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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.LOUDONVILLE – A new poll finds that over 60 percent of New Yorkers say recent police killings are “part of a broader patter of excessive police violence toward Black people,” and are not isolated instances.Released by Siena College on Tuesday, the poll found that 81% of people believe that systemic racism in the country is a very (51%) or somewhat (30%) serious problem, while 18% say it’s not very (10%) or not at all (8%) a serious problem.Around 80% of those polled say recent new New York laws to improve policing will be good for the state.However, a majority of New Yorkers oppose reducing police funding and strongly oppose defunding the police, while a plurality supports demilitarizing the police. Some other findings include:More than 80% support: national police misconduct database, federal ban on chokeholds & mental health professionals riding with police on certain callsStrong support for recent demonstrations across the nation, 60-36%When seeing a police officer, 51% of white New Yorkers feel more secure & 13% less Secure; However, 46% of Black New Yorkers feel less secure & 13% more secureEliminating qualified immunity (63-26% support) has strong support from Democrats and independents and small plurality support from Republicans.Viewers can read the full report below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infolast_img read more

first_imgWhen Brooke Boretski graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in food science, her future was knocking at the door. Just one week after graduation, she had a job interview. The next week, she started her new job as a lab coordinator at Thermo Pac, a flexible food packaging firm. “I had several opportunities,” Boretski said. “It all was very fast.” Boretski, like most students graduating with science and marketing skills, found the job market ripe with positions for her picking.Companies Seeking Science Students Students with science and marketing skills will continue to be the most sought-after by employers in 2005. That’s the finding of a report by the Office of Higher Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. “We’re expecting slightly more job opportunities than there will be students to fill those jobs,” said Allan Goecker, associate director of academic programs in the Purdue University School of Agriculture. He is the principal author of Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in the Food and Agriculture Sciences, 2000-2005.Georgia Students Wanted At the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the nation’s oldest agricultural college, the scene is no different. “We have maintained a high level of activity from employers seeking to recruit our students,” said David Knauft, associate dean for academic affairs. “We have far more opportunities than we have graduates to fill them.” Annual job openings for U.S. food and agricultural sciences graduates are projected to be around 58,000. The number of graduates will be about 57,000. Of the job openings, 32 percent will be in science, engineering and related specialties. Jobs in marketing, merchandising and sales will make up another 28 percent. Food scientists, engineers, landscape horticulturists, plant geneticists and outdoor recreation specialists are expected to be in greatest demand. Those who provide services to farmers and ranchers will find weaker offerings. Hiring will be down, too, in farm and forest production, veterinary medicine (general practices) and some government agencies.UGA Looking For Science Students While the job market in food and environmental technology continues to grow, CAES enrollment has declined yearly since a peak in 1995. The college is moving to get the message to Georgia high school students that the future of the job market in farm-related science fields is booming. “Although overall enrollment in the college dropped slightly this year, those departments with aggressive recruitment efforts have more students than before,” Knauft said. The most popular majors in the college are biological and agricultural engineering, animal science, environmental health and horticulture. “That makes us consistent with what the study says the job market is moving toward,” he said. The college is trying to show high school students there’s more to an agricultural college than traditionally comes to mind, and there’s a wealth of opportunities awaiting graduates, especially in urban areas. “About 40 percent of our students come from the metro Athens and Atlanta areas,” Knauft said. “The largest number come from Clarke County, followed by Gwinnett, Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb, Oconee and Madison counties.” The attraction for many urban students is the environmental focus of some of the degrees. Others find the small-college atmosphere appealing. “There is a combination of benefits in our college,” Knauft said. “Students find a range of disciplines in which they can apply science to solve problems. They can do that kind of study in our small college atmosphere with a faculty that takes an active interest in the students’ success.”last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Offshore Wind Journal:By early 2019, Siemens Gamesa will have an ‘Asia Pacific’ version of its new SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine and should be ready to install the modified unit from 2020 onwards.Siemens Gamesa is modifying the turbine to fit local conditions in Taiwan and other Asia Pacific markets while accommodating local codes and standards regarding typhoon certification, seismic activity, 60 hertz operation and high and low ambient temperatures. For the time being, the new variant is aimed primarily at the fast-growing Taiwanese offshore wind market but it can be adapted to market needs in other countries.The SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine has a rated capacity of 8.0 MW and a rotor with a diameter of 167 m. It has a swept area of 21,900 m2 and utilises the SGRE B81 blades, each measuring 81.4 m. By the time of its introduction, more than 1,000 SGRE Direct Drive offshore wind turbines will be installed globally. The modifications will ensure the turbine meets IEC Typhoon Class (T-Class) type certification by 2020, which will see it certified to handle elevated extreme wind speeds in typhoon conditions.Siemens Gamesa is working closely with local authorities and the certifying body to ensure all applicable standards are considered. The ability to operate in high and low ambient temperatures reduces thermal limitation, thus increasing annual energy production while preserving turbine lifetime.More: Siemens Gamesa tailors turbine for Taiwan and Asia Pacific market Siemens developing typhoon-certified turbine for Asia offshore marketlast_img read more

first_imgAlternately,take a shuttle to Whitetop Station in Jefferson National Forest, to bike the“upper” section.   Then enjoy an easy 17-mile coast/pedal downthe mountain to Damascus, VA. One of 47 trestle bridges on The Virginia Creeper Trail. Forty-seventrestle bridges provide scenic views of the region’s creeks, farmland, and mountainforests. While technically considered a mountain biking trail, the VirginiaCreeper is well-maintained and consists mostly of crushed stone, so it can beeasily navigated on a hybrid or road bike. After the trail, round out your trip with a stop at Wolf Hills Brewing in Abingdon, or make it a long weekend with a show at Barter Theatre, and live music at Bonefire Smoke House and Musictorium. Abingdon is a foodie destination, recently named Best Small Town Food Scene in the country by USA Today Travel.  The 34-mile multi-use trail begins in Abingdon, a popular access pointat Mile Marker 0, and then carries on through rolling farmland to Damascus atMile 15.5. From there, the Virginia Creeper winds up to its highest point atWhitetop Station, winding through Appalachian hardwoods and alongside coldmountain streams filled with native brook trout.  Visit several restored train stations along the trail, including Alvarado Station. Abingdon is Mile Marker Zero for The Virginia Creeper Trail. Start in downtown Abingdon, VA, for a leisurely ride through rolling farmland. Along this section of the trail, it’s not uncommon to see grazing horses and cows. Some might even come right up to the fence to say hello!  The “lower” section also features the most stunning trestle bridges, and easy access to Abingdon Vineyards, a farm winery located along the South Holston River. Don’t feel like biking back to Abingdon? Schedule a shuttle pick up at any of several points along the way. center_img Following the route of an old railroad bed, the Virginia Creeper Trail is named for the steam engine that once chugged along it and for the Virginia Creeper vine that populates the area. With the abandonment of many railroads in the 1970s, a national movement gained momentum to convert train tracks into trails. A coalition of local citizens, government and the US Forest Service banded together to acquire the old railroad right-of-way, and thus the Creeper Trail was born in 1987. Stop in at Abingdon Vineyards, accessible from the trail, or by car or kayak. The trail winds 34.3 miles through mountain scenery. Bike shops in Abingdon and Damascus make accessing the trail easy. This ridetakes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on your pace. Stops along the wayinclude the old railroad station at Green Cove, operated by the US ForestService; check out the high trestle at Creek Junction, where the trail runsbeside some of the best trout fishing in Virginia. The Virginia Creeper Trail is one of the most accessible trails you’ll find, with plenty of outfitters, lodging and dining nearby. It’s equally popular with beginners and advanced riders; multiple entry points mean that you can enjoy an easy 2-hour ride, or challenge yourself with an all-day, 68-mile round trip. Although biking is popular with visitors, don’t forget that hiking and horseback riding are also permitted.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo May 05, 2010 Speaking at the opening of a meeting of Latin American police in the port of Cartagena, Colombian president Alvaro Uribe said that states have the “juridical imperative” to cooperate against crime. “International cooperation against criminality is not a political option; it’s not the object of a discretionary decision by states and governments. It’s an ethical imperative; it’s a juridical imperative,” Uribe asserted upon opening the “Latin American and Caribbean Police Summit.” Uribe, who will end his second term in office on 7 August, thanked the United States for its cooperation, first with Plan Colombia in the fight against drug trafficking and illegal armed groups and now with “the signing of the security agreement.” Through Plan Colombia, Washington has dedicated more than six billion dollars to military aid. In addition, in October the two countries signed a treaty permitting U.S. soldiers to use Colombian bases for operations in the fight against drug trafficking. At the same time, the Colombian defense minister, Gabriel Silva, explained that the meeting in Cartagena (1,090 km north of Bogotá) seeks to strengthen international cooperation and find new ways to combat drug trafficking and terrorism. “Without international cooperation, it’s impossible to defeat transnational crime. Borders cannot separate countries in the duty, in the legal and ethical obligation to confront criminals,” he noted. Delegates from police forces from twenty-four countries in the region are attending the meeting. Panelists at the meeting, which will last until Friday, include delegates from the United Nations (UN), the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).last_img read more

first_imgMore forces had been deployed at mosques in the area for the weekly Friday prayers, the government said. There had been no new violence since Wednesday morning, it said in a statement late on Thursday.The violence began over a citizenship law that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government introduced in December providing a path to Indian citizenship for six religious groups from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims.Critics say the law is discriminatory and comes on top of other measures such as withdrawal of autonomy for Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir that has deepened disquiet about the future of India’s 200 million Muslims.Critics of the government however blamed this week’s violence on members of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was trounced in local Delhi elections at the beginning of the month. The BJP has denied the allegations. Indian police have arrested 514 people for deadly Hindu-Muslim violence that broke out in the capital, the government said, as it faced mounting international criticism for failing to protect minority Muslims.Police said the toll from days of blood-letting stood at 35, but local media, citing unnamed sources, said it was likely to be more than 40 as the full extent of the violence that began on Sunday in a densely-packed locality in northeastern Delhi becomes clear.Police are still searching drains and homes that were burnt down for bodies, officers said. Ultimately, the violence morphed into street battles between Hindu and Muslim groups with the police largely ineffective in controlling the situation.The Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) has condemned the violence against Muslims in India and vandalism of mosques and Muslim-owned properties.The OIC said authorities need to bring the instigators and perpetrators of anti-Muslim violence to justice and ensure the safety and security of all its Muslim citizens and the Islamic holy places across the country.U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders accused President Donald Trump of failing on the issue of human rights after he refused to be drawn into criticising New Delhi for its handling of riots in the capital. Trump was on a state visit to India when the violence broke out. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgActively-managed investment funds recommended by investment consultants do not meaningfully outperform their benchmarks, according to the competition watchdog investing the UK consultancy sector.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it found no evidence that, net of asset management fees, products rated as ‘Buy’ by consultants outperformed either their respective benchmarks or unrated products to a statistically significant extent on average.This was based on an empirical analysis of actively-managed asset management products in a database maintained by eVestment, the CMA said.On average, recommended products outperformed their benchmarks only on a gross-of-fees basis. Passively-managed products were excluded from the analysis. “This analysis fits into our assessment of outcomes in terms of whether investment consultants are providing value for money in relation to the quality of their services,” said the CMA in a new working paper.It said it decided to assess the performance of consultants’ recommended asset management products because they were “an area which potentially adds value and can reasonably be measured, and where claims are commonly made”.It acknowledged that manager recommendations were only one part of the service consultants provided.The CMA has invited comments on its analysis and said it would present a final version of the work in its provisional decision about whether or not there is effective competition in the investment consultancy and fiduciary management sectors. The deadline for the final report is March 2019.The anti-trust authority said its work tested and expanded on analysis carried out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA analysis – carried out in connection with its study on the asset management sector – found that “investment consultants in our sample were historically not able to pick out products that significantly outperformed (against benchmark) other products”.The consultants included in the CMA’s sample were: Aon, Capita, Hymans Robertson, Redington, Russell Investments, Willis Towers Watson, KPMG and LCP.Mercer was not included in this analysis because it did not subscribe to eVestment and therefore could not provide ratings data that could be matched with the database.The CMA said it attempted to include Cambridge in its analysis, but was unable to match any of their ratings into its dataset.last_img read more

first_img Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Shortly after the PGA Championship was postponed, the US PGA Tour announced it was extending its own tournament moratorium. The US tour had announced on March 12 it was cancelling or postponing four weeks’ worth of events on all six of its tours through April 5 – the last Sunday before the Masters. Now it will be on hiatus at least up to the May 10. “With the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the Office of the President of the United States, the PGA Tour will now cancel four additional events: RBC Heritage (April 13-19); Zurich Classic of New Orleans (April 20-26); Wells Fargo Championship (April 27-May 3); and AT&T Byron Nelson (May 4-10),” the tour said. – ‘Meaningful conclusion’ – The US Golf Association on Tuesday announced cancellation of its first two amateur championships of 2020, the US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and the US Amateur Four-Ball. In addition, the USGA has cancelled the first stage of qualifying for the US Open and qualifying for the US Women’s Open. Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge Both of those major championships remain scheduled for June. The US Women’s Open is set to be held at Champions Golf Club in Houston June 4-7 and the US Open, the third men’s major on the calendar, is set for June 18-21 at Winged Foot. The US PGA Tour said it would work with its own tournament organizers as well as other governing bodies to sort out a schedule for 2020 once play resumes. “As we receive more clarity in the coming weeks, the tour will be working with our tournament organizations and title sponsors, in collaboration with golf’s governing bodies, to build a PGA tour schedule for 2020 that ensures the health and safety for all associated with our sport and a meaningful conclusion to the season,” the PGA Tour said. The US PGA Championship, scheduled for May 14-17 at Harding Park in San Francisco, has been postponed, the second 2020 major golf championship to be derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. The PGA Championship’s Wanamker Trophy is displayed at San Francisco’s 19th Street BART Station in February. The tournament scheduled for May 14-17 at San Francisco’s Harding Park, has been postponed because of coronavirus concerns The PGA of America said Tuesday they hoped to reschedule the event at Harding Park later in the year. The news came after Augusta National Golf Club announced that the Masters would not be held April 9-12. The decision by the PGA of America to postpone the PGA Championship comes as millions of San Francisco residents have been ordered to stay home in a bid to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area and the city of Berkeley were part of a lockdown effort after data showed 258 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with four deaths as of Monday. “Throughout our evaluation process, we have been committed to following the guidance of public health authorities and given the coronavirus shelter-in-place order in effect in San Francisco, postponement is the best decision for all involved,” said PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh. “This is a reflection of a thoughtful process,” Waugh added. “We are and have been working in concert with Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners and friends at the PGA Tour to find an alternative date that works for all. We are all very hopeful for a great outcome. “We are also in dialogue with Mayor (London) Breed and her team at the City of San Francisco and look forward to hopefully bringing the 2020 PGA Championship to TPC Harding Park at a date this summer when it is once again safe and responsible to do so.” The postponement means a delay for Brooks Koepka’s bid for a title three-peat. The American lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in 2018 and again last year. Only one man has won three consecutive PGAs, when Walter Hagen captured four straight in a match-play format from 1924-27. Promoted ContentA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To LeaveBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks Nowlast_img read more

first_imgBureau of Corrections official Fredric Santos, who testified in the Senate’s inquiry into the good conduct time allowance law, was shot dead Wednesday afternoon. ABS-CBN NEWS “The reason why we put the heat on him is (that) he was the one who said, ‘I gave the information on executive order by the Department of Justice No. 953 that nobody can be released without the permission of the Secretary of Justice’,” Gordon said. MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) believes the killing of suspended Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal chief Fredric Santos was “very likely connected to the controversy over good conduct credits granted to prisoners. Meanwhile, Sen. Richard Gordon said that President Rodrigo Duterte must act “immediately” on the killing of Santos, who served as BuCor’s legal division chief. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Thursday that the motive of it was “very likely” due to the GCTA (Good Conduct Time Allowance) issue, adding the investigation on the ambush is still ongoing. Santos had testified before Gordon’s Senate Blue Ribbon Committee when the panel investigated into BuCor for allowing heinous crime convicts to walk free without seeking the approval of the DOJ. He was even cited in contempt supposedly lying. “I hope the President orders the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to act immediately on the matter because the Bureau of Corrections is under the DOJ,” Gordon said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.center_img GCTAs are deductions to the sentence of a well-behaving prisoner. For years, the BuCor awarded GCTAs to all convicted prisoners, interpreting the law in a way that led to the early release of even convicts of heinous crimes. Santos was aboard his vehicle in front of his child’s school in Barangay Poblacion in Muntinlupa City on Wednesday afternoon when he was attacked by two gunmen in motorcycle. Santos, a former prison guard who rose through the ranks over the years to become the bureau’s legal chief, also described systemic corruption within the agency that he said was protected by a code of silence. He became a lawyer only in 2017./PN Santos was suspended by the Ombudsman last September in connection with the alleged misapplication of the law governing the grant of GCTAs and other time credits to prisoners. The preventive suspension was to last for six months. Guevarra also said that he ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the assassination of Santos, who was the third BuCor official to be gunned down since 2018.last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Antique are working hand in hand to monitor the compliance of private establishments with the safety and health measures set in the DTI and DOLE Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19. This is to prevent and control the transmission of the virus in the workplace.The guidelines which apply to all employers and workers in the private sector aims to increase the physical and mental resilience of workers, reduce the transmission of the virus, minimize contact rate and reduce the risk of infection of workers.Based on the initial monitoring conducted by DOLE and DTI among establishments in the Antique, specifically, in the town of San Jose de Buenavista, majority are compliant with the safety and health measures.  These establishments are posting signages on COVID safety measures, requiring workers to wear face masks at all times, checking temperatures of both workers and visitors, spraying alcohol and sanitizing hands, providing disinfectant foot baths and properly observing social or physical distancing.  Melissa S. Navarra, Head of DOLE Antique Field Office said that most of the establishments inspected indicated that they are implementing alternative work arrangements, video conferencing and use of appropriate PPEs to minimize contact rate.  Moreover, companies are also undertaking activities for physical and mental resiliency of workers. “They also ensure that their OSH personnel are properly informed about the COVID-19 Interim Guidelines and that it is widely disseminated among their workers, including the latest updates on COVID-19,” Navarra said. Emergency contact details of workers were also updated.The DTI and DOLE Interim Guidelines was issued to assist private institutions that are allowed to operate during the enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine in developing the minimum health protocols and standards in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.At present, only a few private establishments in Antique have returned to their usual operation./PNlast_img read more