A 2006 study conducted by ASPCA Senior Director of Shelter Research and Development, Emily Weiss and Shannon Gramann, ASPCA Manager of Shelter Research and Development, compared “the attachment levels of adopters of cats — fee based adoptions vs. free adoptions.” These were their results, which were published in Vol. 12 Issue 4 of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. The VHS is hosting an adopt-a-thon of epic proportions on Friday & Saturday, December 16th & 17th. It is an event not to be missed. The obvious well-meaning concerns that many individuals have are that people who cannot afford to pay an adoption fee, cannot afford to have a pet. One is inclined to believe that those who get “free” animals are much more likely to abuse them, abandon them, or return them to the shelter once the excitement wears off.The ASPCA has done extensive research into these very issues. They recently conducted a study at the Edmonson Humane Society analyzing 344 cat adopters. 138 families paid adoption fees, and 206 did not. What they discovered was that paying the adoption fee seemed to have no bearing on whether or not the cat received follow-up veterinary care, and it also did not affect retention. Both groups had families who did provide their cats with vet care, and families who did not. More than 80% of the fee-waived families indicated that they valued their cats and would adopt again.– MORE – FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail For the second year, the Vanderburgh Humane Society will be hosting an “Empty the Shelter” event with 100% waived adoption fees on all shelter animals. This includes dogs, cats, and rabbits. The event will kick off at 10:00 am on Friday, December 16th. VHS will have extended hours on both days, opening early (10:00 am instead of noon) and closing late (8:00 pm instead of the normal 6:00.) All hands will be on deck for this event, including all staff members and a host of volunteers. Attachment to cats adopted from the study facility was not decreased when adoption fees were eliminatedEliminating adoption fees does not devalue the animals in the eyes of the adoptersFree adult cat programs could “dramatically impact the lives of thousands of shelter cats who would otherwise reside in a shelter for months or be euthanized.”
Five firefighters were promoted in a ceremony held by North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue (NHRFR) on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. The special ceremony in the firehouse was attended by firefighters, friends, family, and numerous local and regional officials, including Mayor Nicholas Sacco, who congratulated the honorees and thanked them for their service.Battalion Chief Mark Lorenz, a 25-year firefighter, Captain Alan Williams (15 years), and firefighters James Lisa (15 years), Erik Wilson (12 years), and Richard Gora (19 years) each received a commendation, along with a promotion. Lorenz was promoted to deputy chief. Captain Williams was promoted to battalion chief, and the others were promoted to captain.“North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue is dedicated to saving lives and responding to catastrophic fires in our communities, and for the department to continue offering a high level of service, we must maintain an adequate supervisory staff of experienced fire officers,” said Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner, who also serves as chairman of the management board for NHRFR. “Today we are proud to promote these five outstanding individuals and I thank them for their continuing service.”NHRFR is one of the largest regionalized fire departments in the United States, covering the North Hudson towns of Guttenberg, North Bergen, Union City, Weehawken and West New York.As a nationally recognized fire protection unit, NHRFR takes pride in maintaining one of the best response times in the nation.“Deputy Chief Lorenz, Battalion Chief Williams, and Captains Lisa, Wilson and Gora are some of the most dedicated and professional officers I have had the privilege of working with in my career,” said NHRFR Chief Frank Montagne. “They are each very deserving of their promotions and I’m sure they will continue to do excellent work for NHRFR in these new capacities.”
A welcome increase in the global maize output estimate, in light of prolonged dry weather in maize-producing South America, was announced in the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest report, out yesterday (12 January).The estimate has been raised by 0.5 million tonnes (Mt), compared to December’s figure, and now stands at 868Mt (2010/11: 827Mt). The figure for global demand was estimated at 865Mt.The report said world production was mostly unchanged, with larger production in the USA, Ukraine, the EU and Russia largely offsetting the lower crops prospects in Argentina. For wheat, estimates for global production and consumption estimates were also raised slightly. Production was seen at 691.5Mt (2010/11: 651.7Mt), while demand stood at 677.3Mt (2010/11: 652.0Mt).
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo September 25, 2020 The Guatemalan Army seized more than 2 tons of cocaine in an aircraft near the borders with Belize and Mexico on July 26. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the press that authorities had been investigating the aircraft since it was sold in April 2019.Thanks to information provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, troops from the Guatemalan Army found 72 bags containing 2,107 kilograms of cocaine inside a shallow excavation. (Photo: Guatemalan Army)On July 26, “Defense radars of the Guatemalan Air Force detected an illicit flight, so the tracking plan was activated nationwide [to] deploy special units from the land forces to locate the aircraft,” Guatemalan Minister of Defense Major General Juan Carlos Alemán Soto, told Diálogo.A day prior, on July 25, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Orlando was notified that the aircraft was en route to the Yucatán peninsula, after leaving Venezuela. HSI Orlando contacted HSI Guatemala and U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South to coordinate and prepare ground-based monitoring efforts and intercept the aircraft, which was allegedly carrying drugs, ICE said in a press release.On July 26, Guatemalan service members found the aircraft, which traffickers had apparently set on fire, near El Chal municipality, Petén department. The troops also found two burned vehicles when they patrolled the area, the Guatemalan newspaper La República reported. “[Authorities] seized a light aircraft and 2,107 kilograms of cocaine. After offloading the cocaine, the narcotraffickers attempted to bury the drugs,” ICE said on Twitter.Guatemala serves as a bridge for narcotraffickers to smuggle drugs bound for the United States, La República reported. “This is why the Guatemalan Army is working not only at the interagency level […], but also as part of cooperative security efforts in the region,” Maj. Gen. Alemán said.According to Maj. Gen. Alemán, Guatemala has seized about 6.5 tons of cocaine so far from January to July, 2020.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA, along with the Ohio Credit Union League, attended Thursday’s arguments before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati. The cases are Brintley v. Aeroquip CU and Brintley v. Belle River Community Credit Union, two Michigan-based credit unions hit with frivolous lawsuits claiming website noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).CUNA filed amicus briefs with the Michigan Credit Union League supporting the credit unions’ appeal of the denial of their motion to dismiss.Credit unions around the country have faced lawsuits due to uncertainty about how the ADA applies to websites, and in addition to its work in the legal arena, CUNA is pursuing solutions with Congress and the Department of Justice.During Thursday’s proceedings, each party was given 15 minutes to present arguments and answer questions from the panel. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are searching for an armed assailant who shot a teenager in Copiague early Saturday morning, police said. The 14-year-old male victim was standing outside a residence on West Prospect Street at 1:10 a.m. when he was shot in the leg by an unknown suspect, police said. The teen, who was not identified, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was treated and released, police said. The investigation is continuing, police said. Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to contact the First Squad at 631-854-8152 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
A great tourist story and a very important segment in the mosaic of our tourism that we have absolutely neglected. Let us be proud that we are – Dalmatians, Slavonians, Zagorje, Istrians – Croats. This must be our main tourist product. “Everyone at ZDTVH is delighted with the response of fellow volunteers throughout Croatia, the response of citizens, support and their reactions that have sincerely touched us. As well as citizens’ comments about how they found out details they didn’t know and how they now see their cities in an even more special way. ” points out Kristina Nuić Prka, president of ZDTVH. “Bearing in mind that the success of this project exceeded all our expectations, we can freely say that it has become traditional, which we are very proud of. ” concludes Nuić Prka. The city is not buildings, the city is the people. And when we talk about tourism, the locals are the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism. The locals give rhythm and pulse to the destination, and guests want to get to know us and our culture of living, customs, our stories… There is no worse situation than when a guest asks locals / hosts what to experience in the destination, and they say I don’t know or nothing special. The following cities joined the project: Dubrovnik, Korcula, Split, Salona, Klis, Sinj, Trilj, Imotski, Trogir, Drnis, Knin, Zadar, Nin, Pag, Hvar, Stari grad, Makarska, Novalja, Rab, Cres, Bakar, krk, Vrbnik, Rijeka, Trsat , Kastav, Opatija, Volosko, Lovran, Labin, Rovinj, Raša, Pula, Vodnjan, Poreč, Motovun, Grožnjan, Otočac, Karlovac, Jastrebarsko, Sisak, Zagreb, Varaždin, Čakovec, Osijek, Vukovar, Vinkovci, Đakovo, Pazin and Grožnjan . Almost 4.000 visitors to 50 destinations throughout Croatia at the same time participated in a free guided tour by local tourist guides. Cover photo: ZDTVH / Meet your country – Kastav It is the comments of the citizens that they got to know their city again that is the most valuable value of this project, which affects the very purpose of the whole project. And that is to make citizens aware of all cultural and tourist contents and turn them into ambassadors of our tourism. Photo: ZDTVH Ask the locals – the mantra of tourism is because the locals know their destination best. Also, often the local population has a syndrome of “inferiority” in the context that they do not recognize their tourist trump cards enough because they are there in front of their noses, something everyday and do not experience them in the same way as tourists. And that is why it is extremely important to make the local population aware to be proud, to preserve and nurture their cultural and historical heritage, identity and way of life. Authenticity is the very essence of tourism. This is the summary of the third edition of the project “Meet your country” organized by the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH).
The government has set the price ceiling for individually requested COVID-19 swab tests at Rp 900,000 (US$60.6) to eliminate price disparities following concerns over the high costs of tests at private laboratories.The price ceiling was determined after a discussion with the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) on analysis and surveys of health care facilities, the Health Ministry’s public health director general, Abdul Kadir, said.“Our problem are the price disparities; the prices are not uniform.” Kadir was quoted as saying in a statement published Friday. Topics : “It is for this reason that the caps have been set for the cost of independent swab and RT-PCR [reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction] tests.”The prices will be enforced through a Health Minister circular expected to be issued soon, he added.Read also: Research and Technology Ministry to launch rapid and PCR test kitsFurthermore, the ministry has asked regional health agencies to ensure that local health facilities in their respective areas implement the price cap.Iwan Taufiq Purwanto, one of the BPKP’s deputy heads for government agency supervision, said the comptroller would supervise the implementation of the price ceiling.According to the ministry, the COVID-19 swab test price usually covers the labor cost of the doctors and other testing personnel, consumables such as personal protective equipment and other overhead costs such as waste management.Prior to the regulation, the national COVID-19 task force said several hospitals had charged more than Rp 2.5 million for swab tests.With COVID-19 rapid tests still being widely used in the country, including as a requirement for travel, the ministry set the price cap for the tests at Rp 150,000 in July.According to Worldometer.info, Indonesia has conducted more than 3.6 million COVID-19 swab tests as of Oct. 2. The country has recorded 295,449 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 10,972 fatalities as of Friday.
Scotland’s Ferguson Shipyard in Clyde has taken delivery of the liquefied natural gas tank for the country’s first LNG ferry being built for Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited. The 147 cubic meter tank, weighing in at 88 tons, is the first to be delivered for two 102-metre dual fuel ferries capable of operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil (MGO), helping to reduce emissions.The tank, supplied by Wartsila, left Shanghai, China eight weeks ago, traveling by sea through the Suez Canal to Antwerp before reaching Scotland’s shoreCaledonian Maritime Assets said the pressurized tank, made from double-skinned stainless steel and perlite insulation, is the single largest component required for the construction of the vessels.When commissioned, the two ferries will provide year-round service for the Ardrossan to Arran and the Skye Triangle routes.The first ferry, as MV Glen Sannox, is expected to enter service in the second half of 2018.
Radio NZ News 15 August 2017Nearly half the children at some primary schools report being bullied at least once a week, a national survey has found.The Education Ministry’s Wellbeing at School survey found the incidence of weekly bullying at 100 large primary schools ranged from 2 to 42 percent, and from 2 to 26 percent at 82 large secondary schools.The survey collected data from more than 58,000 students, ranging from year 4 to year 13.Overall, across all the schools, 15 percent of children – nearly 9000 – reported being bullied at least every week.Schools that provided extra support for the victims of bullying had a lower rate of reported bullying than schools that had no extra support, the survey found.The Council for Educational Research, which managed the survey, said the results showed there was less aggressive behaviour at schools that actively promoted student wellbeing at a school-wide level.“Teachers reported these schools had practices that promoted a wellbeing culture, demonstrated collaborative leadership, offered support for students, and prioritised staff development,” senior researcher Sally Boyd said.“These practices were backed up with effective policies and procedures relating to behaviour.”READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/337246/weekly-bullying-reported-by-42-percent-of-students-at-some-schools