertically migrating copepods. A negative exponential function was used to simulate density dependence in the food returns at each depth. Sensitivity analyses involved alterations to the level of density dependence and the metabolic rate. DVM was predicted in all sensitivity analyses and each correlated positively with net catch and acoustic observations. Increased density dependence in feeding success did not affect the mean depths chosen at night but did increase the spread of the population. The closest fit to observations was achieved when the metabolic rate was lowered and risk of mortality rate was assessed over a yearly rather than daily period. The model predicted that the population should spread more under low food conditions. We recommend that density-dependent factors be included in future state-dependent models predicting krill behaviour and life-cycle patterns.last_img read more

Former NFL player, wife shot dead allegedly by their 22-year-old son who may have fled to Mexico: Officials

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(LONG PRAIRIE, Minn.) — A former NFL player and his wife were shot and killed in their home, and now authorities have issued an arrest warrant for their 22-year-old son who they believe fled to Mexico.Barry Bennett, 63, and Carol Bennett, 63, were found dead in their rural Long Prairie, Minnesota, home on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Todd County Sheriff’s Office.Barry Bennett was found lying in the entryway of the home, shot in the head and torso, according to the probable cause statement.His wife’s body was on the kitchen floor, shot in back and torso, according to the probable cause statement.The Bennetts’ son, Dylan John Bennett, who also lived at the family home, is the suspect in the slayings, which authorities believe took place Monday, according to documents.Barry Bennett had reported to the sheriff’s office in Dec. 2018 that Dylan Bennett, “while in a mental health treatment facility, had expressed homicidal thoughts about killing his parents,” the probable cause statement said.Barry Bennett, a defense lineman, started with the NFL in 1978, playing for the New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets before a brief time with the Minnesota Vikings, according to The Star Tribune.Authorities say Dylan Bennett first made a large cash withdrawal from his parents’ account at a Long Prairie bank on Monday, according to documents. Carol Bennett’s debit and credit cards were used in Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the probable cause statement said.“A plane ticket for Dylan Bennett was purchased and used” on Wednesday for flights from Columbus, Ohio, to Atlanta to Cancun, Mexico, the document said.Dylan Bennett met someone in the Columbus area before the flight and gave that person a handgun “to hold for him,” according to the probable cause statementBased on a review of phone records, authorities believe that Dylan Bennett was in Mexico, the probable cause statement said.The Minnesota Vikings tweeted Friday: “We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol. Our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time.”In Long Prairie, about 130 miles northwest of Minneapolis, residents are mourning the Bennetts.The former NFL player was very involved in the Long Prairie community, Jon Kringen, superintendent of Long Prairie Grey Eagle Public Schools, told ABC News.Barry Bennett taught physical education for over 10 years and retired a few years ago, Kringen said.“He loved the kids that he had in class, and the kids really loved Barry,” Kringen said, calling him the kind of “teacher that I think every parent would want their kid to have.”“The school district is mourning,” Kringen said. “We are incredibly saddened by these tragic events.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by August 23, 2019 /Sports News – National Former NFL player, wife shot dead allegedly by their 22-year-old son who may have fled to Mexico: Officialscenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

FINAL CCO COMMUNITY SERVICE WINNER IS BETTY HERMANN

first_imgThis year’s final “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE”  winner is former Vanderburgh County Councilwoman and former Vanderburgh County Recorder Betty Hermann.Betty Hermann was first elected in 1984 to the Vanderburgh County Council where she served for eight years prior to being elected County Recorder. While she was recorder, Hermann implemented the office’s first computer system, began the process of imaging documents, and was the first to design a website to allow the public online access to the information about the office. All of these improvements were made without passing the costs onto county taxpayers. All improvements were funded from users fees.In addition to her years in elected office, Hermann worked on numerous campaign committees, is a longtime precinct committeeman, former Vice Chairman of the Vanderburgh County Republican Party, former Secretary of the 8th District Republican Committee, former delegate to the Republican National Convention, and former Vice President of the Vanderburgh County Republican Federated Women’s Club.Hermann’s public service began when she first worked in the Recorder’s Office in the late 1970’s. She later worked as a legal secretary in the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office. She is a past member of the State Welfare Board where she served as secretary and vice president. She served on the board of the local March of Dimes Chapter, which named her Woman of the Year in 1998. She is also a longtime board member for Goodwill Industries.When asked her to list her greatest accomplishments, Hermann lists her family. She along with Fred Hermann, her husband of sixty years, have five children, all of whom live in the Evansville area, fourteen grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren. The City-County Observer is excited to announce that our annual CCO “OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD” luncheon for 2015.will be held on October 26, 2015 at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B.? …this years winners of the “Outstanding Community Services Awards” are: Vanderburgh County Commissioner Joe Kifer, well respected local attorney Joe Harrison, Jr, Indiana State Auditor Suzanne Crouch and former Vanderburgh County Sheriff and 8th District Congressmen Brad Ellsworth, Dr. Dan Adams, Dr Steven Becker MD, Tracy Zeller-President of Tracy Zeller Jewelry Holly Dunn-National Movation Speaker on Domestic Violence, Cheryl Musgrave who currently sits on the Vanderburgh County Board of Zoning Appeals and also is a Commissioner on the Evansville Redevelopment Commission and Betty Hermann.Registration begins at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on October 26, 2015.  Deadline for registration is October 15, 2014.   The last five (5) events were sellouts.The City-County Observer is excited to announce our final “Outstanding Community Service Award” winner for 2015.  This year’s luncheon will be held at in the Walnut Room at Tropicana-Evansville. Registration begins at 11:30 am. The program will begin at noon on October 26, 2015.  Reservations for this event may be made via email at [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

BAYONNE BRIEFS

first_imgEight displaced after two-alarm fire in Bergen PointEight residents were displaced, and no one was injured, after a two-alarm fire tore through a two-family home on Oak Street in the Bergen Point neighborhood on the night of Friday, Feb. 16, according to Bayonne Fire Chief Keith Weaver. Responding firefighters found heavy fire conditions on the second floor and spent 45 minutes with two hose lines controlling the fire until it was extinguished after midnight.The American Red Cross is assisting six residents. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined; the incident remains under investigation. Weaver said the fire is not deemed suspicious. 1 / 2  Grace Bruton Nezgoda turned 100 years old on February 18. Born in 1918, Grace lived on 26th Street in Bayonne and worked at the Jersey City Medical Center until it closed in 1965, often shopping at Barney Stock. “Everything was convenient,” she said. Nezgoda is the last surviving member of her nine-sibling household. “I feel great,” said Nezgoda, who described her birthday party as “wonderful.” She added, “Bayonne is the best place in the world.”  2 / 2  Grace Bruton Nezgoda turned 100 years old on February 18. Born in 1918, Grace lived on 26th Street in Bayonne and worked at the Jersey City Medical Center until it closed in 1965, often shopping at Barney Stock. “Everything was convenient,” she said. Nezgoda is the last surviving member of her nine-sibling household. “I feel great,” said Nezgoda, who described her birthday party as “wonderful.” She added, “Bayonne is the best place in the world.” ❮ ❯ Woman allegedly attacked with pipeA woman was allegedly physically assaulted with a pipe on Feb. 7 after a verbal argument with a 53-year-old man, who was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and weapons offense, according to the Bayonne Police Department. The criminal complaint alleges the man punched the woman after the verbal dispute and allegedly struck her in the back of the head with a metal pipe when she said she was going to call the police. The woman did not seek medical treatment, and responding officers recovered the metal pipe, according to police. Yacht owners charged for alleged insurance fraudFollowing a four-month investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Kerwin Rigaud, 46, of Jersey City, was charged on Feb. 8 with alleged insurance fraud. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said the Insurance Fraud Unit had looked into allegations against Rigaud. The allegations include fabricating claims and exaggerating damages from 2014 to the present in schemes to defraud multiple insurance companies of more than $200,000.Rigaud, an accountant, has been charged with multiple alleged insurance fraud violations related to his yacht, Miss Behaving, which he berths at Liberty Harbor Marina in Jersey City.NJ Transit approves proposed route for light rail expansion into Bergen CountyThe Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s (HBLR) expansion into Bergen County received a major boost this week after NJ Transit approved the plan’s proposed route, according to a press release from NJ Transit.The approval for the project’s Locally Preferred Alternative, detailed in its 2017 Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact statement, is mandatory in the federal environmental review process.The route is a 10-mile, seven-station extension from HBLR’s current Tonnelle Avenue terminus in North Bergen. It would include an additional North Bergen stop at 91st Street, and others in Ridgefield, Palisades Park, Leonia, all the way to the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.NJ Transit’s Board of Directors also authorized the route’s submission to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Board of Trustees for designation and inclusion in its Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan.By choosing this route, NJ Transit will be able to begin design and engineering activities once it completes the Final Environmental Impact Statement, and the Federal Transit Administration grants a Record of Decision for the project.Chiaravalloti calls for investigation into Christie opioid programBayonne Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti has called on the NJ State Comptroller to investigate former Gov. Christie’ Reach NJ opioid program, arguing that the multimillion dollar advertising campaign failed to provide new funds for drug treatment and diverted tens of millions of dollars away from education, according to a press release.“These advertisements were designed to promote Christie and were not solely created for the victims and families of the opioid epidemic. This is clearly evident by Christie’s prominence in all the ads,” Chiaravalloti stated in a media release.“These ads were costly, took away from necessary funds and had a limited shelf life. These ads are unusable by any administration. This money could have been spent on treatmentprograms to directly assist victims of the epidemic – not wasted on production edits featuring Christie.”NJ and two other states might sue over tax law, but they might loseGovernors from Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York states have announced plans to sue the federal government for discriminating against tax structures, according to NJ Spotlight.No legal strategy has been publicly announced, and statements made by NJ Gov. Phil Murphy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggest the lawsuit could use the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause and the 10th Amendment protecting states’ rights. The joint lawsuit claims that the federal government’s new cap on deductions for state and local taxes, put in place by the Republican tax plan signed into law last month, is unjust because it targets wealthier states.Time will tell if the lawsuit is consequential. Tax Foundation expert Jared Walczak told Governing Magazine recently that the argument that the law is unconstitutional because it affects different states in unequal ways may be dubious, PA approves $364M Holland Tunnel upgradeThe Port Authority Board of New York and New Jersey approved a major rehabilitation and resiliency project for the Holland Tunnel to repair and restore critical mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems caused by Superstorm Sandy, and to install protective measures to mitigate future flooding in the facility, according to a press release from the PANYNJ.The $364.2 million project includes repairs and replacement of systems damaged by latent salt resulting from the October 29, 2012 storm, which filled the tunnel with 30 million gallons of water and resulted in flooding up to nine feet above the North Tube roadway.As part of the project, repair and replacement will be done to the tunnel’s power cables, fire detection system, voice communication system, lighting, pump room equipment, and repairs to concrete, drum rings, curbs, ceilings and wall tiles. The project includes improved lighting to enhance driver visibility in the tunnel. Approximately 84 percent of the project cost is projected to be reimbursed by federal funds.In addition to repairs to tunnel systems, the project also includes resiliency measures to increase the stop log height at the doorways of the ventilation buildings in New York and New Jersey to meet current FEMA design flood elevation standards.Work on the project is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2019 and take approximately five years to complete. The work must be staged during limited overnight hours to minimize disruption to travelers. Full single-tube closings are expected for 48 months. It is anticipated that one tube will be closed at a time, with traffic diverted to the Lincoln Tunnel during the closure.The Port Authority will work with communities that may be impacted by the project to insure that all planning for traffic mitigation and diversions are sensible and do not create any unintended impacts. In the coming months, Port Authority staff will meet with elected officials from the surrounding communities.Prieto to become NJSEA presidentAssemblyman Vincent Prieto, who was replaced as Assembly Speaker earlier this year, will resign his Assembly seat to become president and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, the state agency that oversees the Meadowlands, according to a press release from Prieto’s office.Recommended for the post by Gov. Phil Murphy, Prieto will assume his new duties at the NJSEA on Feb. 25 and will receive an annual salary of $225,000.Prieto under law must step down from his assembly seat in the 32nd district that includes all of Secaucus, North Bergen and other towns outside Hudson County. It has not yet been determined who will be named to replace him until a special election can be held later this year. Republicans want to implement work requirements to receive housing aidThe White House this week released its proposed budget that would impose work requirements for those receiving federal housing assistance, reports the New York Times. The budget would give property owners the power to increase rents for people who receive federal housing assistance, such as Section 8 vouchers. The Trump administration is seeking to shrink federal housing assistance, in part by convincing Congress to introduce policies that “promote work” for various safety-net policies, according to the report.Most people on public benefits programs, however, already work, or are looking for work, according to multiple reports from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank. The problem is that sometimes people cannot find work or are unable to work, and work requirements would restrict those people from resources when they need them the most, without doing much to help them receive the education and training required to join the workforce, according to the reports from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.The proposal comes at a time when the White House has reportedly signaled an interest in adding or enhancing work requirements to many safety net programs. In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services invited states to apply for waivers to test work requirements for Medicaid, and already approved applications from Kentucky and Indiana.Trump administration deals ‘serious jeopardy’ to Gateway Tunnel projectFederal transportation officials have assigned the Gateway rail tunnel and other components of the massive infrastructure project a new rating that further jeopardizes the chances of winning grant money from Washington.A story on Politico.com reports that the Federal Transit Administration sent an annual funding report to Congress recently for its Capital Investment Grants Program that assigned a “Medium-Low“ rating to the proposed $13 billion Hudson River tunnel, the second-lowest on a five-point scale. It was the first time the grant application had received a formal rating. The FTA also reduced the rating of the Portal Bridge North project from “Medium-High” to “Medium-Low.” That bridge replacement would fix one of the single-greatest bottlenecks on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line, according to the report.Those involved in the Gateway Program said the change was likely to put chances of receiving federal funding under the New Starts program in serious jeopardy.The Trump administration rejected an Obama-era agreement to cover half the cost of the broader $30 billion Gateway Program, which calls for constructing two new tubes connecting New Jersey to midtown Manhattan and repairing the existing tunnel that is now falling apart. The White House has also proposed ending the New Starts program, but Congress has so far protected the funding source.“In case it wasn’t clear before, President Trump today tried to land another death blow to Gateway by having his Federal Transit Administration (FTA) vindictively and inexplicably downgrade the project in order to cut off critical federal funding,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) said in a recent statement.In the case of the Portal Bridge project, which previously received a rating in February 2017 and was estimated to cost $1.6 billion, the FTA is taking the position that the amount of committed or budgeted funding from other sources had fallen from 57 percent to 21 percent of the total cost. The FTA said that is a primary reason the rating was reduced. The new ratings were issued in November and, according to a person familiar with the Gateway application, did not factor in any information received in October, when new details had become available.John D. Porcari, the interim executive director of Gateway Program Development Corp., said the ratings fail to take into account the commitments from New York and New Jersey. The states have agreed to split half the cost of the tunnel project, putting up $5.5 billion, though they’ll need federal loans in order to do so. The grant application asks the federal government to cover the remaining costs.Porcari said the Portal Bridge application, in which local agencies would also cover about half the total cost, “has only been improved with each updated submittal” since the first rating was issued. He noted early construction work has been underway for several months.Sen. Menendez and Rep. Sires respond to Republican infrastructure proposalThe county’s representation in the U.S. Congress spoke out against the Republican infrastructure proposal this week, according to press releases from both congressional offices. NJ Democratic Senator Bob Menendez called the plan a “hit job on NJ families and commuters,” while Democratic Rep. Albio Sires called it “unsurprisingly selfish in scope and particularly harmful to our communities.”“Instead of making a real investment in our aging infrastructure, the Trump plan actually cuts net federal infrastructure spending by $40 billion and shifts the burden on states and commuters by hiking taxes, tolls and fares,” said Sen. Menendez in a press release. “That means commuters paying more for less. That means ignoring critical repairs and upgrades to our roads, rails and bridges. That means making travel less safe and less reliable. That means threatening to derail the Gateway Project and ignoring calls to strengthen rail safety by fast-tracking lifesaving technology, like Positive Train Control, to prevent future tragedies like the one in Hoboken. This plan is bad for New Jersey, bad for our country, and I will do everything I can to fight it.”“What was advertised to the American people as a $1.5 trillion federal investment plan for our infrastructure actually only provides $200 billion over ten years. That, taken with his plan to cut more than $168 billion in federal infrastructure funding over the same ten-year period, does not add up to much at all,” said Rep. Sires in a press release. “Taken at face value, however, $200 billion over ten years seems like a lot of money to invest in anything. Yet, a 2017 report by the American Society of Civil Engineers concludes that the only way we can address our infrastructure repair and upgrade backlog is by investing at least $2 trillion by 2025. This administration’s investment does not even get us a quarter of the way there. Instead, the plan provides relatively little funding while also rolling back the protections that keep public services from being privatized, all in the hope that states and cities can raise the $1.3 trillion that the President keeps promoting. This formula is designed to put the majority of the funding burden on New Jersey taxpayers.”Elizabeth student dies of flu a week after 5-year-old North Bergen girl diesIn a letter to parents over the weekend, the Elizabeth superintendent of schools said an unidentified student who was being treated for the flu had died, Patch.com reports. The death comes a week after a North Bergen girl who attended Lincoln School died after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. An Ocean County child also succumbed to the flu in December.Elizabeth officials said grief counselors would be available for students and teachers on Tuesday, when the schools reopen after the Presidents Day holiday.Weehawken joins Leonia in closing streets to nonresidentsThe Weehawken Police will begin ticketing nonresident drivers if they use certain streets near the Lincoln Tunnel as shortcuts. The use of traffic apps, like Waze, have clogged local streets, making it extremely difficult for residents and emergency vehicles to get through, according to Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner.The Weehawken Town Council adopted an ordinance in January restricting all but Weehawken, Union City, and Hoboken residents from making right turns from Hackensack Plank Road onto Pleasant Avenue, from 3-7 p.m. weekdays. The turn is often a shortcut for drivers wanting faster access to 495 westbound to the Jersey suburbs, leaving the New York area.The route ultimately takes them toward highways such as the NJ Turnpike and Route 3.The ordinance went into effect Feb. 13. Officials posted electric signs notifying residents of the change on Hackensack Plank a few weeks ago.Towns cracking down on animal abuse under new lawAnimal welfare officers in communities across the state are enforcing new, stricter laws on animal abuse, reports The Record. The recent dissolution of the state’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has made local law enforcement responsible for pursuing violators of the new abuse laws, which prohibit leaving pets outside from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and require owners to bring animals indoors if the temperature is below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees. Sen. Jeff Van Drew, one of the sponsors of the legislation, said one of the biggest challenges since the law took effect is educating pet owners about the new requirements.Zoning Board meeting set for Feb. 26The Bayonne Zoning Board of Adjustments will hold a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 26 at City Hall for a public hearing and vote on an application for a local Muslim group to convert a warehouse on East 24th Street into a Muslim community center.The zoning board’s decision in March of 2017 to deny the group’s application, for reasons of parking and “fit,” led to the City of Bayonne being sued by the local Muslim group and investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. The lawsuit, which challenged the zoning board’s decision based on First and Fourteenth Amendments as well as Municipal Land Use Law, was settled in January under the condition that the application be approved at this meeting.center_img ×  1 / 2  Grace Bruton Nezgoda turned 100 years old on February 18. Born in 1918, Grace lived on 26th Street in Bayonne and worked at the Jersey City Medical Center until it closed in 1965, often shopping at Barney Stock. “Everything was convenient,” she said. Nezgoda is the last surviving member of her nine-sibling household. “I feel great,” said Nezgoda, who described her birthday party as “wonderful.” She added, “Bayonne is the best place in the world.”  2 / 2  Grace Bruton Nezgoda turned 100 years old on February 18. Born in 1918, Grace lived on 26th Street in Bayonne and worked at the Jersey City Medical Center until it closed in 1965, often shopping at Barney Stock. “Everything was convenient,” she said. Nezgoda is the last surviving member of her nine-sibling household. “I feel great,” said Nezgoda, who described her birthday party as “wonderful.” She added, “Bayonne is the best place in the world.” ❮ ❯last_img read more

Cupcake maker strikes Kellogg’s deal

first_imgA small Manchester bakery says a phone call out of the blue led to a commission to bake 700 cupcakes for the 75th anniversary of the nearby Kellogg’s production plant.Christine Lowe, owner of Top Tier Cakes in Moor, South Manchester, said she was initially asked for 300 to 400 cakes and a 14-inch celebration cake, but the order went up to 500 cupcakes and then 700 cupcakes and two 14-inch celebration cakes.She said: “We had a phone call from someone who had heard about us by reputation, and we sent a quotation and we put in a box of our cupcakes to taste.”The company, which has six staff, was duly given an order in “four figures”, she said.She added: “It was a very nice order and we thoroughly enjoyed doing it.”The bakery created a “75 years in Manchester” logo and an oil painting of the Kellogg’s factory in Trafford Park to put on the cupcakes, she explained.The cakes are being used in the official anniversary celebrations of the Kellogg’s plant.The finale of the celebrations will be a visit to the plant on Friday (31 May) by the Duke of Kent, and Top Tier Cakes is also making cupcakes for a hamper that will be given to the Duke.Lowe told British Baker that Top Tier Cakes is increasingly busy after moving to bigger premises 18 months ago.It has been called on to bake cakes for TV shows such as BBC3’s ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’, following the BBC’s move to Salford recently.last_img read more

Professor named as consultant

first_imgLaw professor Richard Garnett, recently named a consultant to the United States Council of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, said the appointment is an opportunity to help protect religious freedom in America. “I am deeply committed, as a citizen and as a scholar, to the importance — indeed, the centrality — of religious freedom,” he said. “The opportunity to assist the Catholic bishops of the United States, and the Church more generally, in understanding, protecting and teaching about this freedom, is an honor.” The committee aims to “address the increasing threats to religious liberty in our society so that the Church’s mission may advance unimpeded and the right of believers of any religious persuasion or none be respected,” Bishop William Lori, chair of the committee, said in a press release. While he is uncertain what his specific responsibilities will be, Garnett said he believes it will have to do with religion and the law. “I teach and write about church-state relations, religious freedom and constitutional law, so the work of the ad hoc committee is very closely connected to my own scholarly work, and … to the distinctive Catholic character and mission of the University,” he said. Garnett said the subcommittee will approach the issue of religious freedom from an interfaith and international perspective. “I sense that [the committee members] are sensitive to the importance of educating Catholics about the centrality of religious freedom: religious freedom for all, not just Catholics, and not just for Americans,” he said. Garnett said some people underestimate the level of religious persecution in the modern world. “In many places, Christians suffer outright persecution, and I think the bishops want to remind Catholics of the need to pray for and support these victims of persecution,” Garnett said. It is crucial citizens understand that religious freedom is a basic right, he said. “There is also the important need to help not only Catholics, but all Americans, understand that religious freedom is not just a matter of ‘special pleading,’” he said. “It is not a ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’ concern, but a human rights concern.” The way governments approach the issue of religious freedom has ramifications for its overall human rights policies, he said. “Other freedoms are not secure in a political community that does not protect religious freedom because, at the end of the day, a government that respects religious liberty is one that acknowledges limits on its power and reach,” he said.last_img read more

Feed My School For a Week

first_imgIn addition to learning about Georgia agriculture, students will learn more about their home county. Farmers and other community members’ reach will provide field trips and in school presentations about farming in Madison County. “We’re having a good time and the kids are learning a lot already,” Seymour said. “We have an art contest occurring this week, an essay contest for later in the fall, taste-testing using Georgia commodities and agricultural-related field trips planned for all grades throughout the year … We have so many people from the community wanting to get involved. The community has been really excited about this.” The school will cap off their week of local, food-related activities with a Colbert “Mini-Expo” on Friday, Sept. 27. Students will rotate among exhibits, farm animals and farm equipment brought in by local farmers, Georgia 4-H’ers and Georgia agricultural commodity and trade groups. For more information on the Feed your School for a Week program, visit www.agr.georgia.gov/feed-my-school-for-a-week.aspx. Georgia apples, peaches, corn, beef and other locally grown food will be part of the curriculum for Colbert Elementary School students in Madison County as part of the Feed my School for a Week program, Sept. 23-27. The Georgia Department of Agriculture launched the Feed my School for a Week program to teach students how Georgia agriculture affects their lives and the importance of eating well. “This is really a year long focus on local agriculture,” said Madison County Extension agent Adam Speir. He helped connect the school with the local farmers and 4-H Club members who will be introducing students to the world of agriculture. “Even though Madison County is rural, many of our students are removed from the farm and don’t have an understanding of agriculture’s impact in the cafeteria, on their community and on their lives,” he said. Colbert Elementary School is one of five schools selected for the this year’s program, which provides school administrators with the support they need to source locally produced food to supply their cafeterias for a week. Georgia Department of Agriculture officials also tapped West Chatham Elementary in Savannah, Skyview Elementary School in Macon, Sharon Elementary School in Cumming and Southside Elementary School in Cairo for the program. They will be providing locally sourced meals this spring. Misty Friedman, school nutrition director for Madison County Schools, and Becky Wheless, school nutrition director for Colbert Elementary School, decided to provide locally grown food this fall because school lunch participation is higher in the fall. However, focusing on locally procured food during the fall did mean Friedman had to spend more time this summer preparing for the one-week, local food blitz. Her preparation included everything from processing and freezing fresh berries and peaches that were picked this summer at local farms to finding farmers who had enough corn planted to provide the cornmeal she needed to make hundreds of honey corn cake squares. Despite the planning involved, building a menu from Georgia-grown produce for hundreds of students was surprisingly easy. More than 90 percent of the items on next week’s menu — from the sloppy Joes, to chicken fingers, to homemade peach sauce — are made exclusively from Georgia products. “It hasn’t been as big of a challenge as I thought it would be, at all,” Friedman said. “When you sit back and look at it, supply-wise, there’s not a reason why we can’t do this all of the time.” But while planning the Georgia-grown menu was a big part of the Feed my School for a Week festivities, it was only the beginning. In addition to learning about the counties where each menu item was grown or raised, students will use agriculture to learn about math, science, health and social studies. “It’s really more of a year long effort,” said Sandra Seymour, Colbert Elementary School principal. “A lot of books will be read with agricultural themes.” last_img read more

Industry analysts, executives: Coal consolidation is coming, question is when

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):While U.S. coal producers are hesitant to invest in new capacity at the moment, several industry professionals said at a recent energy event that they do not foresee widespread consolidation any time soon.Michael Bauersachs, president and CEO of Ramaco Resources Inc., said that in a “difficult environment” where the sector’s share prices are undervalued and investors are unwilling to take on debt, substantial mergers and acquisitions are unlikely.“Now should it happen is a different question,” he said during a panel Jan. 31 at the 19th Coaltrans USA conference in Miami. “In particular on the steam side, I think you could make the case that substantial consolidation makes a lot of sense. It makes a lot of sense in the Powder River Basin because nobody is making any money at all there.”Clarksons Platou Securities analyst Jeremy Sussman said boards are “uber sensitive to take on risk,” something he doesn’t foresee changing in 2019. Many investors were creditors who inherited their positions from coal bankruptcies, he said, and are not looking for growth at this point.Banks also are hesitant to invest in capacity. While many banks refuse to fund thermal coal projects, “the vast majority will at least be willing to take a look at met coal,” Sussman told S&P Global Market Intelligence in an interview. “Compared to where it was when I began my career in 2006, it’s still a small fraction of what banks were willing to give out back then,” Sussman said. “Access to capital as a whole is still very, very tight.”Jonathan Rose, head of the metals and mining Americas division at Deutsche Bank Securities, said recent mergers and acquisitions were “more situation-specific” and subsequent movements in the sector will be “relatively slow.” Further consolidation or acquisitions will likely occur because of specific opportunities rather than a wave across the industry, he said.Consolidation will eventually be inevitable, Sussman said, because without investment in new capacity, supply growth will be “extremely limited.” He projects metallurgical coal pricing will remain well above the cost of marginal production for the foreseeable future, while thermal coal demand will continue to decline domestically.More ($): Experts do not foresee big spending from coal industry in 2019 Industry analysts, executives: Coal consolidation is coming, question is whenlast_img read more

New York City Ferry Crash (Video)

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The Rundown – November 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York ENJOY LONG ISLAND RESTAURANT WEEKRunning Sunday, Nov. 3-10, this annual blessing offers amazing deals on outstanding meals all across the Island. Feast on a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $27.95 per person, all week long (Saturday up to 7 p.m.). Bring the family, a loved one, or treat yourself to these special, price-is-right feasts! Check out www.longislandrestaurantweek.com to find participating restaurants and the perfect match!GOOGLE “MEDIEVAL LAND” & “GAME OF THRONES”Master comedic spoofers Bad Lip Reading have transformed the brutally dark and violent HBO super show into a medieval theme park—“Medieval Land Fun-Time World,” to be precise—and this is the absolutely hilarious trailer for the movie. Because winter is coming, dear friends. Winter is coming.SPREAD THE WORDNovember is American Diabetes, Lung Cancer Awareness, Native American Indian Heritage, National Healthy Skin and National Family Caregivers Month. Reflect upon these issues and those suffering. Support local efforts to combat these diseases, further these causes and spread the word about the ongoing challenges so many are still facing. Raise awareness. Lend a hand. Join the movement.ORDER A MOJITOWhy? Do you really need a reason? They go down smooth, linger on the tongue for just a bit, are minty—and they possess this magical ability to transport you to a far-away beach somewhere not cold. This limey cocktail also has the power to actually taste better when shared with friends and loved ones. There are primo restaurants and bars across Long Island whose expert staff can whip up one of these (and any other) sweet elixirs. But who’s the best, you ask? The best bartender, the best bar or the best mojito? All three? That’s up to you! Go to BestOf.LongIslandPress.com and vote for your favorite today before time runs out!PLAY DEER HUNTER 2014The iPhone and Android smartphone game is taking users by storm, though it’s not for the faint of heart. Flush out rabbits and an assortment of other creatures (more than 100 animal species are represented) while traveling the globe in search of the most prized and exotic game. Go it alone or join friends in global cooperative challenges. But look out, these critters bite back!WATCH CAESAR & OTTO’S DEADLY XMASLI filmmaker Dave Campfield’s comedy-horror has been racking up awards at festivals across the country and drops Nov. 19 on DVD at Blockbuster and Family Video. Head down to 112 Video World in Medford for its release party and see what all the hubbub’s about.SMELL THE BACONWe knew the time would come when the most genius iPhone and Android app would be invented. It is here. There’s now a plug-in attachment that releases the scent of bacon whenever you get a notification. The “Scentee” attaches through the headphone socket and comes equipped with capsules that are released whenever you desire—say when your significant other sends you a text message or your alarm clock goes off. Yes, you can now truly wake up to the smell of bacon, every single day! Without the grease! But then there would be no actual bacon. Someone needs to create an app that makes that.DOWNLOAD BLACKBERRY BBM APPBlackBerry devices may be on the verge of extinction, but the cell phone maker did find a way to make a splash by rolling out an iPhone and Android app for its wildly popular messaging service, BBM, satisfying former “CrackBerry” addicts who jumped ship to other smartphones but lamented losing BlackBerry Messenger. Relive the BlackBerry craze!FOLLOW MAVENNASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) launches Nov. 18, becoming the first mission to explore the Red Planet’s Martian atmosphere. The launch of the 5,410-pound spacecraft will be streamed live. MAVEN should reach Mars in September 2014 for its one-Earth-year-long quest. To view the liftoff and learn more about this historic voyage, check out www.nasa.gov/maven and www.lasp.colorado.edu/home/mavenHAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!last_img read more