FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: HEAVY SNOW TO AFFECT TRAVEL IN NORTHERN NECK, MIDDLE PENINSULA – Lighter snow is forecast for the I-95 corridor and Fredericksburg area; Nearly 500 trucks ready to plow roads and apply sand and salt beginning this afternoon

FREDERICKSBURG DISTRICT: HEAVY SNOW TO AFFECT TRAVEL IN NORTHERN NECK, MIDDLE PENINSULA
Lighter snow is forecast for the I-95 corridor and Fredericksburg area; Nearly 500 trucks ready to plow roads and apply sand and salt beginning this afternoon

FREDERICKSBURG – Snow is forecast to affect portions of the Fredericksburg District beginning Wednesday afternoon, and motorists should plan to stay off roads during the storm, and are urged to remain off the roads while roads are snow-covered.

Heavy snow is forecast to fall along the eastern edge of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, which could receive up to 10 inches of snow. Wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour could lead to drifting snow and poor visibility.

Moderate snowfall of several inches is forecast for the central Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Lighter snow is forecast for the I-95 corridor and Fredericksburg area, where trace snowfall to an inch of snow is anticipated to fall starting around midnight and ending early Thursday morning.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractor crews will work overnight and continue working in 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, until all roads are safe for travel.

Around 500 trucks are ready to plow and treat state-maintained roads across the 14-county Fredericksburg District once the storm begins.

Residual pre-treatment materials exist on Interstate 95, primary roads and secondary roads from recent storms. However, even with advance treatment, road surfaces will be slick once precipitation arrives.

Extremely low temperatures will cause any moisture to freeze on the pavement. VDOT crews will treat roads as needed to reduce icing and improve traction, but motorists should be prepared for potentially hazardous conditions.

What Residents Should Know

Drivers should stay off the roads for the duration of the storm, and remain off snow-covered or icy roads.

VDOT crews will apply sand and salt to reduce icing and improve traction. Crews will begin plowing once 2 inches of snow has accumulated on the road surface.

VDOT crews focus their efforts on roads that carry the most traffic first. Interstate 95, primary roads, and secondary roads that carry heavy traffic and connect with critical public safety and emergency services are leading priorities for snow removal. Once conditions improve on these roads, crews focus next on subdivision streets and lower-volume secondary roads.

Online Snowplow Tracker

VDOT’s online snowplow tracker at vdotplows.org will be activated once 2 inches of snow has accumulated in the Fredericksburg District. Residents can enter their address to see the status of snow plowing in their neighborhood.

Users will see one of 3 status updates for their residential area: Not started (red), in progress (yellow), or plowed (green).

511Virginia

Call 511, visit www.511Virginia.org, or use VDOT’s 511Virginia free mobile app to find real-time road conditions in any area of the state.

VDOT’s Customer Service Center

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).

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VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

 

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SNOW AND HIGH WINDS TO AFFECT TRAVEL – Motorists cautioned against driving during winter storm expected to hit eastern and central Virginia

SNOW AND HIGH WINDS TO AFFECT TRAVEL
Motorists cautioned against driving during winter storm expected to hit eastern and central Virginia

RICHMOND, Virginia – Motorists in eastern and central Virginia should plan for slick road conditions and poor visibility as snow and high winds are expected to move into those regions beginning this evening. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recommends keeping a close watch on your local weather forecast and staying off roads during this weather event.

The precise timing of precipitation and accumulation will vary depending on where you are. Snow will likely continue through late Thursday and high winds are expected to persist through Friday night. Due to the nature of the storm, blowing snow may reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile at times in some areas creating dangerous travel conditions.

VDOT crews have been pretreating roads where appropriate and are mobilizing today to monitor and treat roads as necessary throughout the storm.

The latest road conditions are available at www.511virginia.org, through the free mobile app or by phone. You can track the location of most snow plows at VDOT’s Snow Plow Tracker. The tracker is activated once snow reaches two inches or more. 

If you must travel, make preparations ahead of time. With temperatures expected to remain below freezing for the next few days, make sure your emergency winter driving kit is properly stocked and includes items to keep you warm. Allow extra time for the trip, drive at a low speed and stay at a safe distance from other vehicles. If you encounter slow-moving equipment such as snow plows, slow down and give them the right of way.

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STAYING SAFE DURING THE BITTER COLD

(Lawrenceville, Ga., January 3, 2018) – Weather forecasters are predicting prolonged below-freezing temperatures to start off the New Year.  Firefighters are urging citizens to be weather aware throughout the winter months and year-round.  Keep your home and family safe by incorporating the following safety practices.     

PROTECT WATER PIPES FROM FREEZING: Take a few minutes to protect your plumbing system in and outside the house from the freezing weather. 

Outdoor Plumbing – Cover outdoor water valves and spigots when temperatures dip below freezing.  A fitted plastic or Styrofoam cover can be found at most hardware and home-improvement stores.  Tape and cardboard wrapped and sealed well around the spigot can be just as effective.  Disconnect the garden hose and drain the system before the cold-weather starts.         

Indoor Plumbing – Wrap exposed water pipes in the attic, unheated basement or crawlspace.  Doing so will help insulate the pipes against freezing.  When temperatures dip below freezing, open the cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathroom to expose pipes to the heat.  Drip the faucet overnight in order to prevent freezing.  For single-handle faucets, drip the warm (but not hot) water.  For two-handle faucets, drip both the cold and hot lines.  Remember to shut off the faucet when temperatures go above freezing. 

What if the Pipes Freeze and Break – If able to do so, close the main water shut-off valve to the house.  The valve may be located in front of the house where you connect your garden hose, the basement near the water heater, inside the garage or occasionally in a more inconspicuous location like a utility closet.  Keep in mind that the repair of broken pipes on the customer’s side of the water meter is the customer’s responsibility.  Contact a plumber to make repairs.        

For additional information on protecting water pipes from freezing, please click the following link: https://www.gwinnettcounty.com/static/departments/DWR/pdf/Protect_Your_Pipes.pdf

SAFETY INDOORS:

Home Heating – Be sure to have all home heating equipment like the furnace, fireplace or wood-burning stove serviced annually by a qualified technician.  Put the fire out in the fireplace before leaving the room or when going to sleep.  Never use the kitchen stove or oven for warmth.  Remember that gas and charcoal grills and outdoor fireplaces should only be used outside the home. 

Space heaters can be dangerous if not used properly.  Keep plenty of space around the heater and remember to turn the heater off if you leave the room for an extended period of time or when going to sleep.  Never place combustibles such as clothing, furniture or bedding close to the space heater.

Use flashlights to see in the dark during temporary power outages.  If using candles, remember to keep them out of the reach of children and pets and away from high-traffic areas in the home.  Blow out candles before leaving the room or when going to sleep.  Always use sturdy candle holders and place candles on uncluttered flat surfaces.  Consider the use of flameless candles or battery-powered flashlights whenever possible.       

Be sure to install and maintain working smoke alarms on every level of the home and in each of the bedrooms.  Develop a home fire escape plan and practice fire drills regularly.  Have a collapsible fire escape ladder upstairs and keep a portable fire extinguisher close at hand.  Get out fast and stay out!  Never go back inside a burning building.  Call 9-1-1 from outside the home and wait for firefighters to arrive.     

SAFETY OUTDOORS:

Staying Warm – Bundle up to protect yourself from the cold by wearing layers of warm clothing and be sure to adequately cover your hands, feet and top of your head.  A scarf or toboggan cap will help keep your ears and nose from being exposed to the bitter cold.  If possible, limit time outside in the cold and take plenty of breaks to go indoors where it’s warm. Be sure to check on the elderly and those who live alone.  Exposure to the cold may cause hypothermia or frostbite.  

Hypothermia:

The warning signs of hypothermia are uncontrollable shivering, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.  Treat a person by warming the body slowly.  Replace wet clothing with dry warm clothing and plenty of warm blankets.  Avoid giving the person alcohol or caffeinated drinks.

Frostbite:

Frostbite is damage to body tissue caused by exposure to extreme cold.  If signs of frostbite are observed, be sure to seek medical attention immediately.  Warm the body slowly by wrapping with warm blankets.  

Consider safety precautions for small (outdoor) pets; bring pets indoors, if at all possible.  The improper use of heat lamps for pets should be avoided due to the potential fire or injury hazard to animals.

Stay off The Ice! – The prolonged cold temperatures could cause a thin sheet of ice to form on open bodies of water.  Avoid any frozen body of water such as a lake or pond.  The ice will not be thick enough or strong enough to support the weight of a child or small pet.  Post warning signs around frozen bodies of water.  Simply put, stay off the ice!

Downed Power Lines – Avoid contact with downed power lines.  If you lose power don’t go outside in the dark to investigate.  Contact with an energized electrical line may cause severe injury or even death.  All downed power lines should be considered “live.”  Report downed power lines to the fire department and the appropriate utility company. 

Drive Safely – Reduce your speed when traveling on the roadway during the winter months and allow extra time to reach your destination.  Watch for patches of black ice when temperatures dip below freezing.  Keep a blanket, flashlight and first-aid kit in the car.  Be sure to have your car engine winterized before the cold-weather starts.         

PORTABLE GENERATORS:

If you lose power and decide to use a portable generator, remember to keep the generator outside – a safe distance away from the house.  Generators may cause carbon monoxide poisoning if not used properly.  Never use generators inside a basement or garage.  The generator should be placed outside in a properly ventilated area.  Use only the amount of power necessary to maintain essential appliances and lights.  Install a carbon monoxide alarm inside the home near the sleeping area.

 

Eaton invites architecture, design and engineering students to submit for the SOURCE Awards competition, celebrating lighting design excellence

PEACHTREE CITY, GA — Power management company Eaton today announced the call for entries for the 41st Annual SOURCE Awards lighting design competition. Designed to recognize and honor the bright future of the lighting design industry, the awards are part of Eaton’s commitment to building the pipeline of lighting design talent. University students studying architecture, design, engineering or related disciplines are invited to enter this conceptual design competition. The deadline to submit entries is February 28, 2018.

“For more than 40 years, the SOURCE Awards have helped bolster the pipeline of future lighting designers entering the industry,” said Kraig Kasler, president, Eaton’s Lighting Division. “We look forward to another year of seeing the many high-quality, creative and functional lighting designs submitted by the talented students who are the next generation of our industry.”

The SOURCE Awards competition, which focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design, is open to students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs in lighting or interior design, architecture, engineering or related disciplines. Students are eligible to enter projects based on conceptual lighting designs and will be judged on creativity and how Eaton’s lighting and controls products are used in conceptual spaces.

Each project will be judged on its own merit and selected entries will earn the distinction of Winner, Honorable Mention or Special Recognition. The winner will receive a $2,000 award and honorable mention winners will each receive $500. All winners will receive a crystal trophy, local and national recognition and an invitation to attend a lighting seminar at the SOURCE, Eaton’s premier lighting educational center located in Peachtree City, Georgia. The faculty adviser of each winning students will also be invited to attend a seminar.

Judging for the 41st Annual SOURCE Awards competition will take place in March 2018 by an independent panel of lighting and design professionals who have taken part in the SOURCE Awards in the past, as well as a representative from the SOURCE. Winners will be announced and recognized in May 2018 at LIGHTFAIR International in Chicago.

For additional information about rules, current and past award winners, and the submission process, please visit The Lighting reSOURCE, Eaton’s online informational hub, or eaton.com/sourceawards.

Eaton delivers a range of innovative and reliable indoor and outdoor lighting solutions, as well as controls products specifically designed to maximize performance, energy efficiency and cost savings. Eaton lighting solutions serve customers in the commercial, industrial, retail, institutional, residential, utility and other markets.

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 96,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.

Men’s College Basketball: Eight Top-25 Matchups Highlight Schedule as 2018 Begins

ESPN’s college hoops coverage is starting the new year off on a hot note, with eight top-25 matchups and 21 ranked teams on this week’s slate. Matchups featuring ranked opponents including No. 12 UNC facing No. 24 Florida State on Wednesday, Jan. 3 (7 p.m., ESPN2), four games on Saturday, Jan. 6, as part of Saturday Showcase presented by 5-Hour ENERGY – No. 12 UNC against No. 8 Virginia (1 p.m., ESPN), No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 West Virginia (7:15 p.m., ESPN2), No. 17 Kentucky playing No. 23 Tennessee (9 p.m., SEC Network) and No. 10 Kansas vs. No. 16 TCU (9:15 p.m., ESPN2) – No. 24 Florida State at No. 15 Miami on Sunday, Jan. 7 (6 p.m., ESPNU), and two Super Tuesday games featuring No. 17 Kentucky taking on No. 11 Texas A&M on Jan. 9 (7 p.m., ESPN) and No. 18 Texas Tech facing No. 7 Oklahoma (7 p.m., ESPNU).

Additional Schedule Highlights:

  • Analyst Jay Williams heads to his home state of New Jersey with Mike Corey to call a Big Ten matchup between Wisconsin and Rutgers on Friday, Jan. 5 (7 p.m., ESPN2)
  • 2 Duke faces NC State on Saturday, with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas on the call (8 p.m., ESPN)
  • Super Tuesday will also feature Baylor at No. 6 West Virginia (7 p.m., ESPN2), No. 13 Purdue at Michigan (9 p.m., ESPN), Iowa State at No. 10 Kansas (9 p.m., ESPN2) and No. 23 Tennessee at Vanderbilt (9 p.m., SEC Network)
  • Adam Amin and John Thompson III will be live from Charles Koch Arena for an American Athletic matchup between Houston and No. 9 Wichita State on Thursday, Jan. 4 (7 p.m., ESPN)

Men’s College Basketball Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Matchups/Commentators Network
Wed, Jan 3 6 p.m. Mt. Vernon Nazarene at Indiana Wesleyan ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Ole Miss at Georgia
Mike Morgan, Pat Bradley
SEC Network
  7 p.m. No. 12 North Carolina at No. 24 Florida State
Karl Ravech, Dick Vitale
ESPN2
  Syracuse at Wake Forest
Anish Shroff, Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
  UConn at Tulsa
Mitch Holthus, Bryndon Manzer
ESPNEWS
  No. 25 Clemson at Boston College ACC Network Extra
  Memphis at UCF ESPN3
  East Carolina at South Florida ESPN3
  Hartford at Albany ESPN3
  Maine at Stony Brook ESPN3
  New Hampshire at UMBC ESPN3
  NJIT at Brown ESPN3
  Connecticut at Tulsa ESPN3
  Syracuse at Wake Forest ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Fisk at Lipscomb ESPN3
  8 p.m. South Dakota State at North Dakota State ESPN3
  Nicholls at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
  Valparaiso at Bradley ESPN3
  Evansville at Southern Illinois ESPN3
  Illinois State at Drake ESPN3
  Indiana State at Loyola-Chicago ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. No. 17 Kentucky at LSU
Tom Hart, Jon Sundvold
SEC Network
  9 p.m. Missouri at South Carolina
Beth Mowins, Sean Farnham
ESPN2
  Oklahoma State at No. 7 Oklahoma
Clay Matvick, Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  No. 15 Miami at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  NC State at Notre Dame ACC Network Extra
  No. 8 Virginia at Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
  New Mexico at Boise State ESPN3
  Missouri at South Carolina ESPN3
  10 p.m. UC Riverside at Cal State Fullerton ESPN3
Thu, Jan 4 7 p.m. Houston at No. 9 Wichita State
Adam Amin, John Thompson III
ESPN
  Ohio State at Iowa
Drew Fellios, Robbie Hummel
ESPNU
  Vermont at UMass Lowell ESPN3
  Ohio State at Iowa ESPN3
  7:15 p.m. Little Rock at Georgia State ESPN3
  8:15 p.m. Troy at UT Arlington ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 14 Arizona at Utah
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
ESPN
  No. 20 Cincinnati at Temple
Roy Philpott, LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN2
  SMU at Tulane
Dave LaMont, Malcom Huckaby
ESPNU
  SMU at Tulane ESPN3
  10 p.m. Hawaii at Long Beach State ESPN3
  San Diego at Portland ESPN3
  11 p.m. No. 19 Gonzaga at Pepperdine
Roxy Bernstein, Caron Butler
ESPNU
Fri, Jan 5 7 p.m. Wisconsin at Rutgers
Mike Corey, Jay Williams
ESPN2
  Saint Peter’s at Iona
Robert Lee, Julianne Viani
ESPNU
  Manhattan at Monmouth ESPN3
  Saint Peter’s at Iona ESPN3
  Wisconsin at Rutgers ESPN3
  8 p.m. Canisius at Quinnipiac ESPN3
  9 p.m. Northern Kentucky at Oakland
Jordan Bernfield, Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN2
  Wright State at Detroit
Joel Godett, Mark Adams
ESPNU
Saturday Showcase Presented by 5-Hour ENERGY (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS)
Sat, Jan 6 Noon Alabama at Georgia
Matt Stewart, Antoine Walker
SEC Network
  Louisville at No. 25 Clemson ACC Network Extra
  East Carolina at UConn
Steve Lenox, Tim Welsh
ESPNEWS
  Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
  1 p.m. No. 12 North Carolina at No. 8 Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale, Allison Williams
ESPN
  Albany at New Hampshire ESPN3
  Maine at Binghamton ESPN3
  Saginaw Valley State at Grand Valley State ESPN3
  2 p.m. Texas at Baylor
Lowell Galindo, Reid Gettys
ESPNU
  Dartmouth at Harvard ESPN3
  2:15 p.m. LSU at No. 11 Texas A&M
Richard Cross, Jon Sundvold
SEC Network
  Arkansas State at Georgia State ESPN3
  3 p.m. North Dakota State at South Dakota ESPN3
  3:15 p.m. Notre Dame at Syracuse
Mike Couzens, Cory Alexander
ESPN2
  4 p.m. Iowa State at Oklahoma State
Doug Sherman, Bryndon Manzer
ESPNU
  Tulsa at Memphis
Alex Perlman, Mark Wise
ESPNEWS
  Wake Forest at Boston College ACC Network Extra
  South Carolina Upstate at NJIT ESPN3
  Bradley at Evansville ESPN3
  Southern Illinois at Valparaiso ESPN3
  Presbyterian at Liberty ESPN3
  Tulsa at Memphis ESPN3
  Iowa State at Oklahoma State ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Kevin Fitzgerald, Jimmy Dykes
SEC Network
  Lipscomb at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  5:15 p.m. Indiana at Minnesota
Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich
ESPN2
  South Alabama at UT Arlington ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Central Arkansas at Lamar ESPN3
  Troy at Texas State ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 22 Arkansas at Auburn
Taylor Zarzour, Kyle Macy
ESPNU
  6:45 p.m. Vanderbilt at South Carolina
Mike Morgan, Dane Bradshaw
SEC Network
  7 p.m. Yale at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  UMBC at Vermont ESPN3
  Stony Brook at Hartford ESPN3
  Jacksonville at North Florida ESPN3
  Stetson at Florida Gulf Coast ESPN3
  Drake at Indiana State ESPN3
  7:15 p.m. No. 7 Oklahoma at No. 6 West Virginia
Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
  8 p.m. No. 2 Duke at NC State
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas
ESPN
  St. Bonaventure at St. Joseph’s
Dave Leno, Mark Plansky
ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 17 Kentucky at No. 23 Tennessee
Tom Hart, Sean Farnham, Kris Budden
SEC Network
  9:15 p.m. No. 10 Kansas at No. 16 TCU
Rich Hollenberg, Robbie Hummel
ESPN2
  10 p.m. No. 19 Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount
Eric Rothman, Adrian Branch
ESPNU
  Hawaii at Cal State Northridge ESPN3
  BYU at Pacific ESPN3
Sun, Jan 7 Midnight UC Riverside at UC Santa Barbara
Sam Farber, Richie Schueler
ESPNU
  1 p.m. Fairfield at Iona ESPN3
  2 p.m. Niagara at Marist ESPN3
  3 p.m. Canisius at Siena ESPN3
  4 p.m. Loyola at Northern Iowa
Jordan Bernfield, Malcolm Huckaby
ESPNU
  6 p.m. SMU at Cincinnati
Kevin Brown, John Thompson III
ESPN2
  No. 24 Florida State at No. 15 Miami
Anish Shroff, Cory Alexander
ESPNU
  8 p.m. No. 4 Arizona State at Utah
Roxy Bernsteiin, Corey Williams
ESPNU
Super Tuesday presented by Boost Mobile (ESPN, ESPN, ESPNU)
Tue, Jan 9 7 p.m. South Carolina at Alabama
Tom Hart, Jon Sundvold
SEC Network
  No. 11 Texas A&M at No. 17 Kentucky
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Laura Rutledge
ESPN
  Baylor at No. 6 West Virginia
Jon Sciambi, Tom Crean
ESPN2
  Tulane at Memphis
Richard Cross, Mark Adams
ESPNEWS
  No. 18 Texas Tech at No. 7 Oklahoma
Clay Matvick, Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  Indiana Wesleyan at Taylor ESPN3
  Liberty at Winthrop ESPN3
  Tulane at Memphis ESPN3
8 p.m. Boston College at No. 12 North Carolina ACC Network Extra
Syracuse at No. 8 Virginia ACC Network Extra
Southern Illinois at Bradley ESPN3
9 p.m. No. 13 Purdue at Michigan
Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich, Molly McGrath
ESPN
Iowa State at No. 10 Kansas
Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
No. 23 Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Dave Neal, Daymeon Fishback
SEC Network
Ole Miss at Auburn
Rich Hollenberg, Debbie Antonelli
ESPNU
11 p.m. Boise State at Fresno State
Matt Schick, Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU

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ESPN and Freeform Streaming Apps Now Available on Samsung Smart TVs

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Disney and ESPN Media Networks have collaborated with Samsung to bring the ESPN and Freeform apps to Samsung Smart TVs nationwide. Video subscribers will now be able to stream some of their favorite sports and entertainment programming. On the ESPN App, this includes the upcoming Alabama-Georgia College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T and ESPN’s acclaimed MegaCast production, the Titans-Chiefs NFL Wild Card game and the NBA, among other live events, clips, highlights and on-demand content. On the Freeform app, this includes the upcoming series premieres of “grown-ish” and “Alone Together” and the season premiere of the critically-acclaimed drama, “The Fosters.”

All 2017 Samsung Smart TVs will support the ESPN and Freeform apps at launch.

Streaming on the ESPN App is available to subscribers across all major traditional and digital pay TV providers nationwide. The Freeform app is a service that allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on-demand access via a wide array of devices. In addition to today’s launch, the apps are also accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

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Validation of a Novel Screening Test for Maternal Insulin Resistance

This will be a validation study of Quantose IR and Quantose IGT to predict insulin resistance and identify patients with prediabetes. This is a pilot study of 100 subjects. Based on the results of this initial trial, investigators plan to perform a larger trial at UTMB.

Quantose IR is a fasting blood test for insulin resistance and prediabetes, and is clinically validated in non-pregnant individuals. The Quantose IR Score is based on three novel nonglycemic biomarkers, as well as insulin, and provides a comprehensive measure of insulin resistance. These analytes include:

  • α-HB (α-hydroxybutyrate): positively correlated with insulin resistance and indicative of early β-cell dysfunction.
  • L-GPC (linoleoyl-glycerophosphocholine): negatively correlated with insulin resistance and impaired glucose tolerance.
  • Oleic Acid: positively correlated with increasing lipolysis and insulin resistance.
  • Insulin: increased insulin is characteristic of insulin resistance and is an independent risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Quantose IGT is designed to estimate the risk of being IGT. It is calculated from a multiple logistic regression model based on the fasting plasma levels of:

  • Glucose.
  • α−HB.
  • β−HB.
  • 4-methyl-2-oxopentanoic acid.
  • LGPC.
  • Oleic acid.
  • Serine.
  • Vitamin B5. Participants in the study will be consenting to data collection and two visits for lab draw. The investigators will then evaluate the performance of the Quantose IR and Quantose IGT in the study population.

This is a prospective cohort non-interventional study. Subjects will be identified during the time of a prenatal visit at one of the UTMB clinics. All necessary institutional and regulatory approval will be obtained prior to enrolling any candidates for this study.

Potential subjects that are not patients of the investigator or patients of the study team members, they will not be contacted by study staff unless they have been informed of the study by their medical provider and express an interest in receiving more information on the study or wish to enroll in the study. Under the direction of the PI, trained research staff will be available in the UTMB prenatal care clinics to screen and consent subjects according to study protocol. The Perinatal Research Division (PRD) has staff based in the UTMB Maternal Health (OB) clinics. These research staff members will screen the charts and electronic medical records of prenatal patients receiving care in the OB clinics. In order to contact potential study participants, the HIPAA waiver is submitted.

In addition, the OB clinic staff will be in serviced on the study and encouraged to refer potential subjects to the PRD staff. Other than the blood samples for this study, the management of pregnancy and delivery will be according to the standard of care at UTMB and will be up to the clinical provider.

Blood samples will be collected during 2 windows, early window (gestational age 10 0/7 to 13 6/7 weeks) and late window (gestational age 24 0/7 to 28 0/7 weeks) and stored at -800C in our perinatal research division. An aliquot will be sent to Metabolon to run the Quantose IR and Quantose IGT. The laboratory and the investigators will be blinded to the outcomes of the patient.

Testing using Quantose IR and Quantose IGT: The blood draws will be timed to coincide with clinically indicated blood tests as much as possible (e.g. first visit labs, aneuploidy screening, gestational diabetes screening).

Testing using HOMA IR: The investigators will be measuring fasting insulin and glucose levels (last meal more than 8hrs before testing i.e. overnight fasting) from EDTA-plasma samples. After collection, the samples will be spun and plasma obtained. Samples will be stored until testing.

Two tubes (total = 20cc) of blood will be collected from participants who will be asked to fast for minimum of 8 hours prior to blood draw.

The samples from both time points will be sent together to Metabolon for Quantose IR and Quantose IGT analysis.

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, December 12-13, 2017

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January 03, 2018

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, December 12-13, 2017

For release at 2:00 p.m. EST

The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on December 12-13, 2017. A summary of economic projections made by Federal Reserve Board members and Reserve Bank presidents for the meeting is also included as an addendum to these minutes.

The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee ordinarily are made available three weeks after the day of the policy decision and subsequently are published in the Board’s Annual Report. The descriptions of economic and financial conditions contained in these minutes and in the Summary of Economic Projections are based solely on the information that was available to the Committee at the time of the meeting.

FOMC minutes can be viewed on the Board’s website at http://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/fomccalendars.htm

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee
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Last Update: January 03, 2018

2017’s Top Stories from the Office of Science

From ancient astrophysical signals to the newest x-ray imaging technology, the news stories we published in 2017 spanned the breadth and depth of discovery research supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science.

Our stories fall into four categories, each focusing on a different aspect of our work: original features, laboratory articles, university articles, and research highlights. We’ve compiled the five most popular articles of each type over the course of the year.

In 2017, we also published 40 Years of Research Milestones, a collection of 40 major papers from DOE’s history, as well as a roundup of the Office of Science’s 27 R&D 100 Award Finalists.

Original Feature Articles

The Office of Science’s Communications and Public Affairs team’s original feature articles provide perspectives on our work that readers will find nowhere else. Longform feature articles provide big picture views of major research topics, from quark-gluon plasma to permafrost. Profiles of user facility directors and National Science Bowl alumni put a personal spin on some of our nation’s greatest resources. 

Top five original feature articles:

National Laboratory Articles

The Office of Science’s 10 national laboratories report on their latest research news with timely press releases and features. They also profile scientists to highlight the passion and commitment behind the research.

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University Articles

The Office of Science supports scientists, engineers, and students at nearly 300 academic institutions across the United States. These universities tell the stories of the discoveries that emerge from this research.

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Research Highlights

Research highlights summarize published journal articles at national laboratories and universities based on work supported by the Office of Science. These articles feature findings that the Office of Science programs themselves choose to amplify.

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