Australian clinic closes after doctor tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgFour special coronavirus clinics have now been opened in Melbourne to reduce the strain on emergency departments and GP clinics.New South Wales state reported six new cases of coronavirus overnight bringing the total cases in Australia to nearly 70.Australia will release 260,000 surgical masks from medical stockpiles for immediate use, deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly told a media briefing in Canberra.The outbreak has killed more than 3,400 people and spread across more than 90 nations, with seven countries reporting their first cases on Friday. The economic damage has also intensified, with business districts starting to empty and stock markets continuing to tumble.Topics : He saw about 70 patients between March 2 and March 6.”The doctor…most likely acquired his infection in the United States,” Mikakos said.”I have to say I am flabbergasted that a doctor that has flu-like symptoms has presented to work,” she said, adding the clinic has been closed until further notice.Mikakos said patients have been contacted while the passengers on the flight will be contacted as soon as the manifest is available. Australian health authorities said on Saturday they had closed a clinic and were contacting around 70 patients of a doctor who has been diagnosed with coronavirus after recently returning from the United States.The Melbourne-based general practioner returned to Australia on Feb. 29.He became unwell with a runny nose on an internal flight from Denver to San Francisco before flying to Melbourne on United Airlines flight 0060, Victoria State Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told a televised news conference.last_img read more

UNIT SOUZOU Brings Taiko Theatrics to Artist and Lecture Series

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College welcomes Portland-based taiko company UNIT SOUZOU as part of the college’s 2014-15 Artist and Lecture Series. UNIT SOUZOU will be on campus Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts.UNIT SOUZOU (pronounced SOH-ZOH), is the brain child of taiko veterans Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe. The co-directors share more than 20 years of experience, and have brought a fusion of traditional taiko and Japanese folk dance to UNIT SOUZOU. The performance is sponsored by the college’s Tomodachi club. The group will present their theatrically groundbreaking and imaginative work, “Insatiable.” This event is supported by The Japan Foundation.The South Puget Sound Community College Artist and Lecture Series brings a diverse group of distinguished scholars, activists and artists under a common theme: “Reflections.” Our presenters are recognized nationally or internationally for their work. Our hope is that they will initiate courageous and purposeful discussion within our community concerning critical and contemporary issues.Tickets for UNIT SOUZOU are $10 for general admission, (which includes a $3 Washington Center service fee), and the event is free to all SPSCC staff, faculty and students. Tickets are available online at OlyTix.org or by calling The Washington Center for the Performing Arts box office at (360) 753-8586. For more information about the Artist and Lecture Series at South Puget Sound Community College, visit www.spscc.edu/ALSeries.last_img read more

About Town

first_imgSANDY HOOKOcean Fun Days will once again be offered at Sandy Hook from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.  For the ninth consecutive year, this popular pre-summer event will focus on eco-friendly hands-on programs and feature special tours and more that help explore and celebrate the wonders of the Jersey Shore.Ocean Fun Days, which is also slated for Island Beach State Park on Saturday, May 19, will feature dozens of exhibitors and include displays, exhibits and demonstrations that promote natural resources and energy conservation.  An annual science fair showcased at Ocean Fun Days encourages students in grades 3-6 from Ocean and Monmouth counties to discover new information about the Jersey Shore, share it with others and earn recognition and valuable prizes for their schools.This year, the Sandy Hook event, based at the NJSGC headquarters in Fort Han­cock, has been expanded to offer tours of most of the historic sites located within the park, including first-time access to the U.S. Coast Guard station and vessels.Back by popular demand, the NOAA/James J. Howard Marine Fisheries Lab will open its doors to the public for tours and the chance to meet NOAA lab scientists.A transportation loop has been set up at Sandy Hook to shuttle people around the event using a trolley provided courtesy of the Sandy Hook Foundation, natural gas jitneys and school buses.The student recipients of the NJSGC Stew Tweed Fisheries and Aquaculture Scholarships also will be announced during a special ceremony at the event.The scholarships were established in 2007 by NJSGC to honor the memory of Tweed who served as a marine agent for the New Jersey Sea Grant Extension Service between 1978 and 2005.  The scholarship perpetuates Stew’s dedication to applying fisheries and marine related technology and scientific information to the real world of shellfish aquaculture and commercial fisheries, and his commitment to educating students of all levels about sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.Ocean Fun Days is presented by New Jersey Natural Gas, in partnership with the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC), the Asbury Park Press, the state Department of Environ­mental Protection, the state Division of Parks and Forestry and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).RUMSONThe Borough of Rumson will be holding its annual Memorial Day parade and service on Monday, May 28.The parade will begin at 10 a.m. The parade route will march east on Blackpoint Road to River Road, turn left (west) on River Road and proceed to Victory Park.The service will begin at Victory Park at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by the placing of the wreaths.last_img read more

Middletown Democrat Sparks Firestorm

first_img“The comments made (by) Jeana Sager shouldn’t be said on camera or behind closed doors, because they are unequivocally wrong. Her false and demeaning assertions do not represent the values of the Monmouth County Democratic Party or the dozens of Democratic candidates trying to better their community across our county,” county chairman David Brown said in a statement Sept. 21. “Our party will not stand for or support this disgraceful way of thinking, which is why we are refusing all resources to the Sager campaign and formally withdrawing the endorsement of the Monmouth County Democrats. Let it be a clear message: The Monmouth County Democratic Party will not stand for this disgraceful behavior now or in the future.” “But what constitutes a criminal?” Sager asked. “Because to me, a lot of police are criminals.” “Just saying ‘a lot of cops are criminals’ is not something that I could endorse or be part of or be comfortable campaigning with,” he said. Saying “a lot of police are criminals,” she can be seen standing outside the Middletown Township municipal building and offering her views on drug policy to members of the public, which included at least one journalist and marijuana advocates who had spoken at the township committee workshop meeting earlier. Sager’s remarks, first reported by More Monmouth Musings, a website friendly to Republicans, ignited a political firestorm and threw the upcoming contest for two seats on the governing body into turmoil. Her fellow Democrats denounced her comments, with even her running mate, Sean F. Byrnes, saying he was suspending his candidacy over what she said. Members of the township committee, including Mayor Tony Perry, and the president of the Middletown PBA issued statements critical of her as well. Perry reacted Sept. 21 to Sager’s statement by saying the Democrat had “chosen to double down on her feelings and comments.” Sager can be heard talking on the roughly 15 1⁄2-minute-long video saying that, if elected to the township committee, “I would love to start addressing drug policy.” For instance, she offered her support for needle exchange programs. In addition to angering her party, Sager also was criticized by the leader of the police union in the township. Middletown PBA Local 124 president Adam Colfer said her comments “are completely unacceptable.” “All across the country members of law enforcement are continuing to face the real threat of physical violence, so the last thing we would expect is to be branded ‘criminals’ by someone who wants to serve in elected office,” he said in a statement released Sept. 20. “Candidate Sager should apologize immediately to the Middletown Police Department, and to law enforcement ever ywhere, for her hateful rhetoric against the very people who have chosen to take on the responsibility of protecting our neighborhoods.” After the video’s release, Democrats sought to distance themselves from Sager. The leadership at the party’s local and county levels issued statements on the same day saying they had pulled their support from her. “Ms. Sager appears to be using her candidacy as a platform for her offensive and dangerous agenda that would be nothing short of harmful and detrimental to Middletown and its future,” he said. According to More Monmouth Musings, the video of Sager speaking was shot by “marijuana activist” Edward Grimes, who put it on Facebook. The website published the entire video as well as an excerpt of it. In a statement Sept. 20, Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore called Sager’s comments about police “disgusting and highly offensive.” But he said he was “equally disturbed with Ms. Sager’s covert plan, if elected, to decriminalize drugs and create safe injection sites and needle exchanges within this community.” MIDDLETOWN – Jeana Sager, a Democrat running for Middletown Township Committee, remained in the race despite bipartisan calls for her to drop out after video surfaced last week of her making anti-police comments in June. “Nothing will change unless there is a court order,” she said by email. But in her statement, Sager sought to turn the tables on her critics, particularly members of the township committee. Sager, who could not be reached for comment, appeared to be referring to an incident involving officer Carl F. Roth, who allegedly hit a motorcyclist in Ashland, New York, in August. The victim was not from New York, but Canada. Sager, though, sought to inject gender politics into the race by noting she was the only female candidate of the four people running for township committee. “It is a sad state of affairs when Americans cannot have honest conversations about timely issues such as police violence and the racist and prejudicial drug war, which is killing our youth, without fear of political crucifixion by both political parties,” she said. “The off-the-cuff conversation, which occurred in June in a parking lot, was not a prepared speech. I was not discussing a Middletown campaign platform. I was talking about issues that impact families in my community. My opponents held on to this information while they figured out how to hurt my candidacy, a move which clearly shows ulterior motives rather than being the forthright and honest people they would have you believe they are.” But Byrnes said he had suspended his campaign. Recognizing that she is running in a Republican town, she said she has to be “careful how I speak.” “We have withdrawn our endorsement of her candidacy for Township Committee and will commit no resources to her campaign, which we have asked her to end,” he said in a statement Sept. 21. “We are proud of our candidate Sean Byrnes who issued a statement setting for th his absolute disagreement with her comments and thanking the police for their service. In addition, we have spoken to county and state Democratic leaders who are in complete agreement with us.” By Philip Sean Curran “With regards to my reference to police crime, Mayor Perry, who is calling for my resignation, is one of the biggest hypocrites who sat silent along with Republican candidates Rick Hibell and Kevin Settembrino, when a Middletown police officer recently almost killed a New York resident while driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of a severe accident,” Sager said. “I encourage people to take a deep breath and focus on what was actually said about police violence and not what people say was said. If we can’t have an honest conversation about police, some of whom act criminally, then we are not protecting our citizens or the police who risk their lives for us.” Later, she said she wants to remove drug users from the criminal justice “realm” and said she did not want to stigmatize drug users as having an illness. In response, Sager released a statement Sept. 21 in which she did not apologize for remarks about police, called the controversy an “immature distraction” and said she was being attacked for her views. At this stage, Sager and Byrnes will remain on the ballot as the opponents to Republican incumbents Kevin M. Settembrino and Rick W. Hibell. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon said Sept. 23 that ballots have been printed. “There are plenty of people that I hang around with that are drug users and they use drugs recreationally and responsibly,” said Sager. Michael DiCicco, chairman of the Middletown Democratic Party, called her remarks about police “inaccurate, unfounded and hur tful.” In comments captured on video outside Town Hall in June, Middletown Township Committee Democratic candidate Jeana Sager made an anti-police comment that has sparked intense reaction from leaders of her own party, the PBA and the mayor. Democratic running mate Sean Byrnes has since suspended his bid.Photo courtesy YouTube “These liberal reckless polices have no place within our town, our county or anywhere in our state,” he said. “Our children should not be taught that it’s OK to inject drugs because we make it safe or be forced to walk over (hypodermic) needles on the way to school or while playing in our parks as children in San Francisco and other social utopias are being forced to do.” At one point, one man in the small group calls for getting the “criminal speakers” out of high schools who deliver opioid awareness messages. “People have always come up with reasons to silence and push women out of politics,” she said in her statement. “Just because I want to have tough conversations about difficult issues, some private and some public, doesn’t mean I will be bullied out of this space by the very cowards who think they are in a better position to ignore these issues to the detriment of our community.”last_img read more

Ready or not, here comes the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season

first_imgTyler Parfeniuk and Riley Henderson as well as season netminder Andrew Walton.The local contingent includes defenceman Blake Arcuri (out until mid-October due to off-season shoulder surgery, Kootenay Ice grad Carsen Willans along with Dallon Stoddart and Okanagan Hockey Association grad come home, Lynden Horswill.Of course, on the other side of the ice the Rebels have a few weapons of their own including 20-year-old forwards Anthony Delong, Scott Morriseau and Tyler Robinson.In goal Alex Ross will look to shake off that final game in Castlegar last season when the Osoyoos Coyotes filled the net en route to the KIJHL title.Castlegar also has momentum on their side having outscored the Leafs 14-5 during two preseason games.“I expect to see a different (Leaf) team when we begin play this weekend,” Maida predicts. “We’ll have (goalie) Andrew (Walton) in the lineup and we’ll have had a week to work on systems and some structure.”Nelson also will have a few other additions to the lineup in defenceman Walker Sidoni, with the Leafs after being released from Junior A camp and Cameron Dobransky a forward that comes to Nelson following a successful stint with Salmon Arm of the BCHL.Game time Friday in Castlegar is 7:30 p.m.Saturday’s return match goes at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Maida moves Hogg, gets center in returnLeaf coach finally was able to trade former goalie Darren Hogg to Osoyoos Coyotes in a four-team deal. Nelson acquired center Alexander Jmaeff of Creston in the transaction. The others teams involved in the deal were Grand Forks and Penticton.Special pre-game ceremonyThe Leafs hockey club will honour two special contributors to the club who are no longer with us. Longtime scorekeeper, Jim Kienholz and former goalie Gerry Koehle as well as two fans will be honoured during a moment of silence before the game. Kienholz was killed in a plane crash during the summer while Koehle died of cancer.sports@thenelsondaily.comMeet the 2011-12 starting lineup for the Green and White below. By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt doesn’t matter if the final roster is set or not, the show must go on.Friday night on ten fronts the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League kicks off its 2011-12 campaign.Included in opening night is the Nelson Leafs facing off in the Sunflower City against the defending Kootenay Conference Champions, Castlegar Rebels.“It’s the real deal,” said Leaf rookie coach Frank Maida on the eve of the home-and-home series against the Rebels.Despite not being able to finalize the roster — a major reason for some players not being made available is due to Junior A hockey clubs, like those in the BCHL, not starting the season for another week — Maida refuses to treat the weekend set as a tune-up for the rest of the season.“Because they’re points involved,” was Maida’s response to the suggestion of this weekend’s results not being that important.A few players returning that Maida has put a lot of stock include winger Colton Schell, who filled the net for Nelson during an exhibition tournament in Fruitvale along with veteran defencemanlast_img read more

Minor League Baseball season right around corner, deadline for NDBA reg is March 28

first_imgThere more new happening with the Nelson and District Baseball Association than just a new baseball season.The Heritage City organization is changing logos, welcoming the new Stellar Jay logo for the upcoming campaign. The logo was created by Big Cranium Design in Nelson.”We have gone to the Stellar’s Jay as part of the new look Nelson Baseball Association,” said Larry Martell of the NDBA.”The Stellar’s jay is very common here in the mountains of Nelson and is a very playful and smart bird.  We see the birds hanging out at Lions and Queen Elizabeth ball parks all the time making lots of noise and looking for discarded sunflower seeds.’Registration for the upcoming season is fully underway with just a week remaining for kids to sign up. Thursday (March 28) is the final day for registration with West Kootenay baseball season beginning April 15 at Queen Elizabeth and Lions Parks.”We are expecting many of the younger players in T-ball and rookie, that are under eight years olds, to send in their registration very close to the registration deadline,” Martel explains.Martel said NDBA usually has nine teams for player 5 to 16 years old. The Little League Association plays in a West Kootenay league with teams from Trail, Castlegar, Beaver Valley and Grand Forks for kids nine to 16.  The younger players, under eight play, only practice and play games in Nelson at the new Lions Park diamond.”This looks to be an real exciting season with the new Lions Park baseball diamond coming on line,” Martel said.”The parents and players will really like playing at this new diamond, a lot of work and money went into the new facility.”For more information go to http://nelsonbaseball.calast_img read more

Top flight curling action on display at Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cash

first_imgThe field includes rinks from around the Kootenay and Okanagan regions.Headlining the event is Tom Buchy of Kimberley, who qualified for the BC Men’s Finals in 2013 and 2014.Buchy will be challenged by defending champion, Myron Nichol of Castlegar, who surprised many last year by coming away as the big winner at the $10,000 2014 Nelson Open Cash Spiel.Also on the draw is Rick Cutler of Nelson, Bill van Yzerloo of Castlegar, as well as former Kootenay zone rep, Jill Winters and local favourite Fred Thomson, who along with Don Freschi of Trail is curling with former Brier rep Bob Ursel of Kelowna.Chris Ducharme of Creston and Junior Curler Justin Umpherville of Fruitvale are also entered into the three-day cash spiel. Action begins Friday with the first draw at 9 p.m. in the three, four team pools. Saturday, round robin draws are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Playoffs begin Saturday evening with the finals Sunday. In February 2016, the Nelson Curling Club plays host to one of the biggest tournaments of the season when the top male curlers in the province shoot for the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship and a berth in the Tim Horton’s Brier.As a precursor, Nelson Curling Club entertains some of those vying for the Brier at the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cash Spiel beginning Friday in Nelson. Nelson plays host to the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship February 10-14. The event is the biggest curling event in the province and television crews will be in the city for the semi finals and finals, which are broadcast on Sportsnet on February 14.   The Nelson Cash Spiel was renamed in honour of Doug Bothamley, who spent countless hours in the rinks around the Kootenays promoting the sport, coaching competitive, junior and women’s teams, as well as competing himself. He was also a volunteer with Curl BC, helping to promote the sport province-wide. “There were few curling events where you wouldn’t see Doug, either on the ice competing or in the patch supporting the club socializing, and on the dance floor making short order of his ‘dance card’,” said Nando Salviulo of the Nelson Curling Centre.last_img read more

DONEGAL CLASS SIZES HIGHER THAN EU AVERAGE

first_imgThe Department of Education released figures showing Donegal primary school classes had an average of 23 students. The EU average is 20.The average class size in the country was 24.7. The Pupil-Teacher ratio in primary schools nationwide rose from 16.2 to 16.4 in the school year 2012/2013. The EU average is 14.The average class size in the country was 24.7. The EU average is 20.There was a total of 18985 pupils in primary schools in Donegal, 146 of those were in special schools.Primary school teacher numbers increased across the country in the last school year by 250 to 32,175. Secondary teaching staff numbers dropped by over 400. There were 12553 pupils attending Donegal secondary schools last year.  DONEGAL CLASS SIZES HIGHER THAN EU AVERAGE was last modified: September 4th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:educationschoolslast_img read more

Man fined over incident after drinking ‘north of 20 shots of vodka’

first_imgA MILFORD man who consumed ’somewhere north of 20 shots of vodka’ has been fined for a public order incident.Lee McLaughlin (24) of 4 Moyle Road, Milford, was before Letterkenny District Court over an incident at Port Road, Letterkenny on September 15 last. Sergeant Jim Collins told the Court that Gardaí observed McLaughlin stepping into a fight between two females and pushing one of them.McLaughlin became abusive shouting ‘f*** off’ to members of the public and was arrested by Gardaí.Solicitor for McLaughlin, Mr Rory O’Brien, said his client had no recollection of the night in question due to his ‘high level of inebriation’.“He had a complete and utter black out,” Mr O’Brien said. “He drank a ridiculous amount, somewhere north of 20 shots of vodka. It was remarkable that he was standing.”Mr O’Brien said that McLaughlin, accompanied in Court by family members, wanted to apologise for his behaviour.Judge Paul Kelly warned McLaughlin that he was in a downward spiral and needed to ‘get a grip’.McLaughlin was fined €150 and given four months to pay.Man fined over incident after drinking ‘north of 20 shots of vodka’ was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Judge Paul KellyLee McLaughlinLetterkenny District CourtMilfordlast_img read more

New York Mets to sign former San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik

first_imgJoe Panik is heading home.The former San Francisco Giants second baseman has signed a contract with the Mets that will allow him to return to his home state of New York. Several other outlets reported Friday morning that the two sides had agreed to a deal, and the Mets announced the move hours later.The Yonkers native was designated for assignment by the Giants on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to a tenure that included an All-Star appearance, a Gold Glove honor and a World Series title.Pani …last_img read more