Staff shortage increases overtime at Minnesota prisons

The Minnesota Department of Corrections almost doubled the overtime it paid prison staff in the past year because of a chronic staff shortage and concern for employee safety. The state’s DOC data shows it paid $12.3 million for more than 262,000 hours of overtime during fiscal year 2019. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that’s up from the year before when the DOC paid $6.9 million of overtime for 150,000 hours. State Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell said the agency increased its overtime use after two officers died last year. Corrections officer Joseph Gomm was allegedly bludgeoned to death by an inmate in Stillwater prison in July 2018. Officer Joe Parise died during a medical emergency two months later while responding to an attack on a colleague at Oak Park Heights. “We incurred a significant amount of overtime as a result of that,” Schnell said. “Everything that happens (in prison) requires security personnel, and that has been the place where we’ve had the biggest challenges.” The DOC had 113 officer vacancies as of Sept. 17. A total of 240 corrections officers left during fiscal year 2019, making for a turnover rate of 12.4%...

In the shadow of his famous father, Jerry Jones’ son guides the Dallas Cowboys and other

In the shadow of his famous father, Jerry Jones’ son guides the Dallas Cowboys and other businesses in the family’s multibillion-dollar enterprise. There was never any doubt that Jerry Jones and his oldest son Stephen would become business partners someday. When Stephen was a student and football player at the University of Arkansas, Jerry would visit and they’d map out business dreams so late into the night that Jerry would sometimes sleep on the dorm room floor or in a roommate’s bunk. Although Stephen had other scholarship offers—including one to Princeton where he and Coach Jason Garrett would likely have been teammates—he was dying to be a Razorback like his father, and grew up hearing stories about his dad and his teammates winning national championships. Stephen would go on to letter all four years. Along the way, he also earned a degree in chemical engineering. The plan was that he would eventually assume leadership in his father’s oil business and would learn everything there was to know about the industry. “I believe in blurred lines,” Jerry says. “I like for the key people to be able to cross over lines. I like for them to be involved in several disciplines. You say,...

Global A36 Steel Angles Market Insights, Forecast to 2025

In this report, the Global A36 Steel Angles market is valued at USD XX million in 2017 and is expected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of XX% between 2017 and 2025. Global A36 Steel Angles market has been broken down by major regions, with complete market estimates on the basis of products/applications on a regional basis. Browse full research report at https://www.crystalmarketreport.com/global-a36-steel-angles-market-insights-forecast-to-2025 Global A36 Steel Angles market size will increase to xx Million US$ by 2025, from xx Million US$ in 2017, at a CAGR of xx% during the forecast period. In this study, 2017 has been considered as the base year and 2018 to 2025 as the forecast period to estimate the market size for A36 Steel Angles. This report researches the worldwide A36 Steel Angles market size (value, capacity, production and consumption) in key regions like United States, Europe, Asia Pacific (China, Japan) and other regions. This study categorizes the global A36 Steel Angles breakdown data by manufacturers, region, type and application, also analyzes the market status, market share, growth rate, future trends, market drivers, opportunitie...

Here’s our latest list of the biggest parts suppliers AN-LOGO-BLUE AN-LOGO-BLUE

The supplier world is rushing into new technologies to deliver the grand vision of the auto industry – widespread electrified powertrains and advanced safety and convenience technologies that will allow vehicles to steer, accelerate and brake themselves. But that transformation isn’t having any noticeable effect on the global pecking order of the industry’s biggest parts companies. To be considered for Automotive News’ 2020 top suppliers list, submit the following information by Dec. 31 to [email protected]. The annual Automotive News ranking of the top global suppliers reveals that as the industry’s main players build revenue, transform and change direction, they remain in much the same order of size as they were a year ago. Bosch, Denso, Magna, Continental and ZF Friedrichshafen remain the world’s five biggest suppliers, in the same order on the Automotive News list as a year ago. Only two of the top 10 – Valeo and Faurecia – changed rankings last year. They swapped positions on the list, with Faurecia No. 9 and Valeo No. 10. The main reason suppliers, for the most part, are keeping their spots as the biggest of the big? Wealth. The co...

Mum, 33, jokes she ‘went from Daisy the cow to Pamela Anderson in minutes’ thanks to ‘boob lifting stickers’

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. A MUM-OF-THREE has joked that thanks to some “invisible breast lifting stickers”, she went from “Daisy the cow to Pamela Anderson” in minutes. Laura Mazza, 33, from Melbourne, has done a hilarious review of the bunny-shaped product which aims to give boobs a lift – and said while they worked at first, the night ended in disaster. She explained on Facebook: “I felt convinced that t*t rabbits would lift my three children breastfeeding boobs that now resemble tennis balls in old socks, so I purchased. “I got the delivery and peeled off the protective layer and lift up my meatless lost dreams of hope (my boobs) and apply the t*t bunnies to both. They seemed to work.” However, Laura found herself in a tricky situation when one bunny sticker fell off during the night leaving her with uneven boobs. She said: “[But] an hour into my outing, at a very busy venue, wearing a very low cut top sporting two pushed up cat flaps… I began to feel loose. “Looking like I had a stroke, with one perfect looking shoulder boulder and the other looking like a bacon hanger, I ...

Woven wire is widely used in industrial spaces for sifting and screening, and in architecture for function

Woven wire is widely used in industrial spaces for sifting and screening, and in architecture for function and appearance in both interior and exterior environments. Common applications include building facades, balustrades and guardrails, feature walls and room dividers. Woven Wire Mesh is manufactured by weaving longitudinal and transverse wires together and ranges in size from very fine meshes through to coarse meshes. Arrow Metal’s in-stock range of woven wire mesh is available in brass and 304 and 316 stainless steel, and is ready to ship throughout Australia. Arrow Metal woven wire mesh products are a trusted choice for architects, designers, engineers and artists. Woven wire is widely used in industrial spaces for sifting and screening, and in architecture for function and appearance in both interior and exterior environments. Common applications include building facades, balustrades and guardrails, feature walls and room dividers. Woven Wire Mesh is manufactured by weaving longitudinal and transverse wires together and ranges in size from very fine meshes through to coarse meshes. Arrow Metal’s in-stock range of woven wire mesh is available in brass and 304 ...

A roundup of recent products in the GNSS and inertial positioning industry from the September 2019

A roundup of recent products in the GNSS and inertial positioning industry from the September 2019 issue of GPS World magazine. Arvento’s imt.x1 has a six-axis gyro sensor that can sense three-dimensional movement caused by emergency acceleration, panic braking and directional yaw and drift. With connectivity options including dual CANBus and Bluetooth, the system is eCall compatible and captures and provides data for accident analysis and other vehicle tracking functions. The system also uses the next-generation powerful Arm-based microcontroller. The system’s high position sensitivity and accuracy are based on integration of u-blox’s 2G, 4G and 5G-ready cellular modules as well as GNSS modules. The compact LC79D module features concurrent multi-constellation GNSS receivers on dual GNSS bands. It uses L1 and L5 for GPS, Galileo and QZSS, L1 band for GLONASS and BeiDou, and L5 band for IRNSS. It can generally increase the number of visible satellites, significantly improve positioning drifting when driving in urban canyons and enhance positioning accuracy. Embedded with a low-noise amplifier (LNA) and multi-tone active interference, the module provides high sensitivity and relia...

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We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. For more details including how to change your cookie settings, please read our Cookie Policy. Interest in products like smart speakers, lights and security systems is going high thanks to voice commands. Interest in products like smart speakers, lights and security systems is going high thanks to voice commands. One of the unexpected success stories in connected devices over the last two years has been voice-activated speakers. Though Amazon’s first Alexa-enabled device, the Fire Phone, was a flop, the Echo speaker launched a few months later became Amazon’s most innovative product since the Kindle e-reader. This spawned several copycats, including models from competitors Google and Apple that now appear to be having a big impact on smart home adoption. A paper from eMarketer shows more consumers are now aware of smart home devices. About 12 percent of consumers said in a survey that they are already using smart home products and 33 percent are very likely to use them in the future. The biggest incentive for adopting smart home technology right now is convenience and security. Products like ther...

‘Computer, print me a bridge’: Concrete 3D printing factory looks to scale new heights

Having produced the world’s first 3D-printed bridge in the Netherlands two years ago, a team including Saint-Gobain, Bam and the University of Eindhoven have set their sights even further. Binyamin Ali took a visit to a 3D-printing facility in the Netherlands to find out more. “We believe in it,” says Jan Blaakmeer, manager of research and development at Dutch materials supplier Saint-Gobain Weber Beamix. “That’s why we call it the first industrial commercial facility – it’s not about trying it out anymore. It’s a production location.” We’re stood in an unassuming unit in an industrial part of town in Eindhoven, Netherlands, about 5 km west of the city centre. Billed as the first 3D concrete printing factory in Europe, the unit-come-printing facility opened for business on 15 January 2019. Inside the grey interior unit sit various bits of furniture and odd objects (a chair, a picnic table and a tall cylindrical structure to name a few) all made of concrete, and of course, the 3D concrete printer. Two months into the life of the facility, one thing everyone at the site is keen to reiterate to Construction News is that they’re still very much at the learning and experimenting stag...

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Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. I’m getting an expert foot massage as I write this — not by a person, but by a machine that looks like a tiny spaceship. This is Belmint’s Shiatsu Foot Massager, and it has become an integral part of my daily routine. While training to run a half marathon over the past few months, my feet took regular beatings. The soreness only increased when I had to switch from my running sneakers back to shoes appropriate for office work. I needed a remedy, and daily visits with a masseuse proved financially prohibitive. So I did the next best thing. I tested a bunch of at-home foot massagers. Every foot massager I tried had something slightly different to offer, and I learned more than I ever imagined I would about the ins and outs of getting a massage from an inanimate object. Kneading is better than prodding, slight smelliness can be difficult to avoid, simple squeezing can be surprisingly effective, and mobility and p...

How to Build Your Own Raised Beds and Garden Boxes – Organic Gardening

Raised beds are garden boxes that are all the rage in the gardening world. No matter where you live, they offer a long list of benefits to combat many challenges that may get in the way of growing your own plants at home. Learn how your garden can benefit from raised beds, and what type of plants grow perfectly in them. We’ll tell you how to get started building your own stunning raised beds and garden boxes today. This is your ultimate guide, complete with everything you need to consider before you start. A raised garden box or raised bed is typically a large planting box that works well in a variety of different settings, for various types of plants. There are tons of benefits to having them, particularly because they help solve the following top three main gardening issues: drainage, pests and accessibility Garden boxes are especially handy if you live in an area that doesn’t have ideal planting conditions. They’re great for apartments with no yard space, or land that has sandy or clay-like, hard-packed soil. With raised beds, you can create the perfect conditions for whatever you choose to grow at home. Is there a problem with the soil near you? Not an issu...