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Gustavus households offered safe drinking water after latest PFAS scare

Gustavus households offered safe drinking water after latest PFAS scare

first_imgAlaska’s Energy DeskGustavus households offered safe drinking water after latest PFAS scareOctober 31, 2018 by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:PFAS levels around Gustavus. (Image courtesy of the Alaska Department of Transportation)There’s a kind of chemical foam used to suppress oil fires. But that foam can leach into the environment and contaminate groundwater. In Alaska, it’s been detected close to some airports and military bases in Fairbanks, where routine drills occur. It’s also cropping up in other places around the state. Kelly McLaughlin’s family has owned property in Gustavus since the 1960s on what was once part an old territorial homestead. Most of it is close to the airport.This past summer, she learned the state was testing water wells nearby for contaminants — specifically, a compound known as PFAS. Many of the residents of Gustavus are on their own water system, including McLaughlin. So, she asked the state to test her water, too. She says it took some convincing, but in September, she got the results back, and she was floored. Her well tested positive for the contaminant. It had twice as much as the federal government advises for human health. “You don’t think the water you’ve been drinking and assume is safe is poison,” McLaughlin said. “That’s not a thought that crossed my mind ever. I was wasn’t prepared for the results to be that bad.”The state is now providing McLaughlin’s home with shipped-in jugs of water. Eleven other private wells also qualified. A spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Transportation said this is a growing national issue, and that’s what tipped off the state to test the wells near the Gustavus airport. Over the summer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report suggesting that PFAS may be more hazardous to health than previously thought. McLaughlin says she’s stayed awake at night thinking about the impact this could have on her family. “My daughter of course drinks the bathwater and there’s no keeping kids from engaging with the contaminated water,” she said.Exposure to the chemical compound has been to linked to an increased risk of cancer. It can affect growth and learning development in children and interfere with hormone levels. McLaughlin says she’d like the state to offer some kind of blood tests to the residents, but so far, they haven’t made the offer. “No. And I’ve asked and asked, and I’d given every reason I can think of,” she said. “I’d like my breast milk tested. I would like my blood tested and my kid’s blood tested. I think at the very least, it’s information that can be applied at a later date.”The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services responded on Friday that the agency will not be conducting blood tests because “scientists do not know how blood levels correspond with effects on health from PFAS exposure.” In the meantime, McLaughlin is considering paying for her own test to get a baseline for her medical records. She’s still hoping the state will be responsive. “This was nobody’s fault. As far as I know, nobody knew how bad these chemicals were,” McLaughlin said. “Nobody knew how far they would travel. The DOT did not intentionally poison the people in Gustavus. But it happened.”Now, she says the ball is in the state’s court to to try to make this right. A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation says they’re bringing in an engineer to start to develop some long term solutions. The state is also currently taking public comment until Nov. 5 to institute some kind of enforceable levels for the chemical compound — beyond the federal guidelines.Editor’s note: This story has been updated as new information has become available.Share this story:last_img read more

Our second last hurling rankings as championship draws to a close

Our second last hurling rankings as championship draws to a close

first_imgHome Sport GAA Our second last hurling rankings as championship draws to a close SportGAAHurling RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Camross sit top of our hurling rankings with one more weekend to go A defining weekend in the hurling championship has just concluded.So with just two more games to go, our hurling rankings are almost complete for 2018.Check them out below:25 – Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe (Down 1)A disappointing first season for the new club – three games, three losses and relegation to the junior ranks. Still, they hurled better in their relegation game against Rathdowney-Errill than they did in previous outings – and dropping down isn’t the end of the world if they can learn from it and look to bounce back straight away. Drop as a result of Mountmellick’s win.24 – Mountmellick (Up 1)Chris Hartnett’s men did it at the weekend as they won back-to-back championships. They were a Junior B side when we started the rankings last year but are now fully deserving of their place after jumping up to the IHC.23 – Ballypickas Gaels (No change)Promoted from junior last year, they had a decent enough year in the intermediate grade and weren’t that far off reaching a semi-final. Many of their players were involved with Shanahoe Gaels in the Senior ‘A’ who lost the quarter final.22 – Rathdowney-Errill (No change)They’ll be glad they secured their intermediate status but it was a disappointing season in the end – having been in last year’s final and in the Division 1A league decider.21 – Clonad (No Change)A poor performance against Clough-Ballacolla in the quarter-final sees them drop a couple of places. Their Round 2 win over Rathdowney-Errill was a highlight but they’ll be disappointed with their season overall.20 – Clough-Ballacolla (Down 1)A comfortable win over Clonad saw them reach the semi-finals but they were well beaten by eventual champions Slieve Bloom and fall as a result.19 – Borris-Kilcotton (Down 2)Began the year as our topped ranked intermediate side following relegation from the Senior A ranks last year. However, suffered a surprise defeat in the semi final stage to Camross and that sees them fall.18 – Camross (Up 2)Lost a couple of players to their senior team early on but went on a remarkable run which took them all the way to the final. And they were three points up with less than five minutes to go before Slieve Bloom scored two late goals to win.17 – Trumera (Down 1)Their return to the Senior ‘A’ grade ended up similar to their last one in 2016 – with four losses and relegation. Neighbours Mountrath saw them down and they will have to regroup next year in the IHC.16 – Slieve Bloom (Up 2)What a year it has been for Slieve Bloom. A Junior C football title last week was added to on Saturday by the one they really wanted – the IHC title. They have jumped up two grades in the last three years and have a very young team who can improve again.15 – Mountrath (No change)Lost narrowly to Shanahoe Gaels to land them in the relegation decider. But did enough to see off neighbours Trumera and stay up.14 – Colt Gaels (No change)Won their first game against Mountrath but then lost their next two by an average of nine points. Landed in the quarter finals where they were well beaten by Rosenallis. A bad year for last year’s finalists.13 – Shanahoe Gaels (No change)Having been in last year’s relegation final, they’ve won two of their three group games and set up a quarter-final against Portlaoise. Looked set to win that but a strong finish by Portlaoise saw them denied by a point.12 – Rosenallis (Down 1)Reached the semi final again this year but they once again came up short. This time The Harps proved too strong and it is very difficult to compete at such a high level in both hurling and football.11 – Clonaslee-St Manman’s (Down 1)Going unbeaten in their first three games meant straight through to the semi-finals which marked an improvement on last year’s disappointing campaign. However, they came unstuck against Portlaoise at the weekend.10 – Portlaoise (Up 2)Two losses in their opening two games was followed by a predictable win over Trumera in Round 3. That put them in the quarter final where they defeated Shanahoe Gaels and then at the weekend they gained revenge over Clonaslee to reach the final. Some turnaround.9 – The Harps (No change)Still the top of the Senior ‘A’ pile following three comfortable group wins and a semi final triumph over Rosenallis. The pressure will be cranked up now to win the final – and they have to respond.8 – Ballyfin Gaels (No change)Four senior championship games, four losses and instant relegation to Senior ‘A’. Battled well in each game but struggled to score goals with only one green flag raised in four games. Without that they were going to struggle but they made a match of it in three of their last four games.7 – Castletown Gaels (No change) In the first half of their win over Ballyfin Gaels, they were incredibly impressive and had they kept that up, we’d have moved them up one spot. They saw an eight-point lead evaporate though only to steady themselves to pull through. Have something to work with and build on and while they end the championship with a couple of big beatings and the lowest scoring record of the eight senior teams, they will be mad keen to show improvement in 2019.6 – Abbeyleix (No change)Their win over Ballyfin Gaels kept them safe – and they headed into a quarter-final outing against Rathdowney-Errill. But they were absolutely hammered in that game and will have to pick themselves up for next season.5 – Clough-Ballacolla (Down 3)The 2017 defeated finalists finished the season with two massive defeats. They lost by 11 points to Camross in their final group game and were beaten by even more in the quarter final by Borris-Kilcotton. A very disappointing end.4 – Ballinakill (Up 1)Surprised everyone by making the semi finals and were right there with Rathdowney-Errill for 40 minutes before Paddy Purcell’s goal changed everything. A positive year for the club though.3 – Borris-Kilcotton (Up 1)A loss to Ballinakill stunted Borris-Kilcotton’s progress but they responded well to defeat Ballacolla in the quarter final. Faced Camross at the weekend and looked like they would win when they got a point up midway through the second half. However, Camross got back on top via Mark Dowling’s goal and won well in the end.2 – Rathdowney-Errill (Up 1)The Laois SHC final will be a repeat of the league final as Rathdowney-Errill have come through the pack to square up against Camross in the decider. Have recorded good wins over Abbeyleix and Ballinakill to get here and will give Camross plenty to think about.1 – Camross (No change)Still Number 1 and still the team to beat. Looked in trouble in the second half against Borris-Kilcotton but found a way to win as they usually do. No team has retained the Bob O’Keeffe Cup since 2003 but Camross are now firm favourites to do that.SEE ALSO – LISTEN: A comprehensive review of the weekend’s action including ‘Listener’s Questions’ WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Council By LaoisToday Reporter – 25th September 2018 TAGSLaois GAA hurling rankings New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest Twitter Community Our second last hurling rankings as championship draws to a close Previous articleRetired Laois tailor sings his way to €27,000 on Winning StreakNext articleTwo Laois lads feature in new FIFA 19 game LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Community Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitterlast_img read more

Franklin Templeton announces changes to Canadian fund lineup

Franklin Templeton announces changes to Canadian fund lineup

Keywords Fund caps and terminationsCompanies Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Franklin Templeton Money Market Fund Switches that involve a currency exchange from the U.S. dollar to the Canadian dollar will be processed using the exchange rate prevailing at the close of business on April 16. A non-registered account will have its holdings redeemed at fair market value and cheques will be sent to securityholders. All costs associated with the termination of the funds and series will be borne by Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. Franklin Templeton Global Blend Fund CI GAM announces fund mergers Franklin Templeton Money Market Fund Related news Quotential Global Balanced Corporate Class Portfolio – Series T Franklin Templeton U.S. Money Market Fund Franklin Templeton U.S. Money Market Yield Class Quotential Global Balanced Portfolio – Series T-USD Toronto-based Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. Monday announced changes to streamline its money market and Series-T USD lineup in Canada. Franklin Templeton Money Market Corporate Class, Franklin Templeton U.S. Money Market Fund, Franklin Templeton U.S. Money Market Corporate Class, Franklin Templeton U.S. Money Market Yield Class, Franklin Templeton Global Blend Fund and Franklin Templeton Global Blend Corporate Class will be terminated. Series T-USD of Quotential Global Balanced Portfolio and Quotential Global Balanced Corporate Class will also be terminated. Franklin Templeton Money Market Corporate Class and Franklin Templeton U.S. Money Market Corporate Class have been closed to new investments since Feb. 20, 2006 and March 3, 2008, respectively. The remaining funds and series will cease offering units or shares for purchase after the close of business on February 14. The funds and series will be terminated on April 16. Franklin Templeton says the funds and series are being closed due to the decline in securityholders and the associated cost of maintaining a smaller fund or series. Investors can redeem or switch their holdings in the funds or series on or prior to April 12. At the close of business on April 16, any remaining securityholders who hold the fund in a registered account will have its holdings switched on a dollar-for-dollar basis as follows: Terminating funds / series: IE Staff Franklin Templeton Money Market Fund BMO Private Investment Counsel announces fund merger Franklin Templeton Money Market Fund SLGI Asset Management terminating two mutual funds Franklin Templeton Money Market Fund Franklin Templeton Money Market Corporate Class Franklin Templeton U.S. Money Market Corporate Class Franklin Templeton Global Blend Corporate Class Quotential Global Balanced Portfolio – Series T Franklin Templeton Money Market Fund Switched-to funds / series: Quotential Global Balanced Corporate Class Portfolio – Series T-USD Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Thailand: UN rights office deeply troubled by treason charges for protestors

Thailand: UN rights office deeply troubled by treason charges for protestors

first_imgThailand: UN rights office deeply troubled by treason charges for protestors The United NationsThailand’s decision to charge protestors with treason is deeply troubling, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said on Friday following the arrest of at least 35 activists, including a teenager, in recent weeks.The protestors were charged under the lèse-majesté provision of the country’s criminal code, which prohibits defaming, insulting or threatening the royal family, and could face between three and 15 years in prison.“We are particularly alarmed that the 16-year-old activist was yesterday presented by police to the Juvenile Court with a request for a detention order,” said Ravina Shamdasani, an OHCHR spokesperson in Geneva.Repeat offender Ms. Shamdasani noted that over the past decade, several UN human rights mechanisms have repeatedly called on Thailand to bring the treason law in line with the country’s international obligations.“It is extremely disappointing that after a period of two years without any cases, we are suddenly witnessing a large number of cases, and – shockingly – now also against a minor”, she said.Thousands of Thais have been taking to the streets since July in peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations.Ms. Shamdasani said the UN human rights office remains concerned that activists have also faced other serious criminal charges, including sedition and offences under the Computer Crimes Act.Fear of reprisals “Again, such charges have been filed against a minor, among others”, she added.“We call on the Government of Thailand to stop the repeated use of such serious criminal charges against individuals for exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful expression and peaceful assembly. People should be able to exercise these rights without fear of reprisals.” /UN News Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:arrest, Assembly, court, Criminal, detention, Family, Geneva, Government, Human, Human Rights, law, police, Prison, Thailand, UNlast_img read more

ICAO and WCO issue joint calls on vaccine supply chain priorities, new customs and security guidelines

ICAO and WCO issue joint calls on vaccine supply chain priorities, new customs and security guidelines

first_imgICAO and WCO issue joint calls on vaccine supply chain priorities, new customs and security guidelines Montréal,22 February 2021 – ICAO and the World Customs Organization (WCO) have published a joint statement calling on governments to demonstrate maximum flexibility with respect to border clearance and air transport supply chain operations essential to the effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and related medical supplies.In a separate but related development, the two agencies have also developed new guidelines to help countries achieve better alignment of their customs and security procedures.Signed by ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu and WCO Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, the joint statement on vaccines urges the rapid establishment of the infrastructure needed to support end-to-end vaccine storage and logistics for public supplies.Improved open collaboration between the aviation and customs communities and partnering organizations is also strongly emphasized.ICAO and the WCO are furthermore encouraging countries to designate required aviation staff as ‘key workers’ providing an essential service, in alignment with the WHO’s Roadmap for Prioritizing Uses of COVID-19 Vaccines.“ICAO continues to work very closely with regional and international organizations, and industry partners such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI), to provide up-to-date guidance to government aviation authorities, airlines, and airports,” Dr. Liu emphasized.“To better expedite air cargo operations, and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, governments are being urged to bring these matters to the immediate attention of their national health and transport authorities, customs authorities, local governments, and any other concerned parties.”The new Joint WCO-ICAO Guiding Principles for Pre-Loading Advance Cargo Information will meanwhile build on earlier progress achieved by ICAO and WCO on another important risk management approach, one focused on the pre-loading of advance cargo information and designed exclusively to prevent explosives from being placed in air cargo shipments.“Since the 2010 incident where air cargo was attempted to be used as a delivery mechanism for explosive devices, the WCO and ICAO have been partnering to secure and protect the air cargo and mail supply chain, in addition to other objectives relating to the unfettered movement of people, goods, and conveyances across international borders,” Dr. Liu noted. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Air transport, Aviation, council, covid-19, Customs, Government, ICAO, incident, industry, infrastructure, Secretary, security, supply chain, Transport, Vaccines, WHOlast_img read more

Rights, wrongs and responsibilities: Covering race in today’s America

Rights, wrongs and responsibilities: Covering race in today’s America

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder will unite journalists, media makers and scholars for the one-day conference titled Rights, Wrongs and Responsibilities: Covering Race in Today’s America.The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Eaton Humanities. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.On the streets, in newspapers, on television and across social networks, the stark reality of racial tensions in the United States has reached critical mass.“This conference examines and proposes new approaches for reporting on the landscape in America today: the quest for civil rights, the realities of historical prejudice and the responsibilities we all share,” says conference organizer Mei-Ling McNamara, an assistant professor of journalism at CU Boulder.The daylong event will bring together a variety of speakers from local and national organizations and news outlets. Journalist and documentarian Lee Fang—who investigates the structure, funding and nuances of alt-right, white nationalist and white supremacist groups as part of his work for The Intercept—will deliver a keynote speech on “Weaponizing Race”.Guests will also speak on topics in the media including: the intersection of gender and race, counter narratives of representation, the role of identity outsiders and more.Additional speakers include Terron Moore, senior director of social media for MTV’s Total Request Live and former social media editor at Teen Vogue; Shareef Aleem, Theresa Halsey and Tish Beauford of KGNU radio; Gabrielle Bryant, Emmy Award-winning producer and president of the Colorado Association of Black Journalists; Heraa Hashmi, social media activist; Mary Bowannie of the First Nations Development Institute; journalists from the Colorado Independent and CU Independent; and co-founder of the Mardale Jay Writing Center Dajia Maestas, whose students will perform spoken-word poetry at the event.View the full schedule.last_img read more

‘Galaxy-sized’ observatory sees potential hints of gravitational waves

‘Galaxy-sized’ observatory sees potential hints of gravitational waves

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Daniel Strain • Published: Jan. 11, 2021 Banner image: A pulsar ejecting a plume of energy. (Credit: NASA/HST/ASU/J. Hester et al.)Scientists have used a “galaxy-sized” space observatory to find possible hints of a unique signal from gravitational waves, or the powerful ripples that course through the universe and warp the fabric of space and time itself. The new findings, which appeared recently in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, hail from a U.S. and Canadian project called the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav). For over 13 years, NANOGrav researchers have pored over the light streaming from dozens of pulsars spread throughout the Milky Way Galaxy to try to detect a “gravitational wave background.” That’s what scientists call the steady flux of gravitational radiation that, according to theory, washes over Earth on a constant basis. The team hasn’t yet pinpointed that target, but it’s getting closer than ever before, said Joseph Simon, an astrophysicist at the University of Colorado Boulder and lead author of the new paper. “We’ve found a strong signal in our dataset,” said Simon, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences. “But we can’t say yet that this is the gravitational wave background.”In 2017, scientists on an experiment called the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the first-ever direct detection of gravitational waves. Those waves were created when two black holes slammed into each other roughly 130 million lightyears from Earth, generating a cosmic shock that spread to our own solar system.  Graphic showing pulsar light traveling to Earth amid a sea of gravitational waves. (Credit: NANOGrav/T. Klein) That event was the equivalent of a cymbal crash—a violent and short-lived blast. The gravitational waves that Simon and his colleagues are looking for, in contrast, are more like the steady hum of conversation at a crowded cocktail party.Detecting that background noise would be a major scientific achievement, opening a new window to the workings of the universe, he added. These waves, for example, could give scientists new tools for studying how the supermassive black holes at the centers of many galaxies merge over time.“These enticing first hints of a gravitational wave background suggest that supermassive black holes likely do merge and that we are bobbing in a sea of gravitational waves rippling from supermassive black hole mergers in galaxies across the universe,” said Julie Comerford, an associate professor of astrophysical and planetary science at CU Boulder and NANOGrav team member. Simon will present his team’s results at a virtual press conference on Monday at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Galactic lighthousesThrough their work on NANOGrav, Simon and Comerford are part of a high stakes, albeit collaborative, international race to find the gravitational wave background. Their project joins two others out of Europe and Australia to make up a network called the International Pulsar Timing Array. Simon said that, at least according to theory, merging galaxies and other cosmological events produce a steady churn of gravitational waves. They’re humungous—a single wave, Simon said, can take years or even longer to pass Earth by. For that reason, no other existing experiments can detect them directly. “Other observatories search for gravitational waves that are on the order of seconds,” Simon said. “We’re looking for waves that are on the order of years or decades.”He and his colleagues had to get creative. The NANOGrav team uses telescopes on the ground not to look for gravitational waves but to observe pulsars. These collapsed stars are the lighthouses of the galaxy. They spin at incredibly fast speeds, sending streams of radiation hurtling toward Earth in a blinking pattern that remains mostly unchanged over the eons. Simon explained that gravitational waves alter the steady pattern of light coming from pulsars, tugging or squeezing the relative distances that these rays travel through space. Scientists, in other words, might be able to spot the gravitational wave background simply by monitoring pulsars for correlated changes in the timing of when they arrive at Earth.“These pulsars are spinning about as fast as your kitchen blender,” he said. “And we’re looking at deviations in their timing of just a few hundred nanoseconds.”Something thereTo find that subtle signal, the NANOGrav team strives to observe as many pulsars as possible for as long as possible. To date, the group has observed 45 pulsars for at least three years and, in some cases, for well over a decade.The hard work seems to be paying off. In their latest study, Simon and his colleagues report that they’ve detected a distinct signal in their data: Some common process seems to be affecting the light coming from many of the pulsars.“We walked through each of the pulsars one by one. I think we were all expecting to find a few that were the screwy ones throwing off our data,” Simon said. “But then we got through them all, and we said, ‘Oh my God, there’s actually something here.’”The researchers still can’t say for sure what’s causing that signal. They’ll need to add more pulsars to their dataset and observe them for longer periods to determine if it’s actually the gravitational wave background at work. “Being able to detect the gravitational wave background will be a huge step but that’s really only step one,” he said. “Step two is pinpointing what causes those waves and discovering what they can tell us about the universe.”NANOGrav is a U.S. National Science Foundation Physics Frontiers Center. It is co-directed by Maura McLaughlin of West Virginia University and Xavier Siemens of Oregon State University. Categories:SpaceNews Headlineslast_img read more

Winners of 2020 Great American Beer Festival Competition Revealed During First-Ever…

Winners of 2020 Great American Beer Festival Competition Revealed During First-Ever…

first_imgEmail Twitter TAGSBrewers Association Linkedin Facebook Advertisement272 medals awarded to 240 breweries in prestigious professional beer competition Boulder, Colo. • October 16, 2020 — The Brewers Association (BA) awarded 272 medals* to 240 breweries across the country during the 2020 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awards ceremony. The best beers in 91 beer categories covering 170 different beer styles (including all subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals during a virtual ceremony hosted on The Brewing Network. Judges for the 34th edition of the celebrated competition evaluated 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Socially distanced judging took place in 35 sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures in place. The awards ceremony was held virtually on Friday evening, kicking off the two-day online programming portion of the Great American Beer Festival. “This year’s GABF competition may have looked a little different, but the beers entered into the competition were as impressive and innovative as ever,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This has arguably been one of the most challenging years breweries have ever faced, so we hope these awards serve as a symbol not only of brewing excellence but also the resiliency of the craft brewing community as a whole.”View the 2020 winners or download a PDF list of the winners.GABF COMPETITION STATISTICS34th edition of the GABF competition 8,806 beers judged1,720 breweries in the competition from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C.115 judges from 21 statesAverage number of competition beers entered in each category: 97Category with the highest number of entries: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (377)272 total medals awarded 240 medal-winning breweries 337 first-time GABF entrants19 first-time GABF winnersMOST-ENTERED STYLE CATEGORIESThe winners of the top five most-entered categories were:Category 58: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (377 entries) – Sponsored by The Cincinnati Insurance Companies GOLD: Spellbinder, Wren House Brewing Co., Phoenix, AZ SILVER: Yojo, Moonraker Brewing Co., Auburn, CA BRONZE: Wicked Pawesome, Metazoa Brewing Co. – Stringtown Production Facility, Indianapolis, IN Category 57: American Style India Pale Ale (355 entries) – Sponsored by The Ardagh Group GOLD: IPA, Perry Street Brewing, Spokane, WA SILVER: Updrift India Pale Ale, Pelican Brewing Co. – Tillamook, Tillamook, OR BRONZE: Nothing Noble, Von Ebert Brewing – Pearl, Portland, OR Category 39: German Style Pilsener (200 entries) – Sponsored by Micro Matic GOLD: Sprockets, Gravely Brewing Co., Louisville, KY SILVER: Prost Pils, Prost Brewing Co., Denver, CO BRONZE: Pils, Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO Category 28: Wood & Barrel-Aged Strong Stout (199 entries) – Sponsored by BeerHole GOLD: A Night to End All Dawns, Kane Brewing Co., Ocean, NJ SILVER: Ruckus, Melvin Brewing – Thai Me Up, Jackson, WY BRONZE: Grasp of Oak, Moksa Brewing Co., Rocklin, CA Category 60: Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale (192 entries) – Sponsored by The Alison Group GOLD: The Hopsplainer, Burke-Gilman Brewing Co., Seattle, WA SILVER: Not A Scientist, Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA BRONZE: Sugar on My Tongue, Highland Park Brewery, Los Angeles, CA MOST MEDALED BREWERIESThe most medals won by individual breweries included:Sun King Brewery – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN – 4 medals GOLD – Afternoon Delight, Category 26 – Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer BRONZE – Cherry Busey, Category 30 – Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer BRONZE – Pachanga, Category 34 – Light Lager BRONZE – Sunlight Cream Ale, Category 49 – Golden or Blonde Ale Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO – 3 medals GOLD – Featherweight Pale Ale, Category 53 – American-Style Pale Ale BRONZE – Vladimir Brutin, Category 18 – Experimental India Pale Ale BRONZE – Let’s Talk About Mex, Category 37 – American-Style Cream Ale Chuckanut Brewery – North Nut, Bellingham, WA – 3 medals GOLD – Chuckanut Maibock, Category 47 – Bock SILVER – Chuckanut Chuck Lite, Category 34 – Light Lager BRONZE – Chuckanut Rye, Category 12 – Rye Beer Riip Beer Co., Huntington Beach, CA – 3 medals GOLD – Tangible Passion, Category 82 – Belgian-Style Specialty Ale SILVER – The Riizzo, Category 10 – Coffee Stout or Porter SILVER – Black the Riipper, Category 69 – American-Style Black Ale or American-Style Stout 23 individual breweries won 2 medals 213 individual breweries won 1 medalBREWERY AND BREWPUB OF THE YEAR AWARDS(See criteria here)PACKAGING BREWERIES:Very Small Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group <1,000 barrels produced in 2019 Five Branches Brewing, Tarpon Springs, FL; Jerry Brown Small Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by ABS Commercial 1,000 – 14,999 barrels produced in 2019 Big aLICe Brewing Co., Long Island City, NY; Big aLICe Production Team Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year – Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics 15,000 – 6,000,000 barrels produced in 2019 Lost Forty Brewing, Little Rock, AR; Lost Forty Brewing Team BREWPUBS:Small Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. <750 barrels produced in 2019 The Good Society, Seattle, WA; Phil Cammarano & Nick Berger Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group 750 – 1,500 barrels produced in 2019 Monkless Belgian Ales, Bend, OR; Todd Clement & Chris Dinsdale Large Brewpub of the Year – Sponsored by Ska Fabricating Over 1,500 barrels produced in 2019 The Freehouse, Minneapolis, MN; The Freehouse Team LARGE BREWERIES AND MULTIPLE LOCATION BREWERIES:Brewery Group of the Year – Sponsored by Live Oak Bank Over 6,000,000 barrels produced in 2019 or multi-location breweries wishing to compete as a group Three Creeks Brewing Co., Sisters, OR; Team Three Creeks *Out of a possible 273 medals in 91 beer style categories, 272 were awarded. The bronze medal was not given in Category 20, Gluten-Free Beer.The 2020 Great American Beer Festival was made possible in part by the generous support of its sponsors. About the Brewers AssociationThe Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,400-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR™: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con™, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.Advertisement Previous articleChampagne Billecart-Salmon Announces Virtual Mask-erade Ball to Close Out New York Champagne WeekNext articleAlma Rosa Winery’s Inaugural Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction Raises $144,225 to Support Mental Wellness Press Release Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Winners of 2020 Great American Beer Festival Competition Revealed During First-Ever Virtual...Industry News ReleasesWinners of 2020 Great American Beer Festival Competition Revealed During First-Ever Virtual CeremonyBy Press Release - October 19, 2020 279 0 ReddIt Sharelast_img read more

No User Fee Policy Stays

No User Fee Policy Stays

first_imgNo User Fee Policy Stays Health & WellnessJune 26, 2013Written by: Latonya Linton RelatedGov’t Focused on Quality Health Care Delivery – Minister Ferguson RelatedJamaica Encouraged to Develop Health Tourism Industry RelatedHealth Ministry Pledges $25 Million for Prostate Cancer Researchcenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the no user fee policy in the public health sector will remain in place for the 2013/2014 financial year.“However, we will be strengthening mechanisms for the collection of the co-payment from insurance companies,” Dr. Ferguson said.The Minister was making his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 25.[RELATED: Health Sector to Get Additional Medical Personnel]Dr. Ferguson pointed out that the Ministry will be putting in place specialist services that will not be covered under the policy, as well as private medical wards in some public hospitals through public/private partnerships.“These will be done on a phased basis, while we continue the consultations on health financing with the intention of eventually putting in place a mechanism for a National Health Insurance scheme…in keeping with universal health coverage,” the Minister said.So far, the Ministry has completed eight consultations on health financing and has had dialogue with the Opposition Spokesman on Health, Dr. Ken Baugh; health groups and associations, internal stakeholders and members of the public in the four Health Regions.Another consultation will be held in Spanish Town, St. Catherine in July, while the academic community will be engaged on the matter on a date to be determined.[RELATED: Cabinet Approves GOJ Health Cards]Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has secured financing and will be moving to procure two linear accelerator machines for radiation treatment in cancer patients.Dr. Ferguson said one will be placed in Kingston and the other in Montego Bay, and will be implemented in collaboration with National Health Fund and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund.“It is important for me to explain that there is only one such machine in Jamaica and it is in the private sector. The public sector will have two, for the first time in the history of Jamaica, and discussions in this regard are going very well. Lifesaving treatment for cancer will be moving at warp speed,” he added.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Wortley Home Wards Temporarily Relocated

Wortley Home Wards Temporarily Relocated

first_imgRelatedNon-Traditional High School Students Recognised Wortley Home Wards Temporarily RelocatedJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Wortley Home Wards Temporarily Relocated CultureJune 30, 2015Written by: Marvel Gordon, Senior Communications Officer (Acting) Advertisements Preliminary reports from the Child Development Agency (CDA) have indicated that a section of the 90-year-old Wortley Home for Girls, which housed the facility’s dormitory, was completely destroyed by fire on Monday, June 29.According to the Minister of Youth and Culture, the Hon. Lisa Hanna, while none of the girls were physically injured, they were visibly shaken up by the incident. In this regard, she said, the CDA has deployed a team of Clinical Psychologists and Social Workers to provide emotional support to the wards.The Minister pointed out that the CDA and the Board of Management at the Wortley Home have secured temporary accommodation for the 19 girls who occupied the facility at an undisclosed location in the Corporate Area for the remainder of this week.“Further, we have made contact with the SOS Children’s Village in Stony Hill and they have indicated that they are able to accommodate the girls on a long term basis until a decision is made to permanently relocate the girls or to renovate the dorms at Wortley.” she said.Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Rosealee Gage-Grey said the CDA is moving swiftly to return a sense of normality to the girls. She added that she is grateful that there were no casualties or fatalities in this morning’s incident.The cause of the fire is still unknown and investigations into the early morning blaze are still ongoing. RelatedJamaica to Defend World Heritage Status Proposalcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsPreliminary reports from the Child Development Agency (CDA) have indicated that a section of the 90-year-old Wortley Home for Girls, which housed the facility’s dormitory, was completely destroyed by fire on Monday, June 29.According to the Minister of Youth and Culture, the Hon. Lisa Hanna, while none of the girls were physically injured, they were visibly shaken up by the incident. The CDA has deployed a team of Clinical Psychologists and Social Workers to provide emotional support to the wards. Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Youth and Culture, the Hon. Lisa Hanna. (FILE) RelatedJamaicans on World Heritage Committeelast_img read more