Month: October 2020

D.C. swamp has turned into cesspool

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI have changed the greeting on our answering machine: “Hello, you have reached the Acunto family, a family that believes that Washington, D.C., isn’t a swamp — it’s a cesspool. God bless America.”How do you clean a cesspool? You remove the waste and truck it out. In this situation, it would take a convoy.Ferdinand AcuntoCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Gieves & Hawkes to target tykes

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Marquee Club reopens doors

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The Irish space famine

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PREMIUMCommunity groups unite to tackle misinformation on COVID-19

first_imgLog in with your social account Facebook Linkedin Forgot Password ? Amid criticism aimed at the government for its lack of transparency in handling the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), community groups have moved to take the initiative to raise awareness and tackle misinformation among the public.  On March 1, a community of volunteers came together to create an initiative called KawalCOVID-19, to “safeguard issues surrounding COVID-19”. They created an official account on twitter @KawalCovid-19 and in just a week the account had already attracted around 35,000 followers. It was launched a day before President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first two positive COVID-19 cases in the country.The group took the initiative on the grounds of concerns about the confusion circulating on social media and messenger services among the public regarding the fast-spreading respiratory illness.Through its digital platfo… coronavirus COVID-19 LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Googlelast_img read more

Police name 30 suspects for allegedly spreading COVID-19 hoaxes

first_imgThe National Police have named 30 individuals across the country by Thursday as suspects for allegedly spreading false information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.“We named 22 suspects for allegedly spreading fake news on Tuesday. We named eight more on Thursday,” National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra told journalists on Thursday.He added that the police in West Kalimantan and West Java had named more suspects than police had in other provinces with four suspects each. Officers in South Sulawesi, Lampung and East Kalimantan had named three suspects each, while the Jakarta Police named two individuals as suspects. Despite naming 30 individuals as alleged false news suspects, the police had only placed two of them into custody, as most of them were deemed cooperative during interrogation.Read also: How to play your part in the battle against COVID-19 hoaxes, misinformationA suspect in West Kalimantan was detained after investigators found he was not being cooperative during the questioning.“Apart from him, we have also confined another suspect in the East Jakarta Police headquarters,” Asep said, without elaborating.The Communications and Information Ministry identified on Tuesday 242 hoaxes pertaining to COVID-19 being distributed on the internet, including in social media, websites and short message applications. The number had increased from 196 on the same period a week earlier.The Indonesian Ulema Council has also urged Muslims not to spread hoaxes and false information regarding the disease, as the council had issued a fatwa on Tuesday declaring such wrongdoing haram. (glh)Topics :last_img read more

Asia’s factory activity plunges as coronavirus shock deepens

first_imgWhile factories in China gradually restarted operations after lengthy shutdowns and a fall in virus cases allowed the country to start relaxing travel restrictions, activity in South Korea shrank at its fastest pace in 11 years as many of its trading partners imposed dramatic measures to curb the virus’ spread.”If you look at the Korean numbers, they’re fairly bad … They’re likely to get worse still because Korea will be dependent on parts from Europe and the United States,” said Rob Carnell, Asia-Pacific chief economist at ING in Singapore.”[Policymakers] have to accept the inevitable that there is a massive global pandemic here, there is an outbreak in almost every country globally and certainly in our region, which is getting to levels that if they don’t take very dramatic action, it’s going to get much worse,” he said.Japan’s factory activity contracted at the fastest pace in about a decade in March, adding to views that the world’s third-largest economy is likely already in recession. A separate “tankan” survey by the Bank of Japan showed on Wednesday that business sentiment soured to a seven-year low in the three months to March, as the outbreak hit sectors from hotels to carmakers.”The tankan clearly shows a sharp deterioration in business sentiment and confirms the economy is already in recession,” said Yasunari Ueno, chief market economist at Mizuho Securities.China’s Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 50.1 last month, from February’s record low of 40.3, and just a notch above the 50-mark that separates growth from contraction.South Korea’s IHS Markit PMI plunged to 44.2, its lowest since January 2009 when the economy was reeling from the global financial crisis. The index was 48.7 in February.Japan’s PMI fell to a seasonally adjusted 44.8 from a reading of 47.8 in February, its lowest since April 2009. The ruling coalition has called on the government to secure a stimulus package worth at least 60 trillion yen ($553 billion), with 20 trillion yen in direct spending.Policymakers across the globe, including in Asia, have announced massive monetary and fiscal stimulus measures to try to mitigate the economic fallout from the pandemic, keep cash-started businesses afloat and save jobs.But many measures have been short-gap steps to deal with the immediate damage to corporate funding and shore up financial systems.The International Monetary Fund has said the pandemic was already driving the global economy into recession, calling on countries to respond with “very massive” spending to avoid bankruptcies and emerging market debt defaults. Factory activity contracted sharply across most of Asia in March as the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed economic activity across the globe, with sharp falls in export power-houses Japan and South Korea overshadowing a modest improvement in China.Manufacturing gauges also tumbled in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) surveys showed on Wednesday, underscoring the widening damage brought by the pandemic that has infected more than 700,000 people, upended supply chains and led to city lockdowns worldwide.China’s factory activity improved slightly more than expected in March after plunging a month earlier, a private business survey showed, but growth was marginal, highlighting the intense pressure facing businesses as domestic and export demand slumps.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Trump, Biden finally bury hatchet to talk on coronavirus

first_imgThe idea of a telephone call between Trump and Biden, who is self-isolating at home like much of the country, had been in the air for days.Last week, Trump said he’d “love to speak with” Biden, adding, “I always found him to be a nice guy.”On Thursday, Biden responded that he was “happy to hear he’ll take my call.”But if Republican Trump sat all weekend by the phone, he was left disappointed — and by Monday morning the pair were back to trading barbs.”What ever happened to that phone call he told the Fake News he wanted to make to me?” Trump complained on Twitter.Gone was the “nice guy” description — the tone was back to Trump’s default mode when it comes to Biden, whom he has claimed to be losing his mental faculties, smeared with corruption allegations, and nicknamed “Sleepy Joe.”Mocking Biden’s suggestion that the Democrats may have to hold their nominating convention online if coronavirus remains a threat this summer, Trump insinuated Biden was dodging having to appear in public.Hitting back on Twitter, Biden told Trump that whether the Democratic convention is safe to stage or not will “depend on you stepping up and doing what needs to be done to handle this pandemic.”Despite the bickering, the two men still had each other’s numbers. Democrat Joe Biden and President Donald Trump finally spoke by phone Monday, both sides confirmed, ending days of teasing and squabbling between the presidential election rivals to discuss the national coronavirus upheaval.The call marked a rare moment of unity for the country seven months before election day and during a frightening health and economic crisis. “We had a really wonderful warm conversation,” centered on the pandemic, Trump said at a regular briefing by his coronavirus task force. Topics :center_img “He gave me his point of view and I fully understood that,” Trump said, adding they spoke for about 15 minutes. “I appreciate his calling.”Biden’s communication director confirmed the two men had “a good call.”Biden “shared several suggestions for actions” the administration can take “to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” Kate Bedingfield said on Twitter.He also “expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation,” she added.last_img read more

Indians queue for liquor as capital eases some coronavirus curbs

first_imgHundreds of people queued outside liquor stores in New Delhi on Monday as the Indian capital began easing some curbs after a 40-day lockdown against the coronavirus, while some offices resumed work with fewer staff and traffic trickled into the streets.The nationwide lockdown, among the world’s strictest, is being relaxed in some areas with fewer infections, although it will stay until May 17, the government said last week. The measure was adopted on March 25 and extended twice.Many government cars were among the traffic on Delhi’s boulevards on Monday, while police at checkpoints peered into cars to ensure there were no more than two occupants. Everyone wore masks. Topics : By about 9:30 a.m., a line of more than 500 people had formed outside a liquor store in the capital’s eastern area of Kalyan Puri, before the shop was closed and police baton-charged the crowd to disperse it, a Reuters witness said.Police were asking some outlets to close in line with an order from excise authorities, said Ajay Kumar, a Delhi government official in charge of liquor stores.”We want to keep the shops open,” Kumar told Reuters, without elaborating.The easing could drive further infections in India, which has tallied more than 42,500 cases and 1,300 deaths in a steady rise, but some state governments want economic activity to resume as revenue dwindles and millions struggle without income.”We have to get prepared to live alongside corona, we have to get used to it,” Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, told a Sunday briefing, outlining steps to seal off 97 infection hotspots while opening up the rest of the city of 20 million.In neighboring Pakistan, the number of confirmed cases neared 20,000, with 462 deaths. Authorities in Sri Lanka and Nepal reported 718 and 75 cases respectively.last_img read more

Lifting league trophy without fans would be ‘strange’: Liverpool’s Henderson

first_imgLifting the Premier League trophy without fans there to see it would be a “pretty strange” experience, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson has said.Liverpool need just six points from their remaining nine games to win the league for the first time in 30 years but there is still no clear date on when the season will resume after it was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Fans will not be allowed to attend games in line with the government’s protocols for the return of elite sport. “Of course it would feel different because if you win any trophy and receive it without any fans there, it would be pretty strange,” club captain Henderson told BBC Radio.”It’s still not over, we still have work to do … We want to finish as strongly as we can to make sure it is a full season.”After that, whether we win it or whatever, then (receiving) the trophy and the fans not being there … You just have to deal with it when it comes.”Clubs began training in small groups last week and will vote later on Wednesday on whether to move to the second phase of ‘Project Restart’ which would allow players to resume close-contact trainingTopics :last_img read more