T-Mobile Buys Another 160 MW of Wind, Aims for 100 Percent Renewable Generation

first_img Facebook T-Mobile’s strategy going forward is to only purchase wind power from facilities under development “that wouldn’t exist without T-Mobile’s involvement.” T-Mobile announced it has signed a power purchase agreement for another 160 MW of wind energy and plans to procure all of its electricity from renewable resources by 2021. “It’s the Un-carrier way to do the right thing by our customers, and moving to renewable energy is just a natural part of that,” said John Legere, president and CEO at T-Mobile. “And it’s not just the right thing to do – it’s smart business! We expect to cut T-Mobile’s energy costs by around $100 million in the next 15 years thanks to this move. Imagine the awesome things we can do for our customers with that!” RenewablesNew ProjectsWind T-Mobile announced the company has joined RE100, an organization founded by The Climate Group to encourage the use of renewable energy. Nike, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other businesses are part of RE100. By chloecox – By Editors of Power Engineering Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas The mobile carrier’s latest contract is from Solomon Forks Wind Project in Kansas, being developed by Infinity Renewables for activation in early 2019. T-Mobile’s first major wind PPA was with the Red Forks Wind Power Project in Oklahoma, also for 160 MW. The purchases now account for 60 percent of T-Mobile’s total energy consumption in the United States. No posts to display 1.29.2018center_img Southern Power acquiring 118-MW Oklahoma wind project developed by Vestas’ NA unit Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Twitter Facebook TAGSEnel T-Mobile Buys Another 160 MW of Wind, Aims for 100 Percent Renewable Generation Twitter Previous articleControversial Ohio Wind Farm to Be Sold to German CompanyNext articleNew York State Releases Plan to Build 2.4 GW of Wind by 2030 chloecox CPV says it has developed 400+ MW of renewable capacity on former coal mines last_img read more

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Tusk says ‘no deal yet’ after Brexit dinner with Cameron

first_img“On welfare, the Commission have tabled a text making clear that the U.K.’s current circumstances meet the criteria for triggering the emergency brake,” said a Downing Street spokesperson on Sunday night. “This is a significant breakthrough, meaning the prime minister can deliver on his commitment to restrict in work benefits to EU migrants for four years.”Cameron wants the final draft proposal to state that the brake would remain in effect for seven years.A senior U.K. government source said earlier on Sunday that the prime minister would tell Tusk the ‘brake’ proposal, as it has been sketched out so far, “does not go far enough and will need to be significantly strengthened if it is to be as powerful as the prime minister’s four-year proposal.”“He will also argue that it should only be a stop gap to a more permanent mechanism,” said the source, adding that Cameron would demand “greater ambition” across the board.The seven-year emergency brake is a political statement for Cameron. He plans to sell it as a way to make up for the period of time when former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair allowed the free flow of Eastern European migrants to the U.K. after the EU expansion in 2004.When Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia joined the EU, existing EU countries had the option to restrict these workers from entering their labor markets for seven years. Germany, France and Italy upheld certain restrictions for these nationals, but the U.K. opened its markets immediately. A diplomat involved in the negotiations said they decided to try to fix the remaining issues on Monday after consulting French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on details regarding welfare in the U.K. for EU migrants.“Tusk wants to see where the member states are,” said the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.It was not immediately clear what was holding up progress, but Cameron had been expected to press Tusk at the meeting to restrict benefits for EU migrants to the U.K. for the next seven years, according to officials involved in the negotiations.That would mean every EU migrant arriving in Britain at any time over the next seven years would need to wait four years to receive government benefits, the officials said.The proposal is an ambitious request as time runs out on the negotiations. The main sticking point has been Cameron’s request to place a four-year ban on in-work benefits for EU migrants.The European Commission has offered to create an “emergency brake” that would activate the ban when a country could prove that its public services have been overwhelmed. Cameron has argued that the brake should be activated immediately after the U.K. referendum and for a substantial period of time. David Cameron and European Council President Donald Tusk failed to clinch a deal at dinner on Sunday on the U.K. prime minister’s demands for renegotiated membership of the EU, postponing the release of a draft text for another 24 hours.Tusk, who had hoped to present the proposals to the other 27 EU countries on Monday, ahead of a “Brexit” summit on February 18, left the dinner in Downing Street after two hours telling reporters: “No deal.” He then tweeted: “No deal yet. Intensive work in next 24 [hours] crucial.”Shortly afterwards, Cameron tweeted: “Good meeting with @eucopresident, who has agreed to another 24 hours of talks before publishing the draft U.K. renegotiation text.”center_img Tusk had tweeted Sunday afternoon before the talks that he would present “solutions” to Cameron, but added: “Agreement must be acceptable for whole EU28. No compromise on fundamental freedoms.”last_img read more

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Daytona track record unofficially broken in IMSA Roar before the 24

first_imgSunday at Daytona International Speedway, there was another – albeit unofficial – track record. In the 15-minute IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Daytona Prototype international (DPi) qualifying session for Rolex 24 At Daytona garage and pit selections, Oliver Jarvis drove the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest Mazda RT24-P to a lap of one minute, 33.398 seconds (137.212 mph). Jarvis’ lap was more than half a second quicker than the 26-year-old track record of 1:33.875 (136.521 mph) set by PJ Jones in the No. 98 Toyota Eagle MKIII. If he – or anybody else – does it again or goes even quicker in Rolex 24 qualifying on Thursday, Jan. 24, they’ll go into the record books officially. Get your tickets now. “I’ve worked with all four of those guys in many different capacities to help them on road courses,” said Johnson. “In NASCAR, I’ve spotted for them and coached them, so it’s great to be in a car with them competing. They’re all very talented, great drivers and it’s just a lot of fun to be here.” “It’s great to be back,” said Johnson. “I’ve always followed the racing here in the now Michelin Pilot Challenge. The racing has always been great, a lot of fun, a lot of great drivers and teams. I’ve kind of built my career in this series, so it’s meant a lot to me going from the ST class up to the GS class and then winning the championship in 2016. This platform has given me many opportunities in NASCAR and prototypes and to race the Ford GT at Le Mans. I feel like I’m coming home back here at Daytona in the GS GT4 class cars.” Magnussen, Corvette take advantage of perfect tow to qualify first in GTLM at the RoarFor the second consecutive WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class qualifying session, Jan Magnussen led the way. The now two-time and defending GTLM co-champion led the 15-minute session with a best lap of 1:42.651 (124.844 mph) in the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. The Danish racer remarked, after Sunday’s session to set garage and pit selections for Rolex 24 race week, that the Corvette team employed the same strategy it used to put Magnussen and the No. 3 Corvette on the pole for the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Today’s lap was one tenth of a second quicker than Magnussen’s pole-winning time of 1:42.779. “We did exactly the same as we did last year where we agreed who was going to tow who,” Magnussen explained. “It was me again like in race qualifying last year. That gave us a good top-speed advantage in that session. Olly (Gavin) did a fantastic job placing himself at the right distance out of Turn 6 [in the No. 4 Corvette] so I could take full advantage of the tow down to the Bus Stop and then go by him at start/finish to get the fastest lap.center_img In LMP2 qualifying, Gabriel Aubry posted the fastest time in the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA at 1:35.930 (133.591 mph). The Roar was Aubry’s first exposure to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway and this weekend was just the Frenchman’s second visit to the United States. While he assisted in developing the Ford Mustang GT4, Johnson has yet to compete in the car, which he’ll race full-time in the 2019 British GT Championship. However, in the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona on Friday, Jan. 25, he’ll share the steering wheel with two drivers from Ford’s Driver Development Program, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe. Ty Majeski and Cole Custer, also part of the program, will race in the No. 15 Ford Mustang GT4 with Scott Maxwell. Billy Johnson enjoying return IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge paddockIMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge 2016 Grand Sport (GS) class champion Billy Johnson was back to the series paddock this weekend with Multimatic Motorsports’ No. 22 Ford Mustang GT4. After a two-year hiatus, his return was prompted by the change in his FIA driver rating from Platinum to Gold, as Platinum-rated drivers are not eligible to compete in the support series. “The car was an absolute joy to drive,” Jarvis said. “We ran it full qualy spec. I don’t think many of our competitors can say the same, but in that low-fuel configuration, it felt incredible. You could really push the car to the limits and it’s what us drivers live for, that feeling of getting everything out of the car.” “We did the exact same thing at the Roar and the race last year, so I don’t really know why everyone else isn’t doing the exact same thing. But it seems we’re the only one doing it at the moment, and it’s working out really well for us.”last_img read more

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VDH COVID-19 Update: Five more cases, no deaths, testing available to all

first_imgCurrently hospitalized Guidance for VermontersWho to contact: If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the hospital.If you are having symptoms of COVID-19(link is external), call your health care provider.Most information is online: Visit our regularly updated Frequently Asked Questions(link is external).You can also type in a question to our Ask A Question tool(link is external).If you still have health-related COVID-19 questions, call the Health Department at 802-863-7240.For non-health related questions, dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-652-4636.Make Wearing a Mask a HabitAs Vermont gradually opens, wearing face coverings is more important than ever. Recent evidence indicates masks do seem to reduce respiratory droplet transmission, but compliance must be high for this strategy to work. Taking our mask with us when we go out is as important as is taking our car keys and wallets.Even with a mask, we still need to keep 6 feet between ourselves and other people. Learn more about why and how we need to wear masks(link is external).Food DistributionMeals will be distributed to those in need throughout the month of May, starting Friday, May 15 in Berlin. Food will include FEMA meal boxes, along with produce, chicken, and dairy products. For the full list of locations and details visit: https://vem.vermont.gov/pods(link is external)Stay Safe While Enjoying the Outdoors Remember to take the usual precautions(link is external) to stay safe and healthy. Ticks are out, so make sure you know how to Be Tick Smart: healthvermont.gov/BeTickSmart(link is external).For more outdoors information, visit: https://fpr.vermont.gov/recreation/outdoor-recreation-and-covid-19(link is external) Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental HealthFeeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak. If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:Call your local mental health crisis line(link is external) Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(link is external) at 1-800-273-8255Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line(link is external).For more information visit healthvermont.gov/suicide(link is external). 22,505 5 Total tests 792 *Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.+Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending.  Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.Find more information on new data dashboard at healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external) by clicking on the map of Vermont.  Deaths+ 13 Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)May 14, 2020New information is in redFind this update at healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external) by clicking the “See the Latest Update” button.Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s updated COVID-19 web and data pageshealthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external).The Vermont Department of Health reported today that there were five more cases of COVID-19 statewide for a total of 932. There were no deaths, marking a full week since the last reported death. There are now 53 confirmed deaths in Vermont attributed to COVID-19. Hospitalizations have fallen and are now down to five statewide, with another 13 under investigation.Vermonters Without COVID-19 Symptoms Can Get Tested at Pop Up SitesAnyone who lives or works in Vermont and does not have symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested for the virus at pop-up testing sites around the state.We encourage health care workers, first responders, child care providers, and people returning to Vermont – such as college students, people who winter out of state and second home owners – to consider being tested. The sites are led by Health Department teams, with support from EMS units and members of the Vermont National Guard.All test sites operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Please register for an appointment time at humanresources.vermont.gov/popups(link is external).PLEASE NOTE: Some sites are full, but you can still register on the waitlist to receive information of any future clinics that may be scheduled in your area.Saturday, May 16White River Jct. ─ Upper Valley Aquatic Center, 100 Arboretum Ln.Colchester ─ Vermont Public Health Laboratory, 359 South Park DriveMonday, May 18Rutland ─ Rutland High School, 22 Stratton Rd.Tuesday, May 19Barre ─ Barre Memorial Auditorium, 16 Auditorium HillWednesday, May 20Middlebury ─ American Legion Post 27, 49 Wilson Rd.St. Albans ─ Collins Perley Sports Complex, 890 Fairfax Rd.Thursday, May 21Newport ─ North Country Union High School, 209 Veterans Ave.Friday, May 22Springfield ─ Springfield High School, 303 South StreetMorrisville ─ Capstone Community Action, 250 Industrial Park, MorristownSaturday, May 23St. Johnsbury ─ Lyndon Town School, 2591 Lily Pond Rd., LyndonvilleThe test will tell you if you have a current infection. It is not a serology/antibodytest, which means it will not tell you if you were infected in the past.Vermonters with even mild symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested – with doctor’s referralPeople with even mild symptoms(link is external) are encouraged to call their health care provider to get tested. This includes parents of children who have possible symptoms.If you don’t have a health care provider: Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a community or hospital-connected clinic(link is external).Quarantine Guidance for People Returning to VermontIf you are returning to Vermont ─ including those who spend winter outside of Vermont, second home owners and college students ─ you are required to self-quarantine for 14 days(link is external).If, during your quarantine, you have not had symptoms of COVID-19: On or after Day 7 you can be tested at one of the pop-up testing sites. If your test is negative, you can end your quarantine period, as long as you continue to have no symptoms.Learn more at https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external). We are relying on health care professionals to help achieve this important public health goal. Visit healthvermont.gov/covid19-providers(link is external) for more information.The path to restart VermontState officials have released guidance for Vermont childcare, summer and afterschool programs that are or will open during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read the Health Guidance for Childcare Programs, Summer Programs and Afterschool Programs(link is external).The state earlier announced targets for reopening and accompanying health and safety restrictions and guidance: Retail sector on May 18, child care centers on June 1, and day camps this summer. Education officials have also provided guidance on end-of-the-year gatherings(link is external).Vermonters can now participate in outdoor recreation and limited social interactions under strict health and safety precautions. Read the Governor’s May 6 press release(link is external). Review the Health Department’s guidelines(link is external) on how to weigh the risks and connect with family and friends safely.Keep a list of your close contactsHealth officials suggest that Vermonters keep a journal of contacts – a list of other people with whom you have been in close contact with each day. If you get sick, this will make it easier to get in touch with those people and so they can take precautions to prevent further spread of COVID-19, including being tested if recommended.   New on healthvermont.gov(link is external)The Health Department now posts a Weekly Summary of Vermont COVID-19 Data(link is external) to help tell a more in-depth story of how the virus has impacted people in our state. The summary will be updated every Friday.Our data dashboard on healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external) now includes the estimated number of people who have recovered from COVID-19.We calculate this recovery estimate in two ways:People who have tested positive for COVID-19 report they have recovered to our investigation teams during their follow-up calls.Thirty days or more have passed since the date the person’s illness began. (If that information is not available, we use the date the positive test is reported to the Health Department.)Read more about our data by clicking on About Dashboard Data – New Questions on People Recovered – above the data dashboard.Case InformationCurrent COVID-19 Activity in VermontAs of 11:00 a.m. on May 14, 2020Total cases*center_img Hospitalized under investigation 53 932 Total people recovered 27 851 People completed monitoring People being monitoredlast_img read more

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Tickets released for The Cycle Show 2015

first_img Related Tickets for the 2015 edition of The Cycle Show, the ‘UK’s number one cycling exhibition’, have now been released.The annual event will be hosted at the Birmingham NEC again this year. Opening its doors exclusively to cycle trade and press on Thursday 24 September, The Cycle Show returns with 170 exhibitors already having confirmed their presence. Members of the trade are also permitted entry into the show on all three public days, from 25-27 September.The ever-popular annual event attracts some of the best brands in cycling across mountain biking, BMX, commuter and road cycling. Among the bicycle brands to make their show debut this year are Canyon and Planet X, along with show regulars, such as Trek, Vitus, Bianchi, Condor, Raleigh and Boardman.Among the distributors to showcase their new bike and product ranges for the year ahead are ATB Sales, Madison, Moore Large, Windwave, Extra UK, Chicken Cyclekit, i-Ride, Upgrade, Fli, Silverfish and Bob Elliot, bringing the world’s most premium brands in the industry together under one roof.With the increasing importance of looking good on and off the bike, the Cycle Show will also host a selection of cycling apparel brands, including Vulpine, Lusso Clothing, Primal Europe and Compressport. They will be joined by a selection of sports nutrition and cycling travel experts showing off their latest products and services.Following its success last year and increasing profile within the cycling community, Cyclocross racing will be held on Saturday 26 September, and this time around includes elite men and elite women’s races as well as men’s, women’s and junior amateur races. The events, organised by Just Ride, will start and finish inside the show, with a bigger course extending outdoors into the woodlands of the NEC grounds.Attendees will also be able to enjoy the return of the UK’s biggest dirt-jumping contest, with Sam Pilgrim inviting the sport’s best riders to the NEC.Other 2015 activities include the Mountain Bike Demo Track, the Dare 2b Premium Road Track, BMX Spine Ramp, Electric Bicycle Village and Kids Demo Track, allowing visitors of all ages and interests to get introduced and test ride the latest bicycles.As last year, this is in addition to a full programme of seminars and Q&As with pro riders and cycling journalists, on the ever-popular Stage. Topics up for discussion with cycling experts include advice and tips on everything from bike fit to nutrition.Earlybird rates are available online at cycleshow.co.uk until midnight on Sunday 31 May. Adult tickets are priced at £10.50 each, with an additional £3 saving when the promotional code EB1 is entered, while the price for two adult tickets is £19 with the promotional code EB2.Thereafter, adult tickets will be priced at £13.50 per person when booked online in advance, while children aged 14 and under can attend for just £1.50 each. Children aged 5 and under go free. Concession prices are also available to students and those over 65.www.cycleshow.co.uklast_img read more

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Mission reviews report recommending $500K in improvements to improve pedestrian access to schools

first_imgTom Worker-Braddock of Olsson Associates detailed the results of a study finding a number of impediments to pedestrians walking to school.Members of the Mission Governing Body on Wednesday got a detailed look at the results of a study that recommends more than $500,000 in infrastructure projects to to improve walkability to the schools attended by Mission kids.The Safe Routes to School Study, paid for in part through a federal grant, included a detailed analysis of current pedestrian and traffic patterns surrounding the four schools that serve Mission residents: Highlands Elementary, Rushton Elementary, Horizons High School and SM North.Tom Worker-Braddock of Olsson Associates, which conducted the study, told the council that the company’s evaluation of patterns to the four schools revealed a number of impediments that discourage many from walking and biking. For example, at SM North, there are significant sidewalk gaps on Johnson Drive east of Metcalf, which make pedestrians feel vulnerable to traffic zipping by. At Rushton Elementary, one of the most appealing pedestrian routes to get to school is blocked by a locked gate that forces some students to “re-enact D-Day” by scaling the fence, Worker-Braddock said.Perhaps not surprisingly, Highlands would benefit from the greatest investment, according to the report, which recommended improvements around the school totaling $233,000. The Highlands community has expressed concerns for years with the lack of safe walking and biking routes to school. Last fall, fourth grader Lola Gravatt made a splash with the council when she outlined a number of the obstacles she and her classmates face when trying to bike to class. The sentiments laid out by Gravatt were echoed in the findings from public input and study sessions, which identified a number of safety concerns for cyclists and pedestrians. The study’s findings from Highlands are summarized in the map from the report below:To address these issues, Olsson recommends five programming and seven infrastructure improvements. These include a new sidewalk on the west side of Cedar Street from 63rd Street to 61st Terrace and new pedestrian crossings at the “back” entrances along Cedar, among other items. Two of the recommendations for Highlands, a flashing pedestrian crosswalk beacon at Nall Avenue and the reconfiguration of a traffic island at 63rd Terrace and Roe Avenue, would have to be completed by the city of Prairie Village since they lie within its limits.The council on Wednesday passed a resolution acknowledging the results of the study and discussed next steps, including applying for additional federal grant money to conduct phase two.You can find the executive summary of the report embedded below:https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/02074626/CDC_6-1-16_-_PacketSumm.pdflast_img read more

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ATM networks join forces against fraud

first_imgATM networks have joined together to create global defense solutions to fight potential breaches, according to ABA Banking Journal. Together, Diebold, Inc. and Wincor Nixdorf AG will start an industry association to improve ATM security.The companies’ goal is to gather information on attack scenarios on ATMs and share it with industry groups, developing and putting forth tactics to counteract the attacks worldwide. Institutional operators like banks and IT service providers, as well as global ATM manufacturers and suppliers, can participate in the association.With the ATM market expanding (there will by 3.7 million, compared to the current 2.6 million, around the world by 2018), criminal activity is also expected to increase.Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf will start up the association by creating a platform to share information and promote discussion among industry stakeholders. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The truth about false confessions

first_imgThe truth about false confessions November 1, 2011 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News The truth about false confessionscenter_img ‘We boxed her in and gave her the impression it was hopeless for her not to cooperate’ Senior EditorHomicide detective James Trainum once made a big mistake getting a confession from a pregnant homeless woman.Now, he wants others to learn from that mistake.He and his partner inadvertently contaminated the interrogation with subtle suggestions, trapping the woman for 12 hours of questioning, at times handcuffed, until she told them what they wanted to hear.But the sad truth was that her confession was false.Trainum — retired from the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department after 27 years, creator and director of the Violent Crime Case Review Project that oversaw the review of all homicide cases, and requested by the U.S. Department of Justice to consult on the investigative practices of the New Orleans Police Department — brought lessons learned the hard way to the Florida Innocence Commission.“I had a good foundation for believing my suspect’s confession. She was of average intelligence with no apparent mental health issues,” Trainum said. “The suspect gave details, details only the killer would have known. You are going to see how she got those details, despite the fact she wasn’t even there.”Roll the video clip of the final version of the 1994 interrogation, and it was revealed how he and his partner showed her crime scene photos, made subtle suggestions about the details of the killing, ignored exculpatory details, and asked leading questions — until the woman eventually claimed she had two friends kidnap and beat to death a Voice of America worker.“We boxed her in and gave her the impression it was hopeless for her not to cooperate,” Trainum said. “Now, if you want to get into the psychological aspects of it: I showed this video to a graduate class in psychology, and the professor said, ‘She was sexually abused as a child.’ I go, ‘We heard that, but we were never able to prove it.’ She said, ‘She was sexually abused. I can pick up little things in her mannerisms.’“If that’s the case, if the oppressor is a male, they give in, because the quickest way to get it over with is to give in. And once you give in, that person goes away. For 12 hours, she gave it up in dribs and drabs. Now, I’ve also seen false confessions that have taken place in 30 minutes.”Trainum’s main message to the Innocence Commission was boosting his opinion that all interrogations should be videotaped from start to finish, including any pre-interviews with suspects. Such videotaping needs to be mandatory, he said, and there needs to be sanctions if that videotaping does not occur.“We all know the power of a confession is overwhelming. It’s the gold standard of evidence. It has the ability to trump overwhelming evidence to the contrary, even DNA,” Trainum said.“The truth is out there. One has to not only look at the number of wrongful convictions involving false confessions, but also the larger number of cases that do have overwhelming evidence of innocence, but because a confession was involved, a full exoneration has not been possible to date.”Videotaping will not prevent false confessions from occurring, he acknowledged, but it “will help greatly in the identification of false confessions, which is one of the reasons the practice is now supported by the Reid Technique, a leading instructor of law enforcement agencies in this country in interrogations.”The driving force for taping interrogations, Trainum said, is that it allows for the presentation of the best evidence in court, as well as increasing public trust with its transparency. It is not a second-hand account, but the equivalent of a crime-scene photo or a videotape of a sting operation. And, the need for the detective to testify in long motion hearings is eliminated, because the video speaks for itself.“We, in law enforcement, have no problems placing video cameras everywhere else, often over the public’s objections,” Trainum said.“When my fellow detectives would object to videotaping, I would always say, ‘What’s different about a videotape and you testifying honestly as to what happened in the interrogation room?’“The difference is that with the videotape, of course, there is no question. And even the best Boy Scout detective can have a bad day on the stand, so why take the chance?”The D.C. police department came into videotaping interrogations kicking and screaming, Trainum described, after The Washington Post did a 2000 report on many false confessions. A concerned D.C. city council wanted interrogations videotaped, but the police department dragged its feet creating protocol, until, out of frustration, the city council took control and passed legislation in 2005.“Actually, mandatory videotaping will increase the number of confessions, incriminating statements, and shakable alibis that you can get from suspects,” Trainum said. “The benefit has surprised many.”When he was in the middle of an interrogation, Trainum said he was so focused he often missed “very subtle, incriminating comments that can be picked up later during a follow-up review of the tape.”So detectives become better at their jobs, much like athletes become better after later viewing a video of the big game.Guilty pleas are increased, he said, because a “videotape provides an unquestionable record of the interview.”“I promise you, make it mandatory, and defense attorneys will hate this law, because there’s nothing they hate more than a videotape of a good interrogation and a confession.”He’s heard the many objections from his law enforcement colleagues and why they hate it, too.“One of the big ones you always hear from detectives is: ‘We’ll never get another confession.’ We heard that back when Miranda came around. And it wasn’t true then, and it’s not true now. We’re the best salesmen in the world. If I can talk you past Miranda — here I am telling you to shut up — and yet I can still talk you past that. And then I can sell you a jail sentence, or in some cases the death penalty, I can sure get you past being videotaped. I always sell it: ‘This is for your protection more than mine.’ And it never, ever failed to work.”Florida FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey, a member of the Innocence Commission, said: “One of the objections you did not list that I hear most from law enforcement officers, when you have a major case and there are a series of interviews, like when we worked the British tourist killings. There were multiple interviews over several weeks with multiple suspects. In the earlier interviews, they were denying the charges, and later those denials were used against the prosecution in court. Rather than using the last and best, they say the water was muddied by the getting-started interviews.. . . The initial interrogations created a defense tool.”Trainum responded: “How would the interrogators have dealt with that if they were asked in court? It’s going to come out. It needs to be turned over to the attorneys anyway, as part of the Brady issue, that they did deny it at first. I think showing that denial and showing the process, so the public can understand how they got from this point to this point — I don’t know how you can hide it. It has to come out. So I don’t think, personally, that that’s an objection right there.”The bottom line, Trainum said, is that videotaping interrogations must be mandatory and include sanctions for failure to do so.“I agree with my law enforcement colleagues that it should not have to be legislated. But if it didn’t have to be legislated, then the agencies would be doing it by now on their own,” he said.He likened it to seatbelt laws.“We all know that wearing them is a good thing. But without legislation, many of us, including myself, would not wear them like we should. And how many of us would comply with legislation if it had no teeth?”The teeth in D.C. was if you did not videotape the interrogation, there was a “rebuttable assumption that the confession was involuntary.”Mandatory videotaping of interrogations with sanctions may have to be forced on law enforcement agencies, Trainum said, but “I know that they are going to thank you for it later.”last_img read more

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Berislav Sokač: I want to bring a part of 50 million runners to Europe in Croatia

first_imgDo you know that there are currently over 50 million runners in Europe and the number of runners is growing day by day? We are talking about amateurs, not professionals, who run marathons and half marathons, and most often they are business people who generate over 9 billion Euros of revenue each year to hotels, carriers and race organizers. The total income does not include spending on gastronomy, sports equipment, souvenirs, etc … “This is a great potential, and we are a God-given country with climate and geography and we have the opportunity to be full every weekend, especially on the Adriatic.”Points out Berislav Sokač, the organizer of the Run Croatia races, which are held throughout Croatia.The idea for organizing races throughout Croatia and the project Run Croatia, Berislava Sokač came naturally because she is an amateur runner, and she started with the decision to end her rich business career, which he spent in Oracle. The specificity of the Run Croatia project is that these are not classic races, but differ from other races through two main factors. The first is the organization of the race itself, which aims to organize races according to high European standards to which European runners are accustomed, and the second is the sale of experiences, ie the promotion of the Croatian tourist offer. This second factor is the motive of this article, and the way Sokač does it thrilled me. Here is the story…”The idea from the beginning is that Run Croatia is not just running but movement. The goal is to move each location through the synergy of different industries through all the tourist aspects that the city offers. What foreign runners are looking for is an experience, an indigenous experience. When runners come to a place, they have not only come to run but want to get to know that place through all their senses. From gastronomy, history, culture, etc.… because running is not running but movement and way of life. Personally, I proactively encourage the local community to join our story as much as possible, from local restaurants to local indigenous entities. ” Berislav Sokač points out and adds that through the positive energy of running they combine gastronomy, culture, entertainment, ie the promotion of the Croatian tourist product.Through the Run Croatia league platform 10X10 ‘in 2016, ten races will be held in ten different locations in Croatia (Ludbreg, Zadar, Osijek, Split, Trakošćan, Novalja, Pula, Šibenik, Papuk, Zagreb), and as the conversation went on deeper so Sokač fascinated me more and more by thinking and examples of how he promotes the local indigenous story. On the island of Pag, a whole tourist story was organized for all fans and relatives, so that while the runner participates in the race, they have organized quality content, and not to wait for hours at the finish line with coffee. “We paid special attention to the organization for fans and relatives for whom we organized a bus to visit the centuries-old olive groves before the start of the race and get to know the cultural and historical story of the island of Pag. Also, as part of the race, a children’s race was organized, but it was canceled due to rain.”Sokač points out and adds that the 10 × 10 league is designed to connect different localities in Croatia so that runners can learn something new about Croatia. “There were more runners in Rovinj who were in Rovinj for the first time and that’s great. The idea is to educate runners to be ambassadors of running and Croatian tourism, and they do that by sharing their experiences on social networks and digital channels. “It is interesting how the idea for the race on Pag came about and how the whole story came to an end, which is the goal of sustainable tourism. Involving as many local actors and industries as possible is the only sustainable way to develop long-term and quality tourism. ” On the island of Pag, I noticed that tourism is stagnant, ie the whole image of the island of Pag is like a fun destination in the context of Zrce.”Said Sokac. The project was also presented to the owners of clubs in Zrće who supported it and got involved in the whole story. “Sport brings better guests than just entertainment, these are guests who have more money and who like to have fun. After the race and the whole program, an autochthonous guest dinner was organized, and at the end the boat runners return to Novalja for the After party.. ”Rounded promotion and tourist story of the whole island of Pag. Great concept, isn’t it?Here is a story from Ludbreg where, thanks to the race, an all-day event was organized at a time when there are no tourists in the city. “In Ludbreg, in cooperation with the local authorities, we managed to start the whole community and we made an all-day event all deserving of our race. For the next year, we have made a special package “Runnig weekend”, where all restaurants in Ludbreg, which are empty at the time, will offer promotional prices for all runners and guests, and the menu will be exclusively indigenous food. This year we managed to organize an Ethno Fair where, among other things, there were Međimurje gibanice and hand-made autochthonous works. ” said Sokač and added that in Rovinj the entire section of the race was closed to traffic and that it was a special experience for runners. ” We also work on educating the local population so that when there are races to close traffic in the city. This is the European standard because it is important that the runner is undisturbed, that there is no noise and interference so that the experience of passing through certain localities is complete and that he enjoys the scents and benefits of our nature.”Said Sokac.Concept Run Croatia is to connect as many service business verticals as possible, which has proven to be a winning combination, both for runners and for tourist destinations. In the end, Sokač points out that he wants to bring as many quality guests as possible to Croatia and a large part of the 50 million European runners to Croatia. Another example of how to become and what it means to be an ambassador of Croatian tourism is that Sokač certainly rightly enters this category.This is a great example of how tourism is linked to all activities and how the goal is to connect all industries through sustainable tourism because without it there is no long-term development. The sun and the sea as a tourist product are no longer enough, and much larger tourist destinations than Croatia are aware of that. Follow this great example of the Run Croatia concept and I sincerely hope that the mentioned 10 × 10 league will spread to as many cities as possible.Tourism consists of emotions, experiences and stories. Tell stories.last_img read more

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Tales Of Our Times: Any Big, New Works Nearby Looms Large

first_imgTales of Our TimesBy JOHN BARTLITNew Mexico Citizensfor Clean Air & WaterAny Big, New Works Nearby Looms LargeList every environmental fear that people have. Now imagine a miracle occurs, so the order of concerns listed is exactly accurate. No doubt the worry that tops the list is having a big plant built within a straight shot of our own house. Being a boon for the environment makes no difference.The plant will change the surroundings, even if the air and water stay exactly as they were, which is not likely. The bald truth of a big new plant is easy to see, and everyone sees it.From there the story grows muddled. Threads of complexity tangle with each other. Water use can add worries. Troubling sounds and smells are hard to figure out and easy to wonder about. Plants may run at night. Traffic is knotty.There are air emissions to assess. The assessments specified by federal rules say the emissions, with required controls, are within legal limits. Thus, laws require the proper air quality bureau to grant permits to build and operate the plant. Still … there are air emissions, beginning with dust, many tens of tons a year. Everyone would be happier if there weren’t any. One can never be sure about all aspects of emissions, their effects, how they interact with other emissions, or how they affect varied people.Our knowledge of what is safe fills volumes. The law requires that margins of safety be added in. Yet undoubted safety is never possible. Double the margins of safety, and certainty is still beyond our reach. The mixtures of pollutants are endless.The variations in people complicate matters. Some suffer ill effects from walking down the detergent aisle at the grocery store. These people are simply people. Their physical systems merely work in that way differently from most. Still, we need detergent aisles.Studies, judgments, and emission limits are forever a work-in-progress, thus are forever partly unfinished. New understanding keeps coming, though never as fast as questions come. Oddly enough, the probing course of science can seem like an evil intent. The channels that run in institutions make the news. Motives are suspect. The thread ends of suspicion “confirm” that a finely woven tapestry of conspiracy has spread across the land.Once motives are the issue, they suck the air out of the hard details. Cynicism burns up more time and energy than emissions and safety combined. Suspicious plots get more play in the news than the environment itself.This story line occurs in so many places that it has its own name. We know it as “Not-In-My-Backyard,” or “NIMBY” for short. On one hand, NIMBY can be seen as the most selfish and antisocial of behaviors. On the other hand, it can be seen as the most normal and sincere of behaviors. Since we are all human, it is both at once.The pursuit of a wholesome environment is central to NIMBY conflicts. Yet, how much “greenness” a large new project has, or supplies does not alter NIMBY feelings. A new plant for turning biowastes into biofuel will spark the same local concerns as an oil-handling facility of equal size. Perhaps more. The response is not a sign of duplicity, but natural realities.All plants have permitted effects we would rather not have. Emissions or no, a large plant spoils the old neighborhood. Seen from our home, a “green” plant is seldom green. As a rule, “green” plants have the old ash gray on charcoal look of a factory.I describe a large public problem that grows. I observe its roots and how it evolves. You, the jury, will decide how the same scene looks to you.Seeing the nature of a problem does not solve the problem nor change viewpoints. Yet, I believe delving into details is better than hiding them underneath the feelings called NIMBY.last_img read more

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