Two men were injured in a shooting at the intersection of Michigan and Wayne streets near Club Fever early Saturday morning, according to a statement from police spokesman Capt. Phil Trent published in the South Bend Tribune.The two South Bend residents suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds in the incident, and police were called to scene at the 100 block of East Wayne Street around 2:30 a.m. Officers said they saw the gunman fire at a nearby parking garage with a handgun, the Tribune reported.When the incident occurred, a crowd was leaving Club Fever, located at 222 S. Michigan Street. Trent said several people were fighting, and both of the men who sustained gunshot wounds are believed to have been at Club Fever prior to the shooting.Officers approached a 29-year-old man whom they believed to be the shooter. The man had a gunshot wound on his hand, but no gun in his possession, Trent told the Tribune.Shortly after, a 28-year-old man entered Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his forearm and said he was shot while getting into his car on East Wayne Street, the Tribune reported. Both men said they did not know who shot them. Officers recovered shell casings in the parking garage but no guns, and therefore could not make any arrests. Trent said a shooting downtown is unusual, according to the Tribune.The club’s website stated that Fever is open from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays. The Observer could not reach a Club Fever representative for comment. Trent could not be reached for comment either.Tags: Shooting
By April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaComputer software developed by University of Georgia scientistscan enable coastal cities to determine safe pumping rates to keepsalt water out of municipal wells.Mark Bakker headed the engineering faculty team in the UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He said itdoesn’t take much salt to make well water unfit to drink.”If a small amount of salt water gets into the well, you’ll haveto shut the well down and drill a new well or find another sourcefor your drinking water,” Bakker said.”That’s obviously an expensive trick to pull,” he said,”especially when you’re on an island, where you may not have anyother options for drinking water.”EPA standardsThe Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for drinking waterallows for 250 milligrams of chlorides per liter of water. Bakkerbelieves computer modeling is one way to find the sustainablepumping rate of municipal drinking-water wells.Bakker’s faculty team developed SeaWater Intrusion, a softwarepackage that works with the U.S. Geological Survey groundwatermodel MODFLOW, which many people are already using. SWI allows aMODFLOW groundwater model to be used as a starting point.The UGA program may be used to find out how quickly salt water ismoving inland. “It can help managers decide if saltwaterintrusion is a problem in their area,” he said.Computer tools for modeling saltwater intrusion are already outthere. But they’re complicated, Bakker said. And they may requirea supercomputer, which limits their usefulness for watermanagement purposes.Simplified method”We’ve developed a simplified method that seems to work verywell,” Bakker said. “Because the existing MODFLOW program isalready in use along the Georgia coast, the SWI package can beapplied right away. The answers our package gives will be morethan enough to base many management decisions on.”The program is already being applied in the Northeastern UnitedStates and in the Netherlands near Amsterdam. Bakker hopes to seeit in use along Georgia’s coast soon.Many wells in Georgia coastal communities are increasinglythreatened by seawater intrusion.The SWI package, funded by the Georgia Coastal Incentives GrantsProgram, is free. It can be downloaded from www.engr.uga.edu/~mbakker/swi.htmlon any computer with a Windows operating system. It comes with adetailed manual.”We’re gaining experience in how to apply the tool and how to bemost effective with it,” Bakker said. “But we want to startapplying it to the Georgia coast. And we really depend on somecommunity support or some program funding to get this going.”(April Reese is a student writer with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
Once a common species in California and across North America, the Western burrowing owl has become a rarer and rarer sight over the last three decades given habitat loss and other environmental perils the bird faces. Photo credit: iStockPhoto/ThinkstockEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: What is the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network and why is it so important to put so much effort into saving one species? — Ginny Bateman, Portland, ORWestern burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia) are tiny, long-legged members of the owl family, native to the Americas and preferring open landscapes where they can dig new holes or use existing ones (such as abandoned prairie dog, skunk or armadillo homes) to nest and rear their young. Unlike most other owl species, these small but charismatic birds are more often seen out and about during daylight hours, but they are most active and do their primary feeding at night, preferring a diet of small rodents and large insects.Once a common species in California and across North America, the Western burrowing owl has become a rarer and rarer sight over the last three decades given habitat loss and other environmental perils the bird faces. Biologists consider the bird an indicator of wider ecosystem health, so if its population numbers are healthy then local ecosystems are likely thriving. But these days the bird is endangered in Canada and threatened in Mexico, is a state endangered species in Colorado, and is considered a “species of special concern” in Florida and most of the western U.S. It is also listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) international “Red List” of endangered and threatened species (albeit as a species of “Least Concern” in comparison with others in more dire straits).A group of dedicated birders, conservationists, biologists and concerned citizens in San Francisco’s East Bay came together to protect dwindling burrowing owl populations locally but ended up creating a movement that spans the entire North American continent. Their group, the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network (BOCN) believes that burrowing owls are vital to maintaining healthy, functioning ecosystems, and as such is working on several fronts to help protect habitat and reverse the animal’s population slide.First and foremost, BOCN works to conserve habitat for burrowing owls in California and beyond, including constructing artificial burrows to help re-establish burrowing owl colonies while larger ecosystem restoration efforts are underway. Teaching children and communities about ways they can help protect and improve burrowing owl habitat is another important part of BOCN’s work. Other ways the group helps the owls is by advocating for legislation and policy changes that encourage conservation of habitat, networking with like-minded individuals and institutions, and conducting field and laboratory research to increase understanding about how to help burrowing owls and create habitat conditions ideal for their survival.The fact that burrowing owl populations in other parts of the world are rebounding gives hope to BOCN and other wildlife advocates and environmentalists. The birds are common and widespread in Central and South America, where they inhabit fields and even sometimes parks in urban areas.Whether the birds can replicate their success in Latin America up north remains to be seen. As for what readers can do to help, learning about the behavior, biology and habitat needs of wild animals like the burrowing owl is a sure way to develop respect for nature’s inhabitants and a lifelong willingness to protect them. And nothing beats witnessing burrowing owls go about their rounds. Seeing them in the wild is enough to convince anyone that they are worth fighting to protect.CONTACTS: BOCN, www.burrowingowlconservation.org; IUCN Red List, www.iucnredlist.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
Music Midtown Festival is here and stronger than ever! The event takes place this coming weekend, September 20th – 21st, in Atlanta, Georgia’s Piedmont Park. Gates open at 4pm on Friday and noon on Saturday. There will be 22 bands and musicians scattered throughout the three stages, which should keep you more than busy. Acts such as Phoenix, Cake, and Journey will be performing on Friday. A few of Saturday features are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kendrick Lamar, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. You can find the entire lineup schedule here on their website.Tickets can be purchased anytime online or at The Tabernacle (where there are no service fees) this Friday between 11am and 4pm. Tickets will also be sold at the gates, but be warned – they are likely to sell out by the time you arrive. Prices are as follows: a two-day pass is $110, just Friday is $50, and Saturday is $80. There are also unique VIP and Super VIP options providing special treatments like parking, a t-shirt, private restrooms, and complimentary food and beverages. While there isn’t any camping available on the grounds, there are plenty of hotels around the venue. The event is most definitely family friendly and welcomes people of all ages.There will be an artist market with unique and eclectic handmade goods. Vendors such as Williamson Brothers BBQ, Nectar Food Truck, and Publik Draft House will be on site providing food and refreshments. Working ATMs will be on festival grounds for all your cash needs.Music Midtown was first started in 1994 and took place annually for nearly 12 years. In 2006, one of the festival’s co-founders decided to cancel the event. Luckily, it was resurrected in 2011 thanks to the support of the mayor and access to a new location. Last year’s festival drew in 90,000 people, so get ready for a fun and energetic weekend!View Larger Map
On April 4, in the Colombian city of Cartagena, the campaign “Roll up your cuffs with all our forces” was launched, an activity with which the Colombian Armed Forces are joining the commemoration of the International Day for Mine Awareness. The South American country’s Armed Forces General Command joined the “Roll up your cuffs” campaign, convened by the United Nations General Assembly, in which, by the symbolic act of rolling up a pant leg, participants reject the indiscriminate use of anti-personnel mines and raise awareness about the threat posed to the civilian population by these devices. It is a tribute to the 9,133 Military personnel and civilians who have been victims of these explosive devices planted by irregular groups in Colombia, the country with the second-highest number of victims of this kind in the world, after Afghanistan. At the same time, it will promote the work of the Humanitarian Demining Battalion, which has conducted operations in Colombia’s most affected regions, guaranteeing that the land cleared is free of mines and safe for its inhabitants to return. By Dialogo April 05, 2012
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Devin Selte Devin Selte is a 15 year veteran in the credit union industry all with Servus Credit Union. On top of his position as Branch Manager in Stony Plain, he is … Web: www.servus.ca Details I don’t favorite tweets very often, but Brad Paisley’s words honouring my home nation are ones that have stuck with me after reading tens of thousands of tweets during my Twitter Life.I am proud to be a Canadian. Around the world we are known for our polite and gentle demeanour. We are quick to say sorry when really, it wasn’t our fault. We are friendly, humble, peaceful, helpful, and respectful.Credit unions are the Canadians of the financial services industry. I’m willing to bet that in this ever changing world, there aren’t many credit unions that people don’t like either. We are the socially responsible approach to banking by sharing our profits with our member owners and investing in our communities versus lining the pockets of our shareholders.But like asking out your crush to the prom and having her tell you that you are nice, but not prom date worthy, we ask our members for permission to manage their full financial well-being to help them reach their financial goals. Unfortunately, while we are the nicest people to process their daily transaction like bill payments or wire transfers, we aren’t retirement plan worthy.At Servus we refer this to HEART and SMART. Our members see us as having tremendous HEART in the personal and friendly service we provide, but lack the SMART required to manage their money. As you know, this is extremely untrue, but we’ve done this to ourselves. We haven’t done a good enough of telling, perhaps even yelling to the financial world (and our members!) that our employees at our credit unions HAVE THE SMARTS to improve their financial well-being.This must change.We need to proudly hang our educational diplomas and certificates on the walls in our offices. We need to tell people how much we have invested in ourselves to ensure we are giving them the best financial advice. We need to be asking our members the right questions to help us uncover any barriers they may have in reaching their financial goals.For credit unions to be successful going forward, we must rid ourselves of our shy, humble Canadian personalities. We need confidence, swagger, and maybe, just maybe, even a little bit of arrogance.Tell the world how freakin’ awesome we are!Just like a Canadian after winning a major hockey event.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions rank third on the list in terms of giving to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals — right behind retail behemoths Walmart and Costco. Not bad company. In fact, the news just came out that for the second year in a row more than $1 million was raised for the 11 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California and Nevada. Pretty cool. continue reading »
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Honda plants in Turkey, Brazil and India have halted operations as the Japanese carmaker battles to recover from a cyberattack that affected several factories worldwide.The cyberattack at the beginning of the week targeted Honda’s internal servers and spread a virus through the company’s systems, a spokeswoman told AFP on Wednesday.A four-wheel vehicle plant in Turkey and motorcycle plants in India and Brazil were still out of action following the attack, the spokeswoman said, adding that the firm was “still investigating details”. Last month, Honda reported a 25.3-percent fall in net profit from the previous year as sales dropped six percent to 14.9 trillion yen ($138 billion) in the fiscal year ending in March. In total, the cyberattack affected 11 Honda plants — including five in the US, according to local media reports.All US plants have resumed operations, the spokeswoman said, declining to elaborate further.She said the suspension would have only a limited impact on Honda’s business globally.Global automakers including Honda have already been hit hard by a slump in sales due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Topics :
Jamie Whincup in action over the weekend. Picture: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe four bedroom, five bathroom, two car space home was on a massive 1,017 sqm block. It’s unclear whether the deal included furniture and accessories though the owner had been willing to discuss throwing that in as well. Jamie Whincup driver of the #1 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB during qualifying for race 20 of the Supercars Ipswich SuperSprint over the weekend. Picture: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images.THE former home of Holden Racing superstar Jamie Whincup has changed hands for double what he sold it for three years ago.The home at 7360 Marine Drive East, Sanctuary Cove was “completely rebuilt and decorated to perfection” according to its listing, with a Master Builder’s Warranty in place until 2022.Whincup had sold the property for $1.822m in 2015, with the new owners then undertaking upgrades and reselling in a deal struck for $3.86m in May which finally passed all hurdles last week. The cinema is sound proofed, perfect for catching race re-runs. Picture: CoreLogicSanctuary Cove is 20 minutes of Surfers Paradise and 45 minutes from Brisbane, according to selling agents Manning Real Estate Sanctuary Cove of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The property makes the most of its waterfront location. Picture: CoreLogic 7360 Marine Drive East Hope Island, QLD, 4212. Picture: CoreLogicThe block had 30m waterfrontage, with floor heating and mood lighting, ensuites in every bedroom, with wall mounted televisions as well.It also had a sound proofed cinema with surround sound, a home office, a Hamptons-inspired kitchen, pool and spa, as well as a 12m by 4m pontoon with an oversized buggy port.