UK to start hotel quarantine Feb. 15 amid criticism of delay

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Everyone arriving in the U.K. from countries identified as coronavirus hotspots will have to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine starting Feb. 15 in a bid to stop new virus variants reaching the country. Under the plan, British citizens and residents returning from high-risk countries will have to quarantine in approved hotels near airports and sea ports and will be billed for their stay. The U.K. says it has sought advice from Australia and New Zealand, where quarantine hotels have been used to contain COVID-19. But authorities are facing criticism for delays in implementing the policy, which was first announced in late January.last_img

Odds & Ends: Sneak Peek of Aaron Tveit in Bed & More

first_imgBarbra Streisand Calls Tim Cook to Fix SiriJust like us, Barbra Streisand has an issue with Apple’s Siri. However, unlike us mere mortals, the legend called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, about her difficulty—the iPhone mispronouncing her name. “She pronounces my name wrong,” Streisand recently told NPR’s Scott Simon. “Streisand with a soft S, like sand on the beach. I’ve been saying this for my whole career.” Siri is supposed to quit saying the incorrect “Streizand” after the next update on September 30, while Babs’ new album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, will hit earbuds on August 26.Sarah Steele Lands CBS RoleThe Humans’ Sarah Steele has been enlisted to guest star on CBS’ Bull. TVLine reports that The Good Wife alum is set to appear as Ellen, the host of a successful podcast who might have gone a step too far. Check out’s recent interview with Steele here.Watch Idina Menzel’s New VideoIdina Menzel’s latest album, idina., will drop on September 23 and we now have the official music video for her track “Queen of Swords.” Check out the Broadway supernova in all her glory below. View Comments Aaron Tveit in ‘Better Off Single’ P.S. The previously reported cast recording of Roundabout’s recent off-Broadway hit The Robber Bridegroom, which starred Steven Pasquale, has now been scheduled for release on September 9. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the summer weekend. Sneak Peek of Aaron Tveit in BedWe have a new trailer of your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit, Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford and an all-star ensemble cast in Better Off Single. The movie follows Charlie Carroll (Tveit), who quits his job and his girlfriend on the same day. With no job and no love, Charlie is forced to go on a journey of self-discovery so intense that he begins to suffer from surreal hallucinations, flashbacks, and fantasies. Will he find “the one?” Or did that ship already sail, taking with it his only hopes for relationship sanity? We will find out when the New York romantic comedy hits select theaters and VOD on October 7.last_img read more

Plants are “stars”

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaWhen University of Georgia Horticulture Club members learned the theme, “Laughter in the Garden,” for this year’s Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta, they saw stars. Specifically, they saw rock stars, movie stars, even the stars of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”Taking a hard look at a weeping mulberry, club president Michelle Moore saw Bo Derek. In the bushy branches of a Japanese Cryptomeria, junior Bonnie Bartles saw, plain as day, reggae singer Bob Marley. Club members found the spirit of Cousin It, of “The Adams Family,” in the drooping branches of a golden threadleaf false cypress.”We wanted to do something funny and decided to give the plants ‘hairstyles,'” Moore said.The club pruned some plants to a particular “hairstyle.” But they left others pretty much as they were at the garden center, said UGA horticulturist David Berle, an advisor to the club.The largest event of its kind in the region, the Southeastern Flower Show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta is considered one of the top three flower shows in the country. Each year, organizers select a theme participants use to inspire their garden booths.The UGA Horticulture Club was one of 1,500 organizations that designed a competitive garden for the 2003 show.The club’s exhibit, “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow,” won two awards: The Chairman’s Award for a distinctive, outstanding exhibit, and the Magnolia Garden Club Scholarship, for the educational institution’s exhibit that best exemplifies excellence in environmental education. The latter came with $500.”We’re so pleased that the UGA Horticulture Club participated in the 2003 Southeastern Flower Show,” said Charlotte Day, the 2003 chairman. “Their garden is spectacular and certainly worthy of the honors they have received.””A lot of people made huge, intricate booths,” said Moore, a junior from McDonough. “Ours is not quite as elaborate, but a lot of people have been stopping by to say they like it.”Indeed, Moore pointed out that the garden was created using relatively common plants in an uncommon way. “Our design would be more easily reproduced in someone’s yard, which is what we wanted,” she said.After several weeks of shopping at different greenhouses and growers, the club whittled their plant selections down to ones that looked most like the personalities they represented.”We’re students, so we ran around doing this in between classes and on weekends,” Moore said. “Many of these folks (who designed booths for the show) are professionals. Still, ours is cute and pretty funny.””The concept was to get people to look at plants in a different way, using humor,” Berle said.And judging from the people who stop by to size up the “stars” — others include winter jasmine as Goldie Hawn, a Japanese holly as Bart Simpson and a leatherleaf sedge as Cindy Loo Who — the concept is working.The Southeastern Flower Show will be at the Georgia World Congress Center until Feb. 9. Tickets, directions and other information are on-line at Or call the show’s ticket hotline at (404) 888-5511.last_img read more

Juneteenth in Binghamton: Why organizers say this year was special

first_imgShadedria Bratton said she too hopes that moving forward Juneteenth becomes part of the history curriculum in local schools, but today, she wanted to make sure her young son understood the significance. The day was an opportunity to enjoy food, music, performances and celebrate local Black-owned businesses. “The city is unified, everyone is together, everyone has the same agenda,” Thomas said. “We’re trying to reach the same goals and that’s what it’s about.” “Hey, we’re celebrating. Everything is free, you eat, I eat, it’s always been about that,” Prudent said. “We just want everyone to realize that it’s about that.” Carlena Bethea says she came to the event as one of Binghamton’s newest business owners, setting up at tent to show off her new company, Christ T’s. Fellow organizer Talon Thomas says the day was an opportunity to keep all of the momentum of the last several weeks going. “We weren’t educated about this. My grandmother Ruth Lewis taught us about Juneteenth,” she says. “Every day you see the American flag up, this is our Independence Day.” For many people, this year’s celebration carried added significance. With nationwide protests shining a spotlight on issues of racial inequality and police brutality, Currie said that’s something she can see beginning to change. For Prudent and fellow organizer Remore Currie, Juneteenth wasn’t something they learned about in school. “It’s an honor because in these areas there’s not a lot of Black business owners, and this is just a great opportunity to be a part of it,” she said. “Black Lives Matter. This is Juneteenth, We shouldn’t be owned by anyone,” said organizer Emile Prudent. Organizers say the day is celebrated every year to honor the emancipation of slaves in the United States. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On Saturday, community members gathered at Binghamton’s Columbus Park, known to many as Assata Shakur Park, to celebrate Juneteenth. “He understands how much this means. He woke up thinking we were going to a protest today, and I was like, ‘No it’s not a protest, it’s a party, a party for everybody,'” Bratton said. Emile Prudent said she hopes after today’s celebration, that’s something everybody understands. “My job let me have off yesterday for half a day, and starting next year it’s considered a paid holiday, so we’re actually moving the needle,” Currei said. “It’s slow but we’re making steps.”last_img read more

Indonesia reports another H5N1 death

first_imgAug 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – For the second time in 4 days, Indonesia’s health ministry today announced a fatal human case of H5N1 avian influenza, this one in a 17-year-old girl from a town just west of Jakarta who died Aug 14.The World Health Organization (WHO), in a statement confirming the case, reported the girl got sick on Aug 9, was hospitalized Aug 13, and died a day later. She was from Tangerang, 12 miles west of Jakarta, in Banten province.Investigators are working to determine how the girl was exposed to the virus, the WHO said. Her death pushes Indonesia’s H5N1 case count to 104 and its death toll to 83.Joko Suyono, a health ministry spokesman, said tests from two local laboratories confirmed the girl was infected with the H5N1 virus, the Associated Press reported today.The last previous H5N1 victim in Indonesia was a 29-year-old woman from the resort island of Bali who died Aug 12 after she had contact with sick and dead chickens. The WHO reported that the woman’s 3-year-old daughter had died of a respiratory illness before her mother fell ill, but health officials did not suspect she had an H5N1 infection.The WHO’s global H5N1 case count now stands at 321 cases and 194 deaths, including 58 cases and 36 deaths this year.See also:Aug 16 WHO statement read more

Moss rolls out new company

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Solskjaer wants new boys to impress

first_img The trio are set to make their debuts in Saturday’s clash with Norwich, a match the Bluebirds can hardly afford to lose as they sit bottom of the Premier League table. Solskjaer is positive about his new recruits but admits a run of seven league games without a win means his new men have to deliver from the off. He said: “There is no honeymoon period when you come into the thick of it. We expect them and want them to perform straight away. “The players I have got in all give us something different and something that can make a difference, a presence in the box and enthusiasm. Together they complement my squad. “We have really had a tough month but I have seen some great development in the month. We played some very nice football at Manchester United and the new boys might have been what we were lacking.” Solskjaer had particular praise for Zaha. The 21-year-old joined United from Crystal Palace but made just four appearances under David Moyes this season. But Solskjaer does not feel the wide man’s struggles at Old Trafford mean he has to prove himself at Cardiff. Wilfried Zaha completed his loan switch from Manchester United on Friday, while Fabio had made his move from Old Trafford earlier in the week. Kenwyne Jones has also arrived at the Cardiff City Stadium, as part of an exchange deal that saw Peter Odemwingie head to Stoke. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his trio of high-profile signings there will be no time for a honeymoon period at Cardiff. ”He has pace, power, technical ability and goes past people. He will give us that extra change of tempo in the final third, where we really need it,” he said. ”He will bring that little final bit to find pockets of space and produce a bit of magic. ”I don’t think he has something to prove, he wants to play.’ ”He played a few games at United, but maybe not what he hoped for when he went there. ”He wants to play, to play with confidence and keep Cardiff in the Premier League.” Solskjaer has brought in six players in January, having added the Norwegian trio of Magnus Wolff Eikrem, Mats Moller Daehli and Jo Inge Berget earlier in the month. In terms of outgoings, Craig Conway has joined Blackburn while Etien Velikonja has moved to Rio Ave on loan. Andreas Cornelius also looked to be heading through the exit door after an uninspiring spell in south Wales. Cardiff paid £8million for the 20-year-old in the summer, but he failed to score a first-team goal and was likely to return to Copenhagen in a cut-price deal worth £3million. Solskjaer said: ”He has had a hard time, he came here with big potential, he is a young kid and young kids are not the ones you expect to carry a team. He is a young man who will play lot of good football in his career.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Pearson calms transfer fears

first_img He was involved in a row with a fan during their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month and refused to apologise. But the 51-year-old is eager to move on from the incident, whatever the outcome. He said: “I think it is important for me to be there and be represented. I look forward to that option. “It’s important to make sure there is a rounded view of what has or hasn’t happened. “I’ve said it. I won’t change that. “I’ve accepted the charge and want to be there for a personal hearing. That’s really where we’re at at the moment. “It’s got legs because of what happened but I’m not going to extend this discussion too much further. I’m going to a hearing tomorrow because I want to. “I’ve moved on from it but in the mean time I have to deal with the ongoing process.” Pearson is already hunting a goalkeeper after losing Kasper Schmeichel for at least six weeks with a broken foot but insisted he is not worried about the January window. He said: “Whether it does or does not affect my transfer plans is irrelevant. We always work to get the outcomes we think is best for us and I remain very much a part it. We’ll try and achieve the outcomes we’re looking for. “What happens internally at the club is important. There are certain questions that people have the right to know but I’m not the person to ask. “I fully understand my sphere of influence in terms of my authority.” The decision to axe Robinson came from the club’s Thai owners and Pearson was content with the call. “You cast your mind back to when Terry joined us and I did not make a scene when there was a change then,” he said. “My job is to manage the football team and I will always do it to the best of my ability. When decisions are made from above they are made for the reasons that they are made for. I’m not in a position to discuss that.” Pearson will have a personal hearing with the Football Association on Friday after accepting the charge of allegedly using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a spectator”. Nigel Pearson has eased fears over Leicester’s transfer plans – despite the sacking of director of football Terry Robinson. Press Association The Foxes acted this week after an 11 game winless run left them bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Robinson has been replaced by academy director Jon Rudkin ahead of Saturday’s vital trip to in-form West Ham. last_img read more

The Latest: Italian soccer leagues given Aug. 20 deadline

first_imgThe groups of three will jog, do bodybuilding and work on their fitness levels in specially marked zones to avoid contact with others.France came out of lockdown on May 11. Toulon hopes players can train in groups of 8-12 in July and return to full training in August.___Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament. The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.”The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.___French rugby club Toulon plans to resume training next month in small groups of three players amid the coronavirus pandemic.The three-time European champions say their players and coaching staff will have blood and heart tests next week at their training center. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Italian soccer federation has given the country’s top three leagues until Aug. 20 to complete their seasons. May 20, 2020 FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages.Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.”___Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time.Aurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post. The Premier League leaders were among the English clubs undertaking staggered workouts in small groups following a relaxation of national lockdown regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic.Those at the practice session at Liverpool’s training complex were still required to maintain social distancing. Video footage showed Mohamed Salah giving the thumbs-up before swerving to avoid Klopp as the forward ran onto the field to join teammates.Klopp compared the current period to a pre-season and is keeping things simple to start off with despite saying his players are “in good shape.”The German coach says the players are “getting used to the pitch, boots and ball, turns, passes, half-passes, softer passes, running, little accelerations and stuff like that.”Liverpool leads the Premier League by 25 points and needs to win two more games to clinch its first league title since 1990. “They will probably play in empty stadiums, like so many other sports,” Frenk said. “But we hope to have a season and we hope to have a winning season.”Speaking on MSNBC, Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks.“The team itself, I feel we can manage that one,” Jenkins said. “Then the question is people in the stands. We have an 85,000-person stadium. Can we get 85,000 people in there? That will be a big challenge to do that. But could we get a smaller number — 10,000, 15,000, 20,000? I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question. That’s something we’ll have to think through.”___The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar. The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections.All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches.The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities.The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted.The Portuguese league was set to resume at the end of May but its start was delayed until June 4 so there was time to rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved in the matches. The federation has also come up with alternative plans if the leagues have to be halted again because of the coronavirus pandemic. They could resort to playoffs or decide positions by applying coeffecients.The following season is now scheduled to start on Sept. 1.Serie A has been suspended since March 9. There are 12 rounds remaining in the league and the Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.___Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp says being back in group training with some of his players “felt like the first day in school.” ___The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the three-game series has been restructured.The schools were scheduled to highlight the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase doubleheader at the O2 Arena. The series also included Marist against UMBC. Michigan will now host the Wildcats on Dec. 4 in Ann Arbor before the schools meet in London one year later. Kentucky will host the Wolverines in Lexington on Dec. 2, 2023.Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame President & CEO John L. Doleva says in a statement that the “unknown combination” of health, safety, international travel regulations and the economic viabilities for all parties required postponing the event.Kentucky coach John Calipari says he is disappointed to not go to London and looked forward to meeting Queen Elizabeth II. Mariappa says on the websites of British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.”The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” He says he has spent lockdown dividing his time between homeschooling and following Watford’s fitness program.Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus.Tests on 748 people were conducted from 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs on Sunday and Monday. The 20th club started testing on Tuesday.___ “But I’m glad we were all able to come together, figure this out and preserve this series for the future,” Calipari says.Michigan coach Juwan Howard says: “The Hall of Fame took the time to review what is happening around the world and explore all options — all the safe options for the teams and most importantly the fans. The best thing is this tremendous event isn’t canceled, it’s just delayed.”___The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played, though both raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely.Appearing on CNN, Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk says he hopes the Hurricanes can play this fall and that safety would be the top priority. The Latest: Italian soccer leagues given Aug. 20 deadline The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world.Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”Al Thawadi says organizers want a “a price range that is affordable for fans and a price range that is workable, functionable for the industry, for service providers, for the supply chain that is responsible for delivering the World Cup.”___Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease. Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home.The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased.Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic.Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands. The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.”The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui.The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier.___ The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.” Associated Press last_img read more

Social ban lifted on The Row

first_imgThe Row, which has not held social activities since Aug. 31, will once again be allowed to host parties starting today.Party on · Greek members on The Row can now participate in social activities, after the ban was lifted today. A majority of the houses on The Row were sanctioned after unauthorized parties on Aug. 30, when eight students were taken to the hospital. – Chloe Stepney | Daily Trojan Sixteen Interfraternity Council chapters were cited for unauthorized parties on Aug. 30, when eight students were taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. All IFC fraternities were placed on social probation until further actions were taken.IFC held a meeting at Phi Kappa Psi fraternity Tuesday to discuss The Row’s indefinite ban. All 23 fraternity presidents, the risk managers from every fraternity, Department of Public Safety Chief Carey Drayton and Panhellenic President Laura Redfern attended the meeting, among others.At the end of the meeting, Assistant Director for the Office for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Ray Carlos announced that the ban would end today.According to IFC President Eric Ronan, the ban would not officially end until all 16 houses met with the Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards committee. The last fraternity met with SJACS on Thursday.At the meeting, Drayton answered questions and gave advice on how to avoid the issues that led to the ban.“The meeting [on Tuesday] went extremely well,” Ronan said. “Chief Drayton offered us some advice for moving forward and how to have safer parties in the future that meet the expectations of DPS.”Drayton also took the meeting as an opportunity to explain the importance of a working relationship between the fraternities and DPS, according to Parker Adams, IFC’s vice president for public relations.“DPS is not our enemy. They want us to have fun,” Adams said. “[DPS is] overwhelmed on a nightly basis just trying to keep us safe from the hood and from ourselves. They ask that we help them help us.”All of the fraternities have agreed to keep all red cups and alcoholic beverages inside the house, not have large groups of people congregate outside the house and not let loud music disturb the surrounding neighborhood.All of those rules were violated Aug. 30, Ronan said.“It was obvious the 16 houses were having parties that were out of control,” he said.Adams said he thinks Greek members have learned their lesson and are ready to host parties in a more responsible way.“I feel that Monday was more of an enigma,” Adams said. “I just see us going back to how we usually party: smartly.”The fraternities are not the only organizations trying to ensure the safety of USC students. Panhellenic is also taking steps to avoid nights similar to the one that many have dubbed “Black Monday,” Redfern said.Redfern brought to the meeting a letter signed by all of the sorority presidents that detailed effective risk management procedures, which sororities should enact to dissuade irresponsible drinking.“It is every member’s responsibility to not put pressure on the new members to drink to have a good time,” Redfern said. “[PHC is] encouraging frats that it’s okay to turn away a girl who is too drunk.”Redfern said Friday will not be a repeat of Aug. 30.“On that Monday there was a huge number of brand new Greek members on The Row who were not accustomed to the culture here,” Redfern said. “The difference between that Monday and this Friday is that there has been discussion about responsibility on the Greek Row.”Redfern, Adams and Ronan all agreed The Row is ready to open and that USC students will act responsibly.“New members feel that there really is a spotlight on them now to show that they are responsible members of the Greek community, and I think they are starting to get that [The Row is] not a place to black out,” Redfern said.last_img read more