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  • Over half of Antarctic cruise passengers on Greg Mortimer ship have tested positive for coronavirus

    04/08/2020 12:46:04 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 8, 2020 | Michael Bartiromo | Fox News
    Of the 217 people tested aboard the Greg Mortimer cruise ship, 128 came back positive for COVID-19, while 89 tested negative, the Aurora Expeditions cruise line confirmed. The Australia-based company said all passengers and crew that have tested positive did not have fevers, and were asymptomatic as of Tuesday. The Greg Mortimer, which is currently off the coast of Uruguay, departed on March 15 for a voyage to Antarctica and the island of South Georgia, but has been anchored off the coast near Montevideo since late March, after authorities in Uruguay blocked the ship from disembarking over coronavirus concerns, the...
  • Gov. Murphy closes all state, county parks until further notice [NJ]

    04/08/2020 6:45:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    News 12 New Jersey ^ | Apr 08, 2020 8:55 AM EST
    Gov. Phil Murphy has closed all state and county parks in New Jersey until further notice, but not everyone is happy about the decision. According to the order from the governor, as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, all state and county parks have been shut down. The closure also includes Liberty State Park in Jersey City, one of the largest state parks in the state. Hundreds of people visit the more than 1,200-acre park every day. […] One group that immediately blasted the governor’s decision is the NJ Outdoor Alliance, calling the governor’s decision ridiculous, and urging the state to review...
  • Biden wants Sanders to be 'part of the journey' in 2020 campaign

    04/08/2020 3:47:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/07/20 | Paul Steinhauser, Madeleine Rivera
    Former Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview televised Tuesday that November’s general election “cannot” be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. And the all-but-certain Democratic presidential nominee insisted in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show that he also wants primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders “to be part of the journey” going forward -- just not as his running mate. With the coronavirus outbreak forcing social distancing and keeping most Americans in their homes in hopes of preventing a spread of the virus, the Democratic presidential nomination calendar has been upended, with many states delaying their remaining contests or...
  • Firefighters applaud health care workers on coronavirus front line in Delaware (sirens & lights)

    04/08/2020 1:09:16 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    WMDT ^ | 4/07/20 | Camila Fernandez
    DELAWARE - On Tuesday, firefighters surrounded several Bayhealth locations to let health care workers there know that they appreciate them as they continue to fight against the coronavirus. “We’re trying to brighten their day,” said David Carey, assistant chief at the Dover Fire Department. “The lights and the sirens, showing that someone actually cares and they are just not there dealing with this on their own,” said Carey, “We’re all dealing with it together.” With more and more coronavirus cases popping up in Delaware these healthcare workers are having to risk their own lives to save others. So, we are...
  • SC police officers rescue ducklings from drain, reunite them with momma duck

    04/07/2020 3:32:39 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 15 replies
    WSPA_News7 ^ | April 7, 2020 | Tim Renaud
    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – To protect and serve… even when it comes to little ducklings. Officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department on Tuesday rescued a couple of baby ducks who were trapped in a drain and shared photos and a video on the department’s Facebook page. Animal Control Officer Hoffman and Officer Sanford went to work and rescued the sweet ducks and reunited them with their mom.
  • ‘Light at the end of this tunnel,’ US surgeon general says - U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said he feels "a lot more optimistic."

    04/07/2020 3:13:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    ABC Columbia ^ | 4/07/20 | Morgan Winsor, Emily Shapiro
    ABC News – While still maintaining that this will be a difficult week for Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Tuesday that he feels “a lot more optimistic” as he reassured citizens “there is a light at the end of this tunnel.” “I absolutely believe this is going to be an incredibly sad and an incredibly hard week for our country, but we’ve had tough times in this country before and we always come out stronger,” Adams told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on “Good Morning America.” “The good news is...
  • MLB, union float playing all games in empty stadiums in Arizona: report

    04/07/2020 2:13:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/20 | John Bowden
    Major League Baseball (MLB) could hold the entirety of the 2020 season at the Arizona Diamondbacks' stadium in Phoenix, Ariz., without any fans attending if officials go through with a plan that has reportedly been discussed by top league officials and members of the MLB players' union. The Associated Press reported that the two groups are in talks about potential plans for the 2020 season, which is supposed to be already underway but has been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak that has swept across the U.S. and around the world. One of the plans being discussed involved teams meeting...
  • After two deaths on board, Coral Princess cruise ship gets Miami welcome

    04/04/2020 2:53:57 PM PDT · by Capt. Tom · 24 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 4, 2020 | Marc Freeman
    The final voyage of the Coral Princess to PortMiami on Saturday morning was a race against time to get urgent care for multiple passengers suffering from the new coronavirus. Two people had already died — including a woman from South Carolina on Friday night — while last-minute negotiations shifted the cruise ship from its first-choice destination, Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. Officials quickly devised a plan signed just before the ship docked: Take nearly 1,000 healthy travelers — screened and wearing masks — directly to Miami International Airport for flights home; bring four extremely sick passengers (including at least one...
  • Palm Sunday and the pandemic: sanitized fronds, clergy in protective garb and live streams

    04/04/2020 2:38:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    CNN (fake news) ^ | 4/04/20 | Ray Sanchez
    (CNN) The coronavirus pandemic has challenged Christian churches to find socially distant ways to launch Holy Week on Palm Sunday. Also known as Passion Sunday, the day recounts the biblical story of Jesus' triumphant arrival in Jerusalem before his crucifixion, with palm leaves and clothing laid in his path. It comes on the last Sunday of Lent and first day of Holy Week. Before the deadly pandemic's social distancing guidelines altered life across America, Christians often celebrated with processions and the distribution of palm leaves. So faith leaders throughout the country have come up with new ways to observe the...
  • How to Make Your own Face Covering

    04/04/2020 12:02:45 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 77 replies
    CDC/YouTube ^ | Apr 3, 2020 | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps.
  • Weekly Garden Thread - April 4-10, 2020

    04/04/2020 9:15:07 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 110 replies
    April 4, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • 13 easy recipes to cook in quarantine

    04/04/2020 8:24:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 63 replies
    The Week ^ | 4/04/20 | Eric Kim
    Wherever you are in the world, I hope you're safe and sound at home. As we all navigate the global COVID-19 crisis, it's important that we're still nourishing ourselves - not just our stomachs, but also our minds, our hearts, and our communities. As my colleague Brinda's grandmother texted her today from Singapore, "Don't get depressed. Sing, play on the piano, read novels, learn knitting and sewing, meditate - all these help." I don't know if I believe that the simple comforts of cooking will indelibly cure the ailments of today and tomorrow, but I do know that walking into...
  • The Pumps Don't Work 'Cause the Vandals Took the Handles

    04/04/2020 8:19:27 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 68 replies ^ | 4/4/20 | a little elbow grease
    An American story posted in an effort to show how far the coronavirus insanity has traveled and how the character of our country is being reshaped .... Hoops Removed at Legendary NYC Basketball Courts as a Coronavirus Precaution by Angi Gonzalez Brooklyn (snip) -- "The basketball court at Rucker Park in Harlem is considered hallowed ground for some of the greatest players in the game. On Thursday, it was empty, which seemed surreal for people who live in the neighborhood. Earlier in the day, the hoops at the Rucker Park court and at 79 other basketball courts across the city...
  • Coronavirus: Islamophobia concerns after India mosque outbreak

    04/03/2020 3:44:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    BBC via Yahoo ^ | 4/03/20
    Outrage over a Muslim congregation that has sparked a new wave of Covid-19 cases in India has taken an Islamophobic turn. States across India have traced more than 300 positive cases to the weeks-long event. And Islamophobic hashtags have been trending on Twitter since the news first broke on Monday. "Instead of corona quarantine, we should have hate quarantine," says historian Rana Safvi. The gathering was by the Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic missionary movement that is nearly 100 years old. And its global spiritual centre or markaz is in Indian capital Delhi's Nizamuddin area. The event was held there -...
  • Child flown to hospital after coyote attack in East Bay park

    04/01/2020 6:20:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 1, 2020 | George Kelly
    5-year-old girl treated for non-life-threatening injuries; park closed to visitorsEast Bay Regional Park District staff closed Dublin Hills Regional Park to visitors after a 5-year-old girl was attacked and bitten by a coyote Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Park officials immediately responded to a park location around 2:20 p.m. after learning that the girl, who was walking with family members, was approached and bitten by one of five or six coyotes. The girl’s family quickly intervened and the animals fled. Alameda County Fire Department firefighters also responded, and provided care before transporting the girl to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for...

    04/01/2020 9:35:42 AM PDT · by cyclotic · 6 replies
    Trail Life USA ^ | Press Release
    GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Boys adventure movement Trail Life USA ( today announced its first-ever “National Backyard Campout” -- encouraging families to “make memories” during the COVID-19 lockdown. At a time when “outward bound” has become “homebound” for families across the nation, Trail Life USA is inviting America’s families to take a break from their COVID-19 preoccupation and have a camping adventure in their own backyards April 17. “Our Troops have had to hold their meetings online for the past few weeks during self-isolating,” said Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life USA, which has more than 30,000 members in 830-plus troops...
  • New CDC data shows danger of coronavirus for those with diabetes, heart or lung disease, other chronic conditions

    04/01/2020 1:38:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Post (democracy dies with democrats) via MSN ^ | 3/31/20 | Joel Achenbach, William Wan
    **SNIP** The CDC analyzed more than 7,000 confirmed covid-19 cases across the country in which health officials had a written record about the presence or absence of any underlying medical condition. The preexisting conditions covered in the records include heart and lung diseases, diabetes, chronic renal disease, chronic liver disease, immunocompromised conditions, neurological disorders, neurodevelopmental or intellectual disability, pregnancy, current or former smoker status, and “other chronic disease.” The CDC found that, of people requiring admission to an intensive care unit, 78 percent had at least one underlying health condition. Of people hospitalized but not requiring ICU admission, 71 percent...
  • Turkey Hunting Perfect Social Distancing Outdoors Activity in South Carolina

    04/01/2020 1:30:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Post and Courier ^ | Mar 29, 2020 | Tommy Braswell
    Compared to many other pursuits, turkey hunting may be the perfect outlet for outdoors enthusiasts who are paying attention to the current social distancing guidelines. While approximately 50,000 people hunt turkeys in South Carolina, it’s mostly a solitary pursuit. Although Lowcountry hunters with access to private lands have been taking advantage of the state’s turkey hunting season since March 22, the rest of the state and those who don’t have access to private hunting property can join in this week. The season opened on private lands in Game Zones 3 and 4 (basically the lower portion of the state) on...
  • Ex-wildlife chief: Trump rule could kill billions of birds

    03/31/2020 4:18:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 31, 2020 | Amy Beth Hanson and Matthew Brown
    At a former open pit copper mine filled with billions of gallons of toxic water, sirens and loud pops from propane cannons echo off the granite walls to scare away birds so they don’t land. After several thousand migrating snow geese perished in the Berkeley Pit’s acidic, metal-laden waters in 2016, its owners deployed a sophisticated arsenal to frighten away flocks, including lasers, drones, fireworks and remote-controlled boats. Montana Resources already had been hazing incoming birds with spotlights and rifle shots into the water — and a spokesman says those existing deterrents likely helped the company avoid a penalty or...
  • Mafia could be big winner in coronavirus-ravaged Italy

    03/31/2020 7:26:05 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 18 replies
    CTV ^ | March 29, 2020 | Ella Ide and Ljubomir Milasin
    ROME, ITALY -- As Italy mourns thousands of coronavirus dead, and survivors brace for life in an economic wasteland, one rung of society looks to win big: organized crime. "The Italian mafia can turn threats into opportunities," top government anti-mafia investigator Giuseppe Governale told AFP. Over 10,000 people have died in Italy of the flu-like disease, which has forced the country into a lockdown that is devastating the eurozone's third largest economy. From the historic Cosa Nostra in Sicily, to the immensely powerful 'Ndrangheta in Calabria and trigger-happy Camorra in Naples, Italy's mafias were "caught on the back foot (by...