Holcomb: All Hoosiers 16+ eligible for vaccine on March 31; eases restrictions

first_img Facebook Previous articleDeadline approaching for Governor’s Century and Half Century Business AwardsNext articleStock+Field Stores Appear to Avoid Closure Tommie Lee By Tommie Lee – March 24, 2021 1 690 Holcomb: All Hoosiers 16+ eligible for vaccine on March 31; eases restrictions CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Twitter Facebook Twitter (Photo supplied/Governor Eric Holcomb) Gov. Holcomb’s “next steps” for Indiana’s fight against the coronavirus were announced Thursday afternoon.One year to the day after his first major COVID-19 address and stay-at-home order, Holcomb looked back on the impact of the pandemic over the past year. He pointed out that the state’s first COVID death happened last year on March 16th. It now stands at 12,553. More than 679,000 have tested positive in the state, and more than 970 thousand are fully vaccinated as of March 23rd.“As humbled as I am by all of our losses, I’ve never been prouder of the Hoosier spirit” and how Hoosiers responded to the pandemic. He reflected on the impacts the pandemic has had in the last year on Indiana’s families, economy, and unemployment. Indiana’s unemployment is down to 4.2% after spiking at 16%. We have one of the lowest jobless rates in the country.He also thanked healthcare and other essential workers who have kept things running since day 1 of the shutdown.Holcomb says Hoosiers had to leave loved ones at the door of the ER because it was too dangerous to let them in the room with them. He said he thinks of those who died, many of them alone, “every day.”Current cases, hospitalizations and deaths have dropped dramatically since mid-January,and Indiana has three vaccines in use right now. There are 600 COVID cases in the latest hospital census, down from 3,500 in December.Our state’s current public state health emergency and public order expire at the end of the month, but Holcomb says he will extend them another 30 days to stay on top of positive trends and continue utilizing hundreds of millions in federal funding. This also allows for quick action in the event of another turn for the worse.March 31st will also see vaccine eligibility extended to all Hoosiers over the age of 16. More mass vaccination clinics will open in April, and a large employer vaccination program is coming.Current restrictions in the state will be extended through April 5th. After that date, all venue capacity decisions will shift to local officials.Additionally, the face covering mandate with become a “statewide advisory” starting April 6th. Schools will still be required to use masks through the end of the year, and local governments can also continue to enact their own mask mandates. Holcomb said that he plans to continue wearing a mask, because “it’s the right thing to do.”Governor Eric Holcomb’s Office released the following statement after his address:“As we continue to isolate if you test positive, quarantine if you’re a close contact, and get vaccinated when you’re eligible, the light at the end of the tunnel becomes brighter and brighter,” Gov. Holcomb said. “It’s up to each and every one of us to do our part to stay on our course.”Indiana’s current cases, positivity rate, hospitalizations, and deaths have all dropped drastically since mid-January and nearly a million Hoosiers are fully vaccinated. The state plans to open vaccine eligibility to all Hoosiers 16 years and older on Wednesday, March 31, provided Indiana receives a large increase in the amount of vaccine as outlined by the federal government. Additional mass vaccination clinics will be scheduled for April and the state will implement a large employer vaccination program.Starting April 6, decisions about venue capacity and social gatherings will be made by local officials. Customers in restaurants, bars and nightclubs will no longer be required by the state to be seated. Six feet of spacing between tables and other seating will still be recommended as is spacing between non-household parties.The statewide face covering mandate will become a mask advisory on April 6. Face coverings will remain mandatory in all state buildings and facilities and in all vaccination and COVID testing sites until further notice. K-12 schools will continue under current requirements through the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. “When I visit my favorite restaurant or conduct a public event, I will continue to wear a mask,” Gov. Holcomb said. “It is the right thing to do. Hoosiers who take these recommended precautions will help us get to what I hope is the tail end of this pandemic.”Local governments, private businesses and other entities may institute more stringent guidelines. The Indiana Department of Health will continue to provide county level, color coded metrics to provide easy to understand information about whether virus levels are increasing or decreasing locally.The state public health emergency will be renewed for another 30 days, beginning April 1. This declaration allows the state to act quickly if conditions take a turn for the worse and allows the state to continue to access hundreds of millions of federal dollars to support Hoosiers recovering from the impacts of the pandemic.Click here to read the Governor’s full remarks. Pinterest Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more

Dominican Republic, Haiti to partner in counter-narcotics fight

first_imgBy Dialogo April 03, 2014 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Top counter-narcotics officials in the Dominican Republic and Haiti vowed to work more closely to combat drug trafficking and money laundering on their shared Caribbean island, which international drug cartels have increasingly targeted as a transshipment point. President of the Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control Major Gen. Julio César Souffront Velázquez and Haitian National Police Chief Godson Orelus met in Santo Domingo on March 23, where they said they’d cooperate to solve shared problems on Hispaniola. Souffront Velázquez said Dominican officials are committed to assisting their Haitian counterparts by providing logistical assistance, sharing strategy and exchanging information about drug trafficking and other criminal activities. With this “measure we are confident we can form a wall against the terrible scourge of drugs that constantly threatens the peace and tranquility of our Dominican and Haitian citizens,” he said. In announcing the renewed cooperation, Souffront Velázquez said Haitian officials would have access to several Dominican initiatives, including a training academy for counter-narcotics agents, operational and logistical technologies and a canine-training facility. “In short, you can rely on all of our logistics capabilities for the detection of drug shipments and of the cartels that are seeking to use our two countries as a bridge for trafficking that creates this monster that harms our citizens,” he told the visiting Haitian delegation. “We must be permanently integrated in a joint effort with an insular view of the problem.” Orelus said the Dominican National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) has provided “unwavering generosity and goodwill … to help my country face this terrible drug-trafficking and money-laundering” problem. Souffront Velázquez and Orelus toured the DNCD facilities, including the Department of International Cooperation, where Haiti is considering assigning an agent permanently after a formal cooperation agreement is signed. It’s not the first time the neighboring countries have vowed to work more closely against drug trafficking. In 2012, the DNCD said it and arms of the Dominican military, including the Air Force and naval units that track drug flights and marine shipments, would share information with Haiti. Cooperation between the two countries occupying a single island with a porous border is increasingly important, as foreign narco-traffickers have started to move more illicit drugs through the Caribbean. Hispaniola is seen as the main transshipment hub for the region. Last year, Dominican authorities confiscated a record of nearly 10 metric tons of cocaine, topping the previous high for seizures in 2012, when they nabbed about nine metric tons. “You see the Mexican cartels playing an increasingly important role in the Dominican Republic,” said Daurius Figueira, a professor at the University of West Indies who studies the flow of drugs through the Caribbean and the presence of Mexican cartels. Figueira said that as Dominican-based criminal groups were dismantled, Mexicans took over. “They absorbed everything,” he said. On the other hand, Figueira said Haitian criminal organizations are increasingly involved in the Caribbean. “The Caribbean players are drawn from Jamaican and Haitian gang land,” he said. The increase in drug trafficking in the Caribbean has been noted by U.S. officials, who have seen a subtle shift in smuggling routes from the Central America-Mexico corridor to the Antilles. The commander of United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the Florida-based unit of the U.S. military that works throughout Latin America, last month testified before U.S. Congress that he was concerned about the increase in drug trafficking through the Caribbean. “We’ve seen an increase in the flow up the West Indies onward to two locations, one being the Dominican Republic,” Gen. John F. Kelly said during a briefing at the Pentagon. Once the drugs are in the Dominican Republic, “the cartels ship it onward to Europe; or what’s priceless is if they can get it into Puerto Rico.”last_img read more

Daniele Scardina vs. Alessandro Goddi: Fight date, price, how to watch, live stream, DAZN

first_imgThis marks the first title defense for Scardina (16-0, 14 KOs) since grabbing the belt via a unanimous decision over Henri Kekalainen at the Superstudio in Milan in March, as the Miami-based Italian was taken the distance for only the second time in his career and is aiming to return with a big KO against Goddi (35-4-1, 17 KOs).The same card will also feature Francesco Patera defending his EBU European lightweight title against Paul Hyland Jr. Patera (21-3, 7 KOs) took the European title from Lewis Ritson in the former champion’s hometown back in October with a well-earned split decision. The 26-year-old is honored to be fighting in his parent’s homeland for the first time in his career and is promising to deliver a special performance as he works towards securing a world title shot later in the year. Join DAZN to watch Scardina vs. Goddi and 100+ fight nights a yearHyland Jr (20-1, 7 KOs) suffered his sole career loss to Ritson last year in a failed bid for the British title in Newcastle, but bounced back with wins over Giovanny Martinez and Miroslav Serban in Ireland, as the Belfast fighter will be hoping to land the full European crown.“I’m delighted to be back in Milan for what is our strongest Matchroom Boxing Italy show to date,” said promoter Eddie Hearn in an official Matchroom Boxing press release. “The main event features an all Italian super-middleweight war between Scardinia and Goddi and the impressive European lightweight champ Francesco Patera makes his second defense of his title against Belfast’s popular Paul Hyland Jr. Rising stars Morello, Zucco and Prodan also star as we return to the stunning Allianz Cloud arena, former venue to iconic Italian fights. Don’t miss the action in Milan or watch live on DAZN!” (All times Eastern)When is the Scardina vs. Goddi fight?The Daniele Scardina vs. Alessandro Goddi fight will take place on Friday, June 28 and live and exclusively on DAZN.Where is the Scardina vs. Goddi fight?The Daniele Scardina vs. Alessandro Goddi fight will take place at the Allianz Cloud, formerly known as Palalido in Milan, Italy.What time does Scardina vs. Goddi fight start?The Daniele Scardina vs. Alessandro Goddi fight undercard is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET, with the main card slated for a 4 p.m. start, both on DAZN.How to watch Scardina vs. GoddiDaniele Scardina vs. Alessandro Goddi is available on DAZN, the global live-sports streaming service.A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.Daniele Scardina record and bioName: Daniele “King Toretto” ScardinaNationality: ItalianBorn: 04-02-1992Height: 6’0½”Total fights: 16Record: 16-0 with 14 wins via knockoutAlessandro Goddi record and bioName: Alessandro “Highlander” GoddiNationality: ItalianBorn: 10-28-1987Height: 5’10”Total fights: 40Record: 35-4-1 with 17 wins via knockoutScardina vs. Goddi fight cardMain cardDaniele Scardina vs. Alessandro Goddi; IBF International super middleweight titleFrancesco Patera vs. Paul Hyland Jr; EBU European lightweight titleUndercardDario Morello vs. Ahmed El Hamwi; WelterweightsNicholas Espostio vs. Benito Ruggiero; Super welterweightsMaxim Prodan vs. TBA; WelterweightsRiccardo Merafina vs. Altin Dedej; MiddleweightsLuca Capuano vs. Filippo Gallerini; Super middleweightsIvan Zucco vs. TBA; Super middleweightsWhat other sports are on DAZN?In addition to boxing, DAZN also live-streams MMA, offering over 100 fight nights per year between the two sports in the United States. MMA includes Bellator MMA and Combate Americas events.The sports streaming service also live-streams soccer and cricket matches and “ChangeUp,” a live whip-round MLB show.Globally, DAZN has rights to other major sports, depending on the region. For example, in Canada, DAZN offers the NFL, Champions League, MLS and MLB Network, along with other sports. Daniele Scardina defends his IBF International super middleweight title in an all-Italian clash with Alessandro Goddi at the historic Allianz Cloud in Milan, Italy on Friday, June 28 and live on DAZN. center_img MORE ABOUT DAZN• Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service• Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhere can I stream DAZN online?DAZN can be live-streamed via smartphone, computers/laptops, tablets, smart TVs, set-top boxes and video game consoles, as well as DAZN.comlast_img read more