MattGush/iStock(IRVING, Texas) — A 16-year-old has died from injuries sustained when he was attacked by three dogs in the early hours of Saturday morning in Irving, Texas.Police were responding to a call regarding a “suspicious circumstance” around 4:45 a.m. when officers discovered the teenage boy being mauled in the backyard of a residence. In an attempt to save the boy, the officers then jumped the fence and attempted to get in between the boy and the dogs, according to a police statement.The three dogs then turned their sights on the officers. One officer was bitten before they started firing their weapons at the animals.One of the dogs was shot and later had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, and the other two were captured and taken to the Irving Animal Shelter, police said.The 16-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.The Irving Police Department said in a statement that the dogs were secure in their own backyard and the boy who was mauled did not live there.The officer who was bitten was treated and released.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Post-doctoral Position in Bat Disease EcologyJob No: 496702Position Type: full-timeLocation: Lewisburg, PACategories: Academic Affairs, Other, Postdoc /ResearchA postdoctoral position is available in the laboratories of Dr.DeeAnn Reeder and Dr. Ken Field in the Department of Biology atBucknell University. The preferred starting date is between June 1,2021 and September 1, 2021. This is a one-year position with thelikelihood of renewal.This position is funded by a five-year R01 from NIAID/NIH“Tolerance and resistance responses of African bats to viralantigens: Immunological tradeoffs in zoonotic reservoir hosts”. Thegoals of the project are to (1) understand the role that infectiontolerance plays in the ability of African bat species to serve asreservoir hosts for virulent zoonotic viruses, and (2) identify themolecular and behavioral mechanisms that contribute to thesetolerance phenotypes. Three species will be studied in Uganda usingan Ebola virus-like-particle (eVLP) challenge model in which theinterplay between bat heterothermy and immune function will also beexplored. Duties for this position will combine both field andcaptive animal work together with molecular/immunological methodsand bioinformatics to measure physiological and immune responses.The postdoctoral fellow will spend ~ half of their time in Ugandaeach year. Previous experience with field biology (in bats and/orinternational), comparative ecoimmunology, molecular tools, and/orbioinformatics preferred. Applicants with strengths in any one ofthese areas are encouraged to apply.Candidate must have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field andproficiency in oral and written English language skills.Applications must be made online at: jobs.bucknell.edu.Application materials should include three documents:1. Cover letter that addresses your qualifications for and interestin this particular position,2. Curriculum Vitae,3. Contact information for at least three potential references thatthe committee may contact to request letters, if necessary.Review of applications will commence immediately and continue untilthe position is filled. To apply, visit https://careers.bucknell.edu/en-us/job/496702/postdoctoral-position-in-bat-disease-ecology jeid-9fd19ebb88b9ee48a7fd57f3a7b595a7
Lucketts has appointed Tony Lawman as a new Managing Director to spearhead the company’s next phase of expansion.Tony Lawman: Lucketts’ new Managing DirectorTony joined the Fareham-based company earlier this year as Finance Director with a view to taking the helm of Lucketts.His experience includes 23 years in the army working in logistics and transport. He also worked in finance and is a chartered management accountant and has worked for companies including Pitney Bowes and the Langmead Group in West Sussex.Owners Ian Luckett and Steve Luckett will still play an active role in the company but feel that now is the right time to bring in Tony to guide the firm through its next growth phase.Ian says: “We will still be very closely involved in the business while Tony’s expertise will be vital in identifying new opportunities for us.”Adds Tony: “I’m thrilled to be taking over as Managing Director at such an exciting time for the firm.“The family’s plans to keep growing gives me the perfect opportunity to match my operations expertise with their experience of the coach industry to build a stronger company for the future.”
Fare Thee Well.Tonight marks the first of three final Grateful Dead performances at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL, with the Core Four surviving members of the band (Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart) playing with Trey Anastasio on lead guitar and Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby on keyboards.For those that have been following this story, these three 50th anniversary celebrations are the culmination of extensive planning, rumors, discussion, debate, progress, and, ultimately, music. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on this long, strange trip.In November of 2014, Furthur – the band containing Weir and Lesh that toured regularly since 2009 – posted a message that quickly spread through the Deadhead community. The band had taken a hiatus since the end of 2013, and Bob Weir had cancelled a 2014 summer tour just weeks before it was scheduled to begin. Furthur’s message was a grim one:We’ll all be keeping very busy over the foreseeable future, and it’s time to let Furthur take a bow. We enjoyed the ride more than we can possibly express.With eyes on the band’s 50th anniversary in 2015, fans feared that there would be no response from the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. How could they not celebrate their legacy?It was unofficial Grateful Dead biographer Scott W. Allen that shared the first rumor to the contrary. Of course nothing was official at the time, but, in looking back, it’s interesting to see what he was right about. The discussions were in their early stages at the time, and Allen shared what he knew:The Dead, apparently, are looking to headline a single festival or two and play a series of West Coast and East Coast residencies – in arena settings or a handful of stadium dates. – This was almost the case, as Bonnaroo and Coachella reportedly both made offers to the Dead camp, which they ultimately declined. The residencies became Chicago, a central location, and Santa Clara, a later addition.This is what I am hearing about the Dead lineup in 2015: the Core Four plus Bruce Hornsby on keyboards. Apparently, to my disappointment, Jeff Chimenti will not be involved. – One-for-two.Should this reunion unfold, the band is seemingly committed to, and working with, the concept of using more than one lead guitarist… The guitarists are known to be John Kadlecik, Steve Kimock and Warren Haynes, with a fourth, unnamed guitarist, possibly Trey Anastasio or Barry Sless. – As the elaborate tour dwindled down to three nights, the rotating guitarist idea lost steam. It is worth noting that Anastasio was mentioned this early on.As the rumors continue to circulate, the announcement was made on January 16, 2015. The Core Four were reuniting, there would be three final shows, and Anatasio, Chimenti, and Hornsby were all on board.Of course, that announcement also had another side to it. Tickets.With a ticket lottery announced as the initial means of acquiring tickets, hundreds of thousands of fans mailed in money orders to the small GDTS TOO ticket office in Stinson Beach, CA. The response was overwhelming, to the point that promoters Peter Shapiro and Madison House were scrambling. When ticket prices reached $1,000,000 on StubHub, Deadheads became outraged.The peak of the negativity, in my opinion, was symbolized by a Huffington Post article, written by Stewart Sallo, called “Ladies and Gentlemen, Not the Grateful Dead“. The piece criticized the promoters for grabbing money any way they could, starting from the strategic announcement, and even going so far as to accuse the Dead of choosing Trey Anastasio for the sole purpose of drawing in Phish fans.That’s when I penned an op-ed called “Let’s Be Grateful For The Dead’s 50th Reunion“, because, to summarize in a sentence, I was annoyed by how people were criticizing musicians for playing music. Of course, Peter Shapiro personally contacted Stewart Sallo shortly after his article circulated, and Sallo published a second column essentially backtracking on every single claim he made.Looking back, the frenzy surrounding ticket sales seems incredibly over-dramatic. The supply and demand quickly reached an equilibrium, with tickets running as cheap as $300 on StubHub now. Not exactly face value, but certainly a lot less zeros.So what brought the price down? The biggest drive for decreased Chicago ticket prices was the April announcement that the “Fare Thee Well” band were adding two shows at Levis’ Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Of course, for those paying attention, Bill Walton let the cat out of the bag a couple weeks early.Around this time, concerts surrounding Fare Thee Well Chicago began to pop up. L4LM had the pleasure of announcing one of the first such shows, a July 4th after party at Reggie’s Rock Club featuring the hybrid tribute fusion group, Pink Talking Fish, who would be adding some Dead covers into their usual repertoire.Once “The Music Never Stopped” series was announced a few weeks later, featuring Ed Sharpe, Thievery Corporation, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Karl Denson and more, the Chicago shows really picked up… to the point where we had to create a Complete Guide just to keep up with it.Of course, other factors like ticket re-releases and canceled plans helped to drive down prices. As we all witnessed last weekend, these shows certainly have the right vibe to them. And, friends, the rainbow was real.For their part, the performers have been very open and forthcoming about their work leading up to Fare Thee Well. Anastasio has been especially vocal, giving several interviews in Rolling Stone about the shows. His genuine excitement has shined brightly on each and every article.And here we are. Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right. See you at Soldier Field!
Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General Thomas J Donovan, Jr, joined a coalition of 16 Attorneys General in filing an amicus brief with the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, challenging an Ohio state law that would defund Planned Parenthood and other health service providers that perform or promote abortions. The attorneys general argue that the Ohio law violates the First Amendment and Due Process Clause. The law unconstitutionally prohibits state funding of health care providers that perform abortions. This infringes on plaintiffs’ right to free speech, plaintiffs’ right to provide access to abortion services, and their clients’ right to receive such services.Attorney General Donovan said: “Women have a constitutional right to make their own healthcare decisions. Health care providers should not be forced to choose between honoring women’s constitutional rights and continuing to provide other essential health services.”The amicus brief, filed last night, was led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and signed by a total of 16 Attorneys General: Vermont, New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.Click here to read the amicus brief.(link is external)The brief highlights the fact that, since 2009 alone, at least 15 states have passed laws or taken executive actions to prohibit family-planning and other public-health funds from being awarded to Planned Parenthood affiliates and other providers of abortion services. Such efforts to cut funding are specifically directed to support services that have nothing to do with abortion. Similarly, congressional Republicans have sought to defund abortion service providers as part of their unsuccessful bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act. While this measure is on hold for now, Congress has also passed a resolution that encourages states to pass defunding measures. Congress’ resolution also repealed a Department of Health and Human Services rule that prohibits states from denying federally funded family-planning grants for reasons unrelated to the entity’s ability to provide family-planning services.Ohio’s law was enjoined by the federal district court before it could take effect. The Ohio law would prohibit the State from awarding public-health grants to providers who perform or promote safe and legal abortions, even though the grants have nothing to do with abortion services. Those grants instead provide funds for other health services, such as education to prevent violence against women, screening for breast and cervical cancer, HIV and AIDS prevention, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and infant mortality prevention.The attorneys general seek to ensure the availability of safe abortion services and other important public health services from accessible providers in each of their states. The attorneys general will protect the right of providers to engage in constitutionally-protected activity.Vermont AG: April 6, 2017
Briarwood faculty took time to recognize Jonathan Ferrell (in pink shirt) for his nomination. Photo via Chris Lash on Twitter.The Shawnee Mission School District has named Briarwood sixth grade teacher Jonathan Ferrell its elementary level nominee for the Kansas State Department of Education’s Kansas Teacher of the Year program.Last year, Ferrell was one of the featured presenters at the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation State of the District breakfast. He was also named Brairwood teacher of the year.Briarwood Principal Chris Lash said credited Ferrell with fostering an environment where students are constantly pushing the boundaries of what they thought they could achieve.“Jonathan teaches his students to use a growth mindset, so they can learn from their mistakes and persevere as they learn and create things they never thought were possible,” he said.Each year, every Kansas district has the ability to nominate one elementary- and one secondary-level teacher to the statewide program. The state will name finalists from four regions in September, and will then name the overall winners in November.Shawnee Mission named eighth grade social studies teacher Kristen Holmes as its secondary-level nominee.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A commentary on the reaction to NCUA’s proposed Risk-Based Capital rule.by. Greg MichligI’m guessing many of you know the scene from the movie Animal House when Dean Wormer comes down hard on Delta Tau Chi Fraternity. If you don’t, you should stop what you are doing, write a comment letter to NCUA on the Risk-Based Capital proposal, and then rent/download the movie and watch it.For those of you who do recall, you’re probably chuckling to yourself right now. However, in the context I’m thinking, you shouldn’t be. The scene begins with John “Bluto” Blutarsky (played by John Belushi) walking in to find his fraternity brothers and exclaiming:“Hey! What’s all this laying around stuff? Why are you all still laying around here for?”His brothers fill him in on what’s happened…the administration has laid the groundwork for expulsion of the fraternity and its members from the college. Blutarsky goes on with the well-known, historically inaccurate, yet strongly motivational:“What? Over? Did you say ‘over’? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”Funny, I know…especially if you have seen it. continue reading »
Independent:A new psychological study has cast doubt both on the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and claims that entrance exams for selective schools can accurately determine a child’s “true potential”.…They also found a greater effect of training on older adolescents than on their younger counterparts, according to a paper in the journal Psychological Science.Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, of University College London, who led the research, said: “Although adults and older adolescents benefited most from training in non-verbal reasoning, the average test score for adolescents aged 11-13 improved from 60 per cent to 70 per cent following three weeks of ten-minute online training sessions.Read the whole story: Independent
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich during an interview today by The Atlantic contributor John Donvan as part of a series titled, ‘Military Readiness In Age Of AI’. ScreenShot/LAPDFrom the Office of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich:WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, was a featured speaker at The Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C.Sen. Heinrich was interviewed by The Atlantic contributor John Donvan as part of a series titled, “Military Readiness in the Age of AI.”As co-founder of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, Sen. Heinrich has championed developing policy that balances AI’s risks and rewards to ensure the competitiveness of the U.S. economy, while maintaining important ethical standards.In May, Sen. Heinrich introduced the bipartisan Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act, which would ensure that the United States establishes a national strategy for AI and invest $2.2 billion in research and development, and the bipartisan Armed Forces Digital Advantage Act, which would modernize the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce by adding a recruitment focus and establishing military career tracks for digital engineering.The full interview is available at https://www.theatlanticfestival.com/ .
A straw poll of a number of US-based project cargo forwarders suggests that the impact of the shutdown has not been significant, but there could still be delays in the supply chain as staff return to work.One current expression that has been making the rounds of media interviews has been the view that all Capitol Hill has done is ‘kick the can down the road’ and the crisis will re-occur in February, as the budgetary issues that fiercely divide Republicans and Democrats have not been resolved. So it sounds like it will be a case of déjà vu all over again in four months.It’s jolly boating weather for Royal Boskalis Westminster as it divests itself of the Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) to Sevenstar Yacht Transport, part of the Spliethoff Group. Having bought Dockwise last year, Boskalis pocketed a handy USD40 million for DYT assets, including two dedicated semi-submersible yacht transport vessels (Super Servant 4 and Yacht Express).HLPFI is on the move. From November 1st, 2013 the operational headquarters, mail and visiting address for HeavyliftPFI Ltd will be: FLINT Research Institute 132 Heathfield Road KestonKent BR2 6PA United Kingdom Telephone numbers and email addresses will remain unchanged. Please adjust your address books accordingly.This week’s Friday Flyer is sponsored by Crowley Solutions, a project management organization that offers turn-key solutions for clients with marine infrastructure, offshore construction and marine cargo and logistics projects. Crowley provides project management, marine engineering, heavy lift barge transportation, ocean towing, marine project logistics, DP2 tugs to 150 tonnes and barges to 400 ft x 130 ft.In the corporate worldIndustrial Training International (ITI) has released its 2014 training centre catalogue, featuring more course dates than any other calendar year to date.Rickmers-Linie has appointed Marmedsa Noatum Shipping Agency as its sales agent in France.The first Boeing 747-8F freighter to land at Hahn Airport, Germany was a recent charter by Air Charter Service (ACS) to handle a cargo to Brazil.Capacity developmentsShuttlelift is targeting the energy industry with its rubber-tyred, mobile gantry cranes.A.M. Kran Wind GmbH has purchased three of Nooteboom’s latest three-axle Super Wing Carriers to extend its activities in the wind energy [email protected] has added a second vessel design to its portfolio with the development of the MPV 500 concept based on the HLV 1600 design concept introduced at the start of 2013.Following the news of the arrival of the fourth and final new build into MACS Maritime Carrier Shipping’s fleet, sister company GAL has confirmed that two of the vessels replaced by the new builds are now operational in its services between the USA and Southern Africa.Notable shipmentsCNC Freight Services transported materials for the Diyarbakir project in Turkmenistan from Malaysia to the Turkmenbashi port where DGT Logistics Turkmenistan handled the ‘last mile’ to the job site.InterMax Logistics Solution arranged the shipment of equipment from Dalian to Singapore for Diesel Marine Dalian in its first offshore marine project.Vasco Navarra de Navegación has shipped a dismantled crane from Aviles, Spain to the port of Limón, Costa Rica in order to undertake erection jobs at a wind park in the country.Donbasstransitservice Ltd has handled the transshipment of three 156-tonne Hyundai power transformers in the port of Mariupol, Ukraine using a floating crane.ZIM’s special cargo team has handled the shipment of a 100-tonne, 28 m long yacht from Asia to the Port of Savannah, Georgia, making use of the latter’s new barge crane, the Savannah Giant.Blue Water Shipping and Lindø Industrial Park will work together to transport two 2,000-tonne bridge spans to Odense, Denmark for the Odins Bro bridge across the Odense Canal. Meanwhile, SBM Offshore has chosen Blue Water Shipping as the logistics provider for two FPSO projects, the largest contracts in SBM’s history.Laninco has moved a total of 2,800 tonnes of cargo for a power plant, from the port of Caldera to Las Pailas in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica.Barneveldse Krane Verhuur (BKV) has used its new Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 all terrain crane to erect a wind turbine prototype at the Ecofys test site in Lelystad, for its client Lagerwey Wind.People and placesFP Group’s executive director, Charles Whiteaway has stepped down after nearly two decades with the company he helped to found in the 1990s.John F. Reinhart is to retire as president and ceo of Maersk Line at the end of January 2014.Hill Dickinson has promoted Kamal Mukhi from its commodities team to the position of legal director.Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has appointed Anthony Quinn as its new senior vice president, head of global business development, based in the UK and Germany.18-year industry veteran Mark Isikson is now head of Industrial Projects, Sub-Saharan Africa for DHL Global Forwarding (DGF). He will be based in Johannesburg.Salammbo Group’s Libya and Tunisia branches have joined the XLProjects Network.Prima SA Transport and Trading, based in Chiasso, Switzerland, has joined the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN).All about EvieEvie notes a report in South African magazine, FTW, about a red-faced misunderstanding at Durban port which saw calls for a security manager to resign after he refused entry to a husband-and-wife abnormal load escort team, accusing the husband of trying to smuggle in a lady of the night. Still, Evie has some sympathy for the security manager. The couple’s business is called ‘Escorts For Africa’ after all. Perhaps it’s time for a name change.Getting socialHeavy Lift & Project Forwarding International is upping its game in the social media arena. Our well established LinkedIn group complements the print and online editions of HLPFI and offers you the opportunity to discuss key issues and network with your peers and a wide cross-section of industry experts. Join the discussion here.Our Twitter feed @HeavyLiftPFI is now being populated with several tweets every day and we now have a page on Facebook where news will also be posted daily. If you use Facebook, search for HLPFI and like our page.