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49ers to travel 700 miles for home games as Covid-19 continues to hit NFL

The San Francisco 49ers will play two home games in Arizona after new coronavirus regulations put in place by officials in northern California forced the team to find a temporary new home.



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The news came as Covid-19 continues to ravage the NFL. The Denver Broncos were forced to play a back-up wide receiver at quarterback on Sunday after their regular signal-callers were affected by the virus, while the New Orleans Saints were fined heavily for failing to follow mask protocols. All NFL team facilities are closed on Monday and Tuesday because of the rise in Covid-19 cases across the United States, in addition to the “understanding that a number of players and staff celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests,” according to a league statement released on Friday.



a large stadium: The San Francisco 49ers will be forced to play their next two home games away from Levi’s Stadium.


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The San Francisco 49ers will be forced to play their next two home games away from Levi’s Stadium.

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An outbreak in the Baltimore Ravens camp has led to their crucial game against their fierce rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers being delayed until Tuesday. There were 70 positive tests among NFL players and staff in the week ending 21 November, compared to seven in the first week of the season, at the start of September.

The US as a whole is expecting a further rise in Covid-19 cases in the next few weeks after people travelled to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday. The virus has killed more than 265,000 people in America, the highest total for any country.

As for the 49ers, they will host the Buffalo Bills next Monday and Washington on 13 December at State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, 700 miles from their base in Santa Clara county. The team said it will have information on practice arrangements later.

The AFC East-leading Bills will be returning to Arizona for the second time in a little over three weeks, following a 32-30 loss to the Cardinals on 15 November.

“The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games,” the 49ers said in a statement.

Santa Clara county announced new rules on Saturday that include a three-week ban on practices and games for contact sports. The Niners were on a plane getting ready to travel to Los Angeles, where they beat the Rams 23-20 on Sunday, when the players and coaches heard about the rules.

The rules will also affect the San Jose Sharks of the NHL and college teams at Stanford and San Jose State. Along with the ban on contact sports, the new rules require anyone who has traveled more than 150 miles from the county to quarantine for 14 days.

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Panel to discuss disability sport and recreation in COVID-19

The panel will feature a discussion that focuses on what the rebuild of disability sport and recreation may look like in Victoria and what role sporting organisations can play in this new, post-COVID world.

The discussion will be hosted by diversity and inclusion specialist, Rana Hussain, and features lived experience of disability.

Our speakers:

  • Matthew Haanappel – Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Active Monash
  • Ned Brewer-Maiga – Community Assistant – Social Inclusion, Hawthorn Football Club
  • Sarah Anderson – Chair, Disability Sport & Recreation
  • Libby Mears – CEO, Leisure Network

Attendees will learn how their organisation can support people with disability to actively engage with sport and recreation in 2021, with practical strategies and examples on how to do this.

After a challenging year, DSR CEO Richard Amon said it would be refreshing to look at how the sector can collectively work together to get more people with disability physically active in 2021.

“We’ve all had the experience of missing out on community sport during the COVID-19 pandemic. People with disability, however, are particularly at risk of being left behind in the return to sport.

“It is up to us to work together to remove the barriers that prevent participation.

“We have worked with our partners to develop a range of resources that support organisations who work in the sport and recreation sector to meaningfully engage people with disability and change the narrative moving forward.

“This is even more timely given that 2021 is a Paralympics year. We hope this panel discussion will get you thinking outside the box about how you can create a better future for all Victorians.”

VicHealth Physical Activity and Sport Manager, Chris Lacey, said sporting organisations will play a key role in supporting people with disability to reconnect with their community in the coronavirus recovery.

“It’s been great to support Disability Sport & Recreation to bring this expert panel together,” he said.

“This panel will provide sporting organisations with practical information and examples on how to ensure Victorians with disability can participate in sport and physical activity in 2021 and into the future.”

This panel is presented as the first session of the 2020 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Festival – a unique community event that promotes and celebrates physically active lifestyles for people with disability.

This year the festival is going virtual – with interactive sessions, videos, Q&As and special panels all aimed at engaging people with disability and those who support them.

We encourage everyone that attends the panel discussion to stay on the festival platform and watch the official opening speeches, including a message from Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO VicHealth.

This panel is free to attend but registration is required to access the festival platform.

Register now to access the festival and attend the panel

When: Friday 11 December 2020

Time: 8:00am – 8:50am

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City Suspends Indoor Recreation Due To Rise In Covid-19 Cases

Oakland’s Town Camp Enrichment Program is being suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic, city officials announced Thursday.

The program provides indoor recreation to school-age youth from kindergarten through fifth grade. Outdoor youth programs, senior programs, library services and homeless services will still be provided, according to city officials.

According to Alameda County, 10,884 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Oakland as of Thursday. City officials said the recent spike in virus cases and possibly a further increase because of family holiday gatherings were behind the decision to suspend the enrichment program.

“We realize that this will be a burden on some families,” city officials said. “However, we feel it is gravely necessary for us to play our part to control the spread of COVID-19, for both the customers we serve AND our own staff and their families.”

In-person enrichment programs were provided during the summer and at recreation centers since the beginning of the school year.


“We will continue following Alameda County Public Health guidelines and protocols over the next few weeks and will communicate when we feel we can safely resume indoor programming,” city officials said.

Head Start in Oakland remains open for in-person as well as virtual services but will have an extended winter break in anticipation of the increase in coronavirus cases.

Head Start locations will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 8 and open again on Jan. 11. Families will be served virtually during the winter break.

Senior centers are not open for in-person services but are delivering food and making it available for pickup as well as providing virtual classes and information and referral services. More information can be found at https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/senior-services.

Housing services for homeless residents remain in operation. Anyone interested in providing food or supplies to help homeless residents is encouraged to work with a provider of those services to reduce the risk of exposing homeless residents to the coronavirus.

Sidewalk library services continue to be provided at 16 locations during limited hours while indoor areas will stay closed to the public.

Library materials can be returned at outdoor bookdrops. The materials are quarantined for 96 hours before they are checked in.

Oakland Public Library reference librarians can be reached by calling (510) 238-3134 or by email at [email protected]

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler Apologizes After Telling Residents To Stay Home To Stop COVID-19 Spread As He Left For Mexican Vacation

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler Apologizes After Telling Residents To Stay Home To Stop COVID-19 Spread As He Left For Mexican VacationThe backlash continues after Austin Mayor Steve Adler hosted a wedding in early November, then hopped on a plane bound for Cabo San Lucas — all this after warning Austinites about an impending COVID-19 surge and urging them to stay home. Katie Johnston reports.

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N.J. superintendent scolds parents for keeping quiet about kids with COVID-19, holiday travel

A Morris County schools superintendent says some parents have not been cooperating with coronavirus safety protocols by sending children to school when sick, not reporting positive COVID-19 results and ducking questions about Thanksgiving holiday travel.

Students returned to Chatham High School on Monday, and by Tuesday the district had received reports from parents of seven confirmed coronavirus cases, Superintendent Michael LaSusa said.

LaSusa told parents in a letter that school officials and nurses have “experienced challenges in some cases with obtaining accurate information from some parents about exposure to COVID, symptomatology of students, and travel over the long weekend.”

The high school has suspended in-person instruction until Dec. 16 “due to 7 reported cases in such a short period of time and reports of additional exposures over the holiday weekend,” LaSusa told NJ Advance Media on Thursday.

LaSusa said that most parents have been cooperating with school officials and nurses.

“The overwhelming majority of our parents are working with us and doing everything they can to be proactive and collaborative with the school district to help keep our schools open,” he said in an email.

“However, in a small number of cases, we have had parents send their children to school sick, not inform us of a positive test result for their child — which in turn delays or inhibits our ability to help the local health department with contact tracing, or argue with our nurses about protocols for quarantining or isolating,” LaSusa said.

Additional coronavirus cases have not been reported since Tuesday, but LaSusa noted that there often is a delay in receiving results.

“Our ability to keep our schools open depends upon keeping our staff healthy and out of quarantine, so I appreciate all of the sacrifices and efforts the overwhelming majority of parents have made to help make that happen,” he added.

In-person instruction is continuing at the other five schools in the School District of the Chathams, a regional K-12 district for more than 4,000 students in Chatham Township and Chatham Borough.

New Jersey’s 21 counties all are reporting “high” coronavirus levels — a designation that, according to state health guidelines, means they should should “consider implementing fully remote learning” in their schools.

If coronavirus levels reach the “very high” benchmark, all-remote learning would be required, but at least for now, local districts retain discretion.

The Chathams school district’s website on Saturday posted a reminder from LaSusa that anyone traveling to states other than New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania must quarantine for 14 days upon returning to New Jersey, and that the same standard applies if anyone in the household begins experiencing “COVID-compatible” symptoms.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler Issues Apology After Telling Residents To Stay Home To Stop COVID-19 Spread As He Left For Mexican Vacation

(CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – The backlash continues after Austin Mayor Steve Adler hosted a wedding in early November, then hopped on a plane bound for Cabo San Lucas — all this after warning Austinites about an impending COVID-19 surge and urging them to stay home.

On Wednesday the Mayor posted a video on YouTube saying that he regrets traveling to Mexico as he encouraged residents to be cautious about the spread of the coronavirus.

“The first week of November, my daughter got married here in Austin, and like many other brides, she had to cancel her original plans in order to follow the rules, and instead she had a small mostly family, very private wedding,” he said. “Afterward, a small, mostly family group traveled to Mexico.”

“I want you to know that I regret that travel. I wouldn’t travel now. I didn’t over Thanksgiving, and I won’t over Christmas, and no one should. Everyone should be avoiding non-essential travel now because we are in the orange area,” he said.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler. (credit: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images)

Orange is Stage 4 on the Austin Public Health (APH) color-coded chart, according to the city’s website. The risk-based guidelines set out five stages of risk, from the lowest threat, Stage 1, through the most serious, Stage 5.

The chart is published to help residents of Austin-Travis County understand the stages of risk and provide recommendations on what people should do to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the website.

In the video message, Adler said, “Now, I fear that the travel that I did, which took place during a safer period, followed the color-coded rules, could lead to some taking riskier behavior now.”

At the time, Austin was under Stage 3 health recommendations, which meant people were advised to avoid social gatherings greater than 10 people, but there were no restrictions or recommendations made on avoiding non-essential travel, according to the city.

“I recognize that my travel set a bad example. I recognize that the fact that I took that trip, and at the same time, was continuing to urge people to be cautious is confusing,” he added.

“I know that others have chosen not to travel under the same circumstances, and I know that in my position, I need to send a clearer message. I’m sorry I took that trip. It was a lapse in judgment, and I want you to know that I apologize.”

Adler’s travels came to light when the Austin American-Statesman published an article on December 2 that reported that a video Adler posted to Facebook on November 9 was taken during his stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

In the November 9 video, Adler talked about COVID-19 trends in Austin, saying, “The thrust of the most important message is trying to get out to the community right now is that our numbers are increasing, and everybody has to be aware of that, and we need to stay home if you can. Do everything you can

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Named after the hotel where he was born, Remo Minato lived a long life until he contracted COVID-19

Remo Minato came into the world in a way that would suit a character in a novel, his parents naming him after the hotel where he was born more than 90 years ago.

The couple lived in Chiloquin, a town incorporated on a Native American reservation in southern Oregon. Anselmo Minato had come to Oregon from Italy in 1914, joining other Italians who’d settled in Chiloquin, many moving north from California. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, fought in France during World War I and for that earned his American citizenship. He returned to Italy, fell in love with a woman and started a family.

In the late 1920s, he left Italy and returned to Chiloquin, later sending for his wife, Maria, and their three children. They traveled from Italy to New York by boat and then by train to Oregon, finally arriving in Chiloquin. Eventually, all of them became U.S. citizens.

When they learned they were going to have another child, Anselmo and Maria Minato, old-school Italians, were adamant that only an Italian midwife should deliver their first child to be born in America. They found such a woman in San Francisco, traveled there by train and checked into the San Remo Hotel.

The baby was born on Feb. 12, 1930, in room No. 1.

The man he grew up to be died of COVID-19 on Oct. 30, 2020, in a Southeast Portland nursing home, room No. 109.

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Remo Minato at work

Remo Minato was a road inspector with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Klamath Falls.

The family lived with other Italian residents in a section of Chiloquin called El Campo. Residents brought the old country with them. They bought pigs to make sausage and sent for California grapes to make their own wine.

“My father’s childhood wasn’t easy,” said Remo Minato’s daughter, Teresa Minato. “They were very poor. He only learned to speak English when he started going to school. He had humble roots with a blend of Italian and Native American cultures.”

After graduating from Chiloquin High School, Remo Minato joined the U.S Navy, served 18 months and then enrolled in what was at the time called Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls, about 25 miles from Chiloquin. He married Joanne Weddle, a former high school classmate.

“My mother wasn’t Italian,” said Dena Minato. “But she learned to cook my father’s favorite dish, his mother’s chicken and polenta.”

Her father, who studied surveying for two years in college, never earned a degree, but had enough skills to be hired as a road inspector with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Klamath Falls. When the office closed in 1960, Minato was transferred to Portland. The family, with six children — three girls and three boys — lived in the Rockwood area. Minato’s job took him across much of the Western United States. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed meeting people.

But as the years passed, he longed to discover his Italian roots.

“My mother was a fifth-generation Oregonian,” said Dena

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Coronavirus live news: Iran passes 1m Covid-19 cases; WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates’ for travel | World news

The information technology company said in a blog post published on Thursday that it had uncovered “a global phishing campaign” focused on organisations associated with the Covid-19 vaccine “cold chain” – the process needed to keep vaccine doses at extremely cold temperatures as they travel from manufacturers to people’s arms.

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency reposted the report, warning members of Operation Warp Speed – the US government’s national vaccine mission – to be on the lookout.

Understanding how to build a secure cold chain is fundamental to distributing vaccines developed by the likes of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE because the shots need to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius (-94 F) or below to avoid spoiling.

IBM’s cybersecurity unit said it had detected an advanced group of hackers working to gather information about different aspects of the cold chain, using meticulously crafted booby-trapped emails sent in the name of an executive with Haier Biomedical, a Chinese cold chain provider that specializes in vaccine transport and biological sample storage.

The hackers went through “an exceptional amount of effort,” said IBM analyst Claire Zaboeva, who helped draft the report. Hackers researched the correct make, model, and pricing of various Haier refrigeration units, Zaboeva said.

“Whoever put together this campaign was intimately aware of whatever products were involved in the supply chain to deliver a vaccine for a global pandemic,” she said.

Haier Medical did not return messages seeking comment. Messages sent to the email addresses used by the hackers were not returned.

IBM said the bogus Haier emails were sent to around 10 different organizations but only identified one target by name: the European commission’s directorate-general for taxation and customs union, which handles tax and customs issues across the EU and has helped set rules on the import of vaccines.

Representatives for the directorate-general could not immediately be reached for comment.

IBM said other targets included companies involved in the manufacture of solar panels, which are used to power vaccine refrigerators in warm countries, and petrochemical products that could be used to derive dry ice.

Who is behind the vaccine supply chain espionage campaign isn’t clear. IBM’s Zaboeva said there was no shortage of potential suspects. Figuring out how to swiftly distribute an economy-saving vaccine “should be topping the lists of nation states across the world,” she said.

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Avoid Holiday Travel Or Get Tested Twice For Covid-19, CDC Says

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising Americans to stay home for the holidays, or else take multiple Covid-19 tests and additional precautions, the agency said Wednesday, as coronavirus cases spike nationwide and are expected to climb even higher due to Thanksgiving gatherings.

Key Facts

While the CDC recommends that people don’t travel at all, those who do should be tested for Covid-19 one to three days before traveling, the agency said, and then tested again three to five days after they return.

Those who travel for the holidays should also avoid nonessential public activities for seven days after they return, or 10 days if the traveler does not get tested.

“Testing does not eliminate all risk” and is not as safe as staying home entirely, the CDC emphasized, but can make travel less dangerous when combined with other social distancing measures like self-isolating and mask wearing.

Crucial Quote

“Cases are rising, and the safest thing to do is to postpone holiday travel and stay home,” Cindy Friedman, who leads the CDC’s Travelers’ Health Branch, told reporters on a press call Wednesday. “Travel volume was high over Thanksgiving, and even if only a small percentage of those travelers were asymptomatically infected, this can translate into hundreds of thousands of additional infections moving from one community to another.”

Key Background

The CDC’s holiday guidance is in line with the agency’s recommendations over Thanksgiving, which similarly encouraged Americans to spend the holiday only with people from their household or keep gatherings as small as possible. Many Americans appeared to ignore the agency’s recommendations, however, with a pre-Thanksgiving survey finding at least a quarter of Americans planned to travel and gather with other people despite the CDC guidelines. Data from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration also showed that air travel reached its highest levels since the pandemic began over the Thanksgiving holiday. 

What To Watch For

Health experts project that Thanksgiving travel and gatherings will lead to a perilous surge in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations nationwide, which are already at their highest levels since the pandemic began. Given Covid-19’s incubation period, infections that took place over Thanksgiving will likely take up to a few weeks to be reflected in the case counts, which health experts fear could give Americans a false sense of security when it comes to holiday travel. “People may think if Thanksgiving didn’t change how much spread there was, I’m safe to do Christmas,” Boston University epidemiologist Ellie Murray told the Guardian. “That’s almost certainly the wrong thing to think, but it may be really hard to convince people based on the data just because of the short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

Further Reading

Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings (CDC)

CDC recommends postponing holiday travel as Covid surges (Politico)

CDC Advises Americans Not To Travel

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City of Winnipeg proposes $600K for COVID-19 wellness fund, recreation spending boost



a man riding a snowboard down a snow covered bridge: The city has proposed a $600,000 fund for projects focused on mental health and allowing residents to get out safely during the pandemic. Eligible projects could include things like skating trails or snow sculpture contests, the city says.


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The city has proposed a $600,000 fund for projects focused on mental health and allowing residents to get out safely during the pandemic. Eligible projects could include things like skating trails or snow sculpture contests, the city says.

The City of Winnipeg has proposed a $600,000 fund in its preliminary 2021 budget to support citizens’ physical, mental and emotional health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Winnipeg Wellness Fund would give each city councillor’s ward $40,000 to spend on community-led initiatives focused on mental health and allowing residents to get out safely during the winter.

“We can all use little bit more happy in our day and the Winnipeg Wellness Fund is a great way to support community wellness projects that give us some happiness this winter,” Coun. John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry) said in a news release.

“There are many creative people in Winnipeg and this fund supports their brilliant ideas that put a smile on neighbours faces during this winter.”

The fund would be available to businesses, schools, community centres, non-profits and various other organizations and associations, the release says.

To be eligible for funding, the initiatives have to comply with Manitoba public health orders. The city says eligible projects could include skating trails, snow or ice sculpture contests, additional lighting for street or walking path lighting, school decorations, or funding to support good deeds for seniors.

Money will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, the city says. An online application will be made available, with an application deadline of Feb. 28, 2021. Any funding granted will have to be used by April 30, 2021.

Funding will be reviewed and approved by each ward’s city councillor.

Library, rec facility funding increase

The city also committed to increased spending for local libraries and recreational facilities in its preliminary 2021 budget, and designated $50 million of provincial funding over the next three years for improving some of those facilities.

That’s a shift from a year ago, when the multi-year budget process initially included recommendations to shut down some facilities, including several local libraries — though public outcry swayed council to keep them open.



a group of people in a library: The multi-year balanced budget process last year originally included suggestions to shut down some facilities, including some local libraries.


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The multi-year balanced budget process last year originally included suggestions to shut down some facilities, including some local libraries.

“Recreation facilities and libraries are essential amenities that support Winnipeg families,” said Coun. Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry), who chairs the city’s protection, community services and parks committee, in a news release.

“These investments support inclusion, access, recreation, and cultural destinations like our libraries. Listening to Winnipeggers, we know their overarching budget priorities are for investment in recreational and library facilities.”

To maintain core services and programming, the annual operating budget of the community services department will increase from $106.9 million in 2020 to $112 million in 2023.

The city will receive a total of $225 million in provincial capital funding over the next three years. Of that, $50 million will be spent on the city’s recreation and library investment

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