September 20

Third presumptive coronavirus patient in isolation in Florida

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis has announced that a third person with a presumptive case of coronavirus is now under isolation in Florida.On Tuesday, the governor said that a California woman has tested positive for the virus in a state lab in Florida.The woman’s sister is also infected. Gov. DeSantis said both women recently returned from traveling to northern Italy, which doctors said is a hot zone for the virus.“She’s a resident of California, so technically won’t count as a case in Florida, but she is being isolated in Florida,” said Gov. DeSantis about the new patient. “And so it will count on the CDC’s statistics as a California positive, but she is currently in Florida under self isolation.”The California woman’s sister resides in the Hillsborough County where she lives with a roommate. Officials say the roommate will be tested and monitored.“There is a roommate, in addition to the sister, who is in isolation, has not been symptomatic yet, but obviously that’s something to monitor,” Gov. DeSantis said.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still has to confirm the coronavirus diagnosis in the California woman. Until that happens, it will be considered a presumptive case.last_img read more

September 19

CFU 2016 Scotiabank Caribbean Men’s Cup Championship …

first_imgNineteen overseas players called to trialsHEAD Coach of the Men’s National Team (Golden Jaguars), Jamaal Shabazz has announced 19 overseas-based players as part of a provisional list to face Suriname and Jamaica in the 3rd Round of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) 2016 Scotiabank Caribbean Men’s Cup Championship.Those matches will take place on October 8 and 11 respectively.The squad consists of 55 players including 19 from various countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, England, Finland, USA and Australia and will commence weekly training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 16:00hrs – 18:00hrs and on Saturdays, 09:00hrs – 11:00hrs at venues to be announced.Guyana will face Suriname in Suriname and the Jamaica game is scheduled for Guyana, but due to the unavailability of the Guyana National Stadium on the date of the match, the National Track and Field Facility was being considered. A CFU team of inspectors is scheduled to visit Guyana to certify the National Track and Field Facility.The full squad reads: Andrew Murray, Solomon Austin, Richie Richards, Kester Jacobs, Eon Alleyne, Vurlon Mills, Gregory Richardson, Devon Millington, Daniel Wilson, Dwight Peters, Quincy Adams, Trayon Bobb, Dellon Lanferman, Colin Nelson, Dwain Jacobs, Tichard Joseph Les Charles Critchlow, Pernell Schultz, Hubert Pedro, William Europe, Domini Garnett, Anthony Abrams, Dwayne McLennon, Jeremy Garnett, Curtis Kellman, Dorville Stewart, Dennis Edwards, Linden Pickett, Trevon Lythcott, Kevin Cottoy, Darius Frank, Amaniki Buntim, Kevin Fraser, Deon Charter and Jermaine Junor.It also includes Akel Clarke, Walter Moore, Samuel Cox, Christopher Nurse, Sheldon Holder, Neil Danns, Brandon Beresford, Anthony Whyte, Kadel Daniels, Marcel Barrington, Jake Newton, Shaquille Agard, Julien Edwards, Adrian Butters, Amos Ramsay, Adrian York, Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Warren Creavalle, Sherif El-Masri, and Corey Thomas.The Third Round commences on October 5 and, in addition to the Guyana match, the other matches to be played on that day are: Haiti vs French Guiana at the Stade Sylvio Cator Stadium (Haiti); Curacao vs Antigua and Barbuda at Ergilio Hato Stadium (Curacao) and Trinidad and Tobago vs Dominican Republic at a venue to be announced.Fifth Place playoff will be held from November 7 to 15 and the Final Round in May 2017. The top three of this tournament will qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.last_img read more

December 18

Pilot shortage looms

first_imgOver the past few years, analysts and airline officials in the US have been predicting a shortage of qualified pilots. With the looming threat, airlines considered how to meet the challenges at the same time government officials were changing the rules to require more flight hours for prospective pilots.“I think everything that has happened has been predicted,” said Regional Airline Association President Roger Cohen. “It just happened faster. The cold reality of it is obviously worse than the prediction.”In January, the industry came face to face with the first real manifestation of those prognostications when a small regional carrier, Great Lakes Airlines operating out of Wyoming announced it would suspend service to a half dozen small cities because it didn’t have enough pilots.“Due to the unintended consequences of the new congressionally mandated pilot regulatory requirements, the Company feels it is in the best interest of our customers, communities and other employees to suspend service from these stations until we are able to rebuild our staff of pilots in order to provide reliable service,” said Great Lakes CEO Charles Howell in a statement.The shortage is attributed in large part to a recent change in rules from the US Federal Aviation Administration requiring 1500 hours and an ATP license for prospective commercial pilots. In the past, many regional carriers hired candidates with fewer hours offering the new pilots the chance to build up their hours and experience with a shot at moving on to higher pay as a pilot with a legacy carrier. The new rules went into effect in August 2013.US Aviation officials sought to tighten the standards and the training following a tragic crash of a Colgan Air Q400 in February 2009 that killed 49 people. The accident investigation found that the two pilots had not been adequately trained to respond to a stall and had violated sterile cockpit rule which limits conversation specifically to aircraft function. The incident sparked a flurry of self-examination on the part of airlines as well as government regulatory agencies. Cohen said airline representatives had worked with the FAA to ease some of the restrictions, such as an option to substitute an accredited university program for a portion of the required hours. The new 1500 hour requirement effectively “moved the goal posts” for students currently enrolled in a university program who planned to pursue a carrier in aviation upon graduation, said Cohen.“We’ve lost thousands of prospective pilots and turned off thousands going forward,” said Cohen. “There are thousands of highly trained qualified professional pilots coming out of universities that aren’t even able to interview with an airline.”In anticipation of the shortage, Cohen said regional airlines have taken aggressive steps to resolve the issue such as offering signing bonuses, raising starting salaries and establishing bridge programs with universities. But it hasn’t been enough.The high cost of gaining flight hours and certification coupled with low starting salaries has not helped attract good candidates. Young people are not enamored enough with the idea of flying to sink deeply into debt in exchange for living a dream of flight.United Airlines announced major cuts to its Cleveland hub in February, owing in part to its regional partners feeling the pinch of the new government regulations.“These new regulations have caused mainline airlines to hire regional pilots, while simultaneously significantly reducing the pool of new pilots from which regional pilots can hire,” United officials wrote in a letter to employees announcing the cuts. “Although this is an industry issue, it directly affects us and requires us to reduce our regional partner flying, as several of our regional partners are beginning to have difficulty flying their schedule due to reduce new pilot availability.”The carrier said the Cleveland hub had not been profitable generating “tens of millions of dollars in annual losses” in recent years. Some 460 jobs will be lost at the hub.Republic Airways, a regional partner with United at its Cleveland hub, announced this week is would be grounding 27 ERJs this year because the company is having trouble hiring enough pilots.In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Republic stated it was taking the action because of a “significant reduction” in the number of qualified pilots who meet the 1500 hour rule. The reduction in flying will also affect Republic’s partner, American Airlines.“The applicant flow problems continue to persist in the new year and it has become all too clear that we can no longer consider extending all our small jet contract,” Republic President and CEO Bryan Bedford stated in a letter to employees.ALPA tries to debunk shortageThe handwringing over whether there is a pilot shortage was refuted in early February by ALPA (Air Line Pilots Assn. International) which called it a “myth.” ALPA represents nearly 50,000 pilots at 31 airlines in the US and Canada.“There may be a shortage of qualified pilots who are willing to fly for US airlines because of the industry’s recent history of instability, poor pay and benefits,” said ALPA president Lee Moak in a statement. Moak said there are thousands of qualified pilots on furlough or working overseas who would gladly return to US cockpits if conditions were favorable.He cited the recent closure or US regional carrier Comair, which furloughed 800 experienced pilots who are now looking for jobs in addition to 1,154 ALPA members currently on furlough.In the US average starting salary for regional airline is $21,285 plus benefit. Starting co-pilots at Delta and United earn $61,000 plus benefits, according to ALPA.“The real solution to preventing any future pilot shortage is for airlines to produce consistently profitable results,” Moak Observed. “Congress can support this goal by implementing pro-growth aviation policies that reduce the tax burden on airlines and give industry an opportunity to compete and prevail in the international marketplace.”Republic’s Bedford agreed in part but pointed out that some 18,000 US pilots will be reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65 over the next decade.“There are ample pilots for today’s needs, but these young people, who have graduated with aeronautical aviation degrees no longer qualify for employment,” Bedford told employees. “And there are not enough ways for them to get the hourly time the new law requires.”Cohen and airline officials expect there will continue to be pilot shortages and discontinuation of service to smaller communities.“We don’t need another report on what the issues are,” said Cohen, who recently announced the formation of task force of regional airline CEOs to come up with ways to maintain service. “We are focused on trying to find some short term solutions. Each day sees another headline about reduced service and those are going to continue.”last_img read more

December 17

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 28, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After some significant rains this past weekend, we put together 2 dry days before our next round of moisture comes through. We will see the remaining acres that are left to harvest get drawn out for a good while now, as our pattern is colder and more active. Today, as we mentioned, will be sunny and dry, with tomorrow similar.Moisture totals – Wednesday-Friday systemOur next system arrives on Wednesday, bringing showers, and then the rain continues through Thursday and the first part of Friday. Rain totals combined for the event will be from .75″-1.5″ with coverage at 100% of the state. We may have a few sloppy wet snowflakes as the precipitation ends in far northern Ohio on Friday, but the coldest air looks to wait to arrive until after moisture is basically done.We go drier again for the balance of Friday, and then stay rain free through the weekend and Monday of next week. However, temps will be well below normal through the period.We finish the 10 day forecast window with a chance of some widely scattered showers moving through the state next Tuesday afternoon (5th) into early the 6th. This will amount to no more than a few hundredths to a tenth or two, with coverage at 60%. The over night portion again may feature a few few wet snowflakes.For the extended period, we are adding a few scattered showers for overnight Thursday night into Friday the 8th. Moisture will be a few hundredths to .25″ with coverage at 80%. Colder air follows that wave. The rest of the extended forecast through Tuesday the 12th we have a mix of clouds and sun, with temps normal to below normal.last_img read more

October 28

10 months agoSolskjaer excited to lead Man Utd at Old Trafford for first time

first_imgSolskjaer excited to lead Man Utd at Old Trafford for first timeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits it will be a special moment when he leads the team against Huddersfield at Old Trafford tomorrow.Solskjaer’s managerial stint is off to a fabulous start with the 5-1 victory at Cardiff City last weekend.He said, “Of course, you try to keep your emotions in check. I’m there to do a job, I’ve got to be focused. It’s not easy, I don’t think it will be easy but I’m looking forward to it. I think the boys are looking forward to playing at Old Trafford. That’s the key. We should be looking forward to playing there. I was sat next to Rene Meulensteen as a coach in a Reserves-team game there once, and I was there with Cardiff, but, of course, it will be special.”You can never set the bar too high. They [the players] are setting the standards. The players that play for this club, they’ve got high standards to live up to and, Saturday, it was not like they’ve outperformed themselves because you cannot outperform yourself. We want to look at this game, evaluate and look at a few clips. We can be better, we can understand each other better, so it will be good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

September 28

The Brewers Pitcher Switcheroo May Be Coming Soon To A Game Near

The Milwaukee Brewers challenged traditional position labels all season. They’ve helped push bullpenning forward in the postseason. They’ve been the most forward-thinking club this October in part out of necessity, entering the playoffs with one of the weaker starting rotations in the field.But they’ve never been more radical than they were early in Wednesday afternoon’s Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell stepped out of the visiting dugout at Dodger Stadium and pulled left-handed Brewers starter Wade Miley after he had faced only one Los Angeles batter, the left-handed-hitting Cody Bellinger. Miley was replaced by right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has limited right-handed batters to a .199 average over the course of his career. It was a premeditated plan, something of a surprise attack, against one of the heaviest platoon teams in the league. While the short-term results did not work in the Brewers’ favor — the Dodgers won 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series — the strategy’s long-term ramifications could be far-reaching. In a season of openers and bullpenning, managers might now have to think more deeply about how much they want to bet on that day’s listed opposing starting pitcher working deep into the game. (Especially if that listed starting pitcher isn’t an ace.) Platoon-heavy lineups are more vulnerable. And game-planning might become more complicated as starting pitcher designations become increasingly less relevant.“Look, they’re trying to get matchups, we’re trying to get matchups,” Counsell said after the game. “They’re a very tough team to get matchups against.”When he takes the mound Friday as the Game 6 starter, Miley will become the first pitcher to start consecutive postseason games since 1930, according to MLB.“It’s not my job to question it. We’re trying to get to the World Series,” Miley told reporters. “This is the strategic side of it. I was in. Everybody bought in.”The Brewers have thrown 75⅔ innings this postseason, but only 26⅔ (35 percent) have been logged by their starting pitchers, distressing traditionalists. Milwaukee’s upside-down approach became extreme Wednesday.It is baseball tradition that teams announce their starting pitching assignments days in advance, even in the playoffs. (Imagine an NFL team announcing its personnel plans in advance of a game.) And because the starting pitcher is typically expected to absorb the lion’s share of innings in any particular game — well, at least until this season of “the opener” — opposing managers often try to create as many favorable matchups as possible within their lineup cards.What has become a common part of daily game-planning — trying to gain platoon advantage against a starting pitcher — might be in jeopardy, particularly in high-stakes games.Because of the angle pitches travel toward home plate and the way pitches break, batters tend to perform better against opposite-handed pitchers. That is, right-handed batters typically perform better against left-handed pitchers and vice versa, gaining what’s known as a platoon advantage. The Dodgers ranked ninth out of 30 Major League teams in platoon advantage, owning it in 57.3 percent of plate appearances.Consider how differently the Dodgers constructed their lineups in this series based on the handedness of the opposing starting pitcher. In Game 3 against right-handed Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin, Dodger manager Dave Roberts penciled in Yasmani Grandal, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig as right-handed-pitching mashers. They were replaced in the lineup Wednesday against the left-handed Miley with David Freese, Chris Taylor and Austin Barnes.The Dodgers were weaker this season facing left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching. They produced .324 on-base and .409 slugging marks against left-handed starters with 101 weighted runs created plus1Weighted runs created plus, or wRC+, adjusts for park and league scoring environments. A mark of 100 is league average. compared with .337 on-base and .458 slugging marks against righties with a 117 wRC+, which ranked second in the game .By starting a left-hander, the Brewers were able to keep some of the Dodgers’ strongest bats against right-handed pitchers out of the game temporarily — though Puig and Pederson eventually entered and combined for four at-bats.Moreover, against the left-handed Miley, the Dodgers featured a weaker defensive lineup. Max Muncy switched from first (where he most often plays) to second base to accommodate Freese at first, forcing Enrique Hernandez from second base to right field, where he replaced Puig. Puig is credited with 24 defensive runs saved over the past two years in right field, ranking second only to Boston’s Mookie Betts.The Dodgers responded with a number of in-game substitutions.In the top of the fourth, Pederson replaced Freese and went to left field. Bellinger switched from center to right, Muncy moved from second to first, and Taylor moved from left to center. Hernandez switched from right to second before he was replaced by a pinch-hitting Puig in the sixth inning, sending Bellinger back to center and Taylor to second. After Brian Dozier pinch-hit for Pederson in the seventh, he took over second, and Taylor went back to left field.Ultimately, Dodger lefty Clayton Kershaw pitched so well — one run allowed over seven innings — and the Dodgers did enough damage off Woodruff (three runs, two earned in 5⅓ innings) that the plan did not yield a win. But in a season of radical strategies, Milwaukee’s move could have a lasting impact. The Brewers are rethinking everything — and baseball just might follow.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

September 28

Under new coach womens lacrosse faces tough season ahead

First-year women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said she is still learning about her players and her young team is still trying to get better. “We have a lot to work on but we’re happy how it’s early in the season, and we have some time,” Venechanos said. The Buckeyes lost to No. 9 Stanford, 17-5, on Saturday. “Stanford is a tremendous team and you can tell they are the more experienced team right now,” Venechanos said. Venechanos, who was named coach in July 2010 following former coach Sue Stimmel’s resignation, said that being here since the fall has made the transition a little bit easier. “The fall was a smooth transition in getting to know the team,” she said. Venechanos has been a part of four national championship teams, two as a player at Maryland and two as an assistant coach at Northwestern. Having been in those positions, she said she isn’t worried about the tough loss to Stanford. “These tough games will get us in better situations toward the end of the season,” she said. Junior midfielder Alayna Markwordt agreed that having the new coach since the summer has made the change a little easier. “It’s been a good transition,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot this year.” The Buckeyes won their two previous games against American University and St. Bonaventure before the loss to Stanford. Markwordt said the team is looking to avoid these types of losses when it had played well the two games before. “We’re waiting for that moment where we put it all together,” Markwordt said. OSU (2-3) will look to bounce back as it hosts Canisius (1-1) at 1 p.m. Monday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

September 17

Magnetic Media in Freeport Hurricane Matthew Recovery Reports

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 18, 2016 – Magnetic Media is headed to Freeport for special coverage of Hurricane Matthew recovery on the island which is still on the rebound.   Resorts and major businesses are closed… so many structures destroyed and residents still destitute.We’re headed to where it all began for us in media… look for it on One Caribbean Television or One Caribbean Television online and when you follow, like, link or subscribe to Magnetic Media. Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #MMNtoFreeport, #rebuildfreeport Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

September 14

Troopers Report Multiple Vehicle Related Incidents In Peninsula On Wednesday

first_imgThe damage to his window was estimated at $300 dollars.  Investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers in Seward at 907-224-3346. Mike Chihuly, age 66 of Ninilchik, contacted the Alaska State Troopers, on February 28,  and reported that someone broke into his vehicle near Resurrection Trail head and the Sterling Highway.  Chihuly reported 100.00 dollars in cash, credit cards and other cards were missing from his wallet. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers in Seward at 907-224-3346. Investigation is ongoing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers reported three separate vehicle related incidents on the Kenai Peninsula on Wednesday, February 28. In a trooper dispatch posted on February 28 AST reported on a hit and run that took place on February 12, at this time the investigation is still ongoing. Russell Kuipers, age 35 of Anchorage, contacted Soldotna dispatch and reported a minor motor vehicle accident.  Kuipers said he was north bound on the Seward Highway near mile post 57.0 when a white truck tried to pass him and clipped the back end of his vehicle.  Kuipers lost control and struck the guardrail. Everest Haynes, 20 of Seward, contacted the Alaska State Troopers, on February 28, and reported his vehicle stolen.  Haynes last saw his vehicle the day prior on Salmon Creek Road, in Seward.  The vehicle is a blue 2007 Mazda bearing Alaska plates JEK901. The white truck continued towards Anchorage.  Kuipers was not hurt, was wearing his seatbelt, and made plans to have his vehicle removed.  Kuipers did not have a license plate for the white truck. Anyone with information are asked to contact Soldotna AST at 907-283-4453.last_img read more