Frank Gardner meets paralysed student after diving accident

first_imgUK viewers can watch Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story on on BBC iPlayer.- Advertisement – The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner was left paralysed 16 years ago after he and his cameraman, Simon Cumbers, were ambushed by al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Frank Gardner was shot six times and paralysed; Simon Cumbers was killed. In a new documentary he meets other people who have been paralysed as an adult. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

Royal London trims rent

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San Francisco declares emergency over coronavirus despite having no cases

first_imgSan Francisco declared a local emergency over the coronavirus on Tuesday, despite having no cases, as US officials urged Americans to prepare for the spread of infections within their communities.California’s fourth-largest city said it made the move to boost its coronavirus preparedness and raise public awareness of risks the virus may spread to the city.“Although there are still zero confirmed cases in San Francisco residents, the global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the United States on Tuesday to prepare for community spread after infections surfaced in several more countries.The 14 confirmed US cases of coronavirus have been mostly travel related, with only two cases of person-to-person spread. There are also 39 cases among Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Tokyo and from Wuhan, China. Topics :last_img read more

Global shares head for worst week since 2008 financial crisis

first_img“We don’t even need to wait for economic data to see how badly the economy is being hit. You can tell that the sales of airlines and hotels are already falling by a half or something like that,” said Tomoaki Shishido, senior economist at Nomura Securities.“It is fair to say the impact of the coronavirus will be clearly much bigger than the US-China trade war. So the Fed does not have a reason to take a wait-and-see stance next month,” he said.MSCI all country world index fell 3.3 percent on Thursday to bring its losses so far this week to 8.9 percent, on course for its biggest weekly decline since a 9.8 percent plunge in November 2008.Read also: Stocks near 3-year low as foreign investors post huge sell-off amid virus fears Wall Street shares led the rout as the S&P 500 fell 4.42 percent, its largest percentage drop since August 2011.It has lost 12 percent since hitting a record close on Feb. 19, marking its fastest correction ever in just six trading days while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,190.95 points, its biggest points drop ever.In Asia, MSCI’s regional index excluding Japan lost 0.6 percent. Japan’s Nikkei gave up 2.5 percent on rising fears the Olympics planned in July-August may be called off due to the coronavirus.Australian shares dropped 3 percent to a six-month low while South Korean shares shed 1.4 percent.“The coronavirus now looks like a pandemic. Markets can cope even if there is big risk as long as we can see the end of the tunnel,” said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. “But at the moment, no one can tell how long this will last and how severe it will get.”The World Health Organization (WHO) said all countries need to prepare to combat the virus as the outbreak spread to major developed economies such as Germany and France.Play the market: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York in this undated file picture. (Reuters/Jeenah Moon)Fears of a major economic slump sent oil prices to their lowest level in more than a year. US crude futures fell to $46.28 per barrel.As investors flocked to the safety of high-grade bonds, US bond yields have plunged, with the benchmark 10-year notes yield hitting a record low of 1.241 percent. It last stood at 1.274 percent.That is well below the three-month bill yield of 1.439 percent, deepening the so-called inversion of the yield curve. Historically an inverted yield curve is one of the most reliable leading indicators of a US recession.Expectations the Fed will cut interest rates to cushion the blow are rising in money markets, with Fed funds futures now pricing in a good chance of a move as early as next month.As investors rushed to safe assets, gold stood at $1,646.4 near seven-year high of $1,688.9 hit earlier this month.In currency markets, the yen rose to a three-week high of 109.33 to the dollar and last stood at 109.47.The euro stood at $1.1005, having jumped over 1 percent in the previous session, the biggest gain in more than two years as investors wound back bets against the currency versus the dollar.Topics : Global share markets headed for the worst week since the darkest days of the financial crisis in 2008 as investors braced for the coronavirus to morph into a pandemic and derail world economic growth.Hopes that the epidemic that started in China would be over in a few months and economic activity would return to normal have been shattered, as new infections reported around the world now surpass those in China.The worsening global threat from the virus prompted investors to rapidly step up bets the US Federal Reserve would need to cut interest rates as soon as next month to support economic growth.last_img read more

Vice President calls for fatwas to regulate worship in coronavirus crisis

first_imgAs the number of COVID-19 infections in Indonesia rose to 579 on Monday, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has called on Muslim clerics to issue fatwas to regulate the special circumstances that Muslims may find themselves in amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Ma’ruf, who also currently serves as the nonactive chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), said the MUI and other Islamic organizations should issue fatwas that provide guidance on the bathing of the dead and on wudhu (ablution rituals) in certain circumstances. “If there is a lack of medical expertise and proper equipment to handle a body, the fatwas could allow for the deceased to be buried without being bathed,” Ma’ruf said at a press conference at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) office in Jakarta on Monday. In addition, Ma’ruf asked the MUI to issue a fatwa that allows medical staff to perform prayers without first performing wudhu.”In a situation where medical staff have to wear personal protective equipment and cannot take it off […] the fatwa would make it easier for them to perform their prayers,” he said.Last week, the Indonesian Ulema Council issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims living in areas with widespread COVID-19 infection from performing Friday prayers and other congregational prayers at a mosque.Up until Monday afternoon, Indonesia reported 49 deaths due to COVID-19. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Final stage focus on outdoor living

first_imgWhile there’s a lot of space around these homes, we’ve ensured they have the privacy owners need as there are only two homes in this release with neighbours backing onto them.” The high-end inclusions start in the kitchen with an induction cooktop and quality AEG appliances, while solar panels and ducted airconditioning are standard. Homes in Halcyon Lakeside’s final stage are priced from $569,000 and range in size from 174 sqm to 302 sqm.The luxury homes at Elevation are close to all amenities within the Halcyon Lakeside community, and within easy walking distance to The Local cafe located in the neighbourhood park. Residents facilities include the Recreation Club, which offers five-star resort-style facilities including a Gold Class-style cinema, rooftop tennis court and mineral salts resort pool.Homeowners have free access to a health and wellness centre with a fully-equipped gym and circuit room, lap and resort pools, rooftop tennis court and pavilion, bocce court, bowling green, pickleball courts, and a sunset bar with fire-pit. There is also a creative arts precinct with a pottery kiln, as well as a fully-equipped work shed, caravan and boat storage, a 12-seat community bus for excursions and 6km of walking trails. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours ago“We’ve saved the best for last offering a small exclusive precinct that’s within walking distance to The Local tapas bar and neighbourhood park,” project director Chris Carley said. “There is a strong focus on outdoor living where we have introduced our largest covered alfresco areas designed for those who love to entertain, or who just like extra space.“And the elevated position is ideal for capturing sea breezes in the landscaped back yard. center_img Halcyon LakesideTHE developer behind Halcyon Lakeside has released its final stage – Elevation – with 43 homes on a flat and elevated site on the Sunshine Coast.Many of the homes within the over-50s community boast stunning hillside views.last_img read more

VIDEO: IADC Award for Van Oord’s Debris Removal Platform

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Van Oord’s Debris Removal Platform, developed in-house, has won the 2018 IADC Safety Award. By changing the existing technique of manually removing debris to an automated system, the risk of personal injury is reduced.During dredging, debris can fill the trailing draghead of a trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD).When the suction pipe is brought back on board, debris that was trapped in the draghead will then fall onto the deck.To safely remove the debris, Van Oord has developed an automated debris removal system.After taking out the non-recyclables, the Debris Removal Platform – powered by a hydraulically driven bulldozer blade – pushes the debris over the side of a vessel.last_img read more

Colorado survey suggests legal marijuana is attracting homeless people

first_imgThe survey of 507 mostly homeless inmates housed in seven city and county jails was aiming to shed light on the claim made largely by law enforcement: that legal marijuana is attracting transient homeless people to Colorado.But the head of the agency that commissioned the study said it hardly puts the question to rest. It found that of the homeless inmates sampled, most had come to Colorado before legalization. The rest, about 41%, came after 2012, when Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Of the sample, 77 inmates fit that description, or roughly 1% of the total population of the jails that were surveyed. Thirty-five percent of those inmates said legal marijuana was among the reasons they came to Colorado. The most common reason was “to get away from a problem.”READ MORE: CNN 4 July 2018Family First Comment: No surprises. And we already have a homeless problem without adding to itA new survey in Colorado suggests that more than one-third of homeless jail inmates who have come to the state since 2012 have come, at least in part, because of legal marijuana.But the survey, commissioned by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, is getting mixed reviews: from a sheriff who says the results are no surprise, to a marijuana lobbyist who called it “irrelevant.”center_img “That’s not insignificant,” said Stan Hilkey, the executive director of Colorado’s Department of Public Safety. “We know that marijuana is one of the reasons that it’s drawn some of the people here since legalization. It’s not the top reason, but remains one of the reasons.”last_img read more

Franklin County EMS: More Funding Or No Service

first_img(Image: Franklin County Government)A contract dispute could put Franklin County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in jeopardy.According to the Franklin County Observer, EMS has requested an increase in funding from $100,000 to $150,000 due to the higher volume of calls for service. The original request was made at the County Council August budget hearings, but was turned down.As a result of council’s decision, EMS was instructed to re-do their contract to fit the amount of $100,000.Franklin County Commissioners recently received another EMS contract, but again requested funding for $150,000. The contract also included a letter threatening to halt service for 2014 if the additional $50,000 could not be appropriated.County Commissioners asked council members to sign the $150,000 contract at the Nov. 26 Franklin County Council meeting. The contract was not approved.EMS officials say more funding is required to operate efficiently. However, according to the Observer, statistics on the rise in calls have not been given to county council members.Franklin County is not legally obligated to provide emergency services, but stopping service could lead to a potential lawsuit against the county.To allow commissioners more time to negotiate with EMS, a motion was made to appropriate $25,000 to assist EMS for the first two months of 2014 at the county council meeting. The motion was voted against.County Commissioners will continue working on an agreement in hopes of a resolution next month.last_img read more

Crash knocks out power in Decatur County

first_imgDecatur County, In. — A Wednesday morning crash on West Base Road in Decatur County left about 75 people without power.Information from the Decatur County REMC says a semi-truck drove off the side of the road and rolled into a power pole.Power was restored after about 3 hours. No word on injuries to the driver.-0-last_img