Global COVID-19 total passes 6 million

first_imgThe global COVID-19 total topped 6 million cases today, as Brazil’s cases hit new daily highs and as large numbers continue to be reported in other large countries such as the United States, Russia, and India.It took only 9 days for illnesses to rise from 5 million to 6 million, which is 3 days less than it took for totals to rise from 3 million to 4 million, and from 4 million to 5 million. The global total is at 6,014,117, and 367,627 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.No let-up in epicenter casesBrazil reported 26,928 cases yesterday, a daily record daily, while adding 1,124 deaths, lifting its fatality count above Spain’s to fifth highest in the world, Agence France-Presse reported. Brazil, with the second most cases in the world, now has 465,166 cases as of yesterday.Elsewhere, India today reported a record high of 7,964 cases, boosting its total to 173,763, the ninth highest total in the world. Mumbai is one of the country’s hot spots, and its lockdown has been extended to Jun 30 in high-risk areas, but some restrictions will be relaxed in some situations beginning on Jun 8, Reuters reported. They include opening of restaurants, malls, and religious buildings.Russia today reported 8,952 more cases, and though Moscow is the country’s main hot spot, an outbreak in villages in Dagestan region, about 1,000 miles south of Moscow, has prompted crisis meetings that resulted in an order for medical reinforcements, Reuters reported yesterday.The region has the highest number of deaths outside of Moscow, which, according to central government figures, is 201, though regional officials say the total is more than three times higher.EU urges US to reconsider WHO pulloutGlobal reaction to President Trump’s announcement yesterday that the United States will cut ties to the World Health Organization (WHO) continue to reverberate across the globe.European Union (EU) officials today issued a statement in response that said the EU continues to support the WHO and has already provided additional funding. “As the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the main task for everyone is to save lives and contain and mitigate this pandemic,” they said, adding that a resolution led by the EU to investigate the international response to the pandemic at the earliest appropriate moment was adopted earlier this month by the World Health Assembly.Actions that weaken the international response must be avoided, they said. “In this context, we urge the US to reconsider its announced decision.”In other global developments:Members of a UK advisory group today warned that England could lose control of its COVID-19 outbreak if it eases its lockdown, which is in its early stages, Reuters reported. Four members of its Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies said easing restrictions is premature and that the newly launched track-and-trace system hasn’t been tested and probably won’t be able to handle an infection rate of about 8,000 new cases a day.Paris parks and gardens reopened today, ahead of a move to phase 2 of eased lockdown restrictions in France, Reuters reported. Visitors must observe social distancing, are urged to wear masks, and are limited to gatherings of 10 or fewer people.Supreme Court weighs in on church caseIn the United States, the Supreme Court last night turned down a California church’s request to ease the state’s restrictions on attendance at worship services, NBC News reported. The decision is the first to weigh religious freedom and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.The 5-to-4 decision was marked by Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court’s liberal members. The court’s action denied the church’s application for a stay of statewide restrictions ordered by California Governor Gavin Newsom, which limits attendance to 25% of capacity or a maximum of 100.Writing in his opinion, Roberts said though California rules put restrictions on places of worship, they appear to be consistent with the First Amendment’s free exercise clause.Lake of the Ozarks case foundMeanwhile, a person who attended the crowded Memorial Day celebration at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, has been diagnosed as having COVID-19, CNN reported yesterday, citing Camden County public health officials.The patient’s symptoms began on May 24, and he or she visited multiple bars on that and the following day. Officials urged people who were at the event to monitor for symptoms.Following the gathering, St Louis health officials called the crowded party attendance reckless and urged partygoers to isolate for 14 days before returning to their jobs.The US COVID-19 total grew to 1,765,723 cases today, and 103,674 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.last_img read more

Building trust in environmental monitoring data

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Linde starts up new plant

first_imgThe company said it will also supply hydrogen and helium to HLMC.The new plant includes on-site nitrogen generators and a compressed dry air (CDA) system.The compact and energy efficient nitrogen generator has been specially designed by Linde to meet the increasing demands of electronics and semiconductor customers for higher purity industrial gas products.“Recently, China’s electronics industry has significantly advanced in technology, innovation and production capabilities, and the reliable supply of high-quality gases is crucial to the success of our customers,” said Will Li, Head of Linde Greater China.“At the same time, our customers are keen to ensure that their operations are as sustainable and energy efficient as possible and are seeking solutions which help them address this challenge.”“We are proud to be a trusted partner for leading semiconductor companies like HLMC and we look forward to expanding our relationship in the future as we continue to build our network density in China.”“The start-up of the plant marks yet another milestone in our successful collaboration with Linde which spans many years.”Lei Haibo, President of HLMC, added, “Linde’s reliable supply, safe operations and technological innovation gives us full confidence. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with Linde in the future phases of our project.”HLMC, a subsidiary of the Huahong Group, is the leading semiconductor manufacturer in China which supports 28 to 14 nm nodes processing technology.It provides the technology used in mobile communications, consumer electronics, smart cards, Internet of Things, wearable electronics, automobiles and many other products.last_img read more

MacArtney Group to Present at Oceanology International (UK)

first_imgThe MacArtney Group will showcase a number of new underwater technology products and solutions for the ocean science, oil and gas, dredging and diving industries at the 2014 edition of the Oceanology International exhibition (11-13 March, ExCeL Exhibition and Convention Centre, London).These additions will include a new SubConn® coax connector series for carrying HD signal, a number of innovative additions to the LUXUS range of cameras and lights, the NEXUS MK VI HD multiplexer and last but not least, a brand new remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV) based data acquisition solution named FLEXUS.The FLEXUS is empowered by a state-of-the-art MacArtney NEXUS MK-E multiplexer which can easily be demounted for use onboard other sensor platforms and systems such as CTDs, benthic tow sledges and drop camera systems.[mappress]Press Release, March 5, 2014last_img read more

EU to the rescue on legal aid?

first_imgThe government could be forced into ‘a humiliating U-turn’ over plans to cut the legal aid budget, following an EU pledge to set mandatory levels of civil and criminal legal aid for member states from 2013, it was suggested last week. Europe’s commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, Viviane Reding (pictured), last week reaffirmed the EU’s intention to broaden the scope of legal aid across all member states. She told a meeting of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe in Brussels that access to justice was a ‘fundamental right’ and that, in line with article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, all governments must make legal aid funding available to litigants and defendants in civil and criminal cases who otherwise could not afford representation. Cultures and economies differ between member states, she added, but she expected to introduce measures setting the standard for universal legal aid in 2013. ‘Governments won’t like it, but they will get used to it,’ Reding said. The Law Society’s head of legal aid policy Richard Miller said the move could threaten the government’s plans for legal aid cuts. He said: ‘The UK government’s proposed cuts to legal aid will put us out of step with the rest of Europe, which is embarking on a programme of broadening access to publicly funded representation, not shrinking it. There is a real danger that the proposed cuts will make us dip below the minimum standards imposed by the EU. We will have to make a humiliating U-turn and drag ourselves back up to an acceptable level.’ Telmo Baltazar, a member of Reding’s cabinet, told delegates that the cost of legal aid had to be set against the cost to governments of miscarriages of justice. He said: ‘More than anything, we need an efficient system of law efficiently administered.’ University of Cologne senior lecturer Matthias Kilian warned that governments should not see legal expenses insurance as a viable substitute for legal aid. ‘It is the first to go when money gets short,’ he said. ‘People put health and their families before abstract notions such as access to justice.’ Meanwhile, a member of the French delegation voiced concerns over the levels of remuneration received by legal aid lawyers across the Channel. He said: ‘French lawyers are willing to die for utopia, but the French government wants us to starve slowly on nine euros an hour.’last_img read more

Immigration

first_img Matthew Stanbury (instructed by Grayson Willis Bennett (Sheffield)) for the appellant; Simon Murray (instructed by Treasury Solicitor) for the respondents; no appearance or representation for the interested party. Penology and criminology – Absconding – Category D prisoners – Classification The appellant Nigerian national (O) appealed against a decision ([2010] EWHC 2658 (Admin)) dismissing his claim for judicial review of his prisoner categorisation. O had been convicted of three offences of obtaining property by deception, and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. He was liable to automatic deportation, but had not yet been served with notice of intention to deport. He had been assessed as presenting a low risk of reoffending. The second defendant deputy prison governor (M) decided that O should remain as a category C prisoner rather than be classified as a category D prisoner because his deportation status meant that there was a potential for absconding. Paragraph 14.4 of the Prison Service Order (PSO) 4630 stated, in relation to the classification of foreign nationals as category D prisoners, that ‘each case must be individually considered on its merits but the need to protect the public and ensure the intention to deport [was] not frustrated [was] paramount. ‘Category D will only be appropriate where it [was] clear that the risk [was] very low’. A judge held that paragraph 14 did no more than emphasise that the risk of absconding was a consideration relevant to every categorisation decision but that it had a heightened importance when the prisoner was liable to deportation, and that in such cases the risk had to be examined with particular care. O contended that the word ‘paramount’ in paragraph 14.4 withdrew any discretion or individual consideration of whether an individual prisoner subject to deportation should be categorised a category D prisoner because his immigration status effectively superseded any other consideration. Held: The use of the word ‘paramount’ in its context did not remove individual consideration of the classification of prisoners such as O. Immigration status was obviously relevant to the risk that the prisoner posed and by the very fact of their immigration status prisoners such as O were of a different class to other prisoners, and that additional point had to be taken into consideration in an assessment of the appropriateness of their being categorised as category D prisoners. It was clear from the opening words of paragraph 14.4 that the classification in each case had to be individually considered on it merits so that the immigration status of a prisoner could not in itself be determinative of the matter. The fact that prisoners who might be subject to deportation might be refused category D status but yet be granted bail on release from prison did not mean that the classification policy was irrational because it was not a matter for the Prison Service what the secretary of state decided to do after a prisoner was released. Appeal dismissed. center_img R (on the application of Gregory Omoregbee) (Claimant) v (1) Secretary of State for Justice (2) Governor of Hewell Prison (Defendants) and UK Border Agency (Interested Party): CA (Civ Div) (Sir Anthony May (president QB), Lord Justice Sullivan, Mr Justice Gross): 13 April 2011last_img read more

After Brexit the construction sector must embrace international opportunities

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PCN adds CGLogistics in Latin America

first_imgCGLogistics has four offices in Ecuador (Guayaquil, Quito, Manta & Cuenca) and five offices in Peru (Lima, Callao, Matarani, Paita & Pisco). Pictured is a regular shipment handled by CGLogistics; 40 trucks were moved from the Netherlands directly to the customers warehouse in Guayaquil, Ecuador. CGLogistics personnel were present at every stage of the operation to ensure safe and smooth transport. www.projectcargonetwork.comwww.cglogisticsgroup.comlast_img

Höegh Autoliners names CEO

first_imgEnger will succeed Thor Jørgen Guttormsen, who will continue to support the company as a non-executive director and senior advisor.Enger was appointed as Höegh Autoliners’ chief financial officer in September 2019. Prior to that he was a partner at Deloitte, leading its Nordic strategy practice. Earlier in his career Enger was a partner at McKinsey & Co and subsequently held senior executive positions at Norske Skog, PGS and Peterson Packaging.Leif O. Høegh, chairperson of Høegh Autoliners said: “I believe his solid leadership capabilities will further strengthen a well-functioning senior management team.”www.hoeghautoliners.comlast_img read more

The puck stops here…

first_imgCape Town Kings’ Aslam Khan stops a shot against the Gauteng Wildcats last weekend. The SA Ice Hockey Super League kicked off last month, with the Cape Town Kings taking a back seat while their up-country rivals tussled for some early points in the standings. Last weekend, the Kings got their first taste of the 2016 league when they faced off against defending champions, the Gauteng Wildcats at GrandWest’s Ice Station. For Western Province and SA up-and-comer, 17-year-old Aslam Khan, an electrical engineering student at the College of Cape Town, in Athlone, a call-up to the Kings side was a dream come true. It was a dream, however, that was not without its nightmarish content, as he quickly discovered, having to up his game to the frenetic pace of the seniors, but the under-18 and under-20 national player soon felt at home between the goals, earning himself the moniker of most valuable player.“My journey in this sport started when I attended public skate sessions at GrandWest. I made friends that played ice hockey and they invited me to come try out. I was nine years old. I absolutely loved it and after a year of playing I asked my coach if I could try playing goalie. “He was more than happy because we were short of goalkeepers but the real reason I wanted to do it was because I liked the goalie’s kit and thought it made me look like Robo Cop. “From there I fell in love with the position and achieved my WP and SA colours as a junior player,” he said.The plucky goalie knows that out on the ice, he is the last line of defence and he takes his selection in Cape Town’s premier senior side with a cascade of responsibility.“I love getting out on the ice, standing in my goal post and just owning that space. I want to make my team proud at all costs and I just hate letting goals in. “Playing in the senior side can only help me improve my game. I look up to the senior players and seeing how much faster the game is and how much more intense the impacts are is really just mind blowing.“From the first period the Wildcats were all over us and I think our boys lost focus and became tired. I just kept telling myself I can’t mess it up and had to keep the game going. “As a goalie you have a big influence on the shape of the game. You have to protect that goal post like it is gold.“It can be a bit frustrating sometimes because players get in your way and when you can’t see the puck, silly mistakes happen. “Gearing up for the league has been tough. We are on the ice at 5.30am for training sessions and you have to mentally prepare yourself for that strain but once you are out there, doing team drills and fitness sessions, everything falls in place.“I am grateful for the opportunities my coach, Marc Giot, has given me and it is an honour to play in the same league as my mentor, Lucian Lorenzo. I could not have done this without their help,” said Aslam. “My parents are also my biggest supporters and with their backing and blessings from God, this has all been made possible,” he said.last_img read more