first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Wednesday or ThursdayTodays READERS POLL question is: Does a political candidate with a strong military background get you attention at the ballot box?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Letter to Editor: Help Support Ocean City Theatre Company Mission

first_imgThe Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is involved not only in producing shows throughout the year, but in sponsoring educational programs in the community, such as the above after-school drama program at Ocean City Intermediate School.#GivingTuesday provides the perfect opportunity for those who believe in the mission of OCTC to stand up, give and show their support.As a nonprofit organization, the Ocean City Theatre Company relies on the financial support of those who believe in our work. This support allows us to consistently deliver quality productions, which provide first-rate educational and outreach programs to residents and visitors of the greater Ocean City region.Ticket sales alone account for only about 60 percent of the funds needed to bring live theatrical productions to children, seniors and general audiences every year. Production expenses, including royalties for permission to perform shows, cast/staff salaries, housing, costumes and sets, not to mention general overhead costs associated with day-to-day operations are immense and frequently rising.In fact, as we look towards the end of 2014, OCTC is faced with the scary truth that our budget has a shortfall of $15,000. This shortfall is simply because our ticket income and education tuition only covers the costs associated with the specific production. We are unable to raise the extra money that is needed to cover the day-to-day operations that go into running a nonprofit company.Please make your tax-deductible donation today, and join with us to produce high-quality live theater in America’s Greatest Family Resort.__________Make an online donation now.__________Donations may also be made mailed to: Ocean City Theatre Company, 854 Asbury Avenue, Suite 3, Ocean City, NJ 08226.Can’t make a financial donation? That is OK, we need you to be OCTC cheerleaders in our community! Spread the word of OCTC and help us have a record number of patrons at our Holiday Spectacular coming to the Music Pier on December 12 to 14.The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Your gift is fully tax-deductible as a charitable contribution to the extent allowed by law.— From the Ocean City Theatre Companylast_img read more

Keen interest shown in Kingdom Bakers

first_imgThere has been significant interest shown in the Kingdom Bakers business, according to RSM Tenon. The independent Kirkcaldy-based bakery firm, which employees 135 staff, went into receivership last Friday (27 January), with its entire workforce facing redundancy. Recievers RSM Tenon said that, as of Monday (30 January), it had received six enquiries from interested parties seeking more information about the business and assets that are for sale.RSM Tenon is now preparing sales packs, which will be circulated later this week, and will look to arrange site visits quickly thereafter.  Commenting, Tom MacLennan, head of recovery with RSM Tenon in Scotland, said: “We are pleased with the interest, but would urge any other interested parties to make contact with us this week.”Kingdom Bakers supplies numerous baked products to UK supermarket chains Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.Interested parties should call RSM Tenon on 0131 221 8820.>>Kingdom Bakers goes into receivershiplast_img read more

Pokagon Elder seamstresses approaching goal of 1,400 masks

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest Google+ Pokagon Elder seamstresses approaching goal of 1,400 masks Pinterest Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi says members of their Elders Council have nearly reached their goal of creating and distributing 1,400 masks to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.The masks will help to protect Pokagon Health Service employees, patients, elders, spouses, tribe members and others.Fourteen Pokagon Elder seamstresses have volunteered their time and abilities to make the masks with the help of a number of donors. Twitter By Tommie Lee – May 20, 2020 0 251 WhatsApp Previous articleBethel University offers a special Drive-Thru graduation FridayNext articleUPDATE: Suspect in robbery, assault at South Bend 7-Eleven arrested Tommie Leelast_img read more

Press release: New Lighthouse Labs to boost NHS Test and Trace capacity

first_img We are working tirelessly to boost testing capacity so that everyone who needs a test can get one. Each day, around 200,000 people are successfully booking and taking tests and we are growing our capacity to 500,000 tests across the UK by the end of October, with more and more capacity being added each week. I cannot stress enough how important it is that only those with symptoms book tests. The service is there for those experiencing a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change in sense of taste or smell. If you don’t have symptoms but think, or have been told by NHS Test and Trace, that you have been in contact with someone with the virus, please stay at home but do not book a test. We need everyone to help make sure that tests are there for people with symptoms who need them. Statistics from the 15th week of operation of NHS Test and Trace show that since the service launched: From today, a new dedicated helpline will be available for nurseries, schools and colleges to seek advice if they have a confirmed positive coronavirus case in their setting. The helpline will inform educational settings of what action is needed in response to a confirmed case from the latest public health advice and work through a risk assessment. Where necessary, complex cases will be escalated to health protection teams to provide further support. Usually, full closure will not be necessary, but some individuals may need to self-isolate if they have had close contact with the confirmed case.Demand is being increased in part by a large number of people without symptoms booking tests. The guidance – and the clear advice of public health experts – is that you should not book a test if you do not have symptoms, unless advised to do so by a public health professional. Anyone who is self-isolating because they have had close recent contact with someone who has tested positive must self-isolate for the full 14-day period.Tests can be booked via or 119, with new booking slots made available throughout the day. A number of tests continue to be reserved for NHS staff and essential workers experiencing virus symptoms.The weekly statistics from the 15th week of NHS Test and Trace show in the most recent week of operations (3 to 9 September): 2 new Lighthouse Labs to be set up in Newcastle and Bracknell, increasing capacity by tens of thousands Weekly data from NHS Test and Trace shows testing continues to increase each week 20 new testing sites opening across the country for this week testing capacity increased by 2% from the previous week to 1,612,543 (pillars 1 and 2) across the UK 82.6% of people who tested positive and were transferred to the contact-tracing system were reached and asked to provide information about their contacts 83.9% of contacts where communication details were given have been reached and told to self-isolate pillar 1 testing capacity was at 575,043, the same as the previous week pillar 2 testing capacity was at 1,037,500, an increase of 4% since the previous week pillar 3 testing capacity was at 840,000, the same as the previous week pillar 4 testing capacity was at 72,700, a decrease of 12% since the previous week Weekly data from the 15th week of operation of NHS Test and Trace shows that 27% more people have received a test for the first time this week and repeat testing in care homes continues.The 2 new Lighthouse Labs follow the previous announcements of others in Newport and Charnwood, which will scale testing capacity to help deliver 500,000 tests per day by the end of October.The 4 new labs come on top of ongoing work to build capacity at existing Lighthouse and partner lab facilities. Measures taken include recruitment of hundreds of additional staff and new technology to boost the number of tests processed. Surge laboratories will continue to maximise testing as demand rises. A further 20 new testing sites are opening across the country this week, increasing the number of local booking slots available throughout England.New labs in Newcastle and Bracknell will help increase capacity by tens of thousands, gradually increasing the number of tests they can process over the coming months. Newcastle will be able to deliver 80,000 tests per day by the end of March, and Bracknell 40,000 tests per day by February.NHS Test and Trace has reached a record number of positive cases this week, with more than 12,800 people testing positive sharing their recent contacts. This is the result of a 74% increase in positive cases being transferred to the system since the previous week.Contact tracers continue to reach the vast majority of those contacts identified, with 83.9% of those with contact information successfully advised to self-isolate in the latest week.Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection Baroness Dido Harding said: 417,296 people have been reached by the service. This includes both those testing positive and their contacts 86.6% of all contacts where communication details were given have been reached and told to self-isolatelast_img read more

Prescription drug use is on the rise

first_img Read Full Story More people than ever are taking prescription medications, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Researchers found that, in 2011-12, 59% of U.S. adults used at least one prescription drug over the past 30 days, up from 50% a decade earlier. They also found that the share of people taking more than five prescription drugs in a month doubled to 15%.“When we’re starting to see more and more adults using five or more drugs, it does raise a concern about the potential for drug interaction,” said lead author Elizabeth Kantor in a November 3, 2015 NPR article. Kantor led the study while at Harvard Chan School and is now an epidemiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.Kantor speculated that the rise in prescription drug use may have to do with the rise in obesity, since many of the most widely prescribed drugs treat obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The study found, for example, that the share of people using cholesterol-lowering agents, mostly statins, jumped from 7% to 17%.Senior author of the study, which appeared November 3, 2015 in JAMA, was Edward Giovannucci, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Chan School.last_img read more

Aramont Fund supports early-career science scholars

first_imgThe Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of Aramont Fund for Emerging Science Research awardees who, together, establish a cross-University community of early-career science scholars.“This is fantastic recognition for promising scientists at the start of their careers” said Rick McCullough, vice provost for research and professor of materials science and engineering. “We are delighted by the ambition represented in these projects and look forward to the developments the next year will bring.”The goal is to support not only important and compelling research, but to foster a “One Harvard” network of colleagues across School lines — a network that will only expand with each year’s awards.The research fund is made possible by a generous gift from the Aramont Charitable Foundation and provides critical funding to advance high-risk, high-reward science conducted by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.This year’s awarded projects include:“Discovery of a topological superconductor for faultless quantum computing” by Julia Mundy, assistant professor of physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The construction of a robust, faultless quantum computer could lead to scientific advances in fields ranging from biochemistry to astronomy by solving problems that are computationally intractable with current technologies. Mundy’s project combines techniques, tools, and expertise from multiple disciplines to design and construct a new material system that could form the backbone of a novel quantum information platform.“Metabolic control of global gene expression during the maternal-to-zygotic transition” by Lital Bentovim, research fellow in systems biology, Harvard Medical School. Bentovim has designed a project that leverages her expertise in metabolic control of development to study transcriptional control at the systems level with cutting edge quantitative tools. The project ultimately aims to determine how cellular metabolism regulates developmental gene expression, toward a possible new avenue for therapeutic interventions.“Role of CREB-regulated transcriptional coactivator CRTC-1 in epigenetic regulation of aging” by Carlos Giovanni Silva-García, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Aging can be accelerated by many internal and environmental factors and is the principal risk factor for multiple chronic health conditions including cancer, diabetes, and neurodegeneration. While the molecular mechanisms that govern this process remain to be well understood, this project elucidates the role of highly conserved genes in aging that will help to develop therapeutics to improve health in the elderly.“Constructing a quantitative molecular model of the bacterial cell cycle” by Po-Yi Ho, fifth year Ph.D. student in applied physics, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. How bacteria decide when to divide and when to replicate their DNA are basic and longstanding problems. Recent advances in microfluidics and microscopy have led to new and important clues in the form of striking statistical behaviors in the timing of cell cycle events at the single-cell level. Ho’s project aims to propose a quantitative molecular model for the bacterial cell cycle that captures the observed single-cell behaviors.“The structure of the membrane-to-membrane protein bridge that transports lipopolysaccharide to the cell surface in Gram-negative bacteria” by Rebecca Taylor, fourth year graduate student in chemistry and chemical biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The protective membranes of Gram-negative bacteria provide resistance to many clinically-used antibiotics. Taylor’s experiment aims to determine the structure of the machine responsible for building these protective membranes and to understand the mechanism of membrane production. These studies will inform the development of innovative and effective treatments for Gram-negative bacterial infections.last_img read more

Secrets of the New XPS 13 Thermal Engineering

first_imgOn January 4, we unveiled the new small but speedy Dell XPS 13. Already winning awards and heralded by outlets like PCWorld for setting the trend for thin, light and small (but mighty).The team involved in its overhaul are celebrating (rightfully so) and experiencing a bit of nostalgia recounting how we went from idea to reality! I thought you’d enjoy some of the “inside baseball” on the thermal engineering of XPS 13 – a big part of how we made the world’s favorite laptop even better (it’s a little geeky but that’s what makes it cool).As Jason Evangelho noted in Forbes, “the same material that protects Mars Rover makes Dell’s XPS 13 a better notebook.”Here’s an excerpt from an email exchange I had with the engineer behind it all: Dell Thermal Engineering Technologist Travis North P.E.“The material wrapped around the heat pipes is called Aerogel laminate. The material is a silicon aerogel in a ePTFE liner.  The liner from GORE (a really cool company – still family owned and killing it in industries from apparel to aerospace and now computing) was critical, allowing us to thin out the product for feasibility use in the PC industry.  Dell is first to launch with this material – it has the lowest conductivity known to man. Launching tomorrow, you’ll see a second product with this material – the first with 0.1mm material thickness (thinnest material). Net-net – this allowed for close to a 3C reduction in skin which equates to close to a 4W increase in overall PL1 level performance at steady state.“Additionally, we’re using our dual ultrathin fan with dual heat pipes, which allowed us to support the full turbo range on R and G as well as elevated sustained levels of steady-state power.”GORE Thermal Insulation was with us on the big stage at CES today – check it out by watching the replay on our Alienware team’s Twitch channel.Travis’ manager weighed in, reinforcing:“It (XPS 13) uses a cutting-edge thermal insulator (Silicon Aerogel, NASA technology) with allows us to reduce the skin temperature by 3 degrees. This has been the primary limitation of performance. This gives us a significant boost in sustained performance when you run for a longer duration  – can be 15-40%. Most thin systems throttle the performance in minutes – you can see the comparison of our system versus the competition over multiple runs (leads by a mile).”You can see a chart for comparison below. And if you are curious about what aerogel looks like (I know it’s been keeping you up at night 🙂 ) – here you go. “So many companies are always abusing the phrase ‘space age technology,’” Evangelho said. “Well, Dell’s definitely backing it up.”It took time to get here with some failed attempts, but we made it.In the end, the ePTFE liner from GORE was what was able to encapsulate the silica aerogel while allowing us to achieve thickness sub 0.3mm which was required for our products. The material is almost as light as air and has a Styrofoam type feel.Join us in congratulating Travis and the team for their innovation and drive. Each and every ingredient innovation is what makes our products the best in the world — and our team even better!last_img read more

French lawmakers debate ban on wild animals in circuses

first_imgPARIS (AP) — French lawmakers are debating an animal welfare bill that would ban using wild animals in traveling circuses and keeping dolphins and whales in captivity in marine parks. Circus workers held a protest against the bill outside the National Assembly on Tuesday, saying the measure would cause circuses and jobs to vanish, if it becomes law. The wild animal ban would not apply to permanent shows or to zoos, but it would extend to outlawing the use of wild animals in television shows, nightclubs and private parties. The bill would also require new pet owners to obtain certificates guaranteeing they have the specific knowledge needed to care for their animals.last_img

We’ll Miss You, Yitzhak! Hedwig’s Lena Hall Looks Back on Her Year in Drag

first_img View Comments In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Lena Hall will conclude her Tony-winning turn as aspiring drag queen Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on April 4, but before she says farewell, she’s sharing the year she spent “shining like the brightest star.”How did you feel when you first got this job?I felt amazing, of course. It was a part I had really wanted, and I knew I would do an awesome job at it. I loved the show previously and was so excited to get to work with Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell, as well as Michael Mayer and Neil Patrick Harris.How do you feel now that you’re leaving?Ever since they announced my replacement [Rebecca Naomi Jones], I’ve been depressed (not because of her, but because it made it real). I love this show and have loved this part so much, so inside there is an overwhelming feeling of sadness, but I must move on and allow my body to repair itself from the damage playing a man has done to it.What are three words you would use to describe your experience at this job?Unbelievably life changing.What was the easiest thing about the job?The people. Everyone has been an utter joy to be with and work with.What was the hardest thing?Playing a dude.What was the highlight of your time at this job?The whole year has been incredible, but nothing can beat Tony morning/afternoon/night/late night.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?Tambourine and shaker, headbanging, onstage sound technician and props master.What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Listen to your body and get physical therapy when you need it ASAP.How do you think you’ve grown?I’m a better actor and listener. I’m good at playing percussive instruments while handling flailing mic cords and heavy mic stands. Physically, my body shrank, and from playing a man, my body has become flat as a board—but my head is now massive!  (That’s a little joke.)Why are you leaving?My body needs time to repair itself from the physical damage I have done to it. I put 100% of my soul and energy on that stage every night. The wear and tear of all of that headbanging, lifting really heaving mic stands and props and the posture have taken a huge toll. I also see no better way than to finish with the writer himself: John Cameron Mitchell. Though I’m sure I will be seeing this gang again in the near future.What will you miss the most?The people. From the crew to the band to the creatives to the fans and everyone in between. This show seems to bring truly amazing people together. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Hedwig and the Angry Inchlast_img read more