A cyclist in Oxford has been seriously injured having been hit by a tangerine thrown from a passing car. The incident took place just past Cherwell Bridge on Monday.The fruit was travelling at high speed and left the cyclist with serious bruising to his left eye alongside swelling and bleeding from the iris. PC Chris Reilly said, “This may have been unintentional, but I am concerned it was not. The rider was wearing a reflective jacket and lights and would have been easy to see.” Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Reilly on 08458 505505 or Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111.
Twitter St. Joseph County COVID-19 case rate continues to drop By Network Indiana – September 11, 2020 0 340 WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) There is still great concern over the spread of coronavirus in St. Joseph County, even as the county’s coronavirus numbers are getting back under control after a recent surge.In late August, the county’s rate of people testing positive for the virus spiked dramatically to it’s highest rate since April at around 10-percent of tests coming back positive. That number has since gone down to under 4-percent.Still, St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox said that is not a reason to pump the brakes on measures to mitigate the spread of the virus, especially with the looming season flu about to make its return. Plus, the county is still primed to see a possible post-Labor Day resurgence.“Because of the overlap in symptoms, essentially any respiratory illness will need to be evaluated for influenza and for COVID,” he said. “You can have both infections simultaneously so having one doesn’t rule out the other.”These concerns are more paramount now, he says, with school districts in the county start to open back up for in-person learning in the coming weeks and with Notre Dame’s home-opening football game against Duke.“Even with reduced capacity at the stadium and no tailgating on campus, we recognize there will be a lot of people will gather to tailgate off-campus or will gather at to watch the game at area restaurants and bars,” Fox added.South Bend Mayor James Mueller shares Fox’s concern but is confident the University of Notre Dame is taking the pandemic seriously, especially among students and staff on the school’s campus.“Notre Dame shows when you have robust testing, you have robust contact tracing, and you figure out isolation of those infected or potentially infected, you can turn an outbreak around fairly quickly,” said Mueller.Since Aug. 3, 626 students and staff members have tested positive for the virus and the school has a 7-day positivity rate of 3.4-percent. It will be mostly students and family in attendance for Notre Dame’s football game this Saturday. Previous articleDriver killed in Warsaw crash Thursday nightNext articleFive from Elkhart indicted in home invasion robbery case Network Indiana
UK exports of goods and services in the 12 months to April 2019 increased by 4.0% to £645.8 billion. Last week’s state visit reinforced the shared values between the UK and US, but also reminded us of the truly unique economic relationship which helps our businesses to prosper. Today’s record-breaking figures putting total UK exports at over £645 billion demonstrates the resilience of our economy, despite the increasingly uncertain global economic environment. I encourage exporters right across the country to use today’s statistics as evidence that despite global headwinds, the most prosperous countries in the world are demanding British goods at unprecedented levels. The Department for International Trade is a dedicated international economic department, helping British business succeed abroad, as never before. Goods exports to the USA increased by 11.9% to £57.6 billion, helping to drive up British exports. Demand from the US was the strongest driver of UK export growth in the 12 months to April 2019, new Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures showed today (10 June) as UK exports reached a record high of £645.8 billion.In yet another sign of the special relationship following the US State Visit last week, goods exports to the USA were worth £57.6 billion, over £20 billion more than Germany, our second largest single export market for goods.Overall, British goods exports to the world over the past year increased by £16 billion. The US was by far the largest contributor of any single country to this increase, with British exports to our closest trading partner increasing by £6.1 billion and, therefore, accounting for over a third of the total increase in value of British goods exports (38.4%).In terms of both goods and services, in 2018, the USA was by far the UKs biggest export market. The UK was the USA’s largest European export market.The unique economic relationship between the USA and UK is not just evident in our trading relationship, but also by the levels of investment in each other’s economies. Both nations are the largest investors in each other’s economies with mutual investment totalling around £609 billion. Furthermore, everyday 1 million Americans work for British companies in America, whilst 1 million Britons do the same for American companies in the UK.Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, said: Goods exports increased by 4.7% to £356.6 billion. Total trade between the UK and USA in 2018 worth £190.5 billion.
BERLIN (AP) — Oil and gas company Shell is buying ubitricity, a major provider of electric vehicle charging points in Europe. Shell said Monday that it would buy a 100% stake in the Berlin-based startup, without disclosing the price. Shell said the move represents a further step its “efforts to support drivers as they switch to lower-carbon transport.” The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, will give Shell ownership of the biggest public EV charging network in Britain with more 2,700 charge points. Ubitricity also has smaller public networks in Germany and France, and has installed over 1,500 charge points for fleet customers across Europe. The company’s focus has been to integrate charge points into existing street infrastructure such as lamp posts.
Atlanta drivers are all too familiar with the Georgia Department of Transportation electronic signs warning, “Ozone Alert Day.” The warning flashed on 35 days last year. On 22 of them, ozone hit unhealthy levels. The problem prompted Gov. Zell Miller to sign an executive order requiring all state agencies, departments and universities in the 13-county area to submit a detailed ozone action plan by March 31. The order called for plans that would reduce single-occupancy vehicle trips by 20 percent. “Our long-term goal is to do that all summer every summer, whether there is an ozone alert or not,” Miller said. “Our aim is that every state employee carpools or takes mass transit or telecommutes at least one day a week as a common practice.” Plans to start such things as telecommuting, alternative work schedules and incentives to use transit are being finalized. “There are 13 counties in the metro area that don’t meet the EPA ground-level ozone standards,” said Pam Earl of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The EPD has a team of forecasters who meet every day to forecast the next day’s ozone levels. If they believe the ozone will reach unhealthful levels, they designate the next day an “Ozone Action Day.” The warnings had an impact. “On some Ozone Action Days, we saw a reduction in peak-hour traffic,” said Jeane Pierce, who coordinates the EPD Voluntary Ozone Action Program. Ozone is a colorless gas. It forms when nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds combine in sunlight. The ozone “season” is May 1 through September 30. “Generally, our ozone concentrations are highest during June, July and August,” said Jerry Walker, a plant pathologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This year we had some in May.” May 13 was Atlanta’s first ozone action day this year. Pollutants from cars, trucks and other sources merge with hot, stagnant air to create high ozone levels. Ground-level ozone is a serious lung irritant. High ozone levels can cause breathing difficulties in the elderly, children, athletes, people who work outside and those with respiratory problems. It makes outdoor activities unhealthy. “I think we should be concerned,” Walker said. “This is the worst U.S. pollutant we have. Atlanta contributes to this through the number of automobiles we have.” Walker worries, too, about plants in high ozone levels. For the past 24 years, he has followed ozone levels closely. He has found that some plants can’t take it. “For example, tulip trees (yellow poplars) and grapes have a hard time,” he said. “We found some damage to wild black cherry trees. And if those high ozone levels came earlier in the summer — say in June or July — we could have seen more damage to trees and to flowers such as petunias.” Walker is studying how ozone affects plants in the new Envirotron at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin, Ga. The state-of-the-art facility has special growth chambers to help researchers study environmental effects on plants.
There is nothing like a hot bowl of homemade soup or chili on a cold winter’s day. But who has time to make it when the mood strikes or it’s time to eat? Schedules are busy during the holiday season. Just imagine having a freezer full of delicious, homemade meals ready to be heated and served when you get home from work.Even better than that, picture yourself stress-free during the holidays because you prepared and froze your holiday meals and treats in advance. Freezing prepared foods in advance allows you the satisfaction of homemade meals with the convenience of store-bought entrees.There are just a few things to keep in mind when freezing prepared foods. Freezing will not improve the texture, flavor, or quality of food. It simply acts to preserve the quality of the food, so you should only freeze high-quality ingredients. Some ingredients may not hold up well in the freezer, especially if you don’t plan to use it quickly this season.After cooking the food you plan to freeze, be sure it is cooled quickly to keep it safe to eat. You can quick-cool your hot soups or stews by stirring in a bowl or pan that is set down into an ice bath. Never leave perishable food at room temperature for more than two hours.Be sure to put your soup in moisture-vapor resistant packaging to prevent freezer burn. For soups and stews, rigid containers like freezer boxes or jars are a good choice. Freezer-weight plastic bags can also be used, but they can be awkward to fill and seal with runny food.To make the most of the convenience factor, package your soup or stew in amounts that you will be able to eat at one time. Be sure to clearly label each package with the name of the food and the date you put it in the freezer. If you have a variety of foods that will look alike and have short names on the label, consider including some ingredients on that label.Be sure that all sealing areas are clean and dry, and don’t forget to leave the recommended headspace for expansion inside the package. More information on that can be found at nchfp.uga.edu/how/freeze/headspace.html. Once packaged and sealed, place foods in the coldest available part of the freezer.When it’s time to eat, you can put your soup or stew in a pan for your stovetop or a bowl for your microwave and cook right from the frozen stage. If you heat in your freezer container, make sure it is intended to be used for the hot temperatures the cooked food will reach. Be sure to stir to prevent burning on the stovetop and to evenly distribute heat with any method of cooking.Thawing in the refrigerator is safe but takes some time. You can also thaw in the microwave, even if you finish cooking on a stovetop or oven. Reheat foods to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit quickly, within two hours of starting. If you want to thaw quickly under cold running water, be sure that your packaging is leak-proof. Keep running water moving slowly over the package or place it in a clean pan or bowl and submerge in cold tap water that is changed every 30 minutes. Be sure to reheat as above as soon as the food is thawed. To ensure the safety of your food, do not allow these potentially hazardous foods to stay in the temperature danger zone (40-140 F) for more than two hours at any time.Planning ahead and freezing that favorite soup, stew or chili is a great way to keep homemade food on your dinner table without all of the stress and hassle of last-minute cooking from scratch.You’ll find more information on foods that do not freeze well at www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/freeze/dont_freeze_foods.html. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers tips for freezing prepared foods at www.uga.edu/nchfp/publications/uga/FreezingPreparedFoods.pdf.
Business representatives that are creating local jobs from the state’s net metering projects testified Wednesday before the Vermont Legislature in support of the program’s expansion.Doug Goldsmith, chief operating officer at AllEarth Renewables, Ken Pidgeon, president of Engineers Construction, Inc., and Douglas White, project manager at J.A. Morrissey, Inc. all testified on the job-creating economic benefits of Vermont’s successful net metering program.Pidgeon’s company is the design/build contractor for the Vermont Air National Guard’s 2.2 MW net metered project and installed over 190 foundations for AllEarth’s AllSun Trackers last year. In the coming months, that number will jump to over 575 trackers. J.A. Morrissey created another division of the company and is cross-training the majority of their staff to meet growing renewable energy business, White testified.The business representatives spoke Wednesday before the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.Goldsmith testified on the benefits of Green Mountain Power’s $0.06/kWh “solar customer benefit” and that the state could see more net metered projects by increasing the size and amount of allowable projects, expanding the additional financial incentive for solar net metering to Vermonters statewide, and making net metering billing more consumer friendly.”The Green Mountain Power program was established as an incentive for solar development at no cost to ratepayers and is now creating good local jobs,” said Goldsmith.Net metering allows residential, commercial, farm, and municipal customers to produce their own energy and secure stable energy prices. If more energy is generated than used, the customer’s electric meter runs backward providing a credit for the value of the electricity produced. See more about net metering, group net metering, and how it works by clicking here.About AllEarth Renewables, Inc. www.allearthrenewables.com(link is external)AllEarth Renewables is a Vermont company that specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs. MONTPELIER, Vermont . . . February 9, 2011 . . .
As a credit union branch manager in the 1990s, Chris Lorence found it frustrating how many members would have payroll deduction through the institution but keep their primary financial relationship elsewhere.They simply didn’t consider the credit union for most loans, investments, and other services.The same issue remains widespread today, he says. “As long as I’ve been in financial services, there has been the perception that credit unions weren’t for everyone. Consumers who aren’t members hear ‘credit union’ and think ‘car loan’ or ‘I could join one where I used to work.’” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Small businesses are turning toward their financial service providers now more than ever, not only for access to working capital and key products to run their business, but also for advisory services and guidance on how to navigate today’s volatile market.It’s a difficult moment for the small business community, too, considering the pains of forced store closures, patronate limitations and other pandemic-related factors affecting how a business can operate — or whether it can stay open at all.Kelli Ellsworth-Etchison of Michigan-based credit union LAFCU says the credit union business model can offer small business owners an advantage over services provided by larger financial institutions. Speaking with PYMNTS, Ellsworth-Etchison offered insight into some of the most strenuous challenges facing both small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and their financial services providers today, and why getting creative is the key to survival.Getting CreativeSmall businesses continue to face a brutal market, with Ellsworth-Etchison pointing to limits on capacity and other operating restrictions as some of the toughest hurdles to overcome today. While the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was intended to help small businesses by retaining staff, Ellsworth-Etchison said it often had an adverse impact.
The National Police’s criminal investigation department (Bareskrim) discovered more radioactive materials at the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten, on Friday – one month after authorities made a similar discovery in the same residential area.A Bareskrim director Brig. Gen. Agung Budijono said the radioactive materials containing Caesium-137 and other radioactive isotopes had been found in a house owned by a late-National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) employee identified as Gangsar.The house was now occupied by his daughter who knew nothing about the substances, Agung said as reported by kompas.com. The substances were found in the house’s storeroom. “The house is located in Blok F of the Batan Indah housing complex. We discovered them during a patrol,” Agung said, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Two people living in South Tangerang exposed to radioactive waste: Nuclear agencyBareskrim has named a Batan employee identified only as SM as a suspect of illegal ownership of radioactive substances following the discovery of the substances by the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) in February. The agency first detected high levels of radiation at the housing complex during a routine check in late January. On Feb. 7 and Feb. 8, a joint team of officials from Bapeten and Batan discovered several radioactive materials on a vacant lot next to a volleyball court in the housing complex.The fragments contained Caesium-137, which is commonly used for industrial purposes.Not long after that, Bapeten and the police found late last month radioactive substances at SM’s house. Police found that the Batan employee had opened a decontamination service for extra income.SM was charged with violating Articles 42 and 43 of the 1997 Nuclear Energy Law, which carries a maximum punishment of two years of imprisonment and a Rp 100 million (US$6,885) fine. (vny)Topics :