November 28, 2020 /Sports News – National San Francisco 49ers not allowed to play in stadium for 3 weeks under new COVID-19 restrictions Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Vi/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — The San Francisco 49ers will not be allowed to practice or play in their stadium for three weeks under new county health restrictions that prohibit contact sports.Stanford University’s athletics, including its football program, will also be affected.Santa Clara County health officials announced the new restrictions on Saturday, as the county reported a record 760 COVID-19 cases.“Our case rates have been surging since November. In fact, we have the highest case rate of any county in the San Francisco Bay area,” county health officer Dr. Sara Cody said at a press briefing.Hospitalizations have also doubled since Nov. 12, she said, with a record 239 reported on Saturday.The restrictions, which start Monday and last through Dec. 21, impact gatherings, capacity limits and recreational activities.Among them, professional, collegiate and youth sports that involve direct contact are temporarily prohibited.Health officials confirmed that means that the 49ers will not be allowed to play home games at Levi’s Stadium. The team has games scheduled there on Dec. 7 and Dec. 13. It is unclear if the games will be moved or postponed.The Stanford Cardinal football team also currently has a home game scheduled for Dec. 12.Neither team has allowed fans into their stadiums this season.Additionally, people who travel more than 150 miles from home will have to quarantine for 14 days. The 49ers are currently headed to Los Angeles for a game against the Rams Sunday afternoon, as noted by sports reporter Jennifer Lee Chan. It’s unclear if the new quarantine order will impact the team.“We are aware of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s emergency directive,” the 49ers said in a statement. “We are working with the NFL and our partners on operational plans and will share details as they are confirmed.”Stanford has not publicly responded to the new measures. Neither have the NFL or Pac-12.The San Jose State football program would also be affected by the regulations. Training camp for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks, set to begin in early December, could also be affected.Other new county restrictions will limit hotels to essential travel, health care workers and quarantine or isolation purposes. Card rooms will also close. Capacity at most indoor facilities will be reduced to 10% (grocery stores and pharmacies can operate at 25% capacity), and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 100 people.Health officials also urged residents to stay home as much as possible.“This pandemic is like a high-speed train, and our projections tell us that we are on target to derail by around the third week of December if we don’t apply brakes right now with all our collective might,” Cody said.The current projections do not take Thanksgiving into account, with holiday gatherings and travel likely to “create a surge,” she added.The measures are in addition to a nightly curfew and nonessential business closures issued by the state for counties including Santa Clara that are in the “purple” tier, indicating widespread COVID-19 risk.ABC News’ Abigail Shalawylo and Matthew Fuhrman contributed to this report.
Commentary: Journalism Education Not Immune From Anti-Media RhetoricBy Ryan GuntermanTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – One’s first, professional press credential is something that is celebrated in the world of student journalism. For many, the feeling is an emotional combination of Christmas morning, a surprise birthday party and the season premiere of their favorite Netflix show.As a journalism educator of 15 years, the thrill of seeing this joy was equally as fulfilling. Therefore, it was a moment of celebration when both the Clinton and Obama campaigns approved access for several of my students during the 2008 Indiana Primary. In 2016, the enthusiasm was replaced with fear when the Trump campaign granted similar privileges to one of my high school seniors.This emotional 180 had nothing to do with politics. My students have covered candidates of both parties at the local, state and national levels. Not once did I hesitate in encouraging them to do so.Until 2016, when the safety and wellbeing of the young adult for which I was responsible could not be guaranteed due to one, five-letter word on her lanyard.Attacks on the media do not discriminate between those journalists who are working toward the honor roll or Pulitzer Prize. President Trump does not inform his crowds and Twitter legion that a high school diploma is required to be the “enemy of the people.” There’s not a minimum print circulation or Nielsen rating to be labeled “fake news.”“The dirty war on the free press” targets all in the field. Including our children.While the motivation behind this “war” is to discredit accurate information and credible journalists, its casualties are increasingly becoming the very institutions responsible for preventing the journalistic falsities President Trump claims to despise.The Indiana High School Press Association has championed the core values of truth, courage, integrity and freedom since 1922, and the state’s scholastic journalism programs have a long history of adhering to those very principles. Hoosiers should be proud to know the top middle and high school media outlets can be found right here, and our academic standards for journalism, publications, and mass media courses are a national model.However, the anti-media message that had been reserved for CNN and The Washington Post is now being utilized to discredit, and even suppress, Indiana’s young reporters. Examples of school administrators and community leaders engaged in the restriction of classroom press freedom can be found from Evansville to Fort Wayne, New Albany to Gary, Richmond to Terre Haute and every region in between.This opposition even made its way into the Statehouse during the recent legislative session. When the House defeated a bill to protect the First Amendment rights of student journalists for the second, consecutive year, one heard the phrase “fake news” echoing on the chamber floor.While explaining why his fellow representatives should join him to deny freedom of the press within Indiana school hallways, Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, said the legislation was an effort “to make the school look the same way as these people that write about the fake news on a daily basis.”Following his remarks, a bill that was approved 88-4 by the very same elected officials in 2017 failed when it received 42 more “no” votes in 2018.However, students aren’t the only ones finding themselves caught up in a “war”, not of their own making. This conflict has also enveloped those adults responsible for molding the objective, fair information distributors for which the #MAGA crowd says it clamors.Indiana is one of the few states that requires educators leading journalism and student media courses to be certified in the area of study just as those who teach math and English. These teachers have trained experts and the foundation of the First Amendment.All of that importance and credibility is shattered by an angry, baseless accusation mimicked from the commander in chief.The lessons of responsible reporting and resolving a societal ill are rendered irrelevant. It is undone by the continuation of these fake news, “enemy of the people” talking points that advance an agenda so those in charge can “win” over those who should be holding them accountable.As a result, we have situations where journalists are being attacked, verbally and physically, and large segments of the public are more likely to believe false information from someone in power rather than the truth via those who are not.The most-skilled, beloved journalism teacher would find little success in countering these tactics when they originate from the community, students’ parents and even their own supervisors.What little hope does the truth have against such opposition?This isn’t 2008 anymore.FOOTNOTE: Ryan Gunterman is executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association and an editor with TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.The City-County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
By AdamHill (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons The Indiana House has voted to do away with gun licenses. The plan to make Indiana a Constitutional Carry state passed on Monday on a largely party-line vote.The proposal would allow law-abiding gun owners to carry a gun without first getting a license to carry from the state.The Indiana State Police oppose the plan as among other things they say it will cost them $5-million-dollars a year.The proposal now heads to the Indiana Senate, where it is expected to pass. IndianaLocal Facebook By Jon Zimney – February 23, 2021 7 345 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Indiana House votes to do away with gun licenses Google+ Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleSouth Bend School Board votes to close Tarkington, Hay Elementary SchoolsNext articleWarsaw woman escapes injury after gas station canopy collapses on truck Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
New York-based jam outfit TAUK recently recorded a session for “The Jam Files,” a popular show on the SiriusXM Jam ON station. With that session airing all throughout the week, SiriusXM has shared a great video from their studios. In it, TAUK digs deep into their original tune “Time’s Up,” jamming on the Led Zeppelin classic “No Quarter” in the middle.Check out the exciting “Time’s Up > No Quarter > Time’s Up” in the video below.TAUK’s Jam Files episode will air throughout this week and weekend, so don’t miss the band’s full session and more! Check out the airing times below.TAUK on The Jam FilesWednesday 12/14 @ 11pm ETThursday 12/15 @ 8am ETFriday 12/16 @ 2pm ETSunday 12/18 @ 4pm ET
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York There may be other options for golf and tennis memberships in the Queens and Long Island area, but none offer the many amenities that North Shore Towers and Country Club provides to its members at a reasonable price.“It’s the best deal in town,” says Mary Anne Langone, country club manager. North Shore Towers and Country Club is located right off the Grand Central Parkway, in Floral Park, and “offers luxury living with the added surprise of a beautiful 18-hole golf course, which is challenging enough for the low handicapper but still playable for the average golfer, and five Har-Tru tennis courts,” she says.In addition to the golf and tennis, sponsored members also get access to year-round indoor/outdoor pools, a fitness center, card rooms and restaurants. Other country clubs offering golf and tennis typically hit their members with hidden assessment and social minimum fees, but not North Shore Towers and Country Club, says Langone, who has worked there for more than 30 years and served as manager for about the past 16 years. There are close to 300 golfers and 50 tennis members, and nearly 100 of them are non-residents, who must be sponsored by a North Shore Towers resident to be approved, she says.As general manager for the past 16 years, Glen Kotowski, employed by the Charles H. Greenthal Management Corp., oversees every aspect of the daily operation of the North Shore Towers community.“We’re right on the border of Nassau and Queens, and they call us Long Island’s best-kept secret because when people come into the community, they can’t believe” all the amenities that are offered, says Linda Rappaport, an on- site broker at North Shore Towers and Country Club.Other amenities at North Shore Towers include express buses to Manhattan, a movie theater, a beauty salon, a drug store, a supermarket and a laundromat even though there are washers and dryers in the apartments, she notes. Studio apartments start at a “a very affordable” price of about $200,000, while penthouses sell for $1 million and up, she says.Rappaport has been living at North Shore Towers for 30 years and has an adult son who lives there with his wife and 2-year-old child (with another baby on the way), she says, adding that her mother and mother-in-law live there as well.“Everybody loves it for different reasons,” she says. “I love it for the convenience and all the shopping and the gym. The baby loves it for the indoor pool. My mother-in-law loves it. She likes to play cards and there’s several card rooms and bridge rooms. And my mother loves it for the fact that they offer over 60 fitness classes weekly in the gym.”“It’s a melting pot of people that come here and lend their talents to make this a wonderful place to live,” she says, pointing as an example to Maria Termini-Miller, a former board member who’s been living there 20 years and helped design the North Shore Towers website.Warren Glenn, meanwhile, is a new board member who’s been a resident for about two years and chairs the House and Grounds committee. Glenn states one of the goals on his committee’s agenda is “to help create an active, multi-generational community living in a country club setting.”He goes on to describe North Shore Towers as an “all-inclusive gated community” offering “luxurious living” with “beautiful” apartments and “terrific” amenities and services.Mario Carmiciano, the board president and chairman of the Towers Country Club Committee, is looking forward to another successful country club season, he says.North Shore Towers and Country Club is presently offering a first-year, promotional rate of $3,995 for golf membership, plus applicable fees. Junior golf memberships are also available. For details and to book a tour, call Bob Guido at 718-279-1848 ext. 5. North Shore Towers and Country Club is also offering a first-year, promotional rate of $1,750 for tennis membership, plus applicable fees.For details and to book a tour, call Mary Anne Langone at 718-428-5030 ext. 0. Remember, these memberships include indoor/ outdoor pools, a fitness center and so much more.
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APPOINTMENT of Communist transport minister Jean-Claude Gayssot (p438) under a left-wing government elected on June 1 is likely to require some intellectual and political acrobatics in French transport policy. The previous right-wing government put Claude Martinand at the head of the infrastructure company Réseau Ferré de France, whose board was appointed on May 28 by outgoing transport minister Bernard Pons. Intriguingly, Martinand held a junior portfolio under the last Communist transport minister, Charles Fiterman, in the early 1980s, but he is now reporting to a Communist minister who opposed the establishment of RFF in the first place. Gayssot has indicated that he wishes to review the whole railway reform process, but SNCF President Louis Gallois has said that there can be no going back.We have never felt that the last government’s reform of SNCF was one calculated to generate a more efficient and cost-effective railway, as it carefully avoided the labour-related issues that are at the root of many of SNCF’s financial woes. The prospect of lifting staff productivity and confronting emotive issues such as retirement at 55, or 50 for drivers, is now at best a distant hope. The unions have already called for a shorter working week and higher wages, so the idea of achieving a meaningful short-term improvement in SNCF’s finances is close to fantasy although the government does look likely to write off SNCF’s remaining debt. On the other hand, the Jospin government has appointed a ’green’ minister to manage land use and planning, giving good reason to believe that rail use will be encouraged.Meanwhile, it looks certain that the route of TGV Est will be reviewed again, with support for a high speed line all the way from Paris to Strasbourg coming from Strasbourg mayor Catherine Trautmann, who is now Minister of Culture & Communication. Other new TGV lines could go ahead as part of a jobs creation programme. The government will also wish to put in place measures to ensure that malpractices such as the taking of commissions on TGV Nord contracts, uncovered at the end of May, cannot be repeated. Last month SNCF announced that it had set up an internal enquiry to ’detect possible malpractice or corruption’ by railway staff. o
Equinor’s proposed development of Phase 3 of the Troll field in the Norwegian part of the North Sea has been approved. The Norwegian oil giant will with its partners invest NOK 7.8 billion (USD 914 million) in the project that’s expected to come online in 2021. The Troll A platform in the North Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has approved the plan for development and operation (PDO), a project which should help extend the productive life of the Troll field beyond 2050. The field came on stream in 1995, and has, per Equinor, generated an estimated NOK 1400 billion, i.e. NOK 175 million (USD 20 million) per day.According to info on Equinor’s website, despite producing for over 20 years, Troll is not nearly depleted. Quite the contrary, the field is Norway’s biggest gas producer, and Equinor says 65% of the gas in the field has still not been recovered.“With a break-even of less than USD 10 per barrel, Troll Phase 3 is one of the most profitable and resilient projects ever in our company. Thanks to the PDO approval Equinor and its partners can now deliver another 2.2 billion barrels of oil equivalent from the field with a CO2 intensity of 0.1 kilo per barrel,” says Torger Rød, Equinor’s senior vice president for project management.“Equinor will work closely with partners and suppliers planning start-up of the field in the first half of 2021,” says Rød.“This adds a new chapter to the amazing Troll story. The field has an important part in our plans to transform the Norwegian continental shelf for sustainable value creation for several decades,” says Gunnar Nakken, Equinor’s senior vice president for Operations West.“Troll is the biggest gas producer on the NCS, meeting 7-8% of Europe’s total daily gas consumption. We will deliver safe, profitable and carbon-efficient energy from Troll that helps reduce coal consumption and reduce CO2 emissions in Europe with a long-term perspective beyond 2050,” says Nakken.Troll field illustration/image by EquinorEquinor stressed that the development of Troll phase 3 is also important for Norwegian supply industry, as some 70 % of the value creation will take place in Norway.The partnership has awarded contracts within marine installations and subsea facilities totalling an estimated NOK 950 million to the companies Nexans, Deep Ocean, IKM, Allseas, and Marubeni. In addition, the partnership has awarded contracts worth approximately NOK 2 billion for subsea facilities and the construction of a new processing module on the Troll A platform to Aker Solutions.Troll partners are Equinor (30.58% – operator), Petoro (56%), Norske Shell (8.10%), Total E&P Norge (3.69%), ConocoPhillips Skandinavia (1.62%)The planThe plan for the development of the Troll Phase 3 was submitted to the Norwegian authorities in July 2018, after the partners had chosen a subsea solution tied back to the Troll A platform as a concept for Troll Phase 3.The subsea concept includes the construction and installation of two subsea templates, drilling of 8 production wells, laying of a 36-inch pipeline and installation of a new processing module on the Troll A platform. The development will be powered from shore. The Troll Phase 3 project extends the plateau production for gas from the Troll field by about 7 years, and the expected productive life by about 17 years.
Sydney Morning Herald 24 October 2017Family First Comment: “We are picking up a lot of the slack of what I would call under-parenting.” – Principal.Perhaps it’s time to return to a system that doesn’t undermine and threaten the role of parents in their supervision, education, discipline and right to be notified of what’s happening to their children – rather than the flawed ‘children’s rights’ and ‘state raises the child’ ideology which does more harm than good. Families first. Empower, equip, and encourage parenting.Teachers are under increasing pressure to be “counsellors, researchers or data analysts” as well as educators, a new global report has found, amid concerns that parents are expecting schools to pick up their “slack”.“Pressures on teachers are well documented and appear to be increasing, in part owing to new expectations,” according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s latest global education monitoring report, released on Tuesday.“Beyond instruction and facilitating learning, teachers are asked to be counsellors, researchers or data analysts.”President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council Chris Presland said that expectations being placed on Australian teachers are “now massive”.“We are picking up a lot of the slack of what I would call under-parenting,” Mr Presland said.“Parents who are under pressure are turning to schools on [things like] the issue of cyber-usage by students. Obesity is another issue.READ MORE: http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/teachers-now-expected-to-also-be-counsellors-data-analysts-unesco-report-20171023-gz6vdy.html