Legendary DJ and a pioneer of house music, Frankie Knuckles, died on March 31st, 2014. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to him in a letter thanking him for his impact and contributions to the music and culture of Chicago.DJ David Morales recently posted the tribute to his Facebook, you can view it below:-Brittney Borruso www.facebook.com/rockstella[via OkayPlayer]
DC News Weather Sports FOX 5 DC WTTG WASHINGTON, DC (MyFoxDC) – Thousands of fans who packed into Nationals Park Sunday had no idea that if they became ill, there may not have been an ambulance readily available to help them. And that’s not all. There may not have been a paramedic nearby either.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAre there any graphic artists out there who want to help me design a logo for the Great Mentors audio series? I’m getting ready to do some marketing of CD’s and study guides based on the wonderful tele-seminars presented by the Good News Network since September. I need a logo, and also an expanded design for a CD cover and study guide cover based on the logo and also incorporating the slogan, “Delivering virtual access to great mentors in the fields of health, happiness, style, success, business, and spirituality”. Send your ideas and expressions of your willingness to help to me by email to: goodnewsnetwork.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
After redshirting during the 2015-16 season, the Mobile, Ala. native was switched to offensive line early in spring ball and later went back to the defensive line.He was the No. 68 prospect in Alabama and the No. 102 prospect at his postion in 2015, according to 247Sports. He was rated as a two-star recruit. Mose Hall to transfer Ben GotzMay 2, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintBy Mike HendricksonRedshirt freshman defensive lineman Mose Hall will transfer from Minnesota, he announced on his Twitter account Monday.
Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli and State Secretary Frano Matušić are in Russia, Moscow, on the occasion of the MITT International Tourism Fair, where the tourist offer of the Republic of Croatia is presented, the Ministry of Tourism points out.Minister Cappelli is staying in Moscow on the occasion of the MITT International Tourism Fair, where he visited the stand of the Croatian Tourist Board and held a briefing with representatives of the Russian media that cover tourism. On that occasion, the Minister informed the press about the current activities for 2017 in Croatian tourism, with an emphasis on this year’s investments in the tourism sector, ie the opening of about 50 new and newly renovated hotels on the Adriatic and on the continent.Speaking about the continent, the Minister emphasized the importance of developing tourist products that are interesting to tourists throughout the year, with an emphasis on health, nautical and bike and gastro tourism, which are very popular in Russia. “This year, a little more than 800 million euros will be invested in Croatian tourism, and the opening of new hotels in the entire area of our country will certainly contribute to the additional growth of the quality of the offer and service in tourism. Especially important to us is the development of health tourism, which has great tourist potential, but also other tourist products that are interesting to tourists throughout the year, such as nautical, cultural, gastro tourism. Croatia is a beautiful country and is waiting for you to discover it in full size. In addition to the beautiful coast, where Russian tourists are loyal guests, I invite you to visit the continent, taste our indigenous gastronomic offer and get to know the rich culture and tradition”, The Minister pointed out.During his stay in Moscow today, Minister Cappelli also met with Mikhail Vladimirovich Degtyarev, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs in the Russian Duma and the Russian Parliament, with whom he discussed current cooperation between Russia and Croatia. Minister Cappelli emphasized the importance of Russia as a tourist market and expressed his desire to further improve cooperation, implement joint projects and increase tourist traffic. “Croatia and Russia are friendly countries and that is why it is extremely important to maintain quality cooperation. Russia is a very important tourist market for Croatia and our wish is to return to the level of tourist traffic when we were visited annually by about 200 thousand Russian guests.”The Minister pointed out and added that tomorrow at the meeting with the Deputy Minister of Culture of Russia, in charge of tourism Alla Manilov, they will discuss the possibilities of organizing a day or month of Croatian culture and tourism in Russia. President Degtyarev mentioned that he had previously visited Croatia, which he liked very much, and that he supported all activities and efforts to further strengthen cooperation between Russia and Croatia.Last year, tourists from Russia made 119,7 thousand arrivals (+ 7%) and 879,1 thousand overnight stays, which is at the level of the year before, but in the first two months of this year there was a growth of about 20 percent. Russian tourists spend most nights in hotels and household facilities. The most visited counties are Istria (328,7 thousand), Split-Dalmatia (192 thousand) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (102 thousand), ie Poreč, Umag, Dubrovnik, Rovinj and Opatija.Related news: MOBILE APPLICATION FOR RUSSIAN MARKET PRESENTED: CROATIA, FULL OF LIFE
The recent death of a 4-year-old New Jersey boy was the nation’s first fatality directly caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in the current outbreak, according to media reports today, while the national count of EV-D68 cases jumped to 594.The new total reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today is an increase of 56 from the 538 cases reported Oct 3. The number of affected states stayed the same, at 43.The virus, uncommon until recently, typically causes only cold-like symptoms, but some children experience a severe illness with breathing difficulties. Almost all the recent cases involved children, many of them with a history of asthma.In Hamilton, N.J., 4-year-old Eli Waller died on Sep 25, and the CDC determined afterward that he was infected with EV-D68, according to multiple media reports. The reports said he had stayed home from school with a case of pink eye, and he went to sleep and never woke up.”He had no signs of any illness that night, and his passing was sudden and shocking,” said Jeffrey Plunkett, a Hamilton, N.J., health officer, as quoted by ABC News.The ABC story said the Mercer County medical examiner determined that Eli had brain and lymph node swelling caused by EV-D68 and that his death was directly related to the infection.Possible 2nd case at schoolMedia stories also said a second child at the school where Eli attended a preschool program has tested positive for the virus. The Times of Trenton (N.J.) identified the school as Yardville Elementary. Stories said school officials held a meeting last night to answer parents’ questions about the virus.In an Oct 3 press release about the death, New Jersey Health Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd said the child had tested positive for EV-D68, but at that time it was not yet clear if the virus played a direct role or was a contributing factor in the death.Last week the CDC said four people who recently died were infected with EV-D68, but it was not clear what role the virus played. Also, Rhode Island officials said last week that a 10-year-old girl who had died of a Staphylococcus aureus infection also was infected with EV-D68.The CDC said that about half of specimens from patients with severe respiratory illness tested by CDC labs have come back positive for EV-D68. About a third have tested positive for other enteroviruses or rhinoviruses.The CDC and others also have been looking into a possible association of the virus with a polio-like illness in children in Colorado and a few other states.See also:CDC page on EV-D68 outbreakCDC list and map of affected statesOct 1 ABC News storyOct 6 NBC News storyOct 6 CBS News storyOct 6 Times of Trenton storyOct 3 New Jersey press release with O’Dowd comments
Two major US cities—New York and New Orleans—released their Zika virus plans yesterday, as members of Congress pressed their colleagues to take up President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion emergency funding request to help battle the threat.In new scientific developments, researchers reported more evidence of Zika virus in the cerebrospinal fluid of Brazilian babies born with microcephaly last fall. Also, scientists reported on a new mouse model for studying the disease.Meanwhile, in outbreak developments, Chile’s health minister said Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been detected for the first time in the country’s mainland, the first time in 60 years, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.The development is significant, because in late January, the Pan American Health Organization said that Chile and Canada were the only countries in the Americas not at risk for Zika virus, because Aedes mosquitoes, the main vector of the disease, aren’t found in those two locations.$21 million investment in New YorkWith New York City’s mosquito season now under way, Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday shared the details of a $21 million 3-year plan, which builds on existing West Nile virus mosquito control efforts.In a press release, he said city officials are ramping up plans to respond to any scenario, no matter how unlikely. “We will spare no effort to protect pregnant New Yorkers from the devastating consequences of Zika, and we ask New Yorkers to help us by taking simple steps to get rid of standing water where mosquitoes can breed.”In late March, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mosquito maps for the first time in more than a decade, and they showed expanded ranges for A aegypti and A albopictus beyond the southern tier of states and into the Midwest and East Coast.Elements of New York’s plan include expansion of mosquito surveillance and control, added capacity to test pregnant women and local mosquitoes for the virus, and a public information campaign on prevention and testing. It would add 51 new positions to tackle all the efforts and would double the number of mosquito traps in the city.The city activated its incident command center in February after the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency due to Zika virus complications, and it put its plan together over the past 2 months following expert consultations. Officials conducted a tabletop exercise of the plan last week.New Orleans considered high riskMeanwhile, New Orleans city officials said its comprehensive plan consists of a tiered response based on the threat level. So far only four travel-related cases have been reported in Louisiana, but the document acknowledges that the city is at high risk because of abundant Aedes mosquito populations.Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a press release yesterday, “We take the public health threat posed by the Zika virus very seriously.” The plan’s phases include no reported cases, travel-related cases, and local transmission.The city has already started its mosquito surveillance program, which is monitoring the two Aedes species thought to spread the virus. Along with traditional mosquito control efforts, it said spray trucks and airplane spraying will be used if needed.Federal funding impasseDemocratic members of the US Senate yesterday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Appropriations Committee Chair Thad Cochran, R-Miss., calling for immediate passage of Obama’s $1.9 billion emergency funding request for Zika prevention and response efforts.They charged that congressional Republicans have failed to address the request for more than 2 months and urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to mark up the request as soon as possible so the full Senate and House can act on it.”It would be shortsighted and dangerous for Congress not to act quickly to give the Administration the resources it needs to fully fight the Zika virus and protect Americans,” the group said in the letter.Some Republican lawmakers had insisted that federal officials tap unused Ebola funds, and the Obama administration recently said it would shift $510 million with the caveat that it still needs the full $1.9 billion. Republicans have said they want more information about specific needs and have warned that action might not take place until the fall.In yesterday’s letter, Senate Democrats said the shift in Ebola funds amounts to a 9% loss in federal preparedness money to states.In a related development, the Obama administration has increased its emergency request to support more work on Zika virus vaccines and diagnostic tests, Stat News reported yesterday, citing an updated request provided by a congressional aide.The request would boost vaccine research funding to the National Institutes of Health from $130 million to $277 million, paving the way for phase 2 trials in the next fiscal year, and increase the amount to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority for vaccines and diagnostic tests from $100 million to $188 million, according to the report.Research developmentsCerebrospinal fluid testing of 31 babies born with microcephaly in Brazil’s public maternity hospitals last September and October showed Zika-specific immunoglobulin M (IgM) in 30, providing strong evidence that the microcephaly was caused by Zika virus infection, Brazilian researchers said in a letter to The Lancet. Zika IgM was also detected in 28 of 31 serum samples from the babies.Babies of pregnant women who have hyperglycemia might be especially vulnerable to congenital defect complications from Zika virus infection, Danish experts said yesterday in another letter to The Lancet. They said hyperglycemia during the first pregnancy trimester has been associated with an elevated risk of congenital malformations, including microcephaly, and they urged researchers to investigate its possible role as a contributor to increases in microcephaly in Zika-affected areas.University of Wisconsin researchers today published a report on a new mouse model for studying Zika virus. Their findings appear in the latest online edition of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. In a press release from the university, scientists said the mouse model is immunocompromised, like two others that were recently described, but is unique, because it can be used to study how exposure to other viruses, such as dengue, might affect how the body responds to Zika virus infection.See also:Apr 18 NYC Health press releaseApr 18 City of New Orleans press releaseApr 19 AFP storyApr 19 Democratic Policy and Communications Center letterApr 18 Stat News story
Aquamarine Power has published operational information gathered during months of testing their Oyster 800 wave machine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. The academic analysis examines data generated by the Oyster 800 machine last year – which includes operating during major storms with waves reaching eight metres – and verifies that the Oyster flap generates power as predicted in wave tank and numerical tests, the company said.Commenting on the analysis, Aquamarine Power Chief Executive Officer John Malcom said:“These exceptional results have been gathered in more than 750 distinct sea states encompassing 94% of Oyster’s power matrix and verify, for the first time, that predictions of the energy Oyster can generate in any given sea state are accurate – and in the case of large sea states is actually greater than our original calculations.“Very few, if any, other wave energy technologies have been able to verify as much data across as wide a range of sea states, including operations through major storms.“In simple terms, Oyster does exactly what it says on the tin.“As a business this gives us confidence in Oyster near shore technology, and confirms that future iterations of Oyster technology can be developed at laboratory and test tank scale – secure in the knowledge that subsequent full-scale machines will perform as predicted.“Our business plan is to continue to develop the next-generation Oyster at laboratory scale and focus on areas of the technology which are less reliable, in particular the power take off system.“To achieve this we are working with Bosch Rexroth, Carnegie Wave Energy and others to develop WavePOD – a sealed sub-sea generating unit which can be used by a range of wave energy technologies, including of course future iterations of Oyster.“We have already built and are operating a tenth-scale WavePOD prototype at the world-leading Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Controls (IFAS) at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and we will shortly be publishing our preliminary results.”The WavePOD consortium already includes project founders Aquamarine Power and Bosch Rexroth, along with Carnegie Wave Energy UK and wave technology developers Albatern and M4 WavePower. It also includes Irish utility ESB, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, IFAS and University College Dublin’s Energy Research Centre.“We are keen to involve as many industry players as we can in WavePOD, and the consortium is open to all,” Malcolm concludes.[mappress mapid=”11665″]
Image: Kate SimcockGreenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic vessel after traveling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa, New Zealand. The boat crews, consisting of members from Greenpeace and local iwi, located the 125-meter seismic ship, Amazon Warrior, searching for oil off the East Coast of New Zealand on behalf of oil giants Statoil and Chevron, Greenpeace informed on Friday.From on board one of the inflatables, Greenpeace campaigner Kate Simcock radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders.Polynesian voyaging waka captain and East Coast resident, Reuben Raihania Tipoki (Ngāti Kahungunu), also delivered a message on behalf of over 80 indigenous communities from the East Coast of New Zealand, demanding Statoil and Chevron cease activities in their customary waters.Tipoki says it’s important to see first-hand what seismic blasting ships are doing in his iwi’s customary waters so he can bring the stories back to his community.“The burning of fossil fuels is changing our world – we are changing our world. We are calling in Armageddon, and it will be destruction by our own hands,” he says.“If we are to stem climate change, indigenous philosophies about how to fit in with nature and not expect nature to fit in with us must be re-adopted.”The Amazon Warrior currently has two support vessels circling it. They are the Ocean Pioneer, a New Zealand-owned fishing vessel often used as support by the oil industry; and the Maria G, a supply ship sent over from Panama.From on board, Greenpeace climate campaigner, Kate Simcock, says the sheer size of the Amazon Warrior is “daunting”.“This is one big beast and it’s eerie to see it out here roaming such a beautiful stretch of coastline. In order to find oil, it’s blasting sound waves into the ocean every 8 seconds, 24 hours a day, from massive arrays that are the length of 80 rugby fields,” she says.“The oil industry itself admits they are comparable in sound to an underwater volcano, so just imagine how distressing they must be for the dolphins and whales who live here,” Greenpeace said.“And this is all for the very oil that science says can’t be burned if we are to avoid a climate catastrophe. It’s a complete betrayal that our Government has invited this climate-wrecking machine to roam our unique coastlines.”Marine seismic surveying is a common practice in offshore oil and gas exploration. Seismic ships are used to identify the potential drilling prospects, and help the oil companies reduce the number of dry holes while drilling for oil.As for the impact on marine life, according to the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, the sound produced during seismic surveys is comparable in magnitude to many naturally occurring and other man-made ocean sound sources, including wind and wave action, rain, lightning strikes, marine life, and shipping.Also, according to PEPANZ, a New Zealand association promoting oil and gas industry, seismic surveying and “countless research projects have shown no evidence to suggest that sound from oil and gas exploration activities in normal operating circumstances has harmed marine species or marine ecological communities.”Technological developments have provided much better detection of marine mammals that are not visible on the surface during seismic surveys, allowing explorers to conduct environmentally responsible marine seismic operations, PEPANZ says on its website.Offshore Energy Today Staff
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