Medical Experts Say U.S. Not Ready for COVID-19 Vaccine, Expect 30,000 Deaths a Day…

first_imgAccording to a report from FOX35, public health departments are being told to prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as early as November 1. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield wrote to governors last week about the urgent need to have vaccine distribution sites up and running by Nov. 1. Redfield asked governors to expedite the process for setting up these facilities. The IHME also predicts that nearly 770,000 lives worldwide could be saved between now and January 1 through preventive measures suggested by the CDC, including mask-wearing and social distancing. IHME also expects that deaths by January 1 could total 2.8 million, 1.9 million more from now until the end of the year. Dozens of doctors, nurses, and health officials interviewed have repeatedly expressed concern about the country’s readiness to conduct mass vaccinations as well as frustration with months of inconsistent information from the federal government. In a four-page memo this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informed health departments around the U.S. to draft vaccination plans by October 1 “to coincide with the earliest possible release of COVID-19 vaccine.” The gaps include figuring out how officials will keep track of who has gotten which doses and how they’ll keep the workers who give the shots safe, with enough protective gear and syringes to do their jobs. In addition, the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is predicting an estimated 30,000 deaths from COVID-19 each day in the Northern Hemisphere this winter. last_img read more

Two Pilots Spent Their Savings on a Plane to Rescue Migrants at Sea

first_imgBenavente is no stranger to humanitarian efforts – for 25 years, he’s worked for the Red Cross and witnessed the challenges faced by Syrian migrants. Micolon, who first met Benavente in 2006 when they were earning their pilots’ licenses, became interested in the cause after his friend described firsthand the refugee crisis.LOOK: 13 Truckers Use Their Vehicles to Prevent Suicide Attempt From Ending a LifeEvery year, thousands of refugees pile into boats as a means of reaching safety in Europe. Unfortunately, many of those vessels don’t make it to dry land.“It is very difficult to locate these small boats, sometimes carrying hundreds of people, and often the vessels ready to help them arrive too late,” says the pilots’ website. “We refuse to accept this fact as a fatality and we want to act to save more lives. Our mission is to provide air support, thanks to our aircraft adapted to search at sea.”WATCH: When Man Suddenly Collapses, People Line Up For 96-Minute CPR Marathon to Save HimAfter buying the plane in January, Benavente and Micolon launched their maiden flight over the Mediterranean to search for boats earlier this month. By partnering with several regional nonprofits and charities to coordinate rescue efforts, the dynamic duo is now able to spot lifeboats from the air and direct rescue ships towards their location.The industrious little plane is named “Hummingbird” after a Native American story about a hummingbird that attempts to stop a forest fire by scooping up drops of water with its beak and dropping it on the flames. When the other animals ask what the hummingbird is doing, it says: “I’m doing what I can.”If you would like to donate to the Pilotes Volontaires, you can visit their website.Fly This Inspiring Story To Your Friends And Share To Social Media – Photo by Pilotes VolontairesAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo pilots have spent their combined life savings for the sole purpose of saving refugees from the perils of sailing across the Mediterranean Sea.José Benavente and Benoit Micolon are the French altruists behind the volunteer rescue group Pilotes Volontaires. The two men launched the effort after they pooled their hard-earned money to purchase a $150,000 plane to be used for rescuing migrants at sea.“José and I bought the plane with our own personal money because otherwise we would have wasted too much time searching for financing,” Micolon told NBC News.last_img read more

Erich Bergen Takes First Broadway Bow in Waitress

first_imgErich Bergen makes his Broadway debut. Erich Bergen Waitress stars Christopher Fitzgerald, Erich Bergen and Benny Elledge during the curtain call. Star Files Erich Bergen is officially finding out what baking can do. The Madam Secretary star made his Broadway debut in Waitress on June 5 as Dr. Pomatter. Bergen will be singing alongside current star Katharine McPhee until August 12, so make sure you stop by the diner before his shift is over. Check out the photos below to see the new doctor take his first Broadway bow! View Comments Benny Elledgelast_img read more

4 ways to reward loyal members

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Valentine’s Day comes once a year, but credit unions show off their love for members year round.Last year, members at American 1 Credit Union($368.0M, Jackson, MI) cashed in nearly $500,000 in points earned through the credit union’s ScoreCard Rewardsprogram. The program gives members one point per dollar spent and also includes quarterly promotions such as triple points for restaurant and travel spending or double for gas purchases.What members got in return ran the gamut from retail gift cards to international travel, according to Laura Pryor, the credit union’s vice president of marketing and communications. And that’s all aside from the more than $1.5 million the credit union returned to members in loan interest rebates and bonus dividends.“You have to do this if you want to remain competitive,” Pryor says of the credit card reward program. “But it’s also a good feeling. We build affinity and loyalty between member and credit union with this program.”last_img read more

UPDATE: Medford Mom Indicted, Life Without Parole?

first_imgIndependent/T.E. McMorrowNew charges have been added against the Medford woman accused of murdering her twin toddlers on her drive to Montauk on June 27 in an indictment issued by a grand jury in Riverside July 3.According to online court files, Tenia Campbell, 24, has been charged with murder twice over for the death of each of her two-year-old daughters, Jasmine and Jaida Campbell. Beyond the original charges of murder in the second degree, for allegedly intentionally killing the two, she has also been charged with torturing the children before their deaths, which adds the charge of murder in the first degree for each. She now faces possible life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the new charges.Independent/T.E. McMorrowThe penal law that triggers the murder in the first-degree charges that have been brought against Campbell has 13 subsections. The only one that appears pertinent in Campbell’s case reads: “The defendant acted in an especially cruel and wanton manner pursuant to a course of conduct intended to inflict and inflicting torture upon the victim prior to the victim’s death.” Police and the district attorney’s office have not yet commented about how, exactly, they believe Campbell killed the girls.Campbell told her mother via cell phone, according to the mother’s statement to police, “I killed them with my bare hands.”The indictment against Campbell will be unsealed in the courtroom of New York State Justice Richard Ambro on Wednesday, July 10, in Riverside. At that time, the district attorney’s office will weigh in on how they believe the children were killed.By T. E. McMorrowUpdate: Medford Mom Indicted On 1st Degree Murder ChargesCharges indicates twins were tortured before death; faces life in prison without paroleThe Medford woman who is charged with murdering her twin toddlers on her drive to Montauk on June 27 has been indicted.According to the court files, Tenia Campbell, 24, has been charged with murder twice over for the death of each of her two-year-old daughters, Jasmine and Jaida Campbell. Beyond the original charges of murder in the second degree, for allegedly intentionally killing the two, she has, according to court records, also apparently been charged with torturing the children before allegedly killing them, which adds the charge of murder in the first degree. She now faces possible life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the new charges.The penal law that triggers the murder in the first degree charges that has been brought against Campbell has 13 subsections. It appears that the pertinent one in Campbell’s case reads: “The defendant acted in an especially cruel and wanton manner pursuant to a course of conduct intended to inflict and inflicting torture upon the victim prior to the victim’s death.” Police and the district attorney’s office have not commented, up until now, about how, exactly, they believe Campbell killed the girls.Campbell told her mother via cell phone, according to the mother’s statement to police, “I killed them with my bare hands.”The indictment against Campbell will be unsealed in the courtroom of New York State Justice Richard Ambro on July 10 in [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

LeBron James on #NoJusticeNoLeBron: Tamir Rice Issue ‘Bigger Than Me’

first_img*LeBron James has spoken publicly for the first time since a grand jury declined Monday to press charges against the police officers responsible for the November 2014 shooting death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Cleveland native. Activists have started the social media campaign #NoJusticeNoLeBron, calling on James to sit out games in protest of the grand … Continue reading LeBron James on #NoJusticeNoLeBron: Tamir Rice Issue ‘Bigger Than Me’ →last_img

#AskIt Results – Walt Disney World Food and Bev Needs

first_imgShare This!Last week, we promoted you to head up Food and Beverage at Walt Disney World and asked which area would be your first priority. There was one clear winner (is it really a winner if the most people said it needs improvement?)…. There was a clear consensus among our readers for where they’d start.ResultsQuick Service options – 1296✅Character Dining – 254Adult and Signature Dining – 184Bars and Lounges – 177And of course this makes total sense. Of this options given, quick service is one dining choice that nearly everyone who visits Walt Disney World will experience. It’s also the most ubiquitous. So why do so many people think it needs improvement?Quality and choice were mentioned many times. There is a feeling out there that Disney quick service is nothing but burgers, chicken nuggets, and pizza. This is interesting because while those are certainly available, each park has many other choices.Here are some of my picks for quick service options in Walt Disney World based on a thoroughly unscientific basis of where I tend to eat when doing research with Len Testa:Magic KingdomColumbia Harbour House and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe are the two places you’ll find me and Len when we’re eating at Magic Kingdom. Both have interesting menus. Columbia Harbour House wins for me because you can often find a quiet place to eat upstairs. Pecos Bill is Len’s choice for the fajitas and toppings bar.AvoidCosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. I just can’t with Cosmic Ray’s. I know there are lower rated places in Magic Kingdom, but I never willingly eat here.EpcotNine months out of the year, any Festival booth is your best quick choice for dining at Epcot. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and you can sample around many booths as opposed to committing to one location. Tangierine Cafe is a big favorite around here. Come for the food, stay for the beautiful Morocco pavilion. Sunshine Seasons doesn’t just have good food, it’s a great place to relax and get out of the sun. Rope droppers will enjoy its breakfast offerings after a ride on Soarin’.AvoidEpcot is known for food, so why would anyone elect to eat at Electric Umbrella or Liberty Inn? Expand your Horizons and try something new.Animal Kingdom ParkSatu’li Canteen came on the scene and reminded us how good Disney can be at quick service dining. Even the desserts here (usually just an afterthought when it comes to this type of meal) are worth trying.Flame Tree Barbecue is a longtime favorite with Animal Kingdom visitors, though its vegetarian options are extremely limited.AvoidPizzafari. Actually avoid all quick service pizza in every park.Disney’s Hollywood StudiosI was going to say, “don’t even try,” but today I’m feeling optimistic that Woody’s Lunch Box will turn around the sorry state of quick service dining at Hollywood Studios. If you’re an adult looking for a snack and something to take the edge off, BaseLine Taphouse is my choice. (The alcohol helps me forget the lousy quick service dining options at the Studios.)AvoidThe rest of the park. There’s nothing sadder than being hungry at Hollywood Studios and not having a dining reservation or just not wanting to have a sit-down meal.What are your winners and losers in quick service dining at Walt Disney World? Talk about it in the comments. And stay tuned for this week’s poll.last_img read more

Help with research & homework

first_imgYenza! – online guide to using the Internet for research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences.Science in Africa – Africa’s first online science magazine.SA HealthInfo – the South African Health Knowledge Network, a single entry point for quality-controlled, evidence-based health information and resources.Archives, libraries, databasesNeed facts and figures for a school project or a thesis? Statistics SA offers services to scholars and researchers, including library and inquiry services.South African Data Archive – a broker between a range of data providers and the research community.Online research databasesAccess and search the National Archives onlineContact any National Archives office (click “contact information” or “contact us electronically”)National Film, Video and Sound Archives Genealogical researchNational Library of South Africa: servicesUniversity and technikon librariesFree State: Department of Library, Information and Technology ServicesFree State Library and Information ConsortiumGauteng and Environs Library ConsortiumWestern Cape Provincial Library ServicesWebPals – web access to the Western Cape Library System.Cape Library CollectiveMuseumsMuseums Online South AfricaSouth African MuseumIziko Museums of Cape TownScience Councils. South Africa has eight statutory science councils, through which the government is able to commission research to support science and technology development in the interest of the country. Each has its own web site, offering a huge range of science-, technology- and industry-related information, archives, databases, services, products, funding and other facilities.Agricultural Research Council – promotes agriculture and related sectors through research, technology development and technology transfer.Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – the largest scientific and technological research, development and implementation organisation in Africa.Council for Geosciences – provides geoscience information and services for the benefit of the people of South Africa.National Research Foundation – promotes research through funding, human resource development and the provision of research facilities, in order to facilitate knowledge creation, innovation and development in all areas of science and technology.Human Sciences Research Council – facilitates problem-solving and enhances decision-making through research excellence in the human sciences.Medical Research Council – improves South Africans’ health status and quality of life through relevant and excellent health research.Mintek – one of the world’s leading technology providers, specialising in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and related fields.South African Bureau of Standards – responsible for the development and publication of standards for products and services.last_img read more

Karnataka batsman shatters 68-year-old record in Ranji trophy final

first_imgKarun NairKarnataka batsman Karun Nair’s record 328 against Tamil Nadu is the highest ever individual score in a Ranji Trophy final, breaking a 68-year-old record held by Gul Mohammad’s 319 for Baroda v Holkar at Vadodara. Nair’s record knock has effectively put to rest any chance of TN bouncing back into the game on the fourth day.Earlier, Gul Mohammad’s knock of 319 was the highest score in a Ranji Trophy final, which he achieved for Baroda v Holkar at Vadodara in the 1946-47 season.The top-five individual scores in a Ranji final currently are: 319 by Gul Mohammad, 310 by Karun Nair, 288 by Vijay Hazare, 278 by Vijay Merchant and 265 by Ashok Mankad.Karun Nair and KL Rahul’s 386-run partnership is the highest for the sixth wicket in a Ranji final. They eclipsed 256 by Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Khanna for Delhi against Uttar Pradesh in 1977-78.last_img read more

Football Urban Meyer praises Brendon White in Monday press conference

Ohio State did not have much secondary depth heading into the Nebraska game Saturday. The Buckeyes were without sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor, out with a shoulder impingement, and sophomore cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, out with a groin injury suffered during practice that week. Jordan Fuller did not do Ohio State any favors. The junior safety was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. But sophomore safety Brendon White gave head coach Urban Meyer some hope. He recorded 13 total tackles — two for loss.In his weekly press conference, Meyer would not go as far as to say White’s performance was “refreshing” for the Ohio State defense, noting he is not sure he has used that word in his life. But he said White’s performance was important, especially at a shaky position. “Going back to springtime, safety was not a solidified position. We have to play much better at that spot,” Meyer said. “You had some injuries this week. And obviously the targeting call. And there he is, he’s in the game. And looked out there, you had Shaun Wade at one safety and Brendon White at the other.” Meyer said after the game Saturday he expects Pryor and Okudah to be back for Michigan State. But, with White’s performance, the head coach said he has a decision to make: whether White earned a start even with a healthy secondary. Meyer said that answer will come in the next few days, but, nevertheless, the sophomore safety has earned playing time. “We’re going to find out. He’s certainly going to play. He’s earned that right. He’s practiced. That was coming,” Meyer said. “His practices have been very good the last couple of weeks and coach Grinch made that clear in front of the team after the game. But he’s certainly earned the right to be on the field.” Without a definite starter next to Fuller, Meyer said White will still have to earn the trust of the coaching staff. But after his performance against the Cornhuskers, White will have continued opportunities to grow into that role, Meyer said. Hartline picks up on the recruiting trailEven with the lack of stability with the Ohio State wide receivers heading into the 2018 season, with the firing of former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith, interim wide receivers coach Brian Hartline did not have time to learn the ropes of recruiting. However, in his new role, Hartline has continued the trend, securing a commitment from 2020 four-star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba. A Rockwall, Texas, native, Smith-Njigba is the No. 59 wide-receiver recruit in the country and the No. 36 recruit in the start, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Along with Smith-Njigba, Hartline has helped keep five-star 2019 wide receiver Garrett Wilson, who was at the Nebraska game Saturday, committed to the Buckeyes even after Smith’s firing in July, and added a commitment from 2019 four-star wide receiver Jameson Williams in September. To Meyer, Hartline is doing a very good job in a role he was forced into. “He was thrust into a situation,” Meyer said. “And I think one of the great things he had, he had a veteran group to coach, and he has very good recruiters around here to see how it’s done. He’s been here a couple of years. That’s a positive.” Meyer has not confirmed whether Hartline’s title of interim coach will turn into a full-time role, saying he will “address it at the right time.” read more