County commissioner speaks on service, experience

first_imgSt. Joseph County Commissioner, Deb Fleming, discussed on Saturday what led her to her current position as county commissioner: her desire to serve.This was the first of three talks in Saint Mary’s College Republican’s Lecture Series, an new initiative to expose students to local politics and national issues. Sophomore Elizabeth Zaczyk, president of College Republicans, said the focus of the club this semester was to make students interested in politics and to prepare them for the November elections by inviting local government officials to speak about their own platforms and experience. “You can only do so much at club meetings,” Zaczyk said. “If you bring outside people in with their ideas and especially if you’re interested in going into politics yourself, it’s a great opportunity to learn something new that you might not get at a regular club meeting. I also thought this was a good semester to have speakers with the election coming up. We can all learn a lot from these speakers.”A wife and mother of four, Fleming, a South Bend native, attended University of Kentucky on a volleyball scholarship where she later completed dental school. Thirty years later, Fleming is still practicing dentistry but now implements her desire to serve, not only in the field of medicine but in the political arena as county commissioner. “During my time as county commissioner, I have been very proud of the many improvements we’ve been able to achieve for the county,” Fleming said. “For example, when I first came on, there were no department head meetings so I started these meetings in the county and because of that we’re working together and now we have developed our mission, vision and values for our county. This has led to a renewed focus on economic growth by hiring our first economic development director in the county.” In addition to updating internal systems to improve efficiency and safety and updating energy systems to make the county more energy efficient, Fleming said her main focus is working with and for the elderly, as they make up the highest percentage of residents in St. Joseph County.“We are the first county in our state to become age friendly,” she said. “We will hopefully be able to help our parents and grandparents as they continue to get older.” With the various number of universities that are present in northern Indiana, Fleming also said she prioritizes improving the economy to bring more jobs to the county to keep young graduates local and to prepare a thriving business community for the future. “I have been disappointed that our country has not grown for over forty years,’’ she said. “Back in the ‘70s we were the third largest county in the state and now we have dropped down to sixth, but because of our economic promotion and improving services, we have grown by 3,000 since 2015. “We have great universities here, but we don’t have good economies for jobs here so our young graduates have to move away to California, Texas, New York. I want to help the people that are here which is why I made the county age friendly, but now I would also like to develop our economy to bring in businesses so young people can stay here and get good jobs.”Fleming concluded by returning to her opening point that a life of service is both a universal call and the means of finding greatest fulfillment. “Serving as county commissioner is one of the ways I have chosen to live in the interest of others,” she said. “I believe strongly that when we look to consider others as more significant than ourselves, we will find true meaning and ultimate joy. “ … I challenge others here today, myself included, to think about how each of us can do more to serve. Where can you serve our schools and work places? How can we serve others who are less fortunate or different from us? And how can we all serve to the point where it requires sacrifice?”Tags: county commissioner, service, St. Joseph Countylast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Allison Williams Defies Gravity & More

first_img View Comments Duck Your Head, Clear the Air for Allison Williams She’s flying! Allison Williams took to Instagram to share an inside look at her first day of flight rehearsals for the forthcoming NBC broadcast of Peter Pan Live!. Paying homage to the late Robin Williams’ performance in Hook, she wrote, “Thinking about and missing a hero of mine who once did this and left big shoes to fill.” The Girls star will lead a cast on December 4 that includes Christopher Walken and Tony winner Christian Borle. Look Out! Little Shop Urchins Sing for Charity The three belty urchins from the Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors will reunite for a great cause. Carla J. Hargrove, Trisha Jeffrey and DeQuina Moore will headline the seventh annual Living for Today benefit concert. Proceeds will go to Gilana’s Fund, which celebrates and encourages educational programming promoting acceptance and understanding in our community. “Shing-a-Ling: A Night with the Broadway Urchins” will play Joe’s Pub on October 27. Last year, Idina Menzel made a surprise appearance at the benefit. No guarantees this year, but we’re just saying. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.center_img People Will Be Singing Frozen Forever Speaking of Idina, when’s the last time you belted out “Let It Go”? If it’s been a while, fear not: soon you’ll be able to sing along to the global phenomenon that is Frozen (as if we weren’t doing that already?). The Disney flick will release a sing-along edition DVD on November 18. It’s the perfect holiday gift for your newborn baby Elsa. The Leftovers Will Stick Around Look who’s here, they’re still here. The HBO series The Leftovers, featuring Tony nominee Carrie Coon, has been renewed for a second season. The rapture-themed show ends its first season on September 7. So far, we’ve seen a handful of Broadway faces, including Tony nominee Billy Magnussen, Sebastian Arcelus and Cabaret’s Bill Heck. We wonder what other stage faves we’ll see next season?last_img read more

Paisley Park needs to improve to regain crown | Racing News

first_imgEmma Lavelle accepts Paisely Park may need to progress again if he is to regain his Stayers’ Hurdle crown at the Cheltenham Festival.The eight-year-old suffered a shock defeat in the Grade One feature back in March – coming home a well-beaten seventh behind Lisnagar Oscar, having triumphed in his two prep runs for the main event.- Advertisement – “He came in with a beaming smile after that (gallop), because he was bulling for more as they crossed the line. Coming here was not about seeing how fast he could go up the home straight, it was about lengthening. He lengthened for five furlongs.“Both horses came out of it full of confidence. They’ve had a nice blow, and it would have brought him forward and hopefully put him spot on for a week on Friday.”Lavelle has no plans to go over fences with Paisley Park in the future, but admits he will need to raise his game again if he is to remain among the top rank in the staying hurdle division.- Advertisement – She added: “I’d say he will be a hurdler for the rest of his career. He is a great jumper of a hurdle now, but he took a long time to be a good jumper of a hurdle. I don’t know if he is manly enough to tackle fences. If we can win the races we have been winning, why take that risk?“Every year you look at the new horses coming up that are going to have a crack at that division, and we were one of them. I’d never take any of these horses for granted, but I sometimes think once you have been there and done it, there has been a history of those kind of horses remaining at the top for a while in this division, and we are hoping that he is one of them.“He probably will have to step forward again, but he is only eight. I think naturally he should still be getting better, if everything operates in the way that it should.” – Advertisement – It later transpired Paisley Park had suffered an irregular heartbeat at the Festival. But after he worked with stablemate Hoi Polloi at Newbury as part of Tuesday’s Ladbrokes Winter Carnival gallops morning, Lavelle believes he is primed for his return in the Long Distance Hurdle back at the Berkshire track on November 27 – a race he won first time out last term.Lavelle said: “He has been absolutely brilliant. Barry (Fenton) rides him all the time and he knows him inside out.“All the way through this season, he has been happier with him. He has just felt really sparky and well in himself. He is just much more up for it and he hasn’t had to ask him any questions.- Advertisement –last_img read more

First known US child virus death was teen ‘in good health’

first_imgA recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report found juveniles “appear to have milder COVID-19 illness,” with no intensive care admissions or deaths in the US as of March 16.”Similar to reports from other countries, this finding suggests that the risk for serious disease and death from COVID-19 is higher in older age groups,” it found.Only two known cases of minors dying from the disease in China have been recorded. In one case, an infant had a pre-existing intestinal condition. The other’s situation was not known.”The risk for serious disease and death in COVID-19 cases among persons in the United States increases with age,” the CDC report added.California has been one of the worst-hit US states during the pandemic.Los Angeles County — which is home to 10 million residents — has confirmed 662 cases of coronavirus, with at least 11 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker. Topics : The first known death of a child due to the novel coronavirus in the United States was a teenager in previously good health, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday.The death of the youth from Lancaster, just north of Los Angeles, was reported hours earlier by public health officials, and comes despite the disease not typically proving severe for juveniles.”A teenager in good health, succumbed to this virus,” said Garcetti. “To the young people that are out there — this can hit you too. Know that your behavior can save a life, and can take a life. And that life could be yours,” he added.The victim’s identity and sex were not specified.”COVID-19 does not discriminate by age, race or income level,” said Los Angeles County public health director Barbara Ferrer, using the scientific term for the disease caused by the SARS-coV-2 virus.Multiple studies have found COVID-19 disproportionately affects older patients and those with underlying conditions.last_img read more

Moderna shares COVID-19 vaccine trial blueprints, will others follow?

first_imgTopics : The vaccine race has become deeply politicized in the US in the run-up to the presidential election in November, as President Donald Trump touts one against criticism of his handling of the pandemic.Trump repeated on Wednesday that the first vaccine would be approved by October, increasing concerns that the White House will place pressure on the approval body, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”I don’t trust Donald Trump,” his rival from the Democratic party Joe Biden said Wednesday.Experts and officials in the Republican president’s administration agree that it’s not possible to predict the results of the trials that are underway, and it’s highly unlikely to have strong data before the end of 2020. Wait for it The reality of an immunization trial is that it’s necessary to wait until a certain number of volunteers become naturally infected, in order to compare outcomes in the placebo group against the group given the vaccine.So the decline in the rate of infection in the US could theoretically delay the results — possibly until December, said Bancel.As of Thursday, Moderna had recruited 25,296 volunteers. Among them, 10,025 had received their second dose, 28 days after the first.It’ll take a few more weeks to recruit the full quotient of 30,000 participants and for them to receive their second doses.Only COVID-19 infections recorded two weeks or more after the second dose are counted, to give the vaccine sufficient time to take effect.Interim analyses by a committee of independent experts are planned over the course of the trial to verify whether a high statistical threshold of effectiveness has been reached, and to monitor for serious side effects.The FDA has stated its bar for approval is a vaccine that reduces the risk of falling sick with COVID-19 by 50 percent.”This has the key information [for] stopping rules, interim analyses and efficacy assumptions. Applaud their transparency,” Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Institute and one of the critics leading the charge against possible political interference, told AFP. Vaccine doses will be initially very limited, according to health authorities.Moderna’s CEO Stephane Bancel said on Thursday his company would know whether their vaccine works by November. October is possible but unlikely, he told CNBC.The trial protocol published Thursday, which runs to 135 pages and is marked “confidential,” fixes the parameters of the experiment.The most important of these is how it will judge whether results are conclusive. center_img Pressure on Moderna also said that 28 percent of its participants were from racial minority groups. Having sufficient participants among black and Hispanic people in particular is crucial in obtaining statistically representative results for these communities that have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic.The decision by Moderna, which has received $2.5 billion in US government money, now leaves the spotlight on Pfizer, the other company in the running for the first US authorization.Its CEO has repeatedly said the company will have its results by the end of October, which is in line with Trump’s wishes.The other frontrunner is AstraZeneca, which has co-developed a vaccine with the University of Oxford. The medicine’s global trials were suspended last week after a participant had an unexplained illness, but were later restarted in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. The US remains the exception for reasons that aren’t yet known.”Transparency is crucial to overcome vaccine hesitancy. Other vaccine makers should follow @moderna_tx lead,” tweeted Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University. US biotech firm Moderna, one of nine companies in the late stages of clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, has become the first to publish the complete blueprints of its study following calls for greater transparency.The initiative puts pressure on other companies to follow suit, especially Pfizer, the other American company currently carrying out Phase 3 trials in the US.This is the final stage before approval, in which a vaccine and a placebo are tested on thousands of participants to verify the medicine is safe and effective.last_img read more

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus as club go into lockdown

first_imgArsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus (Picture: Getty)Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus.The Gunners have closed their training ground and club staff who had contact with Arteta will now self-isolate.Following Arteta’s diagnosis, Saturday’s Premier League match between Arsenal and Brighton has been postponed.Arteta said in a statement: ‘This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.’ADVERTISEMENTArsenal believe a ‘significant number of people’ – including first-team staff and coaches – will self-isolate and confirmed the Hale End Academy will also temporarily close. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementHead of football at Arsenal, Raul Sanllehi, said: ‘Mikel and the full first-team squad, players and staff, will be fully supported, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.‘Obviously Mikel’s full recovery is the priority now for us all.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityManaging director Vinai Venkatesham, meanwhile, added: ‘The health of our people and the wider public is our priority and that is where our focus is.‘Our thoughts are with Mikel who is disappointed but in good spirits.‘We are in active dialogue with all the relevant people to manage this situation appropriately, and we look forward to getting back to training and playing as soon as medical advice allows.’ Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus as club go into lockdown Premier League matches are at risk of being postponed this weekend (Picture: Getty)On Wednesday, Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Manchester City was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.Saturday’s fixture against Brighton has suffered the same fate, with the Premier League postponing the match late on Thursday night.Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said: ‘First and foremost our thoughts are with Mikel Arteta and we wish him a speedy recovery.‘It’s absolutely essential the health and wellbeing of individuals takes priority and with that in mind Saturday’s match has been postponed.’The Premier League announced on Thursday evening that they will convene an emergency meeting of all clubs for Friday morning.MORE: Man Utd star Fernandes explains why he shushed Guardiola during Man City clashMORE: Arteta urges Arsenal to sign Atletico Madrid ace Partey after Liverpool win View 5 comments Louis SealeyThursday 12 Mar 2020 10:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Spaceship-like Coast house passes in at cryptocurrency auction

first_imgThe house at 1 Beech Lane, Casuarina passed in at its cryptocurrency auction earlier this week.A Coast home that looks more like a spaceship than a house has been offered to buyers in a fashion befitting of its futuristic aesthetic.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThis home is being auctioned in Bitcoin!00:36The beachfront Casuarina house, which has an unusual design and appears to defy gravity, went under the hammer earlier this week, and some registered buyers bid with Bitcoin.Marketing agents Nick and Carol Witheriff, of LJ Hooker Kingscliff, claim it was one of the world’s first live streamed cryptocurrency auctions.Its design makes it look more like a spaceship than a house.More than 200 people squeezed into the property to watch the auction unfold.There were six registered bidders vying for the property.While it was passed in at $3.4 million — or 457 Bitcoin — Mr Witheriff said he was negotiating its sale with two parties.“We’ve got two groups, one (offering) Bitcoin and one cash,” he said.“We’re negotiating at the moment.”Mr Witheriff said the Bitcoin buyer was from Melbourne while the cash buyer was a company hoping to make the house a prize home.There were six registered buyers on the day with bidding starting at $1.5 million — or 205 Bitcoin.“There was one registered on the live stream but they didn’t place a bid,” Mr Witheriff said.“Bidding was taken in both cash and Bitcoin.“We had a live screen and it converted the Australian dollars into Bitcoin (and vice versa).”He said more than 200 people gathered to watch the auction unfold.MORE NEWS: Home of skating icons who gave away $500k hits marketMORE NEWS: Why real estate often resists economic downturnsMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoBuyers bid with both cash and cryptocurrency.The agent is negotiating with two potential buyers.It’s certainly different from any other property on the street.“Normally at an auction, we see around about 20 to 30 people show up,” he said.“In this case, on a Monday we had 200 people present at the auction.“The sheer interest was large because of the concept being different but also the home — it’s such a wow home.“We’ve never seen anything like this built in the suburb.”The property, aptly named “The Jetsons”, was designed to push the boundaries of architecture.Its second level balances on top of the ground floor at a terrifying angle, making it look like it could topple at any moment.Owner and designer Greg Costello told the Bulletin when the house hit the market in August, that its daring design was what made it so impressive.“There’s over 80 tonnes of weight (hanging) there,” he said.But he was quick to assure the top level was not at risk of falling, explaining the structure was “anchored to the earth”.jessica.brown@news.com.auVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

Hopper Dredger Ecodelta Christened in Rotterdam

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Port of RotterdamVan der Kamp’s new trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Ecodelta was christened last Friday (January 11) in Rotterdam.According to the Port of Rotterdam, this is one of the few LNG powered trailing suction hopper dredgers in the Netherlands.The ship is a key component of the new contract entered into by Bagger & Aannemingsmaatschappij Van der Kamp and the Port of Rotterdam Authority.As reported earlier by the Zwolle-based dredging company, under the agreement signed in November 2017, the newbuild named Ecodelta will be responsible for keeping Rotterdam’s port basins at the correct depth until 2023. All in all, the contracted work concerns an annual volume of 5 million cubic meters of dredged material.Distinguishing it from a conventional dredger, the Ecodelta is equipped with two ‘sweeparms’ to remove oil from the water surface, allowing it to quickly react to emergency response situations.Technical specification:Length over all 134.10m;Breadth 21.40m;Depth 8.35m;Dredging draught 7.35m;Hopper capacity 5,500m³;Diameter of dragarm 1,000 mm;Maximum dredging depth 37.0m;Installed power (4 dual fuel generator sets) 7,600 ekW;Azimuth thrusters 2×2,300 bkW;Bow thrusters 2×500 bkW;Volume LNG tank (approx.) 325m³.last_img read more

Abidal says Barca contract talks with Messi are ‘never easy’

first_imgRead Also: Serie A: Ronaldo sets goal record as Verona stun Juventus in late comebackMessi may be heading towards the end of his career, but he remains vital to the club’s hopes of success. He has more La Liga goals and assists than any other player in 2019-20 despite missing the start of the campaign because of injury.His frustration at Abidal’s comments may have soured relations between the two men, but Barcelona will hope they have not caused lasting damage and that he will extend his stay at the Camp Nou.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “The question is for him, hopefully he continues. Leo said that Barca is everything for him, that he wants to stay here, from there, there will be conditions. We are talking about the best player in the world and having a renewal with players of this kind is never easy.”Messi’s contract runs until June 2021 but contains a clause that allows him to leave at the end of the season provided he gives Barcelona one month’s notice, according to Alberto P. Sierra at AS.The forward has spent his entire career at the Camp Nou and reiterated his desire to remain at Barcelona in an interview in October 2019. He told RAC1 he was “becoming more and more clear that I want to retire here” (h/t Marca).However, Messi’s future has come under scrutiny after a recent spat with Abidal. The Frenchman was critical of Barcelona’s players and said they were not “working a lot” under former manager Ernesto Valverde in an interview with Sport’s Lluis Miguelsanz.His comments brought an angry response from Messi on Instagram (h/t Goal). The Barcelona captain said his team-mates were not responsible for Valverde’s sacking and added that Abidal should “give names because otherwise you are tainting everyone’s name and feeding rumours that spread and are not true.”The argument between the pair has brought fresh speculation about Messi’s future. Rob Dawson at ESPN FC reported that Premier League champions Manchester City are “monitoring” his situation and “believe they would be in the running” if he decided to leave.However, City manager Pep Guardiola dismissed suggestions of a move for Messi. He told reporters on Friday that he wants the Argentinian to remain at the Camp Nou and that he thinks “he will finish his career there.” Promoted Content7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Real World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana JonesMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planetcenter_img Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal has said that contract renewal talks with captain Lionel Messi are “never easy” amid speculation over the 32-year-old’s future at the Camp Nou.Advertisement Abidal told Mundo Deportivo that he hopes to keep the Argentina international at the club when asked whether Barcelona are trying to renew his deal (h/t Jonathan Meaney at AS):last_img read more

Batesville business holding shoe drive

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Guys & Gals Quarters Salon & Day Spa is conducting a shoe drive starting on April 3rd to raise funds for the Hoosier Environmental Council.The organization will earn funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated footwear.Those dollars will be donated in memory of Corinne Lamping and will benefit the Hoosier Environmental Council.The Council is Indiana’s leading environmental educator and advocate.They are committed to building a cleaner, greener, and healthier Indiana for all. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used, (even sports shoes) or new shoes.All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations.last_img