Video: Family Rescued from Corn Maze

first_imgDANVERS, Mass. (AP) – Authorities in Massachusetts say a family that got lost in a seven-acre corn maze called 911 for help, apparently taking advantage of the police department’s motto that says “We Want To Be Bothered.”The maze at Connors Farm in Danvers can take up to an hour to navigate.A police officer entered the maze with a farm manager to search for the disoriented father, mother and two children. The family didn’t realize they were just 25 feet from the street.Farm owner Bob Connors tells the Boston Globe ( that they designed the maze so that people get lost in the long corn stalks.last_img read more

Boston EMT’s Brother Pins Badge to Uniform During Ceremony

first_imgROXBURY, Mass. (Boston Globe) — A Roxbury woman she received her Boston EMS badge from her younger brother, whose treatment after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting three summers ago inspired her new career.last_img

Mental Health Calls Spike in the Pandemic in AL, Experts Say

first_imgPhoto/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (c)2021 The Decatur Daily (Decatur, Ala.) Seventy-five percent of those reporting anxiety said COVID-19 was the major factor. Visit The Decatur Daily (Decatur, Ala.) at “We encourage people to stay connected to family and friends, especially when they are feeling lonely,” she said. “We want them to focus on positive things, follow a healthy diet and get exercise such as yoga. Take a break from television and social media, negative things that can increase your anxiety.” Mental health calls have increased across the Valley, and the root cause is likely COVID-19, according to crisis centers and emergency personnel. “COVID has forced people to stay home. Some are having sleep problems, feelings of anxiety and depression, excessive worrying, headaches, physical pain,” she said. ___ Kane said the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline office has provided her center’s phone and text-chat specialists with training on handling COVID-related calls, and has provided suggestions on how to calm callers’ anxieties about contracting the disease. “We try to make those people feel comfortable,” he said. “When we arrive we find they’re worried what’s going to happen to them. They’re fearful about going to the hospital, especially those people with underlying conditions. They say they’re afraid they’ll get put on a ventilator and not come back home.” Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. She offered tips help ease the stress. “I can’t say they all are mental-health related, but calls involving full cardiac arrest related to COVID-19 have increased pretty significantly,” he said. “This virus is causing blood clots to form and leading to cardiac arrest.” “We’ve seen more people this year,” said Lisa Coleman, executive director of the center. “Children not going to school because of COVID-19 have lost that structure in their lives. Some people feel socially isolated. Clients are afraid to get out. The Decatur Daily, Ala. “We are currently receiving a dozen or so calls daily,” said Lisa Turley, director of Alabama Apart Together. “The majority of calls are regarding access to testing, and when and where one can obtain a vaccine.” The program offers referral services; online support groups; educational materials for social distancing, quarantine and emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak; and techniques for managing anxiety and stress. (MCT) “We offer all callers the opportunity to have a local AAT team member to provide further assistance and follow-up,” Turley said. Officials with the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama in Decatur said they are fielding more calls dealing with isolation because of the changes in the callers’ everyday routines. Coleman said the center assists clients in connecting with crisis counselors who can help the clients build resiliency. She said the Alabama Department of Mental Health, with federal grant assistance for the Alabama Apart Together program, has established a crisis line to deal with just COVID-related mental health issues. The telephone number is 1-888-442-1793. According to a Brookings Institute report, the National EMS Information System saw a “sharp increase” in calls related to drug overdoses, mental health issues and in refusals to go to the hospitals by overdose victims in the past year. Michael Wetzel Moulton Fire Chief Ryan Jolly also said his department is encountering more residential emergency calls because of the pandemic. He said his department’s overall calls are up 50 to 75 this year, especially since June. Cathy Fleming, rehabilitative day program coordinator for Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama, said about half of their calls are COVID-related. She estimated about 70% of the callers mention the pandemic in relation to job loss, financial troubles and loneliness. “About 10% worry about catching COVID and complain about people not wearing masks in public,” she said. Related Since June, he said, the department is receiving about 10 more calls a month involving COVID-positive patients. Jeanie Pharis, director of the Morgan County 911 dispatch center, said there was a marked increase in medical calls in December involving a possible suicidal situation. She said those types of calls jumped 47.8%, from 23 in December 2019 to 34 this December. The November numbers were flat with 38 in 2019 and 39 this November, she said. He said his department has been fortunate to have only had one employee test positive for COVID-19 to date. “We’re definitely having more phone calls, sometimes from people just wanting to talk to somebody.” Nationally, a public opinion poll by the American Psychiatric Association in October showed 62% of Americans feel more anxious than they did in October 2019. APA officials said in the past three years the percentages of people who felt more anxious than they had the previous year ranged from 32% to 39%. “COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind and it is mentioned in many calls now,” said Connie Kane, clinical director at Crisis Services of North Alabama Inc. “We’re seeing an increase in calls because of isolation and loneliness, especially during the holidays, and COVID (played) a huge role this holiday season. Callers are expressing COVID fatigue. People are tired of wearing masks and being isolated. They’re ready for their world to return to normal.” She said the information line began Dec. 17. — or 256-340-2442. Twitter @DD_Wetzel. Pharis said the calls related to possibly emotionally disturbed people also increased in December, from 174 in December 2019 to 191 this December, a jump of 9.8%. Recognizing and Supporting EMS Providers with Mental Health and Substance Use DisordersNew Mental Health Teams to Respond to Mental Health Crises in NYMobile Integrated Healthcare Program Changing How EMS Responds to Behavioral Health Criseslast_img read more

San Antonio Marathon Had Sweet Finish for Surprised Wife

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJonathan Gillis likes surprises, the bigger and more elaborate, the better.A Texas Army National Guard sergeant, he was supposed to be in Afghanistan on Sunday but instead was at the finish line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon waiting for his wife with flowers in hand.Giselle Gillis, stunned after running the half-marathon, ran straight into his arms. They hadn’t seen each other in 11 months. They embraced in a long kiss, Giselle sweaty and out of breath. She then began to sob.(READ the story from the Houston Chronicle)Thanks to Chris Cloud for submitting the storyAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims spike again, over 1,400

first_imgVermont Business Magazine New weekly unemployment claims in Vermont edged above 1,400 last week. Claims had been very low during the summer, trending under 500, but have been high since early October. After five weeks of increases, claims were down for two weeks before again increasing the last two. Levels this year had been running consistently lower than those of last year, but are now nearly the same. For the week of November 29, 2014, there were 1,428 new, regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont. This is an increase of 422 from the previous week’s total, and 37 fewer than they were a year ago. According to Mathew Barewicz, Economic & Labor Market Information Chief at the Vermont Department of Labor, the cause of the increase was predominately the result of “a seasonal transition. This past week was much higher than the previous week but slightly lower than this time last year.”Altogether 6,292 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 310 from a week ago and 5 fewer than a year ago. The Department processed 1 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), the same as the previous week.There were no Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program. There were zero Tier III claims. The Tier I, II and III programs expired on December 28, 2013. Congress would need to act to renew these extended benefit programs. SEE STORYThe total for all programs was 6,293 claims, 310 more than last week, and 683 fewer than the same time last year.The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)Vermont’s unemployment rate held at 4.4 percent in October as jobs were added. It was as low as 3.3 percent in May. SEE STORY.last_img read more

Today, it’s a different world

first_img continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Robert L. Dawsoncenter_img In the past, it may have been enough to have a branch on the corner and a headquarters building downtown. Services delivered by your physical network of branches got the job done. Maybe you expanded your automated network to some What it’s Not! conveniently placed ATMs. A few years ago, you started to really gain traction with that whole “inter-webs thing”.Today, it is a different world.Omni-Channel distribution encompasses the Virtual Network, the Physical Network, and the Automated Network. Physical Branches remain an important service delivery vehicle. But, the purpose of the branch is changing. It becomes less about transactions, and more more about service and education.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Dengue in Hawaii, superbug in LA, TB success, Pakistan polio obstacles, North Korea FMD aid

first_imgMar 25, 2011Hawaii reports four dengue cases The Hawaii Department of Health (HDH) said yesterday that it is investigating two confirmed dengue fever cases and two more suspected infections among Oahu residents and are warning those on the island to take precautions, according to an HDH press release. An investigation into the cases suggests the patients were infected near their homes by mosquitoes, the HDH said. Earlier this week officials sent an alert to physicians, advising them to consider dengue infection in those with similar symptoms and test and report suspected cases. Health director Loretta Fuddy said in the statement that authorities are conducting more tests and surveying, along with developing a mosquito control plan for the areas where the four patients were likely infected. In 2001 Hawaii identified its first locally acquired dengue case in 56 years. The reemergence of the virus led to an outbreak with 122 confirmed cases on three if the state’s islands, according to a 2005 report by HDH researchers in Emerging Infectious Diseases. In background information on its Web site, the HDH said that incoming travelers with dengue fever can infect local mosquitoes, which played a role in the 2001 outbreak.Mar 24 HDH press releaseMay 2005 Emerg Infect Dis reportHDH dengue background informationHighly resistant bug turning up in Los Angeles hospitalsA highly antibiotic-resistant bacterium that was thought to be confined mainly to the East Coast is invading hospitals and other health facilities in the Los Angeles area, according to a report from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). The pathogen, called carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumonaie (CRKP), is resistant to nearly all antibiotic options and has been linked to higher mortality, longer hospital stays, and higher healthcare costs, SHEA reported in a news release. At a SHEA news briefing this week, Dr. Dawn Tereshita of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said CRKP previously was believed to be rare in the region. After the health department declared CRKP a lab-reportable disease, 350 cases were reported from June through December of 2010. Tereshita said 42% of the cases were from long-term acute care hospitals and 6% from skilled nursing facilities. The study did not address why CRKP is growing more common in the area. Tereshita commented that patients in long-term acute care hospitals tend to be elderly people with many health problems and “are often placed on antibiotics which may or may not be appropriate,” all of which tend to increase their risk for healthcare-acquired infections. Tereshita’s study is scheduled to be reported in more detail at SHEA’s annual meeting on Apr 3.Mar 24 SHEA news releaseAug 20, 2010, CIDRAP News story discussing carbapenem-resistant K pneumoniaeTB rates down in EuropeThe number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Europe declined 4.5% in 2009 and 27% since 1995, but treatment success seems to have leveled off, according to a Eurosurveillance report yesterday. In 2009, the last year for which data were available, 79,665 TB cases were reported by the 27 EU countries, Iceland and Norway, down 3,635 cases (4.5%) since 2008. The decrease between 2007 and 2008 was 1.4%. The number of cases dropped 29,992 since 1995, from 109,657 to 79,665, for a 27.4% drop. Cases per 100,000 population dropped from 22.7 in 1995 to 15.8 in 2009, a 30.4% decline. Countries reporting the highest rates per 100,000 were Romania (108.2), Lithuania (62.1), Latvia (43.2), Estonia (30.7), Bulgaria (38.3), Portugal (27.0), and Poland (21.6). Those at the lower end were Iceland (2.8), Greece (5.2), Germany (5.4), Luxembourg (5.5), Denmark (6.0), and Italy (6.5). By comparison, figures released yesterday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed 3.6 TB cases per 100,000 US residents in 2010. The European report also said that, while the number of countries achieving the target of 85% TB treatment success has doubled since 2008, overall European treatment success has not improved and even declined a bit from 2007 to 2008.Mar 24 Eurosurveill reportMar 24 CDC TB dataPakistan faces tough polio battleThe battle against polio in Pakistan faces many complexities, including opposition to immunization from religious groups who have armed militia members on their side, floods in 2010 that seemed to exacerbate the spread of the virus, and possible vaccine campaign mismanagement, Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), the humanitarian news organization of the United Nations, reported today. After leading the world in polio cases last year, the country has already reported 15 this year, with President Asif Ali Zardari declaring a national emergency over the epidemic and saying that failure to eradicate the disease amounted to “criminal negligence.” Late last year a polio vaccine worker in one of the tribal areas was reportedly kidnapped and killed, and in February the virus was detected in water samples from five cities. A polio vaccine campaign official told IRIN that more supervisors have been sent to oversee vaccination activities. Also, a nongovernmental organization called National Research and Development Foundation is enlisting religious leaders to build the public’s support for polio vaccination, according to the report.Mar 25 IRIN storyFAO: North Korea needs $1 million to control FMD outbreakNorth Korea needs $1 million worth of equipment and vaccine to stop foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said yesterday. It based the estimate on reports from international veterinary experts who were invited by North Korea to assess and help manage the outbreak between Feb 27 and Mar 8. Outbreaks of type O FMD have been reported in a variety of locations in 8 of North Korea’s 13 provinces. The team found that the country’s capacity to detect and contain outbreaks needs to be strengthened significantly, especially biosecurity practices and laboratory infrastructure. They recommended several steps to their North Korean colleagues, including conducting surveillance, mapping disease clusters, conducting adequate sampling, and strategizing the use of appropriate vaccines to contain disease outbreaks. The FAO said farm animals are vital to North Korea’s food security and that cows and oxen are also a key source of draft power for agricultural production.Mar 24 FAO press releaselast_img read more

Sebastian to train crew for Songa Offshore’s Cat D rigs

first_imgNorway’s Sebastian AS will train the crew of new semi-submersible drilling rigs to be operated by Statoil in Norway.The rigs, built in South Korea, are owned by Songa Offshore drilling contractor. The first of four rigs, the Songa Equinox, will arrive in Norway in mid-October.According to the rig’s radar data on Tuesday, it is currently sailing past the coast of Mauritania, on its way to Las Palmas, Spain.The assignment calls for Sebastian AS to provide Dynamic Positioning training to the crew before the rigs start operations at the Troll field in the North Sea in November.Sebastian AS CEO, Johannes Kristian Bjøringsøy, said: “Our task now is to create the content of a training programme for the crew on board. These rigs are so different from other rigs that, although the crews hired by Songa Offshore have a high level of expertise and operational experience of modern rigs, they will require training in how to use the CAT-D rigs. It is naturally the Dynamic Positioning (DP) part that is our responsibility.”“We have to use a lot of our staff for this project in order to make the project deadline. The training is to be provided as e-learning via Songa Offshore’s e-learning portal. Our task will be to deliver the content of the training. Our goal is to create a course that is interesting, good and effective, says Bjøringsøy.The training is module-based and the use of e-learning makes it all more cost-effective for Songa Offshore. The crews on all four rigs – a total of 12 shifts – will undergo the training.Two of the rigs will be employed at the Troll field, while the remaining two will work elsewhere on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

TBS International reports bullish Q3 and nine months 2010 financial results

first_imgThis series of ships was ordered from China Communications Construction Company/ Nantong Yahua Shipbuilding Group Co for a purchase price of USD 35.4 million each.For the third quarter ended September 30, 2010, total revenues were USD 99.8 million, an increase of 34.3 percent compared to total revenues of USD 74.3 million for the same period in 2009. Net loss for the third quarter 2010 was USD 10.4 million, after loss attributable to the non-controlling interests, which is an improvement of 42.5 percent compared to an USD 18.1 million loss for the same period in 2009.For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, total revenues were USD 311.1 million, an increase of 42.9 percent compared to the USD 217.7 million for the same period 2009. Net loss for the nine months 2010 was USD 27.9 million, after loss attributable to the non-controlling interests, which is an improvement of 50.4 percent compared to a loss of USD 56.3 million for the same period in 2009.last_img read more

Maryland’s ‘Ice Cream Trail’ promotes state dairies

first_imgMaryland’s Department of Agriculture has launched what it’s calling an Ice Cream Trail, a promotion that encourages visits to the state’s creameries and dairy farms.Danny Holland, owner of Chesapeake Bay Farms – one of the seven Ice Cream Trail locations – told The Daily Times that he loves the idea of a promotion that will draw people to his operation.advertisementadvertisement Chesapeake Bay Farms, which milks 80 cows, is the last working dairy farm in Worcester County.The Ice Cream Trail is modeled after a similar marketing effort for Maryland wines and is the first such tourism draw in the U.S. for dairy farms that produce ice cream sold directly to consumers, according to Julie Oberg, spokeswoman for the state’s agriculture department.People can visit all seven sites to get their “passport” stamped. Anyone who visits all seven sites before Sept. 7 will have a chance to be named “Maryland’s Best 2012 Ice Cream Trailblazer” and win prizes.In addition to the passport contest, the Agriculture Department is offering a geocaching trail. Holland said geocachers came to his farm as soon as the contest was announced.Maryland Agriculture Secretary Earl “Buddy” Hance kicked off the Ice Cream Trail during National Dairy Month by visiting three of the farms.”We also want to increase the public’s general understanding of what dairy farming is really all about by encouraging them to visit a farm, talk to the farmers and taste ice cream that goes from cow to cone,” said Hance. “It is a delicious, fresh taste like no other.”advertisementMilk and dairy products are Maryland’s third-biggest agricultural commodity, accounting for more than $182.7 million in farm receipts in 2010, reported The Daily Times.Other participating sites include Rocky Point Creamery in Frederick County, Prigel Family Creamery in Baltimore County, Broom’s Bloom Dairy in Harford County, Kilby Cream in Cecil County, South Mountain Creamery in Frederick County and Misty Meadow Farm Creamery in Washington County. PD—From The Daily Times (Click here to read the full article.)last_img read more