Pennsylvania Ambulance Service Hopes Signs Prevent Violence

first_imgMedics have yet to press charges against anyone since thesigns were installed, according to the report. This sign now hangs in every ambulance: “It’s a felony to assaulta first responder. Committing a crime against a provider will result in chargesbeing filed.” WGAL-TV reports Cumberland goodwill is one of the first in the Susquehanna Valley to add them to ambulances. “We now want them to be aware that, look, violenceagainst EMS providers is not OK,” said Nathan Harig, of CumberlandGoodwill EMS. CARLISLE, Pa.– Cumberland Goodwill Emergency MedicalServices is reminding patients not to assault first responders. A sign now hangs in ambulances in one Pennsylvania ambulance service reminding people it is a felony to assault first responders. Photo/Cumberland Goodwill EMS Faceboook Realted: Protecting EMS Personnel from Assaultlast_img read more

PAUSE Order Will Expire May 15

first_img Share Governor Andrew Cuomo is going to let his New York on PAUSE executive order expire on May 15, leaving it to each region to look at where it stands on the battle against COVID-19. During his May 4 press conference, Cuomo provided seven new criteria that the 10 state regions, Long Island being one of them, will need to meet to begin reopening the economy, which he outlined would happen in phases. “Reopening is more complicated than closing down,” he said. “This is not a sustainable situation.” But a statewide reopening is simply not going to happen, the governor said. “Rather than wait for the whole state to be ready, reopen on a regional basis,” he said. “If upstate has to wait for downstate to be ready, they are going to be waiting a long time.” Criteria to reopen includes links to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, such as a 14-day decline in hospitalizations, or fewer than 15 hospitalizations a day, and a 14-day decline in virus-related hospital deaths, or under five a day. The rate for new hospitalizations must stay below two per 100,000 residents per day, and hospital-bed and intensive care unit-bed vacancies must be at least 30 percent. Lastly, regions must have 30 virus tests available per 1000 residents per month and there must be at least 30 contract tracers per 100,000 residents. While central New York and the Finger Lakes are well on the way to meeting the criteria, Long Island has only met two of the seven metrics, the least in the state, according to data detailed during the briefing. On Long Island, there has been a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and the number of tests needed to available has been met. Nassau and Suffolk counties are even behind New York City, which has also met the decline in hospital deaths. In Suffolk, there was a small increase in hospitalizations — four — on Sunday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced in his daily briefing on Monday. Bellone said that because Cuomo’s matrix is a three-day rolling average, he is confident it will not impact the overall figures too much. Cuomo said local leaders should be working on their reopening plans now. Once the criteria are met, the region may move forward in opening in phases, the first of which the governor said last week would be construction, manufacturing, and limiting retail with curbside pickup. On Monday, the other three phases were detailed — professional services, administrative support, retail, and real estate would open, followed by restaurants and hotels, Cuomo said, although hotels and places of accommodation are on New York’s list of essential businesses. Any businesses having to do with arts, entertainment, and recreation would reopen last. “Businesses must reimagine their operations to be safe and in compliance with standards,” Cuomo said. “You reopen unintelligently and you can have an immediate backlash.” He pointed to other countries that have seen COVID-19 numbers rebound after reopening. Cuomo also said that every hospital must have 90 days of personal protective equipment stockpiled. “We cannot have another mad scramble where nurses and doctors don’t have gowns and masks, etc.,” he [email protected]last_img read more

Traxtion Group targets African rail market

first_imgAFRICA: The Sheltam group has been rebranded as Traxtion Group, following a 30% investment from Harith General Partners’ Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2.Traxtion Group aims to partner with locomotive and wagon manufacturers, track construction companies, consulting engineers and project developers in the African rail market. Chairman Brian Myerson said the business could also expand into the mining and industrial sectors.The newly launched Traxtion Leasing business will focus on product innovation and flexible financing, with maintenance support from Traxtion Sheltam. ‘Leasing companies need to be so much more than financiers, and at Traxtion Leasing we have the experience and understanding to bring product innovation to complement flexible funding solutions’, said Traxtion Leasing CEO Willem Goosen. ‘With the support of the outstanding maintenance expertise in Traxtion Sheltam it is a really exciting value proposition.’The Traxtion Projects business aims to combine Harith’s financing experience with the operational and freight market expertise of Traxtion Sheltam, to support operating concessions, upgrading projects and new infrastructure. ‘In addition to what this offering brings Africa, as a black-owned infrastructure fund we believe that Traxtion Leasing and Traxtion Projects are perfectly placed to support the South African government with its public-private partnership drive’, said Emile du Toit, Head of Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2.last_img read more

For LSU, Draft Day can often mean a baggage check

first_imgBATON ROUGE – It is draft day at LSU — checking or carrying on?LSU junior cornerback Jalen Collins was projected as a possible first round pick, but recent published reports that he failed several drug tests while at LSU may drop him.LSU senior offensive tackle La’el Collins may drop from the top portion of the first round and perhaps out of the first round for far more serious reasons. Baton Rouge Police want to talk to him about his former girlfriend, Brittany Mills, who was shot to death last Friday night at her apartment in Baton Rouge while eight months pregnant. Doctors were able to deliver her son later Friday night at an area hospital. Police say Collins is not a suspect, but they are talking to several people like Collins who knew Mills, and they also want Collins to take a paternity test.Draft day controversy is nothing new for LSU. Last year, quarterback Zach Mettenberger dropped from a possible late first-round selection to the sixth round, which is a round from the latest round, after Fox Sports reported that he failed a drug test in February because of a diluted urine sample. There were accusations that the story was driven by an agent of another quarterback to improve that quarterback’s status, including by an angry LSU offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. But in the end, Mettenberger was still a sixth rounder at Tennessee.In 2013, LSU cornerback Tharold Simon of Eunice was arrested in Eunice on misdemeanor charges of public intimidation of an officer, resisting an officer, a noise violation and blocking a roadway the night before he was expected to be picked in the third round. He was selected in the fifth round by Seattle.Also in 2013, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, once viewed as a possible second-round pick, fell to the third round for Arizona after missing his junior season in 2012 because of several failed drug tests.Arrests and other incidents are studied by NFL general managers, coaches, personnel directors and scouts just like 40-yard dash times, game film and performance in the classroom.“All of the incidents, while they may be similar, there are differences, so you’re relying on lots of different sources of information about character,” Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said at a pre-draft press conference Wednesday. “There are people at the school. There are people that they’ve grown up with. There are coaches that they’ve had, academic advisors. There are a lot of people that touch these players, and we talk to a lot of them.”Loomis and the Saints have long been considering drafting La’el Collins and Jalen Collins. They met with each player before and after LSU’s recent Pro Day. The Saints have the 13th and 31st picks of the first round, the 12th pick of the second round for the 44th overall selection, the 11th pick of the third round for the 75th pick and the 14th pick of the third round for the 78th overall choice.“We have relationships in the business with coaches and possibly people at the school,” Loomis said. “There are a lot of sources of information that we tap into and collect. At the end, we just have to make a judgment.”NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier said La’el Collins has to fall. “The big question mark is how much,” he said.Jalen Collins may not fall dramatically — if at all, Detillier said. Mathieu did not. Positive drug tests thought to be marijuana related are no longer seen as serious of an issue as they once were by NFL teams, who do not have as stringent drug testing guidelines as many college programs like LSU.“It was no big news about Jalen Collins’ drug tests to NFL people,” Detillier said. “The general public didn’t know, but the NFL did.”LSU could have suspended Collins’ for positive drug tests pursuant to its policy, but the media and public may not have found out because Collins was not a regular starter during most of his career at LSU.“I would want to know when it happened,” Detillier said. “But more than anything, he was terrific for LSU in 2014. He has so much potential as a press cover cornerback in the NFL. I had him rated as a late first- or early second-round pick. And I won’t move him because of this. I don’t think the tests will have a major impact on his draft stock.”La’el Collins is LSU’s only projected top half first-round pick, while Jalen Collins is the only other first round possibility — late in that round.LSU’s other players expected to be drafted Friday without off-field baggage are junior defensive end Danielle Hunter in the second round, junior outside linebacker Kwon Alexander in the second or third round, senior defensive end Jermauria Rasco of Shreveport in the fourth or fifth round, senior fullback Conner Neighbors in the sixth or seventh round and senior center Elliott Porter in the sixth or seventh round.“I wish Danielle Hunter would have come back one more season and play for Ed Orgeron (LSU’s new defensive line coach),” Detillier said. “He’s a great athlete. He is quick to diagnose plays. But he never was a top pass rusher at LSU. He still has great pass rush ability.”Hunter will mark the 12th straight year that LSU produced a defensive line draft choice. “That is unprecedented,” Detillier said. “No other school is even close.”DRAFT NOTES: LSU leads the nation in draft picks over the last two years with 18.Since 2005, LSU has had 60 overall draft picks for first in the SEC, including 13 first round selections for second in the SEC.last_img read more

New Yorker iPad App Hits 100,000 Readers, Begins to Define a Genre

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#New Media#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jon mitchell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Magazine publisher Condé Nast reports that The New Yorker’s iPad version now has 100,000 readers, including about 20,000 people who have subscribed for $59.99 per year. In addition, “several thousand” people buy single weekly issues for $4.99.The New Yorker’s success on the iPad makes sense on multiple levels. Its rich illustrations and long-form content fit both the iPad’s laid-back, hands-on use case and its target audience. But the app also fits into a successful and growing category of reading apps that clear out all the clutter and just focus on the reading. As publishers of other high-profile magazine apps see interest waning, a successful genre of iPad magazine may finally be emerging.Condé Nast’s digital magazine business has seen its fair share of ups and downs, and AdWeek’s analysis of their sales finds that digital editions only amount to 1.3% of total circulation, anyway. But the relative success of the New Yorker app suggests that it might have a winning format.The magazine is already known for its sparse, text-focused design, and the iPad version retains the magazine’s classic aesthetic. The success of distraction-free reading apps like Instapaper, which was included in Apple’s iPad Hall of Fame for its dominance in the news category, suggests that this kind of reading experience is what iPad users want. Then again, it could just be that the New Yorker and the iPad happen to appeal to the same audience.By contrast, Wired, which was Condé Nast’s early entry into the native iPad market, saw an initial burst of enthusiasm, but its sales declined markedly after that. Wired’s layout is more dynamic and multimedia, and the downloads are bulky, which could discourage sustained interest.Other iPad magazines, like NewsCorp’s The Daily, have media-rich, complicated interfaces and large downloads, and while The Daily is guarded about its usage stats, its sharing data from social media suggest a marked decline and plateau in user engagement since its launch.This unconventional strategy might work for the New York Post, but it works against users of the Web.The New York Post’s iPad app, with its loud, bold layout, has bullied its way to the top of the heap, edging out even Instapaper as a top-grossing news app, but it did so by blocking its Web content explicitly from the iPad’s browser, even though it’s available on the desktop and other devices. This unconventional strategy might work for the Post, but it works against users of the Web.Meanwhile, Condé Nast has not bet its digital business exclusively on native apps. Last week, it became the first advertising partner on Flipboard, the iPad reading app that pulls in content from any number of user-selected feeds to create a magazine-like experience. The New Yorker’s Flipboard edition, which offers the same free content as the New Yorker’s website, is the first Flipboard feed to display ads. But other than these interspersed ads, the Flipboard reading experience is clean and quiet.The newest crop of magazine-like apps, such as The Atlantic‘s new standalone edition and AOL’s personalized AOL Editions, look much more like Flipboard than The Daily. With the New Yorker and other iPad reading apps posting some positive signs, competition for points of sale heating up, and overall Web traffic from tablets growing strongly, the market for magazine-style reading in digital formats could be starting to gel. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

SEAN PENN WILL BE DIRECTING A MOVIE IN WINNIPEG

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement It’s based on a non-fiction book by Jennifer Vogel called “Flim-Flam Man” about her father.Penn has won Academy Awards for his roles in the movies “Milk” and “Mystic River” and has directed other films.Manitoba’s film and video production tax credit recently received a boost in funding to $31.5 million from $16 million in the province’s budget.THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG – Hollywood actor and filmmaker Sean Penn will be directing a movie in Winnipeg this summer.Buffalo Gal Pictures, an independent production company, put out a casting call on Tuesday for child actors for the feature film.The movie is about a father who lives a double life as a counterfeiter, bank robber and con man in order to support his daughter.center_img Sean Penn (Photo by Axelle Woussen) Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Researchers develop process to make cotton both water repellent and UV resistant

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Zinc Oxide Nanostructures: Growth, Properties and Applications Citation: Researchers develop process to make cotton both water repellent and UV resistant (2011, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-cotton-repellent-uv-resistant.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com In a recent paper published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Lingling Wang and his associates describe a method of using zinc oxide nanorods and zinc oxide crystallites to create a coating that bonds to cotton fiber resulting in a material that its creators hope will help meet the needs of a world that wants multi-functional clothes; in this case, clothes that are “green” (don’t need cleaning) and help protect the wearer’s skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation.The process, using off the shelf materials, including the cotton material, was begun by soaking a piece of cotton cloth in ZnO nano-crystals for 12 hours, then putting it in a Teflon autoclave (high pressure steamer) that was saturated in a zinc acetate hydrate solution for 48 hours at 95° C. This first step resulted in the dissolution and then re-crystallization of the ZnO nano-crystals which gave it a ZnO seed layer. Afterwards, the material was allowed to dry for ten minutes.The next step was to place the seeded cotton back into the autoclave, this time in an aqueous solution of zinc nitrate hydrate and hexamethylenediamine (HMT) for 5 hours at 95° C. This step gives the material its water proofing abilities. Afterwards it’s rinsed and allowed to dry again.The final step was to dip the material alternately in polyethylenimine (PEI) and silicate solutions creating a PEI/silica layer (shell).The result is a material that is not only waterproof but is able to block out UV radiation from the sun to such an extent that it would rate a Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 101.15 if the chart went that high. The rating is in effect, double the highest possible rating on the normal chart, and considerably higher than consumers are accustomed to seeing on suntan lotion bottles.Though testing has not been done to see how the new process will hold up under real world conditions, the knowledge gained from the success of this procedure will no doubt advance the science of developing new clothes that will provide far more benefits to us all than simply covering our bodies. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at Northeast Normal University in China, have come up with a three-step process that when applied to cotton material results in a fabric that is both waterproof and very highly UV resistant. Image credit: ACS More information: Lingling Wang et al., Superhydrophobic and Ultraviolet-Blocking Cotton Textiles, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/am200083zvia Discoverylast_img read more

Payment Processor Dwolla Unexpectedly Cuts Ties With Bitcoin

first_img 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Payment processing company Dwolla is abandoning Bitcoin. In a surprise email to its customers on Thursday, Dwolla announced that it will be phasing out its service with digital currency exchanges and Bitcoin-related businesses, citing the “uncertainty and confusion around virtual currency” as a reason to cut ties.Dwolla will gradually pull away from digital currency businesses during the month of October. As of yesterday, only existing Dwolla users could send money to those businesses. On the 15th, the businesses will lose the ability to receive money. And on the 28th, less than two weeks later, their accounts will be suspended.In the email, Dwolla claims that digital currency businesses comprise only 0.1 percent of merchants using its service, meaning that it won’t feel much impact from their loss.”As Dwolla gears up for a new stage of growth, we recognize that we can no longer sustain this merchant base,” the company wrote. “Attempting to do so jeopardizes both of our communities’ starkly different, but similarly ambitious, vision for improving payments.”The cryptocurrency had already brought Dwolla unwanted attention earlier this year. In May, the Department of Homeland Security seized $2.9 million belonging to Mt. Gox, one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges, from a Dwolla account.Now, following the closure last week of online black market Silk Road, which used Bitcoin as its sole currency, and the arrest of its alleged founder, Ross Ulbricht, Dwolla may have decided that Bitcoin is simply too hot to handle.Related: Why Bitcoin’s Future Is Bright (Video) Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 11, 2013last_img read more

Sandals Royal Barbados will be ready for Dec 20 opening heres a

first_imgSandals Royal Barbados “will be ready” for Dec. 20 opening; here’s a sneak peek Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, July 4, 2017 center_img MONTEGO BAY — Sandals Royal Barbados will open in time for the upcoming winter season, for a total of 502 rooms in Barbados, says Sandals Resorts International Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.Sandals Royal Barbados is the brand’s second hotel on the island, adjacent to Sandals Barbados in the famed St. Lawrence Gap area on Dover Beach.Lobby at Sandals Royal Barbados“Sandals Royal Barbados is progressing as it should and will most certainly be open and ready to welcome its first guests, as promised, on Dec. 20,” said Stewart, adding that the new resort is a “game changer” for the company.Sandals Royal Barbados will offer 222 concierge and butler-level suites, including the brand’s signature Rondovals, Millionaire Butler Suites and Skypool Suites, along with an extensive Crystal Lagoon Pool Complex including Swim-Up Suites.Amenities will include the brand’s very first gentlemen’s only barber shop, a full-service 15,000 square foot Red Lane Spa, four bars offering unlimited premium spirits and five signature dining establishments including French, Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisines, as well as new American and Asian-fusion concepts.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Anticipation is high for the new resort, says William ‘Billy’ Griffith, CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI). “An established brand such as Sandals inspires great confidence in Barbados as a destination as we promote our island’s diverse, high calibre product offerings around the world. We are certain that this latest addition to our product profile will bring even more benefits to our tourism economy and we anticipate that this will augment our marketing efforts in all of our major source markets.”Sandals Royal Barbados’ barber shopNew developments like Sandals Royal Barbados will go a long way to keep Barbados fresh and top-of-mind with potential holidaymakers, with the assurance that they will still have a safe and unforgettable holiday, said Griffith: “Huge kudos to our friends at Sandals.”Sandals Royal Barbados will also introduce the brand’s first-ever rooftop infinity pool, complete with La Parisienne French restaurant and a poolside bar, as well as an entertainment pavilion featuring a four-lane bowling alley, living room and game room that Stewart says were designed to foster on-demand entertainment, available as the customer wishes.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTFor guests in select top category suites, Sandals Royal Barbados will also introduce chauffeured Rolls-Royce airport transfers. Also new to Sandals Resorts and debuting here, The Beach House Resort Shop, a new retail brand curated to bring together the elements of the Caribbean featuring sophisticated resort wear, home goods, local craft and provisions.“Luxury is really about customization and personalization, and that’s what our new approach to entertainment is all about,” says Stewart. “We’ll continue to have set shows but we’re exploring new ways for guests to gather and have fun according to their schedule.”The resort will also debut a 6,000 square foot conference facility equipped with state-of-the-art technology.Rooftop pool at Sandals Royal Barbados Tags: Sandals Resorts Posted bylast_img read more