Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted he will not allow any of his new signings to disrupt the “fantastic environment” at the club, as Mario Balotelli’s proposed Anfield move seems to be gathering pace.The Merseyside outfit are thought to have agreed a £16million deal for the AC Milan striker, as they look to replace Luis Suarez following his big-money move to Barcelona this summer.Former Manchester City forward Balotelli was understood to be returning to England on Friday afternoon ahead of a medical with the Reds, though it has been reported Liverpool are seeking assurances over the 24-year-old erratic behaviour.Rodgers, who was adamant three weeks ago that he “categorically” would not be signing Balotelli, was unwilling to refer to the player by name on Friday afternoon, but did emphasise there is an “extensive code of conduct” at Anfield for all players to follow.“I can categorically tell you that I can’t speak about it until the player is signed,” said the Reds boss.“If we sign anyone, I will speak at length about them, but until then I can’t say anything.“I think every club will have a code of conduct for the people and professionals who work for them. We have quite an extensive code of conduct for players and staff – there is no specific one for any one individual.“We have a fantastic environment here and a great culture, and I think it is something that was very important for us to create and build here.“There will be nothing that will ever shake that or provoke it in any way. It is something I always protect at the club.”Rodgers said he has “complete confidence” that any player he signs for Liverpool will not be a disruptive influence and while the Northern Irishman admitted he can see why some might perceive signing Balotelli as a risk, he sees it as one worth taking.“With every player we assess and look at, of course, character is very important and no player would come here if I felt it couldn’t work,” the manager added.“If I feel someone cares enough, I will give them everything, and thankfully we have a culture here that creates talents and gives them the opportunity to blossom.“As long as they show they care and want to learn and develop, we can give them the opportunity.“This isn’t like many clubs. Liverpool is a club that is a real strong family football club, with values and ethics that run over many years.“I, as the manager, will fight to protect that always, so no matter what player or professional at the club, they will abide by that.“But we understand that sometimes you have to take a risk with people. And a lot of the time, if you take that risk you can get a reward for it.” 1 Liverpool target Mario Balotelli
With the Dover trial in the midst of its first week (09/26/2005), the Goliath fans are sounding off, led by their cheerleaders, Nature, Science and other institutions:Nature had two pieces this week, claiming the Dover trial represents Do or Die for Design. This editorial ended, “Scientific organizations are well aware of this case’s significance, and many have lent public support to the plaintiffs [i.e., the ACLU and the 11 parents suing the school district for allowing alternatives to Darwinism]. A ruling in their favour will be welcomed not just by scientists and teachers but by American parents, whose children need to be protected from an injection of superstition into science teaching.” (Emphasis added in all quotes; “sic” means “thus in the original”; our usage is intended to point out the assumptions and biases of the source.)Nature writer Geoff Brumfiel titled his report, “School board in court over bid to teach intelligent design.” Even though the school board did not require teaching intelligent design, but only mentioning that an alternative source was available for the students, Brumfiel focused on the testimony of the pro-Darwinists, Ken Miller, Eugenie Scott and Eric Rothschild. He reported that when Ken Miller was asked about problems with the origin of life, Miller responded, “I would rather say that Darwin was incomplete, not that Darwin was inadequate.”Science reporter Constance Holden wrote about “Darwin’s (First) Day in Court.” She also highlighted Brown U professor Kenneth Miller, describing him in terms of a prize fighter: “Even the flagellum got its moment in the spotlight. Miller tore into a favorite example used by biochemist and ID proponent Michael Behe….” She made a short reference to the co-option argument; i.e., that the flagellum resembles a simpler molecular syringe, presumed to be a precursor.Kansas University: Chancellor of KU, Bob Hemenway, wrote a letter to colleagues asking them to hold their ground against the ID movement. “The United States cannot accept efforts to undermine the teaching of science,” he said, although he hastened to mention that no one is attacking people’s religious beliefs. Creationism and intelligent design, he said, “are most appropriately taught in religion, philosophy, or sociology class, rather than a science class.”Citizen War Invades Museum The Lawrence Journal-World reported about growing numbers of patrons entering the Sternberg Museum of Natural History angry about the pro-evolution exhibits. Pro-ID advocate John Calvert claims there is no organized effort, but the museum director says the following scenario is becoming increasingly common: “A person or group will come in and confront one of the guides with rapid-fire questions for which the person is not qualified to respond” (see 09/22/2005 story). The museum is counterattacking with more evolutionary displays and pamphlets, but Calvert, who thinks the museum is not educating but rather indoctrinating, predicts a backfire: “These exhibits are not going to work,” he said. “People are going to wind up laughing at them.”Hey; great idea. Laughter may be one of the best medicines for chronic Darwinism. Give it a try after the pepper spray of rapid-fire questions (be nice, of course—see 09/22/2005 commentary). Let’s get the museum directors, the docents, the scientists, the lawyers and the reporters all laughing and having a good time. Hire comedian Brad Stine to come into the dinosaur exhibit and give his wacky impressions of Dr. Noah Tall. Stroking his goatee, gazing into the air, he could say, “Yes, children, this Diplodocus slowly morphed into your parakeet, over millions and millions of years.” Somebody could hang a sign on the stuffed cow, “Whale Under Construction.” Hold a karaoke contest of the Evolution Songs. Find more ideas on the Darwin Day Top Ten (02/13/2004 commentary). Face it; evolution is funny. It’s the craziest thing you ever heard. “Hydrogen: a light, odorless, colorless gas, that given enough time, turns into people.” Wah-hoo! Hey, this could be just the thing: a positive, constructive strategy to heal the cultural rift in society. It might even be good therapy for the Darwin Party leaders, who take themselves way too seriously. Visualize Eugenie Scott and Ken Miller at the mike, hamming it up with Gory, gory evolution, ’tis ruthless marching on while the party is cracking up uncontrollably under the Charlie poster with the caption, “O, my sick stomach; I just looked at my eye in the mirror again.” One wonders if Hitler would have gotten anywhere if the crowds packed into his beer hall speeches not to be swayed, but for a rollickin’ good time at Amateur Comedy Hour. Embarrassed at everyone mocking his antics, he might have slinkered away back to a career in art.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The problems with R-22 substitutesDespite the benefits of hydrocarbon refrigerants, they’re being used in ways that just aren’t smart. The two main problems are: (1) Air conditioners designed for R-22 and retrofitted with hydrocarbon refrigerants are dangerous to service technicians who aren’t aware of the substitution; and (2) air conditioners designed for R-22 often can’t handle hydrocarbon refrigerants.The EPA this month issued a news release about the dangers of unapproved refrigerants. “EPA is aware of incidents that have occurred both overseas and in the U.S. where individuals have been injured as a result of the use of propane and other unapproved refrigerants in air conditioning systems.”The incident in New Zealand may be one of those. Anyone who puts hydrocarbon refrigerants in an R-22 system is putting others at risk. Even if they label it, the chances are still too high that some tech will come in later, see what looks like an R-22 system, miss the new labeling, and get the surprise of their life when they discover they’re working with flammable refrigerant.As if the threat of injury weren’t enough, propane and other R-22 subsititutes have equipment problems when used in systems designed for R-22. The Lennox page on alternative refrigerants lists these additional pitfalls for their equipment:Alternate refrigerants are NOT compatible with mineral oil. All Lennox and Aire-Flo nitrogen-charged “dry” units contain mineral oil lubricant. Using alternative refrigerants to service R-22 mineral oil units can have detrimental effects on the operation of the unit.The use of alternate refrigerant in systems containing mineral oil as their lubricant voids the manufacturer and compressor warranty.The use of alternate refrigerants in other R-22 systems containing polyester oil (POE) can lead to performance loss (capacity and energy efficiency), temperature glide variations, and some combinations will be more detrimental to the environment than R-22.When I was searching for info on the subsitutes, I came across sellers of R-22A who promote their products by saying you don’t need a license to buy and use it. The last thing the HVAC industry needs is more unlicensed activity.The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) also came out with an article about R-22 substitutes and the EPA news release. “Hydrocarbon refrigerants pose a special hazard for HVAC contractors unaware of their presence in a system.” Propane in your air conditioner?Yes, some HVAC companies are putting propane, isobutane, and various other mixtures in air conditioners. There’s nothing inherently wrong with using hydrocarbons as refrigerants. They’re actually approved for use in some refrigeration systems. One of their benefits is having a low global warming potential, especially compared to the standard refrigerants (HCFCs and HFCs). “A New Zealand technician got fire balled in the face,” a member of the HVAC-talk.com forum stated bluntly. He was referring to a case in New Zealand where an HVAC tech got burned when he thought he was working on a system with R-22 refregerant, which is not flammable, but which instead was filled with propane, which is flammable.The latest turn in the story on the phase-out of R-22 air conditioner refrigerant is the use of unapproved substitutes for R-22. You can go online and find a lot of them. They have different labels—R-22a, 22-A, HC-22a, CARE 40, and more. The advantage they have that’s given them some traction in the marketplace is that they’re cheaper than R-22, which has become really expensive because it’s being phased out. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. In fact, the Treehugger website had an article praising the US Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow them in refrigerators a couple of years ago. One advantage is higher heat capacities, which allows for smaller compressors and coils, less refrigerant, and higher efficiency. According to that article, “Hydrocarbon refrigerants also take less energy to make and have no toxic inputs during manufacture, are dirt cheap (pennies instead of dollars per pound) and do not require expensive and tricky recovery operations at end of product life.” RELATED ARTICLES The Loophole and the Ozone HoleGetting a Grip on a Refrigerant Phase-Out How low will we stoop?R-22 is being phased out because of damage to the ozone layer in the stratosphere. It was the first replacement for the earlier freons, which were really destructive and banned by the Montreal Protocol in 1987. (Read about the science here.) The phase-out of R-22 has been planned since the ’90s.The first wave of skirting the phase-out of R-22 refrigerant was using a loophole that allowed manufacturers to deliver what came to be known as “dry-ship R-22 units.” I wrote about this last year, shortly after I became aware of it.Now, the use of flammable R-22 substitutes like R-22a, claimed to be outside any licensing requirements, takes things to a new low. Not only are HVAC companies that do this skirting the law by using unapproved refrigerants, they’re also creating the potential for greater cost to their customers and causing injury or death to HVAC techs who work on those systems later. As I said above, though, it’s not the refrigerants themselves; it’s the “cowboy” mentality of some contractors.Maybe we’ll have air conditioners designed for hydrocarbon refrigerants some day. Currently we do not. In the interim, do you really want to take a chance with unapproved refrigerants?
Screen shot of cover 2017-02-23The Family Development Early Intervention team is always on the look-out for quality children’s books that help address some of the unique needs of military children.The following is an interview with Melinda Hardin and Bryan Langdo, the author and illustrator of Hero Mom and Hero Dad. Melinda, the book’s author, earned a MS in mental health counseling from University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is married with two children. Bryan, the book’s illustrator, has been drawing since childhood. He has studied under several talented artists. He earned his BA in English at Rutgers College. He has worked with a number of publishers illustrating picture books, chapter books, workbooks, character design, magazine spots, flash cards, and even a couple of mazes. Bryan also is co-owner of the publishing group Gorilla Publishing. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What, if any, experiences do you and/or your book’s illustrator have with the military?Melinda:I do not come from a military family. I met my husband when he was a Captain in the Army. He left the service when we got married, this was about 6 months before 9/11. After 9/11, my husband wanted to be involved professionally with the Department of Defense in some way, so we went to Germany and he started civilian work for the Department of the Army. He’s still with them and we now live in CA, and he is the Deputy to the Garrison Commander at the Presidio of Monterey. I have been involved with the military as I have attended several awesome events/fundraisers that were put on by the spouses group and enjoyed my interactions with them over the years.Bryan:My grandfather was in the Coast Guard during World War II, and my dad (a civilian) worked on an army base as an engineer.What made you decide to write this book? Was there some incident or experience with the military that inspired you?Melinda:I was living in Germany at the time and working at Grafenwoehr Elementary, an American school on the base in Grafenwoehr. At this time, pretty much all the students were dealing with deployments. I started looking for books for the younger children to help them with this challenge and I could not find any. A kindergarten teacher had a bulletin board up showing the parents of her students with super hero capes and that sparked Hero Dad. Hero Mom came later. I never knew what inspired the teacher to create this bulletin board. She was a great teacher who always had very inspiring boards. I had wanted to write the book as I felt that there was great need for such stories, but since it was a smaller market, I was not sure it would work out and have much appeal. I was really happy when Marshall Cavendish asked me to write it for many publishing houses do not take on products that they assume might have such as restricted market.Bryan:When I was offered the job of illustrating Hero Dad (the precursor to Hero Mom), I said yes right away. Most of the books I’ve worked on have been light-hearted and fun. I was excited for the challenge of working on a book that tackles a serious topic, creating child-friendly art that does not make light of the subject matter. I also think it is important that kids in military families have books that speak directly to them and the fears they must have.What message(s) do you hope that children and families receive as a result of reading your book? Melinda:Being a child is tough, and I think it is doubly so when you have a parent whose work takes you away to faraway places and situations you cannot understand. I wanted to help make children’s lives a little better by giving them a point of pride in their parents’ occupations, and giving children and parents a place to connect…a story to share.Bryan:While working on the illustrations, I kept trying to imagine what it must be like for a young kid whose mom or dad is in a dangerous situation halfway around the world. If my illustrations can in any way help to ease some of that child’s fears or assure her that her mom or dad is doing important work, then I’m happy.Have you received any feedback from military families after they read your book, and if so, what have they said?Melinda:I have received a lot of feedback from military families. The feedback has been really positive and it appears that many families have appreciated my books. I have had a lot of feedback about Hero Mom, for acknowledging the many roles moms play in our military. The fact that it highlights role models for girls is very important to many readers. Because the book is accessible to young readers, families and teachers of young children appreciate that it furthers the child’s understanding of living in a military family, presented in a positive way.Bryan:I haven’t received any direct feedback, but the reviews online (from military families) have been overwhelmingly positive.The MFLN team has put together a one page guided discussion handout for Hero Mom which providers can use with young children and their families. You can access the handout here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.
According to the former Liverpool and Juventus player Ian Rush, Ramsey’s agent called him about moving to Italy.There have been many rumors about Aaron Ramsey moving away from English Premier League club Arsenal.And now, former Liverpool and Juventus footballer Ian Rush has confirmed the player wants to be transferred.“Aaron’s agent rang me and I told him they couldn’t go wrong choosing to go to Italy,” Rush said to The Express.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Juventus have great support and they will have a fantastic chance of winning the Champions League.”“I said it would be a great move for him,” he added.“I know that Bayern Munich and PSG also wanted him, which made Arsenal’s decision to sell him even more strange.”“Aaron has seen Gareth Bale win the Champions League and he would love to do the same,” Rush concluded.
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Initial Results Expected Soon on Previously Untested Rape Kits Sasha Foo, Posted: April 24, 2018 Updated: 10:18 PM Sasha Foo April 24, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego County District Attorney is making a major commitment to testing more evidence collected from cases of sexual assault.District Attorney Summer Stephan called a news conference Tuesday to announce she is working with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to clear the backlog of untested rape kits, with a goal of sending 1,000 untested evidence kits to a private lab in Virginia for analysis.At a cost of $1,000 per kit, Stephan said she expects to spend about $1 million. Of the untested kits, about 400 are cases from the Sheriff’s Department and roughly 600 are from eight other police agencies in the San Diego region.The push to get more evidence tested received strong support last August from the U.S. Justice Department which recommended that all rape kits be tested. Stephan also cited a new law that would require law enforcement agencies within 120 days of collecting an evidence kit to report on why it was not tested.The policy director for a survivors’ advocacy group called Joyful Heart Foundation, founded by actress Mariska Hargitay, said the District Attorney’s efforts would help to bring more perpetrators to justice.“When we test rape kits, we can identify unknown offenders, link serial cases, link crimes together, revealing serial rapists and we can also exonerate the wrongly convicted,” said Ilse Knecht.A sexual assault survivor named Sharon came forward with her story of a brutal rape in which her attacker left her for dead. RAPE KIT TESTING: If you were the victim of a sexual assault and are interested in knowing the status of the DNA test related to your kit, we can connect you with an investigator. Call (858) 514-4661.More info: https://t.co/[email protected] @TheJHF @CCS_SD pic.twitter.com/hfoL53Dpjl— SD District Attorney (@SDDistAtty) April 24, 2018Her rape kit was tested and nearly five years later, the DNA evidence was matched with a man who was incarcerated in another state but was days away from his release.As a result of the DNA match, the man was brought back to San Diego for trial where he was convicted of the sexual assault and sentenced to 106 years in prison. “I was finally able to find justice and start to heal and feel safe again.This person was caught because of a rape kit that was processed. In my mind, there is no excuse that all rape kits should not be processed,” Sharon said.The San Diego Police Department is not part of this new initiative. In a 2016 tour of the crime lab, the police department’s lab manager explained why some rape kits are not tested. Sometimes, investigators can’t determine that a crime actually occurred or there may be reasonable doubt that a DNA sample is from the perpetrator and not from a consensual partner.Lab manager Jennifer Shen also indicated that the tests do not always yield useful results.“Somewhere between 50 to 70 percent of the sexual assault tests do not produce a qualifying, analytically good DNA profile that can even be uploaded to the DNA database,” Shen said.In cases where the victim and the attacker know each other, Shen said investigators may decide that instead of testing a rape kit, they will collect the suspect’s DNA through a mouth swab, “because 100 percent of the time we’re going to get a profile off of that and we can put that profile in the database.”The District Attorney and the advocates for sexual assault survivors who were present at Tuesday’s news conference still see the need for all rape kits to be tested, even if the assault is committed by an acquaintance.“We’re seeing that acquaintance rapists are also serial rapists,” said Knecht. “There may be a series of assaults against someone they know and then someone they don’t know.”The San Diego County District Attorney also announced that survivors of sexual assault can request information about the testing status of their evidence kits, through a phone number or an email address. The phone number is (858) 514-4661.The email address is [email protected] Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
AP, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 3, 2019 Huffman, Loughlin briefly appear in court for college scam 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBOSTON (AP) — Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appeared in federal court alongside other wealthy parents Wednesday to face charges in the college bribery scandal that has roiled the world of admissions and amplified complaints the system is stacked in favor of the rich.The two actresses and Loughlin’s fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, said little during the brief hearing in a packed Boston courtroom and were not asked to enter a plea. They remain free on bail. Several other parents were given similar hearings of a few minutes each.The proceedings came three weeks after 50 people were charged with taking part in a scheme in which parents bribed coaches and helped rig test scores to get their children into some of the nation’s most selective universities, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.It was the biggest college admissions scheme ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department.Loughlin, 54, who appeared in the 1980s and ’90s sitcom “Full House,” is accused along with Giannulli of paying $500,000 to get their daughters admitted as recruits to the USC crew team, even though neither is a rower. Authorities said the couple helped create fake athletic profiles for their daughters by having them pose for photos on rowing machines.The Hallmark Channel, where Loughlin starred in popular holiday movies and the series “When Calls the Heart,” cut ties with her a day after her arrest.Huffman, the 56-year-old former “Desperate Housewives” star, is charged with paying the admissions consultant at the center of the scheme $15,000 to have a proctor correct the answers on her daughter’s SAT.Huffman, Loughlin and Giannulli have not publicly addressed the allegations.They and others are charged with conspiracy and fraud, which carries up to 20 years in prison. But first-time offenders typically get only a fraction of that, and experts said some parents may avoid prison if they quickly agree to plead guilty.Other parents charged in the case include the former co-chairman of an international law firm and the former head of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.Three people have pleaded guilty, including the admissions consultant, Rick Singer, and the former women’s soccer coach at Yale, Rudy Meredith.The case set off a furor over the feverish competition to get into college and the lengths to which status-seeking parents will go. Many complained that the playing field has long been uneven, with wealthy students enjoying the advantages of private schools, tutors, test-preparation coaches, admissions consultants and big donations to colleges from their parents.On Wednesday, Loughlin smiled as she walked out of the courthouse and climbed into a black SUV with her lawyers. A fan shouted, “I love you, Felicity!” as Huffman emerged from the courthouse with her brother. April 3, 2019 AP, KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:22 PM