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HMS Lancaster Leaves Curacao

first_img View post tag: Defense HMS Lancaster Leaves Curacao HMS Lancaster has returned to counter narcotics patrols in the Caribbean Sea following a stopover in Curacao for the island’s national day. Lancaster sailed into the city of Willemstad, on the Dutch administered island, following another successful counter narcotics patrol that saw her seize a vast amount cocaine and marijuana.Her visit to Curacao coincided with their national day ‘Dia de Pais’, in which Lancaster ‘dressed ship.’The Type 23 frigate set to work as soon as she came alongside by staging a Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief capability demonstration for the Curacao Disaster Management Bureau.Guests were treated to a presentation before touring the ship to establish an understanding of what she can offer Curacao in the wake of any disaster.Capabilities such as logistic and engineering support as well as fire fighting and medical assistance were demonstrated and discussed.A more general capability demonstration was then supplied the following day when the ship was open to the public.HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse, said:“It was a great honour and a privilege for me to be able to bring Lancaster to this beautiful island.“It’s the first Dutch territory we have visited on our deployment and an ideal opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities to a partner nation.“As we sail from Curacao we look forward to spending a period of time working with, and training alongside, Dutch naval vessels and aircraft in a joint effort to combat drug trafficking in the region.”As with previous visits Lancaster hosted an evening reception on board attended by the Acting Governor of Curacao, as well as several members of the Dutch naval forces based in the Caribbean doing similar work to Lancaster.The evening ended with a traditional ceremonial sunset along with Lancaster’s personal touch of a bagpipe accompaniment.Sport also plays a big part of any port visit with Lancaster fielding teams for golf, cricket, football and rugby.Unfortunately losses came across the board with the football team losing 4-1 to a strong Dutch Army team, the Rugby team losing to the Curacao Rugby Federation by 25-15 in a tightly contested affair and the Cricket team losing in a 20-20 match against Curacao Cricket Club.Lancaster will now embark on a further counter narcotics patrol in the Central Caribbean, where she has already seen success.Counter narcotic operations with partner nations is just one of a range of tasks Lancaster is conducting across the Caribbean in support of British interests.Others include providing reassurance and security for British Overseas Territories and the provision of humanitarian aid and disaster relief during the core hurricane season.[mappress]Press Release, October 23, 2013; Image: Royal Navy October 23, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Curacao View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS View post tag: Lancaster Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Lancaster Leaves Curacao View post tag: Leaves Share this article View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

USS Kauffman Recovers 630 Kg of Cocaine

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Kauffman Recovers 630 Kg of Cocaine View post tag: Cocaine View post tag: 630 View post tag: Navy May 14, 2015 Authorities View post tag: USCG USS Kauffman Recovers 630 Kg of Cocaine View post tag: USS Kauffman View post tag: kg In collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard, the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) recovered approximately 630 kg of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of approximately $23 million in international waters in the drug transit zone of the Eastern Pacific, May 6.During a routine patrol of the Eastern Pacific in international waters off the coast of Central and South America in support of Operation Martillo, Kauffman’s embarked helicopter squadron (HSL 60) spotted suspicious packages in the water. The bales were recovered by grappling hook and brought on board Kauffman for examination. Once on board, the Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment identified the packages as cocaine and took custody of the cargo.The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman is currently deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations in support of Operation Martillo.[mappress mapid=”15964″]Image: US Navy View post tag: americas View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

Ocean City Prepares to Welcome More Than 7,000 Cyclists in MS Ride

first_imgMore than 7,000 bicyclists will converge on Ocean City this weekend as part of the annual MS City to Shore Bike Ride — for many a two-day ride from the Philadelphia area with an overnight stay in Ocean City.The event was started 34 years ago by TV anchor Larry Kane, who with a few friends decided to organize a bike ride from Philadelphia to Ocean City to assist those affected by Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that took the life of his mother.About a dozen riders participated in the first event. Thanks to the pioneering work of Kane and the Philadelphia MS Society, the event has grown into the third largest bike tour in the country. It now raises over $6 million and includes over 7,000 bikers.The ride is an important boost to the shoulder season for Ocean City hotels, restaurants and merchants.For more information, visit http://bikepae.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=22817&pg=entry.last_img read more

Ocean City’s Smoking Ban Sparks Interest With Beachgoers

first_imgBeachgoers enjoy sunshine on a big June 2018 beach day. By Maddy VitaleThe countdown until the smoking ban on the beaches in Ocean City is on.On Saturday, as temperatures soared, sun bathers flocked to the beaches at “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” Umbrella after umbrella shielded some from the rays.Families soaked up the sunshine. Sunbathers took cool dips in the ocean and children made sandcastles.Scores of people were easy to find.Smokers were not.But a few of them were around and commented on the city’s smoking ban on the beaches which goes into effect July 10.Joyce and Troy Amspacher, of Delaware, relaxed on their beach towels. Joyce had her Marlboro Lights in hand, while Troy remarked that he is a former smoker.“It’s probably a good thing to ban it at the beaches,” Joyce Amspacher said. “So many communities have already done it. I really don’t mind that I won’t be able to smoke on the beach because you have to worry about kids with second hand smoke.”Joyce Amspacher is a smoker but doesn’t mind the smoking ban. She is with husband Troy Amspacher, of Delaware.Rachelle Blescia, of Pennsylvania, did not share that sentiment.“It is completely unfair,” she said. “You’re outside in a public place where there is wind.” She said currently, smokers are told to light up near the receptacles at the base of the beaches by the Boardwalk.Citing health concerns from second-hand smoke and unsightly litter from discarded cigarette butts, Ocean City Council approved the ordinance June 14 to make it illegal to smoke on all the beaches starting in July.The city joins other shore towns in Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean and Monmouth counties that have already enacted beach smoking bans.Mark and Kirsty Campbell, of Pennsylvania, love bringing their children Abigail, 10, and Benjamin, 7, to Ocean City to vacation because, they said, it is so family-friendly.They are very happy about the impending smoking ban, they said.“We are all for it,” Mark Cooper, a reformed smoker said. “Both of my parents passed away from smoking. There shouldn’t be smoking on the beach. This is important for the next generation.”Phil Campbell and his mom Janice Campbell pictured with Grace Potter and Jessica Campbell, of Medford Lakes and Ocean City, can’t wait until the smoking ban goes into effect.Janice Campbell and her family, from Medford Lakes and Ocean City had a lot to say about the smoking ban.“I heard the news about the ban. We are so happy about it,” Campbell said. “I hate sitting at the beach and having smoke blown in my face.”Campbell’s daughter, Jessica Campbell, 16, and her friend Grace Potter, 16, said they are relieved that they won’t have to endure wafting smoke and cigarette butts that litter up the beaches.“It is so annoying when people leave cigarette butts in the sand,” Jessica Campbell said. Beachgoer Amanda Hurst, of Pennsylvania, thinks that the ban may cut down on some of the litter. In beach sweeps plastic bottles, plastic bags and cigarette butts have been reported as the most common items picked up.Mayor Jay Gillian, who proposed the ban, said Saturday, “The ordinance is fitting for “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” and I hope it will allow everybody to enjoy our beaches in the safest and healthiest way.”The mayor added, “My administration had drafted and recommended the amended local law, which now prohibits smoking on the beach, Boardwalk and all public parks and recreational areas.”With steamy temperatures, beachgoers enjoyed the slight breeze at the water’s edge. Proponents of the smoking ban say they don’t want the scent of smoke wafting through the air. In addition to a ban, the ordinance includes financial penalties for violations. For the first offense, fines would range from $100 to $250. Second and subsequent offenses would result in fines between $500 and $1,000.Ocean City is getting a jump on proposed statewide legislation, now awaiting Gov. Phil Murphy’s approval to become law, that would impose a partial smoking ban on all public beaches in New Jersey. Children from Coastal Christian in Ocean City do their part to help clean up the Moorlyn Beach in Ocean City during a Beach Sweep in the spring. Cigarette butts top the list of debris found in cleanups, environmentalists say.last_img read more

O.C. Schools Planning “Next Big Step” For In-Person Instruction

first_imgThe Primary School will be the first in the district to offer five days of in-person instruction since the pandemic. The Ocean City School District is one of the few districts in the state to continue to keep their doors open with hybrid scheduling since the start of the fall 2020 school year.District leaders and community members have expressed their commitment to the safety of the students and staff, acknowledging the risks the pandemic has presented, while gaining valuable insight for day-to-day teaching.With this, they plan their “next big step,” which is reopening their doors for five consecutive in-person instructional days, the district announced in a press release Tuesday.The beginning of February is the current targeted reopening beginning with grades kindergarten to fifth, as explained in a letter released to parents on Jan. 12 from Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor.“These grades have the lowest number of students per grade and the largest classroom space, which enables us to reopen our K-5 classrooms for those students in our in-person instruction program,” Dr. Taylor said.Students in Pre-K and grades 6-12 will continue hybrid instruction with additional student-teacher time. Students enrolled in virtual learning will continue their schedule as is.“It’s been a group effort to get the district to where it is now. Everyone has worked hard and utilized every ounce of information we’ve been able to accumulate over the last five months to feel confident in our strategy to open for five-day instruction,” Dr. Taylor said.She continued, “As we work to enact this next phase, we will continue to practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible, as well as continue to enforce the current CDC guidelines, ultimately aiding in a full reopen. Students and staff will also benefit from added Plexiglass barriers and other equipment.”The district continues to urge all community members to follow social distancing guidelines, wear a mask and not to gather in large groups.For more information click on the link to read Dr. Taylor’s letter. https://ocnjdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Ltr-to-School-Community-1-12-21.pdfParents in the Intermediate and Primary schools will receive additional information on the return to a five-day schedule as well as a survey in the coming week.Updates will be posted via SwiftK-12 messaging, social media, as well as the OCSD website.The current Hybrid Plan and additional COVID-Prevention guidelines can be found on the district website, oceancityschools.org.last_img read more

The Peach Festival: Continuing The Allman Brothers Band Legacy After 2017’s Major Losses

first_imgWhen The Peach Festival hosted its inaugural event back in 2012, it quickly became an Allman Brother Band extended family gathering. Year after year, the festival hosts the band and its members’ various side projects on its lineup, and 2017 is no different. This year, The Peach Festival boasts sets from Warren Haynes’s Gov’t Mule (who will be joined by friends such as John Scofield), Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, the final performance from Les Brers, and an Allstar Tribute to Greg Allman & Butch Trucks, making for what is sure to be a weekend full of touching ABB-inspired moments from the multitude of artists set to appear from August 10th to 13th at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA.2017 hasn’t been an easy year for family, friends, and the scores of adoring fans of the iconic Allman Brothers Band. With the tragic loss of founding drummer Butch Trucks back in January followed by the news that Gregg Allman had succumbed to liver cancer in May, to say the wind has been knocked out of many of our proverbial sails would be a major understatement. And while there have been many tributes from artists across the musical spectrum these past few months, nothing will compare to the collective energy and vibe that will be experienced at this year’s Peach Festival. With the artists in attendance and the gathering of fans far and wide, Montage Mountain will witness a truly cathartic experience.One can expect both somber moments and those of sheer joy at this year’s Peach Festival. There will be tears shed, hugs doled out in abundance, countless stories shared amongst friends and strangers, and divine musical moments as each and every person on-site helps create a proper send off to both Allman and Trucks. Not to mention there will be plenty of chills running up and down spines throughout the weekend as the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll past takes hold of the thousands in attendance.High on the list of must-see chill-inducing performances slated to go down at Peach is “A Peach Tribute To Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks.”  The master and former ABB keyboardist Chuck Leavell (currently with The Rolling Stones) will lead the tribute as musical director, alongside ABB members Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, and Marc Quinones. Butch’s nephew and Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks, Gregg’s son guitarist Devon Allman, former ABB guitarist Jack Pearson, rising guitarist and vocalist Marcus King, keyboardist Bruce Katz (who has toured with both Butch and Gregg’s bands, and Les Brers) Lamar Williams Jr., son of former bassist Lamar Williams and vocalist of Les Brers, guitarist Pat Bergeson of Les Brers, musical director of the Gregg Allman Band and guitarist Scott Sharrard, GAB keyboardist Pete Levin, Berry Oakley Jr., son of original ABB bassist Berry Oakley, and Butch Trucks’s son and guitarist Vaylor Trucks will all participate in this monstrous tribute to the Allman Brothers Band.As Chuck Leavell expressed in a press release, “This is a golden opportunity for those of us that were close to Gregg and Butch to pay homage to them and celebrate their lives and their many contributions to music. I’m proud to be a part of it and can’t wait to share the stage with all the great players that will be a part of it.”While many will come to the realization that the Allman Brothers Band proper is no longer, the spirit of the group lives on in its many extensions. The roots that Duane Allman began to put down almost fifty years ago—ones that Gregg continued to water after the tragic motorcycle accident that took his legendary guitarist brother—have become the foundation of Southern blues rock. The Allman Brothers spawned the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band, Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, North Mississippi Allstars, The Black Crowes, the Drive-By Truckers, The Marcus King Band, and so many more throughout the years, and will continue to inspire countless musicians for years to come.This year at The Peach Festival, many offerings will be raised in honor of the two major losses that hit the Allman Brothers Band world this year. It is something that fans of the legendary group, and those that simply respect the long history of rock music, will not want to miss. These are the moments that we live for and appreciate the most when it comes to the love of music and the celebration of life.The String Cheese Incident’s ‘Allman Brothers Family Incident’ at Peach Festival 2016:[via Rock, Roots, & Blues – Live]This year’s lineup includes sets from Widespread Panic (2 Nights), My Morning Jacket, Gov’t Mule & Friends featuring John Scofield, Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Mike Gordon. The festival will also see sets by Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan, Greensky Bluegrass, Dark Star Orchestra, Galactic, Rich Robinson’s Magpie Salute, Keller Williams’ Kwahtro, Cabinet (2 sets), Hayley Jane & The Primates, Pink Talking Fish Eats a Peach (A full performance of Eat A Peach intertwined with Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads, and Phish songs) and many more incredibly talented acts in addition to must-see collaborations with the artists-at-large, the Turkuaz Horns and Primate Fiasco.Tickets are on sale now at ThePeachMusicFestival.com. For CID travel packages, VIP, and festival details, visit the festival website. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page. Check out the full festival lineup below:last_img read more

Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform Fiery Medley Of “HUMBLE.” & “DNA.” At The Video Music Awards

first_imgMTV‘s 34th annual Video Music Awards took place on Sunday night, and if we’re being honest it was mostly not on our radar in real time: There was another highly-awaited TV event going on that night which commandeered our collective attention. And from the response the once-influential awards show received from the Internet, it seems like we made the right choice watching the Game of Thrones season finale instead. Reviews of the Katy Perry-hosted awards special have been decidedly and emphatically negative. Although many artists used their onscreen time to shed light on some important social issues, ans, artists, and industry insiders alike have taken shots at everything from the show’s poorly-written and even-more-poorly-executed sketches, to deserving performers being cut off early, to Lorde “performing” her entire song without actually singing anything at all.Perhaps the state of the music world has passed the VMAs by in 2017: MTV no longer has their fingers on the pulse of what’s hip, artists continue to “shake up” the conventional release process with “visual albums,” “virtual reality experiences,” and the like. The very concept of a televised awards show about the year’s best music videos feels a bit archaic in the modern media landscape, as live broadcast TV viewing is being overtaken by Internet-based streaming platforms and the success and popularity of a video is easily quantified by prominently displayed view counts. Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was among the many artists to take shots at Sunday’s VMAs. You can see some of his Twitter comments below: However, while the night was something of a disappointment (or, you know, just as bad as you expected, depending on how high your expectations were to begin with), there’s at least one artist who can mark the 2017 VMAs firmly in the “Win” column: hip hop superstar Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper took home six “Moon Men” for his visually bold “HUMBLE.” video, including the award “Video of the Year.” He also put on easily the evening’s hottest performance, a medley of two track off his acclaimed 2017 album, DAMN.: “DNA.” and “HUMBLE.” Lamar clearly went all-out for the performance, recalling the “HUMBLE.” video with the help of a complex laser light show, sword-wielding dancers fully engulfed in flames, warriors climbing a fiery trellis, and more. While it may not fully redeem a full evening of high-budget, low-quality TV schlock, the performance certainly is worth the five minutes it takes to watch it.You can watch Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 VMA spectacle in all its fiery glory below (via MTV):last_img read more

Johnson City officials discuss sewage rate increase

first_imgVillage officials are looking to gather more information on consumption of resources, but when asked whether water rates could go up, officials say they aren’t sure. “We’re looking at leaving the minimum rate at what it is, which is $50 for the first 1000 cubic feet. Then, every 100 cubic feet after that it goes to $5.25. We’re looking to raise that to $7.25,” said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie. “Is there a possibility? There’s always a possibility. What we’ve always tried to do, it hasn’t come to fruition yet, just raise the rates a little every year, not these big jumps,” said Deemie. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Changes could be coming to sewer prices in Johnson City, as mayor says this is a part of ongoing debt and village costs. While it hasn’t been officially decided to raise sewage rates, the public will be able to voice concerns at the next public hearing, scheduled at the next board meeting on Tuesday, February 18.last_img read more

Interesting and original content of Advent in Brod as an example of how to tell tourist stories

first_imgThis is the direction the manifestations should go. Create recognizable indigenous content based on the real stories that each destination has. Every Advent has the same content but when you create your original story your Advent gets specialness and originality, and that is what will attract visitors. Malik Tintilinić, Domaći, Palunko, Kosjenka, Regoč, Potjeh and Stribor, characters from the work “Stories from the past” by our most famous writer Ivana Brlić Mažuranić have returned to their hometown, Slavonski Brod. To the delight of big and small, this time they came to Advent from antiquity where they bring the joy and magic of Christmas to the streets of Slavonski Brod. The idea is great and can be an example of how to make original and interesting content. Advent in Brod stood out and showed how to be different. “This year, the city of Slavonski Brod prepared a special Advent program for all its fellow citizens, but also for many visitors, creating a completely new, fairy-tale world based on the characters and works of the writer who wrote some of her most famous works in this city. Special emphasis is placed on the holographic light spectacle on the water wall of the canal next to the Fortress, which provides an unforgettable experience of Ivana’s world of fairy tales, as well as numerous occasional decorations throughout the city that simply invite you to take photos with Ivana’s characters. announced by the organizers. Precisely in order to preserve this wonderful memory of our world-famous writer, the City of Slavonski Brod has launched a project to renovate Ivana’s family house and convert it into the Ivana Brlić Mažuranić interpretation center. The desire is to protect the invaluable cultural property located in the center of Slavonski Brod, but also to evoke Ivana’s life and her most famous works to all generations. The renovation and opening of its home to all visitors will not only enrich the tourist offer of Slavonski Brod, but will also significantly contribute to the sustainable socio-economic development of the city. Through this project, House Brlić will become a space that follows the world trends in the field of cultural and literary tourism, with special emphasis on the education of children and youth. The City of Slavonski Brod strives to preserve the valuable cultural heritage and memory of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić through various events which, focusing on Ivana’s character and works, contribute to creating the recognizability of Slavonski Brod, making it a unique tourist destination. In designing these events, the City of Slavonski Brod cooperates with the creative director Helena Bulaja Madunić, who celebrated Ivana’s stories all over the world. Inspired by Ivana’s work, with the intention of preserving the collection from oblivion and restoring its old splendor, in 2002 she created one of the world’s first animated interactive digital literary works “Croatian Tales of Long Ago” with an international team of artists, which toured in a new guise. and have been touring all continents for a full 17 years! The project has won numerous prestigious world awards, from awards for pioneering interactive and multimedia content for children to awards for the best collection of animated films and special literary editions. As he showed this year, the City of Slavonski Brod will nurture even more active memories of the most famous Croatian children’s writer Ivana Brlić Mažuranić with rich and recognizable events, creating a recognizable and valuable cultural heritage, which also becomes a recognizable tourist attraction. Back in 1916, exactly 103 years ago, our genius Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, a two-time candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature, not only fantasized in the beautiful Brod na Savi, but also wrote “Stories from the past” with her family of as many as seven children. As early as 1922, thanks to the enthusiasm of Ivana herself, they were available in New York in English translation, then in 1924 in London, and from 1928 to 1931 they were translated into Swedish, Czech, Danish, Russian, German and Slovak. She began her career as a writer as a nine-year-old girl, since when she has irrevocably immersed herself in the world of fairy tales and created some of her most famous works such as “The Strange Adventures of Apprentice Hlapić”, “Stories from Antiquity”, the most famous of which is “,” Gingerbread Heart “, and many others. Advent from antiquity which visitors to Slavonski Brod can enjoy these days is a continuation of this successful cooperation that began with projects A train from antiquity i Picnic from ancient times in April this year, when Slavonski Brod organized a fairytale celebration of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić’s birthday, through a specially designed program of interactive chat rooms and creative workshops inspired by the animated – interactive collection of Ivana’s stories by an international group of authors led by Helena Bulaja Madunić. In order to keep everything in the spirit of imaginative innovations in storytelling, literature and culture, U A train from antiquity passengers and storytellers created and told stories live on the train for the first time in Croatia! Be original and tell your travel stories. Advent from antiquitybrings plenty of fun for all generations, especially for the youngest who expect many surprises. In the spirit of Ivana’s heroes, a series of workshops with original names was prepared for them – Hlapić’s red boots, Ledeni tintilinići, Žito Striborovo, Vesele Gita’s skates, Potjeh was looking for Christmas, but also special programs such as Čajenka’s Magic Fairy Tale or Lutonj’s Ice Walk. All visitors have the opportunity to try skating at two skating rinks, in the Fortress and in the main town square, and have fun at numerous concerts. Let us also mention the rich Christmas fair where exhibitors of the appropriate Christmas assortment present their products and the inevitable holiday, traditional gastronomic offer. Thus, on the main town square, named after Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, there is a large pop-up book Stories from the past in which visitors can enter the Striborovo forest, dance with their grandmother and family, hang out with Potjeh, Marun and Ljutiš and hang out. painting with Neva at her mill. Surrounded by her heroes, on the city’s Korzo, Ivana welcomes guests playfully in her stories. This is not a coincidence, because the legend says, believe it or not, that the locals led by Malik Tintilinić jumped out of the potassium stove of the Brlić-Mažuranić family house on Korzo, right next to the beautiful promenade by the Sava, one winter evening in front of Ivana and her children. The fortress, which also hosts a rich program, especially for the youngest visitors, is certainly the same fortress that was saved from the waters of Zlovoda by Regoč, who took pity on Kosjenka’s great sorrow after seeing the battle of two villages quarreling over threshing floors and other nonsense. in which the chosen one of Kosjenko’s heart, the good boy Ljiljo and his company, almost died. last_img read more

Seoul closes bars and clubs over fears of second virus wave

first_imgSouth Korea’s capital has ordered the closure of all clubs and bars after a burst of new cases sparked fears of a second coronavirus wave as President Moon Jae-in urged the public to remain vigilant.The nation has been held up as a global model in how to curb the virus, but the order from the Seoul mayor on Saturday followed the new infection cluster in Itaewon, one of the city’s busiest nightlife districts.More than two dozen cases were linked to a 29-year-old man who tested positive after spending time at five clubs and bars in Itaewon last weekend. Health authorities have warned of a further spike in infections, with around 7,200 people estimated to have visited the five establishments identified.”Carelessness can lead to an explosion in infections,” Seoul mayor Park Won-soon said, adding the order will remain in effect indefinitely.Park asked those who visited those clubs and bars to come forward voluntarily.Of the 18 new South Korean cases reported on Saturday, 17 were tied to the Itaewon cluster, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The jump in new infections comes as everyday life in South Korea has slowly started returning to normal, with the government relaxing social distancing rules last Wednesday.President Moon said Sunday that the fresh infection cluster had “raised awareness that even during the stabilization phase, similar situations can arise again anytime”.’Not over’ “It’s not over until it’s over,” Moon said during a speech marking his third anniversary of taking office.”While keeping enhanced alertness till the end, we must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention,” he added.Moon has enjoyed growing public support on the back of his government’s handling of the virus, which led to a landslide victory for his ruling party at last month’s parliamentary elections.The country reported 34 new cases on Sunday — its largest daily increase in a month — taking the total to 10,874.South Koreans reacted with fury and fear to the news of the latest spike in infections.”What a disaster… Is this the beginning of another wave of a nationwide coronavirus outbreak?” wrote one online user.Another commentator added: “It’s outrageous how selfish and ignorant people can be. We should all stay home.”The country endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside mainland China, and while it never imposed a compulsory lockdown, strict social distancing had been widely observed since March.But it appears to have brought its outbreak under control thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” program that has drawn widespread praise.Facilities like museums and churches have returned to business and some professional sports, including baseball and soccer, have begun new seasons, while schools are set to reopen starting next week.Topics :last_img read more