More Ships with Sick Passengers Seek to Dock at Port Everglades

first_imgOther ships with pending arrivals reportedly include Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess, which is carrying a “higher-than-normal” number of passengers with flu-like symptoms, according to the cruise line. It is scheduled to arrive at Port Everglades on Saturday.Princess Cruises adds that many of its sick passengers have tested positive for regular flu, adding that due to the concern over the coronavirus, “guests have been asked to self-isolate in their staterooms and all meals will now be delivered by room service.” In addition, crew members who are not on shift will remain in their staterooms.UPDATED: Cruise Ship with 4 Dead of Coronavirus Cleared to Pass through Panama Canal to Port Everglades Two more cruise ships with sick people aboard are on their way to South Florida.The Celebrity Silhouette and Caribbean Princess have some crew members who are experiencing flu-like symptoms.Four of the Silhouette’s crew members are sick but in stable condition. They have been placed in isolation, but have not been tested for the coronavirus.The Caribbean Princess also has at least one crew member in isolation because of a flu-like illness.Meanwhile, a debate has ensued in recent days about whether ships with sick people should be allowed to dock at Port Everglades.Some say ships docking could spread disease and overcrowd the region’s hospitals, while those in favor of allowing ships to dock mention compassion for the sick.Broward County commissioners are still reviewing whether to allow two Holland America cruise ships to dock at the port.One of those ships, the Zaandam, had four people die, in addition to nearly 200 who became sick.The commissioners’ decision is still pending. A meeting is being considered for Thursday morning before the ships are scheduled to arrive.Celebrity Silhouette and Caribbean Princess, neither of which have passengers aboard, planned to enter Port Everglades later Wednesday, according to Glenn Wiltshire, acting port director.The Coast Guard had initially denied the Celebrity Silhouette’s request to enter American waters, but later cleared the ship for entry when the Coast Guard adequate safety measures would be taken. In addition, only healthy crew members will be taken directly to Miami International Airport for international flights.However, the Caribbean Princess still must provide more information before receiving permission to enter the U.S.The Unified Command, which is comprised of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard, plans to meet by conference call late Wednesday to review any additional information submitted by the Princess. In the meantime, the vessel will remain offshore until a plan acceptable to the Unified Command is submitted and approved,” reads a statement from officials.last_img read more

Tenino COVID-19 Relief Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of TeninoThe City of Tenino has just received the Wooden Scrip that forms the basis of the City’s COVID-19 Relief Grant Program and is now accepting applications for award of the grant.The grant is open to any Tenino resident who can prove economic hardship as a result of either having contracted COVID-19, or because their income was reduced as a result of the COVID-19 response mandated by State authorities.  The amount of the grant will be determined according to the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.  The maximum amount available under the grant is $300 per household, per month.  Grants will be awarded until either the emergency is declared to be over, or when all grant funding ($10,000.00) has been exhausted.Grant guidelines and applications are available on the City’s website.last_img read more

STREAKING GOODYEARFORROSES HEADS SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA ANA STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF; TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE BIDS FOR HER THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN WITH NAKATANI UP

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 9, 2017)–Seemingly invigorated since changing her base of operations from Toronto, Canada to the Richard Baltas barn at Santa Anita, Irish-bred Goodyearforroses will bid for her third Winter Meet win in a row in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and one eighth on turf.Several distaffers rate competitive chances in the eight-horse Santa Ana, including trainer Paulo Lobo’s Pretty Girl, who was second to “Goodyear” two starts back in the Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 31, a race that was shifted to a “sloppy” main track and thus lost its Grade III status. Be sure to tune into XBTV on Sunday at www.xbtv.com/watch-live/ from any mobile device or computer. The XBTV team will feature live, on-site coverage throughout the race day, as well as providing Gulfstream Park bonus coverage as well.                Fans can watch video of prominent in-day workers at www.xbtv.com/video-on-demand/workouts/  First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/. GOODYEARFORROSES: Sold privately following a close third place finish in the Grade III Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine on Nov. 5, she seemed to relish the sloppy conditions in the Frankel and rallied strongly from off the pace to win the mile and one half turf Astra II Stakes here on Feb. 2.  The triumvirate of Goodyearforroses, Corey Nakatani and Baltas will be bidding for their third win in a row as the 5-year-old mare attempts her first graded stakes win.  Owned by Abbondanza Racing, she has six wins from 14 starts and has earnings of $245,995. PRETTY GIRL: A Group I & III winner in her native Argentina, this classy 6-year-old mare made her U.S. debut in the prestigious Grade I Beverly D Stakes on Aug. 13 at Arlington Park, rallying from far back to finish a respectable seventh and was idle until running second in the Dec. 31 Frankel, her first start for Lobo.  Although far back early in the Beverly D, she pressed the early Frankel pace but was no match for Goodyearforroses late.  With Victor Espinoza engaged to ride for the first time, chances are Pretty Girl will approach the Santa Ana with a “wait and see” approach at a mile and one eighth.  Owned by Stud RDI, LLC and Bonne Chance Farm, LLC, Pretty Girl is 8-4-1-1, with all of her wins coming on turf.center_img Pretty Girl–Victor Espinoza–120Do the Dance–Tyler Baze–120Goodyearforroses–Corey Nakatani–120Sheeza Milky Way–Jamie Theriot–120Sweet Charity–Flavien Prat–120Kenriya–Rafael Bejarano–120Evo Campo–Brice Blanc–120Responsibleforlove–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120 THE GRADE II SANTA ANA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more

Amazon under scrutiny over alleged child privacy violations

first_imgA coalition of child rights and privacy protection advocates have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) urging the federal agency to investigate Amazon for violating children’s privacy via its smart speaker for kids – the Amazon Echo Dot Kids.In a 96-page long complaint, a coalition of 19 child’s right and privacy advocates led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), have alleged that Amazon collects sensitive personal information generated during children’s interactions with the Echo Dot Kids and stores it indefinitely violating US’ Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which places certain restrictions on websites and online services that are directed towards children below 13 years of age.The two organisations in their joint investigation also found out that the Seattle headquartered tech giant reportedly retained children’s data even after parents had deleted it. In addition to this, the coalition in its complaint to the FTC has also alleged that Amazon’s parental parental consent mechanism does not verify that the person giving consent for recording conversations with Alexa via the Echo Dot Kids is an adult or more specifically a parent of the child and that the company’s consent mechanism can be “bypassed by a kid with a disposable debit gift card”.Amazon unveiled the Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition almost a year back in April 2018. The smart speaker, which is essentially a peppy variant of its old Echo Dot, aside from sporting the features of a standard Echo Dot comes with the FreeTime Unlimited service, which gives access to more than 300 kids audiobooks, kid-friendly radio stations from iHeartRadio Family and third-party Alexa skills from Disney and Nickelodeon among others, and the basic FreeTime service, which blocks certain Alexa featuresand third-party skills. It also allows parents to place a time limit on Alexa usage.advertisement”Amazon markets Echo Dot Kids as a device to educate and entertain kids, but the real purpose is to amass a treasure trove of sensitive data that it refuses to relinquish even when directed to by parents,” executive director of CCFC, Josh Golin wrote in a statement.Amazon on its part has denied that its devices – the Amazon Echo Dot Kids in this case – are violating the laws. “FreeTime on Alexa and Echo Dot Kids Edition are compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA),” an Amazon spokesperson told the US-based media channels.Notably, the complaint comes just weeks after an investigative report by Bloomberg detailed that Amazon’s Alexa reviewers have access to users’ exact location and that they can use the coordinates available to them to point out the exact location of an Amazon Echo user’s home. Th report noted that some Amazon employees who review Alexa recordings have access to a tool that displays device information, which includes the location of an Echo device. The report also noted that this information may not be always accurate as Echo devices ask users permission to use their location.ALSO READ: | Amazon’s Alexa team knows where you liveALSO READ: | Not just Alexa, thousands of Amazon workers too are listening to your conversationsALSO READ: | Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: Alexa gets a bigger screenlast_img read more