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  • Press release: Bristol car thief’s sentence ‘unduly lenient’

    first_imgA man who carried out a series of violent offences has had his sentence increased after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, referred it to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient.Aaron John Scrase, 20, and an accomplice attempted to steal a Porsche from a drive in St Hilary Close, Bristol. When the owner confronted them, Scrase attacked him with a wrench. The pair later stole a Mini, and used this to rob a cyclist of his belongings. On another occasion, Scrase stole alcohol from a shop on a petrol station forecourt and, when a member of staff intervened, joined his accomplices in punching and kicking him. He was also sentenced for separate offences of car theft and a burglary at a newsagents.Scrase was originally sentenced at Bristol Crown Court in August, where he was given 1 year 11 months detention in a Young Offender Institution. Today, after the Solicitor General’s referral, the Court of Appeal increased his sentence to 4 years 6 months detention.Commenting on the sentence increase, the Solicitor General said:“Scrase carried out a number of offences, terrorising victims in the Bristol area. It is important that crimes like these are not taken too lightly. The Court of Appeal’s decision today makes that clear.”last_img read more

  • Students awarded fellowships by the Center on the Developing Child

    first_imgThe Center on the Developing Child announced on July 15 that four doctoral students have been awarded Science and Innovation Fellowships for 2020-2021.Each Fellow will receive a grant to support their independent dissertation research. The Fellowship was created with the aim of creating a new generation of leaders who will leverage science for innovation in early childhood policy and practice settings to make research actionable.The Fellowship program fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and builds each Fellow’s capacity to design, conduct, and translate research into practices and policies that will improve outcomes for children facing adversity.Jorge Cuartas is a doctoral student in human development, learning, and teaching, a program offered by Harvard Graduate School of Education in collaboration with Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.His research focuses on disparities in child development and parenting practices in global contexts, and the effects of corporal punishment on children’s neural, cognitive, and socioemotional development.Cuartas’s research aim is to develop evidence that can inform scalable programs to prevent corporal punishment and promote positive disciplinary approaches in prevention efforts and policy. He is co-founder and co-director of Apapacho, a non-profit organization aimed at fostering positive caregiving and child development in Colombia.Rosa Guzman Turco is a doctoral student in human development, learning, and teaching, a program offered by HGSE in collaboration with GSAS. Her research interests lie in the intersection between language, literacy, and technology.Her research aims to understand how technology is shaping children’s literacy and language development in order to help parents and practitioners make better decisions about the use of technological devices, especially in disadvantaged communities.Turco is a research assistant in the Early Learning Study at Harvard, affiliated with the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative, as well as Reach Every Reader.Michelle Lee is a student at Harvard Medical School. Her research aims to contribute to a fuller understanding of the barriers and strategies in accessing and engaging in early intervention programs and services among families experiencing homelessness.Her research has the potential to inform best practices and guidance to practitioners and policymakers in designing programs to reach populations who may be in the greatest need of early intervention services.Christine Junhui Liu is a doctoral student in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology, Division of Medical Sciences, a program at HMS. Her research aims to increase understanding of the neural mechanisms of auditory plasticity. She is driven by the implications of identifying new ways to stimulate brain rewiring for the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. She seeks to understand the impact of early sound and language on child brain development and to help children with neurodevelopmental disorders.Over the past 13 years, this fellowship program has supported 53 emerging scholars whose research is focused on a range of factors that can affect early childhood development, with a view to finding novel solutions to persistent challenges. Read Full Storylast_img read more

  • Zero-Subsidy Renewables Promise a Reckoning for Old-Order Utility Industry

    first_imgZero-Subsidy Renewables Promise a Reckoning for Old-Order Utility Industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:Renewable energy technologies are upending the century-old, centralized business model that that utilities have used to grow. The cost of electricity from offshore wind farms, once one of the most expensive forms of green energy, is expected to slide by 71 percent over the next two decades, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Solar, once so costly it only made sense in spaceships, now competes with coal and even natural-gas plants on cost.“I do think we’re experiencing the slowest trainwreck in history,” Steven Martin, chief digital officer at General Electric Co.’s energy connections unit, said at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference that finishes on Tuesday in London. “We’re going to reach some point where the marginal cost of energy is zero.”Earlier this year, Germany shocked the renewable energy industry by handing out contracts to developers willing to build offshore wind farms without subsidy. Spain has also seen zero subsidy tenders, according to Starace, who said he expects the trend to go global after beginning in Europe.The trend to zero subsidy is clear, and that beefs up competition leading to consolidation in the market, said Leonhard Birnbaum, chief operating officer at the German utility EON SE.“The party is over now, and not everybody can make money,” he said at the summit. “In the future, only the good performers can make money. The rest won’t be able to cover their cost of capital.”More: Utilities Line Up to Profit From ‘Slowest Trainwreck’ in Historylast_img read more

  • High levels of chlorine reported in Ithaca drinking water, violation issued

    first_imgAn alert posted Monday on the city’s website reports high levels of chlorine in the water that exceeded the maximum limit allowed on Feb 5. The full alert can be read by clicking here. ITHACA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The city of Ithaca is warning residents that its drinking water faces a violation. The city says the water treatment plant says it does not feel there is any reason for concern and monitoring of the water will continue. High readings are supposed to be reported and sampled. However, the alert says the reading was not reported by staff until charts were reviewed two days later.last_img

  • Three Wise Women a better alternative

    first_imgIn recognition of women finding their voices and the holiday season, I submit this thought:Three Wise Women would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, brought practical gifts and there would be peace on Earth.Suzanne SchuffertScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

  • Rotterdam shuttles to handle 1m TEU/year

    first_imgIF ROTTERDAM has become the focal point for chartered intermodal shuttle trains around which the European Union’s first Freightways are to be constructed, NS Cargo has been a willing and enthusiastic partner in ironing out the obstacles.Bas C van Nes, NS Cargo’s Director, Combined Transport, says that ’rail’s share of containers moving through the port has grown from 10% to 16% in the last five years, and is expected to top 20% when the Betuwe line is completed around 2005 (RG 7.96 p428). Given that the total number of containers passing through Rotterdam is growing at 6% a year, this means that by 2005 more than 1 million TEU/year will be handled by the two existing intermodal rail terminals, plus a new one which is expected to open in around 2000.’It is a measure of the sheer scale of the Europoort docks lining the south bank of the River Maas between the city of Rotterdam and the North Sea that the existing rail terminals are 40 km apart. Nearest to the city is RSC Rotterdam, which opened in 1994 and is operated by Rail Service Center Rotterdam BV. At the far extremity of the port, on reclaimed land that was open sea 15 years ago, is the Delta Terminal operated by Europe Combined Terminals BV which services the expanding Maasvlakte docks complex. The Delta Terminal became operational in 1984.Both terminals have four parallel tracks under the cranes where trains up to 700m long can be loaded. The normal length is 30 to 40 wagons, each with space for 60ft of containers; a typical train conveys 60 TEU. Delta Terminal handles about 60% of Rotterdam’s intermodal rail movements, and on a typical weekday it despatches about 20 trains to destinations as far away as Malazewicze on the Polish frontier with Belarus. Last year 248 000 TEU were transferred by the two gantry cranes, all of which were deep sea boxes. Transfer between the quays, where ships carrying up to 8000 TEU can now berth, and the rail terminal is by multi-trailer road trains carrying 10 TEU.About 60% of the 20 daily trains serving Delta call in at RSC to off-load some boxes, and then call again on the way out to collect the second part of their intermodal cargo. Being in the older part of the port, RSC is a smaller site of 11Ha, with stacking space limited to 1000TEU.Ton Meyerink, RSC Operations Manager, explains that ’we typically handle 20 trains in and out, three-quarters of them calling on the way to or from Delta Terminal to discharge or pick up loads. But unlike Delta, RSC handles continental traffic as well as containers coming off ships plying North Sea routes, so we are equipped to handle swap bodies and piggyback trailers. In addition, RSC handles all of the dangerous cargo for which rail is preferred because it is safer then the roads.’As the freight arm of Netherlands Railways, NS Cargo’s role is to operate all of the trains, many of which are chartered shuttles. As van Nes points out, ’NS Cargo is itself a partner in NDX and other intermodal operators such as ERS and Optimodal Trailstar which are actually running shuttles out of Rotterdam today.’Although no date has been set, NS Cargo will soon face competition from open access freight operators under EU Directive 91/440; van Nes says ’two companies have been licensed to carry freight, including Lovers Rail, but I would be surprised to see a start-up this year. Without a base load, it is difficult to be profitable when your trains are only running two or three days a week.’Intermodal is vitally important to NS Cargo, accounting for 6 million out of the 21 million tonnes hauled in 1996. More than 70% of this intermodal tonnage moved across the German or Belgian frontiers.NS Cargo still acts on behalf of the eight shuttle operators working trains out of Rotterdam in terms of providing locomotives and crews, plus wagons if required, and negotiates with the other state railways for traction, timetable paths and tariffs. While the Germans use tariffs to favour Hamburg, van Nes says DB is ’coming to terms with the new competitive environment … I see positive signs of a change in attitude here.’France is a different matter since ’apart from Lille and Metz, no shuttle services are able to run on SNCF tracks’ – van Nes attributes this isolationism to shuttles out of Rotterdam ’being seen by the French as a threat to Le Havre and Fos.’Port Railway upgradingNS Cargo also represents the interests of freight train operators in developing infrastructure to handle the massive expansion of intermodal throughput that is coming. To connect properly with the Betuwe line at Kijfhoek marshalling yard alongside the trunk line between Rotterdam and Dordrecht, the 48 km Port Railway is to be heavily upgraded and electrified at 25 kV 50Hz.By 2010, the Port Railway is expected to be carrying over 300 trains a day of which about half will be intermodal; there are, of course, numerous connections into docks handling bulk cargoes. Around 70% of the Port Railway, which was opened in late 1960s to serve the Maasvlakte reclamation, is only single track, and this must be doubled. Additionally, the 3 km Botlek tunnel has replaced the busiest of the four lifting bridges over navigable waterways, which was already creating an operational bottleneck. The total cost of the Port Railway upgrading is put at 1·1bn guilders.At the far end, there are plans for a third major intermodal terminal with up to 20 parallel tracks under the cranes. This will not be far from the Delta Terminal, and may even replace it. Stacking will be remote from the new terminal, and containers will be brought in for loading at exactly the time needed in a precisely controlled operation. oCAPTION: Bas C van Nes, NS Cargo’s Director, Combined Transport, is in the front line as Europe’s biggest container port prepares to put a higher proportion of boxes on railCAPTION: Two established intermodal terminals are to be supplemented by a third highly-automated facility with up to 20 parallel tracks served by an electrified, double-track railway with a key lifting bridge replaced by a tunnellast_img read more

  • UK leader promises M&A veto for Pensions Regulator

    first_imgUK prime minister Theresa May has promised to give the country’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) the power to veto mergers or acquisitions if they threaten the solvency of a connected pension scheme.In a press release on the ruling Conservative Party’s website, the party said that “any company pursuing a merger or acquisition valued over a certain amount or with over a certain number of members in the pension scheme would have to notify the Pensions Regulator, who could then apply certain conditions”.“In short we will tighten the rules on pensions during takeovers, and increase punishments for those caught mismanaging schemes,” the statement said.May recently called a general election for 8 June this year, and the UK’s political parties have already begun their respective campaigns. Today’s statement reflected proposals from the Work and Pensions Committee – an influential cross-party group of politicians from the UK’s lower house – published at the end of last year, following feedback from TPR.Pensions minister Richard Harrington subsequently addressed the idea of expanding TPR’s powers as part of a consultation on reform of the defined benefit system.The regulator’s powers were called into question last year during its investigation of the BHS pension scheme. The UK high street chain was sold in 2015 for £1 by the Arcadia group, owned by Sir Philip Green, while the scheme was left with a shortfall of more than £500m (€592m). Sir Philip subsequently struck a deal with TPR to contribute up to £363m to the restructuring effort for the pension scheme.The Conservative Party’s statement said: “In recent years, the employees of large, household-name companies have found their pensions put at risk by the irresponsible behaviour of their bosses. But responsible companies managing their pension scheme in the right way have found their competitive position suffer from that same behaviour.”The party added: “In cases where there is no credible plan in place and no willingness to ensure the solvency of the scheme, the Pensions Regulator could be given new powers to block a takeover. This would include the power to issue punitive fines for those found to have willfully left a scheme under-resourced.“If fines proved insufficient, the company directors in question could be struck off for a period of time and a new offence could be introduced to make it a criminal act for a company board to intentionally or recklessly put at risk the ability of a pension scheme to meet its obligations.”last_img read more

  • PHOTO: Jan De Nul Wraps Up Race Bank Export Cable Installation

    first_imgJan De Nul Group has completed the installation and burial of the export cables for DONG Energy’s Race Bank offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom. Jan De Nul installed two export cables of 70 km and linked the two offshore substations with an interconnector of 6 km.To execute the nearshore works in the Wash, Jan De Nul developed and built the low ground pressure cable installation and burial tools Sunfish and Moonfish.Both machines were deployed from Jan De Nul’s cable installation barge DN120. Offshore cable installation vessel Isaac Newton played a key role in the cable installation and jointing works as well as in the cable burial works with onboard trencher UTV1200 across the shallow Docking Shoals.David Summers senior project director for DONG Energy said, “Race Bank has challenging seabed conditions along the offshore export route and the cable installation was identified as one of the key risks to project success. Jan De Nul rose to the challenge applying their considerable engineering capability to the problems, especially in the nearshore. They have done a done a really great job.”last_img read more

  • Franklin County Sheriff: Arrest Numbers Up In August

    first_imgBROOKVILLE – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department released the monthly activity report for August.Last month, deputies increased drunk-driving enforcement efforts which led to eleven arrests in August for suspicion of intoxicated driving.Additionally, there were ten charges for drug-related activity and a total of 77 arrests made last month.There were 47 arrests made in July.Deputies had 15 percent fewer calls for service last month, with the agency receiving 755 calls compared with 891 in August 2013.There was an average of 50 prisoners housed in the jail throughout the month of July and there were 121 civil process papers served.last_img

  • Today is a Beat the Peak day for SEI REMC

    first_imgVersailles, IN —South Eastern Indiana REMC would like to remind customers that today is a “Beat the Peak” day from 5 to 8 pm.  Beat the Peak is a voluntary program of Southeastern Indiana REMC designed to encourage members to reduce their energy usage during peak demand periods. You will not see a credit on your bill for conserving energy nor will you be charged more for power if you do not conserve. This is a voluntary program, which benefits all Co-op members.Currently, 66% of the REMCs operating cost is for the wholesale power we purchase from Hoosier Energy. If we all work together to help reduce the demand during peak times, we can reduce the REMC’s power costs. Because Southeastern Indiana REMC is a not-for-profit utility, those savings are passed on to you in the form of affordable rates.Peak demand periods occur when the demand for electricity is the highest – weekdays June-August, 5-8 p.m. and December-February, 7-10 a.m. and 6-9 p.m. During these peak periods, the co-op is charged a higher cost from our power supplier, Hoosier Energy. If we can all work together to reduce the demand, we can reduce the REMC’s power costs and minimize increases you may receive on your bill.How the “Beat the Peak” program works:Members need to Text #BeatThePeak to 22300 to opt-in to receive text only alerts or subscribe to receive notifications via phone, email, and text. SEIREMC will send a text message” BEAT THE PEAK ALERT” to notify members of the date and time of the anticipated peak period. Members, in turn, reduce energy consumption during the peak period.last_img read more