School Zone Safety A Top Priority As New School Year Begins

first_imgThis week marks the new school year for thousands of Evansville students. As always, school zone safety is a priority for the Evansville Police Department and our education partners.We will have increased patrols in school zones to ensure drivers are following the posted 20mph school zone speed limit. Several methods are used to notify drivers that school zones are in effect. They include yellow flashing lights, school zone times posted on the speed limit signs, and crossing guards working at their assigned spots. Officers will also be monitoring the areas around the schools where student pedestrian traffic increases.Parents and students are reminded to use sidewalks, cross in designated crosswalks, and to follow the instructions of the crossing guards at the intersections where they are present.Parochial schools will resume on Tuesday and the EVSC schools will resume on Wednesday.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Flanders Hotel Hosts Family-Friendly Fun

first_imgThe cold winter months don’t mean a slowdown in activities and fun events for the entire family at Ocean City’s landmark Flanders Hotel. (Photo credit the Flanders Hotel) By Tim KellyAll kids like superheroes, right? Well, maybe some little girls favor princesses. Either way, the little ones will have a great time at the Princess and Superhero Party coming soon to the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City.It’s the latest creative and family-friendly Flanders event with a focus on activities for children.Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite princess or superhero attire on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the hotel and full-service resort at 719 East 11th Street.There will be a lavish breakfast buffet, princess and superhero games, a DJ, singing and dancing, coloring and much more.Basically, a mid-winter whole bunch of fun.“When families are looking for things to do, especially in these cold winter months, we try to put things together for them,” said Peter Voudouris, Flanders director of operations.Tickets are $29 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Children under 2 are free. Reservations are required. Ticket cost is payable at the time of the reservation. Call 609-399-1000 for reservations.The Flanders stands ready to accommodate locals popping in for the party, as well as visitors looking for a nearby, inexpensive, enjoyable getaway weekend.As an example, the “Holly Jolly Holiday” extravaganza drew more than 200 people to the hotel.Entertainer Kenny I (front and center in black) will be hosting the Princess and Superheroes Party at the Flanders Hotel on Feb. 17. (Photo credit Kenny i Entertainment)The Princesses and Superheroes event is hosted by Kenny i Entertainment. A talented musician and entertainer, Kenny i has a way with a guitar and with kids.“We are ready to have a morning of fun with all your little ones!” Kenny said on his Facebook page. “It’s time to get out of the cold weather and enjoy the best princess and superhero event in all the land.”The Flanders specializes in memorable events for all ages, and its event lineup for children makes sure the young crowd gets its share of fun.“We offer the most unique venue for events, including ones to help support Ocean City’s niche as a family resort,” Voudouris noted.At the holiday family party, there was a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and their elves, a holiday-themed meal and entertainment, as well as music and dancing. If anyone left there without the holiday spirit, Scrooge had to be involved.The next big kids event will be a special celebration of legendary children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2.The event promotes reading and early childhood development. Last year’s bash drew dozens of kids and parents who read and discussed children’s literature. The participants wore the signature striped chapeau in honor of Dr. Seuss’ most famous character, “The Cat in the Hat.”There are also high teas, an Easter brunch and many other activities.A full schedule of events for all ages, room rates, menus from Emily’s Ocean View Restaurant, views of the all-suite hotel accommodations and the luxury Penthouse suites — and much more — can be found on the hotel website.Flanders Hotel Director of Operations Peter Voudouris on a balcony of a Penthouse luxury suite.For parents, perks of staying at the Flanders include a salon and spa, free parking on premises and just across the street, a fully-equipped fitness room, coffee shop, the Shops at the Flanders and more.It won’t be long before locals and visitors begin spring activities and preparations for the summer of 2019.In the meantime, Voudouris said the Flanders will do all it can to help chase the winter “blahs” away.“Kids like to have fun and we’re doing all we can to deliver it,” Voudouris said.For more information, call the Flanders at the number above or visit www.theflandershotel.com.last_img read more

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Consumer view

first_imgI think that bread is under-sold. In a restaurant, for example, it is often used as a distraction before the starter or main course.My wife and I go to a lovely fish restaurant in Ockley, Surrey, called Bryce’s. The bread there is something else. I always try to catch the waitress’ eye to get more. I don’t even put butter on it, because it spoils the taste.They have all sorts of varieties of bread. Some have poppy seeds on top, others have sesame seeds, but they all taste great.I find that when I buy a sandwich in a shop, there is often too much junk in them. If you have a moustache like mine, you end up wearing most of it on your face. They put too much mayo and creamy sauces in, which are full of fat as well.We have a breadmaker at home. I get a superb bread mix from the kitchenware shop Lakeland. It’s a soya and linseed mix. The bread is easy to make and the smell of baking bread is wonderful and very comforting. That’s why they tell you to bake bread if you are trying to sell your house. The smell alone will sell it.Bread also reminds me of my youth. When my brother and I were about 14 years old, we used to get our bread from a place called Jonquil bakery on Whitton high street in Middlesex. We’d go and get a lovely crusty bloomer. It would never stay fresh for long, only a day or two. I think that’s because bakers didn’t put as many additives in bread as they do now. Maybe that’s why it tasted so nice.It was good having to get bread fresh everyday from the bakery; it meant that I could pick up a Danish pastry at the same time.Chris Firth, West Sussexlast_img read more

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Spice rack: Aniseed

first_imgAniseed grows in the Mediterranean in sheltered, sunny spots. The plant produces flowers similar to parsley. It bears a strong resemblance to dill, fennel, coriander, cumin and caraway, all of which have a slight liquorice flavour. The seeds are oval, brown and ridged and are harvested from the plant in the autumn. They should not be confused with Chinese star anise which, although similar in taste and aroma, is not botanically related. Aniseed is available commercially, both as seeds, ground and also as oil. It is traditionally found in baked goods from around Europe.At Christmas time in Germany, Springerle biscuits are made using flour, eggs, baking powder and icing sugar. The ground aniseed is added either to the mixture or sprinkled on the baking tin. They have special rolling pins or moulds to press designs on the biscuits before they are baked. Aniseed can be added to breads, muffins, biscuits and tarts.Why not make an orange and aniseed oatmeal bread by flavouring the dough with orange zest, orange juice and aniseeds? Add some crushed or ground aniseeds to panettone to give a subtle aniseed flavour or add a teaspoon of aniseeds to almond biscotti to give a liquorice flavour.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the Leiths School of Food and Winelast_img read more

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Press release: Southampton paedophile jailed after Solicitor General’s referral

first_imgA man who sexually assaulted a young girl on repeated occasions has been jailed after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, referred his sentence to the Court of Appeal for being too low.Antonio Lawrie, now 22, sexually assaulted the victim at least 16 times over a period of several months. Lawrie was reported to the police when a witness saw him with his hand under the victim’s dress.Lawrie was originally sentenced at Southampton Crown Court in June, where he was given 2 years imprisonment suspended for 2 years. He was also ordered to complete a rehabilitation activity, and put on the Sex Offender’s Register for 10 years. Today, after the Solicitor General’s referral, the Court of Appeal increased his sentence to 3 years immediate imprisonment.Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said:“Lawrie carried out a campaign of sexual assault against a young girl, and I hope that she will take some comfort from the increased sentence today. Lawrie continues to pose a threat to other children, and it is therefore important that he serves an immediate custodial sentence.”last_img read more

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Bakery owner named 2019 winner of The Apprentice

first_imgBakery owner Carina Lepore was ‘hired’ by Lord Sugar in the final of the 15th series of The Apprentice last night (18 December).The 30-year-old, self-described ‘pocket rocket’, beat recruitment expert Scarlett Allen-Horton to win a £250,000 investment from the business mogul.Lepore runs a family bakery in Herne Hill, London, called Dough Artisan Bakehouse, alongside her sister Rachelle and her father, Carlo, who is the master baker.Menu items available at the bakery include wholemeal, multiseed and spelt loaves, as well as white and wholemeal sourdough, Irish soda bread and focaccia. There are also peanut butter brownies, cookies, apple strudel and vegan flapjacks, which are served alongside a range of hot and cold drinks.The final challenge saw both contestants rebrand their respective businesses, produce adverts and pitch to a team of leading industry experts – including British Baker deputy editor Amy North – at London’s City Hall. Other panellists included Hannah Squirrel, customer and marketing director at Greggs, Romy Miller from Gail’s Bakery and Andy Murray from The Artisan Bakery.Lepore pitched her business as Lepore’s Artisan Bakehouse and, during the interview process, admitted she’d like to see one on every high street in the UK.She said on The Apprentice You’re Hired: “It is amazing – it’s an incredible feeling.”Lord Sugar added: “I’m attracted to this business because they’re actually making something – there’s an actual product. I’m looking forward to having branches in the area so that we can expand… and use the bakery as the hub.”This isn’t the first bakery business Lord Sugar has invested in. In 2016, Alana Spencer was crowned winner of The Apprentice, receiving an investment for her luxury cake brand Ridiculously Rich by Alana. Earlier this year, Spencer bought Lord Sugar out of the business.last_img read more

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Dave Matthews To Organize Clean Water Donations To Flint Residents

first_imgOver the last several months, singer-guitarist Dave Matthews has been vocal in his support of the Standing Rock protests. Just last week, as demonstrators continued to stand their ground in opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) on Standing Rock Indian Preservation, Matthews convened a group of talented musicians in Washington, D.C. for a benefit concert to raise funds for the resistance effort.Yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that they would not issue a permit for the DAPL to pass underneath the dammed section of the Missouri River–a huge victory for the Standing Rock protestors. Not 24 hours later, Matthews has already announced plans to make sure the supplies they collected still make their way to people in need.According to an interview with a local Michigan news outlet, in light of the victory in North Dakota, Matthews is working on getting trucks to transport the bottled water donations collected for the protesters at Standing Rock to those affected by the ongoing water crisis in Flint, MI. “You don’t hear about Flint anymore but they didn’t clean up those pipes,” says Matthews. “The problem is still here.”“In my opinion it’s unforgivable,” said Matthews of both the Flint water crisis and the North Dakota pipeline fight. “It’s shameful to show in a county that has so much that there can be people disregarded because of their place or there situation because of their lack of access. It’s shameful. It’s terrible.”[h/t – M Live]last_img read more

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Study reveals how ‘hypermutated’ tumors escape treatment

first_imgCancers whose cells are riddled with large numbers of DNA mutations often respond favorably to drugs called checkpoint blockers that unleash the immune system against the tumor. But a new study shows that malignant brain tumors known as gliomas generally don’t respond to the immunotherapy drugs even when the tumor cells are “hypermutated” — having thousands of DNA mutations that, in other kinds of cancer, provoke the immune system into an attack mode.An analysis of more than 10,000 gliomas and clinical outcomes reported in Nature by scientists in Boston and Paris found that glioma patients whose tumors were hypermutated actually had no significant benefit when treated with checkpoint blockers. The results of the study are further evidence of the challenges presented by malignant brain tumors, which are initially treated by surgery but are difficult to remove in their entirety, necessitating systemic treatment radiation and chemotherapy.Immunotherapy, which has become an important tool in cancer treatment in recent years, has yet to show much benefit in brain tumors. “It seems that in gliomas you can have hundreds or thousands of DNA mutations and the immune system is still suppressed and ultimately unable to recognize cancer cells as being abnormal,” said Mehdi Touat of Sorbonne University and neuro-oncologist in Pitié-Salpêtrière hospitals in Paris, a co-first author of the report. Keith Ligon, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is co-senior author of the study.The results also suggest that the quality of mutations, not just their absolute number, may be important when predicting who will benefit from immune checkpoint treatments. “Our data indicates that the absence of an immune response in gliomas likely results from several complex aspects of immunosuppression in the brain which will need further characterization,” wrote the authors. “Approaches that increase the tumor microenvironment infiltration by cytotoxic lymphocytes are likely required to improve immunotherapy response in gliomas.”Ligon noted that the study also showed how treatment with the drug temozolomide — the standard chemotherapy for gliomas — can lead to the tumors becoming hypermutated and resistant to further treatment. Temozolomide (Temodar) does benefit patients, but in some patients it also seems to cause the emergence of hypermutated cells that can resist the drug and then these surviving glioma cells cause the tumors to progress, said Ligon. The researchers said the results do not suggest that temozolomide should not be used in glioma patients, but that once resistance develops, further treatment with temozolomide would not be effective. Instead, they showed that treatment with another chemotherapy drug called lomustine (CeeNU) seemed to still be effective in that setting for some patients.“We’ve demonstrated that the longer people took temozolomide the more likely it was that their tumors became hypermutated,” said David Reardon,  clinical director of Dana-Farber’s Center for Neuro-Oncology and an author on the Nature report. He said the finding that treatment with lomustine was not associated with the hypermutated resistant state is a glimmer of good news. “If a patient becomes resistant to temozolomide, there is not much to offer them, but this suggests that some of these patients might get benefit from lomustine. Our data suggests we could try this.”By pooling their resources, the team obtained a global sample of 10,200 tumors, the first of this size for a cancer study on a single type of cancer. Of the total, 6,100 tumors were glioblastomas, the most lethal and hard-to-treat type of glioma. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Fear of Coronavirus in Venezuela: ‘What Do I Do With Masks, If I Don’t Have Water or Electricity?’

first_imgBy Gustavo Ocando Alex / Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff March 13, 2020 Without water, health preservation is an impossible task, Venezuelan doctors and nurses say to illustrate their fear and concerns about the risk of a coronavirus outbreak in the country.They say that hospitals lack medication, surgical equipment, and primary care supplies, such as masks, I.V. drips, and thermometers, or a moderately operational infrastructure. They also lack the most essential element: water.“The main preventive measure against the coronavirus is washing your hands, and we don’t even have water. We are not ready to fight that illness,” says Dora Colmenares, organization secretary of the Association of Physicians in Zulia, Venezuela’s most densely populated state with nearly 4 million inhabitants.Coronavirus, a respiratory infection, has caused more than 5,000 deaths, with about 130,000 people infected worldwide. Venezuela’s neighboring countries, such as Brazil, Ecuador, and the Dominican Republic, have confirmed cases in their territories.People infected with the disease might require inpatient care, and the quality of these services in Venezuela has seriously deteriorated, according to the report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.The imminent threat has raised concerns among physician and nursing unions of Venezuela, their representatives told Voice of America.Colmenares, a surgeon at Maracaibo University Hospital, one of the most important hospitals in the country, says that fear prevails among her colleagues.“There is fear. Health has regressed to 19th century levels in Venezuela. There aren’t any blood pressure monitors or alcohol in our hospitals. There’s no water… water!” she says, stressing on the lack of water in health centers of the region that border Colombia.The professor at the School of Medicine of Zulia University said that Venezuela’s Ministry of Health has not disclosed epidemiology reports since 2016.Colmenares says that most intensive care units in Zulia are “practically shut down. […] If a patient who’s infected [with coronavirus] seeks assistance, where will they be treated? What medication are we going to provide?” she asks.No electricity, water, or ventilationThe stench of urine and feces pervades in the hallways on the first floor of Maracaibo University Hospital, in the afternoon of March 2. The only and poorly operating restroom on that floor, used by both men and women, is only steps away from the pediatrics area and operating rooms.A masked employee mops the floor, flooded with brown, fetid water — the toilet has broken down.In the hallways, signs display information about diabetes and other illnesses. No sign warns or offers recommendations about the coronavirus.Bachelet’s report, published in June 2019, mentioned water among the “major determinants of health,” which are scarce in Venezuelan hospitals.According to the document, which the Nicolás Maduro regime rejected, Venezuela’s health situation is “critical.”Hania Salazar, head of Zulia’s Nursing Association, said that none of the hospitals in the region are appropriately equipped to eventually assist coronavirus-infected patients.Health centers, she says, lack potable water and antiseptic soap for doctors and nurses to wash their hands.Unsanitary conditions in the region are so “critical” that there isn’t a single hospital with functioning restrooms, she says, citing reports from her union.Salazar believes that cleaning and sterilizing hospitals will be practically impossible in the country during a widespread coronavirus outbreak.“Some hospital areas are shut down due to lack of electricity or sanitation. What do I do with a mask, or 20 million masks, if I don’t have electricity, water, ventilation; if there is no proper sanitation?” she says.last_img read more

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Chinese investors bought Hotel Zagorje in Kumrovec

first_imgFor the purchase of “Hotel Zagorje”, which was sold for HRK 11.960.000,00, a valid and complete offer from the company ZHONGYA nekretnine doo in the amount of 14.095.400 kuna and the offer was accepted. The co-owner of the company that bought the Political School is a Chinese entrepreneur and president of a large company from Beijing, Jiang Yu. Mrs. Yu recently visited Croatia – on that occasion she visited Kumrovec and Osijek-Baranja County, where she was interested in air and river transport. On Tuesday, May 07, 2019, the Ministry of State Property held an opening of bids for the purchase of real estate of the former Political School in Kumrovec. Only one offer was received from Zhongya Real Estate, in the amount of 14.095.400 kuna and the offer was accepted.  The purchased former Political School in Kumrovec has a total area of ​​26.285 m2, of which the yard is 20.384 m2 and the office building is 5.901 m2), “Hotel Zagorje” has a total gross construction area of ​​11.310,00 m2 distributed on four floors and a gross volume of 34.464,20 m2. center_img CHINESE INVESTORS INTERESTED IN AIR AND RIVER TRANSPORT IN SLAVONIA RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

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