December 8

Binghamton restaurants ‘setting the table’ for phase three

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — While the Southern Tier is still awaiting word on when restaurants and bars will be allowed to welcome customers inside as part of phase three, local eateries aren’t wasting any time getting ready. Sharak says with the state yet to release official guidance for restaurants, they aren’t exactly sure what they are preparing for. “50 percent is better than nothing and hopefully if the numbers get better or stay where they are then we’ll get back to normal,” Sharak says. “We want to clean everything up because the building has been closed for three months and get our food prep together for opening,” says co-owner Marie Sharak. At Sharkey’s, Marie Sharak says for now they are just excited to get back to business. At Sharkey’s while they too haven’t received official word, they are preparing for a fifty percent limit. “We have a lot of regulars and they’re like family so that’s what we’re looking forward to.” “We regularly get asked different questions from different businesses in different phases, they want to know what they can do, what they can’t do and we’re here to help,” he said. center_img Jason Garnar says he hopes the state could release that guidance as soon as tonight. For now Jordan Rindgen, owner of the Colonial on Court Street in Binghamton says he is playing the same waiting game. Binghamton mayor Rich David says much like the city was able to help restaurants expand outdoor seating by streamlining the permit process as part of phase two, he expects the city to act as an resource for local businesses during phase three. “It’s crazy but it is what it is there’s nothing we can do we just have to wait until we get the word and that’s it,” she says. Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the county is on track to enter phase three this weekend, but he has yet to receive official word from the state. At Sharkey’s Bar and Grill on Glenwood Ave in Binghamton staff spent Monday getting the restaurant ready to open their doors once again. “I’m really not too concerned with what the regulations are going to be, because we’ll be able to adapt to them, we’re hoping that we’re not at 20 percent all summer but if it is we’ll have to adapt,” he says. last_img read more

October 16

Gobernador Wolf: El plan de reapertura medido y gradual del estado tiene éxito al tiempo que otros estados ven el aumento de casos

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Al tiempo que Pennsylvania continúa implementando el Proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador Tom Wolf, el estado también está entre los pocos que tienen una disminución constante en el número de casos, un indicador positivo de que el plan de reapertura gradual y medido del estado funciona para equilibrar la salud pública con la recuperación económica.Según el análisis de la información obtenida de los datos del Centro de Recursos de Coronavirus de la Johns Hopkins University, la disminución constante de los casos en Pennsylvania desde un pico a mediados de abril es particularmente importante a medida que más condados vuelven a abrir. El último informe indica que Pennsylvania se encuentra entre los estados que tienen una disminución sostenida de los casos en las últimas dos semanas, un indicador importante de que los planes de reapertura son calculados y planificados.En un análisis de Associated Press, más de la mitad de los estados en los Estados Unidos están sufriendo un aumento en los casos de COVID-19 a medida que comienza la reapertura. Pennsylvania no está incluido entre ellos. Muchos otros estados están presentando aumentos significativos en el número de casos vinculados a reabrir demasiado temprano o demasiadas áreas.“El proceso escalonado y medido de reapertura de Pennsylvania es exitoso debido a su enfoque cauteloso que incluye factores que se basan en la ciencia, el consejo de expertos en salud y que les pide a todos que hagan algo tan simple como usar una máscara cuando están en espacios cerrados o alrededor de otras personas fuera del hogar”, dijo elGobernador Tom Wolf. “Seguiremos avanzando con cautela”.Un análisis mediante el software Tableau Public de los estados usa cuatro factores principales: pruebas diarias, pruebas positivas diarias, hospitalizaciones actuales y muertes diarias que muestran que Pennsylvania tiene un aumento significativo en la realización de pruebas acompañado de fuertes caídas de casos positivos, hospitalizaciones y muertes desde un pico a mediados de abril. Y si bien el país en general presenta disminuciones en los casos, en las hospitalizaciones y las muertes, muchos estados están viendo aumentos que son motivo de preocupación a medida que se expande la reapertura.El uso de máscaras ha demostrado ser un importante elemento de prevención de la propagación del virus.Un estudio reciente de las universidades de Cambridge y Greenwich en el Reino Unido determinó que las máscaras de tela, “incluso las máscaras caseras con eficacia limitada pueden reducir drásticamente las tasas de transmisión si las usan suficientes personas, independientemente de si presentan síntomas”.El estudio también indica que el uso de máscaras será especialmente necesario ya que en el otoño es posible que se produzca una segunda ola del virus.Pennsylvania ha instado a usar máscaras durante su respuesta a la pandemia e incluso a medida que los condados alcanzan la fase verde de reapertura, las máscaras siguen siendo obligatorias al ingresar a las empresas y se recomienda su uso en cualquier espacio donde sea difícil mantener el distanciamiento social. La guía para empresas describe el uso de máscaras para empleados y clientes.“La Secretaria del Departamento de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine, lo ha dicho innumerables veces: ‘Mi máscara lo protege y su máscara me protege’, y es importante que todos los residentes de Pennsylvania lo recuerden a medida que continuamos una reapertura exitosa y segura del estado”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf.Para obtener más información sobre los casos de COVID-19, consulte el panel de datos aquí. Gobernador Wolf: El plan de reapertura medido y gradual del estado tiene éxito al tiempo que otros estados ven el aumento de casos June 12, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

September 16

Women’s soccer looks for deep playoff run beginning with Big Ten tournament

first_imgThe postseason starts Wednesday for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team as they take on Illinois — whom they just tied this past Friday — in the Big Ten tournament this Friday.Even though Illinois (10-7-2, 5-6-2 Big Ten) is ranked significantly lower than UW (15-2-2, 9-2-2 Big Ten), and finished with a conference record near the .500 mark, Illinois put up a fight last weekend and tied the conference’s No. 2 seed Wisconsin in what ended up being a scoreless match.Despite UW outshooting the Fighting Illini 10-3, sophomore goaltender Claire Wheatley stayed strong and shut out the Wisconsin frontline. The Badger defense obviously succeeded as well, adding another shutout to its repertoire for a grand total of 14 throughout this regular season, though reports from the game suggest that the windy weather conditions played a part in the lack of offense generated by either team.It may seem like a slight advantage this time around that the Illini won’t be playing in front of their home crowd. According to UW head coach Paul Wilkins, however, that might not make a difference, as the Big Ten tournament will be held at Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana.“Any time you get to play in front of your home crowd there’s a positive effect, but these Big Ten games, the margin for error is so narrow, I think home or away right now, it doesn’t have much effect,” Wilkins said.Furthermore, while a tie may seem like a neutral enough outcome for the two teams to be coming off of headed into playoffs, it could easily have very different effects on the two programs.After struggling with many conference rivals throughout the regular season, Illinois might have more momentum to gain off the draw than UW. In fact, the Illini have only seen one win in the last month, and only racked up half as many shutouts as UW throughout the regular season, making a 0-0 tie feel a bit more victorious for Illinois.On the other hand, Illinois was only the fourth team this season that Wisconsin failed to trump, most likely leaving the UW roster somewhat frustrated, especially considering Illinois is seeded at No. 7 for the Big Ten tournament. And after working as hard as they have throughout the last year, the Badgers had hopes, and maybe anticipations, that Friday’s game would finish slightly more in their favor.But, as redshirt senior Kodee Williams said earlier this season, “Anything can happen in the Big Ten,” and that especially holds true in postseason play.Despite finishing with a similar record last year, Illinois advanced to the third round in the NCAA tournament, eventually falling to Boston College in a 4-1 loss, though the Illini outshot their opponent 24-13, again sending a message that they can hold their own against the tougher competition.Additionally, Big Ten postseason awards were just announced recently, and some big titles were handed out to both Wisconsin and Illinois players, showcasing the talent that both programs will be bringing back to Wednesday’s matchup.Illinois forward Jannelle Flaws received the Big Ten’s Forward of the Year award for the second year in a row, and it’s hard to argue that it should’ve gone to anyone else.  The redshirt senior finished the regular season leading the conference in overall shots (101), points (37) and goals (17), even finishing fourth in the country in goals. Last weekend alone, Flaws racked up four of her team’s 11 shots against Wisconsin, one of the three that were on net.Across the border, Wisconsin saw some honors as well, the biggest of which went to its much-deserving goaltender. Redshirt senior Genevieve Richard was named the conference’s Goaltender of the Year after finishing the regular season with the lowest goals-against average (.37), the highest save percentage (.903) and the most shutouts (14).Additionally, Richard was given First Team All-Big Ten honors, along with teammates Rose Lavelle, Kinley McNicoll and Cara Walls.These awards were just the icing on the cake for UW, who have been reaping the benefits of their hard work during the off-season throughout the last couple months.  Richard talked last week about what these successes and titles could mean as her team heads into the playoffs.“I think we’ve proved to ourselves that we can [win the tournament],” Richard said.  “Not only do we believe that we can do it, but we’ve performed, and we’ve improved on a consistent basis.  We know we can back it up.”Still lingering in the back of the Badgers’ minds is last year’s Big Ten tournament, when they were surprisingly eliminated in the first round and sent home much sooner than anticipated. Richard said that experience left a bad taste in their mouths — one that the Badgers are eager to get rid of.“This year, our mindset is different,” Richard said. “Everyone believes we can outperform and if we bring a collective effort, I know we can go far.”The No. 2 Badgers will take to the pitch against the No. 7 Illini at 3:30 p.m. (CST) Wednesday from West Lafayette.last_img read more