‘We are at war’: France imposes lockdown to combat virus

first_imgAnyone flouting the restrictions, in place for at least the next two weeks, would be punished.”I know what I am asking of you is unprecedented but circumstances demand it,” Macron said.”We’re not up against another army or another nation. But the enemy is right there: invisible, elusive, but it is making progress.”He said tougher action was needed after too many people ignored earlier warnings and mingled in parks and on street corners over the weekend, risking their own health and the wellbeing of others. In France the coronavirus has killed 148 people and infected more than 6,600.Army mobilizedUnder the new measures, soldiers would help transport the sick to hospitals with spare capacity and a military hospital with 30 intensive care beds would be set up in the eastern region of Alsace, where one of the largest infection clusters has broken out.Macron said he was postponing the second round of local elections on Sunday. Because the government’s sole focus needed to be fighting the pandemic, he said he was suspending his reform agenda, starting with his overhaul of the pension system.The government would, when necessary, legislate by decree to fight the coronavirus, he said.Coronavirus infections and fatalities in France and Spain have been surging at a pace just days behind that of Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe where hospitals in the worst-hit northern regions are stretched to breaking point.Seeking to offer further reassurance to businesses, Macron said the government would guarantee 300 billion euros worth of loans. The loan guarantee plan would be submitted to parliament in coming weeks and would be retroactive, a finance ministry source said.Rent and utility bills owed by small companies would also be suspended to help them weather the economic storm, he added.”No French company, whatever its size, will be exposed to the risk of collapse,” Macron said.  French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday ordered stringent restrictions on people’s movement to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and said the army would be drafted in to help move the sick to hospitals.France had already shut down restaurants and bars, closed schools and put ski resorts off limits, but Macron said measures unprecedented in peacetime were needed as the number of infected people doubled every three days and deaths spiraled higher.In a somber address to the nation, the president said that from Tuesday midday (1100 GMT) people should stay at home unless it was to buy groceries, travel to work, exercise or for medical care.center_img Topics :last_img read more

88 workers at Nippon Oilseal Kogyu factory in Cikarang COVID-19 positive

first_imgAt least 88 workers at a factory belonging to automotive spare part manufacturer PT Nippon Oilseal Kogyu in the Cikarang industrial zone of Bekasi, West Java, have contracted COVID-19.The Bekasi COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Alamsyah, confirmed the news via a short message on Monday.“[The manufacturer has] closed some of its units,” he said as quoted by kompas.com. Six of 88 workers had already recovered from the disease, he said.Sixty-eight of the infected people were Bekasi residents, while the remaining 20 were from outside the region, Alamsyah added.The industrial zone recently emerged as a COVID-19 cluster with dozens of confirmed cases. Last week, the Bekasi administration announced 242 new cases at LG Electronics’ factory, while some 71 cases had as well been reported from motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki in the same area in mid-August.A factory run by consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia in the Cikarang industrial zone had to be closed temporarily in July after it had become a coronavirus cluster. A similar move was taken by Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi Ltd in July. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Ashgrove home in prime position perfect for a large family

first_img36 Banksia Avenue AshgroveThis five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 36 Banksia Ave, Ashgrove is everything a modern family wants.Set on a 688sq m block, the two-level home offers the perfect layout for a flexible family, catering for all ages.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019On the upper level is a spacious family room and five light filled bedrooms, including a spacious parents’ retreat with private balcony and ensuite.With a generous layout, downstairs features a large living room complete with banks of storage and offers full sight to the level lawn and large pool through French doors. There is also a large separate laundry with combined bathroom with ample storage and side access.Ray White Wilston selling agent Holly Bowden said the home was “perfectly located” to enjoy the maximum lifestyle the renowned suburb was loved for. The property goes to auction on March 16 at 6pm.last_img read more

Fashionistas’ Byron pad sells for $3.25m, fancy furniture included

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:41Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:41 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMr Zimi house sells00:41A Byron Bay cottage styled by a glamourous pair of fashionistas behind label Mister Zimi has sold for $3.25m, with all the fancy furniture to boot.The glamorous couple, Zoe and Jimi Paul, had listed the boho-style house at 22 Kingsley Street with a price guide of between $3.2 million and $3.3 million, with interested buyers told to “just pack your toothbrush”. The couple behind the fashion label, Mister Zimi, has sold this house at 22 Kingsley St, Byron Bay.Records show the designer pair bought the plush pad in 2016 for $1.97 million, and have since renovated it and styled it meticulously.The five-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits on a 505 sqm block has a separate studio out the back with its own ensuite, office, deck and private courtyard. The back of the house at 22 Kingsley St, Byron Bay.Inside is a contemporary kitchen with subway tiles and stainless steel appliances, oak timber floors and white interiors with wicker and wood accents.It is a short stroll from Byron’s famous beaches, popular cafes and boutiques — including Mister Zimi itself which is just 500 metres down the road. Inside the house at 22 Kingsley St, Byron Bay.The property was advertised for rent in 2018 for $2240 a week.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoOn the official Mister Zimi Instagram page, the couple told their 230,000 followers when they listed the property, along with a caption that read: “And no we haven’t left Byron, just moved up the road.” Mister Zimi campaign images.The property was marketed by Christian Sergiacomi of Pacifico Property, who is the husband of ‘The Block’ star and television personality, Shelley Craft. Christian Sergiacomi of Pacifico Property sold 22 Kingsley Street, Byron Bay.last_img read more

Holy Week begins

first_img Tweet 46 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Holy Week begins by: – April 2, 2012center_img Share Photo credit: in-formatio.comHoly Week may be seen as a week of high drama. There’s so much to recommend it at that level. There are central figures – Jesus, the religious officials, Pilate, Peter, Judas, the crowd. Even those making brief appearances have more than brief significance – the ‘good thief,’ the High Priest, the women of Jerusalem and the women at the foot of the cross.Jesus is the central character, and the main focus of Palm Sunday, even though in the highlight event, the entry into the city, he says not a word. He’s as silent here as he will be for most of his trial before Pilate.Another feature of Palm Sunday is irony. A king comes riding not on a chariot escorted by armed outriders, but on the most docile of animals, a donkey; a prophet received with wild cheers from the crowd, a prophet who knows that prophets come to Jerusalem not to be cheered but to die; and the crowd itself, wild today and wild tomorrow, but with two distinctly different waves of emotion.Palm Sunday, however, is more than silence and irony. This is where the Passion properly begins, in loneliness, isolation, and a sense of foreboding.Jesus is here willingly. He could easily have taken a detour and avoided entering the city, knowing as he did how primed and set the authorities were against him. Luke’s gospel emphasizes that Jerusalem was a destination he anticipated and embraced. He “set his face like flint” towards getting there (Lk. 9:51; Is. 50:7).The watchword the Gospels emphasize at this junction is steadfastness. This was in other words a characteristic decision, all of a piece with Jesus’ previous history.Faithfulness and obedience were qualities that defined how he saw his life since the day his parents went looking for him and found him in the temple. His Father’s businesswas his business. It became a commitment he would maintaineven in the lion’s lair.Palm Sunday establishes continuity in another very important sense. Catholic tradition has tended to isolate Holy Week from the rest of Jesus’ life, as if everything that went before was just prelude. Holy Week is the real thing. That’s when salvation occurred. Everything preceding was just build up.The Greek Fathers of the Church, however, saw salvation in terms of the whole life of Jesus, and not justits climax. What saves us is the Incarnation in its entire range, not just the few climactic hours on the cross. Let me quote just two relevant excerpts from these sources:This is St. Cyril of Alexandria: There was no other wayfor the flesh to become life-giving, since by its own nature it is subject to the necessity of corruption, except that it became the very flesh of the Word who gives life to all things…There is nothing here to cause surprise. Just as fire has converse with materials that are not hot, yet renders them hot by abundantly introducing into them the inherent energy of its own power; then surely in an even greater degree, the Word who is God can introduce the life-giving power and energy of his own nature into the flesh of his own people.”And St. Gregory of Nazianzen: In becoming flesh, God “bears all me and mine in himself, that in himself he may exhaust the bad, as fire does wax, or as the sun does the mists of the earth; and that I may partake of his nature by the blending.” Or again: “So he is called man…that by himself he may sanctify humanity and be as it were a leaven to the whole lump; and that byuniting to himself what was condemned he may release it from condemnation,becoming for all men all that we are except sin – body, soul, mind, and in every part that death reaches.”Palm Sunday thus begins the climactic week in the life of Jesus, but not a week to be severed from the rest of his life in terms of its saving significance. “Today salvation has come to this house,” Jesus once remarked when Zacchaeus made his grave decision to change and be converted. Holy Week was still a distant reality.Salvationis not made accessible, therefore, uniquely through Holy Week. Itcomes through an acceptance of Jesus as Lord and a commitment to conformour lives to his teaching and values. This maybe realized in a single moment of great density, as it was with Zacchaeus and the “good thief.” More often, it’s a matter of lifelong perseverance, and faith that the life of Jesus in its entirety represents God’s saving willfor everyone.By: Henry Charles PhD Sharelast_img read more

Guimaras bans Chinese entry

first_img“When they travel here they must have papers to show that they have norecent travel to China,” he added.      Photo by PNA Gov. Samuel Gumarin, through an Executive Order No. 15 on Friday, ordered the five town mayors of the province to enforce an identical ban for visitors who could not present a clearance from the Department of Health-Bureau of Quarantine (DOH-BOQ).  Gumarin is also waiting for further directive from the DOH on theprotocols of preventing the virus from entering the province.(With a report from PNA/PN) “While the BOQ remains on high alert and is in constant coordination with authorities from all ports of entry for stricter border surveillance, the province of Guimaras likewise needs to have full vigilance and security in all its entry points,” Gumarin said. “There is a need for immediate action at the local level, particularlyto protect the inhabitants and the agri-tourism industry of the province,” Gumarinsaid.     center_img BUENAVISTA, Guimaras – The provincial government here has imposed atemporary ban of guests – particularly from the affected regions in China – as aprecautionary measure against the 2019 novel coronavirus.   Meanwhile, Gumarin said one of the proposals during a separate meetingcalled by the DOH-BOQ in Western Visayas on Friday was for Filipino-Chineseliving in Iloilo to present a clearance that they have no recent travels toplaces where there are confirmed cases of the nCoV.  He added although they have no major ports, Guimaras as a smallprovince should take proper actions.   According to the provincial tourism office, Guimaras recorded 582Chinese tourists last year.last_img read more

Pick-Up Game

first_imgWhen we were kids, we could always find some way to play a game of baseball. First, of course, you tried to round up enough kids to play some kind of regular game. If this didn’t work, then you went to your imagination and found some way to get a game going. One way was to put something in a field to represent fielders, and if a ball was hit close to it, it was an out. You could do this if you got at least 5 others to play. Then there were always the “throw a ball against something” and make a game out of that. I’ve talked about the softer balls being thrown against a step and seeing how it bounced and then calling a play from the bounce or flight of the ball. Of course, the way you threw the ball determined the resulting flight so the home team always won. My younger brother and I had a straw bale backstop so we would take turns pitching to each other and devising a game from that. Since I was three years older than him, I seldom lost. If nothing else worked, I would just try to see how much I could make a ball break or how weird a pitch I could dream up and try to throw it. No matter what I did, I found a way to play ball. Today kids play Wii or some other video game.last_img read more

Love’s Railroad Inn opens in Napoleon

first_imgNapoleon, In. — Love’s Railroad Inn on U.S. 421 in Napoleon is now open.The name is inspired by the history of Napoleon as a key stop along the Underground Railroad in the 1800’s. Two Napoleon residents opened the “Railroad House Hotel” in 1852 and quickly modified the building with a trap door, hidden rooms and tunnels to help slaves journey to freedom. The entrance to the tunnel survives today.Love’s Railroad Inn has a great menu and weekend entertainment!last_img

ISP promote safe driving tips for inclement weather

first_imgStatewide—According to the Indiana State Police Dispatch Center in Indianapolis, statewide troopers investigated 336 property damage crashes, 79 personal injury crashes and 213 Assist Motorists (slide-offs) during the same time period.  With more substantial snowfall coming this afternoon and overnight, the Indiana State Police would like to offer some safe driving tips.The most common cause of crashes during snow or icy weather is speed too fast for the existing road conditions. Remember, slick roads don’t cause crashes-it’s your driving behavior on those roads that causes the crash. Plan your trip according to weather and traffic conditions.The Indiana State Police offers the following safe driving tips for inclement weather.•Allow extra time to get to your destination.•Clear all windows of ice and snow and remove snow from hood, roof and headlights and tail lights.•Beware of bridges, overpasses, and intersections where ice tends to form first.•Don’t use cruise control on slick roads.•Avoid abrupt stops and starts, slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid losing traction.•Use headlights even during daylight hours.•INCREASE the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.•DECREASE YOUR SPEED according to the road conditions.•Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.•DON’T BE DISTRACTED-Pull over and stop to use electronic devices.•MOVE OVER and SLOW DOWN for emergency vehicles, snowplows and highway service vehicles.It’s going to snow, and roadways will be slick, so leave early and give yourself extra time to reach your destination. If you don’t have to go out, then don’t go. Give highway crews time to work and get the roads cleared. Slow down and increase your following distance, as it’s better to reach your destination late than to not reach your destination at all.last_img read more

Oshoala unlucky as Wolfsburg beat Barca to reach Women’s Champions League final

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala was twice unlucky as Wolfsburg ground out a 1-0 win over FC Barcelona Women on Tuesday to reach the Women’s Champions League final for a fifth time.Sweden forward Fridolina Rolfo put the Germans ahead against the run of the play in the 58th minute. She fired in from close range as Barca, beaten finalists last year, failed to clear the danger.Barca had 16 attempts on goal but only once managed to test Wolfsburg goalkeeper Friederike Abt, who saved a header from Oshoala in the first half.The ball had appeared to deflect off the hand of Wolfsburg defender Kathrin Hendrich, but the Spanish side’s appeals for a penalty kick were ignored.Oshoala headed narrowly over the bar soon after Rolfo’s goal, while Spain internationals Mariona Caldentey and Jennifer Hermoso also missed the target.Wolfsburg saw the game out to book their place in the final on August 30 against either holders Olympique Lyonnais or Paris St-Germain, who meet on Wednesday. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Asisat OshoalaFC BarcelonaFC Barcelona WomenFridolina RolfoUEFA Champions LeagueWolfsburg WOmenlast_img read more