first_imgNew York checkpoints New York mayor Bill de Blasio, announcing the new checkpoints at access roads into the city, said: “New York City is holding the line against COVID-19, and New Yorkers have shown tremendous discipline.”We’re not going to let our hard work slip away and will continue to do everything we can to keep New Yorkers safe and healthy.”The virus killed more than 32,000 people in the city, which was one of its first epicenters in the United States.One of Brazil’s leading indigenous chiefs, 71-year-old Aritana Yawalapiti, died Wednesday of respiratory complications caused by COVID-19.Brazil, South America’s largest country, is driving a surge in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has recorded more than 2.8 million cases, and nearly 96,000 deaths, nearly half the region’s 206,835 fatalities.In Afghanistan, the health ministry said nearly a third of the population — or 10 million people — has been infected with the coronavirus. Toulouse in southwest France made the wearing of face masks compulsory in the busiest streets and squares from Wednesday. Paris and other cities are expected to follow suit soon, authorities said.South Africa announced that 24,000 of its health workers had contracted the virus, with more than a hundred of them dying from it.New York, meanwhile, announced it was setting up checkpoints at key entry points to the city to ensure travellers were complying with the state’s quarantine requirements.A total of 701,559 deaths have been recorded so far around the world, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources AT 1600 GMT. Travel industry hit The travel sector announced fresh cutbacks due to the pandemic.British airline Virgin Atlantic, which has not flown since April, has applied for bankruptcy protection in the United States as it seeks to tie up a rescue deal in the UK. Virgin Australia said it would close its budget subsidiary Tigerair Australia, laying off 3,000 staff as it prepares to relaunch under new owners. Copenhagen airport, Scandinavia’s largest, said Wednesday that it might lay off a quarter of its staff. Europe on Wednesday tightened virus restrictions as fears of a second wave of infections spurred by the holiday season grew with the worldwide death toll crossing 700,000.Greece announced a “wake-up week,” tightening restrictions after domestic infections saw over 380 new cases in August.Scotland reimposed restrictions in and around the city of Aberdeen, after a cluster of cases was identified there. Topics :center_img Europe remains the hardest hit region with 211,603 fatalities, but the number of deaths is rising fast in Latin America, with 206,835 recorded. Vaccine trials In South Africa, the hardest-hit country in Africa, some 24,000 health workers have contracted the coronavirus and 181 have died since March, Health Minister Zweli Mkwize announced.The number of infected health care workers translates to around five percent of South Africa’s overall caseload, which has been rising rapidly in recent weeks.But he added: “We haven’t got to the stage where we don’t have hospital space for patients.”The world’s hope of ending the current cycle of outbreaks and lockdowns rests on finding a treatment, which has proved elusive so far.The US government Wednesday announced a new $1 billion investment in a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson, guaranteeing 100 million doses.J&J, via its subsidiary Janssen, received $456 million in March.Clinical trials on humans began in China for a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by German pharmaceutical group BioNTech with Chinese company Fosun Pharma. Restrictions re-introduced Announcing the re-introduction of restrictions in Greece, government spokesman Stelios Petsas told Mega TV: “We are trying to awaken people with messages and daily announcements on additional measures,” “The virus is here, it feeds on our complacency,” he said.They had identified three areas of concern, he added: regular crossings by ethnic Greeks from Balkans countries; social gatherings, from clubbing youths to baptisms; and public transport.The restrictions reimposed on the northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen included the closure of all indoor and outdoor hospitality venues from Wednesday evening as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon referred to what could become a “significant outbreak.” The measures will be reviewed in a week, which is when many Scottish schools will reopen.One of Belgium’s biggest meat processing plants, Westvlees, sent 225 staff home to quarantine after a cluster of coronavirus cases was discovered.Switzerland added mainland Spain to a quarantine list of 46 countries as well as Singapore and Romania.In the Netherlands, similar mask-wearing measures came into force Wednesday in Rotterdam and in some busy neighborhoods of Amsterdam, including its famous red-light district.last_img read more

first_imgWigan boss Roberto Martinez is not losing any sleep over how to stop Gareth Bale on Saturday afternoon. He added: “We all agree Bale is one of the best players in world football. He will always bring an extra threat. “But if you want to beat a team like Spurs, with Gareth Bale or not, you need a very good level of performance.” After years of scrapping for survival, a nagging feeling persists that events are conspiring against Wigan. Alcaraz’s absence is a hammer blow and while a first appearance in the FA Cup final – against Manchester City next month – will be an experience to savour, the fact it comes at the end of a week which includes fixtures against West Brom and Swansea makes their run-in exceptionally hazardous. Typically though, Martinez retains an unshakeable confidence in his troops, which comes from so many similar battles. “Every season is different,” he said. “There is an inner confidence that comes from your own experience. “The players went through it in the last campaign and they went through it two years ago when it went down to the last game of the season. That is part of our aim. We have to stay in the Premier League. That is what we want to achieve.” The brilliant Welshman recovered from an ankle injury in time to face Manchester City last weekend, and scored his 18th league goal of the season as Tottenham rallied to win 3-1. That came 24 hours after Martinez had seen key defender Antolin Alcaraz limp out of his own side’s defeat at West Ham with a hamstring injury. “Tottenham can only play with 11. They can’t play with 13 or 14,” Martinez said. “If Gareth Bale didn’t play it would just be someone else and their squad is of the highest level, so it is not as if it would be substantially easier for us if he wasn’t there.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds has appointed a 44-year-old who was born in Thailand as the next justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. Christopher McDonald has been serving on the Iowa Court of Appeals since September of 2013.“I know that as the first minority or person of color appointed to the Supreme Court, people will have special expectations for me in terms of leadership and mentorship and I understand that. I appreciate that,” he said Wednesday. “I embrace those expectations and I’ll certainly do my best to meet or exceed them.”Reynolds introduced McDonald as the jurist who will fill the vacancy on the Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday at an event in her capitol office.“Judge McDonald has a wealth of life experience that has prepared him exceptionally well to serve Iowans on the Supreme Court,” Reynolds said. “It’s not an easy life. Judge McDonald was born in Bangkok, Thailand as the son of a Scottish-Irish father and a Vietnamese mother, spending his young childhood at military bases around the world before his family eventually moved to Des Moines.”McDonald’s parents separated and he was raised by his mother on the south side of Des Moines. He got his undergraduate degree at Grand View University in 1997 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2001.“In law school, he continued working to support his family while also excelling at his studies. He graduated first in his class and following law school he clerked for Judge Hansen on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals,” Reynolds said. “He practiced law at some of Iowa’s most distinguished law firms and at one of our international insurance companies.”McDonald gave brief remarks after the governor introduced him, thanking his family as well as legal colleagues and clients.“Each of you has given me sage advice over the years about life and the law,” he said, “and I’ve become a better person and a better judge for it and I thank you for your friendship and your mentorship.”McDonald called his five-and-a-half years on the Iowa Court of Appeals as “the most rewarding professional service of his life.”“In the next few weeks, I’m going to wind down my docket as a judge on the Iowa Court of Appeals and commence service as a justice on the Supreme Court. I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to serve in that capacity,” McDonald said. “To my future colleagues on the court, I look forward to many productive years of service together.”Governor Reynolds said the colleagues who recommended McDonald for this new role used the words “brilliant” and “thoughtful” to describe him. McDonald is filling the vacancy created when Justice Daryl Hecht resigned for health reasons.AUDIO of Reynolds and McDonald speaking in the governor’s officelast_img read more