Monthly Archives: March, 2020

USA Surfing responses to Olympic 2020 postponement planning

March 31st, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “USA Surfing responses to Olympic 2020 postponement planning”

Kolohe Andino, of San Clemente, will have to wait to debut the sport at the Olympics, with the summer tournaments postponed for a year .( Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)It was supposed to be surfing’s big debut, the chance for the world to see what riding motions is all about.

But with news that the 2020 Olympic Games are likely to be shelved, the athletic will probably have to wait another year before taking to the Olympic stage.

Greg Cruse, CEO of USA Surfing are stationed in San Clemente, responded to the news released Monday that coronavirus concerns are affecting prepare the way for the summer games.

” The health and safety of our athletes and staff members is our first priority. I continue to be in touch with our squad and have been on calls with USOPC every day ,” Cruse said, referring to the United Mood Olympic& Paralympic Committee.” I am proud of our athletes’ continued are concentrated on their athletic and great attitudes in the face of adversity. They are utterly ripping and ready to get back in t-shirts .”

The USA Surfing team had already been selected, with Orange County surfers expected to have a big presence at the game’s debut. San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino was announced as one of the USA men’s surfing team representatives, paired up with Hawaiian surfer John John Florence. On the women’s side, Caroline Marks, a Florida surfer who live in San Clemente, was parallelled up with Hawaii’s Carissa Moore for the team.

Huntington Beach’s Kanoa Igarashi was also slotted to compete, representing legion Japan, his family’s native country.

There are still about 10 channel-surf players discerns from other countries left to qualify for the summer competitions. They were supposed to be selected at the International Surfing Association World Surfing Games originally scheduled for El Salvador May 9-17. That tournament, for now, has been moved to June 5-14.

” We have reached out to the ISA is to make sure that our unit will maintain their qualification through the WSL CT 2019 ranks, should the games be postponed to July 2021 ,” Cruse said.” This is the fair and right road, ensuring the least disruption for the surfers .”

The ISA is still trying to sort out the implications of an extraordinary situation, Cruse said.

” We respect that these are difficult situations to steer and brand-new sand for everyone involved ,” he said.” Surfing offers immense tradition for abide present and focused on the variables we can control. These are necessary skills in this whole new world .”

One challenge athletes may face: the 4,000 -unit jocks hamlet made up of condos are already scheduled to be occupied by their new owners on Sept. 1, performing them unavailable for a brand-new schedule of time 2021.

” The IOC must also reviewed and considered the world sports calendar for at least 33 Olympic athletics ,” Cruse indicated.” These are just two of the many considerations being dealt with within the IOC and Tokyo Organizing Committee .”

But Cruse, who has expended much time in Japan in recent years as the sport was getting ready to make its debut, said if there’s one country that could re-organize and work out the logistics of a adjournment, it is Japan.

” They have been running through many different scenarios and logistical options ,” he said.” I think we will be impressed with relevant resolutions being worked out .”

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USNS Mercy takes on its first non-coronavirus patients

March 30th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “USNS Mercy takes on its first non-coronavirus patients”

A patient comes aboard the USNS Mercy on Sunday.( Photo courtesy of US Navy)

A patient is brought aboard the USNS Mercy on Sunday, March 29.( Photo courtesy of US Navy)

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Sailors transport a patient to be admitted aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy on March 29.( U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden)

The hospital ship USNS Mercy offset its method from San Diego and docked at the cruise liner terminal at the Port of Los Angeles Friday morning March 27, 2020. By Saturday afternoon police had be closed down the entering to the cruise ship terminal as too many beings were traveling to catch a judgment of the hospital ship.( Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

The US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy arrives in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on Friday, March 27, 2020. The ship has 1,000 berths and will be use to treat non-coronavirus cases free-spoken up hospital berths in the fight against the pandemic.( Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/ SCNG)

The US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy arrives in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro on Friday, March 27, 2020. The carry has 1,000 beds and will be use to treat non-coronavirus patients freeing up hospital bunks in the fight against the pandemic.( Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/ SCNG)

The US Navy ship Mercy arrives in the port of Los Angeles Friday, March 27, 2020. The ship will not take on patients with coronavirus but will make other cases so hospitals will have more gap for COVID-1 9 patients.( Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/ SCNG)

Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy( T-AH 19) navigates the San Diego channel. Mercy deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-1 9 response endeavors, and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-1 9 patients currently admitted to shore-based infirmaries. This allows shore base hospitals to focus their efforts on COVID-1 9 actions.( U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lasheba James/ Released)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at a press conference in front of the USNS Mercy, docked at the Port of Los Angeles, on Friday, March 27. Photo: Via Gov. Newsom’s Twitter

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The first three patients arrived Sunday on the USNS Mercy, a Navy hospital ship at the Port of Los Angeles sent by the Department of Defense to free up neighbourhood hospices that are taking in coronavirus patients.

Information on what ailments the three cases suffers from or what municipals they came from was not available. These patients do not have coronavirus.

They were transported on board with help from Camp Pendleton Marines presently providing security to the ship.

The massive, 894 -foot vessel arrived at the port on Friday, March 27, as hospices in the area deal with an increasing number of coronavirus disputes. The ship is docked at the sail terminal, near Harbor Boulevard and Swinford Street — just south of the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

” I couldn’t be more proud of our gang for all the hard work they did to get us now and ready in such a short period of time ,” Capt. John Rotruck, Mercy’s Military Treatment Facility commanding officer said in a statement on Sunday, March 29.” Being able to accept our first cases is a genuine evidence of the teamwork between Mercy, the Navy, the State of California, the province of Los Angeles, and the city and Port of L.A .”

On Sunday, Los Angeles officials reported five more coronavirus extinctions, producing the total number to 37. There are 2,100 supported cases.

Barbara Ferrer, the public health director in Los Angeles, prompted the public to adhere to social distancing.

“I ask that everyone please do your fraction to not infect others or become infected yourself ,” she said.

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USNS Mercy, a floating hospital, leaves San Diego for Los Angeles on Monday to support during coronavirus pandemic

March 29th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “USNS Mercy, a floating hospital, leaves San Diego for Los Angeles on Monday to support during coronavirus pandemic”

The Navy’s West Coast hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, left Naval Base San Diego Monday afternoon, March 23, and will wander 125 miles up the coast to the Port of Los Angeles in support of the nation’s COVID-1 9 response campaigns, the representatives from the Navy’s 3rd Fleet announced.

The 1,000 -bed ship will be staffed with 800 Navy medical personnel and more than 70 civil service sailors. Initial plans to deploy it to Washington state were altered as the need for help in the highly populated area of Los Angeles increased, Navy officials said.

” This global crisis demands the whole of government response, and we are ready to support, ” said Capt. John Rotruck, Mercy’s Military Treatment Facility commanding officer. “Mercy wreaks a squad of medical professionals, medical equipment and supplies, all of which will behave, in essence, as a’ relief valve’ for neighbourhood civilian hospices in Los Angeles so that neighbourhood health professionals can better focus on COVID-1 9 bags. We will be implemented by our agility and responsiveness as an afloat Medical Treatment Facility to do what the country asks, and provide relief where we are needed most.”

The ship will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-1 9 cases currently admitted to shore-based hospices and will be supported a full range of medical care including critical and urgent care for adults. This will permit neighbourhood health professionals is concentrated in plowing COVID-1 9 patients and for shore-based infirmaries to use their Intensive Care Units and ventilators for those patients.

The floating hospices are designed to specialize in trauma clients, given their mission is to treat wounded troops, and have no way of isolating infectious patients; that’s why they will deploy to support only non-COVID-1 9 cases.

” We can provide their capacity to fill in the gap ,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday, March 23, during remarks he made from the White House.

The civil service sailors are operational and navigate the ship, load and off-load cargo, is to help fixings and add essential services to keep the medical equipment running. When the ship is at port in San Diego its staff often are sent to work abroad and were called back to the Mercy for this mission.

The Navy’s response comes a epoch after President Donald Trump announced on Sunday, March 22, that the Mercy would foreman to Los Angles. It likewise follows part of its efforts by Janice Hahn, Fourth District supervisor in Los Angeles County, who transmit a letter to Trump on March 20, advising him to guide the Navy ship to Los Angeles.

On Monday, Hahn reacted to the news, tweeting:” Right now, about 90% of our ICU beds are occupied by people who do not have COVID-1 9. That entails just about 200 ICU bottoms are available. The Mercy will make the pressure off of our hospital plan so that our hospitals can actually handle the coming COVID-1 9 patients. When it docks, the Mercy will become the largest hospital in LA County.The Mercy will take the pressure off of our hospital organization so that our infirmaries can actually handle the coming COVID-1 9 cases .”

Typically, the Mercy’s primary mission is to offer a floating, portable, acute surgical medical equipment to the U.S. military that is adaptable to support expeditionary war. The ship’s secondary mission is to offer full infirmary services to support U.S. disaster relief and humanitarian operations worldwide.

The ship is the first of two Navy hospital ships worldwide. She was converted from a San Clemente-class supertanker and went into service in 1986.

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Access is being limited to Orange County beaches, Laguna Beach closes all of its sandy spots

March 28th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Access is being limited to Orange County beaches, Laguna Beach closes all of its sandy spots”

After seeing several coasts overrun by tourists over the weekend, Laguna Beach is closing its city beaches, while Huntington Beach shut down its pier and the state is blocking access to its parking lots in response to growing concerns not enough social distancing was coming to help slow the dissemination of the coronavirus.

The Laguna Beach City Council on Sunday, March 22, encounter during an emergency meeting and elected to close Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Monday. It also led staff to close city coasts by Monday evening unless the County of Orange or the State of California did so first. The council too voted to ask that seas operated by the County of Orange, including Aliso and Thousand Steps Beach be closed. Laguna Beach administers beaches beyond South Laguna, including Treasure Island, Main Beach, Heisler, and smaller seas such as Shaws to the city’s north end. Laguna Beach is the firstly city in Orange County to take this action.

Signs telling pilgrims that the beach is closed due to the coronavirus( COVID-1 9) environ Main Beach in Laguna Beach, CA, on Monday, March 23, 2020.( Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/ SCNG)

Signs telling pilgrims that the beach is closed due to the coronavirus( COVID-1 9) surround Main Beach in Laguna Beach, CA, on Monday, March 23, 2020.( Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/ SCNG)

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Signs telling pilgrims that the coast is closed due to the coronavirus( COVID-1 9) smother Main Beach in Laguna Beach, CA, on Monday, March 23, 2020.( Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/ SCNG)

Signs telling tourists that the beach is closed due to the coronavirus( COVID-1 9) environ Main Beach in Laguna Beach, CA, on Monday, March 23, 2020.( Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/ SCNG)

Signs telling visitors that the coast is closed due to the coronavirus( COVID-1 9) border Main Beach in Laguna Beach, CA, on Monday, March 23, 2020.( Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/ SCNG)

Signs telling pilgrims that the beach is closed due to the coronavirus( COVID-1 9) border Main Beach in Laguna Beach, CA, on Monday, March 23, 2020.( Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/ SCNG)

Signs telling visitors that the beach is closed due to the coronavirus( COVID-1 9) environ Main Beach in Laguna Beach, CA, on Monday, March 23, 2020.( Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/ SCNG)

Signs telling pilgrims that the beach is closed due to the coronavirus( COVID-1 9) surround Main Beach in Laguna Beach, CA, on Monday, March 23, 2020.( Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/ SCNG)

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” We have groups of beings that won’t comply under any circumstances ,” Councilman Peter Blake said.” This weekend was all we needed. How do you get that through someone’s thoughts, you can’t. We have a constitutional privilege to stay healthful. It’s not going away, it will simply get worse .”

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order licenses outdoor pleasure as long as a safe social interval of six-feet is maintained from people who are not part of the same household.

In Newport Beach, metropolitan officials will continue to monitor the situation on an hourly basis, said Newport Beach Fire Chief Jeff Boyles, who oversees the city’s Marine Safety Department and seven miles of coasts. Same with San Clemente, where Mayor Dan Bane said the city is monitoring its beaches.

In Dana Point, some lines have been closed down. These include Harbor Point Trail, Switchback Trail, Hilltop Trail and Bluff Top trail. Open courses are the Strand Beach Access Way- between Selva and Pacific Coast Highway- and Sycamore Creek Trail. Coastal access is restricted to the Dana Cove area and tide reserves unearthed behind the Ocean Institute, the city’s only beach.

Huntington Beach also closed playground equipment and picnic areas.

” We will monitor with country coasts and with Huntington Beach ,” Boyles said Monday, following a city meeting.” We have increased our presence on the coasts with police and lifeguards to remind people congregating to increase social distancing. We are advising beachgoers not to conduct activities in groups such as bonfires or volleyball games .”

Laguna Beach commanders said a rise in the number of parties collecting on paths, beaches and in adjacent commons initiated more opportunities for community spread of the virus and decided it was prudent to close off access to reduce the potential spread of the virus and protect the public.

On Sunday, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen also moved a letter to Sacramento asking the head for a revision to his directive to the state’s residents.

” I am recommending you to modify your stay-at-home order to expressly require people to remain in their own communities unless out on indispensable business ,” Whalen wrote.” As a small coastal city in a heavily populated county, we are finding that many people from inland municipalities are coming to our coasts and ballparks when the forecast is good. We absence natural resources among our first responders to enforce social distancing with these multitudes .”

On Monday, Whalen said the governor has sent his request to the Office of Emergency Assistance for review.

In Laguna Beach over the weekend sea guests predominantly prevented six-foot intervals from one another but popular spots such as Thousand Steps in South Laguna had beachgoers much closer than six-feet as they went down and up hundreds of steps to get to the beach. In the city’s downtown, it seemed business as usual with numerous out experiencing the good weather. At Main Beach, parties enjoyed take-out from regional eateries and sat, predominantly spaced apart, on the grass, benches and under umbrellas on the beach.

The city exploited its outdoor loudspeaker, a system that went online in March 2019, to remind people of the six-foot distance requirement. The speaker in the downtown is prepared on the roof of City Hall and can broadcast up to 3,000 feet. Another talker is stationed at Heisler Park.

The city also applied its wireless notification plan to send out alerts and texts remembrances to anyone who had a cellphone within the city restraints. In 2018, Laguna Beach was the first municipal in OC to get the authority to send out its own wireless alerts.

But alarms and loudspeakers weren’t the only things in use. The Laguna Beach Police Department employed monotones to keep tabs on beings from the sky.

” The authorities have people on the beach, however in general, the public is complying with the social distancing recommendations ,” Laguna Beach Lifeguard Capt. Kai Bond said Sunday.” Signage has been affixed and the long-range acoustic machine is being used to remind people .”

On Sunday, there was a larger-than-normal number of people in Newport Beach utilize hiking lines at Crystal Cove State Park, Newport Back Bay and beach boardwalks. In some occasions, beings did not heed the six-foot distancing requirements and clearly rubbed others who were trying to practice the social distancing.

On Monday, Newport closed down access to public playgrounds, fitness equipment, the dog park and athletics courts and arenas. Vehicle traffic has been closed on Back Bay Drive, but other users can use the multipurpose scenic road.

” The delicate balance we face as a society is protecting each other from the spread of the virus by maintaining suitable cleanlines techniques and social distancing together with throwing people an store to rehearsal ,” Boyles said.” Exercise is also a health mechanism for boosting immune systems and promoting cardiac and lung offices .”

Staff Writer Laylan Connelly contributed to this report.

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Dana Point closes trails, coves due to coronavirus concerns

March 27th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Dana Point closes trails, coves due to coronavirus concerns”

The city of Dana Point has closed access to Dana Cove and the tidepool domain behind the Ocean Institute, as well as various roads in the town, until further notice due to coronavirus concerns.

Coastal municipalities this week across Southern California responded to crowds and reports from last weekend of parties neglecting coronavirus social-distancing regulations, as the state tries to curb the number of people infected.

Some coastal towns enforced full closures of their coasts and some hiking roads or ballparks , while others played soft closes of areas such as piers and parking lots to ease crowds.

The city’s shutdowns are in accordance with others like the county’s announcement on Tuesday to close parking lots to popular localities like Salt Creek, Strands and Capo Beach within Dana Point’s city limits, as well as the parcel at Baby Beach in the Dana Point harbor.

Some city trails are closed to the public. This includes: Harbor Point Trail, Switchback Trail, Hilltop Trail and Bluff Top trail.

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Trails that will remain open for the time being are Coast Hwy protective line, Strand Beach Access Way( between Selva and PCH) and Sycamore Creek Trail.

” The County is likely to be coordinating with Dana Point Harbor Spouse on the closures of the slews in the refuge region and the spates located along Puerto Place ,” speaks a city announcement.” Maintaining access for grab-n-go operations for the restaurants sector is being considered. Pedestrian access is available .” Related Articles

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City Parks will remain accessible to the public. Playground equipment and showers are closed. The City has installed signage to remind everyone to practice social distancing and good cleanlines. However, if these guidelines are not being followed by the public, we will consider closing parks.

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