Sturgill Simpson is the latest notable entertainer to reveal they’ve tested positive for COVID-19. In a lengthy post shared to his Instagram on Saturday, the guitarist and singer revealed he has indeed tested positive for the deadly virus and is still contagious a month after he initially visited the emergency room for feelings of chest pains, fever, and pre-stroke blood pressure levels.Simpson had been performing in western Europe and North America alongside Tyler Childers on their A Good Look’n Tour earlier this year dating back to January and February until the 2020 run of shows was put on hold in March along with the rest of the concert industry.Related: Sturgill Simpson Releases Music Video For “A Good Look” [Watch]The post shared to Simpson’s Instagram reads,This photo was taken at 9am on March 13th when my wife took me to our local hospital ER due to chest pains, fever, and pre-stroke blood pressure levels. I spent an hour listening to a (highly condescending) Doctor refuse to test me because I “did not fit testing criteria” and tell me why it was impossible that I had contracted the virus due to its extreme rarity and that it was not in western Europe yet during that same period (which we now know is incorrect) even though I was told by two nurses that I was the first person their hospital had walk in requesting to be tested.Almost one month later on April 6th my wife and I were both tested after finally finding a free drive-thru testing facility outside a National Guard depot. Yesterday on Friday April 10th, after almost one month without any symptoms, I received a call from the Nashville CDC stating that my test resulted in a positive detection for Covid-19. My wife (who has been by my side since Europe) tested negative.Simpson continued,All I know is I first felt symptoms a month ago yet Im still positive and contagious and now on quarantine in the dojo until April 19th and really wishing Id taken my wife’s advice and put a bathroom in the floor plans..live and learn. But hey, at least our Government appointed task force headed by a man who does not believe in science is against mass testing and we now have a second task force in the works to “open America back up for business”! Dick Daddy out.Late last month Margo Price also revealed that the release of her forthcoming studio album produced by Simpson, That’s How Rumors Get Started, has been pushed back from its scheduled May 8th arrival to sometime this summer.Read Simpson’s entire post below – Feel better Sturgill!
Norwich University,Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University will observe Veterans Day by conducting a Corps of Cadets review in honor of all veterans, past and present from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.The ceremony will be livestreamed on Norwich’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NorwichUniversity/(link is external). In the abundance of caution and for the health and safety of the Norwich and central Vermont community, the Norwich campus is closed to the public for the foreseeable future to include all buildings, fields and tracks.Veterans, their guests, and community members are cordially invited to livestream the Veterans Day Observance, which will be conducted on Norwich University’s Upper Parade Ground. The ceremony will include prolonged cannon fire for the Roll of Wars, a wreath laying, firing of three rifle volleys and the playing of echo taps.The reviewing officer and guest speaker is Lt. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow ’83, who retired from the U.S. Marine Corps on Oct. 1, after more than 37 years on active duty. His final assignment was in the Pentagon as the director, Marine Corps Staff where he was responsible directly to the Marine Corps commandant for the integration of seven three-star deputy commandants implementing significant changes across the Marine Corps. His previous three-star assignment was as the deputy commander of U.S. Transportation Command, one of nine U.S. Defense Department Combatant Commands with responsibilities for air, land, and sea transportation for the Defense Department worldwide.Broadmeadow is the highest-ranking Marine officer to have graduated from Norwich and is honored to have received the Distinguished Alumni Award and have his named engraved on the Bicentennial Stairs.Commissioned a Marine second lieutenant in 1983 after graduating from Norwich University, he served in a variety of billets. He commanded a company in Somalia for Restore Hope and a squadron in Iraq for Iraqi Freedom. He was notably responsible for planning and executing logistics operations for Naval Task Force 58’s amphibious assault into Afghanistan immediately following 9/11 and for the 1st Marine Division during the attack to Baghdad in 2003. He was the senior adviser to the 7th Iraqi Infantry Division as it assumed responsibility for operations in Al Anbar Province Iraq in 2008. Promoted to brigadier general in 2009, he commanded units in the Pacific, Afghanistan and the United States and served on the joint staff at the Pentagon. Before his assignment at USTRANSCOM, he was the commander of all Marine Corps bases and stations around the world.Since May 1984, Broadmeadow has been very happily married to Karen (Rowe) also a NU ’83 graduate. Together, they have remained active with their alma mater in alumni clubs, reunion committees, and freshmen sendoffs. They are longtime members of the Partridge Society. John has returned to speak on campus numerous times including as the Joint Services’ Commissioning Official in 2018 and was the keynote speaker for Norwich’s Bicentennial Gala aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City.Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu(link is external)Source: NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University 11.9.2020
The 32nd edition of the Roc d’Azur off-road and mountain bike festival got going on 7 October under the sunny skies of Fréjus in south-eastern France. More than 1,400 schoolchildren kicked off five days of sport and fun —five days that have once again attracted over 20,000 fans.This week, Wednesday afternoon’s Générations Roc saw 1,250 primary and secondary school students from the Académie de Nice, 150 representatives of associations in Fréjus and Roquebrune-sur-Argens, and 100 disabled people leave the first tracks on the paths of the François-Léotard Nature Base in Fréjus.Produced by A.S.O, the numbers for the iconic trail and MBK events on 7-11 October are impressive:More 20,000 participants, more than 100,000 visitorsNearly 300 exhibitors and 200 bikes to test at the Exhibition10 tons of food supplies50 countries representedThe Roc d’Azur took things up a notch on Thursday, when the expo opened at 10:00 CET (09:00 for the rest of the week), with 300 exhibitors displaying their wares over 28,000 m2, and the Roc Test Camp getting under way, where visitors get to try out the latest products to hit the market.Visitors will also enjoy the wide range of activities on the main Roc d’Azur programme. The EnduRoc, a popular event for several years, will see sparks fly in its five timed specials. The Tri Roc, the off-road version of triathlon, which made its Roc debut in 2012, will challenge triathletes to 1.5K of swimming in the Mediterranean, 24K of MTB in Les Maures massif and 11K of trail running.The programme will be packed with events up to Sunday. Two of the traditional highlights come on Friday, with the Canyon Roc Marathon (82K) for the toughest riders and the Roc Ruelles through the historical heart of Fréjus.After Saturday, when the focus will be on leisure rides, such as the Alltricks.com Rando Roc Noire (50K); and Sunday’s Roc d’Azur (56K) will see 5,200 riders go head-to-head in the traditional but always awaited finale of the 32nd edition of the Roc. As the organising team points out, ‘the Roc continues to grow and evolve.’www.rocazur.comwww.asochallenges.com Related
A global research meeting wrapped up today to set priorities to answer key questions about COVID-19 and tackle the outbreak, with a simpler diagnostic test and treatment protocols at the top of the list.Disease activity in China, meanwhile, continued its steady growth.In other developments, more cases of the novel coronavirus were reported on a cruise ship quarantined in a Japanese report, and Cambodia offered safe passage for a separate cruise ship that has yet to report a case.Also, research teams published new early findings, including that the virus is easily detected in saliva and that pregnant women in their third trimesters don’t seem to pass the virus to their babies.Priorities from research meetingThe 2-day research and innovation meeting that wrapped up in Geneva today yielded an agreed-on set of research priorities and will result in a research and development roadmap, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement.Also, the more than 300 participants who took part in the meeting on site or online outlined mechanisms for continuing their collaboration, which the WHO will facilitate. Research funders were also on hand to discuss how to mobilize resources so that crucial studies can start immediately.At a media telebriefing today, WHO officials said Chinese researchers participated remotely, and they helped ground the discussions based on the realities on the ground in the outbreak region.Soumya Swaminathan, MD, the WHO’s chief scientist, said the top priority was a simpler diagnostic test, which will also be useful for lower-income countries that don’t have complex lab facilities. She said another very high priority is information on optimal treatment and the best treatment protocols, which need studies based on standard data collection.She said more research on transmission and epidemiology is also crucial. “We really need to understand this virus—its transmission, age-groups, underlying conditions, what makes it more severe, impacts of interventions,” she said. “We have a lot to learn from studying all of these.”WHO officials said today there are four vaccines in development, with one or two of them poised to enter human trials in 3 or 4 months, and, if successful, a vaccine might be available for wider use in 12 to 18 months. They said researchers are still working on a master protocol to study existing therapies, used singly or in combination.Cases continue steady rise in ChinaChina yesterday reported 2,015 new cases, down from 2,479 reported the day before, raising the overall total to 44,653, according to the latest update from the country’s National Health Commission (NHC). Also, officials reported 871 new serious cases and 97 more deaths, putting those totals at 8,204, and 1,113, respectively. So far 4,740 have been discharged from the hospital.At today’s media briefing, Ryan said deaths are on the rise, because there’s a lag time between the time when cases surge, such as they did in the past 2 weeks, and when people with serious disease succumb from the disease.Sylvie Briand, MD, PhD, the WHO’s director of epidemic and pandemic diseases, said WHO officials have confirmed that China has adapted its case definition to include asymptomatic and mild cases that weren’t included in the initial case definition. She said it’s normal to adapt the case definition as outbreaks unfold, and Chinese health officials are now able to test contacts and look for transmission chains.Mike Ryan, MD, who directs the WHO’s health emergencies program, said the shift is likely to generate even more confirmed cases, likening the case definition change to throwing a wider net with a finer mesh. “This is what we want to see in the containment phase.”More Japan cruise ship casesIn developments outside of China, Japan’s health ministry today reported 39 more COVID-19 cruise ship cases, raising the total to 174. Media reports said one of the newly confirmed patients is the Japanese quarantine office assigned to the ship.The Diamond Princess has been in Yokohama port since Feb 3.Meanwhile, another ship that has been denied entry by four countries over fears of the virus, even though no suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported on it, was allowed by Cambodia to dock and for passengers to disembark.At today’s WHO media briefing, Tedros said the Westerdam is expected to arrive in Cambodia tomorrow. “This is an example of international solidarity,” he said, adding that the WHO will issue a communique to countries about the need to make risk assessments based on evidence.Singapore today reported three more cases today, all of them locally acquired, including two linked to a church, according to a statement from the country’s health ministry. Singapore has now reported 50 cases.At today’s WHO media briefing, Ryan said that less than one fourth of the cases outside of China involve local spread, and that there are only eight cases for which a plausible exposure source hasn’t been found. “We have a good view of the virus,” he said. “There could be others, but this is what we see.”In its situation report today, the WHO said that, over the last 24 hours it received reports of 46 new cases outside of China, raising the total to 441 cases from 24 countries.Saliva, pregnancy findingsIn research developments today, investigators from Hong Kong writing in Clinical Infectious Diseases said they detected the COVID-19 virus in saliva samples from 11 of 12 people they sampled.On serial sampling, they saw a declining trend, and they concluded that the findings are useful, because saliva samples could be a noninvasive specimen for testing. They also noted the saliva findings have implications for infection control.Meanwhile, a research team from China in a case series of nine pregnant women hospitalized in Wuhan with lab-confirmed COVID-19 found that of samples collected from six, all were negative for the virus. The researchers published their report today in The Lancet.The nine babies were delivered via caesarean section. The samples that tested negative included amniotic fluid, cord blood, neonatal throat swab, and breastmilk samples.The authors concluded that the findings from the small group suggest no evidence of vertical transmission in women who have COVID-19 pneumonia late in their pregnancies.See also:Feb 12 Tedros media briefing commentsFeb 12 WHO R and D meeting press releaseFeb 12 China NHC updateFeb 12 Japanese health ministry statementFeb 12 Singapore health ministry statementFeb 12 WHO daily situation reportFeb 12 Clin Infect Dis abstractFeb 12 Lancet study
TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced the Corcom IEC inlet RFI filter IH series to suppress electromagnetic interference (EMI) conducted in equipment used in medical environments requiring C18 ungrounded inlets. These inlet RFI filters are also suitable for use in the laboratory and test and measurement equipment.The Corcom filter IH series help medical equipment manufacturers comply with the international standard IEC 60601-1, which sets specific safety requirements for equipment designed for home use. The home medical market is expected to grow fast due to an aging population and the trend towards remote patient monitoring enabled by Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. This filter series adheres to stringent safety standards and are classified as meeting 2MOPP requirements (two means of patient protection, also referred to as double insulated). The RFI filters help attenuate EMI in the frequency range between 150 KHz and 300 MHz, as required by FCC Part 15 and EN55011 and EN 55022 standards.TE’s Corcom filter IH series are designed to work optimally with medical equipment. The filtered inlets integrate a notch into the inlet to make it compatible with V-Lock locking cords. This feature helps minimize accidental disconnection of the power cord from medical device. They have been designed for quick assembly as well utilizing 4.8-mm spade terminals that enable rapid assembly. The Corcom filter IH series is available with snap-in mounting for quick installation or with flanges for extra-rigid mounting. Click here for more information.
Morris Claiborne’s annual football camp is set for Saturday at Independence StadiumFormer LSU star and current Dallas Cowboy Morris Claiborne will host his annual free football camp at Independence Stadium on Saturday. The camp will feature two sessions – one for ages 5-12 and another for kids 13-18.The clinics will be conducted by Claiborne, set to enter his fourth year as a Cowboys cornerback, and some “NFL friends.”Ages 5-12 need to register at 7:30 a.m. That camp begins at 9 a.m.Ages 13-18 will register at 11:30 a.m. That session starts at 1 p.m.Both sessions are limited to the first 150 participants.
It’s not official yet, but Utah resident Mike Weir will not be playing the weekend in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wis.Weir shot his second-straight 74 for a 4-over 148 total after two rounds of the PGA. Half the field — 78 golfers — was still on the course due to fog delays each of the first two days, and the projected cut is currently at 1 over par. The top 70 players and ties make the cut and Weir, who is in a tie for 104th place, has little chance to make it.In Friday’s round, Weir had four bogeys along with two birdies at No. 5 and No. 14.— Mike Sorensen