School superintendent arrested for repeatedly defecating on another school’s property

first_imgHolmdel Township Police Department(HOLMDEL, N.J.) — The superintendent of a New Jersey school district has been arrested for repeatedly defecating on a neighboring school’s property, police said.Thomas Tramaglini, the superintendent of the Kenilworth School District, was taken into custody early Tuesday while he was running on the Holmdel High School track, according to the Holmdel Township Police Department.Sgt. Theodore Sigismondi said Tramaglini, 42, was charged with lewdness, littering and defecating in public.“Holmdel High staff and coaches were finding human feces on or near the area of the high school track/football field on a daily basis,” according to the police statement.Sigismondi would not elaborate on the methods they used to identify Tramaglini or on any possible motives.The school’s staff began monitoring the area and identified Tramaglini, who resides only several miles away from the school, as the person leaving feces on the property.ABC News was unable to reach Tramaglini for comment. Calls to his attorney were not immediately returned.His next court appearance is scheduled for May 30.Tramaglini requested and was granted a paid leave of absence from the Kenilworth School District, where he was “unanimously appointed” to be the superintendent in December 2015, according to the district’s website.The Board of Education’s president at the time of the appointment described Tramaglini as someone with “a commitment to student achievement, while achieving superior standards of academic excellence,” in a 2015 announcement to the district.While police continue to investigate, Brian Luciani, the director of academics, will handle the duties of superintendent to ensure that the district continues “its responsibilities without interruption,” according to a statement released by the Kenilworth Board of Education.William Loughran –principal of Holmdel High School, where the human waste was found — had no comment on the incident.The two school districts are about 30 miles apart.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

UK workers in favour of keeping 48-hour opt-out

first_img Previous Article Next Article British workers oppose moves to end the UK’s opt-out to the working timedirective, according to a new study. A clear majority of those who work more than 48 hours a week do so largelyas a result of their own choice rather than employer compulsion, research bythe Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) claims. The survey of more than 750 long-hours workers, Calling Time on WorkingTime?, also claims there is little evidence of any employer abuse of theopt-out. Around three-quarters of staff who sign the clause do so as a result oftheir own choice rather than any employer pressure, and only a minorityactually sign the clause at the same time as signing their employment contracts– a key concern identified in the European Commission’s consultation, whichclosed last week. Gerwyn Davies, the report’s author, said: “Our survey shows thatlong-hours workers are opposed to the removal of the opt-out and in particularany moves to restrict their freedom to choose to work long hours. “The issue of long hours working is complex. It cannot be addressed bya uniform ban. “The negative effects of long-hours working are evident from thereport, but these are best solved by employer measures, such as flexibleworking arrangements, rather than a blanket ban on long hours working.” The survey clearly illustrates the potentially damaging effects of longhours on employee welfare and productivity. Around 10 per cent of employeesreport physical effects and 17 per cent an impact on mental health. More than a third of staff report that working long hours negatively affectstheir performance, with a significant proportion believing they could be justas effective and productive if they cut their working hours. Key findings of the long-hours survey– Seven out of 10 respondents stated that it was partly ortotally their choice  to work in excessof 48 hours. However, 30 per cent claimed that there was an element ofcompulsion, which was up from 11 per cent in 1998– The majority of respondents working 48 or more hours a weekwere putting in the extra hours consistently throughout the year. Almostthree-quarters (73 per cent) of those working 48 or more hours a week did soeither most weeks or every week– Six out of 10 respondents who had signed the opt-out clausedid so after the date of signing the employment contract, with some 37 per centsigning on the date itself– The biggest regret among respondents working 48 hours or morea week was the fact that they missed out on leisure and hobby time. This wasput forward by  almost seven out of10  (69 per cent) people. Strain onpartner relationships was also a key concern (47 per cent)– Almost half (45 per cent) of respondents believed theircompanies encouraged the working of long hours– More than four out of 10 respondents (41 per cent) claimedthey could maintain the same level of productivity while cutting back thenumber of hours worked each week– When explicitly asked whether the EU should have the right tolimit the number of hours staff work, a clear majority (66 per cent) wereagainst the notion– Fewer than one in three workers can identify the number ofhours set out by the Working Time DirectiveSource: CIPD UK workers in favour of keeping 48-hour opt-outOn 6 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Alan Rusbridger selected for Facebook overview board

first_imgThe announcement comes as research conducted by Avaaz reveals that 40% of misinformation surrounding Covid-19 was found on Facebook, prompting the company to direct users viewing false news to the World Health Organisation website.  Michael McConnell, one of the four co-chairs of the new board, said: “It is our ambition and goal that Facebook not decide elections, not be a force for one point of view over another, but the same rules will apply to people of left, right and centre.” The board will rule on the thin line between hate speech and free speech, reviewing the most controversial decisions on whether to leave or take down polarising content on Facebook and Instagram. It will also act in a “Supreme Court” like capacity to hear appeals from users on material that Facebook has removed.  Facebook has invested $130 million in this oversight board over the next six years, during which time the number of members will double. The co-chairs will collaborate with Facebook in selecting the next 20 members, and then Facebook will withdraw to leave the board to determine its composition independently.  Speaking to Cherwell, Alan Rusbridger said: “The pandemic is a stark realisation that unless you can agree on facts, and that there are such things as facts, running society becomes very difficult.” Alan Rusbridger, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall and former Guardian editor, has been selected as one of 20 members on Facebook’s new independent oversight board.   Facebook moderators will continue to use their combination of computer algorithms and human input for general rule enforcement, only employing the board on matters of high importance.  Two years after Mark Zuckerberg announced his intention to create a structure to moderate content, Facebook has named its first 20 members. Alan Rusbridger will sit on a panel which includes Yemeni Nobel Laureate and free speech advocate Tawakkol Karman and Stanford law professors Pamela Karlan and Michael McConnell.  Tackling misinformation on Facebook, on a part-time basis of only 15 hours a month, poses a considerable challenge. In the coming months, the board will begin with “dozens” of cases, reviewed on an individual basis, out of the millions posted every hour. Moderating online content will be further complicated by Facebook rules differing according to the laws of each specific country.  Rusbridger did not underestimate the enormous scale of this challenge. He made clear that this is not “a magistrates court”, hearing every issue, but rather an attempt to pull together big themes, in the hope that “over time we will get to grips with the patterns of behaviour that most disturb people, and our rulings will set a clearer template for Facebook to make decisions.” He described “the chaos of information, where even the most powerful politician in the world spends his time trying to blur the boundaries between facts and fantasy. There is no getting away from the fact that social media has been a big part in this. This has become one of the most urgent problems facing the world at the moment.” The board is empowered to overrule Facebook executives and moderators on content issues, and its decisions will be binding unless implementation risks violating the law.  Image Credit to:Alessio Jacona/commons.wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0last_img read more


first_imgIt’s no secret that there are millions of homeless pets around the world, and in the United States alone thousands of them are euthanized each day simply because there are too many. World Spay Day is a worldwide effort powered by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association to promote spay & neuter as a means of ending pet overpopulation across the globe. It centers around one specific day in February where organizations can rally together to promote the cause.VHS’ goal is to provide $10 spay/neuter surgeries for dogs & cats belonging to residents of the 47711 zip code on World Spay Day, which is Tuesday, February 23rd. Surgeries will be filled on a first-come first-served basis and $10 is required up front to reserve an appointment.  Proof of residency will be required. Rabbits are not eligible. We are seeking fifty separate $50 sponsorships to underwrite each surgery’s cost.The VHS Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic opened in July of 2007, and has altered over 50,000 animals since then. This has prevented hundreds of thousands of unwanted litters from entering area shelters. Each VHS shelter animal is altered before it goes home with its new adoptive family, and we offer low-cost services to the public to get their animals spayed or neutered. We accept SNSI Spay/Neuter Assistance Program vouchers that the State of Indiana provides to low-income Hoosiers. We also have transport agreements with 15 other organizations in all three states of the Tri-State area, providing spay/neuter surgeries for their animals. Other services are offered through our Clinic as well, such as microchipping, vaccinations, nail trims, heartworm testing for dogs, FIV testing for cats, and flea & heartworm prevention.The World Spay Day website,, provides a Spay/Neuter locator tool that allows pet owners to search for spay & neuter clinics near them. The VHS Clinic is the only clinic listed in Evansville. Many other organizations listed nearby are ones that use our clinic’s services for their own animals, including SNIPZ in Henderson and Pay-It-Forward in Owensboro.As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the VHS receives no funding from the city of Evansville or Vanderburgh County. Despite our participation in World Spay Day, we are not financially affiliated in any way with the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA. Supporters can donate a $50 sponsorship in a number of ways. They can visit and click “Donate Now,” specifying that their $50 donation is a Spay Day sponsorship in the memo line. Donations can be made over the phone using a Visa, Discover, or Mastercard by calling (812) 426-2563 Tuesday through Saturday. Or, sponsorships can be dropped off at the shelter at 400 Millner Industrial Drive in Evansville Tuesday-Saturday 9 am – 6 pm. Checks should be made payable to VHS.We would be happy to arrange a photo opportunity or live remote from our Spay & Neuter Clinic during World Spay Day. Please contact Kendall Paul or Amanda Coburn at the above phone numbers to arrange a time. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

34th Street Bridge Lane Closure

first_imgOn Monday and Tuesday, the 34th Street Bridge will be restricted to one lane of alternating traffic between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., according to a county news release.Traffic will be maintained using flaggers in order to alternate traffic along the bridge, which is also known as the Roosevelt Boulevard Bridge. The lane closure is necessary to permit an under-bridge platform truck to provide access for bridge inspectors.The bridge inspection is part of a routine biennial inspection that is mandated by the state.Two-way access will be maintained, but motorists should expect delays. Be prepared for some delays with lane closures on the 34th Street Bridge. last_img read more

Press release: New industry representative appointments to Seafish board

first_imgTwo new industry representative members have been appointed to the board of the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish).Michael Mitchell will represent the processing sector and brings with him extensive experience of the seafood sector following 30 years in the industry.Nathan de Rozarieux will represent the small scale fishing sector and will contribute the knowledge he has gained as both a practitioner and consultant.Seafish is an industry-levy funded body which carries out a wide range of activities that advocate and support all sections of the fishing industry, from fishermen and processors through to importers, retailers and food service providers.These are Ministerial appointments supported by the four fisheries administrations, who jointly sponsor Seafish.The recruitment was carried out in accordance with the Ministerial Code of Practice for Appointments to Public Bodies. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, there is a requirement for the political activities of appointees to be made public. Neither Michael Mitchell nor Nathan de Rozarieux have declared any significant activity.In addition to the two new members, existing members Alison Austin OBE and Jonathan Shepherd have been re-appointed for a further term of three years.Biographical details:Michael Mitchell is currently Managing Director of Fair Seas Limited, a consultancy firm supporting the seafood industry with clients including major value added processors, national and international retailers, food service providers, sustainability standards owners and certification assessment bodies. Previous to this, he spent more than 30 years working in the seafood processing industry, progressing his way from the factory floor to Technical & CSR Director at Young’s Seafood Ltd.Nathan de Rozarieux is currently Managing Director of Tegen Mor Fisheries Consultants Ltd a firm offering a range of industry services. He is the owner-skipper of an inshore vessel operating in Cornwall, a position he has frequently returned to alongside roles at Seafish and WWF-UK. For the past 16 years Nathan has sat as a director of the Duchy Fish Quota Company, a not-for-profit seeking to support the Cornwall inshore fishing industry and is a former committee member of the Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.last_img read more

The Avett Brothers Spend Two Heartwarming Nights At The Murat [Gallery]

first_imgPhoto: Phierce Photo Load remaining images The Avett Brothers spent two great nights at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, treating Midwest fans to back-to-back performances at the classic venue. The Avetts have been on a roll since their recent album release True Sadness, even joining guitarist Warren Haynes in a tribute to Jerry Garcia and his music.Keeping the setlists fresh through both nights, the Avett Brothers never fail to delight their audiences. Fortunately, Phierce Photo was on hand to capture images from the performances. Check them out, as well as the full setlists, below.last_img read more

Show explores gender issues

first_imgLoyal Daughters and Sons (LDS), an annual student performance of stories about gender issues, sexuality, relationships and religion at Notre Dame, will begin Thursday in the Hesburgh Library.The production, sponsored by the Gender Studies Program, features skits and monologues based on anonymous interviews with students. The performance is meant to tell those students’ stories, many of which involve sexual assault or discrimination based on sexual identity, co-producer and senior Monica Daegele said.“We all know the statistics about how many people report [sexual assault],” Daegele said. “We all know the statistics about how many people suffer from discrimination because of their sexual orientation. Our main goal is to give the student body the ability to really pay tribute to those experiences and to understand their impact.”The theme of this year’s performance, sponsored by the Gender Studies program, is “Victim:Survivor,” which co-producer and senior Michael Nolan said reflects an ongoing process of healing.“We want to highlight the path someone might take to leave identifying themselves as a victim and move on to identifying themselves in a more powerful way, as a survivor,” he said.The performances depict a variety of scenarios and viewpoints, senior and LDS director Zachary Wendeln said.“It’s an attempt to balance perspectives,” he said. “We’re not getting the same perspectives or the same issue repeated. There’s one monologue given by a priest about his take on sexuality and his understanding of it.”Preparations for LDS began last semester, when Daegele and Nolan conducted interviews and gathered written submissions of students’ stories and thoughts. Over winter break, they put together the material for the show, and they and Wendeln held auditions rehearsals in January and February.While each skit or monologue is based on true stories, the way the interviews are incorporated into the production depends on the nature of the interview and the theme of the LDS production. Nolan said this year’s production includes stories performed in previous years, as well as 10 new stories based on interview material from this year and past years.Daegele said some stories are based on a single interview. Other stories combine several interviews, or a single interview could be the basis for several stories.The interviews are often a “cathartic process” for the interviewees, Daegele said.“We had a series of questions that we can ask them, so some individuals want to go through the questions and answer the questions, and for others, they’ll just talk,” she said. “It’s definitely just a way to talk about their experience in a safe environment with a third party with anonymity and confidentiality. It’s extremely helpful and cathartic for those individuals.”Daegele said the point of the production is “to raise awareness and to witness the experience of the individual.”“It’s a profound tool for empathy,” she said.The show’s actors as well as the audience are encouraged to understand and empathize with the stories shared, Wendeln said. “One thing that I’ve stressed with the actors is that it’s not actors or acting, so much as immersing yourself into these experiences and treating them with the respect and dignity and truth which they deserve and from which they come,” Wendeln said. “It’s all coming from a place of truth and reality.”Sophomore Victoria Velasquez said she got involved in LDS this year after participating in Show Some Skin, a monologue show about differing identities.“I’m really passionate about gender issues, so when I saw information about LDS, I thought it was the perfect way to apply what I’d learned in Show Some Skin and do the same thing as I had done in Show Some Skin, but strictly related to gender issues,” she said.Velasquez said she auditioned for the production with “Touchdown Jesus,” an LDS monologue about a student who was raped by a football player.“Just hearing that made me very emotional, knowing that someone you could be sitting next to in the dining hall has gone through such a horrible experience,” she said.For this year’s show, Velasquez will give a different monologue, which she said she believes is a word-for-word submission, though because the source material is confidential, she can’t be certain.She said working with student actors and producers has been encouraging.“I’m really passionate about talking about inequality amongst genders, but there are a lot of things I see on campus with my friend groups that I just ignore because it’s just the norm here,” Velasquez said. “I feel personally there’s not much I can ever do to change the gender relations on campus, but I think it’s great that there’s a group of people that’s willing to put in so much time and effort into bringing awareness to these issues.”Nolan said the show provides a safe space to talk about gender issues, relationships and sexuality.“A lot of people go through issues like these at Notre Dame end up hating Notre Dame, or feel they don’t belong because the institution hurt them in such a bad way,” Nolan said “… This show tells them that there are people here who listen to you, who empathize with you, who feel the same things you feel. It’s okay, it’s a place for your story to be, and it will be heard.”The performance will take place in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $3 for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students and $5 for non-students.last_img read more

Free Business Webinar: How Your Organization Can Earn LEED Points for Existing Buildings

first_imgShelburne, VT – October 20, 2008 – Kilawatt Technologies is pleased to announce another educational offering in the company’s continuing series of free business webinars focusing on current environmental and energy issues. Today, many companies are interested in achieving LEED certification for their existing buildings awarded through the US Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED has become the standard for measuring energy and environmental sustainability in both new and existing facilities. In this free webinar, we examine the “Energy and Atmosphere (EA)” section of the LEED for Existing Buildings certification and show how Kilawatt Technologies measurement and verification tools can help an organization earn points in this specific LEED category. The free online webinar titled How Kilawatt Technologies Can Help You Earn LEED Points for Existing Buildingswill be on Thursday, November 6th at 1:00 p.m. (EST). You may register by email at [email protected](link sends e-mail). To see a full description of this webinar or a complete schedule of upcoming webinars, please visit is external).The USGBC LEED certification comprises meeting objectives in six categories, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Operations. Energy and Atmosphere can be one of the more challenging areas for an organization as it requires measuring, tracking, evaluating and optimizing all building energy systems. Early on, Kilawatt Technologies recognized that meaningful information was the powerful tool missing for most companies. Kilawatt developed their LEED program capitalizing on the company’s eBAS Analyzer, which focuses on energy conservation commissioning, eEcoAssess and eEnergyAssess. Kilawatt’s LEED E&A certification program can be used to achieve at the minimum 8 points and higher in this category.Kilawatt Technologies developed these educational learning programs to discuss current energy and environmental topics, provide creative solutions for these challenges and demonstrate how the company’s unique software EnerSuite, and its products, can help achieve an organization’s energy reduction goals. The webinars are a great opportunity for business leaders to learn and share key information and are informative discussions on a variety of topics, ranging from energy use and demand, environmental concerns, corporate responsibility and sustainability.Kilawatt Technologies is a leading information software company headquartered in Vermont helping organizations around the world conserve energy, lower costs and reduce greenhouse gases in large commercial and industrial buildings with little or no capital investment. For more information about Kilawatt Technologies please visit is external) , email [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call 802.985.2285.####last_img read more

Ecuador Lures Drug Traffickers, Organized Crime Syndicates

first_imgBy Dialogo June 11, 2012 Ecuadorians who for years thought themselves immune from the drug-related violence and organized crime plaguing their Andean neighbors now realize their country could be next. In recent months, warning signs have popped up all over the place. On May 13, a light aircraft with $1.3 million in cash aboard crashed in the northwestern province of Manabí, killing its Mexican pilot and co-pilot. No official flight plan had been logged for the Mexican-registered plane, which was flying low, presumably to evade radar detection. “It was without lights, an illegal operation,” Interior Minister José Serrano told a TV news program in Quito. “We presume that the money was to be laundered or used to pay for the drugs it would transport back to Mexico.” Ecuador’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a statement that it would seek help from its Mexican counterpart to verify the aircraft’s origin and identify the dead crewmen. A few days after the plane went down, troops found a drug-processing laboratory near the crash site, seized half a ton of cocaine paste and detained three people. Since coca is not cultivated in Ecuador, such labs are rare finds. This is the fourth one uncovered so far this year — possibly testimony to the impact authorities in neighboring Colombia are having in their own crackdown on Colombian processing labs. In an interview with the Quito-based newspaper El Universo, Serrano said transnational crime organizations are not necessarily located in Ecuador, but that his country is growing in importance as a transit point for Colombian and Mexican cartels. Report warns situation could get ‘out of control’ This clearly worries ordinary Ecuadorians, who this spring have been flocking to see “Pescador” — a new movie by director Sebastian Cordero. The film’s plot is the discovery by local fishermen of cocaine packets that wash up on the shore of a small coastal village. Ecuador’s top military strategists have also taken note. In March, they warned of the threat posed to their country by powerful groups like Colombia’s Rastrojos crime syndicate and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. The warnings were contained in a 225-page report. “If the right measures are not taken, the situation will easily get out of control of the government — in the short or medium term — and levels of extreme violence will be reached,” the report warned. Drug trafficking and organized crime might soon overwhelm Ecuador, and that the military might not have adequate resources if ordered to confront the problem, the report concluded. President Rafael Correa soon unveiled a plan to train 4,000 military personnel to fight the encroaching cartels. Government officials say they hope to build on an accord signed last October with neighboring Peru to combat trafficking on their shared border. Drugs are being smuggled across the border into the towns of Macara, Tulcan, San Lorenzo and Nueva Loja, officials said The narcotics are then sent to Pacific port towns; from there, smugglers use everything from fast boats to small semi-submersibles to ferry the loads to bigger ships for transport to Central America — for onward transportation to Mexico and the United States. Drug consumption up 300 percent Last July, Ecuadorian police seized a 70-foot submarine capable of transporting up to seven tons of cocaine. Speedboats carrying drugs and destined to make long runs themselves up the Pacific coast have also been refueling in the Galapagos Islands. Cocaine is coming across the Colombian border as well. According to the military review, three of the four main entry points for drugs are on that border. In 2008, Ecuadorian police seized in one raid alone 4.7 tons of cocaine, and this winter, Correa dispatched 7,000 soldiers and 3,000 police officers to the border in an effort to stop the flow of drugs. Since the beginning of 2012, authorities have seized more than 1.6 tons worth of narcotics in Quito alone — a sign Quito security analyst Ricardo Camacho says points to a 300 percent growth in domestic drug consumption since 2007. Some 98 percent of the drugs confiscated so far this year by volume consists of marijuana, and most of the remainder is cocaine, says Bogotá-based consultancy InSight Crime. In total, the drugs have a combined value of $1.53 million. Also 327 people — 305 of whom are citizens of Ecuador — have been arrested in anti-narcotics operations, said National Police Chief Patricio Franco. Semi-submersibles and secret drug drops Recent arrests and drug seizures put into stark perspective the enormous challenge Ecuador faces as the country — which historically has had one of the lowest rates of domestic drug consumption in Latin America — grows in importance for drug traffickers. In February, as a result of a tip-off from Colombian authorities, police in the port city of Guayaquil captured Heriberto Fernández Ramírez, a key go-between for Colombian trafficker Daniel Barrera Barrera, alias “El Loco,” and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, according to anti-drug police in both Colombia and Ecuador. Just days before Ramírez’s capture, Ecuador’s anti-narcotics chief, Nelson Villegas, announced the seizure of 1.3 tons of cocaine and the impounding of a semi-submersible used for drug smuggling in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The 1,177-package shipment had been stored on the island of Puna, while the sub itself was discovered on the island of Santa Clara, 25 miles south of Puna. In early January, Ecuador’s Navy detected another semi-submersible 60 miles off the coast of Puna, but the three-man crew scuttled the vessel before being arrested. “These vessels are difficult from the air and hard for surface units to detect,” said Coast Guard Commander, Mauritius Alvear. Study: Ecuador part of a trafficking ‘pipeline’ Signs of the presence of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel have increased, with nine Sinaloa operatives arrested last year. Mexican criminal organizations have been keen in recent years to extend their reach deep into Ecuador’s drug supply chain and organize their own drug shipments. The arrest of Ramírez doesn’t seem to have warned off the Colombians. In April, Quito police apprehended Juan Carlos Calle Serna, brother of one of the leaders of the Rastrojos gang. For two scholars, Douglas Farah and Glenn R. Simpson of the Washington-based International Assessment and Strategy Center, these trends appear increasingly worrisome. In a recent study, the pair warned of the “growing presence in Ecuador of Mexican drug trafficking organizations … and the growing role of Ecuador as a money laundering center for multiple transnational criminal organizations.” They said Ecuador is becoming “an important part of a pipeline that moves not only cocaine but human cargo, weapons, precursor chemicals and hundreds of millions of dollars a year.”last_img read more