How the Portuguese app about beaches that triumphed abroad works

An application developed by students from São João da Madeira to indicate the capacity of 580 Portuguese beaches during the pandemic was one of the winners of the international competition “Apps for Good”. Find out how the idea was born and how the app works.

During the confinement and with the summer on the prowl, four students from the Serafim Leite Secondary School, in S. João da Madeira, created a smartphone application, in just four days, which allows bathers to see how the beaches are doing even before leave home and thus avoid unnecessary travel. Now available for Android.

“We were talking in the chat and thinking about what summer holidays would be like. We saw the rules for using the beaches in the news and started to think about an idea”, says Nuno Castro, who got to work with Diogo Resende, Jorge Correia and Bruno Dylan, all students of the 12th year of the Technical-Professional Programming Course. They worked remotely, from home, about 14 hours a day, and teacher Fátima Pais helped. They had already experienced the world of applications in the course, but they had never created one “seriously” to be used.

They wanted to encompass all the country’s maritime and river beaches, on the continent and islands, and identifying them was the most difficult task. “Because there is no database that has information on all beaches,” says the professor. In the survey, 580 beaches counted. “For each one, we saw the georeferencing system, the longitude, the latitude”, explains Diogo. THE
app is called SandSpace and you can search for beaches by name, or by county and district, and you can even see the temperature and wind speed in each one.

The application is in English with tourists in mind and now depends on everyone’s help. “The people on the beach will tell you in the app if there are a lot of people or little“, says Nuno. Based on information from swimmers, each beach appears on the map with a colorful traffic light style sign. Green means that there are few people, yellow indicates that there is little space to extend the towel and red warns that the beach it’s crowded.

Updated information

The colored signs only use data provided by users in the last two hours, so that the information is as up-to-date as possible, and the app shows how many contributed to the information. SandSpace is free and is now available on Google Play, on the Android operating system. “It was our contribution to this phase that we are going through. Meanwhile, the Portuguese Environment Agency, which manages the Info Praia app, got in touch with us. And also a Spanish multinational that is making an app for the whole world”, concludes the teacher.


all on the beach without distance (and mask)

We were told: it won’t be aestate like the others. And instead, after a few weeks of common sense, here we are to live our holidays with “Italian” rules. Do you remember when we imagined having to spend the summer under plexiglass cubes? And look now: the beaches of the Lazio coast at the weekend seem like the bus stop at rush hour, other than social distancing. 6pm, Saporetti factory, Sabaudia: hundreds of young people piled together for a spritz. Finding a person wearing a mask is practically impossible. Maybe they have it in the bag but not on them.

Covid, crowded beaches, ignored safety distances, experts: «So skip reopening of the school in September»

Someone tries to be loyal, showing the mask at the bar, but then it’s hot and voila, here it disappears. Even bartenders (not all of them) forget about protection. Yet the signs are displayed almost everywhere and the rules (do you remember the rules?) Are clear: gathering prohibited, distance of at least one meter between the umbrellas, obligation to wear a mask indoors. 34,610 deaths and 238,275 positive should be enough to convince the Covid-19 deniers. And instead the coronavirus in Sabaudia beach (but not only) seem completely forgotten, vanished in the sun. From north to south, from Jesolo to Mondello, from Lido di Camaiore to Riccione, from Viareggio to Fregene the images show us bathers too close.

Too bad that for weeks virologists and experts continue to repeat that the epidemic has not passed. In Italy there are new outbreaks. “We are living with Covid, the virus has not disappeared at all – warns the Minister of Regional Affairs, Francesco Boccia – gatherings annihilate everything”. How can we not understand it?

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Coronavirus. “The problem is not the beaches”, underlines this Rennes infectiologist

Reopen the beaches? More and more voices, elected officials from the coast, inhabitants, associations, sportspeople and skippers are calling for it. Many denounce a “Parisian” vision of deconfinement, in which the beaches would necessarily be crowded and visited by tourists.

“The problem is not the beaches, recalls Matthieu Revest, professor at the University of Rennes 1, infectious disease specialist, and medical manager for emerging infectious diseases at the Rennes University Hospital. There is no more danger on beaches than anywhere else and the decision to close them is not medical. The risk is that, by reopening them, the authorities fear that they will find many people there and that social distancing can no longer be applied to them. “

“The disease is scary”

But can not the principle of reason apply? The Breton beaches are not Biarritz and walkers have plenty of room to cross paths at a good distance. “I know the Breton coast well and there are beaches where I am sure I can walk without anyone next to it, that’s true”, admits Matthew Revest. But the infectious disease specialist insists: “Social distancing remains essential at least for several weeks”.

He is also not worried about the gradual deconfinement from May 11. “The majority of people will remain attentive to barrier gestures. The disease is scary, it must not be forgotten. “

“People wonder and will pay attention”

For him, all the measures he sees taking place in schools, shops, businesses, contribute “To keep up the pressure and allow everyone to become aware of the issue. All these questions that we hear from right to left, it shows, precisely, that people are asking questions and that they will pay attention. I’m pretty optimistic about people’s civility. “


Why does California have low COVID-19 numbers in the US drama? – Telemundo 52

LOS ANGELES – Early confinement and other prevention measures promoted by the state government have allowed California, with more than 40 million inhabitants and some 300 deaths from COVID-19, to become an example of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in United States.

So far, the nation’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million citizens, has recorded fewer than 6,000 cases and 132 deaths, far from New York City, which has 8 and a half million inhabitants. and it has confirmed some 130,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths.

“California has been doing quite well in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a relatively low number of infected per 100,000 people and a low death rate,” said Professor Karin Michels, head of the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).


California Governor Gavin Newsom was one of the first in the country to enact relatively strict confinement, allowing only “essential” activities such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and exercising respect for safety distances between people.

In contrast, eight states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming – have not mandated their residents to stay home.

“The governor issued ‘home security’ and ‘shelter’ orders relatively quickly. Universities like UCLA and other large employers closed even earlier and sent people to work, teach and study from home,” said Michels, who has extensive experience in disease prevention, public health and statistical methods.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, California schools may continue to be closed until the end of August.

Newsom also took the initiative to decree the closure of schools, which will remain closed until next year, as a preventive measure; in asking President Donald Trump to send a hospital ship to Los Angeles to support local hospitals before it reached a hypothetical peak in the number of cases, which has not yet occurred; and in closing the state’s beaches and parks.

Another point that seems to have helped so far in the exceptional case of California against COVID-19, according to experts, is the low population density of the state, which reduces the possibility of contagion and allows better compliance with the rules of social distancing.

 Despite having a large population, Californians do not live in
as dense as New Yorkers. Cities spread with
Few skyscrapers: Relative to other states, many more people in
 California lives in houses, not in apartment buildings or buildings
high, “summarizes Michels, who is based on data from a study of his


California has had a much lower per capita death rate than most of the nation’s largest states, with the exception of Texas.

“The state has a low average age and a high
density of healthcare facilities, which may have contributed to
 the low mortality rate, “explained Michels.

According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the mortality rate among those infected with 20 years of age is 0.03%, while for those 70 years of age it is 8.6%.

Cautious tone

 Californian authorities have projected alarming numbers in the
recent weeks, although so far those estimates have not been

Newsom himself foresaw two weeks ago that more than half the state’s population, or about 25 million people, would become infected, so he begged its residents to follow the guidelines to the letter.

For his part, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, did not hesitate to forecast that the city “would follow in the footsteps of New York” in number of cases, a catastrophic scenario that is still far away.

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The United States on Monday exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, with 10,335 and almost 350,000 infected, making it the third country with the most deaths after Italy and Spain, according to the count of the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering (CSSE) from Johns Hopkins University (Maryland).

The new data is known after this Sunday
President Donald Trump, during his usual daily press conference,
make sure “this will probably be the hardest week, between this
week and next, and there will be a lot of death. ”

The state of New York, the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accumulates with these latest figures a total of 4,758 deaths and 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to just over 122,000 that it had a day earlier.


California beaches look full even though the US is approaching a million COVID-19 infections

The beaches of Orange County, in southern California, were filled with thousands of bathers, who have flocked since Friday amid a heat wave after local authorities eased the restrictions.

The stamp in some places was similar to that of any summer weekend.

Crowded Beaches vs. Closed Beaches in California

According to the media, more than 40,000 people went to some beaches this Saturday, such as Newport; a number that could be exceeded this Sunday.

Earlier this week the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to keep some beaches and outdoor areas open, although their parking lots would still be closed.

In contrast, Los Angeles County’s beaches, including those on the famous Santa Monica and Venice promenade, remain empty due to local authorities’ insistence not to relax measures and keep them closed.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned this Sunday in a message on Twitter: “We will not allow a weekend to undo a month of progress. While the sun is tempting, we stay home to save lives. “

This occurs as the United States, the country most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in absolute terms, approaches one million confirmed cases, with 954,182, and has accounted for 54,573 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. .

Social distancing will continue throughout the summer

In light of how the pandemic is progressing, the doctor Deborah Birx, coordinator of the COVID-19 White House working group, said this Sunday in an interview with NBC that social distancing measures will be extended throughout the year. summer in the US, despite the gradual “reopening” of the economy.

“We continue to follow this very closely, but that’s where the projections take us, it’s very much based on (what happens in) Detroit and Louisiana and other groups, and then you look at Seattle that has never reached its peak and never had a outbreak and we try to understand what we can do as a public, social distancing will be with us throughout the summer to ensure that we protect ourselves, “said Birx.

In recent days, several states have begun to ease social distancing measures and revive their economy, and it is expected that more than a dozen will resume activities over the next week.

That’s the case in places like Alaska, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee, which have, in fact, started reopening some businesses, like hair salons, gyms, and bowling alleys.

In response to a question about whether he was not afraid of losing what he has gained in the last six weeks of confinement with the reopening of some states, Birx indicated that he has had “good conversations” with governors and assured that they understand the risks.

“They speak of this not as a turning on of the light but as a gradual increase in the intensity of the light, very slowly, and that is why it is being phased,” said the doctor.

A schedule for recovery

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also spoke about the resumption of economic activity on Sunday, who outlined the recovery schedule.

“I think that as we begin to reopen the economy in May and June, it will be seen that the economy recovers in July, August and September,” Mnuchin said on Fox News television.

“We are putting an unprecedented amount of fiscal aid into the economy,” he added. “There are going to be billions of dollars in the economy and I think this is going to have a significant impact.”

USA It has already approved four economic rescue packages worth nearly $ 3 trillion, although the Congressional Budget Office projected on Friday that the country’s fiscal deficit will triple to $ 3.7 trillion, while unemployment will reach 16% due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Mnuchin did not rule out that in the future stimulus packages will be used to assist states and cities. “If we need to spend more money, we will do it, and we will only do it with bipartisan support,” that is, with the support of the Democratic and Republican Parties, said the Treasury secretary.

Some governors, such as New York’s Andrew Cuomo, head of the state most affected by the pandemic, have criticized the federal government for failing to provide additional aid to state and local executives, while the head of the Republican majority in the Senate Mitch McConnell opposes state bailouts and has suggested that the option is for them to file for bankruptcy


California beaches look full, although the US is close to a million infections

EFE / Los Angeles

The crowds that packed the beaches of Orange County in southern California this weekend have thwarted the conservative zone’s first attempt to push the state’s relaxation of restrictions.

More than 40,000 people went to some beaches this Saturday, such as Newport; a number that could be surpassed this Sunday, according to the local media that showed the images of the bathers crowded in the arena.

The stamp was similar to that of any summer weekend in Southern California.

Earlier this week the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to reopen some beaches and outdoor areas, although their parking lots will remain closed.

Newport Beach spokesman John Pope told the Orange County Register newspaper Sunday that “the crowds this weekend will be a test” to assess the steps that were taken.

“If people cannot adhere to the current rules, the city can choose to close the beaches entirely,” he warned.

In contrast, Los Angeles County beaches, including those on the famous Santa Monica and Venice promenade, remained vacant at the insistence of local authorities not to relax the measures and to keep them closed.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned Sunday in a Twitter message: “We will not allow a weekend to undo a month of progress. While the sun is tempting, we stay home to save lives.”

“The places we love, our beaches, hiking trails, will continue there when this is over,” stressed the head of the city council.

Although California was the first state in the entire nation to impose orders to stay home and is going through its sixth week of confinement, Governor Gavin Newsom has declined to say when the measures could be relaxed.

The Democrat has repeatedly argued that until the numbers of infections, hospitalizations are decreased, and that more Californians have access to evidence, he does not set a date to start a slow reopening.

Garcetti, like the Los Angeles County and San Francisco Baha area authorities, has joined this call by continuing local restrictions.

Meanwhile, Orange authorities have said that the beaches have been flooded with residents of neighboring counties that remained closed.

“When you take a look at the people who are coming, not only do they not adhere to safer policies of staying home in their own communities, they don’t even stay in their own counties,” Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Supervisor told local media.

In recent days, several states around the nation have begun to ease social distancing measures and revive their economy, and more than a dozen are expected to resume activities over the next week.

That is the case in places like Alaska, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee, which have, in fact, started reopening some businesses, such as hairdressers, gyms, and bowling alleys.

This occurs as the country approaches the one million confirmed cases, with 954,182, and has accounted for 54,573 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Despite being the most populous state in the country with almost 40 million inhabitants, California has managed to contain the spread of the virus with 41,137 positive cases of COVID-19 until this Saturday.

Deaths from the coronavirus reached 1,651 in the state, with the Los Angeles area being the most affected, according to figures from the California Department of Health.


Surfing returns to Australia’s beaches

The bondi beach, in eastern Sydney and one of the best known of Australia, will reopen for water sports next Tuesday after being closed to the public for more than a month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, official sources confirmed on Wednesday.

“We have announced water access for surfing and swimming in the ocean through strictly guarded runners on the sand. There will be no access to the sand or to any land activity, ”the Waverley district press office, where the beach is located, said in an email sent.

The partial reopening of Bondi, as well as the neighboring beaches of Bronte and Tamarama, will take place on April 28 between 7 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon only for water sports, which excludes walking or jogging in its banks, as well as sunbathing or sitting on the sand.

Australian authorities ordered Bondi to close on March 21 after thousands of bathers went to tan there despite the restriction and physical distancing measures then in place by COVID-19. Health workers attribute the aforementioned agglomeration in Bondi part of the spread of the virus among young people.


Global warming and sea level rise threaten half of beaches

Climate change and rising sea levels could cause half of the world’s sandy beaches to disappear by the end of the century, according to a study released Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

And even in the scenario of humanity sharply reducing its emissions of greenhouse gases, responsible for the rise of the global average temperature, more than a third of the sandy coastlines are threatened, pointed out in the study.

Its disappearance would have an impact on tourist activities, but not only.

“In addition to tourism, sandy beaches often offer the first protection mechanism against storms and floods, so without them the impacts of extreme weather events are likely to be stronger,” said Michalis Vousdoukas, who led the study and is a researcher at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center. “We must prepare,” he insisted.

Sandy beaches occupy more than a third of the coastlines worldwide and are often located in highly populated regions. But they are threatened by the erosion resulting from new construction, rising sea levels and storms, which threaten infrastructure and lives.

Australia may be the most affected country, with some 15,000 kilometers of sandy beaches streaked off the map in 80 years, more than Canada, Chile and the USA. Other threatened countries are Mexico, China, the Russian Federation, Argentina, India and Brazil.


Half of the world’s sandy beaches could disappear by the end of the century

INFOGRAPHY – Rising sea levels, erosion, concreting … A study published in “Nature” points to the vulnerability of coastlines around the world.

Half of the world's sandy beaches could disappear by 2100.
Half of the world’s sandy beaches could disappear by 2100. MIKE LEYRAL / AFP

Will the seaside holidays soon be a distant memory? A little reassuring study published this Monday in Nature reveals that half of the world’s sandy beaches could disappear by the end of the century.

These beaches occupy more than a third of the coastal areas, which are among the most developed and most densely populated in the world. Critical to the tourism economy, they also provide natural protection against storms. They are also very important in terms of biodiversity, since they are home to a particular flora and fauna. Their existence is however increasingly threatened. This is due to the proliferation of human infrastructure, the erosion and even the rise in sea level which has accelerated over the past twenty-five years.

To carry out the study published in Nature, Michalis Vousdoukas, of the Joint Research Center (the scientific service of the European Commission), and his colleagues based themselves in particular on

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Newport Coast of central Oregon, Depoe Bay in the fall

Newport Coast of central Oregon, Depoe Bay in the fall

Posted on 10/14/2019 at 14:53 PDT
By the Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Newport Coast of central Oregon, Depoe Bay in the fall

(Newport, Oregon) – From the two hotspots on the central Oregon coast – Depoe Bay and Newport – to the tiny village of Toledo in the east, a lot takes place there in the fall. October and November helped a lot in the events in the area, largely in the realm of the finer culture.

Here is an example of the main highlights:

October 19. Guided nature walk: exploring Hatfield and the south pier. The one-mile nature trail around Yaquina bay. Look for ducks, songbirds and any coastal birds that remain. 09:00 free. OSU extension of Lincoln County. 1211 SE Bay Boulevard. Newport, Oregon. (541) 574-6534.

October 26. Halloween children’s program. Puppetry, clowning, magic, balloon balloon, glitter tattoos. Wear your costume for our costume parade. Free. 2:00 pm Public library of Toledo. 173 Northwest 7th St. Toledo, Oregon.

October 18. Daniel Monroe Psychic Medium. Well known psychic medium from the Portland area with the ability to “hear” and “see” what most can’t. During this extraordinary gallery event full of messages from the spirit, you will experience and see the remarkable healing messages of your loved ones in paradise. $ 20. VIP $ 30. 19:00 Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon.

October 19. Newport Symphony Orchestra. Casey Bozell leads the Element String Quartet in a special evening of three extraordinary songs by Dvorak, Beethoven and Piazolla. 19:30 $ 30 Reserved (plus tax) $ 10 Student / Child (including tax). Pacific maritime and heritage center. 333 SE Bay Blvd. Newport, Oregon.

October 26. But not. Massenet’s story about passion, excess and their consequences sees the birth of the soprano Lisette Oropesa. 10:00 $ 21.50 adults reserved, plus tax. $ 18.50 Senior reserved, plus tax. Student $ 10.50 reserved, plus fees. Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon.

October 31st. Depoe Bay witches. Charity event throughout the city. Depoe Bay, Oregon. (541) 765-2889.

October 31st. Trick or treat on Main Street. Distribute candy to all the goblins. Toledo, Oregon. 541-336-3183.

October 31st. Rocky Horror Picture Show – Almost live! Get ready to dive into the “time warp” when they celebrate David Ogden Stiers’ birthday with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Come ready to throw an assortment of items in your goody bag and watch 15 shadow cast members recite what is shown on the screen. 7pm and 10pm General $ 18 (plus online commissions) with Goody Bag. $ 23 (plus online commissions). Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon.

November 1. Ceremony of lighting the tree of the holidays. Depoe Bay, Oregon. (541) 765-2889.

2- November 3. Newport Symphony Orchestra executes Bloch and Schubert. Directed by Adam Flatt, he performs Concerto Grosso n. 1 by Ernest Bloch with Katherine George on the piano. $ 42 Reserved favorite (multiple commissions). $ 27 Standard Reserved (plus tax). $ 10 Student / Child (including tax). Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon.

November 9. Live meeting in HD: Madama Butterfly. Anthony Minghella’s vivid cinematic staging returns to the big screen, with soprano Hui He in the devastating starring role “Madama Butterfly” at 9.50pm for adults, reserved for $ 21.50 plus tax. $ 18.50 Senior reserved, plus tax. Student $ 10.50 reserved, plus fees. Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon.

November 1st – 17th. Red Octopus Theater Company presents DOUBT: A Parable (Live on stage). In this brilliant and powerful drama, sister Aloysius, principal of the Bronx school, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects that young father Flynn is having improper relationships with one of the male students. $ 22 general admission. $ 20O CCA members. Students / seniors $ 16. Newport Performing Arts Center. 777 W. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon.

November 30. Toledo Tree Lighting Gala, Community Christmas party and holiday bazaar. Santa Claus, party and bazaar at Elks Lodge; tree lighting in front of Cobblestone Pizza. Toledo, Oregon. 541-336-3183 or email Newport hotels – Where to eat – Newport Maps and Virtual Tours

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