Death notices and services for Wednesday, August 17, 2011

first_img Services today: Death notices:George Arthur Eden, 48, of Savannah, Grand Cayman Island died Saturday, August 13, 2011. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland. Chelsey Roberts, 12, of Port Arthur died Saturday, August 13, 2011. Gabriel Funeral Home, Port ArthurQuincy Kirk Wilridge, 29, of Baytown formerly of Anahuac died Saturday, August 12, 2011. Proctor’s Mortuary.center_img Wilhemnia Johnson, New Hope Baptist Church, Port Arthur. 11 a.m.Travis Carl Romero, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves. 2 p.m.last_img read more

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TCEQ: Valero project should move forward

first_img It takes a lot of courage for a naysayer to stand up before a crowd composed of people with views contrary to their own. We salute their courage.That said, it appears the principal objection was not that the project is unworthy or unsafe but rather that TCEQ erred in not advertising the last meeting. The project appears to meet TCEQ’s standards and it promises both a short-term benefit in the way of some 1,500 temporary construction jobs and a longterm benefit in the addition of 40 high-pay permanent jobs.Jefferson County and the wider Beaumont-Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area lag behind most of the state for unemployment and adding good jobs seems right a wise course for reducing joblessness. That’s a good reason to move ahead.The project would also bolster the local economy if Valero makes good on its promise to use local vendors during construction. Right now, this community could use a boost. In TCEQ’s case, the agency didn’t give adequate notice about a previous public meeting on Valero’s application. Former City Councilman John Beard brought that to the attention of the Port Arthur City Council, which rightly asked that TCEQ follow its own procedures. Thus, last Thursday’s meeting at the Carl A. Parker Center at Lamar State College Port Arthur.About 200 people attended the meeting, many sporting stickers in support of the project. That’s their perfect right.There were a handful of people present who either opposed the project or had legitimate questions about it. That’s why such meetings are held — to fully flesh out public sentiments on such projects and to discuss their upsides and downsides. Last week’s Texas Commission on Environmental Quality public hearing over a planned billion-dollar coker unit project at Valero — it would be the second at the company’s 4,000-acre site — was a win-win for the mandated process and for Greater Port Arthur people.TCEQ apparently erred in not crossing its own T’s and dotting its own I’s in its review procedures for the project, which should be completed and ready for production by 2021. There’s a lot of energy-related investment in Jefferson County; we should encourage safe development of worthy projects.center_img It’s of little wonder, then, that the project seemed to generate some enthusiasm among the crowd, many of whom work at the plant or were otherwise engaged in industrial development. Industry is one sector that continues to thrive in Port Arthur and we as a community would do well to support such a strong suit.The project promises to increase plant production by some 20 percent, which would strengthen Valero’s position in a competitive industry. That would strengthen jobs here for the 800 employed as well as newcomers.Absent a reason to say no, TCEQ ought to say yes.last_img read more

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Mission council pulls two crosswalk flashers from grant application, keeps bike lanes for length of Lamar

first_imgThe intersection at 63rd Terrace and Nall Avenue is one that had a flashing beacon pulled from a grant application.The Mission City Council, on a split vote this week, agreed to amend a federal grant application, dropping requested funding for two flashing pedestrian crossing signals recommended in a safe routes to school report.The council did support the application for bike lanes running the length of Lamar Avenue. The crosswalk improvements had been scheduled for 63rd and Nall and 53rd and Outlook. Those pedestrian flashers were intended to help students get to Highlands and Rushton Schools.The deadline for grant applications through the Mid-America Regional Council came before the safe routes study was completed. City staff worked with consultants to prepare an application that included all three projects.“Following discussion at the June 1st Community Development Committee meeting, there have been multiple concerns expressed regarding the projects submitted in the grant application. Before we proceed any further, it is important that the City Council take action on whether to continue to advance the grant request through the process,” a staff memo from City Administrator Laura Smith read.“If the Council is not comfortable with the grant as submitted, Staff recommends withdrawing one, or both, of the beacons from the application, but leaving the striping of bike lanes on Lamar intact,” the memo said.Councilor Suzie Gibbs made a motion to remove both flashing light intersections from the request, but support the bike lanes. Councilors Ron Appletoft, Arcie Rothrock and Nick Schlossmacher voted against the motion. All three indicated they thought other projects were more important. The remaining council members voted for the motion.The total project cost was $151,000 with a proposed construction start in 2019. The city was eligible for up to 80 percent of the cost paid by the grant. As of last month, Smith told the council, the city’s application had received the highest scoring in the metro in the grant process.The total cost of the Lamar bike lanes is $85,849 with the city’s share expected to be $17,849.last_img read more

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Mission officials, residents look to alternative designs for planters on Hodges Drive

first_imgThe planter at Hodges Drive and West 62nd Street in Mission.Mission city leaders and residents have developed an initial plan for the large planters blocking the ends of three streets on Hodges Drive.City leaders last night considered a plan developed by a working group of residents. The design alternative sketched out by a working group of residents and GBA, the architect on the job, will first be tested out at the intersection of Hodges, Juniper and 61st Terrace. It involves installing essentially an “island” in the intersection with a design that also includes pavers and a gate.Public safety vehicles would have a key to the gate for better accessibility in exiting the area.The design alternative was part of a compromise between the residents’ desires to keep dead end-style streets and the city’s intent to comply with federal standards while also creating accessibility for emergency responders and public works vehicles.Hodges Drive working group representatives Sara Newell (left) and Ron Monson agreed with the council’s decision to get more resident feedback.City councilmembers have agreed with the working group’s design alternative, which will cost about $12,000 to $15,000. Initial plans are to replace one of the planters — the one at 61st Terrace that broke during a police pursuit in spring 2018 — with this new design alternative. Installing the design alternative at all three intersections would cost $36,000 to $45,0000.Councilmembers also expressed wishes to install gates at the other two intersections, but they’ve tasked staff with asking the group about neighbors’ wishes. They also deliberated on more expensive design options. Councilmember Kristin Inman said she wanted to bounce ideas off the working group.“I would really want to look at the work group that came together and put a lot of time and effort into trying to come up with a solution,” Inman said. “I would hate to just completely start over after all their hard effort.”Councilmember Nick Schlossmacher said he wanted the council to consider cost-sharing for design alternatives that would be more aesthetically appealing but cost more money.“At one point, if we’re talking about more expensive options and ongoing maintenance, maybe some of that responsibility falls on the people that live in that area,” he said. “We’re going to incur higher cost options to maintain some of those aesthetics; Should there be some assessment on people that live on those streets? I think it’s worth that conversation.”Mission Councilmember Nick SchlossmacherThe planters block three streets connecting to Hodges Drive: West 62nd Terrace, West 62nd Street and Juniper Drive/West 61st Terrace (those two roads merge at the intersection). They don’t meet federal highway standards as proper barricades for a number of reasons, including that they create a hazard for motorists, but the neighbors have said they enjoy the planters because they turn their streets into dead ends that keep traffic local.The three streets feeding into Hodges Drive were originally dead end streets, and neighbors have consistently shared their wishes to keep the streets blocked after Hodge Drive was built. The issue once again came to the city’s attention after the police pursuit last spring that resulted in a vehicle crashing into one of the planters.City Administrator Laura Smith noted that the city’s main concerns are ensuring accessibility for emergency responder vehicles as well as snow plows, trash trucks and public works vehicles.Residents have said they want to keep the planters or some kind of barrier to foster a better sense of community among their neighborhood and safe walking spaces with the reduced traffic. They also cited lower crime rates and higher home values for properties on dead end streets.Residents who participated in the working group said they want a “hard” barrier such as a gate, wall or planter to be at each of the three intersections.Smith said there is no law or regulation that requires immediate removal of the planters.last_img read more

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Gophers fall to Michigan after second-period slump

first_imgGophers fall to Michigan after second-period slumpThe Gophers were outshot 22-5 in the second period, and they gave up two unanswered goals in that frame.Jasmin KempSenior Tyler Sheehy looks to pass the puck on Friday, Feb. 1 at 3M Arena at Mariucci. Jack WarrickFebruary 2, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota was tied with Michigan 1-1 going into the second period, then things fell apart.Michigan pummeled Gophers goaltender Mat Robson with 19 shots, while Minnesota couldn’t get off a single one to start the second period. Finally, with just over 5:00 remaining in the period, Gophers freshman Sammy Walker shot and made contact with the goalie. But the damage had been done, and Michigan led 3-1 after two periods of play.“I’ve been pretty positive all year, and I’m not real positive right now. That was not a good game for us,” said Gophers head coach Bob Motzko. “Sometimes you have to have good old fashioned knee bend.”Minnesota gave up two goals while being outshot 22-5 in the second period. Though Brannon McManus responded with a goal in the third period, Michigan bit back with one of its own and Minnesota fell 4-2 in the first game of the weekend at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday.McManus scored in the third period on the power play, responding from the second period’s two goals to make it 3-2. Then, later in the period, Jack Ramsey shot what would be the equalizer just an inch too high; the puck rang out with a ding and fell into the netting near the Gophers’ student section. Michigan’s Nicholas Boka scored with 3:24 left in the game, and Minnesota couldn’t respond from the two-goal deficit.“That was a tough one to give up to get them to four because we put ourselves in a position at the end. We did have a push,” Motzko said.Minnesota scored first with less than five minutes played in the game when Rem Pitlick scored on the power play. It was a one-timer slap shot from Tommy Novak for a 1-0 lead at 15:25 on the clock in the first period. Minnesota leads the Big Ten in power play and penalty kill this season. It scores on 26 percent of power plays and allows a goal on just over 15 percent of penalty kills. The Gophers have scored a power play goal in each of the last six games, and they were 2-7 on Friday. They haven’t scored a regular five-on-five goal in the past two games. “Five-on-five, that’s important. It’s good that our special teams are working, but we need to be more effective 5-on-5,” Pitlick said. Michigan answered at 12:46 left in the first with a rebound goal from forward Will Lockwood to make it 1-1.Minnesota let Michigan take the lead in the second period when Michigan’s Garrett Van Wyhe scored with 11:58 on the clock in the second period. Gophers defenseman Robbie Stucker had the puck stolen from him behind the net, and Michigan converted on the mistake. Later in the second, Michigan’s Michael Pastujov scored to put his team up 3-1 with 5:26 left in the second. The Gophers didn’t get a shot until 5:07 left in the period, and they tallied five total in the period. On the other side, Michigan’s forwards barraged Robson with 22 in the second frame.“Obviously after the second we’re thinking we can still get back into it, so we’re trying to get some life back into our bench and keep going,” Novak said. McManus made it interesting late in the game to bring Minnesota’s deficit to one goal when he scored on the power play with 7:26 left in regulation. Pitlick took a shot point blank in front of the Michigan goalie, and McManus was there for a back door rebound. Michigan scored a short-handed goal right as Pitlick got out of the penalty box at 3:24 left in the third to make it 4-2, Michigan leading. It was a wrap-around goal that snuck through blocker side on Robson.Minnesota will play Michigan again on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the series finale at 3M Arena at Mariucci.“I think we’ve shown that we can pretty much play with anyone and lose to anyone,” Novak said. “So I think our guys still have some hope in the locker room, and we’re looking to turn it around right now.”last_img read more

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New study explores mental health impact of U.S. stay-at-home orders during coronavirus pandemic

first_imgShare on Twitter Share Share on Facebook An online survey questioned 500 U.S. adults from 45 states who were between the ages of 20 to 74. Subjects completed a unique 20-item measure of “COVID-19 related experiences and stressors” which included an assessment of perceived impact of the virus. Participants were asked, “To what extent has the situation associated with COVID-19 affected the way you live your life?” Subjects also completed assessments of health anxiety, depression, financial worry, perceived social support, and loneliness.The majority (82%) of respondents reported living in an area with stay-at-home orders currently in place. The quarantine orders had been in place for an average of 5.71 days. Results showed that those under stay-at-home orders showed increased health anxiety, loneliness, and financial worry.As researchers predicted, the extent to which subjects felt their lives had been affected by the coronavirus was correlated with increased health anxiety and financial worry. Surprisingly, the perceived impact of the pandemic was also associated with increased social support and decreased loneliness.The researchers say that this finding suggests that “one potential positive outcome of this pandemic may be an increase in social support seeking or connectedness as individuals try to adjust to changes in daily life.” They express that this falls in line with previous research that suggests that the shared experience of the pandemic may lead to increased “closeness and social cohesion (Courtet et al., 2020).”Level of income was negatively related to health anxiety, financial worry, and loneliness, but positively related to social support. The authors note that low-income individuals may be a group especially at-risk of experiencing negative outcomes during the pandemic and suggest “widespread interventions focused on promoting mental health and well-being (including a sense of connection) among less financially secure individuals.”The researchers address the limited scope of their study as it captured psychological outcomes only at the early stages of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak. They suggest that future studies delve into long-term outcomes as well as possible maladaptive behaviors that might emerge as a result of the pandemic.While past research suggests that the mental health effects of pandemics tend to decrease with time, the authors suggest this may not be the case with the impact of COVID-19. “Given the relatively high mortality rate associated with COVID-19, the lack of adequate testing in some countries, and the absence of effective pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19, it remains to be seen whether a similar trajectory will occur with the current pandemic.”The study, “Psychological Outcomes Associated with Stay-at-Home Orders and the Perceived Impact of COVID-19 on Daily Life”, was authored by Matthew T. Tull, Keith A. Edmonds, Kayla Scamaldo, Julia R. Richmond, Jason P. Rose, and Kim L. Gratz. Emailcenter_img Pinterest A recent survey has linked quarantine orders to increased health anxiety, loneliness, and financial worry in the U.S. population. Interestingly, the survey also found that the perceived impact of COVID-19 was associated with greater social support and a lower level of loneliness. The study was published in Psychiatry Research.Given the recent emergence of COVID-19, studies on the psychological impact of the outbreak are minimal. However, early studies from China point to increased anxiety, depression, and stress during China’s late January outbreak.In many countries, unprecedented social distancing measures have been put in place in order to slow the spread of the virus. In the U.S., the majority of states have implemented quarantine orders. Study authors Tull and colleagues express that although these measures are vital for public health, the associated psychological impact is not yet understood. The researchers aimed to assess the impact of quarantine measures as well as the perceived impact of COVID-19 on mental health outcomes in the U.S. population. LinkedInlast_img read more

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Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Sep 24, 2018

first_imgNew platform to detect and track drug-resistant infections in the worksThe office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) will partner with ILÚM Health Solutions to develop a research program to detect, track, and manage antibiotic-resistant infections at healthcare facilities across the state.According to a press release from the governor’s office, DOH and ILÚM—a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck & Co.—will work together to develop an infectious disease platform and real-time information service that tracks drug-resistant organisms, patients, and outcomes,  delivers relevant insights to help healthcare providers make better treatments decisions, and connects DOH to state facilities. The collected data will also be used to aid in the development of new diagnostic tools.”Through public-private partnerships and investments in advanced research, New York State is working to help curb the spread of infectious diseases,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said in the press release. “This new partnership will make significant strides in detecting and managing infections, helping to ensure the health and safety of New Yorkers.”Under the terms of the agreement, ILÚM will invest up to $48.6 million in the project over 5 years, and the New York State Life Sciences Initiative will commit $22.4 million. A pilot program at select facilities will be evaluated for efficiency and efficacy before the program is expanded throughout the state.Sep 24 NY governor’s office press release  CTX-M genes found in E coli isolates from US cattle, retail meat samplesA new study by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researchers has identified and characterized Escherichia coli carrying the extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) gene CTX-M in food-producing animals and animal products in the United States. The study was published in the September issue of Microbial Drug Resistance.While CTX-M-producing E coli strains have become increasingly prevalent in hospitals in the United States and around the world and have been identified in bacteria from healthy animals in several countries, there have been fewer reports of CTX-M ESBLs in bacteria from food animals and animal products in the United States. Intestinal carriage of CTX-M–producing bacteria in food-producing animals and contamination of retail meat is a concern because it may contribute to increased incidences of infections with ESBL-producing bacteria in humans.To investigate the presence of CTX-M–carrying E coli in US food animals, the researchers conducted antibiotic susceptibility tests to determine which E coli isolates from cattle, chicken breasts, ground turkey, ground beef, and pork chops collected by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) from 2011 through 2015 were likely ESBL producers. They then performed whole-genome sequencing on the 18 phenotypically positive ESBL E coli isolates to characterize the resistome, plasmids, and resistance genes in all strains.Their analysis revealed that all of the isolates were resistant to at least three antimicrobial classes and carried various CTX-M genes, including blaCTX-M-1, blaCTX-M-14, blaCTX-M-15, blaCTX-M-27, and blaCTX-M-32. Notably, this is the first report of E coli isolates from the NARMS retail meat program carrying blaCTX-M-14 and blaCTX-M-15, the two most frequently identified CTX-M genes worldwide. In addition, conjugation testing performed on seven of the isolates showed the CTX-M genes could be transferred to other E coli strains.The authors conclude, “While the prevalence of these two successful CTX-M enzymes is low from domestic food animal sources, monitoring will continue to help determine whether this mechanism is becoming more widespread among animal and food strains of E. coli in the United States.”Sep 1 Microb Drug Resist studylast_img read more

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On her Majesty’s cylinder service

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Taiwan’s LNG imports rise in Feb YoY

first_imgTaiwan, the world’s fifth largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyer, increased its imports of the chilled fuel by 26 percent in February.Taiwan imported 1.28 million mt of LNG in February, as compared to 1.01 million mt in the same month in the same month last year, according to the data released by the Directorate General of Customs.The country paid about $549 million for LNG imports in February, the data shows.Qatar, the world’s top LNG exporter, remained the dominant supplier of the fuel to Taiwan in the month under review.LNG imports from Qatar reached 376,010 mt, followed by Papua New Guinea that supplied 178,984 mt of the chilled fuel to Taiwan in February.The rest of the LNG imports came from Malaysia, Indonesia, Oman, Australia, Russia, Brunei, Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S., according to the customs data.Taiwan’s LNG imports rose 2.7 percent to 14.97 million mt in 2016.With less reliance on nuclear power and dwindling domestic natural gas resources, Taiwan is expected to increase its LNG imports in the future to drive power sector growth.The country currently imports the chilled fuel via two regasification terminals, located in the central and southern parts of the island.State-owned CPC is also planning to build a third LNG import terminal to serve the northern region near Taipei. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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Victorious losers

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