How to properly get rid of your batteries in Tioga County

first_imgRechargeable batteries can also be dropped of at: If your batteries are leaky or corroded, the county asks you put them in a plastic bag before putting them in the drop-off container. Alkaline: AAA, AA, C, D, 9 VOLTRechargeable: Nickel-Cadmium (N-Cad), Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-Mh), Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), Lead-Acid (Pb) Rather, residents should take them to the Taylor Garbage Transfer Station, located at 352 Glen Mary Drive in Owego. Apalachin Fire Chief Mike George told 12 News Monday, “We may never know the precise reason for the fire but, what we do suspect is that perhaps something like a cell phone battery or a lithium ion battery had made it’s way into the recycling stream, it got maybe damaged in the processing and then they closed the building around 4 o’clock that day and by 5 o’clock we had our fire.” Valu Home Center, OwegoHome Central, OwegoHome Depot, Johnson CityLowe’s, Vestal Tioga County Recycling says you should keep your batteries dry and tape the ends.center_img Batteries that can be dropped off year-round include: For information on disposing of batteries in Broome County, click here. When disposing of batteries in Tioga County, Tioga County Recycling says homeowners should not put them in the recycling or trash. For information on business battery disposal, click here. TIOGA COUNTY (WBNG) — 12 News is breaking down proper battery disposal after the Apalachin Fire Chief said the likely cause of the massive Taylor Garbage Recycling Facility fire was a battery.last_img read more

More US swine flu cases, Mexico illnesses raise pandemic questions

first_imgApr 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Five more cases of an unusual swine influenza virus infection have surfaced, officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today, bringing the total to seven and raising more concerns about human-to-human transmission.The new cases include two clusters, two 16-year-old boys in San Antonio, Tex., who attended the same school and a father and daughter from San Diego County. Anne Schuchat, MD, interim deputy director for the CDC’s science and public health program, told reporters today at a teleconference that the clusters are consistent with human-to-human spread.She also said that the World Health Organization has not raised its six-phase pandemic alert level above phase 3 (no or very limited human-to-human transmission).The fifth new case occurred in a patient from Imperial County, which borders San Diego County. Both counties are home to the first two swine flu patients that the CDC announced on Apr 21.News of the five new swine flu cases came on the same day Canadian officials warned its public health, medical, and quarantine workers to look for illnesses among Canadians returning from Mexico. Mexico has reported several cases of severe respiratory illness and has asked Canada to assist in finding the source of the illnesses, some of which have been fatal, according to a report today from the Canadian Press (CP).Schuchat said no swine flu cases have been confirmed in Mexico or Canada, but that CDC officials are discussing the situation with Mexican health officials and representatives from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).Novel strain, relatively mild symptomsConcerning the seven American cases, Schuchat said, “The good news is that all of the patients have recovered, and one was hospitalized. This is not looking like a very severe influenza.”Patients experience fever, cough, and sore throat symptoms similar to typical influenza, but some of the patients who had swine influenza also experienced more diarrhea and vomiting than is typical of seasonal flu.The CDC said genetic sequencing of samples from the first two patients, California children who lived in adjacent counties, show that the swine flu virus contains segments from four different viruses: some North American swine, some North American avian, one human influenza, and two Eurasian swine.”This virus hasn’t been recognized in the USA or elsewhere,” Schuchat said.CDC scientists have determined that the novel swine flu virus is resistant to the older antivirals rimantadine and amantadine but is susceptible to oseltamivir and zanamivir.Schuchat said the CDC expects to see more swine flu cases and that it would provide regular updates on its Web site.”This is not time for major concern around the country, but we want you to know what’s going on,” she said. Most of the public health response will focus on the California and Texas areas where cases have been identified, but the CDC is urging health departments in other states to heighten their awareness of respiratory illnesses, particularly in those who have had contact with pigs or traveled to the San Diego or San Antonio areas.Schuchat said the CDC doesn’t know yet if the H1N1 component of this season’s influenza vaccine provides any protection against the swine flu virus, but she said studies are under way to determine if there is any cross-protection.Expert reactionMichael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, said the findings, though concerning, don’t mean that a pandemic is imminent.However, he said health officials shouldn’t take comfort in the fact that the illnesses so far have been mild. “The first wave of the 1918 pandemic was mild, too,” Osterholm pointed out.Walter Dowdle, PhD, who worked in the CDC’s virology unit during the 1976 swine flu outbreak, told CIDRAP News that it’s interesting but not greatly alarming that the 2009 swine flu strain contains such an unusual mix of gene segments.”It’s a real mutt,” said Dowdle, who now works with the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, based in Atlanta. “When you have an evolving RNA mechanism, it’s hard to be surprised by anything.”The H1N1 component of the seasonal flu vaccine might provide some degree of protection, he said. And if the swine flu virus persists, federal officials could consider adding an additional H1N1 strain to next year’s vaccine.Marie Gramer, DVM, PhD, a University of Minnesota veterinarian who has studied swine flu, said her preliminary examination shows that the outbreak strain doesn’t appear to closely match anything currently circulating in pigs. However, Gramer added that she has only looked at a small number of viruses and only at the hemagglutinin gene.Risk message implicationsPeter Sandman, PhD, a risk communication consultant based in Princeton, N.J., also listened in on today’s CDC teleconference. While he credited the CDC with getting a clear, calm, and concise scientific message out about the swine flu cases, he said they missed a teachable moment to promote pandemic preparedness.”Everyone needs to learn how to say ‘This could be bad, and it’s a good reason to take precautions and prepare’ and ‘This could fizzle out,'” Sandman said. “They need to simultaneously say both statements.”He added that “good risk communicators need to know how to be both scary and tentative.”Federal health officials are probably treading cautiously around the word “pandemic,” because some accused them of fearmongering when they raised concerns about the H5N1 virus 2 years ago and also because of overreaction during the 1976 swine flu epidemic that led to vaccination missteps.When talking to the public about pandemic risks, federal officials could take some cues from hurricane forecasters, Sandman said, “and speculate responsibly.”Canadian officials probe Mexico illnessesCanada’s Public Health Authority (PHAC) said today in a situation update that Mexican authorities have asked its assistance in determining the cause of two clusters of severe respiratory illnesses that have occurred this month.A cluster in Mexico City involved 120 cases and 13 deaths; the other occurred in San Luis Potosi, where 14 cases and 4 deaths were reported. Three deaths were reported from other locations: One from Oaxaca in southern Mexico and two from Baja California Norte, near the US border.The PHAC report said the disease outbreak struck some healthcare workers and that most patients were previously healthy young adults between the ages of 25 and 44. Symptoms included fever, headache, ocular pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue that rapidly progressed to severe respiratory distress in about 5 days.Mexican officials detected some influenza A/H1N1 and influenza B viruses, but have apparently ruled out H5N1 virus involvement. The PHAC said it received 51 clinical samples from Mexico for testing at its National Microbiology Lab.Mexico told the PHAC that it had a late influenza season with an increasing number of influenza-like illnesses since the middle of March. The country also had a higher proportion of influenza B viruses than previous seasons.See also:Apr 21 CIDRAP News story “Human swine flu cases with unique train raise concern”Apr 22 CIDRAP News story “Swine flu cases recall 1976 episode”CDC swine flu investigation pageCDC swine flu informationlast_img read more

Consultants give cautious welcome to HMRC’s guidance on GMP

first_imgHMRC explains in the guidance document that any increase resulting from GMP equalisation “is not a new entitlement”“These members will typically be those who have already paid a lifetime allowance charge when they retired,” he said.HMRC explains in the guidance document that any increase resulting from GMP equalisation “is not a new entitlement”.It continues that “in the main, such GMP equalisation benefit adjustments, on their own, would not constitute new accrual of benefit that should be tested for annual allowance purposes or which would prejudice applicable lifetime allowance protections.”But the document also goes on to warn that “such adjustments might have an impact on the amount of any previous and future benefit crystallisation events.”Matt Davis, head of GMP equalisation at Hymans Robertson, said the pensions industry would welcome this “fairly pragmatic approach” to recognising that GMP equalisation relates to benefits built up before the current pensions tax regime came into force. The UK’s tax agency, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has issued new guidance for defined benefit (DB) sponsors addressing some of the tax issues affected by the Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) equalisation.But although the guidance covers taxation issues such as the annual allowance and the lifetime allowance, experts told IPE there are areas where guidance is still needed.Tom Yorath, GMP equalisation lead at consultancy Aon, said: “As expected, HMRC has dealt with some of the more straightforward issues which will allow schemes to press forward with equalisation with confidence.“However, they have not yet addressed some of the bigger challenges for schemes that want to do away with GMPs forever through GMP conversion.” Colin Smith, senior director at Willis Towers Watson, added: “The big questions around tax treatment of ‘GMP equalisation’ relate to what happens when GMPs are converted into other benefits.“That was never going to be addressed here, but guidance on the tax treatment of ‘GMP equalisation’ that does not mention conversion has a ‘Hamlet without the Prince’ feel to it.”Among the areas on which HMRC has said it will issue guidance in the future are lump sums and death benefits. The agency said it will also “continue to explore the tax implications” of conversion.GMP conversion is the process of converting a scheme member’s GMP equalisation rights into a scheme benefit so that they no-longer fall under the GMP rules.The release of the guidance follows a High Court ruling in 2018 that Lloyds Bank had discriminated against male members of its three DB schemes by effectively accruing them a lower pension benefit than they were entitled to under the GMP rules.The ruling affects any pension scheme that had contracted out of the UK’s state pension scheme.Meanwhile, Yorath also warned that although he believed HMRC had “taken a relatively pragmatic view” in respect of the tax treatment of scheme members who have yet to retire, those who have already retired could be hit with an extra bill for tax.last_img read more

Elsie Mary Gaebel Milton June 17, 1926 – February 1, 2020

first_imgElsie Mary Gaebel Milton, age 93 of Blue Jay, USA passed away at her home Saturday, February 1, 2020. Born June 17, 1926 in Miamitown, Ohio the daughter of William Alonzo and Elsie (Fehlmann) Bunnell.Elsie a 1944 Miamitown High School graduate married Kenneth E. Milton January 21, 1977 in Miamitown, Ohio. Member of Miamitown Church of Christ.Elsie is survived by her husband Kenneth Milton, mother of Elsie “Sissy” Marie Gaebel and mother in law of Luana Gaebel. Grandmother of Joyce (Brian Vaske) Wheeler, Tobias Wheeler, Heather Gaebel, Melissa (Jerry) Burns, Judi Borne and Nick Borne. Great grandmother of Joshua (Lindsay) Quinlan, Katilyn Quinlan, Harrison Gaebel, Patrick Burns, Mary Burns, Michael Steven Mauch, Cassandra Vaske, Brian Joseph Vaske Jr., Kayli Borne, Allison Borne, Logan Borne and Bryan Johnson. Great great grandmother of many. Sister of James “Jim” Bunnell. Sister in law of Eleanor Bunnell.Preceded in death by her parents William and Elsie Bunnell, husband Harold Gaebel, son Harold “Butch” Gaebel Jr., granddaughter Holly Borne, brother William Bunnell, sister Ivy Cormican Zix and brother in law Russell Cormican.Visitation will be held Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 11:30 A.M. until time of funeral service at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Virgil Farringer officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at Miamitown Cemetery.Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Cincinnati Bethesda c/o the funeral home.last_img read more

Women of Troy travel to NCAA championships

first_imgThe No. 9 USC women’s swimming and diving team will fly to Purdue, Ind., on Monday to compete in the NCAA championship meet.After the team’s breakthrough performance two weeks ago at the Pac-10 championships, where the Women of Troy placed third overall, a more refined women’s team will be looking to turn heads not just in its conference but all across the nation.“We have a very strong team going into NCAAs and we’re aiming for top five,” co-captain senior Dina Hegazy said. “And the team is very excited and motivated to reach that goal.”The hand-picked NCAA team will consist of returning All-Americans Hegazy, juniors Presley Bard, Lyndsay DePaul and Ellie Doran, sophomores Katinka Hosszu, Tanya Krisman and sophomore diver Victoria Ishimatsu. USC will also be sending freshmen Haley Anderson, Yumi So, Jessica Schmitt, Christel Simms, Kate Shumway and Ariel Rittenhouse.This means the Women of Troy will be represented by one more swimmer and diver than they had in 2009, an outstanding performance considering last year’s NCAA team had four members who graduated.The backstroke and freestyle events have a strong team this year, with veteran Hegazy and young additions incuding Shumway and Simms. But overall these events will mainly be dominated by Bard. The junior will be looking to improve on her already stellar results at the Pac-10 championships, where she broke two individual school records in the 50-yard freestyle (22.26) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.80). She also helped destroy the team’s 800-yard freestyle relay record by more than eight seconds (6:59.48). The transfer junior will be representing USC for the first time at the NCAA championship.DePaul, another junior transfer, will also be wearing cardinal and gold for the first time at the NCAA meet. After breaking several records of her own at the Pac-10 championships in the 100-yard butterfly (51.86) and also doing her part in the 800-yard freestyle relay, DePaul will be a key asset in the butterfly and medley events as well as relays.The competition begins March 18 and concludes March 20.last_img read more