Holcomb: End of state mask mandate, gathering limits doesn’t mean an end to the…

first_img Pinterest Twitter Previous articleSome hand sanitizers found to have toxic, cancer-causing chemicalNext articleBraun says “leave it to the states” when denouncing H.R. 1 Network Indiana Facebook Twitter Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest By Network Indiana – March 25, 2021 0 143 (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Governor Holcomb says the end of a state mask order and gathering limits doesn’t mean the end of the coronavirus pandemic.Holcomb rejects suggestions the end of a state mask mandate reflects pressure from fellow Republicans in the legislature, who have been debating bills to limit governors’ emergency powers. He maintains the administration’s track record speaks for itself, and says he’ll take action again if the pandemic gains momentum again.“This is by no means a ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment. This is a ‘Proceed With Caution,’” Holcomb says.But while Holcomb agrees with state health commissioner Kristina Box that the pandemic is “far from over,” he says what’s different now is that most of those at the greatest risk have been vaccinated. About three-quarters of Hoosiers over 70 are fully vaccinated, and nearly two-thirds of those in their 60s. The state opened vaccinations to Hoosiers in their 50s five weeks ago, and Box says about half have made their appointments, though only a quarter of that group are fully vaccinated.And Holcomb says hospitals have the resources now to handle another surge if there is one.Indiana’s positivity rate has been inching up again, but has remained under four-percent for nearly a month. That’s less than a quarter of where it was at its peak in December. Hospitalizations are near record lows, and deaths have declined as well.Holcomb and Box are both urging Hoosiers to continue wearing masks, even though it’ll no longer be a statewide requirement April 6. And Box says she wants as many people as possible vaccinated as quickly as possible, in hopes of staying ahead of more dangerous variants. Fewer than 100 cases of a British mutation have been identified in Indiana so far, but Box says its higher infectiousness makes it a concern.The state health department will hold a second round of mass vaccination clinics at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month, from April 1-3, 13-18 and 24-30.Holcomb and health commissioner Kris Box are still urging Hoosiers to mask up, even though it won’t be required. Box says while a British COVID variant is still rare in Indiana, it’s still cause for concern. Holcomb: End of state mask mandate, gathering limits doesn’t mean an end to the pandemic CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Lay Down The Funk For The Meters Cover In Colorado [Watch]

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits continue to ride high in Denver, CO for the second night of their four-night Bisco Inferno run. Performing at the Ogden Theatre from June 1st through 3rd, then at Red Rocks with Twiddle on June 4th, there’s truly no shortage of great music coming from this exciting band.After a successful first night saw tDB dive into their classics, night two found the jamtronica pioneers diving deeper into their catalog and bringing out some classics. The band started the show by celebrating Allen Aucoin’s birthday with a jam session, before bringing out “Stone -> Devil’s Waltz” and a “Mulberry’s Dream” sandwich with “Catalyst” in the middle. One of the big highlights of the show was a cover of The Meters’ “Cissy Strut,” played at the very beginning of set two. Tunes like “Trucker’s Choice,” “Digital Buddha,” “And the Ladies Were The Rest Of The Night,” and more kept the dance party rocking all night long.Thanks to the band’s new live streaming on YouTube, you can watch the full video from last night’s show, below.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits at The Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO – 6/2/16I: Happy Birthday Allen Batman jam, Stone-> Devil’s Waltz, Mulberry’s Dream-> Catalyst-> Mulberry’s Dream, Hope-> ReactorII: Cissy Strut-> Trucker’s Choice, Digital Buddha-> And the Ladies Were the Rest of the Night-> Widow in the Rain-> Digital Buddha, RockafellaE: Highwire-> Svenghalilast_img read more

Using art to inspire action

first_imgThe Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Climate Creatives founder Susan Israel ’81, M.Arch. ’86, are working together on an art and design collaboration, with an event planned for Saturday, that will help people see the urgent need to act on climate change.And the inspiration for it all? Frederick Law Olmsted, the visionary landscape architect who sought to help individuals develop a personal connection to nature.“Olmsted designed 100 years into the future and what we see at the Arboretum is what he imagined, a beautiful library of trees,” Israel said. “But I would like people to think of it not just as a library, but as a living lab. The Arboretum is deeply involved and doing extremely important work with climate change, how our landscape will be altered, and how to manage it.”Susan Israel, wearing a Harvard ArtsFirst T-shirt, leads children through an art-making workshop on a San Blas island in Panama. Photo by Brandon Polack © 2017It was the beauty of Olmsted’s park, designed in the late 1870s, that inspired Israel to help individuals, communities, schools, and organizations consider climate change solutions tangibly and concretely. She originally named her organization “The Energy Necklace Project” as an homage to Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of parks through Brookline and Boston, of which the Arboretum is a part.Through workshops and scalable public art, including installations and sculpture made from reclaimed materials — office supplies, fabric, and even chopsticks — Israel teaches about climate issues in an innovative and fun way, inviting participants to make personal commitments to manageable, sustainability solutions.“When I first realized there wasn’t a feeling of climate urgency, no feeling of it being personal, people weren’t connecting with the data, it occurred to me that this is a cultural and emotional problem,” Israel said. “So I thought, ‘What if we have public art to help people get more interested in the conversation about climate and help make a metaphoric connection by putting the art across the landscape?’”,“Rising Waters” is the largest of Israel’s site-based, ephemeral installations, and she uses it in her workshop to show people where water levels will be in 10, 20, and 50 years if no action is taken on climate change. There are more than 20 installations in and around Boston, from the East Boston Shipyard and Marina and multiple MBTA stations to the Provincetown ferry dock. Israel has also done installations on the Peace Boat for UN World Ocean Day, at the UN World Oceans Conference, Earth Day Texas, the San Blas islands of Panama, and in Hong Kong.In “Creative Climate Commitment,” a collaborative workshop at the Arboretum as part of Climate Preparedness Week, on Saturday, Israel will lead small teams to create climate-inspired sculptures, which will stay at the Arboretum. She will also share ways people can take their actions on sustainability to the next level.“How do we move forward in ways that are achievable? I want to keep the dialogue on action, staying focused on what makes us feel empowered, to think about climate solutions in a visceral way,” Israel said. “It’s about using creative exercises, not expertise, to feel less frightened by the data, and more empowered about solutions, accomplishment and community.”“Creative Climate Commitment with Susan Israel” is Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Arnold Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston. Registration is required. For more information on Climate Preparedness Week, please visit www.arboretum.harvard.edu/.last_img read more

Weinstein accuser demands deposition as settlement looms

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A producer who says disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped her over seven years says she wants him deposed for a lawsuit despite a looming settlement. Alexandra Canosa maintained late Monday that she wants the deposition before deciding whether to join a settlement approved last week by a Delaware bankruptcy court judge. The settlement calls for roughly $17 million to go to Weinstein accusers. A lawyer for Canosa said in a Manhattan federal court filing that a deposition will help her decide whether to settle. The Manhattan judge reiterated Tuesday that Weinstein must be deposed by Feb. 12 unless the judge scraps the deadline. A Weinstein lawyer said evidence shows the Weinstein-Canosa relationship was consensual.last_img

Jessie J ‘Can’t Wait to Do a Musical’

first_imgSinger-songwriter Jessie J began her career in musical theater and she’s impatient to get back to the stage! “I can’t wait to do a musical. It was my first musical love,” the Brit recently wrote on her Facebook page after she visited Broadway’s Book of Mormon. She also posted a clip of her singing her “back inna di day audition song” from Les Miz, “On My Own” on the stage of the Eugene O’Neill, where the hit tuner is currently playing. View Comments The “Domino” diva was nine when she was cast in a lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End production of Whistle Down the Wind, the musical he co-wrote with Meat Loaf legend Jim Steinman. (Remember “No Matter What”? That show!). She later joined the U.K.’s prestigious National Music Theatre.center_img Jessie J’s obviously never forgotten her roots. Check her out in all her superstar glory paying tribute to Lloyd Webber, the “first person who ever believed in me” below. We’re thinking a beautiful collaboration could be on the cards…last_img read more

Vermont one of six states selected for NGA early childhood policy initiative

first_imgThe National Governors Association (NGA) has selected Vermont, as one of only six states, to develop high-quality, comprehensive state early childhood systems through a new initiative, Ready States: A Project to Develop Key Components of State Early Childhood Infrastructure. With a history of successful investments in early childhood systems and a high rating for child health and wellbeing, Vermont has the vision, team, and commitment to use this technical assistance to help ensure that all Vermont’s young children get what they need to grow, learn and thrive.“This opportunity comes at a perfect time,” Governor Douglas said of the award. “Vermont is committed to redesigning how we provide government services with a focus on performance-based measures and greater accountability using data to improve outcomes and service delivery. The NGA’s “Ready States” initiative will help us develop a much needed early childhood data system.”Over a 10-month period, the six selected states – Vermont, Kansas, Louisiana, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington – will develop action plans for state early childhood development infrastructure in governance, program quality, professional development or data systems, and work with a team of national experts to develop effective policy change strategies. According to the NGA, the strategies and policies developed by the selected states are intended to serve as ideas and best practices for all states.Vermont will build on previous strategic and successful infrastructure investments in the areas of governance, program quality, and professional development. Vermont already has an established early care, health and education governance body; Building Bright Futures, a state-wide early care and education quality recognition systems (STARS) and an early childhood professional development system, the Northern Lights Career Development Center. This technical assistance grant enables Vermont to develop the missing data systems piece by developing a comprehensive early childhood data system that will collect high quality, longitudinal data about young children, protect child and family confidentiality, track results and inform data driven policy decisions that will maximize resources.Vermont already has in place the NGA Ready State Initiative’s required core team comprised of government and community leaders who are in a position to develop and implement policy and strategies to build Vermont’s comprehensive early childhood system.Janice Mantell, Executive Director of Building Bright Futures (BBF), said: “We’re very pleased that Vermont was selected as one of six states for this important NGA Initiative that matches so well with our state’s vision and plans.  BBF welcomes the opportunity to be part of this effort to ensure that Vermont’s children thrive.  As we know, our children are our present and future – investing in them early on serves us all.”Source: NGA.last_img read more

The Ministry of Tourism has provided HRK 10 million for 52 development projects this year for the development of cycling tourism

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism announced today the decisions on the selection of projects and the award of grants under the Program for the Development of Cyclotourism on the Continent and the Program for the Development of Public Tourism Infrastructure in the Function of Active Tourism.The Ministry of Tourism is allocating HRK 10.124.800 for 52 projects intended for the development of cycling tourism in Croatia. These are projects aimed at the development of cycling tourism on the continent, ie in 14 continental counties, which will be able to invest a total of HRK 4.888.900, among other things, in the preparation of studies for tracing and marking cycling trails, installation of signs and info boards, equipping cycling routes and service stations, as well as for web design, education and setting standards for “bed & bike” accommodation facilities.With the remaining amount of HRK 5.235.900, the Ministry of Tourism will co-finance 38 development projects for public tourism infrastructure in the function of active tourism development, by which project holders, local and regional self-government units, could apply for the following activities: arranging and marking existing and new cycling, walking and riding routes, as well as arranging, setting up and equipping e-bike rental stations.”Cyclotourism is a link between all continental and coastal counties in Croatia and has a special importance in a more balanced tourism development of our country, and this is exactly one of the goals of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. In addition to connecting with other products such as enogastronomy, cyclists during their trip have the opportunity to experience all the diversity of the offer and experience Croatia as a unique destination.. ” Minister Cappelli pointed out and added: “Cycling tourism attracts guests throughout the year, and it emphasizes the natural and cultural values ​​in the destinations and thus promotes sustainability and preservation, which is one of the foundations of future tourism development in Croatia. There are currently about 60 million active cyclists in Europe, and on average cyclists spend up to 30 percent more than classic tourists, which proves their importance for Croatian tourism.. “In accordance with the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy until 2020 and the Program and Action Plan for Cyclotourism Development, cyclotourism is one of the ten key products for enriching the tourist offer, developing tourism throughout Croatia and extending the tourist season, which is one of the key challenges of Croatian tourism.Decision on the selection of projects and the award of grants under the Public Tourism Infrastructure Development ProgramPhoto: TZ KvarnerIn order to develop public tourism infrastructure and encourage the competitiveness of Croatian tourism with the affirmation of Croatia as one of the leading international tourist destinations, the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Tourism decided to dispose of the Tourism Development Fund and published a public call for grants. Public tourism infrastructure development program in 2017. The Decision in question approved funds for co-financing 38 development projects in the total value of HRK 5.235.900 for point 3 of the Program, ie for public tourism infrastructure in the function of active tourism development. The public call was open from 2 August to 15 September 2017 and the minimum and maximum grants were approved: the maximum amount of support for the development of the Operational Plan for the development of cycling tourism with standards HRK 50.000 and the minimum amount of HRK 100.000, ie the maximum possible amount of HRK 400.000 for arranging and marking existing and new cycling, walking and riding routes, as well as arranging, setting up and equipping e-bike rental stations.You can see the decision on the selection of projects and the award of grants, as well as more detailed information on the conditions of the tender on the official website of the Ministry of Tourism under the category Public Calls – Decision on project selection.Development of cycling tourism on the continentPhoto: TZ SamoborThe general goal of the Cyclotourism Development Program on the continent, by which the Ministry of Tourism co-finances up to 4.888.900 percent of eligible / eligible costs of individual project implementation with HRK 90, is to raise the competitiveness of Croatian tourism with the affirmation of Croatia as one of the leading international tourist destinations. By co-financing the subject projects on the continental part of Croatia, the creation of a new attraction base is encouraged, new motives for arrival are generated and the growth of tourist consumption is encouraged. The minimum possible amount of support per public call, which was open from 26 February to 16 March this year, was HRK 100.000, and the maximum possible amount was HRK 500.000. Funds from the public call were intended for the public sector – units of regional self-government, ie the following counties; Bjelovar-Bilogora, Brod-Posavina, Karlovac, Koprivnica-Križevci, Krapina-Zagorje, Lika-Senj, Međimurje, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Sisak-Moslavina, Varaždin, Virovitica-Podravina, Vukovar-Srijem and Zagreb. All 14 counties showed exceptional interest and all applied to the public call in question and met the prescribed conditions.You can see the decision on the selection of projects and the award of grants, as well as more detailed information on the conditions of the tender on the official website of the Ministry of Tourism under the category Public Calls – Decision on project selection.last_img read more

Reds silent over Henderson deal

first_img The England international was on Monday night reported to have agreed to commit his future to the Anfield outfit in a deal worth £100,000 a week. The 24-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Sunderland in 2011, is a key member of Brendan Rodgers’ side and will take on even greater responsibility when Steven Gerrard leaves the club in the summer. He is currently vice captain to the former England skipper. Liverpool have refused to comment on reports midfielder Jordan Henderson has agreed a new five-year contract at the club. Press Associationcenter_img The deal would be a major boost for the Reds boss in the wake of their FA Cup semi-final exit, while they also face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League. Liverpool declined to comment on the reports in several national newspapers when contacted by Press Association Sport. last_img read more

Former AFC general secretary Velappan dies

first_imgFormer AFC general secretary Velappan diesKuala Lumpur: Former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) general secretary Peter Velappan died on Saturday at the age of 83.Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama reported that Velappan passed away on Saturday morning.In a statement on the AFC website, its president Shaikh Salman Ebrahim Al Khalifa paid tribute to the veteran football administrator, reports Xinhua news agency.“On behalf of the entire Asian football family, I send my condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the family of one of the most important architects of growing the game in Asia,” he said.“Peter served Asian football with passion and professionalism and the news of his passing will shock and sadden all those who are involved in our great game on this continent. He deserves immense credit for everything that he achieved with the AFC and beyond.”Current AFC general secretary Windsor John, added that Velappan had been an inspiring figure both with AFC and the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).“Peter set the standards to which everyone in Asian football aspires. He was dedicated to grassroots football and the development of the game in Asia. It has been an honour to follow in his footsteps,” he said.Born in Malaysia in 1935, Velappan studied in Britain and Canada before becoming a teacher and later became assistant general secretary of FAM from 1963 to 1980.He was also appointed as team manager and coach to the Malaysian football team which qualified for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.In 1978, Velappan became the AFC General Secretary during a time of its rapid expansion and development for the organization and for football in Asia, which hosted its first FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea in 2002 during his time in office.He was coordination director for the Organizing Committee and received FIFA’s distinguished service award for his 30 years of valuable contribution to the sport in 2002.As the longest serving general secretary in AFC history, he served under three AFC presidents namely Hamzah Abu Samah (1978 to 1994) and Sultan Ahmad Shah (1994 to 2002) both from Malaysia and Qatar national Mohamad Hamman (2002 to 2011).Velappan retired in 2007, after 29 years as general secretary, but remained a strong advocate for grassroots football and a firm supporter of present AFC president Shaikh Salman.His commitment to grassroots football led to a role at Vision Asia which was devoted to popularising the sport at the grassroots across Asia. IANSlast_img read more

GFC blank Eastville 3-0 in U-19 League

first_imgTHE Georgetown Football Club (GFC) yesterday made an impressive start to their campaign in the Fruta Conquerors U-19 League when they blanked Eastville FC 3-0 in a Group ‘A’ fixture played at the Tucville Community ground.The young ‘Bourda Blues’ side ended the unbeaten run of Eastville thanks to a Joel Humphrey double in the 14th and 71st minutes and one from Kurtez Kellman in the 57th minute. The game, the first of a double-header, was dominated by GFC.The other match was also easy sailing for Buxton United as they led Tavelle’s Academy 3-0 late in the first half at press time.last_img