Alex Potemkin/iStock(WILLIAMSBURG, Va.) — Heavy fog and an ice-slickened highway contributed to a massive pre-Christmas 69-vehicle pileup in eastern Virginia on Sunday that left more than 50 people injured, two in critical condition, authorities said.The chain-reaction crash happened just before 8 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near Williamsburg, Virginia, Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said during a news conference Sunday afternoon.“We do not know the cause of the initial accident, but we do know that fog and the icy road conditions were causative factors in this multi-vehicle crash,” Anaya said.Photographs and aerial footage from the scene showed a long line of crumpled vehicles, some on top of each other, near the Queens Creek Bridge, northeast of downtown Williamsburg.Anaya said 51 people were treated at the scene or taken by ambulance to one of four area hospitals.York County, Virginia, Fire Chief Stephen Kopczynski said two people suffered critical injuries, but were expected to survive. He said another 11 victims were being treated for serious injuries.“It could have been far worse and luckily there are no confirmed fatalities,” Anaya said.Anaya said the crash occurred near a construction zone.Anaya said 27 state troopers were on scene investigating the pileup and said it could take several days to determine the initial cause.With millions of people expected to travel this week for the Christmas holiday, Anaya said the crash is a wake-up call to drivers.“We always ask people to give yourselves plenty of time when you’re traveling, always wear your seatbelt, always pay attention, do not drive distracted as well,” Anaya said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
High-resolution continuous profiles were obtained on the Greenland Ice Core Project (GRIP) ice core using two different electrical methods. After correction for temperature and density, the electrical conductivity method (ECM) technique responds only to acidity, while dielectric profiling (DEP) responds to acid, ammonium, and chloride. Detailed chemistry on a section of glacial-age ice allows us to confirm the calibration factor for chloride in DEP. Acidity dominates the DEP variability in the Holocene, Allerod/Bolling, and larger interstadials; ammonium dominates in the Younger Dry as, while chloride is the major contributor in cold periods including smaller interstadials. From the electrical signals plotted on a linear timescale we can deduce the background (nonvolcanic) acidity of the ice, varying from always acidic in the Holocene to always alkaline in the cold periods. In the interstadials, the ice is close to neutral, with most of it acidic in larger interstadials, most of it alkaline in smaller ones, and rapid alternations within interstadials. It is not clear whether neutralization of individual acidic particles occurred in the atmosphere or whether acid and alkaline particles coexisted until deposition in the snowpack. The changes in acidity observed at GRIP apply at least to all of Greenland and probably to much of North America. There would have been ecological effects and important changes in the uptake of some chemicals onto ice. If acidic sulfate particles were neutralized and removed from the atmosphere, which remains uncertain, then there are atmospheric chemistry and radiative effects that require further investigation.
J+S Exhibits Specialist Navy Equipment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia View post tag: equipment May 14, 2012 View post tag: specialist Barnstaple and Aberdeen based engineering firm J+S recently returned from exhibiting at the biennial Defence Security Association exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is the second time J+S have demonstrated their capabilities in the Far East following their successful attendance at Oil & Gas Asia last year.On this occasion the focus was on their Defence business with J+S exhibiting the ground breaking Low Profile Array as well as their new Echo Sounder – the ES800, which is now being fitted fleet wide across both the surface and the submarine fleets of the Royal Navy. The ES800 has already been sold to the Saudi navy for their Minehunter fleet and other export opportunities were explored at the show.The first order for the Low Profile Array has now been received from the Singaporean Defence Scientific Organization and significant interest in the technology was expressed by a number of visitors to the J+S stand.Amongst the visitors to the J+S stand, was the Right Honourable Gerald Howarth MP the Minister for International Security Strategy within the Ministry of Defence. David Jeffries, the Managing Director of J+S, took the opportunity to explain J+S’ capability and aspirations in the export markets to the Minister who was enthusiastic in his support of Defence based SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) like J+S and their attempts to grow internationally.Commenting later David Jeffries observed:“We regularly update our local MP Nick Harvey on progress in developing our Defence business and Nick is of course the Minister for Armed Forces within the MoD. On this occasion it was really useful to be able to demonstrate to Gerald our commitment to the export markets. We are all aware of the continuing pressures on spending in the UK Defence markets and companies such as J+S have to get out and win business internationally if we are to continue to grow our Defence operations.Our Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy businesses are delivering strong performances in tough markets but Defence remains our largest sector and exporting is the key to success in this area.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 14, 2012; Image J+S View post tag: Kuala Lumpur View post tag: Exhibits Equipment & technology View post tag: JS View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today J+S Exhibits Specialist Navy Equipment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia View post tag: Naval View post tag: Malaysia
Oxford Dictionaries has announced “post-truth” is its 2016 international word of the year. Reflecting the widespread impact of the US election and the Brexit debate, both the US and UK dictionaries chose the term.Defined as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, use of the term has increased by around 2,000% in 2016. “Post-truth” was chosen ahead of a shortlist including other political terms, such as “Brexiteer” and “alt-right”, and cultural alternatives, such as “coulroophobia” (the fear of clowns) and “hygge”.According to Oxford Dictionaries, the term ” post-truth” was first used in an essay by playwright Steve Tesich in a 1992 edition of Nation magazine. Commenting on the Iran-Contra affair and the Persian Gulf war, Tesich noted that “we, as a free people, have freely decided that we want to live in some post-truth world”.Casper Grathwohl, President of Oxford Dictionaries, commented, “Fuelled by the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment, post-truth as a concept has been finding its linguistic footing for some time.“We first saw the frequency really spike this year in June with buzz over the Brexit vote and again in July when Donald Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination.“Given that usage of the term hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, I wouldn’t be surprised if post-truth becomes one of the defining words of our time.”“Post-truth” has been added to OxfordDictionaries.com, while editors will analyse its ongoing usage to see whether it will be included in future editions of the Oxford English Dictionary.To see Oxford Dictionaries’ full reasoning and shortlist, click here.
Tommy Lee Jones ’69 received the Harvard Arts Medal Thursday at Sanders Theatre in a ceremony hosted by fellow actor John Lithgow ’67.The medal recognizes a Harvard or Radcliffe graduate or faculty member who has achieved excellence in the arts and has made a contribution through the arts to education or the public good.“I think more than any other event I have been anticipating this one with great excitement,” said Lithgow, who shared the stage with Jones during a Harvard production of Christopher Fry’s “The Lady’s Not for Burning,” in 1967.The event, which signaled the opening of Harvard’s annual Arts First celebration, was presented by Harvard’s Office for the Arts, its Learning From Performers program, and the Board of Overseers of Harvard College. Harvard President Drew Faust awarded the medal.Faust lauded Jones for his wide range of roles in more than 50 films. “From relentless marshals and sardonic sheriffs, to flawed and stoical fathers, wily lawyers, comedic drifters, psychotic bombers, serial killers, he has explored the gamut of human failings and virtues in characters real and imagined.”Lithgow was back at Harvard to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival he founded with the help of the Board of Overseers, and the OFA’s then-director Myra Mayman. The actor missed the second night of his new Broadway production to be on campus Thursday.President Drew Faust (left) presented Tommy Lee Jones with the Harvard Arts Medal during the Sanders Theatre ceremony.Known for his acerbic style and dry wit on screen, Jones has received three Academy Award nominations, winning one for his portrayal of a U.S. Marshal in the 1993 film “The Fugitive.” He recently co-starred with Ben Affleck in the recession drama “The Company Men.” His current projects include “Men in Black III,” “Great Hope Springs,” and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” in which he is cast as Thaddeus Stevens.Born and raised in Texas, Jones majored in English at Harvard. Like many aspiring actors, he moved to New York after college to pursue a career, making his Broadway debut 10 days after graduating from Harvard. He landed his first film role just a year later in “Love Story,” and has been a regular in Hollywood ever since.In accepting the award, he praised Harvard’s rich creative environment for helping him develop his talent and his lifelong approach to learning.“I believe that my experience here was the best thing that happened to my creative life, and the reason for that is not simply what I learned, but I learned how to learn and I haven’t stopped. And for that I will be grateful as long as I live.”Jones said he acts simply because he loves it and that he considers it a privilege. “Our job description is player,” he said, “it just beats the hell out of working for a living.”But he urged those aspiring actors in the crowd to consider another line of work if they are unready to sacrifice their emotional and financial sense of security.“If you can find anything else to do, please do that.”Jones caught the acting bug in the second grade when he was cast as Sneezy in his school’s production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Decades later, an acquaintance, who was a producer and Harvard graduate, helped him get his first film role after a casting agent told him, strangely, that he didn’t quite look the part of what he actually was — a Harvard student who played football.“Before I could say a word,” recalled Jones, “she said, ‘you’re not right,’ ” for the part that required a “very special kind of football player.”Jones phoned his friend and 20 minutes later he had an audition scheduled for the next day.“It was a good lesson,” he said, “and a good introduction to the motion picture business.”Jones discussed his love for Harvard’s football team, his love of acting, and his longstanding support of the Harvard University Polo Club inspired by his own love of horses and the fast-paced sport. Each year, Jones hosts members of the club at his ranch in Texas and his home in Florida, and has donated 15 polo ponies to Harvard.Jones was a standout football star in college. He was a member of the Harvard team that took the field for “The Game” against Yale, when Harvard staged a 16-point comeback to earn a 29-29 tie.The actor took questions from the crowd, including queries from old friends, former football teammates, students, and even one love struck admirer who asked him bluntly “will you marry me?”His favorite part of Harvard: acting and football. His least favorite part of Harvard: “Walking in the snow after dark.”
Due in large part to NeSmith’s efforts, the blueberry has become Georgia’s No. 1 fruit crop, surpassing the state’s namesake, the peach. Just 10 years ago, there were only about 5,000 acres of blueberry fields in the state, and the crop was only worth about $22 million. Today, Georgia farmers are using about 21,749 acres for blueberry production, and the farm gate value was more than $254 million in 2011, according to the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report. Their popularity with casual gardeners and health-conscious consumers has grown in part from research proving the berry is an antioxidant-rich super food.For more on UGA CAES blueberry research, visit the website at extension.uga.edu/agriculture/ag-fruits-vegetables/blueberries/. University of Georgia blueberry breeder Scott NeSmith has been awarded the university’s prestigious Inventor’s Award for 2013.NeSmith is a horticulture professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. CAES faculty have earned the award eight of the 13 years it has been presented by the UGA Research Foundation. The annual award is based on an invention’s “originality, innovation and impact outside the university setting.” Plants for GeorgiaNeSmith breeds new blueberry varieties that are specialized for Georgia’s climate and soils. He conducts most of his research on plots at the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga., and the UGA Tifton Campus Blueberry Research Farm near Alapaha, Ga.Since becoming head of the UGA blueberry-breeding program in 1998, he has released and patented 10 new commercial blueberry varieties and two ornamental blueberry varieties. These include several southern highbush varieties such as Rebel, Southern Splendor and Suziblue, as well as Ochlockonee and Alapaha, rabbiteye blueberry varieties named after South Georgia Rivers.For farmers’ fields and gardeners’ backyardsAbout 60 percent of blueberries grown in Georgia are the rabbiteye variety. The remaining 40 percent are the Southern highbush variety.These varieties all have different traits ranging from when they produce fruit (early or late), the size and color of their berries and the environments in which they grow best. NeSmith once bred blueberry varieties specifically for commercial growers, but now splits the program between varieties that perform best for the commercial market and those that are best suited for backyard gardens.In addition to the breeding program, NeSmith researches ways to protect the plants’ blooms from Georgia’s unpredictable late winter weather and early spring frosts. He also works with UGA plant pathologists and entomologists to address disease and insect problems Georgia blueberry growers face.Research helps industry grow“Professor NeSmith is one of the college’s most creative scientists,” said J. Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. “His deep understanding of quantitative genetics combined with his experience in practical cultivation make him one of the top fruit breeders in the world.”
by Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) April 23, 2011 A new draft report shows that the state of Vermont could save hundreds of millions of dollars if it adopts the recommendations outlined by H.202, the health care reform bill as passed by the Vermont House of Representatives. (The bill was altered somewhat by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee last week and the legislation, and a number of amendments, was schduled to be taken up by the full Senate at 2 pm on Monday.)If a single-payer style health care system is implemented, the state would save about $55 million in 2015, according to data from Steve Kappel, a consultant who helped to prepare the report. In 2016, the state could save $201 million. (The aforementioned figures do not include dental and vision care.) These net savings are based on a calculation that includes an extension of essential benefit plans for uninsured residents and improved plans for underinsured Vermonters. The state currently has 47,000 uninsured and more than 100,000 underinsured residents.Overall savings would be 5 percent to 6 percent of spending under the health care reform plan, according to the report. The authors of the report found that ‘the savings from a reformed system continue to exceed the cost of expanded coverage and other investments.’The calculations are conservative ‘ they do not include the full administrative savings estimated by Harvard economist William Hsiao in his report to the Legislature. Hsiao said the state could capture $180 million in the first year (net) of health care reform, based on administrative savings for providers of 5.3 percent.Long-term savings are even more dramatic, according to the study. The new estimates indicate that Vermont health care spending will be about $6.71 billion in 2015. The state currently spends about $5 billion a year. The report shows that baseline state spending on medical care will be about $8 billion in 2018. If the state implements a single-payer style system in 2014, it could save about $1 billion in health care spending in 2018, according to the report. (See the chart on page 13.)These figures assume 2.65 percent in savings in administrative costs for providers.Rep. Mark Larson, chair of the House Health Care Committee, said the House requested the report in response to concerns that projected savings under a unified health care system were too optimistic.‘People wanted confirmation that savings could be achieved,’ Larson said. Opponents of the bill asserted that the savings were overstated, Larson said, and ‘this answers that critique.’‘Even under more conservative assumptions, we can cover all Vermonters and save money compared with the current system,’ Larson said.Larson said if the state also pursued medical malpractice savings there would be even more significant savings.‘We always knew there would be a substantial cushion,’ Larson said. ‘This report confirms that’s still the case.’The report was prepared by Kappel, of Policy Integrity, the Vermont Legislative Joint Fiscal Office and the Vermont Department of Banking Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration. The Vermont House requested the study, which was based on estimates from Hsiao’s report.Hsiao predicted that the state could save 25.3 percent in health care spending if it reduced administrative inefficiencies (3 percent for payers; 5.3 percent for providers), embarked on payment reforms (9 percent), continued with Blueprint for Health efforts (1 percent), curbed fraud and abuse (5 percent) and reformed malpractice policies (2 percent).The authors of the new report used more ‘pessimistic assumptions’ than those Hsiao relied on in his reports to the Legislature. The legislative study includes models that reduce the amount of anticipated administrative savings to be achieved through a uniform payment system by 50 percent. Even in this scenario, the study shows significant savings.In addition, the figures used in the new report are adjusted for inflation and are based on the latest health care finance data from BISHCA. Hsiao’s report was based on 2010 dollars. The actuarial value used in the report is identical to Hsiao’s: 87 percent, the current average value of insurance coverage for Vermonters.BISHCA released a new ‘expenditure analysis’ in March that updates spending estimates and forecasts for 2008 through 2013.The report does not include medical malpractice reforms because ‘medmal,’ as it’s called, is not included in H.202, though it is an issue lawmakers want to address when more specifics for the reform plan have been hammered out.The report provides data for six different scenarios, including malpractice savings. Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.org
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When it was time for Debra Markowitz to decide a college major, she hesitated before choosing business. She even enrolled at first as a drama major, but dropped it quickly. A business degree was sensible. Career choices would be plentiful. Besides, she had a talent for it.She buried the part of her that longed to study creative writing. Although she’d been writing since she was 6 years old, when she’d penned her first book, a creative life just didn’t seem practical. It was a pie-in-the-sky fantasy, and not something she was willing to bet her future on.It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Debra studied business, but life had other plans for her.Her business degree landed her in the Nassau County Department of Commerce and Industry 26 years ago. There, she recognized an opportunity to develop the stunning landscape in Nassau County into a moneymaker for the county: by creating a Nassau County Film Office. Being so close to Manhattan was a boon for filmmakers who craved a wider swath of locations to choose from. Markowitz got to work streamlining the permit process to make it faster and easier to film television shows, movies, and commercials right here.Almost from day one, it was a success.“We have the most production days out of any county, all of the boroughs, except Manhattan,” Markowitz tells the Press. “If we’re tracking 750, there are probably 2,000.”Nickerson Beach, Point Lookout, Eisenhower Park, the Nassau County Executive building and the historic and opulent Gold Coast mansions are popular spots for filmmakers. Yet so are Long Beach Memorial Hospital and Nassau County Correctional Center. Thus, it can be difficult to get clearance to shoot at these extremely sought-after locations. Markowitz has been instrumental in cutting through the red tape. You can catch some of these locales on Sports Network, Royal Pains, The Good Life, Police State and Running Wild.This close proximity to the film industry brought Markowitz on a head-on collision course with her dream of a creative life.Seventeen years ago, the Long Island Film and Television Foundation approached Markowitz at the Nassau County Film Office about creating a film expo. In just 12 weeks, 50 films were screened at the Malverne Cinema. Kicked off with Long Island celebrities including Steve Buscemi, Kelly Rutherford, Karen Allen and Oleg Cassini, the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) was born.The acclaimed film festival has grown exponentially every year since. Presently in its 17th season, when it opens July 9 at Bellmore Movies it will host 158 independent films from Long Island, across the country, and around the world, including the Philippines, France, Russia, Arab Emirates, Australia, Italy and Spain, to name a few. The LIIFE has partnered with the Long Island Rail Road to give filmgoers staying in Manhattan direct access to downtown Bellmore, where the train stops. They frequent the restaurants and shops, scout locations here on Long Island, and quite simply, fall in love. The festival runs through July 17.“Besides the cultural aspect, they drop a lot of money here,” says Markowitz, 56, a lifelong North Merrick resident. “It’s great for economic development here.”Debra Markowitz, in action on the set of her zombie comedy The Last Taxi Driver, which she wrote, directed, produced and was also its casting director.That’s the business side talking. The creative side has become deeply immersed in the film industry: from casting films to producing and directing to writing. Since 2001, Markowitz has felt free to indulge her creative life.She was on vacation in Montauk with her children when an idea for a novel revealed itself to her, fully formed. That night, after she put her children to bed, she felt compelled to write the idea down. That compulsion returned every night thereafter until her first historical fiction novel, Naked in the Rain, was completed. It inspired such a devoted following that she was inspired to write a sequel to quench her readers’ curiosity about the fate of the characters.And she hasn’t stopped writing since. From novels and novellas to ghost writing and finally to screenwriting, Markowitz spoke of how her nights and weekends are taken up by her creative projects these days.“Most people relax,” she sighs. “I make movies.”Her first attempt at a screenplay was inspired by a silly story she imagined while she was taking a walk with her boyfriend. True to form, she put pen to paper and created her first script, even though she’d never written anything like that before. A comedy about zombies, The Last Taxi Driver was met with high praise from everyone she dared to show it to. This February, after a grueling three-day outdoor shoot that saw six different weather patterns, filming was completed on her screenplay debut, starring Robert Clohessy from Blue Bloods and Emily Jackson of TV’s Fringe.The elation of that film inspired Markowitz to keep going. After the essence of a film came to her in a dream, Markowitz wrote Leaving, an emotional exploration of the human spirit.Markowitz noted that at different points during the shoot, nearly everyone on set—from the cast to the crew—broke down in tears.“This film affected everybody differently,” she says. “But it affected everyone deeply.”It’s safe to say that Markowitz is no longer all business. She has reconciled the two parts of who she is to reveal her complete picture: an artist.The Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) kicks off its 17th season July 9 and runs through July 17 at Bellmore Movies at 222 Pettit Avenue in Bellmore. Go to longislandfilm.com for a complete schedule of films, panels and events.
Welcome to episode 40 of The CUInsight Experience podcast, hosted by Randy Smith, Co-Founder of CUInsight.com. In this episode, Randy has a conversation with John Bratsakis, the President and CEO of the Maryland and DC Credit Union Association.Giving a voice to credit unions with our legislators is something John feels strongly about. He believes that being present, learning, and listening is how credit unions can get ahead in an arena where everything changes daily.John discusses how he started in credit unions, why he wanted to be President and CEO of the Maryland and DC Credit Union Association and how he believes we can bring awareness to the benefits of credit unions to the forefront of the public and legislators minds.John speaks to us about his leadership style and philosophy. He believes that you should listen to and be authentic with your team and everyone else. He gives us many tidbits of great information that will apply to any industry or career. You won’t want to miss this episode, so plugin and enjoy.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher How to find John:John Bratsakis, President and CEO of the Maryland and DC Credit Union [email protected] | Linkedin | Facebook | YouTubeShow notes from this episode:Check out all the good John and his crew have going on for credit unions at the MD/DC Credit Union AssociationShout-out: CUNA Mutual Group, PSCU, CU DirectShout-out: SoFiShout-out: To our friends at Credit Unions For Kids and the CMN HospitalsWill you be ready to run in Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run next year?A song for John: Gridiron HeroesShout-out: Our mutual friend, Greg Michlig at CUNAShout-out: Teachers Credit UnionShout-out: Vic Pantea and Rick RiceShout-out: Duane Nelson retired from United Federal Credit UnionShout-out: Mike Valentine at Baxter Credit UnionAlbum mentioned: Live Alive by Stevie Ray Vaughan Album mentioned: Live at the Sands by Frank Sinatra Book mentioned: Values-Based Leadership by Harry M. Kraemer Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Chuck Fagan, Bob Trunzo, John Pembrook, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37), Diana DykstraYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[01:36] – Welcome to the show, John![02:08] – John chats with Randy about how his national position allows him to learn and bring ideas home to the local credit unions.[04:29] – What are the challenges facing credit unions today? What can you do to alleviate the struggles they have?[07:29] – John speaks about how credit unions give back to the communities.[09:57] – Randy asks about John’s favorite team.[11:34] – John believes that credit unions need to more on a personal relationship with members.[14:05] – They discuss how John got a career in credit unions and how he got the position of President and CEO of the Credit Union Association.[17:43] – Has the inspiration changed since he took the job?[18:49] – John says his leadership style is just being who he is. He says everyone fails, but you get up and do it better next time.[20:14] – John tells us about his most memorable failure.[21:28] – Advocate, educate, communicate, and collaborate are words that John’s team hears from him all the time.[22:16] – He feels that young leaders make the mistake of making hard goals instead of focusing on the milestones that are needed to get to that goal.[23:32] – What advice have you been given that you still use today?[25:03] – Did you have mentors that helped you form your leadership style?[27:56] – When they have an issue, they can’t rectify; they call the team together and go through it and get ideas.[29:56] – How do you keep your message fresh in all areas?[31:38] – When John isn’t working, he likes to hang out with friends and family.[32:26] – What was the first time you got into memorable trouble?[32:57] – John’s favorite way to the day is having coffee with his wife, he says that he needs that hour every morning for his day to feel right.[33:30] – What’s your favorite album?[34:08] – What book do you think everyone should read?[35:07] – Being present has become more important to him as he has gotten older, and being right has become less critical.[36:05] – When he hears the word success, he thinks of his grandparents. They immigrated from Greece with nothing and made it work.[37:32] – Final thoughts? 122SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details
Saudi Arabia will finance treatment for anyone infected with the coronavirus in the country, the health minister said on Monday, while the agriculture ministry took steps to boost wheat and livestock supplies amid global fears of a food shortage.The kingdom has registered eight deaths among 1,453 infections, the highest among the six Gulf Arab states.Health Minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah said King Salman would cover treatment for citizens and residents diagnosed with the virus, urging people with symptoms to get tested. “We are all in the same boat,” he told a news conference, adding that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was overseeing containment efforts “night and day”.The kingdom’s de facto ruler was last seen publicly at a cabinet meeting on March 3, days before detaining his uncle and three cousins in a move seen as cementing his eventual path to the throne.King Salman, his 84-year-old father, addressed the nation two weeks ago and chaired an extraordinary virtual summit of G20 leaders to advance a global response to the coronavirus pandemic.G20 trade ministers are holding an emergency video conference on Monday to discuss cooperation on supply chains. Topics : At a separate news conference, the agriculture ministry spokesman said Saudi Arabia would start importing at least 1.2 million tons more wheat next month, adding to strategic reserves of over 1 million tons.Abdullah Abalkhail said the kingdom had also expanded the list of countries from which it can import livestock.Saudi Arabia has taken drastic steps to contain the coronavirus, halting international flights, closing most public places and imposing a partial curfew.Restrictions on movement have tightened, with entry and exit to Riyadh, Mecca, Medina and Jeddah heavily restricted. The interior ministry said on Monday it was curbing access to six districts in Mecca, as it did over the weekend with several neighborhoods in Medina.The United Arab Emirates recorded two deaths on Monday in Arab and Asian nationals, both in their 40s with pre-existing heart conditions, raising the death toll to five among 611 infections. The country extended distance learning until the end of the academic year.The health ministry in Bahrain, which has recorded four deaths and 500 cases, said a plane of evacuated citizens from Iran landed in Manama, without providing details.Another plane landed in Kuwait carrying 70 of its nationals from Tehran, Kuwait said.