Fire Department Open House Is On for Tuesday Evening


first_imgThe Ocean City Fire Department’s annual Open House is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the department headquarters at 550 Asbury Avenue. Children watch a live firefighting demonstration during the 2014 Open House at the Ocean City Fire Department.The event coincides with national Fire Prevention Month and gives the community a chance to learn more about how the department works. It’s always a popular evening with hundreds of community members typically in attendance.Many of the activities at the Open House are geared toward teaching children how to act and react in a fire situation. From learning to “stop, drop and roll” to using a fire extinguisher to douse flames, Ocean City youth got a chance to learn by doing.The event will include a live fire demonstration, tours of trucks and other activities. Free hot dogs, pretzels and drinks will be available.Off-duty firefighters from International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 4032 volunteer their time to help produce the event.Tuesday’s forecast calls for a sunny day with a high of 70 degrees and an overnight low of 54 degrees.For more information, call 609-399-6111. ext. 9190.last_img read more

From envelopes to emails


first_img“This is not the Match Day that any of us expected — even a week ago,” said David Clossey to his Harvard Medical School (HMS) classmates who joined more than 300 faculty, staff, family and friends on a March 20 videoconference.“These are unprecedented times, and there is no greater or more important time than now for us to step up and to serve our communities,” said Clossey, HMS Class of 2020 co-moderator.For the first time, the annual HMS Match Day celebration went virtual in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that has shifted Quad classes online and caused clinical clerkships to be suspended until March 31, a move taken under the advisement of the Association of American Medical Colleges.Even though the traditional, in-person Match Day gathering in the Tosteson Medical Education Center was canceled, the moment was no less momentous or jubilant for graduating students, many of whom had left campus and were spread around the Boston area and across the country, awaiting word on where they will begin serving next year.The National Resident Matching Program (the Match) proceeded on schedule, and at noon, Dean for Students Fidencio Saldaña was shown on screen ringing the bell from his home office.Instead of ripping envelopes open, students opened email messages from the Match.Instead of joyous voices reverberating throughout the atrium, the students’ happy chatter happened on a video call and on social media.Saldaña said faculty prepared earlier in the week for the videoconference by creating and testing virtual backgrounds. His backdrop was a table with baskets of letters, while Dean for Medical Education Edward Hundert had a photo of the TMEC atrium behind him, and others had colorful congratulatory signs.Hundert said he thinks “learn” and “serve” are the watchwords for the 2020 class.“The fact that we’re having to do this virtually because of the COVID pandemic just shows how much service is needed in the world,” Hundert said.Before the matching began, a moment of silence was held for fifth-year student Mark Herzog, who died in January. Since he loved poetry, Saldaña read a poem of gratitude by Native American poet Joseph Bruchac.And they’re off“According to someone posting in the chat, the results are out,” said Matthew Frosh, associate director of the London Society on the call.Once the emails were opened, students began reporting on where they had matched.The first student called on by Saldaña was Lucy Suarez.“I got my first choice, and I’m going home to D.C.,” she said, letting everyone know she had matched at Children’s National Medical Center. “I’m going to be part of the advocacy track in pediatrics. I’m so, so happy!”A bell went off each time a student was promoted by the moderator, and rows of screens with call participants filled the videoconference interface.  Saldaña said he felt he needed to serve as a commentator, like an announcer during a sporting event, as he called on students.“Elizabeth, you’re outside. What are you doing?” Saldaña asked Elizabeth Lemoine, who matched in obstetrics/gynecology at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.“We’re outside in Charlottesville, Va. It’s 80 degrees,” she said.“Sarah, what are you doing? Who’s that behind you?” asked Saldaña.“This is my boyfriend,” she responded. “We hiked to the top of Mount Kearsarge in New Hampshire. I matched at the Brigham, anesthesia. My first choice,” she said from the fire tower on the mountain.“That’s sort of extreme social distancing,” said Saldaña with a chuckle. “Congratulations.”During the afternoon, there were 13 additional video calls based on the students’ academic societies and preclinical experience (PCE) sites, and for M.D./Ph.D. or fifth-year students.Despite the physical distancing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, HMS students and administrators felt it was important to provide a Match Day experience where students could still come together as a class to celebrate a significant milestone in their professional journey.“The idea was to recreate these smaller communities that make HMS so special,” said Clossey during the planning leading up to Match Day.“You have been such an incredible community in this unprecedented time,” said Sara Fazio, advisory dean of the Cannon Society, on the Cambridge Health Alliance PCE group video call.“It’s so important at times like this to come together and support one another and celebrate this incredible accomplishment,” she said.“It really feels like we’re celebrating together,” said Parisa Fallah on the CHA video call. Fallah said she will do her residency in obstetrics/gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.The HMS matchesOf the 177 graduating M.D. students at HMS, 170 matched to clinical training, internship or residency programs at hospitals; three matched in oral and maxillofacial surgery residencies; and four will pursue nonclinical training. Eighty-three students, or 49 percent, matched at an HMS-affiliated program for some part of their training. Half of the class matched in Massachusetts, 16 percent in California, and 9 percent in metropolitan New York, with the remainder matching at institutions in 10 other states across the country.This year, 74 students, or 44 percent of the class, were accepted into fields related to primary care: two in family medicine, 53 in internal medicine, seven in pediatrics and 12 in obstetrics/gynecology.The future doctors from HMS are expected to begin their residency and training programs at hospitals around the country in June and July.According to the Match program, results can be a predictor of future physician workforce supply, and 2020 was the largest residency Match on record.Uncertain times, certain futuresEven though Harvard Commencement and HMS Class Day celebrations have been postponed, HMS students will graduate and become doctors, say faculty leaders. Until then, they will be wrapping up their research, projects and other studies. Many will be involved in supporting hospital clinicians to help care for patients affected by COVID-19.“I congratulate all of you,” said HMS Dean George Q. Daley on the main videoconference.“This is such a milestone in your career, in your lives. We’re tremendously proud of you and wish you the best. And looking forward to graduation, believe it or not, in whatever form it will take,” he said.To view the breakdown of where students will serve, click the link.last_img read more

7 Job perks you may be forgetting about


first_imgby: Chloe Della CostaMost employees know it’s usually a good idea to take advantage of benefits such as retirement savings, medical insurance, and paid vacation days. What they may be forgetting, however, is that many companies offer more perks, many of which provide the opportunity to save both time and money. We’re not just referring to the over-the-top game rooms and gourmet meals that employers like Google use to attract talent and media attention. There are a lot of very practical benefits employers provide that seem to fly under the radar.Then there are the benefits like paternity leave and transgender health coverage that ought to be universal, but somehow still aren’t. More employers are catching on to benefits like these, and whether they are instituted for the good of the employees, for increased productivity and loyalty, or for the employer’s reputation alone, workers would be unwise to miss out on any perk that comes with the job.That’s not to say everything an employer offers will be the right fit for every employee, but it’s a good idea to at least do a thorough check on what’s offered. Sometimes not all benefits are widely talked about by human resources managers, and it can be easy to miss the occasional email touting a special employee discount or perk. If you are taking advantage of your 401k company match and a worthwhile health plan, that’s a great place to start. But you could be missing out on savings elsewhere. If you’re lucky enough to work at a company that offers additional employee benefits, here are some of the perks worth considering. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bavarian town is first in Germany to impose full lockdown


first_img‘Corona parties’ The state of Bavaria is one of the worst-hit in Germany, according to official figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) disease control centre.But the virus is spreading fast elsewhere too, prompting Chancellor Angela Merkel to appeal to citizens in a TV address on Wednesday evening to limit social interactions.Germany reported an overnight increase of more than 2,800 official cases on Thursday, bringing the total to more than 10,000.Borders have been shut to stem the contagion, while across the country shops have been closed, restaurants forced to operate restricted opening hours and people urged to work from home.But not everyone seemed to have got the message.In Berlin, reports of young people gathering in parks for so-called “corona parties” prompted city mayor Michael Mueller to promise a total lockdown if residents did not start behaving themselves.Bavarian premier Markus Soeder has threatened similar action, in line with lockdowns already seen in Italy, Spain, France and Belgium.”If large numbers of people are not restricting themselves voluntarily, then in the end the only instrument left to react to this is a Bavaria-wide curfew,” Soeder said.For the people of Mitterteich, the unprecedented situation will take some getting used to. “It’s strange, because our streets were never so empty,” said Andreas Degner. “It’s an unsettling feeling, I must say.”But he was determined to look on the bright side.”I’m going to watch films, read… I’ll find something to do. I’ll have enough time.” But they appeared to be taking it on the chin.”It’s good that we are the first town to have this curfew, and it’s also great that it’s being done so consistently,” resident Sandra Wedlich said.She said she worried about her mother and husband who were in the at-risk groups for the virus. “He wanted to go out today and I told him ‘no'”.The drastic measures come after Mitterteich emerged as a coronavirus hotspot, accounting for around half of the roughly 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tirschenreuth.Officials believe many of the infections are linked to a recent beer festival. The streets are deserted and the church square empty in the small Bavarian town of Mitterteich, the first in Germany to go into total lockdown over the spiraling coronavirus outbreak.The 6,500 residents are forbidden from leaving their homes without a valid reason, giving a foretaste of what could lie ahead for the rest of the country where many have defied confinement measures.The people of Mitterteich, located in the district of Tirschenreuth in southern Bavaria, woke up to a different world on Thursday morning. The benches stood vacant outside the town’s picturesque 17th-century church. Apart from the odd delivery van and police car, the cobbled streets remained clear, filled only with the sound of birdsong.On the outskirts of town, police in high-visibility jackets stopped people in their cars as they attempted to drive in and out, granting entry only to residents.According to district administrator Wolfgang Lippert, residents could only leave home if they have to go to work, see a doctor or go grocery shopping. Topics :last_img read more

Ag Producers Have Time To Apply For FSA Loans


first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Area farmers still have time to apply for low interest loans available through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) direct farm ownership program.The deadline to submit applications is September 30.Eligible producers can borrow up to $300,000 in direct farm ownership loans to buy or enlarge a farm, construct new farm buildings or improve structures, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation and protection.The interest rate on select loans can be as low as 1.5 percent with up to 40 years to repay.“This is an extraordinary opportunity for more farmers to get low-interest loans to start their first farm, or expand an existing family farm,” said FSA State Executive Director Julia A. Wickard.“There are no backlogs or waiting for funding. If you’ve dreamed about starting a farm, or if you’re looking to strengthen your farm, we want to help.”FSA encourages all interested applicants to apply for direct farm ownership loans. For more information about the program and other loans administered by FSA, visit any FSA county office or read more

European League Begins: Sarajevo and Zrinjski Will Go For First Victories


first_imgSarajevo and Zrinjski will play tonight the first match of the first qualifying round of the European League. Libertas from San Marino will arrive in Koševo, while Zrinjski will be in Andorra. BiH players are the favorites, but this will have to be proved on the field.The coach for Sarajevo Husref Musemić said that victory will not come on its own and all the players have to give their maximum.“I hope that they will play as they did during the preparations. When I say this many will be surprised, because we lost four games. We who were there know that they play well, but that they have to show it better. We are playing faster and more aggressively than last season. We should not have problems against Libertas, but we should not underestimate our opponents. We have to be careful, because football is an unpredictable game’’, said Musemić.To reach the goal of motivation and passion for victory, they have to be at a higher level. The players said that they would play strongly and securely.Scout of Sarajevo Ermin Avdić with a professional staff analyzed the playing style of Libertas. What should be noted is that they would try to have the scores remain at zero for as long as possible. In such situations, it will be necessary to have patience in the game.The following players will most likely play: Bandović, Dupovac, Tatomirović, Radulović, Tadajević, Džakmić, Haurdić, Suljić, Cimirot, Todorović and Melunović.The match between Sarajevo and Libertas will take place at stadium Asim Ferhatović Hase at 20:30 and will be shown live on BHT1.Zrinjski will play its first match abroad.The Mostar are expected to play with lots of adrenaline, and the desire for a victory will be at the highest possible level.The match in Andorra will begin at 17:30.last_img read more

Local Residents Urged to “Invest in the Navesink”


first_imgBy John Burton |SEA BRIGHT – A cleaner, more sustainable Navesink River is obtainable in the coming three years, was the message Clean Ocean Action’s executive director delivered to supporters this week.“We know what to do…We have the tools,” to again clean up the waterway, said Cindy Zipf, executive director for Clean Ocean Action, an education and advocacy organization.Zipf joined others with her organization and supporters at McLoone’s Rum Runner restaurant, 816 Ocean Ave., Sunday night for an event deemed a “Rally for the Navesink.”The briefing on the condition of the river offered “investment opportunities” for supporters, seeking donations for the environmental organization’s efforts to improve the quality of the area river, Zipf said of the event.Clean Ocean Action had conducted its own analysis and report on the river’s condition, indicating a rising amount of contaminants, and has been working with an unprecedented number of other, diverse organizations, to effect a change and bring about a cleaner water way.Clean Ocean Action board member Bonnie Torcivia told of living in Fair Haven, with her home overlooking the Navesink River, and of watching the almost daily traffic of boats make its way along the waterway – “the parade going by my window every day.”“The river looks so beautiful,” Torcivia told the gathering. “But looks can be deceiving.”Zachary Lees, the organization’s ocean and coastal policy attorney, explained what has been happening with the Navesink over decades, going from when it was “The crown jewel of the shellfish industry,” a century ago and then as it became increasingly polluted due to rate of development, industrialization and the overharvesting of local shellfish population. But things began to turnaround by the early 1970s with the introduction of stricter federal laws governing water pollution. The pollution backslide, however, began registering with the state Department of Environmental Protection about a decade ago and has continued to increase, causing the state agency to classify about 565 acres of the water area contaminated to the point that shellfish harvesting is not permitted.State officials and environmentalists have indicated the river has contaminants such as fecal chloroform, from humans, wildlife and domestic animals, as well as other pathogens.The river’s condition last summer led to the cancellation of summer camp programs that rely on river access, said Zipf. “Our quality of life in the watershed was significantly threatened,” Zipf said.Given the pollutants, “It’s also an ecosystem health issue,” Lees added.But a concerted effort has been undertaken by approximately 35 different and diverse organizations – beyond just environmental groups and including governmental entities, community groups and local elected officials. “And it’s growing,” Zipf said.Correcting the problem involves identifying the sources of the contamination, stopping it and educating the public, getting them to change longstanding practices, Zipf and Lees explained.But the efforts will cost upward of $300,000 to continue the work, she added.It’s vital to stop the public from using storm drains as a catchall for personal products, such as motor and cooking oil and other waste material; and to limit the amount of impervious ground covering from development, which add to contaminated storm water runoff making its way into the river and eventually the Atlantic Ocean, the environmentalists stressed.Clean Ocean Action also hopes to continue to use specially trained dogs to sniff human fecal matter and help locate sources and to correct the situation, Zipf said.It is possible to improve the river’s water quality by 2020, Zipf believes.“Let’s all help to write a happy sequel, written by all of us,” Torcivia said.last_img read more

U.S. Health Expert Speaks of Progress in Ebola Response


first_imgThe Director for Global Health at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Tom Kenyon, says there is progress in response to the fight against Ebola by Liberians, unlike the past when denial overshadowed the fight.Dr. Kenyon, who is visiting Liberia with two other high profile U.S. officials, told a press briefing last Wednesday that people have begun to respond positively to health messages and preventive measures.He added that the erections of additional treatment units are also helping to reduce the risk of spreading the disease and exposing victims to more health hazards.Dr. Kenyon, who earlier visited Liberia along with CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, attributed the rapid spread of the virus to movements of people and congested treatment centers that do not provide enough space for suspected patients to be accommodated.With such congested conditions, suspected cases could easily contract the virus because of close contact with confirmed cases.He also clarified that the Liberian who came down with Ebola in the U.S.A. was not diagnosed here in Liberia, but came down after spending several days in the U.S.Other officials that came with the CDC Global Health Director are Assistant Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Nancy Lindborg, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Michael D. Lumpkin.Ms. Nancy Lindborg, in her remarks, said they had visited some ETUs around Monrovia and found out that the disease was claiming the lives of families.She expressed regret about the situation and said the partnership between Liberia and the U.S. can successfully fight to save lives.Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Michael D. Lunmpkin, said the presence of U.S. troop in Liberia is meant to provide technical assistance in various areas of specialty for the fight against Ebola.He stated that building ETUs, some recommended technical works at the Roberts International Airport as well as the construction of a 25-bed field hospital for health workers are some of the work that the U.S. troops are here to do.Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, during a reception earlier, told Liberian officials and diplomats that the U.S. officials were here to inspect the level of work done in Liberia and other Ebola affected countries.She urged Liberians and partnering diplomats to join  in the mission to eradicate the Ebola disease.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Supercharge Your Music Discovery with Our Latest New Features


first_imgAt PremiumBeat, we’re always looking for new ways to make your music discovery and editing process super-fast and super-efficient. That’s why we’ve launched a whole range of exciting features — each designed to help take your video projects to the next level.So on top of getting exceptional music for your project (with some of the most flexible licenses on the market), at PremiumBeat, you can now customize your soundtrack with stems, edit to the beat with waveforms, and much more. Keep reading for our latest exciting updates.Customize Your Work with StemsWhen you purchase a full PremiumBeat track, you now get stems by default when available. With stems, each instrument in a track has been separated into individual files. This gives you greater creative control over your soundtrack by letting you enhance, edit, or even remove certain instruments.Stems are an incredibly useful way to match music with your story’s needs. Is a trumpet line pulling attention away from what’s on-screen? Use stems to dial it down a notch. Need to give a scene a little more of an emotional punch? Easily bring the string section to the fore.Stems files are an addition to the already impressive list of extras that come along with every PremiumBeat license including short clips and loops.Find That Perfect Track Fast with Audio WaveformsWhenever you play music on our website or mobile app, you’ll now see a visual representation of every track’s highs and lows. These helpful audio waveforms let you quickly scan a song, giving you insight into whether or not it’ll be a good fit for your work.Do you need a track that slowly builds towards a grand conclusion? One that alternates between calm and exciting moments? With waveforms, you can find the right sound for your project without listening to every potential track from beginning to end.Plus, waveforms can help speed up your editing process by allowing you to easily sync music to your every cut.Supercharged SearchWith our recent search upgrades, finding your perfect royalty-free track is now easier and faster than ever. For starters, earlier this year we launched PremiumBeat in 21 of the world’s most commonly used languages. That means that you can search for music quickly and conveniently in the language of your choice.But that’s not all — we’ve also recently launched a location-based search upgrade, meaning that no matter where you are in the world, you’ll get only the best, most relevant search results.A Global Music SelectionBecause we have customers all over the world, we want to provide music that’s relevant to you, no matter where you are. It’s why, this year, we’ve been working with artists in multiple countries to bring you a huge variety of authentic, region-specific tracks.From Korean to Russian to Italian language vocals and beyond, we’ve got an incredible selection of international-flavored tracks to enhance your work. Browse our Vocals genre, where you can use the advanced filters to narrow your results by region or style.We’ve also recorded original and classical works with top orchestras around the world. That way you can get cinema-quality music with 100 percent live instrumentation.Super-Flexible Unlimited-Use LicensesTo continue bringing you exceptional music and industry-leading new extras like the ones above, we’ve made a change to our licensing structure. Standard Licenses give you unlimited use of a track within your project. Plus, as well as loops and short clips, our tracks now include stems (when available).Find out more about what you get with a Standard License, then dive into our royalty-free music library and start building your project’s perfect soundtrack.last_img read more