N. Korea reports first suspected infection as global cases top 16 million

first_imgNo fireworks Around a quarter of the world’s 16 million confirmed COVID-19 cases are in the United States, which recorded more than 68,000 new infections in the past 24 hours.After a drop in transmission rates in late spring, the country has seen a virus surge — particularly in California, Florida and Texas, which is also bracing for the first Atlantic hurricane of the year.Daily US fatalities have exceeded 1,000 for the past four days, rapidly increasing the country’s death toll to more than 146,000.”I’m still concerned that America doesn’t take it as seriously as the rest of the world,” said British golf star Lee Westwood, voicing his hesitation to travel there despite a new quarantine exemption for professional golfers.In Latin America and the Caribbean, which also count for a quarter of total cases, governments are not planning a return to normality any time soon.New Year’s Eve celebrations on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro have been cancelled as Brazil grapples with a spiraling virus crisis.”There is no great reason to celebrate, with more than 80,000 deaths” from coronavirus in Brazil, an official told AFP. Holiday woes Meanwhile Europe has reported around three million infections — despite being largely open for summer holidays within the continent.However in a snap decision, Britain’s government said passengers arriving from Spain will have to self-isolate for two weeks, after a surge in cases in the Mediterranean country, with health officials pointing to nightlife as a possible culprit.The move, effective from Sunday, has reportedly caught out its Transport Minister Grant Shapps who is holidaying there.”Various government ministers would have known in advance there was a possibility of imposing a quarantine on holidaymakers returning from Spain,” tweeted opposition MP Diane Abbot.”But apparently no-one bothered to tell @grantshapps,” she joked.It marked another hit to Spain’s tourism industry, which is desperately seeking a rebound after lockdowns and border closures pushed around 13 percent of bars, hotels and restaurants to permanently close.It mirrors the fiscal pain wrought around the world by the pandemic, particularly in precarious economies where livelihoods are fast crumbling.In India, for instance, millions of migrant workers who fled cities when COVID-19 hit say they are too scared to return.Asia’s third largest economy has reported more than 1.3 million virus cases and is the third worst hit country behind the US and Brazil.”We are trying our best to bring back migrant workers, even going to the extent of giving them air tickets, COVID-19 health insurance … [and] weekly checkups by doctors,” real estate developer Rajesh Prajapati said.”But it has not reaped any positive signs yet.” North Korea declared its first suspected coronavirus case on Sunday, becoming one of the last countries to do so as the number of people infected worldwide passed 16 million.The isolated, impoverished state had until now insisted it had not detected a single COVID-19 case — even as the pandemic swept the planet, overwhelming health systems and trashing the global economy.At least 645,000 people around the world have succumbed to the respiratory disease, with North Korean arch-rival the United States the worst-hit country by far. “The vicious virus could be said to have entered the country,” leader Kim Jong Un said, according to the official KCNA news agency.Authorities locked down the city of Kaesong, near the frontier with South Korea, as state media said a defector who left for the South three years ago had returned and was suspected to be infected with the coronavirus.But experts believe the contagion is likely to have already entered North Korea from neighboring China, where the new disease emerged late last year.The pandemic’s spread is still accelerating, with more than five million cases declared since July — a third of the total number of cases since the catastrophe began.center_img Even in recent days there has been an alarming uptick in infections, including in places that had appeared to have controlled their outbreaks.One of those was Australia, which on Sunday suffered its deadliest day since the pandemic began, with 10 fatalities and a rise in new infections despite an intense lockdown effort.”These things change rapidly, but we have to say these numbers are far too high,” said Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria state, where the latest outbreak is centered. Topics :last_img read more

What you should know about how to get your full rental bond back

first_imgLiving Here Cush Partners principal Haesley Cush has the ultimate checklist to get your bond money back. Picture: Annette DewI WAS chatting to a one of our tenants this week, like most people he was telling me how well he had looked after the place and that it was way better now than when he moved in. He was in the process of moving out and he wanted to make sure he was going to get his full bond back. So I gave him my advice.When it comes time to leave your rental property there are some things that all tenants should know in order to get their full bond back.The first starts back at the beginning of the lease. Once you signed your lease and take possession of the keys the clock starts ticking. You have three days to review your entry condition report (ECR) and alert your agent to any discrepancies. I always advise tenants to take lots of photos, make notes on the ECR and ensure you return it within the allocated time. This could save you thousands at the end of your lease.Throughout the tenancy, advise your agent of any maintenance issues, even if they don’t bother you. Most tenants are surprised to know that their lease stipulates that they must advise the landlord of any maintenance. This stops a small problem becoming a major job eg. A small water mark in the ceiling becoming the entire roof caving in from built up water damage.Do not leave the keys on the kitchen counter, take it to the landlord or agent.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoUse the real estate agent’s recommended cleaner when it’s time to go. A bond clean is quite expensive. So if you are going to engage a cleaner let the agent appoint them. That way if the property manager is unhappy with the standard of cleanliness then they can deal with the cleaner directly with no extra costs to the tenant.You must return the property to the same standard that it was handed to you, barring any fair wear and tear. This barring any fair wear and tear is the source of many arguments but essentially it’s any damage that is caused by simply using the property in the way it was designed to be used, for example wear to carpets from walking on them.Handing back the property incorrectly can cost thousands. You can’t just simply leave when your lease is up. If you have a lease you are bound to pay rent and look after the property for the entire period of the lease. Once that fixed term lease is finished, if no notice is given, then the lease becomes a periodic lease commonly known as a ‘month-to-month’ lease.You must provide written notice to the landlord that you are leaving. In Queensland this is a minimum of two weeks before you intend to leave, accepting that you can’t just give two weeks mid lease, it needs to be no less than two weeks before the end of your lease or once it becomes a periodic.Possession is often decided on as when the keys are returned. Giving notice and leaving, without returning the keys, can mean the rent keeps ticking over. So don’t just drop them on the bench and leave! Take them to the landlord or agent, ask them to photocopy them and everyone should sign an acknowledgment that they have been returned.* Haesley Cush is the principal of property management firm Living Here Cush Partners.last_img read more

Bladt Industries Debuts in Taiwanese Offshore Wind

first_imgBladt Industries has entered the Taiwanese offshore wind market by signing two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with CSBC Corporation and Century Wind Power (CWP), a subsidiary of Century Iron and Steel Industrial.According to Bladt Industries, all three companies have similar ambitions to join the local Taiwanese offshore wind market, and have therefore established the cooperation as the first step.The parties intend to cooperate on fabricating jacket foundations and outfitting transitions pieces for Taiwan’s offshore wind market. With its location in Taipei Harbour, Century Wind Power will establish fabrication facilities for the purpose, Bladt said, adding that as a fabricator of more than 1,500 offshore foundations, Bladt will bring its know-how and experience within the offshore wind market to the joint venture.“This is a very strong constellation of professional and market leading companies within the industry,” said Lars Kristensen, Senior Vice President at Bladt Industries. “I am certain that Century Wind Power Co and CSBC Corporation have the exact qualities we have been searching for as business partners. Moreover, we are very pleased to be able to generate local jobs as a result of this collaboration.”The Taiwanese government has ambitious goals for the implementation of large-scale offshore wind into the Taiwanese electricity generation market. The initial target is to install up to 5.5GW by 2025, with potential for more. Based on this, there is vast activity in the development of appropriate sites in the territorial waters of Taiwan, Bladt said.last_img read more

USACE Selects 10 Beneficial Use Dredge Material Projects

first_imgThe Army Corps announced last Friday, December 28, in the Federal Register the selection of ten pilot projects pursuant to Section 1122 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016.Section 1122 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 requires USACE to establish a pilot program to recommend ten projects for the beneficial use of dredged material.In response to a Federal Register Notice issued on February 9, 2018, the Corps received 95 proposals for beneficial use of dredged material.According to the Corps, those 95 proposals were evaluated by a team of subject matter experts. Based on criteria contained in Section 1122, ten projects were selected as having a high likelihood of delivering environmental, economic, and social benefits described in the proposals, and exhibit geographic diversity.The ten recommended projects, listed alphabetically by state/territory follow:California: Restoring San Francisco Bay’s Natural Infrastructure with Dredged Sediment: Strategic Placement;Hawaii: Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor Maintenance Dredging and Beach Restoration;Illinois: Public Beach Protection Pilot in Four Illinois Coastal Communities;Mississippi: Deer Island Lagoon Project;New Jersey: Beneficial Use Placement Opportunities in the State of New Jersey Using Navigation Channel Sediments: Barnegat Inlet;Puerto Rico: Condado Lagoon;South Carolina: Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary;Texas: Hickory Cove Marsh Restoration and Living Shoreline;Washington: Grays Harbor South Jetty Sand Placement Pilot Project;Wisconsin: Mississippi River Upper Pool 4, Pierce County Islands and Head of Lake Pepin Backwater Complex—Beneficial Use of Dredged Material.William P. Doyle, CEO/Executive Director of the Dredging Contractors of America commented, “This is great news, the Army Corps spent a lot of time sorting out these beneficial use proposals and the DCA will work with the Corps and Congress on the next steps to make sure these projects move forward now that they have been authorized.”last_img read more

Obama jokes about birth certificate at state dinner

first_imgAfter a series of meetings on Saturday to promote increased investment in agriculture, infrastructure and energy production U.S. President Barack Obama attended a state dinner hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Related Obama Africa Investment Obama lifts sanctions against Liberia Obama address Kenyans at Kasarani Stadiumlast_img

‘Ursula’ aftermath: New Year in evacuation centers

first_imgILOILO City – More than 10,000 families displaced by typhoon“Ursula” on Christmas Day in Western Visayas could be welcoming the New Year invarious evacuation centers. As of 3 p.m. yesterday a total of 10,227 families or 45,361individuals were still temporarily staying in these centers, according to theRegional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC). They were part of the 200,671 families (894,861 individuals)adversely affected by “Ursula” in the region. The other families returned totheir respective houses already to rebuild their lives. The typhoon’s death toll climbed to 26, according to the RDRRMC –five from Aklan; five from Capiz; and 16 from Iloilo. In Iloilo, the towns of Lemery, Mina, Concepcion, Dingle, andJaniuay suffered agricultural losses, too, amounting to P29,648,068. In Antique, only the town of Barbaza had so far submitted a reporton agricultural losses – P6,058,560. “After the New Year celebrations,we will be meeting para mabal-an konsin-o hatagan kag kon pila,” said Treñas.The city mayor was initially thinking of givingas much as P100,000 to each affected local government unit.“But the city disaster council will assess. Kun ano gid man ang findings, that willbe submitted to the Sangguniang Panlungsod for approval,” said Treñas. So far, it had released P1.2million cash assistance to 222 displaced families in Balasan and Carles. Consolidated data in the RDRRMC showed the typhoon damaging atotal of 111,673 houses in the region of which 15,948 were total and 95,318partial. The Department of Social Welfareand Development (DSWD) has ongoing assessment of affected families, initiallyin Balasan, Iloilo and Pontevedra, Capiz.center_img In Capiz, particularly in Panitan, Pontevedra, Pilar and Daotowns, damage to agriculture zoomed to P136,128,843.22. A total of 218 received P5,000 eachin financial assistance and six received P20,000 each in burial and financialaid. Two of the six casualties were from Carles.Also, 1,500 family food packs were also releasedto Balasan. Six persons remained missing – one from Aklan, two from Capiz andthree from Iloilo. In Pontevedra, Capiz around P1.4million cash assistance was released to some 272 affected families or at P5,000for each families. On the other hand, the damage to agriculture (crops such as rice,etc.) reached P171,854,199.37. The typhoon’s devastation prompted the following areas to declarea state of calamity: Capiz and Aklan provinces, Roxas City, and 10municipalities (Kalibo and Malay in Aklan; Pandan, Caluya and Libertad inAntique; Sigma, Capiz; and Balasan, Batad, Carles, and Concepcion in Iloiloprovince). The Iloilo City government vowed tohelp these areas. Mayor Jerry Treñas instructed City Disaster Risk Reductionand Management Office head Donna Magno to coordinate with the local governmentunits concerned. Cadiz City in Negros Occidental reported P19,728.15 losses in riceproduction, according to the RDRRMC./PNlast_img read more

127 IMCA Modified drivers now on ballot for Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (July 15) – With nine days to go before the first round of voting, 127 IMCA Modified drivers are on the current ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Twenty-eight of the 30 starters in the Sept. 8 race at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway will be elected in a pair of polling sessions. The final qualifying event is the July 20 Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show at Knox­ville Raceway.Three drivers from each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds will be elected during polling from July 24-27; 13 more will be elected from an at-large pool of the next 25 top vote recipients be­tween July 31 and Aug. 3.All voting will be conducted through the IMCA Facebook page. Completing the starting grid for the 30-lapper will be All-Star candidates with the top national point to­tal and the most 40-point feature wins as of Aug. 31 competing at Super Nationals.By home region, the 127 drivers qualified for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot now include:Larry Shaw Racing Western Region – Ricky Alvarado, Randy Artz, Chaz Baca, Tanner Black, Randy Brown, Cody Burke, John Campos, Mark Carrell, Kellen Chadwick, Rick Childress Jr., Chris Clark, Casey Delp, Ethan Dotson, Logan Drake, Chase Hansen, Bobby Hogge IV, Eddie Kirchoff, Danny Lauer, Ryan McDaniel, Jeremy Meirhofer, Joel Myers, Jeff Olschowka, Cory Sample, Robby Sawyer, Brian Schultz, Paul Stone, Wade Taylor, Ricky Thornton Jr., Nick Trenchard, Jesse Williamson, Collen Winebarger and Justen Yeager.Razor Chassis South Central Region – Dean Abbey, Dean Deming, Neal Flowers, William Gould, Kevin Green, Matt Guillaume, Brandon Hood, Josh McGaha, Kevin Sustaire, Eric Tomlinson and Fred Wojtek.Jet Racing Central Region – Drew Armstrong, Eddie Belec, Steven Bowers Jr., Brady Coen, Tate Cole, Curtis Cook, Ryan Gaylord, Jordan Grabouski, Justin Gregg, John Hansen, Daryl Hay, Corey Lagroon, Hunter McDonald, Hunter Marriott, Aaron Monie, Jeremy Payne, Anthony Roth, Johnny Scott, Jeff Taylor, Jesse Taylor, Cole Traugott and Justin Zeitner.Side Biter Chassis North Central Region – Chris Abelson, Austin Arneson, Eric Barnes, Josh Beaulieu, Jarrett Brown, Kyle Brown, Cayden Carter, John Corell, Troy Cordes, Mark Dahl, Eric Dailey, Russ Dickerson, Tracy Domagala, Corey Dripps, Tyler Droste, Darin Duffy, Greg Durbin, Patrick Flannagan, Jimmy Gustin, Richie Gustin, Mike Hansen, Mat Hollerich, Jeff James, Mike Jergens, Justin Kay, Billy Kendall, Kurt Kile, Benji LaCrosse, Eric Martini, Colt Mather, Bob Moore, Brian Mullen, Jay Noteboom, Tad Reutzel, Rob Rose, Joel Rust, Ryan Ruter, Lucas Schott, Mark Schulte, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Jesse Sobbing, Ricky Stephan, Aaron Turnbull, Tim Ward, Jeff Waterman, Mike Wedelstadt, Spencer Wilson, Jason Wolla and Marcus Yarie.Dirt Works Eastern Region – Chance Allen, Jason Barnhill, Matt Cole, Myron DeYoung, Keith Lamphere, Rich Michael Jr., Chaz Pray, Kyle Rutkoski, Kyle Strickler, A.J. Ward and Will Ward.last_img read more

Moyes names new coaching staff

first_imgNew Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed the arrival of three trusted members of his Everton backroom team. As expected, Steve Round will become Moyes’ assistant manager, Chris Woods is installed as goalkeeping coach, with Jimmy Lumsden named coach. “I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and I am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club,” said Moyes. Press Associationcenter_img The trio replace Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele, who have all been released following Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire in May. Round, 42, has worked alongside Moyes since 2008, whilst former England keeper Woods had been at Goodison Park since 1998. Sixty-five-year-old Lumsden, meanwhile, has worked with Moyes since his days at Preston North End. Moyes added: “They bring great qualities in their respective fields and I know that, like me, they feel that this is a challenge to relish. I have great faith that together, we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over many years.” Moyes arrived at Carrington at 8am for his first official day in charge, although his players are not due to report for duty until later this week. It is a huge day of change at United. In addition to Moyes’ arrival, the Red Devils’ plush training ground is officially known as the AON Training Complex as a result of a sponsorship deal announced last April worth approximately £150million. And David Gill’s exit as chief executive means Richard Arnold now takes over as group managing director, with London-based executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward assuming many of Gill’s responsibilities on the football side. “I believe with David and his new team in place, along with our current backroom staff, we can now start preparing for the new season ahead,” Woodward said. last_img read more

Carneiro criticism “a distraction”

first_img The Portuguese was furious with Blues doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn after both ran onto the pitch during the 2-2 draw with Swansea on August 8 to treat Eden Hazard, who appeared to be injured. The move briefly left Chelsea down to nine men with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois having earlier been sent off. Mourinho said the pair’s actions were “impulsive and naive” and showed that they did not “understand the game”. They have been excluded from the bench for Sunday’s match at Manchester City, though Mourinho said on Friday that did not mean they would never return. Mourinho has been accused in some quarters of making the criticism to deflect attention away from his side’s lacklustre start to the season, and FMA chief executive Eamonn Salmon told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “Certainly it’s been a distraction I would think. This story’s hit the headlines and has clearly put medicine in the forefront. “So in some respects, what it does do from our point of view, it highlights the significant roles that the medical staff play and the importance of their roles and puts it high on the agenda.” Salmon said that Carneiro and Fearn have the FMA’s full support. As well as having the criticism of Mourinho to contend with, Carneiro is also the subject of a front-page story in The Sun on Sunday concerning her private life, and Salmon added: “I think we would leave it for Eva to contact us if she needed us. “She knows we’re here, she knows our support network, so if she wishes to get in touch and needed our support then we’re here to help her for sure. “I’ve been in touch with Jon. He ran on first and has been very much in our minds as well (as Carneiro) as part of this whole episode. “He knows that we’re here, he knows we’re offering support and that’s the nature of our association – we’re here to support our members and that’s what we’re doing. “Our statement last week was considered, it was appropriate and it really related to the actual event at the game.” Salmon had said in a statement last Tuesday: ”We fully support the actions of our members and colleagues in this incident who acted with integrity and professionalism at all times, fully cognisant of the rules of the game and in full accordance with that duty of care to their patient. ”Factors extraneous to the immediate medical needs of the patient, such as the stage and state of the game, cannot be part of their consideration at such time.” Jose Mourinho’s criticism of his Chelsea medical staff has created “a distraction” away from the team’s performance, according to the boss of the Football Medical Association. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Other Sports Hima Das wins fourth gold in 15 days, Muhammad Anas also wins top spot

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Star Indian sprinter Hima Das clinched her fourth gold of the fortnight as she won the 200m race with a creditable time in the Tabor Athletics Meet in Czech Republic in New Delhi on Wednesday. Hima won in 23.25 seconds though the race had a mediocre field with most of the competitors representing clubs of Czech Republic. Nonetheless, she is inching closer to her personal best of 23.10, Hima’s compatriot V K Vismaya was second with a season best 23.43.This was 19-year-old Hima’s fourth gold since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe. She has been keeping on improving since her first race. In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the old Assam runner had clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2. After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland, on July 7 with a time of 23.97 seconds.On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43. Hima’s pet event is 400m and she is yet to qualify for the World Championships in both the quartermile event and the 200m.The World Championships qualifying time for 200m is 23.02 while it is 51.80 in 400m. In men’s 400m, Muhammad Anas won in 45.40 seconds in a mediocre field while compatriots Tom Noah Nirmal came second with a season best effort of 46.59. K S Jeevan was third in 46.60 and M P Jabir finished fourth in 47.16. On July 13 at Kladno, Anas had bettered his own 400m national record to clinch a gold and qualify for the World Championships by clocking 45.21 seconds. The World Championships qualification time is 45.30 seconds in men’s 400m race. last_img read more