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Muskegon, Marquette, Grand Traverse counties win big in state outdoor recreation funding

Michigan’s outdoor recreation is expected to get a boost of nearly $37.8 million in 2021, and Muskegon County is the biggest winner of funds with a single grant for $5 million.

Marquette, Grand Traverse and Ottawa counties are also raking in big bucks from the state for recreation development and land acquisition. The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board this week recommended grants totaling $37,789,600 for 76 recreation projects and land acquisitions with the goal of further access to public outdoor recreation.

Muskegon County is a clear winner this year with a $5 million grant to acquire a former sand mining property for park development. Ottawa County is in line to receive nearly $1.5 million for five different projects. Park improvements and lakefront property acquisition are on deck in Grand Traverse County with nearly $1.2 million in state funds coming their way. In Marquette County, over $700,000 will help build playgrounds and trails.

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“Easy access to the beauty of Michigan’s natural places and open spaces during a challenging, uncertain year has been a source of comfort and connection for residents across our state, and the Trust Fund is a major part of making those opportunities available,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement.

Trails, parks and the state’s forest lands – often developed or acquired with Trust Fund grants – and other “outdoor recreation resources like these are big contributors to each community’s quality of life and unique appeal,” Whitmer said.

This year, the board recommended $27,289,600 for 30 acquisition grants and $10.5 million for 46 development grants. Most of the funding is going to local governments while eight grants worth about $7.7 million will back Michigan Department of Natural Resources projects.

Development grants are expected to fund projects in Antrim, Benzie, Berrien, Calhoun, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Eaton, Genesee, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Huron, Ingham, Iosco, Jackson, Kent, Leelenau, Livingston, Mackinac, Marquette, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Find out what’s coming to your county here.

Land acquisition grants are expected to fund projects in Benzie, Berrien, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Eaton, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Huron, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Lapeer, Lenawee, Macomb, Midland, Muskegon, Oakland, Ontoganon, Ottawa, Saginaw and St. Clair counties. Find out what’s coming to your county here.

This year’s projects “will make a real difference,” said DNR Director Dan Eichinger, noting the overwhelming success of Proposal 1 on the November ballot as proof of Michiganders’ support for the grant program.

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Established in 1976, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is a restricted fund aimed at public acquisition of lands for resource protection and outdoor recreation, as well as for public outdoor recreation development projects. It is funded through interest and revenue from state-owned oil, gas and minerals. To date, the Trust Fund has granted more than $1.2 billion to state and local governments

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Murphy insists ‘no one should be traveling out-of-state’ unless it’s essential after state scrapped travel advisory

A week after New Jersey scrapped its state-by-state travel advisory amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that New Jerseyans should avoid any out-of-state travel that isn’t considered essential.

The statement mirrors what the governor said last week, when he asked people to stay home a day before Thanksgiving. But travel to neighboring states New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware is still permitted.

New Jersey, along with New York and Connecticut, issued joint travel advisories beginning in June. It asked people traveling from states and territories considered hotspots to self-quarantine for 14 days.

But by the time New Jersey scrapped it, nearly every state qualified as a COVID-19 hotspot as cases rise across the country

“First and foremost, no one should be traveling out-of-state for anything beyond that which is essential for your daily life — commuting to work or seeking medical treatment, for example,” Murphy said Wednesday during his latest COVID-19 briefing in Trenton.

“But if you do travel outside of our immediate region — or if you are coming into New Jersey from another state — we strongly encourage you to observe a 14-day self-quarantine period,” he added.

There are exceptions for frontline workers, members of law enforcement, and active-duty military, Murphy said.

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The original travel advisory came at a time when the region, among the earliest COVID-19 epicenters, began to see numbers drop, while other parts of the country saw numbers surge.

States qualified for the list if they had a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,00 residents or if they had a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average. People traveling for work or essential reasons were exempt.

With the virus starting to spread again across the U.S. — including the northeast — New York dropped the advisory late last month and began requiring visitors from non-neighboring states to get a COVID-19 test instead.

New Jersey pressed on with the advisory but exempted neighboring states. Last week, 46 states and territories qualified. Only one state — Hawaii — did not.

While New York threatened fines for those who violated the advisory, New Jersey had stopped short of doing so and instead begged people to use “personal responsibility.”

New Jersey on Wednesday reported 4,350 more COVID-19 cases and 56 additional deaths, while hospitalizations 3,287, as the state continues to deal with a second wave of the pandemic.

The Garden State has reported 17,145 total deaths attributed to the virus — 15,309 confirmed fatalities and 1,836 considered probable — with 346,206 total cases in the more than eight months since the first case was reported here March 4.

Murphy on Monday ordered a reduction in the size limit on outdoor gatherings in New Jersey to 25 people beginning next week. He previously lowered the limit from 500 to 150 in mid-November. There are exemptions for political and religious gatherings, weddings, funerals and memorial services. Outdoor dining is also not included.

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Ohio on its own travel advisory list; visiting state is discouraged

Ohio is now among 14 states on the latest travel advisory list as COVID-19 continues to surge through state and the nation.



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The Ohio Department of Health updated the travel advisory list Wednesday for states with positivity rates of 15% and higher. The positivity rate represents the percentage of people who test positive for the coronavirus compared to the overall number tested during the past seven days.

“This is the first week since April where Ohio’s positivity for COVID-19 has increased above 15%. The state has seen record levels of cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in the past week, and all Ohioans can help to limit the spread and impact of this virus. This includes recommendations to stay at home except for necessary trips for supplies, consistent mask-wearing when around others, and frequent hand washing,” ODH stated in its release.

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The list includes Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Utah. Idaho has the highest positivity rate with 49% and Ohio has the lowest at 15%, which is up from 14% last week.

Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming have experienced reporting irregularities with the total number of tests performed this past week; however, Ohioans are advised to avoid those four states as well.

Those who enter Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This applies to visitors and residents. Also, people from other states are encouraged to avoid travel to Ohio.

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Covid-19 U.S. travel restrictions state by state

By Megan Marples and Forrest Brown, CNN

Editor’s note: This story was current at the time of last publication on November 30 and will be updated periodically. However, you should still check with the official state websites before you commit to travel plans.

 With cases of Covid-19 reaching new heights in the United States, some states are having to adapt rapidly with their rules and regulations, especially in recent weeks.

If you wish to travel to another state, it is important to be updated on the latest statewide regulations. While some US states have no restrictions on travel, all their sites have important Covid-19 safety information, including possible face mask mandates in public settings. States without travel restrictions might still have mask mandates.

This list is alphabetical and includes links where you should get more information and updates before you head out:

Alabama

As of November 30, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Alabama. However, visitors should be aware of the state’s mask mandate effective through December 11. You can check here for updates.

Alaska

Alaska’s latest travel protocols have been in effect since August 11. Visitors from other states must do one of the following:

— Submit a travel declaration and self-isolation plan online and arrive with proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
— Follow a plan that your employer filed with the state if you come for work.
— Buy a $250 Covid-19 test when you arrive and self-quarantine at your own expense until you get the results.

Alaska residents also have protocols they must follow for travel. According to the CDC, “people in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.” Leaving your home state to enter a state with a mandatory quarantine means you need one place to stay and to stay put. Check here for Alaska details and updates.

Arizona

As of November 30, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Arizona. Check here for updates.

Arkansas

As of November 30, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Arkansas. Check here for updates.

California

As of November 30, people coming to California are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival and avoid nonessential travel, which includes tourism. Check here for Covid-19 updates and possible local restrictions.

Colorado

As of November 30, there were no statewide travel restrictions in Colorado though nonessential travel is not recommended. Check here for updates.

Connecticut

Any traveler coming from a state that has a positive case rate of 10 out of 100,000 people or a 10% or higher test positivity rate must self-quarantine for 14 days. The traveler must have spent more than 24 hours in said state for the rule to apply. Everyone also needs to complete a travel health form.

Visitors can opt out of the 14-day quarantine in limited cases if they can provide proof that they have had a negative Covid-19 test in the past 72 hours. There were 46

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State promotes VTR as tourist spot in vacation | Patna News

PATNA: With Covid-19 pandemic spoiling vacation plans to sea beach or abroad, Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) offers a choice with spots like Manguraha, Valmiki Nagar and Govardhana having tourist facilities and scenic beauty, environment, forest and climate change department additional chief secretary Dipak Kumar Singh said on Monday.
“These places have some unique features and the department is ensuring the safety of tourists,” he said.
One such holiday spot is Manguraha with an option of animal sightseeing, natural beauty and safari ride crossing the river. It is a part of VTR and tourists have been allowed since November 10.
Manguraha range DFO Ambarish Mall said the campus where tourists could stay was inaugurated in September this year. After the reopening in November, the rooms are keeping full to their capacity, especially on weekends, he said. Mall said tourists revealed how pandemic made them opt for a nearby place for vacation. “We are taking all precautions. For instance, earlier six people were allowed for a safari ride, which has been reduced to four now,” he added.
Gaurav Ojha, the DFO at VTR, said children below 10 and those above 65 years are not allowed for safety reasons. “We have closed down cultural activities, which included folk dance by the local tribe, and documentaries because such activities involve gathering,” said Ojha. However, he said safari is allowed.
Ojha said all the rooms and vehicles are sanitized regularly and temperature is checked. He further said the footfall is no less when compared to previous years. “Over 15 safari rides take place in the VTR daily,” said Ojha, adding the footfall has been increasing with each passing year.

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Coronavirus: Merkel slams state premiers over Christmas hotel opening plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel railed against the plans of some regional governments to let hotels open for family visits over Christmas, warning it risked worsening the coronavirus surge sweeping Germany, participants in a party meeting said.

Infection levels rose overnight compared to the same time last week, despite the partial lockdown introduced for November and since extended and tightened in an attempt to control the spread of the virus.

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Merkel and state premiers agreed last week that some partial easing of the lockdown would be allowed to allow families some low-key Christmas celebrations.

But in a video conference of her conservative party’s top leadership on Monday, Merkel said she could not understand the plans of some northern and western states, where the epidemic is less severe, to allow hotels to open to allow far-flung families to get together.

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Meeting participants told Reuters she saw this as particularly risky in large cities and in regions with high infection numbers.

Despite Merkel’s comments, however, the regional leaders have the final say on what happens in their states under Germany’s federal structure.

Her intervention came shortly before a meeting of the “coronavirus cabinet”, at which ministers are expected to discuss further responses to Germany’s greatest public health crisis in a century.

Though Germany has already mobilized unprecedented government aid to help support the economy through the pandemic, ministers warned on Monday that nothing could fully spare companies from the impact.

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“People have to show discipline,” economy minister Peter Altmaier, the architect of the economic response to the pandemic told Deutschlandfunk radio. “We have to do more to reduce social contacts.”

Altmaier added that pandemic aid for companies could not be extended indefinitely.

In an indication of the severity of the pandemic’s economic impact, the percentage of companies using the state-backed furlough scheme rose to 28 percent in November, up from 24.8 percent the month before, the Ifo institute said.

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Sacramento area football stars find games out of state

Christian Brothers’ Justin Douglas (6), runs for a touchdown making the score 7-0 as the Jesuit Marauders face the Christian Brothers Falcons in the Holy Bowl at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

Christian Brothers’ Justin Douglas (6), runs for a touchdown making the score 7-0 as the Jesuit Marauders face the Christian Brothers Falcons in the Holy Bowl at Hughes Stadium at Sacramento City College on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019.

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Justin Douglas and Takeshi Faupula enjoyed playing football so much they were willing to move out of state to continue the competition.

None of this would be a surprise if they were in college. Douglas and Faupula are high school seniors who went to any lengths to keep playing and to raise their chances of playing in college, preferably through scholarship means.

So, have game, will travel. The governing body California Interscholastic Federation in July announced it was pushing the start of the prep sports calendar into 2021 to combat the rise in coronavirus numbers. But there were no guarantees football would start on time or at all, with those decisions ultimately falling on the shoulders of county health departments, school districts and individual leagues.

That was enough for the families of Douglas and Faupula to brainstorm. Their options were to stay put and hope for a winter 2021 season, or to move in with relatives out of state and start fresh.

They moved.

Douglas is a 6-foot, 210-pound do-all player who suited up for Christian Brothers last year and now dons the colors of Rocky Mountain High in Meridian, just outside Boise.

He also bears the broad grin of achievement. He played a vital role in Rocky Mountain’s 5A State Championship victory. He had a sack, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and recorded 11 tackles in a 17-14 victory over defending champion Rigby, which came in with a state-leading 20-game winning streak. Rocky Mountain finished 11-0 in a COVID-19-shortened season.

The Nov. 21 state game was played in crisp, dry conditions, in front of a large gathering. Fans wore masks to do their part to ensure no stalls or delays tied to COVID-19 (some prep games across the country had games halted or canceled in progress due to fans refusing to wear masks, despite reminders at the entrance).

In Utah, Faupula carried the ball as a 5-9, 225-pound bruiser of a fullback at Lehi High. It was his third school. He started his prep career at small-school powerhouse East Nicolaus of the Northern Section before playing the 2019 season at Yuba City, a Division III program.

Neither athlete has any regrets. It was worth the challenge of getting to know new classmates, teammates and opponents. They arrived at the start of the academic year, impressed, became starters and got the senior year so many of their friends and rivals crave in the Sacramento region.

Douglas’ parents bought a home in Idaho. He will remain there and graduate with his new class after a spring season of baseball.

Faupula will return to Yuba County in the coming weeks, where he will sign a letter of intent to play scholarship college football. He will not be

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Despite coronavirus issues, Ohio State football practiced Thursday and still plans to travel to Illinois

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Whatever coronavirus issues Ohio State football is dealing with have not shut down preparations for Saturday’s game at Illinois.

The Buckeyes practiced as scheduled on Thursday, though it was unclear if the structure of that workout had to be altered due to the reported increase in COVID-19 cases within the program. One source told cleveland.com the positive tests, or associated isolation due to contact tracing, are affecting players, coaches and support staff.

Ohio State did publish a series of photos from Thursday’s practice on Twitter. Players showcased as attending practice included quarterback Justin Fields and offensive linemen Josh Myers, Thayer Munford and Nicholas Petit-Frere.

Another photo showed coach Ryan Day holding the Illibuck trophy that will be at stake in Saturday’s game. A video about the team meal featured starting linebacker Baron Browning. Another video featured starting defensive end Jonathon Cooper.

Reports first surfaced Thursday evening about an increase in positive tests within the program. Ohio State has not confirmed anything, other than Thursday’s practice occurring and Friday’s travel plans remaining intact.

Ohio State typically releases a status report on Friday mornings at approximately 10 a.m. That report does not differentiate between injury, illness or disciplinary absences. Due to the daily COVID-19 testing throughout the Big Ten, that report has also been more fluid than usual because new absences could pop up after the report comes out.

In other words, what the team releases Friday, if anything, may be a best-case scenario regarding its roster for Saturday’s game.

Any players who tested positive will be unable to play in any of the final three regular-season games, per the Big Ten’s policy mandating 21 days out of competition. After the Illinois game, Ohio State is scheduled to play at Michigan State on Dec. 5 and at home against Michigan on Dec. 12. The Big Ten championship game follows on Dec. 19.

It is also important to remember that, depending on testing thresholds, Ohio State could reach a point where whether it plays or practices is out of its control.

Per Big Ten protocols, teams experiencing cases among more than 5% of team members and more than 7.5% of the program “population” — a combination of players, coaches, managers, trainers and other staff — must halt operations. Any canceled games cannot be made up. Ohio State already missed one game due to Maryland’s outbreak.

Positive tests in the 2.5-5% range for a team and 3.5-7.5% for the population mean a program must alter its practice and meeting schedule and “consider viability of continuing with scheduled competition.”

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South Australia’s opposition calls for end to hotel quarantine as state exits lockdown

South Australia’s opposition leader has called for a halt on putting returned travellers in hotel quarantine until a safer system can be put in place, as the state emerged from its temporary lockdown on Sunday.



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Labor opposition leader Peter Malinauskas wrote to premier Steven Marshall on Sunday and said the outbreak from hotel quarantine in Adelaide and the second wave experienced in Victoria as a result of its hotel quarantine issues showed that putting returned travellers in CBD hotels “with subcontracted private security simply does not work”.



a car parked on a city street: One of the quarantine hotels in Adelaide. The state’s Labor opposition wants hotel quarantine for returned travellers stopped until there’s a safer system in place.


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One of the quarantine hotels in Adelaide. The state’s Labor opposition wants hotel quarantine for returned travellers stopped until there’s a safer system in place.

“The only way to alleviate this risk is to immediately end the international arrival and medi-hotel system in its current format, until a safer solution is found,” he said.

Malinauskas suggested in a Facebook post that there could be purpose-built facilities outside the CBD staffed by a non-casual workforce.

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Marshall said on Sunday the suggestion would not work, and was a break in bipartisanship.

“It makes no sense whatsoever,” he said. “We don’t have 1,200 rooms in Woomera or Christmas Island to pop up with a quarantine hotel let alone the staff, let alone building the hospital alongside it.”

The Parafield outbreak from the Peppers medi-hotel still stands at 26 cases. The state recorded just one new case overnight – a woman in her 20s in a medi-hotel who returned to South Australia from overseas before the state stopped accepting returned travellers.

The lockdown ended in South Australia at midnight on Sunday, three days earlier than planned, after a 36-year-old kitchen worker at the Stamford medi-hotel who initially said he had contracted the virus while picking up a pizza at an Adelaide pizza bar later admitted to working in the kitchen alongside an infected security guard from the Peppers hotel.

The man is on a temporary graduate visa which expires next month. A taskforce of 20 police detectives are investigating the false report.

Federal Labor’s shadow employment minister, Brendan O’Connor, told the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday that while people should not lie to contact tracers, the man might have been forced to lie about his work situation because he did not have access to jobseeker or jobkeeper support on a temporary visa.

“We have had hundreds of thousands of temporary visa applicants who don’t have any support in a recession where obviously employers won’t choose to employ them necessarily if they are not going to get the subsidy,” he said.

“I’m just making the point, so you make decisions at the federal level, they can have consequences down the track.

“We did say there should be modest support for people on temporary visas. You can’t give them nothing because they will end up being in a difficult situation as clearly is the case

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