As the global COVID-19 total passed 44 million today, partly driven by Europe’s quickly growing second surge, France and Germany today announced national partial lockdowns, replacing piecemeal efforts in individual regions.Lockdowns follow steady increasesOver the past month, Europe has become one of the world’s biggest pandemic hot spots, with France among the top five countries reporting the world’s most daily cases.In an address to the nation this evening, following a meeting with government ministers, French President Emmanuel Macron said the country will go back into a national lockdown this week to keep the outbreak from spiraling out of control, Reuters reported.People can go to work if they can’t work from home, and most schools will stay open. But the new rules say people have to stay home, except to buy essential goods, seek medical care, or exercise outdoors for 1 hour each day. The measure takes effect Oct 30 and will last until Dec 1.Macron warned that the virus is circulating faster than the most pessimistic projections and that the second surge will probably be harder and deadlier than the first.Currently, more than half (58%) of the country’s intensive care unit (ICU) beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.Earlier today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, following an emergency meeting with leaders from German states, announced a 1-month partial lockdown that goes into effect Nov 2, Reuters reported. The action temporarily shutters restaurants, bars, theaters, movie theaters, pools, gyms, and concert venues but will keep schools and shops open if they follow distancing and hygiene rules.Also, professional sports can continue without spectators, and people have been asked to limit travel to essential trips.Germany’s announcement also came with a $11.82 billion aid package to assist those affected by the new restrictions, especially small businesses and people who are self-employed.The country, praised for how it has handled the pandemic, hasn’t been hit as hard in the second surge as some of its European neighbors, but cases doubled over the past week.In another development from Germany, reports from the country’s media said the Robert Koch Institute, a federal infectious diseases agency, sustained a cyber attack on Oct 22, just days before its building was hit by an arson attack. Its computer system was down for 2 hours, but no sensitive data were lost.Cases in other European hot spots soarThe Czech Republic, reported to have of the continent’s highest infection rates alongside Belgium, reported a record daily high of 15,663 cases today, along with rising hospitalizations. A nationwide nighttime curfew begins today.Belgium yesterday reported a steep daily rise in hospitalizations, 689, which is dramatically up from the average daily number of 421 over the past 2 weeks and is above levels seen in March, CNN reported.Among other countries reporting record daily cases include Italy with 24,991, Poland with 18,820, and Sweden with 1,980.Developments in China, MideastMass testing in China’s Xinjiang province outbreak, meanwhile, turned up 20 more cases, raising the total to 183, CNN reported. Of those, 22 patients have symptoms and the rest are asymptomatic.The outbreak was first detected last week with one asymptomatic case found during routine testing, and health officials ordered a lockdown and are just completing testing on nearly 5 million residents of the province’s Kashgar district.Elsewhere, Iran today recorded a daily high in deaths, 415, and also added 6,824 new cases to its total, Kuwait News Agency reported. And Pakistan’s health ministry announced that the country is now in its second wave of infections, CNN reported.In other global developments:Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline today pledged 200 million doses of adjuvanted, recombinant, protein-based COVID-19 vaccine to the COVAX initiative, an effort led by the World Health Organization to pool the risk of developing vaccines and secure equitable doses for countries across all income levels.The WHO today announced in an email sent to journalists that its COVID-19 emergency committee will meet for the fifth time tomorrow virtually to assess the latest developments, gauge if the situation still warrants a public health emergency of international concern, and adjust recommendations as needed.The global total today climbed to 44,304,816 cases, and 1,171,119 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.
Barbados Enters Phase 2 Of Lock-down Exit Strategy Jun 6, 2020 You may be interested in… Aug 14, 2020 May 1, 2020 Former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur to be buried… CARIFESTA XII opens with a bang despite rainThe twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened last night with a plethora of exciting performances, speeches and fireworks! The event began with a parade of all the countries represented dressed in their traditional country wear and arriving in the Haitian traditional mode of transportation, tap-taps!…August 22, 2015In “Anguilla”CARIFESTA XIII ends in true Regional integration styleThe Region’s cultural performers transformed the Kensington Oval in Barbados into a sea of Regional integration as they brought the curtains down on CARIFESTA XIII, Sunday night. The Closing Ceremony for the ten-day festival featured performances from some of the region’s top music and dance groups, steel bands, and individual…August 28, 2017In “Barbados”Machel Montano one of CARIFESTA XIV’s Brand AmbassadorsMachel Montano is one of the Brand Ambassadors for CARIFESTA XIV, which was launched in fine style on Tuesday night in Trinidad and Tobago. The launch event happened in the Ballroom at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre. It was a cultural explosion fitting for the commencement of preparations for…October 24, 2018In “Anguilla”Share this on WhatsApp May 8, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Haiti’s Covid-19 cases nearing 3000 Speaking on behalf of CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, ASG Slater said CARIFESTA XII was a clear manifestation of what makes the Caribbean people great and sends a powerful statement about regional unity and togetherness. He said CARICOM was proud of Haiti and conveyed his congratulations to the Haitian President and people. CARICOM ASG in Charge of Human and Social Development Dr. Douglas Slater brings remarks at the CARIFESTA XII closing ceremony “On behalf of the people of CARICOM, thank you Mister President and the people of Haiti for the warm hospitality extended to us all and for creating an excellent opportunity to bring our people together” He also congratulated the organizing team and officials involved in the planning and execution of the event. Dr. Slater shared a personal experience he had at CARIFESTA XII about a conversation with a Haitian lady who prior to CARIFESTA XII always saw herself as Haitian, not West Indian or Caribbean. He said she told him that because of CARIFESTA XII now she calls herself Caribbean and that it was a great testimony to the Festival. President Martelly once again thanked CARICOM for giving Haiti the opportunity to host the event. He said CARIFESTA XII proved how similar and different the people of the Caribbean are. He said he was very proud of his country for successfully hosting the festival and also congratulated the team involved in making it happen. Following the President’s speech the officials involved in the festival were invited onto the stage and formally congratulated for their hard work after which the Haitian President handed over the CARIFESTA baton to Barbados, the next country that will host CARIFESTA in 2017. The baton was created and donated by acclaimed visual artist Phillipe Dodard who also served as Atisitc Director for CARIFESTA XII. It was accepted by Minister of Culture, Barbados Hon. Stephen Lashley. President of Haiti, H. E. Michel Martelly hands over the CARIFESTA baton created by acclaimed Haitian Visual Artist Phillipe Dodard to Barbados Minister of Culture Hon. Stephen Lashley So now its on to CARIFESTA XIII, Barbados 2017. The Host Country Management Committee for CARIFESTA XII The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts CARIFESTA XII has come to a close. The ten-day mega cultural event ended with a closing ceremony at the Kiosque Ocide Jeanty in Champs Mas, Haiti on Sunday night. The night’s activities included a culmination of performances from various Caribbean groups that have performed throughout the festival. There were also closing speeches from President of Haiti, H.E. Michel Martelly, Minister of Culture of Barbados Hon, Stephen Lashley – representing CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Barbados Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, and Assistant Secretary-General in charge of Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Douglas Slater. L’Acadco Dance Company, one of several performances at the CARIFESTA XII closing ceremony Haiti’s Foreign Minister calls for collective action amidst…
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Genie GS-1932 scissor liftDual zoneThe most significant feature for users of ISO-based equipment – including the EN280, GB KC and Aus standards – will be the dual zone control, as they will already be familiar with the other features. Genie slabs will be equipped with the Smart Link dual zone control system, which incorporates two buttons on the platform controller, requiring the operator to select Indoor or Outdoor operation. When the Outdoor zone is selected, maximum platform height and occupancy will be restricted to allow for wind speed.For example, the 19ft working height GS-1932, displayed at the manufacturer’s press launch this week, will be restricted to 14.8ft when the outdoor zone is selected. The lowest working height model in the slab range, the 13ft working height 1330 will be reduced to 10.5ft outdoors, while the tallest model, the 4655 will have its working height of 46ft reduces more significantly to 27ft outdoors. Customers can identify a Genie GS dual zone scissor lift model in two ways: the platform control (PCON) includes two additional buttons (dual zone), and the Genie Smart Link decal on the platform toeboard has been updated to indicate it is equipped with dual zone control.On the subject of the GS-1932 it is also designed to minimise the impact of new standard compliance on machine weight and productivity, weighing in at only 2,999 pounds (1,360 kg).“For Genie, a standard global scissor lift offering has several benefits,” says Mike Flanagan, Genie product manager, Terex AWP. “For rental companies, design commonality reduces rental fleet complexity, which increases rROIC (rental return on invested capital), and the addition of the new dual zone control system feature increases machine utilisation.”For example, says Flanagan, “operators will now have the ability to switch between indoor or outdoor applications, which enables them to perform multiple tasks using one machine. This capability saves time and increases productivity. For ease of operation, this dual zone control system is intuitive, allowing operators to work indoors or outdoors at the push of a button.”Nevertheless, the existing range of GS rough terrain scissors will also be available for outdoor work.The GS global-spec scissor lifts go into production in Redmond, Washington, USA, and Changzhou, China, in late 2019. The models will be available immediately in North America and China, with deliveries globally in the first two quarters of 2020.Load SenseGlobal standards require all MEWPs to continuously check the weight in the platform and disable function if the load is above the platform load limit. On the new Genie GS global-spec slab scissor lifts, load sense is accomplished using a hydraulic pressure sensor and a link angle sensor. Together, the pressure sensor and angle sensor are designed to monitor the platform load and alert the operator if the machine is overloaded. When an overload event occurs, the Genie Smart Link platform controller will indicate -OL-, an alarm will sound and machine motion will stop. In the event the scissor lift is overloaded, weight must be removed from the platform to resume operation.Guardrails In North America, the new ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards require the guardrail height to increase to 3 ft 7 in (1.1 m). Genie scissor lifts historically designed with fixed guardrails as standard, including the Genie GS-1530, GS-1930 and GS-2032 models, will now be equipped with folding guardrails.A number of other changes have been incorporated, including the addition of toeboards on all entrances and standard swing gates on the platforms. Due to the model’s compact footprint and low stowed height, the Genie GS-1330m scissor lift will maintain standard fixed guardrails. Genie has updated its GS slab scissor range to comply to new US-based ANSI standards coming into force in December.And, now that ANSI complies with international ISO standards, including the European EN280, the new range will also be adopted as Genie’s global product line. It features dual zone control, enabling outdoor use on all models; load sensing; folding guardrails – excluding the micro Genie GS-1330m; and swing gates.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#
The shipment contained six KRC 2880-type cranes, with 20 more units of the type KRC 1680 set to follow in 2015.Kirow has been a long-term supplier of the Chinese railways. The company has already delivered a number of railway cranes for the ever expanding railway network in China. The cranes are used in various railway administrations throughout the country.Kuehne + Nagel in Leipzig and Hamburg was responsible for the freight forwarding and actual booking of the shipment for the six cranes. The cranes were transported overland by barge and road transport to the Wallmann Terminal in the Port of Hamburg.The ocean leg from Hamburg to China is being performed by the Rickmers Singapore that will arrive in the port of Xingang in late October.The 2002-built Super Flex heavy-lift vessel can lift up to 640 tonnes and is one of nine identical sister vessels in the Round-the-World Pearl String service of Rickmers-Linie. This service rotates eastbound, linking Europe, Southeast Asia, the Far East, North America and again Europe. www.kranunion.dewww.rickmers-linie.com
Absent voter ballots for the November 3 Presidential Election will be available by mail and at City Clerk offices in Farmington and Farmington Hills starting later this month.The Farmington Hills Clerk’s office will begin mailing ballots on September 24, when ballots will also be available at City Hall.In Farmington, the City Clerk’s office will stuff, sort, and deliver ballots to the post office during the week of September 28. Residents can pick up a ballot at City Hall starting October 1. (Farmington voters may also call 248-474-5500, ext. 2225 or write to email@example.com by September 24 to have their ballots held for pick up after October 1.)Voters must submit an Absent Voter Ballot Application in order to receive a ballot, and in Michigan, any qualified voter can vote by absent ballot. Applications are available at clerks’ offices, or online at farmgov.com or fhgov.com.You can join your city’s permanent absent voter list to automatically receive an application for each election:In Farmington Hills, call 248-871-2410 or send an email with your name, registered address and a contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org.In Farmington, call 248-474-5500, ext. 2225, or send an email with your name, Farmington address, and a contact number to email@example.com.Both Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd., and Farmington City Hall, 23600 Liberty St., have drop boxes for election materials.To learn more about voting by absent ballot, visit farmgov.com or fhgov.com. Reported by Joni Hubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Four First Half Goals Propel No. 20 UWF to GSC Opener Win Share Annalis Cummings assisted on UWF’s second goal in a 4-0 win at Ouachita Baptist (Photo by Jim Hogue) ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – The No. 20 West Florida women’s soccer team got off to a strong start in its Gulf South Conference opener at Ouachita Baptist on Friday, as four first half goals propelled the Argonauts to a 4-0 shutout over OBU. Senior Shakira Duncan (Kingston, Jamaica/Darton) scored twice and sophomore Jodi-Ann Robinson (Richmond, British Columbia/Palmer Secondary School) scored once with two assists to lead UWF.West Florida (6-2, 1-0 GSC) got on the board in the 12th minute as Robinson fed a pass to Duncan open in the box, and Duncan connected for her first of two goals. Sophomore Monica Malavassi (San Jose, Costa Rica/Methodist HS) was the next to score in the 28th minute, as junior Annalis Cummings (Malabar, Trinidad/Bryant & Stratton) sent in a cross from the left sideline and Malavassi was in position to poke it past the keeper on the back post.The third goal for UWF was the most spectacular, as junior Tina Murry (Kingston, Jamaica/Meridian CC) sent the ball through the air to Robinson outside the box in the 34th minute. With her back to the goal, Robinson sent a turning back heel volley through the defense to Duncan, who was open behind the defense for her second goal of the game and 10th of the season. UWF closed its scoring three minutes later, as Murry found Robinson open on the right sideline. Robinson lifted the ball towards the goal, as it sailed over the keeper and into the upper left corner for the team’s fourth goal.Ouachita Baptist (5-5, 1-3 GSC) was more threatening on the attack in the second half, as the Tigers outshot UWF 6-3. Despite OBU’s chances, the UWF defense held strong and picked up its first shutout of the season.The Argos finished the game ahead in the shot count 16-9, and they also held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. Juniors Ali Ryan (Batemans Bay, Australia/Darton) and Lauren Byrd (Birmingham, Ala./Oak Mountain HS) combined in goal for UWF in the shutout. OBU keeper Whitley Hoppe made two saves in goal for the Tigers.The Argonauts will continue GSC play on Sunday, Oct. 3 at Harding in Searcy, Ark. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., and fans can follow all of the action live at www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version
West Florida Finishes First Day at Lady Moc Classic Share Camila Sevillano had an up-and-down day for UWF, carding 89 in the first round and 74 in the second (Photo by Jim Hogue) LAKELAND, Fla. – The West Florida women’s golf team opened its 2012 spring season Monday at the Lady Moc Classic hosted by Florida Southern, and the Argonauts finished the first two rounds of play in 14th place. UWF (341-334 – 675) improved its score by seven strokes in the second round, and the Argos will look to improve even more in Tuesday’s final round.Seminole State, the only junior college entered in the tournament, sits atop the leaderboard at 37-over par (306-307 – 613). Florida Southern (313-306 – 619) ranks second and is six strokes behind Seminole State, and No. 10 Lynn is a close third at 44-over (310-310 – 620).In the first round, Agustina Cocha (Salta, Argentina/Colegio Santa Maria), Jenny Lines (Birmingham, Ala./Spring Hill) and Aimee Paterson (Sherfield on Loddon, England/Queen Mary’s) each shot an 84 to lead the Argonauts. Camila Sevillano (Cali, Colombia/La Arboleda) had a tough first round, shooting her highest score as an Argonaut at 89.Sevillano turned things around in the second round, scoring her lowest round as an Argonaut with a 74. Sevillano (89-74 – 163) is tied for 48th heading into Tuesday. Paterson also had a solid second round, carding 80 to finish the day tied for 51st (84-80 – 164). Lines (84-85 – 169) and Cocha (84-95 – 179) rounded out the team’s four-person lineup in 70th and 82nd place, respectively.Rachel Polson (72-75 – 147) of Florida Tech leads the pack at 3-over par, followed closely by Elia Folch Sola (74-74 – 148) from Seminole State at 4-over.The Argos will return to The Club at Eaglebrooke on Tuesday morning for the third and final round. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS# 1 Seminole State-FL 306-307 – 613 +37 2 Florida Southern 313-306 – 619 +43 3 Lynn University 310-310 – 620 +44 4 Barry University 314-307 – 621 +45 5 Nova Southeastern U. 323-299 – 622 +46 6 Bradley University 312-314 – 626 +50 7 Flagler College 323-305 – 628 +52 T8 Embry-Riddle – FL 310-326 – 636 +60 T8 California Univ – PA 315-321 – 636 +60 10 Florida Tech 310-328 – 638 +62 11 Saint Leo University 314-326 – 640 +64 12 Grand Valley State 319-324 – 643 +67 13 Northwood U. – FL 329-318 – 647 +71 14 West Florida, U of 341-334 – 675 +99 15 Belmont Abbey Coll. 377-365 – 742 +166 16 Eckerd College 379-368 – 747 +171 17 Tampa, U. of 380-378 – 758 +182T48 Camila Sevillano 89-74 – 163 +19T51 Aimee Paterson 84-80 – 164 +20T70 Jenny Lines 84-85 – 169 +25 82 Agustina Cocha 84-95 – 179 +35Print Friendly Version
UWF Captains: Andre Duncombe, Jr. Joe Wintrick, Quentin Randolph, Daryl WilsonUWF won the toss and deferred its choice to the second half. VUL chose to receive to open the game.UWF Set the following school scoring records69 Points in a game42 first half points in a game35 points in a qtr* UWF scored on offense, defense and special teams for the second time in program history. The first time was against Chowan in 2017.* UWF recorded the fourth shutout in program history. The other came at Ave Maria and versus Shorter in 2016, and at Wingate in 2017. In the last six quarters of play, UWF has allowed just 215 yards of total offense on 75 plays for 2.87 yards per play and zero points. * Minus-12 rushing yards allowed is a school record; previous was minus-8 against Shorter on 2016* Evan Mitchell caught 2 passes for touchdowns and 3 overall. Coming into the game, he had no stats this season and four receptions as a redshirt freshman in 2018.* Quentin Randolph had his second-consecutive 100-yard receiving game, finishing with 3 catches for 100 yards. He becomes the third player in program history to accomplish the feat – Ishmel Morrow had 4-consecutive in 2016 and Anas Hasic had 2-consecutive also in 2016.* Tate Lehtio had four receptions, bringing his career total to 136, tying his with Antoine Griffin for first in UWF history. Lehtio also had 47 receiving yards, ranging him third all-time with 1,547. Ishmel Morrow is second with 1,621 and Griffin is first with 1,697. Print Friendly Version
What appears a major scandal hit Nigerian football yesterday, as Super Eagles assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf, was caught on camera taking cash from men posing as football agents.The footage was said to be captured by controversial BBC journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, in September 2017, but was broadcasted for the first time yesterday by BBC Africa Eye.Yusuf, who is the chief coach of the Home-based Super Eagles, is due to lead the national team to Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He assisted coach Gernot Rohr at the just concluded Russia 2018 World Cup.The former Kano Pillars chief coach, who was said to be receiving treatment in a London hospital, was accused of collecting $1000 from an unknown agent to field Kano Pillars Rabiu Ali and Osas Okoro of Rangers international during the CHAN Tournament in Morocco. Yusuf has allegedly conceded to the allegation, but claimed he collected the said money as a gift, not a bribe.On July 7 this year, a two-year undercover BBC investigation into football in Africa revealed footage of over 100 referees and officials taking cash before games.In his reaction yesterday, former coach of the Super Falcons, Ismalia Mabo, called for immediate prosecution of Salisu Yusuf saying: “There should be no cover up on this matter. Yusuf should be handed over to the police immediately, if the allegation is proven beyond doubt.”On his part, the President of National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF), Harrison Jalla called for Yusuf’s immediate dismissal from the national team. “He should be banned from coaching any Nigerian team for the rest of his life,” Jalla said.“We (NANF) will take over this matter because Yusuf has done a great damage to the image of Nigerian football. Over 90 percent of Nigerian coaches take bribe, but for a coach in the national team to come down so low, accepting a bribe of $1000 goes to tell the level of corruption in the system. It means so many Nigerian youths have been denied the chance of playing for the national team because of the dubious attitude of coaches like Yusuf.”To some other stakeholders, the bribery allegation against Yusuf borders seriously, not only on his integrity as National team coach, but for the country.The Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board gives coaches the best of treatment with all their entitlements fully and duly paid.Apart from earning about N4 million monthly as salary, Yusuf was said to have made over $80,000 from bonuses for preparations and participation at the World Cup alone. He got $20,000 as winning bonus, as well as first class treatment on every national assignment.