Extraordinary rendition

first_imgThanks to our readers once more for their response to our caption competition last week. Kudos to Luke Bray of Finsbury Park in London for unmasking the systematic outrage perpetrated on gingerbread folk, with this entry: “The US administration admitted that the CIA’s coffee breaks had gone a little too far.”Seldom do humble gingerbread rights activists, such as ourselves, get the opportunity to right such a wrong. That is, until the gods toss us a bone, as they did this week when an invitation dropped on Stop the Week’s desk to attend the IDDBA bakery exhibition in Houston, Texas, in June. Organisers have lined up no less than George Dubya Bush as a keynote speaker the former president who, you could not fail to recall, was accused of approving some prisoner hospitality that could, at best, be described as ’unwelcoming’. Justifably tagged the ’Show of shows’ or should that be ’show trial of show trials’? – Stop the Week is drawing up its placards and booking the flights. The Justice for Gingerbread campaign starts here.last_img read more

Van Oord and SGRE Sign Windpark Fryslân Conditional Contract

first_imgThe consortium of Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa has signed a conditional contract to build the Windpark Fryslân nearshore wind farm in the Netherlands.Source: Van OordThe conditional contract includes the construction of the +380MW wind farm, as well as service operations for at least 16 years following completion.The consortium was named the preferred contractor for the project in August last year.Van Oord is responsible for the design, manufacture and installation of the foundations and cables, as well as the delivery of the equipment to install the turbines. Siemens Gamesa is in charge of the design, fabrication, and commissioning of the turbines and the onshore substation at Breezanddijk on the Afsluitdijk.An integrated design team will bring together professionals from both companies to collaborate closely on both the foundations and the wind turbines, Van Oord said.Windpark Fryslân is planned to feature 89 Siemens Gamesa SWT-DD-130 4.3MW turbines located in the IJsselmeer to the south of the Afsluitdijk near Breezanddijk.The final investment decision is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2019, with construction also expected this year and commissioning by 2021.The construction of the project includes the creation of a nature reserve island south of the Afsluitdijk, with a land area of 2ha and a submerged area of 25ha, which will be used as a work platform and, at the same time, will be developed into a bird sanctuary.last_img read more

Track and field Bees claim individual sectional titles

first_imgThough neither of the Baldwinsville track and field teams was able to make it all the way to the top of the standings in last Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championships at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, there was still plenty of individual glory to spread around.For example, the Bees swept both the boys and girls 400-meter hurdles. Sam Kellner won the boys race in 59.07 seconds as Nick Kruger (1:00.43) finished third, while Justus Holden-Betts rolled to the girls title in 1:05.61, nearly two seconds ahead of the field.Also, in the girls pole vault, Ella Smith matched C-NS’s Kaley Bristow in clearing 8 feet 6 inches, but did so with fewer misses, so Smith earned the sectional title. Kyra Sattler cleared 7 fee to tie for fifth. Overall, the B’ville boys earned 82 points and took third place behind Liverpool (132) and  Utica Proctor (102), while in the girls sectional meet the Bees finished fourth with 68.5 points, with Liverpool, Fayetteville-Manlius and C-NS in the top three.In the boys 4×800 relay, the Bees chased Liverpool all the way to the end as Kellner, Connor McManus, Jon Formoza and Garrett Vannatta finished second in 8:07.24 to the Warriors’ 8:05.45.B’ville also was a runner-up in the 4×400 relay, where Kruger, Formoza, Michael Lawrence and Connor Waldron went 3:30.19, beating everyone except Utica Proctor’s 3:28.68. Kruger also finished fourth in the triple jump with a top attempt of 40 feet 9 ½ inches. Aidan Priest cleared 10 feet in the pole vault, second to the 12 feet of C-NS’s Nate Osborne. Steven Miller had a fourth-place discus throw of 120’5” as Owen Weaver cleared 5’6” in the high jump for sixth place, also finishing sixth in the triple jump with 39’8 ¾”.Mike Letizia went to third place in the 100-meter dash in 11.42 seconds as Nottinghams’ Jamel Nellons (11.12) won. Letizia, fifth in the 200-meter dash (23.45 seconds), joined Malik Davis, Sam Mellinger and Anthony Delvecchio to take third place, in the 4×100 relay in 45.10 seconds.Jack Michaels ran 3,200 meters in 9:55.15 to finish third, adding a sixth in the mile in 4:31.17. Formoza was fifth in the 800-meter run in 2:02.74, with Vannatta ninth and McManus 10th. Tyler Rawlins was fifth in the boys pentathlon with 2,153 points as Tom Hagopian finished seventh.Waldron, in 52.57 seconds, beat out Michael Lawrence (52.81) for fifth place in the 400-meter dash. Kruger got fifth place in the 110 high hurdles in 16.52 seconds, with Colin Delaney fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:30.51.The B’ville girls had Karen Ekure take second place in 25.95 seconds behind Liverpool’s Haven Hicks (25.71) in the 200-meter dash, while Courtney Bostic was seventh in 27.54 seconds.In the 2,000-meter steeplechase, Justus Holden-Betts got to second place in 7:30.27 behind Liverpool’s Madison Neuner (6:57.23) as Vivian Holden-Betts was sixth in 7:56.41.Lauren Addario contended in the triple jump, as her best attempt of 38’5 ¾’ beat everyone except C-NS’s Brooke Blaisdell, who won with 39’3”.Ekure also finished third in the 100 sprint in 12.81 seconds, just behind the winning 12.57 from Liverpool’s Marissa Baskin. Ekure, Bostic, Lauren Addario  and Allyson Surowick got to third place in the 4×100 in 50.96 seconds. Surowick was seventh (17.27 seconds) and Catherine Iven (17.96) 10th in the 100 hurdles. Courtney Clute was eighth in the 400 sprint in 1:03.57.Taite Archer was eighth in the girls pentathlon, while Megan Brecht 10th in the high jump and Leah Carpenter 12th in the 3,000-meter run.Many of these same B’ville athletes will return to Bragman Stadium this Friday for the sectional state qualifying meet.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Baldwinsvilletrack and fieldlast_img read more

European Leaders Warn COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Be Close

first_img“I said we would throw everything we could at finding a vaccine,” Johnson wrote in The Mail on Sunday newspaper. “There remains a very long way to go, and I must be frank that a vaccine might not come to fruition.”Johnson added that Britain is taking “baby steps” toward reopening, “trying to do something that has never had to be done before — moving the country out of a full lockdown.”“Despite these efforts, we have to acknowledge we may need to live with this virus for some time to come,” Johnson cautioned.He said the U.K. needs to find new ways of controlling the coronavirus. Those methods include more testing for people with symptoms, as well as tracing the contacts of infected people.Coronavirus has infected over 4.6 million people and killed more than 312,000 worldwide to date, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has reported nearly 89,000 dead in the pandemic and Europe has seen at least 160,000 deaths. Two major European leaders have issued warnings to their citizens that the world needs to adjust to life with the coronavirus, and that people cannot wait to be saved by a yet-to-be-developed vaccine.Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the comments over the weekend.With 36 million newly unemployed people just in the United States, economic pressures are building to reopen and return to some sense of normalcy, even with the risk of new waves of infections and deaths.Conte is allowing restaurants, bars and beach facilities in Italy to open Monday, the same day that church services will be allowed to resume and shops can reopen.″We are facing a calculated risk, in the awareness … that the epidemiological curve could go back up,” Conte said late Saturday. “We are confronting this risk, and we need to accept it, otherwise we would never be able to relaunch.”He added that Italy could “not afford” to wait for a vaccine, as health experts believe one could still be months or even years away.“We would find ourselves with our social and productive fabric heavily damaged,” Conte said.For his part, Britain’s Johnson, who was hospitalized last month with COVID-19, told his citizens on Sunday that there is a possibility that a vaccine may not be developed at all.last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University Students are Recognized at the Circle K District…

first_imgSubmitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityFive students at Saint Martin’s University recently received several awards and two scholarships totaling $3,000 during the Annual Pacific Northwest Circle K District Convention, which was hosted in DuPont and attended by approximately 12 clubs from the Pacific Northwest area.The 24-member Saint Martin’s University Circle K Club also was recognized with the Outstanding Single Service Award for 2014-2015 for assisting the residents of the RooLan Retirement Home.Circle K International (CKI) is the collegiate service organization associated with Kiwanis International.  CKI has more than 12,000 student members on more than 500 campuses worldwide.  It is a student-led organization with an elected International Board of Representatives.  CKI tenets are leadership, fellowship and service at the club, district and international levels.  The concept of present-day Circle K began at the collegiate level in 1936 at Washington State University.The following individuals, as well as Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey, were honored during an awards ceremony hosted February 21.Bailey Cammann (junior-senior) received the Volunteer Scholar Award in recognition of her number of service hours while maintaining a high GPA (3.81), the Most Service Hours by a Single Member Award, in recognition of her 400 hours of individual service for the year, and the Gene O’Brien Scholarship for $1,500.Jeremiah “JJ” Olson (senior) received the Charles Hindes Humanitarian Award in recognition of his compassion in contributing to the greater good of society and community with no need or desire for recognition. He also received the President’s Walter Zeller Award in recognition of his tireless efforts to bring awareness to others and raise funds for the Kiwanis International/UNICEF Eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus Project in developing countries. He also received the Roy Frisch Scholarship for $1,500.Emy Suazo (sophomore) was awarded the International Service and Awareness Award in recognition of her efforts to increase awareness and understanding of international issues affecting underdeveloped countries and for service to the global community.  Emy is originally from Honduras and speaks six languages.Maddison (Lotz) Lee (senior) was given the Outstanding Club Member Award in recognition of her commitment to the Saint Martin’s Circle K group through involvement in club meetings, service projects, district and international events and service projects.Bianca Lupercio (junior) received the Outstanding Club Scrapbook Award for maintaining a written and visual history record of club service activities and events for each calendar year.  The events and service projects required to be included in the club history are district events, campus service projects, community service projects, fundraising projects, social events, interaction with high school K Clubs and sponsoring Kiwanis clubs, international events and service projects.Toni Christy was recognized with the Outstanding Staff/Faculty Advisor Award for her participation in and leadership of the Saint Martin’s club.  Christy is staff advisor and a member of the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey. She is also an active Kiwanis Club member.The Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey received the Outstanding Sponsoring Club Award for its support of the Saint Martin’s University Circle K Club.This year’s Club President, Jeremiah “JJ” Olson, is graduating in May.  Bailey Cammann has been elected as the incoming Club President and will step into the role in May. Facebook58Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

New Oncology Center Expansion Planned For Riverview

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – When cancer strikes, treatment is about a lot more than just attacking the disease.That broader focus is the essence of the soon to be open newly renovated and redefined oncology center at Riverview Medical Center to assist patients as well as their families through difficult times.And the best part, it’s all under one roof for convenience and peace of mind, hospital staff stress.As part of Meridian Health System’s $128 million Monmouth and Ocean counties, system-wide expansion of its oncology services, called Building Hope, Riverview Medical Center is spending more than $30 million creating a totally renovated 46,250 square-foot space at its existing Jane H. and John Marshall Booker Cancer Center and will incorporate increasingly new, cutting edge technology for the treatment of cancer.In addition, the facility will be offering services in nutrition, healthy living and other areas.This system-wide project will “continue to allow Meridian to bring the highest quality of cancer care to multiple access points in our communities,” said Riverview President Tim Hogan.BTK Architects, Philadelphia, which designed the project, spent a great deal of attention redesigning the actual facility to offer healing and comprehensive environments.“We need to constantly grow to keep up and give our patients their best chances,” said Dr. Adnan Danish, chairman of radiation oncology at Riverview.Danish, who is also the medical director of the medical center’s CyberKnife radiation treatment and robotically-assisted surgery for tumors, has been with Riverview since 2006. He described this expansion as a “major step forward” for the medical system and one he’s excited about for its potential for the already hundreds of patients who are treated annually at the cancer center.“I’ve been waiting for years,” for this upgrade, he said. Included in the plans for the center is the installation of two TrueBeam linear accelerators. Riverview already has one for radiation therapy treatment, which Danish said is some of the most advanced and sought after developments in the field. Riverview is the only facility in the area to have the technology.The cancer center will have available to patients and families in and out-patient treatments; nurse/navigators who will help guide them through the treatment process by coordinating their schedules of doctor and other appointments and connecting other services; multi-disciplinary oncology suite for evaluation by team physicians in one visit; infusion/chemotherapy facilities; and conference and family supportive care resources.
Even the planned architectural revamping for the facility is done with the patients in mind, providing calming designs, including elongated windows in the lobby area, allowing for full view of the Navesink River, Danish pointed out. All of which is intended to, “basically offer better service to our patients,” and all in one location, he said.“We really try to emphasize the patient’s whole experience,” serving all the needs involved in the treatment, Hogan said. “We’re always looking for what brings out the most benefit for the patients in the communities we serve.”“We’re expanding because the community needs it,” Danish added.Earlier diagnosis results in more effective treatment. Therefore, quality of longer term life and life beyond treatment is critical, Danish added.Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is currently constructing its latest satellite outpatient facility, planned to be roughly 120,000 square feet on neighboring Middletown’s Red Hill Road. Meridian’s plans have been in the works for quite some time and will offer more extensive services, Danish said, stressing, “This isn’t their (Sloan Kettering’s) community.”“Patients have choices,” Hogan responded. However, “We feel we have an incredibly strong program here that continues to advance as advancements are made in cancer treatment,” coupled with a dedicated staff, he continued.“All of us who serve here, work here, live here,” Danish said. “We’re here for the community.”last_img read more

Protest group plead with troubled homeowners to get help

first_imgA group representing people with mortgage difficulties in Co Donegal has pleaded with the homeowners to seek help.The group, simply calling themselves Anonymous, held a protest outside Letterkenny Courthouse today.The group’s protest coincided with more than 70 cases of repossession due before the Registrars Court today. All protestors wore masks with one claiming they did not want to be identified for fear of being singled out over their protests.A spokesman for the group appealed to people in distressed mortgages not to bury their head in the sand over their financial situation and inability to pay their mortgages.They have also appealed to people to seek a meeting with Hub Ireland, a group set up to help distressed mortgage holders.A spokesman for the group said “We would appeal to people not to just ignore their situation but to seek help in getting a deal to keep their homes. “People need to know that it is illegal to be evicted from their home. They need to engage.“We are advising people in mortgage difficulty to go and see Hub Ireland and to explain their case and then to engage with the courts,” he said.Protest group plead with troubled homeowners to get help was last modified: November 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

D’backs walk off against Giants’ Mark Melancon

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.PHOENIX — If each start is a new test for Giants pitcher Shaun Anderson, the rookie is doing everything in his power behind the scenes to give himself a chance to pass.Anderson didn’t receive the final grade he was looking for in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday, but the right-hander has a clubhouse full of veterans convinced that brighter days are ahead.“He’s a bulldog,” catcher Stephen Vogt said. …last_img read more

Proteas win series, secure No. 1 ranking

first_imgThe victory means South Africa will be number one on the Reliance ICC Test Championship table on the 1 April cut-off date. With that position comes a reward of $450 000 (R4.01-million), which is considerably higher than the $175 000 that was up for grabs last year. Bowling rankingsAfter taking 9 for 99 in the win in Cape Town, Vernon Philander has taken his test bowling ranking to a career high of 889 points, only 18 points behind world number one Dale Steyn. Belief and performanceWhere coach Gary Kirsten has excelled is getting the players to believe that they all have a contribution to make. From that belief, top performances have followed. Neither England nor Australia, ranked second and third in the standings, and losers at home to the Proteas in 2012, will be able to catch Graeme Smith and company, regardless of their results in test series against New Zealand and India respectively. Peterson also picked up 2 for 94 and 3 for 73 with the ball to finish the match with five wickets. With a four-wicket victory over Pakistan inside four days at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday, the Proteas clinched a test series victory. It was their fifth win in a row and their sixth series triumph in succession. Only one point separates England and Australia, but there’s a big money difference between second and third, with second place picking up $350 000 and third $250 000. In rand terms, that’s a difference of R890 000. Morne Morkel, who suffered an injury after sending down only three overs in the second innings at Newlands, is in ninth place in the bowling rankings, giving South Africa three players in the top 10. England and Australia have two players on that list. Therefore, there appears to be a very important correlation between a team’s bowling ability and its overall performance. Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, who picked up 10 for 147 in the match, is up to a career best ranking of 847 points. He occupies third place in the rankings. Younis Khan, after innings of 111 and 14, is in ninth place. Azhar Ali (4 and 65) is in 11th position, Misbah ul-Haq (0 and 44) in 12th, and Asad Shafiq in 16th, at a career high 680 points, after knocks of 111 and 19.center_img 19 February 2013 It opens up the possibility of two players from the same team achieving the elite 900-point mark at the same time. To put that astounding achievement in context, since the first test match was played in 1877, 136 years ago, only 20 players have managed to reach 900 points. Batting rankingsAmong batsman, Hashim Amla tops the test batting rankings with 893 points after innings of 25 and 58. AB de Villiers is in fourth place on a career high 851 points after scoring 61 and 36. Jacques Kallis, who the ICC admitted should not have been given out in the first innings, is in eighth place, while captain Graeme Smith occupies 13th spot. Crucial inningsHe played a crucial innings of 84, his highest in a test, after South Africa had slumped to 164 for 6 in their first innings. As the last man out, he was at the crease while the Proteas added a further 162 runs to take their innings’ total to 326 all out, just 12 runs shy of Pakistan’s 338 all out. What his performance underlined is the ability of all players in the South African team to contribute, much as Faf du Plessis made a massive contribution when he first came into the team after an injury to JP Duminy in Australia. Happily, for the South African players and fans, they have excelled under pressure. In the past, they often folded and were labelled “chokers”. That tag can no longer be applied, for the current team has been at its best when under pressure. Peterson was the latest to demonstrate that. The man of the match award in Cape Town, though, went the way of a man ranked 100th among batsmen and 57th among bowlers, Robin Peterson. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s fight against corruption continues

first_img27 January 2016South Africa’s score of 44 on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), released today by Transparency International (TI), remains unchanged from 2014, while the country’s ranking has shifted favourably from 67 to 61. It shows that perceptions of the extent of corruption in South Africa are stabilising.A country’s score refers to the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of zero to 100, where zero means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 that a country is perceived as very clean.A country’s rank indicates its position relative to the other countries included in the index, which numbered 168 in 2015.By 2030, South Africa’s National Development Plan envisions zero tolerance for corruption, with anti-corruption agencies being well-resourced, and having skilled and experienced officials with the power to investigate and prosecute corruption.South Africa ranked 61 out of 168 countries in the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International, released on 27 January 2016. (Image: Transparency International)“The good news is that for the second year in succession, our score, as measured by the CPI, has remained the same and our ranking has improved slightly,” observed David Lewis, the executive director of Corruption Watch, TI’s local affiliate. “The bad news is that we are still ranked amongst those countries perceived to have a serious corruption problem, with our ranking perilously close to those countries suffering from endemic corruption.”According to Corruption Watch, however, there is a way to move forward:It is necessary to demonstrate that no-one is above the law. There should be a focus on the criminal justice authorities, the police and the judiciary to function efficiently and demonstrate fairness. In the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, the public perceived the military and religious organisations to be the least affected by corruption. (Image: Transparency International)Regarding Africa, the report states:“If corruption and impunity are to ‘be a thing of the past’ as stated by the African Union in Agenda 2063, The Africa We Want, governments need to take bold steps to ensure rule of law is the reality for everyone. Prosecuting corruption will restore faith among people who no longer believe in the institutions that are supposed to protect them. Transparency and accountability must go hand in hand when tackling corruption.”How did the numbers come about?The CPI is assembled from a compound of surveys conducted during the year by international organisations such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.According to Corruption Watch, the individuals who participated in the surveys were largely public and private sector leaders and academics.The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland and Sweden ranked as the top three countries with the least corruption, obtaining scores of 91, 90, and 89 respectively.To read the full report, click here.Source: Corruption Watchlast_img read more