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$5 million emergency aid approved for storm-damaged Vermont roads and bridges

first_imgThe US Department of Transportation released $5 million in emergency funds to rebuild and repair roads and bridges destroyed or damaged in Vermont by Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont’s congressional delegation announced today. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday evening notified U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.  Sanders had been in discussion with LaHood to explain the magnitude of the destruction in Vermont and to convey the state’s need for emergency help.  Sanders said, ‘I want to thank Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for his quick response to providing emergency help to Vermont in our time of need.  Secretary LaHood has a strong understanding of the magnitude of the disaster that has struck Vermont and the need for immediate federal help and I appreciate that very much. While no one can yet estimate the full extent of the damage and destruction that Vermont has suffered, it is likely that the long-term cost of rebuilding our roads, bridges, rail lines, businesses, homes and public buildings will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  For Vermont’s rebuilding effort to be successful, there is no question but that there will have to be strong cooperation between the federal government and the state. Sen. Leahy, Rep. Welch and I will be working as hard as we can to make that happen.’          Leahy said, ‘Never in my life have I witnessed this much destruction in our state, and it breaks my heart to see it. I am grateful to Secretary LaHood and the Department of Transportation for their prompt response to this disaster.  The people of Vermont are resilient, but even the strongest among us can use a helping hand. This emergency aid will help to start rebuilding the many roads and bridges all over Vermont that were destroyed in the flooding.  As Vermonters move forward, looking to each other for support, I will continue to do everything in my power, along with Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch, to secure aid for the state and to see that all levels of government come together to effectively bolster the efforts of neighbors and friends as we all work to come to terms with this tragedy.’ Welch said, ‘This is welcome news to Vermont. The damage to public infrastructure is immense and this will help us begin to rebuild. We have more work to do. Traveling around the state, I am meeting small business owners who have lost their livelihoods, employees who have lost their jobs, farmers who have had their crops washed away, and individuals whose homes are ruined. We have a long recovery ahead of us, and more assistance will be vital. Vermont has always responded to times of great hardship by working together. We will do so again. I thank Secretary LaHood for the quick action and look forward to working with Sens. Leahy and Sanders as well as Gov. Shumlin to make sure the necessary assistance gets to Vermont quickly.’ The emergency funds help pay for the repair and reconstruction of federal highways and bridges that have suffered serious damage as a result of the storm. The funds are for immediate responses to repair storm damage and will not reduce the amount Vermont may ultimately receive if, as expected, President Barack Obama declares a federal disaster in the state.  BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 31 ‘last_img read more

Veteran receives monetary boost thanks to local band

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — On a cold Sunday afternoon, folks packed into Joe’s Bar & Grill in Alpena to catch the Detroit Lions game and enjoy some live music courtesy of the band Lemon Frog.This music comes with a meaning. The band held their final benefit concert for a local veteran and his family. Army Veteran Eric Hackney and his family recently moved into a new home and needed some assistance in buying basic necessities for the home and their kids. Drummer Steve Obuch and his band stepped in to raise money for the Hackney family through a series of benefit concerts.“They’re not looking for a handout, you know they’re proud of course, and they’re just looking for someone to give them a boost,” said Obuch.This is the third year that Lemon Frog has performed leading up to Veterans Day. Each year they’ve raised money for a veteran going through a tough time or just needing a small boost. This year they raised over $500. Lemon Frog performed at Chief’s Bar & Grill on Friday night. They performed at Joe’s Bar & Grill on Saturday and Sunday as well. Folks donated money in between songs to help Hackney.“It’s going to help us get stuff for the house, and everything else, and stuff for the kids… and keep us going that way,” said Hackney.“Finally being able to help a family out, that’s probably the most gratifying thing,” said Obuch.The band also collected non-monetary items like clothing, toiletry’s, and other necessities for veterans down at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw. The band will take the donations a long with American flag cards made by Besser Elementary students. They will deliver the goods on Friday and play a free show for the veterans.“It’s a great thing they do to help veterans,” said Hackney. “I’d like to see it continue on.”Lemon Frog has big hopes for next year and hope they can double what they raised for this year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Alpena Veterans, Joe’s Bar, Lemon Frog, Rock, Rock and Roll, Saginaw, Veteran, veterans dayContinue ReadingPrevious Kiwanis Club provides dictionaries for third-graders at Posen ElementaryNext Inside the life of Michigan’s most decorated WWII veteranlast_img read more

Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: Skyscrapers

first_imgThis tutorial is a great example of what can be achieved using geometrical shapes in Cinema 4D. However, if you are wanting to create more of an ‘irregular’ shaped object, we offer some tips in our recent Realistic Rose Tutorial.If you are interested in learning more about Cinema 4D check out the Cinema4D section of the PremiumBeat blog.Got questions about creating a skyscraper building in Cinema4D?Let us know in the comments! Learn to create beautiful 3D model skyscrapers in the following Cinema 4D video tutorial.Although there are a bunch of great online resources for purchasing Cinema 4D objects, building them yourself may offer more customization and doesn’t cost you a thing. In the following exclusive video tutorial I’ll show you how to create skyscraper buildings in Cinema4D.Download the project file and follow along with the tutorial video below:[maxbutton id=”23″]Although the tutorial specifically covers skyscrapers, the same principle can be applied to a wide variety of models. The tutorial covers:ModelingTexturingGeometric ShapesPositioning Lightslast_img read more

Kenya squad

first_imgKenya Skipper Jimmy Kamande will be aiming to get a few wins under his belt in this mega tournament even though they too are classified under the ‘Minnows’ category.Players to watch out for in Kamande’s team are Steve Tikolo, Thomas Odoyo, David Obuya and Collins Obuya.Squad: Jimmy Kamande (captain), Seren Waters, Alex Obanda, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Tamnay Mishra, Rakep Patel, Maurice Ouma, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Peter Ongondo, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche.last_img read more

Impact of legalizing cannabis on the opioid crisis

first_img Source:This article summarizes the information found within: McMichael, B., Van Horn, R. L., & Viscusi, W. K. (2018). The Impact of Cannabis Access Laws of Opioid Prescribing. SSRN Electronic Journal. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3266629. By Benedette Cuffari, M.Sc.Mar 26 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Although opioids exhibit impressive analgesic effects against both chronic and acute pain, the increased prescription rate of this class of drugs has been accompanied by an increase in opioid-related mortality. Legislators believe that the passage of cannabis access laws will play a significant role in addressing the ongoing opioid crisis, which claimed 70,000 deaths in the United States in 2017.Olga Enger | ShutterstockSubstituting cannabis for opioidsAfter an extensive literature review in 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine deemed cannabis to be effective in the treatment of chronic pain in adults. This conclusion, which has been largely supported by various clinical studies, considers the moderate side effects linked to the long-term use of cannabis as compared to the more extreme side effects associated with opioid use.Analyzing the impact of cannabis legalization on opioid addiction ratesReduced opioid prescriptionsVarious studies have investigated how an increase in the passage of both medical cannabis laws (MCLs) and recreational cannabis laws (RCLs) can reduce opioid consumption and challenge the ongoing opioid epidemic.A 2018 study demonstrated that the use of opioids in Medicare beneficiaries dropped by 8.5% following the passage of an MCL. A second study demonstrated similar results in which the passage of both MCLs and RCLs were found to reduce opioid prescriptions by 5.9% and 6.4%, respectively. Overall, both MCLs and RCLs have been shown to reduce the total demand for opioids in similar manners.While cannabis access laws like MCLs and RCLs do not directly reduce the availability of opioids, research has found that the passage of these laws allows for cannabis prescriptions to substitute those typically written for opioid medications.In fact, several studies have found that up to 60% of patients in states with cannabis access laws will substitute cannabis for prescription opioids. It is important to note that this reduction is specialty-specific within the five specialties that are associated with the highest mean annual opioid prescriptions. These specialties include orthopedic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, sports medicine, pain medicine, as well as physical medicine and rehabilitation.The “gateway” debateWith all of the evidence in mind, researchers are hopeful that legislators will be able to better address the ongoing national and statewide debates regarding the legalization of cannabis. In an effort to speak to the common concern that cannabis acts as a “gateway” drug, researchers have found that the passage of MCLs does not lead to an increase in cocaine or heroin usage.Decreased medicare spendingBy substituting prescription pain medication, particularly opioids, with cannabis products, research has found that Medicare spending could be reduced by as much as $150 million USD in the United States as a result of reduced prescription drug reliance.Lower vehicle fatality ratesVarious studies have also investigated how the passage of cannabis access laws can also reduce the negative effects that are often associated with opioid use. For example, a 2016 study determined that there is a significant decrease in opioid positive test results in drivers following fatal car accidents in states that have passed MCLs.It is also important to note that in Washington and Colorado, which are the two first states to have passed RCLs in the U.S., did not see an increase in cannabis-related traffic fatality rates since the passage of their cannabis access laws.last_img read more

Juno Finds Mysterious Unexpected Currents Crackling Through Jupiters Magnetosphere

first_imgThere are turbulent, unexpected currents crackling through Jupiter’s atmosphere, producing brilliant auroras. Juno, the NASA probe that has orbited the gas giant since 2016, passes over Jupiter’s polar regions ever 53.5 days, collecting data on the magnetic forces that produce ultrabright auroras above the huge planet. In a new paper, published July 8 in the journal Nature Astronomy, researchers working with Juno’s data discovered that the electric currents passing through Jupiter’s magnetosphere — the region of its atmosphere richest with magnetic field lines — don’t act as expected. The probe found less direct current — current that constantly flows in one direction — than physicists predicted. It was only about 50 million amperes, an incredibly powerful current, but not as high as theoretical models of Jupiter’s magnetosphere suggested would be present. That finding suggests that “alternating current” — current that flickers back and forth — plays a much bigger role in producing Jupiter’s auroras than anyone realized, the researchers wrote. On Jupiter, as on Earth, auroras are a product of whirling currents in magnetic fields interacting with high-energy particles from the sun. [10 Places in the Solar System We’d Most Like to Visit]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65951-jupiter-currents-magnetosphere-tesla.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  “These observations, combined with other Juno spacecraft measurements, show that alternating currents play a much greater role in generating Jupiter’s aurora than the direct current system,” Joachim Saur, an author of the paper, said in a statement. On Earth, we typically think of alternating and direct currents (AC and DC) in terms of electronics. Famously, in the late 19th century, inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla disagreed sharply over which method should be used to deliver power to electrical devices. DC power doesn’t convert as easily between different voltages, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), so Tesla wanted to turn the more-easily convertible AC into the standard. Edison, guarding his DC-dependant patents, resisted the change and spread misinformation that AC was more dangerous, according to the DOE. Tesla won out in the end, and AC became the standard for U.S. power plants. However, according to the DOE, direct current has regained favor as more battery-powered devices have come to market. Your lights are probably running on AC power, but there’s a good chance the device you’re reading this on relies on DC. (That’s why your laptop requires an AC adapter.) In the space around Jupiter, the proportion of AC to DC isn’t determined by feuding pre-modern inventors, but by the behavior of ions in the planet’s atmosphere. Jupiter has powerful currents than Earth for several reasons, including its huge size, its fast rate of spin and the excess of charged particles (ions) pumped out from volcanoes on the moon Io. That such a large proportion of those currents are AC seems to be a result of turbulence in the planet’s magnetic fields, the researchers wrote. Turbulence in this sense refers to the disordered way in which the magnetic fields’ shape and directionality fluctuates. And that turbulence is producing different effects at each of Jupiter’s two poles. In the time Juno has orbited Jupiter, the planet’s north pole has experienced about half the current of the south pole, the researchers wrote. That seems to be a result of the much more complex arrangement of magnetic field lines in the north, which interrupts the flow of currents. In the south, they wrote, the magnetic field lines are “smoother.” The effects of those differences are visible in the two poles’ auroras, they noted. In the north, the auroras tend to be more widely dispersed, with a structure of “filaments and flares.” In the south, the auroras tend to be more structured, with a “bright arc” extending out from the main oval where auroras occur. This research on Jupiter’s powerful magnetic fields, the researchers wrote, could inform their understanding of Earth’s weaker magnetic field — humanity’s main protection against harsh solar particles. Some researchers already suspected turbulence produced a significant proportion of currents around our planet. This work seems to lend credence to that idea. 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