Solar-powered food carts converted to virus disinfection vehicles in Kabul

first_imgTopics : Afghanistan’s total number of coronavirus cases was at more than 1,200 on Friday with 40 deaths, and officials and experts have cautioned the number could rise far higher given limited testing and the country’s weak health infrastructure.At one stop in the locked-down capital, Sikandar’s fellow disinfection worker was on hand to help space out people who had queued up to get their hands washed, while her husband, Mohammad Anwar, sanitized a policeman’s rifle and hosed down nearby cars with disinfectant.They are among roughly 80 women and men thrust to the forefront of fighting COVID-19 after the government provided the funds to Banu’s Kitchen to convert the food carts into these mobile disinfectant vehicles.”Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, and most of the population cannot afford the sanitizing product, which have higher prices,” said Farhad Wajdi, who founded Banu’s Kitchen in 2018. Just a few weeks ago, Marzia Sikandar served burgers and rice from her solar-powered mobile cart in Kabul, but now, wearing a protective suit, she distributes masks and offers free soap and water in the Afghan capital to combat the coronavirus outbreak.Her converted carbon-neutral rickshaw is one of around 40 owned by social enterprise Banu’s Kitchen which had until recently employed women to sell food and support their families in Afghanistan’s conservative society, but has now been transformed into mobile sanitizing stations in a country where many are without running water or easy access to health services.”Of course I’m so worried about this virus, especially when I’m outside and when I get back home, I’m afraid that the virus will spread to my children, though I take precautions. But I’m delighted that I can help my compatriots and the country,” said Sikandar, 45, who distributes up to 70 masks a day.center_img “Our mission is to reach these underprivileged families, these impaired families who cannot afford to buy sanitizing products.”But he hopes that eventually things will return to normal and Banu’s Kitchen’s female workers can return to selling food.”We hope to see the end of the coronavirus, so we can convert these disinfecting carts back to the Zero-Carbon food carts.” last_img read more

Japanese capital sees more than 100 new coronavirus cases Thursday, most in 2 months

first_imgAs infections surpass the city government’s initial target, two weeks into its final phase of loosening of virus curbs, officials have repeatedly said they see no need to declare a new state of emergency.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters he didn’t think the conditions for issuing a fresh state of emergency were met.”We’ll continue to pay attention to the infection situation in the area with a sense of urgency, and work to both prevent spreading of infection and support economic activity,” he said.Officials have also said the medical system can handle existing infections and that increased testing partly explains the rise in confirmed cases. Topics : Despite more cases in Tokyo, Japan, with about 19,000 cases and 976 deaths, has reported a lower overall rate of infection than many countries.More than 10.7 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and over 515,00​0 have died, according to a Reuters tally.This week, the Tokyo government said it would move away from numerical targets in favor of more reliance on expert advice to rein in the virus and avert more economic damage.center_img Tokyo confirmed 107 more novel coronavirus infections on Thursday, a Tokyo government official said, the highest daily tally in two months in the city at the center of Japan’s outbreak.The jump comes after the city of 14 million had initially sought to hold new daily cases at fewer than 20 after the government lifted a state of emergency on May 25, only to see its tally consistently exceed 50 over the past week.Tokyo’s daily count last topped 100 on May 2. On Wednesday, it confirmed 67 new cases.last_img read more

Jennifer Lopez: There’s no pain or failure like a divorce

first_imgOneNews 3 January 2015Jennifer Lopez broke down while admitting she felt like she was “going to die” when her marriage to Marc Anthony broke up.The 45-year-old singer – who was married to the singer/songwriter for 10 years until their divorce last year – insists she tried her very best to make their relationship work but it wasn’t to be and she experienced more pain than she ever had before when the former couple went through a divorce.Speaking on HBO documentary ‘Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again’, the emotional star said: “I remember being on the set and being in my dressing room and not feeling like I could get up in the morning and there’s just no pain like that. There’s no pain or failure like going through a divorce.“That hope, that dream, that fairytale, with that first time that dream gets blown to pieces, you feel like you’re going to die.“You feel like you failed. You feel like no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t make it work.”Jennifer admitted her and 46-year-old Marc’s divorce was particularly agonising because she knew their children, six-year-old twins Max and Emme, would be devastated. read more

Hunting applications available online

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Hunters can apply online for a reserved hunt by visiting and clicking on the “Reserved Hunt Info” link.The online method is the only way to apply. Applicants must possess a hunting license valid for the hunt for which they are applying. Applications must be completed by the application deadline.Hunters will be selected through a computerized, random drawing. Drawing results will be posted at within two weeks after application deadlines, and an email will be sent to applicants when results are posted.Applications are currently open for:Dove hunt draw: Applications must be completed by July 28. Applicants may select their desired date and property. Properties participating are Atterbury, Jasper-Pulaski, Kankakee, LaSalle, Pigeon River, J.E. Roush Lake, Willow Slough, Blue Grass and Winamac fish & wildlife areas.Various other fish & wildlife area hunts: Applications must be completed by Aug. 21.  Properties include Deer Creek and Fairbanks Landing fish & wildlife areas and Tern Bar Slough Wildlife Diversity Conservation Area.Military/refuge firearm, primitive and archery deer hunt draw: Applications must be completed by Aug. 21. Hunts on military/refuge properties may be cancelled at any time.Youth firearm deer hunt at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge: Applications must be completed by Aug. 21Pheasant hunt draw: Applications must be completed by Sept. 27. The Nov. 3 hunt is reserved for youth hunters only (ages 17 and younger).State park deer reduction draw hunts: Applications must be completed by Aug. 20.Only one application per hunt is allowed. No changes can be made once the application is submitted. More information is at read more

Two Palm Beach County deputies test positive for the coronavirus

first_imgA spokesperson for the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office is reporting that two of it’s deputies have tested positive for the coronavirus.The development was relayed to the media Tuesday afternoon though it is unclear when the deputies became ill or how they contracted the virus.Anyone who had contact with the two deputies including medical staff and fellow employees, have been tested and have been asked to self-quarantine.A third deputy has also been hospitalized and is now awaiting the results.Those who have come into contact with them have been asked to self-quarantine but have not been tested.This is a developing story.last_img

Mills signs bill banning Native American mascots in schools

first_img Bio Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) ELLSWORTH — Maine is set to make history later this year as the first state to ban the use of all Native American mascots in its public schools.Last Thursday, Governor Janet Mills signed into law LD 944, which had passed the Maine State Senate and House of Representatives last month. Specifically, the bill prohibits state schools from using “a name, symbol or image that depicts or refers to a Native American tribe, individual custom or tradition and that is used as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead or team name of the school.”“While Indian mascots were often originally chosen to recognize and honor a school’s unique connection to Native American communities in Maine, we have heard clearly and unequivocally from Maine tribes that they are a source of pain and anguish,” Mills said in a release. “A mascot is a symbol of pride, but it is not the source of pride. Our people, communities and understanding and respect for one another are Maine’s source of pride, and it is time our symbols reflect that.”A page in the 1999-2000 Blue Hill Consolidated School yearbook introduces the Bobcats as the school’s new mascot. BHCS retired its Indians nickname in 2000. MELANIE LEACH PHOTOThe bill’s passage comes two months after School Administrative District 54 Board members voted to retire use of Skowhegan High School’s Indians nickname. Prior to that decision, Skowhegan was the only high school in Maine still using a Native mascot name or a logo that included Native imagery. The signing of the bill prevents the district from reversing the decision via public referendum.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTribal leaders and ambassadors, educators and lawmakers were present at the Blaine House as the bill was signed into law. Members of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Houlton Band of Maliseets, Passamaquoddy Tribe and Penobscot Nation have repeatedly spoken out against the use of Native American mascots names such as Skowhegan’s.“We recognize this day as the start of a higher trust of promoting cultural diversity and awareness in place of any continuous social injustices towards one another,” said Rena Newell, a representative for the Passamaquoddy Tribe. “Today and for now on, it is our collective responsibility to the next generations to promote each other as equals, as individuals and, most importantly, as neighbors.”Locally, Blue Hill Consolidated School and Pemetic Elementary School in Southwest Harbor have changed their names from the Indians in past years. BHCS rebranded as the Bobcats in 2000, and the Pemetic student body voted to make the Peregrines the school’s new mascot in December 2017 after years without one.The new law will come into effect 90 days after the Maine State Legislature adjourns its current session. This year’s statutory adjournment date is set for June 19.center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Basketball: D’Tigers Ranked 23rd Best Team in the World

first_imgWhile reacting after the ranking was published, Nigeria Basketball Federation President, Musa Kida said the latest feat was the right reward for hard work put in place by the federation and the team during the qualifiers and World Cup preparation which culminated in a good outing in China.“We are really excited with this announcement. It shows that the world has continued to pay attention to Nigerian basketball after many years of playing second fiddle.“Although, I believe that we deserve more than being 23rd best team in the world based on our current form, but it is a process. The federation is excited that we are on the right track and we will continue to push harder in our resolve to record more successes.”USA still hold on to the Number 1 spot while current World Champion, Spain are ranked second ahead of Australia who climbed eight places to third spot.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram D’Tigers have moved up 10 places to the 23rd in the world in the latest FIBA ranking released after the 2019 FIBA men’s World Cup in China.The senior men’s team who became the first country in the world to qualify for the World Cup won three games and lost two during the competition to finish 17th out of the 32 participating teams.The Alex Nwora tutored side who have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are still ranked Number 1 in Africa ahead of Angola, Tunisia, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire who are ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.last_img read more

Officials discuss future of California

first_imgStudents, faculty and government officials gathered to discuss the future of California Wednesday morning at Town and Gown. “Economic and Political Challenges Facing California,” hosted by the Sol Price School of Public Policy, was part of Dean Jack H. Knott’s first Policy Breakfast Series.The event featured California State Treasurer John Chiang and was moderated by Rodney Ramcharan, an associate professor of public policy and the director of research at the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. The Price School’s Athenian Society, a philanthropic organization, organized the event. “The impetus for this discussion is to convene civic and business leaders to share their in-depth expertise on critical policy topics and highly debated issues facing our communities,” Knott said. “Our aim is to inspire constructive dialogue and foster a community of engaged and informed citizens.”After Knott outlined some of the issues California currently faces, including economic inequality and other fiscal challenges, Ramcharan began the dialogue by asking about Chiang’s economic background and the duties that ensue as the overseer of California’s investments and finances. Chiang explained that he is the state banker who is responsible for California’s daily investments. “On a daily basis, we are investing about $80 billion in short-term cash, and our principal statutory charges is to make sure we don’t lose capital,” Chiang said.Chiang stated that as the child of immigrant parents, he has experienced discrimination from an early age, which inspired him to work in public service. He established himself as a liberal with strong values that focused on the themes of love and support, which propelled him make a difference in improving lives. “Equal rights are important, and what’s bad about liking and valuing each other? I get to to make laws that try to help people,” Chiang said.Ramcharan asked Chiang about climate change and the impact it has on California and its funding. As an agricultural state that commonly experiences droughts, California, Chiang explained, should expect regulatory and legislative changes that would allow the state to more efficiently use its water. Chiang also said that the state needs to consider pricing mechanisms and market intervention in order to fix the issues it faces.Ramcharan also inquired about DebtWatch, an award-winning website Chiang created in 2015 that enables the public to view three decades of debt-related information issued by state and local governments. “I put up the history of $1.5 trillion worth of borrowing by all levels of government in the last 30 years in the state of California,” Chiang said.Chiang stressed the importance of transparency in the current economic and political situation, stating that governments need to be held responsible for their policies and actions. “People need to know how much is being borrowed, how much is being used properly and what is being paid back on time, because there are implications for our sustainable financing,” Chiang said.last_img read more

Tipp expect tough league battle against Offaly

first_imgHolycross native Cathal Barrett is playing down Tipp’s favourites tag citing the qualifier clash between the two sides last year.Throw-in on Sunday at O’Connor Park in Tullamore is at 3 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Una Powell’s Pub, Summerhill, Nenagh and Loughnane Concrete, Ardcroney, Nenagh. Tipperary’s Cathal Barrett says Offaly will be determined not to lose on their home patch in Tullamore this weekend.The Premier County will travel to O’Connor Park to take on the fourth best team from Division 1B in the quarter-finals of the National Hurling League on Sunday.Tipp will be looking to continue on the road to national silverware when they come up against the Faithful County after Eamon O’Shea’s side topped Division 1A.last_img read more

Anthony Annan joins Finnish side HJK Helsinki

first_imgGhana midfielder Anthony Annan has joined Finnish giants HJK Helsinki.The 30-year-old enforcer returns to Scandinavia after previoius spells with Scandinavian clubs IK Start, Rosenborg BK and  FC Stabæk.The former Hearts of Oak and Hasaacas midfielder has signed a on a three-year dealHe will join compatriot former Kotoko left back Gideon Baah. Annan has featured in 67 matches for Ghana,scoring two goals.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img