France to make masks compulsory in most workplaces from Sept. 1

first_imgThe French government plans to make wearing a mask compulsory in the vast majority of workplaces from Sept. 1 to try to stop a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.The labour ministry said on Tuesday the new arrangement would apply to all shared spaces in offices and factories, but would not extend to individual offices where only one employee is present.It also said that working from home would remain its recommended option for employees. A government official said masks at work would become mandatory from Sept. 1. He further said there would be talks with employers and unions about borderline cases, such as when only two people are present in one large open-space and sitting well apart.Details will also be worked out for special work environments such as frozen food warehouses, where masks are not practical as they would freeze.Mask-wearing is also compulsory nationwide on all public transport and in most indoor public spaces such as shops and museums, as well as in crowded outdoor areas in some cities.France imposed some of Europe’s toughest lockdown restrictions earlier this year, greatly reducing the rate of coronavirus infections. But in the past few weeks the numbers of new COVID-19 cases have climbed, and public health officials have warned that contagion could spin out of control.The government has been under pressure from trade unions to step up protective measures in time for September, when people return to work after long summer holidays, and when children are due back at school.”The best thing we can do to prepare for the return from vacations is to reassure employees that, together, we are taking the precautions to avoid spreading the virus,” Elisabeth Borne, the labour minister, was quoted as saying by the ministry.  Topics :last_img read more

Sam Roberts, age 89

first_imgSam Roberts, age 89, of Brookville, Indiana died Friday, April 22, 2016 at his residence in Brookville. Born November 19, 1926 in Brookville, Indiana he was the son of the late Sam Sr. & Mariah Roberts. He was a United States Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the 50TH Ordnance Ammunition Company. On November 27, 1957 he and the former Junavonne A. Hawkins were united in marriage, and she preceded him in death on September 20, 2005. Sam was retired from Owens Corning in Brookville where he had worked for many years. After retirement he opened Blacktop Bait Shop in Brookville which he has operated for over 30 years. In his leisure time he enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, and running his business. Survivors include eight children, Donna (Rick) Hartman and Sherry (Michael) Miller all of Yorkville, Indiana, Mary Roberts, Doris (Bob) Jonas all of Brookville, Indiana, Phyllis (Robbie) Morgan of Connersville, Indiana, Gary (Alice) Roberts, William (Chris) Roberts and Jerry Roberts all of Brookville, Indiana; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; as well as a brother, Elmer Roberts of McKee, Kentucky. In addition to his parents & wife, Junavonne, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Penny Sue Roberts who died June 22, 1993, a brother, Delmer Roberts, a sister, Vernie Roberts, as well as his grandson, Byron Hartman. Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12 Noon on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Pastor Tim Billups of the Connersville Baptist Temple, will officiate the Funeral Services on Monday, April 25, 2016, 12:00 Noon, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Byron Hartman Scholarship fund C/O the Dearborn County Community Foundation. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Roberts family, to sign the online guest book or send a personal condolence please visit .last_img read more

Lambert earns career first win at 141

first_imgBy Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (May 23) – Josh Lambert bested a 23-car field to earn his first career Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature victory Saturday at 141 Speedway.Lambert put his racer up top and grabbed the lead from Race Van Pay on lap four. Lambert put on a dominant performance that saw him with a full straightaway lead mid-race but a caution with eight laps remaining brought everyone back together.Doug Maurer used a veteran restart to move around Lambert and into the lead with seven laps to go. Lambert stayed true to his line and didn’t falter as he moved back around Maurer with laps left.Other winners on Memorial Weekend included Jeremy Jacobs in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, John Heinz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Brandon Kay in the Mach-1 Sport Com­pacts.last_img read more

Jol: Fulham are in safe hands

first_img “We are very close. It’s not easy to win games. “I can appreciate fans are getting a bit nervous, or other people. If they invest money in the club, they would like to be in the top 10. “The only risk I can see is that we will still be near the bottom at the end of the season. I never did that (took part in a relegation battle). I feel I can keep them up, but it’s not about me.” Jol, who guided Fulham to ninth and 12th in the last two seasons, is not happy with the jeers. “That is a problem,” said Jol of the boos. “It’s not helpful. That is what always worries me. “It’s bad, it’s not good for your health. I’ve got a thick skin. I could easily say ‘b***** off’, but I won’t do that. It’s the reality of the Premier League.” Jol also believes supporters calling for his dismissal should recognise the financial constraints at Fulham. The Dutchman’s position is under scrutiny after another late lapse saw Cardiff claim a 2-1 win on Saturday, meaning the Cottagers are still without a home victory in the top flight since April 1 in a run which has seen supporters’ frustration grow. “The devil was playing with us. If you concede goals that late, it’s awful,” former Tottenham, Hamburg and Ajax boss Jol said. He added: “I can understand the criticism but they should realise that we are 20th in the table in spending money.” Following a change of ownership, with American billionaire Shahid Khan taking control from Mohamed Al Fayed, there could be more funds available in the future. Whether Khan will entrust Jol to spend them remains to be seen. Jol added: “You never know. They could say that you are fine and the next day you are out.” Press Association Martin Jol is confident Fulham will not be relegated from the Barclays Premier League with him in charge.last_img read more

Students make push for elections

first_imgWith less than 24 hours before polls open, student political organizations are hoping their increased presence on campus Tuesday will serve as a reminder to get out and vote.Groups such as the USC College Democrats and Students for Meg will hold events throughout the day intended to increase student voter turnout.Phone banks will be held starting at 8 a.m. at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, which will become the base for Get Out the Vote activities on Election Day.“We want it to be impossible for you to be on campus and not know it’s Election Day,” said Micah Scheindlin, political director of the USC College Democrats.USC’s chapter of Students for Meg will be out rallying as well, beginning today and continuing straight through to the end of Election Day.“[We] specifically will continue with phone banking and precinct walking, reaching out to voters on a more personal level,” said Anjali Naskar, communications director for Students for Meg. “[Today], we will be on Trousdale [Parkway] informing students of Meg’s plan for California, especially her jobs plan. We will also be dorm storming to talk to students and connect with the undecided voters.”Naskar said the group will continue its efforts on Tuesday along Trousdale Parkway.USC College Democrats faculty adviser Marlene Towns said that she believes the reminders will help increase voter turnout.“When it comes down to it, it’s just a matter of remembering to go vote,” Towns said. “So having these reminders can make a difference. It also keeps people in the spirit of Election Day.”Scheindlin agreed, saying that if people are reminded, they’re more likely to cast their ballots.“I think that the reality is people do want to vote,” Scheindlin said, “but they’re busy and don’t know how to go about it.”Once people know, he said, all it takes is five minutes.“That’s a message that’ll resonate,” he said.The College Democrats will be monitoring polling places in and around campus throughout the day Tuesday to make sure voting goes smoothly.They’ve teamed up with the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics to hand out voter pamphlets and fliers, as well as Organizing for America to put on the GOTV events.last_img read more

Vincent Tan donates additional 43.000 BAM for Reconstruction of the Health Center

first_imgMalaysian businessman and owner of the FC Sarajevo Vincent Tan decided to donate additional 43.000 BAM for the reconstruction of the Health Center in Maglaj which was destroyed in floods.Tan confirmed to the Malaysian The Sun Daily that he will donate additional 43.000 Bam for the project of reconstruction of the Health Center in Maglaj. This is his second donation, after he donated 250.000 for the Health Center in Maglaj and the same amount for the Health Center in Doboj in 2014.First donation of 250.000 BAM is sufficient for procurement of expensive medical equipment. However, that amount of money is sufficient for reconstruction of only 80 percent of one floor.“I believe this is a worthy project and that it should be done very well. Therefore, let’s do this right and finish the work. I will donate 43.000 BAM for the completion of the project. This is a gift to the BiH people from the Malaysian people,” Tan said.The project includes reconstruction of the attic and procurement of medical equipment, which is necessary after the floods which destroyed all equipment on the ground floor. This is why the project was focused on the higher level of the facility, in order to remove the threat in case of new floods.Health Center Maglaj expressed gratitude to Tan because without his donations the reconstruction would take 15 years to complete. Ground floor of the Health Center has been flooded three times in the last ten years.(Source: read more

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Melee at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov chokes out McGregor

first_imgBut Nurmagomedov then exacerbated several months of hostilities between the fighters’ camps. Nurmagomedov stepped away from the prone McGregor and immediately pointed at the Irishman’s corner, shouting and throwing his mouthpiece.The men in McGregor’s corner appeared to respond with taunts, and Nurmagomedov climbed over the fence and fought with Dillon Danis, a Bellator welterweight who trains with McGregor. Meanwhile, two men entered the cage and sucker-punched McGregor, who defended himself before security personnel separated everyone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNurmagomedov and McGregor both left the ring before the championship belt could be put around Nurmagomedov’s waist.Before the post-fight madness, Nurmagomedov firmly asserted his grappling dominance over McGregor’s striking skill in the Irish superstar’s first MMA bout in 23 months. McGregor hadn’t been in a fight since losing his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather last year, and Nurmagomedov proved an insurmountably tough opponent for his comeback. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments RELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, is held back by referee Herb Dean after fighting Conor McGregor, bottom, during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission during the fourth round to retain the title. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of his comeback fight at UFC 229 against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who then climbed over the cage and set off a brawl by scuffling with another fighter in McGregor’s corner on Saturday night.The wild scene occurred after McGregor (21-4) got caught in a choke by Nurmagomedov (27-0), who defended his lightweight belt with an impressive victory over the Irish star who infamously attacked a bus carrying Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn last April.ADVERTISEMENT Nurmagomedov and McGregor made no secret of their mutual loathing in the past few months, and the UFC used footage of McGregor’s attack on the bus to promote UFC 229, which could be the best-selling pay-per-view card in UFC history.Four security guards separated the fighters while they didn’t touch gloves before the bout, and Nurmagomedov went for a takedown in the opening minute while dominating the opening round.Nurmagomedov staggered McGregor with a right hand early in the second round, but McGregor got up and landed a flying knee. Nurmagomedov made another takedown and steadily improved his position throughout a dominant round, eventually standing and raining down blows on the prone McGregor.Nurmagomedov decided to stand and strike with McGregor in the third round, apparently unafraid of McGregor’s famed power. McGregor landed several significant shots, but Nurmagomedov took them and eventually reasserted control against the cage.McGregor did decent work in the fourth round before Nurmagomedov got control, climbed on McGregor’s back and finally submitted the former two-division champion.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sor Rungvisai thrills home crowd, keeps WBC super fly belt in ONE main event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Cabinet Reviews Tier Three Performance Updates

first_imgIn a continuing bid to construct an impressive list of accomplishments by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration, the Cabinet yesterday met to review Tier Three Performance updates from the Ministries of Commerce, Agriculture, Information, the Civil Service and General Services Agencies towards setting the agenda for accomplishing critical goals in the remaining months of the administration.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Cabinet was briefed on how the agriculture sector, agro-processing and value addition would lead to manufacturing and service delivery. Key triggers toward manufacturing include amendment of section 16 of the Revenue Code, renew executive order 64, adopt ECOWAS CET, pass special economic zone act, and enact foreign trade and competition laws. Other activators are to create signature lists for manufacturers, reform and streamline inspection procedures, attract packaging and labeling investor, improve the doing business indicators in Liberia and implement the development of the Monrovia Industrial Park.The General Services Agency (GSA) briefed Cabinet on guidelines, policies and procedures for the tracking, maintenance and operation of government assets. The registration of major capital assets such as buildings and vehicles and building human capacity in the GSA and the Ministries, Agencies and Commissions to manage assets on a day-to-day basis were reviewed. The GSA stated that it has successfully completed the construction a US$500,000 facility in Paynesville to carry out fleet maintenance for government-owned vehicles. On the agriculture front, cabinet was briefed on the strategic alignment of key stakeholders for improved efficiency, revise agriculture donor working group, synchronize agricultural and manufacturing task force, revive operating procedures and identify leads for sector working groups. So far, a total of 137,000 farmers across the country have been registered into a database. The President will lead an array of government officials for the official launch of the Ministry of Agriculture e-Registration of farmers in Liberia at the Clay Youth Agriculture Vocational Training Center on Saturday, May 21. Meanwhile, the Cabinet was also provided updates on the pay and pension reform within the Civil Service, the optimal sizing and workforce development. Under workforce development, Cabinet has approved CSA’s guidelines that “No new Ministers can take up their new positions with an entourage from their previous ministries”. As part of CSA’s reform initiative, there will be a formal launch of a Job Description Catalogue for Ministries and Agencies and Performance Management Policy Manual on Friday, May 20, at the Monrovia City Hall at 10:00a.m.In a related development, Cabinet was brought up to speed on the status of Providence, the National Museum as well as the Cultural Village. A proposed bill to transform the Liberia News Agency into an autonomous agency is being finalized for submission to legal consultants for relevant inputs prior to being sent to the National Legislature.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI promises Lindeners relief in water woes

first_img– says 6 new pumps orderedManaging Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Dr Van West-Charles has assured residents in various communities across Linden that they will soon have access to potable water.Managing Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Dr Van West-Charles addressing LinderersSpeaking at an event recently, Dr West-Charles stated that six new water pumps have already been ordered by the company and are expected in a matter of weeks.“For you in Linden, we have to replace immediately about six pumps and they’ve been ordered and in another four to six weeks, ‘balance for better’ will be yours in many areas of Linden such as South Amelia’s Ward”, he stated.The Managing Director further stated that the company will also move to address water woes in numerous farming communities within Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Recently, farmers of the West Watooka farming community raised the issue of lack of access to water during a visit to the area by Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes.Additionally, residents in Wisroc and Block 22 have more recently pointed to water woes which, according to officials, is due to faulty water pumps.“We know that we have a number of communities in Region 10, such as the farming communities beyond West Watooka, Block 42 and Speightville among other villages. We will get to you very soon”, Dr West-Charles promised.He also pointed to the difficulties faced by residents along the coastlands of Guyana in accessing 24-hour service, noting that the company is working to ensure that its programmes are strategically organised to bring balance.The GWI boss noted that the company has recently established a new hinterland department.“Going around the villages of Region Nine, we have palpated the imbalance…in a cooperative construct…we are correcting the imbalance…We have seen the difficulties of our younger sisters, of our older sisters as they seek out water…Many of these communities have wells which have begun to experience their own imbalance, but it’s good to know that with the new technology that we now are able to indicate with a good degree of certainty at what depth what can be done”, he said.last_img read more