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Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says the Vermont Democrat was taken to a hospital Tuesday evening after not feeling well and later sent home following an examination. The 80-year-old senator had begun presiding over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump earlier in the day. Leahy spokesman David Carle says the senator went to George Washington University Hospital “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician. Carle says Leahy looks forward to returning to work. Leahy swore in his fellow lawmakers for the trial, which will begin next month.last_img read more

London Odds & Ends: Ben Forster Will Headline Elf & More

first_img High Society Will Star Broadway Alums Broadway alums Tony nominee Kate Fleetwood (Macbeth) and Jamie Parker (The History Boys), along with Barbara Flynn (Donmar’s Versailles), Annabel Scholey (BBC’s Being Human) and Rupert Young (BBC’s Merlin), have been tapped to appear in the previously reported High Society. Directed by Maria Friedman, with Joe Stilgoe and the High Society Band, Cole Porter’s classic will run at the Old Vic from April 30. The show will officially open on May 14. Prime Ministers Set for The Audience Her Majesty Kristin Scott Thomas’ Prime Ministers have been appointed! David Calder will play Winston Churchill, with Mark Dexter as David Cameron, Michael Gould as John Major, Gordon Kennedy as Gordon Brown, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Margaret Thatcher, David Robb as Anthony Eden and Nicholas Woodeson as Harold Wilson in the West End’s upcoming new and updated version of Peter Morgan’s The Audience. David Peart, Charlotte Moore, Marnie Brighton, Madeleine Jackson-Smith and Izzy Meikle-Small will also join the cast. Directed by Stephen Daldry, the production will begin performances at the West End’s Apollo Theatre from April 21 and open on May 5. Sinatra to Play the Palladium Sinatra: The Man & His Music will run at the London Palladium this summer. “Come Fly With Me,” “My Way“ and more of the icon’s classic numbers will be heard at the venue July 10 through October 10. Opening night is set for July 20. This show is not to be confused with Sinatra 100, which had been set to play the venue this year but has disappeared without nary a press release. Maybe it’s flown to the moon. Or something. Here’s a quick roundup of London stories today. Ben Forster & More to Headline London’s Elf  Ben Forster (Superstar) will play Buddy, with Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh as Jovie, Joe McGann (Oliver!) as Walter Hobbs and Jessica Martin (Me and My Girl) as Emily Hobbs in the previously announced West End premiere of Elf. They will be joined by Jennie Dale, Mark McKerracher and Graham Lappin in the production, which will play a limited run from October 24 through January 2. Opening night is scheduled for November 5 at the Dominion Theatre.center_img Carrie: The Musical to (Finally) Receive London Premiere 27 years after its first appearance on Broadway, Carrie: The Musical will receive its London premiere. Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford and Lawrence D. Cohen’s reworked and re-imagined tuner will play the Southwark Playhouse May 1 through May 30. Directed by Gary Lloyd, the production will officially open on May 6. We are praying for our salvation already. View Commentslast_img read more

June Climate

first_imgFueled by warmer-than-normal temperatures, summer thunderstorms blanketed the state this June, producing heavy rain and flooding in some areas while leaving other areas dry.The wet conditions early in the month forced some farmers to switch from peanuts to soybeans or cotton. As things dried out later in the month, farmers hurried to get their last crops in the ground and spray for weeds and fungal diseases whenever the rain allowed.Hay showed strong growth from all of the rain and the increase in sunshine from May’s cloudy conditions, and producers worked hard to harvest it during the drier periods. The wet weather also caused some problems with wheat sprouting, reducing quality and prices.While the thunderstorms did not spawn any tornadoes, high straight-line winds were reported on June 20. Some of those were isolated incidents, but many covered significant swaths of the state. Hail was observed on three days but was mostly small in size.Sadly, a Texas teenager died when a June 25 storm caused a tree to fall on a tent at a Boy Scout encampment in Newton County, Georgia.Despite the heavy rainfall in some areas of the state, some counties in the southern half of Georgia received less than their normal rainfall, but no drought or abnormally dry conditions were reported.The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by a National Weather Service station was 7.28 inches in Athens, Georgia, 3.1 inches above normal. The lowest was in Savannah, Georgia, where the station recorded 2.57 inches, 3.38 inches below normal.Alma, Georgia, received 4.45 inches, 0.93 of an inch below normal.Albany, Georgia, received 3.08 inches, 1.86 inches below normal.Atlanta received 3.86 inches, 0.09 of an inch below normal.Augusta, Georgia, received 5.19 inches, 0.47 of an inch above normal.Brunswick, Georgia, received 3.52 inches, 1.32 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia, received 5.74 inches, 2.02 inches above normal.Macon, Georgia, received 3.32 inches, 0.74 of an inch below normal.Rome, Georgia, received 4.71 inches, 0.61 of an inch above normal.Valdosta, Georgia, received 5.79 inches, 0.27 of an inch below normal.One precipitation record was set on June 24 when Augusta received 1.57 inches of rain, breaking the old record of 1.35 inches set in 1884.The highest daily rainfall total was reported by a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) observer was 7.75 inches near Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia, in White County. This rain fell on the afternoon and evening of May 31, but was properly reported as a 24-hour total on the morning of June 1. A lot of local flooding was seen with this downpour.This was followed by 5.55 inches recorded at Thomson, Georgia, in McDuffie County on June 27 and 3.64 inches reported on June 3 in Darien, Georgia, in McIntosh County.The Sautee Nacoochee observer also had the highest monthly total with 12.33 inches reported. It was followed by 12.08 inches measured at Winder, Georgia, in Barrow County and 9.24 inches in Ringgold, Georgia, in Catoosa County.While the state was slightly warmer than normal in June, no temperature records were broken. Brunswick tied its record highs on June 11 with 98 degrees Fahrenheit, which previously occurred in 2009, and on June 23 with 96 F, which previously occurred in 1950.Monthly averages in select cities were as follows: Albany, 82.7 F, 2.1 degrees above normal; Alma, 82 F, 2.3 degrees above normal; Athens, 79.3 F, 1.8 degrees above normal; Atlanta, 79.8 F, 2.5 degrees above normal; Augusta, 80.4 F, 1.8 degrees above normal; Brunswick, 82.5, 2.2 degrees above normal; Columbus, 81.5, 1.6 degrees above normal; Macon, 80.5 F, 1.6 degrees above normal; Savannah, 82.1 F, 2.3 degrees above normal; Rome, 79 F, 3 degrees above normal; and Valdosta, 80.1 F, 0.7 of a degree above normal.The outlook for July shows that warmer and wetter conditions are likely to continue, although cooler temperatures may return later in the month. For the July through September period, the climate predictions continue to lean toward above-normal temperatures. Precipitation forecasts show equal chances of above, below or near-normal rainfall due to the expected switch from neutral to El Nino conditions later in summer. This could help suppress the development of tropical storms in the Atlantic Basin.For more information, see the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at site.extension.uga.edu/climate/. Email pknox@uga.edu to share your weather and climate impacts on agriculture on the blog.last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee donates $10,000 to support wellness program

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) has given $10,000 to support the South Burlington School District’s Wellness and Resiliency Program.The program, which includes approximately 100 teachers, addresses wellness and learning through stress management and mindfulness techniques. These techniques are brought into the classroom as part of the student’s regular curriculum.“Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has been a leader in developing wellness programs that include mindfulness training and yoga within their company. Shinzen Young, who leads GMCR’s mindfulness training and retreats, is also working with the South Burlington teachers”, says Talk About Wellness coordinator, Marilyn Neagley.  “Training our youth in exercising calming practices and stress management increases their ability to learn and process information as well as deal with the day-to-day stress of social situations that are part of being a student.” GMCR showed particular interest in the South Burlington School District’s teacher and teen retreats being offered.A teen wellness retreat for three high schools, South Burlington, Burlington and Champlain Valley Union is being offered this summer at Omega Institute. The Talk About Wellness initiative is offering partial to full scholarships thanks to grants from Wind Ridge Publishing and the Ferguson Foundation.Source: GMCR. 2.26.2010last_img read more

Flu kills more migratory birds in China

first_img Hall called for the immediate testing and electronic tagging of birds to identify infected ones and trace where they go, the story said. No birds have been killed to control the outbreak, because some of the birds are protected species. WHO statement on human case in Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_28/en/index.html WHO and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officials reported the increased death toll among birds at a refuge in Qinghai province, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. See also: AFP quoted Julie Hall, the WHO’s communicable-disease expert in China, as saying, “This is the first time we’ve seen large numbers of migratory birds dying from bird flu. So the virus has obviously changed to be more pathogenic to animals. What it means for humans we don’t know.” Wild waterfowl are recognized as the natural reservoir for all influenza A viruses and commonly carry them without getting sick, according to the WHO. A WHO official said 20 birds a day are still dying at the refuge, but the outbreak appears to be waning, according to an Associated Press report today. WHO and FAO officials voiced concern that China had tested only 12 birds, all of them dead, AFP reported. The officials worried that infected but asymptomatic birds could spread the virus to distant places when they migrate in August and September. WHO officials expressed concern that only two people have been tested for avian flu in connection with the outbreak, AFP reported. They also urged China to supply virus sequencing information as soon as possible so that experts can assess whether the virus has become more pathogenic. Also today, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Vietnam had confirmed another human case of H5N1 infection. That brings the WHO’s tally of human cases in Vietnam since December to 60, with the number of deaths remaining at 18. The case occurred in May in the northern province of Ha Tay. Hall said no human cases have been reported, but the presence of the virus in new bird species could mean an increased risk for humans. Initial reports of the outbreak, in May, said 178 birds had died of H5N1 flu. China later increased the number to 519 in an official report, and a Chinese official subsequently raised the number to more than 1,000. The dead birds were said to include five species. Jun 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – About 5,000 migratory birds have died of avian influenza at a wildlife sanctuary in northwestern China, close to five times as many as reported previously, United Nations officials who visited the site said today.last_img read more

Land trusts provide gift of preservation

first_imgWith over 90 land trusts in New York, the mission of such groups is to provide the permanence and stewardship to keep local landscapes, farmland and special outdoor places left just as we have known them, for us, our children and our children’s children. I know first-hand how MHLC is helping our Capital Region with over 5,000 acres of preserved land. It’s reassuring to know that this permanence will be provided regardless of who is in power.Of course, it takes resources to provide this stability. I encourage everyone during this time of giving to consider supporting a local land trust.Knowing that we can make a difference is empowering, and our actions today can affect the lives of generations to come.Dan LewisDelmarMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAlbany County warns of COVID increase Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTwo recent news events have me thinking about what it means to provide permanence and stability in this ever-changing world.The plan by the Berkshire Art Museum to sell works that have been a part of their “permanent” collection, and the plan by the current administration to significantly reduce the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments, makes one wonder if there is anything that we can hold onto as permanent. There is.We need to look no further than our local land trusts.As a business owner in Troy and a long-time board member of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC), I see the good work that local land trusts are doing on both sides of the Hudson River to preserve land in perpetuity.last_img read more

GO-TIME: Partnership with State Archives, Ancestry.com Provides FREE Online Access to Valuable Records, Saves Taxpayer Dollars

first_img Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In response to growing interest in accessing genealogical records online, The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission partnered with Ancestry.com to digitize documents held in the Pennsylvania State Archives and make them available free of charge to  residents. Last year, 4.9 million unique users searched Pennsylvania documents on Ancestry.com.“The Archives has developed partnerships with other groups to create digital images, but nothing on the scale of what we’re currently doing with Ancestry.com,” according to Pennsylvania State Archivist David Carmicheal. “There at least 250 million documents that need to be scanned in order to be made available online. Because of this partnership, we are about 14 million documents closer to completing this goal.”In addition to birth and death records, other items available online include veterans’ burial cards, World War II bonus applications, Spanish-American War compensations, Civil War Border Claims, the Septennial Census, tax and exoneration lists, naturalizations, marriage records, court papers and several other important genealogical resources.In the last fiscal year this project saved nearly $50,000 in digitization costs.  An additional $100,000 in cost avoidance is expected this year. The Pennsylvania State Archives is projecting a savings of nearly $2 million through the life of the project with all costs being borne by Ancestry.com. In addition, Archives staff time has been freed up for other projects. The combination of cost savings and increased productivity helps the PHMC meet the administration’s GO-TIME challenge for state government to work smarter.GO-TIME works with state agencies to maximize efficiency, modernize operations and improve the delivery of services. These efforts saved more than $156 million in FY 15-16, exceeding the $150 million savings goal set by the Governor.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.The Pennsylvania State Archives is an important resource for scholars, historians, genealogists and the public. The primary function of the Pennsylvania State Archives, part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, is to acquire, preserve and make available for study the permanently valuable public records of the Commonwealth, with particular attention given to the records of state government. In fulfilling its general responsibility for the preservation of historic documents, the State Archives also collects private papers relevant to Pennsylvania history.The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Visit the commission online at www.phmc.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf GO-TIME: Partnership with State Archives, Ancestry.com Provides FREE Online Access to Valuable Records, Saves Taxpayer Dollars October 13, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The Case Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

first_imgUniversity of Otago – Faculty of Law – Rex AhdarMarch 2016New Zealand Law Review, ForthcomingAbstract: The arguments in favour of legalising voluntary euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide initially appear convincing. We should, it is said, respect people’s autonomy, euthanasia is a compassionate response to unbearable suffering, it has (supposedly) worked well in those nations that have implemented it, and so on. But on closer analysis, the arguments are far less persuasive. Such a new law is unnecessary given the current legal ability of all but the most incapacitated to take their own life and the availability of palliative care. Any euthanasia law — even one carefully drafted with requisite safeguards — is susceptible to noncompliance and vulnerable to abuse. Moreover, any law would face the ineradicable reality of self-imposedpressure the vulnerable experience to “do the right thing”. This article sets out ten reasons why euthanasia should not be legalised and contends that the case for decriminalising it has not been made out by the proponents of it.  http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2791236last_img read more

Jakarta extends restrictions ahead of Ramadan

first_imgJakarta Gov. Anies Baswedan said therestrictions that were to end Thursday will be extended to May 22. In a live-streamednews conference late Wednesday, Baswedan urged Muslims to suspend mosqueactivities during Ramadan to break the coronavirus transmission chain. BANGKOK – Social restrictions inIndonesia’s capital have been extended as Muslims in the world’s most populousMuslim nation prepare for a month of fasting. Residents practice social distancing as they queue for donated food during the coronavirus pandemic in a slum area in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 22, 2020. APcenter_img Islam’s holiest month is expected tobegin Friday after clerics agreed on the sighting of the moon. Faithful Muslimsusually fast during the day then congregate for night prayers, called Tarawih,and share communal meals called iftar. (AP)last_img read more

Gabriel: I used to play as Willian and Luiz on FIFA

first_img Loading… read also:Gabriel confident of building up winning partnership with Saliba But clearly playing with Brazil internationals Luiz and Willian mean a lot to him as does working stars as big as Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He will wear the No.6 shirt which was worn by Arsenal legend Tony Adams. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal defender, Gabriel Magalhaes is excited by the prospect of being in the same team as David Luiz and Willian. According to the Mirror, Gabriel, 22, told fellow Brazilians David Luiz and Willian that he used to play as them on the FIFA video game just two years ago – and is now training and playing alongside them. Brazilian centre half Gabriel joined Arsenal for £27m after moving to the Emirates despite interest from Everton, Manchester United, and Napoli.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more