Coronavirus cases in Florida have spiked recently.According to the Florida Department of Health said that on Thursday, more than 1,700 new cases of COVID-19 popped up in the state.That makes more than 5,700 positive lab results over the previous 72 hours.“That has a lot to do with people… are more out and about,” said Orlando physician Dr. Jason Littleton.Littleton said Phase 2 of the state’s reopening was also leading to more cases being discovered.“There are more tests being done, too,” he said, “because there are some that are mandating their employees get tested before they go back.”Orange County’s Health Director Dr. Raul Pino said that with the virus still active across the region, it’s best to follow the CDC’s advice.“Observe the social distancing, masking, washing your hands,” Pino said. “That protects people who are most at risk for poor outcomes.”
The L.V. Rogers Bombers showed their youth and inexperience as the club finished the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks High School Baseball Tournament with a 1-4 record this weekend in Trail.“(This is) the first time this year we struggled both at the plate and on the field,” said Bomber manager Ron Mace.“The pitchers threw the ball well for the most part but making on average six errors per game did not help.”LVR opened the tournament with a loss to the host Hawks.The Bombers, missing several key players due to school commitments, had four hits in the game with Reese Tambellini collecting two of them.Aeden Osika started the game and he got relief help from Connor Comishin and Steven Ross, in total they gave up 14 walks, four hits and struck out six.A red-hot Cranbrook Wild squad then pounded the Bombers in Game two. “Our pitchers gave up 11 hits while we walked 11, combined with eight physical errors lead to a lopsided loss for us,” Mace explained.Casey Harrison, Jordan Mcleod and Chase May picked up hits for us in Game two.In Game 3, LVR got into the win column by defeating Vulcan Alberta.LVR jumped on the Albertans, scoring six runs in the first inning due to one key error.Chase May had three hits to lead LVR while Nate Ingram had two and Connor Comishin, Jodan Mcleod and Reese Tambellini each collected one hit.Mount Boucherie of Kelowna pounded out 18 hits while and walked another eight times to dump the Bombers.LVR also committed eight errors in the blowout loss.Marty Ingram picked up two hits while Connor Comishin and Reese Tambellini each had one hit.Game 5 Sunday morning was a close game until our defense let the pitching down and we allowed 10 unearned runs in a 13 – 8 loss.Harrison, May and Tambellini (one of which was a 3 run Home Run) collected two hits, while Joel Aubert, Marty Ingram and Connor Comishin collected one each.The team travels to Cranbrook on Wednesday and then to Mt. Spokane on Saturday.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In what could be the first salvo of a potentially explosive debate, Val Verde Civic Association President Jim Stephens said the community group could make a deal to accept the expansion or take a harder line. When an expansion from 97 acres to 257 acres was proposed nearly a decade ago, association leaders withheld opposition in exchange for a $250,000-a-year payout, which financed community improvements. Still, some residents have complained about odors, leading air-quality regulators to slap two nuisance violations on the landfill. “We’re not saying the doors are open for the landfill, but how do people really feel here?” Stephens said. “We’re finding the people are upset over the proposal, and that right now there are serious questions that the landfill should be able to expand.” Stephens said the existing permit and agreement forbids further expansion, and the community could seek legal redress. A community meeting is scheduled Thursday to collect public input. VAL VERDE – As a years-long application process starts for a 98-acre expansion at the Chiquita Canyon Landfill, the 1,500 residents of the neighboring community of Val Verde are weighing their options. Lurking in the background is Los Angeles County’s growing need for affordable waste disposal. The owners of the 33-year-old dump have proposed expanding the current 257-acre working area to a total 355 acres within the 592-acre site. They also are seeking permits to allow on-site sewage treatment, which is currently prohibited. A new conditional use permit requires an environmental impact report – which takes at least a year to compile – and final approval by the county Board of Supervisors. “The whole thing was this was an agreement to limit and stop the dump, period,” Stephens said. “If that’s the purpose, are they allowed to come back every five years and ask for an expansion?” Landfill officials argued they can pursue expansion under the conditional use permit county supervisors granted in 1996, and say they have not violated the pact with the civic association. “The landfill believes that we are not in violation of the agreement,” said Josh Gertler, spokesman for Chiquita Canyon, which is owned by Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Republic Services Inc. “We look forward to vetting the application through the (environmental review) process, which will ultimately determine what we’re permitted to do.” Officials said the 6,000-tons-a-day landfill still has room to grow, though under current limits it could reach capacity as early as 2013 – six years before the intended closing date. Expected to close the same year is the Puente Hills Landfill in Whittier – the county’s largest disposal site – which takes in some 13,200 tons of trash a day. “The region and the county as a whole has major needs for infrastructure and for the transportation of solid waste,” Gertler said. “It’s ultimately up to the process to determine what gets built at the site and up to the decision-makers in the county to evaluate how they will meet the region’s needs.” It’s a high-stakes decision for county leaders, especially Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Major landfills including Puente Hills, Sunshine Canyon near Los Angeles and Chiquita Canyon are in his Fifth District. He hasn’t taken a position on the Chiquita expansion, but is paying close attention, planning deputy Paul Novak said. “The supervisor wants to make sure any changes that comes to the landfill do not impact local residents,” he said. “It is incumbent that Republic representatives present their plan to the community and solicit input, and try to respond to any concerns the community may have.” Fred Rubin, an assistant deputy director at the county Department of Public Works, said controversy and rancor follows most landfill expansion proposals. “You have residents that don’t want something and you have people that want it,” he said. “You try to balance the needs of everybody involved to achieve what’s best for the community.” The county’s current waste disposal needs have exceeded available space, and recycling and diversion rates are already about 50 percent countywide, said Carlos Ruiz, assistant division engineer with Public Works’ environmental programs division. “But we still have to deal with the other 50 percent,” he said. “That’s not going away.” Policymakers are gambling on a mix of new technology and landfill expansion to meet anticipated demand over the next 15 years and beyond. An experimental system to convert sewage to fuel is on the drawing board, but most are counting on a plan to ship trash by rail to the Mesquite Regional Landfill, a “megadump” about 170 miles southeast of Los Angeles. When it opens in 2008-09, the desert dump could eventually absorb up to 20,000 tons of trash per day and meet the county’s needs for up to 100 years. But it’s going to cost. Disposal rates could jump from $20 to $40 per ton to $100 per ton over 20 years as local landfills close. An expanded Chiquita Canyon could offer some relief in the interim. “Chiquita is just one element – a landfill along with other landfills to dispose of trash,” Rubin said. “If the needs were reduced greatly – if we would send out less – it would be better economically. “Until such time there is an alternative to landfilling, we’re going to need the landfill capacity.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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The news story about a girl who can see in both eyes with half a brain has stunned neurophysiologists (see New Scientist and Live Science). Somehow, the remaining parts of her brain underwent a massive reorganization of the circuits involved in vision. “It was quite a surprise to see that something like this is possible,” one of the neuroscientists who imaged the girl’s brain remarked. Even more surprising is that the girl appears to be able to lead a normal life. This story illustrates that much about the workings of the brain remains to be understood. How aware is an unborn baby in the womb? Live Science reported that experiments seem to show short-term memory in fetuses 30 weeks of age. Tests with vibroacoustic stimulation on 100 pregnant women in the Netherlands apparently showed habituation to stimuli by the growing infants. This does not necessarily correspond to consciousness, but was unexpected; Dr. Jan Nijhuis, a co-author of the study and an obstetrician at Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands, said that until a few decades ago, “people would say that the human fetus is a sort of black box.” Tests on infants below 30 weeks were negative, but that could be due to using the wrong kind of stimulus. Apes have brains but something is missing: the ability to innovate. Experiments show they can imitate one another, and even pass on lessons learned. But New Scientist said, “For all their cognitive prowess, chimpanzees will never build four-stroke engines, stone pyramids, or even a simple wheel.” Why? When watching another chimp, they focus on the outcome, but not on the process that produced the outcome. Andrew Whiten (St. Andrews U, UK) thinks that dichotomy, however, is too simplistic. His observations acknowledged the monkey-see-monkey-do ability, but said, “They didn’t show any kind of cumulative cultural evolution.” What in the brain of a chimp limits them? It’s not just size, as the first story indicated. New Scientist also debunked the myth that we only use 10% of our brains by discussing the vital role of glial cells that has been coming to light in recent years. Long thought as mere scaffolding, these cells that constitute 90% of brain tissue may underlie dreams and imagination. They have also been implicated in cell regeneration and cell death. For those reasons, they may hold keys to understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other neural disorders. Helen Thomson wrote about this in her review of a book, The Root of Thought by Andrew Kolb, that surveyed the history of speculation about the brain. Thomson ended, “No matter what scientists uncover, though, it is clear that the brain is a far more subtle structure than the neural lightning storm it was once thought to be.” Bacteria don’t have brains at all but they display some uncanny abilities that seem downright brainy. New Scientist described bacteria that can communicate, make decisions, cooperate, form communities, navigate, learn, remember, and adapt. “Remarkable though these behaviours are, we have probably only scratched the surface of what single-celled organisms can do,” reporter Michael Marshall wrote. “With so many still entirely unknown to science, there must be plenty more surprises in store.” Another story on New Scientist warned that doctors may be misdiagnosing patients in comas. New testing methods found that 41% judged in a vegetative state were actually minimally conscious. The thought of a partly conscious human being denied food and allowed to die should bring shudders to family members who are typically more concerned about their loved one than the medical staff. “We may have become much too comfortable about our ability to detect consciousness,” said Joseph Giacino, the doctor in Belgium whose team re-diagnosed 44 patients and reclassified them as minimally conscious. “I think it’s appropriate for there to be some level of alarm about this.” Most diagnoses are made with subjective techniques that are subject to examiner bias. The new method devised in 2004, called revised coma recovery scale, uses a series of behavioural tests based on criteria that can be used to distinguish between the two states. It considers patients who may pop in and out of consciousness, and distinguishes reflex responses more objectively. Judging the mental state of someone seemingly unconscious is important. It can be a matter of life or death. Some jurisdictions allow withdrawal of food depending on the diagnosis of vegetative state. The other investigator said, “It’s very important to be sure of the diagnosis.”Between birth and death, that 3-pound jelly-like mass in your skull is your physical key to rationality, decision-making, and emotion in ways we do not fully understand. It may half as large as others – that’s not the important thing. Take what you have and use it wisely. And be careful how you treat the brains of others.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… What constitutes a “startup”? Is it the age of a company? Its size? Its funding? Its profitability? Its position in the industry?Steve Jobs often speaks of Apple’s “startup” culture. Last week, an article in the New York Times referred to the seven-year-old airline Virgin America as a startup. And last month, Louis Gray posted a list on his blog of the “50 Top Startups Worth Watching.” In devising the list, he described some of the parameters he used in selecting the companies: “With the understanding that being a private company does not always mean you are a startup, I looked below the uber-players such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Groupon, Craigslist, Tesla.” Gray makes a distinction between between “uber-player” and “startup” for the purposes of his list, and I do wonder, following their recent round of funding if Foursquare still constitutes a “top startup” or if they’ve moved into the “uber” category?Questioning the definition of “startup” was the topic of a recent post on YouTern‘s blog. For YouTern, the definition is important as the company helps match college interns with startups. And as it receives inquiries from prospective businesses who may or may not be startups, a good working definition of “startup” is crucial in order to decide who would fit its program.As CEO Mark Babbitt writes in the post, it seemed to make sense to start with Steve Blank‘s definition: “A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.”But Babbitt felt as though that definition wasn’t quite sufficient, as it didn’t really speak to the importance of the entrepreneur within the startup. So YouTern’s definition was expanded to read “a startup is an entrepreneurial-driven organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.”To that definition, Babbitt also adds an element of mitigating risk as, he write, “some would argue that a certain amount of risk is central to the development of most start-ups, as is innovation.” So startups involve risk and innovation – but arguably most successful businesses do.Defining “startup” is necessary for YouTern as the company’s mission is to work with those businesses. For others, perhaps, a strict delineation is less important.But I am curious. Is it, to paraphrase Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, one of those “I know it when I see it” sorts of things? Please contribute your definition of “startup” below! audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#start Related Posts
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Rain or Shine’s Kris Rosales attempts to steal possession from Phoenix’s Matthew Wright during their PBA game on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZA well-deserved break finally comes next for the weary.After playing seven games in just over three weeks and wresting the elimination round lead in the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round, Rain or Shine buckles down to work again and will try to match the conference’s longest winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Only after a tough outing against perennial contender Magnolia at 7 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Wednesday can Rain or Shine think about cooling their heels a bit.“We cannot be complacent,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said shortly after taking over top spot from Phoenix Pulse on Sunday to win a fourth straight game, sounding off the need to win as many games as possible heading into the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We know it’s only going to get harder every game. We have to look at what’s going [well] right now, but we also have to look at what’s going wrong.”Aside from ROS, four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer also has seven games so far as the tournament takes a two-week break starting Thursday to give way to Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the Fiba World Cup Qualifying series. Garcia would like nothing more than a winning feeling when they go into respite. But he knows it won’t be a cakewalk.“It’s going to be difficult because we know throughout the conference, they’re only going to get better,” Garcia said of the Hotshots, the Governors’ Cup champions.At 6-1, the Elasto Painters could put a lock on a quarterfinal berth with a win against the Hotshots, who opened the conference with two straight defeats.“When we win, we want different players stepping up,” Garcia said. “Right now, everybody’s stepping up. We’re not looking at only one person, we’re looking at it as a team effort.”Alaska also looks to get a streak going when they tackle a struggling Blackwater in the curtain-raiser at 4:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Spaniard completes Ronda Pilipinas dominance MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “I thought pretty much the whole game we were energetic and all over the place,” coach Alex Compton said after last week’s ripping of Columbian, 94-72, despite four of his starters out because of different injuries.“We were covering ground and getting loose balls—the things that really matter,” he said. “We like the hustle and the grit and the grind.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
In an effort to support America’s military, Veterans and their families, Queen Latifah has gifted her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, sung during the 2015 NBA All Star game, to Fisher House Foundation.“Our military and their families sacrifice for us every day, often in ways we can’t even imagine,” said Queen Latifah. “I’m honored to give back through an organization that I admire that has been supporting the military and Veterans for the past 25 years – Fisher House Foundation. The homes that they build at military and Veterans’ hospitals have served hundreds of thousands of families, allowing them to be near their loved ones while healing in nearby Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs medical centers.”Fisher House Foundation has made the song available to the public on iTunes, Google Play and other on-line outlets. Thanks to Queen Latifah, all the proceeds will benefit military families through the Foundation’s programs. Additionally, last Veterans Day, she gave a shout out for the Hero Miles program on her nationwide talk show. The Hero Miles program uses donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members.“We are so grateful for this unique opportunity provided to us,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. “Queen Latifah is a talented actress, and beautiful international model – not to mention a great singer. This is not only an honor for us, but also a sincere way to say thank you to our country’s military, Veterans and their families.”The Star Spangled Banner, sung by Queen Latifah, is available for digital download on iTunes, Google Play, and streaming services.
APTN National NewsFirst Nations in British Columbia have expressed publicly they are against Enbridge’s $5.5 billion proposed Northern Gateway pipeline.But the recent announcement of a tentative deal between Enbridge and the Gitxsan has been causing a rift in surrounding communities.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts has this report.