Ebola outbreak in Sudan grows to 25 cases

first_img See also: The WHO had reported 19 cases and four deaths May 24 when it first confirmed the outbreak in Yambio County of Sudan’s Western Equatoria province. The agency said it is continuing to help with surveillance, case management, and follow-up with contacts of patients. June 1 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_06_01a/en/ CIDRAP overview of Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevershttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/biofacts/index.html Jun 1, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in southern Sudan has increased to 25 cases with six deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.last_img

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The last of the Bobby Wilson’s eight-year DARE graduations is next Wednesday

first_imgSNC — What will you miss most about no longer being involved with DARE?Wilson — The kids. SNC — Any advice for the next Wellington Dare officer?Wilson — Keep it loud, keep it fun and Keep it real. SNC — Do you think Wellington’s DARE program is one of the tops in the state?Wilson — You’re asking me, yes. The best in the state. I do not know of many that raise the money, give the prizes or make overall effort we make in Wellington. Just not the Wellington P.D. but our whole community. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — DARE graduation will be held next Wednesday night on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Wellington High School auditorium. This will be Wellington School DARE Officer Bobby Wilson’s last year teaching DARE and his last graduation ceremony.People seem to take for granted that the DARE graduation, one of the largest attended events for USD 353 and perhaps the biggest DARE graduation in the state of Kansas, was never even in existence before Wilson took over the program.Sumner Newscow conducted a question and answer interview with Wilson about his years as a DARE Officer and the graduation ceremony that has come to be. SNC —You are retiring from DARE. Why is that?Wilson — I was promoted to detective in August and with that comes more responsibility. Time is an issue. I don’t have a lot of control over what happens and when but when it does we go to work. Plus with the change of SRO I believe that DARE and the SRO position goes together. It will give that officer a chance to build trust with those students coming into the middle school.  DARE training is some of the best police training one can go through. SNC — Do you have any statistics to share on the good that DARE has done for the students?Wilson — Not really. Those are hard to keep as most older kids will not walk up and confess. But teaming with  SCDAT the drinking has gone done across the county. I would like to think that DARE has a little to do with that also. SNC —  In your years of doing the Wellington DARE graduation, what would be your fondest memory?Wilson — WOW there are a lot of them…I have been blessed to serve on State Boards and even a couple national ones. I would say that honoring those that we have lost is a huge deal to me. But some of the public service announcements being filmed have been really fun, watching kids get the prizes has been great, but just the relationship with students, teachers and parents will be what I treasure the most. I know that the Starfish Story has become a tradition and I can never make it through the whole thing but that is just because I want all these kids to have a chance at success. SNC — You have been known to raise tremendous amount of money for the ceremony. What type of donations do you get and from who?Wilson — I have had basketball camps, pie in the face at School Fairs, had a couple companies offer money for others using their products but mostly two things….Our candle fundraiser (coming in February) and our local businesses. Wellington has a lot of generous folks who have been very kind to the Wellington DARE program. SNC — How did you start becoming involved with DARE?Wilson — The Senior Class of 2013 was my first class…. So eight years. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 394 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 394 weeks ago My daughter went through the program 7 years ago with Bobby. To this day I still see the influence of that program on her. Thanks for your involvement Bobby Wilson, the new SRO has some big shoes to fill. Report Reply 0 replies · active 394 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 394 weeks ago Thanks for your years of service, Bobby. And Cueball, thank YOU for sharing Bobby’s story with us. Report Reply 0 replies · active 394 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down David Troutman · 393 weeks ago Great story on a great program! Thanks for all you have done Bobby. The Dare Program has to continue full steam ahead, kids today have to many challenges to deal with as they transition to middle school and high school, good to know that Dare might make a difference in that new world for so many young kids. Report Reply 0 replies · active 393 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Sober · 393 weeks ago This sounds like a great program. My nephew is going through it right now, but it seems that he respects the advice of the program less than the example of his drinking parents. I wonder if there could be some sort of parent contract that the kids could give to their parents? I think it is great challenging these kids, but many will go home to drinking/smoking/partying parents- or the lack thereof- and have everything they’ve learned either sink in, or thrown out the window. The whole issue is a heart issue- a behavior issue (and not just of the kids). Report Reply 0 replies · active 393 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments SNC — Tell us how the DARE graduation developed?Wilson — The DARE graduation was my brain child. I wanted to make it an “event”. These kids work hard and need to be recognized. The goal was to make it something they remembered. Maybe down the road that could help them make better choices. SO we combined all four classes into one graduation. SNC — Do you feel DARE has had a lasting impact on the fifth grader when they get into middle school and high school?Wilson — I certainly hope so. It is not a just say no program or else. It is about making better choices. Kids will fail and they have to realize that they are human also. We all make mistakes so we teach them how to get out of situations also. We give them a model to make their choices by. We give them examples but in the end it will be their choice.last_img read more

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Over 500,000 worldwide have recovered from COVID-19

first_imgAs of Wednesday afternoon over half a million people have recovered from COVID-19 worldwide.According to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, 510,486 have recovered from the virus. 51,770 people have  recovered in the United States alone.The country with the largest number of people who have recovered is China, with 78,311 recoveries.For the latest numbers on the virus, click here.last_img

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FH Council Wants Contact Info for Business Owners

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN — An ordinance proposed by the Borough Council last week would require business owners in town to check in with borough officials every year.If approved by the council, the ordinance introduced at the Oct. 24 meeting would require those who hold a 50 percent or larger stake in a Fair Haven business to register with the borough and provide contact information for at least one owner of the business in case police, fire or other municipal officials need to contact them.Mayor Michael Halfacre said last week there have been numerous instances where situations have arisen with local businesses but town representatives have been unable to get in touch with business owners.“Shouldn’t you come to the town and ask, ‘Aren’t there any special rules?’” Halfacre offered as an explanation. He also said, “Our goal is to make it as simple as possible.”Once businesses file the necessary information they would be contacted annually to update the information, which would have to be done by July 1 of each year. There wouldn’t be a charge to the businesses for the annual update, but a $25 fee would be imposed if businesses fail to update their information by Sept. 30 of each year.“I think it’s a good thing,” this week said Michel Berger, president of the Fair Haven Business Association.Berger, who owns and operates Front Line Media, a computer software firm, said the association has also discovered “how difficult it was to reach out to all the businesses when there’s a need to communicate information.” He believes having contact information for business owners on file at Borough Hall would help the association as well.The association, which has approximately 65 members, has discussed the matter at past meetings and the overall consensus is to support it, especially since there is no fee attached, Berger explained.last_img read more

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Bombers rack up shutout streak at Fall Festival in Oliver

first_imgThe lone loss came against Chilliwack when the Fraser Valley squad scored the winner in a 1-0 game in the final minute.”The ball went off our defence and in on their only penalty corner of the game,” said coach Val Gibson. “We dominated the game thoughout.”Against Lord Tweedsmuir Allie Zondervan, Kyra Burkart, and Sydney Zondervan, with an assist from Paige Mansveld, scored for the Bombers.Sarah Wade from Lauren Walgren, and Naomi Perkins from Sydney Zondervan notched markers for LVR in the win over Maggie.Against Summerland Paige Mansveld from Allie Zondervan and Chiara Chirico from Sydney Zondervan found the back of the net.Along with Keeper Extraordinare, Tara Yowek, Gibson was pleased with the play of team captain Paige Mansveld. As Tara Yowek goes, so go the L.V. Rogers Bombers Fieldhockey team.Yowek was flawless in three games sparking the Bombers to a 3-1 record at the Fall Festival Fieldhockey Playday Saturday in Oliver.The Bombers posted wins over Lord Tweedsmuir (Cloverdale) 3-0, Princess Margaret of Penticton 2-0 and Summerland 2-0.last_img read more

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LAS CIENEGAS STAKES QUOTES

first_imgRAFAEL BEJARANO, HOME JOURNEY, WINNER: “She’s got a lot of natural speed. I didn’t send her; I took hold and tried to get her to go slow and to relax. When we crossed the dirt, I had enough horse to win it.”GARY STEVENS, GO WEST MARIE, SECOND: “I thought they’d go a little quicker with Tyler’s fill (Heavens Stairway) in there and Maldonado’s filly (Unforgettable U) – I thought she might show more speed. It just didn’t develop, and I know I couldn’t change my filly’s style. When I asked her, there was just too much work to be done, and Rafael was able to give his horse a little breather –  he didn’t even have to ask his horse until inside the eighth pole, and I knew I was running for second at that point. His filly’s gotten so good. She’ll win a graded race.”TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE PUYPE, HOME JOURNEY, WINNER: “She ran really fast last time and just got nailed. Today, she slowed it down a little bit, she kicked, and she ran a good race.”Noted he’s been winning more frequently lately: “We had a lot of seconds and thirds, but sooner or later they can turn into wins, and my numbers have found real good balance after this past week. We won one last Sunday and four this week, we got another one tomorrow.”Next race? “We’ll just have to see where to go. We sent her to a different dollar value today, winning a graded stakes, so that’s always big for a filly or mare.” MARK GIARDINO, CO-OWNER & BREEDER, HOME JOURNEY: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE WINNING YOUR FIRST GRADED STAKES AS AN OWNER/BREEDER?: “It was worth it. We’ve been trying for a long time, over 25 years.”DARYLE ANN GIARDINO, CO-OWNER & BREEDER, HOME JOURNEY: “This is wonderful. My dad (famous actor, Slim Pickens) and mom loved the race horses. When I was a kid, Farrell Jones was our trainer.”EDDIE TRUMAN, GO WEST MARIE, SECOND: “I’m so happy with her. There was no pace in the race. That’s a nice filly. She’s got so much gas, and if something doesn’t go with her, how are you going to come from seven lengths off? My filly just ran her eyeballs out – she just ran so good. But you gotta have some pace. I’m proud of her, though – she ran her race.” NOTES: The winning owners are Mark Giardino of Las Vegas (GGG Stables) or Russell Sarno of West Lake Village, CA.-30-last_img read more

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Lakers notes: Break will be used to figure things out

first_imgIn each of the past three games, the Lakers have held the lead with less than five minutes to play, but lost. Transition defense continues to be an issue, as does the ineffectiveness of Lamar Odom. With the Cavaliers, a team that handed the Lakers a nine-point loss just five days ago, in town tonight, the Lakers don’t have much time to correct their disturbing habit of coughing up leads late in games. “I would say it’s just a lack of playing together and finding a way to win,” Jackson said. “Those are the things the team was capable of doing earlier in the year and they’re not now. Sometimes you can throw it out and say it’s bad luck. Sometimes you can say it’s a lack of execution.” In Tuesday’s loss to New York, it was more of the latter. Eddy Curry did the damage in the final minute, but throughout the second half the Lakers were flat-footed on defense while guards Jamal Crawford and Stephon Marbury sliced through the lane for shots or passes back to the perimeter. “We can’t allow so much penetration,” center Andrew Bynum said. “Every time down the court they were penetrating. Then when they kick it out, everybody is scrambling to get out there and cover the shot.” EL SEGUNDO – At least the Lakers won’t lose any games this weekend. Of course, the All-Star Game break begins Friday, so after tonight’s home game against Cleveland, the Lakers will have five days to rest and ponder what has gone wrong during their four-game losing streak. “It won’t hurt, let’s just put it that way,” coach Phil Jackson said after Wednesday’s practice. “I told them that they can’t take it off yet. They still have a game to play.” Jackson cut short practice Wednesday and limited it mostly to film review, and that couldn’t have been a fun exercise. As the Lakers try to head into the break with some momentum, there is plenty to correct. center_img Penetration was also a factor in the fact that New York had 60points in the paint to the Lakers’ 34. Odom’s woes: Twice in Tuesday’s game, as the team huddled during a timeout, Jackson yelled at Odom, once for a quickly taken 3-pointer and once for a defensive lapse. It’s been a tough go for Odom since his return from a knee injury. Odom went scoreless in the first half Tuesday, finished with 12 points and missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer. “I’m sure he’s not happy with his game,” Jackson said. “He can play a lot better than that.” Asked about his physical condition Tuesday, Odom gave a half shrug and said, “I’m playing.” Not much rest: The All-Star break isn’t that much of a break for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant will play in the All-Star Game, Bynum and Jordan Farmar will play in the rookie-sophomore game and the Lakers are scheduled to practice Tuesday in preparation for a game the next night. [email protected] (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Courtois absent from Chelsea training amid Real speculation

first_imgCourtois joined Chelsea from Belgian side Genk in 2011 and spent the next three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid before dislodging Petr Cech as first choice at Stamford Bridge.He has repeatedly stated his desire to move closer to his two children in the Spanish capital, and with just a year remaining on his contract Chelsea risk losing him for a reduced fee in January or for free next summer.Eden Hazard, whose deal expires in 2020, has also long been the subject of speculation over a move to Real, but the forward was present at the club’s Cobham training base on Monday.Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Antonio Conte last month, admitted on Friday he was unsure whether Courtois would stay.“At the moment Courtois is the goalkeeper of the club, of Chelsea,” Sarri said. “I don’t know in the future. It depends on the club. It depends especially on him, I think.“But, I hope that Courtois will be our goalkeeper. It’s very important for us to keep the top players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thibaut Courtois is keen to return to Spain to be closer to his two children © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 6 – Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did not report to training with the Premier League side on Monday, casting further doubt over his future after being linked with a move to Real Madrid.The 26-year-old Belgium international was granted an extended rest after his country finished third at the World Cup, but he was scheduled to return to training following Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield.last_img read more

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DONEGAL GIRL TOPS THE DOODLE FOR GOOGLE!

first_imgPearl McHugh from Ballyshannon with her winning entry.A young Donegal girl certainly proved she knows how to doodle!Pearl McHugh from Holy Family National School, Ballyshannon, has been named as the winner of the Group 2 category (ages 7-9) of Google’s seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition.Pearl was up against the competition’s 74 other finalists and won the most public votes of any entry in her age category. Eight year old Pearl was presented with her award at a special prize-giving ceremony in Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin today where six year old Harry Kane was named the overall winner.The theme of this year’s event was ‘My Perfect Day’. Pearl’s winning doodle was inspired by her love of garden and uses a variety of flowers, foliage and butterflies put a spin on the iconic Google logo.Speaking at the ceremony, Ronan Harris, VP Sales and Operations said “This is the seventh year of the competition and we are constantly amazed at the number of entries that keeps growing year on year. This year we had a record 5,085 entries and I would like to thank each student who got involved.“The level of creativity shown by this year’s doodles was also extremely impressive. This year’s theme of ‘My Perfect Day’ really captured the imagination of the doodlers and allowed them to create something that was important to them. This is what was particularly special about Harry’s doodle.” “I would also like to express a big thank you to those who voted, as well as the teachers and parents that supported the students.”A panel of judges including Irish and Leinster rugby star, Jamie Heaslip, legendary artist and TV presenter, Don Conroy, artist and IADT Dun Laoghaire lecturer, Cora Cummins and Niamh Sharkey, author and Creator and Executive Producer of Disney Junior’s animated series, Henry Hugglemonster, chose the 75 finalists for the public vote.A record 140,000 votes were registered with the highest number of votes in each class group making it through to the overall finals. From these five group winners, the Google Doodle team in Mountain View, California then had the difficult task of choosing the overall winner. DONEGAL GIRL TOPS THE DOODLE FOR GOOGLE! was last modified: April 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannondonegalDoodle for GooglePearl McHughlast_img read more

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I Abused The Family Dog. But It Was A Robot Dog, Which Makes It OK, Right?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#legal#robotics OK, I didn’t really abuse my robot dog. Although I might, if only to test cultural limits. Would you? It’s just a robot, after all. A gadget. If you spotted animal cruelty, would you react any differently if you discovered it wasn’t really an animal but a robot? How about if it looked and behaved like a real dog — and even whimpered in pain? What if your daughter enjoyed pulling whiskers off the family cat — but it, too, was just a robot? Would that set off any alarms?Kate Darling, a lawyer and Ph.D. candidate in the field of Intellectual Property and Law & Economics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, explores such questions in a series of experiments that examine how people interact with “social companion” robots (emphasis added):At first glance, it seems hard to justify differentiating between the legal treatment of a social robot, such as a Pleo dinosaur toy, and a household appliance, such as a toaster. Both are man-made objects that can be purchased on Amazon and used as we please. Yet there is a difference in how we perceive these two artifacts. While toasters are designed to make toast, social robots are designed to act as our companions.(See also: The ReadWrite Q&A with Kate Darling, below.)Robots are all around us. Not Blade Runner-like android robots, of course. Not yet. Today’s robots are used in medicine, to help build our cars, manufacture our smartphones, and in some cases, to clean our floors.Such robots are typically developed for a specific purpose. They look, unsurprisingly, like nothing more than a functional machine. But not all. Some robots look “alive,” like the popular Pleo They are designed as companions. Expect them to get better, more lifelike, more responsive — more like actual companions, in other words.Do these robots deserve legal protection similar to what we now provide pets, for example, or horses? Your initial reaction may be, Of course not. But what if this social robot served as the equivalent of your family dog and someone came along and stole it, abused it and “killed” it? Then posted video on YouTube? (Go ahead — take our poll on the right, then sound off in comments.) A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian s hall Image of adorable Boston Terrier puppy and Pleo doll courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Related Posts Even when we can reliably predict aspects of the future, we seem to often miss out the larger implications of what we create. What do you think? In her 2012 paper, “Extending Legal Rights to Social Robots,” Darling makes it clear why people often find it more troubling to witness or incite violent or abusive acts on a “social robot” as opposed to a more machine-like, functional robot:Studies involving state-of-the-art technology already indicate that humans interact differently with social robots than they do with other objects. Robotic toys, household robots, and personal-care robots that interact with us on a social level generate stronger psychological attachments than we experience with everyday objects. This difference in how we perceive social robots could have legal implications.Rapid advances in robotics, haptic feedback, voice recognition, design, data processing and algorithms are rapidly making highly realistic robot “pets” a reality for many. Nonetheless, that adorable, forever-puppy robot that “bonds” with your children presently has no more legal rights than the power drill hanging on the wall of your garage. I spoke with Darling about social robots, typical human responses to them, and potential legal issues we all might face down the road.ReadWrite: Should we grant rights to social robots?  Kate Darling: That’s really up to society to decide. But there are two reasons it could make sense to give social robots some legal protection beyond the property right of the owner. The first is that if people feel strongly enough about it, for example the way that we feel about protecting certain animals from abuse, we might want the law to reflect that social preference.The second is that we might want to deter types of behavior that could be harmful in other contexts. One theory behind animal rights looks at it not from the viewpoint of the animals’ inherent capacities, but rather from the viewpoint of what it says about ourselves if we’re willing to treat other creatures or things in a certain way.RW: Are there examples of rights you would propose for social robots — robot pets?KD: I would say that analogies to animal abuse laws are helpful — so not “the right to live”, but rather protection from being treated in a way that we associate with unnecessary cruelty. RW: Should such rules be different based upon what the robot is? A robot dog, for example, versus a robot woman.KD: I would rather distinguish between robots that are specifically designed to interact with us socially and be anthropomorphized, as opposed to the many other robots, such as factory robots, that are not meant to engage our emotions.RW: Have any countries (or legal entities) extended legal rights to robots?KD: Not that I know of.RW: Have any countries explicitly restricted legal rights of/to robots?KD: Not that I know of.RW: What might prompt legal action?KD: I think (YouTube videos of animal torture). Even with existing technology and very few use cases, the YouTube comments on videos picturing “torture” of robotic toys and pets are strikingly polarized. A lot of people get upset, or at least feel very uncomfortable watching something that they perceive as life-like get abused, accusing the video makers of horrible cruelty. This reaction is likely to become more common and more extreme with the increasing development of robots that are specifically designed to interact with us socially in a cute and sympathetic way.RW: Have any religious groups promoted or restricted social robot rights?KD: None that I am aware of. I could imagine that some might be opposed, but that really depends on their respective beliefs.RW: Do you expect some societies to act first or differently regarding social robots?KD: Some societies (like Japan and South Korea) seem to accept interaction with robots more easily, which could incentivize a societal push sooner than in other cultures.Clearly, the ethical and legal implications of robots virtually endowed with human qualities can quickly sends many people down the rabbit hole. But society may be forced to grapple with the issue anyway. What if the robot looks not like the family dog, but like a human being? Is anyone harmed if your teenage son uses a fembot to practice sex with? 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