Protest gatherings spark concern amid pandemic

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As mass amounts of people gather to protest across the country, health officials are fearful of coronavirus outbreaks. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. “What we would do is work to find out when and what times and then issue a public statement so anyone there would know to self-monitor,” said Director of Public Health Rebecca Kaufman. “All along we’ve anticipated an uptick in cases just because we’re out seeing each other and the virus is still in our community. Obviously it’s peoples’ right to peacefully protest, so I just ask if they go out to wear a mask, and as much as possible stay six feet apart,” she says. As the county works toward phase three of reopening, Kaufman said it’s more important than ever for the public to practice social distancing. Kaufman said while the coronavirus is still present in Broome County, the Health Department is hopeful the protests won’t result in an outbreak. center_img “The positive is they were in an outdoor setting which is one of the hardest to actually transmit coronavirus and I did see a fair share of people wearing their mask,” she says. Kaufman said the incubation period for infection is 14 days, but typically they see cases within one week to ten days. She also reminded people to be cautious, as it could take a full 14 days to receive a positive test result. Yesterday, an estimated 1,000 people gathered in downtown Binghamton to protest. The Broome County Health Department says if a positive COVID-19 case is connected to the protests, the contact tracing team will be prepared. The Health Department has ramped up its contact tracing team over the last two months to 80 people. It will be utilized if a positive case is found, which could take up to two weeks. last_img read more

The combination of public and private is the best thing that could have happened to Zagreb

first_imgIn the first half of the year, there was an increase in arrivals and overnight stays in almost all tourist destinations in Croatia, but the fact that Zagreb has once again confirmed that its tourist success in the last few years is not accidental is certainly gratifying.Thus, according to the Zagreb Tourist Board, from January to June in the Croatian capital there were 582.619 arrivals and 1.070.080 overnight stays, which is an increase of 9% in arrivals and 11% in overnight stays, compared to the same period last year. In the first six months, most overnight stays were made by guests from the USA, followed by guests from Germany, Italy, South Korea and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Guests from South Korea, the USA, Germany, Italy and China are in the first five places.The story of Advent in Zagreb has been told many times, but perhaps we can just repeat that last year more than 500 million kuna of tourist spending was generated through Advent. Smart enough and quite clear how investing in manifestations is an investment, not a cost. Only quality content can attract visitors, and thus generates consumption as well as earnings for caterers and other exhibitors, and thus we create a complete tourist product.The fact is that Zagreb, despite being “half empty” due to the summer season and vacations, is full of life and how it filled that hole with foreign tourists as well as better activation of the local population, and the main culprit is diverse and quality content.And it is just such, new and quality content, starting with its first steps in Zagreb.Namely, it is a project AROUND, which is dedicated to the artistic research of Zagreb in which small interventions, from 7 to 22 July, will revive a number of public urban spaces and turn them into places where art spontaneously touches everyday life.By combining various media and art forms, with the idea of ​​revitalization and activation of public urban spaces, “Okolo” wants to encourage the interaction of the city and passers-by, artistic exploration of the city, as well as witty and critical reflection on space. As part of this year’s introductory edition of the “Around” project, well-known French street art artists Oak Oak and Levalet, who will innovate more than ten different city locations, will “talk” to the city and passers-by with their works and several Croatian participants.Thus, over twenty locations in the center of Zagreb will be like “carte blanche”, handed over to artists who will raise the content value of selected urban spaces with interesting solutions and to draw attention to their beauty and uniqueness, revealing the potential of the neglected and “empty”, as well as a new dimension of functional spaces, simultaneously connecting and mapping them as places worth stopping and pondering.Photo: Project AROUNDEating one of these great events is definitely a great unique cultural event – Sea of ​​books on Zrinjevac, organized by Lumen Publishing. Thus, from June 29 to July 6, Zrinjevac turned into a beach full of books that you can browse or read for free. On 240 square meters of “beach” on Zrinjevac can be placed in comfortable loungers under umbrellas and with pleasant music and natural shade immerse yourself in – a book.The merger of the public and private sectors took place in Zagreb and we got an ideal mix of diverse and quality content. The private sector woke up in Zagreb, ie it saw its interest – and that is earnings. So we have witnessed in the last few years a boom of various new restaurants, accommodation facilities, offers and facilities. So, regardless of the activities of the Zagreb Tourist Board, at the same time visitors and citizens have at their disposal dozens of different content throughout the city. The combination of private and public is the best thing that could have happened to Zagreb. Both large and medium and small manifestations, stories and contents, because they give the rhythm and soul to the city.A list of all events in Zagreb is available at: Study it, share it and promote it to your guests, both current and future, because the motive of the destination is not accommodation, but content.last_img read more

DSWD-6 to complete SAP payout by end of July

first_imgStarpay will handle the payout for the remaining additional families in this region. The cash aid will be released through Cebuana Lhuiller and M’Lhuiller outlets except in Hinobaan, Ilog and Cauayan towns in Negros Occidental along with Carles in Iloilo. Qualified recipients will be provided with the beneficiary registration number (BRN) which they need to present together with their social amelioration card and identification card or barangay certificate to the financial service provider. ILOILO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is looking to complete the release of the P6,000 cash assistance for additional family-beneficiaries in Western Visayas by the end of July.DWSD regional director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said as of Monday morning, the release of social amelioration program (SAP) aid for families through financial service provider Starpay has been finalized. The Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation will handle the payout for the three municipalities in Negros Occidental. According to Macapobre, RCBC has to render the payout simultaneous with Starpay on July 23.center_img “Wait until you are contacted and given your BRN. Hopefully, everybody will cooperate so we can finish by July 31,” said Macapobre. DSWDFO7 FACEBOOKMACAPOBRE Carles town will be handled by the DSWD staff because financial service providers are not available in the area.Macapobre said as of July 20, a total of P145.608 million for 24,268 additional beneficiaries has been released. Western Visayas has 161,000 additional SAP beneficiaries in total.For the second tranche of the SAP payout, DSWD-6 has already submitted to the central office as of Monday four payrolls intended for an initial 327,468 beneficiaries, she added.The releasing of financial assistance would immediately begin once the central office has downloaded the funds. DWSD staff will be handling by the payout in partnership with concerned local government units, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, and Armed Forces of the Philippines.Iloilo province and the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod are covered by the second tranche.On the other hand, the second tranche for members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in this region have been released.According to Macapobre, the P481.777 million fund has benefitted 103,608 families./PNlast_img read more

The Final Word: Syracuse upsets No. 6 Florida State, 82-72

first_imgMORE COVERAGEJohn Gillon delivers when Syracuse needs it most in upset of No. 6 Florida StateSyracuse pulls off 82-72 upset of No. 6 Florida State for 1st signature win of seasonFan reactions from Syracuse’s upset victory over No. 6 Florida StateWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 82-72 victory over No. 6 Florida State Comments Our beat writers Connor Grossman and Matt Schneidman discuss Syracuse’s (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) 82-72 victory over No. 6 Florida State (18-4, 6-3). It was SU’s first victory over a Top 10 opponent in the Carrier Dome since December 2013. Published on January 28, 2017 at 5:38 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

DNR expects exceptionally busy traffic on lakes and rivers this Memorial Day

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Lakes and rivers are often full on Memorial Day, as many people get their boats out for the first time.Iowa DNR boating law administrator Susan Stocker says the desire to get out on the water is probably going to be higher than normal this year. “And I do believe, based on what’s been happening around Iowa stay at home orders, what have you, I think it’s going to be exceptionally busy,” Stocker says.Stocker says you should continue to follow social distancing rules on the water and only allow your immediate family in the boat. “That means the people that you’ve been hanging out with at home,” Stocker says, “and so, that is one of the key things.” She says when you are at a fuel dock or loading and launching your boat, continue to maintain the six feet social distancing.She recommends avoiding some of the traditional things people do, such as landing on a sandbar and gathering — or doing what’s called “rafting.” Stocker says that’s when two or three boats tied up together to form a raft. “That is truly discouraged also — because you are not social distancing, you are not six feet apart and you are not staying away from people that you haven’t been staying at home together in the same household,” Stocker says.Stocker says the standard rules still apply whenever you are boating.“Everybody needs to have a wearable life jacket that fits them in the boat. And we strongly encourage everybody to wear the life jacket,” she says. “Similar to a seat belt when you are riding in a car — you have no idea when you might be involved in an accident — so having your life jacket on is the best practice.”Life jackets are required to be worn by anyone under 12 when the boat is moving. Stocker also reminds everyone that you can be stopped and arrested for drunk boating. “The effects of alcohol are greatly increased because you have the wind out there, you have the sun beating down on you, you have the glare of the sun off the water,” Stocker says. “What’s really, really crazy is that all these individuals are surrounded by water — but yet they are not drinking water — so they are dehydrated also. The effects of alcohol are greatly enhanced.”Stocker’s final piece of advice is to plan ahead. “Because everybody is feeling really, really antsy regarding cabin fever — we need to have some patience at the boat ramp. So, make sure that you have all of your items and gear in your boats and ready before you get to the boat ramp to launch,” Stocker says. She says continue to follow the social distancing requirements at the launch area as you start and end the day.last_img read more


first_imgEDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn has approved funding for new accommodation at Royal & Prior school in Raphoe.The funding will go to 1 x 80m2 Music/Drama Room, 1 x 80m2 DCG room, 1 x 109m2 Guidance suite & 1 x 63m2 Learning Support Room.Minister Dinny McGinley has welcomed the funding.  GOVERNMENT APPROVES EXTENSION AT ROYAL AND PRIOR SCHOOL was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more