The Cape May County Department of Health announced Thursday that there has been a second positive test result in Cape May County for coronavirus. The person is a 32-year-old male from Cape May County and is currently isolated at home and recovering.The health department is managing the investigation into people in the community who may have been exposed to the virus.Anyone determined to have been in close contact with the patient has been identified and is being notified. County health officials recommend that those people should self-quarantine for 14 days after the day they were potentially exposed.On Wednesday, Cape May County reported its first case of COVID-19. A 30-year-old man from New York City tested positive at a local healthcare facility for coronavirus while visiting Cape May County.According to a county press release, the man was not tested in a hospital but another healthcare facility. The case is considered a “low impact” one, meaning the man came into contact with only a few people. They were contacted by health officials, who advised them to self-quarantine.County officials have been urging out-of-state visitors to stay home and not to travel to Cape May County during the outbreak. They say now is not the time to travel, but to remain vigilant in following recommendations for social distancing and isolation.In a related development, Cape May County government is taking the next steps to ensure the safety of its workers and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton has enacted a plan to reduce staffing across various departments and close other departments completely, effective the close of business on Thursday.All county employees are deemed essential personnel, but this plan is focused on the essential tasks of county government that must be performed. Departments that provide critical services will remain open. Department heads and key staff that can work from home will be asked to do so when they are not in the office.“This is the next step we have to take to flatten the curve,” Thornton said in a statement. “We have tried to pare down our staff to keep as many people home as we can. There are a number of tasks that must be performed by county government and we will ensure those continue.”The county had already sent home workers who are responsible for school-aged children after the mandated school closure across the county on Tuesday. Also, all employees that were advised to stay home by a doctor due to potential exposure with COVID-19 have also been kept home.“Our staff has stepped up, like they always do, in the wake of this outbreak,” Thornton said. “We will continue to provide those vital services like Health Department services, Meals on Wheels, Central Dispatch, and more during this time. But it is time to keep more employees home, which will help the social distancing for those who must come into work.”In the meantime, the Health Department is reminding the public of basic preventative actions that should be followed during the pandemic. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, please be sure that you:Practice handwashing regularly for at least 20 secondsCover your cough and sneeze with a tissueAvoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouthClean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfacesStay home when you are sick, and avoid close contact with people who are sickKeep a distance of at least 6 feet with people who are coughing or sneezingAvoid unnecessary physical contact, such as handshakingAvoid unnecessary travel, attending crowded events and social gatheringsConsider replacing in-person gatherings with video chatting, voice messaging and phone calls.Please note that testing is only available for individuals who are sick. Symptoms include a fever of more than 100.4, coughing, and shortness of breath. The Health Department does not test for COVID-19.Testing can be done through medical providers. Contact your healthcare provider to see if you are eligible for testing.Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves. Some reliable sources are the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 1-800-222-1222, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int and the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health.For additional information, visit Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net.
Rugby legend Phil Vickery is on standby, local schools and community groups have been primed, and craft bakers round the country are putting the final touches to promotional plans.As the adage goes, in marketing, success is about selling the sizzle, not the sausage. Plenty of fun is therefore the order of the day for the second annual National Craft Bakers’ Week, which starts on 7 June.The Week highlights the commercial and social role that craft bakers have in their communities, and encourages consumers to “come home” to the high street. The theme of the week,’The Shop That Never Sleeps’, refers to the craft production process that goes on in a baker’s shop at night. This time the week promises to be more of a show-stopper than ever, with a record number of craft bakers putting on events, promotions, competitions and demonstrations. The National Association of Master Bakers (NAMB) has organised the week, working with key industry companies and British Baker magazine. Chief executive Gill Brooks-Lonican says that members around the country are getting involved, with Vienna Bakery in Jersey among the latest to contact the Association.Members of Scottish Bakers are also planning a big push, says new president Alan Stuart. Scottish food expert Sue Lawrence will be playing a key role in the campaign in Scotland, with local media and radio targeted. Stuart comments: “We are confident that we will make a much bigger impact this year than last year, generating publicity and sales.” His own company, Stuarts of Buckhaven, will be hosting a visit from a group of primary school children to its bakery.Planned activitiesAmong other bakers who have shared their plans for the week are Anthony Kindred of Kindred Bakery in Herne Hill, London. He will spend three days demonstrating bread- and pizza-making at the South of England Show, Ardingly, with children and adults given the chance to knead dough themselves. The firm will also run promotions across the week.Kathleen’s Kitchen in Colchester, Essex will be giving bread baking demonstrations at two local schools, with children moulding doughs into bread and decorating with seeds and grains.The Bread Basket in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex will be holding bread baking demonstrations at a local school, as will Mansbridge Bakers, Hemel Hempstead, Crumms Bakery in Bexley, Cornfield Bakery in Oxford and Hurst’s Bakers in Clare. During the week, Hurst’s will also offer samples to shoppers.Meadowfield-based baker Ian Storey in the north-east, who became national president of the NAMB in May, is also planning to do some school visits during the week. “Once people try our bread, they always say it’s better than the supermarkets’,” says Storey. “We’ll be trying to get that message across in National Craft Bakers’ Week.”Bushells Bakery in Lowestoft will be promoting new dietary products and handing out tasters and recipe cards to shoppers.And Fullers Bakery in Soham, Cambridge-shire is among many of the bakeries holding colouring-in and drawing contests, in a competition organised centrally by the NAMB.Craft bakers have also been baking cakes to deliver to TV and radio celebrities to generate national publicity. London-based bakeries Wenzels and Dunns are baking photo cakes of Holly and Phil of TV’s This Morning, as well as Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles. Kindred’s, meanwhile, is baking a Chris Evans photo-cake and Cornfield Bakery is tackling The One Show’s golden girl Christine Bleakley.Figurehead for the week is World Cup-winning Phil Vickery, the former England rugby captain. “A celebrity like Phil will help to raise our profile and to get our message across about the importance of craft baking to the high street and to the local community,” says Mike Holling, NAMB chairman.’The Shop that Never Sleeps’ campaign looks set to be a wake-up call to shoppers, the media and opinion formers, a reminder that the craft baker has always been and still is at the heart of the community.l For more details go to www.bakeryinfo.co.uk and click on the NCBW link.
Bath Bakery has employed a new area manager to run the bakery’s Moorland Road café and all its Keynsham operations.Rod Bond, who previously ran the firm’s Chelsea Road and Kindling Cafés in Bath, will now also organise catering contracts for the bakery.Bond said: “This is a very exciting time to be joining the business and I’m looking forward to meeting my new colleagues and customers.”Mark Slevin, managing director, said: “Not only is Rod a well-respected figure in the area, he is also highly-experienced within the food and drink sector and his appointment injects great strength into our already formidable team.”In 2014, Bath Bakery opened four new outlets as well as launching Batch#5, its own range of gluten-free food. It also won the contract to run two food and drink concessions in the new Keynsham Civic Centre in Bristol.
[h/t – CBS News] According to CBS News, 1969’s famed Woodstock Music & Art Fair—Bethel Woods Center for the Arts–has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s official list of sites with historic significance worthy of being protected and preserved. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made the official announcement on Tuesday, referring to the festival as “a pivotal moment in both New York and American history.” The festival was famously documented in Michael Wadleigh‘s 1970 documentary, Woodstock. In the decades since Woodstock, the event has become synonymous with the 1960’s and the “Summer of Love,” and has been used as a distilled reference point for that era in American culture ever since.Celebrating Woodstock’s Anniversary With Its Top 15 PerformancesThe festival, which took place at took at Max Yasgur‘s 600-acre dairy farm, was originally planned as a ticketed spanning from August 15th – August 17th, 1969 for an estimated 200,000 concertgoers. However, the grounds were decimated by weather and the mud bath that ensued, the gates (and surrounding highways) were overloaded by eager fans, and a myriad of other issues caused the event to stretch to roughly noontime on August 18th. At its peak, attendance swelled to an astonishing 400,000 people. The festival was the seminal event of the free-loving 1960’s counterculture: appropriately messy and out-of-control, yet uniquely powerful and beautiful.You can watch footage of Jimi Hendrix’s iconic solo electric guitar rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” from his weekend-closing set at Woodstock–which began at 9am the day after the festival was set to finish:The site which was later converted to a permanent amphitheater, Bethel Woods, which would host additional festivals (like Mysteryland) and notable bands like Phish, who played a three-night run at the Hudson Valley venue in 2011. You can listen to Phish’s fantastic soundcheck performance of “Waves” from the day before their Bethel Woods run below, courtesy of YouTube user BurningShoreProphet . OG:
On December 28th, the funk stars of Lettuce will kick off a four-night run on the East Coast, starting with a lone date at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on the 28th. From there, the band will begin a three-night run to ring in the new year at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl falling across December 29th through 31st. Earlier today, Lettuce announced some changes in its lineup for their upcoming New Year’s Eve run—given that guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff will be “welcoming a brand new addition to the Lettuce family,” the band has tapped the legendary guitarist and frequent collaborator John Scofield to serve as a special guest for all three performances at Brooklyn Bowl in his stead.Lettuce Announces 2018 Headlining TourLettuce Rages Red Rocks With Ghostface Killah, George Porter Jr., John Scofield, And More [Photos/Videos]You can head over to the band’s website for more information about this upcoming New Year’s Eve run featuring special guest John Scofield.[Photo: Phierce Photo]
BEDMINSTER, NJ – President Donald Trump signed four executive orders Saturday, one of which will provide $400 in enhanced unemployment benefits, after Democrats and the White House were unable to reach an agreement on a coronavirus stimulus relief bill this week.The other three orders he signed include a payroll tax holiday for Americans earning less than $100,000 a year, as well as extending an eviction moratorium and deferring student loan payments.“I’m taking action to provide an additional or extra $400 a week and expanded benefits, $400. That’s generous but we want to take care of our people,” Trump said at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.Trump said the federal government will pay 75% of that, but he did not outline where the federal funds would be coming from. When asked by a reporter why $400 instead of the previous $600, Trump responded, “This is the money they need, this is the money they want, this gives them a great incentive to go back to work.”He went on to say, “there was a difficulty with the 600 number because it really was a disincentive.”Democrats are likely to challenge the executive actions in court. Trump first laid out the executive orders at a hastily called news conference on Friday at his New Jersey golf club, where he said he wasn’t concerned about the legality of the actions he promised.Trump also said Saturday his administration was looking at additional income tax and capital gains tax cuts for American taxpayers, besides the payroll tax holiday being instituted by executive order.“We are going to be looking at capital gains for the purpose of creating jobs and income taxes is self explanatory, and it will be income tax for middle income and lower income people but middle income people who pay a lot of income tax, you have tax inequality. I’m saying that as a Republican, and you do have tax inequality,” Trump said.He did not provide further details. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Fully Committed View Comments Related Shows Jesse Tyler Ferguson will soon be returning to the Great White Way and he stopped by The Tonight Show on November 17 to chat about being a Belieber (really) and appearing in Becky Mode’s Fully Committed. “I don’t know why I’m doing this to myself, I’m playing 40 characters in this play,” the Modern Family fave confessed about the one-man comedy. “It’s a lot of work so I start rehearsing that this month.” Check out the videos, which includes a NASCAR race with Justin Bieber (yes, really) below and then plan to see the show, from April 2, 2016 at the Lyceum Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 31, 2016 Star Files Jesse Tyler Ferguson
The Vermont congressional delegation today introduced legislation to let the state implement a single-payer health care system that could become a model for the nation.Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a Senate bill and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) filed legislation in the House that would let Vermont and other states provide better health care at less cost beginning in 2014.All three members of the delegation joined Governor Peter Shumlin at a Statehouse news conference one week ago and pledged to help the state secure federal waivers needed to implement sweeping health care reforms. Sanders said, ‘It is my strong hope that Vermont will lead the nation in a new direction through a Medicare-for-all single-payer approach. At a time when 50 million Americans lack health insurance and when the cost of health care continues to soar, we must do all we can to lower the costs and improve the quality of care.’Leahy said, ‘This is a bill to give Vermont and other states the choice to go above and beyond the national standard by letting states devise their own reforms. Vermont has always been a leader in health care quality and access. This bill would keep the ball in Vermont’s court, giving us the flexibility we want to offer Vermonters the best care and coverage while controlling costs.’Welch said, ‘Vermont has long led the charge in providing better health care at a lower cost. Providing Vermont and other states the flexibility they need to innovate will strengthen health care throughout the nation.’Dr. William Hsiao, a Harvard consultant to the Vermont Legislature, said in a recent report that that state could improve health care and save $2.1 billion by 2025 if the needed federal waivers were obtained.Under the Vermont delegation proposal, states would be able to seek waivers from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department three years sooner than allowed under the new federal health care law. States could qualify for waivers only for plans that are at least as comprehensive and affordable as the federal model and cover at least as many people. States could not offer lower quality or less affordable coverage.The waiver provision also requires HHS to create a coordinated process so states in a single application also could seek waivers already available under Medicare, Medicaid, and the children’s health insurance program. A fact sheet on the new ‘State Leadership in Healthcare Act’ is available here.Vermont Delegatin, WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 ‘
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Between June 9 and 19, however, the number dropped to 28 percent and 15 percent, respectively, indicating a sustained trend for home-cooked meals.Meanwhile, 45 percent of respondents said they would continue to eat only home-cooked food.“You would expect that people would be less concerned. However, on the other hand, the number of [COVID-19] cases in Indonesia is increasing on a daily basis,” said Venu Madhav, general manager at Kantar Worldpanel division, during a webinar on consumer behavior held by the British Chamber of Commerce Indonesia on July 2.People’s anxiety levels are still high, according to Kantar’s COVID-19 anxiety meter, with 68 percent of respondents saying they were “concerned”, as of mid-June. When the firm started to track Indonesians’ COVID-19 anxiety levels in mid-March, only 43 percent said they were concerned. Indonesian consumers remain anxious about embarking on the so-called “new normal” as shown in a continued reluctance to go out despite the easing of travel restrictions, resulting in a sustained home-based economy, consumer research firms have reported.According to a report by market research firm Kantar, almost half of all Indonesians are still worried about going out. Between June 9 and 19, 46 percent of over 4,000 respondents said they were still worried about leaving home. Between June 4 and 8, that figure was only 40 percent.In line with that trend, the percentage of people wanting to go out decreased. Between June 4 and 8, 32 percent said they were “eager to start hanging out with friends” and 23 percent said they were “dying to eat out”. The government hopes to reopen the economy following its relaxation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in June, prompting the country to enter a transition period into the new normal.However, the nationwide infection rate continues to rise and Madhav referred to this as the reason why Indonesians were generally still anxious. On Tuesday, officials announced 1,268 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 66,226 with a death toll of 3,309.Despite the increasing number of cases, Kantar’s report shows that financial anxiety is on a downward trend. People who responded that they would reduce spending to save money fell to 39 percent from 47 percent and those who said they were worried about their job or income fell to 44 percent from 52 percent.Research company Nielsen, on the other hand, reported that monthly household spending had decreased by 7 percent in the first quarter this year against the same period last year.“Income compression led to consumers across socio-economic classes adjusting household expenditure by limiting spending on leisure,” Nielsen report says.Mia Triscahyani, Nielsen Indonesia consumer panel service director, explained during the webinar that consumers were prioritizing items in the “fresh and staple” category while reducing spending on recreation, entertainment and dining out.Among lower socioeconomic status (SES) families, spending on leisure dropped 28 percent year-on-year (yoy) while saving and loan activities fell 18 percent. For the middle SES families, leisure dropped 32 percent while spending on education fell 20 percent.Meanwhile, the upper SES families segment recorded reduced leisure expenditure by 43 percent in the first quarter this year, while their transportation expenses were down by 27 percent.“The spending decline in leisure happens consistently across all SES with the upper SES contributing the most to the decline, considering they are the ones who usually have higher spending compared with other SES,” Mia explained.From 100 respondents that Nielsen Indonesia surveyed to understand the range of activities that consumers had done and would do again when visiting malls, Nielsen found that the top-two reasons why people will visit malls amid the new normal are “purchasing groceries” (65 percent) and “looking for a refreshing atmosphere” (65 percent).Before the pandemic, the top consumer motivations when visiting malls were to purchase fast food (79 percent), purchase beverages (71 percent) and to see movies (71 percent).“However, we must expect that consumers will not be spending as much time inside malls as before, especially those who are concerned with the health and safety of their own families,” Mia noted. She added that whether or not less window shopping would lead to less actual shopping was still undetermined. According to Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Report, Indonesia’s retail and recreation mobility trend had gone down by 23 percent as of June 27, compared with the baseline. The baseline is the median value for the corresponding day of the week during a five-week period between Jan. 3 and Feb. 6.In contrast, mobility trends for places of residence were up by 10 percent compared with the baseline as of June 27. This indicates that despite the easing of restrictions, more people in Indonesia are still choosing to stay at home, Google said.Topics :