Legal fiction competition seeks entries

first_img March 1, 2005 Regular News Legal fiction competition seeks entries Legal fiction competition seeks entries Entries are now being accepted for the National Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers.The purpose of the contest, sponsored by SEAK, Inc., is to encourage lawyers to become more interested in and adept at writing legal fiction.A short story or novel excerpt in the legal fiction genre should be submitted and should not exceed 2,500 words.For more information, contact Steven Babitsky at (508) 548-9443 or [email protected] or visit read more

Crowd-pleasing estate ready for first buyers to move in

first_imgMatt Bryans and partner Kacie Payne are first-home buyers at The Surrounds.GOLD Coast homebuyers are one step closer to seeing their dream homes come to life as the first lots settle at The Surrounds community in Helensvale.The settlements follow a sellout sales result of the first land releases, prompting developer Villawood Properties to fast-track future releases.Villawood executive director Tony Johnson was looking forward to seeing the first slab poured on the $500 million Helensvale site. “The Surrounds is fast taking shape with the main entry road now complete and lot settlements flowing through,” he said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoHelensvale community The Surrounds is starting to take shape.Of the 100 sites now sold, 31 will feature in a new display village, which will showcase homes from 10 builders. The village is due to open this year. First-home buyers Matt Bryans and Kacie Payne were among the first wave of buyers to settle at The Surrounds.“We were initially looking to buy an established home to renovate,” Mr Bryans said. “I came across The Surrounds online and quickly we could build the house we wanted and not compromise on location.”On completion, the community will cover more than 60ha with 620 residences, park, playground, barbecue areas, 20ha of green space and a $4 million leisure centre.Mr Johnson said buyers have been drawn by the proximity to major transport links including the M1 and Gold Coast Highway, Helensvale rail stations along with central shopping hubs.last_img read more

Joey Gallo injury update: Rangers outfielder (oblique) placed on 10-day IL

first_imgJoey Gallo has All-Star hopes in his fifth season with the Rangers. But the outfielder could see significant time off the diamond after leaving Saturday’s game early.Gallo suffered an oblique strain and has been placed on the 10-day IL, the team announced Sunday. He is scheduled to undergo further evaluation, including an MRI, manager Chris Woodward confirmed. MLB trade rumors: Mariners ‘trying to trade everyone’ “It tightened up on him,” Woodward said, via The Dallas Morning News. “He actually felt it throwing and in that last at-bat. He swung, didn’t like it and the next swing that’s when I came out. He creates so much torque in that body, even if it’s a small oblique issue, I don’t want that to turn into a major one.”In 170 at-bats this season, Gallo is hitting .276/.421/.653 with 17 homers and 41 RBIs. MLB trade rumors: Phillies deal for Jay Bruce ‘is complete’center_img Joey Gallo has been placed on the 10-day IL with a left oblique strain. OF Delino DeShields recalled from Nashville.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) June 2, 2019The injury occurred during Texas’ 6-2 win against Kansas City. Gallo, 25, had just hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Related News Your daily 400+ ft. #JoeyJack!— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) June 1, 2019He returned to the plate in the fifth and during that at-bat, he swung and immediately grabbed his left side.Gallo had noticed the tightness the inning before his exit while he was in the outfield attempting a throw. last_img read more

ASA Signs Joint Letter to Vilsack Froman Expressing Concern For Chinese Test

first_imgJoining several other food and agricultural associations, ASA signed a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Ambassador Mike Froman in February, expressing concern about the Chinese new “test and hold” requirements on the import of U.S. pork, calling the decision “unwarranted and extraordinarily disappointing.”The groups stated that the requirements, “will undoubtedly disrupt U.S. pork sales to one of our most important export markets and could significantly undermine the food safety and animal health and welfare of the U.S. pork industry.”The letter asked Vilsack and Froman to actively engage with China to eliminate these new requirements and adopt a science-based maximum residue levels (MRLs) for the import of U.S. pork in order to avoid disrupting mutually beneficial trade.“By way of background, on January 9, 2014, the Chinese government’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIS) wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), calling on USDA to quickly implement additional USDA oversight for ensuring ractopamine free pork,” the letter states. “During the month of January, USDA officials worked closely with the U.S. pork industry in developing several options to achieve China’s request. On February 6, 2014, FSIS Administrator Alfred Almanza wrote a letter to AQSIQ informing the agency that USDA was prepared to implement a USDA certification system guaranteeing that U.S. pork shipped to China has either been tested for ractopamine or originates from animals produced under the “Never Fed Beta-Agonists” program.”The groups wrote they are appreciative of the work USDA undertook on very short notice to address China’s concerns regarding ractopamine. As FSIS Administrator Almanza noted in his February 6, 2014, letter, while the United States is willing to implement such a certification program to avoid a disruption in U.S. pork exports to China, it is extremely important that China, as a more permanent solution to this matter, adopt the Codex Alimentarius MRL for ractopamine in pork production. As the Codex, the United States, and many other countries around the world recognize, ractopamine is a completely safe product for use in pork production.“With the assurances provided in Administrator Almanza’s letter, we fully expected China will cease a “test and hold” policy on U.S. pork that it implemented in January.  However, we were dismayed to learn last week that China is testing and holding all U.S. pork not only for ractopamine, but also for detection of three approved veterinary drugs commonly used in U.S. pork production, and used in many other pork producing countries: tetracycline hydrochloride, oxytetracyline and sulfathiazole.”According to the letter, the loss of the ability to use these veterinary drugs, similar to what has happened with ractopamine, would threaten the safety of U.S. pork as well as the high herd health status and welfare of the U.S. swine herd.“We need to defend not only safe new technologies, but also proven technologies.  We urge you to take every possible action to convince the Chinese government to reverse this unwarranted action immediately, and rather, press China to adopt import MRLs for U.S. pork based on science, the groups stated. “Specifically we recommend that China adopt the Codex or FDA MRLs for tetracycline and oxtetracycline.  We further recommend that China adopt the FDA MRLs for sulfonamides, including sulfathiazole, which are consistent with the Codex MRL for sulfadimidine.”last_img read more

Alaska businesses find a niche helping oil companies cope with climate change

first_imgRandy Howard (left) and Brian Shumaker of Beaded Stream, a company that sells technology to monitor permafrost temperatures. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)A few steps outside his warehouse in Anchorage on a chilly, late March day, Brian Shumaker gave a product demonstration that required a little pretending.Listen now“Imagine for a moment you’ve just landed in a helicopter out on the tundra and you’re about a hundred miles from anywhere. And it’s costing you a dollar a second to be here,” Shumaker said.We pictured ourselves on the remote North Slope, near Alaska’s biggest oil fields. There, every winter, companies build hundreds of miles of ice roads — roads literally made of ice and snow — essential for moving the massive equipment used for oil exploration.But environmental regulations don’t allow oil companies to build ice roads until the fragile tundra is sufficiently frozen. And scientists say freeze-up is happening up to two months later than it did in the 1980s.That’s where Shumaker’s startup, called Beaded Stream, comes in. Shumaker has developed technology that monitors when the ground freezes, pinpointing exactly when ice road season can begin.To show how, Shumaker drilled into the frozen soil and inserted a blue and yellow temperature monitoring cable. He hooked it up to a small, solar-paneled box installed on a nearby pole — a data logger that sends temperature readings to the internet via satellite. Using this device, companies can squeeze the longest possible oil exploration season into steadily shrinking winters. According to state regulators, Shumaker’s technology has actually helped lengthen ice road seasons in recent years.“Usually with our technology we can get folks out there days to weeks early, so it translates into huge cost savings,” Shumaker said. “But most importantly, sometimes it makes projects that weren’t even doable, doable.”Arctic Foundations President Ed Yarmak in his Anchorage warehouse, next to the thermosyphons his company manufactures. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Beaded Stream isn’t alone. Alaska’s oil industry has specially designed its operations for freezing conditions. But as temperatures rise, companies are starting to pay a price for climate change — and some Alaska businesses are making money off of it. Oil companies now help support a cottage industry of consultants and product manufacturers, all providing workarounds for the fact that the frozen ground they rely on to produce oil isn’t as frozen as it once was.Although Shumaker said when he talks to customers, he doesn’t bother discussing why temperatures are rising.“I’m not debating what’s happening,” Shumaker said. “What are we going to do about it.”For an industry that’s often blamed for climate change, talking about coping with it is an awkward topic. Multiple oil companies contacted for this story turned down interview requests. But climate change is so present in Alaska today that the industry’s top lobbying group acknowledges it’s creating problems. Josh Kindred with the Alaska Oil and Gas Association said there’s a lot of concern about shrinking ice road season. He also noted the industry is having more frequent run-ins with polar bears due to declining sea ice.“It is ironic, and it’s challenging for a state that is so dependent on resource extraction but is also really feeling the impacts of climate change,” Kindred said.But for Kindred and many other Alaskans, the idea of stopping the state’s oil production to address climate change is unthinkable.“It’ll be interesting to see how we navigate this…I don’t want to call it a conundrum, because I do think there’s an opportunity for success here, but what is our role and how do we do it? Those are very difficult questions,” Kindred said.Meanwhile, oil companies keep finding ways to adapt.Ed Yarmak runs a company called Arctic Foundations, which makes devices that literally refrigerate the ground. They’re used across Alaska — for roads, water tanks and schools. But Yarmak says now, about half his business comes from oil companies on the North Slope.Arctic Foundations was founded in the 1970s — the oil industry has always had to incorporate special engineering to work around permafrost, because infrastructure alone can cause it to warp and thaw. But Yarmak said rising temperatures mean his product is really starting to come in handy.“To be honest, climate change is pretty good business for our company,” Yarmak said. “Because we’re in the business of making things colder, and climate change is warming things up in Alaska.”On the North Slope, oil companies have built a vast network of roads, pipelines and buildings on top of permafrost. But permafrost temperatures in the Arctic have been rising for decades. Yarmak said for buildings on the North Slope, thawing ground can start to cause problems.“The doors start to stick. The sheet rock cracks…the floor isn’t level any more. Things aren’t the way that they planned them,” Yarmak said.Arctic Foundations’ products help protect against these issues. In the company’s Anchorage warehouse, employees in protective glasses manufacture thermosyphons, long metal tubes filled with a refrigerant. When finished, thermosyphons are partially buried in permafrost to keep it frozen.Yarmak pointed out the top part of a thermosyphon, which is covered with a dense array of tiny fins:“This part is the condenser…it’s where the heat comes out and goes to the air,” Yarmak explained.Yarmak said each is custom made, and the ones for use on the North Slope and can cost roughly $10,000. He said oil companies have installed thousands of them across Alaska’s Arctic.And if the state continues to warm as projected, Yarmak expects to be in business a long time to come.last_img read more