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Cultural bailout: Which London arts venues are set to receive funding?

first_imgTheatre Royal Stratford East Cultural bailout: Which London arts venues will get a share of the £275m rescue fund? London Symphony Orchestra The Young Vic Hackney Empire will receive funding to support a new slate of programming for the coronavirus era (Getty Images) Deafinitely Theatre is London’s only fully accessible arts provision for deaf young people. It will receive £95,830 to fund a cultural programme of events, including 20 events by March 2021 for emerging deaf theatre makers, a new online play and the commission of 20 deaf freelance artists to devise new British Sign Language performances. This east London venue has been granted £495,625 to help fund digital offerings and live work that supports local young people, schools and community groups. The iconic east London theatre has been granted £585,064 to help support a new model of responsive programming and address increased costs caused by the pandemic. So which venues in the capital are set to receive the bailout? The Georgian Theatre Royal, which is Britain’s oldest working theatre still in its original form, will receive £52,960 to help provide tours of the building and restart its youth theatre virtually. The Royal Academy of Dance, which is one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations, will receive £606,366 to stabilise and recommence its activities. Wigmore Hall The government this morning announced a fresh tranche of funding for England’s troubled cultural sector. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoFamilyThisThe Biggest Wrestlers From Back In The Day & How They Look NowFamilyThisUndoUrbanAuntyKate Middleton’s Gown Took Prince William’s Breath AwayUrbanAuntyUndoScientific MirrorJoe DiMaggio’s Mob Ties Will Totally Transform Your Opinion Of The StarScientific MirrorUndoDrivepediaFunny Teachers Who Know How To Get The Last LaughDrivepediaUndoCarsGeniusThe 10 Best SUVs For Dirt CheapCarsGeniusUndo Finborough Theatre James Warrington The theatre company, which helped bring Star Wars actor John Boyega to fame, will receive £150,000 to help deliver Covid-secure classes  for young talent and provide support for freelance artists. whatsapp The LSO, which has established a reputation as one of the top orchestras in the world, will receive £846,000 to help it begin a phased return to full-scale performance. The Finborough, located above a pub in Earl’s Court, will be given £59,574 to secure its future. The tiny theatre has launched the careers of international stars like Rachel Weisz and James Graham, the writer behind TV hits Brexit: Uncivil War and Quiz. Share The south London theatre will receive £961,455 to help it partially open between October and March, remotely operating its Directors Programme and its outreach activities with local communities. Hackney Empire Backyard Comedy Club, Tower Hamlets The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond Mark Dayvd, chief executive of the Music Venue Trust, welcomed the cash injection, which he said would help the sector “enormously”. The iconic Marylebone centre will receive £1m to sustain the future of its programme of chamber music and song. Show Comments ▼ Royal Academy of Dance Monday 12 October 2020 4:48 pm Over 1,300 arts venues and organisations will share an emergency £257m fund to help get them back on their feet. Deafinitely Theatre A £200,000 grant will allow the comedy club to restart events featuring grassroots showcases, touring bands and some of the best comics on the circuit. whatsapp Hackney Empire will receive funding to support a new slate of programming for the coronavirus era (Getty Images) Also Read: Cultural bailout: Which London arts venues will get a share of the £275m rescue fund? Theatre Peckhamlast_img read more

‘A roller-coaster ride I never wanted’: Ketchikan teachers and students reflect on a tough year

first_imgCoronavirus | Education | Southeast‘A roller-coaster ride I never wanted’: Ketchikan teachers and students reflect on a tough yearApril 7, 2021 by Eric Stone, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:Frankie Urquhart, left, teaches science at Ketchikan’s Schoenbar Middle School. Henry Clark is a Ketchikan High School senior and president of the student body. (Images courtesy of Urquhart and Clark)It’s been an odd school year across the country. Students and teachers in many places have spent the majority of the year learning from home.But not in Ketchikan. After intense public pressure over the summer, the school board decided to start the school year much like any other — albeit with masks, health screenings, temperature checks, extra classroom space and a number of other pandemic precautions.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Students and teachers experienced the school year quite differently.Last spring, Students in Ketchikan were about to leave for what was initially supposed to be a week-long spring break. Eventually, Alaska’s governor would close school buildings through the end of the school year.Frankie Urquhart teaches science at Ketchikan’s Schoenbar Middle School. She had to rethink her entire lesson plan.“How do I go from presenting material, hands-on labs — which is what we do a lot in my class — to, we are on Zoom?” she said. “It felt a lot like being a game show host, to be perfectly honest.”To add flexibility, teachers were told not to take roll or teach new material.“It was really, really hard and, you know, it was really frustrating for parents, it was frustrating for teachers and for students. And after a while the kids stopped tuning in, because they’re like, ‘There’s Ms. Urquhart tap dancing again. And we’ve seen her — she can’t dance,’” she said.So how was it to be on the other side of the laptop screen? Henry Clark was a junior preparing for an AP test shortly after spring break.“And that was really scary,” Clark said.He was looking at colleges, so grades were important.“I was really nervous about this year, this upcoming year, just because of all the education I was going to be missing,” he said.Teachers were nervous, too. Urquhart was watching school board meetings as a parade of parents came forward to call on the school district to return students to classrooms full-time.“It was frustrating, it was really frustrating. It was heartbreaking. It was mind numbing, and maddening — all of those things at once,” she said. “Because in the spring, people were praising teachers: ‘Oh, you guys are heroes, we’ve now tried teaching our own kids, and — aaahhh, take them back,’ you know, that kind of thing.”But she said attitudes shifted over the summer as parents faced another year of having their kids at home.“There was this tide that seemed to turn that was like, ‘Get in there and do your job. You signed up for this kind of thing.’ And, um, yeah, I did, I did sign up to teach children — but not during a pandemic,” Urquhart said.Urquhart said she lives with someone at high risk for a serious case of COVID-19. She felt betrayed when the school board ordered teachers back in classrooms full-time with students.“I felt like I got kicked in the stomach,” she said. “And I know a lot of other educators felt very similarly. And so yeah, it felt like a roller-coaster ride that I never wanted to get on. I am not a thrill seeker like that — I wanted to vomit, to be honest.”The district later added safety measures, like temperature checks and mandatory masks for everybody in the buildings.But still, she said, she was anxious about returning to the classroom in September. And that anxiety only multiplied after students returned. She said she wasn’t sure she’d be able to do her job effectively.“If you want us to go back, I need to feel safe, as do my students, because we all talk about trauma in school. And the number one rule is, if you don’t feel safe, you can’t learn,” she said. “Well, that goes both ways. If I don’t feel safe, I can’t teach.”Urquhart said that while some teachers were excited to return to face-to-face education, that wasn’t the case for everyone.“I know a lot of my colleagues have been anxious. I know a lot of them have been depressed, for a lot of different reasons,” she said. “I’m finally coming out of it now. But this has been — I mean, there have been times where I just could not go to school. I just didn’t have it in me to face that day. And I have never had this kind of issue my entire life until this year.”Clark, now in his senior year, said the pandemic has also weighed on his psyche.“I have some family members that I was a little worried about, not going to lie. But for the most part, my main concern was not health,” Clark said. “Especially by the time we got to school, my main concern was my education and my mental health.”He said friendships have suffered, especially his relationships with people in lower grades. Lunches were split up to reduce crowding in the cafeteria.Clark, left, plays saxophone through a mask and a mesh bag during a band concert. (Courtesy of Clark) “If I have classes with them, I get to see them but during lunch I don’t get to so then they go I you know, I want to hang out with them, but I can’t so then it’s like, you know, you start to lose friendships you start starts to push and pull you like that,” he said.And so Clark said even with the high school running at full capacity for most of the year, an overwhelming sense of exhaustion pervaded the campus, which locals call Kayhi.“Out of all my four years at Kayhi, I never felt like such an aggressive and hostile community at times,” he said. “Not to not to make it sound horrible — because even now, I wouldn’t say it’s nearly that bad. But out of my four years, a lot more people are on edge.”Urquhart said she turned a corner this spring. She said she and other teachers are feeling better.“I’m feeling more like myself,” she said. “And I will tell you what: Getting that first vaccine — ”Urquhart paused, lifted her hands, and imitated a chorus of angels singing.“My anxiety went from, like, on a scale of 10, I was at like a freaking 12, and getting that vaccine, I went down to, like, a five. And it was the most amazing thing,” she said.Now that she’s fully vaccinated she said feels safer in the classroom — and it’s reminded her how much she loves teaching. Share this story:last_img read more

Montego Bay Development Plan Completed

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedMontego Bay Development Plan Completed FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The development plan for the city of Montego Bay in St. James, has been completed, while plans for the upgrading of the other resort areas of the island are in progress.More than $200 million has been spent from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) on the resort development plan, which aims to upgrade and improve the major resort towns, which, in addition to Montego Bay, include Ocho Rios St. Ann, Negril Westmoreland, and Port Antonio Portland.The project will seek to identify options for new and expanded product development, based on the special natural and cultural resources of the identified areas; determine how resort offerings should be upgraded and diversified; and to improve the level of attractiveness or image of the resort areas. Infrastructure will be put in, which have aesthetic appeal, and can accommodate residents and visitors.Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, speaking at Wednesday’s (July 1) post Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House, said that the plan for Montego Bay outlined the areas that need to be revised, restored and established.“The Hip Strip is going to be the centre of focus. It is going to be something like a city walk…having a number of key entertainment areas and we are going to create facades and transform the area into products itself…that will become like a destination within that area,” he outlined.The Montego Bay development project, he said, will require some US$144 million and funding will come from the TEF and private interests. “That US$144 million is not just our public funding. There is going to be a component for the private sector as the private sector is going to be the main beneficiary,” he stated.In the meantime, some $200 million has been earmarked for the lighting of the Rose Hall area, with another $100 million for landscaping.The undertaking, Minister Bartlett said, forms part of the Ministry’s plan to develop the elegant corridor from the Montego Bay Airport roundabout to Iberostar Hotel.“What we are going to have there is something that Jamaica has never seen in terms of landscaping and the creation of another destination, a high-end destination. This is where the casino and the top-end products are going to be,” he said. RelatedMontego Bay Development Plan Completedcenter_img Montego Bay Development Plan Completed Office of the Prime MinisterJuly 2, 2009 RelatedMontego Bay Development Plan Completedlast_img read more

CU-Boulder to honor vets through Veterans Week events Nov. 9-17

first_imgThe University of Colorado Boulder will honor the nation’s veterans, including CU-Boulder’s own faculty, staff and student veterans, through Veterans Week, beginning with a Nov. 9 Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. in the University Memorial Center’s Glenn Miller Ballroom. The free, public ceremony will feature guest speaker Michael Dakduk, executive director of the national organization Student Veterans of America. A reception will follow in the UMC Veterans Lounge. In the Marine Corps, Dakduk was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and to Afghanistan in 2007, where he earned military decorations for distinguished service in combat. He left active duty in 2008 and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he organized student veterans on campus as a chapter of Student Veterans of America. “We take this time to acknowledge and express gratitude for the sacrifices of those still serving and those who have served so gallantly and selflessly in our armed forces,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “This weekend, we can each take a moment to reflect on how much we owe the silent heroes in our midst and reach out and thank a vet for this outstanding service. The University of Colorado Boulder joins the nation on this one day of the year our country has set aside to honor our veterans and acknowledge the legacy of their steadfast defense of our American ideals, principles and liberties.” Also on Nov. 9, CU-Boulder will host Military Student Day to assist military service members interested in transitioning from military service to life as a college student. CU-Boulder is home to about 650 student veterans and 250 faculty and staff vets, according to Michael Roberts, program manager of CU-Boulder’s Veteran Services office on campus. “The Office of Veteran Services here at CU-Boulder continues to build a robust program supporting our veterans transitioning from the military to college and ultimately to the work force,” Roberts said. “We have a group of committed staff and faculty leaders who are eager to support our student veterans.” Student veterans can visit the Student Veterans Center in the Center for Community building, room S482. The center serves as a one-stop shop to support student veterans. One of the most sought-after services is help with the GI Bill, Roberts said. “Most veterans are taking advantage of this great opportunity they earned while serving our nation,” he said. “The Post 9/11 GI Bill covers all in-state tuition and fees as well as providing a monthly living allowance. In Boulder, it is quite substantial — $1,500 per month while they are in school.” The CU-Boulder Law School also recently opened the Veteran’s Legal Clinic to help unite the Colorado legal community and students at CU as they work together to develop a support system for veterans across the state. Mark Fogg, president of the Colorado Bar Association and a Colorado Law alumnus, recognized the need for pro bono legal services in the veteran’s community in Colorado, said Andy Hartman, an adjunct professor and director of the experiential learning program at Colorado Law. “The bar wanted to have veteran’s clinics in different cities throughout Colorado including Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Grand Junction, and they wanted a program at CU-Boulder and the University of Denver to serve their student veterans and their families,” Hartman said. Attorneys from the Colorado Bar Association work with student volunteers from Colorado Law to meet with veterans and address some of their legal questions. Neither party is financially compensated for their work, although it affords practicing attorneys and students the opportunity to fulfill their public service pledge to provide legal services that benefit the community. Kevin Brown, a third-year law student at CU-Boulder and a former attack pilot for the Marines, has a vivid memory of the Veterans Legal Clinic’s first client. “The very first person that walked into the clinic last November on Veterans Day was a homeless veteran that needed many different kinds of help,” said Brown. “To see a veteran who was homeless and in need and to watch the Colorado Bar Association and the volunteer attorneys come together and work to provide assistance and help to him was inspiring.” Other campus observances for Veterans Day include: Nov. 9, at 6 p.m., in Old Main Chapel The CU-Boulder Veteran Services office will have a public viewing of the documentary “Veterans Day 11.11.11.” The feature-length documentary examines what it means to be a veteran in America through the stories of several men and women vets who served during times of peace and war. Pat Woodard, the documentary’s co-executive producer and writer; Richard Deki, one of the veterans featured in the documentary; and Suzanne Popovich Chandler, a photographer whose work is featured in the documentary, will be present to interact with the audience during and after the film. Nov. 14, 6-9 p.m., Old Main Chapel A public showing of the documentary “The Welcome,” an award-winning film that offers a “fiercely intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike.” Nov. 17, 9 a.m., UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom The annual veterans pre-game party honors CU’s military families as well as members of the military across the Front Range community. For more information contact the Veteran Services office at 303-492-7322. Categories:Getting InvolvedCampus Community Published: Nov. 7, 2012 center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

FBI chief warns violent ‘domestic terrorism’ growing in US

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeFBI chief warns violent ‘domestic terrorism’ growing in US Mar. 03, 2021 at 6:00 amCrimeNewsFBI chief warns violent ‘domestic terrorism’ growing in USGuest Author3 months agoChiefsFBI FBI Director Chris Wray bluntly labeled the January riot at the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism” Tuesday and warned of a rapidly growing threat of homegrown violent extremism that law enforcement is scrambling to confront through thousands of investigations.Wray also defended to lawmakers his own agency’s handling of an intelligence report that warned of the prospect for violence on Jan. 6. And he firmly rejected false claims advanced by some Republicans that anti-Trump groups had organized the deadly riot that began when a violent mob stormed the building as Congress was gathering to certify results of the presidential election.Wray’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, his first before Congress since the insurrection, was the latest in a series of hearings centered on the law enforcement response to the Capitol insurrection.Lawmakers pressed him not only about possible intelligence and communication failures ahead of the riot but also about the threat of violence from white supremacists, militias and other extremists that the FBI says it is prioritizing with the same urgency as the menace of international terrorism organizations.“Jan. 6 was not an isolated event. The problem of domestic terrorism has been metastasizing across the country for a long time now and it’s not going away anytime soon,” Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “At the FBI, we’ve been sounding the alarm on it for a number of years now.”The violence at the Capitol made clear that a law enforcement agency that remade itself after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to deal with international terrorism is now laboring to address homegrown violence by white Americans. President Joe Biden’s administration has tasked his national intelligence director to work with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to assess the threat. And in applying the domestic terrorism label to conduct inside the Capitol, Wray sought to make clear to senators that he was clear-eyed about the scope and urgency of the threat.Wray said the number of domestic terrorism investigations has increased from around 1,000 when he became FBI director in 2017 to about 2,000 now. The number of white supremacist arrests has almost tripled, he said.Many of the senators’ questions Tuesday centered on the FBI’s handling of a Jan. 5 report from its Norfolk, Virginia, field office that warned of online posts foreshadowing a “war” in Washington the following day. Capitol Police leaders have said they were unaware of that report and had received no intelligence from the FBI that would have led them to expect the sort of violence that besieged them on the 6th. Five people died that day, including a Capitol Police officer and a woman who was shot as she tried to climb through a smashed window into the House chamber with lawmakers still inside.Wray said the report was disseminated though the FBI’s joint terrorism task force, discussed at a command post in Washington and posted on an internet portal available to other law enforcement agencies.Though the information was raw, unverified and appeared aspirational in nature, Wray said, it was specific and concerning enough that “the smartest thing to do, the most prudent thing to do, was just push it to the people who needed to get it.”“We did communicate that information in a timely fashion to the Capitol Police and (Metropolitan Police Department) in not one, not two, but three different ways,” Wray said, though he added that since the violence that ensued was “not an acceptable result,” the FBI was looking into what it could have done differently.He said he was “reluctant to armchair quarterback anyone else in their jobs,” but the FBI was determined to prevent a repeat of Jan. 6.“We find it personally infuriating any time we are not able, as I said, to bat 1,000. And we’re going to keep working to get better,” he said.The sprawling Justice Department investigation into the riot has already produced hundreds of charges, including against members of militia groups and far-right organizations. The crowd in Washington that day ranged from protesters who did not break any laws to a smaller group that arrived determined to commit violence against police and disrupt Congress from its duties, Wray said.“Some of those people clearly came to Washington, we now know, with the plans and intentions to engage in the worst kind of violence we would consider domestic terrorism,” he said.Asked whether there was evidence that the attack was planned or carried out by antifa — an umbrella term for leftist militants — or by Trump opponents posing as his loyalists, Wray said that there was not. Some on the right have made such false contentions.Even as the FBI prioritizes its efforts to counter domestic violent extremism, there are challenges confronting law enforcement, including in separating mere chatter from actual threats and in First Amendment protections that give ample leeway to espouse racist or otherwise abhorrent viewpoints.“The amount of angry, hateful, unspeakable, combative, violent even, rhetoric on social media exceeds what anybody in their worst imagination (thinks) is out there,” Wray said.Wray has kept a notably low profile since the Capitol attack. Though he has briefed lawmakers privately and shared information with local law enforcement, Tuesday’s oversight hearing marked his first public appearance before Congress since before November’s presidential election.Tags :ChiefsFBIshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCalifornia likely faces a critically dry year, officials sayGOP takes aim at Biden’s health care pick on abortion rightsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

Pre-Adaptation: In Evolutionary Explanations, Too Much Serendipity

first_imgEvolution A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Tagsbombardier beetlechemicalsevolutiongene productsintelligent designIrreducible ComplexityMichael BeheProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesRichard DawkinsSean Carrollserendipity,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Intelligent Design Pre-Adaptation: In Evolutionary Explanations, Too Much SerendipityCornelius HunterApril 17, 2018, 1:25 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoscenter_img Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Cornelius G. HunterFellow, Center for Science and CultureCornelius G. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology. He is Adjunct Professor at Biola University and author of the award-winning Darwin’s God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil. Hunter’s other books include Darwin’s Proof, and his newest book Science’s Blind Spot (Baker/Brazos Press). Dr. Hunter’s interest in the theory of evolution involves the historical and theological, as well as scientific, aspects of the theory. His blog is Darwin’s God. Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Recommended Who is the author of the following statement?In contrast [to trait loss], the gain of genetically complex traits appears harder, in that it requires the deployment of multiple gene products in a coordinated spatial and temporal manner. Obviously, this is unlikely to happen in a single step, because it requires potentially numerous changes at multiple loci.If you guessed this was written by an advocate of intelligent design, such as Michael Behe describing irreducibly complex structures, you were wrong. It was evolutionist Sean Carroll and co-workers in a 2007 PNAS paper.When a design person says it, it is heresy. When an evolutionist says it, it is the stuff of good solid scientific research.The difference is the design person assumes a realist view (the genetically complex trait evinces design) whereas the evolutionist assumes an anti-realist view (in spite of all indications, the genetically complex trait must have arisen by blind causes).To support their position, evolutionists often appeal to a pre-adaptation argument. This argument claims that the various sub-components (gene products, etc.), needed for the genetically complex trait, were each needed for some other function. Therefore, they evolved individually and independently, only later to serendipitously fit together perfectly and, in so doing, form a new structure with a new function that just happened to be needed. As Richard Dawkins once put it:The bombardier beetle’s ancestors simply pressed into different service chemicals that already happened to be lying around. That’s often how evolution works.The problem, of course, is that this is not realistic. To think that each and every one of the seemingly unending, thousands and thousands, of genetically complex traits just happened to luckily arise from parts that just happened to be lying around, is to make one’s theory dependent on too much serendipity.Photo: A bombardier beetle, by Patrick Coin [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.Cross-posted at Darwin’s God.last_img read more

Irish Water begin work on notorious Donegal water main

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Pinterest Irish Water has started work on replacing a troublesome’ section of water main between Convoy and Raphoe in Co Donegal which has been subject to a high burst frequency and poor water quality.The project represents an investment of €1.1 million by Irish Water for the benefit of over 1,700 customers.Over six kilometres of cast iron water main will be replaced over the coming nine months as part of these works which the utility  say are necessary to ensure a safe and secure supply of drinking water to the residents and businesses in this area.Explaining the necessity of these works, Irish Water’s Capital Programme Regional Lead John McElwaine said: “The existing cast iron water main is severely encrusted and suffers from water quality issues including high levels of iron, manganese, turbidity, aluminium as well as low chlorine residual levels. The watermain is also in poor structural condition and has a high burst frequency.“It is important that chlorine levels are maintained at a constant level throughout the network and this new section of pipe will ensure that. It is also a priority of Irish Water’s to ensure that drinking water supplies adhere to all parameters as set out by EU and Irish regulations.”The works will involve some short-term water shut offs for a number of hours in each area when the pipes are being connected to the system. The project team will ensure that householders and businesses are advised of any works in their area in advance and will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned water shut offs.This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan.Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s recently published Business Plan.Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. Irish Water begin work on notorious Donegal water main Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ By News Highland – June 29, 2017 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebookcenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Previous articleDonegal TD doesn’t think Town Council proposals go far enoughNext article‘Unlikely’ for political parties to reach deal at Stormont as deadline fast approaches News Highland Homepage BannerNews Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Pinterest Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more

Ex-candidate Tom Steyer lists SF home for $11M

first_imgTagsHousing MarketSan Francisco Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tom Steyer (Getty)Former presidential candidate and billionaire Tom Steyer is selling his longtime family home in San Francisco.Steyer is asking $11 million for the 5,625-square-foot home, according to the Wall Street Journal. The home is in the pricey Pacific Heights neighborhood.Steyer bought the residence in 1990 for $1.8 million. At the time, he was leading the hedge fund he founded four years earlier, Farallon Capital, and was a partner at the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman.He and his wife Kat Taylor raised their children in the house and Steyer said his family “has a ton of great memories” there.The home has 30 solar panels on the roof, a photovoltaic glass awning across the façade and a wind turbine on one corner. A waterfall next to the front stairs feeds a hydroponic garden and a koi pond.The coronavirus pandemic stalled the San Francisco housing market at first, but activity has picked up significantly. There were 31 sales above $3 million in June, 10 more than in June 2019. Nextdoor founder Nirav Tolia recently listed his own Pacific Heights home for $25 million.Steyer was born in New York but moved to San Francisco early in his professional life and has lived there ever since. He attended Stanford Graduate School of Business.It doesn’t appear he and his family will move out of the Bay Area any time soon — Steyer bought a home in San Francisco’s Sea Cliff neighborhood for $6.75 million in 2014.Steyer told the Journal that he and his wife kept the house with the hope that one of their children would move in someday, but said it “doesn’t look like that will happen, and so we put it up for sale.” [WSJ] — Dennis Lynch center_img Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

2 nurses take breather from ER to get married

first_imgCourtesy Mel Keefer(BATON ROUGE, Louisiana) — BY: TOMMY BROOKSBANKTwo emergency room nurses said “I do” over the weekend with pictures of family and friends due to the coronavirus pandemic.Clare Seghers, 25, and Mel Keefer, 35, met three years ago working in the emergency room ward at Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The medical professionals had been planning their nuptials for months and were hoping to spend their big day with loved ones, but the escalating COVID-19 crisis got in the way.“We were just happy to be there and be out of the hospital for a minute,” Keefer said. “Delaying the wedding didn’t make sense for us so we tried not to worry about things out of our control.”They invited 200 people to the ceremony but had to cut it to just 10 of their closest family members to keep with social distancing guidelines from the Center of Disease Control.But Keefer’s mom wasn’t about to let the couple walk down the aisle without a few familiar faces lining the pews. She got together with a handful of cousins and put up printed headshots of nearly 100 guests who otherwise would have been present. Keefer had no idea until he reached the alter.“I turned around and couldn’t believe it,” Keefer said. “It was crazy to see because I know how much time and effort they had to put in to print all those out. It felt really nice.”But when Keefer saw his bride, the pictures seemed to melt away.“I saw Clare and that’s all I had in my head,” Keefer said. “Everything else became a blur just standing there with her during the ceremony.”As the newlyweds made their way out of Mount St. Carmel Church in St. Francisville, Louisiana, family, friends and co-workers secretly waited in cars to send well-wishes from a distance.“They were all honking the horns and cheering, it was a heartwarming surprise,” Keefer said.With the ceremony over, it was back to the front lines for Seghers and Keefer as the battle against COVID-19 continues. Keefer, who now works at West Feliciana Parish Hospital, revealed the wedding came as a short but much-needed breather from the ER room.“It was a good break for both of us to put a lot of sad and negative things to the side and focus on each other for a day,” Keefer said. “It felt like a vacation from everything that’s going on and I’m thankful for my family and friends that helped us celebrate our marriage.”Keefer added the couple intends to have a wedding reception at their Louisiana home in the fall. Plans for a honeymoon are on hold. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Inside University of Illinois’ massive COVID-19 testing operation

first_imgstefanamer/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO and DR. JAY BHATT, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As schools attempt to bring students back to school safely, a game-changer might come out of central Illinois.The University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus has one of the most aggressive COVID-19 testing protocols among institutions of higher education in the country, as it aims to keep students on campus during the pandemic this fall.Twice a week, the university tests all students residing on or off campus and employees who report to university facilities using a noninvasive saliva test created by the research institution. That has amounted to as many as 15,000 or 17,000 tests administered in one day — more tests than most universities with on-campus learning have completed since the start of the pandemic, and what a smaller institution testing all its students might handle in a month.In the last week of August, the university accounted for nearly 20% of all tests reported in Illinois, according to the state health department. It’s even notably measurable nationwide.“Two percent of all the tests that happen in the country today will be by the University of Illinois,” Chris Marsicano, founding director of the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College — which is tracking higher education institutions’ responses to COVID-19 — told ABC News.“Their testing regime is incredible,” he added.Testing is just one part of UIUC’s approach to halt the virus in its tracks. Along with measures such as wearing masks, social distancing and contact tracing, it offers a mix of face-to-face, hybrid and online courses to more than 52,000 undergraduate and graduate students.“The truth is we cannot test our way out of the pandemic,” Dr. Rebecca Smith, an epidemiologist at UIUC who designed its testing and exposure notification strategy, told ABC News. “That’s never going to be enough.”Test breakthroughBack in the spring, as UIUC was sending students home at the beginning of the pandemic, university leaders started thinking about how they could get them back on campus safely in the fall.“We knew there were going to be outbreaks as soon as the students returned,” Chancellor Robert Jones told ABC News. “The primary goal was, how do you mitigate those outbreaks?”Part of that plan was to administer mandatory tests frequently — upward of 10,000 a day — and cheaply, with quick turnaround times on results.“The chancellor and provost said, ‘Get it done,’” Dr. Martin Burke, associate dean for research at UIUC’s Carle Illinois College of Medicine and leader of the university’s testing program, told ABC News. “They wanted to deploy a scalable testing model.”They ruled out the standard nasal swab test, which was cost-prohibitive and impacted by supply chain issues, Burke said. A saliva test seemed the way to go. It showed promise, with greater detection sensitivity than samples from deep nasal swabs, according to an April study by Yale University. It could also be done quickly and wouldn’t need to be administered by a health care worker, Burke said.In mid-May, UIUC began developing its own saliva test with a team that included chemists, data scientists, epidemiologists and veterinary virologists. Burke said the team had a breakthrough in deactivating and isolating the RNA of the virus in a sample — normally an involved and expensive process — by heating the saliva sample at 95 degrees Celsius (about 203 degrees Fahrenheit) for 30 minutes.Most diagnostic testing has had notoriously slow turnaround times. But UIUC’s saliva test, which removes some of the steps involved in nasal swab sample testing, can be processed in as little as five hours. Since UIUC performs all its testing in its veterinary lab, versus multiple labs like some colleges and universities do, testing numbers are also easier to track, Melaney Arnold, a spokesperson for the state health department, told ABC News.All of this innovation comes at a cost. Implementing UIUC’s testing capability, including modifying the veterinary lab for COVID testing, ran about $6 million to $7 million, Jones said. It’s an investment for the near future.“We think this has given us a competitive advantage, time will tell,” Jones said. “Testing is going to be with us until the next year, next two, maybe next three — we don’t know.”Testing in actionOnce the university had a viable test, the team had to determine how often to use it, how to notify people of the results and then have a plan to isolate those who tested positive. “Fast and frequent” is the unofficial motto for the university’s testing strategy.“It really has to be that integrated, fast and frequent testing program to make the whole thing work,” Burke said. “Because the pace at which the virus expands inside a person, you really do have a preciously short window of time to find out who’s positive, quickly help them isolate safely and stop them from spreading it to others.”Initially, the school thought they’d test once a week, but based on modeling, realized that twice a week would be most effective.At nearly 20 testing sites set up across campus, students and staff can walk up and self-administer a free COVID-19 test. They are advised to avoid eating, drinking, brushing their teeth, chewing gum or smoking an hour before submitting their sample. Swiping their school ID prints a barcoded sticker that goes on their testing tube. They dribble half a teaspoon of saliva into the tube and put it on a rack with other samples. The whole process takes about seven minutes, Burke said.Every hour, the racks of samples are delivered by golf cart to the campus’ veterinary lab and go straight into the hot water bath to deactivate the virus. The lab runs tests 24 hours a day on weekdays, and nearly that on weekends.When the lab scans the barcode on the test tube, it connects to the person’s medical record. The results of the test are delivered via a HIPAA-compliant secure portal or app, dubbed Safer Illinois, that UIUC created. App users can also opt in to a Bluetooth feature that alerts them if they’ve spent more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of a confirmed case and should get tested.If faculty, staff and students receive a negative result at least every four days, they get a checkmark in the app and can enter campus buildings with their school ID. Some bars and restaurants are also using the app to let students gain entry, Burke said.Another key feature of the school’s COVID-19 strategy is isolating those who have tested positive as soon as possible. The university has found that the local health department has had trouble getting ahold of students promptly, with some students purposely ignoring the calls, Burke said, so it recently started directly reaching out to them. Its goal is to contact a positive case within 30 minutes and connect them with support.Smith said the school has received a positive response from students.“It’s nice to know there’s a human looking out for them,” she said.JJ Kim, a UIUC junior and editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Illini, told ABC News he was “skeptical” at first how long the school would be able to keep its campus open. But so far, the school’s testing efforts and enforcement of masks and social distancing have been mostly encouraging.“Hearing the way our school has handled coronavirus compared to other schools, I feel relatively safe,” Kim said. “Just seeing every school around us go down like flies, it feels like the last man standing kind of thing.”Course correctionThe testing works “as long as everybody does their part,” Burke said. The team anticipated that wouldn’t always be the case, and their data models accounted for issues like noncompliance with mask-wearing and social distancing in determining how often to test the campus. But what they didn’t predict, he said, was that some students would not follow orders to isolate after testing positive for COVID-19 or quarantine after they had been in contact with someone who tested positive.On Sept. 2, the university reported it had seen more than 400 new positive cases since the first day of classes on Aug. 24. It pointed to large parties and gatherings over the past weekend as the main culprit, as well as students ignoring guidance to isolate and quarantine.The positivity rate had also increased in the days leading up to Sept. 2, from around 0.5% when students first returned to campus to a peak of 2.86%. That day, the school announced it would be going into a two-week lockdown, with only essential activities like food shopping and getting tested permitted, to help curb the recent rise in cases.In addition to the lockdown, the school is also “intensifying” disciplinary action, it said. UIUC has suspended a handful of students for the fall semester, and is investigating about 100 other infractions, Jones said.“We certainly hope that people learn lessons from this, that we’re serious,” the chancellor said.Now, a week after announcing the lockdown, the positivity rate on campus is around 1%. Jones would like to see it get back down to around 0.5%.“That is very low relative to some of our peers that have had double-digit positivity rates,” Jones said. “That is our goal, to never allow it to get as high as some of our colleagues have experienced.”As the testing capacity has increased, the lab has also experienced a bit of a slowdown in turning around results, with some taking up to 48 hours, Smith said. The university has recently introduced robotics, with plans to add more, to help accelerate and streamline the lab work. Smith is also helping to run monthly risk surveys to help narrow down who is most likely to get the virus.“Right now we’re fishing in the ocean, and we’d rather fish in a pond,” Smith said.One thing that’s become apparent: Most confirmed cases — around 95% — are in undergraduates, officials said. This week, the school told faculty they could now get tested once a week if they so choose, Jones said.“This data is allowing us to look at this in a much more aggressive, comprehensive way than any place that I know of,” he said. “We certainly hope that that is going to allow us to keep our community safe and mitigate the spread.”Illinois and beyondThe saliva-based test, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration under an emergency use authorization last month, is also being used on University of Illinois campuses in Chicago and Springfield.UIUC has also fielded interest in its test from more than 35 universities. One — Illinois State University — is in the process of building out a $1 million lab, with plans to give students, faculty and staff the saliva test at least once per week.“As our surveillance testing ramps up, we expect that expanded testing will result in a lower positivity rate,” John Baur, professor of chemistry and COVID-19 testing coordinator at Illinois State, said in a statement.UIUC is building mobile labs to perform COVID-19 tests in different communities in Illinois. The first is set to roll out in the coming days, officials said. It is also exploring the possibility of working with different countries and cities, as well as communities like Army bases and prisons, and sharing what it’s learned.“More important than our test is our program — just trying to think about the whole thing. How do you create a bubble?” Burke said. “I think the lessons that we are learning by running this program will perhaps be more valuable than the test itself.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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