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Tenn. Service to Test Satellite-Linked Ambulance Laptops

first_imgHe said “real-time” technology has progressed “tenfold” since he graduated college in 2001. Satellite-linked laptop computers in the hands of ambulance personnel “will give them a heads-up display of the actual map, the actual location of the incident they’re going to, the best route for them to travel,” Mr. Twitty said. The system should be operational by summer, he said. The system will take digital information from utilities, 911 maps and property information from the county property assessor’s office and combine it with information from emergency scenes in a live feed that updates every two seconds, he said. “We’re in that first step of the process,” Mr. Smith said. “We’re talking back and forth to make sure we’re getting the equipment that will feasible for future expansion.” The county ambulance service got a $25,000 grant to buy four new laptop systems and pioneer the technology, he said. The department’s small size allows a trial run in a busy atmosphere with a smaller investment of money, he said. Interim Ambulance Service Director Danny Smith said the new laptops and the link to 911’s data stream means ambulances “can get to (patients) quicker and more efficiently.” He said the new technology is a far cry from his days as a Chattanooga police officer three decades ago when he had only a car radio for communications. The technology is becoming so advanced, “It’s really hard to tell where it’s going to know next,” he said. “Somebody out there’s always developing something new.”center_img “Out West, they’re using it for real-time election results,” Mr. Cagle said. “You can actually just go to your computer and populate certain maps” with information showing returns at city, county, state or national levels. In California, officials use the same technology to provide live information such as traffic updates that are sent to mobile, wireless mapping computers like those produced by Garmin, TomTom and OnStar, Mr. Twitty said. DUNLAP, Tenn. — Ambulances in Sequatchie County, Tenn., will test technology that likely will start showing up in emergency vehicles across the region, the county’s 911 director said. “All the information that is flowing into our center can be transmitted to them in real time and give them a visual display of the actual incidents that are going on,” said Mike Twitty, Sequatchie’s 911 director. Dustin Cagle, Sequatchie 911’s geographic information system coordinator, said the future could hold any number of surprises. E-mail Ben Benton at [email protected]last_img read more

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2 shot, 1 charged in Beaumont; investigation continues

first_imgStaff reportA Beaumont man was arrested for deadly conduct, discharging a firearm in connection with a late night Tuesday shooting in Beaumont.Beaumont police said in an issued statement that Jarvis Blue, 24, was charged in connection with a shooting incident at 501 Washington Blvd. that occurred around 10:30 p.m. They said anyone with information should contact the Beaumont Police Detective Division, 409-880-3830 or the Southeast Texas Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS. Officers responded to that address after a report of shots fired. There, they learned that numerous vehicles and suspects were involved in a disturbance in which two Beaumont men were shot.Both victims went to Baptist Hospital by private auto, with wounds that were not life threatening, police said.Detectives later arrested Blue and were continuing to investigate the incident Wednesday, although they said suspects, victims and witnesses were providing little cooperation.last_img read more

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Cancellation of Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee and 2020 ETU Middle Distance Champs

first_imgwww.challenge-walchsee.at Related The organising team at Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee have confirmed the cancellation of this year’s event. Due to take place on June 28th, the event was also scheduled to host the 2020 ETU Middle Distance Triathlon, Aquabike and Aquathlon European Championships.With the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the European Triathlon Union (ETU) confirming that it will be not possible to organize sanctioned events in May and June, the Challenge Walchsee organising team had originally looked to postpone to September onwards. However, after a review, and with no guarantee that freedom of travel in Europe after June 30 will be re-instated, the organisers were forced to cancel this year’s event.Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee will now take place on June 27th, 2021. The race directors, Andreas and Ilona Klingler, released a statement sent to all athletes…10 years ago Ilona and me started Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee full with passion for triathlon. Today, due to the existing exceptional situation, we face one of the greatest challenges in the history of the race.As one of the first races in the Challenge Family series, we have seen over the years how the sport in general but above all the Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee has grown. It has always been our greatest concern to make sure we can hold the race in the Kaiserwinkl-atmosphere: warm and friendly. Because we are sure that this is what makes our triathlon special and is appreciated by all the athletes.Together with many volunteers, friends and our family, Ilona and I have been organizing Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee for over 10 years. Ten years of dedication and passion in which we have experienced more than we could ever dream of.One thing is clear. As organizers, we have always been able to rely on strong support. Without the great support of the Kaiserwinkl region and the Challenge Family, Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee would not be the race it is today. On average, we’ve annually welcomed around 1,000 participants in Kaiserwinkl. Even when we are really proud of this number, we are not one of the ‘big players’ in the triathlon business.In 2020, as in 2016, we were ready to host the European Championship middle distance triathlon, now with the Aquabike and Aquathlon in the Middle Distance Multisport festival.The joy of a large European triathlon festival with more than 1,900 participants was huge and the prospect of generating a small financial buffer for the upcoming editions of Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee made us look positively and motivated into the future.As you probably all know from the media, the current situation around the Corona/COVID-19-crisis will prevent Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee and the associated European Championships from being organized in 2020.In Austria, the current restrictions and event bans apply formally until June 30, 2020. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the European Triathlon Union (ETU) have also decided that no ITU and ETU sanctioned events are allowed to take place before June 30, 2020. In addition, there is no guarantee that freedom of travel in Europe after June 30 will be re-instated to allow for international athletes to travel to Kaiserwinkl.After careful and lengthy considerations we came to the conclusion that postponing to a later date in 2020 was unfortunately not a possibility. The risks, the uncertainty in planning and the general uncertainty on health and restrictions strengthened us in this decision.Another crucial point is that it could not be guaranteed that important and necessary people will be available on the postponed date. In particular, we think of paramedics, doctors, volunteers, friends and family members. As the organizer of the event, we take care of the health and safety of the volunteers, athletes and everyone else involved in the race, which is why we think and act here in the best interests of everyone involved.In light of the above-mentioned circumstances, we decided with heavy heart to cancel the 2020 ETU European Championships and the Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee and to start the preparations for the edition in June 2021.We also aim to bring the ETU European Championships back to Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee in 2022.We would be delighted if you would accept our refund or transfer options as we describe below or to consider the donation of the fee as a solidarity contribution.Cancellation and / or transfer options:Cancellation of the entry, 2/3rds of the paid entry fee will be refunded.Free transfer of the entry to Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee, to be held June 25 to June 27, 2021 (no European Championship)Free transfer of the entry to another Challenge Family race that takes place in 2020 (available options in the online form)Cancellation of the entry and waiving of the refund as a solidarity contributionAll refunds will be made as soon as possible.We kindly ask you to return [a] completed online form to us by April 30, 2020 latest to cancel or transfer your entry.We are convinced that our solution is a fair and transparent approach in the interest of all athletes. True to the motto of Challenge Family: #AllAboutTheAthleteWe thank you in advance for your understanding and your support, so that we again can give you the goosebump feeling when the swimming leg starts in the 2021 Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee.See you again!Ilona and AndreasRace directors Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchseelast_img read more

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State’s farmers given safety warning nearly a year ago

first_imgBut the spokesman for a group representing 3,000 growers and shippers in California and Arizona said the new guidelines were not directly in response to any particular incident. “The basic standard for the industry is zero tolerance,” said Tim Chelling of Western Growers. A food safety analyst said the Salinas Valley was developing a reputation for food safety problems connected to leafy greens. “Even the biggest companies have become vulnerable,” said Trevor Suslow, a microbial food safety researcher at the University of California, Davis. Meanwhile, the FBI is monitoring the situation, said spokesman Rich Kolko. He called it a routine and precautionary measure, not an indication of suspicious activity. FDA spokeswoman Susan Bro dismissed a claim by Natural Selection Foods LLC, the company linked to the outbreak, that its organic-spinach products had been cleared of suspicion. The company packages both organic and conventionally grown spinach in separate areas at its San Juan Bautista, plant. “The FDA has not cleared any products from the list and continues to recommend consumers avoid eating fresh spinach products,” Bro said. Natural Selection has recalled 34 brands of fresh spinach products, distributed throughout the United States as well as to Canada, Mexico and Taiwan. The brands include the company’s own as well as private labels sold by other companies. Salinas-based River Ranch Fresh Foods recalled spring salad mixes containing spinach purchased from Natural Selection. The FDA and the California Department of Health Services were reviewing irrigation methods, harvest conditions and other practices at farms possibly involved. Test results on samples from produce packing plants are due in a week or more, Acheson said. FDA inspectors were to visit fields in California later Monday. “We’re going to put every bit of energy we have into finding this out,” Acheson told reporters by telephone. Earlier during the call, he declined to say whether FDA budget cuts have hindered the investigation. Rep. Sam Farr, a Democrat whose district includes the Salinas Valley, said produce growers were keen to find the source of the contamination. “Obviously, it hasn’t been perfected to get all the bugs out. But you don’t have people fighting back out here. They’re just saying, `Help us, we want to get to the bottom of this,”‘ Farr said. The spinach could have been contaminated in the field or during processing. About 74 percent of the fresh-market spinach grown in the U.S. comes from California, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation. E. coli cases linked to the tainted spinach have been reported in 21 states, with Wisconsin reporting the most cases, including the death of a 77-year-old woman. A death in Ohio was being investigated. Women accounted for 75 percent of the cases, since they probably eat more spinach, Acheson said. Sixty people have been hospitalized in the outbreak. Associated Press Writer Marcus Wohlsen contributed to this story from San Francisco.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Federal health officials told California farmers to improve produce safety in a pointed warning letter last November, nearly a year before the multistate E. coli outbreak linked to spinach. In fact, the current food-poisoning episode is the 20th since 1995 linked to spinach or lettuce, the Food and Drug Administration said. Though state and federal officials have traced the current outbreak to a California company’s fresh spinach, they haven’t pinpointed the source of the bacteria that have killed one person and sickened at least 113 others. A second death was being investigated in the outbreak, which involves 21 states. The FDA is still warning consumers not to eat fresh spinach. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe regulatory agency does not consider the contamination deliberate. “There is always a question in the back of our mind whether it may have been a deliberate attack on the food supply. Currently, there is nothing in the epidemiology to consider this deliberate,” said Dr. David Acheson of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. That leaves a broad range of other possible sources, including contaminated irrigation water that’s been a problem in California’s Salinas Valley. The area on California’s Central Coast produces much of the U.S. spinach crop. There have been 19 other food-poisoning outbreaks since 1995 linked to lettuce and spinach, according to the FDA. At least eight were traced to the Salinas Valley. The outbreaks involved more than 400 cases of sickness and two deaths. Various produce growers associations worked with the FDA to publish new guidelines for the safe handling of spinach and other leafy greens in April after the agency reiterated its concerns. last_img
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