Cyclone causes flooding in Fiji, kills 1 with 5 more missing

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A cyclone caused flooding as it crossed Fiji, requiring rescues of residents and sending thousands of people into shelters in the Pacific archipelago. At least one person died and five others are missing. Authorities say more than 10,000 people are sheltering at 300 evacuation centers after Cyclone Ana made landfall Sunday on the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The cyclone caused flooding on both islands, including in the capital, Suva. A disaster management official said a river near Suva unexpectedly burst it banks and crews needed to rescue villagers from their homes. The nation’s leader pointed to climate change as a cause of recent deadly storms. Fiji was still recovering from an even more powerful cyclone that hit in December.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Sharknado Circles Broadway & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Sharknado Circles BroadwayCould a stage adaptation of cult TV disaster film Sharknado take a big bite out of Broadway? Its screenwriter Thunder Levin certainly hopes so. “I think it would be hilarious to do Sharknado: The Musical,” he told the New York Daily News. “They could get some Broadway musical guys to write the songs and the music, but you’ve got to let me write the script. We could call it Sharknado: The Great White Way.” While you wait for some “Broadway musical guys” to get their teeth into the project, you can look forward to watching Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, which premieres on the Syfy channel on July 22. Or something.Clyde Alves’ Shore LeaveClyde Alves is heading to Birdland! The On the Town star will perform an evening of original music on July 20 at the Big Apple hotspot. Joined by fellow Broadway performers Robyn Hurder and Rebecca Riker, expect a mix of folk, rock, soul and reggae sounds.Michelle Obama’s Theatrical WeekendFirst Lady Michelle Obama has had a very Broadway-centric few days! There was the invite to the White House for the cast of Aladdin, and then she herself visited the Tony-winning productions of The King and I and Kinky Boots. Check out the thank you note the First Lady penned to the latter’s cast below! View Comments Owen Wilson & Jennifer Aniston’s Broadway ComedyAfter all the excitement surrounding the Oscar-winning Birdman, Hollywood has tapped Broadway again! She’s Funny That Way, Peter Bogdanovich’s first feature film in 13 years, is a comedy set behind the scenes of a Great White Way show. Starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots and more, check out the trailer below (and keep your eyes peeled for some classic Main Stem hangouts!).last_img read more

3 factors impacting GAP in 2019

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Rising costs, depreciation values, and total loss claims are disrupting the way the auto market is doing business as dealers, lenders, and consumers grapple with how to best handle the strain on finances and resources. GAP is one ancillary product that is being impacted by the economic factors and continuing to cause concern for lenders and consumers in 2019.Many consumers assume that their insurance policy is enough to cover the remaining balance on their loan if their car is ever totaled or stolen. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as the actual cost value (ACV) of the car decreases over time. GAP (short for Guaranteed Asset Protection) is a popular add-on for car buyers that, according to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, is an optional product meant to help cover the amount, or ‘gap’ between what insurance will pay for a totaled car and the remaining balance on the loan.1This is a helpful option for buyers, because it’s a tough situation for lenders and consumers alike if the car becomes damaged or totaled, but the insurance pay out does not fully cover the outstanding balance owed on the vehicle. This is known as an ‘upside down’ loan. According to Edmunds, there’s millions of upside-down trade-ins that happen annually, which can lead to a strain on finances for both the consumer and lender in the event of a total loss.2 This strain, particularly on GAP claims, is emerging from various market conditions, with three main factors to consider.last_img read more

Tioga County Boys and Girls Club holds annual free Thanksgiving dinner

first_imgAll participants had to do was pull up to the site and indicate how many meals they needed then pop their trunk. Volunteers then put the meals in their trunk. Organizers say the goal was to provide as many meals as possible to those who need them. They started giving out the meals at 3 p.m. this afternoon and said they’d be there until the last one was gone. “It’s turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie,” Curatolo said. “Because everyone needs pumpkin pie for dinner, right?”center_img Volunteer Lisa Curatolo says each meal is filled with Thanksgiving favorites. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Tioga County Boys and Girls Club held a free Thanksgiving dinner for members of the community. last_img read more

The Coronavirus Vaccines Will Likely Work. Making Them Fast Will Be Hard.

first_imgThat’s a far cry from the 300 million doses that Operation Warp Speed — the federal effort to accelerate vaccine development — set as a goal this year. It reflects just how difficult and unpredictable the manufacturing process has been. Pfizer, for example, said this summer that it expected to make 100 million doses by year’s end, but has now said it can produce only half that goal.Industry analysts and company executives are optimistic that hundreds of millions of doses will be made by next spring. But the companies — backed with billions of dollars in federal money — will have to overcome hurdles they’ve encountered in the early days of making vaccines. Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines use new technology that has never been approved for widespread use. They are ramping up into the millions for the first time. Other challenges include promptly securing raw vaccine ingredients and mastering the art of creating consistent, high-quality batches. The promising news that not just one, but two coronavirus vaccines were more than 90 percent effective in early results has buoyed hopes that an end to the coronavirus pandemic is in sight.But even if the vaccines are authorized soon by federal regulators — the companies developing them have said they expect to apply soon — only a sliver of the American public will be able to get one by the end of the year. The two companies, Pfizer and Moderna, have estimated they will have 45 million doses, or enough to vaccinate 22.5 million Americans, by January.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Haiti cholera ‘far worse than expected’, experts fear

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share The cholera epidemic affecting Haiti looks set to be far worse than officials had thought, experts fear.Rather than affecting a predicted 400,000 people, the diarrhoeal disease could strike nearly twice as many as this, latest estimates suggest. Aid efforts will need ramping up, US researchers told The Lancet journal.The World Health Organization says everything possible is being done to contain the disease and warns that modelling estimates can be inaccurate. Before last year’s devastating earthquake in the Caribbean nation, no cases of cholera had been seen on Haiti for more than a century.The bacterial disease is spread from person-to-person through contaminated food and water. It causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, and patients, particularly children and the elderly, are vulnerable to dangerous dehydration as a result.Gross underestimateIn the three months between October and December 2010, about 150,000 people in Haiti contracted cholera and about 3,500 died.Around this time, the United Nations projected that the total number infected would likely rise to 400,000. But researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, say this is a gross underestimate.They believe the toll could reach 779,000, with 11,100 deaths by the end of November 2011. Dr Sanjay Basu and colleagues reached their figures using data from Haiti’s ministry of health. They say the UN estimates were “crude” and based on “a simple assumption” that the disease would infect a set portion (2-4%) of Haiti’s 10 million population. Dr Basu’s calculations take into account factors like which water supplies have been contaminated and how much immunity the population has to the disease.They predict the number of cholera cases will be substantially higher than official estimates. “The epidemic is not likely to be short-term,” said Dr Basu. “It is going to be larger than predicted in terms of sheer numbers and will last far longer than the initial projections.” But the researchers say thousands of lives could be saved by provision of clean water, vaccination and expanded access to antibiotics.A spokesman for the World Health Organization said: “We have to be cautious because modelling does not necessarily reflect what’s seen on the ground. “Latest figures show there have been 252,640 cases and 4,672 deaths as of 10 March 2011. “We really need to reconstruct water and sanitation systems for the cholera epidemic to go away completely. “It’s a long-term process and cholera is going to be around for a number of years yet.”By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC News Tweetcenter_img 43 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Haiti cholera ‘far worse than expected’, experts fear by: – March 16, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Police report two fatal Jennings County crashes in one day

first_imgJennings County, In. — Indiana State Police investigated two fatal crashes in Jennings County on Tuesday.At 8 a.m. a car driven by Sharlene Whitsell, 59, of Seymour, was eastbound on County Road 800 North when she drove into the path of Betty Lou Hicks, 42, of North Vernon, at the intersection of County Road 1300 East. After colliding in the intersection, both cars left the roadway. The Hicks vehicle struck a tree.Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitsell suffered minor injuries. Investigators say Hicks was not properly restrained.The investigation is ongoing.Around  4:30 p.m. a car driven by Dalton Rinker, 19, of North Vernon, entered State Road 7 from County Road 500 North. Rinker drove into the path of a semi truck driven by Leonel Guillen, 39, of Indianapolis.Rinker was pronounced dead at the scene. Guillen was not injured.The crash remains under investigation.last_img read more

Championship Night is Saturday at Canyon

first_imgBy Rowdy BriggsPEORIA, Ariz. – It has been a long season at Canyon Speedway Park but it all comes down to Championship Night Saturday in the four IMCA divisions that compete regularly at the Arizona speedplant.IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Arizona Differential IMCA Northern SportMods and the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks will be crowning their champions.Admission is $15 for adults. Seniors 60 and over and military are $12 and children 11 and under are free. All-access pit passes can be purchased for $35 for adults while kids ages 7-11 are $20 and 6 years and under are free.All minors under the age of 18 must have a minor release Form filled out and notarized prior to entry into the pits. The form can be found on the track’s www.canyonspeedwaypark.com website.last_img read more

Duke prevails in PASS feature at Port Royal

first_imgKen Duke Jr. won his second Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature in as many 2019 outings Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. (Photo by Christi Baker) Late-charging Johnathan Jones got past Gramley with two laps to go and took second place. Gramley held on for third, followed by Nick Sweigart and Ryan Lynn. The largest field in Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car racing so far this year, 43 cars, entered the race, and 25 of the 26 starters completed the distance. Entries came from as far away as Vermont and North Carolina. It was Duke’s second straight IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Series victory for 2019. PORT ROYAL, Pa. (April 6) – Ken Duke Jr. grabbed the lead from Nathan Gramley in turn two on lap 12 and went on to win Saturday’s 20-lap Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature at Port Royal Speedway.  From his fourth starting position, Duke has quickly assumed the runner-up spot behind Gramley, with Dabrosky, Lynn and Scarborough giving chase. Traffic gave Duke his chance on lap 12 and the 2016 PASS champ made the best of it. At one point his lead stretched to more than three seconds before Jones, who moved from sixth to second over the last five laps, narrowed the final margin.  Feature results – 1. Ken Duke Jr.; 2. Jonathan Jones; 3. Nathan Gramley; 4. Nick Sweigart; 5. Ryan Lynn; 6. Greg Dabrosky; 7. John Scarborough; 8. Zach Newlin; 9. Dave Grube; 10. Cale Riegle; 11. Kyle Ganoe; 12. Drew Ritchey; 13. Robert Garvey; 14. Jaremi Hanson; 15. Jake Waters; 16. Devin Adams; 17. Tim Stallings; 18. Josh Dressley; 19. Scott Lutz; 20. Domenic Melair; 21. Jay Krout; 22. Samantha Lieberman; 23. Scott Ellerman; 24. Dave Wickham; 25. Michael Wenrick; 26. Doug Dodson.last_img read more

Sister Claire Whalen honored as ‘Hoosier Resilience Hero’

first_imgOldenburg, In. — In celebration of Earth Week, Claire Whalen, a Franciscan nun of the Convent of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, has been named a Hoosier Resilience Hero by the Environmental Resilience Institute, founded as part of Indiana University’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative.While traveling the state as ERI’s assistant director of policy and implementation, Janet McCabe, former acting assistant administrator for air quality with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, has met many Hoosiers dedicated to preparing Indiana for environmental change. The Hoosier Resilience Heroes recognition honors the important contributions of just a few of these residents.“Indiana is full of individuals—in every corner of the state and from every age and walk of life, including government, academia, business, and nonprofits—who are working to make Indiana more resilient in the face of environmental change, and who are making Indiana residents safer and healthier now and for generations to come,” said McCabe. “We are thrilled to recognize these Hoosier Resilience Heroes and lift up their work to inspire us all.”These ten individuals were recognized as Hoosier Resilience Heroes:Shikha Bhattacharya, director and founder, ReTHink, Inc.Jessica Davis, director, IUPUI Office of SustainabilityJohn Gibson, board of directors, Earth Charter IndianaJulia McKenna, senior, John Adams High SchoolIris O’Donnell Bellisario, junior, Purdue UniversityReed Rouch, senior, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory SchoolAaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, city forester, City of GoshenJennifer Tank, professor of biological sciences, University of Notre DameLeah Thill, senior environmental planner, Michiana Area Council of GovernmentsSister Claire Whalen, chair, Oldenburg Renewable Energy CommissionSister Whalen has committed a large part of her life to environmental causes. She has a strong desire to help people in her area of the state understand the climate crisis and ways they can work to mitigate the impacts. In her retirement, she chooses to promote sustainable living on our planet Earth, especially in the food and energy sectors.  Known for her work at Michaela Farm and with the Food and Growers Association, Sister Whalen is currently focusing her volunteer efforts on climate change impacts. In 2017 and 2018, she led the Solarize Indiana Southeast initiative, educating residents to install solar; 35 installations were completed at homes and businesses.  In addition, Sister Whalen leads the Oldenburg Renewable Energy Commission to study how their community could move quickly to reduce its carbon footprint in the coming decade. This summer, the Commission will complete a greenhouse gas inventory for the town of Oldenburg, IN, through participation in the Environmental Resilience Institute’s 2019 Resilience Cohort. Furthermore, Sister Whalen regularly advocates for environmental causes to her governmental representatives and encourages others to do the same.“These individuals are making an important difference every day in Indiana,” said Ellen Ketterson, director of the Environmental Resilience Institute.  “In my view, they are true heroes.”Read about all of the 2019 Resilience Heroes on the Environmental Resilience Institute’s website.last_img read more