STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 81 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 29 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces zero new deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 22 new cases in Bernalillo County9 new cases in Chaves County1 new case in Colfax County5 new cases in Doña Ana County3 new cases in Lea County15 new cases in Luna County1 new case in Otero County3 new cases in Sandoval County11 new cases in Santa Fe County11 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Lea County Correctional FacilityThe Department of Health reported zero deaths today in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 remains at 823.One case previously reported as a New Mexico Corrections Department inmate at the Otero County Prison Facility has since been determined to be a case in Otero County and has been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 26,842 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 6,077Catron County: 11Chaves County: 956Cibola County: 403Colfax County: 24Curry County: 724De Baca County: 2Doña Ana County: 3,031Eddy County: 625Grant County: 99Guadalupe County: 32Harding County: 2Hidalgo County: 98Lea County: 1,264Lincoln County: 177Los Alamos County: 29Luna County: 372McKinley County: 4,266Mora County: 7Otero County: 240Quay County: 69Rio Arriba County: 374Roosevelt County: 230Sandoval County: 1,292San Juan County: 3,233San Miguel County: 91Santa Fe County: 909Sierra County: 39Socorro County: 78Taos County: 124Torrance County: 64Union County: 31Valencia County: 532County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 324Otero County Prison Facility: 281Otero County Processing Center: 163Torrance County Detention Facility: 44The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 31Lea County Correctional Facility: 15Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 472Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4As of today, there are 60 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 14,470 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities:Adobe Assisted Living in Las CrucesAlbuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueAristocrat Assisted Living in Las CrucesAvamere at Roswell in RoswellBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBelen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in BelenBloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in BloomfieldBrookdale Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Maria Health Care Center in RoswellDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in HobbsFort Bayard Medical Center in Santa ClaraGood Life Senior Living in LovingtonGood Samaritan Society Las CrucesGood Samaritan Society SocorroHarmony Residential Care in Rio RanchoHeartfelt Manor in RoswellHeritage Assisted Living in Las CrucesLakeview Christian Home in CarlsbadLas Palomas Center in AlbuquerqueLifeSpire Assisted Living in AlbuquerqueLovington Healthcare in LovingtonMescalero Care Center in MescaleroMission Arch Center in RoswellNew Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or ConsequencesPacifica Senior Living in Santa FePalmilla Senior Living in AlbuquerquePrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupThe Rehab Center of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueRetirement Ranches in ClovisThe Rio at Las Estancias in AlbuquerqueSagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las CrucesSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSan Juan Center in FarmingtonSilver City Care Center in Silver CitySunny Day Assisted Living in GallupSunset Villa Nursing Home in RoswellVillage Retirement Community in RoswellWelbrook Senior Living Las CrucesWheatfields Senior Living in ClovisThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes; andPatients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.
(Antigua Observer) The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has approved a decision that would allow CARICOM countries the right to reject free movement status to certain classes of workers without reciprocity.The CCJ decided that it was lawful for Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis to request an opt out of the obligations to accept agricultural workers and security guards, as part of the category of workers who are allowed to move and seek employment freely within the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).“Member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), under Article 27 (4) of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC), can opt out of a decision once the fundamental objectives of the Community, as laid now in the Treaty, are not negatively affected,” the court decided last Wednesday.The court noted that prejudice to a fundamental objective could be determined using principles of “proportionality” and by balancing a number of competing considerations, importantly the extent of the prejudice.It also decided that nationals of Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis, who are security guards and agricultural workers, are entitled to enjoy the benefits of the enlargement decision. This means that while these two countries will not accept the two categories of workers as being regional citizens under the CSME agreement, their citizens can move and work in other member states.Less than six months ago, the court had promised to deliver its decision on whether countries within the CARICOM could lawfully choose to opt out of obligations set out in the CSME agreement.CARICOM heads of government had asked for advice after the body decided to give special consideration to Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts-Nevis. Both countries had requested to opt out of facilitating the movement of agriculture workers and security guards for a period of five years.Subsequently, the question arose over whether it was in fact lawful for a member state to opt out of a conference decision and whether the ‘principle of non-reciprocity’, could allow nationals of any member state opting out to gain the benefits of that decision.The CCJ explained that certain conditions are needed for the effective implementation of an opt out to include a request by one or more member states to opt out; that the decision maker must be a competent organ of the Community; and that the Conference of Heads of Government must agree to the request of the member state to opt out of the relevant decision.An opt out, it stated, is only permitted if the “fundamental objectives” of the Community, as laid down in the RTC, are not prejudiced or undermined by the opt out.The CCJ therefore concluded that in the cases of St Kitts-Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda, there was no fundamental breach of the objectives of the RTC and that the opt out was made available to two member states, each of which is categorised as a less developed country; and secondly, the duration of the opt out in each case was temporary. 161 Views no discussions Share Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsRegional CCJ Gives Approval for CARICOM Countries To Opt-Out Of Certain Free Movement Arrangements by: – March 28, 2020 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!
Argonauts’ Patricia Gandolfo Earns GSC Defensive Nod Patricia Gandolfo (Photo by Ron Besser) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Patricia Gandolfo (Porto Alegre, Brazil/Missouri State – West Plains CC) was tabbed as this week’s Gulf South Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week. The accolade mark’s Gandolfo’s first of this season, her fourth career defensive nod. Gandolfo led the Argonaut defense en route to two GSC victories over the weekend. The senior had a total of nine blocks during that span, an impressive 1.8 average. She had at least four blocks in each match, and contributed fiver in a 3-0 win over Valdosta State. Gandolfo is currently ranked second in the GSC in blocks, and leads her team with 72 total so far. The senior will lead the Argo defense into tough in-region play this weekend, facing No. 14 Saint Leo, No. 9 Tampa, and Florida Southern over the course of two days. Print Friendly Version Share
0Shares0000Hamilton back on top in Russia © AFP / Dimitar DILKOFFSOCHI, Russian Federation, Sep 29 – A euphoric Lewis Hamilton extended his world championship lead to 73 points on Sunday when he rode his luck to claim a strategic victory for Mercedes in a roller-coaster Russian Grand Prix.The defending five-time champion came home 3.829 seconds ahead of team-mate and nearest championship rival Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes took advantage of Ferrari’s reliability and tactical problems by delivering a Silver Arrows one-two. Having grabbed the lead from pole man Charles Leclerc on the opening lap, Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders to let him pass before he suffered a mechanical failure and stopped on lap 28.The resultant Safety Car period gifted Mercedes, who started on medium tyres while their rivals all used softs, a chance to extend their Sochi supremacy to six consecutive wins.Leclerc came home a frustrated and disgruntled third, claiming he expected Vettel to repay him for his slip-stream in a race punctuated by two Safety Car interventions and one use of the Virtual Safety Car.Hamilton’s win was his first since the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 4, his ninth in 16 outings this year and the 82nd of his career, lifting him 73 points clear at the top of the drivers’ title race. He scored an additional point for fastest lap.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fourth, having started ninth, ahead of team-mate Alex Albon, who had started from the pit lane.Carlos Sainz was sixth for McLaren ahead of Sergio Perez of Racing Point, Kevin Magnussen of Haas, Lando Norris in the second McLaren and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg.“That’s exactly what we needed,” exclaimed a delighted Hamilton on the team radio following a flawless strategic performance by Mercedes.“It was an incredible job by all the team – not giving up. Keeping up with Ferrari was a hard task, but we kept pushing.”– Clean start –Leclerc remained poised, despite his disappointment.“At least we are consistent,” he said.Mercedes celebrate sparkling podium in Russia © AFP / Dimitar DILKOFF“It’s a shame for the team not to have both of us up here… I will always trust the team, but our tactic was for me to give the slipstream, which I did – and then, well I need to speak to the team about that.”Leclerc had made a clean start, but behind him Vettel enjoyed a superb launch from third to pass Hamilton by the first corner and, after slip-streaming the Monegasque, taking the lead.Before the order settled, Ricciardo collided with Grosjean at Turn Four sending the Haas driver spinning into the barriers. A Safety Car was deployed and Grosjean retired.“We are looking into the swap further into the race,” Ferrari told Leclerc, running second, suggesting they had agreed to repay him for punching through the air for his team-mate.This was confirmed when Leclerc was told ‘Sebastian will let you by next lap’ – an order not welcomed by Vettel as he stayed in front by 1.4 seconds with Hamilton adrift in third.Vettel said Leclerc, beaten in Singapore by a strategy decision in Vettel’s favour, needed to close up.“I respected everything,” answered Leclerc. “We will speak later, but now it is difficult to close the gap. Obviously.”A revitalised Vettel was 3.6 seconds clear by lap 16 as Leclerc held off Hamilton until the team freed him to attack before he pitted for mediums on lap 23, Hamilton taking second.The Ferrari re-joined fourth behind Bottas. Within two laps, Vettel said ‘my rears are falling now’, but Ferrari left him out until lap 27 when, with a three-seconds stop, he was half a second slower than Leclerc and re-joined behind him in fourth.Vettel’s race ended seconds later when a power failure saw him stop at Turn 15. A Virtual Safety Car (VSC) was deployed and, immediately, Hamilton pitted for softs followed by Bottas.Leclerc took second before Williams’ George Russell crashed, prompting a full Safety Car intervention.A luckless Vettel vented his frustration on the team radio as he climbed from his car.Hamilton’s elevation to leader gave him a record as leader of 143 Grands Prix, one more than Michael Schumacher.Ferrari then called in Leclerc for a set of scrubbed softs. He re-joined third behind Bottas as the field compressed for a 21-lap sprint to the flag. On the re-start, Hamilton pulled two seconds clear, leaving Bottas to resist Leclerc’s superior straight-line speed with a battling display.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)