Author: Jackie Balestra

COVID-19 News Briefs for Monday, June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

 US research scientists and engineers in different fields are focusing attention on combating Covid-19 and even with no experience in medicine, their skills have proved surprisingly useful. Successes include designing a cheaper and more efficient nose swab from readily available components, developing a process to disinfect and reuse N95 masks, and examining the extent on which the coronavirus can be transmitted through aerosols

 Seafood processing company American Seafoods has confirmed that 85 crew members of one of its vessels have tested positive for Covid-19. The company operates 6 fish processing vessels and the impacted vessel has returned to the Seattle home port and all crew members are being quarantined

Message from City of Torrance Police Chief

June 1, 2020

Yesterday, Torrance Police Chief Eve Berg, sent out the following letter:

Dear Torrance Community,

We, at the Torrance Police Department, are incredibly disturbed and saddened by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The actions of the officers are deplorable and violate the public trust we have worked so hard to build within the Torrance Community.

Much of our policing is based on the fundamental concept of maintaining a partnership that is focused on Community Based Policing. We train to de-escalate a situation whenever possible, and to only use the amount of force necessary to perform our duties. We will not tolerate in our ranks anyone who does not live up to these standards.

COVID-19 News Briefs for Sunday, May 31, 2020

May 31, 2020

 The European Union on Saturday urged the US to rethink the decision to cut funding for the World Health Organization. President Trump had charged that the WHO didn’t adequately respond to the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the United Nations agency of being under China’s “total control”

 Nationally, a third of Americans have reported recent symptoms of anxiety and depression since late April and young adults (46% of Adults 18-29) are experiencing the highest rates of mental health strain during the pandemic, according to the new CDC data. Younger people, while not most heavily impacted by the illness itself, are facing extreme financial uncertainty and missed opportunities from the economic crisis which could shadow them for decades. Other groups reporting higher rates of mental stress include women, those with lower educational levels, and some ethnic minority groups including African-Americans and Latinos

COVID-19 News Briefs for Saturday, May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020

 A number of Latin American government officials have been forced to resign as reports of fraudulent purchases of ventilators, masks, and other supplies pile up. Alleged embezzlement and unlawful awards of no-bid contracts are being investigated in Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Bolivia, and Panama

 The Covid-19 pandemic has opened up potential new avenues of cooperation between Israel and some Arab Gulf nations, including a cargo plane carrying urgent medical supplies for the West Bank and Gaza, given permission to land at Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport for the first time ever. The easing of Israeli-Arab animosity comes amid fears of a coronavirus spike in the fall as lockdowns are being lifted while infection rates remain high


May 29, 2020

Hair salons and barbershops can reopen and in-person dining at restaurants can resume immediately, with safeguards, as Los Angeles County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery.

The State of California today approved the County’s request for a variance to state guidelines because the County has met the necessary public health thresholds to safely allow critical sectors of the economy and community to begin serving residents.

Los Angeles County is now in the advanced stages of Phase 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

COVID-19 News Briefs for May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

 President Trump announced that the US will be terminating the relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting funds — he said that the WHO failed to adequately respond to the Covid-19 crisis and that Chinese officials pressured the organization to mislead the world when the virus was first discovered

Terranea Resort to Re-Open on June 12, 2020

May 29, 2020

Terranea Resort is pleased to announce that with careful planning and consideration for the health and well-being of its guests and associates, the resort will reopen for overnight accommodations on June 12, 2020. As part of its ongoing commitment and in partnership with American Hotel & Lodging Association, California Hotel & Lodging Association, and Ecolab, Terranea has conducted a comprehensive review and enhancement of its existing high standards of service and care to ensure a safe and comfortable stay.

Kris Primacio, CEO, International Surf Therapy Organization

May 29, 2020

Listen to The South Bay Show: Manhattan Beach Chamber 360

Our guest is Kris Primacio, CEO of the International Surf Therapy Organization (ISTO), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit she helped founded in 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa, and this morning, we’ll learn about the world of Surf Therapy and how the pandemic has affected it.

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure

Eric Taylor, Salon Republic

May 28, 2020

Listen to The South Bay Show: South Bay Spotlight!

Our guest is Eric Taylor, Founder and CEO of Salon Republic. Salon Republic has two locations in the South Bay and this morning, we’ll talk grooming and the lack thereof during the coronavirus pandemic.

Listen to the program live at 8 a.m. or at your leisure

COVID-19 News Briefs for Wednesday, May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

 Latin American is now totaling more daily coronavirus infections than Europe or the US, according to WHO, with particular spikes in Brazil, Peru, and Chile. The US, approaching 100,000 deaths, is still the worst-hit single nation, but a new study found that Brazil, which has the second-most reported cases, could see deaths rise fivefold to 125,000 by August