Share: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) Stock Image.BUFFALO – A Forestville man will serve 20 years in prison after previously being convicted of receipt and possession of child pornography.The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Richard Miller, 53, was also sentenced to lifetime supervised release by U.S. District Judge Lawrence Vilardo.Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who handled the case, stated that between 2006 and 2009, Miller produced child pornography by filming himself engaged in a sexual act with a minor.Between January 2016 and March 2017, Miller and co-defendant Joseph Harvey exchanged images of child pornography and engaged in illicit discussions regarding child pornography and pedophilia. In addition, a search of the residence shared by the defendants revealed multiple electronic devices that contained child pornography.Joseph Harvey was previously convicted and sentenced to serve 96 months in prison.The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.
South Korean thermal coal imports likely to fall to 10-year low in first quarter FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:South Korea’s first-quarter thermal coal imports are set to fall to a decade-low due to stricter air pollution measures, while the coronavirus outbreak has reduced the country’s demand for electricity.South Korea, the world’s No. 4 coal importer, is expected to import around 19.85 million tonnes of thermal coal for the first three months, down 19.2% year-on-year, according to Reuters calculations based on customs data and ship-tracking data from Refinitiv Eikon.That would be the country’s lowest first-quarter imports since 2010 when it imported 19.55 million tonnes. Demand is normally high during the quarter, which covers the winter months, running at 24-26 million tonnes over the past three years.The drop in imports comes after South Korea imposed tougher restrictions on coal-fired power from December through March, halting nearly half of the country’s 60 coal power plants by March as part of efforts to improve air quality.Meanwhile, analysts said the coronavirus outbreak had reduced demand for electricity as business and factory activity slows. South Korea has faced the region’s biggest COVID-19 epidemic outside of China, with over 9,000 cases.[Jane Chung]More: South Korea first quarter thermal coal imports set for 10-year low on anti-pollution measures
Over the last 10 years PROBAR has transformed from a six-door mom and pop label to a nationally ranked sports nutrition and natural food company. PROBAR’s rise has been essentially meteoric, with double digit growth each year since its inception. What’s especially impressive is that they’ve managed to do this in a crowded energy-bar market where local start-ups commonly rub elbows with large national companies. Tour de France team Tinkoff-Saxo recently came to PROBAR asking them to serve as a nutritional sponsor in a rare no-cash endorsement deal.Early days at PROBAR.They’ve achieved this success in no small part due to their focus on employees. Their new company headquarters in Salt Lake City feature an organic garden and bicycle locker as the tip of the employee-amenity ice burg, and the annual company trip to Moab, Utah, features hikes, bike and foot races, and rock climbing for the entire company. Having happy employees is just part of PROBAR’s dedication to wellness for everyone, and going the extra mile when it comes to quality.Work hard, play hard. PROBAR company retreat.That dedication is exemplified in PROBAR’s president, Jules Lambert. Hired at the company’s inception as the first employee, he is credited with the impressive grassroots effort which put the then fledgling PROBAR on the map. Lambert spent 18 months with his wife and three young children in an RV, going from retail shop to retail shop and signing up vendors for the original PROBAR. It’s a humble start that underscores the human connection and emphasis on company values that still hold true today.PROBAR founder on the grassroots circuit.Cooking whole foods on a company retreat.Not one to rest on their laurels, PROBAR is rolling out new flavors for their classics for summer, with a special new product announcement coming later in the year. The CORE bar is even getting a new name. Starting in July, CORE bars will become BASE bars, with White Chocolate & Peanut Butter and Chocolate & Supergreens joining the long list of flavors already on offer. Not to be outdone, the MEAL Bar is getting a pair of new flavors as well, Strawberry Bliss and Almond Crunch.The evolution of PROBAR packaging (L to R).Ten years ago PROBAR hit on a real need in the outdoor community for quality nutrition, and they’ve filled it ever since. Between the company’s innovation and its dedication to the craft, we’ll be looking forward to enjoying these bars for another 10 years.
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Phroogal’s fearless leader Jason Vitug is one our era’s true entrepreneurs who enjoys pushing the proverbial envelope physically and mentally. You may recall we had Jason on last year when he announced his “Road to Financial Wellness” tour, which essentially consisted of a nationwide 30-stops-in-30-days road trip spreading the good word of credit unions and sound financial wellness practices.The trip and experience were such a success (more than 10 million Twitter impressions, 100,000+ Facebook engagements, etc.) that Jason is upping the ante this summer with a bigger, better, and more epic nationwide adventure: another “Road to Financial Wellness” tour. This time Jason and his credit union road warrior crew will conduct 50 events in 50 states this summer. continue reading »
Jan 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Influenza shots should be mandatory for healthcare workers, and public health officials should think of seasonal flu as a dress rehearsal for pandemic flu, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) said today as it unveiled a 12-point plan to strengthen the nation’s preparedness.The IDSA’s recommendations, aimed at Congress and the Bush administration, laud the government for the $6 billion allocated so far to pandemic preparedness and the December 2006 passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act. “But most of the work remains ahead of us, and we need to keep attention focused on what needs to be done,” said Andrew Pavia, MD, chair of the IDSA National and Global Public Health Committee, at a teleconference today.”Our recommendations are guideposts to complement the work of the Department of Health and Human Services,” (HHS) he said.Investments in pandemic influenza planning can help public health officials better manage seasonal flu, said Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, chair of IDSA’s Pandemic Influenza Task Force, at the teleconference. Stabilizing vaccine production and distribution for seasonal influenza will lay the groundwork for an effective response when a pandemic strain emerges, she said.Though the US government has allocated more than $6 billion to pandemic planning, most of the money is one-time emergency funding that falls short of what’s needed to support long-term national, state, and local efforts, the IDSA said in its report.Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voiced similar sentiments yesterday in testimony before a US Senate subcommittee hearing on pandemic preparedness, according to a Reuters report today. She said public health had been neglected for decades before the increases of the past few years.Pushing flu shots for healthcare workersThe strongest language in the IDSA’s proposals was aimed at boosting seasonal flu immunization rates among healthcare workers. The current rate for this group is about 40%, the ISDA report says.”This is a strong call to go from a voluntary system to one that has more teeth,” Neuzil said. The IDSA recommends that healthcare workers be required to receive flu shots unless they decline, in writing, for religious or philosophical reasons or because of a medical contraindication.Pavia said some hospitals are already starting to mandate flu shots, and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has proposed mandatory flu vaccination as a quality indicator for hospitals. The federal government could also force greater participation by linking mandatory healthcare worker vaccination to Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement.Some groups oppose mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers. In 2005, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) issued a consensus statement encouraging healthcare employees to be vaccinated but opposing a requirement. The ACOEM said that having employees decline the vaccine in writing has not been shown to improve overall vaccination rates.In 2004, Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle became the first hospital in the nation to make vaccination a “fitness for duty” requirement for its employees.Kim Davis, communications director at Virginia Mason, told CIDRAP News that for the 2005-06 flu season the hospital’s immunization rate for staff topped 98%, with the remainder of staff using masks.However, the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) opposed the plan. “We don’t believe a mandate is the best method for compliance,” Anne Tan Piazza, spokesperson for the WSNA, told the Spokane Spokesman Review. “We think you get the best results through education.”Bioethicists Arthur Caplan and David Curry supported mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers in a recent editorial in the San Jose Mercury News. “Choice is a key value for us all, but spreading infection among the sick is too high a price to pay for that choice,” wrote Caplan and Curry, who are members of the Vaccine Ethics Project in the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. “We should not have to wonder whether the person taking care of us, our newborn, or our elderly parent has gotten a flu shot.”More Preparedness GoalsSeveral of the IDSA’s other recommendations are aimed at supporting the development of new vaccines and improving the supply and selection of antiviral medications. The United States should serve as a catalyst for a well-financed international effort to quickly develop pandemic influenza vaccines, the report says. The IDSA envisions the effort, which it suggests calling “the Pandemic Influenza Vaccine Master Program,” as a large public-private partnership on the scale of the Apollo space project.The IDSA supports using incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to develop flu vaccines and treatment, such as tax credits, enhanced intellectual property rights, and streamlined regulatory approval. The group emphasizes that antibiotic innovations should also be a focus of pandemic flu planning, because patients who have severe influenza often develop lethal secondary bacterial infections.Planning for mass casualty events and updating plans for distributing vaccines and antivirals are other major themes of the IDSA’s recommendations.Among suggestions for protecting the healthcare workforce during a pandemic, the IDSA proposes that Congress establish a compensation fund to help those who are injured by a pandemic influenza vaccine given during an emergency, as well as liability protection for healthcare workers following altered standards of care, consistent with local and national recommendations, during a public health emergency.Other recommendations include developing and testing community mitigation measures, improving flu surveillance, and strengthening leadership and communication.”We’re better prepared now than we have been, but we have a very long way to go,” said Pavia in an IDSA press release on the report. “We can’t take our eye off the ball now.”See also:IDSA statement: “Pandemic and Seasonal Influenza: Principles for US Action”Julie Gerberding’s prepared Senate testimonyhttp://www.cdc.gov/news/2007/01/gerberding-testimony-avian.htm
The ORVC Weekly Report for April 13-18.Players of the Week.Baseball: Kurtis Armstrong-RSSoftball: Morgen Carroll-JCD and Ashley Guthrie-MBoys Golf: Travis Butte-MGirls Track: Whitney Chapman-RS and Kelsey Bowling-JCDBoys Track: Matt Yocum-RS and Thiago Kapps-JCDORVC Report (April 13-18)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
The 20 club chairmen agreed to two significant controls – to limit players’ wage bills from next season, and longer-term measures that will restrict the amount of losses clubs can make to £105million over three years. Clubs whose total wage bill is more than £52million will only be allowed to increase their wages by £4million per season for the next three years, though that cap does not cover extra money coming in from increases in commercial or matchday income. Scudamore told reporters: “As all things in our rulebook you will subject to a disciplinary commission.” He continued: “The clubs understand that if people break the £105m we will look for the top-end ultimate sanction range – a points deduction. Normally we stay silent on sanctions as the commission has a free range but clearly if there is a material breach of that rule we will be asking the commission to consider top-end sanctions.” It emerged , however, that the vote for the financial regulations could hardly have been closer – only 13 of the 20 clubs voted in favour, six against with Reading abstaining. It meant that the ‘yes’ vote only narrowly achieved the necessary two-thirds majority of the 19 votes cast. Clubs sources say Fulham, West Brom, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Swansea and Southampton all voted against. Chelsea, who had initially been viewed as opponents of financial fair play regulations, voted in favour. Of the 20 clubs in the top flight, only Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have reported losses of more than £105million over the last three years, according to the most up-to-date published accounts. Scudamore said that the measures would mean it will take longer for benefactor owners to achieve success – but that it would still be possible. He said: “The balance we have tried to strike is that a new owner can still invest a decent amount of money to improve their club but they are not going to be throwing hundreds and hundreds of millions in a very short period of time. “While it has worked for a couple of clubs in the last 10 years, and I am not critical of that, if that’s going to be done in the future it’s going to have to be over a slightly longer term without the huge losses being made. I think at £105million you can still build a very decent club with substantial owner funding but you have to do it over time, you can’t do it in a season.” Press Association Top-flight clubs will face a points deduction if they breach new spending controls, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has confirmed.
Captain Brede Hangeland remains confident Fulham can still beat relegation despite their potentially demoralising 5-0 loss at Manchester City. Title-chasing City brushed aside the Barclays Premier League’s bottom side at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as they took full advantage of Fernando Amorebieta’s sending-off. The one consolation for the Cottagers was that none of their relegation rivals collected any points either, and Hangeland has not lost appetite for the battle. The Norwegian defender said: “Obviously you are low when you get beat 5-0. It was a difficult game for us. “But what can you do? You have to pick yourselves up. There is no point dwelling on any game of football, and definitely not a defeat like this. “We are going back to London to work on training and prepare for Sunday.” Asked if the squad believed they could stay up, the 32-year-old said: “Very much so. We have quite a few games we know we can win. It is still doable and there is a belief we can do it. “Time is running out a little bit and we need to pick up results. “But if we are honest, we didn’t expect to win at Man City. We were hoping for something but I suppose in the ‘budget’ there weren’t many points here. We will have to get them elsewhere.” City were not at their best but were still far too strong for Fulham. Amorebieta was perhaps harshly ruled to have fouled Alvaro Negredo for City’s first penalty but there was no debate when he felled David Silva for a second, prompting his dismissal, early in the second half. Yaya Toure converted both spot-kicks before curling home a sublime third. Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis completed the rout in the closing minutes. Hangeland said: “I thought we did well first half, but with the two penalties and the sending off, the game in reality was over. “It was about damage control at that point and we didn’t really do that very well.” Fulham face another difficult afternoon as they host Everton next Sunday. John Heitinga, who swapped the Toffees’ European push for Craven Cottage in January, is not fazed by the different and difficult situation he now faces. The Holland defender said: “I knew when I came to Fulham that it was going to be hard and a long season. “Hopefully my experience will keep Fulham in the league. “We will still need to play better. We need to fight to survive. “There are still seven games to play and most of the games are at home, so we need to keep (getting) the points.” Press Association
Port St. Lucie police have arrested two suspects in connection to the fatal stabbing of a man that occurred early Sunday morning at around 3:55 AM, December 15, 2019.Police arrived to the scene where they found 22-year-old Isaiha Rashaad Andrews in the driveway of the residence with a stab wound to his lower abdomen.The case remains as an open investigation, however, police found the murder weapon and were able to arrest 26-year-old Christopher Deon Murray of Fort Pierce and 20-year-old Ruth Dayanara Marquez.Murray and Marquez were both charged with 2nd degree murder, and tampering with evidence.
By Patrick Murray7-in-10 residents say New Jersey is good place to liveIn its regular tracking of New Jerseyans’ satisfaction with life in their state, the Monmouth University Poll found that the current Garden State Quality of Life Index has jumped to +31, from +25 in February. This marks the third consecutive increase in the index and the highest score since the index debuted in December 2010 at +21.Upward movement in the Garden State Quality of Life Index seems to have accelerated in the past few months, with the biggest factor being more positive views of New Jersey as a whole.Currently, 7-in-10 residents rate the state of New Jersey as either an excellent (20 percent) or good (50 percent) place to live. This 70 percent positive rating is the highest recorded since May 2003 when it stood at 72 percent, and a marked improvement over the 30-year low of 57 percent recorded less than one year ago in August 2011.The state evaluation contributes half of the total Garden State Quality of Life Index score. The other half is comprised of ratings of various local aspects of New Jersey life. These ratings have remained fairly steady, including positive ratings of one’s town as a place to live (76 percent), the local environment (75 percent), local schools (63 percent) and neighborhood safety (64 percent).Compared to February, the Garden State Quality of Life Index has seen significant increases among New Jersey men – from +20 two months ago to +33 now. The score among state women was more stable – from +30 to +28 now.The index score among older residents also jumped. New Jerseyans age 55 and older now score +37 on the index – up from +26 in February – and give higher ratings than those age 35 to 54 (+30) or 18 to 34 (+25). The Garden State Quality of Life Index score among urban residents nearly doubled from +11 in February to +20 now, but still trails the score of suburban residents (+36).The Garden State Quality of Life Index was created by the Monmouth University Polling Institute to serve as a resident-based indicator of the quality of life offered by the state of New Jersey. The index is based on five separate poll questions: overall opinion of the state as a place to live – which contributes half the index score – and ratings of one’s hometown, the performance of local schools, the quality of the local environment, and feelings of safety in one’s own neighborhood.The index can potentially range from -100 to +100.Patrick Murray is the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.