Jelko Kacin: From tomorrow, Slovenia will put Croatia on the red list

first_imgThe situation is so bad that we have no choice but to call on the citizens to return from the dangerous country as soon as possible, Kacin warned The 14-day quarantine awaits all those who will go on holiday to Croatia on Friday, while those currently vacationing in Croatia will have the entire weekend available to return, including Monday if necessary. According to Kacin, the fact is that the situation in Croatia is deteriorating drastically, because the data on those infected show that the situation is really bad and that Croatia will be on the red list, because most likely more than 40 people will be infected with the new coronavirus per 100.000 inhabitants. today’s press statement. Source: STAcenter_img Kacin: The government will put Croatia on the red list on Thursday, quarantined from Friday https://t.co/NyZ0TEVaZx- STA news (@STA_novice) August 19 Slovenian government spokesman for Covid19, Jelko Kacin, announced today that the government would put Croatia on the red list tomorrow, reports the Slovenian news agency STA, and called on its citizens to return to their homeland by the end of the weekend to avoid quarantine.last_img read more

Russian strikes kills 15 civilians in northwest Syria: Monitor

first_imgA rescuer carried in the body of a baby girl, her mouth filled with grey debris and her pink pyjamas caked in dust.At the site of the strikes, two large one-storey out-buildings lay mostly in rubble near green orchards.The strikes destroyed the poultry farm where the displaced families had been living. Dozens of surviving white chickens picked through the dust, as rescuers operated bulldozers to comb through the debris.The Observatory said the toll was likely to increase as many wounded were in a critical state. Russian air strikes Thursday killed at least 15 civilians including a child in the last major opposition bastion of Idlib in northwestern Syria, a Britain-based war monitor said.The strikes after midnight targeted an area where displaced Syrians had gathered outside the town of Maaret Misrin in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.An AFP correspondent saw the bodies of some of the victims wrapped in thick winter blankets at a local hospital. Moscow-backed regime forces have since December waged a deadly battle against the jihadist-dominated Idlib region, causing almost a million people — mostly women and children — to flee their homes and shelters.Even before that offensive, Idlib was home to three million people, around half of them already displaced from other parts of the war-torn country.The Observatory says it determines what plane carried out a strike according to flight patterns, as well as ammunition and aircraft involved.The strikes comes as the leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow to discuss the situation in Idlib, where Ankara backs some rebel groups and has become directly involved in fighting in recent weeks.Syria’s war has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression on anti-government protests.Topics :last_img read more

Commonwealth Response Coordination Center Remains Open as Arctic Blasts Rushes into Pennsylvania

first_imgCommonwealth Response Coordination Center Remains Open as Arctic Blasts Rushes into Pennsylvania January 20, 2019 Latest News,  Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) remains open at PEMA as Winter Storm Harper exits the state, leaving behind snow and a rush of arctic cold air and gusty winds.“I want to thank all Pennsylvanians for heeding our request to stay off the roads, which made a big difference in allowing plow crews to do their jobs, keep roads cleared and people safe,” Governor Wolf said. “The tail end of this storm is bringing a blast of freezing air with wind chills expected to be well below zero, so we remain vigilant to ensure the safety of all residents and travelers.”Weather forecasts also indicate an increased chance of flash freezing on wet surfaces and blowing snow hazards in the northern portion of the state where snow was heaviest.The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers cold weather health tips and the National Weather Service offers a host of winter driving safety tips, including during extremely cold weather.The CRCC coordinates the deployment of state agency resources to counties that do not have the capability to respond as needed or have exhausted all available resources at the county level.The CRCC is staffed with personnel from PEMA and multiple state agencies, including the departments of Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, Fish and Boat Commission, Game Commission, General Services, Health, Public Utility Commission, Military and Veterans Affairs, Health, PA State Police, Human Services, Revenue, and PA Turnpike, as well as the American Red Cross and Civil Air Patrol. Other state agencies are on notice to report if needed.“We remain prepared and activated at PEMA to ensure all needs are being met and Pennsylvanians are safe and warm,” said PEMA Acting Director Randy Padfield. “I would encourage everyone at home to ensure that they’re ready for the bitter cold and strong winds that will be moving across the state today.”Governor Wolf signed a state of emergency declaration Friday. PennDOT imposed speed restrictions and a ban on all commercial traffic, including buses on most interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, but many of those restrictions have been lifted. The ban remains in effect on Interstate 79 north of Interstate 80; Interstate 81 north of Interstate 80; Interstate 84; Interstate 86; Interstate 90; Interstate 380; and Interstate 476, the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike north of Interstate 80.The bans include all commercial traffic, including buses, though tow-truck operators were permitted to perform their operations for motorists. See the most current map of bans and restrictions here.State officials continue to urge motorists to use caution in the aftermath of the storm, postpone travel if possible, reduce speeds and be aware of the potential for rapidly changing weather and roadway conditions throughout the day and overnight.The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) reports that as of 8 a.m. today, utility crews are working to repair about 4,000 outages scattered across the state.Utilities and the PUC are also continuing to monitor for any new problems related to wind and ice as conditions change today.The PUC continues to urge consumers to consider safety first:Report all outages to your utilityStay clear of downed linesDon’t touch fallen trees or other objects that are in contract with power linesTo help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.Pennsylvanians are encouraged to monitor state agency social media accounts for the most up-to-date information on any emergency or weather-related situation affecting the state, in addition to any social media accounts for your local emergency management offices.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK pensions regulator hits back at suggestion it lacks ‘teeth’

first_imgTitcomb argued that, for the “vast majority” of pension funds, the current regulatory framework was sufficient, rejecting claims TPR could only take action when it was too late.“We see that if there is a strong, well-behaved, responsible employer standing behind the scheme, that is the best thing for it, and it is right to give that sufficient time to work through,” she told MPs during the meeting on 9 May.When it was put to her that TPR was “not much of a regulator”, Titcomb pushed back.“I don’t agree with that statement,” she said. “We have to, as a regulator, operate within the framework provided to us.”She also questioned the need for TPR’s powers to be enhanced.“The work and pensions select committee is well aware I am prepared to ask for more tools in my toolkit if I need them,” she said. Twenty-three-year recovery planTitcomb agreed the length of the BHS recovery plan was “atypical”, noting trustees usually submit funding proposals of 7-12 years.However, she emphasised that the 23-year plan, submitted in 2014 as part of the 2012 triennial valuation, had not been approved by the regulator by the time Arcadia Group sold BHS to Retail Acquisitions in 2015, which triggered the launch of a still-ongoing anti-avoidance case.Retail Acquisitions was the company’s owner when, last month, it entered administration.Speaking during the same committee hearing, the Pension Protection Fund’s chief executive Alan Rubenstein said there were lessons to be learned from the collapse of BHS.He suggested there should be “some natural limit” to the flexibility granted to deficit-reduction payments under the current system, arguing in favour of shorter repayment periods.He also pointed out, however, that TPR had a number of issues it needed to address and that it did not wish to “push companies over the edge”. The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has defended itself against accusations it does not possess the requisite “teeth” to regulate the defined benefit (DB) sector, amid an examination of the insolvency of retailer BHS.During a joint hearing by the work and pensions select committee with its counterpart for business, innovation and skills, Lesley Titcomb, the regulator’s chief executive, rejected repeated suggestions TPR lacked the requisite powers to deal with situations akin to the collapse of BHS.The insolvency of BHS saw two DB funds sponsored by the employer left with a combined buyout deficit of £571m (€734m).It has led to questions of whether its former owner, the Arcadia Group, should have increased its contributions to address the deficits sooner than the 23-year timeline of its deficit-reduction schedule envisaged.last_img read more

Wakerley remains a popular choice for families

first_imgA putting green at 13 Cliff Close, Wakerley was one of the property’s selling points.WAKERLEY’S reputation as a destination of choice for young families continues with the sale of 13 Cliff Close.The four-bedroom house, which had been on the market since September, sold for $765,000 during the first week of the new school year to a young family. FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK ABS Census data shows 10.5 per cent of the population is aged from 5-9 years, compared with 6.9 per cent for Queensland.“The properties are conducive to families, and generally there’s a lot of parkland and reasonable-sized blocks,” he said.“With this house, it was a little unusual in layout and it backed onto bushland.”The property included a putting green, inground pool, an office and media room. Integrated bushland and parkland are making Wakerley popular with families. David Whyte of McGrath Bayside Manly said two local owner occupiers and one investor offered for the lowset house.He said the reputation of the local school had a lot to do with the area’s popularity.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020center_img SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN WAKERLEY A relaxed outdoor entertaining area gives families an extra place to hang out at home.The main living areas separated the master bedroom from the three other bedrooms.Wakerley’s median house price is $757,500, a 2.4 per cent increase in 12 months, with 144 houses selling, CoreLogic property data released this month shows.last_img read more

JERA inks LNG MoU with PetroChina International

first_imgJapan’s JERA has entered into a memorandum of understanding with PetroChina International, a unit of China National Petroleum Corporation, concerning cooperation in the LNG business.Under the MOU, JERA and PCI will discuss opportunities to cooperate in the LNG business.JERA said in its statement the pair will focus on generating new demand for LNG, including overseas LNG value chain investments, joint sale and procurement of LNG. LNG shipping optimization and LNG bunkering.As LNG demand in China increases, the presence of Chinese energy companies in the LNG industry is growing year by year.JERA believes that strengthening its cooperation with PCI, a leading energy company in China, will not only expand business opportunities for both JERA and PCI but also contribute to the healthy development of the LNG industry.JERA said it will continue to work together with LNG industry counterparts both within and outside Japan to strengthen its LNG business and to seek opportunities in an LNG market that is undergoing great change.last_img read more

Police nab 709 drug-drivers

first_imgOtago Daily Times 15 Oct 2012More than 700 drivers have been caught for drug-driving since a new law came into effect. Figures released to the Otago Daily Times under the Official Information Act showed 575 motorists had been charged with drug-driving between the introduction of new legislation on November 1, 2009 and July this year. During the same period, a further 134 motorists were charged under older legislation. National Manager Road Policing Superintendent Carey Griffiths said numbers charged with drug-driving were far lower than for drink-driving. Police lacked a quick and accurate roadside test for drugs as was available for alcohol. Supt Griffiths said the intention of current legislation was to remove impaired drivers from the country’s roads, and police did not also test for drugs if a driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol. “The vast majority of impaired drivers are impaired by alcohol.” In November 2009 amendments to legislation allowed police to require a compulsory impairment test to be completed, and to take blood samples for drug analysis.http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/230415/police-nab-709-drug-driverslast_img read more

I will not leave you orphans

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet By: Father Henry CharlesPhoto credit: flickr.comSeveral years ago, I was in the middle of a sermon dealing with relationships and freedom, and I was emphasizing the fact that people are not possessions, that nobody can belong to anybody else, and so on. A husband in the congregation turned to his wife, to whom he was exceptionally devoted, and said (as she told me herself later): “He could say what he want, but you belong to me.”I have often recalled the effect the occasion had on me. It made me laugh, but it has never left my memory.  What the husband was giving voice to is not something uniquely proper to husbands. Few human needs are as great as the need to have someone who ‘belongs’ to us and to whom we ourselves ‘belong.’  Our orphanages are full of children who belong to nobody, and there’s little doubt that that awareness has a powerful effect on how they see themselves and how they grow up.But an orphanage is not the only place or situation where we experience the reality of being un-anchored, for that it what being orphaned is all about. The person has so security in any one anywhere. It’s the feeling of abandonment, and it affects people other than those who are literally orphans.It happens all the time. Divorce leaves children – and spouses – abandoned. Lovers walk out on lovers. Companies downsize and employees are put on the breadline.  Even situations that begin with friends and well-wishers crowding around to support and befriend, the funeral of someone widely loved, for instance. Soon the crowds become thin, and life goes on, as it must. But that offers no consolation to the bereaved. They can’t blame anybody, but they feel abandoned all the same, and the reason is obvious: no one in this world wants to go it alone.      The disciples of Jesus felt much the same thing with his leaving them. They were not simply men who had ‘followed’ him. The years they had spent together had made them more than a community; they were a family. And the head of the family was now taking off. He is saying good-bye. To go where? As Thomas said: “Lord we do not know where you are going,” so how could you expect us to have any idea where you’ll be…They had other preoccupations of course: what about the plans we had ourselves? The hopes we had of sharing in your ascendancy? What about all of that?  With you gone, where does that leave us?  They felt abandoned, suddenly unanchored, as I said, and the feeling was hard.The feelings of the disciples were of course proper to them, but they are not unique feelings. Many of us know feelings like theirs ourselves. The bottom suddenly falls out with something unexpected; suddenly the ground beneath us has shifted, leaving on the bank of nowhere.Jesus does not tell them: don’t worry, friends, tomorrow will be a brighter day. He offers them no such breezy optimism. What he promises is his powerful presence. That will accompany them through all the terrors of abandonment. Trust me, he says. You will never be alone.That promised presence, St. John tells us, is the Holy Spirit, our advocate, comforter, and friend. We never lose, though we often do not feel, the radical nearness of this comfort, just as Jesus himself was never deprived of in Gethsemane and on the Cross.  That’s the reason that our hearts should not be troubled, why trust should not leave us, in the midst of fears about the future in any experience of abandonment.center_img FaithLifestyleLocalNews I will not leave you orphans by: – May 30, 2011 Share 1020 Views   one commentlast_img read more

WVMC LAB VOWS FASTER TESTING

first_img“We procured another automated RNA extraction machine so that mapadamo ta ang capacity sa pag-test up to 1,000 specimens per day,” said Dr. Stephanie Abello, chief pathologist of WVMC. The RNA extraction machine would be delivered this week. * individuals at high-risk of infection such as pregnant women, senior citizens with co-morbidities and persons with disability The 11 technical staff receive the specimen, assist the two medical technologists, and type the results, said Abello. From March 23 to May 8, WVMC analyzed 6,002 specimens. These came from 5,288 persons. c. RNA extraction At one point recently it tested 533, said Abello, but it proved too exhausting for the two medical technologists doing the tests and their 11 technical staff. The discrepancy in figures was due to the fact that some persons were extracted with specimens several times for repeat tests, Abello explained. * those with close contact to symptomatic COVID-19 individuals According to the World Health Organization (WHO), ramping up testing is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 as shown in China, South Korea and Singapore. ILOILO City – The Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) sub-national laboratory in Mandurriao district aims to hasten its testing of specimens for the possible presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), beginning this week. For his part, Dr. Glen Alonsabe, head of DOH Region 6’s Epidemiology Surveillance Unit, said the following are being prioritized for COVID-19 testing: Thus, said Abello, local government units, hospitals and the DOH receive the test results in 24 to 48 hours from the submission of the specimens. Without testing, cases cannot be isolated and the chain of infection will not be broken, said WHO secretary general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. d. testing using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine According to Abello, the WVMC laboratory tests an average of 200 to 300 specimens daily and this takes about 18 to 24 hours. As of May 8, WVMC was able to release 5,153 test results. That day, the total number of COVID-19 positive persons in the region stood at 92, data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed. a. receiving the specimen (documentation involved) “Naga-delay lang kita sa pag-type sang results, especially kon 500 samples ang gina-run,” said Abello. * symptomatic individuals with history of travel to areas with COVID-19 cases There are four processes involved: Fully covered with personal protective equipment, these healthcare personnel of the Iloilo City government are tasked to extract specimens from clients for analysis at the Western Visayas Medical Center laboratory. The city government is ramping up mass testing for coronavirus disease. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * repatriates/PN WVMC’s laboratory can test as many as 500 specimens a day, said Abello. b. taking the specimen to the negative pressure room (for disinfection)last_img read more

Balotelli caught smoking

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Mario Balotelli has caused a stir after he was apparently filmed smoking in the changing rooms minutes ahead of his debut for hometown club Brescia against Juventus.The former Manchester City star made an innocuous start to his Brescia career, playing 90 minutes but failing to score in his side’s 2-1 home defeat to Serie A champions Juventus.However, a video has now emerged apparently showing Balotelli smoking in the Brescia changing room as he was preparing for the match.In the short video, Balotelli can be seen topless with his hands up to his mouth seemingly holding a cigarette.The video was reportedly recorded minutes before the match against Juventus.Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reports “the camera then turns but the mystery remains”.Balotelli was pictured smoking a cigarette during his unsuccessful stint at Liverpool and has courted controversy his whole career.During his time at Manchester City, he reportedly threw a dart at a youth team player as a training ground ‘prank’.The striker is yet to comment on this latest alleged incident.Balotelli returned to his homeland this summer on a free transfer after Marseille in the summer having scored eight goals in 15 Ligue 1 matches.The 29-year-old initially made a name for himself after progressing through the youth ranks at Inter Milan, before joining Man City in the summer of 2010.After three years at the Etihad Stadium, the Italy international returned to Serie A with AC Milan, but spent just one season with the Italian giants before signing for Liverpool.Things did not work out at Anfield for Balotelli, who later returned to Milan on loan before departing the Reds for good in the summer of 2016.The 29-year-old then joined French club Nice that summer, before a switch to Marseille in January.Tags: JuventusMario Balotellilast_img read more