Construction will start on Rugby League Park next week and it is expected to be completed by March next year, in time for the 2012 Investec Super Rugby season.The new temporary stadium will be run by a Trust and will have a lifespan of three to five years. Hamish Riach said the redevelopment of Rugby League Park was an important part of rebuilding Christchurch. While the Park would host other fixtures, he was delighted the Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby would have a home base in Christchurch in 2012.“We know that rugby has played an important part in helping people to rebuild and put their lives together. We saw during the Rugby World Cup and in particular when the victorious All Blacks came to Christchurch with the Webb Ellis Cup, just how important sport can be for uniting a community in challenging times. It has been a tough year for everyone in Canterbury, and this is a huge step towards reclaiming our city. We are delighted we will be able to see our own teams play here, and that we will be able to host our Rugby World Cup Champions in 2012,” Riach said.The new redeveloped stadium at Rugby League Park will have seating for 17,000, including covered seating for 8500 people and corporate hospitality facilities. Additional temporary seating can be added, to enable a capacity of up to 25,000. New temporary stadium in ChristchurchThe Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks will play one of six domestic Test matches in 2012 at a specially revamped stadium which will be the interim home of rugby in Christchurch.The Crusaders Investec Super Rugby team and the Canterbury ITM Cup provincial team will play their 2012 seasons at the redeveloped stadium to be built on Rugby League Park in Addington.New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) Chairman Mike Eagle and Canterbury RFU CEO Hamish Riach today announced that Christchurch will host an All Blacks Test match following the government’s commitment to the upgrade of Rugby League Park.The traditional home of rugby in Christchurch, AMI Stadium, was severely damaged in the February earthquake, and its future remains uncertain making it unavailable for 2012. The $20 million cost for the redeveloped stadium will be underwritten by the government with funding support from the Christchurch City Council and the New Zealand Rugby Union.Mike Eagle welcomed the government’s announcement as an important investment in the community and in Canterbury’s sports and entertainment infrastructure.“We are delighted for the residents of Christchurch that they will have a venue capable of hosting major international concerts and sporting fixtures. Christchurch has not hosted an All Blacks Test match since the Bledisloe Cup match in August 2010. Christchurch will host the All Blacks v Ireland at Rugby League Park in June – which will be a great occasion for Cantabrians. Our full domestic Test match schedule – the three-Test Steinlager Series and the expanded SANZAR international competition with Australia, South Africa and inaugural participants Argentina – will be announced in full later this afternoon,” Mr Eagle said. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Please enter your comment! From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictFishermen recently netted 100,000 pounds of nutrient-laden gizzard shad from Lake Apopka in one week. The St. Johns River Water Management District funds the fish harvest as part of a multifaceted approach to restoring water quality.“Our focus remains centered on projects that bring us closer to our goal of restoring the lake’s ecosystem,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Working in tandem with other restoration projects at the lake, the rough fish harvest produces great results that are pointing to improved water quality at Lake Apopka.”Although Lake Apopka still has a need for restoration, improving water quality has been observed. Growth rates for bass and crappie in Lake Apopka are among the highest in Florida. (Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)Gizzard shad are a native fish found in most Florida waters. Large numbers of gizzard shad may contribute to nutrient recycling by stirring up bottom sediments during feeding. Removing large numbers of undesirable fish from a waterbody also removes the nutrients in their bodies, which helps improve water quality.It’s expected that 1 million pounds of undesirable fish, mostly gizzard shad, along with some tilapia, gar and invasive armored catfish, will be harvested during the season, which began in late October and runs through the beginning of 2018. For every 1 million pounds of fish caught, about eight thousand pounds of phosphorus are removed. The district pays $0.58 per pound to harvest, process, and transport the inedible fish, which are eventually used as bait for crayfish and crabs.The district has used the low-cost nutrient removal technique of reducing undesirable fish populations in various waterways since 2003. Last season, about 985,000 pounds were removed from Lake Apopka.The fish harvest had been previously used at Lake Griffin. In combination with other nutrient removal projects and technologies, the work was successful enough that water clarity improved, and submerged aquatic vegetation and game fish returned. Previous articleLet’s Talk About It – Episode 11: Have a financial plan for the futureNext articleWhen should you unfriend someone on Facebook? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here 7 COMMENTS Mama Mia I myself, personally, have never caught one though, like other catfish. Notice this article states that gizzard shad are natives? What if the people of this nation’s natives were treated like these fish….oh I forgot! December 12, 2017 at 4:24 pm Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear I am not so sure SJRWMD is doing anything with the undesirable fish, hauled out of Lake Apopka, such as their claim that crab and crayfish bait is made from them, they probably are just hauled off, and buried, or maybe go to the landfill. You can’t always believe everything you are told…. especially when it comes to the government! I have been over to Oakland, over there on Lake Apopka, the building there, don’t know what they call it, other than the information center, and there was information in there, where the “trash fish hauls” were just dumped…… Reply Reply December 12, 2017 at 4:23 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Mama Mia December 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply SJRWMD is playing God. Burning the bird sanctuary lands around Lake Apopka, pesticide applying already over-pesticide polluted waters, and having and paying fishermen to net “trash” fish deemed undesirable. Messing with the water levels too, all the time. I am happy for the commercial fishermen who are benefiting for the 58 cent per pound for the fish catch, but if tilipia fish are so undesirable, it is mighty funny, I see them in the fish markets, and seafood sections of the grocery stores for sale as human food, as well as on the restaurant menus. Gars are beautiful fish to be admired. I hate it when people kill them for no reason, and call them trash. God put these fish here on this earth for some purpose. And gill shad serve a very important purpose here in Florida too….if it were not for them, and their annual fish die offs, with their stinky fish kills, to run off the tourists, just look what would happen, we would be subjected to another eco-tourism Disney World type thing out on Lake Apopka, and who wants that but the politicians? December 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm Mama Mia December 5, 2017 at 10:33 am December 5, 2017 at 10:47 am Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply Mama Mia December 5, 2017 at 11:17 am Now is the time to go see the sea cows, or manatees over at Blue Springs near Deland. You can find the springs, online, as I am not good at directions. Anyway, when it is really cold here in Florida, like it has been the last three days, the manatees congregate there at the Blue Springs Park. They do charge to get in there, not sure how much, but it is not an excessive charge at all…..if you have never seen the manatees, in the wild, and you are new here to Florida, you should go visit Blue Springs Park during this cold ….they are amazing to see! You don’t really hardly see them at all when it is warmer. Now is the time! This article talks about removing the undesirable fish in Lake Apopka, and mentions the invasive armored catfish, as undesirable. Many people have never seen them. I have told some people, even a fisherman, about them, and he had not seen them. The best place to see them is right there at Blue Springs Park, as the water is very clear, and they are very viewable, and easy to spot. The look black in the water, and congregate right there along with the manatees, there on the bottom, and they look just like what their name sounds like….a catfish wearing a suit of armor. Or a “walking catfish” either….if they don’t like where they are, in a body of water, they get up and walk away, and go to another body of water, so they claim…..I think their “walking” is more like flipping and flapping around, to get somewhere else.
ArchDaily Photographs: Hao Chen Save this picture!© Chen Hao+ 22 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868862/the-qiyun-mountain-tree-house-bengo-studio Clipboard Area: 120 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Xiuing, China “COPY” Save this picture!© Chen HaoFrom the architect. The Qiyun Mountain Tree House is located in the region of Xiuning County which is 33 kilometres south of Huangshan City, Anhui Province. As a part of the Qiyun Mountain Scenic Area, the tree house is surrounded by a sea of red cedars.Save this picture!© Chen HaoThe 11-metre-tall tree house is of the same height as its neighboring mature-age red cedars. The house is a superposition of seven rooms as large as six to nine square meters, i.e., the entrance hall, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, the living room and the landscape room. The two sets of bedrooms and bathrooms are separated by the entrance hall, thus available for two families to live in at the same time without disturbing one another. The living room and the landscape room are built at the top of the house as public space. All seven rooms are connected by a spiral staircase in the center.Save this picture!© Chen HaoThe house invites the guests in from the glass glazed gallery in the central layer leading to the entrance hall before they go upstairs/downstairs to the two sets of rooms. The guests get to each room by climbing up/down climbing 1.6 meters up/down the central spiral staircase. As they move to different parts of the house, a panoramic view of the forest is guaranteed, offering a unique visitor experience of enjoying the forest scene at different heights.Save this picture!© Chen HaoThe rooms in the tree house are not big at all. In fact, they were designed to be extremely small. Yet, the glass window at one end of the room is as big as the entire wall that faces the view. Though the guests stay in a small room, their attention is drawn to a great expanse of forest outside the window.Save this picture!© Chen HaoThe house is a steel-structure piece. The structural core of the central spiral staircase was first built, joined by the cantilevered room structure. Given the concern that wood from other regions might cause plant disease and insect pest to this area, red cedar wood was chosen as the façade material for the tree house.Save this picture!© Chen HaoSave this picture!Concept diagramSave this picture!© Chen HaoProject gallerySee allShow lessGarden / Azovskiy&Pahomova architectsSelected ProjectsCrown 515 / Smart Design StudioSelected Projects Share “COPY” Photographs Architects: Bengo Studio Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868862/the-qiyun-mountain-tree-house-bengo-studio Clipboard Year: The Qiyun Mountain Tree House / Bengo Studio 2016 Projects Lead Architects: Xiang Nan, Yao Zhong The Qiyun Mountain Tree House / Bengo StudioSave this projectSaveThe Qiyun Mountain Tree House / Bengo Studio Houses China CopyAbout this office本构建筑事务所OfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAnhuiBengo StudioXiuningtree houselodgeChinaPublished on April 11, 2017Cite: “The Qiyun Mountain Tree House / Bengo Studio” [齐云山树屋 / 本构建筑事务所] 10 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
News Help by sharing this information RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown March 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Many journalists prevented from freely covering presidential election “The incidents that occurred during the election are indicative of the nervousness that the authorities feel towards independent journalists,” the organisation said. News Follow the news on Belarus News to go further May 27, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 28, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation читать на русскомReporters Without Borders condemns the press freedom violations that took place during Russia’s presidential election on 2 March. “The incidents that occurred during the election are indicative of the nervousness that the authorities feel towards independent journalists,” the organisation said.In South Sakhalin, reporter Pavel Abakumov of the weekly Yuzhno Sakhalinsk Tvoya Gazeta was attacked by an army lieutenant when he tried to verify whether any electoral fraud was taking place.Photographer Evgeni Ivanov was accused of “resisting the authorities” and “failing to register” when he refused to stop taking photos in a polling station in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. In St. Petersburg, reporter Tamara Rozunkova of Grajdanskiy Golos was detained by a militia unit for being in a polling station without “official authorisation.” Her newspaper is produced by Golos, an NGO that was monitoring the election.Although his papers and permits were in order, another Grajdanskiy Golos reporter was refused access to a polling station in Chelyabinsk and was told to remain at least 50 metres away from the entrance. He was arrested when governor Piotr Sumin arrived but was soon released as he had committed no offence. He nonetheless continued to be denied entry to the polling station.Reporter Anton Nazarov of Vpered, a local daily based in the Moscow suburb of Ximki, was attacked by militiamen as he left a polling station with a ballot in his hand. He had done this after being told by the electoral commission that it would not be a problem.In Moscow and in the Astrakhan region, journalists were told to keep more than 50 metres away from polling stations and were prevented by the security forces from interviewing voters. A journalist with the London-based Daily Telegraph was unable to interview voters in the Moscow district of Sokol. RSF_en Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia
Home / Daily Dose / What Matters Most to the World’s Elite? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago What Matters Most to the World’s Elite? November 9, 2018 1,434 Views Owning real estate is an obvious symbol of wealth for most people. And the wealthiest certainly agree, according to the latest report from Luxury Portfolio International. That report, “Luxury Real Estate: What Matters Most To Today’s Global Elite,” finds that 35 percent of high-net-worth individuals, or HNWIs, view real estate as the most obvious indicator of wealth.Wealthy Europeans in particular are fond of real estate in a status sense. The report finds 44 percent of wealthy Europeans view high-end real estate as a valuable symbol of their global standing. Thirty-eight percent of wealthy Middle Easterners also show a strong association between wealth and real estate. And a 38 percent of the HNWIs overall say they are looking to buy luxury real estate within the next three years.But the report finds that luxury real estate means more than pure investment and capitalism to wealthy individuals. In fact, 37 percent, of HNWIs say they have a real, strong emotional connection with their luxury homes, and 40 percent of luxury home buyers say the main reason they bought or want to buy a personal residence is to improve their quality of life, not for status. More than three-quarters of those surveyed said their residence is a home—a place with emotional ties, rather than just a house.Luxury buyers around the world also tend to prefer cities, according to the report. Overall, 59 percent of luxury buyers prefer urban locations. North American HNWIs were the only ones to prefer suburban locations more. In both the Middle East and Asia, potential buyers overwhelmingly seek out urban locations for their next home.Still, real estate is an investment, meaning it’s still business for investors.“Despite this emotional connection, 85 percent of wealthy buyers consider the purchase of real estate a rational choice,” said Stephanie Anton, president of Luxury Portfolio International.At 23 percent, the interest in selling within the next three years is smaller, “pointing to a continuation of a seller’s market in the high-end, with fewer sellers than buyers expected and potential for inventory challenges to grow or persist in places already struggling with having enough homes to meet interest and demand,” the report states.Luxury Home International finds that the difference between buying and selling is most dramatic in Asia, where just 18 percent of luxury consumers are looking to sell and 68 percent are looking to buy.“We are pleased to see that as we watch wealth grow among the top 10 percent of consumers globally, so too do we see continued interest in, and appetite for, luxury real estate both as a financial as well as an emotional investment,” stated Anton. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: The Industry Pulse Next: AHP Servicing Unveils New $50 Million Regulation A Offering The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: high net worth individuals high-end real estate HOUSING luxury market Luxury Portfolio International Stephanie Anton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Print This Post Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago high net worth individuals high-end real estate HOUSING luxury market Luxury Portfolio International Stephanie Anton 2018-11-09 Scott Morgan The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing.
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Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, IVAN PEREIRA and ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 72.8 million people and killed over 1.6 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:Dec 15, 9:59 amKentucky doctor who was among 1st to be vaccinated warns against ‘false sense of security’A Kentucky doctor who was among the first Americans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside a clinical trial this week encouraged others to get immunized as soon as possible but also warned against any “false sense of security.”Dr. Valerie Briones-Pryor, who primarily works with hospitalized COVID-19 patients at University of Louisville Health in Kentucky’s largest city, said she was elated to find out that she would be one of the first five Americans to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which was authorized for emergency use in the United States last week.“I tear up just thinking about it because I finally felt like we had something, that we had one leg up on this nasty virus that doesn’t care, that wants to hurt everybody, hurt my loved ones,” Briones-Pryor told “Start Here,” ABC News’ daily news podcast.Briones-Pryor said she feels fine and immediately returned to work after receiving the shot on Monday but is continuing to practice public health measures.“Because I know that the rest of the community and my colleagues still haven’t received the vaccine yet, my patients haven’t received the vaccine yet, the more important it is that I stay vigilant about masking, social distancing, washing my hands and not being cavalier with what I do,” she said. “Just because we have the vaccine, we still have to do the right thing.”“You still want to set an example for others, because there’s a false sense of security that I’m vaccinated,” she added. “But I can still carry things around.”Dec 15, 8:55 amNurse and single mom becomes first in New Jersey to get vaccineMaritza Beniquez celebrated her birthday Tuesday by becoming the first person in New Jersey to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial.Beniquez, a nurse at University Hospital in Newark who is a single mother and first-generation Puerto Rican, clasped her hands in prayer as she was administered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on live television.“Thank you, God!” she said. “I’m very excited. This moment means everything.”Dec 15, 8:19 amFauci calls vaccine rollout ‘bittersweet,’ saying, ‘we still have a struggle ahead’Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine doses across the country is “bittersweet” because “we still have a struggle ahead of us.”“We are still in a terrible situation with the numbers … the deaths, the hospitalizations, the number of cases,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“And yet, we’re really now starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel that is going to ultimately get us through this. We know we’re going to be able to put this behind us,” he added. “But in the meantime, we still have a struggle ahead of us. So we’ve got to get people vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as we possibly can.”Fauci said he believes 75% to 80% of the U.S. population will need to be vaccinated in order to achieve a “herd immunity” against the novel coronavirus. Until then, he said, “we have to adhere to the public health measures in order to blunt the acceleration of these terrible numbers that we hear everyday.”Fauci, who is a key member of the current White House coronavirus task force, said the speed with which the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was developed and authorized “was not at all at the sacrifice of safety,” but rather is “the reflection of extraordinary advances in the science of vaccine platform technology.”“People are understandably skeptical about the speed,” he added, “but we have to keep emphasizing, speed means the science was extraordinary that got us here.”Fauci, who will stay on in his role and be a chief medical adviser on the coronavirus pandemic in President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration, said he believes both Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris should get vaccinated as soon as possible.“For security reasons, I really feel strongly that we should get them vaccinated as soon as we possibly can,” he said. “You want him fully protected as he enters into the presidency in January, so that would be my strong recommendation.”When asked about whether he thinks President Donald Trump should be vaccinated, Fauci said he would recommend that Trump as well as Vice President Mike Pence get the shot.“You still want to protect people who are, you know, very important to our country right now,” he said. “Even though the president himself was infected and he has likely antibodies that likely would be protective, we’re not sure how long that protection lasts. So to be doubly sure, I would recommend that he get vaccinated as well as the Vice President.”Dec 15, 7:39 am‘No side effects for me,’ says nurse who was among first Americans to get vaccineThe New York nurse who was among the first in the nation to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial said she feels “great” so far and has “no side effects.”“I feel great,” Sandra Lindsay told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“No pain, no feeling of tiredness, no malaise,” she added. “No muscle aches. No side effects for me.”Lindsay, a critical care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York City, was administered the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on live television Monday. She was the first person in the state of New York to get the shot outside of a clinical trial.“I volunteered,” she said. “I am a leader in the organization, and so I think it as incredibly important for me to lead by example like I do everyday.”Lindsay said she wanted “to send a message to people who might be on the fence that they should trust the science.” She said people who were initially hesitant about getting the vaccine, including some coworkers, have since reached out to tell her how much she inspired them.“The vaccine is safe. What is not safe is contracting COVID-19,” she said. “So that was my reason, and I hope that just continues to resonate with people.”Dec 15, 6:45 amSouth Africa tightens restrictions furtherSweeping new restrictions came into force across South Africa on Tuesday morning, as the country looks to curb a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections ahead of the holidays.All post-funeral gatherings are now prohibited nationwide. All other gatherings, including for religious purposes, are limited to a maximum of 100 people for indoor events and 250 people for outdoor events. The total number of people in a venue must not exceed 50% capacity.A national curfew has been extended and will now be from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. The curfew will remain in full effect over the holidays. Bars and restaurants across the country must close by 10 p.m. so their employees can return home before curfew.Beaches along the country’s eastern coast and public parks in areas with the highest number of infections have been shuttered. Live music and performances have also been banned. Meanwhile, alcohol sales are now permitted only between Monday and Thursday at retail stores.South Africa, which has so far confirmed more than 866,000 total cases of COVID-19, has seen a spike in infections since the beginning of December. The number of reported cases has been recently hovering around 8,000 per day, up from from around 3,000 per day in November.“Given the rate at which new cases have grown over the last two weeks, there is every possibility that if we do not act urgently … the second wave will be more severe than the first wave,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address Monday, while announcing the new rules.Dec 15, 5:51 amLondon to move to tightest COVID-19 restrictionsLondon and other parts of England will move into the country’s highest tier of COVID-19 restrictions amid rising infections, U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Monday.The British capital, along with most of Essex and parts of Hertfordshire, will be moved from England’s “high alert” Tier 2 to the “very high” Tier 3 on Wednesday morning at 12 a.m.“Over the last three weeks we’ve seen very sharp exponential rises in the virus across London, Kent, parts of Essex and Hertfordshire,” Hancock said while announcing the decision in Parliament.Under the Tier 3 level of local restrictions, all hospitality venues including bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants must close except for takeout and delivery services. Sports fans also can’t attend events in stadiums. Indoor entertainment venues, such as bowling alleys, cinemas and theaters, must also remain shut. However, retail shops, gyms and hair salons can stay open.Londoners, who are already unable to mix indoors with people from other households under Tier 2, will now not be able to meet in private gardens or at most outdoor venues except with those within their household or bubble. They may meet up to six people in other outdoor spaces such as beaches, parks, public gardens and sports facilities.Hancock said a new variant of the novel coronavirus has been identified and “may be associated” with the rapid spread in southern England. London’s weekly case rate at 225 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people is currently the highest regional rate in the country.“We do not know the extent to which this is because of the new variant, but no matter its cause, we have to take swift and decisive action, which unfortunately is absolutely essential to control this deadly disease while the vaccines roll out,” he said.Although London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the decision was “incredibly disappointing for businesses who have suffered so much already,” he also acknowledged that “the virus is accelerating.”“It would be such a tragedy to lose even more people to this disease when the vaccine is now being rolled out across our city,” Khan said in a statement Monday evening. “We know from bitter experience that when cases start to rise quickly, it’s much better to act early, rather than too late. This is how we can avoid even tougher restrictions, for longer, further down the road.”Dec 15, 4:13 amUS reports over 193,000 new casesThere were 193,454 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 42nd straight day that the U.S. has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Monday’s tally is less than the country’s all-time high of 231,775 new cases confirmed on Dec. 11, according to Johns Hopkins data.An additional 1,441 deaths from the disease were also registered nationwide on Monday, bringing the cumulative count past the 300,000 mark. Monday’s death toll is down from a peak of 3,300 fatalities on Dec. 11, according to Johns Hopkins data.A total of 16,519,628 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 300,482 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Statutory Trade Union Recognition is the final part of the 1999 Employment Relations Act. Almost all other rights introduced under the law, including parental leave, the part-time work regulations and the new £50,000 limit for unfair dismissal have been phased in since September last year.It gives unions automatic recognition if 50 per cent of the workforce are members or if 40 per cent vote for the union to be recognised in a ballot. The union becomes the recognised bargaining body on hours, pay and holiday. Employers will also have to inform it about training.The new legislation allows unions to approach the employer and ask to be recognised. The employer will have 10 days to respond. If it fails to do so the union can go straight to the CAC.The employer can agree to the request and start negotiations with the union on a deal or it can refuse. If it says yes, an agreement has to be reached within 20 days. If it says no the union can go to the CAC.The union will only be recognised if it can show it is what staff want. If you already communicate effectively with your staff and your staff are not unionised there is no reason why you will have to recognise a union. www.cac.gov.uk Recognition act is final stage of sweeping legal changesOn 6 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today