U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “There is no higher priority for the Trump Administration than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information in a public and transparent manner on disinfectant products to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).To view the list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
HOBOKEN — The Hoboken inauguration ceremony for Mayor-Elect Ravi Bhalla, Councilman Jim Doyle, Councilwoman-Elect Vanessa Falco, and Councilwoman-Elect Emily Jabbour will be held on Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. at Hoboken High School auditorium at 800 Clinton St. Those who wish to attend needed to get free tickets online, but there will be a room for people without tickets. Ticketed guests must be seated by 1:45 p.m. and seats that are unoccupied by that time will be for fitted and made available to the general public. However, there is another room for guests who arrive late or who come without a ticket. The ceremony will be broadcast in that room.Senator Cory Booker will deliver remarks and other unannounced special guests will also be in attendance.Those without tickets may register on a waitlist. If tickets become available before the event those on the list will be contacted with the opportunity to reserve seats. On the day of the inauguration the waitlist will be voided and available seats will be given on a first come first serve basis.The waitlist can be found at https://hoboken.booktix.com/view/3/529b6bed980d2bca/.
While many students spent yesterday afternoon in class or at lunch, junior Laura Corrigan and senior Cat Cleary advocated for equal pay. The Saint Mary’s students stood on the steps of the South Bend courthouse with Mayor Pete Buttigieg as he declared yesterday “Equal Pay Day.” “Equal Pay Day” is a recognized day across the nation intended to promote awareness for the fact women are paid less money than man, Cleary said. “It takes a woman 15 and a half months to earn what a man makes in a year,” she said. “Women earn 77 cents for every one dollar men earn. People will brush this issue off and say it isn’t relevant, but it is.” Corrigan and Cleary, sponsored by a grant provided by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), have been working all semester on projects and programs that promote the mission of the AAUW. “The mission of the AAUW is to break through barriers for girls and women,” Cleary said. During Spring Break, Cleary and Corrigan decided they wanted to devise a way to promote “Equal Pay Day” in the South Bend community. After reaching out to the local AAUW branch, the League of Women Voters of the South Bend area, the South Bend Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Indiana University South Bend, Corrigan and Cleary drafted a letter to Mayor Buttigieg. The letter requested the mayor commemorate April 17 and bring awareness to the issue. “We wanted to draw attention to this issue,” Corrigan said. “[Women] have a lifetime of earnings ahead of us. Think how much money that is – the wage gap really adds up.” At noon on Tuesday, the mayor honored the letter’s request. During a press conference with reporters, business men and women and other community leaders, Mayor Buttigieg declared April 17 “Equal Pay Day.” The declaration was in sync with other organizations, protests and events throughout the nation also dedicated to promoting equal pay. “We were one small part of a larger movement,” Cleary said. “There were larger movements occurring all across the country.” Corrigan and Cleary said the process was relatively smooth and they were not worried about making their hopes of “Equal Pay Day” in South Bend a reality. “I know Buttigieg is very committed to social issues,” Cleary said. “I wasn’t worried; I knew we would have his support for this issue.” Corrigan agreed with Cleary, saying Mayor Buttigieg was a valuable assets to their work to promote “Equal Pay Day” in South Bend. “[Buttigieg] said it was important that men should care about this issue, too,” she said. “It’s not just a woman’s issue. It is important that everyone is aware about this problem.” Contact Bridget Feeney at [email protected]
Light up your landscape with Limelight Panicle Hydrangea, the 2010 Georgia Gold Medal deciduous shrub winner. Its large, chartreuse flower clusters set the summer landscape aglow and are sure to be the envy of neighbors and friends.Limelight Panicle Hydrangea is a large deciduous shrub, growing 6 to 8 feet tall with an equal spread. Plant it in groups of three to five in the background of a perennial border for a spectacular summer show. It also looks nice in a large pot as the focal point on a patio or deck.This hydrangea prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil. In central and south Georgia, a site with morning sun and afternoon shade would be ideal. Be prepared to provide irrigation during periods of limited rainfall.In July, creamy white flower clusters up to 8 inches across emerge on strong, upright stems. As flower clusters mature, their color changes to chartreuse, fades to rosy pink by fall and becomes beige in winter. They can be harvested fresh or dried and used in floral arrangements. If left on the plant, they will persist all winter on the tips of naked stems.Leaves are oval in shape, up to 4 inches long and have toothed margins. They fade to attractive shades of red in the fall.Unlike some other shrub-form hydrangeas (such as oakleaf and bigleaf hydrangeas that bloom on old wood and are pruned right after flowering), Limelight Hydrangea blooms on new growth. It can be pruned in late winter or early spring. Cutting back the stems to within 6 to 8 inches of ground level will encourage compact growth and strong new shoots.Limelight hydrangea can be propagated from root or stem cuttings in the summer. However, the plant is patented, so only licensed growers can propagate it for sale.
continue reading » One Illinois credit union has opened a branch in a local library as a touchpoint to serve the community and grow its membership.Five years ago, when Mike Lee took over as CEO of Kane County Teachers Credit Union in Elgin, Ill., he had a branch on a dead-end street and another in a historic building that wasn’t readily visible.Still another branch was a block off a major thoroughfare. And with the name “Kane County Teachers Credit Union” over the door, “people thought you had to be a teacher or part of a union to join,” Lee says.He rebranded the $231 million asset institution as KCT Credit Union and partnered with the Gail Borden Public Library—one of its select employee groups—to open a branch in downtown Elgin. KCT CU’s branch in the Gail Borden Public Library saved the CU the cost of building a new branch. “A library is a place where there already are people,” says CEO Mike Lee. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » Administration and Congressional leaders agreed to suspend mandatory discretionary budget cuts included in the Budget Control Act of 2011, cuts that would have gone into effect starting Sept. 30. Negotiators also agreed to suspend the federal statutory debt ceiling through July 31, 2021. Absent any agreement, the debt ceiling was expected to be breached later next month.This budget agreement means that cuts to credit union priorities will likely be averted. Such priorities include funding for the Small Business Administration, the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and NCUA’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund.The product of these negotiations was the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (H.R. 3877), which passed the House in a bipartisan vote of 284-149. The Senate is expected to pass this legislation and the president has agreed to sign it into law.The legislation will spend $1.37 trillion in fiscal year (FY) 2020, and raise spending for military and non-military programs by $320 billion in FY 2020 and 2021. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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The main deck at 54 Miller St, Bargara.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoMrs Emms, a qualified interior designer who trained at Paris institute Ecole Superieure, was responsible for the fit-out and furnishings, which will all be included in the sale.“She’s done quite a number of properties and she’s got her touch of Zen all over it,” Mr Emms said.“She is also a trained in a lot of complementary medical health activities … it’s called Zen beach retreat for a reason and it absolutely personifies what it is.”For those looking to purchase the property and convert it into a “trophy” house, Mr Emms who lives onsite, said it would simply be “extraordinary”.“You’ve got to do nothing,” he said.“There is one real feature here; the main living area upstairs is 150sq m, total open plan, 180-degree view to the ocean. Mr Bowman said the moment it was listed they received calls from Sydney barristers, Melbourne retirees and even a couple from Tasmania.“We’re getting a lot of interesting buyers,” he said.“Buyers who have had an affinity with the area in the past, whether they’ve lived there, whether they’ve holidayed there, whether they’ve visited there, which has wet their appetite and then there has been a distinct southern base from Sydney and Melbourne.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< The Bali-inspired hut and magnesium pool at 54 Miller St, Bargara. TROPHY HOME: This Bargara resort has attracted interest from those wishing to convert it into a super house and keep as their own private getaway.WHY buy a house, when you can buy a resort?Zen Beach Resort has hit the market with reports of cashed up buyers looking to transform it into a private residence.Ray White New Farm real estate agent Hamish Bowman listed 54 Miller St, Bargara for sale by tender closing on October 11, and said inquiry was coming from prospective buyers looking for a “trophy home”. The current owners had held weddings, a 70s disco with mirror balls in the open lounge room.Mr Emms said they were selling now to have more flexibility for travel. “Primarily we’re an international family,” he said.“My wife’s French and I’m Australian.“Our three boys are all French, one’s living in Hong Kong, one’s living in Paris, her mum and dad live in Strasburg and they’re in their mid-80s and honestly the primary reason is family. “We’ve built Zen up and got it moving, but our ability to just take off for a month during school holidays and see our family is pretty difficult and that’s the only reason why we’re doing it, so we can have flexibility to see our parents and our kids overseas.” The main executive residence at 54 Miller St, Bargara.“It’s being sold as a going concern, but it’s already getting immediate interest from people that want to turn it back into an absolute beachfront trophy house,” Mr Bowman said.Imagine living just an hour-and-a-half from two of Queensland’s most popular World Heritage Sites.Sitting half way between Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef, and occupying five titles, Zen Beach Resort is a four-hour drive, or 45-minute plane ride, from Brisbane.According to CoreLogic, owners Shane and Pascaline Emms purchased the property in 2013 for $5,750,000.Mr Emms said what they purchased and what stands today were two completely different things.“We were working in Vietnam, Cambodia at the time (of purchase) and I was pretty busy and Pas said ‘why do we get a block of land in,” he said.“We started looking and we found this extraordinary location.“It was an old run down backpackers motel … and it was on five titles, it was an extraordinary position right on the beach and right in between Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef and we just said ‘wow this is the place for us’.“So we bought it and have gutted everything, demolished half of it, totally rebuilt it all and spent an absolute fortune.”
To date, Bacolod has 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with six recoveries and three deaths. “Any highly-urbanized city or provincial governments can no longer make its own decision to place their respective areas either on ECQ or GCQ without the approval of the IATF because this is the present guidelines of the national government,” he added. But Leonardia stressed that “there should be a gradual transition as coronavirus disease virus is undeniably deadly and unprecedented in its harm to public health such that its local transmission is still grave and present threat that cannot be underestimated.” BACOLOD City – The local government unit here is fine-tuning its game plan after May 15 when the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the entire metro ends. The final decision now rests with the IATF, the mayor said. Meanwhile, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson has already sent his proposal to the IATF for the extension of the GCQ in Negros Occidental./PN Once the IATF approve the proposal that will be submitted within this week, Leonardia said he will issue an executive order containing the guidelines for the transition. According to Mayor Evelio Leonardia, he will present to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) a proposal about a shift to a transition period of general community quarantine (GCQ) after the second ECQ extension.
Caroline Driscoll of the Mount Desert Island Trojans closes in on Haley Lawrence of the Ellsworth Eagles in Saturday’s state Class B cross-country championships in Belfast. Driscoll nipped Lawrence by eight-hundredths of a second for third place. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVESBELFAST — For the second consecutive week, sophomore John Hassett of the George Stevens Academy Eagles came up short in his bid to best senior Matthew Toussaint of the Fort Kent Warriors in high school cross-country competition.At Saturday’s state championships at the Troy Howard Middle School, Toussaint completed the 5,000-meter run in 16 minutes and 28.79 seconds to win the Class C boys’ title.As he did in the Eastern Maine championship, Hassett finished as runner-up behind Toussaint, this time with a time of 16:44.19.Hassett was one of three Hancock County runners who turned in top 25 finishes at Saturday’s state meet, thus qualifying to compete in the upcoming New England chamionships.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSeniors Haley Lawrence of the Ellsworth Eagles and Caroline Driscoll of the Mount Desert Island Trojans also earned the right to participate in the 80th annual New England Interscholastic Cross-country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn.The boys will run at 11:30 a.m. and the girls at 12:30 p.m.In the girls’ state Class B race on Saturday, a pair of Greely runners — sophomore Katherine Leggat-Barr and freshman Izzy Evans — placed one and two at the top of the field.After finishing as runner-up to Ellsworth’s Lawrence in last week’s Eastern Maine championship, MDI’s Driscoll turned the tables on Saturday, nipping Lawrence by just eight-hundredths of a second to place third in 19:41.49.At the top of the Class B girls’ team competition, Greely’s Rangers were the winners with 59 points, followed by Yarmouth 64, Cape Elizabeth 84 and MDI 129.Finishing behind Driscoll for MDI were senior Waylon Henggeler, 15th in 20:20.84; sophomore Lydia DaCorte, 28th in 21:09.37; sophomore Emma Strong, 44th in 21:42.45; freshman India Janes, 55th in 22:06.65; senior Sydney Wright, 75th in 23:10.02; and junior Xingyao Chen, 88th in 24:08.71.Ellsworth’s Eagles placed 10th among the 14 teams competing with 245 points.Lawrence led the way with a time of 19:41.49. Behind her were senior Mariah Brown, 56th in 22:06.84; freshman Katelynn Bagley, 69th in 23:03.48; senior Olivia Lounder, 70th in 23:05.88; junior Julia Zavaleta, 81st in 23:29.94; senior Emine Mutlu, 105th in 28:07.09; and senior Bailey Neale, 107th in 33:39.47.In the boys’ Class B team competition, Freeport was the winner with 57 points and the MDI Trojans placed ninth among 15 teams with 236 points.For MDI, senior Jordan Harris placed 33rd in 17:56.83. He was followed by senior Ralph Magnani, 48th in 18:15.50; junior Dylan Harris, 59th in 18:34.44; junior Peter Philbrook, 67th in 18:48.53; senior David Anderson, 72nd in 19:02.07; senior Ethan Craigo, 73rd in 19:06.42; and sophomore Josh Bloom, 89th in 19:41.38.The Orono Red Riots literally ran away with the state Class C girls’ title with 31 points, four runners among the top 10 finishers.Runner-up was Waynflete with 71 points and the GSA Eagles turned in a solid third place performance with 86 points.As she has all season, freshman Eliza Broughton led the Eagle girls, placing ninth in 20:34.49. She was followed by freshman Zeya Lorio, 14th in 21:00.51; junior Hanna Gutow, 18th in 21:34.78; freshman Mary Richardson, 24th in 21:48.92; sophomore Hanna Jordan, 34th in 22:17.01; sophomore Emma Larson-Whittaker, 49th in 22:45.69; and junior Rachel DesFosses, 50th in 22:46.39.For the Bucksport Golden Bucks, junior Natalie Coleman was 23rd in 21:46.36 and sophomore Natasha Clement was 31st in 22:11.70The Mericoneag Waldorf School of Freeport took top team honors in boys’ Class C with 72 points, with the GSA Eagle boys finishing fifth with 125 points.Finishing behind Hassett for GSA were junior Devlin Valle, 26th in 18:14.98; senior Tate Yoder, 34th in 18:38.35; junior Oliver Broughton, 44th in 18:52.53; junior Aylen Wolf, 53rd in 18:10.08; junior Frank Schweizer, 69th in 20:16.69; and sophomore Tyler Ray, 80th in 20:55.95.Junior Skyler Fraga of Bucksport’s Golden Bucks placed 30th in 18:23.51 and freshman Brendan Penfold of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners was 54th in 19:11.61. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Bio Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Posts Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017