Dad of slain pregnant woman breaks down in Colorado court as murder charges read against son-in-law

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — Shanann Watts’ father was overcome with emotion in a Colorado courtroom Tuesday, crying with his head buried in his hands as murder charges were read against his son-in-law.Chris Watts is accused of killing his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, last week.He faces three murder charges; two counts of murdering a child under 12; three counts of unlawful tampering with a body; and one charge of unlawful termination of a pregnancy.He has not yet entered a plea.Wearing an orange jumpsuit with his feet chained, Watts, 33, repeatedly answered “yes, sir,” to the judge’s questions at his court appearance.The judge has denied bond.The case began Aug. 13 when Shanann Watts, Celeste and Bella were reported missing by a friend in their town of Frederick, Colorado.Chris Watts — who at first spoke to reporters, saying his wife disappeared without a trace — was arrested Wednesday.Shanann Watts’ body was found in a shallow grave near an oil tank, according to court documents filed in Weld County and obtained by ABC News. The property where she was found is where Chris Watts worked, according to ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV.The daughters’ bodies were found inside mostly full oil and gas tanks, according to a court document filed Thursday by Weld County prosecutors.Chris Watts stated that he told his wife he wanted a separation, then walked downstairs and then returned to his bedroom to speak with Shanann again, according to the affidavit. Chris Watts said he saw Bella sprawled out on her bed and Shanann “actively strangling” Celeste, according to the affidavit. Chris Watts said he went into a rage and strangled Shanann to death, according to the affidavit.Chris Watts claimed he loaded the bodies into his car, took them to an oil worksite and buried his wife near two oil tanks and dumped his daughters’ bodies in two oil tanks, according to the affidavit.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Five years after traumatic brain injury, Vermont’s Josh Speidel scores first college points

first_imgMarch 4, 2020 /Sports News – National Five years after traumatic brain injury, Vermont’s Josh Speidel scores first college points Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock(BURLINGTON, Vt.) — Five years after a car accident left University of Vermont basketball player Josh Speidel with a traumatic brain injury, the senior started his first Division I college basketball game.The Vermont Catamounts honored Speidel by including him in the team’s starting lineup on Senior Night against Albany. The former three-star recruit and prep-school standout opened the game by scoring on a layup — a prearranged moment that sparked a long ovation from the stands.Players from both teams hugged Speidel, who shared a moment with Albany coach Will Brown, before returning to the Vermont bench to hug each of his teammates and coaches. After the game, Speidel joked that he briefly thought about missing his first shot on purpose, “maybe to get an offensive rebound in there.”“But I figured I might as well go one-for-one and shoot 100% in my college career,” he told ESPN’s Michael Lehr.Josh was injured in a February 2015 crash, after which he spent five weeks in a coma. Doctors told his parents to prepare for the possibility that he would spend the rest of his life in a vegetative state, needing 24-hour care. They also warned that he’d never read about a fourth-grade level.This spring, Speidel will graduate from Vermont with a 3.4 GPA. Speidel was emotional after the game, telling Lehr that seeing his name in the box score was “a dream come true.”Head coach John Becker shared his own sentiments on ESPN’s SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, saying that he’d “been part of a lot of championship games here, and a lot of sellout crowds, but this thing…was bigger than all of those things.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Senior industry figure launches novel solution to the housing crisis

first_imgSenior industry figure Peter Savage who until last month was also ARLA Propertymark president has established a new company that is to provide modular homes to rent for the affordable homes sector.Savage has set up Solihull-based Speedihomes with Dutch businessman Gregory Jansen and the pair have partnered with an established modular construction company to build the homes, which can be constructed up to six units high.The modular system means homes can be constructed quickly and may face fewer planning restrictions because they are essentially temporary structures.“The plan is to offer the units initially to councils to rent out as affordable rental properties and for temporary accommodation and we are in the process of securing our first local authority clients,” says Savage.“Each development deal will be for ten years after which the units could either move on to another site and be offered to charities in the UK and beyond as a low-cost accommodation solution.”Housing solutionSavage says the idea is to offer local authorities an alternative temporary housing solution that’s better quality than the controversial Permitted Development-based office block conversions and hostels that many councils have been turning to in recent years.“As a former council-house raised lad with years of experience in the housing market, I wanted to bring something different to the table,” he says.Savage has twice been President of ARLA, is an Executive Director of Propertymark and also established a successful property development business in Spain as well as working for several years at a lettings company in the south of England.Gregory Jansen modular homes Peter Savage propertymark ARLA June 27, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Senior industry figure launches novel solution to the housing crisis previous nextHousing MarketSenior industry figure launches novel solution to the housing crisisPeter Savage is to use his experience in property development, lettings and modular homes to offer local authorities a new and more affordable temporary housing solution.Nigel Lewis27th June 201901,850 Viewslast_img read more

Spice rack: Nutmeg

first_imgThe nutmeg tree is native to the Moluccas (The Spice Islands), although it is now also grown widely in the West Indies. Nutmeg is not a nut and, as such, is not a danger to people with nut allergies although, rarely, some people can be allergic to it.Nutmegs are generally sold whole or ready-ground. One grated nutmeg measures approximately three teaspoons. The flavour of ground nutmeg deteriorates quite quickly, whereas whole nutmegs keep indefinitely and can be grated on a nutmeg grater when needed. It has a strong taste and too much can be harmful so a little goes a long way and less is used than other spices.In baking, nutmeg can be used in custard tarts, fruit cakes, spice cakes, honey cakes, cookies and biscuits. It will complement apples and a little, along with cinnamon, can lift an apple pie or crumble. It also goes well in savoury dishes and a touch, added to an aubergine or mushroom tart or a vegetable crumble, will give a savoury, spicy twist.Try making a wild mushroom tart and add a good pinch of nutmeg to the mushrooms, just as they are cooking in butter or oil, before adding to the rest of the filling.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the world-famous Leiths School of Food and Winelast_img read more

Irwins scoops contract with Asda

first_imgNorthern Ireland-based Irwins Bakery has won a £200,000 deal to supply 150 Asda stores in England. The bakery’s well-known Nutty Krust will be sold as Irish Batch in the English market.The product was first developed in 1961 by the family-owned bakery.Michael Murphy, Irwin’s commercial manager, said: “The batch loaves were introduced in Great Britain three years ago into the Scottish market and have proven very successful. “We are regularly contacted by Northern Ireland people based in England asking where they can purchase our batch bread, so this move will respond to that demand and introduce the product to a new audience. They are made using traditional local techniques, including the original fermentation and slow-baking processes.”David Quigg of Asda added: “We are confident Irwin’s Irish Batch will be well received by the English consumer. This deal underpins our commitment to supporting regional producers across the UK.”last_img read more

News story: Schools to support teachers’ return to the classroom

first_imgLast summer, the Government Equalities Office announced a broader £5million package of support for those returning to or wanting to work in the public sector after career breaks.Further details of today’s announcement can be found here. Once the lead schools are confirmed the pilot itself will be launched later in the year, with the recruitment of the returning teachers due to take place in the summer term.The pilot has a budget of £298,000, which will be adjusted depending on the number of returning teachers supported by the lead schools. Up to 10 lead schools are being sought across the two regions to deliver the pilot.Today’s announcement will build on measures already helping to support teachers’ development and attract the best, brightest recruits into the profession, including: the consultation to strengthen Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and improve career progression for teachers by ensuring the right structures are in place at the beginning of teachers’ careers and improving access to high-quality professional development; a Flexible Working Summit with business and education leaders to explore how the profession can be more flexible – including through part time roles – which resulted in a number of pledges; and developing a free website for schools to publish vacancies to help reduce costs and make it easier for aspiring and current teachers to find new posts. Schools from across the West Midlands and the South East are being asked to take part in a government programme designed to help teachers return to the classroom after a career break, the School Standards Minister Nick Gibb has announced today [14 March].Together with schools in these areas, the Department for Education will test the best approach to supporting teachers who have taken time out of their careers, providing funding to help them after they return to the classroom. It’s part of the drive to help schools attract and keep the best and brightest people working in their classrooms, and follows the Education Secretary’s recent announcement of a strategy to drive recruitment and boost retention of teachers.The pilots, which will start in May, will build on existing evidence and help teachers re-acclimatise to the classroom and support continuous professional development through a range of measures, including funding for National Professional Qualifications.Thanks to a hardworking and incredibly talented generation of teachers, alongside the government’s bold reforms, there are now 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010.School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: There are a record number of teachers in our classrooms – 15,500 more than in 2010 – but we want to build on that. Many of us will need to take time out from our careers at some point, and teaching is no different – but it can be hard to return to the classroom. We want to support teachers by giving them more options on how to return to the workplace. As well as helping to keep experienced and valued teachers working in our schools, this pilot will help make sure teaching remains attractive to the next generation and regarded as a profession that is flexible to the demands of the modern world.last_img read more

Quantum gas microscope created

first_imgPhysicists at Harvard University have created a quantum gas microscope that can be used to observe single atoms at temperatures so low the particles follow the rules of quantum mechanics, behaving in bizarre ways.The work, published this week in the journal Nature, represents the first time scientists have detected single atoms in a crystalline structure made solely of light, called a Bose Hubbard optical lattice. It’s part of scientists’ efforts to use ultracold quantum gases to understand and develop novel quantum materials.“Ultracold atoms in optical lattices can be used as a model to help understand the physics behind superconductivity or quantum magnetism, for example,” says senior author Markus Greiner, an assistant professor of physics at Harvard and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms. “We expect that our technique, which bridges the gap between earlier microscopic and macroscopic approaches to the study of quantum systems, will help in quantum simulations of condensed matter systems, and also find applications in quantum information processing.”The quantum gas microscope developed by Greiner and his colleagues is a high-resolution device capable of viewing single atoms – in this case, atoms of rubidium – occupying individual, closely spaced lattice sites. The rubidium atoms are cooled to just 5 billionths of a degree above absolute zero (-273 degrees Celsius).“At such low temperatures, atoms follow the rules of quantum mechanics, causing them to behave in very unexpected ways,” explains first author Waseem S. Bakr, a graduate student in Harvard’s Department of Physics. “Quantum mechanics allows atoms to quickly tunnel around within the lattice, move around with no resistance, and even be ‘delocalized’ over the entire lattice. With our microscope we can individually observe tens of thousands of atoms working together to perform these amazing feats.”In their paper, Bakr, Greiner, and colleagues present images of single rubidium atoms confined to an optical lattice created through projections of a laser-generated holographic pattern. The neighboring rubidium atoms are just 640 nanometers apart, allowing them to quickly tunnel their way through the lattice.Confining a quantum gas – such as a Bose-Einstein condensate – in such an optically generated lattice creates a system that can be used to model complex phenomena in condensed matter physics, such as superfluidity. Until now, only the bulk properties of such systems could be studied, but the new microscope’s ability to detect arrays of thousands of single atoms gives scientists what amounts to a new workshop for tinkering with the fundamental properties of matter, making it possible to study these simulated systems in much more detail, and possibly also forming the basis of a single-site readout system for quantum computation.“There are many unsolved questions regarding quantum materials, such as high-temperature superconductors that lose all electrical resistance if they are cooled to moderate temperatures,” Greiner says. “We hope this ultracold atom model system can provide answers to some of these important questions, paving the way for creating novel quantum materials with as-yet unknown properties.”Greiner’s co-authors on the Nature paper are Waseem S. Bakr, Jonathon I. Gillen, Amy Peng, and Simon Foelling, all of Harvard’s Department of Physics and the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms. Their work was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.last_img read more

A good fit for families

first_img“These centers are illustrative of the University’s understanding that a whole person walks through the gates each day,” said Hausammann. “Our support of high-quality child care is really an investment in our families’ well-being, their engagement, and their productivity.”Driven by the need to make significant engineering and plumbing upgrades, the Harvard-financed renovations were also an opportunity to bring both centers up to the standards of contemporary best practices for child care. For example, offices and kitchens were reconfigured to facilitate supervision and improve the flow of activities.The reconfiguration also allowed for an additional classroom at HYCCC, adding new slots in the high-demand young-toddler-age group. “This is an exciting event not only because we are serving the needs of more families,” said Lapp, “but also because this event has been made possible through the spectacular support of Harvard’s community.” Lapp went on to thank the multiple units across the University that contributed to the success of the renovation.“This renovation has transformed our old space that was initially not intended for child care into a space that meets and exceeds all the state regulations and accreditation guidelines,” said Kaori Hattori, director of HYCCC. “And it beautifully reflects our center’s mission: a diverse, lively, and nurturing place to foster children’s growth as whole human beings, where parents and child care professionals work together. We are eternally grateful for what Harvard University has done for us.”Oxford Street Daycare Cooperative Co-Director Courtney Martell works with one of the children. There were no children at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the reopening of two child care centers on Harvard’s campus in late April, but there was plenty of evidence of them: kids’ colorful artwork lines the walls and sand toys dot the playgrounds at Harvard Yard Child Care Center (HYCCC) and Oxford Street Daycare Cooperative (OSDC), which happen to be neighbors on Francis Avenue.Instead of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, dozens of adults filled the centers’ new classrooms. Members of the Harvard community were there to tour the renovated child care centers and to hear Marilyn Hausammann, vice president for human resources, and Katie Lapp, executive vice president, join the project team in formally inaugurating them.Glossy new tables enliven the recently renovated Oxford Street Daycare Cooperative. Six independent nonprofit child care centers operate on Harvard’s Cambridge and Business School campuses, together offering approximately 380 slots. In exchange for providing space and utilities, Harvard receives priority enrollment for children of faculty, staff, and students.last_img read more

Moving on to the military

first_imgThe mood was warm and welcoming, despite damp and chilly weather, at the Harvard’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) commissioning ceremony Wednesday, as seven soon-to-be Harvard graduates received their first military assignments in Tercentenary Theatre.As he waited for the proceedings to begin, Marine Corps 2nd Lt. James S. Brooks of Baltimore posed for pictures with his family next to Memorial Church and reflected on the occasion and his decision to join the military.The ceremony, he said, “means everything to me. My grandfathers are the reason I first thought about serving. … They are role models to me. I wanted to be like them. That’s why I decided to join.”Brooks said his military experience informed his time at Harvard. “You just have to live every second knowing that you are living for a bigger purpose, and you are living for someone else and for your country.”His grandfather James S. Smith ’49, who served in the Navy during the Korean War, pinned the bars on Brooks’ uniform during the ceremony.“I am so proud of him,” Smith said.Besides Brooks, a chemical and physical biology concentrator, the new Marine 2nd lieutenants included Catherine A. Brown from Mystic, Conn., who will graduate with a degree in government and east Asian studies; Taylor B. Evans, a history concentrator from Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Peter Machtiger, a history concentrator from Bronxville, N.Y. They are bound for the Basic School in Quantico, Va.New Navy ensigns include Christopher J. Curtis, a Near Eastern languages and civilizations concentrator and San Diego native who will return there for his first assignment, and Catherine M. Philbin, an environmental engineering concentrator from Evergreen, Colo., who will be assigned to the USS Chancellorsville in San Diego.Air Force 2nd Lt. Madison Coveno of Groton, Mass., an East Asian studies concentrator, will head to Mildenhall Air Force Base.During the ceremony, guest speaker Gen. Darren W. McDew, head of the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, thanked Harvard President Drew Faust for fostering an inclusive atmosphere toward the military and for her efforts to bring ROTC back to campus after a 40-year absence. McDew also thanked the commissioning class of 2014 “for your service and what you will do for our nation.”“You will lead in interesting times. You have a great opportunity to shape and better our military,” said McDew, who urged the new officers to live by core military values that include honor, integrity, and selfless service.“As you continue to refine the kind of leader you are, decide who it is right now, and then be it every single day. Not in moments of convenience, not when you feel like it, not in the things you enjoy … every day.”Faust recalled the hundreds of former Harvard students who died in World War I and whose names and memories are preserved in the Memorial Church. She also recounted the words of Capt. Constant Cordier, commander of the new 1,000-student Harvard Regiment, precursor of the Army ROTC, who said in 1916: “In all this land, there is no better material for officers than is found in the student body of Harvard.”“With your commissioning today, you become part of that tradition,” said Faust. “You will honor the service and sacrifice of those who came before you through your own commitment.”last_img read more