First confirmed case of COVID-19 in IN: Risk is still low

first_imgGovernor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced today the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in a Marion County resident with a recent history of travel to Boston. To ensure continued coordination, Gov. Holcomb is issuing a public health emergency declaration.A presumptive positive case means the patient has tested positive at the ISDH Laboratories. Samples will be sent to the CDC for final confirmation.State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, said the adult patient has been in self-quarantine since arriving back in Indianapolis and that the risk to the general public is low.Dr. Box stated that the individual called the Department of Health on Thursday to report that he had symptoms of the virus and was directed to go to the emergency room at Community North where a team of health care providers met him in the parking lot at took him to isolation, away from the rest of the facility.  The individual has mild symptoms and is currently under the self-quarantine outside of a hospital according to Dr. Box.  80 to 85% of all cases are mild cases according to Dr. Box.  The majority of the death in the US is due to the spread in a high-risk long term care facility according to Dr. Box.  Prevention is still the key currently.  Ripley County Medical Director Dr. David Welsh stated that Ripley County is ready to handle any issues and reminds everyone to “practice what your mom taught you such as washing your hands, covering your cough, and stay home if you are sick”.  Dr. Welsh also recommends that if you think you are showing signs of illness, please call ahead to your health care provider so that they are prepared to take care of you as best as possible.  Dr. Welsh also recommend to stay up-to-date on the latest information, check out the Ripley County Department of Health website that has great information including links to the Indiana State Department of Health and The Centers for Disease Control websites.last_img read more

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Manchester United finally win away but Roma frustrated

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Manchester United claimed their first away win in any competition since March, as they beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in the Europa League yesterday but AS Roma were denied by a stoppage-time equaliser from Borussia Moenchengladbach.In the early kickoffs on match-day three there were also wins for Wolverhampton Wanderers, AZ Alkmaar and Young Boys.While United have made a dismal start to the Premier League season and sit 14th they at least top Europa League Group L after two wins and a draw from their three games. They also ended an 11-match streak without a win on the road.A 43rd-minute penalty by Anthony Martial was enough to earn the points in a fevered atmosphere in the Serbian capital but welcome as the points were for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, it was not a performance to quicken the pulse. Apart from Martial’s spot kick conversion United failed to register another attempt on target. AZ Alkmaar are two points behind United in second place after thrashing Astana 6-0.Borussia Moenchengladbach scored in the fifth-minute of stoppage time to snatch a 1-1 draw at AS Roma who had led from the 32nd minute through Nicolo Zaniolo.The German side’s substitute Lars Stindl held his nerve to convert from the spot after Chris Smalling, on loan from Manchester United, conceded a penalty. Roma lead Group J with five points from Istanbul Basaksehir who beat Wolfsberg 1-0 to join the Austrians on four points with Moenchengladbach bottom on two.Wolves came from a goal down to beat hosts Slovan Bratislava 2-1 in Group K – a match played in front of 20 000 children and a handful of away fans after the match was ordered by UEFA to be played behind closed doors because of racist incidents.Andraz Sporar’s deflected shot put the home side in front but Wolves hit back through Romain Saiss and a penalty by Raul Jimenez after the break to claim their second win and move into second spot a point behind Braga who won 2-1 at Besiktas. Espanyol continued to put their dire La Liga form behind them as they won 1-0 in Bulgaria against Ludogorets, a result that keeps them unbeaten and top of Group H with seven points.Rangers held on for a 1-1 draw in Porto in what is turning out to be a tight Group G. Luis Diaz’s piledriver put Porto ahead but Alfredo Morelos levelled before the interval.The Scottish club held on, and are level on four points with Porto behind leaders Young Boys on six, after a 2-0 home victory over Dutch club Feyenoord who are bottom with three. In Group I, pacesetters Gent and Wolfsburg both have five points after a 2-2 draw in Belgium.last_img read more

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Gayle, Bravo top CPL aggregates

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC):Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo topped the aggregates in the just-concluded Hero Caribbean Premier League though their respective franchises experienced contrasting fates.The left-handed Gayle, who led Jamaica Tallawahs, finished with 430 runs at an average of 61.50 and a strike rate of 160, hammering a highest score of 105, along with three half-centuries.He was ahead of St Lucia Zouks’ Andre Fletcher, who carved out 369 runs, while Marlon Samuels, the influential plyer of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, was third in the aggregates with 325 runs.Only three other batsmen made it into the 300-run club. Guyana Amazon Warriors’ Lendl Simmons managed 317 runs, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel’s Jacques Kallis got 304, while Kieron Pollard, the Barbados Tridents’ talismanic captain, scored 303 runs.Gayle was by far the leading run-scorer for the Tallawahs and was just one of two players to get over 200 runs. Chadwick Walton scored 243.The Tallawahs, the 2013 champions, were knocked out by the Red Steel in the first semi-final, after finishing fourth in the preliminary round.Bravo, meanwhile, was outstanding with the ball as he propelled the Red Steel to their first CPL title. He finished the tournament with 28 wickets at an average of 11 and an economy rate of seven.The Tallawahs’ left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie picked up 16 wickets, while Amazon Warriors off-spinner Sunil Narine snared 14 wickets.Bravo, the Red Steel skipper, was at his most brilliant in the first semi-final against the Tallawahs, picking up a regional T20 career-best five for 23, to earn his side a 27-run win at Queen’s Park Oval.He picked up two for 19 from three overs in the second semi-final as the Red Steel won by six wickets, but went wicket-less in the final last Sunday as the hosts pulled off a 20-run win.last_img read more

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Making Up Facts to Fit a Narrative

first_imgTo be a good evolutionary scientist, write your narrative first. Then observe things. Finally, make up a model that fits the narrative.Many students are taught to believe that scientists draw their conclusions from observations of facts. That’s so old-fashioned. Facts are just incidental to the real fun in science: telling a good story with imaginary facts. The story is more exciting if observations create a crisis, so that the scientist can invent a model to rescue the main plot. We offer three recent examples.Imaginary planet factory:  Narrative: planets form from the bottom up, through a process of accretion of dust. Observation: radio waves were observed in a dust disk around a T-tauri star, inferred to come from objects 2cm or larger. Model: “Astronomers See Pebbles Poised to Make Planets” (Royal Astronomical Society).  (Are other interpretations possible?  Certainly. Assuming the objects are pebble-sized, they could be debris from collisions, but that’s not as sexy a story.)The precocious monkey:  Narrative: monkeys evolved into man, and one sign of it was increasing brain size.  Observation: An old-world monkey fossil had a skull capacity the size of a plum.  Tweak: With a little modeling from a CT scan of the skull, scientists at Duke University could guess at “what the animal’s brain likely looked like” including how many imaginary folds the small brain likely had. Auxiliary hypothesis: the more folds, the smarter the monkey. Model: “Old World Monkey Had Tiny, Complex Brain; Findings offer new clues to how primate brains changed over time.” Visualization: video clip showing 3-D model of folded brain rotating.Whoops; there’s a problem: didn’t Darwin expect brains to get bigger before they got smarter? Bring in the rescue device:“In the part of the primate family tree that includes apes and humans, the thinking is that brains got bigger and then they get more folded and complex,” Gonzales said. “But this study is some of the hardest proof that in monkeys, the order of events was reversed — complexity came first and bigger brains came later.”The findings also lend support to claims that the small brain of the human ancestor* Homo floresiensis, whose 18,000-year-old skull was discovered on a remote Indonesian island in 2003, isn’t as remarkable as it might seem. In spite of their pint-sized brains, Homo floresiensis were able to make fire and use stone tools to kill and butcher large animals.“Brain size and brain complexity can evolve independently; they don’t have to evolve together at the same time,” Benefit said.How Enceladus stayed old:  Narrative: Enceladus formed 4.5 billion years ago (see A.S.S.) as a satellite of Saturn. Observation: geysers at the south pole give off several gigawatts of heat. Crisis: that kind of energy output cannot go on for 4.5 billion years:The source of this energy is believed to be tidal dissipation. However, the observed south polar heat flux cannot be sustained over the age of the Solar System. Furthermore, thermal evolution models suggest that any global subsurface ocean should freeze on a timescale of tens to hundreds of My, sharply reducing future tidal heating, unless large amounts of antifreeze are present in the ocean.Rescue device: James H. Roberts invents a model that won’t give ammo to young-earth creationists:Here I propose an alternative internal structure for Enceladus, in which the silicate core is fragmented, and that the tidal deformation of the core may be partially controlled by interstitial ice. I find that fragmentation of the core increases tidal dissipation by a factor of 20, consistent with the long-term dynamically sustainable level, even when the interior is completely frozen, but only if the interior starts out warm and tidal heating is strong from the beginning. If this is not the case, radioactive heating will be insufficient to prevent the interior from cooling. Although an ocean need not be present in order for the interior to experience significant tidal heating, all models that dissipate enough heat to prevent runaway cooling are also warm enough to have an ocean. Tidal dissipation in the weak core provides an additional source of heat that may prevent a global subsurface ocean from freezing.Resulting model: “The fluffy core of Enceladus” (Icarus). We can’t see the fluff, but it must be there, or else the A.S.S. gets kicked.This is the 21st century way of doing science. Modern audiences love stories. Scientists cannot thrive on epistemic modesty alone; they need to get with the theater generation to make science trendy. The only rule with today’s science theater is never to question the meta-narrative (scientific materialism). That requires never giving aid and comfort to those who question the meta-narrative. The penalty for that is expulsion from the scientific community.___________*”Hobbit man” is not considered a human ancestor by most paleoanthropologists, but a side branch of Homo erectus perhaps (but it seems too recent to fit that narrative).  As for brain size and intelligence, see the 6/26/15 entry.“Science is truth; do not be misled by facts” (Finagle’s Creed).  If you were to look at the observations in each of these articles alone, they would be so narrow as to be boring. It’s essential for the mandarins of science to maintain the illusion that the men behind the curtain have special powers of divination. They can see beyond the empirical evidence into the mystical realms of possibility.The meta-narrative (big bang to man) is Accepted Truth that must never be questioned. And yet anomalies crop up. The job of the scientist is to creatively fit any troublesome observation into a “model” that not only preserves the meta-narrative, but brings glory to the mandarins. This enables the mandarins to finance the outrage industry (a.k.a. Darwin Lobby) against doubters.What? You thought science was about following the evidence where it leads with an open mind? Get over it. (6/25/14) (Visited 180 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Officials suspended for protocol breach

first_imgTwo Madhya Pradesh education department officials were suspended and a school principal issued a show-cause notice after a breach in protocol at a function attended by Governor Lalji Tandon, an official said on Sunday. ‘Governor upset’The move came after Chief Minister Kamal Nath phoned Mr. Tandon on Saturday on learning that the latter was upset over the incident, while State School Education Minister Prabhuram Choudhary and senior officials also met the Governor, sources said. At a Teachers’ Day function held on Friday, Mr. Tandon had to wait at his residence as Minister Choudhary was late, a development which officials termed as breach of protocol. As per protocol, they said, the Governor leaves for a function from Raj Bhawan only after the Minister arrives at the venue.last_img

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Pido Jarencio blasts officiating in NorthPort loss to Phoenix: Refs don’t decide the game

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss READ: PBA: Phoenix leans on defense anew to turn back NorthPort“Last one minute then you call offensive foul? And in the video, it’s so clear that there was none.”An offensive foul was called on Sen Anthony just as he was landing from his jump shot that would’ve put NorthPort ahead by three with 47 seconds left. Phoenix’s Justin Chua was apparently hit by Anthony’s hand.In the next sequence, FuelMasters gunslinger Matthew Wright was called for a charge for pulling Ryan Araña’s jersey on his way to the basket. The latter fouled Jason Perkins in the next possession which led to two made shots from the charity stripe enough for the Phoenix victory.“It’s a lose-lose situation so I’d rather not comment on it. I’m trusting the PBA office to look into it. I got to reserve my comment because nothing I can say can change anything and I don’t want to get in trouble,” Anthony told the press.ADVERTISEMENT Wright couldn’t help but feel for how such a call nearly decided the outcome of the game.“It was ugly. I honestly felt we deserved to lose that game,” he said. “I didn’t see a foul when Sean Anthony hit the shot. I guess when they called a foul on me, that was a makeup call.“But I feel like it was a very strange game, very inconsistent but someone had to win and I’m just happy that we were luck enough to win this game even without Stanley (Pringle) playing,” he added.Both Wright and Anthony felt that their respective teams could’ve made more effort to carve out a convincing win.“Highly disappointing but put that aside,” We had chances to pull away,” Anthony closed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “Referees don’t decide the game,” he said. “Let the players win the game and lose the game.” PBA: Phoenix leans on defense anew to turn back North Port SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sean Anthony was whistled for an offensive foul in this three-point shot that could give Northport the lead with 47.8 seconds remaining in the game. What do you think of this call? #PBAonESPN5 #PBALabanKungLaban pic.twitter.com/MYVEwxlwaY— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) February 27, 2019Passionate during post-game chats, NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio painted a stark contrast of who he usually is on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSpeaking to reporters on his way out of the Big Dome, the Batang Pier mentor unloaded a couple of terse lines after his team narrowly lost to the Phoenix Pulse, 96-98, in the resumption of the PBA Philippine Cup action.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

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Robben I have a good relationship with Kovac

first_imgBayern Munich winger Arjen Robben was pleased to have eased some of the pressure off Niko Kovac following their 5-1 Champions League win over BenficaThe Dutchman handed Bayern a 2-0 lead inside the opening half hour before a Robert Lewandowski double and Franck Ribery’s strike sealed the win for Bayern.Speaking afterwards, Robben expressed his satisfaction with getting his first goals in Europe this season.“My goals were important for the team, but it’s nice to score goals,” Robben told the club website.“We wanted to stand up and turn in a good display, also for the crowd. Big teams do that.“They get up again. We did just that. We’re in a difficult phase. We put into practice what we’d planned, the pace was good, we were solid and compact and staged lots of attacks. ”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Reports in Germany have named Robben as one of the four players unhappy with Kovac’s coaching methods.But the 34-year-old insists things are good between himself and Kovac.“Of course we’d have liked to keep a clean sheet, especially for Manuel [Neuer]. But a 5-1 victory is convincing,” added Robben.“It’s what we need. I was pleased for Niko. He’s deserved it. He works his butt off. We work together every day. We have a good relationship.”Bayern will next take a trip to Werder Breman for a Bundesliga match on Saturday.last_img read more

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