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China says virus pushing US ties to brink of ‘Cold War’

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first_imgMore European nations meanwhile moved to ease their lockdowns, with virus trends improving and summer nearing. They loosened restrictions that have kept restaurants, bars and hotels shuttered, devastating tourism, and they moved toward reopening more schools.Globally, more than 5.3 million people have been infected by the virus, which most scientists believe jumped from animals to humans — possibly late last year at a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.US President Donald Trump has accused Beijing of a lack of transparency over the outbreak, suggesting the virus may have leaked from a top-security Chinese laboratory.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday that Washington seemed infected by a “political virus” but that Beijing would nevertheless be open to an international effort to find the coronavirus source. China said Sunday that its relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War,” fuelled partly by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and pitched the global economy into a massive downturn. Fresh tensions between Beijing and Washington emerged as virus restrictions continued to shape and remake lives around the world, and in very different ways. They muted celebrations by Muslims of the end of Islam’s holy fasting month of Ramadan; and they produced a decidedly mixed picture on newly reopened US beaches, with masks common on some and drawing jeers on others. One jam-packed pool party in Missouri, footage of which went viral, was a joyful bedlam of bodies just feet or inches apart from each other. “Some political forces in the US are taking China-US relations hostage and pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War,” Wang said.While once hard-hit European nations relax lockdowns as they work to salvage battered economies, other countries such as Brazil are emerging as new centres of the pandemic.Trump on Sunday suspended travel to the US by non-Americans leaving from Brazil. There was no immediate comment from the Brazilian government, run by Trump ally President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been dismissive of the virus and of lockdown measures.The US death toll rose Sunday night to 97,686, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with more than 1.64 million cases of infection. The US is by far the country worst hit in both categories.Topics :last_img read more

Perfect for first homebuyers, investors and downsizers

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first_imgThe home at 212 Douglas Rd, Salisbury.THIS charming Queenslander is on a low maintenance 430 sqm corner allotment in Salisbury.Marketing agent Stacey Holloway of REMAX Territory said the “warm and inviting home” at 212 Douglas Rd made entertaining effortless.“One thing I noticed about this home was the beautiful natural light and fresh air flowing through the open windows,” she said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home has polished timber floors, high ceilings, split-system and airconditioning. There is a lounge room with bay window at the front of the home and an open-plan dining room and kitchen further in. The kitchen has a large free standing gas cooktop, breakfast bar and ample bench space and storage.The three-bedrooms are spacious and the family bathroom has been updated. There is a very functional internal laundry with lots of storage and a separate toilet.The walls have been recently painted inside and out, the roof has been restored and new blinds have been added to all casement windows.last_img read more

Retiree doubles his money with stunning renovation

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first_imgAfter the reno it looked like a completely different home.It was not a quick and easy project, and he worked hard on changing it to a modern, four-bedroom home with polished timber floorboards, a three-car garage and a butler’s pantry.“I did as much of the physical work as I could to keep the costs down,” he said. 107 Mott Street GaythorneA FORMER military man more than doubled his money after he renovated an older rundown home in Gaythorne. Mark Whiteley set his eyes upon the old two-bedroom home at 107 Mott St as his next project when he purchased it after his retirement in 2009. 107 Mott Street Gaythorne before its major reno.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoHe bought the 1950s-era home for $537,000 with the goal of getting physical and transforming it from the ground up. “My mother-in-law said it was disgusting and that I was silly,” Mr Whiteley said. The home was recently sold at auction for $1,140,500.“We were just flabbergasted,” Mr Whiteley said.center_img A number of prospective buyers bidded for the home at auction.Mr Whiteley said he had planned to renovate and sell within six years before life got in the way.However, he said he enjoyed the process and had taught himself a lot of handy building and construction skills by watching YouTube tutorials.last_img read more

Fincantieri to build LNG barge for East Coast route

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first_imgImage courtesy of Fincantieri Bay ShipbuildingNorthStar Midstream, a portfolio company of funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., has formed Polaris New Energy (PNE), a marine transportation company focused on the transportation and distribution of liquefied natural gas (LNG).NorthStar executed an agreement with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to build a 5,400 cbm for coastwise transportation of LNG, with options to construct two sister barges.Fincantieri said that the barge would operate as an articulated tug and barge unit, utilizing a suitable tugboat, that would initially run along the East Coast of the United States providing LNG bunkering solutions to NorthStar’s customers.PNE will be sourcing LNG from JAX LNG, an LNG production facility in Jacksonville created through a partnership between NorthStar and Pivotal LNG. The facility began operations in late May 2019.The 5,400 cbm vessel will be fitted with four 1,350 cbm IMO Type C tanks and utilize a cargo handling system designed and developed by Wartsila.Tim Casey, executive president of LNG for NorthStar Midstream, said: “The construction of this barge will expand our ability to solve the logistics behind delivering LNG to our customers in both an economical and safe manner.“We see increased domestic industries looking to LNG as their future fuel source, and we are extremely excited to be on the forefront of LNG domestic marine transportation.”Todd Thayse, VP and general manager of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, added: “Entry into the U.S. LNG transportation vessel market has been a strategic interest of our organization. As we put this project into place, we will bring the expertise of Fincantieri and our designs to the LNG market.“last_img read more

Drug Abuse Prevention Unit to Hold Drug Abuse Awareness Rally

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first_img Share Tweet Drug Abuse Prevention Officer, Gem Eloi LifestyleLocalNews Drug Abuse Prevention Unit to Hold Drug Abuse Awareness Rally by: – January 22, 2020 Share Sharing is caring! Share Castle Bruce will play host to a Drug Abuse Prevention Rally this Friday as part of drug awareness month.Drug awareness month is celebrated in January 2020, under the theme, “health for justice, justice for health.Drug Prevention Officer, Gem Eloi says the rally will use primary school students to communicate the message.“Basically what we do is go to particular community as a team and we literally walk through the community, meet people and discuss the dangers of drugs, if they have any questions, we do our best to answer.”“We will meet at the playing field and we will have a march to the hard court where we will have a few performances by the students of the primary schools in the area and also the Castle Bruce Secondary School,” Eloi explained.She further reiterated that, “Drug awareness is not only for the youth, it’s for everybody.”As carnival season heats up, the Drug Abuse Prevention Unit is pleading for users to manage consumption of alcohol and completely abstain from illegal substances.“The thing about alcohol is that once it’s in your system, the only way out is through your liver breaking it down. You’ve heard the word intoxicated already, when someone is really drunk, it implies that alcohol itself is a toxin and our body gets rid of toxins via the liver. So anytime you drink alcohol, the only way it gets out of your system is through your liver.  “Eloi reported that the Unit observes a higher percentage of alcohol intake and drug abuse during the festive season. 69 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

URSS heads to Dodge City Raceway Park this Saturday

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first_imgThe next night the tour made its first trip of the season to Dodge City where track regular Luke Cranston of Ness City picked up the victory.  By David Smith, Jr., OKTidbits DODGE CITY, Kan. – A busy stretch consisting of two weekends of racing for the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing kicks off this com­ing Saturday night as the tour makes its second trip of the young 2019 race season to Dodge City Raceway Park and another battle with the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprints. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. with grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. with race action slated for 7:30 p.m.  Three events have been completed thus far this season with Jake Martens of Fairview, Okla., picking up the season-opening victory at 81 Speedway back on April 5.  Both events will see the URSS drivers take on the Sprint Series of Oklahoma presented by Smi­ley’s Racing Products with each night paying $1,000 to the night’s feature finale winner. Grandstand adult general admission is $15 while kids 11 and under will be admitted for free into the grandstands. All pit passes are $30.  In the last event held back on May 4, Lincoln, Neb.’s Jason Martin claimed the checkered flag at Lincoln County Raceway in North Platte.  In the staging area: After this Saturday night’s event at Dodge City Raceway Park, the Rebels will gear for a Memorial Day weekend doubleheader. It will all kick off Saturday night, May 25, at Long­dale Speedway in Longdale, Okla., before heading to 81 Speedway in Park City and once again become part of the track’s Sprint Car Maynia III for a Sunday night event. Twenty-eight drivers competed in that first event back in April at Dodge City and officials expect about that many this weekend for the $700-to-win feature finale. Brian Herbert will come into the night’s racing action as the point leader while two-time and defend­ing tour champion Zach Blurton is just four-points behind.last_img read more

Tajon Buchanan returns from left knee injury against Colgate

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Tajon Buchanan played his first game action since Sept. 7 against Colgate on Monday. The sophomore, who went down in the second half of Syracuse’s (3-3-1, 0-2-2 Atlantic Coast) Sept. 7 match against then-No. 12 Notre Dame with a left knee injury came off the bench for SU in the 30th minute. Buchanan recorded three shots to lead all SU players in a 1-1 draw.“He’s been out for a while,” McIntyre said, “but it was nice to see him in an Orange jersey.”The Orange rotated often throughout the early going of the game. McIntyre said Buchanan allowed the Orange to have more flexibility in its front as the team still was recovering from “tired legs” after its game against Virginia just four days earlier.Since the injury, Buchanan had been participating in warm-up drills with the Orange. A week after the injury, McIntyre said getting him on the practice field was just to “get him some fresh air” and that he didn’t participate in anything past warmups early on.Buchanan worked with the SU trainers throughout his absence. He did drills and went to training sessions to help strengthen his knee, but he said that the action got more comfortable as the game went on Monday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe gave Syracuse its first meaningful strike in the 43rd minute, a header shot right to the Colgate keeper. He wore a knee brace, but he said the movement felt good and there were no setbacks as the game went along.“It’s just a mindset thing,” Buchanan said of playing with the knee brace. “If I want to tell myself if it’s annoying, then it’s going to be annoying.”He started the second half and said he is going to keep working with the SU staff to get back to 100 percent. Holding him out for this long was a decision by the medical staff. Now he hopes he can start making starts again. Comments Published on September 24, 2018 at 11:33 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

NC Special: Juju or not? Hearts of Oak player spotted with “strange” waistband

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first_imgThe NC Special Competition reached peak level when Hearts of Oak hosted Kumasi Asante Kotoko in the semi finals ata the Accra Sports Stadium.A well attended game served up some delightful football as both sides traded shots for 90 minutes and more.Kotoko took the lead in the first half before Hearts of Oak equalized in the dying embers of the game to take it to a penalty shoot out.The Porcupine Warriors prevailed over 12 yards, winning 5-4.But a striking image from the game has got a lot of the fans talking about the spiritual aspect of Hearts of Oak vs Kotoko matches.As Hearts of Oak reeled from the defeat, one of their players, Burkinabe national, Aboubakar was captured with what looked like a band around his waist. Many have rushed to describe the item as “black magic”.But some have suggested such items are common in Francophone Africa, and is usually spotted around the waists of most young men.But it’s fair to say, whatever it was, it did not help Traore and his teammates who will now have to look ahead to next season after their fantastic run in the NC Special came to a painful end.Kotoko will go on to play Karela United in the final.last_img read more

Bob Leftwich elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Kansas Bankers Association

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first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Robert “Bob” Leftwich, President and CEO of Impact Bank was elected by fellow bank leaders to serve as the Chairman of the Board of the Kansas Bankers Association for 2015-16.Bob LeftwichThe KBA position represents the opportunity for Leftwich to further the mission of the organization to be the lead advocate for the banking industry in Kansas, and to support and assist bankers across the state.Leftwich is a career community banker in Kansas, beginning with posts at the National Bank of Wichita, Union National Bank in Wichita, and Allen County Bank in Iola. He started his decades of service at First National Bank in Wellington as a cashier in 1977, worked throughout the bank in the years to come, and was named President in 1990.In 2012 First National Bank in Wellington and Caldwell State Bank in Caldwell merged to become Impact Bank, where Leftwich continues to serve as President and CEO. He is a 1973 graduate of Wichita State University, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Bank Management, and a 1982 graduate of the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking.Impact Bank specializes in agricultural and commercial lending, and personal banking services, providing resources for business and families through locations in Caldwell and Wellington, Kansas.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Clete Rains · 261 weeks ago Congratulations Bob, very deserving of such recognition! Report Reply 0 replies · active 261 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Janet Hamlin · 261 weeks ago Very nice Bob, your so deserving! Report Reply 0 replies · active 261 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JasonandJanelle · 260 weeks ago What a great guy with a terrific family. Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Severe weather with rain and snow in the forecast as we hit spring

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first_imgJOHNSTON — Forecasters warn severe weather is possible this afternoon for much of central and southern Iowa.It’s the first day of spring but up to 2 inches of snow is likely for northwest Iowa by tonight as a strong storm system arrives. Meteorologist Chad Hahn, at the National Weather Service in metro Des Moines, says 16 counties in northwest Iowa are under a Winter Weather Advisory this evening and into tomorrow.“They’ll get a pretty good shot of precipitation in the form of rain today and as the cold air filters in tonight behind the cold front, that’ll transition over to snow,” Hahn says. “We’ll see some light accumulations and potential travel impacts across northwestern and northern Iowa tonight.”While many Iowans are already thinking of their spring planting plans, some will have to haul out their snow shovels on Friday.“We have about an inch to an inch-and-a-half in the forecast in north-central Iowa, maybe upwards of two inches or so up in the northwestern part of the state,” Hahn says. “I don’t want to focus so much on the amounts as the combination with the northwest winds at 40 miles per hour and even two inches of snow can create some travel headaches.”Parts of southern Iowa may reach 70 degrees this afternoon. The normal high temperature for Des Moines for today’s date is an even 50 degrees, so wide swings are in the making.“As we approach the mid-60s today, obviously, we’ll be about ten or 15 degrees above that,” Hahn says. “As we go through today and behind the cold front tomorrow, high temperatures here in central Iowa will be in the mid-30s so, a change of about 30 degrees and, of course, that’ll be about 15 degrees below what the seasonal temperatures are for this time of year.”Forecasts call for highs back around normal in the 40s and 50s by Monday and into next week.last_img read more