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Malta regulator suspends Wish Me Luck’s licence

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 29th April 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance Topics: Legal & compliance Regions: Europe Southern Europe Maltacenter_img The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has moved to suspend Wish Me Luck Ltd’s gaming licence with immediate effect.The regulator has ordered the online raffle site to indefinitely pause all gaming operations and not accept any new customers or deposits.Wish Me Luck has also been asked to supply the MGA with company data and documentationto assist with an investigation into the business.The ruling applies to all websites operated by Wish Me Luck, as well as any other domains that are associated with the operator.Customers who have any outstanding payments due from Wish Me Luck are advised to contact the MGA.The regulator has said that it will not comment further on the case so as not to compromise any investigations that may need to be undertaken by the MGA or other authorities.The MGA has taken similar action against a number of other operators in recent months, including Neptune Entertainment and Triton Gaming, which last month both had their licences cancelled. Malta regulator suspends Wish Me Luck’s licence The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has moved to suspend Wish Me Luck Ltd’s gaming licence with immediate effect. The online raffle site cannot accept any new customers or deposits while suspended. Email Addresslast_img read more

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Damning verdict on response to child abuse in Australia

first_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Advocacy Peace & Justice, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Posted Feb 13, 2017 Anglican Communion Course Director Jerusalem, Israel TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC center_img Rector Tampa, FL Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] A commission examining allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia has delivered a damning verdict on a system that enabled a culture of abuse to flourish. The report by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse comes after public hearings into how the Church of England’s Boys’ Society (CEBS) and the Anglican dioceses of Tasmania, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney dealt with claims of abuse.Full article. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA Damning verdict on response to child abuse in Australia Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TNlast_img read more

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Why a computer will never be truly conscious

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Subhash Kak, Oklahoma State UniversityMany advanced artificial intelligence projects say they are working toward building a conscious machine, based on the idea that brain functions merely encode and process multisensory information. The assumption goes, then, that once brain functions are properly understood, it should be possible to program them into a computer. Microsoft recently announced that it would spend US$1 billion on a project to do just that.So far, though, attempts to build supercomputer brains have not even come close. A multi-billion-dollar European project that began in 2013 is now largely understood to have failed. That effort has shifted to look more like a similar but less ambitious project in the U.S., developing new software tools for researchers to study brain data, rather than simulating a brain.Some researchers continue to insist that simulating neuroscience with computers is the way to go. Others, like me, view these efforts as doomed to failure because we do not believe consciousness is computable. Our basic argument is that brains integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can’t be handled in the way today’s computers sense, process and store data.Brains don’t operate like computersLiving organisms store experiences in their brains by adapting neural connections in an active process between the subject and the environment. By contrast, a computer records data in short-term and long-term memory blocks. That difference means the brain’s information handling must also be different from how computers work.The mind actively explores the environment to find elements that guide the performance of one action or another. Perception is not directly related to the sensory data: A person can identify a table from many different angles, without having to consciously interpret the data and then ask its memory if that pattern could be created by alternate views of an item identified some time earlier.Could you identify all of these as a table right away? A computer would likely have real trouble.L to R: pashminu/Pixabay; FDR Presidential Library/Flickr; David Mellis/Flickr, CC BYAnother perspective on this is that the most mundane memory tasks are associated with multiple areas of the brain – some of which are quite large. Skill learning and expertise involve reorganization and physical changes, such as changing the strengths of connections between neurons. Those transformations cannot be replicated fully in a computer with a fixed architecture.Computation and awarenessIn my own recent work, I’ve highlighted some additional reasons that consciousness is not computable.sA conscious person is aware of what they’re thinking, and has the ability to stop thinking about one thing and start thinking about another – no matter where they were in the initial train of thought. But that’s impossible for a computer to do. More than 80 years ago, pioneering British computer scientist Alan Turing showed that there was no way ever to prove that any particular computer program could stop on its own – and yet that ability is central to consciousness.His argument is based on a trick of logic in which he creates an inherent contradiction: Imagine there were a general process that could determine whether any program it analyzed would stop. The output of that process would be either “yes, it will stop” or “no, it won’t stop.” That’s pretty straightforward. But then Turing imagined that a crafty engineer wrote a program that included the stop-checking process, with one crucial element: an instruction to keep the program running if the stop-checker’s answer was “yes, it will stop.”Running the stop-checking process on this new program would necessarily make the stop-checker wrong: If it determined that the program would stop, the program’s instructions would tell it not to stop. On the other hand, if the stop-checker determined that the program would not stop, the program’s instructions would halt everything immediately. That makes no sense – and the nonsense gave Turing his conclusion, that there can be no way to analyze a program and be entirely absolutely certain that it can stop. So it’s impossible to be certain that any computer can emulate a system that can definitely stop its train of thought and change to another line of thinking – yet certainty about that capability is an inherent part of being conscious.Even before Turing’s work, German quantum physicist Werner Heisenberg showed that there was a distinct difference in the nature of the physical event and an observer’s conscious knowledge of it. This was interpreted by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger to mean that consciousness cannot come from a physical process, like a computer’s, that reduces all operations to basic logic arguments.These ideas are confirmed by medical research findings that there are no unique structures in the brain that exclusively handle consciousness. Rather, functional MRI imaging shows that different cognitive tasks happen in different areas of the brain. This has led neuroscientist Semir Zeki to conclude that “consciousness is not a unity, and that there are instead many consciousnesses that are distributed in time and space.” That type of limitless brain capacity isn’t the sort of challenge a finite computer can ever handle.[ Like what you’ve read? Want more? Sign up for The Conversation’s daily newsletter. ]Subhash Kak, Regents Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State UniversityThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Palestinian journalists under fire again from Israeli troops

first_img May 28, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News RSF_en August 23, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Palestinian journalists under fire again from Israeli troops May 16, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimescenter_img Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Follow the news on Israel Reporters Without Borders condemns the complete failure to punish abusive treatment of Palestinian journalists by the Israel Defence Forces in the West Bank. Many arbitrary arrests have been reported in the past two months and five journalists are currently held. Cases of Israeli soldiers deliberately firing on media personnel have also been reported. We urge the Israeli authorities to investigate these serious violations of physical integrity and to free all the detained journalists.The latest victims of arbitrary arrest were Usaid Abd Al Majid Amarana of Al-Aqsa TV, and Amar Abu Urfa, a reporter for the Shahab news agency, who were arrested in their homes on 21 August. After storming into Amarana’s home in the Dahishe Camp in Bethlehem, soldiers opened fire, wounding his cousin. They then searched the building before taking Amarana away. This is not the first time he has been detained. The IDF used similar methods when arresting Urfa in Hebron. Samir Allawi, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin who heads the Al-Jazeera bureaux in Afghanistan, was arrested at the Al-Karama checkpoint as he was leaving Jericho on 9 August to return to Kabul via Jordan. He was taken to the Jalameh interrogation centre in Kishon (north of Tel Aviv) and, on 16 August, he was brought before a military court which ordered him held for another eight days. A further 15-day extension of his detention was ordered yesterday.Allawi’s lawyer, Selim Ouakim, told Reporters Without Borders that the charges against him have evolved over the days. He was initially accused of “relations with terrorist movements” (namely Hamas) but now he is accused of activities that could endanger regional security and, by extension, Israel’s security.Mohamed Beshara, a 25-year-old journalist, was arrested by the IDF at his home in Tamoun, a village to the southeast of Tubas, in the northern West Bank, on 10 July. No reason was given for his arrest and he continues to be detained.Al-Quds TV presenter Nawaf Al-Amer was arrested at his home in Nablus on 28 June without any reason being given and was placed in administrative detention for a five-month period that is renewable. After initially being held at a provisional detention centre in Howareh, he was transferred to Mejiddo prison, which is a few kilometres outside Jenin but within Israeli territory.Reporters Without Borders was shocked to learn that IDF reservists deliberately fired on a group of journalists who went to cover the weekly demonstration in Nabi Saleh (a few kilometres outside Ramallah) on 29 July, and calls on the Israeli authorities to investigate this case. Many journalists were attacked in the course of July.Nabi Saleh has for weeks been the site of regular protests against the Israeli occupation and the Separation Wall. The Israeli authorities declared the village and surrounding area to be a “closed military zone” because of the “risk of public order disturbances,” allowing them to tighten control over access to the village and contain the protests and coverage of them by the media.Dozens of Israeli soldiers isolated the village before the start of the demonstration on 29 July, using force to push the protesters back and using force against a group of 10 journalists, although they were clearly identified because they were wearing blue vests with the worlds “Press” or “TV.”One of the journalists, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida photographer Mahib Al-Barghouthi, sustained bruises and cuts to the face when he was thrown to the ground by an Israeli soldier, while other soldiers damaged his video camera and erased its hard disk. He was then taken away in a military vehicle and released a few hours later on the road between Saleh and the nearby village of Kafr A’yn. The Ma’an news agency said his camera was later returned to him without its hard disk.Hazem Bader, a photographer working for the Associated Press, sustained injuries to the feet from a stun grenade fired by an Israeli soldier while covering a demonstration in support of residents of Al-Tawani, a village south of Hebron, on 9 July. He is still suffering from multiple burns.The journalist Mustapha Sabri was forbidden to pass the Al-Karama checkpoint when he tried to travel to Jordan on 8 July. Organisation News News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Newslast_img read more

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Limerick politician highlights long delays for dental treatment

first_imgLinkedin Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook WhatsApp Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement TAGScleft lipdamaged palatedelaysdental treatmentlimerickniall collinsorthodontics center_img Previous articleLimerick sky high concert for down to earth causeNext articleLimerick rail services hit by industrial dispute Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Dental image of a damaged palateTHERE are almost 1,300 children in the Mid West waiting more than a year for corrective dental treatment, some of it for serious conditions such as cleft lip or damaged palate.And some have been waiting more than four years, according to Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins.Deputy Collins said that while the reintroduction of certain free dental procedures under the PRSI scheme is welcome, the numbers on the waiting lists are a “sorry fact”. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Information received by Fianna Fáil at a recent Oireachtas healthcare committee show that there are 1,234 children in counties Limerick, Clare, and Tipperary waiting longer than 12 months for treatment.“Included in this cohort are 36 children who have been waiting longer than four years for treatment.“These children have been assessed by HSE orthodontics as having dental issues at Grade for or five. This means that a skilled professional has recommended that they require treatment.“Of the 1,234 children in the region waiting, 668 of them have been assessed as being Grade five. Patients with this status are in some cases those children requiring treatment due to having cleft lips and damaged palates.“How is it acceptable to have them waiting so long for such necessary treatment?“These children cannot and should be left waiting. Early treatment delivers better dental health. For those with cleft and damaged palates, every extra week they wait adds to the risk of further damage to their speech,” he said. NewsHealthLimerick politician highlights long delays for dental treatmentBy Bernie English – November 1, 2017 3224 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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BUILDING PERMITS: April 14 to April 20, 2019

first_img TAGS  Previous article041919_OHS_Permian_14Next article042019_BlackMagicAdvance Digital AIM Web Support COMMERCIAL ADDITIONS ALTERATIONS & CONVERSIONSCaldera I Bobcat LLC, 1201 S. JBS Parkway, $20,000; Ocean Water Pools, 1800 S. 385 Highway swimming pool, $95,000.Total: 2 permits, $115,000CHANGE OF USE Olivia Bowers, 2317 Field St. Space O; Felipe Munoz, 3100 Andrews Highway; Alexus Hobinns, 2726 N. Grandview Ave.Total: 3 permits Local News Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp NEW RESIDENTIALSPermian Homes Inc./Morgan Warrick, 3905 Yorkshire, $200,160; Betenbough, 8901 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $225,950; Beten-bough, 8903 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $215,950; Betenbough, 8905 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $204,950; Betenbough, 8907 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $210,950; Betenbough, 8909 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $269,950; Betenbough, 8988 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $233,950; Betenbough, 8990 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $213,950; Betenbough, 8913 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $206,950; Betenbough, 8915 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $177,950; Betenbough, 8992 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $204,950; Betenbough, 8994 Ratliff Ridge Ave., $184,950; Bob Friday Homes LLC, 165 Rolling Winds Circle, $480,000; Bob Friday Homes LLC, 167 Rolling Winds Circle, $450,000.Total: 14 permits, $3,480,610 RESIDENTIAL ADDITIONS ALTERATIONS & CONVERSIONSCesar Luna, 521 W. Murphy St., $600; Thomas Hays, 1720 N. Sam Houston Ave., $75,000; Jose Montelongo, 7010 Perot Ranch Road, $6,000; Antonio Chavez, 917 N. Alleghaney Ave., $5,000; Botello Properties LLC, 1320 W. 19th St., $19,000; Luz and Auden Diaz, 3122 N. Adams Ave. reissued-renewed permit, $3,000; Luz and Auden Diaz, 3122 N. Adams Ave. reissued-renewed permit, $3,000; Jesus Prieto, 3526 Maple Ave. reissued-renewed permit, $20,000; Armando Lara, 706 Jeter Ave. reissued-renewed permit, $5,000; Desert Rock Site Management & Landscapes LLC/Ryan Havens, 6 Mission Santiago swimming pool, $70,000; Pilar Pando, 1619 N. Muskingum Ave., $1,500; Marco Aparicio, 500 E. 98th St., $2,000.Total: 12 permits, $210,000 Facebook WhatsApp Total permits (2019 year to date): 540Total value (2019 year to date): $107,787,784 BUILDING PERMITS: April 14 to April 20, 2019 Total permits: 31Total value: $3,805,710 Pinterest Twitter Twitter Facebook Total permits (2018): 2,089Total value (2018): $309,218,788.94last_img read more

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Gritters to be deployed tonight for first time this winter

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Gritters to be deployed tonight for first time this winter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter Donegal County Council’s Road section has confirmed today that gritters are being called out for the first time this winter season.Routes in Inishowen, Letterkenny and South Donegal will be gritted from 9pm tonight.Temperatures are set to drop to -1 degree tonight. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articleDail passes motion for National Broadband Network to remain in public ownershipNext articleCllr claims attempts to secure work on road are being ignored News Highland By News Highland – October 24, 2019 Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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Historic river flooding devastates parts of Midwest due to rapid snow melt, ice jams

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Parts of the Midwest, especially in eastern Nebraska, saw some of the worst flooding in decades over the weekend — roadways and bridges were washed away as snow melt, ice jams and some rainfall combined to create extremely dangerous conditions.Widespread flood alerts and warnings were still in place early Monday, with light precipitation Tuesday or Wednesday potentially aggravating rivers in some of the harder-hit areas.In a bit of good news, both the Platte and Elkhorn rivers are receding Monday morning after cresting over the weekend, exceeding records from the 1960s.Unfortunately, farther downstream along the Missouri River, major flooding is ongoing. In Plattsmouth and Nebraska City, serious flooding is likely to persist for a few days.In St. Joseph, the Missouri River looks as though it won’t rise as much as initially forecast, although it will flirt with danger throughout the week.In Joslin, Illinois, near Quad Cities, the Rock River is cresting below a record but also will remain in the major flood stage for much of this week. Similar conditions were reported in Rockford, Illinois.Conditions in the rest of the U.S. remain comparatively quiet, with temperatures a few degrees below average across the Northeast Monday morning. A few snow showers are moving through the mid-Atlantic region, including Washington.Out West, a gradual warming has been underway, with a few spots seeing 80-degree temps for the first time in months. Some parts of the Northwest are experiencing temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal.The next storm in the region, which could deliver a period of strong thunderstorms to Southern California and snowfall to higher elevations, is expected to arrive late Tuesday or early Wednesday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: Fauci wouldn’t be surprised if US sees 100K cases per day

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 506,000 people worldwide.Over 10.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 126,307 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:12:35 p.m.: Fauci says he wouldn’t be surprised if US sees 100K cases per dayIn a Senate hearing Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 [cases] a day if this does not turn around.”The nation is already seeing 40,000 new cases per day, Fauci said.“We can’t just focus on the areas that are having the surge — it puts the entire country at risk,” Fauci said. “I’m very concerned because it could get very bad.”Fauci’s ominous comments came as he responded to questions from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who said, “We can’t keep pretending this virus is getting better.”Fauci and other top health officials were expected at the Senate hearing to warn of a “tremendous burden” that the U.S. health care system faces this fall if seasonal flu and COVID-19 are circulating together.“While it remains unclear how long the pandemic will last, COVID-19 activity will likely continue for some time,” the prepared statement said. “It is also unclear what impact the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will have on health care and public health systems during the upcoming influenza season. If there is COVID-19 and flu activity at the same time, this could place a tremendous burden on the health care system related to bed occupancy, laboratory testing needs, personal protective equipment and health care worker safety.”Still, the officials are expected to stick to their suggestion that the decision to open schools be left to each community.12:10 p.m.: Savannah to require face masks as cases ‘explode’As coronavirus cases “explode” in the Savannah, Georgia, area Mayor Van Johnson said Tuesday he’s issuing an executive order to require face masks in public.“Savannah is experiencing thousands of visitors on our streets, in our establishments and most of them are not wearing face coverings,” Johnson said in a letter Tuesday to Gov. Brian Kemp.In Chatham County, which includes the city of Savannah, “infection numbers have exploded over the last 3 weeks and there is no indication that this disturbing trend is reversing,” Johnson wrote.11:22 a.m.: More than 10K cases confirmed in Alabama in the last 2 weeksIn Alabama, more than 10,000 new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed just in the last two weeks, state health officer Dr. Scott Harris said Tuesday.More than 900 people have died in the state, Harris said.About 275 intensive care unit beds remain available, he said.Alabama’s safer-at-home order was set to expire on July 3, but Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday she is extending the order to July 31.The state is not “overwhelmed yet,” but “we are still in the thick of this virus,” Ivey warned.She pleaded with residents to wear masks and said social distancing must apply to 4th of July celebrations.11 a.m.: Florida tops 150,000 casesFlorida has now topped 150,000 cases of the coronavirus, with over 152,000 people diagnosed as of Tuesday, according to the state’s Department of Health.Miami-Dade County has recorded its highest total in the last two weeks with 1,591 and now has a positivity rate of 17.7%10:35 a.m.: NJ, NY, CT ask travelers from 16 states to self-quarantineNew Jersey, New York and Connecticut are asking travelers from 16 states with high coronavirus numbers to self-quarantine when they arrive back in the tri-state.As of Monday, the states on the list are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.“That is a very significant problem,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told NY1 on Tuesday.The three states are asking people to self-quarantine for two weeks, with the exception of seeking medical care and to get food and other essential items.10 a.m.: Fauci, others to warn of ‘tremendous burden’ on health care system this fallIn a Senate hearing Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and other top health officials are expected to warn of a “tremendous burden” that the U.S. health care system faces this fall if seasonal flu and COVID-19 are circulating together.“While it remains unclear how long the pandemic will last, COVID-19 activity will likely continue for some time,” the prepared statement said. “It is also unclear what impact the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will have on health care and public health systems during the upcoming influenza season. If there is COVID-19 and flu activity at the same time, this could place a tremendous burden on the health care system related to bed occupancy, laboratory testing needs, personal protective equipment and health care worker safety.”Still, the officials are expected to stick to their suggestion that the decision to open schools be left to each community.9:30 a.m.: No social distancing, optional masks at Mount Rushmore event with TrumpSouth Dakota won’t be enforcing social distancing at the Mount Rushmore July 4th celebration with President Donald Trump, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem told Fox News Monday night. “We told those folks that have concerns that they stay can home. But those who want to come join us, we will be giving out free face masks if they choose to wear one,” Noem said in a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham. “We won’t be social distancing, we’re asking them to come, be ready to celebrate the freedoms and the liberties we have in this country.”Noem added that she’s told residents to focus on “personal responsibility” and that everyone should make a decision “that they’re comfortable with.” The event will take place on July 3.8:57 a.m.: Brooklyn Nets star DeAndre Jordan tests positive for COVID-19Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan announced Monday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Because of the diagnosis, Jordan said he won’t be joining his team for the restart of the NBA season in Orlando, Florida next month.8:06 a.m.: Over 100 cases linked to a single bar in MichiganAt least 107 new cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a bar in East Lansing, Michigan, officials said. The Ingham County Health Department is asking anyone who went to Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub between June 12 and June 20 to quarantine themselves for 14 days since their visit and watch for symptoms. The infected individuals are between the ages of 16 and 28, and none have been hospitalized so far. Most of the cases have had mild symptoms, with 28 people having no symptoms at all. At least 40% are Michigan State University students or recent graduates, officials said. Just 12 of the cases are from secondary transmission, meaning people who were in contact with a primary case but did not go to the bar themselves, officials said. In a statement posted to Facebook last week, Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub announced that it has decided to close temporarily to implement a program to eliminate lines and to install air purifying technology. The bar said it had reopened at 50% capacity on June 8, according to the governor’s executive order. “We have experienced long lines on the public sidewalk in front of our building,” the business wrote in the June 22 post. “We have attempted to instruct customers waiting in line to wear face coverings and practice social distancing through signage on the public sidewalk and with a banner on our railing. Our oversight of the line on our stairs has been successful, but trying to get customers to follow our recommendations on the public sidewalk has been challenging.” The growing cluster of cases has prompted Ingham County officials to issue an emergency order reducing restaurant capacity to 50% or no more than 75 people, whichever is less. Restaurant capacity was already restricted to 50% of normal seating, but there was no limitation on the number of patrons. “Large crowds are difficult to control,” Ingham County health officer Linda Vail said in a statement Monday night. “By allowing no more than 75 people, restaurants and bars will be better able to enforce social distancing and the use of masks and face coverings. I strongly encourage all bars and restaurants to strictly enforce safety measures and to do all they can to help stop the spread of coronavirus in our community.” 7:25 a.m.: ‘The minute we opened, it was like COVID didn’t exist,’ Miami mayor saysSince Miami began reopening in late May, Mayor Francis Suarez said he’s seen people acting as though the coronavirus pandemic never happened. “The minute that we opened, it was like COVID didn’t exist and people just forgot and, in some cases, are still forgetting,” Suarez told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“You know, the city of Miami was actually the last city in the entire state of Florida to open,” he added. “I got criticized at the time for taking too long, some said.”Miami is now the hardest hit city in Florida’s novel coronavirus outbreak as cases spike across the Sunshine State. The mayor said his office is doing everything they can to control the spread of the virus. “People are congregating, they’re having a good time, they’re partying and they’re spreading the disease incredibly efficiently, and it’s starting to stress our hospital system,” Suarez said. Miami and a handful of other cities in Miami-Dade County have now made it mandatory for people to wear face masks in public at all times, which Suarez called “a no-brainer.” Miami has also implemented fines for those who don’t follow the rule. Meanwhile, businesses that are found not following coronavirus protocols will be shut down for 10 days on the first occurrence, 15 days on the second occurrence and 30 days on the third occurrence. “They’re upset that we’re implementing some of these rules, but we’re trying to do that in a surgical way so that we don’t have to undo some of the openings that we’ve done,” Suarez said. “We’re doing it also so that we don’t have to reimplement a stay-at-home order, which was extremely effective in March and early April but it also crippled our economy.”6:28 a.m.: Arizona hospitals are on the brinkHospitals in Arizona are reaching capacity amid a surge in coronavirus cases, according an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.The memo, obtained by ABC News, states that both Flagstaff Medical Center and Little Colorado Medical Center have had zero “medical-surge availability” since June 24. Patients are being directed to hospitals in Yavapai and Maricopa counties, according to the memo.Coronavirus-related hospitalizations across Arizona have nearly doubled in the past two weeks, while intensive care units are at 88% capacity.The number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona has jumped from 13,000 on May 15 to 74,500 on Monday, while the statewide death toll has nearly doubled in the last six weeks. More than 1,500 people in the Grand Canyon State have died from COVID-19.5:24 a.m.: Australia to reimpose lockdown on Melbourne suburbsAustralian officials will reimpose lockdown restrictions on a number of suburbs around Melbourne, as the country’s second-largest city grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections.Beginning at 11:59 p.m. local time on July 1, a stay-at-home order will take effect in 10 postal codes in the Melbourne area that have been identified as community transmission hotspots for the novel coronavirus. The lockdown will remain in place at least until July 29, according to a statement Tuesday from Daniel Andrews, premier of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria.“I know this will be terribly disruptive and difficult but if everyone sticks to the rules and we see transmission come down, then in four weeks the restrictions can lift,” Andrews said.Residents of the affected postal codes will only be allowed to leave their homes to shop for food and supplies, to seek and provide care, to exercise, and to study or go to work — if they can’t do so from home. Businesses and facilities in those areas that have recently reopened, including beauty salons, gyms, libraries and swimming pools, will once again be restricted. Cafes and restaurants will again only be open for take-away and delivery service, Andrews said.“Very clearly, this is not where we wanted to be,” he added. “I understand people are tired. We’re all frustrated. We all just want things to go back to how they once were. And the sooner we all do the right thing, the sooner we can beat this.”Just under 8,000 people in Australia have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 104 of them have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.4:42 a.m.: WHO to send team to China to investigate COVID-19 originThe World Health Organization is sending a team to China to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus.“We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during Monday’s press briefing in Geneva.The very first cases of COVID-19 were identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December, months before the rapidly spreading outbreak was declared a pandemic.Tedros said the investigative team will travel there next week.“We hope that will lead into understanding how the virus started and what we can do for the future to prepare,” he added.3:32 a.m.: US reports more than 41,500 new casesMore than 41,500 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Monday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily caseload is up from the previous day, but still lower than the country’s record high of more than 45,000 new cases identified last Friday.The national total currently stands at 2,590,582 diagnosed cases with at least 126,141 deaths.The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up to over 30,000 and then crossing 40,000 last week.Nearly half of all 50 states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — such as Florida, South Carolina and Georgia — reporting daily records. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgThere are some subjects, writer John le Carré once said, “that can only be tackled in fiction”. It is curious, then, that Fernando Meirelles’ film adatation of one of le Carré’s most recent novels is so rooted in fact. The plot is, of course, entirely imaginary. After the horrific murder of his wife Tessa, British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) continues her fatal investigation of a pharmaceutical company’s sinister dealings in NorthernKenya. In the process, he unearths secrets not only of illegal drug-testing, but about the mysterious life his wife lead. Yet, as always with le Carré, this fictitious scenery is a backdrop to contemporary political comment. The film is directed more to modern pharmaceutical companies (sustained, in le Carré’s words, by “huge wealth, pathological secrecy, corruption and greed”) than it is to our imaginations.The style in which The Constant Gardener is shot is as different to Meirelles’ most well-known film, City of God (2002), as could be. An adrenaline-fuelled chase through the street-life of Rio de Janeiro’s slums, City of God raced along at an intoxicatinglyvisceral speed. The Constant Gardener, by contrast, takes a more thoughtful pace, with narrative and characters alike teased out subtly and slowly. This gives us plenty of time to mull over what we’re witnessing. The downside is that it takes a long while to feel involved in the story enough to enjoy it.Ralph Fiennes is excellent in the lead role, the lines of his face speakinga jaded melancholy and pain at the death of his wife that he himself never vocalises. Throughout the film, his quest to uncover the truth about the pharmaceutical company is interspersed with flashbacks from his married life. Tessa Quayle (another quietly gripping performance from Rachel Weisz) was as passionate and full of life as her husband is restrained and, well, British. Justin discovers through his investigations not only horrific inhumanities but the love that his wife held for him, which he had doubted for a long while. The finesse with which Meirelles brings out this retrospective examination of a relationship is the best element of the film.Another high point is Bill Nighy’s dubious government official, Sir BernardPellegrin. “Some rocks are better left unturned,” he warns Justin over a fillet mignon, a sinister smirk lying underneath his charming politician’s smile. As Justin moves between exotic Kenya and drab London, the tension and paranoia build, culminating in death threats left him in his hotel rooms. The arresting thrills of this are set nicely against the more contemplativeside of the film, examining the complexities of morality and relationships.In one scene, Justin and a white friend rush towards an aeroplane, their only means of escape from a Kenyan village under attack. With them runs a terrified local black child. When they reach the plane she is not allowed on board with them, left to be raped and beaten because those are “the rules”. The film is packed with such injustices,yet ultimately they are so diluted through the slow pace and frequent digressions into flashback that their full emotional weight is never felt. The Constant Gardener is as well-constructed as it is beautifully shot, the rich tones of Africa captured with breathtaking vitality. This movie is as enjoyable as it is thought-provoking and intelligent. But when the screen went black and the credits rolled, it didn’t leave me half as outraged as I felt I should have been.ARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005last_img read more

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