Germany quarantines 1,000 as coronavirus cases push past 50

first_imgIn Hamburg, parents and children who were in contact with an infected employee at a university clinic have also been ordered to stay home for 14 days. With cases now detected across several further German states including Hesse, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria, Health Minister Jens Spahn said this week that Europe’s biggest country was “at the beginning of a coronavirus epidemic”.The government has ordered local authorities in the country’s 16 states to update their pandemic readiness plans.It also from Thursday began requiring travellers arriving from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy to provide contact details in case their movements had to be traced over possible infections.Authorities are also poised to decide if international travel fair ITB is to be cancelled days before its scheduled opening in Berlin.Topics : Around 1,000 people were in quarantine in Germany’s most populous state Friday, as the number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Europe’s biggest economy rose above 50.The district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia said it had to take the step of keeping around 1,000 home as an infected couple had participated in carnival celebrations in mid-February.Schools and kindergartens were also shut in the district until Monday as the number of cases linked to the cluster reached 20.last_img read more

French PM urges public ‘responsibility’ in virus battle

first_img‘Cannot drop our guard’ The government is to unveil details of an economic revival plan worth some 100 billion euros ($118 billion) on Thursday next week, and Castex announced the cultural sector would receive two billion euros to cover lost revenue.He added a 5,000-person limit for concerts and sporting events will remain in place. In addition, local authorities in departments with high virus rates, including the Paris Ile-de-France region, will no longer have the power to grant exceptions to the attendance limit. Given that no proven vaccine or cure exists, Castex warned the population must learn to “live with the virus”.But life also has to go on, and Castex said the government would do all it can for the French to resume work, school and social and cultural participation “as normally as possible”.Masks are being made compulsory for children aged 11 and older when they return to school next week and will be provided for free to those at particular risk or cannot afford it.But “we are not going to pay for masks for families that don’t need” assistance, said the premier.Masks are now compulsory in the busiest areas of many French towns and cities, including the capital.On Tuesday, the southern port city of Marseille became the latest to make face coverings compulsory city-wide outdoors, while bars and restaurants will close every day at 11 pm. “People will contaminate others,” he warned. “I appeal to a sense of responsibility.”Castex said the French government alone could not bear all responsibility for curbing the outbreak, and “everyone must feel invested in the fight against the epidemic.”France on Tuesday reported over 3,300 new infections in 24 hours, with new admissions to hospital and intensive care also continuing an upward trend observed in recent weeks following a dip brought about by a near two-month social lockdown.Asked whether the government could issue new stay-at-home orders if the situation spirals out of control, Castex said Wednesday “all hypotheses” were on the table, though a new lockdown was “not the goal” given the severe economic impacts. Topics :center_img France’s prime minister urged the population to take “responsibility” for limiting the coronavirus outbreak by wearing masks to protect one another, saying a new epidemic lockdown cannot be ruled out.In an interview with France Inter, Jean Castex said people who resisted mask-wearing, now compulsory in the workplace, enclosed public spaces and on public transport, should “think of others”.”They all have vulnerable and elderly people in their families. People feel invincible and think that they do not need a mask.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Vows to Immediately Appeal FEMA Denial of Western PA Disaster Declaration Request

first_imgGovernor Wolf Vows to Immediately Appeal FEMA Denial of Western PA Disaster Declaration Request July 11, 2018 National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf issued the following statement in response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of his request for a major disaster declaration for damages from western Pennsylvania’s February through April severe weather that included flooding and landslides:“It’s extremely disappointing that the federal government chose to ignore the string of severe storms across much of western Pennsylvania, the severity and magnitude of which stretched our commonwealth resources well beyond their limits, causing stress on local budgets, too. We will appeal this decision immediately.“Federal assistance exists to help after state and local resources are overextended and that was most definitely the case for this continuous stretch of unprecedented weather events in western Pennsylvania in late winter and early spring.“FEMA chose to look at this continuous string of severe weather as separate incidents, none of which it reported met the threshold for a declaration, but the agency ignored the fact that these weather events were relentless, with damage and costs escalating with each subsequent storm, the total of which devastated much of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.”The total costs associated with the request, which was sent in late June, was $22 million.A major disaster declaration through the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides federal funding to local, county and state governments, as well as certain eligible non-profits in those counties through the Public Assistance program. Applicants can be reimbursed up to 75 percent of the costs incurred on eligible expenses, which can include but are not limited to: payroll, contracts, repairs to damaged or destroyed infrastructure, equipment rentals and materials.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Leroy Reams age, 85

first_imgLeroy Reams, age 85, of Brookville, Indiana died Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Ft. Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio.Born June 1, 1932 in London, Kentucky he was the son of the late William Bartlett Reams & Samantha Gill Reams. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict. On February 24, 1951 he was united in marriage to the former Geneva Eversole, and she survives.Leroy was a retired Truck Driver, and a member of the Teamsters Local #100 in Cincinnati. He was a member & Past Master of the Harmony Masonic Lodge #11 F. & A.M., the Order of Eastern Star #449 of Brookville, Scottish Rite, as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Brookville.Besides Geneva, his loving wife of nearly 67 years, survivors include five children, Cindy (Jim) Jorgensen of Valparaiso, Indiana, Wanda (Mark) Whittaker of Brookville, Indiana, Ronnie (Etsie) Reams of Brookville, Indiana, Teresa (Marion) Allen of Batesville, Indiana and Belinda Slabinski of Cincinnati, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Reams of Laurel, Indiana and Walter Reams of Jewett, Texas, and several nieces & nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Leroy Reams Jr., two grandsons, Mark Nolan Blackman, and Adam Taylor; two sisters Aleen McQueen and Irene Harlow; four brothers, Steve Gill, William Gill, Robert Reams and J.C. Reams.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Masonic Memorial Services will begin at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Rev. Glen Goins will officiate the Memorial Services immediately following the Masonic Services.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Harmony Masonic Lodge #11 F. & A.M.. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Reams family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Ball State study: Relationships improve when fathers take paternal leave

first_imgMuncie, In. — Relationships for couples often improve when fathers take parental leave during the first nine months of a child’s life, says a new study from Ball State University.“Paternity Leave and Parental Relationships: Variations by Gender and Mothers’ Work Statuses,” a survey of 4,700 couples from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort, finds that when fathers take a break from their jobs to help with the newborn, the relationship is strengthened.“This study makes important contributions to our understanding of the potential benefits of parental leave policies by highlighting associations between paternity leave and parents’ reports of relationship satisfaction and relationship conflict after a child’s birth within the U.S.,” said Richard Petts, a Ball State sociology professor who co-authored the study with Chris Knoester at Ohio State University. The report will soon by published online at the Journal of Marriage and Family.“Results suggest that men using paternity leave and taking longer leaves correlate with mothers’ reports of greater relationship satisfaction and pre-birth working mothers’ reports of lower relationship conflict,” Petts said. “As such, this study offers evidence that paternity leave may help to reduce gender inequalities and strengthen family relationships.”The study also found that paternity leave appears to be more beneficial to mothers than fathers, and especially for working mothers:Mothers report higher relationship satisfaction when fathers take longer periods of leave (length of paternity leave is unrelated to fathers’ reports of relationship satisfaction).Working mothers report less conflict if fathers take paternity leave and longer periods of leave (paternity leave-taking is unrelated to fathers’ reports of relationship conflict).For mothers who are not working prior to having a child, they report higher conflict if fathers take paternity leave and longer periods of leave.Petts notes that taking paternity leave may signal a commitment by fathers to be involved at home.“Given that burdens of housework and childcare often disproportionately fall on mothers, taking paternity leave — and longer leaves — may help to promote a more equitable division of labor in families and help mothers to feel that is fair,” he said.Paternity leave may be especially beneficial for dual-income families, he said.“Allowing time for fathers to be home and become involved may help mothers balance work and family life and reduce relationship conflict,” he said. “Overall, evidence suggests that paternity leave may help to strengthen parental relationships. As such, increasing access to paternity leave and supporting paternity leave-taking in the U.S. may help to promote family well-being and help parents to better balance work and family life.”last_img read more

Kelly no longer part of set-up

first_imgNew Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has confirmed that Alan Kelly will not be staying on as his goalkeeping coach. Delaney said: “I would like to put on record the Association’s thanks to Alan Kelly for the tremendous service he has given Irish football. “I very much hope that he can remain involved in Irish football in some capacity. I thank him wholeheartedly for his contribution as a player and as a coach. “His family has a long proud history of involvement with the Ireland team and it is right that is acknowledged and respected.” McDonagh will join O’Neill and Keane on the training pitch in Malahide next week as they prepare their players for Friday night’s friendly clash with Latvia at the Aviva Stadium and the trip to Poland which follows four days later. The former international will leave his post after eight years as O’Neill’s trusted ally at club level, Seamus McDonagh, joins the 61-year-old and assistant Roy Keane. O’Neill, who will be formally unveiled at a press conference in Dublin on Saturday afternoon, said: “I spoke to Alan in what was obviously an extremely difficult phone call to have to make. “The simple situation is that I’ve worked with Seamus before at club level. “I’m well aware of how highly thought of Alan Kelly is in Irish football circles. “I told Alan that I will go and meet him after the upcoming international games to talk to him and tap into his experience.” Kelly, currently goalkeeping coach at Preston, won 34 senior caps for Ireland and has been part of the set-up for two-and-a-half decades. He said: “To have represented Ireland over the last 25 years a player and a coach has been a privilege and an honour. “The insight, knowledge and practical experience I have gained over the last eight years as a member of the senior management team, working alongside world-renowned coaches, has given me an invaluable coaching education at the highest possible level. “I would like to wish Martin, Roy and all the squad the very best of luck for the future.” Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney paid tribute to Kelly, the son of former Ireland keeper Alan Kelly Senior. Press Associationlast_img read more

Steve McClaren ‘angry and disappointed’ at referee Robert Madley’s derby display

first_img McClaren said: “I don’t think frustrated is the word – angry, disappointed… Two decisions have cost us a game in which we were totally dominant, looked a very good side, frustrated the crowd – it was a perfect performance in the first half.” Newcastle went into first-half stoppage time having bossed the game, but crucially without having made it tell, and they were stung in devastating style twice within seconds. Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was left appealing in vain for a penalty after Lee Cattermole appeared to handle the ball inside the box and then haul him to the ground with referee Madley unmoved. However, he had no hesitation in pointing to the spot at the other end seconds later after Coloccini leaned rather too heavily on Steven Fletcher as he tried to shepherd the ball back to goalkeeper Rob Elliot, rubbing salt into the wound by also producing a red card. McClaren said: “It’s simple: he is wrong in my opinion. Referees are part and parcel of the game and you control your performance – you can’t control the opponent or the referee and they can affect the result. And they have done today – not so much the opponent, but definitely the referee. “I have seen lots of challenges like that in the game, in every game and, outside the box, they are never given. It’s a double whammy – a penalty and 10 men. It made it very difficult. “We need an experienced referee for this and I think in both instances, he was a little too quick to make a decision.” Adam Johnson dispatched the penalty with the minimum of fuss to set up a second half in which Billy Jones and Fletcher added two more to wrap up the win. A furious Steve McClaren criticised referee Robert Madley after seeing Newcastle slip to a record sixth successive derby defeat by Sunderland in controversial circumstances. The Magpies head coach hit out at the official for not awarding his side a penalty and then pointing to the spot at the other end and sending off skipper Fabricio Coloccini as the Black Cats broke in an explosive conclusion to the first half at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland took full advantage of what manager Sam Allardyce later admitted had been a stroke of good fortune to run out 3-0 winners and claim their first Barclays Premier League victory of the campaign at the 10th attempt. Allardyce became the fourth straight Sunderland boss after Paolo di Canio, Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat to bounce back from defeat in his first game in charge by beating Newcastle in his second, and he could hardly have been more delighted. The 61-year-old said: “We have taken full advantage of a piece of good fortune. I did think it was a foul, personally. “I have had a look at it and I think if he hadn’t have made contact with him, Steven Fletcher would have scored on his left foot, on his better side. “It’s a bit harsh, sending him off, though, but that’s the rule, sadly, and we have taken full advantage of that today. “We got a harsh decision last week against us; we’ve got one that perhaps has gone for us this time. But the big thing is that we have taken advantage of it. “When the Sunderland fans wake up tomorrow, they won’t be worried about that, will they? Because we have won and we have kept the record going. “Six wins on the trot, the fourth manager to be in charge of the club on his second game and beat our local rivals – I find that a bizarre statistic, but it’s very nice to have kept it going.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Dominguez re-elected head of South American football body

first_imgAsuncion, May 12: Alejandro Dominguez was unanimously re-elected on Friday as President of the South American football confederation Conmebol at its 69th annual congress here.Dominguez, 46, a Paraguayan national, was the only candidate for the position. He was reelected with the votes of the 10 delegation countries that make up the Conmebol: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, reports Efe.Laureano Gonzalez, from Venezuela, was elected first Vice President of the Conmebol council, Argentine Claudio Tapia was elected second Vice President, and Chilean Arturo Salah was chosen as third Vice President.“I appreciate the vote of confidence and I assume my responsibility. I would like to recall that two years ago, when the previous election was held, the organization (Conmebol) had lost its way, it was morally bankrupt and had forgotten about soccer,” Dominguez said.The ceremony was attended by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.In March, the Conmebol council called for new elections to take place on May 11 and urged Dominguez to run again, with the goal of “consolidating the reforms that his administration has established to make South American soccer more professional, institutional and transparent.” IANSlast_img read more

Students take to the web in search of potential roommates

first_imgLast spring, Robyn Wolfish noticed Nikki Geffen’s post on Facebook saying she would be attending USC FreshFest, a program hosted by USC Hillel for incoming freshmen. Wolfish immediately messaged Geffen, predicting that the two might be similar enough to make good roommates.The two girls are just one example of a growing trend — incoming freshmen search for classmates on Facebook and other networking sights in hopes of connecting with a potential roommate.Unlike a number of universities, USC gives students the opportunity to request a roommate. Though some freshmen ask to live with students they know from high school, others find roommates through social networking sites, using limited information to guess who might be a good fit.With the enrollment deadline quickly approaching, students in the incoming freshmen class are now filling out housing applications and making the decision whether to request a roommate or have one chosen at random by the university.Britanny Cheng, an incoming freshman majoring in environmental studies, is currently using Facebook to connect with her future classmates.“I plan on finding a roommate online because it gives me insight on who my new roommate will be,” Cheng said. “It provides me with a great sense of security that my roommates and I will be compatible.”For Wolfish, a freshman majoring in print journalism, and Geffen, a freshman majoring in public relations, Facebook was the best method to find a similar roommate.“We started talking and found out a lot about each other,” Wolfish said.Geffen said their similar religious backgrounds and similar majors helped the two girls build a connection.Both girls said they would recommend this way of finding a roommate to incoming students.“If you see somebody that sounds compatible, don’t be afraid to talk to them,” Wolfish said.Though students think that finding a roommate online will decrease the stress of rooming with somebody they do not know, some say this is not necessarily true.Amy Johnson, associate dean of students in the Division of Student Affairs, said that no research proves that students will remain at a university if they select their own roommate rather than having a roommate selected for them by the university.“Often what you find when students self-select is they choose someone with a lot in common with them or a friend,” Johnson said.She noted that rooming with friends does not always work out. Johnson said the most important thing is teaching students how to engage in successful relationships with their roommates.“There’s no magic solution out there or every university would be using it,” she said.Many students said they feel that finding roommates on Facebook helps prevent a bad first-year experience, but not all students endorse this method.Shayla Carter, a freshman majoring in international relations, had her roommate chosen randomly by USC Housing. Carter had to switch rooms mid-year because she did not get along with the roommate she had been randomly assigned.“We didn’t connect very well as people,” Carter said.Still, Carter said she would prefer having her roommate randomly chosen over using social networking to find somebody.“I don’t think Facebook is a good indicator because you only put what you want people to know about you,” Carter said, noting that her new roommate was also chosen randomly and they have not had problems.Freshmen roommates Jennah Blau and Carra Johnson agree. Though they did not pre-select each other, they have had no problems getting along this year.“I love my roommate and we get along great,” said Carra Johnson, a psychology and human performance major. “I would definitely do random housing again.”last_img read more

Syracuse men post best NCAA championship result under Fox; women finish 22nd

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 25, 2013 at 12:44 am The Syracuse men’s team posted its best  NCAA championship result under head coach Chris Fox on  Saturday with a 10th-place finish in Terre Haute, Ind. The women’s team finished 22nd.Before nationals, the Orange won the Atlantic Coast Conference title last weekend and took the NCAA Northeast Regionals title in the championship season.The SU men cracked the Top 10 at nationals for the first time in Syracuse history with 329 points. Redshirt senior Robert Molke led the team finishing in 51st place with a time of 30:55.0. Molke missed All-American qualification by just less than 10 seconds.Following Molke were redshirt senior Griff Graves in 55th place, redshirt freshman M.J. Erb in 59th place, redshirt sophomore Martin Hehir in 113th place and junior Ryan Urie in 127th place.In the women’s race, sophomore Margo Malone was the first Orange runner to place, taking 49th overall with a time of 20:53.5. Malone missed placement for All-American by just under 7 seconds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe other four Syracuse point scorers were sophomore Meredith Speakman finishing in 110th place, sophomore Brianna Nerud in 133rd place, senior Alexandra Clinton in 174th place and Sydney Leiher in 192nd place. The women’s team placed 22nd overall with 516 points.With the NCAA championship, the 2013 season concluded for both the women’s and men’s teams.—Compiled by Brianna Adams, staff writer, Commentslast_img read more