Indiana officials say ICU beds being added for virus cases

first_img Google+ Facebook Pinterest By Associated Press – March 30, 2020 0 247 Pinterest Indiana officials say ICU beds being added for virus cases Previous articleLaPorte police investigating double shootingNext articleMichigan coronavirus numbers report another 1000+ cases on Monday Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. WhatsApp (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say Indiana hospitals have increased their intensive care unit capacity by about one-third in the past few weeks in preparation for an expected surge in coronavirus-related illnesses.Having such ICU capacity available has been a prime concern as health officials reported Monday that the state had nearly 1,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases in a seven-fold increase from a week earlier.The state’s virus death toll moved to 35.Officials said Indiana hospitals have added about 500 critical care beds to give the state 1,940. Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitterlast_img read more

Alex Sharp & the Cast of Curious Incident Dazzle at Actors Fund Performance

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Related Shows Christopher and his pet rat Toby went on a journey for a good cause on March 1, 2015, when the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time added an extra performance to benefit the Actors Fund. The national human services organization directly benefits more than 12,000 performers and crew members each year, providing emergency assistance, health care, insurance, housing, and employment and training services. Check out these Hot Shots of Alexander Sharp and the cast of the hit Broadway drama with Actors Fund chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell, then see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time View Commentslast_img read more

War on Ants.

first_imgWhen you make your spring chore list, don’t forget to “feed”the ants. To fight ants properly, experts say you have to knowa little ant biology.”To get rid of ants, you first have to know their dietand their habitat,” said Dan Suiter, an Extension Serviceentomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”You’ve also got to kill the queen,” Suiter said.”Everything an ant colony does revolves around the life ofthe queen.”Spring is New Colony TimeSpring is when new ant colonies form. “The reproductiveants fly into the air, mate and drop to the ground,” Suitersaid. “Male ants then die. The queen’s wings fall off, andshe goes off to nest and make a new colony.”Knowing the ants’ diet is important when selecting a bait-basedpesticide product.”Ants feed on sugar from plant honeydew and on proteinfrom dead insects,” he said. “In the spring, they mostlyeat proteins. In the fall, they eat sugars.”Treatments with the wrong food base don’t work.”If the bait contains a food the ants aren’t eating,”Suiter said, “you’ve wasted your time and money.”One product covers both diet bases.”Raid produces a double control product that includesboth the protein and sugar diet,” he said. “It’s child-resistantand comes in see-through packages so you can easily tell whento replace the product.”Suiter found Combat ant baits effective, too. Both brands arewidely marketed through grocery stores.”They’re the only commercial products that use an insectprotein base,” Suiter said. “And there’s obviously somethingto that.”Baits and Granulars Work BestAnt control products come in many forms, but baits are amongSuiter’s favorites.”Baits are so effective because ants share food,”he said. “They take it back to the colony and share it withother ants, including the queen.”In his lab at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga.,Suiter tested baits to find the most effective formulas.”Select a bait,” he said, “that includes anyof these active ingredients: sulfuramid, hydramethylon or fipronil.Avoid buying anything with propoxur as an ingredient. This justrepels ants. It doesn’t kill them.”Suiter ranks granular products high, too.”Granulars get down into the thatch and mulch where theants live,” he said. “The only problem is they haveto be watered in, and with the current drought, come June andJuly you may be facing an outdoor water ban.”Dusts Work Well, But Less is BestPesticide dusts are effective if applied correctly.”Homeowners tend to think that if a little bit is good,a lot must be better,” Suiter said. “They apply toomuch. Dust is effective forever, but there’s a knack to applyingit. Less is best.”Liquid sprays are effective. “If you buy a liquid thatcontains pyrethroids,” Suiter said, “you’re probablyspraying close to the same product a pest control company wouldapply. You may have to invest in a sprayer though.”Aerosols are Suiter’s least favorite ant control. “They’rethe most widely sold type of ant and home pest control products,but I have no use for them,” he said. “They kill onlythe ants you see, and they leave oily residues on your countertops.”But people like the instant gratification they provide.”You push a nozzle and you’ve got dead ants,” hesaid. “And now they come in colorful cans and pleasant scents.The only time I would ever use them is if I had a party in 10minutes and needed the ants dead quickly.”Whichever product you choose, use it outside.”That’s where the ants live,” Suiter said. “Youmay see them inside, but they’re only coming in for resourceslike water.”last_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Bryson City, N.C.

first_imgGateway to the Smokies, Bryson City, North Carolina, is surrounded by mountains. To the north, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its 900-mile network of trails flank the town. In the east rise the Plott Balsams, which reach elevations above 6,000 ft. To the south is another impressive range known as the Cowee Mountains, and beyond that the Nantahala National Forest, home to two the best-kept secrets in long-distance trail hiking—the Bartram Trail and the Benton Mackaye Trail.Cudas_IB_0814_2The town itself—described by locals as “uncrowded, unspoiled, unhurried, and uncommon”— is just down the road from the Nantahala River, and some of the world’s best paddlers call Bryson City home. It’s also a top craft beer town, and mountain bikers use Bryson City as a basecamp for exploring nearby Tsali Recreation Area, which contains over 40 miles of trails, and other epic singletrack in Nantahala National Forest.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

Brazil To Delay Fighter-Plane Competition for Several Months

first_img Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim received French Foreign Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie, to whom he confirmed that there will be a delay of “some months” in the decision on a fighter-plane purchase for which the United States and Sweden are also competing, according to official sources. According to Defense Ministry sources, this was one of the matters Alliot-Marie discussed today with Jobim, who explained to her that, due to the budget cuts announced by Dilma Rousseff’s administration in February, the operation has been put on hold “for a few months.” The defense budget for this year was approximately 8.823 billion dollars, but with the cuts decided on by the administration, it will end up at approximately 6.470 billion dollars, resulting in a review of all military acquisitions, the sources said. In the case of the fighter planes, the operation “has not been canceled,” but it has been put on hold “until the budget problems are overcome,” spokespeople at the Defense Ministry’s press office noted. The competitors for the purchase of thirty-six fighter-bombers for the Brazilian Air Force are Rafale planes from the French firm Dassault, Super Hornet F/A-18s from the U.S. firm Boeing, and Gripen NGs from the Swedish firm Saab. By Dialogo February 25, 2011last_img read more

Commack Man Arrested for Hit-and-run DWI Crash With Bus

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Commack man was arrested for drunken driving after he fled the scene of a crash with a school bus that had 23 children aboard in Smithtown on Tuesday morning, Suffolk County police said.Robert Slavonik was leaving the Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 25A in a Dodge pickup truck when he crashed his vehicle into a westbound bus and drove off at 9:45 a.m., police said.A witness took down the pickup truck’s plate number and reported it to police, who responded to the 44-year-old suspect’s home, where they found him in the driver’s seat of the truck in the driveway, police said.Slavonik was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting and driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.The were no injuries reported on the bus, which was from the Three Village School District.last_img read more

Referral marketing where you’d least expect it

first_imgUsually, when RewardStream writes about referral marketing, we talk about referral programs run by financial services providers, telcos and ecommerces. These industries are the mainstay of our business and the types of client we work with the most.The products and services offered by these clients are usually the first thing that comes to mind when you ask a person what kind of things they refer friends to or receive referral s for. These are common, everyday things that people use or buy on a regular basis – chequing accounts, cell phone lines, internet connections, insurance plans, clothing, homewares and other goods. It makes sense for businesses offering these services to run referral programs.However, referral programs pop up in more unusual places too – which isn’t too surprising considering that referral marketing is one of the best marketing and customer acquisition channels, as well as having lower fees than other marketing methods. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

1Q CU shares up 8.3 percent, membership at 108M

first_imgFederally-insured credit unions saw share growth of 8.3 percent, year over year, during the first quarter of 2017 as membership also grew to 108 million, according to call report data released Monday by the NCUA.The NCUA’s 1Q data shows credit union membership growth of 4.2 percent versus a year ago; and loan growth of 10.6 percent, year over year.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said the first-quarter 2017 call report data shows how much credit union members value their institutions.“The figures show that credit unions’ consistent commitment to providing excellent products and member service is being recognized by members,” said Berger. “Credit unions are maintaining healthy growth by focusing on their members’ needs and concerns. Credit unions succeed when their members succeed – this quarterly report is just more proof of that.” continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Austria could start loosening lockdown from April 14

first_imgTopics : Austria could start easing its coronavirus lockdown measures from next week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday, but warned that this depended on citizens abiding by social distancing rules.”The aim is that from April 14… smaller shops up to a size of 400 square meters, as well as hardware and garden stores can open again, under strict security conditions of course,” Kurz said at a press conference.He added that if the government’s timetable goes to plan, larger shops will reopen on 1 May and from mid-May hotels, restaurants and other services could also start to open their doors again in stages. However, he stressed that the restrictions on movement that Austria has introduced to fight the spread of COVID-19 remained in place and called on Austrians not to celebrate Easter with people outside their household.Schools will remain closed until mid-May and public events will remain banned until the end of June, Kurz said.If trends in infection began to worsen again, the government “always has the possibility to hit the emergency brake” and re-introduce restrictions, he said.The country of 8.8 million people currently has 12,058 confirmed infections, with 204 deaths and 2,998 people who have recovered.last_img read more

Home birth ‘carries higher risk’ for first-time mothers

first_imgHealthLifestyle Home birth ‘carries higher risk’ for first-time mothers by: – November 25, 2011 29 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Where is the safest place to have a baby? Three mothers talk about their experiencesA home birth carries a higher risk for the babies of first-time mothers, according to a landmark study published in the British Medical Journal. However, the chance of harm to the baby is still under 1%, the study of almost 65,000 births in England found. For a second birth there was no difference in the risk to babies between home, a midwife-led unit or a doctor-led hospital unit. Midwife-led care was in general much more likely to lead to a natural birth. The Birthplace study is the largest carried out into the safety of different maternity settings – comparing births at home, in midwife-led units attached to hospitals, those that are stand-alone and doctor-led hospital units. All the women followed had healthy pregnancies and began labour with no known risk factors. It found that, overall, birth is very safe wherever it happens. The rates of complications, including stillbirth or other problems affecting the baby, was 5.3 per 1,000 births in hospital compared with 9.3 per 1,000 home births.Prof Peter Brocklehurst, who led the research, said there were clear differences between women having their first baby and those having subsequent children. He said: “The risk of an adverse outcome for a baby are higher for a woman planning her first baby at home than in all of the other settings, but there was no difference between the midwife and hospital obstetric units.”About 45% of women planning to have their first baby at home were transferred during labour, although this was mainly because of delays in giving birth and the need for an epidural pain-relief injection, rather than because the baby was in distress. The transfer itself was not thought to be responsible for the difference because there was no raised risk for women moved from stand-alone midwife units to hospital during labour. There was no difference in risk when women were having their second baby, whether that was at home, in a midwife unit or a traditional hospital setting.The rate of transfer from home to hospital was much lower too, at just 12%. Currently, about 90% of babies are born in medically-led hospital obstetric units. And in many areas women have a limited choice of where to have their baby. Mary Newburn, from the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), said this research should drive an an expansion in midwife-led care, either at birth centres or at home for the half of women expected to have a low-risk birth. “It’s so disappointing that, at the moment, in 50% of NHS trusts there are no midwife-led units. And only 3% of births are home births. “We think those figures show women don’t really have access to out-of-hospital options.”The research also confirms that midwife-led care is much more likely to lead to a normal birth – without any interventions, including forceps or ventouse.That was true whether the baby was born at home or in a midwife-led unit. The emergency Caesarean rate for the low-risk women in the study was 11% in doctor-led units compared with only 2.8% at home, and 4.4% in a midwife led unit on a hospital site. Louise Silverton, from the Royal College of Midwives, said: “Where a woman needs an emergency Caesarean section for their first birth, they will not be regarded as low risk for the next birth, and won’t have the choice of going outside a medically-led unit.”The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said it supported the expansion of midwife-led units located on hospital sites, as there can be rapid transfer if complications occur. Although researchers say they could not find an explanation for the higher level of interventions in units run by doctors, RCOG president, Dr Tony Falconer, said: “Within an obstetric unit, care is provided in a multidisciplinary, multi-professional manner, involving midwives and specialist doctors. “Midwifery and obstetric units both work to standard clinical guidelines and medical help is provided only when indicated.”By Branwen JeffreysHealth correspondent, BBC News Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more