first_img Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: Tagged: dog bite, rabies, tchd, tompkins county health department ITHACA. N.Y. –– The Tompkins County Health Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a dog that bit a person on S. Geneva St. Tuesday afternoon.The dog bite occurred near the Henry Saint John Building in the City of Ithaca around 3 p.m. The dog is described as a white, possibly cattle dog mix, with tan spots. It was wearing a blue nylon harness and accompanied by a man approximately 5’8,” in his late 20’s, early 30’s with shoulder length blonde hair, and no shirt.TCHD is looking to verify the vaccination status and health of the biting dog over a ten-day period. If the dog can be located and is healthy, the risk of rabies infection can be ruled out and rabies post-exposure treatment for the person who was bitten will not be necessary.Anyone with information regarding this dog is urged to call the Tompkins County Environmental Health Division at (607) 274-6688. Anna Lamb Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamblast_img read more

first_imgBrad Johnson(FORSYTH, Ga.) — A beloved educator’s wish at her funeral for backpacks filled with school supplies has attracted attention as far away as Great Britain.Georgia teacher Tammy Waddell, 58, died June 9 after a long fight with stomach cancer.In lieu of flowers, Waddell’s obituary suggested that donations be made in her memory to Project Connect, a local program that provides backpacks to needy students.A number of teachers lined up at Waddell’s June 13 funeral services, all bearing knapsacks filled with school supplies.Waddell’s cousin and fellow educator, Brad Johnson, tweeted the heartfelt images.“She was very inspirational in me achieving all that I have,” Johnson told “Good Morning America.” “She was as quick to give a hug as she was quick to give supplies to students who needed it.”Johnson’s tweet received thousands of retweets and replies from users who were touched by Waddell’s humble request.Waddell had worked in Forsyth County Schools in Georgia for 30 years.She was recognized in 2003 as the county elementary school teacher of the year.Her son, Kevin Waddell, 35, who is also a teacher in Forsyth County Schools, told “GMA” it was no shock to learn the backpacks were one his mother’s final requests.“Part of what I loved about my mom was the passion she had as a teacher. It’s one of the inspirations that led me to the profession,” he said.His mom’s story has reached as far as Great Britain, he said, where people are offering to send school supplies in honor of the late educator.“She lived life by loving others and she was never worried about attention … she was just focused on the love,” he added. “The message she would try and deliver at this point is donate to your local schools. It doesn’t have to be here specifically.”Waddell is also survived by a husband of 41 years, another son, B.J. Waddell and four grandchildren.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgpoco_bw/iStock(HOUSTON) — A massive chemical fire south of Houston, Texas, triggered an emergency order for locals to shelter in place even after a dangerous chemical was detected in the air.Local officials and public health experts say most of the risk from the Deer Park fire has passed and that further testing didn’t find elevated levels of the dangerous chemical after a release this morning.But activists say the nearly week-long incident brought attention to the risk to communities located near facilities in the U.S. that use dangerous chemicals on a daily basis.“We’re all being completely violated in a way that we’re really not talking about,” Yvette Arellano, an activist with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services, or TEJAS, told ABC News earlier this week.She said TEJAS has been pushing for a more comprehensive air monitoring system around the chemical facilities near Houston, harsher enforcement of violations, and more transparency about the impact of fires like this on the surrounding area.The group says this week’s fire brought attention to incidents they see all the time.The Houston Chronicle reported in 2016 sees an incident at a facility working with hazardous chemicals every six weeks on average.“This is the reason why, whenever there’s a fire people finally get to see what the home of the largest petrochemical complex looks like only when this sort of thing happens and then they turn a blind eye,” said Anna Parras, another member of the group.After Hurricane Harvey, storm-related damage triggered a separate toxic fire that prompted calls for companies to be more prepared for disasters and other unexpected scenarios that could cause problems for the public.Local officials insisted the order to stay inside was a precaution and that further testing didn’t find elevated levels of the chemical. Benzene has been linked to leukemia and other health problems but the concern is typically for long term exposures.Officials from the company, Intercontinental Terminals Company, said the chemicals were released when trying to cover a compromised tank of chemicals early Thursday morning but no additional emissions were detected.But throughout the week exposure to the chemicals, smoke, and small particles from the fire led to concern about the health impacts to children, older populations, and people with chronic illnesses.Susan Arnold, an occupational health professor at the University of Minnesota, agreed with local officials that the public health threat from the smoke earlier in the week and the benzene release was probably limited and not a greater concern if tests haven’t continued to show high levels.“We want people to be informed but not inappropriately alarmed and what we know about benzene, the cancers we know about typically occur from exposure over a long period of time,” she told ABC.Some activists are still skeptical about the comments from officials and say they still want more federal oversight of chemical facilities. Arellano said she’s still concerned and wants more information from state officials on whether residents should be concerned about exposure to chemicals or ash from their homes, pets, or even swimming pools.“Our biggest concern that folks take protective measures post everything to make sure they’re not exposed to any residue,” she said.Environmental groups conducted their own monitoring after Hurricane Harvey and found Benzene levels they said were cause for concern after the Arkema fire, even though it didn’t go over Texas’ recommended limit, according to reporting from ProPublica and the Texas Tribune.Texas has a higher limit for when Benzene released into the air triggers public health warnings than other states like California, which has some of the most stringent environmental regulations in the country. Activists who have been involved in suing to force the Trump administration to implement new rules on chemical facilities say that’s one reason there should be more federal oversight.“I know everybody says well this is a matter for states but if you think about the public health threats it’s silly to think residents in California need to have lower benzene than people in Texas,” said Daniel Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.But a former EPA official who worked as deputy administrator for the agency in Texas said EPA only takes a big role in these situations when local officials ask them to, or if there’s an extenuating circumstance. Stan Meiburg, former deputy administrator for EPA Region 6, said Texas officials are very experienced in dealing with these kinds of incidentsBut he said it’s crucial for officials to communicate clearly with communities who may not have a lot of trust in government officials, especially in Texas where the state agency has been accused of close ties to industry. He said its especially important in a situation like this for government to communicate with and help communities that are disproportionately affected by pollution or have fewer resources.“One thing government can do is make sure communities in close proximity to these facilities are being protected in the same way people with more advantages are,” he told ABC.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img Email Address* Jersey City’s sewer system will also get an update as part of the project, birthed by the Grand Jersey Redevelopment Plan.“The sewer improvements are a crucial early component to the Cove and its eventual completion,” said Chris Collins, project manager at Dresdner Robin.Like New York City, Jersey City has a combined sewer system in which sewage from homes and businesses mixes with rainwater runoff. When the capacity of the underground pipes are overwhelmed by storms, the overflow pours into the Morris Canal, then into the Hudson River.A dual-pipe system, to be designed as part of the Cove’s next phase, “will be the first of its kind in Jersey City” and will improve water quality downstream, said Collins.The Cove involves a joint effort between Argent and Jersey City’s Redevelopment Agency and Municipal Utilities Authority to prevent sewer overflows, provide tidal flood resiliency for much of downtown Jersey City, and remediate a polluted site.“This is not a typical redevelopment project,” said Douglas Neumann, director of environmental services at Dresdner Robin. “It is without question the most complicated remedial project that I have been involved with.”Phase two is scheduled to begin in mid-2021. A saltwater tidal marsh will sit at the center of the development’s two-acre park and lead to Liberty State Park, which gets more than four million visitors each year.A road connecting Jersey Avenue to Liberty State Park is scheduled for completion in 2022. Across from the Cove site, a 32-story mixed-use building is under construction at 88 Regent Street, reportedly by developer Peter Mocco.Contact Orion Jones Share via Shortlink Full Name* A Jersey City development meant to update sewer infrastructure, build climate resilience and create a two-acre park has completed phase one of environmental cleanup. (Aerial via Ennead Architects)Developers planning a two-tower, mixed-use project near downtown Jersey City have completed the $10 million first phase of cleaning up their 18-acre brownfield site.The joint venture between Argent Ventures and H&R Reit, dubbed the Cove, is scheduled to begin construction in 2022 following infrastructure upgrades and land-use permitting.(Map via Ennead Architects)Sited along Aetna Street and Jersey Avenue near Liberty State Park, the project will consist of mixed-use residential, retail and life-science buildings, plus a two-acre public park.ADVERTISEMENTIncluded in the next phase of development is a site elevation of 10 to 12 feet to reduce flooding and account for sea level rise, according to land use consultant Dresdner Robin, which leads environmental remediation at the site.Read moreMack-Cali Realty sells Metropark complex for $254M Jersey City development advances with $30M construction loan Jersey City voters approve property tax to support arts Commercial Real EstateNew JerseyResidential Real Estate Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tagslast_img read more

first_imgA controversial study published by scientists at Oxford University has claimed that binge-drinking while pregnant will not harm an unborn child.The evidence, which contradict earlier studies, states that consistent heavy drinking during pregnancy is more detrimental to the health of the foetus than binge-drinking. Previous research had linked consistently heavy drinking during pregnancy to birth defects, but the effect of binge-drinking was largely unknown until now. Researchers claim that the risk of damage to the foetus is “minimal”, with “little substantial evidence” that it could cause miscarriage, stillbirth or abnormal birth-weight, or other adverse effects. The research, which was published by scientists at Oxford University and the University of Aarhus, states: “When pregnant women report isolated episodes of binge-drinking in the absence of a consistently high daily alcohol intake…the evidence of risk seems minimal.”Other experts have received the new results cautiously, warning that the only safe advice is to not drink while pregnant.last_img read more

first_imgAs part of a wider “working group on slavery, memory, and reconciliation”, Georgetown University in the United States has announced that it will give preferential treatment to applicants descended from slaves sold at the institution in 1838.The university’s restitution programme, which is taking place after sustained pressure from student protesters, also includes the renaming of residence halls from the names of university officials involved in the slave sale to names of the slaves themselves.A sit-in protest took place in November in the president’s office, in which protesters claimed Georgetown students were “not allowing stuff to just fly anymore”, according to Slate magazine.The latest proposed part of the university’s scheme is to offer preferential access to the university’s high competitive admissions process to descendants of the 272 slaves sold to pay university debts in the early nineteenth century.The descendants of slaves applying to the university will be given “the same consideration [the University] gives to members of the Georgetown community”, receiving “an extra look” and having their connection to the university included in the decision to accept or reject their application.In a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Georgetown President John DeGioia acknowledged that “Georgetown participated in the institution of slavery. There were slaves here on the hilltop until emancipation in 1862”.“We cannot do our best work if we refuse to take ownership of such a critical part of our history”, he added.Students protesting against the university’s history of slavery used the hashtag #GU272 and #BuildOn272 to draw attention to the slaves that have become the focal point of their campaign.Georgetown is just one university in the United States to face criticism over failure to acknowledge historic ties to slavery. Craig Steven Wilder, a history professor at MIT, pointed out that “before the American Revolution, there were nine colleges established in the British Colonies, and all of them have direct ties to slavery and slave trade”.Action by educational institutions over their oppressive pasts under pressure from students is not unique to the United States, as the RMF campaigns in UCT and Oxford and the removal of Jesus College’s cock statue in Cambridge show.last_img read more

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first_imgCameron Mackintosh has added two more theaters to his West End theater group Delfont Mackintosh Theatres. The mega-producer will take over the Victoria Palace Theatre (the current home of Billy Elliot) in June of this year, as well as the Ambassadors Theatre (where Stomp plays) by 2015, which he will rename the Sondheim Theatre. Mackintosh’s work as a producer includes the original production and current West End revival of Miss Saigon and the Tony-winning productions of The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Les Miserables (as well as the current Les Miz Broadway revival). His many additional producing credits include Putting It Together, Mary Poppins, Swan Lake, Carousel and Five Guys Named Mo. Following Delfont Mackintosh Theatres’ acquisition of the Victoria Palace and Ambassadors, the producer will own nine London houses. The acquisition will involve closing the Victoria Palace Theatre for about a year from fall 2016 to extend the stage, enlarge the front of house and restore the exterior. Additionally, Mackintosh intends, subject to planning consents, to reimagine the Ambassadors as a receiving house for extended seasons of new regional productions from the subsidized sector. In doing so, the theater will be rebuilt to create a non-proscenium stage. In response to Mackintosh’s intent to rename the Ambassadors Theatre after Sondheim, the legendary composer said in a statement, “To have my name attached to such a vivifying contribution to British theater is an honor as well as a thrill.” View Commentslast_img read more

first_img In Transit Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017 Telly Leung & James Snyder(Photos: Bruce Glikas) View Commentscenter_img Related Shows The cast is now set for In Transit on Broadway. Among the stars are two stage favorites and former Broadway.com vloggers: Telly Leung and James Snyder. The a cappella musical by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth will begin performances on November 10 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.The musical, which previously played Primary Stages in 2010, follows a group of 11 New Yorkers as they navigate the streets (and tunnels) of the city. Members of the ensemble takes on several roles, including an aspiring actress, a Wall Street honcho, a street performer, a cab driver and more.In addition to Leung (Allegiance) and Snyder (If/Then), the lineup will include American Idol alum Justin Guarini (Wicked), David Abeles (Once), Moya Angela (The Lion King), beatboxer Steven “Heaven” Cantor, Erin Mackey (Amazing Grace), Gerianne Pérez in her Broadway debut, Margo Seibert (Rocky), Mariand Torres (Wicked) and Nicholas Ward (On the Town).Rounding out the cast are Chesney Snow, Adam Bashian, Laurel Harris and Aurelia Williams. The production will feature vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon, set design by Donyale Werle, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Donald Holder and sound design by Ken Travis.Opening night for the Kathleen Marshall-helmed production is set for December 11.last_img read more

first_imgFarmers, gardeners and anyone who wants to know more about where their food comes from should make plans to attend the inaugural Organic Twilight Tour of the University of Georgia’s organic research and demonstration farm in Watkinsville, Ga.“Even with the heat, production and related research projects will be in full swing.” said Julia Gaskin, sustainable agricultural coordinator at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Durham Horticulture Farm, at 1221 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, will be open for tours of the organic growing operation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 19. The open house will also be a chance for farmers and gardeners to learn about some of the newest research being conducted at the farm. Researchers and students will give talks on disease control in squash and cucumber plants, the farm’s tomato variety trials, summer cover crops and their benefits, as well as tips on growing summer vegetables and sweet corn. There also will be information available about the university’s certificate program in organic agriculture.The organic farm is used to provide hands-on learning for students in the organic agriculture certificate program. This past spring you could find students working with Robert Tate, the organic farm manager, weeding or transplanting lettuce from the back of a tractor. These experiences compliment what students learn in the classroom and give them the basic knowledge of growing vegetables. The farm also hosts several research projects, including one led by UGA Extension vegetable specialist George Boyhan. Boyhan is trying to develop a profitable cool-season vegetable rotation for Georgia farmers. Cool-season vegetables, such as onions, broccoli and strawberries, have less pest and disease problems. The study includes rotating these vegetables with summer cover crops that can help reduce weed and nematode problems as well as supply nitrogen.Miguel Cabrera, a professor of crop and soil sciences, and graduate student Lisa Woodruff are working on another project predicting nitrogen release from cover crops to benefit cash crops such as clover. Knowing the nitrogen release rates of cover crops is critical for growers who want to minimize their off-farm input costs while they maintain good crop yields. The program will be beneficial for sustainable producers who may want to brush up on the latest research, but it will also be interesting for non-growers who are just curious about organic farming practices. “I think that all farmers might be interested in the program, and I think the public might be interested in seeing how their vegetables and produce are grown,” Gaskin said. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Horticulture and the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. For more information about sustainable agriculture at UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences visit caes.uga.edu/topics/sustainag. For more information about the open house, email Gaskin at [email protected]last_img read more