Eiffel Tower caps ‘HeroesShineBright’ tribute

first_imgThe Eiffel Tower joined other global landmarks Saturday in capping a sparkling tribute launched by the Empire State Building in New York to those battling the coronavirus.At 8:00 pm (1800 GMT), when people in France have been clapping daily from windows and balconies to thank health-care workers, the Paris landmark lit up in “sparkling white” to hail “the unfailing courage of care workers confronting the coronavirus pandemic,” said SETE, the company that manages the Eiffel Tower.A half hour later, the lights on the 20th century Montparnasse Tower, another tall landmark in the French capital, transitioned from white to red “to show its support even more intensively, like a beating heart,” the company added. Read also: Google Doodle pays tribute to frontline workers amid pandemicThe nine-day #HeroesShineBright initiative started on April 24 in New York and each night a different color is used there to salute various groups including health care staff, transit workers and police or military personnel, SETE added.  Other landmarks that have supported the initiative are the Euromast in Rotterdam, 360 Chicago, the UAE’S Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure, the CN Tower in Toronto, the Macao tower in China, the Busan Tower in South Korea, the Ostankino TV Tower in Russia, the Tallinn TV Tower in Estonia and the OVNI Tower in Slovakia.Topics :last_img read more

No ware to sell: Beijing’s street vendors back on the run

first_img“The premier’s words are always skewed by you local-level people,” Wang said heatedly within earshot of some inspectors.”We’ve lost our basic right to feed our families!”Deemed by city officials as filthy and unsightly, street stalls made an unexpected comeback last week after Premier Li Keqiang said on a visit to Shandong province that roadside vendors provided vitality to China.Days earlier, Li cited media reports about a certain city in western China that created 100,000 jobs overnight after setting up 36,000 street stalls. Up to 30 million people may lose their jobs this year due to the pandemic, some economists say. But the State Council, or cabinet, has yet to announce any new policy in support of roadside vending.Beijing Daily, a newspaper run by the city government, said over the weekend that letting the street market economy proliferate will harm the image of the Chinese capital.The Beijing city government declined to make any additional comments.”Premier Li’s words in Shandong were more of an improvisation, not an official report,” said Liu Shengjun, an independent commentator on the economy.”What he didn’t say but would naturally imply was that the street stall economy must be well regulated too”.Job lossesThe resistance towards street vendors widened on Monday as state television cautioned tier-one cities – traditionally Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen – against chasing short-term employment solutions.Among them only Guangzhou has unveiled new policies promoting street vending.Guangzhou on Friday specified 60 locations in the city where street stalls can be set up. It also imposed restrictions on merchandise type.The street stall economy is more suitable in central and western cities, some state media said.Preventing mass unemployment remains a top concern for the Chinese leadership, with President Xi Jinping pledging to turn China into a moderately prosperous society and eliminate abject poverty by the end of 2020.Beijing street vendors told Reuters they were desperate to boost their incomes.One was struggling with her rent and her son’s mortgage, while a former jeweler with 100,000 yuan ($14,126) of unsold inventories at home was peddling 150-yuan Thai elephant brooches.Yan Ying was selling black tea marketed by a company she was working for.The 30-year-old has not received any wages since February, and if she fails to sell the tea, she will be fired.”Even though the inspectors chased me away, I’ll find other places,” said Yan, who works part-time at Decathlon in the day.”Reality is very cruel.”  Clad in black, Beijing’s city inspectors descended on street vendors this week and ordered them to clear out, just days after the Chinese premier had sparked a rush to set up curbside stalls by praising them as a creator of jobs in the coronavirus-hit economy.Wang Yihu, 50, a home decorator whose business has dried up after the COVID-19 pandemic, was in despair.”The premier has already given us support. The power of the Beijing city government couldn’t be stronger than the State Council right?” Wang said as he packed away tens of toy cars in anticipation of being chased away.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta’s plan to mark houses with self-isolation stickers gets mixed reactions

first_imgEditor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : The Jakarta administration has announced its plan to put stickers on the houses of residents currently self-isolating.Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono, an epidemiologist of the University of Indonesia, said the stickers would immediately inform officers in the neighborhood about the health status of people living in the marked house. “I think it is essential to use the stickers to inform other people about the health status of residents that live in the house,” Tri said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co, adding that it would warn other people planning to visit the house.He went on to say that self-isolating at home would not be easy, although possible. Requirements include the house having a dedicated bathroom for the COVID-19 patient.“Putting on the sticker does not mean that [the government is disgracing the house’s residents, but simply informing other people near that house to stay alert,” he added.Jakarta deputy governor Ahmad Riza Patria said the use of stickers to mark houses was in line with Gubernatorial Decree No. 980/2020 on isolation management for COVID-19 handling.Read also: Kemayoran emergency hospital sees decrease in COVID-19 patientsHe said the rule was made to help officers treat self-isolating patients, and to inform people surrounding the patients.“It is important to let the officers and the neighborhood know that there are residents conducting self-isolation at their homes,” the deputy governor said in a statement, which was made available on Oct. 1, according to kompas.com.However, the plan has also drawn opposition. The Jakarta Ombudsman said the house marking could lead to stigmatization of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients self-isolating at their homes. “People may shun them,” Jakarta Ombudsman head Teguh Nugroho told tempo.co on Oct. 2.He suggested the government increase the role of neighborhood units (RT) and community units (RW) to help monitor residents self-isolating at home, instead of marking their houses.“The cost of ordering RT and RW officers to do the job would be less than renting hotel rooms [for the asymptomatic patients] or sending them to hospitals,” he added. Read also: Jakarta to impose controlled isolation for asymptomatic patientsTeguh further said that Jakarta’s decision to support self-isolation at home was because the cost was too high to send them to hotels and hospitals.“Jakarta will have a poor cash flow if all patients are sent off to hotels and the government’s facilities,” he added.In the meantime, self-isolation centers across the capital have started to fill up as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise.In response, the city administration has prepared other locations as self-isolation centers, which are free to use. Isolation centers in towers 4 and 5 of the former athletes village in Kemayoran – now an emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients in Central Jakarta – currently house 1,984 patients out of a capacity of 3,116, tempo.co reported on Friday. Meanwhile, U Stay Hotel Mangga Besar in West Jakarta and Ibis Style Hotel Mangga Dua in Central Jakarta, which were turned into isolation centers on Sept. 27, have run out of vacant rooms to accommodate symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. The two hotels accommodate 140 and 212 people, respectively. (nkn) #washyourhand #usesoap #keepyourdistance #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #wearmasklast_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf Wishes Pennsylvanians a Happy New Year (VIDEO)

first_imgHi everyone – wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.As we close the book on 2015, I want to thank you for all of your input as we’ve strived to bring more transparency to state government.I also thank you for your support, as we continue to move Pennsylvania forward.Happy New Year, and my best wishes for 2016! December 31, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Holidays,  The Blog,  Videos Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Governor Tom Wolf BLOG: Governor Wolf Wishes Pennsylvanians a Happy New Year (VIDEO)last_img

Final approval secured for Cape Cod Canal tidal testing site

first_imgMarine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has cleared the final regulatory hurdle for the installation of the Bourne Tidal Test Site in the Cape Cod Canal in Massachusetts, USA.The final approval was received from the US Army Corps of Engineers after several environmental studies and careful review by multiple agencies, MRECo informed.MRECo expects to install the platform in November 2017 at the site located well outside the commercial channel and tucked into an accessible spot near the railroad bridge on the mainland side of the Cape Cod Canal.John Miller, Executive Director of the MRECo, said: “We are very pleased the Corps of Engineers has determined that the Bourne Tidal Test Site will have no impact on the critical mission of the Cape Cod Canal and the local environment.”Bourne Tidal Test Site will consist of a steel test structure comprising two pilings joined by a bridge with test turbine mounted onto the bridge.Water velocity has been measured at over 2 meters/second (4 knots) on the maximum tidal cycle in both directions at the site. MRECo plans to test turbines of up to 3 meters in diameter with maximum output of 100kW for efficiency, power output, robustness and more.MRECo encouraged organizations, individuals, companies, and research institutions interested in using the site for testing their own tidal energy devices and/or marine and remote sensors to contact the organization as it is accepting proposals for testing in the spring of 2018.Funding for the test site was provided by the Seaport Economic Council, according to MREcO.last_img read more

Retail workers say opening on Easter Sunday robs them of a break

first_imgStuff co.nz 11 April 2017Some shop workers are upset that changes to the Easter trading laws this year mean many of them will lose one of their few guaranteed days off in the year.In some areas, shops will be closed as usual on Easter Sunday because their council has decided against it, or not yet decided on the matter.But 25 councils have given individual shop owners the option to open or not, enabled by law changes last November.While shoppers might find this confusing, some retail workers are equally unsettled.Yvonne and Allan Pope in Motueka are both in retail and struggle to get a full weekend together.Yvonne’s work includes Sunday, and Allan works a full week. He used to work half of Saturdays too “but I’m 69”.While they now have Saturdays together, they have always looked forward to the compulsory break that Easter Sunday gave them.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/91404407/retail-workers-says-opening-on-easter-sunday-robs-them-of-a-breakRetailers baffled by Easter trading lawsNZ Herald 11 April 2017The “tangled web of confusion” that are New Zealand’s Easter trading laws are proving a headache for shop owners, a retail expert says.A recent law change gave local councils the authority to permit Easter Sunday trading and 25 mostly smaller councils have so far taken up the option.Five councils have continued with the the ban while all major centres are yet to reach decisions. Shops which open in the restricted areas risk a prosecution and $1000 fine.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11836322&ref=NZH_Twlast_img read more

Clash of German shot-stoppers: Ter Stegen not world-class – Rummenigge

first_imgRead Also: Joshua reveals why he visited Nigeria as a non-championInterestingly, Ter Stegen has been sensational for the Blaugrana in the last two seasons, but he finds it difficult to have his performances recognised in his home country because of the presence of Neuer.Friday will see the pair go up against each other, and if the tie comes down to a penalty shootout, then it will be a direct competition between the two shot stoppers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World This follows Lothar Matthaus assertion that the current Bayern Munich side must not make mistakes of failing to progress past Los Cules. “Germany is fortunate to have this pair of goalkeepers, although Neuer is truly world-class and Ter Stegen is still on his way to that level,” Rummenigge noted. Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has declared that Barcelona shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is not yet a world-class goalkeeper. Bayern and Barca clash in Champions League quarter-final on Friday, in Portugal, but there has been some rather heated words exchanged in the build-up to the showdown.Advertisementlast_img read more

Madrid snub made Gerrard’s mind up

first_imgDeparting Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has pin-pointed his omission against Real Madrid in the Champions League as the moment he decided it was time to leave. Press Association The 35-year-old had already been told by boss Brendan Rodgers his game-time would be managed but the midfielder was desperate to play against the defending European champions at the Bernabeu. However, he had to settle for a 21-minute substitute appearance and it was the pivotal moment in ending his 27-year association with the club. “It was Real Madrid and I wanted to play,” he said in an interview with BT Sport. “When I was told I wasn’t playing for the sake of the team, because of my relationship with Brendan I took it and I accepted it. “But I sat on that bench devastated because I wanted to play. It pushed me into making a decision to move on and try something different.” That turned out to be a new challenge with Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer, which starts this summer, despite the offer of a contract extension coming from Liverpool – albeit too late to change his mind. Gerrard won every major honour with the Reds except the league title and their near miss two seasons ago and the part he played in it still hangs heavy in his heart. His stumble, which spawned a chant for rival fans, helped Chelsea on the way to a 2-0 win at Anfield which derailed their championship run. “The slip happened at a bad time, it was cruel for me personally,” he added. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about if that hadn’t happened. Would things have been different? Would it have turned out different? Maybe, I don’t know. “You’ve got to be thick-skinned and take a bit of criticism along the way. I’m not scared of any criticism or cruelty. “I understand it and the impact it had it kills me, don’t get me wrong. Inside it kills me and it will do for a long time. “I think to myself ‘If I’d have got that league, it would have been the icing on the cake’. “But what helps me with it is that I’ve got the cake. I’ve achieved a lot of dreams with a team that has never been the favourite. “I’ve got memories – good memories – that will live with me forever but that one moment will always hurt me until the day I go because if I’d have got that moment, I’d have achieved every dream with Liverpool.” last_img read more

GFF launches ‘Road to Portugal’

first_img… appeals for national supportBy: Ras WadadaTHE nation’s top Under-17 footballers will get the opportunity of a lifetime when they tour the land of recently-crowned European champions Portugal in two months’ time.At a media briefing held yesterday at the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) to launch the ‘Road to Portugal’, it was disclosed that eighteen players, seven officials and two teachers will comprise the tour party for the October 14 to 23 trip as guests of the ‘We Believe Football Academy’ of Portugal.President of the GFF, Wayne Forde, told the media that the executive after careful consideration and sound satisfaction decided to accept the invitation to the development programme which will also include teams from North, South and Central America as well as Europe and the Caribbean.The president also stated that the team will be referred to as the ‘Flour Power National Under-17’, based on a G$30M contractual agreement with NAMILCO over a five-year period for nationwide Under-17 football.“We feel it is an exceptional opportunity for the GFF as part of its youth development thrust. It is going to be a challenge.“As it is, the budget stands at around G$22M and I am encouraged by the support we are getting from the parents of the players, and they are going to be part of the fundraising drive that we are going to embark on.“The GFF will also reach out to our International partners for support, but it’s going to be a challenge worthy of our efforts,” the football boss explained.Forde reiterated that the GFF will do everything within its power to make the trip a reality and emphasised the need for the entire nation to support the ’Road to Portugal’.The launch opened with two parents – Nucresia Adonis and Lance Ferreira – appealing to the nation for support of the players and the efforts of the GFF.GFF’s Technical Development Officer, Lyndon France, in his brief remarks stated that “the cost of the tour cannot compare with the value and what it would do for Guyana’s football”.“This is a good opportunity to give them further exposure as they are going to be seen by top Portuguese and European coaches,” France added.Among some of the countries expected to send teams for the 1st Future Under-17 tournament are: El Salvador, Chile, Brazil, Panama, Jamaica, Uruguay, Australia, Bahrain and Bahamas.last_img read more

Croatia Shocks Spain to Finish Top of Group D

first_imgIvan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain’s 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship to top Group D after a 2-1 victory in Bordeaux yesterday.Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.Alvaro Morata’s early strike got Spain off to a flying start, but, despite the absence of key man Luka Modric through injury, Croatia battled back to equalise before half-time through Nikola Kalinic.Spain captain Sergio Ramos saw a penalty saved by Danijel Subasic 18 minutes from time.And that miss proved vital when Perisic snuck the ball home at David de Gea’s near post.Croatia will meet one of the best third-placed sides in Lens on Saturday.The manner of back-to-back victories over the Czech Republic and Turkey had seen Spain installed as bookies’ favourites to win an unprecedented third successive European Championship. Morata’s return to European champions Real Madrid from Juventus had been confirmed earlier on Tuesday.And he moved level with club teammate Gareth Bale on three goals in the fight for the golden boot by finishing off a slick Spanish move after seven minutes.David Silva’s cute reverse pass picked out Cesc Fabregas’s run and the Chelsea midfielder’s cross was tapped into an empty net by Morata.Spain looked rarely troubled at the back in their opening two games, but were given plenty of problems by Croatia despite the absence of star midfielder Modric.Kalinic stung the palms of David de Gea before forcing an error from the Manchester United ‘keeper as he dallied.The loose ball fell to Ivan Rakitic and his brilliant chipped effort floated over Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique on the line before coming back off both the crossbar and post.Morata had a great chance to double Spain’s lead when he failed to control Fabregas’s fine through ball with just Subasic to beat.However, Vicente Del Bosque’s men were pegged back right on half-time when Perisic’s cross from the left was delightfully flicked home by Kalinic.It was the first time Spain had conceded in 11 competitive games stretching back to October 2014 and first time they had conceded in the Euros for a record 733 minutes.The goal seemed to knock Spain out of their stride as Croatia pushed them onto the back foot at the start of the second period.De Gea saved from Tin Jedvaj to atone for his own error in flapping at a cross before Marko Pjaca sent an acrobatic effort just wide from the rebound.Pjaca also had claims for a penalty waved away as Croatia threatened the goal that would have taken them top of the group.Del Bosque responded by withdrawing front two Nolito and Morata for the more physical presence of Bruno Soriano and Aritz Aduriz.Spain were then handed a great chance to retake the lead when referee Bjorn Kuipers adjudged Silva had been pushed by Sime Vrsaljko inside the area.Modric appeared to send on a message to Subasic when he saw his Real Madrid teammate Ramos step up to take the spot-kick.And Subasic got lucky as his penalty save was allowed to stand despite the fact he had encroached well before Ramos took aim.Croatia took full advantage to blow the tournament wide open as Perisic lashed home to round off a clinical counter-attack leaving Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England all on the bottom-half of the last-16 draw.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more