Addressing disparities in prostate cancer death rates between black and white men

first_img Read Full Story African-American men with prostate cancer die at almost 2½ times the rate of white men in the United States. One explanation is that they receive unequal access to health care, but that doesn’t fully account for the disparity, according to Timothy Rebbeck, a professor of cancer epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He believes that there may be biological differences behind more aggressive cancers in men of African descent.Rebbeck spoke at Cancer Disparities + Diversity in Life Sciences, held at the UMASS Club in Boston on Oct. 11, 2017. The event was part of HUBweek, which is sponsored by Harvard, MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, and The Boston Globe.Rebbeck highlighted work by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute to gather data on more Americans to diversify research and improve health outcomes.“We should have been doing this 20 years ago,” Rebbeck said, “but at least there are large efforts trying to find out how to make this happen now, so we should be optimistic about what can happen in the future.”Read The Boston Globe article: Scientists aim to address racial and ethnic disparities in cancer researchlast_img read more

Notre Dame researchers work to develop accessible lead testing in South Bend

first_imgEighty percent of homes in South Bend were built before lead paint was banned in 1978. Children living in such homes are most susceptible to the dangers of lead exposure — including life-long cognitive and behavioral impairments. Notre Dame has partnered with the community in an effort to address this issue. Researchers created a lead sample collection kit at a low cost — but it may not be the silver bullet to the community they hoped.The lead problem in South Bend is a public health issue, meaning that St. Joseph County is responsible for addressing the problem. However, there is not enough state funding for the county to be able to help all of the people dealing with lead-filled homes. Emily Dean is a community health worker for the Near Northwest Neighborhood organization (NNN) in South Bend. She also lives in a historic home in the NNN with her two kids — Finn, age five, and Declan, age three. She said the city has stepped up efforts to deal with the lead problem.“Information had just come out that kids living in a certain part of the Near Northwest Neighborhood had the highest childhood lead poisoning rate in the state,” she said. “The director at the NNN said OK well we’ve gotta do something from a neighborhood level because it just didn’t seem like from the county-health level things were happening at the rate that they should.”Paige Ambord, a graduate research fellow for the city of South Bend and a resident of the NNN, said the city has relied on blood testing kids to identify those most in need of help.“So we did these lead testing events all over at different schools and what it is is a finger prick and then they test the blood, they run the results, they send them to the County Health Department, the County Health Department contacts families,” she said. The County Health Department is then responsible for remediating the family’s home. However, removing all lead from a house is a time-intensive and costly process. “A certified lead-risk assessor will go to the person’s home with an expensive machine called an XRF and do a full lead risk assessment at the home,” said Dr. Heidi Beidinger from the Notre Dame Lead Innovation Team (ND LIT). The team has worked with the community to facilitate the screening of houses. Beidinger said ND LIT has created a lead sample collection kit that could give residents some information about lead in their homes, without having to wait for the county. “So is there a way for us to do something where people could collect samples themselves in a really easy way and then send it here to Notre Dame and then we could test it for them and then we could provide them a result? And that’s exactly what we did,” she said. Beidinger said a lot of research went into creating this kit. “Well how do you know where to find the lead in the house?” she said. “Well it’s through two summers of research that we figured out where the most likely hot spots are in a person’s home.”Dean explained how she used the kit in her own home to find such hot spots. “So the directions kind of tell you where to get certain samples so it focuses on window sills, some dust from areas that aren’t dusted often, and then like at the entrance to your house,” she said. “So the kit kind of directs you to some potential hotspots. But as far as gathering the samples, I mean it really could not be easier like every single thing you need is in there and it’s easily marked which bag you use and which spoon you use and everything, you really just fill it out. It’s very straightforward.”Beidinger said the kit is not just easy to use, it’s accurate. “Through our research we found that we have a 96% accuracy with that kit. So if there’s lead at the house, we’re finding it,” she said.While accurate, the kit is not meant to replace the county’s job of assessing a house. For Dean the kit was just a starting point for assessing lead in her home.“I was able to use [the kit] on my house first and then the results from that prompted me to then get a full lead-risk assessment on my house and also apply for a lead-protection program grant which I was able to get,” she said. “And we ended up getting a full lead abatement on our home, which was amazing.”Although Dean was able to qualify for a grant to remediate her home, others with lead in their house are not so lucky due to high expenses. Dean said some people will do the kit, not get a grant and then get stuck with a lead problem. “I know of three neighbors that qualified and went through all the stuff and then it just came back too expensive so they didn’t get the work done, they couldn’t get the work done,” she said.The ND LIT kit can give homeowners results on their own time, but it’s the county that actually funds lead abatement. Without the kit, lead is first found when a child comes up with lead poisoning.  Beidinger said the kit could address that larger ethical problem. “For years, really decades, the way that we detect lead in the environment is based on a child’s blood lead test. It’s immoral,” Beidinger said. “We have to shift that paradigm. We can’t rely on children’s bodies to find lead. We need to be proactive in our society and find the lead before children are poisoned.”Ideally, residents would use the kit preventatively and not have to stick a needle in their child to find out whether or not they are lead poisoned. However, the blood tests are much more accessible to the community since they are funded by the city. “It’s this really weird point where we want more kids to get tested but we also want that to no longer be the way that parents find out there’s a hazard in their home,” Dean said. “So we don’t want to stop that push of encouraging people to get tested and we want the testing rate to increase in our neighborhood and around the city and everywhere where this is potentially a problem. But at the same time, it’s crazy to me that parents don’t find out that they have lead hazards in their home until their kid has lead poison.”Lead abatement is full of catch 22s. The county can test your home, but it maybe can’t fix it. The city can help test your child for lead, but it doesn’t control the abatement grants. You want to catch lead before a child is poisoned, but the kit isn’t official yet. The city can’t hand the kit out. And the county can’t use it as a basis for lead abatement. “The Notre Dame kits right now would not be considered verified to apply for a [Department of Housing and Urban Development] grant,” Ambord said. “Only going to the actual County Health Department counts as an official verification of a lead risk. Really the problem is the city can’t give out the kit because if we gave out the kit and people found out they had a lead problem, we would be culpable and we don’t necessarily have the funding,” It could be a long time before the kits are considered an official verification of lead risk. Until then, ND LIT is trying to find safe, low-cost ways for kit users to clean up lead zones in their home once they’ve been found. Tags: lead testing, ND LIT, Near Northwest Neighborhood, news podcast, South Bendlast_img read more

Chautauqua County Man Charged After Allegedly Making Fraudulent Purchases

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.WESTFIELD – A Chautauqua County man is facing several charges after allegedly making fraudulent purchases with another person’s business account last month.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division says that 26-year-old Andrew Sissem purchased more than $1,200 in items at the Westfield NAPA Auto Parts store with a business account that was not his.Furthermore, investigators say that Sissem used the same account to by more than $800 in items at ADD Lumber-True Value.Sissem is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny. Deputies say Sissem was issued appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in Westfield Town Court at a later date.The Westfield Police Department assisted deputies with their investigation. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

90 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Chautauqua County On Friday Afternoon

first_img17 0 14062- Forestville1 14750- Lakewood9 3.77% 14720- Celoron0 1.8% 32 13.06% 1 0.1% 3.85% 0.0% 80-8971 All Ages20 60-69242 338 14166- Van Buren Point0 2.0% 3.5% 2 0.6% 14740- Gerry0 40-491 Total Cases 4.6% 14138- South Dayton1 6 14752- Lily Dale0 5 0 0 New Cases 25.2% 12 30 475 1 12 0 1.9% 0.41% 14712- Bemus Point4 15 Percent 21 46 1 Symptoms 0 14733- Falconer2 14710- Ashville1 50-591 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 34 0 0 0-390 14722- Chautauqua0 1.1% Symptoms Known907 14757- Mayville14 13 90+26 10 14081- Irving0 20-29382 15 12.85% 1.06% 14767- Panama1 Zip Code 18.0% 60-693 14 24.37% 8 3 14728- Dewittville0 21 11.79% 2.2% 1.9% 3 Age Group 0.4% 33 0.5% 14724- Clymer1 5.15% 0 1 17 CDC Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Ninety new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Friday.The county Health Department’s dashboard reports 263 cases are now active countywide.Of the new cases, 23 are in Jamestown with 52 active in the city.The county’s seven-day average percent positivity rate is now 4.7 percent, up from 4.2 the day before; with 15 people hospitalized. There are now 1,883 cases with 1,600 recovered and 20 previously reported deaths.A full breakdown of the day’s stats are posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 14716- Brocton0 Agecenter_img 1 3 Fatality Rate by Age Group 14784- Stockton0 56 0.6% 30-39222 2 3 14775- Ripley4 14723- Cherry Creek1 14736- Findley Lake0 0.9% 14769- Portland0 0.5% 2 11 9 14726- Conewango Valley0 14747- Kennedy2 0 14787- Westfield0 4 10 0.9% 90+1 10 2 Number 41 14782- Sinclairville1 374 Yes686 5 40-49246 23 0-19254 0.00% 14136- Silver Creek2 0.5% 35 52 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 14738- Frewsburg1 1.1% 0.3% 0.0% 80-897 1.8% 20.29% 3.0% 1.24% 0.7% 0.7% 75.63% 13.49% 1 12.85% 70-79136 3 7.22% 65 4 1.38% 14781- Sherman2 62 Number 0.41% 86 14718- Cassadaga0 3.3% 6 14048- Dunkirk8 37 Fatality Rate 50-59245 19.9% 14063- Fredonia12 14701- Jamestown23 0.1% No221 11 Percent 9.86% 1.2% 6 Total Deaths 70-797 36 0.2% Percent of Total Cases Active Cases 0.8% Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive! Go Behind the Scenes at The King and I Cast Recording

first_img The King and I We’re whistling a happy tune! The previously reported The King and I cast album will be available digitally on June 2 and in stores on June 9, and we have an exclusive sneak peek of what went on behind the scenes at the recording! Check out the footage below, as well as interviews with stars 2015 Tony nominees Kelli O’Hara, Ruthie Ann Miles and director Bartlett Sher, along with Ashley Park and Conrad Ricamora. The Tony nominated and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning revival of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein tuner is currently playing at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, also starring Ken Watanabe. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters acquires Tully’s Coffee Brand

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters Announces Asset Purchase Agreement for Acquisition of the Tully’s Coffee Brand and Wholesale BusinessWest Coast Acquisition to Accelerate GMCR’s Geographic Expansion PlansCompany Intends to Leverage Full Potential of Complementary Tully’s brand to drive Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewing system penetration across North America WATERBURY, VT (September 15, 2008) – Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) announced today that the Company has executed an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire the Tully’s coffee brand and wholesale business from Tully’s Coffee Corporation for a cash purchase price of $40.3 million, subject to adjustment at closing. Tully’s wholesale business division distributes handcrafted coffees and related products via office coffee services, food service distributors, and over 5,000 supermarkets located primarily in the western states. Tully’s Coffee Corporation will remain an independent company, owned by its existing shareholders and managed by its existing management team, with a focus on its retail and international division assets. Tully’s retail business will operate under license and supply agreements with GMCR. This arrangement is intended to create consistent representation of the Tully’s brand while providing high quality gourmet coffee to all customers drinking Tully’s branded coffee. Following the completion of this transaction, GMCR expects to integrate approximately 70 employees from Tully’s wholesale business into its Green Mountain Coffee segment. GMCR will sublease from Tully’s the portion of Tully’s manufacturing and distribution center in Seattle, WA that is devoted to the wholesale business. Green Mountain Coffee intends to finance the purchase through its existing $225 million senior revolving credit facility. This transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Tully’s shareholders, and is expected to close by the end of calendar 2008. Tom T. O’Keefe, Chairman of the Board of Tully’s, representing 10.4 % of the outstanding voting shares and 20.1% of the common stock outstanding of Tully’s, has agreed to vote in favor of the transaction. Green Mountain Coffee anticipates the acquisition will be neutral to modestly accretive to its earnings per share for the first twelve months of ownership following the closing of the transaction, and accretive thereafter. Taking into account the acquisition, the Company is not changing its previously issued estimates for fully diluted GAAP earnings per share in the range of $1.20 to $1.30 per share for fiscal year 2009. Lawrence J. Blanford, President and CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, said, “GMCR is delighted to be adding an outstanding specialty coffee brand such as Tully’s to our coffee roasting family. Tully’s will provide GMCR with a complementary West Coast brand and business infrastructure, furthering our plans to establish the Company, and its proprietary Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewing system, throughout North America.” Blanford continued, “Tully’s wholesale sales over the past 12 months ended June 30, 2008 of $30.4 million are up approximately 35% driven by growing supermarket distribution to 5,000 doors in 20 states, primarily in the western part of the nation, and K-Cup(r) portion pack sales. This complements our own business in these channels, which is currently largely on the East Coast. Enhanced distribution of Tully’s K-Cup portion packs in supermarkets and office coffee services also presents exciting opportunities. Tully’s has been a Keurig licensee since November, 2005. With this acquisition, we intend to further leverage the brand’s potential and aggressively grow Tully’s wholesale business.” Blanford concluded, “We have great admiration for the Tully’s brand and commitment to the community which the founder, Tom T. O’Keefe, has created. We believe Tully’s wholesale business is a compelling and strategic acquisition. It will further strengthen GMCR’s ability to better service its customers and deliver enhanced shareholder value over time.” Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal advisor to GMCR for this acquisition.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology and socially and environmentally responsible business practices. GMCR manages its operations through two wholly owned business segments: Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. Its Green Mountain Coffee division sells more than 100 high-quality coffee selections, including Fair Trade Certified(tm) organic coffees, under the Green Mountain Coffee(r) and Newman’s Own(r) Organics brands through its wholesale, direct mail and e-commerce operations (www.GreenMountainCoffee.com(link is external)). Green Mountain Coffee also produces its coffee as well as hot cocoa and tea in K-Cup(r) portion packs for Keurig(r) Single-Cup Brewers. Keurig, Incorporated is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup coffee brewing systems for offices, homes and hotel rooms. Keurig markets its patented brewers and K-Cups(r) through office distributors, retail and direct channels (www.Keurig.com(link is external)). K-Cups are produced by a variety of licensed roasters including Green Mountain Coffee and Tully’s. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. has been recognized repeatedly by CRO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company’s success in receiving required approvals for the acquisition of Tully’s wholesale business, the Company’s success in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully’s wholesale operations and capacity into its Green Mountain Coffee segment, the impact on both companies’ retail sales of consumer sentiment regarding the health of the economy, the Company’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, the unknown impact of management changes, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the office and at home markets, the impact of the loss of one or more major customers for Green Mountain Coffee or Tully’s or reduction in the volume of purchases by one or more major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, Green Mountain Coffee’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, variances from sales mix and growth rate, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risks described more fully in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.###last_img read more

7 Must-Do Paddling Trips in the Blue Ridge and Beyond

first_imgPaddling is a unique and rewarding opportunity to experience the landscapes of nature. Watery trails snake through the wilderness, allowing outdoor enthusiasts to explore the beauty around them in a very organic way. In the spring, waterways are often swollen with fresh rain and white water routes are begging for a challenger. In the summer, paddling provides a great way to stay cool while experiencing an outdoor adventure. Even in the winter time there are amazing adventures to be had in places like Congaree National Park, a Lowcountry swamp that is best avoided in summertime but beautiful nonetheless.  1. Obed Wild and Scenic River, TennesseeThe experienced kayaker will find themselves drawn to the white rapids of the Obed Wild and Scenic River. Composed primarily of four streams – the Obed, Clear Creek, Daddy’s Creek and the Emory River – this NPS river offers both heart-pounding rapids and relaxing floats. At the rapids, elements of unpredictability such as hydraulics, navigating boulders, and waves known to build to heights of over ten feet will give seasoned paddlers the challenge they’ve been looking for. Daddy’s Creek Canyon is a two-mile-long canyon with swift class III – IV rapids that leads down to class II all the way to the Obed. The Clear Creek section has the cleanest water and the smoothest paddling opportunities. For the novice paddler, the stretch between Barnett Bridge and Jett Bridge is a popular spot.Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.14.31 AM2. Chattahoochee River, GeorgiaThe Chattahoochee River is a popular place for paddlers to launch their canoes and kayaks and enjoy the day. Some paddlers, such as Robert Fuller, even see The Hooch as a chance to explore the entire length of the river system, from its source spring in North Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico, all in one go. But anyone can break down your paddling trip into segments, as there are several put ins along the river. The stretch from Buford Dam to Abbotts Bridge is a 13-mile section that will likely take about five to eight hours. A great short trip would be the stretch from Abbotts Bridge to Medlock Bridge, or from Medlock Bridge to Jones Bridge. Those sections only take about one to two hours.Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.14.41 AM3. Great Falls on the Potomac, VirginiaJust outside our nation’s capital is a stretch of whitewater known as one of the deadliest whitewater rapids, and is therefore reserved for only the experienced paddlers. The Potomac River Gorge is a section of water with varying personalities throughout her 14-mile stretch of the Potomac River. The Great Falls section of the Potomac River Gorge is the most dangerous – and therefore, the most attractive to thrill-seekers looking to strong arm mother nature’s aquatic challenges. The danger lies in the places where the Potomac builds up speed and force as it spills through Mather Gorge, with several 20 foot waterfalls and a total 76-foot drop in elevation over a one-mile distance.Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.14.55 AM4. Piscataway, MarylandPiscataway Park is located on the Atlantic Flyway, so as you enjoy your paddling trip, keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful types of birds that frequent the area. Anything from eagles and ospreys to warblers and jays can be spotted. This park offers a great creek great for meandering. It’s perfect for a relaxing day on the water, with plenty of opportunities to stop for a picnic and enjoy the scenic nature views.Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.15.09 AM5. Captain John Smith Chesapeake, VirginiaThe Captain John Smith Chesapeake is part of the National Historic Trail, an official trail launched in 2007 that follows the routes of Captain John Smith’s explorations by water. The entire trail includes approximately 3,000 miles in parts of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and D.C. James River Water Trail section is a popular pick, because the boating tour follows three loops: the Upper Oxbow Loop, which goes from Richmond to Hopewell and follows scenic oxbow bends full of beautiful forests and shorelines; the Cypress Loop, which goes from Hopewell to Jamestown, and is characterized by unique cypress trees, historic plantations and a wildlife refuge; and the Oyster Loop, which goes from Jamestown to the developed waterfront section of Newport News.Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.15.21 AM6. Congaree National Park, South CarolinaThis national park is a gorgeous place to visit, loaded with old growth hardwoods that tower into the sky. Canoeing and kayaking along Cedar Creek is a favorite activity in the park, where smooth waterways pass through a primeval forest with some of the tallest trees in eastern North America. Wildlife is abundant here, with otters, deer, turtles, and various types of birds. The Cedar Creek Canoe Trail is a 15-mile water trail that starts at Bannister’s Bridge and continues to the Congaree River. This is the perfect creek for both beginner and experienced paddlers, providing an excellent relaxing day on the water, and a unique way to explore nature.Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.15.38 AM7. Gauley River National Recreation Area, West VirginiaScenic gorges and valleys host 25 miles of adrenaline-blasting Gauley River and six miles of the Meadow River for an experience you’ll never forget. The Gauley River boasts several heart-pumping class V rapids, and is considered to be one of the most adventurous white water experiences in the east. Every September, kayakers flock to the Gauley as water is released from Summersville Dam. The river drops 668 feet over the course of 25 miles, with more than 100 rapids through forests of oak, beech, yellow poplar, hemlock and dogwood.Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 11.15.51 AMlast_img read more

U.S. Donates Speedboats to Nicaraguan Navy’s Counter-narcotics Fight

first_imgThe armies also confiscated 67 weapons, 11 grenades, 12 vehicles, and seven vessels used by criminals. Neither the Nicaraguan nor Honduran Army immediately reported which narcotrafficking or organized crime group owned any of the contraband. The armies also confiscated 67 weapons, 11 grenades, 12 vehicles, and seven vessels used by criminals. Neither the Nicaraguan nor Honduran Army immediately reported which narcotrafficking or organized crime group owned any of the contraband. Colombia’s National Army destroys 2 cocaine laboratories Soldiers with the Vulcano Task Force of the Colombian National Army’s Second Division destroyed two cocaine-producing laboratories belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Norte de Santander. Soldiers with the Vulcano Task Force of the Colombian National Army’s Second Division destroyed two cocaine-producing laboratories belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Norte de Santander. In support of Operation Morazán Sandino, the Nicaraguan and Honduran Armies seized 860 kilograms of drugs and destroyed two illegal airstrips along their countries’ shared border during joint operations between April 1-22. By Dialogo April 29, 2015 The U.S. has provided the Nicaraguan Army’s Naval Force three refurbished speedboats to combat narcotrafficking and organized crime, with the promise of donating a total of 21 boats. Successful joint operation along Nicaraguan-Honduran border During the operation, they seized 220 gallons of processed coca base and 160 kilograms of urea – an essential ingredient to make cocaine – among other supplies and equipment from the two wooden structures which were allegedly operated by the FARC’s May 29 Company. The Army didn’t immediate report if any suspects were captured in connection with any of the seizures. The U.S. has provided the Nicaraguan Army’s Naval Force three refurbished speedboats to combat narcotrafficking and organized crime, with the promise of donating a total of 21 boats. The FARC is the country’s largest guerrilla group and uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist organization. The Army continues to ask residents to use hotlines 146 and 147 to report any suspicious activity while they continue to combat violence and the trafficking of illicit goods nationwide. The boats, which had been seized from narcotraffickers by the U.S. Navy, underwent a $375,000 restoration project before they were donated — including the installation of communication and navigation equipment. They’ll be used to stop narcotraffickers in the Nicaraguan Caribbean. During the operation, they seized 220 gallons of processed coca base and 160 kilograms of urea – an essential ingredient to make cocaine – among other supplies and equipment from the two wooden structures which were allegedly operated by the FARC’s May 29 Company. The Army didn’t immediate report if any suspects were captured in connection with any of the seizures. Operation Morazán Sandino is focusing on 17 areas along the Nicaraguan-Honduran border. The armies are working together as a result of a bilateral agreement the countries signed in April 2014 that allows them to strengthen security along their shared border. The boats, which had been seized from narcotraffickers by the U.S. Navy, underwent a $375,000 restoration project before they were donated — including the installation of communication and navigation equipment. They’ll be used to stop narcotraffickers in the Nicaraguan Caribbean. In support of Operation Morazán Sandino, the Nicaraguan and Honduran Armies seized 860 kilograms of drugs and destroyed two illegal airstrips along their countries’ shared border during joint operations between April 1-22. Since 2000, Nicaragua has seized 152,965 kilograms of cocaine, heroin and other drugs. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 report. Nicaragua has bolstered its counter-narcotics fight in recent years by forming partnerships with countries throughout the Americas and in Europe. Since 2000, Nicaragua has seized 152,965 kilograms of cocaine, heroin and other drugs. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 report. Nicaragua has bolstered its counter-narcotics fight in recent years by forming partnerships with countries throughout the Americas and in Europe. Colombia’s National Army destroys 2 cocaine laboratories Operation Morazán Sandino is focusing on 17 areas along the Nicaraguan-Honduran border. The armies are working together as a result of a bilateral agreement the countries signed in April 2014 that allows them to strengthen security along their shared border. Successful joint operation along Nicaraguan-Honduran border The FARC is the country’s largest guerrilla group and uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist organization. The Army continues to ask residents to use hotlines 146 and 147 to report any suspicious activity while they continue to combat violence and the trafficking of illicit goods nationwide.last_img read more

BLOG: Shell Cracker Plant a “Game-Changer” for Pennsylvania’s Economy

first_imgBLOG: Shell Cracker Plant a “Game-Changer” for Pennsylvania’s Economy By: Governor Tom Wolf Energy,  Innovation,  The Blog This week’s announcement that Shell Chemical will proceed with building a ‘cracker’ plant in Western Pennsylvania is a game-changer – both for the region and the commonwealth as a whole.When I speak with industry leaders inside and outside of Pennsylvania, the message is consistent — getting Pennsylvania natural gas to market is too difficult. And that creates a real problem because taking gas out of the ground is only as good as that gas can get to market.The new cracker plant in Beaver County will make plastics from gas extracted in Pennsylvania and help attract industries that use these natural gas byproducts for their products and services. Our investment in making this project a reality will pay dividends for Western Pennsylvanians now and for future generations to come.The success of this project is part of a much-needed, longer term plan to translate our abundant resources to make Pennsylvania a leader in downstream production. The commitment of the Shell cracker plant in Western Pennsylvania is an important step toward this goal. This would be the first major U.S. project of its kind built away from the Gulf Coast region in the last two decades and provide significant benefits to current and future manufacturers in Western Pennsylvania.The commonwealth engaged the company with the goal of creating jobs, spurring economic development, and taking the next steps to connect the energy industry with long-term, sustainable economic growth.My administration is committed to creating jobs in the energy industry through responsible, well-regulated extraction and long-term, creative industrial growth.We have worked to develop strategies for safe and responsible pipeline development that brings resources to markets and facilities and we have prioritized the Shell plant to show the world that Pennsylvania is a leader in energy manufacturing and downstream production.I commend the work of Republicans and Democrats who fought tirelessly to make this project a reality. This was an all hands on deck effort for state government – from the last administration to mine, a lot of effort from the Departments of Community and Economic Development and Environmental Protection ultimately led to Shell’s final decision.There is no doubt in my mind that Shell’s decision comes not just because of the rich resources available in the region, but because the consistent and constant partnership of local and state officials who supported the project along the way.This is a big thing for Beaver County, and it is the biggest investment made in Pennsylvania since World War II. This is not just another manufacturing facility we were fortunate enough to land. This could lay the foundation for a whole new industry.I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to grow this industry in way that bolsters the economy and protects the environment in Western Pennsylvania and across the commonwealth. June 09, 2016center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Toronto turns the clock back

first_imgINTRO: On July 27 Toronto Transit Commission officially opened its Spadina Avenue light rail extension. William D Middleton was there Chinese dragon dancers, a festival atmosphere the length of lower Spadina Avenue and an estimated 32000 riders were all at hand when the Toronto Transportation Commission celebrated the opening of its Spadina Avenue light rail line (RG 8.97 p502) on July 27. In a curious inversion of what was probably said almost 49 years earlier when the Spadina streetcar line was replaced by buses, politicians at the ribbon-cutting ceremony extolled the advantages of forward-looking light rail over the motor bus.From its northern terminal at Spadina station on TTC’s east-west Bloor-Danforth subway, the new line extends 3·65 km southwards along Spadina Avenue to Queens Quay, where it joins the 2·1 km Harbourfront line that opened in 1990. The two lines form a new route between Spadina and Union Station subway stations with 17 stops in the ethnic neighbourhoods and fashion district along thriving Spadina Avenue, and the fast-growing residential, commercial and recreation activities of the Harbourfront district along Queens Quay. Construction of the Spadina line began in December 1992 and cost C$104·5m, well below the original budget of C$141m due to depressed conditions in the construction industry. Boosting capacityOperating mainly on a reserved right-of-way down the centre of Spadina Avenue, light rail vehicles have increased capacity and introduced faster and more reliable service to what was a busy bus corridor through a heavily-congested distict. Spadina Avenue itself has been upgraded with a rebuilt roadway, wider pavements, new parking bays, public art and extensive landscaping. Street congestion at the intersection of Spadina Avenue and West Bloor Street, the line’s northern terminal, has been avoided by building a 685m underground loop that takes the light rail line into the subway station. A similar underground loop between Queens Quay and Union Station is part of the earlier Harbourfront line.Initial daily ridership over the new route is expected to average 32000, with ample capacity for growth expected as development of the district continues. While TTC originally planned procurement of a 100% low- floor vehicle for this and other routes, the programme has been deferred indefinitely, and the Spadina line is being operated with standard Canadian LRVs.Further expansionFurther expansion of Toronto’s light rail system now seems likely following approval by the TTC board in June of an 0·8 km extension along Queens Quay to connect with the existing Bathurst Street line, at a cost of C$13m. Extending from the Bloor-Danforth subway’s Bathurst station to the Canadian National Exhibition grounds, the Bathurst line presently provides the only rail link to this popular exhibition venue, which has recently expanded with the development of a World Trade Centre. The new link would permit additional light rail services to the CNE grounds from Union Station and Spadina subway station. Although the project is not expected to be approved by the newly expanded regional council until next year, TTC hopes to go forward with the link as soon as possible.Work is already proceeding on the only other TTC rail expansion project likely to be completed in the foreseeable future, the five-station 6·4 km Sheppard subway that will extend east from Sheppard station on the north-south Yonge subway to Don Mills Road in the city of North York. Construction began in late 1994 of a 750m cut-and-cover tailtrack structure to the west of the Yonge-Sheppard station. This work is now substantially complete, and early in September twin tunnel boring machines should begin working westward from an access shaft just west of a planned station at Leslie Street. Work should begin later this year on the Leslie station and a crossing of the Don River, with the balance of station construction scheduled to begin in 1998. Systems installation should start in 1999, and the C$875m project should begin operation by mid-2002, with a projected initial ridership of 30 million passengers a year.The Sheppard subway is the only survivor of four projects that were originally included in an ambitious C$2·5bn Rapid Transit Expansion Programme announced by the Ontario provincial government early in 1993. Subsequent funding problems led to decisions during 1995 to delay indefinitely a planned 4·7 km Eglinton West subway, a 5·1 km extension of the Spadina subway, and a 3·1 km extension of TTC’s Scarborough rapid transit line. Given the substantially reduced scope of its expansion programme, TTC has decided not to include in the Sheppard project the transmission-based signalling and platform doors that were initially planned for all four of its subway extensions. oCAPTION: Reflecting an earlier era on Spadina Avenue, one of Toronto’s historic Peter Witt cars was used for the opening ceremony. TTC Chair Paul Christio helped Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall to cut the ribbonCAPTION: Left: At the northern terminus, an underground loop provides interchange with east-west trains on the Bloor-Danforth subwaylast_img read more