New York cats become first US pets to contract coronavirus

first_imgTopics : The departments stressed that while public health officials are still studying COVID-19’s impact on animals “there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus in the United States.”Health officials recommend that cats and dogs socially isolate while they learn more about how the virus infects pets. The CDC advises that cats be kept indoors when possible to avoid them interacting with other animals or humans.It says that dogs should be kept on a leash while outside and should avoid busy areas such as dog parks.The CDC also advises people who might have COVID-19 to avoid physical contact with their pet.Earlier this month, a tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo was confirmed to have been infected by a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time.In late March a pet cat was discovered infected with the novel coronavirus in Belgium, following similar cases in Hong Kong where two dogs tested positive.They were believed to have contracted the virus from the people they live with.More than 15,000 people have been killed by COVID-19 in New York state. The owner of one of the cats had earlier tested positive for the virus before their feline pet started showing symptoms, according to the officials.The other cat lives in a household where no members were confirmed to be ill with COVID-19.”The virus may have been transmitted to this cat by mildly ill or asymptomatic household members or through contact with an infected person outside its home,” said the statement.Another cat in the same house has not shown signs of having the illness, the press release added.center_img Two cats in New York have become the first pets in the United States to test positive for the new coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.The cats live in separate areas of New York state, America’s COVID-19 epicenter, the Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a joint statement.”Both had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a full recovery,” they said.last_img read more

Men’s hockey: Granato era begins with a 1-1 split against Northern Michigan

first_imgTony Granato celebrated his first win as head coach over the weekend as the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team split a two-game series against Northern Michigan in Green Bay. The Badgers (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) opened their season Friday night with a close 3-2 loss to the Wildcats (1-1, 0-0) before rebounding Saturday night with a win in an 11 goal thriller, 6-5. Granato’s first game behind the bench for Wisconsin did not immediately go as planned as the Badgers fell behind just 19 seconds into the game and went on to lose 3-2. Wisconsin continued on their slow start and allowed all three goals in the first 26 minutes of the game before settling in and eventually falling short. Badger forward Will Johnson was able to equalize the game at 1-1, not long after the Wildcats notched their first. UW defenseman Corbin McGuire did all he could to help, scoring late in the third period and posting the final score of the game. Northern Michigan was able to clamp down on the backend and secure their first win on the year.But the Badgers bounced back Saturday night with a come-from-behind 6-5 win, their first of the season. Penalties heavily influenced the outcome of the game as seven of the 11 goals came on a power-play in an aggressive back-and-forth battle. Granato noted the momentum shift that a penalty can provide in college hockey, which he said he hadn’t dealt with as a coach in the NHL. “The penalties and momentum in games in college hockey shift a lot more than in the NHL,” Granato said. “Two, three, four penalties in a row, a five-on-three … a lot of things happen.” This momentum proved to swing in the direction of the Badgers, as four of their six goals were scored on power-plays, including the game-winner. Sophomore goalie Matt Jurusik ignited Wisconsin with three clutch saves during a 5-on-3 penalty kill and inspired the eventual exciting finish for the Badgers. “That was the biggest part of the game, that kill on the 5-on-3,” Granato said. “Matty Jurusik made three big saves in that 5-on-3, and I thought our guys did a really good job.” After the crucial penalty kill, Wisconsin converted on their fourth power-play of the game as freshman Trent Frederic slotted home the winning goal, his first ever as a Badger. The Badgers held on to secure their first win of the season and their first under Granato.“It’s the second game of the year, so we’re not in midseason form,” Granato said.The win is the Badger’s first over Northern Michigan since 2011 and is a good sign for a program trying to rebound after a few disappointing seasons.The Badgers hope to continuing improving under Granato as they take on Boston College at the Kohl Center for the home-opener Friday at 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.last_img read more

Depleted Leafs back at in again against rival Rebels

first_imgHowever, that suspension has been removed from the KIJHL website.Nelson is already without forward Nicholas Ketola, serving the third-game of a three-game suspension for receiving a match penalty for match penalty for hit-to-the-head during agame January 16 against Kimberley.To help fill the roster for the weekend, Nelson is calling up a few players from the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget League.Nelson, entering the contest Friday with four straight losses, plays in Spokane Saturday and Beaver Valley Tuesday before a home-and-home weekend against the Rebels, February 12-13.The Leafs, 17-240-0-2, trail Grand Forks Border Bruins by eight points in the race for third in the Murdoch Division.Nelson and District Credit Union Puck Toss FinalsNelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) is hosting Member Appreciation night during the Friday against Castlegar Rebels.Credit Union members are invited to present their NDCU MEMBER CARD debit card for a discounted admission for the game.NDCU members of all ages will be able to enter the draw for some great prizes during the third period, and the lucky season winners of the NDCU Puck-4-Bucks puck toss will toss one puck for a chance to win one $1000 NDCU term deposit. Already playing with a reduced roster, the Nelson Leafs begin the stretch run in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season — nine games in 17 days — starting Friday at home against Castlegar Rebels.The last time the teams met a week ago, the teams combined for more than 100 minutes in penalties following a second-period donnybrook that saw a handful of player ejected for fighting.And it was the Leafs that came out on the short end of the stick in regarding to discipline as team captain Rayce Miller and Matthew Sokol were suspended for two and five games, respectively.Nelson is currently appealing Sokol’s sentence.Levi Hulston, the original combatant in the melee, was suspended for five games by the KIJHL.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 19, 2016)–With more than three days in which to pour over past performances, fans will be greeted on Thursday at Santa Anita with a Pick Six carryover of $64,204. With an eight race card on tap, track officials project the total Pick Six pool should exceed $250,000.First post time on Thursday is at 1:30 p.m. and the Pick Six will begin with race three, which is scheduled to go at approximately 2:30 p.m. PDT.For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, fans are encouraged to visit read more

Soleil, surf et observation des baleines

first_imgDes etendues de sable sauvages de la cote ouest jusqu’aux rivages subtropicaux du Maputaland, il existe une plage pour chaque occasion. Regardez le soleil se lever sur l’Atlantique ou l’Ocean Indien, obtenez un bronzage parfait ou soyez plus actif : l’Afrique du Sud offre les meilleurs sites de surf, planche a voile et plongee du monde. Et puis il y a les baleines.UN TERRAIN DE JEUX AQUATIQUESNos lieux de plongee vont des forets de varech aux recifs coralliens, notre surf comprend des vagues amusantes se brisant sur la plage, des tubes creux et de vrais monstres et nous offrons de superbes possibilites de ski nautique, kayak en mer et voile.Le surf, la planche a voile, le kitesurf et le kayak en merL’Afrique du Sud est l’un des meilleurs pays ou surfer au monde avec des paysages cotiers sublimes, un surf de haute qualite, un style de vie de qualite mais bon marche et une culture unique dont nous pouvons etre fiers  declare Steve Pike, redacteur de Wavescape.Tres peu de visiteurs nous contrediront. Il existe des centaines de vagues a surfer a travers le pays : environ 50 d’entre elles se trouvent a une heure de route du Cap.Elles vont de la petite houle parfaite pour les enfants et les debutants a des vagues spectaculaires qui effraient meme les concurrents les plus avertis lors des competitions internationales qui se deroulent dans le pays en juin et juillet.La province d’Eastern Cape pres du Cap St François, la Baie de Jeffreys et Port Elizabeth, collectivement connus sous le nom de Jay Bay par les surfeurs locaux, sont celebres dans le monde entier pour la qualite de leurs vagues.Les nombreux hotels pour routards a travers le pays louent des planches, proposent du surf encadre et des leçons de surf et il existe des ecoles de surf a Durban et au Cap.L’Afrique du Sud possede des spots incroyables de planche a voile et de kitesurf. Langebaan, pres du Cap, est connu dans le monde entier comme etant l’un des meilleurs lieux pour la planche a voile et le kitesurf, et il en existe beaucoup d’autres.Une façon plus accessible de faire l’experience de la mer est le kayak de mer. Il existe des visites guidees au Cap, a Hermanus, Knysna, Plett et Durban.La voileLa cote d’Afrique du Sud est l’une des plus stimulante au monde pour la voile avec quelques ports, des conditions mouvementees et, tres souvent, une mer demontee. Ce n’est donc pas un bon choix si vous n’avez pas d’equipage.Cependant, c’est un superbe endroit pour apprendre la voile; il y a des ecoles au Cap, a Port Elizabeth et a Durban, et nous sommes presents dans toutes les courses autour du monde. Il existe de nombreuses courses locales egalement et celle du Cap a Rio est l’une des courses sur l’ocean les plus accessibles au monde et attirant de nombreux bateaux de plaisance.La plongeeSi vous devez vous convaincre de l’ampleur de la cote d’Afrique du Sud, ne cherchez pas plus loin que les nombreux naufrages historiques et recents, tous des tragedies mais cependant de bonnes nouvelles pour les plongeurs. Nous pouvons cependant offrir bien plus que ces sites poignants. Notre environnement sous-marin est varie et magnifique avec un grand nombre de sites de plongee remarquables.Nous possedons un littoral extremement etendu allant du 35°S au 27°S, ce qui n’est pas la zone habituelle de la plongee tropicale. Cependant, le courant du Mozambique qui descend le long de la cote et apporte une eau chaude et tropicale et dans la Baie de Sodwana au KwaZulu-Natal se trouvent les recifs coralliens les plus au sud du monde.Vous trouverez la toute une variete de jolis poissons colores et de magnifiques nudibranches, y compris l’extravagante danseuse espagnole (ou hexabranchus sanguineus). On rencontre souvent des requins baleines, des tortues, des dauphins et des requins feroces dans ces zones particulieres.Si vous descendez le long de la cote, l’environnement sous-marin change progressivement jusqu’a ce que, une fois le Cap atteint, vous plongiez dans des forets de varech froides mais magnifiques. Ils sont uniques : Il existe deux grandes varietes de varech et elles poussent toutes deux a proximite de la cote de la region du Western Cape.Plonger dans du varech est comme marcher dans une foret. Vous flottez en dessous de la canopee et admirez la surprenante vie coloree du recif. Au large du Cap, les plongeurs peuvent regulierement voir des anemones dont les couleurs vont du bleu electrique ou du rouge intense au rose pale, des nudibranches de toutes les couleurs imaginables et une variete de petites creatures pres et autour des eponges jaune souffre et orange vif.Il existe des ecoles de plongee danslast_img read more

The meaning of heritage

first_imgThe Constitutional Court is one of South Africa’s new heritage buildings.(Image: Lucille Davie)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sonwabile MancotywaChief Executive Officer, National Heritage Council+27 12 348 1663.RELATED ARTICLES• Ubuntu is about relationships• South Africa’s heritage is world class• Parenting a Nation Lucille DavieHeritage is a hugely complex and nebulous concept, with its meaning and relevance varying from person to person.The National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) is embarking on a project to involve the public in defining the concept. It offers the following as a starting point: “Heritage is what is preserved from the past as the living collective memory of a people not only to inform the present about the past but also to equip successive generations to fashion their future. It is what creates a sense of identity and assures rootedness and continuity, so that what is brought out by dynamism of culture is not changed for its own sake, but it is a result of people’s conscious choice to create a better life.”The NHC is a statutory body falling under the Department of Arts and Culture. It is responsible for the preservation of the country’s heritage. Established in 2004, its vision is to “build a nation proud of its African heritage”. To this end it sets out to “transform, protect and promote South African heritage for sustainable development”.“We are committed to make knowledge about our heritage available to the public,” says NHC chief executive Sonwabile Mancotywa. “The country can build the pride of its people by at least appreciating our successes. The history that defines these successes of our nation is important to our heritage. These moments in history, the features of our nature and culture as well as the objects that signify gratifying and irreversible turning points in our lifetime, are permanent traits of our pride.”It aims to create public awareness of and promote education about heritage, and make funding available for projects that make heritage a socio-economic resource.Professor Kathy Munro, honorary associate professor in the school of architecture and planning at Wits University, defines heritage as legacies from the past. She says heritage could be physical objects such as buildings or artefacts, or cultural such as language or customs, or books, or songs, or shared traditions. “There are many different forms of heritage, depending on the discipline, for example, science, culinary, literary, architectural, musical, etc.” She emphasises that heritage is not the same as history. “Heritage is broader and sometimes less analytical in approach and recognition than history. History is about interpretation and the survival of documentation or written evidence; heritage is about identity.”Professor Muxe Nkondo of the NHC says we should look to the Constitution to define heritage. The six freedoms in the Constitution should be the basis of our heritage: freedom and security of the person; freedom of religion, belief and opinion; freedom of expression; freedom of association; freedom of movement and residence; freedom of trade, occupation and profession. “We should celebrate those who fought for our freedom – those values and principles are our heritage. We should remember things in our past that embody the best things of our past.” He stresses that all South Africans should decide what is best about our past, not just parliamentarians.Unique and preciousIn its preamble, the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999 states that our heritage is unique and precious and cannot be renewed. “It helps us to define our cultural identity and therefore lies at the heart of our spiritual well-being and has the power to build our nation. It has the potential to affirm our diverse cultures, and in so doing shape our national character.”It has a healing quality too, states the Act. It celebrates our achievements and contributes to redressing past inequities. It also educates by deepening our understanding of society and encourages us to empathise with the experiences of others. “It facilitates healing and material and symbolic restitution and it promotes new and previously neglected research into our rich oral traditions and customs.”And, says Munro, our heritage is constantly being created. She cites as an example our new flag. “It is an enormously successful point of new identity for post-1994 South Africans. Heritage is created through growing awareness of the presence and survival of past legacies, artefacts, objects.”National estateThe Act indicates that our heritage is part of the national estate – the listing of all our heritage resources – which may include a range of objects:• Places, buildings, structures and equipment of cultural significance;• Places to which oral traditions are attached or which are associated with living heritage;• Historical settlements and townscapes;• Landscapes and natural features of cultural significance;• Geological sites of scientific or cultural importance;• Archaeological and palaeontological sites;• Graves and burial grounds;• Sites of significance relating to the history of slavery in South Africa; and,• Movable objects like ethnographic art, military objects, decorative or fine art objects, books, records, documents, photographic positives and negatives, film or video material, or sound recordings.The national estate may include a place or object that has cultural significance or other special value because of its importance in the community; its possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of South Africa’s natural or cultural heritage; its potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of South Africa’s natural or cultural heritage; its strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons; its strong association with the life or work of a person, group or organisation of importance in the history of South Africa; and sites of significance relating to the history of slavery in South Africa.Heritage resourcesA heritage resource is any place or object of cultural significance, according to the Act. “Heritage resources have lasting value in their own right and provide evidence of the origins of South African society and as they are valuable, finite, non-renewable and irreplaceable they must be carefully managed to ensure their survival,” it indicates.It goes further to state that heritage resources “contribute to research, education and tourism and they must be developed and presented for these purposes in a way that ensures dignity and respect for cultural values”.Furthermore, the identification and management of heritage resources must take account of cultural values and indigenous knowledge systems, involving the least possible alteration or loss of them. The use and enjoyment of and access to heritage resources, consistent with their significance and conservation needs, must be promoted. These resources must be fully researched, documented and recorded for use by present and future generations.Heritage criteriaThe Act gives criteria that can be used to judge the heritage significance of an object: social and cultural significance; historical; archaeological; architectural; aesthetic; scientific and technological; group and relationship; and landmark significance. To judge the significance of our heritage, the Act specifies a three-tiered management system. The South African Heritage Resources Agency has overall responsibility for heritage resources of national significance. Each province has a provincial heritage resources authority, to manage resources within the province. And, on a local level, municipalities are responsible for managing and protecting heritage resources worthy of conservation.The provincial authorities are obliged to develop registers of heritage sites and investigate their cultural significance, and will look to local authorities for relevant heritage information.Regarding buildings, general protection is given to all buildings built before 1942, in other words, buildings older than 60 years. A permit is required for alteration or demolition of buildings older than 60 years. This does not mean that all buildings over 60 years are worthy of preservation – they have to have cultural, historical or architectural significance. Examples of these are Mandela House in Soweto, Robben Island Prison, Houses of Parliament in Cape Town, Union Buildings in Pretoria, the Fort in Cape Town, or Liliesleaf Farm buildings in Johannesburg.Alternatively, buildings younger than 60 years may have great historical importance, and should therefore be preserved. Examples include the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, Apartheid Museum and Hector Pieterson Museum, both in Johannesburg, and Freedom Park outside Pretoria.Importance of heritageThe importance of heritage cannot be underestimated. It affects land use applications and building plan approvals, and therefore needs to be co-ordinated with development planning, building control, law enforcement and other functions.In addition, there are economic benefits to pursuing a proactive preservation policy. Building rehabilitation outperforms manufacturing and new construction when it comes to job creation, as well as creating a capital asset in the form of the rehabilitated building. Secondly, heritage tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry. Heritage tourists should be encouraged as they visit more places, stay longer and spend more money than other tourists.There are still other benefits – historic properties can play a role in providing housing which is affordable, safe and attractive. In addition, small businesses often find the quality accommodation at reasonable prices offered by rehabilitated buildings ideal.“Heritage is positioned as an agent of social change, reconstruction and development,” says Eric Itzkin, the deputy director of immovable heritage in Johannesburg. Certainly the preservation of buildings in downtown Joburg is a key element in the revitalisation of the city, as well as in providing necessary jobs.In the City of Johannesburg’s 2004 policy document, Itzkin wrote: “Heritage is widely acknowledged to have an important potential as a catalyst for development. Johannesburg’s heritage resources should therefore be marshalled in support of the City’s long-term development goals and 2030 Strategy. The challenge is not only to preserve historic resources, but also to use them as positive instruments for growth and change.”World Heritage sitesSouth Africa has been recognised by Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, which has declared eight World Heritage Sites in the country, reflecting its rich natural resources and incredible beauty. Four of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites are classified as cultural, three as natural and one as a mixed cultural and natural site.The three natural heritage sites are the iSimangaliso (formerly the Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal; the Cape Floral Region in Western Cape; and the Vredefort Dome in Free State. The four cultural sites are the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape in Limpopo; Robben Island off Cape Town; the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng and North West; and the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape in Northern Cape. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park in KwaZulu-Natal is the mixed cultural and natural site, with both the highest mountain range in Africa south of Kilimanjaro and the continent’s finest concentration of Bushmen rock art.The NHC is on a drive to get people involved in defining their heritage, and reflecting on what needs to be remembered and what forgotten, and who should speak for the past. Perhaps the University of Massachusetts in the US sums it up best: “Heritage is an essential part of the present we live in – and of the future we will build.”last_img read more

a month agoInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi insists he’s fully committed to PSG

first_imgInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi insists he’s fully committed to PSGby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Mauro Icardi insists he’s fully committed to the season at PSG.Icardi’s agent and wife Wanda Nara hinted a move to Napoli could happen in January.He said, “I came here to play.“If you arrive with an option to buy, you know the player has to give his best to ensure the club decides to purchase him outright. We’ll see what happens next summer.“I was in my seventh year at Inter and my dream was to play in the Champions League with Inter, which I did last season, but we never won anything.“I thought the time had come for me to go to a winning club, one that could challenge for and win titles. It’s time for me to start winning.“The truth is that PSG is a squad full of champions and that is what I wanted.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoRaul urges calm around Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Raul urges calm around Barcelona youngster Ansu Fatiby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul has been asked about Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati following his latest match in charge of Real Madrid Castilla, a 2-1 win over Pontevedra.Raul expressed excitement at the new generation that is breaking through, while also calling for patience.”There are young players who appear and there’s a need to have patience and to enjoy them,” Raul said when asked about the Barcelona teenager.”It’s good for football that there are players with this quality and this youth.”I am the kind of person who has patience with this, but he’ll earn what he does on the pitch.” last_img read more