Thousands arrested for ‘virus-related crimes’ in China

first_imgTopics : The country has also deployed a range of smartphone apps to track the whereabouts of people to quickly identify possible cases.Wearing a mask is mandatory in supermarkets, cinemas or on public transport, and many choose to wear one while outdoors as well, as a safeguard against the virus.China has not reported any locally transmitted infections in recent days. Some have also been accused of embezzling money collected from fundraisers to help coronavirus patients, selling defective medical equipment and lying about their travel history or health condition.”From January to July, 5,797 people were arrested and 6,755 were prosecuted,” the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said in a statement Thursday. The statement did not specify how many people were still in detention or whether some had already been sentenced.China has largely brought the spread of the novel coronavirus under control — since it first emerged in the central city of Wuhan in December 2019 — with strict lockdowns, aggressive contact tracing and close monitoring of neighborhoods.center_img Nearly 5,800 people suspected of killing health workers, selling defective medical equipment and lying about their travel history have been arrested in China for epidemic-related crimes since January, the state prosecutor’s office said.One case involved a shopper who beat another customer to death for not wearing a mask in a supermarket.Other cases included a person who deliberately mowed down medical workers with a car, and another was arrested for stabbing a health inspector with a dagger when monitoring temperatures.last_img read more

MHI Vestas Sets Up Borkum Riffgrund 2 Base in Emden

first_imgEMS Maritime Offshore GmbH (EMO) will from March 2018 onward provide MHI Vestas Offshore Wind with port facilities and logistics services in Emden for the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm.After the installation of the 56 V164-8 MW wind turbines, MHI Vestas will commission the wind turbine generators and use the service base at Port Knock at the river Ems.The service base will be used for the commissioning works on Borkum Riffgrund 2 for approximately one year. As the operator of the terminal facilities and the surrounding area, EMO will provide logistics services consisting of loading, warehousing, terminal logistics and berth management.Stephan Kremers, Commissioning Project Manager of MHI Vestas Offshore, said: “EMO convinced us with their flexibility and availability of Locations around the river Ems delta, but in particular with the high independence of the location, 1st class services 24/7, as well as the versatility of Port Knock. We are looking forward to the cooperation with our new business partners. “The recently modernized Port Knock is a pier of the AG “EMS” with a connected industrial area, which is located in front of the Emden harbor in the industrial area Rysumer Nacken. The area offers a high potential for development, which will be used extensively for the first time for an offshore wind project, EMO said.Located 54km off the coast of Lower Saxony in Germany, next to Borkum Riffgrund 1, the 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 is scheduled for commissioning in 2019.The wind farm’s wind turbines will be installed on 20 suction bucket jacket foundations and 36 monopile foundations.last_img read more

Bristow and Era one step closer to closing merger after clearing antitrust hurdle

first_imgBristow and Era Group made a deal to merge in an effort to create a more diverse and financially stronger player back in January 2020. The combined company will be named Bristow. On 11 March 2020, Era re-filed its HSR premerger notification and report form. On 10 April 2020, the waiting period with respect to the HSR Act expired. In connection with the proposed merger, on 6 February 2020, Era and Bristow each filed a premerger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act) with the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Photo source: Flickr; Author: Ronnie Robertson – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license Offshore helicopter operator Bristow and its peer Era Group are one step closer to closing their previously announced merger after clearing an antitrust hurdle. The expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act satisfies a condition to the closing of the merger, according to a statement by the two companies. However, the closing of the merger remains subject to other customary closing conditions. These include the approval of the merger by Bristow’s stockholders and the approval of the issuance of the shares in the merger by Era’s stockholders.last_img read more

P80-K reward for arrest of rape, murder suspects

first_imgA “post mortem” examination revealedshe died of lacerations on her hymen, broken ribs, damaged liver, and blunttrauma on her chest and abdomen./PN The local Barangay Council setup a P50,000reward with Murcia mayor Gerry Rojas adding P30,000, municipal police stationchief Major Robert Dejucos said. Dejucos added the reward will helpsolve the case as he admitted they were having difficulty in identifying thesuspects.     He said two persons of interest wereinvited to their station, as they wait for the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testresults.    center_img The victim, who was in Grade 5, wasfound dead in a sugarcane field on Oct. 30. BACOLOD City – A total of P80,000reward was set to whoever could give information leading to the arrest of thesuspects in the rape-slay of a 10-year-old girl in Barangay San Miguel, Murcia,Negros Occidental.         last_img read more

USDA Approves more acres in Indiana for Wildlife Habitat

first_imgImage: U.S. Department of AgricultureINDIANAPOLIS — USDA Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Julia A. Wickard, announced that additional acres in Indiana are now available for wildlife habitat improvement incentives.“We can accept offers to enroll more acres in Indiana for farmers interested in protecting local threatened species,” said Wickard. “In exchange for creating habitat for these species, USDA will provide participants with rental payments and help with expenses.”This opportunity comes from the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) program, part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) whereby Farm Service Agency enters into contracts with participants so that environmentally sensitive land is not farmed, but instead used for wildlife habitat.Indiana conservation partners have specifically identified habitat concerns for the following species: Indiana Bat, Northern Bobwhite Quail, Sedge Wren Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow Sparrow, Ringneck Pheasant, and the American Woodcock.Program participants establish long-term plant species to control soil erosion, improve water quality, or strengthen declining wildlife populations. In return, participants receive annual rental payments between 10 and 15 years.The SAFE program allows state fish and wildlife agencies, non-profit organizations and other conservation partners to target the Conservation Reserve Program within distinct geographic areas to help wildlife. SAFE is limited to 1.35 million acres nationally, with 97 projects in 36 states and Puerto Rico.Statewide farmers and landowners have committed to establish 13,900 acres of valuable habitat since 2008. This announcement brings the total available acres for additional enrollment to 9,600 acres. Statewide acres are allotted to specific wildlife and areas in the state. For information regarding available acres in your area, contact your local FSA office at or visit the website at read more

Cathryn M. Dickey

first_imgCathryn Marie Fries, “Kay,” of Batesville, 88, beloved wife of the late Donald Dickey, Sr., passed peacefully to the Lord on June 2, 2016, shortly after the death of her husband.  Loving and prayerful family surrounded Cathryn at the time of her death.Cathryn was born in Brookville, Indiana on October 15, 1927 to Elmer and Alma (nee Schuck) Fries.  Cathryn and her three siblings were raised by their loving mother, a college graduate who placed a high priority on faith in God, education, and hard work. They lived with their grandmother and uncle on the family farm where they learned life lessons daily.  As one of her chores, Cathryn arose each morning before sunrise and gathered the eggs from the henhouse.  She learned to cook, bake, can and preserve food, sew, and very importantly, she learned the value of a dollar.  She developed an exceptional work ethic, patience, discipline, and commitment.  The values that Cathryn acquired during the early stages of her life on the farm empowered her, and later she passed on these traits to her children.After graduating from Brookville High School in 1945, Cathryn moved to Cincinnati to attend Miller’s Business College.  Upon graduation from college, Cathryn lived at the Fontbonne and worked as a secretary at Western & Southern Insurance Company.  She frequently recalled her days in Cincinnati and the friends she made.On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1948, Cathryn married Donald Dickey at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Brookville, Indiana.  They settled in Batesville, proudly raised seven children, and were blessed to be together for 67 years, even in their last days.In the early years of her marriage, Cathryn worked as a private secretary and office manager.  However, after Don and she welcomed their first child into the world, Cathryn began her life’s work as CEO of the Dickey family.  She modeled faith in God, and she nurtured the growth of her children.  Cathryn showed grace and humility in relating to others; she taught her children by example.  To Cathryn, no task was too difficult or daunting.  She instilled and reinforced a strong work ethic in all of her children.  Being conservative, Cathryn reused and recycled countless items; bread bags held baked goods and paper bags lined shelves. Cathryn’s extraordinary cooking and baking skills were legendary.  Her chocolate cake was always requested at family gatherings; neighborhood children delighted in her chocolate chip cookies.  Her famous cinnamon rolls sold for several hundred dollars at the annual St. Louis Catholic Church Festival.  Each of her children remembers “Mom” being selfless, placing their needs above her own.  She was ever-present in their lives, both inside and outside her meticulous home.  Placing a high priority on education and service, Cathryn volunteered at St. Louis School, as a room mother and cafeteria worker, from 1957 to 1981, when her youngest child graduated from the 8th grade. Cathryn was the center of her family, the gravity around which her husband and children thrived.In 1974, Cathryn was elected Township Trustee and Assessor.  In addition to her duties as assessor, Cathryn helped countless people prepare their taxes, even after she was no longer assessor.  In 1979, Cathryn became the Managing Director of the Batesville Bureau of Motor Vehicles License Branch, a position that she held for 25 years.  She effectively and efficiently managed the branch, always patient, kind, and extremely helpful to her customers.  After Cathryn’s retirement, at the age of 76, many people continued to comment on how much they missed having her at the license branch.Additionally, Cathryn was an active member of the St. Louis School P.T.A, a Golden Circle Member of the Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W., and an enthusiastic participant in the Ripley County Republican Women’s Club.  Cathryn served as an Election Inspector for her Precinct for over 40 years.Furthermore, “Grammy’s” favorite activity was visiting with her children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter.  During these visits, “Grammy” found teachable moments to impart her brilliant wisdom and highly regarded advice.  She was always available by phone to answer cooking, laundry, and housekeeping questions.  She relished preparing family dinners, always asking for any special requests.  Cathryn cheered for all Indiana college basketball teams and thoroughly enjoyed watching NCAA March Madness and old classic movies with her beloved husband.  Also, she loved shopping trips to Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Chicago with her daughters and granddaughters.  Chatting with friends always brought smiles to Cathryn’s face.  “Grammy’s” favorite vacation spot was Hilton Head Island.  She not only packed her clothes, but also packed bags of her homemade cookies, coffeecakes, and cinnamon rolls.  She also prepared meals for the 12-hour road trip.  She delighted in taking care of everyone! Most significantly, Cathryn devoted much time to daily prayer, saying the Rosary, Scripture reflection, and visits to the St. Louis Church Adoration Chapel. She regularly watched the Eternal World Television Network and supported multiple Catholic charities.Undoubtedly, Cathryn’s devout faith, her beautiful, loving, and caring nature, her incredible work ethic, and her selfless spirit are truly her legacy.  She will be immeasurably missed by her loving children:  Beverly Ehrhardt (Phil) of St. Charles, Illinois, John Dickey (Terri) of Batesville, Glenn Dickey (Deb) of Florence, Kentucky, Mary Sitterding (Mitch), James Dickey (Sandy), and Donald Dickey, Jr., ”Dogger” (Elaine) of Batesville, and Janine Burkhart (Lincoln) of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and one brother, Elmer.  Cathryn’s beloved husband, Don, and two of her siblings, Charles and Maxine, preceded her in death.Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 5 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Weigel Funeral Home in Batesville, Indiana.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church.  Burial will follow in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the Tuition Assistance Program for St. Louis School.  Please make checks payable to St. Louis Church, 13 St. Louis Place, Batesville, IN 47006, in honor of Cathryn M. Dickey.  Memorial donations may also be made to Batesville Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry, P.O. Box 383, Batesville, IN 47006.last_img read more

President Kenyatta defends executive from Senate wrangles

first_imgPresident Kenyatta is instead calling on leaders to shun politicizing the revenue formula and find a solution where equity and fairness shall prevail, a move supported by Deputy President William Ruto who said magnanimity must prevail and no county should feel disadvantaged by any method agreed.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 DP Ruto while addressing a delegation of elders and leaders from Bungoma and Trans Nzoia Counties, at his Sugoi home in Uasin-Gishu County said Senate has the requisite leadership and wisdom to reach a consensus that takes into account all the parameters to balance between the populous and disadvantaged counties.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsHis sentiments were shared by Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia and Nakuru Deputy Governor Dr Erick Korir who called for equity and fairness in revenue allocation claiming activities in devolved units have stalled.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesThe development coming as Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina hinted of a breakthrough in the deadlock soon. President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended the executive from the wrangles at the Senate over the revenue sharing formula.The Head of State said the third basis formula for sharing revenue among counties was proposed by the commission and has nothing to do with the executive.Speaking at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), President Kenyatta insisted that the crucial revenue sharing parameters are set out by the commission on revenue allocation and not the executive.Also Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981last_img read more

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic demands a response against Liverpool after defeat

first_imgSlaven Bilic will demand a response from his West Ham side at Liverpool following last weekend’s loss to Bournemouth. The Hammers lost 4-3 to the Premier League new boys at Upton Park and head to Anfield on Saturday to face a Liverpool side who have made an unbeaten start and appear a more resilient proposition this season. “It is not an easy week but with a defeat like we had last week, we were gutted after the game. We have got over that and we have to bounce back,” Bilic said. “This is a new game and new players. What has happened over the last 52 years (is gone) but this is a completely new game.” Of more pressing concerns than history is West Ham’s squad, which is depleted through injury, suspension and the release of Kevin Nolan, who captained the side against Bournemouth but is now looking for a new club. Right-back Carl Jenkinson serves a one-match ban, joining Adrian in being suspended. The goalkeeper has two more games to sit out. Striker Diafra Sakho (groin) should be available, but Enner Valencia (leg) and Mauro Zarate (hamstring) remain out. Andy Carroll (knee) is back in training but unlikely to be selected until after the forthcoming international break, when the Hammers face his former club Newcastle. Defender Joey O’Brien (calf) is nearing a return, too. On Sakho, Bilic said: “We are hoping he will be (fit). He felt a stiffness in his adductors after Saturday’s game, and he trained individually, but we expect him (to be okay) because it is not something major.” Bilic, though, believes the Hammers are down to the bare bones. He added: “We are going to have a really good team to go out there. (But) in some positions we will have to hope that the players can last the 90 minutes.” Press Association “(Liverpool) are a tough team and have seven points. They have not scored so many goals but have not conceded many. The results are different. “If you see the players they have bought, they still want to be attacking and score goals. “They have quality in every department of the pitch and are really dangerous upfront. “Now they have physical size with (Christian) Benteke and the quality with (Philippe) Coutinho and (Roberto) Firmino. “Seven points from three games is what they expected and I am expecting a tough game. “But we are positive as well and they have their weaknesses which we need to exploit.” West Ham have not won at Anfield since 1963. “That is long but it doesn’t mean a lot to me,” Bilic added. last_img read more

Ghislaine Maxwell Lawyers Fight For Release

first_imgLawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell are expected to argue their client be released on $5-million bond during a hearing today in New York federal court. Maxwell will not appear via remote connection from the Brooklyn jail where she is being held.Details about what happened when FBI agents showed up to arrest Ghislaine Maxwell in New Hampshire are being revealed.Prosecutors say she tried, “to flee to another room in the house. Agents were ultimately forced to breach the door.”Inside the home, agents found “a cell phone wrapped in tinfoil on top of a desk, a seemingly misguided effort to evade detection” from law enforcement trying to trace her phone.The 58-year-old denies accusations that she recruited young girls for Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s, and that she is being used as a scapegoat due to her relationship with him. The British socialite was arrested earlier this month in New Hampshire, and she’s been held in Brooklyn. Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to keep Maxwell, the former girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, behind bars, saying in court documents that she played an “essential role in sexual exploitation” of minors that “caused deep and lasting harm” to victims. Maxwell vigorously denies the charges, and intends to fight them.Maxwell has repeatedly renounced any knowledge of sexual abuse, even claiming in court filings that “she’d had no contact with Epstein for more than a decade.” But ABC News finding in court documents that Epstein and Maxwell exchanged seven emails in a month’s time regarding a civil suit just four years ago.last_img read more

Ryan expects team to maintain energy

first_imgIn their first official road game of the season on Saturday, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team downed their in-state rival Marquette for the second year in a row. This win played no small part in propelling the Badgers up to No. 7 in both major polls.UW head coach Bo Ryan was asked Monday at a news conference whether or not he expected his team to be more energetic this week in practice in response to this weekend’s results.”I hope I’m coaching guys that every game, every practice, every time they come out, it isn’t any different as far as their approach to what they’ve got to do,” Ryan said. “I’m hoping they’re ready to come to work today, because with me it won’t be different. I’ve already forgotten about Saturday.”Monday’s [game] is still a faint memory [only] because we get so many calls from the NBA people about the guard from Winthrop,” Ryan continued, referring to scouts’ inquiries about Torrell Martin’s 31-point performance at the Kohl Center Dec. 4.In the game at Marquette, freshman guard Trevon Hughes, who didn’t play a single minute in the Badgers’ win against Winthrop, logged a career-high 18 minutes. Conversely, freshman guard Jason Bohannon, who is averaging nearly 18 minutes per game, never took off his warm-ups against Marquette.Ryan denies that this fluctuation in playing time is due to poor performances by either of these players, but rather it is a result of the circumstances surrounding each game.”It wasn’t a shock to any of the guys on our team if one guy gets a bunch of minutes in one game that maybe he didn’t get in another. It’s the environment, the elements, the type of game, the size, the speed, the ‘this,’ the ‘that.’ There are a lot of factors that go into who’s on the floor and who isn’t.””Send it in, Jerome!”One Badger who was on the floor for nearly the entire game was senior Alando Tucker. He scored a game-high 28 points, an effort that included three slam dunks.Without question, Tucker has looked to finish with a crowd-pleasing dunk more this season than in years past, when he seemed content to lay the ball in.”It depends on if there’s a help player there, or on his take-off,” Ryan said of Tucker’s decisions near the rim. “He doesn’t try to dunk every time. A lot of times, if you try to dunk, it takes a little longer to gather yourself and to get the ball in position, and the help defense can get over there and get a piece of it.”Unlike the NBA, dunks are not an official stat kept in college basketball. Nonetheless, Tucker was unofficially credited with only two dunks all of last season. Through 10 games so far this season, he has already slammed 12 times.”Sometimes he’ll dunk if he feels there’s a reason, maybe some contact, or the position that he’s in, or his take-off ability, how he was planted,” Ryan said. “Other times, you just want to quickly get it to the backboard.”Division-I athletes are students, tooWisconsin is in the middle of a stretch of five straight games against opponents that made last year’s NCAA Tournament. This includes the wins against Winthrop and Marquette, as well as the upcoming match-ups with UW-Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Pacific at the Kohl Center.To make this stretch even more difficult, finals begin for the players this weekend, as they do for all UW-Madison students. Ryan has made it clear that academics are of first priority, particularly following the ineligibilities of two players last year.”If they have a tutorial session, if there’s a study group, guys have left practice,” said Ryan, who had to deal with the academic ineligibilities of Marcus Landry and Greg Stiemsma in the 2005-06 season. “We’ve been down to 12 guys at a couple of practices at the end because of what time study groups started.”last_img read more