Council and Mayor React to NBC News Report on Artificial Turf

first_imgOcean City had planned to spend as much as $1.75 million to repair the track and install artificial turf at Carey Stadium, adjacent to Ocean City High School, near Sixth Street and Boardwalk. But, citing questions about health risks, Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council discontinued the artificial turf portion of project on Tuesday.An NBC News report that raised questions about a potential connection between artificial turf fields and cancer set in motion the events that led to Ocean City suspending its push to replace the grass field at Carey Stadium.Mayor Jay Gillian announced Tuesday that the city would discontinue the planned project until further study of the possible health risk is completed.City Council President Tony Wilson said the change of plans was a joint decision between the mayor’s administration and council members.“It’s the right decision at the time for the kids,” he said.Councilman Keith Hartzell said he had expressed concerns about moving forward with the project to the city administration after hosting Darren Gill, the director of marketing for FieldTurf, on his WOND-AM 1400 radio show on Friday night.FieldTurf has supplied material for 7,000 fields nationwide for professional teams, universities and more than 2,500 high schools.Hartzell said Wednesday he has done detailed research on other aspects of artificial turf fields, but he was not reassured by Gill’s response when asked about the potential health risks associated with the “rubber crumbs” used as fill to soften artificial turf surfaces.Jim Mallon, assistant to Gillian, said the mayor reached out independently to council members after the NBC News report came out, and he said the decision to discontinue the project was made collaboratively.The NBC report centered on a University of Washington assistant women’s soccer coach who knows two female goalies diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Amy Griffin reportedly found 38 American soccer players (including 34 goalies) throughout the United States who have been diagnosed with different forms of cancer.“No research has linked cancer to artificial turf,” Hannah Rappleye writes in the NBC report. “Griffin collected names through personal experience with sick players, and acknowledges that her list is not a scientific data set. But it’s enough to make her ask whether crumb rubber artificial turf, a product that has been rolled out in tens of thousands of parks, playgrounds, schools and stadiums in the U.S., is safe for the athletes and kids who play on it.”U.S. Rep Frank Pallone (D-Middlesex, Monmouth) last week requested an official study of the potential effects of exposure to chemicals from the crumb rubber used in turf fields. Pallone made his request in a letter to to the acting director of the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry within the federal Department of Health and Human Services.City Council on Sept. 25 gave final approval to an ordinance that put $1.25 million of new funding in place to install the artificial turf field and to resurface the track at Carey Stadium, the home field for Ocean City High School and the location of many non-school events. Another $500,000 was already in place for the project. The measure did not authorize spending or award a contract for the work.The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey soccer team plays on artificial turf, as do teams from St. Augustine Prep in Buena Vista Township and Egg Harbor Township High School.last_img read more

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Big Notre Dame football, basketball schedule changes

first_img WhatsApp Google+ By Jon Zimney – December 1, 2020 0 426 IndianaLocalNewsSports Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Big Notre Dame football, basketball schedule changes Facebook Previous articleIndiana is #2 in the nation for people hospitalized with COVID-19 per capitaNext articleMichigan election lawsuit names a county that doesn’t exist Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest (Photo supplied/University of Notre Dame) The ACC has cancelled the Notre Dame – Wake Forest football game that was set to take place on Saturday, Dec. 12. The league’s athletic directors evaluated the teams in contention for the championship and made the call to end Notre Dame and Clemson’s regular seasons after this weekend. The Fighting Irish have already secured a berth in the championship game._____________________The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball 2020-21 home opener against Western Michigan, scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2, has been canceled due to the unavailability of players on the WMU roster, according to www.UND.com. At this time, there is no make up date. Notre Dame’s home opener will move to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, which is their match up with Purdue Fort Wayne. Google+last_img read more

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Sainsbury’s extends delivery trial

first_imgSainsbury’s has spread the reach of its one-hour delivery service to 35,000 postcodes across London.The supermarket’s app, Chop Chop, was trialled in Wandsworth and Pimlico stores, allowing users to order up to 20 items to be delivered by bicycle within 60 minutes, for a fee of £4.99.The service is part of the retailer’s strategy to give its customers more options when shopping with the supermarket.Jon Rudoe, Sainsbury’s director of digital and technology, said: “In Wandsworth, customers are using the new one-hour delivery service to buy forgotten items, or emergency goods when they cannot leave their home, or have invited guests on the spur of the moment.“It complements our same-day delivery service, which is available at selected London postcodes through our online groceries service.”To support the new delivery service, the retailer has recruited an extra 40 staff members in the Pimlico and Wandsworth stores, with new pickers shopping for a customer’s items and a new team of cyclists delivering goods within selected postcodes.Earlier this month, Sainsbury’s unveiled an overhaul of its patisserie counters as it looked to tap into the success of The Great British Bake Off.last_img read more

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Commissioners hear TIF proposals

first_imgFARMINGTON – Commissioners heard proposals to utilize Tax Increment Financing funds to support small businesses and help fund a fire engine in Eustis and accepted a bid to provide mental health and substance abuse counseling services at Franklin County Detention Center Tuesday.Eustis Fire Department has put in a request asking for a portion of the cost of a new fire engine be paid for out of the TIF, which is funded through the Kibby wind power project. Chief Sprague Wise said that roughly half of the departments’ calls were to the Unorganized Territory. There had been more construction throughout the U.T., Wise noted, particularly with formerly seasonal camps transitioning to full-time residences.As is the case with a number of municipal departments, Eustis is contracted by the county to provide fire protection. While funding fire apparatuses through the TIF is not typically allowed, there is an exception for Eustis as that department is contractually responsible for the firefighting responses to the Kibby project itself. County Clerk Julie Magoon said that the county’s TIF attorney had indicated that she would be comfortable with funding up to 30 percent of a fire truck.Wise indicated that a new truck could cost as much as $450,000 and that he was approaching the county to determine what level of support might be available prior to doing more research on specific models and prices. The town did have $100,000 in a reserve account, Wise said.Commissioner Charlie Webster of Farmington supported funding up to either 30 percent or $135,000 of a new truck, assuming the county’s TIF attorney okayed the expenditure. Magoon noted that the county could earmark those funds within the TIF account and release the money after Eustis’ match became available, as it had for other projects.Another proposal for using the county’s TIF funds was brought forward by Charlie Woodworth, executive director of the Greater Franklin Development Council. He suggested creating a grant program with a maximum award of $5,000 that small businesses could use for either meeting payroll and inventory expenses or new concepts, such as marketing plans. Funds would be raised from larger businesses by Woodworth and matched by TIF money.Somerset County had set up a similar program and received 94 applications in 30 days, Woodworth said.Commissioners said that they weren’t opposed to the idea but wanted to make certain the TIF funds could be used to support businesses not in the U.T. The issue will be revisited at the commissioners’ Sept. 1 meeting.Commissioners also accepted a bid to provide mental health and substance abuse counseling services at the jail. Bids were submitted by Clearwater Counseling and Consulting for $34,000 and by Western Maine Behavioral Health for $36,400, both for a 10-month period.Those companies previously submitted bids to the county earlier this year but Western Maine’s bid was incorrectly marked as having been submitted after the deadline and wasn’t initially considered. Western Maine was the low bidder that time, at $38,064 to Clearwater’s $51,000. Commissioners opted to rebid the contract at the Aug. 4 meeting.Commissioners also voted to restore $6,000 of either the pay or benefits for County Treasurer Pam Prodan, having previously reduced her pay and removed the position’s benefits as part of this year’s budget process. The treasurer’s salary was set previously at $12,000, instead of the requested $16,600, after commissioners added $12,000 into the budget for additional staff time to assist in the answering of phones and other office tasks after Prodan opted to work from home and came into the office on off-hours in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prodan and others have noted that those duties are not part of the treasurer’s job description.Prodan is now working in that office with two other employees and Magoon estimated that roughly $6,000 of the $12,000 for additional help would now be required. Webster made the motion to increase Prodan’s or benefits by the remaining $6,000, which was unanimously supported by the other commissioners.last_img read more

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Bruce Hornsby Will Sit In With The Roots On Tonight’s Fallon Episode

first_imgWith a new album due out this Friday, beloved pianist Bruce Hornsby is making a unique appearance on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. Hornsby, along with Noisemakers drummer Sonny Emory, will be sitting in with the house band for the entirety of the program. Of course, that house band is known far and wide as The Roots.In the meantime, be sure to check out a streaming version of Hornsby’s new album, Rehab Reunion, as well as the first-ever Hornsby curated festival, Funhouse Fest. More information on the festival can be seen here.Tonight’s Tonight Show episode will also feature Jay Leno, Jeff Goldblum and Wale.[H/T JamBase]last_img

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Ringo Starr Has Finally Received His Knighthood

first_imgNearly three months after Queen Elizabeth II announced that Richard “Ringo Starr” Starkey would be named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, the iconic Beatles drummer finally received his knighthood in a ceremony at London’s Buckingham Palace.  The honor comes 53 years after all four members of The Beatles were named Members of the Order of the British Empire and 21 years after Paul McCartney became the first member of the band to be knighted.Evidently, The Beatles’ 1965 honor was a somewhat scandalous event in its day. A few previous honorees returned their medals in disgust at the time, as rock and roll was still viewed negatively by a substantial portion of the citizenry despite the Fad Four’s unprecedented success.Things have changed in the last half-century, so Ringo’s knighthood was universally considered a celebratory occasion this time around. There was even some levity, with the drummer declaring, “I’ll be wearing it at breakfast!” after receiving his medal.“It means a lot actually,” Starr told the BBC. “It means recognition for the things we’ve done. I was really pleased to accept this.”Still, the rock icon wasn’t exactly sure how much his new status would change his relationship with the commoners. When asked if he’d like to be called “Sir Ringo” going forward, the drummer said, “I don’t know yet. It’s new and I don’t know how you use it properly.”[H/T – BBC]last_img read more

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Direct from Broadway

first_imgHarvard College students looking for a little Broadway inspiration don’t have to make the four-hour bus ride to Manhattan. Thanks to a popular program sponsored by Harvard’s Office for the Arts (OFA), Broadway comes to them.On Friday, three lucky undergraduates had only to brave bitter temperatures and a quick trip across campus to Agassiz Theatre in Radcliffe Yard to perform for the two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole.Since 1975 the OFA has sponsored Learning from Performers, an interactive series that offers students a chance to engage with professionals from a range of artistic fields. In addition to lectures, discussions, seminars, residencies, and performances, the program also hosts master classes — opportunities for students to receive on-campus coaching from film and theater veterans. Renowned directors, dancers, singers, songwriters, visual artists, and musicians have taken part in the program.Last week it was Ebersole’s turn to briefly step away from the spotlight to offer a nervous trio of aspiring artists her suggestions and support in an OFA master class. (The songstress was back on stage the following evening for a Sanders Theatre performance sponsored by the Celebrity Series of Boston.)Mark Mauriello ’15 kicked off the afternoon session with the emotional song “Perfect,” about a failing relationship. Praising the performance, Ebersole suggested a type of delicate detachment. As the storyteller, the singer must convey the feeling, she said, but also maintain some emotional distance.“When you do the work for us, then we don’t get to experience the emotion, it’s a funny, weird chemistry,” she told Mauriello.Ebersole encouraged Lily Glimcher ’14 (pictured) in her critique of Glimcher’s performance.Ebersole encouraged Lily Glimcher ’14 to try for a softer sound at the moving climax of “Lying There,” from “Edges.” “When you sang it really loud, it took me out of the experience. … What if you almost did it as a whisper?”Glimcher obliged. Her effort brought Ebersole to tears. “Did you see that?” she said. “You made me cry.”Ebersole’s stage and screen credits include roles on the soap operas “Ryan’s Hope” and “One Life to Live,” a stint on “Saturday Night Live” in the early 1980s, and appearances in the Oscar-winning films “Amadeus” and “Tootsie.”A much-lauded Broadway regular, she won the Tony for best leading actress in a musical in 2001 for her work in “42nd Street,” and again in 2007 for her powerful turn as both Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, “Little Edie” Beale, in “Grey Gardens.”Ebersole praised David Sheynberg ’16 for his “beautiful sound” during his performance of “Good Thing Going” from “Merrily We Roll Along.” Referencing her own career, she urged the freshman to think about his approach to the craft as a type of personal journey.“It’s never an event; it’s always a process,” she said. “It’s peeling the layers of the onion so you get down to you. … Then the power of who you are and what you bring to it … that’s what gets transmitted.”Ebersole also interacted with the crowd, at one point responding with nuanced perspective to a question about technology and the trend toward the use of amplification in theatrical performances. The mother of three teenagers, she said that she has had to change with the times and be open to new advances and trends in music and sound systems.“I am always trying to stay open to what’s happening,” she said.After the class, Glimcher praised the Harvard program for connecting students with performers. “Any opportunity to get an outside eye of someone who doesn’t know you so well … and to just hear honest feedback … is incredible.”Ebersole, who found success on Broadway after hearing in Hollywood she was “over the hill,” urged students to follow their dreams, but cautioned that rejection is part of the process. “You’ve got to love it, really, really love it,” she said, “and be willing to commit to it in the face of the world telling you ‘no.’”last_img read more

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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

first_imgOver 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital’s largest wholesale food market. The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.How did the outbreak begin, and what measures are Beijing taking to contain it? How is China tackling the new cluster? Officials have closed 11 markets and all schools — most of which had already reopened — and banned residents of “medium- or high risk” areas of the city from leaving.Other residents are required to undergo nucleic acid testing in order to leave.Several provinces announced quarantine restrictions on travellers from Beijing, while all sports and entertainment venues were ordered shut.Dozens of residential compounds in hard-hit areas of the city have also been put under lockdown.Officials have closed 11 markets and disinfected thousands of food and beverage businesses in Beijing after the outbreak was detected.Since May 30, more than 200,000 people had visited Xinfadi market, which supplies more than 70 percent of Beijing’s fruit and vegetables, officials said. More than 8,000 workers there were tested and quarantined, and authorities plan to test 19,000 residents of locked-down communities near two of the affected markets, Xinfadi and Yuquanlu. Topics : What is the origin of the cluster? Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.While international flights are still diverted to other cities to prevent imported cases, other measures had been relaxed in recent months.center_img How are people reacting?The latest outbreak is already changing the city, after two months of no new local cases. Bars in the trendy Sanlitun district have been ordered to close, while consumers are wary of eating seafood at local restaurants.The closure of schools may last through the autumn, an official suggested on Monday. Beijing education commission spokesman Li Yi, meanwhile, urged schools to prepare online and offline classes for the autumn term. The city’s anti-epidemic measures had relaxed in recent weeks after the annual meeting of China’s parliament in May saw thousands of delegates flock to the capital.But an expert said the latest outbreak would not worry Beijing residents too much, as city authorities have reacted quickly.”The government raises the risk level of the epidemic on the basis of streets and districts, instead of the [entire] city. This could help ease people’s panic to some extent,” said Lu Jiehua, a sociology professor at Peking University.”The daily habit of wearing masks, frequent hand-washing and fewer public gatherings have already become routine behaviors for everyone, which is a big change. People will still be on high alert, but it’s not caused by extreme panic.” The emergence of a new patient Thursday revived fears in the city.In the following days, dozens of people who worked at or visited the Xinfadi wholesale market in southwest Beijing tested positive.The source of the new outbreak remains a mystery.Traces of the virus were found on a salmon chopping board at Xinfadi, raising fears over the hygiene of the imported fish. Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist with the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, told state broadcaster CCTV on Monday that the pathogen “resembles the virus strains in Europe the most, which, however, doesn’t mean that it came from Europe”.But Wu said researchers still had not determined whether the virus was from the imported seafood itself, or transmitted from an infected asymptomatic or mild-symptom person who went to the market.”We came up several possibilities, and the most likely one is that the carrier of the novel coronavirus comes from outside China or other parts of China and brought it here,” said Wu.The initial COVID-19 outbreak is widely believed to have emerged late last year from a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan where live animals were also sold. Until the new outbreak, most of China’s recent cases were nationals returning from abroad as COVID-19 spread globally, and the government had all but declared victory against the disease.last_img read more

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Taiwan opens office for those fleeing Hong Kong after China’s new security law

first_imgTaiwan opened the office in downtown Taipei on the sensitive anniversary of the return of Hong Kong, a former British colony, to Chinese rule in 1997.It showcased the island’s determination to aid Hong Kongers, said Chen Ming-tong, the head of Taiwan’s China-policy making Mainland Affairs Council.”This is an important milestone for the government to further support democracy and freedom in Hong Kong,” Chen said at the opening.Taiwan shares with the Hong Kong protesters a deep antipathy for Beijing, which has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. Taiwan opened an office on Wednesday to help people fleeing Hong Kong after China imposed new national security laws in the city, with a senior minister saying Taiwan hoped to seize the opportunity to attract professionals and capital from the city.The contentious law which took effect on Wednesday will target crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison, heralding a more authoritarian era for the Asian financial hub.The law has been widely condemned in democratic and Chinese-claimed Taiwan. About 200 people have already fled to the island from Hong Kong since pro-democracy protests began last year, rights groups say. Topics :center_img In May, President Tsai Ing-wen became the first government leader anywhere to pledge measures to help Hong Kong people who leave due to what they see as tightening Chinese controls.Chen warned Beijing aims to target people in other countries with the law, which covers permanent and non-permanent residents of Hong Kong. For details, please click.”This not only targets residents in Hong Kong. It’s also an order issued by the Celestial Empire to people all over the world,” he added, referring to the Chinese government.The law created an “opportunity” to win talent and capital from Hong Kong, Chen said, although authorities would “strictly scrutinize” whether Chinese money was involved.”We also welcome multinational companies to move their headquarters here,” he said, adding that Taiwan was reviewing its rules.Beijing denies stifling Hong Kong’s freedoms and has condemned Taiwan’s plans to help people there.On Tuesday, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said the new law would “cut off the black hand” of the island’s meddling in Hong Kong.Chen declined to say how many people are expected, or the number of applications received. His deputy, Chiu Chui-Cheng, said the new office will have about 24 staff with 20 enquiry hotlines, and officials have already received “many calls”.Those who come to Taiwan must do so legally, Chiu added. last_img read more

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Jokowi must directly handle COVID-19 measures, epidemiologist says

first_imgRead also: Top Indonesian doctor quits COVID-19 task forceTherefore, he argued, the President as the head of state must directly preside over COVID-19 management to help flatten the curve of transmission.“No country but Indonesia has established a COVID-19 task force. There should be no more task force. The government, with all its ministries, must take on the task in order to be effective,” Pandu said.This week, the country has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases on four separate occasions, including three consecutive days.Indonesia’s daily case count first topped 4,000 on Sept. 19, before climbing to 4,176 on Monday, 4,465 on Wednesday, 4,634 on Thursday and 4,823 on Friday.As of Friday, the country’s number of total infections since March was 266,845, with a total of 10,218 fatalities and 196,196 recoveries. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo must take charge in handling the COVID-19 crisis in Indonesia as the country grapples with a consistent surge of daily coronavirus cases, an epidemiologist has said.“The President must directly lead COVID-19 handling,” Pandu Riono of the University of Indonesia told the Jakarta Post on Saturday.Pandu said that the current strategy, carried out under the national COVID-19 task force, had not been effective in curbing coronavirus transmission. Topics :last_img read more

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