German coronavirus smartphone tracing app goes live

first_imgTopics : Germany sought to mobilize the public on Tuesday to download a new smartphone app that seeks to help break the chain of coronavirus infections, one of several such apps in Europe that governments hope will revive travel and tourism.The new Covid-Warn-App, which became available for download for Apple and Android phones overnight, uses Bluetooth short-range radio to monitor close contacts between people and issue a warning should one of them test positive.”Everyone who downloads the app, and everyone who encourages friends to do so, is making a difference,” Health Minister Jens Spahn told ZDF public television ahead of a launch event in Berlin. Germany follows European countries like Italy, Poland and Switzerland in launching an app based on technology from Apple and Alphabet’s Google that protects privacy by storing Bluetooth logs securely on devices.The project nearly went off the rails in April as Berlin abandoned an initial approach that stored data on a central server – which privacy experts said could allow people’s relationships to be spied on.Still, public enthusiasm for the app is moderate – last week’s Politbarometer opinion poll for ZDF found that 42% of people would download it and 46% would not, while 8% didn’t have a smartphone.Millions of downloads will be needed to increase the chance of both people in a risk event having the app, but officials have backed away from earlier aspirations to reach as much as 60% of the population.Downloading the Covid-Warn-App was easy enough on an iPhone on Tuesday morning, although some people may be deterred by the need to upgrade first to the latest version of the iOS operating system.last_img read more

How Ebola made a mess of Africa’s biggest tournament

first_imgThe Africa Cup of Nations, the continent’s bi-annual soccer showcase, is scheduled to run from January 17 to February 8, 2015. Sponsors are contracted. Qualifying is well underway. There’s just one problem: The tournament doesn’t have a host country. Morocco had agreed to host the tournament, but the North Africans, fearing a possible Ebola outbreak, balked.The Moroccans had asked to postpone the tournament, but that request was met with a resounding “no.” Instead, in a meeting yesterday, the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), African soccer’s governing body, expelled Morocco from the tournament. The CAF must now scramble to find a new host nation.It’s hard to tell who is being more ridiculous, the CAF or Morocco. On the one hand, Morocco has a responsibility to consider the health and welfare of its citizens, and that responsibility goes well beyond any contract to host a soccer tournament, which is something the CAF should respect. Furthermore, the Moroccan soccer federation isn’t the same thing as the Moroccan government, and, even if it was, to punish the players of the Moroccan national team for such a decision is misguided.On the other hand, Morocco’s concern about Ebola is pretty overblown. Yes, it’s a dangerous disease, but it’s also localized to only three of the CAF’s  56 member associations, none of which are Morocco or neighbors of Morocco. And while it would be theoretically possible for a person with Ebola to travel to Morocco and infect a bunch of people, it’s not likely. For one thing, Ebola is far less contagious than people tend to realize. For another, none of the teams from any of Africa’s three infected countries have yet to qualify for the tournament. Liberia was already eliminated, and Sierra Leone and Guinea are both in last place in their respective qualifying groups. If none of them qualify, there’s not a great incentive for fans from those countries to attend. And anyway, you’d think they have better things to worry about than a soccer tournament in Morocco.That the CAF decided to move forward with the tournament has surprised many observers. There isn’t a long list of countries in Africa capable of putting on a major tournament with two months’ notice. Such an event takes a great deal of coordination and planning—security, hospitality, transportation—not to mention a baseline of critical infrastructure, like stadiums.To make matters worse, in the 24 hours since yesterday’s decision, many of the countries on that shortlist have taken themselves out of consideration. South Africa, which recently hosted the 2010 World Cup and the 2013 Cup of Nations, has already declined. “No, South Africa, or the South African Football Association, is not one of the countries to have shown a latest desire to replace Morocco as hosts for the 2015 AFCON finals,” the South Africa Football Association’s Dominic Chimhamvi said late yesterday. “That’s the position we were on a few days or weeks ago, and it hasn’t changed.”Nigeria, a country that has successfully eradicated Ebola, also bowed out. Nigeria’s Punchspoke to an unnamed, “very highly placed official of the sports ministry,” this morning. “No, we are not in any way asking to take over,” he said. “Nigeria won’t host the competition and that is the position.”Algeria is probably the last remaining host option, at least in Africa. There are widespread reports that a country in the Asian federation has stepped forward and offered to host the tournament. The CAF has yet to comment, but France’s L’Equipe is reporting the country is Qatar.If Qatar does go on to successfully host the Cup of Nations, it would be a major coup for the tiny Persian Gulf nation. Since being selected to host the 2022 World Cup, Qatar has come under heavy criticism. The working conditions for laborers in the country are slave-like, and concerns over the heat are so widespread that FIFA is apparently considering moving the 2022 World Cup to the winter, when temperatures are lower.By hosting the Cup of Nations, which takes place in winter, Qatar could prove the viability of a winter World Cup while flipping off its many doubters and critics. It’s kind of a perfect solution, and it definitely fits the tournament’s tone. AFCON has always had an element of fuck you about it. It takes place, unapologetically and much to the chagrin of many European managers, right in the middle of the European soccer season, meaning many of the world’s best players miss a large period of European club competition. It’s the showpiece event for the world’s most disenfranchised and misunderstood continent, a chance for Africans to exert a little power, to throw a little party by Africa, for Africa. And if that comes with a chance to take a dig at Europe, all the betterlast_img read more

With parent-teacher conference this week at WHS, Al Melichar has a message

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down Kelsey · 283 weeks ago Sweetest man I have ever met! Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down Glenda Wright · 283 weeks ago Wonderfully spoken, Mr. Melichar! You and Turi are indeed an inspiration to the rest of us. I am so appreciative that you have came into contact with my 3 beautiful daughters’ while you were at WHS. God bless you, Turi and your family! Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down guest · 283 weeks ago Wow, best story I have read in a long time made me cry, laugh and smile. Beautifully written. Mr. Melichar, Turi is lucky that you sir, Love your job. Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 283 weeks ago Love you Al. You were a gift not only to our students but to the parents and professionals that were honored to work beside you. You challenged us all and we all benefited by your example. God bless you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Local · 283 weeks ago Thank you for the wonderful letter and insights! May God richly bless you and your family during this journey. His mercies are fresh each morning! Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down guest · 283 weeks ago Loved having him as a teacher in school he invested a lot of time into us kids…so proud to know him an his wife is a wonderful lady. Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Julie Wolf · 283 weeks ago Al I have know you and Turi all of my life, having you teach on sprecial Science Days at South Haven to having Turi substiute teach my classes to seeing you both while visiting my Grandpa and Grandma when I was young! You both have always been a wonderful example of how to treat people, especially the ones you love. AND I know you both have a lot of love! Thank you for your story! Turi is so incrediable lucky to have you, as you have been to have her. Bless you both!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down marlene · 283 weeks ago Wouldn’t this world be a better place, if there were more Al Melichars. You can just see the love he has for Turi when he is helping her. He is a very kind Christian gentleman who loved his students. Al, thank you for such an inspiration letter. This is one I will print and keep. Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Al Melicharby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School parent-teacher conference will be held Tuesday and Thursday from 4:10 to 7:30 p.m.Al Melichar, a former teacher at the Wellington High School, wanted to share a message with those who will be at these conferences.“I am Al Melichar who taught science at WHS.  I loved teaching, but resigned due to my wife health problems.  She has Alzheimers. As your former teacher, I sought to invest, rather than give, my time, and energy to better my students in science skills and life skills.  I am proud of the teachers we have at WHS.   I am asking you as your former teacher, and friend to continue to support your school system. Please consider to attend parents teachers meetings this week;  slip in a thank you word or even a note of appreciation to your student’s teacher.  Watch the smile you get back!  It is a  quick “return” on your kind investment.People have asked me how we as a family are dealing with Alzheimers.   I hope this will give you some perspective of how we have handled it.I Love My New JobFifty years ago, I attended a Friday night college dance that changed my life forever.  On that evening I saw a beautiful girl dancing with her brother.  I knew  her brother. This gave me the confidence of asking her to dance by saying, “I know your brother, want to dance?”  Weird question to ask, but it worked.  From that evening, her life never left my mind. Turi Rogers became my valentine wish, later a steady date, and eventually Turi Melichar who I have loved and cherished to this day.Six years ago, I remember so clearly the doctor, saying to Turi, “You have Alzheimers.”  I fought back the tears to be strong for her.   Turi turned towards me and smiled that I’ve seen other times silently saying, “ We have been through other trials and this is just another one, and with God’s help it will be OK.”I am writing this on behalf of other people who are thrown into something you thought you could not handle.  The way you handle anything in your life can become OK but it takes time.  My new job/title,   “caregiver”, my credentials for this job were few.    For the past six years, I have read many books, pamphlets, attended conferences and support groups to learn all I can about this horrible disease, and how to be the best caregiver possible. I would bore you, though it is important, if I told you what I have learned of this disease and how it slowly ravishes the brain.  Over five million people in our country are known to have Alzheimer’s.  In less than 15 years, more money will be spent on health care for Alzheimer’s patients than all other diseases put together.On a positive note I want to tell you how our lives have grown closer these past few years.  It did not happen overnight.  Yes, I prayed for a miracle.  Please, God, change her world of confusion to that person she was.   That was not answered.   It was when I decided to change my prayer of changing her to:  “Change me into her world”.  God answered.  I am her caregiver, her protector, her voice at times, even her wardrobe designer who has helped her put on clothes backwards and then laugh together when we finally know sometime isn’t quite right.  We learned to laugh it off and go on. It’s always important to let the patient maintain as much independence possible until there are possible health problems and things they simply cannot do anymore.  I love my new job.Moments of joy are created by music, talking slower, humor, being patience to let them process things in their mind, all help Alzheimer’s  lives.  Moments of joy are things that make them happy.  They may not remember what happened to cause happiness, but knowingly something made them happy.  Just the opposite can happen if negative.I am not alone as Turi’s caregiver.  Both Turi’s and my family have given much support. Three precious women entered into our lives since Turi’s was diagnosed.   Linda Prochaska,  Sherry Young, and Sharon Fisk in our home, and others who have given their time to offer a ride to Valasta’s, to Walmart, or a home visit, even  encouraging words to me.  I must also give the Wichita Alzheimer’s Association credit for guidance, and the support caregivers need.Persons without Alzheimer’s relationships can learn to be better caregivers to their families and friends. Young people having your first date with someone, to 50 plus years of married years;  remember to always respect that person rights and dignity and work to “create moments of joy”.  Maybe this message is speaking to you, a married couple of any age; about how you are treating your spouse,  your children, or maybe that person you are dating now. Every soul in this world is special.  Treat them like it.  At least give it a try. Yes, I love my new job.Lastly, Romans 8: 28,”And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Love God, trust our savior, love others, love yourself, and definitely learn to forgive others, including yourself. Turi, Amy/family, and I say thank you, Caldwell and those surrounding communities. Hey, did I tell you, I love my new job?Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Dwyane Wade says his 12-year-old child Zaya is a ‘leader’ for identifying as female

first_imgDwyane Wade made an appearance on “Ellen” this week and discussed the gender identity of his 12-year-old child. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gabrielle Union-Wade (@gabunion) on Nov 28, 2019 at 3:02pm PSTIn the month before that podcast, Wade responded to Instagram users who criticized his child’s appearance in a Thanksgiving family photo.”I’ve seen some post-Thanksgiving hate on social about my family photo,” Wade wrote on Twitter. “Stupidity is apart of this world we live in — so i get it. But here’s the thing — I’ve been chosen to lead my family not y’all. So we will continue to be us and support each other with pride, love & a smile!”As for his current feelings, Wade during his “Ellen” appearance shared what he told Zaya during their conversation. A post shared by dwyanewade (@dwyanewade) on Sep 13, 2019 at 11:20am PDTWade has always supported his child, but this is the first time he has publicly shared her name, Zaya. During an appearance on the podcast “All The Smoke” in December, he use the pronoun “she” when referring to his child.”I watched my son, from day one, become into who she now eventually come into,” Wade said at the time. “And for me … nothing changes in my love. Nothing changes in my responsibilities. So, all I had to do now is get smarter educate myself more. And that’s my job.”During that podcast appearance, he opened up about self reflection and learning from his children.”Me and my wife are having conversations about, you know, us noticing that, you know, (Zaya) wasn’t on the boy vibe that Zaire was on. And I had to look myself in the mirror and say, ‘What if your son comes home and tell you he’s gay? What are you going to do? How are you going to be? How are you going to act?’”It ain’t about him. He knows who he is. It’s about you. Who are you?” Ellen DeGeneres started the interview by praising Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union for their parenting skills.”First of all, I think it’s what every parent should be is what you’re being right now,” DeGeneres said to Wade. “Which is unconditionally loving your child and supporting your child in whoever they are.”The retired NBA star responded by saying he and Union are “proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community.” Wade added he and his wife take their roles as parents “very seriously” when it comes to this issue. In giving an example, he revealed an intimate conversation he had with his 12-year-old child.”So once Zaya, our 12-year-old, came home — first Zion, I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion, born as a boy — came home and said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as she and her, I would love for you guys to call me Zaya.'”So internally, now it’s our job to go out and get information, to reach out to every relationship that we have — my wife reached out to everybody on the cast of ‘Pose’ — we’re just trying to figure out as much information as we can to make sure that we give our child the best opportunity to be her best self.” View this post on Instagram “Once Zaya came home and said, ‘I want you to call me Zaya and I’m ready to take on this,’ I looked at her and said, ‘You are a leader. And this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice,’” Wade said. “Right now it’s through us, because she’s 12 years old, but eventually it will be through her.”UPDATE: Union shared a pair of tweets of Zaya after Wade’s interview started gaining attention.Meet Zaya. She’s compassionate, loving, whip smart and we are so proud of her. It’s Ok to listen to, love & respect your children exactly as they are. Love and light good people.— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 11, 2020Huge huge huge THANK YOU to everyone whose dms I slid into, friends, & family who provided information, resources, love & encouragement. We are humble LGBTQ+ allies with ALOT to learn & grateful for all the support. We encourage yall to check us as needed 🤗 Again, thank you!— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) February 11, 2020last_img read more

Ten Years After 9/11, Lessons Remain Unlearned, Says Kean

first_imgTen Years After 9/11, Lessons Remain Unlearned, Says KeanBy John BurtonWEST LONG BRANCH — The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks left deep scars in America but we still have not learned the lessons of that tragic day, says former NJ Governor Thomas H. Kean, former chair of the 9/11 Commission.Kean participated in a three-person panel at Monmouth University last Thursday for a program titled “9/11—A Ten Year Perspective.Joining the former Governor were Virginia Bauer, whose husband was killed in the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan that day; and Lewis Eisenberg, a Rumson resident and former chairman of the board for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.President George W. Bush selected Kean to serve as chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States, with the commission eventually offering its comprehensive and controversial findings in a lengthy report that actually became a national bestselling book.Kean, who served as Governor from 1982-1990, told the large audience that filled the university’s Wilson Hall, that he grew up in a time when we as a nation worried about nation-states—Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union. “We felt these oceans kept us secure, was the prevailing attitude in this nation, Kean said. But this attack, the first on U.S. soil since the War of 1812, he said, was perpetrated by 19 men.With the assistance of Lee Hamilton, a former Indiana congressman who served as the commission’s vice-chair, Kean, a Republican, the commission drafted its report. And the findings were troubling, as Kean went on to explain to the audience. “Agency after agency after agency failed us,” he said, noting that the Bush Administration actually had tried to keep information out of the commission’s hand; but “the commission was tough” and continued to seek out the information.The goal was two-fold, with the commission intent on finding out what happened and how to prevent it from happening again. But, “10 years after Congress still has not passed a bill to give first responders what they need to talk to each other,” a fatal flaw on 9/11, he said, pointing to the failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina in 2008, where these issues again showed themselves.“So, we got a lot to do still,” he said.Bauer, a lifelong Monmouth County resident, told of losing her husband, David, and how that tragedy inspired her activism, working on behalf of victims’ families. “For whatever reason I had the strength and determination to help others,” she said.“Perhaps one of the most important things we needed to do was to probe and ask questions,” about what happened and what could happen,” Bauer said of her work.That work has led Bauer to eventually serve as the state’s commerce secretary as well as sitting on the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Planning Authority (FMERPA), which was convened to work on the redevelopment of the fort property as the U.S. Department of Defense prepared to close that installation; and she is currently a commissioner for the Port Authority, as well as holding a private sector job a chief executive officer with a security technology companyEisenberg, a former head at Goldman Sachs, was chairman of the Port Authority on Sept. 11, 2001. He said he got into New York later than usual that morning, and opted to go to a midtown office as opposed to his usual location in lower Manhattan. In its aftermath, Eisenberg said he had difficulty coming to terms with his emotions as he attended 34 funerals of those who were killed. One of them was a man he had worked with for years who called him on 9/11 wanting to know where Eisenberg was in the building so he could be ushered out. Eisenberg told the man he wasn’t on the location and was all right. That was the last time they spoke, he said.“During that time I wasn’t able to cry, to shed a tear,” he acknowledged. At least until the 10th anniversary, when he attended the ceremony at Ground Zero in New York and his wife pointed out that man’s name etched in the memorial, and he “walked as a spectator among heroes,’ and “I started to cry.”Last Thursday’s event was this year’s offering for the H.R. Young lecture series for the university’s Kislak Real Estate Institute and the Leon Hess Business School, which traditionally features distinguished members of the financial community.last_img read more

Little Silver Enters Local State of Emergency Status

first_imgWHEREAS, whenever, in the opinion of the emergency management coordinator, a disaster has occurred or is imminent in any municipality, the municipal emergency management coordinator of that municipality shall proclaim a state of local disaster emergency within the municipality; and WHEREAS, pursuant to the powers vested by Chapter 251 of the Laws of 1942 as amended and supplemented, N.J.S.A App. A: 9 30 et seq., the Borough of Little Silver (the “Borough”) Emergency Management Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination, and activation of mutual aid emergency management plans and for the activation of such emergency management facilities and services as are available from the resources of the township government in the event of emergencies; and WHEREAS, symptoms of the COVID-19 illness include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, which may appear in as few as two or as long as 14 days after exposure, and can spread from person to person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; and All gatherings of persons in the State of New Jersey shall be limited to 10 persons or fewer, excluding normal operations at airports, bus and train stations, medical facilities, office environments, factories, assemblages for the purpose of industrial or manufacturing work, construction sites, mass transit, or the purchase of groceries or consumer goods.All public, private, and parochial preschool program premises, and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, within the Borough of Little Silver shall remain closed as long as the State of Emergency within Little Silver remains in effect.The Little Silver Board of Education, shall be authorized to open on a limited basis for the provision of food or other essential, non-educational services, or for educational or child care services if needed in emergency situations after consultation with the Commissioner of DOH.The Little Silver Board of Education shall continue as appropriate, to ensure that students are able to continue their educations during this time period through appropriate home instruction.As directed in Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 104 dated March 16, 2020 the following facilities are ordered closed to members of the public, effective 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. These facilities are to remain closed to the public for as long as the State of Emergency within Little Silver remains in effect. The Borough shall have the discretion to make additions, amendments, clarifications, exceptions, and exclusions to this list:Casino gaming floors, including retail sports wagering lounges, and casino concert and entertainment venues. Online and mobile sports and casino gaming services may continue to be offered notwithstanding the closure of the physical facility.Racetracks, including stabling facilities and retail sports wagering lounges. Mobile sports wagering services may continue to be offered notwithstanding the closure of the physical facility.Gyms and fitness centers and classes.Entertainment centers, including but not limited to, movie theaters, performing arts centers, other concert venues, and nightclubs.As directed in Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 104 dated March 16, 2020 other non-essential retail, recreational, and entertainment businesses must cease daily operations from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. From 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., these businesses may remain open if they limit their occupancy to no more than 50 persons and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Examples of essential businesses excluded from this directive include: grocery/food stores, pharmacies, medical supply stores, gas stations, healthcare facilities and ancillary stores within healthcare facilities. The Borough shall have the discretion to make additions, amendments, clarifications, exceptions, and exclusions to the list of essential businesses and to the timeliness applicable to operating hours.As directed in Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 104 dated March 16, 2020, all restaurants, dining establishments, and food courts, with or without a liquor license, all bars, and all other holders of a liquor license with retail consumption privileges, are permitted to operate their normal business hours, but are limited to offering only food delivery and/or take-out services. If alcoholic beverages are to be sold from a restaurant, dining establishment or bar with a liquor license, such sales shall be limited to original containers sold from the principal public barroom. All retail sales of alcoholic beverages by limited brewery licensees, restricted brewery licensees, plenary and farm winery licensees (and associated salesrooms), craft distillery licensees and cider and meadery licensees must be in original containers and must be delivered by licensed entities and/or by customer pick up.In accordance with N.J.S.A. App. A:9-33, et seq., as supplemented and amended, The Little Silver Police Department shall determine and control the direction of the flow of vehicular traffic on any municipal or county road, and any access road, including the right to detour, reroute, or divert any or all traffic and to prevent ingress or egress from any area that, in the Little Silver Police Department discretion, is deemed necessary for the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and to remove parked or abandoned vehicles from such roadways as conditions warrant.The Little Silver Police Department shall control the discretion of the flow of vehicular traffic on any municipal or county road, and any access road, including the right to detour, reroute, or divert any or all traffic, to prevent ingress or egress, and to determine the type of vehicle or vehicles to be operated on such roadways. WHEREAS, the municipal emergency management coordinator, in accordance with regulations promulgated by the State Director of Emergency management, shall be empowered to issue and enforce such orders as may be necessary to implement and carry out emergency management operations and to protect the health, safety, and resources of the residents of the municipality; and WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, the Governor of the State of New Jersey declared a State of Emergency for the entire State of New Jersey; and WHEREAS, the aforesaid laws authorize the promulgation of such orders, rules and regulations as are necessary to meet the various threats caused by the Coronavirus-19 Pandemic; and WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States, by the authority of sections 201 and 301 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) and consistent with section 1135 of the Social Security Act (SSA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 1320b-5), declared and proclaimed that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency; and TO ALL CITIZENS AND PERSONS WITHIN THE BOROUGH OF LITTLE SILVER, NEW JERSEY, AND TO ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, DIVISIONS AND BUREAUS OF THE BOROUGH OF LITTLE SILVER, NEW JERSEY:WHEREAS, Coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) is a contagious, and at times fatal, respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus; andWHEREAS, COVID-19 is responsible for the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, which was first identified in Wuhan, the People’s Republic of China in December 2019 and quickly spread to the Hubei Province and multiple other countries; and WHEREAS, as of March 16, 2020, there were more than 4,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 67 of those cases having resulted in death; and WHEREAS, pursuant to the powers established in Chapter 251 of the Laws of 1942, as amended and supplemented, and codified at N.J.S.A. App. A:9-30 et seq., I proclaim, that the entirety of the Borough of Little Silver should and is hereby declared to be in a state of emergency and as such I order that certain measures must be taken in order to maintain the orderly conduct of the Borough, and to protect persons and property. WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern,” which means “an extraordinary event which is determined to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease and to potentially require a coordinated international response,” and thereafter raised its global risk assessment of COVID-19 from “high” to “very high”; and WHEREAS, as of March 16, 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), there were more than 130,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, with over 6,500 of those cases having resulted in death; and WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary declared a public health emergency for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19; and WHEREAS, the municipal emergency management coordinator has determined that the spread of COVID-19 within the Borough constitutes an imminent public health hazard that threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the Borough; and WHEREAS, social mitigation strategies for combatting COVID-19 requires every effort to reduce the rate of community spread of the disease; and The following is a message posted to the Little Silver government website Monday, March 16:  NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, effective immediately, and until further notice, I do hereby promulgate and declare a State of Emergency within the Borough of Little Silver, County of Monmouth, and State of New Jersey, in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the Borough and in conjunction with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 104 do hereby order and direct that: Emergency_Declaration_March_16__2020Downloadlast_img read more

Too much Rebels for Leafs to handle as Castlegar posts 5-3 in Sunday afternoon KIJHL tilt

first_imgFor the second time in less than a week the Nelson Leafs squandered a two-goal lead against a divisional rival.Castlegar Rebels rallied from a 3-1 deficit to score four straight goals en route to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory Sunday afternoon at the Arena Complex in the Sunflower City.The game is the second consecutive time the Rebels have defeated the Leafs in a key Murdoch heavyweight matchup in the past three weeks and allows Castlegar to close to within two points of the Leafs in division standings.Castlegar bounced Nelson 6-1 in the Heritage City prior to the Christmas holiday break.Not only do the Leafs have the Rebels breathing down their backs, but the Beaver Valley Nitehawks — that other divisional rival to steal a victory from the Green and White — are also tied with Castlegar in the hotly contested Murdoch Division.Fresh from a 6-2 pasting of the Fernie Ghostriders Friday, Nelson continued to shine on the ice Sunday in Castlegar taking a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game on goals by Linden Horswill and Bryce Nielsen.The goals came in a span of 26 seconds.Castlegar cut the margin to 2-1 on a Bryan Lubin goal late in the first period.But James Sorrey, with his fifth point in the past three games, restored the advantage with a marker early in the second frame.The deficit, however, did not deter the host club, which continued to push at the Leafs and goalie Marcus Beesley.The Rebels, out shooting the Leafs 34-22 in the first 40 minutes, were rewarded when Braydon Horcoff and Lubin tied the game in the second.Diego Bartlett then snapped the 3-3 tie with the winner midway through the third.Jamie Vlanich, finishing the game with three points, secured the win with an insurance goal on the power play as Castlegar continued to pressure the Leafs, out shooting Nelson 14-5 in the third for a 48-27 game advantage. Jordan Gluck once again was in goal for the Castlegar win over Nelson.The Leafs continue its five-game road trip this weekend in the Okanagan with three games against Chase Friday, Kamloops Saturday and North Okanagan Sunday.Next time the Leafs play at home is Friday, January 18 when Columbia Valley Rockies invade the NDCC Arena.Meanwhile the Rebels play in Grand Forks Thursday before hosting Creston in a home-and-home series beginning Friday in Castlegar.Beaver Valley Nitehawks, which blasted Revelstoke Grizzlies 8-2 Sunday in Fruitvale, travel to Spokane Saturday before hosting Grand Forks Sunday.Against the Grizzlies, Beaver Valley scored five times on special teams — including four power play goals.Dan Holland, Dallas Calvin with a pair, Walker Sidoni, Connor Brown-Maloski, Derek Lashuk, Sam Swanson, Kurt Black.The Revelstoke game marked the return to the Nitehawks of Ryan Edwards to the lineup of the KIJHL club.The Trail native started the season with the Hawks but decided to join the BCHL club in October.However, for some reason Edwards decided Junior A wasn’t to his liking and left the Smokies without permission in December.Edwards was quickly put on the suspended by the Smokies.last_img read more

Microsoft Surface RT Reviews Are In – And They’re Mostly Mediocre

first_imgAs Microsoft prepares to roll out Windows 8 on Friday, the first reviews of the company’s Surface tablet with Windows RT are now going public. And reactions are middling at best.With just one exception, the numerous reviews released on Tuesday night gave middling scores to Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet, first announced in June in Los Angeles.The Surface Hardware RocksThe good news, if you already pre-ordered your Windows RT tablet – against our advice – reviewers generally praised the quality of the hardware. Yes, The Verge called the Surface “bulky,” the exact word I used to describe it in my hands-on earlier this year. However, the site also complimented it as sturdy and well-made, even though the kickstand can only lock to one position and feels sharp, to boot.But, as analysts said earlier this year, apps will make or break Windows RT – and right now there simply isn’t a good supply of quality apps available. Probably the highest-profile app right now is Netflix; after that, the quality drops off sharply.To give you a sense of what folks are saying, we’ve rounded up the conclusions of many of the reviews of the new Surface RT tablet, complete with scores and links back to the details:Laptop Magazine: 3.5/5Laptop liked the Surface’s hardware design, including the Touch Cover and display, but criticized the poor camera performance and placement. And where are the apps?“The Surface with Windows RT proves that Microsoft can beat its own partners on hardware… Between the build quality, kickstand, and truly innovative Touch Cover, this is a tablet whose design and fresh interface will turn heads away from the iPad. But… for a flagship product with a premium price, Microsoft compromises on too many things by including poor cameras, weak speakers, slow internal memory and a screen that, while better than most, isn’t as good as the iPad’s Retina display.”“Ultimately, the Surface will succeed or fail based on the quality of the apps around it… $599 (the minimum cost with Touch Cover) is a lot to spend on a fledgling ecosystem. However, with the power of Microsoft and Nvidia behind it, we believe we will see more compelling apps for Windows RT arrive within the next few weeks.”PC World: 3.5/5PCWorld praised the Surface with Windows RT’s battery life, along with build quality that’s “sturdy and confident, and exudes the same kind of austere precision we find in German performance cars”. But battery life and display quality couldn’t match the iPad and lack of apps is an issue. But mostly, it said that Windows RT wasn’t the best choice.“Surface RT definitely covers the bases on the industrial-design front. When you set up your workstation at the local café — kickstand kicked, Type Cover snapped — your hardware will strike a pose unlike any other in the tablet space… And in many important ways, Surface RT does successfully redefine what a tablet can be. Its touch gestures rock (once you surmount the learning curve), and its built-in productivity features eclipse anything that the iPad or the Android competition offers.”“But Surface RT may not be the best new Windows device to purchase in the short term, and Windows RT definitely isn’t the version of Windows you want to invest in. [Full-scale Windows 8] devices won’t be quite as portable as Surface RT, and they’ll almost always cost more. But they will grant access to the full Windows software experience.” 4/5PCMag liked the Surface’s numerous hardware connectivity options, such as the (hidden) SDXC slot and micro-HDMI port. But the speakers don’t crank, and the kickstand only opens to one angle. (For comparison, check out the site’s Asus Vivo Tab RT review.)“In terms of its hardware and operating system, the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT is a very good product. It’s very light, and powerful enough to run a version of Windows, so it’s very attractive to Windows early adopters as well as business users who have plans to migrate to Windows 8. It’s powerful enough to be a daily carry device for work, always with you on your commute across the state or across the country. It shares some programs and its main interface with Windows 8, which is a boon, provided you get used to using the new Windows UI.“So should you buy a Microsoft Surface instead of an iPad or Android tablet? If you use Microsoft Office for work or school, then it’s a no-brainer: Get a Microsoft Surface (or one of the other upcoming Windows RT tablets)… If you use Office programs constantly, the Surface is the tablet and laptop replacement your inner road warrior has been searching for. [But] discounting Office, the Windows Store’s limited selection holds us back from giving the Surface an unequivocal recommendation.”Gizmodo: 2.5/5Gizmodo praised the Surface with Windows RT as a “handsome” tablet, but claimed that “while potential is worth your attention, it’s not worth your paycheck.”“The Surface, with an obligatory Touch Cover, is $600. That’s a lot of money. Especially given that it’s no laptop replacement, no matter how it looks or what Microsoft says.”“That could change,” Gizmodo added. “Maybe there will be a new Touch Cover that retains the original’s terrific physical qualities while actually allowing good typing… Maybe the app store will look different in a month, or a year… Maybe.”Mashable: (no score)Undoubtedly the most positive review – despite the lack of a numerical score – Mashable claims that the Surface will be the “tablet Windows users will love.” The site praised the interface, optimized for media consumption, and really liked the SmartGlass application. The Metro interface was natural and fun to use, but the Window Store lacked quality apps.“Surface is so different from any tablet I’ve used before that it took me a few fays to fully warm to it, but now I like it — quite a bit… Part of this is because I am a Windows user with a Hotmail account and Xbox Live at home. This is a Microsoft ecosystem and the Surface fits it like a glove… I also like that files I store on SkyDrive are available on all my other logged-in devices (this can work on an iPhone or iPad, too, since SkyDrive has an iOS app).“There’s no doubt that Surface will appeal most to Windows users,” Mashable added. “In fact this is the tablet for Windows fans. It won’t win over Apple iPad owners, but for all those who hate Apple, find Android confusing and underwhelming, and are ready to enter the world of touch-screen computing this is the alternative you’ve been waiting for.”The Verge: 7.5/10The Verge’s extensive review delves into almost all aspects of the tablet, but reviewer Josh Topolsky comes away disappointed.“I wanted to love the Surface when I first saw it, before I even got my hands on the review unit… Once I did get the review unit, I wanted to love it even more. And truth be told, there is a lot here to love. Plenty — but not enough for me right now.”“The promise of the Surface was that it could deliver a best-in-class tablet experience, but then transform into the PC you needed when heavier lifting was required… But that’s not what the Surface offers, at least not in my experience. It does the job of a tablet and the job of a laptop half as well as other devices on the market, and it often makes that job harder, not easier. Instead of being a no-compromise device, it often feels like a more-compromise one.” Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts markhachman Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#Microsoft#microsoft surface#Windows 8#windows 8 rt What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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