Wheelbarrow.

first_imgOne of the essentials in the home landscape (which used to be called the yard back when we swept it clean with a brush broom) is the wheelbarrow (which is now given the euphemistic term, yard cart). The first wheelbarrow I remember using was long-handled with a flat bed and a piece of wood at the front just to keep things from sliding off. The wood was cypress and weathered gray. It had a metal wheel with spokes and probably would have made lots of noise for us children if we’d had concrete to run it over. It served us well for carrying gardening supplies. It hauled fertilizers, tools, plants and even us kids at times when it was empty and Daddy would give us a lift.A Fantastic Machine When I think back on those early gardening days, I remember the hoes, because I became so well-acquainted with them. And I remember the small wheel plow, which I was too small to reach. And I can recall the rakes and harvesting baskets. But the wheelbarrow seemed a fantastic machine. Now that I’m older (though not necessarily grown-up) and putting to practice the gardening principles I learned from my father, I bought my wife a wheelbarrow. Yes, guys, there are women out there who want gardening tools and truckloads of compost instead of fancy things. I bought her a large, plastic wheelbarrow. Now wait just a minute — I’m not a big fan of plastic, but this is not one of your flimsy ones. It was a sturdy, heavy-duty, green one with an inflatable tire that rolls quite well. Bricks, Plants and Children The wheelbarrow she has and lets me use will hold quite a lot of material. It has doubled many times in moving timber, bricks, rocks and especially those plants that are never quite satisfied where they were planted (referred to as wheeled plants). It also makes a great place for potting plants, mixing soils and screening compost. The wheelbarrow has seen 17 seasons come and go and doesn’t look nearly the worse for wear as I, the gardener, do. There have been replacements. It now has the third set of handles. And the tire has been fixed several times. But it hasn’t a bit of rust and no dents, either. It has ridden several children, too. Good tools become a part of the family.last_img read more

Brazil-U.S. Interoperability Builds Trust

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo May 08, 2018 The complexity of security threats demand deeper collaboration between partner nations in the Western Hemisphere. As security cooperation becomes increasingly important, Brazil and the United States integrate their capabilities into more secure structures to protect communication. For the first time, Brazil and the United States held the Command and Control Interoperability Board (CCIB), in Salvador, Brazil, April 9–12, 2018. More than 40 members of Brazilian military and U.S. government representatives, led by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), met to discuss joint initiatives to validate command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, and operational requirements to meet cooperation goals and strategies. “This forum is the first step in increasing interoperability between both countries. I’m sure we’ll continue to strengthen interoperability initiatives between our armed forces,” said Brazilian Army Major General Jayme Octávio de Alexandre Queiroz, deputy chief of Command and Control of the Armed Forces Joint Staff. “We have a long relationship with the United States, more so now as we participate in different activities, operations, and training events—the increase of technology and equipment makes it necessary to have this interoperability.” CCIB is a bilateral, multi-agency, and multidisciplinary forum to address combined interoperability initiatives on a mutually agreeable basis. The Brazil-U.S. CCIB allows key military and civilian leaders of agencies including SOUTHCOM, the U.S. Command and Control Interoperability Program (C2IP), the Defense Information System Agency, and their Brazilian counterparts to talk about the implementation of critical information standards to support coalition interoperability, among other topics. The first CCIB in Brazil allows the nation to be part of 56 nations across the globe to participate in C2IP. “This forum is setting the groundwork for our future relationship with the Brazilians as far as command, control, and interoperability,” said Michael Droz, deputy director of Operations at SOUTHCOM. “It’s very important, because we can learn how to communicate and collaborate with each other and be interoperable.” The inaugural Brazil-U.S. CCIB strengthened relations between both nations’ militaries as well as allowed participants to discuss different ways to be interoperable to confront common challenges. “There are a lot of threats we are facing in this region. If we can communicate and be interoperable with our partners, we can be better prepared to fight those threats,” said Droz. “It doesn’t matter what the mission is—if it is a combat mission with NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization], or humanitarian assistance disaster relief. If we can be interoperable—talk to each other, and share information on a real time basis—it makes the mission more successful.” This idea is shared by the Brazilian military. “Interoperability helps counter security threats,” said Maj. Gen. Jayme. “In situations where the use of multinational forces is needed [to support] partner nations, interoperability is strictly necessary; without it, it’s impossible to conduct combined and joint operations.” New front of communications “CCIB brings an opportunity to strengthen the relationship with the United States to build interoperability between our systems and cultures. People focus on the security between the two nations and their populations,” said Brazilian Air Force Colonel André Luís Maia Baruffaldi, Command and Control advisor at the Ministry of Defense. “The future is promising for interoperability as we look for ways to continue to improve our capabilities.” “The purpose of the engagement was to discuss operational requirements for weapons platforms and data link systems in U.S and Brazil joint and combined operations,” said Marlon Atherton, C2IP and Cyber Operations Exercise Planner at SOUTHCOM. “CCIB gives us the ability to act together coherently, effectively, and efficiently to achieve tactical, operational, and strategic mission objectives.” History The U.S. and Brazilian governments signed a Communications and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) in 2014 to promote their mutual security interests. CISMOA includes legal framework and mechanisms to promote interoperability among communications systems, commands, and tactical control of both nations’ armed forces. The Brazil-U.S. CCIB became a reality after three years of bilateral conversations and joint efforts between the joint planning directorate of the Brazilian Armed Forces and SOUTHCOM. The first pre-CCIB was held in Brasilia, Brazil, in July 2017. SOUTHCOM will host the second CCIB in 2019. “Interoperability with partner nations is very important for the Navy,” said Commander Felippe José Macieira Ramos, advisor of Command and Control at the Brazilian Navy. “CCIB allows us to better learn U.S. and NATO naval command and control systems, as well as to help find solutions for interoperability with partner nations.” For Maj. Gen. Jayme, the future of U.S.-Brazil interoperability is encouraging. “This is our first step in [achieving] perfect integration between the armed forces of Brazil and the United States,” he concluded.last_img read more

Mitigating elder financial abuse risk

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial institutions, including credit unions, have faced increased fraud risks (identity theft, scams, stolen, counterfeited and forged checks) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the overall national crisis. Several federal regulators have shown their concerns throughout recently issued guidance and publications.On March 16, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released a statement to financial institutions concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. In the statement, FinCEN advised financial institutions to “remain alert about malicious or fraudulent transactions similar to those that occur in the wake of natural disasters.” FinCEN also identified imposter scams, investment scams, false investment opportunities scams, product scams and insider trading as emerging trends connected to COVID-19. You can read more in this NAFCU Compliance Blog.Two days later, on March 18, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) warned consumers of recent scams with impostors posing as agency representatives and asking for bank account information or cash.Also, on April 02, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a warning about C0VID-19 related scams, encouraging taxpayers to watch out for schemes tied to economic impact payments and to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the COVID-19. In the statement the IRS states “[s]eniors should be especially careful during this period” and reminds retirees that “no one from the agency will be reaching out to them by phone, email, mail or in person asking for any kind of information to complete their economic impact payment/stimulus payments.”last_img read more

Cops Rescue Windsurfer Amid Thunderstorms in Great South Bay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man swept off his windsurfing board in the Great South Bay Monday was rescued by Suffolk County police officers who found him neck deep in the water and clinging to his board.Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers responded to the call Monday night after a witness on shore lost sight of the windsurfer in the bay just south of Heckscher State Park in Great River after he was knocked off the board by high winds and waves.A line of thunderstorms had roared across the area just before the man, 56-year-old Donald Roth of New Jersey, became separated from his board, police said.Two officers aboard a rescue boat managed to spot Roth in the water about 20 minutes into their search, police said. Wearing a wetsuit and a helmet, Roth was found clinging to his board.Officers pulled him out of the water and took him to the Heckscher State Park boat basin in Great River, police said. Roth did not suffer any injuries and did not require medical attention.Roth was not wearing a life jacket, police said. Authorities advise anyone heading out to the water to wear a personal flotation device and check the weather forecast prior to going out to sea.A 29-foot U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat also participated in the search, police said.last_img read more

US corporations are looking to the Old Continent for workplace design

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Algoma’s New Equinox Bulker Reaches Canada

first_imgCanadian provider of marine transportation services Algoma Central Corporation informed that its first Equinox Class self-unloader, the seaway-max size Algoma Niagara, arrived at the Port of Sept Iles, Quebec, on November 1.The Algoma Niagara is the fifth Equinox Class vessel in Canada and it joined four gearless sister ships in the company’s fleet. The vessel was scheduled to undergo inspections and re-flagging as a Canadian vessel before beginning commercial operations.The 225.6-meter-long bulker loaded its first cargo of iron ore from Port Cartier past weekend and departed for Hamilton shortly thereafter.Delivered in September this year, Algoma Niagara is the first of three Equinox Class self-unloaders currently under construction at the Yangzijiang shipyard in Jiangsu China. The ship is a traditional boom-aft twin belt self-unloader with a deadweight capacity of approximately 39,000 tons at design draught.The Algoma Sault is nearing completion at the Yangzijiang shipyard, and the Algoma Conveyor, which the company acquired at auction from the failed Nantong Mingde shipyard earlier this year, is undergoing refurbishment and final construction. The Algoma Sault is expected to arrive in Canada in time to start the 2018 navigation season and the Algoma Conveyor is expected to be completed and delivered in early 2019, according to the company.The Equinox Class represents the new generation of Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway bulk cargo vessels. The ships have been designed to optimize fuel efficiency and operating performance thus minimizing environmental impact, the company said.Separately, Algoma released its financial results for the third quarter of 2017 which show that the company saw a drop of almost 15 percent in its net earnings. During the quarter, Algoma’s net earnings dropped to CAD 32.8 million (USD 25.7 million) from CAD 38.5 million posted in Q3 2016.The company experienced a 23.5% increase in net earnings from continuing operations for the third quarter over the same period in 2016 – excluding the net gain on the cancellation of the shipbuilding contracts recognized in 2016. Inclusive of this net gain, net earnings from continuing operation were CAD 22.5 million in the third quarter of 2016, against CAD 24.4 million reported in the corresponding period of 2016.Revenues for the period rose to CAD 136.6 million from CAD 118.2 million recorded in Q3 2016.Algoma Central Corporation operates the largest Canadian flag fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Waterway and also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets. The company has begun an expansion into international short-sea markets through its 50% interest in NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers and NovaAlgoma Short-Sea Carriers.last_img read more

I used to be on the police drug squad. Here’s why I’m voting against legalising cannabis

first_imgStuff co.nz 7 September 2020Family First Comment: Whoops!! – this messes up another argument for legalisation from Chloe, Helen and the Drug Foundation….“The reality of policing the drug world is that police do not actively target end users of drugs, they target the manufacturers and dealers, those who are the main contributors to the harm. This applies especially in the gang-world driven methamphetamine scene, and for MDMA, where MDMA mimics and synthetics have caused deaths in New Zealand and overseas.. Anyone in prison for possession of cannabis or utensils, will be there for  other more serious charges as well, involving offences such as dealing, manufacture, possession of firearms etc. The commentary that people end up in prison for smoking cannabis is misleading, they do not. It is only the dealers.OPINION: I am a former member of a police drug squad, in one of New Zealand’s major cities. I will be voting against legalising cannabis.I agree that for the end users of drugs, where the use of that drug begins to affect a person’s health or mental wellbeing, medical or other intervention is very important, rather than putting that person before the courts.But the reality of policing the drug world is that police do not actively target end users of drugs, they target the manufacturers and dealers, those who are the main contributors to the harm. This applies especially in the gang-world driven methamphetamine scene, and for MDMA, where MDMA mimics and synthetics have caused deaths in New Zealand and overseas.Methamphetamine is well known to cause massive social harm, and with MDMA and mimics, the main problem and danger there is that the end user never knows what is actually in the drug. They have to trust the drug dealer, and who would trust one of them?As far as cannabis is concerned, again, police do not target end users, and despite the social media commentary, I do not know of any end user of cannabis who has ever been imprisoned for simply smoking a joint. That simply does not happen.Anyone in prison for possession of cannabis or utensils, will be there for  other more serious charges as well, involving offences such as dealing, manufacture, possession of firearms etc. The commentary that people end up in prison for smoking cannabis is misleading, they do not.It is only the dealers.The proposed legal purchase of 14 grams of cannabis per day per day is 10-plus joints. Who smokes that much? I’ve only ever encountered a very few, and they were basically permanently stoned.  It is way too much and a major step from decriminalising the possession of a simple joint.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/cannabis-referendum/122683839/i-used-to-be-on-the-police-drug-squad-heres-why-im-voting-against-legalising-cannabislast_img read more

Our politicians have failed Kiwi kids by not restricting access to online porn

first_imgStuff co.nz 4 September 2020Family First Comment: “Ignorance of what can actually be seen very easily online is a major barrier to those of us who are calling for change. We are not talking nudity here, nor even sex really. We are talking about the promotion and escalation of violence towards women. Modern pornography has become aggressive, violent and frequently demeaning to women. Forget Playboy, pornography is now a whole different beast.”And the politicians don’t seem to care You tried, Tracey.Back in June, a draft Cabinet paper asking permission for the Minister for Children, Tracey Martin, to pursue investigating internet filters to keep children from accessing pornography was rejected by her coalition colleagues.She wanted to look into a scheme whereby pornographic material is screened out on all wifi connections unless an adult opts out. There will now be no time for anything to be done in this area in this parliamentary term.Minister Martin has been vocal in her determination to make in-roads in this area. She was “very disappointed” by the reaction.I am disappointed too, Tracey.In the online world we have not placed any restriction on the age porn can be viewed, either accidentally or on purpose. Rectifying this would bring porn into line with other products we believe to be harmful to children, such as tobacco and alcohol.An important omission which needs to be corrected? Apparently not.Ignorance of what can actually be seen very easily online is a major barrier to those of us who are calling for change. We are not talking nudity here, nor even sex really. We are talking about the promotion and escalation of violence towards women.Modern pornography has become aggressive, violent and frequently demeaning to women. Forget Playboy, pornography is now a whole different beast.It is difficult to pin down exact statistics about aggression in porn, because in some research, a behaviour is not listed as violent if the female actor responds favourably to it.The problem with that criteria is that female porn actors are paid to react positively to acts which in real life would be painful, distressing and cruel.For young women who watch porn to find out how sex works, which we know they do, this is literally teaching them to smile at their own abuse. It is setting the bar for male behaviour towards women in a sexual encounter so low we might as well get out a shovel and dig it underground.Minister Martin is not the only person worried about the effects viewing this material is having on our young people who are trying to figure out how sexual relationships work.The Commissioner for Children, Andrew Becroft, has voiced trepidation about what is now facing young people online.“To be honest, in the two years I’ve been in this role, pornography is the most significant underlying concern reported to me by youth workers, community workers and church workers engaged with young people.”The Chief Film Censor, David Shanks, has spoken out often about his concerns, for example the promotion of non-consensual behaviour seen in many videos. He is also troubled by the popularity of the “step porn” genre here, whereby sex is depicted between step parents and children, and step siblings.Shanks believed New Zealand had an opportunity, he said, to be an international leader in getting other countries to join together to force online porn sites to do more to make it harder for young people to access porn.Well, we have just blown that opportunity. Unless the Minister somehow retains her portfolio in the post-election restructuring, we have lost momentum on this.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/122375375/our-politicians-have-failed-kiwi-kids-not-restricting-access-to-online-pornKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Trinidad health minister defends decision to continue medical practice

first_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Trinidad health minister defends decision to continue medical practice by: – July 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Flag of Trinidad. Photo credit: mapsofworld.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan on Sunday defended his decision to continue his medical practice as a urologist while holding a ministerial portfolio, saying he has not broken any law or compromised his responsibilities.The minister’s statement followed a Guardian newspaper report.In a statement, the minister said he was called to serve in the Cabinet at short notice.“This request came at a time when the health sector was in crisis and it was my belief that given my experience as a medical doctor, my knowledge of the system, my proficiency in management, coupled with my background in mediation, I possessed the requisite skills to make a positive impact on the system, to enforce change to bring about a vastly improved public health care for the benefit of all citizens,” Khan said. “It was on this basis that I accepted the call to serve.”Khan said he informed his patients he would be suspending his medical practice because of his ministerial responsibilities. He also advised his patients to seek other urologists for assistance but was already overwhelmed with requests to conduct surgeries which he had already committed himself to.As a result, Khan said he felt it was appropriate for him to continue to clear the backlog of patients who were already scheduled for surgery under his care.He said he conducted surgeries on Saturdays and saw patients after 4 pm on Tuesdays. Stating neither of these activities compromised his ability to function as Health Minister, Khan said he has been advised by his lawyers he was not in breach of the Integrity in Public Life Act.“One cannot expect me as a medical practitioner to abandon my patients at the stroke of a pen and while some have expressed some ethical concerns in this matter, I can assure the public that my responsibilities as minister have not been compromised in any way,” Khan stated.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Michael, Smith are Summer Nationals IMCA winners at Outlaw

first_imgBy Paul SzmalDUNDEE, N.Y. (July 27-28) – Rich Michael Jr. and Brad Smith were IMCA Modified winners at Outlaw Speedway’s Scorpion Security Products Summer Nationals.Michael made the move past Keith Jack Lamphere on lap eight to take the lead in the Friday Mar­ion Decker Agency Modified show. Lamphere was left to duel with Rodney Morgan, who picked up a ride in Ray McClure’s car after engine troubles had sidelined him after the heat races.Michael was easily able to pull away for his second win in a row as Morgan took the borrowed ride to a second place finish.  Keith Jack Lamphere held off Brandon Smith at the line for third with Keith Lamphere just behind them.Will Ward led until lap 10 on Saturday, when Brad Smith made his way by for the top spot. Smith led the rest of the way to take the win over Ward, Michael, Morgan and Keith Jack Lamphere.last_img read more