5 children of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos are ‘healthy and well,’ family says

first_imgNew Canaan Police Department(NEW CANAAN, Conn.) — The five children of missing Connecticut mom Jennifer Dulos are “healthy and well” in the wake of her disappearance six months ago, according to a family statement.Jennifer Dulos, 50, disappeared on May 24 and was last heard from while dropping her children off at school in New Canaan. Her black Chevrolet Suburban was located near Waveny Park in New Canaan later that day, according to police.However, the family is counting their blessings as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, “in spite of this tragedy,” family spokeswoman Carrie Luft said in a statement.“We give thanks that Jennifer’s children are healthy and well. We give thanks that they share their mother’s deep sense of empathy and curiosity about the world around them,” the statement read. “And, as ever, we are deeply thankful to the New Canaan and Connecticut State police for their ongoing efforts to solve this case and bring those responsible to justice.”The family is encouraging “acts of caring and generosity this holiday season” in Jennifer Dulos’ honor, including donating to a local food bank or shelter “or other gestures of compassion.”“Hug your loved ones close and extend a hand to a stranger,” the statement read.The body of Jennifer Dulos has not been found, despite investigators announcing that they believe she suffered a “serious physical assault” in the garage of her home, where bloodstains and blood spatter were found.Jennifer Dulos and her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, were in a custody battle and a contentious separation that began in 2017 when she vanished.Fotis Dulos and his then-girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were arrested in June and charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution after police accused them of driving to multiple locations to dump trash bags containing bloody clothes. They both pleaded not guilty to the charge.In September, Fotis Dulos and Troconis were slapped with a second charge of tampering with evidence in September, in which they pleaded not guilty again.In late October, the Hartford Courant reported that Troconis moved her belongings out of the home in Farmington, Connecticut, that she shared with Fotis Dulos.Jennifer Dulos’ mother, Gloria Farber, has custody of the Dulos’ five children.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Slovakia to convert coal plant to combined heat and power unit using natural gas

first_imgSlovakia to convert coal plant to combined heat and power unit using natural gas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power Engineering International:A coal-fired district heating plant in Slovakia is to be upgraded to a CHP facility running on gas engines.Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with EPC contractor TTS Martin to supply the engines to the plant, which is operated by state-owned utility Martinska teplarenska. The plant will be equipped with three Rolls-Royce Bergen natural gas engines and four hot water boilers, replacing the entire existing coal operation.As well as electricity, the engines and boilers will supply over 28 MW of heat to most of the 60,000 population of the cities of Martin and Vrutky.The upgrade of the district heating plant is part of Martinska teplarenska’s strategy towards sustainable power supplies instead of coal operations. The company made a strategic decision to replace its coal plants with gas-fueled reciprocating engines and gas boilers.The Martinska teplarenska plant is due to be operational in 2020 and will be Rolls-Royce’s second plant using B35:40 Bergen gas engines in Slovakia. The first – for district heating company Teplaren Kosice – will be commissioned later this month, generating a total of 37 MWe of heat and power.More: Slovakia coal plant refitted with gas engines for CHPlast_img read more

Baltics roundup: Latvia, Lithuania look to system reforms

first_imgIntroducing personal accounts for the first pillar, to pay out amounts relating to the individuals’ contributions over their lifetime, irrespective of years of service. Returns would be indexed in line with economic growth, but would also be adjusted in line with specific demographic parameters. A state reserve fund would also be set up.More retirement flexibility, including a partial pension for those still working, and incentives for older people to work longer.Mandatory ‘lifecycle’ investing pre-retirement. The BoL said 70% of second pillar participants assumed either too little or too much risk, leading to insufficient returns or loss of funds. Participants were also not inclined to adjust their fund to their risk profile. The BoL has already submitted draft legislation to the Ministry of Social Security and Labour.Encouraging individuals paying 2% contributions for additional pension either to save more or return to SoDra, the social insurance fund. Participants should also be supported in voluntarily increasing contributions.A state pension fund to pay benefits under the second pillar system, thus assuming annuity risk. The BoL said this would incur less risk than using private insurers which might be financially vulnerable, while having a positive effect on administration charges and competition. Participation should be voluntary.In addition, the BoL said it would evaluate whether tax relief on third pillar pension fund contributions succeeds in encouraging retirement saving.Vasiliauskas also called for a long-term political agreement on pension reform.“Short-term issues have been addressed at the system’s expense, and inconsistent proposals have distorted the fundamentals. It is time to put an end to that,” he said.Latvia seeks to boost first pillar savingsMeanwhile, the Latvian state audit office (SAO) has concluded that the decision to create the country’s three-pillar pension system over 20 years ago was correct.It said the system provides stability regardless of economic and demographic changes, while allowing the government to make unpopular decisions such as increasing the retirement age in order to ensure sustainability.However, the SAO’s report highlighted the system’s failure to achieve the first pillar goal of a minimum pension of 20% of the average gross wage.One reason for this is the large number of individuals paying low, or no, contributions, including employees of very small companies and the self-employed. The SAO is seeking ways to ensure that these individuals pay their legal contributions into the system.It also recommended a review of fund management fees for second pillar pension funds, observing that the current level of 1% of asset values means increased charges as funds grow, regardless of the actual cost of the service.The SAO suggested setting up a pension budget reserve to ensure payment of pensions when the ratio of pensioners to working people rises.But it also warned that there was little public trust in the ability of the system to pay individuals a pension dependent on the capital accrued during their working life, and that publicly available information on the pension system was inadequate.The Ministry of Welfare has committed to implementing a number of the SAO’s recommendations by end-2020. “Significant and immediate” reforms are needed to Lithuania’s pension system in order to halt a worsening of future pensioners’ interests, according to the Bank of Lithuania (BoL).The BoL, regulator of the country’s second and third pillar funds, reported in a study that the current pension system model was not viable enough.Vitas Vasiliauskas, chair of the BoL board, said: “The scale of emigration, low birth rate, [and] population ageing suggests that, without pushing through significant reforms in the near future, the state will fail to ensure sufficient income for residents without increasing state debt.”The BoL has accordingly proposed a package of measures to withstand these challenges, including:last_img read more

Deputies respond to five-year-old in family pool

first_imgColumbus, IN — On Saturday evening, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched in reference to a five-year-old juvenile found unresponsive in a swimming pool.Upon arrival at the scene, a deputy observed the juvenile’s father performing CPR and assisted with life-saving efforts until medics arrived. The juvenile was transported to Riley Children’s Hospital by Lifeline.In the initial investigation, it appears that the juvenile exited the residence unnoticed and was believed to be in the pool for approximately five minutes.The juvenile was in serious, but stable condition at the time of transport to Riley Children’s Hospital. Condition is unknown at the time.last_img read more