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May
3

Teenage girl dies after saving younger brother when they fell in frozen lake

first_imgreal444/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A teenage girl has died after saving her brother when they both fell into a frozen lake in Ohio, officials said.An officer who responded to the drowning incident also died, authorities said.The 16-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy fell through the ice near boat docks at Rocky Fork State Park in Hillsboro on Tuesday evening, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The 911 call came in around 6:30 p.m.By the time the Paint Creek Joint EMS and Fire District arrived, the girl was under the ice, according to Lt. Branden Jackman. The water was 36 degrees, he said.The boy was taken to the hospital in stable condition, but his sister was recovered by divers unresponsive, authorities said. She has not been identified publicly by authorities.“She got him out, before she succumbed,” Jackman told Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO-TV.While at the scene, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Officer Jason Lagore suffered a medical emergency and was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the department said. It did not provide details on the medical emergency.A 15-year veteran of the department, Lagore founded its first K-9 academy and led its Division of Parks and Watercraft K-9 training program.“Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of Officer Jason Lagore, who died in the line of duty last night,” Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz said in a statement Wednesday. “Our law enforcement officers and their families carry a unique and challenging burden of responsibilities, and we are deeply grateful for their service.”Lagore is survived by his wife, two young sons and K-9 partner, Sarge, the department said.On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered flags lowered on public buildings and grounds in Highland County and several other locations “in honor of his life and service.”Jackman had a message for Ohioans the day after the deadly incident.“Don’t go out on the ice,” he told WCPO. “It caused a very bad tragedy last night.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May
2

PLAYERS PARTY IN COLOGNE: Four selfies, the winner can be only one…

first_imgVIDEO: “Let’s hear some noise” – “Let’s watch some TOP handball” Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img EHF CL Final4: Three team arrived, RK Vardar only missing in Cologne ShareTweetShareShareEmailComments“Players party” at the beginning of the 10th VELUX EHF Champions League Final4 event in Cologne was attended by a record number of the fans who came in front of Lanxess Arena to cheer with their teams.Four teams, traditionally, came to the stage to feel the energy of the event before the official start on Saturday.Four selfies have been taken, but only one could be winning…Enjoy…15.15 PGE Vive Kielce – Telekom Veszprem18.00 RK Vardar – FC Barcelona Lassa Related Items:Velux EHF Champions League Final4last_img read more

Dec
31

Shumlin: Vermont farms up and running one year after Irene

first_imgAbout the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and MarketsVAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment. Visit www.VermontAgriculture.com(link is external)Photo: The Otter Creek floods its banks the day after Irene. Governor Peter Shumlin and agriculture officials said today that virtually all of the 476 Vermont farms that reported losses as a result of Tropical Storm Irene are still operating. However, restoring damaged farm land, repairing buildings and equipment, replacing lost feed, and strengthening resilience are all challenges these businesses still face, the group said at a press conference held at The 1782 Settlement Farm in Middlesex. In addition, the Governor noted that the deadline for applying for assistance through the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund is August 27 (more information below). ‘Irene’s winds and floodwaters left at least $20 million of damages in its wake. Fields and crops were washed downstream or buried under boulders, sand, and silt. Barns and greenhouses were flooded and damaged. Stored feed and firewood were swept away,’Shumlin said.  ‘But volunteers, emergency services, grants and loans helped Vermont’s independent farm families get back on their feet.’ The Governor was joined by Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross, Vermont Community Foundation President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay, State Executive Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency Robert Paquin, and Settlement Farm owner Cyrus Scribner to provide an update on farmers’progress as the state prepares for the one-year anniversary of the devastating storm. ‘This support, combined with the remarkable determination and spirit of our farmers, is why these businesses are still here and getting stronger by the day,’said Secretary Ross. ‘Federal and state agencies worked closely with businesses, the nonprofit sector, and the philanthropic community to assure both crisis assistance and longer-term recovery funds remain available,’he said. ‘Irene recovery demanded an unprecedented level of coordination amongst all the partners. This experience strengthened our ability to collaborate quickly and effectively, which will benefit all our programs going forward, not just when emergencies strike.’ Within weeks of Irene, the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund (VFDRF) was established by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation. Total contributions to the VFDRF approached $2.5 million and almost $1.9 million has been distributed to 198 farmers so far. The deadline for the next round of applications is August 27. For more information, to donate or to apply, visit http://www.vtfloodresponse.org/(link is external).  ‘Farmers provide so much that we appreciate’delicious local food, dairy products, the working landscape itself,’said Comstock-Gay. ‘They remain the cornerstone for so many of our communities and we are glad we could play a pivotal role in getting these farmers back on their feet.’ ‘A year ago Irene flooded our lower pumpkin and corn fields, just as these two key cash crops were ready to harvest,’recalled Scribner. ‘The loans from the Farm Disaster Relief Fund and others were critical in our clean-up and spring purchases that kept the farmstand running.’ The USDA and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture are assessing the remaining and ongoing needs related to Irene farm recovery. Secretary Ross announced at the press conference that the Agency is hiring a case manager specifically to help farmers determine what damage still needs to be addressed and assist them with finding available resources. The one-year position is funded by philanthropic dollars, in part by a grant from the VFDRF. Irene Anniversary: Farm Recovery Fact Sheet Agricultural Damage AssessmentsUSDA Farm Service Agency and UVM Extension January 2012 report (http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/Pubs/ImpactIreneVermontAgriculture.pdf(link is external)) ·    Damage reported on over 17,000 acres of crops and nearly 9,100 acres of farmland (some overlap).·    Estimated value of crop losses and crop land damage:  at least $20 million dollars statewide.·    476 farmers in Vermont reported losses as a result of the storm. Recovery: The Vermont Farm Disaster Relief FundThe Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund (VFDRF) was established by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation to address the critical needs of Vermont farms that sustained damage from Tropical Storm Irene and to help them return to full production. The grants from this fund were a lifeline that allowed farmers to continue, an important economic consideration in a state where food production is our second largest manufacturing industry. ·    Total contributions to the VFDRF as of August 1, 2012 approached $2.5 million.·    A total of 198 farmers have been awarded almost $1.9 million from the fund over five separate grant rounds. A sixth round is in progress.·    Grants reached 42% of the farms that reported losses in the storm. The VFDRF committee is reaching out to those farmers who registered damage with the USDA Farm Service Agency but who have not yet applied to the fund.·    The average grant size is just over $7,900; some farmers received multiple grants.·    The VFDRF funded about 30% of the total needs and losses reported in these applications.·    From the beginning, it’s been the strategy of the fund to hold some money in reserve to address the longer-term needs of farmers.)Recovery: USDA ProgramsThe USDA’s Farm Service Agency, through its numerous programs, continues to help Vermont farms with post-Irene recovery. ·    USDA Disaster Assistance and Crop Insurance have already paid $7.4 million to Vermont farmers’with an additional $2 million approved and in process.·    About 90% ($6.5 million) of the $7.4 million was awarded through the federally subsidized crop insurance program. Recovery: Special VEDA FinancingOn August 28th, 2011, Governor Peter Shumlin announced the immediate availability of special low-interest VEDA financing for Vermont businesses and farms that suffered Irene damage. Emergency agricultural financing was made available at 1% for the first two years, with no payments required during the first year. ·    The Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC) made 45 farm loans totaling almost $1.8 million to help farmers recover.·    Covered farm losses included crop supplies; seed; livestock; fertilizer; machinery and equipment; fuel; lost inventory; and storm-related repairs to land, buildings, and machinery. Where Do We Go From Here?Almost all of the farms that were damaged by Irene’s winds and floodwaters are still operating. However, restoring damaged farm land, repairing buildings and equipment, replacing lost feed, and strengthening resilience are all challenges these businesses face. ·    Remaining and ongoing recovery-related farm needs are being assessed by the USDA and the Agency of Agriculture. The Agency is hiring a case manager specifically to help farmers determine what damage still needs to be addressed and assist them with finding available resources. The one-year position is funded by donations, including a grant from the VFDRF.·    The VFDRF is currently holding a grant round to assist individual farmers who have been affected by Irene. Applications are available on www.vtfloodresponse.org(link is external) and are due Monday, August 27.·    The round is open to first-time applicants and farmers who have already received grants from the fund. Selected farmers will receive grants the second week in September.Irene Anniversary: Farm Recovery Stories The following farmers sustained damage from Tropical Storm Irene and have received funding from the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund to help them through the recovery process. Their names, numbers, and stories are shared with their permission. Adam’s Berry Farm Chittenden County (Burlington) Adam’s Berry Farm has grown organic berries for 10 years on a 10-acre plot of land in the Intervale Center. Ninety percent of the farm’s harvested berries are sold within 10 miles of the farm. Although Irene’s floodwaters caused significant damage, the blueberry plants bloomed again this season and the farm was able to offer a pick-your-own season. Replanting is underway and Adam and the farm’s supporters anticipate a more varied harvest in the years to come. Jersey Girls Dairy Windsor County (Chester) The Jersey Girls Dairy was established in 1999 by Lisa Kaiman, a native of Princeton, New Jersey by way of UVM. Lisa currently milks 24 registered Jerseys, raises some of the calves for veal, and some heifers to keep the herd in balance. After the storm, Lisa lost milk, feed, and fencing. Although she’s received assistance and has been working hard to recover, she anticipates that it will be difficult for her to find and pay for good-quality feed for her animals through the upcoming winter.  Sunrise Orchards Addison County (Addison) Sunrise Orchards is a 200-acre, family owned and operated, wholesale apple farm devoted to growing quality apples for Vermont and the Northeast region. About 130,000 bushels of apples are harvested at the Orchard each year. Tropical Storm Irene knocked over an estimated 1,500 trees; many of those were braced and stabilized this past fall and are now bearing fruit.  last_img read more

Dec
31

Green Mountain Coffee adds Lipton Teas for Keurig, stock keeps climbing

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR), based in Waterbury, Vermont, and Unilever North America announced today the companies have reached an agreement to offer Lipton hot and iced teas in K-Cup and Vue packs for Keurig single cup brewing systems. Shares of GMCR were up again following the announcement to over $51 Thursday afternoon (52-week range $17.11 – $63.35.) Unilever also owns Ben & Jerry’s, based in South Burlington, Vermont.The new Lipton® K-Cup® and Vue® packs will be filled with Lipton’s finest teas to create a hot and iced tea experience with the ease and convenience of a Keurig® brewer. Lipton® K-Cup® and Vue® packs will be offered in a variety of channels in the United States and Canada beginning in summer 2013. The new teas will join GMCR’s family of beverage brands available in the Keurig® brewing system, and Lipton® iced teas will become part of the Company’s Brew Over Ice collection, a line specially crafted to brew refreshing iced beverages with any Keurig® brewing system.”We’re happy to welcome Lipton ‘ one of the world’s great refreshment brands – to our family of Keurig Brewed® beverages,” says Brian P. Kelley, GMCR President and CEO. “It’s natural to think of Keurig® as being synonymous with coffee, and now consumers are also turning to their Keurig® brewing systems for the freshest tasting hot and iced tea, prepared simply and quickly at home and in the office. Our strategy to partner with world-class beverage brands like Lipton® further broadens the consumer choice in the Keurig® system and helps us meet a wide range of consumer taste and beverage preferences.””Making Lipton® hot and iced teas available in the Keurig® system is an innovative, new way for us to offer Lipton® lovers a delicious, uplifting, and pleasurable tea drinking experience, and bring new fans to the Lipton® brand,” says Alessandra Bellini, Unilever’s Vice President Brand Development, Refreshment North America. “We are working closely with GMCR to develop Lipton® K-Cup® and Vue® packs that are true to Lipton’s promise of being one of the world’s greatest refreshment brands.”GMCR’s Keurig® single cup brewers for in home and office use utilize innovative brewing and single-cup technology to deliver a fresh-brewed, perfect cup of hot or brewed over ice coffee, tea, cocoa, or fruit brews every time at just the touch of a button. According to the NPD Group, Keurig® single cup brewers were the top four bestselling coffee makers and had five total in the top 10, including Vue®, during GMCR’s fiscal first quarter 2013 by dollar sales.About Lipton®With more than 100 years of experience, Lipton is one of the world’s great refreshment brands, with tea-based drinks including leaf tea, infusions, and ready-to-drink iced tea. For more information on Lipton, please visit Facebook.com/Lipton, Facebook.com/LiptonIcedTea or LiptonT.com.About Unilever North AmericaUnilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries. Our products are present in 7 out of 10 homes globally and are used by over 2 billion people on a daily basis. In the United States and Canada the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Becel, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Ragu, Simple, Slim-Fast, Soft & Beautiful, St. Ives, Suave, tcb, TIGI, TRESemmé, Vaseline, and Wish-Bone. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.Our ambition is to double the size of our business, whilst reducing our overall environmental footprint (including sourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals are more than 50 time-based targets. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at http://www.unileverusa.com/sustainable-living/(link is external) or http://www.unilever.ca/sustainable-living/(link is external).Unilever employs more than 12,000 people across North America ‘ generating over $10 billion in sales in 2012. For more information visit www.unileverusa.com(link is external) or www.unilever.ca(link is external).About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100 percent of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and allocating a portion of its pre-tax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives. For more information, please visit www.GMCR.com(link is external), www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external), or www.Keurig.com(link is external).GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.WATERBURY, Vt., & ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. 3.7.2013last_img read more

Dec
20

After the Pandemic: Online Communications in a Post-COVID-19 World

first_imgTHIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM PTZOPTICSBy Paul Richards Chief Streaming Officer, PTZOpticsThe world’s largest work-from-home experiment has pushed the online communication industry forward at a record pace over the first two quarters of 2020. During this time of great change, adaptation has been key for everyone from students to teachers to governors to entrepreneurs. Everyone has been forced to learn how they will communicate using online technologies. Online communication technology has helped to keep friends, families and businesses connected during a time of unprecedented social distancing and shelter in place orders due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses have flocked to cloud-based solutions for collaboration at work, while regular friends and families have flocked to familiar social media networks to stay connected. Throughout this time, the use of online communications has boomed, so much so that governments have had to ask social media websites such as YouTube to restrict video resolutions in order to reduce global bandwidth demands. When the world needed online communication technologies during a crisis, the goods news was that many solutions were ready and waiting.During this time, Zoom Video Conferencing emerged as a clear winner in the videoconferencing space. Online workspaces such as the G Suite and Office 365 saved the day for businesses out of a necessity to collaborate online. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and as millions re-learned what it meant to collaborate online, the explosion of face-to-face meetings was hosted overwhelmingly by Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and Skype. Zoom became so popular, the company reported 30 times growth in as few as two months.Zoom has become known as the social media of the pandemic, becoming a household name almost overnight. Does the winner take all in the videoconferencing space? Only time will tell, but Google has responded by making its product free for up to 100 users. Facebook has also announced that its new Messenger Rooms product will be available for free for up to 50 users. Has the video communications industry been pushed forward about five years? I’d say so.All the way back in 2012, Daniel Pink published the first of its kind research proving eight out of nine jobs require what Pink calls “non-sales selling.” His book “To Sell is Human” proved the majority of modern workers spend 40 percent of their time convincing, persuading and communicating with others. The fastest-growing job sectors — education and medicine — rank communications as the most important part of the job. Fast forward to 2020, and every K-12 and higher education organization is in the process of learning how to use distance learning technologies. Telemedicine has become standard practice, and healthcare systems are accelerating progress and seeking government funding to assist with implementation.Similarly, houses of worship have adapted quickly using not only one-way broadcasting on social media but now becoming power users of two-way video communications in order to stay connected with their communities. Many churches are finding their congregations are much farther spread out and “far flung” then they had originally known. Businesses, as well, have flocked to cloud-based solutions for collaboration racing to maintain business continuity during a time when their traditional office spaces have been temporarily shut down.Adapting to new situations, houses of worship are perhaps the best examples of communities that rely on communications to survive and ultimately thrive. Many churches had already invested in one-way broadcasting technology for live streaming that seems like a great solution during the pandemic outbreak. While live streaming kept communities connected, most were quick to realize that two-way communications were necessary in order to continue the type of fellowship their communities cultivate. Some churches decided to take an audio output from their mixing boards and feed it into a PTZOptics 20X-USB camera’s audio input port in order to connect the camera they bought for live streaming into a Zoom meeting. This solution allows them to have smaller groups of Zoom meeting participants who can see each other and interact in a space more familiar than that of a live broadcast on Facebook. In these small Zoom meetings, families can actually see each other and use small breakout rooms for spiritual sharing.Even as social distancing limitations lift, houses of worship expect a slow return to normal. Many elderly members will proceed with caution when it comes to attending public gatherings in the aftermath of COVID-19. A new study shows that businesses will be adapting as well, asking more employees to continue working from home, after they have proven the glove fits for many in their organizations. Gartner (Gartner, April 2020) showed that 74 percent of CFOs surveyed say they expect to move previously on-site employees to remote work permanently post COVID-19. The public’s familiarity with online communications is currently at an all-time high. Twenty million people a day continue to download the Zoom videoconferencing application, most doing so to join meetings hosted by others. But how many will open their eyes to the new opportunities of online communications?See related  From Facebook and BeyondThe world’s webcam manufacturers could not keep up with demand as the movement toward online communications boomed. Luckily, agile cloud-based videoconferencing solutions were able to scale with demand along with social media broadcasting solutions such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitch. Looking ahead, it’s natural to develop a favorite videoconferencing tool, a platform for live streaming and, of course, habits for consuming broadcasts and participating in online happy hours and private dinner parties. Innovations that would have otherwise taken years are now happening at break-neck speeds out of sheer necessity. Does a black-tie zoom party sound ridiculous? Maybe the first time you get invited but, once you missed out on the opportunity, don’t you wonder what the experience might have been like?On the hardware side of online communications, new tools have been announced to keep pace with the innovation happening for both live streaming and videoconferencing. A new notable webcam called the HuddleCamHD Pro is the first USB webcam to offer pan, tilt and zoom features for consumers in the form factor of a webcam. The new USB-connected webcam allows users to zoom in and even recall PTZ camera presets, making full use of a 4K image sensor even when connected to a 720p zoom call. Other solutions more popular in churches include the PTZOptics 20X-USB cameras which feature high optical zoom paired with easy to use smartphone applications for controls.This type of adaptation has happened all around the world in almost every industry. Maybe you haven’t joined a spiritual sharing group meeting, but you have been asked to join a videoconferencing service you were previously unfamiliar with. You’ve been asked to join back-to-back Zoom, Teams and Google Meet meetings for work. Eventually, you’ll likely be scrolling through your Facebook news feed and see the new Facebook Rooms popping up with a group of your friends having a casual conversation, right in your newsfeed! This is the type of future we are living in. And it’s happening right now.Hundreds of companies like Zoom, HuddleCamHD, and PTZOptics are racing to innovate on top of new customer requirements. One truth that may only be obvious to professionals in the communications industry is that this market is only scratching the surface of its full potential. As millions of people are innovating on top of modern video communications, new workflows, mindsets and eventually business models will emerge. Right now thought leaders and non-technical digital migrants alike are testing out ideas with video communications. On the front lines I have heard hundreds of Zoom plus “your value add” ideas in the past few weeks. Zoom plus art therapy, it could be a winning business. My personal favorite is FieldTripZoom, who has actually become so popular that they had to switch from using Zoom and move to livestreaming in order to accommodate its large viewership numbers.Another more advanced scenario is PTZOptics plus Twitch. Twitch is a livestreaming platform with a monetization system built to allow audience members to pay in bits to receive thanks from broadcasters. Using the PTZOptics Twitch extension, audiences can actually pay to gain backstage control of a live camera in front of a live audience. Talk about bringing an audience into an environment and engaging them, this may be the pinnacle of audience engagement. Most PTZOptics and HuddleCamHD cameras can also offer this type of far-end camera controls via Zoom, when enabled by the meeting host.All of this is to say that online communications need to be customized to help most users to reach their next level of productivity and value. At a time like this, with so much going on and so much opportunity for so many, it’s often a good idea to read a book about the subject. And that’s exactly why I have written “The Online Meeting Survival Guide,” which is designed to familiarize the top online collaboration solutions for readers including Google Meet, Facebook Rooms, Skype, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.This is not my first book, but it’s important to note that every book I have ever written is always made available for free via a digital copy. Why? Collaboration. The same drivers that boost open-source code work with ideas and this book is a perfect example. So pick up a free copy at PTZOptics.com/online-meetings or pick up a paperback copy on Amazon. I hope you enjoy it. Perhaps, it’s a resource for your customers, perhaps it’s a resource for your team as they adapt and become better online collaborators. If you enjoy the book, please send me a comment via email at [email protected] We are also hosting a virtual conference called the PresenceSummit designed to collaborate on many of these topics with other industry professionals.last_img read more

Dec
19

What can we learn from the history of #EMV?

first_imgby. Brandon KuehlHistory teaches us valuable lessons about past human behaviors, endeavors, triumphs and failures. As EMV continues to take hold in the U.S., it’s worthwhile to take a look at its global history.FoundingEMV was developed in 1994 when Europay, MasterCard and Visa came together to found EMVCo. Its purpose was to develop a global chip specification for payment systems. EMV became the trademark of the newly formed entity’s technology standard.At the time, many financial institutions (FIs) in Europe recognized the benefits of chip-based payments and understood that international standards for such payments were needed to help foster global interoperability. The original EMV specifications were created to fill that void. As the industry has evolved, additional specifications have been written to advance new payments initiatives.GrowthMasterCard absorbed Europay in 2002. Japan Credit Bureau joined EMVCo in 2004, American Express in 2009 and, most recently, Discover and UnionPay in 2013. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dec
19

Credit unions designated to serve low-income members have nearly doubled since 2012

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Mark HolanThe number of credit unions designated to serve low-income members has nearly doubled in the two years since the National Credit Union Administration began an initiative to increase small business lending and financial literacy programs.The federal agency says there are now 2,107 low income-designated credit unions nationwide, up from 1,140 in August 2012. There are nearly two dozen such credit unions in Greater Washington. They are listed below.To qualify, a simple majority of the credit union’s members must have median household incomes of 80 percent or less of the median family income in the metropolitan area. In Greater Washington, that was $88,233 in 2012, according to U.S. Census data.“We were very surprised to find that we were eligible,” said Joseph Thomas Jr., CEO of Fairfax County Federal Credit Union. Many of its 14,500 members are active or retired county employees. continue reading »last_img read more

Dec
17

Gophers wrestling struggles against No. 2 Penn State

first_imgGophers wrestling struggles against No. 2 Penn StatePenn State jumped out to a 17-0 lead and never looked back. Parker JohnsonGophers Sophomore Gable Steveson faces off with his opponent at Maturi Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Gophers lost to Penn State 31-10. Nolan O’HaraFebruary 10, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIt’s always difficult facing top-ranked teams like the Gophers’ wrestling team did on Sunday against No. 2 Penn State. It’s even more difficult when you’re forced to compete without one of your top-10 wrestlers. Before anyone even stepped on the mat in Penn State’s 31-10 route of Minnesota, the Gophers were fighting from behind. With the dual starting at 125-pound weight class, Minnesota was quickly down 6-0, taking a forfeit with No. 10 Patrick McKee still recovering from an injury sustained in the dual against Purdue. After losing in a major decision at 133 pounds and a pin at 141 pounds, Minnesota found themselves in a 17-0 hole against one of the best teams in the country. But, the Gophers fortunes turned around at 149 pounds.Trailing 3-0 with just over a minute left in the third, redshirt freshman Brayton Lee made a late rally, landing two takedowns and tying the match at five by the end of the period. In sudden victory, he quickly landed another, notching the 7-5 decision for the Gophers’ first win of the day. Minnesota was on the board, trailing 17-3.“You just tell yourself to keep scoring the next point, keep having fun and try to stay grateful,” Lee said. “I mean, there’s no reason to get down just because you’re down.” Lee’s match was reminiscent of his performance against Purdue where he also came on late in the third and won in sudden victory. “When you get in a hole sometimes you just got to find a way and it turns out to be pretty exciting,” he said, adding coming from behind wasn’t part of the strategy. Following Lee’s victory, 157-pound redshirt freshman Ryan Thomas won another tightly contested match. Tied 3-3 in the third, Thomas landed his first takedown of the match, giving him a 5-3 advantage. He held on the rest of the way and secured the 5-4 decision. After back-to-back wins, the Gophers still trailed 17-6. Momentum was starting to build for Minnesota, but the spark was quickly put out by the Nittany Lions. Penn State won the next four matches, clinching the dual after a victory at 184 pounds. At 197 pounds, redshirt freshman Garrett Joles nearly upset No. 16 Shakur Rasheed, but fell short 6-5.Minnesota finally saw another win when top-ranked heavyweight Gable Steveson took the mat. Steveson took down No. 16 Seth Nevills in the first, scored on an escape in the second and landed four takedowns playing catch and release in the third to get the 13-5 major decision.“That’s kind of our overall feelings, a little too much respect I think in some of the weights, start earlier if you feel you got the guy on the run. If you want to win the match you have to get after those points earlier,” said head coach Brandon Eggum. The Gophers have another tough contest ahead on Saturday, Feb. 15 when they travel to Iowa City to take on the top-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes.last_img read more

Dec
16

Office: Orbital Sciences

first_imgORBITAL SCIENCESDeveloper: Gilbane DevelopmentGeneral contractor: McShane Construction CompanyArchitect: Gromatzky Dupree and AssociatesLocation: NWC Price & Dobson roads, ChandlerSize: 82,000SFThe 3-story, Class A build-to-suit office facility is being built for the Orbital Sciences Corp., one of the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of smaller, more affordable space launch systems. Construction finishes in August, and includes a post-tensioned concrete frame and glass curtain wall enclosure.last_img read more

Nov
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Longer, intense rehabilitation boosts recovery after brain injury

first_imgShare Email Share on Twitter Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img In recent years, numerous studies have documented the surprising plasticity or ability of the adult central nervous system to recover from injury. The emerging question has been how to best encourage the repair and regrowth of damaged nerve cells and connections.To better understand what happens at the molecular and cellular levels and how rehabilitation might be made more effective after brain injury, researchers studied rats relearning skills and physical abilities. They found rats that received intensive therapy for an extended period of time showed significant restructuring of the brain around the damage site: Surviving neurons sprouted greater numbers of dendritic spines, which made more connections with other neurons. The result, said Tuszynski, was a dramatic 50 percent recovery of function.Animals that did not undergo intensive rehabilitation did not rebuild brain structure or recover function.Additionally, the researchers found that a key system in the brain – the basal forebrain cholinergic system – is critical to rehabilitation. Structures in this part of the brain, such as the nucleus basalis, produce acetylcholine, a chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other cells. Specifically, motor neurons release acetylcholine to activate muscles.Damage to the cholinergic system, which can occur naturally during aging, completely blocks brain plasticity mediated by rehabilitation and significantly reduces functional recovery. Tuszynski said the finding suggests that a class of drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors, which boost the levels and persistence of acetylcholine and are used in some treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, might further improve functional outcomes after brain injury.“We did not try to do this in our study,” said Tuszynski, “but we did suggest future studies could be done to look at this possibility.” Share on Facebook Cognitive and functional recovery after a stroke or traumatic injury requires intense rehabilitative therapy to help the brain repair and restructure itself. New findings by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that not only is rehabilitation vital – in an animal model, rats with cortical injury that did not receive intensive rehab did not rebuild brain structure or recover function – but that a longer, even more intense period of rehabilitation may produce even greater benefit.“This has implications for medical practice and medical insurance,” said senior study author Mark Tuszynski, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Neurosciences and director of the Center for Neural Repair at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and a neurologist with the VA San Diego Healthcare System. “Typically, insurance supports brief periods of rehab to teach people to get good enough to go home. These findings suggest that if insurance would pay for longer and more intensive rehab, patients might actually recover more function.”The findings are published in the February 22 online early edition of PNAS.last_img read more