The United Kingdom will not participate in the European Union’s planned search and rescue operation for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.Joyce Anelay, the UK’s minister for the foreign office, informed the British Parliament in a written statement that the UK would not be participating in the operation, called Operation Triton, because the mission might encourage more migrants to attempt the crossing. The operation is being co-ordinated by Frontex, the EU’s border-management agency.The mission is meant to help Italy in particular and will complement its Mare Nostrum mission. The statement was submitted to the Parliament earlier this month but was revealed by the British press yesterday (28 October). Anelay wrote that it would create an “unintended pull factor” for potential migrants. She said the government believes that it would be better to focus attention on countries of origin and transit, and to stop people smugglers.Human rights organisations have criticised the UK’s refusal to participate in the mission.
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This report was updated Friday at 2:57 p.m.The Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) sent a campus-wide email Thursday asking for assistance in finding 21-year-old senior Annrose Jerry, who had been missing since Tuesday. Jerry’s body was recovered from the St. Mary’s Lake at about noon Friday. No foul play is suspected.Jerry has dark hair and is 5’5” tall, the NDPD email said. She lived in Breen-Phillips Hall and was last reported seen at Coleman-Morse Center at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday.In an email to the Breen-Phillips Hall community, the dorm’s rector announced that Fr. Pete McCormick, the director of Campus Ministry, would preside at a prayer service for Jerry’s safe return. The service took place at 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the Breen-Phillips chapel.The Indiana State Police issued a silver alert for Jerry on Thursday.“She is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance,” the alert said.Tags: Annrose Jerry, missing student, NDPD
We’ll have more details on the new bike in the future, but Spooky is staring with an aluminum road frame which will all be made by FTW along with all of their future aluminum bikes. Brandon mentioned they plan to do a few steel one-off builds which will be welded by Chris Hardy who was a builder for Spooky in the early 2000’s. For their production frames though, the first batch will be 25 road bikes which are almost completed. Offered in four sizes, the Dedacciai aluminum bikes will have clearance for about 28mm tires, and will be finished to order for your preferred shifting system. Shipped with an Enve 2.0 tapered fork and a Chris King Inset8 headset, the frameset will retail for $2,100.Future plans include a cross bike which is still being finalized, but it will likely have a 142×12 rear end and clearance for 40mm tires. Along with the cross bikes, Brandon hopes to support a Spooky cross team so keep an eye out at the races this fall. Apparently Frank has a few other ideas up his sleeve, while Brandon and graphic designer Grayson Smith are working to restore the brand to its former glory.Spooky is back.wearespooky.com Photos c. Spooky CyclesWhen it comes to the East coast bike scene, few brands elicit as much emotion as Spooky Cycles. Started in 1992, Spooky frames were known for their legendary build and ride qualities which left many riders lusting after their frames. Riders like Brandon Elliot who so desperately wanted a Skeletor for years during his time as a shop owner, that he began scouring the used bike market in 2014 to try to find one. Coming up empty, that led him to a search for the original guys behind the brand which led him to “a DH course in New England, a dojo in New York, and then to a law firm in Colorado Springs. It was a wild goose chase.”Finally, Brandon made contact with Adam Mitchell who gave him the unabridged history of the brand from ’92 to the present. With the last Skeletor and Havocstaff frames rolling out sometime around 2012, the Spooky mark was currently in limbo. Wanting to bring Spooky back to its roots, Brandon decided he wanted to bring the brand back to life with the blessing of Kevin Hopkins and Adam Mitchell who were two of the original founders. That meant more Spooky bikes built by Frank the Welder, which starts with the new Mulholland which was announced on Friday the 13th…
The Mayor’s Tree Lighting returns to Prairie Village Thursday.Now that we have Thanksgiving out of the way, take a deep breath and let’s move on to the next holiday celebration.The season starts Saturday evening in Mission where the annual Holiday Lights and Festive Sights event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. along Johnson Drive. The location for the celebration moves east down the drive this year, though, to the spot where the Mission Farm and Flower Market was held this summer, closer to the intersection with Reeds Road.Many of the usual features will be back this year: the fire pits, s’mores, hot chocolate and, naturally the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus who will visit with children from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The horse-drawn carriage rides also will be offered starting at 5:15 p.m., right after Mayor Steve Schowengerdt greets Santa and Mrs. Claus.The mayor’s tree lighting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Children’s crafts will be available all evening and the SM North and Bishop Miege choirs will be part of an evening of music.The season doesn’t slow down after Mission kicks off its festival. Here are the upcoming opportunities to join the celebration around NEJC:Merriam – The Sundown with Santa and mayor’s tree lighting will take place at the Merriam Marketplace starting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The event features, games, carolers, hot chocolate, snacks and the tree lighting. The same night is the Downtown Merriam Partnership Christmas Dinner at the Community Center.Prairie Village – The mayor’s holiday tree lighting will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Corinth Square. Hot chocolate, treats and music will be part of the 30th anniversary of the tree lighting.Westwood – The mayor’s holiday tree lighting will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 3, at city hall. This year a new feature is a cookie baking contest. Participants should bring two dozen cookies to city hall by 5 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.Roeland Park – The tree lighting will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1, at Sweeney Park. The city also has a holiday outdoor decorating contest that will be judged on Dec. 16. Applications for the decorating contest should be submitted at city hall by Dec. 15.Fairway – The second annual Canes, Cocoa and a ‘Claus’ will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Shawnee Indian Mission. A candy cane hunt will be held for children 10 and under accompanied by an adult. Cookies, cocoa and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus will follow. Christmas trees also are on sale at the Mission again in collaboration with Boy Scout Troop 192.
Benchmarks seminars slated for the Bar’s September meeting in Tampa T wo seminars to teach attorneys how to talk to civic groups about concepts such as the rule of law, judicial review, and election of judges will be held at The Florida Bar Fall Meeting in Tampa.Annette Pitts, executive director of The Florida Law Related Education Association, will lead the seminars, which are interactive. The sessions will be held September 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Tampa Airport Marriott. Registration is free. Register by emailing or calling Susannah Lyle at [email protected] or (850) 561-5669. Each session is approved for one hour of general CLE credit. The Florida Bar’s “Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education” program offers attorneys presentations to use when they speak to adult civic and community groups. Attorneys can sign up to give presentations through The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau and groups can make requests for speakers through the same online resource.Florida Bar President Eugene Pettis chaired the Bar committee that developed the Benchmarks program and is championing it now. He is asking voluntary bar associations to incorporate a Benchmarks initiative into their agendas.“Let’s have one program we do that we have in common,” said Pettis, “And this year, let it be Benchmarks. If we can come together on that, I think it will go a long way on what should be continuous education of the principles we talked so readily about in The Vote’s in YOUR COURT campaign.”Pettis was referring to the Bar’s education efforts in 2012 when three Florida Supreme Court justices faced merit retention votes and were targeted by special interest groups.“I don’t think it should be a conversation that takes place only during crisis times,” he added.Each Benchmarks presentation has an overview and supporting materials developed by Pitts working with the Constitutional Judiciary Committee. Benchmarks presentations cover:* “ How to Judge Judicial Candidates,” which focuses on trial court judges, explaining how judges are different from other elected officials. Audience members are asked to consider the indicators that they use when choosing judges. The presentation offers information on how to evaluate judges and ways of finding additional information. * “Judge for Yourself ” focuses on merit selection and retention of judges for Florida’s appellate courts and Supreme Court. It reviews the extensive screening process used in Florida in selecting appellate judges. * “Amending Florida’s Constitution” examines the limited role of the courts in reviewing proposed constitutional amendments – whether the ballot initiatives come from citizens or lawmakers. Participants review proposed ballot initiatives and decide whether they should go before voters. * “Could You Pass the Test?” tests participants’ knowledge of the U.S. and Florida constitutions. Some of the questions are taken from the U.S. citizenship test. * “Is It Unconstitutional? The Case of the Scarlet Tag” asks audience members to consider a fictitious state statute that would require those convicted of DUIs to have scarlet-colored license plates. Participants examine the statute in terms of the Bill of Rights and constitutionality, and in the process learn about judicial review. * “What the Law Means” explains what the U.S. Constitution says about the courts. Audience members consider specific phrases, such as “cruel and unusual punishment,” which are open to interpretation, and others that are not, such as the minimum age for a person to be a presidential candidate. * “Beyond Labels: Exploring the Meaning of Judicial Independence” looks at the way labels are used to explain judicial decisions — and asks participants to write down “good” labels and “bad” ones. Participants discuss the meaning and importance of judicial independence.Benchmarks overviews and supporting materials can be downloaded from The Florida Bar website at www.floridabar.org/judicialindependence. CLE credits are available for making presentations. Attorneys who make Benchmarks presentations can receive one hour of ethics credit for up to three hours in a three-year reporting cycle. September 15, 2013 Regular News Benchmarks seminars slated for the Bar’s September meeting in Tampa
SFNF News:SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) is advising the public that the previously announced Stable Canyon prescribed burn scheduled for this weekend and the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed prescribed burn tentatively scheduled for Monday have been postponed.The SFNF will follow up with additional information once it is available.
Courtesy photoSFAS News:The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, along with Modelo Especial, is providing a helping hand to veterans who would like a furry friend.The Modelo Especial “Pets for Vets” program provides fee-waived adoptions for veterans and they will also receive six training classes provided by the shelter. Studies have shown that pets can help reduce the symptoms of PTSD including depression and anxiety.“It feels good to know these animals and people can go on and help each other,” said Murad Kirdar, the shelter’s public information officer. “Vets have provided our country an incredible service and we are so thankful to Modelo Especial for stepping up for a second year by funding this important program.”The program waives the adoption fee on adult dogs and also includes enrollment in one of the shelter’s basic dog training courses.“We’re thrilled this partnership goes beyond just a donation contribution thanks to Modelo’s dedication to raising awareness for our service members,” Kirdar said.The program will honor ten veterans with the fee-waived adoption and training classes.In addition to this program, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter offers all veterans 50% off adoptions throughout the year.In order to participate in the program, you will have to show a valid Military ID or DD214. Visit the shelter or their website for more information.
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Reach Subsea and MMT Sweden have recently finalized offshore tests on a new Survey ROV (SROV) Surveyor Interceptor, owned by the two companies in a JV, from the vessel Edda Fonn. Sea trials with the new SROV have been performed to collect background data for a specialized handling system, to test speed, maneuverability, stability, cable drag as well as data quality and density. The companies say that the test results demonstrate that the SROV has been able to reach the design speed of 8 knots. The vehicle produces high density data at 6 knots as well as 4 knots when operating close to pipe. The SROV, as a survey platform, is stable and multibeam data has less than 0.4% noise,“It is a very competent machine operating faster than WROV’s and AUV’s with unsurpassed accuracy and data quality. The vehicle is robust and can operate for long periods underwater thus being a tool to make pipeline surveys and inspections more effective,” says Ola Oskarsson, founder of MMT Sweden and Project Manager.According to the press release, the Surveyor Interceptor will perform its first commercial job in the first quarter 2015, a short survey for an international client.Surveyor Interceptor ROV Official from MMT on Vimeo.