The incident began about 4:30 p.m. when a Horseshoe Lake resident called to report a neighbor who was burning without a permit. Full Story: Horseshoe Lake man shoots Ashland firefighter Rodger Alley, a longtime member of the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department, was shot in the arm by Stanley Bjorkman, a resident of Horseshoe Lake. He was taken to Creighton University Medical Center where he was treated and released. ASHLAND, Neb. A Horseshoe Lake man shot and injured an Ashland firefighter and was shot by a State Patrol SWAT team after a two hour standoff on Wednesday. Injuries are non-life threatening, suspect shot by police after two-hour stand-off Horseshoe Lake is a residential area near Wildlife Safari Park and Interstate 80 in Cass County. Bjorkman, 58, was burning leaves in an open area at his home at 1091 Smitty Lane at the entrance to the peninsula at Horseshoe Lake. With winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour, Bjorkman’s neighbor, Doug Peters, called the Cass County Sheriff’s Department to report the fire. Peters is the public works director for the City of Ashland.
CONCORD, N.C. — One of NASCAR’s most highly anticipated weekends will feature arguably the greatest race car driver of all time leading the field to green on Sept. 29. Mario Andretti will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Andretti will pilot the Toyota Camry XSE pace car before the green flag for the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on the ROVAL™. The world-renowned racer is the only driver to win the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the F1 World Championship in a storied career that spanned five decades across six continents.RELATED: Buy tickets for CharlotteThe acclaimed driver is no stranger to Charlotte Motor Speedway or the ROVAL™.Andretti raced in Charlotte’s fall race on the 1.5-mile oval in 1967, finishing 27th in a Holman-Moody car. The 79-year-old Nazareth, Pennsylvania, native also visited Charlotte Motor Speedway in March 2017 for a test drive around the ROVAL™.“When Marcus Smith was creating the ROVAL™, he invited me to check out the improvements to the infield road course,” Andretti said. “It was such a fun course to drive and the more I drove it the more I got into a rhythm, but I knew it would be challenging to the NASCAR competitors with the elevation change and transition from road course to oval.“After last year’s successful playoff debut for the course, I’m honored that Marcus would ask me to return to lead the field to green for this year’s Bank of America ROVAL™ 400.”“Mario played an instrumental role in helping make the ROVAL™ into the showpiece it is today,” said Marcus Smith, the president and CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. “He test-drove a high-performance sports car on the course as we were in the process of figuring out what the ROVAL™ could become.“Even with me in the passenger seat, he hit 177 miles per hour, which is pretty incredible — but it was like a casual Sunday afternoon drive for Mario.”After the test, Andretti suggested adding chicanes on the frontstretch and backstretch to slow the cars down and create additional passing zones.“I liked the higher speeds so I was hesitant, but after hearing it from someone of his caliber and expertise, it made even more sense to create chicanes on our straightaways,” Smith said. “Mario’s forward thinking and his unparalleled vision for creating a spectacle contributed to the incredible finish we had last year with Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson.”Birthed in 2018, the ROVAL™ is a 17-turn, 2.28-mile course that combines Charlotte Motor Speedway’s legendary quad-oval with a world-class infield road course. The second running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 will take place on Sunday, Sept. 29, and serve as the cut-off race for Round 1 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The race will be televised live on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Related: What Keeps EMS Managers Up at Night? But union officials warn that the cuts could become deeper and permanent as budgets are ironed out. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said his state alone could lose 200,000 government jobs. “It’s going to make it very, very difficult to reopen schools in the fall because you need more money, not less money to reopen,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U.S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services – from schools to trash pickup. She said many who rely most on libraries are lower-income people and immigrants who can’t afford computers and use them to search for work, among other tasks. “Very often the first people who will go will be all the administrative staff, the public works department and custodial staff and many, many people who are low paid, who are women, who are black and brown,” said Hetty Rosenstein, New Jersey director of Communications Workers of America, the largest union of state government employees there. Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, said the impact will be biggest in lower-income areas. “A 30% cut in a poor school district’s budget means you just lost your arts program, you just lost your sports program,” she said. “We are going to have to lay off one teacher in each grade.” The layoffs and furloughs are coming amid calls for governments and school districts to do more to respond to the outbreak – from hiring workers to find those who had contact with people infected with the coronavirus to additional janitors needed to sanitize schools and make them safe for students and teachers to return. The federal numbers do not provide precise breakdowns, but many of those out of government jobs so far have been temporarily furloughed. And some of the first to go were those whose absence would not be felt deeply when stay-at-home orders were in effect. So at 58, Jacobsen is working on her resume for the first time in 21 years. She said the students at Robinson Elementary will be affected by not having her there to help them when school resumes next fall. For instance, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority furloughed its three dozen enforcement officers and meter technicians. In Michigan, nearly two-thirds of state government workers have been furloughed through July. And in North Carolina, more than 9,000 state Department of Transportation employees have been told to take unpaid time off by June 26. FILE – In this March 15, 2018, file photo, a dispatcher works at a desk station with a variety of screens used by those who take 911 emergency calls. Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U.S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services, from schools to trash pickup. In some areas, 911 calls are taking a longer time to be answered. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane, File) But there are worries about permanent layoffs. Sims, who’s president of the library workers union, said she may consider a voluntary layoff to save the jobs of some of her coworkers. Even as the U.S. added some jobs in May, the number of people employed by federal, state and local governments dropped by 585,000. The overall job losses among public workers have reached more than 1.5 million since March, according to seasonally adjusted federal jobs data released Friday. The number of government employees is now the lowest it’s been since 2001, and most of the cuts are at the local level. “When they go back, they’re looking for the familiar,” Jacobsen said. “I could tell you that I had 280 kids in my building, and I knew their names.” For Ashley Sims, a library assistant in Louisville, Kentucky, being furloughed when libraries were closed did not cause a financial strain. With a $600 weekly boost in unemployment benefits as part of a federal response to the crisis, she said her pay has been higher than when she was working. And the first workers to be cut also could be the most vulnerable. Tax revenue from businesses walloped by coronavirus restrictions has plummeted, forcing cuts by cities and states that rely on that money. It’s likely to get worse in the coming months unless Congress delivers additional aid to states and cities. Several states are projecting tax revenue will be down 20% or more for the fiscal year starting next month, and governments are facing rising costs resulting from the virus and the police and National Guard response to protests over racial injustice and police brutality. “With that comes a decline in essential public services,” Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said on a conference call with reporters this week. For instance, “911 calls are taking a long time to be answered.” She may be on the leading edge of permanent layoffs for government employees. In the Chicago suburbs, Lyons School District No. 103 laid off health aides at its six schools. One of them, Maureen Jacobsen, said she was told the workers, who give students medicine and first aid for minor injuries, were being laid off in anticipation of a new requirement that each school has a nurse. A district official did not return a call Friday. Some permanent cuts already have been made or proposed. Last week, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority voted to lay off 500 toll collectors as part of a move to make the road system cashless. And California Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling for 10% salary cuts for many state government employees. “It would be an incredible loss,” Sims said. “Libraries are the lifeblood of communities.” Unions and bipartisan groups are pushing Congress to send state and local governments more help quickly. Following a $2.2 trillion coronavirus aid package in March, the Democratic-led House last month approved an additional $3 trillion bill, which includes $1 trillion for governments. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said his chamber will not agree to such as large amount – or anything quickly – as the economy reopens. Clean drinking water and trash pickups also are being affected in some places, he said.
Ann Curtis | The Observer Matthew Maxey reflects on the founding of DEAFinitely Dope, which combines rap and hip hop with American Sign Language to create a sense of identity and community, during a lecture at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday night.In fact, Maxey didn’t learn sign language until he was eighteen, while attending Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. — the world’s only university for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Living and learning among other deaf students opened a door to a new community, culture and personal experience, Maxey said. In order to catch up with the sign language skills exercised by his peers and professors, Maxey began to practice signing some of his favorite music. He soon found that combining the English of rap and hip hop with American Sign Language (ASL) allowed for a deeper, much more genuine form of communication.“Going to Gallaudet gave me a way to express things in an artistic, creative way,” Maxey said. “Music, poetry and then sign language coming into the mix opened a new world, to the point where I was like — ok, you know what, one way or another, someone will understand me. One way or another, there will be someone I can connect with.”Maxey said he began producing videos of himself signing to his favorite rap, hip hop and R&B, and entered freestyle competitions. “People would say, ‘Wait a minute. You can do that with your hands, and talk at the same time, and still be rocking with it? You’re dope. You’re deaf, but you’re dope,’” Maxey said.In 2014, DEAFinitely Dope was born. Maxey said his passion for music brought him and a friend together in creating a performance group that strives towards “changing the way deaf people experience music and entertainment,” while uniting the hearing and deaf communities and breaking down barriers in the process. DEAFinitely Dope brought Maxey to Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in 2017, where he interpreted for several artists, including D.R.A.M. Unbeknownst to Maxey, Chance the Rapper was watching him sign from backstage. This first encounter led to a partnership that took Maxey and the mission of DEAFinitely Dope to Miami and Tampa, Florida, and later, on Chance’s nationwide tour.“I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t know what I want to do, I don’t know what I hope to do. All I know is that I want to try to make a difference, one way or another,” Maxey said. “Whether it’s by providing a video with captions, providing a concert to be interpreted with sign language … if I can raise awareness, my job is done.”While on tour, Chance started providing free tickets to deaf and hard-of-hearing fans, contributing to Maxey’s work of introducing mainstream America to sign language through music, which he considers to be a universal form of communication.“Sign language really is everywhere, you just never really realize until you become involved,” Maxey said.While learning ASL is a life-long process, Maxey said, it’s the key to finding the inclusion and identity he is demanding for the deaf community. As someone who understands the language barriers that accompany being hard-of-hearing, Maxey’s interpretation style emphasizes the importance of developed, heartfelt communication with the deaf community. He said that while his explosive signing style is unique, it always matches the artist’s energy, demeanor and aura. Maxey uses his dynamic interpretation to accurately portray each song, allowing for the hearing and deaf communities to come together in the same shared musical experience.“That’s what DEAFinitely Dope is about: not feeling so alone in the world,” Maxey said.Tags: ASL, Chance the Rapper, DEAFinitely Dope, Hip hop, Matthew Maxey, Music, rap, sign language On Tuesday, The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) paired with the Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board’s Diversity and Leadership Conference to present the story behind prominent sign language interpreter Matthew Maxey’s group, DEAFinitely Dope.Hard-of-hearing and outfitted with hearing aids at the age of two, Maxey grew up in Atlanta, Georgia without ever truly being exposed to the deaf community. “I knew nothing about it … I never knew about the deaf community, I never knew about sign language, I never knew that I was different,” Maxey said. “I noticed that nobody else had to use hearing aids, but at the same time, it never really ran through my head that — hey, there are other people like me. I just kind of got used to it.”
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In the most detailed and comprehensive look at antibiotic resistance so far, a Washington-based research group last week reported alarming antibiotic resistance rates worldwide.The Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy (CDDEP) released new interactive maps that show resistance trends by country and a policy document that tracks the use of antibiotics and offers steps for curbing their overuse.The data show alarming antibiotic resistance rates in low- and middle-income countries, and the group’s analysis suggests that efforts to battle resistance should focus primarily on preserving antibiotics already in use—not on developing new ones.Ramanan Laxminarayan, PhD, CDDEP director, said in a press release that, taken together, the maps and the report pinpoint antibiotic resistance problems outside of developed nations in countries that haven’t yet fleshed out policy solutions. He added that he hopes the report and maps will empower countries to better understand what’s at stake and take coordinated, research-based actions to limit antibiotic resistance.Maps show scope of resistanceThe interactive resistance maps, released on Sep 17 along with the policy report, represent an update of maps CDDEP first released in 2010. The latest version shows drug resistance trends in 39 countries and antibiotic use in 69 nations. They track infections caused by 12 common and sometimes lethal bacteria, including Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).Data in the maps come from several different sources, from small private labs in India to large collections from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. South Africa, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya, Australia, and New Zealand are among the included countries, and updates will soon add information from China, Nepal, Mozambique, and the Philippines.Some trends revealed in the maps include high and rising levels of resistant E coli in many regions, with the highest rates seen in India, where 80% of the strains are resistant to three different classes of drugs.Though MRSA incidence is declining in some countries because of antibiotic stewardship efforts, levels are rising in other parts of the world, such as sub-Saharan Africa, India, Latin America, and Australia.The maps and CDDEP report reveal an alarming incidence of resistance to carbapenems, often the last antibiotic tool that can be used for life-threatening infections. Sumanth Gandra, MD, an infectious disease specialist and a CDDEP scholar in New Delhi, said in the release, “If these trends continue, infections that could once be treated in a week or two could become routinely life threatening and endanger millions of lives.”In showing rates of antibiotic use, the maps demonstrate that human and animal use of the drugs is rising dramatically in middle-income countries—especially China, India, Brazil, and South Africa. CDDEP said though the per-capita use in those countries is still less than half of the US level, the increases are being spurred by increased prosperity. For example, in many countries, people can treat their own coughs and colds with antibiotics easily bought from pharmacies and shops without a prescription.Report details problem, offers solutionsCDDEP’s report, titled “State of the World’s Antibiotics, 2015,” is its first on the status of antibiotic use in humans, animals, and the environment and on resistance. It reflects the group’s work on resistance issues and solutions in eight countries since 2008 and weaves in the experiences of its working groups in Asia and Africa.One of the report’s main thrusts is that limiting overuse and misuse are the only sustainable solutions.”We need to focus 80% of our global resources on stewardship and no more than 20% on drug development,” said Laxminarayan. “No matter how many new drugs come out, if we continue to misuse them, they might as well have never been discovered.”Researchers found that a drawback to focusing on new antibiotics is that they would be more expensive than people in low- and middle-income countries can afford.Coordinated actions can yield good payoffs, according to the report, which sets out six strategies that it says should be in every country’s plan to fight antibiotic resistance.In addition to stewardship, they include reducing the need for antibiotics through better sanitation and vaccines, designing incentives that support stewardship, reducing and phasing out agricultural use of antibiotics, educating all sectors about sustainable antibiotic use, and building the political will to address the resistance threat.See also:Home page for CDDEP antibiotic resistance reportCDDEP antibiotic use and resistance mapsSep 17 CDDEP press release
Gibson will join the group as non-executive deputy chairman in September, before stepping up to replace 75-year-old Morrison as chairman by March 2008. In the 1990s Gibson was the deputy chairman of rival retailer ASDA. He is chairman of Trinity Mirror and a non-executive director of Greggs, GKN and Northern Rock.
Pierson senior Chastin Giles finished last season averaging 12 points per game on 82 field goals, 21 three-pointers, and 60 free throws. Independent/Gordon M. GrantA feisty pair has returned to Pierson’s basketball court.Senior point guard Chastin Giles and sophomore guard Sofia Mancino bring back all the grit that first-year head coach Woody Kneeland will be looking for after the Whalers graduated 10 seniors from last year’s squad, including his niece, Katie Kneeland, who led the team in points (377).“Chastin is tough as nails, so is Sofia,” Kneeland said. “Sofia is a vocal leader where Chastin leads by her play. Both make their teammates better.”The pair will steer a 10-girl roster, but Kneeland said he looks at it as he’s 10 players deep, knowing the girls who returned and many of the younger ones joining having coached the junior varsity team while being an assistant on varsity under former head coach Kevin Barron the last two seasons. His brother George, Katie’s father, who has worked with the basketball teams at Pierson at different levels over the last 18 years, also returns as an assistant.“There’s a lot of new kids coming up and there’s definitely an inexperienced factor, but they’re all great players,” Kneeland said. “I’ve been putting them through the ringer with the best of the Class A school during the nonleague games (0-3 against Eastport-South Manor, Westhampton Beach, and Sayville). I’m making it tough for them because I want them to learn quickly.”The Whalers JV team, along with the varsity girls, finished their league schedules undefeated last season. From his old team he’ll be looking for Grace Perello, who the coach said has a “scorer’s mentality,” to contribute some of what was lost with the departure of his niece, but said he sees all the girls being big contributors on either side of the court down the line. Heidi Wilson replaces Kneeland as the JV coach.“We’re more balanced than last year,” he said. “Once we get rolling and get some confidence, we’ll be there.”The coach said if any opponent thinks taking Giles (287 points last season) out of the game is an automatic win, he’d ask them to think again.“It’s not going to work,” Kneeland said.He’ll still be looking to her tremendously though.“Chastin is a college-level basketball player,” he said. “She helps the other girls get easier baskets too because she gets them in the right spots.”Senior guard and forward Mahlia Hemby is also returning, along with classmates Kathryn Powell, a center, and Kneeland’s daughter, Halle, a guard, both of whom rejoin the Whalers after not playing last season.“Kathryn is strong on offense and defense. Halle adds to the defensive side,” Kneeland said. “They’re going to play.”There’s been a consistent basketball culture in Pierson as of late, with the teams making the postseason the last six seasons, and Kneeland is hoping this year is no different. The Whalers are looking to defend their Suffolk County title won last year while going 17-3 overall.“They’re a fast, tough bunch. They’re some of the fastest kids I’ve seen,” Kneeland said, laughing. “The athleticism is there. They also play great defense. These girls are going to have a complete game soon and I’m excited about it.”Pierson will play Hampton Bays on the road in the Whalers’ first League VII game of the season on Wednesday, December 11, at 5:45 PM. The team travels to Port Jefferson December 16 for a 4:30 PM matchup.Hurricanes Have Room To GrowAlthough losing just one senior to graduation, Westhampton head coach Katie Peters says the absence of center/forward Lindsay Rongo creates a completely different dynamic within her team.“Lindsay Rongo was big for us,” she said. “She was a strong defensive player, was a leader both on and off the court. She was also good for putting in eight to 12 points when we needed it. She was a spark when we needed it, and would recognize that.”That’s not to say she doesn’t think she has the talent to fill her shoes.Peters thinks returning juniors Molly Skorobohaty and Caroline Henke could do just that.“They play strong defense. They hustle,” the coach said. “And they have experience with valuable game minutes.”Young returners with lots of playing time are Rongo’s younger sister Olivia (132 points last season), a guard, who started multiple games as a freshman, and sophomore guard Molly McCarthy (180 points), who the coach said is more confident this season.She expects big things from both girls, but will be leaning on seniors Belle Smith (453 points last season) and Layla Mendoza (132 points) to lead the way.Smith, an All-American lacrosse standout and All-County volleyball player surpassed 1300 points last season to break the Hurricanes’ scoring record. Smith has a good on-court chemistry with Mendoza, who missed the second half of the 2018-19 season with a torn ACL.“They’re picking up right where they left off,” Peters said. “Layla has a strong interior post game. She’s fast, she’s athletic, she can jump. She and Belle are a dynamic duo. It’s tough to stop both of them.”Junior Amanda White, who played at St. Anthony’s the last two seasons, will be added value at guard, classmate Ella Donneson will aid under the boards, and sophomore Molly Mensch will add points fighting from the post. Donneson and Mensch are both up from the JV team.“There’s a lot of room for us to grow in a lot of ways on both ends of the court,” Peters said. “We’ve talked about getting back to where we were, but understand there’s a lot of games to play. We’re going to take it game by game. We can’t overlook anybody. Each day we’ll try to play our best and be our best and let the chips fall where they will.”Mendoza finished Westhampton’s League VI-opening 50-39 win over Elwood-John Glenn December 6 with 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Smith had 13 points, 10 steals, and six rebounds. The Hurricanes traveled to Bayport-Blue Point December 10, but results were not available by press time.Southampton Also Replacing Key PlayerSouthampton will be without Taylor Pike, the Mariners’ primary ball hander in 2018, who scored 256 points last season.The team fell one win short of making the playoffs, and Pike’s 13.5 points-per-game average was a major contributing factor in that. But there is talent returning to this League VII team, too.Sophomore point guard Madison Taylor is a travel basketball player who finished with 142 points last season; sophomore Gabby Arnold will continue guarding against opponent’s toughest competitors (75 points); and junior guard/forward Cristine Delgado led the team in minutes last season and is a strong defender who stays out of foul trouble (109). Back on the team is Ishanti Gumbs. She played for Riverhead last season and finished the season with 150 points as a junior.Senior Alysha Thomas (68 points), captains this Mariners team with classmate Caraline Oakley (60). Thomas competed on the same Amateur Athletic Union team during the offseason as Gumbs and Taylor.Sophomore Carli Cameron, from the soccer team, is up from JV, and juniors Riley Zorko and Bimela Ramkhelawan are also new additions.The Mariners started the season with a 71-36 win over Smithtown Christian December 6. Delgado had 15 points, five steals, and three assists; Taylor scored 11 points; Oakley had eight points and 15 rebounds; and Thomas added eight points and 12 rebounds.East Hampton Looking To BuildEast Hampton is hoping to improve upon its one-win 2018-19 season, but will have to do so while also bumping up to face new League V opponents.As with other schools, just one player, Connie Chan, graduated from last year’s team.Seniors Emma Silvera (98 points), Alden Powers (14), Tia Weiss (41), Emily Brewer (53), and Kailey Marmeno (31) have returned along with juniors Paige Cardone (74) and Eva Wojtusiak (19). Ashley Peters and Armani Gordon are new seniors joining the varsity squad with freshmen Baye Bogetti, Caroline DiSunno, and Claire McGovern. The Bonackers host their first league opponent, Islip, Thursday, December 12, at 4:30 [email protected] Share
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With a hauling capacity of up to 500 tonnes, deadweight to payload ratio of 5:1, and adjustable loading lengths and widths, Edwards says that its new investment offers the flexibility to solve some of the toughest specialised transport challenges.The new trailer configuration is available for use on certain projects, as well as for rent, said the Shelbyville, Kentucky based heavy transport and lifting company. Edwards’ new girder bridge is the sixth of its type in use around the world. Goldhofer delivered its fifth Faktor 5 high girder bridge to UK based heavy haulage company Allelys back in June 2014. www.edwardsmoving.comwww.goldhofer.com