#Jamaica, October 24, 2017 – Kingston – The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) is recommending the implementation of monitoring programmes within health facilities to capture information on accidental poisoning in Jamaica.Poison Information Coordinator at CARPIN, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that such data could inform the development of policy and legislation to address lead poisoning. The entity is also calling for segregated waste management that will help with providing some amount of control over what is burned and emitted into the atmosphere.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank recently, said there is need for greater levels of accountability and monitoring in the use of lead in Jamaica, in order to prevent incidents of poisoning. She was speaking against the background of the observation of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from October 22-28 and the local focus on eliminating lead exposure in the environment.She cited research done by Professor Gerald Lalor and a team from the University of the West Indies (UWI) on lead poisoning in Kintyre, St. Andrew; and Red Pond in St. Catherine in the 1980s, which was associated with backyard smelting. Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh said the team found that although a Ministry of Health study done subsequent to the discovery prompted the banning of battery smelting in the country, illegal operations continued.She noted that the research, conducted in Mona Commons in 2004, found that 74 children had been diagnosed with lead poisoning in 1998 and that just a few of them had received treatment. The researcher concluded that the problem had not been properly mitigated and that danger still existed for children in the area.It was also found that there was no monitoring system in place to facilitate current data to validate that the problem no longer exists, that there were no policies in place to enforce preventive actions, and that there needed to be closer monitoring of non-segregated waste through air-quality testing.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh noted that lead poisoning has a debilitating effect on the development of children, causing intellectual disabilities. She said recent research, including a 2004 study by Stretesky et al out of Northumbria University in England, links lead exposure to violent and criminal activity.In 2016, lead exposure accounted for 494,550 deaths globally.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
In the publishing industry, those who make it to the executive level are not only accustomed to change, but often introduce it. Thomas Haines, senior vice president and editor-in-chief with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has led a media career spanning almost three decades. At the upcoming FOLIO: Show, he will discuss how the publishing industry changed during his tenure, and what the executive suite expects from staff now. Here, Haines shares some thoughts on the topic.FOLIO: What’s your background?Thomas Haines [TH]: I have a journalism degree, and have been in publishing since I got out of college. I’ve been in media my entire career, 28 years now. I’ve been at AOPA for 23 years. FOLIO: What position did you hold when you first joined AOPA? TH: I first started off as associate editor; at the bottom of the rung, in most cases from an editorial standpoint. I was then senior editor, executive editor and then vice president; then I became editor-in-chief and senior vice president in 1994. FOLIO: Can you reflect on what was expected from editorial staff 10-15 years ago, and compare to what is expected now?TH: When I became EIC, we had one monthly magazine. We had an annual airport directory, too. The magazine was usually around 125-128 pages long. Over the years, we’ve added another monthly magazine. Now, we have something around the order of 18 different media properties that carry advertising in one sort or the other. Many are online; two weekly and a daily newsletter, and multiple other newsletters serving different segments. We’ve got multiple websites, now we’re into video: we do live webcasting from some of the larger aviation shows, including ours last week. We have video on demand as well. It’s become a large multi-media operation. Of course, like everyone else, now we’re focusing on the mobile market. We introduced digital magazines earlier this year, and are just now coming up with an optimized iPad app.FOLIO: With this diverse portfolio of products, would you prefer your staff to have more general capabilities or more specialization when it comes to editorial?TH: More general. I look for people to go cross-platform at any time. Most are focused, more or less, on one area or the other. We’ve got a team of people who primarily work on digital products, and we’ve got a team who primarily work on the print; each is expected to help out with the other. People have to be able to make that switch pretty easily and capable across all platforms.Traditionally, editorially was divided from the advertising and publishing portion of the industry. FOLIO: Can you share some insight into how editors now have to be more business-savvy, be it through SEO or other ways to get more eyeballs on content?TH: We have people who specialize in creating the pages in a way that are SEO, and make that really friendly for search engines. We’re installing a new content management system in the next year, and our editors may get roped into that a bit more. Blogs are one area where I really challenge them, and social media stuff, but particularly in our blogs. It’s one area where we can see what works well, what doesn’t work well and make adjustments easily. If you write a news story for the website, it’s a little harder to fare it out. Did one story really have impact? Maybe I’ll get some letters or an email about it; but with a blog, you get an instant report on how many people read it and view the comments instantly. You can see if what you wrote is being well received, and I encourage them to focus on that. What works there will probably work in other channels, so we reapply those kinds of subjects in other ways.
FRAMINGHAM, MA — Nearly 200 criminal justice practitioners and academics gathered at Framingham State University on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 for the 2nd Annual People of Color in Criminal Justice (POCCJ) Conference.The daylong conference focused on issues of importance to individuals of color working in the criminal justice field was co-hosted by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and Framingham State University. This year’s conference included morning remarks by NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Equity & Inclusion Dr. Tracie L. Keesee and a keynote address by Asha Rangappa, a senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and CNN contributor.“I want to thank Framingham State, all our partners and especially Dr. Keesee and Ms. Rangappa for lending their expertise today,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Each and every day, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners work to ensure we are meeting the needs of those we serve, while also providing effective support for those tasked with carrying out our important public safety missions. This second annual conference is part of our continuing effort to ensure we are providing those critical supports to our employees.”“It’s an honor to partner with Sheriff Koutoujian and his office on this important event,” said Framingham State University President F. Javier Cevallos. “It’s important to address the issues that people of color who work in and around the criminal justice system face, and I believe this conference can serve as model for other agencies throughout the country.”This year’s conference featured a half-dozen workshops, including a town hall style conversation led by Deputy Commissioner Keesee on resiliency-based support for career services; a presentation led by Boston Police Officer Nicole Grant regarding strategies for youth engagement in communities of color; and a discussion led by Massachusetts Department of Correction Officer Allyson Hale on issues of gender identity, inclusion and creating healthy and welcoming professional environments. Additional workshops focused on justice reinvestment led by Suffolk University Professor Carlos Monteiro, while Juror Project founder, and Orleans (Louisiana) public defender, William Snowden spoke about reforming the criminal justice system through the jury box.In addition to members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and Framingham State University, the conference’s steering committee included representatives of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Harvard University Police Department, Cambridge Police Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Lowell Police Department and the Boston Police Department.Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian addressed participants at the People of Color in Criminal Justice (POCCJ) Conference on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The 2nd Annual POCCJ was co-hosted by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and Framingham State University.(NOTE: The above press release is from Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Sheriff’s Office Co-Hosts Third Annual People Of Color In Criminal Justice ConferenceIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, Framingham State Co-Host First People of Color in Criminal Justice ConferenceIn “Government”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”
Kangana Ranaut loses cool when asked about rape charges on Aditya PancholiInstagram video screenshotKangana Ranaut recently lost her cool when one reporter asked her about accusations of rape against Aditya Pancholi. The actress slammed the reporter by saying that, “you can be behind the bars”.The Manikarnika actress told the reporter that one cannot name the complainant in such cases. “Media should be responsible. These issues should not be sensationalised. And you cannot take the name of the applicant, you will be behind bars if you do so,” an angry Kangana told the reporter when she asked her to comment on filling rape case against Pancholi.While it was believed that Kangana has filed a rape case against Pancholi, the actress’ sister Rangoli Chandel on Twitter stated that she filed the case and not Kangana. Rangoli in her tweets said that she filed the case against Pancholi as the latter has been filing multiple cases against Kangana.”Kangana has openly spoken about her struggles, she feels that’s more important, in her own words she always says, I am not fighting these men I am fighting male chauvinism, I HAVE FILED A CASE ON PANCHOLI, she hasn’t… kitni bar samjhaoon? Pancholi and his wife attacking her everyday and filing many cases what am I supposed to do? People should condemn them but no one saying anything to full time criminal family, when Kangana never filed any case why should media take her name?” she said in her tweet.It is to be mentioned, Kangana, who was in a relationship with Pancholi years ago, had earlier filed a case against him, accusing him of physical and sexual assault. In response to that, Pancholi had filed a defamation case against the actress. Hence, it is little perplexing when Rangoli says that she filed the fresh rape case against Pancholi and not Kangana.Watch the video of Kangana losing cool on the journalist:
The holy Janmashtami, one of the major festivals of the Hindu community, marking the birth of Lord Krishna, will be observed across the country on Sunday with due religious fervour.According to Hindu belief, Lord Vishnu incarnated in the universe as Lord Krishna in the prison of Raja Kangsa on this day, the eighth of “Shukla Pakkha” (bright fortnight) in the month of Bangla calendar Bhadra in Dwapara Yuga in order to protect “Dharma” from the hands of devils.Sri Krishna was born to Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in Mathura to which Krishna’s parents belonged.The day is a public holiday.Meanwhile, the president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the members of Hindu community on the occasion of Janmashtami.In his message, the president said Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony where people of all religions perform their own religious rituals freely.He urged all to continue the tradition of communal harmony in the country by strengthening friendships and coordination.In her message, the prime minister hoped that the ideals and teachings of Krishna will inspire his disciples to further consolidate the ties of communal harmony, friendship and fraternity.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Tagsbooks capital punishment Catholic Church death penalty Helen Prejean homepage featured River of Fire Sister Helen Prejean social justice Vatican II,You may also like Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Utah Mormon official removed from local position after voyeurism arrest Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites VeggieTales to mount latest revival on Trinity Broadcasting Network By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Share This! Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Catholicism News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Two decades after her anti-death penalty work was transformed into an Oscar-winning movie, “Dead Man Walking,” Sister Helen Prejean’s campaign continues with the backing of Pope Francis. RNS photo by Rosie Scammell(RNS) — Sister Helen Prejean wants to get religion “right.”But too often, she said, people use religion, including Christianity, for the wrong reasons.That includes Scripture used by politicians to justify separating families at the border, said Prejean, 80. Or Jesus’ death being used by Christians to defend the death penalty.Or thinking that praying for justice is the same as acting for it.“It took me a long time to get Jesus right,” she said.“It took me a long time to not just live Christianity as practicing charity to those around me who were pretty much people just like me, to getting involved with justice, which is the true call of the gospel.”That desire to get it right prompted Prejean — an anti-death penalty activist whose book “Dead Man Walking” was the inspiration for the Oscar-winning 1995 film by the same name — to write her latest memoir, “River of Fire.”In the new book, which ends where “Dead Man Walking” picks up, the sister describes her journey to the Sisters of St. Joseph — and how religious life changed after Vatican II.Prejean talked to Religion News Service about how she became involved in social justice, why she thinks the death penalty is on its way out and how she got to “bump into two popes along the way.”This interview has been edited for length and clarity.You’ve been part of the social justice movement for a long time. How did you get involved?I basically would pray to God to solve the big problems, but I was never engaged directly in social justice. And so I tell in the book about awakening, being jolted out of that. The line that got me was, “Jesus preached good news to the poor.”“River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey” by Sister Helen Prejean. Cover courtesy of Random HouseThe good news to poor people was that it wasn’t God’s will for them to be poor. That they had a right to strive for what was rightfully theirs and to have a decent life. In other words, poverty had to be resisted, not just something accepted because God’s going to reward you in another life. You have to work for justice.When I heard that, I didn’t even know any poor people, and I lived in New Orleans. We had 10 major housing projects for poor black people, and I’d never been to any of them. I was always in the suburbs with other white people like me. God helped wake me up (and realize) that the gospel was about being on the side with people who had no voice, anyone marginalized and who was struggling.Then I began to learn. I realized that to work for justice, you can’t just pray for God to solve these problems, you’ve got to get involved.So to get an invitation to write a man on death row kind of just fit in.Capital punishment has been back in the news with Attorney General William Barr reinstating the federal death penalty. But you’re actually hopeful about ending the death penalty. Why?Pope Francis on Aug. 2, 2018, made a declaration that we’re changing the Catholic catechism that under no circumstance could we ever allow state governments to execute their citizens.The work still needs to be done. So now you’ve got a document. Now you’ve got words on a page. You’ve still got to bring words to life.What happens in countries or states is first you see the practice dwindling because people are losing faith in it. You see that happening across the whole country.It’s still on the way. It’s still kind of budding. But it’s definitely in the right direction, and so that just takes constant dialogue. That’s why I’m glad about “Dead Man Walking,” and that’s why I’m glad about the movie, why I’m glad about the opera, why I stay on the road to talk to the people.In the book, you also include a letter you wrote to Pope Francis advocating for the role of women in the church. Why is this so important to you?The death penalty — OK, we’re on the right path. We’re getting that straight, but there’s a huge, huge, huge injustice in the Catholic Church.Here all around us we see women coming into their own. Here we have the U.N. saying that when you educate the women and bring the women up, that is what raises a society. Here we have the #MeToo movement. Here we have women striving for their rights to be able to vote and to be able to have a voice, women taking their place in Congress and decision-making.In the church, a woman cannot read the Gospel at Mass. Only a man can. Women are not part of any of the policymaking at the highest level of the church. And I say in that letter to the pope, we have all males, always all males, making decisions, and they don’t have the voice and experience and wisdom of women across that table with them.We need the wisdom of women in policymaking and decision-making in the Catholic Church. Eventually it will be the priesthood, too.How do you hold on to joy and faith in the face of the death and injustice you’ve seen?That comes from the Holy Spirit. It’s not something I create and just hold on to. It bubbles up in you. It becomes present in you.And I think it comes from walking out of that execution chamber after witnessing six human beings die.I am working with every bit of strength in my body to change that, to wake up the people. What gives you hope is when you’re working for something. When you’re working on the alternative, you’re not just wishing for it. You’re not just lamenting what is wrong. You’re working. You are at work all the time, and then the hope flows through you. And I think that’s where the joy comes from.I mean, there is tremendous grief. Oh my God. I mean, witnessing people being executed — to see it! You meet them, and they’re human beings, and they’re more than the worst act of their life.Did you ever expect you’d be doing what you do or have a movie made about your work?There is a principle of the spiritual life: You do what you do because of the integrity of it, because of what you see, and not for the fruit of it. You leave the fruit of your actions up to God. So, of course, I never knew all this was going to happen, and it took me awhile to wake up. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
X Google ImagesHouston’s new construction code for residential properties favors the use of solar energy.New houses built in Houston will make it easier to use an alternative energy source that is plentiful in Texas.The Houston City Council recently approved a new construction code for single family homes, townhouses and condos that means the builder has to use roofs with a surface of at least 600 square feet that are oriented to the west or the south to make it easier to install solar panels.Michael Howard, a senior analyst for the City’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, says Houston is following the lead of other Texas cities.“Austin, San Antonio, all have similar code provisions in their adopted codes and they actually have more incentive programs, but the City of Houston is behind solar a 100 percent,” explains Howard who notes that, for instance, the City offers a program that will evaluate projects for use of solar energy in just seven days.The new code also requires builders to install all the connections needed to use solar panels and that is something Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director of the Sierra Club’s Texas’ Chapter, appreciates.Reed says solar energy projects can get complicated if, for example, a home’s ventilation system is in the way of the connections a solar energy system would need.“Then you have to tear up those vents, move them, add solar and suddenly what might have been a pretty cost effective project becomes not cost effective,” explains Reed.In the coming weeks, the City will also consider making changes to the construction code for commercial properties. Share 00:00 /01:24 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Share Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner talks with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about Friday’s morning’s shooting at Santa Fe High School and the city’s role in preventing and mitigating gun violence. 00:00 /10:47 Listen Aerial of Santa Fe High School in Texas. Image by KTRK-TV To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
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. (PhysOrg.com) — One of the drawbacks associated with using semiconductor lasers is that many of them can only produce a beam of a single wavelength, and can only send that beam in one direction at a time. There have been efforts to tune lasers so that different wavelengths can be achieved, but these lasers still emit light only in one direction, and one wavelength at a given time. All that could change, though. Harvard University scientists Federico Capasso and Nanfang Yu , in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have been working with an international team to develop a laser that offers multibeam emission. Citation: Building a more versatile laser (2009, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-versatile-laser.html Scientists demonstrate highly directional semiconductor lasers The special grating directs laser beams. Illustration by Nanfang Yu, simulation results from the computer modeling and 3D illustration software. Explore further “Usually semiconductor lasers can only emit a single wavelength. Our design, though, allows us to emit beams in different directions, as well as beams of different wavelengths,” Capasso tells PhysOrg.com. Capasso believes that this work with fellow scientists at Harvard, and from the Institute of Quantum Electronics in Zurich, Switzerland, as well as Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. in Hamamatsu, Japan, will lead to a number of uses in a variety of applications in the future. He refers to the group’s efforts as “beam engineering.” The results of the latest simulations and experiments the group has done with multibeam lasers can be seen in Applied Physics Letters: “Multi-beam multi-wavelength semiconductor lasers.”The secret to the success of these lasers, Capasso explains, is the specially designed collimator used to direct the beams. “We realized that by designing a special collimator with two different gratings, we could create a beam that comes out to you at a certain angle, and another beam that comes out at a different angle. This essential allows us to use diffraction and interference to design beams to our specifications.”Previously, Capasso and his peers had shown how a plasmonic structure with aperture grating on a laser facet could collimate the beam that emerged. Taking this principle, the international team decided to split the beam of a quantum cascade laser into two different beams by using successive plasmonic gratings to define different lengths and periods on the laser’s facet. The result was that it was possible to create two different beams – of different wavelengths and heading in different directions – with the same laser.“We have created a multi-functional laser,” Capasso insists, “that has a lot of potential. Not only can this add to the functionality of lasers as we have them already, but there is also the possibility of new applications in the future. This beam engineering will make lasers more efficient, since it requires more focus on designing the facet, rather than having to build an entire laser for each application.” Some of the possible applications include fiber optic communications, interferometry, spectroscopy, holography, and LiDAR (light detection and ranging).Capasso hopes that this work can be continued in the future. “We want to be able to steer the beam in real time, rather than having to set it ahead of time. Real time beam steering has been done by using multiple lasers in complicated maneuvers, but we hope to be able to use beam engineering to do it with a single laser.”More information: Nanfang Yu, et. al., “Multi-beam multi-wavelength semiconductor lasers,” Applied Physics Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/95/161108/1 Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.