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Minnesota Paramedic Files Suit Over Abuse of Emergency Hold Rules

first_imgA veteran paramedic sued his employer and Brooklyn Center Police Department on Thursday, alleging they have routinely abused a state law that allows police officers to bring mentally ill people to a hospital if they are a threat to themselves or others. Nate Berg, 30, who has spent almost 10 years working as a paramedic in the metro area, said he has personally witnessed more than 200 incidents in which an individual’s civil rights have been violated. He said local police agencies have been misusing the law as a way to temporarily force people into hospitals when they don’t have enough information to support an arrest.Read More, Paramedic: Cops abuse law to detain peoplelast_img read more

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101 year-old Man Trains for Marathon While Tipping a Pint (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore101-year-old Buster Martin is aiming to become world’s oldest marathon runner.He still has a job in a plumbing shop, but in his spare time the 101-year-old is training for the London Marathon while tipping back a pint of beer. This inspiring YouTube video gives you a look at the training centenarian and his beer breaks. He has quite a twinkle in his eye for life. (Thanks to Judy in Australia for submitting the story!)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Seinfeld Cast Makes Dying Man’s 67th Birthday One To Remember (WATCH)

first_img SHARE This Festivus Moment…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor a television show about nothing, the cast members sure know how to give a little something to a dying man in celebration of his 67th birthday.Jim Calder had been battling lung cancer for two years leading up to this November birthday. His son, James Calder, felt inspired to throw a virtual party and began asking his dad’s favorite people to send in videos. Then he reached out to the actors of Jim’s favorite show–Seinfeld–asking for happy birthday wishes.Responses from the sitcom’s actors poured in, including Larry Thomas, ‘The Soup Nazi’, exclaiming “No cake for you!” and Wayne Knight, the actor who played Seinfeld’s neighbor Newman, saying a snide “Hello Jim!” in classic character.WATCH: Star Wars Director Grants Dying Man’s Wish, Just In TimeMichael Richards, who played the eccentric Cosmo Kramer, said he wanted to make a phone call instead, while Frank Costanza, played by Jerry Stiller, sent a video but requested it only be kept private within the Calder family.Jim’s health suddenly took a turn for the worse, while the family was keeping their secret surprise–and waiting for more videos to arrive. They decided it was time for the big reveal. At the last minute, a special delivery arrived, from the one and only Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played Elaine. In the video below, she congratulates Jim on doing such a good job raising his son. “He clearly adores you,” she said within a very touching message.WANT MORE CELEBRITY KINDNESS?….GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—>  Download FREE for Android and iOS“He was shocked and mystified about how we were able to reach the Seinfeld cast members,” James wrote in a blog post on the Huffington Post.  “He really felt the love and support.”Jim died the next day, on November 7th, three days before his birthday. His wife said she took it as ‘a sign’ that one of his favorite Seinfeld episode was on television that day.…Or, it could be a Festivus miracle. (Watch the funny messages below)last_img read more

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Students participate in Day of Peace activities

first_imgTags: International Day of Peace, Moment of Peace, saint mary’s, United Nations On Tuesday, several Saint Mary’s students and faculty participated in activities celebrating the International Day of Peace.Campus minister Emily Sipos-Butler said the Day of Peace is a way to commemorate and strengthen acts of peace and nonviolence within the community. “It shines a light on the practice of peace and calls all of use to work toward peace locally and globally,” she said. While the Day of Peace mean a lot globally, it also means a lot personally and spiritually to Sipos-Butler. “It’s a chance to recall that we are meant to live in peace with one another and with all of creation,” she said. “It gives us hope for peace and reminds us we are not alone in that hope and work for peace. On a personal level, this day carries a deeper meaning as I remember those in war-torn areas that I worked with or on behalf of when I was with the Catholic Peace-Building Network.” Saint Mary’s is in a unique position to recognize the Day of Peace, as the College is rooted in spirituality and community, she said. “As a Catholic college, our faith calls us to act for peace and justice as we work toward building the beloved community spoken about in scripture,” Sipos-Butler said. “Further, celebrating Peace Day is an exercise of the college’s core values; learning, as we strive to educate the campus about peace and [the] Peace Day; justice, because taking steps toward peace is a work of justice, community, as peace is dependent upon positive social relations; and of course, faith and spirituality, for our faith calls us to be people of peace. It’s also an opportunity to highlight the international dimension of our Saint Mary’s community.”As part of the festivities, students can stop by the Student Center and make a pinwheel for peace to be placed on the Alumnae Green. “We’ll have a prayer cards available, too. We invite the entire campus community to pause for a moment of peace at noon, with people all over the world,” Sipos-Butler said. The Moment of Peace is a way for Saint Mary’s to connect with all others around the world, Sipos-Butler said. “When we stop for a minute to focus on peace, incorporating some sort of prayer and hope for peace, we are part of a wave of peace moving across the globe for 24 hours,” she said.  “It’s simple, something anyone, anywhere can do. And when we think about how others around the world are doing the same thing at noon local time, we connect with them through our minute of silence. And on a personal level, a minute of silence can help us feel more peace within ourselves.”last_img read more

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4 fun ways to teach your kids about money

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Talking about saving and smart spending early can help instill essential lessons.by: Karen CordawayHave you ever wished that someone taught you more about money as a child? The sad reality is that many students graduate from college with a degree but unable to manage their money. Here are some tips to educate your children about money so they can better handle their finances in the future:Talk isn’t cheap when it comes to money.Dianne Caliman, creative director of The Centsables, an award-winning animated TV series on the Fox Business network, believes talking is key when it comes to money matters with children. She suggests including your children in the family’s money management activities such as looking through circulars and clipping coupons.She points out that these types of activities are great jumping off points for discussions. Caliman explains that showing real life examples to children fosters understanding and meaningful connections to money management. “Show the kids your bills, and explain how purchases made earlier must be paid for now,” she says.Caliman also reminds parents to be role models and to ask themselves the following: What messages do you send your children? Are you living beyond your means? Do you pull out the plastic for every purchase? Do you and your spouse worry or argue about money? She advises taking a look at your own money habits, and make any changes where you think necessary. “When you exercise good financial judgment, you are automatically teaching your children by example. That’s a win-win situation for all,” she adds. continue reading »last_img read more

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Siebert opener postponed as Gophers host Ohio State at the Dome

first_imgSiebert opener postponed as Gophers host Ohio State at the DomeAshley GoetzApril 2, 2009Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintUntil 2008, Minnesota and Ohio State typically played their annual series in mid-May. When the Gophers hosted, games were played at Siebert Field. But for the second straight season, Minnesota meets the Buckeyes much earlier in the season, and thanks to the upper-MidwestâÄôs notoriously long winters, the series will be played under protection of Teflon. The Gophers host Ohio State at the Metrodome this weekend for the first time since the 1994 Dairy Queen Classic . The series begins tonight at 6:35 p.m. and concludes with games Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 12:15 p.m. The Minnesota-Ohio State matchup is as evenly matched as it can possibly be. In 156 total meetings, the series is a level 77-77-2 . The team that takes two or three games this weekend will have the overall bragging rights âÄî until the programs meet again at least. âÄúWeâÄôve had competitive series against one another,âÄù head coach John Anderson said. âÄúWe both have great pride in our programs âĦ and weâÄôre looking forward to the challenge.âÄù The Gophers and Buckeyes each have midweek losses to shake off. Ohio State was drubbed 14-3 by Marshall Wednesday night while Minnesota was narrowly beaten by Northern Iowa, 9-7 . The games were uncharacteristic for both teams. Arguably the top offensive team in the Big Ten this season, the Buckeyes are batting .340 as a team and have scored 242 runs in 26 games, easily outpacing IndianaâÄôs second-ranked run total of 191 in 25 games. But Ohio StateâÄôs bats were quiet against the Thundering Herd. The BuckeyesâÄô production fell well short of the 9.3 runs theyâÄôre averaging this year and they managed just 11 hits compared to MarshallâÄôs 21 . On the other hand, Minnesota, the conferenceâÄôs best team defensively in terms of fielding percentage, committed two costly errors in the sixth inning, which led to five unearned runs and the Gophers second loss of the year to the pesky Panthers. âÄúWe didnâÄôt help our pitchers out,âÄù junior second baseman Derek McCallum said, but added âÄúlast night I think was a fluke. âÄúI think weâÄôll be just fine [against Ohio State] if the pitching stays the way it has on the weekends and we play defense.âÄù Assuming Minnesota can put Wednesday in its rearview mirror and assuming Ohio State returns to form at the plate, it will create an intriguing matchup pitting considerable offensive prowess against airtight defense and commanding pitching. The GophersâÄô staff boasts the best ERA in the Big Ten with a combined 4.06 and is allowing opponents to bat just .257 , thanks largely to MinnesotaâÄôs starting rotation of seniors Tom Buske and Chauncy Handran, and sophomore Seth Rosin. TheyâÄôre kept on unwavering 100-pitch counts but consistently eat up more than six innings and keep opponents off the board with those 100 pitches. A week ago against Indiana, Handran needed just 94 pitches to work through a career-high eight innings. He allowed two earned runs on six hits. With the BuckeyesâÄô run-scoring machine in town, an outing like that might be tough to come by, but the other teamâÄôs bats are never the focus as a pitcher, Rosin said. âÄúIâÄôm just going to take it like every other start, just try to paint the knees and get my curveball over,âÄù he said. âÄúThatâÄôs all I can do.âÄùlast_img read more

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Vacancy ticks higher as tenant demand patterns shift

first_imgColliers has release its 2014 Medical Office Report for the first quarter. Highlights include:Economic and employment growth slowed in the first quarter and these demand drivers spilled over into the medical office market. Despite the recent slowdown, there are indications that growth should accelerate in the coming quarters, supporting future space demand.Vacancy in the Greater Phoenix medical office market ticked up to 20.4 percent in the first quarter, compared to 19.5 percent at year-end 2013. Negative net absorption of 142,000 square feet was recorded in off-campus buildings, with the Scottsdale submarkets accounting for nearly 85,000 square feet of this total.Vacancy in on-campus medical office buildings was 13.1 percent in the first quarter, slightly higher than the five-year average of 12.4 percent.Sales activity in both traditional medical office buildings and medical office condos has slowed in recent quarters, due in part to a drop-off in distressed properties changing hands. With fewer REO properties selling, prices have ticked higher in both condo and non-condo sales.Click here to download the full report [.PDF].last_img read more

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JLL completes sale of DC Ranch project for $18.7M

first_imgOn behalf of Arizona-based DMB, the Phoenix office of JLL has completed the $18.7 million sale of Canyon Village, a Class A mixed-use office project and cornerstone development within the DC Ranch masterplanned community in Scottsdale, Arizona.JLL Senior Managing Director Dennis Desmond and Senior Vice President Brian Ackerman represented the property seller, Canyon Village LLC (an entity of DMB), in cooperation with DMB Vice President of Development Michael Burke and Director of Leasing and Sales T.A. Shover.The team was assisted by Alfred Hackbarth, retail investment expert and Senior Vice President of SRS Real Estate Partners, and by JLL office leasing experts, Managing Director John Bonnell and Vice President Brett Abramson.The buyer is Laurus Corp., a Los Angeles-based private real estate investment and development firm.“As a DMB-built project, Canyon Village carries an unwavering quality and value in a niche location. There is no other office property quite like it in North Scottsdale,” said Desmond. “This buyer purchased Canyon Village knowing that Class A office space in Phoenix is coming back very strong and very quickly. They have tremendous confidence in that recovery and in this superior asset.”Totalling 93,890 square feet on 5.6 acres, Canyon Village includes four buildings and an adjacent 289-car parking structure. It is located at 18801, 18835, 18867 and 18899 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy. in Scottsdale, on the northeast corner of Thompson Peak Parkway and Legacy Boulevard, and in the heart of DC Ranch, an 8,800-acre masterplanned community situated at the base of the McDowell Mountains. It is just five minutes from the Loop 101 freeway.Canyon Village is primarily home to office tenants, but also includes high-end medical office, retail and restaurant users such as Ciao Wine Bar & Bistro and The Village Health Club’s hot yoga studio. It is an immediate neighbor to the award-winning DC Ranch Village Health Club and Spa, and Silverleaf, a 2,000-acre private residential community boasting high desert canyons, a world-class golf course, limited custom homesites starting at $1 million and ranging from 1 to 15 acres, and luxury homes from $1 million to more than $7 million. The 2014 median home value within a one-mile radius of Canyon Village was $608,782 – a more than 300 percent difference from the $195,930 2014 median home value for all of metro Phoenix.“It is rare to find all of these amenities in one location – a landmark site, a highly designed formal Mediterranean environment, almost unrivalled access to executive housing and decision makers, a highly educated labor pool and meticulous property management,” said DMB Vice President Mike Burke. “We took all of these factors into consideration when building Canyon Village, laying a strong foundation for a long-term success story.”At the time of purchase, Canyon Village was 75.9 percent leased, with expectations that this figure will increase quickly as development continues around the site and the Phoenix office market enjoys a sustained recovery.According to JLL research, the subset of Phoenix’s Class A office space is significantly outperforming all other office classes. As of year-end 2014, the Class A vacancy rate was 18.7 percent (compared to 21.4 percent Valley-wide) and accounted for 60 percent of the year’s total net office space absorption.last_img read more

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Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?

first_imgThe New York Times: Three men doing time in Israeli prisons recently appeared before a parole board consisting of a judge, a criminologist and a social worker. The three prisoners had completed at least two-thirds of their sentences, but the parole board granted freedom to only one of them. Guess which one:Case 1 (heard at 8:50 a.m.): An Arab Israeli serving a 30-month sentence for fraud.Case 2 (heard at 3:10 p.m.): A Jewish Israeli serving a 16-month sentence for assault.Case 3 (heard at 4:25 p.m.): An Arab Israeli serving a 30-month sentence for fraud.There was a pattern to the parole board’s decisions, but it wasn’t related to the men’s ethnic backgrounds, crimes or sentences. It was all about timing, as researchers discovered by analyzing more than 1,100 decisions over the course of a year. Judges, who would hear the prisoners’ appeals and then get advice from the other members of the board, approved parole in about a third of the cases, but the probability of being paroled fluctuated wildly throughout the day. Prisoners who appeared early in the morning received parole about 70 percent of the time, while those who appeared late in the day were paroled less than 10 percent of the time.The odds favored the prisoner who appeared at 8:50 a.m. — and he did in fact receive parole. But even though the other Arab Israeli prisoner was serving the same sentence for the same crime — fraud — the odds were against him when he appeared (on a different day) at 4:25 in the afternoon. He was denied parole, as was the Jewish Israeli prisoner at 3:10 p.m, whose sentence was shorter than that of the man who was released. They were just asking for parole at the wrong time of day.These experiments demonstrated that there is a finite store of mental energy for exerting self-control. When people fended off the temptation to scarf down M&M’s or freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies, they were then less able to resist other temptations. When they forced themselves to remain stoic during a tearjerker movie, afterward they gave up more quickly on lab tasks requiring self-discipline, like working on a geometry puzzle or squeezing a hand-grip exerciser. Willpower turned out to be more than a folk concept or a metaphor. It really was a form of mental energy that could be exhausted. The experiments confirmed the 19th-century notion of willpower being like a muscle that was fatigued with use, a force that could be conserved by avoiding temptation.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Full Moon Tour At Fort Union Friday

first_imgCourtesy photoFORT UNION News:WATROUS – Join park rangers Friday, Sept. 13 for a 1.25-mile tour through the grounds of Fort Union and along the Santa Fe Trail under the serenity of a dark sky.The tour will bring together the history and culture of the valley with a natural dark sky. The program will start at 8:30 p.m. at the visitor center and will run to approximately 10  p.m. Friday.After sunset, the high plains take on a new identity. Beneath the glow of a full moon the remnants of the old fort casts light shadows against the prairie. Fort Union was certified earlier this month as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association.The park gates will open at 7:30 p.m. for visitors who would like to have a picnic dinner or take sunset photos before the guided tour starts at 8:30 p.m.  The program will take place even under cloudy skies, but it will be canceled in the event of severe weather. Bring water, a light jacket, and comfortable shoes.To visit the monument take exit 366 of I-25 at Watrous on to State Highway 161, 8 miles west. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 505.425.8025. Visit www.nps.gov/foun, or like us on Facebook.About the National Park Service:More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.last_img read more

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Homeland Security News Wire: TikTok Spying

first_imgCourtesy imageBy Paul Haskell-Dowland and James Jin KangHomeland Security News WireIn an age of isolation, video sharing platform TikTok has emerged as a bonding force for many. But recent headlines allege the service, owned by Beijing-based company ByteDance, is feeding users’ data to the Chinese Communist Party.Earlier this week, the Herald Sunreported that an unnamed federal MP was pushing for the app to be banned.Following suit, Liberal Sen. Jim Molan said TikTok was being “used and abused” by the Chinese government, while Labor senator Jenny McAllister called on TikTok’s representatives to face the Select Committee on Foreign Interference Through Social Media.TikTok has denied the accusations and rebuffed suggestions it should be banned in Australia.But why is the federal government examining this app so closely? And could it really be a tool used by the Chinese government to spy on us?A Growing FollowingWith a reported two billion downloads worldwide, TikTok’s Australian market is also significant. It has an estimated 1.6 million Aussie users, mostly aged 16-24 but with a growing number of older users too.Simply, users generate short videos that are shared in the app, with many celebrities also signing up. But although TikTok seems to offer carefree entertainment, is there a darker side?What Information Is Collected?When installed, TikTok asks users to grant several permissions, including the use of the camera, microphone and contact list. However, it may also collect location data, along with information from other apps on the device.Last year, a proposed class action lawsuit filed against TikTok in California claimed the company gathered users’ data, including phone numbers, emails, location, IP addresses, and social network contacts.The lawsuit also stated TikTok concealed the transfer of data (including biometric data), and continued to harvest it even after the app was closed. This would mean when a user shoots a video and clicks the “next” button, the video could be automatically transferred to servers – without the user’s knowledge.Where Is the Data Stored?While TikTok’s headquarters are in Beijing, Australian general manager Lee Hunter recently claimed Australian users’ data was stored in Singapore.A major challenge in sorting the truth from fiction lies in how we define “data”. While TikTok users’ details and videos may be stored in Singapore, there’s still potential for data to be extracted from this video content and the device and sent to China’s servers (although this hasn’t been proven to have happened).last_img read more

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Trade counter market demands additional £4bn

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Upstairs downstairs

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Branching out

first_imgChristmas trees, like pretty much everything else, have always been subject to the vagaries of fashion. In the 1980s, it was all coloured lights and patterned baubles (chez Obiter, at any rate), then came the more sophisticated white lights, non-twinkling. A few years ago the fashion was for fibreoptic trees, then for all-white, artificial ones. And now it’s for, erm, plywood. See the pictured tree, commissioned specially by City firm Collyer Bristow. The firm has apparently been commissioning artists to design a tree for the past 15 years, and they (the trees, not the artists) are normally ‘constructed’ from textiles, ceramics, plastics, foam or scrap metal. This year’s effort, created by London-based artists Ben Cove and Camilla Lyon, is made of plywood and painted glass and is 2.4m tall. It was unveiled at the launch of Christmas Contemporaries, the latest exhibition at the Collyer Bristow Gallery, which runs into February. All very nice, messrs Collyer and Bristow, but where do we put the tinsel?last_img read more

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Steady year at Virgin Atlantic Cargo

first_imgThe UK based airline carried 214,737 tonnes of cargo in 2012/13 – a marginal 0.91 percent year-on-year decrease over its best-ever performance in 2011/12.John Lloyd, director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, commented: “Our result compares very positively with the industry average, particularly when you take into account that the markets we serve across the Atlantic, the Far East, Middle East and Africa were the regions most affected by challenging economic conditions.”John Lloydcargo.virgin-atlantic.comlast_img read more

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Employment tribunals missing targets and haemorrhaging judges

first_imgEmployment tribunals are failing to hit basic targets and judges are departing without being replaced, users have revealed. Minutes of the National User Group Meeting on employment tribunals report that tribunals are falling short of targets for completing and disposing of claims.Employment tribunals aim to complete 75% of claims within 26 weeks of receipt. However, according to the minutes, the current level of claims completed in that time stands at 67%. In terms of disposing of a claim, tribunals aspire to dispose of single claims within 26 weeks. However, the current timeframe is 29 weeks.Furthermore, judges are retiring at a rate of around five or six per year but are not being replaced – the meeting heard.User group president Judge Brian Doyle said that despite losing salaried judicial resources there ’were currently no recruitment exercises planned’. The position was similar regarding fee-paid judges and non-legal members.The minutes come from the user group’s June 2017 meeting – the latest for which minutes are available. The most recent meeting was held on 16 October. The group, made up of judges and professionals, is a forum for customers to discuss the service.A spokesperson for HMCTS told the Gazette: ’Maintaining access to justice is vital and continues to be at the heart of our reforms. Most employment tribunal claims are made within 26 weeks and the rate improved on the last quarter. We continue to look to improve timeliness in these cases.’Meanwhile, the government has again refused to reveal details of when and how people who paid the now outlawed tribunal fees will be reimbursed.A spokesperson said: ’Following the Supreme Court’s judgment we said we would put in place arrangements to refund those who have paid employment tribunal fees. We will set out further details in due course.’last_img read more