Another Student, Teacher Tests Positive For COVID-19 At Jamestown Public Schools

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Another student and teacher at Jamestown Public Schools have tested positive for COVID-19.School district officials say the student attended Fletcher Elementary School and was last in the building on Tuesday.The teacher, who worked at Jamestown High School, was last in the school building on Thursday, November 5.Officials say the teacher instructs all classes by distance learning. The district is working closely with the Chautauqua County Health Department to complete contact tracing. They say close contacts will be notified if they may have been exposed.Earlier this week, two other students within the district tested positive for COVID-19.One attended class at Bush Elementary while the other was enrolled at Fletcher Elementary but attended virtually.The district would like parents to know that a confirmed case doesn’t mean that you or your child has been exposed to the individual who has tested positive.If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, significant diarrhea, sore throat or a fever greater than 100 F or 37.8 C) school officials say contact your health care provider and notify your child’s school health office.Those with questions are asked to contact JPS Coordinator of Health Services Jill Muntz at jill.a.muntz@jpsny.org or call her at 716-483-4376. 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

Former Greenpeace director Patrick Moore supports Vermont Yankee

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Patrick Moore was among the first of an idealistic generation to join Greenpeace. He was on its first trip to stop nuclear bomb tests by the United States in the Aleutians in 1971. The US stopped nuclear testing shortly after. He later was among those who intervened against Soviet whaling. He was aboard the Rainbow Warrior when she was sunk by the French during another nuclear test intervention. One of Moore’s colleagues died in that event in 1985.Moore left Greenpeace as a director in 1986 after he felt the movement moved away from sound science. It’s fair to say he is now a foe of Greenpeace.In its official statement on Moore (www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/media-center/news-releases/greenpeace-statemen…(link is external)), Greenpeace says in part: ‘By exploiting his former ties to Greenpeace, Moore portrays himself as a prodigal son who has seen the error of his ways. Unfortunately, the media – especially conservative media – give him a platform for his views, and often do so without mentioning the fact that he is a paid spokesperson for polluting companies.’A native-born Canadian, Moore, 64, currently has his own consultancy called Greenspirit Strategies Ltd based in Vancouver. He was in Vermont in late October to meetwith the media and Public Service Department Commissioner Liz Miller on behalf of the Vermont Energy Partnership, which, among other things, supports the license renewal of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station in Vernon. Governor Shumlin opposes its relicensing and is being sued in federal court by plant owner Entergy over the relicensing. Entergy says that Vermont government has no jurisdiction over the relicensing. Moore, in a Vermont Business Magazine interview conducted October 28, said he would support the building of new nuclear plants in New England. He said that while solar, in particular, has some merit as an energy solution in some situations, that renewables are neither sustainable sources of energy because of their high cost, nor are they reliable.He says what Vermont, the US and the world need is more electricity not less. Where possible, the best solution to energy needs is hydro power, because it is sustainable from both cost and reliability perspectives. Nuclear and natural gas plants would not be far behind in his view.On a couple of energy topics which are much in the news lately ‘ natural gas fracking in the US and tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada ‘ Moore said that the Vermont, US and world economies rely on fossil fuels for their survival. The economies of each, he said, would collapse without coal, oil and gas. All fossil fuel extraction is dirty, he said, but in the US and Canada at least it will be cleaned up. Since those resources are vital, he said it is much better to have those fuels coming from democracies than from dictatorships with abysmal civil rights records, as from the Middle East or Venezuela.As for global warming, Moore said that even while at least some of it is manmade, the planet is not being destroyed. He said it is changing but still thriving and humans will be able to change with it. He said given the many extreme changes in the Earth’s climatological history, it is impossible to tell if these current changes are just manmade or whether they are part of a greater geological epoch, much as the ice ages and other warming eras were over the millennia.On its Web site (www.greenspiritstrategies.com(link is external)), Moore’s consulting firm states: ‘Greenspirit Strategies Ltd. works with leading organizations in forestry, biotechnology, aquaculture, plastics and mining, developing sustainability solutions in the areas of natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change.’Moore was interviewed by VBM Editor Timothy McQuiston. During the interview, Green Mountain Power’s new contract with the Seabrook nuclear power plant in New Hampshire was discussed. NextEra Energy Resources LLC, owner of the Seabrook, NH, nuclear power plant announced a 23-year agreement with GMP on May 31, 2011. It is initially a fixed-price contract that adjusts with an inflation mechanism over time to guard against future power price swings.The energy price for 2012 is 4.66 cents per kilowatt hour for 15 megawatts, which it will buy from NextEra. That part of the deal lasts through 2014. Starting in 2015, the Seabrook load will be for 60 megawatts and over time be reduced to 40 MW. The contract expires in 2035. The 60 MW represents about 20 percent of GMP’s portfolio.Vermont Yankee has offered new contracts to Vermont utilities, presuming a license renewal, starting at 4.9 cents per kilowatt hour. No utilities have accepted the offer.www.vermontbiz.com/article/may/gmp-buy-power-seabrookhttp://vermontbiz.com/news/april/vermont-electric-cooperative-board-reje…last_img read more

Armed Forces Fight Fires In The Amazon

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto / Diálogo August 29, 2019 Since August 24, 2019, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has been using two C-130 Hercules aircraft to fight the forest fires that have been raging through the Northern and Midwestern parts of Brazil. The aircraft have five water tanks with up to a 3,000-gallon capacity. As they fly over areas on fire, the water is released from two tubes to stop the progression of wildfires.FAB’s activities are part of emergency operations the Brazilian Armed Forces have been carrying out in their effort to control the fires. “The extensive use of Armed Forces personnel and equipment, auxiliaries and other agencies, not only helps to fight illegal activities, but also controls the advance of fires in the region,” said Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on August 23, announcing a measure for the Guarantee of Law and Order (GLO) which will be extended through September 24.During the GLO period, support from service members will be granted upon the request by state governors and may cover border areas, indigenous territories, federal conservation units, and the area known as Amazônia Legal. This region encompasses nine Brazilian states, including Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Acre, and Rondônia. Rondônia was among the first states to seek help from the Armed Forces.As a result, a group of 100 service members from the Brazilian Army began to put out fires in the Jacundá Reserve. The national forest now has a medical clinic with dormitories and a cafeteria. Service members are coordinating with firefighters and officials from the group specialized in preventing and combating forest fires, which is part of the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources. More firesBrazilian neighbors are also fighting against wildfires that typically occur at this time of the year, due to very dry conditions.Bolivia is going through the worst forest fire of its recent history. Fires have consumed about 1.2 million acres since early August, when the first outbreaks were detected. In an effort to quickly stop the fires, the country hired the largest tanker airplane in the world, the 747 Supertanker. The aircraft has been dumping water over parts of Bolivia since August 23, but the fires haven’t been completely put out.Paraguay has already lost nearly 52,000 acres of the Three Giants natural reserve, near the Triple Frontier area with Brazil and Bolivia, to forest fires. The situation in the country is now under control. Ready to deploy at any time, service members from the Brazilian Army’s 51st Jungle Infantry Battalion undergo emergency training to combat fires, in Altamira, Pará state, Brazil. (Photo: Brazilian Army)last_img read more

Tiger zoo reopens after avian flu outbreak; pigeons die elsewhere

first_imgNov 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Sri Racha Tiger Zoo in Thailand reopened Nov 18, one day after Thai authorities reported a final tally of 102 tigers lost in the zoo’s outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza.In a follow-up report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), authorities said 102 tigers died of illness or were euthanized in the past month at the zoo near Bangkok. Tigers fell sick after eating the carcasses of chickens later found to be infected with H5N1 avian flu.All necessary controls have been put in place and samples have been collected from all susceptible animals, from zoo staff, and from the grounds, the report said.About 1,000 people visited the zoo Nov 18, its first day back in business since the outbreak forced the zoo to close, according to a Nov 18 story by the Thai News Agency. Admission was free, but visitors face new rules that keep them farther away from the tigers and bar them from picking up tiger cubs. The zoo’s official reopening is scheduled for Nov 27.Elsewhere in Thailand, avian flu killed hundreds of pigeons at schools in Sukhothai province’s Thung Saliam district, prompting panic among local residents, the Bangkok Post reported Nov 19.Bird carcasses had been found Nov 5 at a primary school and a nearby kindergarten. Tests confirmed on Nov 17 that the pigeons had been exposed to avian flu, heightening fears of transmission to students. Two schools with 500 students were closed, the newspaper reported, adding that none of the students appeared to have symptoms, but authorities were monitoring them.A local health official called the school closings an overreaction, the newspaper story said. Volunteers were instructing people in the district not to touch the dead birds and to avoid entering affected areas without proper protective gear.In Vietnam, authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 3,000 ducks in the central province of Binh Thuan, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today. The ducks reportedly had swollen heads, paralyzed legs, and exhaustion, according to the news agency’s summary of local press reports.One newspaper, Vietnam Agriculture, characterized the ducks as having cholera, the Xinhua reported. A local veterinarian said samples from the affected ducks were being tested, but added that they showed no signs of avian flu.Xinhua also reported that Vietnam had found 20 chicks infected with H5 influenza in mid-November in Can Tho city. However, the OIE Web site’s most recent report on avian flu outbreaks in Vietnam is from Oct 22.See also: OIE update on avian flu in animals in Asiahttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A_AI-Asia.htmlast_img read more

Henderson raises £2m in Kent shed sale

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Tokyo Olympics will go ahead ‘with or without COVID’ : IOC’s Coates

first_img“The Games were going to be, their theme, the Reconstruction Games after the devastation of the tsunami,” he added, referring to a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in 2011.”Now very much these will be the Games that conquered COVID, the light at the end of the tunnel.”In an historic decision, the 2020 Olympics were postponed because of the global march of the pandemic and they are now set to open on July 23, 2021.But Japan’s borders are still largely closed to foreign visitors and a vaccine is months or even years away, feeding speculation about whether the Games are feasible at all. Tokyo’s postponed Olympics will go ahead next year regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC vice president John Coates told AFP Monday, saying they would be the “Games that conquered COVID”.The Olympics have never been cancelled outside of the world wars and Coates, speaking in a phone interview, was adamant that the Tokyo Games will start on their revised date.”It will take place with or without COVID. The Games will start on July 23 next year,” said Coates, who heads the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission for the Tokyo Games. Japanese officials have made clear they would not delay the Games a second time beyond 2021.A recent poll found just one in four people in Japan want them to go ahead next year, with most backing either another postponement or a cancellation. ‘Monumental task’ Coates said the Japanese government “haven’t dropped the baton at all” following the postponement, despite the “monumental task” of putting the event back a year.”Before COVID, [IOC president] Thomas Bach said this is the best prepared Games we’ve ever seen, the venues were almost all finished, they are now finished, the village is amazing, all the transport arrangements, everything is fine,” he said.”Now it’s been postponed by one year, that’s presented a monumental task in terms of re-securing all the venues… something like 43 hotels we had to get out of those contracts and re-negotiate for a year later.”Sponsorships had to be extended a year, broadcast rights.”With much of that work underway, or accomplished, a task force has been set up to look at the different scenarios in 2021 — from how border controls will affect the movement of athletes and officials, to whether fans can pack venues.The group, comprising Japanese and IOC officials, met for the first time last week.”Their job now is to look at all the different counter-measures that will be required for the Games to take place,” said Coates, the long-time president of the Australian Olympic Committee.”Some countries will have it [COVID] under control, some won’t. We’ll have athletes therefore coming from places where it’s under control and some where it is not.”There’s 206 teams… so there’s a massive task being undertaken on the Japanese side.” Topics :last_img read more

Caribbean’s finest to be rewarded at ‘Travel Oscars’ in Turks and Caicos

first_imgLifestyleTravel Caribbean’s finest to be rewarded at ‘Travel Oscars’ in Turks and Caicos by: – August 28, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — The Caribbean’s most successful travel brands are set to be acknowledged at a red-carpet ceremony hosted by World Travel Awards (WTA) at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa on Friday 14 September 2012.Key categories to watch for at WTA’s Caribbean and The Americas Ceremony include “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel”, with Eden Rock (St Barths), Jumby Bay (Antigua), Half Moon (Jamaica), Parrot Cay (Turks and Caicos) and Sandy Lane (Barbados) among the hot contenders.Jamaica will be hoping to follow the 2012 Olympics success of its incredible athletes as it goes head-to-head with the likes of the Bahamas, St Lucia, Barbados, St Barts and British Virgin Islands for the coveted title of “Caribbean’s Leading Destination”.Hundreds of senior travel decision-makers from across the Caribbean and Americas are scheduled to attend the gala evening, which will include a gourmet dinner, top entertainment, as well as the presentation of the prestigious awards.The evening will serve as a glittering spotlight for the Turks and Caicos. The paradise nation is entering an exciting new chapter in its history, with tourism poised to play an even greater role in its economic evolution.The WTA awards programme, hailed as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ by the global media, highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry over the past year.After a fierce round of voting featuring more than 1,000 organisations, the nominees have been whittled down to the elite few.Graham Cooke, president and founder, WTA, said: “Travel and tourism is the lifeblood of the Caribbean economy, and the sector has demonstrated remarkable resilience, given the challenges faced by the key source markets of Europe and North America. Our nominees represent those organisations that have made the greatest contribution to the performance of the Caribbean in the face of adversity, and I look forward to finding out which ones will make it on to the winner’s podium on 14th September.”Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, will host this year’s Gala ceremony at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa.“Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts strive to offer the best product and experience for our customers, and we are delighted to be in the company of those in the travel industry who share these values,” Stewart said. “We are thrilled to be in the Turks and Caicos Islands showcasing our first-class services and amenities, which are key in creating luxury vacations.”Ralph Higgs, director of tourism, Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, said: “The Turks and Caicos Islands is an economy driven by tourism and as the host country of these prestigious awards, we are delighted that our country, our people and our culture will be on display for the world to see and enjoy. Our tourism product is one that is constantly evolving and we are cognizant of our place in the market which only makes us capable to soar to higher success. World Travel Awards honours excellence in the tourism industry around the world but what it also highlights is new, emerging markets for investment opportunities and the Turks and Caicos with its growing economy welcomes all of the nominees from around the world.”The Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony 2012 marks the second leg of WTA’s Grand Tour, a global search for the world’s leading travel brands, which also includes regional heats in Dubai, Singapore and The Algarve. The winners of these legs will then go head-to-head at WTA’s Grand Final, which takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon, New Delhi, India on 12 December 2012.Caribbean News Now 39 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Canada backs doctor-assisted suicide

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 120 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img The court unanimously struck down the current banCanada’s Supreme Court has ruled that doctors may help patients who have severe and incurable medical conditions to die, overturning a 1993 ban.In a unanimous decision, the court said the law impinged on Canadians’ rights.The case was brought by a civil rights group on behalf of two women, Kay Carter and Gloria Taylor, with degenerative diseases. Both have since died.The government now has a year to rewrite its law on assisted suicide.If it does not, the current law will be struck down.Assisted suicide is legal in several European countries and a few US states.In Canada is it illegal to counsel, aid or abet a suicide, and the offence carries up to 14 years in prison.Previous attempts by MP Steven Fletcher on assisted suicide legislation failed in the House of Commons“This is one incredible day,” said Grace Pastine of British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, which brought the case.“Physician-assisted dying is now recognised for what it is – a medical service that brings an end, for some individuals, to unbearable suffering.”In the ruling, the justices wrote they “did not agree that the existential formulation of the right to life requires an absolute prohibition on assistance in dying, or that individuals cannot ‘waive’ their right to life”.The court limited doctor-assisted suicide to patients who are consenting adults, who have a incurable but not necessarily terminal disease that causes “enduring and intolerable suffering”.The justices also argued the total ban on doctor-assisted suicide “deprives some individuals of life, as it has the effect of forcing some individuals to take their own lives prematurely, for fear that they would be incapable of doing so when they reached the point where suffering was intolerable”.Dropping the ban was opposed by religious groups in Canada and the issue has divided the disability-rights community in the country.Lawyers for Kay Carter and Gloria Taylor had argued that the ban discriminated against them, as they could not take their own life without the help of their doctors.Taylor, who had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, died in 2012.Carter had spinal stenosis, a progressive compression of the spinal cord. She travelled with her family to Switzerland in 2010 to end her life. HealthLifestyle Canada backs doctor-assisted suicide by: BBC News – February 9, 2015 Sharelast_img read more

First human case of West Nile Virus reported in Indiana

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — State health officials are urging Indiana residents to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites amid an increase in West Nile virus activity across the state.As of August 6, one human case of West Nile virus disease has been detected in Vanderburgh County, and 168 mosquito samples in 27 Indiana counties have tested positive for West Nile virus. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) expects to continue to see increased West Nile activity throughout the state as the mosquito season progresses.“This is the time of year when people are at greatest risk for West Nile virus disease,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG. “All Hoosiers should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. You can also reduce the risk for yourself and your neighbors by eliminating mosquito breeding grounds from your property.”State health officials recommend the following preventive measures:Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning)Use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on clothes and exposed skinCover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long pants in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areasInstall or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the homeEven a container as small as a bottle cap can become a mosquito breeding ground, so residents should take the following steps to eliminate potential breeding grounds:Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold waterRepair failed septic systemsDrill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoorsKeep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmedClean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drainsFrequently replace the water in pet bowlsFlush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodicallyAerate ornamental pools, or stock them with predatory fishWest Nile virus can cause West Nile fever, a mild form of the illness, which can result in fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. Some people will develop a more severe form of the disease affecting the nervous system, including inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, muscle paralysis or even death. People who think they may have West Nile virus should see their healthcare provider.To see the latest results of ISDH’s mosquito surveillance program click here.last_img read more

Becker returns from injury

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is back in training. Alisson has begun following a training programme in line with the rest of Liverpool’s first-team squad as he steps up his recovery from a hip injury. Liverpool’s goalkeeper coach John Achterberg told the club website: “[Alisson] sent videos, doing some jumping and exercises. Obviously, we were working with him until the lockdown and he was basically fit. “Now it’s for him to maintain it in the house, like the other goalkeepers. “They all get their programmes from the fitness department so they will do the job and the work to try to stay as fit as they can, like all the other players as well.”— Tags: Alisson BeckerJohn AchterbergLiverpoollast_img read more