Kyle Larson8No win Driver2ndsFirst win It likely is only a matter of time before Larson starts breaking into Victory Lane at tracks that make up the majority of the schedule.If Larson can minimize mistakes, build on veteran prowess brought to the table with new teammate Kurt Busch and become a quick-study as the full rules package goes into effect this weekend, you can expect the tides to turn very quickly.The 26-year-old is too much of an all-around racing talent for it not to happen eventually. Clint Bowyer4Charlotte (10/12) A costly pit-road speeding penalty dashed Kyle Larson’s chances to win late in last week’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, marking another missed opportunity to win on a 1.5-mile track.After winning Stage 1, Larson was the leader when a caution flag flew for Kyle Busch on Lap 223 of 325. That’s exactly when Larson sped on pit road, and so after leading 142 circuits, Larson had to restart at the tail end of the field. He could only manage a recovery of 12th place.Speeding on pit road is not the norm for Larson. In 2018, the No. 42 driver only received one penalty for the same offense. But unfortunately for the Chip Ganassi Racing driver, what has become more of a trend is his inability to close the deal at intermediate tracks where he has dominated much of the race.RELATED: Why Larson might not want to lead more than 99 laps in a raceLarson is winless in the last six events where he has led the most laps, dating back to Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2017, along with races at Bristol, Kansas, Darlington and the Charlotte Roval in 2018.Still, Larson does have some statistics to make a his case that a victory is coming, despite failing to score a 1.5-mile win so far in his career — a streak that could begin Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Although Larson ranks second on the all-time list for most laps led (725) on 1.5-mile tracks without a victory behind Bobby Isaac’s 727-lap mark, he is in some good company when it comes to the number of second-place results before winning on intermediates. That list includes the likes of 2017 champion Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer: Martin Truex Jr.5Charlotte (5/16) Jeremy Mayfield4No win Bobby Isaac6No win
In November 1971, George Harrison stopped by The Dick Cavett Show to act as one of the main guests for an episode of the talk show along with Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar and rock singer Gary Wright. Segments of the episode were recently shared to YouTube by Daphne Productions, Inc., which owns the rights to the classic talk show. The interview features a young Harrison, who’d still been a member of The Beatles just a little over a year earlier.Related: The Beatles Share Previously Unreleased Early Acoustic Take Of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” [Listen]One of the segments shared to the show’s YouTube is that of a conversation with the topic of drugs within rock and roll and show business. After Cavett allows Harrison to vent on his frustration with the over-commercialization of American television, George briefly touches on the time he and John Lennon were dosed with LSD by their dentist. He also discusses his take on whether or not rock start should bear responsibility for glamourizing drug use.The two do get a little serious late on in the segment where the topic of heroin use and the problem with substance addiction amongst entertainers.“I’m really unqualified to talk about heroin because I’ve never taken it and I really don’t intend to,” Harrison says honestly later on in the video. “I’m sure it’s probably just the best high, that’s what it’s down to. It’s the one that gets them the highest the quickest, but it just happens to kill you faster as well. I mean they all sort of kill you in one way or another.”Watch the clip from 1971 below.George Harrison on The Dick Cavett Show – November 1971 [Video: The Dick Cavett Show]
Live music discovery app Bandsintown has announced the launch of its new subscription-based streaming service which will feature exclusive virtual performances from notable artists including Chromeo, Fleet Foxes, Jeff Tweedy, Flying Lotus, and more.Announced on Tuesday, Bandsintown PLUS will offer subscribers up to 25 live shows and more per month in HD video and audio from an impressive lineup of artists that also features Empress Of, Tycho, Joe Bonamassa, Little Dragon, Mt. Joy, Phoebe Bridgers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Soccer Mommy, Toro y Moi, Trevor Hall, and more to be announced. The “All Access Pass” subscription runs for a manageable $9.99 per month—a 7-day free trial included—which also comes with intimate Q&A conversations with artists along with access to watch virtual performances on other platforms.Related: Georgia Comes Alive Raises $170,000 For GA Voter Organizations, Reaches One Million Viewers“For the past year, we’ve been hungry for live shows and for a chance to support the artists we love. Bandsintown PLUS is an opportunity to break the barriers of cost and location that have historically hindered live music experiences,” Bandsintown managing partner Fabrice Sergent said with the announcement. “Now, with Bandsintown PLUS, live music can be more affordable, more accessible, and more approachable.”Since the shutdown of the concert and live events industry in North America last March, virtual performances—both real-time and archive video—have been the main option for live music for both artists and their fans. Music technology brands like Bandcamp and artists like Jon Barber (Disco Biscuits) have pivoted their own business models to launch their own concert streaming platforms in hopes of competing for viewership in the COVID-era streaming pool alongside websites like Nugs, FANS, and YouTube.Click here for more information on the new Bandsintown PLUS streaming service.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEsther Stevens’ dining table in Colorado Springs, CO, has become a makeshift operations center for getting aid to the victims of Hurricane Mitch.“I’ve never done anything like this,” said Stevens, whose whirlwind flurry of phone calls in the days following the storm produced volunteers, medical personnel, supplies and even a plane for the devastated region. Stevens, 29, was daunted by the magnitude of the disaster, but was prompted to action by her personal ties to Honduras, where she spent her early childhood. She called an old college roommate in Honduras who works with World Vision, the Christian relief and development agency.“Everyone is desperate,” her friend said. They needed a brigade of workers, supplies, and could Stevens come up with some airplanes?Stevens, who is studying to be a physician’s assistant, started calling people who might have contacts. As she made the calls, the web grew wider. Donations were coming in — to World Vision as well as to Stevens’ house. And an amateur pilot from Chicago was on standby to fly down, carrying extra fuel for trips to isolated villages.“I feel for the country I was born in, where people give all that they have,” she said. “If you’re a stranded stranger and you need five dollars to take a bus to the airport, they will sacrifice their monthly wage to put you on the bus. That’s just the way people are down there.”Once Stevens got going on the phone, help started coming from unexpected places. A call to Emma Gribble, a Colorado acquaintance, mushroomed. Soon after enlisting Gribble, Stevens started getting calls from Gribble’s home state of Kansas. One doctor told her, “Send me a list of whatever medical supplies you need. I’ll send it to any location you want.”Stevens called her parents in North Carolina, and they put her in touch with David Frost, a friend who happened to have jungle flight training. He is accustomed to flying without the benefit of air traffic controllers and landing on airstrips the size of driveways. Frost, 51, was ready to spend two weeks shuttling food, water and other emergency items from regional cities that now act as supply depots to villages that can’t be reached by road.“The desire (to help) was there, but it took Esther’s phone call to get us involved,” Frost said.Stevens called Transtainer Corp. in New Orleans about shipping rates. “I happened to find a very generous man who said he didn’t care how long things went on, he’d take supplies down there and do it for free.”She is paying for the shipping to Louisiana, and she’ll have a huge phone bill this month, but that is part of her donation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
As a result of his generosity, approximately 600 Wisconsin teachers will receive materials for their 43,000 students — ranging from health and hygiene items to paper, pencils and books to laptops, musical instruments and microscopes.MORE: Wife of Maine’s Governor Takes Waitress Job“We owe a lot to our teachers and hold enormous hope for our students,” said Kohl, a successful businessman from the state who founded Kohl’s department stores. “They are both a constant source of inspiration.”On DonorsChoose.org, teachers post projects requesting materials they need for their classrooms, and anyone across the country can support the projects that inspire them.LOOK: Stranger Waiting in Line Behind Teacher Pays For Her School SuppliesAmong the projects funded were robotics kits for Ms. Heard’s 3rd–5th grade students to explore modes of transportation throughout Wisconsin’s history, and materials to take learning outside for Ms. Mortensen’s first grade students at Midvale Elementary School in Madison.Nearly 700 projects were funded in 140 Wisconsin school districts. Sen. Kohl posted a message on every funded project, letting teachers know they were part of the surprise.CHECK OUT: Lawyer Gives Full Backpacks To Every Elementary School Kid in Detroit“I would like to personally thank Herb Kohl for his recognition of the importance of our work and for his willingness to help turn the dreams of those educators and students into realities,” said Dr. Tony Evers, State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction.Herb Kohl Philanthropies has long supported Wisconsin’s teachers and their schools through a Scholarship and Fellowship award program. He also sponsors the state’s Teacher of the Year program and has added a new category to his award program that recognizes Principals for outstanding school leadership. In addition, they support literacy, pathways to college and experiential learning.SHARE Some Good News!… (Photo via Whitney Achievement Elementary School) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreYesterday, as thousands of Wisconsin classrooms kick off the school year, Herb Kohl Philanthropies announced they are fully funding the requests of every Wisconsin teacher posted on the education crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.org. That means that if you went to the website at 12:01am on Tuesday and searched projects in the state, you would have found absolutely none because former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl had funded all of them.
Three faculty members examined the current migration crisis in Europe in a panel discussion titled titled “Migration to Europe: Situating the Current Crisis,” held Monday afternoon in Andrews Auditorium of Gedddes Hall. Karen Richman, director of undergraduate academic programs for the Institute for Latino Studies, moderated the event.Alia Fardi, a Master of Laws candidate in international human rights law, began the discussion by establishing the basics underlying the subject matter of the discussion. Fardi quoted the fourteenth article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document promoted by the United Nations that establishes a set of inalienable rights for all people.“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” she said.The term “refugee,” Fardi said, is a person who faces persecution because of his or her race, religion, nationality, political preference or membership to a particular social group.“They have to be outside of their home country because if they are inside their home country, they are internally displaced,” she said.Refugees are different from economic migrants, Fardi said, because economic migrants are those pursuing better living standards, not fleeing persecution.“Refugees can not return home because of fear of persecution, while migrants could,” she said.Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor of anthropology, noted the statistics of the current migration crisis. He said 819,218 refugees arrived in Europe in 2015 and another 3,460 refugees died or went missing at sea.Albahari said these statistics reveal the severity of the current migration crisis and motivate him to work towards a solution.“My priority, my concern is preventing further loss of life at sea. I’m not convinced it’s a universal objective,” he said.He said he proposes working to allow those seeking refuge to enter countries as legal immigrants.“Let’s start doing what can be done, immediately,” Albahari said.He said he specifically suggests prioritizing family reunification, he said.“Survivors say, ‘I’m going to meet my brother, my cousin, my wife, my children in Germany, in Sweden, in Australia,’” he said.Refugees could also get visas to study for high school or college as a means to achieve legal immigration, he said.Fr. Daniel G. Groody, associate professor of theology, said there is a connection between the refugee crisis and the call of Christians. He said the recent story of a carpenter on the island of Lampedusa demonstrates this connection.According to Groody, the carpenter, Franco, helped save 358 migrants when their ship crashed.“Franco found driftwood along the coastline, and he felt like he wanted to give expression to what was going on there,” he said.Groody said Franco began making procession crosses out of the driftwood he found and made 400 crosses in three days.Eventually, news broke that Pope Francis was coming to the island, and Franco was in charge of preparing the liturgy, he said. Franco carved a chalice out of the driftwood, made a lectern out of boat rudders and a ship wheel, and formed an altar out of a small refugee boat.“It is from this place that the Pope declared the Gospel,” Groody said. “To steer the church in a new direction, to steer it back to its foundations, back to deep waters, back to the place of human vulnerability, back to the margins and from there to announce the good news.”Tags: Migration Crisis
Ensemble Real Estate Solutions has closed three new leases totaling 25,000 square feet at Deer Valley Medical Office Buildings II & III on the campus of HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center.These new deals bring the two medical office buildings (totaling more than 154,000 square feet) to 100 percent occupancy.Recent transactions that brought the two medical office buildings to full occupancy include:12,716 square feet for HonorHealth at Deer Valley Medical Office Buildings II & III10,556 square feet for Arizona Center for Hematology & Oncology, PLC at Deer Valley Medical Office Building III2,000 square foot expansion and 5,000 square foot renewal for Affiliated Dermatology at Deer Valley Medical Office Building IIIThe two buildings are situated in a desirable location with easy access from I-17 & Loop 101 on the HonorHealth Deer Valley Campus. Ensemble Real Estate Solutions was the original developer of the two buildings that are now owned by Lillibridge. Ensemble recently partnered with Lillibridge and HonorHealth to devise a plan to begin offering free parking on the entire campus.Tracy Altemus, Executive Vice President, and Autumn Storm, Senior Associate, with Ensemble Real Estate Solutions represented the owner in these transactions.“We are pleased to be able to attract these high-quality medical practices and that HonorHealth is seeking to expand its presence at Deer Valley Medical Office II & III,” Altemus said. “We’re also grateful that HonorHealth, Lillibridge, and Ensemble were able to work together to bring about free patient and staff parking on the entire campus.”
Study: Flu symptoms less severe in vaccinated elderly peopleHealth officials have been heard to say that even though influenza vaccine doesn’t provide complete protection against flu, it may reduce symptoms if you do get sick. Now a study out of Wisconsin offers some evidence in support of that view.In a 4-year-study reported in BMC Infectious Diseases, researchers found that elderly people who had received influenza vaccine but contracted flu anyway had less severe symptoms than did elderly flu patients who had not been vaccinated.The team, led by Edward Belongia, MD, of the Marshfield Clinic as senior author, examined not only the effect of flu vaccination on flu severity but also whether flu was associated with more severe symptoms than other acute respiratory illnesses (ARIs).From flu seasons 2007-08 through 2010-11, they prospectively enrolled patients with ARIs and tested them for flu using polymerase chain reaction. The patients were asked to rate each of eight symptoms on a scale of 0 to 3, yielding a severity score ranging from 1 to 24.Of 2,374 patients enrolled, 324 tested positive for flu. The mean symptom severity score was 12.3 points, and the most common symptoms were cough (92%), fatigue (91%), and nasal congestion (84%), the report says.For adults with flu, the association between influenza vaccination and symptom severity was affected by age: Among those 65 or older, symptom severity was 31% lower in those who were vaccinated than in those who were not vaccinated.In the overall findings, flu was the strongest independent predictor of a higher severity score, with a mean increase of 1.7 points compared with those who tested negative (P < .001)."Influenza is associated with more severe symptoms of acute respiratory illness," the authors conclude. "The association between influenza vaccination and reduced symptom severity in older adults should be confirmed and explored further in other populations and seasons."May 1 BMC Infect Dis abstract Report confirms Pandemrix link in Irish narcolepsy casesIrish researchers today confirmed an increased risk of narcolepsy in Irish children and adolescents who received the Pandemrix 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine, adding to the list of European countries such as Sweden, Finland, England, France, and Norway that have reported similar findings.The group reports its findings today in Eurosurveillance. Pandemrix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, contained the AS03 adjuvant.The team conducted a retrospective population-based cohort study that included narcolepsy cases with onsets between Apr 1, 2009, and Dec 31, 2010. They looked at narcolepsy patients' medical records and obtained pandemic vaccination status from vaccine databases. Of 32 narcolepsy cases identified during that time period, 28 were in children and adolescents.The narcolepsy incidence was 5.7 per 100,000 young people vaccinated with Pandemrix, versus 0.4 per 100,000 who weren't vaccinated. The authors said the narcolepsy risk was 13.9 fold higher in kids who received the pandemic vaccine, a significant increase. They noted that the finding is similar to that of a study in Finland, which found a 12.7-fold higher risk in those who got the pandemic vaccine.The immunogenic mechanism of narcolepsy and how the vaccine might have contributed to it requires more study, the team said.A recent study probing the relationship between narcolepsy and the vaccine suggested that an immune response to a protein on the 2009 H1N1 virus may play a role. Other possible causes that have been suggested include a genetic predisposition and manufacturing differences between Pandemrix and other similar vaccines.May 1 Eurosurveill studyDec 19, 2013, CIDRAP News item "Immune study yields clues in H1N1 vaccine-related narcolepsy" Study finds differences in adult hospital cases of pandemic, seasonal fluCompared with adults hospitalized with seasonal flu, those hospitalized with 2009 H1N1 infections were more likely to be younger and to have lower respiratory complications, shock or sepsis, or organ failure, according to a large study that explored the differences in impact between pandemic and seasonal flu.The study, led by researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, included more than 9,000 adults whose hospitalization data were tracked through the Emerging Infections Program Influenza Surveillance Network from 2005 through 2010. Researchers published the findings yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases.The median age for adults hospitalized with the 2009 H1N1 virus during the pandemic period was 47, versus 68 for those with seasonal flu, according to the study. Those hospitalized during the pandemic were only slightly less likely to have an underlying medical condition, but the profiles of chronic illness were different for the two types of flu.For example, adults with severe 2009 H1N1 infections were more likely to have asthma or be pregnant, but less likely than their seasonal flu counterparts to have COPD or other chronic lung diseases, cardiovascular disease, or metabolic disease. Some of the less frequent complications in the pandemic patients were acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute heart failure, hemoptysis, and encephalopathy.Adults with severe pandemic flu were more likely to require intensive care unit treatment or mechanical ventilation or to die during hospitalization.The team concluded that though the 2009 pandemic is viewed as generally mild compared with other pandemics, many serious complications occurred in those with severe infections. They said the findings can help guide clinicians toward the most effective clinical management and help them know what to expect from the virus in the future.Apr 29 Clin Infect Dis abstract Tests in suspected hantavirus cluster reveal influenza B, strep AVirginia health officials yesterday said lab tests in the wake of unexplained deaths of a Pulaski County woman and her teenage daughter were positive for influenza B and invasive Streptococcus group A, not hantavirus or other pathogens, according to a New River Health District (NRHD) statement e-mailed to journalists.The illness also hospitalized three other family members and a close family contact, the Roanoke Times reported yesterday. The family and local officials originally suspected hantavirus, because the mother and daughter had cleaned out a mouse-infested trailer 2 weeks before they died.Molly O'Dell, MD, director of the NRHD, said in the statement, "This type of co-infection is exceedingly rare, and it doesn't appear to pose a threat to the community at large." She said flu and strep are common illnesses that continue to circulate in the area this season.Tests also ruled out Legionella and tularemia, according to the NRHD statement.Some states on the East Coast have reported a late-season spike in influenza B infections, a pattern that isn't unusual. Invasive bacterial infections involving influenza B have been reported in the medical literature. For example, a case series of 19 strep A coinfections in southern England during the 2010-11 flu season included four that involved influenza B, three of which were fatal.Apr 30 Times story Feb 3, 2011, Eurosurveillance report H7N9 sickens two more in ChinaChinese media outlets, citing provincial officials, reported two new H7N9 influenza cases today, in a 74-year-old woman from Hunan province and a 23-year-old man from Jiangxi province. The reports in Chinese were translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.Both patients are hospitalized, and the man is listed in stable condition. FluTrackers noted that official notices had not yet appeared on provincial health ministry Web sites. Once the notices are posted, the FluTrackers' outbreak count would rise to 435 cases, with 299 reported in the second wave of activity, compared to 136 in the first.In other developments, the World Health Organization (WHO) today provided more details about three H7N9 reports it received from China on Apr 25 and 28. They include a 51-year-old man from Jiangsu province, a 75-year-old woman from Jiangxi province, and a 55-year-old man from Anhui province. All three are hospitalized, two of them in critical condition. Illness onset dates ranged from Apr 12 to 15.Investigations revealed that two of the patients had been exposed to poultry before they got sick, but exposure history wasn't available for the third patient.May 1 FluTrackers thread May 1 WHO update H5N8 outbreaks affect 100,000 more South Korean poultryOfficials yesterday confirmed three outbreaks of H5N8 avian flu in March and April that affected more than 100,000 domestic chickens and geese in central South Korea, according to a report filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).In the first outbreak, in the southern region of Gyeonggi province, the virus killed 370 birds on a farm housing 30,000 breeding chickens. The remaining birds were destroyed to control the outbreak, which began on Mar 6.The second outbreak began Mar 10 on a farm with 70,000 breeding chickens near Sejong city in North Chungcheong province. H5N8 killed 100 of the poultry, and the rest were culled to prevent disease spread.In the third outbreak, which began on Apr 21, the virus killed 300 geese on a small farm in North Chungcheong province north of Sejong. The remaining 400 geese were culled.All told, 770 poultry were killed by the virus and 99,930 were culled, for a total of 100,700 affected birds. The country has culled more than 10 million poultry because of H5N8 outbreaks this year.Apr 30 OIE report
STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 324 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 16 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces 6 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 93 new cases in Bernalillo County9 new cases in Chaves County5 new cases in Cibola County1 new case in Colfax County12 new cases in Curry County64 new cases in Doña Ana County4 new cases in Eddy County1 new case in Grant County1 new case in Guadalupe County28 new cases in Lea County4 new cases in Lincoln County2 new cases in Luna County28 new cases in McKinley County5 new cases in Otero County2 new cases in Quay County5 new cases in Rio Arriba County4 new cases in Roosevelt County10 new cases in Sandoval County10 new cases in San Juan County1 new case in San Miguel County9 new cases in Santa Fe County3 new cases in Sierra County1 new case in Taos County8 new cases in Valencia County3 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Cibola County Correctional Center1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility10 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing CenterThe 6 additional deaths in New Mexico reported today include:A female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a resident at The Rio at Las Estancias facility in Albuquerque.A second female in her 80s from Bernalillo County. The individual was a resident of the Princeton Place facility in Albuquerque and had underlying conditions.A female in her 60s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions.A male in his 70s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 80s from Sandoval County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 60s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 607.Previously reported numbers included two cases that were duplicates (one case in Rio Arriba County, one case in San Juan County), four cases that were not lab confirmed (one case in Bernalillo County, one case in Doña County, one case in Lea County, one case in Valencia County) and five cases that have been identified as out-of-state residents ( one case in Bernalillo County, one case in Chaves County, one case Doña County and two cases in Grant County) – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 18,788 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 4,318Catron County: 4Chaves County: 260Cibola County: 292Colfax County: 12Curry County: 357Doña Ana County: 1,968Eddy County: 217Grant County: 63Guadalupe County: 28Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 85Lea County: 506Lincoln County: 68Los Alamos County: 16Luna County: 185McKinley County: 3,896Mora County: 6Otero County: 142Quay County: 30Rio Arriba County: 271Roosevelt County: 108Sandoval County: 994San Juan County: 2,910San Miguel County: 37Santa Fe County: 482Sierra County: 25Socorro County: 68Taos County: 83Torrance County: 52Union County: 21Valencia County: 302County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 5Otero County Prison Facility: 277Otero County Processing Center: 159Torrance County Detention Facility: 43The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 24Lea County Correctional Facility: 2Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 467Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility: 1As of today, there are 148 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 7,268 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:The Adobe in Las CrucesAdvanced Health Care of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueThe Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in AlamogordoAvamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in AlbuquerqueBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBeeHive Homes of Farmington in FarmingtonBloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in BloomfieldBlue Horizon Assisted Living in Las CrucesBonney Family Home in GallupBrookdale Juan Tabo Place in AlbuquerqueCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCasa Contenta Assisted Living in Rio RanchoCasa del Sol Center in Las CrucesCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Real in Santa FeCedar Ridge Inn in Farmington Clayton Nursing and Rehab in ClaytonCrane’s Roost Care Home in AztecDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in HobbsEl Castillo in Santa FeGoodLife Senior Living in CarlsbadGood Samaritan Society in Las CrucesLife Care Center of Farmington in FarmingtonMontebello on Academy in AlbuquerqueThe Neighborhood in Rio RanchoNew Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or ConsequencesNorth Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in AlbuquerquePrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupRetirement Ranches, Inc. in ClovisRetreat Healthcare in Rio RanchoThe Rio at Las Estancias in AlbuquerqueRio Rancho Center in Rio RanchoSagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las CrucesSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los AlamosSierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences Sierra Springs Assisted Living in Los LunasSpanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in AlbuquerqueSunset Villa Care Center in RoswellTaos Living Center in TaosWelbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las CrucesWhite Sands Healthcare in HobbsThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Get tested. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing: Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell;Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers; andAsymptomatic people who are currently working.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.
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Auto-Wares Group of Companies has announced the passing of Freddie Bunting II. Bunting passed away surrounded by family on Aug. 7 after a long, hard-fought battle with melanoma cancer.Freddie was born on June 7, 1972, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and was raised in Ada, Michigan. Freddie was given a second chance at life thru a bone marrow transplant in 1984 from Jean Goken at the University of Iowa. Freddie graduated high school from Forest Hills Central and went on to graduate college from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. Freddie cut the opening ribbon for the Ronald McDonald House in Grand Rapids.He enjoyed working many years at Auto-Wares Group of Companies in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was part of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, was a huge University of Michigan football fan and loved attending the Indy 500 every year. Above everything, Freddie was a proud father to his three children, Alex, Evan, and Tessa Bunting. Freddie cherished all of his many friends and impacted everyone he met. Freddie was so full of life and lived it to the fullest.The Bunting family is mourning the loss of this deeply loved father/son/brother and the special role he played in their family. He was loved, is missed and will always be cherished. Survived by his loving children Alex (16), Evan (16) and Tessa (10), his parents Karen & Fred Bunting and his siblings Robert & Tracie. He fought his cancer with a vengeance to try to have as much time as possible with his children, which he loves so much.AdvertisementA memorial service will be held on at 2 p.m. on Aug. 16 in Cascade, Michigan. A Celebration of Life Reception will follow in Grand Rapids.In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Fred A. Bunting II Fund in Melanoma Research to stop the deaths of others from this devastating cancer.Click here to read his full obituary.Service details are below. CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Freddie Bunting II was owner of Auto-Wares and A-1 Truck Parts. His father, Fred Bunting Sr., is the owner of the businesses. We regret the error.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement
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Kent County Council’s launch of a quasi-commercial legal arm has been delayed once again, the Gazette understands, in what could be a sign of the diminishing allure of alternative business structures for local authority legal teams.More than a year has passed since the council began the procurement process for a commercial partner to form a groundbreaking joint venture ABS, into which Kent Legal Services staff would transfer.The council, which was expected to make a decision on the final bidder this month, has concluded its scoring of the bidder’s submission. But planned reports to the policy and resources committee last week and to the cabinet today have been postponed to allow further discussions.A spokesperson for the council told the Gazette the procurement process ‘has included a range of complex and confidential discussions with potential partners’. ‘This will be taken for a cabinet decision in the autumn, and it would be premature for [Kent County Council] to make any further comment at this time,’ the spokesperson said.Meanwhile, other local authority legal teams are looking at new ways to generate income without going down the ABS route.Norfolk’s public sector legal services organisation nplaw has won a two-year contract to provide services to Maldon District Council.Nplaw already carries out work for eight Norfolk councils and several public sector organisations.The contract, worth £100,000, will involve drafting and negotiating section 106 agreements with developers for large-scale and strategic planning applications submitted for sites allocated under Maldon’s local development plan.Maldon District Council said it was not shrinking its legal team. ‘The council has always sought independent legal advice on section 106 agreements as we only have a small in-house legal team and [section 106 agreements] is a specialised area,’ a spokesperson for Maldon said.Chris Skinner, assistant practice director of nplaw, said his organisation was in the ‘early stage’ of considering whether an ABS ‘might be appropriate in the future, [but] we already feel that we have got opportunities to do a lot of trading without having to do that’.Skinner said there is ‘tremendous scope’ for innovation with existing arrangements under the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970.‘In the last few years we have seen more and more shared services being set up,’ Skinner said. ‘I think most of them, like us, see external income coming from services to other local authorities.’Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council, which combined legal services earlier this year, have no plans to seek ABS status ‘at present’, a spokesperson said, ‘although we’re not ruling that out for the future’.‘We’re satisfied that existing local authority powers presently give us sufficient scope to undertake all the external work which is coming our way.’The two East Sussex mid-tier councils are in ‘early discussions’ about extending services with two more local authorities.
ITALY: Electrification specialist Gruppo Bonomi has updated its Omnia cantilever design with what it terms a ‘self-supporting’ variant suited to use in tunnels and other restricted access sites.The Omnia range of overhead line structures has been offered by the Italian supplier since 2008 and has been approved for use across the RFI network in Italy and with Network Rail in the UK, where it has most recently been installed on Scottish electrification projects. The updated variant was introduced at InnoTrans in September, initially for use on main lines electrified at 3 kV DC. However, the company is working to develop the design ‘in the coming months’ for use on 25 kV 50 Hz electrified lines.The supplier says that the cantilever offers a number of advantages, including improved friction behaviour, an enhanced ability to handle longer spans, improved structural flexibility and enhancements to the support structure. It also retains many of the features of the previous iteration, including minimal use of sub-components, a lightweight design and production with sustainable materials.