Boonville, Alcoa Settle Differences Over Liberty Mine ExpansionNOVEMBER 16TH, 2018 JEFF GOLDBERG INDIANA, WARRICK COUNTYIt was the handshake heard ’round Warrick County. Boonville Mayor Charlie Wyatt and a representative from Alcoa settling their differences over Liberty Mine’s expansion.The problem started more than a year ago when Alcoa requested to expand its operations at Liberty Mine. The expansion would be just a few hundred feet away from a new and developing subdivision in the outskirts of Boonville.Homeowners in that neighborhood were less than thrilled with what the mines would bring to their small and quiet community. They were worried about quality of life and the safety of the many children in the neighborhood.The homeowners created ‘Save Our Homes’ to help with the fight. They wanted more seismic monitors, an increased blast radius and other protections like insurance.City officials in Boonville seemed to have heard their plight and ended up passing an ordinance that restricted mining within three miles of city limits. Alcoa tried to fight the ordinance, saying that Boonville couldn’t make ordinances that directly effect other jurisdictions.All of the problems are now a thing of the past. Over the last couple of months folks with Save Our Homes and Boonville officials met with Alcoa and Liberty Mine officials. They were able to come to an agreement on many of the issues the homeowners brought up. As well, Boonville’s mining ordinance has been taken off the books.Before the project moves forward a consent decree has to be entered by Warrick County Superior Court 2.The product mined at Liberty will directly to fueling Alcoa’s Warrick Power Plant. It is unclear when the planned expansion will go into effect.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
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×FUSION TWIRLERS — Pictured are (Top Row) Coach Cheryl Falat, Faith Lyons, Erika Bautista, Jordyn Weathers, Yousra Dridi, Coach Sharyn Falat-Attar; (Middle Row) Faith Simmons, Natania Sebik, Delaney Buzinkai, Sophia Shea-Martinez, Anna Stankevich, Sofia Porch, Emily Buzinkai, Lusandra Garcia, Emily Larsen, Emily Mundell, Cassandra Mundell, Gianna Alessi; (Bottom Row) Lian Taylor, Mia Larusso, Alessandra O’Donnell, Mia Stesner, Madelyn Amato, Payton Shea-Martinez, Alexandra Stankevich, Katerina Bautista, Angelique Sebik, Emma Willix and Chloe Konstantopoulos. FUSION TWIRLERS — Pictured are (Top Row) Coach Cheryl Falat, Faith Lyons, Erika Bautista, Jordyn Weathers, Yousra Dridi, Coach Sharyn Falat-Attar; (Middle Row) Faith Simmons, Natania Sebik, Delaney Buzinkai, Sophia Shea-Martinez, Anna Stankevich, Sofia Porch, Emily Buzinkai, Lusandra Garcia, Emily Larsen, Emily Mundell, Cassandra Mundell, Gianna Alessi; (Bottom Row) Lian Taylor, Mia Larusso, Alessandra O’Donnell, Mia Stesner, Madelyn Amato, Payton Shea-Martinez, Alexandra Stankevich, Katerina Bautista, Angelique Sebik, Emma Willix and Chloe Konstantopoulos. A special congrats to the Fusion Twirlers on another successful baton twirling competition season! This is the tenth season, coaches Sharyn Falat-Attar and Cheryl Falat have been taking Fusion twirling athletes to baton twirling competitions. Since 2009, the Fusion Twirlers won numerous, local N.J.T.A and N.B.T.A twirling competitions, as well as, U.S.T.A New Jersey State, North Eastern Regional & National Titles. The Fusion Twirlers competition team, representing Bayonne, are currently the 2018 United States Twirling Association’s New Jersey State Champs in three team categories: Primary Small Dance Twirl Team, Juvenile Trio Team and Juvenile Large Dance Twirl Team! The Fusion Twirlers are also the United States Twirling Association’s North Eastern Regional Festival of the Future Juvenile Trio Team and Juvenile Large Dance Twirl Team Champs! The Fusion Twirlers are now welcoming new baton twirlers, ages 4-12. Try a new sport today! Free intro to baton twirling classes until August 30 on Thursdays from 5-5:30 p.m., at the Bayonne Museum, 229 Broadway. Stop in and ask for coach Sharyn! For information e-mail: [email protected] and visit our website www.FusionTwirlersNJ.com.
Richard Wrangham has been studying chimpanzees at the Kibale Chimpanzee Project in Uganda since 1987, when he founded the research center. A student of famed primatologist Jane Goodall, Harvard’s Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology has studied primate behavior, ecology, and nutrition for nearly 50 years.Wrangham says his new book, “The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution,” is his first attempt to examine his own species in detail. He will discuss his theory about aggression as it connects to capital punishment on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Science Center Book Talk, Hall C, 1 Oxford St. His talk is free and open to the public. In advance of his appearance, he shared his thoughts with the Gazette.Q&ARichard WranghamGAZETTE: Why did you write this book?WRANGHAM: I’ve been teaching this material for some time, and a former student, Luke Glowacki, pointed out that these views are not widely known. I think it is important to be as accurate as possible in understanding human aggression. I’ve been thinking about the problem of self-domestication for 20 years, and now seemed the right time because work in this area has been accelerating excitingly in fields such as genetics and neurobiology, as well as paleoanthropology and primatology.What this book does is scientific journalism in the sense that it’s reporting on a lot of work by others, but it pulls it together in a new kind of focus. Aggression has traditionally been regarded just as it always has in anthropology as a single type of behavioral tendency, which has led scholars to be divided between those who regard us as a particularly tolerant, pleasant species, as in some ways we are, and those who see us as an especially violent, competitive species, as we also are. In fact, however, there are two kinds of aggression, a distinction that solves a whole series of problems concerned with understanding human nature. To see aggression as falling into two types has been conventional wisdom in biology and psychology for decades, but the difference has barely been recognized previously in anthropology.It can now help us understand how humans got our very curious mixture of being, on the one hand very unaggressive in everyday life, and on the other hand one of the most dangerous species of all in terms of the frequency of killing each other. Compared to chimpanzees, for instance, we kill each other, in particular other adults, at rates so high that they are almost unknown in other species, exceeded by only a very few, such as wolves. This peculiar combination of nonaggression and aggression is puzzling. Understanding aggression as falling into two separate biologically controlled types helps us explain it.GAZETTE: You write at length about proactive and reactive aggression, but it’s the former that gives us virtue. Can you explain?WRANGHAM: Our virtue is our tolerance in face-to-face interactions, and the evolutionary question is where this comes from. The solution I present is that it comes ultimately from capital punishment, a practice made possible by our capacity for proactive violence. Armed with capital punishment, males are able to conspire together and decide on a time and a place to dispatch a tyrannical despot who is making their lives miserable. The unintended result of this style of controlling aggressiveness by bullies is genetic selection against the propensity for reactive aggression. So through proactive aggression, our ancestors controlled reactive aggression and, in doing so, made us virtuous. Ultimately, this system gave us the moral senses.GAZETTE: Presumably, cooperation plays a critical part in humans’ capacity for capital punishment?WRANGHAM: Cooperation is a big part of the story in the sense that it’s only as a result of our ability to cooperate that our ancestors were able to control the aggressiveness of the most extremely violent males. It was absolutely critical that the subordinate males were able to come together to cooperate. The argument I make is that this depended entirely on a sufficiently sophisticated language.GAZETTE: Yes, I wanted to ask you about language and the notion of shared intentionality, and how you think about language versus weapons as they relate to capital punishment.WRANGHAM: Some of the scholars writing in this area have argued that, with the evolution of weapons, humans were able to develop capital punishment because with a weapon you can surprise someone and kill them. But that doesn’t seem to me anything like as important as language. We would almost certainly have had killing weapons long before 300,000 years ago, which is the time when fossils reveal the earliest consequences of selection against reactive aggression.Chimpanzees are perfectly capable of collaborating with each other to kill members of neighboring groups — and even sometimes members of their own group. But they do not have the linguistic ability to be able to choose a particular victim; the best they can do is to respond to the presence of someone who is a predictably hostile enemy for all of them. Chimpanzees are capable of killing without weapons, just as humans are, but they are incapable of capital punishment. What capital punishment needs is the ability to make a plan and to coordinate that plan.GAZETTE: What new data brought you to make this argument?WRANGHAM: Biologists have known for decades that aggression works in different ways, whether you are stalking and attacking an individual by surprise, or if you’re reacting by losing your temper. However, although this has been understood to be two types of aggression, it’s only in the last five years that people have been able to identify rather precisely the biological mechanisms in the brain that are associated with these two types of aggressions. A lab in Budapest, Hungary, is leading the way on this. The rats they work with will sometimes attack each other by surprise and go for vulnerable parts of the body in an effort to kill their opponents; in different circumstances rats just end up fighting over food or females.Experiments show that the same parts of the brain are involved in the two types of aggression — that is, proactive and reactive — but the wiring that leads between the brain regions is different. Knowing that the biological mechanism is different between proactive and reactive aggression, we can also conclude that natural selection can change these two kinds of aggression independently. For instance, you can produce breeds of rats that are particularly elevated in their tendency of proactive aggression, but reduced for reactive aggressive, which is what happened in human evolution. The fascinating question at the heart of my book is why you get that extraordinary combination.GAZETTE: How did your Kibale Project in Uganda play into the questions you asked in the book?WRANGHAM: My interest in these questions began even before I launched the Kibale Chimpanzee Project. I had been working with Jane Goodall at her site in Gombe in Tanzania in the early 1970s, a time when as a research team we were learning for the first time that chimpanzees would use proactive aggression to kill members of neighboring groups. I wanted to start my own project to explore further the extraordinarily intense hostility that they occasionally show. While working with chimpanzees in Kibale, Martin Muller and I observed aggression in detail. Just like in Gombe, we found high rates of face-to-face aggression.So it was clear there was something quite different between humans and chimpanzees because, on the one hand, humans and chimps are rather similar in their warlike propensity for attacking members of neighboring groups, but there was a huge difference in the frequency of aggression within a given group. As a primatologist, I was interested in broader themes of the evolution of behavior among humans and our closest relatives. The chimpanzee data led me to start thinking about bonobos, which are closely related to us, as chimpanzees are. We share a common ancestor with the chimpanzee/bonobo line from 7 or 8 million years ago. Bonobos are far more docile and much less aggressive than chimpanzees are. Students such as Brian Hare helped work on this comparison, partly using our aggression data from Kibale, and a new understanding gradually emerged.GAZETTE: So even though some of this research has come out in the last five years, these ideas have been in your brain for decades.WRANGHAM: I’ve been puzzling about it for more than 20 years. In 1996, I wrote a book called “Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence,” which was focused on the question of why chimpanzees and humans share this very remarkable, rare property of getting together in small groups and making very deliberate attempts to hunt down and kill members of neighboring groups. I was already aware that chimps were much more aggressive within groups than humans are, which raised a fascinating question: How come humans are so different in that respect?GAZETTE: So how does this make sense of the old Hobbes/Rousseau philosophical debate?WRANGHAM: Rousseau says we’re naturally nonviolent; Hobbes says we’re naturally violent. The new perspective says that in different ways they are both correct. Then the question that emerges is: Should we be very depressed that humans do have this high propensity for proactive violence, which is basically what is responsible for war? Proactive violence has been a hugely important component of history and prehistory, but the special thing about proactive violence is that animals and even humans don’t spontaneously engage in it if it looks risky — in other words, if it will hurt or be dangerous for the protagonists.The extraordinary thing about chimpanzee attacks on each other is people have documented more than 60 cases of chimps being killed, and yet although the victims were immensely strong and fighting for their lives, the attackers have never been hurt. The reason is that the attackers choose to attack only when they are very confident they can dispatch their victim at very little risk of being hurt. The simple math in the world of chimpanzees is: If you can get at least five against one, each of the four can hold a limb and one can do the damage without anyone except the victim getting hurt. This is all very unpleasant, but the nice part of understanding human aggression as proactive is that if there is a balance of power, you do not expect to see violence. Only when one group is immensely more powerful than another is it expected to attack, because only then do the members perceive the risk to themselves to be sufficiently low.Another quite different line of argument is that this new view gives us for the first time a concrete theory on why Homo sapiens evolved. Homo sapiens is different from other species of Homo by being a somewhat lighter-boned form, with reduced differences between the sexes. The standard explanation of our origins is that our ancestors became more and more skilled in inventing and retaining cultural skills. As a result, they were able to rely less than before on brute force in their foraging, so Homo sapiens emerged as a more delicate form. But what is so striking about Homo sapiens is that we are not merely strikingly gracile, but the ways in which we are different from our ancestors are like the differences between a dog and a wolf. The origin of Homo sapiens, in other words, can be traced to self-domestication — and therefore to the sophistication of language that made capital punishment possible for the first time in any mammal more than 300,000 years ago.
Former Indiana State Police Sergeant Tim McCarthy announced his retirement Wednesday, according to a statement released by John Heisler, senior associate athletics director for Notre Dame.Since 1960, McCarthy has delivered a safety tip in the form of a pun between the third and fourth quarters of home football games in order to intense enthusiasm and thunderous applause from the 80,000 people in the stadium crowd, Heisler wrote.In fall 2013, McCarthy told The Observer that in his first season giving the safety tip very few people listened to him, so in his second season he decided to change his approach.“I told [my superiors] … I’m going to start using a quip at the end and see what happens, and the following season — that was in 1961 — in the very first game there was a discussion among the referees for something and the crowd was unusually quiet,” McCarthy said.“So I gave the thing. The message gave a pitch on drinking and driving. And I said, ‘Remember, the automobile replaced the horse, but the driver should stay on the wagon.’ And I got a lot of groans and boos and things like that.”According to the statement, McCarthy served as safety education officer until his retirement from the state police force in 1979, when then-athletic director Moose Krause asked him to continue delivering safety tips during the games.In 2013, McCarthy was awarded an honorary monogram from the University’s Monogram Club, Heisler wrote.After 55 years on the job, McCarthy said the University’s students were a highlight of his experience.“For years, the stadium crowd never saw my face. After I began appearing at some University and student events is when I became recognized. Students saying hello while walking through campus is really a happy experience for me,” McCathy said in the University’s statement.“I appeared at a few pre-game rallies, some of the student hall rallies and always at the Dillon Hall rally,” he said. “It was always enjoyable to be at student events because those young men and women are the very best. Always number one in my book.”Tags: Notre Dame football, retirement, safety puns, Tim McCarthy
Photos: Georgia 4-H Photo: Georgia 4-H At Camp Truett-Fulton, the program focuses on urban issues, landscapes and opportunities. Georgia 4-H is gearing up for the statewide summer camping program. The program, one of the largest in the country, has camps across the state in Dahlonega, Atlanta, Eatonton, Tybee Island and Jekyll Island. In Dahlonega, Camp Wahsega campers learn about mountain life, conservation and environmental issues. They learn about rock climbing, team building and crafts. To find out when and where your county 4-H’ers are going to camp this year, call your county Extension Service office. At Rock Eagle, the flagship of the camping program, students divide into tribes and learn about the early inhabitants of the area. They take a range of classes including ecology, snakes, archery, canoeing and Indian lore. Camp Jekyll and Camp Tybee campers explore marine life, conservation and coastal history.
December 1, 2004 Regular News Bar passwords to be mailed System will enable members to conduct Bar business online The Florida Bar will soon increase the security level for access to member services on the Bar’s Web site page called the StoreFront.This means that every member will receive a letter with a new personal setup password. Each member will use the setup password to register for StoreFront services, such as the purchase of continuing legal education courses and CLE tapes; update official Bar address, pay annual Bar fees, and access CLE hours and CLE reporting date information online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “The main advantage to this new system is additional security,” said George Rudge, director of the Bar Information Systems Department. “With everything that is happening on the Internet — viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, adware — security is a high priority. The Bar will continue to roll out more options for members to conduct business online; we needed to take this step to make sure access to member information on the Bar’s Web site is secure.”The letter containing your Bar-generated password will be mailed December 23. Once received, members are asked to go to the Bar’s StoreFront at www3.flabar.org and click on the login link. Once there, you will need to enter your Bar ID number and the setup password contained in the letter. To complete the registration process, members will create their own unique password. Passwords will have to be at least six characters, made up of a combination of letters and numbers. From the StoreFront, you may click on the home page link to access the rest of the Bar’s site.Rudge said even the 26,000 Bar members who already have registered to access the Bar’s StoreFront will also need to re-register under the new security system. As of December 26, old passwords will no longer be valid on the site. If the bar-provided setup password is not used by February 11, it will expire and members will have to request a new setup password on the StoreFront Web page. For assistance call Membership Records (866) 854-5050. Bar passwords to be mailed
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA shuttered six federal credit unions in the Philadelphia area Tuesday, and their common link was their CEO.The closed credit unions were Cardozo Lodge Federal Credit Union of Bensalem, Pa.; Chester Upland School Employees Federal Credit Union of Chester, Pa.; Electrical Inspectors Federal Credit Union of Bensalem; O P S EMP Federal Credit Union of Bensalem; Servco Federal Credit Union of Bensalem and Triangle Interests % Service Center Federal Credit Union of Bensalem.The president/CEO for the six credit unions was Joni Brown, according to the credit unions’ profile pages on the NCUA’s website. continue reading »
Apr 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Japan’s health ministry today said it was on the verge of approving a plan to administer prepandemic vaccine to healthcare workers, which would make it the world’s first country to tap its national stockpile for this purpose.Kishiko Yamaguchi, an official from Japan’s health and welfare ministry, said the plan, which awaits approval tomorrow, would allow the vaccination of about 6,000 quarantine officials and healthcare workers by the end of the year, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Japan has already approved and stockpiled pandemic vaccines for 10 million people that are based on H5N1 viruses from China, Indonesia, and Vietnam, according to a report today from Reuters. The health ministry said the vaccines were made by the Research Foundation for Microbial Diseases of Osaka University and the Kitasato Institute, the report said.In a November 2005 presentation for the World Health Organization (WHO) that summarized clinical study results for Japan’s pandemic vaccine, Masato Tashiro, MD, PhD, with the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, revealed that the project is supported by the government, and the same formulation of the alum-adjuvanted whole-virus vaccine is produced by all of the manufacturers.Yamaguchi told the AP that if initial tests show that the prepandemic vaccine is safe and effective, the ministry would consider vaccinating 10 million more people, including such vital workers as lawmakers, police, and other healthcare workers. Reuters reported that the second vaccination wave would also include those who maintain infrastructure networks such as gas and electricity.International health officials have been cautious about taking steps toward vaccination in advance of a pandemic, because researchers are uncertain if vaccines that are currently in national stockpiles will offer cross-protection against a future pandemic strain. Also, it’s not clear if any adverse events would arise from the use of the vaccine, which makes it difficult to weigh the usefulness of the strategy.In a May 2007 bulletin, the WHO acknowledged that as prepandemic vaccines become available they could be used in poultry workers, healthcare workers, and whole populations. However, the WHO did not recommend that countries undertake the strategy.Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the WHO, told the AP that prepandemic vaccination is “a big roll of the dice” but said the WHO doesn’t oppose countries using the vaccines.The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in 2007 praised the development of prepandemic vaccines but said it did not support countries using them until the WHO elevates its pandemic phase to 5 or 6 (from the current phase 3), which would indicate significant human-to-human transmission is occurring.See also:May 10, 2007, CIDRAP News story “WHO equivocal on prepandemic use of H5N1 vaccines”Oct 31, 2007, CIDRAP News story “The Pandemic Vaccine Puzzle: Part 5, What role for prepandemic vaccination?”Presentation to the WHO on Japan’s pandemic vaccineMay 2007 WHO pandemic influenza bulletin
Lisa Curry. Picture: Dylan RobinsonMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoFRESH from the I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here jungle, Lisa Curry and her Elvis impersonator fiancee Mark Tabone have listed their undeveloped Mount Mellum property.The couple paid $550,000 last year for the 14-hectare parcel in Queensland but haven’t found time to develop the site. Theo Grigoriou at Ray White Beerwah is asking $679,000 for the property, 35km southwest of the Sunshine Coast.Curry is one of Australia’s most decorated female athletes, having won 15 gold, seven silver and eight bronze international swimming medals.