Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Tests Positive For COVID-19

first_imgImage by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office / flickr.comHARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation at home.According to a news release issued on Wednesday, the test result came back on Tuesday.The governor released the following statement:“During a routine test yesterday, I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms and am feeling well. I am following CDC and Department of Health guidelines. Frances has been tested and, as we await the result, is quarantining at home with me. “I am continuing to serve the commonwealth and performing all of my duties remotely, as many are doing during the pandemic.“As this virus rages, my positive test is a reminder that no one is immune from COVID, that following all precautions as I have done is not a guarantee, but it is what we know to be vital to stopping the spread of the disease and so I ask all Pennsylvanians to wear a mask, stay home as much as possible, socially distance yourself from those not in your household, and, most of all, take care of each other and stay safe.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hedgerow

first_imgHedges are a common feature in many Georgia landscapes. They are used to define property lines, provide privacy or block the view of an unpleasing object. In addition, hedges can also block strong winds, buffer noises, provide direction, influence the personal sense of enclosure and provide sensory experiences. Hedges can be short, neatly trimmed plants or allowed to grow into large specimens.Recent rains have caused some hedges to grow by leaps and bounds needing trimming. The rule of thumb for when to prune most shrubs is when they are dormant. Shaping and shearing back hedges with trimmers is an exception to this rule. This can be done during the summer months without any damage to the plants. However, severe pruning should be done in the winter when the plants are dormant.One thing can definitely be said about hedge pruning: you only have to do it if you want to. Many plants provide the proper height you want without having to ever be pruned. If you do have to prune, leave the bottom of the hedge wider than the top. Over-hanging branches tend to shade out lower branches, which causes lower branches to grow slowly and eventually lose their leaves. After many years, the result is a top-heavy scraggly looking hedge. The only cure at this point is severe pruning.Before planting a hedgerow, check landscape manuals and publications from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension (www.caes.uga.edu/publications) to learn how to select a plant that will fit a particular site.last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Conducts Unprecedented Irregular Warfare Training Exercise

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo June 22, 2018 The irregular warfare exercise consisted of fighting against insurgent groups, paramilitary organizations, and resistance movements. The Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB, in Portuguese) Operational Exercise (EXOP, in Portuguese) Tápio, which included scenarios similar to peacekeeping missions of the United Nations. The unprecedented 16-day exercise took place between April and May 2018, involving about 700 service members from 21 air force squadrons. FAB used 42 aircraft from its different branches in the training exercise: fighters, rotary-wing, transport, search and rescue (SAR), and reconnaissance aircraft. Those included the C-130 Hercules; C-105 Amazonas; SC-105 Amazonas SAR; C-95 Bandeirante; E-99; A-1 AMX; A-29 Super Tucano; H-36 Caracal; MI-35 AH-2 Sabre; and H-60L Black Hawk helicopters. In all, aircraft logged in around 1,200 flight hours. The 5th Wing’s base in Campo Grande, in the mid-western Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, served as the backdrop for the exercise. FAB Colonel André Luiz Alves Ferreira, co-director of the exercise and head of the Operational Preparation Control Division of the Preparation Command (COMPREP, in Portuguese), said the choice for the first edition of Tápio was far from random. “The 5th Wing is very versatile and encompasses organizations capable of undertaking search and rescue operations, air defense, tactical transport missions, and special operations,” Col. André Luiz told Diálogo. “In addition, the surrounding region has very favorable climatic conditions at this time of year and a geographical area with appropriate characteristics to conduct the exercise.” The objective of the activities, Col. André Luiz said, was to train aerial squadrons and infantry units in combined operations. “The focus was on a wide-ranging and rational training exercise, based on a realistic and up-to-date operational scenario. If, in the future, FAB becomes engaged in UN peacekeeping missions, this training will be very useful,” he explained.. In addition to FAB service members, four members of the Brazilian Army and four from the Brazilian Navy participated in EXOP Tápio. Service members acted as forward air controllers, coordinating aerial attack missions on targets within a defined area. “It was an excellent opportunity to undertake joint missions in an exercise under FAB’s control,” said Col. André Luiz. Composite aerial missions Air squadrons and infantry units took part in the Air Force’s most important missions. The missions included close air support, forward air control, escort, aerial reconnaissance, aerial infiltration and exfiltration, combat SAR, aerial medevac, air assault, and counter-air defense, among others. “We started with some doctrinal guidelines to disseminate important operational concepts about the flights themselves. Aerial activities began on the second day and, according to design, their complexity evolved gradually, until we executed composite air operations (COMAO),” said Col. André Luiz. FAB Major General Augusto Cesar Abreu dos Santos, exercise director and commander of 5th Wing, said the greatest benefit of Tápio was COMAO. “They involve around 20 aircraft which take off together and fulfill certain objectives; coordination is essential and very complex. We were successful in more than 90 percent of the simulated training scenarios,” he told the Air Force Press Agency. Quality of training benefits squadrons “An exercise involving 26 squadrons operating together is no routine event; therefore, the exchange of experience and the lessons learned during these missions allow us to grow operationally,” said FAB Lieutenant Colonel Luciano Antônio Marchiorato Dobignies, commander of the Second Squadron of the 10th Aviation Group. “The Tápio exercise provided participating units with valuable doctrinal and operational lessons,” he added. The Pelican Squadron, part of the 5th Wing, took part in EXOP Tápio with 100 of its 130 service members. The team flew 384 missions, mostly combat SAR and close air support, the unit’s specialties. Of these, 17 missions fell under the SC-105, an aircraft configured for SAR missions. “We also took part in the general coordination of the exercise, especially in planning combat SAR missions and providing tactical pre-hospital care,” Lt. Col. Marchiorato told Diálogo. The role of the Pelican Squadron during Tápio was to assist in the rescue of a crew-member brought down in hostile territory. Two helicopters and their crew extracted and provided medical care to the victim and two to four helicopters (AH-2 Sabre) or fixed-wing aircraft (A-29) escorted the SAR rotary-wing aircraft. “The aircraft took off in a coordinated manner so that the helicopters were continuously covered against ground-based threats. The SC-105 flew high, outside the range of any ground-based threats and provided updates on the overall situation on the battlefield and the condition of the evading service member using electro-optical, radar, and personnel locator systems. The mission was considered a success when the evading service member was rescued and all aircraft returned to safety,” explained Lt. Col. Marchiorato. Objectives attained Col. André Luiz believes that the first edition of the training exercise fulfilled its objectives. “We standardized the doctrine conceived, trained the crews in all planned air force missions, and learned a number of lessons that will be important for future exercises.” In addition to Tápio, COMPREP planned two major conventional warfare exercises: Tínia, a land-based exercise, and Caríbidis, to take place in a tactical maritime environment. “Our idea is to hold two of these three EXOP every year, to be defined in accordance with command aspirations and prior analysis for priority and need for training,” Col. André Luiz said.last_img read more

Credit unions need to educate members about retirement options

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Retirement is an inevitability for everyone, but many people are not planning properly for their final years. The desire for short-term gratification sidetracks many individuals who should be thinking about their long-term financial security. Credit unions appeal to many people because they offer a more caring view of money management. Effectively educating members about the risks associated with a poorly planned retirement has the potential to keep members happy with their credit union far into the future.An unprepared populationA shocking number of people have not created a plan to ensure their financial security after retirement, and this will force them to dramatically change their quality of life. An alarming report released by the Federal Reserve earlier this year revealed 31 percent of U.S. households had no retirement savings or pensions. This becomes even more worrisome with the revelation that 19 percent of those between the ages of 55 and 64 lack any sort of retirement savings.“A shocking number of people have not created a plan to ensure their financial security after retirement.”Preparing for retirement is a necessary part of life. To put the problem in even sharper relief, a survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that a full third of U.S. respondents had less than $1000 dollars saved. These people will be in serious financial trouble when they stop working and will be forced to change their lifestyles significantly. It’s critical that credit unions provide services that help members avoid this sort of situation. continue reading »last_img read more

Unai Emery thanks Freddie Ljunberg for recommending Arsenal youngster Robbie Burton

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jul 2019 8:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Comment Robbie Burton impressed as a substitute in Arsenal’s pre-season win over Bayern Munich (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is already delighted with the contribution of his newly promoted assistant coach Freddie Ljungberg after he alerted him to the potential of youngster Robbie Burton.The 19-year-old midfielder impressed as a second half substitute during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in California on Thursday.Ljungberg enhanced his reputation as Arsenal’s Under-23 coach last season and replaced Steve Bould in what was effectively a job swap last month.Emery admitted he was previously unaware of Burton’s potential and versatility and confessed it was Ljungberg who put forward the youngster’s case to be integrated into the first team squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Very positive,’ said Emery of Ljungberg’s early contributions.‘We worked last year with Steve Bould, Freddie with the Under-23s. We changed because for them it was a good option.‘With Freddie we are working. Above all he’s helping us with the young players because he knows better than us every young player.‘For example Robbie [Burton], I didn’t know Robbie. Freddie said to me he’s a good player with the capacity to play as a 6 or 8. Really he helped us like we needed.’ Unai Emery thanks Freddie Ljunberg for recommending Arsenal youngster Robbie Burton Eddie Nketiah scored Arsenal’s winning goal against Bayern Munich (Picture: Getty)It was another youngster, Eddie Nketiah, whose late goal ensured Arsenal maintained a perfect start to their pre-season tour.‘It’s brilliant,’ he told Arsenal.com after our 2-1 win. ‘They’re such a great team and it was a great experience to come on.‘I didn’t come on for long, so I just wanted to make an impact and do well. Luckily I was in the right place at the right time. I’m grateful.‘Pre-season is vital. I always try to come back in tip-top shape and do my best. It’s a chance. I came on today and I took my chance. That’s all I can do.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

McDermott rejects Subsea 7’s takeover offer

first_imgU.S. engineering company McDermott, whose pending merger with CB&I is due to be voted on in early May, has rejected a takeover offer from the UK-based Subsea 7.Subsea 7 confirmed on Monday that it made a proposal to the board of directors of McDermott on April 17, 2018, to acquire the entire issued share capital of McDermott. This would call for the cancellation of the merger with CB&I.Subsea 7 proposed to acquire McDermott common stock for $7 per share, payable entirely in cash or up to 50% in Subsea 7 stock and the balance in cash. This proposal represents a premium of 16% to the latest closing share price of McDermott on April 20, 2018, and a premium of 15% over the volume weighted average share price of McDermott over the previous 20 trading days.According to the New York Times, the value of the unsolicited offer by Subsea 7 is around $2 billion.The proposal letter sent by Subsea 7 to McDermott stated that Subsea 7 would consider increasing its proposed price upon further assessment of McDermott’s business through discussions with McDermott management.Additionally, for any stock consideration, Subsea 7 added it was open to discussing listing options for the shares of the combined company.Subsea 7 underlined its belief that its proposal was superior to McDermott’s proposed combination with CB&I, and the proposal was subject to the termination of McDermott’s pending transaction with CB&I.On April 20, 2018, the board of directors of McDermott rejected Subsea 7’s proposal. ‘Compelling opportunity’ Later on Monday, McDermott confirmed that its board had rejected an unsolicited, non-binding proposal received from Subsea 7.McDermott said that its board carefully reviewed and considered the proposal in consultation with its outside financial advisors and legal counsel. The board concluded that the proposal was not in the best interests of the company or its stockholders as it significantly undervalued McDermott and was not an attractive alternative to the proposed combination with CB&I. Accordingly, the company’s board rejected the proposal.Offshore Energy Today Staff Jean Cahuzac, Subsea 7’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Given the attributes of the proposed transaction and our stated ability to further enhance our proposed terms, we encourage the McDermott board of directors to reconsider this compelling opportunity to combine two complementary businesses.”He added: “Our proposal provides equity upside in a company with a robust financial position, as well as a meaningful premium. We see significant merit in such a transaction for all shareholders, and with our financial and legal advisors continue to be open to discussions.”Subsea 7 also believes there would be significant benefits to all pro forma shareholders from a combination of the businesses, including strengthened capabilities, growth prospects, synergies, and financial flexibility.Subsea 7’s proposed transaction would not be subject to any financing conditions or Subsea 7 shareholder approval. It would be subject to regulatory and other customary closing conditions.CB&I merger hurdles clearedcenter_img It is worth reminding that McDermott’s merger with CB&I is scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of this year. All regulatory hurdles have already been cleared and shareholders from both companies will vote on the proposed merger on May 2.Ahead of the vote, the merger was challenged by a company which owns nearly 2% of McDermott, claiming that the transaction as currently structured was materially less attractive than what management negotiated.On the other hand, an independent proxy advisory firm recently recommended that McDermott stockholders vote “FOR” each of the proposals relating to the combination with CB&I, calling the industrial logic of the deal solid.The two companies have already chosen their new leadership and organizational structure with David Dickson, current CEO of McDermott, set to take that role in the new company as well. Subsea 7 ‘undervalued’ McDermott last_img read more

Airports, seaports urged to use thermal scanners

first_imgAccording to Dr. Marlyn Convocar,regional director of the Department of Health, information stated in the cardswould make contact tracing of passengers faster and more efficient. Arriving airline and ship passengersmust fill out the cards that ask, among others, their travel and healthhistories, among others. Those who have travelledto countries with positive 2019-nCoV cases are encouraged to coordinate withtheir local health offices and have themselves checked should they experiencefever or respiratory diseases./PN PUIs are individuals whohave fever or respiratory infection and a history of travel to China within thelast 14 days or a history of exposure to a confirmed 2019-nCoV case. Authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 use thermal imaging cameras to detect travelers with signs of coronavirus. CNN PH Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo,the RPOC chairperson, said his provincial government was ready to procureforehead thermometers for the seaports in the municipalities of Dumangas andEstancia if procuring thermal scanners was not viable. The RDC and RPOC wanted a tighterscreening of people entering the region through airports and seaports in a bidto keep Western Visayas free from the virus. DOH data showed that sevenof the 10 PUI were already discharged from the hospital while five were alreadytested negative for the 2019-nCoV. The test results of the others were yet tobe released. Airline companies must have thermalscanners, too, stressed the councils. Other airports in the region are theKalibo International Airport, Boracay Airport, Roxas City Airport, andBacolod-Silay Airport.center_img The RDC and RPOC also called onairport and seaport managements to implement the Health Declaration Cardprovided by the Department of Health (DOH). The Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloiloalready has two thermal scanners being used by Bureau of Quarantine personnelscreening arriving airline passengers. ILOILO City – To help detect peoplepossibly infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), airports and seaportsshould use thermal scanners that measure body temperature, according to theRegional Development Council (RDC) and Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC)in Western Visayas. The councils also urged the Departmentof Education to order schools to procure soaps, disinfectants, etc. for the useof students, and for the DOH to issue guidelines to tertiary schools which havestudents assigned in hospitals as part of their training on the manner ofhandling suspected cases of novel coronavirus. The RDC and RPOC held a joint meetingyesterday at the National Economic and Development Authority Building here. As of Feb. 4, DOH Region 6recorded a total of 10 persons under investigation (PUI) for nCoV in WesternVisayas. Six of these PUIs were from Aklan, two from Negros Occidental, and twofrom Iloilo City. DOH-6 emphasized that itwas closely working with local government units and concerned governmentagencies to intensify case detection and surveillance as well as infectionprevention and control measures. Fever is one of the symptoms of the2019-nCoV infection which originated in Wuhan City, China and has so far killed564 people and infected 28,018.last_img read more

Over Ninety Turned Out For YMCA 5K

first_imgRunners take part in the Music & Arts 5K last week in Batesville. (Image: Southeast Indiana YMCA)Despite the heat, the Southeastern Indiana YMCA had an impressive turnout for the 2014 Music & Arts 5K Walk/ Run last week. Ninety-one participants of all ages completed the 3.1 mile route, with many more cheering them on as they crossed the finish line.The following left with medals for speed in their age brackets:Name, Time, BracketMalesDavis, Troy 17:37.2, 1st overall and 35-49 male age groupKersey, Drew 24:00.6, 1st <11-14 male age groupNuhring, Cole 19:34.1 1st 15-24 male age groupHoltkamp, Ryan 20:10.0, 1st 25-34 male age groupWilson, Greg 23:01.2 1st 50-70 male age groupFemalesLopez, Maria 29:05.7, 1st <11-14 female age groupCrouch, Erica 26:43.4 1st 15-24 female age groupHoltkamp, Beth 25:03.0, 1st 25-34 female age groupPrice, Angie 27:07.0, 1st 35-49 female age groupLattire, Liz 32:48.3, 1st 50-70 female age groupSoutheastern Indiana YMCA Executive Director, Angie Johnson said, “It was a great opportunity for families to walk together, as well as for students to take advantage of the discounted student rate. Becca Haugh, our wellness coordinator, and David Hoover, our senior program director did a great job planning the event for the community.”“We are always excited each year to partner with the community and kick-off the Music & Arts festival with our 5K event.”last_img read more

BAAC delivers Project 229 financial report

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Area Arts Council delivered the Project 229 financial report to city council members. Project 229 is a coffee table, photographic chronicle of the Batesville/Oldenburg area. Last year, city council members allocated about $10,000 in Belterra funds for the project.The report says the group has a current profit of about $20,000 and there are approximately 500 books left to sell. If all are sold at the retail price of $34, there could be another $20,000 in profit for the project.All profits from the project will be used to fund the next Project 229 endeavor.The book is available for purchase at the Batesville Chamber of Commerce, Bird in a Tree, Schwestern Gallery and Carriage House Antiques. Soon the books will be available for purchase at the Batesville Kroger store and at the Freudenfest in July.last_img read more

Keith Alan Riechers

first_imgKeith Alan Riechers, age 67, of Osgood passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.  Keith was born on August 28, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Keith was the son of the late Henry and Jeanette (Brandt) Riechers.Keith’s family moved to the Chicago area after he was born and this is where he attended school.  Keith was a graduate of the Class of 1970 from John Henry High School in Arlington Heights.  He then attended Northern Illinois University to obtain his degree in engineering.  Upon graduation, he entered the work force and his career would afford him the opportunity to move across the United States.In 1980, while working in Atlanta, GA, he would meet his future wife Nancy.  They were united in marriage on April 11, 1981.  They moved to Rhode Island where he worked for Raytheon and they started their family.  Keith then took a new job and they were off to the west coast, spending time in Salem, Oregon and Spokane, Washington.  In 1992, Keith accepted a position with Hill Rom in Batesville, they purchased a home in Osgood and have spent the last 18 years here.  Keith was a Senior Regulatory Compliance Engineer for Hill Rom.Keith enjoyed giving and helping others.  He gave his time to Habitat for Humanity and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.  He became an ordained Lutheran minister and was a proud member of Adam’s Lutheran Church in Batesville.Keith is survived by his wife Nancy; sons Matthew Alan and Justin Brandt; daughters Lutoria Elizabeth and Ashley Faith; grandchildren Noelle Mae, Corrine Joy, Joanna Grace (Riechers) and Philip Anthony Hebert III; brother Dale (Julie) Riechers of Madison, Wisconsin, and Aunt Elsie Oliver of Marengo, Illinois.A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Adam’s Lutheran Church.  Memorials may be given to the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews, Christian Appalachian Project or Shriners Hospital in care of Neal’s Funeral Home.  Online condolences can be given at nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more