A sheriff’s deputy working off-duty traffic control was trapped in his vehicle during a crash but suffered minor injuries. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy was working traffic control at the crossover intersection at the ExxonMobil Refinery on U.S. 90 in Beaumont when his vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by another vehicle, according to a press release from the JSCO.The deputy was trapped inside the vehicle and was extricated by Emergency Service District 3. He was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threating injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was also transported to an area hospital for minor injuries. Both were treated and released.ExxonMobil has hired several deputies to work traffic control on U.S. 90 at their refinery on U.S. 90 since the start of the refinery expansion.“We would like to remind everyone to drive with caution through this area and pay attention to any electronic signs, since this project will be continuing for at least another 18 months,” JSCO Deputy Marcus McLellan said.
DEER PARK – Deer Park wide receiver Clyde Bellow’s incredible second half spelled doom for Brian Morgan’s Memorial Titans here Friday night at Abshier Stadium, 25-20.Branden Chaney (21) of Memorial takes a handoff from Jah’mar Sanders during Friday’s game against host Deer Park. (Major Ponds/Special to The News) 8-30-19Memorial fell to 0-1, while Deer Park (1-0) avenged its 48-20 loss to the Titans a year ago.Taking over on downs at the Titan 35-yard line late in the fourth period, the Deer and Bellow answered the call with a 27-yard reception to the Memorial 8. One play later, Dylan Madden dashed eight yards for a touchdown with 3:11 left in the game. Morgan’s club had taken a 13-12 lead in the first half driving 69 yards in a time-consuming 4:28, 15-play drive culminating on a Chan Rubin 9-yard touchdown reception from Sanders in back of the Deer end zone.Trailing 13-12 with just 63 seconds remaining before halftime, quarterback Potts drove his team 43 yards in just four plays to the Deer a 19-13 halftime margin.After an incompletion on first down at the 43, the Deer Park signal caller connected on three consecutive pass completions to Bellow of 18, four and 21 yards. His final strike to Bellow of 21 yards brought the home crowd alive as the Deer senior wide receiver made a sensational catch in the far back of the Titan end zone for the touchdown. Alex Sanchez’ kick made it a 19-13 Deer Park lead with just 0:28 left before halftime.Memorial sophomore Sanders had brought the Titan crowd to its feet on the sixth play of the contest sprinting 68 yards around the left side for the game’s initial score with 10:39 of the first making it a 6-0 lead. The PAT failed. The Titans tried hard in the final 3 minutes, but a pair of Jah’mar Sanders aerials fell incomplete. Then on fourth-and-8 from its own 38, Sanders was dropped for a 4-yard loss and Deer Park took over on downs to run the clock out.After the Titans had taken a 20-19 led, Deer Park answered with a short, game-winning two-play, 35-yard touchdown march to seal the victory. Bellow, who didn’t catch a pass in the opening half, torched Memorial’s secondary in the second half finishing with six receptions for 138 yards.Alex NedSophomore quarterback Sanders’ 59-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Alex Ned with just 0:01 remaining in the third stanza and Bryan Galvan’s successful PAT had given the Titans a 20-19 lead entering the final period. After the Titans’ Adrian Hayward intercepted a Potts pass at the Deer 27, Memorial turned it right back over to the hosts as Sanders was picked off on the very next play.Deer Park junior Dylan Madden’s three-yard touchdown run at the 8:03 mark of the opening period provided the Deer a 6-6 tie after yet another extra point kick failed.The Deer finished the night with 21 first downs to Memorial’s 13 and led in total offense 366-284.In the first half, Deer Park had 14 first downs to the Titans’ 8. Although Memorial had 195 yards total offense in the opening two periods, the Deer used the passing of senior Mathew Potts (10-of-21-132 yards and a score. The Deer also rolled up 83 yards on the ground.Memorial, buoyed by Sanders’ early long-distance dash to paydirt, finished the first half with 138 yards rushing and 57 passing (195 total offense)THE GAME CHANGED WHEN …In the second half, Bellow caught six passes for 138 yards propelling the Deer to a come-from-behind win.THE GAME BALL GOES TO …Deer Park junior quarterback Potts, who completed 15-of-31 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown and also to Bellow.UP NEXT … On Sept. 6, the Titans will travel to Houston for a 7 p.m. contest against Class 5A Houston Madison. Madison is coached by Port Arthur Lincoln great Shawn Narcisse. The game will be played at Butler Stadium.•By Larry Bodin, Special to The News
There’s simply too much to see at Eurobike to run full stories on everything, but we still want to show it all to you, hence these colorful roundups of little things from brands of all sizes. KCNC’s parts are no stranger to Bikerumor’s pages, and this year we didn’t catch much new stuff from them. In fact, the Reyton dropped mountain bike stem shown above can only be found on eBay these days, but still worth ogling if you like to slam that stem.They make all manner of brightly anodized parts that are light and functional, like these compression plug headset caps for carbon steerers. Check out the full catalog of current products at KCNC.com.tw.The Sigma ROX 12.0 GPS cycling computer debuted in June, but it wasn’t until we saw it in person that its massive size became apparent…It’s nearly as big as a standard iPhone, as evidenced by its proximity to my Plus iPhone with a fat Otterbox case. Like a smartphone, it gets Gorilla Glass, touch screen capability, massive connectivity options and can even send data directly to social media or web apps (via WiFi or your phone’s connection).This is what it looks like in team colors on a bike, but you have a lot brighter options to choose from: Gray, White, Orange, Blue or Green.Not only can it sync with your Di2, EPS or eTap drivetrain, it can also sync with e-bikes to show remaining battery life and a map of your estimated range based on which setting you’re using. Check them out at SigmaSport.com.Alligator has come up with some very clever tools in the past, and their latest is a professional hydraulic brake hose barb installer. Simply put the barb on the threaded driver……then use the quick release-style lever to clamp the hose into place and drive it in. The tool ensures smooth, perfect alignment so you don’t damage the hose or the barb.They also have a new 220mm rotor for e-bikes, which comes with a spacer adapter since this is a non-standard size. Check them out at AlligatorCables.com.It’s been a long time since SwissStop unveiled their Catalyst disc brake rotors, and now they say they’re finally shipping. The carriers were tweaked a little to reduce weight, but the rotor itself appears the same.It gets a rounded profile to help prevent cuts and slices should you wreck (or be wrecked) in the peloton, something the UCI will very much appreciate. All the options are on SwissStop.ch.Before we, um, put the brakes on new brakes, we found this dual-pull mechanical caliper from Elvedes, clamping a finned rotor. Elvedes is a European OEM and aftermarket parts supplier offering shops things like cables, housing, brake pads, bearings, etc. So their booth isn’t so much to show off a new product for consumers, but to show product managers and buyers what they are capable of.Commuter bikes often try to simplify things for more casual users, but solutions like this dual brake cable splitter also help make bikes more accessible to special needs riders.Ergotec’s new Gravel handlebar has one of the widest flares we’ve seen, going from 480mm wide at the tops all the way out to 620mm at the ends.The Ergotec Octopus is aimed at the casual touring rider looking for a few different hand positions. It’s wide, hooked bars are angle adjustable, and a computer/accessory mount makes room for stuff to go in front since a standard computer our light mount won’t work.Chosen’s hubs are rarely short on innovation, and this year’s addition is the Toothed Coupling drive mechanism.At first glance it looks similar to a DT Swiss start ratchet. The difference is that the inner tooth ring is fixed into the hub, where DT’s float on both sides and are backed by a coil spring. Chosen’s rep said their new design offers better reliability because there are fewer moving parts. And, because the fixed ring is threaded into the hub shell, it has better force transfer.The floating ratchet uses leaf springs to push it out to the fixed ring when you pedal. Check them out at ChosenHubs.com.
Governor Peter Shumlin presented Vermont’s ‘Oscar of Teaching’ to Katie Sedore from Spaulding High School todayAll of Spaulding High School in Barre, Vermont, was abuzz as it prepared for a special assembly featuring more than a dozen special guests including Governor Peter Shumlin, Vermont’s Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe, former Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca and Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon. Yet only a handful of people ‘ and not even the school principal ‘ knew that one of the outstanding teachers at Spaulding was about to receive a major national award.Cheers rang out when Dr Jane Foley, senior vice president, Milken Educator Awards, and Governor Shumlin announced the name of Katie Sedore as Vermont’s 2013-14 Milken Educator Award winner. The honor, one of education’s most prestigious recognitions, comes with an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000. In front of students, peers and her father, who is the high school’s principal, this exceptional educator was heralded with a fanfare typically reserved for stellar performances by athletes and entertainers.The recognition is not a lifetime achievement award. Recipients are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved’¦ and for the promise of what they will accomplish. Encompassed in the recognition is the responsibility for those honored to stretch their professional practices and leadership to even higher levels.’ ‘Our public education system is at the heart of America’s promise and essential to safeguarding the American dream for future generations,’ said Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation.’ ‘With research confirming that effective teachers represent the single most important school-related factor in raising student achievement, it is important to honor them, learn from them, and inspire more capable people to enter the profession.’ As the program’s motto extols, the future belongs to the educated.’Described as a natural educator, Katie Sedore is a young teacher who carries herself with the bearing of a seasoned veteran, a characteristic that accounts for her success with all students, including those who face the greatest challenges. Ninth-grade language arts students at Spaulding High School in Barre, Vermont, often enter her class several grade levels behind only to find that they are held to the same academic and behavioral standards as other students. With Sedore on their side setting clear, consistent standards’ and treating them with unaccustomed respect’they find themselves in an environment in which they can’and do’learn. Rarely is a student sent from her class for behavioral problems.In the classroom, Sedore implements a multi-tiered approach of differentiated instruction and academic involvement. Her classes are designed for student engagement, such as her persuasive speech class on the subject of violence and the media which culminated in a live debate with guest judges. Sedore is a major player on the school’s literacy team, developing its curriculum.In addition, she spearheaded a new reading intervention course to help students catch up or progress at grade level. Taking literacy efforts to a new arena, she sought out physical education teachers to promote the teaching of sports literature.Sedore runs the after-school Homework Club, as well as teaches at the Granite Academy’an alternative program started by Spaulding High’s special education department.’ Colleagues observe that gains made by students who are often most resistant to learning amount to nothing short of a transformation in the classroom. Vermont NECAP scores for her students showed marked growth.Principal Thomas Sedore thanks the students and teachers at Spaulding HS for the work they do every day to make moments like this possible. Behind him, smiling, are Senior Vice President of Milken Educator Awards Dr Jane Foley (left), Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (right) and a daughter that made her father so proud, newest Milken Educator Katie Sedore (VT ‘13).Coming from a family of educators, Sedore understands the importance of pursuing excellence beyond the classroom and has contributed significantly to the school’s professional standing. She heads up the Spaulding Educational Support Team (EST) and co-chaired the school’s recent New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) recertification process. She is an active member of the current Spaulding Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) team. In pursuit of her passion for literacy, Sedore is following up her master’s degree with further graduate work to become a much-needed reading specialist.’ ‘ The Awards story doesn’t end with the surprise notification. New recipients are invited to join the Milken Educator Network, a group of distinguished educators coast-to-coast whose expertise serves as a valuable resource to fellow educators, legislators, school boards and others shaping the future of education.Since first presented to a dozen California teachers, the program has grown to become the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program having honored nearly 2,600 K-12 teachers, principals and specialists. More than $136 million in funding, including over $64 million in individual $25,000 awards, has been devoted to the overall program, which includes powerful professional development opportunities throughout recipients’ careers.’ From local to state to national and even international levels, the exponential impact of Milken Educators strengthens American K-12 education.Alternating yearly between elementary and secondary educators, the Awards are sourced through each participating state department of education, which appoints an independent blue ribbon committee to confidentially review candidates for recommendation to the Foundation.For more information about the Milken Educator Awards, visit www.MilkenEducatorAwards.org(link is external)or call the Foundation at (310) 570-4775.’ Follow the Awards at www.twitter.com/milken(link is external), www.facebook.com/milkeneducatorawards(link is external) and at www.youtube.com/milkenaward(link is external).Education reform leader Lowell Milken created the Milken Educator Awards to recognize exemplary teachers and established the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) to generate more talented teachers, www.niet.org(link is external).’ NIET operates TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement and the Best Practices Center. Lowell Milken recently provided the founding gift for the UCLA School of Law’s Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy. For more information about Lowell visit www.lowellmilken.com(link is external).Milken Educator Awards 1.10.2014
Share on Twitter The study is the first to evaluate the population-wide impact of the Great Recession on mental health.The study was a collaboration among Loyola researchers in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.Prevalence of both major and less severe depression was highest among adults who were living in poverty or had less than a high school education. “The mental health of these vulnerable populations may be most affected during time periods of economic distress, but more research is needed,” researchers wrote.It’s plausible, researchers concluded, that the Great Recession’s negative effects on employment, housing security, and stock investments contributed to the sustained increase in major depression. However, they noted it is possible other factors could have played a role.“The impact of the economic downturn on depression prevalence should be considered when formulating future policies and programs to promote and maintain the health of the U.S. population,” researchers wrote.The Great Recession officially began in December, 2007, and lasted for 18 months. But the effects of the recession, including high unemployment and home foreclosures and reduced consumer confidence, remained high even after the recession officially ended in June, 2009. During the past decade, more than 8 million jobs were lost and about 3 million homes were foreclosed.Researchers analyzed data from 24,182 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey during the years 2005 to 2012. Respondents were judged to be depressed depending on their answers to a depression questionnaire. The questionnaire asked about such depression criteria as depressed mood or irritability; decreased interest or pleasure in most activities; feelings of worthlessness or guilt; thoughts of suicide; and fatigue or loss of energy. Email Pinterest Share on Facebook The recent Great Recession was accompanied by a significant and sustained increase in major depression in U.S. adults, according to a Loyola study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.Prevalence of major depression increased from 2.33 percent during the years 2005-2006 to 3.49 percent in 2009-2010 to 3.79 percent in 2011-2012, according to the study by Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researchers.Prevalence of less-severe depression increased from 4.1 percent in 2005-2006 to 4.79 percent in 2009-2010, but then declined to 3.68 percent in 2011-2012. LinkedIn Share
Study: 1918 pandemic flu survivors led average-length livesContrary to some hypotheses, 1918 pandemic flu did not shorten the lifespan of survivors, at least in male soldiers, New Zealand researchers reported today in Epidemiology and Infection.The investigators analyzed individual military files of 1,107 soldiers on a troop transport vessel that had experienced an outbreak of pandemic flu in 1918 and compared them with 1,108 randomly selected personnel from two other troop ships that did not have an outbreak.They found no statistically significant difference in the lifespans of the outbreak cohort, which was 71.5 years, and the comparison cohort, which was 71.0. In fact, the outbreak cohort was slightly more likely to survive past 1950 and to participate in World War II (comparisons just passed statistical significance for those two measures, at P = 0.036 and 0.043, respectively).Aug 1 Epidemiol Infect abstract Cote d’Ivoire reports 10 H5N1 outbreaks affecting 33,000 poultryCote d’Ivoire in West Africa last week reported 10 outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) affecting flocks in the central, eastern, and southern parts of the country and more than 33,000 domestic birds.Onset dates of the outbreak vary from Mar 12 to Jul 4, and flock sizes range from 11 in a backyard flock to a farm of 27,453 chickens. A cockerel sampled as part of surveillance of live-bird markets also tested positive back in March.All told, 4,253 poultry fell ill, and all but 5 of them died. The combined flocks totaled 33,348 birds. Animal health officials have enacted steps such as disinfection of the premises and surveillance zones around each affected flock.Cote d’Ivoire is one of several countries highlighted a couple weeks ago when the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for more surveillance and other steps to address Africa’s ongoing problem with highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu.Jul 27 OIE report Jul 14 CIDRAP News story “FAO calls for more surveillance after African H5N1 outbreaks”
Attorney General William Barr Announces Launch Of Operation Relentless Pursuit Targeting Violent Crime
“The men and women of ATF are deeply committed to and focused on reducing crime gun violence in our communities,” Acting Director Lombardo said. “We are proud that our efforts have significantly contributed to the historic reductions in violence that our nation has realized in recent years. Project Relentless Pursuit combines the resources of ATF, DEA, FBI and U.S. Marshals to support our state and local law enforcement partners in those cities that – regrettably – continue to be plagued by rates of violent crime that are simply too high. Through Relentless Pursuit, we pledge to hold accountable the trigger-pullers, firearm traffickers, violent criminals and those who supply them the guns to terrorize our communities. ATF will aggressively utilize every available tool, including our crime gun enforcement teams, National Integrated Ballistic Information Network and firearms tracing to identify, investigate and support the prosecution of the most violent firearm offenders.” “The U.S. Marshals Service is proud of the integral role we play in supporting Attorney General Barr’s strong leadership and commitment to combating violent crime and enhancing public safety throughout our nation,” Director Washington said. “We will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners to make communities safer by addressing violent crime at its core and taking the worst of the worst fugitives and other felons off the streets.” “Americans deserve to live in safety,” Barr said. “And while nationwide violent crime rates are down, many cities continue to see levels of extraordinary violence. Operation Relentless Pursuit seeks to ensure that no American city is excluded from the peace and security felt by the majority of Americans, while also supporting those who serve and protect in these communities with the resources, training, and equipment they need to stay safe.” The Operation will involve increasing the number of federal law enforcement officers to the selected cities, as well as bulking up federal task forces through collaborative efforts with state and local law enforcement partners. The surge in federal agents will be complemented by a financial commitment of up to $71 million in federal grant funding that can be used to hire new officers, pay overtime and benefits, finance federally deputized task force officers and provide mission-critical equipment and technology. DETROIT, MI — U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr announced Wednesday the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities, including Albuquerque, through a surge in federal resources. “Drug traffickers – including cartels and street gangs – will stop at nothing to turn a profit, often using violence and intimidation to expand their reach,” Acting Administrator Dhillon said. “This targeted surge of resources will further strengthen our ability to work with our federal, state, and local partners to pursue the worst offenders and make our communities safer.” Attorney General William P. Barr “The FBI remains committed to providing our specialized expertise and resources to assist our federal, state and local partners fighting violent crime,” Director Wray said. “We are here today to reaffirm our dedication to reducing violent crime in the cities selected for Operation Relentless Pursuit to combat the threats that arise from gangs and criminal enterprises that drive violence in the communities we are sworn to protect.” AG News: Joined at a press conference in Detroit by DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, ATF Acting Director Regina Lombardo, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and United States Marshals Service Director Donald W. Washington, Barr pledged to intensify federal law enforcement resources in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis and Milwaukee – seven American cities with violent crime levels several times the national average.
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Gordon Turner, Partners Law, London W1 There seems to be a consensus that our employment tribunals are unable to cope with the rise in claims. Much of the weight could be lifted simply by a tightened approach on compliance with directions. Employment lawyers are familiar with tribunal orders that contain references to all kinds of heavy sanctions, but in practice they are largely ignored, leaving great uncertainty about the merits until the last moment, by which time a case will have been set down for hearing. Settlements or withdrawals at such a late stage inevitably clog up the system, creating disproportionate legal costs, and dilute the chance for using disciplinary powers, including strike out. As cases should be listed within 26 weeks, the failure to enforce directions on a timely basis allows nuisance-type claims to continue with a cloak of respectability. Equally, respondents need to know quickly if they are facing a losing battle. Some clients are literally agog at the degree to which the case management process is treated with disdain by some (not all, of course) claimants. By holding back details – such as proof of lost earnings – employers are often delayed in assessing whether to consider even commercial settlements. At the more serious end of the scale, I have seen claimants lying on oath about their earning activities, while actively hiding the fact of their being in receipt of earnings. This is with a view to securing unjustified payments and yet is often met with no more than a shrug of the shoulders. One of the main bugbears of employers I represent is that, with such a liberal regime and the very high hurdle for any kind of costs penalty, there is no downside to this kind of misconduct. Tolerating this kind of thing gives the tribunals a bad name. If more of the speculative claims could be fairly managed out earlier in the game, there would be more room for the deserving litigants.
ALP will use three of its 24,000 bhp Future-class vessels to tow the platform from South Korea to offshore Mozambique. On arrival, two additional 19,000 bhp vessels will be used to keep the FLNG platform in position while mooring chains are connected.On completion of the mooring operation, two of the five ALP vessels will stay onsite to support further maritime operations.The contracts were awarded to ALP by TJJV – a joint venture between TechnipFMC and JGC.www.alpmaritime.com