FARMINGTON – County commissioners approved a plan Thursday morning to bring in staff from Somerset County into the Franklin County Regional Communications Center to assist over the next couple of weeks.CL Folsom, the communications director for Franklin County, is out on leave, according to County Clerk Julie Magoon. The agreement with Somerset County will bring some combination of Somerset County Communications Director Michael Smith and Communications Deputy Director Tammy Barker to the Franklin County dispatch center over the next two weeks.The offer for assistance was extended by Somerset County at no cost after the Sept. 16 explosion on the Farmington Falls Road, Magoon said.That explosion resulted in the destruction of the LEAP Inc. office building, the death of a Farmington Fire Rescue captain and severe injuries to several other firefighters and an employee of LEAP.The incident has created a number of other moving parts for the center, Magoon said. For example, some media organizations have requested transcripts for calls made on Sept. 16. The Somerset County personnel will be able to fill in for personnel on leave and assist with those requests, Magoon said.In other business, commissioners met Wednesday and decided against taking immediate action in regards to the plowing of roads in West Freeman. The commissioners separated roughly 8.7 miles of West Freeman roads from the Freeman and Salem Township roads last year, creating a separate contract that was awarded to a business on a contract at $38,000 per year. That business declined to renew after the first year, sending the county back out to bid on the West Freeman roads.Only one company got a bid in before this month’s deadline: Fenwick Construction LLC, a Freeman Township contractor that currently plows the Salem and Freeman Township roads and, prior to last year, also the West Freeman roads. Fenwick’s bid was more than double the previous contractor, resulting in commissioners balking at the price. Andrea Fenwick, appearing on behalf of the business that she runs with husband Tellis Fenwick, said that the increased cost include money to purchase equipment, bonding and worker-related expenses to get them back up and running on the West Freeman route.In addition to the increase, commissioners also expressed concern with the nature of the county’s five-year plowing contracts, which allow for the contractor to either renew or pull out after each year, but do not extend the same option to Franklin County.After some discussion, commissioners decided to table the issue until their Oct. 1 meeting. They also discussed the possibility of re-combining the Freeman/Salem Township contract with West Freeman.
SiriusXM‘s The Beach Boys channel has announced that the surviving members of the band’s classic lineup will reunite for an on-air Q&A session hosted by director Rob Reiner. The discussion is to be aired on August 10th. The segment will see classic band members Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, and David Marks, as well as longtime member Bruce Johnston, reunite for the first time since their 50th-anniversary reunion tour in 2012 to discuss the band’s legacy.The conversation is sure to be an interesting one. While the music of The Beach Boys has always radiated “good vibrations,” the relationships between the group’s members have been fraught with tension and outright vitriol for years. In particular, cousins and founding members Brian Wilson and Mike Love have been perpetually at odds over the handling of the band’s brand, including who is allowed perform under the Beach Boys banner.Love is currently in the midst of a tour with “The Beach Boys,” a lineup in which he is the only original band member. Wilson—billed as Brian Wilson, not the Beach Boys—has also toured performing the Beach Boys’ catalog extensively in recent years, including a massive world tour celebrating the 50th anniversary the band’s 1966 studio masterpiece, Pet Sounds.Back in 2012, while The Beach Boys 50th-anniversary tour was still underway, Wilson expressed surprise when he heard that Love had already booked more shows as The Beach Boys with a lineup including Johnston, but no other original members. “I wasn’t aware that Mike had some shows in South America,” Wilson told Rolling Stone. “News to me.” As Al Jardine noted to Rolling Stone in an earlier interview, “You’ve got the Love band, who’ve been together for years and have developed a style. Brian’s band has been going for a long time, too – so we’ve been coming from three different places.”The apparent confusion caused some immediate friction with Love’s aforementioned dates. A performance by Love’s outfit at Winnie, TX’s Nutty Jerry’s was canceled by the promoter to avoid any potential backlash over misleading advertising. As the venue said in a statement, “The group that was scheduled to perform at Nutty Jerry’s is not the same lineup as the current ‘Beach Boys 50th Anniversary’ tour. As a result, Nutty Jerry’s did not feel that we could advertise the show as the ‘original’ Beach Boys. Nutty Jerry’s regrets the misunderstanding and any inconvenience to our loyal customers.”With so much history between these old cohorts, both good and bad, this SiriusXM on-air discussion is sure to provide some fascinating insight into the state of the Beach Boys in 2018 and beyond.[H/T Relix]
There has been a storm brewing in North Carolina and it is one that will prove to beautify our landscapes across the country. The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center team in Mills River, North Carolina, already horticultural heroes of sorts with their incredible, white-flowered ‘Sweet Tea’ Mountain Gordlinia, are now bringing to the landscape the Double Take Storm flowering quinces with the most shocking blooms you ever imagined.The three selections are ‘Scarlet Storm,’ ‘Pink Storm’ and ‘Orange Storm.’ They are all double flowered and will cause you to first think of a camellia. With a group of three that now fall under a series called Double Take, you will most likely find Double Take ‘Scarlet Storm.’Botanically speaking, they are all selections of Chaenomeles speciosa, which is native to China. It is the breeding program at North Carolina State University, however, that is bringing us these shrubs that will reach approximately 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide at maturity, boasting dazzling double flowers with huge petal counts.The old-fashioned flowering quince always seems to be bare of flowers on the tips or tops of the plant, but these blooms that reach up to 2.5 inches in diameter stretch outward to the tip of the stem. That means the blossoms are almost as large as a tennis ball. Here at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, they have been sensational. They are cold hardy from zones 5 through 9 and are deer resistant.When you get yours, select a site in full to partial sun. These great flowering quinces deserve to be planted in a well-prepared shrub bed. Incorporate 3 to 4 inches of organic matter along with about 2 pounds of a 5-10-5 fertilizer per 100 square feet of planting area. Till your soil deeply and dig your hole about three times as wide as the rootball, but no deeper. Place the flowering quince in the hole and backfill to two-thirds. Tamp the soil and water to settle. Add the remaining backfill and repeat the process, getting all of the air pockets out and providing a great start for acclimatization of your new shrub.These plants bloom on old wood, so remember not to get pruning-happy when they are in their deciduous or dormant state of winter. If any pruning is needed, make these cuts after the spring bloom. Of course, these make breathtaking cut flowers, so select as needed.These blooms sequence nicely with spring-blooming bulbs like Dutch iris, daffodils and the iridescent blue of the Peruvian lily, Scilla peruviana, which is cold hardy to around zero degrees Fahrenheit. Try clustering three in front of evergreen hollies. I notice that our Chinese snowball viburnums and ‘Scarlet Storm’ are blooming. They are, however, in different parts of the garden.To me, the flowering quince has always been that harbinger of spring. It’s the one plant that shouts with its colorful blooms, “You have survived winter!” Even though I loved those old blooms, they pale in comparison to a plant like ‘Scarlet Storm.’ Spring is early in the South, so gardeners here may want to start shopping. Elsewhere in the country, you can procrastinate a little, or better yet, go ahead and let your favorite nurseryman know you are coming soon to pick up three.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Allison MartinWhile out and about, you may have passed by the local credit union without looking twice. You have no need for their services, right? Well, at least that’s what you thought.Are you aware of how credit unions operate and what they entail? If so, you may be inclined to open an account at one close to you or even switch from your bank.What exactly is a credit union and why is it better?MyCreditUnion.gov defines credit unions as “not-for-profit organizations that exist to serve their members rather than to maximize corporate profits.” They operate similarly to banks, as they make loans to members and accept deposits.So, why should I choose the local credit union over big boy banks?1. MotivesThe sole purpose for a credit union’s existence means that it should have your best interests at heart and not the bottom line of the institution. Big banks, on the other hand, are there to turn a profit and will seemingly do whatever it takes to meet their numbers. continue reading »
FDA outbreak pagehttp://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html#news Also today, FDA officials announced that PCA is expanding its recall to cover all products produced at the plant since Jan 1, 2007. It was unclear, however, what type of testing was initially done and what the chances were of the tests producing false-positive results. The earliest case mentioned in the FDA’s report was in June 2007. Screening tests take about a day, while confirmatory tests take from 3 to 5 days, Besser said. Storage of raw peanuts next to roasted peanuts; sometimes the raw and finished products were visually indistinguishable Also, FDA investigators found mold on the ceiling and walls of the finished product cooler, along with water stains running down from the cooler’s fans, located directly above where the finished products were stored. Also, finished products were stored beneath skylights and ceilings that showed evidence of rainwater leakage. The FDA released its full investigative report on the PCA plant, called form 483, today on its Web site. The report includes a list of observations that Rogers classified as deviations from Good Manufacturing Practices, some of which he said are violations of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. FDA officials observed several instances in which finished products were vulnerable to contamination, including: The identification of specific Salmonella serotypes should have told the company that there was a problem either with the testing or with the peanuts, he said. “The lack of clarity with regards to these tests really points to a lack of credible information for the entire investigation,” he said. “It’s hard to make decisions if the information is piecemeal or potentially incorrect.” John Besser, PhD, clinical laboratory manager at the Minnesota Department of Health, reviewed the FDA’s investigation report and told CIDRAP News that the company used screening tests in the instances where it detected an unidentified Salmonella serotype and used confirmatory testing methods in the three instances where it identified a serotype. Jan 28, 2009 (CIDRAP News) The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released its inspection findings on the Georgia peanut butter plant that has been linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak, saying the company shipped products that had initially tested positive for Salmonella and citing various other questionable practices. Clarification needed on test methodsMichael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, said that despite dramatic headlines about the PCA releasing products that tested positive for Salmonella, more information is needed about methods the company used in its initial product testing. Cleaning deficit, storage errorsThe FDA report also said the company did not clean the peanut paste production line after Salmonella Typhimurium was found in the paste on Sep 26, 2008. The report said the company did not clean the line until the FDA began inspecting the plant on Jan 9. In a statement yesterday, the American Peanut Council expressed shock that PCA “knowingly released a product with potential salmonella contamination into the food supply, as released by the Food and Drug Administration.” Other developmentsSundlof, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told reporters yesterday that though investigators have wrapped up their investigation at the plant, the FDA, along with state officials, has visited about 1,000 food manufacturers that used potentially contaminated peanut butter and peanut paste in their products and was still testing products and reviewing distribution records. He said he expects the list of recalled products to expand. Rogers also commented that it “is sometimes possible to get negative and positive results from the same product lot.” Tauxe noted that people with no Internet access can call the CDC hotline at 1-800-232-4636 for information on product recalls. “There is concern of potential Salmonella contamination, including Salmonella strains not associated with the current outbreak,” Dr. Stephen Sundlof of the FDA said at a late afternoon news briefing. But he said the agency has not yet seen any illnesses involving strains other than the outbreak strain, Salmonella Typhimiurium. He said there was not enough information to tell if there was a problem with the confirmatory tests or if the company had inadequate testing procedures. “No matter how you cut it, there was some type of negligence,” Besser said. Placement of pallets of finished product within 3 feet of a cooler floor where authorities isolated Salmonella Mdbandaka In other comments at today’s briefing, Sundlof said the FDA still sees no evidence of any contamination in national name-brand peanut butter. He said national brand manufacturers have assured the agency that they never bought any peanut products from PCA. The report said the facility lacked a ventilation system to prevent potential contamination from airflow from the areas that handled raw peanuts to the finished product areas. Also, some areas of the plant lacked segregation between raw and finished products. At today’s briefing, the FDA’s Rogers said the agency is aware of the labs used by PCA for its internal testing and has no information suggesting problems with the labs or their test results. However, he said that unless there are mitigating circumstances, the practice of releasing a product after first getting a positive test result and then a negative result is not common in the industry and “is certainly a deviation from current Good Manufacturing Practices.” Half of the cases have occurred in children younger than 16, Tauxe reported. He said 108 people have been hospitalized, and eight deaths may be associated with the outbreak, all of them in people older than 59. Michael Rogers, who directs the FDA’s field investigation division, told reporters at a press conference yesterday that FDA investigators found that the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) plant in Blakely, Ga., detected Salmonella in some of the products it made in 2007 and 2008, but later released them after testing by an outside firm found no contamination in the products. Other findings included product residue buildup on and near production equipment, dirt and grime on washroom equipment and walls, and evidence of roaches in a washroom adjacent to the production and packaging areas. At today’s briefing, Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, deputy director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases, said the case count in the outbreak remained at 501 in 43 states, plus one case in Canada. He said the outbreak appears to be ongoing, though the number of new cases has modestly decreased. Osterholm said there was no question that the FDA found Salmonella in the PCA plant. But he said detailed information about the initial tests the company used could help clarify what went wrong and that public health officials need to know if those tests produced true-positive Salmonella findings. That would help clarify whether the company released products it knew might be contaminated, he said. The report says the FDA identified 12 instances in which peanut products tested positive for Salmonella on internal testing between June 2007 and September 2008, but the company then released the products after further testing was negative. Initial testing found Salmonella Typhimurium once, Salmonella Anatum twice, and unspecified strains nine times. “The findings of the FDA report can only be seen as a clear and unconscionable action of one irresponsible manufacturer, which stands alone in an industry that strives to follow the most stringent food safety standards,” said Patrick Archer, president of the trade association. Although the firm recognized that the roasting step was the key to eliminating contamination in raw peanuts, it didn’t verify that the temperature, volume, and belt speed of its roaster were adequate to kill pathogenic bacteria, the report said, adding that temperature documentation was incomplete for several time periods. FDA officials told CIDRAP News that an independent private laboratory conducted PCA’s initial testing, but that the FDA didn’t have any information on the testing methods used. Storage of finished products within 15 feet of a floor crack where investigators isolated Salmonella Senftenberg See also: Given the expanded PCA recall, the FDA expects that food companies will check their supply chains to determine if they have products on the market containing ingredients covered by the expanded recall, Sundlof said. He advised consumers to check the FDA’s Web site to see which products have been recalled and said if they are unsure whether a peanut-containing product is potentially contaminated, they should avoid eating it or feeding it to pets. American Peanut Council statementhttp://admin.peanutsusa.com/documents/Document_Library/FDA%20Report%20Reaction%20-%201%2027%2009%20FINAL.pdf
New daily coronavirus infections in Australia’s hotspot of Victoria climbed back to double digits on Sunday with 12 cases recorded but authorities said the state is on track to be able to ease its social distancing restrictions in coming weeks.The dozen new coronavirus cases follow eight infections reported on Saturday and single-digit numbers for most of the past week.Melbourne, Victoria’s capital, has been under a strict lockdown for nearly three months. Retail and restaurants operate only on take away or delivery orders only, while people can exercise or socialise outdoors for a maximum of two hours a day and must wear masks in public places. Most restrictions will be eased when the average number of new daily cases over a two-week window falls below five. The 14-day rolling case average for Melbourne has been going steadily down and it is now at 11.9.”We are so, so close,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told a televised briefing.”If we continue these numbers, continue this trend, we are ready to take that step. All things being equal, that will be just a couple of weeks.”With temperatures reaching 28 Celsius (82.4 Fahrenheit) over the weekend, the highest in months, police said they were stepping up patrolling as hundreds of Melbourne residents flocked to beaches..Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state, accounts for 90% of national COVID-19 deaths. Australia, with 894 fatalities, has fared far better than many other developed countries.Australia has had just over 27,000 infections, according to health ministry data.Topics :
Jakarta: India’s women’s basketball team suffered a 61-84 defeat at the hands of Chinese Taipei in group A match of the 18th Asian Games here on Sunday.It seemed that India had not learnt from its mistakes at the Commonwealth Games as lack of proper defence structure and accuracy cost them the match.For India, Palanilkumakalayil Skaria Jeena (13) Raspreet Sidhu (12) scored maximum points while Szuchin Peng (14) and Pingjen Huang (11) were the major contributors for the Chinese Taipei. The match started with both the teams attacking each other. In the first two quarters India gave a good fight and maintained the pace of the game. India scored 17 points in the first quarter and 11 in the second. But the last two quarters saw India lose the plot.The Chinese Taipei upped the ante and started putting pressure on the Indian defence and as a result Indian girls failed to stop them.Regular attacks from their opponents saw India only score 17 and 16 points as compared to Chinese Taipei’s 31 and 20. India ended the game with 23 turnovers which is 11 more than their opponents. They will now face the Unified Korean team in the third match. IANS
MADRID: Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho came on as a second half substitute for Bayern Munich in Sunday night’s Champions League final, but failed to rule out a return to parent club FC Barcelona for the coming season.Barcelona’s record signing spent this season at Bayern after struggling to make an impact in the previous 18 months at the Camp Nou, but now with his loan over, Barcelona will have to decide if he can form part of their rebuilding plans, or whether they will look to sell him to raise funds for new signings. Speaking on Spanish TV at the end of Sunday’s final, the player admitted he had not had the chance to consider what the future might hold, reports Xinhua news agency. “I haven’t thought about that. For the moment, I have only been thinking about the final,” he commented. “Now I have to return (to Barcelona),” he continued, adding “what I can say is that I am looking forward to working and being successful and we will see what happens.” Coutinho looked back on Bayern’s 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain, which sees the German side claim the continental treble after also winning this season’s German league and cup. “We had a great season, we prepared very well and I think we deserve the triumph,” he said. IANS Also Watch: Koch-Rajbongshi groups meet with CM to discuss their Demands.
The Syracuse track and field team finished a superb weekend, setting 14 personal records and one school record.The sprinters traveled down south to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the Florida Relays. The distance runners split into two different groups, traveling west to California for the Stanford Invitational and south to Princeton to compete at the Sam Howell Invitational.At the Florida Relays, sprinters Sabrina Cammock, Bria Goodson, Rebecca Robinson and Shaina Harrison set a school record in the 4×100 meter race with a time of 45.46 seconds to finish 16th out of 52 schools.The mark was 0.21 seconds faster than the previous record set more than 10 years ago.Harrison set a new personal record in the 100-meter dash, sprinting to a 13th place finish, out of 59 runners, with a time of 11.56 seconds. She was just 0.07 seconds away from breaking the school record.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s men’s hurdlers had an excellent performance in the 110-meter hurdles. Senior Donald Pollitt captured seventh, racing to his best time of the season with a 13.76 mark. Freshman Freddie Crittenden and junior Darren McCluskey each set new personal records in the event, finishing at 13.96 and 14.52 seconds respectively. At the Stanford Invitational sophomore MJ Erb captured first in his section in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and sixth overall with a personal record of 8:50.01.Junior Martin Hehir continued his successful year racing to a personal best and one of the top times in the NCAA East in the 5,000-meter run, coming in at 13:50.88, just four seconds shy of the school record.Senior Reed Kamysek and junior Juris Silenieks both set new personal records in the 10,000-meter run with times of 29:08.84 and 30:26.24, respectively.Senior Max Straneva, junior Daniel Lennon and redshirt junior Andrew Palmer all also set personal records in the 5,000-meter run with times of 4:00.45, 14:12.23 and 14:08.32, respectively.Freshman Kevyn Hoyos also set a new personal best in the same event at the Princeton Invitational, taking fifth overall with a time of 14:23.08.Redshirt senior Sarah Pagano set a new personal record in the women’s 5,000-meter race, running her first-ever sub-16 minute time with a 15:48.87 finish.Sophomore Margo Malone also set a new personal best in the race, clocking in at 16:21.51.Sophomore Elizabeth Reynolds set a new career best in the 8,000-meter run, finishing with a time of 2:17.75. Syracuse next competes on April 17 at the ACC Outdoor Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C.compiled by Ari Gilberg, staff writer, [email protected] Comments Published on April 7, 2014 at 12:44 am Facebook Twitter Google+