Second Brazil wave strains hospitals in Sao Paulo’s interior

first_imgJAU, Brazil (AP) — Just as Brazil has a glimpse of hope with the start of vaccination, it faces a dizzying second COVID-19 wave that is straining facilities ability to treat patients. Intensive-care units in public hospitals have been maxxed out in several states and municipalities across the country, including two state capitals in the remote Amazon and even some cities like Jau in Sao Paulo, the nation’s wealthiest state.  Each day, several patients like turn up to the doors of the Santa Casa de Jau hospital door, hoping to get treatment or to be hospitalized. But the facility, which also attends COVID-19 patients from 11 nearby municipalities, reached full capacity on Jan. 18.last_img

Doctoral student launches reader at bookstore

first_imgThe strong intellectual connection between Medieval theologian Duns Scotus and 19th century thinker Cardinal John Henry Newman has major ramifications for Catholic thought, according to Fr. Edward Ondrako.A doctoral student of theology, Ondrako presented on his recently-released book “The Newman-Scotus Reader: Contexts and Commonalities” in the Hammes Bookstore on Friday afternoon. Along with Ondrako, theology professor Cyril O’Regan and doctoral student Jay Martin spoke about the importance of the work.O’Regan said it is important to think of Scotus as part of the Franciscan tradition that produced many other deeply influential theologians and philosophers including St. Bonaventure.“The Franciscan school continues to be, philosophically and theologically, relevant today as seen in how it played a role in Vatican II,” O’Regan said.Scotus’s thought, much like Newman’s, challenges Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment philosophy, O’Regan said, because of its focus on grounding in metaphysics.“In modern philosophy from Descartes to Kant and all the way on, they dispense with metaphysical realism and present their thought in solipsistic self-reflection,” O’Regan said.O’Regan said part of this contrast can be attributed to the secularization, or the lack of Christian doctrine in modern philosophies,“The Franciscan tradition sees revelation as a gift and this makes it the antithesis of the Kant-Hegel axis of modern philosophy,” he said.Speaking about Ondrako’s background, O’Regan said his previous work prepared him well to create “The Newman-Scotus Reader.”“Father Ondrako is a well-known Newman scholar, and he is aware of the way Cardinal John Henry Newman saw liberalism as a challenge,” O’Regan said.Following O’Regan, Martin spoke about his role indexing the book.“As the indexer, I may have the dubious distinction of having read this book more than anyone else,” Martin said,Much like O’Regan, Martin said the personal and spiritual qualities of Ondrako are present in his work.“This book is a decanting of the sort of spiritual life that Father Ed exemplifies to his fellow classmates and to the faithful he serves,” Martin said.Martin said this means the book can be read for both the intellectual arguments and comprehensive scholarship it embodies as well as the more practical and spiritual message it contains.“I would encourage you as you read this text to allow Father Ed’s vision of the holistic religious life that isn’t always terribly neatly compartmentalized, to be challenged by the theology of it, but also the insistence that the theological arguments in their own detail and specificity have certain spiritual importance,” Martin said.Ondrako spoke after Martin, explaining his motivations for creating the book and the significance of its content.“This book argues in detail that Newman was overall sympathetic to many of the major themes characteristic of Duns Scotus’s metaphysics,” Ondrako said.This has large implications for Catholicism’s philosophical and theological stances in the the modern era, Ondrako said, particularly as it relates to the connection between reason and faith or spirituality.“This is what Pope John Paul II was so upset when he wrote ‘Fides et Ratio’’, that there is a decline in understanding the importance of metaphysics and clear-headed thinking,” Ondrako said.The Newman-Scotus Readers sheds light on these kinds of issues by offering complementary perspectives that work together towards the same goal, Ondrako said.“The metaphysical approach of Duns Scotus uncovers the foundations of Newman’s thought, while the phenomenological style of New helps the reader grasp the realism and profound spirituality lying behind the more abstract presentation of Scotus,” Ondrako said.While the content can be quite rich and complex, Ondrako said he always kept his audience in mind.“‘My friends have asked me, ‘Can I read this book?’, ‘Will it confuse me?’, ‘Will I get bogged down in the terminology and language that you theologians throw around?’,” Ondrako said. Ondrako said he was careful to write and edit the book for undergraduates and people interested in major concepts in theology and philosophy, hoping that the larger non-academic audience will appreciate the work.Tags: Cardinal John Henry Newman, Duns Scotus, The Newman-Scotus Reader: Contexts and Commonalitieslast_img read more

James Corden Leads Production of Phantom …On a Crosswalk

first_img Related Shows Remaining in the role of Fop 2 didn’t last long for this Tony winner and ultimate Phan. In pursuit of his life-long dream to play the Phantom, The Late Late Show’s James Corden got the touring cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera together to assemble the first production of the tuner on an actual Los Angeles crosswalk. You read that right, open up your mind here. Watch below for full-blown costumes (including the all important different “Masquerade” mask), a silent candelabra and a boat. Yes, a boat. On a crosswalk. It has to be seen to be believed. from $29.00 View Comments The Phantom of the Operalast_img

Martian soil

first_img“We were working on thermal property sensors then to measure heat capacity of soil,” said Campbell, now retired from WSU. “Before, people used a sensor with a single needle having a heater and temperature sensor inside, and measuring the change in temperature over time. We made a dual needle device with a heater in one needle and a temperature sensor in the other.”Building on the concept “They expect to find a lot of water in the polar region of Mars, but it’s believed to be in the form of ice,” he said. “When the robot arm scoops away a thin layer of dust, there should be icy soil below. The sensor will make measurements that confirm that it’s icy soil.” So why do we need to know how much moisture is in Mars’ soil? Campbell continued to improve the device. It and other similar models are now developed and sold by Campbell’s company, Decagon, which manufactures measurement devices used by the food and pharmaceutical industries and for agricultural research. “When it lands it plops down in one spot and a little scoop or shovel on the end of a robot arm will take a sample from the soil on Mars,” Campbell said. “Our sensor is mounted on the scoop and the robot arm pokes it into soil for a measurement.” Phoenix is a lander, not a rover. The year was 1987 and Williams was on sabbatical working with a Washington State University research team led by Gaylon Campbell. The Phoenix Mars Mission landed on the Red Planet May 25. In its tool kit is an advanced version of Williams’ moisture probe. Scientists on the Mars mission believe the planet used to be covered with water and are determined to find out where the water went.center_img The device worked for Williams’ peanut research. The research team published their findings. During the American Geophysical Union Meeting in 2004, the sensor device attracted the attention of a scientist working with NASA. “A scientist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (at the California Institute of Technology) stopped by our exhibit and said ‘That’s exactly what I need to send on the Mars lander,’” Campbell said. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaA device borne from the need to test soil moisture around peanut plants is now being used to help test the soil on Mars. “We designed the device to measure the water content around peanut pods,” said Williams, an agronomist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “At the time, there was no way to measure without disturbing the soil and destroying the pod.” NASA’s version of the moisture probe is called the Thermal and Electrical Conductivity Probe. It will test how heat and electricity move through the soil. Ice in the soil can make a big difference in how well the soil conducts heat. The probe is a humidity sensor, too, when held in the air. And that is where the device is today. Testing icy soil on MarsPhoenix’s mission is to study the history of the water now frozen into the Mars permafrost and to check for carbon-containing chemicals that are essential ingredients for life. For the first time, it will also monitor weather at the plant’s polar region from a surface perspective.last_img read more

Go green grants

first_img“The Campus Sustainability Grants program provides students valuable experience in grant-writing and an opportunity for hands-on implementation of sustainable practices,” he said. “We enjoy working with students to take their ideas from concept to completion.” Twenty-one grant proposals were submitted in December and evaluated by a selection committee composed of UGA students, faculty and staff. Each winning proposal addressed priorities outlined in UGA’s 2020 Strategic Plan to conserve resources, educate the campus community about environmental issues and provide research to further sustainability at the university.JoHannah Biang, a master’s student in horticulture, will construct a living wall planted with seasonal herbs and vegetables. The project will research and demonstrate the effectiveness of vertical gardening. The wall will be installed at UGArden, UGA’s campus community garden, in Athens and will be maintained by student volunteers. The produce will be harvested by Campus Kitchens and distributed at the Northeast Georgia Food Bank. Kevin Kirsche, director of the UGA Office of Sustainability, said the grant program is a great way for students to get involved and make a real, noticeable difference on campus. Three University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students are among six whom were recently awarded grants from the UGA Office of Sustainability. The grants, which come from the student-paid green fee, will fund projects aimed at advancing campus sustainability. Katie Shepard, a master’s student in the department of crop and soil sciences in Athens, will monitor the effectiveness of a UGA East Campus rain garden at filtering pollutants from storm water runoff. Shepard will take soil moisture and water quality measurements to determine how well the rain garden does its job. Her findings will help ensure that other current and future rain gardens on campus continue to act as effective storm water filters. The project will be monitored by students in CAES, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the College of Environment and Design. For more information on the UGA Office of Sustainability, visit the website www.sustainability.uga.edu/. Brandi Bishop, a senior agricultural education major at the UGA campus in Tifton, Ga., will develop a recycling program at the extended campus. She plans to install 60 waste reduction stations in 15 of the busiest buildings on the campus. The stations will make it easier and more convenient to recycle, and will save items from landfills. Bishop will also implement a public relations campaign to encourage university and community members to reduce waste.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims continue moderate pace

first_imgFor the week of September 25, 2010, there were 645 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, a decrease of 14 from the week before. Altogether 7,266 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 71 from a week ago and 2,118 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 3,297 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 560 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,420 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 17 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

Hempstead Couple Charged With Home Invasion Ploy

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A couple has been accused of plotting a Uniondale home invasion in which they allegedly targeted an acquaintance they had not seen for several months, Nassau County police said.Doris Castro, 37, of Hempstead, visited the victim’s apartment—where two men and another woman were inside—when, 20 minutes later, three men armed with knives broke in, tied up two of the victims and demanded money at 1:20 p.m. Monday, police said.The assailants demanded that Castro lie on the floor before they fled the scene with cash and jewelry, police said.First Squad detectives quickly determined that Castro was involved in the plan to rob the victims and one of the suspects was her 31-year-old husband, Elmir Guerra Castro, police said.Both the husband and wife were charged with robbery and burglary. They will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead. The other two suspects are being sought while the investigation is continuing.last_img read more

3 money moves you should make now

first_imgIt’s January 2020. I don’t know about you guys, but I remember Y2K like it was yesterday. I’m still not exactly sure how we got to 2020 so fast, but alas, here we are. Now that we begin to look forward to everything that is to come in 2020, we all probably start to think about our finances. Our W2s will be here anytime now, so thinking about money is inevitable. You should always be prepared for the beginning of anything, so to get us ready for 2020, here are three money moves we should make ASAP…Take a look at your creditWith apps and computers just an arm’s length away, it’s pretty easy to stay connected to our finances. If you’ve never paid close attention to your credit score, it’s probably time. When you’re young and don’t own anything, it can be really easy to not care too much about your credit and it’s high or low existence. But if you’re ready to buy a house or you’ve just flat out neglected your finances, keeping the pulse of your credit score can be very important. With cybersecurity such an issue these days, knowing your credit score is a great way to know if you’ve taken a financial hit from any sort of fraud or data breach. If you’re not aware, you’re entitled to a free credit report from each credit reporting agency every year, so don’t let the fear of having to pay for one stop you. If you want to make it super easy, check out a site like Credit Karma. I don’t get paid to mention them, but I’ve been using their app for years and they truly make it super easy to keep an eye on your credit.Focus on savingEven if you did a bang-up job of saving money in 2019, I’d be more than willing to bet that you don’t have as much saved as you’d like to right now. Fortunately, it’s the beginning of the year and there are many ways to reach your savings goals by December. One way is to automate your savings. I’m not sure of the last time I heard about someone having to take their paycheck to their local branch and deposit it, so I’m sure you probably have direct deposit. It’s really easy to add another account to your direct deposit, so pick a percentage you’d like to save and redirect those funds to your savings account. Simple. Another way to save is to bulk up your retirement savings. Hopefully your work is awesome and participates in your retirement contributions, and if that contribution is a match of what you’re putting in, be smart, take that free money and max out those contributions. You won’t regret the lower net pay when you’re older and looking at your last few months in the workplace. The last way to save is to go on a spending fast. I don’t know your spending habits, but I guarantee that 100% of your spending doesn’t fall in the “need” category. Take a look at how you’re spending your money and cut out some of the “wants”. Also, be realistic and don’t waste money. If you’re not going to the gym, don’t pay for the membership.Expect the unexpectedIf your emergency fund isn’t in shape, get to work on it. If you’ve got debt that has been lingering for far too long, don’t let it stick around for another year. And if your budget has some holes in it, plug them. You may do a good job of keeping track of your monthly bills, but how about those annual ones that you can sometimes forget about? You know about the monthly fee you pay to your gym, but how about that yearly maintenance fee that can sneak up on you? And if you have to pay hundreds of dollars in vehicle property taxes each year, how often do you forget about paying that until the month it’s due? This year, when those “surprise” bills come up, make a list so you won’t forget about them going forward. 281SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Yinson gets FPSO contract termination notice

first_imgMalaysia’s Yinson has received the termination of an FPSO contract for its Knock Allan FPSO located on the Olowi field offshore Gabon.Knock Allan; Image by: Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license.Yinson said on Tuesday that the oil company Canadian Natural Resources has decided to terminate the contract for the Knock Allan FPSO, operated by Yinson’s subsidiary Knock Allan Pte Ltd.According to Yinson, the contract was terminated “on the ground of convenience.” CNR will pay an early termination fee to the Yinson subsidiary on January 31, 2019.The initial contract between the companies for the provision and operation of the FPSO converted Suezmax tanker Knock Allan was signed on November 30, 2006. The contract was signed for a fixed primary term of ten years, beginning from May 1, 2009, and expiring on April 30, 2019.The Knock Allan, converted into an FPSO by Drydocks World in Dubai, started production from the Olowi field in 2009.The Olowi block covers an area of 1,271 square kilometers and extends from the shoreline to a maximum water depth of approximately 50 meters.last_img read more

IHC tests autonomous service operation vessel’s DP system

first_imgThe autonomous operation of an SOV has been in development for several years and based on extensive input from industry stakeholders, IHC stated. “We tested the vessel’s seakeeping behavior and position keeping in challenging environmental conditions similar to central North Sea with 3 to 3.5 meter significant wave height. These tests have given us great insight in the performance of the vessel and IHC DP system and gives us confidence to build SOVs capable of operating in these conditions”, said IHC’s product manager Jeroen Hollebrands. Royal IHC and MARIN have completed dynamic positioning (DP) assessment tests for an autonomous Service Operation Vessel (SOV) at MARIN’s basins in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The autonomous software will allow for the vessel, SOV T60-18, to carry out operations while under the supervision of the duty officer at the wheelhouse, according to IHC. “By improving safety, increasing workability and reducing operational expenses, it is expected that the implementation of the autonomous SOV will lead to a significant reduction in service and maintenance costs of the offshore wind farm”. IHC “This project provides an excellent case in demonstrating the full potential of an autonomous functionality in an operational setting. The challenges lie not only in the development of this functionality but also in the validation and testing of the whole system in order to prove its robustness against malfunctioning sensors and subsystems”, said Egbert Ypma, MARIN’s team-lead Autonomy & Decision Support. The next phase for the autonomous SOV project will focus on further development of the autonomous navigation and control functionality. The DP assessment was the final series of model tests for the vessel, after the powering and seakeeping tests, and will provide input for the ship models in IHC’s autonomous SOV simulator. The simulator will be in operation once the project is completed in December 2020. It will encompass all functional systems of the autonomous vessel and be used to demonstrate the feasibility of the system and benchmark efficiencies.last_img read more