20 Apr

Hershey launches site to fight COVID with safety information this Halloween

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Previous articleArea high school football teams being impacted by COVIDNext articleIvy Tech helping people affected by pandemic gain new job skills Tommie Lee Google+ Twitter By Tommie Lee – September 29, 2020 0 350 Pinterest A famous candy maker has launched a new website that maps out how to safely trick-or-treat this fall.Hershey’s has launched Halloween2020.org in an effort to make sure the coronavirus doesn’t trick kids out of their treats.The site has information for every county in the US that will be continuously updated. It’s color-coded to display the COVID-19 risk level in that area, from lowest-risk green to highest risk red for trick-or-treaters. The map also tracks the number of confirmed COVID cases in each county. Facebook Hershey launches site to fight COVID with safety information this Halloween Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

20 Apr

Update: Missing South Bend teen found safe

first_img (SBPD) Update: Huda Roushdy has been found and is safe.Previous story below. South Bend Police are looking for a missing teenage girl from South Bend.Officials say Huda Roushdy, 15, was last seen around 8pm Sunday night in the 1300 block of Brummit Lane.Police say she’s bipolar and takes daily medication.Anyone with information should contact the South Bend Police. WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Twitter Google+ Google+ Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Previous articleGasbuddy: Demand the highest since August, prices could riseNext articleDeep cleaning, safety protocols in place in effort to reopen Elkhart City Hall Tommie Lee IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Update: Missing South Bend teen found safe By Tommie Lee – October 5, 2020 0 1006 WhatsApplast_img read more

1 Mar

Bone loss study takes flight

first_imgAstronauts lose a significant amount of bone mass during space travel and with long-duration flights there is concern that this bone loss could lead to an increased risk of fractures. When the final mission of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle program is launched on Friday (July 8), an animal experiment to test a novel therapy to increase bone mass will be on board.Led by a consortium of scientists from Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Amgen Inc., UCB, BioServe Space Technologies, and the University of North Carolina, and funded by NASA’s Ames Research Center, the research will not only address a serious problem that affects astronauts who spend weeks and months in a low-gravity environment, but may also yield novel insights into the prevention and treatment of skeletal fragility among patients on Earth who are less active due to aging or illness.“Mechanical loading is required to maintain musculoskeletal health,” explained co-principal investigator Mary Bouxsein, a scientist in BIDMC’s Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School.“On Earth, our bones experience mechanical forces from being pushed and pulled by muscles that work against gravity to keep us upright and moving around, as well as from the impact of our body weight against the ground,” she said. “These forces are much lower in microgravity environments and, as a result, the rate of bone loss among astronauts is about 10 times greater than that seen in postmenopausal women. So, while this research is designed to better understand and prevent skeletal fragility among astronauts, it may also tell us a great deal about the future potential of this novel therapy to improve bone strength here on Earth, in both older persons and in individuals with reduced physical activity due to various clinical conditions, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy.”NASA’s Commercial Biomedical Test Module (CBTM-3) experiment will examine whether the use of an antibody that blocks the action of the protein sclerostin can lead to gains in bone mass and thereby prevent skeletal deterioration. (The sclerostin molecule is a potent inhibitor of bone formation that is produced by osteocytes, bone cells that form a “nervelike” network that enable the skeleton to “feel” and respond to mechanical strain.)“This proof-of-principle study will enhance our understanding of the science behind the sclerostin antibody and arm us with important research to support potential future therapeutic applications in both astronauts and patients suffering from bone loss,” said Amgen Scientific Executive Director Chris Paszty.Thirty mice will be flown in space, with half of the animals given a preflight injection of the sclerostin antibody and the remaining mice receiving a placebo. After the flight lands (following 12 days in space), various aspects of the structure, composition, strength, and cell and molecular nature of the bones from the flight and ground-based control mice will be analyzed.“When the mice come back from space, we hope to learn what the effects of microgravity are on the skeleton and on the muscle,” explained Bouxsein. “We also want to find out if this new type of therapy will be able to counteract those profound effects and actually promote bone gain in a microgravity environment.“One in two women and one in five men over age 50 will suffer a fracture resulting from osteoporosis [and bone loss] during their remaining lifetime,” she added. “These fractures have profound personal and societal consequences. With the increasing age of the population there is urgent need to develop bone-building therapies to prevent this type of potentially debilitating injury.”last_img read more

1 Jan

Dubie promotes Vermont-made wind turbines on Alaska energy tour

first_imgVermont Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie was in Alaska this week to visit remote Alaskan villages where Vermont-made Northwind 100 wind turbines have begun to replace diesel-powered electric generators with clean, renewable and more affordable wind energy. Dubie toured the sites with Alaska Lt. Governor Craig Campbell, and executives from Northern Power Systems of Barre, Vermont, where the Northwind 100 machines are engineered and built.Dubie said, I m here to draw attention to a superior machine. The Northwind 100 is community-size and low maintenance which is a serious consideration when it s 40-below outside and you re hundreds of miles from the nearest city. The direct-drive, gearless design produces more power at lower wind velocities. Because it has fewer parts than conventional turbines, it breaks down less often.Alaska s remote population centers are largely powered by diesel generators. If the diesel is transported by air into a village, electricity retails for up to $1.00 per kWh. Shipping by barge reduces that cost by half. By comparison, Vermont s July 2009 electric rates average between 9 and 15 cents per kWh, depending on sector.Wednesday Dubie, Campbell and Northern Power representatives met with local leaders and toured turbine sites and power plants in the remote west coast village of Ulalakleet, 395 miles northwest of Anchorage, with a 2008 population 723, and in Savoonga, a village located on the northern coast of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, 164 miles west of Nome, with a population of 642.Today, Lt. Governor Dubie and Lt Governor Campbell are scheduled to conduct a town hall meeting on alternative energy at the University of Fairbanks.Lt Gov Dubie said, My involvement with Northern Power began in the summer of 2006, when we started to talk about ways for the company to grow its Barre operation. They asked me if I knew anyone in Alaska, where they knew that the Northwind 100 would be an ideal energy source in cold and remote regions. I had a good relationship with then- Lt Governor Loren Leman, so we set up a couple of conference calls and planted the seed.Dubie continued, As of today, Northern Power has sold 40 units into the important Alaska market, at roughly a half a million dollars each.  The number of installations should reach 31 by the end of this year’s construction season.Northern Power had 75 employees a year ago.  The company has added 55 more to date, and expects to double its staff by the end of this year, with an expected total of 150 employees.Dubie noted that a week ago, he was at Bolton Valley Ski Resort to break ground for the first Northwind 100 turbine installation planned for Vermont. The resort expects it to be operational in late autumn.Source: Dubie’s office. 9.18.2009.last_img read more

30 Dec

The Steel Wheels Roll To MerleFest

first_imgThe Steel Wheels – brand new record in hand– head to MerleFest for the first time this week.The last time we chatted with Trent Wagler, he and mandolinist Jay Lapp had just wrapped up a multi-day bike tour that had them pedaling from Staunton to Roanoke and Lynchburg and up to Wintergreen. Pretty heady – and hilly – territory for two guys, two bikes, and a bunch of stringed instruments. Since then, Wagler, Lapp, along with Brian Dickel and Eric Brubaker, their mates in The Steel Wheels, have made bike touring a regular part of their calendar. You won’t see them on bikes this week, though, as the band heads down to Wilkesboro, North Carolina, for its first appearance at MerleFest. We caught up with Trent to chat about the new record, biking, and playing Doc Watson’s big party.BRO – When we last chatted, you and Jay had just finished your first bike tour. You still spending a lot of time on the bike?TW – Oh, yeah.  We have actually done two more bike tours since we talked. Jay and I did another duo tour through Michigan, and last year we did a full band bike tour for the first time. We even had three other riders join us, partly for fun and partly for the extra mechanical skills. We added more bikes to the mix, which added more possibilities for misuse. It’s been a consistent thing now since that first bike tour.BRO – Are you learning anything? Are the tours getting easier?TW – The more people we had, the more fun it was. That is something we definitely learned. There was something very special about those first two tours that Jay and I did; you are really isolated out there and really banking on this one other guy for support and energy. That’s special. But when you add more people to the mix, at least with the people we added – I mean, I am sure you could find some real sour apples who would make the thing a real drag – but we just had such a fun time with all the other riders. We also learned from the first year to the second and third that Michigan is a whole lot flatter than Virginia.BRO – Any future rides?TW – We want to keep cycling a part of what we do. As we start here in 2012, we’ve booked out in advance so far that we don’t think we can do a bike tour like we have done in recent years. Instead, we are looking at organizing some one day biking events around festivals or particular venues we are playing. We’ve got a bike ride we are going to lead at the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Arkansas, and we are playing at a festival called the Space Race Rumpus, which is all about cycling, in West Virginia. We are hoping to add a few more. It will be a little different, but we always have our bikes in the van. It’s one of those things that help keep us sane on the road.BRO – In the liner notes, you dedicate your new record, Lay Down, Lay Low, to “the good struggle.” Can you elaborate on that?TW – The idea of the good struggle came out of a discussion with a good friend of ours about what this record was all about.  I hit on this idea that we were all getting to the point in life where we are sorting out the long standing dreams we had when we were kids while struggling with the reality of having kids of our own and whatever it is that we think is a sensible dose of reality. In the midst of that, we are trying to find hope and joy in a life that sometimes feels like it is pulling you down. The phrase “the good struggle” came out of that. In the end, it describes everyone, from the parent who is trying to figure out how to feed a child healthy food when the kid wants to eat McDonalds every day to the person who is struggling to get up every day because of a mental health issue to the person who is working to build a home from logs he cut from his own land. It also came from a friend who actually inspired the song “Lay Down, Lay Low,” who certainly has struggled more than many of us could fathom. He was ready to take his life – ready to jump off a bridge – and he told me that story and what it was that brought him off that bridge, how he got back in his truck and drove home to begin that long journey back to a place where he felt safe and secure. That was the impetus for us to coalesce around, but the album has a lot of lightness with that darkness, and we tried to paint a canvas around this notion of a struggle that is a hopeful one.BRO – We are featuring “Spider Wings” on this month’s Trail Mix. Can you give me some background on this tune?TW – I had some friends who were premiering the documentary Coal Country – a well done film about mountaintop removal – in Charlottesville and they asked me about a week before the premiere to write a song and then perform it before the showing of the film. And I didn’t get it done. But I had another song that I knew from before and I used it and made it work. Then, the following week, “Spider Wings,” started to bubble up inside of me. That’s where it came from – from thinking about issues related to mountaintop removal.BRO – You guys will be making your first appearance at MerleFest this week. What does it mean to you and the band to be playing at the granddaddy of Americana music festivals?TW – It means a lot. Any band that ever picks up a fiddle or mandolin or banjo, at some point – whether they think will play it in a year or two or in ten years – thinks about playing MerleFest. After a while it sort of became a monkey on our back. We’d be playing in North Carolina and a fan would come up and say, “You know, you guys would be great at MerleFest!  Have you ever heard of MerleFest?” And we knew we had to play it. And now it just feels perfect – we have the new album out, and I feel we are ready to play MerleFest. Honestly, three or four years ago, when we were just getting started, I don’t think we could have showcased what we do as well. But now we are meeting MerleFest at the right time. It is going to be a perfect experience from top to bottom and we are honored to be there. The Steel Wheels will be hitting the stage at MerleFest on Thursday and Friday. If you are down there, make sure to catch them and, if you have a bike handy, maybe join them for a spin.last_img read more

20 Dec

Violence Will Not Harm Rio’s Candidacy for Olympic Games

first_imgBy Dialogo September 22, 2009 Violence will not harm the city of Rio de Janeiro’s candidacy to host the 2016 Olympic Games, for which it is competing against Tokyo, Chicago, and Madrid, the Brazilian Justice Minister, Tarso Genro, said, as quoted by state news agency Agencia Brasil. “Public safety is not what will determine the city’s rejection or selection as host for the 2016 Olympics, but rather the authorities’ capacity to respond to the demands of organizing events that bring together large numbers of people, like New Year’s Eve and Carnival,” which attract millions of people to Rio de Janeiro every year and during which an effort is made to reduce violence, the minister affirmed. Another example put forward by the minister was the 2007 Pan American Games. Although rates of violence are high in the metropolis, much visited by tourists, “the problems of violence that we face (in Rio) are not foreign to other cities, even candidates (to host the Olympic Games) like Rio. There are serious problems of public safety that involve issues of racism, terrorism,” in other cities, the minister added. “The principal problem that concerns the International Olympic Committee is not public safety, but rather the hotel network and transportation,” Genro affirmed. Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Tokyo, and Chicago are the four finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Olympic Games, and the selection will be made on 2 October in Copenhagen, where the president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will be present.last_img read more

19 Oct

COVID-19: Ogan Ilir regent dismisses 109 medical workers for striking

first_imgOgan Ilir Regent Ilyas Panji Alam has dismissed 109 medical workers at the Ogan Ilir Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in South Sumatra for striking over safety and welfare.The medical workers are reportedly lacking personal protective equipment (PPE), being paid low wages at Rp 750,000 (US$50.24) per month without incentives and not being provided with a place to stay after treating COVID-19 patients.Ilyas said on Thursday that the administration would immediately recruit their replacements.”No need to go to work anymore. We are looking for replacements. The 109 have been dishonorably dismissed without disrupting hospital activities,” Ilyas said as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Bonuses slashed, pay cut: Indonesian nurses fight pandemic, financial hardshipsIlyas argued the strike was baseless as the administration had met most of their demands.”The incentives are available. We’ve provided shelter, consisting of 34 air-conditioned rooms with mattresses. We’ve provided thousands of items of PPE at the Ogan Ilir Regional Hospital. Go check for yourself,” said Ilyas.Of the 109 medical personnel, 14 were specialist doctors, eight general practitioners, 33 civil servant nurses and 11 honorary staff.He assumed the medical personnel were afraid to treat COVID-19 patients and had been on strike for five days.”We’ve provided their demands. They haven’t begun working though. Well, they might as well don’t work at all,” he said. (ggq)Topics :last_img read more

18 Oct

Arsenal plan talks with Carlo Ancelotti after Napoli sacking

first_imgArsenal plan talks with Carlo Ancelotti after Napoli sacking Arsenal are keen to speak with Carlo Ancelotti (EPA)Arsenal are planning to hold talks with Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian was sacked by Napoli, according to reports.Ancelotti guided Napoli to a 4-0 win over Genk in the Champions League in his final game in charge on Tuesday evening but that was the Italian club’s first victory in 10 games.Gennaro Gattuso is set to take over from Ancelotti at Napoli.And according to The Sun, Arsenal are ‘eager’ to speak with the former Chelsea manager about the prospect of becoming their new manager.ADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that Arsenal have already spoken to Valencia manager Marcelino, Vitor Pereira, the former Porto boss, and Bordeaux head coach Paulo Sousa. Ancelotti was sacked by Napoli on Tuesday evening (AFP via Getty Images)But those three candidates are set to miss out on Arsenal’s final shortlist.AdvertisementAdvertisementAncelotti, meanwhile, won the Premier League and the FA Cup during his two seasons at Chelsea and provides Arsenal with an experienced option who is available to start straight away.Massimiliano Allegri, who is also on Arsenal’s shortlist, has already declared that he won’t take another job until after the season has ended.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTwo former Arsenal captains Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta are both on Arsenal’s list of candidates.The Gunners are also interested in former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 11 Dec 2019 8:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

6 Oct

Interest rate holds at historic low but the next move will be up

first_imgSix of the eight capital cities saw dwelling values slip lower in March, according to CoreLogic. Picture: AAP Image/Brendan Esposito.FRESH signs have emerged that the Reserve Bank will be sitting on its hands for a while yet, though experts agree that the next time they do decide to move it will be up.RBA Governor Philip Lowe today confirmed the board had decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent today, a move that was widely expected.He made particular mention of a housing slowdown in the country’s two biggest markets – Sydney and Melbourne.“The housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne have slowed,” he said. “Nationwide measures of housing prices are little changed over the past six months, with prices having recorded falls in some areas. “In the eastern capital cities, a considerable additional supply of apartments is scheduled to come on stream over the next couple of years. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoRBA Governor Philip Lowe still has his eye on “considerable additional supply of apartments” hitting some capitals. Picture: Hollie Adams/The Australian“APRA’s supervisory measures and tighter credit standards have been helpful in containing the build-up of risk in household balance sheets, although the level of household debt remains high.”CoreLogic head of research Australasia, Tim Lawless, said mortgage rates were close to historic lows for owner occupiers paying both interest and principal with investors were looking at a 60 basis point premium though still low compared to the long term average.“While the RBA has flagged the next move in interest rates will be a rise, it remains likely that any hike to the cash rate is well in the future,” he said. CoreLogic expected to see housing market conditions move further down the RBA’s list of priorities “considering the market is showing every sign of moving through a soft landing”. RBA made particular note of a housing market slowdown in Sydney. Picture: John GraingerMr Lawless said the pace of declines in value had eased in recent months.“The controlled slowdown in the housing sector is likely to be a welcome outcome from the RBA, who are more likely to be focusing on labour markets, where the rate of unemployment, although lower than a year ago, crept higher, from 5.4 per cent to 5.5 per cent in February.”Record low wages growth was “keeping a lid on inflation and household consumption”, he said.“National dwelling values were flat last month, however six of the eight capital cities saw dwelling values slip lower in March, albeit at a reduced rate of decline relative to other months.”last_img read more

28 Sep

ONE Bulimba Riverfront focuses on flexible family spaces

first_imgONE Bulimba Riverfront.Buyers wanting modern low maintenance apartments and townhouses are turning to a popular riverfront development with a focus on flexible family spaces.With only one town home and a few apartments available at ONE Bulimba Riverfront, developer Velocity Property Group is leading the refinement of the luxury downsizer demographic.Tracy Carmody and her husband Simon recently moved into their four-bedroom apartment with waterviews and could not be happier with the decision to downsize.With two teenagers, the couple had enough of maintaining a big backyard at their Morningside property, and were paying someone to mow and clean their swimming pool.“We’re on one level now, and the kids are happy,” Mrs Carmody said.“Living on the water is amazing. You never get sick of the view. It’s like always being on holidays. Check out the views from ONE Bulimba Riverfront.National sales director of Velocity Property Group, Caroline Humbert, said they identified clear buying needs and expectations within the downsizing demographic, as well as seeing the emergence of a younger downsizing group seeking more flexible family spaces.Ms Humbert said Velocity was continuously refining its developments to accommodate the specific needs of this segmented group, to ensure they were tailored to suit buyers.“An incredible location, such as Brisbane’s north-facing, absolute riverfront that the buyers experience at ONE Bulimba Riverfront, is not enough on its own to deliver a wonderful lifestyle anymore,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“One of the strongest needs we have refined and offer at ONE Bulimba Riverfront is functional luxury. The highest quality kitchens, finishes and bathrooms are expected from this market, but so is great, highly-functional design that is intuitive to the way these buyers want to live and move around their new homes.“Luxury downsizers also expect residences that will anticipate their needs now, in areas such as wide living spaces connected to deep balconies, a great apartment flow, abundant storage and good space in at least three bedrooms.“But they also expect that their home will be flexible enough to anticipate the need for possibly repurposing rooms such as changing a media room to a home office or gym or to accommodate small changes throughout the residence if their health requires it in the future.” The kitchen area at ONE Bulimba Riverfront is so spacious.last_img read more