Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Monday, June 22, 2020

first_imgHome News Community Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Monday, June 22, 2020 NewsCommunity Coronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Monday, June 22, 2020 By Megan Shiel – 22nd June 2020 Pinterest WhatsApp In Pictures: Crowds gather at County Hall for protest over closure of Portlaoise Leisure CentreA crowd of around 300 people gathered outside Laois County Council buildings for a protest this morning over the closure of Portlaoise Leisure Centre.The march, organised by Leisure Centre manager Ben Smith, saw the protesters gather outside the now closed facility and then walk towards Laois County Council.Once there, Mr Smith presented Laois County Council Chief Executive John Mulholland with a petition containing 5,000 signatures of people who wish to see the centre reopen.You can read the piece in full here.United States: Florida and South Carolina break new-cases records for the third straight day.For the third straight day, Florida and South Carolina broke their single-day records for new cases, while infection levels for Missouri and Nevada also reached new highs on Saturday.And on Friday, the United States reported more than 30,000 new infections, its highest total since May 1, with cases rising in 19 states across the South, West and Midwest.You can read The New York Times piece in full here. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleNew principal appointed in St Fergal’s College in RathdowneyNext articleJoe Mallon Motors Car of the Week: 201 Renault Kadjar from €65 per week Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Latest Figures1,717 people have now died from Coronavirus in Ireland – an increase of two from yesterday.While there has been a total of four new cases of Coronavirus have been diagnosed in Ireland today.There is now a total of 25,383 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.In Laois, there has been an increase in the number of cases by one. There have now been 265 cases of Coronavirus.See Full Report HereIn Germany, the important R number of Covid-19 cases has risen to 2.88The COVID-19 R number in Germany has risen sharply in recent days, but health authorities have stressed that the rise is mainly due to smaller regional outbreaks.A further 687 new cases were noted in the country yesterday by the Robert Koch Institute, but 549 of these came from the North Rhine-Westphalia region of the country.The all-important R number over the last four days is 2.88. This reproductive rate roughly means that for every 100 people infected with Covid-19, they will pass it on to 288 people.You can read the full report here. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role News TAGSCoronavirusCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date ‘That opt-in or opt-out clause applies for referees as much as players’ – concern among officials ahead of GAA returnMeath Official David Coldrick says several referees have serious concerns surrounding the GAA’s accelerated return.It was announced last week that club teams can return to contact training on 29 June, though 20 July was the initial date for that progression.You can read The 42 piece in full here.‘This pandemic is still accelerating’: Biggest global daily increases in Covid-19 cases recorded over weekendThe world saw the largest daily increases yet in coronavirus cases over the weekend while infections slowed in China and South Korea, suggesting progress in stemming their newest outbreaks.Despite clear progress in containing the virus in some regions, especially those that saw early outbreaks, globally the number of new virus cases has soared in recent days. In Brazil, Iraq, India and the United States, hospitals are scrambling to cope.You can read the full report here. Novak Djokovic under fire after two players test positive for Covid-19 following his exhibition eventWorld No.1 Novak Djokovic has come under fire after his ambitious Adria Tour tennis roadshow was brought to a sudden halt after two competing players confirmed they have contracted the Covid-19 virus.World No.19 Grigor Dimitrov posted a social media message on Sunday revealing he had received a positive coronavirus test, with Borna Coric also confirming his positive test after he played Dimitrov in Croatia last weekend.You can read the Independent piece in full here.Spain reopens to tourists as lockdown ends amid surge in global spreadSpain reopened its borders to European tourists yesterday in a bid to kickstart its economy.Spain yesterday ended a national state of emergency after three months of lockdown, allowing its 47 million residents to freely travel around the country for the first time since March 14.Spain also dropped a 14-day quarantine for visitors from Ireland, Britain and other European countries to boost its vital tourism sector.You can read the full report here.Restaurants seek €1.8bn bailout amid threat of 50% closuresThe Restaurant Association of Ireland is seeking a package of supports totalling €1.8 billion, amid claims that one in every two businesses in the industry faces closure as a result of damage caused by the coronavirus crisis.The lobby group is looking for the State’s subsidised wages scheme, which has supported the income of almost 500,000 workers across the entire economy in recent months, to be extended beyond the current scheduled expiry in August.You can read The Irish Times piece in full here.last_img read more

PCTEL Enables Private LTE Network Testing from 10 MHz to 6 GHz

first_imgPCTEL has announced that its IBflex scanning receiver now supports testing of private LTE networks on non-3GPP bands. LTE’s high throughput, low latency, and reliability make it an extremely attractive solution for Industrial IoT applications such as CCTV, smart trains, and advanced metering infrastructure. As a result, railroads, factories, and utilities want to deploy private LTE networks on spectrum they already own. Currently, the telecommunications industry’s 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) has only defined a limited number of standard LTE bands. This lack of definition means that standard test equipment cannot be used to test many private LTE networks. To facilitate private LTE network deployments worldwide, the IBflex now allows users to configure their own LTE bands anywhere within its 10 MHz to 6 GHz range.Private LTE networks are ideally suited for process automation and video monitoring, but proper network testing is essential to ensure system reliability. The IBflex provides precise real-world LTE coverage and quality data that can be used to design, deploy, optimize, and monitor private networks. Public network operators can also use the IBflex’s user-configurable LTE bands to conduct trials on newly available spectrum, before the 3GPP has defined bands. Click here for more information on this product.last_img read more

Reimagining ‘The Secret Garden’ for a new generation

first_imgThis image released by STXfilms shows director Marc Munden, left, and Dixie Egerickx during the filming of “The Secret Garden.” (STXfilms via AP)Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic ” The Secret Garden ” has been adapted into several films, television series and even a Broadway musical. But it had been 27 years since Mary Lennox had last been committed to film and the time seemed ripe for another visit to Misselthwaite Manor. Like “Little Women,” every generation is entitled to its own version.Producer Rosie Alison of Heyday Films (the shop behind the “Paddington” movies) had been enchanted by the 1911 novel as a child and the 1949 MGM version with Margaret O’Brien. She was certain that it held an appeal for modern children, who perhaps didn’t have to reach back too far for a connection to the material — a generation who grew up with Agnieszka Holland’s 1993 version are also now grown with children of their own.“It’s such a beautiful, redemptive fable,” she said. “It’s about damaged, slightly misfit children who are lonely and find friendship in nature. Parents think they’ll be bored, but I find that a lot of kids really get into it.”They found supportive collaborators in StudioCanal, who were also partners on the “Paddington” films and are always looking for family fare. Alison said they weren’t hard to persuade, but, “Everybody treaded a little nervously about the fact that it’s not a huge action adventure with branded characters.”Marc Munden (“National Treasure”) was enlisted to direct, they got Colin Firth and Julie Walters on board and watched around 800 tapes to find their perfect Mary. The part would go to 12-year-old Dixie Egerickx, who displayed a “remarkable intelligence” and understanding of the character.“She’s not really your traditional heroine,” Egerickx, who is now 15, said. “What I like about her is she’s quite complex. She’s initially very unpleasant, rude and unlikable but we learn that’s because she’s lonely and she doesn’t have anyone.”The filmmakers were given a relatively modest budget for a film with visual effects ($20 million). But even with the elements of magical realism, most of the outdoor scenes were shot on location, including the garden itself. It was decided early on that it’d be impossible to “invent” nature on a soundstage and thus the filmmakers set off on a 50-garden journey around Yorkshire, North Wales, Wiltshire, Dorset and Cornwall to find the perfect combination of settings for the enchanting, abandoned garden.“It sticks more to Mary’s imagination and her subjective view of the world, and there are slightly more fluid boundaries between her way of seeing and the world around her,” Alison said. “Now, when she goes into the garden, it just seems boundless, because that’s how it is to a child.”In order to make it a little less remote for modern children, the filmmakers brought the story forward a few decades from its Edwardian roots. It still had to be in the past, Alison said. Things like child services and health and safety would be involved if it were too modern.But now, instead of 1911, it’s set in 1947 in a post-World War II framework. Still, most of the notes will feel familiar. Mary still hails from India, her parents still die of cholera and Archibald Craven (Firth) is just as distant and ghostly as ever.Like so many films during the coronavirus pandemic, “The Secret Garden” was meant to be a big screen experience. Now, it’s currently available as a video on demand release in the U.S. It will be getting a theatrical run in the U.K. in October, however. And while the situation is disappointing, Alison is trying to focus on the bigger picture“Hopefully there will be over the years to come, a lonely 9-year-old who has plopped in front of a TV and discovers this and it really means something to them,” Alison said. “I would love for it to give hope to children.”Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

Steelers try to keep Bengals winless

first_imgBEN ROETHLISBERGER—Despite missing several games with an injury Big Ben had an exceptional season, maybe his best. (AP Photos)The Steelers took what the Baltimore Ravens gave them and almost missed the NFL Playoffs as a result.When Ben Roethlisberger is healthy the Steelers have the best offense in football. So when the Ravens dropped two safeties back to prevent the Steelers from doing what they do best, throw the long ball, most Steelers fans were shocked when they choose to run the ball instead of playing their normal game which is take what you want because there’s no defense in the NFL who can stop you.What happened? Yes they were successful in picking up yardage on the ground, and eating up the clock, but they weren’t scoring points. And by the time they realized what the Ravens were doing, it was too late because Ben couldn’t get into rhythm with his receivers, and everything went downhill in a defeat to the 4-12 Ravens.So the Cleveland game last week became a must win, but they had to depend on the Buffalo Bills to defeat the New York Jets to get into the playoffs.last_img read more

Saints search for answers

first_imgBy Ken MooreNAR NAR GOON put a severe dent in Nyora’s confidence after it crushed the Saints by 82 points….[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Meteor Mine Hill Climb goes Sunday

first_imgThe event is set for Meteor Mine locate in the Slocan Valley. Competitors are fans can access the site through Lemon Creek, Springer Creek or Six Mile Lakes roads.The event begins at 10 a.m. with registration. Races begin at 11 a.m.There is a $10 charge for a single poker hand with $25 getting three hands.The Sno Goers will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Nelson Friends of the Family charity.For more information call Playmor Power Products at [email protected] By The Nelson Daily StaffThe hills around Lemon and Springer Creeks will be alive with snowmobiles as goers flock to the Meteor Mine Hill Climb Sunday.last_img read more

Video: Idaho State Runner Finishes Race After Rupturing Achilles Tendon

first_imgShelby Erdahl finishes race with ruptured achilles.shelby erdahl finishes raceIf you’ve ever suffered an Achilles injury, you know that there’s a great deal of pain involved. This week, a runner named Shelby Erdahl, who competes for Idaho State, put on one of the most gutty performances of the year – while finishing in last place.Erdahl, who just needed to complete the 400-meter hurdles at the Big Sky Championships to score a point for her team, did just that – despite tearing her Achilles early on in the race. Video of Erdahl struggling to get through the race – including clearing hurdles – has now gone viral. Check it out: Props to Erdahl for toughing it out for her teammates. For those wondering, she had successful surgery on Wednesday. Well done.last_img read more

16 rising stars of film and TV from Alberta who made a

first_img Facebook Eugene Brave Rock As Alberta’s film business continues to thrive, and hopefully grow with the opening in the new Calgary Film Centre, Postmedia’s Eric Volmers takes a look at local up and coming actors, directors, producers and other talents who made an impact this year in Calgary, across the country and around the world.Actor and stuntman Eugene Brave Rock. Courtesy, Jennifer Marie Studios Advertisement Advertisement Courtesy, Michelle C. Smith LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement David CormicanProducer: BetweenThis 34-year-old Lethbridge native has made significant waves in Canadian TV and film since switching careers from thespian to producer. He currently has a number of irons in the fire with Don Carmody Television, which he co-founded with the veteran producer in Toronto. Cormican is one of the producers behind the hit series Between, a co-production with Netflix about a small town coping with a disease that wiped out everybody over the age of 21. Hollywood Reporter recently named Corsican in its Next Generation Canada.From the film, Goalie: Life and Death in the Crease.Buddy and Geordie Day and Clint Malarchuk.Courtesy, Pyramid ProductionsBuddy Day, Geordie DayDirectors: Goalie: Life and Death in the Crease, Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire, Unnatural Enemies: The War on Wolves Brothers Geordie and Buddy Day offered a harrowing portrait of Clint Malarchuk in the documentary Goalie: Life and Death in the Crease, chronicling the troubled former NHL player’s battles with mental illness and alcoholism through interviews and dramatizations. Buddy Day followed it up this year with Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire, an equally intriguing account of the Calgary performer’s interesting background and attempts to launch an ambitious show in Vegas that showcase her unique talents in fire-eating, magic and theatre. Meanwhile. Geordie’s 2015 documentary Unnatural Enemies: The War on Wolves, earned a prestigious Genesis Award this year from the Humane Society of the United States.Filmmaker Kurtis David Harder.Kurtis David HarderDirector: InControlKurtis David Harder was one of many local talents to impress crowds this year at the Calgary International Film Festival, where he screened his creepy and assured sophomore feature InControl. The low-budget film delved into heady territory about identity, culpability and human nature. Harder, who is part of the Calgary-based Umbrella Films Collective, is now producing a horror film called Still/Born that was also shot in Calgary.Director John Kissack. Courtesy, Sarah PukinJohn KissackDirector: A Miracle on Christmas LakeCalgary filmmaker John Kissack made his directorial debut with A Miracle on Christmas Lake, about a troubled youth who discovers a magic hockey rink at the other side of the lake. The seasonal family film was picked up by Sony Home Pictures Entertainment for a DVD Release just in time for Christmas. Login/Register With: Actor, Stuntman: Batman v. Superman, Wonder WomanEugene Brave Rock’s screen-time in Batman v. Superman is fleeting — that’s him standing beside Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in a 1918 black-and-white photo Bruce Wayne discovers online — but his appearance had fanboys and girls abuzz over the possibilities of who the mysterious “Chief” actually is. We’ll find out this summer, when Wonder Woman hits theatres. Until then, the 38-year-old actor and stuntman from Kainai First Nation can only confirm that he spent five months in London this year on the mega-budgeted film’s secretive set. Brave Rock has starred in Hell on Wheels and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and also spent part of this year in Budapest shooting a TV series called Jamestown about the first British settlers in America.David Cormican. Courtesy, Don Carmody Television Twitterlast_img read more

Locations of Ontarios first four recreational pot shops announced

first_imgThe locations of Ontario’s first four provincially run cannabis stores have been announced.The Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ontario Cannabis Store say the shops will be in Guelph, Kingston, Toronto and Thunder Bay.The agencies say the locations comply with local zoning rules, minimize proximity to schools and factor in where illegal dispensaries are currently operating.Forty stores are expected to open this year and another 40 by July of next year. In total, the province plans to set up roughly 150 standalone cannabis stores by 2020.Ontario was the first province to announce a detailed plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana and will set the legal age to purchase it at 19.The federal government introduced legislation last April with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational pot by this summer, but left it up to individual provinces to design their own distribution system and usage regulations.last_img read more