Based on traffic from the Halloween costume animal safari post we ran Monday, we have scientifically determined that readers like pictures of kids in Halloween.And we are nothing if not responsive to our readers’ every whim. Which is to say: HERE ARE MORE HALLOWEEN PICTURES, VILLAGERS. (We shot these at the Village Shops just before dusk).A couple of Things.This young man has a lot of Lancer spirit, if not a lot of fashion sense.Windy was quick to bolster the front lines with reinforcements at Village Barber Shop.There is something kind of terrifying about the idea of KU football…
The Atlantic:A recent study from Northwestern University corroborates Agostini’s experience, suggesting that the stress of racial discrimination may partly explain the persistent gaps in academic performance between some nonwhite students, mainly black and Latino youth, and their white counterparts. The team of researchers found that the physiological response to race-based stressors—be it perceived racial prejudice, or the drive to outperform negative stereotypes—leads the body to pump out more stress hormones in adolescents from traditionally marginalized groups. This biological reaction to race-based stress is compounded by the psychological response to discrimination or the coping mechanisms youngsters develop to lessen the distress. What emerges is a picture of black and Latino students whose concentration, motivation, and, ultimately, learning is impaired by unintended and overt racism.Emma Adam, a professor of human development and social policy at Northwestern and the study’s senior author, said prior research had established racial differences in levels of cortisol—a hormone that increases when the body is stressed—between black and white youth, and linked this to the impact of discrimination. In the current research review, she and her co-authors set out to connect the dots. “We had observed these [dissimilarities] and knew that sleep and stress hormones have strong implications for cognition … we also knew that there was a strong racial gap in academic attainment.”Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >
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Genghis Khan, the Gobi Desert and yaks are all most of us know about Mongolia. But an intrepid lawyer from Kent and Sussex firm ASB Law, legal executive Laura Over, will soon be an expert on the place. Over and her friend Paul Evans are driving the 10,000 miles from England to Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. They are taking part in the Mongol Rally charity race and, to make it that bit more gruelling, the rules state that the vehicle’s engine must be 1200cc or smaller. Over says: ‘We’re aiming to average nine or 10 hours’ driving a day, so the race should take us four to five weeks.’ Money raised will go to three charities: the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, Cancer Research and the Neurofibromatosis Association. But there’s just one tiny hitch: they haven’t actually tracked down a car yet. If anyone out there would like to donate a vehicle, which will be auctioned for charity when they reach their destination (though it may have a few more miles on the clock by then), visit www.thetwomongoleers.co.uk.
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The skidded distance for the cranes ranged from 90m to 185m. The cranes have a track gauge of 30.4m and a distance between axles of 17.1m. In order to skid the cranes, the SS300 skidding system was used with four horizontal cylinders of 42.2 tonnes.
A mailbox set up to inform police of protection orders made against forced marriage and female genital mutilation was abandoned after a year due to a lack of resources, the Gazette has learned.The central facility was introduced in 2018 to notify the police as early as possible when the courts made such orders. However, according to the latest published minutes of the Family Procedure Rule Committee, the mailbox is ‘now not functioning because of police resources’. Protection orders were introduced in 2008 for forced marriage and in 2015 for female genital mutilation (FGM). As at June 2019, 2,149 forced marriage and 418 FGM protection orders have been made.A spokesperson for the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) told the Gazette that the central mailbox received all FGM and forced marriage protection orders from every family court in England and Wales. The mailbox was run by two officers from Norfolk Constabulary, who collated a register and logged every order before sending it to the relevant force. The Gazette was told that Norfolk’s chief constable Simon Bailey, the NPCC lead for the violence and public protection portfolio, allowed staff from his Vulnerability Coordination Centre to operate the mailbox. However, the job was ‘resource intensive’ and borne by Norfolk Constabulary’s own budget.The committee minutes state that the Ministry of Justice is working on plans to notify the police as early as possible when forced marriage and FGM protection orders are made. Relevant groups are being surveyed for views on service of orders by the police. For the time being, the mailbox sends an automatic out-of-office message informing users on what to do next. Applicants for protection orders can provide information to their local police force and regional representatives. The NPCC spokesperson said: ‘The Ministry of Justice has the responsibility for HM Courts & Tribunals Service and protection orders, and so police are working closely with them to agree new arrangements that will see a return to a staffed mailbox type function. We are pressing this issue on a regular basis with the MoJ as a quick resolution is vital.’
Each eight-car set is 187 m long, with 3 m wide bodies giving a capacity of 2 096 passengers, or up to 2 958 with crush loading. The trains are fitted with air pressure adjustment and airtight doors for comfort when running at speed.Line 18 will serve the new Chengdu Tianfu International hub airport, due to open later this year. From a station serving Terminal 1 & 2 the line heads northwest to Expo City where there is interchange with lines 1 and 6. It then parallels Line 1 north to Chengdu South for interchange with metro lines 1 and 7.The line is electrified at 25 kV 50 Hz and designed for 140 km/h running. An express service with four intermediate stops will provide a 35 min end-to-end journey time, while a local service calling at all 12 stations will take 50 min. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# CHINA: CRRC Sifang has completed a fleet of 26 trains for Chengdu’s 66·2 km metro Line 18, with commissioning and trial running underway ahead of the planned start of services this summer.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
Adventure travel in Jamaica goes far beyond zip lining through the rainforest. From biking through the misty Blue Mountain tops, to farm-to-table culinary experiences and historical walking tours, Jamaica offers a plethora of activities for any traveler to find their own type of adventure.Check out these 6 exciting attractions below, with choice attractions for both the adrenaline junkie and the less hyper-intensive inclined.The Close Encounter:Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour is a remarkable way to see the lush, tropical countryside and the world-famous Blue Mountains, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site. On this downhill bike tour, riders can take in the glorious views of over 500 species of flowering plants, cascading waterfalls and coffee plantations.The Food Find:Jamaican Jerk Outback Adventure is a hands-on cooking experience offered at the historical Great House at Prospect Plantation in Ocho Rios. Guests will tantalize their senses with a variety of herbs and spices, as Chef Irie guides them in the preparation of a traditional Jamaican dish. The cooking class takes place on a verandah with a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea.The Culture ShockJamnesia Surf Club in Bull Bay is a true cultural experience established by the Wilmots, Jamaica’s first surfing family. Jamnesia not only provides surf lessons but budget-friendly accommodations, but also exposure to live music sessions and local vegetarian meals.The Slow Beat:Martha Brae Bamboo River Rafting is an iconic Jamaican experience accessible to all adventurers. Originally used as a means of transporting banana crops from the local plantations to the bustling harbor, these rafts are guided by experienced guides, imparting their knowledge about the river and its ecosystem on this serene ride.The Wild Trek:Nestled in the hills of Jamaica’s Cockpit Country, the River Bumpkin Farm takes you off-the-beaten-path to a 59-acre plantation marked with rivers, forests waterfalls, limestone caves, tropical foliage and birdlife. The plantation offers exciting eco-excursions ranging from river tubing, kayaking, historic biking, walking tours, and more.The Glam Camp:Stush in the Bush is a local culinary experience located on the 15-acre organic Zionites farm in Ocho Rios where guests can embark on an organic farm tour and farm-to-table lunch or dinner in the Rastafarian (Ital) diet of fresh fruits, vegetables and spices. It’s a great way to learn about the flora of the island, and have a home cooked meal while taking in the beauty of Jamaica’s lush landscape.