Big Ten Conference reportedly votes to cancel football season

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Big Ten Conference reportedly votes to cancel football season https://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/2020/08/10/big-ten-football-voted-cancel-fall-football-season/3334151001/ Pinterest Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports By Tommie Lee – August 10, 2020 0 629 Google+center_img Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook (“IMG_9763_1” by Chad Routh, CC BY-SA 2.0) The presidents of the Big Ten schools have reportedly voted to cancel their football season.The vote was 12-2, with Michigan and MSU voting not to play, and only Iowa and Nebraska voting to play.A source told sports journalist Dan Patrick that the announcement will be made Tuesday, and the Pac-12 will follow suit.The Big 12 and ACC are reportedly “on the fence” and the SEC is attempting to get other schools to join them for a season of football.The Big Ten released a revised schedule just last week, but met over the weekend to examine the possibility of cancelling.A number of players are posting messages all over social media with the hashtag #WeWantToPlay. WhatsApp Previous articleMother refuses to get daughter tested for COVID-19Next articleMore information to light about mysterious seeds Tommie Leelast_img read more

Guidance: Local restriction tiers: what you need to know – alternative formats

first_imgFurther guidance on hotels and other guest accommodation is available for self-contained holiday accommodation that is able to reopen.A full list of reasons can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England.Travelling within EnglandYou should continue to minimise the amount you travel where possible. This means you should avoid making unnecessary trips and combine trips where possible.If you need to travel: This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children, see further information on education and childcare for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians to allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them to place or facilitate the placing of a child or children in the care of another by social services for the purpose of managing childcare through a childcare bubble (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Slovak) (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Urdu) You can also take part in formally organised outdoor sports or licensed physical activity with any number of people. This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment. You should avoid contact in training and, for some sports, avoid contact in all activities. Read the guidance on what avoiding contact means for your sport.Indoor leisure facilities may open for you to exercise on your own, or with your household or support bubble.You must not meet indoors for sport, except for: PDF, 348KB, 36 pages Keeping yourself and others safeSocial distancing is still very important. You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.You should follow this guidance in full to limit spreading COVID-19. It is underpinned by law.Face coveringsYou must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.If you are clinically extremely vulnerableIf you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are no longer advised to shield. However, you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are advised to continue taking extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19To help protect yourself and your friends, family, and community you should continue to follow all of the guidance on this page even if you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.The vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of severe illness in most people. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so those who have received the vaccine should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection.We do not know by how much the vaccine stops COVID-19 from spreading. Even if you have been vaccinated, you could still spread COVID-19 to others.Asymptomatic testingRapid lateral flow testing is now available free to anybody without symptoms. You can get your tests from pharmacies, testing sites, employers, schools, colleges and universities.Find out more about how to get rapid lateral flow testsTesting twice a week will help make sure you don’t have COVID-19, reducing the risk to those around you.If you have symptoms you should continue to get a PCR test. If you’re not sure, you can find out which coronavirus test you should get.Meeting family and friends indoorsYou must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.Meeting friends and family outdoors (rule of 6)You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either: The limit of 15 does not include children under 5 who are accompanying a parent or guardian. Gatherings above the limit can take place where reasonably necessary for work or volunteering. Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering to facilitate the group), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit.Exercise, sport and physical activityYou can do unlimited exercise outdoors but there are limits on the number of people you can exercise with. It can be either: If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. You can also provide care or assistance for disabled or vulnerable people inside someone’s home, where necessary. However, you must only meet indoors or in a larger group where it is reasonably necessary to provide care or assistance. This means you cannot meet socially indoors with someone who is vulnerable unless they are in your household or support bubble, or another exemption applies.You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times. There is further guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family.Support groupsSupport groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where officially organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. Support groups must be organised by a business, charity or public body and must not take place in a private home or garden. All participants should maintain social distancing. Examples of support groups include those that provide support to: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Gujarati) (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Punjabi Gurmukhi) to fulfil legal obligations to carry out activities related to buying, selling or moving house for the purpose of COVID-secure protests or picketing where the organiser has taken the required precautions, including completing a risk assessment where it is reasonably necessary to support voting in an election or referendum (such as vote counting or for legal observers). If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. See the guidance on booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in EnglandAdvice for visitors and foreign nationals in EnglandForeign nationals are subject to the national restrictions.If you are visiting the UK, you may return home. You should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your destination.Moving homeYou can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless reasonably necessary.Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings.Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.Financial supportWherever you live, you may be able to get financial help.See further information on business support and financial support if you’re off work because of coronavirus.Businesses and venuesTo reduce social contact, some businesses must remain closed or follow restrictions on how they provide goods and services. You can read the full list of businesses required to remain closed in England.There is further guidance on reopening businesses and venues which explains which business will be permitted to open at each step of the roadmap.From 12 April, further venues will be permitted to open. Unless a specific exemption exists, you must only visit these as a single household or bubble indoors, or in a group of 6 people or 2 households outdoors.Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) can reopen. Hospitality venues can also provide takeaway alcohol. These venues may allow customers to use an inside bathroom and customers can order and pay indoors. At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (“table service”). Venues will be prohibited from providing smoking equipment such as shisha pipes, for use on the premises.Outdoor attractions at venues such as animal attractions, theme parks, and skating rinks will also be permitted to reopen. A full list can be found here. This does not include outdoor cinemas and theatres, which will be limited to drive-in performances only. When going to these events, you must not share your vehicle with anyone outside your household or support bubble, unless there is an exemption, such as for providing care to a vulnerable person or for work purposes.Businesses which are allowed to re-open that operate in otherwise closed attractions (such as a gift shop or a takeaway kiosk at an indoor museum) may only open where they are a self-contained unit and can be accessed directly from the street.Personal care services (including those provided from a mobile setting), indoor sports facilities, self-contained accommodation, and public buildings (such as community centres) may also reopen.Businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children will now be able to host these activities (including sport) for all children, regardless of circumstances.Healthcare and public servicesThe NHS and medical services remain open, including: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Somali) a British national an Irish national anyone with residence rights in the UK Additional exemptionsThere are further reasonable excuses. For example, you may gather in larger groups or meet indoors: You can only use a childcare bubble for childcare and cannot use it to mix with another household for any other reason (for example to socialise). You have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a childcare bubble. See the separate guidance on childcare bubbles.Parent and child groupsParent and child groups can take place indoors as well as outdoors (but not in private homes or gardens) if they are for the benefit of children aged under 5 and organised by a business, charity or public body. This includes groups that are primarily focused on social and developmental activities.Parent and child groups must be limited to no more than 15 people. Children under five and anyone working or volunteering as part of the group, such as a group leader, are not counted in this number.Support groups which provide support functions for parents, carers, or their childrenSupport groups which provide support functions for parents, carers, or their children, such as breastfeeding or postnatal groups, which have to be delivered in person may continue to meet indoors, but must follow the same rules as other support groups. See the support groups section of this guidance.Providing care or assistanceYou can continue to gather in larger groups or meet indoors where this is reasonably necessary: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (easy read) PDF, 369KB, 26 pages (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Bengali) PDF, 365KB, 38 pages non-essential retail can reopen personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number) weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test) you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible kitchens sleeping areas bathrooms indoor communal areas such as lounges, sitting areas and any lifts, staircases or internal corridors for entry and exit into the accommodation quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining, the tests are included in the hotel package follow the guidance on this page PDF, 282KB, 33 pages walk or cycle where possible you must not share a car with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble, unless your journey is made for an exempt reason plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport regularly wash or sanitise your hands wear a face covering on public transport, unless you’re exempt stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors) PDF, 331KB, 33 pages PDF, 373KB, 36 pages If you need to enter through a house to get to a garden or other outside space and there is no alternative access, you should wear a face covering, wash or sanitise your hands when entering, and then go straight to the outside space. If you need to use the bathroom, wash your hands thoroughly and go back outside immediately. You should maintain social distancing from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble, and hosts should follow fresh air (ventilation) guidance.When you can meet with more people or meet indoorsGatherings above the limit of 6 people or 2 households outdoors, or any gatherings indoors, can only take place if they are permitted by an exemption. These exemptions are listed on this page.This means, for example, a tradesperson can go into a household without breaking the limit if they are there for work, and the officiant at a wedding would not count towards the limit.Support and childcare bubblesYou have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a support or childcare bubble. This means not everyone will be able to form a bubble. See the separate guidance on support bubbles and childcare bubbles.You can only use a childcare bubble for childcare. You cannot use a childcare bubble to mix with another household for any other reason. This means you cannot use a childcare bubble to meet socially with another household.Going to workYou should continue to work from home where you can.If you cannot work from home you should continue to travel to your workplace. You do not need to be classed as a critical worker to go to work if you cannot work from home.Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working. Where people cannot work from home, employers should take steps to make their workplaces COVID-19 secure and help employees avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.COVID-secure guidelines are available for sectors across the economy to substantially reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.See guidance for reopening businesses and venuesMeeting others for workYou can gather in larger groups or meet indoors where it is necessary for your work. This does not include social gatherings with work colleagues.Working in other people’s homesWhere it is reasonably necessary for you to work in other people’s homes you can continue to do so, for example if you’re a: You should follow the guidance: dental services opticians audiology services chiropody chiropractors osteopaths other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Arabic) Jobcentre Plus sites courts and probation services civil registrations offices passport and visa services services provided to victims of crime waste or recycling centres getting an MOT PDF, 300KB, 36 pages You should follow the guidance on working in other people’s homes.Where a work meeting does not need to take place in a private home or garden, it should not.If you are clinically extremely vulnerable or live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerableIf you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable then you should continue to work from home where possible. If you cannot work from home, you can go to your workplace. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and should be able to explain to you the measures they have put in place to keep you safe at work. Some employers may introduce regular testing of employees as part of these measures. You may also want to consider how you get to and from work, for example, if it is possible to avoid using public transport during rush hour.If you live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable then you can continue to go to work if you are unable to work from home.You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus, including what to do to reduce your risk of catching or passing on the virus at home.If you are worried about going in to work or you cannot workThere is guidance if you need to self-isolate or cannot go to work due to coronavirus and what to do if you’re employed and cannot work.Citizens Advice has advice if you’re worried about working, including what to do if you think your workplace is not safe, or if you live with someone vulnerable.Support is available if you cannot work, for example if you need to care for someone or you have less work.There is further advice for employers and employees from ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).Going to school or collegeSchool pupils and students in further education should go to school and college.All schools, colleges and other further education settings are open for face-to-face teaching during term time. It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and to help working parents and guardians.Clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and students should go to school or college.There is further guidance on what parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19.Rapid lateral flow testing is now available for free for everyone in England. It is recommended for all secondary school pupils and college students, their families and all school and college staff.See the guidance on how you can get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).Universities and higher educationStudents in university and other higher education settings undertaking practical and practice based courses who require specialist equipment and facilities can go to in-person teaching and learning where reasonably necessary. Providers should not ask students to return if their course can reasonably be continued online.All other students should continue to learn remotely and remain where they’re living until in-person teaching starts again, wherever possible. Following a review, the government has announced that in-person teaching and learning should resume for all students alongside Step 3, which will take place no earlier than 17 May.Students who have returned to higher education settings, including university, should not move back and forward between their permanent home and student home during term time, unless they meet one of the exemptions.Higher education students who have moved to university accommodation will be able to return to a non-term residence before 29 April 2021, if they wish to. This will allow university students to return to a family or other address for the holidays. However, in order to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19, students should remain in their term time accommodation where possible, especially those students who returned to campus from 8 March. Students should take a test before they travel.There is guidance for universities and students starting and returning to higher education.Students should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 at all times.ChildcareAll children can go to registered childcare, childminders, wraparound care and other supervised children’s activities indoors and outdoors.Parent and child groups can take place indoors as well as outdoors, with restrictions on numbers attending. See the parent and child groups section of this guidance.Meeting others for childcarePeople can continue to gather indoors or in larger groups outdoors where this is reasonably necessary: Request an accessible format. You must follow the social contact rules when travelling in private vehicles. This means you must not share enclosed private vehicles with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble, unless an exemption exists, such as you are sharing the vehicle with someone working (e.g. a taxi). Where a vehicle is open air, you must follow the outdoor gathering limits.There is additional guidance on safer travel, including on the safe use of public transport.Travelling within the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Channel IslandsTravelling to EnglandAcross the different parts of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), there may be rules in place that restrict travel to England.You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel from before making arrangements to travel.Provided you are permitted to travel from another part of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), you may enter England and are not required to quarantine on arrival. If you do travel to England, you must follow the restrictions on what you can and cannot do.Travelling from EnglandAcross the different parts of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), there may be rules in place that restrict travel from England. You do not need a reasonable excuse to leave England to travel to other parts of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel to before making arrangements to travel.Travelling to or from Northern IrelandCurrently in Northern Ireland it is against the law to leave home without a reasonable excuse. Those arriving into Northern Ireland from another part of the Common Travel Area are asked to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. There are a number of exemptions to this request.Travelling to or from ScotlandNon-essential travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK, and the wider Common Travel Area, remains restricted. This means it is illegal to enter or leave Scotland unless you have a reasonable excuse. Travelling for a holiday is not a reasonable excuse. The guidance provides advice on reasonable excuses to travel to and from Scotland.Travelling to or from WalesThere are no restrictions in place for travel into or out of Wales as long as you are travelling within the UK or wider Common Travel Area (the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man). Across the different parts of the Common Travel Area, there may be rules in place that restrict travel from Wales. You do not need a reasonable excuse to leave Wales to travel to other parts of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel to before making arrangements to travel. The guidance provides advice on travelling to and from Wales.International travelTravelling internationally from EnglandYou can only travel internationally from England where you have a reasonable excuse to leave the UK, such as work. International holidays are not permitted.Some jobs qualify for exemptions for certain travel related requirements, such as self isolation and testing. See guidance on which jobs and circumstances qualify for travel exemptions.If you do need to travel overseas (and have a reasonable excuse to do so), you are required to complete a mandatory outbound ‘Declaration to Travel’ form unless an exemption applies to you. You must state your reasons for travel on the form before leaving the UK.You should also consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting. You should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice. You should do this even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before.Travelling to England from outside the UKAll visitors to England are subject to the coronavirus restriction rules.People planning to travel to England should follow the guidance on entering the UK. Before travelling to the UK, you must complete a passenger locator form and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, unless you are exempt.All arrivals will need to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. Arrivals must book a travel test package. See the guidance on how to quarantine when you arrive in England.You cannot travel to the UK if you’ve visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK has been banned in the last 10 days, unless you’re: PDF, 328KB, 32 pages visit someone who is dying visit someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospital or hospice to accompany a family member or close friend to a medical appointment. Find out more about the red list travel ban countriesEveryone allowed to enter England who has visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK has been banned in the last 10 days must: on your own in a group of up to 6 people in a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (and their support bubbles, if eligible) The following types of tests will restart: Large print, easy read and translations on recreational team sport on outdoor sport and recreation in England for providers of grassroots sports and gym and leisure facilities (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Welsh) This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. 12 April: What’s changedSome of the rules on what you can and cannot changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ (the roadmap) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. It is underpinned by law.From 12 April: in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6) in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible) Request an accessible format. PDF, 328KB, 29 pages nanny cleaner tradesperson social care worker providing support to children and families PDF, 9MB, 49 pages (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Farsi) (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Punjabi Shahmukhi) If you’re in a support bubbleIf you are eligible to form a support bubble, you and your support bubble count as one household towards the limit of 2 households when meeting others outdoors. This means, for example, that you and your support bubble can meet with another household, even if the group is more than 6 people.Where you can meetYou can meet in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles) outdoors. This includes private outdoor spaces, such as gardens, and other outdoor public places and venues that are open. These include the following: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Polish) victims of crime (including domestic abuse) those with, or recovering from, addictions (including alcohol, narcotics or other substance addictions) or addictive patterns of behaviour those with, or caring for people with, any long-term illness or terminal condition or who are vulnerable (including those with a mental health condition) those facing issues related to their sexuality or identity (including those living as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) those who have suffered bereavement vulnerable young people (including to enable them to meet youth workers) disabled people and their carers The NHS continues to carry out urgent and non-urgent services safely. It is vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and gets help.The majority of public services will continue. These include: disability sport sports with your household or support bubble sports as part of the curriculum in education supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020), this should be limited to 15 participants PDF, 341KB, 32 pages parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests public and botanical gardens the grounds of a heritage site outdoor sculpture parks allotments public playgrounds outdoor sports venues and facilities outdoor hospitality venues outdoor attractions PDF, 346KB, 32 pages theory tests motorcycle tests LGV driving tests car and trailer driving tests car driving lessons car and trailer driving lessons large goods vehicle (LGV) training driving instructor training (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Hindi) Driving lessons and learning to driveDriving tests and driving lessons may resume. Further guidance on learning to drive during coronavirus is available.You will be able to restart: Elite sportspeopleElite sportspeople (or those on an official elite sports pathway) can meet in larger groups or meet indoors to compete and train. They can be joined by their coaches if necessary, or their parents and guardians if they’re under 18.Funerals and linked commemorative eventsFunerals are allowed with limits on attendance, and must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor places. The venue manager or event organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment.Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people and may take place indoors. Linked religious or belief-based commemorative events, such as wakes, stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance.Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.There is guidance for arranging or going to a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptionsNo more than 15 people (of any age) can be at a wedding, civil partnership ceremony or reception. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.There is further guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.Places of worshipYou can go to places of worship for a service. When a service is taking place indoors you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain social distancing at all times, staying 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.When a service is taking place outdoors, you must not mingle in groups larger than 6, except for groups from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible). You should maintain strict social distancing from other groups and households at all times.You should follow the national guidance on the safe use of places of worship.Volunteering and charitable servicesYou can gather above the limit of 6 people or 2 households, or gather indoors, where this is reasonably necessary in order to provide voluntary or charitable services.You should follow the guidance on Volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19).Other circumstances where you can gather in groups of more than six people or two householdsMaternityYou can be indoors with someone who is giving birth or receiving treatment in hospital. You should check the relevant hospital’s visiting policies. There is further NHS guidance on pregnancy and coronavirus.Avoiding injury or harmYou can gather in larger groups or indoors to provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm (including domestic abuse).Compassionate visitsYou can gather in larger groups or indoors, with people outside your household or support bubble, to: to visit people in your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one) to provide informal childcare for children aged 13 or under as part of a childcare bubble (for example, to enable parents to work, not to enable socialising between adults) to provide emergency assistance to go to a support group of up to 15 participants, the limit of 15 does not include children under 5 who are accompanying a parent or guardian for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a disabled person, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child to provide care or assistance for disabled or vulnerable people, including shopping for essential items and accessing services on their behalf PDF, 235KB, 35 pages Those who are campaigning for a specific outcome in elections or referendums can carry out door-to-door campaigning activity in accordance with guidance on elections and referendums during COVID-19.You can gather in larger groups or meet indoors for gatherings within criminal justice accommodation or immigration detention centres.If you break the rulesThe police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).You can be given a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.You can be fined £800 if you go to a private indoor gathering such as a house party of over 15 people from outside your household, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level of £6,400.If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can fine you £10,000.Care home visitsYou should check the guidance on visiting care homes during COVID-19 to find out how visits should be conducted. Residents must follow the national restrictions if they are having a visit out of the care home.There is separate guidance for people in supported living.Staying away from home overnightYou can stay overnight in a campsite, caravan, boat, second home, or other self-contained accommodation. This should only be with your household or support bubble. You must not stay overnight with anyone not in your household or support bubble, unless a legal exemption applies.Self-contained holiday accommodation may reopen. This is accommodation in which facilities are restricted to exclusive use of a single household/support bubble. Such facilities include: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (large print) PDF, 262KB, 32 pageslast_img read more

Beef Field Day.

first_imgFor the folks who raise cattle, Mountain Beef Cattle Field Day April 17 in Blairsville, Ga., will be just about a perfect world: spending a beautiful day in the mountains learning more about raising cattle.The day will begin with 9:30 a.m. registration and refreshments at the picturesque Mountain Research and Education Center. The program will start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.During the field day, University of Georgia scientists and others will provide the latest information on forages, hay storage, marketing, herd health, stocker research and replacement heifers.The field day is free and even includes a noon lunch. For more information, call the Mountain REC at (706) 745-6197.last_img

ExxonMobil seeks to block shareholder vote on climate risk

first_imgExxonMobil seeks to block shareholder vote on climate risk FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:ExxonMobil Corp is trying to block an investor proposal that calls on the world’s largest publicly traded oil company to set targets for lowering its greenhouse gas emissions, two of the investor groups involved said on Sunday.Exxon in late January wrote to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the proposal, which is set for a vote at its May annual meeting, is misleading and an attempt to “micro-manage the company,” spokespeople for investors supporting the proposal said.The Church Commissioners for England (CCE), the endowment fund of the Church of England, an institutional investor that supports the proposal, as well as New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who manages the state’s pension fund that is pushing the proposal, both saw the Exxon letter, officials for both groups told Reuters.“Trying to strike out a shareholder proposal from institutional investors with a fiduciary responsibility to manage climate risk is an outdated reflex,” CCE head of responsible investment Edward Mason said in a statement. “Our proposal deserves more serious consideration.”Exxon rivals Royal Dutch Shell PLC and BP Plc have taken steps to broaden disclosure on greenhouse gas emissions or tied executive pay to reducing emissions.Investors supporting the Exxon proposal manage a total of $1.9 trillion and are led by DiNapoli.More: Exxon asks U.S. regulator to block climate-change resolution: investorslast_img read more

Ecuadorian Navy Deploys Vessels to Stop Increased Coastal Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo January 07, 2013 QUITO — Ecuador’s Navy has deployed four vessels in an effort to combat drug trafficking along the country’s Pacific coast near the Colombian border. The four corvettes, along with a missile-launching ship, are based in the northwestern province of Esmeraldas. The Navy said its late August mobilization is part of a program to “support the constant fight against illicit activities and strengthen Ecuador’s ports.” It also coincides with a jump in the transit of cocaine and other illegal drugs across Ecuador’s borders. Previous efforts by Ecuador’s military and police to defeat drug trafficking have proven ineffective, given the changing dynamic of organized crime. That’s according to Adriana Henao, an official with the Organization of American States’ Drug Abuse Control Commission (known by its Spanish acronym CICAD). “If the state finds a way to combat drug traffickers, they simply find another way to avoid law enforcement,” she said, noting that in 2012, Ecuadorian officials seized twice as much drugs as in any of the previous three years. But the challenge is very difficult, said spokesman Adm. Raúl Jaramillo of the Ecuadorian Navy. “Ecuador has a combined maritime territory of around one million square kilometers,” he told Diálogo, pointing out that his country’s ownership of the Galápagos Islands means the Navy has extra territory to patrol. “Ecuador does not have sufficient means to monitor such a large area. It would be a difficult task for even the U.S. Navy with all their might, so how can Ecuador cope with it?” Ecuador’s role as drug transit point expanding Ecuador, which shares a border with Colombia, has been historically used by Colombian cocaine cartels as a transport point to the Pacific corridor. However, as Colombia’s three-decade long war on the FARC and cartels has begun to yield positive results, Ecuador has expanded “from being a mere trafficking route to also producing drugs and providing places for storage of illegal weapons and drugs,” said Bertha Garciá, director of the Observatorio de Seguridad, Defensa y Democracia, a think tank at Quito’s Universidad Central. Intelligence reports from the coastal province of El Oro suggest that drug traffickers are often well-equipped, utilizing speedboats that can reach 140 kilometers per hour as well as submarines to keep the drugs hidden. Jaime Carrera, an analyst with the Quito-based Observatorio de la Política Fiscal [Economic Policy Research Institute], said the former U.S. presence in Manta helped aid in the drug war. “The base at Manta counted on AWACS aircraft properly equipped to monitor these specific incidents,” he said. But since the government of President Rafael Correa declined to renew the lease for that base, drug trafficking has spiked. Plan includes new subs, UAVs and satellite monitoring The deployment of the four patrol vessels is the first naval action since the Correa government unveiled its Moran Valverde Strategic and Institutional Plan in late July. Among other things, that plan aims to modernize Ecuador’s submarines, purchase more unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and equip the Coast Guard with sophisticated geosatellite monitoring systems. “It is a national priority to control our maritime sovereignty. which is why we are working to adequately equip our naval forces deal with 21st-century threats,” Correa recently said. In 2009, authorities discovered the first drug submarine off the coast of El Oro province. The local newspaper El Comercio reported that while the vessel had the capacity to carry four tons of drugs, it was not sophisticated and resembled a submersible canoe. The following year, military forces discovered another fiberglass submersible vehicle in Amazonian waters carrying drugs destined to Mexico. And in March 2012, naval forces seized a fishing trawler hidden in a web of mangroves. The boat was carrying military-grade weapons, explosives and communications equipment. Ecuador’s deployment of a naval force was later complimented in September with the arrival of four helicopters, dozens of vehicles and 500 men from two Special Forces brigades. However, Jesús Narvaez, governor of the southwestern province of Los Ríos, recently told La Hora that judges must impose stricter sentences on convicted drug traffickers. To bolster its drug-fighting efforts, Ecuador has purchased Chinese-made radar systems and 18 Embraer Super Tucano light attack aircraft from Brazil. However, the radar systems are not yet operational and only nine Super Tucanos are available for combat operations, since one crashed during a training run. On Dec. 13, María Fernanda Espinosa was sworn in as Ecuador’s new defense minister. In her acceptance speech, the poet and former minister of national patrimony said “narcotrafficking conspires against the sovereignty of the state, forcing the Armed Forces to double their efforts in combating it.” Espinosa is counting on a series of deals, including the $75 million purchase of Russian weapons and technology.last_img read more

Two decommissioned pedestrian bridges to be demolished in Binghamton

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The city of Binghamton will be demolishing two downtown pedestrian bridges that are no longer in use beginning Friday. The bridge connects the State Street Parking Garage and the Metrocenter. Demolition efforts for the bridge over State Street will begin Friday, but the mobilization of construction equipment to the bridge will begin Thursday. Mayor Rich David announced in a press release that the pedestrian bridges that span over State and Water streets will be demolished. In January 2020, demolition efforts for the bridge over Water Street will begin. The bridge connects the Water Street Parking Garage and the Metrocenter. Mayor David says the the demolition of the bridges will have many benefits on the city. The mayor’s office says the reason this bridge will be torn down in January is so the construction will have no impact on holiday shopping at Boscov’s. The mayor’s office says State Street in between Court Street and the parking garage will be closed to traffic for about three weeks. They say the parking garage will remain open during this time period. “Built in the era of urban renewal many decades ago, these elevated walkways have not been used in years and are crumbling and unsafe,” said he said. “Blight reduction includes more than vacant houses in neighborhoods. In downtown Binghamton, we’re looking to clean up our streetscape and remove dilapidated infrastructure to support our region’s economic and cultural hub.”last_img read more

Govt to allow schools outside green zones to reopen

first_imgNational COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo said on Monday that the government would allow the reopening of schools outside green zones, areas with the lowest risk of COVID-19 transmission.Doni explained that in the near future the Education and Culture Ministry would announced which areas would be permitted to reopen their schools.”The Education and Culture Ministry has set up measures [for the reopening] and maybe in the near future the ministry’s officials will announce which areas outside the green zones are allowed to reopen schools,” Doni said in a press conference on Monday as reported by kompas.com.Since July, the Education and Culture Ministry has allowed phased reopening of schools located in green zones.Read also: Schools could become new clusters of COVID-19 transmission: Indonesian Red CrossThe national COVID-19 task force has mapped the risk status of all regions in the country affected by the COVID-19 pandemic based on 15 indicators from the World Health Organization. The indicators, which comprise the number of new cases, suspects and fatalities, among other things, determine whether each region falls into the green, yellow, orange or red category.Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said the number of students in those areas was roughly equivalent to 6 percent of all students in the country, meaning that the remaining 94 percent had to continue their education through online learningDoni said the duration of face-to-face learning at schools would be limited as well as the number of students attending the classes to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”Although online learning is very effective to curb the spread of COVID-19 transmission, there are a lot of students in rural areas who are struggling to learn from home due to poor internet access,” Doni said.Read also: Life without internet: Bornean students learn by radio during pandemicDoni expressed his appreciation for several regional administrations that had provided lessons through radio to accommodate students who don’t have internet access.”Several regional administrations have provided teachers with two-way radios [walkie-talkies] to teach their students. We appreciate their creativity and various measures they’ve taken so that students can continue their education despite all the limitations,” he said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

France’s ERAFP reveals successor to Desfossés

first_imgBefore joining the airport operator, he held several budget management positions in the French ministry for economy and finance, in the areas of infrastructure, transport and regional planning and local authority development.In 1999 he became director of the industry, transport and research sub-division of the ministry’s budget management department.Like his predecessor at ERAFP, Galzy studied at the École Nationale d’Administration, France’s post-graduate training ground for top-level civil servants.Desfossés, whose departure from ERAFP had already been reported, led the public service fund as chief executive since 2008. Laurent Galzy will replace Philippe Desfossés at the helm of France’s €30bn mandatory pension scheme for civil servants, it was announced today.Galzy was appointed to a four-year term by way of a government order published today, according to ERAFP.His term was to start next week.A senior civil servant, Galzy was at Aéroports de Paris from 2002 until 2016, most latterly as a deputy director general for “international and participation”.last_img read more

Marijuana stores offer high holidays with $1 joints

first_imgStuff co.nz 25 November 2014 Cannabis sellers are gearing up for their first holiday season since recreational marijuana was legalised in the US state of Colorado.At Grass Station, a shop in Denver that sells US$7 (NZ$9) joints, US$21 (NZ$27) chocolate bars and even a US$11 (NZ$14) lip balm, the goal is to get the same kind of post-Thanksgiving sales bump as department stores or clothing chains. Some pot sellers have even renamed the traditional Black Friday shopping day “Green Friday”.“We have really high expectations,” said Grass Station owner Ryan Fox.“Now we’ve got the legal means for people to give marijuana as a gift, and that’s never really been something that was feasible in the past.”The shop expects a line at the door at 8am on November 28, the day after Thanksgiving, as tokers try to get their fingers on rationed specials. Sixteen customers will get an ounce of marijuana for US$50 (NZ$64) that generally sells for five times that amount. Sixty joints will go for US$1 each. The price for a US$30 (NZ$39) vape-pen cartridge will be cut in half.Colorado’s almost 300 legal marijuana sellers have more to worry about than just enticing customers with discounts. The industry is grappling with 500 pages of regulation and myriad marketing restrictions. There’s also concern that the federal government still sees the trade as illegal, even if officials are looking the other way for now.http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/63504577/marijuana-stores-offer-high-holidays-with-1-joints.htmllast_img read more

2 ‘illegal gamblers’ arrested

first_imgTheir three alleged cohorts, who were only identified as certain “Diwdiw,” “Junjun” and “Mais,” managed to escape. Michael Sierray, 34, and Vangie Lim, 42 – residents of the said village – were caught playing tumbo around11 p.m. on June 22, a police report showed. ILOILO City – Two persons engaging in illegal gambling were arrested in Barangay Bobog, Numancia, Aklan.center_img Lim and Sierray were taken to the Numancia police station for filing of appropriate charges./PNlast_img