Also On POLITICO Coronavirus: Live updates By POLITICO How Europe is responding to the coronavirus pandemic By POLITICO The White House has begun checking the temperatures of anyone in close contact with U.S. President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.White House staff met reporters at the door of the press briefing room with a thermometer, checking the temperatures of everyone coming in for a noon conference called by Pence.“Out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.
Christopher Bell finished seventh in the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday.The top 10 finish for Bell, his fifth of the year, added 30 points to his season total.Bell started in 34th position. The first-year driver has picked up one top-five and four top-10 finishes in his career.The Norman, Oklahoma native began the race eight spots behind his career mark of 26, but finished 13 places ahead of his career average of 20.5.Bell raced against a field of 38 drivers on the way to his seventh-place finish. The race endured eight cautions and 42 caution laps. Prior to the checkered flag there were 13 lead changes.Cole Custer earned the victory in the race, and Martin Truex Jr finished second. Matt DiBenedetto placed third, Kevin Harvick brought home fourth, and Kurt Busch finished off the top five.After Aric Almirola won Stage 1, Brad Keselowski drove the No. 2 car to victory in Stage 2.Christopher Bell Driver Page | Get Bell Gear | Race Center
Earlier this week, Neil Young announced the launch of the new Fireside Sessions online concert series, which will see the veteran rocker sharing filmed performances from his home in Telluride, CO as the live side of the industry remains shut down for the coming months. Young kicked off the online performance initiative on Thursday, as he and wife Daryl Hannah put together a six-song solo acoustic session video which was shared to the guitarist’s Neil Young Archives website.Related: 25 Concert Films & Music Documentaries To Stream While You’re Self-QuarantiningThe 29-minute performance starts outside where Young begins playing while surrounded by the falling snowflakes during a take on one of his earliest original tunes, “Sugar Mountain”. Young’s harmonica is stationed nearby via a makeshift holder which he utilizes without breaking strum.The guitarist then asks the camera, “Okay that’s enough, right?” before taking the performance inside to continue the set with a notable bust-out and solo debut of “Little Wing” (First Time Played since 1977), “Love Art Blues” (FTP since 2008), and “Vampire Blues”, marking his first solo take on the song since 1974. The fireside performance came to a close following the performances of “Tell Me Why” and “Razor Love”.Fans can head to the Neil Young Archives website to watch the performance in full. [H/T Stereogum]
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Israel Antiquities Authority and Google announced Tuesday that they are collaborating to produce digitized images of the entire collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls and put them on the Internet, making the archaeological treasure available to anyone with the click of a mouse. (READ the story in the Washington Post)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Melanie Sanchez was in the middle of her graduation commencement ceremony when her phone rang.When she saw that she didn’t know the number, she thought maybe it was the job offer that she had been waiting for.RELATED VIDEO: Adorable Reaction of Little Girl’s Friends to Her New Pink ProstheticThough it’s technically not allowed, Melanie picked up the phone only to find that she was correct – she had been given a position as a marketing specialist with a Florida health care company.Unable to contain her joy, Melanie’s reaction inspired her friend to film the excitement she was experiencing as one chapter of her life ended and another new one began.(WATCH the video below) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSome students might be worrying about how they’re going to land a job after they’re finished with school – but not this happy graduate. Click To Share This Sweet Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Governor Peter Shumlin today signed the state’s 2014-15 Capital Budget into law in Waterbury, approving more than $173 million for projects that include the Vermont State Hospital replacement facility in Berlin, the Waterbury State Office complex reconstruction, start on a new Lamoille County Court House, a new State Police barrack in Westminster, mold remediation work at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, and more. On the morning Tropical Storm Irene ripped through Vermont, this basement at the Waterbury state office complex (Osgood Hall) was under 7 feet of water.‘Not only is this the largest Capital Bill appropriation in the history of the state, but these projects will create jobs for Vermonters in the coming years,’said the Governor, who was joined by Buildings and General Services Commissioner Michael Obuchowski for the signing. The Governor also thanked the chairs of the House and Senate Institutions Committees ‘Rep. Alice Emmons and Sen. Peg Flory ‘for their leadership in crafting the capital budget. On the list of approved projects:$69 million for reconstruction, renovations and replacement of state property due to Tropical Storm Irene, including projects in Berlin, Waterbury and Montpelier;$11 million to complete the construction of the Department of Health Laboratory in Colchester;$3.5 million for phase one of the new Lamoille County Court House;$17.4 million for projects through the Agency of Education;$6.2 million for construction of the new Westminster police barrack, which consolidates the Brattleboro and Rockingham barracks;Authority to Buildings and General Services to address mold remediation at the Vermont Veterans Home and development a comprehensive plan to prevent future issues;Authority to BGS to work with the City of Newport to evaluate the opportunities to sell the boardwalk after repair; andFunds for enhanced 911 planning and implementation in Vermont public schools. Governor Shumlin signs the Capital Bill to ensure that 1,000 state employees return to Waterbury by the end of 2015.‘These are projects that support local communities, provide jobs for Vermonters, and ensure we not only solve and prevent problems, but move our projects into the future and make our state a better place to live, work and play,’Gov. Shumlin said. The Governor signed the bill at the State Complex in Waterbury, which was severely damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) reminds its members of their access to telemedicine benefits and shares new service offerings effective in 2018. For years, BCBSVT has provided its members access to the largest, most extensive network of providers within Vermont and the U.S. Last year, to further provide members with the most current and convenient access to medical care, BCBSVT partnered with American Well® (Amwell) to give members 24/7/365 access to doctors via telemedicine.Telemedicine provides online video consultation access with a provider via a computer, or an app on a smartphone or tablet. The providers can help with issues like respiratory infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, pharyngitis, rashes, pink eye, cough, flu, stuffy head and allergies. They can also prescribe medication if needed.(link is external)Effective January 1, 2018, BCBSVT is excited to announce that members will also be able to take advantage of newly added telemedicine services to include nutritional counseling, breastfeeding support and mental health and substance abuse support.To use this service(link is external), BCBSVT members should visit Amwell.com or download the Amwell app from iTunes® or the Google Play™ store to their phone or tablet. Once a member registers an account, he or she can either select a provider from the list of available providers or simply wait for the next available provider. If a member can’t wait, he or she can also schedule an appointment for a time that is more convenient. One of the biggest benefits of accessing the service and registering ahead of time is that members may access this tool whenever they or their family members feel sick.“We are very excited to be able to offer our members 24/7 access to providers,” says Dr. Joshua Plavin, vice president and chief medical officer at BCBSVT. “In our busy lives today, scheduling time with a provider can sometimes be a challenge. The convenience and ease of accessing a qualified medical provider using a smartphone or computer provides our members additional access to care, especially in some of our rural areas with more limited provider access. With over half the state’s population living in more rural areas, having a way to connect with round-the-clock care via phone or computer can significantly increase health care access in Vermont.”Plavin, who is board certified in both pediatrics and internal medicine, also recognizes the advantages of telemedicine from the provider point of view. “For many health situations, especially afterhours on nights and weekends, the patient only needs a quick visit, so that the provider can get a clear sense of the patient’s concerns and offer treatment that can help as soon as possible. Providing a new, online way to interact with patients makes good medical sense.”About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the State’s only Vermont-based, not-for-profit health plan, providing coverage for about 250,000 Vermonters. It employs about 400 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin, a branch office in South Burlington and its Information and Wellness Center in South Burlington’s Blue Mall, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. Please note: the issuance of prescriptions are subject to state law and clinical standards of care.2 BCBSVT members should first verify whether their benefits cover telemedicine services by checking their Plan documents within the BCBSVT Member Resource Center at www.bcbsvt.com/mrc(link is external) or by calling the number on the back of their ID cards.Source: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont 4.27.2018
E. Robert Williams American Inn of Court vists English and Irish counterparts THE E. ROBERT WILLIAMS AMERICAN INN OF COURT of Jacksonville recently visited the English and Irish inns of court and the criminal and civil courts of Dublin. The traveling delegation is pictured here in front of Westminster Abbey in London. The travelers included Judge Karen Cole, Judge Neal Pitts, Alan Gordon, Allison Hunnicutt, George Rotchford, Holley Aker, Michael Crumpler, Michael J. O’Rourke, Meri Pitts, Karen Gordon, John Hunnicutt, Patricia Rotchford Simkus, Deborah Crumpler, Susan O’Rourke, and Allison Rey Gordon. June 15, 2013 Regular News
Cholera outbreak in Iraq spreads as cases increase in TanzaniaMore than 500 new cholera cases have been reported in Iraq since last week, and the outbreak has spread to the northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan, according to a Middle East Online update yesterday.Iraqi health officials reported 546 new cases, bringing the outbreak total to 1,809 since the first detections last month. The Baghdad and Babil governorates, which lie along the banks of the Euphrates River, have each seen more than 500 cases.The Kurdish Health Ministry reported four cases of cholera in Arbil and Dohuk provinces, located in the northern autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Two cases in Kurdistan occurred in people displaced from central Iraq by conflict.Six deaths due to cholera in Iraq have occurred since the outbreak began; four deaths were reported in the Abu Ghraib region before a national response effort was implemented. Iraqi health officials attribute the outbreak to poor water quality caused by the low level of the Euphrates.Oct 20 Middle East Online articleOct 12 CIDRAP News scan on outbreakIn related news, the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced an array of interventions to halt a cholera outbreak in Tanzania.As of Oct 19, 4,835 cholera cases have been reported in the country. Thirteen regions are affected, though cases are highest (3,460, or 72%) in the large urban region of Dar es Salaam.The WHO and Tanzanian officials today announced the formation of a national task force that would primarily address water sanitation and education, while collaborating with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase regional surveillance.The WHO is also creating five cholera treatment centers in Dar es Salaam and Morogoro and deploying two public health experts to integrate surveillance, case management, and sanitation activities across the country. At this time, the agency does not recommend travel or trade restrictions to Tanzania.Oct 21 WHO update Study: Drug-resistant malarial parasites able to infect African mosquitoesArtemisinin-resistant forms of the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, which causes malaria, are able to infect Anopheles coluzzii, which is the main transmitter of malaria in Africa, according to a study yesterday in Nature Communications.Investigators from the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) infected five species of Anopheles mosquitoes, including A coluzzii, with three parasites sensitive to artemisinin (ART) and six ART-resistant parasites that have been well-established in western Cambodia.All nine forms of P falciparum infected the 216 mosquitoes, and the ART-resistant parasite was present in the salivary glands of 153 mosquitoes (71%), including A coluzzii.The ART-resistant parasites demonstrated genetic similarities that may explain why they are able to infect diverse mosquito species by bypassing the mosquitoes’ immune systems, NIAID investigators said in an agency news release.ART-combination therapies are the frontline treatment for malaria in Africa, and investigators expressed concern that the spread of ART-resistant P falciparum to A coluzzii could lead to malarial treatment failure and increased disease transmission on the continent. Investigators estimate that malaria will cause about 400,000 deaths in Africa this year, with more people at risk if drug-resistant parasites spread from Southeast Asia to Africa.Oct 20 Nat Commun study Oct 20 NIAID news release UN-backed polio vaccination campaign begins in UkraineUkraine, which is experiencing the first polio outbreak in the European region since 2010, today launched a nationwide vaccination campaign whose first phase is aimed at 2.85 million children aged 6 and under, the WHO said today. The agency recently expressed concern over a weeks-long delay to begin the campaign.Two more campaigns, to follow at 1-month intervals, will target 4.75 million children younger than 10 years, the WHO said. All vaccinations are being given free of charge via funding garnered by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from the Canadian government.The polio outbreak was first announced Sep 1 when paralysis in two children from southwestern Ukraine, 10 months and 4 years of age, was attributed to the disease. No additional cases of paralysis have been identified, says the WHO, but since paralysis occurs in only about 1 in 200 cases, many infections may be going unnoticed. Millions of children are at acute risk, the agency said, because of low polio vaccine coverage in the country.The WHO and UNICEF are supporting Ukraine’s health ministry in planning the vaccination campaigns, strengthening surveillance, and training health workers. An assessment of risk in Ukraine and surrounding areas as well as of potential routes of transmission is also being conducted by WHO.International guidelines say that even one case of polio constitutes an outbreak and warrants urgent response.Oct 21 WHO notice Oct 12 CIDRAP News scan on outbreak