Australia to ease border limits and allow more citizens home

first_imgMorrison said there were an estimated 24,000 stranded Australians wanting to return home which the government has pledged to facilitate before Christmas.”With the success we have had as a country in recent months, we can start opening up again and we can start helping Australians getting home again,” Morrison told a press briefing.Australia is also looking to ease quarantine restrictions for returned travellers from New Zealand which has effectively stamped out the virus, and who account for 15% of returns, to free up hotels for other travellers, Morrison said.Australia closed its international borders early in the pandemic, and imposed strict lockdowns and social distancing measures, dramatically reducing the spread of the virus. It currently has a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine for all international arrivals. Australia said on Friday it would increase the number of citizens allowed to return home each week to 6,000 as it manages to get new COVID-19 infections under control.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the cap on the number of people allowed into Australia each week would increase by 2,000 by mid October after a National Cabinet meeting where states agreed to boost quarantine capacity.The country’s weekly limit is currently set at 4,000 people. Australia has reported more than 26,800 coronavirus cases and 829 deaths, well below the infection and death rates of other developed countries.The bulk of its infections have been in the hotspot state of Victoria, were new infections have been falling for weeks.Victoria logged 45 fresh cases overnight and five deaths, the highest number of new cases in more than a week, following 28 new cases on Thursday which was the lowest in three months.Its rolling two-week average of new infections has been falling, raising hopes lockdown measures confining residents to their homes may be eased before the Oct. 26 deadline.Average cases over the last two weeks in Melbourne, the state’s largest city, fell below 50 this week, the benchmark the state set to start easing curbs.Australia’s six states and two territories have either closed domestic borders or severely limited entry.Queensland state said that it would open up its border to residents of the national capital Canberra, which has had no new infections in 10 weeks.The island state of Tasmania will begin accepting some workers from virus-free states from next week and will look at opening boarders more widely from Dec. 1, its premier said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Help wanted: Sumner County Sheriff Detention Officer I

first_imgDetention Officer I – Sheriff DeptPay range $11.64 – $19.10HS diploma or GED.  Position processes inmates through detention facility.  Maintains security of inmates in facility and during transport.  Prepares reports and maintains records.  Candidate must pass a Criminal History background check.  Must have a valid KS driver’s license.Apply on line at  Application closing date 09/05/2016.  Complete job description available at Sumner Co. Clerk’s Office, 501 N. Washington, Rm 101, Wellington Ks 67152, ph 620-326-3395. EOElast_img read more

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Marian Rae takes office as England Golf President

first_img18 Apr 2016 Marian Rae takes office as England Golf President Yorkshire’s Marian Rae took office as the new President of England Golf at the organisation’s annual meeting.Marian, from Lindrick Golf Club, has been a prominent figure in English women’s golf and in Yorkshire civic life.She chaired the championship committee of the former English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) and continued in the role after the merger which formed England Golf.She has also been the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, holding the office in the year of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, and is a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire. Click here to read more about Marian.Three new women members have been elected to the Board of England Golf. They are: Carol Alford, the Staffordshire Ladies’ County Golf Association Voting Member since 2014; Jill Dean, the Berkshire Ladies’ County Golf Association Voting Member since 2014; and Carole Waights, the Yorkshire Ladies’ County Golf Association Voting Member since 2014.last_img read more

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The Port of Olympia BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge Seeks Vendors, Swappers,…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin1Submitted by The Port of OlympiaJust in time for boating season, the Port of Olympia BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge returns on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Swantown Marina.The Port invites signups from restaurants and marine-related businesses who would like to participate. Businesses and organizations are also invited to participate with the Port in sponsoring this popular community festival.To be included on the event poster, restaurants and sponsors must sign up by March 17.At the 2013 festival, 11 South Sound restaurants competed in the chowder cook-off and 1,300 of the 3,500 attendees tasted the chowders and voted for their favorites.The BoatSwap offers opportunities to buy and sell new and used boats, marine gear and accessories. Both commercial and private vendors are invited to exhibit and sell their wares.Event-goers shop and browse the boats and marine displays, watch and taste at the chowder pots, and enjoy music and family entertainment along the waterfront.To sign up and learn details about event sponsorships, restaurant participation, vendor exhibit rates and to make other inquiries, visit, call the Port at 360.528.8005 or email [email protected] several years prior to 2008, the festival was known as the Swantown BoatSwap & Chowder Challenge. The Port retired the event in 2008 and brought it back in 2013 due to community requests.Swantown Marina is located on the East Bay of Budd Inlet at 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia, 98501.last_img read more

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Red Bank Schools Get Boost State Aid Boost

first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK — The district Board of Education, local state legislators, parents and taxpayers have reason to be happy, with the recent announcement of additional state aid.Public school officials were recently notified the district will be receiving an additional $512,620 for the coming school year. The board of education formally voted to accept the money at its July 18 meeting.“It is good news,” said Board President Frederick Stone, “and we’ll be able to do some things that will be able to help our kids.”The money was made available in the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations Act – the state budget. The budget, according to state Department of Education press secretary David Saenz Jr., contains provisions to readjust state education funding distribution for districts that have been subject to underfunding in the past or to provide additional resources for enrollment growth, transportation and other areas.Red Bank school officials and its state legislators have long complained that the local public school district has been inadequately funded based upon the state’s own formula. According to Superintendent of Schools Jared Rumage, over the last six years the district has been underfunded by $4.2 to $7 million in uncapped state aid.Rumage noted state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), who represents and lives in the borough, “has been fighting this battle for years now,” seeking funding equity for the district; state Assembly members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, Democrats who have been in office for less than two years, “have jumped on board as of late,” showing their support, Rumage said.The legislators, along with Rumage, district staffers, board of education members and parents have taken to the streets — quite literally — traveling to Trenton to demonstrate at the state capital building and vent their frustration for Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers.“We were able to take our issue and involve other districts that face the same type of situation and make the case,” Beck said of their efforts for Red Bank and Freehold Borough, another underfunded school district in the senator’s legislative district. “And we successfully made that case.”“I don’t think there is any question it made a difference,” Rumage said about the optics and voices on this issue.The money is earmarked to hire additional staff, Rumage said, indicating the funds will allow the district to bring on six new employees, a combination of teachers and instructional aids for the 2017-18 school year.Whether this is a one-shot payment or whether it will be a reoccurring resource for the district, Rumage acknowledged,  “It’s hard to say.”Stone said, “I think that’s yet to be determined.”The superintendent said there will be a new governor and Legislature next year, so there’s always a question of what that could mean. However, Rumage and Stone are hopeful.“I believe it’s a step in the right direction for something that’s going to need to be a continuing conversation,” Rumage said.Beck is even more optimistic. “I believe we will see new revenue dedicated to grossly underfunded districts going forward,” she said.Up to this point, the superintendent explained, “We’ve been able to maintain the status quo for years without cutting.” However, he warned, “The issue is what we haven’t been able to add,” in the way of staff and programs.The district has been seeing a continuing increase in enrollment, straining staffing and facilities, he said, noting the district went from about 900 students in 2009 to approximately 1,400 currently.“There are still a lot of challenges,” Rumage said.Those challenges are why “Our focus is on securing additional school aid and working toward long-term solutions that give our local schools stability and security,” said Downey.This article was first published in the July 27 – Aug. 3, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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#WorldRhinoDay2015 – Fighting the good fight for the rhino

first_img22 September 2015World Rhino Day is an opportunity to once again raise awareness about the scourge of rhino poaching and help the rhino make its final stand.According to Save The Rhino organisation, 749 cases of rhino poaching have been recorded in the first eight months of 2015, creeping dangerously close to 1 215 (that’s one every eight hours) poachings of 2014. The numbers have been steadily climbing since 2007.[INFOGRAPHIC] SA’s rhino under attack: Over 750 have been poached this year— Eyewitness News (@ewnupdates) August 31, 2015While by no means isolated to South Africa, rhino poaching is surging across the entire African continent, and has in turn become a constant threat to the smaller rhino populations in Asia.World Wildlife Fund South Africa (WWF SA)started World Rhino Day began in 2010 and awareness of the animal endangered status has grown into an international success, uniting NGOs, zoos, cause-related organisations, corporations, businesses, celebrities and concerned individuals from around the globe, all doing their part to save the rhino.WWF SA has been involved in rhino conservation on the continent since the 1960s and has made critical gains in changing perceptions and raising awareness. Yet rhinos still continue to be poached at unprecedented rates.While WWF SA said in a press release that there is no single solution to the poaching scourge and that it would have to work strategically to combat rhino poaching and operate on numerous fronts. “A key part of our approach is to work collaboratively with rural communities living near game reserves and to provide people in those communities with the skills to manage their natural resources – including rhinos. In return, they reap the benefits of wildlife tourism while continuing to be custodians of rhinos for future generations.”Give our rhinos a lift! Find out what you can do to help us save our rhinos. #iam4rhinos— WWF South Africa (@WWFSouthAfrica) Septembe r 22, 2015 Sudan, the world’s last white male rhino This year is a particularly poignant year for the rhino, as it celebrates, yet at the same time mourns, the last living Northern White male rhino in existence at the Ol Pejeta reserve in Kenya. Sudan is 42 years old and is under 24-hour ranger guard in the reserve to protect him from poachers. The last three rhinos in the area had been poached in the last two years.The last Northern White male Rhino lives at @OlPejeta in Kenya. He is named Sudan and he is 42 years old.— Kenyan Facts (@KResearcher) September 13, 2015 SA Youth plead the rhino’s case in Vietnam To celebrate World Rhino Day, the KwaZulu Natal Project Rhino organisation is sending five young South Africans to Vietnam in the next month – armed with the World Youth Wildlife Declaration against rhino poaching – to plead the rhino’s case and change Vietnamese perceptions.Vietnam, along with China, is regarded as the epicentre of rhino horn trade, and feeling is that a change of thinking here would have a significant impact on the trade and use of rhino horn in the region.On the eve of World Rhino Day, KZN Project Rhino’s Sheelagh Antrobus told Zongile Mthimkhulu of East Coast Radio that the trip is significant for the youth involved and for rhino conservation. “[These] young South Africans are speaking out against the decimation of one of our iconic wildlife species. speaking directly to the consumers [in Vietnam] and to government officials [to] show them that as a South African youth generation they’re not tolerant of this loss of something that they see very important, as part of their heritage and their culture.”#LetOurVoicesBeHeardWe are thrilled to share this video today to celebrate #WorldRhinoDay with you! It is a tribute…Posted by Project Rhino KZN on Mon day, September 21, 2015 Jackie Chan, Mark Boucher, Angelina Jolie celebrate #WorldRhinoDay Meanwhile, the good fight continues around the world this World Rhino Day, with millions taking to social media to spread the word and do their bit for rhino conservation. The global movement is supported by some of the most popular local and international celebrities, including former South African cricketer Mark Boucher and movie stars Jackie Chan and Angelina Jolie, who have joined the world to fight for the rhino in its last stand against extinction. For more information on the movement and activities in South Africa and the rest of the world, follow the hashtag #WorldRhinoDay2015 on Twitter and Facebook. Symbolic meeting with Premier @helenzille about #Rhino on #WorldRhinoDay. We can save our heritage!— Terri Noxolo Stander (@TerriStander) September 22, 2015Happy World Rhino Day 2015! #WorldRhinoDay #DiUjungCula— WWF-Indonesia (@WWF_ID) September 22, 2015#WorldRhinoDay どうかサイが絶滅することなく、どうかこの素晴らしい 日が永遠に永遠に続きますように。— あやや (@ayatter_jp) September 22, 2015Source: World Rhino Daylast_img read more

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Farm Bureau, partners unveil redesigned 2019 Land and Living exhibit at Ohio State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentOne of this year’s ‘must see’ attractions at the Ohio State Fair, July 24 to Aug. 4, will be the newly redesigned, highly interactive Land and Living exhibit featuring agriculture education activities the whole family can enjoy. Visitors to the Nationwide Donahey Land & Living Building will get in-depth, hands-on lessons about farming, food and high-tech agriculture.Visitors to the exhibit will learn about how animals are cared for on the farm. They will also see how science and technology are helping farmers produce safe food while enhancing environmental resources, how scientists are researching solutions to the biggest food and farming challenges and how young people can have careers in agriculture. Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will have a major presence at the building this year, where research and careers in agriculture will be featured messages. Another new exhibit is a sow birthing center brought to the fair by the Ohio Pork Council. Each Saturday of the fair, visitors can see baby piglets and learn more about animal care on the farm. In addition, Land and Living activities include planting crops in a tractor simulator, using drones in agriculture, shopping in an interactive grocery store, opportunities to ask a farmer about what they do, and families can record their state fair memories with a free photograph.“All of these activities will have fairgoers getting as close as they can to agriculture without stepping foot on a farm,” said Pat Petzel, Ohio Farm Bureau vice president of communications. “We hope visitors leave with a better understanding of how agriculture plays an important role in our everyday lives.”Land and Living is made possible through the support of Ohio Farm Bureau, Nationwide, Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Ohio Corn & Wheat, Ohio Soybean Council, American Dairy Association Mideast and Ohio Poultry Association. Featured exhibitors will include Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, Ohio 4-H, Ohio Christmas Tree Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Ohio State Grange and Central State University among others. The Land and Living Exhibit is located east of the giant slide and across from the south entrance to the midway. All exhibits in the building are free. This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Kameron Rinehart, 740-505-2805 or [email protected] or Ty Higgins, 614-246-8231 or [email protected].  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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Cooke Optics Suddenly Has the Best YouTube Channel

first_imgThe Cooke Optics YouTube channel has only been offering this great content for the past three months. Be sure to subscribe to their channel to keep up on the latest episodes. Working With the Director SeriesThe other Cooke Optics series focuses on the the relationship between cinematographers and directors. In the Working with the Director episodes, cinematographers talk about the directors they have collaborated with on multiple films.Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt has worked with director Steve McQueen on the films Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave. Bobbitt discusses their early relationship working on art installations and the growth of their careers as feature filmmakers.In this episode, John de Borman talks about his experience working with director Dustin Hoffman on the films Last Chance Harvey and Quartet. Lens manufacturer Cooke Optics has a YouTube channel that should be followed by every cinematographer.Cooke Optics is one of the oldest lens manufacturers in the industry. Since the 1890s, their lenses have been used by filmmakers creating legendary films. Cooke lenses have captured countless iconic film images, like the wondrous world in Wizard of OZ, the glimmering corpse of Goldfinger, the hills in The Sound of Music, and the distant galaxy of Star Wars.Now, the lens company is creating incredible content for the Cooke Optics YouTube channel. The page features fantastic content categorized by Masterclass, Case Study, and Working with the Director series.Cooke Optics Masterclass SeriesThe Cooke Optics Masterclass series features interviews with great Hollywood cinematographers on the specifics of their craft. Each video focuses on a single topic and how that DP achieved the incredible shots seen in the cinema.In this episode, John de Borman talks about his method of composition and framing. He discusses the portrayal of locations and deconstructing the meaning behind characters. Take a look at his work on films like An Education and The Full Monty.Cooke Optics also takes you into the action-packed battle sequences of films from Ridley Scott. Here they talk to cinematographer John Mathieson, who shares some tips on filming big-budget fights from his work on Gladiator, Robin Hood, and Kingdom of Heaven.In this Masterclass, they talk to Phil Meheux about his car-chase work on the two James Bond films Goldeneye and Casino Royale. This crash course shows the work that went into the famous tank chase as well as the legendary Aston Martin rollover.center_img Cooke Optics Case Study SeriesThe Case Study series focuses on more technical aspects of cinematography. Cinematographers discuss details like types of film, lighting choices, camera rigs, and more.In this episode, Ed Lachman, ASC, talks about his work on the Oscar-nominated film Carol. Lachman talks about his choice to shoot on 16mm film as well as his collaboration with Todd Haynes deciding on key lighting decisions.The film Locke spends 90 minutes inside of a car. Director of Photography Haris Zambarloukos, BSC, discusses the challenges of shooting car scenes, multi-camera setups, and working through the entire script every night.On the other end of the production spectrum, Zambarloukos also worked on the big-budget Marvel blockbuster Thor. In this Case Study, Zambarloukos offers a technical breakdown of one of the major fight scenes. He covers working with scale, lighting rigs, and the difficulty of working with computer-generated environments.last_img read more

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Kings open title defense vs vengeance-seeking Bolts

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But Black was quick to dismiss the extra rest as a factor in this long series, and has instilled in his charges that, after making the Finals last year and failing to forge a Game 7 after Justin Brownlee hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, only winning this one would complete their journey.“We now have the experience,” said Black, who completed a Triple Crown sweep with San Miguel in 1989 and won titles with defunct Sta. Lucia and Talk ‘N Text before taking this job at Meralco. “The next goal for us is to win the championship (this time).”Brownlee made that triple in the face of Allan Durham last year, and though the Meralco import has repeatedly said that it’s all behind him now, Durham said that memories of that painful loss still haunt him to this day.“I’ve been trying to move on, but the media keep bringing that stuff up,” Durham had told reporters recently. “But none of that matters, last year doesn’t matter. I’ve forgotten about it, but it’s still fueling me to get the (series) win and hold the trophy.”Ginebra has the 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 leaper Japeth Aguilar manning the middle, but the Gin Kings will be facing a side that has improved a lot since last year, with the addition of Ranidel de Ocampo giving the Bolts a lot of championship experience.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  And after suffering the franchise’s bitterest defeat last season, Meralco feels that it has some unfinished business when it starts clashing with the Gin Kings in the 7 p.m. series opener at Quezon Convention Center here, as Norman Black tries to fulfill a goal of putting a winning tradition in the latest stop of his storied coaching career.“It’s going to be tough, and it’s going to be rough,” Cone, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said of the season-closing title series where the Kings are expected to ride their advantage in size all the way against an opponent he described with so much respect.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We couldn’t have picked a higher quality opponent,” Cone went on. “They have all the bases covered. That’s the challenge for us there. We are bigger, yes, but they also have the size and the balance. They can play the pace they want to play.”Meralco topped the elimination round and swept a formidable Star crew in the Final Four, giving the Bolts three days more rest than the Kings. Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLUCENA—It’s going to be size versus versatility, great imports ranged against each other, brilliant Grand Slam-winning tacticians seeking to improve their legacies, and crowd-darlings going up against probably the most under-appreciated side in the PBA.But no matter how one splices it, the best-of-seven series for the Governors’ Cup title promises to be the best one for the season, with Barangay Ginebra seeking to win a second title under Tim Cone without needing a last-second three-pointer to do it.ADVERTISEMENT Corteza makes history LATEST STORIES “It will be tougher,” guard LA Tenorio said. “First, because they are highly motivated, No. 2 is because of the addition of Ranidel, third is (Chris) Newsome and Baser (Amer) have improved a lot and the last is because Durham is Durham.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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