Gov. DeSantis Discusses Quicker Testing, School Reopenings

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis discussed the state’s efforts to fight COVID-19 during a press conference from the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee on Wednesday afternoon.Specifically, the governor talked about efforts being made in Miami-Dade County, which is one of the hardest hit in the state.“Over the last week or so (we) have set up four new retail-based testing sites. So these are sites that are a little bit different from drive-through. One of them is at one of the malls, you go in, you can get swabbed really quickly and be able to get a test result. So, we’re going to continue to do that,” he said.DeSantis continued, “I think Miami-Dade, we calculated it when I was down there yesterday down there with the county Mayor, and I think 16 or 17 percent of the county population has taken a test during the course of the pandemic. So we want to continue to do that.”He added that labs have been processing 90,000 tests a day in Florida for the past week, and emphasized that people need to be getting their test results quicker than some labs have been providing them.On a related note, the governor said Florida will discontinue using commercial labs that cannot deliver test results as quickly as others.“We’ve had some labs that have done well, but many have not and so the Department of Emergency Management is going to ship business away from labs who have failed to produce results in a timely fashion,” he said. ”Gov. DeSantis continued, “So we think it’s important and so the state, when we’re sending these tests away to the commercial labs, those who can produce are going to get more of the business and I think that’s the best way to go about it.”Beginning this Friday “sympomatic lanes” will be added to the drive-through testing sites at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade County and the Broward War Memorial in Broward County.People showing COVID-19 symptoms will be able to perform a self-swab there and get their results back “we hope within 72 hours instead of 7 days,” DeSantis said. Earlier on Wednesday, DeSantis spoke at a Florida Department of Education meeting in Hillsborough County. He told education leaders that he believes it is safe to reopen campuses schools at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.He explained that health data indicates children are at lower risk of contracting COVID-19 than adults.“I am really amazed at the extent to which people under 18 are low risk for this,” DeSantis said. “Fortunately, our school children are at less risk”Citing the fact that many daycare centers across the state have remained opened during the pandemic, the governor went on to say he feels schools could reopen safely next month.“We’re in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, but we’re also in a situation where we need to provide as many options to parents as possible in terms of the education of the kids,” DeSantis said.However, Gov. DeSantis added that he believes parents should have the ultimate choice over what type of education their child receives, whether it is in-person, virtual, or a combination of both.“Any parent has the option to opt of whatever they thing is best for their kids in terms of academics, safety,” DeSantis said.Earlier this month, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran said all public school districts must “open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students.”“Educating our kids, getting our schools open, getting our economy back on track, and keeping everybody safe is first and foremost on everyone’s mind,” Corcoran said during Wednesday’s meeting.School district officials in Palm Beach County are voting on whether to begin the school year as virtual-only, after a majority of teachers and parents showed a preference for that model in a recent survey.last_img read more

Hilleard joins the famous with Ôplayer of the month’ award

first_img England international Josh Hilleard has followed in the footsteps of players such as Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, JB Holmes and Michelle Wie to win a prestigious American award. His feat in winning four titles in 22 days has been recognised with the Southern Golf Association’s Amateur of the Month Award for April. Other nominations included the amateur world number one Jon Rahm of Spain. Hilleard, from Farrington Park in Somerset, won the Berkhamsted Trophy, the Faldo Series Wales championship, the Hampshire Salver and the West of England Amateur, in a stunning run which has taken him to the top of the England Golf order of merit.  Buford McCarty, secretary of the SGA, told Hilleard: “This run comprised an amazing string of victories, certainly an accomplishment worthy of this award and something you will recall for the rest of your life. Hilleard received the award from England Golf Performance Director, Nigel Edwards, at the recent England v France international, where he was joint top scorer, helping England to a 10-14 win. He remarked: “It’s a privilege – and always nice – to be recognised on a wider scale than you imagined. I had no idea that anyone would know about this in the States.”  Previous English amateurs to win the award include Matt Fitzpatrick, now a winner on the European Tour, and Alice Hewson who has been selected for the GB&I team for next month’s Curtis Cup. The award is decided by a ‘Blue Ribbon’ panel of college coaches, sports writers and golf administrators throughout the US. Image © Leaderboard Photography 19 May 2016 Hilleard joins the famous with Ôplayer of the month’ award last_img read more

Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge

first_imgThe Letterkenny Rugby Club have had to postpone their ‘Tackling Muckish’ fundraising challenge due to bad weather.The Senior Team had set out to build a rally car on one of Donegal’s highest mountains today, but the lack of visibility made it too dangerous to attempt the climb.Deciding that it’s better safe than sorry, the challenge was put on hold. The team have set the provisional date of 31st August to try again.The Tackling Muckish challenge will be no easy task for the group, as they will carry car parts up the mountain and assemble the car on top. The challenge will raise money for Pieta House and the rugby club and is kindly sponsored by McCafferty’s Bar Letterkenny.You can still support the fundraiser now by donating to the GoFundMe page or contacting members of the Letterkenny Rugby Club.Weather puts a dampener on ‘Tackling Muckish’ car challenge was last modified: August 10th, 2019 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:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBtackling muckishlast_img read more

Methuselah Seed Now a Tree

first_imgThe world’s oldest viable seed is now a tree 8 feet tall.  The Methuselah palm, discovered in the 1960s as a seed at the Judean fortress of Masada, sprouted in 2005 under controlled conditions.  It is the oldest seed verified by radiocarbon dating to be 2,000 years old – from the time the Romans were besieging the mountain fortress built by Herod the Great. The Jerusalem Post1 reported that the palm tree, now 2.5 meters tall, has been transplanted to a kibbutz in the Arava (Jordan rift) in southern Israel, where botanists will analyze its genetic lineage for clues.  They expect the tree (the first of several that sprouted) will produce edible fruit and perhaps medicinal compounds, which were valued in ancient times.  Modern date palms from the region are genetically different from the ones known to the ancients, which disappeared from the land in the time of the Crusaders.  These trees are depicted on Roman coins from the period.  “The species was known then to have therapeutic qualities and a delicious taste,” the Jerusalem Post said. Wikipedia considers this the oldest viable seed directly dated by radiocarbon.  Other contenders are claimed anecdotally to be 3,000 or 4,000 years old, but proof is lacking. 1. Hat tip to Bible Places Blog for this lead. Could humans create a car that could still drive after 2,000 years?  This is truly amazing.  A seed – a tiny package of life, containing molecular machines and a library of code – still worked, despite millennia of cosmic rays and other mutagens.  This means that DNA repair mechanisms must have still been at work inside this dormant package.   Don’t underestimate the wonder of seeds.  It would be historic to taste a date shake from the Methuselah tree.  Just hope they don’t start a new line of Christmas fruitcakes with it. So that we don’t end on a bad taste, here’s a joke, or shall we say, j-oak.  Q: What does an acorn say when it grows up?  A: Geometry.(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bouncing Back with Laughter

first_imgBy Mary Marczak“I decided I am going to be a prostitute!”This declaration never failed to evoke a big belly laugh from my parents because it’s part of my very devout Catholic mom’s favorite joke: A daughter is telling her parents that she wants to be a prostitute. Her parents mishear and almost have a heart attack. After clarifying that she did indeed say “prostitute,” the punch line goes, “Oh, thank goodness — we thought you said ‘Protestant’!”Humor and positive thinking has never been more important to your health than now. No matter who you are, collectively we are bruised from this brutal, negative election year.Barbara Fredrickson, principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has developed a “broaden-and-build” theory of positive emotions. Her research has shown that a person’s body reacts to negative emotions by heightening activity in the sympathetic nervous system (that is, the system that activates our fight or flight response), which has the result of narrowing our behavior options to, basically, attack or escape.Positive emotions, on the other hand, quell autonomic arousal and “broaden one’s attention, thinking, and behavioral repertoires.” This theory suggests that positive emotions lead to actions that are novel, expansive, or exploratory, i.e. broadening, and that, over time, these actions build meaningful, long-term resources such as social relationships. In 2005, the National Institute of Health (NIH) re-published an article by Fredrickson and her colleagues on the connections between positive emotions, positive thinking, resilience, and health: Psychological Resilience and Positive Emotional Granularity: Examining the Benefits of Positive Emotions on Coping and Health. In this article, she and her colleagues lay out the accumulating evidence of benefits of staying positive:Laughter and humor increases positive emotion, which in turn positively influence our immune system. Those who cope using humor show increases in levels of a vital immune system protein, body’s first line of defense against illnesses.Interventions that promote positive emotions are beneficial to health. One study had participants assigned to three groups: 1) count your blessings, 2) list daily hassles, or 3) control. After 10 weeks, people who “counted their blessings” reported broad-range of positive health outcomes including fewer physical complains, more time exercising, more hours of sleep, and better sleep quality.Laughter and positive emotions have been shown to benefit individuals who are already sick. For example, a study following people who were admitted to a hospital for cardiovascular-related disease showed that those who report positive emotions 90 days after hospital release had lower readmission rates. Positive emotions predicted readmission rates over above other factors like health status at release.The benefits of positive emotion may last a lifetime. Research that followed people who used positive writing and humorously positioning their earlier life trauma (which the authors call positive emotional disclosure) showed greater longevity.Positive emotions help coping and adjustments to acute and chronic stress and help to buffer against stress and depressed mood.So let’s find humor in our everyday life, share our laughter, and be positive. It’s good for our health!Mary Marczak, works at the University of Minnesota Extension, as the Director of Urban Family Development and Evaluation.last_img read more

Injured Sushil Kumar to skip Asiad

first_imgWorld champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sushil Kumar will be missing next month’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Sushil has opted out of the Asiad because of a shoulder injury. The wrestler had won the gold medal in the 66 kg freestyle wrestling category at the Commonwealth Games that concluded on Thursday.  Having earlier won a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics and the world championships in Moscow, much was expected from Sushil during the Asian Games.last_img

10 days agoSouthend fail in bid to make Henrik Larsson new boss

first_imgSouthend fail in bid to make Henrik Larsson new bossby Ian Ferris10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Celtic and Sweden striker Henrik Larsson will not be the new manager of League One strugglers Southend United.The 48 year old had been in talks with the Shrimpers to take charge with former Celtic team-mates Johan Mjallby and Tommy Johnson as assistants.But Johnson, who would have been head of recruitment, has accepted an alternative offer and discussions with all three have ended.Chairman Ron Martin said all three were set to sign contracts at Roots Hall on Wednesday before Johnson pulled out. TagsFootball League OneAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more