January 30, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/29/20 Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONIndiana 115, Chicago 106 — OTBrooklyn 125, Detroit 115Memphis 127, New York 106San Antonio 127, Utah 120Portland 125, Houston 112Oklahoma City 120, Sacramento 100NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEToronto 5, Dallas 3Nashville 5, Washington 4Anaheim 4, Arizona 2Calgary 4, Edmonton 3 — SOTampa Bay 4, Los Angeles 2Vancouver 5, San Jose 2TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLBaylor 67, Iowa St. 53San Diego St. 85, New Mexico 57Louisville 86, Boston College 69Dayton 73, Duquesne 69Seton Hall 64, DePaul 57Texas Tech 89, West Virginia 81Kentucky 71, Vanderbilt 62Michigan St. 79, Northwestern 50Houston 69, East Carolina 59LSU 90, Alabama 76Penn St. 64, Indiana 49Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The Arts Council loves Halloween and we want to celebrate spooky time by giving Downtown Main Street MONSTERS for the month of October! There are TWO components to this exhibit:3D monster sculptures that will be placed in different storefronts, windows, and areas of Downtown Main Street. We will need dimensions and an image or sketch of these at the time of registration so we can decide where each piece will go on Main Street. We will let artists know the location and time to drop off. At the end of the exhibit, we will bring the 3D monster sculptures back the gallery to be on display for a Monsters Homecoming party and reception.2D monster-themed pieces that will be displayed inside of the Arts Council’s Bower Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery. We will NOT need an image of 2D work. A juror will decide what will be included after drop off, and we will notify artists of acceptance.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail A unique shopping experience in Historic Downtown Evansville Grand opening March 4th-5th, 2016EVANSVILLE, Ind. (March 1st, 2016) – Heather Vaught, owner, announced the March 4th grand opening of the River City Mercantile, today, as part of the continuing growth in Downtown Evansville. The store will feature a unique array of locally made items, Evansville-branded items along with brewed coffee, juices and smoothies.Located at 223 Main Street, between Second and Third streets, the enterprise will feature a variety of products including bicentennial, Evansville and state pride items from Steadfast Media; handmade dust mops and brooms from Indiana artisans; flowers and succulents from Timberview Flower Farm; gift baskets from Evansville Collective; lapel pins from Stay Home Club and Explorer’s Press; cards and paper goods from Rifle Paper Co.; handmade rugs, lamps, jewelry, stationery, knitted goods, prints, pillows & more from local makers, the Mercantile will be the new home of the Sunshine Juice Company which will start serving fruit smoothies; and, Lucid coffee will be available with a relaxing environment in which to drink them. The shop will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with later hours for special events.The River City Mercantile is located in the historic Haller T. Chute building. Built in the 1860’s, the buildings white limestone façade was added in 1910. Further ‘moderne’ ground floor changes were added in the twentieth century, including a curved glass display style entryway, terrazzo flooring and black glass accents. “I’ve been researching Mr. Chute, but outside of one photo, I’ve been unable to find out what type of business he owned. If you know anything about the building, please stop by the store and say hello,” said Vaught. She further adds “We’re excited to be returning retail to this historic shop on Main Street.”Vaught is pleased to be offering products from many of the local makers which were recently sold in the Bitterman Shoppes. ‘Specialty retail will be an important part of the continuing resurgence of Downtown Evansville. With over one-hundred thirty units of housing being built right now within blocks of the store…well, we just feel this is a great time to open.” Additional information is available www.rivercitymercantile.com.
Steady rain forced one of Commencement week’s usual outdoor events inside on Wednesday. But the wet weather did nothing to detract from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) celebration that commissions Harvard men and women as officers in the U.S. military.Proud parents, family members, and friends applauded and cheered, and shed more than a few tears, as four men and one woman from the Class of 2013 were honored during the late morning service in Boylston Hall’s Fong Auditorium.Air Force 2nd Lt. Courtney Diekema from Holland, Mich., a comparative government concentrator, will be assigned to Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. Navy Ensign Colin Dickinson of Garden City, N.Y., an economics concentrator with a secondary concentration in organismic and evolutionary biology, will enter the Navy Supply Corps School in Newport, R.I. Marine Corps 2nd Lts. Brian Furey of Portland, Maine, an economics concentrator, and Gavin Pascarella of Corona, Calif., a government concentrator, both are being assigned to the Basic School in Quantico, Va. Physics concentrator and Navy Midshipman Christian Yoo of Bronxville, N.Y., will be commissioned and receive his first assignment at a later date.The event’s 50th reunion guest speaker was retired Air Force Lt. Col. David R. Downer, who studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) for two years after graduating from Harvard College in 1963. Downer offered words of wisdom gleaned from decades in the service traveling the world during tours of duty as a civil engineer.“Decisions have consequences,” he cautioned the group, but those can lead to great things. “You must always accept greater responsibility when it comes your way, whether you feel up to the challenge or not.”Harvard President Drew Faust praised the graduating Harvard students for their dedication and commitment to serve, and lauded the more than 300 students now enrolled at Harvard following military service, either on a break from duty to develop new skills, or as they transition to civilian life. Those students include an Air Force major now at the GSD studying how urban infrastructure and design shapes violent urban frontlines, who hopes to help governments mitigate conflict in divided cities; and 16 veterans at Harvard Law School, including a West Point graduate who defused bombs while she was serving in Afghanistan.Faust urged her listeners to reflect on the importance of thanking those who have served. She recalled the words of retired Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, who during a West Point commencement speech two years ago said he feared that people “do not comprehend the full weight of the burden we carry or the price we pay when we return from battle.”Faust said an important reason she welcomed ROTC back to Harvard was to help others understand the military, and the impact that military experience makes on those who serve. The best way to thank our veterans, she added, is to meet their needs better.“We must commit ourselves to taking responsibility for the burden our veterans have carried and the price they have paid. We must bind up their wounds and return them to the future they were willing to sacrifice in our behalf. And we must seek to understand … what, in Admiral Mullen’s words, we ‘are asking the military to endure.’”In 2011, Faust worked closely with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to return ROTC to Harvard’s campus after a 40-year absence.Courtney Diekema (left) gets a congratulatory hug.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Senate is in session this week for what is expected to be the final time before Labor Day, and the House has already adjourned until Sept. 9.CUNA will be engaged with a Senate Banking Committee hearing scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. (ET), titled “Examining Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currency and Blockchain.”CUNA supports the use of blockchain’s distributed ledger technology, and along with the Mountain West Credit Union Association and Best Innovation Group, coordinated the founding of CULedger by CUNA Strategic Services and Credit Union Strategic Partners.
The widespread use of rapid antibody tests for COVID-19 as requirements for various activities during the pandemic, including for traveling in Indonesia, has sparked concerns among experts, who called for better government control over their use.Post-market surveillance on rapid antibody test brands used in the country carried out by the Association of Indonesia’s Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine specialists (PDS PatKLIn) showed that many of them had sensitivity and specificity lower than 50 percent, the association’s chairwoman, Aryati, said.”With low sensitivity, chances of false negatives are high […] While with low specificity, chances for false positives are high,” Aryati, also a professor at Surabaya’s Airlangga University, told The Jakarta Post, on Monday. The COVID-19 task force has recommended 155 brands from various producers, as of April 28. It said it was referring to a list issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) — which did not endorse the brands but rather inventoried lists from national regulatory agencies — and products with certification by the European Union, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the like. Although the varying quality of the test kits was the main problem, Aryati said how laboratory workers carried out the tests and the absence of training for these workers had also affected the accuracy of the tests.She pointed to examples of how the incorrect volume of the samples taken, the prolonged time to interpret the results and the sampling of capillary blood, rather than venous blood, could lead to false negatives or positives. In addition, many of those who had “nonreactive” rapid test results — indicating no virus exposure — did not take another test within 10 days after the first one, as opposed to the prevailing protocol, Aryati said.The PDS PatKLIn issued a recommendation on July 6 for the COVID-19 task force not to require rapid tests for travelers, citing that the possibility of false negatives and positives “could have dangerous and harmful impacts”. It also recommended against requiring polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests as its sensitivity was only at between 60 and 80 percent, and given the time lag between samples taken and results announced — which could be up to three weeks. The letter was in response to the COVID-19 task force’s circular issued on June 26 requiring people traveling domestically by land, sea or air transportation to present proof of negative PCR or nonreactive rapid test results that are valid for 14 days. An earlier circular on June 6 required a shorter validity period — seven days for PCR tests and three days for rapid tests.The association, instead, recommended using rapid molecular tests PCR (TCM PCR) or antigen tests with samples taken from travelers at ports before departure, checking their body temperature and oxygen saturation, as well as ensuring other health protocols and clean air circulation on board.Aryati said she hoped the government would use a recent Health Ministry study on the accuracy of rapid tests and her association’s post-market surveillance research to further shortlist the recommended test kits allowed to be distributed, as opposed to what she described as current “lax regulations”.”My concern is not only the transportation [sector]. There are also rapid test requirements for some participants of the state university entrance exams, or people willing to return to offices […] I think it is concerning and unnecessary,” Aryati said.Read also: State university entrance exams held with strict yet ‘misguided’ health protocols in placeEven though rapid antibody tests are not for diagnosis, they have now become a common requirement for some activities during the pandemic, including even for domestic violence victims seeking to take refuge in state-owned shelters. Some hospitals have reportedly also used the tests to screen patients.”Amid the suffering, there is indeed business [of rapid tests] running here,” epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, Tri Yunis Miko, said.He said rapid tests could aid contact tracing and surveillance efforts, especially because the government was still working on making PCR testing more accessible by adding more labs, machines and reagents. But the problem, he said, was the absence of regulations on who or which entities could administer the tests.”There should be regulations overseeing facilities that offer rapid tests. All hospitals and clinics can offer such a service now, even small clinics, as long as they have medical staff,” he said.Following mounting complaints over the high prices of rapid tests, the Health Ministry issued a circular on July 6 setting a price ceiling of Rp 150,000 (US$10.41) for these tests.The government’s intervention should not stop at the prices but should also touch on the quality of test kits, standardization of the test performers and test availability for low-income people, said Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) chairman Tulus Abadi.”Do not turn rapid tests into some formality or fake [procedures]. What is the point of using it if it only leads to [money] lost for consumers and is not effective in controlling [transmission]?” he said.Read also: Victims of domestic violence struggle to access help during quarantineThe WHO, in a scientific brief in April, cited several studies that weak, late or absent antibody responses had been reported among some people who were confirmed to have COVID-19 by molecular testing, and that the majority of patients developed antibody response only in the second week after an onset of symptoms.”This means that a diagnosis of COVID-19 infection based on antibody response will often only be possible in the recovery phase, when many of the opportunities for clinical intervention or interruption of disease transmission have already passed,” the WHO said.In the latest decree on pandemic control on July 13, the Health Ministry maintained that rapid tests were not for diagnosis, saying that in conditions where there was limited PCR testing capacity, rapid tests could be used to screen specific populations and on specific occasions — such as travelers, including returning migrant workers. The tests could also be used to enhance contact tracing, such as in correctional facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, dormitories, Islamic boarding schools and among vulnerable groups.The COVID-19 task force, meanwhile, said it was working on adding more labs to run PCR tests and more lab workers to allow Indonesia to phase out rapid antibody tests. Topics :
Mali: Joint forces struggling to disarm armed groups France’s military says a Dutch hostage kidnapped in Mali in 2011 has been rescued in a special forces operation.The military said the rescue of Sjaak Rijke took place at 5 a.m. Monday in far northern Mali, and that several militants were captured. Some 3,000 French forces are taking part in the mission to stabilize Mali, which was overrun by Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic extremists until French troops came to the aid of Malian soldiers.Rijke was abducted by extremists in November 2011 in Timbuktu. France said he was safely evacuated to a French operating base in Tassalit.Related French national kidnapped in Mali Two French soldiers killed in Mali attack: Elysee
Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation has committed to settle unpaid claims to private hospitals who earlier threatened to pull out from the state health insurer following their meeting recently. “Ako ay nakikiusap sa kanila na sana maging maganda na ang relasyon nila at tuloy tuloy po ang pagseserbisyo lalo na sa mga pasyente na di na makakaantay na may mag-away,” he added./PN “Hindi totoo na ang mga private hospital will pull out from PhilHealth. Sana po maging maganda ang mga susunod na panahon ay maganda na ang relasyon nila para sa kapakanan ng mga pasyente,” Go said. Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go said in a radio interview that both PhilHealth and the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPI) have agreed to work together to settle the issue on billions of pesos in supposedly unpaid claims. “They have reached an agreement to work together to resolve their issues. They will work closely to resolve the alleged fraudulent claims at tiniyak ng PhilHealth na handa silang makinig at makipag ayos sa pribadong ospital,” he added. Go also said that hospitals found committing violations will have their accreditation revoked. The meeting presided by Go came after around 600 members of PHAPI have threatened that they will not renew their PhilHealth accreditation in 2020 since the latter still owes the association around P2.5 billion in reimbursements. “Nung nakaraang Huwebes nagkaroon tayo [ng] private meeting with PhilHealth and PHAPi. Nagkasundo naman sila, unang-una medyo mainit ang kanilang usapan pero nagkasundo naman sila at naintindihan ko naman both sides,” Go said.
People wearing protective masks are seen at a subway station in Shanghai, China on Jan. 23. REUTERS/ALY SONG The previouslyunknown virus strain is believed to have emerged from illegally traded wildlifeat an animal market in Wuhan. China’sNational Health Commission said 830 cases had been confirmed so far and 25people had died as of Thursday. Most of the cases are in the central Chinesecity of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated late last year. BEIJING – A newcoronavirus has killed 25 people in China and infected over 800, the governmentsaid on Friday. The local government in Wuhan, a city of 11 millionpeople in Hubei province, suspended most transport on Thursday. There is novaccine for the virus, which can spread through respiratory transmission.Symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing and coughing.(Reuters)
The Chicago Police Department and city’s mayor are furious after prosecutors dropped all of the […]