Sullivan Announces Safety PIN Grants Awarded To Groups Around The State

first_imgSTATEHOUSE – Ten entities will receive nearly $13 million in Safety PIN grants aimed at reducing infant mortality in Indiana, as a result of a law championed by State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville).“The Safety PIN grant program allows Indiana organizations and communities to apply for resources that can be used to implement a plan to combat infant mortality,” Sullivan said. “Providing grants to programs that understand and target specific drivers of infant mortality, such as smoking and lack of prenatal care, is the most efficient way to protect both the mothers and their unborn children.”Sullivan authored House Enrolled Act 1004 during the 2015 legislative session to establish the Safety PIN grant program. The program allows groups to present their innovative solutions and apply for a grant to reduce infant mortality. Sullivan said this is a performance-based grant where recipients must show they met certain standards in order to receive the total grant amount.Administered by the Indiana State Department of Health, the groups applying for grants had to include in their proposal: the targeted area, the amount they plan to reduce the infant mortality rate by and the timeframe in which they will achieve their goal.According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 31 entities applied for the grant; 10 of which received funding. Projects chosen to move forward included ones focused on safe sleep practices, prenatal care, smoking cessation, one-on-one home visits and key demographic groups with higher infant mortality rates.Lawmakers appropriated a total of $13.5 million for grants and development of a mobile application designed to help connect pregnant women with resources and reduce Indiana’s infant mortality rate.As the fifth worst state in the nation for infant mortality, the House Republicans sought to address this issue, making it a top priority in the 2015 session.“These grants will be put to good use and I will continue looking for more ways to improve the health of all Hoosiers, especially the unborn,” Sullivan said.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

TOP MODELS (Mary J. Donohoe)

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Police Report Includes Different Account of Gull Incident

first_imgLaughing gulls find food on the beach at 10th Street on Tuesday afternoon.Police and animal control officials continue Wednesday to seek eyewitnesses to an incident described as a man killing a gull on a crowded beach Friday (July 24) at 39th Street in Ocean City.A widely circulated social media post described an adult beachgoer breaking the gull’s wing, then snapping its neck and tossing it in a trash can. Another member of the man’s party swung at other gull’s with a closed umbrella, according to the account. Read more: Man Snaps Gull’s Neck to Horror of Ocean City Beach Crowd.But the man told police a different story when he was questioned that afternoon.He told police a sea gull attacked his two-year-old child while she was eating, pecking at the girl’s head and face, according to the police report filed on Friday.The father said he struck the bird with a towel in an effort to protect his daughter, apparently injuring the wing of the bird so it could no longer fly, according to the report.The bird fell into the water and was seen struggling to get out. The father told police he did not want small children see the bird possibly drown, so he removed the bird from the water and placed it in a trash receptacle. He claims the bird died before he placed it in the trash receptacle, the report states._____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City.Follow OCNJ Daily on Facebook._____Police said nobody came forward to dispute the account while they were on the scene, and no witnesses have come forward since.Ocean City Police Capt. Steve Ang said Wednesday that the department is following up the investigation based on the Instagram/Facebook post in cooperation with the Humane Society of Ocean City, which serves as animal control for the municipality.Anybody who witnessed the incident is asked to email Bill Hollingsworth of the Humane Society at [email protected] the facts stand, it appears the father would have acted in a manner to protect his child from being attacked by the bird, Ang said.last_img read more

Frances I. Brady, 91, of Somers Point

first_imgFrances I. Brady, 91, of Somers Point went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus surrounded by her family on Friday, September 30, 2016 at Seashore Gardens Living Center in Galloway Township, NJ. Mrs. Brady was born January 24, 1925 in Woodbury, NJ to the late Ralph and Frances (Henry) Green.Frances moved to Atlantic City in 1951 and married Joseph Brady. Mrs. Brady held many positions during her lengthy career while raising two her two children. She had worked for the City of Atlantic City in the luxury tax office for over 30 years. Her most recent position was as administrative assistant in the offices of Ophthalmologist Dr. David Smith where she had worked until the age of 90.Frances will often be remembered and cherished by her dry-witted sense of humor, strong will, honesty and kindness.She was predeceased by her husband Joseph on October 4, 1956 and a sister: Betty Hughes.She is survived by a daughter: Jo-Ann (Ray) Hurley of Galloway, NJ and a son: Steven (Karen) Brady of Marmora, NJ and several grandchildren and great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Burial Office and Requiem Eucharist will be offered Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11 O’clock from Christ Episcopal Church, 157 Shore Road, Somers Point, NJ where friends may call from 8:30 until time of service.Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Mays Landing, NJ.A special Thank You to the staff of Seashore Gardens and Hospice for their care and kindness shown to our Mother and family during her stay.The family suggests those who desire send memorial contributions to Seashore Gardens Foundation, 22 West Jimmie Leeds Road, Absecon, NJ read more

‘Aliens’ of the deep captured

first_imgThe open ocean is the largest and least-explored environment on Earth. It is estimated to hold up to a million species that have yet to be described. However, many of those organisms — like jellyfish, squid, and octopuses — are soft-bodied and difficult to capture for study with existing underwater tools, which too frequently damage or destroy them.Now, a new device developed by researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study safely traps delicate sea creatures inside a folding polyhedral enclosure and lets them go without harm using a novel, origami-inspired design. The research is reported in Science Robotics.“We approach these animals as if they are works of art: Would we cut pieces out of the ‘Mona Lisa’ to study it? No — we’d use the most innovative tools available. These deep-sea organisms, some being thousands of years old, deserve to be treated with a similar gentleness when we’re interacting with them,” said collaborating author David Gruber, who is a 2017‒2018 Radcliffe Fellow, National Geographic Explorer, and professor of biology and environmental science at Baruch College, CUNY.The idea to apply folding properties to underwater sample collection began in 2014 when first author Zhi Ern Teoh took a class from Chuck Hoberman, a Wyss associate faculty member and Pierce Anderson Lecturer in Design Engineering at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, about creating folding mechanisms through computational means. “I was building microrobots by hand in graduate school, which was very painstaking and tedious work, and I wondered if there was a way to fold a flat surface into a 3-D shape using a motor instead,” said Teoh, a former postdoctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute in the lab of Robert Wood; he is now an engineer at Cooper Perkins.,The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. A fellow member of the Wood lab at the time, Brennan Phillips (now assistant professor of ocean engineering at the University of Rhode Island), saw Teoh’s design and suggested he adapt it to capture sea creatures, which are notoriously difficult to grab with existing underwater equipment that is largely designed for the rough work of ocean mining and construction.The device Teoh built consists of five identical 3-D-printed polymer “petals” attached to a series of rotating joints that are linked together to form a scaffold. When a single motor applies torque to the point where the petals meet, it causes the entire structure to rotate about its joints and fold up into a hollow dodecahedron (like a 12-sided, almost-round box), earning it the name of Rotary Actuated Dodecahedron (RAD). The folding is entirely directed by the design of the joints and the shape of the petals themselves; no other input is required.Zhi Ern Teoh (right) tests the RAD sampler, mounted on the ROV Ventana, before its deployment into the Pacific Ocean at Monterey Canyon, Calif. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard UniversityThe team tested the RAD sampler at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn., and successfully collected and released moon jellyfish underwater. After making modifications to the sampler so it could withstand open-ocean conditions, they mounted it on an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Monterey, Calif., and tested it in the field at depths of 500‒700 meters (1,600‒2,300 feet) using the ROV’s manipulator arm and human-controlled joystick to operate the sampler. The team was able to capture soft organisms like squid and jellyfish in their natural habitats, and release them without harm.“The RAD sampler design is perfect for the difficult environment of the deep ocean because its controls are very simple, so there are fewer elements that can break. It’s also modular, so if something does break, we can simply replace that part and send the sampler back down into the water,” said Teoh. “This folding could also be well-suited to be used in space, which is similar to the deep ocean in that it’s a low-gravity, inhospitable environment that makes operating any device challenging.”Teoh and Phillips are currently working on a more rugged version of the RAD sampler for use in heavier-duty underwater tasks, like marine geology, while Gruber and Wood are focusing on further refining the sampler’s delicate abilities. “We’d like to add cameras and sensors to the sampler so that, in the future, we can capture an animal, collect lots of data about it — like its size, material properties, and even its genome — and then let it go, almost like an underwater alien abduction,” said Gruber.“Our group’s collaboration with the marine biology community has opened the door for the fields of soft robotics and origami-inspired engineering to apply those technologies to solve problems in an entirely different discipline, and we are excited to see the ways in which this synergy creates novel solutions,” said Wood, who is a founding core faculty member of the Wyss Institute, the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS, and also a National Geographic Explorer.Additional authors of the paper include Kaitlyn Becker, Griffin Whittredge, and James Weaver from the Wyss Institute and SEAS.This research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences.last_img read more

Josh Ritter: Win Tickets to Asheville Show

first_imgIn January of 2002, I was 29 years old, the father of a wonderful two year old son, and – suddenly – facing a divorce.I didn’t set sail on the S.S. Matrimony just six years before looking to sink it, but I found my ship floundering on the rocks and myself a crew of one. I found that I could handle being single, but I loathed time without my son. The transition from full time to part time dad was not an easy one, and those hours that used to be filled with playtime with my son were, early on, long and empty.I sought solace in a number of places; I rediscovered my love of the outdoors, I grew a wildly unkempt beard – by God, I didn’t have anyone around to tell me to shave!! – and I bought a mandolin.My history with musical instruments was spotty at best. I was a fairly good drummer, but those fourth grade sax lessons turned out poorly, and my one attempt at a stringed instrument – the guitar in eighth grade – didn’t stick. But I had purpose and I had time. Soon after receiving my Breedlove Quartz OF mandolin, I found that the occasional good notes, typically lost amidst a myriad of bad ones, allowed me to wile away hours when my son wasn’t around.Never before had music been so important in my life.Recently, I heard a fantastic interview with singer/songwriter Josh Ritter on a local NPR radio station.  Ritter was chatting about his recently released record,The Beast In Its Tracks, a collection of tunes he wrote during the time his own marriage to fellow musician Dawn Landes was falling apart. As I listened to Ritter discuss his emotions during his own divorce and the inspiration for these songs, I felt a kindred spirit with him.Sure, I was a fledgling mandolin picker and no critically acclaimed songwriter. I plunked through “Old Joe Clark” and “Turkey In The Straw” and jammed with my good buddy Jason Collier near the A.T. south of Waynesboro instead of writing brilliant songs and performing them in front of adoring crowds. But the spirit in our two endeavors was the same. We both found peace and catharsis in music.Josh Ritter will be passing through Asheville next week, where he will be sure to play some tunes off of The Beast In Its Tracks. I’d like give you a chance to be at The Orange Peel on Monday, May 13th, to take in the show. Take a shot at the trivia question down below and email your answer to [email protected] I will pick a winner from all of the correct answers received by 5 P.M. tomorrow – Thursday, May 9th.As you are working up your answer, make sure to take a listen to “Joy To You Baby” on this month’s edition of Trail Mix.Question – What spectacularly famous, rabid St. Bernard chasing, haunted car driving, fire-starting, Maine residing horror writer called Josh Ritter a “gifted novelist” following the release of Ritter’s first novel, Bright’s Passage?last_img read more

Goldman sees the S&P 500 rallying to 4,300 by end of 2021 on vaccine, divided government

first_img(This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)Goldman Sachs has turned more bullish about the stock market on the back of the promising vaccine news and a divided U.S. government, now expecting a gain north of 20% for the S&P 500 by the end of next year. The Wall Street Bull (The Charging Bull) is seen during Covid-19 pandemic in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States on May 26, 2020.Tayfun Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Camp Polidor is the proud owner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017.

first_imgThe world-famous tourist portal TripAdvisor has awarded a certificate of excellence for 2017 to the small family camp Polidor in Funtana, Istria.TripAdvisor’s certification is considered one of the best “online” indicators of excellence of tourist facilities that achieve excellent traveler reviews in a period of at least a year. In addition to allowing travelers to plan and book a trip, TripAdvisor, which operates in 48 markets, offers tips and a diverse selection of tourist facilities. It covers 6,5 million tourist accommodation facilities, restaurants and attractions with 340 million visitors per month, and 350 million reviews.Polidor has already received numerous awards, including INOVACAMP 2016 for the innovative concept of providing high quality personalized service, and the certificate is awarded for the first time to the Polidor camp, which has only been open since July 2015.The owners of the facility with a personalized approach to each guest, natural environment and high comfort of service make Camp Polidor an ideal destination for families with children and is one of the few camps that is open all year round.15 million kuna invested in the opening of the camp, and this year they are investing an additional 4,5 million in swimming pools and luxury tentsCamp Polidor generates revenue of 2016 million kuna in 3,5, and this year, given the increase in capacity, it expects an increase of 10 percent. HRK 15 million has been invested in the project of opening the camp, and this year another HRK 4,5 million is being invested in additional facilities and accommodation facilities. Camp Polidor is preparing many novelties, and the most important is the construction of two swimming pools, one for adults and the other for children with water attractions, which together with the pool bar will open in April. In addition, seven new luxury mobile homes and 12 luxury glamping tents are being introduced this year, offering special breakfasts in baskets. Read more about the whole story in the attachment.Related news: CAMP POLIDOR AS AN GREAT TOURIST STORY OF A SMALL FAMILY CAMPlast_img read more

COVID-19: West Manggarai temporarily closes airport, seaport

first_imgThe West Manggarai Regency administration is planning to temporarily close Komodo Airport and Labuan Bajo Port in East Nusa Tenggara to slow the spread of COVID-19. West Manggarai Deputy Regent Maria Geong said that people would not be able to enter or leave the regency from March 28 to April 5. “This is not a lockdown as airlines can still pick up supplies in West Manggarai regency. So starting Saturday, no people will be coming home via the Labuan Bajo entry point,” Maria told The Jakarta Post by phone on Thursday. “The West Manggarai administration had requested the ministry to temporarily restrict access for passenger vessels. Cargo vessels are still allowed to unload their supplies through the seaport and airport at West Manggarai,” Maria explained, adding that medical workers in the area were in urgent need of protective gear.As the closure has yet to go in effect, those wanting to return to the regency can do so and tourists currently in Labuan Bajo can still leave. (dpk/dfr) Topics :center_img “In an emergency, sick people requiring hospitalization due to COVID-19 outside [of the regency] will be prioritized.”The contagious respiratory illness that has killed thousands globally has confirmed cases in 25 of Indonesia’s 34 provinces.Indonesia confirmed Wednesday 105 new cases, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 790. Of the total, 31 people have recovered and 58 have died. A total of 186 people in the province were under general monitoring for COVID-19 as of Wednesday.The regency administration previously sent a letter to the Transportation Ministry requesting that authorities start closing the airport and seaport as a preventive measure against the pandemic.last_img read more

Gold Coast mega mansion sells for millions under the hammer after a month on the market

first_img15 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands.A SOVEREIGN Islands mega mansion has fetched a multimillion-dollar price after less than a month on the market.The Westminster Court residence sold for $3.1 million under the hammer, making it the highest sale among the 205 Ray White properties that went to auction across the country at the weekend.It was on the market for 25 days before it was snapped up. MORE NEWS: Where the Coast’s interstate buyers are coming from Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNovember 6: Prestige listings04:19 15 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands.The sale comes days after the release of leading property valuation firm Herron Todd White’s February Month in Review report, which stated the Gold Coast’s prestige market was tipped to “struggle” over the next year with the number of days on market blowing out.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRay White Sovereign Islands agent Edin Kara, who marketed the waterfront property, said it generated plenty of activity throughout the four-week campaign.MORE NEWS: First home buyers set to surge 15 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands.center_img 15 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands.Mr Kara said the buyers would renovate the house to transform it into a mansion of “pure luxury”. “Based over four levels, the property comprises six bedrooms, five bathrooms, (an) executive study, gym, wine cellar and comes with a pontoon suitable for a large boat,” he said. “But the real cherry on the cake is the home’s location. “The 730sq m house is north northwest facing with 30m water frontage, offering stunning views over the Broadwater, Hinterland and Coomera River.”“The local couple have snapped up arguably the best buy on Sovereign Islands.” “This home is the pinnacle of prestige living so it was no surprise we had more than 20 groups through the doors during the open homes,” he said.“We had four registered bidders on the day but when the time came, the battle was between two of them with a local couple the eventual lucky buyers.” 15 Westminster Court, Sovereign Islands.last_img read more