Canada wraps up multi-agency maritime incident exercise

first_img Canadian Coast Guard and armed forces have concluded exercise Salish Sea, a maritime disaster exercise which took place in British Columbia.Salish Sea is considered to be the Canadian Coast Guard’s largest exercise ever with participation from Canadian Armed Forces, BC Ferries, BC Emergency Health Services, Emergency Management BC, BC Ministry of Environment, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue and Public Safety Canada among others.Exercise Salish Sea 2017 is designed to help agencies and responders inter-operate in a simulated real-time environment. The scenario tested how agencies would work together in a large-scale marine emergency ranging from a mass casualty evacuation to the environmental response that follows such an incident.The first day of the exercise simulated a fire on BC Ferries’ M/V Coastal Renaissance, requiring passengers and crew to evacuate.On the second day, October 26, CCGS Bartlett simulated the ferry near Salt Spring Island for the marine environmental response portion of the exercise. An incident command post, to oversee the coordination of the simulated clean-up efforts, was organized by Coast Guard at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney for the day.“As Commander of Joint Task Force (Pacific) I recognize the importance of maintaining a high state of Search and Rescue readiness for British Columbia’s busy territorial waters. Exercise Salish Sea 17 affords JTF(P) the unique opportunity to train in a realistic scenario alongside our federal and provincial partners and community stakeholders,” commented Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander, Joint Task Force (Pacific), Canadian Armed Forces. Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Canada wraps up multi-agency maritime incident exercise October 27, 2017 View post tag: Exercise Salish Seacenter_img View post tag: Canadian Coast Guard Canada wraps up multi-agency maritime incident exercise Authoritieslast_img read more

Oxbridge condemned over state-school access failure

first_imgGovernment advisers are set to publish an annual report which will criticise Oxbridge and some constituent colleges for their failure to increase the number of state-school pupils studying at the universities. Two of the main concerns to be addressed are the failure of some major colleges to accept at least fifty percent of students from the state sector and the large discrepancy between colleges in the number of offers awarded to state-educated applicants.  The report, compiled by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, is expected to name University, St Peter’s, Trinity and Christ Church as the worst performing colleges for state-school acceptance. According to the report, Christ Church has 42.2 per cent acceptances from the state sector, Trinity 44.3 per cent, St Peter’s 47.1 per cent and University College 48.3 per cent.   Former ministers Alan Milburn and Gillian Shepherd, who produced the report, will also highlight how independently schooled pupils still make up around two-fifths of the intake at both Oxford and Cambridge.A spokesperson for Oxford University commented: “The University cannot comment on the detail of the Commission’s report ahead of publication. But we are clear that school type is an imprecise and often misleading indicator of social disadvantage.  For example, we receive applications from students on independent school bursaries who are themselves from disadvantaged backgrounds.”“For that reason Oxford takes a more precisely targeted approach to increasing the numbers of under-represented groups at Oxford. This approach has been agreed with the Office for Fair Access and is bearing positive results. The proportion of Oxford students from the lowest income households (below £16,000 pa) rose to one in ten last year.” “Oxford uses sophisticated contextual information about socio-economic, educational and in care backgrounds. This allows able candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds to be shortlisted as additional candidates for interview. Final decisions about who is admitted to Oxford are, and will remain, entirely on academic criteria.” The master at University College, Sir Ivon Crewe, defended his college’s record in an email to the student body. He said, “You may have seen recent articles in the Observer and Guardian, preceding a forthcoming report of the Social Mobility Commission, that assert that under half of those admitted by Univ are from the state sector and that Univ is one of the ‘worst performers’ in this regard. I wish to reassure you that this assertion is faulty. It appears to be based on a biased selection of inconsistent statistics, confined to a single and unrepresentative year (2013) and is highly misleading.”  “Some students see Oxford as a posh place that would be too expensive for them, but are not aware of tested bursaries and scholarships available to them. I think if more students from low-income backgrounds were aware of these, then they might be more motivated to apply.”The Access and Academic Affairs Officers at Christ Church, Joe Stephenson and Constance Crozier, told Cherwell how they were trying to meet this need: “The private to state school debate is not a new one, but is an ongoing issue which the University is addressing. The lower proportion of state school students and those from non-traditional backgrounds at Christ Church is one of the reasons why we have such an active access and outreach programme. Over the last three years we have established an ambassadorial scheme which trains student volunteers to take part in term-time access events for state schools, including tours and Q&A sessions, as well as college open days.”Stephenson and Crozier, however, were uncertain whether the report would stimulate more diverse applications: “The ‘naming and shaming’ of certain colleges serves to create negative reputations which can be long-lasting. It is likely that part of the problem is that colleges with a certain reputation – often upheld by the media – tend to receive fewer applications from state school-educated students, with the result that the pool of candidates is inevitably going to have a lower-than-average proportion of state-educated students.” St Peter’s and Trinity colleges have been contacted for comment. “References to the proportion of places offered to applicants from the state and independent sector are only meaningful if confined to UK domiciled applicants in UK schools, as is standard practice when universities and colleges report their admissions statistics publicly. On that basis the majority of places at Univ from 2011-15 were offered to state school applicants (55.4%). This is very close to the proportion for the University as a whole (55.9%).”James Quirke, a student at University College, suggested to Cherwell that responsibility for the discrepancy lay more with the schools than the university: “The difference between private and state school pupils comes from the culture in to which they have been “bred”. The problem lies in the attitude of the school. Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and other such universities are, for private schools with demanding parents paying money for top results, not the preserve of “the best”; they are an expectation. Teachers that have attended these elite universities, earning high salaries at private schools, facilitate the application process with their own experience. Quirke added: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, and state schools’ unwillingness to gamble is doing as much to damage the number of state students going to Oxbridge as any genuine classist discrimination that may exist.” In a similar vein, Charlotte Dowling, a student at Worcester College, saw the report’s results as symptomatic of a lack of support in schools and from outreach programmes. Dowling, who attended a North East London comprehensive academy, said “I think lots of students who are at State schools are put off from applying to Oxbridge for various different reasons but there are some things that access could do to encourage more people from these backgrounds to apply, especially in terms of outreach. I had friends at secondary school who had the grades for Oxbridge, but didn’t get any support with application from the sixth form because the teachers did not really know about it and no-one from Oxbridge ever visited the school.” last_img read more

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting in Key West Estates

first_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Sheriff’s Office Investigating Shooting in Key West EstatesThe Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in a west side residence early this morning. Sheriff’s deputies were called to a house in Key West Estates for a domestic dispute. The caller advised that she had been attacked by her son and advised 911 operators that her husband had her son at gunpoint. Deputies were dispatched and the caller was asked to remain on the line. Just prior to the arrival of Sheriff’s deputies, gunshots were heard on the call.Arriving deputies encountered the caller and her juvenile daughter outside the residence. The caller advised that she believed her son, 21-year-old Matthew Scott Uloth, had been shot by her husband, Jon Scott Uloth and that both were still inside the residence. Entry was made and Matthew and Jon Uloth were observed to be fighting each other. Matthew then charged a deputy and punched him in the jaw. Matthew was restrained and it was determined that he had two apparent gunshot wounds, one to the right shoulder and the other to the abdomen. Medical personnel responded and Matthew was taken to Deaconess Hospital for treatment.Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office interviewed the involved parties and were advised that Matthew had been acting increasingly strange in recent days. On the evening of the attack, Matthew had indicated that he had possibly ingested some sort of drug. Matthew’s erratic behavior escalated to an attack on his mother during which he strangled her. At this point, his father Jon drew his pistol and attempted to keep him at bay while his wife called 911. During the call, Matthew charged his father who then shot him out of fear for his and his wife’s safety.At this time, no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing. It does appear that the shooting was justified, however a case file will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for review. Matthew Uloth remains at Deaconess Hospital.last_img read more

Judge Refuses to Dismiss Charges in Beach Tag Office Sexual Assault Case

first_imgCharles “Chuck” Cusack served as an Ocean City police officer for 25 years and later managed beach tag operations in Ocean City.A former Ocean City beach tag supervisor is headed to trial this fall after a judge declined to dismiss official misconduct and child endangering charges against him.The former supervisor, 52-year-old Charles E. Cusack, is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with an underage female employee. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in state prison if convicted of official misconduct.Cusack appeared in state Superior Court in Cape May Court House on Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by his attorney, Louis M. Barbone of Atlantic City. Cusack, wearing a gray suit, did not speak during the hearing.He was charged in August 2012 with one count of second-degree sexual assault. A retired Ocean City police officer who was later hired to run the city’s beach fee operations, Cusack allegedly had an ongoing sexual relationship with a female beach-tag inspector, who was then 17. In February 2015, a Cape May County grand jury handed up a superseding indictment adding a second-degree charge of official misconduct and a second-degree count of endangering the welfare of a child against Cusack.Barbone filed a motion arguing the official misconduct and endangering charges against Cusack should be dismissed. The superseding indictment was based upon “prosecutorial vindictiveness” because Cusack wouldn’t plead guilty and instead opted to go to trial, Barbone contended.Assistant Cape May County Prosecutor Dara Paley countered in her reply brief that she presented the additional charges against Cusack to a grand jury only after it became clear the case couldn’t be resolved through a plea agreement. Cusack would not agree to plead guilty to a charge that would spare him prison time, but require him to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, Paley said.During Tuesday’s hearing, Judge John C. Porto said prosecutors have wide discretion in bringing additional charges during the pretrial phase of a case, as long as those charges are in line with the evidence.“To this court it appears it was prosecutorial oversight that caused the state to initially indict the defendant with only one count of sexual assault under the prior indictment,” Porto said in issuing his ruling from the bench.The presentment of additional charges against Cusack to a grand jury was justified, Porto ruled.“The absence of all the potential charges in the initial indictment due to the prosecutor’s oversight constituted an unjustifiable windfall to the defendant at the expense of the public interest, the victim’s rights and the integrity of the criminal justice system. Therefore, to say the initial indictment and the state’s offer were very favorable to the defendant given the absence of the official misconduct and endangering the welfare charge is an understatement,” he said.Porto set a trial date of Nov. 2. Cusack is scheduled to appear in court again on July 30 for a pretrial conference.Cusack also faces a civil lawsuit filed in March by his alleged victim. The lawsuit alleges Cusack helped the girl land a plum summer job with the city’s beach fee office, and then used his position of authority to sway her into a sexual relationship. The city of Ocean City is also named as a defendant in the civil suit.Cusack had sex with the girl both in his city office and at his home in Egg Harbor Township on various occasions, according to the civil and criminal complaints.In New Jersey, the age of consent is 16. But Cusack was charged under a provision in state statute that makes it illegal for a person to have sex with someone over whom he or she has supervisory authority when an alleged victim is 16 or 17 years old.Cusack served 25 years in the Ocean City Police Department before retiring in May 2011. He has three daughters and had been separated from his wife at the time of his arrest.Cusack was in his second season as director of the city’s beach-tag program when he was arrested. He has been free since posting $150,000 bond shortly after his arrest.He and Barbone left the courtroom without comment following Tuesday’s hearing.Read more:Prosecutor: Former Beach Tag Boss Had Sex With Teen in City OfficeAlleged Sex Assault Victim Sues Ocean City and Former Beach-Tag Bosslast_img read more

Seniors Feted in Big Win for Girls Basketball

first_imgThe Red Raiders honor the senior class before the start of the game. By LESLEY GRAHAMThe Ocean City High School girls basketball team honored its six seniors Tuesday night by posting a dominating 50-25 win over visiting Cedar Creek.The victory gave the Red Raiders a piece of the title for the National Division in the Cape Atlantic League along with Mainland. The win improved Ocean City to 17-6 (13-1 conference), while Cedar Creek dropped to 7-15 (7-9 conference).The senior class for the Red Raiders consists of Abbey Fenton, Delaney Lappin, Lauren Mirsky, Emma Finnegan, Katie Mazzitelli and Megan Crawford.In a post-game interview, Ocean City Head Coach Paul Baruffi spoke about the leadership and growth in his senior class.“A lot of the seniors have been with me for four years, and they have worked hard, been leaders, and most importantly contributed a lot over the past four years,” Baruffi said.Ocean City’s Delaney Lappin puts up a bucket for her team-high seven points.In a game that saw 10 different Red Raiders in the scorebook, senior Delaney Lappin led the way with seven points.The first quarter saw the closest point spread of the game as the Raiders and the Pirates traded baskets for the opening eight minutes of play. Ocean City took a two-point lead going into the second quarter, 11-9.Then the cylinders started firing for Ocean City in the second quarter. The Raiders put up 14 points to Cedar Creek’s two.The Raiders were able to cycle players through the lineup to keep the ball moving and keep the legs fresh. They increased their full-court pressure defense, creating turnovers and second chance opportunities to find the basket. Ocean City led going into halftime, 25-11.Red Raider Katie Mazzitelli plays defense on a shot attempt by Cedar Creek.As the second half got underway, Ocean City continued its dominance, scoring 17 points in the final eight minutes of play, with freshman Ayanna Morton adding six of her own.Baruffi was proud of the effort his team showed, especially in clinching a part of the divisional title.“Especially when we started the season 1-5, to win something like that is an accomplishment,” he said. “Winning divisional titles, conference titles, group titles – they are all important and they are all accomplishments. We take pride in all of it.”The Red Raiders will close out the regular season on Thursday at Williamstown in a nonconference match-up before starting the conference playoffs.Ocean City’s Ayanna Morton readies herself for a free throw.last_img read more

Press release: Alun Cairns: “Wales’ cultural reputation has an enormous impact on our global standing”

first_imgENDS I am delighted to welcome those from all walks of Wales’ creative life to celebrate our famous culture in Gwydyr House. I’m proud to see every element of Welsh culture represented, from sport to tourism and the arts industry, both on stage and on screen. Each one of them plays a crucial role in putting Welsh talent on a pedestal for the world to see. Wales Week in London provides the opportunity to showcase Wales on an international stage, and it’s my role to ensure Welsh interests are represented across the UK and internationally. But I’m no expert in culture, and I encourage those present to think about how we can take the best of Wales to the rest of the world. My door is always open to hearing their ideas. Leading figures from Welsh cultural organisations will gather at the Wales Office in Westminster today (28 February) in celebration of the strength and diversity of Welsh culture.Guests from the worlds of broadcasting, arts and sports will join Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns and UK Government Ministers Stuart Andrew and Lord Bourne at an event in Gwydyr House.The Welsh Secretary is expected to call on those present to come up with inventive ways to showcase Wales’ talent across the world, in order to maintain the nation’s strong reputation in the fields of business, tourism and culture.Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns said:last_img read more

Press release: New laws to better protect millions of Brits who book holidays online

first_imgRead the Government response to the Package Travel Directive consultation UK families spend on average £22.10 per week on package travel abroad, which represents over a third (33%) of household spending on recreation and culture. With the advent of online booking, the way we buy holidays has changed significantly in recent years, with 83% of Brits booking a holiday online in 2017, compared to 76% in 2016.New measures coming into force in July will provide clearer and stronger protections for holidaymakers by ensuring more types of holidays are protected by consumer protection rules.This comes the day after the government launched its Modernising Consumer Markets Green Paper, holding companies to account who fail consumers and looking to strengthen enforcement of consumer rights.The new measures will be underpinned by information requirements to ensure consumers are clear on what travel product they are buying and the corresponding level of protection.According to ABTA – the Travel Association, changes to how we book travel – such as using online booking sites – have created a gap in consumer protections, with 50% of holidays not currently financially protected if a company fails.New rules will help close this gap, meaning more holidays will be protected by consumer protection rules.Consumer Minister Andrew Griffiths said: Household expenditure stats provided by the Impact Assessment Holiday booking stats provided by ABTA Holiday Habits 2017 Notes to editors The new rules will also provide clarity to businesses, increasing fairness in the travel industry by making online outlets as responsible for consumer protections as traditional travel agents.The government is working with travel industry leaders to develop guidance for businesses to help them comply with the new regulations.Regulations will be introduced in Parliament in April, with protections coming into force from 1 July 2018. The Package Travel Directive consultation ran from 14 August 2017 to 25 September 2017.center_img When we book a package holiday we expect it all to go according to plan, but if a company goes bust it can ruin more than just the holiday, leaving people out of pocket or even stranded. These new rules mean that internet explorers can book their holidays online, secure in the knowledge they will be compensated in the same way as someone who booked their holidays through a travel agent if something does go wrong. Holidays booked from 1 July 2018 will be captured by the new measures. an extension to current protections to cover millions of extra holidays a requirement for better information to be provided to travellers at the point of booking, making it clear what their rights to refund are ensuring the business that puts together the package holiday is responsible for the entire holiday – even if some elements will be fulfilled by other companies Modernising consumer markets: green paper New rules outlined today include:last_img read more

Perfect for diseases

first_imgSummer is a great time for fresh local produce, but Georgia summers can present many challenges for gardeners trying to keep crops healthy and alive. This is especially true for tomatoes and cucurbits. Cucurbits are from the family Cucurbitaceae that includes squash, pumpkin, cucumber, gourd, watermelon and cantaloupe. Squash and cucumbers especially can be challenging crops to grow due to pests and diseases. Wet weather compounds the problems. Some of the more common diseases that strike are downy and powdery mildew, anthracnose, and cucurbit yellow vine disease. Downy mildewThe downy mildew pathogen survives the winters mainly in southern frost-free regions. The disease spores reach Georgia from late May into June. This year the arrival appears to be delayed, but the recent wet weather disease gives it the potential to be severe. Symptoms start as bright yellow angular spots on the leaf surface. Leaves later turn brown, often starting from the edges, causing a progressive defoliation from older to younger leaves. Manage the disease with a combination of cultural practices, resistance, and, if desired, targeted sprays. Certain cultivars have some resistance. Keeping plants healthy with balanced nutrition and in an open sunny location will help lessen the effects of this and other diseases. Powdery mildewPowdery mildew does not survive winters in the field but greenhouses can provide a potential early source of spores. Powdery mildew has been prevalent this year and the disease has the potential to defoliate plants. This is one of the easiest of diseases to diagnose since it is the only foliar disease where the fungus grows on the surface. Because of this surface growth there are more alternative and organic control products that may potentially prevent powdery mildew. There are also more cultivars available with powdery mildew resistance. AnthracnoseAnthracnose is mainly a concern on cucumbers and melons. The symptoms include leaf spots, defoliation and sometimes fruit lesions. The diseases survive in the infected debris, so rotation and the destruction of plant debris at the end of the season are important preventative measures. Wet weather is a major contributing factor. Trellising and/or the use of high tunnels, especially with cucumbers, can help reduce infections. Cucurbit yellow vineCucurbit yellow vine disease is a new bacterial disease in Georgia that mainly affects squash and pumpkins. The disease is spread by squash bugs and results in the sudden yellowing, wilting and collapse of plants. The symptoms may be confused with stem borer damage. Squash bug management is the best way to prevent this disease. Losses are substantial where the disease occurs. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension plant pathologists are mapping cucurbit yellow vine disease in Georgia. If you think you have this disease in your garden, contact Elizabeth Little at [email protected] or (706) 542-4774.For more information on growing cucumbers in the home garden, see the UGA Extension publication at www.caes.uga.edu/publication.last_img read more

VEC Board to review Entergy Vermont Yankee proposal, not final yet

first_imgEntergy, Vermont Electric Cooperative complete negotiations on power contract, $49 per mwhWed Mar 30 2011Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today announced Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC has completed negotiations on a 20-year agreement to sell power from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to customers of Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc, the third-largest electric distribution utility in Vermont. Entergy also stated that it will not sell the plant. The agreement is subject to approval by VEC’s board of directors, and is contingent on the plant running after March 2012. Governor Shumlin Interview: Vermont Yankee, taxes, educationThu Mar 31 2011In his first interview as governor with Vermont Business Magazine, Peter Shumlin talks about why he ran for governor, the differences between being a governor and a legislator, his steadfast opposition to the renewed operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and his hopes for renewable energy. Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) officials responded to a press release issued by Entergy Corporation on March 30, 2011. In this press release, Entergy implied that there was an agreement with VEC. Although negotiations to purchase power from Vermont Yankee have ended, at the present time there is no agreement to purchase power from Entergy beyond March, 2012.‘VEC has been negotiating with Entergy, which has offered VEC a 20-year contract that is below market; however there is presently no agreement,’ said CEO Dave Hallquist. ‘To be clear, entering into a contract with Entergy would be contingent on two additional factors: approval by VEC’s twelve member board of directors and support by the state of Vermont for the continued operation of Vermont Yankee beyond March of 2012,’ continued Hallquist.The VEC board of directors will evaluate a potential deal on April 26, 2011 at their monthly meeting to be held at VEC headquarters in Johnson, Vermont. ‘This is a serious and controversial issue for VEC directors who are weighing the benefits of a favorably priced energy contract against concerns about the safety of VY and Entergy’s relationship with the state of Vermont’, stated Hallquist. ‘If Entergy does not gain approval by the State of Vermont to operate, there will not be a deal.’VEC is a member-owned cooperative represented by a board of directors that is democratically elected by VEC’s members. With more than 37,000 retail meters, VEC isVermont’s third largest electric distribution utility serving consumers in 74 towns in northern Vermont.Source: VEC 3.31.2011RELATED STORIES:center_img ###last_img read more

Outdoor Updates: WV state parks celebrate Veteran Appreciation Weeks

first_img“From the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, every region of Virginia is home to unique outdoor assets and recreation opportunities which are sough out by millions of travelers each year,” said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. “We’re pleased to join the community of states that have recognized the importance of this industry as a driver of economic development and quality of life. Outdoor recreation not only improves the growth potential of Virginia’s communities, but it also supports our goals on land conservation, workforce development, and public health. Veterans to receive special lodging rate at WV state parks during Veteran Appreciation Weeks The offer is extended to all military personnel who have served or are currently serving and is subject to availability. To receive the discount, guests should make an online reservation at www.wvstateparks.com and use the promo code VETERAN. Military ID must be shown during check-in.  NC Surf to Sound Challenge draws World Tour title contender 5 new states, including Virginia, commit to outdoor recreation principles Zilg has not yet decided which race she will enter. “The SUP race is one of my favorites because you get to head out through the surf,” said Zilg. “But, Surf to Sound Challenge is including more outrigger canoe events, and they’ll have the 11-mile OC-1 race… I love paddling and racing my Puakea Designs Kahele and may jump at the opportunity to race that.” center_img West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced on Thursday that all United States veterans who stay at a West Virginia state park or state forest during upcoming Veteran Appreciation Weeks will receive 50 percent off on overnight lodging and cabin rates. The discount begins Friday, Nov. 1 and runs through Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. “Providing this discount at our state parks and forests is the least we can do, because our veterans have truly given us everything we have in this world,” said Gov. Justice. “Really, more than anything, it’s a way of saying thank you to our veterans for putting their lives on the line for us.”  The Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club organizes the Surf to Sound Challenge, which includes a number of events such as the 6.5-mile Surf to Sound Challenge for elite paddleboard and prone competitors, an 11-mile longboat endurance race, a kid’s paddleboard race and more.  At the Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit on Saturday, five new states, including Virginia, signed on to advance the principles of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords. The Confluence Accords contains 12 principles within four main pillars of conservation and stewardship; education and workforce training; economic development; and public health and wellness. Eight original states, including North Carolina, developed and signed the original accord. April Zilg, a North Carolina native and top-two title contender in the women’s overall and sprint divisions on the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals World Tour, will compete in the upcoming Surf to Sound Challenge in Wrightsville Beach, NC November 1- 3. last_img read more