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COVID-19: Brace for ‘new normal’, govt says

first_imgCOVID-19 national task force chief Doni Monardo has asked the public to prepare for a “new normal” for the next several months, saying physical distancing and mask-wearing were likely here to stay.The task force had discussed changing public behavior to accommodate the post-pandemic reality with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Doni said.“As we comply with large-scale social restrictions [PSBB], we need to keep wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and washing our hands,” he told the press after a private meeting with Jokowi on Monday. He said a number of red zones across the country had recorded lower transmission rates following the implementation of PSBB but that the country was not out of danger yet.“It will take a very long time for us to fully recover. Perhaps we will adjust to a new normal by wearing masks and maintaining physical distance,” Doni said.Read also: Jakarta’s curve flattened? Experts question government’s claimSeveral provinces across the archipelago had stepped up their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, he said. The Jakarta administration had closed 168 factories and manufacturing plants, while the Riau administration had started enforcing penalties for violations of quarantine rules.Last month, Doni claimed Jakarta – the country’s COVID-19 epicenter – had flattened the transmission curve thanks to the implementation of PSBB.However, experts have warned against taking the government’s assertion at face value, mainly because the country’s lack of PCR testing capacity could cause cases to be underreported or reported late. As of Monday, Indonesia had confirmed more than 11,192 COVID-19 cases and 845 deaths linked to the disease.Topics :last_img read more

Virus plunges Australia into first recession in nearly 30 years

first_imgHours worked fell almost 10 percent while cash payments of social benefits rose more than 40 percent, both records, while imports and exports were also down.The country was already reeling from a prolonged drought and massive bushfires that rattled the economy before the disease struck.The government has stumped up tens of billions of dollars to fight the economic fallout from the pandemic and Frydenberg said the contraction would have been far worse without such support, which included payments to employers to avoid laying off staff.”Today’s devastating numbers confirm what every Australian knows: that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our economy and our lives like nothing we have ever experienced before. But there is hope and there is a road out,” Frydenberg said.Australia has confirmed almost 26,000 cases of the disease and 663 deaths, in a population of 25 million, and had successfully contained it in most of the country by July.But an outbreak in Melbourne and its surrounds since then forced a new lockdown of five million people in the country’s second largest city, dragging on the recovery.Borders between Australia’s states and territories also remain closed to most travel to avoid further outbreaks, hampering tourism and other key sectors.Authorities expect national unemployment to peak at 9.3 percent in December and the budget deficit to blow out to almost a tenth of GDP by mid-2021.Still, Frydenberg insisted Australia has been more successful than most in handling the crisis.”This gives us confidence that as a nation we are better placed than most other nations, and that by containing the virus we can chart a pathway to economic recovery and we can leave the worst of the economic crisis in the June quarter behind us,” he said.”But the road ahead will be long. The road ahead will be hard. The road ahead will be bumpy.” Australia tumbled into its first recession for almost three decades with its pandemic-crippled economy shrinking a record seven percent in the second quarter, official data shows.With vast swathes of the domestic and global economy shut down to contain the deadly disease, business activity suffered a catastrophic drop — despite authorities providing billions of dollars in support — not even witnessed during the global financial crisis.”Today’s national accounts confirm the devastating impact on the Australian economy from COVID-19,” said Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. “Our record run of 28 consecutive years of economic growth has now officially come to an end. The cause: a once-in-a-century pandemic,” he said.The economy contracted seven percent in April-June from the previous three months, in line with government forecasts, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said. That followed a 0.3 percent dip. A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction. Gross domestic product dropped 6.3 percent year-on-year.”The June quarter saw a significant contraction in household spending on services as households altered their behavior and restrictions were put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” said ABS head of national accounts Michael Smedes.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs Second Renewal of COVID-19 Disaster Declaration for State Response and Recovery

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf signed a second renewal of his 90-day disaster declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic yesterday. He originally signed it March 6 following the announcement of the first two presumptive positive cases of the virus in the commonwealth.“As we approach the six-month mark of this crisis, I continue to be amazed at the resiliency and strength shown by Pennsylvanians during this pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “We are going to continue to combat the health and economic effects of COVID-19, and the renewal of my disaster declaration will provide us with resources and support needed for this effort.”The emergency disaster declaration provides for increased support to state agencies involved in the continued response to the virus and recovery for the state during reopening. This includes expediting supply procurement and lifting certain regulations to allow for efficient and effective mitigation.The disaster declaration has allowed for waivers and extensions to continue to provide for Pennsylvanians and businesses under the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic, including the ability to waive the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment compensation, work search requirements, and the registration with PA CareerLink for applicants, and to provide relief from charges for employers; and allowing the commonwealth to suspend numerous training requirements and certification and licensure renewals for health care professionals, child care workers, direct care workers, direct support professionals, among other professional groups who provide life-sustaining services to our children, seniors, and vulnerable residents.Through the disaster declaration, PEMA has been able to mission assign the National Guard to provide various types of support for long term care facilities, including providing direct patient care support, ancillary support, and testing, and at community-based testing sites. It also provides PEMA with the ability to leverage continued federal support such as non-congregate sheltering.The renewed disaster declaration will continue to support all of these efforts, as well as allow PEMA to rapidly scale response efforts and employ new intervention tactics, such as the administration of a vaccine.The Department of Health’s Department Operations Center at PEMA continues to be active, as is the CRCC there.Read the amendment to the emergency disaster declaration here.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf Signs Second Renewal of COVID-19 Disaster Declaration for State Response and Recovery September 01, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Panama Canal drops LNG transit restrictions

first_imgThe Panama Canal Authority plans to lift its self-imposed daylight and encounter restrictions on LNG vessels as it gears up for the rising LNG transit need. The changes will come into effect on October 1, 2018, deputy administrator Manuel E. Benitez said at a conference in Washington.“Lifting daylight restrictions means LNG vessels will be able to transit the locks at night, as vessels in other segments currently do,” Benitez said.“Lifting encounter restrictions means LNG vessels will be able to navigate Gatun Lake at the same time, allowing two different LNG vessels to transit the Canal the same day in two different directions,” he added, noting that together, these changes will provide more flexibility and time during the day to transit LNG vessels, and result in an opportunity for LNG shippers to compete for a second booking slot.Currently, with these restrictions in place, the Panama Canal provides one dedicated reservation slot to LNG carriers per day. This equates to seven dedicated LNG booking slots per week. This is more than the current demand from LNG shippers, who average 5.5 transits per week, a statement by the Panama Canal Authority said.In addition to the one dedicated slot, the Canal frequently works with customers to transit vessels that arrive without a prior reservation, so long as the day’s vessel mix allows.The waterway has regularly transited two LNG vessels the same direction in the same day and is capable of transiting up to three vessels the same day in the same direction during periods of uncharacteristically high demand.“In addition to the one reservation it guarantees each day, the Canal will soon offer LNG shippers, for the first time, the opportunity to compete among our wider vessel segments to book a second daily slot,” Silvia de Marucci, executive manager, economic analysis and market research division said.The opportunity to compete for this new, second slot has never been available to LNG shippers before. And it will be offered on top of the Canal’s continued efforts to transit LNG vessels that arrive early for their reservations or without one altogether.Over the past two years, the waterway has welcomed a total of 372 LNG transits. All LNG vessels that arrived with reservations were transited on time, except for one which arrived late. Of the 35 that arrived without a reservation, the Canal transited 30 of these ships the same day, and the remaining five transited with a limited wait. Today, there is currently no wait for LNG vessels to transit the waterway, the statement reads.The canal’s decision to lift these restrictions comes at an opportune time in the market. According to the canal, LNG transits at the waterway are expected to grow by more than 50 percent by the end of FY 2018 compared to FY 2017.last_img read more

Port of Oakland’s TraPac Wraps Up USD 67 Mn Upgrade

first_imgPort of Oakland’s container terminal operator, TraPac, concluded a USD 67 million waterfront expansion in January 2019 as it opened a new vessel berth to arriving container ships.The 2-year project at Oakland’s second-largest terminal nearly doubled TraPac’s footprint from 66 to 123 acres, boosted its fleet of ship-to-shore cranes from four to seven, and added a third 1,400-foot-long dock for berthing mega container ships.TraPac officially began its new era in Oakland this month when the container vessel Bay Bridge tied up at Berth 25. The ship moored in Oakland’s Outer Harbor near the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.The expansion is the latest in a series of investments at the Port of Oakland. Last November, Lineage Logistics and Dreisbach Enterprises opened Cool Port Oakland, a USD 90 million refrigerated distribution center. Last June, Oakland International Container Terminal completed a USD 14 million project to heighten four cranes. TraPac has said it would raise two cranes, as well.“It’s gratifying to see tenants investing in Oakland’s future,” John Driscoll, Port Maritime Director, said.TraPac handles about 15 percent of the containerized cargo moving through Oakland, much of it is refrigerated cargo destined for Japan. The terminal operator said that during expansion, it increased plug-in spaces for storing refrigerated containers from 388 to 860.As part of its buildout, TraPac last summer opened a new gate complex for harbor truck drivers. It also purchased nine new pieces of cargo-handling equipment to lift containers.TraPac signed a 14-year-lease with the port in 2016 as a precursor to its expansion.last_img read more

Large number of New Zealanders unclear on the health effects associated with cannabis use, new reports says

first_img“But the evidence in these areas is much, much weaker and so it makes it much more difficult to know how do we translate that evidence and apply it to New Zealanders.”READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/large-number-new-zealanders-unclear-health-effects-associated-cannabis-use-reports-says “We know a little bit about some things and not much about an awful lot of things, and so as a doctor that’s difficult when we are thinking about cannabis as a medicine,” he told TVNZ1’s Breakfast. An expert who contributed to the report, Professor Giles Newton-Howes says there are a host of unknowns around the impact of cannabis use. TVNZ One News 12 December 2019Family First Comment: “Those at most risk from the effects of cannabis he says are people under the age of 25, pregnant women and those with mental health issues. He says in those under the age of 25, clearly cannabis appears to change the way the brain develops and in pregnant women, cannabis crosses the placenta and will affect unborn babies. From a mental health perspective, if people under the age of 25 are taking cannabis, we increase the risk of problems like schizophrenia or psychosis.”So why isn’t this academic on the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel?!!Views unacceptable?Ahead of next year’s cannabis referendum, a new report has highlighted the many unknowns New Zealanders face ahead of making an informed decision regarding cannabis use.The report out today by the Royal Society Te Apārangi outlines the health impacts of cannabis, the benefits, harms and unknowns. The referendum will take place at the 2020 General Election and voters will be asked: “Do you support the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill?” Voters will have to give a yes or no answer. “I think there is a lot to learn,” he says. Professor Newton-Howes who works in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago says there is reasonable and high-quality evidence that cannabis-based medicines are useful in two types of rare childhood epilepsies, as well as spasticity and muscle problems associated with multiple sclerosis.He says there might be value in other areas such as nausea and vomiting in HIV and chronic pain conditions.last_img read more

Office of Disaster Management call for strategies to mitigate flash-flooding on the island

first_img Tweet Mr Nathaniel Isaac. (file photo)The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) has said that careful consideration must be given to the amount of money being spent on mitigation compared to the amount spent on response and recovery in the advent of natural disasters.National Disaster Coordinator, Mr Nathaniel Isaac believes that following events like Wednesday’s flash floods, the Office of Disaster Management along with Planning Division needs to put strategies in place to avoid the reoccurrence.A call is being made for corporate companies and citizens to assist those affected by the disaster.“We are asking persons to help those persons who really went through that ordeal; the corporate sector through the Office of Disaster Management can make things available to those persons and we will try our best to get it to them. Our telephone number is 448 7777. As we speak we know that the Local Government Department has moved in quickly to assess the situation and they will determine the persons who are most in need. We are aware that there are about seven persons on the ground and another two might join them this afternoon so we are hoping that by this afternoon we will get a rapid assessment of the situation.”The Office of Disaster Management is admonishing the general public to pay close attention to warnings issued by the Meteorological Office.It is also important for citizens to familiarize themselves with their environment at all times.“Again we want to always admonish persons and we use every opportunity we can to do this. Persons must take account of their environment, you must know where you live, and you must continue to listen to the reports from the officials. Things like meteorology is not perfect science and sometimes you will get warnings; you will get information saying that you will get heavy rainfall, it may not happen but every time you get that information you must react because one day you are going to have to deal with this situation. Again there is going to be some events that you will have to deal with that you may not really get a warning for. So these things are things that persons really need to keep in mind.”A number of local agencies are being commended for their quick response.The Office of Disaster Management is soliciting the continued support of stakeholders in the recovery process. “We want to commend the Department of Local Government. The Office of Disaster Management really play a coordinating role and we depend on our stakeholders and if the stakeholders don’t do what they have to do then everything would be futile. So we want to commend the Department of Local Government; they took persons and District Development Officers and the assistants from different areas in Dominica that were not affected and brought them in to the Mahaut/Massacre area so we could really get a quick assessment of the situation. Based on that assessment, we at the Office of Disaster Management will try and see as much as possible if we can assist those persons.” The Dominica Police Force, the Ministry of Public Works, Local Government and the Dominica Red Cross Association are just some of the organizations that are being commended for their quick response in Wednesday’s disaster.Dominica Vibes News Share 29 Views   no discussions LocalNews Office of Disaster Management call for strategies to mitigate flash-flooding on the island by: – September 29, 2011center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Solar-powered safety for Haiti

first_img Share 12 Views   no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional Solar-powered safety for Haiti by: – October 7, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Image via: technorati.comPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Insufficient public lighting is a major concern in Haiti’s camps for earthquake victims, as darkness provides cover for criminals preying on residents. In the months following the quake, as sexual assaults and robberies mounted, some camp managers resorted to curfews to try to curb violence.A green energy project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility has brought a measure of relief to two of the largest settlements in Port-au-Prince by installing solar-powered street lamps.In response to a request from Haitian authorities, the IDB allocated resources from the project, initially intended to promote the use of solar-powered energy in the countryside, to improving public lighting in the camps, Caradeux and Petionville Club. The IDB and GEF have contributed $1.5 million in grants to the broader green energy project.A Haitian company, Green Energy Solutions, won a contract to install the solar lighting equipment in both camps. Between July and September of this year they put up 68 lamp posts in Caradeux, which has some 40,000 people, and 32 lamp posts in Petionville Club, which has about 25,000 people.Reported incidents of violent crimes started dropping sharply as lamps were installed and lighting conditions improved, according to data provided by the project’s executing agency, the NGO Solar Electric Light Fund.A second phase of the green energy project will be carried out over the next few months, with the installation of photovoltaic systems in 12 hospitals and health posts in southwestern Haiti. As part of the project, local electricians will be trained to be able to maintain and repair solar-powered equipment.“As an engineer, I am enthusiastic about this project because Haiti has a huge potential to harness solar power,” said Kenol Pierre Thys, the IDB’s project manager. “As a Haitian, I am glad this technology is helping improve the living conditions of the people who have suffered the most.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Feverish fans fuelled virus at Italy Champion’s League match

first_img Some 4,178 people have died so far in Lombardy, out of a total of over 6,820 in Italy. Gori said he thought the statistics failed to represent the real toll on Bergamo and the surrounding region because “there are certainly many elderly people who died at home, without it having been possible to take them to hospital”. “These people are not included in the official statistics. No tests have been done on them either before or after death”. Spanish club Valencia have said that 35 per cent of their team and staff have tested positive for coronavirus, following the trip to Milan. Ecstatic fans cheering and hugging at the Champion’s League game between Atalanta and Valencia in February boosted the spread of the coronavirus, the mayor of the worst-hit Italian city said Tuesday. Atalanta fans cheer during the UEFA Champions League football match between against Valencia in Milan’s San Siro Stadium on February 19. Bergamo, in the northern Lombardy region, is now Italy’s worst-hit province, with nearly 6,728 infections. Its football team Atalanta had been having a stellar season, with a historic Champions League qualification. Its game against Spanish rival Valencia on February 19 at the San Siro stadium in Milan had been feverishly awaited by fans. Atalanta pulled off a stunning 4-1 victory – each goal met with shouts of glee, fans clutching at each other in excitement. Bergamo Mayor Giorgio Gori told foreign journalists the match was “among the sad explanations” for the high infection rate in the city and wider province. “Some 40,000 Bergamo inhabitants went to Milan to watch the game. Others watched it from their homes, in families, in groups, at the bar,” he said. “It’s clear that evening was a situation in which the virus was widely spread,” he added. But Gori said he didn’t think it was “the starting point”. Instead he believed Bergamo’s troubles began when a patient at the Fenaroli Hospital in Alzano was admitted with coronavirus but it went undetected, allowing him to infect others. Two weeks after the historic match in Milan the curve of the number of those infected in Bergamo began to rise steeply and the town has become the epicentre for the pandemic in Europe. Read Also: COVID-19: Ronaldo donates medical equipment to Portuguese hospitals Atalanta on Tuesday confirmed that goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, who played in Valencia on March 10 as the Italian club qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals, had become their first player to test positive for COVID-19. “Marco is currently asymptomatic,” the team said in a statement. “The preventive quarantine, to which Marco and all the members of the first team had been subjected, will end on March 27.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To DateFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Artlast_img read more