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    (CNN)Tension is simmering in the waters of the Eastern Mediterranean as Greece and Turkey, NATO allies but historic rivals, inch toward a possible military confrontation that could end up engulfing the region.Naval vessels from both countries made a show of force in the contested region of the Eastern Mediterranean on Tuesday as a race for gas and oil reserves adds a new point of friction to old disputes. While the NATO allies have been engaging in gunboat diplomacy that has pulled more countries into the dispute, Germany has been looking to de-escalate the tensions that threaten to spill over regionally. "The conversation windows between Greece and Turkey must now be opened further -- and not closed. In addition, instead of new provocations, we now finally need steps to relax and an initiation of direct discussions," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted ahead of visits to both Athens and Ankara on...
    Rome, Aug 22 . .- The Italian region of Lazio (center), whose capital is Rome, has seen new coronavirus infections soar, with 215 cases in the last 24 hours, a record number for this region that even during the tough months of the pandemic was little hit. As reported by the Regional Minister of Health, Alessio D’Amato, 61% of these new cases are related to the return from vacation from abroad, but especially from the Italian island of Sardinia, where 97 of the new positives arrived. New cases in Lazio have jumped from 137, according to Friday’s bulletin, to 215 today, and have been steadily increasing in the last week. “We have never had so many daily cases,” D’Amato said. The previous record was 208 cases diagnosed in a single day, on March 28, in the middle of the pandemic, when Italy was the most affected country in Europe. In...
    HEALDSBURG, Calif. —  Fires across California continued to expand Thursday, most critically in the North Bay and Santa Cruz mountains, propelled by erratic winds near the coast and hampered by resources stretched thin by dozens of blazes. From the Salinas Valley to wine country, smoke as thick as fog in some places made it feel as if flames were everywhere. Thousands fled to shelters and hotels, the pandemic ever present but posing a distant risk compared to fire. In the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg, under an evacuation warning, residents prepared to leave, some for the third time in four years. So many fires burned in the numerous low mountain ranges surrounding the San Francisco Bay that the region was home to the world’s worst air quality Wednesday night and Thursday morning, according to the website PurpleAir. In all, more than 492,000 acres have burned in Northern and Central...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  Massive fires ringing the San Francisco Bay Area are continuing to create dangerous air quality. In many neighborhoods, a layer of ash has covered the ground, distributed by gusty winds and adding to the pollution that is clouding much of the area. The American Lung Assn. warned that excessive heat, wildfire smoke and COVID-19 posed risks to those most vulnerable to respiratory problems. “The combination of uncontained wildfires and extreme heat has created conditions that put even healthy individuals at risk,” said Dr. Afif El-Hasan, an association spokesman. “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic only makes these potential effects more serious.” California Evacuations widen as Bay Area fires threaten San Jose, choke the air California Evacuations widen as Bay Area fires threaten San Jose, choke the air The fires raging in Northern and Central California continue to force thousands from...
    Illinois Governor JB Pritzker will be offering new information on the current situation of the pandemic during a press conference this Wednesday at 2 pm This week the Illinois Department of Public Health announced a series of new restriction and mitigation efforts for counties in southern Illinois as it experiences a significant spike in coronavirus cases. Region 4 includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington counties. During the last three days in Region 4 there have been rates of positivity higher than 8%, which caused the new restrictions to be automatically activated. Those new restrictions include the closing of bars, restaurants and casinos in the region at 11 pm, suspension of party bus service and reducing the size of meetings to 25 people or 25% of the establishment quota. The new restrictions will remain in effect for 14 days, and if the...
    It should take just one Covid-19 vaccine to get the spread of the virus in the Washington-Baltimore region under control, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. That will make getting the local economy back in gear a little easier. The study from Hopkins researchers, which looked at the genetic makeup of the virus through samples from local patients at Johns Hopkins Medicine, suggests the virus hasn’t changed all that much since its introduction into the region in late March. That makes it more likely the region will need just one vaccine — as opposed to regularly altered vaccines for quick-changing viruses like the flu — to curb its spread and get it under control. So, if you’ve heard from friends and colleagues who contract the flu even after getting a flu shot, that probably won’t be the case with a Covid-19 vaccine, according to...
    A screenshot from a video shared by Twitter user Tasha Joy shows the "firenado" that was spotted on the border of Nevada and California. @That1GirlTasha/Twitter A wildfire that erupted in Northern California on Friday led to a tornado of fire — or "firenado" — on Saturday. "Firenados" can form when hot, dry air forms columns and sucks in embers and debris. The phenomenon led the National Weather Service to issue on Saturday what is believed to be its first official fire tornado warning. Some social media users shared images and videos of the jarring plume of smoke.  A rare fire tornado — or "firenado"— occurred in a part of Northern California on Saturday. The extreme weather event was triggered by wildfires that started on Friday in Loyalton, California, near the state's border with Nevada. A "firenado" is a weather phenomenon that forms when columns of hot, dry...
    Mexico City (CNN)At first glance, the picture China's ambassador to Barbados tweeted on July 23 shows nothing more than an online meeting — a typical, screen-based representation of what life has become during the pandemic.The digital get-together was to announce that Beijing had agreed to give a $1 billion loan to Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries to help them secure an eventual Covid-19 vaccine developed by China. Like most online meetings, and any photos of them, this one was largely dull.But let's make it more interesting. Look at the photo again. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi looms large in the center of the screen. He's surrounded by about a dozen foreign ministers from LAC countries. They're all there, in part, to thank China for coming to their aid.If you believe that China has ambitions to be a regional and global power, the photo is downright allegorical. China as the...
    U.S. Central Command has released video of an Iranian Sea King helicopter boarding a vessel in the Persian Gulf, part of what the Pentagon says is continued “disruptive behavior.” “Iran has been a destabilizing force in the region,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Thursday in a press briefing, citing a range of malign activities in the region. Hoffman listed activities including targeting Saudi oil fields, disrupting commercial shipping by the use of mines, cyberattacks and ballistic missile attacks on Iraq. “It’s not a surprise to anyone that Iran has continued with this behavior,” he said without providing additional details about the incident first reported by U.S. Central Command and the Navy's International Maritime Security Construct. "Iran's use of its military forces to conduct an armed boarding of a commercial vessel in international waters constitutes a blatant violation of international law that undermines freedom of navigation and the free flow...
    A region in Spain has introduced a ban on smoking in outdoor public places when social distancing cannot be guaranteed.   The ban came into effect Thursday in Spain's northwestern region of Galicia, with other areas mulling similar restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Under a law approved by the regional government of Galicia late on Wednesday which came into force at midnight, removing a face mask to smoke in public is not allowed if it is not possible to maintain a distance of two meters (6.7 feet) between people. The move is supported by research from Spain's health ministry, who last month found that smoking can spread the virus because people project droplets when they exhale smoke.  In addition, the virus could be spread when a person removes their face mask to smoke a cigarette, and by touching their cigarette before bringing it to their mouth.   A...
    A REGION in Spain has banned smoking in the streets due to the risk it causes in transmitting coronavirus. Galicia, in the northeast of Spain, has introduced the ban on any public walkways where social distancing cannot be followed, after 827 new cases. 2Smoking in a region in Spain has been banned in public is social distancing rules cannot be followedCredit: Reuters According to local media, the ban has been introduced because tobacco smoke poses a "risk of infection" of coronavirus, as well as forcing people to remove their masks while smoking. The ban, in place from today, includes "terraces where people are in close proximity". Alberto Fernández Villar, the head of pneumology at Vigo hospital in Galicia, said: "We know that this is an unpopular measure for smokers." He added: "But I believe that we are in an exceptional context, with a disease which we don’t know how it...
    The oldest known cremation in the Middle East has been discovered and it happened 9,000 years ago after a young adult died after being hit by a flint projectile. Scientists from the French National Centre for Scientific Research believe the remained found in present day Israel marked a cultural shift in funeral practices.   Excavations at the Neolithic site of Beisamoun in Northern Israel uncovered the ancient cremation pit that dates back to between 7013 BC and 6700 BC.  The remains of a corpse appear to have been intentionally incinerated as part of a funerary practice and are the oldest known cremation example in the region.  This is a picture of the right coxal in situ - preserved almost complete by a piece of collapsed mud wall during the fire that burnt the rest of the remains of the young adult The individual buried in the pyre-pit was injured...
    JOHANNESBURG - While global attention remains centered on the coronavirus, a U.S. special envoy is sounding the alarm about crises in Africa’s Sahel region, especially the political unrest in Mali, and the growing number of alleged human rights violations and abuses in the troubled region. Amid the world focus on the coronavirus pandemic, another force is bringing death and destruction to the vast, arid region of Africa known as the Sahel.  J. Peter Pham, the U.S. top envoy to the region,  says recent developments there are of great concern.  “In the last quarter, by our count — that's the quarter ended June 30th — there were 270 attacks by extremists in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. That number represents an almost 40 percent increase from a year earlier. So that's significant. That's worrisome as a trend,” he said. FILE - Senegalese soldiers of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) patrol...
    Conservation efforts in China put in place to protect the giant panda may have triggered a decline in the numbers of leopards, snow leopards and wolves. Experts from China found that these carnivores — as well as the dhole, the Asian wild dog — have almost disappeared from the protected areas set aside for the panda. Accordingly, the researchers have argued for a broader conservation strategy to be implemented in the region to protect biodiversity as a wider whole. Conservation efforts in China put in place to protect the giant panda, pictured, may have triggered a decline in the numbers of leopards, snow leopards and wolves (stock image) Researchers found that four large carnivores have almost disappeared from the protected areas set aside for the panda. Pictured, where each of the carnivores (leopard, top left, snow leopard, top right, wolf, bottom left and dhole, bottom right)...
    In a column for the conservative Bulwark, political observer Daniel McGraw said voters in a key region between Pennsylvania and Ohio have had enough of the chaos in the Donald Trump’s White House and his failure to bring the jobs he promised them in 2016. As McGraw points out, the region along the border encompassing Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Lawrence and Beaver counties in Pennsylvania was a solid Democratic region until Trump came along. Writing that candidate Trump swept into the area in 2016 with rallies where he promised jobs and better times ahead McGraw stated that Trump’s pitch was well-received and local voters turned out for him. But now, three and a half years later, those promises are not only unfulfilled, but conditions have grown worse due to the coronavirus pandemic and those same voters are tired of his act. “Four years ago, Trump campaigned like a rock star in this part...
    The Coast Guard is urging the commercial and recreational maritime community in the tristate area to practice hurricane preparedness as Hurricane Isaias has the potential to affect the region. The National Weather Service has forecasted Hurricane Isaias to potentially accelerate into the tristate area as a tropical storm on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Potential hazards include high surf, dangerous rip currents, heavy wind, heavy rainfall, and coastal flooding. Earlier report - Tracking Hurricane Isaias: Region Remains In Latest Projected Path Coast Guard Captains of the Port for New York and Long Island Sound are encouraging boaters to be proactive and prepared ahead of impending heavy weather. “We are closely monitoring Hurricane Isaias and preparing for potential impacts to the region’s Marine Transportation System,” said Capt. Jason Tama, Sector Commander for Sector New York. “Storms such as this can be unpredictable, and it is important that both commercial mariners and...
    (Bloomberg) – Ultra-low-cost airline JetSmart Airlines is accelerating plans to expand in South America, as the region’s largest airlines give way after being forced into bankruptcy by the collapse of travel in the face of the covid-19. Owned by private equity firm Indigo Partners LLC, by magnate Bill Franke, and which also has a majority stake in Frontier Airlines, JetSmart will launch a Peruvian airline early next year and a cargo business in a few months. The airline is also considering a possible move to Brazil and Colombia, depending on how the pandemic affects the industry, said its executive director, Estuardo Ortíz. “We are planning to accelerate our expansion based on how the market recovers and we are in a good position to do so. Indigo Partners and all of our strategic suppliers continue to support the airline, ”he said in a telephone interview. “This situation is unprecedented. It will...
    The oldest alpine plant region on Earth, in the Hengduan Mountains of southwest China, dates back more than 30 million years, scientists say.  US and Chinese researchers say the alpine flora of the Hengduan Mountains has continuously existed far longer than any other alpine flora on Earth.  The diversity of plants in the region today can be traced back to newly-formed mountain ranges 30 million years ago and later monsoons, plant DNA reveals.  When the Indian tectonic plate slammed into Asia around 40 million years ago, the effect on biodiversity was like 'pouring over jet fuel', due to new weather conditions.  The mountain's alpine community contains distinctive communities adapted to stressful environmental conditions, including past climate changes, scientists say.   Rhododendron nivale subsp. boreale at Chinese shrubland. The alpine biome harbours distinctive communities adapted to stressful environmental conditions RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next World's oldest trees are NOT...
    A 4.2 magnitude earthquake of 4.2 magnitude struck about a mile north of the Los Angeles community of Pacoima on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said.  There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Though relatively small in magnitude, the quake which struck at 4.29 am. Pacific time was felt in much of the Los Angeles area, social media reports said.  Shaking was felt over from Palmdale to Anaheim, and from Ontario to Agoura Hills, according to a map on the USGS website. A second quake of 3.3 magnitude struck nine minutes later, the survey said.
    The State Department appointed longtime Senior Foreign Service member Jim DeHart as the U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region Wednesday. DeHart holds the rank of Minister Counselor and has been a member of the Senior Foreign Service for 28 years, according to the State Department. He most recently served as a senior adviser in South Korea and previously led the U.S. diplomatic mission in Oslo, Norway. Eyeing #Russia and #China, @StateDept announced the appointment of U.S. Coordinator for the #Arctic Region Jim DeHart to lead the policy-making & diplomatic engagement on Arctic-related issues to advance U.S. interests in the region related to safety and security. @VOANews pic.twitter.com/4VlhsAqZiX — VOA Nike Ching 张蓉湘 (@rongxiang) July 29, 2020 A senior State Department official told reporters Wednesday that a more robust regional policy helped further U.S. interests in the Arctic region such as “security, sustainable economic growth, cooperation among Arctic states” and...
    More than 11 million people in Latin America are "marching towards the brink of starvation" due to economic conditions exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N.'s food agency chief David Beasley has warned.     "The COVID-19 pandemic has just been devastating in Latin America, where the economic storm clouds were already gathering," Beasley said in a statement put out by the World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday following his trip to Ecuador and Panama. "Families are struggling to buy basics like food and medicine, as livelihoods are destroyed and the number of people out of work in the region hits 44 million."   "We have seen a substantial increase in over 11 million people that are marching towards the brink of starvation," he said in a video taken in Ecuador during his trip.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Before he went on the trip, Beasley told...
    Hong Kong police have made their first major arrests under a new national security law, detaining four young people on suspicion of inciting secession. Three males and one female, aged 16 to 21, were arrested at three locations, a police official said. All are believed to be students. Police said the group had made comments on social media since the law took effect that urged independence for Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Li Kwai-wah, senior superintendent of a newly-formed unit to enforce the security law, said: 'They say they want to establish a Hong Kong republic, and that they will unreservedly fight for it. They also said they want to unite all pro-independence groups in Hong Kong for this purpose.' Senior Superintendent Li Kwai-wah, Hong Kong Police National Security Department, speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong (July 30 HKT) The law, which took effect late on...
    ABCTOLEDO Updated: 07/29/2020 18: 00h Save Another day without deaths in Castilla-La Mancha, although the Government of Castilla-La Mancha, through the General Directorate of Public Health, has confirmed 32 new cases of coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours detected through PCR in the Autonomous Community. Of the 32 new cases, 16 are in the province of Toledo, 12 in Guadalajara and 4 in Ciudad Real. The cumulative number of cases since the start of the pandemic is 18,745. By provinces, Ciudad Real accumulates 7,350 cases, Toledo 4,319, Albacete 4,074, Guadalajara 1,544 and Cuenca 1,458. The number of hospitalized for COVID-19 in conventional bed is 34. By province, Ciudad Real has 10 of these patients (1 at the Ciudad Real hospital, 3 at the Mancha Centro hospital, 1 at the Valdepeñas hospital, 3 at the Tomelloso hospital and 2 at the Puertollano hospital), Toledo 8 (7 in the Toledo...
    American forces deployed to the Pacific are "highly vulnerable" to attacks from China, according to a senior GOP lawmaker who fears that Beijing could instigate and win a conflict with the United States. “The first thing that you'd have to do with certain pieces of our equipment is leave the area if China were to escalate this way,” said Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations subcommittee for East Asia and the Pacific. “That’s not exactly a position of strength,” he said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. What equipment does he have in mind? “The Navy,” he replied. “You would basically end up in a situation where all of our planning, all of our equipment, all of our systems basically vacate.” That dynamic has been brought about in large part by the ballistic missiles that the People’s Liberation Army have designed to target...
    By The Associated Press BEIJING — China reported more than 100 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday as the country continues to battle an outbreak in Xinjiang. The northwestern region accounted for 89 of the new cases, with another eight in the northeastern province of Liaoning and one in Beijing. Another three cases were brought from outside the country by returning Chinese citizens, bringing the daily total over the past 24 hours to 101, the highest number in weeks. Outside of Xinjiang the virus has been largely contained with the death toll from COVID-19 remaining at 4,634 among 84,060 cases registered since the global pandemic first emerged from the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. Xinjiang’s outbreak has centered on the region’s capital and largest city of Urumqi, where authorities have isolated some communities, restricted public transport and ordered widespread testing. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO...
    (CNN)A brown bear nicknamed "Papillon" after displaying an impressive talent for escaping is being sought by rangers in Italy after fleeing from his electrified pen.Officially named M49, the four-year-old bear broke free from his enclosure in the province of Trento, northern Italy, in the early hours of Monday morning.Nail-biting video shows brown bear following child on family hikeA spokesman for the region's local government confirmed to CNN that the bear -- affectionately named after the central character of the autobiographical novel by French writer and escaped convict Henri Charrière -- has "fled his cage multiple times."Brown bears were introduced to the region in 1999 as part of the Life Ursus project, which sought to conserve the species in the Alps. The scheme, launched by the National Institute of Wild Fauna, has led to 100 bears living in the province today. The aim had been for the bears to disperse, but...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked no. 3 among the nation’s best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Best Hospitals List was released Tuesday with The Mayo Clinic earning the no. 1 overall ranking this year, followed by Cleveland Clinic at no. 2 out of 4,500 hospitals. U.S. News & World Report also ranked 12 specialties at Hopkins among the top 10 in the country. Ear, Nose, and Throat, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology ranked no. 1. Redonda G. Miller, M.D., M.B.A., president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, likened the interconnecting care of the hospital staff to a completed jigsaw puzzle — composed of individuals with talents and expertise who come together as a team “in the name of health and healing” as well as clinical excellence. “You are the corner pieces and the edge pieces and the middle pieces that seamlessly snap together to...
    (CNN)Daniel Bala was walking home from church early on Friday evening. He had just attended choir practice and was looking forward to getting home to his wife and newborn baby who was just two days old. Suddenly, gunshots rang out and Bala, 49, was forced to take cover in a nearby yam farm, where he hid behind a ridge from the attackers, suspected militia herdsmen who had previously targeted farming communities like theirs in the region, according to local government officials.It was the second assault on the community in as many days. Elias Manza, chairman of the Zango Kataf local government area in Kaduna state, told CNN that the region had been targeted by militants in at least three separate attacks across the last month, killing at least 27 people. The shots came in from four different locations," Bala recalled of the incident which happened in the Zikpak village, a...
    According to an . report on Sunday from official sources, this is the first time that the number of coronavirus infections in Latin America has exceeded that of North America. .’s assessment With 4,340,214 confirmed cases, theAmerica Latin America and the Caribbean on Sunday July 26 became the region of the world most affected by the epidemic of coronavirus. This report was established by . on Sunday from official sources. For the first time since the start of this pandemic, North America, which has 4,330,989 contaminations, is in second place in the ranking of the most affected countries. The United States, the most affected country in the world, has 4.2 million infections and nearly 150,000 deaths, details RTL. Assistance of 800 million euros by France Thecoronavirus epidemic has killed 645,715 people worldwide with more than five million new cases recorded since July 1. In terms of death toll, Europe still...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Officers visited more than 1,000 liquor establishments across Pennsylvania on Wednesday and Thursday. Their visitations are part of an effort to ensure the establishments are following the state’s guidelines on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Officers checked 496 Pittsburgh area establishments out of their 1,804 visitations across the state. Officers say that 11 warnings related to COVID-19 mitigation efforts were issued to local liquor establishments, the most out of any region they visited in those two days. No violations were issued in Pittsburgh or any other parts of the state. In total, officers issued 42 warnings to liquor establishments across the state. State Police say the visitations are unannounced, and efforts are mostly focused in areas with higher case rates. If a liquor establishment was found to be in violation of the state’s guidance by Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control...
    A new study published in The Lancet warns that the world will experience a “noticeable” population decline What will Latin America and the Caribbean be like in the future? A large new study of more than twenty experts from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) provides possible scenarios about the world that awaits us. The planet will experience a noticeable population reduction by 2100, a change that will put society facing important challenges, the researchers note. And Latin America and the Caribbean will be no different. In the region there will be “Population changes in an important way”, emphasizes in dialogue with BBC Mundo the professor Rafael Lozano, director of Health Systems at the IHME and one of the authors of the study, published in the specialized journal The Lancet. . ImagesWomen are having fewer and fewer children, a trend that will have...
    After a hot weekend in the D.C. region, dangerously-high temperatures will remain in the area for the beginning of the workweek. The city could record its first 100 degree day since 2016 on Monday. Heat indexes, which factor in humidity, have already been hovering at or above 100 degrees for several days. The extreme heat prompted D.C. officials to close some COVID-19 testing sites Monday, citing “dangerously hot temperatures.” The public testing sites being closed for the day include the city’s downtown location at Judiciary Square, its location in Anacostia and the walk-up testing provided at all of D.C.’s firehouses. With humidity factored in, Monday could feel as warm as 110 degrees, Storm Team4 meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts said. Listen to WTOP online and on the radio at 103.5 FM or 107.7 FM. Current traffic conditions Weather forecast Closings and Delays Sign up for WTOP alerts D.C. hasn’t recorded...
    Barcelona, ​​Jul 19 (EFE) .- Catalonia has added 994 new COVID-19 positives in the last 24 hours, of which 135 correspond to the Segrià region and 698 -312 in Barcelona- to the entire metropolitan area, 70 % of total infections, according to data released this Sunday by the Department of Health. The whole of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, which includes the health regions of Barcelona, ​​Metropolitana Norte and Metropolitana Sur, concentrate 698 of the new cases diagnosed, 200 fewer than yesterday, but representing 70 of the total of new positives, of which 312 they have occurred in the Catalan capital and 274 in the South Metropolitan region, which includes L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. According to data released today by the Health Department, the total number of positive cases -CRP and antibodies- accumulated since the start of the pandemic in Catalonia amounts to 82,876, which is 994 new compared to yesterday’s data....
    (Bloomberg) – Riskier Latin American corporations will find it more difficult to access international debt markets in the second half, as the pace of bond issuance slows after a sales blitz in recent months, according to the director of debt capital markets at BNP Paribas for the region. Governments and corporations sold $ 84 billion of debt in foreign markets in the first half, an increase of 55% compared to the first six months of 2019, said Andre Silva, who leads Latin American debt sales for the bank. French. While there is still a lot of appetite for new deals, Silva said he expects investors to become more selective in the second half, posing obstacles for riskier loans to sell bonds. “For high-performance corporate names that come to market, the cost will be higher and the deals will be more difficult to execute,” he said. “The market is not yet...
    TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian demonstrators shut an oil pumping station that feeds a coastal terminal on Thursday, escalating weeks of protests for jobs in the marginalized southern region of Tatouine, witnesses told Reuters. The move places further pressure on Tunisian leaders already struggling with political deadlock following the resignation on Wednesday of prime minister Elyes Fakhfakh and an attempt by several parties to oust parliament speaker Rached Ghannouchi. Protesters are calling on the government to implement a 2017 deal to create jobs in oil companies and infrastructure projects to reduce unemployment now running at 30% in the region, one of the highest rates in Tunisia. Despite the presence of the army protecting petroleum installations, hundreds of protesters insisted on closing Tunisia's main Saharan pumping station at Kamour. Tunisia produces only about 44,000 barrels per day (bpd). Protesters have been camped out in the Sahara since last week in a region...
    The United States and China have long been at odds over maritime freedom in the South China Sea, but this week marked the first time that Washington made an official policy shift to clamp down on Beijing's activity – calling it "illegal" and thus opening the legal floodgates to a potential military response. On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the U.S. is "making clear: Beijing's claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them." "Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal states in the South China Sea, bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral dominion, and replace international law with 'might makes right.' Beijing's approach has been clear for years," he continued. "The People's Republic of China (PRC) has no legal grounds to unilaterally...
    Barcelona, ​​Jul 15 (EFE) .- The Mayor of Barcelona, ​​Ada Colau, have proposed taking “a small step backwards” to stop the increase in positives in the city and will propose measures to reduce the outbreaks in the Catalan capital tomorrow or the day after having to apply greater restrictions as in Segrià and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. During the last 24 hours, Catalonia has registered 938 new Covid positives, 199 in the Lleida health region, 138 of which in Segrià, and 21 new with PCR in L’Hospitalet de LLobregat, while in Barcelona city, where there are 29 active outbreaks, 250 have been new positives. Most of the positives in Barcelona are found in the Eixample and in the Sants-Montjuïc district, bordering the neighborhoods of La Torrassa, La Florida and Collblanc de L’Hospitalet. These three neighborhoods, where Salud has recommended not to leave the house if it is not for work, shopping...
    MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is enforcing partial coronavirus restrictions in the capital for another two weeks, and warned that stricter curbs would be reinstated if the rise in new cases and deaths does not slow down. The Philippines this week recorded Southeast Asia's biggest daily jump in coronavirus deaths and saw hospital occupancy grow sharply, after a tripling of infections since a tough lockdown was eased on June 1 to allow more movement and commerce. "It was clear during our discussion that if the spread of the virus in Manila will not slow, it is possible that stricter quarantine measures would be reimposed after two weeks," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said late on Wednesday. Confirmed cases in the capital region have more than doubled to 29,015 since June. Schools are to remain closed, operations of shopping malls and dine-in eateries limited, mass gatherings banned, social distancing enforced...
    In a garden behind his farmhouse near Sebeka, in central Minnesota, Tim Nolte grows all the potatoes, corn, carrots, onions and other vegetables that his family can eat. Chickens lay eggs in a nearby coop. When family members and a hired hand gathered for lunch a few days before the Fourth of July, they ate chops from a lamb the Noltes had raised themselves. It was an image of sustainability that Nolte was proud to project – especially since his integrity as a farmer has been battered in a dispute over responsible farming in this wooded region of Minnesota. Nolte had been running his 500-head beef cattle operation mostly out of sight, on scrappy land that has been in his family for generations, until he bought 620 acres of land from the R.D. Offutt Company, the Fargo-based potato grower whose expansion into this region of delicate soils has long faced...
    Decades of receding sea ice in the Arctic have brought about an unexpected increase in the region's phytoplankton population. In a new paper, researchers from Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences found that Arctic phytoplankton populations increased 57% between 1998 and 2018. The team claim their findings mark a 'significant regime change' for the region that will help absorb carbon dioxide from the rapidly warming region. Researchers from Stanford found that phytoplankton populations in the Arctic had increased 57% between 1998 and 2018 'We knew the Arctic had increased production in the last few years, but it seemed possible the system was just recycling the same store of nutrients,' Stanford's Kevin Arrigo told Stanford News. 'Our study shows that’s not the case. Phytoplankton are absorbing more carbon year after year as new nutrients come into this ocean. That was unexpected, and it has big ecological impacts.' RELATED...
    U.S. Navy multirole fighter landing on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea Oct. 16, 2019.Catherine Lai | AFP | Getty Images China said Tuesday that the latest U.S. rejection of Beijing's claims in the South China Sea unnecessarily provokes tension in the region. The highly disputed body of water — with its islands, fisheries, energy resources, military bases and trade routes — lies on the southern coast of mainland China and between Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. In a rare move, the U.S. Navy sent two aircraft carriers to conduct operations and exercises in the region on July 4, America's Independence Day. Beijing was already carrying out military exercises in the South China Sea from July 1 to July 5. “The United States champions a free and open Indo-Pacific," U.S. Secretary of State...
    Lleida, Jul 12 (EFE) .- The Generalitat has tightened the restrictions in Lleida by applying from this midnight to the capital of the province and to seven other towns in the Segrià region a kind of partial home confinement, all to try to contain the increase in COVID-19 infections. When eight days of the perimeter confinement decreed in that region, whose capital is Lleida and where some 210,000 people live, the councilors Alba Vergés (Health) and Miquel Buch (Interior) have announced this Sunday new extraordinary restrictive measures in eight towns del Segrià. These are Lleida, Alcarràs, Aitona, La Granja de Escarp, Massalcoreig, Seròs, Soses, Torres de Segre and the decentralized municipal entities of Sucs and Raima. Buch has advanced that as of this midnight, all exits and entrances of these municipalities will be prohibited except for essential activities, while Vergés has asked to limit the exits of the homes of...
    The three Democrats who represent Texas’s Rio Grande Valley joined the state’s two Republican senators in asking Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to send federal resources to the region.    Republican Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide MORE and John CornynJohn CornynLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad Chamber of Commerce endorses Cornyn for reelection George Floyd and the upcoming Texas Democratic Senate runoff MORE and Democratic Reps. Vicente Gonzalez, Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaHispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president The Hill's Coronavirus Report: CDC predicts US death toll could reach 145,000 by July 11; Premier President Michael Alkire says more resiliency needed in health supply chain House...
    A powerful tropical storm will soak the region with downpours leading to localized flash flooding and travel disruptions with dangerous wind gusts that could cause power outages. The system, Tropical Storm Fay, is the sixth named storm of the season, the earliest that's happened. The time frame for the storm is Friday, July 10 into Saturday, July 11. The worst of the weather should be from about 2 p.m. Friday to midnight Saturday. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for coastal New York, including Long Island, and the Long Island Sound in Westchester and southern Fairfield County, effective early Thursday evening, July 9.  Winds during the height of the storm will be between 35 to 45 miles per hour, with gusts up to 60 mph or more. "Tropical-storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area," the National Weather Service said in a statement. Friday's high temperature will be in the...
    FILE PHOTO: A Google logo is seen on an office building in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 1, 2020. . / Arnd Wiegmann The Isolated Region project was designed to provide cloud services in countries with the intention of controlling the flow of data within their borders, as reported by Bloomberg. The goal was to separate this product from Google’s core cloud computing systems and network infrastructure, to allow governments or third-party companies to monitor the data being transmitted without fear of exposing the privacy of other Google business customers and individual users in other countries at risk. It should be remembered that China controls and censors the online services available to citizens through what is known as the Great Firewall of China.. Within the country, for example, you cannot access services like Google, Facebook or Twitter. But the search engine company announced that it closed the Isolated...
    A man sells sweets and asks for help at a traffic light in Bogotá, Colombia. EFE / Mauricio Duenas Castañeda(Mauricio Duenas Castañeda /) United Nations, Jul 9 (EFE) .- The coronavirus pandemic will trigger poverty and inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the UN warned this Thursday, which called on the governments of the region and the international community for support determined to the most vulnerable people.In a report, the organization’s secretary general, António Guterres, recalled that Latin America has become one of the epicenters of COVID-19, with several countries having some of the highest rates of contagion per capita worldwide.The coronavirus crisis has also reached the region at a particularly difficult time, since it had already come from years of economic difficulties, with very weak growth and weighed down, among other things, by a serious problem of inequality.The UN expects the Gross Domestic Product...
    The Catalan Government announced on Tuesday that it will force the inhabitants of the northern region of Spain to wear chinstraps or face masks whenever they go out into the streets, even though they are outdoors and can maintain social distance, as the regulations set so far Throughout the Spanish territory. The decision was known a few days after the Catalan health authorities more than 200,000 people were confined for a coronavirus outbreak in the province of Lleida and with the anticipation of an increase in infections in the coming weeks. With the decision to make the use of the chinstrap or face mask compulsory, the aim is to combat the “relaxation attitudes” that have been detected among citizens in recent weeks, according to the spokesperson for the regional government, Meritxell Budó. “I believe that it is important to follow this measure to reduce risks“Argued the spokeswoman, after stressing that...
    Breaking News — Rafael Lozano insists that the message is the lives that can be saved. The prominent Mexican doctor is director of health systems at the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) of the University of Washington, United States, where they developed a model that predicts what the spread of covid-19 in every country in the world. That is, depending on what measures are taken, one can see how many people will become infected or die from the disease caused by the new coronavirus on October 1, the date up to which their projections currently reach. Look at the projections for the covid-19 pandemic by country according to the IHME model here (in English) The scenarios rather than counting the dead, try to quantify how many lives are saved. That changes the message a lot, “Lozano tells BBC Mundo in a video call from Seattle, in the...
    (CNN)Donald Trump managed to avoid touching off a forest fire in the tinder-dry forest around Mount Rushmore with his Independence Day fireworks display, but instead his administration seems to be doing its best to set Asia on fire in the South China Sea. David AndelmanTwo aircraft carrier strike groups headed by the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz have moved into the South China Sea for the largest military exercises in years just as China has been holding its own drills around the Paracel Islands, which it seized from Vietnam in 1974 in a move the United States has never accepted.Indeed, there's been considerable concern in the region that China has used international, particularly American, preoccupation with the Covid-19 pandemic, to reinforce its presence on vast stretches of both the Paracel and Spratly Islands and artificial islands built for clearly military purposes. With China having largely brought its...
    Coronavirus — Rafael Lozano insists that the message is the lives that can be saved. The prominent Mexican doctor is director of health systems at the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) of the University of Washington, United States, where they developed a model that predicts what the spread of covid-19 in every country in the world. What is new is that at the end of June the model was updated with three possible scenarios. That is, according to what measures are taken, one can see how many people will become infected or die from the disease caused by the new coronavirus on October 1, the date up to which their projections currently reach. Look at the projections for the covid-19 pandemic by country according to the IHME model here (in English) «The scenarios rather than counting the dead, try to quantify how many lives are saved. That...
    The great power threats that exist in the Western Hemisphere look different than other parts of the globe, U.S. Southern Command’s Adm. Craig Faller told the Washington Examiner, with China seeking port rights and technological penetration and Russia increasing disinformation and intelligence gathering. The U.S. response relies on shared values and strengthened partnerships in a common “neighborhood,” Faller explained. “That concept of neighborhood is under assault,” Faller said in a recent Zoom interview. “Great power competition is playing out alive and well right here in this hemisphere,” he said. “China's playing the long ball, and Russia's playing this disinformation campaign today.” Faller said China recently tried to lock up a significant portion of the coast of El Salvador in a long-term leasing deal and then access to a deep-water port in Jamaica. “Is it about resources? Sure. Is it about access, presence, and influence? Absolutely,” he said. “China is...
    “The scenarios more than counting deaths, try to quantify how many lives are saved. That changes the message a lot,” says Lozano. The prominent Mexican doctor is director of health systems at the Institute for Health Metrics and Assessment (IHME) of the University of Washington, United States, where they developed a model that predicts what the spread of covid-19 in every country in the world. What is new is that at the end of June the model was updated with three possible scenarios. That is, according to what measures are taken, one can see how many people will become infected or die from the disease caused by the new coronavirus on October 1, the date up to which their projections currently reach. Look at the projections for the covid-19 pandemic by country according to the IHME model here (in English) “The scenarios rather than counting the dead, try to...
    Coronavirus — The blow of the pandemic to Latin America, according to the IMF 19:12 (CNN Spanish) – “The Americas region is clearly the current epicenter of the covid-19 pandemic,” said the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne. And it is that while the world continues adding coronavirus infections, with more than 11.4 million cases, more and more countries on the American continent occupy the first places both in cases and in the number of deaths. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States and Brazil remain in the first two places on the list, with 2.8 and 1.6 million infections, respectively. Peru, with more than 302,000 cases, and Chile, with more than 295,000, are in fifth and sixth place. Thus begins the week of July 6 in the ten Latin American countries most affected by covid-19.
    U.S. Navy multirole fighter landing on the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea Oct. 16, 2019.Catherine Lai | AFP | Getty Images The U.S. Navy exercise in the disputed South China Sea over the weekend was about "showing the flag" and sending a message to the region, an expert told CNBC this week.  Two U.S. aircraft carriers conducted operations and exercises in the contested waters on the Fourth of July "in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific," the Navy said in a statement. Beijing also carried out military training in the South China Sea from July 1 to July 5. "The U.S. wants to send a message that it's not backing down, and that it's still able to do this," said Gregory Poling of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.VIDEO3:1703:17Who owns the South China Sea?CNBC ExplainsPoling, who is...
    Just miles downriver from the tourist haven that is Niagara Falls, tons of marijuana are smuggled from Canada into the United States. Not over the last few years — in the last three weeks. Nearly 2,000 miles away from South Texas, the busiest trafficking area along the U.S.-Mexico border, Customs and Border Protection officers working in the Buffalo region of upstate New York are seeing the emergence of a new drug smuggling trend in the northern border’s busiest spot for passenger traffic. “All told, we’re talking — in the past three weeks — over 7 tons of marijuana seized at our border, which has a street value in excess of $30 million dollars,” U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, J.P. Kennedy, told the Washington Examiner. “These are more akin to what they’re used to seeing on the Southwest border.” For the third time in...
    Coronavirus — For the first time since the pandemic began, a Latin American country goes to the polls to decide its political destiny. After the coronavirus forced to postpone the elections in May and after the controversial cancellation of the municipal elections last February that led to massive protests, the Dominican Republic finally elects a new Congress and president on Sunday. Six political parties dispute the ballots in a vote that many analysts describe as extraordinary and not only due to the context of the covid-19 in which they are held. And it is that the Dominicans will decide this time if they leave in power the party that has governed 16 of the last 20 years and that controls most of the country’s institutions or if they will make way for a new political formation whose members have never occupied a position in the Executive. Everything indicates that...
    Pubs would reopen in England on Saturday in an effort to return to normal, while in South Africa they moved away from it after reporting a new daily record of confirmed infections with a borderline health system. “Let’s not screw it up now,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as some Englishmen went to restaurants or barbershops for the first time in more than three months. The United States began the weekend of July 4 with many canceled fireworks shows and parades, as health authorities warned that the holiday will be a crucial test of Americans’ self-control. The number of confirmed cases increased in 40 states, and the country broke another mark on Friday with 52,300 new infections, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. Worldwide, more than 11 million people have been infected since the start of the pandemic, of which 2.7 million are in the United States, according...
    The region of Catalonia on Saturday ordered the containment of an area comprising some 200,000 inhabitants, around Lerida in the northeast of Spain, due to the multiplication of cases of contagion of the new coronavirus. “We have decided to confine the area of ​​Segria (around the city of Lerida), on the basis of data which confirm a very significant growth in the number of contagions of Covid-19,” the region’s president told reporters , the independentist Quim Torra. He announced that this containment would begin at noon (10:00 GMT), restricting entry and exit from this area.
    FOLSOM (CBS13) — Friday saw an Independence Day celebration unlike any other in Folsom. The city put on one of the only fireworks shows in the Sacramento region with a Star-Spangled Drive-In event held at Folsom Ranch. The event sold out quickly and provided some much-needed relief for cooped up families. “We actually choose to come to this event because it was designed to be socially distant,” Lindsei Crowder said. A total of 1,250 tickets were sold. One ticket was allowed per vehicle – each filled with eager families. The instructions were to park cars at least 6 feet apart and only interact with your family. Masks were suggested but not required. “It’s not weird actually. I feel like it’s right with that’s going on right now and it kind of gives us the ability to still do something, get out,” Nicole Kneppel said. People decorated their cars with American...
    Breaking News — Recife (Brazil), Jul 3 . .- The Italian-American auto giant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) ratified this Friday the millionaire investments it had announced in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco (northeast) before the pandemic by the new coronavirus. In a videoconference meeting with the governor, Paulo Cámara, the group’s president for Latin America, Antonio Filosa, “confirmed that it will give sequence to the sequence of scheduled investments, the arrival of new suppliers and the attraction of other allies,” he said. the regional government in a statement. Before the pandemic, which in Brazil exceeds 63,000 deaths and 1.5 million confirmed cases, with the state of Pernambuco as one of the most affected, FCA had announced 7.5 billion reais (about $ 1.5 billion) in the region . “The FCA is a great ally of Pernambuco and has invested heavily in our state. It is very good to see...
    Coronavirus — Argentina tries to contain the pandemic door to door 4:20 . – More than 121,000 people have died from coronaviruses in Latin America and the Caribbean so far. By October 1, that number could increase by more than 300,000. That was the headline at this week’s press conference with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which cited models from the University of Washington that predict a total of more than 438,000 deaths across the region by the end of September. That means that, on average, about 3,500 people could die from the virus every day from now until then. The creators of the model say they assumed that the countries in the projection will follow the guidelines of social distancing. If prevention measures are weakened, deaths could be even higher. This is just the latest bad news from the part of the world that is likely...
    Heatwaves are increasing in intensity and frequency in most parts of the world since the 1950s, a new study has found. Published on Friday in the journal Nature Communications, researchers found over the past 70 years, the total number of heatwave days worldwide was increasing and that all heatwaves were getting longer. “The time for inaction is over,” Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, the study's lead author who works at the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence for Climate Extremes, told The Guardian. “The dramatic region-by-region change in heatwaves we have witnessed, and the rapid increase in the number of these events, are unequivocal indicators that global heating is with us and accelerating.” Last week, parts of London were hit with record-breaking warmth. Scientists are increasingly alarmed about very high temperatures in the Arctic. A July 4th heatwave is set to pummel a huge swath of the United States, according to meteorologists. EVEN IN...
    By Oct 1, that number could maximize by extra than 300,000.That was the headline at this week’s press briefing by the Pan American Wellness Business, citing modeling by the College of Washington that predicts a lot more than 438,000 overall deaths throughout the location by means of the conclusion of September. That usually means, on average, approximately 3,500 people today could die of the virus each day among now and then.The model’s creators say they assumed nations in the projection will follow social distancing recommendations. And if prevention measures weaken, fatalities could be even greater. Large populations, major complications The eight most populous nations in Latin The united states and the Caribbean — Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile and Ecuador — make up far more than 82% of the region’s populace. So, it is not shocking that these countries are driving the exponential growth in each coronavirus circumstances...
    Venezuela has been one of Russia’s great allies in the region. GETTY IMAGES With that in mind, Putin’s Russia returned to areas that had already been strategic for the former USSR to strengthen ties and increase its presence. One of those areas is Latin America, which saw how Moscow’s influence was significantly reduced after the dissolution of the USSR and how it gained weight with Putin’s arrival in the Kremlin. But what is the Russian president looking for in Latin America? According to experts, Putin’s strategy in the region is framed in his global vision of foreign policy, which basically seeks to diversify its foreign relations, counteract the power of the United States and create a multipolar international order, and that in this new order , Russia regain your global actor status. “Within this international strategy, Latin America occupies an important place for the historical ties of the...
    An apartment building in Siberia has begun to split in half as record high temperatures in the region melted the region's top layers of permafrost, leaving the building on unsteady ground. The shocking event took place in a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of Yakutsk, a city in eastern Siberia that's just 280 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Late one night in June after being awoken by a loud cracking noise, residents in three of the building's apartments noticed cracks in their walls.
    They may be cute and cuddly, but the humble beaver is dragging Earth deeper into the climate crisis, according to research. The furry critters have invaded the Arctic, and their dams are contributing to the rapid loss of permafrost in the region, a study found. Experts fear that greenhouse gases trapped in the ice are being released as it melts, adding to those pumped into the atmosphere by human activities. Researchers from the US and Germany made the shock finding while studying satellite images of northwestern Alaska. They showed that warming temperatures in the region have resulted in a boom in the local beaver population over the past 20 years. That’s because the once-barren and inhospitable region is now teeming with trees and other shrubbery used by beavers for food and to build dams. They appear to be building these dams in areas already susceptible to permafrost thaw, with...
    THEY may be cute and cuddly, but the humble beaver is dragging Earth deeper into the climate crisis, according to research. The furry critters have invaded the Arctic, and their dams are contributing to the rapid loss of permafrost in the region, a study found. 4The Arctic's beaver population is booming due to global warmingCredit: Getty - Contributor Experts fear that greenhouse gases trapped in the ice are being released as it melts, adding to those pumped into the atmosphere by human activities. Researchers from the US and Germany made the shock finding while studying satellite images of northwestern Alaska. They showed that warming temperatures in the region have resulted in a boom in the local beaver population over the past 20 years. That's because the once-barren and inhospitable region is now teeming with trees and other shrubbery used by beavers for food and to build dams. 4Beavers dams (red...
    IMF Logo is seen at the International Montary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington, United States on April 24, 2017.Samuel Corum | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Asia's economy is expected to shrink this year "for the first time in living memory," the International Monetary Fund said, warning that the region could take several years to recover.   The fund said in a blog post published Tuesday that Asia's economy will likely contract by 1.6% this year — a downgrade from its previous forecast of no growth in April. The region is still in a better shape compared to other parts of the world, but a weaker global economy has made it difficult for Asia to grow, Changyong Rhee, director of the Asia and Pacific department at IMF, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Wednesday. He said "Asia cannot be an exception" when the whole world is suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic....
    Coronavirus — The president of the Region of Murcia, Fernando López Miras, has opened the door this Monday to to confine several municipalities of that community again if current active outbreaks worsen. “The situation is worrying and we do not rule out any possibility,” said the president. Currently there three active outbreaks in Murcia, although the authorities consider one of them to be controlled, and the one that most worries is the one related to the arrival by plane of a family from Bolivia and which has caused 32 positive cases. The municipalities that could go back to phase 2 of the lack of confinement if the situation worsens they are Murcia, Santomera, Beniel and Torre Pacheco. The Minister of Health, Manuel Villegas, has reported that the imported focus of Granada is considered controlled, and also the one related to an irregular immigrant who came to Águilas in a...
    Coronavirus — This is the panorama of Latin America against the covid-19 4:29 (CNN Spanish) – There are already more than 10 million registered coronavirus cases in the world and more than 500,000 deaths. And the Americas are still the region hardest hit by the virus. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States and Brazil remain in the first two places on the list, with 2.5 and 1.3 million infections, respectively. MINUTE BY MINUTE Thus begins the week of June 29 in the ten Latin American countries most affected by covid-19.
    Breaking News — Lugo, Jun 28 . .- Workers of the Alcoa San Cibrao factory, surrounded by residents of the region, traveled this morning by car from the Lugo region of A Mariña to the capital Lugo in a caravan of “16 kilometers” to claim a solution that guarantees the production of primary aluminum at the marijuana plant and, consequently, the maintenance of jobs. The president of the company committee, José Antonio Zan, thanked once again the response of the A Mariña region to this call and the unity of the workers in the actions to defend the jobs of Alcoa San Cibrao, which “has allowed to form a caravan of 16 kilometers “in length, according to information” from the General Directorate of Traffic itself, “he said. The vehicles, which ended their journey on the Ronda da Muralla de Lugo, started from different municipalities in the A Mariña region,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a bit of a rocky Saturday with a couple rounds of thunderstorms and some severe weather across the Philadelphia region, it will be a somewhat quieter, but still active Sunday. Much of the morning will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures in the 70s or near 70. It was a warm and muggy start to this Sunday morning at the Jersey Shore. It should end up being a nice afternoon with highs in the 80s and mostly sunny skies for beachgoers. An isolated shower or thunderstorm is possible late in the day. A bit of hazy sun early this morning at the shore, but a warm and muggy start none the less. It should end up being a nice afternoon with 80s and mostly sunny skies. An iso late day shower or t-storm could be possible @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/zkWUNLlLOL — Matt Peterson...
    Wastewater, used to process the ore, “spilled from a reservoir,” the company said. Russian mining giant Nornickel reported a wastewater discharge at one of its ore beneficiation plants in the Arctic on Sunday, a month after unprecedented oil pollution in the same region. According to a statement on the Nornickel website, the incident concerns the Talnakh enrichment plant, located near the Arctic city of Norilsk. The sewage, used to process minerals extracted from the region, “spilled from a reservoir” on Sunday and drained into the wild, the company said. The release was then “stopped” by plant personnel and poses “no threat of waste leakage,” according to Nornickel. The services of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations on the spot, quoted by the public agency Ria Novosti, however, raised the risk of contamination of the nearby Kharaïakh River by toxic substances. The Russian Investigative Committee confirmed in a statement an...
    Ravaging wildfires are burning further north in the Russian Arctic than had previously been recorded from space. Images captured by a satellite have shown an out-of-control inferno just 30 miles from the Arctic Ocean in the Yakutia region. It comes in a summer of unprecedented heat in northern latitudes in Siberia with locals sunbathing, with one extraordinary temperature measurement reading 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the 'pole of cold' Verkhoyansk in the last week. The European Union's Earth Observation Programme spotted the tundra ablaze at a latitude of 72.723° N in the diamond-rich Yakutia region, also called the Sakha Republic, the coldest permanently inhabited region on the planet. The image shows the burning Anabar district, southwest of the Olenyok River estuary into the Laptev Sea. The wildfire was photographed by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite and is believed to be the 'northernmost in recent years within the Arctic Circle'. 'While fires are common...
    Coronavirus — Covid-19: what is the efficiency of wearing masks? 0:45 . – Scientific evidence suggests that wearing a face mask may help stop the spread of covid-19. New surveys confirm that some regions of the United States are taking this message more seriously than others. Specifically, residents of the Northeast, led by New York, claimed that they wear face masks in a significantly higher percentage than most of the country. This is the finding of aggregate data from more than 6,000 people who responded to the Ipsos Knowledge Panel survey done for Axios (Axios / Ipsos poll). Over the past month and a half (May 8 to June 22), a stable range of 48% to 51% of Americans told the pollster that they wore face masks whenever they left their homes. Other pollsters, who have asked similar questions during the same period, have shown similar figures overall....
    Breaking News — Washington, Jun 26 . .- Latin America and the Caribbean will be the regions with the lowest recovery in 2021, of just 3.7%, after a record contraction in 2020 due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, he warned this Friday. the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This is the lowest regional growth forecast in the world for 2021, after the -9.4% drop anticipated for this year. “Latin America was already the one that had been growing at a more moderate rate,” explained Alejandro Werner, director of the Western Hemisphere Department, when presenting the regional report at a press conference. For this reason, and given the “structural” problems of the region, such as lack of productivity, low investment and regulatory problems, the region will continue to be in the queue next year. Latin America already concentrates about 25% of the cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections worldwide....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — More Pennsylvania liquor stores are now open for limited in-store public access in the Philadelphia region. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced the reopening of five more southeastern Pennsylvania Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores on Friday. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App!  The liquor stores will follow guidelines issued from the state to ensure social distancing is being followed. These stores include: Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection at 2040 Market St. Fine Wine & Good Spirits at 2118 Cottman Ave. Fine Wine & Good Spirits at Roosevelt Plaza, 6577 Roosevelt Blvd. Fine Wine & Good Spirits at 7204 Germantown Ave. On Saturday, the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection at 119 W. City Ave., Bala Cynwyd will also reopen. For more information and a full list of stores reopening, click here.
    After the Italian government announced today that it will send the Army to try to contain a new outbreak of coronavirus registered in the last hours in the Campaña region, in the south of the country, the authorities disclosed that the cases in the northern region of Lombardy almost doubled in the last 24 hours. The North region of the country, which still concentrates more than 65% of current positives, reported 170 new cases of Covid-19 today, compared to 88 reported yesterday. The increase in Lombardy territory thus adds to the focus of almost 50 positives discovered in the Campaign, for which the regional president Vincenzo de Luca had to request assistance from the Army. “This morning I spoke with the Minister of the Interior about the red zone that we established in an area of ​​the city of Mondragon,” de Luca said. “I asked for the urgent dispatch of...
    A humble Tanzanian miner has discovered the world’s largest cache of tanzanite — worth over $3 million. The two midnight-blue gemstones were unearthed in the eastern African country’s north region — the only part of the world where tanzanite can be found, Sky News reports There, gem miners operate independently, and are known to work with their hands rather than large-scale excavation equipment. The gemstones weight 20.43 pound (9.27 kilogram) and 11.25 pound (5.10 kilogram), according to a Tanzanian government spokesperson. On Thursday, the Bank of Tanzania wrote the miner, Saniniu Laizer, 52, a check for $7.74 billion Tanzanian shillings ($3.34 million). “Today’s event … is to recognize the two largest tanzanite gemstones in history since the beginning of mining activities in Merelani,” said the mines ministry permanent secretary Simon Msanjila, at a televised event in Tanzania’s northern Manyara region. AFP via Getty Images Laizer was shown ceremoniously handing over the...
    Coronavirus — The consumer protection agencies indicated that the temporary credit measures adopted by both the National Microfinance Commission (Conami) and the Superintendency of Banks and Other Financial Institutions (Siboif) are positive, but that a further deterioration in the portfolio could be avoided. Credit, if these had been applied two or three months ago, as the countries of the Central American region did. For several months, consumer defense agencies have asked the Daniel Ortega regime for financial relief for all debtors, since with the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies have closed temporarily or totally, generating higher unemployment, affecting the commerce and other sectors and consequently many clients fell into default with their loans. In the opinion of Juan Carlos López, executive director of the Consumer Advocacy, the regulations would have been more far-reaching if it had been a public policy. Also read: ¿Why are the BCN and Siboif measures insufficient...
    What kind of impact would land-based air defenses, increased ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) operations and more bomber patrols have upon U.S. deterrence efforts in the Pacific Theater? Is this question taking on additional relevance and urgency in light of Chinese maneuvers near Taiwan and the South China Sea? The impact of adding these systems would be both substantial and helpful, according to members of Congress now proposing as much as $6.09 billion in additional funds for a so-described “Indo Pacific Deterrence Initiative.” The proposed legislation would fund a “permanent and persistent land-based integrated air and missile defense and associated weapons delivery system on Guam.” A group of lawmakers, led by House Armed Services Committee ranking member Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), are requesting this massive plus up in funding for the Pacific, which also includes increased funding for undersea warfare. Such a proposal for the 2021 budget, while first announced in April of...
    More than 1,500 employees were diagnosed with SARS-Cov-2, out of a total of 6,650 tests carried out. The number of new coronavirus infections at the Tönnies meat processing plant in south-west Germany has increased significantly. More than 1,500 employees were diagnosed with SARS-Cov-2, out of a total of 6,650 tests carried out. The appearance of a coronavirus outbreak in the Rheda-Wiedenbrück meat processing company, one of the largest in the country, has led to the closure of schools and nurseries in the region. Staff members and their families were forced to remain cloistered at home. The region also does not exclude the introduction of strict containment. Reorganization of the meat sector Meanwhile, political authorities are discussing the reorganization of the meat sector, while several critics say the epidemic is partly due to the fact that slaughterhouses employ a lot of cheap labor from European countries. the East, which...
    Coronavirus — Click to share on Facebook (Opens in a new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in a new window) Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in a new window) Click to email a friend (Opens in a new window) Recovered doctors from covid-19 return to save lives 3:56 (CNN Spanish) – The world is approaching 9 million cases of coronavirus. The pandemic has claimed more than 468,000 deaths worldwide, and the Americas are currently the region hardest hit by the virus. With 2.28 million and more than a million, respectively, the United States and Brazil lead, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Thus begins the week of June 22 in the ten Latin American countries most affected by covid-19.
    (CNN)As US President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Wednesday that aims to punish Beijing for its repression of the Uyghur ethnic minority, he was accused by his former national security adviser of endorsing China's construction of internment camps in its western region of Xinjiang.According to an excerpt from John Bolton's forthcoming book published in The Wall Street Journal, Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping over dinner last year that Xi should "go ahead with building the camps," which Trump thought was "exactly the right thing to do."Trump's alleged remarks are in stark contrast to the official position advocated by his administration, which has repeatedly challenged Beijing over it repressive policies in Xinjiang. Last July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went so far as to publicly label China's treatment of Uyghurs as the "stain of the century."Here's what you need to know about Xinjiang and what's been going on...
    A massive wildfire blazing near Arizona’s capital is razing through over 100,000 acres of desert and forestland, triggering expansive evacuations. The Bush Fire in Tonto National Forest, which ignited on Saturday in car fire, is gaining traction, nearly doubling in size from Wednesday morning to 104,379 acres by Thursday. The inferno, driven by hot and dry conditions coupled with strong, gusty winds, is only five percent contained, according to InciWeb, the US Forest Service’s wildfire site. Horrifying photographs have emerged of towering orange flames rising from the forest and mountains as a thick blanket of ashen smoke billows over the area, blowing towards the Four Corners region. According to the National Weather Service the fire is the seventh largest in Arizona’s history. The largest was the Wallow Fire which incinerated more than 522,000 acres of land in 2011. Three massive fires are burning in Arizona and have forced over 2,000...
    ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey says it has airlifted troops for a cross-border ground operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. A Defense Ministry statement said Wednesday the airborne operation in Iraq’s Haftanin region was launched following “intense” artillery fire into the area. The operation by commando forces is being supported by attack helicopters, artillery and armed and unarmed drones, the ministry said on statements posted on Twitter. It did not say how many commandos are involved. TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act Beverly Hills tells BLM protesters to scram; gatherings limited to 10 at night for tranquility U.S. files breach of contract lawsuit against John Bolton The ministry said the operation follows “increasing harassment and attempts to attack” military outposts or bases near the border area. It said it also targets other terror groups in the region, but did not name the groups. “Operation...
    At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash along the disputed India-China border, the Times of India reported, citing Indian government officials.  The clash took place in Aksai Chin-Ladakh, a region located on the northern tip of India, on Monday night CNN reported. The violent skirmish was a close-quarter fight involving clubs and rocks, according to The New York Times.  “We are closely monitoring the situation between Indian and Chinese forces along the Line of Actual Control,” a U.S. State Department spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Both India and China have expressed a desire to de-escalate, and we support a peaceful resolution of the current situation.” Luo Zhaohui, vice foreign minister of China and Vikram Misri, India’s ambassador to China met in Beijing Tuesday in the aftermath of the clash, The Times of India reports. “We are concerned about reports of violence and deaths at...
    The once-inaccessible Arctic has become the site of a major Russian military build-up and a key piece of Vladimir Putin’s 21st-century economic strategy, a top U.S. diplomat warned Tuesday, vowing that the Trump administration will fiercely defend its interests as the region opens up. In an online forum hosted by the Hudson Institute, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands said Washington’s partnership with Copenhagen is an important cornerstone in a much broader diplomatic and national security strategy to ramp up American engagement in the Arctic. The administration over the past three years has overhauled the U.S. approach to the Arctic amid rising Russian and Chinese ambitions; in just the past several weeks, the White House announced plans to open a consulate in Greenland for the first time in decades and to fast-track plans for new icebreaker ships capable of operating in frigid Arctic waters. TOP STORIES Forced face masking is...
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — After nearly three months of mandatory stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 in El Salvador, the most locked down country in Latin America slowly began opening Tuesday. That meant that 28-year-old auto mechanic Antonio Perdomo could go back to work on the outskirts of the capital. President Nayib Bukele finally relented after repeated decisions by the constitutional chamber of the Supreme Court found his mandatory quarantine orders unconstitutional. El Salvador’s reopening will be gradually extending into August. Taxis and ride-sharing Uber drivers began circulating Tuesday, potential business for the young mechanic. With mask and hand sanitizer, Perdomo was the first to show up Tuesday morning for work. He had come last week to ask when he needed to arrive. “We’re ready,” he said. “They’ve given us all of the instructions to take precautions, but not all of the workers are arriving.” ...
    BEIJING (AP) — Rainstorms have killed five more people in a southern Chinese region already reeling from heavy flooding over the past week. The government of Zunyi city, south of the metropolis of Chongqing, said Saturday that five had died and eight others were missing after fresh storms that began late Thursday night. A statement on its website said at least 13,000 people had been evacuated, more than 2,000 homes damaged and multiple sections of roads and three bridges destroyed in the city in Guizhou province. Earlier storms left 13 dead in nearby Hunan province and the Guangxi region. Seasonal flooding regularly strikes the lower regions of China’s major river systems, particularly those of the Yangtze and the Pearl to the south. More than 200,000 people have been forced to seek shelter and economic losses are estimated at more than $500 million, the Ministry of Emergency Management said...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in nearly three years, three American aircraft carriers are patrolling the Indo-Pacific waters, a massive show of naval force in a region roiled by spiking tensions between the U.S. and China and a sign that the Navy has bounced back from the worst days of the coronavirus outbreak. The unusual simultaneous appearance of the three warships, accompanied by Navy cruisers, destroyers, fighter jets and other aircraft, comes as the U.S. escalates criticism of Beijing’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, its moves to impose greater control over Hong Kong and its campaign to militarize human-made islands in the South China Sea. “There have been some indications in Chinese writings that the United States was hit hard by COVID-19, that military preparedness was low, so perhaps there is an effort by the United States to signal China that it should not miscalculate,” said Bonnie...
     D.C., Maryland and Virginia are opening new coronavirus testing sites with both drive-through and walk-up options for adults, children and vulnerable populations as the pandemic grips the region. Since testing kits are still considered limited, all sites in the area require a remote or on-site pre-screening with a physician to determine if a patient meets the criteria to get tested. If they do, they’ll receive a doctor’s order and be able to make an appointment at a testing site like those below. Some are established clinics and hospitals, others are temporary sample collection sites. Remember: You’ll have to make an appointment in advance before heading to most of these testing sites. Turn up without a referral at a place that requires it, and you’ll be turned away. DC D.C. Firehouses are offering free walk-up testing from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at eight different locations across the District on...
    French military forces killed the leader of an Al Qaeda north Africa affiliate during an operation in Mali, France said Friday. Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced over Twitter the death of Abdelmalek Droukdel and several of his associates. "On June 3, French army forces with the support of their local partners, killed al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb's emir, Abdelmalek Droukdel, and several of his closest collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali," she tweeted. Parly also announced the May 19 capture of Mohamed el Mrabat, whom she called a veteran militant who served in a senior role for the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. The group has been active in active in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. She said the operations dealt a “severe blow” to terrorist groups in the region. Droukdel was a key militant fighter who has been the subject of a yearslong manhunt. His group, Islamic Maghreb, known as AQIM, was part of an Islamic militant takeover...
    Vast locust swarms in East Africa could put almost 5 million people in the region at risk of hunger and famine, according to the International Rescue Committee. “A fourth generation of desert locusts up to 8,000 times larger than previous swarms could destroy crops at the start of the hunger season and leave millions facing food insecurity and famine,” explained the aid organization in a statement. “This the most serious desert locust outbreak seen in East Africa in 70 years, and compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, poses an unprecedented risk to the region.” Huge locust swarms have recently hit East Africa, India and Pakistan, exacerbating the problems caused by coronavirus. Climate change has been partly blamed for the outbreak. HUGE LOCUST SWARMS HIT INDIA, EAST AFRICA AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC The IRC notes that the locust infestation, which first arrived in East Africa last June, is feeding on hundreds of thousands of...
    (CNN)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has ordered the remainder of active duty troops who were brought to the Washington, DC, area to return to their home base of Fort Drum in New York, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Friday.CNN reported on Thursday that about 700 of the 1,600 active duty troops who were brought to the Washington area were returning to Fort Bragg in North Carolina.A small active duty of the "Old Guard" based in Arlington, Virginia, remain on stand by for assistance, McCarthy said.On Monday the Pentagon announced that 1,600 active duty troops were in the Washington region to be ready if called upon amid unrest over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in the custody of Minneapolis police officers.This story is breaking and will be updated
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian and Chinese foreign ministry officials on Friday discussed the flaring of tensions on their disputed Himalayan border, where thousands of soldiers from the two countries have been facing off just a few hundred meters (yards) from each other for a month, an Indian official said. The video conference came a day before generals in the Ladakh region are scheduled to meet at a border post to intensify efforts for a pullback to their pre-May positions in the region. The army officers have held a series of meetings in the past four weeks to break the impasse. An External Affairs Ministry statement in New Delhi said both sides agreed that they should handle their differences through peaceful discussion “bearing in mind the importance of respecting each other’s sensitivities, concerns and aspirations and not allow them to become disputes.” Indian officials say Chinese soldiers entered the Indian-controlled...
    Hong Kong (CNN)India and Australia signed two bilateral military agreements Thursday in the "first step in deepening of the defense relationship" between the two Indo-Pacific powers, according to statements from both countries.The deals were announced after a virtual summit between prime ministers Scott Morrison of Australia and Narendra Modi of India."India is comprehensively and rapidly committed to strengthening its relations with Australia. This is not only important for our two nations but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the whole world," Modi said."We are committed to an open, inclusive, prosperous Indo-Pacific and India's role in that region, our region, will be critical in the years ahead," Morrison added.The new pacts, known as the Australia-India Mutual Logistics Support Arrangement and the Defence Science and Technology Implementing Arrangement, come as military tensions increase in the Indo-Pacific region, which includes in the South China Sea, where China has been fortifying its positions on...
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