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December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Peter StrozniakFederal investigators allege a potential theft of $1.7 million occurred at the $10.4 million Centra Health Credit Union, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Roanoke.Claudia A. Rawes, manager/CEO of the Lynchburg, Va.-based cooperative, and two other employees were placed on administrative leave following a state and federal examination in January, according to a prepared statement on the credit union’s website. continue reading »last_img read more

December 8, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgChesna says while the traditional open enrollment period for health insurance in New York State ended in January, the state is offering a special open enrollment period for anyone needing health insurance during the pandemic. The new open enrollment period will last until May 15. Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network of Binghamton wants to help you put that worry to rest. If you have lost your health insurance and are in need of assistance you can contact Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network of Binghamton at (607) 772-0517. While Mothers and Babies started out offering services for new families nearly thirty years ago, they have since expanded their focus to include a variety of health related services. That includes helping people through the process of applying for insurance. “It allows anyone who has lost their coverage or anyone who did not have coverage even before COVID-19 to apply for their health insurance,” she said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Nearly seventeen million Americans have applied for unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and with many of them relying on employment based health insurance, that has people in the Southern Tier concerned about their health coverage. “Our navigators are trained and they are certified through New York State to assist anyone through the marketplace,” said Chesna. “Say they are provided a prescription and they have a high copay they can’t really afford especially if they’ve just lost their job – we can work with them and try to get them some coverage for whatever it is they may need,” she said. “If someone has lost their health insurance especially in this period of time it’s critical that they can get coverage immediately and be able to access whatever care they need,” said Sharon Chesna, Executive Director of Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network of Binghamton. She also says this is far from the only service the organization is offering the community during this difficult time. If you would like to apply on your own, you can do so by clicking here.last_img read more

November 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEleven-year-old budding footballer Imogen Papworth-Heidel has completed her target of 7.1 million keepy-uppies – and has raised thousands of pounds for charity in the process.Imogen, from Hauxton, near Cambridge, wanted to do a keepy-uppie for every key worker in the United Kingdom, and she completed the final 3,000 at Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium on Wednesday.- Advertisement – “So many people have supported her and it really shows the warmth of humanity during a really difficult time for people.“The amount of support from such a vast variety of people has been amazing – a grandad just out from Covid, first thing he does out from hospital is go in his garden and do some keepy-uppies for her!“We have had amputees and blind people doing keepy-uppies, so it has been absolutely fantastic.“And it has also inspired people to go out in the garden and be active – many people have said that to us and how it has helped them with their own mental health.”Imogen added: “We have raised over £11,100 and my original target was £1,300.“We smashed that target, which is so amazing!” Imogen Papworth-Heidel completed her 7.1 million keepy-uppie challenge on WednesdayImage:Imogen completed her 7.1 million keepy-uppie challenge on Wednesday – Advertisement – “He inspired me to do the challenge, he was raising so much money, and I even met him, which was amazing, and give him his Pride of Britain award.“I told him about the challenge and he said it was ‘quite cool’ – and that is quite a cool thing!” Imogen trains with Cambridge United’s youth academy and Essex County FA Girls Regional Talent Club and, asked if she would like to play for the Lionesses one day, she said: “That is one of my dreams.“Going there (St George’s Park), inspired me even more.”The Arsenal and Cambridge fan has been inspiring others this year – and her amazing efforts have raised money for the NHS, Mind, The Fire Fighters Charity, Police Care UK, The Care Workers Charity, SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity, Education Support, East Anglian Air Ambulance, and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.At the time of writing, she has raised over £12,000 and donations continue to arrive on her JustGiving page. She said: “Going to see the England players was so amazing, we met Tammy Abraham, he did some keepy-uppies, and I met Lucy Bronze. “I also met Isobel Christiansen and Georgia Stanway, and they were all really lovely.“I haven’t got a favourite but Marcus Rashford did some [keepy-uppies] as well and that was quite cool.”Imogen’s parents both work with the NHS in the field of patient safety, and her dad Karl was the official counter for the challenge.He said: “We are really proud of her, we thought it was going to take years.“I wasn’t sure I would be around for it! “It was really amazing to complete the challenge in under seven months,” Imogen told Sky Sports.“At the beginning, we thought it would take 97 years to actually finish this – I would be older than Captain Tom!- Advertisement –center_img Imogen Papworth-Heidel shows off the skills she hopes may lead to an England Lionesses call-up one dayImage:Imogen shows off the skills she hopes may lead to an England Lionesses call-up one day 0:44 preview image Imogen has been helped along the way to her incredible final total by keepy-uppie ‘donations’ from approximately 2,000 people across the globe, including some well-known faces, who she bumped into at England’s St George’s Park training complex.- Advertisement – Imogen has completed her challenge to reach 7.1 million keepy-uppies – with a little help from those around the world inspired by her fundraising efforts. Pictures from @CUCTrust Captain Sir Thomas Moore poses after being awarded with the insignia of Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor CastleImage:Captain Sir Thomas Moore completed 100 laps of his garden earlier this year and inspired Imogen into the bargain She started her challenge back in April, inspired by Captain Tom Moore, who raised £33m for the NHS when he completed 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.last_img read more

November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMay 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that $1.33 billion will be available in this year’s round of funding to states to improve preparedness for terrorism and other public health emergencies.The total includes $862.8 million in funds administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to boost preparedness for bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and public health emergencies. Another $471 million will be passed out by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve hospitals’ ability to cope with events that cause large numbers of casualties.The total amount is down about $14 million from last year’s total, which included $849.6 million in CDC grants and $498 million in HRSA grants. The money goes to states, territories, and four metropolitan areas: Los Angeles County, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC.The package is the fourth in a series of large federal allocations for public health preparedness that began in 2002, following the terrorist attacks and anthrax mailings of 2001.HHS said the funds will be used to upgrade infectious disease surveillance and investigation, prepare the healthcare system to deal with mass casualties, expand public health laboratory and communications capacities, and improve disease-reporting communication between hospitals and city, local, and state health departments.Setting specific objectivesOne important new wrinkle in the process this year is that the CDC is making an earnest attempt to define preparedness in terms of specific goals and performance capabilities.The CDC released a document May 13 to guide jurisdictions through the application process. The document includes a lengthy set of goals, under the headings Prevent, Detect/Report, Investigate, Control, Recover, and Improve. The guidelines spell out particular outcomes, tasks, and measures of performance under each goal.”The preparedness goals or measurements—that is a new piece to the cooperative agreement,” CDC spokesman Von Roebuck told CIDRAP News. “They have not been in there before. They do build a bit up on the past recommendations as far as key points that we wanted to have covered. They actually are a work in progress. . . . We’ll listen to what states have to say, and they’ll be modified in some way if necessary.”Last year the CDC guidelines were framed in terms of focus areas or activities, such as planning, epidemiology and surveillance, biological laboratory, risk communication, and training, according to Aggie Leitheiser, assistant commissioner for the Health Protection Bureau in the Minnesota Department of Health.”It was focused much more on tasks,” Leitheiser told CIDRAP News. “This year they’ve switched to identifying the goals that we’re trying to achieve with this work. They’ve identified nine, and in that, I believe, are over a hundred critical tasks or subtasks.”The goals and tasks have performance measures linked to them. For example, the prevention goal includes planning for all kinds of public health emergencies. For one of the performance measures in that category, Leitheiser said, “We are to measure the time it takes to get our initial wave of personnel to a staging area to staff emergency operations, and the target is 90 minutes.”For another example, the “investigate” goal calls for speeding up the identification of causes, risk factors, and appropriate interventions for those affected by threats to public health. One of the related performance measures is to be able to start an epidemiologic investigation within 3 hours after an unusual pattern of disease cases is detected.Another goal is to speed up the detection and reporting of dangerous agents in tissue, food, or environmental samples. One of several associated performance measures is the ability to send a sample potentially containing an infectious agent to a reference laboratory within 60 minutes after collecting it.”We’re very pleased to see the switch” in approaches, Leitheiser said. “Rather than ‘How many meetings did you have?’ [the CDC is asking], ‘Can you show you’re able to act effectively?'”Questions raised about progressShe said many groups, including Congress, the CDC, and state health departments, have been asking how much progress has been made in bioterrorism preparedness with the money that’s been spent in recent years. “I think the CDC is moving in a deliberate way to answer those questions,” she said.Not that the new guidance is flawless, Leitheiser said. “Some of them [performance goals] are frankly a little unrealistic. For example, that we be able to handle 1% of the population calling in for information. That would be 50,000 people, which would probably take down the phone system.”She also said that with the new approach, applying for the funds will probably take more work this year. Officials will have to write a description of how they plan to develop the ability to handle each of the critical tasks in the guidance.”I think it’s very good, but change is always hard,” she said.Leitheiser said the guidelines for HRSA funding for hospitals didn’t change as much as the CDC guidelines did this year. “The HRSA grant I think has been more focused from the beginning,” she said. “They are trying also to be aware of measurement and impact, but they didn’t go to the same format that CDC did.”The CDC money includes a base grant of $3.9 million for each jurisdiction, plus an additional amount based on population, according to Roebuck of the CDC. The amounts range from $4.9 million for Wyoming to $61.3 million for California. Thirty-one states and cities are due to get more money this year than they did last year, while 23 will receive less.The HRSA funds are allocated much the same way as the CDC money, with a base grant plus an amount based on population. David Bowman, a HRSA spokesman in Washington, DC, said the base grant this year is slightly lower than the $1 million used last year. Sums range from about $1.3 million for Wyoming to $39.2 million for California.Health departments have until Jul 13 to apply for the CDC funds, and the money will be available for spending starting Aug 31, Roebuck said.Bowman said the deadline for applying for HRSA funds is Jul 1, with the money becoming available after Aug 31.Program for cities expandsWith the CDC funding, HHS is expanding a program to help major cities develop the ability to quickly provide oral drugs to the entire population in a public health emergency. Last year 21 urban areas received funds under the program, called the Cities Readiness Initiative. This year, the CDC is increasing the total funds for those 21 areas by $10 million and is adding another 15 metropolitan areas in 15 states, HHS reported.Funds for the program this year will total $40.18 million, officials said. The largest sums are slated to go to New York City ($5.1 million) and Los Angeles ($3.44 million).The CDC is also continuing a program begun last year to strengthen infectious disease surveillance in states bordering on Mexico and Canada. A total of $5.44 million will be available for the Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance Program in the border states.The money is for developing and implementing a program to detect, investigate, and report unusual infectious disease cases in the border regions, HHS said. Twenty states are to receive shares of the money, but most of it will go to Texas (about $2 million) and California ($1.5 million).The CDC’s guidelines also ask states to take steps to prepare for an influenza pandemic. One suggestion is that states use CDC funds to buy supplies of the antiviral drug oseltamivir and store them in hospital-based caches funded by HRSA. Health departments could then use the drug to treat their own staff members if needed in a pandemic, the guidelines say.See also:May 13 HHS news release’s “Cooperative Agreement Guidance for Public Health Emergency Preparedness” read more

November 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Resveratrol is an antioxidant that is found in at least 72 plant species and is known to help protect the heart and nervous system and help prevent cancer, says the report. The researchers did a series of experiments in which they exposed cells to a flu virus and added resveratrol an hour later. They also exposed groups of mice to the virus and treated them with resveratrol or a placebo. The researchers also tested the effects of starting resveratrol treatment at different intervals after infecting cells with the virus. Treatment was most effective—reducing viral growth 87.5%—when treatment began 3 hours after virus exposure. Effects were lower but still significant when treatment began 6 hours after infection, and treatment had no significant benefit if delayed until 9 hours after infection. Rather than directly attacking the flu virus itself, resveratrol seems to block host-cell functions that are essential for viral replication, says the report by Anna T. Palamara and colleagues at the University of Rome. They write that the substance holds promise as a possible weapon against flu. Palamara AT, Nencioni L, Aquilano K, et al. Inhibition of influenza A virus replication by resveratrol. J Infect Dis 2005 May 15;191(10):1719-29 [Abstract] May 31, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Resveratrol, a chemical found in grapes and other fruits, inhibits the reproduction of influenza viruses in cell culture and mice, according to a recent report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. “For these reasons, RV merits further investigation as a potential weapon for combating the growing threat of influenza,” the authors conclude. In the tests on mice, the researchers found that resveratrol treatment increased survival by 40% in treated mice, compared with mice that received a placebo. The level of virus found in the lungs 6 days after infection was 98% lower in treated mice than in the placebo group. “We have shown that RV [resveratrol], a natural polyphenol whose concentration in red wine is 1.5-3.0 mg/L, can inhibit the in vitro and in vivo replication of influenza A virus without producing any significant toxicity,” the article states. The apparent ability of resveratrol to block host-cell functions that flu viruses rely on offers important advantages, the researchers say. Compared with existing anti-flu drugs, resveratrol would be less likely to induce resistance by flu viruses, and it would probably be effective for all types and strains of flu virus. In an initial cell-culture experiment, treatment with resveratrol at 20 mcg/mL reduced flu virus replication 90%, and treatment with 40 mcg/mL blocked replication completely. However, because the higher concentration damaged the cells, the lower concentration was used in further tests. Given these and other findings, the researchers concluded that resveratrol interferes with the manufacture of proteins made late in the viral replication process, such as hemagglutinin, and limits the transport of viral ribonucleoproteins from the cell nucleus to the cytoplasm. The authors also determined that the molecular mechanism for resveratrol’s effects has to do with the inhibition of protein kinase C activity and its dependent pathways.last_img read more

October 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

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September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe solid concrete home has a mix of renovated and original features with three bathrooms.Bidding started at $4 million and moved to $7 million in two minutes. The rest of the bidding occurred privately between two bidders and the sellers, with auctioneer Haesley Cush keeping the crowd on the pool deck updated.After 20 minutes the bid had been raised to $7.5 million.Ten minutes later a further bid of $7.75 million was made privately and the house was officially put on the market for sale.Mr Cush resumed the public auction but with no further bids, it was sold to the Seymour family. Eight bidders took the 873sq m property to auction yesterday in a 40-minute showdown before a crowd of more than 80 on the pool deck. Four of the bidders were active. Brisbane’s strong prestige market secures spot on top 100 for first time The property has direct water access and is two doors down from the Sydney St Ferry Terminal.“This is a great sale for Brisbane and the prestige market and a good sign of things to come,” he said.The sale supports Brisbane’s 2019 debut on an international index which ranks cities according to the growth of their luxury housing market, with Brisbane outperforming Melbourne and just behind Sydney, to claim the 31st spot. It’s been held by the one family for 20 years, now this riverfront property has sold for a record price.A MULTI-level residence on the Brisbane River sold under the hammer on Saturday for $7.75 million, making it the fifth richest house in Brisbane City.The five-bedroom house with granite and marble staircases, at 39 Griffith St, New Farm, was last sold in 1999 for $1.2 million.With his grandfather, Queensland developer Kevin Seymour, on the phone, Ben Seymour made the winning bid from behind the pool gate, with a crowd of more than 80 on the connecting pool deck. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Queensland’s top sales of all time More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agocenter_img Brisbane’s prestige market grew by 3.1 per cent in 2018.The Prime International Residential Index recorded a 3.1 per cent growth in Brisbane’s luxury housing market last year.RELATED: The upstairs lounge room where sellers Allan and Glenice Mein were waiting while the auction took place on the pool deck below them.The property’s medium density zoning attracted homeowners, investors and developers from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane including the neighbouring Gambaro family, icons of the Brisbane restaurant scene, and the electrician who worked on the original build in the early 1980s.“In its day it would have been one of the most luxurious homes, and it’s built like a brick boatshed,” the electrician said.“It was the biggest house I ever worked on and this is my first time back.“The chandeliers themselves cost as much as a house.” From the back of the pool area, there are city views or you can look straight across to Shafston House at Kangaroo Point.Developers, Allan and Glenice Mein, raised their children and 8 grandchildren at 39 Griffith St. At one time, two of their children and six grandchildren were living in the house with them.Mr Seymour met the couple after the auction.“This is a fantastic property, a fantastic home,” he said.“You must have many great memories here.”Mrs Mein shook his hand warmly.“You were just so relaxed and professional,” she said to him.“You weren’t like I was.“Will your family move in here? I hope they do because it is a fantastic place.” The blue pearl marble staircase at the front entrance.Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire said the result made it the top residential auction sale in Queensland. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

September 25, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgOn Feb. 28, the court sheriffssuccessfully executed the Writ of Possession issued by Presiding Judge EmeraldRequina-Contreras of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 23 and turned over PECO’spower distribution assets to MORE Power. A former personnel of Panay Electric Co. for 19 years keeps his work at the Tabuc Suba substation. He was absorbed by MORE Electric and Power Corp. after the takeover on Feb. 28 by virtue of a Writ of Possession issued by the Regional Trial Court, Branch 23. 3. authorize MORE Power to implementthe last approved distribution charges of PECO In their inspection report submittedto the Commission, the team confirmed that MORE had gained full possession andcontrol over five substations, prepared for all other aspects related toelectricity distribution, and had power supply contracts with four powersuppliers that would ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity sufficient toserve the consumers in Iloilo city. 2. issue a Provisional Authority,pursuant to Section 8 of Executive Order 172, authorizing MORE Power to operatethe power distribution network ILOILO City – There should be noconfusion as to the rightful entity to distribute power in this city, accordingto the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). 1. revoke the provisional CPCN issuedto Panay Electric Co. (PECO) after determining that MORE Power has establishedor acquired its own distribution system and verified the latter’s completetransition to full operations The ERC inspection team likewiseverified MORE Power’s full readiness and capacity in aspects of development,operation and maintenance of the distribution system. During a hearing on March 6, JudgeContreras expressed gladness that her apprehension did not happened because thesupply of electricity in Iloilo city continued since the takeover./PN 4. require MORE Power to source andprocure its power requirements in accordance with Section 5 of Republic Act(RA) 11212; while MORE Power is unable to secure the Certificate of Exemptionfrom the Department of Energy (DOE) necessary to enter into emergency powersupply agreements, it shall source its power requirements from the currentpower generation suppliers of PECO. ERC, in its meeting on March 5,2020 ,resolved to adopt the following resolutions: On March 3 and 4, ERC technicalpersonnel conducted an ocular inspection to verify the actual status of thedistribution network and determine which among MORE Power and PECO was actuallyoperating the said system. It is MORE Electric and Power Corp.(MORE Power). In issuing a Certificate of PublicConvenience and Necessity (CPCN) to MORE Power, ERC chairperson and chiefexecutive officer Agnes Devanadera stressed the Commission was “mindful of itsmandates to protect consumer interest, ensure uninterrupted electric service toconsumers in Iloilo City and prevent chaos and confusion among said customersas to who is authorized to operate the distribution system in the area.” PECO’S power distribution franchiseexpired on Jan. 18, 2019. It was given by ERC a provisional CPCN in accordancewith Section 17 of RA 11212 (MORE Power’s franchise law), taking intoconsideration public interest and to ensure the uninterrupted supply ofelectricity until MORE Power has established full operation of the distributionsystem.last_img read more

September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — This weekend, the Drug Enforcement Administration offers residents a chance to get rid of pills, cough syrup, and other unwanted medications that have been piling up around their homes.The ninth “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Versailles Indiana State Police Post.The event is one of the few days of the year where residents can drop off expired or unused prescription medications with no questions asked. This program will not accept needles, police said.Past Take-Back Day events have been hugely successful, collecting more than 324 tons of prescription medications nationwide last October alone.last_img read more

September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) ELLSWORTH — After three varsity seasons, the Ellsworth Eagle football team has yet to put a win in the scorebook.But as far as Ellsworth coach Duane Crawford is concerned, “each time the players stepped on the field they were victorious.”The Eagles opened the season with a high degree of optimism. But what appeared to be a strong squad at the beginning, with large offensive and defensive lines, only played the opening game against MDI together.“From that point on,” said Crawford, seven starters were out by the end of our third game for various reasons.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThat required moving several players to positions that were new to them.Austin Smith, a 150-pound defensive back, was converted to an offensive guard.Michael York moved from fullback to tight end for two games, then missed the balance of the season with a knee injury.Damien Carter, a freshman running back, stepped in at tackle for a couple of games.James McAlpine moved from his usual tight end position to guard and tackle.Sophomore guard/tackle Scott Firley played wherever he was needed on both the offensive and defensive lines.Despite that adversity, said Crawford, the team played better than last year and several games were not decided until the third or fourth quarter.“In previous seasons, in most of our games we were playing JV squads by the second half,” he said. “This year, we played three games in which varsity opponents played through all four quarters, and in one game, we were leading 8-6 at the end of the first quarter, which was a first.”Next year will be the first season in which the full offensive backfield likely will be intact for two years in a row.The Eagles lose just three seniors — Robert Cooper, Calob Chipman and Brock Frye.This season, Ellsworth’s wing-T offense generated more than 1,600 yards with running back Devin Wright leading the way, averaging 4.4 yards on 111 carries.Connor Petros averaged 5.1 yards on 70 carries, and York averaged 4.2 yards on 39 carries in just four games.Quarterback Jacob Shorey completed 23 passes for just under 300 yards, 268 of them to Wally Rumill.Defensive returnees will include Wright, who led the team with 24 solo tackles and 15 assists, along with Rumill, Tyler Hardwick and Shorey.“Building a football program from the ground up is a long process,” said Crawford. “But these student athletes remained positive the entire season, worked hard despite overwhelming odds and never quit. They continue to lay the foundation for the program.” Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017center_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Posts Biolast_img read more