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Click here to continue reading the story. EXETER, Pa. — An Exeter Borough ambulance caught fire Monday evening in front of the Exeter Community Ambulance building on Wyoming Avenue.Battery acid and a strong odor was coming from the engine before the vehicle erupted in flames, Exeter Fire Chief Rich McNeil said.
During its first meeting Friday afternoon, the Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed several aspects of student life including dorm alcohol policies and mental health. Judicial Council president Michael Thomas said the new rector of Stanford Hall is enforcing a stricter alcohol policy in the dorm this year. “Stanford has done a 180-degree switch in alcohol policy,” Thomas said. The council also discussed the fairness of excluding undergraduate students from scholarly lectures and activities because alcohol is present for faculty and upperclassmen. The council also discussed the mental health resources available for students. Junior John Vernon said the group PILLARS, which stands for “Peers Inspiring Listening, Learning, and Responsible Socializing,” focuses on student health and related issues such as lack of sleep. Chief of staff Katie Baker said there is also a committee on campus that is dedicated to the examination of students at risk of dropping out of Notre Dame. One aspect of the committee’s job includes speaking to the student’s professors and rector in order to better assess the obstacles that may cause the student’s departure. “The panel has never been made public,” Baker said. “It’s a really important resource that should be publicized.” As the council members discussed the year ahead, Morrissey Manor rector Fr. Ron Vierling referenced the cutback in University services that came at the same time as a price increase in room and board. Vierling said one housekeeping staff covers four buildings on the weekends, and there has not been an increase in the number of workers being hired. “Cost cutting is impacting the quality of student life,” Fr. Ron said.
With Election Day on Tuesday, it’s nearly impossible to leave the house without being exposed to some kind of campaign advertisement. The Rooney Center for American Democracy hosted a panel discussion on Friday in Carole Sandner Hall and invited political science professors Darren Davis, David Campbell and Geoffrey Layman to speak about the upcoming election. The discussion aimed to clarify any questions regarding the election process and prepare students and faculty alike to make informed decisions at the ballots. Layman gave the audience a brief background of how the electoral system works. “The elections are not simply national elections, but rather are 50 statewide elections in combination with one election in Washington D.C. for the electoral vote,” Layman said. He noted the significance of this structure, reminding the audience of the 2000 presidential election, when Democratic candidate Al Gore won the popular vote, but lost the election by losing the electoral vote. Layman said while race for the popular vote seems to be evenly matched, President Barack Obama is projected to have the lead in electoral votes. Such a close race means that a repeat of the 2000 election could occur, he said. Davis questioned the accuracy of the data collected in public opinion polls. He highlighted this by bringing up the prevalence of bias in polls, specifically gender bias. Forty-four percent of women claim they will vote for Gov. Mitt Romney, he said, while 50 percent say they are in favor of Obama. But Davis said the gender gap in this election was actually greater than the projections revealed. “The stark difference in gender views between the two candidates, could play a large role in the way in which women will vote,” Davis said. He said he believes many women who publically say they are going to vote for Romney will eventually check off Obama’s name on the ballot. Campbell then discussed religions’ role in the election, describing Romney’s Mormon faith as a “stained glass ceiling” hindering his campaign efforts. Campbell noted his religion has not been a matter of discussion in recent months. The relative lack of religious discussion stems from the fact that both candidates’ campaigns have in some way been marred by their religious affiliations, he said, and both candidates wish to avoid “mutually-assured destruction.” Drawing parallels to when President John F. Kennedy was elected as the first Catholic president, Campbell questioned what role religion plays in elections and how religious tolerance is affected by the presidency. “If Romney was to win, would this mean more religious tolerance for Mormonism across America?” Campbell said. Davis, Campbell and Layman agreed the biggest factor in the election would be mobilizing voters to get to the polls.
Garmin’s Vector 2 power meter pedal system has received a slight update to make it a bit more durable and a little easier to install. Gone are the washers, replaced with a hinged clamp that simply wraps around the pedal spindle and bolts into place. That makes the pedal pods easier to line up in the correct position.The pods themselves are made of a new, tougher material that’s the same as their out front mounts. They say that resin is actually tougher than the original alloy mounts. It wasn’t a matter of toughness under impact, because you’re not really going to hit them on anything if they’re positioned properly…it was more about holding up to repeated removal and installation. Seated and standing position, power phase (where in the stroke you’re most powerful) and platform center offset measurements are all improved, too, as long as you have the dual system. Pricing is unchanged at $1,499 for the dual sided Vector 2, and $899 for the left-side only Vector 2S. Or you can just upgrade to the new pods for $149 or $99 respectively.Garmin.com
Another running change to all frames is the removal of the braze-on front derailleur mount. The frames now require clamp-on front mechs, so he builds on a small alloy ring since the frame tubes are not round.ArgonautCycles.com Argonaut founder Ben Farver sent some fantastic photos of his new Gravel Racer for our pre-show interview, but seeing it in real life was even better.He built it to handle competitive events like the Oregon Stampede, which is about 70% gravel. It’s not a a gravel grinder, and not meant to add rack or panniers. It’s a race ready bike that just happens to be designed for rough surfaces.To do that, he takes your ideal road race bike and makes it a bit more stable. For Ben’s own bike, that meant about 5mm longer chainstay length, 3mm more BB drop and half a degree slacker head angle. It’s all custom though, so your version will be right for you.“The idea is to expand your range,” he said. “To let you get further on more roads.” This bike won best in show for NAHBS 2014.This one’s for a customer that travels with it and wanted a standard seat post, but Farver says he’d still use the ISP on most frames but build in a bit more compliance than on the road bikes. If you recall from our long term review, Ben uses the ISP to dial in the ride feel all the way up to the saddle.The non-drive chainstay only had to be reinforced under the caliper mount. The seat stay is the same, so ride quality should be the same. It’s 70g more for the disc dropouts and reinforcement, and Farver says a complete disc bike will be about 1.5 pounds heavier than a comparably built rim brake bike.The Gravel Racer will sell for $6,700 $6,500 for frame and fork, same as their standard road bike framesets go for $6,500 with rim brakes in mind. Because it’s all custom, it can basically become a disc brake road bike, too.The SL prototype we saw last year didn’t become a separate model. Instead, he infused the ballistics material into all of the frames. Farver says he was initially thinking the SL frames would be a little more delicate and have to have a shorter warranty. But, they ended up being stronger, so he put it in all the bikes, including the new gravel racer.So, in addition to being lighter, the alternate material adds durability while allowing a higher proportion of lighter weight hi-mod carbon. And it soaks up vibration. The result is a bike that’s a bit lighter but a lot smoother.
A group of Merriam residents packed the council chambers to lobby against tearing down the current aquatic facilities.A group of residents calling themselves “Merriam Concerned Citizens” packed the city council meeting Monday in an effort to lobby against the destruction of the current swimming pool to make way for a new aquatic and community center.The public comment period Monday evening went on for more than an hour as about 20 people came forward to express concerns voiced at previous council meetings and open houses, saying the proposed outdoor pool for the new $30 million community center is too small with too few amenities to fit poolgoers’ needs. The project includes an additional $6.6 million in tax increment financing (TIF) funds for the parking structure and associated construction costs.The Merriam council selected option 5 for the proposed outdoor pool, which is $1.6 million over budget.A number of the residents who spoke at the council meeting said they were part of the Merriam Concerned Citizens group, which has launched a website to list their concerns online with the new community center and design processes. Their main concerns are with dividing the outdoor aquatics into smaller, separate indoor and outdoor facilities and losing outdoor amenities such as waterslides and a kiddie pool.“Do not touch the outdoor aquatic center unless you try to improve it,” said Cherie Nicholson, a Merriam resident who has young children. Nicholson was among the residents who said they were against allowing the Johnson County Library to relocate its Antioch branch to the community center campus.John Steeb, another resident, said many people were against having a smaller outdoor pool.“I think it’s very important that we keep the existing pool and fix it,” Steeb said. “I think it’s a concession that can easily be made.”In response to these concerns, the city updated its online list of frequently asked questions regarding the community center plans. That page includes a graphic that shows the proposed new outdoor aquatics facility overlaid with the current pool:A study conducted by a hired firm a few years ago estimated that repairing the current Merriam Aquatic Center to bring it up to compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act would cost about $3.5 to $4 million.If the city continues on its current timeline with building a new community center, demolition of the aquatic facility at Vavra Park will begin in October. A groundbreaking ceremony for the whole project is set for Thursday morning.Councilmember Al Frisby asked Merriam staff to look into funding option 8, which is $2.5 million over budget.Councilmember Al Frisby asked the staff to look for funding options in the budget that would allow option 8 of the outdoor aquatic design, which would separate the dive wells from the lap lanes. Option 8 would be $2.5 million over what the city originally budgeted for the project.The council had selected option 5 in its July 23 meeting, which will cost an additional $1.6 million over the original budget.At the conclusion of the council work session following Monday evening’s meeting, Merriam staff are moving forward with plans for an outdoor 25-meter pool — it was previously planned to be 25 yards.The council is scheduled to make final decisions on community center design, including outdoor aquatic concepts, at its Sept. 24 meeting. Some councilmembers said they were concerned with delaying the project further because it will cost the city and residents more time and money.
When practitioners meet at the Environmental and Land Use Law Section’s (ELULS) Annual Update this August in Ponte Vedra, there is little doubt that the recent tragedy at the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon will be in the forefront of discussion.Intended as a nod toward the tremendous influence the ocean plays in environmental practice in the state, the Annual Update’s theme, “ Seas of Change: The Next Decade for Environmental and Land Regulation in Florida, ” was coincidentally already in planning at the time the spill began.Panel discussions at the seminar are scheduled to focus on marina and mooring field development issues and new coral reef regulations in addition to a timely offering on offshore oil and gas exploration. Many of the other sessions — like those on numeric nutrient criteria and statewide stormwater regulation — concern matters with implications for the long-term sustainability of marine ecosystems.Kicking it all off will be a keynote address by David E. Guggenheim, Ph.D., president of the nonprofit organization 1planet1ocean. Guggenheim, a marine scientist and undersea explorer, is renowned for his inspirational take on all the ocean has to offer society, highlighted with images and video from his research in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean basin.His group, 1planet1ocean, was founded to explore, restore, and sustain the oceans through international partnerships and offer solutions to the problems the oceans face. Previously, he was vice president for conservation policy at The Ocean Conservancy.In addition, Guggenheim has first-hand knowledge of the particular challenges confronting Florida, having once served as president and CEO of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and as a past co-chair of the Everglades Coalition.“David Guggenheim’s presentation brings abstract concepts like marine fisheries to light in technicolor,” ELULS CLE Committee Chair Nicole Kibert said. “ Given the potential devastation that Florida’s Gulf species are going to be dealing with in the aftermath of the unprecedented oil spill, Dr. Guggenheim’s message is even more meaningful.”Other speakers in the lineup include former head of EPA Region 4 John Henry Hankinson and Department of Community Affairs Secretary Tom Pelham.The ELULS Annual Update will take place August 12-14 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra. More details and registration information are available on the s ection’s website at www.eluls.org. Ocean explorer to keynote ELULS Annual Update MARINE SCIENTIST and undersea explorer David E. Guggenheim, pictured here in a DeepWorker Submarine, will discuss the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the work of his nonprofit 1planet1ocean, which was founded to explore, restore and sustain the oceans through international partnerships and offer solutions to the problems the oceans face. Ocean explorer to keynote ELULS Annual Update June 1, 2010 Regular News
The Chronicle of Higher Education: He was locked in a van in England with violent criminals, repeatedly, during his late 20s, says Adrian Raine, lifting a fork of salmon ravioli from his plate at a tony restaurant on Walnut Street. “I was at the maximum-security prison in Hull,” says the psychologist, now in his 50s, and his job involved attaching polygraph-type sensors to the prisoners’ skin to measure their agitation as he bothered them with loud sounds and flashes of light. His lab was in the back of the van, he says, “and the guards were very concerned these men would commandeer the vehicle and escape.”Their solution? “Take my keys away and lock the doors from the outside.”Raine, now chair of the criminology department at the University of Pennsylvania, a few blocks from the restaurant, stops eating for a moment to remember. “So there I was, in this very tiny space. And I kept watching the needles these sensors were connected to, for I imagined that the first sign these men were about to rush me would be the needles starting to swing wildly as the men got excited and prepared to attack.”They never did. Raine always got out of the van unscathed, but the slightly built, graying Englishman has never strayed far from the company of killers, wife batterers, and psychopaths. He has spent a career trying to spot ever-earlier signs of dangerous minds—clues to bad behavior even before a criminal commits a crime.Read the whole story: The Chronicle of Higher Education More of our Members in the Media >
CHERRYVILLE, NC — FleetNet America has promoted Gary Cummings to executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2007. In this new position, Cummings will be responsible for all of FleetNet’s operations. Cummings is currently serving as FleetNet’s vice president – corporate services and will continue to oversee all information technology issues for the company. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement FleetNet America, a subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corp., is a third-party vehicle maintenance company that coordinates scheduled and nonscheduled service to truck fleets, owner-operators, original equipment truck manufacturers and aftermarket equipment providers Cummings has more than 20 years of work experience in accounting and information technology, the majority of which has been in the transportation and logistics industry. Since 1994, Cummings has held various positions with Arkansas Best Corp. and its subsidiaries. He joined FleetNet two years ago. Cummings holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.