ChiccoDodiFC/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(OMAHA, Neb.) — At least 100 coronavirus cases have been linked to a day care center in Omaha, Nebraska, including some from the U.K. variant, health officials said.The Rosewood Academy Childcare and Preschool was shut down last week following confirmation of the first few cases, according to the Douglas County Health Department.As of Sunday, more than 100 COVID-19 cases were linked to the initial outbreak, and testing has shown that some were caused by the U.K. variant, a health department spokesman told ABC News.“This points out the need to be vigilant about non-pharmaceutical interventions and get child care workers vaccinated,” the spokesman said in a statement to ABC News.The spokesman couldn’t give an exact figure on the U.K. variant cases because Nebraska does not do the genomic sequencing on every sample.In a statement to ABC affiliate KETV, a spokesperson for Kelli Hansen, the owner of the day care, said staff and children were among the infected.Mandy Evert, a mom whose 4-year-old daughter attended Rosewood, told KETV that the child tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of March.Evert said her daughter showed symptoms similar to a sinus infection and had a mild fever.“We don’t know what the effects are going to be on my child years from now and that’s really where my concern is,” Evert said.The school is cooperating with health officials, the health department spokesman said.The spokesperson for the school told KETV that the school took strict safety measures to prevent coronavirus spread, and is asking all infected staff members and students to quarantine.“Rosewood Academy Childcare and Preschool will continue to work closely and cooperate with the Douglas County Health Department to monitor this situation and encourage families and staff to get the vaccine as quickly as they are able,” the spokesperson said in a statement.Nebraska’s seven-day average of new daily coronavirus cases has plateaued at around 270 in March, according to the state’s Health Department.As of Sunday, roughly 20.8% of the state’s total population of 1.48 million has been fully vaccinated, according to state data.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
GemLife Pacific Paradise.A new multimillion-dollar over-50s lifestyle resort on the Sunshine Coast has recognised the changing lifestyle demands of older Australians. GemLife Pacific Paradise, by Australian retirement resort developer, GemLife, will include 96 premium homes, set within a secure, gated community with extensive, first-class recreational and sporting facilities. One of the homes at GemLife Pacific Paradise.To be built on 4.4ha of prime land on the Sunshine Coast, the development features larger-than-standard size homes, high ceilings, and upgraded, luxury fittings and finishes. In keeping with GemLife’s other over-50s resorts, the Pacific Paradise development is designed to support active, engaged living in a resort-style environment, providing high quality, low-maintenance homes for empty-nesters or Australians looking to downsize.GemLife CEO and director Adrian Puljich said he had set out to transform over-50s living with an innovative approach.“Wellbeing and vibrant living are a priority. Our resorts deliver an exceptional blend of first-class recreational and leisure facilities for active and social lifestyles, together with meticulously designed, modern and stylish homes,” Mr Puljich said.“We want homeowners to have maximum opportunities to connect and enjoy a quality lifestyle. Our country clubs, which form the heart of our communities, play a big part of this.”The GemLife Pacific Paradise country club will be modelled on GemLife’s award-winning clubhouses on Bribie Island and Highfields, near Toowoomba. What a place to relax and unwind at GemLife Pacific Paradise.It will accommodate an extensive range of recreational facilities including an outdoor yoga studio, pool with spa, fully equipped gym, sauna, ten-pin bowling alley, tennis, bocce and pickleball courts, a gold class-style cinema, art and craft studio, music room, wine room, and bar and coffee lounge.While the Sunshine Coast is the second most popular destination for interstate migration, driven by its mild subtropical climate, relaxed lifestyle and comparatively affordable housing, the area continues to be popular within the state too, with its coastal centres favoured by empty-nesters and retirees.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago CHARITY HOME FETCHES ALMOST $1M AT AUCTION MORE QLD NEWS: GemLife Pacific Paradise is a new Sunshine Coast development.According to GemLife, Pacific Paradise buyers are coming from in and around the Sunshine Coast region, Brisbane area and the Gold Coast.GemLife Pacific Paradise has eight home designs, each with multiple facade and colour- scheme options. All homes have three bedrooms with seamless indoor-outdoor living and feature top-of-the-range appliances, integrated surround-sound systems, security alarm systems and energy-efficient inclusions such as solar PV panels.Unlike other providers in the industry, GemLife does not charge entry or exit fees, providing financial transparency and certainty for home buyers. Homeowners also retain 100 per cent of capital gain. DESIGN AN $8M PENTHOUSE Follow Reshni Ratnam on Instagram read more
Anguish.It walked dejectedly down the road on Nov. 12, and then turned left into the driveway of 830 McKee St. in State College, Pa.Euphoria.That backpedaled down the court, arms pointing straight into the Carrier Dome crowd and a grin stretched across its face in pure elation on Monday night.Antithetical emotions, miles apart in both distance and sentiment, yet curiously tied together as a result of nauseating allegations.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe latter is Scoop Jardine, his jubilation ignited by a baseline jumper that gave his Syracuse team a 14-point lead over Pittsburgh on Monday night. It’s a game the Orange went on to win.The former is Jay Paterno, son of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and then-PSU quarterbacks coach. His somber trek back from Beaver Stadium to his father’s house following the Nittany Lions’ 17-14 loss to Nebraska tugged on an entirely different set of heartstrings.Jay Paterno’s first utterance to the crowd of supporters and media gathered outside the humble ranch house was nothing short of morose.‘Sorry we couldn’t get it done today guys,’ he said.Jardine’s prose, spoken after Syracuse set a new school record with its 20th consecutive win to open the season, reflected the fifth-year senior’s giddiness.‘It’s fun,’ he said. ‘Just this whole season alone is fun because we’re doing it at the highest level.’There is perhaps no better example of the dichotomy between Syracuse and Penn State than those two images. One illustrates a program crippled by the fallout of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing young boys. The other reflects the joy surrounding the No. 1 college basketball team in the country, which continues to be led by the fourth-winningest head coach in Division I college basketball history.Yet the Syracuse program, like that of Penn State, was also blindsided by allegations of sexual abuse against then-associate head coach Bernie Fine. But as the Nittany Lions football team lost the face of its program with the dismissal of Joe Paterno, staggered to a 1-3 finish to the 2011 season and saw prized verbally committed recruits slip away, the Orange has surged.Twenty consecutive wins, blowout after blowout, and not so much as a hint of lost focus.It is, quite frankly, remarkable. Remarkable that a series of events as ubiquitous as even the Bernie Fine drama cannot deter this Syracuse team.‘That’s the biggest thing we can really control: what we do on the court,’ Jardine said following the win over Pittsburgh. ‘Everything that went on in the beginning of the season we didn’t know nothing about.’The message from Jardine is one the media heard repeatedly from Syracuse players in the weeks following the initial ESPN news story in which Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, both former SU ball boys, accused Fine of molesting them as children.Dion Waiters said over and over again that there was nothing he or his teammates could do about it. Brandon Triche said going out and playing basketball was the team’s sole focus.But amid all the slinking in and out of the back doors of the Carrier Dome and the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center to avoid the media, it was hard to believe that their performance would be truly unaffected.And that, Jardine said, is partly what makes the 20 wins so sweet — that this SU team continues to prove everyone wrong.‘We’ve definitely got a great team bond,’ sophomore forward C.J. Fair said. ‘And our mentality is that we’re the best team in the country, so we don’t feel like we should lose to anybody if we come out to play the way we should.’The mentality is one transferred down to the players from the man at the top, Jim Boeheim. A man who joked about the extra-large group of media at his press conference for the first game following Fine’s dismissal. A man blasted for his comments about Davis and Lang, the very same men who subsequently sued him for defamation.Most importantly, though, Boeheim’s a man guiding arguably the most talented team he’s ever had down a track seemingly destined for the Final Four.Big East Coach of the Year? No question. National Coach of the Year? Without a doubt.The Orange is in the midst of perhaps the greatest season Syracuse basketball has ever seen, casting a near total eclipse on a series of events presumed too devastating to be shrouded.All along the players have said a national championship is the ultimate goal. Title or bust for this fiercely resilient team.And what a twist that would be, pulling back from the brink of dilapidation to win the school’s second national title.So with 20 games down and 20 wins in their pockets, why should we doubt them now?‘We control what we do on the court,’ Jardine said. ‘And we’ve been doing it so far.’Michael Cohen is a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 18, 2012 at 12:00 am read more
The Wisconsin volleyball team is off to a fast start this season. Wisconsin is coming off a 3-0 weekend in which they won the annual InnTowner Invitational in Madison, and the Badgers are 8-1 as they prepare to travel south for the Georgia Southern Invitational this upcoming weekend. Badgers coach Pete Waite said he is very pleased with what he has seen thus far.“I think we’ve seen progress in every position,” Waite said. “As the team progresses individually, they become better as an entire unit. “Over the last weekend we saw some real opportunities where they were pressed and maybe fell behind, came back or had leads and were able to hold the other team off. Those were things I was happy to see.”Wisconsin is currently ranked second in the Big Ten in opponent hitting percentage, and UW is also ranked first in the conference in blocks. Leading the Badgers in blocks, senior outside hitter Mary Ording also ranks fourth in the Big Ten in that category this season. For her efforts in the InnTowner Invitational last weekend, Ording was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Needless to say, defense has been the key for the Badgers so far this season.“We have just been keeping the ball off the floor, whether it’s with blocking or digging; we’re doing a good job working,” senior middle blocker Alexis Mitchell said. “We’re playing really good overall team defense.”Wisconsin will look to continue that success in the Georgia Southern Invitational. The team plays Savannah State and Georgia Southern Friday, followed by contests against Jacksonville and South Alabama Saturday.While the defense is rolling, one area the Badgers are looking to improve on is their play at the beginning of matches. Over the weekend, Wisconsin trailed in all three of the first sets of the match, including a 16-6 deficit against North Dakota State. However, the Badgers were eventually able to come back and win all of those sets. “We’re looking on improving on what we can do better from the [past] weekend,” junior libero Annemarie Hickey said. “We always work on defense, just to keep that better. Blocking, too. Also, hitting different shots that are tough. Serving and passing are going to win the game, so that’s what we always focus on.”Looking ahead to the tournament this weekend, the Badgers have only three fewer wins than all the other teams they will play this weekend combined. Wisconsin’s opponents have a combined record of 12-29, with Georgia Southern leading the way at 6-4. Savannah State comes in last at 0-12 and has yet to win a set so far this season. Still, Mitchell said the Badgers aren’t focused on their opponent’s lack of success.“We play our game,” Mitchell said. “Regardless of who’s on the other side of the net, what their skill level is or how good they are, we have to keep the tempo and play to the best of our abilities. When we do play teams that maybe aren’t as strong, we need to use those games to get better and really work on what we set out to work on.”“You really have to focus on your side of the net and playing the pace you’re used to playing,” Waite said of the competition this weekend. “You don’t want to get sloppy or get any bad habits, so they’re still going in with the mentality of playing the best game they can because Big Ten play starts a week later.”If Wisconsin can go out and win the Georgia Southern Invitational, Badgers’ coach Pete Waite will have won his 300th match as the Wisconsin head coach. Waite is 296-132 in 14 seasons since coming to Wisconsin. In his 25-year career as a coach, Waite has won 562 matches, which ranks him 21st among active coaches. He said he expects the team to win in Georgia.“Our plan is to go and win the tournament,” Waite said. “You take it one match at a time, but you never know until you see these teams what exactly it’s going to be.” read more