Arrest Warrant against Polaris Shipping CEO Denied

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license  The warrant of arrest requested against Kim Wan-joong, the CEO of South Korean shipping company Polaris Shipping, in connection to the sinking of Stellar Daisy two years ago, was rejected on Thursday, January 24, the company confirmed to World Maritime News.Warrants of arrests were being sought also for the head of maritime affairs at Polaris Shipping, an inspector of Korean Register of Shipping in charge of Stellar Daisy as well as 2 persons from a private company responsible for inspecting the vessel following the conversion of the ship. Namely, Stellar Daisy was converted from an oil tanker to a bulk carrier.As WMN understands, Mr. Wan-joong was under suspicion of loading cargo without approval from the regulator on board VLOC Stellar Daisy.However, Busan District Court rejected the arrest warrant application in light of the fact that the cause of the accident has not been proven yet, Polaris Shipping said a statement.The warrant request against the inspector of Korean Register of Shipping and two others from another company responsible for inspecting the vessel were rejected as well; yet one of Polaris Shipping’s former employees was detained.The South Korean bulker was carrying 24 crew members, eight South Korean and sixteen Filipino sailors, when it sank in the South Atlantic. Only two sailors were rescued following the incident, whereas 22 crew members  are missing, and feared dead.The case is still being investigated by the South Korean Coast Guard and the exact cause of the ship’s sinking is yet to be determined.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program Open For Businesses

first_imgNova Scotia businesses will again have an opportunity to enhance productivity and innovation with support from the province. The Department of Economic and Rural Development is providing $500,000 for the second year of the Productivity and Innovation Voucher program. “We are building on the success of last year’s pilot program,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “This is the type of accessible support that businesses can use to make their operations more competitive and, as a result, strengthen our economy.” The voucher program provides small and medium-sized businesses with vouchers, worth up to $15,000, to work collaboratively with publicly funded institutions, such as universities and colleges. Businesses use the vouchers to obtain assistance in areas such as applied research, engineering services, prototyping and field testing. “With the assistance of the voucher program, we were able to work closely with a university to make improvements to one of our key pieces of machinery,” said Kelvin Sams, president of Sunrise Foods, a Dartmouth company that provides snack-food products across Canada and one of 50 companies that participated in the pilot program. “These improvements have allowed us to increase productivity of our snack food packaging process and increase our business potential.” The program helps build and strengthen links between small business and universities and colleges. “The voucher program opens the door for businesses to interact with universities,” said Ronald Layden, executive director industry liaison and innovation, Dalhousie University. “Dalhousie, like other universities, has the expertise and the specialized facilities that small and medium-sized businesses can use to become more innovative and productive.” Businesses interested in applying for program vouchers can get information at . The deadline for applications is Nov. 18. Funding for the Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program was allocated in the 2009-10 provincial budget.last_img read more

UNESCO warns DHR about removal of heritage tag

first_imgSILIGURI: UNESCO has reprimanded the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) and warned of revoking the heritage tag to the 140-year-old hill railway in Bengal over poor upkeep, DHR officials said on Monday. In a strongly-worded letter sent to the DHR recently, UNESCO said that the Indian Railways had failed to inform it of the poor upkeep of the facilities of the heritage railway between 2017 and 2019 and waste being dumped on the its tracks, they said. DHR officials have blamed recurring landslides through the year for the damage to the tracks of narrow gauge railway. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe landslips are the main obstacle in regular running of the DHR trains as repairing takes time, the officials said. The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), which manages the DHR, has also blamed the people residing along the tracks for the presence of the waste. “Residents of houses along the route sit on the DHR tracks and park vehicles on them obstructing the way of the trains,” said NFR general manager Sanjiv Ray. “We follow all procedures to keep the heritage tag intact. We hold regular meetings and keep a close contact with the UNESCO authorities,” he added. UNESCO had included the 140-year-old DHR in the list of World Heritage Monuments in December 1999.last_img read more

Mugger flees emptyhanded after Halifaxarea woman hits knees him

first_imgHALIFAX – A mugger got the worst of it in downtown Dartmouth when a woman fought back, hitting and kneeing him and forcing him to flee empty-handed.Police say the man was hiding in the bushes as the woman walked on a path off Alderney Drive near the waterfront at about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.They say he grabbed her and tried to take her purse.Halifax Regional Police say “the suspect fled the scene and did not get anything from the female.”Police described the suspect as white, between 45 and 55, and between five-foot-seven and five-foot-nine.Anyone with information is asked to contact police.last_img

Turkey warns ExxonMobil against drilling with Greek Cypriots

first_imgISTANBUL — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has cautioned an international energy company against co-operating with the government of Cyprus in its search for gas.Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Sunday that the exploratory drilling ExxonMobil has started in the eastern Mediterranean “did not contribute to the region’s stability” and could change “sensitive balances.”Turkey strongly objects to Cyprus searching for gas on its own. The Turkish government says any potential wealth must be shared with Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots in ethnically divided Cyprus.Aksoy noted he was repeating “warnings” to energy companies about the “Greek Cypriots’ one-sided exploration and extraction.”He says Turkey plans to begin drilling in areas off the northern coast of Cyprus’ coast along with exploring the continental shelf of Turkey, which began last month.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Annan commends European ministers efforts on environmental issues

In a message to the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Environment for Europe, Mr. Annan said the platform is important for dialogue and cooperation, not only among governments, but also with international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. “Your efforts to extend the environmental legal framework, to ensure that existing international environmental law is applied, and to keep the environment high on the international agenda demonstrate your conviction that together, we can make a difference,” Mr. Annan said in the message, delivered on his behalf by Brigita Schmognerova, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The three-day conference, which started today, is the fifth in a series of regional conferences where environmental ministers and other policy makers discuss ways of strengthening cooperation to protect and improve the environment. The “Environment for Europe” process is aimed at harmonizing environmental conditions and policies in all the UNECE Member States. The Ministers will be discussing pan-European environmental cooperation and taking stock of the progress made since their previous meeting in Aarhus, Demark, five years ago. read more

UN health agency concerned as two new human cases of bird flu

Officials from Thailand’s Public Health Ministry said laboratory results indicate that a seven-year-old boy from Suphanburi province and a six-year-old boy from Kanchanaburi province both have the H5N1 virus strain that has been identified in the current outbreak.WHO reported today that the two boys, who are suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome, are alive. The H5N1 virus has already claimed five lives in Viet Nam.WHO said it was working closely with Thai health authorities in response to the two confirmed cases. It is already conducting a joint investigation in Viet Nam with local authorities there.Thousands of birds have died or been slaughtered in Thailand, Viet Nam, the Republic of Korea and Japan since mid-December following the simultaneous outbreak, described by WHO in a statement released yesterday as “historically unprecedented.”At a press briefing today in Geneva, WHO’s Global Influenza Programme Team Leader Dr. Klaus Stohr said officials were worried that the avian flu virus may “re-combine” with the human flu virus and create a new, more virulent strain.”There is a possibility that this avian virus merges with the human influenza virus and the resulting new strain will travel very quickly around the world,” he said, emphasizing that currently there is no indication of human-to-human transmission of this strain.Dr. Stohr and Dr. Jorgen Schlundt, WHO’s Food Safety Programme Director said there was no evidence that humans can get avian flu from eating birds. But they added that people should always use good hygiene rules when dealing with chickens.Officials at laboratories within WHO’s Global Influenza Network are aiming to have prototype viruses for vaccine production ready for manufacturers within four weeks as the organization tries to speed up its response to the disease.WHO warned the situation could get worse because the virus is highly contagious among birds and usually fatal. It also highlighted the risks to those involved in slaughtering birds.”Culling operations can place large numbers of workers at risk of brief but intensive exposure to the virus,” WHO said, urging the adoption of prevention measures. read more

UN human rights experts urge US to increase efforts to address water

“No parent should have to endure the mental torment that will haunt parents in Flint, and no child should be denied the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” said the experts, whose expertise include hazardous wastes, health, water and sanitation, indigenous peoples, minorities, and racism. The experts commended US President Barack Obama for declaring a Federal state of emergency to accelerate the distribution of bottled water and filters in flint, but said that “much more must be done to protect those who live in vulnerable situations and to restore a safe permanent water supply.” These steps include ratification by the US Government of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, without reservation, among others. The majority of the population in Flint is predominantly African-American, and many residents live below the poverty line. This has drawn international attention to the toxic threats faced by children, particularly minority and poor communities across the country. The experts noted that lead is only one of many toxic chemicals to which residents in those communities are often disproportionately exposed. Citing a recent study which reportedly shows that minorities across the US comprise nearly half the population living near potential sources of toxic emissions, the experts said that some 1.6 million children under the age of five live in hazardous areas where their bodies are particularly vulnerable to adverse health impacts of toxic chemical exposure. Nearly twice as many African-American children across the country have high levels of lead in their blood as compared with white children, 5.6 per cent versus 2.4 per cent, respectively. The UN Special Rapporteurs work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. The group that made today’s appeal includes: Baskut Tuncak, Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes; Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation; Dainius Puras, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples; Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, Special Rapporteur on minority issues; Mutuma Ruteere, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; and the Working Group of experts on people of African descent. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball sees 20 lead evaporate in loss to No

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern PhotographerAfter taking the first two sets from fourth-ranked Minnesota on Wednesday night, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team had the Big Ten leaders on the ropes.But the No. 16 Buckeyes (22-9, 11-8) couldn’t deliver the knockout blow, dropping three consecutive sets to fall to Minnesota (25-4, 17-2) for the second times in as many matches this season (27-25, 31-29, 17-25, 15-25, 9-15).The loss marked OSU’s second straight and its seventh over its last 11 matches.Meanwhile, the win for the Golden Gophers guaranteed them at least a share of the Big Ten title.Minnesota junior middle blocker Hannah Tapp put forth a dominant performance with 20 kills on a .500 hitting percentage and added seven blocks to lead all players with 24 points.Also breaking the 20-point mark were junior outside hitter Sarah Wilhite (20 kills, three blocks, two aces) and senior outside hitter Daly Santana (17 kills, three aces, three blocks).With hard-fought, extra-point wins in the first two sets, OSU looked poised to pull off the upset in Minneapolis, but unforced errors proved to be the difference down the stretch as it blew the two-game advantage.The Buckeyes committed only one hitting error and attacked .348 in the first frame, though it took all they had to fight off the Golden Gophers. Faced with set point on three different occasions, OSU was able to force extra points and flipped a 25-24 deficit into a 27-25 win.The Scarlet and Gray didn’t find as much success on offense in the second set, but held Minnesota in check (.068 attack percentage) behind five blocks. The teams battled even further into extra points than they did in the first set, but the OSU was again able to find its way to a win.An upset looked even more certain for the Buckeyes when they jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set, but things unraveled from there as they would lead only once more — for a brief time in the fifth set — in the remainder of the match.OSU was significantly out-hit, .375-.140, over the final three frames as it committed 19 attack errors (versus only six for Minnesota) and had nine shots blocked.Three Buckeyes notched double-doubles in the loss: senior outside hitters Elizabeth Campbell (18 kills, 15 digs) and Katie Mitchell (11 kills, career-high 14 digs), along with freshman setter Taylor Hughes (career-high 54 assists, 15 digs).Reigning Big Ten freshman of the week and outside hitter Audra Appold led OSU with 19 points by way of 18 kills and one solo block.As it tries to get some degree of momentum heading into the NCAA tournament, OSU is scheduled to wrap up the regular season on Saturday in St. John Arena on senior night against Rutgers. In the teams’ previous matchup in Piscataway, New Jersey, the Buckeyes handled the Scarlet Knights rather easily in three sets. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

Emergency personnel pay tribute to paramedic tragically killed on way to work

first_imgHis colleagues who dealt with him after the acccident lead the hearse as it made its way to the church.“Some of them would work in an area that’s not close to their own home,” said a colleague.In a way they don’t expect to come up on someone they would be familiar with.The turn-out also “shows the strength that is there between emergency services,” said the colleague.Originally from Swords in Co Dublin, David Fitzgerald was married with three young children, and had been in the ambulance service for over a decade.All photos: Les Kelly /EmergencyTimes.ieRead: Ambulance cover ‘needs to treble’ to boost response times> COLLEAGUES OF AMBULANCE paramedic David Fitzgerald found themselves having to care for him after he was injured in a collision on the way to work last week.Sadly, the leading paramedic and father of three passed away and his untimely death was marked with a guard of honour at his funeral.Brian Cleary of Emergency Times explained that Fitzgerald, who was in his early 30s, died while on the way to work in Portlaoise. The incident occurred on the Ballyfin road in Mountrath.At his funeral, the National Ambulance Pipe and Drum Band performed, while over 50 ambulance personnel provided a guard of honour for their colleague.He was described as a “very popular member” of the ambulance paramedic team, with members of the emergency services from around the country turning out to pay their respects.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_imgInternational Justin Bieber Source: Yui Mok#USA: Fox News has settled a sexual assault claim with a former contributor for $2.5 million.#AUSTRALIA: A man who posed as Justin Bieber has been charged with more than 900 child sex offences after enticing young fans to send him explicit images.#FRANCE: Police have discovered human body parts as they search the home of a man who has confessed to killing four relatives with a crowbar.#UK: A man and a woman in London were arrested today following a report of an attempted abduction at Great Ormond Street Hospital.PARTING SHOTSometimes a company goes all-out for Paddy’s Day and nails their McDonalds is not one of those companies. The fast food giant has brought back the Shamrock Shake for the festivities. So, to celebrate its return to the menu, they go ahead and make this video.Stonehenge and the bagpipes along with a tartan-clad ginger grace us during the 10-second ad. Sadly, it’s about 10 seconds too long. Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday Grief over Clondalkin fire, €2 million worth of steroids seized and seagulls are back in the news -it’s the Evening Fix. Share Tweet Email Get our daily news round up: 1 Comment Mar 9th 2017, 9:00 PM Short URLcenter_img NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.Ireland Ja Jei of Scoil Eoin Naofa at the 5th Annual UL Teddy Bear Hospital. Approximately 500 children from across Limerick attended the fifth annual Teddy Bear Hospital Source: Shane SerranoTwo men were found guilty of the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly who was shot dead outside a pub in Meath in 2013.Members of the Traveller community have told of their grief following the deaths of four people in a fire in Clondalkin yesterday.Gardaí are asking the public to look out for missing man Shahbaz Ahmed Qureshi who was last seen on Richmond Avenue in Dublin 3.A Bill which would have reduced the penalty for abortion to a €1 fine was defeated by the Government this evening.Over €2 million worth of steroids and erectile dysfunction pills were seized in Donegal.A man who was jailed for falsely imprisoning a child has had his sentence reduced on appeal.It emerged that religious groups which managed institutions where abuse of children occurred over a long period still owe €1.3 billion.Landlords are outraged over new rental measures brought in by Housing Minister Simon Coveney.Seagulls are back in the news as one senator wants to use lasers to keep the birds at bay. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee 10,724 Views Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 9:00 PMlast_img read more

Migrants call for protection

first_imgRacially motivated attacks against immigrants have intensified in recent months, a prominent member of the local Pakistani community said Tuesday, alleging that police have failed to respond effectively to protect the victims.Javied Aslam, who is the president of the Pakistani community in Greece, also accused the police of physically abusing foreigners during an unprecedented crackdown on clandestine immigrants.“In the past six months, knife-wielding fascists have attacked some 500 persons with impunity from the police,” Aslam, who is also chief of Greece’s Migrant Workers’ Association, told Skai Radio Tuesday. “The law does not apply to them,” said the 43-year-old Aslam.A 19-year-old man from Iraq was killed in an attack outside a makeshift mosque in central Athens in the early hours of Sunday by a group of individuals on motorcycles. Police have yet to make a breakthrough in connection with the fatal stabbing.The lingering recession and record-high unemployment have helped fan anti-immigrant sentiment here, with foreigners blamed for soaring crime and for “stealing” jobs from Greeks.Aslam, who has been in Greece since 1996 and currently works as an interpreter at hospitals, said that because of the economic meltdown some 15,000 Pakistanis have left Greece since the crisis began. Immigrants did not come here for a holiday but to find a better future, said Aslam, who also accused police of mistreating migrants during Operation Xenios Zeus.Code-named after the ancient Greek god of hospitality, the ongoing campaign has seen more than 7000 foreigners detained and 1,650 immigrants arrested for not having a valid residence permit. Sixty people were arrested and another 393 were briefly detained Tuesday.Meanwhile, prompted by complaints of intensifying hate attacks, police in Iraklio, Crete, yesterday began patrolling the neighborhoods populated by immigrants.Following a string of assaults against migrants in the area, representatives had met with Iraklio’s prosecutor and police chief to demand increased security measures. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Brock Lesnar appearing all over ESPN on Tuesday morning

first_img Now Playing Up Next The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next The following was issued by WWE.Brock Lesnar to appear on ESPN SportsCenterThe Beast is coming to ESPN.Five days before his anticipated WrestleMania rematch with The Undertaker at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar will appear live on ESPN’s SportsCenter at 9 a.m. ET. The Anomaly will also be appearing on ESPN’s Mike & Mike radio show.The last time Lesnar appeared on SportsCenter earlier this year, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion revealed to the world that he re-signed his WWE contract, shaking the entertainment and sports worlds to their core. What awaits the ESPN broadcast team as one of the most imposing Superstars in WWE history storms the network’s flagship show once again? Don’t miss SportsCenter at 9 a.m. ET today, and be sure to tune in when SportsCenter broadcasts live from SummerSlam this Sunday!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterestcenter_img Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Videos Articles WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Facebook Braun Strowman Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?last_img read more

Clark Countys CSAs need customers for their locally grown food

first_imgo What: Meet the Farmers event.o When: 6 p.m. Friday.o Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver.o Cost: Free.o Information: CSA website.If you’ve ever wanted to subscribe to receive a weekly delivery of fresh produce from a local farm, now’s your chance.The popularity of community-supported agriculture programs, or CSAs, has rocketed in past years to the point that you’d be lucky to find a farm that still had openings in April. This year is different. Farms find themselves under-subscribed, perhaps because of the extended economic downturn, said Luisa DePaiva, owner of Purple Rain Vineyard in Brush Prairie.CSA shareholders pay to receive a box or bag of produce each week for the duration of the growing season, usually May or June through October or November. Some CSAs require members to pick up their produce at the farm and others arrange for some kind of delivery, if not to individual homes, then to a central drop point.Last year, DePaiva’s farm had 145 shareholders. She has only 70 people signed up so far this year.“This year has been a slow year,” DePaiva said. “There might be a perception that joining a CSA is a luxury because some CSAs require a lump sum.”Although some farms require plunking down hundreds of dollars at the beginning of the growing season, more are dividing the tab into smaller payments, as Purple Rain has done. Purple Rain supplies produce for a 34-week season, with prices ranging from $580 for a small share to $1,093 for a large share for veggie-hungry families.Most farms have a shorter season of about five months, with prices for a share generally around $500.Those considering subscribing to a CSA can meet a number of farmers at 6 p.m. Friday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver.last_img read more

Little pollution seen from Longview fire

first_imgMultiple organizations are continuing to monitor and investigate the aftermath of the fire incident at the Millennium Bulk Logistics Terminal that occurred last night at around 6:30pm. The Department of Ecology (WDOE), Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency (SWCAA), and the Cowlitz County Health and Human Services are determining the potential environmental and health impacts from the blaze. Investigators from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue are still determining a cause and are evaluating what materials were involved in the structure.There were many concerns that a 500 gallon tank of sulfuric acid, used to treat storm water runoff, was involved in the fire. Fire officials have confirmed that this tank was not involved in the fire nor has it been compromised in any way. At this point it appears that only normal industrial building materials (foam insulation, plastic piping, and standard construction materials) were involved in combustion. The structure (approximately 150 foot by 100 foot) was constructed of steel and did contain some interior partitions. Assistant Chief and Safety Officer of the incident Alan Headley comments, “The initial effort was to contain the fire and reduce the amount of smoke dispersed. Our crews directing water streams into to the smoke column to reduce heat and contaminants released. We’re very thankful nobody was injured. The Millennium representatives on scene were very cooperative and helpful during the incident.”WDOE is working with Millennium environmental staff to evaluate and manage fire suppression water. They have stated that the majority of the water used to suppress the fire is contained within the water treatment facility’s containment structures and that all of their emergency protocols have been followed. They are not aware of any releases to outside water sources and Millennium staff has installed back-up pH and flow equipment to monitor the discharge at Outfall 002A. “We made observations and talked with fishermen downstream. No evidence of ash or charred material was found. The river is running very high and fast. We don’t think any additional water monitoring or sampling is required, stated Jim Sachet, SW Region Spill Manager for the WDOE.SWCAA technicians are on scene at the facility and are continuing to monitor the air for any harmful particulates. SWCAA monitors air quality for SW Washington. St. John’s medical center has been contacted and report that only six people requested medical evaluation for minor respiratory irritations. Bob Elliott, executive director of the SWWCA, said he had been in touch with Cowlitz Emergency Management officials about the fire. Based on the acidic smell of the smoke, it sounded like it contained “some level of toxic air pollutants,” he said. “Staying indoors was the correct recommendation by the Sheriff,” Elliott said Tuesday night. “The investigation of the fire is going to help tell us more.”According to Dr. Jennifer Vines of the Cowlitz County Health and Human Services Department, regarding the burning of plastics, insulation, and Styrofoam. “The most immediate potential health effects are eye, throat and lung irritation from particulates, which are tiny particles (smaller across than a human hair) that result from incomplete burning. Individuals with heart or lung problems like congestive heart failure (CHF), asthma, or emphysema (COPD) are more sensitive to these particles and may want to stay indoors until the particulates clear out of the air naturally. Anyone with symptoms severe eye irritation or breathing trouble should seek medical care. In general, natural air currents tend to dissipate pollutants over hours to days, so exposure to particulates and potential toxins is limited.”last_img read more

KPMG uses employeeled networks to drive caring initiatives

first_imgAudit, tax and advisory organisation KPMG utilises a range of measures to put employees in the driving seat when it comes to formulating and structuring initiatives that support working carers and parents within the workplace. Of the organisation’s 12,000 total employees across 22 UK-based sites, 6,483 have declared they are working parents, while informal surveys estimate that one in six employees is a carer.Many of its initiatives have come via feedback from a comprehensive employee network system. The networks available are diversity-related or link to a specific need, with two of the most prominent networks focusing on support for carers and parents. Each network regularly holds virtual or physical sessions arranged to allow employees with similar responsibilities to come together, whether for a sandwich and chat lunchtime meet up or a guest speaker session.The individual networks also have a partner sponsor, who takes key concerns and ideas to the HR department or executive board. Martin Blackburn, head of HR at KPMG, says: “It’s not an HR thing; it’s very much an employee-led thing. We want them to have a conduit into the executive team.”There is also a dedicated ‘My Family’ themed-section on KPMG’s intranet, which details information such as leave policies, issues such as fertility and adoption, and the organisation’s emergency dependents’ care programme. This provides emergency care for employees with a dependent, whether a child, adult or elderly dependent.Rather than flexible-working arrangements, KPMG has an intelligent working policy in place. The policy outlines that, as long as an employee completes their agreed workload, KPMG does not specify what days or hours they must work to achieve it. Blackburn says: “If you’ve got a caring responsibility, and that means you’re going to be working at home, or you’re not going to be working, [but] you’re going to be delivering that output later in the week [instead], that’s fine.”KPMG’s award-winning Parent Power scheme, provided in partnership with My Family Care, aims to support employees who are embarking on, or are about to return from, maternity leave; a topic that was raised by the organisation’s parenting network. The programme provides access to online resources, including group coaching webinars.The scheme was first piloted in July 2015 with 114 participants, and was officially launched in June 2016. “Our aim was to create a culture that was supportive of colleagues, enabling them to achieve their personal and professional ambitions,” says Blackburn.last_img read more

SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT Wilmington Senior Center Issues Scam Alerts

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCAM ALERT: Wilmington Senior Center Warns Of Social Security ScamIn “Government”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s June NewsletterIn “Government” WILMINGTON, MA — Below are two scam alerts published in this month’s Buzzell Buzz newsletter:Medicare Scam AlertIt has come to our attention that there several people in our community that have been receiv- ing calls stating it is extremely important to con- firm your personal information in order to con- tinue your health insurance coverage.Medicare or Medicaid would never randomly call you personally to make sure their information is correct.This is just a reminder never to give out your social security number or any personal account information over the phone.If you have any concerns, always feel free to contact the Senior Center at 978-657-7595.Social Security Scam AlertIf Social Security should call you to report you are no longer able to use your Social Security card due to fraud and to call them as soon as possible—this is a SCAM. Please do not respond. In speaking with the Lowell Social Security Office, they have been receiving many calls of concern and share they would not call to cancel anyone’s card.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email read more

Theater District Open House A Peek Behind The Curtain Of The Alley

first_img 00:00 /10:41 Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 7Amy Bishop sits down with the Alley Theatre’s Managing Director, Dean Gladden, to preview the company’s 2016-2017 season. A few of the highlights include:A description of an upcoming Hip Hop playA vampire story written by the creators of the recent Harry Potter stage productionA local playwright from Cypress, TX, who is making his Alley debutA tribute to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s deathThe final run of the current version of A Christmas Carol… And more!last_img

KoPT to deck up Howrah Bridge with LED lights

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) will soon begin work for installing multi-coloured LED lights to light up the Rabindra Setu, popularly known as Howrah Bridge, which is celebrating its 75 years this year.”Four to five top notch companies having expertise in illumination have already made their presentation. We are trying to figure out which one will be the best among them. The LED lights will be installed keeping in mind the heritage aspect of the structure. We hope to float the tender in two to three months,” KoPT chairman Vinit Kumar said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe KoPT is also keeping in mind the cost factor before going for the tender as the estimates for decorating the bridge given by the companies is varying between Rs 15 to 19 crore.A senior KoPT official said that they have plans to set up the lights in a manner so that the colour and theme can be changed during occasions. For example, the lighting on Independence Day will echo the colours of the country’s national flag.The KoPT has planned the illumination to be of international standard, which will be an attraction in itself like San Francisco Bridge, George Washington Bridge at Manhattan, New York and Sydney Harbour Bridge of Australia, whose lighting enthralls people from all parts of the globe. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that in 2006, Howrah Bridge was decked up with sodium vapour lights but they soon turned dim.Howrah Bridge, which since its inception continues to evoke the same kind of curiosity and awe as it did seventy five years ago, has a suspended span over the Hooghly River.Commissioned in 1943, the bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge, because it replaced a pontoon bridge at the same location linking the two cities of Howrah and Kolkata (Calcutta). On June 14, 1965, it was renamed Rabindra Setu after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, who was the first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate.It may be mentioned that the Howrah Bridge ferries more than 1.15 lakh vehicles on a daily basis from both Kolkata and Howrah. More than 5 lakh pedestrians also cross the bridge every day from both directions, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world.The third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction, the Howrah Bridge is currently the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world.last_img read more

Jackfruit seeds could substitute cocoa beans to make chocolate

first_imgNew research has found that the seeds of jackfruit – a large fruit found in many tropical countries – are a potentially low-cost substitute for cocoa beans, the primary ingredient of chocolate.Considering that the worldwide demand for chocolate is outstripping the production of cocoa beans, the finding reported in the American Chemical Society Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry would be welcome news for chocolate lovers.While in some countries, the sweet-smelling jackfruit seeds are boiled, steamed and roasted before eating, providing a cheap source of fibre, protein and minerals, they are mostly thrown away as waste. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGlobally, farmers produce about 3.7 million tonnes of cocoa annually, but estimates suggest that demand for these beans will grow to 4.5 million tonnes by 2020.Researchers at the University of São Paulo who were looking to put the waste jackfruit seeds to better use discovered that compounds found in them produce many of the same aromas as processed cocoa beans and therefore could potentially be a cheap substitute for use in chocolate manufacturing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Brazilian researchers made jackfruit seed flours by acidifying or fermenting the seeds prior to drying. They roasted these flours for various times and temperatures using processes similar to those used to enhance the chocolaty flavour of cocoa beans.Using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, the team identified several compounds from the jackfruit flours that give chocolate its distinctive aromas – such as caramel, hazelnut or fruity.While there are several reports on the use of waste jackfruit seeds to produce starch, “for the first time we found that after roasting, jackfruit seeds imparted an aroma similar to that of chocolate”, the researchers say.They conclude that the cheap and abundant jackfruit seeds are thus “a potential replacement” for cocoa beans for the manufacture of chocolate.last_img read more