LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Will FraserThe lack of a true openside in their ranks was keenly felt by England in their Six Nations defeat by Wales in the last round of the Six Nations. With no turnover maestro there was no Grand Slam. Fraser could well be the answer. The flanker has been given his chance with Saracens this season and has continually impressed, as he did yet again in the win over Ulster at Twickenham. He burrowed over for a crucial try, albeit from a lineout that shouldn’t have been Saracens’ ball, and proved a pain in the proverbial around the tackle area as Ulster conceded 13 turnovers. If he hadn’t already entered Stuart Lancaster’s thinking ahead of England’s tour to Argentina, he surely will have now.Heineken Cup semi-finals (kick-offs UK time)Saturday 27 April Clermont Auvergne v Munster (5pm, Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier)Sunday 28 April Saracens v Toulon (3pm, Twickenham) NOT FOR FEATURED Ready to roar: Munster lock Paul O’Connell was back to his rampaging best against Harlequins on Sunday afternoonBy Sarah MockfordCLERMONT AUVERGNE demonstrated just why they are the favourites to lift the Heineken Cup this year as they clinically saw off Montpellier. Rugby World, however, has decided to pinpoint a few individuals, rather than teams, who stood out over the weekend. Interestingly none of our chosen four are on the long list for the European Player of the Year award, but they all impressed in their quarter-finals…Paul O’ConnellSimon Zebo and Casey Laulala showed flashes of magic, Conor Murray bossed things from the base and Peter O’Mahony was ever-present at the breakdown, but none of these Munstermen could match the performance of their captain against Harlequins. Only a few games into his return from a back injury, O’Connell was simply immense. He was everywhere for Munster – stealing lineouts, getting stuck in at the contact area, carrying hard and even finding himself putting in linking passes in the back-line. He says he’s still got a wee way to go fitness-wise, but that wasn’t evident on Sunday afternoon. It would appear he has quickly rediscovered his best – right in time for Lions selection! Welcome back Paulie.Sitiveni SivivatuNot only did the former All Black wing create one try and score another as Clermont Auvergne dispatched Montpellier from the competition, but he was a constant threat in attack. It’s Clermont’s massive pack that provides the possession, bit Sivivatu knows just what to do with it; with his speed and step teams have to watch him intently or they will be punished. Even in the smallest of spaces he can beat defenders and when he makes those breaks he has the support within the Clermont ranks to get across the line. Munster will no doubt be wary of the danger he presents and will want to close him down quickly and effectively in their semi-final in Montpellier later this month.Jonny WilkinsonHe’s still got it! Nigh on ten years have passed since Wilkinson dropped a goal to win England the World Cup, but the fly-half is still letting his boots do the talking on the rugby pitch. In the tight, edgy affair with Leicester, Toulon needed his calming influence – and his ability to dissect the posts didn’t hurt either. He slotted all 21 of Toulon’s points, including a late drop-goal, and it could end up being a battle of the kickers when he faces Owen Farrell of Saracens in the semi-final in a few weeks at Twickenham – a ground he’s somewhat familiar with. Farrell is the obvious back-up to Johnny Sexton as Lions fly-half but it would be folly to rule out Jonny W too. He certainly knows how to wound the Wallabies… Tickets are available via Ticketmaster TAGS: MunsterSaracens
Why do we have leap years?A leap year, where an extra day is added to the end of February every four years, is due to the solar system’s disparity with our calendar.A complete orbit of the earth around the sun takes exactly 365.2422 days to complete, but our calendar uses 365 days.So leap seconds – and leap years – are added as means of keeping our clocks (and calendars) in sync with the Earth and its seasons.But this solution causes another problem which is addressed later in this article.Why does the extra day fall in February?Blame this on the ego of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus.Under Julius Caesar, February had 30 days and the month named after him – July – had 31. August had only 29 days.When Caesar Augustus became Emperor he added two days to ‘his’ month to make August the same as July.Why does the woman propose on a leap year?Sandra Bullock proposes to Ryan Reynolds in ‘The Proposal’ Photo: REXOne theory is that the custom dates back to the 5th Century, when, legend has it, an Irish nun called St Bridget complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose. St Patrick then supposedly gave women the chance to ask the question every four years.According to research conducted by Beefeater, 20 per cent of women said they would like to propose to their partner. However, more than half of men (59 per cent) would love their girlfriends to get down on one knee.Does a leap year happen every four years?No. The year 2000 was a leap year, but the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not. There’s a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400.The added rule about centuries (versus just every four years) was an additional fix to make up for the fact that an extra day every four years is too much of a correction. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Previous articleDr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeNext article2016 Campaign Finance – Major Donors Spread The Wealth Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Why do we have leap years and leap days? Why in February?
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Save this picture!© Orlando Fonseca+ 18 Share Casas da Fonte / Materia Modular Houses Casas da Fonte / Materia ModularSave this projectSaveCasas da Fonte / Materia Modular Portugal Architects: Materia Modular Area Area of this architecture project Photographs 2009 Photographs: Orlando FonsecaText description provided by the architects. The houses that compose the complex Casas da Fonte (5 houses – lot 45 to lot 49) are integrated in the allotment developed in 1999 by Matéria Modular, Arquitectura Lda., for Lugar de Alviães, Freguesia de Palmaz, city of Oliveira de Azeméis. Save this picture!© Orlando FonsecaRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEADoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingFollowing the Urban Director Plan, the lot is included in the transition zone, which is characterized by the occupation of small volume buildings. The proposed solution fits legally both in terms of typology and use, and it involves a set of parallel volumes that define patios, which organize functionally the programmatic relations. Save this picture!© Orlando FonsecaThe lot develops pending towards south and sunset. To avoid big soil movements, it is made a contact of the volumes with the soil. Therefore, the edification adapts naturally to the allotment drawing and also to its infrastructures.Project gallerySee allShow lessArcadian Architecture: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson-12 HousesArticlesConstruction of MVRDV’s Market Hall startedArticles Share CopyHouses•Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/41366/alviaes-house-02-materia-modular Clipboard Area: 93844 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMateria ModularOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOliveira de AzemeisHousesOliveira de AzeméisPortugalPublished on November 20, 2009Cite: “Casas da Fonte / Materia Modular” 20 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
2015 ArchDaily Paterson 3 / AR43 ArchitectsSave this projectSavePaterson 3 / AR43 Architects photographs: Albert Lim KSPhotographs: Albert Lim KSStructural Engineer:MSE Consulting EngineersM&E Engineer:EWC EngineersQuantity Surveyor:WS SurveyorshipBuilder:OAL BuildersArea:283.56 sqm & 313.20 sqmClient:Bukit Sembawang Estates LimitedCountry:SingaporeMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Albert Lim KSRecommended ProductsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridPaterson 3 comprises of 2 uniquely designed corner terrace units. Whilst sited within a walking distance to the bustling Orchard Road, each unit is pleasantly situated within a calm, soothingly hidden-away haven along Lengkok Angsa.Save this picture!© Albert Lim KSThe design emphasizes on the relation between indoor/ outdoor, through the use of full height glass windows and large sliding panels. The play of elements between the timber cladding, panoramic glass and dark colored metal ties this enclave together into a contemporary art-inspired façade. The design of each unit features clean defined lines, and an open-layout with courtyard space. This allows for abundant tropical sunlight to filter into the living spaces. Each of these spaces that were being allocated manages to retain the privacies of its users.Save this picture!SectioonThe courtyard / water-feature were designed into the unit’s layout, resulting in a transition break between the front and the rear spaces. This created the opportunity for stepping stones and playful bridge-connection within the courtyard’s void. The roof terrace is essential in not only accommodating the growth of featured trees but to also to allow outdoor living spaces under the glimpse of stars and its urban landscape. Save this picture!© Albert Lim KSThe large cantilevered roof above the courtyard offers natural light to penetrate the 3 storey deep open spaces below while still providing shelter. The courtyard spaces are covered at the top with laminated glass and filtered by aluminum trellis providing shelter from the rain and yet allowing balmy light to nourish the green wall along the party wall and featured tree below. Paterson 3 / AR43 Architects Singapore Year: Architects: AR43 Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Houses CopyAbout this officeAR43 ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSingaporePublished on December 26, 2015Cite: “Paterson 3 / AR43 Architects” 25 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Côte d’IvoireAfrica to go further Côte d’IvoireAfrica French President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday promised the family of missing journalist Guy-André Kieffer, a French-Canadian dual national, that he would help to try to solve the mystery of his disappearance in Abidjan in April 2004.President Sarkozy gave his promise when he received Kieffer’s wife, Osange Silou-Kieffer, his daughter, Canelle Kieffer, his brothers Bernard and Eric Kieffer, and his nephew, David-Alexandre Kieffer, at the Elysée Palace in Paris.Osange Silou-Kieffer said afterwards she was “delighted” by Sarkozy’s warm reception and pledges. “We had been requesting a meeting with the French president to talk about the case for three years,” she said. “We finally got a meeting, but above all we have obtained commitments from him as regards the case. This gives us hope that justice will be done.”Sarkozy said his government would give the French judges the resources they need to do their job, above all, to interview all the witnesses and suspected perpetrators of Kieffer’s abduction and presumed murder. He said he would ask the French ambassador in Côte d’Ivoire to put all his efforts into this “important” case.The family asked the French government to intervene with the Ivorian authorities to get the obstacles lifted, above all so that a leading suspect, Michel Legré, the brother-in-law of the Ivorian president’s wife, Simone Gbagbo, can be questioned by the judicial authorities in France. On leaving the Elysée Palace, Silou-Kieffer said she hoped Sarkozy would remind President Laurent Gbagbo of the promises made to the family and Reporters Without Borders to shed light on all aspects of the case.An agronomy graduate who wrote about commodities, Kieffer went missing on 16 April 2004 in Abidjan, where he had been based since early 2002 working as freelancer for La lettre du Continent and several Ivorian newspapers. Before going to Côte d’Ivoire, he had worked for the French business daily La Tribune since 1984. Legré has admitted seeing Kieffer in the parking lot of an Abidjan shopping centre on the day of his disappearance. An investigation into the case by French judges Patrick Ramaël and Emmanuelle Ducos has established that, at the time of his disappearance, Kieffer was investigating the embezzlement of funds in the coffee and cacao markets in Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s biggest producer of cacao, and they suspect he may have been kidnapped and then presumably killed by persons close to the president.Ramaël formally opened an investigation into Legré on 21 October 2004 on suspicion of “abducting and holding” Kieffer. On 13 December 2004, he requested Legré’s transfer to France for two months for questioning. This request has never been met. Legré was held in an Abidjan detention centre for a year and half before being granted a provisional release in October 2005.Jean-Tony Oulaï, an Ivorian citizen who claims to have been a captain in the Ivorian army, was also formally placed under investigation in France in January 2006 on suspicion of “abducting and holding” Kieffer. He is subject to French judicial control. Some witnesses allege that he supervised Kieffer’s abduction. News Help by sharing this information October 29, 2020 Find out more News August 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sarkozy promises missing journalist’s family he will help solve mystery of his disappearance Receive email alerts Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en October 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Organisation News
Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Linkedin Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LONELY and looking for love? Well, fret no more, as cupid has his sights set on Limerick’s lonesome singles with the arrival of Amour Arrow International Dating Agency on Thomas Street.Only open two weeks in the city centre, the dating agency with a cosmopolitan flavour has already had a huge response from local singletons of all nationalities. Operated by Lithuanian matchmaker Asta Bautreniene, Amour Arrow opened its first office in Mayo three years ago and has now over 2,000 clients in Ireland aged between 21 and 75.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Asta told the Limerick Post that she was inundated with calls from lonely hearts in the Mid-West and decided to open a base in Limerick to meet the demand.“We had 20 people sign up for our service on our opening day here in Limerick. There are lots of lonely men and women out there looking for a serious relationship with a suitable partner and they are not going to find that at a nightclub,” said Ms Bautreniene.“The people who come to us are looking for long-term relationships. They are not looking for one night stands,” she insisted.“Dating and meeting new people should be a fun experience, not a fearful one. We offer a confidential service that makes getting back into the dating scene as painless as possible. Around 50 per cent of our clients are now in serious relationships and we’ve already had two marriages.“Some people are shy and need a bit of help. Christmas and Valentine’s Day are coming up and people do not want to be alone. Everyone wants someone to love and we offer a confidential, relaxed and safe environment for members to introduce themselves,” Asta explained.Amour Arrow host a variety of events from speed dating parties, singles nights out and short breaks abroad to help prospective matches break the ice.The dating agency has a proportionate number of men and women on its books with Asta’s clients holding passports from Ireland, Britain, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Pakistan, Mongolia, China and Brazil.“I have noticed that Irish men want to meet women from different countries. I don’t know if Irish women are happy about that. But the women aren’t as concerned about age and nationality and are more concerned about finding a suitable partner,” she said. Twitter Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Facebook New Music: 40Hurtz Email Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick NewsCommunityAsta sets her sights on Limerick’s lonely heartsBy Alan Jacques – December 12, 2013 1024 WhatsApp Print TAGSAmour ArrowAsta Bautrenienedating agencylonely heartsMusic LimericksinglesValentine’s Day Previous articleRates cut boost to businessNext articleContract talks overshadow trip to Perpignan Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie
My statement on the officer-involved death in Minneapolis: pic.twitter.com/HUoGfXEj7R— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 26, 2020 She added that “justice must be served for this man and his family, justice must be served for our community, and justice must be served for our country.”The police union representing the officers did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Tuesday.The Minneapolis Police Department said Monday that officers were initially called to the scene “on a report of a forgery in progress” in a statement on their website.The statement added that officers were advised that the suspect “appeared to be under the influence” and that he “physically resisted officers.”He later “appeared to be suffering medical distress” and officers called an ambulance. He was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance, “where he died a short time later.”The police department said there were no weapons of any type used by anyone involved in the incident and no officers were injured.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. krblokhin/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation will probe the death of a black man who died shortly after being apprehended by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after disturbing video emerged on social media showing a police officer with his knee on the man’s neck as the man repeatedly yells out, “I can’t breathe.”“I can’t breathe, please, the knee in my neck,” the man said in a video showing a police officer pinning him to the ground. “I can’t move … my neck … I’m through, I’m through.”The Minneapolis Police Department announced Tuesday morning that the FBI will be a part of the investigation into the death. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Tuesday that the officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid leave and he pledged the department’s full cooperation with any investigations.“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said at a news conference Tuesday morning. “For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a black man’s neck. Five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense.”Frey called the incident “awful” and “traumatic,” saying, “it serves as a reminder of how far we have to go.”In a statement on Facebook, Frey added that, “I believe what I saw and what I saw is wrong on every level.”“To our Black community, to the family: I’m so sorry,” he wrote.Police did not identify the man who died, but Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing his family, said he was George Floyd.“We all watched the horrific death of George Floyd on video as witnesses begged the police officer to take him into the police car and get off his neck,” Crump said in a statement. “This abusive, excessive and inhumane use of force cost the life of a man who was being detained by the police for questioning about a non-violent charge.”“We will seek justice for the family of George Floyd, as we demand answers from the Minnesota Police Department,” he added. “How many ‘white black’ deaths will it take until the racial profiling and undervaluing of black lives by police finally ends?”Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a former prosecutor in Hennepin County where the death took place, called for a “thorough outside investigation” into the incident in a statement on Twitter.“We heard his repeated calls for help. We heard him say over and over again that he could not breathe. And now we have seen yet another horrifying and gutwrenching instance of an African American man dying,” Klobuchar said. “Every single person in every single community in this country deserves to feel safe. As the Mayor of Minneapolis noted, this tragic loss of life calls for immediate action.”
Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy JON HAWORTH, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA, MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide.Over 55.2 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. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has also varied from country to country.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica. The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 11.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 247,263 deaths.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developed Tuesday. All times Eastern:Nov 17, 11:54 pmOregon orders statewide freezeOregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order that authorized a statewide freeze to combat rising COVID-19 cases.The order will close businesses such as gyms, museums, zoos and indoor recreational facilities, restrict dining to takeout only and limit social gatherings to six people.Religious gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors, according to the executive order.The state has 58,570 total coronavirus cases and 778 deaths, according to the Oregon Health Department. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations jumped from 180 on Nov. 2 to 378 on Nov. 17, according to the health data.“We are at a breaking point,” Brown said in a statement. “If we don’t take further action, we risk continued alarming spikes in infections and hospitalizations, and we risk the lives of our neighbors and loved ones.”The executive order goes into effect on Wednesday and will last for at least two weeks.In the meantime, Brown said $55 million in federal financial assistance will be committed to businesses that are impacted by COVID-19.Each Oregon county will get a baseline of $500,000 plus a per capita allocation of the remainder of the funds.“I know that this is not enough. I remain committed to fighting for additional resources at the federal level, including a reauthorization of the important features of the CARES Act, like the Payroll Protection Program and an extension of unemployment insurance benefits,” Brown said in a statement.Nov 17, 10:31 pmFDA authorizes first at-home rapid testThe Food and Drug Administration has issued an emergency use authorization for the first at-home rapid test for the SARS-CoV2 virus. The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit is authorized for use at home or point of care in a doctor’s office, but only with a prescription.“While COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been authorized for at-home collection, this is the first that can be fully self-administered and provide results at home. This new testing option is an important diagnostic advancement to address the pandemic and reduce the public burden of disease transmission,” FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said in a statement.FDA says the molecular test “works by swirling the self-collected sample swab in a vial that is then placed in the test unit. In 30 minutes or less, the results can be read directly from the test unit’s light-up display that shows whether a person is positive or negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”Some experts have pushed for more development of at-home rapid tests, saying that if they were affordable and accessible — like a pregnancy test — people could test themselves daily before going to work, school or traveling. Since this test is prescription-only, it likely won’t be that widely available yet, but other companies have submitted applications for similar technology and the FDA says that will be a priority.“A test that can be fully administered entirely outside of a lab or healthcare setting has always been a major priority for the FDA to address the pandemic. Now, more Americans who may have COVID-19 will be able to take immediate action, based on their results, to protect themselves and those around them,” said Dr. Jeff Shuren, director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in a statement. “We look forward to proactively working with test developers to support the availability of more at-home test options.”Nov 17, 9:29 pmLA issues new business restrictions as cases riseLos Angeles County will issue new limits on business and gatherings as the number of COVID-19 cases have doubled since the beginning of the month and hospitalizations are averaging 1,000 a day, according to health officials.And if the trend continues, officials warn they will have to issue another stay-at-home order and curfew.Starting Friday, nonessential businesses, including stores and offices, will be reduced to a maximum 25% occupancy.Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars and all other nonessential retail establishments will have to close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m, according to the health department.Currently, LA County is reporting a five-day average of 2,884 cases and 1,126 hospitalized patients, according to officials.If the five-day average rises to 4,000 cases or hospitalizations are more than 1,750 per day, the city will prohibit in-person dining, according to health officials.If the five-day average rises to 4,500 or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day, the county will issue a stay-at-home order and general curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m, health officials said.Nov 17, 8:55 pm1 in 4 US hospitals nearing capacity ICU beds: HHSTwenty-five percent of the nation’s hospitals have more than 80% of their intensive care unit beds filled, according to an internal memo by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News.The jump in hospitalizations came after the country saw new increases in coronavirus metrics over the last week, according to the agency.Between Nov. 10 and Nov. 16, nearly 1.1 million new cases were confirmed in the country, a 35.2% increase from the previous seven-day period, according to the memo.The positivity rate in the country surpassed 10% over the last week, HHS said.The U.S. saw 8,501 new COVID-19 deaths from Nov. 10 to Nov. 16, which marked a 11.8% increase from the previous week, the memo said.Nov 17, 8:40 pmUS deaths hit highest mark since MayThe COVID Tracking Project said coronavirus-related deaths are on the rise in all four sections of the country and were higher today than on any day since May 14.There were 155,201 cases and 1,565 deaths reported Tuesday, according to the data. Roughly 77,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with the virus and 20 states are at their record hospitalization rate, according to The COVID Tracking project.Nov 17, 6:45 pmChuck Grassley tests positiveU.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced Tuesday night he tested positive for the coronavirus. The 87-year-old said he went into isolation earlier in the day after he learning he was exposed to someone who had the virus.“While I still feel fine, the test came back positive for the coronavirus. I am continuing to follow my doctors’ orders and CDC guidelines,” Grassley said in a statement.Grassley, the second-oldest senator, said he will work from home, but his offices in Iowa and Washington, D.C., will remain open for constituents.Six U.S. senators have contracted COVID-19.What does the future hold Nov 17, 3:35 pmNew York reaches highest hospitalization numbers since JuneNew York state has 2,124 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, the most since June 9, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.“Our micro-cluster strategy and testing capacity will help us through this new season, but ensuring we don’t go back to where we were in the spring is going to depend on our behavior,” Cuomo warned.The state’s positivity rate stands at 3.18%, with 5,088 people testing positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.Nov 17, 3:03 pmOhio announces 3-week overnight curfew In hard-hit Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced a three-week curfew that will begin Thursday and run from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.“The situation in Ohio is deteriorating,” DeWine warned.Every county has at least twice the high-incidence level set by the CDC, he said.Ohio has over 312,000 COVID-19 cases and at least 5,772 fatalities.“I’m also asking each Ohioan every day to do at least one thing that reduces your contact with others,” DeWine tweeted. “If we can cut down contacts by 20-25 percent, this will make a difference. Paired with mask-wearing, this will go a long way from stopping our hospitals from being overrun.”Nov 17, 2:38 pmUS surpasses 2 million monthly cases for 1st timeBarely halfway through November, the U.S. has surpassed 2 million monthly cases for the first time, according to the COVID Tracking Project.The U.S. is now averaging more than 150,000 new cases every day, nearly three times the average from just a month ago, the COVID Tracking Project found. Every state in the country is reporting an increasing number of new COVID-19 cases.The previous record number of cases in a single month was 1,897,631 in July.ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos, Brian Hartman, Ben Bell and Soorin Kim contributed to this report.Nov 17, 1:32 pmAll but 3 states in ‘red zone,’ per White House Coronavirus Task Force reportAll states except Vermont, Maine and Hawaii are in the “red zone” as the pandemic intensifies across the U.S., according to the most recent weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing for governors, dated Nov. 15.Wisconsin is experiencing “an unrelenting rise in cases and test positivity over the last two months,” the report said.“Illinois has seen an explosive rise in cases and test positivity over the last six weeks,” the report said. Illinois’ hospitalizations are at an all-time high and deaths are increasing rapidly.In Oklahoma, hospitalizations are increasing week over week, the report said. An increase in cases in the last “two weeks correlate with Halloween and related activities,” and “with Thanksgiving and upcoming holidays, Oklahomans must understand the COVID-19 situation statewide.”Meanwhile, in the West and the South, “Colorado has seen a relentless increase in cases and hospitalization over the past two months,” while “Florida is in the midst of a viral resurgence,” the report said.A state qualifies for “red zone” for cases if it has 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population.ABC News’ Josh Margolin contributed to this report. Nov 17, 12:33 pmNew Orleans cancels Mardi Gras paradesNew Orleans is canceling parades for next year’s Mardi Gras “because large gatherings have proven to be super-spreader events,” said the office of Mayor LaToya Cantrell.Mardi Gras, on Feb. 16, won’t be canceled will not be canceled because it is a religious holiday.“Bourbon Street and Frenchman Street entertainment Districts are open, but subject to Local and State COVID Guidelines at all times,” the mayor’s office added.ABC News’ Josh Hoyos contributed to this report.Nov 17, 12:31 pmFauci: If vast majority get vaccinated life could be close to normal by fall 2021Dr. Anthony Fauci told The New York Times’ DealBook’s Andrew Ross Sorkin that life could return to some degree of normality by fall 2021 if at least 75% of U.S. citizens get vaccinated.“This is going to be a difficult task. We’ve got to do outreach. We’ve got to be transparent,” he said.Fauci also said the U.S. still needs to make available rapid at-home tests kits that can be used daily.ABC News’ Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.Nov 17, 12:09 pmCollege students leaving Boston for Thanksgiving must stay home, mayor saysAs COVID-19 cases increase in Massachusetts, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh tweeted Tuesday: “Normally, many college students travel to their hometown for Thanksgiving and then return to campus for the rest of the term. We have asked colleges and students not to do that this year. If you go home for Thanksgiving, you should not be returning to Boston this semester.”Massachusetts reported 11 more deaths Monday, bringing the state’s death toll to 10,110.“Every metric tells us that we’re in the midst of a significant and concerning increase of COVID activity,” Walsh said. “The daily cases we’re seeing are starting to look like the numbers we saw near our peak in April and May.”Contact tracing has shown the virus is spreading at workplaces and at gatherings in homes, Walsh added.“We’re asking you to spend Thanksgiving in person with only your current household,” Walsh tweeted.ABC News’ Rachel Katz contributed to this report.Nov 17, 11:58 am100,000 volunteer for Royal Caribbean test cruisesRoyal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley announced that 100,000 people have volunteered to test out COVID-19 protocols before the cruise line restarts its operations.“We can’t wait to start this next phase with you all!” Bayley wrote in a post on his official Facebook page. “It has been so gratifying to receive literally thousands of emails and calls offering to volunteer.”Cruise lines operating in American waters are required by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to run simulated voyages with volunteer guests before recommencing sailing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers must acknowledge in writing that they risk contracting COVID-19.Last week, Royal Caribbean told ABC News it was encouraged by the huge interest in its trial cruises but that dates had not yet been set.ABC News’ Gio Benito, Mina Kaji and Nathan Luna contributed to this report.Nov 17, 10:37 amNebraska hospital ‘bursting at the seams’ with COVID-19 patientsDr. Brian Boer, a critical care doctor working in the COVID-19 wing of Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, said his “nightmare scenario” is one in which non-coronavirus patients have to be turned away because the hospital is “bursting at the seams with so much COVID.”“If you ask some of my colleagues and partners, like, we’re there,” Boer told “Start Here,” ABC News’ daily news podcast.“You know, in terms of the trajectory we’re on, if it continues like this unabated, like, we’re going to end up in the scenario where we’re going to have to make really difficult decisions and tell people we can’t offer them the things we normally would have,” he added. “We’re knocking on that door right now.”The number of people being hospitalized for COVID-19 in Nebraska each day has quadrupled over the past month, which Boer said is reflective of what he’s seeing in his hospital, where almost half of all intensive care patients are battling the disease.The issue isn’t the lack of ICU beds or ventilators, he said, but rather the lack of adequate staffing.“We’ll create beds or we have ventilators and the space or the equipment — we don’t have the bodies,” Boer said. “We don’t have the nurses, the respiratory therapist, the residents and advanced practice providers and physicians to care for that person.”Boer said he isn’t seeing a lot of spread among health care providers, thanks to personal protective equipment.“We’re more worried about getting sick in the community than we are getting sick at work — and that’s a fact,” he said.Nov 17, 9:21 amOver 300 attended wedding leading to outbreak in Washington state, officials sayHealth authorities are urging attendees of a large wedding held in Washington state to quarantine through Saturday and get tested for COVID-19 after several guests have tested positive.At least 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington’s Grant County have been linked to the wedding near Ritzville on Nov. 7, which was attended by more than 300 people from various communities. The Grant County Health District said more cases tied to the event are “being added daily” and that attendees diagnosed with COVID-19 have also been linked to two subsequent outbreaks.Wedding ceremonies at the time were limited to a total of no more than 30 people and, starting Monday, indoor receptions or similar gatherings are banned, according to the Grant County Health District.Nov 17, 8:34 amFederal vaccine expert turned whistleblower says ‘lives are at stake’ if Trump doesn’t coordinate with BidenDr. Rick Bright, the federal vaccine expert who blew the whistle on a politicized coronavirus response, said that “lives are at stake” if the outgoing Trump administration does not coordinate with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team over vaccine distribution.“Lives are at stake here,” Bright, an immunologist who was recently named a member of Biden’s transition COVID-19 advisory board, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“If we miss this opportunity to coordinate now, we could experience hiccups or delays that really we don’t need to see,” he added. “Americans deserve a smooth transition so we can make sure to save their lives from this pandemic.”The Biden transition team planned to meet with vaccine manufacturers this week, and Bright, whose life’s work has been developing vaccines, said he hoped they would provide more detailed data from their trials.“We really do need to see the data, the full data set,” he said. “That data set needs to be made available to the FDA and to other scientists. President-elect Biden has said all along he’s going to let science lead the way, and so it’s critical that we are able to see that in a transparent way and the best recommendations from those scientists are made for the FDA, and then that information is carried forward to the American public.”Bright said it’s important to see if the full data set shows the vaccine to be safe and effective in people of all populations, because the early, interim data could just prove efficacy for a certain population.When asked whether the Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” vaccine production program should get any credit for the speed with which vaccines have been developed, Bright instead credited investments in vaccine technology made under the Obama administration.Bright is the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, the federal agency charged with overseeing the rapid production of a vaccine to fight the novel coronavirus. He filed a whistleblower complaint in May, alleging he was ousted because he resisted pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug that President Donald Trump was touting as treatment for COVID-19.Nov 17, 7:35 amSouth Australia quarantines 4,000 people amid growing cluster linked to medi-hotelAround 4,000 people in South Australia have been ordered to quarantine as the Australian state grapples with a fresh COVID-19 outbreak.South Australia authorities announced five new locally-transmitted cases on Tuesday, at least four of which were officially linked to a medi-hotel in the Parafield suburb of Adelaide, where travelers arriving from abroad are required to quarantine for 14 days. Authorities said the fifth case is expected to be connected to the Parafield cluster soon, which would bring the total number to 21.“All of these people have either no symptoms or they are very mildly symptomatic, and they have been picked up early in the course of the disease,” South Australia’s chief health officer, Prof. Nicola Spurrier, said at a press conference Tuesday.Those who have been advised to isolate are all close contacts of the cluster from the quarantine hotel and are being contacted daily by health authorities to check for symptoms. Meanwhile, at least five schools have been closed as contact tracers work to contain the outbreak, according to Spurrier.“We’ve decided to take a very, very cautious approach,” she told reporters, later adding that “this is a very, very worrying situation.”Thousands of people have been tested for COVID-19 in South Australia in recent days. Spurrier urged people to only get tested if they are symptomatic or if they have recently visited the areas of concern.“We do need to prioritize our testing across South Australia,” she said.There are currently 34 active infections in the state, including imported cases. The latest cluster is the first instance of community transmission in South Australia since April.“I need to reiterate to the people of South Australia that we are not out of the woods yet,” the state’s premier, Steven Marshall, said at Tuesday’s press conference. “We are just at the beginning stages of dealing with this particular very nasty cluster in Parafield. We are going to get through this. But we’re going to get through it with the cooperation of every single South Australian citizen.”Nov 17, 6:37 amAustria begins stricter lockdown amid rising casesAustrians awoke Tuesday morning with a new tough lockdown meant to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.Under the stricter measures, which will remain in place through Dec. 6, people in Austria are only allowed to leave their homes to buy groceries, to go to work if their jobs are deemed essential, to exercise outside, to go to the doctor or to help people who need assistance.Schools across the Alpine nation have shuttered, as teaching will be done remotely during lockdown. Banks, basic food stores and pharmacies remain open but bars, hair salons, restaurants and other non-essential shops and services have been ordered closed.“All of social and public life will be brought down to a minimum,” Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday, ahead of the new restrictions.It’s the second time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that Austria has imposed a nationwide lockdown, amid rising infections across Europe. The Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection has confirmed more than 208,000 cases of COVID-19 so far, including at least 1,741 deaths. Nearly 50,000 of those cases were reported in the past week alone.Nov 17, 5:09 amRussia registers 442 new deaths in all-time highRussia registered 442 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the country’s highest single-day death toll from the disease since the pandemic began.An additional 22,410 new cases of COVID-19 were also confirmed nationwide over the past day. Russia’s cumulative total now stands at 1,971,013 cases with 33,931 deaths, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.Moscow remains the epicenter of the country’s outbreak and recent surge. More than a quarter of the newly confirmed cases — 5,882 — and nearly 17% of the new deaths — 74 — were reported in the capital, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.Despite the growing number of infections and deaths, Russian authorities have repeatedly said they have no plans to impose another nationwide lockdown.The Eastern European country of 145 million people has the fifth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and France, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nov 17, 4:17 amUS reports over 166K new casesThere were 166,045 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the fourth day in a row that the country has reported over 150,000 newly diagnosed infections. Monday’s count is slightly less than the all-time high of 177,224 on Nov. 13.An additional 995 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Monday, down from a peak of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.A total of 11,205,486 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 247,220 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.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. 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 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTAYLORSVILLE, Utah-Former Salt Lake C.C. pitching star Ben Weese has committed to continue his collegiate playing career at BYU, per an announcement released by the SLCC athletic department Thursday.Weese, a left-hander who starred at Mountain Crest High School, went 9-1 for the Bruins, posting 66 strikeouts on the season while netting an ERA of 3.15 and leading the squad in innings pitched with 68.2 innings in 2018.Weese is the second Salt Lake C.C. baseball star to continue his career as last month, left-handed pitcher Sterling Lay signed with the Division II Montana State-Billings Yellow Jackets. Brad James June 7, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weese Commits To Continue Career at BYU Tags: Ben Weese/BYU Baseball/MSU-Billings Yellowjackets/SLCC Baseball/Sterling Lay