LONG POND, Pa. (September 4, 2018) – Children, ages 12 and under, will receive free gate admission for Sunday Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Verizon IndyCar Series races at Pocono Raceway in 2019. This new initiative will start today as part of the 2019 Pocono Raceway Ticket Renewal Program. All remaining tickets for next season’s events at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ are scheduled to go on sale to the public in early October.Kids, ages 12 and under, will now receive free admission to 100 and 200 levels of the Grandstand, as well as Fan Fair, for all Friday, Saturday and Sunday events during NASCAR and INDYCAR event weekends. Children will have the chance watch all the racing action from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at ‘The Tricky Triangle’ free of charge next summer. All children must be accompanied by an adult with a gate admission ticket. For more information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com/kidsfree.“The 2019 season marks our 50th year of racing,” said Nick Igdalsky, Pocono Raceway CEO. “To celebrate this milestone, we wanted to do something extraordinary for the fans. One of my grandparents’ visions was for Pocono to become one of the most beloved, family-friendly motorsports and entertainment facilities. Today’s announcement embodies our family’s core values, which have remained unchanged since we first opened our gates to the public in 1968. Hopefully, this kids free on Sunday initiative will provide more families the opportunity to create lasting memories, much like the ones I have and continue to experience with my own family, at the track for generations to come.”RELATED: Buy NASCAR tickets!Individuals who purchased tickets through Pocono Raceway in 2018 can renew their tickets for next season. These customers have the opportunity to save 20% on select 2019 tickets by renewing before the November 15, 2018 deadline. Renewal customers will also gain automatic entry for a chance to win Tricky’s custom-built golf cart, crafted and designed by our partners at Jake’s Golf Carts. Email communications regarding the renewal program are in the process of being delivered to these fans. For more information about the ‘2019 Pocono Raceway Ticket Renewal Program,’ please visit www.poconoraceway.com/renewals.Pocono Raceway will host seven motorsports events in 2019. This includes two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one the Verizon IndyCar Series, one NASCAR Xfinity Series, one NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races. For more details about these events and additional information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com.
AUSTIN – Texas leaders are encouraging nursing facility providers to submit applications to the Human Services Commission to receive up to $3,000 in federal funding per facility for purchasing communication technology devices.Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced $3.6 million in funding to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.“This program will help Texans in nursing homes stay connected to their loved ones while protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable populations,” Abbott said. “As we continue to respond to COVID-19 and mitigate the spread of this virus, we are committed to developing effective strategies that protect Texans while keeping them connected.” Purchased devices must be cleaned and disinfected between every use by a resident.Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services. David Kostroun, deputy executive commissioner for the Human Services Commission’s Regulatory Services Division, said staying connected to families and friends is important to Texans who live in nursing facilities during this unprecedented situation.“We want facilities to know this option can help connect residents to their loved ones virtually, while still protecting everyone’s health and safety,” Kostroun said.Any Texas nursing facility can apply for this funding.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Dan BergerEthical hacking sounds like an oxymoron. If you are someone who is responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data on your network, isn’t getting hacked the last thing you would want? Don’t worry! Ethical hacking projects (or assessments) don’t involve doing any damage to your network. Sometimes, though, the best way to understand exactly how a real hacker would attack your assets is to simulate a real-world attack. Think of the pain that Target and its customers might have avoided had an ethical hacker alerted them to the vulnerabilities that were ultimately exploited.Computer security organizations such as Redspin employ experts in the fields of IT security assessments, penetration testing, and application security. These experts have the same skill set that the bad guys use to wreak havoc on computers and apply their knowledge to helping your organization become more secure. This can take the form of many different project scopes— “ethical hacking” is a broad term—but generally refers to an External Penetration Test.The primary goal of ethical hacking projects is to find the answer to one simple question: if an attacker targeted my network—whether it’s a bored teenager in a basement or a state-funded advanced persistent threat—what would they be able to access? Are my Internet-facing devices secure? Are my software configurations deployed in a sane and secure way? What services are open to remote login from the Internet? Furthermore, if any of these services are breached in any way, what data would be potentially compromised?Sometimes, ethical hacking projects can take the form of an assessment on an Internet-facing or internal-use web application. These projects are useful to understand an application’s attack surface before actually deploying them into production, or, furthermore, to verify that incremental releases (such as the output of regular code sprints) are not introducing new software vulnerabilities. Common vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, and security misconfigurations can be detected, exploited safely, and remediated in a quick and cost-effective way through ethical hacks of web applications. continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr First United Credit Union’s remodel focuses on brand, creating an open, relaxing atmosphere.by. Stephanie Schwenn SebringFor $30-million/5,000-member First United Credit Union, Grandville, Mich., a fresh brand and perspective was essential in a recent and aggressive remodel. “We created a free flowing environment where the member enters through a welcoming and airy waiting area, adjacent to [member service representatives] and loan offices,” says CEO Mark Richter. “We intentionally planned for members to walk past the loan offices, our profit centers, rather than heading straight to the teller area.”Taking its existing facility, the CU used light and space to create a relaxing environment conducive to conversation. A mixture of 8- and 10-foot ceilings provide spaciousness, while attractive “clouds” or patterned drop ceilings offer an artistic effect which keep noise levels down. While visually appealing, the space is also easy to navigate.The teller counter was revamped to avoid the traditional straight-line look for a more inviting feel. By combining light and space, what was once a darker, somewhat drab workspace was transformed into a beautifully-designed, efficient work area members look forward to visiting.Richter believes that the branch should be a reflection of member needs. “It gives them a chance to relax and get to know us. It’s our opportunity to build the relationship.” continue reading »
Minnesota swim teams split in season openerThe Gophers faced off against the rival Badgers and split the first home meet of the season. Daily File PhotoJunior Daryl Turner charges ahead, dominating the 100 freestyle at the Aquatic Center on Oct. 24, 2014, against North Dakota. Turner took first place and finished with a time of 44.75. Alyssa HodenfieldOctober 14, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe University of Minnesota men’s and women’s swim and dive teams held their season opener against Wisconsin Thursday afternoon.The men’s team defeated Wisconsin 185-115, but the women fells short with a close 158-142 loss. Senior Daryl Turner was a huge asset to Minnesota’s men’s team Thursday afternoon and won both the 100-yard backstroke by almost three seconds (48.21), and 100-yard butterfly (46.85). Turner also served as anchor for the 400-yard freestyle relay, and finished strong to lock in the win for the relay team. Minnesota also dominated in diving and secured the top spots in 1-meter and 3-meter for both teams. Senior divers Yu Zhou and Matt Barnard were key scorers for the team.Both teams will take the week off to prepare for home meets against Iowa on October 28 and 29.
New York Magazine:Within the general category “trying to lose weight,” there is a huge range of behaviors. Some people take this quest very seriously, diligently tracking seemingly every category down to the bite. Others see it as a more general long-term goal, but one that doesn’t end up hugely affecting their day-to-day life. It’s not surprising that this latter group tends to be less successful in their efforts, and anew study in PLOS ONE led by Elina Helander from Tempere Univeristy of Technology in Finland (and co-authored by friend of Science of Us Brian Wansink) makes the case for a vigilant approach to weight loss, at least when it comes to weigh-ins.Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >
Early in her academic career, psychologist Wendy Wood noticed a trend: many of her fellow graduate students and professors struggled to get things done in the highly demanding but unstructured academic environment. Intelligence, talent, and motivation didn’t seem to matter—some of those who were struggling to stick to project plans or meet deadlines were among the brightest of the group. Why, she wondered, was it so easy to make the initial decision to change but so hard to persist in the long term? Willpower didn’t seem to be the issue—her colleagues wanted to and were trying to change—so what was? Over the past three decades, Wood has sought the answers to these questions. She recently wrote a book, Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes that Stick, which details the most important, practical insights from her research. We had the chance to talk about how better understanding how habits form and drive our behavior can help us change—and enjoy—our lives. Read the whole story: Behavioral Scientist More of our Members in the Media >
Editor’s Note: This story was updated Jul 21, 2017, with comments from Tina Tan, MD, MPH, New Jersey state epidemiologist.In June 2016, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a clinical alert about an emerging multidrug-resistant fungus causing serious and frequently deadly invasive infections in healthcare settings around the world. The warning was intended as a message to healthcare providers to keep an eye out for Candida auris, which at that point had been found in only a handful of US patients.More than a year later, the CDC has identified 98 clinical C auris infections in nine states, some of them dating back to 2013, and the fungus has been isolated from an additional 110 patients. That’s not a lot, but it’s more than CDC officials wanted to see.”We were really hoping it wasn’t here yet, to be honest with you,” Tom Chiller, MD, MPHTM, chief of the Mycotic Diseases Branch at the CDC, said in an interview.Gaining hospital footholdsCandida infections are not uncommon in US hospitals, and they’re often associated with high morbidity and mortality. But C auris is different, and it doesn’t act like a “typical Candida,” Chiller said. Most Candida infections are isolated incidents that occur in patients who carry the yeast in their gut. But what Chiller had learned from his conversations with colleagues in countries like Pakistan and the United Kingdom was that C auris was being transmitted in hospitals.”That’s what caused us to put out the alert,” Chiller said. “That was enough evidence to push us over the edge and say, ‘yeah, this is definitely a hospital-transmitted organism.'”So far, C auris appears to be following that pattern in the United States, with clear indications of hospital transmission. While six states have reported only one clinical case, New York and New Jersey have reported 68 and 20, respectively, and whole-genome sequencing has revealed that the isolates within each state appear highly related to one another. Furthermore, the epidemiology indicates that many of the New York and New Jersey patients had overlapping stays at interconnected long-term–care facilities and acute care hospitals.”To say that transmission is occurring in these settings is definitely the case,” Chiller said.That’s confirmed by Tina Tan, MD, MPH, New Jersey state epidemoliogist. “Among our cases…what we’re commonly seeing is that there has been healthcare exposure,” Tan said in an interview.Hospital transmission is occurring because C auris likes to stay on skin and is hard to kill when it gets on hospital surfaces. And once it gets into a healthcare facility, it tends to stay. “It’s a lot more challenging once it’s got a foothold,” Chiller said.But what’s not clear is exactly how the fungus is being transmitted, whether patients are acquiring it from hospital bedding or bed rails, for example, or from healthcare workers who’ve had contact with infected or colonized patients. “We know those are all ways in which typical hospital bacteria is transmitted, so we’re tackling them all,” Chiller added.In response, the CDC is recommending that all infected or colonized patients be placed in a single-patient room under standard and contact precautions, and that those rooms are disinfected daily. The agency also recommends screening close contacts of C auris patients for potential colonization and informing receiving healthcare facilities when an infected or colonized patient is being transferred.Tan said her department is also focusing on opportunities to improve and reinforce hand hygiene in affected facilities, not only among staff but also among patients and visitors. “That’s really important as well, to ensure that visitors are aware of some of the considerations related to infection control and hand hygiene,” she said. Concerns over high resistanceCDC investigators have also found worrisome evidence of another trend seen in international C auris cases—resistance to the three major classes of antifungals used to treat Candida infections.In the May 19 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), investigators reported that antifungal susceptibility tests of the first 35 clinical isolates showed that 86% were resistant to fluconazole, 43% were resistant to amphotericin B, and 3% were resistant to echinocandins.Chiller called the evidence of multidrug resistance “super concerning.”Preventing spillover to healthier populationsAlso unclear is just how deadly the fungal pathogen is. C auris, which was originally identified in the ear of a patient in Japan in 2009, can cause serious invasive infections that affect the bloodstream, heart, brain, ear, and bones, and Chiller said the mortality rate has been high. But to this point, the cases have involved patients with multiple underlying health conditions, which makes it difficult to know whether the infection is killing patients.”These patients are very complicated, so it’s hard to tease apart,” Chiller said. “A lot of the times they’re sick with other things, and then they get Candida auris on top of that.”A CDC fact sheet estimates that more than 1 in 3 patients with invasive C auris infection die. But Chiller said that a recent review by colleagues in Pakistan of 100 candidemia patients indicated that at least half died from the infection. In addition, some of the patients were relatively healthy. The spread of C auris into healthier populations is a scenario Chiller is hoping to prevent in US hospitals.”We want to keep it a rare infection,” he said. “I’m just concerned that if it spills over into the general realm of Candida infections, like it has in some of these other countries, then we are dealing with the potential for a highly resistant bug to really take off.” See also:Jul 17 CIDRAP News story “CDC reports uptick in Candida auris cases”May 19 MMWR Notes from the Field
Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 The Forum seeks to: CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… build and transfer knowledge, through the sharing of global, regional and national experiences, on marine renewable energy and the realistic opportunities on offshore options for grid and off-grid energy service generation;Develop a strategic research agenda to support continued improvement of understanding of the potential impacts of marine renewable energy projects on the sustainable development landscape in CARICOM SIDS; andDevelop a framework for businesses and communities of practice, as well as prospective developers and investors, to actively engage with governments to deepen the exploration of opportunities within the regional marine renewable energy sector. The forum is being held as the Region seeks ways of harnessing its vast marine resources towards energy efficiency and building resilience, even as there is recognition that marine renewable energy technologies are way behind their land-based counterparts. Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, will deliver the main address titled ‘Marine Energy at the Centre: The Pursuit of Blue Economic Development within Caribbean SIDS.’ Presentations will zero in on the technology outlook for Ocean Energy Thermal Conversion (OTEC) and Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC), as well as priority actions for Ocean Energy within CARICOM. Global case examples will be drawn from Japan and Hawaii. The Forum includes interactive and working group sessions. In the interactive sessions, participants will focus on Caribbean experiences with project development, focusing on Martinique, the Cayman Islands, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and St. George’s, Grenada. Other interactive sessions will look at resource potential and project opportunities within CARICOM, as well as integrating marine energy into the Regional Strategy for Sustainable Energy. The working group sessions will seek to identify Research and Innovation priorities for ocean energy in CARICOM. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Related Posts CARICOM Energy Month beginsCARICOM Energy Month begins today under the theme ‘Empowering people, building resilience’. The Month will be launched in Grenada on 6 November during the opening of the Caribbean Marine Energy Technology (CariMET) Forum, at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grande Anse, Grenada. Prime Minster of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith…November 1, 2019In “CARICOM”Stakeholders to take stock of Region’s sustainable energy drive at CSEF in BelizeEnergy experts in the Caribbean and beyond, policymakers and the private sector representative, are among officials heading to Belize next week for the sixth edition of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF). The Forum will be held in Placencia, 18-21 November, under the theme ‘Clean Energy, Good Governance & Regulations’. The…November 10, 2018In “Belize”Less talk, more action[su_pullquote align=”right”]”There is a serious mismatch between meetings and results in our region. My point here is two-fold: that dialogue is not an end to itself and that dialogue that does not lead to action and to results is meaningless.” – Ms. Kim Osborne[/su_pullquote]While the dialogue and interaction that engagements…January 24, 2017In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, in collaboration with a number of other organisations, will host the Caribbean Marine Energy Technology (CariMET) Forum, at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, 6-7 November. The Forum will be co-hosted by the Government of Grenada and the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE). Other partners are the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), SIDS Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative (SIDS DOCK). About 50 experts in marine energy, representatives of international agencies, researchers and thought-leaders will be among those who will attend CariMET to explore a range of subjects. Among the topics are the development and deployment of Ocean Thermal Energy, including Seawater Air-conditioning, and Kinetic Marine Energy including Offshore-Wind, Tidal and Wave. Experts will also brainstorm cost-reduction strategies for cutting-edge marine renewable energy technologies within the Region, one of the primary purposes of the forum. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Offshore wind is ready to go mainstream thanks to falling costs and tech advances. Our NEW report demonstrates the opportunity for developing countries to make #offshorewind work for them: https://t.co/Zr64YZ0Gck #endenergypoverty pic.twitter.com/n4xzuTynwF— World Bank Energy (@WBG_Energy) October 31, 2019 Experts in technology exploration and project development in the marine energy sector of the Caribbean will gather in Grande Anse, Grenada in November for a marine technology forum. Oct 16, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak
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