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China to test entire city in ‘five days’ after six virus cases

first_imgFive districts will be tested “within three days” and the whole city “within five days”, the statement said. However, officials did not give a precise figure on how many people would be tested.China has extensive, quick test capabilities and the health commission said over 140,000 employees of “medical institutions, newly admitted patients and personnel” have already been tested in Qingdao since the cases were confirmed.In June, large areas of the capital Beijing were subject to mass tests after the city of more than 20 million detected virus cases linked to a food market.China has bounced back since the virus emerged late last year and forced widespread lockdowns that hammered the world’s second-largest economy.Hundreds of millions travelled across China for the ‘Golden Week’ holiday last week as the country edges back to growth, while rapid tests and swift lockdowns have tamped down secondary waves of the virus.China is also desperate to be first to conjure up a coronavirus vaccine, with several companies in final-stage trials.Although unproven, vaccines have already been administered to hundreds of thousands of key workers and soldiers as China seizes the pandemic narrative to show off the country’s resilience and the Communist government’s ability to handle the crisis. Topics : China aims to test more than nine million residents of the port city of Qingdao within five days following a minor coronavirus outbreak, health officials said Monday, the first mass testing in months.The country where the virus first emerged has largely controlled its outbreak, cutting a stark contrast to many parts of the world still afflicted by rolling lockdowns and high case numbers.On Sunday, six cases were confirmed in Qingdao — a northeastern city of 9.4 million — originating in a hospital, the Qingdao municipal health commission said in a statement on Monday.last_img read more

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UPDATED: Wolf Administration Offers Information on Support Services for Victims, Families, First Responders and Community Affected by Pittsburgh Mass Shooting

first_img Human Services,  National Issues,  PSA,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Statement UPDATED 11:25 AM, Sunday, October 28: Pittsburgh, PA – The Wolf Administration today offered information on resources available to victims, families, community members and first responders dealing with the aftereffects of the mass shooting yesterday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh.“We now know the names of those lost in this horrifying act and that makes this tragedy even more personal for many. It is normal for people to feel confused, scared and angry when violence of this magnitude is close to home even if you were not directly impacted,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Acts of hate send a ripple effect into communities and their purpose is to induce fear in all. Please know that you are not alone, there are services. Reach out for resources if you are struggling, it is okay to ask for help. In times such as these having a connection to our community is vital in healing.”Staff from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Office is on site at the Victims Assistance Center set up at the Jewish Community Center, 5738 Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh, to help with counseling and other support services.Victims and survivors, family members and impacted community members also can access the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) resources for first responders, victims and their loved ones and all affected by this traumatic event. People can call the toll-free Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to receive immediate counseling from trained, caring professionals. Helpline staff can also make referrals to in-person counseling services and other support services.SAMHSA’s Disaster App is also available for first responders. The app helps first responders through all steps of disaster deployment, compiles resources for crisis counseling and behavioral health services, and resources to help first responders cope. The app is available for free through the Apple and Google Play app stores.Those affected by this tragedy also can access free services available through the Center for Victims in Pittsburgh. The center assists with the traumatic impact of crimes and can offer emotional support, counseling, long-term therapeutic assistance and access to the commonwealth’s Crime Victims Compensation Assistance Program, which can provide aid toward various financial expenses that may arise.UPDATED 5:36 PM, Saturday, October 27:Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf made the following remarks in response to Saturday morning’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh:“Today words simply… I can’t express the sadness that all Pennsylvanians feel for what happened today.“I want to give my condolences first of all to the victims of this tragedy, the families, and their friends, and to this community.“This shooting is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime.“My heart breaks for members of the Jewish community. Today all of Pennsylvania mourns with you.“Anti-Semitism has absolutely no place in our commonwealth. Any attack on one community of faith in Pennsylvania is an attack against every community of faith in Pennsylvania. And I want the Jewish community across the commonwealth and across the country to know that we stand in support of you as we together mourn this senseless act of violence.“The Shabbat is a time for reflection, it’s a time for finding peace, not for violence.“Pennsylvania’s Jewish community is strong, is vibrant, and resilient. Now is the time more than ever to come together and to support each other.“I have spent today with first responders, with local leaders, and I am in awe of the bravery of displayed by law enforcement, those folks who help to keep people safe, to aid victims, and to prevent further tragedy.“Federal, state, and local law enforcement are working in concert to investigate this tragedy and to maintain public safety. At the state level the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health are in contact with local officials to assist with any, any unmet needs.“The Pennsylvania State Police have been on the scene already, and are coordinating with federal and local law enforcement.“Pennsylvania State Police’s SWAT team, the helicopter, K-9 units, and bomb technicians have all responded and are all assisting.“My thoughts right now are focused on the victims however, their families, their friends, and making sure that law enforcement has every resource that they need.“In the aftermath of this tragedy we must all come together. We must take action to prevent these tragedies in the future. We simply cannot accept this violence as a normal part of American life.“These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Pennsylvanians, they’re not who we are as Americans.”UPDATED 3:37 PM, Saturday, October 27:Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today provided an update on the commonwealth’s response to the mass shooting at The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh earlier today. He also will participate in a press briefing at 4 p.m. with federal, state, and local officials.“I am in Pittsburgh meeting with affected families, first responders, and city and county officials. Frances and I offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of this heinous act of hatred. We are praying for those injured and the medical professionals treating them.“I thank all of the first responders who worked quickly to prevent further carnage, aid victims, and protect the surrounding neighborhood. I stand in sorrow and solidarity with all those, especially the Squirrel Hill and Pittsburgh Jewish communities, who are mourning and helping the community to recover.”Commonwealth ActionsThe Pennsylvania State Police sent the following message through its Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center to all law enforcement in the state to be vigilant in protection of all houses of worship and other large gatherings:“All law enforcement agencies are reminded to be mindful of the synagogues, other places of worship, and any other venues involving a large gathering of persons within their areas of responsibility. There are no known threats to other institutions in Pennsylvania at this time; however, [PSP] recommends that all law enforcement personnel be on heightened alert and remain vigilant for any suspicious activity.”The Pennsylvania State Police responded this morning to assist the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and other first responders and will continue to help moving forward in what is now an FBI investigation.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is in constant contact with city and county officials to monitor needs and the Department of Health stands ready to provide resources to local health care facilities and agencies.Anyone looking for information on a family member or with other information relevant to the investigation is advised to call 412-432-4400. A Victims Assistance Center has been set up at the Jewish Community Center located at 5738 Forbes Avenue.11:54 AM, Saturday, October 27, 2018:Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement in response to Saturday morning’s shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh:“The shooting in Pittsburgh this morning is an absolute tragedy. I have spoken with local leaders and my administration and the Pennsylvania State Police will provide any resources to assist local law enforcement and first responders.“These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans. My thoughts right now are focused on the victims, their families and making sure law enforcement has every resource they need.“We must all pray and hope for no more loss of life. But we have been saying “this one is too many” for far too long. Dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm’s way.“And in the aftermath of this tragedy, we must come together and take action to prevent these tragedies in the future. We cannot accept this violence as normal.” October 28, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img UPDATED: Wolf Administration Offers Information on Support Services for Victims, Families, First Responders and Community Affected by Pittsburgh Mass Shootinglast_img read more

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Barbie gets a real-woman makeover

first_imgStuff.co.nz July 3 2013  In her 54 years, the leggy blonde that is Barbie has inspired love, controversy and even imitation (from the slightly odd this to the just plain disturbing this).But an artist from Pittsburgh, Pennyslvania suggests that we should be focusing on a revision of the classic Mattel doll.Nickolay Lamm has recreated a typical blonde Barbie, but at the average proportions of a 19-year-old American woman (he took the measurements from the Centre for Disease Control). And you know what? Real-girl Barbie looks amazing.The project was at first an experiment to see what the difference would be, but after the toy was created Lamm discovered that the average American 19-year-old female figure looks great in plastic toy form, so then why aren’t these measurements just used by Mattel?“A lot of people say we shouldn’t criticise Barbie because she is a toy,” Lamm explained to us. “However, if there’s a small chance that it’s negatively affecting young girls, and if normal Barbie looks awesome, why not create normal Barbie?” Touché. http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/beauty/beauty-news/8873195/Barbie-gets-a-real-woman-makeoverlast_img read more

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Barrie Smith: Nation has spared the rod and spoiled the child, leading to increased criminal offending

first_imgStuff co.nz 15 August 2018Family First Comment: “…if discipline is ingrained into you at a young age it is with you for life as you learn to understand right from wrong. So as our nation moved into the 1970s and beyond we had these “do gooders” who continually sniped until finally our politicians started to listen and introduce laws around what was acceptable and what was not, such as smacking being outlawed. This is when our nanny state grew even bigger and now we have perhaps two to three generations who were never brought up knowing right from wrong or no means no. Why are our jails full to overflowing? Why do we read every day of idiots robbing the local dairy or liquor store? Why do we read about these druggies who claim to the judge that they didn’t know what they were doing? In my opinion in almost every case these offenders were brought up in families where discipline did not exist. Now as we move into the 21st century, we as a nation have at huge cost had little option but become what I call something near a “police state”.”Yep.Almost daily we read in the news the horrors of crime, everything from petty thefts to assaults, murder to drug abuse. This is an unpalatable subject for many but I ask, what the hell is going on?This is not the New Zealand I, or all the other readers of my vintage, was brought up in.Why oh why have we had to become something near a “police state”, even to the extent our new Government is proposing to extend police numbers by some 1800 recruits.This is an absolute indictment on our society. In other words in my opinion as we have moved through the latter 20th century and into the 21st century we have let ourselves down badly by becoming a “nanny state” as we moved away from knowing what discipline was or should be.There is a saying which describes this well: “Spare the rod and spoil the child”. I also have a personal view that if your child does not know what the word no means by the time they are around seven years old you could well have lost them to the other nastier world.I am not saying I support beating your child. But it is around the subject of discipline where each family needs to have its own way of dealing with it.So for me, and I guess so many other readers, looking back to when we were growing up, discipline did feature but I’m happy to say I’m a better person for it. I never heard any CMT recruits say a bad word about the Army or the discipline that went with it. But in my opinion if discipline is ingrained into you at a young age it is with you for life as you learn to understand right from wrong.So as our nation moved into the 1970s and beyond we had these “do gooders” who continually sniped until finally our politicians started to listen and introduce laws around what was acceptable and what was not, such as smacking being outlawed.This is when our nanny state grew even bigger and now we have perhaps two to three generations who were never brought up knowing right from wrong or no means no.Why are our jails full to overflowing? Why do we read every day of idiots robbing the local dairy or liquor store? Why do we read about these druggies who claim to the judge that they didn’t know what they were doing?In my opinion in almost every case these offenders were brought up in families where discipline did not exist. Now as we move into the 21st century, we as a nation have at huge cost had little option but become what I call something near a “police state”.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/106285268/Barrie-Smith-Nation-has-spared-to-rod-and-spoiled-the-child-leading-to-increased-criminal-offendinglast_img read more

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Vietnam man Nguyen Duy Hai has 90kg tumour removed

first_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Vietnam man Nguyen Duy Hai has 90kg tumour removed by: – January 6, 2012 A previous operation failed to stop the dramatic growth of the tumourA Vietnamese man is in a stable condition in hospital after doctors removed a giant tumour which weighed far more than the rest of his body.Nguyen Duy Hai’s 90kg (198lb) tumour, which was growing on his right leg, was removed in a complex 12-hour operation.The lead doctor, an American, waived his fee and other costs were funded through donations, the hospital said.Family members burst into tears of happiness when they discovered he had survived, reported VietNamNet.Mr Hai, who is believed to be 31, has been living with the tumour – which is non-cancerous and linked to a rare genetic disorder – since he was four years old, reported AFP news agency.Part of his leg was amputated when he was 17 in an attempt to stem the growth of the tumour, reports said, but without success.The tumour prevented Mr Hai walking and also hampered sleep.This latest operation was carried out on Thursday at the France-Vietnam (FV) hospital in Ho Chi Minh City and led by US Dr McKay McKinnon, who previously successfully removed an 80kg tumour from a Romanian woman, AFP reported.Family members and friends left their home in the mountainous central area of Da Lat to go to Ho Chi Minh city, where they prayed for Mr Hai and wept tears of joy once they learned he had survived, VietNamNet said.BBC News 36 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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CARICOM heads to visit Haiti

first_img Share NewsRegional CARICOM heads to visit Haiti by: – February 13, 2012 Flag of Caricom. Photo credit: flags.netGEORGETOWN, Guyana — Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Desi Bouterse, president of Suriname, will lead members of the Bureau of Heads of Government on a two-day mission to Haiti on 13-14 February. The other members of the Bureau are the immediate past chairman, Dr Denzil Douglas, prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis; the incoming chairman, Dr Kenny Anthony, prime minister of Saint Lucia; and the secretary-general, Irwin LaRocque. Accompanying the Bureau will be the special representative of heads of government to Haiti, P.J. Patterson. The delegation will meet with president of Haiti, Michel Martelly, on the first day of the visit and on the final day will meet with the prime minister, Garry Conille, and members of the Haitian cabinet. The team will also meet with Haitian parliamentarians, the private sector, youth and the media. The purpose of the visit is to engage with the government of Haiti with respect to its priorities, which would assist in determining the nature of assistance required of the Community to that member state. The visit will also serve to emphasise continued support for the country in its reconstruction and development efforts following the 2010 earthquake and explore ways for strengthening Haiti’s participation in CARICOM.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! 11 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Policeman faces probe for ‘illegal discharge’ of gun

first_imgThe gun firing happened at around11:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, said Lucas. He unnecessarily fired his gun inBarangay Bolong Este, Santa Barbara, Iloilo while on his way to Iloilo Cityafter a fight with his girlfriend, according to Police Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas,director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office. Lozada could be facing anadministrative charge. He declined to issue a statement./PN But they recovered a spent bulletshell of a .9mm pistol. ILOILO City – Corporal Rolando LozadaJr. of the Iloilo City Police Mobile Force is under investigation.center_img “When our personnel checked the area,Lozada was no longer around,” said Lucas. She also said the Provincial InternalAffairs Service of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office is the one conductingthe investigation because the incident happened in the province. “When we learned about it, weimmediately got Lozada’s service firearm, a caliber .9mm Glock 17 pistol,” saidPolice Captain Shella Mae Sangrines, spokesperson of the Iloilo City PoliceOffice.last_img read more

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Nantes Nigeria star insists Ighalo deserves permanent Man Utd deal

first_img Speaking in an interview with Tribalfootball, Nantes loanee Simon said that the 31-year-old’s move to Old Trafford would be good for his country. “If the Manchester United deal can be sealed permanently, not just a loan deal, I think it will be good for for his football, his family and for Nigeria football,” the Levante-owned midfielder said. “Odion Ighalo has proved to be a good striker in Man Utd in the few games he played. read also:Ighalo nears Man Utd extension amid foreign stars ban in China “It will be good for Nigeria football to see Ighalo succeed at Old Trafford. He has shown good qualities of succeeding already.” Ighalo scored four goals in eight appearances for United before the coronavirus pandemic halted matches. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Close6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Impressive Caricatures Of Marvel Characters By Xi Ding Nigeria international, Moses Simon, believes Odion Ighalo deserves to stay at Manchester United on a permanent basis. Odion Ighalo is edging ever closer to agreeing an extension to his time at Manchester United Ighalo’s loan deal with United is due to expire next Monday, and his parent club Shanghai Shenhua are keen for him to return. Reports earlier this week claimed Shenhua would not entertain any offer of extending the loan and would only accept a permanent deal. However, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that the two clubs were in talks to extend Ighalo’s stay. Solskjaer wants Ighalo available to see out the remainder of the Premier League season. Meanwhile, the forward’s agent, Ladi Salami, also stated on Tuesday to Foot Mercato that an agreement was ‘very close’.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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Anelka considers FA charge response

first_img The Frenchman has until Thursday to respond to the charge for the gesture, which some say is an inverted Nazi salute and has anti-Semitic connotations. Anelka has been charged with making an improper gesture and that it was an aggravated breach, in that it included “a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.” West Brom’s shirt sponsor Zoopla, an online property search engine which is co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterton, said on Monday it would not be renewing its deal at the end of the season because of the incident. Anelka has denied the goal celebration was intended to be anti-Semitic and has agreed not to perform the salute again after the club accepted it had caused some offence, but there has been no apology from the player. He has insisted however that the quenelle was anti-establishment, and a gesture in support of his friend, the controversial French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who has been prosecuted for anti-Semitism and who created the salute. The FA brought in an academic expert to help decide on whether charges should be brought and has spent several weeks working on the case due to its sensitivity. A three-man independent regulatory commission will now be appointed to deal with the case – either to decide on the sanction if Anelka admits the charge or to hold a disciplinary hearing if he denies it. Vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Jonathan Arkush insisted Anelka should be banned for longer than five matches if the FA wanted to send out a significant message. “The decision to charge the player was obviously the correct one,” Arkush, a leading barrister and chair of the Board’s defence division responsible for addressing anti-Semitism, told Press Association Sport. “The FA is taking it seriously and the Board looks to the FA to follow it through. “The Board itself believe any incident on or off the pitch which has racial connotations should be addressed with zero tolerance. “I know under the rules that on a first-time offence there is a minimum five-game suspension but I think what he did was sufficiently serious to justify a longer suspension than five matches.” Arkush also criticised Anelka’s lack of contrition following the outcry over his gesture. “He has simply said he wouldn’t do it again and that is not good enough,” he added. “He has not indicated one bit of remorse or regret or apologised for his actions.” While pressure groups are calling for a lengthy suspension, Anelka has received support from Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium international, who spent last season on loan from Chelsea at West Brom, played against Anelka in Monday’s 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns. Speaking before details of the FA charge were announced Lukaku told evertontv: “He was my idol as a kid and he still is. “I don’t think he should be banned for that, he was just supporting a comedian in France. We don’t have to make such a big deal about it. “I hope he doesn’t get suspended because he is a player people want to play on the pitch.” West Brom insist striker Nicolas Anelka will remain available for selection while he considers his options after being charged by the Football Association over his controversial ‘quenelle’ goal celebration. Under new FA rules, such aggravated offences carry a minimum five-match ban and possibly a longer suspension. In a statement West Brom said there would be no action from them until the FA had concluded their disciplinary process. “West Bromwich Albion has noted The FA’s charge against Nicolas Anelka regarding the gesture he made after scoring his first goal against West Ham United on December 28,” said the club. “Anelka has received a 34-page document explaining the allegations against him and informing him that he has until 6pm on Thursday to respond. The player is now considering his options. “Under FA rules, Anelka remains available for first-team selection until The FA’s disciplinary process has reached its conclusion. Following this, the club will conclude its own internal enquiry.” The FA said in a statement: “The FA has charged the West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka following an incident that occurred during the West Ham United versus West Bromwich Albion fixture at the Boleyn Ground on 28 December 2013. “It is alleged that, in the 40th minute of the fixture, Anelka made a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3[1]. “It is further alleged that this is an aggravated breach, as defined in FA Rule E3[2], in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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