With the annual Burning Man event coming up on August 30th, preparations for the famous Black Rock City are already underway in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. While burners are used to braving the elements for the weeklong event, there’s one new element that wasn’t expected: a bug infestation.Apparently small green bugs have taken over the site, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. The bugs are climbing on objects and people, leaving small bites and general unpleasantness in their path. Here’s a post from the official Burning Man blog:You may have seen the bug rumors on the internet. We are here to tell you that they are all true. Well maybe not all of the rumors, but the bugs are real. They’re everywhere. They bite. They crawl all over you. They get up and in you.Twin Peaks, who’s leading the construction of the Center Café, was talking about how bad they are when she jumped a little and pulled her t-shirt away from her body. A good-sized green bug fell to the ground. It had crawled into her bra.Metal Shop Heather wears a welding mask most of the day. Bugs have crawled up inside her visor and nestled around her eyes. Cammy and Stinger needed some help from the medical team to deal with the infestation; Stinger’s back was covered with nasty red welts from the bites.As of now, the bugs remained unidentified, but they are certainly a nuisance. The blog post suggests that they’ll “have to nuke the city to get rid of them,” if that’s what it takes.Here are some telling images from the blog and social media:Bug bites.Bugs everywhere. Ick.
Fresh off his flight after playing a sold out show in Denver with Shpongle and Alex Grey the night before, out-of-the-box dubtronica producer Govinda ended his 2015 tour in Fayetteville, Arkansas this past Saturday, December 12. Just down the street from the University of Arkansas, George’s Majestic Lounge was popping off, beginning with Doohickey on the decks. Ryan Viser followed, getting the crowd on their feet by incorporating trumpet playing into his unique DJ set complete with originals and remixes of familiar tunes.The stage was finally turned over to the headliner of the evening, Govinda. His always innovative set revved the crowd up with the melodious sounds of his signature violin. A classically trained violinist since the age of eight, it’s always a treat to witness Govinda electronically manipulate the sound coming from this beautiful instrument. By the end of the night, everyone was on their feet dancing and drenched in sweat. A job well done, and a fantastic conclusion to Govinda’s 2015 fall tour.Words and Photos by Andrew Dolan. Full Gallery: Load remaining images
Observer File Photo Notre Dame students gather at a table during Students for Child-Oriented Policy’s WRAP Week last year. This year, in the wake of WRAP Week, there have been calls for the University to implement a pornography filter on it’s WiFi. This proposal has been met with controversy.Officially, Notre Dame’s “Responsible Use of Information Technology” policy forbids using campus WiFi to access pornography, except for pre-approved or academic purposes.While FIRE agreed that Notre Dame, as a private institution, reserves the right to enforce its “Responsible Use” policy, the nonprofit drew attention to the University’s Standards of Conduct, which states “students and student organizations are free to examine and to discuss all questions of interest to them and to express opinions publicly and privately.”FIRE program associate for the Individual Rights Defense Program and social media manager Ryne Weiss, who authored the statement, said implementing a pornography filter would prevent Notre Dame’s community from engaging with a full range of ideas.“Free speech is meant to protect specifically the ideas that are controversial or offensive,” he said. “Ideas that are popular or in line with community values — those are the things that don’t need protection because people already agree upon them.”This is not the first time FIRE has crossed paths with SCOP.In 2014, the student group — already the subject of controversy for its anti-same-sex marriage views — was denied official recognition by the Club Coordination Council (CCC). The CCC argued SCOP was superfluous as it “closely mirrored” existing clubs. In a letter addressed to University President Fr. John Jenkins, FIRE denounced the CCC’s decision and called for administrative intervention, arguing that such denials of recognition were often pretexts for viewpoint discrimination. SCOP received recognition later that year.Weiss said because SCOP has been on the receiving end of censorship it should be wary about calling for a pornography filter.“SCOP, of all organizations, I think should know that when you put other principles above free speech, you are only opening up the possibility that you will be censored for your unpopular viewpoint,” he said.In response to FIRE’s statement, senior James Martinson, president of SCOP, said the filter would not infringe on individual rights because the First Amendment does not cover vulgar content.“It is agreed by the Supreme Court and appellate courts that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment,” he said.He also noted that as a private university, Notre Dame reserves the right to regulate technology use at its discretion.“Notre Dame absolutely has the ability to respond in any way they see fit that would be in line with its mission as an academic university, as an academic institution that’s interested in protecting its students,” he said.Michael Griffin, senior vice president of Holy Cross College, said Holy Cross currently uses a web filter to block access to pornographic content and pirated media. The filter was originally implemented to facilitate WiFi use, he said.“Back about 15 years ago, when they put it in, one of the reasons was actually the College did not have a lot of bandwidth,” he said.When Holy Cross upgraded its WiFi the filter was kept for moral reasons, Griffin said.“We sort of took that bandwidth principle and on a higher level we felt like it … would help preserve our moral bandwidth,” he said.Griffin said the filter detects and blocks restricted content automatically.“It does work really well, we rarely have issues where a legitimate site is blocked,” he said.John Gohsman, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Notre Dame, said adding a pornography filter would be neither technologically difficult nor costly as the University already blocks websites on a large scale to protect against system attacks and break-ins. However, he said the University has little incentive to implement a filter because it would be easy to circumvent.“We don’t necessarily believe from a technical standpoint it would be an effective approach,” he said.Paul Browne, Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications, said the University presently has no plans to implement a filter.“It’s hard to argue with the motives of this group in wanting to censor,” he said. “But I would hope and expect that the standards are such at the University that the people within our WiFi capabilities would be self-censors.”He added that he does not believe it is the University’s place to monitor students’ media use.“God’s given us the choice of whether we’re going to be sinners or not, you know?” he said.Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the court where American Bookseller’s Association v. Hudnut was heard. A panel of judges for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit heard oral arguments in the case on June 14, 1985.Tags: #SCOP, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, pornography, Pornography filter The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a nonprofit group that works to protect human rights on college campuses, condemned the call for Notre Dame to implement a pornography filter on its WiFi, spearheaded by the group Students for Child Oriented Policy (SCOP), in a statement published Oct. 26.The nonprofit wrote that a pornography filter would violate students’ First Amendment rights, citing the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit case American Bookseller’s Association v. Hudnut, which upheld the legality of pornography under the belief that “‘the government must leave to the people the evaluation of ideas.’”
Emon Jacorey Johnson, 28 of Port Arthur, Texas. Our heavenly father called Emon to rest in peace on Sunday, November, 22, 2020. He was born June 6, 1992 in Port Arthur, TX.He is survived by his parents, Dana Alexander and Keith Zeno; Guardian: Cecilia Alexander-Moore; Sibling: Kaleb Johnson; and a host of family and friends.Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 3, 2020 at Gabriel Funeral Home with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time.Burial will follow at Live Oak Cemetery.
A two-day investigation by state officials conducted last week at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center indicated that two nurses in the hospital’s Emergency Department failed to provide adequate care by not responding to an immediate change in the condition of a patient who died unexpectedly.The hospital itself reported the incident to the state on October 2, and state surveyors conducted an official inquiry on October 7. The state, which acts as a proxy for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), also indicated that hospital policies were not followed including those related to privacy, obtaining consent for treatment, and immediately reporting adverse events.‘I am upset and disappointed that we did not live up to our own high standards for the care that we provide and that our community expects,’ said Thomas Dee, president and CEO. ‘We are committed to being transparent with regulatory agencies, our staff, patients and families, and our community. To that end, we reported the incident ourselves. We already have taken steps to see that this does not happen again, including ensuring that the two nurses involved in the event are no longer treating our patients. In addition, we have discussed the incident with the family and offered them our apology and our help in understanding what happened and the steps we have taken to address the problems.’At the center of the investigation is an incident of a patient who arrived at the SVMC emergency department with a complaint of back pain. Following the patient’s initial assessment, a non-clinical staff member found that the patient showed no signs of life and notified both nurses caring for the patient. Neither nurse immediately checked on the patient. A few minutes later, the nurse in charge also noticed that the patient showed no signs of life, and she immediately called a physician. At present, the cause of death is unknown. An autopsy has been ordered, but the results are not yet available.Dee said CMS is expected to cite the hospital for failing to maintain proper standards, which could result in SVMC’s losing its ability to participate in the federal Medicare program. He explained that this type of citation is common in situations as serious as this one. Such a citation would require the hospital to immediately correct the deficiencies. CMS would then conduct a follow-up visit to determine if the hospital has successfully corrected its problems.‘We take this event very seriously,’ Dee said. ‘Even before the officials had left the building, we had begun to correct the problems to ensure that our community can continue to trust our emergency department for their care.‘We look forward to demonstrating our commitment to superior patient care and safety at a follow-up survey. At this survey, we expect CMS to accept our plan of correction and certify that SVMC remains a full participant in compliance with Medicare’s standards.’Dee explained that hospital management immediately took several steps to address the incident with more changes expected soon. To date, SVMC hasRestructured nursing leadership overseeing the emergency departmentDeveloped a system for ensuring that strong leadership is present in the Emergency Department on all shiftsHeld immediate educational discussions with clinical staff throughout SVMC to reinforce the culture of patient safety, the duty to immediately report and identify unsafe behaviors or conditions, and to review SVMC’s system for reporting such eventsInstituted a requirement for health system staff to undergo intensive, interactive education sessions on patient safety and hospital policies including informed consent and privacy.‘This event is a clear call to action,’ Dee said. ‘Our entire team, throughout the health system, will not rest until we see SVMC return to full compliance with Medicare. We are confident that this incident does not reflect the quality of our staff or the care that we provide, and we are determined to demonstrate this fact to our patients and their families going forward.’Source: SVMC 14 October 2013
Northern Reliability,Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA) has selected two vendors to complete projects that will significantly expand cellular coverage in unserved areas of the state. The expansion will include at least 450 miles of coverage along many state highways plus some well-traveled town roads. The VTA focus is on roadways with no cell service at all or where drop zones are significant.The VTA has selected Vanu CoverageCo (CoverageCo), based in Massachusetts and Virginia, to build and operate the project’s cellular network. In 2011, CoverageCo was chosen by the VTA to install its small-cell technology on utility poles. These cellular sites provide targeted coverage along previously unserved roadways, as well as adjoining areas. Through VTA funding and its own private investment, CoverageCo has already deployed approximately 90 miles of cellular technology along highway corridors in Caledonia, Orange, and Windham Counties. With additional funding, this technology will provide cellular service along previously unserved road segments touching almost 60 towns, as far north as Canaan, and as far south as Readsboro.CoverageCo, while not a retail cellular carrier, leases wireless spectrum owned by Sprint in order to provide coverage to customers of other carriers through standard roaming agreements. Sprint’s customers have been able to utilize CoverageCo’s cellular system from its inception in Vermont in 2013. Roaming agreements are also in place with T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, as well as the leading Canadian cellular carriers. Verizon Wireless customers will be able to access service over the next three to six months. CoverageCo continues to seek agreements with additional providers. “We’re delighted to build upon our success with the VTA in bringing much needed cellular communications for Vermonters,” stated Richard Biby, CoverageCo CEO. Through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), this expansion includes areas within towns most impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and other 2011 flooding. The EDA grant also provides for individual cellular communication sites in nine town or village centers that suffered significant damage. These “resilient communication sites” will have ongoing back-up power as well as back-up satellite Internet service. They are planned for Halifax, Hancock, Norton, Readsboro, Rochester, Roxbury, Stockbridge, Townshend and Whitingham, and will go a long way to reduce the digital isolation so many towns experienced after Tropical Storm Irene.“I am grateful for the EDA funding made available to Vermont following Tropical Storm Irene. Ensuring that Vermonters are prepared for another devastating storm and have the ability to communicate will be important for our residents, businesses and public safety teams. Expanding cellular coverage in our state, particularly in the more rural areas, continues to be a high priority,” Governor Peter Shumlin said. “I’d also like to extend my appreciation to Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch for their continued help in bringing important federal dollars to Vermont.”The VTA has selected Northern Reliability, Inc, based in Waitsfield, Vermont, to design and install the electric power back-up for the nine resilient communication sites. The battery back-up power systems also feature a solar array. General Manager Charles “Charlie” Van Winkle stated, “We are very pleased that VTA chose Northern Reliability to deliver such a critical component and our team is looking forward to contributing to the success of this exciting project.” Funding for the projects includes the EDA grant and VTA funding from state capital appropriations. Vendor contracts are contingent on approval by the EDA. CoverageCo will be providing additional infrastructure through its own private investment.The VTA supports broadband and cellular expansion across Vermont. To stay up-to-date on projects, visit www.telecomvt.org(link is external) and www.broadbandvt.org(link is external).April 25, 2014 The Vermont Telecommunications Authority
The DiveBar elects leaders October 1, 2012 Regular News The DiveBar elects leaders The Underwater Bar Association (The DiveBar) recently swore in new officers, including David Black of Ft. Lauderdale, who will serve as president.Black is a PADI and NAUI scuba instructor.“The new officers of The DiveBar will bring a tremendous amount of energy and productivity to the group,” said Bob Kelley, a DiveBar founder and board member.“The board looks forward to their contributions as DiveBar enters its second year and continues to grow.”The members of The DiveBar chosen to take the new roles are:* Howard Allen Cohen, treasurer. He is a PADI divemaster and a boating safety instructor with the United States Power Squadron.* Jonathan Cohen, vice president of membership. Cohen is an SSI and PADI advanced open water diver.* Sandor Miller, vice president of law school relations. Miller is a law student at Nova Southeastern University and is a PADI scuba instructor.* Anita Paoli, vice president of CLE. Paoli is a PADI open water diver.* Jennifer Rosinski, vice president of communications. Rosinski is a PADI advanced open water diver.* Harry Tapias, vice president of marine & environmental awareness & education. Tapias is a YMCA open water diver.* Lindsey Tenberg, vice president of local dives. Tenberg is a PADI open water diver.* Heather Weeter, vice president of destination dives. Weeter is a PADI divemaster.* Oliver Wragg, corporate secretary. Wragg is a PADI advanced open water diver.The DiveBar, founded in 2011, is the only bar association of its kind in the United States. Its membership consists of legal professionals from around the country who love to dive and who are committed to environmental, educational, and philanthropic goals.
I don’t know how you get to quit the family, but it would have been fun if we had that option.“Son, you better get out of bed or you’ll be late for school,” Mom would say.“I’m not going to school.”“You have to.“No, I don’t. I quit.”“School?”“No, the family.”This is what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did last month, informing the Queen of England they will stop using their “Royal Highness” monikers and stop working for the family.First of all, it takes more than a title to be in the royal family. I had a friend from Queens whom we used to call “His Royal Highness” and he didn’t have even a hint of a cockney accent.And I don’t think it’s so easy to quit the family, either. Just ask Frankie (The Barber) Langelli, or what’s left of him. He was through with the Genovese family, but the Genovese family wasn’t through with him — if you get my meaning.Still, using the HRH title and carrying out the royal “duties” can be pretty lucrative.Here is a look at the family tree:Queen Elizabeth, 93, is at the head of the family. She is married to Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who appears to have died somewhere around 1742.Forget him, though (we already have). The line of succession goes through the Queen’s side of the family only. Philip’s (who?) family gets squat.Next in line, of course, is the Prince of Wales, Charles, who looks like he was passed down through the Northern Dancer line. Then, there is his eldest son, William, Duke of Cambridge, a balding sort like his dad and then his son, Prince George of Cambridge, age seven.The one to watch out for is the kid’s sister.Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, age five, is fourth in line to the throne and is known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. I say within a decade this little brat will have her brother’s head on a stake and will be riding a dragon around.Who do you NOT see on the list so far? You got it, poor Harry. My friend in Queens has a better shot at the throne.Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne. During his 10 years in the Armed Forces, Capt. Wales, as he became known, saw active service in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner. He left the Army in 2015 and now focuses on charitable work, including conservation in Africa and organizing the Invictus Games for injured members of the armed forces. He married U.S. actress Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018, at Windsor Castle.No one is saying as much, but “U.S. actress” raises a red flag. I imagine to the Queen it’s kind of akin to “Pole Dancer” — that is, not royal family fodder. Put another way, royalty is not expected to actually work for a living.According to Forbes, the Royal Family is collectively worth about $88 billion. The Queen has about a half-billion a year to spend. I don’t see her out much. Taxpayers issue a “sovereign grant” to pay the annual expenses of family members. Last year, it was $104 million (of that, half went to hair loss prevention products and apparently a large sum went to Charles’s ugly pills).The real dough is the private art, jewelry, and land held by the royal family, and private entities that provide income for royal family members like the Duchy of Lancaster, the Duchy of Cornwall, and the Duchy of Water and Vinegar.Meghan Markle is probably the brains behind the revolt. I mean, she’ll never get the big chair at the royal family dinner. There will have to be a pox or scourge upon the House of Windsor before Harry leapfrogs the others and becomes king-in-waiting.So anyhow, back to me. The reason why I am quitting the family is I’m unhappy with my Sovereign Grant. When I was five, I received 15 cents a week allowance, which eventually rose (after contentious debate in the state assembly and senate) to 25, 50 cents, and even a dollar a week. They gave Burger King workers more — go figure.There is the matter of my title. If I do quit the family, will I have to forfeit it? I’m not sure what it is now, but I kind of like “The Duchess of Dochy.” I could be a viscount and then I could open “Rick’s Viscount Appliance Stores” and hire pole dancers at the grand opening.By the way, the highest rankings are duke/duchess, earl/countess, viscount/viscountess, and baron/baroness. All other ranks of the peerage have the appellation Lord or Lady meaning everyone gets a title so it’s OK to say “Hey lady, can I get a Whopper and large fries?” or “Oh, my lord, your hair is falling out in clumps.”Though I no longer consider myself a member of the House of Forcucci/Murphy, I will continue to collect my stipend and for the moment and use the title “Marquis” in case anyone wants to get [email protected] Share
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The Canadian company today released an update on its global operations and said its operations in Shanghai were shut down for three additional weeks after the normal two-week Chinese New Year holiday.During this period, the rest of the operations were working remotely to continue progress on designs of various customer contracts.As a result, Xebec said Xebec Shanghai may experience a moderate impact on its first quarter of 2020 revenues and earnings, but does not expect a material impact on full-year 2020.The company’s operations in Lombardy, Italy have recently been impacted by the mandated lockdown of the country.Although Xebec does not have full manufacturing capabilities in Italy, projects are mostly outsourced into the supply chain.Xebec said it is now starting to see delays from suppliers based in Northern Italy because of the transportation shutdown.There are two ongoing projects in Italy that are under construction, one located in Sicily and the other in Genova. Work on both projects is now halted and will restart after 3rd April at the earliest.Similar to Xebec Shanghai, Xebec said its operations in Italy may experience moderate impacts on its first and second quarters of 2020 revenues and earnings, but the company does not expect a significant impact on full year numbers.Xebec said its Canadian operations in Québec currently remain unaffected and are operating close to capacity.The company’s schedule for North American deliveries remains the same and no impact has so far been experienced due to the coronavirus.Xebec said it continues to follow the current developments and will provide further communications should the effect on operations change materially.Kurt Sorschak, President and CEO of Xebec Adsorption, commented, “COVID-19’s spread has left both a human and economic toll in its wake.”“Xebec’s first priority is to ensure the health and safety of its employees, customers, and partners. We continue to watch the situation closely as we execute our rapid scale up.”“We have been dealing with the novel coronavirus since its first outbreak in China 12 weeks ago.”“This has led Xebec to prepare for a similar situation in North America and we are in the fortunate situation to have all necessary protocols in place to continue operating in this challenging environment.”“Over the last 10 weeks, we have increased our inventory and work in progress levels to withstand certain supply chain disruptions and continue our Blainville operations to the best possible extent.”“The steps we have taken to protect our stakeholders include travel restrictions, a significant reduction of in-person meetings as we have started to utilise remote working solutions such as telephone and video conferencing and instant messaging applications.”“We have also provided a number of our employees with laptops to allow working from home.”“Last week Xebec has implemented a COVID-19 Protocol for all its North American employees and suppliers, which includes actions for a clean and disinfected work environment, travel and self-quarantine guidelines and remote working instructions.”“I believe we have taken reasonable steps to protect not only our employees, suppliers and customers but also safeguard to the best possible extent our ability to deliver financial results that will protect the expectations of our shareholders.”