Florida Surpasses 100,00 COVID-19 Cases


first_imgThe percent of positive COVID-19 cases in Florida. (Florida Department of Health) Florida is now the seventh state to pass six digits, following New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas and Massachusetts. Cases have skyrocketed in Florida in the past week after many businesses reopened. Monday’s total was the lowest daily rate of new cases in six days after topping out at 4,049 on Saturday. As the outbreak spread, Florida reached 50,000 cases within nine weeks, then another four weeks and one day to hit 100,000, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Over 3,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida. As concerns grow about the reopening of businesses amid the spike, DeSantis has reiterated that Florida will not reverse its reopening. On Monday, Florida reached another COVID-19 milestone, becoming the seventh state in America to surpass 100,000 confirmed cases. Gov. Ron DeSantis, speaking at Florida International University last week, said that younger people are testing positive for the virus and showing less severe symptoms. The Florida Department of Public Health confirmed 2,926 new cases on Monday, to bring the states total to 100,217. The percent positivity for new cases also peaked at 12.27% last week (on Saturday) in comparison to a 6.17% peak in the previous week. “I think the folks that are going into the hospital now, fortunately, are skewing younger with less acuity,” DeSantis said, noting that the median age of people diagnosed with the virus in the state has dropped to 37. “And obviously we want to keep as many people out [of the hospital] as we can.” In the meantime, several cities in Miami-Dade County, including Miami and Miami Beach, have announced that masks are now required in public. Those cities also include Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Aventura, Doral, Key Biscayne, Biscayne Park, Pinecrest, North Miami Beach, West Miami, Miami Shores and El Portal.last_img read more

Advantage Mazembe after away draw in final


first_imgBlida, Algeria | AFP | Reluctant favourites TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo are poised to win the CAF Confederation Cup after drawing 1-1 at Mouloudia Bejaia of Algeria Saturday in the first leg of the final.Jonathan Bolingi, one of four Congolese in the Mazembe starting line-up, converted a late first-half penalty to give the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead at Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida.Bejaia captain and playmaker Faouzi Yaya equalised midway through the second half direct from a free-kick before wasting a good chance to win the match.The second leg is next Sunday in Congolese mining city Lubumbashi and a goalless draw will give Mazembe the trophy for the first time after finishing runners-up three seasons ago.Although Mazembe have won nine CAF titles — including five Champions League successes — French coach Hubert Velud disowned the tag of favourites before the first leg.He insisted the title-decider in the African equivalent of the Europa League was a “50-50 affair” after two close-fought group games between the clubs.Mazembe forced a 0-0 draw in Algeria last July and won the return match 1-0 thanks to a goal from Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba.Bejaia began with nine Algerians plus Malian Soumaila Sidibe and France-born Chad international Morgan Betorangal. Apart from four Congolese, Mazembe fielded three Zambians, two Malians and two Ivorians.New Algeria coach Georges Leekens from Belgium was among a large, noisy crowd in the 37,000-capacity stadium as Bejaia dominated early territory and possession.Mouloudia, competing in the Africa for the first time this year, had a chance to take the lead on 20 minutes when they got behind the Mazembe defence.But Betorangal only got a timid poke at a low cross and goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo smothered the ball.Mazembe went ahead on 43 minutes after sloppy defending by Sofiane Baouali allowed Roger Assale to break through and he was fouled by goalkeeper Chamseddine Rahmani.Bolingi, the son of a former DR Congo goalkeeper, scored his fourth Confederation Cup goal of the season with a spot-kick into the corner of the net.Yaya fluffed a chance to equalise early in the second half before levelling on 66 minutes with a free-kick that drifted over the defensive wall and high into the net.A weak back-header by Salif Coulibaly seven minutes later offered Yaya a chance to score again, but he shot straight at the onrushing Gbohouo.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author And Investigative Journalist, Douglas Blackmon, To Speak…


first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Timberland Regional LibraryDouglas A. Blackmon, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,” will speak at the Olympia Timberland Library on Friday, February 22 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The program will occur after regular library hours. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.Slavery by Another Name presents evidence that slavery in the United States did not end with the Civil War, instead persisting well into the 20th century. It exposes the forced labor of African American men and women, often imprisoned speciously, through the convict lease system used by southern states, local governments, white farmers, and corporations after the American Civil War until World War II in the southern United States. Based on original documents and personal narratives, Slavery by Another Name unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who were pressed back into involuntary servitude after the Emancipation Proclamation had promised freedom. Blackmon continues to gather personal narratives on the subject.A New York Times bestseller in both hardback and paperback, the book won the 2009 prize for General Non-Fiction. The Pulitzer committee called it “a precise and eloquent work that examines a deliberate system of racial suppression and that rescues a multitude of atrocities from virtual obscurity.”About the author:Blackmon is a contributing editor at The Washington Post and chair and host of Forum, a public affairs program that airs on PBS stations. Until joining the Washington Post in 2011, Blackmon was the longtime chief of The Wall Street Journal’s Atlanta bureau and the paper’s Senior National Correspondent. He has written about or directed coverage of some of the most pivotal stories in American life.Blackmon is a much sought after lecturer on race, history and social memory. In 2010, he was invited by Attorney General Eric Holder to present a lecture to senior Department of Justice officials in Washington D.C. He has also lectured at Harvard School of Law, Yale University, Princeton and many other institutions.Blackmon has written extensively over the past 25 years about the American quandary of race–exploring the integration of schools during his childhood in a Mississippi Delta farm town in the 1970s and the dilemma of how a contemporary society should grapple with a troubled past. He also co-produced a 90-minute documentary film based on his book that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on PBS in early 2012.Blackmon grew up in Leland, Mississippi and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and Charlottesville, Virginia.The Olympia Timberland Library is located at 313 8th Avenue. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org.last_img read more

Red Bank Acts to Stop the Stickers


first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Mayor Pasquale Menna said he has a solution for what he said has been a longstanding bane: promotional stickers that continually find their way onto public and private property without the owners’ consent.At last Wednesday’s Borough Council meeting Menna announced his plans to hopefully prevent any further damage to property.His plan, the mayor explained, would be to bring up the issue when businesses are seeking approval from the local planning or zoning boards. As Menna explained, the future ordinance, when adopted by the borough, would ask businesses if they intend to distribute promotional adhesive stickers as part of their marketing and advertising plan. If so, they must assure the board that the stickers would have an easily removable adhesive backing. That would be a condition of board approval for the business to move forward.“I take destruction of property very seriously,” Menna said at last week’s meeting.If future businesses agree to the provision, yet fail to adhere to it, “You will be notified that one of your signs are there,” he said. If the sticker is not easy to get it off, the offending business would be subject to daily penalties.“It’s a shame you to have to be Big Brother,” but there appears no other way to curtail the practice and damage, Menna said.Menna has long railed about local businesses who give out the stickers, which can be easily found adhered to street and traffic signs and walls throughout the community, especially in the downtown business district.“The biggest culprit” last week said Borough Council­woman Kathy Horgan is Cluck-U Chicken, a sandwich and chicken takeout restaurant, 50 Water Street.“I see no reason we have to clean up Cluck-U stickers on every sign,” Menna said. But he added, “They’ve been talked to.”And on Monday, Robert Lisi, the manager on duty at Cluck-U Chicken said, “We pretty much stopped it about a year ago.“We’re doing other things,” like giving out key rings, to promote the business, Lisi said.According to Menna, the previous borough attorney told the governing body it would be difficult to enforce any prohibition on the stickers or to penalize the businesses for distributing them; only if a culprit was witnessed putting it on property, could that individual be criminally charged.Putting it in the boards’ hands would mean it would be up to the businesses to self-regulate, Menna said.This would only impact new businesses, however, Menna said.last_img read more

Guess what? The B.C. Lions are in the 99th annual Grey Cup against Winnipeg


first_imgThe rags to riches story continues for the B.C. Lions.Travis Lulay, and a suffocating B.C. defence, sparked the Lions to a 40-23 rout of the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL Western Final Sunday before 41,313 fans at B.C Place in Vancouver.The win advances the Lions to the 99th Grey Cup next Sunday in, once again, Vancouver at B.C Place against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.The Bombers dumped the Hamilton Tiger Cats 19-3 in the Eastern Final in Winter Peg.The Lions, starting the season with a unthinkable 0-5 mark — a record that had some calling for the firing of head coach Wally Buono — reeled off wins in 11 in the remaining 13 games to finish the season on top of the Western Division with an 11-7 mark. Sunday the Lions broke open the game with a quick striking offence as Lulay connected with Geroy Simon and 14-yard strike to Andrew Harris during a 20-point second quarter.Despite allowing Edmonton to score majors in the second half, Lulay sealed the game with a 61-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The major is the longest run in franchise history during the playoffs.  The Lions are the first team since the 2008 Montreal Alouettes to play a Grey Cup at home. The last team to win a Grey Cup on home turf was the 1994 B.C. Lions, who beat Baltimore 26-23. Sunday was only the second time in seven meetings B.C. beat Edmonton in a Western Final. It was also the first time in three games the Lions won at home. Game time Sunday is approximately 3 p.m. PST. Notes: The Lions wore the letters DR on their helmets in memory of Dylan Reichelt, the son of B.C. trainer Bill Reichelt who was killed last week in a car accident. . . . Immediately after Geroy Simon scored his touchdown, his first move was to sign the ball and present it to the Lions trainer.last_img read more

Man made ‘grossly offensive’ phonecalls to FIVE female Gardai


first_imgA man has appeared in court charged with making grossly offensive telephone calls to FIVE different female Gardai at a Co Donegal Garda station.Mark Fair appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to all the charges against him. The court was told that Fair made grossly offensive telephone calls to Garda Una Cunningham, Lorraine Crawford, Carol Doherty, Elaine Moyles and Grainne McLoone.All the phonecalls were made on January 22nd and January 25th, 2015 at Buncrana Garda Station.The exact nature and contents of the calls were not disclosed in court during Fair’s arraignment.Fair, aged 28 of Ballinahone, Fahan, was also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Garda Elaine Moyles and her husband on January 10th, 2015.Wearing blue jeans and a navy blue shirt, Fair did not speak during his arraignment other than to plead guilty to all charges put to him.He further pleaded guilty to making threats to cause damage to Garda Elaine Moyle’s home.In all Fair pleaded guilty to ten separate charges relating to the disturbing incidents.Barrister Peter Nolan said his client wanted the matter to be dealt with as quickly as possible.He said Fair did not want any probation or community service or any other reports.“I have spoken to my client and he wants to deal with the matter as soon as the courts see fit.“He also does not require any reports,” said Mr Nolan.Prosecuting barrister Patricia McLaughlin said she accepted the guilty pleas on the condition that full facts in the cases be given when Fair is sentenced.Judge John Aylmer remanded Fair in custody to appear before him again next Wednesday, July 25th for sentencing.Man made ‘grossly offensive’ phonecalls to FIVE female Gardai was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacourtdonegalfemale Gardaigrossly offensiveMark Fairphonecallslast_img read more

What To Do To Keep Your Facebook Account Secure [Update]


first_imgEditor’s Update: Facebook has responded to our request for comment. The company is attributing the problems to user error and it denies there was a virus or that the site was hacked. Following are our tips on how to keep your Facebook account secure.Facebook said this week’s problem, which had users sending and accepting friend requests they did not initiate, was a result of users using contact importer. Users who clicked on “friend all” sent friend requests to everyone in their address book who had an email address linked to a Facebook account. Spokesman Frederic Wolens said in some cases the requests were held on Facebook’s servers as the program processed them, and users may not have connected their use of Facebook’s contact importer to friend requests that were processed as much as one week later.If you were one of those people, it may be too late to stop the friend requests, but you can turn off the sync function on your Facebook mobile app and log into Facebook to cancel out any of the other pending friend requests.We’re still waiting to hear back from Facebook about the attack we reported yesterday, but the ongoing discussion in Facebook’s Help Center indicates that it’s related to a syncing issue involving the contacts in some mobile phones. If you have been hit by the current attack, turn off the sync-contacts function on your mobile Facebook app. We’ll update our earlier post as soon as we get confirmation from Facebook.In the meantime, here are basic steps you should take whenever you think your account has been hacked.Change Your PasswordThis should be obvious. if someone or something has access to your account, end it by changing your Facebook password.Think of password changes like drug screenings at work: You should do it on a regular basis and after there’s been an accident. If you think someone has obtained your password (most likely through a phishing scam that lured you to a site that looks like Facebook) that’s the accident. Time to change.Reclaim Your AccountIt’s possible whoever took over your account will have beaten you to changing the password. Fortunately, Facebook has a process for reclaiming accounts. Follow the steps in the Help Center, which will verify your identity and re-secure your account.Update Your Security SoftwareDon’t gamble that the Facebook problem will remain just a Facebook problem. Update your security software (or, if, God forbid, you’re not using one, get a package immediately). To date, most of the major Facebook viruses and attacks have been limited to sending messages and friend requests, but that is likely change.Trim The App FatGo through the list of apps you have installed on Facebook and cut any that you don’t use regularly, and certainly any that with hindsight look suspicious. Each of your apps can compromise your security and privacy. Facebook has a primer on how to remove unwanted apps.Tell Your FriendsMake sure you alert potentially vulnerable contacts as soon as you know your account has been compromised. It’s also a good idea to let them know the steps you took to fix the account and, if you can figure it out, what worked. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts dave copelandcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#web last_img read more

Will Apple’s New Design Approach Kill The Luster Steve Jobs Loved ?


first_imgLead image of Jony Ive from Apple promotional video. Luxurious stitched leather. A fine wood grain you can almost feel. An old-fashioned microphone. If you use Apple devices, expect to encounter less of this kind of thing decorating your apps and operating system.After Monday’s big executive shakeup at the company, the interface design principles employed in the company’s software is expected to take a new, more modernist turn. Progress is good, but Apple runs the risk of watering down some of the familiar appeal that makes their devices so easy to learn and use. Skewering SkeuomorphismThis design tactic, known as skeuomorphism, mimics familiar, real-world textures and objects in a digital interface. It’s something for which Apple has become known – and sometimes ridiculed – for using in its apps and operating systems. The approach has long been championed by Scott Forstall, who was shown the door earlier this week. Forstall shared his affinity for these faux-analog details with Steve Jobs, whose death a year ago paved the way for the kind of sweeping changes recently undertaken by his successor, Tim Cook.  Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#design#iOS#Jony Ive#OS X#user interface design Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The future may not lie squarely at either end of this debate. Perhaps it’s somewhere in the middle, where digital interfaces borrow subtly from the real world, but continue to innovate and feely abandon skeuomorphs when they get in the way. At Apple, the visual language of iOS and OS X will continue to merge, possibly more rapidly than it already was. It seems clear that over time, it will have fewer accents of wood grain, stitched leather and fake glass. Will that make any difference? We’re about to find out.  Taking charge of the Human Interface group at Apple will be Jony Ive, the legendary hardware designer. Pretty much all of the company’s most successful hardware products – the iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro and iPod Touch, to name a few – came out of Ive’s secret design lab in Cupertino. It’s that type of minimal, no-frills design that many expect to see more of in OS X and iOS now that Ive is in charge. That means things like the stitched leather across the top of iCal and the faux notebook paper in Reminders could find their way out of OS X and iOS. Don’t expect elements like this to be wiped out with the next OS upgrade, though. Apple’s operating systems are used extensively by millions of people who have grown accustomed to how they look and work. If the skeuomorphic stuff is going to get axed, expect Ive and team to start by easout out the subtle details – the linen texture in the background of Notification Center, for example – replacing them one-by-one with cleaner designs that don’t attempt to mimic things in the physical world. Why Skeuomorphism Isn’t All BadThere’s been a bit of a backlash against skeuomorphic design elements lately, both within Apple and among designers generally. Designer Wells Riley has called it “the easy way out,” charging that skeuomorphism ‘helps people misunderstand the capabilities and limitations of digital products.” Fast Company’s Thomas Hobbs urges designers to move beyond the “silly” trend. There’s certainly a case to be made that this type of thing should be used sparingly. Yet, at the same time, it’s easy to see how weaving familiar-looking textures and objects into digital designs can help make new ways of doing things more palatable, especially to new users. “Skeuomorphism is about communicating and reinforcing feelings – getting an application to become a memorable experience, not just a tool,” writes Tobias Bjerrome Ahlin, an interface designer at Spotify. “It’s about communicating the purpose of a UI, not only the functions it enables.”Skeuomorphism Has A Long HistoryComputers have borrowed visual conventions from the analog world for a long time. Since the dawn of personal computing, we have navigated through icons that mimic file folders, occasionally stuffing miniature pieces of paper into what looks like a tiny trash can. And yes, the calendar on my MacBook and iPad bears a resemblance to an actual, physical calendar.In many cases, digital design that mimics analog artifacts can help foster a certain level of comfortable familiarity among consumers, who are spending more and more of their waking hours staring into screens. Maybe we actually need these familiar-looking things to be comfortable with embedding these devices this deeply into our lives.  iPhones and iPads comprise the vast majority of revenue for what has become the most valuable company on the planet. They’re clearly doing something right. It’s hard to see how stripping out these vestiges of the physical world could help Apple do even better.Yet Amazon has done quite well with its Kindle e-readers, which don’t go quite as far as Apple’s iBooks in mimicking paper books. And Microosft is drawing critical praise for the clean design of its Windows 8 interface, which makes few concessions to the past or the physical world. (It remains to be see how actual users will embrace the approach, however.) john paul titlow Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Warriors roll past Lakers as they close in on West’s top seed


first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins, left, drives past Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — A year ago, Stephen Curry was hurting and the Golden State Warriors were locked into the No. 2 seed in the West.How things have changed.ADVERTISEMENT Curry is feeling good and Golden State got closer to clinching the No. 1 seed with a 108-90 victory over the also-ran Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.“Much more comfortable this year,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “This year I think it’s been good for us to have to compete for the one-seed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWith four regular-season games remaining, the Warriors own the best record in the West (54-24) and have a two-game lead over idle second-place Denver. The defending NBA champions also hold the tiebreaker over the Nuggets in the race for the top seed.“They looked like they’re turning on playoff mode,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “They came in that first quarter and were ready to go.” Russian weightlifter Nadezhda Lomova, ninth Thai fail drug tests READING LIPSDuring a timeout, James and Durant chatted briefly, sparking interest on social media about what they might have been saying.“Just laughing and joking and catching up,” Durant said. “Everybody’s so interested, especially in LeBron. So whoever he talks to, the lip readers are going to try to figure it out. You guys are just infatuated with that whole thing.”CARUSO’S DUNKLakers reserve guard Alex Caruso got the crowd’s attention with a dunk to end the second quarter. Rondo’s 3-pointer missed and Caruso got the rebound and slammed it. At 6-foot-5, he was one of the shorter players on the court. He finished with nine points, just over his 7.5-point average in 22 games this season.UP NEXTWarriors: Host Cleveland on Friday in the Warriors’ last back-to-back of the regular season.Lakers: They’re the visiting team against the Clippers on Friday. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Lakers missed all 10 of their 3-point attempts in the first. Their 12 points were a season low for any quarter.“The first quarter was awful for us,” Walton said. “From that point on, our guys engaged and gave what they had. We saw some good performances from guys who are getting opportunities.”Los Angeles outscored Golden State 30-21 in the second when its shooting improved to 32% from the field, but still trailed 60-42 at halftime.Quinn Cook had 12 of his 18 points in the second for the Warriors, who won their third in a row and fifth in six games.“We’re getting hot at the right time,” Cook said. “Guys want to finish the season off the right way.”Draymond Green, Thompson, Durant, Cousins and Curry dominated the third, outscoring the Lakers by 10 points to take a 94-66 lead into the fourth. Damion Lee’s 3-pointer gave Golden State its largest lead of 34 points.The fourth quarter was nothing more than a nationally televised audition among the Lakers’ bench for future jobs with team owner Jeanie Buss leaving early. The Warriors also let their reserves finish it off.TIP-INSWarriors: They won the season series, 3-1. … They’ve won 10 of 11 against the Lakers, including the last five in LA. … G/F Andre Iguodala (left toe soreness) sat out. … C Andrew Bogut and G Shaun Livingston rested on the front end of a back-to-back set. … Thompson (20,252) moved past Wilt Chamberlain (20,231) into eighth on the team’s all-time minutes list.Lakers: F Kyle Kuzma (left foot peroneal tendinitis) missed his third straight game. Walton said it’s not been decided whether Kuzma will sit out the last three games of the season. … Already shut down for the season is LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram. … James wore a black T-shirt with the likeness of late rapper Nipsey Hussle under his suit jacket. MOST READ DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Durant added 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Curry finished a quiet night with seven points on 3-of-14 shooting and 10 rebounds. Curry and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson were a combined 4 of 16 from 3-point range.“Their whole team is missing so it’s pretty easy for us to get into a rhythm,” Durant said. “They’re playing a lot of young players, inexperienced players. We took advantage of that.”Johnathan Williams led the Lakers with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds off the bench. JaVale McGee had 13 boards to help the Lakers outrebound Golden State 62-51.“They came out with championship mentality and smacked us in the mouth to start the game,” Williams said.The Warriors set the tone in the first quarter when they shot 64% from the floor and led by 27 points. They made 7 of 12 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more