first_imgpinkomelet/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided its most robust guidelines yet for Thanksgiving, as cases surge throughout the United States and several states have issued restrictions ahead of the holidays.The CDC’s guidance, which was first updated on Monday, emphasizes that the safest option for the holiday is celebrating only with people in your household. However, if you do celebrate with others, the agency advises you to take extra precautions, like wearing masks and keeping your distance.“Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” the CDC said. “The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household.”Public health officials have observed that family gatherings are partly fueling an increase in cases. In Canada, where its national Thanksgiving is celebrated Oct. 12, health officials have said clusters of new cases have since been tied to family get-togethers.The CDC’s new guidance stresses that even with friends and family, people need to be cautious during the holidays to prevent from adding to the trend of increasing cases.For those who do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside their household, the CDC advises that you wear a well-fitting mask, keep 6 feet of distance from people who do not live with you and wash your hands often.If attending a gathering, the agency recommends that you bring your own plate, cups and utensils; store your mask safely while eating and drinking; avoid going in and out of the kitchen while food is being prepared; and use single-use options for condiments and food containers.Hosts can plan the meal outdoors with a limited group or open windows if dining indoors, talk with guests about expectations beforehand, sanitize surfaces and even have guests bring their own food and drinks, the CDC said.Around the thorny issue of travel, the CDC advises that “staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others.”“Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19,” the agency said.Still, airlines are anticipating peaks around the holiday. United Airlines, for instance, said it is adding more than 1,400 domestic flights to peak travel days during Thanksgiving week.If you are traveling, the CDC emphasizes checking travel restrictions, getting your flu shot, wearing a mask, distancing and washing your hands often in public places.The guidance comes as every state in the country is reporting an increasing number of new COVID-19 cases, according to the COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run data organization.In Washington, D.C., and five states — California, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont — cases are low but increasing. In the remaining 45 states as well as Guam and Puerto Rico, cases are high and staying high.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discussed Thanksgiving travel on MSNBC this Tuesday, saying that each family is going to have to make a “risk assessment,” especially if you have an elderly person or someone with an underlying condition in your family.“You really need to make a decision,” the nation’s leading infectious disease expert said. “Do I want to put that person at an increased risk by having people coming in from all parts of the country, usually in a crowded airport, without necessarily knowing if they’re infected, without having time to get tested or time to do quarantine?”In recent weeks, state leaders have issued their own holiday guidance and ordered new restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19.In California, officials released holiday guidelines suggesting that residents limit themselves to outdoor gatherings with people from no more than three households for no more than two hours.Rhode Island has urged residents to avoid travel for the holidays. It also recently decreased its social gathering limit from 15 people to 10 as cases rise in the state.Massachusetts advises short in-person visits and virtual holiday dinners with extended family and friends, “especially if they are at higher risk for illness from COVID-19.” Last week, amid rising cases, the state also issued new limits on gatherings at private residences, reducing them from 25 to 10, and placing a 9:30 p.m. curfew on all gatherings until further notice.To read more about Thanksgiving safety, see here.ABC News’ Stephanie Ebbs, Sophie Tatum, Arielle Mitropoulos, Soo Rin Kim, Brian Hartman, Ben Bell and Gio Benitez contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgSeismic survey specialist Spectrum has begun a 10,000 square kilometer 3D multi-client seismic project over the Southern Santos Basin in Brazil.Illustration; Praia do Arpoador, Rio de Janeiro; Photo by: Shot by Cerqueira on UnsplashSpectrum said on Monday that the survey covered an area south of the major oil and gas discoveries in the Santos Basin and the recent highly sought after blocks offered in Rounds 2, 3, 4, and 15.The company added that fast-track data would be available for the round expected in the second half of 2019.The 3D project builds on Spectrum’s 2D database in the region and marks the opening of the highly prospective deepwater area in the Santos basin.Rune Eng, CEO of Spectrum, said: “Spectrum has acquired 200,000 kilometers of long offset high quality 2D data covering almost the complete coastline of Brazil. We are now moving to the next growth stage in Brazil, using our 2D to locate prospective areas for 3D acquisition.“This project builds on Spectrum’s strategy of creating a complete and comprehensive database in Brazil. Our seismic database empowers the oil and gas industry to evaluate blocks in one of the most popular basins in the world and helps the government to select blocks for future license rounds.”It is worth reminding that Spectrum in April began the acquisition of offshore multi-client 2D seismic data over another offshore are in Brazil, the Pernambuco-Paraiba basins. These are located along the Eastern Margins of Brazil. The survey covers an area north of the prolific Sergipe Basin that would be included in Round 16 scheduled for 2019.last_img read more

first_imgUSC coach Frank Cruz has referred to his team as “prizefighters,” but they’re still searching for that knockout punch.For the fourth consecutive game, the Trojans (3-5) blew a lead, battled back from a deficit and had their fair share of chances to win the game.Not enough · Senior second baseman Joe DePinto, pictured here at home against Missouri, drove in three runs Tuesday night, but they weren’t enough as the Trojans eventually fell to host Long Beach State, 5-4. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan But Tuesday night, it was Long Beach State freshman pinch-hitter Johnny Bekakis who delivered the knockout blow, singling home the winning run off junior closer Chad Smith with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Dirtbags a 5-4 win.It’s the Trojans fourth straight loss and the third by just one run.The Trojans struck right off the bat in the first. After junior catcher Kevin Roundtree doubled and junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa reached on an error, senior captain and second baseman Joe De Pinto got USC on the board. With a full count, De Pinto ripped a two-RBI two-bagger down the left field line to give the Trojans a quick 2-0 lead.The Dirtbags threatened in their half of the first, putting runners at the corners with one down. But junior pitcher Ben Mount got out of the jam by inducing a lineout double-play to freshman James Roberts at shortstop.Mount pitched well, allowing a bunt RBI in the second but otherwise mowing through the Long Beach State lineup until his defense let him down in the fifth inning, as the Dirtbags evened the score at two.Mount was lifted from the game after the fifth inning, after allowing just one earned run on five hits and striking out four. The Dirtbags took advantage of Mount’s exit.A leadoff single, a sacrifice bunt and a bloop double that kicked chalk on the left field line gave Long Beach State the lead. Sophomore pitcher Matt Munson entered to try to squash the rally, but designated hitter Jonathan Kim smacked Munson’s first pitch down the left field line for a double, giving the Dirtbags a 4-2 lead.USC got the runs back in the seventh inning, as freshman centerfielder Omar Cotto Lozada flashed his speed. He led off with an infield single, advanced to second on a passed ball, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch.After a walk and a wild pitch put Roundtree on second base, De Pinto came through with the clutch hit USC hadn’t found in a week. He ripped a single to right field plating Roundtree to tie the game. The Trojans couldn’t regain the lead, however, and the Dirtbags capitalized in the ninth.last_img read more

first_img Market leaders headline SBC Digital Summit’s Digital Marketing Day April 22, 2020 The first year for ad:s – Sportradar’s marketing service built for betting February 4, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles NSoft or strict rules: Outcome-based vs prescriptive regulation March 10, 2020 Submit Marketing agency Digital Fuel will mark this year’s London Affiliate Conference (LAC) by launching a new GDPR compliant acquisition platform for the online gambling sector.Ahead of the conference, the company’s founder and CEO Toby Oddy spoke to SBC News about the importance of attending high profile trade shows, how the increased regulatory responsibilities have shaped the market, and what he expects to be the industry buzzword for affiliates at the ExCeL.SBC: How important is Digital Fuel’s presence at industry gatherings such as LAC?TO: For us, attending LAC is very important. It gives us an opportunity to catch up with our clients, as well as attract new business and build new relationships.I have always said that Digital Fuel will push the boundaries and take innovation by the horns to deliver a quality and profitable service to our clients. LAC is the ideal place to share this message.We are now working across the globe in Australia, Hong Kong, UK and the US. This means it is very important to be able to meet our existing and prospective clients in one place, so we can showcase our innovative services.SBC: Given the increased regulatory responsibilities and levels of compliance placed on affiliates, has entering the market become less attractive?TO: I would say yes. But it has also made the industry become more responsible and forced to place more focus on the customer’s requirements. This is crucial in the age of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and quite frankly it’s the right thing to do.SBC: What do you think will be the industry buzzword at LAC 2018?TO: Anything related to Blockchain and crypto technologies.SBC: What are your key objectives for this year’s event?TO: We have five key aims for the event this year: to launch our specialist GDPR-compliant customer acquisition platform and secure a limited number of partners, to increase reach and revenues for our existing clients, to meet new and old industry friends, to see innovation thriving in the gambling industry, and to sink a few beers!last_img read more

first_imgOMAR TYREE I was prepared this week to write an article on sports and fatherhood.Instead, I was struck by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening game featuring the return of Akron, Ohio’s native son, LeBron James. With hours of national sports coverage and thousands of fans who traveled downtown to enjoy a free concert from Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons – including live commentary from Charles Barkley and jokes from comedian/actor Kevin Hart – the event was overwhelming.The city unveiled a new 10-story LeBron James banner, featured six hours of fan experience from Nike, invited fans to game watching parties at more than 40 bars and restaurants, and unveiled a humungous, state-of-the-art scoreboard inside Quickens Loan Arena, where those with tickets to the game received free LeBron James T-shirts, a season schedule magnet for their refrigerators and 20,000 glow-in-the-dark wands to wave during the game announcements.Of course, the game was sold out, with superstar musician and part-owner, Usher Raymond and his protégé, Justin Bieber, sitting courtside, along with filmmaker, Spike Lee, football Hall of Famer turned TV star Michael Strahan, and dozens of other national and local celebrities, all to see the homecoming of LeBron. Nike even unveiled a new commercial, where “King James” invites the entire city of Cleveland into a team huddle and prep-talk to win a championship in classic black and white film.It felt like I was watching the NFL Super Bowl, but it was only Cleveland’s first game of the season with LeBron back, featuring his new teammates: Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Deon Waiters, Tristan Thomas and more. It was also the season premiere of new Cleveland head coach, David Blatt.By the way, the game included NBA All-Star and Olympian Carmelo Anthony and his New York Knicks, with the second game of their new head coach Derek Fisher. And after all of the crazy build-up, LeBron James went on to have a horrible outing in a 95-90 loss. At one point in the first half, he was 1-9 shooting with four turnovers, on his way to 17 points and eight turnovers.I felt sorry for the dude. I could only imagine how eager HE was to get it all over. At the end of the day, he still needed two and half hours worth of energy to play a basketball game before granting a hundred post-game interviews about the loss. Not only that, I read his wife, Savannah, finally gave birth their first baby girl to add to his excitement and exhaustion on Monday night, October 27.But with all of the sports commentators recapping how amazing the opening night was, I couldn’t help thinking about the American hypocrisy of sports and race. I’ve been to Cleveland on several occasions and know people from the area, as well as from other cities of Ohio. And it’s the same old American story; Blacks live on one part of town in poverty, while Whites live on the other in wealth. And race relations still don’t mix like you would think they would in  2014.So I watched the rehashed stories of White Cleveland Cavaliers fans who angrily burned LeBron James jerseys just four years ago when he left the city to take his talents to South Beach, and I chuckled at their audacity. Thousands of these same angry White fans now profess to love him again, including Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, who was forced to apologize for his tantrum and public letter, which lambasted LeBron and attacked his character.I’m sorry, folks, I know we all look at sports as the perfect meeting ground between race, gender, class, creed and culture, but it continues to astonish me how the White American populace could care less about Lebron James’ twin brother, if he wasn’t blessed with the same freakish athletic skills to play basketball. And if James had such a twin brother, would these fans bother to even buy him a drink? Not unless he brought LeBron with him.As we inch closer to 2015, we still have millions of white Americans who would never read this sports column just because it has the word “Black” in it, identifying a people and culture that they refuse to learn anything about. And if Black athletes couldn’t dunk, shoot, rebound, or pass a basketball; run, pass, catch, intercept, kick or punt a football; or throw, catch, hit or pitch a baseball, White Americans wouldn’t care to know them either.(Omar Tyree is a New York Times bestselling author, an NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Fiction and a professional journalist @ read more

first_imgSubmitted by The Olympic National ForestTwo of the three fires that were reported at Olympic National Forest are still actively burning.  A minimal amount of rain was reported yesterday.  A Type 3 Incident Management Team and additional firefighting personnel and equipment have been ordered to assist.The Gold Fire, located approximately six miles northwest of Quilcene and ten miles south of Blyn, grew more active yesterday.  It is estimated to be 10 acres in size.  To ensure public and firefighter safety while suppression actions are underway, a temporary closure has been implemented in the Gold Fire area:The Little Quilcene Trail (# 835) is closed to public use between the Little Quilcene Trailhead and Tubal Cain Trailhead.The Mount Townsend Trail (#839) is closed to public use from the top of Mount Townsend north to the junction with the Little Quilcene Trail.The entire portion of Forest Service Road 2820 and Forest Service Road 2820-100 is closed to public use.  This closure is in effect until further notice.The Cabin Creek Fire, three miles northeast of Lena Lake and the Hamma Hamma campgrounds, is now eight acres in size.  It is burning in very rugged and inaccessible terrain.  Smokejumpers continue to staff the fire.The Zion Fire that was reported on Mount Zion is now out.Firefighter and public safety remain our highest priority as suppression strategies continue. Facebook77Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

first_imgSalinas >> Former National Finals Rodeo qualifier Nellie (Williams) Miller has another homegrown superstar in Rafter W Minnie Reba (“Sister”).The half-sister to her 2010 NFR qualifier Rebas Smokey Joe (“Blue Duck”) is quickly following in his hoofprints with a $12,118 Championship at the historic California Rodeo in Salinas.“She just worked outstanding,” said Miller, who hails from Cottonwood and is the wife of James Miller, the Red Bluff Round-Up general manager. “She was just solid the …last_img

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s lost to the Texas Rangers, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon. They finished the season 52-27 at the Coliseum. With Tampa Bay’s loss to the Boston Red Sox, the A’s remain two games ahead for the first wild card spot.Tanner Roark continued his rough stretch of games, allowing a career-high four home runs (five total), in a season-low three inning outing. Roark has a 9.69 ERA in his last three starts.A.J. Puk … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

first_imgA paleoanthropologist believes our ancestors ran nudist colonies for 830,000 years before inventing clothes, and can prove it from lice genes.  The story is on Science Daily.    By comparing head lice and clothes lice genomes, David Reed at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida came up with a date for the invention of clothing: 170,000 years ago.  With taxpayer funding via the National Science Foundation, Reed pieced together clues from genes, ice cores and evolutionary theory to weave his story, which includes a long period of social nudity.    According to Reed, humans lost their body hair one million years ago, but started wearing clothes 170,000 years ago.  That leaves 830,000 years for our imaginary ancestors to cavort around in birthday suits.  “It’s interesting to think humans were able to survive in Africa for hundreds of thousands of years without clothing and without body hair, and that it wasn’t until they had clothing that modern humans were then moving out of Africa into other parts of the world,” he said.    Parts of this story don’t hang well together, though.  Africa is pretty warm, but he said they invented clothes to survive one of the Ice Ages, presumably in Europe.  Ian Gilligan, another colleague on Gilligan’s island of Australia, said, “It means modern humans probably started wearing clothes on a regular basis to keep warm when they were first exposed to Ice Age conditions,” even though there were warm areas they could have remained in, like Africa.  But if they needed warmth, why did humans lose their hair in the first place, and why didn’t other mammals invent clothes?  The alleged human ancestors could have dug burrows, or stayed by the fire they were inventing while evolving technology.    Of course, there’s no way to know what early evolving people were wearing, if anything, because textiles do not preserve well in the fossil record.  And estimating the evolution of clothing by lice genes assumes that humans and lice evolved, a circular argument.  It doesn’t matter to Reed, though.  It would be impossible to go back in time and check his theory out.  Maybe next he will investigate the evolution of shame, and the evolution of evolutionary storytelling.One can’t make a case on such threadbare evidence.  This contrived tale is merely a fig leaf, made up of NSF dollars, covering up shameful science.  Don’t tell the Discovery Channel, Science Channel and History Channel.  Now that the FCC has apparently opened the door to more nudity on television (Fox News), those apeman documentaries could really start to get risque.  The lice, though, may love all the new real estate.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgOn behalf the Nelson Mandela family, we take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to the religious community for the thoughts and prayers extended to our family through prayer and meditationIndeed our burden of pain and sorrow is daily being lessened by the outpouring of national and international grief for our father and elder. We have always been mindful that we share Tata with rest of South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.Our mothers, Graca Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela are cognisant of the love, support, care, prayers and meditation extended to the family in the different form and manner during this hour of need.Both our mothers, Graca Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela nonetheless express their conviction that Nelson Mandela, like a flower will continue to blossom forever in all your heartsThe family of our departed dear father, is comforted in the knowledge that the world so deeply shares our sense of loss for one of Africa’s greatest sons. We are melancholy but we do not despair.  Instead, we are filled with hope.Part of us is indeed gone forever, but he has left us enduring lessons and examples of what must be continued, what must be intensified, what must be ended and what must still be strived for. Though he answered to the name father, husband, granddad, son and a statesman, we all understood that ultimately Tata remains an inspiration not only to us but the rest of humanity.We who were privileged and honoured to share part of his being, a profound mix of sadness, pride and gratitude is the strongest emotion we share as a family.That we were blessed to be associated with this great icon, and to have a role in perpetuating his legacy which he gifted humanity, is the most precious birth-right which he has bestowed on us all.As we lift our eyes to the dawn of a new era without a family elder at our sides, we hope you will join us with all the passion, fervour, prayer and support with which you help us mourn his passing and to keep his dream alive.Keep Nelson Mandela’s dream alive. Let us pledge to keep Mandela’s dream alive, in the way in which we honour the humanity in each other; in the way in which we solve our most difficult problems; and in the way in which we raise up the poor, the downtrodden; and the marginalised. In this regard, we enter into a solemn covenant with you the people of our country, Africa and citizens of the world that we will be true to the values and ideals  which Tata stood for and was prepared to pay the supreme prize.As a family we have no option except to be bound by these values. Let the word go here from hence that we dare not fail! And we know and know too well that you the people of the world will not fail Madiba.May we also use this opportunity to inform the South African public that our king, The King of the Thembu Nation, Zwelibanzi Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and his delegation is visiting the family today, Sunday 7 December 2013 to comfort and counsel, and to apprise himself of the funeral and burial arrangements.Thank you.BY Lieutenant General (retired) Temba Templeton Matanzima(Official Spokesperson of the Mandela Family)last_img read more