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Pennsylvania Announces New Restrictions To Combat COVID-19

first_imgCapacity Limits for BusinessesAll in-person businesses serving the public may only operate at up to 50% of the maximum capacity stated on the applicable certificate of occupancy, except as limited by existing orders to a smaller capacity limit.The same Stanford University study that collected cellphone data also noted that limiting indoor capacity can reduce COVID-19 transmissions. In-Person Extracurricular School ActivitiesVoluntary activities sponsored or approved by a school entity’s governing body or administration are suspended, but these extracurricular activities may be held virtually. This includes, but is not limited to, attendance at or participation in activities such musical ensembles, school plays, student council, clubs, and school dances.Our top priority is stopping the spread of this virus so students and teachers can return to their classrooms as soon as possible. Data from the Department of Health notes that one-quarter of the cases of COVID among school-age children have occurred within the past two weeks, increasing the need to keep children safe outside of school so that they can return to classrooms. MGN ImageHARRISBURG – The State of Pennsylvania is shutting down indoor restaurant dining, youth and high school sports, gyms and casinos part of new Coronavirus restrictions in the state.Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.They say the new, limited-time mitigation orders, take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday and remain in effect until 8 a.m. on January 4, 2021.In addition to the business restrictions, gatherings are also limited to 10 people inside and 50 outdoors. The state had already imposed restrictions on bars and restaurants, limited indoor and outdoor gatherings, mandated the wearing of masks, and required out-of-state travelers to test negative for the virus before arrival.Health officials have also begged people to stay at home whenever possible.Limited-Time Mitigation efforts announced today include:In-Person Dining and Alcohol SalesAll in-person indoor dining at businesses in the retail food services industry, including, but not limited to, bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries, distilleries, social clubs, and private catered events is prohibited.Outdoor dining, take-out food service, and take-out alcohol sales are permitted and may continue, subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law, or this or any other Order issued by the Sec. of Health or by the governor.Multiple studies have found indoor dining to drive case increases and fatalities. A study by JP Morgan analyzed credit card spending of more than 30 million Chase cardholders and Johns Hopkins University’s case tracker and found that higher restaurant spending in a state predicted a rise in new infections there three weeks later. Additionally, research from Stanford University found that restaurants accounted for a significant amount of new infections while research from Yale University found that closing restaurants reduced fatality rates. Professional and Collegiate SportsProfessional or collegiate sports activities may continue in accordance with guidance from the CDC and the Department of Health.Spectators may not attend such sports activities in person. K-12 School Sports and Youth SportsAll sports at K-12 public schools, nonpublic schools, private schools and club, travel, recreational, intermural, and intramural sports are paused.The Pennsylvania Principals Association is recommending a delay to the start of the winter sports season. The surge in cases among school-age children increases the risk that asymptomatic participants will spread the virus at a game or practice, in the locker room, while traveling to and from events, or at team meals, parties or other gatherings. Entertainment IndustryAll in-person businesses in the entertainment industry serving the public within a building or indoor defined area, including, but not limited to, theaters, concert venues, museums, movie theaters, arcades, casinos, bowling alleys, private clubs, and all other similar entertainment, recreational or social facilities, are prohibited from operation.The CDC puts movie theaters and other indoor settings on its list of higher-risk activities for contracting COVID-19.center_img Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I still don’t know anyone with the Virus these people are Crazy Outdoor Gatherings and EventsOutdoor gatherings and events of more than 50 persons are prohibited.According to a Yale University study, limiting outdoor gatherings was among consistent policies found to reduce fatality rates.The CDC states that medium-sized outdoor gatherings carry a higher risk of COVID-19 spread, even with social distancing. CDC notes that the more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading, and that the higher the level of community transmission in the area that the gathering is being held, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spreading during a gathering. Gyms and Fitness FacilitiesIndoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities are prohibited.Outdoor facilities and outdoor classes can continue, but all participants must wear face coverings in accordance with the Sec. of Health’s Updated Order Requiring Universal Face Coverings, including any subsequent amendments, and practice physical distancing requirements.According to a Yale University study, closing businesses like gyms was among consistent policies found to reduce fatality rates. Indoor Gatherings and EventsIndoor gatherings and events of more than 10 persons are prohibited.Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations set forth above during religious services, these institutions are strongly encouraged to find alternative methods for worship, as in person gatherings pose a significant risk to participants at this time. While this an incredibly difficult recommendation to make, particularly at this time of year, faith leaders must carefully weigh the health risks to their congregants given the immense amount of community spread of COVID-19.A new study from Stanford University and published in the journal, nature, used cellphone data collected from 10 U.S. cities from March to May to demonstrate that restaurants, gyms, cafes, churches and other crowded indoor venues accounted for some 8 in 10 new infections in the early months of the U.S. coronavirus epidemic.last_img read more

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Aladdin Celebrates 1,001 Performances on Broadway

first_imgJonathan Freeman, Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed & James Monroe Iglehart(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Adam Jacobs Star Files James Monroe Iglehart View Comments Related Shows Before the people of Agrabah made way for Prince Ali in Disney’s Aladdin, the tale was one of many in The Book of 1,001 Nights. The story came to the stage with a Broadway opening on March 20, 2014, and the cast of the enchanting musical celebrated 1,001 performances with (what else?) a delicious cake! Stars Jonathan Freeman, Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart and the company got together on August 7 to pose for some adorable pics (and enjoy the sweet treat). We ain’t never had friends like these, and we’re so glad to have them on the Great White Way. Congrats, Aladdin!center_img Courtney Reed Jonathan Freeman from $57.50 Aladdin View All (4)last_img read more

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Fall weather?

first_imgGeorgia’s warm and dry weather continued in October. Drought in southeast Georgia increased and record-high temperatures were tied or set at many locations. Temperatures across the state were warmer than normal almost everywhere. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 65 degrees F (2.5 degrees above normal), in Athens 63.4 degrees (1.6 degrees above normal), Columbus 68 degrees (2.2 degrees above normal), Macon 64.6 degrees (.7 degree above normal), Savannah 69.1 degrees (2 degrees above normal), Brunswick 70.6 degrees (1 degree above normal), Alma 68.4 degrees (.1 degree below normal), Valdosta 69.6 degrees (2.2 degrees above normal) and Augusta 64.2 degrees (1.1 degrees above normal). The highest monthly rainfall total from National Weather Service reporting stations was 3.33 inches in Atlanta (.22 inch above normal). The lowest was in Alma at .16 inch (2.63 inches below normal). Athens received 1.42 inches (2.05 inches below normal), Brunswick .41 inch (3.5 inches below normal), Valdosta .57 inch (2.45 inches below normal), Columbus 1.48 inches (.85 inch below normal), Macon .95 inch (1.42 inches below normal), Savannah .6 inch (2.52 inches below normal) and Augusta .67 inch (2.53 inches below normal). The highest single-day rainfall from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 3.65 inches at Carrollton in Carroll County Oct. 28. An observer south of Greensboro reported 3.6 inches. An observer southeast of Athens reported 3.31 inches on the same day. Another observer in Richmond Hill reported 3.35 inches Oct. 25. The highest monthly totals were 5.63 inches near Dillard in Rabun County and 5.4 inches near Peachtree City in Fayette County.The last week of the month was a very active time for severe weather. Three tornadoes were observed. Two tornadoes were reported Oct. 24 in far northwest Georgia, one in Dade County and the other in Catoosa County. A small tornado was reported Oct. 27 in Cherokee County. The severe weather caused problems for drought-stricken trees in southwestern Georgia, making them susceptible to broken limbs and uprooting.It is interesting to note that the last time a strong La Nina (similar to this year) occurred with no hurricane landfalls on the United States was 1973. Since 1900, this is the first time we have had a hurricane season of ten or more storms without one hitting the U.S. as a hurricane.The dry conditions continued to affect harvests and yields of several Georgia crops. There were a few small and scattered areas of frost in some rural areas. Daytime temperatures continued to be warm, but, due to the dry conditions, overnight low temperatures were more moderate. High temperatures were tied or set at many locations during the last week of October due to persistent southerly flow from the Gulf of Mexico. New records included 91 degrees at Brunswick Oct. 26, smashing the old record of 85 degrees set in 1963.Several airport locations recorded their warmest or near warmest May through October on record, including Savannah, Atlanta and Columbus. Almost all of Georgia was below normal in rainfall. The southeastern coastline was the driest. The only two areas with above-normal rainfall were in the counties west-southwest of Atlanta and a small region in the mountains of northeast Georgia. The heaviest rains fell during the last week of the month when a record-setting low pressure center in the Midwest brought a strong cold front through the South, dropping rain and severe weather through the region.last_img read more

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EVAGO, an equestrian center where Equus caballus will enjoy luxury

first_imgOne of the largest and best-equipped equestrian centers will surely attract lovers of horses and equestrian sports from the surrounding countries, because in addition to riding school and equestrian competitions Golubiček is planning other facilities, so we are convinced of the success of this project that brings a breath glamor i elite tourism in Croatiau. Open and closed arena, auditorium, space for judges and other accompanying facilities of the center is a unique entrepreneurial venture whose total investment is difficult around 20 million kuna. On the upper floor there are club rooms, catering facilities and a special room for judges and two terraces overlooking the interior and an outdoor riding area of ​​6.000 square meters and a horse promenade. As many as 6 studios participated in the design and construction, and she is the main designer of the center Zrinka Grosek, architect Ars Theme Study who also made an architectural project. EvaGoEvaGo EvaGo The construction site is dominated by construction building area of ​​80x50m i height 11 meters built of laminated timber, common for riding halls not only for the lightness of the material but also for aesthetic reasons: the wood radiates warmth and creates a pleasant atmosphere for both horses and people. Except riding area of ​​2.100 square meters, in the lower part of the hall there is a space with comfortable boxes adapted for the stay of noble animals, with two common bathrooms and solarium in which the horses will be able to be washed and dried after training and running. The hall has a main and two side entrances, on one side there is a grandstand for spectators, and on the other a storage for straw and hay, and the already mentioned bathrooms with a solarium. The equestrian center is arranged and equipped as a 5-star hotel where about fifty horses (Equus caballus) will enjoy the full comfort of spacious stalls and the quality of other offers. Golubiček’s love for horses is also reflected in the choice the highest quality riding grounds and installation automated, modern irrigation system: twice-washed quartz sand mixed with felt, which ideally retains moisture, is best for cushioning hoof blows, and currently the state-of-the-art tide system monitors the water level in the sand via a sensor and, if necessary, takes or adds water to the sand would have an optimal moisture level and the substrate an ideal hardness. Tata Golubiček – just like his family has been engaged in baking for years (he owns Fran-peka and employs about 50 people) – and himself a great lover of horses, he gained experience and knowledge about equestrian centers abroad and after two years of collecting documentation and purchase of about 4 ha of land in Gornji Čehi, not far from the center of Zagreb, in 2016 began construction of a complex whose completion scheduled for May 10, 2019 when a commemorative competitive tournament will also be held. The assembly and assembly of the demanding wooden structure of the large hall is coming to an end these days Stenavert, a company from Gorski kotar with more than 25 years of experience on similar projects in collaboration with the Austrian company Hasslacher which manufactured the structural elements. The special feature of this building are the characteristics of construction and size: drvo was chosen as a building material because it is resistant to the negative effects created by horse urine – namely, unpleasant and harmful gases corrode elements of iron and concrete, and at the same time this is the largest building in Croatia with the so-called three-hinged frames. This, in every respect inventive sports-tourism project started in 2014 Goran Golubiček whose daughter Eva engages in show jumping. With successful participation in many international competitions, last year Eva won the prestigious June tournament, which has been held for over 60 years. and won the Zagreb City Cup as the youngest winner in tournament history. The project is fully funded private capital because the state and local self-government had no hearing, and will meet the highest standards for holding international high-end CSI equestrian tournaments.last_img read more

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PREMIUMDefense budget could be casualty of COVID-19

first_imgLinkedin Google Facebook As it is almost certain the COVID-19 outbreak will put a squeeze on Indonesia’s defense spending, the government must confront the two-pronged challenge of rethinking its defense strategy priorities while also shifting its attention to non-traditional security threats.With the COVID-19 outbreak continuing to take a toll on the healthcare system and the economy, the Indonesian government will have to prioritize spending on relief efforts, a move that will put a strain on the defense budget and could affect the achievement of the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) target, defense analyst Curie Maharani of BINUS University told The Jakarta Post.“The reallocation of the budget for COVID-19 [response] could affect the implementation of new [defense] contracts, which in turn could increase the contract backlog. This could result in a delay to the achievement of the MEF target,&r… Topics : Indonesia defense defense-budget COVID-19 analysis Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

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Top 400 Asset Managers 2017: Global passive assets hit €8trn

first_imgGlobal passive assets grew by more than 20% a year between 2014 and 2017, according to IPE’s survey. Actively managed assets grew 12% a year in the same period.The global growth figures relate to a sample of 122 managers within the IPE 400 database across the four-year period. The European institutional figures relate to 104 managers. European institutional passive investment grew by nearly three times as much as active investment between 2013 and 2017, according to IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers survey.IPE’s data shows the compound annual growth rate for European institutional passive investments was 17.5% for that period, while actively managed assets grew by 6.4% a year.At the end of 2016, the survey shows €5.8trn of European institutional assets was invested in active strategies (76%) versus €1.4trn in passive (24%), according to a like-for-like sample of 216 asset managers across the period.At a global level, the passive share is slightly larger than for European institutional assets at 27% (€8trn). Global active assets under management stood at €29.3trn at the end of 2016 (sample size: 231 asset managers). Source: IPE How active and passive assets have grown in the past four yearsLarger samples of 200-plus managers showed higher compound annual growth for actively managed assets both globally and at a European level. This reflected the higher weighting of smaller, mainly active managers within the larger samples.IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers report is available here.last_img read more

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Virginia gay marriage ban overturned

first_img Sharing is caring! 47 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Demonstrators in favour of the ban had made their voices heard during the hearingA US federal judge in Virginia has ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.It is the first time that a southern state has had a voter-approved prohibition on gay marriage overturned.The ruling will not apply pending a possible appeal. Same-sex marriages are legal in 17 US states, most of them in the north-east, and Washington DC.Such unions have been approved either through legislation, court rulings or voter referendums.‘Adding momentum’The ruling by Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk followed a legal challenge on same-sex marriage by a gay couple.The judge agreed with them that the ban infringed their constitutional rights and their fundamental freedom to marry.“Through its decision today, the court has upheld the principles of equality upon which this nation was founded,” the plaintiff’s lawyer, Theodore Olson, told US media.Opponents of gay marriage decried the ruling, however, calling the judge “arrogant” and “substituting her personal preferences” for the judgement of Virginia voters.“Our nation’s judicial system has been infected by activist judges, which threaten the stability of our nation and the rule of law,” Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, told the Associated Press news agency.Many expect the case – or one like it – to go all the way to the US Supreme Court, the BBC’s Beth McLeod in Washington reports.Virginia is the first state in the old confederacy – a group of southern states that are traditionally seen as socially conservative – to have its ban overturned.The decision adds momentum to a growing acceptance of gay marriage in the US, our correspondent adds.Earlier this week, a federal judge in Kentucky – another southern state – ruled that it must recognise same-sex marriages performed elsewhere in the US.However, the judge did not rule on the legality of same-sex marriages inside Kentucky, effectively meaning that the current ban remained in place.BBC News InternationalLifestylePrintRelationships Virginia gay marriage ban overturned by: – February 14, 2014last_img read more

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IMCA Modified winner earns $2,000 at Jackson County’s Open Wheel Challenge

first_imgMAQUOKETA, Iowa – The driver who proves up to the challenge earns $2,000 in Jackson County Speedway’s Memorial Weekend special for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds.The Saturday, May 23 Open Wheel Challenge at Maquoketa is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and pays a minimum of $100 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.Entry fee is $50.Other sanctioned divisions running, for all applicable points, will be the IMCA Late Models, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Saturday. Racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps.Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and teenagers, $7 for kids ages 7-12 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $30.More information about the Open Wheel Challenge is available by calling 563 590-4095, at the www.jcraceway.com website and on Facebook.last_img read more

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Bank Director Continues Legacy of Leadership

first_imgFriendship’s focus on local communities, relationships, and innovation are what LeeAnn feels sets Friendship apart from the competition. She feels the most important work of the board includes 1) keeping the bank local and independent while remaining innovative; 2) ensuring that when customers have a concern, they can call and talk to someone who can make a decision and help them; and 3) protect investors. Friendship, IN  The Friendship Board of Directors welcomed LeeAnn Boggs as the newest Friendship State Bank director following director Art Wise’s recent retirement.LeeAnn is a 1996 Rising Sun graduate. She attended the University of Southern Indiana. LeeAnn returned to Dillsboro after graduation and began working with her dad, former director John Race, in the family accounting business. She started her Masters in Accounting at Northern Kentucky University in 2000. She passed all her exams in 2003 to become a Certified Public Accountant. She was one of the last to take the CPA exam in written form.LeeAnn now has 19 years of experience and is a partner with her dad in the business, Boggs and Race, LLC, in Dillsboro. She especially enjoys the relationships with her small business clients and helping ensure their success. She enjoys helping individuals with their taxes but does not have the same opportunity to build relationships like she does with her business clients. She is now eager to build relationships with more Friendship employees.“I’m looking forward to new relationship with more employees,” LeeAnn shared. “And now, more than ever, encouraging those in the community to bank with Friendship. I have always been an advocate for sticking with small town, local businesses. Being able to bank with someone you know is unique to a small town.”LeeAnn can’t recall banking anywhere other than Friendship. Her dad became a director when she was 15. She feels it is a prestigious honor to be asked to serve on the board of directors.“I feel honored to be asked to serve on the board and to know that they trust me. The work of a director goes hand in hand with what I do, and it is an opportunity to put my skills to work outside of my normal accounting duties.” Like many Switzerland County families, the Boggs are active participants in the Swiss Wine Festival. Her daughters, 8 and 12, participate in the polka dance performances. Unsatisfied with the dress costume options when they first began, LeeAnn found patterns she found acceptable, bought a sewing machine, and taught herself how to sew. She has begun a tradition with other moms handcrafting the festival costumes for their daughters.center_img Outside of her roles as a director and business owner, LeeAnn is a wife and mom. She lives in Vevay with her husband Mark and two daughters. Mark is the Switzerland County High School Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, and Girls’ Varsity Basketball Coach. As you can imagine, she spends a lot of time at Switzerland County sporting events cheering on her husband and the home team, as well as her daughters who are also actively involved in athletics.last_img read more

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