South Korea declares new ‘special care zone’ as coronavirus spreads

first_imgDozens of newly commissioned military nurses were due to begin work in Daegu on Thursday, the health ministry said.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported three more deaths from the virus, bringing the total in the country to 35.NEW US CASESUS Forces Korea (USFK) reported two new cases, for a total of six cases in soldiers, employees or people related to the roughly 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea.Despite the new cases, USFK had resumed sending troops to bases in Daegu and surrounding areas, according to military newspaper Stars and Stripes.Commanders believed the bases were protected from the outside population, and that the troop rotations were needed to maintain readiness in the face of continued threats from nuclear-armed North Korea, the newspaper reported.Australia’s move to ban the arrival of foreigners from South Korea is a blow to Seoul’s efforts to prevent the United States from imposing such restrictions.South Korean officials met the US ambassador in Seoul on Wednesday to urge the United States not to limit travel.According to the US State Department, anyone with a fever of 100.4 F (38 C) is already banned from boarding direct flights from South Korea to the United States.Korean Air Lines said on Thursday it would screen all passengers departing Incheon airport for high temperatures and reject those deemed a risk.South Korea sent three “rapid response” teams to Vietnam on Thursday to assist more than 270 citizens quarantined in that country over coronavirus concerns, the foreign ministry said.Topics : Gyeongsan has seen a spike in new cases, including at a nursing home. Similar zones have been declared around neighbouring Daegu city and Cheongdo County.Around 75% of all cases in South Korea are in and around Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest city, where the flu-like virus that emerged from China late last year has spread rapidly through members of a religious group.”Everyday is sad and tough like a war. But our Daegu citizens are showing surprise wisdom and courage,” Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin told reporters on Thursday.Officials said hospitals in the hardest hit areas were struggling to accommodate new patients. Daegu city officials said 2,117 patients were waiting for rooms in the city. South Korea declared a “special care zone” on Thursday around a second city hit hard by the coronavirus and the US military confirmed two new cases among relatives of its troops in the country, which is battling the biggest epidemic outside China.Australia became the latest country to impose travel restrictions on South Koreans, with almost 100 nations now limiting arrivals from the East Asian country which reported 438 new coronavirus cases on Thursday for a total of 5,766.The South Korean government declared a “special care zone” around Gyeongsan, a city of about 275,000 people 250 kms (150 miles) southeast of Seoul, promising extra resources such as face masks and warning people from travelling there.last_img read more

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Nuclear pension plan hones in on £40m bulk annuity

first_imgThe UK’s multi-employer pension plan for the nuclear decommissioning sector is looking to secure a bulk annuity for its GPS EnergySolutions section.The defined benefit section is one of the smallest in the Combined Nuclear Pension Plan (CMPP), with no active members. As at the end of March 2018 there were three deferred members, and nine pensioners. Liabilities were valued at £40.3m (€45.9m), and the scheme had a deficit of £8.9m.In an EU procurement notice, CMPP, which has £2.5bn of assets across all its sections, said the bulk annuity contract “should be capable of being quickly converted to a ‘buyout’ without seeking residual data risk cover or a need for further data cleanse work”.In an August newsletter, the pension fund indicated that it expected the GPS Energy Solutions section to be wound up “within the year”. In the tender notice it said it might seek further insurance deals for other sections in future. In the trustee’s report for the year ended 31 March 2018 it had said that – with the exception of the GPS EnergySolutions section – there were no current plans to discontinue CMPP and strike a buyout deal, but it had considered the level of funding relative to the estimated costs of such a transaction.In April 2016 ATK Energy EU, the GPS EnergySolutions section’s employer, was sold to WS Atkins. EnergySolutions, the former parent company of the employer, agreed to an insurance buyout for the section’s liabilities so WS Atkins would not have any related pension costs.EnergySolutions placed $7.7m (€6.2m) into an escrow account to facilitate the buyout. Another $16m was placed into a separate escrow account “to cover the obligations of the seller”, including any amount in excess of the original $7.7m.CMPP’s bulk annuity tender closes on 17 April.Separately, the pension fund also announced it had selected Aegon as a “bundled” provider for its defined contribution sections, covering administration and investment.Last year was a record-breaking year for the pension transfer market. According to Aon, more than £35bn of business was written, with pension schemes entering into more than £24bn of deals, double 2017 volumes. British Airways, Nortel, Rentokil and Siemens all completed annuity deals of more than £1bn during the year.Advisers largely expect 2019 to be another strong year for the de-risking market.last_img read more

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Maine: Notaries must perform same-sex ‘marriages’

first_imgLifesite News 14 Dec 2012In the state of Maine, any notary public who performs marriages may not refuse to perform a same-sex “marriage” for any reason, upon pain of being charged with a human rights violation, according to Maine’s secretary of state. After legalizing same-sex “marriage” in November, Maine in now notifying notaries public who wed heterosexual couples they must provide the same services to homosexuals as of December 29. Secretary of State Charles Summers Jr. made the comment in response to an e-mail query. There are approximately 25,000 notaries public in the state, licensed by the bureau of corporations, elections , and commissions. They may choose not to perform weddings, but they may not wed only heterosexuals, regardless of their religious objections. Under Maine’s human rights ordinance, refusal is considered a human rights violation. This does not violate their religious liberty, according to David Farmer, the spokesman for Mainers United for Marriage, the organization that led efforts to pass the referendum. “They are required to perform their duties as actors of the state,” Farmer told the Bangor Daily News.  “They can decide to not do weddings for any reason.”http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/maine-notaries-must-perform-same-sex-marriages-or-violate-human-rights-lawlast_img read more

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Monthly clinics expand to include blood work

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Dearborn County Hospital Home Health & Hospice is expanding its monthly community blood pressure and glucose program.Home Health & Hospice has been providing blood pressure and blood sugar clinics once a month at nine Southeastern Indiana locations for years.Beginning in December, DCH Laboratory Services will join with Home Health & Hospice to offer collection of physician ordered blood tests onsite at seven of these locations.Outpatient blood work will be available for individuals 18 years of age and over.  A person requesting a blood draw must provide an identification card with photo, insurance card and doctor’s order.  Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance plans will be accepted.“This new service is just another way that Dearborn County Hospital is working to make healthcare more accessible and convenient for the public,” stated Ricardo Horn, RN, BSN, Home Health & Hospice Director.Blood pressure/blood sugar clinic sites, days and times are listed below.  Starred locations will also offer blood draws.  These sites will have both a phlebotomist available for blood work as well as a nurse to provide blood pressure and blood glucose checks:**DillsboroFirst Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Dillsboro Village Apartments, 10145 Alpha Drive**GreendaleFourth Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Greendale Village Apartments, 489 Ludlow Street**LawrenceburgSecond Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Lutheran Manor, 15 Village DriveSecond Wednesday, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Lawrenceburg Village Apartments, 410 Valley Drive**Moores HillSecond Tuesday, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Moores Hill Senior Center, 16610 North Broadway Street**Rising SunFirst Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Rising Sun Senior Center, 510 South Mulberry StreetVersaillesThird Tuesday, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tyson School Apartments, 100 South High StreetVevayFourth Tuesday, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Switzerland County Senior Center, 305 Walnut Street**West HarrisonThird Tuesday, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., North Dearborn Village Apartments, 25795 Unity Streetlast_img read more

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Lady Eagles And Lady Bulldogs Win RC Tourney 1st Round Games-Area Girls Basketball Scores (1-3)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball Scores.   Tuesday (1-3)Ripley County Tourney @ Milan.Opening Round Games.Jac-Cen-Del  49     South Ripley  39Batesville  66     Milan  40Rushville  58     Franklin County  48Shawe Memorial  51     South Decatur  41last_img

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Ripley County Democrats to meet in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Ripley County Democrats will meet Tuesday, June 11 at Snikkers & Peanuts in Batesville. Dinner at 6 and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.last_img

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Florida woman arrested after attempting to kill her children and herself

first_imgPolice in Gainesville have arrested a 48-year-old woman who they believe attempted to kill her children and herself by ramming a tanker truck that was carrying 330 gallons of gasoline.The incident occurred Friday around 5:00 pm at 5400 NW 13th St.According to the incident report, Melissa Gail Mack attempted to drive her van into the truck, however, the driver of the truck swerved to miss Mack and her two children. Mack then made a U-turn and rammed the back of the tank causing her vehicle to catch fire.She and her two children ages 4-year-old and 6-year-old, were then rescued from the vehicle.The children were taken to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for examination before they were released into the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.Mack was taken to Shands before being turned over to police.A friend of Mack also told authorities that when she spoke to Mack earlier in the day, Mack told her that she planned to kill herself and the children saying it was “Gods will.”Mack told authorities that she only remembers bits and pieces of the incident and acknowledged having a conversation with her friend. She, however, would not go into detail about the conversation.Mack has since been arrested and is facing three counts of attempted murder.last_img read more

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Central FC open Club Championships finals with emphatic win

first_imgDEFENDING champions Central FC opened their campaign in the finals of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championships with an emphatic win on Sunday, drubbing Antigua and Barbuda’s Grenades FC 3-1 in the second match of a double-header played at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.Central FC, who are going for a third straight title, trailed early when Trevaughn Harriett scored in the sixth minute to put the Grenades up 1-0.Falling behind seemed to wake Central FC, who responded by scoring three unanswered goals. Jason Marcano levelled the scores in the 37th minute. Akenaton Edwards then scored in the 45th minute to put Central FC 2-1 up at the interval.The scoreline held until the 85th minute when Nathaniel Garcia scored the game winner to see Central walk away with all three points and the early Group A lead.Grenades, who are hoping to become the first team from their country to win the title, will be hoping to rebound when they play Haiti’s Cibao FC today, May 16.Central FC will be going for their second win when they play the Haitian unit on Thursday, May 18.last_img read more

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Largest field for Georgetown Motorsports Grand Prix

first_imgTHIS weekend’s GT Motorsports Georgetown Grand Prix is set to attract the largest crowd of competitors so far, with over 40 expected on show for the third edition of the event.The two-day event set for tomorrow and Saturday at the GT Motorsports headquarters on Albert Street and Thomas Lands in Georgetown will feature a platform for the locals to strut their stuff according to owner Vishok Persaud“What we have here is a chance for the locals to show what they can do. So far we’ve got 40 competitors on show for the two-day weekend and we expect a great lot of fun and competition,” Persaud added.He noted, “The rookie easy cup, which is the four-stroke class, is going to have close to 10 participants and they are going to be a lot of new drivers that are entering that field as well.”Meanwhile he has noted that for families coming out, this time around, the local organising committee is looking to have safe parking arrangements as they are working with their eastern neighbours Malteenoes.The event is sponsored by Sunburst, All in One Snack and Beverage Depot, STAG, ExxonMobil, Zoon, Ocean Spray Hotel, Cyril’s Taxi, Vishal Auto Toy Store, Bounty Farm Meat Centre, Rent-a-Tent, Karcher, Japarts, Trophy Stall, Clear Waters, BM Soat, Optique Vision Care, Truck Masters, King’s Jewellery World, SuperBet, Prem’s Electrical, Marics, E-Networks Onfiber, and the Tracklast_img read more

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Piacentini stays hot as Orange ties, beats Robert Morris in two weekend contests

first_imgComing off an impressive 3-0 win against St. Lawrence on Tuesday night, Syracuse (16-11-3, 7-6-3 College Hockey America) traveled to Moon Township, Penn., to visit No. 9 Robert Morris (21-6-3, 10-4-2) for two games this weekend. The Orange drew the Colonials 3-3 on Friday night, before coming away with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.In Friday’s game, the hosts struck first with less than three minutes remaining in the first period on a power-play goal from Katie Fergus. The Colonials quickly added another just a minute later when Brittany Howard found the back of the net, extending the lead to 2-0. But, as she’s done throughout the second half of the season, sophomore forward Melissa Piacentini came up big for Syracuse, scoring two early second-period goals. The goals were both assisted by Margot Scharfe and Allie LaCombe, to even the game at 2-2.With the first goal, Piacentini extended her program-record point streak to 10 games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHoward was able to score another goal, this time on a power play, to put Robert Morris back up 3-2 with just under eight minutes remaining in the second period. Heading into the third period down a goal, the Orange was rescued by Brittney Krebs, who scored her third goal of the season to even the game with less than nine minutes remaining. The goal was assisted once again by Scharfe and LaCombe, who both finished with three assists on the night.The final eight minutes and overtime went without a goal, resulting in the game ending in a 3-3 tie.On Saturday, Syracuse dominated the game, kicking off the scoring under 30 seconds in when freshman forward Jessica Sibley scored her 10th goal of the year to put Syracuse up 1-0.The next goal for the Orange came six minutes into the second period when junior forward Julie Knerr extended the visitor’s lead to 2-0 for her fifth tally of the year.Knerr didn’t have to wait long for her sixth, as she scored again 10 minutes later to widen the gap even further, giving the Orange a comfortable three-goal lead heading into the final period.Thea Imbrogno scored on a power play early in the third period to salvage one for Robert Morris, but that was the extent of its scoring, as the game ended 3-1 in favor of Syracuse.Sibley and senior defenseman Akane Hosoyamada both added two assists and senior goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater matched her season-high with 37 saves in the victory.Next up for the Orange are two games against Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo., next Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.compiled by Matt Schneidman, staff writer, mschnei@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 10, 2014 at 1:31 amlast_img read more

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