first_imgOn Saturday night, Queens Of The Stone Age performed KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas concert in Los Angeles. During the performance, founding member Josh Homme kicked Shutterstock photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face, with Lauren telling Variety, “It was obviously very intentional.” Homme’s assault occurred during Queens Of The Stone Age’s fourth song “The Evil Has Landed”, during which Homme appeared to try to kick the camera out of her hand, instead kicking it directly into her face.However, as told by Jeff Kravitz, the photographer was not the only victim of Homme’s during the show. As he noted in a Facebook post, “Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age sent two people in the photo pit to the medic last nite. One was photographer Chelsea Lauren who posted a video of getting kicked in the head that is just shocking in it’s casual approach to violence. The other victim was a security guard who got a light kicked into the back of his head.”A few minutes after the incident with the photographer, Homme took out a knife and cut open his own forehead so that his wound was dripping blood for the rest of the performance. He also allegedly called the audience “retards” and yelled “Fuck Muse” during the set. Today, Queens of the Stone Age posted a statement via Twitter in which Josh Homme apologized to Chelsea Lauren. pic.twitter.com/JCtdOAFEbq— QOTSA (@qotsa) December 10, 2017center_img [H/T Consequence Of Sound; Photo: Chelsea Lauren / Shutterstock]last_img read more

first_imgMarch in Georgia was fairly calm, but colder than normal across the entire state with temperatures ranging from between 2 to 4 degrees below average. The relatively late cool temperatures may reduce the size of individual Vidalia onions this year, but the weather should not affect overall yields. Peaches received some frost damage late in the month due to temperatures that fell into the 20s, but it was not clear how significant the damage was at month’s end. Wheat growers noted that powdery mildew was observed across the state, especially in the southwest, but it is expected to diminish as temperatures warm up and relative humidity drops. Some farmers held off planting watermelons and other summer field crops late in the month until after the cold temperatures passed. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 52.5 degrees (1.8 degrees below normal); in Athens it was 51.5 degrees (2.8 degrees below normal); in Columbus it was 54.7 (3.1 degrees below normal); in Macon it was 52.8 (4.0 below normal); in Savannah it was 56.6 (2.6 below normal); in Brunswick it was 57.9 (2.4 below normal); in Alma it was 55.9 (4.3 below normal) and in Augusta it was 51.8 (4.1 below normal). Augusta reported a record low daytime high temperature of 39 degrees on March 4, breaking the old record of 40 degrees set in 1893. Brunswick set a record low daytime high temperature of 49 degrees on March 7, breaking the old record of 53 set in 2013. A record low temperature of 26 degrees was felt in Macon on March 26, breaking the old record of 28 degrees set in 2006. Alma reported a 31 degree low the same day, breaking the old record of 34 degrees, also set in 2006. Brunswick reported a record low daytime high temperature of 53 degrees on that date, as well, breaking the old record of 58 degrees set in 2013. The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by a National Weather Service reporting station was 5.4 inches in Columbus (.06 inches below normal), and the lowest was recorded in Brunswick with 2.54 inches (1.34 inches below normal). Atlanta received 3.12 inches (1.69 below normal). Macon received 3.93 inches (.62 below normal). Alma received 3.22 inches (1.53 below normal). Augusta received 2.56 inches (1.50 below normal). Athens received 3.37 inches (1.06 below normal), and Savannah 2.65 inches (1.08 below normal). The highest single-day rainfall recorded by a Community Collaborative Rain Snow and Hail network volunteer was 3.99 inches near Lake Park in Lowndes County on March 17, with observers in Donalsonville and Valdosta reporting 3.95 and 3.91 inches on the same day, respectively. The highest monthly total rainfall recorded by a CoCoRaHS volunteer was 9.39 inches, observed east of Thomasville in Thomas County, followed by 8.63 inches measured by another Thomasville observer. No snow totals were reported in March, but snow flurries were seen in north Georgia on March 25, according to a CoCoRaHS observer there. Because of the drier than normal weather, abnormally dry conditions returned to parts of Georgia, according to the National Drought Monitor. The drier soil helped farmers get into the fields to do spring field work, but they are concerned that the soil may be too dry to support germination if there’s no more rain before planting begins. There was only one day with severe weather reported in March. This occurred on March 16, with wind damage to trees and power lines across southern Georgia.last_img read more

first_imgJohn Trifone joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermonts Management TeamBerlin, VT John Trifone, of Montpelier, VT, has been named Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT).Mr. Trifone has expertise and experience in finance, treasury and information technology functions, as well as management and process improvement. He will be accountable for Corporate Accounting, Treasury, Actuarial, Underwriting, Legal and Facilities functions at the states largest health insurer.Prior to joining BCBSVT, Mr. Trifone was employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi where he served both as Vice President for Finance, and Corporate Vice President for Information Technology & Development. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Laureate Psychiatric Clinic & Hospital, and spent fourteen years in “Big 4” public accounting in both auditing and management consulting positions. He is a CPA in the States of Mississippi and Connecticut.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

first_imgBrattleboro Retreat,Fueled by an increase in depression caused by economic stress, increased abuse of prescription drugs, plus the launch of a series of new services and programs, Vermont’s largest not-for-profit psychiatric hospital saw admissions jump by a record 23 percent in 2010. It’s an increase that stands out nationally and the growth trend appears on track to continue in 2011.‘The economic downturn and the stress it created on individuals and their families certainly had an impact on the number of new patients’The Brattleboro Retreat provided in-patient care for almost 3,000 adults and adolescents last year and sometimes saw as many as 24 new admissions per day, the most in the facility’s 177-year history. The average in-patient stay last year ranged from 6.5 to 14.8 days.Nationally, psychiatric hospitals saw an admissions increase of about 3.5 per cent, according to the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.‘The economic downturn and the stress it created on individuals and their families certainly had an impact on the number of new patients,’ said Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr., president and chief executive officer.The Retreat is currently considering plans to increase the number of inpatient beds by 14 within the next year, Dr. Simpson said. The Hospital is also hiring 35 additional jobs to meet increased demands for services.In addition to the increase in patients suffering from depression, Simpson said other factors have impacted his institution’s jump in admissions including:New clinical initiatives including a program designed exclusively to treat veterans, first responders and other uniformed professionals suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other duty-related problems.An expansion of the Retreat’s alcohol and drug addiction treatment.An expansion of the Retreat’s inpatient LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) program which opened in 2009.Greater public awareness and understanding of mental health issues and a reduced stigma attached to those who receive treatment.An increase in the abuse rates of Oxycontin and other prescription opiates.The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Nationally recognized for its premier treatment in behavioral healthcare, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment. BRATTLEBORO, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-last_img read more

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Guatemala November 24, 2020 The United States provided humanitarian assistance to Guatemala in the aftermath of tropical storm Eta, serving approximately 310,000 Guatemalans in 25 communities affected by Tropical Storm Eta in nine departments (Quiché, Petén, Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, Alta Verapaz, Jutiapa, El Progreso, and Santa Rosa). The assistance included 23 rescues, 39 evacuations, more than $363,000 in direct humanitarian aid as well as hundreds of thousands of pounds in food, water, and critical supplies (e.g., protective gear and hygiene kits). This aid was delivered by more than 59 flights by U.S. and Guatemalan helicopters to remote and isolated communities.Below are details of the assistance provided by the U.S. government:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) donated 2,000 pairs of gloves, 2,000 disposable medical gowns, 1,000 protective glasses, 2,850 surgical masks, 1,000 face shields, 350 waterproof aprons, and coordinated the donation of 120 gallons of alcohol gel/hand sanitizer from the University del Valle de Guatemala. CDC also translated and distributed guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation in emergency shelters.United States Agency for International Development The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invested over $363,000 in humanitarian assistance, including food rations, shelters, first aid kits, utensils, and hygiene kits, for affected communities.Department of DefenseThe U.S. Department of Defense sent two helicopters from Joint Task Force Bravo (under U.S. Southern Command): an HH-60 Blackhawk for search and rescue, and a CH-47 Chinook, capable of carrying large volumes of cargo. These aircraft rescued 23 people, transferred six patients, re-located 39 persons, carried 30,900 pounds of USAID-assigned cargo, and carried 147,880 pounds of urgent life-saving rations (water, food, and other supplies).International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the U.S. Department of State provided pilots for UH-1 helicopters, which it donated to the Guatemalan National Civil Police (PNC, in Spanish) prior to the emergency, and provided technical assistance to Guatemalan National Police helicopters. INL cooperated with Guatemala’s Air Interdiction, Counternarcotics, and Counter-Terrorism Task Force (FIAAT, in Spanish) to fly 59 missions that transported 57,237 pounds of food and cargo to 25 communities.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thousands of firefighters lined the streets of Bethpage on a misty Thursday morning to pay tribute to FDNY veteran William Tolley, who plunged to his death last week battling a fire in Queens.Fellow firefighters had flooded Tolley’s hometown for a series of memorial services this week and their numbers grew exponentially Thursday as more than 10,000 people were expected to attend the funeral service. Outside the church, red ribbons abutted utility poles and American flags hung high.The steady mist eventually gave way to cloudy skies, punctuating the occasion as a somber mood enveloped the area around St. Martin of Tours church. With police enforcing morning road closures, the long stretch running from Hicksville Road to Bethpage State Parkway was eerily quiet until mourners trickled in for the ceremony.“His life was so rich, so rich in fact, that it makes the loss even more raw and painful,” New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio told mourners. “But let’s take stock and remember a rich life and a full life…a life lived the way we all should live.”Tolley, 42, and about 100 other firefighters were battling a blaze at a five-story building in Ridgewood, Queens last Thursday when he fell to his death. The circumstances around his fatal fall are currently under investigation.The funeral marked a tragic end to a life of a man whose love for his family, his wife Marie and 8-year-old daughter Bella, was endless.“Bella was his first and foremost priority, the apple of his eye,” Tolley’s colleague Jarrett Kotarski said while also recalling Tolley playing drums in the heavy metal band Internal Bleeding. “Billy lived his life to the fullest, he chased down all his dreams and caught them.”Leading the procession was Tolley’s Ladder Company 135, including one in black and purple bunting carrying his American flag-draped casket. Tolley’s widow and daughter followed the casket into the church as hymns blared.The words “In Loving Memory of William N. Tolley” word etched into the truck.“His death leaves so much pain, confusion and crying,” said Father Patrick Woods, recalling the moment of devastating grief when Tolley’s daughter, Bella, learned of her father’s death.“Mommy, why are you gone all day, what happened?” she asked.“Marie a loving mother carrying her own crushing grief, gently tells Bella that Billy has gone home to God,” he recalled.“Mommy,” Bella responded, “daddy is too young to die.”And then she realized.“I have no daddy.”Consoling Bella, Marie reminded her that Tolley loved helping people.“That’s what firemen do,” she said.William Tolleylast_img read more

first_imgThe swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon. WASHINGTON (WBNG) — The new representative for the 22nd Congressional District, Anthony Brindisi, will be sworn in on Thursday. Thursday on 12 News starting at 5 p.m., we’ll have more on Brindisi’s first official day as a Congressman and what he hopes to accomplish. Brindisi’s staff says he will spend an average of three weeks of every month in Washington. Brindisi, a Democrat, held an open house in his office earlier in the day where supporters from the district came by as well as family. On Wednesday, we asked him what it’s like taking over this new position in the middle of a government shutdown. 12 News traveled to Washington for Brindisi’s first day in office. “It’s a little unusual, but something I’m very prepared for. We have to get the government up and running. I’m looking forward to getting sworn in tomorrow so we can work on a package with legislation to get the government running again,” he said. Related: 12 News in DC: Behind-the-scenes with Congressman-elect Brindisilast_img read more

first_imgTopics : At the same time Bayer announced it had also agreed separate multi-million-dollar payouts to resolve longstanding legal issues involving other Bayer products, as the group tries to turn the page on its courtroom dramas.Bayer’s share price climbed nearly six percent to 74.06 euros in after-hours trading following the surprise announcement.The Roundup deal would bring closure to around 75 percent of current litigation that involves roughly 125,000 filed and unfiled claims, the statement said.It would also settle about 95 percent of the cases currently set for trial and establish “key values and parameters” to resolve the remainder of the claims, Bayer added. ‘Hard-fought battle’ Roundup is a flagship Monsanto product containing glyphosate, a widely used weedkiller that tens of thousands of plaintiffs say caused their illness — with many suffering from the blood cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Bayer suffered a clutch of financially painful setbacks in first-instance US court rulings last year, although the amounts awarded were later reduced.The legal woes have weighed heavily on the group’s share price with many observers and investors questioning the wisdom of the Monsanto takeover.Jennifer Moore, a lawyer representing several Roundup plaintiffs, welcomed the deal.”This settlement is significant for our clients because this has been a long, hard-fought battle and it brings justice for our clients,” she told AFP.Bayer maintains that scientific studies and regulatory approvals show Roundup’s main ingredient glyphosate is safe, but said when it released first-quarter earnings data in April that it “continues to engage constructively in the mediation process”.The settlement announced on Wednesday consists of a payment of $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to resolve the current Roundup litigation, Bayer said, and $1.25 billion to address potential future litigation.Bayer stressed that the agreement would not cover three cases currently going through the appeals process.They include the landmark first Roundup case brought by school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson who was eventually awarded $78.5 million. Dicamba deal In the same statement, Bayer said it would pay $820 million to settle decades-old complaints over Monsanto-made toxic chemicals known as PCBs that caused water contamination.It also agreed to settle US lawsuits involving dicamba herbicide which has been blamed for wrecking crops in America, by drifting on to plants unable to resist it.The group said it would pay up to $400 million to resolve pending claims in Missouri for the 2012-2015 crop years. Bayer said it expects co-defendant BASF — which also manufacturers a type of dicamba — to contribute towards the settlement.It comes after a US jury in February awarded $265 million to Missouri peach farmer Bill Bader who accused the two companies of encouraging farmers to use the weedkiller irresponsibly.Bayer said the Bader case was not included in the proposed settlement. “The company believes the verdict in Bader Farms is inconsistent with the evidence and the law and will continue to pursue post-trial motions and an appeal, if necessary,” it said.Bayer said it would make the first cash payments related to the mass settlements starting this year. Part of the funds will come from the sale of its profitable animal health unit.”All three settlements are in the best interest of the company and our stakeholders,” said supervisory board chairman Norbert Winkeljohann. German chemical giant Bayer said on Wednesday it had agreed to pay more than $10 billion to end a wave of lawsuits from Americans who say their cancers were caused by its Roundup weedkiller.The deal relieves a major headache for Bayer, which has been going on since it bought US firm and Roundup maker Monsanto for $63 billion in 2018.”The Roundup settlement is the right action at the right time for Bayer to bring a long period of uncertainty to an end,” said CEO Werner Baumann in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgNew York checkpoints New York mayor Bill de Blasio, announcing the new checkpoints at access roads into the city, said: “New York City is holding the line against COVID-19, and New Yorkers have shown tremendous discipline.”We’re not going to let our hard work slip away and will continue to do everything we can to keep New Yorkers safe and healthy.”The virus killed more than 32,000 people in the city, which was one of its first epicenters in the United States.One of Brazil’s leading indigenous chiefs, 71-year-old Aritana Yawalapiti, died Wednesday of respiratory complications caused by COVID-19.Brazil, South America’s largest country, is driving a surge in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has recorded more than 2.8 million cases, and nearly 96,000 deaths, nearly half the region’s 206,835 fatalities.In Afghanistan, the health ministry said nearly a third of the population — or 10 million people — has been infected with the coronavirus. Toulouse in southwest France made the wearing of face masks compulsory in the busiest streets and squares from Wednesday. Paris and other cities are expected to follow suit soon, authorities said.South Africa announced that 24,000 of its health workers had contracted the virus, with more than a hundred of them dying from it.New York, meanwhile, announced it was setting up checkpoints at key entry points to the city to ensure travellers were complying with the state’s quarantine requirements.A total of 701,559 deaths have been recorded so far around the world, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources AT 1600 GMT. Travel industry hit The travel sector announced fresh cutbacks due to the pandemic.British airline Virgin Atlantic, which has not flown since April, has applied for bankruptcy protection in the United States as it seeks to tie up a rescue deal in the UK. Virgin Australia said it would close its budget subsidiary Tigerair Australia, laying off 3,000 staff as it prepares to relaunch under new owners. Copenhagen airport, Scandinavia’s largest, said Wednesday that it might lay off a quarter of its staff. Europe on Wednesday tightened virus restrictions as fears of a second wave of infections spurred by the holiday season grew with the worldwide death toll crossing 700,000.Greece announced a “wake-up week,” tightening restrictions after domestic infections saw over 380 new cases in August.Scotland reimposed restrictions in and around the city of Aberdeen, after a cluster of cases was identified there. Topics :center_img Europe remains the hardest hit region with 211,603 fatalities, but the number of deaths is rising fast in Latin America, with 206,835 recorded. Vaccine trials In South Africa, the hardest-hit country in Africa, some 24,000 health workers have contracted the coronavirus and 181 have died since March, Health Minister Zweli Mkwize announced.The number of infected health care workers translates to around five percent of South Africa’s overall caseload, which has been rising rapidly in recent weeks.But he added: “We haven’t got to the stage where we don’t have hospital space for patients.”The world’s hope of ending the current cycle of outbreaks and lockdowns rests on finding a treatment, which has proved elusive so far.The US government Wednesday announced a new $1 billion investment in a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson, guaranteeing 100 million doses.J&J, via its subsidiary Janssen, received $456 million in March.Clinical trials on humans began in China for a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by German pharmaceutical group BioNTech with Chinese company Fosun Pharma. Restrictions re-introduced Announcing the re-introduction of restrictions in Greece, government spokesman Stelios Petsas told Mega TV: “We are trying to awaken people with messages and daily announcements on additional measures,” “The virus is here, it feeds on our complacency,” he said.They had identified three areas of concern, he added: regular crossings by ethnic Greeks from Balkans countries; social gatherings, from clubbing youths to baptisms; and public transport.The restrictions reimposed on the northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen included the closure of all indoor and outdoor hospitality venues from Wednesday evening as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon referred to what could become a “significant outbreak.” The measures will be reviewed in a week, which is when many Scottish schools will reopen.One of Belgium’s biggest meat processing plants, Westvlees, sent 225 staff home to quarantine after a cluster of coronavirus cases was discovered.Switzerland added mainland Spain to a quarantine list of 46 countries as well as Singapore and Romania.In the Netherlands, similar mask-wearing measures came into force Wednesday in Rotterdam and in some busy neighborhoods of Amsterdam, including its famous red-light district.last_img read more

first_imgNorwegian shipowner Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of the newbuilding Suezmax crude tanker Nordic Cygnus from Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea.Upon delivery, the 157,000 dwt vessel started a long-term hell and high water charter with Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT).Nordic Cygnus is one of the three ships to be chartered in by the New York-listed crude tanker company from Ocean Yield.The remaining two newbuildings hired by NAT on 10-year contracts are Nordic Aquarius and Nordic Tellus.Nordic Aquarius, the first of three newbuildings, was delivered in July 2018 and the third one from the series is set to be delivered at the end of October.As informed earlier, all three newbuildings would be financed through a sale and leaseback arrangement.NAT has been making room for newbuilds by offloading older tonnage.Earlier this month, the company said that it had sold three more Suezmax tankers built in 1997, bringing the total number of vessels sold over the recent past to eight.All the eight ships were 20 years old or older and their disposal has resulted in reducing the average age of the NAT vessels to about 10 years.The first five Suezmaxes were sold for scrap, according to the data from VesselsValue, and they include 1998-built Nordic Discovery, Nordic Fighter, Nordic Jupiter and Nordic Saturn and 1997-built Nordic Voyager. Image Courtesy: Ocean Yieldlast_img read more