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  • ‘Severe’ hospital bed shortage at China virus epicentre: Officials

    first_imgAuthorities in China warned Wednesday they faced a severe shortage of hospital beds and equipment needed to treat a growing number of patients stricken by the new coronavirus, as cities far from the epicentre tightened their defences.Central Hubei province reported 3,156 new infections, its biggest single-day jump in the outbreak that has spiralled into a global health emergency with cases reported in over 20 countries.Among those new cases was a newborn, diagnosed just 30 hours after being born. Global concerns have risen after the World Health Organization declared an international health emergency last week.The WHO called for $675 million (613 million euros) in donations for a plan to fight the novel coronavirus, mainly through investment in countries considered particularly “at risk”.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to commit up to $100 million.New cases emerged abroad, with 10 people testing positive for the virus on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan with thousands on board.Also in Japan, the chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics set for later this year admitted organisers were “extremely worried” about how the virus could affect the Summer Games, but the International Olympic Committee urged calm.Italy announced that passengers from every international flight would be scanned for fevers, while Vietnam joined a growing list of countries banning arrivals from China.Hong Kong, which reported its first coronavirus death this week, said anyone arriving from the mainland will face a mandatory two-week quarantine from Saturday.- ‘Don’t go out!’ -In Hangzhou, some 175 kilometres (110 miles) southwest of Shanghai, fences blocked streets near the headquarters of Chinese tech giant Alibaba — one of the world’s most valuable companies — as a fighter jet circled overhead.The building appeared to be shut down, while deliverymen moved in and out of nearby fenced-in residential areas to drop off groceries. Many people were also seen going out.The firm is based in one of three Hangzhou districts subject to new restrictions that allow only one person per household to go outside every two days to buy necessities.”Please don’t go out, don’t go out, don’t go out!” blared a message on a loudspeaker urging people to wear masks, wash their hands regularly and report any people who are from Hubei — reflecting a common fear that people from the province might infect others.At least three other cities in Zhejiang province — Taizhou, Wenzhou and parts of Ningbo — have imposed the same measures, affecting 18 million people.In the central city of Zhumadian, authorities said one person would be allowed to leave each household only every five days.Residents of the city of seven million were also offered cash rewards for informing on people who came from neighbouring Hubei province.Authorities in Beijing said restaurants could no longer accept reservations for parties from Wednesday. Jitters The disease is believed to have emerged in December in a Wuhan market that sold wild animals, and spread rapidly as people travelled for the Lunar New Year holiday in January.The Ministry of Public Security said “political security” was the “top priority” in confronting the epidemic. “We should take strict precautions against and crack down on all kinds of disruptive activities by hostile forces,” security minister Zhao Kezhi said in a briefing.The statement came days after the top leadership admitted “shortcomings” in its handling of the outbreak — local authorities in Hubei have been criticised for initially downplaying the situation.The death toll has steadily increased, rising to 490 in China on Wednesday.But officials have noted that the death rate, at around two percent, is well below the mortality rate of SARS, which killed some 800 people in 2002-2003.Two fatalities have been reported outside the mainland, in Hong Kong and the Philippines.Several governments have imposed travel restrictions while major airlines have suspended flights to and from China.United and American Airlines said Wednesday they have added Hong Kong to their China flight suspensions.Thousands of Chinese tourists risked being stranded in Bali after the Indonesian government suspended flights to and from mainland China.China has reacted angrily against travel bans, noting that the WHO does not advise imposing them.It has accused the US of spreading “panic” in its response to the coronavirus, including its ban on Chinese travellers, and on Wednesday, it took another swipe at Washington.”Panic is more deadly and contagious than any virus,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing.Topics : Despite authorities building a hospital from scratch and converting public buildings to accommodate thousands of extra patients, there was still a “severe” lack of beds, said Hu Lishan, an official in Wuhan, the quarantined city where the virus first appeared — and where doctors are now overwhelmed with cases.There was also a shortage of “equipment and materials,” he told reporters, adding that officials were looking to convert other hotels and schools in the city into treatment centres. As the number of confirmed infections nationwide exceeded 24,000, a growing number of cities have imposed a range of restrictions far from Hubei, as authorities battle to contain the virus that has killed nearly 500 people.Millions of people, from the eastern industrial heartlands to near the northern border with Russia, have been ordered to stay indoors as authorities battle to curb the outbreak. last_img read more

  • Israelis wish Indonesian Muslims a happy Idul Fitri as part of online campaign

    first_imgA group of Israeli nationals has posted a video wishing Indonesian Muslims selamat Lebaran (happy Idul Fitri) as part of an online campaign to promote camaraderie and understanding between the two countries.The short video, which was uploaded onto YouTube by a channel named Israel Loves Indonesia on Sunday afternoon, features a number of Israeli citizens wishing the Indonesian public a happy Idul Fitri and expressing their desire to visit Indonesia in the near future. “It’s the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, so Israelis wanted to surprise all Muslim Indonesians with their warmest wishes! Selamat Lebaran, we [love] you!” the group wrote on its Facebook page alongside a link to the YouTube video.The group was not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Jakarta Post regarding the video campaign.In the “About” section of its Facebook page, the group describes itself as an initiative that seeks to connect the people of Israel and Indonesia.“Israel Loves Indonesia is building bridges between the great peoples of the world’s largest Muslim-majority country and the world’s only Jewish-majority country. We are not enemies. We love each other,” the message reads.In the same section, the initiative explains it is part of the larger We Love You movement, which was kickstarted by the Peace Factory.The organization previously launched a similar campaign called Israel Loves Iran in 2012.Indonesia and Israel have no diplomatic relations. Indonesians, however, are able to visit Israel for religious pilgrimages, while Israelis can also visit Indonesia on a calling visa or limited-stay visa. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

  • Air cargo industry not yet ready for COVID-19 vaccine distribution: Survey

    first_imgTopics : More than 40 vaccine candidates are already undergoing clinical trials, according to the World Health Organization.”We know that as from November the first vaccines might be ready to be transported,” Gadhia told Reuters via email. “TIACA and Pharma.Aero call for more collaboration and transparency: information on vaccines specifications, volumes, production sites, trade lanes, is desperately needed by all.”Large cargo airlines like Korean Air Lines Co Ltd and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd have been investing in expanding pharmaceutical handling capabilities as they seek alternative revenue sources with passenger demand at a fraction of last year’s levels.”Yield on vaccines are high compared to general cargo, hence airlines will have a financial benefit to transport vaccines and to invest in the supporting equipment,” said Gadhia, whose own airline is adding a freighter later this month. Only 28% of participants in the air cargo industry feel they are well prepared to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine once available, according to a survey released on Wednesday, as the industry begins to gear up for a major logistical challenge.Ground handlers and airports feel less prepared than freight forwarders and airlines, according to the survey conducted by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Pharma.Aero which found 36% of participants planned to invest in additional physical or digital infrastructure.TIACA Vice Chairman Sanjeev Gadhia, who heads Nairobi-based air cargo operator Astral Aviation, said the global distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine would be the toughest logistical challenge ever faced, with an estimated 10 billion doses requiring distribution in 2021 and 2022.center_img Accenture’s Seabury Consulting estimates the global roll-out of a vaccine will generate 65,000 tons of air freight, which is five times the air vaccine trade in 2019.”I think what is going to likely happen is there will be public-private partnerships between governments, international freight forwarders and airlines” said James Jordan, a senior associate at law firm HFW’s Asia aerospace and insurance practices.”But the scale of the operation is such that they will need to utilize the aircraft from not just your primary airlines but the second and third-tier airlines as well,” Jordan added.last_img read more

  • Kenya beat Mexico 3-2 in Volleyball world grand prix

    first_imgRelated Kenya’s Volleyball queens take African title The Kenya women volleyball team recovered from their false  start at the on-going  FIVB World Grand Prix in mexico by defeating the hosts three sets to two. Miss World Kenya stripped of her title Kenya celebrates world rangers daylast_img

  • Barcelona furlough staff following coronavirus outbreak

    first_imgBarcelona have successfully applied for a Spanish labour legislation which will see their payment towards all employees decreased by 70%.Advertisement Loading… ESPN report that the Catalan giants – alongside Alaves and Espanyol, with Atletico de Madrid’s application pending – have had their applications for the scheme accepted, which will see outgoings reduced across the board.This comes despite a Barcelona statement last week confirming the club had agreed a substantial pay cut with senior playing staff – claimed in a report in Cadena Ser to be 72% – to protect the incomes of the club’s non-playing staff.However, the Blaugrana pushed on with their attempts to lower outgoings across the board and it now appears that the Spanish state will cover the remainder of the non-playing staff’s income.An ERTE (Temporary Reduction of Employment Action) is Spain’s temporary redundancy scheme which is activated by the state of emergency within the country, with businesses losing access to their profits..@LaLigaEN has recommended that all its clubs join @FCBarcelona and @Atleti in introducing pay cuts to staff including players to cope with a loss of income. #Coronavirushttps://t.co/jqZJvINC3l— Firstpost Sports (@FirstpostSports) April 3, 2020Read Also: Lionel Messi is above Ronaldo, CR7, Ronaldinho – XaviThe coronavirus outbreak has brought sport across the world to a halt with Spanish football suspended indefinitely – meaning that all clubs have no income from matchdays or, for the elite clubs, their museums.Spain is now behind only Italy on the global scale for the most deaths due to the virus with a national lockdown in place until 26 April.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth17 Astonishingly Beautiful Cave ChurchesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian Actresseslast_img read more

  • Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational to feature first Utah, Washington drivers

    first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Aug. 6) – The second round of voting for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational has produced the first-ever race starters from Utah and Washington. Chase Hansen of Myton, Utah, and Joe German of Aberdeen, Wash., were among the 13 drivers added to the field for the Friday, Sept. 5 All-Star race, during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Three drivers from each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions were elected to start that event during the first round of voting; the next 13 All-Stars were elected at-large from among the next 50 drivers in vote totals in balloting that ended on Tuesday. Joining Hansen and German as the newest All-Stars are 2011 race winner Chris Abelson of Sioux City, Troy Cordes of Dunkerton, Jeremy Frenier of Fort Morgan, Colo., Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Scott Hogan of Vinton, Mike Jergens of Plover, Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst, Calif., Jason Noll of Peoria, Ariz., Jared Siefert of Luxemburg, Wis., Dustin Smith of Lake City and Jesse Sobbing of Glenwood. Abelson will make his career fourth All-Star start, Gustin and Smith both their third. Second-time All-Stars are Frenier, Hogan, McDaniel, Noll and Sobbing. German, Hansen, Jergens and Siefert are first-timers. The All-Star field now includes drivers from 15 different states, the most ever in the 11-year history of the event. Completing the 30-car starting grid will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most feature wins as of Aug. 28 competing at Super Nationals. Elected in the first round were Dean Abbey of Waco, Texas, Chris Fleming of Union Springs, N.Y., Cody Gearhart of Turpin, Okla., William Gould of Calera, Okla., Robert Hellebust of Minot, N.D., Corey Lagroon of Salina, Kan., Jason Murray of Hartford, Brad Pounds of Bakersfield, Calif., defending race winner Todd Shute of Des Moines, Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., A.J. Ward of Ionia, Mich., Tim Ward of Gilbert, Ariz., and Keith White of Little River Academy, Texas. More than 120 drivers raced their way onto the 2014 All-Star ballot by winning features that paid $1,000 or more or by winning state or regional crowns.Taylor and White both make their career fourth All-Star starts, Pounds and Tim Ward both their fifth.All-Star drivers will draw for starting positions in the Fan Zone behind the main grandstands on race night. The feature pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start, and is a qualifier for the 2015 ballot.last_img read more

  • City surpass 100 goals in Cardiff win

    first_imgManchester City smashed through the 100-goal barrier for the season as they overcame Cardiff 4-2 at the Etihad Stadium. City were in control for most of the game but it was not until Toure’s 76th-minute strike that the result was certain. Cardiff had been threatening an equaliser in the early part of the second half and that fighting quality will at least have pleased manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his side slipped to the bottom. What Cardiff could have done without was the disturbance among the visiting fans during the first half, which stewards were required to quell. The situation did appear to become problematic at one point but it eventually settled down. The hosts made a bright start and Dzeko wanted a penalty in the second minute as he went down under a challenge from Kevin McNaughton, but referee Neil Swarbrick gave nothing and Navas shot wide. Dzeko went close again as he turned to shoot from a David Silva pass but David Marshall produced a fine save. Marshall was called into action again soon after, but to deny his own team-mate Ben Turner after the defender diverted a dangerous Navas cross towards the Cardiff goal. It was no surprise that City’s 100th goal of the campaign was not much longer in coming, although Dzeko had technology to thank for it being awarded. Swarbrick signalled goal after Dzeko’s scuffed shot from Silva’s pull-back crossed the line before McNaughton could clear. Cardiff players surrounded Swarbrick to complain. They could have had little argument over whether the ball had gone in but they may have been complaining about a possible handball by Silva in the build-up. There may also have been debate over whether City should have had a throw-in prior to Silva receiving the ball, but it all fell on deaf ears. Alvaro Negredo was booked for a heavy tackle on Aron Gunnarsson and moments later might have doubled City’s lead when he raced onto a Pablo Zabaleta ball but sliced wide. Cardiff did not have a shot until just before the half-hour when Jordon Mutch aimed weakly at Joe Hart. But it should have served as a warning for City as a minute later Gunnarsson fed Noone down the right and the winger cut inside, wrong-footed Vincent Kompany in the box and lashed in a fine equaliser. This time City did respond as Toure shrugged off the attention of Gunnarsson in his own half and powered forward to find Dzeko. The hard-working forward was robbed of the ball by Steven Caulker as he lined up a shot but it rolled on to Navas and the Spaniard snaffled the chance. City continued to dominate but could not find a way through as Cardiff and particularly Caulker, who headed away another tricky Navas cross, held firm. That may have given Cardiff encouragement at half-time that they could fight their way back into the contest again. They returned strongly after the break and Hart saved from Mutch before diving on a loose ball at a corner. Noone then brought the best out of Hart after a good run but City upped the tempo to put the game beyond Cardiff in the final 15 minutes. Silva went close when he shot inches wide after a neat lay-off by Dzeko and Aguero, fresh off the bench, shot over. The decisive goal came from Toure after the Ivorian set off on a rampaging run from deep inside his own half. Toure had regained possession after one of his own passes had gone astray and he charged upfield to fire past Marshall after playing a one-two with Aguero on the edge of the box. Cardiff were still reeling from that when Aguero stung them again after 79 minutes, twisting one way then the other to outfox Caulker and clip home the fourth. With the job done, City eased off in the latter stages and were caught out at a corner as Campbell knocked in a loose ball from close range. Press Association Late goals from Yaya Toure and fit-again Sergio Aguero ensured another victory for the Barclays Premier League title favourites. Edin Dzeko had brought up their century in the first half but Cardiff gave them a battle and equalised through Craig Noone before Jesus Navas grabbed City’s second. Fraizer Campbell claimed a Cardiff consolation in injury-time. last_img read more

  • Unions: 43,000 Additional Disney Workers Being Furloughed

    first_imgApproximately 43,000 additional Disney employees will be furloughed due to ongoing coronavirus closures, after an agreement was reached over the weekend with the unions that represent the workers.The agreement with the Service Trades Council, a coalition of six unions, was announced Saturday on Facebook Live. It is the largest number of furloughs since the theme park resort closed in mid-March.The workers will be out of the job beginning on April 19. Under the agreements, the workers will continue to receive health and educational benefits during furloughs scheduled to start on the day.According to the unions, impacted workers will be immediately eligible to enroll in unemployment benefits through the state.In addition, health care benefits will be available free of cost to workers for a year.Meanwhile, as those affected at Disney join the unemployment ranks, Gov. Ron DeSantis says he has hired 2,000 additional workers to sort through claims.He says the Department of Economic Opportunity is also working to increase its website’s capacity.Disney World and other theme parks across the country have been closed since mid-March, social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders have taken effect.last_img read more

  • USG inaugurates new leadership at Tuesday meeting

    first_img“I think I feel a little bittersweet to see the incoming Senate take over,” former Sen. Amy Chong said. “Words of advice I have for them is to collaborate with one another, have open communication and also to remember that the entire Senate is a team and they’re not working on an individual basis.” Sophomore Trenton Stone, junior Mahin Tahsin and the 12 senators-elect were inaugurated at an Undergraduate Student Government meeting Tuesday. Each member of the new administration swore an oath to serve USG’s Constitution, bylaws and Code of Ethics and USC’s student body to the best of their abilities. In the meeting held by the previous administration, the outgoing Senate voted unanimously to pass four resolutions, while one — the Von KleinSmid Flag Resolution — failed. After the outgoing administration concluded its final meeting, the inaugurated senators took the outgoing senators’ seats and began their first official meeting. “As we’re all aware, USC has encountered a few speed bumps and even roadblocks over the last few years,” Stone, now USG president, said during the meeting. “We’ve seen where, as students, our trust has been broken and where a few can take advantage of many. I want to emphasize that in our role, Mahin and I, as your representatives, will also act as your advocates.” The outgoing Undergraduate Student Government passed four resolutions, including the Terranea Resort Resolution, Learning Evaluation Resolution, Responsible Investment Resolution and Sanctuary University Resolution. (Aamani Ponnekanti/Daily Trojan) The University Sanctuary Resolution, which intends to push USC to become an official sanctuary campus, passed without discussion. The resolution aims to drive the University to create policies that would protect undocumented students. The Responsible Investment Resolution, which seeks to establish a University task force with student representation to promote transparency among University decisions, also passed. In addition, the Terranea Resort Resolution and the Learning Experience Evaluations Resolution passed. As the vice president, Tahsin will now lead every weekly USG meeting. According to Tahsin, the senators will dedicate the final weeks of the semester to budgeting. “I’m really looking forward to working with everyone else who I’m on Senate with,” Sen. Benjamin Shiff said. “Over the past month, in terms of getting ready, we had a lot of chances to talk about the initiatives we’re trying to start. We’re getting the wheels running on some projects that we want to do.” Proposed last week, the Von KleinSmid Flag Resolution failed, with four votes in support of the resolution and eight votes against it. The resolution proposed the inclusion of more flags for the countries not currently represented at VKC. Senators discussed their uncertainty about the vague state of the resolution and their desire for the upcoming administration to work on it further. During the meeting, Stone announced Jeffrey Cho, a junior majoring in linguistics, as the new Chief Diversity Officer. He also introduced the seven Advocacy Assistant Directors — Tommy Nguyen, Nhat Ngo, Andrew Fowler, Nate Manor, Julian Kuffour, Neal Sivadas and Laura Pearson. “I think this Senate is very qualified to be here,” Tahsin said. “I’ve watched them all work very hard to get here, and I’m sure their dedication to the position will follow through for the next year.” last_img read more

  • H2 adds IBIA alerts to Global Betting Summary Dataset

    first_imgShare Superbet highlights integrity commitment with IBIA membership July 9, 2020 Related Articles Svenska Spel urges government to ban lottery betting June 9, 2020 Submit Industry market insights provider H2 Gambling Capital has agreed to extend its ‘Global Betting Summary Dataset’ market data coverage to include data on suspicious betting reported by the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).The new dataset tracks back to 2017 when 266 alerts were logged, to the 183 reported last year. H2 updates its breakdown coverage on a quarterly basis, categorising data by continent, country and sport.Tennis and football are currently the most targeted sports by match-fixers making up around 80% of all IBIA cases, albeit there have been alerts reported on 15 sports in total during 2017-19.David Henwood, Director at H2, commented: “We are committed to providing the best independent data and market commentary there is within the sector. We also want to highlight best practice where we see it, particularly when it comes to developing a safe betting environment in both sport and gambling regulation.“IBIA is world-leading in its work and a quality data provider in its own right so showcasing these numbers to our H2 Subscribers is a natural extension of our partnership going forward.”IBIA CEO Khalid Ali added: “The association is delighted to extend its ongoing collaboration with H2 and to be able to add its suspicious betting alert data to H2’s leading market analysis and intelligence.“As membership of the association continues to grow, so does its global market coverage, with IBIA data representing the most accurate picture of the impact of corruption on regulated betting markets. I hope that all H2 subscribers engaged in sports and/or the betting arena will find this data of interest.” IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more