Missouri Valley Line Constructors Build New Training Facility in Iowa

Linemen have one of the most dangerous jobs out there, and now apprentices from the Missouri Valley region will have one of the best places in the country to learn their trade. The Missouri Valley Line Constructors and Apprenticeship and Training Program is building a $13.5 million facility to train apprentice linemen, traffic signal technicians and substation technicians from seven states — Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin — in Indianola, Iowa. “We basically just outgrew our current facility with the demand of linemen growing rapidly,” said Robbie Foxen, executive director of the program. “We just need a large building and larger training site to simulate the jobs they will be tasked with in the field. We’ve gone through the groundbreaking. They’ve dug footers, poured foundations and they had to remove a lot of dirt. Onsite, right now there’s a large track hoe and Cat-type dozers leveling the site. There’s a big concrete pump truck to do 140 yards of concrete pumping. We have a couple of large pours a week with foundations and the curb of the building — what the building sits on. No large cra...

A Measles Death, Vaccines, and the Media’s Failure to Inform

Last week, it was widely reported in the mainstream media that the autopsy of a woman who died of pneumonia earlier this year in the state of Washington found that she had been infected with measles, making this the first confirmed case of measles-related death in the US since 2003. Playing its usual role, the mainstream media is up in arms, blaming the death on parents who choose not to vaccinate their children and telling parents that to not vaccinate is irresponsible. Rather than journalists doing their job by asking hard questions about public policy and seeking out the answers, they choose to act as nothing more than a mouthpiece for government health departments and dutifully tow the official line on vaccine policy. The woman who died was not among the unvaccinated. On the contrary, she not only had been vaccinated, but reportedly was tested and found to have a protective antibody titer. She nevertheless became infected with measles while seeking medical attention in a clinic. She died from pneumonia, which can be caused by any number of other bacterial or viral infections besides measles, including the common cold and flu. The reason her immune system couldn’t handle the ...

100 Best Pens: Gel, Ballpoint, Rollerball, and More, 2018 | The Strategist

Every product is independently selected by (obsessive) editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission. At its most basic, a pen has to do just one thing, but there are so many reasons to choose one over another. Does it glide along the page, or does it drag? Does the ink flow in a smooth line, or is it unpredictable? Does the pen feel good or would note-taking cramp your hand? And how does it look? With so many varieties out there, from plastic ballpoints sold by the dozen to thousand-dollar fountain pens hunted down by collectors, we became determined to find the very best pens for everyday use. We consulted a panel of experts, picked through personal favorites, and mined our own pen coverage to determine the top contenders. Then we called in and tested dozens upon dozens of gels, rollerballs, felt-tips, ballpoints, and fountain pens, and put them to the test. The resulting list is a ranking of the top 100 pens, according to Strategist editors and writers. One note: A lot of what makes one pen better than another is completely subjective. Some of us prefer a finer line and some of us a thicker one (even within the Strategist’s ranks, there is dissent)....

Check out the haptic tech for wearables and VR making Apple’s look clunky

Your Apple Watch rapping you on the wrist is one thing, but how about if you could put a supercharged Taptic engine at the tip of each VR-visualized finger? That’s one of the possibilities Novasentis is talking about, pitching its new approach to haptic feedback with smaller, faster-responding hardware that could turn up in wearables, VR controllers, gamepads, and more from next year. Haptic feedback systems – whether they be the Taptic engine in an Apple product, the vibration motors in an Xbox or PlayStation gamepad, or something else – rely on physical vibration. That can be as simple as an off-balance weight on a motor, through to Apple’s clever linear actuator that shuttles back and forth in its rectangular housing. Problem is, they’re generally also large and heavy. The iPhone 6s’s weight gain over its predecessor, in fact, was widely laid at the metaphorical feet of the Taptic hardware, uprated to stomp on your wrist according to the various degrees of feedback required by 3D Touch. Novasentis’ system relies on physical vibration too, but from a much smaller assembly. In fact, the so-called Electro-Mechanical Polymer (EMP) actuators are about as thin as a piece of decent ...

The prospect of providing adequate oral care for pets often feels somewhat daunting for many pet

The prospect of providing adequate oral care for pets often feels somewhat daunting for many pet owners, leaving them unsure of how to even begin. In fact, even though more people are dialed into the importance of regular oral care, very few are acting on it. “It’s estimated that only 5 percent of pet owners actually brush their pets’ teeth daily or even weekly,” says Debra Decker, director of marketing for Pet King Brands, Inc. “The lack of, or limited, oral care can be attributed to the pet owner’s time, convenience and also pet acceptance due to fear or lack of training.” That’s not to say pet owners aren’t trying, adds Michael Stoeckle, president and CEO of Ark Naturals. One factor inhibiting the effort is that brushing a dog’s teeth—and especially a cat’s—just isn’t a “realistic option,” he explains. People give it a go, but then get discouraged when it doesn’t work. The “scary truth,” according to Melissa Gulbranson, is that throwing in the towel on mouth health can lead to a litany of painful problems for pets, and can even shorten their lifespans. “The veterinarian community has done a great job over the last few years educating pet parents,” continues Gulbranson, vice p...

Nordstrom Gift Ideas: 35 Of The Best Gifts On Sale Now

CNN Underscored is your guide to the everyday products and services that help you live a smarter, simpler and more fulfilling life. The content is created by CNN Underscored. CNN News staff is not involved. When you make a purchase, we receive revenue. Calling all holiday shopping procrastinators: Whether you’re still trying to wrap up your gift list or haven’t even come close to starting, don’t stress. There’s still time to get everyone on your shopping list something that they’ll love — especially if you head over to Nordstrom, where you can find thousands of the most stylish and best-selling fashion, home and beauty products in just a few clicks. Just take a look at its Holiday Gift section. Shoppers can peruse by price, person or featured lists such as best-sellers and personalized gifts. No matter what you’re looking for, it’s here to make your holiday shopping as easy as can be, especially with free guaranteed delivery by December 24 as long as you order before December 22. Still overwhelmed or unsure of where to begin? Let us help. We’ve picked out 30 of the best gifts to give everyone on your list. From a portable Bose Blue...

Drake has released More Life and there are a bunch of collaborators on the “playlist,” from Kanye West

Drake has released More Life and there are a bunch of collaborators on the “playlist,” from Kanye West and Young Thug to 2 Chainz and Quavo. Below are the credits for the album, including songwriters and producers. The only song that doesn’t have complete information is “Skepta Interlude.” XXL has reached out to Drake’s reps for comment. Preliminary Publisher Information: Sandra Gale/EMI Pop Music Publishing (GMR), 1damentional Publishing LLC/ Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP), Ritter Boy (ASCAP), Universal Music Corp obo itself and 50 Cent Music (ASCAP, Yonabon/Warp Publishing (ASCAP), Downtown DMP Songs (BMI) Written by A. Graham Written by M. Samuels Written by A. Ritter Written by M. Bernard Written by B. Antoine Written by D. Sewell Written by P Bender Written by S. Mavin Written by P. Moss Written by N. Saalfield Sample Credits: Contains samples from “Roll Up” written by Marvin Bernard, Bryan Antoine, Daniel Sewell published by Universal Music Corp obo itself and 50 Cent Music (ASCAP) and Warp Music Ltd (ASCAP) Contains samples of “Roll Up” performed by Tony Yayo ft. Danny Brown, Courtesy of G-UnitRecords Contains excerpts from “Building A Ladd...

What do 11 year olds like? What are the best toys for 11 year olds? Wasn’t

What do 11 year olds like? What are the best toys for 11 year olds? Wasn’t it so much easier when they were little? Eleven is an interesting age because some kids are still very much into toys but others find them babyish. Some kids are into double digit big kid stuff. This is the age when kids are defining who they are so they are getting harder and harder to shop for. But it doesn’t have to be so hard, because they are at the age where they can tell you exactly what they like. Why not ask them? Eleven year olds love electronics, quiet time reading, drawing, watching movies, and playing video games. From age appropriate beauty products to gadgets galore, these are the gifts that 11 year olds are asking for on their Birthday or for Christmas. With over 180 handpicked gifts, it’s the ultimate gift guide for 11 year old boys and girls. 11 year olds are all about getting the coolest and latest gadgets especially if their friends already have it. Gadgets are one of the best gifts for 11 year old boys or girls. Most kids this age want their first cell phone. If your budget allows it and you don’t mind spoiling your eleven year old a bit, think these mp3 players, laptops, tablets, and...

Medivant Health builds generic drug production facility in Chandler

Real Estate / Commercial Real Estate / Construction / Medivant Health builds generic drug production facility in Chandler It’s a crisis most people and patients never know about, the shortage of some of the most common generic drugs. The numbers are scary, and surprising.  “Take the simple example of lidocaine which has been used consistently by hospitals for nearly 50 years,” said Medivant Health’s Head of Quality, Andrew Stasiak, CQA. “There are huge shortages of generic medicines like lidocaine because almost none of the other drug manufacturers will make it due to the small profit margin compared to other drugs which sell for much higher prices.”  Enter Medivant Health, which is currently building a 33,000-square-foot generic drug manufacturing facility in Chandler, Arizona. The first phase will create 10,000 square feet of manufacturing and lab space able to produce 40,000 vials of product each day. Considered a boutique Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) Manufacturer, Medivant is unique in that its sole purpose is to fill this generic drug shortage void. The facility is fully automated with minimal human intervention.  Larger drug manufacturers choose to produce dr...

New year opens with protests, concerns about health conditions in schools

The new year started off in Philadelphia with more protests and concern over whether conditions in Philadelphia’s schools are safe for students and staff. Parents and staff from Alexander McClure School in Hunting Park rallied late Thursday afternoon outside the nearby Roberto Clemente Middle School, shortly after officials announced McClure will remain closed until at least Monday, Jan. 13. The District shuttered McClure and Laura H. Carnell elementary schools temporarily on Dec. 20 after discovering damaged asbestos. McClure staff were told to report to Roberto Clemente Middle School on Thursday, Jan. 2, and Friday, Jan. 3, while staff from Carnell were told to work at the Little School House. The District has not announced when Carnell will re-open. Early in the morning teachers and parents held a similar rally outside the Franklin Learning Center, which was closed several days before the official start of winter break after loose asbestos was found in an attic air shaft which is important in heating the building. While that problem was dealt with over the break, the protesters said that the stately century-old building, which started life in 1908 as the William Penn High Sch...

MNB measures to save at least 0.3pp on credit for green homes | The Budapest Business Journal on the web

Please activate your registration by clicking the link in the activation email or click submit to resend the activation email.Please check your spam folder too… Interest rate preferences the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) is introducing are expected to cut retail borrowersʼ rates on loans for energy-efficient homes by at least 0.3 percentage point, central bank deputy governor Csaba Kandrács said in an interview published on the website Novekedes.hu, according to a report by state news wire MTI. Kandrács noted that the preferences for homes in the ʼBBʼ energy efficiency class or higher will apply to both mortgages as well as personal loans used to make energy efficiency improvements. MNB announced the interest rate preferences in December. The central bank is also rolling out preferences on capital requirements for lenders linked to the construction of energy-efficient homes and renovations boosting energy efficiency. The scale of the capital requirement discounts as a percentage of outlays of “green” mortgages or personal loans is set at 5% for the purchase or renovation of ʼBBʼ energy efficiency class homes and 7% for purchase of ʼAAʼ class homes. The prefer...

Horry County woman dragged out of shower, pistol-whipped during home invasion

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A Horry County woman is recovering after being pistol-whipped in the back of the head four times during a home invasion Saturday morning. The Horry County Police Department announced on Friday it has two people in custody in connection with the home invasion, which happened on Franks Lane in the Conway area. Police said two people forced their way into a home and shot a man. That man then stabbed one of the intruders, who police identified as 27-year-old Davonte Shepard. Police said the two men then forced their way into another home, where they assaulted two other people. One of the victims is Lisa Levitt, who recently moved to the area from Connecticut. She said one of the men pistol-whipped her in the back of the head four times. “I was in the shower,” Leavitt said. “I was getting ready to take my husband’s coworkers to work, and all of a sudden, the shower ripped open, and somebody was standing there with a gun, drug me out of the shower and down the stairs, and kept asking me where’s something, and I couldn’t understand what they were talking about. I said, ‘What are you looking for? What do you want?’ And kept hitting me in the head with ...