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General Discussion Forum / The Unhealthiest Things You Could Touch
« on: August 07, 2020, 03:43:19 AM »

The Unhealthiest Things You Could Touch

With coronavirus hotspots flaring in the South and Midwest, it can feel like it's impossible to fully protect yourself against COVID-19. But that doesn't mean you're helpless: Wearing a mask, adhering to social distancing guidelines and practicing good hygiene are your best bets to avoid infection. That includes keeping your hands away from the germiest places—"it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it," says the CDC. Read on to discover what not to touch.

Sports Forum / A lot of this will be going on...
« on: August 05, 2020, 12:16:44 PM »
Colorado State investigating alleged neglect of coronavirus protocols Joyce McConnell, president of Colorado State University, said Tuesday she was launching an "immediate and objective" investigation into the athletic department following allegations that student-athletes have been intimidated and threatened as leaders sought to disregard COVID-19 protocols.

Coaches, players and sports medicine staff at Colorado State University told ESPN that athletic department leaders are discouraging athletes from being tested for COVID-19, are failing to provide accurate information to local and state health officials and are ignoring guidelines to quarantine athletes who might have been exposed.

Football players have also been told their playing time could be affected by a positive test and an extensive absence due to COVID-19, according to multiple sources.


While most scheduled sporting events were canceled or postponed after the coronavirus struck, the longer-term prospects of playing a season of pro football remain up in the air. And with the NFL looking for ways to play as much football as possible, one potential solution being discussed is to hold the games without fans in the stadium. This would allow the NFL to satisfy its television contracts even if it means missing out on ticket and concession revenue.

 However, if your assumption is that the NFL’s business model is entirely tilted to the television rights side of things, you’re overlooking a pretty massive chunk of sales that is created with those eight regular-season home games each team has every year. While television makes the NFL the big business it is, those in-person sales of food and gear to people who shelled out for a ticket represent hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue — not to mention thousands of jobs.

To give a better sense of just how great the economic impact of holding an NFL season without fans would be, GOBankingRates looked at Forbes team evaluations of every NFL franchise, the study reveals just how much money is brought in on an annual and per-game basis by sales of tickets and concessions.

The results demonstrate that professional football teams would suffer hundreds of millions of dollars in losses if fans didn’t attend games. Football, indeed, is very big business.

Steve Harvey is bringing back production of the hardy game show “Family Feud” next week to Atlanta, according to

The show is set to return for its 22nd season Sept. 14. Locally, it airs on the CW69 (WUPA-TV) from 6 to 8 p.m. weekdays.

Harvey, who owns a residence in Atlanta, started hosting the syndicated version of “Family Feud” in 2010 and shot it in Atlanta.

But when he started his syndicated talk show in Los Angeles in 2017, he moved “Family Feud” there as well. (He has shot the ABC celebrity version in Los Angeles for years.). Harvey’s talk show was canceled last year and he has been doing a Facebook talk show called “Steve on Watch.”

For the first time, the game show will be shot without an audience. Like other productions in Georgia amid the coronavirus pandemic, crew will be cut back to a minimum and those who are there will be wearing masks, according to the story.

“Family Feud” saw a ratings resurgence after the pandemic began and became the No. 1 syndicated show, beating “Judge Judy” in the second quarter, according to Nielsen.

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Albany State University is giving students and employees the opportunity to be tested for COVID-19.

The testing is not mandatory but is being offered to everyone at ASU.

According to a statement, the school is excited to be partnering with Testing for America (TFA), who is offering the tests at no cost to everyone.

Testing for America is a nonprofit organization that was established by academics, engineers and entrepreneurs to address COVID-19 testing.

TFA is offering high-quality, scale-ready technologies that complete millions of tests per day.

ASU said it is working with TFA and will provide the tests for the upcoming fall semester.

More information on the tests being offered is provided on Albany State Univerity’s website.

Copyright 2020 WALB. All rights reserved.

(CNN)The US Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense announced on Wednesday a $1.95 billion agreement with Pfizer to produce 100 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in the United States. The deal also allows the US government to acquire an additional 500 million doses.


By WALB News Team | July 9, 2020 at 6:25 PM EDT - Updated July 9 at 6:25 PM
ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Albany State University is canceling all fall 2020 sports programs, according to a release from the school.
“Suspending fall sports was a very tough decision. After many days of deliberation, we determined that we would support the SIAC’s decision,” said Marion Ross Fedrick, the president of ASU. “We are committed to the health and safety of our students, coaches and the campus community. This decision helps maintain a safe campus for our students, fans and supporters during this time. We know that our student-athletes were looking forward to competing this fall, and we share in their disappointment. It is critical to continue evaluating these types of decisions that ultimately ensure our campus community’s safety.”
In the release, the university said it “will continue to strongly advocate to maintain NCAA championship opportunities for student-athletes, including fall sports during the 2020-21 academic year, and to recommend competition resume when it is safe and appropriate to do so for all.”
“Albany State University has been deliberate in our evaluation whether or not the Golden Rams can safely compete during the fall. In the end, our student-athletes’ health and well-being drove this collective decision to suspend our fall sports,” said Tony Duckworth, the ASU director of athletics. “I am disappointed for our student-athletes and coaches, especially given their commitment and love for their respective sport. I know our alumni, fans and community look forward to the Golden Rams returning to competition once health conditions improve. I encourage everyone to do your part in our battle with COVID-19 collectively.”
Copyright 2020 WALB. All rights reserved.

University System of Georgia advisory group on renaming buildings, colleges begins work

 ATLANTA - Deciding whether to rename buildings or academic colleges on the 26 University System of Georgia campuses will be a complicated process fraught with emotion, system Chancellor Steve Wrigley warned Thursday.
“You will face some complex choices,” Wrigley told the five members of an advisory group formed last month to review those names and recommend any changes. “Be deliberate and thoughtful. Those are not words we hear a lot today. We want you to be persuaded only by the facts.”
The advisory group, which held its first meeting Thursday, was created amid a backdrop of protests across the country over centuries of racial injustice in America that have been marked by the removal of statues of Confederate leaders and public calls for renaming buildings honoring historic figures connected with the South’s history of slavery and racial discrimination and violence.

“These conversations need to happen … where these names come from, whether they’re appropriate and whether they need to change,” said Marion Ross Fedrick, president of Albany State University and the group’s chairman. “It is critical that we purposefully look at the naming of our buildings, colleges and schools.”
The group’s work promises to be time-consuming. More than 3,000 buildings dot the university system’s campuses, although not all have names.
Fedrick said she already has received more than 1,000 pages of information on the histories of those buildings. She said she would like the group to meet at least twice a month through December and decide at that time whether the process needs to continue into next year.
The group may develop an onsite platform to allow for public feedback.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to announcement she posted on Twitter late Monday.

“COVID-19 has literally hit home,” the mayor wrote at 5:45 p.m. “I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.”

Kanye West is throwing his MAGA hat into the political arena, announcing on Twitter that he is running for president of the United States… in 2020.

A recent Harvard graduate who threatened to “stab” anyone who told her “all lives matter” has been fired from her job, she announced in a tearful video.
Claira Janover, who said in a viral but since-deleted TikTok post that she would “stab” those with “the nerve” to say “all lives matter,” posted several tearful videos explaining that her new employer, Deloitte, had fired her.

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc with nearly every facet of American life, from eating and socializing to working. Schooling has not escaped the destruction, as colleges and universities across the nation disbanded in-class instruction. At the high school level, most seniors had to endure canceled graduations, resulting in such oddities as drive-thru ceremonies. Even proms were reduced to Zoom gatherings in some cases. Academically, many schools finished up the year via online instruction, but that’s far from an ideal solution. The question remains, when the next academic year begins, what are schools’ plans for continuing education?

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ALBANY -- Albany State University has received approval from the University System of Georgia to return to face-to-face classes for the fall 2020 semester. Classes will begin one week earlier than scheduled; the new start date is Aug. 10.
"I am impressed with how our students, faculty and staff have persevered and shown true excellence during online and remote instruction," ASU President Marion Fedrick said in a news release. "As a campus community, we will continue this path during and after the transition back to face-to-face instruction."
The ASU re-entry planning committee appointed by Fedrick has developed a detailed plan to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. Based upon this planning, ASU has modified its fall 2020 academic calendar. With this earlier start date, other relevant dates will be adjusted. Residence hall configurations and all campus events have been altered to accommodate for social distancing...


Exclusive: Dozens of Republican former U.S. national security officials to back Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of Republican former U.S. national security officials are forming a group that will back Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, people familiar with the effort said, in a further sign that President Donald Trump has alienated some members of his own party.
The group will publicly endorse Biden in the coming weeks and its members plan to campaign for the former vice president who is challenging Trump in the Nov. 3 election, the sources said. It includes at least two dozen officials who served under Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, with dozens more in talks to join, the sources added.
They will argue that another four years of a Trump presidency would endanger U.S. national security and that Republican voters should view Biden as the better choice despite policy differences, the sources said.

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