Merkel ‘deeply concerned’ by rapid jump in coronavirus infections

first_imgChancellor Angela Merkel is deeply worried about sharply rising new coronavirus infections in Germany, her spokesman said Monday, urging citizens to keep to strict hygiene measures including masks if social distancing cannot be maintained.”The development of infection numbers is of great concern to us,” Steffen Seibert said. “We can see from some of our European friends where that could lead.”In a meeting with her CDU party’s top brass, Merkel warned that new infection numbers — currently at around 2,000 a day — could leap to 19,200 daily by Christmas if the trend “continues in this way,” party sources told AFP. The chancellor’s warning came a day before she is due to hold a video conference with the premiers of Germany’s 16 states on the next measures to take to keep infections down.Germany began to ease stringent measures including shop closures or limits to the numbers of people meeting from late April, after weeks of lockdown brought new infections down from the peak of around 6,000 daily. But with travel picking up again, particularly during summer holidays, and larger gatherings taking place, contagion has returned swiftly.During the CDU meeting, Merkel also reportedly cited where priority would lie in terms of which sectors to keep open while fighting the pandemic. “We must set priorities — keeping the economy running, schools and kindergartens open. Football is secondary,” she said, according to Germany’s top-selling Bild daily.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Sea Monster Fossils Found in Arctic

first_imgThe BBC News reported the discovery of over two dozen plesiosaurs, pliosaurs and ichthyosaurs (see 04/20/2005) north of Norway.  Skeletons of the large marine reptiles, completely assembled, were found buried in fine-grained sedimentary layers of black shale.  “Everything we’re finding is articulated,” said Jorn Harald Hurum, co-director of the dig.  “It’s not single bones here and there, and bits and pieces – these are complete skeletons.”  The preservation was remarkable also in how fresh they looked, “like roadkill,” a bleached white against the black of the shale.  “Something happened with the chemistry that’s really good for bone preservation,” Dr. Hurum said.    Plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs lived in the age of dinosaurs and went extinct at the same time.  Hurum “was taken aback by the sheer density of fossil remains in one area,” the article said.  Hurum told the BBC, “You can’t walk for more than 100m without finding a skeleton.  That’s amazing anywhere in the world.”  Another said, “These sites are very unusual.  To find that many individuals is a remarkable thing – that’s a bonanza.”  One of the specimens they nicknamed the Monster may be 26 feet in length.The article speculates that these large creatures calmly died and sank to the bottom of the sea, where they were slowly buried.  Would not bacteria and predators have devoured any trace of them?  And even if the bones remained, would they not have disarticulated and spread apart?  They must have been buried suddenly at the same time.  Like so many other fossil graveyards, this area tells a silent tale of catastrophe.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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This Week in the Cloud – Klint Finley Discusses the Need for Ad-Hoc Networks

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#cloud#news 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Klint has been running a series of posts about the need for alternative networks. He discussed:The creation of mobile, ad-hoc networks that can connect with each other to create a wireless mesh.Turn all devices into routers.How radio transmissions could be used for network to connect.Why these types of networks re needed for health and safety.Linthicum said it is important for innovation to continue in this area so it is difficult to block communications. Joining the show after Klint was Johnny Diggz of Tropo who discussed telephony and its context with the situation in Egypt. Digz is the founder of “Geeks Without Bounds.” The service has provided the capability for people in Egypt to send messages via voice.Thanks to This Week in the Cloud for having Klint on the show and providing a consistent source for news about the cloud. alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This Week in Cloud Computing featured our very own Klint Finley as a guest in the last episode. It seemed like the right time to give credit to this show that has emerged as one of the most consistent voices in the world of the cloud.Hosted by Amanda Coolong and David Linthicum, the show features discussions and interviews. Klint was invited to discuss Egypt and the issues that come when telecommunications companies and governments have such control. He talked about how the situation in Egypt demonstrates how much more resilient the Internet needs to be so communications can run smoothly.last_img read more

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10 months ago​Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgery

first_img​Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgeryby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Pape Souare has gone through with an operation on his dislocated shoulder.The Senegalese international was injured against Grimsby in the FA Cup over the weekend.There is hope that he will be back soon, but it is not a major loss for Palace. Souare had only played in four games this season prior to his injury.Souare took to Twitter to say: “Quick minor op, and it went great can’t wait to get back doing what I love.”I wanna thank everyone for their ongoing support. See you soon.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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a month agoREVEALED: Tension between Barcelona teammates Messi and Griezmann

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Tension between Barcelona teammates Messi and Griezmannby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi is yet to fully embrace the arrival of new Barcelona teammate Antoine Griezmann.AS says there’s some tension between the pair, with Griezmann sensing Messi isn’t fully supportive of his signing. Indeed, Messi went public last week with his disappointment that Neymar couldn’t be re-signed from PSG.Tuesday’s disappointing 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund was Messi’s first appearance of the season.Inside the club, meanwhile, there is confidence the frostiness between the pair will ease once they start winning games together. last_img

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Despite progress threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

first_imgWASHINGTON – Despite the eye-popping figures thrown around in the NAFTA conversation — $2 billion in daily trade, 18 million autos built each year, hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. — one number in particular seems to be giving fits to Canada’s negotiating team: 232.That’s the section of U.S. trade law that lets President Donald Trump use national security as justification to impose crippling tariffs on foreign imports, a sword of Damocles the federal Liberal government desperately wants to blunt.Sources say Thursday’s talks between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer were dominated by efforts to secure a commitment from the Americans that a new NAFTA deal would mitigate the risk of such tariffs.“232 is emerging as the major problem,” said one source close to the talks, speaking freely on condition of anonymity.Rather than demanding absolute immunity, Canada is working hard to try to make the president’s favourite trade cudgel “more difficult to reach for,” the source said.For her part, Freeland offered little evidence of momentum Thursday when she emerged from the talks, sticking to her strategy of keeping mum on substantive details and offering only that the two sides were focused on “some tough issues.”“The atmosphere continues to be constructive, and we continue to work towards a deal, which has always been Canada’s objective,” Freeland said.“Canada has, from the very beginning, been guided by a single metric, and we continue to be guided by that single metric, and that metric is getting a deal that is good for Canada and good for Canadians. That is our target.”Talks, as well as the ensuing public narrative, have been dominated by some familiar stumbling blocks, including the dispute-resolution mechanism known as Chapter 19, stronger protection for Canadian workers and more U.S. access to Canada’s dairy market, among others.There have been signs of progress, including word Wednesday that the U.S. had backed off in recent weeks on its desire to limit Canadian and Mexican firms from bidding on lucrative American procurement projects. Talk of all-night marathon negotiating sessions is also seen as a good sign.But as some of the more fundamental differences fall away, Sec. 232 has indeed emerged as a major issue, trade watchers say.“I think the Section 232 issue is very big. Chapter 19 dispute resolution is less important,” said trade lawyer Darrel Pearson, head of the international trade and investment practice at Bennett Jones in Toronto.That’s because, as Canada’s experience with softwood lumber would suggest, a means of resolving disputes doesn’t make disputes go away — and Trump’s demonstrated proclivity for shooting first and asking questions later would seem to amplify that issue even more.Section 232 of the decades-old U.S. Trade Expansion Act allows the president, under certain circumstances, to impose duties recommended by his commerce secretary under the notion that the goods being imported are a threat to national security.It was on that basis that the U.S. imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other nations, and has threatened to do the same on auto imports. The Trudeau government has said it would respond to auto tariffs with its own countermeasures.Critics warn the potential tariffs of up to 25 per cent, plus retaliatory measures, could add thousands of dollars to the price of a vehicle, kill jobs and cause significant harm to the global auto industry.“I think it is clear that without Section 232 usage being resolved, Canada remains at significant risk,” said Pearson. Canadian negotiators didn’t make the tariffs a major issue at the outset of the talks in order to avoid giving the U.S. too much leverage, he added.“It may have been a better strategic move to negotiate Section 232 separately, eliminating a Canadian ‘ask’ from the negotiations so as not to add to the U.S. leverage, but the risks of continued threats of 10 or 25 per cent are too large,” Pearson said.Unifor president Jerry Dias, the head of Canada’s largest private-sector union, also had his sights set Thursday on Section 232, calling it a “deal-breaker” that “doesn’t make a stitch of sense.”“We’re not going to sit there and let Trump put an economic gun to our head anymore,” Dias said.“Here we’re talking about a trade agreement between two countries, but then one of the parties reserves the right to jerk around your economy at any given time? Not a chance.”Pressure has been mounting on the federal government to get a deal done, including from influential Republican members of Congress keen to spur an agreement before the November midterm elections and before a new, less NAFTA-friendly government takes office in Mexico.Then there’s the U.S.-Mexico agreement in principle that Trump and outgoing Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto announced last month, to the surprise of the Canadian team. While many observers, including the federal government itself, are skeptical Congress would approve that deal without Canada, others warn the ticking political clock could change that dynamic.Any deal is widely seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 in order to survive the arrival of an incoming Mexican government whose supporters have mixed feelings about the agreement.last_img read more

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HIDCO to run air conditioners using solar power at Nazrul Tirtha

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will soon run air conditioning machines on solar power in a portion of Nazrul Tirtha.Some of the ACs installed in the west wing of the second and third floor of the auditorium will be run using solar energy. The solar installation will be put up by Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation Co (KRT) that has recently been instrumental in setting up a solar-powered temperature-controlled warehouse at Tapasi Malik Krishak Bazaar in Singur. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn January 21, state Information Technology and Electronics minister Amit Mitra had inaugurated the facility. “We have already handed over the autoCAD drawings of the floor areas. Information on the existing central AC modules, their times of operation, roof space and balcony space available for installing the solar panels were discussed so create the designs,” a senior official of Hidco said. Keiichi Higuchi, president of Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation Co, and other officials inspected of a portion of Nazrul Tirtha and then recently held a meeting with senior Hidco officials. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Maintenance-free conventional batteries with periodic recycling would be provided. The idea is to move huge AC power requirement in the city space to renewable energy sources so as to move towards a greener earth. A project report would be prepared within a month,” the official said. It may be mentioned that Hidco chairman Debashis Sen had paid a visit to the warehouse in Singur developed by KRT in February and was impressed with its infrastructure. There are two rooms for keeping fruits and vegetables fresh and the temperature inside the two rooms hover around 19 degree Celsius, with wall-mounted digital thermometers registering the temperature. No electric power from the grid is being used. Interestingly, the facilities put up at the warehouse also include a magnetic rat-trap to ensure that rodents do not feast on the fruits and vegetables stored in the warehouse, where they remain fresh for six to seven days. The KRT facility at Singur is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency. If the proposed solar model at Nazrul Tirtha works well the state Information Technology and Electronics department may use this model to run the air-conditioning system of some community halls and offices maintained by the state government in New Town.last_img read more

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Rahul not to appear personally in contempt case

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to Congress president Rahul Gandhi seeking his response on a contempt petition for “incorrectly” attributing his ‘chowkidar chor hai’ remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi to it in the Rafale case but exempted him from personal appearance. “Personal presence of the alleged contemnor is dispensed with, for the present,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said in the order. The notice was issued after the top court rejected Gandhi’s plea to close the criminal contempt case filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi after his explanation in an affidavit on Monday claiming that the remarks were made in the “heat of political campaigning”. Gandhi had also expressed regret over his remarks. The apex court said the contempt case will be heard on April 30 along with the pending review petitions against the December 14, 2018 verdict that gave a clean chit to the Modi government in the Rafale fighter jet deal on a petition alleging irregularities. After hearing the arguments by former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Lekhi and senior advocate and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing Gandhi for around 10 minutes, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi passed the order. “On the basis of the statements made by Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior counsel appearing for the alleged contemnor (Rahul Gandhi), we deem it proper to issue notice in the matter,” the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said. Further, it said “Personal presence of the alleged contemnor (Rahul Gandhi) is dispensed with, for the present. “We also deem it proper to direct the Registry to list the present contempt petition along with Review Petition and connected Review Petitions and Miscellaneous Applications on April 30,” the bench said. The Congress said Gandhi in his “explanation” to the Supreme Court asserted that it was never his intention to attribute the ‘chowkidar chor hai’ slogan to the top court, but the party will continue to use the expression in the future. Singhvi told reporters that Gandhi’s affidavit clearly mentioned that a campaign is being run by the party president, Congress and other parties since the last 18 months or so alleging that Prime Minister Modi, some union ministers and others are complicit in the Rafale “scam”. “In this context, we had coined and repeatedly used, endorsed and relied upon the political slogan ‘chowkidar chor hai’ which we have done, we continue to do, and will continue to rely upon,” Singhvi said, citing Gandhi’s reply in the court. “It was never our intention to attribute this slogan as a finding of the Supreme Court. Indeed it could not have been such an intention for the simple reason that no court much less the Supreme Court would adopt or endorse such a slogan in a court order,” he said. Singhvi said he requested the court to close the matter, asserting that the BJP was politicising it and even using the court as a forum for politicisation. During the hearing, the court asked Rohatgi to apprise it of the contents of Gandhi’s affidavit. “We have not read the affidavit. Tell us what Rahul Gandhi has said,” the CJI said. Rohatgi said the Congress President has “admitted” that he made a “wrong statement” relating to the April 10 verdict of the apex court which merely had rejected the preliminary objections of the Centre on admissibility of certain documents to adjudicate the review petition in the Rafale case. “Rahul Gandhi said he made the statement in a euphoric manner,” Rohatgi said, adding that Gandhi had made the wrong statement without reading or seeing the order. Referring to the affidavit. the senior advocate said: “The apology is in a bracket.” “According to me it is not an apology. Actually a lip service of apology,” Rohatgi said. He said the top leader of a main political party is making a statement that “chowkidar Narendra Modi chor hain” without reading even the order of the apex court.last_img read more

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