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Australia’s military announced Thursday it would send 1,000 troops to Melbourne in an effort to help contain the country’s only significant coronavirus outbreak over fears of a second wave.Victoria state has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases, recording almost 150 new infections over the past week as new clusters have emerged in Melbourne.On Thursday authorities recorded at least 37 cases — the highest national total since mid-April. However, the deployment of such a large military contingent to a major Australian city is unprecedented in the coronavirus crisis.It comes as concern ramps up in Melbourne, with additional pop-up testing centers set up in virus “hot spots” and supermarkets reimposing buying limits amid fears of a return of panic-buying.Virus clusters have emerged in large family groups spread across the country’s second city, at a hotel used for quarantining returned travellers and at a clothing store.Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said 1,000 workers were going door-to-door urging residents in the worst-affected areas to get tested, with hopes of testing 100,000 people in 10 suburbs over 10 days.”This suburban testing blitz is all about finding all of those people that have this virus, then having them quarantined in their home with appropriate support,” he told reporters.”It’s about bringing further stability to these numbers. The numbers will grow, but that’s exactly the strategy: Find these cases.”Australia has recorded roughly 7,500 cases of coronavirus and 104 deaths in a population of 25 million, with several regions believed to be effectively virus free. While the numbers remain small compared to global tallies, the outbreak has rattled Australia, which has been rolling back restrictions after successfully curbing the virus spread.Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said Thursday that 1,000 troops would be deployed to Victoria “in the coming days”. Up to 850 Australian Defense Force personnel will help monitor returned international travellers being held in hotel quarantine while about 200 others will provide logistical and medical support to COVID-19 testing facilities, she added.Military personnel are already manning the borders of states that are closed to outside visitors as well as providing planning support to health and emergency management services, including in Victoria. Topics :
SeaBird Exploration has signed a letter of award (LoA) for some additional work in West Africa for an undisclosed client. The project is due to start in late second quarter and will have a duration of approximately two weeks.SeaBird will be using the Osprey Explorer for the project.Earlier the company received LoA for West Africa 2D seismic survey with a duration of one month.The vessel, Osprey Explorer, joined the fleet in August 2006 after being converted to 2D Long offset/source vessel in Poland.The DNV-classed vessel has a length of 81.16 meters and a beam of 15.96 meters.
0Shares0000Yaya Toure set to exit England. Photo/TEAMTALKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Yaya Toure has revealed that he plans to stay in England following his departure from Manchester City at the end of the season, while his agent said he is “desperate” to stay in the Premier League.Toure, 34, has spent eight years at City, winning three Premier League titles and scoring 62 league goals in 229 appearances to date. A move to another English club could well see Toure line up against City, but according to the BBC, the midfielder has suggested he would have no qualms with that.“Yes. Definitely,” he reportedly said when asked if he was staying in England.“I love the challenge and the difficulty. Some fans were asking ‘are you retiring?’ I said no. I have, maybe, two more years at a high level.”Toure has the backing of City manager Pep Guardiola, who according to Goal said: “I am not the right guy to say to him what is the best. He will choose.”When Guardiola was asked whether or not Toure could still contribute in the Premier League, he said: “Yeah, he can.”Meanwhile, Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, revealed to Sky Sports News that Toure would be willing to pay back half his wages should his new club find his performances unsatisfactory.“Yaya is fit and desperate to prove he’s still the best central midfielder in the Premier League,” he said.“He’s happy to accept a one-year deal to stay in England. And if his club are not satisfied with his performances, he will pay back half his wages, or the club can cancel his contract immediately, with no compensation.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
PALMDALE – Satellite-tracking devices are being strapped on the ankles of 40 paroled rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in the Antelope Valley in the first use in Los Angeles County of GPS technology to keep track of sex offenders. A little bit bigger than a computer mouse and weighing about six ounces, the GPS device beams signals to an orbiting network of satellites that give state parole agents a computerized record of a parolee’s movements and, if he or she ventures to a school or playground or leaves the area within which he must stay, will transmit a text message alerting his parole agent. “We believe GPS will save the lives of children,” said state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who is pushing a November ballot measure that would mandate GPS tracking for life every sex offender leaving prison. GPS technology is already tracking parolees all across the United States. About 45 of the parolees fitted with the devices so far have been charged with violating parole for behavior including being in unauthorized areas such as amusement parks or being away from home after their curfews. In one case, a parolee was arrested after his GPS device tracked him to a high school campus and to outside a women’s locker room at the University of Redlands. Overall, Los Angeles County has some 11,400 registered sex offenders – enough so that a state Web site mapping each offender’s location with a blue dot shows solid blue stretching for miles across almost every area of the county. Of the county’s sex offenders, 391 are parolees recently released from prison and categorized by parole officials as high risk because of violence, multiple offenses, multiple victims, or other factors. Of the 391 high-risk sex offender parolees, 43 live in the Antelope Valley. That means the Antelope Valley has less than 4 percent of Los Angeles County’s population, but 11 percent of its high-risk sex offenders on parole. The Antelope Valley was picked as a pilot area for trying the devices in Los Angeles County after state officials in January agreed to stop sending parolees there unless they had valley connections predating their imprisonments. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Elaine Jennings said she expects GPS use in metropolitan Los Angeles to start later this year or early next year. “The Antelope Valley has had a concern about parolees. There was community involvement and we had good partners,” Jennings said. To hook up more parolees to GPS devices, the state is training more parole agents, because the main cost in tracking sex offenders is not the price tag for the device but the manpower for checking and analyzing parolees’ movements. “It’s high time we took back the streets of Los Angeles County from sex predators who are stalking our children, who have a repeat recidivism rate,” said Tony Bell, an aide to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said the Antelope Valley has been allowed to become home to too many parolees – nearly 2,000 of all sorts, or 6 percent of the county total – and he blamed Runner and his wife, Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, for not doing more to change the situation. Ledford called Thursday’s GPS announcement pre-election campaigning for Sharon Runner, whom Ledford is opposing in the June 6 Republican primary for her Assembly seat. “We are a dumping ground,” said Ledford. “You get the headlines at Disneyland, but this is where people live … We’re fed up.” The concern about sex offenders is statewide and nationwide. California’s parole chief, Jim L’Etoile, either resigned or was dismissed – officials won’t say which, citing personnel law – after revelations that paroled sex offenders were placed in motels and hotels near Disneyland. The placements violated no laws, but officials moved four parolees who lived in motels within a half-mile of the amusement park. The men all wore GPS devices. At the Nov. 7 election, California voters will vote on a measure called Jessica’s Law, named after a Florida girl who was abducted from her home and slain, that would require all paroled and newly registered sex offenders to wear an electronic tracking device for life. The law would also bar them from living any closer than 2,000 feet from schools and parks, meaning that many neighborhoods would be off-limits but also shifting offenders into other areas. [email protected] (661) 267-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA study in Florida, where GPS use began in 1998, found that sex offenders wearing the devices were less likely to commit new crimes or to disappear. The devices are not a panacea – they will not send a police officer racing to a school when a sex offender walks up to the fence – but they are a deterrent, said Peggy Conway, editor of the Journal of Offender Monitoring. “There is no anonymity to a crime. They can be put at the scene of a crime,” said Conway. “They know they will get caught.” At a cost of $8.45 a day each, California began using the GPS devices in a pilot program tracking high-risk sex offenders in San Diego County last July, and in October in Orange County. More than 400 are now in use in parts of California, with a state law approved last year boosting that to 2,500 over the next four years.