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As coronavirus chaos spreads globally, Trump declares US emergency

first_imgTrump, whose action makes available $50 billion in federal aid to states and localities, had faced criticism from some experts for being slow and ineffective in his response to the crisis and playing down the threat.The latest steps came two days after Trump announced travel restrictions blocking US entry for most people from continental Europe. While Britain was among the countries exempted, Trump said on Friday that might change because infections there had risen “precipitously.”The president, who was photographed last Saturday at his private Florida club with a Brazilian official who has tested positive for the coronavirus, said he himself likely would be tested “fairly soon,” a reversal of his previous stance. But Trump, 73, said he did not plan to isolate himself, noting he was suffering no symptoms.Travel bans have hammered airlines and travel companies worldwide, while financial markets have been hit by panic selling this week. President Donald Trump declared a US national emergency over the quickly spreading coronavirus on Friday, opening the door to more government aid to combat a pathogen that has infected more than 138,000 people worldwide and left over 5,000 dead.The impact of the coronavirus on everyday life deepened around the world. It was detected for the first time in several countries, with the World Health Organization (WHO) calling Europe the pandemic’s current epicenter. More schools and businesses closed, the global sporting calendar was left in tatters, and people faced greater restrictions on where they could go.”To unleash the full power of the federal government to this effort today, I am officially declaring a national emergency – two very big words,” Trump said in remarks at the White House Rose Garden, adding that the US situation could worsen and “the next eight weeks are critical.” Topics :center_img The three major US stock indexes rallied more than 9% on Friday, rebounding from Wall Street’s biggest daily drop since 1987. But the indexes were still about 20% below record highs hit in mid-February.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Europe now had more reported cases and deaths than the rest of world combined, apart from China, where the coronavirus originated but where new cases have slowed to a trickle. The WHO called the death toll reaching 5,000 globally “a tragic milestone.”The WHO’s top emergency expert, Mike Ryan, said social distancing was a “tried and tested method” to slow the spread of a virus but “not a panacea” that would stop transmission.”Blanket travel measures in their own right will do nothing to protect an individual state,” Ryan said.Cultural landmarksMore cultural landmarks were shuttered to try to stop the spread of the virus. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum and the Moulin Rouge cabaret closed their doors. The Smithsonian museums in Washington were preparing to do so on Saturday and Broadway theaters in New York went dark.The kissing of the Blarney Stone, one of Ireland’s oldest tourist traditions, was suspended.Central banks worldwide acted to shore up money markets after cratering share prices drove a rush for cash, hitting many regional currencies and threatening a surge in short-term borrowing costs.In China, which bore the brunt of the economic fallout from the coronavirus in the first few months of 2020, authorities late on Friday cut banks’ reserve requirements for the second time this year.The US Federal Reserve followed suit with $37 billion of Treasury bond purchases, accelerating the enhanced market liquidity measures announced on Thursday.Japan’s central bank pledged to buy 200 billion yen ($1.90 billion) of five- to 10-year Japanese government bonds and also inject an additional 1.5 trillion yen in two-week loans.The European Union proposed a 37 billion euro ($41 billion)investment initiative as part of a package to cushion the bloc’s economies from the coronavirus impact.In Italy, which after China has been hardest hit by the respiratory illness, the death toll jumped by 250 to 1,266 in the last 24 hours, authorities said. The total number of cases also rose to 17,660 from a previous 15,113, despite draconian measures to restrict the movement of people.In the northern region of Lombardy, at the heart of Italy’s coronavirus epidemic, authorities asked for even stricter steps.In hard-hit Iran, security forces will empty the streets in cities across the country, state television reported.New countries recorded cases The virus continued its persistent march across the globe. Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Guinea all confirmed their first cases, giving the disease a foothold in 18 countries on the African continent.Kosovo, Venezuela and Kazakhstan also confirmed their first cases, and Spain declared a state of emergency.World leaders, sports stars and actors were among the tens of thousands of people hit by the virus. Golf’s crown jewel, The Masters, England’s top-flight soccer Premier League, and the Boston and London marathons joined the long list of elite sporting events to be canceled or postponed.But sport’s biggest showpiece, the Olympics, will proceed as planned, according to Tokyo organizers.last_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite the Public to Arts in the Garden at the Governor’s Residence

first_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today invited the public to visit the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg this Sunday, June 12th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for “Arts in the Garden.” – the first Second Sunday event of the season. Second Sundays are an annual series of free summer events offered at the Governor’s Residence throughout the summer.“Pennsylvania is home to some of the richest and most inspiring art talent in the country, and Arts in the Garden at the Governor’s Residence provides a unique opportunity to meet and enjoy the work of our local artists,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “We hope many of our neighbors and community members can take advantage of this opportunity to visit the Residence and enjoy our local arts community. As Tom and I have said, the Governor’s Residence belongs to everyone and it is a space that we hope every Pennsylvanian can visit and explore.”During “Arts in the Garden” this Sunday, live music will be provided by the Susquehanna Flute Trio from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and singer/songwriter Eric Ian Farmer from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Plein air artists from the Pennsylvania Arts Experience, Art Association of Harrisburg and Susquehanna Plein Air Artists will be painting throughout the gardens. Caricatures will be provided by artist and art instructor Bradley Gebhart. SPLAT – A Family Art Studio will be on hand to provide crafts and activities for kids. The American Red Cross – Central PA Region will be collecting items for the Totes of Hope program for homeless Pennsylvania veterans. Additionally, as part of the current art exhibit at the Governor’s Residence, “Threads, From Traditional to Today,”  Jill Odegaard, Professor of Art & Department Chair at Cedarcrest College Department of Art, will lead visitors in a participatory, community-based art project called Woven Welcome, Idrija lace artist Allie Marguccio will provide live Slovenian bobbin lacemaking demonstrations and cabinet maker and wood turner Tom Marguccio will create custom, hand-turned lace bobbins, which are used in Idrija lacemaking.Governor’s Residence docents will be on hand to provide information as visitors are invited to participate in self-guided tours of the space and the gardens. Through a partnership with the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Dauphin County, volunteer master gardeners will also be on hand to offer expertise on horticultural topics and answer garden-related questions from visitors. This event will also provide one of the last opportunities for the public to view the current art exhibit in the State Rooms, “Threads, From Traditional to Today,” which will remain on display through the end of June.Second Sunday events are free, open to the public and reservations are not required. No large bags, purses or totes are permitted, and security measures will be in place.In addition to Second Sunday events, the Governor’s Residence is now also open to the public for Third in the Burg, on the third Friday of every month from 5:00-8:00 p.m., and docent-led tours are now being offered every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please note that reservations are required for guided tours, and may be made by calling the Residence tour line at 717-772-9130. For more information, visit or call the Governor’s Residence tour line at 717-772-9130.MEDIA CONTACT: d – d# # # SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Invite the Public to Arts in the Garden at the Governor’s Residencecenter_img June 07, 2016last_img read more

Barack Obama ‘friends’ Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

first_img Share BBC News Sharing is caring! 58 Views   no discussions Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is one of the technology bosses advising President Obama US President Barack Obama has met Silicon Valley bosses, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google chief executive Eric Schmidt were also present at the private get-together in California.The president had been seeking the views of technology leaders as he works to turn around his country’s ailing economy.Mr Obama has said he wants to encourage American businesses to invest more money in innovation.Among those meeting the president were the bosses of Twitter, Yahoo and Oracle.Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs was in attendance, despite media reports that his health had taken a turn for the worse.US newspaper the National Enquirer published pictures, said to be of Mr Jobs, looking emaciated.He is currently on his third medical leave of absence from Apple since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004.Thursday’s meeting with the president was a private event, hosted by venture capitalist John Doerr. Share News Barack Obama ‘friends’ Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg by: – February 18, 2011 Share Tweetlast_img read more

Threat of auction forces PECO to finally pay P134-M tax dues

first_img“Highlighted in the agreement were theitems we paid for to make sure there is no confusion…Para segurado nga there won’t be another assessment all of a suddenon items that were previously assessed,” said Cacho. ILOILO City – Panay Electric Co.(PECO) finally paid its real property tax (RPT) yesterday. These resulted to the nonrenewal ofPECO’s permit this year, said Treñas. PECO administrative manager MarceloCacho paid P134,927,522.63. Mayor Jerry Treñas and City Treasurer Jinny Hermanireceived the check. The city government threatened toauction P90-million worth of PECO assets on Dec. 12 if the power distributorfailed to settle its RPT dues from 2006 to 2016. “The court still has to rule whethersurcharges should be applied or not,” said Cacho. It was in 2016 when the citygovernment started charging RPT on PECO’s electric poles and lines. It basedsuch move on the 2015 ruling of the Supreme Court which allowed localgovernment units to impose real property taxes on electric posts and lines. The unpaid real property taxes wentway back to two past city administrations, said Treñas. Multiple demands forpayment were made but these went unheeded. For the second assessment, PECO paidin full (including the fourth quarter of 2019) P75 million; this coveredtransformers, wires and one substation. Mayor Treñas welcomed PECO’s payment. “PECO applied for a business licensebut we deferred the issuance pending the recommendation from the CityTreasurer’s Office,” said Tabud. Iloilo City Treasurer Jinny Hermano receives this check amounting to P134.9 million from Panay Electric Co. administrative manager Marcelo Cacho as the company’s payment for a decade of long-overdue real property taxes. CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE PHOTO “With this, we can properly fundprograms intended to improve social services and other initiatives that wouldbenefit the Ilonggos in our quest to bring Iloilo City to the next level,” hesaid. Norman Tabud, head of the BusinessPermits and Licensing Office, confirmed his office had yet to issue PECO abusiness license to operate for 2019. The city government made a 10-yearperiod retroactive computation (2006-2016), including surcharges. PECOchallenged this in court. PECO paid the first and second RPTassessments. The first assessment reached P59million, excluding the P38-million interest which is still being questioned incourt. It covered poles from 2006 to 2016 which were supposed to be auctionedon Dec. 12. PECO’s franchiseas sole power distributor in Iloilo City expired on Jan. 19 this year. Itfailed to secure an extension from Congress over several issues such as poorcustomer relations, erroneous billings, power failures, high rates, etc./PN Treñas announced last month that anauction of PECO assets was a legal step against the power distributor forrefusing to pay long overdue real property taxes. last_img read more

Monroe Lake to host bald eagle driving tour

first_imgMonroe County, In. —  See bald eagles in the wild during a driving tour at Monroe Lake Saturday, Jan. 26.The tour is self-guided and runs from 1 to 3 p.m. It will have six outdoor shoreline stops, each staffed by experienced birders who will assist attendees in viewing eagles and other birds through spotting scopes.Tour attendees can also get an up-close look at a bald eagle and several other raptors at a bonus indoor tour stop featuring live education birds from Hardy Lake.Advance registration is $5 for adults ($3 for children) and is available through Jan. 24 by calling 812-837-9546 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.Walk-up registration is $7 for adults ($4 for children) at the Paynetown Activity Center on Jan. 26 beginning at 12:30 p.m.All attendees must check in at the Paynetown Activity Center to pick up a tour map and get their event badges, which must be worn in a visible location while visiting tour stops.The Paynetown Activity Center is located next to the swimming beach inside Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington. Admission to Paynetown SRA is free during the winter months.Complimentary cocoa and cookies will be available for tour attendees at the Paynetown Activity Center; attendees are encouraged to bring their own travel mug. There will also be eagle crafts to make, bird checklists, and lake maps.The Fourwinds Lakeside Inn, located on the other side of Monroe Lake at Fairfax SRA, is offering a special lodging rate of $69 per night for a lake-view room on the nights of Jan. 25 and 26. Rooms must be reserved by Jan. 19 at 812-824-2628 and you must specify that you plan to attend the eagle tour.Fourwinds guests can receive a “buy 1 get 1 free” discount on walk-up registration for the Bald Eagle Driving Tour by showing their hotel receipt/confirmation (for the night of Jan. 25 and/or 26) at the Paynetown Activity Center.last_img read more

Teresa J. Horan

first_imgTeresa J. Horan, 89, Greensburg, passed away on April 8, 2020 at Morning Breeze Nursing Home in Greensburg.Born, January 17, 1931 in Decatur County, she was the daughter of Gregory A. and Charlotta E. (Stier) Schroeder.Teresa graduated from St. Paul High School.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella, St. Lawrence Auxiliary, the Linger- A-While Home Ec. Club, and was a long-time associate of the Sisters of St. Francis.She had several occupations through the years including delivering newspapers, working at IGA supermarket, Marion Township trustee, Cooking at Stone’s Restaurant, driving a school bus, and working with the Meals on Wheels program. In recent years she was a homemaker and always enjoyed playing cards or dominos with friends and family.Teresa was married to James Charles Horan at St. Mary’s on May 7, 1953 and he preceded her in death on February 28, 1972.Teresa is survived by five sons; Dennis J. (Anne Marie Paul) Horan, Greensburg, Anthony C. Horan, New Palestine, Joseph G. (Eileen) Horan, Indianapolis, William E. (Dawn) Horan, Bluffton, Thomas L. (Suzanne) Horan, Greensburg, four daughters; Sharon A. Kreuz, Columbus, OH, Kathleen T. (Bryan) Cunningham, Portland, OR, Nancy M. (Kenny) Buening, Greensburg, Susan C. (Gerald) Huey, Greensburg, one sister; Catherine E. Mauer, Greensburg, 39 grandchildren, and 31 great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son and daughter-in-law; Donald P. and Barbara L. (Martin) Horan, 5 brothers; Paul G., Louis B., Carl J., David A., and Justin R. Schroeder, three brothers in infancy, and three sisters; Margaret Mauer, Sr. Rose Mary Schroeder, and Sr. Cecilia M. Schroeder.Due to the recent public health safety mandate of limited gatherings, a private graveside service will be held for the immediate family at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.Memorial contributions can be made in Teresa’s honor to St. Mary’s Church or School through Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home.Online condolences for the family and the online guestbook can be accessed at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Sheriff: Florida Man Threatens Co-workers, Strips Naked

first_imgA restaurant employee in the Florida Keys is in trouble for allegedly threatening co-workers with a fillet knife, before stripping naked and passing out.Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies say they were dispatched to Nichols Seafood restaurant on Conch Key just after 5 p.m. on Friday regarding an intoxicated and disorderly person.When the deputies arrived, restaurant employees told them that 46-year-old Adianel Morales was drinking on the job, became belligerent and had been asked to leave.They said he then spray-painted a security camera and damaged several others, resulting in more than $1,000 in damage.At that point, Morales allegedly grabbed the fillet knife and used it to threaten other employees, who took it away from him.Morales then stripped naked and began walking around the property, before passing out in the restaurant’s office.Sheriff’s deputies found him asleep in the office. When they told him to get dressed, Morales cursed at the deputies and tried to slam the door.When the deputies warned Morales that he would be tased if he refused to comply, he reached for an object, prompting one of the deputies to draw his gun. They say Morales then cooperated.As deputies were trying to put him into a patrol car, Morales refused by kicking them, and said that he wished for “death by cop.”He was tased and placed in the back seat, where he started beating his head against the partition, forcing the deputies to place him in a restraint chair.Morales is charged with disorderly intoxication, criminal mischief, resisting with violence, and battery on law enforcement officers.He remains in jail on $45,000 bond.last_img read more

Infectious Diseases Expert Says COVID-19 Has Been Infecting Americans for Months

first_imgInfectious diseases expert Dr. Aileen Marty from FIU in Miami says that the novel coronavirus numbers in the U.S. are wrong today because the disease has been here infecting us for months. Therefore, she says the number of confirmed cases and deaths in America and are too low. CDC says events with 50 or more people should be cancelled or delayed for 8 weeks including sporting events, weddings, and festivals.Florida has 100 cases and 4 deaths. Broward has 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases, which is more than any other county.Infectious diseases expert Dr. Aileen marty on Broward’s response to COVID-19 a result, the National Guard has been deployed to Broward to test people for COVID-19 at free drive-thru clinics.West Palm Beach will open its first drive through coronavirus test sight today as well.Starting at 10 a.m., FoundCare, Inc.will open a drive-through testing station in the parking lot of its location at 2330 N.E. Congress Avenue in West Palm Beach.last_img read more

No. 2 Ohio State tested but tops No. 9 Penn State 28-17

first_img WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News After cruising through the first 10 games against teams that didn’t put up much a fight, No. 2 Ohio State found itself in a slugfest with No. 9 Penn State.The Buckeyes responded, winning with defense.Justin Hillard intercepted Penn State backup Will Levis’ pass and the Buckeyes stopped the Nittany Lions on fourth down on two late drives to seal a 28-17 victory and lock up the Big Ten East title.J.K. Dobbins rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns , and Justin Fields threw for 188 yards and two scores for Ohio State (10-0, 8-0).Ohio State held on after Penn State (9-2, 7-2) took advantage of two second-half turnovers to climb back in the game after trailing 21-0. This was a far different scenario for Ohio State, which hadn’t yet had to play hard into the second half.“We talked about going into a big heavyweight match, and you have to take shots,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. “One of the things about playing in a game like this is you have to be willing to take punches and you have to not flinch when it happens. That was a great example. That was the first time we really were taking shots there.”The Buckeyes were clinging to a 21-17 lead early in the fourth quarter when Fields threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Chris Olave to create some breathing room.Ohio State, with Chase Young back from a two-game suspension, then got the interception from Hillard before shutting down two late Penn State drives on fourth down, aided by deafening crowd noise. The last drive included back-to-back sacks of backup quarterback Will Levis by Young and linebacker Baron Browning.Fields fight backFields fumbled away the ball twice, once as he was crossing the goal line for what would have been a touchdown. But he got critical yards on the ground , rushing for 68 yards on 21 carries and threw beautiful second half touchdown passes to K.J. Hill and Olave.And he got knocked around plenty, and at one point late in the game was slow to get up after being sacked but stayed in the game.“He’s a warrior, I’m telling you,” Day said. “He’s got the heart of a lion.”Chase Returns Young was back in action after sitting out two games as a penalty for breaking the rules by accepting a personal loan. And he was a force, picking up nine tackles, including three sacks . He has 16 1/2 for the season, the most ever by a Buckeye.Clifford outFreshman QB Levis finished up Penn State’s first scoring drive in the third quarter — capped by an 18-yard touchdown run by Journey Brown — after Sean Clifford left the game with an injury. Coach James Franklin said Clifford was available to come back in but wasn’t 100% so he stayed with Levis, who scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.“I was a little nervous the first couple plays, but then it all went away, and I started having fun and doing my thing,” Levis said.Coincidentally, Levis signed with Penn State after Fields withdrew his commitment to Franklin and chose Georgia in 2018. Fields transferred to Ohio State in January.Things are getting interesting in Columbus.You didn’t count out @PennStateFball , did you? — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 23, 2019The TakeawayPenn State: Statistically, the Nittany Lions were beaten soundly but managed to hang around until late. Journey Brown ran the ball 11 times for 64 yards.“No one flinched,” Penn State safety Garrett Taylor said. “We came out and fought hard.”Ohio State: The Buckeyes outgained the Nittany Lions 417-227 but were stricken by uncharacteristic turnovers. Now it’s on to Ann Arbor for the rivalry game against No. 12 Michigan.“It’s good to have a full game under your belt, especially going into next week,” linebacker Pete Werner said.Poll implication The🐐on what this win means to him:”Before the game I was tearing up just looking at my big bros who raised me through this process, and you get emotional sometimes. I’m just happy we got a win in the last game in The Shoe. They’re my brothers forever.”#GoBucks — Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) November 23, 2019Buckeyes should stay put. Nittany Lions could drop but not much after playing Ohio State tough.Up NextPenn State: Hosts Rutgers next Saturday in season finale.Ohio State: Winds up the regular season next Saturday with rivalry game against Michigan. First Published: 24th November, 2019 19:48 IST 9 months ago Wisconsin job growth down, but economists aren’t worried 9 months ago Over 1,000 LGBTQ members hold pride parade in New Delhi SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Last Updated: 24th November, 2019 19:48 IST No. 2 Ohio State Tested But Tops No. 9 Penn State 28-17 After cruising through the first 10 games against teams that didn’t put up much a fight, No. 2 Ohio State found itself in a slugfest with No. 9 Penn State. WATCH US LIVE Written By COMMENTlast_img read more

Abraham Nets Eighth Goal in Chelsea’s Win to Move up Fifth

first_img*David Luiz on target as Gunners are now third in standingTammy Abraham scored his eighth league goal of the season as in-form Chelsea swept aside Southampton at St Mary’s to climb to fifth in the Premier League.Chelsea dominated from the outset and took the lead when Abraham’s looping finish from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s pass was adjudged to have crossed the line before Maya Yoshida’s intervention. Mason Mount doubled the Blues’ lead from close range, before Danny Ings poked home Yan Valery’s cut-back to reduce the arrears.The visitors restored their two-goal advantage five minutes before half-time, N’Golo Kante’s strike from the edge of the area taking a wicked deflection off Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on its way past Angus Gunn.Two second-half substitutes combined to set up Chelsea’s fourth, Michy Batshuayi slotting home Christian Pulisic’s through-ball to put the seal on a comfortable victory for Frank Lampard’s side.The result leaves struggling Southampton in 16th place – just one point above the relegation zone.At the Emirates Stadium, David Luiz scored the only goal as Arsenal edged past Bournemouth to move up to third in the Premier League.Luiz glanced home Nicolas Pepe’s ninth-minute corner for his first goal since his summer arrival from Chelsea.Bournemouth improved after the break and went close through Callum Wilson, but they rarely troubled Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal.The Gunners move above Leicester, Burnley and Crystal Palace with the win, while Bournemouth stay 10th.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang went close in the opening stages and hit the post late on, but those opportunities bookended a game of few chances.Bournemouth offered little as an attacking threat, but with Arsenal unable to kill the game off they were able to apply some pressure in the closing stages.Only a last-ditch tackle from Matteo Guendouzi prevented Joshua King from converting a low cross by Callum Wilson, who also fired straight at Leno in stoppage time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more