GLA to block Brent Cross extension

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Hercules gets even stronger

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New autopsies reveal US coronavirus spread began in January

first_imgTwo people who died in California in early and mid February have been confirmed through autopsies as coronavirus cases — weeks before the first reported COVID-19 fatality in the United States.The deaths, on February 6 and February 17, push back the timeline for the entry of the virus on US soil, experts said.Given what we know about how long it takes for the virus to kill people, the disease began to spread in the US sometime between early and mid January. Sara Cody, the public health officer of Santa Clara County where the new autopsies were performed, told The Washington Post it was not yet known how the two people were infected, with officials unaware of any history of overseas travel. This further reinforces that the virus was already circulating in the community at a time that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was continually assuring the public that the threat posed by COVID-19 was “low.” Topics : Limited testingAnother person who died in Santa Clara County on March 6 also had the disease caused by the coronavirus, the medical examiner-coroner said in a statement.”These three individuals died at home during a time when very limited testing was available only through the CDC,” the coroner said.”Testing criteria set by the CDC at the time restricted testing to only individuals with a known travel history and who sought medical care for specific symptoms.”The coroner said they expected to identify more coronavirus-related fatalities in Santa Clara.A study this week led by Bhattacharya at Stanford indicated that the novel coronavirus was likely far more widespread than official figures suggest.Blood samples taken from 3,300 volunteers in Santa Clara County showed the true number of COVID-19 cases was at least 50 times higher than the number of confirmed infections in the county.Santa Clara was among the first areas in the US to tell residents to stay at home to contain the spread of the virus, ordering a shutdown from March 17.On the other side of the country, researchers determined that the virus was spreading in New York City in February, and the predominant strain came from Europe.This finding tied in with a spate of mysterious pneumonia cases that the city’s physicians were treating before large scale testing began.Viruses mutate over time and there are enough genetic changes for scientists to trace back their ancestry, much like a person’s DNA can be traced back to their parents and grandparents.California officials expect to find other old cases of COVID-19. Santa Clara County official Jeff Smith said recently that the virus may have arrived on US shores as early as December — days after China first identified the pathogen. And the fact that it took astute health officials to carry out post mortem examinations on these selected cases in turn means that the overall death toll of 45,000 is likely well below the real number.”Models of epidemic spread in the US will have to be adjusted to account for an earlier start date,” Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University told AFP.”This in turn should mean that the models will predict a larger number of current cases in the US now than they are currently predicting. How large an effect this will have on epidemic forecasting remains to be seenThe earliest death attributed to the coronavirus was previously thought to be on February 26 in Washington state — a man in his 30s who returned from the disease’s epicenter in Wuhan and reported himself to authorities after experiencing symptoms.last_img read more

Activists, historians seek freedom to uncover 1965 putsch

first_imgSeveral years ago, during a meeting with a group of women at an undisclosed location, former National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) commissioner Yuniyanti Chuzaifah had an experience she would never forget.The women were victims and relatives of victims of alleged violence against civilians between 1965 and 1966, which occurred after the assassination of six military generals in an alleged coup attempt on Sept. 30, 1965, that was blamed on the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).The meeting with the victims was part of Yuniyanti’s efforts to help them receive continued medical rehabilitation support from the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK). However, she said the meeting was interrupted by a group of unidentified people who raided the building and dispersed the attendees after accusing them of discussing communism.“We saw several people raid the building carrying machetes in their hands, while others carried bamboo sticks,” Yuniyanti said during a webinar on Wednesday. “We were perplexed by the incident as we had only talked about health care in the meeting, not even a single word about communism.”“The raid shows that the public still holds resentment against the PKI and those who are allegedly related to the party,” she added.Two decades after the fall of the Soeharto regime, fears of communism remain entrenched in Indonesia, where the ideology has been banned since 1966. Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said the fear of communism in Indonesia stemmed from anti-PKI propaganda and the “manipulation of history” under president Soeharto’s 32-year tenure from 1967 to 1998. Those included, he said, the use of a movie called Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI (Betrayal of the Communist) which depicted vicious PKI members assassinating generals.Historians are still trying to get better access to materials to understand the violence and examine the historicity of the government’s G30S accounts – or lack thereof. They say the public has the right to know the truth behind what happened in 1965 and therefore historians should be able to publish their findings openly and without intimidation.One such historian is Grace Leksana. She obtained her doctorate in history from Leiden University in the Netherlands in May. Her thesis focuses on a 1965 tragedy in a neighborhood in southern Malang, East Java, a city she believes to be one of the main locations of violence against civilians in the period.“The government always promotes a narrative that the G30S was initiated by the PKI, but it never mentions anything about the violence against civilians that followed the incident,” Grace said in a discussion hosted by history magazine on Tuesday.In her research, she interviewed villagers to determine the sequence of violence against civilians, the forms of violence and the alleged perpetrators.She came to the conclusion that violence had occurred in the village and that several residents had helped the military screen civilians allegedly affiliated with the communist party. These residents, she said, had done so because the regime had promised them prominent positions in local administrations if they assisted.John Roosa of British Columbia University in Canada discussed violence against civilians in his 2020 book Buried histories: The anticommunist massacres of 1965-1966 in Indonesia. The book follows his previous publication, Pretext for mass murder: The September 30th movement and Suharto’s coup d’etat in Indonesia, which was banned by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in 2009.His research found that many civilians were subject to forced disappearances and killings.He said at the Tuesday discussion that many civilians in places such as Riau, Lampung, West Java and Central Java were arrested and placed in detention camps in 1965 and 1966 before being murdered.In a TV appearance on Tuesday evening, Coordinating Social, Political and Legal Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the government had never forced the public to believe the propaganda in the movie.He said the government had never determined which version of the 1965 tragedy the public should believe. “The history of the tragedy is still debatable, and we’ll leave it to the historians.”He said in a video statement earlier on Tuesday that the government did not oblige people to screen the G30S/PKI movie or prohibit them from screening it. But he noted one condition; everyone should refrain from hosting crowded events to prevent the spread of COVID-19.The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) concluded in 2012 an investigation into the 1965 communist purge. The commission found that the purge had constituted a gross human rights violation and recommended that military officials be brought to trial. But AGO prosecutors maintained that they were unable to build a case because of insufficient evidence.Topics :last_img read more

QNB: LNG supply demand shift to drive short-term deals uptake

first_imgChanges in supply and demand and near the end long-term contracts can drive more LNG sales to spot markets and may result in the adoption of short-term sales contracts, Qatar National Bank said in a report.QNB expect this gradual shift to continue in the coming years, but as most of the market, especially key producers such as Qatar, continue to operate on long-term contracts and long-term buyers’ needs.LNG prices in Asia have risen sharply in recent months due to rising Chinese demand. Despite the increased supply in the market, Chinese buyers have had difficulty finding LNG because most of the supplies were booked on long-term contracts, leaving less than a third of the total supply available on the global spot market.The global LNG market operates very differently from the fossil fuel market, crude oil. There is no single standard price for LNG as the market is largely divided by regions, QNB said.In North America and Europe, LNG trading is now conducted on contracts with shorter terms, and pricing generally reflects market fundamentals associated with supply and demand. However, the volume of LNG traded is relatively low because Europe and North America have a more mature infrastructure than the pipelines through which more gas is supplied. But in Asia – where 70 percent of global liquefied natural gas supplies go – buyers have historically sought to secure the commodity with 20-year contracts or more to ensure a stable and reliable supply.It has long been debated whether Asia should shift to a more flexible model like North America and Aruba. Historically, long-term contracts and the oil price index have been beneficial to both producers and consumers. Continuous cash flow towards producers has led to higher investment in the sector, which in turn has prevented a shortage of supply or higher prices for consumers. However, two factors have now emerged as a challenge to the current operating environment, QNB’s report said.First, the strong appearance of shale gas in the United States created a new source of supply for global liquefied natural gas markets and led to price cuts, prompting buyers to switch to short contracts. The rapid development of US shale gas in the mid-1990s has resulted in an oversupply in the domestic gas market in the United States, resulting in a sharp decline in natural gas prices.The decline has pushed US gas prices to a much lower level than Asian crude oil prices from 2009 to 2015, and both prices remained close even after the fall in crude oil prices. As a result, buyers are looking at US gas prices as the market cap, and these prices will continue as US LNG exports continue to grow. The United States completed its first LNG export terminal in 2016 and began to ship quantities this year.Second, long-term prospects for LNG demand are increasingly optimistic compared to oil forecasts. This may be beneficial for LNG producers who will benefit from selling more gas in spot markets. Demand for LNG is estimated to grow by more than 3-5 percent annually until 2030, while oil demand growth is expected to be between 0.5-1 percent per year over the same period. The global increase in natural gas consumption is due to growing environmental interest, especially in Europe and China, because it has one of the lowest CO2 emissions compared to other fossil fuels such as oil and coal.These two factors will play an increasingly important role in the coming years as a number of large, long-term contracts in Asia are about to be completed in the early 1920s, allowing both buyers and sellers to renegotiate new terms for the LNG trade. The international group of LNG importers expects long-term contracts to supply more than 6 percent of the world’s LNG by 2020, and this will increase to more than 20 percent by 2025. Recent trends have shown the signing of new long-term contracts along with an increase in immediate short-term contracts. Qatar, for example, signed long-term contracts with Pakistan, Bangladesh and Thailand, while countries such as China, Singapore, Angola and Kuwait held short-term agreements with various vendors.To conclude, QNB said that l LNG prices in the United States and rising future demand prospects are likely to lead to shorter contracts and new pricing mechanisms that better reflect LNG fundamentals.However, this shift will be gradual as the current operating environment serves both buyers and sellers well. Qatar and other key LNG players will continue to work on long-term contracts to ensure steady flows and the use of the oil price index, which is currently the most viable and reliable means of pricing LNG for the long term.last_img read more

Drug suspect nabbed

first_imgSiasico was nabbed after he soldsuspected illegal drugs to an undercover cop for P500 around 7:45 p.m. onThursday, the report added. Suspected shabu valued around P2,000was seized from 25-year-old resident Raymar Siasico, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Police arrested a drugsuspect in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Old Poblacion, Escalante City,Negros Occidental.center_img The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Escalante City police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

Urban J. ‘Jack’ Selm, age 79

first_imgUrban J. ‘Jack’ Selm Jr., age 79, of Brookville, Indiana died Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born March 13, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio he was the son of the late Urban J. Selm Sr. & Jeanette A. (Schmitt) Selm. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force.Jack was retired, having farmed in Franklin County and had also drove a school bus for the Franklin County Community School Corporation. He had also worked for the Brookville Lake Regional Waste District for several years.He was a Member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1010 of Brookville, former member of the Franklin County 4-H Fair Board, a Founding member and past-president of the Franklin County W.A.T.C.H. Center Board of Directors; and had been active in Franklin County Special Olympics for 40 years.Survivors include his wife, Sandra, of Brookville; one daughter, Julie Selm of Richmond, Indiana; one son & daughter-in-law, Joe & Connie Selm of Brookville, Indiana; two step-daughters, Geri (Tam) Lord and Karla Page-Bates; a step-son, Henry R. (Sheila) Page; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Gerald (Sharon) Selm of Connersville, Indiana, Jim (Jean) Selm of Harrison, Ohio, and John (Cathy) Selm of New Castle, Indiana.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Eric Selm, who died June 19, 1994.Family & friends may visit from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Pastor Barton Howard will officiate the Funeral Services on Friday, October 7, 2016, 12:00 Noon, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial with full Military Graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in St. Michaels Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to Special Olympics or the W.A.T.C.H. Center. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Selm family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Adebayor jets in

first_img Villas-Boas has remained calm when questioned about Adebayor’s failure to return earlier all week. The Portuguese said the former Arsenal striker had “issues” to deal with following his country’s exit from the tournament. If he was angry at the striker’s actions, he was not showing it publicly on Saturday. “It was obviously good to have him,” said Villas-Boas, who brought Adebayor on in the second half. “He helped the team (get) the result so it is good to get him back. “It’s very difficult. First he was authorised to come back on Friday. Some issues arose that have put that comeback in jeopardy, but he still was in time to come back and make an impact from the bench.” Adebayor infuriated some Spurs fans this week when he waited five days after Togo’s elimination from the African Nations Cup before travelling back to London, even though he is the club’s only fit striker. “Yes, (we sent a jet to get him),” the Spurs manager said. “He arrived in Luton yesterday (Friday) around 6 o’clock and then joined the team at the hotel.” Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Tottenham chartered a private jet to ensure Emmanuel Adebayor made it back in time for Saturday’s 2-1 win over Newcastle.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Jackett uncertain on Doyle future

first_imgKenny Jackett acknowledges only time will tell if Kevin Doyle remains at Wolves beyond the close of the summer transfer window. Jackett is keen to keep hold of the Ireland international striker but readily admits League One may not be the place for him as suitors from higher divisions continue to be linked with his services, while Doyle’s wages would also stretch Wolves’ third-tier budget. But the 29-year-old has shown plenty of commitment to Wanderers’ cause since being brought back into Jackett’s plans, and it currently remains to be seen where he will be plying his trade when the window closes on Monday September 2. “Kevin is a Wolves player although there is constant speculation in the newspapers,” Jackett told the club’s official website. “Is he unhappy here? Is he close to a move? That’s not necessarily the case. “It’s quite a unique and unusual situation that the club has dropped two levels in two years and these might not be our problems but they are our equations to work out. “The club has its way and we have got to make sure we keep planning on ourselves and concentrate on our own club and our own team. “Kevin’s commitment since I have been here has been excellent and it was evident (in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Bristol City).” Asked if Doyle has too much quality for League One, Wanderers’ head coach added: “I hope that proves the case over the course of the year and I hope we can keep him as well. But we’ll have to see. “He has shown a lot of commitment and a lot of quality in the short time I have been here.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Fans unhappy with price hikes

first_img “AISA has always been committed to securing affordable ticket prices for supporters which has resulted in some positive developments in recent seasons, including the introduction of the Young Guns enclosure and category C tickets. Whilst it is the case that this is only the third ticket price increase in the last nine years, the announcement will be met with disappointment by many supporters,” Langton told Press Association Sport. “AISA believes that it is vital that football, both at the Emirates Stadium and at away grounds, is accessible to as many supporters as possible. “AISA will continue its dialogue with the club with regard to (the) freezing of season ticket prices for the 2014/15 season, in respect of which an announcement has not yet been made, and will also continue to campaign for reductions across the league in away ticket prices.” Arsenal’s statement highlighted no increases for some concession tickets at the 60,000-seater stadium. The club statement read: “Arsenal Football Club has announced it will be increasing its ticket prices by three per cent, in line with inflation, next season. “It will be only the third across-the-board increase on prices in the nine seasons the club will have been at Emirates Stadium. “Prices within the Family or Young Guns Enclosure for Team JGs (four to 16 years) and Young Guns (12 to 16 years) to attend B and C category matches will remain unchanged at £10. “Season ticket holders’ individual prices will be communicated at the time of renewal. Renewals for Club Level season tickets will begin in February.” In January 2013, Manchester City returned some 912 unsold tickets for their travelling fans at the Emirates Stadium, which had been set at £62 by Arsenal. A club statement from the Barclays Premier League leaders on Thursday evening confirmed the three per cent increase “in line with inflation” for next season. AISA chair Lois Langton hopes the club will continue their dialogue over freezing the cost of season-ticket renewals, some of which can cost £1,900, with a decision yet to be confirmed either way. Press Associationcenter_img Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association has expressed disappointment over the club’s announcement to increase ticket prices for next season.last_img read more