“READERS FORUM” DECEMBER 6, 2017

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?We hope that todays “Readers Forum” will provoke “…honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that our tax dollars should be spent on putting painted abstract Murals on side of buildings? Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]center_img EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, New Deal, Motet Members & More Tapped For 2019 “Dance Party Time Machine”

first_imgOn Friday, March 29th, J2G Live will host its 6th-annual Dance Party Time Machine at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado. As in past years, the fan-favorite super jam will feature three-fourths of The Disco Biscuits, including bassist Marc Brownstein, keyboardist Aron Magner, and drummer Allen Aucoin, in addition to Mike Greenfield from Lotus, Jeff Franca from Thievery Corporation, and Ryan Jalbert from The Motet. Notably, Jamie Shields from The New Deal will also make his Dance Party Time Machine debut during the upcoming show in March.Each year, Dance Party Time Machine brings over 25 musicians together for a one-of-a-kind collaboration. In addition to the show’s high-profile headliners, the event also taps a number of local artists from Colorado, including members of regional acts such as Analog Son, YAMN, Tiger Party, Fox Street, SuCH, Other Worlds, MLIMNA, and more. Together, these musicians come together to lead audiences through the dance party hits from the ’50s up through today, with covers of Elvis Presley just as likely as covers of Childish Gambino.The Dance Party Time Machine will return to Cervantes’ in Denver on Friday, March 29th, 2019, and VIP and GA tickets are currently on sale now here. VIP ticket holders will receive seating in a private balcony area along with free beers from Breckenridge Brewery.last_img read more

Expert says late antiviral treatment may still help H5N1 patients

first_imgDec 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A virologist who has treated H5N1 avian influenza patients in Vietnam said the antiviral drug oseltamivir may help avian flu patients even when started later than 2 days after illness onset—generally considered too late, according to a Reuters report today.The standard advice about oseltamivir for treatment of seasonal flu is that it can shorten the illness if it is started within 2 days after the first symptoms. But Menno de Jong of the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City said the drug seemed to help four of his patients even though it was started later.De Jong said the assumption that oseltamivir works only if started within 48 hours may be true only for human flu viruses. He said the H5N1 virus is known to continue replicating in humans on the seventh or eighth day of symptoms.”In my experience, there is a clear suggestion that there was still virus replication [when we made] a late start in treatment,” de Jong told Reuters at a conference in Singapore. “In four of my patients, there was very rapid clearance of the virus from the throat and all four survived.”De Jong told the conference audience, “If you can decrease the viral load [with drugs], you can have a good outcome. Even those who are treated late had good results.”But the report didn’t mention any other evidence that late treatment can work, besides de Jong’s anecdotal findings in a few of his own patients.De Jong, who treated 17 H5N1 patients in 2004 and 2005, of whom 12 died, agreed with other experts that starting treatment early is still best, Reuters reported.The United States and many other countries have been stockpiling oseltamivir in the face of the risk that avian flu will spark a pandemic. No one knows how effective the drug will be if the virus evolves into a pandemic strain.The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends oseltamivir as first-line treatment for H5N1 avian flu (with zanamivir [Relenza] as the second choice). The WHO guidelines do not say that treatment must be started within the first 2 days of illness to be effective.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says oseltamivir and zanamivir have been shown to reduce the duration of seasonal flu by about 1 day, provided treatment is begun within 48 hours of the first symptoms.See also: WHO guidelines on pharmacologic management of patients infected with H5N1http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2006/WHO_PSM_PAR_2006.6_eng.pdflast_img read more

Emergency aid from South Korea reaches virus-crippled Indonesia

first_imgHalf a million dollars in government aidThe South Korean government has pledged to provide a US$500,000 in-kind grant to Indonesia. Indonesia is also one of the countries South Korean has prioritized for its exports of medical equipment, alongside the United States and the United Arab Emirates, according to Indonesia’s Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister.“We are also grateful for the South Korean government’s $500,000 in-kind grant to the Indonesian government, which will be used to support the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on April 6 after a bilateral call with South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee. South Korea will ship aid in the form of COVID-19 test kits and rechargeable power sprayers, with 300 ready to be shipped to Indonesia. The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has been appointed to oversee the shipment.“A true friend is a friend who remains loyal in times of joy and sorrow,” South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Chang-beom said during a virtual press conference with the BNPB on April 9, as quoted by kompas.id.South Korean conglomerates send suppliesSouth Korean conglomerates LG Group, Hyundai Motor Corporation and CJ Group, which have a strong presence in Indonesia, have also offered support by donating test kits, protective gear, hygiene products and food. LG Group will donate around 50,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test kits to Indonesia, with the first batch having arrived on April 5, according to the BKPM. The diagnostic kits were provided by LG Electronics, LG Chem, LG Innotek and LG International Indonesia.”Here, we can see that LG is not only an investor but also Indonesia’s best friend. We certainly hope that the current solid teamwork between Indonesia and South Korea will become stronger,” said BKPM spokesperson Tina Talisa.Read also: LG to donate 50,000 diagnostic test kits to Indonesia from South KoreaExperts consider PCR tests to be more reliable than rapid tests as they can detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, not just antibodies, which is why PCR testing is recommended in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines. However, PCR tests take longer because samples need to be tested in laboratories, while serology testing, or rapid testing, delivers faster results as it can be used like a pregnancy test.  Hyundai through Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (HMMI) has pledged to donate 50,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and coveralls, worth Rp 8.2 billion in stages for medical workers.The first 10,000 sets were received by the BNPB at a ceremony on April 10 and another 10,000 will be dispatched to West Java, where HMMI operates. HMMI is also exploring the possibility of supporting the implementation of drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Indonesia, Tempo.co reported.“We really appreciate the medical workers who have fought on the front line to ensure the safety of COVID-19 patients. We hope the PPE aid we have supplied can significantly help medical workers in Indonesia tackle the COVID-19 crisis while also promoting local economic growth,” said Young Tack Lee, president of the Hyundai Motor Asia-Pacific headquarters.Indonesia has also received a donation of rapid test kits from the CJ Corporation, which operates various businesses from food services to pharmacies to media and entertainment under its local arm CJ Indonesia. Read also: South Korean conglomerate donates $255,000 worth of medical equipment to IndonesiaOn April 13, CJ Indonesia, which manages bakery franchise Tous Les Jours, donated Rp 4 billion (US$254,000) worth of rapid test kits, hand sanitizer and goods to state-owned hospitals and community health centers, as well as to app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers.The donation also included 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 200,000 loaves of bread and 200,000 milk cartons, which will be distributed gradually over the next couple of weeks by the BKPM. Topics : South Korea, meanwhile, has earned praise for its swift response to the COVID-19 pandemic after quickly slowling the rate of infection and deaths. After rapidly establishing testing facilities across the country and imposing physical distancing measures to limit the spread of the virus, the country is now looking to extend help to other countries.“[…] One of the key factors is the ability of the [South Korean] government to organize massive rapid testing, enabling the government to trace and respond quickly to the spread of the coronavirus,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartato said on April 6.Read also: Indonesia looks to China, S. Korea for medical suppliesBelow is a recap of the help coming from South Korea during these times of crisis.   The South Korean public and private sectors are sending donations of medical equipment, protective gear and testing kits to Indonesia to help the country in its battle against COVID-19.The donations are being channeled through the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the spearhead of the country’s COVID-19 response.Indonesia’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 have jumped from zero to 5,136, with 469 deaths, within one and a half months, as of April 15. Scientists have expressed concern that the nation’s limited testing capabilities and hospital capacity could result in more undetected infections and deaths.last_img read more

In the US, camera phones increasingly expose racism

first_img“I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life,” she told Cooper as he filmed her dial 911 in a video that has been viewed over 43 million times on Twitter.Rodney King In February, Ahmaud Arbery — also African American — was shot and killed by two white residents while jogging in their neighborhood in Georgia. A third man, who was later also charged over Arbery’s death, filmed the murder, with the cellphone video sparking outrage when it was leaked onto social media earlier this month.The filming of such violent incidents is not new. Since the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police in 1991, which was filmed by an amateur cameraman, videos have frequently documented acts of racism across the United States.But in recent years the capturing of such incidents, with them subsequently going viral online and then being broadcast across major news networks, has becoming more systematic.”Here’s the sad reality,” tweeted Senator Kamala Harris, a black former candidate to be the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate.”What happened to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery & Christian Cooper has gone on for generations to Black Americans. Cell phones just made it more visible.”Katheryn Russell-Brown, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida, said the videos remind us that “wherever people of color are there’s a vulnerability.”I would be hard pressed to think of cases involving Whites that show the same kind of instances of harm and assault particularly if we’re talking about law enforcement,” she told AFP.The increased use of police officers wearing body cameras while on duty over the past decade had raised hopes that the use of force against African Americans would fall.But after initial studies showed encouraging results, more in-depth reports found that “the cameras aren’t producing the reductions in use of force that were expected,” according to Urban Institute researcher Daniel Lawrence.Many forces allow officers to turn the cameras off whenever they want, while some have been accused of editing the images before making them public.’Torn apart’ In the death of Eric Garner — by asphyxiation at the hands of a New York police officer in 2014 which sparked the nationwide “Black Lives Matter” movement — it was witnesses who filmed the incident, not police, like with Floyd’s death.”These videos that are published in public forms really do point to a kind of dysfunctionality in our criminal legal system,” said Russell-Brown.”It’s sort of suggesting that we need private citizens to make it necessary to watch public officers or people in public spaces to achieve justice or to at least raise the alarm bells about justice,” she added.Russell-Brown also notes that the presence of a camera often doesn’t prevent the act from being committed in the first place.Filming can also have major repercussions, with specialists warning of the risks of rushing to judgment on social networks.Within a day of the Central Park incident, Amy Cooper lost her job as vice-president of a wealth management company, her anonymity and her dog amid a media storm.”I’m not excusing the racism. But I don’t know if her life needed to be torn apart,” said Christian Cooper, who is no relation to Amy.As powerful as videos may be, they mean little, if the law doesn’t run its course, say experts.”They got fired,” said Russell-Brown referring to the officers involved in Floyd’s death.”Is that enough? No. We have a dead person. So now we want the legal system to do what it’s supposed to do.” From the death of a black man in Minneapolis to a racist incident in Central Park, camera phones are increasingly being used as a weapon against racism even when justice doesn’t always follow.Two videos shot on smartphones spread from social media to mainstream media this week, highlighting how bystanders are now frequently capturing incidents that in the past may have gone unnoticed.It was a member of the public who filmed George Floyd grasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for at least five minutes on Monday. Floyd went still and was later declared dead in hospital. Four police officers were fired from their jobs but remain free and the city has witnessed two nights of angry protests.”If we did not have a video, would the officers have been fired as quickly? Ibram Kendi, director of the American University’s anti-racism research center, asked in an interview with Democracy Now!”Would they have believed all of those witnesses who were looking at what was happening and who was the asking officers to stop?In the second incident, a white woman falsely reported Christian Cooper, an avid birdwatcher to police after he requested that she leash her dog in a wooded area of New York’s Central Park.center_img Topics :last_img read more

DNV GL: LNG as Marine Fuel Has Potential in Iberian Peninsula

first_imgAs the interest towards LNG as a marine fuel increases, one of the main obstacles to the accelerated uptake is the uncertainty regarding future market volumes of LNG, according to a market study by DNV GL.The classification society has addressed this issue in the study on the future LNG market in the Iberian Peninsula, as part of driving the development of an EU-wide network of LNG refuelling points.DNV GL conducted the market study on behalf of the six-year CORE LNGas hive project, which aims to provide an investment plan for LNG fuelling in Spain and Portugal. The EUR 33 million project is coordinated by Enagas, and co-funded by the European Commission.The study has forecasted the potential future demand for LNG as a ship fuel and the required future infrastructure for the areas around Spain and Portugal, covering the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Gibraltar Strait peripherical regions. The results of DNV GL’s analyses have contributed to the CORE LNGas Hive project’s recommendations for the development of the LNG supply chain infrastructure, involving over 40 ports in the project area.“Through this market study we now have a strong decision basis to prepare the supply side on the Iberian Peninsula in meeting future demand for LNG bunkering at competitive conditions,” Fernando Impuesto, CORE LNGas hive project coordinator from Enagas, said.The study has revealed a huge potential for LNG as a marine fuel that will utilize the current spare capacity of the existing LNG import terminals. The consolidated quantitative results show that by 2030 up to 2 million m³/y of LNG is to be bunkered by ships and by 2050 approximately 8 million m³/y of LNG.last_img read more

Ghana win bronze at maiden MEA Rugby League Championships appearance

first_imgThe Ghana national rugby league team, the Leopards, defeated Cameroon 10-4 on Saturday 5th October 2019 to claim third spot at the Middle East-Africa (MEA) Rugby League Championships held in Lagos, Nigeria.With an early try from Collins Ofosu cancelled in the second half tying the game at 4-4 for most of the half. Fierce forward Eric Tettegah, scored a try in the dying minutes of the game to put the Leopards 8-4 up, before John Bless Mensah, dragged the score to 10 after a neatly executed conversion.This was the second edition of the MEA Rugby League Championships which saw Ghana compete against hosts Nigeria, Cameroon and Morocco for the title and Team Manager of the Leopards, Jafaru Mustapha, revealed that the Rugby League Federation of Ghana (RLFG) are looking to dominate the region in the shortest possible time“Though without any government support, the team has braced itself with a target to dominate the Middle East Africa space within the shortest possible time.”Ghana kicked off their campaign losing 23-12 against eventual winners Nigeria who went on to thrash Morocco 38-10 in the final of the championships.The Leopards arrived back in the country on 6th October 2019.last_img read more

Three Highlands Homes Demolished After One Shifts, Falls While Being Elevated

first_imgHIGHLANDS – Emergency crews were demolishing three homes on Locust Street Friday after a home on the corner, being elevated, slipped off its cribbing and fell, striking the house next door.No injuries were reported.As of 5 p.m. Friday, workers were leveling the homes.An excavator was brought to the scene at about 1 p.m. where the two-story home at 1 Locust St., at the corner of Willow Street, was being elevated. It fell for an undetermined reason, twisting on a 45-degree angle from where it had been located. It hit the brick ranch-style home next doo at 3 Locust St, which was abandoned. Another abandoned one-story frame house next door to it at 5 Locust St. also was demolished.Borough officials said that the homes at 3 and 5 Locust St.already had beenslated for demolition, officials said.According to borough engineer Dale Leubner of T&M Associates, the home at 1 Locust St. is owned by Prince Gilpin and the firm contracted to do the house lifting was Hasenfus Construction Services of Long Branch.The construction company could not be reached for comment Friday evening.The mother of the homeowner is comforted by neighbors.According to Mayor Frank Nolan, Gilpin’s home was only about two years old, had sustained damaged from Super Storm Sandy and had been repaired. The home’s foundation was heavily damaged and officials said it was too dangerous to let anyone inside to removed the owner’s personal belongings. The owner reportedly went on vacation so the building could be elevated.According to Paul Vitale, the Highlands building inspector, more than a dozen houses in the borough had been elevated since Sandy and there have been no issues with those projects.The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating.The Highlands fire chief confers with a New Jersey Natural Gas representative at the scene.Emergency crews from the Asbury Park heavy rescue team and Middletown and Highlands fire departments were on the scene along with personnel from the Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office and Naval Weapons Station Earle. An engineer from T&M Associates, the Highlands building inspector and one of the contractors inspect the damage.last_img read more

Wet spring giving weeds a head start

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The cold, wet start to spring is keeping farmers from getting a jump start on the 2018 planting season. The inability to get into the field is also giving weeds an opportunity to make some unwanted progress. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Matt Hutcheson from Seed Consultants about the game plan a farmers should have in place when field conditions improve. Click here for more Fennig Tips of the Weeklast_img

‘The key is to stay at the wicket and accelerate towards the end’

first_imgThe weather has been reasonably kind to us since we arrived in England, except for the first two days which were cold and windy.It meant that initially we had to be content with an indoor synthetic surface at Leicestershire’s Grace Road county ground. Outdoor nets began soon after and I,The weather has been reasonably kind to us since we arrived in England, except for the first two days which were cold and windy.It meant that initially we had to be content with an indoor synthetic surface at Leicestershire’s Grace Road county ground. Outdoor nets began soon after and I was impressed with the professionalism of the groundsmen.They pass on specific instructions to the coach regarding the use of practice wickets so that they don’t get spoilt. They are very particular about using the pitches and are constantly working on the ground to maintain a high standard of facilities.Finally, as planned, we played a match against Loughborough University. The team was a collection of youngsters, all keen to do well against us. We played the match in a public school spread over 30 acres and the facilities were stunning.They had 12 nets for the younger boys and six nets for the seniors, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium and a sports shop. It would be great to have such facilities at home.It was agreed that India would bat first to get as much practice as possible. It worked well, for Sachin, Azhar, Robin and Ajay had useful outings. Only Saurav fell early to a brilliant catch. Unfortunately the bowling was average and Sachin didn’t relish it much though he scored a brisk 64.The wickets were slow and the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat. The outfield too was soft and the ball wouldn’t travel. The Indians, Azhar and Sachin in particular, stunned the crowd with some stunning shots – not surprisingly one Sachin six hit the gymnasium wall almost 80 yards away.advertisementI called back the batsmen once they seemed to be hitting the ball well; 290 was a fine score. Then the bowlers took over and I was pleased with their line and length. Prasad was simply brilliant, Saurav bowled effectively and Jadeja picked up two wickets in three overs.He just has to believe he has a golden arm. Ultimately they were out for 98 runs. Our second practice game was against the Leicester Second XI at their excellent county ground. We rested Sachin, Srinath and Kumble to give Ramesh, Mohanty and Chopra a chance (Khurasia had twisted his ankle).Final stretch: Ajit Agarkar, Javagal Srinath and Ajay Jadeja tune up for the South Africa tieThe bowling was better and we lost three wickets for 60 runs, whereupon Azhar, Jadeja and Mongia batted with a lot of confidence to take us past 200 runs. Robin unnecessarily had an argument with a left-arm spinner after hitting him for two sixes and got out.The bowler came out the winner. These are the sort of situations where we have to use our experience and keep our cool. Nevertheless, Saurav with three wickets led the bowlers who polished them off for 130-odd runs.Considering the prevalent conditions, it seems we have to keep our wickets in hand and accelerate later on. I have been stressing that the batsmen shouldn’t be impatient. The most interesting aspect so far has been the meeting of the managers and captains at Lord’s at the recently built media centre that resembles a spaceship about to take off.There was a team photograph of the captains – only the Scottish skipper was missing, probably held up in the traffic on the highway. I found Brian Lara the most humble of the lot and I was impressed when he came up to wish me.Later we were briefed about the playing conditions and about security, especially after the recent bombings in London. The ground at Lord’s was looking as pretty as ever. Hopefully we will do well enough to play here during the tournament.last_img read more