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  • China requires negative COVID-19 tests for arriving air passengers

    first_imgTopics : The announcement comes as countries struggle with testing capacity and speed. In parts of the United States, receipt of test results can take up to two weeks, while in some other countries, nucleic acid tests are reserved for people who have come in close contact with COVID-19 patients or who have symptoms of the potentially fatal disease.In the past month, CAAC has allowed more foreign airlines to resume services in China and add flights to the country as the economy recovers. Deutsche Lufthansa AG on Friday said it would double the number of flights to and from mainland China in coming weeks, and Air France KLM SA said it has received approval to add more China flights.A number of airlines have been suspended from operating China routes after more than five passengers tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival.  Passengers of China-bound flights must provide negative COVID-19 test results before boarding, China’s aviation authority said on Tuesday, as the government looks to further reduce the risk of imported coronavirus cases amid increased international travel.Nucleic acid tests must be completed within five days of embarkation, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on its website. Tests should be conducted at facilities designated or recognized by Chinese embassies in host countries, it said.The embassies will carefully assess the testing capacity of host countries and formulate travel procedures when testing conditions are met, CAAC said.last_img read more

  • Marco Silva breaks silence over Jordan Pickford after Everton goalkeeper’s pub brawl

    first_imgAdvertisement Pickford has made 84 saves in the Premier League this season (Getty Images)‘If you ask me as a manager I am not happy with what happened,’ he told the media.‘Football players have duties and obligations. It is a matter for us to remind him and everything we must do we already did.‘The first chat of the week I was clear with him. Everything is clear in his mind about his obligations. It is my expectation it won’t happen again.‘No one is happy with the situation, it was not a good thing. The matter is finished in this moment.’More: 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 CityDuring his time at Goodison Park, Pickford has established himself as Gareth Southgate’s first-choice goalkeeper and he played a key role during England’s run to the World Cup semi-final in Russia last summer.Since then, Pickford has received criticism for his form although he has maintained his place as both Everton and England’s starting ‘keeper, playing every minute in the Premier League this season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Marco Silva has criticised Jordan Pickford for his actions last weekend (Getty Images)Everton manager Marco Silva has taken a dim view of Jordan Pickford’s brawl with a bouncer outside a Sunderland pub last weekend and reminded the England No.1 of his ‘duties and obligations’.The 25-year-old, who started his career with Sunderland prior to joining Everton for £30m in 2017, returned home at the weekend for Mother’s Day as well as to watch his former club against Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy final with friends.However, Pickford’s homecoming was soured when he was goaded by football fans at a pub who reportedly called him ‘small arms’ and ‘butterfingers’ before targeting his fiancee Megan Davison for abuse. Footage emerged on social media of Pickford throwing punches and having to be led away from the pub.AdvertisementAdvertisementFollowing the scuffle, Pickford was scheduled to hold talks with Silva and Everton’s director of football Marcel Brands on Wednesday. Ahead of Everton’s game against Arsenal on Sunday, Silva admitted that he was unhappy with the situation.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Apr 2019 3:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Marco Silva breaks silence over Jordan Pickford after Everton goalkeeper’s pub brawl Commentlast_img read more

  • BLOG: Reducing Methane Means Cleaner Air, Healthier Communities

    first_img January 19, 2016 By: Sam Robinson, Senior Policy Analyst SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Reducing Methane Means Cleaner Air, Healthier Communities The best companies understand the business case for reducing methane leaks. Methane that doesn’t leak into the atmosphere can be used for energy production.DEP will develop and implement four emission-reduction measures to focus on both gas production and transmission, requiring efficiency upgrades for equipment, implementation of best practices, and more frequent use of leak-sensing technologies.The changes in regulations and permitting are designed to improve product delivery efficiency and streamline permitting. The costs of these requirements will be a fraction of a percent of the industry revenues in Pennsylvania.Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the nation behind Texas, and we are uniquely positioned to be a national leader in addressing climate change while supporting and ensuring responsible energy development, creating new jobs, and protecting public health and our environment.These regulations will improve our air, address the urgent crisis of climate change and help businesses reclaim product that is now wasted. It is a win-win for everyone. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Energy,  Environment,  Government That Works,  The Blog,  Videos Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a new way forward to address methane leaks that protects our environment, reduces climate change and helps businesses by reducing the waste of a valuable product.Watch Governor Wolf’s Facebook Town Hall with Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley and Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn on climate change, energy, and the environment.Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities. It has 28 to 36 times more warming power than carbon dioxide.Sec. John Quigley and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have developed a cost-effective strategy to reduce methane emissions from the oil and natural gas industry. These “best-in-class” measures that Pennsylvania will require are already used by industry-leading companies, required by Federal regulations, or mandated by other states.Here’s four steps DEP is taking to reduce methane leaks into the air:Reduce leaks at new unconventional natural gas well pads by developing a new general permit for oil and gas exploration, development, and production facilities, requiring Best Available Technology (BAT) for equipment and processes, better record-keeping, and quarterly monitoring inspections.Reduce leaks at new compressor stations and processing facilities by revising DEP’s current general permit, updating best-available technology requirements and applying more stringent LDAR, other requirements to minimize leaks. A new condition will require the use of Tier 4 diesel engines that reduce emissions of particulate matter and nitrous oxide by about 90%.Reduce leaks at existing oil and natural gas facilities, by developing a regulation for existing sources for consideration by the Environmental Quality Board.Reduce emissions along production, gathering, transmission and distribution lines by establishing best management practices, including leak detection and repair programslast_img read more

  • Tinkler’s Brisbane land sold for bargain by receivers

    first_imgNathan Tinkler has seen receivers sell off multiple properties. Picture: John GraingerJUST when you thought you’d heard the last of Nathan Tinkler, he pops up again. Receivers have just sold another one of his myriad of properties, a bargain buy at less than 40 per cent of the price that Mr Tinkler paid almost a decade ago.The massive 4 hectare block of land is beside his former mansion in Pullenvale.Mr Tinkler had bought the land for $2 million in February 2008, just before the Global Financial Crisis began to wreak havoc on the Australian economy.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoThe property at Grandview Road, Pullenvale, QLD The block is beside Mr Tinkler’s sprawling former home.He had been trying to sell the block since February 2010 and was forced into dropping his price to $1.75m in August 2011. When receivers Shaun McKinnon and Said Jahani of Grant Thornton seized the property last year, they tried unsuccessfully to sell it off at auction, before putting a price of $975,000 on it in September. Five months later Grant Thornton dropped the price by $180,000 to $795,000.It went under offer in March and was listed as having sold on April 28 but market updates have not revealed whether the price was forced down even further before closure.last_img read more

  • Dutch metal schemes to apply benefit cuts quickly

    first_imgRecently, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis factored in a 10-year smoothing period for pension funds to enact reductions. Under Dutch pension rules, funds must cut benefits if they have been underfunded for a consecutive period of five years. The ailing Dutch metal sector pension funds PME and PMT intend to apply reductions to pension benefits much quicker than the 10 years allowed by the country’s financial assessment framework (FTK).At a meeting with pensioners of PME, the €50bn scheme for the metalworking and electro-technical engineering industry, Marcel Andringa, executive board member, said that the full impact of the cuts would be spread out over the next two years.Based on its current funding level, the cuts at PME could amount to 7% in total.During discussions about cuts over the past few months, the assumption had been that pension funds would use the maximum allowed period to smooth the pain of benefits reductions. Marcel Andringa, PMEAccording to Andringa, however, the cost of smoothing cuts over a long period would become too high, and would lead to a larger discount.“And annually informing participants about reductions during a 10-year period is no good for anybody,” he added.It is not yet clear how by much PME and PMT must cut pension payments, as the exact percentage will be subject to the schemes’ coverage ratio at the end of this year.Andringa said PME would implement a three-stage discount if it had to make cuts of 10%. If it had to make cuts of more than 12%, the measure would be spread out over four years, he added.If a discount of 4% was needed, PME wanted to apply a one-off reduction next year.PMT, the €77bn pension fund for the metal and mechanical engineering sector, did not provide a plan for discounts but, according to a spokesperson, its intentions were similar to PME’s.Both metal sector schemes are served by the €135bn asset manager and pensions provider MN.last_img read more

  • Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday September 30, 2011

    first_img 111 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday September 30, 2011 by: – September 30, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! **Tourism Officials to attend Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference**A four member delegation will attend the 18th Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference carded for October 3 – 7, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs, Hon. Ian Douglas, Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority and Chairman of DDA Board of Directors Mr. Benoit Bardouille, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Tourism Mr. Colin Piper, and Head of Product Development Ms. Kathleen Cuffy will represent Dominica at the conference. The main objectives of the Dominica Delegation at the annual conference are to hold discussions that will ultimately result in an increase in cruise calls to Dominica, to increase cruise industry contact base, to discuss new initiatives with cruise lines in terms of shore excursions, products and services offerings with a view to improving Dominica’s rankings on the guest experience survey. The Hon. Minister will be part of the discussion between fourteen FCCA member cruise lines and Ministers of Tourism.**2011/2012 Cruise Ship Season opens in Dominica** Dominica formally opens the 2011/2012 cruise season on Monday October 3rd 2011, when the MV Emerald Princess, will dock at the Roseau Cruise Ship berth. The MV Emerald Princess is part of the Princess Cruise Lines and intends to make another 10 calls to Dominica this season. Discover Dominica Authority has organized a welcome reception to mark the occasion, conch shell blowers and steel pan entertainers will be present to welcome the ship. Dominica expects 193 cruise calls for the season which runs through April 2012. This figure is in contrast to 205 calls for the previous year.**DDA hosted US production company Aura 360**The DDA hosted US Production Company Aura 360 who were on the island filming for their show – World of Adventure Sports. The group of 5 which included the host Todd Harris were on island from Sept. 24 – 29, 2011 filming “host shots” and adventure activities at the island’s attractions Some of the more extreme activities included the Boiling Lake hike, Canyoning at the Titou Gorge, the Waitukubuli National Trail, diving, Ziplining with Rainforest Aerial Tram Adventures, Victoria Falls and River-tubing. Dominica’s culture and hospitable people were also highlighted with visits to the Carib Territory, Kalinago Barana Aute with performances from a Carib dance group. The segment on Dominica as part of a 30 minute program will highlight the natural assets of the island. The program will be distributed to all the World of Adventure Sports media channels, including NBC, VERSUS and Universal Sports. The final product will be a total of 4-5 host segments of WOAS as well as on-line exposure through their media channels.**Trail Consultant Melvin Baughman assist and advise on the Management of the Waitukubuli National Trail **The DDA is currently hosting consultant Melvin Baughman – professor of the University of Minnesota who is here to assist and advise on the management of the Waitukubuli National Trail. Mr. Baughman will be working with the WNTP, DDA and FPWD during his time on island hiking and meeting with the various departments. Mel teaches a course at the University on Trail Design and plans to use his expertise to help with the WNT. Mel will hike various segments of the trail with varying difficulties to develop an overall feel of the type of experience expected on the trail. He will be assisting in evaluating the adequacy of trail construction standards, evaluation of trail signage and promotional information, identifying or highlighting some of the trail services which are essential to hikers, developing a pricing structure which makes the trail compatible with other hiking trails, helping to develop a trail management plan and advising on the use of volunteers for trail maintenance in an effort to reduce on long-term government costs. Mr. Baughman will be on island from Sept. 27 – Oct. 4, 2011. This is part of an initiative to develop an MOU between agencies in Dominica and the University of Minnesota. For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authoritylast_img read more

  • Odion Ighalo yet to train at Man Utd training ground

    first_imgOdion Ighalo has yet to train at Manchester United’s AON Training Complex – despite joining the club nearly two weeks ago. Ighalo has been building up his fitness at the GB Taekwondo Centre in Manchester – right next to rivals Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. With the United squad away at a warm-weather training camp in Spain, Ighalo has been working on a personalised fitness programme with performance coach Wayne Richardson. Ighalo, on loan from Shanghai Shenhua for the rest of the season, did not travel to Marbella with the United squad over concerns about him being readmitted to the UK in the wake of the coronavirus sweeping China, which has already claimed more than 1,000 lives. The striker remained in Manchester to work on his fitness, but is understood not to have trained at United’s Carrington training complex, despite it having state-of-the-art facilities.Advertisement Loading…center_img United say the reason Ighalo is not training at their Carrington base is because the GB Taekwondo Centre is closer to the Lowry Hotel, where the 30-year-old is staying, and because most of the club’s fitness staff are out in Marbella. Ighalo is working with Richardson today and on Friday, before joining up with his United team-mates ahead of Monday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already confirmed former Nigeria international Ighalo will travel with the squad to Stamford Bridge and is expected to be named in the 18-man squad. Read Also:Odion Ighalo spotted with property brochures at Lowry hotel base The Reds moved for Ighalo after top scorer Marcus Rashford was ruled out for up to three months with a double stress fracture of the back. United have struggled for goals without Rashford and have brought in former Watford striker Ighalo to address the issue. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

  • Eagles Middle School Cross Country Teams Finish Strong In 4-Way Meet

    first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams ran in a 4 school meet at Rising Sun on Thursday night (9/3) with Batesville, Rising Sun, and Milan.The JCD girls’ and boys’ teams both finished 2nd in the meet.JCD MS CC Results @ RS (9-3)Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

  • Greensburg-Decatur County EDC announces changes

    first_imgGreensburg, In. — Marc Coplon, executive director of the Greensburg-Decatur County Economic Development Corporation and office and communication coordinator Natasha Kellerman have resigned from their positions.Coplon served for seven years in the post and serves on the I-74 Regional Marketing group. He also had a role in the Greensburg and Decatur County comprehensive plans. He was instrumental in attracting the Southeast Indiana Automotive Industry Expo to the area in 2013.A search for a replacement is now underway.last_img

  • Victory Visit to Shriners Children’s Hospital made by Willamette, Cottage Grove Speedway drivers

    first_imgBy Ben DeatheragePORTLAND, Ore. – Drivers and track officials from Cottage Grove Speedway and Willamette Speed­way were part of a special event on Wednesday, April 4th to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Portland.They visited with children who were patients at the hospital as part of an event was dubbed the Victory Visit. It was a perfect opportunity for kids to meet race drivers face to face.“Last year we had drivers from just Willamette Speedway come up,” commented event organizer Buzz Mitchell, a long-time race fan and sponsor at the Lebanon 1/3-mile facility. “This winter I ended up to talking to (general manager) Heather Boyce down at Cottage Grove and wanted to include her, too.  I have a lot of friends from down there and I wanted to make sure they were in­volved.”In addition to meeting with patients, the visitors were also given a full tour of the facility. After every­thing was said and done, all parties involved would end the day with smiles on their faces. It proves just how wonderful and caring individuals in the racing community are towards their fans and the public.“It is a trip that I look forward to every year,” said Willamette Speedway Race Director Jeremy Means. “We had a lot more drivers from Willamette this time versus last.  We even had more kids to see this year, too, which was very cool.  A lot of the kids that I interacted with in the activity room were girls and having female drivers there put a big smile on all their faces.”“I want to send a big thanks to Buzz Mitchell for inviting members of the Cottage Grove Speed­way to be a part of such a moving event,” said Boyce. “I can’t wait to come back next year be­cause it was so incredible to see all the kids’ reactions to visiting with all the drivers. It’s so heartwarm­ing to see their lives touched in such a positive manner.”Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of twenty-two non-profit medical facilities across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.last_img read more