The January Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live

first_imgQUICK HITSRichmond plans to build 360-mile trail network • Thief steals same bike twice • Push-up world record • Deer trips runner at cross-country raceCONTRIBUTOR QUESTIONSOnce a month we throw our contributors for a loop with a question about their lives in the outdoors. This time around we inquired about their New Year’s resolutions!THE DIRTCoal baron convicted • Cancer Survivors Conquer WhitewaterTRAIL MIXShovels & Rope’s Surprise Cover AlbumGREAT DANE22-year-old Dane Jackson had a Big Year. What’s on the Horizon Line in 2016?BEST OF THE BLUE RIDGEOur eighth annual readers’ choice awards highlight your favorite outdoor destinations, organizations, businesses, people, and events.SEEING IN THE DARKFour dark-sky parks in Appalachia offer some of the starriest skies in the South.IGNITE THE NIGHTExplore new adventures after dark by moonlight (or headlamp). Night rides, runs, and paddling trips transform the outdoor experience.[divider]Read more from[/divider]last_img read more

Navy Surgeon General Strengthens Navy Medicine’s Ties with Brazil

first_imgBy By U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class John Kotara, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery March 29, 2018 U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Forrest Faison, Navy surgeon general and chief of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, met with senior officials and toured Brazilian Navy medical facilities during a visit to Brazil, March 11-14. Accompanied by U.S. Navy Force Master Chief Hosea Smith, director of Hospital Corps, this series of meetings gave Vice Adm. Faison the opportunity to strengthen Navy Medicine’s ties with their Brazilian counterparts. “Our friendship with Brazil and the friendship between our militaries is not only important to preserving peace and stability in light of the global challenges we face, it is important because of our ability to work together in order to save lives,” Vice Adm. Faison said. Vice Adm. Faison kicked off the four-day trip with an office call with U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia. Vice Adm. Faison also met with Dr. Anna Toness, Environment Office director for the United States Agency for International Development, and Aristides Barbosa, director of the Brazilian Center for Disease Control (CDC), to discuss ways the U.S. military and Brazil can collaborate to get critical care to those in need throughout Brazil. “I see a great opportunity for the U.S. and the Brazil CDC to work together,” said Barbosa. “We help and save lives throughout the country, but with so many people needing help, and spread throughout remote areas, it is incredibly tough.” Vice Adm. Faison received a tour of the facilities and spoke with Brazilian service members at the Marcílio Dias Naval Hospital and the Biomedical Research Institute in Rio de Janeiro. He also discussed educational opportunities and potential partnerships with Brazilian Navy Vice Admiral Edmar da Cruz Aréas, director of Brazilian Navy Health, and Brazilian Navy Rear Admiral Lúiz Claudio Barbedo Fróes, director of Marcilio Dias Naval Hospital. “It was amazing to meet with our Brazilian counterparts and discuss issues of mutual concern,” said Vice Adm. Faison. “Participating in this partnership and in these discussions will help improve the overall medical care for our two countries.” While at the Brazilian Navy Operational Medical Center in Rio de Janeiro, Vice Adm. Faison and Brazilian Navy Rear Admiral Humberto Giovanni Canfora, director of the Brazilian Navy Center of Operative Medicine, emphasized the strong relationship between the United States and Brazil, and efforts to reinforce growth and the bonds between the two countries. “I believe there is great potential to continue to make a change,” said Rear Adm. Canfora. “We will continue to address and grow the partnership between Brazil and the U.S. in order to promote health throughout our countries.” Navy Medicine is a global health care network of 63,000 personnel that provides health care support to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, their families and veterans in high operational tempo environments at expeditionary medical facilities, medical treatment facilities, hospitals, clinics, hospital ships and research units around the world.last_img read more

As US swine flu cases double, some travel to Mexico discouraged

first_imgApr 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed 20 more swine influenza cases, all connected to previous cases at a New York City high school, and said federal officials will issue new travel advice urging against nonessential travel to Mexico.The additions raise the number of US cases to 40, said Richard Besser, MD, the CDC’s acting director, at a press conference today. Besser added that the CDC is focusing less on the case numbers and more on what the case patterns reveals about transmission.He said the new case total represents additional testing in people linked to Saint Francis Preparatory School in Queens, but not a pattern that suggests widespread transmission. “This virus is acting like a flu virus, spreading person to person,” he said.Only one of the 40 US case-patients, who range in age from 7 to 54, has been hospitalized, he said, adding that the CDC expects to see a broader range of illness severity as the swine flu outbreak progresses.The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement today that it has identified 17 more probable cases linked to the Saint Francis school cluster and that confirmation tests are under way at the CDC. The department said the city’s syndromic surveillance system noted a moderate increase in flulike illness indicators over the weekend, but it’s not clear how significant the rise was.President Barack Obama, during a speech on new federal research investments before the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington, D.C., today, said the swine flu outbreaks are concerning, but are not a cause for alarm.”Our capacity to deal with a public health challenge of this sort rests heavily on the work of our scientific and medical community. This is one more example why we can’t allow our nation to fall behind,” he said.Travel advisoryBesser said the new travel advisory urging people to avoid nonessential trips to Mexico will be issued out of an abundance of caution, and that the federal government will also pair that message with safety steps they can take if they need to travel to the area.The new travel advice came on the same day European Union (EU) health commissioner Androulla Vassiliou issued a statement warning Europeans to avoid nonessential travel to areas where swine flu clusters have been detected. The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement today that it advises no restrictions on travel or border closures.Besser said that the EU commissioner’s travel advice is premature, based on the current evidence.Call for preparations, vaccine developmentEleven million antiviral courses, 25% of the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile, have been sent to affected states and other states around the country, he said. However, Besser emphasized the importance of the roles of each individual in limiting the spread of the disease and the disruptions a large swine flu epidemic could cause.He advised parents to think now about what they’d do if their children’s schools were closed to limit the spread of the disease. “This is a time for businesses to review their plans, such as ‘What would I do if my workers couldn’t come to work?,'” Besser said.Federal officials are still in discussions on what approach to take with a potential vaccine against the novel influenza virus, though production of a seed strain is already progressing. He said it’s difficult to balance the February recommendation for next year’s northern hemisphere’s seasonal flu vaccine with the possibility of adding another strain to the mix.Tim Uyeki, MD, a medical epidemiologist in CDC’s Influenza Division, said during a conference call for clinicians today that efforts are under way to make candidate vaccines through different production techniques, including classic reassortment, reverse genetics, and live attenuated.Further casesLate this afternoon, more states announced additional swine flu cases. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said a patient from Sacramento County has been diagnosed as having a swine flu infection, raising the state’s total to eight cases.Texas officials also announced an additional case-patient from Guadalupe County, a student who attended the same school as the state’s two previously announced cases. In addition, Dallas County Health and Human Services announced three new cases in that county.Once the CDC adds the new cases to its total, the number of US cases will rise to 45.New CDC guidanceIn other developments, the CDC today released interim guidance for facemask and respirator use in communities in which the swine flu virus has been detected. Emphasizing that the evidence on the effectiveness of facemasks and respirators for controlling influenza in communities is extremely limited, the CDC urges local officials to reduce the risk of transmission through a combination of actions—such as limiting contact and time spent with ill people—and not to rely just on facemasks or respirators.The CDC also released two other sets of recommendations for clinicians and public health officials managing swine flu outbreaks, one on antiviral medications and the other on community mitigation.See also:Apr 27 New York City health department press releaseApr 27 EU press releaseApr 27 NAS news releaseApr 27 WHO statementCDC swine flu pageCDPH news pageTexas Department of State Health Services news update pageCDC interim recommendations for facemask and respirator use in swine flu areasCDC antiviral recommendations for swine fluCDC community mitigation recommendations for swine flulast_img read more

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F1: Mercedes test new steering wheel system

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Federer targets Wimbledon after knee surgery blowTesting times are impossible to place in any meaningful context with car set ups and fuel loads and tyres all playing an important part in the car’s speed.TimesKimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 1:17.091 (134 laps), Sergio Perez (MEX/Racing Point-Mercedes) 1:17.347 (145 laps), Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Renault) 1:17.749 (41), Alexander Albon (THA/Red Bull-Honda) 1:17.912 (134), Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpha Tauri-Honda) 1:18.121 (147), Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:18.154 (73), George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) 1:18.266 (116), Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:18.335 (49), Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:18.307 (106), Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Renault) 1:18.474 (137), Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas-Ferrari) 1:18.496 (158), Esteban Ocon (FRA/Renault) 1:18.557 (52), Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:19.307 (77) Hamilton, aiming at equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles this year, was enthusiastic. “For me it’s really encouraging to see that my team is continuing to innovate and stay ahead of the game, and I think that’s down to the great minds in the team and so hopefully that’ll work to our benefit. “I’ve only tried it this morning and we’re trying to get on top of it, understand it, but safety wise no problem today and the FIA are OK with the project,” the 35-year-old Briton said. On the second of three days testing at the Circuit de Catalunya Kimi Raikkonen posted the quickest time of 1min 17.091sec in his Alfa Romeo. Sergio Perez (1:17.347) came next in the time sheet ahead of the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo (1:17.749). Hamilton was only ninth fastest on the day but he still held the quickest time so far after his 1:16.976 on Wednesday. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian ActressesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeithcenter_img Loading… Mercedes tried out a new steering innovation at pre-season testing in Barcelona on Thursday, insisting the device fell within Formula One’s stringent technical rules. On-board camera footage showed world champion Lewis Hamilton moving the steering wheel towards him as he enters a straight, changing the angle of the front wheels, before pushing the steering wheel away from him at the next corner. Hamilton at pre-season testing on Thursday F1 cars traditionally are set up with the front wheels slightly angled to help cornering. Mercedes’ technical director James Allison said the so-called dual axis steering system was above board. “We’ve spoken to them (F1’s governing body the FIA). The rules are clear about what’s permitted on steering systems. We’re pretty confident that it matches those requirements,” he commented after the morning session on the second day of testing. According to the Mercedes tech guru, the innovation “introduces an extra dimension for steering which we hope will be useful”, but he avoided elaborating on its potential benefits.Advertisementlast_img read more

Labor union deny part in workers’ ‘illegal dismissal’

first_img“We have reached out to the employeesbut they made it difficult for themselves,” they noted. “Those employeesabandoned their work after the standoff and went AWOL.” The group claimed they were “illegallyousted” after they did not take sides with the Yansons fighting over theirmultibillion-peso bus empire. In a press conferenceat the Negros Press Club on Tuesday, the dismissed workers said they “decided to come outinto the open so the public will know what kind of union they have.” The group, however, insisted thattheir termination came about through collusion between VTI president Leo ReyYason and PACIWU-TUCP. BACOLOD City – The PhilippineAgricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers Union-Trade Union Congress ofthe Philippines (PACIWU-TUCP) has denied involvement in the “illegaltermination” of some Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI) employees. They added that those who sought theirhelp all returned to work.“We previously warned employees not to take sides in the ongoing feud withinthe Yanson family who owns VTI,” they said. The union leaders said they insistedto help those affected workers, which they claimed resulted in 80 of themgetting their jobs back. “We strongly condemn our dismissalfrom work without justifiable reason and process,” they said. “We stronglycondemn the silence of our union and its pro-management stance.”/PN But these allegations were thenslammed by PACIWU-TUCP national president Hernani Braza and VTI Union presidentFranny Santarin. last_img read more

Area Boys Basketball Scores (1-26)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball ScoresSaturday  (1-26)Batesville  67     Hauser  54Heritage Christian  34     Oldenburg  31East Central  56     North Decatur  53Talawanda  72     Franklin County  47Milan  82     Switz. County  66New Palestine  86     Rushville  40Connersville  45     North Central  44Rising Sun  70     Waldron  44South Central  60     Shawe Memorial  23SW-Hanover  85     Mitchell  70SW-Shelby  63     Herron  60Morristown  63     Knightstown  45Union County  63     Eastern Hancock  47Madison  88     North Harrison  69last_img read more

ISP investigating four vehicle crash involving a school bus

first_imgSeymour, IN—Yesterday afternoon, the Indiana State Police investigated a crash involving a school bus from the Seymour School Corporation and three other vehicles in southern Bartholomew County that resulted in three injuries.The investigation by Trooper Matt Holley, Indiana State Police, determined that a 2013 Dodge Dart being driven by Shanaya N. Brown, age 27, Columbus, Indiana was traveling southbound in the 11000 Block of State Road 11 in Bartholomew County. Brown’s vehicle was being followed by a 2014 GMC Terrain being driven by Jack A. Cooper, age 71, Seymour, Indiana. Brown slowed due to vehicles slowing in front of her vehicle. Cooper swerved into the northbound lane of State Road 11 to avoid Brown’s vehicle.Cooper’s vehicle collided nearly head-on with a northbound 2004 Jeep Liberty being driven by Maria G. Hernandez-Zarate, age 56, Seymour, Indiana. Cooper’s vehicle also collided with Brown’s vehicle after making contact with Hernandez-Zarate’s vehicle.Hernandez-Zarate’s vehicle then struck a 2019 Thomas Built School Bus being driven by Daniel R. Ginger, age 68, Seymour, Indiana that was traveling southbound on State Road 11 following Cooper’s vehicle. The Seymour Community School Corporation bus had approximately 33 students on the bus at the time of the crash.Jack Cooper and Maria Hernandez-Zarate were both transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. A 17-year-old female student, who was on the bus, was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.State Road 11 was closed for nearly two hours for crash investigation and cleanup.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

EPL: Saints compound Chelsea’s woes

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Trio of signings make instant impact as Everton stun Spurs EPL: Spurs, Everton light up London Chelsea suffered more woe at Stamford Bridge after losing 2-0 to Southampton on Thursday. Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond scored in each half to condemn Chelsea to consecutive defeats in the Premier League. Frank Lampard’s side have now lost six matches at home in all competitions this season. Chelsea remain in fourth despite the defeat but they are only three points above Tottenham. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was selected in the starting lineup after he was subjected to racist abuse in Sunday’s match against Spurs. Southampton stunned Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as they steered clear of the relegation zone. The visitors took the lead from a counter attack after 31 minutes when Obafemi produced a fine strike into the top corner. Southampton had chances to double their lead but Che Adams was denied by a Fikayo Tomori block, while Kepa Arrizabalaga saved from Redmond. Southampton scored a second after 73 minutes after Redmond capped off a fine passing move and chipped the ball over Arrizabalaga. Christian Pulisic came off the bench and almost had an instant impact but his effort was saved by Alex McCarthy late on. Chelsea face a London derby away at Arsenal on Sunday, while Southampton welcome Crystal Palace on Saturday.Tags: Antonio RudigerMichael ObafemiNathan RedmondTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

UDFA/GT Beer Christmas Cup football

first_imgby Joe ChapmanWilliams, Drakes help Shattas beat Milerock 2-0GOALS by Damian Williams and Colwyn Drakes ensured full points went to Silver Shattas with a 2-0 win over Milerock and three-time champions Federal Winners Connection also gained maximum points via a walkover from Hi Stars. The wins kept both teams at the head of their group from two wins, when the Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA) 4th annual GT Beer Cup Christmas football tournament continued its preliminary round at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground on Saturday night.Playing in the second game after match officials ruled the walkover when Hi Stars failed to show for their match against Winners Connection, Shattas, last year’s runners-up got their lead through Williams when a corner was awarded to them.Then Jashawn Freeman, their defender sent a high ball from the right and Williams rose to head home for a 1-0 advantage in the 41st minute.The Shattas then continued to look the better side as their defence stood up to maintain their advantage at the break.The heavy conditions continued to make play a bit tough but the Shattas were determined to come away with another victory and they doubled the score in the 75th minute after Dexter Garraway was able to send Drakes through for a neat shot, which gave them a 2-0 lead. When the final whistle came their second win was assured.The competition continues today with two matches. Amelia’s Ward Panthers face Botofago in the first game at 18:00hrs and Net Rockers come up against Kwakwani Strikers from 20.00hrs.last_img read more