Public Health Alert – New Zealand cases

first_imgPublic Health Alert – New Zealand cases ​Following the New Zealand Government’s report yesterday of three additional cases of COVID-19 in Auckland, NSW Health is contacting travellers who have arrived from NZ since Saturday 20 February on quarantine-free flights to check if they have been to any new venues of concern attended by an infectious person.As a precaution, people who have arrived since Saturday 20 February are also being asked if they are well and are being asked to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until they get a negative result, or for 14 days if they attended one of the venues.A notice is now in effect specifying Auckland as a hotspot. This requires people arriving in NSW from New Zealand who have been in Auckland, including the airport, to enter hotel quarantine for 14 days. Alternatively, they may choose to depart Australia.The new hotspot identification under the Air Transportation Public Health Order will become effective as of 12.01am on Thursday 25 February. NSW Health continues to monitor the situation and will adjust these requirements as new information emerges. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Air transport, airport, Auckland, Australia, covid-19, Effect, Government, health, healthcare, hotel, New Zealand, NSW, NSW Health, NZ, public health, quarantinelast_img read more

Anna Hall Named GSC Player of the Week

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, Ala. – UWF women’s basketball standout Anna Hall was named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Week following her impressive performance last week. UWF plays host to Christian Brothers on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. before facing No. 2 ranked Union on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Both games will be played on campus at the UWF Field House. Hall is averaging 10.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. She currently ranks 22nd in the GSC in scoring, and in the top seven in rebounding, assists and steals entering this week’s league-opening action.  Print Friendly Version The senior transfer recorded the second triple-double in UWF women’s basketball history and just the second in Division 2 this year, posting 19 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and seven steals in the Argonauts’ 105-74 win over Spring Hill last Tuesday.last_img read more

Commentary: Alabama needs win more than Ole Miss

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Commentary: Flaws aside, Alabama should handle Ole Miss“It’s daunting to beat them one time, much less back to back,” Freeze said Wednesday. “I don’t think about those things as much. It’s a very tough task to beat them and a lot of teams in this league. When you’re playing on the road in those stadiums and those environments against quality teams that we play and Alabama being arguably the one that’s been the toughest to beat, it’s a difficult task, but again, it’s why we’re so excited to go and play.”If the Rebels lose, it will be a disappointment, but not a setback. Ole Miss has won some big games under Freeze with the biggest being last year’s 23-17 stunner over then No. 1 Alabama in Oxford, but it’s not among the elite in college football.If the Rebels win, it will further legitimize what they’ve become – an SEC force.‘Grown man’ Ragland ready for possible collision with Nkemdiche“We in a short time have become relevant in the Southeastern Conference and put ourselves in a position to be competitive in this league and nationally, hopefully,” Freeze said. “That’s something to celebrate and that does not mean you’re going to win every game. You’re playing really good teams week in and week out. You’re probably going to lose some, but man it sure is fun to be competitive and relative again in this sport.”So let’s turn this around.What would it mean for Alabama to lose a second straight year to a school that’s only beaten it twice from 1988 to now? It would further cement the growing notion that Alabama’s championship days under Nick Saban are behind it.The Tide are still good enough to win 10 to 12 games because they have quality coaching and a bunch of 5-star and 4-star recruits, but the gap between them and the rest of the SEC isn’t as wide as Michael Strahan’s two front teeth anymore.A loss to Ole Miss would add credence to that idea.Commentary: Frosh DB Fitzpatrick key cog to Alabama nickel packageThe big difference between Ole Miss and Alabama right now other than the championships is the Rebels have room to grow and can still cherish wins. The Tide are on top and have been up there for so long, they look at games in an entirely different way.“It sucks anytime you lose,” Tide senior cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “That’s all I can say. I hate losing more than I love winning and I think that’s just the mindset around here. It’s definitely not something you want to experience.”So Ole Miss can take an even bigger chunk out of Alabama’s aura of dominance with a win Saturday. If it loses, some harm, but no foul. Alabama doesn’t have that luxury. Tradition, titles and expectations keep Alabama on its tippy toes to win or else.If the Tide fall, all hell will break lose before in Tuscaloosa before fans come to grips with the realization that maybe, just maybe, Alabama isn’t what it used to be. They’ll still be in the College Football Playoff hunt because I don’t see anyone going undefeated in conference play and the eventual league champion will likely get a playoff bid even with one defeat.If Alabama wins? Come on. That’s not even a question. That’s a given, right? Alabama running back Derrick Henry (2) has six touchdowns in two games for No. 2-ranked Alabama this season.Alabama running back Derrick Henry (2) has six touchdowns in two games for No. 2-ranked Alabama this season.Ole Miss is still ahead of schedule.The No. 15-ranked Rebels (2-0) have quality talent, but shouldn’t be considered a favorite by anyone to beat Alabama in its backyard Saturday, but ESPN Football Power Index indicated Wednesday they have a 55 percent chance to win Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.WTH?Just fours year ago, Ole Miss won two games in Houston Nutt’s final season in 2011. Now in their fourth season under Hugh Freeze, the Rebels have had three straight winning seasons, improved their win total by one each year and are looking to beat the Crimson Tide two years in a row for the first time ever.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Magic Kingdom Paving Stone Demolition is Well Underway

first_imgShare This!Earlier this summer, Disney announced that it would be removing the Walk Around the World paving stones. As you can see in the last few photos, there are now piles of broken stones ready to be carted away.Demolition started at the Transportation and Ticket Center several weeks ago, and the removal is also now well underway at the Magic Kingdom entrance. The good news is that you’ll eventually be able to walk from the Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian. The bad news is that you won’t be able to do so on your personal paving stone.Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img

Recap: Female Leaders in Detroit Panel Discussion

first_imgAs a #FemaleLeader in a meeting, lead with value-add point first, continue with further discussion. #GrandCircus— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) April 19, 2016 Three Detroit female leaders, a roomful of business, technology, and education professionals with great questions, and an expert moderator guiding the conversation resulted in an engaging discussion about women and leadership at last night’s quarterly women’s event in downtown Detroit.Hosted by Google and Grand Circus, the panel discussion featured: Stephanie Jones, attorney at General MotorsMelissa Grusche, account executive at Google Christianne Sims, program manager at Build InstituteThe panel was moderated by Tara Reed, CEO of Kollecto and Google CODE2040 Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Grand Circus, who I heard speak at last year’s TEDxDetroit 2015 event. Kicking off Google Female Leaders in Detroit panel discussion (at @GrandCircusCo) https://t.co/lyc0GINu4d pic.twitter.com/mp0On9gkTU— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) April 19, 2016Panelists answered questions, offered tips, and shared their personal stories about leadership and what women face in the workplace. The panel discussion was well-received, with several attendees asking questions during the Q & A section at the end of the event. There were long lines to chat with panelists after the discussion ended. My TakeawaysI was excited to attend my first quarterly women’s event at Grand Circus. It was great to see a diverse crowd of women (and several men!) in the audience, of all ages. Attendees included a range of business and technology folks, including students taking classes at Grand Circus. Before the discussion, I spent time chatting with Rose, a recent college graduate, who attended along with three of her fellow JavaScript classmates. While the panelists represented three different areas, business, technology, and non-profit, their stories and examples complimented each other. They weren’t speakers I had met before, so I was very interested in hearing about their work and background. When I spoke with Melissa afterwords, it seemed we knew each other from someplace in the past, but we couldn’t name it.Tara Reed kept the panelists and audience engaged with her insightful questions.Four key points from the panel discussion stood out for me:As a female leader, you often need more tact than a male leaderDocument your accomplishments, and share them with your manager often, showing how you saved money, streamlined process, etc.Know what you want at your job, and be willing to ask for itIf you’re not able to get what you ask for, negotiate. Everything is negotiable, whether it’s salary, title, job responsibilities, benefits, resources.After the discussion ended, I spoke with Stephanie Jones to learn more about her involvement with speech recognition in her work at General Motors. I left the panel discussion inspired and motivated! Thanks to Google and Grand Circus for hosting these quarterly events. Social ChatterCheck out some of the social conversation from the panel discussion:The wine is on ice! It’s almost time for our panel on Women Leaders in Detroit. Can’t wait to see everyone tonight. pic.twitter.com/autSDudtjm— Grand Circus (@GrandCircusCo) April 19, 2016 “Diverse work groups tend to have more successful outcomes. It’s important to consider everyone’s perspective.” pic.twitter.com/oReaCi9bRR— Grand Circus (@GrandCircusCo) April 19, 2016 Document your accomplishments each month. Schedule 30 minutes on your calendar, write them down! #GrandCircus #FemaleLeaders— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) April 19, 2016 Ask for feedback on what you can do better, and what you’ve done well from your manager. #GrandCircus #FemaleLeaders— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) April 19, 2016center_img When others believe in you, it’s important to believe in yourself. #GrandCircus #WomenInTech pic.twitter.com/DlcF9h6P97— Grand Circus (@GrandCircusCo) April 19, 2016 Sometimes, the best way to be a leader is to listen more and talk less, says our Female Leaders in Detroit panel. pic.twitter.com/KvR1x2KdVv— Grand Circus (@GrandCircusCo) April 19, 2016 Tip to your 20-year-old self: Don’t let perfection get in your way, says Melissa Grusche of @Google. #GrandCircus #FemaleLeaders— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) April 19, 2016Did you attend the panel discussion? Any thoughts you’d like to share in the comments?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedApril 2016 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhat user experience (UX) and web professional events are happening this month in southeast Michigan? If you work on the web, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events.…In “Calendar”March 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”May 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”last_img read more

72 days that shaped South Africa (11)

first_imgJust how “miraculous” was South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy? How close did the country really come to civil war?Check out our press clipping snapshots of the 72 days leading up to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as SA’s first democratically elected President – and see how heavily the odds were stacked against “the rainbow nation”.9 MAY 1994World’s rich and powerful arrive in SAA who’s who of the world has arrived in South Africa for tomorrow’s inauguration of president-elect Nelson Mandela.Prince Philip of Britain, United Nations secretary-general Dr Boutros Boutros-Ghali, United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his deputy Joshua Nkomo are among those already in the country.And today, the flow of dignitaries continued with the arrival of delegations from the Middle East and Far East.The Star, Monday 9 May 1994New South Africa has landedCape Town – Yesterday morning’s Flight SA373 from Johannesburg was not ordinary. It carried, along with a smattering of everyday passengers, a hefty chunk of South Africa’s first ever nonracial Parliament.In years gone by, flights to Cape Town on the eve of parliamentary sittings were also filled with MPs. But in those days, the overwhelming majority were white.The Star, Monday 9 May 199410 MAY 1994The world at Mandela’s feetToday will see the climax of a breathtaking two days in the history of South Africa. Mr Nelson Mandela, elected by Parliament in Cape Town yesterday as South Africa’s new president, will be inaugurated at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.His election yesterday was an event filled with joy and emotion. It started with outgoing President FW de Klerk leading Mandela into the chamber of Parliament. They embraced to rapturous applause from newly elected MPs and guests in the public gallery.Mandela also embraced Inkatha Freedom Party leader Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi when he saw him walking towards him.The land of miracles was seeing a momentous event unfolding every few minutes.Sowetan, Tuesday 10 May 1994Mandela and FW express optimismOn the eve of changing the reins of power, South Africa’s outgoing and incoming presidents last night called for reconciliation and expressed confidence in the country’s future.Outgoing president FW de Klerk told a civic banquet in Pretoria that he would play his part so that reconciliation became reality. President Nelson Mandela said it was necessary to join hands to promote the spirit of reconciliation to build the country.The Star, Tuesday 10 May 1994Gore’s night at the MarketJohannesburg’s Market Theatre complex last night became the site of an awesome security spectacle as one of America’s most prized politicians arrived for a night of entertainment.US vice-president Al Gore and his wife “Tipper”, First Lady Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson were but a few big names who swept into The Laager theatre to watch extracts of South Africa’s theatrical genius.Patrons temporarily detained in The Yard restaurant opposite the theatre entrance were astonished to see six black limousines cruise swiftly into the precinct, which was tightly guarded by US secret service agents.The only SAF presence was in the form of two black-clad snipers on the theatre roof.The Star, Tuesday 10 May 199411 MAY 1994Let’s build a great SA, says MandelaPretoria – South Africans should forget the past and work together to build a great country, President Nelson Mandela told an excited, cheering crowd of 60 000 people attending his inauguration at the Union Buildings yesterday.Before starting his speech to the people gathered on the Botha Lawn, Mandela danced briefly to the music of the African Jazz Pioneers, and the crowd danced delightedly with him.In a carnival atmosphere, a group of youths ran across the lawn holding aloft a coffin with “hamba kahle apartheid” (farewell apartheid) painted on the side.Earlier, after he had taken his oath of office, Mandela told almost 60 heads of state, royalty and 6 000 other dignitaries that South Africa, the “rainbow nation”, had at last achieved its political emancipation.In his address, Mandela vowed that “never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will experience the oppression of one by another”.Business Day, Wednesday 11 May 1994Big welcome from world leadersPretoria – UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali welcomed South Africa back into the world community yesterday, paying tribute to President Nelson Mandela and his deputy FW de Klerk.“Today South Africa regained its rightful place in Africa, in the UN, and the family of nations”, he said at Mandela’s inauguration lunch at the Presidency.“South Africa has earned the respect and admiration of all; tireless in search of understanding, and vigorous in pursuit of peace. You have refused to let difficulties defeat you.”Business Day, Wednesday 11 May 1994Years of enmity end as Castro meets De Klerk and defence chiefPretoria – An atmosphere of reconciliation prevailed as Cuban leader Fidel Castro chatted with former arch-enemies Deputy President FW de Klerk and defence force chief Gen Georg Meiring and President Mandela welcomed three of his former jailers to yesterday’s inauguration luncheon.Business Day, Wednesday 11 May 1994The story continued …1 – 6 March 19947 – 13 March 199414 – 20 March 199421 – 27 March 199428 March – 3 April 19944 – 10 April 199411 – 17 April 199418 – 24 April 199425 April – 1 May 19942 – 8 May 19949 – 11 May 1994Research, photos: Ndaba DlaminiWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic is physically extraordinary, says Agassi

first_imgNovak Djokovic is “physically extraordinary” and can emulate Roger Federer by winning the Australian Open in his first tournament for six months, mentor Andre Agassi said on Friday.The Serb arrived in Australia with question marks over his elbow injury and has played two rounds in Melbourne wearing a compression sleeve on his serving arm.WATCHThe 12-times grand slam champion has re-modelled his serving action to take the pressure off the joint but it held up during a four-set win over Gael Monfils in brutal heat on Thursday.”If you haven’t played for a long time, anything that isn’t quite the centrepiece of your game, can go through a bit of a challenge,” former world number one Agassi, who flew in to be in Djokovic’s corner, told AP on Friday.”With a new service motion and the pressure and the big match and not playing in a while, that was the time for it to get tested and, getting through it, he’ll be a lot better for it moving forward.” Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, coaches of Novak Djokovic. (Photo: Reuters)Djokovic had not played a competitive match for six months before his first round clash with American Donald Young and while that was a breeze, his clash with Monfils in 40 degrees heat proved to Agassi that the 30-year-old is battle ready.”Recovery is not something I worry about with him,” said Agassi, who added he is not working with Djokovic for ‘personal gain’.”Novak is physically extraordinary and he has a recovery ability that is unlike mine, probably just because the nature of how his body is made and how efficient he is.advertisement”The guy has a capacity for pushing himself that is unique.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd Treble winner Beckham moving into agents world

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd Treble winner Beckham moving into agents worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner David Beckham appears to be moving into the football agent world.His company Footwork Management Limited have Beckham, his close pal Dave Gardner and ex-PR chief Nicola Howson listed as directors.Beckham, who retired from playing in 2013, is not a licensed intermediary but Gardner is on the Football Association’s list and the ex-England captain was credited with being involved in Leroy Sane’s potential move to Bayern Munich last summer, says the Mirror.Beckham’s involvement is becoming widely known in the agent world and having one of the biggest names in English football will be a huge draw as Footwork Management look to sign players. last_img read more

Canadas racism individual not institutional says former Aboriginal affairs minister

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsA former federal minister of Aboriginal affairs, who is trying to secure a Liberal nomination to run in the next election, says he doesn’t believe institutional racism exists in Canada, but it is alive and well at the individual level.Robert Nault, who was Liberal minister of the then-named Indian Affairs department between 1999 and 2003, publicly battled with a former Assembly of First Nations national chief over the issue of racism in Canada.The issue of racism has once again reared its ugly head through a front-cover story in Maclean’s magazine which claimed Canada has a bigger race problem than the U.S. The debate around the issue now echoes a similar episode when Nault clashed with former AFN national chief Matthew Coon Come who compared South Africa’s Apartheid system to Canada’s treatment of the Indigenous population. Coon Come made the comparison during a conference on racism in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.“We also recognized the racist and colonial syndrome of dispossession and discrimination that was taking place in South Africa from our own experience. My own people, the James Bay Cree, have been virtually completely dispossessed of our lands and resources,” Coon Come said during a speech delivered at the conference.Nault, who was Indian Affairs minister at the time, responded angrily to Coon Come’s statements and demanded an apology. He denied institutionalized racism existed in Canada.“There is no proof of this in modern time that the Canadian government and the general population are racist towards Aboriginal people,” said Nault, at the time.Nault said in an interview Friday he still doesn’t believe Canada has an issue of institutionalized racism.“(Coon Come) said we had institutionalized racism, which is a lot different than people, average Joes out there, who are racist because every country has that,” said Nault. “(Coon Come) was talking about Canada as a government had racist policies…Just because we are a Western country and have European-style government doesn’t mean we are racist. It can be argued we are colonial, I suppose.”Robert Nault was Indian affairs minister from 1999 to 2003.Nault said he hadn’t read the Macelan’s article and didn’t know enough about the U.S. to determine whether Canada has a bigger race issue.“I would have to read how they came up with their analysis of that. That is a pretty deep statement to make, don’t you think?” said Nault. “From our country’s point-of-view, we have racism in individual communities and…there are lots of people working to make sure it is not the case. You are always going to run into people who don’t deal well with either First Nations people or other ethnicities.”Nault said he understands why current Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt is trying to steer wide of the flaring debate over racism and whether Canada has a race problem in attitudes toward the Indigenous population.“I can see why Valcourt and others are running from this, what you are asking is a difficult thing to answer,” said Nault. “Statistically, because you know people on the street are racist, does that make the whole community racist? That is a hard question to answer.”Coon Come could not be reached for comment.Nault is currently running unopposed for the Liberal nomination in the Kenora, Ont., riding which is currently held by Natural Resources Minister Greg [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

TSX up and Wall St down after bond yield surge loonie moves

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rose and U.S. markets pared back early gains on Wednesday as investors reacted to a late-afternoon surge in bond yields, while the loonie dipped below 79 cents.Bond prices fell, sending the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury note to its highest level in four years — to 2.94 per cent from 2.89 per cent late Tuesday — following newly released minutes Wednesday afternoon from the U.S. Federal suggesting bullish sentiment among policy-makers.The minutes from last month’s Fed meeting showed that a majority of officials believed that improving global economic prospects and the effects of recently passed U.S. tax cuts had raised the prospect for solid economic growth — and for continued interest rate increases in 2018. The Fed did not raise rates at the January meeting, which occurred before the February stock market plunge and turbulence.Bank stocks rose along with bond yields on Wednesday, as the S&P/TSX composite index advanced 84.57 points to 15,524.01 — led by the financials, industrials and materials sector.“Financials generally do OK when rates go up, so they got a little bit of reinforcement there,” said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice.“Materials and industrials, they also tend do better during the signs of a strong economy. They’re much more economically sensitive and less interest rate sensitive.”The higher bond yields, which indicate investors expect more risk of inflation, weighed heavily on U.S. technology stocks that led early gains Wednesday on Wall Street indices.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 166.97 points to 24,797.78. The S&P 500 index was down 14.93 points to 2,701.33 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 16.08 points to 7,218.23.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 78.92 cents US, down 0.31 of a U.S. cent.On the commodities front, the April crude contract fell 11 cents to US$61.68 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.68 per mmBTU.The April gold contract advanced 90 cents to US$1,332.10 an ounce and the March copper contract was up three cents to US$3.22 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more