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Morning Light Co Ltd (MOLI.mu) Q12013 Interim Report

first_imgMorning Light Co Ltd (MOLI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Morning Light Co Ltd (MOLI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Morning Light Co Ltd (MOLI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Morning Light Co Ltd (MOLI.mu)  2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMorning Light Co. Limited engages in the tourism and leisure industry. Morning Light Co. Limited is headquartered in Beau Bassin, Mauritius and owns a resort hotel under the Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa name. Morning Light Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

El Domingo de Misión Mundial de la Iglesia Episcopal se…

first_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Por Oficial de Asuntos PúblicosPosted Feb 10, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [Oficial de Asuntos Públicos] El Domingo de Misión Mundial 2012 en la Iglesia Episcopal se centrará en la Misión es transformacional.El Domingo de Misión Mundial, siempre celebrado el último domingo después de Epifanía, es 19 de febrero. La observancia anual fue designada para incrementar la concientización y la participación en la misión global de la Iglesia Episcopal.“Estamos construyendo sobre los conceptos y discusiones que afloraron en la reciente conferencia Todo el mundo por todas partes 2011, en que el trabajo de la misión transforma a las personas y a las comunidades”, explicó el reverendo David Copley, Oficial del Personal de Misión. “La misión es transformacional, tanto para aquellos que proporcionan el trabajo misionero como para quienes lo reciben”.El Domingo de Misión Mundial constituye un enfoque ideal para las lecciones de la escuela dominical, la educación de los adultos, debates y foros, para las oraciones del pueblo y otros eventos en la vida de una congregación y de una diócesis.Copley señaló que el Domingo de Misión Mundial es una oportunidad ideal para conectar a las congregaciones locales y a los feligreses con la iglesia en general y su labor internacional.Hay recursos para el Domingo de Misión Mundial, disponibles en españoly en francés, están aquí, e incluyeninsertos para boletines; sermones sugeridos; lecturas recomendadas, y otra información.Para obtener más información contacte a Copley en [email protected] inglés: bit.ly/zn9IXh Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Course Director Jerusalem, Israel TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC center_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA El Domingo de Misión Mundial de la Iglesia Episcopal se centra en: La misión es transformacional Submit an Event Listing Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT last_img read more

Former UP Shia Waqf Broad Chairman Moves Supreme Court Seeking Removal Of 26 Verses From The Holy Quran

first_imgTop StoriesFormer UP Shia Waqf Broad Chairman Moves Supreme Court Seeking Removal Of 26 Verses From The Holy Quran Akshita Saxena28 March 2021 1:56 AMShare This – xA Petition has been filed before the Supreme Court [WP(C) No: 401/2021] seeking removal certain verses from the holy Quran that are allegedly negative, promote terrorism and create the menace of Islamic Terrorism in India. The plea filed by UP Shia Waqf Board chairman , Syed Wasim Rizvi, impugns 26 verses from the Quran which he states are used as “justifications” by Islamist…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Petition has been filed before the Supreme Court [WP(C) No: 401/2021] seeking removal certain verses from the holy Quran that are allegedly negative, promote terrorism and create the menace of Islamic Terrorism in India. The plea filed by UP Shia Waqf Board chairman , Syed Wasim Rizvi, impugns 26 verses from the Quran which he states are used as “justifications” by Islamist Terrorist Groups for attacks on non-believers/ civilians. The plea states, “On account of the versus of Holy Quran, (more particularly described in the Writ Petition), the religion of Islam is drifting away from its basic tenets with a fast pace and nowadays is identified with violent behavior, militancy, fundamentalism, extremism and terrorism.” The petition refers to the following verses: Verse 9 Surah 5; Verse 9 Surah 28; Verse 4 Surah 101; Verse 9 Surah 123; Verse 4 Surah 56; Verse 9 Surah 23; Verse 9 Surah 37; Verse 5 Surah 57; Verse 33 Surah 61; Verse 21 Surah 98; Verse 32 Surah 22; Verse 48 Surah 20; Verse 8 Surah 69; Verse 66 Surah 9; Verse 41 Surah 27; Verse 41 Surah 28; Verse 9 Surah 111; Verse 9 Surah 58; Verse 8 Surah 65; Verse 5 Surah 51; Verse 9 Surah 29; Verse 5 Surah 14; Verse 4 Surah 89; Verse 9 Surah 14; Verse 3 Surah 151; Verse 2 Surah 191 In his plea, Rizvi states that Islam is based on the concepts of equity, equality, forgiveness and tolerance is drifting away from its basic tenets of equity, equality, tolerance and forgiveness. However, due to extreme interpretations of the above-said verses of the Holy Book, the religion of Islam is drifting away from its basic tenets with a fast pace and nowadays is identified with militancy, fundamentalism, extremism and terrorism. He further alleges that after the demise of Prophet Muhammad, there was dispute regarding the genuineness of some of the heavenly messages of God-the Almighty revealed to Prophet Muhammad and that the Caliphs made a mistake in compiling the Holy Quran. The plea draws the Court’s attention towards two types of verses in the Holy Book: Messages of Allah which are positive and promote peace, harmony, brotherhood, tolerance and forgiveness (attached as Annexure P-3 to the petition).Messages of Allah which are negative and promote violence and hatred (attached as Annexure P-4 to the petition). “Why such wide differences in the messages of God-the Almighty (Allah) in Holy Quran itself ?” the plea remarks. It adds, “the dictates of religion which are not in consonance and overlap with the Law of Land of any nation and any Country passed by the competent elected representatives in the form of parliament/ state legislature and the laws and rules made by the United Nations shall have no strength of Law and are voilative of the Law of the land and the same should not prevail over the same.” Rizvi goes on to allege that several Islamic Madrasas are making contribution to Muslim terrorist activities. The plea states, “There are many Muslim madrasas all over the world where young children are taught Islam and Holy Quran is explained to the Islamic students who are working for terrorist activities, in the Quranicsurahs as detailed in the preceding paragraphs. It is like poison in the raw minds of young children in the name of the message of Allah, which leads him to a radical mindset and from his early age when they become young, they hate people of other religions because of their mindset, and many youths get involved with terrorist organizations in some way under this mentality, the wrong messages of Allah Has been filled in the name of Islam.” He insists that as per Article 29 and 30 of the Constitution, religious institutions have freedom to teach with liberty. However, they do not have liberty to teach anything illegal, which violates the Law of the Land or the Indian Constitution. The plea further states, “as per the provisions of Article 25 and 26 of Constitution of India, the freedom of conscious and religion as per clause 1 is subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion. Further, any religious custom/ belief hasto be in accordance or within the balance of Constitution of India and as the Law is already settled.” Reliance is placed on Shayara Bano v. Union of India & Ors.FIR Against RizviAn FIR was registered in Bareilly against Waseem Rizvi for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims with his petition in the Supreme Court seeking removal of some verses of the Quran which he claimed promoted terrorism.”The FIR was registered at the Kotwali police station based on complaints by Anjuman Khuddam-e-Rasool secretary Shan Ahmed and an organisation known as Ittehad-e-Millat Council”, reports PTIChandmal Chopra CaseIn 1987 a petition had been filed in Calcutta High Court by Chandraal Chopra, and Setlal Singh against the State of West Bengal, the respondent, calling upon the latter to show cause why a writ of mandamus should not be issued directing the respondent to declare that each copy of the Koran (Quran).It was alleged that the Quran incited violence, disturbed public tranquillity, promoted, on grounds of religion, feelings of enmity, hatred and ill-will between different religious communities and insulted the religion or religious beliefs of other communities in India.It was contended that the publication of the Koran containing the aforesaid offending portions was punishable under Section 153A and Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code and as such came within the mischief of Section 95 of the Cr. P. C., 1973. As a public authority the respondent had a duty to invoke the said Section 95 of the Cr. P. C. and to forfeit all copies of the Koran and seize the same wherever found in India.Dismissing the Petition the Calcutta High Court held;”We hold that the Courts cannot sit in judgment over the Koran or the contents thereof in any legal proceedings. Such adjudication of the religion itself is not permissible. Similarly the Courts cannot and will not adjudicate on theories of philosophy or of science or scientific principles”.Any attempt to impugn Koran in the manner as has been sought to be done would infringe the right to freedom of religion including the right to profess, practise and propagate religion.We take note of the fact that the Koran has been accepted as a holy through the ages. It is read, followed, published and distributed in all civilised countries of the world. There has been no interference with Koran either in India or in any other country up till now. It is too late in the day for the writ petitioners to contend that publication and propagation of Koran would cause disharmony between communities and religions and the tenets of Koran constitute an insult to other religions or communities”. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Man sustains head & facial injuries during ‘violent assault’ in Carndonagh

first_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further A man has sustained head and facial injuries during what’s been described as a violent assault in Carndonagh. The attack happened on Tuesday afternoon last at around 3.30pm at the Ard Clogher estate in the town.The victim was walking home when he was set upon by a couple of people.He was taken by ambulance to Letterkenny University hospital for treatment as he sustained injuries to his head/face.Garda Niall Maguire says while a number of witnesses have already come forward there could be still people out there who may be able to assist in the investigation:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/buncrannaassault.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – May 21, 2019 AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Man sustains head & facial injuries during ‘violent assault’ in Carndonagh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Pinterest Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Previous articleWilfie and Jackson Rox on the Monday Night SessionsNext articleLocal Elections 2019 Debates – Glenties MD Debate 2 News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

A boost for new ways to learn

first_imgHarvard University Provost Alan Garber announced today the appointment of historian and humanities scholar Peter K. Bol as vice provost for advances in learning. Bol, the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, will oversee the University’s longstanding and expanding efforts to support faculty experimentation in novel pedagogies, research on learning sciences, and the use of technologies and tools to enhance teaching and learning on campus and online.“With the creation of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) in October 2011 and the launch of edX and HarvardX in May 2012, it has become clear that the University’s work in these areas have reached a level that warrants dedicated academic leadership,” said Garber. “Peter’s stellar teaching, experience with technology, and broad understanding of Harvard’s culture and community make him the ideal choice to ensure that our efforts in advancing learning, both on campus and online, are well-coordinated, strategic, and effective. He will be a staunch ally for the faculty, always listening and learning as we pursue both innovation and excellence in our teaching.”Bol’s appointment comes at a critical and exciting time for Harvard and higher education. As President Drew Faust remarked in her opening-year address, this is an era when “new understandings of human behavior and the brain, along with advances in technology, have opened the door to remarkable new possibilities for teaching and learning, both face-to-face and online.”An expert on the history of China’s cultural elites at the national and local levels from the seventh to the 17th centuries, Bol has long been a pioneer in considering and actualizing such technological and pedagogical experimentation. He has served as the chairman of the Harvard Academic Computing Committee, led the University-wide effort to integrate geospatial analysis in teaching and research, and developed one of the initial HarvardX online courses, SW12x, “China” (a course being offered concurrently at the College and at the Extension School).In his new role, Bol will report directly to the provost and oversee both HarvardX and HILT. Working with faculty and deans from across the University, his broader charge is to guide and develop Harvard’s strategies for advancing pedagogy and enhancing the residential educational experience.“Peter balances the ineffable magic of teaching with the power of technology,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “His innovative teaching enriches our College courses. He has an amazing ability to help students gain a deeper historical perspective by tapping into Harvard’s unique museum and library collections, as well as our new digital resources. Deftly and dynamically, Peter elevates knowledge without ever overwhelming students.”Bol expects to further conversations about innovations in teaching and learning and their implications for Harvard and the world. The constantly changing technical landscape in higher education — from social media to Web-based tools to learning management systems — and the desire of Harvard faculty to enhance the student experience present tremendous opportunities for exploration and experimentation.“Peter’s new role will help us all advance the University’s priority to be a leader in teaching and learning,” said Erin Driver-Linn, associate provost for institutional research and director of HILT. “HILT’s activities have catalyzed innovation and excellence in learning and teaching, and fostered a growing community of pioneering faculty, staff, students, and researchers at Harvard. Peter’s ability to connect across scholarly and organizational boundaries will help us take these activities to another level of integration and dynamic possibilities.”In particular, educational researchers such as Andrew Ho, associate professor of education and research chair of HarvardX, are eager to gain insights into how students learn online and to discover ways to improve student learning in residential settings. The wealth of new data generated from online learning efforts allows faculty to evaluate curricula, grading, and feedback strategies, as well as interventions to improve course completion rates.“I couldn’t be more thrilled with Peter’s appointment,” said Robert Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, faculty director of HarvardX, and Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. “He will bring things together in a profound way. While scholarly research has long enjoyed shared facilities and tools and close communities of best practice, until now, teaching at Harvard has not formally been supported in such an integrated way. A flexible and networked infrastructure for learning led by Peter will be a powerful means for faculty to put even the wildest ideas to the test.”Through recent, University-wide endeavors such as HILT and HarvardX, Bol plans to work with the Schools to develop policies and best practices and foster closer collaboration with the Harvard Library, the museums, the Division of Continuing Education, and Harvard University Information Technology, as well as teaching and learning hubs such as the Bok Center. He used the University’s extensive collection of Chinese artifacts, for example, to help bring his online and campus course on Chinese history to life.“It is an honor to further the work of Erin Driver-Linn and HILT, Rob Lue and HarvardX, and Andrew Ho’s research group,” said Bol. “The HILT program has shown us how much learning and teaching matter to all of us across the University. HarvardX has given us an opportunity to develop new methods of engaging students at Harvard in learning and sharing knowledge with the world. We look forward to the research that will help us understand the implications these efforts at Harvard and elsewhere hold for the future of education.”last_img read more

LaBrie, 76, substance abuse researcher affiliated with HMS

first_imgRichard Anthony LaBrie, 76, of Watertown, who long held an affiliation with Harvard Medical School (HMS), died Dec. 31, 2014.LaBrie, a former Cambridge resident, served in several capacities at Harvard, including as deputy director of the National Technical Center for Substance Abuse Needs Assessment at HMS, where he was also an instructor in the School’s Department of Psychiatry.A native of Haverhill, Mass., LaBrie graduated from Lowell State teachers college. He taught at John Greenleaf Whittier Elementary School and later earned an Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.LaBrie was the founder of LaBrie Associates, a medical research consulting firm, which in 1966 created the Drug Intake Management and Evaluation System, Inc. (DIMES). DIMES was a pioneering desktop program that enabled physicians to see potential adverse effects from prescription drug interactions. LaBrie ended his distinguished career as the associate director for data analysis at the Division on Addiction with the Cambridge Health Alliance.LaBrie is survived by his wife of 48 years, Polly Bitzer LaBrie, also of Watertown and formerly of Cambridge; five daughters, Lori Gayle, Elisa LaBrie, Paula Giorgi, Kathleen LaBrie, and Christina LaBrie; his sister Lucille Boucher; a brother-in-law, John Bitzer, and sister-in-law Katrina Woodhouse; and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Marjorie Blair.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in LaBrie’s name to the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, 101 Station Landing, Medford, MA 02155. A private memorial will be held later this month.last_img read more

Iron Bacteria

first_imgThe smell of foul odors as well as the sight of brown or red, slimy substances or an oily sheen on the surface of streams and wetlands has some people concerned about water quality.As the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Morgan County, Georgia, homeowners I talk to immediately believe a foreign contaminant or hazardous material is causing the problem. The truth is, people are witnessing the result of a naturally occurring – and fairly common – issue related to minerals, chemistry and biology. Microorganisms, known as “iron bacteria” or “iron-eating bacteria,” are commonly found in soil, surface water and shallow groundwater. While most bacteria get their energy from decomposing organic matter, these bacteria derive their energy from oxidizing ferrous iron. Iron has two forms in the environment. Ferrous iron, which is in a reduced state, is mobile in anaerobic, or oxygen-free, environments. Ferric iron, which is the oxidized form, is insoluble in aerobic, or oxygen-rich, environments, forming solid, rust-colored particles. Iron bacteria residue occurs where an area of water becomes exposed to oxygen. The iron bacteria use the oxygen in this zone to convert ferrous iron into ferric iron. As a result, the iron changes into a rusty, red precipitate. This material can also appear as a fluffy or filamentous, organic material as a result of the bacteria growing. Another indicator of the presence of iron bacteria is a foul, swampy odor, similar to the smell of rotten vegetables. An oily sheen may also appear in streams and pond banks. Unlike some bacteria that are concerns in surface water or groundwater, iron bacteria have not been shown to pose any human health risks. But, especially in plumbing and wells, the red, slimy sludge that the bacteria produce can clog pipes and pumps.Although a limited number of iron bacteria can exist in groundwater, they typically exist on top of the ground. If these bacteria are present in a well, it is most likely the result of an introduction from surface water or soil during well drilling, pump installation or any other maintenance or pump work. The bacteria can be introduced by pipes or pumps that were on the bare ground during construction, where iron bacteria live in the soil. Well drillers can also introduce these bacteria by using chlorine-free drilling water, which may contain iron bacteria. After construction, iron bacteria can enter a poorly constructed or maintained well through flooding surface water, septic systems or other sources.No tests are typically conducted to determine if iron bacteria are present in groundwater as visual inspection is usually sufficient for identification. No drinking water standards exist (as with total coliform or E. coli) since there are no human health concerns. Positive test results for total coliform bacteria would indicate that surface water has entered a well and could also indicate the likelihood that the water contains iron bacteria.If iron bacteria are found in a well, control can be extremely difficult, so prevention is key. Control is much easier early on, before the problem becomes severe. In the early stages of bacterial infestation, half-yearly applications of shock chlorination can be effective. If heavily infested, control measures will be expensive and only partially successful. In severe cases, the pumping equipment must be removed and disinfected, the well casing must be scrubbed and shock chlorination needs to be applied to the well. UGA Extension recommends a higher chlorine concentration for shock treatment than for treatment of other bacterial contaminations (500 ppm as compared to 200 ppm). Given the difficulty of disinfecting the well, pumping equipment and well casing, working with a qualified well professional is recommended.Again, seeing iron bacteria in creeks and wetlands can be alarming, but the resulting residue is a natural occurrence. And, it isn’t the result of pollution and causes no risk to human health. However, when these bacteria are introduced into groundwater and wells, water quality and plumbing problems can quickly arise. For assistance with potential water contamination by iron bacteria, contact your local UGA Extension office through extension.uga.edu and a local, certified well professional. More information can be found in the UGA Extension publication “Iron (Manganese) and Sulfur Bacteria in Your Well Water” (Bulletin 1457).last_img read more

More fish test positive for Sr-90, but not due to Vermont Yankee

first_imgNew fish samples taken from the Connecticut River on April 23 and analyzed by Vermont Yankee’s contract laboratory have tested positive for strontium-90 (Sr-90). Concentrations of Sr-90 detected in the inedible portions of these fish are in the range of what would be expected as a result of fallout from nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s, and the Chernobyl release in 1986.Specifically, the laboratory results for Sr-90 were 70 pCi/kg from fish taken near the plant in the Vernon Pool, and 100 pCi/kg from fish taken about 5 miles upstream, near the Route 9 bridge as it crosses the river north of Brattleboro. A New York study found background levels of Sr-90 in fish to be in the range of 120 to 360 pCi/kg (see New York Fish Study below).Vermont Yankee reported these latest test results to the Health Department on June 30. The first samples of fish to be analyzed were taken in February 2010 from the same locations, and these fish also tested positive for Sr-90. In both cases, concentrations are within the expected range. Sr-90 has not been detected in edible parts of the fish. Like calcium, strontium accumulates almost entirely in bone.Because the Sr-90 results are all within what is considered to be the normal “background” range, and because no Sr-90 has been measured above the lower limit of detection in groundwater on site at the plant, the Health Department considers it unlikely that these findings in fish are a result of recent events at Vermont Yankee.Fish caught from the Connecticut River are among the many samples being analyzed for radioactive materials by the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Yankee, and by contract laboratories employed by both.So far, soil samples analyzed by the Health Department’s contract laboratory for hard-to-detect radionuclides are the only samples to be positive for Sr-90, or for any other radioactive materials, that can associated with Vermont Yankee operations. Should other radioactive materials such as cobalt-60 or cesium-137 be detected in groundwater or fish, this would be evidence that the strontium in fish was strontium from Vermont Yankee.To date only tritium, which moves easily through the soil as tritiated water, has been detected in groundwater samples, and only in groundwater on site at Vermont Yankee. No drinking water on site or off site, nor any river water has been found to be contaminated with tritium above the laboratory’s lower limit of detection.New York Fish StudyThe amount of Sr-90 in fish as a result of nuclear weapons testing and Chernobyl is in the range of 120 to 360 pCi/kg, according to a study published by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in November 2009: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/sr90fnlrprt.pdf(link is external)   (exit VDH)The New York study results were published after radioactive materials leaked from the Indian Point nuclear power station on the lower Hudson River. These levels, presumed to be background, are based on Sr-90 results from more than 150 fish caught about 70 miles north and upstream from the Indian Point plant.Groundwater ExtractionVermont Yankee officials have indicated that another extraction well will be in operation soon. This will be either be a new extraction well, or modification of an existing monitoring well such as GZ-15, which is located in the area of the plume that now has the highest tritium concentration. Vermont Yankee has set a goal of pumping out 300,000 gallons of tritium-contaminated groundwater. The original extraction well has so far pumped out about half that volume, and tritium concentrations in groundwater still being pumped from the original extraction well are now approaching the lower limit of detection.Monitoring Well Test Results – as of July 2, 2010For the first time, groundwater samples from well GZ-20, which is located near the condensate storage tank and northeast of the Advanced Off-Gas (AOG) pipe tunnel and drain line, are showing measurements for tritium below the lower limit of detection (This means that GZ-20, along with other wells no longer located within the plume of contamination from the AOG leak, can now serve to detect any new leaks that may occur. At the height of the AOG leak investigation, as many as 12 groundwater monitoring wells were showing tritium contamination. This week, only seven wells are showing tritium contamination above the level of detection, and only three of them–all located next to the Connecticut River–have increasing tritium concentrations. The other wells that are still contaminated have decreasing tritium concentrations. The results that follow are as reported by Vermont Yankee for tritium. To date, gamma spectroscopy and special analyses for hard to detect radionuclides have not identified any other nuclear power plant related radioactive materials in groundwater, drinking water or river water. Note that well GZ-6 which had not been sampled for about 6 weeks, is back on a weekly sampling schedule.All results are expressed in terms of picocuries per liter (pCi/l), or below the lower level of detection (GZ-1: Source: Vermont Health Department. 7.2.2010last_img read more

‘Voices of Kidnapping’ radio show provides hope for Colombian abduction victims

first_img For 20 years, the radio show “Voices of Kidnapping” has been using the airwaves to send messages of hope to kidnapping victims and their loved ones. The show begins every Saturday at midnight, and lasts for six hours. Throughout Colombia, thousands of relatives and friends of kidnapping victims turn on their radios to listen to the show. Hoping that their loved one is listening, some of the relatives and friends call in to the show to deliver messages of love, faith, and courage. The show is hosted by journalist Herbin Hoyos Medina. Hoyos has been a war correspondent for much of his career. He covered the Persian Gulf War, and conflicts in Bosnia, Sarajevo, Kosovo, Pristina, Belgrade, and Sierra Leon. He is the author of the best-selling book, “The Wars of Terrorism.” The Colombian National Police and the country’s Armed Forces have made great strides in rent years in reducing the numbers of kidnappings by the FARC, the National Liberation Army (ELN) and other organized crime groups. Between 2000 and 2007, authorities recorded more than 14,000 kidnappings in Colombia, according to researchers at the University of La Sabana in Bogotá, from 2000 to 2007. In 1996 the government created the Unified Action Group (GAULA), an elite anti-kidnapping unit. Since 2007, the GUALA has dismantled 47 kidnapping gangs. GAULA’s work has brought positive results. For example, in 2013, 299 kidnappings were reported in Colombia, according to government statistics. The Colombian intelligence service DAS (Department of Security Administration) estimated that from 1991-1999, relatives, friends, and business associates of kidnapping victims paid $1 billion to secure the release of kidnapping victims. The idea of creating a radio show dedicated to helping kidnapping victims and their relatives came to Hoyos when he was kidnapped in 1994 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). In 1994, FARC operatives kidnapped Hoyos, and forced him walk through the jungle. He was hungry and thirsty, and developed blisters on his feet. Eventually, Hoyos and his captors reached a FARC campsite. The FARC operatives tied Hoyos to a tree. Another kidnapping victim, a man, was tied to a tree a few meters away. Hoyos spoke to the man, who said he and six others had been in captivity for two years. Hoyos promised the man that if he got out alive, he would do his best to send out “messages Colombian Army soldiers battled the FARC for 13 days. Soldiers killed four FARC operatives and rescued Hoyos on March 29, 1994. The journalist had been in captivity. Hoyos launched the radio program less than two weeks later, on April 10, 1994. “I returned to the station and told the radio listeners that the hostages could sometimes listen to the radio. We began to produce the program with the help of volunteers,” Hoyos said. “The first weekend we received 50 calls and the second weekend we had 500 callers trying to send a message to their loved ones.” The kidnapping by FARC operatives was not the only time Hoyos almost lost in life. In 2000, Hoyos went to Chechnya as part of a humanitarian mission. Chechen paramilitary forces captured Hoyos. For several days, the paramilitaries beat and tortured Hoyos. They threw him in a mass grave and left him for dead. But Hoyos survived, and returned to Colombia to resume his radio program. The dramatic experiences have given Hoyos a greater appreciation for his mission of helping kidnapping victims. “Life has given me many opportunities. Now I live to the fullest. And my passion is helping the victims of the war and kidnapping in Colombia and many parts of the world,” said Mr. Hoyos who is regarded as a fearless hero by many Colombians. Support for the military By Dialogo April 15, 2014 Members of the Colombian Armed Forces were guests on a recent show. They provided words of encouragement for soldiers who had been kidnapped. Enrique Alfonso Celis has called the program every Saturday for the past 17 years. FARC operatives kidnapped his brother-in-law, Héctor Velásquez Carrillo, in a jungle region in the department of Caquetá in 1997. Velásquez was 22 when he was abducted. . “Dear Héctor, I send you a hug from afar. We want everyone in the jungle to receive warmth and love from home,” Celis said. “Winter begins in Colombia and we worry all the kidnapped have shelter and blankets. May all military police and civilian abductees have warmth,” said Mr. Celis. “Héctor had a great sense of humor,” Celis said in an interview. “He was very intelligent and his brother soldiers loved him so much. He had a great talent as a military instructor.” Pais Libre, a non-profit organization dedicated to prevent kidnapping and help victims of kidnapping believes there are about 200 soldiers currently being held captive by illegal groups in Colombia. Security forces fight kidnapping At the beginning of each broadcast, Hoyos asks the kidnappers to allow the hostages to listen to the program. “To the kidnapper gentlemen we ask you to provide a radio to the kidnapped so that they can listen to us,” Hoyos says. “If they are asleep we ask you to wake them up. So that they are motivated and they want to live. So they’ll have a positive attitude and will not be a problem to you.” “This is a pedagogy with the guerrilla so they understand that when a kidnapping victim has no contact with his family wants to die or be killed looking to no longer live in solitude,” Hoyos said. “A depressed or violent kidnapped is a problem for them. If the kidnapped hears their loved ones knows it has to eat in order to be well. “Faith and hope and the will to fight for life is achieved with the energy of loved ones,” said Mr. Hoyos. “With this communication we could achieve that guerrillas give their kidnap victims what we now call ‘kidnapping kit’ consisting of radio, batteries, wires, toothbrush and toothpaste,” Hoyos explained. At times, the loved ones of kidnapers dedicate songs to the person they knew who was abducted. Each week, a segment of the program celebrates the memory of a specific kidnapping victim. victim. The program broadcasts as many as 700 messages in one night. Loved ones of kidnapping victims who listen to the show also send messages of support to each other on social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Radio Caracol and its 116 affiliated stations broadcasts the program in Colombia. The World Radio Network distributes the program to 2,300 radio stations around the world. The program reaches an estimated 5 million listeners each week. The radio program report reports news of kidnappings, disappearances, and human trafficking throughout the world. Excellent article, we hope it reaches many people that are unaware of the reality that exists in Colombia. It is vital that it fell into the hands of INTERNATIONAL ENTITIES OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN INTERNATIONAL LAW, so that the claims of the many victims reached THE CRIMINAL INTERNATIONAL COURT, and with its actions stopped those armed, inhumane terrorist groups. Good work I would have never thought of such a thing to do. I hope some kidnappers would listen. I have always admired this journalist for his courage and tenacity. Kidnapping in all of Latin America has become a horrible epidemic. The kidnappers have to be caught and punished severely in order for this to be stopped. It is affecting the economy, because everyone is afraid to travel to places where we loved to go, now the fear factor of something so evil is preventing travelers to visit. The families of the victims are tortured with worry and unbelievable inability to do anything about their family members that are being kidnapped. White slavery is making millions of dollars at the cost of many innocent lives. Until the government makes a true effort to stop these criminals it will continue to affect all of AMERICA. The journalist who writes these articles is in grave danger and needs to be supported for his courage to tell the truth. Kidnapping is a crime, as several others, that cannot be part of “perdón y olvido” in a peace treaty. Kidnappers, whomever they may be, have to pay in jail for that coward crime. Excellent job. This journalist deserves all support international community can affort, himself has made a great effort denouncing these atrocities but needs to be backed up and protected, to keep him in doing it, for all organization that can voice out what he is doing. Excellent article. very informative, hope it brings some hope to the victims. Like my Abuela would say. La Esperanza muere al ultimo. FARC kidnapping leads to radio show Keeping the memories of kidnapping victims alivelast_img read more

Suspect charged in connection to slashing at Endicott deli

first_imgThe Endicott Police Department says an individual was charged with assault in the second degree. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — A suspect has been charged in connection to a slashing incident that occurred on Sunday, June 14. The police department says the slashing incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. on June 14 at the NYC Deli on 2 Washington Ave.center_img Authorities say the individual slashed a victim with a knife, causing injury to their wrist. They say the victim was transported to the hospital.last_img read more