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1 / 3 RICHARD BARSA 2 / 3 JENNIFER BOLCAR 3 / 3 MEG CARSON ❮ ❯ × 1 / 3 RICHARD BARSA 2 / 3 JENNIFER BOLCAR 3 / 3 MEG CARSON ❮ ❯ WEEHAWKEN–All three incumbents retained their seats in the Weehawken Board of Education elections Tuesday.According to unofficial numbers from the township–including vote by mail, but not provisional ballots–Board President Richard Barsa earned 637 votes. Board members Jennifer Bolcar and Meg Carson earned 606 and 470 votes, respectively. The latter were also elected to full-three year terms after previously being appointed to the board.Challengers Monika Sikand and Elizabeth Chan earned 214 and 228 votes, respectively. Residents also approved the 2017-18 $28 million budget, 516 to 107–sans provisional ballots.For more information on the elections, pick up next week’s edition of The Weehawken Reporter.
“It’s not going to go away,” he stated. “We have to deal with it. The idea is to buy time and minimize the consequences until we hopefully have a universally accessible vaccine.” The Zika virus is carried by Aedes aegypti mosquito. Physicians and public health officials believe the virus causes microcephaly, a condition in which infants are born with small heads and underdeveloped brains. This occurs in about one of every 100 pregnant women who test positive for the virus which has been detected in 31 countries and territories throughout the hemisphere. Medical officials believe the virus may also play a role in triggering Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system that can lead to a fatal form of paralysis. SOUTHCOM’s efforts praised “Our Department of Defense, including U.S. SOUTHCOM, along with Health and Human Services, [the] U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department and others, are part of a whole-of-government — indeed a whole — of-hemisphere — effort to confront and contain this threat,” he said. SOUTHCOM’s response “We’re in a very severe drought that dries up breeding sites,” Macaya added. “It’s also a windy time of the year, and not the best conditions for the Aedes aegypti mosquito. All this will change in May, and we have to be prepared.” “Many of you are probably wondering why a Naval officer from the U.S. Military is standing up here, instead of a physician or an entomologist,” Adm. Tidd told the audience. “I’ll be the first to admit: I don’t know as much as most people in this room about disease vectors or mosquito eradication programs. But I do know a thing or two about risk interconnections: almost every day I deal with how the security of our nation ties directly to the security of our neighbors to the south, how what happens on the streets of San Salvador and Tegucigalpa ripples inexorably across the streets of Tucson and Chicago.” Colombia has nearly 50,000 suspected cases and Brazil has 70,000, Farnsworth said, estimating the total economic impact of zika at $3.5 billion. “This was the last thing any country wants or needs, and there are political implications if the situation is not handled correctly,” Farnsworth stated. “We stand ready to lend our unique capabilities to support the broader Zika response and preparedness campaign,” Adm. Tidd said. “Our efforts are part of a coordinated whole-of-government approach to halt the spread of the Zika virus regionally and globally.” Adm. Tidd gave some examples of what SOUTHCOM’s bio-surveillance program has done so far: The CDC sent a team to Brazil to investigate connections between the Zika virus and birth defects. “Our government is working aggressively to combat the Zika virus and has requested more than $1.9 billion in emergency funding to enhance our ongoing efforts to prepare for and respond to it,” Adm. Tidd said. “If approved, these additional resources will help build on the U.S. government’s preparedness efforts and will support essential strategies to combat this virus.” Joint Task Force-Bravo, headquartered at the Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, is using recurring medical readiness training exercises to emphasize vector control and personal protection throughout Central America; The U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) will use every tool in its arsenal to fight Zika as the mosquito-borne virus spreads throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, SOUTHCOM’s commander, made that pledge on March 22nd while addressing a conference organized by the Washington-based Council of the Americas. By Dialogo March 24, 2016 Because there is no treatment or vaccine for the virus, most efforts to combat the problem have focused on stopping the spread of mosquitoes. In mid-February, Macaya accompanied a four-member team from George Mason University’s Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases to Costa Rica, where they conducted research on vector-borne diseases in collaboration with local scientists. Hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans live in Costa Rica, and that many now visiting the neighboring country will return once Easter break is over, Macayo noted with concern. “When they come back, will they be carrying the Zika virus?” he asked. “We also have people from El Salvador requesting refugee status in Costa Rica. Likewise, we have migrants coming from the south, so this issue of immigration and infectious diseases is intertwined.” Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6, hosted by the Peruvian Navy in Lima, has helped develop best practices in preventing the spread of diseases like malaria, diarrhea, dengue fever, influenza, and chikungunya — and is now on the front lines with SOUTHCOM’s partner nations in the fight against zika. SOUTHCOM is working very closely with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and various agencies such as USAID, the U.S. State Department and the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Teams of health professionals from a cross-section of the U.S. government, including the Defense Department, have come together with PAHO to help conduct needs assessments for regional ministries of health that seek to mitigate the effects of the mosquito that carries the virus,” Adm. Tidd explained. “We are also sharing our force health protection guidance with our partner ministries of defense, as they update their own policies and procedures to protect their people against this virus.” National Guard units from South Carolina, South Dakota, and Florida are supporting informational exchanges in Suriname and Guyana to train first responders on methods to prevent and contain vector-borne illnesses; Joining Adm. Tidd on the panel were Román Macaya, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States; Ana Ayala, chief of the Global Health Law Program at Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute; Kelly Saldana, deputy director of the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas. Macaya praised SOUTHCOM’s efforts toward that goal, saying Costa Rica — with only a dozen or so confirmed cases of zika — “has implemented aggressive actions to control mosquito populations, and we’re in our third week with zero new cases.” Yet that’s not totally a reflection of his country’s efforts; part of it is sheer luck, he noted. The funds will be used to bolster plans to implement mosquito control programs, quicken vaccine research and diagnostic development, provide for the testing and development of vaccines, and educating health care providers, pregnant women, and their partners on the dangers of the virus. The money will also strengthen health care capacity, especially to low-income families. “All of these engagements are part of SOUTHCOM’s broader effort to build disease surveillance and response capabilities in support of the Global Health Security Agenda,” Adm. Tidd stated, referring to an interagency program led by the CDC. “Coming together to prevent, detect, and fight every kind of biological danger and working with our partners to improve access to health systems are inherent parts of the U.S. government’s effort to promote a peaceful, prosperous, secure, and resilient Western Hemisphere.”
Pinellas County, Fl. — About 630 Duke Energy Indiana workers are in Florida working to restore power to millions in the dark. Experts say the operation could be the most extensive difficult in history. In many cases the electrical infrastructure will have to be completely reconstructed.“Because we’re a large utility in multiple areas of the country, we can deploy our crews from non-impacted areas to storm-damaged areas and restore power to our customers more quickly,” said Melody Birmingham-Byrd, Duke Energy Indiana state president. “Many of these workers are seasoned veterans, having worked in numerous storm restoration efforts.”The crews arrived in Pinellas County, Florida Sunday and are preparing to be dispatched as soon as damage assessments are complete.
Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) BUCKSPORT — When Bucksport Police Chief Sean Geagan steps onto the high school football field as the junior varsity coach, he feels relief.“It’s a stress-reliever going there,” Geagan said. “I love the kids and the game.”But on Wednesday at the team’s weekly dinner, Geagan’s two jobs overlapped when he realized one of his players was in trouble.Geagan kicked into police-mode when his son, a junior on the team, approached him inside the Bucksport High School cafeteria with a panicked expression on his face.Bucksport Police Chief Sean GeaganThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“He had that look in his eye,” Geagan said. “Something was wrong.”Before his son could explain, Geagan heard someone yell: “He’s choking!”Geagan looked to the source of the commotion and saw one of the players pounding on the back of his teammate — a 13-year-old quarterback on the JV squad.Geagan’s instinctive actions left him with no recollection of how he got to the student. From what he was told, he leaped over a table.By the time Geagan reached the scene, one of the mothers had begun attempting to perform the Heimlich maneuver.She looked at Geagan and said, “You’ve got him.”Fortunately, Geagan had just renewed his training in first aid procedures in May.“Truthfully, you revert back to your training,” Geagan said. “I deal with situations every day where I have to react in a split-second.”Geagan took his stance behind the student, reached around him and began thrusting his fist into his stomach.“I wasn’t hearing breath,” Geagan said.After two or three attempts, someone asked if they should call an ambulance.Geagan tried again — this time — to avail.The student threw his hands up and gasped.“I’ll be OK,” he said breathlessly.Geagan continued to hold on to the student while reassuring him: “I’ve got you.”No ambulance or emergency personnel were needed.“I love working with the kids — they’re a breath of fresh air,” Geagan said before pausing.“No pun intended.” Latest Posts
Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory MSG also funded Butts’ challenger in the recent mayoral election and has indirectly supported activists who have mounted challenges to the arena project through separate lawsuits that helped delay the California Air Resources Board’s approval of the project under AB 987 before it went to the governor.The environmental impact report indicated the project will result in a “significant” and “unavoidable” increase in traffic, noise and pollutants, but the Clippers — who have shared Staples Center with the Lakers and NHL’s L.A. Kings since 1999 — have pledged to uphold the “most stringent environmental standards in state history for a sports venue” and that they will introduce $100 million in community benefits. According to ESPN, The Forum will keep operating until the Clippers’ arena is built in 2024.MSG filed its latest legal complaint in January against Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature, alleging the state officials violated California’s constitution by giving special treatment to a proposed arena project with AB 987, a law signed in 2018 that grants protections from lengthy lawsuits to the Clippers project in exchange for meeting certain environmental standards.In an earlier lawsuit filed against Inglewood, MSG alleged Mayor James T. Butts Jr. tricked executives into signing over land for the Clippers’ competing arena by falsely claiming it would be used for a technology park instead. The city denied the claim and that case is ongoing.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — Clippers owner Steve Ballmer reportedly is in advanced negotiations to purchase The Forum in Inglewood from the Madison Square Garden Company, according to ESPN.Such an acquisition would move the Clippers a significant step closer to constructing their own arena in the city.MSG, which also owns the New York Knicks, has been waging a legal battle with Inglewood and Ballmer, who purchased the Clippers for $2 billion in 2014, for almost two years over the team’s plans to build a new, $1.2 billion arena on 28 acres of land just south of the NFL’s new SoFi Stadium and a mile from The Forum.In a statement Sunday evening, the team said only that “the Clippers continue to pursue plans to build a state-of-the-art, 18,000-seat basketball arena and entertainment complex in Inglewood and are currently working with the city to successfully complete the comprehensive Environmental Impact Report. We are examining every possible way to resolve our differences with Madison Square Garden Co. regarding our new arena.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 WELCOME BACKTobias Harris said he didn’t hold a grudge coming back to Staples Center for the first time since the Clippers traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers last season. Rather, he said, he had only fond memories of his year with the team.“Just coming over from the trade and being on a team with some great dudes, great guys, kind of shocking a lot of people how we came out in the season,” Harris said before going out and scoring 25 points in the Sixers’ 136-130 loss.“It was a good time,” added Harris, who this summer signed a five-year $180 million contract with Philadelphia. “Obviously, in my career, it’s probably the first time big market team that I’ve played with so that was always a good experience to have.“It definitely helped with people understanding your game and what you bring to the table. Obviously, we were a really good team, but were always kind of overshadowed by the Lakers a little bit. It’s not a bad thing. I think now it’s kind of evenly balanced in LA…“You’re on TV a lot more, people can you see you, noticeability.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error