NYC moves to close restaurants, schools in Covid hot spots

first_imgShare via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsbrooklynCommercial Real EstateNYC RestaurantsQueensRetail Real Estate Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that the city will move to close some schools, as well as nonessential businesses (Getty)As Covid-19 cases spike in certain New York City neighborhoods, fears of a second wave are growing — and the city is responding with restrictions on restaurants, schools and other nonessential businesses.Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that the city will move to close some schools, as well as nonessential businesses, in 20 hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens due to rising infection rates, the New York Times reported. The changes are subject to approval from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The new restrictions would close schools in nine of the city’s 146 zip codes, as well as nonessential businesses. Indoor and outdoor dining would also be off-limits, although restaurants would still be able to do take-out and delivery.Nine zip codes would be subject to the most severe restrictions, and include portions of Far Rockaway and Kew Gardens in Queens, and Borough Park, Midwood, Gravesend, Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn.Read moreHalf of NYC’s restaurants and bars are doomed: audit“25% is a starting point”: Indoor dining returns to NYC todayRent struggles for NYC restaurants now worse than ever In another 11 ZIP codes, schools would remain open, but indoor dining, which began less than a week ago in the city, would be banned.Those include parts of Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Manhattan Beach, Bergen Beach, Kensington and Crown Heights in Brooklyn; and Rego Park, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest and Jamaica Estate in Queens.Imposing these restrictions is a major setback for the city, which has made a significant recovery from the height of the pandemic in the spring, when it was the worst hotspot in the country. Many businesses are now open — including bars and restaurants, as well as gyms and malls — and last week, the entire public school system reopened.The new restrictions would last for two to four weeks if not longer, depending on the success of efforts to curb the virus, the mayor said.Cuomo, whose testy relationship with de Blasio is well-documented, chided “local governments” over the weekend for not effectively enforcing social distancing guidelines and mask-wearing in hot spot zip codes, [NYT] — Akiko Matsudalast_img read more

Florida Crane Collapse Kills Two

first_img“Our hearts are heavy at this moment for the two deceased individuals … and the additional injured workers,” she said in a statement. The part that fell was a section workers had been raising to extend the equipment’s reach, Miami fire spokesman Ignatius Carroll said. The crane’s main vertical section was intact. One of those killed died in the house, and the other died at a hospital, Moss said. The section smashed through the Spanish-tiled roof of the two-story home, which police spokesman Delrish Moss said had been used in the 1998 comedy “There’s Something About Mary.” Emergency workers and dogs found no evidence of trapped victims, but fire officials said rescue efforts were hampered because the crane section remained unstable. Rescue workers were trying to secure a severely damaged wall before re-entering the house. The subcontractor, Morrow Equipment Co., and the tower developer, Royal Palms Communities, did not return phone messages seeking comment. Five other workers were injured, one critically, at the site of the 40-plus-story luxury condo tower on Biscayne Bay. David Martinez, 31, a pipe fitter, was on the fourth floor of the condo tower eating lunch when the crash occurred. The company is cooperating with investigators, she said. Mary Costello, a senior vice president for Bovis Lend Lease Holdings Inc., which was managing the construction, said the accident occurred when a subcontractor tried to raise the crane section and it came loose. “It was like a small earthquake,” he said. “We looked outside, and we couldn’t even see.” It took several minutes for the dust to clear, Martinez said. The state of Florida does not license or regulate tower cranes or crane operators, but bills moving through both houses of the legislature would change that.Yesterday’s accident came 10 days after a 20-story crane toppled at a Manhattan construction site, killing seven people. MIAMI — A 20-foot-long chunk of construction crane plummeted 30 floors at the site of a high-rise condominium yesterday in Miami, killing two workers and smashing into a home that the contractor used for storage, police said. The U.S. Office of Safety and Health Administration had two investigators at the site.last_img read more

Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe Report Caribbean Virus Cases

first_img Share 165 Views   no discussions Share Share CoronavirusNewsRegional Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe Report Caribbean Virus Cases by: – March 2, 2020center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet (Loop Barbados) Health officials in the Dominican Republic and France on Sunday reported the first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the tourist-rich Caribbean, while British cruise ship passengers who had been trapped at sea due to virus fears were finally set to come home.Dominican Public Health Minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas said a 62-year-old Italian man had arrived in the country on February 22 without showing symptoms. He was being treated in isolation at a military hospital and “has not shown serious complications.”France, meanwhile, reported a case on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the first in one of France’s overseas territories.The announcements came shortly before the Braemar cruise ship, which had been denied entry to the Dominican Republic due to the virus fears, at last found a place to dock — the Dutch territory of St. Maarten.Fred. Olsen Cruise lines said Sunday that two chartered airliners would carry passengers back to Britain. Other passengers, who had been scheduled to board the vessel on Friday in the Dominican Republic, were being flown to St. Maarten to embark there.Dominican officials had barred the ship due to reports that a few of those aboard had a flu-like illness, but the cruise line said none had symptoms consistent with the new virus.It was one of at least three cruise ships turned away from Caribbean ports over the past week due to concerns over possible viral infections, though no passengers on any of the ships have been confirmed to have the disease.The broader Latin America region has reported several other cases of the covid-19 illness since midweek. Mexico has reported four cases, Brazil two and Ecuador one, all involving people who had travelled recently to Europe.last_img read more

UWF Begins Quest For Second NSISC Title on Wednesday

first_imgLive ScoringLive Video ($25 for the week/$8 per day; Finals sessions only)Championship Program (pdf)CLEVELAND, Miss. – The No. 9 ranked UWF women’s swimming & diving team will open its quest for a second-consecutive New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference title on Wednesday at the DSU Aquatic Center.Last year, the then-15th-ranked Argonauts claimed their first conference title in the pool with a wire-to-wire 1,730.5 score, edging out St. Cloud State (1,391 pts) and defending champion Delta State (1,281.5 pts).UWF has six individuals and two relays that have recorded NCAA ‘B’ cut times in various events, along with four divers that have qualified for the NCAA Diving Qualifier which precedes the NCAA Championships by a day.Preliminariy racing begin at 10:00 a.m. each day with championship finals at 5:00 p.m. The top 18 swimmers in each event will advance to the three finals heats for scoring purposes. Diving preliminaries will also take place for the women on Wednesday and Friday, both at 1:00 p.m.NSISC Weekly AwardsUWF totaled four NSISC swimmer of the week awards (Peggy de Villiers, Pia Hulley, Madeline Pitt and Gabrielle Spangenberg) and three NSISC diver of the week awards (Monica Amaral three times) this year.NCAA SelectionsAfter the NSISC Championships, UWF will wait for the official qualification list to be released by the NCAA on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Swimmers who post NCAA A-cut qualification times during the regular season will automatically qualify, and the rest of the selections will be from the pool of swimmers with B-cut times. Divers who score NCAA qualifying scores during the regular season will have the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Diving Qualifier in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Mar. 8, the day before the NCAA Championships officially begin.Meet ScheduleSession 1 – 10:00 AMWednesday 2/17/2016#3 Women 200 IM Prelims#4 Men 200 IM Prelims#5 Women 50 Free Prelims#6 Men 50 Free Prelims#1 Women 1000 Free#2 Men 1000 FreeSession 3 – 1:00 PMWednesday 2/17/2016#7 Women 3 mtr Diving PrelimsSession 4 – 5:00 PMWednesday 2/17/2016#1 Women 1000 Free#2 Men 1000 Free#3 Women 200 IM Finals#4 Men 200 IM Finals#5 Women 50 Free Finals#6 Men 50 Free Finals#7 Women 3 mtr Diving Finals#8 Women 200 Medley Relay#9 Men 200 Medley RelaySession 6 – 10:00 AMThursday 2/18/2016#12 Women 400 IM Prelims#13 Men 400 IM Prelims#14 Women 100 Fly Prelims#15 Men 100 Fly Prelims#16 Women 200 Free Prelims#17 Men 200 Free PrelimsSession 8 – 1:00 PMThursday 2/18/2016#18 Men 1 mtr Diving PrelimsSession 9 – 5:00 PMThursday 2/18/2016#10 Women 200 Free Relay#11 Men 200 Free Relay#12 Women 400 IM Finals#13 Men 400 IM Finals#14 Women 100 Fly Finals#15 Men 100 Fly Finals#16 Women 200 Free Finals#17 Men 200 Free Finals#18 Men 1 mtr Diving Finals#19 Women 400 Medley Relay#20 Men 400 Medley RelaySession 11 – 10:00 AMFriday 2/19/2016#21 Women 500 Free Prelims#22 Men 500 Free Prelims#23 Women 100 Back Prelims#24 Men 100 Back Prelims#25 Women 100 Breast Prelims#26 Men 100 Breast Prelims#27 Women 200 Fly Prelims#28 Men 200 Fly Prelims#30 Women 800 Free Relay#31 Men 800 Free RelaySession 13 – 1:00 PMFriday 2/19/2016#29 Women 1 mtr Diving PrelimsSession 14 – 5:00 PMFriday 2/19/2016#21 Women 500 Free Finals#22 Men 500 Free Finals#23 Women 100 Back Finals#24 Men 100 Back Finals#25 Women 100 Breast Finals#26 Men 100 Breast Finals#27 Women 200 Fly Finals#28 Men 200 Fly Finals#29 Women 1 mtr Diving Finals#30 Women 800 Free Relay#31 Men 800 Free RelaySession 16 – 10:00 AMSaturday 2/20/2016#34 Women 100 IM Prelims#35 Men 100 IM Prelims#36 Women 100 Free Prelims#37 Men 100 Free Prelims#38 Women 200 Back Prelims#39 Men 200 Back Prelims#40 Women 200 Breast Prelims#41 Men 200 Breast Prelims#32 Women 1650 Free#33 Men 1650 FreeSession 18 – 1:00 PMSaturday 2/20/2016#42 Men 3 mtr Diving PrelimsSession 19 – 4:00 PMSaturday 2/20/2016#32 Women 1650 Free#33 Men 1650 Free#34 Women 100 IM Finals#35 Men 100 IM Finals#36 Women 100 Free Finals#37 Men 100 Free Finals#38 Women 200 Back Finals#39 Men 200 Back Finals#40 Women 200 Breast Finals#41 Men 200 Breast Finals#42 Men 3 mtr Diving Finals#43 Women 400 Free Relay#44 Men 400 Free RelayPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Oral Roberts beats IUPUI 58-56 in Summit quarterfinals

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Obi Emegano scored eight of his 14 points in the final 4 minutes and third-seeded Oral Roberts beat sixth-seeded IUPUI 58-56 in the Summit League quarterfinals Sunday night.Oral Roberts (18-13) took the lead for good at 48-46 on Emegano’s free throws with 3:42 left and made it 50-46 on Emegano’s jumper at 2:10.IUPUI (10-21) closed within one point four times in the final 53 seconds, but never took the lead. Oral Roberts went 8 for 10 from the foul line in the final minute.Aaron Young and Bobby Word added 10 points each to help Oral Roberts set up a semifinal matchup with second-seeded North Dakota State on Monday.Khufu Najee had 15 points and DavRon Williams 14 for the Jaguars. Williams’ jumper with 4:06 left was the game’s 14th and final tie at 46-all. read more

Williams arrested and faces multiple charges after standoff

first_imgLPD Lt. Brian Tiller (blue shirt) is pictured here in the early minutes of the standoff.LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – A reported burglary call ended up being a nearly four-hour standoff on Saturday evening at a home on the west end of La Follette.   Around 5:30 pm Saturday afternoon is when officers with the La Follette Police Department arrived at 1015 West Central Avenue and began talking with a reported armed man inside the cream colored home.  Rifle carrying LPD officers positioned themselves around the house as deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department were called in for assistance.Support from the La Follette Fire Department First Responders, the Campbell County Ambulance Service and LUB was staged the next block over on West Central Avenue at 21st Street.Timothy Williams is shown in a 2018 photo courtesy of the Campbell County Sheriff’s DepartmentThe incident ended peacefully just after 9 pm Saturday night with 48-year old Timothy Williams being taken to the La Follette Medical Center for a mental evaluation.  Williams began being booked into the Campbell County Jail at 2 am Sunday morning.Williams, who lists 1015 West Central Avenue as his residence, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of violation of probation, aggravated burglary, attachment for child support and violation of an order of protection.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/07/2019-7AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Photo: Tennessee Fan Has An “EF BAMA” License Plate

first_imgEF Bama License PlateEF Bama License PlateGiven Tennessee’s longstanding rivalry with Alabama, most Volunteers fans don’t have too much love for the Crimson Tide or its supporters. The UT fan who owns the Toyota Tacoma below probably has a little less than the rest, however. Yep, someone out there actually has an “EF BAMA” license plate. Usually, you’d have to guess which team someone who owns such a plate would be a fan of – Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee, etc. But given the Vols logo on the back window, it’s obvious.[Clay Travis]last_img read more

Video: Bob Stoops Defends Texas, Citing Schedule

first_imgBob Stoops stands up for Texas during interview.bob stoops stands up for texasOklahoma and Texas may not like each other very much, but Sooners head coach Bob Stoops isn’t letting that cloud his judgment of the 2015 Longhorns. Monday, he actually stood up for Charlie Strong & Co., citing UT’s overly difficult schedule as the most “overlooked” reason for the team’s 1-4 record. He noted that all four of the teams Texas lost to are now ranked.Here’s video, via OU Insider.Texas reporter Taylor Gaspar transcribed what Stoops had to say. Bob Stoops on #Longhorns early season struggles. #Sooners #Texas #OU— Taylor Gaspar (@Taylor_Gaspar) October 5, 2015Stoops has always been a stand-up guy, so it doesn’t come as a shock that he’s finding the silver lining on Texas’ season ahead of their matchup this Saturday. Still, you know he wants to give the Longhorns their fifth loss.last_img read more

Airport authority takes off for the future with new CEO

first_imgA modernized airport that shows off everything Calgary has to offer — that’s the mission for the Calgary Airport Authority’s new CEO, who has a bold vision for the future.Bob Sartor comes in with a lengthy career in the business world, including with the Forzani Group and Big Rock Brewery, and detailed his plans at Calgary Chamber luncheon on Thursday afternoon.He hopes to harness that resume to innovate the experience at YYC Calgary International Airport.“We want to be the most technologically advanced airport in Canada, and we know we can get there. I think probably the largest piece of that is understanding that certain customers have grown up empowered by technology,” Sartor said, who adds they need to attract younger travellers more. “We need to reach out to you through social media, and through the social media mediums that you live in. If you’re on Facebook, we’ve got to be there for you. If you’re on Twitter, we’ve got to be there for you.”Some of this technology could take the shape of many things, most notably to help visitors get around the area.“You know, we’re looking at digitization. So when a flight is arriving from Beijing, guess what? They can be greeted in their own language because we can control those digital signs. When a flight is arriving from Mexico City, we can do the same thing,” he explained.Sartor got inspiration from numerous airports around the world, such as the hub in Helsinki, Finland, Singapore, and Hong Kong.He believes he can highlight what Calgary has to offer right inside the terminal, such as what it’s like at Vancouver International Airport.“Having that sense of place, having that reflection of Calgary and the surrounding area in the terminal. That’s something that we’re working on still,” Sartor said. “When they step off the plane, they look around and go ‘Wow, if this is what the city’s like, if this is what this area is like, I’ve got to spend more time here.’ That’s the feeling or the emotion that we’re looking for at the airport.”We can also expect the building to get even prettier, with improvements planned in the new terminal to make it easier to get around, and updates to the campus outside the terminal.Transportation is also an important feature, as Calgarians continue to clamour for a dedicated train line.“Well who wouldn’t,” Sartor adds. “That’d be great. I mean, if you look at the Canada Line and what it did for the Vancouver airport, it was quite large. That Canada Line enabled the development of their campus in a way they probably hadn’t conceived of before.”The Calgary International Airport is already one of the biggest economic drivers in the city, responsible for $8.28 billion in the GDP for 2015.A large portion of that money is from international travellers, but business traffic and freight continue to be a major piece of the puzzle.“We have amazing access that other cities our size in Canada and the US don’t get,” he said. “That means a lot to a company coming into this place. We also have extremely well-developed cargo operations and facilities. And guess what, it’s important not only to Amazon but just about anybody who needs airside service.”Air traffic is up as well, over three per cent from 2016, and Sartor expects this to continue to grow.But instead of being left in the dust while the rest of the world modernizes, Sartor hopes to make YYC the leader so that everyone can enjoy their time in the airport a little bit more.“We want to take the airport to the point where we really evoke emotive feelings from travelers, where they say this is a great place,” he said.last_img read more

Regional District and Residents want Caribou Recovery Program halted

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Union of B.C. Municipalities published an update from provincial officials in regards to the Southern Mountain Caribou Recovery Program.In the update, the Province says they are taking all reasonable efforts to support the recovery of Southern Mountain Caribou in British Columbia.“The B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Environment Climate Change Canada have been developing an S.11 Bilateral Conservation Agreement under the Species At Risk Act. This S.11 Agreement will contain overarching commitments and meaningful strategies for the recovery of Southern Mountain Caribou in B.C. while minimizing implications to local governments and to the various industry sectors that operate in caribou habitat. The S.11 Agreement is looking to increase efforts for habitat restoration, maternity penning, and minimizing land disturbance, etc.” “While it is true that the Province has met with the Regional District several times in person, or on conference calls, it is not accurate that the PRRD has been provided with all information requested.”The Regional District is demanding that the process is halted until the soci-economic impact the program will have on the communities is assessed.Residents are also concerned with the fear of losing their jobs to the point that they have even started a petition to halt the program.In the petition, started by resident Mike Mulvahill, says they are concerned about the closure of the sawmill in Chetwynd and the impact it will have on the community. The Province also says they have been negotiating a Caribou Recovery Partnership Agreement with the federal government and West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations.This Partnership Agreement will contain conservation and recovery measures specific to the recovery of the Central Group of the Southern Mountain Caribou.According to the Province, they have met face-to-face with local governments, other Indigenous nations, sectors and stakeholders, listening to the concerns of the affected communities.The concern for the communities is that if the Province were to go through with the Caribou Recovery Program, it would threaten the future of the logging industry; an industry that residents rely on heavily for their livelihoods.In the update, it states senior officials with the provincial government have met with the Peace River Regional District twice over the past three weeks, and have provided them with the information they have requested.Although, in a letter responding to the UBCM’s update, the Regional District says that while they have met with the Province several times, they say the part about the government providing them with the requested information is untrue.center_img Both residents and the Regional District hope the government will halt the program and consult with the affected parties before proceeding any further.You can view the petition here.last_img read more