Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has not imposed a statewide stay-at-home order. Miami-Dade County currently leads the state with more than 360 confirmed coronavirus cases.The city of Miami has now ordered all residents to “shelter in place” and remain at home until further notice.A news release from the city said all “non-essential travel” in Miami is prohibited, effective at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. Residents are only allowed to travel to grocery stores, pharmacies, work, and to deliver “essential services.” Miami residents are allowed to participate in outdoor activities during the stay-at-home order, but not in places that have already been closed.Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is one of the residents who tested positive for COVID-19 and he has been in self-quarantine.Suarez updated the public on Tuesday via Twitter:
Team Blue rallied from a two-goal deficit to edge rival Team White 3-2 at the 2011 B.C. Female Midget AAA All Star Game Sunday at the Event Centre in Langley.The game showcased the awesome talent in the five-team B.C. Hockey League.Trailing 2-0 with time running out in the third period, Payge Pena of the Fraser Valley Phanton cut the margin in half with a goal at the 13-minute mark.Just over two minutes later Madison Sands, also of the Phantom, tied the game with assists to Fraser Valley teammate Chelsea Wilson and Mercedes Wright of the Prince George Cougars.Three members of the Kootenay Wildcats were instrumental in giving Team White the two-goal lead.Nakusp’s Shea Weighill assisted on a goal by Miranda Pendergraft of the Okanagan Rockets giving Team White the 1-0 lead.The Yuris girls of Trail, Makayla — a late addition to the game — and sister Katie of the Wildcats, combined to double the lead to 2-0 for Team White.In the shootout, Team Blue managed to outscore White to take home the title.The three stars of the game were Sands, Thompson-Okanagan’s Maggie Shykula-Ross and Cassidy Hendricks of Vancouver Fusion.Weighill won the break away title during the skills competition.Also attending the game from the Wildcats were Holly Nikirk of Invermere, Erin McLean of Trail, Christine Bonacci of Trail, Denomie Vockeroth-Fisher of Rossland and goalie Morgan Flynn of Castlegar. The Female Midget AAA League was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together to challenge other elite Female Midget teams.The Wildcats, fourth in the five-team league, returns to action January 7-8 when the Prince George Cougars travel to the Heritage City for a pair of [email protected]
ARCATA >> On a bright Arcata afternoon with the conditions fit for hitting, the Crabs’ pitching staff certainly got a first-hand example of what the Pacific Union Financial Capitalists are like on a good day.It started with a leadoff home run in the top of the first and never stopped, as the PUF Caps’ lineup full of soon-to-be Division II players recorded 18 hits in their 11-3 win over the Humboldt Crabs on Sunday to take the final regular-season weekend series this summer.Crabs skipper Tyson …
18 August 2014Southern African leaders made renewed calls for regional economic integration and cross-border infrastructure development as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit got under way in Zimbabwe on Sunday.SADC heads of state are meeting for their two-day summit in the resort town of Victoria Falls as slow economic growth and high rates of unemployment continue to affect the region.The summit is emphasising economic growth and food production in a year that the African Union has dedicated to food security for the continent.The beneficiation of minerals took centre stage on Sunday, with incoming SADC chairperson and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe saying the SADC’s goal to drive short- and long-term economic growth would be realised only if the region beneficiated its minerals.“Our region has abundant resources, which resources, instead of being sold in raw form, at very low prices, must instead be exploited and beneficiated in order to add value and cost to those products which we eventually export,” Mugabe said.“This process should assist us in our efforts to industrialise and, in turn, increase employment opportunities for our people.“I am confident that in our discussions, we will lay a foundation for the necessary value addition of our natural resources. Our material resources are capable of playing a pivotal role in the development of all SADC member states.”Having adopted its blueprint for infrastructure development at a summit in Maputo in August 2012, the SADC’s goal is to target the development of high-priority infrastructure projects such as rail and marine.Also speaking at the summit, African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said Africa was the next growth frontier and a continent of endless possibility.“Indeed we are able to navigate our social and economic challenges. We are defining our own agenda, and Africa will be seen as the place to invest and do business,” Dlamini Zuma said.She also weighed in on the issue of beneficiation of the continent’s minerals, saying that exporting raw materials “means exporting the high-level jobs we should be creating.“Africa is endowed with oil, gas, platinum, gold diamond, you name it, but with all that endowment most of African countries are still lacking economic progression and are behind by development standards.”The two-day summit ends on Monday.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Studies into DNA and genetics have shown that the human race is more connected than previously thought. This is because migration out of Africa about 60 000 years ago was not in a single direction. There was a second wave of movement back into Africa that started about 3 000 years ago. Studies into human DNA have shown that the human race shares similar genetic markers. (Image: Pixabay)Infographic design: Sandile KhumaloResearch and text: Priya PitamberPan-Africanist leader Robert Sobukwe said that there was only one race: the human race. And research into genetics shows that he may have been right.Studies have shown that human migration was not in a single direction, but that it was a back and forth process. “Our genes have been mixing since we evolved, and our genetic structure looks more like a complex, intermixed trellis than a simple candelabra,” wrote Robert Wald Sussman in his book From The Myth of Race: The Troubling Persistence of an Unscientific Idea.“It is very difficult to tell what our particular genetic background is over human historic time,” Sussman said. “We humans are more similar to each other as a group than we are to one another within any particular racial or genetic category. Many anthropological books have been written to explain this phenomenon.”After a study was done on genes in southern Africa, it was shown that some 3 000 years ago, migration took western Eurasian DNA back to the southern tip of the continent.“According to conventional thinking, the Khoisan tribes of southern Africa have lived in near-isolation from the rest of humanity for thousands of years,” reads the New Scientist website. “In fact, the study shows that some of their DNA matches most closely people from modern-day southern Europe, including Spain and Italy.”Click image for a larger view:
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Boothroyd confirms Arsenal whizkid Saka on England U21 radarby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAidy Boothroyd has admitted that he is keeping tabs on Bukayo Saka for the England under-21 side.The 19-year-old has burst onto the scene for the Gunners this term, as he has shown in Europa League games.He was also impressive against Manchester United in the Premier League a few weeks ago.And Boothroyd considers Saka on his radar for the time being.”He is definitely on the radar,” manager Aidy Boothroyd told reporters.”I saw him play against (Nottingham) Forest (last month). “I know what he’s all about. He’ll do well enough before long.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
The Programmes Coordination Division of the Institute of Jamaica (IoJ) will host its annual HUSH Children Symposium on Tuesday, May 30, at the institute’s Lecture Hall, 10-16 East Street, downtown Kingston.Programmes Outreach Manager and Events Coordinator at the IoJ, Kerri-Palmer, said the symposium will be held under the theme: ‘MENTal to METal: Building Resilience’.Explaining the theme, Miss Palmer said that it is focusing on building mental fortitude, that is, helping individuals develop strength, flexibility and also to enhance person-to-person connections.She said the event aims to have individuals from varied backgrounds, with challenging circumstances, share where they are coming from and where they are now, and the hurdles they have had to overcome.Participants will be youth between 12 and 25 years of age, and according to Miss Palmer, “it is hoped that they will be motivated to excel, despite their challenges.” “They should not see themselves as less than others, or as persons destined to continue the cycle of negativity and underachievement because of where they are from, their limitations, what has been done to them, or their abilities,” she added.She explained the intention is for the youth to gain a new perspective on achievement and success, be guided to make the necessary decisions, and be exposed to the relevant resources to make these decisions. Miss Palmer said the symposium resulted from the need to have negative issues affecting children and youth brought to the fore, to highlight the impact that they have, and to bring some measure of understanding, healing and closure to those who may have been affected directly or indirectly.Since its inception in 2011, the symposium has covered topics such as: Sexuality and Sexual Abuse; Risky Behaviours; Broken Butterflies (Child Rights and Responsibilities, Delinquent Behaviour, Bullying); Disability, Equality and Accessibility; Playing with Fire (Petty Larceny, Bleaching, Aggressive and Violent Behaviour); and Walk in my Shoes.Participating organisations include the Child Development Agency (CDA), the Work Safety Unity in the Ministry of Transport and Mining; Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse(CISOCA); Choose Life International; Community Mental Health Services, Kingston and St. Andrew; Caribbean Tots to Teens, and RISE Life Management.
DETROIT — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash.The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn’t think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that they should always be ready to take control.AAA also said that use of the word “pilot” by automakers in naming their systems can make some owners believe the vehicles can drive themselves.“These systems are made as an aid to driving, they are not autonomous, despite all of the hype around vehicle autonomy,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering. “Clearly having ‘pilot’ in the name may imply a level of unaided driving, which is not correct for the current state of the development of these systems.”The test results released Thursday come after several highly publicized crashes involving Tesla vehicles that were operating on the company’s system named “Autopilot.” The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating some of the crashes, including a March fatality that involved a Model X that struck a freeway barrier near Mountain View, California.The AAA findings are the second tests showing that the systems can’t handle every situation in real-world driving, including some that are relatively common. In August, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released tests that showed similar problems to the AAA study.The auto club tested the systems on four vehicles that had adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking. Vehicles tested included the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S Class, the 2018 Nissan Rogue, a 2017 Tesla Model S and a 2019 Volvo XC40. In addition to Tesla’s Autopilot, Volvo calls its system “Pilot Assist,” while Nissan’s is named “ProPilot Assist.”Automakers generally say they tell drivers that their cars aren’t fully self-driving and that they should always be alert and ready to intervene.AAA says all four vehicles drifted out of lanes and hugged lane markers, struggling with moderate traffic, curved roads and streets with busy intersections. Three of the four would have failed to avoid a crash when the vehicle ahead of them changed lanes and a simulated stopped vehicle was ahead.“As a result we had to take evasive action,” said Brannon, who wouldn’t identify the vehicles that failed to stop in time.The vehicles’ owner’s manuals say that spotting a stationary vehicle after a lead vehicle changes lanes is a design limitation for the systems, Brannon said. But he said researchers expected the vehicles to see stopped vehicles and react in time.Automakers generally say that the systems are designed to supplement a human driver and they make it clear the vehicles don’t drive themselves.Nissan said its system name contains the word “assist,” showing that it’s designed to help the driver.“Mercedes-Benz has always stressed that this technology is designed to assist the driver, not to encourage customers to ignore their responsibilities as drivers,” the automaker said in a statement.Tesla says that it reminds drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. “Tesla has always been clear that Autopilot doesn’t make the car impervious to all accidents,” the company said in a statement earlier this year.A message was left Thursday seeking comment from Volvo.Brannon said that despite their shortcomings, the systems have great potential to save lives and stop crashes from happening.“Anything that can serve as a backstop to a good driver is going to enhance the safety of the system, of the driver,” he said.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
New Delhi: Holi is one occasion in India when people do not mind being smeared with colors but doctors warn that in absence of proper safeguards, these colors might do more harm than good and dampen the festive mood. They also favored that a robust regulatory mechanism should be in place to check the components used in preparing these colors and use of labels in organic colors for the benefit of the user.”Dry colors or gulals have two components – a toxic colorant and a base which could either be asbestos or silica, both of which can cause health hazards. Silica in artificial colors may dry or chap the skin and cause lung infections while asbestos, when enters the lung, can result in lung cancer. Gulals are also high on heavy metals such as lead, chromium, cadmium, nickel, mercury, zinc and iron. While chromium may cause bronchial asthma and allergies, nickel may cause dermatitis and pneumonia and iron makes skin more sensitive to light exposure, said an expert. “We receive around 20 to 25 patients in the OPD just before and after the Holi festival with complaints of breathing issues, skin irritations and rashes. It is advisable that one should take adequate precaution to guard themselves. Asthma patients should follow the medication regime for a week in the run-up to the festival. While playing with colors be careful that you do not inhale it anyway. One should also apply a thick layer of cream or lotion to ensure that the color does not stick to the skin or bruise it. Whether dry or wet, if anything goes into the eyes during Holi, make sure a lot of fresh water is splashed to wash away the irritant,” said Dr. Amitabha Ghosh.