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Air Force reservists possibly exposed to Agent Orange from planes

first_img Read Full Story Between 1,500 and 2,100 U.S. Air Force reservists who trained and worked on C-123 cargo planes that were used during the Vietnam War to spread the toxic defoliant Agent Orange may have been exposed to potentially dangerous levels of the carcinogenic chemical, according to a new Institute of Medicine (IOM) report.The IOM’s findings may influence how the Veterans Administration handles health and disability claims from the reservists, who worked on the planes between 1972 and 1982.“Levels at the time of their exposure would have been at least as high as the taken measurements, and quite possibly, considerably higher,” said Robert Herrick, senior lecturer on industrial hygiene at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and chairman of the IOM committee that produced the report, in a Jan. 9, 2015 Associated Press article.last_img read more


Corcoran, Ogden elected as leaders of Saint Mary’s Student Government

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) announced the incoming student body president and vice president, juniors Madeleine Corcoran and Kathy Ogden, on Friday afternoon. Chris Collins Juniors Madeleine Corcoran, left, and Kathy Ogden, right, were elected student body president and vice president, respectively, for Saint Mary’s on Friday.Corcoran said her election is especially significant to her because she was chosen by the students to be their representative. “It’s such a special role and such an honor and humbling role just to be chosen by the Saint Mary’s student body to represent them and be their voice,” Corcoran said. “So I think to me it just means so much respect for who we try to be as people and continue to be.”During the campaign, Ogden said she felt that whether or not she was elected, it was important that the College selected leaders that reflected what they desired. “If we weren’t to be elected, my overall thought would’ve been, ‘Well, that’s not what the students want, and we are a representation of the school so if that’s the case then okay,’” Ogden said. “But now it’s cool that since we are elected the student body do want us as their role models. So it’s an honor that we were elected by the student body to be their representatives.”Ogden said she felt the election experience was positive for her because the other candidates were all supportive of each other, she said. “[The other candidates] have just been really friendly and nice and they also campaigned really well,” Ogden said. “Everything was very civil. I just feel like this [election] has been really friendly and supportive.” Corcoran said the fact that the campaign went over smoothly speaks to the community at Saint Mary’s. “I think the campaign overall represents kind of what Saint Mary’s stands for and just that friendly environment that it is,” Corcoran said. “It really encompasses that students are kind and working together.”The pair hopes to emphasize the importance of community, Corcoran said. “The community topic in general is something I am really passionate about, and think is really important at Saint Mary’s,” Corcoran said. The pair said they hope by the end of their term, they will leave Saint Mary’s ‘enhanced’ from years before.“Saint Mary’s is already I think such a wonderful place but from our platform, and just being leaders, I think just making it even better than how it is now,” Ogden said. Corcoran said she hopes to improve upon some of the common complaints by students over the course of the next year. “There is always going to be something to complain about, but a lot of those things that students commonly complain about now, hopefully in a year from now they won’t be,” Corcoran said. Ogden’s time at Saint Mary’s was what gave her the confidence to take on this new role, she said. “I feel like Saint Mary’s has just knocked me out of my shell,” Ogden said. “Not that I was super introverted in high school, but I think I just wouldn’t do a lot of the things that I have done here and I have become more confident so I think that helps. I just have been here for three years but I think with the friends I’ve made and the clubs I’ve been in and my relationships with professors I’ve been able to become more confident and more involved.”Corcoran said she also feels Saint Mary’s provided her the opportunities to develop her passion. “Every time I take on a new role I just fall in love more with Saint Mary’s and what Saint Mary’s has for all of its students, and I think that is such a unique experience that you get at a smaller school,” Corcoran said. Corcoran went into the week hoping just to enjoy the experience, regardless of the result, she said. “I said to Kathy — Sunday, when we went out at midnight to put up the posters — I said, ‘You know what, regardless of how this week goes, as long as we are smiling and laughing throughout the whole thing that’s what’s most important,’” Corcoran said. “Because if you don’t smile and enjoy those moments, it wouldn’t have mattered whatever the outcome was it would’ve been not worth it.”Although the week involved a lot of work, Ogden said she enjoyed being able to communicate with students about their desires as well as her platform. “I thought it was fun,” Ogden said. “It was a lot, but it was fun. Each thing we made and each thing we hung up I think we were really proud of.”The two said they feel the campaign process was a way to get a feel for what the students are looking for during the next year, Corcoran said. “That’s what our goal is, to try and be really open and listen to students and what they need,” Corcoran said. “I think just even the campaigning process we learned more about what students need or want.” Tags: elections, saint mary’s, Student governmentlast_img read more


Six New COVID-19 Cases Reported Over The Weekend In Chautauqua County

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageMAYVILLE – Six new cases of COVID-19 were reported from Saturday to Monday in Chautauqua County.The County Health Department says the new cases involve two people under the age of 18, a woman in her 20s, 30s and 40s, and, a man in his 50s.There are now 16 cases active, with one person hospitalized, 261 cases total and 236 recovered.Additionally, 114 people are under quarantine or isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. Officials say not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors.last_img


Odds & Ends: Bobby Cannavale Will Bring Mick Jagger Satisfaction & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Kinky Boots’ Shakeup! Kinky Boots is switching up its schedule for the next fortnight. Univision has bought up the production’s venue, the Al Hirschfeld, for TV “upfronts” May 8 through May 13, so the Tony-winning musical has added some special shows to compensate for the eight it won’t be performing. Performances are set for: Monday, 5/5 at 8 PM; Tuesday, 5/6 at 7 PM; Wednesday, May 7 at 2 PM & 8 PM; Wednesday, 5/14 at 2 & 8 PM; Thursday, 5/15 at 7 PM; Friday, 5/16 at 8 PM, Saturday, 5/17 at 2 & 8 PM, Sunday, 5/18 at 2 & 7:30 PM. Back to normal after that! Star Files West End’s Good People Sets Closing Date Good People, starring Imelda Staunton and Lloyd Owen, has set its final performance date for June 14. The show has been running at the Noёl Coward Theatre since April 10. The production had always planned a ten-week limited engagement in the West End, but had not confirmed its precise schedule. Broadway Vet Hal Linden to Make his Cafe Carlyle Debut Hal Linden will make his Cafe Carlyle debut in Hal Linden Live in Concert, May 20 through May 24. The Tony winner will perform a selection of Broadway hits, Big Band favorites and jazz numbers, as well as talk about some of his most memorable theatrical moments. Bobby Cannavale Will Bring Mick Jagger Satisfaction Broadway favorite and Annie movie star Bobby Cannavale will appear in a Rock ‘n’ Roll drama pilot for HBO. It may not yet have a title, but Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese are among the Executive Producers, so we’ve got a feeling we’ll be watching it back to back with Game of Thrones sometime soon! According to Deadline, Cannavale will play Richie Finestra, a 1970s record executive who is attempting to resurrect his label and discover the next new sound. View Comments Kevin Spacey’s ‘Monster’ Kevin Spacey stopped by The Today Show on May 2 to discuss his upcoming documentary NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage. The film follows what happened behind-the-scenes when the Tony winner took Shakespeare’s classic Richard III on a world tour. Check out below, as Spacey explains why the bard’s naivete at the time of writing the play, makes it a “monster to do.” Bobby Cannavalelast_img read more


Archery Champs

first_imgGeorgia 4-H’ers from Jackson County hit the mark and brought home a national title in the junior division at the 4-H Buckmaster’s Invitational held Aug. 14-17 in Montgomery, Ala.Six 4-H members participated in three tournaments during the competition. The team earned 15 place awards in the junior division and five overall place awards.Jackson County’s 4-H Archery team was formed in 2000 and has continued to grow each year. Keri Hobbs, University of Georgia Extension coordinator, became the team’s 4-H agent a little more than two years ago. Having worked with the 4-H archery team in Sumter County before relocating to Jackson County, Hobbs understands the importance of 4-H archery and what participation can do for the students.“Kids and their parents as well are looking for extracurricular activities to get involved in something positive, and 4-H is very positive. A majority of the girls (on the team), if not all of them, started shooting archery because of the opportunity through 4-H,” Hobbs said.Hobbs and the team’s six coaches view archery as much more than just a sport.“The archery team grew tremendously because of the support of our coaches. Kids learn more than shooting. The coaches are changing lives by building confidence and character,” she said.Currently, the Jackson County 4-H archery team has 51 shooters on their roster. More than half of the team is female.Growing group The team is comprised of students age 9-18 from all backgrounds which proves how important teamwork and community really are, Hobbs said. Second year archery coach Michael Reynolds personally witnesses the growth and maturity the students experience through the team. Hobbs says Reynolds’ enthusiasm and excitement for the sport and the students are the reasons the team has doubled in size. “I’ve got kids of all shapes, forms, home life and everything. 4-H builds character, forms discipline and builds social skills. Our job, as instructors, is to morally pick them up, give them encouragement in everything they do. We do what we do because we do make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Reynolds said.Jackson County was the only Georgia team that competed in the Buckmaster’s Invitational. Almost 100 individuals were registered in the junior division with targets ranging from five to 30 yards away.“This was a great experience for our junior age group and it was a big deal being in front of crowds. It was nerve wracking for them, too,” said Reynolds who advised the team to “block everything else out.”His advice worked.And the winners are..Kaycie Malcolm, a seventh grade student at East Jackson Middle School, was awarded the second high individual shooter. Eighth grade Commerce Middle School student Bethany Arnold placed third. Bree Reynolds, an eighth grade student from EJMS, won fourth. Marissa Fullard, an eighth grade student from EJMS, placed seventh, and seventh grade EJMS student Maddie Fowler claimed eighth place overall.In the FITA (World Archery Federation) competition, sixth grade West Jackson Middle School student Lillie Woodall won eighth in the individual division.Jackson County 4-H will begin its 2014-2015 archery season on Tuesday, Oct. 7.For more information about the 4-H Archery team in your county, contact your local UGA Extension Office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more


UK orders review into potentially unreliable England COVID-19 death data

first_imgTopics : Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock has ordered a review into how deaths from coronavirus are reported in England after academics said the daily figures may be unreliable and include people who have died of other causes, an official said.The government official, who asked not to be named, said an announcement of the review might be announced later on Friday.The way Public Health England, a government agency responsible for managing infectious disease outbreaks, calculates the figures in England means they might look worse than in other parts of the United Kingdom, according to two academics. Yoon Loke, from the University of East Anglia, and Carl Heneghan, from the University of Oxford, said Public Health England cross-checks the latest notifications of deaths against a database of positive test results – so anyone who has tested positive can be recorded as dying from the virus.In a blog called “Why no-one can recover from COVID-19 in England”, the academics said that patients who tested positive for COVID, but are successfully treated, will still be counted as dying from the virus if they have a heart attack or are run over by a bus three months later.The Department for Health and Social Care did not have any immediate comment. last_img read more


Women of Troy seek to snap four-game skid

first_imgAli Khosroshahin has been the USC women’s soccer coach since 2007. Already, they have dropped seven games this year, the most in Khosroshahin’s tenure and the most since they lost nine games in 2004.Leadership · Senior midfielder Samantha Johnson, who has recorded one goal and one assist this year, looks to help snap USC’s losing streak. – Jaideep Chadha | Daily TrojanThis weekend the Women of Troy (3-7, 0-1) face what could already be described as must-wins. USC hosts No. 19 Oregon State today and Oregon on Sunday. USC is 0-5 at McAlister Field this year, and the No. 19 Beavers (7-2-1, 1-0) will be the fourth ranked opponent the Women of Troy have faced.As has been the case all season, no matter the opponent, no matter the venue, Khosroshahin is focused exclusively on his team — and with good reason.“There’s a lot of talent in that group,” Khosroshahin said. “We have a lot of talent. Maybe if I didn’t think we had as much talent as our opponents I’d be more worried about them. But we can play with anyone and we’ve showed it.”Indeed, USC’s seven losses have been by a combined eight goals. USC’s most lopsided loss has been 3-1 to San Diego in the second game of the year. Of particular note, they have lost 2-1 to No. 23 Portland, 2-1 in overtime to then-No. 23 Texas and 1-0 to then-No. 4 Oklahoma State.“We’re a few bounces away from being 9-1,” Khosroshahin said. “I mean that Oklahoma State game says it all. We outplayed them. We outplayed the No. 2 team in the country [the Cowgirls have climbed to No. 2 in the rankings this week]. We just had one let down, they got one lucky bounce and that was it.”Last week against Washington State the Women of Troy nearly took a 2-0 lead when senior midfielder Carly Butcher rocketed a shot from the top of the penalty box that drilled the crossbar and bounced straight down. With the score still 1-0, the Cougars attempted a center pass that was poorly struck, but found its way through the mass of bodies in the penalty box, hit the post and bounced in.“We rip one off the bar and it comes out, and they just barely kiss one off the post and it bounces in,” Khosroshahin said. “We need some bounces.”But Khosroshahin is not making excuses.“We know what our problem is,” Khosroshahin said. “We can’t keep letting our guard down defensively. That’s the last place on the field we can make a mistake.”Defensively, the Women of Troy will have their hands full against Oregon State.The Beavers boast a balanced attack that features five players who have scored two or more goals this season.Junior forward Chelsea Buckland and sophomore forward Jenna Richardson lead the team in scoring with six and three goals, respectively.The Beavers’ defense is no slouch, either. Patrolling the net for Oregon State is senior goalkeeper Colleen Boyd. She recorded 14 shutouts last season. This year she has registered four shutouts and allowed just five goals in her eight appearances.To change things up a bit for this weekend’s play, Khosroshahin appointed senior forward Samantha Johnson and sophomore defender Autumn Altamirano as additional captains.Altamirano and Johnson will wear the captain’s bands for the first time against the Beavers Friday at 3 p.m.last_img read more


RTU CEO denies quitting the club

first_imgThe Chief Executive Officer of Real Tamale United Mohammed Nurudeen has denied reports indicating that he has resigned from the tamale based club.There were reports claiming Mr. Nurudeen has left the club after failing to inspire the team to win any of their opening eleven games in the ongoing Glo premier league and also to his four-month ban from all football activities by the Football Association last month.But Nurudeen Mohammed in an interview with JOY Sports noted that, he is still in charge of the club.“I have not resigned; I’m still at post so I’m so surprised with reports going round that I have quit the club”, said Mr. Mohammed Nurudeen“The club is in a difficult situation now and this is the time we need all hands on board so I’m pleading with those going round with the false information that I have resigned”.last_img read more


African Games: Morocco 2019 team meets Ghana 2023 team

first_imgA delegation of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 12th African Games to be hosted by Morocco this August at Rabat met with Ghana 2023 Project Team on the sidelines of the recent 6th AIPS Africa Conference held in Accra.The delegation led by Mustapha Elbayoudi, the LOC’s Press Attache explored various areas Ghana’s Team would benefit from best practices and participate in the coming Games by attending all pre-events as well as the Games itself as partners in the organization and administration of the Games.He stressed on the fact of the Games being a touristic attraction, especially as it coincides with the peak season and implored the Ghana Team to use their CO-HOSTING approach to reposition the selected cities on the global market through the Games.He, on behalf of the Rabat 2019 LOC, extended an open invitation to the Ghana 2023 Project Team to see the Games primarily as an African platform for Africans, organised and hosted by Africans and therefore looked forward to greater participation by all the nations of Africa.Replying, Dr. Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, the Technical Advisor (Sports) at Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports and member of the Ghana 2023 Project Team thanked the delegation for accepting to explore further collaboration between the two host nations of the Games to strengthen its brand globally.He assured the LOC of Ghana’s total participation in the Games as it will assist the nation to build on the success story of 2019 to showcase an even better Games in 2023. Dr. Owusu-Ansah intimated that the Ministry will look forward to other areas outside sports, especially the youth sector, towards empowering future generations of both nations to be more than competitive globally in all fields of endeavour.Mr. Ben Nunoo-Mensah, the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and a member of the Ghana 2023 Project Team also added his voice to the call for greater collaboration between the two nations and stressed that it was important for the Games to give the African Youth the opportunity to express themselves as well as develop their talents not only on the continent but also at the Olympics in 2020 Tokyo.Mr. Magnus RexDanquah, a sport business expert and the CEO of the Ghana 2023 Project Team in his contribution, re-emphasized the need for African nations not to see themselves as so much in competition but consider the possibilities of joining forces to bid to co-host say a future Olympic Games or FIFA World Cup as these offer the next stage in our collective desire to showcase our joint capacities, talents and skills as equals on the world stage, given every possibility against rest of the world. He reiterated the fact it was one of the considerations at the 3rd Specialised Technical Committee for Youth, Culture and Sport (STC-YCS-3) of the African Union Commission Meeting held in October last year at Algiers, Algeria. He assured the Moroccan delegation of the readiness of Ghana to place its expertise in those areas of competitive advantage so that Africa co-hosts the next Olympic Games to give the youth more opportunities to develop and grow their talents.last_img read more


Top 10 percent of Sumner County Seniors honored at KU Honors Banquet

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas Honors Program held its annual banquet at the Wellington High School Commons Wednesday evening.Howard Graham, the 2008 Associate Director for Academic Programs Office of first-year experience at the University of Kansas, was on hand to make the opening remarks. Shelley Hansel was the Mistress of Ceremonies.Han Wang was the vocalists and Joan Gonzalex was the pianist for the entertainment portion of the event. The list of honorary recipients for Argonia, Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Conway Springs, Oxford, South Haven and Wellington are as follows (full sized pictures can be found here):ARGONIA HIGH SCHOOL:Faith Gaddie and Austin Tracy. BELLE PLAINE HIGH SCHOOL: Tanner Balsters, Tyler Balsters, Bethany Balzer, Dakota McCann, Lacee Reymer, Kaylee VonFeldt, Kayla Wiggins. CALDWELL HIGH SCHOOL:Kaden Halling and Darin Ward. Grant Bellar is not pictured. CONWAY SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL: Nora Hartman, Danica Mercer, Brittany Pauly, Danelle Pauly, Ceceila Robinson, Leora Seiler.OXFORD HIGH SCHOOL:Grace Selenke, Ogden Shimkus and Derek Williams.SOUTH HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL:William Moreland and Hannah Wilson WELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL:From left: Katie Pape, Shanya Templeton, Sarah Lee, Caitlin Williams, Rebecca Pinkerton, Cajen Shore, Kindyl Krueger, Maggie Fink, Colin Reichenberger, Jade Dry, Austin Nefzger, Bailey Altendorf. Not pictured Mikala Bradbury and Julia Peck. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Redress · 308 weeks ago Congratulations to all Sumner County recipients. Report Reply 0 replies · active 308 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 307 weeks ago Alyssa Jackson is between Maggie and Colin. Her name was not included. Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more