Powerful quake in southern Mexico kills six

first_imgA 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico on Tuesday, killing six people, sending hundreds fleeing from their homes and forcing the closure of a major state-owned oil refinery. Hundreds of aftershocks were reported in the hours following the initial tremor, which was felt in Mexico City, some 700 kilometers distant from the epicenter in Crucecita, in Oaxaca state.”We had to leave because there is a risk that the market will collapse. We are hardly selling anything because of the pandemic and now if the market is closed we will have a worse time,” said Juana Martinez, 60, a flower-seller in Oaxaca city. Quake adding to virus woes Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum also activated response protocols, adding that two people had been injured. Apart from some building facades falling, she said there had been “no major incidents” reported.The earthquake was felt in several parts of the capital of 8.8 million people which in 2017 was hit by a 7.1 magnitude quake that left 360 people dead throughout the country.That same year, 96 people died after an 8.1 magnitude quake struck the south of the country, with Oaxaca the worst affected state.The quake has hit at a time when Mexico is already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.It has suffered more than 23,000 COVID-19 deaths — the second most in Latin America — and 191,410 cases.On Tuesday the country recorded its highest number of cases in a 24-hour period, with 6,288 new infections, according to the Ministry of Health.Medical staff were evacuated from some hospitals in the capital alongside patients, although those suffering from the coronavirus remained isolated inside the buildings, alongside their caretakers.”All those that are in an area with COVID patients remain inside, only those of us who weren’t there at the time” have come out, said Jaime Gomez, a nurse at a hospital caring for coronavirus patients.Many of the people that fled into the streets of the capital were not wearing face masks.”With all the virus problems and now the tremors, and I’ve just lost one child and the other is ill, so imagine [how I’m feeling],” a tearful Maria Teresa Duran, 80, told AFP. Mexican Oil said its refinery in Salina Cruz in Oaxaca had been shut down as a precaution after a fire broke out at the plant “that was immediately stifled.”One of the dead from the earthquake was a worker at the refinery, who was killed after falling off a high structure. Other refineries in the state are operating as normal, Mexican Oil said.Rescuers were battling to reach a remote area of the rugged state amid reports that 15 workers had become trapped while constructing a highway.The quake also caused slight damage to four hospitals and a clinic, as well as to churches, markets and other buildings, authorities said.Six hours after the quake, 447 aftershocks had been recorded across the region, the strongest at a magnitude of 4.6.The US Pacific Tsunami warning center initially said hazardous waves as high as three meters could strike anywhere within 1,000 kilometers of the quake’s epicenter, affecting the Pacific coast of Mexico and Central and South America. Topics : All the deaths occurred in Oaxaca, with the majority due to the collapse of buildings. A woman died near Crucecita, and five other people died in towns located within 150 kilometers of the epicenter, officials said.The 7.4 quake struck at a depth of 23 kilometers, the US Geological Survey reported. An initial tsunami warning was later reversed.There was no damage reported to “strategic infrastructure” including ports, airports, refineries and hydroelectric plants, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a video published on social media. last_img read more

Police charge fugitive Maria Lumowa with corruption, money laundering

first_img“We will make separate police reports for both charges,” Listyo said in a broadcast press conference on Friday.The money laundering charge was used to track down Maria’s assets as well as other parties that might be involved in the loan scam, he said, adding that investigators would question her and 11 witnesses to dig deeper into the case.Read also: Maria’s extradition ‘cover up’ for failure to arrest other fugitives, experts sayHe explained that the National Police had so far confiscated and tracked down assets in the form of her unmovable and movable property as well as money and goods that had been confiscated and auctioned off, valued at a total of Rp 132 billion (US$9.14 million)“We will further trace her assets and also other parties that might be involved in the case,” Listyo said.Listyo added that Maria, who obtained Dutch citizenship in 1979 and was hiding in the Netherlands, had asked for an attorney and the police had requested the Dutch embassy to provide legal assistance for her.Maria fled Indonesia just before she was named a suspect of a fraudulent loan scam by the National Police in 2003. She allegedly used a fictitious letter of credit to obtain US$136 million and 56 million euro ($118,846) in bank loans from BNI issued to her company PT Gramarindo Group between 2002 and 2003. The alleged scam was worth Rp 1.7 trillion, roughly equivalent to Rp 4.5 trillion (US$312.2 million) in today’s money.Topics : The National Police have brought multiple charges relating to corruption and money laundering against captured fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, who has been wanted for 17 years as a suspect in a major fraud case.The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) chief Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo said Maria had been charged under the 2001 Corruption Law and the 2003 Money Laundering Law.last_img read more

Sinar Mas Land, Mitbana form partnership to build TODs in South Tangerang

first_imgProperty developer Sinar Mas Land, through PT Bumi Serpong Damai, has formed a partnership with Singapore-based Mitbana Pte Ltd to build transit-oriented developments (TODs) in BSD City, South Tangerang, Banten.Mitbana, established in March 2019, is a joint venture company of Mitsubishi Corporation from Japan and Surbana Jurong from Singapore.“With this commitment, Mitbana will become Sinar Mas Land’s largest development partner in BSD City, and we look forward to having our partnership bring even better value to our residents and becoming a model for TOD developments in Indonesia,” said Sinar Mas Land group chief executive officer Michael Widjaja.Mitbana will work with Sinar Mas Land to transform over 100 hectares of greenfield land in BSD City into TODs comprising residential units, commercial properties, living amenities and public transport nodes. This undertaking will enlarge BSD City’s existing development footprint and expand on its current population of 200,000 residents, Sinar Mas said in a statement. According to data from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Singapore was Indonesia’s top foreign investor in the first half of 2020, with a total of US$3.4 billion in realized investments comprising 5,348 projects. During the same period, Japan was the second-largest with investment of US$2.4 billion comprising 3,708 projects, the statement read.Mitbana CEO Gareth Wong said, “The future growth potential of TODs in Indonesia presents many scalable development opportunities for Mitbana, and we are very excited to make this first step toward realizing our vision of becoming a leading urban development fund that transforms communities through smart, sustainable and social development thrusts.”BSD City is Sinar Mas Land’s flagship town development that encompasses a total land area of approximately 6,000 hectares.Topics :last_img read more

Half of COVID patients in Irish study suffer ongoing fatigue

first_img‘Long COVID’ The study, which is being presented at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID) later this month, suggested those affected are “worthy of further study and early intervention”. As the pandemic has scorched its way across the planet, most attention has been focused on the immediate impact, measured by hospital admissions and deaths.But it has become increasingly clear that the virus can reverberate long after a patient has “recovered”. Online support groups across the world have attracted thousands of members looking for help and advice about ongoing illness.In July, a study of recovered hospital patients in Italy found that 87 percent were still suffering at least one symptom 60 days after falling ill. Fatigue and breathing difficulties were the most common.Researchers from King’s College London, which is behind a large-scale symptom-tracking project, estimate that one in 10 people using the app still have symptoms after 30 days and some remain unwell for months.”We are increasingly seeing evidence of ‘long COVID’, and fatigue is one of the commonly reported side effects. This study highlights that fatigue was experienced in both hospitalized patients and in those with milder initial presentations,” said Michael Head, of the University of Southampton, commenting on the latest research. “The emerging extent of long COVID is why it is important to reduce community transmission, even among younger groups of people who are not immediately seriously ill.” More than half of patients and staff with COVID-19 monitored by an Irish hospital suffered persistent fatigue in the aftermath of the initial disease, according to a new study Friday highlighting the “significant burden” of lingering symptoms.It comes as patient groups and doctors call for more research into the medium- and long-term effects of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which has sickened more than 30 million people across the world and killed at least 943,000.”Whilst the presenting features of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been well-characterized, the medium- and long-term consequences of infection remain unexplored,” said Liam Townsend, of St James’s Hospital and Trinity Translational Medicine Institute at Trinity College Dublin.  The study, which tracked 128 participants at St James’s Hospital, found that 52 percent reported persistent fatigue when they were assessed an average of 10 weeks after “clinical recovery” from infection, regardless of how serious their initial infection was.The preliminary study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, included 71 people who had been admitted to hospital and 57 employees of the hospital who had mild illness. The average age was 50 and all participants had tested positive for COVID-19.Researchers looked at a variety of potential factors, including the severity of the initial illness and pre-existing conditions, including depression.They found that it made no difference whether a patient had been hospitalized or not. However, they did find that women, despite making up just over half of the participants (54 percent), accounted for two-thirds of those with persistent fatigue (67 percent). Those with a previous history of anxiety or depression were also found to be more likely to have fatigue.The authors said the findings showed that more work was needed to assess the impact of COVID-19 on patients in the longer term. “Our findings demonstrate a significant burden of post-viral fatigue in individuals with previous SARS-CoV-2 infection after the acute phase of COVID-19 illness,” they concluded.  Topics :last_img read more

US vaccine program chief backs stricter rules for emergency use of COVID-19 shot

first_imgTopics : The draft FDA regulations were reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday as a way to boost transparency and public trust in the face of rising fears that the Trump administration might be interfering in the approval process, the newspaper said.According to a Pew Research Center survey earlier this month, only 32% of Black adults said they would definitely or probably get a COVID-19 vaccine, compared with 52% of White adults, 56% of Hispanics and 72% of Asian Americans.A representative of the Department of Health and Human Services declined to comment on the draft regulations, but said in an email that “career experts at the FDA will make an independent determination on the safety and efficacy of a vaccine submitted to them for authorization or licensing.”Pfizer Inc, which expects to have vaccine data as early as late October, said in an email that the company is committed to providing regulators with sufficient data, including the median of two months’ safety data after the second dose, to be submitted on a rolling basis.Moderna Inc did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the two-month waiting period. The company has said it expects to have data on whether its vaccine works by November or possibly late October. The scientific head of the US government program designed to speed development of COVID-19 vaccines said on Thursday he supports stricter rules to grant emergency use of new inoculations against the novel coronavirus.Speaking at a virtual Town Hall with Black physicians and community leaders, Operation Warp Speed scientific lead Dr. Moncef Slaoui said he supports recommendations being drafted by the US Food and Drug Administration that companies wait two months after the last administration of their vaccine before seeking emergency use authorization (EUA) of their products.Operation Warp Speed already has recommended the vaccine candidates it is supporting observe “a two-months follow-up after completion of the immunization process before the company will consider filing for an emergency use authorization,” Slaoui said.center_img Concern is rising among public health experts and citizens that a vaccine could be rushed without proper safety checks, especially as the Nov. 3 presidential election nears.Dr. Leon McDougle, president of the National Medical Association, on the call raised concern that the White House might block new, stricter FDA recommendations. US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he may or may not approve any new, more stringent FDA standards for an EUA of a COVID-19 vaccine.Trump has repeatedly said a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, could be ready for distribution ahead of the election.”We completely agree with it,” Slaoui said, referring to the stricter FDA regulations during the virtual Town Hall event on Thursday organized by the Rainbow Push Coalition in Atlanta.last_img read more

Cafés, villas shuttered as West Java steps up COVID-19 enforcement

first_imgBogor Satpol PP head Agus Ridhollah said his personnel had given a strict warning to the owners of the villas to prevent any future PSBB violations. He went on to say that prior to the closure, the joint team – consisting of officers from the local Satpol PP, the National Police and the Indonesian Military – had inspected the café and had discovered numerous violations of health protocols.“This will prompt an evaluation by the Bekasi administration,” he said, adding that the limited number of field officers had made it difficult to catch every PSBB violation.Tri called on the public to contribute to the ongoing mitigation efforts and report activities that were detrimental to public health and safety through an official channel provided by the administration.The Bogor Satpol PP closed down 10 villas and lodgings in North Tugu, Cisarua, following reports of violations of local COVID-19 protocols. Several West Java regional administrations have stepped up efforts to ensure compliance with large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) as COVID-19 cases continue to mount throughout Greater Jakarta.The Bekasi Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) shut down a crowded café in Grand Galaxy City, South Bekasi, on Saturday evening after footage showing scores of people gathering at the venue went viral on social media.“A joint team sealed a café based on a tweet and an accompanying photo attachment of a music concert,” Bekasi Deputy Mayor Tri Adhianto said on Sunday, as quoted by tempo.co.center_img “We [sealed the villas] after an enforcement unit found that the owners had been renting the villas and [lodgings] to the public,” Agus said on Sunday.He said the owners had failed to abide by Bogor Regent Regulation No. 60/2020 on PSBB, which prohibited the renting of villas and accommodations to curb the spread of COVID-19.The local Satpol PP, according to Agus, had also been cracking down on other local businesses found to have violated health protocols.As of Sunday, West Java had recorded 20,954 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 387 deaths. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

After New York Times revelations, Trump says he paid millions in taxes

first_imgThe Republican president, who will face Democratic rival Joe Biden on Tuesday night for their first presidential debate, said he had “extraordinary assets” and boasted a “very IMPRESSIVE” financial statement.Trump has hundreds of millions of dollars in debt amid chronic business losses that he uses to avoid paying taxes, the Times reported. It said it has obtained tax-return data covering more than two decades for Trump and his businesses.Trump’s reported debts raise national security issues, US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, as the public deserves to know to whom he owes money because it could be used as leverage against him. “To me this is a national security question,” she told MSNBC.Trump departed from decades of tradition among presidents and presidential candidates when he refused to release his federal income tax returns the first time he ran for president in 2016.He says it is because he is under audit by the Internal Revenue Service but the agency has said there is no reason he cannot release his taxes while under audit.  US President Donald Trump said on Monday he paid “many millions of dollars in taxes” and that he had many more assets than debt, but did not provide evidence or promise to release any financial statements before the Nov. 3 election.In a series of Twitter posts, the Republican president responded to a New York Times report that he paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his business enterprises.”I paid many millions of dollars in taxes but was entitled, like everyone else, to depreciation & tax credits,” he wrote. “I am extremely under leveraged – I have very little debt compared to the value of assets.” Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19 cases in prioritized provinces decrease, but still high: Task force

first_img“Deaths in the prioritized provinces accounted for 77.6 percent of the national figure. The number had increased to 80.4 percent by Sept. 20 but has decreased to 80.1 percent as of Sunday,” Wiku said during a press briefing on Thursday.Read also: COVID-19: Aceh, Bali added to list of prioritized provincesMeanwhile, the number of recovered patients in prioritized regions had decreased from 80.1 percent of the nationwide figure on Sept. 13 to 79.3 percent on Sunday.Wiku added that active cases were declining in all prioritized provinces except South Sulawesi, where they had increased from 20.7 percent on Sept. 13 to 23.9 percent on Sunday, and Papua, where active cases rose from 22.7 percent to 35.7 percent in the corresponding period.The spokesperson reasserted the importance of adhering to strict health protocols, emphasizing that washing one’s hands with soap could reduce transmission risks to 35 percent. Meanwhile, wearing a cloth and surgical mask could lower the chance of getting infected by 45 and 70 percent, respectively.Maintaining a safe physical distance was also important and reduces the risk of infection by 85 percent, said Wiku.Topics : The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have decreased in 10 prioritized provinces, but the figure remains high at 67.6 percent of the official nationwide tally, according to the national COVID-19 task force.Regions prioritized for COVID-19 handling are Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, North Sumatra, South Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, Papua, Banten and Aceh.Task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said the number of confirmed cases in the 10 provinces had decreased from 71.8 percent of the total cases nationwide on Sept. 13 to 67.6 percent on Sunday.last_img read more

Unai Emery explains Arsenal team selection v Tottenham after benching Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_imgUnai Emery explains Arsenal team selection v Tottenham after benching Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Unai Emery arrives at Wembley ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has explained his Arsenal team selection for the north London derby against Tottenham after benching Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Ozil played a starring role in the 5-1 victory over Southampton on Wednesday but drops to the bench for Arsenal’s trip to Wembley today.Arsenal top goalscorer Aubameyang joins Ozil on the bench, with Emery opting to start Alexandre Lacazette up front.Asked about his team selection before the game, Emery said: ‘[We want to] play with fresh players, energy, high energy.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘After our quality can start or be on the bench because in 90 minutes you play small matches.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We need all the players with big motivation to play. We are in a good way and today is a big challenge.’Tottenham are without Harry Winks but Mauricio Pochettino says the midfielder’s injury is not a ‘big issue’.‘We trust our squad and it’s a massive opportunity for Victor Wanyama,’ the Spurs boss said. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 12:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link370Shares Advertisement Comment Mesut Ozil will start from the bench (Picture: Getty)‘We are disappointed for Winks but hope for the next few games he will be available. It isn’t a big issue.’Tottenham were mooted as Premier League title contenders last month but lost successive games to fall nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool.If Arsenal win today, they will move to within one point of their north London rivals.Goalkeeper Bernd Leno, speaking at Wembley, said: ‘I’m not sure if there’s a good or bad time to play against Spurs because this game is always special.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisementlast_img read more

Solskjaer reveals Alexis Sanchez fears and names return date for injured Manchester United star

first_img Comment Advertisement Alexis Sanchez is struggling at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he is not ‘100 per cent sure’ struggling Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez will rediscover his form upon his return from injury.The Chile international suffered knee ligament damage in United’s Premier League victory over Southampton last weekend and is set for a lengthy stint in the treatment room.Solskjaer hopes Sanchez will be able to return in about a month, when United begin a period which sees them face the likes of Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea.But Manchester United’s caretaker boss has revealed his fears over Sanchez’s return, admitting he is unsure whether he will be able to rediscover his form at the end of the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Alexis is coming back on Sunday,’ Solskjaer said on Friday morning. ‘He’s not been on grass yet.‘He’s been seeing his people in Barcelona… he’s still a few weeks away so if we get to round about Everton, City, Chelsea…  in that period he’ll probably be available.’Asked whether he was confident Sanchez will return to form, Solskjaer added: ‘I hope so.‘You can never be 100 per cent sure but Alexis is such a determined lad, he loves football and is doing everything he can to get back and show his best side.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Mar 2019 10:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link415Shares United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)Solskjaer also provided an injury update on striker Romelu Lukaku, who sustained a foot injury in the Champions League victory against PSG, before playing through the pain against Arsenal at the weekend.‘He’s had a sore foot this week he’s being assessed, so hopefully he’ll get through today,’ United’s interim boss added.‘Phil Jones is back, there have been so many players out, Anthony (Martial) is back, Ander (Herrera) has been training, Jesse (Lingard) has been training and we’ve got a decision to make tomorrow on who’s match fit.’Manchester United face Premier League rivals Wolves in the quarter-final of the FA Cup on Saturday evening.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Solskjaer reveals Alexis Sanchez fears and names return date for injured Manchester United starlast_img read more