What a baby hears while asleep matters more than previously thought

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 10, 2017 • By Lisa Marshall An infant prepares for EEG testing. Small sensors are placed on the infant’s head, which allows researchers to see changes in the infant’s brain activity while listening to sounds. Credit: Elyse Tierney.Afterward, Gilley used an algorithm developed in his laboratory to identify and measure these different brain patterns.The findings, published in March in the journal BMC Neuroscience, came as a surprise.When the “standard” sound hummed along—ah, ah, ah—the infant’s brainwaves remained primarily in  a theta, or low frequency, wave. But within a few milliseconds of hearing the oddball sound the brainwave pattern shifted to a complex blend of gamma, beta and theta frequencies, a signal of neurons in different regions of the brain oscillating and harmonizing.In essence, the brain quickly learned what the expected sound was, anticipated it, and reacted with surprise to a different one. In the process, Gilley notes, new neuronal pathways key to discriminating sounds were likely formed. That’s important, because knowing how to discriminate between distinct sounds is key to learning speech and language.“The most surprising finding here is how quickly these infants’ brains are able to make those predictions. Within the span of one test, their brain learns a pattern and begins to respond to it.”The paper is the first of a series the group will be rolling out as part of a five-year, multi-center grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.The goal is twofold: To use EEG to better understand precisely when and how a child’s brain begins to process sound; and to aid development of better diagnostic tests.Helping babies with hearing impairmentsToday, while EEG is used to determine—at the brainstem level—whether a newborn responds to sound, it can’t show how well they distinguish between sounds. That can make it hard to tune hearing aids for babies with hearing loss. Studies show 50 percent of hearing aids may not be properly calibrated for young children.“Within the next five years, a clinician could put a few small sensors on a newborn’s head for less than 30 minutes and detect not only that an infant can hear speech, but also how well they tell the difference between speech sounds,” says Gilley.What should infants be listening to? It’s too early to say, Gilley notes, although he admits to preferring ocean sounds and other soothing repetitive sounds for his children. Gilley does recommend that if a child has a hearing impairment, they wear their hearing aids as much as possible.“Otherwise, they may be missing out on essential environmental sounds that help their brain to learn.”Kristin Uhler, an assistant professor at the CU Anschutz School of Medicine, Kaylee Watson, a doctor of audiology candidate in the CU Boulder department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, a professor with ICS, co-authored the study.Categories:Health & SocietyNews Headlinescenter_img What an infant hears during sleep has an immediate and profound impact on his or her brain activity, potentially shaping language learning later in life, suggests a new University of Colorado Boulder study of slumbering babies.“We found that even while babies sleep, they are still processing information about their acoustic environment, and their brains are using that information to develop pathways for learning,” said lead author Phillip Gilley, PhD, principal investigator of the Neurodynamics Laboratory at the Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS). (Listen to Gilley talk about the research.) Research dating back to the 1970s suggests that newborns can already recognize their mother’s voice. What has remained unclear, however, is how early, and to what degree infants can distinguish between the rapid-firing sounds—such as long or slow vowels or consonants—that serve as the building blocks of human language.The science of sleeping babiesTo find out, Gilley and his colleagues enlisted the parents of 24 healthy infants under the age of 5 months to bring their newborns to a lab. Each infant had electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes attached to their heads, then fell asleep. Researchers tested sleeping infants because they are more still and infants spend up to 80 percent of their time asleep. A speaker nearby played a sequence of repeated sounds—“ah, ah, ah” or “bah, bah, bah”—interspersed with an occasional oddball sound—“eeh” or “dah,” respectively. Meanwhile, EEG measured the child’s brainwaves.last_img read more

State of the City shares grief, resilience, and optimism in touching virtual event

first_imgA far call from the usual joyous gathering, Thursday’s State of the City event was nevertheless a poignant one peppered with tales of tenacity, reflections of loss, and renewed hope for the road ahead.This year’s annual summit, hosted by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, brought residents together over Zoom for a moving evening with speeches from Mayor Sue Himmelrich, Chamber President Laurel Rosen, Interim City Manager Lane Dilg, and Congressman Ted Lieu.Space was held to honor and acknowledge the losses and sacrifices of community members over the past year, including the 135 residents who passed away due to Covid-19.“We need to recognize this struggle and how it has impacted us and left an imprint on our community, from small business owners, restaurants and retailers who struggled to stay afloat, to frontline workers who have risked their lives to keep services running, to the many left to seek out basic necessities like food and shelter,” said Himmelrich.Although far from the hardest hit community in Los Angeles, Santa Monica suffered its share of trauma in 2020.In the last year more than 7,000 residents experienced unemployment, 72 percent of businesses reported struggling to cover expenses, and some 200 newly food insecure households came to depend on the Virginia Avenue Food bank.The City had to reduce expenditures by almost 25 percent due to budget shortfalls and laid off almost 300 full time employees. Then on May 31 looters ransacked downtown and severely damaged many struggling local businesses.“On top of the pandemic, the murder of George Floyd, the reexamination of systemic racism that followed, and the ease with which criminal elements were able to take advantage of May 31 protests to loot and damage our downtown all expose deep flaws in our city and our nation for which we both apologize and resolve to address,” said Himmelrich.Despite what seemed at times like insurmountable or hopeless challenges, the City and its residents found ways to come together like never before, all while staying six feet apart.In the past year, community members raised over one million dollars for the We Are Santa Monica recovery fund; Big Blue Bus provided 287 days of fare-free travel and transported essential workers every day; and the fire department deployed personnel to fight 17 wildfires in the worst fire season on record.The City worked rapidly to adapt to the pandemic and was one of the first communities to launch many programs, including parklet street dining and the eviction moratorium, which quickly spread across the County and state.“In Santa Monica we have continued to lead the way in keeping the approximately 70% of our community members who are renters in their homes,” said Dilg. “We have provided more than 600 families with direct rental assistance and 145 senior households with cash-based assistance.”All of this was done with minimal external support, as very little federal aid was allocated to cities with small populations like Santa Monica.Fortunately, Congressman Ted Lieu said that under the Biden administration this is about to change. If passed successfully, the American Recovery Plan will provide an estimated $27 million in funding to the City of Santa Monica and $9.3 million to the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.The event ended on an encouraging note and local leaders implored all residents to get involved in the City’s recovery efforts.“The government has the ability to point us in the direction we need to go, but for meaningful outcomes, we have to turn toward the common effort of advancing the common good,” said Himmelrich. “We do this by rebuilding our economy, our connections to one another, and also our hearts.”[email protected] :city council.COVID-19Economic Recoveryessential workersLane Dilglaurel rosenSanta Monica Chamber of Commercestate of the citySue HimmelrichTed Lieushare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentEditorial: Thoughts on school openingResidents beg L.A. city services to remove burnt out RV ‘drug den’ on Rose AveYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours ago HomeLifeHealthCovid-19State of the City shares grief, resilience, and optimism in touching virtual event Feb. 27, 2021 at 6:00 amCovid-19FeaturedNewsState of the City shares grief, resilience, and optimism in touching virtual eventClara Harter3 months agocity council.COVID-19Economic Recoveryessential workersLane Dilglaurel rosenSanta Monica Chamber of Commercestate of the citySue HimmelrichTed Lieu last_img read more

Donegal GAA on their bikes for Better Life for Livie Campaign

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleIrish tourism may not recover until next year – AndrewsNext articleWorks to begin tomorrow from Circular Road Roundabout, Letterkenny News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Donegal GAA on their bikes for Better Life for Livie Campaign Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal GAA Players are in the saddle as they shake buckets across the county today raising funds for the Better Life for Livie campaign.They’re taking donations to help 11-month-old Co Meath girl Olivia Mulhern, who has a severe degenerative genetic condition called spinal muscular atrophy.Unless she travels to the United States for cutting-edge gene therapy at a cost of 2.1 million dollars, it’s unlikely she’ll live past her second birthday.Caolan Hogan is urging people across the county to give generously.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/LivieFundraiser1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can follow updates on the Official Donegal GAA Facebook page. By News Highland – July 19, 2020 Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

80 new Gardai on the way to north west region

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA 80 new Gardai on the way to north west region Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Twitter Previous articlePressure on Council to revamp Oldtown pitch in LetterkennyNext articleEmergency package of measures to be announced for north News Highland Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – March 20, 2020 WhatsAppcenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ 319 new members of the gardaí will be sworn into the force in Tipperary later.Many of the recruits will be required to go back to Templemore after the Covid-19 emergency is over to complete their training.However, this cohort will have full powers of other members of the force and will be deployed across the country with 80 of them assigned to the north west region.Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan says it is a necessary measure:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/gardxdffsdgdfga7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

News / Shipping lines seek higher rates as first quarter results come out

first_imgIn line with the weak volumes on its major trade, Asia-Europe, sister company APM Terminals saw its year-on-year profit level decline from the $226m posted in the first quarter of 2012 to $166m. In additional return on capital for the period declined from 20.1% to 12%, as its facilities in emerging markets failed to make up for volume declines witnessed at its European and North American terminals.This week also saw Hapag-Lloyd and APL report first quarter figures, that for both companies represented something of a business turnaround in the face of weak markets. The sale of APL parent NOL’s headquarters in Singapore trousered it $200m, and helped the group hit a net profit of $76m.APL itself saw total revenues down 2% to $1.97bn, average revenue per 40ft down 2% to $2,376 and volumes down 2% to just over 1.5m teu. However, its cost-cutting programme resulted in a core earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss of $101m, a lot more bearable than the $2246m loss it saw in the first quarter of last year.Its logistics business held up well however, with revenues up 8% to $427m and EBIT up 27% to $16m.Hapag-Lloyd also reported a reduced EBIT loss, despite seeing revenues increase 3.1% to €1.65bn, average freight rates increase 4.2% to $1,546 per teu and even a small increase in volumes to 1.33m teu, compared to 1.32m teu in the same period last year.It said it has engaged on a new round of cost-cutting measures – although there is no suggestion of selling its delightful headquarters (pictured above) beside Hamburg’s Binnen Alster lake – and it has been the most aggressive in terms of announcing a new round of peak season surcharges.Chairman Michael Behrendt said: “It is important that rates soon return to a sensible, profitable level. This is absolutely essential and in the interests of everyone who relies on a functioning, reliable maritime shipping industry – from shipping lines to shippers. We cannot afford a repeat of last year’s non-existent peak season.”The problem, of course, is that demand, particularly consumer demand is the key driver behind a peak season, and remains entirely out of shipping companies’ hands. The first raft of first quarter results has been emanating from container shipping line headquarters this week. If further demonstration of the sclerotic nature of today’s liner shipping market was needed, here it is.This morning Maersk Line reported a $204m profit for the first three months of the year, a healthy comparison to the crippling $599m loss it suffered in the same period last year. This came despite a 4% decline in volumes, but the period saw a 4.7% increase in average freight rates. At its heart, however, the hugely improved profitability was the result of cost-cutting. “Total cost per 40ft decreased by 7.1%, mainly driven by vessel-improved network efficiencies,” the company said.“Maersk Line is much more competitive and has gained strength to deal with the challenging shipping markets,” said group chief executive Nils Andersen.The company has lowered its trade growth forecasts for the year to 2 – 4%, although on the back of continuing cost controls it expects to exceed last year’s full-year profit of $461m – which given its performance in what is traditionally one of the weakest quarters of the year, it is well on course to do. By Gavin van Marle 17/05/2013last_img read more

EVS at the International Short Film Festival in Bulgaria

first_imgEVS at the International Short Film Festival in Bulgaria The Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence +1 Similar Stories Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Deadline: 28 February 2017Open to: candidates aged 18-30 coming from Greece, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Spain and PortugalVenue: Veliko Tarnovo and Varna (Bulgaria)DescriptionIN THE PALACE is a festival that presents contemporary film art from Bulgaria, Europe and the whole world and provides an exceptionally favorable environment and platform of expression for both young film artists and established professionals. After successfully concluding the first event in Sofia, the 14th edition of IN THE PALACE continues its tour around Bulgaria with two events in Veliko Tarnovo and Varna.This project will give the volunteers an iNsider’s look at the organization of several cultural events in the framework of the 14th IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival. The volunteers, will be engaged in a wide range of activities related to the promotion of the events, preparation of the venues, communication via different social media platforms, welcoming and assisting the guests and participants, preparation of press releases, and creation of audiovisual materials about the events and the volunteering experience.The volunteers will be divided into teams and will serve on a rotational basis so as to give everyone an opportunity to explore the different parts of the organization and implementation of an international cultural event.EligibilityVolunteers between the ages of 18-30;Coming from Greece, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Spain or Portugal.CostsThis project has received funding from the European Comission as part of the Erasmus + programme, so the festival provides accommodation and assistance for food and travel costs for all the youngsters participating in the project.How to apply?For applying and more information contact the organizers by email [email protected] more information visit the official website. Reddit ← “Many Languages, One World” Student Essay Contestcenter_img Pocket January 30, 2017 Published by kristyna Danubius Young Scientist Award for Young Scientists OFID Scholarship Award for International Students 2017/2018 → LinkedIn 0 Share 0 Study in Bavaria – Call for Application for the Scholarship Fundinglast_img read more

Spice it Up Youth Exchange

first_img Share 0 LinkedIn 0 Deadline: 30 May 2017Open to: young people coming from Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia and the Netherlands at the age of 16 to 35Venue: Ommen, The NetherlandsDescriptionSpice it UP is a project about skills improving your skills, exploring your passion and finding a path for your future job through cooking.WHAT CAN YOU GET OUT OF THIS PROJECTEntrepreneurial skills – taking initiatives, turn ideas into actions, innovative approach, taking risk;Communication skills – clear communication and clear agreements, improving at foreign language;Teamwork & cooperation – leadership and delegation skills, adaptability, creative solutions, coordination;Organization skills – planning, budgeting, time and stress management;Cooking skills – cooking, baking, grilling, presenting etc;Media skills – making a booklet of recipes and posting it on different media channels, communication through social media, promotion of their creations. Volunteering Enhanced My Life For more information please check the official newsletter. Reddit April 26, 2017 Published by kristyna EligibilityAs a GROUP LEADER you are:Enthusiastic and creative;Experienced in COOKING or activities about soft skills development and willing to deliver a workshop about it;Dynamic and inspiring person with a sense of initiative;Coming from Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia and the Netherlands – with a knowledge of basic English;18-35 years old.As a PARTICIPANT you are:Active and energetic;Willing to improve your skills and get ready for your future job;Interested in COOKING;16-30 years old.CostsThere is a 75 Euro participation fee for the Youth Exchange which you can pay from the reimbursement.How to apply?Apply with the online application until:1st May 2017 for APV & Youth Exchange;30th May 2017 for Youth Exchange Spice it Up Youth Exchange Similar Stories center_img Pocket +1 ← From Berlin to Aleppo: Marching for Peace! CUP Fellowship for Change in Design 2021 Internships at FOMOSO: Political, Communication & Social Media Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Tweet Apply to Participate in Young Champions of the Earth Prize! →last_img read more

Menendez, Booker, Chiaravalloti call for new DWI regulations for train conductors

first_imgBayonneHobokenJersey CityNorth Bergen/GuttenbergSecaucusUnion CityWest HudsonWest New York May 29, 2016 9:46 pm at 9:46 pm Bayonne News TAGSbob menendezcory bookerNick ChiaravallotiNJ Transitsecaucus junction SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ), as well as Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31), held a press conference at the Secaucus Junction rail station this morning to call for new state and federal regulations for conductors that are currently dealing with the consequences of driving while intoxicated. [fve]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpWFWwrQab4&feature=youtu.be[/fve]Menendez called on NJ Transit to take a more proactive approach to this situation, which became an issue after an Eyewitness News report revealed that NJ Transit engineer Thomas Broschart is still operating trains despite losing his driver’s license for 10 years after repeated drunk driving convictions.While alcohol wasn’t involved in the incident, Menendez also pointed to the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia last month, where eight were killed and hundreds more injured, as an example of how important making a split-second decision is when operating a train.Furthermore, the veteran senator said that he and Booker plan on introducing federal legislation that puts rail passenger safety first. Like Menendez, Booker said he was “outraged” to hear that Broschart was still legally able to operate a train even though his driver’s license is currently suspended.Chiaravalloti, a former chief of staff for Menendez, introduced a measure in the state Assembly, similar to the bill passed by the state Senate on the same day, that would not allow anyone that has their driver’s license suspended from a drunk driving incident to be able to operate a train.“I think new Jersey Transit already has the authority to take this necessary step, but since they don’t, since they’re unwilling to, we’ll step in and pass this legislation. I think we’ll fast track it and hopefully have it completed by the end of June,” Chiaravalloti told Hudson County View. Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus FedUP Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction center_img Previous articleSheriff: 80-year-old man critical after getting hit by postal truck in Union CityNext article86 cats, 5 dogs rescued from West New York animal hoarders John Heinis Facebook Twitter Menendez, Booker, Chiaravalloti call for new DWI regulations for train conductors Crime 1 COMMENT Duh! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Comments are closed. By John Heinis – May 27, 2016 2:40 pm 1 last_img read more

McLain Ward Takes the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The 43rd edition of the Hampton Classic Horse Show ended in spectacular fashion Sunday, with America’s McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, capturing the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix presented by Douglas Elliman for a record seventh time.An annual tradition signifying the end of the famed Hamptons social season, for the past eight days the Classic has hosted every level of horse and rider from the smallest leadline competitor up to World Cup, World and Olympic Champions such as Sunday’s winner, McLain Ward.Course Designer Michel Vaillancourt built a challenging course at the maximum height of 1.60m, including a line of jumps taking the competitors nearly the entire length of the packed VIP tent. The tough course was a true test of ability, resulting in just five horse-and-rider pairs advancing to the jump-off round.The start order was determined by the final placings in the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier earlier in the week, which meant the better you did Friday, the further down in the order you went on Sunday. Ward was in the bottom third. Friday’s winner, Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam, had the luxury of being the final rider to go in Sunday’s Grand Prix. They jumped a clean round, which meant they jumped last in the jump-off.Ward, never one to ride for second place, pulled out all the stops with HH Gigi’s Girl, the 10-year-old grey mare owned by Double H Farm. They cleared the course and flew across the finish line in a time of 39.32 seconds, knowing speedy Sweetnam was yet to come. The only time Ward let up on the gas was heading to the very last fence, and only for a split second, knowing that if he pushed any more, he would risk having the last jump down.“The line from the Jaguar vertical to the last jump ended up being a steady seven strides,” said Ward in the press conference following the awards. “But it was one of those lines where although the seven seemed steady, almost holding, doing six strides would become kamikaze. I also didn’t know what quality the jump would be off the full rollback to the Jaguar. Gigi slipped just a tiny bit on the tight rollback turn she made to the Jaguar fence, which actually worked out perfectly because it meant I could support and push up to it. However, she is young and still a bit inexperienced. I knew I had done a lot already and heading down that last line, I had to take a bit off the gas pedal.”Ward and HH Gigi’s Girl finished with a clean score, in a time of 39.32.Eventual third-place finisher Lucy Davis was unable to catch Ward’s time. Caracho left the jumps up, but they crossed the timers in 42.47 seconds.Last to jump, Sweetnam had to contend with Main Road bucking sporadically in the jump-off, both upon landing and while galloping between fences. They crossed through the timers with no jumping faults in a time of 41.24 seconds to finish in second place.The top three riders each received beautiful new timepieces courtesy of Longines.Although Sweetnam would have to be content with second in the class, his lead in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge was so strong that he easily held onto first place and took the title for the second time.Having been awarded one Longines watch for finishing second in the Grand Prix, Sweetnam received a second watch for securing the Longines Rider Challenge. Adding these to the watches he won in Friday’s $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by Longines and Saturday’s $70,000 Longines Cup, Sweetnam certainly won’t have an excuse to ever be late!The 43rd Hampton Classic featured over 200 classes in six beautifully manicured show rings. One of the most spectacular equestrian events in the nation showcasing the highest levels of hunter-jumper competition, the world-class event hosts hundreds of top riders and horses from all over the nation and world. Tags: McLain Ward, Michel Vaillancourt, Hampton Classic Horse Show, Hampton Classic Grand Prix, HH Gigi’s Girl, SIGN UP Email* Horse Sport Enews Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Approximately 500,000 evacuate wildfires in Oregon as death toll climbs

first_imgDaveAlan/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — An estimated 500,000 people in Oregon have evacuated as a result of the wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres across the state, according to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.Amid the devastating blazes, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order to combat businesses that are trying to take advantage of those in need by price gouging. This is in response, she said, to reports that some essential consumer goods and services, especially lodging, are seeing increasing prices.“During a statewide emergency, it is absolutely unacceptable to price gouge Oregonians who have already been hard hit and are facing devastating loss,” Brown said in a statement Thursday.“As wildfires force thousands of Oregonians to abandon their homes, local businesses have stepped up to ensure that families can find essential goods and services at fair prices,” Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a statement Thursday.As of Friday morning, there are 38 active fires burning more than 805,000 acres. The largest is the Beachie Creek Fire, which is more than 185,000 acres and is 0% contained. This deadly blaze has resulted in at least two deaths.The Holiday Farm Fire has burned more than 144,000 acres and is also 0% contained. The Lionshead Fire, which is more than 125,000 acres and has resulted in at least four injuries, is 5% contained.The Riverside Fire is 120,000 acres and is 0% contained, while the Archie Creek Fires is burning more than 107,000 acres and is 1% contained, according to OEM.“Thousands of evacuated Oregonians are sleeping in motels, on cots in shelters, or with friends/family,” Brown tweeted. “Please know that we are doing everything in our power to fight these fires.”While state and local emergency responders continue their work to battle the wildfires, they will now be getting some additional federal help.A day after a delegation of Oregon lawmakers sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking for disaster assistance, the president approved Oregon’s Emergency Declaration.“The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures … to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe,” a statement from the White House said.The death toll from the West Coast wildfires has climbed to at least 17, but that number is expected to rise as many people remain unaccounted for, according to local officials.In California, the fires are continuing to wreak havoc.The North Complex Fire, formerly known as the Bear Fire, has burned more than 244,000 acres, is 23% contained and has resulted in at least 10 deaths. This deadly blazed has also destroyed at least 2,000 structures.California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Thursday for Siskiyou County, where the Slater Fire is 127,000 acres and is 0% contained.Cal Fire said Thursday evening that 2.6 million acres have burned across the state currently. Six of the top 20 largest wildfires in California history have occurred this year.The August Complex Fire is 746,607 acres and is 25% contained.The El Dorado Fire near San Bernardino is more than 13,000 acres and is 31% contained.And in the state of Washington, the Cold Springs Fire in Okanogan County is more than 187,000 acres and is 25% contained.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more