Two Cook County inmates test positive for the coronavirus

first_imgHealth officials at the Cook County jail are reporting that two of it’s detainees have tested positive for the coronavirus.Both detainees were reportedly moved to the jail’s Cermak Health Services in isolation after exhibiting flu-like symptoms on March 20th.Officials say one of the sick is a 42-year-old man who was taken into custody in December of 2019 and is being under a $250,000 D-bond on charges of Aggravated DUI. The second detainee is an 18-year-old man who is being held without bond since mid-February 2020 on charges of aggravated discharge of a firearm.An officer who worked in Cermak Health Services has also tested positive for the virus and is currently at home in isolation.Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli told a judge Monday that the outbreak puts other inmates at risk due to the confined quarters and shared spaces.  In addition to that, Campanelli pointed out that of the jail 5,600 inmates, hundreds of them having underlying health problems.Judge Leroy Martin agreed with Campanelli but stated that instead of a mass-release of non-violent offenders, he opted for a more controlled release where teams of judges look at cases brought to them by the public defender and state’s attorney’s office. The judges then will decide if the inmate is a danger to the community, and whether that person should be released.last_img read more

Thurston Energy: Extends The Buy Down Cost Guarantee Of Its HomePLUS…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Due to popular demand, Thurston Energy announced on Friday that it has extended the buy down cost guarantee of its HomePLUS energy evaluation through March 16, 2012. After that, the federal grant that buys down the cost of these audits by more than 55% will expire – and the price will go up! The HomePLUS, currently retailing for $195 in Thurston County, is a comprehensive, building science-based inspection of a home from an energy-efficiency perspective. Using high-tech diagnostic tools, a BPI-certified assessor can find air leakage, missing insulation, water damage, and more. Homeowners will also receive a customized report describing the findings, and a prioritized list of upgrades, a goody bag with tons of local resources for efficiency and sustainability practices, and more!Thurston Energy wants to ensure as many homeowners in Thurston County take advantage of this great offer as possible, so sign up today before it’s too late! You can also contact Mark Rentfrow, Energy Services Specialist directly, at 360-528-2112.last_img read more

Evander Kane says hockey “far behind” other sports on awareness of racism

first_imgSharks forward Evander Kane said the sport of hockey badly needs to catch up to other sports in bringing awareness to racism if it ever hopes to become more diverse and grow acceptance and interest.Two days after he called out a poster for telling him on Instagram to “Stick to basketball,” Kane, whose father is black and whose mother is white, told TSN Radio in Vancouver on Friday that attitudes in hockey have to change if it wants to draw more interest across a wider cross-section of fans. …last_img read more

New Technology Visualizes Animals in the Womb

first_imgMany have seen the videos of human babies developing in the womb, but what do animals look like before birth?  Rhiannon Edward began an article in The Scotsman with some glimpses:An unborn elephant, tiny but perfect in every way.  A dolphin swimming in the womb, just as it will have to swim in the ocean the moment it is born.  An unborn dog panting.  Each one amazing and now, thanks to these remarkable pictures, they can be seen for the first time.3D Ultrasound technology is now allowing scientists to watch these developments.  A two-hour program will show some of the findings next year.  The BBC News has a gallery of stunning photographs.Life does not begin at birth.  These images reveal complex behaviors and structures that show the animals engaging in activities that will be vital to their survival when the womb doors open.  For an animal to stand, see, breath, walk or swim upon entering the outside world for the first time, they must have all the hardware and software ready and operating in the womb.    These new images and facts are welcome.  Try to imagine the reaction if the movie is shown of the cute baby elephant or dog maturing in the womb with happy background music.  Suddenly a scissors appears and is inserted into the skull!  The music turns frantic as we watch the animal’s brains being sucked out.  It quivers and dodges and jerks and dies an agonizing death, never to see the light of day.  What horror film would imagine such a thing?  Yet this is routinely done to human babies, and our Supreme Court is taking months to decide whether it should be allowed to continue or not.  How can human beings even argue about such things?(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NSW STATE CUP & QLD STATE CUP/AUSTRALIA CUP

first_imgIt is a massive weekend for Touch around Australia with the NSW State Cup being held in Port Macquarie and the Queensland State Cup and Australia Cup being held at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast. Here you can find links to the results for both events. Also, our homepage will have more stories on the tournaments. Click here to view the NSW State Cup draw & results:NSW STATE CUP DRAW AND RESULTS Click here for the Queensland State Cup and Australia Cup draw & results:QUEENSLAND STATE CUP/AUSTRALIA CUP DRAW AND RESULTS See below for all the stories from the events:last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino delighted with winning Skipp debut

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino delighted with winning Skipp debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with Oliver Skipp’s debut for the win over Burnley.The teenage midfielder was handed his first Premier League start by Pochettino.The manager said, “Fantastic, he played like a 30-year-old man. So relaxed, trying to play forward and give the team what the team needs, plenty of energy full energy I am so proud of him. “He is only 18 years old and I think it was fantastic. Now it is going to be easy for him because always the debut you are nervous. I remember my first game and I said to him you look so relaxed. When I was 17, going to play aIways was so nervous. That is the difference between a player going to be a top player and a normal player like me. “In the last few months in the USA in pre-season he shows that he can cope with the pressure to play in the first team and it was only about time and the possibility to give the opportunity. “I want to congratulate the people in the academy that work in education to build his career with him and to help him to build his career is fantastic. The work they are doing is amazing and we need to profit this work to provide the team that energy and quality player because he is a very good kid, person it is a fantastic thing for Tottenham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The worst toys for the holidays according to safety group

first_imgBOSTON — A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the items topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season.Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., unveiled its 46th annual list of the 10 “worst toys” Tuesday at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston.Joan Siff, the non-profit organization’s president, said many of the toys on the list represent choking, eye and other safety hazards that surface year after year, despite the group’s efforts.Siff advised parents to shop “defensively” and not be lulled into a false sense of security because a toy is made by a familiar brand or sold at an established retailer. One child is treated in a U.S. emergency room every three minutes for a toy-related injury, according to the Center for Injury and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.A Cabbage Patch Kids ballerina doll that made this year’s list, for example, is marketed to children ages two and above, but includes a removable tutu and headband that can be choking hazards, said James Swartz, a trial lawyer who serves as W.A.T.C.H.’s director.A slender mallet that comes with VTech’s caterpillar-shaped electronic xylophone — a toy made for children as young as 18 months old — is another similar choking threat, he said.Other toys on the list included a Nerf gun that fires soft discs, a “stomp rocket” that launches foam-tipped projectiles up to 200 feet in the air and a plastic “cutting fruit” set. The cutting set, which includes a toy knife made out of rigid plastic, is made for children who are older than 2.But the Toy Association, an industry trade group that represents most of the toy companies named this year, complained the list is biased, inaccurate and “needlessly frightening” to parents.The association said many of the hazards highlighted by W.A.T.C.H. are clearly spelled out in the products’ packaging and instructions. It also said only two products listed on the non-profit‘s “worst toy” lists from the five years prior were recalled, and those two had already been pulled before W.A.T.C.H. released its list.Swartz responded by pointing to a list of dozens of toys that have been recalled or pulled from retailers’ shelves from the early 2000s all the way back to the 1970s, in part by the group’s efforts.And he said providing detailed warning labels “doesn’t absolve” toy makers from needing to simply design safer items. “They’re trying to shift the responsibility to parents and consumers,” Swartz said. “They’re really shirking their responsibility.”Swartz highlighted Hasbro’s retractable plastic claws for Marvel’s Black Panther, an item featured on this year’s list. The toy gloves come with a warning they should not be used to hit or swing at people.“When you call it a slash claw,” he said, “there’s likely one thing a child is going to do with that claw.”Philip Marcelo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

German FM calls on Syrian opposition to join Geneva II

first_imgBERLIN– Steinmeier underlines talks have now entered into a decisive week ahead of Geneva II peace conference which will be a ‘unique opportunity’ for peace in Syria.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on the Syrian opposition groups to join Geneva II peace conference scheduled for January 22.“Entering political talks will be nothing but gain for the Syrian opposition,” Steinmeier said in an interview with the German public broadcaster ARD. “But in the war field the number of victims will continue to rise, without bringing any favorable outcome for the opposition,” he said, following the Friends of Syria group meeting in Paris. Steinmeier has underlined that talks have now entered into a decisive week ahead of Geneva II peace conference and this conference will be a “unique opportunity” for peace in Syria.German Foreign Minister dismissed any possible talks with radical groups fighting in Syria, stressing that Syrian opposition has also distanced itself from those radical groups.“Syrian opposition has been fighting in two fronts, in one front against the Assad regime, and in the second front against the radical Islamists,” Steinmeier said.“For a solution, we have to win the hearts and minds of the Syrian people. Once these are achieved, the radicals would not have any chance.”last_img read more

Reds infield could be major strength

It’s difficult for the fans of a tradition-rich franchise like the Cincinnati Reds to accept their role as a little fish in the big sea of Major League Baseball.Due to the financial limitations of small-market teams under the current MLB system, which does not feature a salary cap, Reds fans enter each season knowing that they’ve started at a disadvantage.When competing with deep-pocket teams like the Yankees, Mets and Red Sox each year, Reds management has to be creative to be successful under the constraints placed upon them by their economic reality.However, the average Reds fan doesn’t want to hear that. In a city that hasn’t seen a World Series title since 1990, they just want results.Walt Jocketty, Reds general manager and president of baseball operations, has taken a big step towards assuaging those concerns with the signing of shortstop Orlando Cabrera to shore up the middle of the infield.“We are very excited. We talked about trying to improve at shortstop but didn’t think we’d be able to do it,” Jocketty said. “Acquiring a player of his ability and stature, that when you look at his career and the winning clubs he’s been on, he’s a winner.”The Reds freed up the money for Cabrera by trading center fielder Willy Taveras and infielder Adam Rosales to the Oakland Athletics for utility-infielder Aaron Miles. He is slated to make $2.02 million this season with a $4 million mutual option for 2011.Cabrera spoke about being the newest addition to an already solid infield.“Defensively, I think we have a great infield,” Cabrera said. “We know we’ve got guys who can catch the ball.”That’s an understatement.The addition of Cabrera brings the total of Gold Glove awards for the Reds’ infield to 10 – seven for third baseman Scott Rolen, two for Cabrera and one for second baseman Brandon Phillips.Cabrera also brings a more than capable bat. Last season, he hit .284 with nine home runs and 77 RBI for Oakland and the Minnesota Twins. He is a career .275 hitter.He will add to the nexus of veteran players like Rolen and Phillips to complement younger, budding stars like first baseman Joey Votto and right fielder Jay Bruce.“They have a great group of guys,” Cabrera said of his new teammates. “With Rolen, Phillips and the pitching staff, I think we’ve got a great chance this year if we stay healthy.”Initial reports indicate he will hit from the No. 2 spot in the batting order, an area of need in seasons past.Along with his glove and stick, Cabrera also appears to bring a sense of humor and knowledge of other Cincinnati sports figures to town with him.When discussing his willingness to do whatever it takes to win, Cabrera alluded to the city’s highest profile athlete and wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, Chad Ochocinco.“I’m going to do everything I can,” Cabrera said. “Even if I have to change my name to Uno Ocho.” read more