County Announces 19 New COVID-19 Deaths

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes County health officials reported 19 new deaths and confirmed 1,071 new cases of the Coronavirus.To date, health officials have identified 73,791 positive cases of the virus, and a total of 2,926 deaths.“There are many families across our County who are experiencing the sorrow of losing a loved one to COVID-19. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health. “Contact tracing is a confidential and simple process that has been used by public health departments for decades to slow the spread of infectious diseases and avoid outbreaks. When a person tests positive for COVID-19, it is important to find out where that person has been and who they were in close contact with while they could transmit the disease to others, so that anyone who may have been exposed knows that they may also be positive. If you are contacted by a contact tracer, you caller ID will identify them as ‘LA Public Health,’ and it important that you answer or return their call.”Public Health continues tracking the number of positive cases and deaths among healthcare workers related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. Public Health has confirmed 44 people who died from COVID-19 worked in a healthcare setting; 32 people who died worked in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, six people worked in hospitals, two people worked in home health, one person worked in a correctional facility, one person worked in a laboratory, and one person worked in an outpatient facility. For one health care worker who passed away, their workplace setting is not specified.Twenty of the health care workers who died identified as Asian, 18 of the people who died were Latino/Latinx, two of the people who died were African American, two of the people who died were White, one person identified with another race, and for one person who died, their race and ethnicity was not specified. A total of 6,561 confirmed cases of COVID-19 occurred among healthcare workers and first responders; this is an additional 530 new cases reported since the previous week. Six percent of healthcare workers with COVID-19 have been hospitalized.Forty-four percent of cases are among nurses, though cases have been identified among a range of occupational roles, including caregivers, people who work in administration, physicians and medical assistants. Sixty percent of these cases reported a known source of exposure, and 79% of healthcare workers with known exposure reported being exposed in a healthcare facility. Healthcare workers who are positive worked at 27 different occupational settings, with the vast majority of cases among healthcare workers from skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Community News County Announces 19 New COVID-19 Deaths 1,071 New Cases of Confirmed on Monday CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Monday, June 15, 2020 | 2:19 pm STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

New AppSmart Invest Program Provides Smart Funding to Business Owners

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter TAGS  Local NewsBusiness Previous articleAscom Secures Substantial US Distribution Agreement With Primary SystemsNext articleTechstars Los Angeles Accelerator Appoints Matt Kozlov as Techstars LA Managing Director Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 New AppSmart Invest Program Provides Smart Funding to Business Owners SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– AppSmart®, a division of AppDirect®, announced today the launch of AppSmart Invest, an innovative funding program designed exclusively for technology advisors. With AppSmart Invest, business owners benefit from an enhanced capital structure while still maintaining full ownership of their business. The brand new program includes fast and fair valuation, upside growth potential, evergreen commissions, and all the leading back-office services powered by the AppSmart Marketplace. “This state-of-the-art program offers AppSmart’s extensive ecosystem of sales and support to owners,” said Tim Basa, Vice President of Sales at AppSmart. “It gives owners the flexibility to continue growing their businesses without having to exit. In addition to a generous up-front cash amount, they continue to receive long-term residual payments — we call that smart funding.” AppSmart has already welcomed several prominent technology advisors to the program, including Global Communications Group, Inc., On Track Communications, US Network, Inc., PSI Network and Netstar Communications, Inc. “Out of all the offers my business received, there was simply nothing out there that resembled the type of financial benefits AppSmart Invest offers. It made our decision to choose AppSmart a simple one,” said Joel St.Germain, Chief Executive Officer of Global Communications Group, Inc. “AppSmart truly represents the future of how businesses find, buy and manage technology services and GCG is thrilled to continue growing with this innovative program at such a pivotal time in the industry.” “It’s refreshing to work with a company that understands my life goals and my channel-based business,” said Bill Mansfield, President of On Track Communications. “From our first conversation, it was clear that AppSmart Invest provided a unique opportunity and they delivered on it in every way.” Find out more information about AppSmart Invest at About AppSmart AppSmart®, a division of AppDirect®, is the #1 marketplace for businesses and their technology advisors to find, buy and manage all technology services. For businesses looking to make smart technology decisions, AppSmart provides access to a marketplace with more than 500 technology providers sold through technology advisors, a workspace for managing these services, and a network of vendor-neutral technology advisors for expert advice, implementation and support. AppSmart is headquartered in San Francisco with customers and technology advisors across the globe. Learn more about AppSmart at, subscribe to the AppSmart blog, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. View source version on CONTACT: Brian Leonard [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE FINANCE NETWORKS INTERNET SOURCE: AppSmart Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 11:00 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 11:00 AM read more

Strabane footbridge reopen to the public following suspicious object hoax

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Strabane footbridge reopen to the public following suspicious object hoax PSNI have finished their enquiries following the report of a suspect object late last night which resulted in the closure of the footbridge in Strabane.Police received a report that a device had been left close to the footbridge around 10.30pm yesterday evening.An extensive search of the area took place last night and this morning involving the air support unit and ATO, however the suspicious object was declared a hoax this afternoon.Inspector Vince Redmond thanked local people for their patience and understanding during the incident and has said anyone who comes across a suspicious object should not touch it and contact police straight away.All areas are now open to the public again. Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleArmagh defeat Fermanagh in Division 3 FinalNext articleDonegal Junior League 1/04/18 News Highland center_img WhatsApp Twitter Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – April 1, 2018 Pinterestlast_img read more

Investigation launched after trees cut in Drumboe Woods

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest Google+ Previous articleDonegal Referees’ Administrator apologises for Gaoth Dobhair v MacCumhaills mix-upNext article36 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook By News Highland – August 27, 2019 WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook An investigation is underway after a large number of trees in Drumboe Woods were illegally cut down in recent days. The scenic spot in the Twin Towns had just undergone redevelopment works, including with the pathways and signage as well as the planting of new trees.It’s understood that up to 20 trees have been cut down and removed from the forest.Local Cllr Patrick McGowan has described the incident as an attack on the local community and is urging anyone with information to come forward:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Investigation launched after trees cut in Drumboe Woods WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Brundidge council to consider pay raise today

first_img Print Article The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Brundidge council to consider pay raise today Email the author Sponsored Content Published 3:00 am Tuesday, February 16, 2016 A pay increase for council members and the mayor is likely to be on the agenda for today’s Brundidge City Council meeting.During its last meeting, the council held the first reading of an ordinance to increase council members’ salaries from $500 to $600 a month and the mayor’s salary from $1,100 to $1,500 a month. The changes would not affect current council members but would take effect after the new mayor and council are sworn in.The ordinance must be adopted before Feb. 23, 2016, to be valid. Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Luverne’s population is 2,842 and Brundidge’s is 2,076.According to the 2010 census, the median income for a family in Luverne was $51,500. About 15.8 percent of the population was below the poverty line.The median income for a family in Brundidge was $29,073. About 33.5 percent of the population was below the poverty line.Margaret Ross, District 3, said she would not support an increase, adding the current salary is “more than sufficient.”“There people in Brundidge who are living on fixed incomes that are not much more than $600 a month if that that much,” Ross said. “To be paid $600 for basically two meetings a month is not justified.”Ross has not decided whether she will seek re-election. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson District 2 Councilman Arthur Lee Griffin said the pay increases are long overdue for the council members. “City workers get a cost of living raise in October,” he said. “It’s been 20 years since the council got a raise. We deserve it.”The raises would reflect a 20 percent increase for council members and a 36 percent increase for the mayor.“The city has projects on the table that will make the city smell like a rose,” he said. “And the money’s in the budget.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Goshen ag students expand learning The Goshen Ag Academy students recently took a field trip to Scott Farm Supply to learn about feed and nutrition…. read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Betty Baxter, District 1, agreed. She said the council members have to entertain complaints by the citizens and “it’s something all the time.” Baxter said like Griffin, she plans to seek re-election to the council.Steven Coleman, who is not seeking re-election, said $100 is “really nothing” and added that the raise is “justified.”District 4 Councilmember Cynthia Pearson said the council considered salaries paid to comparable communities in drafting the proposal.She specifically pointed to Luverne, where the council members make $500 per month and the mayor, $1,500. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Hurricane Michael by the numbers: At least 8 dead, 1.6 million homes, businesses without power

first_imgABC News(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Hurricane Michael, a historic Category 4 storm, struck the Florida Panhandle early Wednesday afternoon, unleashing heavy rain, high winds and a devastating storm surge.Here is a look at the dangerous storm by the numbers: 155 mph: Wind speed — nearly the highest possible for a Category 4 hurricane — with which Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach and Panama City. A hurricane with 157 mph or higher is a Category 5, the strongest on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.129 mph: Peak wind gust reported Wednesday at Tyndall Air Force Base, which is about 12 miles southeast of Panama City, Florida.8: Number of storm-related deaths attributed to Michael thus far, including an 11-year-old girl who local officials say was killed when part of a metal carport crashed into her family’s mobile home in Lake Seminole, Georgia, and a 38-year-old man who was killed when a tree fell onto his moving car in Statesville, North Carolina. 14 feet: Maximum height forecast for the storm surge when Michael’s strong winds pushed the ocean water onto land. A storm surge just over 9 feet was reported Wednesday in Apalachicola, Florida.12 inches: Isolated maximum amount of rain that Michael was expected to dump across the Florida Panhandle and the state’s Big Bend region, as well as in southeast Alabama and parts of southwest and central Georgia.9 inches: Maximum amount of rain that Michael could bring to isolated areas from Virginia to North Carolina. 1.6 million: Number of homes and businesses without power in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia as of Friday morning.30,000: Number of workers mobilized from across the country to help restore power. 6: Number of states that had emergency declarations in anticipation of Michael: Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.325,000: Estimated number of people in the storm’s path who were told to evacuate by local authorities.6,000: Approximate number of people who stayed in the roughly 80 shelters across Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina on Wednesday night.3,000: Number of personnel the Federal Emergency Management Agency deployed ahead of landfall. 500: Number of disaster relief workers that the American Red Cross was sending to affected areas in the Sunshine State.200: Approximate number of patients being evacuated from at least two hospitals in Florida due to damage from the hurricane. Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart in Panama City said in a statement Thursday that its facility was damaged during the storm and thus is transferring more than 200 patients, including 39 who are critically ill, to regional hospitals. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, also in Panama City, announced in a statement Thursday that it’s evacuating its roughly approximately patients, starting with the most critically ill, “because of the infrastructure challenges in our community.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Southern Utah scores 4 TDs in 1st quarter, eases by Idaho St

first_img Written by October 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local Southern Utah scores 4 TDs in 1st quarter, eases by Idaho St Tags: Big Sky/SUU Thunderbirds Football Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Chris Helbig was 20-of-25 passing for 268 yards and four touchdowns, Carlton Johnson returned one of his two interceptions for a 51-yard touchdown and Southern Utah cruised by Idaho State 59-34 on Saturday.Helbig also had one of SUU’s three rushing touchdowns as the Thunderbirds carried it 56 times for 233 yards. He now has 13 touchdown passes on the season to go along with six on the ground.There were six combined touchdowns in the first quarter — including two passing and one running for Helbig — and four in the fourth. Helbig connected with Cody Frampton late in the third quarter for a 25-point lead.Thomas Duckett carried it 14 times for 91 yards and a score for Southern Utah (2-7, 1-4 Big Sky). Nela Otukolo had the Thunderbirds’ third interception.Idaho State (3-5, 2-3) had two rushers with over 100 yards on the ground in Ty Flanagan (112) and Malakai Rango (105). Matt Struck threw for 171 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.last_img read more

Gore, ghosts and ghouls

first_imgEmma Thomas, aka blogger Miss Cakehead, recently posted a message on Twitter: “This cupcake terrifies me.” A click on the hypertext link opens an image of a cake topped with cream swirls and a clown’s head. Clowns might not be everyone’s idea of a Halloween fright, but the cupcake is a good example of the kind of creativity that Thomas believes is needed.However, her creativity could be a touch extreme for some people’s sensitivities. This Halloween, she has created Edible Autopsy, which she describes as the world’s most anatomically correct cake on which a pathologist will do an autopsy. Body parts will be offered to the audience to feast on.The plan is to hold three or four per-formances, possibly at a London attraction, in an operating theatre-style environment one at the end of September and then around Halloween. Even Thomas admits: “It makes me want to gag.”What her ideas illustrate is that anything is possible when it comes to Halloween bakery creations. “I get so uninspired when I go into shops and it is the same old, same old. I think it’s laziness or practicalities. People are scared of it or it’s fear of customer reaction. People want different things. They could be offering their customers more.”She cites the London Dungeon, with its extreme blood and gore and lots of body parts, as inspiration. “That’s what people should start thinking. If it’s cake, anything’s acceptable.”A great source of ideas is a book called A Zombie Ate My Cupcake! by baker and cake designer Lily Vanilli. This book of “24 deliciously weird cupcake recipes” includes such fiendishly fresh creations as Day of the Dead Skulls, Monstrous Mummies, and Blood-Stained Brains. “If Ozzy Osbourne made cupcakes, these are the ones he’d want to bake,” reads the promotional blurb.Probably any baker could make them, yet you will be hard-pushed to find fare like this in your local high street.Vanilli, who has catered for the likes of Elton John and has sold bakery goods at Harrods Food Hall, believes people are getting tired of spiders and pumpkins, which she says do not look that great and are not scary.She says bakers can make more of Halloween by being less cautious. “People aren’t as scared by insects and blood and gore and creepy things as you might think least of all kids.”However, North Yorkshire-based The Tiny Cake Company’s Angie Townsend believes spiders, bats, pumpkins and cats “are still up there” as the favourites for decorations on cupcakes. Townsend will start planning Halloween designs around the beginning of September for her pop-up shop. New additions will be Halloween-themed cake pops, a cake fondant dipped in chocolate and decorated.”There is always a great deal of competition during Halloween I work on my own and work hard against the supermarkets and bigger bakeries to get my products seen,” says Townsend.Anya Dyson, Sainsbury’s seasonal and celebration cake buyer, says brands and own-label products are becoming more adventurous, with pack and product designs in line with customer demand. “Tradition is core to the event, but new product development is becoming more exciting.”Last year, a surprise success was the Mr Kipling Devil slice which was a bright red colour and used a bold pack design.Dyson expects customers to continue buying individually wrapped cake bars to hand out to trick or treaters, as well as large centre-piece cakes for increasingly popular Halloween parties.Small is beautifulThe Co-operative says novelty lines suitable for parties and trick-or-treaters, such as small cakes, cupcakes and mini rolls always sell well. “We have some great spooky and creepy cupcakes this year, which we’re sure will be a big hit with adults and children alike,” says Leah Willcock, category buyer. These include The Co-operative Halloween Creepy Mini Cup Cakes 9s and The Co-operative Halloween Spooky Mini Cup Cakes 9s, both costing £2.Willcock says Halloween is becoming increasingly important in its annual calendar and it has doubled its own-brand bakery offer this year in anticipation.However, she stresses how important it is to offer value for money in the current economic climate, so that customers can have fun despite reductions in their disposable income. “Many of the products for Halloween are great pocket-money purchases,” she says.Tesco reports celebration cakes and cookies sold “exceptionally well” last Halloween and traditional shapes and decorations, such as pumpkins and creepy-crawlies, continued to be popular.However, Phil Davis, MD of Scarborough-based Bakery Products, which trades as Woodhead the Baker, also believes people are probably getting tired of the likes of spiders and pumpkins. “We’ve always strived to be innovative with our Halloween selection and have a bit of fun with the products, because I believe that is what consumers want.”He expects a 5% uplift in overall sales as a result of Halloween and the business plans to devote the whole of each store’s window displays to the festivities in the week up to Halloween as well as a portion of the counters.Increasing popularityJustine Noades, marketing director for Millie’s Cookies, cites evidence to show Halloween is getting increasingly popular. “Last year, British consumers spent more than £300m on Halloween and we understand that, for one major supermarket, it has overtaken Valentine’s Day as the most lucrative calendar event for confectionery, party goods and costumes.”She says the trick is to make the event work harder than just the one big night of Halloween. “While most sales will naturally fall in the final week prior to Halloween, it is about identifying potential opportunities during the build-up.Noades says visual merchandising is key combined with point-of-sale, particularly for retailers in busy locations where stand-out is important to attract customers from passing footfall.Jania Boyd, marketing manager of Macphie, the premium ingredients company, thinks Halloween is a great opportunity for bakers to lift their sales in the quieter months between summer and Christmas. “After the doom and gloom of the recession has taken its toll on consumers, sales of Halloween-themed food products show no sign of a slowdown, replicating their cult success in the US.”Boyd recommends bakers prepare as early as possible. “It only takes a little bit of creativity and effort to make your window display eye-catching and enticing.”She says that a witch’s hat and broomstick bought from a joke shop and combined with green, orange and black tissue paper can prove to be effective and will last for years if stored correctly.Getting the point of sale, promotions and marketing right is key. Boyd says it is important to keep the Halloween theme strong and if possible, introduce special Halloween deals such as “treats, not tricks”, or “spooktacular deals” to encourage multiple buys of Halloween lines.Whatever you sell this year, whether tried and tested pumpkins or more extreme shudder-inducers, everyone agrees it is worth getting into the spirit of things and taking your sales to another realm. Make magic with mixes ADM’s Halloween recipe card this year features easy-to-prepare formulations for themed treats using its premixes and toppings, featuring devils rock fudge cake, witches’ hats and toffee apple layer slice. These also include a hot and spicy ginger parkin, topped with vanilla-flavoured fudge icing; ghosts and broomsticks made from ADM bun mix; and midnight mint marble slice covered in ADM’s green-coloured fondant icing mix. Dawn Foods is encouraging bakers to experiment with its flavoured cake mixes and frostings to take advantage of Halloween. Cake mixes include chocolate, coffee, orange, lemon, strawberry or toffee indulgence and top with orange (pictured), lemon, strawberry, toffee, raspberry or chocolate frosting. CSM devises Halloween-themed recipe series Now the third-largest seasonal event behind Easter and Christmas, Halloween generates over £23m in UK bakery sales. This makes it a retail opportunity not to be ignored. Falling on Monday 31 October this year, consumers will plan their celebrations to span the full weekend, as well as the Monday; for retailers this means three times the sales opportunities. To help bakers create enticing Halloween products, CSM United Kingdom has developed a series of recipes, including Eyeball Cupcakes, Coffin Brownies, Batty Biscuits and Cobweb Cupcakes (pictured left). These quick and simple-to-follow recipes using ’easy to use’ cake mixes and fudge icings mean bakers can create a Halloween display while saving valuable time. They also allow for accurate budgeting for price points and maximising profitability. Coffin Brownies, for example, can be made using a new and improved Craigmillar Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix. One benefit of the mix is that, when baked, there is no crumbling or breaking, making it easy to cut into coffin-shaped portions and decorate with a chocolate fudge icing such as Craigmillar Crembel.last_img read more

Speech: We do not advance peace by ignoring atrocities

first_imgThank you very much Mr President. I’d like to join colleagues in welcoming our new colleague from Cote d’Ivoire. We look forward to working with you and thank Ambassador Alcide for his excellent cooperation in the interim.Mr. President, we voted for the Resolution but listening to some of the Explanations of Vote round the chamber, an outside observer could be forgiven for thinking the Resolution was about the peace process. It is not a Resolution about the peace process. It’s a Resolution designed to protect the people of South Sudan. It imposes a long-needed arms embargo that will limit the flow of weapons that fuel the conflict in South Sudan and it imposes further targeted sanctions against two individuals whose acts have expanded and extended the conflict and caused immeasurable suffering to the people of South Sudan, both targets and military officials and there is decisive evidence of responsibility by them for human rights abuses.It would be a very sad commentary on the prospects for peace if these two measures, designed to help the people of South Sudan, were allowed to get in the way and complicate the peace process. One cannot, one does not, advance peace by ignoring atrocities and in my experience if people are looking for a reason to resile from a peace process they will find one, regardless of whether or not the Council takes action to protect the people of that country.So I would just like to set out very clearly that we expect the peace process to continue. We support the efforts of IGAD and the African Union and regional organisations to that end and we urge all the leaders in South Sudan to work with them to advance the peace process. Thank you.last_img read more

Water beast

first_imgBack in the Cretaceous period, 145 to 66 million years ago, dinosaurs dominated the land and sky. They also, a new paper argues, terrorized the aquatic realm. Recent fossil evidence has revealed that Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, among the largest of all known carnivorous dinosaurs, was a creature of the water, with a center of gravity and a giant tail fin perfect for swimming. The same paper shares robotic modeling by two Harvard scientists that shows how that large, flexible tail fin — unique among dinosaurs — would have given the giant predator a deadly propulsive thrust in the water, similar to a salamander or crocodile tail.The paper, “Tail-Propelled Aquatic Propulsion in a Theropod Dinosaur,” in the April 29 issue of Nature, uses new fossil evidence and robotically controlled models created by Harvard co-authors Stephanie E. Pierce and George V. Lauder, professors of organismic and evolutionary biology, to show its power.Pierce said the new fossils were necessary to make their argument, as much of the fossil evidence of Spinosaurus, unearthed by German paleontologist Ernst Stromer, had been destroyed in World War II. University of Detroit paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, the Nature paper’s lead author, had located more traces of the dinosaur in Morocco in 2014, and in 2018 he went back, successfully excavating extensive Spinosaurus remains. The fossils included tail vertebrae with meter-long spines that seemed to form an expanded paddle, raising questions as to what the tail was used for.,“The working hypothesis was that Spinosaurus used its tail to swim through water,” said Pierce, Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. Ibrahim and his team reached out to Pierce, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, to test their idea. She was immediately intrigued by the 5-plus-meter-long tail.Several features stood out, she said, citing the “fin-like structure” that is not found in any other dinosaur.“It’s got this unusual morphology where, when you go down the tail, the vertebrae stop interconnecting with one another and the spines get longer and longer, forming a tail with great surface area,” said Pierce. The implication is that they were connected by muscle or some other soft tissue. “And so they were much more free to bend.”Pierce brought in Lauder, a fish bio-mechanist, and they set about modeling the tail, complete with the top fin that would cover those meter-long bone spines. “We cut some very simple plastic models of different tails so we can attach these to the robotic controller we have back in the lab,” Lauder said. “By moving it back and forth, we can make it ‘swim,’ and we can quantify then the difference in swimming performance between the Spinosaurus tail shape and the tails of other dinosaurs.”,For comparison, they also modeled the tails of a crocodile, a salamander, and the presumably stiffer, thinner tails of two definitively land-based dinosaurs. What they found confirmed their suspicions about Spinosaurus’ appendage, that the flat and very flexible tail was made for swimming. “The crocodile is basically the same design,” said Lauder.Although fanciful film depictions of Spinosaurus, like that in “Jurassic Park 3,”envisioned the dinosaur as a land-based super-predator attacking a Tyrannosaurus rex, this wasn’t the first time paleontologists had opined that Spinosaurus might be aquatic. But early on, there had been pushback to this idea. “People thought that they had over-interpreted” the data, said Pierce. “Others performed mathematical experiments to show that if you put Spinosaurus in the water, it wouldn’t float.”With evidence of this new tail fossil, the argument over whether Spinosaurus was aquatic is over. “The fin is not conjecture,” said Pierce. In addition, she pointed out, the dinosaur had a center of gravity that would likely tip it forward if it were on land, a dynamic that fits with its short hind legs. (It would also have made a battle with a T. rex impossible.),Additional evidence also supports the view that Spinosaurus was aquatic: These new fossils were found in freshwater sediment and with other animals, including coelacanths, large fish that have existed since the days of dinosaurs. “That put an end to the debate,” said Pierce. “I think we’ve got the evidence now to show that this animal was a highly adapted aquatic predator.”Questions remain, such as how fast could Spinosaurus swim? “It’s huge, so it’s not zipping through the water,” said Lauder. The new-found fossilized remains are of a small Spinosaurus, but that’s still about 10 meters long. “Probably about half a tail length a second at slow, steady swimming,” said Lauder, which Pierce clarified to “about two-and-a-half meters a second.”However, Lauder noted that crocodiles are capable of great bursts of speed. Too little is known about how Spinosaurus hunted to know if that tail let them move the same way as the crocodile, or how they hunted. Only one conclusion is clear. “When you’re that big,” said Lauder, “you’re probably eating big things, even in the water.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more