Florida police search for car stolen while carrying vaccine

first_imgPLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida police are investigating the theft of a car that was carrying $10,000 worth of COVID-19 vaccine. The Plant City Police Department said Thursday that it is searching for a man suspected of having stolen the vehicle with 30 vials inside. The police report says the car had been left unlocked with the engine running by a driver who worked for a contractor that provides logistical support. Contractor CDR Maguire says the driver had gotten out of the car to find a security guard to allow him to enter the site. The company says it has no reason to believe the thief knew the vials were in the car.last_img read more

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Holiday Terrariums

first_imgAre you looking for a unique last-minute gift for the holidays? If your recipient loves plants but has a black thumb, a terrarium may be the perfect gift.Terrariums are like tiny, desktop greenhouses. The plants grow and change as time goes by, making it a holiday gift that your friend or family member can enjoy all year. You can make terrariums as personal as you want, and even better, as inexpensive as you’d like. All it takes is a little bit of craftiness, plant material and a glass container.“A terrarium is a great option for people who like the idea of plants, but don’t have the space or time to plant an outdoor garden,” said University of Georgia Trial Gardens Manager Brandon Coker. “It’s a relatively self-contained ecosystem, so a well-put-together terrarium can survive even the most distracted plant punisher.”Here are Coker’s recommendations for making a glass terrarium whose plants will thrive.First, purchase or gather the necessary supplies, which include:Glass container. You can splurge on an ornate glass vessel, pick one up at the thrift store, which tends to have a plethora of unique containers, or use an old jar. Whether the terrarium is open or closed will depend on your plant selection.Activated charcoal. This is available at most hardware stores or in the aquarium section of pet stores. “Activated charcoal pulls all the unwanted smells and toxins out of the environment. Much like our soil purifies water before it gets into aquifers in the ground,” Coker said.Potting soil.Gravel or small pebbles.Small trinkets. This is optional, but you can use small figurines or toys, marbles, stones or anything else you can imagine to decorate the inside of the terrarium.Plants, of course! Lots of nurseries sell tiny plants just the right size for terrariums, or they can be ordered online. Remember, the plants will grow larger, so err on the small side. A word of caution: Avoid succulents, as they need excellent drainage to survive, which is very difficult to maintain in terrariums.The following is a list of plants that perform well in terrariums, according to UGA Cooperative Extension experts:Tropical plants – arrowhead, creeping fig, coral berry, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, parlor palm and strawberry begonia.Woodland plants – asparagus fern, mimosa, Norfolk pine, rattlesnake plantain, pellionia, bird’s nest fern and club moss.Desert plants – ball cactus, cob cactus, Easter lily cactus, peanut cactus, prickly pear, star cactus, aloe and agave.Once you have collected all of the supplies, follow these directions to create your terrarium:Fill the bottom of your glass vessel with gravel or pebbles. Be generous! About 1.5 to 2 inches should be sufficient for drainage.Next, add a layer of activated charcoal — enough to thoroughly cover the gravel. Don’t skip this step! “Activated charcoal is a must for a healthy terrarium,” said Coker.Then, gently and carefully add soil. If you have any organic matter you’d like to add, such as peat moss, be sure to mix it with the soil before adding it to the container. Remember to leave room for the plants to fit too. Start by adding a little less soil than you think you might need.Add plants the way you would when gardening on a larger scale. Remove the excess soil and fluff out the roots if they’ve become potbound. Then, place plants in the terrarium and make sure all ofthe roots are covered. Add extra soil, if needed.As a final touch, add pebbles or moss as a top dressing. Then, place small, decorative objects inside. Be creative! Almost anything can be repurposed to add flair.Remove any dirt from the inside walls of the terrarium for a clean look.Lastly, give your new terrarium a few sprays of mist. Remember, there are no drainage holes, so there should be barely any water to seep through the soil to the bottom layer. Misting is best because it will evenly water the soil and is the easiest way to control the water.To learn more about the Trial Gardens at UGA, visit ugatrial.hort.uga.edu/.last_img read more

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Champlain College rolls out a digital filmmaking major

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. Champlain College is rolling out a new degree in Digital Filmmaking. This fall, 30 students have switched into the new major as part of a soft launch of the new program a full year before the programs official start in Fall 2008.In Champlains program, students will earn a bachelor of science in Digital Filmmaking, unlike the bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in filmmaking this is common in other film programs. Students will also choose to focus in one or more of four genres of filmmaking: narrative/dramatic, documentary, experimental or industrial/educational.With a programmatic emphasis on hands-on learning and production experience, first-year courses include Digital Artwork, Introduction to Digital Filmmaking, Digital Image and Electronic Media Writing. In the second and third years, students will complete Film History, Video Communications, Screenwriting, Fundamentals of Acting, Video Composting and Special Effects, and Advanced Audio Production and Sound Design.Program co-directors Karen Klove and Dr. Nancy Kerr say Champlains program provides a deliberate mix of traditional filmmaking theory and hands-on technical skill development that is distinctive in New England. While there are other filmmaking programs out there, most remain in a traditional format with limited access to equipment in the freshman and sophomore years. This is due in part to the prohibitive cost of cameras, film stock and developing, Klove said. The digital format, however, allows students to explore freely without such concerns. Our students dive in immediately. From day one they discover, they experiment, they develop as artists because every semester they are expected to apply theoretical inquiry to their individual filmmaking practice.Because students are learning the same technologies as professionals in the industry, their skill set will be current and relevant. Graduates from the Digital Filmmaking program may choose to start careers in traditional filmmaking on the East and West coasts; among the many jobs available to graduates they can work as producers, directors, editors, gaffers, cinematographers, art directors, special effects artist, screenwriters and sound designers. Theyll also be ripe for jobs in corporate media, experimental media and documentary filmmaking.Champlain is the right place to offer such a unique filmmaking program, Kerr said. With a depth of software and hardware on campus and faculty members who are industry professionals, were in a good position to expand our technology base into this new, creative niche. Some of Champlains newer digital media programs include electronic game development, multimedia design and broadcasting.To learn more about Champlains new program, visit http://www.champlain.edu/majors/digitalfilm(link is external). Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, baccalaureate institution that offers professionally focused programs balanced by an interdisciplinary core curriculum. The College is a national leader in educating students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and global citizens.# # #last_img read more

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Caribbean Commitment against Illicit Networks

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo January 09, 2018 Commodore Hayden Pritchard, chief of Defence Staff, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), is concerned with the maintenance of the rule of law in the face of gang activity, potential youth recruitment for terrorism, and delinquency of youth. As a Caribbean regional partner, Commodore Pritchard is working to build networks against criminal activities.Commodore Pritchard participated at the 16th annual Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), held in Georgetown, Guyana on December 6-7, 2017. CANSEC participants discussed regional actions to counter transregional transnational threat networks (T3N). Commodore Pritchard spoke with Diálogo about his participation in CANSEC, the security concern his country faces, and the importance of building networks as the key to reverse the effect of illegal networks in the Caribbean region.Diálogo: What is the importance of Trinidad and Tobago’s participation in CANSEC?Commodore Hayden Pritchard, chief of Defence Staff of Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force: As a regional partner it’s about doing what you can to contribute to our network – the network of the willing, the network that consists of institutions that are interested in maintaining our way of life, our security, our stability, our development. To do that, CANSEC is a platform to share information and strategies in order to ensure that we are secure and safe.Diálogo: What is the biggest security concern in Trinidad and Tobago?Commodore Pritchard: The biggest concern is maintaining the rule of law in the face of gang activity, radicalization of youth, youth delinquency, and the convergence of these issues putting a strain on law and order.Diálogo: Why is gang activity in Trinidad and Tobago a security threat?Commodore Pritchard: Gang activity is not isolated to Trinidad and Tobago. It’s a regional and global problem. There’s a nexus between gang activities and finding conduits for youth energy, youth development, the economics of each country, the social media, and globalization in general. Based on the space in which young people live today, gang activity appears to be one of the regular outcomes in most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, so Trinidad’s experience is not unique.Diálogo: Are these gangs related to drug trafficking?Commodore Pritchard: Gangs have to fund their activities, they are anti-state and have no respect for the law. Gangs in Trinidad and Tobago are involved in whatever is required to generate profit, and that includes narcotics trafficking and other forms of illegal trafficking.Diálogo: Is Trinidad and Tobago an international transshipment route for moving drugs in the region?Commodore Pritchard: Traditional intelligence suggests that Trinidad and Tobago, because of its location at the northeastern tip of the South American mainland, makes it a strategic location in terms of transshipment.Diálogo: How does Trinidad and Tobago work with neighboring countries to defeat criminal networks?Commodore Pritchard: There are a number of initiatives that we are working on in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), including a counter-terrorism strategy, which is currently in review. In order to defeat the illicit networks, Trinidad and Tobago have larger partners across the globe within areas of operational training, intelligence training, infrastructure development, and capacity building –for both the military and the police. We are also interested in participating in different programs such as the Container Control Program under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Treaty of San José, and other bilateral arrangements with the United States, Great Britain, and other nations.Diálogo: Are you concerned about potential youth recruitment for terrorism?Commodore Pritchard: Absolutely. Trinidad and Tobago has the unique challenge of –as a small state– documented citizens who have gone to participate in terrorist activities. Although we do not have terrorism, we have the element of returning terrorist fighters. There is always a concern if you have returning foreign terrorist fighters, you can have huge radicalization, and when you put the two together, you can have an emergent terrorist threat. So far we’ve managed the situation reasonably, but yes, I am concerned that if we don’t manage the situation properly, it can escalate into something much worse.Diálogo: What kind of progress has Trinidad and Tobago made in order to stop the youth from going into the lines of criminal activities?Commodore Pritchard: The government of Trinidad and Tobago has traditionally focused on youth. TTDF in particular has a number of youth programs. One of them is a program at the Military-Led Academic Training Academy –MiLAT–, which focuses on delinquent youth and youth with conflict, focusing on conflict resolution. We also have the Civilian Conservation Corps Program. Both programs are geared towards exposing young people who may not have had the opportunity before to other options in life far from crime and violence. Those programs are going quite well.Diálogo: How do these programs work?Commodore Pritchard: MiLAT is a residential program that selects a number of people who apply –either by their parents or they’re recommended– and the military works with these individuals for a period of two years to ensure the practice of discipline and self-control, but also focuses on specific objectives. They are then prepared for academic exams, and the success rate is quite high.The Civilian Conservation Corps’ Program introduces young people at a lower level to issues of national service, and they are trained in topics like developing certain basic skills but also national issues like environmental protection. This is a six-month rotational program.Diálogo: Have these programs reduced youth criminality?Commodore Pritchard: The success rate of the participants in terms of not returning into negative habits and behavior is quite high. A correlation between the program and national crime statistics has not been done, but based on the tracer studies on the individuals who go through the program, the success rate is extremely high in terms of their conduct and the instances of not being arrested or being involved with law enforcement.Diálogo: How does TTDF protect its borders?Commodore Pritchard: Trinidad and Tobago has invested a lot in its border security agencies. It has an integrated border security concept based on integration of Customs, Immigration, the Coast Guard, the Police, and security agencies of the ports themselves are all integrated. TTDF works with the Coast Guard in a larger role in terms of maritime air surveillance and radar surveillance to secure our borders.Diálogo: You have been in this position since August 2017. How has your perspective changed since you assumed command?Commodore Pritchard: After a few months in office, I am now convinced even more than I was before that it takes a network to defeat a network. It’s impossible for a small state like Trinidad and Tobago to deal with the capability of transnational networks and their capacity on its own. So, the greatest realization I’ve come upon is the need for the agencies within Trinidad and Tobago to network and be as committed as our adversaries, but also, for the agencies outside of Trinidad and Tobago to have a more coherent approach to how we network and share resources.Diálogo: You mentioned that one of the main challenges in terms of networking is capacity-building and implementation. Can you please delve on that?Commodore Pritchard: A network is as good as its participants, or its elements that make up the networks. This idea comes from the perspective of a government institution. If a government dictates policy and the government network has to carry out the policy, the government network must first have the capacity to do that, and if they don’t have the capacity, then they can’t implement the intent of the law or the policy.Diálogo: What needs to happen to break that challenge?Commodore Pritchard: Networks build capacity, but capacity builds networks; it’s an integrative process that is cyclical in nature. What has to happen is greater partnership, sharing of resources, communication, and these build capacity.Diálogo: Does Trinidad and Tobago build capacity and share information with the United States?Commodore Pritchard: Yes. The United States partners in different ways with its colleagues in the region. Trinidad and Tobago is a partner in terms of being an avid supporter of regional security and collaboration. We have selected projects such as building networks through information sharing and improving capacity that are supported by the United States.Diálogo: What needs to happen in the region to be able to defeat international threat networks?Commodore Pritchard: Defeat, is a difficult term. The networks that we fight against are made up of many elements, including terror and criminal connections. Before we start thinking in terms of defeat, we should first think in terms of response to these networks. It’s not a conventional war, it’s a fluid war. Network wars tend to be a bit more strategic and indeterminate. We need to do more work in building our networks to counter networks that are well entrenched, very agile, and many times elude us in pursuit of their objectives.Diálogo: What is your message for CANSEC participants who talk about CARICOM, the Caribbean region, and partnering to have better security for their citizens?Commodore Pritchard: We need to focus on empowering the institutions that we have, like CARICOM IMPACS (Implementing Agency for Crime and Security). We have to be more prone to sharing information, experiences, and practicing together outside of annual exercises; it is just developing a culture of one for all and all for one.last_img read more

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Kick off the new year with the CoreLife Challenge

first_imgYou don’t even have to visit CoreLife every day to take part. If you’re not, or you never made one, no worries there’s still time. VESTAL (WBNG) — We’re halfway through January and hopefully you’re still holding onto your New Year’s resolution. Signing up is completely free and you can get incentives and rewards by doing so. If you want to sign up for the CoreLife Challenge, click here. “And what people find is I feel better, I have more energy, I’m losing weight, my clothes feel better and I have an overall sense of well-being,” said Mansfield. The challenge is being introduced now, because it’s meant to help people kick off 2020 the right way. The challenge doesn’t only present new, healthy ways. It’s designed to have people stick to them. CoreLife Eatery is kicking off the ‘CoreLife Challenge’ on Wednesday. “You don’t have to be near a location. You can do this on your own without us, but we’d love to have you come and try us out and we might be a solution for you,” said Mansfield. “It’s a great time for a reset and what we found is if we start right at January first, people are like ‘I’m not quite ready.’ But kind of mid-January seems like a really good time to say let’s get started, let’s draw a line in the sand, and get back to eating healthy,” said Mansfield. “21 days is the beginning of building a habit. Anything less than 21 days, you don’t really see enough improvement to say ‘hey, I’m staying with it,'” said Mansfield. “It’s education, information, and inspiration,” said CoreLife Eatery co-founder Todd Mansfield. “How food affects your mind and emotion.” It’s a 21-day program that introduces whole and clean recipes, intermittent fasting, and mindful eating. So if you decide to give it a shot, what you find may please you.last_img read more

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Uncertain future for movie theaters without guidance for reopening

first_imgEven without official guidelines, they’re making some necessary changes including upgrading HVAC units with stronger filters. “The state has not given us any guidelines as to opening. We have gone through and followed along with restaurants and what they need to reopen,” said Gregory. Movie theaters were originally part of phase four reopening, but were excluded from the list and still remain closed. The summer months are usually one of the busiest times of the year for the Cinema Saver in Endicott, but due to the pandemic, seats have remained empty. “We have upgraded our HVAC units, put in MERV 11 filters, we’ve maximized the outside air coming in,” said Gregory. Without the necessary guidance from the state, the Cinema Saver’s future is still uncertain. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — As phase four facilities like gyms continue toward reopening, another industry is feeling the strain of staying closed. “What are we going to do? What’s our next step? Should we close? We don’t know,” said Gregory. center_img Even with the changes, running a small business without knowing what’s to come can be a little scary. “There are enough unknowns in running a small business as it is. With all this piled on top, yeah, it’s hard,” said Gregory. “If things don’t change soon, we’ll be out of our busy season. Fall is usually our slower season until Christmas time,” said Bruce Gregory, owner of the Cinema Saver. So far, there has been no word from New York State on when movie theaters can expect to reopen. Governor Andrew Cuomo has previously mentioned that movie theaters will remain closed as they pose a “high risk” and are non-essential. While the Cinema Saver cannot show movies at this time, they are still selling snacks and gift cards.last_img read more

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27 facilities in Zagreb County received the Cyclist Welcome Quality quality standard

first_imgAfter the adoption of the Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in Zagreb County until 2020, the Zagreb County Tourist Board decided to identify and additionally market facilities that offer catering, information and other tourist services intended for cyclists, and organize and network them into an integrated tourist product.With the aim of positioning Zagreb County as a cycling tourist destination of high quality service, and based on insights into examples of good practice of European cycling tourist destinations, quality standards have been developed in cooperation with RAM DC doo Cyclist Welcome Quality, stand out from the Zagreb County Tourist Board.Thus, in the area of ​​Zagreb County, conducted by evaluation, 27 facilities met the conditions for entry into Cyclist Welcome network, and they were handed plates with the official visual identity and categorization marks with a gift set of basic equipment for bicycle service.List of buildings in Zagreb County – Cyclist Welcome Qualitylast_img read more

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Laing’s £11.4m SW1 sale

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Nevis tourism chief challenges Windward Island Airways

first_img Share 57 Views   no discussions LifestyleTravel Nevis tourism chief challenges Windward Island Airways by: – October 6, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Image via: flickr.comCHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) — Chief executive officer (CEO) of the Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) John Hanley has challenged Windward Island Airways (Winair) to find a way to offer its passengers lower fares, to help stimulate travel demand. He was at the time delivering remarks at a reception hosted by the airline recently in celebration of its 50th anniversary. He said, though the airline had accomplished much over its 50 years, it was important for them to do even better than before.“I challenge Winair to do all in its power to improve vital customer service excellence. I challenge Winair to continue to recognise the importance of punctuality and reliability while flying your deserving and discriminating passengers. I challenge Winair to be better corporate citizens by partnering with social and humanitarian causes in the five destinations it serves.“I dare say that only when Winair is in a position to rise to the occasion and address these critical challenges that I have just mentioned, then and only then will they have the fortitude and competitive advantage which will ensure their survival in these difficult times,” he said.While Hanley congratulated the airline on its milestone, he registered hope that they would continue to provide an air bridge to St Maarten for Nevisians and their guests for many years to come.He said Winair had been important to Nevis over the past 30 years and adequate air connectivity was one of the most critical factors affecting the survival of the destination and the island’s tourism industry.“Winair has been providing a high level of convenience to our locals and tourists alike, with direct connection to St Maarten for shopping, for onward connections with over a dozen major airlines servicing North America, Latin America as well as Europe.“Winair’s service has, for the most part, been reliable and punctual. Considering the fact that Winair flies to some of the smallest and most difficult little airports in the world, the airline must be very highly commended for its impeccable safety record,” he said. Meantime, general manager of the airport at Newcastle Steven Hanley in brief remarks also noted the travelling public’s confidence in the airline over its 50-year and its exemplary safety record.“As history shows Winair has proven their track record in safety. In the golden year of their existence, this remarkable airline has also demonstrated that no horizon is so far that it cannot be attained,” he said.The airport manager explained that his association with Winair had spanned 22 years so far, first as a passenger then as an air traffic controller and now as airport manager. He noted that the fact that the airline had survived the test of time, the uncertainty of passenger traffic numbers, administrative changes and challenges and modifications to schedules and destinations was testament to its resilience and its core staff.However, Hanley also issued a challenge to Winair as it entered its 51st year of operations and another to Nevisians.“Continue to be the faithful bridge over the waters between Nevis and St Maarten and the other Netherlands Antilles. Equally I challenge the Nevis public; let us repay the faithfulness of this airline with our continued support – Fly Winair,” he said. Winair celebrated its 50th anniversary with a reception at each of its destinations.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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One killed in Franklin County crash

first_imgLaurel, In. — A Fountain County woman was killed in a Franklin County crash Friday.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says at 1:20 p.m. a car driven By Linda Jeffers, 53, of Veedersburg, was westbound on U.S. 52 near State Road 121 when she drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail, then several trees. Her vehicle continued striking a concrete culvert, rolling over.Jeffers was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.last_img read more

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