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Posted by: | Posted on: May 18, 2021

2 dead after plane vanishes from radar and crashes near NC airport

first_imgdmadau/iStock(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Two people have been confirmed dead after a small plane vanished from radar and crashed.After hours of searching, authorities in North Carolina found the Piper PA-32-301 plane that vanished from radar near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Sunday night.The privately-owned aircraft was found on the ground near a hiking trail in the William B. Umstead State Park, east of the airport. There were two casualities found said Sgt. Michael Baker, North Carolina State Highway Patrol during a press conference.Crystal Feldman, VP of Communications, Government and Community Relations at the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority said details about the two victims could not be shared at this time.The National Transportation Safety Board — which participates in the investigation of aviation accidents — is investigating the crash.Air traffic controllers with the Federal Aviation Administration alerted the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority on Sunday at around 7:30 p.m. local time that radar contact was lost with a Piper PA32 approaching the airport, according to a statement from the FAA. The single-engine aircraft typically has around six seats.The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority was advised that the plane had disappeared in the vicinity of William B. Umstead State Park. More than a dozen local and state agencies were on the ground in the area and overhead in the air searching for the aircraft since then, according to a press release from the airport authority.“Umstead State Park is 5,200 acres of dense forest, with few roads and little to no light,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “Recovery efforts are extremely challenging in remote areas and it could take a long time to find this plane.”Authorities asked members of the public to avoid the area around the state park until further notice.The runway at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was shut down immediately after the FAA alert, but then reopened and resumed normal operations later that evening. Commercial operations remained normal Monday, according to the airport authority.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 18, 2021

All Michigan State students asked to quarantine due to ‘exponential growth’ of COVID-19

first_imgRichVintage/iStockBY: MEREDITH DELISO, ABC NEWS(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — All local Michigan State University students have been asked to self-quarantine immediately for the next two weeks to contain the “exponential growth” of COVID-19 cases, county health officials said.At least 342 people affiliated with the East Lansing school have tested positive for the coronavirus since Aug. 24, according to the Ingham County Health Department. In the three weeks prior, there were only 23 such cases, officials said. Cases started to rise once thousands of students returned to the area for the fall semester, officials said.At least a third of the people who tested positive had recently attended parties or social gatherings — and at least a third of those were associated with a fraternity or sorority, the health department said.“This is an urgent situation,” Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail said in a statement issued Saturday. “The exponential growth of COVID-19 cases must stop. I am concerned about the health and safety of the MSU community, and importantly, I am seriously concerned that unchecked transmission locally will affect the health and safety of all Ingham County residents.”“If we do not slow the spread immediately, we will be dealing with the consequences across the county for months to come,” she added.Until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 26, students are advised to only attend in-person classes, labs and athletic training. They can also leave for work and for food, medicine, medical care or other necessary supplies that aren’t available via delivery.The recommendation is not an emergency order, though the health department warned that “more stringent and mandatory restrictions will be imposed if students do not comply and break the transmission cycle.”The university stood behind the recommendation. In the statement, Michigan State physician David Weismantel said the quarantine “is another tool” to help them prevent the spread of the virus.East Lansing Mayor Aaron Stephens also voiced support for the health department’s recommendation. “While we know many students are doing the right thing, we are still seeing far too many social gatherings in the off-campus community, where individuals are in close contact without face coverings,” he said in the statement.Michigan State has limited in-person classes for the fall and has restricted the number of students living on campus. According to the Lansing State Journal, there are about 1,200 students living in on-campus apartments and under 2,000 in dorms. An indeterminate number of students live off campus in the area. The school has nearly 50,000 total students.In July, all members of the university’s football team had to quarantine or isolate after two members of the football staff and one student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19.The University of Illinois is currently under a similar lockdown, as it attempts to quell a recent rise in cases. Through Sept. 16, undergraduate students are advised to only leave their residences for essential activities, such as getting food, working or taking mandated COVID-19 tests, and to avoid gathering in groups.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 12, 2021

Trust’s training scheme promotes diversity at top

first_img Previous Article Next Article A diversity training programme launched by Camden and Islington NHS Trust isto be introduced at other London trusts in an effort to help people from ethnicminorities gain promotion to directors’ posts. Keith Marshall, director of HR at Camden and Islington, said the Black andEthnic Leadership scheme is to be extended to 11 other London-based trusts. Marshall told Personnel Today the scheme was launched because although 35per cent of the trust’s staff are from ethnic minorities, there needs to bemore ethnic representation in the top third of the organisation. The programme is designed to develop the skills of middle-ranking staff,such as junior managers and nurses at sister level, into a position where theycan apply for a director’s post, he said. “What the course is about is not extra [hospital-based] skills butconfidence and self awareness,” said Marshall. The course runs for six to eight months, and takes an average half a day aweek for those involved. Marshall said the scheme had initially been pitched at too high a level, buthas now been adapted to make it more relevant to those taking part. Marshall added that the success of the scheme depends on the support of linemanagers. Comments are closed. Trust’s training scheme promotes diversity at topOn 26 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 12, 2021

Lander seeks to keep for-profit developers from acquiring city-owned land

first_imgEmail Address* Most city-owned land slated for affordable housing development is transferred to for-profit companies — a trend that a new City Council bill seeks to end.The measure, from Council member Brad Lander, would mandate that city-owned property intended for affordable housing be awarded to nonprofit developers. The only exceptions would be if no qualified nonprofits applied or if the property were sold under a state law.The city’s agreements on such deals do require affordability from for-profits and nonprofits alike, but they typically expire after 20 or 30 years.The impetus for the bill, Lander said, is to keep such properties “affordable in perpetuity.” Nonprofit organizations have less incentive to flip the property once affordability agreements with the city expire, he said.“At some point, at the end of expiring restrictions, there’s an impetus to sell the property,” he said. “This is a troubling trend that has developed over the long term.”Lander, who for years ran the Fifth Avenue Committee, a nonprofit builder in Brooklyn, is expected to introduce the measure during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Council member Robert Cornegy is a co-sponsor.According to the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, 75 percent of new construction projects on city-owned land were awarded (through requests for proposals) to for-profit developers between July 2014 and June 2018. Between 2021 and 2037, ANHD estimates that agreements governing the affordability of 184,000 units will end.Over the past few years, the city has taken steps to increase the affordability requirements of publicly-funded projects. In 2017, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development started including requirements in its RFPs for city-owned land that allowed the city to mandate the renewal or extension of affordability benefits.For-profit developers often partner with nonprofit builders on projects, especially if the smaller firm has credibility in the community where the housing would be, or to make it eligible for certain subsidies.But developers have argued that nonprofits sometimes lack the size and experience to build and maintain a large residential complex, and that tenants can end up suffering when a small firm gets in over its head.Mayoral administrations have tended to support that position. Nonprofits counter that they would build capacity faster if they won more sizable projects.Lander proposed legislation in 2018 that would create a land bank through which the city could acquire and warehouse properties, which would then be transferred to community land trusts and nonprofits.In September, Lander wrote in a New York Times op-ed that creating the land bank to acquire distressed properties would help prevent a “feeding frenzy” among private equity firms and the like in the pandemic’s wake.Contact Kathryn Brenzel TagsAffordable Housingnew york city councilPoliticsReal Estate and Politics Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Full Name*last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 9, 2021

Comprehensive 1000 year climatic history from an intermediate-depth ice core from the south dome of Berkner Island, Antarctica: methods, dating and first results

first_imgA 181 m deep ice core drilled in 1994/95 on the south dome of Berkner Island, Antarctica, was analyzed for stable isotopes, major ions and microparticle concentrations. Samples for ion chromatography were prepared by using a novel technique of filling decontaminated sample from a device for continuous ice-core melting directly into the sample vials. The core was dated through identification of volcanic horizons and interpolative layer counting. The core, together with a similar core from the north dome, reveals a 1000 year history of relatively stable climate. Temporal variations in the two cores deviate from each other owing to changing patterns of regional-scale circulation; the best correspondence between them is found for MSA(-). delta(18)O, accumulation rate and a sea-salt proxy show only negligible correlation, which suggests a complex meteorological setting. Increasing annual accumulation is observed for the last 100 years. A period of increased sea-salt concentrations started around AD 1405, as has also been observed in other cores. Microparticle concentrations are on average 1220 particles (>= 1.0 mu m diameter) mL(-1); they are enhanced from (AD) 1200 to 1350, possibly because of a higher atmospheric mineral dust load or because local volcanic activity was stronger than previously thought. Microparticles and NH4+ show marked but multiple and very irregular sub-annual peaks; long-term stacking of 1 year data intervals yields seasonal maxima in austral spring or mid-summer, respectively. Post-depositional redistribution was observed for MSA, NO3- and F- at volcanic horizons.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 3, 2021

EPA Finds That Financial Risks from Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing Industry Does Not…

first_imgthe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to not impose burdensome and potentially duplicative financial responsibility requirements for the petroleum and coal products manufacturing industry (the industrial sector that transforms crude petroleum and coal into usable products) because the financial risk to the federal government from those facilities is already addressed by various existing federal and state technical and financial requirements and modern material management practices. EPA’s proposed action would not drop existing federal requirements, rather it is a proposal to not impose additional requirements.“After a thorough evaluation, EPA has determined that the petroleum and coal manufacturing industry’s current practices, along with existing federal and state regulations, adequately address potential financial risks to the federal government and American taxpayer,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “As part of President Trump’s commitment to protecting our environment and growing our economy, we are committed to responsible regulation while not imposing additional and unnecessary requirements on key sectors of the economy when the current regulatory framework is working.”In the 39 years since the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted, a comprehensive regulatory framework has developed. Existing monitoring and operation standards have consistently worked over time to decrease the risk in this industry that if a hazardous waste cleanup is needed, the federal government will have to bear the cost of cleanup.Further, this proposed finding does not affect, limit, or restrict EPA’s current authority to take a response action or enforcement action under CERCLA at any facility in this industry, to include requirements for financial responsibility as part of such response action, or to take appropriate action under various other federal environmental statutes that may apply to individual facilities, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act. These existing regulations, including financial responsibility requirements, continue to apply to facilities in this industry.This proposal is consistent with the analysis EPA undertook in developing its final action for the hard rock mining industry. In that case, EPA’s approach was unanimously upheld by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2019. EPA has evaluated the degree and duration of risk of the possible cost to cover the cleanup of hazardous substance releases associated with the production, transportation, treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous substances in the petroleum and coal products manufacturing industry. EPA also examined the industry’s economic trends and the financial health of the sector and found the industry to be in a relatively stable financial position with low default risk. EPA’s evaluation showed that existing regulatory programs and voluntary practices reduce the need for federally financed response action at facilities in this industry.BackgroundFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 3, 2021

IS IT TRUE MARCH 4, 2016

first_imgIS IT TRUE that former President of the Evansville City Council John Friend CPA posted this comment in yesterdays CCO?  …Mr. Friend said: “Mr. Coures comment about the Council approval of specifics surrounding Brownfields transactions is absolutely false. The 2015 Council approved the overall budgets but never approved any specific transactions of the DMD.” ?  …it looks like Mr. Friend put Mr. Coures in his place?IS IT TRUE that a couple member of the Evansville Brownfield board (“secret society”) thinks Geoge Lumley is connected with the City County Observer?  …we discussed with Mr. Lumley about starting a monthly for print newspaper but he decided not to go along with this new venture with the CCO?  …we are proud to consider Mr. Lumley as a friend and supporter of the CCO?  …we feel the public owes Mr. Lumley a great deal of gratitude for exposing the bad business practices of the Evansville Brownsfieds Corp?IS IT TRUE the video that we posted on the Evansville Brownfields Corp a couple of days ago have 1,122 people viewing it on the CCO and 518 views on our Facebook account so far?  …this is why we decided to leave this video up one more day?…we would be extremely thankful if you would send  this video to your many friends?IS IT TRUE that we were in error when we stated that Vectren was installing more “period” street lighting in the Historic District? That the work in that area involves upgrading and installing new poles and power lines in preparation for the scheduled new downtown projects and we appreciate Brad Ellsworth’s clarification of the facts?IS IT TRUE that the poster “yy4u” tells us that there is a classified ad in the Courier advertising that City Controller Russ Lloyd will be going to the March 14 meeting of City Council to seek an appropriation of $3.9 million, in addition to this year’s budget?IS IT TRUE that we congratulate the Courier and Press on exposing the Mayor’s failure to respond to the contacts from the USHL when it was announced the City would be looking for a team to replace the IceMen. ?  The Mayor’s Minister of Propaganda and Spin, blamed the failure to respond to the inquiries on them going to the wrong email account?  We are seeing glimpses of some spot-on investigative reporting from the newest owners of the Evansville Courier and Press , and we hope to see more of it in relation to the 2014 SBOA Audit.IS IT TRUE that we wonder if the mural behind the McDonald’s on North Main that DMD Director Kelly Coures commissioned in the name of economic development is worth the $65,000 plus that  taxpayers paid  for?  …we beg you to drive to the McDonalds restaurant located on North Main and tell us that the mural painted on the side  of a building  located behind McDonalds on North Main is going to attract economic development?IS IT TRUE that certain established business owners seem to be very successful in obtaining $50,000 “facade grants” through DMD to upgrade their businesses?  …could this be a prime example of political patronage?IS IT TRUE that the Mayor, Missy Mosby. Jonathon Weaver, and other profligate spenders are joyfully carving up the $25 million rent advance paid to the City by Tropicana? … that we wonder what would be wrong with holding on to some of the “windfall”?IS IT TRUE when questioned about the free advertising that Councilors Mosby and Weaver give to their employer, FC Tucker, at City Council meetings with their mugs and pins?  …we are told that other real estate agencies are saying it is not a problem for them?   … they tell us they think that the two may harm Tucker’s business more than it helps them?FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”. Jobs posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Evansville Brownfields Corp should be considered a public or private entity?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: April 21, 2021

In the market for… healthy living

first_imgBy Wayne CaddyWell, it’s certainly no coincidence that, on the back of numerous New Year’s resolutions made to strive towards healthier lifestyles in 2009, we may have a boost to help us along.Change4Life is the kickstart of a major campaign launch by the Department of Health. The campaign is a society-wide movement, which aims to prevent people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat better and move more.Initially, the first stage of the campaign is targeted at young families. Its priority is focused on poor diet and inactive lifestyles and the relationship between the health and happiness of our children and young people.Change4Life predicts nine out of 10 children today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies by the year 2050. This can cause life-threatening diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.The campaign is very compelling and hard-hitting, with a simple message based on a great deal of common sense – ’Eat Well, Move More, Live Longer’.So as bakers can we support this campaign? Of course there is the side of bakery that is treat-orientated and I don’t believe this should change at all. Surely the key to a healthier diet and lifestyle is about moderation, frequency and portion size.Bakers should endorse such a campaign and a sub-brand, which is actively encouraged by the campaign. How about Bake4Life?Top Tips to… Bake4Lifel Adopt a product strategy and portfoliol Tell the story through point-of-sale and back up with a poster campaign. Why are your products Bake4Life? And what are the product benefits?l Sugar swaps and snacks are easy wins for kids to swap out of sugar and reduce intake, so target reduced-sugar products or those without added sugarl Use natural sugars such as honeyl Avoid sugary drinks and offer alternatives such as unsweetened fruit juices, milk, water or even sugar-free fizzy drinksl And if kids want to eat treats that taste like treats, then reduce portion sizes to “dinky”l Change4Life recommends healthier snacks, such as breadsticks or cereal barsl Change4Life recommends toast as a breakfast option. Make sure you promote itl Use healthy functional ingredients, typically associated with baking, such as oats, vine fruits, wheatgerm and so on.[http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life]last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: April 20, 2021

News story: British Army set to redefine warfare with joint Autonomous Warrior

first_imgAutonomous Warrior, the 2018 Army Warfighting Experiment, will push the boundaries of technology and military capability in the land environment.And one of the key areas it is set to test is the autonomous last mile resupply. The ‘last mile’, which represents the extremely dangerous final approach to the combat zone, is crucial to ensuring soldiers have the food, fuel and ammunition to keep them alive.Autonomous Warrior will test a range of prototype unmanned aerial and ground cargo vehicles which aim to reduce the danger to troops during combat.The British Army is set to launch the four-week exercise on November 12, with a Battlegroup from 1 Armed Infantry brigade providing the exercising troops and taking responsibility of command and control.British soldiers will test and evaluate the effectiveness of robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) on the battlefield.These technological advances will play a key role in the Army’s Strike capability, ensuring our forces remain unmatched on the global stage.Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said: Our Armed Forces continue to push the limits of innovative warfare to ensure that we stay ahead of any adversaries or threats faced on the battlefield. Autonomous Warrior sets an ambitious vision for Army operations in the 21st Century as we integrate drones, unmanned vehicles and personnel into a world-class force for decades to come. Autonomous Warrior will play an integral role within the £800 million Defence Innovation Fund which supports ground-breaking ideas aimed at transforming both defence and British industry.The land-based exercise follows on from the hugely successful ‘Unmanned Warrior’ which the Royal Navy demonstrated autonomous systems diving, swimming and flying together to engage in surveillance, intelligence-gathering and mine countermeasures. As well as demonstrating the vehicles during the last mile, Autonomous Warrior will also develop capabilities in surveillance which will greatly improve the effectiveness of long-range and precision targeting by service personnel.The exercise is the result of a large collaboration between the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, US Army, MOD, Dstl and around 50 industry participants.The new Chief of the General Staff, Gen Mark Carleton-Smith, who will give his first address in his new role at the conference, setting out the backdrop of a “darkening geo-political picture” as he calls for British forces to be “combat ready today and prepared for tomorrow”.Giving the closing address, Gen Carleton-Smith will stress the need for British forces to work with their allies not just in the battlefield, but also in the virtual world. He will warn that “we live in exceptionally unstable times and that the world has never been more unpredictable”.As he describes how “the nature of warfare is broadening beyond the traditional physical domains” he will add that 21st Century battlefield requires non-traditional skills, beyond those normally associated with careers in Army, to ensure British forces remain world leaders.center_img We need a more proactive, threat-based approach to our capability planning, including placing some big bets on those technologies that we judge may offer exponential advantage because given the pace of the race, to fall behind today is to cede an almost unquantifiable advantage from which it might be impossible to recover. Gen Mark Carleton-Smith will say:last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: March 1, 2021

Unraveling the secrets of the epilepsy diet

first_imgFor decades, neurologists have known that a diet high in fat and extremely low in carbohydrates can reduce epileptic seizures that resist drug therapy. But how the diet worked, and why, was a mystery — so much so that in 2010, The New York Times Magazine called it “Epilepsy’s Big, Fat Miracle.”Now, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) have proposed an answer, linking resistance to seizures to a protein that modifies cellular metabolism in the brain. The research, to be published in the May 24 issue of the journal Neuron, may lead to the development of new treatments for epilepsy.The research was led jointly by Nika Danial, HMS assistant professor of cell biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Gary Yellen, professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. The first author was Alfredo Giménez-Cassina, a research fellow in Danial’s lab.Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by an electrical storm in the brain that can manifest as convulsions, loss of motor control, or loss of consciousness. Some epilepsy cases can be improved by a diet that drastically reduces sugar intake. Such a diet causes neurons to switch from their customary fuel of sugar to fat byproducts called ketone bodies. The diet, which mimics the effects of starvation, was described more than 80 years ago and received renewed interest in the 1990s. Recent studies corroborate that it works, but shed little light on how.Yellen was introduced to the ketogenic diet by his wife, Elizabeth Thiele, professor of neurology at HMS and director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, who was not involved in the study.“The connection between metabolism and epilepsy has been such a puzzle,” said Yellen. “I’ve met a lot of kids whose lives are completely changed by this diet. It’s amazingly effective, and it works for many kids for whom drugs don’t work.”The discovery involves a protein with the tongue-twisting name of “BCL-2-associated agonist of cell death,” or BAD, which has a role in the normal process of cell death. Danial had previously discovered a second function for the protein: It also regulates glucose metabolism.Giménez-Cassina further discovered that certain modifications in BAD switched metabolism in brain cells from glucose to ketone bodies.“It was then that we realized we had come upon a metabolic switch to do what the ketogenic diet does to the brain without any actual dietary therapy,” said Gimenez-Cassina. He went on to show that these same BAD modifications protect against seizures in experimental models of epilepsy. Still, it wasn’t clear exactly how.Yellen suspected the answer involved potassium ion channels. Ion channels are pathways through cell membranes that allow the passage of certain kinds of charged molecules that, among other things, help carry nerve signals. Potassium channels tend to suppress cell electrical activity.Yellen’s lab had previously linked ketone bodies like those from the high-fat epilepsy diet to the activation of a type of potassium channel in neurons. Yellen hypothesized that the diet worked because ketone bodies from fat provide enough neurons to fuel normal function, but when a seizure threatens, the associated potassium channel can shut the storm down. Dietary effects, however, are broad and complex, so it was impossible to say for sure.The effects that Danial’s lab had discovered — BAD’s ability to alter metabolism and seizures — offered a new avenue for studying the therapeutic effects of altered metabolism. Together, the researchers decided to investigate whether Danial’s protein switch governed Yellen’s potassium pathway, and whether they could reverse engineer the seizure protection of a ketogenic diet.They could. Working in genetically altered mice, the researchers modified the BAD protein to reduce glucose metabolism and increase ketone body metabolism in the brain. Seizures decreased, but the benefit was erased when they knocked out the associated potassium channel — strong evidence that the protein-channelpathway conferred resistance to epileptic seizures. Further experiments suggested that it was indeed BAD’s role in metabolism, not cell death, that mattered. The findings make the BAD protein a promising target for new epilepsy drugs.“Diet sounds like this wholesome way to treat seizures, but it’s very hard. I mean, diets in general are hard, and this diet is really hard,” said Yellen. “So finding a pharmacological substitute for this would make lots of people really happy.”last_img read more