New Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau Chief Assumes Role

first_imgJoe Taylor spent 28 years in the Quad Cities, serving for a time as the executive director of the Davenport, Iowa based convention and visitors bureau. He says there’s not many difference between Evansville and the Quad Cities: both sit on a major river, similarly sized population, and even the same company runs the Ford Center and the major arena there.Now-former executive director Bob Warren puts a lot of faith into Taylor. He gave his blessing during Monday’s ECVB meeting which served as Taylor’s first day on the job.Taylor walks into a city that’s on the rise. Plenty of signature events like the OVC Championship, Jehovah’s Witness Convention dot the Evansville calendar. Taylor says he is committed to bringing even more events in by selling the city as a destination.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgAlliance for Bakery Students and Trainees RepresentativeAs I write this article, final preparations for the annual conference of the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) are being made. The conference is being held at Alton Towers from the 10-12 June and to date 300 delegates will be attending the event an increase of 60 on last year’s numbers.So what can be expected during the weekend? Well, for the 230 students and trainees attending they can expect to meet peers from colleges and training establishments across the UK and the Irish Republic, as well as representatives of the baking industry. Through the competitions held during the event, they will showcase their skills to potential employers and will be able to learn new skills through the numerous demonstrations and advice freely given by the team of experts who judge the competition classes both domestic and international industry representatives from the Russian Guild of Bakers and Confectioners and Italy’s Club Arte e Mestieri.Industry representatives can expect to meet enthusiastic and passionate learners. By viewing the competition entries, they can see at first-hand the craftsmanship that will be making its way into the workplace as these students and trainees join the wider industry; they also have an opportunity to place their respective organisations at the forefront of the minds of future buyers or bakery managers. In ABST they can expect to see an organisation that focuses on the future educational and training requirements of the industry and, finally, they can expect to see that the money they graciously donate to sponsor the event is gratefully received and put to good use.last_img read more

Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases food distribution schedule, Jan. 11-15

first_img Pinterest Pinterest TAGS1112131415BremendistributionfoodFood Bank of Northern IndianafreeGoshenIndianajanuaryMichigan CitymobilescheduleSouth Bendwarsaw By Brooklyne Beatty – January 8, 2021 0 507 Previous articleSearch underway for suspect who robbed Cash Advance store in Niles TownshipNext articleTrump says he will not attend Biden’s inauguration Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Thursday, January 14, 202110 a.m. – Noon, CSTWHERE: Marquette Mall, 201 W. U.S. 20 (outside of JC Penney), Michigan City, IN 46360*This distribution is provided through COVID-19 grant funding through United Way of LaPorte County and serve up to 300 households. Google+ Friday, January 15, 2021 – Marshall County10 a.m. – Noon ESTWHERE: Shumaker Westside Park, 1754 W. Plymouth Street (Pine Building), Bremen, IN 46506*This distribution is provided through COVID-19 grant funding through United Way of Marshall County, Marshall County Community Foundation and the Marshall County Commissioners and Council and will serve up to 400 households. Tuesday, January 12, 202110 a.m. – Noon, ESTWHERE: Charles Black Center, 3419 W. Washington Street, South Bend, IN 46619*This distribution is provided through COVID-19 grant funding through United Way of St. Joseph County and will serve up to 400 households. Twittercenter_img Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Food Bank of Northern Indiana releases food distribution schedule, Jan. 11-15 Facebook Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Wednesday, January 13, 202110 a.m. – Noon, ESTWHERE: Kosciusko County Fairgrounds, 1400 E. Smith Street, Warsaw, IN 46580*This distribution is provided through COVID-19 grant funding through Feeding America and will serve up to 400 households. (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) The Food Bank of Northern Indiana has released its mobile food distribution list for next week.All items are pre-boxed, pre-bagged and available on a first come, first served basis.Next week’s schedule is as follows:Monday, January 11, 202110 a.m. – Noon, ESTWHERE: Linway Plaza, 514 W. Lincoln Avenue, Goshen, IN 46526*This distribution is provided through COVID-19 grant funding through Feeding America and will serve up to 400 households.last_img read more

Learn John Mayer’s Songwriting Process With This Beautifully Sarcastic 2007 “Tutorial”

first_img[H/T Funny or Die] John Mayer has slowly earned the trust of the jam band community over the past few years after multiple tours with Dead & Company. At first, the announcement that Mayer would be hitting the road and playing Grateful Dead tunes with the band’s original members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart seemed out of left field—his pop reputation precedes him, and I think it’s safe to say that near everyone was nervous that he’d be able to rise to the occasion.Bob Weir & John Mayer Wish Each Other Happy Birthday In Adorable Instagram PostsHowever, touring with Dead & Company seems to have had a real and true positive effect on Mayer, who previously exhibited some of the less savory characteristics of stardom, and quite frankly, seemed kind of like a dick. Since embarking on the road with the band, Mayer has been outspoken about the profound influence both his bandmates and the Grateful Dead’s music have had on his life. Plus, we got to hand it to him—the dude really does shred, and it’s been awesome to watch him and Dead & Company grow together.Sorority Girls Freak Out When John Mayer Attends Benefit, Don’t Notice He’s There With Bob WeirIn the spirit of reflection and personal growth, let’s take a look at John Mayer back in 2007 just to see exactly how far he’s come. Comedy and satire site Funny or Die recently posted a hilarious of video of John Mayer from a decade ago in which the (at-the-time) pop starlet “explained” his music creation process. A caricature of himself with a couple of incredible one-liners, Mayer’s tongue-and-cheek portrayal of himself is worth a watch, if not only to have a laugh and feel good about having him along for the ride with us. Enjoy!last_img read more

Goodbye, blue blazers and rep ties

first_imgInside J. Press’s venerable Harvard Square shop, little has changed. Customers browse close-set racks of blazers. Shelves of shirts compete with photos and memorabilia for wall space. Only outside the brick storefront is tradition interrupted. Plastered on the windows are fliers: After 86 years, the iconic men’s clothing store is closing its local outlet.“J. Press had been in negotiations with the building’s landlord for terms to maintain its current location on Mount Auburn Street, however, the two parties were unable to come to an agreement,” read a statement issued in the name of Jun Murakami, president of J. Press USA to the Boston Globe. “J. Press takes its history at this location very seriously and tried to work for a way to keep it, but given the increasing rents in the area over the past several years, it did not work.” The first-floor space is leased from the Fly Club.This isn’t the end of J. Press as a company, and it may yet return to the Cambridge area. The apparel company, which is owned by Japanese firm Onward Kashiyama, will still have its flagship New Haven store, its Washington, D.C., shop, and its recently reopened New York City branch, after the Aug. 29 closing of its Cambridge store at 82 Mount Auburn St.The firm declined to respond to questions about the future of the chain, but the clothier associated with Ivy League style cited these outlets, as well as its jpressonline.com website, as ongoing concerns in its press statement. The company said it “hopes to find a space in the area to reopen in the future.”,According to Daniel Maxton, assistant manager of the Mount Auburn Street shop, “We are out there and committed to making it work in the area, preferably in Harvard Square.” In that post for three years, Maxton will remain with the company after the closing. “Our efforts have really just been focused on reaching out to everyone that we can around Cambridge and closing up the shop in a good way.”Although J. Press was founded in 1902 on the Yale campus by Latvian immigrant Jacobi Press, its association with Harvard is long and deep. Generations of students have outfitted themselves with its traditional khakis, blazers, and Oxford cloth shirts, while dignitaries, such as the U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, J.D. ’64, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (a 2011 Institute of Politics fellow) have been regular customers as well.,That association, like the store’s signature conservative style, is understated. “We don’t carry a lot of Harvard-branded and sanctioned stuff,” says Maxton. “I’d rather have a lot of crimson around, keeping it a little lower key.”On a recent visit, the store was busy for a steamy summer afternoon. Some of that traffic could be attributed to its ongoing sales. In addition to end-of-season offerings, the shop is giving discounts of 80 percent on selected older stock. Some of the traffic, opined Maxton, is longtime customers coming by for a last visit or to say farewell. “We’re seeing a lot of familiar faces come by, which is great,” he said. “One last hurrah, though we’re sorry about the circumstances.”last_img read more

Brazil’s Military Prepares to Fight Biological, Chemical, Nuclear Attacks during 2016 Rio Olympics

first_imgArmed Forces authorities are engaged in detailed planning that will help the Military conduct reconnaissance, gather intelligence, identify threats, prevent attacks, and reduce damages from any assaults, according to Major Luiz Carlos Lott Guimarães, chief of the CBRND Section of the Army’s Land Operations Command (Coter), headquartered in Brasília. In the event of an attack or an accident, victims would initially be treated in the contaminated area. By Dialogo January 27, 2015 Like its country’s best athletes, Brazil’s Armed Forces are busy preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21. As part of the preventive effort, the Brazilian Army will use three mobile laboratories, which will house samples of dangerous substances and their antidotes. The Army already has one of the labs, which was used during the 2014 World Cup. Brazil’s CBRND preparations began following a four-day conference in early December in Brasília, where members of the Brazilian Military met with Armed Forces officials from the United Kingdom. British Military authorities shared their experiences providing security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In the event of an attack or an accident, victims would initially be treated in the contaminated area. Six CBRND physicians, two nurses, and 11 nursing assistants are assigned to the IMAE. By the end of 2015, their ranks will be buttressed by an additional 30 medical personnel. “With the arrival of these large events, the Ministry of Defense has identified a need for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to be prepared as well,” explained First Lieutenant, Paulo Pires Jr., medical doctor and assistant chief of the IMAE Operational Health Subdivision. “In the event of an accident or an attack, time is of the essence to minimize collateral damage,” Maj. Guimarães said. Recent terrorist attacks, such as the assault by two gunmen against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7, have raised the Brazilian Military’s alert level, even though the Rio Olympics are more than a year away. As part of the preventive effort, the Brazilian Army will use three mobile laboratories, which will house samples of dangerous substances and their antidotes. The Army already has one of the labs, which was used during the 2014 World Cup. Brazil’s CBRND preparations began following a four-day conference in early December in Brasília, where members of the Brazilian Military met with Armed Forces officials from the United Kingdom. British Military authorities shared their experiences providing security for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The Army plans on training civilians in the Identification of Terrorist Threats Protocol. During the 2014 World Cup, officials and support teams from the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) received this training, as were employees of federal government agencies. Great! Great! Great! My sister went missing in 2012. I want to find her more than anything. I think it’s great to give all possible support. The Armed Forces are held in high esteem by the Brazilian people. I am so proud to love and admire them. I’d like to keep getting news about Paulo Lopes. I hope they teach Paraguayan peers that in Paraguay speaking about biological or chemical weapons is taboo. My goodness, that is something else. I liked it. It was very practical. Great I look forward to a military intervention authorized by the Constitution! What’s being done to Brazil and the Holy Scripture is very disrespectful to the Armed Forces and the nation. I request with the utmost respect that you take an oath to die for your country. I have always been proud of the Armed Forces and still am. I would like the Brazilian Army to free Brazil of the corrupt officials destroying our homeland. I hope the comments don’t get censured. I sincerely admire and am very proud of my country’s armed forces. The greatest enemies of Brazil are the corrupt politicians. I think it’s best to fight them. I will never get information from this network again. Great. The government has to invest more in the Armed Forces of Brazil. “The exercises will involve the entire chain of action, from contact from the incident site to the final mission, which is the transportation of the victim after decontamination,” according to 1st. Lt. Pires Jr. “We are going to train exhaustively to mitigate the risk.” The different branches of the Armed Forces – the Army, Air Force, and Navy – are working together in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (CBRND) system during the Olympics. “The team responsible for taking the injured from the hot zone (where the incident occurred) to the hospital is the Ministry of Health team,” Maj. Guimarães said. “Air transport will be handled by the Air Force.” Surveillance will focus on Rio “The environment is one of reducing violence,” Maj. Guimarães said. “We did have a terrorist attack during the Munich Olympics in 1972.” He was referring to the terrorist attack by the Palestinian group Black September which killed 11 Israeli athletes and one German police officer. German police killed five of the eight Black September attackers and captured the three survivors. While Military personnel are preparing to respond to any location, Rio de Janeiro will be the primary focus of CBRND surveillance. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has divided the locations for the sports competitions into four clusters: Barra, Deodoro, Copacabana, and Maracanã. While Military personnel are preparing to respond to any location, Rio de Janeiro will be the primary focus of CBRND surveillance. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has divided the locations for the sports competitions into four clusters: Barra, Deodoro, Copacabana, and Maracanã. The task of guarding against unconventional attacks involving biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear weapons during the Olympic Games is a bigger challenge than any the Armed Faces have previously faced. The Air Force prepares for the Rio Olympics However, the Army’s CBRND section, which has a training center is located in Rio’s Realengo neighborhood, consists of two Military units: one Battalion with 409 Troops, located in Rio, and one Company with 100 Soldiers, located in GoiâniaThe Center is used to train Brazilian Military members, as well as Armed Forces officers from other countries. The importance of technology Under the Military’s plan, doctors, nurses, radiologists, and support personnel will work in shifts during the duration of the Olympics. The first step would be to isolate the area. Next, specialized CBRND teams would conduct reconnaissance in the contaminated area, which would help Military medical officials determine what they need to do to minimize the harm. “In the event of an accident or an attack, time is of the essence to minimize collateral damage,” Maj. Guimarães said. While the Army will oversee the use of the mobile labs, the Air Force is preparing to transport victims of unconventional attacks or accidents at event locations. The Air Force is creating specialized teams, under the direction of the Aerospace Medical Institute (IMAE), which is located in Rio de Janeiro, on the Air Force University (Unifa) campus. In addition to training for athletic competitions, the Military is getting ready to deal with any biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear attack or accident that might occur during the competition. “People think the Olympics are like another World Cup, but they aren’t. The Olympics are several World Cups,” Maj. Guimarães added. “Brazil traditionally has not been a focal point [for terrorist attacks], but we cannot eliminate any risk.” Under the Military’s plan, doctors, nurses, radiologists, and support personnel will work in shifts during the duration of the Olympics. The other two labs are being purchased from a private company in the United States, at a total cost of $1.8 million. These labs will be transported to Brazil and also deployed in Rio. “The environment is one of reducing violence,” Maj. Guimarães said. “We did have a terrorist attack during the Munich Olympics in 1972.” He was referring to the terrorist attack by the Palestinian group Black September which killed 11 Israeli athletes and one German police officer. German police killed five of the eight Black September attackers and captured the three survivors. “We use detectors that function with ions and can access a vast library to identify chemical, radiological, and nuclear agents. The substances are identified at the mobile laboratory,” Maj. Guimarães said. In addition to training for athletic competitions, the Military is getting ready to deal with any biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear attack or accident that might occur during the competition. Military authorities have conducted two training courses for doctors, nurses, and nurses assistants since 2013, and are planning to provide two more by the end of 2015. “The team responsible for taking the injured from the hot zone (where the incident occurred) to the hospital is the Ministry of Health team,” Maj. Guimarães said. “Air transport will be handled by the Air Force.” The Brazilian Military activated the joint CBRND system to provide security during the World Military Games in 2011, and again for the World Cup in 2014. However, the Army’s CBRND section, which has a training center is located in Rio’s Realengo neighborhood, consists of two Military units: one Battalion with 409 Troops, located in Rio, and one Company with 100 Soldiers, located in GoiâniaThe Center is used to train Brazilian Military members, as well as Armed Forces officers from other countries. Brazilian Military prepares for an unprecedented challenge Using devices which detect chemical, biological, and nuclear material, the Army will monitor three areas and the Navy one, Copacabana. For the soccer stadiums located outside these areas, the Army’s CBRND section will monitor São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Brasília from a distance, while the Navy will do the same for Salvador. The Air Force prepares for the Rio Olympics Surveillance will focus on Rio The Brazilian Military activated the joint CBRND system to provide security during the World Military Games in 2011, and again for the World Cup in 2014. “The exercises will involve the entire chain of action, from contact from the incident site to the final mission, which is the transportation of the victim after decontamination,” according to 1st. Lt. Pires Jr. “We are going to train exhaustively to mitigate the risk.” Technology is a crucial part of the effort to prevent a dirty bomb attack, other types of unconventional assaults, and damaging accidents involving the release of dangerous substances into the environment. The importance of technology “We use detectors that function with ions and can access a vast library to identify chemical, radiological, and nuclear agents. The substances are identified at the mobile laboratory,” Maj. Guimarães said. The different branches of the Armed Forces – the Army, Air Force, and Navy – are working together in the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (CBRND) system during the Olympics. Like its country’s best athletes, Brazil’s Armed Forces are busy preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21. The task of guarding against unconventional attacks involving biological, chemical, radiological, or nuclear weapons during the Olympic Games is a bigger challenge than any the Armed Faces have previously faced. Using devices which detect chemical, biological, and nuclear material, the Army will monitor three areas and the Navy one, Copacabana. For the soccer stadiums located outside these areas, the Army’s CBRND section will monitor São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Brasília from a distance, while the Navy will do the same for Salvador. The Army plans on training civilians in the Identification of Terrorist Threats Protocol. During the 2014 World Cup, officials and support teams from the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) received this training, as were employees of federal government agencies. The other two labs are being purchased from a private company in the United States, at a total cost of $1.8 million. These labs will be transported to Brazil and also deployed in Rio. Each training session lasts five days, with lessons conducted eight hours a day. About 30 medical personnel will participate in each training session, during which they will wear special protective clothing as they go through drills on how to detect chemical and biological agents and decontaminate people who have been exposed to harmful substances. Technology is a crucial part of the effort to prevent a dirty bomb attack, other types of unconventional assaults, and damaging accidents involving the release of dangerous substances into the environment. “With the arrival of these large events, the Ministry of Defense has identified a need for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) to be prepared as well,” explained First Lieutenant, Paulo Pires Jr., medical doctor and assistant chief of the IMAE Operational Health Subdivision. While the Army will oversee the use of the mobile labs, the Air Force is preparing to transport victims of unconventional attacks or accidents at event locations. The Air Force is creating specialized teams, under the direction of the Aerospace Medical Institute (IMAE), which is located in Rio de Janeiro, on the Air Force University (Unifa) campus. Recent terrorist attacks, such as the assault by two gunmen against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7, have raised the Brazilian Military’s alert level, even though the Rio Olympics are more than a year away. “People think the Olympics are like another World Cup, but they aren’t. The Olympics are several World Cups,” Maj. Guimarães added. “Brazil traditionally has not been a focal point [for terrorist attacks], but we cannot eliminate any risk.” The first step would be to isolate the area. Next, specialized CBRND teams would conduct reconnaissance in the contaminated area, which would help Military medical officials determine what they need to do to minimize the harm. Armed Forces authorities are engaged in detailed planning that will help the Military conduct reconnaissance, gather intelligence, identify threats, prevent attacks, and reduce damages from any assaults, according to Major Luiz Carlos Lott Guimarães, chief of the CBRND Section of the Army’s Land Operations Command (Coter), headquartered in Brasília. Six CBRND physicians, two nurses, and 11 nursing assistants are assigned to the IMAE. By the end of 2015, their ranks will be buttressed by an additional 30 medical personnel. Brazilian Military prepares for an unprecedented challenge Military authorities have conducted two training courses for doctors, nurses, and nurses assistants since 2013, and are planning to provide two more by the end of 2015. Each training session lasts five days, with lessons conducted eight hours a day. About 30 medical personnel will participate in each training session, during which they will wear special protective clothing as they go through drills on how to detect chemical and biological agents and decontaminate people who have been exposed to harmful substances. last_img read more

Adapting to a changing membership: A few suggestions for credit union board members

first_imgAlbert Einstein described insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” While that quote isn’t new to any of us, most of us are guilty of putting forth old ideas and expecting new outcomes  …  not a successful recipe for adapting to the changing needs of members.To fully understand adapting to change, we need to accept (please note: I didn’t say “embrace”) and understand that change is inevitable. Likewise, change is manageable. Wikipedia presents this succinct explanation: change management is an approach to shifting/transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations from a current state to a desired future state. I added the emphasis on the last three words … “desired future state.”Now we’re getting somewhere: focusing on the future is the starting point for adapting to change, including changes that come as a result of a shifting membership. And, adopting a forward-thinking attitude fits perfectly within the role of a volunteer board member since setting clear direction for management, including a strategic vision, is one of the most important jobs of a credit union board (if not the most important).So we’ve established that “change happens,” and that the starting point for effectively managing change is to focus on your desired endpoint … now what? Well, now is the time to make some adjustments to your board’s routines to ensure that you can adapt to meet your changing membership’s needs. Here are four steps that can make a huge difference in the way you look at your credit union and the world.1. Review Your Strategic Plan At Every Board MeetingYes, you read that correctly! Include the strategic plan as a part of your board agenda. Ask questions of your CEO to ensure that they are moving the credit union in the direction that you intended and be willing to make mid-year adjustments to your plan. Let’s be realistic, often what seems to be a really great idea during the strategic planning process may not pan out … determine that quickly and move on.2. Become A Life-Long Learner Don’t just be satisfied with the “same-old, same-old” approach to things. Actively search out new approaches and different perspectives. Take advantage of the resources you have at hand.Engage community leaders at your board meetings—encourage them to join yourconversations so you can learn what’s going on in your field of membership.Invite students to your board meetings and ask them what’s trending in their population. Be willing to listen and include their ideas in your decision-making.Attend conferences and chapter meetings to network with other credit union board members and learn what’s going on in their shop.Visit websites dedicated to board education.3. Find And Follow Good Examples         Incorporate the best practices that you learn from community leaders, students, other CU board members, and conferences into your board’s culture.4. Adopt A Consent Agenda The purpose of a consent agenda is to free discussion from administrative details and repetitious discussions with intent toward better governance byallowing more time for strategic discussion.Adapting to a changing membership requires a governance structure that encourages forward-thinking. By simply shifting your focus from the past to the future, you will alter your inputs and likely move away from the cycle of insanity so aptly described by one of the brightest minds in the history of mankind. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tracie Kenyon Tracie Kenyon is President/CEO of the Montana’s Credit Unions, the trade association for Montana’s credit unions and credit union organizations. She is currently the chair of the … Web: https://www.mcun.coop Detailslast_img read more

Pandemic drives expectant moms in US to embrace home births

first_imgZoom appointments”We usually have between four and six [births] per month… and now we are maxed out at eight per month, and we actually have 10 in July,” said certified nurse midwife Mairi Breen Rothman.Her practice — M.A.M.A.S., just outside Washington — has hired a third midwife, its schedule is booked solid through August, and it has had to turn away potential clients.Midwives are being forced to change the way they work in order to prevent the spread of the virus — cutting down on house calls, seeing patients via online tools like Zoom and wearing face masks.Rothman makes patients wait in their car rather than in the waiting room, and asks them to leave behind their personal possessions before going in for the examination.”The clients come to the house and they text us from their car. When the person before them is gone, we tell them that they can come in. They come to the door via the separate entrance,” she said.After the check-up, when the patient leaves, staff wipe down every surface that might have been touched, as well as door knobs, light switches, clinical equipment and so on. “We clean the bathroom. And then we call the next person to come in,” Rothman says with a nervous laugh.Esposito, who plans to give birth while watching part of the “Lord of the Rings” saga, said she will take no risks once her child is born into a world that has changed almost overnight.”I’m just going to stay in my bubble for the most part,” she said. “I don’t think we’re going to have much interaction with people other than, like, Skype.” Like many expectant mothers, Gina Conley is nervous. But there is a lot more to worry about these days, with a virulent outbreak overwhelming hospitals and convincing pregnant women to opt for the relative safety of a home birth.”I won’t have to go to a hospital where there are potentially a lot of sick people and staff that have been exposed to the coronavirus,” says the 32-year-old from North Carolina.The pandemic has torn through one country after another, laying waste to economies, roiling public institutions and notching around 400,000 infections in the United States — more than 12,000 of them fatal. As hospital wards become battlefields in the war against this looming threat, choosing where to give birth is a quandary many expectant mothers did not expect to have to face.Fear of infection, staff and drug shortages, and increasingly strict rules on visitors are leading more and more women to consider shunning hospitals.But soon-to-be moms must weigh fears for their newborns and worries over their own health with the prohibitive cost of having a baby at home.Conley, who is seven months pregnant, said she will pay more than $4,000 to cover the services associated with a home birth, the largest of which is typically the midwife.  ‘Not an option’ Ashley Esposito, a 35-year-old data specialist from the East Coast port city of Baltimore, expects to fork out up to $8,000 up front.”Paying all that chunk of money, especially given the financial situation, you know — there are people from my husband’s job who were laid off,” Esposito told AFP.”Nothing is, like, 100 percent guaranteed.”Esposito has added her name to a list of 1,300 people who have signed a petition urging health insurers in the state of Maryland to provide better coverage of home births.Like many soon-to-be moms, she worries about new anti-infection rules adopted by some hospitals that limit the number of people who can be in the delivery room.”This is our first healthy baby so my husband not being there is not an option for me,” said Esposito, who used in vitro fertilization after two miscarriages.In New York, hospitals had barred husbands or partners from delivery rooms until Governor Andrew Cuomo stepped in last month and signed a decree stating no women had to give birth alone.Jordan Perez, 30, will soon reach full term in Homer, Alaska, where she decided to have her baby at home. “I’ve always wanted to have a home birth but before the virus happened, my midwife team didn’t offer home birth,” said Perez, who sells cosmetic products.”I think about a week ago, they said, ‘OK, let’s go for it. With the virus that’s happening, we can make it happen,'” she added.With health services bracing for worse to come in a crisis of historic proportions, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says hospitals remain safe places to give birth.Nevertheless, midwives are struggling to cope with the sudden boom in demand for their expertise in home births.Of roughly 12,000 certified nurse midwives and midwives in America, an estimated 3,000 practice outside hospitals.center_img “It’s definitely not cheap but having the birth experience that we want, with a lot less anxiety — we felt like it was worth it,” the fitness coach told AFP.Home births are considered “out of network” under many plans in the byzantine US health insurance ecosphere, and couples are rarely lucky enough to be fully covered.  Topics :last_img read more

Liberia Releases last known Ebola Patient from Care

first_imgLiberia’s last Ebola patient left hospital on Thursday to cheers of delight from friends and family, a year after the west African country reported its first case. The capital Monrovia was once at the heart of an epidemic that has killed nearly 10,000 people across west Africa. The country will be deemed officially Ebola-free once 42 days have passed with no new cases. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports.last_img

Baca earns redemption, takes IMCA Modified title at Desert Classic

first_imgChaz Baca Jr. topped Canyon Speedway Park’s $3,000 to win IMCA Modified Desert Classic main event. (Photo by Taylor Brook Photography)By Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (Feb. 24-25) – The 29th annual IMCA Desert Classic at Canyon Speedway Park is in the record book and Chaz Baca Jr. wrote his own chapter with the win in the 40-lap headliner for IMCA Modifieds.Baca powered his way from dead last in his heat race early in the night to victory lane in the $3,000 to win main event.“I’ve won at Canyon multiple times in a mod-lite but this is the first time in Modified,” Baca said following the top paying checkers of his career in the sanctioned class. “We had a caution with four to go and I was nervous because I knew Cody Laney was right behind me and Hunter Marriott was coming up quick.”After a post race tech violation had gotten Baca disqualified from his second finishing position in Friday qualifying, he started last in his heat race and 13th in the feature field. Picking off cars one by one, Baca set his sights on pole starter Brian Schultz.Schultz was strong early on, before the frontrunners caught up with the back of the field. The leader’s setup seemed to fade after halfway point as Schultz passed the lead off to Baca in the late stages of the race.Baca was not seriously challenged the remainder of the way and made his way to the winner’s circle. Laney finished in the runner-up spot while Schultz took home third after leading the majority of the race. Marriott had restarted at the back after getting sideways to miss a spinning car and charged all the way back to fourth while Marlyn Seidler rounded out the top five.Baca, piloting a Mark Stewart-owned ride, was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The win was also his first of 2017.“With 40 laps, I thought a top five finish would be great. Winning was feasible depending on the track,” he said. “As it became multi-laned I became more confident. It was nerve wracking there at the end because I didn’t know for sure where anybody else was but as it turned out I was able to win by about half a straightaway.”Jason George rebounded to take the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod race while George Fronsman dominated en route to sweeping the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Joe Vlasity checked in for night two and checked out on the field in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.  Feature Results  Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca Jr.; 2. Cody Laney; 3. Brian Schultz; 4. Hunter Marriott; 5. Marlyn Seidler; 6. Spencer Wilson; 7. Grey Ferrando; 8. Austin Kuehl; 9. Bryson Curry; 10. Steve Johnson; 11. Eric Center; 12. Garth Dushanek; 13. Bubba Stafford; 14. Michael Dotson; 15. Don Hagen; 16. Kenny Gill; 17. Jeff Stafford Sr.; 18. Kelsie Foley; 19. John Parmeley; 20. David Ven­nard; 21. Guy Norton; 22. Ryan Roath; 23. Cory Sauerman.  Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George; 2. Dale Irby; 3. Mark Madrid; 4. Chris Caldwell; 5. Jim MacNeil; 6. David Harrington; 7. Dale Kunz; 8. Dennis Gates; 9. Nick Langer; 10. J.C. Parmeley; 11. Brandyn Johnson; 12. Billy Ayers Jr.; 13. Steve Duffy; 14. Ron Poe.  Stock Cars – 1. George Fronsman; 2. Cody Center; 3. Tate Johnson; 4. Brent Hartmann; 5. Jason Suchta; 6. Glen Hatlestad; 7. Matt Short. Hobby Stocks – 1. Joe Vlasity; 2. Merle Zachrison; 3. Dean Zachrison; 4. Joe Peterson; 5. Paul O’Connor; 6. Kyle Cardinal; 7. David Kendall; 8. John Barron; 9. Ashley Stafford; 10. Bradley Stafford.last_img read more