Surgeon General: Whether schools reopen or stay closed is up to you

first_img Surgeon General: Whether schools reopen or stay closed is up to you WhatsApp Google+ Twitter By Network Indiana – July 21, 2020 0 371 Pinterest Twitter Facebook (Photo/Public Domain) Whether schools reopen or stay closed in favor of e-learning is entirely up to you, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.Dr. Jerome Adams was the state health commissioner of Indiana before taking his current position in the White House. Talking on Good Morning America, Adams stressed that the process of school districts deciding to stay closed or to reopen is about more than the districts making the final call.“The biggest determinant of whether or not we can go back to school has little to do with the actual schools. It’s your background transmission rate,” Adams said. “It’s why we have told people constantly that if we want to get back to school, to worship, to regular life, folks need to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.”He said it’s by doing these things that we make the process of flattening the curve function. Meanwhile, there are many that are criticizing the Trump Administration for not doing enough to get more Americans tested for coronavirus.Adams said the rub is not a matter of testing, but funding.“There was ten billion, with a B, dollars allocated for testing, and only about 36 million, with an M, has been drawn down from that fund,” he explained. “So, some of the debate is not about whether we need more testing, but it’s really about whether we’ve spent the money that already allocated.”According to the Centers for Disease Control over 48.6 million Americans have been tested, roughly 14-percent of the U.S. population. Nine-percent of those tests has come back positive. Previous articleMedical care in rural hospitals challenged during pandemicNext articleIndiana Democratic lawmakers want a special session to talk pandemic, police reform issues Network Indiana WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebooklast_img read more

News story: Home Secretary visits the site of major incident in Amesbury

first_img It was a privilege to meet some of the first responders and I want to thank them for their professionalism and dedication. We now need to allow the police to continue their investigation. I am mindful of the individuals still in hospital in critical care and thinking of them, and their family and friends. It is important to reiterate though that the risk to the general public remains low. What I have experienced in Amesbury and Salisbury is an overwhelming feeling of the community coming together. They have impressed the whole country with their response and have shown that Salisbury is open for business. The visit came after tests showed the couple were exposed to the same Novichok nerve agent used in the attack on Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury in March.The Home Secretary was met by Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police Kier Pritchard at the Guildhall in Salisbury, where he was given an operational update on the ongoing investigation. Afterwards, he met with first responders from Wiltshire Police and the Fire and Rescue and ambulance services to thank them for their dedication and professionalism.John Glen, MP for Salisbury, then took the Home Secretary to visit local businesses in Guildhall Square, and to watch a performance by the Salisbury Area Young Musicians.Then the Home Secretary went to Amesbury where he visited Muggleton Road, the site where the two individuals were taken ill.Speaking at the scene, he said:last_img read more

The Asher Fulero Band Goes “Airborne” On New Live Album

first_imgSought after side man Asher Fulero is stepping out of the shadows and making his mark with a new band and a decidedly jammy sound. Having worked with dozens of artists in the studio and onstage Fulero has honed his keyboard skills to razor sharpness and it shows on his new live release, Airborne. Playing tunes from his band’s 2015 studio release, Catching Air, Fulero shows a dynamic sound and a deep commitment to musical exploration.Fans of his most visible current gig as part of the Emancipator live band will be pleased to hear elements of that sound present throughout the disc. To help celebrate the release, the band is releasing a series of videos from the show, all edited together by Fulero himself. “I taught myself Final Cut Pro and set out to edit all the footage together myself. I really enjoyed getting to learn another way to bring my music to the people,” said Fulero in a recent chat.Airborne (Live) was recorded at the venerable Goodfoot Pub & Lounge in Portland, Oregon, the band’s home base where their previous studio album was recorded. The show is a wild and exploratory take on the material, with each song well over ten minutes in length. ‘That’s what I love about the jam scene in articular, and why I wanted to form a jam project. Stretching things out, taking the time to find the magic in each piece, is extremely rewarding to me.”With the fourth video segment from the show launching this week and the album finally being made available to the public Asher is excited for fans to hear how the music translates to the stage.  Luckily, you can listen and watch for yourselves!Here’s a link to the songs from Airborne, filmed live at the Goodfoot. Enjoy!Check out the Asher Fulero Band’s Bandcamp page for new tracks and tunes including this latest release!last_img read more

If Harvard were to reopen today, who should be allowed to return?

first_imgThe event closed with two honored guests: Harvard President Larry Bacow and his wife, Adele Fleet Bacow, making one of their first appearances since recovering from the virus. “We live in an imperfect world. I think we would all acknowledge that,” said Larry Bacow. “I’m struck by how all of the choices that we face in this particular problem are bad choices. None are obvious; none are clearly the right thing to do. But act we must. We don’t have the luxury of saying that the problem is too hard; we can’t deal with it. We will deal with it; we’ll struggle with it; we’ll try to make the best choices that we can.”Added Adele Bacow, “I was particularly struck tonight by the range and diversity of people who cared enough about this topic to participate. It reinforces how important it is to have a multidisciplinary approach to think about ethics, to think about sciences, to think about policies to help us get through the pandemic. To the students and faculty who are working so hard we would say: We need you now more than ever.” Suppose Harvard were allowed to reopen tomorrow. Would it be ethical to allow a limited number of students to return, provided they tested virus-free and were willing to repeat the test daily?That and other hypotheticals were proposed by Michael Sandel in a campuswide Zoom event, “Harvard Live: Pandemic Ethics,” on Thursday evening. Sandel, Bass Professor of Government Theory at Harvard Law School, has lately been examining implications of COVID-19. Earlier this week he published a New York Times opinion piece, “Are We All in This Together?,” which argued that the pandemic has laid bare economic inequities and that we should take this opportunity to rectify them when the nation reopens.On Thursday Sandel took full advantage of the interactive format to involve the preregistered students and faculty in discussion and debate. His method was to propose a hypothetical and poll the audience on whether they felt it was ethical, then invite representatives on both sides to weigh in. The case for opening Harvard (presuming more reliable testing in sufficient quantity were available) got the closest vote — a narrow majority was in favor — and prompted lively disagreement.A Business School student who supported a limited return of students argued that there already are preconditions for attending school, including the administration of some vaccines. “Sure it’s unfair, but it’s a fact of life … You can’t be in large groups if you have a disease that is transmissible.” This worried a design student who pointed out that students with preexisting conditions were likelier to be excluded. As Sandel noted, Harvard would then be left with the tough choice of whether to extend benefits to a privileged few, or to allow them to nobody.Cabot Professor of Mathematics Curtis McMullen opposed the idea on both practical and ethical grounds. “We’ve been talking about these tests as if they are 100 percent reliable, which is doubtful. So if one student has an invalid certificate of immunity, it would infect the community. And I am also worried about the idea of equity: If Harvard is one of the few campuses that can open its doors because it has a great medical school and access to testing, what does that say about our society?” That said, he said it’s possible such a scenario could come to pass. “I can imagine that we would make the moral compromise and open the campus anyway, but I would be troubled.” “I’m struck by how all of the choices that we face in this particular problem are bad choices. None are obvious; none are clearly the right thing to do. But act we must.” — Larry Bacow, University president Center for Ethics launches COVID-19 Rapid Response Impact Initiative Keeping ethics alive during the pandemic At virtual seminar with municipal leaders, stresses that clear communication is vital during pandemic In a related question, Sandel asked if an “immunity test” were developed, should those who could pass it be allowed to return? Jane Mansbridge, the Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at the Kennedy School, suggested that those in the most essential jobs might be allowed, with the possibility of a tax to share income with those unable to work. “I already think that those of us who have secure jobs, like you and me, should be sharing our incomes,” she told Sandel.Sandel also noted that we accept a loss of life in certain situations — such as auto accidents, which would be greatly reduced if the speed limit were reduced to 20 mph. So, he asked, should America reopen the economy and be prepared to accept similar losses through COVID-19? This also got a divided response, with a slim majority opposed, and proved tougher to answer.“As a physician, my placing of the human life is above all,” said Lawson Ung, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School. “But [shutting down society] itself entails a lot of economic- and health-related outcomes, which may not be desirable. I worry about the slippery slope in quantifying the death toll. How many concessions is society willing to take on?” Related Obama: In trying times, truth first The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

College obtains science grant

first_imgOver a dozen science, engineering and math students from Saint Mary’s will receive additional financial and academic support as the result of a grant recently awarded to the College. Chemistry professor Toni Barstis and math professor Joanne Snow served as co-principal investigators of the grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Biology professor Ryan Dombkowski is the faculty principal investigator of the grant and also served as co-author. The grant will begin distribution to eligible students starting in the 2013-14 school year. The grant awards $600,000 to Saint Mary’s to sponsor the advancement of women in engineering, math and science. The grant is through the NSF PRISM Women Scholars Program and provides scholarships for up to 20 students. The grant will provide roughly $26,500 of support to each student. Distribution of funds is spread throughout their sophomore, junior and senior years. “[The scholarships] are wonderful opportunities for Saint Mary’s to provide financial and developmental support to women interested in ‘STEM’ [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] field,” Dombkowski said. The school will award the scholarships to students based on their high school and first semester grades, along with recommendations from first-year professors and advisors. In addition to academia and references, Dombkowski said scholarship recipients must demonstrate an “exceptional motivation and enthusiasm for STEM disciplines.” “In the end, we want to see our students go off into successful and exciting careers in STEM fields and this scholarship program should provide us with support to do that at a higher level,” Dombkowski said. Once a student is given a scholarship, she will have to complete a list of requirements as part of her award, Drombkowski said. The student will have to participate in some community outreach, such as math or science tutoring at local schools, partake in some on-campus educational events and various field trips to pharmaceutical companies, research labs and other STEM places, he said. The scholarship recipient will also have to apply for summer research opportunities and as seniors, will attend a national conference where they will present their research from the summer or their senior comps, Drombkowski said. Dombkowski said  being awarded the grant is an accomplishment itself because of the number of applications the NSF receives every year. “I want to say that the NSF is only funding about 6 to 8 percent of their current grant applications, which means Saint Mary’s has been awarded this opportunity amongst a lot of competition,” he said. “We are certainly honored to be recognized by the NSF and excited to get started.” Dombkowksi said the College science and math departments have high hopes for the grant and are eager to see the impact of it on students, school and community. “I think that I can speak for my other [co-principle investigators] when I say that we hope the grant will help us to advertise the wonderful work Saint Mary’s women all already doing in STEM fields; to promote STEM careers and research for Saint Mary’s students; to attract, interest and retain the best and brightest students towards the STEM disciplines and to financially support exceptionally motivated STEM students throughout their studies,” he said. Contact Bridget Feeney at [email protected]last_img read more

Hunger Banquet depicts economic diversity, food security

first_imgParticipants at Saint Mary’s Hunger Banquet on Tuesday quickly discovered they were not eating a typical dinner. The event separated students, faculty and staff into one of three different groups representing social classes: upper, middle and lower. The lower economic classes had the largest number of participants, while the upper class was small. Participants sat and ate with their assigned class, and their class determined how much and what they ate.The upper class participants received a full, three-course meal served to them by staff while sitting at elaborately decorated tables. Meanwhile, middle class participants ate rice and lentils, and lower class participants only ate rice. This dinner simulated the differences between how and what different classes eat.Senior Olivia Burnett said the experience was eye-opening.“Most people eat to survive, whereas in our culture, we eat for pleasure,” she said.The Student Diversity Board (SDB) hosted the dinner with help from the Office of Civic and Social Engagement.SDB’s goal was to show how diverse America is in terms of economic status and that not everyone has the same resources students are accustomed to, senior and SDB President Victoria Ernsberger said.“The first year I went [to the banquet], it was truly an eye-opening experience to me, and the statistics provided during the event were heart-wrenching,” she said. “I think that it is important to understand that we are so privileged at Saint Mary’s. It is important to help those who are less fortunate.”Throughout the meal, participants heard testimonies about poverty and watched a video about food security in the United States. Ernsberger said 805 million people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger and about half of the world’s population, or 3 billion people, live in poverty.Burnett said the event highlighted the privilege of food security.“We don’t always recognize or appreciate that there are others out there who do not get the same privilege,” she said.The event is largely shaped by the participants and their personal experiences with food security, Ernsberger said.“Each year is different due to the individuals that partake in the event and their own individual stories and feelings that they are willing to share,” she said before the banquet. “We encourage participants to share their feelings regarding their placement during the banquet.” This year’s Hunger Banquet is part of a series of events geared towards food justice. Other events include a canned food drive, a campus ministry cooking class and a panel discussing food access. Ernsberger said she believes all of these events can help College community members be better informed about poverty and access.“I hope that students, faculty, and staff are able to walk away from the event feeling called to act and help with this injustice,” Ernsberger said. Tags: food insecurity, food justice week, hunger banquet, saint mary’s, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

Area Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

first_imgStock Image.BUFFALO — A Sinclairville man plead guilty to a drug conspiracy charge Friday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Tracy Griffin, 38, made the plea before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, acetyl fentanyl, fentanyl, and crack cocaine. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua A. Violanti, who is handling the case, stated that in January 2019, the defendant, and co-defendant Brandon Blackshear, conspired to sell acetyl fentanyl, fentanyl, and crack cocaine. On January 2 and January 22, 2019, members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force conducted controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Griffin and Blackshear.Charges remain pending against Brandon Blackshear. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.   The plea is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, under the direction of Jason Thompson, Associate Director of the Office of Justice Services; the Southern Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.Sentencing is scheduled for October 29, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Long Island Snow Storm: Up To 8 Inches For Suffolk; 2 To 5 In Nassau For Morning Commute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos might have brought home the Vince Lombardi Trophy Sunday night, but Mother Nature is bringing more snow to Long Island during the post-Super Bowl Monday morning commute.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Sunday evening forecasting 4 to 8 inches of snow for southwestern Suffolk County, effective 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.Up to 5 inches of the menacing white stuff is possible in Nassau. The NWS predicts strong wind gusts up to 35 mph and reduced visibilities up to one quarter to one half mile at times, with the heaviest snow falling from the Monday morning commute through the afternoon.“The combination of strong winds and a heavy wet snow will bring down tree limbs and power lines,” warns the agency. “Hazardous travel conditions are expected due to greatly reduced visibilities and significant snow accumulations. “Blowing and drifting of snow with near blizzard conditions are expected due to strong winds,” it continues. “Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency.”last_img read more

Casino staff face unemployment if they don’t reopen soon

first_imgNICHOLS (WBNG) — Tioga Downs Casino and Resort employees have been furloughed for four months, and the casino owner says it can’t last much longer. “They don’t understand the mentality of our customers; I guarantee you none of them are waiting for Tioga Downs to open,” Gural told 12 News Tuesday. “They just jump in their car and drive to one of the casinos that’s open, and they’re not hard to find.” Tioga Downs has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Owner Jeff Gural said the hotel reopened briefly because he thought the casino would be able to reopen as part of Phase 4, but when that didn’t happen he closed the hotel down as well. Gural said only P.J. Clarke’s restaurant is open on the weekends, and the racetrack is operating, but without spectators. He said almost counter-intuitively, not reopening the casino is making the Southern Tier less safe. Gural said under state law, any employee that is furloughed longer than six months will automatically be terminated. Additionally, Gural said the casino will go under if it has to remain closed another few months. Governor Andrew Cuomo has not given any additional guidance since July 6, when he said the state is reviewing reopening practices to ensure safety.last_img read more

Researchers call on COVID-19 survivors to donate blood plasma to help severely ill patients

first_imgA team of researchers focusing on convalescent plasma at Cipto Mangungkusomo Hospital/University of Indonesia’s School of Medicine has urged survivors of COVID-19 to donate their blood plasma to help treat patients with the novel coronavirus.“The donated blood plasma will be used on COVID-19 patients who are severely ill,” team member Robert Sinto said as reported by tempo.co on Thursday.Donors are required to have been declared free of COVID-19 through two swab tests and be at least 18 years old. He explained that the blood samples of the convalescent plasma could be used in therapy treatment for COVID-19 patients. “We really hope that everyone can help us in treating COVID-19 patients suffering greatly,” Robert said.The group also shared the contact number of 081219973852 for survivors who would like to make a donation.  Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology director Amin Soebandrio previously explained that the plasma contained antibodies that would prove effective in neutralizing the coronavirus incubating within the patients.He said the blood should be taken two to four weeks after the donor recovered from COVID-19.Convalescent plasma has proven effective in small studies for treating infectious diseases, including Ebola and SARS. Topics :last_img read more