Safety confession

first_imgBy Linda BeaulieuUniversity of GeorgiaWhen I think back on how I transported my infant son many yearsago, I’m horrified. I now realize how little thought I gave toprotecting him when we traveled.I consider myself to be a good mom with a good dose of commonsense. But I wasn’t given any information on the subject. So Iwent on my merry way in ignorance.Keeping kids safe is now my passion. If your children areunrestrained in the car and I see you in a parking lot, don’t besurprised if I stop and chat a minute. I’ll most likely offer myservices to help get your children safely in the car.You see, I’m a certified child passenger safety technician. Iteach people about child passenger safety for the Georgia TrafficInjury Prevention Institute and the University of GeorgiaExtension Service.It’s embarrassingIt’s embarrassing for me to admit that I didn’t put my son in hischild safety seat at all times. I have a vivid memory of thefirst time my dad came to visit his new grandson. Dad got intothe passenger seat, and I handed him my son to hold while wetraveled.Neither my Dad nor I was belted in, and my precious child wasn’tstrapped in either. I’m thankful we weren’t involved in a caraccident that day. We all could have been ejected from the carand seriously injured, possibly even killed.Statistics show that most of the time, if the driver buckles up,the rest of the passengers will follow suit. Research also showsthat infants properly restrained in infant safety seats are 71percent safer from fatalities than those unrestrained.Back seat ridersThe National Highway Transportation Safety Administrationrecommends that children younger than 13 sit in the rear seats ofa vehicle. Infants should ride facing the rear in the vehicle’sback seat until they’re at least 1 year old and weigh 20 pounds.A safety belt spreads the force of a crash across the strongestparts of your body. It helps keep you from being thrown from thecar. Properly worn, the shoulder strap should cross yourcollarbone and your torso, and the lap belt should fit snuglyacross the tops of your legs.If the shoulder belt touches your arm, move slightly toward themiddle of the seat. This may give some relief. Never resort toplacing the shoulder strap under your arm. This will put theforce of the crash over your ribs and reduces your upper bodyprotection.Use shoulder strapNever place the shoulder strap behind you, either. You couldsuffer head injuries from striking something in the car, such asthe steering wheel or the dashboard.A 40-pound child who has outgrown her toddler safety seat doesn’tfit into a standard vehicle safety belt. A child doesn’t normallyfit into the vehicle safety belt until she is about 4 feet, 9inches tall and around the age of 8.To adjust, place the child in a booster seat that raises her upso the belt fits properly. This also allows the child to see outthe windows. Always use a lap-shoulder belt when using a childbooster seat. Never use a lap-only belt with a booster seat.Need another reason, besides safety, to buckle your children intotheir safety seats? In Georgia, it’s the law!(Linda Beaulieu is the southwest Georgia regional coordinatorwith the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute and theUniversity of Georgia Extension Service.)last_img read more

Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police Dismantles Narco-trafficking Ring

first_imgIn the second operation, Soldiers unearthed 468 packages containing more than three tons of marijuana hidden inside a pit. Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD) captured 10 suspects who allegedly were part of a narco-trafficking ring that transported five kilograms of marijuana and three kilograms of cocaine weekly from the Province of Limón, according to the Public Security Ministry. Police arrested the seven men and three women during raids at nine properties in the Limon neighborhoods of Barrio Quinto, Los Lirios, and Limoncito. Law enforcement officers captured the alleged leader of the group and a suspect who police believe collected money from drug sales and was in charge of distribution. The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 17th Front recently died in a shootout with the Colombian National Army’s Ninth Brigade in the Department of Huila, the Army said in a March 7 press statement. Costa Rica disbanded its Army in 1948, leaving the PCD to lead the country’s counter-narcotics fight on land, while its Coast Guard has been responsible for protecting its waters. The Central American nation has emerged as a key transshipment point in the trafficking of South American narcotics into the U.S. and Europe. Mexican Army seizes more than 6 tons of marijuana Police arrested the seven men and three women during raids at nine properties in the Limon neighborhoods of Barrio Quinto, Los Lirios, and Limoncito. In the second operation, Soldiers unearthed 468 packages containing more than three tons of marijuana hidden inside a pit. The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 17th Front recently died in a shootout with the Colombian National Army’s Ninth Brigade in the Department of Huila, the Army said in a March 7 press statement. Edwin Cacerolo had been a member of the FARC for 30 years. He was in charge of coordinating numerous attacks, including one on a police station in the Departent of Huila that injured two Soldiers on February 27. The FARC operative was also in charge of the organization’s extortion rings in the departments of Huila and Tolima, according to the Army. Troops made the first confiscation along the banks of the Rio Grande River, where Soldiers found 146 packages containing more than 968 kilograms of the drug. Edwin Cacerolo had been a member of the FARC for 30 years. He was in charge of coordinating numerous attacks, including one on a police station in the Departent of Huila that injured two Soldiers on February 27. The FARC operative was also in charge of the organization’s extortion rings in the departments of Huila and Tolima, according to the Army. In 2014, the PCD seized seven metric tons of marijuana that were ready for distribution, eradicated 872,923 marijuana plants and confiscated more than 26 metric tons of cocaine, a record for one year. In 2013, the PCD confiscated 21.8 metric tons of cocaine, according to the Public Security Ministry. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Troops fatally shot FARC leader Rafael Torres Morales, who was also known as “Edwin Cacerolo,” and his unidentified body guard. The gun battle began when FARC operatives fired on Soldiers, who shot back in self defense. SEDENA turned the drugs over to the Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation into which group owned the drugs is ongoing. Law enforcement officers captured the alleged leader of the group and a suspect who police believe collected money from drug sales and was in charge of distribution. Mexican Army seizes more than 6 tons of marijuana Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Costa Rica disbanded its Army in 1948, leaving the PCD to lead the country’s counter-narcotics fight on land, while its Coast Guard has been responsible for protecting its waters. The Central American nation has emerged as a key transshipment point in the trafficking of South American narcotics into the U.S. and Europe. Colombia: Head of FARC’s 17th Front dies in Military operation Colombia: Head of FARC’s 17th Front dies in Military operation SEDENA turned the drugs over to the Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation into which group owned the drugs is ongoing. The Mexican Army recently seized more than six tons of marijuana collectively in three separate operations in the State of Tamaulipas, according to the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA). By Dialogo March 12, 2015 Troops fatally shot FARC leader Rafael Torres Morales, who was also known as “Edwin Cacerolo,” and his unidentified body guard. The gun battle began when FARC operatives fired on Soldiers, who shot back in self defense. Troops made the first confiscation along the banks of the Rio Grande River, where Soldiers found 146 packages containing more than 968 kilograms of the drug. In the third operation, Troops seized 305 packages containing more than two tons of marijuana found buried in a vacant lot. In 2014, the PCD seized seven metric tons of marijuana that were ready for distribution, eradicated 872,923 marijuana plants and confiscated more than 26 metric tons of cocaine, a record for one year. In 2013, the PCD confiscated 21.8 metric tons of cocaine, according to the Public Security Ministry. Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD) captured 10 suspects who allegedly were part of a narco-trafficking ring that transported five kilograms of marijuana and three kilograms of cocaine weekly from the Province of Limón, according to the Public Security Ministry. In the third operation, Troops seized 305 packages containing more than two tons of marijuana found buried in a vacant lot. The Mexican Army recently seized more than six tons of marijuana collectively in three separate operations in the State of Tamaulipas, according to the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA). last_img read more

Huntington Station Armed Home Invasion Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Huntington Station last week.Three men, one of whom appeared to be armed with a shotgun, forced their way through the front door of a 7th Avenue home and ransacked the residence while searching for money at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, police said.The trio then fled the scene with money. At least one victim was home at the time, but it was unclear if they were injured.No description of the suspects was released and no arrests have been made.Second Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Ebola outbreak ebbs, Marburg lingers

first_img In the Republic of the Congo, 12 Ebola cases and 9 deaths were reported in Cuvette Ouest Region between Apr 25 and Jun 16, the WHO said yesterday. Investigators identified 11 possible contacts of the last person to die of Ebola, who died May 26, the WHO said. All of those contacts have been monitored for 21 days, the maximum incubation period for Ebola. The ministry of health reported a total of 422 cases, of which 356 were fatal, in Uige province as of yesterday, the WHO said. The agency didn’t give a total for Angola as a whole. The previous update on Jun 7 said the nation had had 423 cases with 357 deaths. Of those, 412 cases, 346 of them fatal, occurred in Uige province. CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevershttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/biofacts/index.html Jun 17 WHO news release on Marburghttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_17/en/ Meanwhile, Angola’s struggle with the largest recorded Marburg outbreak continues, the WHO reported today. Tracking of potential Marburg cases and contacts continues, and the task is difficult. Twenty-one contacts are being monitored in Uige city, but another 111 contacts are being followed in other parts of the province, the WHO noted. In addition, a team of healthcare workers was preparing to travel by helicopter to investigate reports of possible Marburg cases in especially remote areas. Jun 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Efforts to contain an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever appear to be succeeding in the Republic of the Congo, but the longer-running Marburg fever outbreak in Angola is still claiming victims, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The health ministry and the WHO regional office are working on ongoing infection control and education about Ebola in the affected districts. This has been one of the smallest recorded outbreaks of Ebola since tracking began in the mid-1970s, according to the CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevers. See also: “None of these people has been infected,” the WHO reported. Jun 16 WHO news release on Ebolahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_16/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Babies die after mums given Viagra in Dutch trial

first_img Share 130 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Babies die after mums given Viagra in Dutch trial by: – July 24, 2018 (BBC) A Viagra in pregnancy trial has been urgently stopped after 11 newborn babies died.Women taking part in the Dutch study had been given the anti-impotence tablets to improve growth of their unborn children because they had poorly developed placentas.It appears the drug, which promotes blood flow, may have caused lethal damage to the babies’ lungs.Experts say a full investigation is needed to understand what happened.There is no suggestion that there was any wrong-doing.Earlier trials in the UK and Australia and New Zealand did not find any evidence of potential harm from the intervention. But they also found no benefit.At that time, in 2010, researchers said the treatment should be used only in trials.Foetal growth restriction caused by an underdeveloped placenta is a serious condition that currently has no treatment.It can mean babies are born prematurely, with a very low birth weight and poor chances of survival.A medication that could improve weight or prolong the time to delivery could have significant advantages for these very sick babies.The latest Dutch study, which was due to run until 2020, was being carried out across 11 hospitals in the Netherlands, including the Amsterdam University Medical Centre.In total, 93 women were given sildenafil (the non-brand name for Viagra) while the remaining 90 were given a dummy drug or placebo.Twenty babies developed lung problems after birth – three in the placebo group and the rest in the treatment group.Eleven in the sildenafil group died from lung complications.Prof Zarcko Alfirevic, from the University of Liverpool, who led part of the UK research into sildenafil in pregnancy that found no benefit in terms of improving baby growth, said: “This finding in the Dutch study is unexpected.“We need to be careful at this point to find out more.“It needs a thorough investigation because the complications were not seen in the two other, similar trials that have already been done in the UK and Australia and New Zealand.”last_img read more

Woodshed destroyed in late Saturday fire

first_imgLetts, IN—Information in from the Lett’s Community Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Matthew Morrow is that a fire engulfed a woodshed and wood boiler Saturday evening.   The Letts Community Volunteer Fire Department along with the Westport Community Volunteer Fire Department and Decatur County EMS were dispatched to the Baptist Youth Camp on West County Road 800 South for a structure fire.  The building housed an outside wood boiler and firewood. The building was 100% involved in fire when the first unit arrived. No injuries occurred according to Chief Morrow.last_img read more

17 new COVID-19 cases reported over weekend

first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 1,822 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend. A total of 111,505 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,301,940 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.6% positivity rate and 11 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,281 Hoosier deaths since March 2020.Dearborn County has a total of 626 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 10 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 453 positive cases and 39 deaths (up 3 news cases), Franklin County has 297 positive cases and 25 deaths (up 4 new cases), and Ripley County has 278 positive cases and 8 deaths (no change). Locally, this is an increase of 17 new positive cases.last_img read more

Chelsea cap off US tour with Roma win

first_imgSubstitutes Frank Lampard and Romelu Lukaku scored second-half goals as Chelsea overturned an interval deficit to sink Roma 2-1 in the final game of their United States tour on Saturday night. Mourinho’s side started brightly, Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis pulling off a smart stop to deny Michael Essien what would have been a superb breakaway goal with less than two minutes on the clock. But it was the Eternal City club who opened the scoring – courtesy of a blunder by Schwarzer. The former Fulham goalkeeper failed to deal with Ryan Bertrand’s back-pass and left Lamela with a simple tap-in from a yard out after the ball had hit the post. Schwarzer partially made amends soon after with a sharp save low to his right to keep out a low drive from the lively Pablo Osvaldo. De Sanctis was again on hand early in the second period, diving to his left to turn away John Terry’s powerful header. The equaliser did arrive just after the hour mark, though, as the much-changed Chelsea line-up picked up the pace. Eden Hazard’s slick pass found its way through to Demba Ba and he helped it on towards Lampard, who moved forward and lashed a fierce shot past De Sanctis from 20 yards. The game was starting to open up, with De Sanctis blocking a Ramires blast and 19-year-old substitute goalkeeper Jamal Blackman called upon to keep out an Osvaldo effort moments later. Mourinho’s frustration was evident on the touchline when penalty claims were waved away after Hazard had been clattered, and further appeals also fell on deaf ears shortly afterwards when Ba too went down in the box. The Portuguese will have been appeased at the death, however. Hazard created an opening down the left which led to Ba setting up Lukaku, who had not long been on the pitch in place of Terry, and the Belgium striker – via a slight deflection – duly slotted home the winner. Erik Lamela put the Serie A side ahead after 20 minutes at Washington’s RFK Stadium, capitalising on an error by new Blues signing Mark Schwarzer. But manager Jose Mourinho rang the changes at the break and Lampard – one of six half-time substitutes – drove home a fine equaliser on the hour before Lukaku grabbed a deflected winner a minute from time. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Santa Walk/Run has another successful year

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — It’s not officially winter just yet, but from the cold weather to folks dressed in Santa costumes and the smell of hot chocolate in the air, it sure felt like it early Sunday.Nearly 100 contestants from all across Hancock County flocked to Ellsworth early in the morning for the fifth annual Santa Walk and Santa 5K Run at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center. Held three weeks before Christmas Day, it was a welcome way to start the holiday season.From left, Dawn Bednar, David Bednar, Stacey Clement, Daniel Clement, Shanna Robshaw and Tina Nichols pose for a photo in their costumes before the annual Santa Run on Dec. 4 in Ellsworth. PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“This event means a lot to Ellsworth and folks from all over the area,” said Molly Collins, a surgeon who was one of the Wright Center’s founders. “It’s a real treat to bring so many people in the community together around the holidays, which is when those living with cancer really need it.”This time of year can certainly be challenging for the individuals and families cancer affects. The holiday season is hectic, emotional and costly, and the stresses it causes can take significant tolls on those who have devoted most of their time and energy fighting cancer.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It’s the time of year to laugh, have fun and be in that jolly mood, and this is an event that emphasizes that,” Wright Center Vice President Thelma Beal said. “It’s very important to take a step back and have fun, and this is one of those holiday events that just takes the stress away and allows people to have a good time regardless of their situation.”As is often the case with road races throughout Hancock County and Downeast Maine, the overall race winner was Ellsworth native Matt Homich. He finished with a time of 16 minutes, 44 seconds. The top female finisher was Sara Shea of Ellsworth, who finished in 21:22.Runners take off at the start of the annual Santa Run on Dec. 4 in Ellsworth. PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“[Matt] was going to be disappointed if he didn’t win,” said Kim Brenton, who timed the race. “It doesn’t matter how hot or cold it is — he can run in anything.”Between registration fees and donations, the Santa Run and Santa 5K Walk raised over $1,000 for the fifth year in a row. All of that money went toward the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.Participation in the run itself was down from recent years, Beal said, but there were still plenty on hand. In addition to the walkers and runners, some also came to see the cancer center’s expansion, which was completed in July.“It’s so amazing to see how many people come together for such a great cause every year,” Collins said. “Ellsworth and this area as a whole are really special, and this event always shows how we come together as a community.”center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.last_img read more

Mocha Champs FC elects new executive; Noel Harry is president

first_imgFOLLOWING years of not having a full executive committee to chart the way forward for the many youths in the village of Mocha on the East Bank of Demerera, members of the Mocha Champs Football Club (MCFC) last Sunday afternoon elected a new executive committee at the Mocha Arcadia Community Centre.Long-standing member and president, Noel Harry, was retained to lead the club which has been one of the oldest members of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) The club also won the first association senior league.Vice-president is Herman Prince while Ms Olive Harrison will serve as secretary while Ms Bernetta Ann Baker has taken on responsibilities as treasurer. Technical Director is Lindon Harrison with Walter Giles the Equipment and Field Director.The three committee members are Seenauth Ramsahai, MsAbeeva Kurt and Natasha Forris.The elections were conducted by EBFA president Franklin Wilson who challenged to new body to work collectively towards bringing back Mocha Champs to the high standards they had achieved in the past.Wilson also encouraged Harry and his team to focus their energies on development of the youth players, as this is the focus of the association. Wilson took the opportunity to present 10 footballs to the club to assist in ther preparation of their teams.Harry expressed gratitude to the members for their confidence in him and promised to do his best along with the executive members to bring back the club to its former glory days with the help of the parents and community members.The new body is expected to meet today (Tuesday) to work on a programme for the club as well as put systems in place for participation in the association’s Ralph Green-sponsored Under-11 League which is expected to kick off shortly.last_img read more