Florida Deploys 3 Field Hospitals, Medical Supplies to Fight COVID-19

first_imgFlorida health officials have announced they are deploying three field hospitals across the state in order to fight the coronavirus.Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said Tuesday night via email that one field hospital is currently being staged in Orlando, while the other two are being sent to Broward County and Ocala.The news comes as the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Florida rises to 314 cases, with six deaths reported.The third field hospital will be set up in Ocala, north of Orlando, and moved elsewhere as needed.Mobile COVID-19 testing is also being implemented in Broward, and the National Guard has been deployed to assist there.Moskowitz added that he is working with federal officials to determine whether the state can add U.S. Navy Mercy-class hospital ships at Florida’s ports.State officials also said they are responding quickly to cases being reported at assisted living communities in an attempt to prevent an outbreak similar to one that occurred at a Seattle-area nursing home, which has been linked to more than two dozen COVID-19 deaths.“If a cluster of confirmed cases were to be discovered in Florida, the department would move quickly to engage with and isolate any infected individuals to prevent further spread,” said Alberto Moscoso, the state health department’s spokesman.last_img read more

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South Africa crush England to level series

first_imgNOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) – South Africa took full advantage of an abject England batting display yesterday to complete a crushing 340-run win in the second Test at Trent Bridge which levelled the series 1-1 with two games remaining.Defeat was Joe Root’s first as captain in his second game in charge, and England’s eighth loss in 13 matches. But it was the manner of their capitulation inside 45 overs and with a day and a half to spare that will trouble Root most.Instead of mounting the required rearguard action, England collapsed to 133 all out, with the last three wickets falling without the addition of a run.The wickets were shared among four bowlers with man-of-the-match Vernon Philander (3-24), Keshav Maharj (3-42) and Chris Morris (2-7) taking the honours.South Africa outplayed England in every aspect of the game, with the tourists’ first innings lasting one ball longer, at 96.2 overs, than England’s two combined.Hopes that England might chase down a world-record 474 runs for victory were dispelled by the second over when Philander removed Keaton Jennings’ off-stump, following up soon afterwards by having Gary Ballance for lbw.Both Jennings (3) and Ballance (4) will find their positions under pressure after contributing just 44 and 85 runs respectively in four innings this series.With their departure, England looked to Root and former captain Alastair Cook for resistance but the excellent Morris claimed both batsmen before lunch, bowling Root (8) and bouncing out Cook (42) with a vicious lifter.The hosts fell away alarmingly after the interval when Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali surrendered their wickets to poor shots while Philander removed the dangerous Ben Stokes with the sharpest of return catches.The final indignity came when Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Jimmy Anderson all fell on 133, leaving former England captain Michael Vaughan to post on Twitter, “This is absolutely terrible ……. Far too much talent in this team to play like this.”Root offered a more diplomatic assessment, saying: “It has been a tough week. We weren’t good enough with the bat for the whole game. We prepared very well and had two good practice days.”England have delayed selection ahead of the third Test, which starts at the Oval on July 27, and could make changes.By contrast, South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis was delighted, dedicating the win to absent coach Russell Domingo, who missed the game following a family bereavement. “It was for Russell,” he said.du Plessis added he admired the way his side refused to relinquish their stranglehold once they got on top.“It was important to get into a position of strength and not lose our momentum,” he said.SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 335 (H. Amla 78, Q. de Kock 68, V. Philander 54; J. Anderson 5-72)ENGLAND 1st innings 205 (J. Root 78)SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings 343 for 9 (H. Amla 87, D. Elgar 80, F. du Plessis 63; M. Ali 4-78)ENGLAND 2nd innings (Target: 474 runs)A. Cook c de Kock b Morris 42K. Jennings b Philander 3G. Ballance lbw b Philander 4J. Root b Morris 8J. Bairstow c Morris b Maharaj 16B. Stokes c & b Philander 18M. Ali c Kuhn b Maharaj 27L. Dawson not out 5S. Broad c M. Morkel b Maharaj 5M. Wood c Morris b Olivier 0J. Anderson c de Kock b Olivier 0Extras: (lb-5) 5Total: (all out, 44.2 overs) 133Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-28, 3-55, 4-72, 5-84, 6-122, 7-126, 8-133, 9-133.Bowling: M. Morkel 13-4-30-0, V. Philander 10-3-24-3, D. Olivier 3.2-0-25-2, C. Morris 6-3-7-2, K. Maharaj 12-2-42-3.last_img read more

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Birds Are Memory Champs

first_imgWe humans lose our keys and often can’t remember the location of half a dozen identical items.  “Maybe it takes a bird brain to find the car keys,” teases Susan Milius in the cover story of the Feb. 14 issue of Science News.1  Ornithologists have been intrigued with how birds remember where they stash their food.  One champ is Clark’s nutcracker, a noisy denizen of western national parks observed and named by the Lewis and Clark expedition.  In a year, each bird buries 22,000 to 33,000 seeds and manages to find two thirds of them 13 months later.  Chickadees and scrub jays are pretty good at this game, too.  Experiments have demonstrated that bird memories are flexible and can even do time travel into the future.    How could such good memories evolve?  The only going theory seems to be that tough times select for better memories.  As evidence, researchers found that Alaskan chickadees outperformed Coloradoans in a seed storage and retrieval contest.  Not all ornithologists are convinced of this theory, however, since the two species differ in many other respects.  “To resolve the question of whether tough times have contributed to the evolution of catching wizardry is ‘currently difficult,’ says [Nicola] Clayton [Cambridge].”  More experiments will be required, but Milius concludes, “What started out as a fidgety search for the operating rules of feathered robots has turned into studies of how thinking works.”1Susan Milius, “Where’d I Put That?” Science News, Vol. 165, No. 7, Feb. 14, 2004, p. 103.The claim that tough times create design is like the Phoenix myth, that a living bird arises from the flames of catastrophe.  No. Fire burns, and stress kills.  Making stress a creative genius is no explanation at all, yet it remains a favorite plot in Darwin stories.  Didn’t an asteroid blast give rise to the zoo of complex and diverse mammals, according to the going myth?  We can enjoy the marvels of birds without the insipid, useless, wasteful, distracting, unsupportable, pseudoscientific bad habit of trying to find evolutionary origins for everything.  Remember that.    Next time in Yellowstone, Yosemite or other western national parks, don’t be annoyed by the squawking of the nutcrackers and jays.  Pay them a little respect.  They’ve got a better memory than you in that little brain of theirs.  Milius began her article by reprimanding, “Should humanity get a little too full of itself and its intellectual prowess, there’s always Clark’s nutcracker to think about.”(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Meet the old and haggard Big B of Shamitabh

first_imgSuperstar Amitabh Bachchan has gone grey and haggard for R Balki’s Shamitabh.He was spotted sporting grey, dis-shelved hair and long, thick beard at Mumbai Lokhandwala Gardens last week during a shoot of the film.Amitabh Bachchan shhoting for Shamitabh. Pic courtesy: TwitterSome time ago the actor had tweeted, “An arduous sitting for Balki’s (Balakrishnan) look test with the lovely Dominie from L.A. that did my prosthetic make-up for ‘Paa’,” Amitabh posted on Twitter.”It took time to be accomplished – the make-up I mean. It’s 3:30 am! What? Off to bed,” he further posted.Amitabh has earlier worked with R Balki in Cheeni Kum and Paa where he sported distinct looks. A pony tail in Cheeni Kum and prosthetic make-up in Paa.The film also features Raanjhanaa star Dhanush and southern star Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara.last_img read more

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20 days agoAC Milan goalkeeper Reina: We can be proud of Genoa fight-back

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Reina: We can be proud of Genoa fight-backby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina was delighted saving an injury-time penalty as they beat Genoa 2-1. Reina was not supposed to play at Marassi on Saturday night, but was a last-minute starter when Gianluigi Donnarumma felt ill during the warm-up. “After the mistake in the first half, experience helped me to stay concentrated on every detail and not let my head slip away from the game,” Reina told Milan TV, referring to gifting the opener to Lasse Schone.“I am proud to see the reaction of the lads, especially after our defeat to Fiorentina and a bad first half here. We never gave up, tried to turn it around and at the end bring home three very important points.“We knew at the break that a goal would get us back into it. We just had to keep going. It’s not easy, as when there’s a lack of confidence, it can feel like the football is burning and you don’t want to be near it.“Mistakes can happen, but we return home knowing we have given our all. The time will come when we feel more confident and the team will play better football.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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5 days agoGuardiola: Why I won’t watch Man Utd vs Liverpool

first_imgGuardiola: Why I won’t watch Man Utd vs Liverpoolby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he won’t be watching Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool today.Having beaten Crystal Palace on Saturday, Guardiola has a free day to take in the game.But the Catalan insists he has better things to do.“I have to watch the replay of the Atalanta game,” said Guardiola.Atalanta are at City this week for the next match of the Champions League group stage. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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From hot to not The Baloney Meter weighs in on Scheers economy

first_imgOTTAWA – “Justin Trudeau inherited a booming economy, but he’s squandering it. His uncontrolled spending and tax hikes is making life harder for Canadians. It’s time for a Prime Minister who puts taxpayers’ interests first.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, Twitter, July 15, 2018———In a tweet this week, Scheer took aim at Just Trudeau’s record since 2015, arguing the prime minister “inherited a booming economy,” but is “squandering it” through “uncontrolled spending and tax hikes.”His tweet added a graphic noting a net loss of 17,000 jobs in Canada so far this year, compared to almost 1.3 million created in the United States.So has Trudeau turned a roaring economy into slow simmer?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSThe Liberals took power in November 2015.The Canadian economy saw two consecutive quarters of contraction at the start of 2015, meeting the definition of a technical recession, before showing some growth again.Canada’s economy ended the year with real GDP growth of one per cent. World Bank figures show growth in subsequent years was 1.4 per cent in 2016 and three per cent in 2017. The Bank of Canada estimated in its July monetary policy report that the Canadian economy would grow on average annually by two per cent between 2018 and 2020.The Liberals promised to run deficits of $10 billion in each of their first two years to finance infrastructure work to prod economic growth, but have blown past those spending promises while increasing taxes for higher income earners and cutting them for others.Statistics Canada data show a recent decline in the number of people employed in Canada. Employment fell by 17,100 positions between the almost 18.63 million recorded in June 2018 and the almost 18.65 million in December 2017. In the United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show an total increase of 1.29 million jobs between January and June.THE EXPERTSThe economy in 2015 was hurting from plummeting commodity prices beyond the control of the previous Conservative government, said Randall Bartlett, an economist with the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa. The economic rebound in 2017 was largely linked to a rebound in oil prices, he said.“That was not inheriting a booming economy, quite frankly. The economy was not doing well at all.”As for Scheer’s claim that Trudeau’s reckless spending undermined Canadians’ prosperity, economists say some kinds of government spending are more supportive of growth than others.Infrastructure, for instance, has a far-reaching multiplier effect, both in the short term and in the long term, said Brenda Spotton Visano, a professor of economics and public policy at York University in Toronto.“I have no problem paying taxes if I am confident in the government’s decision on where to spend it,” she said.Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies with the Fraser Institute, warns it would be a stretch to link any immediate changes in the country’s economy to the actions of one government. The federal budget is “a drop in the bucket” relative to the size of the economy, he says, but adds governments “can affect the economic environment through their policies at the margins.”Sheila Block, a senior economist from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, issues a similar warning about comparing Canadian and American job figures: There are slight differences in methodology, and the size of the U.S. economy means its jobs figures will be larger than Canadian numbers.Block says since November 2015, when the Liberals took office, the country has added about 642,000 jobs. The jobs figures between December 2017 and June 2018 are a unique reference period zeroing in on an employment decline, Block said.“Comparing just one month without looking at it in context…you’re kind of cherry picking a number,” she said.THE VERDICTEconomists are in general agreement that Canada was not roaring in 2015, but differ on the impacts of Liberal policy. The math on the job figures is factually correct but lacks context. Scheer’s tweet overall has “a lot of baloney.”There are signs, though, that the Liberals should not take the current economic climate for granted. Slowdowns in business investment, uncertainty about trade, and concerns about household debt as interest rates rise are among the red flags Canada may be on the downside of the economic cycle.“I’m worried about our economic prospects,” Lammam said.“I don’t particularly think there is anything to cheer about based on the 2017 numbers because the fundamentals don’t show a good and strong long-term economy.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccuratelast_img read more

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Help Support the Child Development Centre this March

first_imgWith one of the highest birth rates in Canada, new parents in Fort St. John can sometimes be faced with unique challenges, this is where the Child Development Centre can help. The CDC works with families in Fort St. John and the North Peace who have children with developmental difficulties.Each year the CDC works with hundreds of children in our region and as this community grows, they also need to grow.The goal this year is to raise over $100,000 with part of that going towards the purchase of sound-proofing in the gymnasium and intercom systems in the observation rooms. The Child Development Centre needs your help, so they can continue to meet the growing needs of this community. For more on what the CDC does, visit www.cdcfsj.ca You can help by donating to the 15th annual Arctech Welding and Machining A Day for the Kids. You can donate online, by calling 250-787-7100 or you can donate in person when the fundraiser gets underway at 6 am on March 7th, live from Safeway.You can also make a pledge a performer in the annual talent show. The 45th Annual CDC Talent Show will take place Friday, March 8th at the North Peace Cultural Centre. The show is free, but of course, they will be looking for your donations. It all starts at 6 pm and will also be broadcast live on www.energeticcity.ca presented by the Fort St. John Co-op.last_img read more

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UPDATE – Two people dead after hit and run on 98th avenue

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP have confirmed that two adults have been found dead after a hit and run on 98th avenue between 100 street and 102 street. UPDATE – The suspect that allegedly hit two people Wednesday night has turned himself in to Police. Read more here: https://www.energeticcity.ca/2019/09/fatal-motor-vehicle-incident-claims-two-lives/ This is a developing story, and we will share updates as they become available.center_img The RCMP said in a tweet that the suspect vehicle fled the scene.  They have not provided any more information about the vehicle.  The RCMP will provide an update at 10 a.m. Thursday.2 of 2. All we can confirm right now is 2 adults are deceased and the suspect vehicle fled the scene. More details will be released around 10:00 am tomorrow. Investigation in is infancy.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) September 19, 2019RCMP say they received a call just after 7 p.m. about a hit and run.  The road between the Lakeview Inns and Suites and Motel 6 remains closed for the police investigation.File 2019-9397 Today around 7pm we received a report of a pedestrian motor vehicle incident in the 10100 block of 98th Ave. 1 of 2.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) September 19, 2019The public is asked to stay away from the area while they work to complete their investigation.If you have any information about this incident, contact the RCMP at 250-787-8100.last_img read more

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