Officials were scrambling to respond quickly to the potential outbreak. Planes began spraying Merus 3.0, a plant-based insecticide, over parts of the state Wednesday night, the Michigan health department said in a statement. The state sprayed the pesticide over more than 500,000 acres in 2019.An automated voice message at the state health agency informed residents they would not be allowed to opt out of the spraying. Local officials in the past have voiced concern over the potential effects of the spray, including its ability to harm honeybees. Michigan last year allowed residents to opt out of spraying.The state said that “health risks are not expected” from the spray when it announced treatment plans on Monday. But it warned residents to cover ornamental fish ponds, as well as consider canceling outdoor activities to mitigate the risk of mosquito bites. After months of trying to contain the coronavirus pandemic, officials in Michigan intensified their fight on Thursday against a different and potentially deadlier disease: Eastern equine encephalitis, a brain infection transmitted by mosquitoes.The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday it had ramped up nighttime aerial anti-mosquito spraying in high-risk areas of western Michigan after announcing it suspects that 28 horses and one human have contracted the disease in 11 counties in the state.Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is present across the eastern United States as well as parts of the Midwest, but is generally rare in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It kills up to 30% of people infected with it and also causes long-term neurological damage. As of Sept. 9, only 5 people in the United States had been diagnosed with the disease in 2020, CDC data showed. That number does not include the Michigan case. Topics :
For illustration only (Image courtesy of Singapore LNG)Singapore LNG, the operator of the country’s first liquefied natural gas import terminal, has completed its first small-scale reload at its facility on Jurong Island.The gas-up/cool-down and reload operation was carried out from 18-20 June for Shell’s newly built LNG bunkering vessel Cardissa, Singapore LNG said in a statement.As previously reported by LNG World News, the 6,500-cbm Cardissa left STX Offshore & Shipbuilding’s yard in South Korea earlier this month and it is on its way to the port of Rotterdam where it is expected to start operations this summer.The Cardissa is one of Europe’s first LNG bunkering ships with Shell claiming it is the biggest seagoing vessel of its kind.The fueling operation of the bunkering vessel was conducted at Singapore LNG terminal’s secondary jetty, which is originally designed to accommodate LNG vessels from 60,000 cbm to 265,000 cbm in size.Singapore LNG said in its statement that compatibility studies were carried out in advance to ensure that the vessel could safely call at the jetty.Prior to this, the smallest LNG carrier that had called at the Jurong LNG terminal for unloading or reloading was about 65,000 cbm in size.“The successful completion of our first small scale LNG reload operation is significant as it demonstrates the SLNG terminal’s ability to play the role of LNG supply hub for the region,” said John Ng, Chief Executive of Singapore LNG.The terminal is able to break LNG cargoes into smaller parcels and facilitate deliveries of small volumes of LNG to other terminals in the region, or as bunker fuel to ships in Singapore LNG’s port.“We are already looking ahead to further enhance our capabilities in this area, by exploring possible modifications to our secondary jetty to accommodate LNG vessels as small as 2,000 cbm. This is expected to come onstream in 2019,” said John Ng.
Work Out WorldThe WOW name is a recognizable brand, according to Anthony Miscia who manages the Red Bank studio on Broad Street, but each site is individually owned. The Red Bank and Tinton Falls locations are owned by the Roma family who have a commitment to fitness.Lauren Cascio is Red Bank’s head trainer and has a philosophy that stresses “variety” in an exercise program. “We want clients to enjoy the experience,” she says, “and one way to help do that and keep the interested and moving toward fitness and weight goals, is to be sure there are not doing the same thing every visit.”Cascio says a well-rounded fitness program includes one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer, group classes in programs like pilates, yoga or kick boxing (offered at the Tinton Falls location), and working out on your own. “I help clients develop a varied program that works for them,” she says, “that focuses on their main interests and goals.”WOW’s Red Bank facility, with aerobic machines overlooking the Navesink River, has a studio feel but includes 30 state-of-the art aerobic and kinesis machines and thousands of pounds of free weights.30 West Front St., Red Bank www.workoutworld.com By Art PetrosemoloIt’s that time of year when just about everyone is thinking, “How can I lose the extra weight I put on over the holidays?” Or, for some, there is the New Year’s resolution to eat better and exercise on a regular basis.In the two river area, there is no shortage of gyms, personal trainers, health clubs, and the like, all looking to help you meet your weight loss and fitness goals. But more often than not, and the professionals at these fitness centers will attest, most individuals may start a program with good intentions but give up when they don’t see instant results.Getting fit and staying fit isn’t easy and if you don’t believe it, don’t start, the professionals say. First, be sure your doctor agrees with you starting a fitness program; then do your research on options, check your diet, talk to the professionals at fitness centers, and yoga and pilates studios and make a plan.I had a close sailing friend who always said before we started out on a long cruise, “Plan the sail; sail the plan… and we’ll get to our destination safely.” The same goes with fitness. You need a plan, a goal, and a means to achieve success and then the persistence and fortitude to succeed. Here are some local fitness locations that will give you some options to help you succeed this year.Brahma YogaLisa Aquino has turned her passion for yoga into a business at Brahma Yoga. For the past eight years, her Sea Bright yoga studio and spa has been catering to adults and children with yoga classes for all levels. Brahma Yoga also runs a 200-hour training program for yoga instructors.Yoga is a no burn out, stress reducing series of exercises that children as young as three can start to help their balance and focus. “Yoga also works for teens, adults and senior citizens to help fitness, balance and reduce stress,” Aquino says. ”As an added benefit, regular yoga participants find they sleep better too.”Classes are 90 minutes and taught by certified instructors. There is a warm-up, build-up, back down, relaxation and meditation segment to each class. There are 20 yoga instructors at the site and Brahma specializes in yoga.“We also have a holistic spa,” Aquino says, “and do massage therapy and a number of other treatments. Being close to the beach we are quite busy in the summer with many vacationing yoga enthusiasts looking for a studio when they are here at the Jersey Shore.”1050 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright www.brahmayoga.comAtlantic Club Fitness Director Diane Karpus says Atlantic Club members love group exercises. With more than 100 classes each week, all open to members as part of their membership fee, there is something for everyone. “Members enjoy the family feeling that comes with exercising with friends in a group setting,” Diane says.But there is a lot more than group programs at the Atlantic Club. The younger (10 years old) of a two-site fitness operation, Atlantic Club Red Bank is no sleepy sister to the larger Manasquan site. The club has hundreds of visits a day by men and women for one-on-one sessions with one of the three dozen personal trainers, workouts on state-of-the-art aerobic and strength equipment that is updated regularly, group classes, fitness swimming or water aerobics.Members are given a fitness evaluation and plan as well as complimentary three month assessments whether they chose to work with a personal trainer or exercise by themselves.The Atlantic Club is an adults-only facility but does provide childcare on site for moms and dads who need someone to keep their children active while they exercise or enjoy the services at the club’s Milagro Spa. The club has a children’s swim team that meets Sunday evenings and occasional short-term programs for teens.Also, on-site at the Atlantic Club is Crest Physical Therapy for orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. The Atlantic Club supports the program with certified post-rehab trainers to help patients continue rehabilitation.325 Maple Ave., Red Bank www.theatlanticclub.comCommunity YMCAFor years, although there were always small boutique work-out facilities in the area, your option in the two rivers communities to join a full service facility was the Community Y in Red Bank. Linda Ambis is the executive director of the Maple Avenue location. Today, she points out, with the commercializing of fitness and wellness it has become an industry unto itself and there are dozens of focused facilities or larger health club/fitness centers to choose from.“We recognize the growth in the industry in the past 10 years,” Linda says, “ and have adjusted to meet the needs of our existing members and, at the same time, attract new individual members and families.” The Community Y is big, 60,000 square feet, and open weekdays 17 hours a day to accommodate hundreds of visits.One of the things that sets the Y apart is its family focus. They have programs for children as young as three months (mommy and me aquatics) to senior citizens with every age group in-between covered too.The Maple Avenue location has undergone a major renovation in the past year with updates to its lobby, childcare area, fitness studios, Teen Zone and pools. The Teen Zone on the first floor is popular with youngsters who have access to a personalized, interactive fitness location with floor supervision.Like other large fitness centers, the Y offers classes on land and in the water that run the gamut from cardio, strength, yoga, pilates, cycling to water aerobics.The Y also offers the largest aquatics program in the area – taught by certified Y and Red Cross instructors – with aquatic fitness sessions for adults and swim lessons for children from three months right up to nationally ranked competitive teams.“New Y members get a wellness orientation with a plan customized for them,” Linda says, “and it is based on their interests and goals with the hope it will keep them motivated.” Wellness coaches help individuals with equipment and exercises between, or in lieu of, personal training sessions.The Y staff encourages family participation and helps members find programs that will interest their children or other family members. The popular after school “fit kid,” program, for example, combines 30 minutes of strength and 30 minutes of cardio training. Childcare is available.“I encourage members to set realistic goals for fitness,” Linda says, “and then to break them down into small bites and to celebrate successes. And above all,” she concludes, “try new things and have fun in the process.”166 Maple Ave., Red Bank www.cymca.orgMike Duffy Personal Training“For many people, a fitness program isn’t going to happen without help,” says Mike Duffy. “Goals are easier to reach with individual help and motivation.”Duffy, who has a degree in exercise science and 28 years in the business, has two locations with the Oakhurst operation running for 13 years while the Little Silver site is five years old. Carol Ann, Mike’s wife, handles the phones and appointments while keeping Mike and the other nine personal trainers with clients.“What sets us apart,” he says, “is our concern with personal nutrition and how we include it as part of our training program.”Clients sign up for three or six month time periods with two sessions each week with their personal trainer. A specific program is designed by Duffy and his staff to meet individuals’ fitness goals and each session lasts 60 minutes. They also have trainers certified in post-rehab training to help individuals continue their road to full recovery from injuries, operations and initial rehabilitation.Duffy’s runs the popular “Boot Camp” programs for adults five days a week with a 5 a.m. and evening session. After school Boot Camps for children 8-12 also are popular.147 Markham Pl., Little Silver www.mikeduffyspt.comLA BoxingAccording to Kristina Caswell, who works the front desk at LA Boxing and also works out at the club, there is no other workout that lets you burn 800-1,200 calories in an hour.“All our instructors have fight (boxing, kick boxing or mixed martial arts) experience,” Kristina says, “and they run intense group sessions.” There are classes all day at LA Boxing’s Shrewsbury location with class size up to 20 men and women.“It is a challenge,” says Jay Connelly, a lawyer who owns the Shrewsbury and Marlboro facilities with partners, “as the instructors constantly change-up the workout to keep you on your toes with cardio, strength and toning exercises.”One of the reason individuals enroll at LA Boxing is they get tired of the traditional workouts using treadmills and other exercise machines. They are looking for a new challenge.Clients usually do a one-hour workout, twice a week, Connelly says. It will include a warm-up, shadow boxing, work on the heavy bag, core workout and a cool down, stretch segment.“Yes you can get into the ring,” Kristina says, “if you are a member of one of our fight groups or through personal one-on-one training with one of our personal trainers and yes it is a rush.”150 Shrewsbury Plaza, Shrewsbury www.laboxing.com/shrewsbury
By Emma Wulfhorst |Send your kids back to school this season ready to conquer the classroom and look good while doing it. We’ve compiled a list of the best of the best in trendy school essentials. From stationery and school supply storage, to technology accessories and lunchtime items, your student will be prepared for success.This article was first published in the August 10-17, 2017 Back to School edition of The Two River Times newspaper.