Crewmember on Navy hospital ship Comfort tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adelola Tinubu/Released(NEW YORK) — A crew member aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is currently in isolation aboard the ship that is currently docked in New York City, according to a U.S. Navy statement.The news comes on the same day that the hospital ship was designated to begin treating COVID-19 patients in New York City, a reversal from the earlier policy that it could only treat patients not infected with the coronavirus.“There is no impact to Comfort’s mission, and this will not affect the ability for Comfort to receive patients,” according to the Navy statement. “The ship is following protocols and taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all crewmembers and patients on board.”“The crew member had no contact with patients,” the statement said.Because the crew member did not come into contact with patients, it is highly likely that the crew member was asyptomatic when the Comfort left its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia, on March 28.Other crew members who had contact with the crew member have tested negative for the virus, said a Navy official. But the official added that out of an abundance caution they will remain in isolation for several days regardless of the test results.On Monday, President Donald Trump approved the hospital ship’s transition to treat coronavirus patients due in large part to the small number of non-coronavirus patients the ship has treated during its week in New York City while civilian hospitals were overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.“Taking on more patients as quickly as possible is critical to helping the city of New York during this pandemic crisis,” said Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of the U.S. Second Fleet. “We listened to the feedback from area health professionals and the community and believe this is the best way we can help our fellow Americans.”The field hospital at the Javits Center will be the military’s primary facility for COVID-19 patients, but beginning immediately, the Comfort will accept trauma, emergency and urgent care patients without regard to their coronavirus status.To minimize the risk to the ship’s crew, they will be kept apart from the medical staff aboard the Comfort to prevent any inadvertent exposure of the virus.And in a further step to prevent exposure, some of the ship’s medical personnel — who will be in contact with COVID-19 patients — will be moved to a local hotel. That will reduce the number of personnel staying in the ship’s berthing areas and improve social distancing. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Leave the bin outside

first_imgIn the first week of this term, Cherwellprinted the sorry tale of Brian Butterworth, first-year psychology student at Merton, who was sent “into digs” for sleeping with a woman on college accommodation. Scandalous, yes; but ameliorated considerably by the fact that the story in question was reprinted from a 1964 edition. Surely, then, in 40 years, the University has moved on; surely such stifling moral interference is long gone by now? Perhaps in theory. Unfortunately, though, the moral stance taken by Oxford’s educational institutions is, in practice, still repressed and repressive. While colleges clearly cannot prevent consenting men and women (in any combination) having sex on their own time (not least under the European Convention on Human Rights), there are still regulations in place regarding accommodation for which the only purpose seems to be discouraging sexual contact. Many colleges, for example, operate a system of signing in and out guests who are to sleep in a member’s room. This may seem perfectly reasonable for a parent, or a sister, yet shows a complete misunderstanding on the colleges’ behalf of the nature of modern sexual relationships. If I’m considering bringing a woman or man I’ve met in a club, say, back to my room, on the premise of a coffee, my chances of sleeping with her are likely to be greatly diminished by requesting she give her signature to the duty porter first. My own college, St John’s, operates just such a system, and threatens all kinds of punishments for refusal to comply with its sexually crippling procedure. So why should we stand up for our right to have one night stands? Rather than arguing fervently in favour of sexual promiscuity (next week, perhaps), the most compelling reason is that we should be free to engage in any sexual activity that we wish, as consenting adults. It is not the place of the college to impose its own archaic morality on us – it exists as an instituion to teach us, and we live in its accommodation. However, we pay for this privilege, and accordingly it does not have the fallback that parents do when they demand you abide by their rules (“As long as you live under my roof etc.”). The relationship is not what schools call in loco parentis; rather, it is one of landlord and tenant. The colleges that operate such systems will undoubtedly claim all sorts of practical reasons for maintaining them: St John’s’ favourite is to cite the fire risk of not knowing exactly who is in the building at night time. These are clearly rubbish. In the event of a fire, I would either be in my room with the person in question, in which case when I was found he or she would also be discovered, or, on the off-chance that I was in the toilet when such a hypothetical blaze erupted, the authorities would either assume I was in my room (in which case they’d discover my guest when looking for me there), or find me first, and I would point them in my guest’s direction. Such a mix up, with one person in the toilet and the other trapped in the room (or whatever precisely the college fears), is just as likely to happen during the daytime. The most farcical aspect of the whole system, though, is that only if the two of us are going to be asleep together do we need to sign in – in which case, we’ll both be in the same room, and as soon as the potential rescuers discover me, my guest’s presence will be obvious. Surely the real fire risk is the college-mate from the quad next door who pops up for a chat at three in the morning? He genuinely might get lost in such a disaster. At the end of the day, though, if St John’s really cared about fire risks, it would have had more than one smoke alarm per stair case when the Tommy White building caught fire last term. What actually lies at the heart of this ‘safety’ measure is an instinctive conservatism to which institutions such as Oxford colleges are inevitably prone. The desire of the powers that be to i m p o s e their own m o r a l i t y onto us should be resisted fiercely – it is the sort of infringement of civil liberty that adults should not have to suffer once they leave school, and which, at any non- Oxbridge university, would be laughable. The whole concept of the scout, insidiously checking that we behave, is similarly ridiculous. Yes, we are grateful for the option of having our rooms cleaned, but the idea that our rooms be inspected at least once every two days is patently absurd, and implies the colleges see us as little children to be monitored carefully. While it may seem petty to become so irate over whimsical sexual encounters, the problem of college restrictions on guests is far more wide-ranging. Relationships, both inside and outside college, become difficult to manage. At St John’s, special permission is required from the dean if a guest is to stay for more than two consecutive nights, because of the strain on college resources. In fact, of course, a guest requires no resources at all, aside from a little extra water to brush his or her teeth with. Such an utterly farcical explanation from the college does not justify the seriously significant amount of bureaucracy that is invoked in order to have your girlfriend or boyfriend stay over for a long weekend. There have always been conspiracy theories about the way in which colleges attempt to manipulate people into working. The dire nature of some college bars, for example, is often put down to an attempt to encourage students to stay in and work – or at least an apathy about any part of life not academically fruitful. While these may or may not sound credible, the immense difficulty of sustaining a long-term relationship if your partner is unable to stay in college accommodation without decanal permission, is real and tangible. Ultimately, it is high time that some of the Oxford Colleges realised that the happiness of their members is the true mark of success in a college, and long-term, colleges that stifle their undergraduates will not attain the high application rates that they need to achieve academic success. St John’s is the perfect example of this: despite its superior wealth and placement in the Norrington tables, it receives far fewer applications than its more casual neighbour, Balliol. Moreover, the University as a whole already has a reputation for being a lot less fun than non-Oxbridge institutions. If it doesn’t wish to see its prized academic success disperse into the university system as a whole, then Oxford needs to abandon its authoritarian instincts. Unable to reconcile sexual freedom and the elusive Oxford dream, I’m packing my bags and heading off to study under the Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University College London, a certain B. Butterworth (BSc, Oxon).ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img read more

OCHS Key Club, One Day Without Shoes 5K Run/1 Mile Walk

first_imgEvent Timing: May 7th, 2016 at 9:00 amEvent Address: BAREFOOT 5K Course on the Beach: 23rd-40th and back – 1 Mile Walk on the Beach: 23rd-18th and backCost: $10.00 for Students and $20.00 for Adults (Race Packet Includes: Bib number, Tee Shirt, refreshments after race)< Click here to register >Contact us: [email protected]*Race Day Registration and Race Packet Pick-Up will be from 7:00-8:45 at the edge of the Boardwalk on 23rd Street.**You MUST have a completed waiver form in order to participate in the event.* RequiredOcean City High School Key Club and TOMS present… The OCHS Key Club is hosting an amazing event in conjunction with TOMS: One For One Shoes.  The event, One Day Without Shoes 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, is a barefoot run on beginning on the 23rd Street beach in Ocean City. Key Club is sponsoring this day to bring awareness to children’s health and education by going without shoes; for each race participant, TOMS will be donating a pair of shoes to a child in need.The idea of a 5K came from Key Club Treasurer, Senior Sammi Bornhardt. She learned of One Day Without Shoes and decided to create and support TOMS by holding a barefoot race/walk to get as many participants as possible. She wrote a grant that was accepted by Kiwanis International, as well as filled out the application for the City. She wrote to TOMS because, “we have many of the same beliefs as TOMS and we are founded on community service, helping those not only in our local community, but around the world. We hope to make an impact on the world, literally one (barefoot) step at a time.”Please save the date.  We need you there! Also, please check out our Facebook page and LIKE us!  Search for OCHS Key Club, One Day Without Shoes 5K…this page will keep you up to date with news as well.last_img read more

Library Virtual Programming Booms, In-Person Canceled Until 2021

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEThe Ocean City Free Public Library continues to be busy with virtual programming and materials. And as the library navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, customers continue to utilize curbside pickup, as well as coming in, albeit with time limits imposed for safety protocols.Following the city’s decision to cancel events during the fall, the library board announced that through December in-house programing and events will be canceled, the Library Board of Trustees members explained during a remote meeting Monday.Library Director Karen Mahar detailed the decision and noted that the city canceled its special events through the fall.Both decisions, she said, are for the safety of the public during the pandemic.“We won’t have our Halloween or Christmas (events). We get hundreds of people for them,” Mahar said. “I don’t think it is worth the risk.”Board of Trustees President Jennifer Shirk said of the decision, “I do have some people contact me to go into the library to look at books. Right now, I feel, especially the hours we are offering, I don’t think we need to make any adjustments. I think it is working out very nicely.”The upside is that the library has successfully provided an abundance of programming to its patrons virtually, they noted.“We will continue to steadily get new titles and things people request,” Mahar said. “People still want their materials.”That is evidenced by the increase in e-Books. “The stats have gone up tremendously,” Mahar said.The e-Books, since COVID-19 shut down the library, increased to nearly 7,000 since March – an increase of about 2,200 from 2019, she added.Although the library is not doing in-house programing, as per COVID-19 safety guidelines for inside assembly issued by Gov. Phil Murphy, patrons surveyed appear very satisfied, Mahar pointed out. Library Director Karen Mahar with Assistant Library Director Leslie Clarke, retiring in December, and Adult Programming Librarian Julie Brown.“We have had a 99 percent positive (rate) for curbside services,” Mahar said. “You can see the trend of people still leery to come out. We are in a totally new norm. We are doing these things for the health and safety of staff.”The computer room allotment of 30 minutes is also more than other libraries, she said.Avalon’s library gives computer patrons 15 minutes to use the room and Longport offers 25 minutes.In addition to the discussion about library services amid the pandemic, it was announced by the board that a longtime employee, Assistant Library Director Leslie Clarke, will be retiring in December after 41 years of service. Overseeing the Children’s Department has been among Clarke’s duties, which also include supervising Adult Programing Librarian Julie Howard, the book mobile and working with the Friends and Volunteers.“With a heavy heart, Leslie will be retiring on December 31,” Mahar said. “Leslie, you made the kids’ library what it is today.”Clarke said of her library career, “It has given me a lot of pleasure. I enjoyed it.”Children’s Librarian Taimi Kelley will be promoted to manager of that department at a salary of $53,000 upon Clarke’s retirement.Clarke said Kelley and she have been planning a smooth transition and called Kelley a “creative person.”Library officials agreed, saying Kelley, a six-year library employee, has earned the promotion. She maintains the children’s collections, performs puppet shows and other entertaining and educational activities for the patrons and is innovative, they noted.Children’s Librarian Taimi Kelley, shown in a pre-pandemic photo, will be promoted to manager of the Children’s Department. Register for a free class to test your culinary skills. last_img read more

Reporting in Training: continued development needed

first_imgMatthew MayAlliance for Bakery Students and Trainees RepresentativeTwo years ago the ’One Voice’ meeting was held at the NEC in Birmingham during the Baking Industry Exhibition. The event was called in response to an industry-wide acceptance that the current education and training provision was falling short of delivering industry requirements.During the meeting, a proposal was put forward to industry that would help facilitate the development of a suitable education and training programme. The proposal was accepted unanimously and it was agreed that a cross-industry Steering Group be set up to move the project forward.Two years on, it is pleasing to report that the Steering Group and the National Skills Academy (NSA) have made steady progress in the development and delivery of a relevant education and training package for the industry. Campden BRI, the Network Champion, has been working with the Steering Group, the NSA and the Provider Network to develop a training package suitable for the industry. The pilot course has now been run in the north west and has received positive feedback. That said, there is still a great deal to be done and the whole industry needs to stay engaged with the process that it agreed to embark upon two years ago.Let’s be clear. We have come a long way over the past two years and that is something we should all be extremely proud of. However, we need to maintain and build the momentum to ensure the initiative stays on track and delivers what we, as an industry, want. The industry cannot afford to let this initiative fail; its very future depends on its success.last_img read more

Jimmy Buffett Announces New Line Of ‘Coral Reefer’ Cannabis Products

first_imgReefer madness is taking over the entertainment industry, and the latest high-profile name within the music biz to dive into the booming world of cannabis is none other than Mr. Margarita himself, Jimmy Buffett. Announced late last month, the rock singer/guitarist and business mogul will launch his own line of cannabis products, fittingly titled, Coral Reefer.The new line of cannabis products, which is branded in relation to Buffett’s backing band by the same name, will see the “Margaritaville” singer partnering with Surterra Wellness to reach a new generation of music fans who are embracing a much greener lifestyle as the plant sees gradual legalization across the country. Coral Reefer will offer multiple wellness-focused cannabis products for consumers to use, ranging from oils to vape pens, pods, and cartridges.Related: David Crosby Spent 4/20 Getting Stoned While Trolling Fans Of The DoorsNames of the various products sold under Buffett’s new line include “Cabana Daydreamin’,” “Surfin’ In A Hurricane,” “Seas The Day,” and “Tiderider Premium.” Fans and cannabis users can purchase the musician’s new line of products exclusively at the 20+ Surterra Wellness centers across the sunny state of Florida. Cannabis distributors/retailers in California and Nevada will also begin selling Coral Reefer products in the near future as well.“It never dawned on me that Coral Reefer would be anything other than a cool name for a tropical band born out of the Key West lifestyle in the mid-70s,” Buffett said in a statement to go with the April announcement. “But life is supposed to be about having fun and staying healthy enough to enjoy it. I think Coral Reefer will help a lot of folks do that.”“The Coral Reefer brand reflects our intention to give consumers access to high-quality wellness and cannabis-based products through best-in-class partnerships with people and organizations that reflect our standards and values,” Surterra Chairman/CEO William “Beau” Wrigley, Jr. also added. “Jimmy and his team share our commitment to quality and the belief that individuals can find personal wellness through the relief enhancing benefits and healing properties of cannabis.”Buffett and Surterra also plan on expanding the list of products under the brand to soon include edibles, topicals, pre-rolls, and CBD only formulas.Buffett was in New Orleans recently, where he performed for fans from around the country who were in town to celebrate this year’s Jazz Fest. Fans can catch Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers on tour throughout the summer. Tickets and info for his 2019 performance schedule can be found here. Fans can also head to the Coral Reefer website for more info on his latest business venture.Coral Reefer Vaporizer Formulations:Seas the Day: A CBD-dominant blend that offers a gentle calming effect to help you breathe in, breathe out, and move on from the tension of your day.Cabana Daydreamin’: A fresh evening breeze that delivers a balanced blend of CBD and THC for full body relaxation.Stories We Could Tell: A relaxing THC-rich blend to help you manage pain without drowsiness so you can be present with friends and family.Surfin’ in a Hurricane: a THC only formula that can help manage acute pain and bring sunshine to your stormy day.last_img read more

Bumbershoot Announces 2019 Lineup: The Lumineers, Tyler The Creator, Louis The Child, More

first_imgBumbershoot will return to Seattle, WA’s Seattle Center for its annual event, set for August 30th-September 1st over Labor Day Weekend.On Monday, the three-day music and arts festival announced its 2019 lineup, with The Lumineers, Tyler, the Creator, Rezz, Louis The Child, H.E.R., Jai Wolf, LP, and Taking Back Sunday topping the bill. Bumbershoot will also see musical performances by Hippie Sabotage, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alina Baraz, Summer Walker, Clairo, Rival Sons, Bob Moses, Snow Tha Product, Reignwolf, Arizona, Alec Benjamin, and many more. There’s also one headlining artist that is yet to be announced.In addition to the expansive musical lineup, Bumbershoot will host a variety of comedy & conversation, arts & culture, and culinary panels and events.A variety of different ticket options go on sale this Wednesday, June 5th at 10 a.m. (PST) here.See below for the festival’s full lineup and head to Bumbershoot’s website for more information.last_img read more

News coverage of the 2016 election: How the press failed the voters

first_imgA new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative in tone and extremely light on policy.The negativity was not unique to the 2016 election cycle but instead part of a pattern in place since the 1980s and one that is not limited to election coverage. “A healthy dose of negativity is unquestionably a good thing,” writes Thomas Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, and the study’s author. “Yet an incessant stream of criticism has a corrosive effect. It needlessly erodes trust in political leaders and institutions and undermines confidence in government and policy,” resulting in a media environment full of false equivalencies that can mislead voters about the choices they face.This is the final report of a multi-part research series analyzing news coverage of candidates and issues during the 2016 presidential election. The study tracks news coverage from the second week of August 2016 to the day before Election Day.last_img read more

Consumer and Employer Leadership Explored at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Issues Conference

first_imgConsumer and Employer Leadership Explored atBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Issues ConferenceBurlington, VT — Employee health incentives, better management of chronic illnesses, new provider payment structures, and integration of mental and medical health care were among a variety of strategies proposed Wednesday by a panel of national experts who met in Burlington to discuss ways to improve health care and at the same time hold down health care costs.The experts highlighted a half-day conference held as part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermonts annual health issues symposium series. Nearly 300 Vermonters attended, including employers, health care providers, legislators and consumers.Keynote speaker Ian Morrison, an internationally known author, consultant and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning, addressed the changing environment surrounding consumer involvement in health care. Morrison explained that information necessary for useful provider quality ratings is inadequate today but will improve dramatically in the next five years. Morrison cited pay for performance as holding great promise as a reimbursement strategy for improving our health care system. Morrison also identified e-business as a key factor in system improvement in the future.Other panelists included Michael Samuelson of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Islands Health and Wellness Initiative, Alex R. Rodriguez, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Magellan Health Services, Sharon Moffat, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health, and Harvey Yorke, President and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care.Michael Samuelson focused on the role of the individual in partnership with employers, providers and health plans. He effectively used personal experiences to illuminate trends in health care that rely on greater personal involvement.Dr. Rodriguez outlined the role that depression plays in overall heath status, and the importance of mental health care as a priority in any effective health care system.Harvey Yorke described a useful and innovative strategy for employers to emphasize preventive health while simultaneously holding down costs. Yorkes hospital has created and implemented an incentive program for its employees that rewards employees financially for incorporating self-responsibility for practicing healthy behaviors. The incentive, Yorke told conference participants, is to decrease the amount that the employee contributes to the cost of the health insurance premium as the employees level of compliance with health criteria increases.Sharon Moffat concluded the conference agenda with an overview of key initiatives the states health department is pursuing to improve health status. Foremost among those projects is a chronic care initiative underway to reform the way the health care system approaches chronic illness.The program was moderated by WCAX-TV Channel 3 news co-anchor and medical reporter, Sera Congi. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont President and CEO William R. Milnes, Jr. welcomed the conference participants and introduced the program.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

U.S. Elected To UN Human Rights Council For The First Time

first_imgBy Dialogo May 15, 2009 Today the United States was chosen for the first time to be a member of the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), a body that monitors the human rights situation in the world and which up until now had been ignored by Washington. The UN General Assembly elected the U.S., Norway, and Belgium to fill three seats on the group of Western European and Other States, while Cuba, Mexico, and Uruguay succeeded in being re-elected to the Latin American and Caribbean bloc. These six countries had secured their election because they did not face any competition for the three seats available to each group. A similar situation occurred for the five seats for Asia, in which China, Bangladesh, and Jordan managed to be re-elected, while Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan were elected to be part of the body. Furthermore, in the group of Eastern Europe, Russia and Hungary managed to secure the two available places at Azerbaijan’s expense. In Africa, the other bloc with more candidates than open seats, Senegal, Nigeria, Mauritius, Djibouti, and Cameroon won more votes than Kenya. The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, was pleased by the support obtained in the General Assembly for Washington’s decision to “again play a meaningful leadership role in multilateral organizations.” “Although we know that the Human Rights Council is a flawed organization which has not complied fully with its mission, we intend to work with other countries to reform it from within,” said the diplomat at the end of the meeting. Rice said that the Council members are elected for terms of three years, and, therefore, the winners of these elections will have the opportunity to participate in the review of the body’s structure and procedures to be held in 2011. The administration of President George W. Bush flatly refused to participate in the HRC, which has its headquarters in Geneva, and voted against its creation in May 2006, considering it to be dominated by countries that violate human rights. The Mexican ambassador to the UN, Claude Heller, also welcomed the election of his country for another three-year term. The endorsement made in the General Assembly “confirms the important role that Mexico has played in the Human Rights Council and its strong commitment to human rights,” he added. The HRC was created on March 15, 2006 by the UN General Assembly to replace the Commission on Human Rights, which was abolished after 60 years of work due to the crisis of legitimacy that had risen due to decisions that were seen by as prejudiced, unbalanced and politicized. The Council is an intergovernmental body that is part of the United Nations system and is composed of 47 member states responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights in the world.last_img read more