Dr Monarch, the co-clinical director of the primary care network which incorporates all three surgeries, thanked the school for “bending over backwards” to accommodate the medical staff. The Cherwell School, a secondary school in North Oxford, has become the first vaccination centre in the city. Patients at Banbury Road Medical Centre, Summertown Health Centre and 19 Beaumont Street Surgery are all set to receive their jabs at the site. Over the weekend healthcare professionals planned to deliver over 1,000 vaccines to the most vulnerable Oxford residents. Meanwhile, a local landlord has offered his pubs as vaccination sites, even if it means losing out on more than £250,000 in business grants from the government. “The hospitality sector has the venues, it has the infrastructure, the venues are sitting empty, and our offer even includes a contribution towards the cost of the scheme. We want to help the Government and the people of the UK beat COVID-19 because the quicker we’re vaccinated, the more lives we save, the more jobs we save, the more businesses we save, and we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to see that happen.” The first vaccinations in the Oxford community have been given to elderly and vulnerable residents in the gym of a local school. He also noted that other venues in Oxford had been keen to allow healthcare staff to use their own spaces as temporary vaccination clinics in order to speed up the rollout of the vaccine. The gym was deemed a suitable site for vaccinations given its high roof and ample space for social distancing. Image: Labpluto123 / Wikimedia Commons. Mr King, who manages pubs in areas around Oxford, such as Abingdon and Witney, believes it will be more beneficial to both the economy and society in the long run to ensure everyone is vaccinated as quickly as possible. “Our pubs have large indoor spaces and in some cases large car parks and accommodation, which could accommodate large numbers of people around the clock. Clearly, the money offered by the Chancellor yesterday would help us in the short-term, but realistically the only way all of us can get back to normal is to get the country vaccinated. We would rather let the Government keep their hand-out to invest it in using hospitality venues as vaccination centres for the greater good of all. Initially the Pfizer vaccine has been rolled out to patients in the community. However, the surgeries plan to begin to use the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in care homes across the city this week. Dermot King, the chief executive of Oakman Inns, said “The only route to any normality is through mass vaccination and for that the NHS needs to be able to work at scale. The entire hospitality industry is desperate to re-open as quickly as possible before we have huge scale redundancies across the sector.
HENDERSON, Ky. (July 9, 2016) — Horse owner-breeder Bobby Hunt had wanted to run Betrothal and Runaway Betty on the same day last year at Ellis Park. But the 2-year-old Runaway Betty hadn’t progressed far enough to make her first start.Making this highly unusual is that Runaway Betty is Betrothal’s only foal.But instead Hunt, a prominent Lexington equine surgeon, had to settle for mom and daughter winning at Ellis 51 weeks apart. Betrothal, off a four-year layoff at age 8, won last July 18 in a $4,000 claiming race for horses who hadn’t won in a year – a condition for which she qualified with three years spare. Fast forward to Friday’s Ellis card, and the now 3-year-old Runaway Betty won her debut by a head at 10-1 odds in a $38,000 maiden race for Hunt and his brother, Don, who trains the horses.“She had a tendon injury when she was 4, so I retired her from racing,” Bobby Hunt said of Betrothal. “She was a real nice little race mare. I bred her when she was 6 and had this foal. She was out in the back 40, turned out with the cattle, just turning 8. I felt sorry for her because she was bored, covered in ice when we had the ice storm.“So I brought her back up and we started riding her, because she was always a pretty mover, and I thought we’d make a show horse out of her. She picked up the bit a little too aggressively for that, so we said, ‘Heck, let’s try to train her some more.’ She kind of went through her paces in training. My goal last year was to run the 2-year-old and her mother on the same day. But Betty wasn’t far enough along and I decided to hold back and run her as a 3-year-old. We just wanted to give Betrothal one last hurrah.”Betrothal was a won-and-done, going back into retirement and quite happy this go-round running around a field with broodmares. “I’ll breed her next year,” Hunt said. “I just breed them every couple of years. It’s just a golf game to me, a recreational thing.”Meanwhile, the Hunts have high hopes for Runaway Betty, whom they think ultimately will be a two-turn grass horse.“She’s very professional, has a real Quarter-Horse mind to her, everyone in the family does,” Bobby Hunt said. “Just very studious, a good solid, strong horse who from Day One knew what she was supposed to do instinctively.”Fast start for local trainersRunaway Betty was one of six locally-trained horses to win in the meet’s first three days, with Kelly Ackerman taking Friday’s first race with Ghostly Again ($15 to win). Jerry Greenwell (Emmett’s Dream) and Benjie Larue (Our Adieu) won last Sunday, with John Hancock (Elona) and Don Campbell (Virginia Walls) scoring on the July 2 opening card.Hancock, a third-generation trainer at Ellis Park, estimates that 70 percent of the horses racing here ship in from other tracks or training centers. He publicly predicted the locals would do well this meet, and then won the very first race.“The locals, they may not win the money races,” Hancock said. “But if you come in here with some horses with conditions, medium-range horses and cheap maidens, the locals will do more than hold their own. And this number will go up.”Greenwell, who has been training close to 40 years and is part of a big farming family in the region, has four horses, all of whom he owns. He lives 22 miles away in Union County, Ky., and points toward Ellis every summer. Emmett’s Dream was one of two horses that Greenwell claimed at Churchill Downs in preparation for this meet.“Winning is a big deal whether you have six horses or one,” he said. “Losing comes pretty frequent and winning doesn’t happen every often. I farmed and then I got to fooling with these horses and I quit farming and rented my farm out. This is home. That’s why I claimed those horses at Churchill, to run here.”Churchill Downs Racing Club makes road tripGary Palmisano, Churchill Downs’ VIP player-services manager, expects between 100 and 150 people to be at Ellis Park to watch the 2-year-old colt Warrior’s Club run for the second time in Sunday’s seventh race. The son of Warrior’s Reward was the first horse to start for the Churchill Downs Racing Club, with 200 people putting up $500 apiece for the experience of having part-ownership in a racehorse.The Churchill Downs Racing Club is a marketing concept pioneered by Emerald Downs in Washington State. Churchill Downs Inc. executive director of racing Mike Ziegler knew a good idea when he heard it a racing symposium, and the program was instituted at Churchill and its sister track, Arlington Park. Ownership in Warrior’s Club filled up so quickly that a second 2-year-old, the filly Dial Me, was purchased by another 200 people. Both horses were picked out and trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. The investors do not receive training or expense bills, those paid with their upfront money. Palmisano said a decision on what to do with the horses will be made when the money is close to running out.Both horses were fifth at Churchill Downs in their first start. Palmisano expects some of the owners in Dial Me to part of the group Sunday.“Both groups have taken a liking to each other’s horse,” he said. “There’s a ton of camaraderie. So yes, this is the Group 1 horse, but there quite a few of Group 2 folks who will be coming along. And obviously they have spouses and kids and everybody who tags along. We’ll have quite a contingency.”Palmisano said about two-thirds of the partners are from Kentucky. “But after that, 30 other states are represented, including Hawaii and Maine and a couple of people from Canada,” he said. “Which is pretty cool.”Warrior’s Club is the tepid 7-2 favorite in the field of nine, but probably will be a shorter prize, judging on how Dial Me and he were bet in their debuts.“I think we have a pretty big shot,” Palmisano said. “I imagine that if the Brendan Walsh and Steve Asmussen (first-time starters) were really, really live, they would have run the last weekend at Churchill. I’m anticipating those probably being second- or third-stringers. If that’s the case, our horse, with a race under his belt and picking up (the anti-bleeder medication) Lasix for the first time, probably will be tough to beat.”Geary, Johnsen can resume racing horses at their tracksOne byproduct of the Churchill Downs Racing Club is the fact that Ellis racetrack owner Ron Geary and Kentucky Downs’ co-owner Corey Johnsen can race their horses at their tracks. The past few years, thoroughbred racetrack owners in Kentucky could not run at their tracks, though that did not apply to stock-holders or board of directors at Churchill and Keeneland.Kentucky Horse Racing Commission executive editor Marc Guilfoil said that Rick Hiles, the trainer who also is president of the Kentucky division of the Horsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, asked that the policy – established under a former regulatory regime – be revisited, given that a horse so closely aligned with Churchill Downs ran there.Guilfoil said he asked the stewards if they had any problem with changing the policy back to let owners run at their tracks, as is common in other states. “They said they didn’t have any problem with it,” he said. “If the stewards had a problem, we wouldn’t do it.”While Hiles trains for Geary, the Ellis owner said he wasn’t pushing the change. Still, he’s delighted to be able to run again here.“When I bought Ellis 10 years ago, I had maybe three to six horses in any one year, and I thought it would be fun to race here,” Geary said. “And the first four or five years I did, and it was truly fun. I had some of my better horses then, which made it even better. But apparently the rule changed with what they’re doing at Churchill Downs, so it appears Corey and I will be able to run at our tracks. Quite frankly, I’m very excited about it. I only have two horses, and one is a filly, ($110,462-earner) Northern Connect, that is growing and developing, so I’m excited about her.”Geary also has Northern Connect’s unraced 4-year-old brother by 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, named Connect A Peg, stabled at Ellis with trainer Wayne French.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Evansville, IN–Ivy Tech Community College is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Alumni Achievement Award. Deadline for submission is April 1.Each year, Ivy Tech recognizes an outstanding graduate from each of its regions, respectively, who have demonstrated notable success in his/her personal or professional life. This individual will be recognized at Ivy Tech Southwest’s Commencement ceremony. The recipient will also have the opportunity to receive additional distinction in the form of two Ivy Tech statewide awards: Outstanding Professional Achievement and Outstanding Personal Achievement.Nominees must be graduates of Ivy Tech Community College Southwest and can be nominated by anyone. To request a nomination form, please email Erica Schmidt at [email protected] or call (812) 429-1409.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By Carl Stutsman – April 16, 2020 0 325 Amid COVID-19 pandemic Mishawaka store hosts Grand Opening Facebook Photo Courtesy of ABC 57 News Ollies Bargain Outlet, a closeout store with 13 other locations around the state, officially opened its doors on Wednesday. However, they did so while carefully abiding by CDC guidelines and even recommendations from the local health department.Their grand opening came complete with employees donning masks and gloves, markers along the floors to help direct social distancing, and even a limit on 50 people in the store at a time. Regional Director Ken Missig tells ABC 57 they do have some high demand items in stock, but have purchase caps on those. They are expecting a hand sanitizer shipment soon.Ollies is located in the building that formerly housed Toys R’ Us. Read more here with ABC 57 News. WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleInternational shipping season begins at Port of Indiana-Burns HarborNext articleNotre Dame cancels reunion celebrations Carl Stutsman CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Google+ Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Twitter
WASHINGTON (AP) — The services sector, where most Americans work, operated in January at the highest level in almost two years. The Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday that activity in the services sector climbed to a reading of 58.7% in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, up a full percentage point from the December reading of 57.7%. This was the highest reading since February 2019 when the index was at 58.8%. The January performance represented the eighth straight month of growth after sharp declines last spring when the economy was leveled by a global pandemic.
Nearly 300 student organizations participated in the annual Student Activities Night, hosted by the Student Activities Office (SAO) in the Joyce Center from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday night. Academic, professional, service, athletic and other miscellaneous clubs explained their pursuits to interested students, who circulated between the organizations’ tables. Freshman Felipe Remolina said he was most interested in the Student International Business Counsel, the marketing club and the sailing club. He also said the wide array of groups represented by the many booths impressed him. “I enjoyed the chance to get to know the breadth and diversity of student interests on campus,” he said. For several clubs, this event marked their first official appearance in the Notre Dame campus community. Sophomore Bryan Ricketts, founding member of the new PrismND organization for LGBTQ students and allies, said Activities Night allowed PrismND to reach out to students face-to-face and to establish a branded presence for their new organization. “Having an official table and seeing the excitement on people’s faces – it’s great to have that affirmation,” Ricketts said. “I think promoting a message here is pretty difficult, but I do think that it is great for branding the club and handing out information in a one-on-one interaction.” Ricketts said over the course of the two-hour event people from all sections of the community have signed up with PrismND. The Humor Artists, reigning winners of Club Coordination Council (CCC)’s Club of the Year award sent several representatives to Activities Night. Junior Miranda Brickner and Senior Kyle McDonald, officers of the club, said they felt that attendees seemed enthused about the Humor Artists. Brickner said an impressive number of students expressed an interest in the club. “Many people came to seek us out, which goes to show how our club’s popularity has grown,” Brickner said. McDonald said the congenial atmosphere at the group’s performances is a large part of their appeal. “I think that people really appreciate the opportunity to just relax and have fun when they take part in our shows, since we do everything through improvisation,” McDonald said. Freshman Ian Tembe said he found himself drawn toward the more academic clubs, though he said he still appreciated the fun opportunities represented by other clubs at Tuesday’s event. “I found that the more complex the presentation of a club was, the more I was drawn to it,” Tembe said. Tembe said colorful banners, cutouts, candy and the occasional interactive display caught his eye, drawing him to the clubs with a more extensive set-up.Tembe said he also appreciated that clubs can serve as co-curricular as well as extra-curricular activities. “I’m interested in all kinds of disciplines, so it helps to be able to join a club in an interesting subject rather than taking a class.” Tembe said.
Related Shows Major Attaway, who was recently the standby for Genie, Sultan and Babkak in Aladdin on Broadway, assumes the role of Genie beginning on February 21. James Monroe Iglehart, who won a Tony for originating the role in the Disney musical, took his final bow at the New Amsterdam Theatre on February 19 before joining the cast of Hamilton as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.Aladdin marks Attaway’s Broadway debut. His regional credits include Ragtime, Big River, The Mikado, Hand on a Hardbody, Little Shop of Horrors, Ain’t Misbehavin and Rent.Audiences can still catch Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, Brian Gonzales as Babkak, Clifton Davis as Sultan and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago through February 18, 2018. The current cast also includes Steel Burkhardt as Kassim and Brad Weinstock as Omar. Deonté L. Warren make his Broadway debut standing by for Genie and Babkak once Attaway assumes the former full-time.As previously reported, Adam Jacobs will reprise his performance as Aladdin on the show’s national tour. He concluded his stint in the Broadway production on February 12. Current understudy Joshua Dela Cruz will assume the title role temporarily until a permanent replacement is announced. View Comments Major Attaway as Genie in ‘Aladdin'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Aladdin from $57.50
Washington Electric Cooperative (WEC) announced that it intends to develop a renewable energy project. The Co-op will build a plant that will generate electricity from the landfill gas (LFG) being produced and collected at the state’s largest landfill in Coventry, Vermont. The landfill is owned and operated by New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWSV), a wholly owned subsidiary of Casella Waste Systems of Rutland.The project will be a source of long-term, affordable, stable and predictably priced renewable baseload power, and is expected to meet a significant portion of the electricity needs of the Co-op’s member/consumers for up to 30 years. The facility is expected to begin generating in 2005.In its initial stages, the project will generate approximately 3.2 megawatts (MW), equivalent to the amount of energy the WEC was purchasing from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant up until February 2002. It will replace and supplement power that WEC has already been purchasing from a landfill gas facility in Connecticut since the expiration of the Vermont Yankee supply, a contract that will expire at the end of 2004. Over time, the landfill is expected to create enough gas to generate up to 6 MW. WEC projects that its net cost of power will be less than 5 cents per kWh over thirty years, a cost that is equal to or better than current market costs and lower than other long-term options. A key benefit to WEC and its members is that the cost will be stable and predictable, and not subject to the volatility and unpredictability of fossil fuel and other market energy prices.Landfill gas is methane produced by the natural decomposition of waste. Because methane is a harmful greenhouse gas, modern landfills such as the one in Coventry collect the gas and burn (flare) it, rather than letting the methane escape into the atmosphere. Using the gas to generate electricity has two important environmental benefits. It significantly reduces the air emissions at the landfill itself, compared to flaring. In addition, power from this project will offset the need for production and environmental impacts from fossil fuel and other non-renewable generators from which WEC would otherwise need to procure power.Although the project will supply WEC members with a major portion of their energy needs, it is actually a very small project compared to most types of electric generation. It will involve construction of a building on the landfill itself, sized to house generators capable of producing up to 6 MW of power, as well as a single pole line connecting to a nearby VELCO substation.In a report in Washington Electric’s membership newsletter, the Co-op’s General Manager Avram Patt and Board President Barry Bernstein write: “ The Coventry landfill gas project is a major step for us… As Co-op members, you presently have more renewable energy in your supply than perhaps any other utility customers in the country today. With this project, we will be able to maintain and increase our renewable energy supply for many years to come, at an affordable cost.”A number of regulatory and other approvals must all be in place before the project can be built. WEC will be seeking a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB), which will review economic, environmental and other aspects of the project in making its decision. The project will also need an Air Quality Permit. WEC is seeking financing approval for the $6.345 million dollar project from its principle lender, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), and will also need a vote of its members as required by Vermont law, once the PSB has issued its Certificate. NEWSV and Casella are presently in the process of seeking a Solid Waste Permit and Act 250 approval for a proposed expansion of the Coventry landfill.
The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February 2009 was 7.0 percent, up two-tenths of a point from the revised January rate and up 2.6 points from a year ago.Unemployment rates for Vermont s 17 labor market areas ranged from 4.5 percent in Warren-Waitsfield to 12.3 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the January unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 7.7 percent, up one-tenth of a point from January 2009 and up 2.9 points from a year ago. The national recession continues to have its impact on Vermont s labor market. said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. The number of unemployed Vermonters rose in February, though not nearly as dramatically as in January. Construction and Manufacturing were hit particularly hard. Healthcare and Leisure & Hospitality remain bright spots.Job GrowthBefore seasonal adjustment, Total Non-Farm (TNF) jobs were essentially flat, (+100) when we would expect to see an increase of 1,300 in a typical February. On an annual basis we are down 13,500 jobs or -4.3% from February 2008. The only sectors showing monthly seasonal increases were Education, (+550 or 4.2%) and Leisure & Hospitality (+850 or 2.5%) and Financial Activities, (+100 or 0.8%. Of these sectors only Education and Healthcare show annual growth. The Construction, (-800 or -7.1%) Manufacturing, (-550 or -1.7%) and Retail Trade, (-850 or -2.3%) sectors all showed significant job loses from January to February.When seasonally adjusted, February job levels fell by 1,000 jobs or -0.3% from January and by 12,700 or -4.1% from February of 2008. Only Healthcare (+500 or 1.1%) and Leisure & Hospitality, (+900 or 2.9%) showed seasonally adjusted increases in jobs over the month.Employment GrowthVermont s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate grew two-tenths of a point to 7.0 percent in February as a result of another increase in the number of unemployed, (+1,000 to 25,200) though the number of employed Vermonters remained relatively steady, (-200 to 332,700). Vermont s observed February seasonally adjusted employment, unemployment levels and unemployment rate were not statistically significant from January. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 8.1 percent, up five-tenths of a point from the revised January value of 7.6 percent.The preliminary estimates of nonfarm jobs for February, and the revisions to the estimates for November through January 2009, incorporate substantive changes made in the Current Employment Survey estimation procedures. These new procedures are designed to bring the aggregate monthly change in jobs for individual states into closer alignment with the change in national job counts reflected in the estimates produced and published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a result of these changes, the November 2008 and forward estimates may not be totally comparable to previous months’ data. The impact of these changes in methodology will be better understood when we are able to make comparisons to Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. We expect to make these comparisons in May of 2009. For details of these changes, please contact Andy Condon at the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4153 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).
Topics : “The impact is not just on the cognitive aspect of it but also on the emotional and psychological well-being of the students.”Read also: Pak Nadiem, please send the kids back to schoolHe warned that extended periods of distance learning could potentially deprive children of their psychological development, rendering them susceptible to antisocial tendencies.“We’re seeing a lot of tension — psychological tension and pressure — right now on both parents and students, and to be honest, a lot of loneliness,” Nadiem said. Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has conveyed his concerns regarding the long-term impacts of remote learning on the psychological well-being of Indonesian students, saying that prolonged detachment from their peers and teachers could result in increased anxiety and depression.Students across the country are at risk of feeling lonely and tense as they are no longer able to experience the personal and interactive learning process they grew accustomed to prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.“There’s research being done on what happens when kids can’t go to school for an extended period of time, and the impact is significant,” Nadiem said during the Educating the Nation webinar, which was part of The Jakarta Post’s webinar series Jakpost Up Close, on Wednesday. “No one really talks about this as a huge and potentially permanent psychological impact as kids feel lonely for extended periods of time.”The mitigation of mental health risks inherent to extended isolation should be viewed as an essential aspect of national recovery efforts, he said. Read also: School reopening riskyThe mental well-being of students and socioeconomic discrepancies, he added, were among the main reasons why the government recently decided to allow more schools to reopen as there had yet to be any feasible substitute for in-person learning amid the pandemic.“We need to mitigate [the effects of the pandemic], but without sacrificing too much of the health risks.”The government’s decision to allow schools to reopen in moderate-risk areas or yellow zones was met with criticism from health experts and policymakers who are concerned for the physical safety and health of students as the pandemic has not shown any signs of abating anytime soon.Nadiem defended the policy as a difficult, albeit necessary trade-off to maintaining the spirit of learning in a time of crisis.“This is something that we need to balance in our considerations and policies while still maintaining as strict of a health protocol as possible.”