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Solar Eruptions Could Electrify Martian Moons

Powerful solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobos to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics carried by future robotic explorers, according to a new NASA study.

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North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2019 U.S. Standard Grants

Funding Opportunity ID: 299627
Opportunity Number: F18AS00061
Opportunity Title: North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2019 U.S. Standard Grants
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.623
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOI-FWS
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Fish and Wildlife Service
Posted Date: Dec 21, 2017
Close Date: Feb 23, 2018 SF-424 and SF-424D due to grants.gov by midnight EST on February 23, 2018. Email proposal and other documents to dbhc@fws.gov by midnight EST on February 23, 2018.
Last Updated Date: Dec 21, 2017
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Award Floor: $100,001
Estimated Total Program Funding: $50,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 50
Description: The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Projects must involve only long-term protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds. The program requires a 1:1 non-federal match and research funding is ineligible. This program supports the DOI and FWS mission of protecting and managing the nation's natural resources by collaborating with partners and stakeholders to conserve land and water and to expand outdoor recreation and access.
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Sammlung kurzer deutscher Prosa 051 by VARIOUS

Diese Sammlung umfasst 10 deutschsprachige Prosa-Texte verschiedener Genres.


“Im Gerichtssaal” übersetzt von Marie Franzos (1870–1941)


Erstes Kapitel von “Der Spieler” übersetzt von August Scholz (1857–1923)




Eine Liste weiterer kurzer Aufnahmen (Erzählungen, Gedichte, Märchen, Essays) in anderen LibriVox Sammlungen gibt es hier.

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More Pregnant Women Are Using Pot

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SEC Charges Florida Penny Stock Operators With Defrauding Elderly Investors in Push to Crack Down on Repeat Offenders

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two individuals with defrauding elderly investors in a penny stock scheme involving Florida entertainment companies and their “Spongebuddy” product.  The charges are part of the Miami Regional Office’s Recidivist Initiative which has thus far resulted in enforcement actions against 23 individuals, nine of whom also have been charged by criminal authorities.

The SEC’s complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, charges Joseph A. Rubbo and Angela Beckcom Rubbo Monaco, both of Coral Springs, Florida, with defrauding investors through offerings by their companies VIP TV LLC, VIP Television Inc., and The Spongebuddy LLC.  Rubbo and Monaco are repeat offenders whose prior securities schemes resulted in criminal convictions against Rubbo and SEC injunctions against both Rubbo and Monaco.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado has filed parallel criminal charges against Rubbo, Monaco, Steven J. Dykes, and others relating to the scheme.

According to the SEC’s complaint, Rubbo and Monaco raised at least $5.4 million from 11 primarily elderly investors to fund the growth of their entertainment business and develop the Spongebuddy, a sponge-like glove purportedly to be sold in stores. 

The SEC’s complaint alleges that Rubbo and Monaco controlled the companies and hired Dykes to cold call investors and pitch investments in VIP.  For example, Dykes allegedly told an investor that the Starz cable channel and Pandora Radio were both interested in buying VIP and would “roll-up” VIP into these entities.  The investor also was allegedly told that the Spongebuddy would be featured on the television show “Shark Tank” and marketed on QVC.  Contrary to alleged representations that investor money would be used to benefit the VIP companies, Rubbo and Monaco misappropriated more than $2.6 million in investor funds to pay themselves and their relatives as well as undisclosed sales commissions to Dykes.  The complaint also alleges they paid for personal expenses such as the down payment on a luxury vehicle, credit card bills, unrelated construction work and to finance a business operation for a Monaco family member.

“As alleged in our complaint, Rubbo and Monaco defrauded investors by stealing millions of dollars from elderly investors which they spent on themselves and their family members instead of investing in their businesses,” said Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.  “Both Rubbo and Monaco were caught through the efforts of the Miami Regional Office’s Recidivist Initiative, which is part of our ongoing focus to rid the markets of repeat securities law violators.”

During the time of the alleged scheme, neither Rubbo, Monaco, nor Dykes were registered with the Commission.  The SEC encourages all investors to check the background of people selling investments by using the search tool on Investor.gov to quickly identify whether the sellers are registered professionals.

The SEC’s complaint charges Rubbo and Monaco with violating the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws.  The SEC also charged Dykes with violating the broker-dealer registration provisions, and Rubbo and Monaco with aiding and abetting violations by Dykes.  The SEC is seeking the return of the defendants’ allegedly ill-gotten gains with interest, monetary penalties, a permanent injunction, and other relief.

The SEC’s investigation, which is continuing, is being conducted by Linda S. Schmidt and Lina M. Fernandez in the Miami Regional Office.  The case is being supervised by Jason R. Berkowitz and the SEC’s litigation is being led by Christine Nestor.  The SEC appreciates the assistance of Florida’s Office of Financial Regulation.

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NASA’s MAVEN Mission Finds Mars Has a Twisted Tail

Mars has an invisible magnetic “tail” that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Bill Foster, Ground Controller in Mission Control Houston, talks about how space communication networks work and what they will look like for missions into deep space. HWHAP Episode 26.

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[CDC Kids' Health] Vital Signs: Exposure to Electronic Cigarette Advertising Among Middle School and High School Students — United States, 2014

Approximately seven in 10 U.S. middle and high school students were exposed to e-cigarette advertisements in 2014. Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements might contribute to increased use of e-cigarettes among youths.

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SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts

Funding Opportunity ID: 298784
Opportunity Number: TI-18-008
Opportunity Title: SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.243
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Eligible applicants are state, local, and tribal governments with direct involvement with the adult treatment drug court/Tribal Healing to Wellness Court, such as: • State governments; the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply. • Governmental units within political subdivisions of a state, such as a county, city or town, and individual adult treatment drug courts. • Federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes, tribal organizations, and consortia of tribes or tribal organizations. Tribal organization means the recognized body of any AI/AN tribe; any legally established organization of AI/ANs which is controlled, sanctioned, or chartered by such governing body, or which is democratically elected by the adult members of the Indian community to be served by such organization, and which includes the maximum participation of AI/ANs in all phases of its activities. Consortia of tribes or tribal organizations are eligible to apply, but each participating entity must indicate its approval. A single tribe in the consortium must be the legal applicant, the recipient of the award, and the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements. Eligible adult drug court models include Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)/Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Courts, Co-Occurring Drug and Mental Health Courts, Veterans Treatment Courts, and Municipal Courts using the problem solving model. Public and private nonprofit organizations, such as SUD treatment providers, have a pivotal supporting role in treatment drug court programs and may be sub-recipients/contractors to the applicant. However, they are not the catalysts for entry into drug courts and are, therefore, restricted from applying. SAMHSA strongly believes that the court is in the best position to administer this program because the court partners with selected treatment providers on the course of treatment for drug court clients. It is allowable for an eligible entity to apply on behalf of one or more ATDC or Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, either through a single application or several applications. When the state/local/tribal government (city/county) or eligible entity applies on behalf of an ATDC or Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Court, the applicant will be the award recipient and the entity responsible for satisfying the grant requirements. When multiple jurisdictions apply within one application, Letters of Commitment from each ATDC and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness judge must be included in Attachment 1 stating they intend to meet the grant and reporting requirements. This grant program is not intended to provide start-up funds to create new ATDCs or Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. Eligible drug courts must be operational on or before September 1, 2018. Operational is defined as a having a set of cases and seeing clients in the drug court. By signing the cover page (SF-424) of the application, the authorized representative of the applicant organization is certifying that the treatment drug court is applying for funds is operational, as defined above, on or before September 1, 2018. ATDCs and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts funded in FY 2016 under announcement TI-16-009 and FY 2017 under announcement TI-17-001 are not eligible to apply for this program.
Agency Code: HHS-SAMHS-SAMHSA
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminis
Posted Date: Dec 22, 2017
Close Date: Feb 21, 2018
Last Updated Date: Dec 22, 2017
Award Ceiling: $400,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $15,200,000
Expected Number of Awards: 38
Description: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Treatment Drug Courts (ATDC) and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. The purpose of this program is to expand substance use disorder (SUD) treatment services in existing adult problem solving courts, and adult Tribal Healing to Wellness courts, which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide SUD treatment (including recovery support services, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to defendants/offenders. Recipients will be expected to provide a coordinated, multi-system approach designed to combine the sanctioning power of treatment drug courts with effective SUD treatment services to break the cycle of criminal behavior, alcohol and/or drug use, and incarceration or other penalties. Applicants should propose to increase access and availability of services to a larger number of clients increasing the number of individuals served and the gaps in the continuum of treatment for individuals in these courts who have treatment needs for SUD and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Grant funds must be used to serve people diagnosed with a SUD as their primary condition. SAMHSA will use discretion in allocating funding for these awards, taking into consideration the specific drug court model (ATDCs and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts), as appropriate, the number of applications received per model type, and geographic distribution.
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