Dr. Ye says both UHS and Lourdes now have their own UV sanitation stations. Local hospitals say it will help address the medical supply shortage. For the team behind the project, it’s a chance to support local medical professionals. “Luckily for us, some of us our supply chain guys have figured out how to get the masks, so we didn’t have to use it. We were ready in case we get to a crisis situation where we’ll have to process and de-contaminate these masks,” said Poranki. Dr. Ye says the station can be built in just a few hours using parts you can find in a hardware store. The station uses large UV bulbs and foil to maximize the energy used to kill COVID-19. It can clean up to 50 N95 masks at a time and can clean a single mask up to 20 times. UHS says they have successfully tested the device. While they have not experienced a medical supply shortage, they say the station will prepare them. (WBNG) — When the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread in the United States, researchers at Binghamton University decided to invent new ways to help local hospitals. “This is what we call pressure inventions. It’s an invention under pressure, because everything is urgent, and it happened in a very short time period,” said Dr. Kaiming Ye, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Binghamton University. “It’s a very joyful experience. We’re very proud that we were able to do something for the local communities,” said Ye. “You’ve heard stories from Italy and New York City, people using the same PPE for days and shifts together, and we didn’t want to do that, we wanted to be ahead of it,” said UHS Director of Performance Improvement, Sri Poranki.
Indianapolis, In. — The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season – the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.“The Postal Service is ready to deliver for the holiday season. We have increased our operating capacity to include additional transportation and extended our delivery windows,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. “Our dedicated employees are proud to deliver more packages to homes than any other shipper.”Once again the Postal Service is expanding its Sunday delivery operations to locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 25. The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and anticipates delivering more than 8 million packages on Sundays this December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.Delivering for the Troops and OverseasThe Postal Service also processes mail for overseas Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of State (DoS) recipients. Interestingly, the DoD measures their mail volumes in pounds not pieces, and it’s expected that the Postal Service will process more than 16 million pounds of mail for DoD and DoS recipients between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.Busiest Mailing and Delivery DaysWith an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, there is no longer a “busiest day” for holiday shipping. Instead, the Postal Service’s busiest time is now two weeks before Christmas. Starting the week of Dec. 10, customer traffic is expected to increase, and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks. The week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, when nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.Skip the Trip and Ship OnlineConsumers don’t even have to leave home to ship their packages, simply visit usps.com. The Postal Service anticipates Dec. 17 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 8 million consumers predicted to visit usps.com for help shipping that special holiday gift. It’s predicted that nearly 105 million consumers will visit our website between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And usps.com is always open.It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship feature and other online services on Dec. 17 to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.What’s New this YearInformed Delivery is the Postal Service’s free daily digital preview of what’s coming to your mailbox. This holiday season, not only can you manage your packages and sneak a peek at cards headed your way, you can also see some exterior images of magazines and catalogs — all from your mobile app, dashboard, tablet or computer. Informed Delivery is one more way the Postal Service is helping you anticipate, communicate and celebrate this holiday season.2018 Holiday Shipping DeadlinesThe Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines*:Dec. 4 – APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 11 – APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 14 – USPS Retail GroundDec. 18 – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail ExpressDec. 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)Dec. 20 – First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)Dec. 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 20 – Priority MailDec. 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail ExpressDec. 22 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail ExpressDec. 22 – Priority Mail Express
“Might be,” Griffin said of a stretch of games he’s put together that could be the best of his career. “The best part about it is we’ve won games besides those two. We’ve won games.“I’m learning to just take what the game gives you and not trying to force anything besides tonight, unfortunately, with the eight turnovers. I was going for that cripple-double.”He laughed, and even took a swipe at his own free-throw shooting. He made his first 12 before finished 14 of 17 at the line.“On a couple breakaways I haven’t been getting fouled as hard,” Griffin said. “It’s allowing me to attack even more and almost welcome those fouls. I think that puts pressure on defense and ultimately it opens up things for our guys.”A career 62 percent free throw shooter before this season, he has made 94 of 122 in December (77 percent). Maybe the Clippers didn’t look like they had the urgency they needed.Blake Griffin had it.Continuing a remarkable run that may announce a step to another level in his development, Griffin scored 40 points and willed the Clippers to a 98-90 victory over Utah on Saturday night at Staples Center.Using a full assortment of moves that he might have been reluctant to turn to in the past — including relishing trips to the free throw line — Griffin scored 26 of his points after halftime and the Clippers (21-11) needed all of them to halt a two-game losing streak. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was the third time in the last four games that Griffin, who was the league’s player of the week last week, broke the 30-point barrier. Prior to that, he had done it only once.Griffin made 13 of 20 shots and added 10 rebounds.Still, the Jazz and Clippers were tied at 90-90 with 2:33 left before the Clippers made the push to put it away.It started with a pick-and-roll from Chris Paul to Griffin that ended in a left-handed dunk, continued when Paul got a steal and fed Jamal Crawford for a 3-pointers, then Paul and Griffin combined to make three free throws.“We all grow as players. Everyone knows how hard Blake works,” Paul said. To see it coming together like this night after night is something. I think our team believes in him and he knows that.“He commands double teams and if you don’t double him, he can face up, back you down and gets us into the bonus, and when they do start trapping, it gets us open shots.”Paul had 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and the Clippers defense began to assert itself. The Jazz made only 9 of 24 shots in the third quarter.The Jazz went scoreless for the final 2:33, missing four shots and turning the ball over three times.“We got stops,” Griffin said. “After two minutes, they didn’t score. That’s really what the game came down to.”The Clippers might not have expected such a tussle with the Jazz, who started the season with only one win in their first 14 games.“It’s funny, and I’m not psychic, but before the game I talked to our guys and there are certain nights where you have to find certain games to win,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s the team we need to become, we need to beat a team where it’s not a blowout, you’re playing hard and things are not going right, and you’ve got to find a way to win.”Crawford added 13 points and Darren Collison and Matt Barnes each added seven off the bench.Already without injured guard J.J. Redick and injured forward Reggie Bullock, the Clippers were also without reserve center Ryan Hollins, who missed the game for what the club said were personal reasons.Utah (9-24) proved to be a handful for the Clippers. Forwards Richard Jefferson and Marvin Williams had 15 points apiece and center Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 17 and grab 12 rebounds. Rookie guard Trey Burke added 12 points and six assists.One game after committing a season-low five turnovers, the Clippers had 13 but were never really sharp.“We couldn’t make shots and every time we got a 10-point, 9-point lead, it was almost guaranteed that we were going to have three turnovers in a row or bobble the ball,” Rivers said. “It was just one of those nights and we made just enough plays to win the game.”