Saudi ends virus lockdown despite spike in infections

first_imgOn Sunday, the total number of infections rose to 157,612, while the death toll climbed to 1,267, according to data from the health ministry.Intensive care units in the capital Riyadh and the Red Sea city of Jeddah are crowded with coronavirus patients, putting pressure on the health care system, medical sources told AFP.But the decision to lift restrictions comes amid the kingdom’s worst economic crisis in decades as it grapples with the twin blow of low oil prices and the impact of the virus.Mosques outside of Mecca reopened at the end of May, but with strict rules imposing social distancing and other measures. But the kingdom has said the year-round “umrah” pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina will remain suspended over fears of the coronavirus pandemic spreading in Islam’s holiest cities.Authorities are yet to announce whether they will proceed with this year’s hajj, scheduled for the end of July, but have urged Muslims to defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage.Last year, some 2.5 million faithful travelled to Saudi Arabia from across the world to take part in the hajj, which all Muslims must perform at least once in their lives if able. But Saudi Arabia’s General Commission for Audiovisual Media announced the reopening of cinemas across the kingdom with strict guidelines on social distancing.”We are happy and cautious at the same time… I have been without a haircut for five months,” said Bashayer, a Saudi customer at a Riyadh hair salon.”But we are… scared. I sanitize my hands whenever I touch anything,” she said, while a hairdresser clad in a mask and face shield cut her hair.The kingdom, which has the highest reported coronavirus infections in the Gulf, has seen a spike in cases after it began a phased easing of stringent lockdown measures in late May. Saudi Arabia on Sunday ended a nationwide coronavirus curfew and lifted restrictions on businesses, including hair salons and cinemas, after three months of stringent curbs, despite a spike in infections.Prayers were also allowed to resume in mosques in the holy city of Mecca, state media reported, just weeks before the annual hajj pilgrimage is due to start.International flights and religious pilgrimages, however, remain suspended and social gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, according to the interior ministry.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf, Senator Casey: Philadelphia Crane Arrival Highlights Success of Port Growth

first_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Port Development,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey celebrate the recent arrival of the first two super post-Panamax cranes at The Port of Philadelphia (PhilaPort), marking another major milestone spurred by the governor’s port development plan.“Pennsylvania’s ports are vital to the economic success of the entire commonwealth and I will continue to invest in our assets that strengthen Pennsylvania’s economy and support new job growth,” said Governor Wolf. “The new cranes positioned along Philadelphia’s waterfront will serve as a visual reminder that business is booming in Pennsylvania.”“Having worked years to help secure funding for the Delaware deepening project, I’m pleased to see what can come of effective federal, state, and private collaboration efforts,” said Senator Casey. “These cranes will do a great deal to help ensure that PhilaPort remains a global competitor and I look forward to watching their role in strengthening the economy of southeastern Pennsylvania.”Once fully operational, the 32-story high cranes will stand 13 feet taller than the neighboring Walt Whitman Bridge with its boom in the upwards position.“For over a year we have been working hard to prepare the terminal for these cranes and it is great to see them here,” said Jeff Theobald, Executive Director and CEO of PhilaPort. “Last year we hit an East Coast record of 19 percent container growth. To sustain that type of growth, these new cranes are a necessity.”The arrival of the cranes marks another significant milestone since the governor announced his plan to invest more than $300 million in PhilaPort’s infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment in 2016. Since implementing the infrastructure improvement plan the port realized record breaking cargo volumes and nearly 20 percent container growth in 2017, and just last month welcomed the arrival of the largest container vessel to ever call at the Port.“Saturday was one of most momentous days I can recall when it comes to advancing the Port of Philadelphia. All governors, since I have been in office, have assisted the Port in creating jobs. However, Governor Wolf’s commitment to the dredging project and to turning Packer Avenue into a modern marine terminal is without equal,” said Representative William F. Keller. “The governor understands the job retention and job creation associated with the Port will have no rivals throughout the commonwealth. I want to thank Governor Wolf on behalf of the residents of the commonwealth for the thousands of jobs he has maintained and to thank him for the thousands of jobs he is creating.”Development is slated to continue through 2020 and is projected to support thousands of jobs and generate an increase of more than $100 million in state and local tax revenues annually. Governor Wolf, Senator Casey: Philadelphia Crane Arrival Highlights Success of Port Growth March 27, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Letter to the editor: A devastating injury does not rule out hope

first_imgTo the editor: Tracy, I read your story on the Crusaders Boys win over Kingman and you are so correct we have a team this year (see story here). I wish them the best and will be cheering for them all the way.I also read your report on the Lady Crusaders. You made mention of the devastating season ending injury to Caitie Williams. Devastating is not even close to the words I would like to yell to the world right now! But in the words of Paul Harvey, “Here’s the rest of the story”!Tracy, as you have been covering Wellington sports for several years now you as well as many others were waiting for this 2014-2015 basketball season to get here. As a father I dreamed of the day when my daughter would get the starting nod to show case her talents for all to see. Caitie has been playing basketball since the second grade. Caitie has always been a team player; she is a hard charging, takes control, always following the coaches’ instructions kind of player. When a team mate is having a bad night Caitie would offer words of encouragement. When a team mate was sick or injured and could not make the game she would go see them after the game and give them a game summery.Thursday night’s opening game was to be her shining moment, her time to lead the Lady Crusaders to victory, the start of her senior year.Never in my life would I ever imagine my daughter receiving a knee injury but for it to happen twice in a High School career is just unfair. Caitie worked so hard in the off season with weights, running, attending two basketball camps, plus the WHS summer league. Caitie pushed herself harder than you can imagine so hard at one point both myself and Coach Adams told her to slow down! But Caitie would replay, “it is either going hold or break” and we are going to find out now give me the damn ball!After a successful summer of hard training and a good conditioning with WHS Cross Country Team she was ready for basketball. Basketball practice begins and we would talk about the team and how Coach Adams is going to build it, which is going to be the go to girl and how the sophomore and freshman are going have to step up.We talked about the schedule and Caitie told me she felt the team can go far this year even though they are young.  With most of the teams loosing girls the only team that she was worried about is Andale. Caitie told me those Indians are going down we just got to work hard and find there week spot!When the bracket was published Caitie told me Wellington is playing Sterling in the first round. I asked her if she was nervous, she said nah we got this Dad! So with a new #13 uniform (first ever) and her team mates she headed to the Kingman Classic. On my way to the tournament I stopped at Hibbet Sports to buy her a new knee sleeve. Caitie does not like the scar left from the surgery on her left knee. So she hides it and if she goes down on her left knee it gives some cushion on the scar area.Game time, Caitie meets with the referees and then the moment has come that every parent has waited years for the player introductions. I look at Caitie and she gives me a wink and a smile as her name is called she runs out on the court.On the tip off Sterling gets the ball takes it down for a shot and it is no good. Crusaders rebound and go the other way for a quick strike and it’s a miss Sterling ball. Back to the other end of the court Sterling pass to the wing there is a tip and the ball is going out of bounds. Out of know where comes Caitie flying through the air like a ninja and slaps the ball back in bounds. I look down at my score card and hear the whistle blow as the gym goes silent. I look up and see Caitie hugging the wall tears pouring down her face. Oh my god, no!I left the stands and walked to Caitie were I could see she was holding her right leg off the ground and I am thinking she rolled her ankle? The coaching staff was hugging her telling her it’s going to be okay. I asked her what happened and she told me she felt it pop! What popped, I asked? She says my right knee! As her knee was not swelling and she was able to walk on it I remained optimistic.The following day a visit to the doctor’s office and a MRI later her mother called me with the heart breaking news, torn ACL and meniscus her season is over. All day my phone was blowing up with text messages from people wanting to know about Caitie, how she doing and can she play? In true Caitie fashion she told me not to say anything to anyone because she did not want her team mates to know. All she wanted them to do was concentrate on winning the game to build their confidence. That is a true leader!Here is an interesting fact about the Kingman Classic. It was December 5, 2012, when Caities left knee went down playing on the same court in the same corner of the court playing against the same team, Sterling! Caitie had been in the game less than two minutes on both injuries. Caitie calls it the Kingman Curse!So what is Caitie going to do now? Caitie is still very much a part of the team and like she did the last time will go to every practice and every game help out where she can on and off the court. The knee will get repaired as soon as possible and the road to recovery will begin. She will continue planning for graduation and keep checking out colleges. Will Caitie play basketball at the college level, who knows? Things happen for a reason in life and although we may never find out why this happened to Caitie one thing is for sure she is destined for greatness.Now you know the rest of the story.Steve WilliamsFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Love you Caitie Report Reply 0 replies · active 294 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Red Day · 294 weeks ago Great story and this young lady will always be a winner in my heart. Hang in there better things on the horizon!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 294 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Caldwell Fan · 294 weeks ago I don’t know this Wellington girl, but everything that was said about her can also be said about Darin Ward of Caldwell. A lot of people were looking so forward to both the Ward boys playing together this year. He can shoot 3’s like nobody else. These types of injuries are so disappointing but to happen in both your junior and senior year is just devastating to a true competitor. Best of luck to all the Sumner County basketball teams this year. Report Reply 0 replies · active 294 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Andrea Day · 293 weeks ago As Caitie’s neighbor and friend, I know how hard she has worked. Many hours of practice on my driveway and many more that I don’t even know about. And always does it with determination and a smile. Agree with Steve wholeheartedly, Caitie is a young, beautiful woman who is destined and will achieve greatness. Report Reply 0 replies · active 293 weeks ago 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. 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