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Coronavirus fears shut bars, borders; WHO urges world to ‘test, test, test’

first_imgBars, restaurants, cinemas and schools were shutting down from New York and Los Angeles to Paris and Dubai in a worldwide effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, as financial markets tumbled despite emergency action by global central banks.Germans were asked to cancel all vacations as Canada, Chile and other countries closed their borders to visitors. Peru deployed masked military personnel to block major roads while Ireland launched a campaign to recruit more healthcare workers. Airlines slashed flights, shed jobs and asked governments for billions of dollars in loans and grants.In contrast to much of the world, Mexico and Brazil still held large political rallies and the United Kingdom kept its schools open. Topics : Global markets reeled on Monday, with US stock indexes plunging more than 12% as the Federal Reserve’s second emergency rate cut to near zero stoked fears of a coronavirus-driven recession.EU finance ministers were planning a coordinated economic response to the virus, which the European Commission says could push the European Union into recession.A White House adviser said the United States could pump $800 billion or more into the economy to minimize damage.The World Health Organization (WHO) called on all countries on Monday to ramp up their testing programs as the best way to slow the advance of the pandemic.center_img “We have a simple message to all countries – test, test, test,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva. “All countries should be able to test all suspected cases. They cannot fight this pandemic blindfolded.”Getting worse in ItalyIn Italy, another 349 people died on Monday, taking the total to 2,158, with nearly 28,000 cases, after 368 deaths were reported on Sunday, a daily toll more dire than even China was reporting at the peak of the outbreak.”Many children think it is scary,” Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg told a news conference dedicated to answering children’s questions about the pandemic.”It is OK to be scared when so many things happen at the same time,” Solberg said.Several countries banned mass gatherings such as sports, cultural and religious events to combat the fast-spreading respiratory disease that has infected nearly 179,000 people globally and killed more than 7,000.Just a month ago, financial markets were hitting record highs on the assumption the outbreak would largely be contained in China. There have now been more cases and more deaths outside mainland China than inside. US states pleaded with the Trump administration on Monday to coordinate a national response to the outbreak, saying patchwork measures enacted by state and local authorities were insufficient to confront the coast-to-coast emergency that has killed at least 74 Americans.A few hours later, President Donald Trump issued national guidelines that included avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and the closing of bars and restaurants.Many states had already taken those steps and were implementing even more stringent measures such as curfews. San Francisco will urge residents to shelter in place for three weeks starting on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.Spain and France, where cases and fatalities have begun surging at a pace just days behind that of Italy, imposed severe lockdowns over the weekend.The Middle East business and travel hub of Dubai said it was closing all bars and lounges until the end of March. Thailand plans to close schools, bars, movie theatres and popular cockfighting arenas.”The worst is yet ahead for us,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert in the United States, a warning echoed by officials in Switzerland, where 14 have died.Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told daily Corriere della Sera that the outbreak was still getting worse, though the governor of Lombardy, the northern region that has suffered the worst, said he saw the first signs of a slowdown.Britain has asked manufacturers including Ford Motor Co , Honda and Rolls Royce to help make health equipment, including ventilators to cope with the outbreak, and will look at using hotels as hospitals.The International Olympic Committee will hold talks with heads of international sports organizations on Tuesday, a source close to a federation briefed on the issue said, amid doubts the Tokyo 2020 Olympics set to start on July 24 can proceed.last_img read more

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Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel Made Omissions on Job Application

first_imgScott Israel, the suspended Broward sheriff who is running to reclaim the position, is now answering questions about his omissions in a past job application.Israel appears to have omitted details from an application completed while applying for the job of North Bay Village police chief in 2004, after serving as a Fort Lauderdale police officer since 1979.His leading opponent, Sheriff Gregory Tony, was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in January 2019 to replace Israel.Tony, who was selected by Gov. Ron DeSantis to replace Israel in Jan. 2019, recently faced scrutiny as well, regarding issues such as his decision not to disclose his experimenting with LSD and a juvenile arrest on a murder charge in Philadelphia, for which he was later found not guiltyMeanwhile, Israel’s 2004 application was part of a background check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He wrote on the application that he had never been named as a defendant in a lawsuit and never had a lien against him.However, Israel had actually been named in two foreclosure actions, as well as twice as a named defendant in lawsuits against the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.Both foreclosure actions involved the same property. Israel was never served with a notice in the first one, according to records.“In the mid-1980s, Sheriff Israel lent money to a friend to buy a condo and co-signed the mortgage for him,” Israel campaign consultant Amy Rose explained in an email to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. His name was not on the title.She added, “Sheriff Israel never owned the property or lived in it. … It became apparent that Sheriff Israel and the Homeowners Association were only named as defendants to wipe out their interest in the property.”Please see a note from Sheriff Gregory Tony below. pic.twitter.com/0Q1BQR8Gia— Sheriff Gregory Tony 2020 (@sherifftony2020) May 3, 2020 As far as the police lawsuits, Israel again said he was never served and was unaware that he was sued.“During the time period these suits were filed [in the 1980s] Sheriff Israel worked as an undercover narcotics detective and it was common for the city to be sued for seizures,” Rose said. “All lawsuits against the city or an officer in his/her official capacity were served on the Police Dept. and handled by the City.”Both lawsuits were dismissed soon after they were filed, according to court records.On his FDLE form, Israel disclosed a 1975 arrest for trespassing at a motel in Key West. “Israel could have easily lied about his teenage arrest record because no documentation exists and generally it is very difficult for background investigators to uncover misdemeanor arrests,” Rose said. “Sheriff Israel has always disclosed this information as required.”Gov. DeSantis suspended Israel last year due to criticism of his handling of mass shootings at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.last_img read more

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WHS Class of 1972 needs contact information for reunion in October

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — WHS class of 1972 are making plans for a reunion during Fall Fest and Homecoming Weekend Oct. 4, 2014.  They have created a facebook page called Wellington High Class of 1972 and an email acct.  email address: [email protected] are compiling contact information for the class. Please send your contact info, including mailing address, phone number and email to the facebook page or the email address.  They want to   keep everyone up-to-date on all the latest reunion news. If you have contact info for any other classmates that you could pass along that would be appreciated.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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