Orlando Magic player tests positive for coronavirus, team official says

first_img Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStockBy ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) — On the same day the Orlando Magic arrived at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to prepare for the upcoming NBA season restart, officials said one of their players will be temporally benched by the coronavirus.Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman made the announcement during a videoconference with reporters on Tuesday. The unidentified player had previously tested positive during the NBA’s last round of testing that began on June 23.“That player is following protocol and and we’re hoping that he can join us shortly,” Weltman said.The team did not say which player had a confirmed COVID-19 case.The league told players that it will not suspend play in the event of several positive cases, but would look into stoppage if an outbreak did occur. The Magic, along with 21 other teams, are scheduled to resume play later this month after the NBA season was put on hold in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. On June 4, the league’s Board of Governors approved games to resume on July 30 in Orlando, Florida.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img July 8, 2020 /Sports News – National Orlando Magic player tests positive for coronavirus, team official sayslast_img read more

Jordan Cove Energy Project withdraws application for key permit in Oregon

first_img The Jordan Cove Energy Project is being proposed to be built in Coos County. (Credit: Freeimages/Carlon San) The Jordan Cove Energy Project, a subsidiary of Pembina Pipeline, has withdrawn an application seeking approval to build a removal-fill at its proposed LNG export terminal in Oregon, US.The project company, through a letter, withdrew the removal-fill application filed with the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) in November 2019. However, the company did not disclose the reasons behind the decision.According to the Department of State Lands, Oregon’s removal-fill permit rules give applicants the scope to take back an application at any time before the permit decision is taken. The department was due to take a decision on the Jordan Cove Energy Project in the month end.Removal-fill permits are necessary for projects that either involve the removal or filling of more than 50 cubic yards of material in state-owned waters or in wetlands, said the Department of State Lands.In its application, the Jordan Cove Energy Project had sought approval to include removal-fill activity associated with the construction of the proposed LNG terminal, slip and access channel, and the Pacific Connector pipeline.The Department of State Lands stated: “When a removal-fill permit application is withdrawn, the application fee is forfeited and the application file is closed. A new application must be submitted for a project to receive any further consideration.“Jordan Cove’s letter did not indicate whether submission of a new removal-fill permit application is planned.”Earlier this month, the LNG terminal and its 369km long associated pipeline secured clearance from the NOAA Fisheries. Ruling that the proposed midstream assets will have minimal impact on protected species, the federal agency issued a final biological opinion on their construction and operation.Prior to that, in May 2019, the LNG export project was denied a Clean Water Act permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on the basis that it could not demonstrate its compliance with the water quality standards of Oregon.Details of the Jordan Cove Energy ProjectThe Jordan Cove Energy Project to be built in Coos County will have a capacity of liquefying up to 1.04 billion cubic feet (bcf) of natural gas per day which will be exported to global markets.The LNG export terminal will feature five liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks, and related infrastructure. The removal-fill application filed with the Department of State Lands has been taken back by the Jordan Cove Energy Projectlast_img read more

Residents angered by plans for Iffley tennis centre

first_imgProposals for a new indoor tennis court on Iffley Road have come up against fierce opposition from locals, including Professor of Theology, Andrew Linzey.Professor Linzey said, “We are not opposed to development on the sports ground per se, what we are opposed to is huge, ugly buildings in a conservation area.“Surely the University can do better than an ‘up-turned sink’ design. It is in the University’s own interest to come to an understanding with local residents.”The plans show a centre just over 25 feet high to be located on the University sports ground which, from some positions, would obscure views towards the city centre. The large, six court indoor tennis building would be built just next to the rugby pitch and very close to a nearby main road. Designs include plans to dig out the area adjacent to the road so the building can stand lower, but the roof still would still stretch a few metres above the fence. The current wooden fence bordering the site would be replaced by tall iron railings.A spokesperson for the University said, “The planning application was registered by the City Council on 15 January and provided residents with the full statutory consultation period to consider and respond to proposals.”She added, “Comments that were made have been taken into account in the final proposals where possible.” However,  members of the Iffley Area Residents Association have said that they feel this response is simply not good enough.Professor Linzey has teamed up with the Association in a stand against the plans. David Barton, Chair of the Association said, “The view from the road beside it will be of a very large, ugly grey zinc roof, divided by lighting panels, stretching back across the field for 33 metres. In our view, the designers haven’t considered the impact of implementing these plans at this particular location, given that it is situated within a conservation area, and close to the Grade 1 Listed building of St John’s Church.”In their submission as a Residents Association, Professor Linzey and co-members will suggest that the building is poorly designed and highly unsuited to the location. They will do so along with those who live opposite the site on Marston Street.Nearby resident Sarah Wild said, “The University obviously cannot have both indoors and the outdoors in the same place because of the restriction at the Iffley Road site; so the answer would be to have a split site – one with primarily indoor and one with primarily outdoor facilities.”The objections of the Resident’s Association will be heard formally at a consultation to be hosted by Oxford City Council. A spokesperson for the Council commented on planning procedures. “As part of the normal planning process we have consulted residents and their comments will be taken into consideration when the application is reviewed,” he said.Oxford University held a public exhibition of the plans at the University Rugby Club pavilion this week where Professor Linzey and the rest of the Association were invited as guests. However, the next discussions concerning the application are not to take place until March.last_img read more

No.9 barmen go topless for the ladies

first_imgThe High Street venue, formally known as Escape, will become the first nightclub in Oxford to host such a night. Fontaine told the Oxford Mail “It’s certainly not a lapdancing club and it won’t be tacky. All of our male barman will wear just their underwear on Thursday nights because we want to create a relaxed environment where women can go and enjoy themselves. There have always been places where women have worked topless for male audiences. Why shouldn’t there be a similar place for women?” On Thursday nights between 9pm and 3am male bartenders will serve tables wearing only their underwear. However, when asked for their opinion, some female Oxford students displayed positive reactions to the event and suggested that it may become popular. One anonymous Univ student said ‘phwoar…topless barmen…that’s way better than Bridge.’ Steve Fontaine, the director of No.9,  has described the night as “just a bit of fun.”center_img Although No.9 was recently taken up by Varsity Events for their Saturday night slot, thistopless night does not look set to become an official student night. No 9 nightclub has just announced that it will be launching a new ladies night every Thursday with drinks served by topless male bartenders. While Thirst Lodge recently had its licence for sexual entertainment revoked, the council has confirmed that No 9 will not need a licence for this new night.last_img read more

BIA 2010 sells out!

first_imgTickets for the Baking Industry Awards 2010 have now sold out, as the industry prepares for the event of this year this September.TV presenter and producer Esther Rantzen CBE will host the circus-themed black-tie event at the Park Lane Hilton, London, which takes place on Wednesday 8 September.The Awards will be attended by key players in the industry and it is a great opportunity to network. The evening begins with a drinks reception, followed by a three-course meal, entertainment – including performances from Cirque Bijou – and the announcement of the Award winners.For further details of the Awards evening, go to www.bakeryawards.co.uk.last_img

Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals Hit Las Vegas’s Brooklyn Bowl [Photos]

first_imgOn Thursday night, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals took to  Las Vegas, Nevada, for a performance at the Brooklyn Bowl with Tom Freund. Harper and the Innocent Criminals—composed of Jason Mozersky, Jason Yates, Juan Nelson, Leon Mobley, and Oliver Charles—are currently touring in promotion of their latest album, Call It What It Is, which marks the group’s first studio endeavor together in over nine years. Call It What It Is reads as a call-to-action for listeners, with Harper and the Innocent Criminals taking on the role of activists and advocating for compassion, justice, and truth in today’s complex world.Last night’s show at Las Vegas’s Brooklyn Bowl marks the start of a three-day run for Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, who will continue on to the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California, tonight with Tom Freund. The group will then meet up with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Michael Franti, Modest Mouse, The Roots and more for BottleRock Napa Valley on Saturday. You can check out photos from last night’s performance below, courtesy of Erik Kabik. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Dead & Company Festival Not Coming To Wyoming After All

first_imgDespite being approved by the Board of Teton County Commissioners, a two-day Dead & Company festival will not be taking place at Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch in Wyoming this summer. After weeks of speculation regarding the proposed event, Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Highline Sports and Entertainment—the group that filed for a permit for the gathering—released a statement saying the concerts will not be happening due to conflicts with the Grateful Dead spinoff project.“While the concept and opportunity were incredible, the timing and logistics behind it proved too much to pull off for this year,” James Deighan, Managing Partner at Highline Sports and Entertainment, wrote in a press release.As previously reported, Deighan and his company went through all the necessary processes to secure a permit for a Dead & Company festival at the South Park, WY ranch on August 18th and 19th. While Highline Sports and Entertainment ended up succeeding on that front, Dead & Company’s actual relationship with the group and its proposed festival was always unclear.“The only caveat is we are up against a little bit of time…to properly plan this event and execute it in the proper fashion that not only the town deserves but the event itself as well,” Deighan said during the initial permit hearing.In any case, Dead & Company will definitely be playing two full shows in the mountains this August when they headline Virginia’s Lockn’ Festival on August 25th and 26th.last_img read more

‘Public Interested?’

first_imgCalling on Harvard students to “dedicate today to figuring out how to dedicate your lives,” Joseph P. Kennedy III kicked off Wintersession’s “Public Interested?” conference on Saturday, speaking about his life in public service and urging audience members to create their own careers by following their passions.“There is no road map. It’s an organic process,” the Massachusetts congressman told the crowd of roughly 300 at the Science Center. “In public service, you’re going to be working on problems that are as deeply entrenched as they are divisive. If there were an easy answer, somebody would have figured it out.”“It was incredibly motivating to start the day by hearing Congressman Kennedy talk about how our generation is needed in government to change it,” said ImeIme Umana ’14, president of the Student Advisory Board at the Institute of Politics.“Public Interested?”, a collaboration of the Center for Public Interest Careers, Institute of Politics, Office of Career Services, Office for Sustainability, Phillips Brooks House Association, Public Service Network, Undergraduate Council, and Harvard Alumni Association — coordinated by Gene Corbin, assistant dean of public service at Harvard College — brought together more than 225 undergraduates and 75 alumni. The day featured a panel discussion with recent alumni, Big Public Service Ideas talks by top leaders in the field, and workshops covering human rights and public interest law; public and global health; education and youth work; social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management and consulting; government, public policy, and military service; advocacy and organizing; international development; philanthropy and socially responsible investing; and green careers.Joseph P. Kennedy III kicked off Wintersession’s “Public Interested?” conference by urging audience members to create their own careers and follow their passions. Photo by Martha Stewart“The private sector tends to have more resources for recruiting, and students have indicated that they want more opportunities to explore public interest fields,” said Corbin. “This conference was an amazing example of our public service and career advising offices and organizations collaborating to demonstrate that Harvard College is increasing support for students considering public interest work.”“ ‘Public Interested?’ has provided a tremendous boost to our efforts to further establish pathways for students to pursue public interest work,” said Travis Lovett, director of the Center for Public Interest Careers. “When you bring service-minded alumni and idealistic students together, amazing transformations take place.”Philip Lovejoy, the Harvard Alumni Association’s deputy executive director, noted that alumni are an incredible resource for advising current students, and the workshops were meant to provide students “with a vast network of peers who can be an integral part of their lives, helping inform everything from their careers to their social paths.”Meredith Weenick ’90, M.B.A. ’02, used the session on politics to explain the interrelation between government and service.“There are a lot of opportunities [within local government] to make a difference in the lives of a lot of people,” said Weenick, the city of Boston’s chief financial officer. “If you believe that democracy is what we do for each other, then you should be invested in making it work.”At the public and global health workshop, the panel included Cheryl Hamlin, M.P.H. ’94, who talked about performing surgeries in Kenya, and Angelico Razon ’08, M.P.H. ’13, who discussed learning on the job at a clinic for the homeless in California.“What I found really useful was that a lot of questions were about how to accomplish certain goals,” such as internships and funding for independent projects, said Nikhil Mulani ’14.“I liked how free it was, how it was open to questions, and how we heard from a variety of people,” said Ashley Ifeadike ’15, who said she intends to explore work in health policy.For other students, such as freshmen Harold Eyster and Jung Dong, both of whom attended the session on green careers, the workshops were an early step in career planning.Freshman Harold Eyster (left) attended a session on careers in environmental sustainability while Ashley Ifeadike ’15 said she was interested in health policy.“It was very informative hearing from people in the field about what their hiring process is,” said Eyster, while Jong said he appreciated advice about synthesizing relationships between business and government.“Firsthand practical experience helps a lot,” he said. Kate Meakem ’13, president of the Phillips Brooks House Association, reflected on the day, adding, “As a student highly involved in public service and hoping to pursue a career in public service, it was inspiring to spend a day with other students and alumni who share this passion.”For all the students considering a life in public service, Kennedy had some words of encouragement.“Do it. Trust yourself. Challenge yourself. Dedicate yourself to the things that are worthwhile.“The need for talented, dedicated public service workers will always overwhelm the supply,” he said. “So you guys, hurry up.”last_img read more

When depression and anxiety loom

first_imgEveryone feels down in the dumps occasionally, or anxious and nervous about the challenges, real or perceived, that loom in front of them.If the blues give way to deep, unending depression, or if occasional anxiety leads to breath-robbing panic, psychiatrists and psychologists are ready to help. But what if the blues, while not black, have turned gray? And what if your fears don’t send you into a debilitating, full-blown panic, but churn your thoughts constantly, making you avoid social occasions or impairing your performance at work?In the past, there hadn’t been a lot of help for those neither well nor sick enough for medical intervention, a large area referred to by Harvard faculty members Shelley Carson as “almost depressed” and Luana Marques as “almost anxious.”Carson, with co-author Jefferson Prince, has written a book aimed at those in the vast middle ground called “Almost Depressed: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Unhappiness a Problem?” Marques, with co-author Eric Metcalf, has written “Almost Anxious: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Worry or Distress a Problem?”The two books, both released this month, are part of the “almost effect” series of books from Harvard Health Publications aimed at people who have previously fallen through the cracks in a care system that tends to look at health as binary: You’re either sick or well. Instead, the series acknowledges that there is a continuum between being entirely well and clinically ill and that early help can not only alleviate current suffering but also head off more serious illness down the road.The books are designed to educate readers and guide them through self-analysis, helping them determine where they are on the “almost” spectrum and whether the time for self-help has already passed. The books combine case studies and self-help features such as questionnaires and worksheets with the latest medical knowledge to provide a comprehensive, reader-friendly introduction to issues.“It’s exactly what’s missing in the literature,” said Marques, a psychologist at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry.‘Just getting by’Carson, an instructor at Harvard Extension School and an associate of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Psychology Department, said the occasional blues are normal, as is feeling down when struck by a negative event like a financial setback, a failing grade, or a break-up with a significant other. When those feelings stick around, however, you may cross into “almost depressed.”“When several days turn to weeks, that’s a sign it’s more than a normal blue mood,” Carson said. “A lot of people are ‘almost depressed’ but don’t realize they are. They’re just getting by for a long time and don’t realize that just getting by is not the way we’re supposed to live our lives.”Depression is a global problem, Carson said, and one that stalks college campuses. Depressed students tend to withdraw from outside activities and head back to the dorm after class to play video games and watch TV instead of engaging in activities or interacting with friends.Depression has many potential causes, Carson said, some of which are genetic. High stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep can contribute to the complex condition.Experts have seen depression rise in the population every decade since the 1940s and have found that most of those with mild symptoms — 75 percent — will eventually develop full-blown depression, Carson said. Treatment of depression can be life-saving, as those who are depressed have four times the risk of heart disease and up to 15 times the risk of suicide as members of the general public.“Stress is a huge factor,” Carson said. “It’s a go, go, go world with no time for reflection or yourself.”Among remedies detailed in the book for those who are “almost depressed” are increased exercise, engaging in creative activities, reducing stress, goal-setting and meaningful activity, increasing social activity, improving sleep and diet, and using a meditation technique called mindfulness.“What we want to do is arm people with techniques and strategies to prevent this from occurring,” Carson said.Living faster livesDepression and anxiety are related, Marques said. While depressed people are not able to get going, anxious people have trouble slowing down. As with depression, there are normal levels of anxiety, Marques said. A certain amount of anxiety can be beneficial. Worry about an upcoming exam may goad a student to study hard and ace it, while pregame jitters may help an athlete to focus and do her best.Governing anxiety levels has gotten more difficult as life’s pace has accelerated with each decade, Marques said. Technology, which can be a blessing, also forces people to multitask and keeps them from disengaging. The result can be increasing levels of anxiety, constant worry, restlessness, poor sleep patterns, and even fear. In extreme cases, it can lead to a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or a more specific phobia.Solutions for reducing anxiety include increasing exercise, improving sleep, tapping into social networks, utilizing mindfulness techniques, and learning to tolerate some anxiety in life without slipping out of control.“Anxiety is normal and adaptive at an optimal level,” Marques said. “Everybody has anxiety. The question is how much and how often.”last_img read more

Woman Charged After Allegedly Threatening 911 Dispatchers, Deputies

first_imgFile mugshot of Sally Lawson.ELLERY – A Bemus Point with an alleged history of showing threats and violence towards law enforcement was charged after reportedly calling the county 911 dispatch center over 100 times Sunday.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says Sally Lawson, 63, allegedly called Chautauqua County 911 dispatch center in excess of one hundred times for no legitimate purpose while at her home on Belleview Road.Lawson’s calls allegedly included threats of violence and death towards 911 dispatchers and responding deputies.Deputies say Lawson was issued an appearance ticket for her actions and will appear in Town of Ellery Court at a later date. Lawson was previously charged in October 2019 for allegedly punching a person in the face and throwing hot coffee on sheriff deputies; and then again in November for calling 911 multiple times without an emergency. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),We need to open mental hospitals again. This woman needs help. I don’t know her but she’s obviously a frequent flyer for the police to deal with.,Why have they not done anything about this psycho yet?! Instead of worrying about people doing stupid little things focus on this nut that needs to be locked away before she hurts someone!,I agree…she needs help before an innocent person is hurt.last_img read more