Continued Foul Weather: Live Blog!

first_img18.52: My favourite tweet of the crisis (and I am using that term in the loosest possible sense) so far is this beauty from Thames Valley Police.Chief Constable Sara Thornton and officers working hard with military to help communities affected by flooding #flood— TVP Oxford (@TVP_Oxford) February 12, 2014 14.23: In case you’ve forgotten the recent history of our community, Oxford was ‘rocked’ by a ‘Great Storm’ last term. The reason for the inverted commas is because the ‘Great Storm’ turned out to be little more than hot air. My hot air, mainly.But with the Isis at bursting point, morale at rock bottom, and Instagram in a frenzy of photos of Christ Church meadows, #cherwellmiserablefeb has all the makings of a storm for all seasons.13.58: People at Catz, Hilda’s and Anne’s can rejoice at the sight of devastation to Christ Church and Magdalen. That’ll teach people to attend attractive colleges.Some great pictures of the Oxford flooding from the air, look at Magdalen and ChCh Meadows— AnnaBroadley (@annabroadley) February 12, 2014 Flood warning for our house. Feeling mildly less scared than last time, given the closest we came to flooding was Hannah leaving a tap on.— Tom Rutland (@tomrutland) February 8, 2014 We interviewed Pickles last term and he went down like a pork pie in a synagogue.14.25: Talking of Instagram, here’s a photo I took the other day of the botanical gardens. Ansel Adams eat your heart out. 15.15: Here are a selection of Oxford-based tweets that I have found by scouring the internet because no one is using my hashtag yet. Yet. Who in the Thames Valley Police PR department thought this was an opportune moment for a photo op? And are they looking at an Ordnance Survey map? Do they even still make them?! The Thames Valley Police offices look like an extraordinarily gloomy place, where the blinds are rolled down entirely even though there is clearly daylight outside. But perhaps that makes it easier for them to all lean in and squint at the OS map, rather than, say, using their iPhones.18.46: If continued speculation that we are witnessing the end of days is getting you down, you might want to look away now.Virgin Trains have released an extraordinarily defeatist tweet. The use of the word ‘abandon’ evokes images of Dante’s Inferno. Does Richard Branson know something we don’t?NEW: ALL CUSTOMERS TO ABANDON TRAVEL #UKSTORM— Virgin Trains (@VirginTrains) February 12, 2014 13.43: Before we get things going, please send us lots of tweets to @Cherwell_Online or use the hashtag #cherwellmiserablefeb and we’ll publish your thoughts here. Prizes for the best pictures and/or most provocative opinions.***‘I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.’So said Louisa May Alcott hundreds of years ago. Really feels like an asshole thing to say right now.THE STORM LIVE BLOG 2! just a thought but would the floods have attracted as much coverage if it had hit somewhere other than Home Counties?— Tom Beardsworth (@TBeardsworth) February 10, 2014If you’d like a more diverse range of tweets and tweeters, the start using the hashtag #CherwellMiserableFeb15.01: According to the ever reliable 106 Jack FM, Eric Pickles was in Oxford yesterday, inspecting the flood water. Feel free to insert a cheap gag about water level rises here.Communities secretary Eric Pickles is meeting residents in flood hit #Oxford— JACK fm Oxfordshire (@106jackfm) February 11, 2014 As Tories ridiculously accuse Labour of ‘dividing the nation’ over their floods reaction, let’s remember their response to the London Riots.— Jane Cahill (@JanaCahill) February 12, 2014last_img read more

News story: Innovate UK-supported entrepreneurs make Maserati 100 list

first_imgThe 2019 Maserati 100, produced in partnership with the Sunday Times, celebrates 100 of the UK’s most innovative entrepreneurs, whose ideas have positively impacted the economy and society as a whole.The focus for the 2019 list was on innovation beyond creativity, recognising organisations that have successfully converted their big ideas into successful businesses.The list includes 11 companies that have received support through Innovate UK programmes. Moortec has developed temperature-sensitive microchips for use in televisions and mobile phones Interactive Scientific developed Nano Sandbox, a software platform that can create visual scientific simulations for the classroom and laboratory Adaptimmune was awarded £2.1 million through the Biomedical Catalyst Fund, managed by Innovate UK and the Medical Research Council, to aid the development of the company’s T-cell therapy to combat triple-negative breast cancer Thang Vo-Ta, co-founder of Callaly, told Innovate UK: Saturn Bioponics received support from Innovate UK to develop a prototype and commercial model of its Saturn Grower, a vertical crop growing hydroponic system See more success stories of companies supported by Innovate UK. Find out more about the development of CellCentric’s drug CCS1477. Recycling Lives is working with the University of Central Lancashire to convert the residue from waste vehicles into electrical energy The Tampliner is intended to help break the taboo around menstruation. CellCentric was awarded £2.2 million to support the development of a prostate cancer treatment. The drug has the potential to combat the resistance cancer cells develop from treatment over time The businessesThe innovations profiled in the 2019 Maserati 100 range from robotic toys to a hydrogen energy product and cannabinoid-based cancer treatment. Game Changer: Bethany Koby, Tech Will Save Uscenter_img Case Study: Reach Robotics Callaly developed the Tampliner design, which combines a tampon and pantyliner to prevent period leaks. Callaly received a £1 million loan from Innovate UK to scale up production, and the Tampliner won the Inda Hygienix conference award It’s a real privilege to be recognised in the Sunday Times’ annual Maserati 100 list. I’m humbled to be included with so many other great names, all leading their teams to disrupt industries with new innovations. For us, the recognition is extra meaningful because it helps bring attention to an industry that has suffered from a lack of worthwhile innovation for decades, in part because of the taboo around menstruation. Our Tampliner gives people with periods a new, better choice that solves some of the problems of traditional products. It’s been 80 years since the first tampon was invented so it’s long overdue a redesign! Recycling Technologies won a grant from Innovate UK to develop the Warwick FBR, a system that recycles mixed plastics waste via pyrolysis – decomposing the waste with extremely high temperatures – into PlaxOil, a valuable, high-energy hydrogen product Find out more about Callaly’s Tampliner. GW Pharmaceuticals – in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, the firm aims to create novel combination therapies for cancer that have fewer side effects by exploring non-psychoactive phytocannabinoids Reach Robotics created the world’s first robotic gaming system for the consumer market. The MekaMon combines robotics, augmented reality and immersive play in its design Tech Will Save Us created a range of kits to help children develop technology skills Read Saturn Bioponics’ blog: Changing how the world eats. Find out more about applying for innovation funding. Dr Rebecca Sage (front row, sixth), Managing Director of Interactive Scientific, pictured at the 2016 Women in Innovation awards.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Twiddle Talks “PLUMP: Chapter 2” Ahead Of Its Release Tomorrow

first_imgTomorrow (Friday, April 28th, 2017), Twiddle will release PLUMP: Chapter 2, their follow-up to 2015’s PLUMP: Chapter 1. Since Chapter 1‘s release, the Vermont jammers have toured extensively, headlining clubs across the country and earning slots at some of the jam scene’s most prestigious festivals. Following the release of their new LP, the quartet looks forward to a summer of festival appearances, including Summer Camp, Bonnaroo, and Camp Bisco as well as their own homegrown Vermont events Frendly Gathering (June 29-July 1) and  Tumble Down in Vermont (July 28-29).Watch Twiddle Welcome Keller Williams For “Best Feeling” Cover At LOCKN’ [Pro-Shot]As the band (drummer Brook Jordan, bassist Zdenek Gubb, keyboardist Ryan Dempsey, and guitarist Mihali Savoulidis) embarks on this new “chapter,” we caught up with them to bend their ears about their summer PLUMPtivites:Live For Live Music: The new record (PLUMP Chapter 2) is about to be released; I know that must be exciting! Given how much Twiddle is known as a live band, are there challenges to capturing that live energy and spirit in the studio?Twiddle: It depends on what you’re going for. Some bands try and recreate their live sound in the studio and some bands don’t. With PLUMP, we were trying to lay somewhere between where we knew it would translate in a live environment and also have a recognizable studio quality during the listening experience. Having the ability to bring in horn, string, and lap steel players for the studio was something we can’t do live every show so having that added energy captured for the record is a real treat for us and our fans.L4LM: Several songs on the new album (such as “Juggernaut”) seem to have a different musical style that what we usually hear from you. What sorts of influences did you and the band have? Do you have a favorite track?Zdenek Gubb: I think the band prides themselves in crossing from one genre to the next, whether throughout a show, or even within a singular song. “Juggernaut” is probably one of our favorites. All four of us have our own separate influences, and that probably lends to the band’s multi-genre component.L4LM: Now that you’ve played the songs off of PLUMP Chapter 1 for a while, how have they changed?Mihali Savoulidis: All of our songs evolve and develop in the live sphere. Some more than others of course. If you dig deep enough, you can probably pinpoint some jams that ultimately became permanent parts of a song. Many Chapter 1 songs have become jam vehicles, too, so who knows how these songs could continue to ebb and flow in different directions.L4LM: Your fan base seems to be growing very quickly and Twiddle are now touring more than ever. What do you think were the best strides you made together last year?Brook Jordan: Tumble Down was incredible. Throwing our own two-day event in such a beautiful place like Waterfront Park in Burlington was super cool. Aside from that, PLUMP was the most important thing we did, in terms of making strides. Taken as a whole, there is a lot of music we are really proud of.L4LM: I’m sure you’re excited about the many festival bills you’re on for this summer including your own Tumble Down Festival (July 28-29). Which festivals are you most looking forward to as a fan of music?Brook Jordan: Frendly Gathering is always one of our favorites. This year we’re hosting Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Charles Bradley, Madaila, and a lot more. We’ve been playing Frendly since year one, and there is nothing better than getting to enjoy and experience an entire festival. It’s so rare to actually spend time with friends or family at a cool festival, because the band is usually on a tight schedule. Also, like Tumble Down, Frendly allows us to invite the Twiddle family up to our home state of Vermont.[photo by Daniel Ojeda]last_img read more

A storyteller partial to sand

first_imgDasha Bough spent some of her earliest childhood in Russia before her family returned to her native Montana when she was 5 years old. A budding appreciation for fine art would send her back to St. Petersburg over several summers to take classes in oil painting and drawing at the Repin Academy of Arts.“I love portraiture. Once I learned to draw a face, I never stopped. I butcher landscapes, but faces I love because I can pair them with narrative,” said the freshman, who lives in Weld Hall.But then came a 2009 episode of “Ukraine’s Got Talent” featuring artist Kseniya Simonova, and Bough found herself inspired to try sand art.“I am trying to push the techniques of an art form that’s still not widely explored,” said Bough, who works with a lightbox her grandfather built for her. “I love the idea of playing with negative space, and in sand art there are so many opportunities for storytelling. It’s hard to find an artistic medium that is at once distilled and sequential. In a sense, it combines drawing and fine art with narrative and animation in a way that quite literally reveals the artist’s hand as a character.” “I’m usually a perfectionist, but the sand forces me to loosen up. You can’t get attached to an image that is about to be wiped clean.” — Dasha Bough, pictured below in her studio,Like Simonova, who has created imagery about the toll of World War II, Bough found inspiration in history for one of her biggest works. “Boiling Point” tells the story of two important women in her life — her grandmother and Baba Sima, an elderly Russian friend. Bough used her iPhone’s time-lapse feature to record her work over two weeks, producing a nine-minute film whose soundtrack begins with a boiling kettle and ends with gramophone recording of the Russian song “Burnt by the Sun.”“They both have a Cold War mentality,” said Bough. “My Grandma June lives on a farm on the Montana prairie that is bordered by Minuteman missile launch sites aimed at Russia. Baba Sima has lived with censorship and propaganda. I wanted to stay true to their parallel stories: the Russian Baba going about her daily life illustrating her humanity, and another lady doing the same in rural America. Reminders of the world they lived in are constantly resurfacing, but despite this, they absolutely love each other.”Though Bough considered going to a dedicated art school, she chose to merge academic endeavors (advanced Russian, history of imperial Russia) found in small classes with projects that feed her creative spirit.“I feel so fortunate — I don’t have a class with more than 12 students, and many have been with upperclassmen or graduate students,” she said. “I was concerned at first that Harvard might not have an art scene, but it does and it’s vibrant and unrestrained and so much more encompassing than I ever imagined it would be. I thought I’d be the lone artist and it’s the opposite. My friends are all intimidatingly creative.”Bough wasn’t sure how she would continue to create sand art at Harvard, but lucked out with a roommate unperturbed by her lightbox and bags of fine-grain sand (slightly thicker than cocoa powder). She finds most of her material at hardware stores, but also experiments with coarser river sediment her sister scooped up near her family ranch in White Sulfur Springs.“I’m usually a perfectionist, but the sand forces me to loosen up. You can’t get attached to an image that is about to be wiped clean,” she said.,Visual and Environmental Studies Professor Ruth Lingford was impressed by the “brave” young artist she met in her animation class in the fall.“The interesting thing about Dasha is how Russian she is, though she’s not Russian,” Lingford said. “She seems to have absorbed the culture in some way that’s gone very deep. Russian art school has given her rigor of approach, and it’s beautiful to see her using that rigor to be much more experimental.”Bough’s final project — a stop-motion story of her grandfather’s farm tools voiced by her elderly Montana neighbor — was a study in both creativity and tenacity, Lingford said.“It wasn’t easy, but she persevered and when she got it, it just flew. It’s not just native talent. It’s a quality of very sharp intelligence and perseverance.”Bough has immersed herself in arts and humanities studies in her first year at Harvard. She secured space in the Carpenter Center and has performed at TEDxHarvardCollege, using her creativity as a gateway into political discourse.“Sometimes what I’m doing requires a decent amount of explaining,” said Bough, laughing. “My artistic expression these days is derived from quite literally playing in the dirt. I grew up with an appreciation for my family’s farming and ranching background and have an affinity for the earth and all of its unrefined qualities. Sand art allows me to stay close to dirt in an obscure but socially acceptable way.”last_img read more

Global Demand For Crude Oil Projected To Reach Lowest Point Since 1995

first_imgCropped Photo: / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – AAA says the price of gas and the demand for it are still dropping.Believe it or not, the global crude oil demand is starting to look like it did in 1995.As of Monday, the national average price of gas is $1.81. and New York’s is $2.22. One year ago, those prices were $2.84 and $2.88, respectively.Buffalo and Batavia, where prices went down four cents since last week, both average at $2.27. Rochester is currently just five cents lower, on average. The coronavirus pandemic is prompting people to stay home. With refiners producing more gasoline than what’s needed, prices will continue to sink.AAA, citing a report by the International Energy Agency, says “global oil demand is projected to hit a 25-year low and fall by a record 9.3 million barrels per day this year.” 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

Year-round cleaning

first_imgControl moisture to fight moldAnd don’t forget to fight mold, too.”Mold is ubiquitous in the environment, and it is extremelydifficult to remove all molds from an indoor environment,”Atiles said. “But you can control moisture to aid in the eliminationof mold growth.”To fight mold, eliminate moisture sources such as drippingfaucets, puddles of water and wet bathmats. Use a squeegee afterbathing to remove water from shower walls and bathtubs. Make sure there is adequate ventilation while cooking andbathing to reduce moisture build-up. Remove mold and mildew fromsurfacesusing cleaners designed specifically for the job. Once surfaces covered with mold and mildew have been cleaned,Atiles recommends cleaning them once or twice per week. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaSpringtime has become synonymous with cleaning time, but ifyou’re an allergy sufferer, you shouldn’t wait until spring tothoroughly clean your home.”Cleaning on a regular basis in a thorough manner may reducethe numbers of allergens in the home,” said Jorge Atiles, a housingspecialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative ExtensionService. “You can keep allergens in your home to a minimum bymaintaining cleanliness year-round.”Set a weekly cleaning scheduleAtiles suggests creating a weekly cleaning plan and sticking toit. For example, on Mondays, clean the bedroom thoroughly and onTuesdays, wash all bedding, and on Wednesdays wet mop the floors.”For your allergies’ sakes, take time everyday to maintain aclean home,” Atiles said. “Even if just have five minutes tospare.”You can reduce allergens in your home by removing dust, dustmites and mold. To remove accumulated dust and dust mites, cutdown on clutter in your home and reduce relative humidity(moisture levels)indoors to under 50 percent. “Allergens can accumulate in clutter as well as on yourupholstery and carpeting,” he said.Vacuum all upholstery and carpeting with a HEPA filter vacuumweekly and consider having them professionally cleaned once ortwice a year, as well. “If your allergies are severe, you may want to consider replacingyour carpeting with wood, vinyl or linoleum flooring,” Atilessaid. Also clean window treatments, dust blinds, and remove and washcurtains, if possible. Regularly clean fan blades, lightfixtures, ceilings, walls and vents to remove dust. last_img read more

Uniondale Man Charged in Alleged Heroin Ring

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An accused drug dealer from Uniondale is among 13 suspects that authorities said were busted for their alleged ties to a New York City-based heroin trafficking ring stretching as far as Pennsylvania.Kenneth Parris, 42, was indicted on multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Of the 179 charges in the indictment, the top counts went to alleged kingpin Brian Bacon, 52, of the Bronx, who called himself “The Prime Minister.” Bacon was charged with operating as a major trafficker.“For the third time in as many weeks, we have dismantled a large heroin ring that allegedly crossed county and state lines, stretching from Pittsburgh to Long Island,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.Prosecutors said Parris was one of Bacon’s main resellers, with others based in the city and upstate New York. Only one of Bacon’s two suppliers have been identified, authorities said. The alleged Pittsburgh-based dealer traveled to Manhattan by bus, according to investigators.The 10-month investigation, which was dubbed “Operation Iron Horse,” included covert physical surveillance and hundreds of hours of wiretaps, authorities said.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN Special Edition: SHEA meeting reports on flu immunization in healthcare workers

first_imgMar 24, 2009 – The annual meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America took place Mar 20-22 in San Diego. This News Scan Special Edition wraps up interesting research from that meeting on the difficult problem of increasing influenza immunization in healthcare workers. Lip-sync video makes case to healthcare workers for flu shotsUniversity of Pennsylvania Medical Center struggled to raise the rate of healthcare workers accepting annual flu shots, even with a 2-year-old “opt-out” program accompanied by mandatory education programs for those who refused. This year, though, flu-shot acceptance has risen 40%. What turned the tide was a home-grown music video, running on the hospital’s intranet and patient TV, that features healthcare workers lip-syncing to “Baby Be Wise—Immunize,” recorded by Penn’s undergraduate a capella group, Penn Yo.[YouTube video] 50-hospital survey finds commonalities in diverse flu-shot programsA nationwide survey conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, and the University HealthSystem Consortium in Oak Brook, Ill., found that programs to increase flu shots in hospitals vary regarding which employees they target and what strategies they use. However, the most successful programs had strong visible support from hospital leadership and provided after-hours and weekend access to vaccine. Unvaccinated healthcare workers highly vulnerable to fluFinally, a Canadian national survey suggested the potential risks to healthcare workers and their patients when workers are not vaccinated. A survey of healthcare workers in Toronto during the 2007-08 season, when the vaccine was poorly protective, demonstrated that 20% contracted flu. Moreover, 92% worked on the first day of their illness and 85% worked on every day that they were ill, increasing the risk of passing the disease to vulnerable patients.center_img Strict medical or religious exemption policy raised ratesWashington University School of Medicine and healthcare organization BJC HealthCare increased vaccination rates among workers by making flu shots a condition of employment unless the employee could show proof of medical or religious necessity. Employees claiming religious exemption were required to write a letter to human resources; employees claiming medical exemption, such as prior hypersensitivity to flu vaccine or to the eggs in which it is made, were required to present a letter from a physician. Employees who were not vaccinated and could not prove exemption were terminated. Vaccination rates rose to 98.4%. ‘Push-pull’ campaign inspired by bioterror response plans increases vaccinationFlushing Hospital Medical Center outside New York City almost doubled healthcare workers’ willingness to take flu shots by deploying a persuasion strategy borrowed from mass-disaster planning. The technique, called “push-pull,” starts with intensive education on every hospital unit; personnel who either accepted the shot or signed a form declining it were given an ID-validating sticker for their badges. The following day, all employees were directed to a single hospital entrance, and those without stickers were steered to a vaccination team for a second go-round. Vaccination rose from 38% of staff to 60%.last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesians in Saudi Arabia told to refrain from traveling to Mecca, Medina

first_imgTopics : The Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh has called on Indonesian citizens residing in Saudi Arabia to temporarily refrain from traveling to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina as part of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) containment efforts.The embassy issued the statement on Thursday, after the Saudi government announced a day earlier its latest suspension on umrah (minor haj) to Mecca and visits to the Nabawi Mosque in Medina.The statement was also uploaded to the embassy’s official Twitter account, @riyadh_kbri.Himbauan kepada WNI di Arab Saudi untuk sementara TIDAK melakukan perjalanan ke Mekkah dan Madinah, menindaklanjuti edaran yg dikeluarkan Kementerian Dalam Negeri Kerajaan Arab [email protected]_RI @Kemenag_RI @KemensetnegRI #NegaraMelindungi— KBRI Riyadh (@riyadh_kbri) March 5, 2020 “In regard to the issue, the Indonesian Embassy in Riyadh is calling on all Indonesian citizens in Saudi Arabia not to travel to Mecca and Medina,” Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Agus Maftuh Abegebriel said in the statement.Read also: Umrah pilgrims can reschedule at no extra costs, government promisesSaudi’s new suspension took effect immediately on Thursday as part of the kingdom’s precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the two cities.The embassy also called on Indonesian citizens to be careful in sharing information on COVID-19 as Saudi Arabia could punish people found sharing false information with up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 3 million riyal (Rp 11 billion).The Saudi government previously announced a temporary umrah suspension for foreigners, including Indonesian nationals, and a tourist visa suspension for residents of countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases.The embassy at Riyadh has opened hotlines +966569173990 and +966569094526 for Indonesian nationals in Saudi Arabia experiencing emergency situations.last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia to administer more PCR tests, acknowledges some rapid tests ‘ineffective’

first_imgThe country’s COVID-19 task force will administer more polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which are believed to be more accurate than rapid tests. “It turns out that not all rapid tests are effective,” the task force’s head, Doni Monardo, said during a virtual meeting with the House of Representatives on Monday.“Thus we will procure more PCR test kits.” President Joko “Jokowi” Jokowi has called on the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to speed up PCR and rapid testing to obtain clear data on confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country.The government is expecting the delivery of PCR test kits from South Korea. Seoul’s LG Corp plans to provide 50,000 test kits for Indonesia, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister on Monday.Doni said the government had disbursed 500,000 test kits for rapid testing across the country as of Monday. Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, has performed the rapid test on 24,015 people across the province as of Monday. Of them, 589 people returned positive results.West Java, the second-hardest hit province, found 677 people with COVID-19 from rapid tests performed on 22,000 people in 27 cities and regencies.Topics : A PCR test detects whether a person has contracted the novel coronavirus by swabbing the nose and throat, while the rapid test detects whether a person has been exposed to the virus through a blood sample. Experts have repeatedly cast doubt over rapid tests, which they claim give less accurate results than PCR tests.“We will still administer rapid tests but there are consequences,” said Doni. “Rapid tests usually need to be administered more than once. Some people that test negative via the rapid test have tested positive using the PCR method or vice versa.”Doni, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said separately that the government had disbursed Rp 14 billion (US$849,643) to the Jakarta-based Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology to increase its capacity to conduct PCR testing.Read also: Carry out proper mass testing with PCR, experts saylast_img read more