E-cigarettes: potential benefits, harms

first_imgE-cigarettes may help reduce smokers’ exposure to toxins, but they also may cause harm, according to Vaughan Rees, deputy director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at Harvard School of Public Health.Interviewed on KUOW (Puget Sound Public Radio) on October 2, 2013, Rees said that while e-cigarettes do contain some toxic compounds, they have far less than conventional cigarettes, and so have the potential to be safer. However, because e-cigarettes are not as pleasurable as regular cigarettes, “we may find that regular smokers don’t actually switch completely to an e-cigarette, but just use both products,” Rees said. And because e-cigarettes have lower addictive potential than conventional cigarettes, “they actually could encourage younger users to begin using nicotine products, which might then encourage them to switch later on to regular tobacco cigarettes.”Rees said there’s little evidence showing that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking. “There are better medications or other strategies available for people who want to quit than e-cigarettes,” he said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Georgia Senate GOP introduce bills to limit mail voting

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Republicans in Georgia’s state Senate are seeking new limits and requirements before people can vote. They’re taking action after Democrats won the presidential election and two U.S. Senate runoffs in the once reliably red state. Democrats say the bills are unnecessary, politically motivated and will suppress legal votes. The GOP wants to restrict who can vote absentee by mail. They would require a photo ID for those who do vote by mail, ban ballot drop boxes and block outside groups from sending out absentee ballot applications. Republicans also want to end automatic voter registration when obtaining a driver’s license and ban new residents from voting in a runoff election.last_img read more

Robbery reported in Zahm House

first_imgA robbery was reported in Zahm House, according to Monday’s University crime Log. The alleged incident occurred on Dec. 8, 2019, between 12:40 and 12:45 p.m. It was reported to police less than two minutes later at 12:47 p.m. on Dec. 8.The robbery was originally posted to the crime log on Dec. 10.Tags: crime log, robbery, Zahm Houselast_img

Georgia Weather Update

first_imgSeptember was hot and dry in Georgia, with many locations setting daytime temperature records. Several locations had the hottest April-through-September period on record. Rainfall across the state was very spotty. Severe drought returned to southeast Georgia, which missed the rainfall.Temperatures were warmer than normal everywhere in Georgia. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 78 degrees F (4.7 degrees above normal), in Athens 75.8 degrees (3.2 degrees above normal), Columbus 80.7 degrees (4.5 degrees above normal), Macon 77.4 degrees (2.9 degrees above normal), Savannah 79.4 degrees (2.5 degree above normal), Brunswick 80.7 degrees (2.6 degrees above normal), Alma 78.9 degrees (1.6 degrees above normal), Valdosta 80 degrees (3.3 degrees above normal) and Augusta 76.7 degrees (2.9 degrees above normal). Sweltering conditions set many new daytime temperature records. Atlanta set new records Sept. 11 with 96 degrees, breaking the old record of 95 degrees set on that date in 2002, and again Sept. 25 with 93 degrees, breaking the old record of 92 degrees set on that date in 1993. Columbus broke daily highs Sept. 11 (99 degrees), Sept. 12 (98 degrees), Sept. 18 (98 degrees), Sept. 19 (97 degrees), Sept. 20 (98 degrees) and Sept. 21 (98 degrees), breaking records from the 1990s and 2002 by 1 to 3 degrees. Brunswick also set daytime high records Sept. 9 (98 degrees), Sept. 10 (97 degrees), Sept. 11 (98 degrees) and Sept. 20 (97 degrees). Daytime high temperature records were tied at many other locations across the state.Several airport locations recorded their warmest April through September ever, including Savannah, Athens and Columbus. Columbus had its warmest and Atlanta had its second warmest September ever due to the very warm daytime temperatures. Atlanta reported the second highest number of days above 90 degrees after the notorious summer of 1980. (The old second-place record was 84 days above 90 degrees set in the summer of 1954.)Many areas experienced extended dry spells punctuated by a few heavy rainfalls. Generally, the central part of the state was the wettest with above-average rainfall. Border regions were well below normal, particularly the southeastern coast.The highest monthly total from National Weather Service reporting stations was 7.32 inches in Valdosta (3.52 inches above normal). The lowest was in Brunswick at 1.47 inches (4.77 inches below normal). Athens received 5.35 inches (1.82 inches above normal), Alma 3.31 inches (.03 inch below normal), Atlanta 1.60 inches (2.49 inches below normal), Columbus 3.17 inches (.10 inches above normal), Macon 5.45 inches (1.82 inches above normal), Savannah 3.01 inches (2.07 inches below normal) and Augusta 1.89 inches (1.70 inches below normal). Columbus got 1.85 inches of rain Sept. 26, breaking the old record of 1.55 inches for that date in 1953.The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 6.33 inches reported in Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Sept. 27. An observer in Taylor County received 6.07 inches on that date. The highest monthly rainfall total from the network was 9.57 inches at the Lexington site, followed by 9.06 inches in Oglethorpe County and 9.04 inches in Lowndes County.Scattered wind damage hit somewhere in Georgia on three days during the month. Moderate-sized hail was reported at several locations in northern Georgia Sept. 27, including golf ball-sized hail in Fulton County. No tornadoes were reported.The dry conditions affected the development of peanuts across Georgia in non-irrigated fields, leading producers to harvest early. Pastures were severely affected by the lack of rain.last_img read more

Sugarbush Resort ranked #1 in terrain variety by SKI Magazine

first_imgSKI Magazine released results from its 2011 Reader Resort Survey naming Sugarbush Resort as the #1 resort in the east for terrain variety. Sugarbush came out on top in a category in which the resort is committed to having a stronghold.”This ranking really pleases me for several reasons,” says owner and president Win Smith. “It underscores the fact that Sugarbush is a place where you can not only learn to ski, but where you can continue skiing throughout your life. You won’t ever get bored here.”Sugarbush’s #1 ranking in terrain variety is followed by a #2 ranking for overall satisfaction, and a #3 for service. The 1-2-3 punch marks a new high for the resort, which has experienced a steady increase in the survey results over the last ten years.Sugarbush has invested $10 million this year on the development of two new skier services buildings as well as upgrades to their snowmaking system. The new buildings include The Schoolhouse, which will be home to all children’s day programs, and The Farmhouse, which will host adult ski lessons, rentals and repair, resort real estate, and the Sunrise Café. The Farmhouse will also serve as a base for the resort’s “First Timer to Life Timer” program, a three-time adult lesson program for first-time skiers and riders that awards a free season pass to those who complete the program.This is the 23rd year SKI Magazine has published its Reader Resort Survey. The Survey is considered the definitive ranking of North American ski resorts. The annual resort survey is the most comprehensive and longest-running ski resort survey in the winter sports industry. Resorts are ranked in 18 categories: Overall Satisfaction, Access, Après-ski, Dining, Family Programs, Grooming, Lifts, Lodging, Off-Hill Activities, On-Mountain Food, Scenery, Service, Snow, Terrain/Challenge, Terrain/Variety, Terrain Parks, Value and Weather.Source: Sugarbush Warren, VT (October 13, 2010)–**last_img read more

USDA, Rural Development grant of $110,215 for UVM

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,USDA Rural Development funds will be used by UVM Extension to strengthen and build community and economic development within three locally based non-profit organizations: Newport Renaissance Corporation, Gilman Housing Trust and Northeast Kingdom Community Action. UVM Extension will work with these local non-profits in order to build the skills necessary to  effectively and efficiently plan for and recruit new businesses,  promote trade and tourism, and to evaluate the quality of housing available in the region.  In the past these non-profits have hired consultants to conduct the proposed work which has not allowed these non-profits to retain these skills year after year.  ‘This investment by USDA that provides technical assistance to established organizations in the Northeast Kingdom, is further evidence of the confidence we have in the continued growth and development of this region’ stated Molly Lambert, State Director USDA Rural Development. ‘We are privileged to support this tremendous project.’ USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure, and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.# Montpelier Vermont, July 7, 2011 ‘ USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).VERMONT BUSINESS MAGAZINElast_img read more

To Build a Fire

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Eric Albitz, http://www.ericalbitz.com/Whether you are experiencing a cold snap in the Yukon, or spending your summer nights on trail; building a fire is not only critical to your safety, but also a crucial boost for your moral. The heated logs that serve as a platform for the flickering fire, the embers that shoot up along the smoke into the night air, and the general sense of warmth; building a fire is always a great night-cap to a long day.Imagine if you will, the first cavemen who saw the lightning strike, the flint rock ignite, and the fire burning. What amazement he must of felt, what humbling natural beauty he had to succumb to. How long do you suppose he stared at the sudden iridescence playing the song of life? Hours, days, weeks? This is how I feel as I suddenly snap out of my thoughts and realize I’ve been lost in the glowing center of the fire.What natural instinct brings man to fire? Some say it’s the need for warmth, the gentle toastiness the right distance and the right fire can bring. Some say it’s the need for light, each flame bringing a dark world closer to view. But I would say that fire attracts man because it is one of the most raw and quickest forms of the natural world. Uncontrolling and unable to be touched, the fire spreads from log to log with fury and passion, with rhythm and chaos. The fire dances to whatever song it pleases, naked and without ambition, unbiased to the world around it.Go create a little spark to your day, stoke the embers, and add a little fire to your life.-BDLlast_img read more

What One Seeks, One Will Find

first_imgLocated in the heart of the High Country, Boone, NC, is home to 18,000 students who attend Appalachian State University. Many students attend App State solely for the outdoors aspect that the university and town offer… and for an education too, I guess. The rest of the student population quickly discovers that an outdoor lifestyle is hard to avoid, therefore, they, too, become an outdoor-adventure-junky.From a variety of courses and majors, to the programs and clubs students can join, to the local shops located on King Street in downtown Boone, the town fully engulfs the outdoor lifestyle. Within an hour of campus there are several different locations in which a person can seek adventures. Whether it’s a short day hike to Elk Knob, a quick drive over to the Blue Ridge Parkway, or a long weekend spent in Linville Gorge, adventure is always near by.With the help of the university’s Outdoor Program (OP) and University Recreation Center (UREC) students and staff can easily rent equipment at discounted prices including backpacks, tents, kayaks, stoves. You need it? They’ve got it. The OP also offers a wide variety of staff-led trips to educate students, encourage them to meet new people, and provide new places to explore. Some of this month’s expeditions include whitewater rafting, rock climbing and bouldering, sunset canoe trips, and caving.This week I had the pleasure to speak to a few members of ASU’s Outdoor Program in order to get better insight on their involvement with the great outdoors.Jonathon Weaver, a current senior at App State has been a trip leader for the OP since his sophomore year. Weaver fell in love with the outdoors at a really young age.“My granddad lived in Cleveland County and had 100 acres behind his house of woods and farm… both [he] and my great-granddad would take me out there and we would hike,” Weaver says.Today, Weaver finds himself tucked away in a kayak as often as possible.“Wilson Creek is by far my favorite place in the High Country. It’s two miles roadside, class IV whitewater… it’s the place to be,” says Weaver. “I find myself connected with water — ocean, stream, pond, creek, it doesn’t matter. There’s such an adrenaline rush with kayaking, I can’t explain it, it’s just so fun”.photo 3Aside from being in the outdoors, Weaver teaches a free kayaking roll clinic in the Student Rec Center pool once a week. Both students and townsfolk come together from all backgrounds of experience to take part in this clinic.“Some people have been doing this as long as they can remember, others have never even been in a kayak before,” Weaver says.Being apart of the OP as a student has enriched Weaver’s life in many ways.“If nothing else being outside is a stress reliever in itself… a big part of being on the OP staff is just personal development,” says Weaver. “After going on a trip we come back and sit down and say, ‘That was good… how can we make it even better?’… It forces me to be introspective and then you begin to ask yourself, ‘How can I be a better person? How can I be a better leader? How can I be even better”?From another perspective, Andrew Hawley has been leading trips for more than 10 years. He received his BS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina University. He later attended Ohio University where he received his Masters in Recreations Studies. Hawley’s love for the outdoors led him back to North Carolina where he is now the event coordinator of ASU’s OP.Around the High Country, Hawley finds adventure about 45 minutes away from Boone at Linville Gorge. “It’s majestic, it’s beautiful… there’s something about looking through the gorge with the mountains above you and being on top of one of the cliff faces looking down at the river with the sound of the whitewater rushing around you,” says Hawley.No matter the reason one ends up at Appalachian State, I guarantee that by the end of a student’s four years of school, they will have spent just about as much time outdoors as he or she has in the classroom. There is so much more to life than the education you can gain from a textbook. The real world situations you get yourself in will teach you much more about this life than any scholar ever could. So, in the words of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, “go outside and play.” Go see what the world has to teach you right outside the classroom door.last_img read more

18 minutes without oxygen: Can humans learn survival secrets from naked mole rats?

first_imgConsidered repulsive to some and cute to others, naked mole rats have once again astonished scientists. These subterranean creatures recently have been discovered to survive for 18 minutes without oxygen, altering their metabolism so that their bodies are powered by fructose instead of glucose, similar to plants. This is the first known mammal to be able to do such a thing. The naked mole rats organs remain untouched after the 18 minutes without oxygen, and when oxygen is reintroduced, the mole rats return to normal with no lasting effects. The animals enter a suspended state where their heart rate drops from 200 beats per minute to 50 beats per minute.Naked mole rats have evolved to live beneath the ground in burrows up to 15 miles long that often contain very little oxygen. Naked mole rats have surprised researchers in the past by almost never developing cancer, having an extremely high pain tolerance, and living far longer than any other rodent. Researchers are interested to see if humans could ever be able to do a similar biological change to protect our vital organs such as the brain and heart after a cardiac emergency or stroke.last_img read more

The Participation Of The Brazilian Navy In The Help Of Flood Victims

first_imgBy Dialogo July 07, 2010 Dear Sirs, I didn’t know about Diálogos and I was pleased to find out about this E-magazine. Wishing you great success! The Port Authority in Alagoas indicates that via a formal request by the Alagoas State Government the Brazilian Navy offered, between the period of June 20th and July 5th of 2010, a Super Puma UH-14 Aircraft belonging to the 2nd All-Purpose Helicopter Squadron, based in São Pedro d’Aldeia, in Rio de Janeiro, and two Mitsubishi L200 trucks, from the Port Authority, to support the Civil Defense actions toward helping the victims of the floods. During this period of time, the Navy aircraft transported approximately 29 tons of food, clothing, items of personal hygiene, drugs, milk, and water to the towns that were affected by the floods (Santana do Mundaú, União dos Palmares, São José da Lage, Santana do Ipanema, Branquinha e Jacuípe). Three medical airlift evacuations assisting the high risk population, and flights to assess the towns affected by the floods took place while carrying members of the entourages of the President, Defense Minister, and the Federal and State Authorities, besides the assistance with the transportation of the military members from the Sao Paolo National Force and Fire Department. The Navy helicopter performed a total flight time of 48 hours during this support operation. Meanwhile, the Navy vehicles assisted with moving the personnel, the material and equipment for rescue, debris, water, shoes, clothing, food items, mattresses, moved the victims to hospitals and gathered donation, assisting several towns (Jacuípe, Campestre, São Luís do Quitunde, Quebrangulo, Branquinha, Murici, União dos Palmares e Santana do Mundaú) and covering a total of 4,690 km so far. On July 2nd two patrol ships from Salvador, Bahia, docked at the Maceió Port bringing supplies and items donated to the victims.last_img read more