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Malaysia reports first coronavirus deaths, one from mosque gathering

first_imgMalaysia reported its first two coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, including a man who attended a mass Muslim gathering linked to nearly two-thirds of the country’s infections.Total cases rose 120 to 673, the highest in Southeast Asia.Of those, 428 are linked to an Islamic conference attended by about 16,000 people – including 1,500 from other nations – late last month at a mosque near the capital Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s Health Minister Adham Baba said a 34-year-old missionary who attended the event was confirmed positive on March 12. He and a 60-year-old Christian pastor, with a history of chronic illness, died on Tuesday.Baba said the rising cases justified restrictions on movements starting on Wednesday for two weeks.”This approach by the Malaysian government was necessary to avoid even more Malaysians being infected by COVID,” he told a news conference.Topics :last_img read more

China’s Xi offers Trump help in fighting coronavirus as US faces wave of new patients

first_imgThe World Health Organization has said the United States, which saw 17,099 new coronavirus cases and 281 deaths in the past 24 hours, is expected to become the epicenter of the pandemic.China cuts flightsLike US hospitals now, China’s medical system struggled to contain the coronavirus just two months ago, but draconian city lockdowns and severe travel restrictions has seen China dramatically ease the epidemic.Mainland China on Friday reported its first local coronavirus case in three days and 54 new imported cases, as Beijing ordered airlines to sharply cut international flights, for fear travellers could reignite the coronavirus outbreak.The 55 new cases detected on Thursday were down from 67 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said on Friday, taking the tally of infections to 81,340. China’s death toll stood at 3,292 as of Thursday, up by five from a day earlier.The central province of Hubei, with a population of about 60 million, reported no new cases on Thursday, a day after lifting a lockdown and reopening its borders as the epidemic eased there.The commercial capital of Shanghai reported the most new imported cases with 17, followed by 12 in the southern province of Guangdong and four each in the capital Beijing and the nearby city of Tianjin.Shanghai now has 125 patients who arrived from overseas, including 46 from Britain and 27 from the United States.In effect from Sunday, China has ordered its airlines to fly only one route to any country, on just one flight each week. Foreign airlines must comply with similar curbs on flights to China, although many had already halted services.About 90% of current international flights into China will be suspended, cutting arrivals to 5,000 passengers a day, from 25,000, the civil aviation regulator said late on Thursday.From Saturday, China will temporarily suspend entry for foreigners with valid visas and residence permits, in an interim measure, the foreign ministry added.Before the new curbs, foreign nationals made up about a tenth of the roughly 20,000 travellers arriving on international flights every day, an official of China’s National Immigration Administration said last week.As commercial flights dwindle, Chinese students from wealthy families are paying tens of thousands of dollars to fly home on private jets.International demand for chartered and private flights into China increased 227% in March from a year earlier, said Shanghai-based private jet service provider iFlyPlus.Notably, requests for flights from the United States to China rose 10-fold in late March, iFlyPlus told Reuters.  Topics : Chinese President Xi Jinping told US President Donald Trump during a phone call on Friday that he would have China’s support in fighting the coronavirus, as the United States faces the prospect of becoming the next global epicenter of the pandemic.The United States now has the most coronavirus cases of any country, with 84,946 infections and 1,259 deaths. Hospitals in cities like New York and New Orleans struggle to cope with the wave of patients.Xi’s offer of assistance came amid a long-running war of words between Beijing and Washington over various issues including the coronavirus epidemic.center_img Trump and some US officials have accused China of a lack of transparency on the virus, and Trump has at times called the coronavirus a “China virus” as it originated there, angering Beijing.In the call, Xi reiterated to Trump that China had been open and transparent about the epidemic, according to an account of the conversation published by the Chinese foreign ministry.Trump said on Twitter that he discussed the coronavirus outbreak “in great detail” with Xi.”China has been through much & has developed a strong understanding of the virus,” Trump said. “We are working closely together. Much respect!”.last_img read more

GO-TIME: Department of Corrections Realizes Energy Savings in Pilot Program

first_imgGO-TIME: Department of Corrections Realizes Energy Savings in Pilot Program August 19, 2016 Efficiency,  Energy,  GO-TIME,  Innovation,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has implemented a new energy savings pilot program that will reduce utility costs at State Correctional Institution Dallas by more than $1.7 million over five years. This initiative is part of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Modernization and Efficiency (GO-TIME).“Department of Corrections has been a leader in working to reduce costs and improve outcomes at the same time,” Governor Wolf said. “We are working to mitigate any and all costs in order to allow for more funding to go towards programs that help improve public safety and generate better outcomes.”The Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) provides an innovative financing technique that uses cost savings from reduced energy consumption to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures.The DOC expects significant utility savings from a reduction in facility water and electrical usage. The project also includes other energy conservation measures that will result in energy savings.The savings for the 5-year period beginning in October and ending in June FY 2020/21 is expected to be $1,725,000.“We are always looking for ways to reduce prison costs,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “The GESA project affords us the opportunity to not only save money but reduce energy usage as well.”The project plan involved replacing existing interior and exterior lighting with new light emitting diode (LED) lighting to improve the quality of lighting as well as reduce its energy costs and enhance security. The LED power supplies have a 100-year life expectancy that will significantly reduce maintenance costs, allowing electricians to fulfill other maintenance needs throughout the institution.The DOC is exploring expanding the program to other state correctional institutions based on the success of the program at SCI Dallas.GO-TIME was created by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2015 to maximize efficiency, modernize state government operations and provide the highest quality services. As a result, state agencies saved more than $156 million in FY 15-16, exceeding the $150 million savings goal he set by the Governor. Wolf has set a new GO-TIME savings goal of $500 million by 2020.To learn more about GO-TIME, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Brexit deal seen giving ‘clear target’ for UK asset managers on EU access

first_imgThe new Brexit deal reached yesterday by the EU and the UK prime minister – who still needs to win a majority in parliament – holds positives for UK asset managers from the point of view of their access to investors in the EU27, according to a financial regulation specialist.Owen Lysak, financial regulatory partner at law firm Clifford Chance in London, said: “The draft political declaration […] maintains the commitment of both parties to endeavour to conclude equivalence assessments by end of June 2020. “This will be well-received, as it gives a clear target for the UK government to try to hit and the asset management sector to push for in terms of the best access rights possible for UK managers,” he said.It was good news that the transitional period set out in the previous agreement seemed to be unaffected by the new deal, he said.    “We had seen some managers bringing forward their fund closings, some starting to move across mandates to EU affiliates, all because of concerns around a sudden loss of access to EU investors this year,” Lysak said.Defined benefit (DB) pension schemes that had been hoping for a major funding boost as a result of UK interest rate rises, however, were likely to be disappointed, according to Rob Price, fixed income portfolio manager at AXA Investment Managers.“The global macroeconomic environment that the Bank of England could find itself in should a deal be struck is very different to that of 2016, with most main central banks biased towards an easing tilt which should keep UK interest rates lower than historical norms,” he said.“This could limit any potential major funding boost that could be experienced from interest rate reversion,” said Price.Chris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, said the Brexit deal provided welcome certainty to the investment management industry, “and the millions of savers and investors it serves.”“Now a new deal is on the table, it’s important that politicians on all sides come together in order to avoid the damaging effects of a cliff edge no deal,” he said.Looking ahead to potential implications for government bond yields, Mark Dowding, CIO at BlueBay Asset Management, forecast that if a deal is ratified in the next couple of weeks – or months – then sterling could rally to $1.35 and €0.81, with 10-year Gilt yields up at 0.9%.On the likelihood of the agreement being ratified by UK MPs, Paul O’Connor, head of the UK multi-asset team at Janus Henderson said: “With the DUP reportedly uncomfortable with the deal, the parliamentary arithmetic for Saturday’s vote is very hard to call.”last_img read more

Why you should always check the credentials of parenting ‘experts’

first_imgIs No Spanking And No Time Out Type of Discipline Ideal?Parent Herald 30 March 2016Family First Comment: “Spanking and using time-outs are usually used as a form of punishment in terms of taming a bad behavior in children. According to the director of Yale Parenting Center, however, punishment does not usually change a child’s behavior – “The way to get rid of a child’s negative behavior is not to do the punishment. Even a wonderful punishment, gentle punishment like time-out, or reasoning, those don’t work.”Sigh!Johnny – don’t hit your sister.Johnny – please put that sharp knife downJohnny – stabbing your sister is not niceJohnny! – use words….. nice wordsJohnny!! – where’s the blood coming from?!!?Spanking and using time-outs are usually used as a form of punishment in terms of taming a bad behavior in children. According to the director of Yale Parenting Center, however, punishment does not usually change a child’s behavior.The director of Yale Parenting Center, Alan Kazdin said that imposing punishment does not usually lead to reversing a child’s bad and unruly behavior, The Atlantic reported. Though disciplining the child through spanking and time-out may soothe the parent’s disappointment, but it does not necessarily change the child’s behavior.Kazdin cited that one of the best ways to eliminate the negative behavior of the child is to use the “radical technique” of discipline. It can be achieved though positive reinforcement until the negative behavior would eventually be eliminated.“Parents might start out reasoning, but they’re likely to escalate to something a little bit more, like shouting, touching, firmly dragging their child, even if they’re well-intentioned.” Kazdin pointed out. The way to get rid of a child’s negative behavior is not to do the punishment. Even a wonderful punishment, gentle punishment like time-out, or reasoning, those don’t work.”Kazdin then explained the process on how the positive reinforcement works. He explained that the behavior can be corrected by focusing on three aspects which is similar to cause and effect.“What it amounts to is an area of research that’s called applied behavior analysis, and what it focuses on are three things to change behavior: What comes before the behavior, how you craft the behavior, and then what you do at the end,” Kazdin explained.READ MORE: Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Homeless man who sleeps on streets watched over by his mother

first_imgNZ Herald 11 July 2017Family First Comment: A disturbing and sad story, but here’s the key bit“His family says Dan had a privileged upbringing; he was raised with a private education and grew up to travel overseas and gain full-time employment.It was when Dan began dabbling in marijuana with his “peers”, that his life seemed to go downhill.“It’s become almost as big a problem as alcohol abuse now,” Leanne said.#saynopetodopeThe Australian mother who chronicled the downward spiral of her 25-year-old drug-addicted son has received overwhelming praise for exposing the harsh reality of “human misery”.Brisbane mum Leanne Thompson’s picture standing above her son Dan while he sleeps on the streets has recaptured the nation’s conversation surrounding drug addiction – causing a “lump in the throat” of everyday Aussies.It comes as some homeless in Melbourne criticise the 25-year-old for refusing help.“I’ve been trying to get accomodation and I can’t. This person got everything he wants, doesn’t want it,” one man, Darren, told Nine News.“I thought, ‘what a lucky kid, he’s got parents who care”.Leanne, along with her husband, frequently fly from Brisbane to Melbourne to ensure Daniel’s safety and mental wellbeing. She says after moving interstate, Daniel’s descent into destitution came fast – in just under a year he went from living a “normal” life to sleeping on the footpath of Melbourne’s CBD to chasing cash and drugs, mainly synthetic marijuana.He has been living on the streets for four months, has psychotic episodes and has turned to a life of crime.She’s been visiting every week to “keep an eye on him and make sure he’s OK”. She’s become such a frequent visitor to the streets she knows many of the homeless by name.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

California wants to hire more cannabis cops to get a handle on black market marijuana

first_imgThe Sacramento Bee 2 June 2020Family First Comment: But weren’t we told that legalisation would free up police resources?It’s a myth!#saynopetodope#VoteNOCalifornia’s Bureau of Cannabis Control is looking to beef up its law enforcement presence.The bureau in a new state budget request is asking lawmakers to let it build an 87-member police force that would enforce the 2016 law voters passed legalizing recreational cannabis. It’d create the law enforcement branch by absorbing 58 positions from another department, and hiring 29 more cannabis cops.The department is trying to contain a black market that pervades the state three years after California’s first recreational marijuana stores opened.In 2019, the bureau seized nearly 24 tons of illicit cannabis, while the California Highway Patrol in 2018 seized more than 80 tons.Black market cannabis operators made an estimated $8.3 billion in sales in 2019, compared to the $3.1 billion the legal market made, according to projections from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research.“Investigators have seized millions in untested products, including cannabis flower, edibles, tinctures, concentrates — all bypassing the state’s testing and labeling requirements,” said George Tiongson, president of the California Association of Criminal Investigators, an affiliate of the union that represents employees the bureau’s employees.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Harold “Bub” Stout, 83

first_imgHarold “Bub” Stout, 83, of Versailles passed away at 12:05am Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born in Portville, New York on August 2, 1933 the son of Harold and Josephine Garey Stout. Survivors include one son Bill Stout of Cincinnati; one daughter Beth (David) Fleming of Holton; 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one brother Garey Stout of Elmira, New York; four sisters June Stout and Genny Houck both of Horseheads, New York, Mary Jackson of Tempe, Arizona, and Beverly Torrance of Dunkirk, New York. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Patricia Stout. Mr. Stout was a 1951 graduate of Horseheads High School in New York. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War where served on the USS Montrose. For service to his country Mr. Stout received the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. In civilian life Harold was an engineer working for Owens-Illinois Glass which he retired from in 1992. Harold was a member of the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 23rd at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Ty Choate of the Hopewell Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be from 6pm until time of services. Burial will follow at a later date. Memorials may be given to Operation Christmas Child in care of the Hopewell Baptist Church.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Middle School Spikers Defeat Lady Squires

first_imgThe BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team defeated South Dearborn in three tough matches 23-25, 25-18, and 15-9. Alyson Peters led the team with 4 aces and 8 kills. Molly Meer had 2 aces and 1 kill. Kate Bauer had 1 ace and 2 great digs. Addison Westrick had 1 ace and played great defense with great passes. Annie Negovetich had 1 ace and 1 kill. Ava Powner had 1 ace and 6 kills. Addyson Weiler and Sarah Bedel played great defense and each had 3 digs. Sophie Gesell went 7 for 7 on serves and had 4 kills. Lydia Haskamp had one kill and 2 digs. Their record is 9-1. Join us Tuesday for our last game of the season, as we take on Jennings County at home at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Grade Volleyball team defeated South Dearborn is 3 exciting matches: 25-16,23-25, 15-8.  Even with some missed serves the Bulldogs played well.  Everyone on the team had solid passing, digs, and hits. Margaret Wilson led all hitters with 5 kills. Kaylin Hinners had 4 kills and Kaylie Raver had 3.  Sara Lamping, Laura Schwegman, and Taylor Blanton all had 2 kills. From the service line Hinners had 8 points. Wilson & Raver contributed with 7 points each Callie Fletcher had 5 service points. Renee Lecher had 4 & Schwegman had 3 points.  The team had solid passing from Annie Shane and Hannah Gunter. The team is now 7-3.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more

Who will be $1M richer?

first_imgUpper Demerara face West Demerara in GT Beer Super Sunday final tonightBy Joe ChapmanALL roads lead to the Mackenzie Sports Club ground this evening, as the pursuit for $1M takes place when Upper Demerara, playing at home, will look to stop the unbeaten run of West Demerara, as the final of the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA)-organised GT Beer Inter-Association Super Sunday Night Cup comes to a climax.Having played without a loss both sides can easily be considered the top two in the eight associations of Guyana, but the winners’ $1M, along with the bragging rights and holding the championship trophy, is what matters now, even as the losers get $600 000.At the launch last Friday for the semifinals Banks DIH Communications Manager, Troy Peters, made the point that his company does not see this only for football, but for the development of the community because of what it brings to the community with all the associations of the Guyana Football Federation being involved in the area.The Upper Demerara squadPeters assured that Banks DIH will continue to offer its support wherever possible.President of the UDFA said this programme of having an inter-association tournament is seen as football development where the cream of football players come together and the federation can ultimately come up with a pool of players to represent the national team in the future.He thanked Banks DIH for their support for this venture and the annual tournament which means so much to the community of Linden.However, West Demerara, seen definitely as the third force in local football, along with Upper Demerara and Georgetown, have made a statement and will be hoping to crown this achievement with a championship win.They have been playing positive football; and have among them Jamal Harvey who has three goals and David Blake two. This gives them some confidence going up against this Upper Demerara side.Devon Primo is also in good form with Morgan Denny also among the goals. They do have a great chance of taking away the championship.Upper Demerara, however, after dismantling Georgetown in a more convincing fashion by a 3-1 margin; will be hoping to get their momentum going early against the West side. West Demerara on the other hand had inflicted a 1-0 win over Georgetown in their round-robin play.Having the leading goalscorers in the tournament will mean a lot. Upper Demerara’s Denzil Fordyce and Kellon Primo each with five goals, and with two other hungry players up front in Marmalaque Davidson and Shane Luckie, this could be the time for Upper Demerara to prove their worth.last_img read more