Impossible Will Bring Magic to the West End

first_imgThe West End is about to get mystified. Impossible, a magic show featuring illusionists from around the world, will play London’s Noël Coward Theatre this summer. Performances will run from July 24 through August 29.Among the top-class tricksters appearing (and disappearing) in the show are daredevil and escapologist Jonathan Goodwin, digital marvel Jamie Allan, mind reader Chris Cox, unorthodox illusionist Ben Hart and mentalist Katherine Mills.Additional acts will be announced later. The show is directed by Anthony Owen. View Commentslast_img read more

Just Peachy

first_img NOT QUITE YET, but Georgia peaches are well on their way. An unusually warm winter was followed a cool spring with too little water had many growers and peach lovers concerned.ÿ But a UGA horticulturist said she expects the largest harvest since 1994 — a bumper crop. “If everything else goes well, we’re expecting 75 percent to 85 percent of a full crop.” This year’s Georgia peach crop has had too little cold, too little heat and too littlewater. But University of Georgia scientists and peachfarmers still expect the 1999 peach harvest to be the best since the bumper crop in 1994. The lack of chill hours was a big concern, but growers applied a compound called Dormex that substituted for some chill hours. In Fort Valley, scientists report they got only about two-thirds of the chill hours they needed for many varieties — about 770 hours versus 1,200 in a normal year. Taylor said the trees set a good flower crop, but the leaves are expanding slowly because of a cool spring. Dormex speeds up leaf emergence. Once the leaves emerge and begin photosynthesizing, the tree can provide the energy needed to support the developing fruit. But after the warm winter, Taylor said spring was relatively cool in peach-growing areas. “The cool spring kept the leaves from growing normally. It has some of the farmers holding their breath for the late-season varieties.” “We’re looking at a pretty good crop,” said KathrynTaylor, a stone fruits horticulturist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “If everything else goes well, we’reexpecting 75 percent to 85 percent of a full crop.”Chill a concern Compound helps, but nature most important “Flameprince” peaches And on top of the too-warm, too-cool problems, Georgia is about 7 inches short on rainfall so far this year. “Our growers are busy irrigating now to develop peaches of good size for the market,” Taylor said. Farmers are also making sure their orchards are clean — that no extra weeds or grasses take up water the trees need. Brooks County is in the second-largest peach growing area in the state, producing about 10 percent of the state’s crop. Georgia is the nation’s No. 3 peach-producing state with a crop value of $35.2 million in 1997.center_img Al Pearson of Big 6 Farms in Peach County said he’s noticed the trees look different. “They sure don’t have the leaves they usually do,” he said. “The tree produces the fruit. But it takes the leaves to keep the fruit.” Peach County is in middle Georgia, where farmers produce about 90 percent of Georgia’s peach crop. Pearson said he used Dormex on much of his orchard, but hasn’t noticed any real difference in most of the varieties. “We’re hoping to see a difference later in the year on the late varieties,” he said. Add water woes Johnny Whiddon, a UGA Extension Service agent in Brooks County, said growers there began picking peaches in the third week of April. “Our crop looks good,” he said. “But how we do the rest of the year will depend on the rain we get.” Whiddon said most farmers in his county used Dormex on mid- to late-season varieties. Early maturing varieties have lower chill requirements and got enough cold naturally. “How well we do with Dormex is dependent on timing,” Whiddon said. “So we’re still waiting to see how those do. But it’s looking good.” Pearson said he and his neighboring growers will start picking their peaches in mid- to late May. South Georgia peaches are different varieties with shorter chill requirements and mature more quickly in the warmer climate. “I’m still a little nervous — it’s still a long time until the season’s done,” Pearson said. “But overall, I’m real optimistic. I see the possibility for a good crop, probably the best since ’94 or ’97.” Farmer sees difference Wild weather K.Weller, USDA Contact the USDA photo unit for high-res images.last_img read more

Guyana: At the Forefront of Drug Interdictions in the Caribbean

first_img Diálogo: Do you work together with the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to execute all these efforts? Counter-narcotics specialists agree that Guyana is a major transshipment point for drugs headed to the United States. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) just opened an office in the South American country’s capital of Georgetown, giving it a presence it has been seeking for more than a decade, with the goal of assisting Guyana’s fight against drug trafficking and money laundering. Brigadier General Mark Phillips: Yes and no. That might not be our major concern. A major concern for Guyana is our territorial dispute with our neighboring countries Suriname and Venezuela. That’s the major concern, and we would like to find a judicial solution for the territorial disputes with those two countries. As far as we’re concerned, we will now have to place a lot of emphasis on monitoring our youths to see if they are also being radicalized in Guyana through our intelligence agencies. And Guyana has a sizeable Muslim population. Diálogo: The Guyana Defence Force has two roles, right? Diálogo: What percentage of the population is Muslim? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Disaster relief falls under the same pillar: defense, law enforcement, and humanitarian assistance operations. We have a local agency known as the Civil Defence Commission. They’re the lead agency where the [Guyana Defence Force] will always be a supporting agency for any disaster relief operations. To talk about the issue of combating narco-trafficking, terrorism, and other threats currently affecting Guyana, Diálogo spoke with Brigadier General Mark Phillips, Chief of Staff, Guyana Defence Force, during the XIV Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) in Kingston, Jamaica, during the last week of January. Diálogo: During CANSEC 2016, you participated in a panel about terrorism in the Caribbean. Is this a significant concern for your country? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: We’ve had very good relations with the previous commander, General John Kelly. He even visited Guyana to see firsthand what we were doing. This is just a transition of leadership, but the relationship with SOUTHCOM will continue to exist and it will continue to grow under the new leadership, I am sure. Events Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Yes it is. If you read the Defence Act, which includes the laws that Guyana’s Defence Force has established, it speaks clearly to the employment of the Guyana Defence Force for the defense of Guyana and the maintenance of order in Guyana. If you look under the contract of maintenance of order in Guyana, we have to work with the law enforcement agencies to deal with all situations that we consider to be inimical to the maintenance of order in Guyana. Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: The Military, for example, including the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Coast Guard, has benefited from equipment gathered through CBSI. We have some riverine and shore patrol boats that were acquired through CBSI for us, along with the communications suite to ensure ship-to-shore communications. Those were acquired through the CBSI. I’m aware that the Police Force of Guyana received support from the CBSI, too, especially in the area of capacity building. So not only the Guyana Defence Force, but the Guyana Police Force also received support from CBSI. Diálogo: Is Guyana also concerned about drugs passing through your country and guns being left behind for the youths, specifically young males, to get a hold of the weapons and then form gangs? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: About 15 percent of the population of Guyana is Muslim, practicing Muslim. So while the border may be the primary issue that will keep us up late at night, the other emergent threats like terrorism and the radicalization of youths who may end up wanting to join ISIS is also of concern to us. Diálogo: What role does your country play in CBSI? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: The fact is we are a Caribbean country. We’re linked to the Caribbean. We suffer the same threats, like illicit trafficking, transborder, or transnational issues. We benefit from CBSI because we share the same challenges of many countries in the Caribbean, but even though we are in South America, we’re still a small country with a small population facing all the traditional and non-traditional security and defense-related challenges and emerging threats to the security of this nation. What is important for us at the national level is interagency coordination; that the Guyana Defence Force works with other law enforcement and regulatory agencies and definitely at the regional and international levels with regional and international cooperation. We are ready for that. Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Yes. Our primary role is defense, but then there’s the law enforcement aspect by which we have to work with the civil authorities. Then, of course, there’s a developmental role, under which we’re expected to work on infrastructure development in Guyana through our engineering units and also to spend time in developing and training youths [and] participate in the whole development effort of Guyana. Development is also important to us. By Dialogo February 17, 2016 Diálogo: Is it hard to toggle between the sovereignty issues you mentioned before to fight illicit trafficking? Diálogo: Now, that’s surprising, since previous ones normally came from Colombia. Diálogo: How about disaster relief efforts? Diálogo: How about now, with the change of command and Admiral Kurt Tidd as the new commander? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Exactly. Recently, we also found a fast boat. The fast boat is in Guyana right now, of course, being used by the DEA and other U.S-based law enforcement agencies. We’re building capacity to better enable us to conduct anti-drug operations. The Guyana Defence Force’s involvement is mainly to move boats or aircraft used to transport law enforcement agents or for surveillance into remote areas. We work in an interagency setting with the Customs Antinarcotics Unit, the Guyana Police Force, and other law enforcement agencies. Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Absolutely. The Guyana Defence Force and SOUTHCOM share a relationship much like what exists between SOUTHCOM and other countries in the Caribbean. Diálogo: How does Guyana benefit from being a member of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI)? Brig. Gen. Mark Phillips: Guyana is a transshipment country in the sense that drugs pass through our country. I mean, we are fighting drugs, and we’re trying to stem the passing of drugs through Guyana. We are in the forefront when it comes to interdicting drug traffickers. If you can recall, last year we interdicted a semi-submersible, one that was actually manufactured in a remote area of Guyana. We don’t know who manufactured it, but that vessel was recovered, and it was handed over to the United States. I think it’s in Key West [Florida] right now, perhaps the biggest semi-submersible ever found. last_img read more

Do we finally provide our guests with parking?

first_imgWe are constantly breaking tourist records, and this year we have crossed the magic limit of 100 million overnight stays. Statistically excellent and it is certainly a great success of the whole sector, but regardless of the whole euphoria, you need to be honest, open your eyes and talk openly and argumentatively about all the challenges.One of the challenges is certainly the awareness and the need to provide parking for guests. A logical and banal, but again so neglected problem. Why is there still a chronic lack of parking in our tourist destinations. When we invite guests to leave their Euros in our destinations, I wonder: Can’t we provide them with the most basic thing – parking?Again, due to the non-strategic development of our tourist destinations, the only thing that has grown in the past 20 years are accommodation capacities. The entire infrastructure did not follow this development, from the sewerage to the electricity network, so HEP sends us notifications every season not to turn on the air conditioning because the whole system is overloaded. Also, the beaches have remained the same, parking is declining, and destinations are suddenly rapidly increasing in population due to the arrival of tourists. All this is a huge burden on the entire infrastructure of the tourist destination, and the analysis of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce speaks in favor of that – “Simulation of food and beverage consumption in August“. Thus, Nin and Medulin are Croatian record holders in terms of population growth during the summer. According to the estimates of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the population of these cities increases by almost five and a half times during the summer season due to tourists, ie the number of inhabitants in Nin jumps by 461 percent in August, while the population of Medulin increases by 447 percent. Also, population growth in, say, Split-Dalmatia County ranges from 38 percent to as much as 123 percent in Istria County.Every year we witness cities cracking at the seams, especially this summer season, so it’s just a matter of how much the numbers can still grow without investing in infrastructure. But let’s get back to the topic of this article – parking. First I wonder where all that money that cities make goes? Secondly, does that thing really hurt us so much for our guests that we can’t even provide them with parking. Yes, it is best that the guests do not even come, but only to send money.If we care about our guests, shouldn’t we care where they will park their vehicles, ie will they be able to park in the destination at all? We are still primarily a destination where in most cases tourists come by car, even if guests come by plane they should use transport to the accommodation, whether public transport, taxi or car rental during the year. Now, if someone travels five to ten hours to our destination and knows that it will be difficult to find parking at the start we have a big problem. Before dipping his feet into the sea, he already has a negative perception and stress in his head.If we talk about destinations that develop primarily through tourism – live from tourism, especially those in Dalmatia whose space is further cramped due to the highway, why none of these destinations such as Vodice, Trogir, Biograd na Moru, etc. kup did not buy land above the highway and provide tourists with parking? If we are talking about destinations that have money, live from tourism and tourists, shouldn’t that be in their interest?First: They would solve the problem of incredible congestion, and thus rapidly reduce pollution as well as noise in citiesSecured parking would solve a big problem for tourists because they would know that they do not have to look for parking after “ten” hours of driving to the destination, which is extremely frustrating. It is clear to you that tourists when they finally come to the destination, all they want is to settle down and refresh themselves in the sea, especially if you are traveling with children, and not again looking for hours for parking. Here I immediately ask the hosts in the family accommodation: Do you greet them with a cold welcome drink and some indigenous snack?Secured parking would show that you care about tourists, reduce crowds in the city / destination, guests would go down to the destination by electric vehicles, and thus encourage environmental and sustainable development in combination with electric benches, smart city, LED lighting, organic products etc.… Also, there comes efficient public transport as well as various forms of integrated transport such as public bicycle system, car sharing services, rickshaws, segway… the story is only spreading in one other direction. Speaking of which, why don’t we have a fast and efficient “boat” line, ie electric boats, which connect destinations by sea, so as not to burden the roads. We have boats, we have an electric motor, it’s just a matter of implementation. Again, not to go on big ships, but on small boats which are our tradition and which would employ a lot more people.Second: We will encourage guests to move and explore the whole region / destination If there was no problem with parking, guests would use their cars more often without fear of having to look for parking again, and would free them up and encourage them to move by car to visit and experience the surrounding destinations. By doing so, they would have a much better experience of the whole region. Certainly how guests want to experience as much as possible, and one destination cannot provide them with all seven days. In the end, the only thing that matters is how the guest feels at the end of their vacation, ie whether they are satisfied with the destination or not, and whether they will come back and recommend it. We have to care, that’s a key element.Did we live up to expectations? Or maybe surpassed? What is good and what is not good in the destination? What do guests want? Ask them, they are with you, this is your best free research. My first encounter with tourism was through animation in tourism. As an animator, I communicated with the guests every day and I knew everything that was good and what was not in the hotel, camp, destination. Unfortunately, then, and as far as I can see today, the management still has no ear to listen to its guests, of course honoring the positive exceptions. We have to start dealing with tourism, and not live on rent, so we sell forms without content.Third: Increasing tourist spendingAlso, if we would provide parking to our tourists, it would further encourage tourist spending, precisely through increased guest mobility. Of course, nights and arrivals should be counted, but I wonder why no one counts tourist spending, ie non-board consumption, which is more important than the numbers of overnight stays. On the contrary, it is crucial for understanding tourism, because the goal of tourism is to increase the quality of life of the local population and to spend as much and as much local participants as possible on the local economy, not just to earn some and ultimately make money from tourism.Win-win, right? But first we must care about tourists and the strategic development of tourism.Some cities such as Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar have started this year with applications for public transport, but this is just the tip of the iceberg because the problem is complex, and it is impossible to solve the whole problem with one intervention. We need to look at the bigger picture and close the whole circle. Tourism is extremely dynamic, complex, heterogeneous, multidisciplinary and connects various industries vertically and horizontally. That is why it is complex and must not be developed by inertia or accident, but only strategically and sustainably.Let’s start from the beginning and provide parking for our guests.PS This has nothing to do with the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB, because the cities themselves are in charge of the development of tourist destinations.

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The revolution that wasn’t: Bernie Sanders second presidential bid falls to earth

first_imgMillions of Democrats across the country agreed with Dooley during Tuesday’s nominating contests, adding to the momentum and delegate count that has resurrected the former vice president’s campaign. Biden won at least four of the six states that voted, including the biggest prize of Michigan, dealing another blow to the “political revolution” promised by 78-year-old Sanders.Many voters said they admired the Vermont senator’s authenticity and consistent message, and like his policies, but had cast ballots strategically for Biden, the candidate they think can beat President Donald Trump in the November general election.“This isn’t the time for extreme,” said Kurt Nortin, a 55-year-old substitute teacher who saw Biden speak in St. Louis on Saturday.Sanders fell short of his primary performances against Hillary Clinton in 2016 when he pulled off an upset in Michigan and lost by a whisker in Missouri. On Tuesday he lost handily in both those states, places where he hoped to demonstrate his strength among Midwestern voters. Sanders only pulled off a win in North Dakota, a small state with few delegates. In Washington state, Biden and Sanders were in a virtual tie with more than two-thirds of the votes counted. Topics : “Last night obviously was not a good night for our campaign,” Sanders told reporters in his hometown of Burlington on Wednesday. He insisted he was staying in the race and would draw a sharp distinction with Biden in a televised debate scheduled for Sunday in Arizona.Sanders said he was winning “the ideological debate” on issues such as universal healthcare that are popular with many Americans, as well as the “generational debate” with his appeal to younger voters. Yet he acknowledged many Democrats were still choosing Biden because they believe the former vice president is the best candidate to defeat Trump.”Needless to say, I strongly disagree with that assertion,” Sanders said. “But that is what millions of Democrats and independents today believe.”Sanders had promised his platform of ambitious social programs and raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy would expand the electorate. Instead Americans of all stripes turned out for Biden: women and men, white and black voters, those with or without college degrees, and self-described liberals and moderates. Sanders only dominated among young voters and Latinos.U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders announces that he will be continuing his campaign for U.S. president at least through his March 15 debate with former Vice President Joe Biden as he holds a news conference in Burlington, Vermont, U.S. March 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)State after state, voters by roughly 2 to 1 said they would rather pick a candidate who can beat Trump than one they agree with on major issues, according to Edison Research exit polls in the states that voted on Tuesday as well as last week’s Super Tuesday contests.The overwhelming majority of these voters who cited beating Trump as the top priority – 61% in Michigan, 67% in Missouri, and 82% in Mississippi – voted for Biden, the polls show.It was a stinging setback for Sanders, who just two weeks ago was riding high with back-to-back strong showings in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.Wall Street investors fearful of a government takeover of healthcare dumped shares in health insurers, while Democratic Party insiders sounded the alarm that the self-described democratic socialist would not only lose to Trump in November but would also hurt the party’s chances down-ballot.Biden, the moderate former vice president under Barack Obama, was helped in part by a wave of endorsements from moderate Democrats and former rivals, including Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar who ended their own presidential bids and rallied behind him. On the eve of the pivotal Michigan primary, former rivals Kamala Harris and Cory Booker stumped for Biden at a Detroit rally.But progressives, whose loyalties had been split between Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who dropped out of the race on Thursday, have yet to close ranks around Sanders.While nearly all of Biden’s moderate rivals endorsed Biden after ending their own presidential bids, Warren has yet to throw her support behind her longtime progressive ally.Some Warren supporters said they were unable to overcome concerns about Sanders’ electability or the perceived divisiveness of his supporters, despite agreeing with much of his policy platform.Dooley, the Michigan teacher who voted for Biden, said she liked the platforms of both Sanders and Warren. But when Warren dropped out, Dooley said her personal admiration for Sanders could not bring her to vote for him. She said she was thinking about November.“For the general population, I feel that (Sanders) might be a little too liberal, Dooley said.On Tuesday, even voters describing themselves as liberal broke for Biden in Missouri and Mississippi and were evenly split between Biden and Sanders in Michigan, according to exit polls.At the same time, many of the ideas Sanders has been taking around the country for the better part of the last five years appear popular among voters. Even in Mississippi, where Sanders was routed by a 66-point margin, 60% of voters said they favored the idea behind Sanders’ Medicare for All bill, replacing private healthcare with a single government plan for everyone.“Democrats right now aren’t necessarily voting on policies,” said Andrew Feldman, a Democratic political consultant in Washington.“The reality is they’re prioritizing electability because of the unique threat of Trump, and they’re saying that Biden is across the board more electable,” he said.Bernie Sanders closed campaign headquarters sits empty in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Kyle Grillot)TAKING ON THE ESTABLISHMENTAfter losing the Democratic nomination to Clinton in 2016, Sanders built a formidable campaign apparatus for his 2020 run, bolstered by an army of devoted supporters who contributed small donations to his campaign in unprecedented numbers.It all seemed to be paying off when he emerged out of Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucuses as the clear delegate leader after three states had voted.But exuberant crowds of 10,000 people or more at Sanders’ rallies masked his narrow coalition of voters. His mostly young supporters did not turn out to the polls in large numbers, while Biden dominated among the older voters who did show up.In Michigan, even as turnout surged from 1.2 million in 2016 to an estimated 1.7 million in 2020, Sanders’ core base – voters between the ages of 18 and 29 – made up just 15% of the Democratic primary electorate, down at least 4 percentage points from four years ago.Sanders showed little interest in reaching out to the Democratic Party’s moderate wing, fueling criticism that he, and his fiercest supporters are sowing intra-party division ahead of a bruising general election battle against Trump.When Sanders’ campaign on Monday held a call with former Warren supporters to get their input on how to court those who have yet to back him, “it did not go well,” according to a person familiar with the call.The Warren supporters suggested adopting some of her policies and addressing the abusive language of some Sanders backers online, but found the campaign unwilling to take responsibility for the behavior, the person said.The Sanders campaign did not respond to a request for comment about the call.When Sanders emerged as a front-runner, Republicans began casting November’s vote as “America vs. Socialism.” Sanders’ Democratic rivals warned that his history of positive comments about left-wing governments like Cuba and Venezuela would damage the party and play into some Americans’ fears of a socialist takeover.Gary Williams, a 64-year-old physical therapy assistant from Detroit, said he did not see Sanders as a socialist, but that he had a “message for the people.”Still, Williams said he feared that with what he called the “establishment” of the Democratic Party against Sanders, Biden was a better bet to beat Trump.“If you were to ask what Biden’s message is, I don’t even know,” said Williams. He said he voted for Biden anyway.That kind of singular focus among Democratic voters was on display at Biden’s St. Louis rally.Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden hugs his wife Jill after a primary night speech at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 10, 2020. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid )Nortin, the substitute teacher, showed up wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with AOC, the acronym for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive lightning rod who has challenged the party’s Old Guard and supports Sanders.But 55-year-old Nortin said he’s casting his lot with Biden with one thing in mind: “We gotta get (Trump) out.”center_img Michigan voter Monique Dooley believed in Bernie Sanders’ forceful message of support for America’s working class.So she cast a ballot Tuesday in Detroit for the Democratic candidate she believes can win back the White House: Joe Biden.“If we are going to be unified, I think we should go with him,” said Dooley, an African-American fifth-grade teacher.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Announces Two New Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases, Legislative Action to Aid in Swift Response

first_img March 07, 2020 Gov. Wolf Announces Two New Presumptive Positive COVID-19 Cases, Legislative Action to Aid in Swift Response SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon confirmed two new presumptive positive cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania. Both individuals are from Montgomery County, have mild symptoms, are in isolation at home and were exposed to an area of the United States where COVID-19 is present.“These new cases bring our total of presumptive positive cases to four in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Even with these new cases, I want to reassure Pennsylvanians that the commonwealth is prepared and responding appropriately and swiftly so that information and resources are available.“I have been coordinating with legislative leaders from both parties, and we have agreed to immediately work toward a package that would provide resources to ensure we are aggressively mitigating the spread of COVID-19.”Resources will help mitigate the spread and strengthen state and local efforts by:Supporting county and municipal health departments;Securing necessary equipment and personnel;Securing personal protective equipment (PPE);Disseminating public health messaging; andSupporting care for seniors, the most at-risk population.“While we anticipate that there will be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and that they should be, too,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We are working with the health care community and local community leaders across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing and ensuring they have the resources they need to care for patients. We are prepared to mitigate the spread of this virus in Pennsylvania.”On Friday, the Wolf administration announced the first two presumptive positives – one adult in Delaware County and one in Wayne County. Both have mild symptoms and are in isolation at home.To date, there are more than 105,000 cases worldwide, including more than 3,500 deaths. There are 401 cases in the United States and 17 deaths to date in the United States. The CDC expects cases to continue to be confirmed in the upcoming days and weeks but wants everyone to take action to help prevent the spread of the virus. CDC also said due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is important for families to be prepared.The Wolf Administration Preparedness ActionsThe World Health Organization first announced the coronavirus outbreak in late January and the Pennsylvania Department of Health has had its Emergency Operations Center set up since February 1. The center allows for a collaborative, concentrated state response, including:Activated of the Department of Health’s Emergency Operations Center to allow for enhanced response coordination;Begun testing for COVID-19 at the state laboratory;Maintained communication and outreach with federal, state and local partners;Provided symptom monitoring for residents returning from areas impacted by coronavirus;Provided health care providers, businesses and education providers with information;Reviewed and adapted current pandemic flu plans to prepare for spread of COVID-19;Increased testing capacity to test 20 to 25 individuals daily;Purchased equipment to increase testing capacity to 125 to 150 individuals beginning the week of March 9.Partially activated the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA.Governor Tom Wolf signed an emergency disaster declaration March 6 to ensure state agencies involved in the response have the expedited resources they need to continue to focus on the virus and its possible spread.The Department of Health is providing a daily update via statewide press release.About COVID-19Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.Pennsylvanians are reminded to:Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.Contain if you are sick, you should stay home until you are feeling better.Comments from State Health Secretary“We are making progress to increase our testing capacity to up to 150 specimens a day over the weekend,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This increased capacity allows us to continue to work with clinicians to ensure Pennsylvanians have access to testing. We want individuals who have potential exposure and symptoms to call us at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).“Further spread of this virus throughout the nation will likely occur. We encourage people to prepare for potential life disruptions. The same family emergency plans and kits that we use to prepare for flu or norovirus, and even snowstorms and floods, are important now.“Since the start of flu season, we have encouraged Pennsylvanians to stop the spread of illnesses by washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning surfaces and staying home if you are sick. Those are the same healthy habits you should continue to practice to protect your family and yourself against the spread of this virus.“Individuals who intend on traveling outside of the United States are urged to check the CDC’s and the federal Department of State’s travel guidance. Currently there are outbreaks of COVID-19 occurring within numerous countries across the world. The number of countries seeing new cases has increased significantly over the last week.“As this situation evolves, we will continually update Pennsylvanians through our website,, our Facebook page and our Twitter account,” Dr. Levine said. “It’s important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Department of Health.”Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, GraphicsFind the latest information on the coronavirus here.Photos of the state’s lab in Exton are available for download and use here.Coronavirus and preparedness graphics are available here near the bottom of the page: 7 press release on the coronavirus:Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, No New Presumptive PositivesMarch 6 press releases on the coronavirus:Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, Testing Capability at State LabGov. 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Bacolod city gov’t plays down bizman’s killing

first_imgBacolod City Police Office (BCPO)spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico confirmed that Sacar gave himself upto Police Station 6 in September 2018 in line with the antidrug campaign of thepolice. The BCPO spokesperson, however, saidprobers have not concluded for certain that the killing was drug-related. “We are not disregarding [thepossibility] the case [may have] stemmed from illegal drugs, but we are alsolooking at business interests and personal grudges,” Pico said. Early this week, Sacar was abducted byarmed gunmen as he was heading home to Barangay 10. His body was eventuallyfound at the back of a hotel in Barangay Mandalagan. The incident was believed to be eitherbusiness- or drug-related. Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City. center_img As instructed by BCPO director PoliceColonel Henry Biñas, cops were exploring all possible angles, he stressed. BACOLOD City – The abduction andeventual killing of Muslim elder and businessman Ontao Sacar won’t adverselyaffect this city’s image as “most business-friendly”, according to Mayor EvelioLeonardia. According to the mayor, the city’seconomy has remained vibrant despite the ongoing drug war. The Muslim community in the cityexpressed outrage over Sacar’s murder and denied that their elder was engagedin drug trafficking./PNlast_img read more

Marseille announce three suspected cases of COVID-19

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians French outfit Olympique de Marseille have detected three new suspected cases of COVID-19 among the club’s staff, the Ligue 1 team announced on Tuesday.Marseille were set to play the 2020-21 season curtain-raiser against St Etienne last Friday, but the game was postponed to next month because of four confirmed cases of coronavirus. “Olympique de Marseille has just learned that three new suspected cases of COVID-19 have been detected within its professional workforce,” the club said on Twitter.Marseille added that they had contacted the LFP ahead of their match against Brest on Sunday.French professional soccer’s governing body LFP has set up a “COVID committee” to advise on whether to postpone matches.When a club reports more than three novel coronavirus cases a postponement is likely, based on the protocol the LFP sent out to clubs.France was the only one among the major European soccer nations to end the 2019-20 season prematurely due to the pandemic. Paris St Germain were awarded the Ligue 1 title.Reuters/NAN.Tags: AS St. EtienneCOVID-19Ligue 1Marseillelast_img read more

Pressure Mounts on Atletico as Future of Four Stars Doubtful

first_imgAs Atletico Madrid prepares to resume La Liga title chase with a mouthwatering trip to Sevilla next Sunday, uncertainty surrounds the future of its defence, which has been the bedrock of the sustained success under Diego Simeone.Captain Diego Godin leads a list of four players who have all been the fulcrum of that reliable rearguard in recent years but have an unclear status at the club whose fortunes they have transformed.Godin has been the heart and soul of Atletico’s revival and is still revered for scoring the goal which clinched the La Liga title in 2014. Diego Simeone However, the 32-year-old only has six months left on his contract, meaning he is free to negotiate with other clubs and can leave in June for no transfer fee.Atletico and Godin don’t see eye-to-eye,’ Spanish newspaper Marca said on Wednesday, reporting that the player and club made a verbal agreement last August on a new deal after the Uruguayan received an offer from Manchester United, but that no progress has been made on signing a new contract.Spanish right back Juanfran and Brazilian left back Filipe Luis, both 33, are also in the final six months of their contracts with the club, who boast the best defensive record in La Liga for a fourth consecutive season. Atletico is three points behind leaders Barcelona.The uncertain status of the trio appears to signal a changing of the guard in Simeone’s side, but the coach’s long-term plans have also been thrown into doubt by Bayern Munich’s pursuit of World Cup winning defender Lucas Hernandez.Reports that Bayern was ready to trigger the 22-year-old’s £72million release clause rocked Atletico’s Christmas celebrations and provoked a series of hurried denials from the Spanish club.Chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin may have ruled out the player leaving in January, but has left the door open for his departure in July, while Hernandez has done little to stamp out the speculation he could leave the club where he grew up.“There are plenty of European clubs that I dream of playing for. I’m fine here in Madrid, but I would think about leaving tomorrow if a project interested me,” he told French newspaper Le Figaro last week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Derek Jeter is a Hall of Famer, so here are six things that made Jeter, Jeter

first_imgIt almost seems like a dirty, wrong thing to say in 2020, but here it goes: Derek Jeter was actually a great player. And now he’s a Hall of Fame one.Isn’t that just gross? “The Captain” and his five rings (of which the Yankees have 27, in case a Bombers fan hasn’t reminded you in the last 15 minutes), are going to be forever immortalized within the walls of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  The thing about Jeter, and it’s no secret, is that he’s equal parts great player and New York media and fan hype byproduct. We all know that baseball isn’t an individual game. You can’t measure individual success on team achievements, but Jeter was a big part of the Yankees dynasty of the ’90s, something that we may have to wait a long time to see again. And while Jeter was indeed a great player, the deifying of No. 2 seems to be a bit, shall we say, excessive.MORE: Nolan Arenado feels disrespected by RockiesJeter’s 72.4 bWAR, his 3,465 hits, his championship rings and his jump throws to first are all good enough reasons to put him in the Hall of Fame on his first ballot, after all.But, jeez. Aren’t you just tired of hearing about Derek Jeter? I mean, we get it! He’s really handsome! He was a superstar in New York! He never got into trouble! What a Goodie 2-Shoes. A real teacher’s pet type. Gag me.But there is, after all, only one Jeter: a lightning rod for criticism and a god among New York sports fans all the same. He was the consummate professional. He gave the media nothin’ while giving the fans everything he had. And that’s what makes Jeter, Jeter.There are many on-field moments that made Jeter what he is, and there are some off-the-field things that add fuel to his myth. The 3,000th hit, The Flip, the gift baskets, the lexicon of supermodels and actresses he’s dated, his SNL skits and his “Seinfeld” appearance are some things that didn’t make the cut.So, without further ado, here are six moments that made Derek Jeter Derek Jeter with a hearty helping of Jeter fatigue, a dash of sarcasm and a sincere congrats:6. He was actually decent in ‘The Other Guys.’Good thing Jeter is (moderately) better at playing shortstop than he is acting.In the 2010 comedy “The Other Guys,” the Yankees shortstop has a pretty small part, but it’s a memorable one: hot-headed New York cop Terry Hoitz, played by noted Boston guy Mark Wahlberg, plants a bullet into Jeter’s leg. “You dick! I’m Derek Jeter, you shot me!” Jeter yells in agony.But that’s not the last we see of the him. In a deleted scene, Jeter warns of a bigger plot afoot, and that Hoitz was actually framed for the shooting.There’s something ironic about Jeter warning about the evils of multi-millionaires, but I can’t quite put my finger on it.Ah, well.5. This commercial with George Steinbrenner.But long before Jeter stole the show in “The Other Guys,” a short commercial clearly showcased his acting abilities.This might come as a surprise, but not everyone loves Derek Jeter. In fact, one guy who kinda owned the Yankees for a long time questioned Jeter’s commitment to the game in the early 2000s.”(George Steinbrenner’s) the boss and he’s entitled to his opinion, right or wrong, but what he said has been turned into me being this big party animal,” Jeter told AP writer Steve Wilstein in 2001, via ESPN. “He even made a reference to one birthday party. That’s been turned into that I’m like Dennis Rodman now.”I don’t think that’s fair. I have no problems with people criticizing how I play. But it bothers me when people question my work ethic. That’s when you’re talking about my integrity. I take a lot of pride in how hard I work. I work extremely hard in the offseason. I work extremely hard during the season to win. My priorities are straight.”Side note: Being compared to Dennis Rodman, a man who vows to bridge the gap between the U.S. and North Korea, isn’t a bad thing, DEREK!Jeter, obviously, resented the thought. No one could work harder than The Captain. (No one out-dated the Captain, either, apparently.)Well, the drama slipped away like a ball under the glove of a diving Jeter, and the Captain and The Boss got together for a pretty memorable Visa commercial that played on Jeter and Steinbrenner’s short-lived, early 2000s feud. The commercial included some of Jeter’s “hard-partying” ways (and no lines).Jeter, being the marketable superstar he is, was also endorsed by Gatorade, Nike’s Jordan brand and Ford in his career, because, surely, the 10-year, $189 million contract he signed in 2001 just wasn’t enough money for him.An aside: If Visa truly is “everywhere you want to be,” then Jeter should have put a credit card to his left on the infield dirt.4. The infamous ‘Shortstops’ picture.Oh, boy. Hide your significant others. Cover the kids’ eyes. This photo is a de-pantsing away from being a Playgirl centerfold. This famous shirtless shortstops photo, including A-Rod & Jeter, was taken this week, 20 years ago (📷 by Walter Iooss/SI)— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 13, 2017I would love to know how the pitch for this came about: SI: Hey, Derek. We’d love to have you in for a photo shoot. DJ: OK, do you have more details?SI: You’ll be there with A-Rod.DJ: Gee, I don’t know—SI: Also, you’ll be wearing white pants. In a white studio.DJ: Guys, let me think about—SI: And shirtless.​ With A-Rod.(We’re beginning to see where the Jeter-Rodriguez relationship went south.)Jeter (far right), shirtless, was flanked by equally as shirtless future teammate Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Renteria, Rey Ordonez and Alex Gonzalez — all hot topics in the ’90s. Alex Rodriguez would go on to become the greatest player in this picture, with Jeter somewhere in second place.Interestingly enough, one of these guys is now a somewhat beloved voice for the biggest sports network on TV and the other is a former shortstop who some feel has disgraced himself with his post-playing day activities.How times change.3. ‘Mr. November.’Of course, the first time in baseball history there were November playoffs, Jeter was at the forefront of it all. Jeter having a dumb “Mr. November” nickname is as good a reason as any to not play baseball in November.In the 2001 World Series, Jeter sent the Yankees to a Game 5 with a walk-off home run off Byung-Hyun Kim, but it was the iconic call from the current voice of the Yankees, Michael Kay, that really cemented Jeter’s legacy.The next time the World Series would creep into November would be 2009, when the Yankees were, once again, a participant, and once again came home with a championship ring. No more November baseball, please.2. His last Yankee Stadium at-bat.Of course, in typical Jeterian fashion, his last hit was a walk-off hit, giving Yankee fans one last bullet in the neverending debate of why Da Captain was so clutch.His last hit, a walk-off single, was eerily Jeter-esque; a little poke on and inside-out swing to right field, an image burned into the retinas of baseball fans everywhere. Pull a baseball, Derek.I mean, this is bad Hollywood cliché writing, so of course Jeter had to cash in. The only thing that could have made it worse is if his Core 4 teammates were there to take it in, too.Oh. Oh, wait.Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera were there, like Force Ghosts from “Star Wars,” ready to hand Jeter his AARP card and probably congratulate him or something. It was like seeing the three specters from “A Christmas Carol.”By the way, can we give some credit to former Yankee great Antoan Richardson for hustling around the bases to score for ol’ Jetes? Or does Jeter get all the credit for a weakly hit single that wouldn’t have scored anyone less fast?Anyways, Jeter got his moment, but the Yankees wouldn’t make the playoffs, finishing third in the division. The Red Sox would go on to win it all once again, their third title since 2004. So, ha! Take that, nerds!1. That stupid play.Oh, you know the one. Not the flip one. The other one.The one that was played on “SportsCenter” ad infinitum like an early 2000s Backstreet Boys hit on pop radio. The play that you were wowed by the first time you saw it, but then realized upon further viewings that it was just OK, like the last “Star Wars” movie.”That stupid play that you were force-fed from MLB Network and Twitter, the one you endured over and over again leading up to his Hall of Fame induction. The one where Jeter’s face lost a fight to an empty chair.Sure, Jeter made a great catch in one of the most memorable regular season games between the Yankees and Red Sox fans of the past 20 years. But let’s not forget that Pokey Reese made arguably a more difficult catch just a few innings earlier.So, of course, selfish Derek Jeter has to outdo Reese. So how does he do it? By jumping into the stands and belly-flopping onto a sea of New Yorkers. Talk about pandering. The crowd surfing plan didn’t go as well as he’d hoped.Debate the play all you want, but the shot of Jeter emerging from the stands is iconic. It was like that scene in “Spider-Man 2” when all the New Yorkers crowd-surf Peter Parker’s body. Just not as cool. Not nearly as cool, in fact. Like Poseidon, Jeter exiting the swath of blue-clad fans like a conquering hero, face cut up and bloodied, is the enduring image of No. 2, thankfully supplanting the shirtless one from above.We’re still going to need a Sports Science segment on whether Jeter could have stopped. The guy isn’t a freight train barreling down on a Volkswagen Beetle at a track crossing. Slide. Veer away. Hit the brakes, man.Congrats, Jeter.last_img read more