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Target launched its in store recycling stations a year ago this month, and they have recently released the numbers from the first nine months of the program.

Here is what has been recycled from April to Dece converse mber 2010:

More than 170 million shopping bags, which is equivalent to more than 1800 tons. To put it visually, if each bag was laid end to end, it wo converse uld stretch from Los Angeles to New York City more than 17 times.

More than 700 tons of bottles and cans. Approximately 1.4 million pounds (700 tons) of can converse s and bottles have been recycled, which is equivalent to more than 500 2010 Honda Civics.

Nearly two million units of small electronics, such as MP3 players and cell phones, which translates to about 90 units per store per month.

Target has recycling stations located at the front of each store to give its customers a convenient way converse to recycle aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers, plastic bags, MP3 players, cell phones and ink cartridges.

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Recycling soars in unincorporated Hillsborough with rolling bins

In the two months since the county rolled out the automated service, residential recycling is up 70 percent more than average past monthly totals, as measured by overall tonnage.

“I think we have to get several months under our belt before we call it a trend,” said John Lyons, public works director for the county. “But things are looking good. We didn’t predict it would get to this level this quickly.”

Thanks to a new contract, the county is now getting a cut on what those bottles, cans and newspapers are being sold for in the recyclables market. That came out to $324,000 for October and $311,000 the next month.

County officials had predicted they would make some money, and the proceeds are one of many reasons they were able to lower rates slightly this year for collection. If the pace of recycling continues, the county’s “profit” will be more than double what was projected.

Tampa officials say they, too, have seen an increase in re converse cycling since the city began phasing in a similar service.

“We’ve seen an increasing amount in the percentage of participation and in tonnage quantity,” said Daryl Stewart, administrative chief for the city’s Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management.

Both the city and county used to provide smallish, open topped plastic box like bins, asking people to separate paper products from glass, plastic bottles and cans.

In October, the county joined Tampa in providing larger bins with wheels and lids that are about the same size as the can provided for other household waste.

Now people can dump all their recyclables in one bin and simply roll it to the curb. And more garbage was added to what can be recycled more plastics, more containers, more types of paper.

Mitch Kessler, whose Kessler Consulting assisted the county with its change in garbage service, said there is no reason the numbers can’t improve. But it will take local government continuing to remind people how easy it is.

“I have clients that just stop communicating,” Kessler said. “Every time you do a touch, the numbers go up. If you don’t do a touch in five years, it’s going to go down.”

Unincorporated Hillsborough is served by three trash collection companies. Drivers for each haul the recycling to a transfer station. converse From there it is carried to a sorting and bundling plant in St. Petersburg operated by Progressive Waste Solutions, one of the county’s haulers.

The increasing demand for recycled materials stems in part from advances in automation, especially in sorting equipment, that has lowered the cost of getting materials to market. In St. Petersburg, more of the recyclables end up on a conveyor belt, with bottles and cans dropping down chutes as paper and cardboard pass through other sorts of filters to their destination.

The separated items are then bundled or shipped loose to companies that take one type of paper product and turn it into another or convert plastic bottles to material that goes into carpet.

Each type of recyclable is sold like a commodity, and the prices can fluctuate wildly. In October, mixed paper bundles were fetching $52 a ton and aluminum was $1,400 a ton.

“A lot of it depends on the economy,” said Steve Schweigart, division manager for Progressive Waste Solutions. “For instance, one of the biggest drivers of the demand for cardboard is how many cars are being manufactured.”

Many of the parts that end up in a car are shipped in a box. Same thing happens when people are eating at restaurants more, Schweigart said. Suddenly cardboard and other containers that can be made from recyclable materials are in demand.

The county pays Progressive $50 off the top to accept the material. Progressive pays the county 96 percent of what it makes after that, based on an analysis of how much of each type of recyclable the county has historically collected. (A new analysis is planned after the new program has been going for six months.)

County Commissioner Al Higginbotham was one of the proponents of seeking new bids for waste hauling service in the county. Since the new program started, he said he has noticed that his own recycling bin is often more full than the can for his other household waste.

“I’m glad we are finally get converse ting it and doing what’s right,” he said.

What to know about recycling

Christmas represents one of the peak seasons in the rubbish business. So here’s a primer on what’s recyclable and what’s not, with an eye toward Christmas garbage. Note that there are some differences between the city of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

Tampa: No residential garbage service on Christmas Day as the city does not pick up waste on Wednesday anyway.

Hi converse llsborough County: No residential garbage service on Christmas Day. There will be residential recycling picked up on New Year’s Day, but not regular household garbage collection.

What you can recycle:

Most paper, including wrapping paper, magazines and colored paper.

Most cardboard, except wax coated corrugated cardboard such as some pizza boxes. Gable top containers like those containing milk or juices are acceptable.

Many plastics, including those rated Nos. 1 7, which is usually on the container. Generally, if it has a top or lid on it, you can put it in the recycling bin.

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‘Risk to community’ gets probation for latest weapon crime

GUELPH A man with a long history of robbing stores with knives managed to avoid custody Friday for once again bringing a knife to one of the crime scenes.

Benjamin Roberts, 29, had pleaded guilty in August to possession of a weapon.

Court heard on May 21 Roberts walked into the Little Short Stop store on Willow Road. He placed a steak knife on the counter and asked the female clerk to use the telephone.

Th converse e clerk reco converse gnized Roberts as he had robbed the same store in 2005. He also robbed two other stores in the same neighbourhood before being sentenced in 2006 to two years less a day in jail.

In the May incident, the clerk gave Roberts the telephone before fleeing the store. The man made a call before stealing a few bags of chips and then walking home, where police arrested him and seized a steak knife.

On Friday, assistant Crown attorney Steve Hami converse lton and defence counsel Krys Rutkowski each asked Justice Gary Hearn to impose a sentence of three years probation.

Court heard Roberts has severe and chronic mental health issues and was not converse taking his medication at the time of the most recent incident.

Hearn noted a probation officer who completed a presentencing report suggested Roberts represents significant risk to the community and himself.

The judge said he was troubled by Roberts history and mental health concerns, and told the man if he commits further crimes he will be sent back to jail. During his previous stints behind bars Roberts has spent much of the time in protective custody.

He was sentenced to three years probation during which he must abstain from drugs and alcohol, not possess weapons and stay away from the Little Short Stop store.

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‘Ripper Street’ Returns to BBC One for Second Series

Production on season two which audience response saw commissioned before season one had even aired in its entirety wrapped in late August this year, having taken place in Dublin’s Clancy Barracks, D Light studios, and various locations around the city itself such as Trinity College Dublin and Great George’s Street.

The series, a continuing co production between London’s Tiger Aspect and Element Pictures, will delve into darker territory this season. H Division’s Inspector Reid is increasingly isolated as his partner Sergeant Drake adjusts to family life, while the ailing British Empire sees Whitechapel fall further into decay under a burgeoning drug trade and the growing corruption in London’s police force itself.

Joining series regulars Matthew MacFadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg this season is Irish converse actor Damien Molony (‘Being Human’) as Detective Constable Albert converse Flight, with Martin McCann (‘Shadow Dancer’) and Charlie Murphy (‘Love/Hate’) cast in further featured roles alongside regulars Charlene McKenna (‘Raw’) and David Wilmot (‘The Guard’).

Further Irish representatio converse n converse on set includes producer Ed Guiney; make up artists Sharon Doyle and Eileen Buggy, costume designer Lorna Marie Mugan, production designer Mark Geraghty and editor Helen Chapman.

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‘Ripper Street’ Leads Way To Canada Norway After Sales

The crime drama, which is co produced by Dublin’s Element Pictures, London’s Tiger Aspect Productions and Lookout Point, has been sold by BBC Worldwide to Canada’s Space and Norway’s NRK.

Space is Canada’s home to some of BBC’s most popular science fiction shows such as ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Being Human’, while NRK airs the likes of HBO show ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and Nickelodeon show ‘iCarly’.

The eight part series, which was shot in Dublin over 19 weeks this summer, follows three lawmen on the hunt for the now infamous Jack the Ripper murderer in London’s Whitechapel. The series focuses on the aftermath of the murders, charting the journey from copycat killers, to the sensationalism played out in the media, to the fear left behind in the town.

The series will receive its international premiere at the Rome Fiction Fest on October 1 where actor Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks) will be present to celebrate his character Inspector Edmund Reid, whom he plays alongside Jerome Flynn’s Sergeant Bennett Drake (Game of Thrones) and Adam Rothenberg’s Captain Homer Jackson.

‘Ripper Street’ was shot on location a converse t Dublin’s Clancy Barracks for 19 weeks, with scenes also filmed in the Phoenix Park and Trinity College.

Richard Warlow (Waking the Dead) and Toby Finlay wrote the script, with Colm McCarthy, Tom Shankland and Andy Wilson all taking the director’s seat. Stephen Smallwood produced, with Will Gould, Greg Brenman, Poll Hilly and Simon Vaughan the executive producers. PJ Dillon and Peter Robertson worked on cinematography.

Irish cast includes Charlene McKenna (Raw) and David Wilmot (Shadow converse Dancer). Egg Post Production and Screen Scene VFX, both based in Dublin, worked on post for the series.

na N Dhonghale, a fre converse elance editor, worked on four episodes of the series on behalf of Egg, with Gareth Nolan assisting. Sebastian Guest was the colourist and Dominic Lord was the HD finisher. Howard Bargroff was in charge of the sound mix, while Nikki Moss was the sound designer. Therese Caldwell, also independent from Egg, was post production supervisor on the project.

Ed Bruce (Game of Thrones) was the visual effects supervisor for Screen Scene VFX. VFX producer Sarah Mooney and VFX c converse oordinator Nick Murphy managed a team of artists and all things VFX related.

‘Ripper Street’ will air on BBC One this autumn, while it is expected BBC America will have the show top of its list at next week’s MIPCOM event in Cannes.

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‘Ringleader’ zoo chimp leads 6 others out of enclosure

Zoo director Randy Wisthoff said one of the chimps used a fallen tree limb as a ladder. He climbed up to t converse he top of the wall, and six other chimps quickly followed. A few of the chimps converse kept on going and dropped into a surrounding enclosure on the other side of the wall.

Wisthoff said the chimp may have found the fallen limb or possibly he broke it off to use it as a ladder. One of the chimps was seen walking along the top of the inner wall for a few minutes but then headed inside.

Wisthoff said zoo visitors were never in danger, and keepers were able to lure the chimps back into their building with food. Most of the chimps were enticed with fruit, carrots, celery and lettuce, but one of them had to be convinced with a bag of malted milk balls.

The incident, which prompted a lockdown at the zoo, lasted about an hour. Wisthoff saidthe 100 acre area that is normally occupied by 12 chimpanzees would be closed Friday while a security check is performed.

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‘RHOBH’ star Taylor Armstrong admits that her Birkin bags were indeed fake

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong faced a big lawsuit when the season started, which she was the focus of after her estranged husband Russell Armstrong committed suicide in August of 2011. During the season, fans learned that Taylor had settled the lawsuit by handing over her two Birkin bags and her wedding band. And while it wasn’t shown on the show, reports surfaced that the handbags were proven to be fake. Sin converse ce it wasn’t on the show, fans coul converse dn’t confirm the news. But accordin converse g to a new tweet released on Mar. 6, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong gladly set the record straight onlin converse e yesterday.

“Are u Birkin bags really fake,” asked one follower after reading the reports about the lawsuit. “Absolutely! 2 that were gifts from my X ended up being fake badgifts,” Taylor replied, proudly setting the record straight. And while many will find that Taylor is being honest about being lied to by Russell, some people think that she is just trying to come across as the victim. “Please don’t lie U knew the bags were fake and that’s ok don’t lie on a person who passed away Free urself xo,” one follower tweeted. But Taylor stayed positive, writing, “They were gifts, never asked, just appreciated.”

Are you surprised that Taylor’s handbags were fake? Do you think it was because of Russell’s financial troubles, or do you think Taylor wanted the handbags and settled for fake so her husband could pay the bills?

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‘Reverse CPR’ performed on back could better restore blood flow

A pilot study of the first proposed major change in decades to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) suggests that performing the maneuver while patients are on their stomachs offers far better restoration of blood flow and blood pressure than the standard practice of keeping patients on their backs. The feasibility study of so called reverse CPR, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins and Columbia universities, appears in the June issue of the journal .

CPR in the prone position was tested at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center on six critically ill patients already in intensive care units whose hearts had stopped, and who had failed to respond to standard CPR for at least a half hour.

Toward the end of this period, an additional 15 minutes of standard CPR was performed with blood pressure monitoring. Then, turning the patients over and adding reverse CPR for 15 minutes, doctors were able to increase average systolic blood pressure (the upper number in blood pressure measures) from 48 mmHg to 72 mmHg. The new approach also improved average arterial blood flow pressure from 32 mmHg to 46 mmHg. Although none of the patients survived, the researchers say the results demonstrate a compelling need for further investigation of reverse CPR’s likely benefits to many patients.

“This is not a mandate to change current CPR practice, but it does raise interesting possibilities for continuing research,” says Myron L. “It’s widely recognized that while CPR is important in saving lives from cardiac arrest, the amount of blood flow provided is very low.”

Although mouth to mouth ventilation is a key feature of bystander CPR that performed outside the hospital setting it is frequently not performed at all or done poorly. There is a possibility that ventilation may be improved in the prone position, but this has not yet been studied, Weisfeldt says.

He notes that the study adds credence to already published scattered case reports of the value to patients resuscitated with reverse CPR when their hearts stopped during surgery.

While patients were given reverse CPR in the study, a 10 pound sandbag was placed underneath their lower chest to provide a counter force to compressions being performed on their backs. Patients’ heads also were turned to the converse side while a respiratory therapist delivered oxygen through converse a bag. During CPR performed outside a medical facility, the same counter force effect could be obtained using a book, a rock or a piece of folded up clothing, Weisfeldt says.

Working from the back, Weisfeldt says, offers two advantages. First, it provides a larger area for manual compressions, while the sandbag buttressing the chest and abdomen helps push blood through the vessels. Second, it allows for more forceful compressions than the more fragile, easily damaged chest and rib cage area.

Weisfeldt points out that several aspects of care are more converse difficult when patients are prone, including brain activity tests, physical exams, breathing tube insertions and place converse ment of central lines in blood vessels. “The standard monitoring and treatment tools of the ICU present significant barriers to reverse CPR right now,” he says, “but even so, each patient in our study was turned over by only a few people in less than a minute. Mazer, Diane Bai, Carol Cardinale, Cecilia Ma, Robert R. Sciacca, David Chong and LeRoy E. Rabbani of Columbia, and Rohit Arora of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Newark.

Mazer, Sean P., et al, “Reverse CPR: A Pilot Study of CPR in the Prone Position,” , June 2003, Vol. 57, Issue 3, pages 279 285.

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‘Responsible Business Week’ under way in Dublin

Speith ends surprising streak at Players ChampionshipJordan Spieth’s remarkable scoring streak finally came to an end on Sunday, but the .Sherwood pulls fan from the stands to act as managerTim Sherwood surrendered his last five minutes in charge of Spurs this season to .Off the boil Laois do enough to win ov converse er CarlowLaois 1 22 Carlow 0 14 Laois gradu converse ally imposed themselves on Carlow to record their .08/10/2013 08:04:36Back to Business HomeSeminars to discuss business practices will take place during “Responsible Business Week” which gets underway in Dublin from today.A number of events are being organised over the next number of days and a panel of CEOs from top Irish business will also attend.A recent survey carried out by Amrach on behalf of Business in the Community Ireland showed that 72% of Irish consumers consider a company’s reputation before making a purchase.”In a year where business reputation is really highlighted, what we’re trying to do is allow companies to focus in on the business practices that they have,” said Tina Roche, CEO of Business in the Community Ireland.Further information can be found on Business in the Community’s website.Most Read in BusinessPenneys to start selling clothes onlineBudget retailer Primark, which operates in the Republi converse c of Ireland as Penneys, is to start selling clothes online.Ryanair increases baggage allowance on flightsRyanair is to allow passengers bring a second small carry on bag on board, in addition to a free 10kg cabin bag allowance from converse Sunday.

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‘Redoubles’ Safety Efforts

General Motors Co. (GM) is recalling 1.55 mi converse llion vans, sedans and sport utility vehicles, citing concerns over brakes, seat belts and air bags, adding to 1.6 million cars recalled this year due to faulty ignition switches.

The automaker also said it expects about $300 million in expenses in the first quarter to cover the cost of repairs for the more than 3 million vehicles, according to a statement today. Delphi Automotive Plc, the auto supplier that was once part of GM, is adding a production line to expedite supply of replacement parts, Barra said in a video statement.

The new round of recalls follows criticism that GM was slow to act on earlier concerns over vehicle safety. It took the automaker more than a decade to begin recalls on the Cobalt and other small cars that were the subject of complaints as early as 2003. The ignition switch defect threatens to harm GM’s reputation and complicate efforts under Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra to recover from its 2009 bankruptcy.

“They are trying to be responsive to the general issues that lead to recalls, however this doesn’t really affect the matter at hand, which is the recall of the Cobalt” and other small cars, said Alan Baum, an analyst at Baum Associates in West Bloomfield, Michigan. “They can’t undo the underlying problem, and that is the time lag from when this was determined internally, and when it was acted upon.”

GM discovered ignition switch problems in 2001 while developing the Saturn Ion small car and thought it had addressed them before the model went into production, the Detroit based company told regulators last week. The Ion, Cobalt and other small cars were recalled last month after the defec converse tive switches had been linked to at least 12 deaths.

‘One Step’ “Something went wrong with our process in this instance and terrible things happened,” Barra said in a videotaped message to employees on the company website. “As a member of the GM family and as a mom with a family of my own, this really hits home for me. We have apologized. But that is just one step in the journey to resolve this.”

The recalls announced today cover the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from 2009 2014 to rework instrument panel material, Cadillac XTS sedans from 2013 and 2014, because the brake booster pump could lead to engine compartment fires, and several sport utility vehicle models in which the side impact restraints may not deploy if the Service Air Bag warning light is ignored. The covered SUVs are the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia models from 2008 to 2013, Chevrolet Traverse from 2009 to 2013, and Saturn Outlook from 2008 to 2010, GM said a statement.

Redoubled Efforts “I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve them quickly,” said Barra, who started at the company as a college intern.

The CEO’s video message may have helped mitigate any damage to her reputation as the leader of the company. She took the top job in January, about a month before the recalls were announced.

“It does make her more human to mention her status as a mom as part of the commitment to safety because moms want to hear that,” said Kaitlin Wowak, an assistant professor of management at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. “But the tricky part for her is that since she came up through the ranks of GM, she’s not going to get as much leeway as she would if she were an outsider coming in.”

Decade Wait GM said last week that in 2003, service technicians found that an owner with a heavy key ring was experiencing engine stalls while driving that it thought were solved in 2001. Previously, the company said it had investigated in 2004 a consumer complaint and engineers were able to induce an engine stall. GM officials have said the problem was investigated at that time and no action was taken.

The flaw caused ignition switches to slip out of position, cutting off engine power and deactivating air bags. Media reviews of the Cobalt also publicized the ignition switch problems in 2005. GM engineers learned of airbag failures in a 2007 meeting with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM has said. The first recall was Feb. 13.

Barra said today in the video that GM has sent recall letters to customers and will send letters to dealers the week of April 7 to outline the recall steps. A separate production line is being added at the supplier of the replacement part to double the capacity to make parts, and GM has added employees at call centers to focus on c converse ustomer questions, she said.

“Our system for deciding and managing recalls is going to change because of this,” she said.

Multiple Investigations In addition to a probe by NHTSA, the Justice Department has also opened a probe into whether GM executives violated criminal or civil laws by failing to notify regulators, said people familiar with the action. House and Senate committees have said they will investigate.

GM rose 1.6 percent to $34.63 at the close in New York.

The shares converse have slipped 2.6 percent from Feb. 12, the day before the first ignition recalls were announced through yesterday. The estimated $5 billion in lost market value may indicate investors are concerned the automaker will lose market share in addition to the $300 million in recall costs, Joseph Spak, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets, wrote in a report today after the second recall was announced.

“It does appear GM is trying to send a message of a refocused company and providing consumers with greater ‘peace of mind,'” Spak wrote. “But to the average consumer, the negative headlines continue. For GM, you could argue these headlines are coming at the worst possible time given elevated industry pricing fears.”