Saudi imposes 24-hour virus curfew in five cities

first_imgSaudi Arabia extended the duration of daily curfews Monday in four governorates and five cities, including the capital, to 24 hours to combat coronavirus as confirmed deaths from the disease hit 38.The kingdom imposed round-the-clock lockdowns on the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Hofuf, the interior ministry said on Twitter.The same measures were also imposed on the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar, the ministry added. Authorities had already sealed off the holy cities of Mecca and Medina along with Riyadh and Jeddah, barring people from entering and exiting as well as prohibiting movement between all provinces.Saudi Arabia, which has reported the highest number of infections in the Gulf, is scrambling to limit the spread of the disease at home. On Monday the health ministry said deaths from the respiratory illness had risen to 38, while confirmed current infections rose to 2,523 and 551 people had recovered from the illness. Last month, Saudi Arabia suspended the year-round umrah pilgrimage over fears of the coronavirus pandemic spreading to Islam’s holiest cities. Authorities are yet to announce whether they will proceed with this year’s hajj, scheduled for the end of July. Authorities last week urged Muslims to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage.Last year, some 2.5 million faithful travelled to Saudi Arabia from across the world to take part in the hajj, which all Muslims must perform at least once in their lives if able.The Arab world’s biggest economy has also closed down cinemas, malls and restaurants and halted flights as it steps up efforts to contain the virus.King Salman has warned of a “more difficult” fight ahead against the virus, as the kingdom faces the economic double blow of virus-led shutdowns and crashing oil prices.Topics :last_img read more

Not enough for Jakarta alone to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions: Epidemiologists

first_imgDicky Budiman, an Indonesian epidemiologist at Australia’s Griffith University, said Anies’ decision was bold and based on data, and he called on other administrations across Java to all impose the PSBB in order to see effective results.“Other areas in Java must do what is being done in Jakarta, especially those with an immense burden on healthcare [systems] and a high number of deaths,” Dicky told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Read also: Jakarta reimposes PSBB, orders people to stay homeHowever, Dicky said, reimposing the PSBB did not mean that Jakarta should be more relaxed about contact tracing and testing, despite more people, especially nonessential workers, staying at home. Topics : “With the PSBB, we must set a target to achieve a positivity rate of 5 percent or below, meaning that contact tracing and testing must be increased continuously in order to prevent more transmissions,” Dicky said.Masdalina Pane of the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) also said that the PSBB should be carried out throughout Java, which accounted for 60 to 65 percent of the total confirmed cases in Indonesia.She also acknowledged that people’s mobility on the island was “not constrained”, meaning that, if the PSBB was only enforced in Jakarta, the spread of the coronavirus would continue like in a “ping-pong” game.“People are now preparing to return to their home areas across Java, which, based on past experience, would increase infections in those areas. Then, once Jakarta reopens, they come back and cases in Jakarta increase. The transmission will not be stopped,” she said.Djoko Setijowarno of the Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI) said Greater Jakarta-based intercity and interprovincial (AKAP) buses, provincial shuttle (AJAP) buses as well as travel buses must follow the health protocol applied for planes and trains.Read also: News on Jakarta’s retightening PSBB triggers IDX circuit breaker“The terminals are the control center for buses and passengers. The government should help disinfect buses and conduct free rapid tests at the terminals,” Djoko said.Djoko argued that supervision of the implementation of health protocol in public transportation, especially online motorcycle taxis, online taxis and angkot (public minivans), must be tightened.center_img Health and transportation experts have said that reimposing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta will be pointless if such restrictions are not well implemented in other areas, given that mobility across regions remains high.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has pulled “the emergency brake” by reinstating the PSBB starting Monday, thereby putting an end to what was to be a transition period leading the country to a “new normal”. The transition period entailed a gradual easing of the coronavirus restrictions.The decision was made after considering several factors, including the growing number of active cases in Jakarta, high demand of hospital beds and the increasing number of deaths among patients confirmed to or suspected to have contracted the coronavirus.last_img read more

JetBlue launches Caribbean service from Chicago

first_img 57 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img CHICAGO, Illinois, Monday November 25, 2013, CMC – US airline JetBlue has launched its first Caribbean service from Chicago, Illinois.According to JetBlue, while the airline has a “strong Caribbean network from New York, this is its first foray into the Caribbean market” from the “Windy City.”“Our new service will connect Chicagoans to sunny San Juan,” said JetBlue’s president and chief executive officer Dave Barger in a statement issued here at the weekend.“This new route will provide convenient service and a less expensive option for those seeking to visit friends and family on the island or travelling for business or pleasure,” he added.From Puerto Rico, Barger said JetBlue offers direct service to 17 destinations, with connections to Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and St Croix, St Maarten and St Thomas.Caribbean Media Corporation Tweet LifestyleTravel JetBlue launches Caribbean service from Chicago by: – November 25, 2013last_img read more

Hike Fest successful despite rainy weather conditions

first_imgDespite some scattered showers this weekend, the first leg hike for hike fest 2011 held last Saturday has been deemed a major success.The hike which explored segment two of the Waitikubuli National Trail forms part of the calendar of events for tourism awareness month observed here in May.President of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association Simon Walsh says all registered participants were present for the hikeThe next hike is set for this Saturday and will explore part of segment four of the Waitikubuli Trail.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Hike Fest successful despite rainy weather conditions by: – May 9, 2011 11 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Malay councilors oppose conversion of Boracay roads

first_imgThe Sangguniang Bayan of Malay, Aklan rejects the proposal of the Department of Public Works and Highways for the conversion of Boracay Island’s roads into a national road on Thursday. AKEAN FORUM Town councilor Dante Pagsuguiron saidthey decided to oppose the DPWH proposal since the agency already implemented a12-meter road setback when the island was closed for rehabilitation. The Department of Public Works andHighways (DPWH) on Thursday proposed to the legislative council the conversionof existing Boracay circumferential road and alternate road network in barangaysManoc-Manoc, Balabag and Yapak.  Engr. Fritz Ruiz, chief of theplanning and design section of Aklan district engineering office, said on Oct.3 the support of the Sangguniang Bayan is a requirement for the conversion ofmunicipal roads into a national road.  During the rehabilitation, hundreds ofcommercial establishments and structures were demolished due to massiveclearing and road-widening activities. The proposal covered road sectionsfrom Cagban port (Manoc-Manoc) to Puka Beach, Bloomfields to Crossing Rotunda,Crossing Rotunda to Tambisaan port to Cagban port, Bulabog to Mount Luho, andBulabog to Ati Village.(With Akean Forum/PN) Road sections converted into nationalroad will be included in the regular infrastructure program of the nationalgovernment. “Kailanganmay budget yearly para ma-maintain angBoracay road. Kung kaya naman ngprobinsiya, they have to allot a budget for the maintenance of roads inBoracay,” Ruiz added. MALAY, Aklan – The Sangguniang Bayanhere opposed the conversion of Boracay Island’s roads into a nationalroad.  last_img read more

Iloilo businesses must start planning for post-COVID-19 bounce back now

first_imgSo what can Iloilo businesses do to preparefor the new normal? We need to start this conversation soon so we can cushionthe potential impact to our local industries. As I said, the new normal will nolonger be business as usual so we have to gear-up and adapt as fast aspossible. In the same report, NEDA projects significanthit to the tourism sector due to travel restrictions. On a national level, thesector is projected to lose an equivalent of about 0.4 to 0.8 percent of the2020 GDP. Due to the slowdown of economic activities, the industry may reduceemployment by about 33,800 to 56,600. We can infer that this national concernmay also be felt in a way in Iloilo given our position as a tourism destinationplayer. We’ve seen really good days these past yearsbefore the pandemic happened. Our economy has significantly grown as shown bythe expansion in business in the past four to five years.  In 2015 alone, Western Visayas grew by 9.4%,among the highest in the country. In 2018, the regional GDP has grown by about6.1% which was almost at par with the national economic growth. In the end, local businesses, the localgovernment, as well as the Ilonggo community need to work together now if wewant to reduce the painful impact of the COVID-19 crisis in our economy.Talking about it and calibrating our bounce-back plans soon will be a goodstart./PN BY KEN LERONA Local businesses need to quickly learn andadapt digitization. This goes beyond just having a Facebook page and posting onthe platform every now and then. This means transitioning to take advantage ofdigital technology – from internal processes, marketing and selling, and evenorder-taking and delivery. Notice that during the lockdown, those that continueto earn are those who are ahead in the digital platform. We will see that thiswill be the mode of running the business post-COVID-19. Preparing for the new normal Most analysts predict that the impact tobusinesses by COVID-19 crisis may extend even after the community quarantinehas been lifted. Businesses may even reel from its punching effects three tosix months into the new normal. We can tell that our economy was doing wellwith the proliferation of malls and retail outlets within the city and provinceof Iloilo. Customers who went around these establishments pushed biggershopping carts, bought more clothes and other non-grocery items, hauled moreappliances and furniture, dined in the restaurants in bigger groups, and a lotmore. Hotels and resorts enjoyed healthy occupancy rate coming from both local,regional, and international guests. Money from OFW dollar earners, supported bylocal earners and industries, has buoyed our economy very well. Condominiumunits and subdivision lots sold out like hotcakes and office spaces were easilyfilled by the burgeoning BPO industry. Until everything was put to stop becauseof the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the projection of the NationalEconomic Development Authority (NEDA) in a report called Addressing the Social and Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic,released last March 19, 2020, there may be a 5-10% decline in householdconsumption of non-essential commodities. These non-essential commoditiesinclude alcoholic beverages and tobacco, clothing and footwear, furnishings,household equipment and routine household maintenance, recreation, culture,restaurants and hotels, and miscellaneous goods and services. Once the quarantine is lifted, it will taketime for Ilonggos to come out and do their leisurely shopping in the malls. Ifthey do, they will only shop for essential goods and their spending will belimited to those that they need to bring back a semblance of normalcy. In fact,they may even spend lesser time outside to avoid crowded places. WHILE Iloilo sets the bar high in terms ofaddressing the impact of COVID-19 in terms of medical and social response dueto the effective partnership between the private and the government sectors,our businesses need to start planning for a post-crisis bounce back now. Weknow that we Ilonggos are resilient but we also need to acknowledge that theimpact of this current crisis may be immense that if we do not start planningfor recovery now, we may suffer a little bit harder, a little bit longer. Of course, local businesses need to managecost but extra care must be taken so as not to sacrifice quality. Customerswill always sense this and the danger is that they can shift their loyalty toanother brand as easily as they can. National players with deeper pockets maystart to come in (if they haven’t yet!) and they may eat up significant marketshare. Expand value proposition from just having abasic product or having the cheapest offer – a very Ilonggo way of doingbusiness. “Ginadumog kami sang customerskay barato kami iya,” may no longer be necessarily true in the new normal.Customers will demand for more value from what they buy because they want morebang for their buck. Money will not be as easy to get so they will stretchvalue from every centavo that they will spend. They will require bettercustomer service and more value-added services. Will you be capable of doinghouse-to-house delivery? Will you have a hotline to address their concerns? Because of the global nature of this crisis,money inflow from OFW earners will be limited. These earners will remind theirdependents and families to scrimp and reserve cash on more important spendingsuch as food, health, and school. They may once again go back to therisk-averse and spending-averse attitude which will definitely impact our localbusinesses’ earnings. Potential winners in this scenario would be the healthsector and the insurance industry. So what will be the new normal? The new normalwill no longer be business as usual. In the new normal, we may lose those whatwe have been comfortable with and we will be forced to quickly adapt thechanges we often dismissed or procrastinated about in the pre-COVID-19 world. The new normal We were caught surprised, much like the restof the world. With the community quarantine going on, mallsare shuttered, most offices are closed and only those who run the essentialgoods business are allowed to operate. Most micro, small, and mediumenterprises are forced to stop running their operations. What will happen nowto our local businesses? last_img read more

SR 244 at Milroy to Close Starting Monday

first_imgMILROY, Ind. — Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation plan to close State Road 244 west of Milroy on or after Monday, May 9 for up to 60 days to replace a box culvert channeling Little Hurricane Creek under the highway.A signed detour will direct state road traffic around construction via Interstate 74 and State Road 3.All work on the contract is expected to be complete before October.last_img

IMCA Modified winners earn $1,500 at Classic Shootout

first_imgWINNEMUCCA, Nev. – An event that’s guaranteed to be a classic will see IMCA Modified drivers vie for top checks of $1,500 on both nights of Winnemucca Regional Raceway’s Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3 High Desert Classic Shootout.Both features are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lot qualifying events. A minimum of $100 will be paid to start and each main event purse totals $5,500.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, IMCA State and track points will be awarded for each show. Entry fee is $150 for both days or $100 a day at the gate for non-regis­tered drivers.Racing starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday and follows 12:30 p.m. hot laps on Sunday. A pit party follows the Saturday race program at Model T Ho­tel and Casino, sponsor of the second annual event.Both shows are draw/redraw with an optional pill draw. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for sen­iors and students, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.An open practice runs from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, June 1. Pit passes are $10.More information is available at the speedway’s website.The Classic Shootout was rescheduled after being rained out in March.last_img read more

Mainz stun Borussia Dortmund to all but secure Bundesliga survival

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Mainz 05 scored either side of the break through Jonathan Burkhardt and Jean-Philippe Mateta to stun hosts Borussia Dortmund 2-0 on Wednesday.The victory helped them to take a big step towards remaining in the Bundesliga for another season. Bayern Munich had on Tuesday secured their eighth consecutive league title and Borussia Dortmund were certain of a top four finish and a UEFA Champions League spot.So, the hosts rarely threatened in the first half.Mainz were the livelier team and 19-year-old Burkhardt, who minutes earlier had gone close, grabbed the lead in the 33rd minute with his first league goal on his second start.Although Borussia Dortmund club bosses had warned that the season was not finished in spite of having secured a UEFA Champions League spot, they looked completely unmotivated.The visitors doubled the advantage four minutes after the restart with Mateta’s penalty kick after Roman Buerki had saved a shot from Pierre Kunde and defender Lukasz Piszczek brought down Danny Latza. Borussia Dortmund made feeble attempts to fight back and Achraf Hakimi’s free-kick was tipped over the bar.But they were lucky not to concede a third goal as Mainz created several good chances.Mainz are now 15th on 34 points, five above the relegation playoff spot with two games remaining.Borussia Dortmund remained in second place on 66 points, 10 behind Bayern Munich, after RB Leipzig, in third on 63, conceded two late goals to draw 2-2 with Fortuna Duesseldorf.RB Leipzig host Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Borussia DormundBundesligaJean-Philippe MatetaJonathan BurkhardtMainz 05UEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix on Sunday despite a puncture on the last lap to clinch an 87th career win and move within four of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who unexpectedly moved up a place after Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sustained a puncture with three laps left. With Hamilton so far ahead, Verstappen went in for a tire change in a bid to gain an extra point for the fastest lap but that pit stop ultimately cost him victory because Hamilton’s front left shredded with half a lap to go. Verstappen swallowed up most of the 25-second gap but ran out of time. Charles Leclerc finished third for Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel, a four-time F1 champion, placed 10th and has now failed to get into the top five for his worst start to a season since 2008. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSReds-Tigers debut MLB’s 7-inning doubleheadersUNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was placed on the injured list before the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. The team gave no reason for the move but specified that Votto, a six-time All-Star, is not on the 10-day injured list. The 36-year-old Votto is batting .259 with two home runs and five RBIs in seven games this season. The move made room to activate right-handed pitcher Anthony Desclafani from the 10-day injured list. He was scheduled to start the first game of the doubleheader. It says hundreds of players throughout the Pac-12 are concerned about the risks of COVID-19 and that the conference and NCAA lack transparency, uniformity and adequate enforcement infrastructure.The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule for the upcoming season, which because of the pandemic is not guaranteed to be played. The new schedule pushes the start of the season back three weeks to Sept. 26 and includes only 10 conference games. The Pac-12 also announced that 20 hours per week of mandatory team activities for football, including weight training, meetings and unpadded walk-through practices, would be permitted to begin Monday. Preseason practice for Pac-12 schools can begin Aug. 17.Officials across college football anticipate disruptions this season related to COVID-19. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference also announced plans last week to play truncated football seasons with delayed starts.F1-BRITISH GPHamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s record Also Sunday, the Jaguars activated rookie defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, tight end Charles Jones and starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor from the COVID-19 list.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PAC-12 OPT-OUTPac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concernsUNDATED (AP) — A group of Pac-12 football players say they will not practice or play until their concerns about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed.The players posted a statement Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website and social media with the hashtag #WeAreUnited and sent out a press release. The release listed the names of 12 Pac-12 players from nine schools, including Oregon star safety Jevon Holland, and provided a statement from each one. NFL-NEWSJaguars sign Adam Gotsis after 2 linemen opt outUNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fifth-year defensive end Adam Gotsis days after two linemen opted out of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Veterans Al Woods and Lerentee McCray decided not to play in 2020, creating a need for depth along Jacksonville’s defensive front.Gotsis spent the last four years in Denver, where he notched 109 tackles, 13 passes defensed, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a second-round draft pick in 2016. He played in nine games in 2019, finishing with 16 tackles. He missed the final three games because of a knee injury.center_img Associated Press August 2, 2020 SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix on Sunday despite a puncture on the last lap to clinch an 87th career win and move within four of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who unexpectedly moved up a place after Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sustained a puncture with three laps left. With Hamilton so far ahead, Verstappen went in for a tire change in a bid to gain an extra point for the fastest lap but that pit stop ultimately cost him victory because Hamilton’s front left shredded with half a lap to go. Verstappen swallowed up most of the 25-second gap but ran out of time. F1-BRITISH GPHamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s record The twinbill in Detroit is the first of the shortened doubleheaders instituted by Major League Baseball in an effort to promote player health and safety. The new seven-inning doubleheader rule was announced Friday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association.Baseball could see an unusually high number of doubleheaders in this shortened season due not only to rainouts, but also to positive coronavirus tests causing postponements.In other MLB news:— Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut Sunday night when he faces the Diamondbacks at Arizona. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner was scratched shortly before he was scheduled to start July 23 on opening day because of back issues that have slowed him in recent years. The 32-year-old Kershaw was 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA last season.— Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon says he thinks Mike Trout will return to the Angels shortly but the team won’t rush him. The three-time AL MVP Mike Trout is now a first-time dad. The Angels center fielder and his wife, Jessica, have announced the birth of their first child, a boy named Beckham Aaron Trout. Trout left the club Thursday and was put on the paternity list, which lets players to stay away from their teams for three days. last_img read more