The Rotary Club of Ocean City-Upper Township online program for Thursday, Dec. 3., will be Jackie Meiluta, executive director of Volunteers in Medicine–South Jersey.
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Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials have fined Courthouse Club Fitness $90,000 for defying Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 order and remaining open throughout the two-week freeze.
Officials with OSHA, the agency tasked with enforcing compliance to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, said the penalty is the result of citations against each of the club’s four facilities.
Courthouse officials did not immediately respond to request for comment Wednesday.
“The total penalty for each individual inspection is $22,500,” said Mark Peterson, acting spokesman for OSHA . “That’s a willful penalty of $17,500 for being open to the public and a separate $5,000 penalty for violating the Red Warning Notices that we posted at each location late last week.”
Courthouse Club Fitness in Keizer on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Courthouse Fitness planned to stay open during Gov. Kate Brown’s two-week “freeze,” which directs gyms to close. (Photo: BRIAN HAYES / STATESMAN JOURNAL)
He said Courthouse leadership continued to operate their fitness centers despite OSHA’s inquiries and warnings.
Before the statewide freeze went into effect on Nov. 18, Courthouse owner John Miller said in a statement that a second shutdown would push his business to the breaking point.
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“As a result of the harm done to our business from the first shutdown, we will not survive another closure,” Miller said. “This is a horrible position I find myself in, and it leaves me with only one choice. Courthouse Club Fitness will remain open (Nov. 18) and the days to follow.”
New Oregon COVID mandates announced
On Wednesday, Brown said 21 Oregon counties will continue to be under restrictions when a two-week “freeze” expires Dec. 3.
Both Marion and Polk counties are among those 21 “extreme risk” counties.
In the extreme-risk counties, some restrictions will change. Restaurants and bars will be able to reopen for outdoor dining, although the state is still encouraging takeout instead. Capacity limits in stores and malls will be capped at 50%, down from the current 75%. Church activities will be limited to 25% of capacity or 100 people, whichever is smaller.
Guide: What new Oregon restrictions in each COVID-19 risk category mean
Indoor gyms will remain closed.
During the initial freeze, Courthouse and Flex Fitness in Salem stated their intentions to remain open but stressed being in accordance with mandates such as social distancing, wearing masks and rigorous sanitation practices.
“Just because we’re drawing a line doesn’t mean we’re throwing everything out the window in terms of health and safety,” Courthouse vice president Drew Baker told the Statesman Journal.
Oregon OSHA has been fining businesses
Since the beginning of the pandemic, about 50 citations have been issued to businesses for not complying with parts of the pandemic orders by OSHA, which is designed to protect employees.
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Meiluta lives in Sea Isle City and has been associated with VIM for more than 10 years. She also serves on the Finance Council for St. Joseph’s in Sea Isle, is an officer of the Citizen Veteran Advisory Council and is member of the County Homeless Trust Fund Advisory Board.
Prior to moving full-time to Cape May County, Jackie was a senior executive with a Fortune 500 company.
Organized as a 501( c )3 in 2001, ViM operates two free clinics in South Jersey to serve the needs of the uninsured and underserved. ViM’s Cape May County clinic has been in continuous operation since 2002, the Atlantic County clinic opened in March of 2017. More than 500 people consider the ViM clinics their primary care doctor and medical home.
ViM relies on volunteers to provide free medical care to low-income, working residents of South Jersey who do not have health insurance or the means to pay for care. Patients who register with ViM receive free, quality primary care, specialists care when available, and prescription medicine assistance. Perhaps more importantly, ViM becomes their advocate to ensure continuity of care.
ViM operates solely due to the generosity of the medical professionals who volunteer to provide care, and the private donors and funders who help ViM extend care to the underserved in South Jersey.
Dance and fitness studios across the Lower Mainland were only open for one day before being shut down again.
Tammy Morris, owner of four Tantra Fitness locations, said there has been a lack of communication from health authorities and she finds the public health orders are confusing, vague and contradictory.
The provincial health officer ordered a suspension of group dance and fitness classes in the Lower Mainland on Nov. 7, pending development of guidelines and approval of new safety plans, but rescinded that order on Nov. 19. A revised order stated that only HIIT (high intensity interval training), Spin and hot yoga were required to close and extended that provincewide. Other indoor group fitness activities, including dance, martial arts and cheerleading could “stay open while updated guidance is being developed.”
Morris double-checked with Vancouver Coastal Health. “They gave me the green light.”
So she reopened on Monday with strict new policies in place, including temperature checks, half-capacity classes and a staggered schedule.
Morris said part of the problem is that studio owners receive no direct communication from the authorities.
“I wait all day for that 3 o’clock broadcast, and I hang off every word she says. On Monday, Bonnie Henry said nothing about studios needing to close again.”
However, late on Monday, the wording on the provincial website was quietly changed to say that dance, martial arts, yoga, Pilates, strength and conditioning must be suspended “while new guidance is being developed.”
In a statement to Postmedia, the Ministry of Health said: “While spin classes, hot yoga and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) are suspended indefinitely, all other indoor group fitness activities are only on pause until public health develops new guidance to ensure safe operation. Once this guidance is completed, facilities offering indoor group fitness activities, other than spin, hot yoga or HIIT, will need to adhere to that guidance, update their safety plans, and post them publicly before these activities can resume. That guidance is being finalized right now and we expect it to be available this week.
Later, a government tweet said it would be available Nov. 30.
“Facilities will not need to seek permission from health authorities before opening, but there will be increased inspections to ensure all facilities are complying with the new guidelines.”
But Morris said the process has been confusing from the start. After the Nov. 7 order, she consulted WorkSafeBC and created 17-page safety plans for each of her four studios, submitting them on Nov. 10.
On the Nov. 11, she received an additional 14-page checklist and questionnaire, which she completed and submitted. On Nov. 12, she was instructed to resubmit her
The UAB Sports Medicine Clinic partners with professional, amateur and school athletic programs to provide medical care to players.
UAB Sports Medicine, in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is the medical partner for the Birmingham Vulcans, a Rugby Union club competing in Division II of the USA Rugby True South Union. Players for the Vulcans are referred to UAB Sports Medicine and are able to take advantage its state-of-the-art orthopaedic and sports medicine programs.
“A partnership like this supports good health and wellness in the community, particularly with a sport that offers adult and youth activities,” said Amit Momaya, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedics at UAB and chief of the Sports Medicine Section. “We offer non-surgical evaluation of athletes and surgical management of complex injuries, and also provide concussion evaluation and treatment if needed. In a time when physical activity and team sports are important to growth and development, UAB Sports Medicine is proud to be there for its community partners.”
The Birmingham Vulcans, established in 1967, field an adult team for those 18 and older. Under the umbrella of the Birmingham Rugby Club Foundation, the team works with Central Alabama Youth Rugby with programs for players ages 6 through 19.
The UAB Sports Medicine clinic is also the official provider of medical care for UAB Blazer Athletics and multiple local schools and organizations, including Legion FC, Birmingham’s professional soccer team. The clinic is composed of orthopaedic sports medicine surgeons and a primary care sports medicine physician.
The clinic provides a broad range of care, facilitated by in-house physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and a certified pedorthist, with the goal of allowing athletes to return safely and as soon as possible to activity. Further, in-clinic access to radiology and ultrasound broadens the capabilities for athlete care. With the backing of resources from both UAB and Children’s of Alabama, the clinic provides state-of-the-art care, continually evolving through ongoing research.
“Our goal is to restore athletes to their prior level of play in not only a timely but also safe fashion,” Momaya said. “Through a comprehensive, up-to-date approach, we strive to help athletes excel and enjoy a lifetime of healthy sporting activities.”
Appointments with the UAB Sports Medicine Clinic can be made at 205-930-8339.
(WTNH) — The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t come with a set of instructions. As the hospitals began to fill, it was all hands on deck. Hartford Hospital Doctor Michael Hallisey joined his colleagues on the front lines.
What jumped out at him was the toll it was taking on them; dealing with a deadly virus that quite frankly, we didn’t know too much about.
“These are people who are facing the stress of COVID and taking care of patients. They like the distraction of talking about something that’s intriguing and thrilling like a book,” Dr. Hallisey said.
So he started a book club and bought his colleagues a series of books by bestselling author Michael Connelly. When Connelly first found out, he did not understand how his books could help. Then he spoke with Dr. Hallisey, and began to understand.
“The idea that you need a break, you need a relief, that came through. And so it’s very fulfilling to me to be in a position where maybe I can provide a little bit of that with my stories,” Connelly said.
Connelly pens detective novels and other crime fiction. His latest book just released this week is titled The Law of Innocence. It’s dedicated to Dr. Hallisey and his Hartford Hospital Book Club.
“Everyone was just like wow. This is, you know, this is real,” Hallisey said.
Connelly’s main character is Harry Bosch. In the web television series, Bosch, a police detective, is played by New Haven native Titus Welliver. Bosch’s code is, “Everybody counts, or nobody counts.”
Connelly sent Dr. Hallisey t-shirts with that slogan. Hallisey handed out the shirts and books to his colleagues. “In my mind, it’s thousands and thousands of people, but at the forefront is Dr. Hallisey-kinds leading by his example,” Connelly said.
“I told them there is medical literature that shows that crime fiction is very helpful. I call it medicine for the mind.”
Press release from The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center:
Nov. 10, 2020
The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Bridgewater has named Jessica Kichura as Fitness Director at the JCC’s JFit Club, it was announced by Laura Friedman, JCC Executive Director. Ms. Kichura replaces Joy McIntyre who relocated out of the area. In addition to Ms. Kichura, the JFit Club senior fitness team includes Assistant Fitness Director Aviv Wagner and Assistant Fitness Director Elisa Bowser (recently promoted from Fitness Manager).
In making the announcement, Ms. Friedman stated, “We are fortunate to have this exceptional leadership team at JFit Club. Jessica, Aviv and Elisa are passionate about the role they play in enhancing the lives of our members and working with them in maintaining their health and wellness. Our mission is to provide our members and the community the most current equipment and innovative programs in health and wellness. Furthermore, during Covid, we maintain a full schedule of virtual fitness options, including group fitness classes and personal training, for those members who prefer to workout out at home.”
Ms. Kichura first joined the JCC in 2012 as a fitness instructor and was later promoted to Fitness Manager in 2018. As a team, they are certified in Personal Training, Sport/Fitness Nutrition, Health Coaching, LesMills, and additional Group Fitness Programming.
In accepting her new role, Ms. Kichura states, “JFit is committed to enhancing our member’s quality of life. We are centered on the whole-health and well-being of our community”. Using the motto, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”, Ms. Kichura’s goal is for the JFit Club brand, and all that it offers, to be recognized throughout the community as the premiere fitness facility in the area. Ms. Kichura is excited to work closely with the dedicated JCC staff, members, and the community to provide an exceptional, high-quality experience at JFit Club through three key elements: innovative and personalized exercise programs and group fitness classes; foster social connection among members to build a family through fitness; and a professional staff to support and inspire.
The JFit Club facilities, which span over 7,500 square feet, include a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, Cardio Theater, Strength and Conditioning Studio, Group Fitness Studio, Spin Studio, Gymnasium, two salt-based filtration pools and Indoor and Outdoor Functional Training areas. The JFit Club offers over 65 weekly indoor, outdoor and virtual classes, as well as, Personal Training (indoor, outdoor and virtual). Group Fitness classes include: LesMills, Zumba, Yoga, Spin and Water Fitness. Sports such as Basketball and Pickleball are available in the Gymnasium. JFitClub membership is not required to participate in Group Fitness classes or sports offerings. (Ala carte pricing applies.)
The JCC is currently waiving the Joiner Fee on new JFit Club memberships through November 29, representing savings of up to $150 (some restrictions apply). To schedule a personal tour, contact Sarah Pollak, JCC Membership Director at 908-443-9015 or [email protected] For additional information please visit ssbjcc.org.
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ST. LOUIS, Nov. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Club Fitness Holdings, Inc. (“Club Fitness”) is notifying members of the Club Fitness Community of a data security incident that may have involved certain individual’s personal information. Club Fitness is notifying the potentially impacted individuals of this incident and providing resources to assist them in protecting their information.
On June 18, 2020, Club Fitness discovered a data security event that prevented access to data and programs on its network. Upon learning this, Club Fitness immediately began an investigation, and took action to secure and restore access to its network. Club Fitness also engaged cybersecurity experts to assist with its investigation and determine whether there may have been unauthorized access to any sensitive data. As a result of the investigation, Club Fitness learned that an unknown actor gained access to and obtained data from its network without authorization.
As a result, Club Fitness conducted a thorough review of what data may have been obtained by the unknown actor, to determine whether any personal information may have been impacted. Club Fitness determined on October 5, 2020 that certain individuals’ personal information may have been affected by this event.
Club Fitness provided written notification on November 4, 2020, to potentially impacted individuals with valid mailing addresses whose information may have been involved in the incident. Notification letters include information about the incident and steps that potentially impacted individuals can take to monitor and protect their personal information. Club Fitness is also providing potentially individuals with steps they can take to protect their personal information, including access to complimentary identity monitoring and recovery services through IDX.
Club Fitness has established a toll-free call center to answer questions about the incident and to address related concerns. The call center can be reached at 1-833-791-1658 Monday through Friday, 8 am – 8 pm Central Time. Additional information will be available on the Club Fitness website at https://www.clubfitness.us/.
The privacy and protection of the information of its members and its community is a top priority for Club Fitness, and it regrets any inconvenience or concern that this incident may cause.
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New spa, state-of-the-art gym and outdoor swimming pool planned for major health and fitness club near Edinburgh
One of the UK’s leading leisure groups is inviting locals to shape a new state of the art health and fitness club in Midlothian.
Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:45 pm
The plans hope to bring a range of premium family-focused health and leisure facilities to the the site between Edinburgh and Dalkeith.
The proposed facilities include a health and fitness club with three badminton-court sports hall, a large state of the art gym with several group-exercise studios for various uses such as group cycling, HIIT training and mind and body exercise.
Both a permanent and a seasonal tennis court are suggested, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, terrace and luxury indoor spa with spa garden.
The plans also include a clubroom which aims to attract families, couples and individual users. An adults only business hub for flexible working, and a soft play and activity space for children are also suggested.
A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was submitted to Midlothian Council in September, highlighting the intent of the developer to lodge a planning application this year.
David Lloyd noted that if the plans are approved, there will be nearly 250 car parking spaces with EV charging points as well as covered cycle spaces and various landscaping features.
Sandy Smith, development director at Buccleuch Property, owners of Shawfair Park said: “As a long-term investor in Shawfair and Midlothian we are very pleased to be working with David Lloyd Leisure in bringing these proposals forward.
“David Lloyd Leisure’s family-focused offering will be a fantastic addition to Shawfair Park and a valuable amenity to local residents and businesses who will be able to play tennis, swim and lead a healthy life-style with-in easy reach of their front doors.”
David Lloyd will consult with the local community digitally to provide residents with further information on the proposals. The public consultation website will go live at 9am on Thursday, October 29 with a consultation event taking place the same day from 4-8pm. Consultants will be available to answer any questions through a live two-way chat system during these times. Any suggestions for changes to the proposals shared during the event will be included in a Pre-Application Consultation report.
Brendan Mitchell, group acquisitions manager for David Lloyd said: “We are delighted to be providing the local community with the opportunity to shape our proposals for this exciting new health, leisure and fitness club in Midlothian.
“Clearly these are difficult times, and we’re pleased to offer an exciting vision to help people maintain physical and
LOS ANGELES (CN) — A federal judge indicated Monday she’s likely to advance a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Los Angeles Police Department officer, saying a jury should determine whether police were justified in killing a Black man who attorneys say was unarmed and posing no threat to anyone.
Police entered a 24 Hour Fitness in Hollywood on the morning of Oct. 29, 2018, after reports of a man causing a disturbance inside the gym.
Once inside, LAPD officers Edward Agdeppa and Perla Rodriguez found Albert Ramon Dorsey standing naked in the locker room and drying himself off.
The facts surrounding the subsequent events that resulted in the fatal police shooting of Dorsey are heavily disputed.
Paulette Smith, Dorsey’s mother, said in her 2019 lawsuit against the city of LA and Agdeppa that officers began assaulting and battering Dorsey immediately after attempting to unjustifiably detain him.
Dorsey was unarmed and posed no threat that would justify Agdeppa firing the bullets that killed Dorsey, according to the lawsuit, which sought funeral and burial expenses and punitive damages determined by a jury.
Responding to the lawsuit, Agdeppa’s attorneys filed for summary judgment, arguing that Smith’s claims were precluded as a matter of law because Dorsey assaulted gym employees and fought with police after refusing their verbal commands to leave the gym.
Dorsey pinned officer Rodriguez to the ground and struck her multiple times, forcing Agdeppa to use “lethal force in an effort to save his partner’s life,” attorneys said in the summary judgment motion.
“While the taking of a life is never preferred, there are circumstances where such drastic measures are necessary to protect the lives of others — this is such a situation,” the motion said.
The LA Police Commission, an appointed civilian oversight panel, determined in September 2019 that the shooting violated LAPD policy. The finding contradicted the assessment of the case by LA Police Chief Michel Moore.
Commissioners said the officers should have deescalated the situation or not have confronted Dorsey on their own to begin with.
Despite the commission’s finding, a July report by LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey determined Agdeppa’s actions were lawful and that the shooting was in self-defense.
Lacey’s report noted Agdeppa suffered a concussion and a laceration to the bridge of his nose and that Rodriguez had swelling on the left side of her face.
Dorsey was found with Rodriguez’s Taser in his left hand and a handcuff on his right wrist, the report said.
In a telephonic hearing Monday, U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder heard arguments on whether the facts established so far entitle Agdeppa and the city of LA to judgment as a matter of law. Granting Agdeppa’s motion would strip a jury of its role in determining judgment in the case.
Snyder said she’s inclined to deny summary judgment because the facts presented so far fail to establish a clear justification for Agdeppa’s use
A small victory in Miami on Friday could shift the power in favor of businesses who are fighting against local COVID-19 restrictions in South Florida.
Tootsie’s strip club in Miami Gardens won in a civil lawsuit against Miami-Dade County, and will be able to stay open past the county’s coronavirus curfew, which the judge called “illegal.”
The curfew has been in place nearly three months to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Restaurants were forced to close their dining rooms at midnight, which is when clubs typically open. In a number of cases, establishments such as Tootsie’s that stayed open were fined and forced to shut down at midnight.
The situation has been similar in Broward. Earlier this month, nightclub owners demanded answers from Broward Mayor Dale Holness, who said businesses would still have to shut down at 11 p.m. even after Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed South Florida into a Phase 2 reopening.
In Miami-Dade, Judge Beatrice Butchko ruled that Tootsie’s can operate all night because of DeSantis’ statewide decree, which effectively snatched power from local governments to enforce COVID-19 restrictions on businesses.
DeSantis’ order allowed counties and cities to set capacity limits for restaurants, but kept local governments from issuing rules that kept people from working.
“The Miami-Dade curfew orders conflict with [DeSantis’ executive order] because they prohibit Tootsie’s from operating; they prohibit employees and contractors from working; and they reduce capacity to zero for the entire time subject to the curfew,” Butchko wrote in the ruling.
Sports radio host Andy Slater broke the news that Tootsie’s won the suit.
Miami-Dade and Broward imposed the curfews in July to crack down on late-night parties in bars, streets and in private homes. The curfews also affected restaurants that had to close their dining rooms early.
Sun Sentinel staff writer Rafael Olmeda contributed to this report.
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