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Gov. Wolf Thanks Pennsylvanians for Their Part to Slow the Spread of COVID-19, Centre County to Move to Green

first_imgGov. Wolf Thanks Pennsylvanians for Their Part to Slow the Spread of COVID-19, Centre County to Move to Green May 26, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health As part of a COVID-19 briefing, Governor Tom Wolf today thanked Pennsylvanians, including the Pennsylvania National Guard, for the many contributions to the pandemic response. He also announced that Centre County will move to green on Friday.“I personally want to thank our National Guard members and their families for their work, especially during these trying times,” Gov. Wolf said. “Just like other families across the commonwealth, I know our military families are facing new challenges. Some are overcoming these challenges while coping with one parent being away from home due to a deployment to a COVID-19 site. That’s really showing the strength of these dedicated, courageous Pennsylvanians.”He also thanked Pennsylvanians for their contributions that helped to move us toward a broader reopening of the state.“We’re able to make this progress toward safely reopening our economy because people are taking precautions and keeping themselves and their communities safe – whether it is a person wearing a mask or a business changing their operations to protect employees and customers,” Gov Wolf said. “I thank each and every one of you for doing your part.”On Friday, Gov. Wolf announced eight additional counties will move to yellow and 17 to green, effective at 12:01 a.m., this Friday. All remaining counties in red are expected to move to yellow by June 5 at 12:01 a.m.The counties moving to yellow on Friday include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill.The 17 counties moving to green, also on Friday, include Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren. Centre County is eligible to move to green on May 29, so county officials chose to vote today to decide to move ahead and Centre will now be the 18th county to move to green on Friday.Counties that remain in red on May 29 and are expected to move to yellow by June 5 include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.The Wolf Administration released Summer Camp Guidance on Friday in the form of frequently asked questions for parents, summer camp operators, public bathing places, part-day school-age programs, and other entities that provide necessary child care and enrichment and recreational activities for children and youth during the summer months. This guidance is especially helpful as most counties are moving to yellow or green.“Because of our collective commitment to actions that reduce COVID-19 spread, several counties will be moving into the green phase on Friday,” Gov. Wolf said. “We’re continuing to ramp up testing and contact tracing across the state to help ensure we can identify cases and eliminate outbreaks even as we reopen our economy.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ag’s Digital Transformation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterSAVANNAH, Ga. (DTN) — Global agriculture has been somewhat behind other industries in adopting digital technology. But, as in other aspects of modern life, this technology is slowly transforming different areas of agriculture, including how crops and livestock are produced and how ag businesses operate.Digital technology and its impact on agriculture was one major topic of discussion at the 2019 Fertilizer Outlook and Technology Conference here on Wednesday. The annual meeting is hosted by The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the Fertilizer Industry Round Table (FIRT).IMPROVED TRANSPARENCYAllan Gray, executive director of the Center for Food and Agriculture Business at Purdue University and Land O’Lakes chair in food and agribusiness, said during a round-table discussion that digital technology will aid in improved transparency and increased production and sustainability in the future of agriculture. Consumers want to know details about their food, and digital technology helps to satisfy their need for information, he said.A recent survey reported transparency is “extremely important” to 36% of consumers, Gray said. A complete list of ingredients was the most important factor for 65% of consumers in the same survey, he said.Gray said that among the technologies included in this area would be “blockchain,” a term used frequently recently that many people don’t completely understand. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition, blockchain is “a digital database containing information (such as records of financial transactions) that can be simultaneously used and shared within a large decentralized, publicly accessible network.”There could be several different uses for blockchain technology, Gray said, including overseeing farm inventories, enhancing the ag supply chain and modernizing farm management software.Walmart already uses the technology to track its leafy-green vegetables from its suppliers’ fields through being processed and sold in its stores. This process can pinpoint issues in the entire supply chain and protect customers from foodborne illnesses.Gray said agriculture is behind other industries in adapting digital technologies. While this may be the case, ag is moving toward adapting the technology thanks to innovative smaller companies leading the charge.“You look at robotic milking machines on dairy farms as one example of this technology already in use,” Gray said. “These producers can now become better managers with more time to examine data since they aren’t the ones milking the cows.”Gray said another advantage of digital technology is that it can be scalable. He used a 300-cow dairy with robotic milkers as an example.The technology allows those who incorporate it to use fewer resources and get more from the technology. It can increase productivity and improve sustainability, he said.Michael Swanson, senior vice president, agriculture economist and consultant for Wells Fargo and Company, said because of digital technology, nearly everything is connected. This is true with ag, and we are now in a closed-loop system, he said.“I compare this technology to when basketball added the three-point line; I’m sure some of you remember this,” Swanson said. “This one rule completely changed how the game is played, and the same can be said about this technology in agriculture.”TECHNOLOGY IN AFRICAWhile digital technology can aid in North American agriculture, it can also help small farmers in such places as Africa. The technology can increase crop yields in places often called “the last frontier” of agriculture.William Wu is co-founder and CEO of QED, a small firm in Africa attempting to use digital technology to solve basic issues on the continent, ranging from agriculture to human health. The company builds low-cost data systems for farmers and others in Africa.In many cases, African countries face more obstacles than other countries do that can limit crop yields. Some of these issues include a lack of education, limited fertilizer use and local corruption.“We are customizing technology for the realities on the ground here in Africa,” Wu said. “We are motivated by technologies with problems worth fighting for.”Among the products QED is in the process of developing is in-field spectroscope. This process uses a smartphone to analyze soil samples in the field in a short amount of time, he said.The product eliminates a couple different issues often found in African agriculture. Many places don’t have an expensive spectroscope equipment to break down what is found in soil, and transporting soil samples between different locations is often an extremely slow process, Wu said.This technology will allow African farmers to know what is in their soil in a short amount of time and then do something about it, he said.“We really feel industrial partnerships is key for the future of humanity in Africa,” he said.Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected](AGSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

PBA: Phoenix clobbers Alaska to book playoff berth

first_imgRJ Jazul and Justine Chua combined for 29 to help in the scoring effort and propel the FuelMasters alongside lone tormentor Rain or Shine as the only teams enjoying a 7-1 record.Alas, having ticked one thing off his list, now aims for another in the all-Filipino conference.“This is only formalizes our entry [to the quarterfinals]. We are now aiming for the top two spots to prepare us for the semifinals,” he said.Phoenix now braces for its last three opponents—the troika of San Miguel teams—which Alas regards as the “heavyweights.” They face the listless Magnolia first this next Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.Alaska, which dipped to a 2-2 card, takes on crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra this Sunday in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Phoenix Pulse banked on its defensive might to rout Alaska, 94-80, and formalize its entry into playoffs in the nightcap of PBA Philippine Cup hostilities on Friday at MOA Arena.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MOST READ LATEST STORIES Calvin Abueva proved to be the biggest thorn to the Aces’ side, posting 21 points, 16 rebound and a block. Matthew Wright chimed in 20 markers and three assists.“Big break because we faced a depleted team. But still, I give credit to my guys. They were exhausted from the last game and yet they pressured. We were able to expand our lead in the third because of that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPhoenix’s leech-like defense helped their lead swell to as many as 26 in the final frame.Alaska relied on Jeron Teng and Carl Bryan Cruz who accounted for 23 and 10 points, respectively. Although those were the only double digit performances the Aces drew from a roster that was sorely missing Vic Manuel and JVee Casio. View comments The ScoresPhoenix 94 – Abueva 21, Wright 20, Jazul 18, Chua 11, Mallari 9, Perkins 6, Mendoza 4, Guevarra 3, Kramer 2, Revilla 0, Marcelo 0, Gamboa 0, Napoles 0, Dennison 0.Alaska 80 – Teng 23, Ayaay 13, Cruz 10, Pascual 8, Enciso 7, Exciminiano 6, Banchero 4, Galliguez 4, Baclao 3, Thoss 2, Andrada 0.Quarters: 29-22, 51-40, 74-53, 94-80. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Geje Eustaquio staying in top shape with next ONE fight just around the cornerlast_img read more

Neymar says 2 injuries, not 1, affected World Cup displays

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed The former Barcelona forward talked about speculation he could one day join Real Madrid.“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world, any player that Real Madrid seeks would be drawn into playing there. I am very happy at PSG. But no one knows the future,” he said.Recent videos have shown Neymar dancing at a party in Salvador, which has led to criticism about the way he is handling his recovery, but he said he would not be changing his ways.“When people say Neymar’s life off the pitch troubles him on the pitch … No. You are completely wrong, it doesn’t trouble him in any way. I am a man that takes care of himself. I know when I can go out,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Pistons top Raptors in OT LATEST STORIES Brazil was eliminated by Belgium in the quarterfinals, and Neymar failed to deliver his best performances during the tournament.Neymar is currently recovering in Brazil from another metatarsal injury in his right foot that he sustained in January, and is expected to return to action next month. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentscenter_img “Besides the metatarsal, I had an ankle problem. I ruptured the ligament and the recovery was crazier because of this,” the PSG striker said.Neymar said the metatarsal injury did not unduly trouble him in Russia, but the ankle did. “It is very annoying with the ankle, it takes a long time to get back to normal,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ FILE – In this Friday, July 6, 2018 file photo Brazil’s Neymar holds his shinbone during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar was battling back from two injuries, not one, at last year’s World Cup.In a 2-hour interview with TV Globo on Sunday, Neymar said a problem in his right ankle was affecting his recovery in Russia, as well as the metatarsal fracture in the same foot that he had previously described.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Seven die 16 hospitalised in Bengal after consuming spurious liquor

first_imgKolkata: Seven persons died and 16 others were hospitalised after consuming spurious liquor at Shantipur in West Bengal’s Nadia district on Wednesday, state Finance Minister Amit Mitra said. The state government ordered a CID inquiry into the incident and details on whether the victims consumed country liquor would be confirmed only after chemical examination, Mitra said in the assembly premises. The government also suspended 11 excise officials – the present Shantipur officer-in-charge (excise), his immediate predecessor, the deputy excise collector of Ranaghat range and eight excise constables, he said. “The government wants to send a strong message that no one who is responsible for the incident will be spared,” he said. He also announced Rs 2 lakh each as compensation to the kin of the dead in the incident. The CID investigations would also reveal whether spurious liquor is being smuggled into rural Bengal from Bihar and Jharkhand, Mitra said.last_img read more

Sublime Text 32 released with Git integration improved themes editor control and

first_imgYesterday, the team behind Sublime Text released Sublime Text 3.2, a text editor that comes with Git integration, improved diff markers, new theme functionality and much more. What’s new in Sublime Text 3.2? GIT integration With this release, the files and folders in the sidebar will now display badges for indicating Git status. In this release, the ignored files and folders are de-emphasized. In Sublime Text 3.2, the Git branch and number of modifications are displayed in the status bar. The commands have now been added to open a repository. Now there are few themes that customize the display of sidebar badges and status bar information. A new setting show_git_status has been added that disables Git integration. Improved editor control This release comes with block_caret setting. The positioning and sizing of gutter icons have now been improved. This release comes with improved IME support for Windows and improved input method (IM) support – fcitx, ibus, etc for Linux. Improved diff markers With this release, diff markers now display added, modified and deleted lines. A new setting called mini_diff now controls incremental diff behavior. With the new Git functionality, diffs can now be calculated against HEAD or the index. Few diff-related commands such as Next Modification, Previous Modification, and Revert Modification have been added. Improved files and folders For Windows, the paths are treated as case-sensitive and the unlock directories are closed. Enhanced themes/UI This release comes with added support for variables and revised JSON format with variables key. Performance has been improved with large numbers of rules in a .sublime-theme. Also, support for macOS native tabs has been added. Window placement and resize performance has been improved. API This release comes with View.set_reference_document() and View.reset_reference_document() for controlling diff generation. Phantoms can now be  drawn correctly in conjunction with draw_centered. Major bug fixes In this release, the Goto Symbol in Project has been fixed. The draw_minimap_border setting is now working. Few users are comparing the performance of Sublime Text with VScode as they think VScode is better. One of the users commented on HackerNews, “I hope Sublime steps up their game, as I think VScode is standing on their shoulders, and competition is good.” Few others think that Sublime is the best editor. Another comment reads, “If all I needed was a great text editor, I would use Sublime. It’s everything I want in an editor.” To know more about this news, check out Sublime Text’s blog post. Read Next Meet Sublime Merge, a new Git client from the makers of Sublime Text Introducing R-Factor, a refactoring tool for React and Redux Typescript 3.3 is finally released!last_img read more