One proposed location for a new skate park is overlaid on this satellite image, which shows the Ocean City Fire Department (right), the Clothes Closet (just to the right of the park) and existing parking (left).Cape May County freeholders unanimously approved a $500,000 grant on Tuesday night for a new skateboard park in Ocean City.The Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded a Green Acres Cape May County Recreation Grant to Ocean City for the park. The city already has approved a capital plan that calls for spending another $250,000 on the project.The city dismantled a park near Sixth Street and the Ocean City Boardwalk in 2011, citing safety concerns over deteriorating equipment. That park had opened in 2002 at a cost of a little more than $130,000. Since then, the city administration has promised to rebuild the park at the urging of skaters and community members.The county money is contingent on using the location specified in the grant application: adjacent to the Ocean City Fire Department in the block between Fifth and Sixth streets, Asbury and West avenues, according to Councilman Mike DeVlieger, head of a committee of elected officials, city staff members and local skaters who helped plan a new park.The location was the subject of an extended debate at a public forum in April with residents raising concerns about the loss of parking and potential effect on the Ocean City Ecumenical Council’s charitable Clothes Closet that shares the same property.DeVlieger said the skateboard park could be shifted to any location within the approved block, but if it were constructed elsewhere, the city would have to re-apply for the grant.He said City Council still would have to approve the location and design for the park and vote to appropriate its $250,000 share of the project. He said the public would have input at each step.“We have a lot of work ahead,” DeVlieger said. “But this lifts a lot of weight from us.His planning group of local skaters and city officials envisions a $750,000 state-of-the-art concrete park that would be safe, quiet and stand the test of time. The old park consisted of portable ramps and rails.DeVlieger said he understands the concerns of the Clothes Closet and does not want to do anything that would disrupt its operations.“I pledge to forge that relationship successfully,” he said.See also:Group Zeroes In On Skate Park Site for Ocean CityOcean City Goes Forward With Skate Park ApplicationRendering of Proposed Ocean City Skate Park Design__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebook
Juice Doctor is a new, natural fruit drink backed by Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave designed to combat dehydration, which it says affects two out of three people.The company has worked with nutritionists to develop a formulation which improves water, vitamin and mineral uptake by the body. The drinks are made from a specially formulated blend of spring water, natural fruit juices, vitamins and rehydrating minerals, and come in three flavours – lemon, tropical and pomegranate. Sir Redgrave said: “Our bodies lose over two litres of water a day just by going about our daily lives.”Juice Doctor is being rolled out nationally during the next year following a successful pilot in more than 100 independent retailers and delis in London and the south-east.
After failing to turn a profit since it opened three years ago, Duchy Originals’ Cornish bakery is to be taken over by Tamar Foods, part of the Samworth Brothers Group, which will produce the brand’s sweet tarts under licence.According to Duchy’s CEO Andrew Baker, the bakery in Launceston has made trading losses in each of the three years it has been open due to a lack of volume. “Tamar Foods has a strong presence in Cornwall and is the right partner to take over our bakery and to work alongside us as one of our producer partners,” he said.Duchy, which was set up by the Prince of Wales in 1990, is currently looking to outsource production of the small amount of savouries, such as pasties, made at the 10,000sq ft site.As well as producing Duchy’s range of sweet tarts, Callington-based Tamar will also add production of its own sweet desserts range to the Launceston bakery, thereby filling some of the spare capacity. Wayne Day, Tamar MD, said: “The bakery is a fantastic production asset to add to our portfolio and will enable us to create one main savoury-focused site [in Callington] in addition to this dedicated satel-lite site for dessert production.”The increased production that Tamar will bring should mean there are very few redundancies among the bakery’s 22 staff, if any at all, said a spokeperson for Duchy.In other news, Waitrose is reportedly in talks to take over Duchy Originals’ operational costs in return for an exclusivity deal on Duchy products.
Thousands of business and technology professionals will gather in Barcelona next week at VMworld 2014 Europe. As a Platinum sponsor, VCE will once again be at the forefront of discussions on how to realise even greater achievements in virtualization to help dramatically reduce IT complexity and drive business value.Come along to booth P201 in the Solutions Exchange to discover how to leverage true converged infrastructure solutions for VDI, SAP, Big Data and Oracle as part of the series of in-booth theater presentations from VCE experts. There will also be guest presentations from VCE’s investor partners Cisco, EMC, and VMware, as well as customer Michael Somerville of the University of San Diego, who will discuss the university’s Vblock System implementation.The booth conversation station and demonstration areas will offer attendees the opportunity to discuss specific questions and challenges and how the latest innovations in VCE Vblock Systems and Vision Intelligent Operations software will support IT transformation.Sessions not to miss include a 60-minute breakout on Tuesday 14 October at 15:30 titled ‘Virtualizing SAP: Real Enterprise Experiences on VCE Vblock™ Systems’, where Nigel Moulton from the VCE office of the CTO and Nick Morgan, SAP solutions specialist at VCE, will discuss how leveraging converged infrastructure enables customers to virtualize and modernize SAP landscapes and accelerate ROI. Then on Thursday 16 October at 10:15, Spencer Critchlow, Chief Strategist at VCE will examine how IT can transform their user environments in a world where providing anytime, anywhere access at a low cost is becoming the de facto standard for organizations, in a presentation entitled ‘The Golden Lessons for Scalable Desktop Virtualization with Unparalleled User Experience’.Keep a close eye on our Twitter feed and the VCE Vblog for live updates and new blogs during the show. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
The cancelation of Wednesday’s annual Winter Career and Internship Fair due to extreme weather conditions has sparked both concern and questions from many students. Sophomore Peter Thompson said the storm produced a dilemma for internship possibilities this summer. “I am one of the fortunate ones who had an interview before the blizzard came on Tuesday,” Thompson said. “However, I would have liked to create a connection with a couple of employers at the fair on Tuesday to open up more possibilities for this summer and the future.” Lee Svete, director of the Career Center, said weathering the storm would not be a wise decision with the high influx of employers coming in from the Chicago area. “When Notre Dame cancelled the Board of Trustees meeting due to the blizzard, we took it as our cue to cancel the Career and Internship Fair,” he said. “If that level of leadership was going to nix their event, we thought it would be good to follow suit.” Svete said he and his staff have begun contacting employers who were planning on coming to Wednesday’s event to inform them of the tentative rescheduled date. “We are hoping to be able to hold the event on March 3, based on the availability of the Joyce Center,” he said. “We think we actually will be able to pick up more employers to come at the later date.” In addition, Svete said he wants those students who had interviews lined up for the following weeks to keep an eye on employers they remain interested in. “The résumés for students who had an interview scheduled remain on Go IRISH,” Svete said. “Some employers need to follow through with the application process, so we ask students to monitor those deadlines through Go IRISH.” In addition to the Career and Internship Fair, the Diversity Reception will also be held tentatively on March 3, Svete said. “March 3 is the ideal date for us all, as most, if not all, of our initial employers will be able to return to campus, as will one hundred percent of our sponsors,” he said. The blizzard, which wreaked havoc on the entire Midwest, has created problems for the companies and corporations who planned on making the trip to campus. Svete said despite this, the event would benefit from a later date. “Armageddon took over Chicago and O’Hare was cancelling flights left and right,” he said. “But, the make-up date of March 3 will make for a better Career and Internship Fair for all.”
After a shooting on the 600 block of Notre Dame Ave. early Sunday morning, a Holy Cross student and a juvenile were hospitalized and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to an online South Bend Police report and a report in the South Bend Tribune.The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. outside a house near the corner of N. Notre Dame Ave. and E. Sorin St., about a half mile south of campus, according to the police report. One of the victims is a 23-year-old male Holy Cross student who suffered gun shot wounds to the foot and head, according to the South Bend Tribune report. The other victim, a minor whose age was not available, sustained a gun shot wound to the leg and was being questioned as a possible suspect in the incident, according the Tribune report. The South Bend Police report classified the incident as an aggravated assault with a firearm. Tags: Holy Cross College, Notre Dame Ave., Shooting, Sorin St.
While many were watching the price of poultry plummet, workers in processing plants began testing positive for COVID-19, causing temporary shutdowns at more than 30 meat processing facilities across the nation, according to MEAT+POULTRY’s website, which has been mapping the cases at meatpoultry.com/articles/22993-covid-19-meat-plant-map.Together, that caused a complex problem for the poultry industry and for consumers.“Pricing has been gut-wrenching to watch over the past month,” said Todd Applegate, department head of poultry science, at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Currently, it has taken quite a nosedive, despite high demand. We are hoping that the experts are correct in their prediction that later this year we will see some decent price recovery.”On April 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) national composite weighted wholesale price was down 16.1 cents per pound from the previous week — to just 50.5 cents per pound. The same week in 2019 saw chicken fetching 96.3 cents per pound, March 2020 prices were 79.4 cents per pound and the three-year average was $1.02 per pound.The USDA composite price fell 33.2 cents per pound over the first two weeks of April. The price tumble was credited to the collapse of the food service industry following COVID-19 restrictions.The price drop caused slowing chick placement, which could diminish supply in the long-term.“Thus far, many processors have some positive cases among workers, but are closely following Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Centers for Disease Control guidelines to protect workers,” Applegate said. Interim guidelines from those agencies are available at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/meat-poultry-processing-workers-employers.html.“Generally, the processors are taking additional measures to protect employees, such as temperature checks on entry, separation of personnel as much as possible, additional sanitation steps, and if anyone has any symptoms — quarantine of people that would have had close contact,” he added. “Many also are paying at least an additional $1 per hour for essential worker pay.”MEAT+POULTRY’s latest map shows only one Georgia processing facility — Sanderson Farms in Moultrie, Georgia, as temporarily closed after about a dozen workers tested positive for COVID-19. The facility is due to reopen in another week. Yet some facilities across the country are reporting high absenteeism due to COVID fears among workers, despite the extra precautions.When the virus became a factor, “volume was up a few percentage points over this time last year,” Applegate explained. “So, depending on how diversified the product and customer mix is for each poultry company, they could be feeling the crunch now. Many are reducing the numbers of chicks sent to a grower in the short-term.”Companies that are primarily dependent on the food service sector, including restaurants and quick-serve restaurants, are hurting. But the resulting surplus isn’t showing up in volume or prices at the grocery store.“The loss of substantial business from the food service sector is causing quite a surplus into certain markets,” he said. “It isn’t as simple for companies to immediately insert a tray-pack line into their plants, if they don’t have the existing equipment, a supply side of retail packaging, and most importantly, contracts with the retail grocers. Some shifts are happening — but slowly, and it’s difficult to overcome prior hoarding activities, which now show some glimmers of slowing down.”Both the price and production of poultry continue to be highly volatile in the current market. And poultry markets have a significant impact on Georgia’s economy. Georgia is the leading poultry-producing state in the nation and one of the largest poultry-producing regions in the world. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia produced 32.4% of the U.S. broilers last year worth $4.5 billion. Egg production was valued at $948 million. The poultry sector brings in $24.6 billion to Georgia’s economy and employs 91,400 people.One more wrinkle in the chain was already a significant problem before the outbreak: transportation.“All the way around — even before COVID19 — truck drivers were in short supply. That has not helped the distribution chain for any food,” Applegate said.One bright spot in the poultry sector is the nation’s new surge in demand for eggs.“On the egg side, they have seen an amazing demand and pricing situation,” he said. “While we expect price bumps around Easter on most years, this is highly beyond the norm. Consumers are loving eggs and they’re flying off the shelves.”For more UGA poultry news, visit poultry.caes.uga.edu/news.html.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Spring? Where? Long Island could see a mix of rain and snow Tuesday evening, with the white stuff potentially coating some areas with up to an inch of snow, forecasters said.The National Weather Service said rain will likely start falling late in the afternoon before transitioning to snow in the evening. The temperature, which is expected to be in the mid-40s around 4 p.m., will drop to a low of 31 by nightfall, forecasters said. There’s a 90 percent chance of precipitation in the evening, according to the weather service. The wet weather will give way to more pleasant conditions Wednesday. Expect temperatures in the mid-40s during the day, with mostly sunny skies. Thursday’s forecast appears to be even better. The weather service is predicting sunny skies and a high near 54 Thursday. It’s still early, but as it stands right now, forecasters are predicting decent weather for Easter Sunday, with temperatures pushing 50 degrees. Rain and snow arrive late today and this evening. Here is our latest snowfall forecast.Posted by US National Weather Service New York NY on Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Come January, there may be many more people like Mary Prochaska.Ms. Prochaska, 73, a retired social worker in Chapel Hill, N.C., has advanced chronic kidney disease and relies on dialysis to filter waste from her blood while she awaits a kidney transplant, her second. But she no longer visits a dialysis center three times a week, the standard treatment. There, nurses and technicians monitored her for four hours while a machine cleansed her blood.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – So far, her only unpleasant side effect is fatigue, sometimes requiring afternoon rests. A company called TruBlu Logistics delivers the cases of solution, tubes and other supplies, and Medicare covers the costs, which are considerably lower than for in-center dialysis.In 2017, according to the United States Renal Data System, 14.5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries had chronic kidney disease, rising sharply with age from 10.5 percent of people 65 to 74 to almost a quarter of those over 85. Nearly half of dialysis patients were older than 65.For decades, health advocates and many nephrologists have encouraged more patients to consider home dialysis. But that year, of 124,500 patients with newly diagnosed advanced kidney disease (also called end-stage renal disease), only 10 percent began peritoneal dialysis like Ms. Prochaska did.- Advertisement – Another 2 percent turned to at-home hemodialysis, removing wastes with machines adapted from those used in centers.Everyone else starting dialysis went to a dialysis center, probably owned by one of the two corporations that dominate the industry, DaVita or Fresenius. The first couple of months were difficult, Mr. Moreira said, as he learned the manual technique, dialyzing four times a day. Then, like Ms. Prochaska, he graduated to a cycler machine and now exchanges fluids overnight. It’s simpler, he said, and suits his active life; he walks and mountain bikes and serves as a pastor.“I have more time for myself, my family, my business,” he said. “I have more strength. I sleep very well. I feel good.”[Like the Science Times page on Facebook. | Sign up for the Science Times newsletter.] Instead, she has opted for dialysis at home. “It’s easier on your body and better for your health,” she said. “And far better than exposing yourself to whatever you might get from being in a group of people” at a center during a pandemic.With her husband’s help, Ms. Prochaska performs peritoneal dialysis; after a surgeon implanted a tube in her side, her abdominal lining acts as the filter. After getting training for a couple of weeks, she began using a home machine called a cycler to remove excess fluid and impurities.“It automatically does the pumping in and pumping out, five times a night, while you sleep,” she said. “When you get up, you’re done. It’s like having a normal life.” This fall, however, Medicare announced a mandatory program intended to transform that system, covering about 30 percent of beneficiaries with advanced chronic kidney disease, close to 400,000 people. Starting Jan. 1, it will use payment bonuses — and later, penalties — to try to increase the proportion of patients using home dialysis and receiving transplants.Even experts with no love for the outgoing administration have called this approach the biggest change for kidney patients since 1972, when Richard M. Nixon signed legislation providing Medicare coverage for those in kidney failure, regardless of age.“This is bold,” said Richard Knight, a transplant recipient and president of the American Association of Kidney Patients. “There are a lot of incentives for providers to do things they have not traditionally done.”“I think it’s going to have a really profound impact on kidney care,” said Dr. Abhijit Kshirsagar, a nephrologist and the director of the dialysis program at the University of North Carolina.Studies have found that home dialysis patients report a greater sense of independence and autonomy, with more flexible schedules that make it easier to work or travel. They experience better quality of life. So why do so few choose it? Moreover, not all older kidney patients can or want to dialyze at home. “They may have some degree of cognitive impairment” or be too frail to lift bags of solution, said Dr. Gerald Hladik, chief of nephrology at the University of North Carolina. They need room to store supplies and a clean, private dialysis space.Even with ample discussion and education, it’s unclear what proportion might eventually choose home dialysis. Perhaps 25 to 50 percent, Dr. Watnick suggested — “but we don’t know.”Although the new Medicare model excludes nursing home residents and people with dementia, the choice will otherwise rest with patients. Especially during a pandemic, “we’re in favor of patients having the choice to go home,” Mr. Knight said. “But not in favor of pushing people to go home.”Some older people with multiple illnesses may decide to forgo dialysis altogether. Wherever performed, it’s physically and psychologically onerous, and survival decreases at older ages.Dr. Hladik’s 75-year-old father, for instance, wanted to spend his remaining days at home with his dog or at the beach. He chose conservative management to control his symptoms and lived comfortably for a year and a half without dialysis.But home dialysis has worked well for Jorge Moreira, 65, a bookkeeper in Burien, Was. As his kidney disease advanced four years ago, he began dialysis at a Northwest Kidney Centers’ clinic.He found it arduous to arrive at 5:30 a.m. three days a week so that he could finish by 9:30 and go to his office, and he suffered painful leg cramps. A technician suggested he look into peritoneal dialysis; his doctors agreed. Some patients begin dialysis when a health crisis sends them to an emergency room. With scant time to explore the decision or undergo the necessary training to dialyze at home, they wind up at centers. But many don’t seem to know they have alternatives. In a 2016 study, almost half the patients receiving in-center hemodialysis said it had not been their choice.“There are patients who don’t know they could do dialysis at home,” said Dr. Suzanne Watnick, chief medical officer of Northwest Kidney Centers in Seattle. “To me, that’s a travesty. Patients who’ve gotten education about the different modalities have a markedly higher rate of participation in home dialysis.”But the training that physicians receive may not emphasize that option. Moreover, once patients grow accustomed to a center, “where everything is done for you, you’re not likely to take on the responsibility of doing it at home,” Mr. Knight said. Home dialysis can seem daunting or frightening, and neither medical practices nor for-profit centers have had much motivation, at least financially, to promote it.Thirty percent of them soon will. Medicare will increase its monthly payments for each patient that receives home dialysis, starting at 3 percent the first year, decreasing thereafter. Practices and dialysis clinics will also have their reimbursements adjusted up or down depending on their total rates of home dialysis and transplantation.Several new voluntary programs will boost incentives, too. Starting in April, Medicare will pay providers a $15,000 bonus, over three years, when a patient receives a successful kidney transplant. Another measure provides greater support for living kidney donors.Whether such incentives will substantially increase home dialysis and transplants remains an open question.Some providers, noting that the penalties could outweigh the bonuses, aren’t pleased to fall into the 30 percent of covered practices or centers, randomly assigned by ZIP code. “The average nephrologist is going to have a pay cut,” Dr. Watnick said. – Advertisement –
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