Twitter Frontline Hoosier Guardsmen receive COVID-19 vaccination WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/Indiana National Guard) Twitter Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Previous articleTis the season for house firesNext articleMan stabbed to death in Warsaw identified 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Approximately 200 Indiana National Guard soldiers and airmen received the COVID vaccination today at the Johnson County Armory.The Hoosier Guardsmen who received the vaccination have been on the frontline of pandemic response missions including at long-term care facilities, COVID testing sites, protective equipment distribution warehouses and food banks.Select Hoosier Guardsmen are receiving vaccinations as part of a U.S. Department of Defense program that allocated doses, in a program separate from the shipments of vaccine the state of Indiana is receiving for frontline civilian healthcare workers. Indiana and New York are the first two National Guard states to pilot this Defense Department program.“In March, we answered the governor’s call to stand with the state in the fight against the spread of the virus,” said Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, Indiana National Guard adjutant general. “Our soldiers and airmen responded by filling critical roles across the state standing shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Hoosiers as we tackle this insidious virus.”The Guardsmen, medics who are trained by Army or Air Force instructors, also took Centers for Disease Control and Prevention courses specific to the coronavirus including administering the COVID-19 vaccination and best practices for patient care and curbside or drive-thru immunization activities.“I have such a strong sense of pride and honor that the Indiana National Guard is helping to lead the way out of the pandemic,” said Col. Michael Jones, Indiana Army National Guard state surgeon. “Our Guardsmen, as well as Hoosiers, are better protected by receiving and assisting in the administration of the COVID vaccine.”Since the pandemic response missions began in March, Indiana Guardsmen have been in the trenches fighting the COVID-19 battle primarily on the defensive with masks, sanitizing and distancing techniques. Facebook By 95.3 MNC – December 17, 2020 0 142 Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaDavid Friedman sent a cricket flying 31.55 feet – with his mouth. Now the University of Georgia junior from St. Simons holds the unofficial state record for cricket spitting.“I would say the secret is you got to get a good lunge forward with the head and diaphragm,” said Friedman, a finance major in UGA’s Terry College of Business. “Put your whole body into it. My sister and I used to see how far we could spit watermelon seeds, so I guess that helped out.”Friedman’s unusual honor was awarded during an entomology service-learning class this spring.The cricket-spitting contest is the newest addition to the annual Insect Zoo hosted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomology department. Now in its 24th year, the zoo’s organizers decided it was time to send things hopping.Cricket spitting started at Purdue University in 1996 when entomology professor Tom Turpin added the competition to the annual Bug Bowl event there. In 1998, Dan Capps from Madison, Wis., set the current Guinness World Record with a cricket spit of 32 feet and a half inch.UGA entomology program coordinator Marianne Robinette plans to invite Guinness officials to the 2010 insect zoo. She’s hoping a Georgian will set the world record.For an amateur, Friedman came close.“My second cricket reached 31.55 feet,” he said. “I would say it was pretty miraculous, almost like a hole in one, but more like an eagle on a par five.”In addition to reaching the farthest distance, Friedman’s brown house cricket had to land intact – with six legs, four wings and two antennas. And, he had 20 seconds to accomplish this feat.Robinette was in charge of the rules and regulations for the contest and making sure the crickets were sterilized.“We soaked them in alcohol, rinsed them in water and froze them,” she said.Friedman plans to put his honor and his newly gained insect knowledge to use in the future.“I’ll be the coolest dad in the world because I will know everything about bugs,” he said. “Or if I am ever lost in the wild, I may know what can or can’t harm me, or what I may or may not eat.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Tierney had sleepless nights over Celtic decisionby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal left-back Kieran Tierney admits that it was a tough decision to leave Celtic this summer.The defender had long been linked to a move away, especially to a Premier League club.But it took winning three successive league titles and getting a mega offer from Arsenal to finally tempt Tierney to leave a club he loves.Tierney told the Daily Record: “It has been hard, people probably think ‘he just moved for this reason or that reason’ but they don’t realise it was a big thing for me.”I don’t have to explain my love for Celtic, everyone knows it’s my club and the club I’ve supported all my life. But this was a chance to move to a massive club in England.”Everyone told me it was a great move, it’s a chance to come here and play against some of the best players in the world.”And every day I am training with some of the best players in the world too. It was an opportunity to better myself.”Sometimes you have to look at your career as well as what your heart is telling you to do and it was the toughest decision of my life.”It kept me up at nights thinking about it. People who are around me know how hard it was.”
Urban Meyer.It’s not something football related.Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated wrote this feature on the state of Urban Meyer’s Ohio State football program, published today.The story talks about Meyer’s mindset heading into the season, why he likes that Michigan and Jim Harbaugh have been all over the news (and his team hasn’t) and more.The thing the 52-year-old three-time national champion is most-excited about, though, is something away from the gridiron. It’s family related.Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki, and her husband, Corey (a graduate assistant for Ohio State) announced earlier this summer that they’re expecting their first child in December.From SI.com:The biggest smile on Meyer’s face Monday—even bigger than when he found out Ohio State got commitments from two top receivers for the 2017 class—came when he was asked about becoming a grandfather. His daughter, Nicki, and her husband, Buckeyes staff member Corey Dennis, are expecting their first child in December. “Mama’s feet haven’t touched the ground now,” Meyer said of his wife, Shelley. “She’s out of her mind excited.”By the baby’s birth, it’ll be clear if the hushed optimism around the Buckeyes translates into loud results like in 2014. Imagine the grin on Grandpa Meyer’s face in December if the uneventful off-season translates into a quiet juggernaut on the field. At first glance, the talent is certainly there for that scenario to unfold.Nicki and Corey posted this on Instagram earlier this summer, announcing the news.You can bet on that kid being into football.Ohio State opens its 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium.
Gurugram: Situated in one of the most central areas of the city, the news of Rs 150 crore Bristol hotel resulted in a large number of citizens enquiring of what had happened. From the time it became operational in 1998, Bristol hotel was a go-to place for the residents at a time when the nightlife of the city had not fully developed.Even though it was widely acknowledged that the hotel belonged to former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, it never faced much of problems even though there have been rumours that various illegal activities occurring at the hotel. Of late, the hotel had begun incurring heavy losses due to the competition from other hotel brands and the commercial malls that also took away the business of it neighbouring Edmonton Mall. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to sources, the land of the hotel that is spread at the area of three acres is situated at the junction of Gurugram Faridabad Road and MG Road. Interestingly one of the most famous structures that had come up in the area, the area where the hotel is situated is also known as Bristol Chowk. Having lost out to its peers in the business of selling room, the management of the hotel had begun to position its hotel for various banquet functions and conventions. According to employees even though there was a substantial business that was coming in it was still not enough for the hotel operations to be in the green. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”With the opening of the major hotel brands in the city, we had incurred a lot of losses but we were relying on the set of the loyal customers who had been there for us more than 20 years. We are one of the first hotels that began functioning in 1998. Moreover, the Edmonton Mall that is situated alongside it also had a lot of commercial units much before the malls came in,” said one of the employees who also expressed fear about his future following the attachment of the hotel.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Sara Charney, chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize and president of The Lionel Gelber Foundation, and Stephen Toope, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, are pleased to announce an outstanding jury for the 2017 Prize, as follows:John Stackhouse, jury chair (Toronto, Canada) is joined by 2016 Lionel Gelber Prize winner and journalist Scott Shane (Maryland, USA), Professor Allison Stanger (Vermont, USA), Dr. Astrid Tuminez (Singapore), and Professor Antje Wiener (Hamburg, Germany) to form the 2017 jury.“Created in memory of the Canadian scholar, diplomat and author Lionel Gelber, we are gratified that the Prize attracts such distinguished jurors, year after year,” said Ms Charney, niece of the late Lionel Gelber. Key Dates:Five books will be named to the jury’s shortlist on January 31. Podcast interviews with each of the shortlisted authors in conversation with Professor Robert Steiner will be presented in partnership with Focus Asset Management. The winner will be announced on February 28 and invited to speak at a free public event at the Munk School of Global Affairs on March 29, 2017.About the Prize:The Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the world’s best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues, was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. A cash prize of $15,000 is awarded to the winner. The award is presented annually by The Lionel Gelber Foundation, in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs.Scott Shane won the 2016 Prize for his book Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone, published by Tim Duggan Books. The Prize marked its 25th anniversary in 2015 with a commemorative video that explored 25 years of global change in conversation with five of its previous winners.For further details, jury biographies and media links, click here. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook
“Everyone is tapping on their brakes and people are taking a step back in terms of how aggressive they want to be in their developments. It’s a sobering second look- it gives the community the chance to catch our breath. If oil was to turn the key off tomorrow and go home this community would take at least 20 years to go back to the lifestyle that it had prior because everything around our community, in terms of our traditional territory, is gone.”Quintal said he’s terrified by what he’s witnessed over the years with the land being eaten up and polluted by industry.“The fact is we are putting controls in place. We have three air monitoring systems in the community at all times. Everything is under scrutiny. Do I think it’s all industry’s fault? There’s a good case against that.”But, it’s not just environmental impacts that came with the economic boom train, social issues add additional challenges.“Many here are living with addictions. Because the money is everywhere. We have 18 year old kids, graduating high school with opportunity. They go to work and drive heavy haulers and suddenly make $100,000 a year.”Quintal acknowledges that time is running out. They have money now, but the land is being destroyed and they may not have a place to call home in the near future.They are already planning ahead however, given the circumstances, to create a new vision for the coming generations.Recognizing the dilemma the Fort McKay Metis is buying land in Isle La Crosse Saskatchewan- an area with a high density of Metis people. It will be a place for the people to go to if Fort McKay ends up being swallowed up by industry.“We don’t have any sanctuaries to go to, but we’re buying lots to build some cabins and a lodge to be able to take our people away if they want to. There they can fish, hunt, pick berries and go back to nature,” said Quintal.Regardless of the challenges before them, the people will continue to take advantage of economic opportunities while they still can, said Quintal.Homes under construction in the Fort McKay Metis community. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN“What we need in Alberta is a policy that will enable the Metis the ability to be more engaged…That’s not to say we want to stop industry. We want to use the best technology possible, to know where you’re (industry) going to be working within our traditional territory. And we want the opportunity to continue make money off of the projects.”[email protected]@songstress28 (The administrative offices in the Fort McKay Metis community that has 90 members and 800 hectares of land in Alberta. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsFORT MCKAY METIS COMMUNITY — New houses and new trucks greet you upon arrival at the Fort McKay Metis community in northern Alberta. It is a small place, a mere dot on the map, located north of Fort McMurray, between the tar sands and next to Fort McKay First Nation.The Fort McKay Metis is a unique community that was established during the fur trade here in the 1900’s.The people here have close ties with the local First Nation as well as mixed ancestry including French, English, Cree, Dene and Metis.Encompassing 800 hectares of land and having just under 90 members. it is the only Metis community that was able to negotiate their lands away from the Alberta government.It is surrounded by industrial development, mainly tar sands activity. The tar sands have had a large impact on the local environment and traditional territories of the Metis.Most say that for a time, they were ignored when it came to consultation with industry.The Metis here, like their First Nation neighbours, at one time tried to stop industry from encroaching on their territories with little success.Fort McKay Metis President Ron Quintal. Photo:Brandi Morin/APTN“It felt like everything was rubber stamped. Like our concerns were an afterthought,” said President Ron Quintal.That is until Fort McKay Chief Jim Boucher stepped up and insisted industry also consult with the Metis, he said.“In Alberta there is no policy or legislation in place that a proponent has to talk to a Metis organization while they talk to the First Nations about the exact same impacts. But we have been able to negotiate deals with industry,” said Quintal.They are prospering alongside Fort McKay First Nation. The community doesn’t receive any government money and is completely self-reliant via business agreements with industry.Through profits earned from the Fort McKay Metis Group LTD., several initiatives are funded like a beautification program, park building, housing, post-secondary scholarships and local infrastructure.“I’m about the success of my community and doing the best I can to ensure my community is successful,” said Quintal, which he added, includes mitigating environmental concerns.“We work with industry. We’ve gone this far and we use our best judgement to ensure industry and government are working sustainably.”Now, Quintal is asking for the ability to hit the brakes on further development. The current down turn in oil prices is an opportunity to look at ways to diversify the economy.
TORONTO – North American markets largely pushed higher Friday after a choppy session, capping off a tumultuous period that has seen Canada’s main stock index drop more than five per cent since last week and eight per cent from its all-time high.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 31.08 points or 0.21 per cent to 15,034.53, after losing nearly 280 points and gaining more than 45 points throughout the day.On the commodity-heavy TSX, defensive buys into the health-care and utilities sectors helped offset losses in the influential energy and materials sectors.In New York, stocks staged a late rally, with the Dow Jones industrial average finishing the session up 330.44 points or 1.38 per cent to 24,190.90 — after briefly sinking as low as 500 points.Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index was up 38.55 points or 1.49 per cent to 2,619.55, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 97.33 points or 1.44 per cent to 6,874.49.Both the Dow and S&P 500 lost more than five per cent for the week, as the Dow recorded 1,000-point drops on Monday and Thursday.The late rally across U.S. equity markets Friday could bode well for the next opening of markets on Monday.How stocks trade in the 30 minutes leading up to the close of markets — often called the most important half hour of the day — “typically sets the tone for the next trading session,” said Ian Scott, an equity analyst at Manulife Asset Management.Still, the defensiveness that stock markets have seen this week likely means that investors aren’t ready to fully embrace buying into the unusually large dips seen recently, as they have in the past. “It may keep drifting for a while,” Scott said.Financial analysts regard corrections as normal events but say the abrupt stock market rout that began last Friday might have been triggered by a combination of events that rattled investors. Those include worries about a potential rise in U.S. inflation or interest rates and budget disputes in Washington.Statistics Canada’s weaker-than-expected jobs report released Friday, in which jobs fell by 88,000 in January to give the labour market its steepest one-month drop in nine years, is also likely adding additional downward pressure on the TSX.“There’s going to be questions about whether that’s tied in the minimum wage increases we’ve had in Ontario,” Scott said. “The Canadian index is probably likely to take longer to rebound than the U.S. indices will, just given that the risk that NAFTA is going to be abolished seems to be increasing with time rather than decreasing.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.31 cents US, down 0.15 of a U.S. cent — continuing a sharp drop that has seen the loonie rocked by global equity volatility.The Canadian dollar tends to move on several types of data — particularly commodity prices, which also saw their fortunes reversed this week by the heightened levels of volatility in the market place.When oil prices fall, the loonie typically follows suit, especially against the greenback as oil prices are denominated in U.S. dollars. The March crude contract was down US$1.95 to US$59.20 per barrel on Friday.Elsewhere in commodities, the March natural gas contract was down 11 cents to US$2.58 per mmBTU. The April gold contract was down US$3.30 to US$1,315.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was down five cents to US$3.03 a pound.
Peace River North MLA, Dan Davies, echos the concerns that Bernier has on the issue saying that the Government is not providing enough time for public consultation on the draft and that stakeholders should have been included in the process.“It’s way too late. We’ve been asking for over a year now to be included in the consultation. We’ve been asking on behalf of stakeholders to be included in the consultations and now they have come out with a draft plan. Unfortunately, it’s a draft plan and all stakeholders should have a had a play in how that looked and how that’s rolled out.”Both Bernier and Davies feel that the Government will go ahead with the draft agreement and then consult with stakeholders after the fact.Bernier hopes that the Government will remove the short timeline they have given for consultation as stakeholders will need more time to provide comment and feedback on the draft agreement before they can accept it.“The Government needs to back away from this pressure that they have given to everybody in the Region, that they only have, basically, until the end of April to digest this and actually comment. Stakeholders and groups are going to need more time than that.”According to the Government, this draft is to offer temporary protection to the central caribou population in British Columbia while a long-term plan is developed. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With B.C., Ottawa, the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations reaching a recent draft agreement on caribou recovery, local MLAs are voicing their concerns.MLA for Peace River South, Mike Bernier, says he is concerned that the Government took a long time to release a draft and will not provide a long enough time frame for public consultation on the agreement.“The main issue and concern is that it has taken a long time for Government to actually release this draft. It’s taken a long time and now they’re only giving four or five weeks for the public, the local government, and stakeholders to comment.”
Mumbai: The key Indian equity indices opened on a negative note on Monday. At 9.33 a.m, the Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded at 11,256.55, lower by 22.35 points or 0.20 per cent from the previous close of 11,278.90 points. The BSE Sensex traded at 37,454.25, lower by 8.74 or 0.02 per cent, from the previous close of 37,462.99 points. It opened at 37,491.30 and has so far touched an intra-day high of 37,505.66 and a low of 37,319 points.