Indian Kashmir locks down, pilgrimage off as virus cases surge

first_imgIndian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday imposed a strict lockdown for a week as authorities warned of rising coronavirus cases, one day after cancelling a major annual Hindu pilgrimage.India, which has recorded almost 1.2 million infections and is the world’s third-most infected nation, had significantly eased a months-long shutdown to revive its shattered economy.But numerous states across the nation of 1.3 billion people have reimposed restrictions in recent weeks as case numbers exploded, sparking fears of overwhelmed healthcare systems. On Tuesday, the Amarnath Yatra — an annual Hindu pilgrimage to a cave shrine in Kashmir that draws some 300,000 participants — was cancelled for the first time in more than a century.The pilgrimage, held for nearly two months, is usually guarded by some 40,000 government forces as well as health professionals.But authorities said they were not able to divert such huge resources to the event with the health crisis still raging.”The health concerns are so serious that the strain on the health system, along with the diversion in resources to the yatra, will be immense,” officials said late Tuesday.”This would also unnecessarily put the yatris [pilgrims] at risk of catching COVID-19.”Kashmir has so far reported nearly 16,000 virus cases including 273 deaths in the region of 14 million people, local health officials said Wednesday.Manipur, with a population of 2.8 million people, has recorded 2,015 infections but no loss of life. The Kashmir lockdown came just before the major Eid al-Adha festival of animal sacrifice, which begins at the end of the month and lasts for several days.It also came ahead of the first anniversary on August 5 of the controversial stripping of Kashmir’s autonomy by India’s Hindu nationalist government.Last year’s pilgrimage was cut short abruptly days before the autonomy decision, with authorities claiming pilgrims and tourists faced terror threats from anti-India rebel groups.Severe restrictions on movement and communications were also imposed across the restive region to quell any unrest.Kashmir has waged a three-decade-long armed rebellion against Indian rule with tens of thousands of lives, mostly civilians, lost in the conflict. Officials in Kashmir said the Muslim-majority Himalayan valley, apart from one district, would go into lockdown until July 29, when the restrictions would be reviewed.”Complete lockdown in all red districts… from today evening,” the local administration’s information department tweeted.Agriculture, construction, and the transportation of fuel and other goods is permitted under the order.A similar declaration by the small northeastern state of Manipur was made hours later, with the shutdown to be put in place Thursday afternoon for a week, extendable to 14 days.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Statement on Death of Trooper Michael Stewart

first_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the tragic death of Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael P. Stewart, who died early this morning in a traffic accident while on duty in Westmoreland County:“Frances and I were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Pennsylvania State Trooper Michael P. Stewart. This young trooper’s tragic death is a reminder of the selfless sacrifice made each day by every state trooper and their families.He served his fellow Pennsylvanians, his troop and our Commonwealth with honor and integrity. We join all Pennsylvanians in mourning his loss, and send our sincerest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and all the women and men of the Pennsylvania State Police.” July 14, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Statement on Death of Trooper Michael Stewartlast_img read more

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Brisbane’s property market still offers good value with new research revealing it has become more appealing to investors

first_imgBrisbane’s prospects are set to grow, according to Terry Ryder.BRISBANE’S property market still offers good value with new research revealing it has become more appealing to investors.According to Terry Ryder of Hotspotting the best time to buy in the Sydney and Melbourne has well and truly passed.But he said Brisbane had prices roughly half those of Sydney and “considerably higher’’ rental yields.“Brisbane’s prospects are set to grow as the state economy improves after several years of lukewarm performance,’’ he said.Mr Ryder said while price growth for the entire Brisbane market has been fairly moderate in the past two or three years some suburbs had achieved double digit growth. He said the Brisbane metropolitan area was one of the most active capital city markets in Australia in terms of transaction numbers and he expected better price growth this year in specific areas. The Moreton Bay region, to Brisbane’s north was the leading area for market activity according to Mr Ryder.He said this was driven by affordability and infrastructure and also closeness to jobs nodes.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoHe said the Redcliffe Peninsula had been driven by the completion of the long awaited rail link.Logan City was also a strong performer to the south of Brisbane. Mr Ryder said it had been a “market leader’’ in the past two years. While that had dropped off a little he said it would continue to attract homebuyers and investorsbecause of its cheap housing, good transport and infrastructure.Mr Ryder said suburbs within Ipswich City, had similar qualities to Logan.He said many of those suburbs were now delivering good price growth.The Redlands, to the east was now chalking up a higher number of sales because of its affordability.“It is increasingly emerging as an area of economic development and has good proximity to the Port of Brisbane and to Brisbane Airport.’’last_img read more

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Forget Noosa, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle should stay here on their honeymoon

first_imgPrince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Photo: James Whatling/MEGA.THE owners of a majestic property in the Sunshine Coast hinterland that once hosted royalty have embarked on a new push to sell it.With all the focus on the royal newlyweds of late, it’s only fitting this heritage-listed Queenslander now holds extra appeal, given it was the residence of choice for the Duke of Gloucester during a royal visit in 1934. And if it was good enough for the Duke, surely it would be accommodating enough for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The entrance to the heritage-listed Buderim House.Listing agent Lew Pottinger from Ray White Buderim said it would be fitting for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to consider visiting Buderim House.“That would be repeating history to a certain degree,” Mr Pottinger said.“The Duke of Gloucester and Prince Harry probably share some interesting characteristics and reputations.“I think the Duke of Gloucester was a bit of a lad.” Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, on their wedding day. Photo: Ben Stansall/Getty Images.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are reportedly planning to holiday in Australia later this year.Meghan’s close friend and former Suits co-star Gabriel Macht — whose wife is Australian actor Jacinda Barrett — reportedly offered Harry and Meghan the opportunity to relax at their Noosa beach house.But further inland, Buderim House has so much more history and grandeur to offer the newlyweds. SUITS STAR OPENS NOOSA HOME TO PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE The games room at Buderim House at 10 Orme Rd, Buderim.Character shines through in the fretwork, ornate cornices, ceiling roses, lead-lighting, casement windows, French doors and handsome fireplaces. The cosy living room at Buderim House.They set about transforming it into a large, family-friendly home with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, an office, a built-in bar and commercial wine fridge, five-vehicle lockup accommodation and a large resort-style pool and spa.There’s even a games room that Prince Harry could turn into a man cave, while Meghan relaxed by the pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens. STATE’S MEGA-MILLIONS SALES THE HEIGHT OF LUXURY More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe deck leading from the kitchen in Buderim House.Change of ownership over the years saw the addition of a tower, flagpole, “Buderim House” inscribed in a leadlight panel at the front door, and modernising of the landscape.Owners Tim and Jackie Banks first spotted Buderim House in 1996, when it was a run-down commercial function space.center_img Buderim House at 10 Orme Rd, Buderim, is a grand residence fit for royalty.The grand residence on 6315 sqm, at 10 Orme Rd, Buderim, was built circa 1913 on the highest point of the northern slope of Mt Buderim, overlooking the Maroochy coast and river valley. Pioneer Buderim sugar planter, mill owner and fruit grower John Fielding bought the land in 1876 and the homestead was built after his son Herbert acquired the property. RECORD BRISBANE BLOCK SOLD FOR SYDNEY PRICE An ensuite for one of the five bedrooms at Buderim House at 10 Orme Rd, Buderim.Mr Pottinger said the property was unique for the Sunshine Coast and one of only two homes in Buderim that were heritage-listed.“It’s perfect for raising a family and entertaining,” he said. One of the bedrooms at Buderim House. The regal interior of Buderim House at 10 Orme Rd, Buderim.last_img read more

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I AM HUMAN. I have a right to life. Abortion takes away that right

first_imgFamily First Comment: All human beings have the right to be safe. The right not to be tortured. The right to be free. But one human right is more important than all of the others. The right to life. Because without the right to life being first, we cannot enjoy any other human right. Because without the right to life, the first right, there are no other human rights ? Now abortion campaigners want you to take away this right from preborn children. #chooselife.org.nzI AM HUMAN. I HAVE A RIGHT TO LIFE.last_img

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Suspected drug pusher falls in Jaro buy-bust

first_imgThe 19-year-old Mark Arian Billon ofBarangay Democracia, also in Jaro district, was caught around 5:30 p.m., apolice report showed. ILOILO City – Police arrested asuspected drug pusher in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Our Lady of Lourdes,Jaro district. Prior to his arrest, Billon sold asachet of suspected marijuana to undercover officer for P1,000, the reportadded. center_img Detained inside the lockup cell of theJaro police station, the suspect faces charges faces charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img

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Twisters Baseball Team Victorious Against Spartans

first_imgOldenburg Academy beat Southwestern Shelbyville 11-1 in Baseball action.OA 223 22 11 12 1SW 000 00 0 1 4OA Hitting:  Nick Bischoff 1-3, 2 runs, bb, rbi; Corey Schuman 0-3, 2 runs, bb; Josh Kinker 1-3, run, 2 rbi, hbp; Drew Kloepfer 2-2, run, rbi, 2 sb; Jacob Kessens 2-2, run; Matty Hurm 1-2, run, 2 rbi, bb; Zach Pottschmidt 1-1, run, rbi; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-3, 2 rbi; Bryce Ahaus 2-2, run, bb, 2 sb; and Aaron Huber 1-2, run, rbi, bb.OA Pitching.  Tyler Hesselbrock 5 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 4 k, 3 bb Win.Varsity record: 5-3Next game: Saturday (4-26) vs. Switzerland County.Submitted by OA Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img

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Norma Lee Heeke

first_imgNorma Lee Heeke, 92, of Aurora, IN, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018.She was born Wednesday, September 30, 1925 in Guilford, IN. daughter of the late William Cook and Leora Jacobs Cook.At the age of 55, Norma Lee started working at Dearborn County Hospital in the laundry and central supply, she was there for over 42 years.She was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church, and she also attended the First Baptist Church in Manchester. NormaLee farmed for many years, picking strawberries from acres of berries. She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, and sewing, as well as collecting baskets,dolls, and teddy bears.Surviving are sons, Jerry Heeke of Aurora, IN, Garry (Cathy) Heeke of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Bobbie (Dennis) Jackson, Chris (Christa) Heeke, Matt (Melissa) Heeke; great-grandchildren, Adreanna, Jacob, Megan, and Logan Heeke, Noah, Avah, and Skylah Jackson.She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Robert Heeke and several siblings.Friends will be received Tuesday, September 4, 2018 from 12:00 Noon- 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at 2:00 pm at the Funeral Home.Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Manchester Volunteer Fire and Life Squad or American Cancer Society. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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O’Neill: We can cover for McKinlay

first_img McKinlay’s exit left Northern Ireland short on time to prepare for Euro 2016 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Greece on October 11 and 14 respectively, but O’Neill has not had to look far for a helping hand. Jim Magilton, O’Neill’s assistant at Shamrock Rovers and current IFA elite performance director, and Under-17 boss Stephen Robinson will share McKinlay’s workload during the double header. “Billy’s situation changed very dramatically, from being a coach at Watford to being offered the manager’s job, and he had a very quick decision to make,” O’Neill told Press Association Sport. “His role with me has always been part-time so I would never have stood in the way of his progression and being away for 10 days with us would not be best for him now. “But we have contingency with the staff we have, so Jim and Stephen will work with us this time and travel to Greece. “They’ll both add a little bit to the group. Stephen is a very good coach and Jim, as a former Northern Ireland captain, has great experience. “They’re both very infectious characters too so they’ll help us cover that gap on the training pitch.” McKinlay had earlier thanked O’Neill for the chance to work on the international stage. McKinlay was named as Watford’s head coach on Monday and announced he would be stepping down as O’Neill’s number two 24 hours later having concluded he could not combine the two positions. The former Scotland international had previously performed dual duties with the Irish FA and Fulham, where he worked as first-team coach, but taking the top job at Vicarage Road will demand more of his time. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill believes the Irish Football Association has the personnel on hand to cope with assistant manager Billy McKinlay’s sudden departure. He said: “In accepting the head coach position at Watford, I recognise I’ve got to concentrate my efforts solely on this club role, so it is with regret that I’ll be stepping down from the assistant manager position with Northern Ireland. ”It’s been an honour and a privilege to work as part of an international coaching structure. “I wish Michael, the staff, players and everyone else connected with Northern Ireland football my best for a successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.” O’Neill has named a 27-man squad to face the Faroes and Greece, with Manchester United defender Jonny Evans among those included despite suffering from an ankle injury. Evans had been expected to be missing until after the international break, but O’Neill is holding out hope he could play some part for the Red Devils against Everton on Sunday. “I have an ongoing dialogue with Manchester United and I’ve been keeping in touch with Jonny too. We’re hopeful he’ll be fit,” said O’Neill. “We’re taking it day by day but hopefully he’ll be available for us and we wouldn’t want to rule him out at this stage. “What’s important is that he’s right to play and we’ll see what materialises in the next few days.” There was no place for 19-year-old Paddy McNair, who made a surprise debut for United as Evans’ stand-in in the win over West Ham, but he could yet be involved if his club-mate is forced out. Northern Ireland squad to face the Faroe Islands and Greece: R Carroll (Notts County), A Mannus (St Johnstone), M McGovern (Hamilton), A Hughes (Brighton), C Baird, G McAuley (both West Brom), J Evans (Man Utd), R McGivern (Port Vale), C Cathcart (Watford), R McLaughlin (Liverpool), C McLaughlin (Fleetwood), L McCullough (Doncaster), S Davis (Southampton), C Brunt (West Brom), S Clingan (Kilmarnock), C Evans (Blackburn), O Norwood (Reading), S Ferguson (Newcastle), P Paton (Dundee Utd), B Reeves (MK Dons), P McCourt (Brighton), K Lafferty (Norwich), N McGinn (Aberdeen), J Ward (Derby), B McKay (Inverness), J Magennis (Kilmarnock), W Grigg (MK Dons). Press Associationlast_img read more

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Diamonds ready to sparkle in Nassau

first_img Legatissimo will be in opposition once again, along with Prix de Diane victor Star Of Seville, and Richard Henry, part owner and breeder of Diamondsandrubies, knows it will be a tough test. He said: “Aidan tells me Diamondsandrubies has been in great form since her Pretty Polly Stakes success. “It looks a particularly strong renewal with a pair of Classic winners in the mix. Goodwood is a pretty unique track but we’re hopeful she’ll handle it.” Legatissimo’s trainer David Wachman is pleased enough with his filly’s condition but following some ill fortune on her latest start at the Curragh, he is hoping for a little luck this time. He said: “She seems well and we’re happy enough with her. If she can stay in one piece we’d have a chance, I hope.” Star Of Seville is one of three representatives for John Gosden, along with Bright Approach and Jazzi Top, with the Derby-winning trainer bidding for a fourth successive win in the race following The Fugue (2012), Winsili (2013) and Sultanina (2014). Star Of Seville finished well down the field in the Oaks at Epsom but bounced back to form when creating a minor surprise at Chantilly in the French equivalent. Jazzi Top was four places ahead of Star Of Seville on her latest start in the Oaks, while the four-year-old Bright Approach will be having her first outing since beating only one home in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot last year. The latter is the mount of Richard Hughes, who retires at the end of the meeting. Gosden said: “Star Of Seville obviously ran a great race in the Prix de Diane. We are aware this a high-quality race against some proper fillies, though. “This is Jazzi Top’s trip, as it is for Star Of Seville, and Jazzi will be a better filly than she was in the Oaks. She’s really strengthend up and could be in the shake-up. “Bright Approach has been off for a long time but she’s been working well. “I was keen to start her back on some nice ground and get her out there. I’m delighted Hughesie can ride her in what will be his last Group One.” Star Of Seville’s jockey Frankie Dettori said: ” We have got the trip right with Star Of Seville now. She is a mile-and-a-quarter filly as she showed in the Musidora and the Diane – the mile and a half of the Oaks was too far. “The Goodwood race is just what she wants.” Bright Approach is one of two older fillies in the race, with Alain de Royer-Dupre’s Cladocera also flying the flag for the four-year-old team. Cladocera was a dual Group Two winner at Meydan during the winter and was last seen finishing third behind Amazing Maria in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot. Her trainer said: “Cladocera ran well to finish third at Royal Ascot and that form has been boosted by the winner going on to land the Falmouth Stakes. “She had three races in Dubai over the winter and we needed to give her time to recover when she got back home, so she needed the run at Ascot and should be able to improve on that form.” Cladocera won over nine furlongs but will be stepping up to a mile and a quarter for the first time in a race in which her handler finished second last year. Royer-Dupre added: “This will be her first run at a mile and a quarter. She is normally a miler but she did well in Dubai over nine furlongs so we have decided to try her over this longer trip. “Goodwood is a special track and I could not be sure how well she will handle it, but she is a very mature filly and an easy ride. “She is on the same level as Narniyn, who ran well to be second last year despite hitting the front too soon. “We have had to change her jockey as Christophe Soumillon has other commitments in France. But Antoine Hamelin knows her well and got some experience of the track when riding Jehannedarc to finish second in the Lillie Langtry Stakes for me three years ago.” Luca Cumani sends out Oaks third Lady Of Dubai, who claimed the Height Of Fashion Stakes at the track earlier in the campaign – a fact her handler counts as a big plus point. He said: “She was fine after her run in the Oaks. She is a course and distance winner at Goodwood which counts for a lot. “There were not many places we could go after the Oaks and we decided that we would bring her back from a mile and a half for her next race to go for this. “We will see how she gets on in the Nassau before deciding on the Yorkshire Oaks.” The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly scored a first victory at Group One level when holding 1000 Guineas winner Legatissimo by a short head in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last month. She had previously finished fourth in the Oaks at Epsom, two places behind Legatissimo, but she endured a troubled passage that day. Connections of Diamondsandrubies are expecting a stern examination when she lines up in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more

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