How many variants of the coronavirus are there?

first_imgMany variants of the coronavirus are circulating around the world, but scientists are primarily concerned about three. It’s not unusual for viruses to mutate as they infect people and make copies of themselves. But monitoring variants is important since they could change the way people are infected. Vaccines and treatments could also be less effective on them. A variant first discovered in the United Kingdom seems to spread more easily. Variants first detected in South Africa and in Brazil also appear more contagious. Data so far suggests current vaccines should still protect against these variants, though their effectiveness could be slightly diminished.last_img

VEDA approves $10.2 million in financing

first_img$10.2 MILLION IN PROJECT FINANCING APPROVED BY VERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITYJune 9, 2008Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved $10.2 million in economic development financing for projects totaling $21.8 million.”In addition to the Authority’s ongoing support of Vermont agricultural initiatives, VEDA is pleased this round to provide financing support to several exciting educational, recreational, and downtown development projects throughout the state,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer.Approved for financing assistance are:Thetford Academy, Thetford – Final approval was given to issuance of $6 million in industrial revenue bonds to support a comprehensive $7.9 million dollar campus construction and renovation project at Thetford Academy. Mascoma Savings Bank has agreed to participate in the project financing, which will add a new gymnasium and make major renovations of the current gym into a theater and cafeteria. The Academy’s science and agriculture building will be significantly renovated and updated to utilize current science technology curriculum. Established in 1819, Thetford Academy is Vermont’s oldest continuously operating secondary school, serving students from Thetford and surrounding towns.Jay Peak, Inc. and Saint-Sauveur Valley Resorts, Inc., Jay – $800,000 in financing was approved as part of a $2 million project to replace the track cables for Jay Peak’s aerial tram, originally installed in 1967, and to substantially reconstruct the summit station. Jay Peak and the resort’s parent corporation, Montreal-based Saint-Sauveur Valley Resorts, plan to replace the 7000-foot long cables for their European-style aerial tram, the only one of its type in Vermont and one of the few in the Northeast. Jay Peak is known for receiving more natural snowfall than any other ski area in the Northeast. Construction is expected to be completed prior to this year’s foliage season.Railroad Row, LLC, Hartford – VEDA approved $270,000 in financing to support the final phase of a comprehensive downtown White River Junction reconstruction project that began several years ago. In Phase III of the project, developers Railroad Row, LLC will build a four-story, mixed-use building with 15,435 square feet of leasable space. Resource Systems Group (RSG), a transportation, environmental and market research consulting firm with offices in three states, maintains its headquarters in 85% of the Phase I project space, and will further expand into the space under construction in Phase III. The firm has 62 employees, a number expected to grow to 71 within three years of the project. RSG’s and other tenant commitments for Phase III put total leased space at the new facility at 76%. The project’s two completed buildings have been 100% occupied since 2006. Kane Architecture of East Hardwick are architects on the project. Total Phase III project costs are $3.3 million, and Mascoma Bank is also a participating lender.VEDA also agreed to insure a portion of two working capital lines of credit for two well-known Vermont sportswear companies. These included a Chittenden Bank line of credit to Juno Rising, Inc., doing business as Isis in Burlington and a Mascoma Savings Bank line of credit to Black Diamond Sportswear in Montpelier.In addition, close to $1.6 million in farm ownership and operating loans were approved through the Authority’s agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation, and $209,000 in Vermont 504 Loan Program financing was approved for a real estate development project.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.3 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.- end –last_img read more

Reported Snake Bites Nearly Quadruple in North Carolina

first_imgIf you or someone you know is bitten by a venomous snake in North Carolina contact the Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 or call the National Capital Poison Center switchboard at 1-800-222-1222. The Carolinas Poison Center, which offers assistance to venomous snake bite victims and the doctors who treat them, has reported a near quadrupling in North Carolina snake bite incidents compared to this time last year.According to a report filed by WLOS, the center received 71 calls throughout the month of April 2017. Compare that to the 19 calls the center received in April of last year.If venomous snake bites continue at the current rate, the state could see upwards of 500 incidents for the year.Some have speculated that the uptick in snake bites can be traced back to the mild winter the region experienced in late 2016 and early 2017.Venomous snakes native to North Carolina and much of the Southeast include copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes (Eastern diamondback, pygmy, and timber), and the coral snake.As evidenced in the following Twitter post from user @sssnakeysci, copperheads can be extremely difficult to spot when they match their surroundings.Received this from a fellow HERper this morning. No caption needed, the task was implied: “can you spot the snake?” 🐍 pic.twitter.com/oVkjOm8ufy— Helen🐍👩🏼‍🔬 (@SssnakeySci) April 23, 2017last_img read more

40M Accounts Possibly Stolen at Target in Security Breach

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Target store on Black Friday (Photo: Target)One of the nation’s leading big box retailers, Target, had its in-store payment systems compromised for more than two weeks, resulting in the possible theft of approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts, the retailer said.The intruders breached Target’s systems between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The breach occurred just two days before shoppers flooded Target stores nationwide to grab Black Friday deals. Target locations nationwide also opened Thanksgiving evening (Nov. 28).Krebs on Security, a security blog, was the first to report the breach, which was later confirmed by Target on Thursday. The report said nearly all Target locations in the country may have been affected, citing sources.Long Island is home to 14 Target stores, four in Nassau County—Hicksville, Levittwon, Valley Stream, Westbury—and 10 in Suffolk—Bay Shore, Central Islip, two in Commack, Copiague, Farmingdale, Huntington Station, Medford, Riverhead, South Setauket.In a statement, Gregg Steinhafel, Target’s chairman, president and CEO, said “we moved swiftly to address this issue, so guests can shop with confidence.”“We regret any inconvenience this may cause,” he added.Target did not say how the intruders were able to gain access to its system.The U.S. Secret Service is reportedly investigating the breach.Target said it alerted authorities and financial institutions impacted by the attack on its systems after it was made aware of the incident. The retailer said its also working with a third-party forensics firm to investigate the breach.The company advised shoppers on its website to review account statements and contact financial institutions if they suspect fraud.last_img read more

Derwent ties up Paddington long leasehold

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Rosslea suits keen golfers to the tee

first_img14 Signature Drive, Rosslea is for sale.A NEW estate within Rosslea near the golf course is already achieving solid demand.Michele Hyde of RE/MAX Excellence – Townsville, who is marketing a home at 14 Signature Drive, Rosslea, within the Fairways Estate, said land had been selling quickly in the area, with many people building premium-style homes.She said the suburb was popular with buyers because it was only a couple of minutes drive from the CBD and because it was a well-established area with plenty of amenities including schools and shops.The median house price of Rosslea is $410,000 which increased by 28.1 per cent in the past quarter, but Ms Hyde said values within the Fairways estate would be higher because it was a higher end type of product.“The area has always been popular because it is close to the city which makes it a desirable location,’’ Ms Hyde said.“The new development is within the golf course, it (Fairways) is almost like a suburb within the suburb of Rosslea. It is a beautiful planned estate.’’The four-bedroom home in Signature Drive, is listed for $850,000. The property has views to Castle Hill.Ms Hyde said the home, which had never been lived in, was a former display home, which was now being offered for sale.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020She said as a result it had been finished to a very high standard and included black bamboo flooring through the living areas and a black and white colour palette was used throughout.Other features include black glass Zen switchplates, black tapware and fans.“It has got a lovely finish and things you wouldn’t expect,’’ Ms Hyde said.“It was completed about 15 months ago.’’Ms Hyde said the area was well established and had beautiful big trees and wide open spaces. This house, in particular, looked over open parkland.The main bedroom is on the upstairs level and has its own balcony. It also has an ensuite and walk-in robe. There is a covered veranda which overlooks a curved shaped pool with a fountain.There are airconditioners throughout the home.last_img read more

Corps Island Dredged Material Plans on Display

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is seeking public comments on plans to unload 500,000 cubic yards of dredged material from Corps Island, near river mile 799 of the Upper Mississippi River. The project would involve unloading dredged material from Corps Island, a temporary placement site within the Corps’ 9-Foot Navigation Channel Maintenance Management Plan.According to USACE, the unload would ensure continued utilization of the Upper Mississippi River 9-Foot Navigation Channel.“The process by which dredged material would be removed from Corps Island, and where it would be placed or used, would be decided by the awarded contractor,” USACE said in their release.This project requires a review of environmental effects under the National Environmental Policy Act.A copy of the draft Environmental Assessment with a finding of no significant impact was coordinated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state resource agencies prior to posting of the public notice, said USACE.The public review and comment period on the draft Environmental Assessment ends May 7.[mappress mapid=”25033″]last_img read more

DENR-6 gives 19 agri free patents in Antique

first_imgOut of 19 free patents distributed,seven came from Barangay Tigmamale, five from Buluangan I, four from Bunsod,and one from Buganayan, Cansilayan and Pandanan, the DENR-6 said.   DENR-6 Regional Executive DirectorFrancisco Milla Jr. said that the Handog Titulo Program was a sustained effortof the agency that delivered full ownership of land titles to thebeneficiaries.   The 95-year-old Apolonia Trabucan of Baluangan I, Valderrama town, Antique receives a free land title during the launching of the Central Antique Convergence Area in the town on Nov. 8. DENR-6 The distribution was led by LoneDistrict Rep. Loren Legarda, Gov. Rhodora Cadiao, Milla, Livino Duran ofTechnical Services, Jesse Vego of Management Services, and ProvincialEnvironment and Natural Resources officer Andres Untal.    The Handog Titulo Program was in linewith the 10 priority programs of DENR secretary Roy Cimatu on Improved LandAdministration and Management – to alleviate poverty and to spur socio-economicdevelopment.(With a report from DENR-6/PN) A total of 21.3985 hectares or 213,985sq.m. of agricultural land within Valderrama town were successfully distributedto its beneficiaries as part of the Handog Titulo Program of the Department ofEnvironment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) in Western Visayas.   SAN JOSE, Antique – The CommunityEnvironment and Natural Resources-Belison recently distributed a total of 19free patents for agricultural lots during the launching of the Central AntiqueConvergence Area in Valderrama town in the province.         last_img read more

85% survival rate of 10M trees in Negros greening project

first_imgThe Project Management Office of 10Min 10 said a ceremonial planting of a Katmon tree was held at the ProvincialCapitol grounds here. This was a positive developmentconsidering that in the past four years, 10M in 10 partners have planted around7.7-million trees in Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental way ahead ofschedule, said Frances Ariola, public relations specialist of geothermal powerleader Energy Development Corporation (EDC). The 10M in 10 is a private sector-ledmovement that aims to unite, inspire and encourage people to plant, grow andprotect 10-million trees in 10 years to re-green the Negros Island, accordingto its Project Management Office.(With areport from PNA/PN) To mark their fourth year anniversary,the movement honored partners whose contributions have allowed the greeningproject to reach almost eight-million native trees planted in less than halfthe number of years targeted to attain its goal.  The EDC initiated the greeningmovement in 2015, partnering with the Department of Environment and NaturalResources, other government agencies, non-government organizations and privateinstitutions to embark on a massive forest restoration by planting nativetrees, she added. Professor Marlo Mendoza and ProfessorPastor Malabrigo Jr. from the College of Forestry and Natural Resources of the Universityof the Philippines-Los Baños have graced the event. “The partners’ commitment andcontinuous tree-growing efforts are the reason behind the Movement’s deeperroots. Our shared re-greening experiences within the past four years, alongwith the increasing amount of groups and individuals who express their interestto be part of 10M in 10 only reflect that the idea of uniting for a greenerNegros has taken root within each of us,” said Pinky Medina, head of the 10M in10 Project Management. BACOLOD City – The 10 Million Trees in10 Years (or simply 10M in 10) for a Greener Negros Movement on Thursdayreported an 85-percent survival rate of the millions of indigenous trees it hasplanted on the island.   The highlight of the celebration wasthe recognition of the 10M in 10 partners, who planted over 10,000 trees thisyear as their contribution towards achieving the movement’s three main goals:to help protect and restore the watersheds, improve biodiversity and buildresilient communities in Negros Island. Around 100 partners attended thecelebration, representing various stakeholder groups such as governmentagencies, local government units, academic institutions, businesses, media,non-government organizations, and other concerned groups and individuals. Certificates were also granted topartners who were able to maintain at least an 85-percent survival rate oftheir planted trees. last_img read more

Rains cancel Saturday practice at Salina

first_imgBy Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. – Heavy showers have canceled the open practice session scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at Salina Speedway.With the cancellation, the first event of the season will be the Browynn Birdsong Childhood Cancer Awareness Night and season opener on Friday, April 24.The evening will feature fundraising for the Birdsong family along with seven divisions of racing action.last_img