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Newsom: More Contagious Variant Of COVID-19 Detected in SoCal

first_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday [UPDATED] A new, more contagious variant of COVID-19 that was first detected in the United Kingdom has been found in Southern California, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.The variant — which is no more dangerous than the original virus but is much more easily transmitted from person to person — was first found in Colorado on Tuesday.Newsom made the disclosure during an online conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He did not offer any other details. Nor did he disclose exactly where the variant was detected.Late Wednesday afternoon Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the more contagious variant of COVID-19 first detected in the United Kingdom has not yet been found in Los Angeles County.Officials in San Diego County confirmed on Wednesday afternoon the mutation had been identified in a local 30-year-old man with no “travel history.”“This individual does in fact have the U.K. variant strain of COVID-19. Because there is no travel history, we believe this is not an isolated case in San Diego County, and there are probably other strains, other cases of this same strain in San Diego County,” San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said at a Wednesday press conference.Fauci said he was not surprised to hear the variant was found, saying, “We likely will be seeing reports from other states.”“I don’t think Californians should feel this is something odd,” Fauci said. “This is something expected.”Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Monday local health officials had tested a limited number of samples from COVID-positive patients, and “we have not found any evidence of the variant in that first group of tests that we ran.”Said Ferrer, “That doesn’t mean it’s not here. It just means it didn’t show up in the first round of testing. …For all of us in public health, because there is so much spread right now and so many people who are infected — and we’re not running all of the samples through this sort of gene sequencing — it would be impossible for us to say with all certainty that the variant isn’t here. And almost all of us, I think, agree that there’s a high probability that the variant is here, although at this point it doesn’t appear to be dominant, because if it was you might see it initially in the samples that are being run.”But even if the variant is in the county, it wouldn’t change the infection-control measures that are already in place, she said.“I think whether the variant is here or it isn’t here, the steps we need to take are exactly the same. Whether the variant is slightly more infectious than the virus as we’re experiencing it now in the predominant strain we’re seeing here in L.A. County, the steps to take are the same. And the urgency is the same,” Ferrer said.“There is a lot of community spread, and that makes it easier for this virus to keep spreading,” Ferrer said. “So we’re all going to have to do everything we know how to do to contain the virus.” Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Newsom: More Contagious Variant Of COVID-19 Detected in SoCal New strain of virus more easily transmitted, according to medical officials CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 | 2:59 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Community News 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Community News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Harris lands two gold medals at Senior National Karate Championships

first_imgOTHO Harris last Sunday landed gold in the Boys’ 14-17 kata and 14-17 (under 68kg) kumite, while Aliya Wong and Tashana Wong won the Girls’ 14-17 kata and kumite respectively, when the 2016 Senior National Karate Championships concluded last Sunday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH), Homestretch Avenue.Harris took his gold in the kata ahead of Avinash Ramlogan, while Charles Benjamin finished in third. Jermaine Kendall and Mark Wong placed second and third respectively, behind Harris in the kumite.Loren Black grabbed second in both the Girls’ 14-17 kata and kumite. Finishing behind Black in the kata was Tashana, who walked away with a bronze medal also, at the end of the competition.Ramlogan made sure he did not end the day without a gold himself, championing the Boys’ 14-17 Under-55kg kumite, beating out second-placed Charles Benjamin.In the male 14-17 Over-68kg kumite Trevon Miller prevailed over Shemar Parkinson, leaving Storm Katchay in third spot.In the older categories, Nyota Rodrigues won the female adult Over-18 years kata and Rebecca Wesley captured the kumite; Roger Peroune prevailed in the male adult Over-18 years, and Navindra Soodoo secured the male adult Over-18 years Under-67kg kumite gold; Rodwell Alleyne won the Under-75kg kumite, and Shaqueel Amin triumphed in the Under-84kg kumite.The final gold medal in the individual segment was for the Over-84kg male and this went to Dellon Hyman. In this event Keith Beaton finished second, and Prince Roberts copped the third-place position.Meanwhile in the Team competition, the women kata was taken by Berbice Shotokan Karate Dojo team, comprising Oneika Ramsuchit, Leah Shariff and Tulsidai Ramotar.Association do Shotokan Karate – Guyana women’s team of Chelcia Benjamin, Rebecca Wesley, and Kristine Ramkissoon finished in second.On the men’s side, it was the Shotokan Karate-Do of Guyana that won both the male team kata and kumite. Guyana Karate College finished second in the kata and National Martial Arts Association placed second in the kumite.Following the competition, the winners received their respective medals at a presentation and closing ceremony.Gratitude was expressed to Director of Sport Christopher Jones for the donation of the medals and use of the CASH.Appreciation was also extended to the officials – Bernice Irving, Tabita Goolsarran, Sattie Miller and Patrick Gurahoo for their 10 hours of officiating at the head-table.last_img read more

Indiana University holds voluntary football workouts

first_imgThe SEC hasn’t announced plans for football and other fall sports yet. The league said it will determine later if the policy should be extended at least to the spring semester___Ball State athletic department officials are looking to fill three open dates on the school’s football schedule after losing its third non-conference game.The Cardinals were scheduled to play host to Maine in the Sept. 3 season-opener — before the Black Bears and the Colonial Athletic Association announced they had suspended the fall sports season.Ball State’s road trips to Indiana and Michigan were canceled last week when the Big Ten opted to conduct a league-only schedule, a move that reportedly will cost the Mid-American Conference school almost $1.7 million in guaranteed money. July 17, 2020 If replacement teams cannot be lined up, the Cardinals would now open the season by hosting Wyoming on Sept. 26. Ball State still has eight league games on the schedule, too.___ Five more baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, raising the total to 80 since testing started in late June.Major League Baseball and the players’ association said six of 10,548 samples were new positives in the week ending Thursday, a rate of 0.05%. In addition to players, one staff member tested positive.The week included a five-day span with no new positive tests. Including the initial intake screening that started in late June, 93 of of 21,701 samples have resulted in new positives, a rate of 0.4%. The positives included 80 players and 13 staff members. Personnel attending the races are tested every five days with results made public every seven days.There are two scheduled races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.___The world triathlon championships will be staged this year but it’s unclear where and when.The worlds were originally scheduled to take place in August at the Edmonton world series grand final but they were canceled in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body of the sport now says a 2020 worlds can go ahead after recommendations from athletes and coaches and talks with national federations. Guarani was scheduled to play Guaireña on Saturday and 12 de Octubre was to play Sol de America.Club executives are expected to meet later in the day to discuss whether other matches will go forward.Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected.___Sporting events in England could be opened up to spectators starting in October. Indiana University holds voluntary football workouts Athletic department protocols require each person with a positive test to self-isolate until further notice as contract tracing begins. Anyone deemed to be in close contact with someone who has tested positive also will be quarantined.Coach Tom Allen said earlier this summer that he would mix up the workout groups in an attempt to prevent the spread of the illness. He wanted to keep roommates in the same groups while splitting up position groups to avoid losing too many players.School officials say the pause will not impact voluntary workouts for other teams on campus. Players in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey are all participating in voluntary workouts in Bloomington.___The University of Michigan and Michigan State have announced has positive COVID-19 tests. Associated Press center_img ___The restart of the Paraguayan soccer league has been called off after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus.The Paraguayan soccer association says Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held.The soccer association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected.The league had been scheduled to resume later in the day after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo was to play General Diaz. ___Formula One says two people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest batch of tests carried out before the Hungarian Grand Prix.F1 said 4,997 tests for COVID-19 were carried out from July 10-16 ahead of Sunday’s race outside of Budapest. No further information was given about the two people who tested positive. They have been removed from the Hungaroring vicinity and isolated.F1 reported no positive cases from more than 8,000 tests carried out over the previous two races held in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. World Triathlon also canceled three World Cups in Brazil and China.World Triathlon says it was forced to scrap two World Cups and three Asian Cups in China scheduled for September and October after the country’s government last week canceled all international sports for the rest of the year.___The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports. Michigan says 121 tests were conducted those days on athletes, coaches and staff with four positives. To date, the athletic department has reported 635 tests with eight positives. All the positive tests have been on athletes.Michigan State announced it conducted testing on 38 athletes Monday, with three positives. None of the three people had taken part in workouts in the last two weeks. Three additional athletes will need to quarantine for 14 days, since they are roommates of the positive individuals. There were also 27 athletic department staff members who were tested July 13, with one person testing positive. The school said the staff member does not work with the programs back on campus and had no exposure to athletes.___Southeastern Conference schools will honor the scholarships of athletes who opt not to participate in fall competition because of concerns about COVID-19.The league announced the decision Friday, saying the athletes will remain in good standing with their team. SEC’s Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously on the issue based on a recommendation of the league’s athletic directors. No fans have been allowed at stadiums since sports resumed in the country in June after a three-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says “from October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia … in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Indiana University has put its voluntary football workouts on hold after six participants tested positive for COVID-19 this week.last_img read more

IT Poll: Does Your Organization Contribute to the Open Source Projects It Uses?

first_imgklint finley In a recent article former MySQL CEO and current Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos explores the impact that working on open source code has on an organization. Mickos, I suspect, is mostly talking about companies like Eucalyptus and MySQL that focus on creating open source and open core software – not companies that happen to contribute code to open source projects.I found myself wondering, however, how many companies actually contribute back to the projects they use. Does your company? Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img

Ontario appeal court overturns ruling of harassment against RCMP sergeant

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario’s highest court has overturned a ruling that granted an RCMP sergeant more than $100,000 in damages for years of harassment by superiors, saying the judge made several legal and factual errors.The Court of Appeal for Ontario says the judge overseeing Peter Merrifield’s lawsuit erred in recognizing a new, freestanding “tort of harassment,” which would establish harassment as a separate wrong or breach for which someone can be held civilly liable. The appeal court says such a tort does not currently exist in Ontario and Merrifield’s case does not present “compelling reason” to create one, though the court does not rule out the possibility that another case may provide grounds do so in the future.It says Ontario Superior Court Justice Mary Vallee also made mistakes in determining that Merrifield’s superiors behaved in a way that constitutes intentional infliction of mental suffering — which is a recognized tort — and made “palpable and overriding errors in much of her fact-finding.”Vallee found senior Mounties had behaved egregiously in a campaign of harassment against Merrifield after they decided he lied about his run for political office.She awarded Merrifield $141,000 in damages and $825,000 in legal costs for the lawsuit. The federal government and two RCMP managers appealed the ruling.Merrifield alleged his superiors waged a seven-year campaign to damage his reputation that included punitive transfers and unfounded criminal accusations after he took part in a federal Conservative nomination meeting in Barrie, Ont., in 2005.In a ruling released late last week, the appeal court said Merrifield misled his superiors by telling them he had no plans to seek political office even though he was running in the nomination race.What’s more, it said, Merrifield had not sought to be placed on unpaid leave while he did so, as is required under RCMP policies.“Merrifield’s RCMP superiors had good reason to regard him as a colleague who could not be trusted to be completely forthright with them — a matter of importance in any position, but especially so in the context of Merrifield’s employment in the RCMP,” it said.The trial judge was also wrong to find that the risk of a conflict of interest for Merrifield, who worked in a unit that provided security to federal politicians, was “remote at best” and that management’s concern about it was “not bona fide.”Management consulted with internal RCMP resources before finding Merrifield faced a potential conflict of interest and transferring him out of the unit, the court said. As a result, the judge’s finding that the transfer was unjust and punitive no longer stands, it said.Vallee also erred in finding that management’s decision to audit Merrifield’s RCMP credit card expenses in 2012 without asking for an explanation or offering specifics constituted intentional infliction of mental suffering, the appeal court said.“This conclusion cannot stand. It flows from palpable and overriding errors in the trial judge’s fact-finding and the incorrect application of the legal test,” the ruling says. RCMP management had the authority to order the investigation and while it stated in a letter that Merrifield may have engaged in disgraceful conduct, that is not the same as alleging that he committed a crime, as the judge suggested, the court said.There was also no evidence that the audit was intended to cause harm or that management knew that harm was substantially certain to follow, nor did the evidence establish a causal connection, the court said.“Our conclusions that the trial judge erred in recognizing the tort of harassment and in finding that the tort of (intentional infliction of mental suffering) was established in regard to the … investigation are sufficient to allow the appeal,” it said.The court granted the appellants the costs of the appeal, Merrifield’s cross-appeal and the initial trial and gave them 10 days to make submissions on the issue.The RCMP said it has received the decision and is determining next steps but declined to comment further.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Elliptic Labs develops ultrasonic gesture control for handheld devices

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The next interface: Electrical fields, MGC3130, and your hand (w/ Video) To date, the vast majority of gesture control devices use infrared light, a system that has worked very well for gadgets such as Microsoft’s Kinect. But as owners of such devices can attest, they all have one major drawback—limited range. The chip by Ellipitc solves that problem by using sound waves instead of light. That means, as the company demonstrates in a video on its website, that users can control the device within a 180-degree field. The chip allows a device to “see” a hand held higher or lower than the screen, for example, or off to the left or right. Even more remarkably, it can do so from as far away as three feet. Company CEO Lila Danielson, says that the biggest advantage of using ultrasound over infrared is that it uses just a small fraction of the amount of power. And because the chip is tiny, that makes it a perfect fit for tablet computers or smartphones.Gesture control with hand-held devices would most likely be used by users to turn pages (when hands are dirtied from cooking, etc.) or to move through slides or songs in a playlist. Being able to swipe a screen from a distance offers users an additional degree of control.Elliptic Labs won the CEATEC 2013 Innovation Award in the Computing and Networking category this year for its innovative chip, because of its ease of portability to multiple devices and extremely small size allowing for embedding in virtually any device. It was at that ceremony that the company wowed an audience by demonstrating the chips capabilities by connecting it to an Android enabled smartphone. The company also notes that the chip can be easily integrated with new or current features of a device. One example is of a person using a smartphone snapping a photograph, then using a simple flinging gesture in the air, to send it over to a person holding another enabled device. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more