first_imgMcConnell has a total work force of 6552 with approximately 3250 active duty members, 915 civilians, and 1900 Reservist and National Guard members. The base also has 3090 family members and serves approximately 9000 military retirees in the local area. Area Population: 372,186.last_img

RailAmerica, Providence and Worcester Railroad announce strategic alliance

first_imgThe Providence and Worcester Railroad (Nasdaq: PWX) and the New England Central Railroad, part of the RailAmerica (NYSE: RA) family which operates extensively in Vermont, have announced the establishment of the Great Eastern Route, a new coordinated commercial and operating platform.  This new strategic alliance is being developed to increase our collective business with both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific to rail customers in southern New England and to enhance their global access through our port facilities.Over the past 5 years the NECR and P&W have jointly invested significant capital in the infrastructure along with the States of Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and the federal government.  These investments enhance our service and combined with this new commercial and operating relationship will provide the basis for a greatly improved customer experience aimed at growing our collective business across all commodity lines.The alliance recently hosted inspection trains with our Canadian Class I partners and looks forward to establishing new and improved supply chains throughout the region.RailAmerica, Inc. owns and operates short-line and regional freight railroads in North America, operating a portfolio of 43 individual railroads with approximately 7,400 miles of track in 27 US states and three Canadian provinces.  P&W is a regional freight railroad operating in Massachusetts, Rhode Island,Connecticut and New York.  SOURCE RailAmerica, Inc. JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/last_img read more

General support for science doesn’t always correlate with attitudes toward specific issues

first_imgShare on Twitter Share LinkedIn Share on Facebook Emailcenter_img U.S. adults perform comparably to adults in other economically developed countries on most measures of science knowledge and support science in general, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. However, attitudes toward some specific issues, such as climate change or genetic engineering, may be shaped by factors such as values and beliefs rather than knowledge of the science alone. Despite popular assumptions, research shows that increasing science literacy will not lead to appreciably greater support for science.The committee that conducted the study and wrote the report said that science knowledge is only one component of science literacy, which also encompasses understanding scientific practices, such as forming and testing hypotheses, and understanding science as a social process, such as the role of peer review.“Historically, assessments of science literacy have focused on individuals, but we see now that communities can engage in science and produce scientific knowledge in a way that transcends any individual’s ability,” said committee chair Catherine Snow, Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “Furthermore, the structural features of a society can impede or enhance individuals’ or communities’ development of science literacy.” Pinterest Communities can demonstrate science literacy by leveraging individuals’ diverse knowledge and skills to achieve specific goals, the report says. For example, AIDS activists in the late 1980s to early 1990s developed scientific knowledge to demand modifications to drug-testing procedures and drug-approval policies and worked together to successfully advocate for expediting the delivery of drugs to consumers in health emergencies. In addition, communities can meaningfully contribute to science knowledge through engagement in community action, often in collaboration with scientists. For instance, activists in a community may work together to detect and address links between environmental hazards and cancers.Individuals with limited economic resources and limited access to high-quality education have fewer opportunities to develop science literacy and health literacy, the report says. This lack of access disproportionately affects some demographic groups including Latinos and others who speak English as a second language, African-Americans, and children growing up in low-income families.Limited evidence shows that populations around the world have positive attitudes toward science and support public funding for scientific research, and these attitudes have been generally stable over time, the committee found. In addition, there is an overall high level of trust in scientists and in scientific institutions.The report presents a research agenda with questions about creating new measures of science literacy and expanding the information available to clarify: 1) the relationship between science knowledge and attitudes toward science; 2) how science literacy is used and measured in different contexts; 3) the relationship of science literacy to other literacy skills; and 4) the role of science literacy for citizens as decision-makers.last_img read more

100-year sentences plan to dodge Euro ruling

first_imgMurderers and others convicted of the most serious offences could be given sentences lasting hundreds of years to get round the European Court of Human Rights ruling on whole-life terms, the government has indicated.  In Vintner and Others v the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg ruled last year that whole-life sentences were a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights because they allow no possibility for a ‘right of review’.According to press reports today, a proposal to allow judges to sentence offenders for hundreds of years is one of the options being considered by ministers in response to the Strasbourg ruling.The change would not have much of an impact on the sentence served, but would allow for the potential of a review of the sentence.There are currently 49 offenders serving whole-life terms in jails in England and Wales.The move is part of the government’s drive to limit the impact of European human rights law on domestic policy.Today’s Telegraph reports a government spokesman as saying: ‘The European Court of Human Rights seems to be making decisions a million miles away from what the vast majority of the public think. They don’t want any possibility of the most horrible of criminals walking the streets again, and this plan could be a way to make sure that doesn’t happen.’last_img read more

Dubai Metro extension financial close

first_imgUAE: Financial close for Phase 2 of the Route 2020 project to extend the Dubai Metro’s Red Line by 15 km from Nakheel Harbour & Tower to the Expo 2020 site was achieved on March 20.Banco Santander, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC Bank Middle East, Intesa Sanpaolo and Standard Chartered Bank acted as mandated lead arrangers and facility providers.The Phase 1 conventional financing of US$1·1bn was completed in September 2017, comprising a 10-year facility of 4bn dirham amortising over six years from 2022.Phase 2 of the financing comprises a 17-year 5·2bn dirham loan supported by guarantees from French export credit agency Bpifrance Assurance Export and Spanish export credit agency CESCE, amortising over 14 years from 2020.Squire Patton Boggs acted on behalf of the government of Dubai in closing the ‘complex’, transaction, which it said was one of the largest infrastructure financing deals in the Middle East. Director General of Dubai’s Department of Finance, Abdulrahman Saleh Al Saleh, said the ‘encouraging response’ to the financing illustrated ‘the strong confidence of international banks in Dubai’s economy’. He said the government ‘continues to examine ways to optimise its funding strategy’, and export credit agency financing had helped to ‘achieve long-term financing at competitive rates while at the same time allowing us to manage our budget proactively and in a fiscally responsible manner’.The metro extension is being built by the Expolink consortium of Alstom and civil works contractors Acciona of Spain and Gülermak of Turkey under a design and build contract awarded by Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority in 2016. Thales is providing signalling systems. Construction got underway at the end of 2016, and services are scheduled to start on May 20 2020, five months before the opening of the Dubai Expo.last_img read more

Nigerian Referees Left Out of FIFA Women’s World Cup

first_imgThe FIFA Referees Committee has selected 27 referees and 48 assistant referees representing 42 different countries to officiate at the next year FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 with no Nigerian match official making the list.However, seven match officials from Africa will officiate in the tournament, according to a statement on FIFA’s official website.Ethiopia’s Lidya Tafesse Abebe, Zambia’s Gladys Lengwe and Rwandan Mukansanga Salima are the selected referees from Africa, while Bernadettar Kwimbira (Malawi), Mary Njoroge (Kenya), Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (Madagascar) and Victoire Queency are the shortlisted assistant referees.The journey to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 began for an initial group of female referees and assistant referees from all over the world in September 2015, when FIFA officially started its Road to France 2019 women’s refereeing project.Nigeria, who are the African champions, South Africa and Cameroon are the three African nations that qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019.FIFA had earlier omitted Nigerian referees and assistant referees from the selected 36 referees and 63 assistant referees that officiated at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, so also the 15 referees and 30 assistant referees that handled FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup recently held in France.As part of this project, preparatory seminars have taken place over the last three years for referees and assistant referees, focusing on protecting players and the image of the game, as well as on consistency in interpreting the Laws of the Game. Technical expertise, football understanding, fitness and the ability to read the game and teams’ tactical approaches to each match have been the main topics covered at these seminars.The referees selected for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup, the most important competition in women’s sport, have demonstrated their skills at previous tournaments, including the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 and Uruguay 2018, as well as the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea in 2016 and this summer in Brittany, France.Preparation will continue for the selected match officials between now and the start of France 2019. There will be a number of further preparatory seminars, while the FIFA referee instructors will carry out observation work and provide ongoing support and guidance. Every effort is being made to ensure that the officials will be 100 per cent ready for the big occasion.The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will be played from June 7 to July 7 in Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes, with the final scheduled to take place in Lyon on Sunday, 7 July 2019.Relatedlast_img read more