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Canine Graduate Joins Sheriff Department

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first_img“It’s an honor to welcome this highly trained K-9 team to our unit,” Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said in a released statement. This team, Golden continued, “will prove to be a great asset to Monmouth County and local police departments when it comes to bolstering homeland security capabilities, by playing a vital role in protecting our country against criminal and terroristic threats.”The sheriff ’s office K-9 unit currently has seven handlers and eight K-9 members, making up the unit’s two explosives/patrol teams, three narcotics/patrol teams, one explosives team, one tracking team and one narcotics team, according to the office.The unit is called upon to assist local police departments with narcotics and explosive detection and criminal and missing persons searches. The unit in 2015 responded to 109 explosives calls, 212 tracking and 256 narcotics calls. In addition, the unit presented 147 K-9 demonstrations for last year. The State Police established its Canine Unit in 1987, as part of the department’s Investigation Section. In 2004 the unit was re-assigned to the State Police’s Special Operations Section within its Homeland Security Branch.The State Police’s Canine Unit presently has 24 teams. They’re regularly assigned to assist federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies on an as-needed basis.Along with those responsibilities, the state teams are responsible for enhancing the security at the Statehouse Complex, Trenton, and are assigned to the New Jersey Turnpike and Atlantic City Airport. During their time at the academy, the duo was among 22 teams to complete training and graduate, having met the state Office of Attorney General’s guidelines for the program.The teams participated in areas such as tracking scent and patrol, narcotics detection, explosives detection and fire patrol. As part of their training the teams were on State Police boats at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, and utilized vacant buildings and lots.The two-legged team members were instructed at the academy on criminal case law, crime scene preservation, basic canine obedience, agility and environmental training as well as working with their four-legged partners on socialization with crowds.center_img By John BurtonFREEHOLD – Another partnering of officer and man’s best friend recently arrived at the Monmouth County Sheriff ’s Office.Sheriff ’s Officer Ralph Irizzary and his K-9 team member, Fuze, a two-year-old German shepherd, in June graduated from the New Jersey State Police Canine Training Academy, Hamilton.Irizzary and Fuze completed the 33-week course that involved intensive training in such areas as explosive detection and patrol.Irizzary and Fuze will be part of the office’s explosives detection team, where they will specialize in response when dealing with potentially dangerous situations, according to the Sheriff ’s Office.“I’m grateful to the Monmouth County Sheriff ’s Office for providing Fuze and me with this great opportunity,” to be part of this team, said Irizzary in a released statement.last_img read more

Fulham v Norwich: Hangeland returns

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first_imgSkipper Brede Hangeland and keeper Maarten Stekelenburg return to a much-changed Fulham side for the FA Cup third-round replay at Craven Cottage.Wembley-born twins Josh and Jacob Murphy are both in the Norwich matchday squad. Josh starts, while Jacob is among the Canaries substitutes.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson; Karagounis, Sidwell; Dejagah, Kasami, Kačaniklić; Bent.Subs: Stockdale, Hughes, Rodallega, Dempsey, Christensen, Tankovic, Dembèlè.Norwich: Bunn; Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Garrido; Fox, Johnson, Snodgrass; Redmond, Josh Murphy, Elmander.Subs: Ruddy, van Wolfswinkel, Fer, Hoolahan, Becchio, Ryan Bennett, Jacob Murphy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mack brings Lady Panther Classic ‘chip home

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first_imgIt was the Panthers, and especially the soon-to-be tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Dickey, who came out with more gas in the tank in the third quarter. Dickey’s defense created a number of turnovers in the early moments of the third as the Panthers went on a 6-0 run to pull back ahead of the Crusaders.“Theresia lead us in intensity and energy all weekend,” McClure said. “She gave us a cushion there in the third quarter that we needed. I thought as a team we did a great job staying composed.”The Panthers outscored the Crusaders 16-12 in the third quarter and 17-12 in the fourth to notch their seventh win of the season. The Panthers had nine wins total last year.Gardner finished with 16 points in the loss and Sisemore, 14. Gardner and Sisemore also earned all-tournament team nods as well as McKinleyville’s Tripp and Grace Rosebrook.If the Crusaders want to get a spot of revenge after losing Saturday’s game, they will not have to wait long as the two teams are scheduled to face one another next Tuesday, Dec. 18. Rayn Tripp lead all scorers with 18 points, Theresia Dickey added 12 more and the McKinleyville Panthers subdued the St. Bernard’s Crusaders 53-42 in the championship round of the Lady Panther Classic, Saturday afternoon at McKinleyville High.“I like how our girls are playing,” McKinleyville head coach Anthony McClure said. “We still have a lot of improvements we can make, but the more wins like this that we can get as we head into league play means a lot for our confidence going forward.”McKinleyville (7-2) never trailed in Saturday’s win as a dominate first quarter saw the Panthers outscore the Crusaders (5-4) 13-3. Emily Gardner, one of the Crusaders main scoring threats, picked up two early fouls and had to spend more time on the bench than her team would have liked as they couldn’t find another scorer to keep them on pace with the Panthers.Gardner, along with Jasa Sisemore, lead her Crusaders back in the second quarter with five points (Sisemore had five in the quarter as well) and narrowed her team’s deficit to just two points, 20-18, before halftime.last_img read more

Raiders studs, duds in victory over Colts

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first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — The Raiders made things infinitely harder on themselves than was necessary, but the end result was as satisfying to coach Jon Gruden as any he can remember.“I’m as proud of this win as any one I’ve ever had before,” Gruden said after a 31-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.The Raiders jumped to a 14-0 lead, seized control with an epic 16-play, 82-yard third-quarter drive … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Panel Majority Agrees: Our Solar System Is Special

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first_imgAll five observational and theoretical planetary scientists on a panel last week agreed that our solar system is a special place, reports Space.Com.  At the 5th annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Panel Debate, held at the American Museum of Natural History, the topic was “whether our solar system is special, why it looks the way it does, and how others thus far detected differ.”  All five panelists concluded that, because of the approximately 150 extrasolar planets detected so far, none of which resemble Earth, solar systems like ours may be rare in the universe.  Neil deGrasse Tyson of the Hayden Planetarium moderated the event that was attended by about 700 people.Paul Butler is co-discoverer of two thirds of known extrasolar planets.  He has found that most have eccentric orbits, meaning that earthlike planets in such systems would likely be destroyed or ejected.  “I think with the data at hand,” he said, “we can say that our solar system is rare.  Eccentricity dominates.”Scott Tremaine (Princeton) and Peter Goldreich (Caltech), both astrophysicists, have calculated that large planets like Jupiter can migrate inward and outward in planetary systems.  Many of the observed extrasolar planets are Jupiter-class objects found in Mercury-range orbits.  Earth-like planets would have little hope of survival in such systems.Fritz Benedict (U of Texas) noted that many host stars emit huge flares that would quickly sterilize Earth-like planets.  He remarked,“The older I get, the less likely it seems to me there’d be a bunch of places like our solar system.” Margaret Turnbull (Carnegie Inst. of Washington) felt that more observations will be needed to consider our solar system special.  But she noted that close-in planets would most likely be tidally locked to the star, turning one side into a dry desert and the other into a freezing wasteland.  Liquid water on the surface of such a world would be impossible.The first extrasolar planets were detected indirectly in the 1990s.  Prior to that, most scientists assumed that other solar systems would resemble ours, with rocky planets close in and gas giants farther out.  “But what they discovered were solar systems unlike ours with big Jupiter-like planets close to their host star,” wrote Sara Goudarzi for Space.com.  The question now is why ours is so different, and just how rare it will turn out to be as discoveries continue.    A contrasting view was reported in National Geographic News.  A computer study shows that a “Goldilocks zone” of habitability could exist in many of the known extrasolar systems.  No earthlike planets have been found in them, though, and indeed could not be detected with current technology.  “It’s still philosophical at this point, but I’m an optimist,” said James Kasting, member of a JPL team building the Terrestrial Planet Finder for launch a decade away.  In contrast to the Space.Com article that emphasized the uniqueness of Earth gauged from observations, NG optimistically titled its report, “Many ‘Earths’ Are Out There, Study Says.”This is why observational science is necessary and important; it keeps speculation in check.  Poor Dr. Tyson (would-be heir apparent to Carl Sagan–see 09/29/2004 entry) must rue the fact that the stubborn data are, so far, contrary to his master’s fresco of our Earth as “an ordinary planet around a humdrum star, lost in a galaxy, tucked away in a forgotten corner of the universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”  The search is in its early stages, but the data so far appear statistically significant.    This story provides additional support for the “Privileged Planet” hypothesis (see 06/24/2004 and 08/01/2004 entries, book at PrivilegedPlanet.com and film at Illustra Media).  Back in the early 1980s when Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series was the biggest thing on PBS, inspiring a cult following, most scientists accepted as an article of faith that Earth-like planets were common in the universe.  Five scientists is a small sample of the set of all astronomers, but that all of them on this panel, each professionally involved in the search for extrasolar planets, would be forced by the data to conclude “there’s no place like home,” is also statistically significant.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Intestinal Efficiency Praised

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first_imgLeave it to a science website to answer those questions one would never ask out loud, or might not really care to know, like “why are feces brown?”  One line jumps out of an explanation at Live Science that is no joke: “Feces are fascinating.  Flush down your initial grade-school scatological silliness and you’ll discover a world of energy efficiency and unparalleled waste management.  If machines, industries and nations ran as well as your stomach, intestines and colon, we could say goodbye to a lot of landfills.”  Writer Ben Mauk continued, “The complex digestion process ensures that almost no useful energy goes unused.”Maybe our industrial waste management engineers and efficiency experts should learn something from the processes inside.  We live like kings in our own castles, served by highly-trained and efficient servants.  Something to think about on the throne today.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Transnet in Chinese rail funding pact

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first_img27 March 2013South African state-owned freight logistics company Transnet has signed a “ground-breaking” agreement with the China Development Bank that is expected to yield a loan in the region of US$5-billion (R45-billion) to help finance the country’s massive rail infrastructure upgrade programme.The agreement, signed during a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pretoria on Tuesday, would enable Transnet and the China Development Bank to “identify opportunities … for future collaboration in Transnet’s infrastructure upgrade programmes,” Transnet said in a statement.The cooperation agreed upon would include “the financing of the construction and upgrade of railway and port infrastructure and localisation of equipment manufacturing.“In addition, the two agreed on future collaboration on research and development initiatives, manufacturing, marketing and the construction of cross-border infrastructure throughout the continent,” Transnet said.Transnet Group chief executive Brian Molefe said the agreement, signed as the 5th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit got under way in Durban on Tuesday, was proof of the opportunities created by South Africa’s membership of the grouping.Transnet last year announced an unprecedented R300-billion capital investment programme to revamp and expand its ports, rail and pipelines infrastructure and equipment, saying it would create over half-a-million new jobs while making its freight rail division the fifth-largest in the world.The company plans to spend the lion’s share of this, R205-billion, on rail projects – R151-billion on freight rail – as it pushes to increase its freight rail volumes from about 200-million to 350-million tons by 2019, while increasing its market share of South African container traffic from around 79% to 92%.This increase would significantly reduce the cost of doing business in South Africa, Transnet said at the time, citing internal studies showing that rail in the country was on average 75% cheaper than road transport.The company said that about two-thirds of the required funding for the programme would be raised internally and the remainder in the international debt capital market.As part of this programme, Transnet has already awarded contracts to a number of manufacturers, including the United States’ General Electric, Finnish crane maker Kalmar, and China South Railways.In October, a consortium led by Chinese manufacturer CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive (CSR) was named as the winning bidder to supply Transnet with 95 electric locomotives.Transnet will pay R2.6-billion (about $300-million) for the 95 locomotives, the first 10 of which are being assembled in CSR’s factories in China, while the remainder will be made in South Africa.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Toddler Tech: Building Vocabulary Skills with GoodieWords for iOS

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first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The iPad is often touted for its great potential as a learning device for toddlers – if you don’t mind the smudgy fingerprints on the screen, of course. A newly updated app by GoodieWorld is aimed specifically at that sort of early education. The GoodieWords app is geared toward toddlers who are in their “What is it?” stage, but it explains words that parents might otherwise find difficult to define, like fingerprint, shadow, time, and dream. The multi-sensory app has great animations as well as a read-aloud section offering a definition and explanation of the item or concept. Each word also has a number of interactive games to help foster better understanding. Rainbow, for example, is defined as something that occurs following a rainstorm; its colors are noted; and then the child can tap the animated cloud to make it rain. Wiping away the rain from the screen makes a rainbow appear. And the rainbow can be played like a piano. These games make the app engaging, but also help place the new vocabulary word in a real-world sort of context.GoodieWords is created with the help of educational consultants from Stanford University and New York City’s The Dalton School. “GoodieWords is designed with several goals in mind: to teach more difficult words to preschoolers, to challenge young minds to learn those words and concepts at an earlier age, and to help children build confidence as they learn,” says GoodieWorld founder and CEO Adam Gittlin. Touchscreen devices also offer a great opportunity for toddlers to practice their fine motor skills, and there are plenty of examples of very young children picking up these devices for the first time and grasping how to swipe and “click.” Indeed, one of the very earliest reviews we wrote about the iPad here at ReadWriteWeb was written by Sarah Perez, who called it the “first real family computer” as she watched all ages enjoy it at a family gathering.A beta version of the GoodieWord iPad app was introduced last fall, but only came with 3 words. The new version, available in the App Store today, works across multiple platforms (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, that is), and for $4.99 includes 15 vocabulary words. The first 15 ReadWriteWeb readers that retweet this post and mention @goodieworld will be eligible for a free download code. (GoodieWorld will DM you with details, so you’ll have to follow the Twitter account in order to get “the goods.”) Tags:#E-Learning#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watterslast_img read more

Solar seeks its place under Spanish sun

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Citation: Solar seeks its place under Spanish sun (2018, March 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-solar-spanish-sun.html Explore further Room to growDonoso said this explains why major Spanish power firms such as Iberdrola “who stood aside from this sector” have suddenly jumped in.”The Spanish market will certainly be one of the biggest in Europe in the coming years,” he added.A group set up by the government proposes setting as a goal having a total of 30,000-60,000 gigawatts of installed solar capacity by 2020, Donoso said.Spain’s conservative government has so far not made solar power a priority, said Ferrando.”We only use the sun for tourism not for electricity,” he said.Solar power represents just 3-4 percent of electrical power production in Spain, compared with 20 percent for wind power and 16-17 percent for hydroelectric power, according to the lobby group. But the sector has undergone “a complete reversal in less than six months”, according to Donoso.Blazing returnOne reason is that solar panels can now produce electricity at a lower price than traditional power sources such as coal, gas and nuclear. “We only use the sun for tourism, not for electricity,” Fernando Ferrando said This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Sun-drenched Spain should be a natural for solar energy, and it is here that the technology is making an effort to stand on its feet financially without subsidies. Investors are now betting again on solar power generation in Spain, which for a decade was in the shadows as the country cut subsidies for the clean but expensive source of energy.A plunge in the price of solar panels and lower construction costs has changed the maths, and new projects are moving forward again. Iberdrola, Spain’s largest power company, this month launched a solar project with a capacity of 425 megawatts.And last week Spanish renewable energy firm Cox Energy signed a deal for the construction of 495 megawatts of capacity in Spain, and another 165 megawatts in neighbouring Portugal, in a 400-million-euro ($490 million) investment.Companies have sought authorisation for solar power projects across Spain with a total capacity of 24,000 megawatts, according to the director general of Spanish solar power lobby UNEF, Jose Donoso.Subsidies stumbleThat is the equivalent of 14 of the latest generation nuclear power plants that France hopes to launch later this year, after a decade of costly construction. Spain’s cash-strapped government halted subsidies for solar power projects in 2010 Clouds gather over Spain’s renewables sector as aid cut Despite its huge potential, solar power accounts for just 3 to 4 percent of electricity production in Spain Spain was one of the pioneers of solar power-generation. Subsidies in the form of a high purchase price for solar power lured investors and homeowners to install solar panels, triggering an installation boom in 2008 that saw Spain’s installed capacity jump five times to 3,355 megawatts.But the global financial crisis, which ravaged Spain via a collapse of the property market, led to a bust in new projects and the cash-strapped government was quickly forced to abandon the subsidies.Just 49 megawatts was added in 2015, and 55 megawatts in 2016, before picking up to 135 megawatts in 2017, according to UNEF figures.However in Germany, which kept up its subsidies, solar power swelled by six times although the country does not receive as much sun as Spain, meaning each panel produces less electricity.The country now has more than 40,000 megawatts of solar power, compared with 5,400 in Spain at the end of 2015. © 2018 AFP Spain was one of the pioneers of solar power-generation but the financial crisis broke its momentum The cost of solar power production plunged 73 percent between 2010 and 2017, according the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), which predicts it will continue to fall.Companies also realised the projects didn’t need guaranteed prices from the state.A tender for solar power projects launched by the government in July had so many bids that the price was capped at 30-31 euros per megawatt hour.According to the European statistical agency Eurostat, non-residential customers in Spain paid an average 107 euros per megawatt hour last year.Investors concluded that “it is better to run risks in the market then depend on regulated demand”, Donoso said.Moreover, investors into renewables know how much construction and operation will cost them, while traditional power stations have only a limited ability to lock in prices for fuel.”It is much more profitable to invest in capital-intensive technologies (like photovoltaic power) than technologies where the raw material comes at a cost” like gas or coal, said the president of renewable energy lobby group Fundacion Renovables, Fernando Ferrando. read more