China’s Wuhan says tested almost a third of residents for coronavirus since April

first_imgRecently, Wuhan has detected several to more than a dozen asymptomatic infections every day. Although those people are all treated in isolation, they still spark concern in the society, Xinhua said.Some experts say the mass testing is unprecedented in scale, and shows the level of concern. Others warn on potential testing errors due to the sheer size of the sampling.On Friday, China reported four new confirmed cases in the mainland for May 14, up from three cases a day earlier, the National Health Commission said in a statement on Friday.All of the new cases were locally transmitted and the number of new asymptomatic cases fell slightly to 11 from 12 a day earlier.The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China now stands at 82,933 while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,633.China does not include asymptomatic virus carriers in its tally of confirmed cases. It also does not disclose the overall number of asymptomatic cases in the country.  Topics : Wuhan, the original epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, has tested over 3 million residents for the pathogen since April, and will now focus its testing efforts on the rest of its 11 million population, according to state media.Wuhan will conduct tests on everyone in the city, with the goal of getting a clear number of asymptomatic cases as businesses and schools reopen, the official Xinhua News Agency reported late Thursday.The priority will be residents who have not been tested before, people living in residential compounds that had previous cases of the virus, as well as old or densely populated estates, Xinhua said, citing a Wuhan government meeting.center_img Wuhan reported a cluster of infections over the weekend, the first since a virtual lockdown on the city was lifted on April 8, raising fears of a second wave. The latest infections were previously asymptomatic cases, people who had the virus but showed no symptoms such as a fever.Reuters, citing an internal document to district officials, reported on May 11 that the city planned to conduct the campaign of city-wide nucleic acid tests over 10 days.Wuhan has conducted 1.79 million tests from April 1 to May 13, according to Reuters calculations based on daily reports published by the city’s health commission.The official test number for May 14 will be published on Friday.last_img read more


United Way RSVP says ‘Thanks You’ to Janet Sykes

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyIn observation of Senior Corps Week, United Way Retired Senior & Volunteer Program (RSVP), serving Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties recognizes outstanding citizens who help make our community the best it can be.Janet Sykes has been a devoted volunteer at the Thurston County Food Bank for over 20 years. Photo courtesy: United WayThe Washington State Governor Service Awards offers an annual opportunity for nonprofit organizations to recognize exemplary volunteers for their service to the community. We congratulate the 2018 Thurston County Governor Service Award (GSA) nominee, Janet Sykes, who serves at the Thurston County Food Bank.Janet has been a devoted volunteer at the Thurston County Food Bank for over 20 years. Logging over 5,000 hours in her dedicated years of service, Janet recently celebrated her 84th birthday. She spends every Wednesday distributing bread and pastries at the food bank, which has earned her the fitting title of ‘The Bread Queen.’ Friendly, cooperative, and an inspiration to everyone she meets, Janet’s experience and determination is especially inspiring for new food bank volunteers who are just learning the ropes. Janet is also known for her spry vitality and generosity. If there is a heavy box she can lift, she will lift it, and if there is a favorite cake, she will bake it for your birthday.  Just ask food bank employees and volunteers, who are among some of her biggest fans.Volunteerism is an important component of a healthy community. This last year, in Thurston County, RSVP volunteers logged 20,345 volunteer hours serving our community.  Based on the hourly volunteer wage posted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, that amounts to $619,717 of service hours, making our community a better place for all.  However, the real world value of the knowledge, expertise and sweat equity donated by our citizens to our local service network is priceless!While not all RSVP nominees are selected by the GSA, simply being nominated as part of this noteworthy group of Honorable Mentions deserves heartfelt congratulations.Featured photo credit: Chris Hamiltonlast_img read more


Stream Team Reminds Owners to Pick Up After Pets

first_imgFacebook392Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaWith Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, many Thurston County residents are spending more time at home following social distancing  guidelines. Although this time is extremely challenging, our family pets are surely thrilled by the extra time we are spending with them! Walking the dog while enjoying spring blossoms has become a much-needed break from the indoors. With more people out walking their dogs, it is even more important to pick-up after your pet.On any given day the amount of dog waste produced by dogs in Thurston County weighs as much as a full-grown elephant! Dog waste left on the ground can lead to bacterial pollution in our local streams, lakes, and Puget Sound. Dog waste also poses a health risk to people. Children can pick up illnesses while playing outside from disease-causing bacteria and parasites found in dog waste.Stream Team sponsors a regional outreach effort to reduce fecal coliform bacteria in Thurston County. We encourage dog owners and dog walkers to follow these simple steps:Pick up after your pooch.Bring extra bags on walks.Bag it and trash it.Did you know the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County offer free on-leash pet waste bag holders and neighborhood pet waste stations? For more information visit https://streamteam.info/pet-waste/. To learn more about what you can do to protect our streams, lakes and Puget Sound, visit the Stream Team website at www.streamteam.info. Thank you for bagging and trashing your dog’s waste – every poo, every time. Your actions make a big difference!last_img read more


Nika Kate Gembicki and Ryan Thomas Feeney

first_imgNika Gembicki and Ryan FeeneyStanley and Visnja Gembicki of Clarendon Hills, Illinois are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Nika Kate Gembicki to Ryan Thomas Feeney, son of John and Judi Feeney of Shrewsbury.Nika graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in political science and is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law. She is an attorney at Patzik, Frank & Samotny in Chicago, Illinois.Ryan is a graduate of University of Richmond with a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance. He is a vice-president at Goldman Sachs.A June 2012 wedding is planned for Chicago, followed by a honeymoon in Africa.last_img


Monmouth County’s 1,115 Volunteers Honored

first_img[singlepic id=1010 w= h= float=none]The Monmouth County Park System recently recognized its valued volunteers at the Hominy Hill Golf Course in Colts Neck. The Park’s 1,115 volunteers gave 27,657 hours assisting with recreation programs, special events and park facilities.Volunteers assist with therapeutic riding lessons, lead trips, assist in offices, garden, lend a hand at cleanups and monitor endangered birds. Docent volunteers welcome visitors and share information about exhibits, programs and facilities. Leaders and instructors with the Outdoor Adventures program assist with the climbing wall, hiking, archery, biking and canoeing.   Many special events and races such as Thompson Park Day, Monmouth County Fair and E. Murray Todd Half Marathon depend on volunteers to run smoothly.“As we celebrate your accomplishments, I think about the importance of volunteering and the impact of volunteers on our community. And the impact is astounding,” Monmouth County Freeholder and Park System Liaison Lillian G. BurryHere’s a list of volunteers who gave more than 40 hours in 2015:Talya Ackerman, MarlboroNicholas Alexander, Red BankAndrew Antoniolli, BrielleMary Baechle, HazletCatherine Bannon, LincroftJoan Berg, LincroftBenjamin Berube, Sea GirtDenise Bixby, HowellLois Blake, Colts NeckSara Bonardi, MiddletownChristine Bremseth, Tinton FallsMary Byrne, MiddletownAlyse Capriglione, Old BridgeBarbara Carroll, Colts NeckElizabeth Clarke, Tinton fallsSaul Cohen, FreeholdCarol Cohen, FreeholdJohn Connors, OceanKathleen Culver, Red BankDarlene DeBarba, Fair HavenCaitlin Delaney, LincroftBarbara Duggan, FreeholdDonna Dziobak, FreeholdXenia Ellenbogen, ShrewsburyNancy Endresen, HolmdelKathleen Evans, Tinton FallsIlona Fallon, HazletCarol Fornwald, Long BranchEmma Foster, OceanportBarry Fulmer, FreeholdCheryl Fulmer, FreeholdBonnie Gold, Long BranchRaymond Gonzalez, West Long BranchWilliam Hands, Red BankDonna Hansen, FreeholdKathleen Harbort, Fair HavenLisa Haskell, Fair HavenJoyce Henry, LincroftLiz Hespe, MiddletownJoseph Hnat, Colts NeckKatharine Hopkinson, Colts NeckJulie Hunt, Red BankAndrew Imperiale, Sea GirtVijaya Iyengar, HolmdelPatty Jaeger, EatontownDawn Johnson, AberdeenDanielle Kaden, HolmdelNadide Karacay, Wall TownshipRoberta Kilduff, MiddletownEllie Knecht, Red BankJune Krepow, Sea BrightDanika Kuzmick, JacksonStephanie Kwan, MarlboroJonathan Larisch, ManasquanAnnie Lee, HolmdelDaniel Lingelbach, NavesinkJeanette Lingelbach, NavesinkGayle Mancari, Long BranchGeorgia Mangan, Monroe TownshipMaury Mangan, OceanportLynne Martocci, Tinton FallsPeter Mastropaolo, Red BankSusan Mazur, Port MonmouthCorinne Mazzocchi, WallAlice McCaddin, OceanElaine McColgan, MiddletownPatrice McCoy, FreeholdKim McCracken, Red BankNancy Meagher, MiddletownPhillip Mejia, Long BranchRichard Mosca, Tinton FallsBonnie Muir, Long BranchJanice Mundy, FreeholdWilliam Murphy, Red BankJuliette Muth, AberdeenDawn Nahory, LincroftStephanie Nolan, EatontownMorgan Plosica, Monmouth BeachJeannie Poole, OceanportArturo Poznanski, MiddletownApril Qin, HolmdelRobert Randall, EatontownDaniela Rodriguez-Luna, Tinton FallsMegan Romanczyk, MiddletownMeryl Russell, CranfordWalter Salzmann, Sea GirtGail Sanderson, LincroftElizabeth Scharmann, NavesinkPatricia K. Sherwood, KeansburgEllen Simonetti, MorganvilleRita M. Smith, KeyportJill E. Socha, RumsonJason Stone, Port MonmouthMargaret Swan, BricktownHarrison Sweeney, BelfordColette Tabor, OceanportPatricia Thul, EatontownTaylor Toris, HazletDonald Van Buren, LincroftGerald Vernon, Jr., Fair HavenJoanne Walker, EatontownPayton Wall, RumsonKelly Watters, Red BankElaine Weigl, HowellHarmon Willey, ShrewsburySandra Wolfe, HowellChristine Yovnello, Red BankDaphne Yu, HolmdelVolunteers who gave over 100 hours of service:Werner Aehlich, HolmdelSara Beamin, Atlantic HighlandsEmily Berner, Red BankPatricia Bernstein, ColoniaJanet Breslin, JacksonMarvin Britten, MiddletownSandy Burn, Red BankStephanie Camp, NeptuneRebecca Carhart, Port MonmouthAnne Caruso, Long BranchNina Casola, HolmdelHelen Cole, FreeholdBridget Connolly, RumsonJudy Curry-Phipps, Atlantic HighlandsLouise DelCollo, Colts NeckEan Delehanty   , West Long BranchBrianna Delmar, OceanJohn Donohoe, OceanportHarriet Ellner, Ocean GroveHarvey Evans, Tinton FallsBarbara Finazzo, JacksonHarden Fowler, Tinton FallsRuth Gariepy, HazletLoma Gault, HazletJames Gault, HazletMorgan Glossbrenner, Red BankJonela Grimaldi, MiddletownErin Gross, HolmdelRebecca Gwinnell, LincroftJudy Hands, Red BankEmily Hassell, AberdeenPatricia Hauser, AberdeenJames Henry, LincroftSusan Henschel, NeptuneAmanda Hintelmann, RumsonKristen Kircher, West KeansburgLinda Lawton, EatontownKelsey Leone, MiddletownGerry Lingner, Long BranchLois Lyons, Tinton FallsRalph Maratea, LakewoodConor Meehan, Little SilverCatherine Merker, MiddletownRichard Merker, MiddletownBarry Miller, MiddletownEileen Murphy, Red BankDavid Nass, Red BankLeslie Neiman, BelfordFrank Nofi, ManalapanAlex Osnato, North MiddletownDeborah Palumbo, Monmouth BeachBetty Randall, EatontownPaige Rockhill, HowellLinda Rovder, Monmouth BeachCara Ryan, HighlandsEleanor Swanson, Long BranchEllen Terry, MillstoneMargo Thornton, Tinton FallsAnn Tvaroha, Fair HavenNora Vail, HazletBarbara Venanzini, MatawanMarietta Weaver, Long BranchKharisma Whitford, Lincroftlast_img read more


FX Garneau knocks Wayling, Heat off medal podium

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsBeing the top seed or early favourite guarantees nothing in sport.Mount Sentinel grad Kendra Wayling and her UBC Okanagan Heat teammates found out the hard way as the B.C. Champs finished out of the medals at the Canadian College Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Championships in the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre of the UNB Saint John Campus.The Heat, ranked first in the eight-team tournament after winning the B.C. College Athletic Association title earlier this season, fell 3-1 to FX Garneau Élans of Quebec City in the bronze medal game Saturday to place fourth at the eight-team college women’s championships.The Élans won the best-of-five match 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22.Mount Royal Cougars of Calgary won the gold medal by narrowly defeating Vancouver Island Mariners of Nanaimo 3-2.The Mariners gained some revenge against the Heat Friday, knocking UBC Okanagan off 3-2 to in semi final play. Vancouver Island won the final game 15-11.The loss dropped UBC Okanagan into the consolation side of the tournament. The Heat defeated Toronto’s Humber College 3-0 to advance into the bronze medal game.The 2011 CCAA Women’s Championship concludes the first season in Kelowna for the 21-year-old from Castlegar.Wayling came to the Central Okanagan University after taking a season away from school to rehab an injury knee suffered playing in Idaho for Coeur d’ Alene College.During the Grade 12 campaign, the 5’9” middle player led the Cats not only to the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball title, but also the B.C. High School A Girl’s Basketball crown.Wayling won the two high school titles with sister Katie who attends Palm Beach State College, located 60 miles north of Miami in Lake Worth, [email protected]last_img read more


Dereck Rodríguez makes spring debut after impressive rookie season

first_imgGOODYEAR, Ariz.–After three other tries in Cactus League play, the Giants finally found their way to the win column Tuesday against the Reds.Right-hander Dereck Rodríguez made his first start of the spring and allowed one earned run in 1 2/3 innings of work in the team’s 4-3 win.Last spring, Rodríguez arrived in camp as a minor league free agent and pitched sparingly before being sent to Triple-A Sacramento to open the season. Following one of the best rookie seasons in San Francisco Giants …last_img


BarkingMad rehomes lost companions

first_imgAnimal professionals help BarkingMad where needed when it comes to properly managing and caring for animals that are either about to be rehomed or are currently in the care of their owners.  (Image: BarkingMad, via Facebook)By providing the link between the public and animal shelters around the country, BarkingMad facilitates the rehoming of abandoned and abused domestic animals with caring individuals and families.BarkingMad also functions as a central point where owners can be reunited with lost and found pets. Its network includes participating veterinary clinics and animal shelters throughout South Africa.The organisation is supported by members of the public and corporations, in turn allowing it to help animal shelters with the finances needed to feed and house animals waiting to be adopted, or waiting to be collected by their owners.Another key function of the organisation is helping pet owners to find new homes for their pets when they are no longer able to care for them because of issues such as relocation or illness.Animal professionals help BarkingMad where needed when it comes to properly managing and caring for animals that are either about to be rehomed or are currently in the care of their owners. This help is available for free to those who need it.By providing the link between the public and animal shelters around the country, BarkingMad facilitates the rehoming of abandoned and abused domestic animals with caring individuals and families.HOW TO GET INVOLVEDIf you’re looking for a new animal companion, you can browse through the BarkingMad list of animals on its website or visit the animal shelter on the network nearest to you to find a pet to add to your family.Similarly, if you have a pet you are no longer able to properly care for, you can contact the organisation via email at [email protected] or telephonically on 063 040 6071.There are other options regarding how to get involved. You can sponsor a pet at one of the homes to keep them healthy and fed; you can also volunteer your time at one of the shelters to walk the dogs or help in their rehabilitation and training.BarkingMad also has a range of merchandise for sale through the Pink Pitbull Trading Company. The proceeds go to supporting the various homes and facilitating the rehoming of the animals.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more


South Africa’s weather and climate

first_imgSouth Africa is a subtropical region, moderated by ocean on two sides of the triangle-shaped country and the altitude of the interior plateau. These account for the warm, temperate conditions so typical of South Africa – and so popular with its foreign visitors.Swimmers enjoying the waves at Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal province: Beach scene. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe country is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the east by the Indian Ocean; their waters meet at Cape Agulhas, at the southernmost tip of the continent.The coastline stretches 2 798 kilometres from a desert border with Namibia in the northwest, down the icy Skeleton Coast to Cape Agulhas, then up along the wide beaches and green hills on the coast of the Indian Ocean, to the border with subtropical Mozambique in the northeast.Sea surface temperature influences the climate of South Africa’s coastal regions: the warm subtropical east and the cooler regions of the west coast. (Animation adapted from NOAA Oceans Visualizations by Mary Alexander)South Africa is famous for its sunshine. It’s a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm; the world average is about 860mm. While Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is generally a summer-rainfall region.Temperatures in South Africa tend to be lower than in other countries at similar latitudes – such as Australia – mainly because of its greater elevation above sea level.On the interior plateau, the altitude – Johannesburg lies at 1 694 metres – keeps the average summer temperatures below 30°C. In winter, for the same reason, night- time temperatures can drop to freezing point, and lower in some places.South Africa’s coastal regions have the warmest winter temperatures in the country. There is, however, a striking contrast between temperatures on two different coasts, a result of the warm eastern Agulhas current and cold western Benguela current that sweep the coastlines.In the southern hemisphere our seasons are opposite to those of Europe and North America, so, yes – we spend Christmas on the beach! Summer Boulders Beach in Simonstown south of Cape Town is famous for its African penguin colony. Summertime on the Cape peninsula has glorious months of rain-free sunshine. (Image: South African Tourism)Over much of South Africa, summer, which lasts from mid-October to mid- February, is characterised by hot, sunny weather – often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell in the air.Western Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is the exception, getting its rain in winter. Autumn Vineyards in the Hex River Valley winemaking region of the Western Cape. (Image: South African Tourism)Autumn in South Africa is from mid-February to April. It offers the best weather in some respects. Very little rain falls over the whole country, and it is warm but not too hot, getting colder as the season progresses.In Cape Town, autumn is fantastic, with hot sunny days and warm, balmy nights which many people spend outdoors. Winter Wild waves break against the rocky shore of the Wild Coast in the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism)Winter in South Africa – from May to July – is characterised in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights, sometimes with heavy frosts. It’s a good idea to bring warm clothes.Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather that can be quite stormy with high winds. On 1 June 2013, for example, a cold front accompanied by an intense upper-air trough led to heavy rains and flooding in places over Cape Town, mainly in the informal settlements.Heavy snow falls occurred over the high-lying areas in the south-western parts of Western Cape and Northern Cape, while it was extremely cold over the interior of the two provinces.However, wonderful days are spread throughout winter that rival the best of a British summer.The hot, humid KwaZulu-Natal coast, as well as the Lowveld (lower-lying areas) of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, offer fantastic winter weather with sunny, warmish days and virtually no wind or rain.The high mountains of the Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal usually get snow in winter. Spring Springtime daisies carpet the Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism)Nowhere in South Africa is spring, which lasts from August to mid-October, more spectacular than in Northern Cape and Western Cape. Here the grey winter is forgotten as thousands of small, otherwise insignificant plants cover the semi-arid plains in an iridescent carpet of flowers.The journey to see the flowers of the Namaqualand is an annual pilgrimage for many South Africans. Best time of the year to travel? An old car holds a garden of succulent plants outside a roadside stall in the Northern Cape. (Image: Media Club South Africa)That depends on what you want to do. The Namaqualand flowers are obviously best in August and September. Winter is a good time for game watching, as the veld is not as lush as it is in summer and the lack of rain means animals are more likely to congregate around water holes and rivers.Southern right whales hang around off our coasts from about mid-June to the end of October, making for spectacular whale watching.Diving is best in most of the country outside summer (ie, from April through September), and so is surfing – but that certainly doesn’t limit either activity to those times.River rafting is better in Western Cape at the end of winter, and in KwaZulu-Natal in the height of summer (late November to mid-February). In Mpumalanga and Limpopo, it’s less time dependent.The “shoulder” seasons – spring and autumn – are best for hiking, as summer can be hot over most of the country. In the Drakensberg, summer thunderstorms are dangerous, while there is a good chance of snow in winter. In Western Cape, the winters are wet, so it’s not necessarily the best time for hikes.If you’re a birder, the palaeoarctic migrants arrive around November and the intra- African migrants usually by mid-October.Of course, if you want to lounge around on the beaches, mid-summer is the best time – though everyone else will be there too. And – big bonus – the beaches of northern KwaZulu-Natal are warm and sunny even in midwinter.Gallery: South Africa’s plant lifeRead more:Sout h Africa’s wildlife wondersWhale watching in South AfricaAdventure experiencesSouth Africa: coastal playgroundSouth Africa’s year-round beachesScuba diving in South Africa SouthAfrica.info reporter and South African TourismUpdated: 8 November 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more


Picking Up Your End of the Stick

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now If you won’t help yourself, then no one else will help you as much as they might otherwise.If you won’t act on your own behalf, you make it difficult for others to intervene on your behalf.If you don’t believe that you need to do something, to take some action to further towards your own goals and ambitions, others are less likely to throw themselves into helping you.There are certain things that no one can—or should—do for you.If you are not willing to prospect and create new opportunities, then additional training, additional tools, and additional coaching aren’t going to help you. You have to be willing to get uncomfortable and do what is necessary. Your sales manager and sales leaders can’t do your work for you.If you aren’t willing to prepare for a sales call, you make it difficult for your prospective client to help you understand their needs or to create a compelling case for change. If the first question you ask is, “So what does your company do,” you are difficult to help.If you won’t put forth the effort to read and study your business, your client’s business, and the general issues impacting your prospective client’s business, your marketing department may provide you with a slide of compelling reasons your dream client should change. But, you won’t have the chops to engage in a conversation with your dream client, least of all the ones who need a really trusted advisor to fill in their gaps.No one can provide you with the internal motivation you need to wake up when the alarm clock rings, foregoing 9 minutes of extra sleep so you can hit the gym before work.No one can make you do the most difficult—or most important—tasks first thing each day, ensuring that you can call your day productive and successful before 9:00 AM each day.No one can be “willing” for you. You have to be that for yourself.There are plenty of people who would love to help you. They will give you the answers. They will model success for you. They will even pick up the other end of the stick for you. But if you don’t pick up your end of the stick, you are refusing their help.If you want help, start by helping yourself. You’ll be surprised by how much other people will help when they see you helping yourself.last_img read more