Coronavirus live updates: Mass shutdowns, HHS hit with cyber attack

first_imgjarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) — Major cities are shutting down restaurants to try to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has killed at least 68 people in the United States.There are at least 3,774 confirmed cases in the country. COVID-19 has reached 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.Globally, there are more than 174,000 coronavirus cases and more than 6,700 deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is unfolding Monday. All times Eastern:10:45 a.m.: New York City to limit all restaurants, states work togetherNew York City will close all nightclubs, movie theaters and concert venues as of Tuesday morning.All restaurants, bars and cafes will be limited to food take-out and delivery.“Our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told “Good Morning America” Monday that the U.S. has “been behind this disease from day one. We saw the disease developing in China back in November. We weren’t ready for it, and we’ve been playing catchup ever since.”“The wave is going to break on the hospital system,” he warned. “We don’t have the capacity to build more hospitals quickly. The only way would be if the army corps of engineers came in, worked with the states to retrofit existing buildings.”Cuomo said the “federal government has to get more engaged.”“There’s been no country that has handled this that has not nationalized it. This patchwork quilt of policies doesn’t work,” he said. “It makes no sense for me to do something in New York and New Jersey to do something else.”Cuomo then banded together with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut Monday as they said their states would abide by the same rules for closures.Following the CDC guidelines the three states will prohibit gatherings of 50 people or more. Supermarkets, medical offices and other essential services are able to remain open beyond 8 p.m. but must adhere to social distancing policies“This is a virus that knows no borders,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said.The governors said they believed this is the first region in the country to announce joint closure policies. The governors, all Democrats, said they were forced to act because of a lack of coordination from the federal government.10:01 a.m.: Egypt halting all flightsEgypt is halting all domestic and international flights beginning Thursday, a government spokesman told ABC News.The announcement was made now to give tourists time to leave the country, cabinet spokesman Hany Younes said. “They are free to stay for as long as they want, but there will be no flights until March 31,” Younes said.9:45 a.m. Trading temporarily halted as markets plummet despite Fed interventionTrading on Wall Street was temporarily halted after markets plunged early Monday as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to upend business and travel across the world. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted more than 2,250 points or 9.7% just after trading began. The S&P 500 fell more than 8%, triggering a “circuit-breaker” halt of 15 minutes.The major sell-off comes even after the Federal Reserve made a surprise announcement on Sunday that it’s slashing interest rates to near zero and spending $700 billion to buy Treasury and mortgage bonds to help buoy the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.The intervention did not appear to be enough to quell investors’ worries about the economic impacts of the outbreak on businesses. Local governments including in New York and Los Angeles announced over the weekend they were shuttering businesses such as bars and entertainment venues. 9:37 a.m. New York City to limit all restaurants to take-out and deliveryNew York City will close all nightclubs, movie theaters and concert venues as of Tuesday morning. Also, all restaurants, bars and cafes will be limited to food take-out and delivery. “Our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told ABC News’ Good Morning America Monday that the U.S. has “been behind this disease from day one. We saw the disease developing in China back in November. We weren’t ready for it, and we’ve been playing catchup ever since.” “The wave is going to break on the hospital system,” he warned. “We don’t have the capacity to build more hospitals quickly. The only way would be if the army corps of engineers came in, worked with the states to retrofit existing buildings.” Cuomo said the “federal government has to get more engaged.” “There’s been no country that has handled this that has not nationalized it. This patchwork quilt of policies doesn’t work,” he said. “It makes no sense for me to do something in New York and New Jersey to do something else.” 9:31 a.m. Peace Corps evacuating all volunteersThe Peace Corps is suspending all activities around the world, evacuating its volunteers from dozens of countries, the organization announced Sunday night.9:22 a.m. Health and Human Services experiences cyber attackThe Department of Health and Human Services experienced a cyber attack Sunday night related to it’s coronavirus response, administration sources told ABC News. The attempt was to slow down operations, according to sources. The nature and origin of the attack is still under investigation.8:18 a.m. NBA star on the ‘scariest part about this virus’Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell, one of several NBA players who tested positive for COVID-19, has no symptoms, he told Good Morning America Monday.“If you were to tell me I could play in a seven-game series tomorrow, I would be ready to lace up,” he said. “I’m blessed that’s the case.” Mitchell spoke to GMA anchor Robin Roberts via video Monday as he self isolates.“I don’t have any symptoms — I could walk down the street. If it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it,” Mitchell said. “I think that’s the scariest part about this virus — you may seem fine, be fine, and you never know who you may be talking to, who they’re going home to.”7:28 a.m. Stock futures pointing down at least 5%As it stands, stock futures are pointing down 5%. They’re “limit down” which means that they have hit their limit and can’t go any lower until markets open.“Limit down” is similar to circuit breakers when the market is open to keep stocks from heading into free fall. Stocks are expected to fall even further as there are exchange-traded funds (ETFs) which mimic the S&P 500 which are down around 9% right now.The first circuit breaker kicks in if S&P 500 falls 7%.7:16 a.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tells ABC News that federal assistance and a unified approach is needed to take on coronavirus“Look, we have been behind this disease from day one. We saw the disease developing in China back in November. We weren’t ready for it, and we’ve been playing catchup ever since,” Cuomo told George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America.Cuomo continued: “You have to get ahead of this, right? It’s not fighting the last war, it’s fighting the next war. The next war is going to be overwhelming our hospital systems. You look at any of these projections and you see that coming. When you see that chart of the curve, I see it as a wave and the wave is going to break on the hospital system. We don’t have the capacity to build more hospitals quickly. The only way would be if the army corps of engineers came in, worked with the states to retrofit existing buildings.”Cuomo also railed against what he called the “patchwork quilt” approach has so far allowed to go on.“This federal government has to get more engaged,” Cuomo said. “There’s been no country that has handled this that has not nationalized it. This patchwork quilt of policies doesn’t work. It makes no sense for me to do something in New York and New Jersey to do something else.”Said Cuomo: “If I say you can’t go to a bar in New York, you know you’ll go to New Jersey, you’ll go to Connecticut, you’ll go to wherever you can be served. That’s the last thing we want. Set the national standards and let’s live with them. Otherwise, again, you come up with this ad hoc system that’s not going to work.”7:10 a.m. China relaxes travel restrictions in HubeiChina is relaxing travel restrictions in the hardest-hit virus province of Hubei and sending thousands of workers back to jobs at factories desperate to get production going again.The move comes as Chinese officials say the outbreak that spread from Wuhan starting in December has mostly run its course domestically, while they remain vigilant against imported cases.5:30 a.m. Jack Ma says first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the US is taking off from ShanghaiJack Ma tweeted that a huge shipment of masks and coronavirus testing kits is now en route to the United States from Shanghai.The first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the US is taking off from Shanghai. All the best to our friends in America. pic.twitter.com/LTn26gvlOl— Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 16, 2020The shipment is said to contain 500,000 coronavirus testing kits and one million masks. Ma has urged international cooperation to fight the health crisis.5:13 a.m. Russia closes borders with BelarusRussia has announced it is closing its border with Belarus, one of its major entry points to Europe, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Goods will still be allowed to cross the border, but the passage of people will no longer be permitted.Substantial restrictions of flights to Europe from Russia also begin today. All flights to European Union countries, Norway and Switzerland are to be halted, except for those leaving from a single terminal at one of Moscow’s airports and flying to the countries’ capitals. Currently only two of Russia’s borders have no restrictions linked to the virus — Finland and Azerbaijan.It comes as Russia steps up its measures in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.4:36 a.m. Roche Diagnostics has received emergency approval for a new coronavirus test it developedThe company received emergency approval late Thursday night from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to send half a million tests to labs across the country from its North America headquarters in Indianapolis.“For us, it’s been all about how do we make sure the patients who need to test, get the test at the time they need it,” Randy Pritchard, senior vice president of marketing for Roche, said.In six weeks, the company was able to develop the test when it normally takes about 18 months to identify a virus and submit something to the FDA, Pritchard said.With the new test, you can have results as fast as three days as opposed to days with some current tests.3:53 a.m. Australian TV journalist who met with Rita Wilson has virusAn Australian television journalist said Monday he has the new coronavirus and assumes he contracted it while meeting with actress-singer Rita Wilson in Sydney.Nine Network entertainment editor Richard Wilkins, 65, said he was tested because he met Wilson at the Sydney Opera House on March 7 and again at Nine’s Sydney studio on March 9. The result came back positive on Sunday.“I’m surprisingly very well,” Wilkins told Nine by Facetime from his Sydney home, where he has self-isolated since Wilson’s diagnosis.“You could’ve knocked me over with a feather last night when I got that call. It took me a couple of minutes to reel from the news that they gave me. But I feel fine. I feel 100%,” Wilkins added. “We’re assuming this is from Rita. It may not be. They’ve all said it could be anyone, anywhere, any time, such is the prevalence of this thing.”Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks have been isolated in an Australian hospital since they were both diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 12.3:20 a.m. Santa Monica closes pier due to public safety concernsSanta Monica has issued an executive order to temporarily close the Santa Monica Pier to the public as part of its local emergency proclamation beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, according to a statement from Santa Monica officials.“We welcome thousands of guests to our Pier each and every day, so we take this step out of the deepest desire to keep people at home and healthy,” said City Manager Rick Cole. “We love our Pier and the joy it brings to everyone that visits, but in this moment, we must take aggressive actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.”The City team is closely monitoring CDC, State, and County Health Department guidance to determine when and/or how the Pier can be reopened to the public.“We are in full support of this temporary closure to the public amid this health crisis. Though this will heavily impact the Pier businesses, in this historic moment it is the right thing to do,” said Negin Singh, executive director of the Santa Monica Pier Corporation. “We know that once we overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, our Pier will play an important role in serving the public with our great food, attractions, performers and free, world-class events. We all look forward to welcoming you back.”12:21 a.m. Washington to shut down bars, eliminate in-person diningWashington state is following the national trend shuttering entertainment venues and recreational facilities, and limiting restaurants to delivery and take-out.Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement Sunday night local time announcing that he will sign the statewide proclamation on Monday.The ban will not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies, although other retail outlets will have reduced occupancy, the statement said.“These are very difficult decisions, but hours count here and very strong measures are necessary to slow the spread of the disease,” Inslee said.Washington’s King Country, which includes the county seat of Seattle, has been one of the centers of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.12:11 a.m. Los Angeles closing bars, clubs and gymsLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city will be closing bars, nightclubs, entertainment venues and gyms until at least March 31.Restaurants will remain open only for takeout and delivery.The order extends to libraries, recreation centers and zoos.Grocery stores, pharmacies and food banks will remain open, the mayor said. In addition, the announcement included a moratorium on evictions for renters.The executive order, which came an hour after New York City made a similar announcement, puts the United States’ two largest cities under unprecedented restrictions during a national health crisis.The Los Angeles closures go into effect Sunday at midnight local time.“This will be a tough time, but it is not forever. Angelenos have always risen to meet difficult moments, and we will get through this together,” Garcetti said in a statement.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Whittles and Wolves basketball team come together

first_imgKidderminster-based Whittles Coaches has partnered with professional basketball team Worcester Wolves to provide transport to its away games. The firm runs nine quality coaches.Based at University of Worcester Arena the team is one of the most successful in the British Basketball League.Whittles Commercial Director John Johnson says: “We recognise that the Worcester Wolves are going places on the court and we are delighted to support them.”Richard Johnson and the Wolves team at Worcester University Arenalast_img read more

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Billions wasted on old standards

first_imgEU countries are not obliged to abandon the old standard, which expires officially at the end of next year. But Liikanen’s spokesman Per Haugaard said Commission officials would meet NORMAPME next week to discuss the problem.However, Haugaard added: “We also feel it is the role of NORMAPME to ensure that its members are aware and informed of these new standards.” EU small-and-medium-sized enter-prise group UEAPME has raised the alarm after discovering that the vast majority of companies renewing their ISO 9000 quality standards are being sold nearly-expired certification.The organisation is calling for intervention by Erkki Liikanen, the industry commissioner, to persuade EU governments to take action against the lucrative consultancies providing training and other services to small firms that are often unaware of the problem.“This is just another case where everyone’s making a profit at the expense of small businesses,” said Loucas Gourtsoyannis, head of the group’s standards arm, NORMAPME. For smaller firms, ISO 9000 certification is an important substitute for brand reputation in assuring customers all over the world of the quality and safety of their products.Certification is compulsory for manufacturers of ‘CE’-marked goods for which safety is critical – such as electrical equipment or objects with sharp parts.But the training and preparations needed often cost a company upwards of 30,000 euros – putting the estimated cost of over 50,000 EU accreditations a year into the billions.NORMAPME says its members are often unaware that the certification they have bought has been superseded and is useless for many purposes.Firms registered under the old 1994 version of the standard are more likely to be held liable and fined for safety problems or to lose disputes over defective goods. They can also be in breach of the EU directive on general product safety, and even charged with fraud in some countries.In Spain, the worst-affected country for which the organisation has figures, only 16% of new certifications last year complied with the 2000 standard. In Italy the figure was 20%, while France’s total was around 50%. There was also widespread use of the old standard in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Greece.last_img read more

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NASCAR Hall of Fame gets its ‘Coach’ in Joe Gibbs

first_imgLast November, on the eve of his team fielding an unprecedented three of the four cars eligible for the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy, Joe Gibbs sat alongside his team’s former championship driver – now championship rival team owner –  Tony Stewart and reminisced about their time together as they previewed the next day’s season finale.Stewart won two of his three Cup titles driving for Joe Gibbs Racing and the two men smiled and patted one another on the back as they shared their fondest memories of working together with an audience of rapt media members. They laughed. They told tales. They spoke about the many triumphs and happy times and teased about overcoming the inevitable challenges of their large personalities.And of course, each of these two great competitors wanted to beat the other.MORE: Shop FanaticsThe next day Gibbs raised his fifth NASCAR Cup Series championship trophy after Kyle Busch drove to his second Cup title with his JGR teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin finishing runner-up and fourth.Next week all of NASCAR will be celebrating Gibbs again, this time as a new member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame during the Jan. 31 formal induction ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina. As it turns out, Gibbs will – perhaps fittingly – have the three-time Cup champ Stewart and Bobby Labonte, who won the 2000 Cup title driving for Gibbs, as Hall of Fame classmates. Waddell Wilson and the late Buddy Baker round out the Hall’s 2020 class of five.MORE HALL COVERAGE: Labonte lives up to family name | Baker set for enshrinement“Well obviously, it’s a thrill for me and what you think about when something like this happens is, I get pushed out front, but I think about all the people that built the race team and are a part of it,” Gibbs said upon receiving his selection news last May – deferring as usual to those who work on his team.“I think about the people and I am thankful.”This year has been particularly challenging for Gibbs and his family. He lost his son J.D., 49, who served as the team president, last January after a lengthy illness. But Gibbs and the team have already been lifted by J.D. Gibbs’ legacy.Busch’s championship is the organization’s fifth and it was a fitting conclusion to a season that featured a third Daytona 500 trophy to open the year and ultimately the most wins (19) earned by a single team in a single season in the Modern Era (1972-Present). Gibbs now has 341 national series wins – the most by any team in NASCAR history. And all four JGR Cup Series drivers – Busch, Truex, Hamlin and Erik Jones – hoisted trophies last year.RELATED: Emotional season ends with championship for Joe Gibbs The 2019 season was certainly the exclamation point to a humble beginning in the sport. Dale Jarrett, a 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, was the first driver Gibbs hired in 1992 when the former Super Bowl-winning coach decided to launch a NASCAR career too. Jarrett earned the JGR team the first of its 176 Cup wins in the 1993 Daytona 500 – one of the most iconic moments in NASCAR.It was a momentous afternoon providing the former Washington Redskins head coach the assurance that his racing venture was the right call.“He might be the first person to come into the sport as a car owner and had a sponsor lined up before he had anything done,” Jarrett recalled. “Not many do that.“That tells you just how good he is and how motivated he is once he gets to that point he wants to make something happen.“You talk about humble beginnings. He sat [Jarrett’s crew chief] Jimmy Makar and I down and said, ‘Look, I’ve borrowed $800,000 and that’s all I’m borrowing. If we can’t make this thing get up and going … I’ll shut this down and chalk it up to a bad investment. But hopefully we make it happen.’RELATED: Every first win for a JGR driver“And he has built this 500-plus employee business up from literally 18 people that first year and an $800,000 loan. It’s just incredible.”Added Jarrett, “Once you get to know Joe Gibbs you realize he’s going to be successful at whatever he does but this was a venture he had no idea really how to go about things. So, he was relying on people – just as he did when he was coaching – he had good people around him to get the best players and put his plan in place.“It was kind of the same thing with this when he got into racing.”The approach – Gibbs’ philosophy and his great faith – soon transitioned from new venture to championship caliber standard-setter. After Jarrett, who competed for the team’s first three seasons (1992-94), Gibbs hired the 1991 Busch Grand National [now Xfinity Series] champion Bobby Labonte in 1995.Donald Miralle | AllsportLabonte spent 11 years with Gibbs winning the 2000 NASCAR Cup Series championship and their fellow 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame classmate Stewart contributed another two titles to the Gibbs organization in 2002 and 2005.PHOTOS: Labonte through the years | Stewart through the yearsWith Labonte and Stewart, Gibbs’ team during those seasons from the mid-1990s to late 2000s were perennial championship favorites – claiming race trophy after race trophy. It was high-octane performance in some of the sport’s most celebrated days. And it remains so today.It was also good preparation – a test for the coach who was enjoying great results but managing a team of big personalities.“I used to try and get to the hauler as fast as I could if he [Stewart] had a bad night because he was going to tear up the inside of the hauler,” Gibbs joked with Stewart in that championship pre-race news conference at Homestead.The two exchanged stories, long looks, laughter and pats on the back while sharing tales of their pairing. And then Stewart got serious.“I learned a lot from this guy in the years I was there,” Stewart said, turning in his seat to speak directly to Gibbs. “I’ve said it a million times, if I didn’t work for him, I wouldn’t be where I’m at now.“I wouldn’t be doing the things that I’m doing now. I wouldn’t be in debt like I am now,” he said allowing a smile. “And I blame it all on you Joe.“But it’s great to have worked with somebody like him because he has worked with so many great people. It’s not something you always see at the race track.“A lot of it pertains to everyday life, too and when you get a chance to sit with him long enough and when you shut your mouth and listen, spend more time listening than talking you can learn a lot from this guy and I promise you, it helps.”Certainly with Gibbs’ upcoming NASCAR Hall of Fame induction and his 1996 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, this 79-year-old natural born leader from tiny Mocksville, North Carolina – where Daniel Boone’s father Squire once served as Justice of the Peace – has proven the kind of leader that great drive, abundant faith can produce.Rusty Jarrett | Getty ImagesWith Jarrett already in the great Hall, Labonte and Stewart joining Gibbs, next week’s honor will likely feel as comfortable as it is so deserved.“You couldn’t write a book and have this happen,” Labonte said of this Hall of Fame class. “I just sit back and reflect on the times with Joe and it’s awesome we’re all three going in at the same time.“You just couldn’t ask for anything better than that.”For all the record number of trophies, major races won and championship celebrations, Gibbs’ most endearing legacy to the sport may well be his philosophy and leadership. His heart and mind – his ability to motivate and to embrace the joy in a job well done.“He helped me as a driver and I’m pretty sure that Bobby [Labonte], Tony [Stewart], Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin would tell you he just makes you a better person,” Jarrett said. “He gives you the tools to be a better driver but just conversations with him – if you listen, pay attention and just watch his reactions – then you become a better person.”last_img read more

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20th Century Fox Teams Up with Tony-Winning Broadway Producer Kevin McCollum and More

first_img “For years we have been eager to expand our entertainment expertise to the world of live stage, but we wanted to do it right and most importantly, with the right people,” said 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos in a statement. “We have been fortunate to have found great partners in Kevin, John and Tom to help to transform great Fox properties into exciting live stage entertainment for audiences everywhere.” “This new joint venture provides a much needed foundation to the creative process for myself, my partners, and the artists who will develop these shows,” added McCollum. “We are eager to get to work mining the stage theatrical possibilities of the Fox film library.” Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Kevin McCollum (Motown the Musical, Avenue Q, Rent) has joined forces with film producer John Davis and media executive Tom McGrath on a development deal with 20th Century Fox to develop live stage productions based on the studio’s titles, according to Deadline. The team is looking to develop stage musicals and shows that could return to the big screen as tuners. View Comments The deal follows a similar agreement set up last year between Sony Pictures and Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions. 20th Century Fox titles that have been adapted into Broadway musicals prior to the deal include All About Eve, Applause, 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein and Big.last_img read more

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Verve RevUp drops the magnets for Infocrank power meter cadence sensing

first_imgThe desire to remove the magnets was two-fold, something we experienced a bit of both. Our first issue was actually installing the Infocrank Classic which used Shimano’s 24mm spindle. Since it kept the Shimano bottom bracket, you couldn’t use the magnets Verve developed to mount on the Praxis BB that they provided with the 110BCD of the power meter. Verve produces an adhesive magnet that works fine for most carbon frames, but our unique titanium test bike didn’t work with them, so we resorted to zip-tied magnets on the chainstays.Our second issue was when we broke one of the rings that held the magnet around the external Praxis BB. Racing cyclocross and riding gravel roads, those magnets were always in a perilous location, and we were frankly surprised that it lasted so long. In the end sticking a very strong magnet to the steel chainstay kept us running up until this firmware update.The Revolution Update (RevUp) means to eliminate these concerns and can work now with 2, 1, or no magnets installed. Now with more refinement of their proprietary Crank Position System (CPS) software, the existing strain gauges in each crank arm can be used together to accurately detect every arm rotation, no matter the pedaling intensity or style of riding. With the new firmware, the cranks CPS will automatically detect whether magnets are in place and if so it will use them, and otherwise will sense cadence based on movement. plus, Verve says that after a lot of time in sorting out the RevUp update power metering data maintains their same level of accuracy.Only two functional changes come with the update. Overall battery life is slightly decreased as each arm is frequently  checking load inputs to detect movement. Verve hasn’t specified precisely how much impact there is on the life of the batteries, but does call it slight. The other change is that the process for waking the power meter is slightly altered after replacing batteries. Now you will need to pass a magnet over the sensor bulge on one arm to wake it after installing a new battery; then you have to wait 5 minutes for the crank to sleep otherwise it will be looking for a cadence magnet to calculate power. Other than that, it seems pretty straightforward.  While most existing users can just continue with exiting magnets, those with frame who had mounting issues before should be happy.Verve Cycling’s new CPS technology (Crank Position System) is now available to all existing InfoCrank users via a free RevUp firmware download. Users just need to download the new software and update it through the cranks’ ANT+ dongle interface.More info and Windows/Mac/Linux install instructions at vervecycling.com/firmware-updates. We’ve been testing Verve’s Infocranks  in the harshest conditions you could drum up for a power meter, from rough gravel roads to the mud and pressure washers of cyclocross. But the only real issue after several seasons of testing had been with the magnets needed to ensure accurate cadence reporting. Now up-to-date and accurate cadence measurement is a huge deal in power meters. Since the Infocrank actually measure stress in the cranks and equates torque out of that, it needs cadence (or its analogue of angular velocity) to calculate power. Now Verve after working on the issue for a couple of years, both in the lab and with their pro-team testers, have managed to get accurate cadence data with the existing sensors in the crank and without the use of magnets. Check out the details below and how to get this over the air update now… We had talked with Verve about how they could eliminate the crank sensor magnets in the past, but the issue was complicated by all of the other vibration and noise picked up by the power meter’s sensitive on-board position sensors.last_img read more

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Comfort Food Myth: Ice Cream May Not Boost Your Mood

first_imgLiveScience:The idea that eating certain foods make us feel better when we’re down may be a myth, psychologists say.In fact, we may simply feel better after some time has passed, regardless of what food we eat, a new study says.In the study, people were asked to pick foods that they thought would make them feel better if they were in a bad mood, such as chocolate, cookies or ice cream. They were also asked to pick foods that they liked, but that they didn’t think would boost their mood.Read the whole story: LiveScience More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Art for the Knowing Nose

first_imgThe New York Times:Peter De Cupere’s “Tree Virus” sculpture wasn’t much to look at: a dead, black tree rooted in a craggy white ball suspended over a dirt pit, all of it covered by a plastic igloo. Built on a college campus in the Netherlands in 2008, the whole thing might have been leftover scenery from a Tim Burton film if it weren’t for the outrageous smell.Inside the igloo, a heady mix of peppermint and black pepper saturated the air. It flooded the nose and stung the eyes. Most visitors cried; many ran away. Others seemed to enjoy it, laughing through the tears.…Smell has an unfair advantage over the other senses when it comes to eliciting a response, researchers say. “There is a unique and directly intimate connection between where smell is processed in the brain and where memory is stored,” said Rachel Herz, a psychologist at Brown University and the author of “The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell.” The olfactory bulb — the bundle of neurons that transmits information from the nose to the brain — is part of the limbic system, which supports emotion, long-term memory and adrenaline flow. “This is where that special characteristic that really distinguishes olfaction comes from.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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South Korea MERS totals grow by 1 infection, 1 death

first_imgIn a further sign of slowing in South Korea’s MERS-CoV outbreak, the country reported just one new case and one additional death over the past few days, edging the total to 182 infections, 32 of them fatal.The World Health Organization has said that the recent drop in infections linked to a single healthcare-related transmission chain signals that South Korea’s control measures are having an impact. But it warned that more cases were likely to be detected, perhaps even some in the community, given the large number of contacts still under monitoring.Another ill health workerSouth Korea has gone 2 days without reporting a newly confirmed MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case. The health ministry said the most recent case, announced on Jun 27, was in a nurse who was exposed to the virus while treating a patient, according the Korea Times.According to a health ministry update today, 36 healthcare workers have been sickened in the outbreak.Yesterday health officials reported that a 55-year-old man who contracted the virus at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul died from his infection, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. His illness was confirmed on Jun 9.Samsung was the second hospital to be hit by the virus, which spread in the facility quickly when a man who was unknowingly infected at the first hospital spent nearly 3 days in the emergency department, where he exposed other patients, visitors, and staff.Currently, 2,682 possible contacts are in home or hospital monitoring, 120 more than the day before, the health ministry said.Index patient recoversIn a related development, the index patient—a 68-year-old man who got sick after traveling to four Middle Eastern countries—has recovered from MERS-CoV and was discharged from National Medical Center, the Korea Times reported today.He still has pneumonia but has cleared the virus, based on several rounds of testing, the story said. He is now being treated at a general hospital.The man had visited a handful of clinics and hospitals before his MERS-CoV infection was confirmed on May 20, which triggered a large nosocomial outbreak—the largest outside of the Middle East—that affected several hospitals.Policy changesIn other outbreak developments, government officials announced some new policy changes to help stem future disease outbreaks.Kwon Deok-cheol, a senior health ministry official, said the government will expand national health insurance coverage for people who have infectious diseases, along with those who need to be isolated in negative-pressure rooms in hospitals, the Korea Herald reported today.He said national health insurance would also cover the installation of more negative-pressure rooms and maintain the ones that are already in operation. He added that the MERS outbreak showed that South Korea has a severe shortage of negative-pressure rooms and that some of the existing ones haven’t been properly maintained.As another measure, hospitals will be required to separate their emergency departments and areas for patients who need to be isolated from other hospital wards, according to Kwon. The health ministry will also roll out regular incentive-based infection control evaluations for hospitals.He said the new measures will be finalized and confirmed in July, according to the report.Thai patient declared virus-freeAn Omani man who was hospitalized with a MERS-CoV infection in Thailand, becoming its first imported case, has been declared free of the virus but will remain in quarantine for the time being, Reuters reported today, citing the country’s health ministry.The 75-year-old man had symptoms before he departed Oman, accompanied by three family members, but his infection wasn’t detected until he arrived in Thailand for treatment of a cardiac condition.Surachet Satitramai, acting secretary of the health ministry, said the man’s latest test results were negative for MERS-CoV, but he will remain hospitalized to assess if his other health conditions will have any effect on his recovery.The man’s relatives remain free of the virus, and the health ministry is still monitoring 36 people who may have had contact with the Omani man, according to the Reuters report.See also:Jun 27 Korea Times storyJun 29 AFP storyJun 29 South Korean health ministry statisticsJun 29 Korea Herald storyJun 29 Reuters storylast_img read more

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PPG Appoints Gary Danowski Vice President, Performance Glazings

first_imgPITTSBURGH — PPG Industries has announced that Gary Danowski, director, global operations, aerospace, will become vice president, performance glazings, effective in mid-January. He will report to Senior Vice President Victoria Holt and be based at the Harmar, Pa., glass business and discovery center. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Danowski joined PPG in 1982 as a production engineer at the former Crestline, Ohio, automotive glass fabrication plant, which is now part of Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC (PGW). He moved to Detroit in 1988 as an automotive glass sales engineer and to Evansville, Ind., in 1991 as superintendent of engineering at PPG’s former automotive glass plant there. In 1994, Danowski moved to Paris as director, market development, for PPG’s European glass business, returning to the United States in 1997 as plant manager of PPG’s former Meadville, Pa., glass manufacturing facility, now part of PGW. He was appointed director, new products and services, flat glass (now the performance glazings business), in 2001; director, production, automotive OEM glass (now part of PGW), in 2003; and director, global operations, aerospace, in 2007. Danowski earned a mechanical engineering degree from Gannon University and a master of business administration degree from Ashland University.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

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