Bureau of Prisons director cutting internet access, technology usage for staff to ‘limit distractions’

first_imgiStock(WASHINGTON) — The Bureau of Prisons will make hiring a main priority in the coming year and will also be cutting internet usage for its employees to “limit distractions,” Director Kathy Hawk Sawyer stressed in an internal email to prison staff that was obtained by ABC News.“Although technology serves us well in many of the security and communication features we utilize, we must not allow technology to be our enemy by taking our eyes and ears off the interactions around us or limit our face-to-face interaction with staff and inmates,” Hawk Sawyer wrote in the email.She added, “Also, internet access on government devices and computers should be used only to complete required daily work. Some internet access will soon be curtailed so that distractions will be eliminated.”While Hawk Sawyer didn’t make a direct reference to the Jeffrey Epstein case, recent court documents said the two officers in charge of watching over the Epstein’s cell were catching up on a sports news site and looking at motorcycle sales, the night the convicted sex offender and financier died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.One of the biggest issues surrounding the Bureau of Prisons is the lack of staffing required — in some cases, one source described MCC’s staffing to be operating at only half-capacity. Hawk Sawyer addressed the issue head on in her email.“In addition, we are taking a fresh look at what staffing level is correct for each institution,” she said.Hawk Sawyer said Attorney General William Barr made a “personal appeal to [the Office of Personnel Management ] to expedite our request” to hire at the local level.She referenced the need for more focus on the BOP’s Special Housing Units, an area of a prison that houses high profile and problem inmates. Epstein was housed at MCC’s Special Housing Unit when he was found dead in August.“Special Housing Units continue to be a major focus. I commend those of you who work in our SHU units for your renewed commitment to ensuring that we adhere to our policy requirements regarding rounds and counts in SHU. Individual inmates in these units may be particularly vulnerable to suicide and other mental health concerns due to the restrictive environment,” she said.A BOP spokesperson said Hawk Sawyer is focused on a “back to basics” approach, emphasizing sound correctional management.“Her message regarding limiting or removing unnecessary distractions inside Bureau facilities, such as internet access on government devices and computers, or cellular communication using smart watches and other technology, is one of a number of areas under review to enhance on the job safety and security in Bureau institutions,” a spokesperson told ABC News.The spokesperson added, “The need to use such technology, such as the internet to perform vital job functions for specific duties and positions will be reviewed, and access will be tailored accordingly to ensure a safe and professional environment.”A source familiar with the matter said the letter from the director was met with “anger” from rank and file officers. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

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Quantification of invertebrate predation and herbivory in food chains of low complexity

first_imgZooplankton grazing impact on algae, heterotrophic flagellates and bacteria, as well as invertebrate predation on herbivorous zooplankton, were investigated in two sub-Antarctic lakes with extremely simple food chains. The two species of herbivorous zooplankton present in the lakes (the copepods boeckella michaelseni and Pseudoboeckella poppei) exerted substantial grazing pressure on algae. However, the dominant algal species exhibited properties that enabled them to avoid (large size or extruding spines, e.g. Staurastrum sp., Tribonema sp.) or compensate (recruitment from the sediment, Mallomonas sp.) grazing. There are only two potential invertebrate predators on the herbivorous copepods in the two lakes: the copepod Parabroteas sarsi and the diving beetle Lancetes claussi. Vertebrate predators are entirely abscent from sub-Antarctic lakes. Based on our experiments, we estimated that the predators would remove at most about 0.4% of the herbivorous copepods per day, whereas planktivorous fish, if present in the lakes, would have removed 5–17% of the zooplankton each day. Consequently, the invertebrate predators in these high-latitude lakes had only a marginal predation impact compared to the predation pressure on zooplankton in the presence of vertebrate predators in temperate lakes. The study of these simple systems with only two quantitatively functionally important trophic links, suggests that high grazing pressure foreces the algal community towards forms with grazer resistant adaptations such as large size, recruitment from another habitat, and grazer avoidance spines. We propose that due to such adaptations, predictions from food web theory are only partly corroborated, i.e. algal biomass actually increases with increasing productivity, although the grazer community is released from predation. In more species-rich and complex systems, e.g temperate lakes with three functionally important links, such adaptations are likely to be even more important, and, consequently, the observable effects of trophic interactions from top predators on lower trophic levels even more obscured.last_img read more

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Home buyers flock to unusual pop-up estate agent

first_imgA unusual pop-up estate estate agency has been ruffling feathers in Nottinghamshire after being endorsed by a Dragon’s Den TV star.Local competitors should not be worried though, unless they are particularly chicken about having a new rival.Rather than offering houses for humans, Attenborough Estates is selling homes for birds and other wildlife.The ‘estate agency’ was originally opened at Attenborough Nature Reserve near Nottingham and caused some consternation among twitchers, who thought a real property business was being opened on the site.Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden (pictured, right) also bought a property during a visit to the nature reserve while in Nottingham to promote a business she’s backed in the area called Mum2Mum Market.The homes being offered by the nature reserve include residences for birds, bats, and hedgehogs starting at £8.99p. The sales particulars for each one were written by staff from a real local estate agent, Robert Ellis.Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s pop-up shop, which is in the nearby town of Beeston, is the brainchild of Tim Sexton, manager of the nature reserve.“We wanted to find a fun way of encouraging people to think about how they could do more to help wildlife in their gardens so we adopted tried and tested sales techniques used by estate agents,” he says.“By focussing on the features of individual wildlife homes we hope to encourage more people to make space for wildlife in the gardens and now is a great time of year to be installing nest boxes, giving birds plenty of time to check them out before spring.” nottinghamshire nature reserve deborah meaden dragon’s den November 5, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Home buyers flock to unusual pop-up estate agent previous nextAgencies & PeopleHome buyers flock to unusual pop-up estate agentNew branch in Nottingham causes a stir among local bird watchers after being endorsed by Dragon’s Den TV star.Nigel Lewis5th November 201802,475 Viewslast_img read more

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Head of the Bay Regatta

first_imgBy Donna OvesOcean City High School Boy’s Fall Crew Team enjoyed the perfect fall weather conditions today as they raced Mainland High School Boy’s Crew in this morning’s “Head of the Bay” Regatta. The regatta is held in Ocean City’s back bays near the 34th Street Bridge. Unlike the 1500 meter sprint races the rowers normally compete in, the Head of the Bay Regatta is a whopping three miles long. That’s more than three times the normal racing distance!Ocean City’s rowers were up to the challenge. Both of their 1st and 2nd boats won their races. Their freshman took 3rd place.“The boys had a great row,’  said OCHS Crew’s Head Coach Michael Millar. “Racing Mainland is a great tradition. Every race against them is a white-knuckle event. Mainland comes to Ocean City in the fall, then we race them in Ventnor in the spring on their home course.”Next weekend, both boys and girls OCHS crew boats will be racing in the prestigious  “Head of the Schuykill” Regatta in Philadelphia, traditionally known as the best head race regatta in the world.“Head of the Bay” Regatta – Ocean City RowersPhoto Credit: Mario JapzonOcean City Boy’s Fall Crew – 1st 8Coxswain – Zar LaRosaStroke – Blaze Japzon7 – Zack Greger6 – Greg O’Connell5 – Luke Hornick4 – Jack Branin3 – Alex Yoa2 – Noah CentroneBow Seth PiersonPhoto Credit: Mario JapzonOcean City Boy’s Fall Crew – 2nd 8Coxswain – Matt CatanosoStroke – James Papperman7 – Jake Ruskey6 – Dan Millar5 – Nick Gartner4 – Adrian Emberger3 – Garrett Longstaf2 – James SwiftBow – Andrew LeonettiPhoto Credit: Mario JapzonOcean City’s Boy’s Fall Crew – Freshman 8 Photo Credit: Mario Japzon Coxswain – Francesca MastrendoStroke – Mike Dickinson7 – Chris Horan6 – Joshua Reade5 – Caleb Schumacher4 – Zack Keefer3 – Francesco Barrella2 – Gavin BowerBow – Flynn DeVliegerlast_img read more

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Great British Bake Off star explains passion for teaching

first_imgJust a week after Nancy Birtwhistle won the fifth series of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO), she is looking forward to her future in the world of bakery. In an exclusive interview with British Baker, she updates us on her life since bake-off, and plans for the future.So Nancy, congratulations on the win, what has it been like since the final?Well Thursday was crazy; I’ve never had a day like it! We had local television round, then there was national television.And what will your plans be now; you’ve mentioned you like to teach people?I’ve not decided anything solid yet. I’m going to get an agent to sort some things and go through my options – there are so many possibilities out there and if I did all of it, I wouldn’t have any time to bake… which is ultimately what I enjoy most.I love sharing what I know about baking, and I think some of the skills I have learned are definitely worth sharing. I’m not sure if my audience would be younger or older people. I think, sometimes, older people who don’t know how to bake might feel it’s something they should know, and would feel less intimidated learning now from someone like me. So whether I end up teaching people through demonstrating or a bakery school, it’s something I would love to do.Would you think about getting a book deal?There are so many bakery books out there, I’d have to think about how to make mine unique. I’d like to think there is a book deal out there for me, and I’ve really enjoyed making a recipe my own. Before, I’d never really tinkered with recipes, but GBBO has really taught me how to be creative, which is something I could really put into a book.GBBO has gathered a huge following in the UK. What effect do you think it has had on the industry?I think people love baking: it’s quintessentially British, it’s that summer fête feeling and GBBO encapsulates that so well! I went into the supermarket the other day – this was before the final – and all the bakery shelves had just been wiped out… they were empty! It’s definitely encouraging people to bake, and bringing some excitement to the industry, I would say.What’s your favourite thing to bake, and where do you get your inspiration from?I love to bake pastry. It’s so convenient because I can make stuff for a pie and then freeze it. Croissants are also one of my favourite things to eat, they’re so versatile. As for inspiration, I grew up with legends like Delia Smith and Mary Berry, so I guess they have always been there when it comes to baking. But now I get recipes from everywhere, I must have about 200 baking books, and I use them all, each for favourite recipes.What has GBBO taught you?I think it has boosted my confidence in my baking, and in general. It has taught me that I don’t get nervous, I’m not fazed by a camera in front of my face. I think a TV show would be great fun for me to do, especially as I’ve got used to seeing myself on television now. I think the show would have to be a bit like me – no nonsense – and I would want to teach people that baking is actually simple, you’ve just got to let yourself make mistakes to master it in the end.last_img read more

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State bar looking into lawyer who pushed voter fraud claims

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — The organization that licenses lawyers in Georgia has opened an inquiry into conservative attorney Lin Wood, who made claims of voter fraud after the November elections. State Bar of Georgia chief operating officer Sarah Coole confirmed in an email Friday that the organization “is proceeding with an inquiry” under the bar rule that has to do with mental incapacity or substance abuse. The bar’s investigative process is confidential, but Coole said she could confirm the inquiry because Wood had “made this matter public.” Wood said on Telegram that he’s “of sound mind” and hasn’t violated any rules of professional conduct. Wood gained national attention for persistent, unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.last_img read more

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‘Working well together’

first_imgStudent body president and vice president McKenna Schuster and Sam Moorhead, both seniors, have worked to enhance transparency, accountability and enthusiasm for Student Government Association (SGA) this year.Beginning with transparency, Schuster said they want the student body to know what SGA does and what events are going on. They have organized a bulletin board in the Student Center with photos of all the SGA chairs so students know to whom they should direct comments and concerns.Schuster said their marketing chair, junior Katie Calhoun, has ramped up their social media campaign using Instagram to inform students about events, as well as utilizing fliers in the bathroom they call “stall news.”Responding to the SGA budget problems last year, Schuster and Moorhead have worked to hold their chairs accountable to their duties and positions.“We have worked on transparency and everybody has been working well together,” Schuster said. “We’ve seen a lot more follow through the things we have been planning are actually happening.”Moorhead said SGA has not seen the same kind of budget problems they had last year since she and Schuster have emphasized spending within the means, as well as revising the finance bylaws so everyone can see how much each club is allotted.Another one of Schuster and Moorhead’s goals was to increase attendance at events, which is happening in part because of their marketing campaign, but also due to the implementation of SMCards, Schuster said. She said attendance at SGA events has doubled due to the SMCards which reward students for attending events on campus like lectures, campus ministry events and sporting events.In addition to attendance rising at events, Schuster and Moorhead have worked to increase communication and openness in their office.“Our meetings are really productive, and we’ve really seen organization and follow though as a large improvement this year,” Moorhead said.Schuster said the various SGA chairs have been working together and holding each other accountable to make their events the best they can be.“People are being creative and taking the initiative, when people actually want to see things happen,” Schuster said.In the past, Moorhead said the sustainability chair position hasn’t been utilized to its fullest, but they saw that change this year as the chair helped to plan Food Week.This year, Schuster and Moorhead said they have been working with senior Kelly Gutrich, vice president of internal affairs, to revise SGA’s constitution.Moorhead said the constitution was not cohesive and concise and Gutrich and her constitution committee have been revising it all semester. They put forth the new version for a vote at the Dec. 10 Senate Meeting.Moorhead said they have reached out to the Notre Dame student body president and vice president, as well as the Holy Cross student body president and vice president, to keep them updated on what SGA is doing and to talk about the larger concern of campus safety.“We want to make sure that our students are safe on and off campus,” Schuster said. “We want students to know what cabs are trusted and make sure that cabs won’t deny students because Saint Mary’s is another block further.”Moorhead echoed Schuster’s concern.“We want to make sure Saint Mary’s students are as safe as other students,” Moorhead said.Schuster said SGA has had to overcome the complications ensuing from the disbanding of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS) and subsequent loss of the three SGA advisors who served on SIMS.“It was good that we have been really organized and holding our chairs accountable because otherwise that transition to a new advisor might have been more difficult,” Schuster said.Schuster and Moorhead have a “Big Sister, Little Sister” program in the works where first-year students would be paired up with a junior to help guide the student through the challenges of the first year of college.“This program provides advice and guidance because the first year can be rough,” Moorhead said. “We believe we can help to fix that by pairing first-year students with someone who already knows and love Saint Mary’s.”This program differs from the Peer Mentor program, which provides a junior or senior to advise a class of all first-year students.“We want a program that exists outside of the classroom so students can go to their ‘big sis’ for anything,” Moorhead said.Schuster and Moorhead said they are focused on building the groundwork for SGA to be the best it can be in the upcoming years.“We want to make girls feel as welcome as we can,” Schuster said. “While this can’t necessarily happen during our time in office, we don’t want to just turn down good ideas because we can’t see them happen.“We encourage girls to keep going, and it’s exciting because we have many underclassmen who are enthusiastic and want to see their work continued.”Moorhead said they have exciting events planned for the spring, including a spring fling event to enhance campus unity.“It’s in the works, but it’s going to be a fun event for the whole campus,” Moorhead said.Tags: McKenna Schuster, saint mary’s, Sam Moorhead, sga, SMC, smcards, Student Government Associationlast_img read more

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“Snaptastic” Snapdragons

first_imgThese new snapdragons aren’t just fantastic, they’re simply “Snaptastic.” Snaptastic, a new series coming from Syngenta, is considered medium in height, reaching 14 to 16 inches. They fill a void that’s been longed for in the market.Snapdragons are planted in the fall in much of the country, so as you shop, you’ll likely see these riotous colors tempting you. Snaptastic finds itself right in the middle of the Montego series, which is one of the best dwarfs and reaches 8 to 10 inches tall, and the Liberty Classic series, which hits a height of 24 inches.  Each year I was thrilled to go to the California Pack Trials, as it was called then, to see an acre of snapdragons growing in the field next to the Syngenta Flowers headquarters. It was a sight that would always deliver that Kodak moment. Even then it was apparent that breeding would allow the flowers a full range of heights.The snapdragon is native to Europe and the Mediterranean, and is known botanically as Antirrhinum majus. No matter where you live, and whether you garden in the landscape or in containers, there is a snapdragon season for you. In addition to staggering beauty in a range of colors, you will also find that snapdragons are resistant to roving deer populations.So whether you will be doing a spring or fall planting, know that snapdragons are like pansies and prefer a fertile, organic, rich soil in full sun for best bloom production. Incorporate 3 to 4 inches of organic matter, tilling to a depth of 8 to 10 inches, or use a prepared landscape mix like many in the commercial landscape do. While doing your soil preparation, apply 2 pounds of a slow-release 12-6-6 or balanced fertilizer per 100 square feet of planting area. There are some great new fertilizers that also incorporate a fungicide that helps reduce some of the most prevalent diseases.Set transplants into the garden at the recommended spacing for your variety. For the Snaptastic series, this would be 8 to 12 inches. Apply a good layer of mulch to keep soil temperatures moderate for the long growing season ahead. A little fertilizer every two to three weeks will keep them growing.Snapdragons are more cold hardy than many realize. Once established in the landscape and hardened off, they are quite capable of taking subfreezing temperatures. Even if record cold moves in, they can be completely covered with pine straw for a few days with no problem.Snaptastic is available in five rich colors: yellow, orange, red, magenta — which looks fit for royalty — and a luscious pink. These are also combined in a showy mix. You’ll love Snaptastic as a pansy partner, grown with violas and flowering kale and cabbage. They are most dazzling when planted in mass in front of a backdrop of evergreen shrubs. Don’t forget the opportunities to use Snaptastic varieties with spring bulbs.Snapdragons don’t require much care — just a little deadheading of spent blooms, watering during dry spells, water-soluble fertilizer and mulching for winter protection. The incredible display of color is sure to bring you joy and make your neighbors green with envy. For more recommendations, follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the UGA Coastal Botanical Garden at coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

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GM: Access to Clean Energy a Key Siting Factor

first_imgGM: Access to Clean Energy a Key Siting Factor FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Environment & Energy Report:General Motors is calling for greater access to wind and solar power through expanded transmission lines to feed growing demand for clean electricity by its future factories and customers.Access to renewables is a factor in the company’s decisions about where to expand or build new facilities, Rob Threlkeld, GM’s global manager of renewable energy, told Bloomberg Environment.Electric power lines delivering wind and solar power are not a constraint on growth today, but, between 2018 and 2050, new transmission connecting wind and solar farms to both GM factories and its customers—particularly those driving electric vehicles—will be critical for the company’s success, he said.GM is one of the RE100 group of companies that have committed to obtaining 100 percent of their electricity from wind, solar, and other renewables. GM plans to go fully renewable by 2050 and expects 20 percent of its global electric power demand to be met with renewable energy by the end of 2018.“Electricity that is both cost-effective and clean is one of the determining factors that go into any new investment/expansion,” Threlkeld said. “As we go from 2018 to 2050, obtaining lowest-cost renewable energy generation will be key to meet the RE100 2050 goal.”More: GM’s Expansion, Energy Goals Hinge on Renewables’ Power Lineslast_img read more

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Colombia Dismantles Maritime Criminal Network

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo November 18, 2018 In early October, the Colombian Navy dealt a major blow to narcotrafficking and dismantled a criminal ring that smuggled drugs to Central American and the Caribbean by sea for the Clan del Golfo. The Navy captured 14 gang members in different parts of the country in simultaneous joint and combined operations with the Colombian Office of the Attorney General U.S agencies. A year of intelligence work allowed the Navy to identify the criminal group and the route it used to smuggle drugs from the Gulf of Morrosquillo, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The network, according to the Navy, moved up to a ton of cocaine on each journey via speedboats. “[The operation] was very well planned,” Colombian Navy Captain Carlos Rodríguez Espinoza, commander of the Caribbean Coast Guard, told Diálogo. “It’s important to acknowledge the disciplined and rigorous work of the Colombian Office of the Attorney General and the Navy to conduct logistics planning and arrests.” Clan del Golfo’s partner Several cocaine seizures carried out in territorial and international waters in 2017 led the Colombian Navy to identify the criminals and their maritime route. “This case came together based on the Navy’s seizures and the profiling on boats, speedboats, and substances,” Capt. Rodríguez said. According to the investigations, the group charged monthly sums to the Clan del Golfo and other narcotrafficking organizations to ship the drugs. The criminal ring, which operated with the Clan del Golfo for three years, had become one of its main partners in Córdoba and Sucre departments in the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The intelligence and follow-up work that enabled the dismantlement of the ring was possible thanks to ongoing U.S. support, Capt. Rodríguez said. “We always had the support of U.S. Southern Command, the 4th Fleet [U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command] and JIATF South [Joint Interagency Task Force South], which is the organization that brings us direct support for operations and follow-up on narcotrafficking issues.” Simultaneous joint operations More than 100 Navy units, in addition to agents from the Office of the Attorney General’s Technical Investigation Corps (CTI, in Spanish) carried out the arrest in joint operations. Authorities detained a total of 14 people, including gang leaders, ship operators, and mechanics in several towns in Antioquia, Santander, Córdoba, and Bolívar departments. “What matters here is the simultaneity of the operation in several cities and secluded areas,” Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Gabriel Pérez Garcés, commander of the Caribbean Naval Force, told Diálogo. “Different units executed arrest procedures at the same time.” Authorities seized $40,000 in cash, as well as satellite equipment and navigation charts during the operations. According to the Navy, the crew members were experienced operators who not only traveled with cutting-edge satellite location systems, but also obtained information and details about naval units’ operations, so as to identify their location and evade them. “Navigation charts are official documents for public use; they are unclassified,” Vice Adm. Pérez said. “What may be significant here is that they might have recorded information on these charts, such as routes, points, times, in short, that information can be helpful for intelligence to continue the fight. It gives us the chance to open and expand cases involving narcotrafficking.” The Colombian Office of the Attorney General, through the Special Office against Drug Trafficking, charged 14 detainees with trafficking, manufacture, and possession of drugs, as well as conspiracy to commit crimes. A woman was placed under house arrest, while the rest of the group was sent to prison. “As a main drug producer, Colombia understands its responsibility in this scourge against humanity,” Capt. Rodríguez concluded, emphasizing the importance of regional cooperation to counter narcotrafficking. “However, we are not the only country responsible for that. It should be addressed [with international cooperation], because it’s the only way to impact the illegal narcotrafficking business strategically and significantly.”last_img read more

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