While the nation anxiously awaits the final results of the 2020 presidential election, the coronavirus pandemic in the United States is setting new records as COVID-19 cases rise rapidly across the country.The United States reported 102,831 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and 1,097 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard. It was the first time any country has reported more than 100,000 new cases in a single day. Caseloads are rising significantly in nearly every state.The nationwide spike is increasingly straining US hospitals. The Washington Post reports that 18 states have logged record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations this week, and data from the COVID Tracking Project show that 20 states have more than 1,000 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.Since the pandemic began, the United States has had 9,544,315 confirmed coronavirus infections and 234,300 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data.Hospitals under strainAmong the states where hospitals are under pressure is Minnesota, which reported a new single-day high of 3,956 confirmed or probable cases today. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, there were only nine intensive care unit beds left in Twin Cities hospitals yesterday morning, and Gov Tim Walz requested 10 more medical professionals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to boost staffing in hospitals and long-term care facilities.The latest data from the state health department show 908 COVID-19 patients in state hospitals.”We do not have infinite space, we do not have infinite staff, we do not have infinite resources,” Minnesota Hospital Association president Rahul Koranne, MD, told the paper. “At the end of the day, there will come a breaking point.”Earlier this week, hospital officials in neighboring Iowa, where hospitalizations have doubled over the past month, also warned that their facilities are being stretched thin. In a statement to the Des Moines Register, officials with UnityPoint Health, one the state’s largest health systems, said they’re making plans to divert patients if COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa continue to climb at the current rate.”It’s crucial for the public to understand that the challenges we are facing are very real and very urgent,” UnityPoint said in its statement.The nationwide surge in cases is also putting new strains on personal protective equipment. While the shortages aren’t as severe as in the spring, the Wall Street Journal reports that many hospitals around the country are rationing and reusing N95 respirators, and that nationwide demand for N95s continues to outpace production. Manufacturers like 3M and Honeywell are producing significantly more N95s than before the pandemic, yet still can’t keep up with demand.In addition, many hospitals are far behind in efforts to stockpile N95s and other protective gear such as gloves because of rising hospitalizations.Prisoner release in New Jersey; new mask mandate in MaineIn other US developments:New Jersey released 2,258 prison inmates yesterday to reduce crowding in the state’s prisons and limit the spread of the coronavirus, according to the New York Times. New Jersey is one of several states that have made large coronavirus-related reductions to their prison population since the pandemic began in the spring.Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced an executive order today mandating face masks in public, regardless of physical distance from another person, the Portland Press Herald reports. The order came as Maine, which has fared very well during the pandemic compared with other states, recorded 183 new COVID-19 cases, its third day in a row of record-high cases. The 7-day daily average of new cases in Maine (118.7) has nearly doubled in the past week.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said during a press conference yesterday that Congress should pass a coronavirus relief package before the end of the year, Politico reported. Negotiations on a relief package have been on and off since the summer, with House Democrats calling for a much bigger package than the White House and Senate Republicans. Though disagreement over the price tag remains, McConnell said he thought that, with the election over, a deal may be possible.
Narita International Airport Terminal 3. Sumber Wikipedia Semakin banyaknya maskapai yang menyediakan layanan Low Cost Carriers (LCC) membuat terminal khusus maskapai berbiaya rendah di Bandara Internasional Narita perlu diperluas dalam jangka waktu empat tahun mendatang. Tujuannya, agar mengurangi penumpukkan penumpang yang terjadi di bandara yang terletak di Prefektur Chiba, Jepang ini.Baca Juga: Lima Maskapai Ini Dianggap Ramah Bagi Penyandang DisabilitasDiketahui, Terminal 3 yang diperuntukkan khusus maskapai berbiaya rendah ini dibuka pada tahun 2015 silam, dan setiap tahunnya hampir selalu mengalami peningkatan pengguna. Dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman nhk.or.jp, aliran pengguna meningkat kurang lebih sekitar 10 persen setiap tahunnya. Itu semua tidak lepas dari peran operator LCC yang terus memperkenalkan layanan baru dan meningkatkan jumlah penerbangannya. Ada keunikan lain dari bandara ini. Selain Terminal 3 yang dikhususkan untuk maskapai berbiaya rendah, Terminal 1 dan 2 pun ditujukan bagi kelompok maskapai tertentu, seperti Terminal 1 khusus untuk anggota SkyTeam dan Star Alliance, sedangkan Terminal 2 khusus untuk anggota aliansi maskapai Oneworld. Saking banyaknya layanan yang ‘singgah’ di bandara yang memiliki landas pacu sejajar ini, sampai-sampai Bandara Internasional Narita mendapat gelar sebagai bandara internasional tersibuk di Jepang.Menurut laman sumber, Terminal 3 Bandara Internasional Narita digunakan oleh lebih dari 7,6 juta orang pada tahun fiskal terakhir yang berakhir pada bulan Maret 2018 kemarin. Dengan adanya peningkatan yang stabil pada sektor penumpang, maka hal tersebut maka berimbas pada kepadatan penumpang ketika check-in dan antrean pada pos pemeriksaan keamanan.Baca Juga: WheelTug, Dukung Pergerakan Pesawat Lebih Cepat di Area TerminalMenanggapi hal tersebut, Narita International Airport Corporation selaku operator bandara tersebut melakukan inisiasi untuk meningkatkan kapasitas terminal menjadi 15 juta penumpang. Selain dapat menampung lebih banyak pelancong, peningkatan kapasitas tersebut pun diharapkan dapat menarik lebih banyak nama LCC untuk ‘menyandarkan’ pesawatnya di Narita.CEO dari Narita International Airport Corporation, Makoto Natsume mengatakan bahwa akan merelokasi bangunan kargo di sisi selatan terminal LCC untuk membebaskan ruang seluas 10.000 meter persegi untuk perluasan. “LCC telah berkembang dan permintaan penerbangan telah melampaui ekspektasi. Kami akan berhati-hati dalam menyediakan fasilitas penunjang bagi para penumpang,” tutur Makoto.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedLow Cost Carrier Terminal Akan Hadir di Terminal 1 dan 2 Bandara Soetta11/08/2018In “Bandara”Mengenal Terminal LCC, Apa Bedanya dengan Terminal Full Service?27/08/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Terminal 2F Bandara Soekarno-Hatta Kini Khusus untuk Penerbangan Berbiaya Murah02/05/2019In “Bandara”
The prison survey, which is being facilitated by the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme’s (CSSP) Component Three and the University of Guyana, has been submitted. This was disclosed by CSSP’s Project Manager, Clement Henry during an interview with the Department of Public Information.Citizen Security Strengthening Project Manager, Clement HenryHenry said the report was submitted on October 27, 2017, and is currently being reviewed by the Guyana Prison Service and CSSP’s project team. He explained that before the report’s recommendations can be taken on board, they must fit all Terms of Reference and be carefully analysed by the stakeholders. He pointed out, however, that the recommendations and findings of the survey will soon be made public.The sum of US$74,200 has been allocated for the survey. Faculty members from UG’s Turkeyen and Tain campuses, including medical and legal personnel, mathematicians, criminologist and social workers comprised the core team that led the survey. Additionally, 30 students from the university were trained in data collection to assist the team in conducting the survey.The survey is part of Component Three of the CSSP, which seeks to finance sustainable re-entry initiatives by assessing rehabilitation and reintegration needs across the prison system; develop a rehabilitation and reintegration model based on the needs assessments and the outputs of the survey; develop a case management programme to support and track inmate progress and offer training to Guyana Prison Service (GPS) staff on delivering rehabilitation and reintegration services.The CSSP is a five-year programme that aims to contribute to a reduction in crime and violence in Guyana, especially in targeted communities and among youths, by increasing their human and social capacity.
Share This!©Raglan RoadMake sure you’re wearin’ your green as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend at Raglan Road’s Mighty St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Disney Springs!This year’s event will last from March 16 through March 19 and the celebration will feature great Irish cuisine, live music, Irish dancers, complimentary face painting, and more!The highlight is the music courtesy of the fantastic bands that will take one of two different stages. This year, bands will include the very best of native Irish talent – Young Dubliners, The Byrne Brothers, HanaLena Band, The Raglan Roots Coalition, Swingin’ On the Gate, Rollickin’ Rua, and Jennifer Lyons. Guests will also be able to catch performances by the award-winning Irish dancers.The full schedule of events can be found here: This authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration also features inventive cuisine by Irish celebrity chef Kevin Dundon. So if you’re looking for a great and traditional Irish meal, this is the place to visit!Celtic Face Painting is available for guests to enjoy from noon – 8:00 p.m. daily during the festival.On thing to keep in mind is that Raglan Road will charge a cover charge of $10 that will apply to each guest 18 and over on March 17th only.Also, do keep in mind that the event schedule is subject to change without notice due to inclement weather. Guest should also allow extra time for parking. Raglan Road guests can celebrate the holiday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. each night.If you’d like to find out more information about the event, make sure to check out www.raglanroad.com.
A former Reserve Bank governor, Tito Mboweni, has been named an honorary professor in the School of Economics and Business Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).“I am delighted to be associated in such a meaningful way with Wits, its students and faculty,” Mboweni said in a university statement yesterday.“As one of the leading institutions located in the heart of the financial markets in South Africa and on the continent, Wits has an important contribution to make through its academic endeavours in these relevant areas.”Wits vice-chancellor Adam Habib said the university was privileged to welcome Mboweni to the institution.“His knowledge, expertise and political and economic savvy will add value to our teaching and research programmes and will be hugely beneficial to our staff, students and members of the Wits community. We look forward to many debates and robust interactions going forward,” he said.“Given our current economic circumstances and Africa’s role in the global economy, we require many more intellectuals of the calibre of Mr Mboweni to influence young minds and to develop our future leaders.”About MboweniMboweni was appointed to the board of the New Development Bank, the newly established Brics bank, as a non-executive director.He served as the minister of labour from 1994 to 1998, and as the governor of the Reserve Bank from 1999 to 2009. He was the eighth governor of the central bank and the first black South African to hold the post.According to Wits, Mboweni holds a Batchelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of Lesotho and a Master of Arts degree in development economics from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.He also served as the chancellor of North-West University from 2002 to 2005 and has been awarded several honorary doctorates locally and abroad.At present, he serves as an adviser to Goldman Sachs International, and is the non-executive chairman of the boards of Nampak Limited, SacOil Holdings, Accelerate Property Fund and the African Centre for Economic Transformation.Source: News24Wire
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