Press release: Surge testing to be deployed in an area of Brentwood

first_imgA further targeted area will have additional testing made available to control and suppress the potential spread of a COVID-19 variant.Working in partnership with the local authority, additional testing and genomic sequencing is being deployed to the CM13 postcode in Brentwood, Essex, where a single case of the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been found.Extra testing is being introduced in addition to existing extensive testing, and in combination with following the current lockdown rules and remembering Hands Face Space advice, will help to monitor and suppress the spread of the virus. Positive cases will be sequenced for genomic data to help understand COVID-19 variants and their spread within these areas.People living within the CM13 postcode area are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test when offered, whether they are showing symptoms or not.People with symptoms should book a test in the usual way, and those without symptoms should visit their local authority website for more information.last_img read more

SMC pushes gift campaign

first_imgTo encourage students to make their class gift and educate them about the benefits of donating to Saint Mary’s College, the Class Gift Campaign (CGC) hosted its second annual launch party Monday. The event was held in the West Wing of the Noble Family Dining Hall during dinner hours. Molly Gorszczyk, CGC co-chair, said the event was created to draw attention to the mission of the CGC as well as allow students to meet and get to know members of the campaign. “The launch party is pretty much just a way for us to get publicity up of who we are and what we do,” Gorszczyk said. “It’s the first chance all of our girls get for the year to make their donation of class gift. It’s pretty much the starting of our season of campaigning and fundraising and trying to get the class gifts.” Gorszczyk said the event invited students to enjoy themselves while learning about the CGC. Students were also encouraged to make their donation to the CGC for their class. According to Gorszczyk, the campaign works during the academic year to earn money for each class’ senior gift. Each class decides which gift it would like to donate to the College. “The class gift campaign is a student organization, and we are the ones that encourage raising all the money to give Saint Mary’s that each class gives when they graduate,” she said. “Along with that we encourage the importance of philanthropy and giving back to Saint Mary’s. [Saint Mary’s College] just [relies] on giving back so much and they encourage it so much that we try to encourage our students to give back as well.” According to Gorszczyk, during the launch party, students had the opportunity to break open a piñata, play corn hole, listen to music and meet with members of the CGC. “People can come make their class gift, they can ask us questions, they can get to know us,” Gorszczyk said. “[The Launch Party is] kind of like a meet and greet type deal so they [students] can actually get to know what the Class Gift Campaign is.” The CGC also plans to offer other events throughout the academic year. Gorszczyk said the CGC will offer Give Back Night at Hacienda on Oct. 25. Karaoke Idol, an event that allows students to sing karaoke in front of faculty and staff judges, will also be held on Nov. 18. Gorszczyk said she hopes to bring awareness to the importance of the CGC. “I think it’s really important just because we have a tradition that part of our gift to give back is a scholarship of some form or scholarship money,” she said. “That’s really important just because so many girls are on scholarship. Ninety- four percent of the student body right now is on scholarship. So if we can encourage girls to give back now that would also encourage them to give back after they graduate.” The CGC doesn’t just ask for donations from juniors and seniors, instead, they encourage first-year students to donate money as well. “We work really hard and start looking freshman year to raise a gift so you can give something amazing back to Saint Mary’s to thank them for the amazing time you had here,” Gorszczyk said. “Also, you try to raise the pride of Saint Mary’s that you have in your four years and beyond after you graduate and so you’re always proud to be a Saint Mary’s girl and you’re so proud of your school.” The CGC asks that students donate whatever amount they feel comfortable giving, but also encourages each student to donate the amount of their class year, Gorszczyk said. “We are encouraging all students to try to at least give their class year, so a senior would give $20.11, juniors would give $20.12,” Gorszczyk said. “But they are free to give as much as they want, and we appreciate everything they give and we understand that everybody’s situation is a little different so what they can give might not be the same as others.”last_img read more

More land released at North Shore as new display village opens

first_imgNorth Shore are releasing more land ahead of the grand opening of their new display village. Stockland North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia at the new sign into the estate.STOCKLAND North Shore is releasing more home sites with demand expected to increase as the masterplanned community opens their new $8.5 million display village.Fourteen new home sites have been made available in Discovery Village with the new land release being named Columbus Release A.It’s located within walking distance of the new North Shore State School, new display village, cafe, kids play area and CrossFit precinct.It will be next to a planned shopping, dining and spots precinct dubbed The Junction.Stockland North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the location of the land so close to quality retail and community facilities would make the sites popular.“We are nearing 6000 residents at North Shore and the community now boast three schools, medical, health and shopping precincts, a plethora of playgrounds, walkways, parks and trails,” he said.“We know that families want to be close to the things that offer them a more convenient lifestyle and with all its infrastructure, North Shore truly is the ideal place to call home. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Land releases like this that are so close to the new state school and to The Junction precinct are always highly sought after.”The new display village will officially open today with a neon light party. It will feature 16 new homes from 10 local builders and playground with a jumping pillow, along with a new soccer field, a purpose-built CrossFit facility and The Cafe by Luv Bite Creations.The display village aims to showcase building innovations, designs and practical housing choices available.The North Shore Neon Party will kick off at 5pm with illuminated street performers, glowing crafts and food trucks.Mr Astorquia said the light show display would be like nothing Townsville had seen.“I am very excited about this launch as it not only signals the opening of our new display village, but the event itself is really something different for Townsville,” he said. “The show will light up the entire display village and be choreographed to high-energy music while entertainers dressed with neon lights, acrobats and musicians roam through the houses and streets of the display village.”last_img read more

Angels reliever Keynan Middleton takes a knee during Anthem

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Keynan Middleton, who has been vocal on Twitter and Instagram about social issues, took a knee during the National Anthem before the Angels game on Monday night in San Diego.Middleton took a knee and raised his fist, following in the model of other athletes who have made such symbolic statements against systemic racism.Middleton indicated through a team spokesman that he would release a statement via his social media. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Manager Joe Maddon said after the game that Middleton informed the team of his plans in a previous meeting on the subject of social injustice. Maddon added that the team was “totally supportive.” Maddon said he does not know if Middleton plans to continue kneeling during the Anthem.“The thing I have encouraged all these guys to do is to create their own truth,” Maddon said. “What’s in your heart? How you can change things? That’s a wonderful young man and he’s among a lot of wonderful young people that are going to demonstrate in that way, but there was no disrespect whatsoever to the flag.”Maddon added: “I’m very proud that he stood up for his beliefs. It’s not easy to do that. A young man like that. He’s the only one out here doing that.” Earlier in the night, several members of the San Francisco Giants, including Manager Gabe Kapler, took a knee during the Anthem before their game in Oakland.center_img Maddon said he finds that form of statement to be powerful.“It’s very useful form of protest,” Maddon said. “You should be open to it. You try to really understand what’s behind it. It’s so easy to misinterpret. Just like misinterpreting that those of us standing don’t support Black Lives Matter. That would be an absolute misinterpretation. At the end of the day, take a deep breath. Listen, listening skills are really important right now.”Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more