Festy Gear

first_imgPacking the right gear can make or break your festival experience. Come prepared with these tent city essentials.1. Chaco Men’s Nikolai and Women’s Raja FlipsGet around the festival grounds in the open-air comfort of Chaco’s flips. The Men’s Nikolai has a laid-back leather look up top and a sticky performance-minded sole below that’s made with 25 percent recycled materials. The Women’s Raja is a little sportier, featuring the similar gritty sole with the added durability of double-strapped webbing through the toe. $85 (Nikolai) and $60 (Raja); chacos.comW_Raja_Collision_sm2. Yeti RoadieThis beast of a cooler will keep your favorite libations chilly for days. Yeti’s super-thick insulation and freezer-modeled seal offer bear-proof protection and storage longevity well beyond the average plastic cooler. The Roadie is a compact, portable model, just right for a long weekend in Tent City. $249.99; yeticoolers.comOptic-2.5-Fly_sm3. Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5During festivals, you need the right tent to be your setbreak sanctuary. Mountain Hardwear’s new Optic 2.5 features a high, airy design that offers a little extra breathing room. The easy-pitch two-pole tent also features full-size doors that zip away to give you big open views of the surrounding landscape. $240; mountainhardwear.com4. Smith Mastermind ChromaPop PolarizedSlipping on this incarnation of Smith’s Mastermind shades offers a vivid awakening for your eyes. It sounds like hyperbole, but the company’s relatively new ChromaPop technology delivers some serious advances in visual clarity. The lenses filter light in specific areas to optimize color, resulting in an unprecedented level of vibrance. You don’t need to understand the science; just enjoy the view. $208.95; smithoptics.com5. Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed 600 3-SeasonAfter long days of revelry, you need a comfortable night’s sleep. Snuggle into Sierra Designs’ new Backcountry Bed, which features wide shoulder design and an oversized integrated comforter that won’t hinder your natural sleeping position. The bag is stuffed with innovative DriDown filling—fluffy 600-fill goose down treated with a hydrophobic polymer to keep moisture to a minimum when the festival skies open. $399.95; sierradesigns.com6. Patagonia A/C ShirtPatagonia’s loosely woven organic cotton allows maximum airflow—a must when you’re wandering through a festival during the stifling Southern humidity. The performance-minded wicking fabric also dries fast, so you can quickly regain confidence when your pores start leaking. $79; patagonia.com 7. Patagonia Arbor Pack 26LThis old-school summit pack has been updated with modern details, so you can organize the small essentials you need to bring from stage to stage. Behind the generous main compartment a laptop sleeve doubles as a hydration reservoir, while the small zippered stash pocket is perfect for a phone, wallet, and sunscreen. $99; patagonia.com8. Selk’ BagYes, this is a sleeping bag with arms and legs. Yet it’s surprisingly functional and a fun way to stay warm. Wear your sleeping bag around the festival bonfire. And thanks to the reinforced nylon soles at the bottom of the bag, you can wander around the campgrounds like a sleepwalking mummy. No need to bring extra layers when you have the Selk’ Bag packed. $159; selkbagusa.comlast_img read more

Long Island Weather: 5 Inches of Snow Fell Monday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Five inches of snow fell in Selden when surprise winter weather hit Long Island, making a slushy mess of the Monday morning rush-hour commute, forecasters said.The heaviest bands of snow was shifting east by late morning and was expected to end by the early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.Eastern LI saw the highest snowfall in the tri-state area, with 5 inches also falling in Coram and Lake Grove versus 3 inches in parts of Connecticut and a little more than an inch in Nassau County neighborhoods.Whatever white stuff stuck is likely to quickly melt, as temperatures are forecast to hit a high of 48 Monday and 51 Tuesday under sunny skies.Temps are expected to hold in the 50s Wednesday when there is a slight chance of rain, mostly cloudy skies are on tap for Thursday and Friday has another chance of rain into Saturday before sunny skies return Sunday.last_img read more

Ricchiuti: Downturn could be on the horizon

first_img“Recession” is a scary word but worries of an upcoming recession are not something that should keep people up at night.“A recession is not necessarily the end of the world,” says Peter Ricchiuti, a finance speaker and professor at Tulane University, told CUNA Lending Council Conference attendees during a keynote address Monday morning in Anaheim, Calif.While the 2008 recession is still fresh in people’s minds, they shouldn’t believe any future recession would be similar to that one, because that recession was a “whopper” that lasted 18 months. Ricchiuti, who gave a keynote address at the CUNA Lending Council Conference Monday morning in Anaheim, Calif., says that was more like a depression.There are three stages of bear market, Ricchiuti says—denial, reality, and surrender. Currently, he says the population is in the reality stage, where stocks are declining and investors are beginning to realize how weak the economy is. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Steering through the COVID-19 winds of change

first_imgJust as a rising tide raises all boats, a low tide can bring many a ship, even the most sturdy and steadfast, to ground. In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a financial and economic low tide that has affected businesses and individuals alike across the globe. In this low-tide environment, credit unions have taken on the role of captain, helping their members navigate through current conditions to more stable waters while also charting a course for organizational stability and viability.One of the largest challenges being faced is loss of income during state-mandated stay-at-home orders and voluntary quarantines that have caused some businesses to shutter—some for the short term and others permanently. Although we really can’t predict much with certainty yet because so many variables are unknown, experts at Goldman Sachs think the U.S. will experience a peak unemployment rate of 25% before recovery begins. Unemployment rates, of course, have a direct correlation to financial institution performance in the form of loan delinquencies, non-payments, and portfolio charge-offs.Maintaining an Even KeelCredit unions have the challenge of balancing their care and compassion for individual member circumstances on one hand with organizational management, business prosperity and the financial well-being of their collective membership on the other. The method to accomplish this is two-fold, requiring in-depth customer analysis and service combined with effective and comprehensive institutional risk mitigation programs. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chiron gets FDA nod to ship flu vaccine

first_imgOct 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Armed with full federal approval for the first time in more than a year, Chiron Corp. says it may start shipping influenza vaccine to US distributors next week.Chiron’s first shipments since contamination problems blocked the company’s vaccine shipments last year could help ease vaccine shortages caused by slow deliveries, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official said.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved the first three lots of Chiron’s Fluvirn vaccine for shipment, according to company officials. The lots amount to about 1.5 million doses.Chiron spokeswoman Alison Marquiss in Emeryville, Calif., said the company needs to complete its own testing on the three lots before shipping them, which could happen in a few days.”We’re very close to the finish line for these first lots,” she told CIDRAP News. “We’d expect to release them to distributors in the coming days for them to ship to their customers.”In a survey of 120 local health departments last week, all but six reported that vaccine shipments were delayed or orders were not completely filled, according to an Associated Press report today. The survey was done by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).The survey indicated that somewhere between zero and 40% of flu vaccine orders have been filled so far, Curtis Allen of the CDC’s National Immunization Program in Atlanta told CIDRAP News.”A lot depends on who they ordered from and when they ordered it,” Allen said. “Many of those that have ordered from Sanofi [Sanofi Pasteur] have received at least 20% of their orders.” He said Sanofi has been trying to make sure that customers get enough vaccine to cover people who have an increased risk of serious flu complications.With Chiron having received FDA clearance, Allen added, “Hopefully those who have ordered vaccine from Chiron should be getting some soon.”In September the CDC recommended that flu shots be reserved for people in high-risk groups until Oct 24. Despite the delayed deliveries, the agency has no current plans to change that date, Allen said.Contamination problems at Chiron’s Liverpool, England, vaccine plant forced the company in October 2004 to cancel the planned shipment of about 48 million doses to the United States.British authorities restored Chiron’s manufacturing license last March, and the FDA inspected and approved the Liverpool plant in August. In September the FDA approved the company’s vaccine formulation for this year. The agency also must inspect and approve each lot of vaccine before it can be shipped.”The [FDA] release yesterday was the last regulatory step,” said Marquiss.”In the past year we’ve been working on remediating our facility and at the same time producing vaccine for this upcoming season,” she said. “So what we’re doing right now is a step that normally would’ve happened a month ago. We just need to catch up.”As reported previously, Chiron expects to produce between 18 million and 26 million doses of flu vaccine this year, Marquiss said. “Our third-quarter earnings report is October 25, so we hope to have a more concrete number then, or even before then.”She predicted it would take until early December to finish delivering vaccine for this season.Allen said the CDC has not changed its estimate of flu vaccine supplies for this year: 60 million doses from Sanofi Pasteur, 8 million from GlaxoSmithKline, 3 million from MedImmune, and 18 million to 26 million from Chiron. That comes to 89 million to 97 million doses in all, as compared with about 60 million doses made available last year.last_img read more

China, Vietnam report new H5N1 cases

first_imgJan 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in two countries today announced new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 19-year-old Chinese woman who died of her infection and an 8-year-old Vietnamese girl who is recovering.In Beijing, local health authorities said the woman died yesterday after getting sick on Dec 24 and being hospitalized 3 days later, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. Tests at two labs revealed she was infected with the H5N1 virus.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the case, she will be listed as China’s 31st H5N1 case-patient and 21st fatality. Her illness marks China’s first human case since February 2008.The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau told Xinhua that the woman bought nine ducks at a market in Langfang city in neighboring Hebei province on Dec 19. She removed the ducks’ internal organs and then gave three of the birds away to family and a friend.Zhao Qingchao, a Langfang City official, said investigators found that 13 people ate the ducks but only the woman got sick, Xinhua reported. He said the ducks were from Jixian county in northern ChinaBeijing’s health bureau said 116 people had close contact with the woman and that 102 of them were medical workers, according to the Xinhua report. One nurse who had contact with the patient had a fever but has since recovered.The WHO’s office in China released a statement saying the woman’s death from the H5N1 virus should not prompt alarm, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. “We are concerned by any case of human H5N1 infection. However, this single case, which appears to have occurred during the slaughtering and preparation of poultry, does not change our risk assessment,” the WHO said.Meanwhile, an official from Vietnam’s Preventative Medicine Department told AFP that the 8-year-old girl, from Thanh Hoa province in northern Vietnam, got sick with pneumonia on Dec 27 after eating poultry and was hospitalized on Jan 2. If her case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed at Vietnam’s 107th case-patient.Nguyen Huy Nga, who directs the department, said tests revealed the girl’s H5N1 infection on Jan 3. Her case is Vietnam’s first since March 2008.An official with the provincial health department said he expected that the girl would be discharged from the hospital soon, according to the AFP report.Nguyen Huu Dinh, an animal health official in Thanh Hoa, said infected poultry had been detected and culled in the province, AFP reported.Jeff Gilbert, an avian influenza expert with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told AFP that Vietnam is entering a high-risk season because of cold weather that favors virus survival and the Tet (lunar new year) celebration, which often includes eating poultry dishes.”China has the (lunar) new year coming up, so the situation would be the same,” Gilbert said in the AFP report.If the WHO confirms the new cases reported today, they will raise the global H5N1 total to 393 cases with 248 deaths.The number of H5N1 cases and deaths in 2008 was the lowest since 2003, when the lethal H5N1 virus began causing outbreaks internationally, according to WHO figures. In 2008 there were 40 cases and 30 deaths, down from 88 and 59 in 2007, 115 and 79 in 2006, 98 and 43 in 2005, and 46 and 32 in 2004.Although there were fewer cases in 2008, the 75% case-fatality rate for the year was the highest since 2003, a moderate increase from 2007’s case-fatality rate of 67%.last_img read more

Dems undermining our democracy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Democratic Party and the Republican Party are fighting a political war. The Republicans are fighting a conventional war with a structured chain of command, political generals, and political ground troops that for the most part follow the political general’s orders. On the other side, the Democrats are fighting an unconventional war; there is no “front” or “rear,” an attack can come from anywhere,, including inside the enemy’s leadership.The Democrats led by the progressive movement are dangerous to our republic because they go any lengths and nothing will hold them back. They’ve assimilated the Marxist conception of enlisting the masses and, like the Communists, they are beyond the conventional notion good and evil.Only the Marxists’ methods of war are efficient. While we are fighting “Russian collusion,” some men were being paid a fat fee for betraying us to the progressives’ advantage: a collection of perverted journalists and highly placed officials, untrustworthy generals and shady politicians.Former President Obama has set up a group called “Organization for Action” (OFA). OFA is working to disrupt everything that our current president is trying to do. The aim is to keep the country divided so it can attain its goal of turning the country into a socialist society. This organization goes against our democracy and Constitution. When the progressives take power, we can all say goodbye to the best country ever created by man. Wake up, America before it’s too late.Rafael PoloNorthvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesBroadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Dome decision looms

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Govt seeks to curb virus with targeted testing, tracing

first_imgWhile hoping for the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, targeted testing and tracing form a large part of the government’s efforts to slow down the spread of the virus. Monica Nirmala, advisor to Indonesia’s COVID-19 management team, said the virus was often transmitted by only a handful of infected people, known as super spreaders, noting that 80 percent of new cases were caused by 20 percent of infected people. She added that once the virus was transmitted, infected people would develop symptoms between two and 10 days. In this short infectious period, timing and quick responses were keys to stopping transmission.The Jakarta, West Java and Bali administrations shared during the meeting that they had performed several targeted testing and tracing efforts.  Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that in the preceding 14 days, the capital had seen a decrease in office infection clusters after conducting targeted testing and tracing.  Read also: Minister Luhut wants stricter health protocols in place during ‘critical time’Anies said the Jakarta administration was providing free testing for up to 8,000 samples daily and that community health centers (puskemas) in district areas served as the front lines for the effort. He said each puskesmas had two divisions, namely digital tracing and field coordinating, that worked to trace close contacts of COVID-19 patients, both virtually and directly. In addition to the puskemas initiative, the Jakarta administration has prepared a mobile application called Jakarta Terkini (JAKI), which has 800,000 active users. The application reports health protocols and traces COVID-19 patients. Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said the island had seen a decrease in daily cases. “New COVID-19 cases are now below 100 per day. Meanwhile, the number of recovered patients has increased to 86.37 percent. We can also manage death cases to below five percent,” he said. I Wayan stressed the importance of healthcare services, both medical workers and facilities, and coordination with the military command (Kodam) and the regional police in disseminating the “3M” health protocols: mask-wearing, hand-washing and physical distancing. West Java governor Ridwan Kamil said the province had been using QR Code check-ins for visitors to government offices for tracing purposes. The three governors have sought to improve testing and tracing efforts by applying three strategies, namely controlling stigma, increasing the number and skills of tracing staff and improving the management of tracing reports. Lessening the stigma of the virus is among the priorities as many people are afraid to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests because they fear the stigma of the virus. In addition to testing, tracing and isolation, Monica also stressed the importance of early detection and patient accompaniment from isolation until treatment to manage the pandemic. (jes) It has been seven months since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. Since then, the number of cases has continued to rise. “We are currently preparing for COVID-19 vaccines. Hopefully, we can receive them in November,” said Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in a virtual meeting on Tuesday. Luhut warned of the possibility of a spike in COVID-19 cases at the end of this month, saying that the government needed to prepare for it. Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.center_img Topics : #wearmask #usesoap #mothermessage #socialdistance #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #avoidcrowd #covid19taskforcelast_img read more

High school golf roundup

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Bio Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 ELLSWORTH — The George Stevens Academy Eagles and Mount Desert Island Trojans turned in third place finishes in last week’s Penobscot Valley Conference team golf championships at Jato Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln. Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 In Class B, the Caribou Vikings took top honors with a score of 352. Following were Old Town 359, MDI 374, Foxcroft Academy 377, Hermon 394, John Bapst 404, and Ellsworth, Presque Isle and Washington Academy with no team scores.For MDI, Kyle Lamson led the way with an 86, followed by Jordan Hodgdon 87, Aaron Snurkowski 97, Riley Swanson 104 and Jake Boumil 116.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textLamson was fifth and Hodgdon sixth among individual Class B golfers.For Ellsworth, it was Bryce Scott with 114, Devon McDevitt with 118 and Trevor Varney with 150.In Class C, the Mattanawcook Academy Lynx won with a score of 344. Following were Houlton 346, GSA 405, Penobscot Valley 405, Calais 417, Bucksport 422, Orono 426, Searsport 437, Dexter 438, Penquis 480 and Piscataquis with no team score.For GSA, C.J. Chen led with an 88 to finish sixth among individual golfers in Class C. Behind him were David Reinke 100, Joe Maier 104, Tyler McKenney 113 and Dakota Chipman 117.For Bucksport, Sydney Howard and Noah Lenor led with 102, followed by Jordan Wadleigh 103, Brandon Kelley 106 and James McAllian 111.Howard placed ninth among individual girl golfers.last_img read more