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Missing mom’s vehicle recovered after her toddler found abandoned

first_imgMiramar Police Department via TwitterBy CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC News(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) — The vehicle last driven by a mother whose toddler was found abandoned in a Miramar, Florida, parking lot has been recovered about 15 miles away from there.Leila Cavett, 21, was reported missing after her toddler, Kamdyn, was found wandering by himself on Sunday morning.Miramar police on Wednesday evening turned over Cavett’s disappearance case to the Hollywood Police Department.Police in Miramar aggressively searched to identify the child by sharing his photograph on social media and with news outlets.The child’s relatives in Jasper, Alabama, about 12 hours away, were alerted on Monday.Police also circulated photographs of a white Chevy 3500 that Cavett reportedly was last seen driving. The truck was found in the parking lot of a Walmart near Hollywood Boulevard and U.S. 441, ABC affiliate WPLG reported on Wednesday night.The Hollywood Police Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on Thursday. This morning, detectives met with Leila Cavett’s family. As the search for the missing mother continues, we request anyone who has seen her or has information on her whereabouts contact @crimestoppers2 at 954-493-TIPS. Calls can be made anonymously. #MiramarPD #FindLeila #Missing— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) July 28, 2020Cavett’s grandmother traveled from Tennessee and told the station she’s concerned her granddaughter has been kidnapped.“She would’ve never left her baby, never,” Carol Ferdinand said. “That’s my granddaughter, I know her.”Kamdyn remains in the custody of a foster family, officials confirmed to ABC News on Thursday.ChildNet, Florida’s department of children services, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Winter storms moving across US with snow, freezing rain and flooding

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A couple of storms moved through the West and the Midwest this weekend with a funnel cloud reportedly being spotted in downtown San Diego along with 1 to 2 feet of snow from California to Colorado and even hail covering the ground in Malibu, California.In the Midwest, accidents and spinouts caused a nightmare travel situation on the roads from Nebraska to Michigan.There are 24 states from California to Maryland on Monday morning that are on alert for snow, ice and flash flooding.The western storm that hit this weekend will move into central U.S. Monday with heavy snow from Omaha, Nebraska to Des Moines, Iowa to Chicago.A winter storm Warning has been issued for Chicago and there is an icy mix of freezing rain and sleet expected south of there for Indianapolis and parts of Ohio Valley today.The storm will move into the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic Monday night into Tuesday with an icy mix for West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and snow for upstate New York and New England.A winter weather advisory has also been issued for Baltimore where that icy mix is expected.At this moment, it does not look like there will be a lot of snow for major cities like Philadelphia and New York City, with maybe a wintry mix with rain that should melt on the ground.The heaviest snow will be from Nebraska to Iowa where locally more than a foot of snow is possible and up to 8 inches is expected in Chicago with 3 to 6 inches in Michigan.However, another storm system will move into the West and it is expected to bring copious amounts of rain to California and crippling feet of snow to the mountains.Elsewhere, major flash flooding and debris flow is possible later this week in California.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Plasticity in dormancy behaviour of Calanoides acutus in Antarctic coastal waters

first_imgCopepods that enter dormancy, such as Calanoides acutus, are key primary consumers in Southern Ocean food webs where they convert a portion of the seasonal phytoplankton biomass into a longer-term energetic and physiological resource as wax ester (WE) reserves. We studied the seasonal abundance and lipid profiles of pre-adult and adult C. acutus in relation to phytoplankton dynamics on the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Initiation of dormancy occurred when WE unsaturation was relatively high, and chlorophyll a (Chl a) concentrations, predominantly attributable to diatoms, were reducing. Declines in WE unsaturation during the winter may act as a dormancy timing mechanism with increased Chl a concentrations likely to promote sedimentation that results in a teleconnection between the surface and deep water inducing ascent. A late summer diatom bloom was linked to early dormancy termination of females and a second spawning event. The frequency and duration of high biomass phytoplankton blooms may have consequences for the lifespan of the iteroparous C. acutus females (either 1 or 2 years) if limited by a total of two main spawning events. Late summer recruits, generated by a second spawning event, likely benefitted from lower predation and high phytoplankton food availability. The flexibility of copepods to modulate their life-cycle strategy in response to bottom-up and top-down conditions enables individuals to optimize their probability of reproductive success in the very variable environment prevalent in the Southern Ocean.last_img read more

Council unveils ‘cycling city’ signs despite rising accident rates

first_imgNew ‘cycling city’ signs may signal good intentions, but Oxford’s two-wheeled commuters are facing increased risk on the road.The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Jean Fooks, will today unveil the first of eleven signs around Oxford proclaiming it to be ‘a cycling city’, despite the fact that the most recent figures show cycling accident rates have increased in Oxfordshire.The signs form part of the Council’s long term transport strategy, set out in its recently published draft Vision 2050, which proposes to replicate the commuter cycle rate in its twinned city Leiden, in the Netherlands.Oxford City Council hopes to increase the number of commuters who cycle to work from its current rate of 17%, to 70%.In a press release, Councillor Louise Upton said: “these new signs will be a statement of intent from Oxford City Council.“Our long-term aim is to replicate Leiden and significantly increase the number of people commuting to work by bike. This obviously won’t happen overnight, but this is one step towards that goal.”However, Green Party Councillor Dick Wolff told Cherwell that, while he welcomes the signage initiative, it must be set against “a background of falling cycle use and increased accident rates.”Between 2012 and 2015, the number of cycling casualties per year in Oxfordshire rose from just under 300 to just over 350, while over the same period, the level of cycle traffic fell by about 1000 vehicle miles, according to data collected by Oxfordshire County Council.This rise in accident rate occurred despite the City Council investing £367,000 in cycling infrastructure between 2012 and 2016, in order to improve the experience of cycling in Oxford.In February of this year, a study by Map-mechanics using Department for Transport statistics found that The Plain roundabout, situated at the junction of Iffley Road, Cowley Road, St Clement’s and the High Street, in the centre of Oxford, is the second most dangerous roundabout for cyclists in the UK.According to analysis of Department for Transport statistics by Cycling UK, while cycling fatality rates in the UK have been dropping since 2005, the KSI (killed or seriously injured) rate per billion miles has grown significantly over the last 10 years. In 2005, it stood at 875 cyclists per billion miles, but by 2015 it had risen to 1,025.According to Cherry Allen, Cycling UK’s policy information coordinator: “It’s clear that cycling safety needs serious attention.”Councillor Upton believes that the ‘cycling city’ signs will “remind drivers to be more aware of cyclists within Oxford City Centre.” However, this is the first time signs like these have been installed in the UK, and there is as yet no data to support her belief.last_img read more

Press release: Coarse fishing river close season – Public consultation

first_img The Institute of Fisheries Management is pleased to see that there will be wider public consultation on the closed season for coarse fish in rivers. We wish to help with assessment of the arguments and any further evidence that may come from the consultation and in the development of any proposed changes to byelaws that may result. Steve Axford from the Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM) said: Martin Salter from the Angling Trust said: The consultation will be managed by the Environment Agency.The current coarse fishing close season runs from 15 March to 15 June and aims to reduce risks to spawning fish caused by angling. The close season period covers most spawning by most coarse fish species. The close season on most still waters was removed in 1995 and on most canals in 2000.The results of the preliminary survey of anglers are available online.Notes to editors The report that accompanies the consultation includes a summary of the evidence around the close season and of the strengths and weaknesses of each option. We would encourage anyone participating in the consultation to read this. The complete evidence documents can be accessed from the consultation webpage. In our latest (2018) poll, 43% of anglers want retain the close season; 17% want to retain a close season, but change to start/finish dates; and 33% support removing it (the remainder were undecided). Depending on the outcome of the consultation, we may develop proposals for a change in the close season byelaw. Any proposed change must be advertised, to give everyone the opportunity to object (or support). We will respond to these objections, before applying to government for confirmation. The final decision rests with Government. The reasons we have chosen the 15 April and 30 June start and end dates for the “change option” are that a) delaying the start of the close season will most likely only affect three early spawning species and b) changing to 30 June provides additional protection to later or repeat spawning fish, in particular while they recover from spawning, which may increase in importance to mitigate for the effects of climate change. Any future change to the close season byelaw will involve a Habitats Regulation Assessment of the risks to designated species, specifically salmon, lamprey and shad.center_img We want to hear the views of anybody with an interest in coarse fisheries, their preferred way forward and the reasons and evidence to support that. This will help us decide whether there is a case for change. Our priority is to find the right balance between angling and protecting the fish stocks on which angling relies. The decision to consult the angling community and others on the close season follows a preliminary survey of 20,000 anglers conducted last year.As part of the consultation, the Environment Agency has published a paper setting out the results of its close season evidence review and options for future regulation. The options comprise retaining the current statutory close season; retaining a close season, but starting on 15 April and ending on 30 June; and removing it altogether.Kevin Austin, Deputy Director of Fisheries at the Environment Agency said: Whilst the Angling Trust will not take any formal position for or against any changes in the river close season we welcome the detailed examination of the available evidence and strongly believe that the views of all anglers should be taken into account before any decision is made. We are pleased that this important issue is now going out to full consultation. It will doubtless arouse some strong feelings on all sides but as an angling community we shouldn’t be frightened to debate, scrutinise and consider the evidence for the laws that affect and govern our sport.last_img read more

Light touch

first_imgPhysicists and bioengineers have developed an optical instrument allowing them to control the behavior of a worm just by shining a tightly focused beam of light at individual neurons inside the organism.The pioneering optogenetic research, by a team at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is described this week in the journal Nature Methods. Their device is known as the CoLBeRT (Controlling Locomotion and Behavior in Real Time) system for optical control of freely moving animals, in this case the millimeter-long worm Caenorhabditis elegans.“This optical instrument allows us to commandeer the nervous system of swimming or crawling nematodes using pulses of blue and green light — no wires, no electrodes,” says Aravinthan D.T. Samuel, a professor of physics and affiliate of Harvard’s Center for Brain Science. “We can activate or inactivate individual neurons or muscle cells, essentially turning the worm into a virtual biorobot.”Samuel and colleagues chose to work with C. elegans, an organism often used in biological research, because of its optical transparency, its well-defined nervous system of exactly 302 neurons, and its ease of manipulation. They genetically modified the worms so their neurons express the light-activated proteins channelrhodopsin-2 and halorhodopsin.In conjunction with high-precision micromirrors that can direct laser light to individual cells, the scientists were then able to stimulate (using blue light) or inhibit (using green light) behaviors such as locomotion and egg-laying.“If you shine blue light at a particular neuron near the front end of the worm, it perceives that as being touched and will back away,” says co-author Andrew M. Leifer, a Ph.D. student in Harvard’s Department of Physics and Center for Brain Science. “Similarly, blue light shined at the tail end of the modified worm will prompt it to move forward.”The scientists were also able to use pulses of light to steer the worms left or right. By stimulating neurons associated with the worm’s reproductive system, they were even able to rouse the animal into secreting an egg.Key to the CoLBeRT system is a tracking microscope recording the motion of a swimming or crawling worm, paired with image-processing software that can quickly estimate the location of individual neurons and instruct a digital micromirror device to illuminate targeted cells. Because cells in an unrestrained worm represent a rapidly moving target, the system can capture 50 frames per second and attain spatial resolution of just 30 microns.“This development should have profound consequences in systems neuroscience as a new tool to probe nervous system activity and behavior, as well as in bioengineering and biorobotics,” Samuel says. “Our laboratory has been pioneering new optical methods to study the nervous system, and this is the latest, and perhaps our greatest, invention.”Leifer and Samuel’s co-authors on the Nature Methods paper are Christopher Fang-Yen of the University of Pennsylvania, Marc Gershow of Harvard, and Mark J. Alkema of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Their work was supported by the Dana Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

Inside Harvard’s COVID tracing effort

first_img The trick is getting a splintered America to act as one, Fauci says Finding COVID clues in movement University to begin transition to unobserved COVID-19 testing Loss of taste and smell is best indicator of COVID-19, study shows Angela Sigal Poock helped one patient get a letter excusing that person from work and aided another in figuring out grocery deliveries. But the COVID-19 contact tracer really spends most of her time just listening.“Some people were really emotional,” she said. “I’ve been on the phone for a while with them to just get over the fact that, yes, they are positive and then give them a minute to adjust because they have to leave work or they have to leave class. It’s a big deal, and I think that starting from that is really important, and then you get into all the questions about contacts and whatnot.”A registered nurse with Harvard University Health Services (HUHS), Poock is part of the eight-person group that identifies and tracks everyone in the University community who tests positive for the novel coronavirus or has had close contact with someone who has. The idea is to isolate the positive cases quickly, break the chain of infection, and stop potential outbreaks.“It’s a lot of work. It’s time consuming and whatnot, but to me, personally, I want to help the community stay healthy. That is my big role,” said Poock. “If you keep one person healthy, then their contacts can be healthy, and they can keep others healthy. It’s almost like a domino effect.”Contact tracing is part of Harvard’s plan for a phased reopening of on-campus activities such as labs, and academic and residential life. In many ways, it is a last line of defense in case that other COVID safety measures such as high-cadence testing, mask wearing, and social distancing falter.“If you can remove people from the community while they’re infectious and identify those close contacts and do the same thing, you’re [essentially] reducing all of that opportunity to spread the virus over the timeframe,” said Jonathan Mills, HUHS director of health care quality and patient safety. “It really can squash that amplification possibility.” Angela Sigal Poock, an R.N. with HUHS, speaks with people who have tested positive and those they were in contact with. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerMills heads the contact-tracing team, which includes four nurses who were hired for the project and three others such as Poock who were already working at HUHS and agreed to dedicate a block of time to the task.Everyone in the group has been through the Johns Hopkins University contact tracing course and received additional training at HUHS. The team also has been trained on how to add patient information into the Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network, an infectious-disease database that helps monitor the spread of infection. And they monitor Harvard’s self-reporting platforms, Crimson Clear and Color, for notification on positive cases.So far, the campaign has been highly efficient.“Because of the way we’re set up and [because] we’re monitoring from around 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, we are basically able to — I would say within an hour — get in touch with the case once we get the positive test,” Mills said.Besides contacting individuals who test positive, tracers also track down those who may have been exposed to an infected person, meaning they were within six feet of them for 15 minutes or more, per Centers for Disease Control guidelines.Both steps involve phone interviews, which usually last 20 to 30 minutes. Working from a script, the tracer informs people that they tested positive or have been exposed to the virus. They are then asked to isolate and seek tests, if needed. The tracer lets them know what resources are available, tells them best practices on isolation, tries to help them work around logistical problems, and makes sure they have what they need.The initial call from contact tracers is followed by daily monitoring, recording temperatures, and attesting to evolving symptoms. That initial call also involves helping those who test positive recall their movements from when they first developed symptoms, or two days from the positive test if they have no symptoms. That helps the tracer to develop a list of those who need to be informed that they may have been exposed. Self-administered screening to begin with College affiliates Five simple steps would tame COVID-19 Tracking mobility of individuals offers hints of whether a problem is rising or falling Related A lot of the conversations are simply educating people on what comes next.“I’d say the bulk of the 20 or 30 minutes with both the case and the close contact is doing that very specific thing,” Mills said. “If anyone has specific questions about next steps or the virus itself, we’ll simply answer during the call. And if we don’t know the answer, we will find out and close the loop with them.”Students who live in a dorm and test positive are moved into isolation housing. Those from the Business School and Law School isolate in their own bedrooms and access to their own bathrooms. Students who are quarantining because they came into contact with someone who tested positive stay in their rooms. Staff and students who live off-campus are asked to isolate and quarantine in place.Poock said a big portion of her job is reassuring patients and building ties. But her favorite part is when she gets to discharge them from quarantine. She gave two people that good news recently.“Their reaction was like, ‘Really, you’re not going to call me anymore? You’re not going to follow up with me? But I got so used to you because you’ve been calling me for the past few days. You’re like part of my family because you always ask about things, and it makes me feel so much better,’ ” Poock said.“It’s why we do this,” she added. MGH, King’s College London researchers use crowdsourced data from app to monitor symptoms in 2.6 million, study how the disease spreads last_img read more

Fall Cover Crop

first_imgIf you decide not to plant a fall garden, consider planting a cover crop to give your garden a neat appearance while helping to protect the soil from erosion. Cover crops also add rich, organic nutrients when they are tilled in the spring. A combination cover crop of a small grain (wheat, rye or oats) mixed with a legume (clover or Austrian winter peas) works well. The small grain serves as a nurse and protects the slower germinating clover or peas.Clover is a very small seed, so mixed with wheat, it takes a pound or less to cover the average garden. Clover must be inoculated if it is not inoculated when you buy it. Inoculation covers the seed in black, powdered bacteria that helps digest the seed coat and increases germination. The best way to inoculate seed is to combine the seed and a bag of inoculant in a small bucket with a little soft drink. Hand-mix the seed, inoculant and soft drink so that the seed is thoroughly combined with the black powder and soft drink. Use just enough soft drink to help the bacteria stick to the seed. Next, mix in a few pounds of small grain, such as wheat, and spread the mixture with a hand spreader on a tilled garden. I usually add a few pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet of garden. Over time, the clover will produce its own nitrogen and assist the wheat. A soil test will identify the soil’s pH and provide lime recommendations. As a side note, don’t use ryegrass as a cover crop. It is very persistent, tends to hang around too long in the spring and prevents other plants from growing well.For more information on planting a cover crop, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publications at read more

Trail Mix: Hayley Reardon Song Premiere

first_imgIn the case of Hayley Reardon, youth is not being wasted on the young.Barely twenty years old, Boston native Reardon is set to release Good, her latest record, on October 28th. Good comes on the heels of two previous releases that were met with critical acclaim from both Paste and American Songwriter and proves Reardon, who established herself a powerful songwriting force around New England while still in her teens, is set to gain national acclaim.Trail Mix is excited to both feature a track from Hayley Reardon on this month’s mix and to premiere a brand new tune, “When I Get To Tennessee,” from Good on the blog today.Regarding “When I Get To Tennessee,” Reardon says, “I wrote this one just before moving from Boston to Nashville. I had so many ideas in my head of how that transition would be, like maybe I would magically be good at biking or develop the willpower to control my caffeine intake! The song was inspired by all the confusion and excitement of trying to find balance between the old and the new.Finding that balance is something to which we can all relate.So, here it is. Brand new for all of the world to hear, Trail Mix proudly offers the premiere of “When I Get To Tennessee.”If you need, somehow, even more convincing that Hayley Reardon is a songwriter that should be in your regular roation, be sure to take a listen to “Good,” the title track from the brand new record, on this month’s Trail Mix.And for more information on Hayley Reardon, how you can get your copy of Good, or when she might be on stage near you, be sure to check out her website.More from the Trail Mix Blog:last_img read more

Dime Community Bank Celebrates Women’s History Month

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dime Community Bank is celebrating 50 women who have made a difference in honor of National Women’s History Month this March, the company announced Wednesday.The Brooklyn-based financial institution dubbed the program the #DimeCelebratesWomen initiative. Each day, Dime will highlight individuals who have demonstrated character, courage and commitment in their personal and professional lives. This diverse grouping of women who work at Dime Community Bank represents all levels, including branch managers, tellers, corporate positions and board members.“As a community bank with a legacy of over 150 years of community service, Dime is proud to champion the accomplishments and contributions of women who work at Dime,” said Kenneth J. Mahon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dime Community Bank. “We also join in with our local, national and international communities in recognizing the achievements and positive impact of women everywhere.”Dime currently has 29 branches located throughout Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Nassau County and Suffolk County, where its newest branch recently opened in Melville.The bank noted that their tenure of Dime’s honoree ranges from a few months to 40 years of experience.“We acknowledge the achievements of women in the Dime workforce and the significant impact they’ve had on family members, other employees, customers and community members,” said Angela Blum-Finlay, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “In particular, each of these individuals has been recognized by their fellow Dime employees as a woman of outstanding character, courage and commitment.”Mr. Mahon added, “One of the critical strengths of any organization is its people. We are grateful for these 50 women of Dime and celebrate their important contributions.”For details about the #DimeCelebratesWomen initiative, visit read more