The City of Evansville Environmental Protection Agency Fireworks and Your Health

first_imgPeople most sensitive to smoke are children, the elderly, and people with heart or respiratory conditions.  Short-term exposure to smoke can aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks, and increase susceptibility to respiratory infections. If you are very sensitive to smoke, enjoy the fireworks from a distance or even stay inside and watch from the window. To minimize the impacts from fireworks smoke, sensitive individuals should reduce or eliminate their use of personal fireworks which concentrate smoke at ground level.  Although the large aerial displays at community events produce more smoke, these fireworks are launched at greater heights, so the smoke is able to dissipate more before reaching people at ground level. Smoke of all kinds is made of both coarse and fine particles. Fine particulates, or PM2.5, are tiny particles about 1/30th the diameter of a human hair. During and for a few hours after fireworks are lit, air quality monitors in the area may detect a spike in particulate levels.  This smoke from fireworks may be a health hazard to you or your neighbor. Within the city of Evansville, some personal fireworks are allowed for use on New Year’s Eve between the hours of 10:00 a.m. on December 31st until 1:00 a.m. on January 1st. For more information on the rules for personal fireworks in Evansville, please visit or  (Chapter 9.10.020). It is also important to be aware that the fireworks you use can affect those around you. The smoke may cause breathing issues for neighbors, the debris could create a fire hazard to neighboring properties, and the noise could be bothersome to those nearby. As New Year’s Eve approaches, it will be time again for some of our friends and neighbors to bring out the fireworks in celebration. It is important to remember that while fireworks are great fun for some, they can be an aggravation to others and possibly pose a health threat to those with certain diseases and respiratory issues. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Thank you and have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday!last_img read more

Bakery burglars caught on CCTV

first_imgPolice have released CCTV images of a pair of burglars who stole a safe and its contents from a bakery shop in York. The pair struck at 6.15am the Cornish Pasty Bakery in Colliergate on 18 February. The shop’s CCTV cameras captured the whole incident, Fiona Parkinson, who owns the business with husband Richard, told British Baker.She said the well-dressed pair had been loitering outside before trying the door and kicking it down with three kicks. They then raced around inside, finding the till drawers open and empty.Then they spotted the locked safe and dragged it across to the door, before disappearing off down the high street. They reappeared a few minutes later with a luggage trolley, which they put the safe on and walked off down the street.The police were called shortly afterwards. Parkinson said: “My husband also went out and asked if anyone had seen anything strange down at the market. They told him that two men had been looking for jump leads to start their car.”The safe and £900 inside it remain missing as the police continue their investigations. The Cornish Pasty Bakery has two shops in York, employing 20 people.last_img read more

Primus Road Tests New Album, Live Debuts 6 Songs For Fall Tour Opener [Video]

first_img[Photo: jocii12] [Video: Zoe TheSol] “My Name Is Mud” Primus is back on the road at long last, with the trio’s performance at Sunken Gardens Theater in San Antonio, Texas, opening their fall tour in promotion of their new album, The Desaturating Seven. During the first set of Friday’s performance, the group worked through a number of fan-favorites from across their catalog, with numbers like “My Name Is Mud”, “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver”, “Last Salmon Man”, and “Too Many Puppies”, working their way across the set after the show-opening “Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers”.Primus Details New Year’s Plans With Supergroup Featuring Tool & Mastodon MembersFor their second set, the trio composed of Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, and Tim “Herb” Alexander had some special tricks up their sleeve, performing all seven numbers off their recently released album, The Desaturating Seven. Working their way down from the set-opening “The Valley”, the band then moved into a rendition of “The Seven”—the only song from Primus’ new album that has been previously performed in a live setting—before roadtesting the rest of The Desaturating Seven in front of a live audience.Primus Shares New Album “The Desaturating Seven” Inspired By Rainbow GoblinsPrimus’ new album was inspired by Ul de Rico‘s 1978 children’s book, The Rainbow Goblins. Much like Primus’ tribute to the Willy Wonka soundtrack in 2014, the book’s “vibrant and intense and eerie and somewhat creepy” vibe inspired Claypool, who told Rolling Stone, “I remember being incredibly impressed with the artwork and the storyline and the content and the message, and I thought, ‘Wow, this would make a great piece of music.’” Riffing off the album’s origins, visuals from de Rico’s The Rainbow Goblins were projected behind the band for the second set.Dean Ween Sits In With Primus For “Southbound Pachyderm” Encore [Audio]To end the night and to fully welcome in their fall tour, Primus returned with an encore of “Southbound Pachyderm” and “Here Comes The Bastards”.Primus, 10/20/2017, Set Onecenter_img [Video: Zoe TheSol]last_img read more

Students learn about Jewish prayer, history

first_imgEach day, masses take place in chapels all over campus, but in the Hammes Student Lounge Monday night students gathered to learn about Jewish prayer and history.  On Monday night, Campus Ministry’s Prayer Around the World series hosted a rabbi from a South Bend temple to help students connect aspects of Jewish prayer to their own spiritual lives. Rabbi Eric J. Siroka of South Bend’s Temple Beth-El spoke about the role of the media in historical and contemporary Jewish prayer.  “I wanted to look at the concept of media, which is anything having to do with communication,” Siroka said. “How do we go from an oral tradition to a written tradition to a printed tradition to a digital communication tradition and yet weave through the sacredness of a given religious tradition?” A frequent guest-lecturer at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s in the political science and theology departments, he has participated in the Prayer from Around the World series for six years.  Coordinated through Campus Ministry, Prayer from Around the World provides a forum for members of the Notre Dame community to learn about and take part in different religious traditions.  Siroka said that the Jewish tradition has always faced the challenge of how to incorporate new media in appropriate ways, and technology is just another point on the continuum.  “No matter how we look at media, the communal worship experience is all about relationships,” he said. “It’s not about the material we use, it’s how we use it that becomes important.” Saint Mary’s College freshmen Hillary Burton and Lorena Mirmontes said they attended the talk as part of their Introduction to Religious Studies course, but were also personally intrigued by the opportunity to learn more about Judaism. Before taking the course, Burton said, she had never studied other religions besides her own, and feels that doing so helps to broaden her perspective. “It’s good to get an understanding of where other people are coming from in their faith,” Burton said. Mirmontes said she was eager to learn more about the faith of her Jewish friends and to gain deeper knowledge of other religions.  “We’ve had so much exposure to our own faith,” Mirmontes said. “I think college is a good time to explore other beliefs and see how they are different and how they are similar to our own.”  Priscilla Wong, associate director for Campus Ministry’s Cross-Cultural Ministry, organized the Prayer Around the World series.  She said a graduate student first came to her with the idea for the series eight years ago. The student wanted a series of faith-related talks for the graduate student population, which contains a range of faith backgrounds, Wong said.  Wong said Campus Ministry decided to focus the series on prayers from different religious traditions, making it more accessible to people of different faiths.  “We thought it would be good to help people actually get a feel for what other people do in their faith, and the common thing that we share is prayer,” she said. She said another goal for the series is to help those who attend to develop spiritually within their own respective religions. “”I think that as we are exposed to something different, it helps us to appreciate what we do in our own tradition,” Wong said. “It’s up to each individual to grow from that experience.”last_img read more

Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess & the Phantom Gang Celebrate 11,000 Shows!

first_img The Phantom of the Opera Star Files Related Shows Laird Mackintosh Sierra Boggess from $29.00 View Comments Throw on your finest masquerade gear—the cast of The Phantom of the Opera is throwing a party! In honor of the hit mega-musical’s 11,000th performance on Broadway, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and the whole gang enjoyed a starry celebration after the show on July 8. That means the legendary chandelier has fallen 11,000 times at the Majestic Theatre! The stars (pictured above, from left: Cristin J. Hubbard, Polly Baird, Michele McConnell, Greg Mills, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess, Tim Jerome, Christian Sebek and Laird Mackintosh) popped the champagne and ate some delicious cupcakes to kick off the onstage party. Check out these snapshots of the Phantom crew getting silly after the show, then see the longest running musical on Broadway live! Norm Lewislast_img read more

Mountain Mama: Five Essentials for Living the Vanlife

first_imgIn three days my almost-six-year-old son and I will set off on a month-long camper van adventure. We’ll celebrate his sixth birthday on the road. Sometimes I stare at him, unable to account for whole years, wondering when exactly he grew from a baby and passed through the toddler years into this knowing and capable boy. Like so many other parents, I blame my task-driven nature, the pesky habit of saying I need to grow my business and fully move into my house and finish my book before we go off on an adventure.This year has been full of reminders – from watching a family member approach death to reading about accounts of friends’ live aboard sailboats sink after Hurricane Irma and hearing about a close friend’s house burnt to ashes in the recent North Bay fires – that neither our homes nor our tomorrows are guaranteed. Blowing in the wind I hear time and again, forget about making the construct of your life too precious, go out and live with intention.That’s why we are doing this trip now, not next summer when it coincides with his summer break or after my to-do list is all crossed off, in the process transforming every available surface as a staging area for essential gear. Beyond the snacks, essential oils, bug spray and sunscreen, I wanted to share five essentials we’re packing for a minimalistic and back-to-the basics month.The Wonder Bag – I’ve been in a whole food groove and started looking for ways to keep it going while car camping. this portable slow cooker doesn’t need to be plugged in, fuel or batteries. Bring a meal to a boil, cook for five to fifteen minutes depending on the type of food, and then bag it up anywhere to cook for up to twelve hours, freeing up cooking time for longer hikes and rides.Plus, for every Wonder Bag purchased in the U.S., one is donated to a family in need in Africa where it’s estimated that one Wonder Bag per year saves 1.7 trees, 1000 liters of water, 1,248 hours not spent collecting firewood.Solar Lanterns – Stick these lights in sunlight, solar battery facing up, and give them a good charge to benefit from up to seven hours of bright light. Solar lanterns inflate so they also compress into a flat surface, making them easy to pack. They are completely powered by the sun so don’t require additional batteries.Books – As a mom I feel guilty every time my son places himself in front of a screen and refuses to budge no matter how beautiful the day.  For a  month, we’re going screen-free and we’re packing actual books to rediscovr the lost art of reading print.Journals – Nothing like pen to paper to process thoughts. I ordered special journals from Etsy to inspire us to record our journey and reflect at the each day’s end.Water Bottle/ Foam Roller – My foam roller is the one piece of gear that keeps my IT band happy, especially after a long drive or hike. Since we’re going as minimal as possible, I was reluctant to bring along the extra bulk, so we happy to see this water bottle that doubles as a foam roller. The foam insulates too, keeping water cold. It’s a win/win – self-massage while staying hydrated.last_img read more

Americas Have Ample Presence at the Military World Games

first_imgBy Dialogo July 17, 2011 The Americas, with almost 1000 registered athletes competing at the 5th Military World Games (see list below), taking place in Rio de Janeiro until July 24. Even the smaller countries sent large delegations, such as the cases of Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. The first brought 47 athletes, all male, with the latter bringing 46, including four women. Brazil’s other South American neighbors also brought a large contingent, like Colombia, for example, which brought 103 athletes. Corporal Pimienta Ernesto Ignacio, one of the Argentine athletes, will be competing in the naval pentathlon and is positive for a good result. “I trained eight hours a day, four in the morning and the rest in the evening, always focusing on all categories. Swimming was the event I trained for the most. So I have good expectations,” he said. In the Caribbean, the country that stands out is Trinidad and Tobago, with 47 athletes in the Games. The other countries in the region at the event are the Dominican Republic, Barbados and Jamaica. Haiti, which does not have a military officer, was also invited to participate with Pierre Evens in boxing. According to the organizers of the event, these are the countries and participants from Latin America and the Caribbean. The United States brought 101 athletes. Argentina. 81 athletes (63 men, 18 women) Barbados. 7 athletes (6 men, 1 woman) Brazil. 259 athletes (155 men, 104 women) Chile. 41 athletes (39 men, 2 women) Colombia. 103 athletes (79 men, 24 women) Ecuador. 66 athletes (59 men, 7 women) Jamaica. 11 athletes (11 men) Paraguay. 6 athletes (6 men) Peru. 24 athletes (20 men, 4 women) Dominicana Republic. 7 athletes (7 men) Suriname. 46 athletes (42 men, 4 women) Uruguay. 58 athletes (58 men) Trinidad and Tobago. 47 athletes (47 men) Venezuela. 93 athletes (58 men, 35 women)last_img read more

Chilean Armed Forces Encourage Indigenous Persons to Join Their Ranks

first_imgBy Dialogo May 02, 2016 With the support of the National Corporation for Indigenous Development (CONADI), the Chilean Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense are encouraging indigenous persons to join the Military through a series of initiatives, including the creation of a dictionary in Mapuzugun, the native language of the Mapuche people. Drafted by the Army’s Educational Division, School of Languages, the reference tool facilitates cultural exchanges between the Army’s “Tucapel” 8th Regiment, the “Húsares” 3rd Regiment, and the Mapuche, who live in the country’s south. Authorities are also studying cultural and symbolic activities that will help indigenous persons identify with the Military, including possibly allowing indigenous service members to wear their hair long, which is emblematic of a warrior in certain indigenous communities. The inclusion of indigenous symbols on Military uniforms, the adoption of certain rites and ceremonies, and the integration of ancestral traditions into Military duties also are among the initiatives being discussed. “We have made progress, but there are still challenges before us to open more doors so that indigenous persons are better represented in the different branches of the Armed Forces,” Pizarro added. Last year, the Navy provided support to an intercultural project to preserve the Kawésqar language, in which 50 students and descendants from that indigenous community sailed aboard the barge “Elicura” through the Straits of Magellan to the San Isidro lighthouse in El Águila Bay. The young men and women learned about the culture and customs of their ancestors, a canoeing community from the 19th century that inhabited the country’s southern tip. “Thanks to the Navy, we were able to navigate these waters like our ancestors did,” said María Álvarez, a Kawésqar descendant who monitored the project. The Armed Forces are creating a registry of indigenous persons and new Military units to cover indigenous territories and assist residents, in addition to the medical operations the Army and Air Force carried out throughout the country last year. Additionally, the Executive Secretariat of the National Demining Commission, which is under the Joint Chiefs of Staff, posted warning signs that include the indigenous language of the area where the mines are located. In the northern part of the country, for example, the signs are in Spanish, Aymara, and English. Working with indigenous youth Upcoming initiatives Authorities are studying special enlistment vehicles and scholarships, in addition to campaigns focused on indigenous communities, to motivate indigenous youth to join the Military. “The great majority of indigenous service members in the Armed Forces are serving in lower enlisted ranks,” said Alberto Pizarro, CONADI’s national director. “It would be very challenging to help them rise to higher ranks among officers.” center_img The Indigenous Commission’s work is also highlighted by Law No. 20.249 on Maritime Coastal Spaces for Indigenous Communities, which for the first time cedes coastal space for indigenous communities to conduct sustenance activities. This year, the Indigenous Commission will work on the requests for coastal space made by the Kawésqar and Yagán communities. Of the 64,200 Military members currently serving their country, about 3.5 percent come from an indigenous background. According the Ministry of Social Development, Chile is home to 1,369,563 indigenous persons: the Aymara, Quecha, Atacameño, and Diagüita communities that live in the north; the Rapa Nui and Mapuche communities in the central and southern areas, respectively; and the Yagán, Colla, and Kawésqar communities spread across the deep south. In August, the Ministry of Defense will organize the third “International Seminar on Indigenous Communities and the Armed Forces,” which will be held at the Joint Peacekeeping Operations Center’s facilities in the nation’s capital of Santiago. The event, which will include representatives from the Chilean Armed Forces General and Admiralty staff, the Training Academy, the CONADI, the United States, and Australia, will feature discussions about mechanisms to include indigenous persons. The Army, Air Force, Navy, Ministry of Defense, and the Office of the Undersecretary for the Armed Forces and Defense worked with the Ministry of Social Development and CONADI to form the Indigenous Commission in 2014. Its goal is to increase the number of indigenous persons in the Military. “We want young indigenous persons who are interested in joining the Armed Forces to have the chance to do so,” Defense Minister José Antonio Gómez told Diálogo. Meanwhile in the northern part of the country, authorities – backed by the Office of the Undersecretary for Telecommunications – will work with the Aymara and Atacameña communities to reinforce their sovereignty and install internet connectivity points. After the Indigenous Commission conducted an informational survey to explore ways to increase the number of natives in the Military, it worked with the Ministry of Defense to draft policies that were carried out by the Armed Forces. For example, the Military is stressing communication and education by promoting the recognition of the indigenous communities and their legacy through conferences and workshops for Armed Forces’ personnel. The Armed Forces are also working with indigenous leaders about possibly changing the courses offered at Military academies. In 2015, service members from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico shared their experiences after Military personnel from Canada and New Zealand discussed how they helped indigenous persons join their Armed Forces. “[Activities such as these are intended] to move forward from a non-discrimination policy to a policy of effective inclusion,” Defense Minister Gómez said. It would be an honor it’s pure indomitable, warring blood! Ah! I hope MANDATORY military service is reinstated. that way, there wouldn’t be so much crime, drug addiction, alcoholism; I’m saying! I found it really interestinglast_img read more

Chinese Mining Companies Endanger Health of Jamaicans

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 17, 2019 The bauxite mine and aluminum refinery of Chinese state-owned industrial group Jiuquan Iron & Steel (Jisco), in the Saint Elizabeth region of Nain, Jamaica, are sickening people who live in nearby, by polluting the air and water supplies of the area. “Chinese companies have a systematic pattern of behavior: They violate human and environmental rights at the national and international levels,” Julia Cuadros, a mining specialist and executive board member of the Peruvian nongovernmental organization CooperAción, told Diálogo. “Some farmers abandoned [their crops] due to dangerous emissions.” Investment and setback The Jisco group invested $299 million to buy the Alpart metallurgic complex in July 2016, and spent an additional $60 million to reopen the refinery, the Jamaican government told the press. Jisco seeks to increase Alpart’s production capacity from 1.65 million to 2 million tons per year by late 2020, the Jamaica Bauxite Institute reported. Residents of Upper and Lower Warminster in the southwest parish of Saint Elizabeth say mining activities compromise air quality, leaving households with spiraling health care costs. Clean water is less accessible, says London-based magazine Diálogo Chino in a March 2019 article. “The company’s future is well secure, but what about ours?” one local resident asked in the article. “Chinese investments seek to move their polluting heavy [extractive and energy] industries to fragile Latin American and Caribbean economies,” said Cuadros. “They pollute water, the region, and threaten the health of communities, as they’ve done in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Brazil. They don’t respect their international commitments.” The Caribbean island has an estimated 2 billion tons of bauxite reserves, according to the study “Mining Exploitation in the Bauxite World,” conducted by Aurora Betzabé, Mines Department head at the Central University of Venezuela. “China is willing to invest in Jamaica for two reasons: natural resources and what it represents politically for its worldwide expansion plans,” Daniel Pou, an associate researcher at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in the Dominican Republic, told Diálogo. “Chinese presence in the island is not encouraging; some of the main problems with China is its [lack of] respect for human rights, low quality of investment, and tax evasion,” Pou said. “Far from being a step forward for Jamaica, the Caribbean, and Latin America, Chinese investments can be a setback.” Although Jisco says communities where they operate are compensated with education, health, sports, agriculture, and general development, its methods don’t change, and human rights violations continue. According to Pou, donations or help amount to “numbing the pain” of the population. Rare-earth element China brought some natural resources to the forefront that are now fundamental to the electronics industry. In Jamaica, China is developing a new minerals industry that will bring more Chinese involvement and pollution. For years, researchers on the Caribbean island have been finding significant traces of metals known as rare earth elements—with great optical, electric, and magnetic properties—in the red mud derived from refining bauxite. The concentration of rare-earth elements in Jamaica is higher than in any other sites in the world, the Jamaican government told the press. This is very attractive for China, which pushes to dominate the high-tech industry. China is the world largest rare-earth elements importer with 79 percent of all transactions, according to a December 2018 report from the Colombian-based Mining and Energy Planning Unit. “Beijing will take advantage of its relations with Kingston to expand its business opportunities on mineral deposits, no matter the negative impacts of its investments on the health and rights of inhabitants. Besides monopolizing reserves, it will seek to aggressively remove the products from international markets for its own benefit,” said Pou. China and Jamaica signed a cooperation agreement involving infrastructure development and investments on April 15. “China is willing to back Jamaica [if it receives] help to strengthen its influence in the Caribbean and Latin America. Jamaica is in Chinese hands,” Pou said.last_img read more

Winter Storm Warning Issued, 7 Inches of Snow Possible on LI

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Forecasters Thursday afternoon issued a winter storm warning for parts of Long Island as snowfall totals for the region also increased.The warning, which runs from 10 p.m. Thursday to 4 p.m. Friday, is for Suffolk County, which is now expected to get 4 to 7 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service’s Upton office. Much of Nassau County, which is under a winter weather advisory until 2 p.m. Friday, could see up to 6 inches of snow. The winter storm warning means “severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring,” the weather service said on its website. “Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous.” The storm will begin Thursday night and continue through most of the day Friday—meaning a potentially messy morning commute. Aside from possible heavy snowfall at times, roads could become hazardous and slippery. Temperatures will be around freezing and visibility could be less than a half-mile, forecasters said. The weather service is urging people to refrain from travelling unless it’s an emergency. Drivers are recommended to keep any extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicles, the weather service said. Aside from the snow, drivers will also have to contend with wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour, which could contribute to reduced visibility. The storm is expected to initially enter the region as rain before transitioning to snow overnight, forecasters said. The storm is likely to have an impact on Friday’s morning commute. Temperatures on Friday should remain around freezing throughout the day before plunging into the teens in the evening. Gusts as high as 30 mph will make it feel more like zero to 10 degrees outside, forecasters said. The storm should clear out by Friday night and give way to sunny skies this weekend. And don’t look now but forecasters are eyeing yet another snow storm early next week.last_img read more