AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhile some hustlers might use their winnings for gambling and debauchery, this talented feline is using his earned cash to help those less fortunate.CASHnip Kitty is the resident kitty of GuRuStu, an advertising company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The feline was originally adopted by the office staff to hunt mice two years, but because CASHnip was such a lovable mascot, they decided to keep him. In recent months, however, the employees discovered that CASHnip had a secret talent: he was secretly hustling humans out of their money.CHECK OUT: Man Comes Home to Find Cat Waiting For Him – Except He’s Never Owned a CatAt the start of a work week, they found a pile of one dollar bills laying around the cat on the ground by the front door.After some investigation, they found that passerby had been trying to play with CASHnip through the glass. As a means of enticing the feline into action, someone had slipped money through the crack in the front door only to have CASHnip snatch it away. So many people were fascinated by the cat’s unique skills, it had become an ongoing game to lure him into action with some cash.The office employees then decided to put their mascot’s skills to good use and donate all of the money to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.WATCH: Kitten Has Team of Piglets to Watch Over Him During His Seizures The team erected a sign reading: “CASHnip Kitty is a hustler with a philanthropic heart. He will snatch your money and donate it to the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. CASHnip Kitty says, ‘Slide a dollar through the slot and great blessings will follow.’”Since putting up the sign, CASHnip has raised over $100 for the local homeless shelter.You can also follow his shenanigans via CASHnip’s own Facebook page.(WATCH CASHnip in action in the video below)Click To Share The Pawesome News With Your Friends (Photo by CASHnip Kitty)Kitten Has Team of Piglets to Watch Over Him During His Seizures (WATCH)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA-HIGHLANDER DISTRICThttp://highlanderdistrict.org/Authorized Patrons: Everyone with appropriately aged children is an authorized patron)Services Provided: Offer programs for youth from 7 years through 21 years of age. The primary goal of the program is to build character, citizenship and physical fitness.Several programs are provided: Tiger Cubs at age 7; Cub Scouts, age 8-11; Boy Scouts, age 11-18; Venture and Exploring Programs, age 14-21. The Exploring and Venturing Programs are co-ed and are open to both male and female.GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICANC COASTAL PINES GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL, INC.http://www.nccoastalpines.orgLocation: 894 Elm St., Suite B&C, Fayetteville, NC 28303Phone 437-9900Hours of Operation:Monday-Wednesday 0900-1700Thursday 0900-1830Friday 0900-1200Authorized Patrons: Open to all girls ages 5-17, in grades K-12, and adult volunteers.Services Provided: In Girl Scouting, girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together; build character and skills for success in the real world; develop qualities that will serve girls all their lives-strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth…Girl Scouts – Where Girls Grow Strong
Burlington Electric Department,Encourages Community to Reduce Energy Usage from 5-9 pmVermont Business Magazine Burlington Electric Department (BED) issued a peak alert for Tuesday, June 23 as part of its Defeat the Peak program launched during summer 2017 (view news release(link is external)), encouraging members of the Burlington community to reduce their energy usage from 5:00-9:00pm on that day.Burlingtonians can lend a hand by taking the following steps on what is projected to be an unusually hot summer day:Raise thermostat temperatures or turn off air conditioners between the hours of 5:00 and 9:00pm before returning air conditioners to cooler settings (COVID-19 note: please be aware of minimum ventilation requirements and airflow patterns related to COVID-19 – more information is available on the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA) website at https://labor.vermont.gov/vermont-occupational-safety-and-health-administration-vosha(link is external));Wait until after 9:00pm or later to use washing machines, clothing dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances;Turn off non-essential lights until 9:00pm and later; andDelay other discretionary electric consumption until after 9:00pm.The New England region reaches peak demand for electricity during the summer. A significant portion of BED’s costs as a utility is determined by how much energy our community is using during the summer peak.“We are excited to continue Defeat the Peak for our fourth year, while recognizing that with COVID-19 many of our customers are using energy differently this summer than in previous years,” stated Darren Springer, BED General Manager. “We encourage our customers to participate knowing that even small, individual steps add to our community effort to reduce costs and protect our environment. During the peak, please consider unplugging phone and laptop charging cords, adjusting thermostats, and waiting until after the peak to run dishwashers and other appliances. With your help, we can continue to hit our peak reduction targets and support non-profits that are making a difference in Burlington through the Defeat the Peak program.”Two more traditional incentives for Burlingtonians who take peak day actions include: potential reductions in utility costs that help keep electric rates low and stable; and environmental benefits that come with reduced energy demand on the regional electric grid, which decreases the need for use of polluting oil and natural gas generators around New England. A more unique and innovative incentive introduced by BED based on customer input is a community reward opportunity through which a local nonprofit – in this case Ronald McDonald House Charities(link is external) – will benefit from a $1,000 contribution from BED if our customers hit the targeted amount of load reduction on a peak day.Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Burlington, Vermont, is a “home away from home” for families with seriously ill children seeking treatment at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. “Ronald McDonald House Charities is delighted to support Burlington Electric in its efforts to help our community cut costs and save energy,” stated Kristine Bickford, Executive Director of RMHC. “BED is leading the way forward on all levels, and this partnership aligns with our objective to see positive outcomes in our community. Just as BED strives to provide exceptional care to its customers, RMHC’s main goal is to provide unconditional support to its guests while they are focused on the health of their children. It doesn’t get much better than that!”BED also notifies customers by email blast about peak day alerts. Customers are invited to sign up for these email notifications, view a video explaining Defeat the Peak, and learn more about the program by visiting www.burlingtonelectric.com/peak(link is external). BED also shares information about peak day alerts with the community through social media channels, including Facebook(link is external) and Twitter(link is external). Source: Burlington, VT – Burlington Electric Department 6.22.2020
Share Share on Facebook Email Pinterest LinkedIn Offering your spouse what you believe to be positive support could have negative physiological effects on them, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.A team of researchers from Binghamton University recruited sixty-five married couples and had them engage in two interactions in which each spouse selected a discussion topic about a stressor external to their marriage (e.g. poor physical fitness, the desire to get a new job). Before and after the interactions, spouses separately completed questions about their expectations and appraisals of their partner’s responsiveness during the discussion. The researchers took saliva samples from each spouse and measured for cortisol–a hormone that helps regulate stress in the body–at the beginning of the study and after each discussion. The most consistent finding was that observable behaviors when support was given and received during discussions of wives’ stressors were associated with wives’ perceptions of their husbands’ responsiveness and wives’ changes in cortisol.“What we found, interestingly enough, was that cortisol was really only affected in wives but not in husbands, and only in wives’ discussions,” said Hayley Fivecoat, a former Binghamton University student who published the results in her dissertation. “For one, we did find that when husbands showed more positive behaviors while they were giving support, wives’ cortisol actually went down. Interestingly, we found that when wives showed more negative behavior while their partner was giving them support, their cortisol also went down. That was unexpected. We found that when wives showed more positive behavior while they were receiving support, their cortisol actually went up–they showed signs of more physiological arousal.” Share on Twitter While communication skills are often the focus of many clinical interventions, the study suggests that skill in delivering and receiving social support (by using more “positive” support behaviors) is not consistently linked to actual reductions in cortisol, nor increases in perceived partner responsiveness, said Fivecoat. In fact, more positive behaviors may have unintended negative consequences, and classically defined negative behaviors can sometimes have positive effects.“Say a husband is giving advice to his wife when she has a problem. Even though giving advice is a constructive thing to do, it may not be helpful to her at the moment; maybe she just wants someone to listen to her,” said Nicole Cameron, assistant professor of psychology at Binghamton University and co-researcher. “Or maybe there could be the opposite, where the husband is being more of a supportive listener but the wife really wants someone to give her some advice. All of those things are positive, but one is going to have a better effect than the other. What this tells me is that social support is more idiosyncratic and specific to the person and the problem.”In helping couples support each other, clinicians may work together with couples to identify the ways they prefer to be supported in order to capitalize on the positive effects of perceived partner responsiveness on relationships, said Fivecoat. This may be a more fruitful approach than advocating for more general positive and negative communication behaviors while giving and receiving support.“Perhaps clinicians can highlight the positive intentions of support givers to elicit greater perceptions of understanding, validation and caring from supportive partners. By highlighting intentions of support givers, the effects of more positive behaviors could be enhanced, and the costs of more negative behaviors could be mitigated,” said Fivecoat. “Ultimately, a clearer understanding of social support processes, including what is effective in reducing physiological arousal, will allow couples to capitalize on the association between social support and marriage, and reduce the impact of stress on health.”The researchers plan on looking further into the data and publishing more findings in the future.“I think that there is a lot of research that still needs to be done, because not everybody gets out of counseling feeling better,” said Cameron. “So studying what makes people feel better or feel differently is important, and using hormones as a marker of the change is interesting because it goes further than words–you really can see how the body reacts to discussions. If we can figure out how to use these markers, we probably can really improve our knowledge about counseling and couple communication.”Other Binghamton researchers to contribute to this research include Matthew Johnson, chair and professor of psychology; and Richard Mattson, associate professor of psychology.Cameron’s dissertation was titled “Spousal social support is associated with perceptions of partner responsiveness and fluctuations in cortisol for married women.”
Apr 6, 2011Australian states hit hard with early flu seasonThe southern Australian states of Victoria and South Australia are seeing an early influenza season that is producing four to five times the number of flu cases reported at this time last year, according to local newspapers. Victoria’s health department has confirmed 353 flu cases this year, compared with 67 at the same time last year, according to the Melbourne-based Herald Sun. The story quotes flu specialist Dr Alan Hampson as attributing the phenomenon to increased rainfall, which may be keeping people indoors, as well as a mild flu season last year. In South Australia, lab-confirmed flu cases have reached 172, compared with 40 at this time last year, according to AdelaideNow. University of Adelaide virologist Chris Burrell also attributed the surge to increased precipitation. “What this means is that the upsurge that happens annually is coming earlier this year,” he said. Health officials are stressing the importance of early vaccination.Apr 6 Herald Sun storyApr 6 AdelaideNow articleCalifornia study says 50-somethings had highest 2009 H1N1 death rateA study of deaths in California from the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus showed that among adults, people in their 50s had the highest H1N1 mortality rate. Writing in PLoS One, researches from the California Department of Public Health report that 541 adults (20 years and older) died of H1N1 flu from April 2009 through August 2010. The annualized fatality rate per 100,000 population was highest in 50- to 59-year-olds at 2.6, followed by 60- to 69-year-olds at 1.7. The rates for younger and older age-groups ranged from 0.3 to 1.4. The authors say their findings are consistent with national data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which show a 2009 H1N1 mortality rate of 1.69 per 100,000 in the first 10 months of the pandemic in those 50 to 64, the highest of any age-group. The researchers noted that adults over 60 may have had some protection because of preexisting immunity. Among adults who were admitted to intensive care units for H1N1 illness, fatality rates ranged from 24% to 42%, the report says.Apr 5 PLoS One reportCDC report on H1N1 hospitalization and fatality ratesStudy: Seasonal flu vaccination did not affect H1N1 riskIn a case-control study in Victoria, Australia, seasonal influenza vaccination neither raised nor lowered the risk of infection with the 2009 H1N1 flu virus, according to a report published in Vaccine. The authors note that previous studies have yielded conflicting evidence on this question. The study involved sentinel patients who had flu-like illnesses at general practices in Victoria and were tested for the virus. The researchers found no evidence that the seasonal vaccine yielded significant protection for patients in any age-group, but age-specific point estimates suggested that the vaccine provided some non-significant level of protection in younger patients while increasing the risk of H1N1 in patients aged 50 to 64 years, the report says. Overall vaccine effectiveness for all ages was 3% (95% confidence interval, -48% to 37%).Apr 5 Vaccine reportWHO observance sets sights on drug resistanceIn its observance of World Health Day tomorrow, the World Health Organization (WHO) today unveiled a six-part policy package outlining measures that governments and their partners can use to combat antimicrobial resistance. With the launch of the document, the WHO warned that drug resistance problems are becoming more severe, requiring urgent action by many sectors to slow the spread and limit the impact on future generations. WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said in a statement today, “At a time of multiple calamities in the world, we cannot allow the loss of essential medicines—essential cures for many millions of people—to become the next global crisis.” The WHO’s recommendations include developing and implementing comprehensive national plans, boosting surveillance and lab capacity, ensuring reliable access to essential medications, regulating and promoting the rational use of medications, improving infection prevention and control, and encouraging research and development of new therapies.Apr 6 WHO statementWHO “Combat Drug Resistance” Web portalSalmonella finding prompts spinach recallFresh Express, a produce company based in Salinas, Calif., said yesterday that it was recalling 2,939 cases of spinach after a random sample tested positive for Salmonella. The company said it wasn’t aware of any illnesses and that it was coordinating closely with regulatory officials. The subject of the recall is 9-ounce bags of fresh spinach that have product codes starting with H081 and H082, a UPC code of 7127913204, and use-by dates of Apr 6 and 7.Fresh Express said it was recalling the spinach out of an abundance of caution. The spinach was distributed in eight states: Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Maine. In addition, it may have been redistributed in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, and West Virginia.Apr 5 Fresh Express press release
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The fabrication of the Gode Wind foundations, which Bladt Industries are fabricating for Dong Energy, is well on the way.The Gode Wind mockup at Bladt Industries upending site.This week the TP mockup was upended at Bladt’s upending site. After this, the Bladt team installed the concrete platform on the TP mockup, which is the first of 97 TP’s for the Gode Wind project.The Bladt team is working intensely on the Gode Wind foundations – the first shipments of plates have arrived and the welders are working on rolling the plates. The project is expected to be ready for handover in the fall of 2015.Press Release, June 13, 2014
Wilhelmsen worked with Beluga’s cargo superintendent in planning the operations before the ferry could be moved contracting carpenters, welders, stevedores and divers to prepare the ground for the actual loading. After checking the original drawings from the builders, Fjellstrand AS, the best positions for locating the slings under the boat were chosen. The divers examined the underneath of the ferry on the day before the lift to ensure that all corresponded to the drawings.”On the day, everything went very well,” said Leif T. Kongshaug, the Wilhelmsen Ships Service project manager responsible for liaising with the Beluga cargo officer. “The divers were able to place the slings at the strongest points, and the ship used its own cranes to position the ferry on board. The boat fitted perfectly onto the wooden cradle on the deck, a credit to the skills of the team of specialist carpenters who constructed it. We were pleased to find that there were strong lashing points along the gunwale, although these did not appear on the Prinsen’s original plans.”The Prinsen ferry was formerly operated by the Nesodden-Bundefjord Dampskipsselskap AS, running between Nesodden and central Oslo for the last 14 years. It will be used in Abu Dhabi as a personnel supply vessel operating between oil rigs in the Arabian Gulf.
Jumbo’s DP2-vessel Jumbo Javelin installed the TPs, the first 18 of a series of approximately 110, within schedule. The work for the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm (GGOWF), off the UK coast, will take up much of this year and Jumbo Offshore says that this is the first time that TPs have been transported and installed using a free floating vessel on DP. After loading the 270 tonne TPs in the Port of Flushing, Jumbo Javelin sailed, with open hold, to the offshore location. There, the vessel was positioned on DP and lifted the first TP onto the monopile. After leveling the TP to its final position, the space between TP and foundation pile (annulus) was filled with grout to fix it permanently. Jumbo Offshore says that this was the first time that TPs were installed on monopiles from a free floating vessel on DP in one trip. To give the crew safe access from Jumbo Javelin to the installed TP, as well as efficiently guiding the grout hoses, Ampelmann II was used. This ship-based, self stabilizing platform actively compensates vessel motions, enabling safe access and support in wave heights up to Hs = 2.5 m (significant wave height). Jumbo Javelin uses its DP2-system to create, amongst others, a working environment in which TPs can be installed in wave heights up to Hs = 1.5 m. With a high transit speed of up to 17 knots, the vessel is well-equipped for wind farm installation work. Installing the 18 TPss confirmed the suitability of Jumbo’s concept: transportation and installation by the same vessel, fast transit to the installation site and short relocation times from one position to the next.