Tennessee’s largest county could return to Phase 1 due to spike in COVID-19 cases

first_imgfiladendron/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tennessee’s largest county could go back to the first phase of its reopening plan due to a recent spike in novel coronavirus infections.Tami Sawyer, the commissioner of Shelby County, which includes the city of Memphis, said she plans on Monday to request to return to phase one after health officials reported the largest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases over the weekend.“The numbers we are seeing show we have moved too fast,” Sawyer said in a statement to Memphis ABC affiliate WATN-TV. “Back to business can’t be at the expense of people’s health.”Sawyer said she will be asking Shelby County Health Department director Alisa Haushalter and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris about the feasibility of returning to phase one. The county is currently in phase two.“If feasible, I will request that we make that call,” she told WATN in her statement. “If we aren’t returning to Phase 1, what additional policy and protections will the county put in place immediately and how can the commission support the crisis we seem to be in the midst of as daily numbers are doubled and almost tripled. We have to act urgently and put PEOPLE, not businesses first.”On Saturday morning, the Shelby County Health Department recorded 385 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24-hour period — the highest day-to-day jump since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.Shelby County has reported the most coronavirus cases and deaths of any area in the Volunteer State. Overall, Tennessee has confirmed more than 35,000 COVID-19 cases with at least 526 deaths in the state. At least 7,916 of those cases have been reported in Shelby County so far, including 163 deaths, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health.Tennessee began easing coronavirus-related lockdowns and restrictions back in April, and several areas have seen a climbing rate of infections since then. Last week, Haushalter announced that Shelby County was delaying a move to the third and final phase of its “Back to Business” reopening plan due to an “upward trend” in new infections and a “concerning” rise in hospitalizations.“We all have our part to play to reduce the impact of COVID- 19 on our community,” Haushalter said during a June 15 press briefing. “We had all hoped to move into Phase 3. Clearly, that is not prudent at the current time.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cougars Defeat Bulldogs on Hale’s Big Night

first_imgMarch 15, 2019 /Sports News – Local Cougars Defeat Bulldogs on Hale’s Big Night The Cougars and Bulldogs will play for a third and final time on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. MT. The game will air live on TheW.tv, ESPN 960 and BYU Radio. “They played relaxed tonight and we matched Gonzaga’s energy,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “We were into every single pitch in the dugout and it showed. When the guys on the field know everyone in the dugout is with them and supporting them it really, really helps. Tonight, everyone was on the same page.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – Senior Brock Hale hit a key double and a towering home run to help lift BYU baseball over Gonzaga 7-4 on Friday night at Miller Field. Player Highlights Hitting in the leadoff spot for just the second time this season, Hsu hit a solo shot off the scoreboard in the bottom of the third to cut Gonzaga’s lead to a run, 3-2. Sophomore Jackson Cluff hit a one-out double in the fourth frame, advancing to third on a fly ball before tying the game on a wild pitch. Brock Hale: 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBIEaston Walker: W (1-0), 3.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BBBrian Hsu: 2-3, HR, 2 R, BB, RBI Game Summary BYU tacked on another run the following inning. Sophomore Danny Gelalich hit a two-out single that dropped in right field before senior Noah Hill brought him home with a double to left field to bring the score to 7-3 over Gonzaga (7-9).center_img Robert Lovell BYU fell behind early in the game at 3-1 by the end of the second inning, managing its one run on a two-out home run over the scoreboard in left field by Hale. But the Bulldogs went the next six-plus innings scoreless thanks to the combined efforts of McIntyre and sophomore Easton Walker on the mound. Walker earned the win, his first of the year, allowing zero earned runs and no walks. Sophomore Drew Zimmerman earned his second save of the year and seventh of his career, coming on in the ninth with one runner on, but three strikeouts from the right-hander closed out the game. Tags: Brock Hale/BYU Cougars Baseball/WCC Written by Brock Hale broke a tie in the bottom of the fifth with a double that cleared the bases loadedEaston Walker earned his first win of the year and first since 2016 before his mission, pitching 3.2 innings with no earned runs or walksThe Cougar bullpen did not allow an earned run for the 12th time in 17 games this season, going 8.0 innings with six hits, one walk and five strikeouts Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth, BYU (13-4) doubled its run total via a double by senior Brock Hale, clearing the bases loaded and scoring sophomore Mitch McIntyre, senior Brian Hsu and freshman Carson Matthews.last_img read more

Report: Patrick Mahomes to have MRI following patella dislocation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(DENVER) — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes left in the middle of Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos with what appears to be a dislocated kneecap.Citing a source, ESPN reports the 24-year-old suffered a right patellar dislocation during the second quarter of the game. Mahomes walked off the field with the help of trainers and was ruled out from returning to the game.The quarterback is expected to undergo an MRI to see if he sustained any ligament damage, ESPN reports.Despite Mahomes’ exit in the first half, the Chiefs went on to win the game 30-6.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by October 18, 2019 /Sports News – National Report: Patrick Mahomes to have MRI following patella dislocationcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Mexican Navy Finds Two Tons of Marijuana Floating in Pacific Ocean

first_img View post tag: Marijuana View post tag: of Share this article Mexican Navy Finds Two Tons of Marijuana Floating in Pacific Ocean View post tag: Mexican View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Mexican Navy Finds Two Tons of Marijuana Floating in Pacific Ocean November 3, 2011 View post tag: finds View post tag: Pacificcenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic The Mexican navy has recovered two metric tons of marijuana floating in the Pacific Ocean near the resort town of Cabo San Lucas…(msnbc)[mappress]Source: msnbc, November 03, 2011 View post tag: ocean View post tag: Tons View post tag: two View post tag: in View post tag: floatinglast_img read more

BNC find formal hall dis-grace-ful

first_imgBrasenose JCR passed an amended motion on Sunday changing the tradition of grace at formal hall, noting that several members of the JCR deemed the tradition of reading grace in Latin “inappropriate”.Daniel Garrett and Ned Goodwin’s original motion proposed to “instruct college that it does not wish to participate in the reading of grace before formal and to request that grace not be read aloud before meals in hall. “Until such a time as college enacts this motion, members of the JCR should be welcome to remain seated during grace.”The motion was proposed “in order to convey the dissatisfaction of some members of the JCR concerning the institutionalised denominational atmosphere instantiated by, among other things, the saying of grace before certain meals.”The amended motion which was eventually passed allows students to “sit down during grace with the support of the JCR, with no ramifications, but grace would still be read as usual.”Garrett commented, “While those who are religious are, of course, entitled to say grace for themselves, the imposition of religious service onto other members of the college community is not in keeping with a non-denominational atmosphere.”Garrett reported that the original motion only received support from approximately one third of the JCR, “but the subsection was passed fairly comprehensively.”He said, “This is not a witch hunt against the traditional aspects of the University. “We appreciate that Oxford is one of the world’s oldest universities and that maintaining traditions is an integral part of what makes it unique and outstanding.“During the recent history of the University, its members have managed to distance themselves from a shady past of non-academic elitism and exclusivity and we see no reason not to carry on this tradition of tolerance.”According to the minutes of the JCR meeting, some students  pointed out that standing up during grace was a matter of “politeness” and “respect”.Those who spoke against the motion said, “There is something powerful about going through the same things as past members of the University have done. It is something to distinguish us by.”Garrett emphasised “the duty of all to nurture an environment of free thinking and open criticism”, claiming, “we put forward our motion as we believe that any non-secular affiliation elevates one class of ideas above others.”A number of colleges including Balliol, St Catherine’s, St Hilda’s and New College begin their formal halls with “Benedictus benedicat”, which loosely translates as “Let him who has been blessed, give blessing”.The movement against the reading of grace is not entirely unprecedented. However, research undertaken by Cherwell suggested that most undergraduate colleges continued the tradition of reading grace in Latin. Grace is read at Regent’s Park in English because of its strong affiliation with the Baptist church, and at Kellogg College in Welsh.Wadham is the only college at which there is no grace, owing to the fact they do not have regular formal hall, according to one student.last_img read more

LGBTQ Presidential candidate stands down

first_imgA Wadham student has stepped down from running for LGBTQSoc President following heated Facebook exchanges in the run up to the election.The presidential election has been surrounded by controversy, in large part owing to statements made by the student, and his campaign ideas.Society members took particular issue with his transphobic language after he posted on Facebook, “I’ve had a lot of guys in me, but never a t*****”. The word  is extremely offensive to trans* people. He also suggested separating the society “into an LGB society for sexuality based welfare and social events, and a Trans* society for gender based socials/welfare”.Following a number of heated exchanges in which other Facebook users reacted with outrage to such comments, he eventually posted, “I have well and truly had enough of LGBTQ society student politics. I will not be standing for election this Sunday. Good luck to whoever gets to clean up this mess, but there’s no honour in the position.”In an attempt to justify his comments regarding the trans* community, he said, “The UK’s largest gay rights activist charity, Stonewall, are ‘working for equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals’. Trans* issues are different and more complex, warranting separate representation within the university. Identifying as LGB does not mean association with a political movement or alliance with transgender people.‘All of the Facebook arguments have centred around language use and its policing, I am frustrated [by] the trans* community’s continued victimisation of LGB students who are perceived to be offensive. Focus should be about where offence is intentional as opposed to indulgent language games. Rather than scapegoating its members, the society should acknowledge the LGB students it has alienated.”He continued, “I advocate legal rights of transgender people and support through the transition process.” The student added, “The continued vitriol of a relatively small number of people has led LGBTQ Society to be seen as the great tranny freak show. I have no desire to be President of a society of outcasts, because the infighting has eroded all of my passion for the community.“We should be proud of who we are, that means less elections more erections. How many letters should the acronym have? Easy – call it FreakSoc, you’ll attract the same bunch.”Bramham’s former opponent, and now sole candidate for President, Simone Webb responded, “I absolutely oppose what [the student] has been saying. My strongest objections are against his wish to see trans* people essentially removed from the society. He rejects the idea that the society should play a welfare role, and has made it clear that he sees the concept of a safe space for LGBTQ people as “bigoted” and “militant”.“I believe he has been transphobic, but even were he not, he holds views which I believe made it clear that he should not become president. In my manifesto, I have emphasised the dual role the society plays as a space for welfare and socialising: I very firmly believe that one cannot be had without the other.”She added, “I think, in the light of the comments which [he] made, he was right to stand down, and I appreciate the courage it took to do this. However, I am worried about the Presidential election going uncontested, as this fear was among the reasons I originally stood.”Society member Eli Keran agreed, commenting, “Along with everyone else who’s been vocal on the issue so far, I wholeheartedly oppose what [he] has been saying. Gender and sexuality are very closely related issues in society, and to suggest kicking all the trans* people out of the society is abhorrent.”However, one Facebook user unrelated to events came to his defence, stating, “I did not know that either ‘tranny’ or ‘fraped’ would be considered offensive. And I am quite shocked to find out from Simone that the term ‘gay marriage’ is not one that should be used.‘Perhaps you can call me a Neanderthal for this, but it is true. Had I used the word ‘tranny’ believing it to be an acceptable word, or, at least, not believing it was an offensive term, then I would feel I was harshly treated if I had received a similar reaction to that provided by some on this thread.”Trinity student David Simmons conceded, “At the start of the discussion, many of [his] comments were not transphobic but merely ignorant of issues surrounding trans* people. Many do not realise that “tranny” is perceived in a pejorative sense. Similarly, without further consideration, the issues surrounding gender identity and those surrounding sexual orientation may seem distinct.However, he added, “what has annoyed so many people is [his] inability to respond to people’s later criticism and offence.”Merton student Peter Berry disagreed, commenting, “I think it would be highly unfair to describe [him] as transphobic. I think highlighting that gender issues and sexuality issues need different treatment is important, and there will always be problems when you try to treat them as one issue. On the other hand, the issues are so closely interwoven that it would be ridiculous to try to separate them into two societies.“[He] does definitely need to be more aware of how he can inadvertently cause offence. The society is at risk, however, of becoming over-sensitive to small matters of language.”Jess Pumphrey, OUSU LGBTQ Officer, said, “These discussions have shown that there are many LGB people in the society who are not trans* but who wish the society to cater to trans* students and understand that it is inappropriate, immature and dangerous to throw around transphobic slurs, as this trivialises transphobia and gives it a false legitimacy that endangers trans* students.”last_img read more

Oxford and Royal Horticultural Society pair up to make plant data more accessible

first_imgProfessor R. George Ratcliffe, Head of the Department of Plant Sciences, said: “The Department has nurtured the development of BRAHMS over many years and its adoption by the RHS is a wonderful endorsement of the power of the tool for managing botanical names and collection data.” Any one cultivated plant canbe known by many names. For example, Acer has over 1600 cultivars, with over2000 different Latin names associated with them. This variety of names cancreate confusion. Sian Tyrrell, RHS head of horticultural information, said: “This is an exciting time for horticultural information management at the RHS and with the support of colleagues at Oxford University’s Department of Plant Sciences, accessibility and usability of our plant data is coming to the fore. Dr Philippa Christoforou, BRAHMS Licensing Lead at Oxford University Innovation, said: “Working with the RHS and applying BRAHMS as its database management system is great news for the gardening community. We are excited to share the new naming system with all BRAHMS users across the botanical world.” Image credit to Tejvan Pettinger. In collaboration with Denis Filerand Andrew Liddell of Oxford University’s Department of Plant Sciences, the RoyalHorticultural Society has begun to counter this confusion through their use ofthe BRAHMS database system. This software was originally developed over decadesto deal with biodiversity research, taxonomic revision and natural historycollection management. It has now been adjusted to manage the complexity of managingand displaying all the cultivated plant names typically encountered by gardeners.center_img BRAHMS will rank the variousnames a plant has to determine which name should be used at various times, aswell as supplying data to an enhanced RHS website. Professor Stephen Harris, Druce Curator of Oxford University Herbaria, said: “BRAHMS is the product of long-term commitment by the Department of Plant Sciences to releasing the research potential of the data contained in botanical collections. The adoption of this software by the RHS affirms BRAHMS’s significant role in the management, analysis and security of global botanical data.” The University of Oxford and the Royal Horticultural Society are undertaking a project together to make information about plants more accessible and available. “Our charity is driven by our desire to support our members and the wider gardening community. The investment put into this new system will greatly benefit everyone and ensure that gardening becomes more accessible and enjoyable.”last_img read more

Indiana’s newest coronavirus hotspot is Elkhart County

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Indiana’s newest coronavirus hotspot is Elkhart County WhatsApp By Network Indiana – June 20, 2020 0 953 WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) (ELKHART, Ind.) — Indiana’s newest coronavirus hotspot is Elkhart County.Elkhart County’s coronavirus cases have doubled in three weeks. Indiana’s sixth-largest county now has the third most cases in the state. One of every 83 residents has now tested positive — only Cass County, with an outbreak which tore through the Tyson pork-processing plant in late April, has a higher rate of infections.Elkhart County Health Department director Lydia Mertz says unlike Logansport, the Elkhart County outbreak isn’t traceable to a single facility. She says too many residents let their guard down, especially over the Memorial Day weekend, and gave the virus a foothold.Cases are rising even faster in neighboring LaGrange County. Cases have doubled there in just 12 days. LaGrange is now requiring people wear masks in public. So is Saint Joseph County, to Elkhart’s west. Elkhart isn’t. Mertz says a mask requirement would create difficult questions of how to enforce it. Instead, she says she’s counting on Elkhart County residents’ commitment to do the right thing to protect their neighbors. She says the county will mount an intensive education campaign to get across the importance of wearing masks and taking other precautions. The county will launch a broadcast and Internet ad campaign, and may purchase billboards.Elkhart County commissioners asked Governor Holcomb to leave the county out of last week’s lifting of restrictions on bars and nightclubs in the rest of the state. State health commissioner Kristina Box has said the state considered extending restrictions in Elkhart and LaGrange, but decided not to. And the commissioners opted against imposing restrictions themselves, as Indianapolis and Gary have. Mertz says that’s always an option if the surge continues.The state health department is wrapping up three days of stepped-up testing in Goshen, Shipshewana, Topeka and LaGrange, with particular attention to Hispanic and Amish communities. Previous articleIndiana may become testing ground for driverless semisNext articleDeadly weekend on roads in Elkhart County Network Indianalast_img read more

News story: UK Space Agency backs Spire as ESA space mission provider

first_img Rezatec £720,000 funding for Map, Measure, Monitor Information (M3I). This is a demonstration project following on from Rezatec’s successful Peat Spotter feasibility study to deliver intelligence about areas of interest using Earth Observation, Satnav, and Satcom. The scope for M3I was increased from Peat Spotter to include additional land based assets including water, forestry, conservation and agribusiness sectors. Beinn Bike £130,000 funding for Mountain Bike Route Planning. This is a mobile app that uses Satnav to provide tailored mountain biking routes based on the users desired requirements. This project has just completed the feasibility study phase and is moving into the demonstration phase. Beinn Bike are based in Scotland. Cobham Technical Services £1.5 million funding for MIDAS. This is a demonstration project to provide a range of tools that support the clearance of Land Mine and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). This includes the use of Earth Observation and Satnav services to support the training of operators, planning clearance campaigns, real time monitoring of clearance in progress, through to post operation analysis and reporting. Today’s announcement by UK Government ministers Lord Henley and Lord Duncan, gives the green light to missions designed to showcase the technology and put UK companies into orbit faster and at a lower cost. The UK is the largest funder of the European Space Agency’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Satellites (ARTES) programme, which transforms research into successful commercial projects.The funding from the UK Space Agency was announced by Lord Henley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on a visit to the satellite powered data company’s UK base in Glasgow, where Spire intends to create new jobs to add to its existing workforce.Business Minister, the Rt. Hon. Lord Henley, said:“Thanks to this new funding, Spire will be able to cement its activities in the UK, develop new technologies and use space data to provide new services to consumers that will allow businesses to access space quicker and at a lower cost – offering an exciting opportunity for the UK to thrive in the commercial space age.“Through the government’s Industrial Strategy, we are encouraging other high-tech British businesses to pursue more commercial opportunities with the aim of growing the UK’s share of the global space market to 10% by 2030.”UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan said:“Spire Global is at the cutting edge of technology, using satellite data to track ships, planes and weather in some of the world’s most remote regions. They’re also an important employer in Glasgow, investing in the area and recognising the talent of Scotland’s world class engineers and scientists. We know that the space industry is important to Scotland’s economy and this UK Government funding will help companies like Spire stay at the forefront of this field.”The ARTES Pioneer programme is designed to support industry by funding the demonstration of advanced technologies, systems, services and applications in a representative space environment. Part of this is to support one or more Space Mission Providers, which could provide commercial services to private companies or public bodies.“Spire’s infrastructure, capabilities, and competencies all support our submission to this program. For the launch of our 50+ satellite constellation, we quickly became our own best customer,” said Theresa Condor, Spire’s EVP of Corporate Development. “We’re looking forward to demonstrating our end-to-end service and infrastructure on this series of validation missions. ‘Space as a Service’ means going from mission technical architecture to customer data/service verification, along with the ongoing development of critical enabling technologies.”One validation mission will develop parallel super-computing in space – a core component for future computationally intensive missions. A second, exploitation of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) for weather applications, will leverage Galileo signals for GNSS Radio Occultation. Radio occultation is a key data input for the improvement of weather forecasts. Upon completion, the GNSS-RO technology can be immediately commercialized.The UK Space Agency is also supporting a space incubation centre in Glasgow and has provided support over several years to the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, based at the University of Strathclyde and working across the whole of Scotland. The Centre’s role is to raise awareness of the potential of satellite services and data to be used in new and improved products and services in other “space enabled” markets – including, for example, offshore renewable energy and aquaculture.Examples of other ARTES funded projects includecenter_img Company Project Avanti £439,000 funding for iFishSat. This is a feasibility study to investigate commercialisation of seafood while still at sea, directly from the fishing vessels using Earth Observation, Satnav, and Satcom services, as well as improving the traceability of fish.last_img read more

Jaffa Cakes to return to TV screens in new campaign

first_imgSource: PladisA still from the new TV advertPladis-owned McVitie’s has unveiled a new TV campaign for its Jaffa Cakes brand.Called ‘Be What You Want To Be’, the TV campaign is centred around the idea that McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes are cakes found in the biscuit aisle.In the advert, a shopkeeper decides to realise his own dream of becoming the ‘king of the roller palace’ when, after taking a bite of a McVitie’s Jaffa Cake, the shop he’s standing in suddenly transforms into a roller disco.The characters in the campaign are inspired by the realisation that McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes are proof that we can all be anything we want to be, it said.The household favourite will be on the nation’s TV screens as an individual brand for the first time since 2006.“The launch of the Be What You Want To Be platform marks the start of a very exciting year for McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, where we are going to be bringing our big ambitions for the brand to life,” said Emma Stowers, brand director for McVitie’s at Pladis UK&I.“The campaign will be shining a spotlight on the original McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes consumers already know and love, plus, we have a very exciting innovation programme planned for the year which will see the brand command consumer attention like never before. This covers seasonal products, as well as out of home NPD, and we can’t wait to launch these products over the coming months.”The TV creative, brought to life by creative agency TBWA/London, hit screens during Channel 4’s Gogglebox on 26 February, and runs for five weeks. The campaign will also be amplified by social media partnerships and a new AR digital experience, as well as PR and influencer content.It will be part of a wider initiative to propel the McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes brand forward throughout 2021, which began with its launch of two new Jaffa Cakes flavours – Cherry and Passion Fruit. A total investment of £4.7m in consumer-facing activity has also been committed as part of ‘the Year of Jaffa Cakes’.“Our goal is to help retailers drive sales by creating a big buzz around this iconic brand and we’re really excited to be kicking it all off with our fun and uplifting TV creative when it launches this week,” added Stowers. Source: Pladislast_img read more