Police kick in door to help mom resuscitate newborn baby, deliver her twin

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  Two Minnesota police officers are being hailed for resuscitating a baby and delivering her twin after responding to an emergency call earlier this week.Nichole Mickelson was home with her 2-year-old son when she went into labor after taking a shower early Tuesday morning. She called her mother and her husband, who had left early for work, to inform them about her situation, and then she called 911.“By the time I got out of the shower. I was already having full-blown contractions,” Mickelson, who lives in the city of Wyoming, told ABC News.Two officers from the Wyoming Police Department were dispatched to Mickelson’s home. When they arrived there, they found her door locked, with no other way to enter the home.“With a swift kick to the door, the officer forced entry into the house and found the mother had just given birth to a baby girl,” the police department said in a statement. “The newborn was in the mother’s arms and not breathing.”Mickelson saw that the first baby wasn’t breathing, but she couldn’t try to rescue her because she was still having contractions and was about to give birth to the second baby.“But that’s when the police arrived,” Mickelson said. Upon their arrival, one of the officers immediately went to perform CPR on the baby that wasn’t breathing.“The officer sprang into action and began CPR on the newborn baby girl, Anna, clearing the airway, giving mouth-to-mouth and compression until she came to life with that familiar newborn cry,” police said.After helping baby Anna breathe, the officers helped deliver Mickelson’s second daughter. Dealing with both resuscitating a baby who can’t breathe and delivering another baby at the same time is extremely rare, the police said.“As a chief, you want to make sure you give your staff the necessary training to do their job, and you hope they recall that training when the need arises,” Wyoming Police Chief Paul Hoppe said in the statement. “On this day, these two officers performed flawlessly, professionally, without hesitation, with care and compassion to the family.”Mickelson said that as a nurse she could tell that the officers had been trained to respond to such situations, but that they probably never had to do it in real life.“They’ve been trained in it, but they’ve never done it before, so I knew they were probably quite nervous,” Mickelson said. “But, yeah, they did great. It turned out to be happy ending.”“When anybody’s put in that kind of situation I think adrenaline takes over and you don’t really have time to be nervous or panicky,” she said.In the police statement, Hoppe welcomed the two new members to the Wyoming community and thanked the officers for their response.“I am pleased to introduce Anna and Ashley Mickelson to our community,” he said, “and honor Officers Paavola and Boecker, who’s actions saved a life and kept this family’s experience a joyful moment.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Officials looking to trap alligator spotted in Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago

first_imgiStock(CHICAGO) — It’s not your average morning in Humboldt Park in Chicago today — officials are trying to trap an alligator spotted in the lagoon there.The reptile is between 4 and 5 feet long, specialists said, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.Authorities are hoping for the animal to be “humanely trapped” and taken to a zoo for a veterinary evaluation, police said.When sightings of the gator came in on Tuesday, Guglielmi called it an “unusual news day.”The public is urged to let the experts do their job and give them space, Chicago police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli said on Wednesday.It’s not clear how the gator ended up in the lagoon but it was likely a pet that got released, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘He had a cold look’: Teen who took viral video says of Derek Chauvin

first_imgPool via ABC NewsBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — The teenage bystander who took a viral video of Derek Chauvin with his knee on George Floyd’s neck gave tearful testimony on Tuesday in the former Minneapolis police officer’s murder trial, saying that when she looks at the horrific footage she thinks how it could have been her Black father on the ground begging for his life.To protect her identity, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill allowed the young witness, who is now 18, to testify off-camera in the televised trial and to use only her first name, Darnella, during her stint on the witness stand.Asked by prosecutor Jerry Blackwell how her life has changed since she took the 10-minute video and uploaded it on Facebook, she struggled through tears to explain.“When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles because they’re all Black,” Darnella testified. “And I look at that and I look at how that could have been one of them.”She said she has spent nights agonizing over what she saw on May 25, 2020, and wishes she could have done more to save Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man she had never met.“I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting, not saving his life,” Darnella said.She said she came upon the incident while walking her 9-year-old cousin to the Cup Foods store to by snacks, and asked her cousin to go into the store while she circled back to where police officers had the handcuffed Floyd prone on the ground next to a patrol car. She identified Chauvin in court as the officer she saw with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck.Darnella said she immediately pulled out her cellphone and started recording video.Asked by Blackwell to describe what she saw, Darnella said, “A man terrified, scared, begging for his life.”“It wasn’t right,” she said. “He was suffering. He was in pain. I heard George Floyd saying, ‘I can’t breathe. Please get off of me.’ He cried for his mom. It seemed like he knew it was over for him.”She said that when she started recording, she was the only bystander around. Soon a crowd gathered and began yelling at the officers to get off of Floyd, she said.Asked by Blackwell if she witnessed any violence at that particular instance, she said, “Yes, from the cops.”She said that the more bystanders pleaded with Chauvin to relent, the more he seemed to use force.“If anything, he was actually kneeling harder. He was shoving his knee into his neck,” she said of Chauvin.She said at one point, Chauvin and a fellow officer, Tou Thao, put their hands on their Mace canister, apparently to prompt the crowd to back up as witnesses grew louder and shouted expletives at the officers. She said nothing the bystanders said to Chauvin seemed to matter.“He just stared at us, looked at us,” she said. “He had a cold look, heartless. He didn’t care.”She said Chauvin refused to let up even when paramedics initially arrived and attempted to check Floyd’s pulse.She said a paramedic “checked his pulse first while Chauvin’s knee still remained on George Floyd’s neck.”Under cross-examination from Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, Darnella conceded that she did not witness any part of what happened prior to her arrival, nor did she hear the conversations between the officers.Nelson asked her about all the cursing and shouting at the officers from bystanders, asking if the crowd became louder and hostile as the incident went on.“More so as he [Floyd] was becoming more unresponsive,” she said.Darnella’s 9-year-old cousin was also called to testify off-camera. She said that when she emerged from Cup Foods, she saw Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck. When an ambulance arrived, she said she saw paramedics ask Chauvin to get up so they could check Floyd’s pulse.“I was sad and kind of mad cause I felt like he was stopping him from breathing,” she said of Chauvin.Mixed martial arts fighter says Chauvin used “blood choke”A professional mixed martial arts fighter who testified in graphic detail about seeing Floyd’s life being squeezed out of him by a “blood choke” returned to the witness stand on Tuesday, presenting the defense with what legal experts said was an uphill battle to discredit him.Donald Williams II — a 5-foot-6, 135 pound bantamweight who fights under the nickname “DWill II” — testified for the prosecution on the first day of the trial. He said he was headed to the Cups Foods store in Minneapolis when he was drawn to a commotion. He said he saw police officers pinning a handcuffed Black man to the ground and Chauvin, who is white, grinding his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck.Williams testified that he has been a competitive wrestler since he was in high school and turned professional mixed martial arts fighter in 2009. Given his training, he was allowed leeway by Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill to describe the hold he said he recognized Chauvin was using on Floyd.He said Chauvin was using a “blood choke,” applying pressure with his knee on the side of Floyd’s neck and cutting off the blood flowing to his head.“His breathing was getting tremendously heavy and tremendously harder for him to breathe,” Williams said of Floyd. “You actually could hear him, you could see him struggling to actually gasp for air while he was trying to breathe. He barely could move while he was trying to get air.”In his opening argument, prosecutor Blackwell played for the jury a bystander video showing Chauvin with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck for what he said was 9 minutes and 29 seconds as two other officers helped hold Floyd down. Another, identified as Thao, kept Williams and other witnesses at bay as they pleaded with Chauvin to relent.Blackwell told the jury that Chauvin “betrayed his badge” when he dug his knee into Floyd’s neck “until the very life was squeezed out of him.”Williams said he locked eyes with Chauvin at one point during the street encounter.“He looked at me. It was the only time he looked at me when I said it was a blood choke,” Williams testified.He said Chauvin was also using what fighters call a “shimmy” to tighten his hold on Floyd.Williams added that he had gone fishing earlier that day with his son. Seeing the life drain out of Floyd reminded him of how he suffocated the fish in a plastic bag.He said he saw Floyd “slowly fade away like the fish in the bag” with his eyes rolling back in his head until he stopped begging for his life and went unconscious.During cross-examination, Nelson grilled Williams about the foul language he directed at Chauvin and Thao, asking if he and other bystanders were getting angry at the officers.Williams, who also worked in security and as a nightclub bouncer, said he was angry because the officers were not listening to him. He tried to maintain his “professionalism” and in one instance stepped off the curb to approach the officer only for Thao to place his hand on his chest and direct him back.On direct examination from prosecutor Matthew Frank, Williams said he called 911 after an unresponsive Floyd was taken away from the scene in an ambulance.Asked by Frank, who played Williams’ 911 call for the jury, why he reported what he saw to authorities, Williams replied, “Because I believed I witnessed a murder.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Would a travel break jeopardise my career?

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Would a travel break jeopardise my career?On 17 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Ihave been working in a City HR department for three years, first as anadministrator in a generalist role, then in the training department, beforebeing promoted to a training officer role. I should gain my CIPD in about ninemonths. I am considering going travelling for six months or a year afterqualifying. How will this affect my career? How will my time travelling beviewed when I try an get a new job on my return?VicDaniels, director at Carr-Lyons, writes:Thefact that you are leaving to go travelling should not affect your career. Youshould be alright as long as you can justify why you took the break andarticulate what you got out of it. You should, however, bear in mind that theemployment market may not be as buoyant when you return as it has been for thelast 12 months or so. You may need to get back in via a temporary or interimassignment.MargaretMalpas, joint managing director of Malpas Flexible Learning, writes:Idon’t think potential employers will have a problem with this – after all, manywill see consider you broadened by the experience. I think you should berealistic about what you can apply for on your return though. You won’t haveany post graduating work experience so you should only expect to pick up whereyou left off, career wise. Have a great time!LindaAitken, consultant at Chiumento Consulting Group, writes:Reactionsfrom employers can vary, but most are enlightened, believing that a break canbe good for recharging the batteries, getting wanderlust out of the system, oracquiring a few more “life skills”.Havingjust gained your CIPD, this could also be seen as a logical time to take abreak, which could allow you to consider your next move carefully, either inTraining or in a broader/generalist role.Aemployers may be wary that you could take off again, and interviewers mayquestion your commitment and ability to stay in the job. If this happens, useyour experience as ammunition at interview to indicate that you areself-driven, organised and enterprising – employers like to see people who havedone something different! A few tips would include:*Make sure you get the qualification first* Get networking – let people know of your plans before you go, so you have alist of contacts on your return* Prepare a CV before you leave – (you can forget a lot in 6 months)* If you would like to return to your current employer, let them know yourplans – at least they may keep you in mind for a role on your return. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Hammonds HR Director of the Year award

first_img Previous Article Next Article This award is for anindividual HR manager or director who can demonstrate outstanding leadership.Entries should explain the contribution the HR manager has made both to theirown team and to the organisation as a whole. Candidates must demonstrate thatthey have developed an effective HR team and present evidence of theircontribution to the business.Category judgeRussell Martin joined the Prudentialin March 2001 as HR director for Prudential’s UK and European Operations.  From 1996 to 2001, Russell was global HRdirector at Thomson Financial, and from 1993 to 1996 he was head ofcompensation and benefits, HR requirements and recruitment manager at N&PBuilding Society. From 1988 to 1993 he was HR controller at Osprey Communications.  Russell started his career as a graduatetrainee at NatWest in 1985.Londonand Quadrant Housing Trust The teamSally Jacobson, Group director of HRChris Gillham, HR managerKelly Brown, Senior HR administratorNiki Winter, Trainee HR officerTom Nicols, Head of HRDebra Blore, HR administratorSally JacobsonAbout the companyLondon and Quadrant (L&Q) is a charity providing homes to awide variety of economically disadvantaged people, housing 30,000 families inLondon and the South East. About the individualSally Jacobson has been L&Q group director of HR for 16years. She is a member of the board and often deputises for the CEO The challengeTo establish a culture that enables the organisation toattract, retain and continuously improve people’s potential, helping it live upto its mission of ‘creating a place where people want to live’What the HR director did – Convinced the board to invest £1,200 per head annually ontraining and development– Created a training budget for non-work-related training toboost personal development– All staff have a one-to-one review and annual training plan.Staff are set individual targets linked to the overall business plan – ensuringthey know they can make a difference– Listened to and learned from the workforce through staffsurveys– Overhauled the induction process– Introduced staff recognition schemes and staff benefitschemes to reward great serviceBenefits and achievements– Won Investors in People accreditation  – Reduced staff turnover by 14 per cent in two years– Cut sickness absence to 2.1 per centRussell Martin says:”Passion and commitment leading to real results were the hallmarks of thisentry. Many firsts, including the first housing association to achieve IIP anda Sunday Times’  Top 100 Companies ToWork For award in 2003. The entry ‘punched above its weight’. The whole lookand feel of what L&Q has put in place for its organisation of 620 people iswhat many FTSE 100 companies would aspire to. This has been achieved within thecontext of the inevitable resourcing and funding constraints charities have todeal with.”South West TrainsThe teamBeverley Shears, HR directorBarbara Davenport, Head of occupational healthSteve Bunce, Employee relations managerKelly Barlow, Employee communications managerSandy Clarke, HR manager, Wessex divisionLinda Castle, Head of resourcing and developmentBeverley ShearsAbout the companySouth West Trains is the UK’s biggest train operator, employingmore than 5,000 and carrying in excess of 460,000 passengers About the individualBeverley Shears joined South West Trains as HR director in June1999. She is deputy managing directorThe challenge To transform the industrial relations culture by creating an HRstrategy that is focused on building, developing and maintaining relationships What the HR director did– Transformed employee relations by putting the individual atthe centre of HR strategy– Introduced a series of core values and behaviours for allstaff– Created an appraisal process for all non-managerial staff– Made HR team more business-focused and forward-thinkingBenefits and achievements– No industrial disputes in the past 12 months and asuccessfully implemented pay deal – Sickness absence levels have fallen from 12 days per personto 9.4 days, saving £1.3m– Improved staff retention to 94.4 per cent among staff whohave gone through the firm’s open learning centreRussell Martin says: “Iwas struck by the sheer tenacity of Shears and her team in driving throughchange to put South West Trains employees centre stage. This strategy hasdelivered hard business benefits and has led to shift away from the moretraditional employer/employee model typical within the industry. A keydifferentiator was Shears’ ability to manage complex external relationshipsincluding the Strategic Rail Authority and the Department of Transport.”Essex County CouncilThe teamLorraine Pitt, Head of HR serviceClive Potter, HR business managerJoanna Ruffle, Strategic HR manager (systems)Yvonne Skingle, Strategic HR manager (organisational development)LorrainePittAbout the company Essex County Council employs 39,238 and serves a population ofmore than 1.3 million peopleAbout the individualLorraine Pitt joined Essex County Council in November 2000 ashead of HR. She is a member of the council’s strategic management boardThe challengeTo make HR more service-focused to enable it to give astrategic lead in organisational changeWhat the HR director did– Ensured HR strategy supported the overall council strategy –the ‘Essex Approach’– Restructured HR to help it contribute to the overall aim ofproviding customer-focused care– Gave each service manager a key HR contact in one of thethree service-facing teamsThe new HR structure gives professional advice to managers andadds value with a strategic approach to managing and developing peopleBenefits and achievements– HR has begun to deliver a proactive service, leading changemanagement and providing support to teams, including Best Value reviews– Customer feedback shows that 75 per cent of staff rate the HRservice as good overall– Council rated ‘good’ overall by Comprehensive PerformanceAssessment inspectors and four out of four for achievement– Pitt now gives advice and support to HR in other authoritiesas a result of her successRussell Martin says: “Thescale of change across the whole organisation incorporated in the ‘EssexApproach’ was particularly challenging. Within HR this requiredtransformational change across all areas and Lorraine Pitt placed particularemphasis on the engagement of her HR team. Essex County Council is now seen asthe benchmark and a reference site for other county councils.” Comments are closed. Hammonds HR Director of the Year awardOn 23 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

USA: NH Jacksonville Recognizes American Diabetes Month

first_img View post tag: Defence According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes, and another 79 million have prediabetes – glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.November is designated as American Diabetes Month, with Nov. 14 being World Diabetes Day – themed “Protect our Future.”This year’s focus raises awareness to the ever-growing incidence of diabetes and directing attention to issues surrounding it, the many people impacted and resources available to help.Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and or use insulin – the hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy to sustain the body each day. ADA recognizes three types of diabetes; type 1, type 2 and gestational.Symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, thirst, extreme fatigue, blurry vision and weight loss to name a few.Type 1 – previously known as juvenile diabetes – often runs in families. Although it can occur at any age, it usually presents before 40 years of age. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not produce insulin, due to an autoimmune process which destroys the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. Treatment of this type is usually through careful dieting, insulin injections and regular blood glucose monitoring.Type 2 – formerly known as adult onset diabetes – is the most common form of diabetes and is due either the lack of insulin production and/or the cells are not reacting to insulin. Risk factors include obesity, race/ethnicity (African American, Native American, Pacific Islander, Asian and Hispanic), family history, over 40 years of age and sedentary lifestyles. Treatment of this type includes weight loss, proper dieting, regular exercise and blood glucose monitoring. Some cases may require oral medications or insulin injections.Gestational diabetes is when pregnant women show signs of high blood glucose levels, usually around the 24th week of pregnancy. This diagnosis doesn’t mean that one has had, or will have diabetes after birth. Risk factors include women over 25 years of age, obesity, family or personal history and race. Treatment includes frequent monitoring of blood glucose, proper dieting, regular exercise and close monitoring of unborn child.Diabetes screenings should be considered in younger adults and children who are overweight or obese, or who are at high risk for diabetes based on risk factors. Given the lower incidence of type 1 diabetes, there is no consensus to screen. Screening is based on individual risk factors or concerning symptoms. Screening for type 2 diabetes should be considered in all adults 45 years of age and older.“There are several blood tests to diagnose diabetes: A1C, fasting glucose, oral glucose tolerance test and random glucose test,” said Cmdr. Julie Lundstad, Naval Hospital (NH) Jacksonville’s Diabetes Nurse Educator. “There must be a second test – same test or a different one – conducted on a different day to confirm the diagnosis.“Denial about the diagnosis of diabetes and risk of complications is common among patients. This may be partly due to the fact that diabetes symptoms aren’t painful, like chest pain with heart attacks. But the truth is, that uncontrolled diabetes (high blood sugars) can cause complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease and lower-limb amputation, added Lundstad.”NH Jacksonville will be promoting diabetes awareness throughout the month of November, sharing information about health related services for its patients who already have diabetes as well as disseminating information about the risk factors and screening for the disease, as part of the ongoing preventive health care services of its Medical Home Port teams. A wellness display will be available at Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s Navy Exchange Nov. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. to provide diabetes information to our nation’s heroes – active duty, retirees and their families.Diabetes is a serious disease. Regular check-ups and eye exams are vital to diagnosing diabetes or managing your health. Establish a relationship with your diabetes educator and ask for help when needed.NH Jacksonville’s priority since its founding in 1941 is to heal the nation’s heroes and their families. The command is comprised of the Navy’s third largest hospital and five branch health clinics across Florida and Georgia. Of its patient population-about 163,000 active and retired Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, National Guardsmen and their families-more than 57,000 are enrolled with a primary care manager at one of its facilities.[mappress]Press Release, October 29, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic USA: NH Jacksonville Recognizes American Diabetes Month View post tag: American View post tag: Defense View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: month View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: NH View post tag: usa Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NH Jacksonville Recognizes American Diabetes Month Training & Education View post tag: Diabetes View post tag: Recognizes View post tag: Jacksonville October 29, 2013last_img read more

Biologist in Flow Cytometry

first_imgDesired qualifications: Hands-on experience with flow cytometry and high-throughputworkflows;Adept at utilizing automation, e.g. automated liquid handlingsystem to assist with complicated or lengthy workflows Hands-on experience handling large scale data streamsHand-on experience with flow cytometry analysis software, e.g.FlowJo, and/or other bioinformatic analysis software/RprogrammingExperience working in cell-biology laboratoriesExperience in cell culture, high-throughput screening, and/orassay development and optimizationExperience managing and coordinating projects Interested candidates should submit applications, including a coverletter, full curriculum vitae, and names and contact information ofthree professional references.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmcenter_img Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in biology, bioengineering,immunology, biochemistry or related fieldExperience working with laboratory automation systems and flowcytometryDemonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability toidentify, manage, and overcome technical hurdlesGood communications, laboratory, and organizational skills; theability to work with a multi-disciplinary team We are seeking to hire a biologist to be stationed at the NISTGaithersburg Campus located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, close toWashington DC. The person hired for this position will help toimplement automation-based bioassays to create a high-throughputmeasurement infrastructure for flow cytometry and engineeringbiology.Required qualifications :last_img read more


first_imgPlease take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE that Evansville, Indiana had another bizarre weekend when it comes to gun violence which wasn’t much of a problem 30 years ago but seems to have risen to epidemic proportion in recent years?…there were two shootings very near downtown Evansville in the 700 block of Monroe on Thursday night to get the weekend going?…then to keep the Devil’s Night spirit going a Jimtown bicycle rider shot a random person in the same area where a double shooting occurred last week?…we are not sure if the bicycle riding shooter was on the new $18M bike path or not but Jimtown is still Jimtown in spite of a large amount of taxpayer dollars being sunk into amenities more appreciated by the martini on the roof crowd of beautiful people?…finally to top it all off a pizza delivery guy was making a delivery in the 1300 block of Marshall Avenue not far from the Benjamin Bosse High School when someone pulled a gun on him and demanded all of his money?…the robber reportedly made off with a whopping $13 and hasn’t been seen since?…it is highly likely that this epidemic of gun violence in Evansville is related to the record drug overdoses that we are experiencing in 2017? IS IT TRUE that the State of Indiana is coming down on the Vanderburgh County Commissioners and the Vanderburgh County Council for having too many people in the relatively new jail on the north side?…our elected officials are not only under scrutiny for ridiculous levels of overcrowding but they are getting outed for not even having a plan with respect to fixing the problems?…the problems are of course driven by having a minimum of 20% overcrowding for the capacity the jail was meant to house?…there are not even enough beds for every prisoner to have one and there are only enough toilets to make it a requirement that 12 prisoners must share a toilet?…the same goes for showers as there is a shower shortage of the same magnitude?…understaffing is at critical levels and there is no current plan in site to fix the problem?…all of this would fix itself if the general population of  Vanderburgh County would learn to behave in a civil manner and avoid breaking laws?…we don’t know if there is crime crystals in the water, a lifestyle that is so oppressive that people are driven to the brink, or if the parenting skills are so catastrophically bad that we are raising criminals but something has got to be done?IS IT TRUE that part of the solution to the jail problem may be with the Evansville City Council raising everyone’s income taxes by 20% to raise some money to help with the jail?…the City Council seems willing to take all the heat for the county council that won’t even have a public discussion about raising taxes to bring the jail into compliance with basic human conditions?IS IT TRUE if the powers that be would had listened to former County Commissioner Dave Mosby pleas to building a bigger jail we wouldn’t have the the jaii overcrowding problem today?IS IT TRUE we wonder why the mainstream media didn’t give much coverage to the SCB Hall of Fame Classic held at the Ford Center last week? …we wonder how many paid patrons attended to event?  …we also wonder if taxpayers money was used to subsidize this tournament?  …we wonder if the  Evansville Sports Corporation and the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau are going to sponsor this event again next year?  …we wonder why the CEO of the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bob Warren hasn’t declared this event a rousing success? IS IT TRUE that the beloved Big Ten Conference that has more than 10 members is down to one prospect for making the College Football Playoff?…with the spanking that Iowa put on Ohio State and the last second field goal by Michigan State to beat Penn State, only the Wisconsin Badgers have a chance to make the playoffs and they may not get in even if they go undefeated?…we wonder who would have ever thought that such a thing was possible?IS IT TRUE that the President of SWIRCA & MORE, RHONDA ZUBER is doing one heck of a job for this most worthily organization?Todays READERS POLL question is:Do you feel its time to address the overcrowding problem at the Vanderburgh County jail?last_img read more

It Shoulda Been You Wins Actors’ Equity Diversity Award

first_img View Comments Another celebration for It Shoulda Been You, the wedding-themed comedy that ran on the Great White Way earlier this year. The Tyne Daly and Sierra Boggess-led production has been honored with the Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2014-15 theatrical season by the Actors’ Equity Association.“We’re proud to acknowledge It Shoulda Been You…for creating and casting a diverse array of characters that defy stereotypes,” said National EEO Committee Chair Christine Toy Johnson in a statement. “The production makes social issues such as marriage equality and self-acceptance in the face of pre-existing prejudices part of the mainstream dialogue of musical theatre.”Featuring music by Barbra Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, It Shoulda Been You follows a Jewish bride as she readies to marry her Catholic boyfriend. When the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel, leaving the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after. The production ran on Broadway March 7 through August 9, officially opening on April 14 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Directed by David Hyde Pierce, the cast also included Harriet Harris David Burtka, Lisa Howard, Edward Hibbert, Montego Glover, Chip Zien, Anne L. Nathan, Josh Grisetti, Michael X. Martin, Nick Spangler, Farah Alvin, Gina Farrell and Mitch Greenberg. Star Filescenter_img Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

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first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s brown, armed and potentially dangerous, but very shy, preferring quiet, dark places. It also has eight legs. Have you seen it?If you have seen a brown recluse spider in Georgia lately, University of Georgia entomologist Nancy Hinkle wants to know.The accusedBrown recluse spider — the very name makes many Georgians shudder and recall tales of close encounters and serious bites.It seems that often in Georgia, Hinkle said, a strange, bite-like bump that appears out of nowhere is diagnosed, by a doctor or a grandmother, as a spider bite. Signs of spiders’ bites often don’t appear until several hours or days after a bite.And much too often in Georgia, the brown recluse spider is accused of the dirty deed.Hinkle came to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from the University of California 18 months ago. Since her arrival, she’s heard several Georgians say they know somebody, or know somebody who knows somebody, who has seen or been seriously wounded by a recluse.This seemed a bit curious to her. For the most part, the recluse isn’t a Southerner. It’s really a Midwesterner.The daredSo Hinkle is on a quest to map the counties in Georgia that claim to have brown recluse spiders.Why would a veterinary entomologist, who normally deals with ticks, fleas and the like, want to do this? Because somebody dared her.She told a former colleague in California, who is a recluse expert, about the seemingly high incidence of recluse encounters in Georgia.”He said they’re very rare for Georgia and dared me to find a brown recluse spider here,” she said.But the research could help Georgia medical professionals, too, she said.”One of the reasons for doing this study is to help the medical community rule out brown recluse bites from portions of the state that don’t have the spiders,” she said. A mark on the skin that looks like a spider bite could be something much more serious.If a doctor has diagnosed you with a brown recluse bite, send Hinkle spiders from your house.The huntersBut even if you haven’t been bitten, you can send live spiders by placing a piece of crumpled paper towel in a small container and place the spider inside. Tape the container well.If you use sticky traps in your home or business, this is a good way to send the spiders. Place each sticky trap in an individual plastic bag.You can send dead spiders in mouthwash. That’s right. “It preserves them as well as alcohol without the hazards inherent in shipping alcohol,” she said.You can also send dried spiders you find.Don’t forget to name the county or city and date of capture for your specimen.And don’t go out of your way to kill any spiders. “Squashed spiders are very hard to identify,” she said.This would be a good science project for students statewide, she said. Interested teachers can contact Hinkle at (706) 583-8043.The recluse is, of course, brownish. But it has a somewhat darker, violin-shaped design on the part that the legs attach to. It’s not a big spider. With legs extended, it’s only about the size of a U.S. quarter.If you do have one, it’ll be in the darkest, most undisturbed part of your house, Hinkle said.(It was reported recently that 2,055 brown recluse spiders were captured in one year in one home in Kansas. The homeowners, never bitten, live happily with them.)Georgia probably does have recluse spiders. Georgia’s diverse landscape, from the mountains to the flatlands to the coast, houses 800 known species of spiders, she said.Send the brown recluse spiders to N.C. Hinkle, Georgia Recluse ID Project, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-2603.last_img read more