Free Press Media,by Kevin Kelley. The Burlington Free Press has no plans to scale back its publication schedule despite offering readers a Thursday-Sunday subscription package, publisher James Fogler says.‘Other papers may do that, but it’s not going to happen in Burlington, Vermont,’ Fogler declared.‘Part of our strategy to grow readership is to focus on key days of the week,’ he said in December 2 telephone interview. The paper attracts fewer readers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday than it does on the other days of the week, he noted. ‘Our goal is to increase readership on the days that are already key.’Fogler also expressed confidence that the paper will retain many of those readers who subscribe on a seven-days-a-week basis. ‘They’re loyal. They’ll stay with us,’ he said.A full week subscription to the paper costs $15 a month. The Thursday-Sunday delivery package is priced at $10 a month.The Free Press stopped producing its Business Monday section in August and moved that content to the Thursday paper. The switch also involved the addition on Thursdays of features and reader-written essays on the theme of innovation. The rescheduling reflects the paper’s effort to heighten the appeal of its better-selling editions, Fogler said.The decision to create a Thursday ‘innovate’ section also comes in response to ‘the business community telling us to do a better job of local coverage,’ Fogler added.The paper will continue to publish its print edition seven days a week even as it seeks to expand gains made in visits to its web edition, the publisher said. He did not divulge specific numbers for either print circulation or visits to the Free Press website.An independent blog that monitors the Gannett Corp reported in September that average weekday circulation of the Free Press had fallen 31 percent during a five-year period. Weekday sales averaged 47,155 in 2005 compared to 32,504 in 2010, according to blogger Jim Hopkins’ analysis of Gannett data.The Free Press’ drop was more than the 27 percent average circulation loss for Gannett’s 81 local dailies.Fogler did say that ‘print circulation is down for us, as it is right across the board.’ The Free Press’ decline, however, is ‘not as much as others are experiencing,’ he added.The recent decision to end anonymity for those commenting on stories on the paper’s website has had a positive effect, Fogler said. Fewer readers leave comments than when their identities could be disguised, but the change has encouraged more civil discourse and should actually have been implemented much earlier, Fogler said. Comments may now be left at its Facebook page. www.facebook.com/bfpnews(link is external)
COVID-19 task force head of expert staff Wiku Adisasmito has said that Tangerang city, Depok city, Bekasi city and Bekasi regency have the highest risk of COVID-19 transmission in Greater Jakarta based on a recent increase in cases.”We’ve made a map of the risk of COVID-19 transmission based on public health criteria by the WHO,” Wiku said in an online press conference on Tuesday.“In Greater Jakarta, we can see that there are areas that have moderate risk and high risk. The areas that have high risk are Tangerang city, Depok city, Bekasi city and Bekasi regency,” he added. Wiku said that according to the map, Jakarta was at moderate risk because the province had shown a 17.6 percent decline in weekly new cases. Read also: Jokowi visits mall in Bekasi ahead of reopening with ‘new normal’ protocols”However, when people who participated in mudik [exodus] return to Jakarta, the capital could see a second wave,” he added.Wiku said the mapping was based on epidemiology, the health system and public health surveillance. “The epidemiology indicator consisted of transmission rates, fatality rates, the number of patients under surveillance [PDP] and people under monitoring [ODP],” he said.The health system indicator is measured by the hospital facilities, the availability of beds and the quantity of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.Read also: Concerns mount over reopening of offices, malls as Indonesia steps into ‘new normal’Public health surveillance refers to the local health system’s ability to test, monitor and trace the contacts of residents.Wiku said the COVID-19 task force had mapped the risk of COVID-19 transmission in all affected regions of the country on a mobile application called Bersatu Lawan Covid (BLC), which is accessible to the public.”The WHO advises every country to map the transmission risk based on public health criteria to determine whether a region is ready to resume normal social and economic activity. […] It can also be used as a guideline for each region to determine whether they need to implement or loosen large-scale social restrictions [PSBB],” he said. (nal)Topics :
The OA Lady Twisters defeated The Trinity Lutheran Lady Saints 5-0.Winners: #1 singles: Kathryn Wilder; #2 singles: Sarah Price; #3 singles: Alexa Miles; #1 doubles: Sarah Preston & Hanna Hurm; #2 doubles: GiGi Dreyer & Claire Hollingsworth.JV winners: Emma Back, Stephanie Gray.Season record: 9-0Next match: Saturday, 4/20 @ Richmond InvitationalCourtesy of Twisters Coach Mark Wilder.
Inside Syracuse’s locker room after its Feb. 4 win over then-No. 9 Virginia, John Gillon wished he could be the center of a court-storming celebration.For the second time in a week, fans rushed the Carrier Dome floor — after head coach Jim Boeheim’s unofficial 1,000th victory. It came seven days after Syracuse’s upset of then-No. 6 Florida State, which triggered the first of three court stormings this season — all in the span of a month.“I want to be in the middle of it and people holding me up,” Gillon said. “… Me dancing with everyone.”Gillon’s wish almost came true last Wednesday. His banked-in, buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Duke gave the Orange its third win against a Top 10 opponent at home. Fans rushed the court again. After Gillon finished mean-mugging near the scorer’s table and averting the mob of teammates, he headed for the celebration engulfing the hardwood. Fans waited with outstretched arms.Unfortunately for Gillon, a line of Carrier Dome staffers stood between him and the swarm. Live on ESPN with sideline reporter Allison Williams waiting to interview the fifth-year senior, he darted for the crowd before Syracuse director of athletic communications Pete Moore pulled Gillon’s shoulders to bring him back to isolation. Even though he was the hero, Gillon would not have made it to the fans with a Red Rover-like wall in front of him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs much as these moments highlight players in the spotlight, it’s the security staffers outside it whose arduous job has been to maintain civility during a court storm not once, but three times this season.“They can’t do that,” Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala said. “The last thing we need as an institution is one of our players get into something after the game … God forbid they don’t play in the next game.”For security, court-storming preparations begin well before tipoff. If Syracuse hosts a game Saturday, as it does this week against Georgia Tech, Sala holds a Tuesday meeting to discuss security measures for the game. Protecting against a court storm is especially important if an unranked Syracuse team hosts an opponent ranked as high as Florida State, Virginia and Duke. Sala then meets with referees and game operations staff an hour before tipoff, before meeting with Syracuse Fire Department members to ensure safety protocol is followed in the case of a court storm.There are four security groups represented at the Carrier Dome during any given game: yellow-shirted Dome staffers (“yellow shirts”), city fire department members, Department of Public Safety officers and Syracuse Police Department officers. The size of each group fluctuates based on the magnitude of the game and size of the crowd. For example, DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado assigned 40 officers to the Duke game, the most he’s staffed at a home game this season.If a court-storming seems possible with five minutes remaining in a game, Sala radios his yellow shirts to move into position. DPS officers, some coming down from the stadium’s upper levels, do the same. Neither Sala nor Maldonado revealed their group’s court-storming formation.“I can tell you that there are specific positions that we have our people in place,” Maldonado said. “… It’s our job, really, to keep people at bay.”Security prohibits students from filling the aisles before the buzzer sounds. When students walk on the court, about 30 yellow shirts form a wall aligned with the Carrier emblem. This way, teams can shake hands if desired and players, coaches, officials and scorer’s table equipment are protected.After Gillon’s buzzer-beater, Syracuse team security guard and DPS sergeant Andy Clary scrambled in front of the players’ mob to ensure it had gone untouched. Sala and other officers surrounded Gillon and ESPN cameras after he maneuvered into space and the team filtered back into the locker room. Security won’t order students to leave the court, as long as they allow players, coaches and officials to safely exit the floor.“We just celebrate and get out of there before somebody loses a leg or something,” Syracuse freshman forward Taurean Thompson said.Through three court storms there has been no damage, save for Boeheim’s chair after the Duke game, when Eric Devendorf threw it aside to join the celebration. Students and elder fans have been as civilized as those in charge of protecting against court storms have hoped. In turn, security hasn’t had an issue fulfilling its main goal: Monitor the court storm, don’t restrict it.“I think my staff does one of the best jobs in the country,” Sala said. “… You can’t stop it, so how do you manage it?” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2017 at 10:53 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman
Nash hasn’t spoken to reporters since the Lakers ruled him out in late October. But the Lakers have dismissed any significance about Nash’s absence and haven’t wavered on granting him the freedom to choose whether to maintain his distance or return to the team.“We want Steve to do that on his own time frame,” Scott said about a mentorship role. “When you’re out for the season … that’s hard to take and swallow at times. Some guys don’t come to the realization for a long time. Right now, he wants to spend time with his family and I understand. He wants to take this slow. I don’t understand the big deal about it.”Roster moveScott talked with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak at Saturday’s practice, which elicited insight on what the Lakers will do with an injury-depleted roster. “We weren’t going to do anything anytime soon,” Scott said. “Having somebody here would negate everything we need. We need guys here for practice.” The things that keep Lakers coach Byron Scott agitated thus far involves the team’s worst start in franchise history, the team’s league-worst defense and endless injuries. Scott’s phone tag with Lakers guard Steve Nash does not upset him, though.Scott revealed on Sunday he and Nash have still not connected on the phone since the Lakers ruled the 40-year-old guard out for the season in late October, their conversations amounting toward nothing more than periodic text messages. But Scott hardly sounded upset over this development.“Steve’s a busy guy and I’m a busy guy as well,” Scott said. “I don’t think he misses sleep over it and I don’t miss any sleep over it. He’s a great guy and I have known for Steve for a long time. Not to have contract with one another at this particular time, to me it’s not a big deal.”The Lakers still owe Nash $9.8 million on the final year of his contract and have shown interest in him becoming a mentor for the team’s backcourt, including Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson. After all, Nash collected two NBA MVP awards and climbed to third place on the league’s all-time assists list. The Lakers have a three-game trip this week in Detroit (Tuesday), Washington D.C. (Wednesday) and Boston (Friday) without any scheduled practice.The NBA granted disabled player exceptions to the Lakers for season-ending injuries to Nash ($4.85 million) and Julius Randle ($1.5 million). Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently told Los Angeles Newspaper Group that he has applied for a disabled player exception for Xavier Henry ($550,000) and has applied for the NBA’s hardship exception. That tool will allow the Lakers to add a 16th player to their roster while Ryan Kelly misses at least the next five weeks because of a torn right hamstring. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error