Morning meeting. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)The nearly three-week-old chicks were left on their own while papa and mama fished. Papa and mama called and called but there was no answer. No cheep cheep. Where could the chicks be? (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)It was time to call in The Loon Air Patrol for an air search. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Papa loon kept breakfast alive while the search continued. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)The two very wet chicks were found at last. They had been diving and swimming while they waited for their parents’ return. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Loon fights with his morning catch, which looks more like plant matter than a snack. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)One little loon peeks over Papa while staying close. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Loon One practices wing lifts. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)One chick follows Papa around the pond. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)A fluffy chick watches the world go by. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)It looks like morning yoga class, but Mama loon rubs her head on her back to oil her head feathers. Loons preen and oil their feathers daily to remain parasite free and waterproof. They have an oil gland located at their rear area that secretes the oil they use to spread on their feathers to keep water away from their skin. Most of the strange positions, rolling, twisitng, flapping, etc., you might witness are preening and oiling related. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Wild Daisies. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Morning. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Daisies of summer. It must be August.. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Globe Thistle. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Cone flower. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Pollinator on a cone flower. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Sphinx Moth. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)A male blue heron. (Jane Knox)Another shot of the graceful colorful male. (Jane Knox)The female is much less colorful. (Jane Knox)A mother duck introduced her brood to the open waters coming out of hiding too. (Jane Knox)There is always a straggler but he is asking for trouble. (Jane Knox)Here this straggler must be giving his mother a fit. There’s always one in every crowd. (Jane Knox)The straggling duckling. (Jane Knox)Midsummer color. (Jane Knox)The beauty of a Great Spangled Fritillary. (Jim Knox)A ruby-throated hummingbird Wilton. (Jim Knox)A Belted Kingfisher, talking back to me. (Jim Knox)In the mist of the morning and a hunter’s dream; a buck in North Jay. (Jim Knox)A sunrise over the Jay Historical Society Building, Jay. (Jim Knox)Resting in a daylily. (Elizabeth Mehlin)Daylily song. (Elizabeth Mehlin)Black-billed Cuckoo at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)American Lady butterfly at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Great Blue Heron at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Great Blue Heron at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)Downy Woodpecker at the head of Wilson Lake in Wilton. (Tom Oliver)(Gil Riley)(Gil Riley)Typical roadside vegetation this time of year. (Gil Riley)Among passed lilacs. (C. Tappan)(Gil Riley)Japanese Maple leaves in morning sunlight. (GIl Riley)
On December 16th and 17th, Future Funk mastermind GRiZ graced his hometown of Detroit with the 3rd annual GRiZMAS. The sold out event returned to the Masonic Temple with the addition of an extra day, making it a two-night run full of holiday cheer and celebration.Heavy excitement was brewing for GRiZ on the second night, with Freddy Todd, SunSquabi, and Louis the Child serving as supporting acts, keeping the crowd energy high before GRiZ took the stage of the Temple around midnight.The commencement of the main act was mystical and alluring. GRiZ and Brasstracks took center stage with saxophone and trumpet in hand, respectively, battling their beautiful sounds to “The Anthem”. Performing both old favorites from Rebel Era and new styles from Good Will Prevail, GRiZ was able to encompass both die hard fans and those new to the family affair. Grant’s diversity of genre enticed a wide range of music lovers, ranging from classic funk to heavy dubstep, with a little bit of everything in between.It is clear that GRiZ’s love for the music leads and the event reflected his hard work, though the night at the Masonic Temple would not have been possible without the aid of other artists in All Good Records and beyond. Throughout the night, Muzzy Bear, Brasstracks, and IDA Hawk graced the vivid stage to perform alongside their friend and fellow talent. The crowd begged for more as the evening concluded with an encore featuring their take on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, with Muzzy Bear on guitar, GRiZ on saxophone, and IDA Hawk providing vocals. The production of the event was top notch, each move executed flawlessly, and the passion kept the crowd in complete awe until the very last minute.Though the weekend has come to a close, the presence of GRiZMAS lingers on in the streets of Detroit and around the world. The 12 days leading up to the event were dedicated to a variety of fundraising activities, 100% of proceeds going to the free instrumental music program Little Kids Rock. The team’s dedication did not stop at the music and production, but served a greater good for society as a whole in the process and created great memories doing so.All in all, you don’t want to miss Grant’s next installment of GRiZMAS in 2017.Words by Andrea Hnatievych, photos by Sage Thomas. Full gallery: Load remaining images
Read Full Story The most commonly performed operation in the world is cesarean section, and rates of cesarean childbirth delivery vary widely from country to country, from as few as 2 percent to more than 50 percent of live births. The World Health Organization recommends countries not exceed 10 to 15 percent (10 to 15 C-section deliveries per 100 live births) for optimal maternal and neonatal outcomes.New research examining the relationship between C-section rates and maternal and neonatal mortality in 194 countries concludes that as the country-level C-section rate increases up to 19 percent, maternal and neonatal mortality rates decline. C-section delivery rates above 19 percent showed no further improvement in maternal and neonatal mortality rates.Researchers from Ariadne Labs, a joint center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Stanford University School of Medicine gathered and correlated national C-section, maternal and neonatal mortality rates in a single year (2012) for all 194 World Health Organization member countries. Mathematical modeling was used to impute C-section rates for countries where data was missing and to account for other contributing factors such as health expenditure. This is the first study to offer a comprehensive analysis of C-section rates for all WHO counties in a single year. That approach avoids bias caused by using data from varying years, since C-section rates and mortality change over time.
Tropical Storm Arthur via Accuweather.com Two weeks before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, Tropical Storm Arthur has become the first storm of the year. With the start of what could be an active hurricane season just weeks away, the state of Florida is preparing how to respond to any future storms while taking the coronavirus pandemic into account. Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference this month that COVID-19 will be around in some form during hurricane season, and the state needs to rethink how to provide shelter for thousands who may need to evacuate if any storms threaten the state. The storm formed off the coast of South Florida over the weekend, ushering in heavy rains and a thunderstorm warning for Miami-Dade and Broward County. “This virus really thrives and transmits when you have close sustained contact with people inside an enclosed environment,” DeSantis said at a news conference in Sarasota. “As you’re looking at sheltering for a hurricane, you have to keep that in mind. If you pile people into a place, under normal circumstances that may be fine, but that would potentially allow the virus to really spread if somebody is, in fact, infected.” According to the U.S National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to strengthen as it moves northeast towards North Carolina on Monday. “We’re going to do more non-congregate sheltering instead of mass congregate sheltering,” he said. Florida emergency management Director Jared Moskowitz said the state is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on changes for 2020 that may include shelters that only accept people infected with the virus or orders for people to shelter in place depending on the strength of the building and the power of the storm.