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first_imgAt the port, officials could be seen dressed in white full-body protective suits, complete with face masks and helmets.As the massive cruise ship docked, passengers who have been told they may have to stay aboard for 14 days even if they test negative for the virus, came out onto balconies, some waving to assembled media or taking pictures.People on board have described confusion and boredom after being confined to cabins following the decision by Japanese authorities to quarantine the vessel.More than 20 countries have confirmed cases of the virus, which has infected more than 28,000 in mainland China and killed more than 560 people. The outbreak has prompted the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency, several governments to impose travel restrictions, and airlines to suspend flights to and from China.Japan has now confirmed 25 cases of the new coronavirus — excluding the cruise ship infections — among them citizens returning from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak.Tokyo has evacuated more than 500 Japanese citizens from Wuhan, and attracted some criticism for its relatively loose quarantine approach.There have been several incidences of apparent person-to-person transmission in Japan, including a tour guide and bus driver who contracted the virus after coming into contact with visitors from Wuhan.Neither had visited China in recent months.Topics : Ten more people on a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, local media said Thursday, raising the number of infections detected on the boat to 20.Japanese authorities have tested 273 people among the approximately 3,700 passengers and crew on the ship after a man who got off the boat last month in Hong Kong tested positive for the new strain.The new cases were reported as the Diamond Princess, which was placed in quarantine off the Japanese port city of Yokohama on Monday night, docked to allow resupply and the removal of sick passengers.last_img read more


first_imgThe Black Stars team to face Mozambique has been dominated by the return of keeper Adam Larsey Kwarasey after being out of the team for 19 months.Majority had clamored for his comeback after a series of insipid performances by our goalkeepers.One vocalist in this regard has been former keeper Abukari Damba who is enthused following Kwarasey’s recent call up.For Damba, this call up is a wonderful piece of news for Ghana and the whole team.“It was just not for the sake of clamoring for the return of Kwarasey into our national team,” Damba told Joy Sports.“I was looking at the challenges that we face in our goalkeeping department. It is evident he is a highly rated performer.” “He is very active all these years and more so he brings competition to our team and he offers our coaches a lot more options.”“It is a wonderful thing for Ghana and the whole team. I hope it is not only a comeback but he is psychologically ready.”Damba was part of the Black Stars squad that placed second at the African Cup of Nations in 1992.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


first_imgHowever, Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan argues Hydro is ignoring input from stakeholders like First Nations. “To be frank, we aren’t surprised by BC Hydro’s old school approach to what they call consultation, we have experienced it ourselves through the lack of consideration in the IRP process and the dismissive nature of discussions on Site C, a project we oppose,” she says in a release. “It has become strikingly obvious to us that the crown’s commitment to engaging First Nations and the public for that matter, is nothing more than window-dressing and in today’s age of expectations of transparency and inclusive planning processes, they have fallen far short of the mark.” Among the issues Treaty 8 has found with the IRP are that it was not independently reviewed before being approved by the province, it does not acknowledge cumulative impacts on areas like the Peace Region, and that it does not provide for the capacity needed the projected energy surplus. Instead, Logan argues upgrading existing facilities, conservation, and shifting the load of industrial customers can provide the necessary capacity. – Advertisement -Also on Treaty 8’s list of concerns are a lack of comparison of rates to those of alternative energy and capacity options, and a “dismissal” of First Nations concerns. “Given all British Columbians will be impacted financially, environmentally and socially by the choices presented in this plan, B.C. Hydro’s “trust us” approach should raise red flags for all ratepayers,” Logan adds. “The energy system of the future should represent the values of the public it serves and provide long-term opportunities and benefits to not only First Nations but also the communities that proposed projects will impact.” Advertisement Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan was accepted by the B.C. government on November 26.last_img read more

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