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OUT IN THE YARD: Changing lives building one community garden at a time

first_img Lamar Community Garden provides students the opportunity to volunteer to grow food for themselves and to donate to a variety of locations.Lamar University hosts the South Park Community Garden. Its mission is to help local people learn and grow food for themselves. McCabe Roberts UMC location emphasizes the benefits of including whole foods in one’s daily eating plan.Mid-County Victory Garden is designed to educate the community with the power of the vegetable.Nutrition and Services for Seniors, commonly known as Meals on Wheels, delivers fresh garden produce to their clients in Jefferson and Hardin counties from their 18 organic beds. Port Arthur Beautification Commission is involved in a garden at Booker T. Washington Elementary to teach children gardening skills along with science and math. Seeds for Needs, Wesley UMC location, delivers fresh vegetables to Boys HavenYour volunteer challenge is to change our community and lives one garden at a time!To learn more about gardening, sign up to become a Master Gardener at the number below for a two-week course that will take place, January 17-20 and January 23-27, 2017. Reach Jefferson County Master Gardener Eileen Slater at enslater08@gmail.com or call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (409)835-8461. By Eileen SlaterOpen your pantry or refrigerator and food is there or NOT! Texas is ranked as one of the states with the highest food insecurity rates in America. The USDA states that food insecurity is “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Lack of nutrition changes the way a child’s brain develops. Along with lack of nutrition, diabetes and obesity rates rise in children.In Jefferson County one-third of adults are obese, which raises rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke. The Beaumont City Health Department estimates more than 30 percent of children in Jefferson County are obese or overweight. What can you do? Combat this problem by volunteering in community gardens or consider donating extra produce from your own garden.What is a community garden?center_img A community garden is a piece of land cultivated by members of a community, especially in an urban area. It allows citizens to grow or donate food they have grown. The piece of land is gardened by a cooperative group of people living in the area.Where are these gardens?The following known community gardens are found and service residents in Jefferson County. You can volunteer at any of these gardens to help produce food needed for people in our community. The Giving Field’s mission is to feed the hungry. It has 52 beds and 32 trees to provide organic vegetables and fruit year around for the soup kitchens Some Other Place in Beaumont and the Hospitality Center in Port Arthur.last_img read more

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Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca departing for Penn State

first_imgGophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca departing for Penn StateUnder Ciarrocca, Minnesota ranked No. 22 in scoring offense in 2019.Parker JohnsonWide receiver Seth Green hypes the team up before the start of the game at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 30. Nick JungheimDecember 26, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter another successful season in Minneapolis, offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca has accepted the vacant offensive coordinator position at Penn State.Ciarrocca is leaving Minnesota to join the Nittany Lions as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, replacing former Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne who recently became head coach at Old Dominion. This is not the first time Ciarrocca’s name had been linked to an offensive coordinator vacancy at another program. Ciarrocca was also considered a top candidate for the offensive coordinator position at Texas. Last season, Ciarrocca nearly left for West Virginia but he decided to stay with head coach P.J. Fleck’s staff following a last-minute change of heart. Penn State represents a homecoming of sorts for Ciarrocca, a native of Lewisburry, Pennsylvania, a town located less than 100 miles southeast of Penn State’s campus. Before the Gophers’ 31-26 upset victory over No. 5 Penn State on Nov. 9, Ciarrocca said he grew up rooting for the Nittany Lions. “When I was growing up, I’m pretty sure I had Nittany Lions pajamas,” Ciarrocca said. “I got to go to one or two games growing up, loved it. Most everybody where I grew up was a Penn State fan.”Under Ciarrocca, the Gophers’ offense improved in the most important facet of the game: putting points on the board. In 2016, the season before Ciarrocca joined as a part of Fleck’s staff, Minnesota ranked No. 106 in FBS in scoring offense with 22.5 points per game. This year, the Gophers scored 34.3 points per game, jumping to a three-way tie for No. 22 in that category alongside Air Force and Penn State.A number of players also set program records in 2019 under Ciarrocca. Quarterback Tanner Morgan set the Minnesota record for passing touchdowns in a season with 28 and passing yards with 2,975. Wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson led the Big Ten with 1,170 and 1,140 receiving yards respectively. The duo became the first Gophers wide receivers to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in the same season and both took home first-team All-Big Ten honors.It remains unknown about who will call the Gophers’ offensive plays in the Outback Bowl against Auburn on New Year’s Day.last_img read more

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New Research from Psychological Science

first_imgHow to Create Objects With Your Mind: From Object-Based Attention to Attention-Based ObjectsJoan Danielle K. Ongchoco and Brian J. Scholl When staring at a gridlike pattern (e.g., graph paper or tiles), individuals can “see” structured objects (e.g., the letter H). This effect might occur because attention selects specific objects on the basis of certain cues, such as continuity and closure. But attention might also be object-based even when the “objects” are not defined by any explicit cues, this research suggests. Participants viewed grids and attended to particular squares until they could “see” shapes resembling a capital H, a capital I, two parallel horizontal lines, or two parallel vertical lines. After this scaffolded-attention procedure, participants saw two probe lines juxtaposed with the grid lines (either vertically or horizontally) for 250 ms and then reported whether the probes were the same or different lengths. Participants were more accurate about the probe lines’ length when these lines matched the shapes participants had been instructed to “see,” and no effects occurred when participants had been instructed to see the control shapes, “H” or “I”. Ongchoco and Scholl replicated this same-object advantage using larger samples, larger grids, and probes that were not necessarily parallel to the objects. Given these findings, the researchers suggest that attentional processes might lead to the formation of object representations, which would explain the experience of seeing shapes when staring at grids. They conjecture that these effects might reflect an intimate relationship between attention and perceptual grouping, with attentional processes not only being recruited by objects (i.e., object-based attention) but also creating objects (i.e., attention-based objects). Humans tend to associate certain sounds with certain shapes (e.g., the nonword bouba is more often associated with round shapes, whereas the nonword kiki is more often associated with angular shapes). In a previous study, Hung, Styles, and Hsieh (2017) claimed that these associations can occur even before an individual becomes aware of the shapes. Rendering the shapes invisible using continuous flash suppression (CFS), they found that congruent stimuli (e.g., bouba presented in a round shape) broke suppression and became visible faster than incongruent stimuli (e.g., kiki presented in a round shape). In the present study, Heyman and colleagues replicated Hung et al.’s experiment with a larger sample. They presented a dynamic noise pattern to the participant’s dominant eye while the visual stimulus was presented to the other eye (i.e., CFS). During CFS, the stimulus is initially invisible but eventually breaks suppression, and participants are asked to press a key as soon as any part of the stimulus became visible. Participants responded more quickly to congruent stimuli than to incongruent stimuli. Heyman and colleagues also validated the procedure by presenting upright and inverted faces as the target stimuli and verifying that participants identified the upright faces faster than the inverted faces, as CFS literature suggests they would. These results are consistent with the notion that congruent sound-shape stimuli gain preferential access to awareness and may serve as a basis to explore the boundary conditions of the effect and the underlying processes, the researchers suggest. Adults and children seem to explore their environment differently while searching for rewards. Schulz and colleagues tested three different hypotheses that attribute these differences to children’s (a) more frequent random searching, (b) preference for exploring uncertain options, or (c) narrower generalization of experiences. They tested younger children (7- to 8-year-olds), older children (9- to 11-year olds), and adults (19- to 55-year-olds) with a search-for-rewards task. Participants saw grids of 64 tiles, in which rewards (points that could be converted into cash) were distributed according to spatial location (i.e., similar rewards were closer together). Participants could click on 25 tiles to reveal and select the value of the rewards (they could select the same tile more than once). The grid environment was either smooth or rough, depending on whether the spatial location was more predictive or less predictive, respectively, of the rewards. All participants gained higher rewards in smooth environments than in rough environments, suggesting that all of them used spatial locations to predict rewards. Adults performed better than children, and older children performed better than younger children. Adults chose more tiles closer to each other and fewer unique options than children. Adults also learned faster (i.e., gained more rewards over trials), whereas children explored more extensively and chose areas with high uncertainty. Schulz et al. also built a predictive model with diverse search parameters and found that children do not seem to explore randomly but generalize less and rely on directed exploration more than adults. They propose that children are not random explorers but directed ones who are hungry for information in their environment and that generalization increases with age.center_img Searching for Rewards Like a Child Means Less Generalization and More Directed ExplorationEric Schulz, Charley M. Wu, Azzurra Ruggeri, and Björn Meder Sound-Symbolism Effects in the Absence of Awareness: A Replication Study Tom Heyman, Anne-Sofie Maerten, Hendrik Vankrunkelsven, Wouter Voorspoels, and Pieter Moorslast_img read more

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Egypt, Cambodia report 3 H5N1 cases, 2 fatal

first_imgApr 21, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced H5N1 avian influenza infections in two more Egyptians, one of them fatal, as well as an H5N1-related death in a Cambodian girl.In a separate report reviewing H5N1 infections that were reported in 2010, the WHO said the epidemiologic picture of human cases hasn’t changed, with women having more serious outcomes than men and children more likely to have a mild form of the disease.All three of the new case-patients had been exposed to sick or dead poultry, the WHO said in two separate reports, which were based on information from Egyptian and Cambodian health ministries.The two patients infected by the virus in Egypt are both from Fayoum governorate, but live in different areas. Fayoum is in central Egypt, southwest of Cairo. The WHO said there are no epidemiologic links between the two cases, and Egypt’s health ministry said both patients were treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu).One of the Egyptian case-patients is a 29-year-old man who got sick Apr 1 and was hospitalized Apr 4, where he died 3 days later. The other patient is an 18-month-old boy who started having symptoms on Apr 9 and was hospitalized on Apr 11, where he is in stable condition.The infections and death push Egypt’s number of H5N1 cases to 143, including 47 deaths. This year the country has already confirmed 24 H5N1 cases and 7 deaths, compared with 29 cases and 13 deaths in all of 2010.Cambodia’s health ministry said the country’s latest case-patient is a 5-year-old girl from Prey Veng province who became ill on Apr 11 and was first treated by local practitioners, according to a WHO statement. She was admitted to the hospital on Apr 16, but died 4 days later. Prey Veng province is in south-central Cambodia.Respiratory samples from 53 of the girl’s contacts were collected and are being tested at the National Institute for Public Health in Phnom Penh.The girl’s infection and death raise Cambodia’s H5N1 total to 15 cases, which includes 13 deaths. So far this year Cambodia has reported five H5N1 cases, all of them fatal.The latest H5N1 cases and deaths boost the WHO’s global case count to 552, including 322 deaths.In other H5N1 developments, the WHO today profiled 48 human cases that were reported in 2010. The report, which appears in the Weekly Epidemiological Record, said all of them were sporadic, and the pattern showed a seasonal peak that occurred between December and March, a trend that paralleled outbreaks in birds.Egypt reported the highest number of cases, with 29, followed by Indonesia (9), Vietnam (7), China (2), and Cambodia (1).Most cases occurred in children and young adults; however, the median age of 25 years was higher than the average for past years, mainly because the ages of Egypt’s case-patients were higher in 2010.As in previous years, women made up a larger portion of H5N1 infections in the 20-to-29 age-group; though, overall, the ratio between men and women is almost equal.Half of the 48 patients died from their H5N1 infections. The case-fatality rate varied by country, with Vietnam the lowest at 28%. As in previous years, the disease was more deadly in women. Patients who survived their H5N1 infections were admitted to the hospital earlier than those who died.Exposure information was available for 37 of the patients, of which 32 had been exposed to sick and dead poultry. The WHO said that in most areas in which H5N1 cases occur, people have multiple exposures to poultry and environments where the birds are kept, which makes it difficult to determine which factors are most likely to lead to infection.”It is therefore important for animal health and public health partners to continue to work together to identify and manage common risks and to decrease human exposure at the human-animal interface, particularly in households and in live-bird markets,” the WHO said.Genetic and antigenic evidence showed that during 2010 the viruses continued to diversify, with four different clades represented. However, none of nine human isolates that were sequenced showed mutations linked to oseltamivir resistance. The WHO laboratories also found no signs of reassortment with circulating human influenza viruses.See also:Apr 21 WHO statement on Egyptian casesApr 21 WHO statement on Cambodian caseApr 22 Wkly Epidemiol Rec reportlast_img read more

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News Scan for Jan 13, 2017

first_imgH7N9 avian flu sickens 5 more in ChinaFive more human H7N9 avian flu illnesses have been reported in China, one from Henan province and four from Anhui province, according to government statements translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.A Chinese state news outlet quoting Henan provincial health officials said a 36-year-old duck seller from Zhejiang province had visited the city of Yongcheng in Henan province but died from his illness in Jiangsu province.The four cases from Anhui province were noted as part of a routine infectious disease report for the month of December, according to FluTrackers. The province had 14 H7N9 cases overall, but 10 had been reported earlier. Three of the cases were fatal.China has now reported at least 137 cases in its fifth wave of H7N9 activity that began in October. Globally, the number of illnesses reported since the virus was first detected in humans in 2013 is at 945, according to a case list maintained by FluTrackers.Jan 13 FluTrackers thread on Henan province case Jan 12 FluTrackers thread on Anhui province cases FluTrackers H7N9 case list Genetically modified mosquitoes resist dengue infectionResearchers from John Hopkins University have developed a genetically modified mosquito that is resistant to dengue virus. The bug could help limit the spread of the disease that kills more than 200,000 people each year.The researchers, writing in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, describe how they changed the JAK/STAT pathway in the immune system of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The JAK-STAT pathway regulates production of antiviral factors and lives in the fat body of the mosquito, which acts like the bug’s liver. While low levels of dengue were still present in the mosquitoes’ salivary glands, they did not transmit the virus effectively.Unfortunately, the bugs did not show heightened resistance to Zika or chikungunya virus, which shows that Flaviviridae are genetically diverse and present unique challenges to mosquito immune systems.“This study serves as a proof-of-concept that genetic engineering of the Ae. aegypti JAK/STAT pathway has potential to increase resistance to DENV,” the authors write.Jan 13 PLoS Negl Trop Dis studylast_img read more

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Cryostar launches LNG and LCNG fuelling station

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Profit priority at Siemens

first_imgAfter recording a pre-tax loss of DM759m in the financial year which ended on September 30 1998, Siemens Transportation Systems is expecting to reduce its losses ’substantially’ in 1998-99 by further strengthening systems competence which represents a ’unique competitive advantage’. According to the Siemens annual report for 1997-98, Trans-portation Systems’ top priority is to improve ’the profitability and competitiveness of our customers’, and the group is ’rigorously pushing modularisation and standardisation’ in its components sector.Siemens attributes the worsening of a DM177m loss in 1996-97 to DM759m in 1997-98, which prompted the departure of Transportation Systems President Wolfram Martinsen on September 30 last year (RG 9.98 p574), to ’enormous pressure on prices and difficulties with individual projects’. Provision for order and business-related risk was increased in the course of a general audit, which had an impact on earnings. Under an agreement signed on November 3 and backdated to October 1, Siemens Schienenfahrzeugtechnik GmbH of Kiel was sold to Vossloh AG.Sales in 1997-98 rose by 23% from DM4·1bn to DM5bn, with major projects billed in Portugal, Great Britain, the USA and Taiwan. New orders were down 29% from DM7·1bn to DM5·1bn, as the high volume recorded in 1996-97 included major projects which could not be matched.Looking to enter the British signalling market, Siemens Transportation Systems has formed a new Signalling & Control Group based at Kingstanding in the West Midlands. Under a contract awarded by Railtrack, the group is currently at work on a preliminary study to determine the viability of undertaking the 72 km Dorset Coast resignalling scheme between Totton and Moreton using Siemens equipment, including SIMIS-W interlockings, AzSM axlecounters and S700KM point machines.last_img read more

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UPDATE: Alleged arson on attorney’s office

first_img Share LocalNews UPDATE: Alleged arson on attorney’s office by: – June 12, 2013 Share 377 Views   10 comments Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Mr Behanzin’s office is located on Cork Street in RoseauThe police are investigating a report of alleged firebombing at the office of former magistrate and attorney at law Tiyani Behanzin on Wednesday, 12th June.The building where the incident occurred is located on #49 Cork Street, Roseau and houses HORUS Chambers, owned by Mr Behanzin.“About 5:15am on June 12 2013, it was reported that Molotov cocktail were thrown at the building causing damage to a window but the building was not burnt,” police public relations officer inspector John Carbon said in a media release on Wednesday afternoon.According to Wikipedia, Molotov cocktail is a breakable glass bottle containing a flammable substance such as gasoline/petrol or a napalm-like mixture, with some motor oil added, and usually a source of ignition such as a burning cloth wick held in place by the bottle’s stopper. One bathroom window, on the left side of the building was brokenThe wick is usually soaked in alcohol or kerosene, rather than gasoline. The wick is usually soaked in alcohol or kerosene, rather than gasoline. Molotov cocktail is similar to what is referred to as “boo-zai” in local parlance. Mr Carbon said they are investigating a report of attempted arson and has asked that anyone who may have information in relation to this crime to call the police HINT LINE 1-800-4468 or CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-8477.Earlier, we reported that the Fire and Ambulance, when contacted, indicated that no report was made of the incident. It is not clear at this point when the incident occurred or what time.Upon arrival at the building where Mr Benhanzin’s office is located on Cork Street in Roseau, there were no signs from the outside that such incident had occurred. Our reporter was able to accompany Mervin Robinson, the representative of Malcolm Stephen who owns the building.Back view of the second floor of the building where Mr Behanzin’s office is located.From our observations, only one bathroom window was broken on the right side of the building.According to Mr Robinson, this was also confirmed by Mr Behinzin that only one window was broken and that he is ok.But, Mr Robinson told Dominica Vibes that “the window appears to be broken from the inside”.Mr. Benhazin locked himself inside his office and refused to speak to media reporters. He indicated however that he would probably do so sometime later.There is a pre-school on the ground floor of the building and according to the workers, they only heard of the incident on the radio this morning. Although police officers came on the scene just before 8am, they did not inform them of anything.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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DOCM Presidential Ride 2019 lights up Penang

first_imgThe members DOCM (Desmo Owners Club Malaysia) got together last weekend for the year’s first big ride up north called the DOCM Presidential Ride Penang 2019. How big? Around 140 Ducati owners made their way to ‘The Pearl of the Orient’ for some good food, great culture, and not to forget, excellent company.We were more than happy to be invited to the mega gathering where the first group of around 30 DOCM members were flagged off by the Selamat Pagi Malaysia TV show at Angkasapuri early Saturday morning. The boys and girls of DOCM quickly made their way to the first rendezvous point where we joined forces with the rest of the pack before making our way up north.Cultivating the spirit of family and brotherhood, the DOCM fraternity welcomes everyone and anyone into the club and the range of bikes gathered that day said it all. Ducatis of all shapes and sizes participated from the Monsters, Diavels, Multistradas, Hypermotards, Panigales, and Scramblers. We even caught up with the boys from the Ducati Streetfighter Malaysia Owners Community who decided to join in the festivities as well.Riding up to Penang was a breeze thanks to the club’s trained elite marshals who made sure that everyone rode safely to the first destination of the day upon arrival onto the island, which was the D’Seafood Paradise restaurant located at Batu Maung. An array of glorious seafood was prepared for the hungry riders and crew and boy were they good.Folks from Ducati Club Penang, Ducati Perlis Riders, and Ducati Club Kedah met with the rest of us at the second Penang bridge to made sure that we entered the island in style where we had in abundance thanks to the sheer number of riders who joined the DOCM Presidential Ride.Lunch was on the house courtesy of the folks from the PG Gold Museum, which was where we headed to after lunch. Located at the heart of George Town, the museum featured several interesting displays and activities related to one of the world’s most sought-after minerals. It was indeed an interesting place to visit instead of the usual places found in Penang.It wasn’t long before the huge convoy made their way to the Gurney Resort Hotel and Residences where our fellow DOCM members rested and freshened up before proceeding to their own favourite activities for night. Some of them took the opportunity of the cool night riding around the island while others indulged in one of the many staples of the island that is Nasi Kandar.On Sunday, the troop of Ducati owners checked out to head back to KL, but it wouldn’t be complete without a proper Penang lunch. Sustenance was taken care off in the form of the world-famous Pen Mutiara restaurant’s fish head curry. All in all, the DOCM Presidential Ride 2019 to Penang was a blast and one for the history books.A special shout-out to Dewi and Ruby from DOCM for letting us tag along in the ride and a special thanks to Ducati Malaysia for providing us with one of the very special Ducati Multistrada 1260 S to make sure that we don’t get left behind. Stay tuned for our official review on the latest Ducati adventure bike that we have dubbed “The Hunter”. It was the club’s first mega ride of the year to kick things off on a high note. We joined all the festivities on board the latest Ducati Multistrada 1260 S (review coming soon!) Over 140 members of the Desmo Owners Club Malaysia (DOCM) joined the DOCM Presidential Ride 2019 to Penang last weekend. –Ads–last_img read more

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Throwers Mock, Torres Ready for State

first_img RelatedMock, Torres Qualify for StateBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High throwers Trey Mock and Ian Torres have both qualified for the state track and field meet with their outstanding performances at the regional meet in Kingsville last week. Mock was the gold medalist in the discus competition with a personal…May 5, 2017In “News”PIHS girls’ track season set to beginBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The South Texas high school track and field season begins next month, and the Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons team is getting ready. The first meet of the season will be the 58th Annual Sams Relays in Brownsville on Saturday, February 16. The…January 24, 2013In “Sports”Tarpon Throwers Aiming for DistrictBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Four Port Isabel High track and field men are working on their throwing skills and aiming for next month’s District 32-4A meet. Trey Mock, Raul Villarreal, Nick Marquez, and Ian Torres are all working out with objects known as discuses and shots in…March 25, 2016In “News” Share By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSPort Isabel High throwers Trey Mock and Ian Torres are as ready as they will ever be for this weekend’s UIL State Track and Field Meet.  Mock is competing in the discus competition and Torres in the shot put.  Both athletes are seniors and are making their first appearance in the state meet.“It’s my first state meet and I’ve just got to train with a different mentality,” Torres told the Press Monday.  “It’s all or nothing this week.  I’ve been looking good in practice, just small adjustments here and there.”“Trey’s been throwing well; Ian’s been throwing well,” throwing coach Al Senteno said Wednesday.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

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