624 New COVID-19 Cases Wednesday

first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 624 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday. A total of 107,809 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,261,892 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.5% positive rate and 12 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,247 Hoosier deaths.Dearborn County has a total of 612 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 4 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 446 positive cases and 39 deaths (up 1 new death), Franklin County has 290 positive cases and 25 deaths (up 1 new case), and Ripley County has 270 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 1 new case). Locally, this is an increase of 6 new positive cases and 1 new death.last_img

Mayor Stephanie Murray to Lead Middletown in 2018

first_imgBy Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – Stephanie Murray will once again serve as Middletown’s mayor in 2018.Speaking inside a bustling, packed courtroom at 1 Kings Highway on Jan. 7, Murray was quick to thank her family and supporters, but also expressed appreciation for one of the “hallmarks” of her hometown – its sense of community and dedication to volunteerism.“A community is not just about geography,” Murray said. “A community is about people taking care of each other. Community is about being part of a team.”That was the overriding theme of Murray’s speech to residents after she was sworn in by Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.Murray succeeds Committeeman Gerry Scharfenberger, a six-time mayor, who led the township throughout 2017. She was re-elected to Middletown’s governing body in November alongside her running mate, Tony Fiore.“Even though this is my third time as mayor, I am as thrilled as I was the first time,” she said. “I am also filled with an even healthier dose of reverence, having learned from the first few times around the block.”Murray, who recently took a part-time job as West Long Branch’s borough administrator, believes experience will help her govern throughout 2018, a year sure to be filled with plenty of decisions and changes for the governing body.In the second half of the meeting, the Township Committee unanimously approved another $25,000 in legal fees to fight the Monmouth County Reliability Project – a $111 million proposal by Jersey Central Power & Light Co. to build a 230kV transmission line along 10 miles of the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail line from Aberdeen to Red Bank, running through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown.Middletown, as the lead agency, has teamed with Aberdeen, Hazlet and Holmdel to form a municipal consortium to fight the project in court. The $25,000 installment is for Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, P.C., a Basking Ridge-based law firm, which the township retained in 2016 to litigate on their behalf. Maser Consulting, a Middletown engineering firm, was also brought on to the legal team. The four towns have collectively spent nearly $200,000 in legal fees to fight the MCRP.In December, the MCRP’s legal record closed in the Office of Administrative Law, and the project is now in hands of Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Cookson. A residents’ group called RAGE (Residents Against Giant Electric) has also spent nearly $450,000 of their own money for legal fees. RAGE leadership anticipates a decision by Cookson at the end of the month.“We certainly think this is the last payment we have to make and are very optimistic about the outcome,” Murray said. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed but we’ll stay prepared.”Other new projects slated for Middletown in 2018 include a township-operated garbage pickup program and the construction of a new town hall.In his final address as 2017 mayor, Scharfenberger said the new trash policy is the “most high-profile program” for residents this year. The township said the program will help lessen the impact on taxpayers, but some residents have been unhappy with the new service. It went into effect on Jan. 1.“While change can sometimes be difficult and worrisome, we are confident that this move is overwhelmingly the best, most cost-effective choice for Middletown,” he said. “After the system becomes routine, we think residents will agree.”The project to rebuild the town hall complex is expected to make strides this year. Tentative design plans have been drawn up for the $20 million project, which Scharfenberger vowed would be accomplished without impact to taxpayers.Murray said the project will be underway by January 2019 and added news that the township will market a segment of the property for outside development to offset the cost of the major project.Other initiatives the mayor plans to focus on this year include keeping the municipal rate flat after a decrease in 2017, along with expanding the township’s heritage tourism program to include more historic districts in Middletown.“Middletown is not only a hub of education, culture and activity, but the paramount (example) of a successful community,” she said. “Again, this is because of all of you.”A Middletown FirstWith over 350 years of recorded history it’s hard to come across a “first” in Middletown, but volunteer first responders made it happen last week.Surrounded by her family, Kimberly Kraynock was sworn in as the first female chief of any emergency department in Middletown history, after she was elected by her peers from five volunteer companies as the EMS Chief for 2018.Kraynock, a Keansburg resident with 14 years of experience in the volunteer EMS field, said the afternoon was one filled with plenty of emotion.“You never think you’re going to get there, at least in my opinion. You work so hard towards something like this and you don’t really ever expect to get there sometimes,” Kraynock said.“It’s hard to say thanks,” she continued, “so you just have to make sure to do the best you can for your department and the town to make as many improvements as you can.”Kraynock has been with the Port Monmouth First Aid Squad for the past eight years and also spent time in Tinton Falls and with the Lincroft First Aid & Rescue Squad, where her career began.Murray administered the oath of office to Kraynock and the two embraced each other before and after the swearing in. Afterwards, Murray said it was a historic day for Middletown.“I’m so proud, I really am,” Murray said. “I think it’s about time and you’ll be seeing a lot more as time goes by.”Kraynock said she plans to focus more on collective training with all the departments, practicing in active shooter situations and integrating other associations in town to first responders’ events and programs.“There are a lot more female volunteers in your organization than you realize,” Kraynock said with a smile. “It’s about time we start showing that.”This article was first published in the Jan. 11-18, 2018 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Rebels overcome slow start to edge Nelson Leafs

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsNorthern Michigan University prospect Ryan Aynsley had three points to allow the Castlegar Rebels to continue its season dominance of the Nelson Leafs, edging the West Kootenay rival 5-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League play Saturday in the Sunflower City.The Rebels won all but one game against the Green and White this season, including a 4-3 decision Friday in Nelson.Castlegar, winners of the Murdoch Division regular season crown in convincing fashion, overcame a slow start to out score the Leafs 4-1 during the final 40 minutes.Nelson had the best start it could want when Marcus Dahl and Braeden Hikichi each scored power play goals less than three minutes apart in the first period.But Arthur Andrews, before the first period ended, and Tyler Robinson, Aynsley and Erik Wentzel, in the second gave the Rebels the lead for good. The second period markers came in a span of five minutes. Taylor Anderson added an empty net marker in the third to conclude the Castlegar scoring. Connor Enright also scored for Nelson.Castlegar out shot the Leafs for the second straight night 31-30.Cole Buckley registered the win in goal for Castlegar, which opens the playoffs against Spokane Braves.Marcus Beesley, playing his 11th consecutive game as starter Darren Hogg continues to sit on the shelf nursing a leg injury, took the loss in goal for Nelson.ICE CHIPS: Nelson concludes the season with a two-game series against Creston Valley Thunder Cats. The series was to have been played in Whitehorse but local organizers decided to switch gears when the WHL accepted an offer to be part of the weekend. Now Vancouver Giants will play the Kamloops Blazers on Hockey Day in Canada. . . .Gavin Currie, out of the lineup with a shoulder injury since the New Year’s Eve game against Spokane, is expected to see some time against Creston. . . .The Leafs open the post season Tuesday, February 15 in Fruitvale against the Nitehawks. Game two is Wednesday with the series switching to the NDCC Arena Friday and Saturday. . . .Castlegar opens against Spokane Monday, Feb. 14 in the Sunflower City. . . .The Rebels meet Grand Forks Wednesday in the Boundary City before concluding the regular season with a home-and-home set against Beaver Valley, Friday in Castlegar and Saturday in [email protected]last_img read more

Is 49ers Marcell Harris on verge of stealing job at training camp?

first_imgCan he envision himself starting the … SANTA CLARA — A hard hit here, another there. An interception here, another there. Marcell Harris is bruising bodies and egos at 49ers training camp.Look no further if you want a sleeper who might steal a starting spot.“He’s taken a step forward,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday.Harris is technically a second-year strong safety. The first half of his rookie year was spent on injured reserve, recovering from a torn Achilles and pulled hamstring.last_img

Keeping Saturn’s Moons Old

first_imgThe Saturn system has a problem: young moons.  The current consensus on the age of the solar system (4.5 billion years) cannot handle such young objects.  Richard A. Kerr in Science last month described the vexing problem:1 Why is there geology on Saturn’s icy satellites?  Where did these smallish moons get the energy to refresh their impact-battered surfaces with smoothed plains, ridges, and fissures?  These questions have nagged at scientists since the Voyager flybys in the early 1980s, and the Cassini spacecraft’s recent discovery that Saturn’s Enceladus is spouting like an icy geyser has only compounded the problem.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.) The power to run those geysers is 8 gigawatts.  Cassini just released another distant image of Enceladus showing a distinct boundary between two terrains (see Cassini website), and captioned it “Youthful Enceladus.”  (For background information, see the 11/28/2005 entry about Enceladus eruptions, and for entries about its youthful surface, see 08/30/2005, 07/14/2005 and 03/04/2005.  See 01/07/2005 about Iapetus).     Kerr described attempts by scientists to keep the little moons warm enough to support active geology.  These were discussed at the American Geophysical Union meetings in December, and also at the Cassini team’s Project Science Group meetings at JPL in January.  In short, “Perhaps the moons formed early and grabbed just enough heat-generating radioactivity from the nascent solar system” – that is, provided the models are tweaked in certain ways.     One of the secret potions in their new models is aluminum-26, a radioactive element that decays rapidly and produces heat.  If enough is added in the model for Enceladus, it melts the core, produces a liquid ocean and warms the moon – for awhile.  Add some tidal heating, get the core to melt toward the south, and voila–active geysers billions of years later.     For Iapetus, with its bulging equator and thin ridge of 12-km-high mountains, the scientists added a rapid spindown due to tides to its recipe of aluminum-26.  If Iapetus was spinning each 17 hours but was slowed by Saturn to 79 days as at present, and if it had enough Al-26 to stay flexible, it might have raised the equatorial bulge and ridge.  But it couldn’t have been hot for long or those features would have relaxed into a spherical shape.     These efforts attempt to explain how apparently youthful features could persist for billions of years, but not everyone is ready to believe the models.  Kerr quotes Francis Nimmo of UC Santa Cruz who suggested there is perhaps too much investigator interference: “At each stage [of the calculations], there are several knobs you can twiddle,” he said, “There are so many free parameters it’s hard to make a strong statement.”  The modelers are continuing to twiddle the knobs till something resembling the real Enceladus and Iapetus emerge. 1Richard A. Kerr, “Planetary Science: How Saturn’s Icy Moons Get a (Geologic) Life,” Science, 6 January 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5757, p. 29, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5757.29. If this model is correct, how did Enceladus’ neighboring twin Mimas avoid a similar fate?  Why did Iapetus and Enceladus steal all the Al-26 and leave none for Rhea and Dione?  If this were unique to Saturn, it might be a quirk, but the whole solar system is filled with anomalies that do not fit into cozy models.  Every solution breeds new problems.     Let’s use this story for a lesson about how science is done.  Practicing scientists assume that natural explanations (those that invoke only secondary causes) are better than those that invoke primary causes (such as creation).  To deny this is to be a heretic these days.  Even if one believes in God or some other philosophical design principle at the beginning of things, one cannot be a scientist without limiting one’s explanatory resources to secondary causes.  These are the rules, people like Eugenie Scott say, and many scientists and theologians assume this without thinking about it any deeper than retorting that invoking miracles is taboo in science (the either-or fallacy).     This principle is known as methodological naturalism.  One is free to believe in God, but forbidden from invoking Him (or Her, or It) in scientific explanations.  What one does on a Sabbath or Sunday is a personal matter, but in the science lab, just act as if the God you believe in is limited to working through secondary causes.  At the risk of sounding completely nuts to this scientific culture, let us ask a few questions no one else seems to be asking.  Is this not Deism – a religion?  Practically speaking, what is there left for a God to do?  This type of methodology puts a Designer out of business and makes his existence irrelevant.  This is not science; it is religion or philosophy masquerading as science.     Now, we are not going to suggest that natural causes have not been active on Enceladus or Iapetus for unknown amounts of time, and we are not wishing to insert some miracles to make Enceladus erupt or Iapetus magically form mountains at its equator.  We are not suggesting that the intervention of God is required continually or that He cannot work through natural law if He chooses to do so, which may be the overwhelming majority of the time.  Nor are we arguing that models are not useful in many contexts.  This discussion is not really about God at all, but about the truth claims of methodological naturalism in dealing with the unobservable past.  Even if one finds the right settings of the knobs that produce a resemblance to these bodies, how would one know the model is true?  By tweaking parameters in a model, which is not reality but a simplification of it, the modeler has only applied his or her intelligent design to achieve a correspondence between an imaginary prehistory and the actual history of the world.  Is the correspondence real or contrived?  If it feels satisfying to discover a correspondence, how is this feeling validated?  When a whole class of causes (specifically, intelligent causes) has been ruled out from the get-go, then what remains must be forced to fit even when it does not fit very well.     Furthermore, numerous assumptions in the models are never addressed.  One is the age assumption.  A straightforward interpretation from unbiased observation is that these moons cannot be very old.  Yet the entire exercise is focused on preserving a fixed parameter – 4.5 billion years.  Why is this parameter never questioned?  Other astronomers are now claiming that planets can – and indeed must – form quickly, or else they risk being swept up into their parent stars (05/07/2001, 05/30/2002)  Some have even suggested gas giants could form in just a few hundreds or thousands of years (11/20/2002, 12/02/2002).  What is so sacred about this number 4.5 billion years that everything under the sun must be forced into it, no matter how improbable?  Could it be simply that Darwin needs the time?  And if these moons and the entire solar system actually were created by primary causation, how would they know?  Their very methodology precludes such a fact from being discovered, if that indeed is what happened.     A commitment to unbounded methodological naturalism is a commitment to secondary causation into the past ad infinitum.  As such, it is indistinguishable from philosophical naturalism.  One cannot defend such a position scientifically, because it is an a priori assumption.  It sets arbitrary bounds on scientific explanations that may be very useful for observable, repeatable phenomena, but not necessarily for historical phenomena.  In operational science, a persistent search for secondary causation has been productive.  To assume it is, and must be, in every case, including origins, is not a scientific question, but a question of philosophy about science.     When methodological naturalism produces the kind of refined storytelling as seen here, it seems more a quest to preserve one’s philosophical preferences than to know what actually happened.  It is not qualitatively different from choosing a philosophy or religion or hobby because it feels good.  In this game, a personal Creator actually involved in the creation and free to act in direct ways has been ruled out of bounds by dogma.  The creation myth is already decided even before the observations are allowed to speak.  Playing by these rules is bound to produce implausible scenarios in which multiple tweaks must be added in the right sequence to keep the story going.  Nature, however, often refuses to submit to our presuppositions.  Perhaps a little humility is in order.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Setting Expectations and Coaching your team

first_imgMake it Clear that There Are No Dumb Questions.Don’t assume that your staff and trades will immediately understand everything you are asking for when making the changes that green building will require.Most people are agreeable and want to please their superiors, so you will often hear “yes” when you ask if they understand, but this does not always mean that they do, in fact, understand you. Make it clear that it is not only OK to ask for more details and explanations, but it is important that they ask questions until they know exactly what you want, and they should continue to ask questions through the job as needed.People worry that they might sound stupid if they ask questions, often because they have been treated that way in the past by other employers. Be a positive influence on them—encourage them to question you. Listen carefully to what they are saying, compliment them for taking the time to bring important issues to your attention, and get them what they need promptly. Make it clear that it is important to you that they take the time to get all the information to do the job correctly the first time, instead of doing it wrong because they were afraid to ask a question.Established an important two-part rule: 1) If I give you an assignment and you tell me you can do it, it is your responsibility. 2) If you tell me you have all you can handle and I give you something else, it is no longer your responsibility if you fail.It is important for every team member to say when they have enough on their plate. My favorite employees were the ones who knew their limits and told me when they could not take on anything else. The best ones would ask, “If I add this project to my list which one do you want to fail?”Watch out for team members who don’t know their limits, particularly when they are dealing with new techniques and materials involved in green building. I have looked employees in the eye and asked them specifically— “Can you handle your current workload?” to which they answer “yes,” only to fail miserably a few weeks later, complaining that I gave them too much work, or they didn’t understand what I wanted, and how could I expect them to do everything?We are all adults, and we need to act like it. If someone tells me that they can’t take on any more work and I give them an additional assignment, I have absolved them of the responsibility of failure, it is now on me. If they don’t tell me that they are too busy and willingly take on more, then it is their responsibility if they fail. Coach these people to learn when to say no, or send them on their way.You also need to take your share of the responsibility—be aware when you are overloading your team—they could be telling you that they have had enough but you may not be listening. Make sure you have not created an atmosphere where people are afraid to speak out.Being a good manager requires bi-directional communication skills in order to make your team and your projects successful.last_img read more

‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the gold

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The two-time World 10-ball champion had two options for the 6-ball on the far end of the table in the 13th and last rack.“I went for the high percentage, mathematically it’s the best choice,” said Amit who pocketed on the corner from right side of the table. She had all the intention of preparing for the 8-ball in back of the table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I felt that I hit it well. And then I saw it (mother ball) fall on the side pocket,” said Amit, who yelled along with the people watching the match at KLCC Function Hall 4.But she didn’t want to take away the glory from her 18-year-old opponent. “She deserves the gold medal. She came back from 2-5 and played steady,” said Amit. “But I can’t deny I was really disappointed. Give me the whole day to feel bad about it.”Amit said she’s preparing for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — It was a heartbreaker for Rubilen Amit in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball final Sunday.“I asked God, if I lose, does it have to be this painful?,” said the 35-year-old in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

a month agoEverton boss Silva admits he wants January centre-back signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Silva admits he wants January centre-back signingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva is seeking a centre-back signing in January.The Liverpool Echo says the Blues have started the season with only three senior defenders in that position after the failure to land a replacement for Phil Jagielka.Jagielka was released at the end of his contract in the summer and went onto to rejoin old club Sheffield United.When asked if he has held conversations with director of football Marcel Brands about signing a centre-back in January, Silva said: “Even if you don’t speak about that every week, it is normal we have chats about it and, of course, you are always looking. “It is my job and the job of Marcel also and now he is doing his job, analysing everything.”We will see, and what we can do to strengthen our squad will do in January, if you can, or next season again.” last_img read more

Former employee challenging Fraser for mayors chair in Taylor

first_imgIncumbent councillors Betty Ponto, Brent Taillefer, and Dave Lueneberg have officially submitted re-election bids. The trio were all acclaimed in 2014 but will need to campaign in this year’s election after two other candidates officially submitted nomination papers.Sherry Davies and Michelle Turnbull will be looking to get elected to one of the four seats on Taylor Council.This year’s municipal election is taking place on October 20th, with advance voting days on the 10th and 17th. TAYLOR, B.C. – Voters will need to decide who will be the District of Taylor’s next mayor, and the race will be an interesting one.Incumbent mayor Rob Fraser will be looking to get re-elected to a second term in the upcoming election. Fraser served as a councillor in Taylor from 1994 to 2006 before being elected mayor in 2014 to succeed former mayor Fred Jarvis. Jarvis declined to run for re-election that year, after serving as the District’s mayor for 28 years.On Friday, Laura Prosko became the lone other candidate to file nomination papers in the mayoral race. Prosko was, until recently, the District’s Director of Community Services.last_img read more