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Coronavirus updates: Big 12 announces fall football as other conferences postpone

first_img1:15 p.m.: All NJ schools can reopenNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that he’s signing an executive order clearing pre-K through grade-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, to reopen for the upcoming academic year.All of these schools can open if the institutions desire and if social distancing and other protections are strictly adhered to, Murphy said.School districts that can’t meet all health and safety standards for in-class learning must begin the year with all-remote learning, Murphy said. Those districts must provide plans for reaching those standards and the anticipated date to be back in classrooms, he said.Any student who chooses remote learning must be accommodated, he said.“There is no one-size-fits all plan,” he tweeted.12 p.m.: Big 12 Conference moves forward with fall sports including footballThe Big 12 Conference will move forward with fall sports this year, officials announced Wednesday.Athletes in high-contact sports including football will get three COVID-19 tests per week, officials said.Schools not in the Big 12 Conference must follow those testing rules in the week leading up to games against Big 12 schools, officials said.“We are comfortable in our institutions’ ability to provide a structured training environment, rigorous testing and surveillance, hospital quality sanitation and mitigation practices that optimize the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “We believe all of this combines to create an ideal learning and training situation during this time of COVID-19.”“Ultimately, our student-athletes have indicated their desire to compete in the sports they love this season and it is up to all of us to deliver a safe, medically sound, and structured academic and athletic environment for accomplishing that outcome,” Bowlsby said.Officials with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences said Tuesday they are postponing all sports including football.11:45 a.m.: No guests at the 2020 MastersThis year’s Masters Tournament will take place without any guests or patrons, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, said Wednesday.The tournament, initially set for April, was rescheduled due to the pandemic and will be held Nov. 9 to Nov. 15.“We determined that the potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome,” Ridley said in a statement.11 a.m.: Over 550,000 diagnosed in FloridaIn hard-hit Florida, Miami-Dade County reported 4,105 new cases on Tuesday, the highest one-day reported total for the county during the pandemic, according to the state’s Department of Health.This is likely due to a backlog of cases reported following the tracking system’s temporary shutdown. Miami-Dade County has been reporting a range between 1,210 and 1,808 new daily cases over the last week.Over 550,000 people in the state have been diagnosed with COVID-19. At least 8,897 people have died, according to the Department of Health. The state reported 212 new deaths in the last 24 hours.10 a.m.: 2020 Paris Marathon canceledThis year’s Paris Marathon, set for November, has now been canceled due to the pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.Organizers said it would be especially difficult for runners coming from abroad to make it to the event.Runners who were signed up for this year’s marathon are automatically signed up for next year’s, organizers said.9 a.m.: NJ district to go all virtual after 402 teachers say they can’t work in schoolNew Jersey’s Elizabeth Public Schools will go 100% virtual after 402 teachers said they’d need “special considerations for health-related risks and cannot teach in person,” Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer said in a letter to parents Tuesday.With five weeks until school begins and “insufficient staff to safely reopen,” “it is unfruitful to continue to pursue something that cannot occur,” Hugelmeyer wrote. “We will spend the next five weeks working to create the best virtual experience possible,” she said.Meanwhile, New Jersey educators are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy and the state’s Department of Education to direct all state public schools to open remotely. Dr. Richard Bozza, executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, Patricia Wright, executive director of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and Marie Blistan, president of the New Jersey Education Association, said in a letter Tuesday, “reopening schools for in-person instruction under the current conditions poses too great a risk to the health of students and schools staff.”8:01 a.m.: Russia’s COVID-19 case count tops 900,000Russia reported 5,102 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing its tally soaring past 900,000. The country also reported an additional 129 fatalities. The nationwide total now stands at 902,701 confirmed cases with 15,260 deaths, according to data released Wednesday morning by Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters. Russia’s latest daily caseload is down from a peak of 11,656 new infections reported on May 11.Russia has the fourth-highest highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that his country has become the first in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine. Critics say the vaccine was approved before the final Phase III trial and that no scientific data from the early trials has been released so far.7:16 a.m.: Over 1,000 students in Georgia school district under quarantineMore than 1,000 students in a single Georgia school district have been ordered to self-quarantine this month after at least 70 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in various schools. The Cherokee County School District has published data on its website showing at least 1,130 students and 38 staff members from more than a dozen schools are under mandated two-week quarantines. The district reopened its schools on Aug. 3, welcoming back 30,000 students for in-person learning.Many of the confirmed cases were identified at Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia. The Cherokee County School District announced Tuesday that it is temporarily closing Etowah High School, with the hope of resuming in-person classes there on Aug. 31. “This decision was not made lightly,” the school district said in a statement Tuesday. “As of this morning, the number of positive cases at the school had increased to a total of 14, with tests for another 15 students pending; and, as a result of the confirmed cases, 294 students and staff are under quarantine and, should the pending tests prove positive, that total would increase dramatically.”6:33 a.m.: First dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina diesThe first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina has died, officials said.The dog, who had been showing signs of respiratory distress, was brought to the NC State Veterinary Hospital on the evening of Aug. 3, after the owner noticed the onset of distress earlier in the day, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.The dog ultimately succumbed to the “acute illness,” and its owner alerted veterinary staff that a member of the family had previously tested positive for the novel coronavirus but later tested negative.Samples were collected from the dog and sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, which confirmed a positive test result for COVID-19. The dog’s family, along with state health officials, were notified.“A necropsy was performed to try to determine the animal’s state of health at the time of death and the cause of death, and the complete investigation is ongoing,” the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Tuesday.There is currently no evidence that pets play a significant role in spreading COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.5:20 a.m.: Two men facing charges for allegedly hosting house party in NashvilleTwo men are facing criminal charges for violating public health emergency orders by allegedly throwing a large party at their house in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month.The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has issued arrest warrants for Christopher Eubank, 40, and Jeffrey Mathews, 36, who were both reported to be out of state Tuesday night and have been told to surrender upon returning to Nashville. Eubank and Mathews are each charged with three separate counts — all misdemeanors — of violating health orders by hosting a gathering in excess of 25 people, not requiring social distancing and not requiring face coverings.Police said hundreds of people attended the Aug. 1 party at the property owned by Eubank and Mathews, located on Fern Avenue in Tennessee’s capital. Patrol officers responded to the home late that night and ultimately directed that the party cease.Cellphone footage, obtained by Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN-TV, purportedly shows large crowds of people at the party wearing no masks and not maintaining social distancing. 4:39 a.m.: Nearly one-third of Kentucky’s new cases among teensNearly one-third of new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky at the end of July were among those 19 years old or younger, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Tuesday night.In Mississippi, Black residents represented 58.5% of the state’s new cases during the period from July 5 through Aug. 1 — a 37.2% difference between cases and census racial distribution, according to the FEMA memo.Meanwhile, the test-positivity rate was greater than 10% last week in Arkansas, where 5,593 additional cases were reported and two counties have emerged as new hotspots. Logan County reported 90 new cases last week, an increase of 428% and a test-positivity rate of 17.59%. Poinsett County reported 74 new cases, an increase of 189% and a test-positivity rate of 15.43%, according to the FEMA memo.However, the national test-positivity rate continues to decline. Over the past seven days, the rate was 6.6% — down from 7.9% from the previous week. The nation also saw a 12.7% decrease in new cases as well as a 4.3% decrease in new deaths being confirmed over the last week, compared with the previous seven-day period, according to the FEMA memo.The memo shows that just five states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new cases, while two states are at a plateau and 49 states are going down.3:45 a.m.: US records more than 1,000 new deaths from COVID-19There were 46,808 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.An additional 1,082 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported — more than double the amount from the previous day.Still, it’s the third consecutive day that the nation has recorded less than 50,000 new cases. Tuesday’s caseload is also well below the record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 5,141,208 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 164,537 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records. However, the nationwide number of new cases and deaths in the last week have both decreased in week-over-week comparisons, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Tuesday night. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 744,000 people worldwide.Over 20.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 5 million diagnosed cases and at least 164,994 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. last_img read more

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New ESPN documentary explores basketball’s impact in racial injustice, gender equality and other key moments of history

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — A new film series is exploring the impact of basketball — both on the court and off — and through the eyes of those closest to the game.ESPN’s epic 20-hour documentary Basketball: A Love Story, from director Dan Klores and co-producer, retired NBA player Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, features the game’s most influential figures.“It’s just such a beautiful story. Pro, college, women, Olympics, 62 short stories,” Klores told ABC News’ Nightline. “This is my passion, and I think it’s a passion of hundreds of millions of people around the world.”The series chronicles key moments of history in the game’s past, including racial injustice and the Civil Rights movement.“It’s interesting because during that time, you know, yeah, there were things in places. I mean I played in North Carolina in college and there were places that you could go and places that you couldn’t go. Well that was just the times. And you understood that,” Monroe told Nightline. “But as the older players, you know, we appreciate, you know, where it’s been to, where it’s gotten to now.”The film also exposes the game’s rocky path to gender equality in basketball.Growing up, WNBA legend Rebecca Lobo wished she had someone to look up to in basketball.“I wish there was somebody who looked like me. I wish there was a woman playing somewhere that was on TV every week and was showing little girls how to play hoops. But that wasn’t life then, that wasn’t life in the 70s, 80s and early part of the 90s,” Lobo told Nightline.The WNBA was a big step forward for the sport when it was founded in 1996 after the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team won gold in Atlanta.“They hadn’t won the gold medal in the ’92 Olympics and so they put this team together with a year to train. But it was so much bigger than that. We didn’t realize we were a test bubble essentially for the WNBA,” Lobo said.With the WNBA, Lobo was given opportunities she never dreamed of growing up.“You know, we were making appearances, were visiting places. We were in commercials. This was all new to us and not something any of us had ever thought about because it didn’t exist when we were growing up it’s not something we ever dreamed of because it would have been a pipe dream,” said Lobo.“The WNBA, it’s an experiment that has worked, and I don’t care. You got all these critics, ‘Oh they don’t play as well as men.’ They’re not supposed to. It’s a different game. Look what the WNBA has meant to the culture, to young women, to girls,” Klores said. “It’s all about a host of other doors that are opening and have opened on every conceivable level that give to people what they need. Pride, encouragement, hope and confidence.”Those feelings are a part of what Klores said is a much bigger picture in basketball.“There’s another story being told that’s a story. It’s a story about basketball being a global common denominator,” Klores said.To Klores and Monroe, basketball is, most of all, a game of love.“You can go anywhere in the world and talk about just a few things: food, God, music, sex, basketball. Basketball is the game of the underdog,” Klores said. “Basketball presents both sides of love. That’s what these stories do — much more, so more so than in other activities. The joy of basketball, the wonder, the embrace, the disappointment, the loss, even the betrayal. That’s what basketball represents. It parallels race relations. It parallels the story of the underdog in America and now the world.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img November 9, 2018 /Sports News – National New ESPN documentary explores basketball’s impact in racial injustice, gender equality and other key moments of historylast_img read more

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Australia: BMT Completes Risk Management Study for Rizzo

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australia: BMT Completes Risk Management Study for Rizzo Australia: BMT Completes Risk Management Study for Rizzo Industry news View post tag: News by topic Melbourne-based BMT Design & Technology(BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has completed a risk management study for the Australian Government’s Rizzo Reform Program which involves a plan to reform support ship repair and management practices within Navy and Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO).As a joint Navy and DMO initiative, the Rizzo Reform Program has an active project team to reform risk management.  The project team was formed to understand, investigate and evolve risk management practices across all functions to achieve an Integrated Risk Management framework.  BMT was contracted to advance the understanding of current practices in the raising, documenting, processing, managing and reporting of risks across all business units.The risk domains included Mission risk and risks to operational effectiveness, safety and environment, logistics and supply chain, training and personnel force, and materiel condition management. The study investigated official and unofficial software and data systems supporting these functions, while also providing assessment and mapping of the way in which risks were understood and reported within and between business units and the various levels of management in Navy and DMO.Chris Luxmoore, Senior Engineer at BMT Design & Technology comments: “As part of this process it was important for us to engage with stakeholders in Navy and DMO, providing us with valuable knowledge of simple, as well as complex issues that people are facing in their daily work.  Best practices were analysed and were duly considered with regards to the policy and required systems development. The study provided a snapshot of the risk management framework across the organization enabling the DMO to focus their attention on particular areas that require improvement and to see how these improvements might interact across the business.”An overall matrix presented all of the relevant tools and software currently in use, and their effectiveness for use in risk management.  A high level process map illustrated the interaction of these tools and systems across Navy and DMO and the risk escalation process through levels of management. Both tools provided a benchmark understanding from which calculated decisions could be made to support the effective integration of risk management systems across the different organisations.[mappress]Press Release, October 08, 2013; Image: BMT View post tag: Defense View post tag: Defence View post tag: BMT View post tag: Rizzo October 8, 2013 View post tag: risk View post tag: Navy View post tag: Management Share this article View post tag: completes View post tag: study View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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first_imgEvansville, IN – Below are the felony cases to be filed by the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office today.Danyelle Nicole Fenwick: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 5 Felony), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor)Deangelo Lee Carter: Domestic battery (Level 5 Felony)Sean Christopher Whitlock: Attempt Obstruction of justice (Level 5 Felony), Intimidation (Level 6 Felony), Domestic battery (Level 6 Felony), Resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor)Lacey Lynn Waters: Residential entry (Level 6 Felony), Possession of a narcotic drug (Level 6 Felony), Invasion of privacy (Class A misdemeanor), Criminal mischief (Class B misdemeanor)Logan Brandewie: Theft (Level 6 Felony), Failure to appear (Level 6 Felony)Deborah Lynn Petrangelo: Battery against a public safety official (Level 6 Felony), Battery by bodily waste (Level 6 Felony), Resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), Battery resulting in bodily injury (Class A misdemeanor)Kimberlee Ann Cheatham: Theft (Level 6 Felony), Criminal trespass (Class A misdemeanor)Katie Jo Smith: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)Sammy Lann Katz: Domestic battery (Level 6 Felony), Burglary (Level 3 Felony)Lacey Jean Dillingham: Theft (Level 6 Felony), Possession of a controlled substance (Class A misdemeanor), Possession of a controlled substance (Class A misdemeanor), Criminal trespass (Class A misdemeanor)Robin Redden: Assisting a criminal (Level 6 Felony), Possession of a narcotic drug (Level 6 Felony), Unlawful possession of syringe (Level 6 Felony), Battery against a public safety official (Level 6 Felony), Resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), Attempt Resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), False informing (Class B misdemeanor), Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (Class C misdemeanor), Failure to use high and low beams (C infraction)Clifton Edward Teeters: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Possession of a narcotic drug (Level 6 Felony), Unlawful possession of syringe (Level 6 Felony), Resisting law enforcement (Class A misdemeanor), False informing (Class B misdemeanor)Donn L. Johnson: Domestic battery (Level 6 Felony)Jacob David Maier: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor)Nathaniel Wayne Leach: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony)Timothy Scott Cornwell: Intimidation (Level 6 Felony), Domestic battery (Class A misdemeanor)Jeffrey Allen Mcqueen: Domestic battery (Level 6 Felony)Nicoya Andre Poole: Battery by means of a deadly weapon (Level 5 Felony), Battery resulting in serious bodily injury (Level 5 Felony)Arthur Smith III: Causing serious bodily injury when operating a vehicle with an ACE of 0.08 or more (Level 4 Felony), Causing catastrophic injury when operating a vehicle with an ACE of 0.08 or more (Level 4 Felony)Christopher Lee Williams: Theft (Level 6 Felony)Antonio Dominick Carey: Intimidation (Level 5 Felony), Carrying a handgun without a license (Level 5 Felony), Pointing a firearm (Level 6 Felony), Pointing a firearm (Level 6 Felony), Pointing a firearm (Level 6 Felony), Pointing a firearm (Level 6 Felony), Criminal recklessness (Level 6 Felony), Criminal recklessness (Level 6 Felony), Criminal recklessness (Level 6 Felony), Criminal recklessness (Level 6 Felony), Criminal mischief (Class B misdemeanor)Brandon James Ellis: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor)David Weston Ervin: Possession of methamphetamine (Level 6 Felony), Possession of a narcotic drug (Level 6 Felony), Possession of a controlled substance (Class A misdemeanor), Possession of marijuana (Class A misdemeanor), Possession of paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor)Eric Mark Sadler Jr.: Strangulation (Level 6 Felony), Domestic battery (Class A misdemeanor)FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Ocean City School District Cancels Friday School Day

first_imgWater spills over the bulkhead at high tide at Venetian Bayou Lagoon in Ocean City on Thursday.The Ocean City School District announced early Thursday evening that all three schools in the district will be closed on Friday, Oct. 2, due to the weather forecast.Ocean City is expected to experience moderate to major tidal flooding on Friday with winds gusting beyond 50 mph and heavy rain at times.The district had a “flood day” last December in addition to “snow days” that pushed the end of the school year back.Read more: Storm Update from OCNJ Daily.The SAT tests that had been scheduled for Saturday at Ocean City High School also have been postponed.last_img read more

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Warburtons to build £18m thin bagel production plant

first_imgSource: WarburtonsWarburtons has announced a multi-million investment plan to build a new facility dedicated to the production of the brand’s Thin Bagels.The plant will be located at the company’s bakery in Stockton, Teesside, which it took over from Rathbones in 2005.“Due to increasing consumer demand for our Thin Bagels, we are investing in a new £18m Thin Bagel plant at our Stockton bakery,” a company spokesperson said.“Works are underway and we expect the plant to be baking in spring 2022. The new build will see the site increase by about 15% and eventually will enable us to double the number of people working on site, therefore around 30 new jobs will be created over time.”Warburtons currently produces crumpets at the Stockton bakery having ceased the production of bread at the site in 2018, citing falling demand in the wrapped bread market. Thin Bagels were launched by the plant baker in 2015.The family-owned company, headquartered in Bolton, has 10 other bakeries in the UK, including a plant in Newburn, Tyne & Wear, dedicated to the production of gluten-free products.In its most recent financial results Warbutons posted a profit before tax of £17m for the 52 weeks to 28 September 2019, reversing a loss of £13.5m in the previous year.The company employs approximately 4,500 people and has 18 depots in addition to its bakeries across the UK.last_img read more

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Flavor of Georgia Winners

first_imgMeat and Seafood: Grassfed New York Strip Steak, Hunter Cattle Company, Del Ferguson, Brooklet. Showcase events like the 2015 Flavor of Georgia competition help entrepreneurs spread the word about their products. Many have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains like Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Kroger and Harvey’s. Beverages: Paulk’s Pride 100% Purple Muscadine Juice, Muscadine Products Corporation, Erin Boettger, Wray. The reduction was one of 30 Georgia products selected as finalists from the more than 100 entries from across the state submitted to the 2015 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director J. Scott Angle announced the category and grand prize winners as part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Day at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta. Winners received membership in the state department of agriculture’s Georgia Grown program. All winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2015 Flavor of Georgia logo and gain exposure to grocery buyers and food industry professionals who judge the final round of the contest. Food industry experts, including grocery buyers, food service personnel and agricultural marketing executives, rated Alta Cucina Italia’s Balsamico al Mirtillo and the other products based on innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor. In addition to the grand prize, A&A Alta Cucina Italia Balsamico al Mirtillo also received the category award for best salsa, chutney or condiment. Barbecue Sauces: Causey’s Hot BBQ Sauce, Causey Foods Inc., Wynn Causey Bakke, Smyrna. (The sauce was created in Vienna where the Causeys still operate a restaurant.) People’s Choice Award: Wisham Jellies, Cranberry Pepper Jelly, Eric Wisham, Tifton. “Though hundreds of food products have come through the Flavor of Georgia contest since 2007, Georgians just keep coming up with a new ‘crop’ of excellent entries each year,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. The Flavor of Georgia food product contest is sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with the Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, the Office of the Governor, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. Miscellaneous: Georgia Wildflower Honeycomb, Zeigler’s Honey Company, Robert Edmondson, Stockton. Jams and Jellies: Strawberry Lavender Jam, Fairywood Thicket Farm, Kim and John Conner, Fairburn. Adriana Coppola, a native Italian now living in Johns Creek, won the grand prize in the University of Georgia’s 2015 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest with her A&A Alta Cucina Italia Balsamico al Mirtillo, a blueberry balsamic vinegar reduction. The awards are listed below by prize name, product name, company name, company representative and town. Snack Foods: Savannah Snaps, Verdant Kitchen, Ross Harding, Savannah. Confections: Georgia Peach Cookies, Byrd Cookie Company, Geoff Repella, Savannah. Salsas, Chutneys and Condiments: Balsamico Al Mirtillo, A&A Alta Cucina Italia, Adriana Coppola, Johns Creek. Marinades and Sauces: Tybee Island Coastal Blend, The Salt Table, Carol and Dave Legasse, Pooler. Coppola launched Alta Cucina, her line of authentic Italian gourmet products, to celebrate family traditions and love for fresh ingredients, which she learned from her parents, she said. The annual contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products. In addition to the grand prize, judges awarded prizes in each food product category. A people’s choice award was given based on votes cast during a public tasting Tuesday morning. Dairy Products: Get Back Jack Pimento Cheese, Proper Pepper, Deanna Bibb, Sandersville. More information about this year’s contest can be found at or on Twitter @Flavor_of_GA. For more photos of this year’s Flavor of Georgia contest, see read more

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Unforgettable Ways to Savor Mountain Maryland’s Fall Foliage

first_imgTAKE A DRIVING TOUR!  VISIT AN OVERLOOK! Point Lookout Over Potomac River in the Green Ridge State Forest Dan’s Rock Overlook in the Fall, photo by Bill Merlavage Great Allegheny Passage in Cumberland in the Fall HOP ON A BIKE! Here in the mountains, there are many points that make you feel like you are on top of the world, literally. Visit Point Lookout in Green Ridge State Forest, Town Hill Overlook along the Historic National Road, or Dans Rock Overlook, one the county’s most-recognized overlooks. Each of these points provides spectacular and colorful landscapes, with iconic views of the Potomac River, Allegany County, and even Sideling Hill and parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition to beautiful views, the overlooks contain history that dates to colonial times and the French and Indian War. Photo by Sam DeMartino Hit the Green Ridge State Forest Scenic Driving Tour, a 44-mile route through Maryland’s largest contiguous piece of public land, and experience the magic of fall as you traverse by car to five overlooks along the trail. Located in the ridge and valley province of the Appalachian Mountains, Green Ridge State Forest is rich in natural and cultural heritage and is sure to be a breathtaking autumn drive along these leaf-lined roads. Or, hop on one of the Allegany County’s Scenic Byway systems, offering inviting views, magical main streets, enduring history, and engaging places along the Historic National Road Scenic Byway, C&O Canal Scenic Byway, and the Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway. One thing we know for sure is that Mountain Maryland is the perfect place to catch brilliant expressions of fall.center_img Cumberland City in the Fall TAKE A HIKE! Whether you want to get out into nature or stick to a more urban street walk, Allegany County has some great trails and hikes, perfect for viewing peak leaf season. Take a walk through any of the Historic Districts in Cumberland and Frostburg for beautiful architecture and brilliant trees lining the brick sidewalks and streets. For nature lovers, Green Ridge State Forest and Rocky Gap State Park offer close to 100 miles of hiking trails for the novice to the expert, with well-groomed to more rugged trails, all worth a visit for some fall colors.  After you’ve soaked in the miles of colorful adventure, be sure to refuel with some outdoor dining, especially stunning in the open air of the pedestrian mall of Downtown Cumberland, with the mountains as your backdrop, or at one of the wineries or breweries along the Mountain Maryland Tap and Pour Craft Beverage Tour. With access to two world-class trails, the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath, and ideal road riding conditions with low traffic, cyclists love the routes available here in Mountain Maryland. Routes will take you into rural areas that showcase the natural beauty of our region. Find out just why the Great Allegheny Passage made the list for National Geographic’s ‘Best Fall Trips,’ as you bike through this forest-lined rail trail, following the old Western Maryland railway bed between Allegany County’s two trail towns, Frostburg and Cumberland. Be sure to explore our road routes through Ride with GPS, with mapped road rides to view the region’s stunning fall foliage by bike on the open road. And, for beginner mountain bikers and beyond, check out the vibrant treks on the mountain biking trails of Rocky Gap State Park and Green Ridge State Forest. Witnessing the brilliant autumn in Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, is an unparalleled experience for all lovers of nature and the outdoors. With scenic overlooks, a world-class bike trail through the mountains, tree-lined scenic byways through some of the area’s historic towns, and 60,000 acres of public land, there are plenty of opportunities to check this experience off your bucket list. With fall leaf-peeping season right around the corner, we put together a list of must-see/must-do fall foliage activities and experiences across the county. last_img read more

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Garnar: Our assumption is phase 2 starts Friday

first_img12 News reached out to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office for clarification; but, as of Thursday afternoon, the office has not gotten back. “Our assumption is phase two starts [Friday],” he says. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says his office has not received any official word on whether the Southern Tier can officially move onto phase two Friday. Broome County May 28 coronavirus update The governor did not discuss phase two in his May 28 news conference. The person was a woman in her 90s and a Willow Point Nursing Home resident. The county executive announced the 42nd death due to COVID-19 in the county. Garnar says his office was told phases will be initiated on a two-week basis. Phase one began May 15. Coronavirus numbers Garnar says the county will not punish businesses that open Friday. In total, 538 cases of the virus have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic. Reopening? Garnar says the region meets all the criteria to move onto the next phase. There are 141 active cases of the virus in the county. 355 people have recovered. For a map detailing where cases are located in the county, click here.last_img read more

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IOM assesses reuse of masks in flu pandemic

first_img The IOM release says it is not known whether flu viruses “disperse as aerosolized particles released in the breath of infected people, spread on larger droplets projected through coughing and sneezing, or are contracted through physical contact with contaminated people and surfaces.” Apr 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – There is no practical way to clean disposable medical masks and N95 respirators to allow them to safely be reused if supplies run short in an influenza pandemic, a panel of experts at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has concluded. Further, the panel couldn’t identify any simple changes in the devices that would permit reuse, or any changes that would eliminate the need to test the fit of respirators to ensure that they work, the IOM said. However, that doesn’t mean a mask or respirator can’t be used more than once by the same person, provided it’s still in reasonable condition, the committee said. At the same time, the panel cautioned that little is known about the effectiveness of the devices or about how flu viruses spread. Table of contents for IOM report “Reusability of Facemasks During an Influenza Pandemic: Facing the Flu” As for masks, manufacturers told the committee that several models can be used repeatedly by the same person until they become damaged, moist, dirty, or hard to breathe through, the report says. It says this is acceptable for infected patients in particular, since reuse is unlikely to increase their risk of contamination. Medical masks fit loosely over the nose and mouth and are mainly meant for use by healthcare workers and patients to prevent them from spreading pathogens by sneezing and coughing, the IOM noted in a news release about the report. Apr 27 IOM news release The IOM says that little is known about the effectiveness of masks and respirators or even about how flu viruses spread. A person who wants to reuse an N95 respirator should wear a medical mask or a clear plastic face shield over it to protect it from surface contamination, the committee said. The user should store the respirator carefully between uses and should wash his or her hands before and after handling it and the device used to shield it. The committee stressed that neither type of device has been tested for its ability to protect people from flu viruses. But that doesn’t necessarily rule out reuse of a respirator or mask by the same person, the report says. N95 respirators, in contrast, are used in both medical and industrial settings to protect wearers from inhaling harmful microscopic particles, the IOM said. They are designed to fit snugly around the mouth and nose. When properly fitted, they should filter out 95% of aerosol particles. The IOM said the committee found disposable masks and respirators “do not lend themselves to reuse because they work by trapping harmful particles inside the mesh of fibers of which they are made. This hazardous buildup cannot be cleaned out or disinfected without damaging the fibers or other components of the device such as the straps or nose clip.” On the assumption that supplies may run short in a flu pandemic, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked the IOM in January to assess the possibility of reuse of disposable masks and N95 respirators. The committee calls for HHS to sponsor research on how well masks, respirators, and other filtering materials protect against flu viruses. In addition, methods should be developed to decontaminate masks and respirators without damaging them, the IOM says. See also: “Even the best respirator or surgical mask will do little to protect a person who uses it incorrectly, and we know relatively little about how effective these devices will be against flu even when they are used correctly,” said Donald S. Burke, professor of international health and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and co-chair of the IOM committee. The report also notes that there are respirators with replaceable filter cartridges, and these can be reused by one or more wearers. Though they cost more than disposable respirators, they are worth considering as an alternative, in the panel’s judgment.last_img read more

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