Columbus news – Columbus Chamber http://columbus-chamber.org/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 23:30:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://columbus-chamber.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Columbus news – Columbus Chamber http://columbus-chamber.org/ 32 32 Officials: 2 missing in devastating Colorado wildfire https://columbus-chamber.org/officials-2-missing-in-devastating-colorado-wildfire/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 21:52:17 +0000 https://columbus-chamber.org/officials-2-missing-in-devastating-colorado-wildfire/ A worker walks past a destroyed home in Louisville, Colorado on Friday, December 31, 2021. A wind-blown wildfire ravaged the area Thursday, and officials fear more than 500 homes have been destroyed. (AP Photo / Thomas Peipert) Thomas peipert PA SUPERIOR, Colo. Colorado authorities on Saturday were looking for two people missing in a winter […]]]>

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A worker walks past a destroyed home in Louisville, Colorado on Friday, December 31, 2021. A wind-blown wildfire ravaged the area Thursday, and officials fear more than 500 homes have been destroyed. (AP Photo / Thomas Peipert)

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Colorado authorities on Saturday were looking for two people missing in a winter wind-blown wildfire in suburban Denver that destroyed hundreds of homes and left thousands trying to save what they could. the rapid fire.

Authorities had said earlier that no one was missing in the area affected by Thursday’s fire, but Boulder County spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said on Saturday they were now trying to find two people who were later on missing after sheriff’s assistants, firefighters and other officials located hundreds of people initially missing. She declined to provide details on the two, where they were last seen, or efforts to find them, and attributed the error to the confusion inherent when agencies scramble to handle an emergency.

The news came as an overnight snow spill and freezing temperatures on Saturday added to the misery of hundreds of Colorado residents who started the New Year trying to save what remains of their homes.

At least 6 inches (0.15 meters) of snow and single-digit temperatures create an eerie scene amid the still-smoking remains of homes destroyed in Thursday’s wildfire that swept through the suburb between Denver and Boulder . Despite the shocking change in weather, the smell of smoke still permeated the empty streets blocked by National Guard troops at Humvees.

For the thousands of residents whose homes survived the conflagration, volunteers at Red Cross shelters distributed electric heaters as utility crews struggled to restore natural gas and electricity.

At least seven people were injured in the wildfire that broke out in and around Louisville and Superior, neighboring towns about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Denver with a combined population of 34,000. More than 500 houses were reportedly destroyed.

The blaze, which burned at least 9.4 square miles (24 square kilometers), was no longer considered an immediate threat.

Families forced to flee the flames with little warning began returning to their neighborhoods on Friday to find a patchwork of devastation. On some blocks, houses reduced to smoldering ruins stand side by side with houses practically free from fires.

“For 35 years, I walked through my front door, saw beautiful homes,” Eric House said. “Now when I go out my house is standing. I walk out the front door and this is what I see.

Cathy Glaab discovered that her house in Superior had been turned into a pile of charred and twisted debris. It was one of seven houses in a row that were destroyed.

“The mailbox is standing,” Glaab said, trying to smile through the tears. She added sadly: “So many memories.”

Despite the devastation, she said they plan to rebuild the house she and her husband have had since 1998. They love that the land is a natural space and that they have views of the mountains of the. back.

Rick Dixon feared there was nothing to come back to after seeing firefighters trying to save his burning house on the news. On Friday, Dixon, his wife and son found him largely eviscerated with a gaping hole in the roof but still standing.

“We thought we had lost everything,” he said, as he held his mother-in-law’s china in padded containers. They also recovered sculptures that belonged to Dixon’s father and piles of clothes still on hangers.

As flames swept through drought-affected neighborhoods at an alarming rate, propelled by guests up to 169 km / h, tens of thousands of people were ordered to flee.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. Emergency services said utility officials could not find any downed power lines around where the fire started.

With some roads still closed, people would walk home to buy clothes or medicine, shut off the water to keep pipes from freezing, or see if they still had a home. They left carrying backpacks and pulling suitcases or carts down the sidewalk.

David Marks stood on a hill overlooking Superior with others, using a pair of binoculars and a long-range camera lens to see if his house and those of his neighbors were still there, but he couldn’t tell with it. certainty if its place was OK. He said at least three friends lost their homes.

From the side of the hill, he had watched the neighborhood burn.

“I’ve never seen anything like it.… Just house after house, fences, just stuff flying through the air, caught on fire.”

President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in the region on Friday, ordering federal aid to be made available to those affected.

The wildfire broke out exceptionally late in the year, following an extremely dry fall and the middle of a nearly snowless winter until overnight snowfall.

Pelle said more than 500 homes were likely destroyed. He and Governor Jared Polis said as many as 1,000 homes could have been lost, although this is not known until teams assess the damage.

Superior and Louisville are teeming with subdivisions for the middle and upper middle class with shopping malls, parks and schools. The area lies between Denver and Boulder, home to the University of Colorado.

Scientists say climate change is making weather more extreme and forest fires more frequent and destructive.

Ninety percent of Boulder County experiences severe or extreme drought, and it has not experienced significant rainfall since mid-summer. Denver set a record for consecutive days without snow before there was a small storm on December 10, its last snowfall before wildfires broke out.

Bruce Janda faced the loss of his 25-year-old Louisville home in person on Friday.

“We knew the house was destroyed, but I felt the urge to see it, to see what the rest of the neighborhood looked like,” he said. “We all know each other and we all love each other. It’s hard to see this happening to all of us.

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Associated Press editors Thomas Peipert in Louisville, Colorado; Thalia Beaty in New York; Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City contributed to this report. Nieberg is a member of the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative corps. Report for America is a national, nonprofit service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to cover undercover issues.

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10 simple resolutions for a healthier body and mind | Local https://columbus-chamber.org/10-simple-resolutions-for-a-healthier-body-and-mind-local/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 06:00:00 +0000 https://columbus-chamber.org/10-simple-resolutions-for-a-healthier-body-and-mind-local/ Are you ready for a new year and a fresh start? A lot of people have big resolutions to lose weight or exercise every day, but it can be difficult to follow. If taking smaller steps is more your style, these simple lifestyle changes can help move you in a positive direction. 1. Get more […]]]>

Are you ready for a new year and a fresh start? A lot of people have big resolutions to lose weight or exercise every day, but it can be difficult to follow. If taking smaller steps is more your style, these simple lifestyle changes can help move you in a positive direction.

1. Get more greens. Fill your plate with dark leafy greens and other vegetables. Eating a green diet can help you increase your intake of plant-based foods that are high in essential nutrients and disease-fighting antioxidants.

2. Drink more water. Water helps your cells and organs to function properly, regulates body temperature, and circulates food through your intestines. Instead, try replacing an extra cup of coffee or a can of soda for a refreshing glass of water. Keep a reusable water bottle with you as a reminder.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast gives your body the fuel it needs for the whole day. Try peanut butter on whole grain toast, a hard-boiled egg, or oatmeal with nuts and fruit. Starting your day with foods that are high in fiber and high in protein can help you feel full and energized.

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3. Take breaks while sitting down. Sitting for long periods of time can be harmful to your health. Set an alarm to remind you to get up, stretch, or walk for 10 minutes. Try to move at least every 30 to 60 minutes.

4. Go to bed earlier. If you don’t get seven or eight hours of sleep most nights, you may be low on energy and suffering from the side effects of poor sleep. Turning off electronic devices an hour before bed can help you relax and fall asleep faster.

6. Floss daily. Flossing helps reduce plaque buildup and keep your gums healthy, which can help you avoid dental procedures. Healthy gums not only keep your teeth in good shape, but they can also benefit your whole body.

7. Grow a garden. Gardening can be a rewarding activity. It can help you spend time outdoors, enjoy nature, be physically active, and nourish yourself.

8. Wear a helmet. Do not take chances when cycling, skating, motorcycling or any other activity that could lead to disaster if you are injured. Make sure everyone in your family protects their skulls and brains with a helmet.

9. Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is all about slowing down, living in the moment, and spending time with your thoughts. Use a meditation app to guide you or try it out for yourself by clearing your mind and focusing on your breathing.

10. Plan your annual review. Your doctor is your partner for your overall health and well-being. Seeing them at least once a year helps you understand the important numbers, make sure your prescriptions are correct, know when to get life-saving screenings, and more.

Information provided by Joan Plummer, dietitian and diabetes educator at Columbus Community Hospital.

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Columbus mother charged with murder, human trafficking in daughter’s death https://columbus-chamber.org/columbus-mother-charged-with-murder-human-trafficking-in-daughters-death/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 14:18:51 +0000 https://columbus-chamber.org/columbus-mother-charged-with-murder-human-trafficking-in-daughters-death/ PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WRBL) – Disturbing new details emerge in the arrest of a Columbus mother charged with three counts of murder and human trafficking along with the asphyxiation murder and sexual assault of her daughter five-year-old Kamarie Holland. Kristy Siple, who is also known as Kristy Hoskins, was arrested for criminal murder on Tuesday, […]]]>

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WRBL) – Disturbing new details emerge in the arrest of a Columbus mother charged with three counts of murder and human trafficking along with the asphyxiation murder and sexual assault of her daughter five-year-old Kamarie Holland.

Kristy Siple, who is also known as Kristy Hoskins, was arrested for criminal murder on Tuesday, December 28. News 3 has learned that the Columbus, Ga. Woman is charged with three counts of murder in Netherlands kidnapping, sodomy and rape. Siple is also charged with first degree human trafficking.

The additional charges were released Wednesday morning during Siple’s initial hearing before Russell County District Court Judge Walter Gray. The judge put a no bond in the case.

Siple reported his daughter’s disappearance to Columbus Police on the morning of December 13. The baby girl’s body was found later that day in a vacant 15th Avenue house in Phenix City. Williams had once lived in this house, which is next to the West End Cemetery.

Jeremy Williams, 37, was arrested two weeks ago and charged with capital murder in Holland’s death. Williams faces the death penalty if convicted.

At a press conference ahead of the issuance of the gag order, Sheriff Heath Taylor said Siple Williams had a previous relationship, but he did not describe the nature of that relationship. Taylor also said the girl was sexually assaulted, but Williams was not originally charged with a sex crime.

Kamarie’s father, Corey Holland, made a statement Tuesday night to News 3 through a family spokesperson after the mother of his child was arrested.

“The pain Kristy caused by tearing Kamarie out of our lives will never end. We are happy to see that she has been arrested. We are taking one more step towards justice for Kamarie. It is our hope that justice will be served. . Kristy should receive the maximum sentence she can incur, “the statement read.” … She is a monster. A real mother protects and would die for her children. Kristy is a monster. My family and I will continue to fight against it. loss of our angel Kamarie We ask you to continue to talk about her and the justice she deserves.

Circuit Court Judge David Johnson has issued a gag order in the Williams case due to the initial media coverage. Russell Heath Taylor County Sheriff’s Agency is investigating. The sheriff is limited in what he can say about the case because of the court’s gag order. It applies to law enforcement, lawyers and potential witnesses in the case.

Sheriff Taylor will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 29, with more updates on the case.

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Live updates: No new COVID-19 restrictions for England https://columbus-chamber.org/live-updates-no-new-covid-19-restrictions-for-england/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 18:33:10 +0000 https://columbus-chamber.org/live-updates-no-new-covid-19-restrictions-for-england/ A medical worker in a cabin takes a nasal sample from a man at a makeshift testing site in Seoul, South Korea on Monday, December 27, 2021. (AP Photo / Ahn Young-joon) Ahn Young-joon PA LONDON – UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday that no further coronavirus restrictions would be introduced in England […]]]>

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LONDON – UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday that no further coronavirus restrictions would be introduced in England before the new year, but urged people to remain cautious and celebrate outside if possible .

COVID-19 data was spotty over the Christmas holidays, but the latest official figures showed 98,515 new infections were recorded in England on Monday and 143 people have died with the virus. The National Health Service in England reported that there were 1,281 hospital admissions for coronavirus on Christmas Day, up more than 70% from the previous week.

The four parts of the UK have taken different approaches to coronavirus restrictions as the omicron variant is spreading rapidly in the country. As nightclubs have been closed and limits on gatherings have been imposed in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, authorities have resisted tightening restrictions in England.

Javid said around 90% of cases across England were the omicron variant.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:

– Omicron spreads global gloom over New Year’s celebrations

– Delta flight to Shanghai has been turned around due to COVID rules.

– The variant disrupts vacation travel but not shopping

– France records for the first time more than 100,000 daily contaminations

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Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic

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HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS TODAY:

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Monday pledged the federal government’s full support for states facing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases due to the more transmissible omicron variant and a series of home tests.

Joining a regular meeting between his coronavirus response team and the National Governors Association, Biden said, “My message is, if you need anything, say something, and we’ll stand by you. every possible way. “

Biden acknowledged the long lines and chaotic scenes as Americans sought testing amid the upsurge in cases and sought to safely reunite with family and friends over the holidays.

He referred to his administration’s plan to make 500 million rapid tests available to Americans starting next month through a yet-to-be-developed website.

A White House official said the new tests would come from new manufacturing capacity and not interfere with existing supply chains.

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WASHINGTON – Dr Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, said on Monday that the United States should “seriously” consider a vaccination mandate for domestic travel.

Speaking to MSNBC, Fauci, who is President Joe Biden’s chief scientific adviser on the COVID-19 response, said: “When you make vaccination a requirement, it’s another incentive to get more vaccinated. of people. “

The United States currently requires that most foreign nationals traveling to the United States be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, but has not instituted one for domestic travel.

The administration has at times considered a requirement for a nationwide vaccination, or requiring either vaccination or proof of negative testing, but two officials said Biden’s science advisers have yet to formally make the recommendation to the president. Officials noted that they were unwilling to impose vaccination for domestic air travel, as they expected it to immediately face legal challenges, mitigating its potential effectiveness as a tool. to increase vaccinations.

Biden’s employer’s vaccination demands were mired in legal wrangling, with the Supreme Court hearing arguments in early January in cases to overturn them.

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ATHENS – In Greece, authorities announced further restrictions after announcing the highest number of daily confirmed infections, at 9,284, since the start of the pandemic.

Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced that from January 3: the mandatory use of high protection or double masks will be imposed in supermarkets and on public transport, entertainment venues will close at midnight, capacity will be reduced to 10% in football stadiums, distant work and schedule changes will be extended in the public sector and visits to nursing homes will only be allowed for people with a negative PCR test result.

“The omicron variant is now apparent across the country, particularly in greater Athens where there has been a huge increase in cases,” Plevris said.

He added that the new restrictions would take effect after the New Year amid fears that if imposed sooner they would lead to an increase in private gatherings.

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HELSINKI – Denmark has recorded the highest number of daily cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic with 16,164 new cases of infection in the past 24 hours.

The figure released on Monday by Danish health authorities did not break the previous daily record set in the Scandinavian country until Sunday when 14,844 new infections were documented.

Seven people infected with COVID-19 have died in the past 24 hours. This brings the total death toll in Denmark to 3,217, officials said.

The number of coronavirus infections in Denmark started to rise sharply in early December, but last week the pace appeared to have stabilized. But health officials said the number of infections had started to rise again dramatically in the past few days.

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ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire – Health officials in Côte d’Ivoire say West African country has seen dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases

The authorities recorded a positivity rate of 26.5% on Boxing Day. A statement from the Ivorian Ministry of Health said the figure was 18.4% the day before.

The new figures come at a time when many Ivorians are traveling from major cities to rural areas to see their families during the holidays. Since last week, 5.7% of Ivorians were fully vaccinated. Côte d’Ivoire has confirmed 64,429 cases of COVID-19, including 707 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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NEW YORK – New York City’s broad mandate to require nearly all private sector companies to ban unvaccinated employees from the workplace has come into effect amid an outbreak of coronavirus infections.

Workers at around 184,000 companies had to prove that they had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday. Businesses that don’t comply could face fines starting as low as $ 1,000, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said imposing penalties would be a last resort.

Employers must verify and keep track of each worker’s proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Workers who have only received one injection will need to get a second within 45 days. Businesses are required to display a sign stating that they are complying with the “in a conspicuous place” rule, under the City’s mandate.

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Jameson Crane, philanthropist and businessman, dies at 95 https://columbus-chamber.org/jameson-crane-philanthropist-and-businessman-dies-at-95/ Sat, 25 Dec 2021 23:15:00 +0000 https://columbus-chamber.org/jameson-crane-philanthropist-and-businessman-dies-at-95/ Jameson “Jim” Crane Sr., former director of Crane Plastics, died Wednesday at his home in Bexley. Crane, 95, ran the family business from 1992 until his retirement in 2003 and is the namesake of the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University. The institute was established in 2016 with […]]]>

Jameson “Jim” Crane Sr., former director of Crane Plastics, died Wednesday at his home in Bexley.

Crane, 95, ran the family business from 1992 until his retirement in 2003 and is the namesake of the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University. The institute was established in 2016 with a $ 10 million donation from three generations of the Crane family, known to be local philanthropists.

“I can’t imagine a better community partner than the Crane family in general, and Jameson in particular,” said Dr Christopher Kaeding, executive director of sports medicine at the institute, earlier this year, according to an article. of Ohio State University on the five activities of the institute. -Birthday. “Their partnership and generosity is at the heart of our ability to expand this program and make an impact in so many lives. “

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State of the State will be in Columbus at the Statehouse, according to DeWine https://columbus-chamber.org/state-of-the-state-will-be-in-columbus-at-the-statehouse-according-to-dewine/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 03:02:04 +0000 https://columbus-chamber.org/state-of-the-state-will-be-in-columbus-at-the-statehouse-according-to-dewine/ Republican Mike DeWine is an old-school traditionalist who plans to bring the annual State-of-State Address to the Ohio Statehouse in 2022. DeWine failed to deliver the speech in person at the Ohio General Assembly for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although DeWine did not deliver the speech, he was up against the Ohioans […]]]>

Republican Mike DeWine is an old-school traditionalist who plans to bring the annual State-of-State Address to the Ohio Statehouse in 2022.

DeWine failed to deliver the speech in person at the Ohio General Assembly for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although DeWine did not deliver the speech, he was up against the Ohioans – online or on television – more than any Ohio governor in history.

Over a 15-month period, he held more than 165 press conferences that drew hundreds of thousands of viewers – far more than the number that typically listens to a State of State speech.

“I don’t think there is a governor who has more televised addresses to the people of Ohio than Mike DeWine,” said DeWine press secretary Dan Tierney.

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Columbus Church Changes Christmas Service As COVID Cases Rise https://columbus-chamber.org/columbus-church-changes-christmas-service-as-covid-cases-rise/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 04:27:00 +0000 https://columbus-chamber.org/columbus-church-changes-christmas-service-as-covid-cases-rise/ Reverend Tim Athrens of the First Congregational Church said the church is hosting a “hybrid” Christmas service to keep people safe while celebrating the holidays. COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has taken an alarming new milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ohio Department of Health reported the highest number of cases in a 24-hour period on […]]]>

Reverend Tim Athrens of the First Congregational Church said the church is hosting a “hybrid” Christmas service to keep people safe while celebrating the holidays.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has taken an alarming new milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ohio Department of Health reported the highest number of cases in a 24-hour period on Tuesday with 12,502 cases.

A few days before Christmas and the many gatherings that take place, this worries some.

10TV spoke with Reverend Tim Athrens, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church in Columbus about the high numbers.

“You know, we’re all trying to sort this out one more time,” Reverend Athrens said.

He’s been keeping a close eye on the numbers lately, and the church has a plan in place during the pandemic.

“In 2019 the room was packed. In 2020 a recorded version of the service was presented via Livestream. Now we have a hybrid,” Reverend Athrens said.

This hybrid consists of an in-person and streaming service over Christmas. The church offers free, first come, first served ticketing service. Reverend Athrens said the shrine can normally hold just over 600 people, but to be sure they’re limiting it to less than 300. Masking is also required and there will be social distancing.

“We’ve all learned that we have to be flexible in the midst of this,” he said.

When it comes to larger venues, we checked the websites of several places like CAPA and PromoWest that operate more crowded venues.

These places have been requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for several months within 72 hours. According to its website, Nationwide Arena does not require immunization status, but it will change the guidelines if necessary.

The spirit of Christmas is in the air and Reverend Athrens will not let the joy be taken from him.

“We try to be thoughtful and protective of everyone’s health and safety, but also cheerful, absolutely joyful,” he said.

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Domestic violence apparently claimed the life of a woman on the northeastern side https://columbus-chamber.org/domestic-violence-apparently-claimed-the-life-of-a-woman-on-the-northeastern-side/ Mon, 20 Dec 2021 17:10:47 +0000 https://columbus-chamber.org/domestic-violence-apparently-claimed-the-life-of-a-woman-on-the-northeastern-side/ A 33-year-old woman has been killed and a man is in custody in what Columbus police said was an apparent marital dispute at a house on the northeast side. Columbus Fire Department medics were called to a house on the 5100 block of Cleveland Avenue near Minerva Park at 8:26 p.m. on Saturday on a […]]]>

A 33-year-old woman has been killed and a man is in custody in what Columbus police said was an apparent marital dispute at a house on the northeast side.

Columbus Fire Department medics were called to a house on the 5100 block of Cleveland Avenue near Minerva Park at 8:26 p.m. on Saturday on a report from an unconscious person, but contacted police after realizing the woman involved had suffered a trauma.

She was taken to Riverside Methodist Hospital, where she died at 9 p.m., police reported. His death is the 193rd homicide of the year in Columbus.

A homicide detective said the woman suffered blunt trauma, suggesting she was beaten.

Detectives did not disclose the victim’s name early Monday afternoon pending notification from his family and withheld the suspect’s name – identified only as a 41-year-old man – as the suspect’s name because the murder involved a domestic feud and releasing her name would potentially identify her publicly before her family was notified.

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Netherlands ‘quarantine’ to curb omicron https://columbus-chamber.org/netherlands-quarantine-to-curb-omicron/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 23:19:54 +0000 https://columbus-chamber.org/netherlands-quarantine-to-curb-omicron/ Two women dressed for a party take a picture of themselves outside a venue in London on Friday, December 17, 2021. During what would normally be one of the busiest times for pubs and restaurants just before Christmas, the number of customers is down in central London due to concerns over the new omicron variant. […]]]>

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Two women dressed for a party take a picture of themselves outside a venue in London on Friday, December 17, 2021. During what would normally be one of the busiest times for pubs and restaurants just before Christmas, the number of customers is down in central London due to concerns over the new omicron variant. Friday night in central London was muted with a bar saying they had 30 customers inside when there should have been 170, with numerous cancellations in recent days. (AP Photo / Alastair Grant)

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Nations across Europe have moved to reimpose tougher measures to stem a new wave of COVID-19 infections spurred by the highly transmissible variant of omicron, with the Netherlands leading the way in imposing a lockdown on nationwide.

All non-essential shops, bars and restaurants in the Netherlands will be closed until January 14 from Sunday, Acting Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at a hastily-organized press conference on Saturday evening. Schools and universities will close until January 9, he said.

In what is sure to prove to be a major disappointment, lockdown conditions are also holding back private holiday celebrations. Residents will only be allowed two visitors, except for Christmas and New Years, where four will be allowed, according to Rutte.

“The Netherlands will lock in again from tomorrow,” he said, adding that the move was “inevitable due to the fifth wave caused by the omicron variant hitting us”.

It was not just the Dutch who were looking to slow the spread of omicron. Alarmed ministers from France, Cyprus and Austria have tightened travel restrictions. Paris has canceled its New Year’s fireworks display. Denmark has closed theaters, concert halls, amusement parks and museums. Ireland has imposed an 8 p.m. curfew in pubs and bars and limited participation in indoor and outdoor events.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan highlighted official concern over escalating cases and their potential to overwhelm the healthcare system by declaring a major incident on Saturday, a move that allows local councils in the British capital to coordinate more closely the work with emergency services.

Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin captured the meaning of the continent in a nationwide address, saying the new restrictions were necessary to protect lives and livelihoods from the resurgent virus.

“None of this is easy,” Martin said Friday night. “We are all exhausted from COVID and the restrictions it requires. The twists and turns, disappointments and frustrations take a heavy toll on everyone. But this is the reality we are facing.

The World Health Organization reported on Saturday that the omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in 89 countries, and that COVID-19 cases involving the variant are doubling every 1.5 to 3 days in places with community transmission and not just infections acquired abroad.

Major questions about omicron remain unanswered, including how effective are existing COVID-19 vaccines against it and whether the variant produces serious illness in many infected people, the WHO noted.

Still, omicron’s “substantial growth advantage” over the delta variant means it is likely to soon overtake delta as the dominant form of the virus in countries where the new variant is spreading locally, said the United Nations health agency.

In the Netherlands, worst-case shoppers swarmed shopping areas in Dutch towns earlier on Saturday, believing this could be their last chance to buy Christmas presents.

The Municipality of Rotterdam tweeted that it was “too busy in the center” of the port city and told people: “Don’t come to town”. Amsterdam also warned that the city’s main shopping street was bustling and urged people to obey coronavirus rules.

“I can hear the whole of the Netherlands sighing,” Rutte said in his lockdown announcement. “All of this, exactly one week before Christmas. Another Christmas that is completely different from what we want. Still very bad news for all those businesses and cultural institutions that rely on vacations.

The head of the Dutch public health institute, Jaap van Dissel, described the shutdown as a preventive measure that would “buy time” for more people to receive booster shots and for the country’s health system to prepare. to a possible new wave of infections.

In the UK, where daily confirmed cases hit a record high this week, the government has reimposed the requirement to wear masks indoors and ordered people to show proof of vaccination or a recent coronavirus test. negative when going to nightclubs and big events.

But the movements provoked anger.

Critics of Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest coronavirus restrictions flooded Oxford Street, a popular shopping area in London on Saturday. Protesters without masks whistled and shouted “Freedom! And told passers-by to remove their face covers.

Hundreds of people blocked traffic as they marched with placards bearing slogans such as “Passports for vaccines kill our freedoms” and “Do not comply”. Other signs had faces of Johnson or UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid and read: ‘Give them the boot’.

Scientists are warning the UK government it must do more to prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed. Leaks of minutes from the Science Advisory Panel for Emergencies suggested a ban on mixing and indoor hospitality, the BBC reported.

Britain and other countries are also stepping up the pace of booster shots after initial data showed two doses of the vaccine were less effective against the omicron variant. Shopping malls, cathedrals and football stadiums in Britain have been converted into mass vaccination centers.

Omicron is now the dominant variant of the coronavirus in London, and efforts have been stepped up to reach people who have not yet been vaccinated or boosted.

The mayor said during a visit to a mass vaccination pop-up clinic at the London Chelsea football team stadium that public services ranging from ambulances to police calls could be hampered by the rapidly spreading variant .

“The big problem we have is the number of Londoners who have this virus, and that is causing big problems in terms of staff absences and the ability of our public services to operate at optimal levels,” Khan told the BBC.

In France, the government has announced that it will start immunizing children aged 5 to 11 from Wednesday.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday that with the spread of the omicron variant such as “lightning,” the government proposed to require proof of vaccination from people entering restaurants, cafes and other public establishments. The action requires parliamentary approval.

Thousands of opponents of vaccine requirements and mask warrants demonstrated in Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf and other German cities on Saturday. In Austria, local media reported that the crowd had reached tens of thousands.

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Corder reported from The Hague, The Netherlands. Courtney Bonnell in London; Emily Schultheis in Vienna; and Thomas Adamson in Paris, contributed to this report.

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Delaware judge dismisses Fox News request to dismiss lawsuit https://columbus-chamber.org/delaware-judge-dismisses-fox-news-request-to-dismiss-lawsuit/ Fri, 17 Dec 2021 06:38:29 +0000 https://columbus-chamber.org/delaware-judge-dismisses-fox-news-request-to-dismiss-lawsuit/ FILE – A worker scans Dominion ballots during the setting up of a polling station at an elementary school in Gwinnett County, Ga., Outside of Atlanta, January 4, 2021. Local officials in rural Nevada decided on Thursday, December 16, 2021, to replace equipment manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems – a sign that unfounded concerns about […]]]>

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FILE – A worker scans Dominion ballots during the setting up of a polling station at an elementary school in Gwinnett County, Ga., Outside of Atlanta, January 4, 2021. Local officials in rural Nevada decided on Thursday, December 16, 2021, to replace equipment manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems – a sign that unfounded concerns about tampering with the electoral machine remain widespread in many parts of the United States more one year after the 2020 election (AP Photo / Ben Gray, on file)

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A judge on Thursday dismissed a Fox News motion to dismiss a $ 1.6 billion libel suit brought against the cable news giant by Dominion Voting Systems over allegations regarding the 2020 presidential election.

In the 52-page decision, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis said the voting machine company had shown that “at this point it is reasonably conceivable that Dominion has a libel action per se. . “

Denver-based Dominion filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the media organization alleging that some Fox News employees have raised false accusations that Dominion altered the votes in the 2020 election thanks to algorithms in its machines to vote that had been created in Venezuela to rig the elections for late dictator Hugo Chavez. On-air personalities appealed to Trump allies who aired the claims and then amplified the claims on Fox News’ social media platforms.

There was no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, a fact that various election officials across the country – and even Trump’s attorney general, William Barr – have confirmed. An Associated Press review of every potential case of voter fraud in the six battlefield states disputed by former President Donald Trump found less than 475 – a number that would have made no difference in the election presidential election of 2020.

In dismissing the motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Davis said Dominion’s complaint “supports the reasonable inference that Fox (i) knew his statements about Dominion’s role in electoral fraud were false or (ii) had a high degree of awareness that the statements were false. . “

Davis said that “Fox had compensatory evidence of electoral fraud from the Department of Justice, election experts, and the Dominion at the time he made his statements. The fact that, despite this evidence, Fox continued to publish his allegations against Dominion, suggests Fox knew the allegations were likely false. “

The judge also wrote that despite emails from Dominion attempting to respond factually to Fox’s fraud allegations, Fox and his press staff continued to report Dominion’s “supposed link to the electoral fraud allegations without also report Dominion emails “.

“Given that Fox has apparently refused to report evidence to the contrary … the allegations in the complaint support the reasonable inference that Fox intended to keep the Dominion version out of the narrative.”

Fox News Media said in a statement that “As we have maintained, Fox News, along with every news organization across the country, has vigorously covered the latest news surrounding the unprecedented 2020 election, providing full context for each. story with in-depth reporting and precise analysis. We remain committed to defending ourselves against this baseless lawsuit and its all-out assault on the First Amendment. “

Fox News had called for the lawsuit to be dismissed, arguing that its coverage was protected by the First Amendment and that a free press should be able to report both sides of a story involving allegations that go to the heart of the democracy.

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