STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 226 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 20 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces 3 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 61 new cases in Bernalillo County15 new cases in Chaves County3 new cases in Cibola County1 new case in Colfax County22 new cases in Curry County35 new cases in Doña Ana County6 new cases in Eddy County16 new cases in Lea County6 new cases in Lincoln County1 new case in Luna County5 new cases in McKinley County1 new case in Otero County1 new csae in Quay County2 new cases in Roosevelt County13 new cases in Sandoval County3 new cases in San Juan County1 new case in San Miguel County19 new cases in Santa Fe County2 new cases in Taos County1 new case in Torrance County12 new cases in Valencia County The 3 additional deaths in New Mexico reported today include:A male in his 40s from Chaves County. The individual had underlying conditions.A female in her 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. A male in his 40s from Rio Arriba County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 654.Previously reported numbers included five cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Curry County, one in Lea County, two in McKinley County and one in Roosevelt County); and one case in Bernalillo County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 21,016 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 4,860Catron County: 4Chaves County: 362Cibola County: 336Colfax County: 14Curry County: 480Doña Ana County: 2,214Eddy County: 253Grant County: 67Guadalupe County: 31Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 88Lea County: 641Lincoln County: 105Los Alamos County: 20Luna County: 226McKinley County: 4,002Mora County: 6Otero County: 184Quay County: 32Rio Arriba County: 294Roosevelt County: 141Sandoval County: 1,095San Juan County: 3,002San Miguel County: 42Santa Fe County: 595Sierra County: 29Socorro County: 73Taos County: 98Torrance County: 60Union County: 27Valencia County: 369County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 279Otero County Prison Facility: 279Otero County Processing Center: 159Torrance County Detention Facility: 43The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 25Lea County Correctional Facility: 4Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 470Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 3As of today, there are 127 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 8,343 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:The Adobe in Las CrucesThe Aristocrat Assisted Living Center in AlamogordoAvamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in AlbuquerqueBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBeeHive Homes of Farmington in FarmingtonBloomfield Nursing and Rehabilitation in BloomfieldBonney Family Home in GallupBrookdale Juan Tabo Place in AlbuquerqueBrookdale Santa Fe in Santa FeCasa Contenta Assisted Living in Rio RanchoCasa del Sol Center in Las CrucesCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Real in Santa FeCedar Ridge Inn in Farmington Clayton Nursing and Rehab in ClaytonCrane’s Roost Care Home in AztecDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in HobbsEl Castillo in Santa FeGoodLife Senior Living in CarlsbadGood Samaritan Society in Las CrucesLife Care Center of Farmington in FarmingtonThe Meadows Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las VegasMontebello on Academy in AlbuquerqueThe Neighborhood in Rio RanchoNew Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or ConsequencesNorth Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in AlbuquerquePrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupRetirement Ranches, Inc. in ClovisRetreat Healthcare in Rio RanchoThe Rio at Las Estancias in AlbuquerqueRio Rancho Center in Rio RanchoSagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las CrucesSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los AlamosSierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences Sierra Springs Assisted Living in Los LunasSpanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in AlbuquerqueSunset Villa Care Center in RoswellTaos Living Center in TaosWelbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las CrucesWheatfields Senior Living in ClovisWhite Sands Healthcare in HobbsThe Woodmark at Uptown in AlbuquerqueThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes; andPatients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.
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The Port of Tallinn opened the new 9.34 million Euro cruise ship quay on Saturday, May 17. The quay will allow larger cruise ships than before to be docked, thus increasing Tallinn’s attractiveness for cruise operators.The Royal Princess docked at the new Tallinn quayThe official ceremony of quay opening took place at 14:15 on Saturday. The quay was opened during the symbolic unmooring performed by the Board Member of AS Tallinna Sadam Allan Kiil, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Urve Palo, the Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas, and the head of the Estonian branch of the BMGS construction company Leho Alliksoo.“For the Port of Tallinn, the construction of the new quay was the largest single investment last year,” said Alan Kiil, the Board Member of AS Tallinna Sadam. “This investment will, on the one hand, satisfy the growing demand for Tallinn as a tourist destination and, on the other hand, help us meet the needs of cruise operators that want to use larger and larger vessels.”, said Mr. Kiil.According to Urve Palo, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications, there is still potential for the increase in the numbers of cruise tourists on the Baltic Sea resulting from the joint marketing of Tallinn and other cruise destinations of the Baltic Sea, which will obviously affect the economy of the tourist destinations.“It is estimated that a cruise tourist leaves an average of 56.7 euros in Tallinn, buying goods and services. Even at the present half a million of cruise tourists per year that amounts to over 30 million euros injected into local economy, in addition to such indirect effects as the jobs created in tourism agencies and catering facilities and the taxes received from these.” , said Mr. Palo.With the new quay, the Port of Tallinn will be able to moor cruise ships up to 340 metres in length, up to 42 metres in width, and with the draft of up to nine metres.The first vessel to moor at the new cruise quay was the 330-metre long Royal Princess, operated by Princess Cruises, and bringing over 3,000 tourists to Tallinn.The construction of the new quay next to the existing cruise ships quay in the Old City harbour started in May 2013. The total length of the quay built by the Estonian branch of BMGS is 421 metres; it is 20 metres wide, and the guaranteed depth at the quay wall is 11 metres. The cruise ship quay has also been outfitted with electricity supply, outdoor lighting, communications equipment and pipelines for supplying ships with utility water and removing waste water.The volume of bottom dredging amounted to a total of 12,300 cubic metres, and over 200 steel piles 30–46 metres in length were installed in the seabed in the course of the construction. The total amount of concrete cast for the construction purposes was 6,600 cubic metres.Tallinn is to welcome around 300 vessels bringing approximately 470,000 cruise tourists during this cruise season. The summer cruise season lasts until 26 September, but cruise tourists are expected to visit Tallinn in October and December as well.[mappress]May 20, 2014; Image: Port of Tallinn
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The government has insisted it got the best deal possible in negotiating with insurers for a compensation scheme for mesothelioma sufferers.Work and pensions minister Mike Penning successfully steered the mesothelioma bill through parliament this week to create a scheme to compensate victims who cannot trace their insurers.The scheme will be funded by an industry-wide levy on current employer’s liability insurance providers and will also ensure greater research into a cure for the disease.But the government had to defeat a series of amendments and accept a deal from insurers which means mesothelioma sufferers will receive 75% of the compensation amount they would have received if the matter had gone to court.Penning was criticised by MPs during the debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday for the terms of the deal but said he had to be ‘pragmatic’ to ensure the scheme is started quickly and victims get immediate redress.Penning said: ‘The insurers did not come happily to the table to have this discussion. When the discussions with [work and pensions minister] Lord Freud started, they were told to come, and the negotiations were based on what we could get agreement on without putting a further burden on business.‘We have to look at the context. Nothing had been done for so long, but now something is being done and the insurance companies are not happy about it.’He added: ‘I am restricted by the maths and our agreements. Could the insurers afford this? I have no doubt whatsoever that they could, but that is not the deal that has been struck. As has been said, the house could decide to set the limit at 80%, but I want this bill to receive royal assent and for compensation to be paid in July.‘That is not happening at the moment and it has not happened for years. Could it be better? Yes, it could.’Penning added that to take the scheme back to the start of the consultation in 2010 – as suggested by one proposed amendment – would cost an extra £80m.Penning and his colleagues were accused by Labour MP John Woodcock of having ‘blinked too early’ in negotiations with the insurance industry.His Labour colleague David Anderson added: ‘I appreciate the work the minister has done but this debate saddens me. We have got a situation where employer liability was paid to these insurance companies. They have had their money and they have run with it.’He added: ‘[The insurance industry] have bankrolled [the Conservative] party for decades, and they have bankrolled his constituency and those of hundreds of Conservative members across the country. If a trade union had exerted that much influence, we on this side of the House would have been nailed to the wall.’The bill has drawn an angry response from lawyers who represent mesothelioma victims.Matthew Stockwell, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, acknowledged the scheme was a ‘valuable first step’ but he opposed the terms agreed.‘It is bad enough that victims are exposed to deadly asbestos just by turning up for work, then forced to use this scheme because insurance records are no longer around. Now they are to be penalised by losing a quarter of what the courts determine is fair redress. This is not the justice these people deserve.’Paul Glanville, asbestos lawyer at national firm Slater & Gordon, said: ‘The scheme is certainly a step in the right direction but there can be no moral justification for mesothelioma victims receiving only a percentage of the compensation they are entitled to.‘Further whilst this new law provides some compensation for mesothelioma victims diagnosed after July 2012 it ignores the thousands of victims who have died before this arbitrary cut-off date.’
RUSSIA: On June 17 Tognum and Transmashholding signed an agreement to form a joint venture to market and later manufacture diesel engines for the Russian and CIS locomotive, mining, marine and energy markets.Tognum Transmashholding BV will be registered in the Netherlands and owned 50:50 by the partners. It will be the sole shareholder of Tognum-TMH Diesel Technologies, a production subsidiary to be based at Kolomna in Moscow oblast. The first engines to be marketed jointly will come from the MTU factory in Friedrichshafen. Assembly of MTU Series 4000 engines in Russia is planned from 2013, under a policy of localisation which will see up to two-thirds of the components supplied by Russian companies within five years. The medium-term aim is to develop a new engine designed specifically for the needs of Russia, eastern Europe and Asia, with the target of supplying up to 1 000 units a year. Speaking at the signing of the agreement in St Petersburg, Tognum CEO Volker Heuer said the joint venture offers ‘the unique opportunity of being able to reap the optimum benefit from the growth prospects available to us in this important and growing region’.
Mortal Shell was reviewed using a digital code provided by the publisher. Combat is excellent and not surprisingly very challenging. Even the enemies at the early stages demand your respect and if you let your guard down you’ll be toast. There is a nice parry system built into the combat and although you can complete the game without using it you’ll be at a serious disadvantage. Parrying will not only stop you from taking damage but can also be used to heal your shell. There is no estus flask equivalent in Mortal Shell so getting the hang of parrying in order to heal will make things much easier. Parrying will also stagger enemies giving an opening to do more damage. Watch the announcement trailer below: Overall, Mortal Shell is one of the better soulslike games out there. It does more than enough to make itself stand apart from Dark Souls but manages to maintain the core aspects of the genre. If this is what a small team can manage on a limited budget I’m very excited to see what they can do with more resources should they choose to make a follow-up game. If you’re a fan of the Soulslike genre it’s a no brainer that you go out and buy Mortal Shell now! Weapons are also limited and there are currently only four melee weapons to choose from. These range from an ultra-heavy sword to a light and fast hammer and chisel. Each of the weapons can be upgraded to increase their damage output and unlock special abilities. The weapons offer a variety that could encourage you to replay the game but I found myself sticking with the starting weapon for the most part finding it to be somewhat overpowered. Credit: PlayStack / Cold Symmetry The game is also pretty short in all, my playthrough took about ten hours although I’m sure I haven’t managed to unlock or find everything there is. Once you’ve completed your playthrough you unlock a new game plus mode so there are plenty of chances to go back and explore more or get used to different shell and weapon combinations. Although short, Mortal Shell is very reasonably priced so the game length isn’t much of a bugbear for me. It’s also important to remember that the game was developed by a team of fifteen people and they can only do so much. Story is a bit thin on the ground here and the game does little to fill you in unless you explore every nook and cranny. In summary, you play the role of a being who has travelled to the world of Fallgrim and you have the power to inhabit and control fallen corpses in this new land. Fallgrim itself is dark and dismal and full of things that want to kill you. Early on you’ll come across an imprisoned giant who asks you to retrieve three glands for him. In return, he’ll grant you power beyond belief. That’s it for the story so all there is for it is to set off exploring in the vein hope that you don’t get killed too much. The main differentiator from other soulslike games is how characters work in Mortal Shell. Rather than simply upgrading one character the game gives you a choice of four shells to choose from, once you’ve found them, with each having fixed stats. Whilst this might sound limiting to players who are used to being able to customise to their heart’s content I found it actually forced me to adapt my playstyle to the shell I was using which I liked. Each of the four shells differs wildly in stats making each more suited to a certain playstyle. There are still plenty of options to upgrade your character(s) although it will be along a fixed path. Once again these upgrades serve to reinforce the playstyle of each shell. Whilst combat in the main is excellent I found the boss fights rather disappointing. Most can be beaten after a couple of tries and the mechanics are incredibly basic. They simply lack the aggressive nature of bosses from other titles and give you too much room to take a breather and heal up. For me, these boss fights became a test of patience rather than skill with even the final boss being an anticlimax. Exploration is definitely one of the better aspects of the game, there are so many routes to take from the starting area that at first, you’ll find things very confusing, to begin with. Stick with it however and you’ll soon be able to navigate with relative ease. There are lots of hidden areas containing items and bosses which offer great rewards for those willing to put in the effort to find them. Credit: PlayStack / Cold Symmetry For the most part, Mortal Shell looked and sounded good. It oozes atmosphere and there are lots of sound cues that will let you know if you’re about to be blindsided. The performance was also steady on PC and I encountered zero crashes. For the most part, the game was bug-free up until the final boss fight which was, sadly, filled with them. I would be frequently be pushed outside of the invisible wall bordering the boss arena giving me as much time as I needed to heal. The camera was also appalling in this fight. It would stick to the floor looking up and as you’re fighting in water it would be looking through the water at the boss. Mortal Shell is the latest entry into the Soulslike genre and unapologetically shows off the influences of the mighty Dark Souls. Other souls games at least make an attempt to change the setting to something other than dark fantasy but not so for Mortal Shell. A big question, therefore, is does Mortal Shell do a good enough job of differentiating itself from the original Souls? Thankfully the answer is yes. Dark Souls fans will feel right at home here but there is more than enough here to make Mortal Shell stand out in its own right. Right, no more mentioning of Dark Souls, I promise… Publisher: PlayStack Developer: Cold Symmetry Release Date: 18th August 2020 Reviewed On: PC Also Available On: Xbox One, PS4
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters in Washington, DC, U.S., April 8, 2019. /VCG PhotoMalawi is set to receive a $91 million loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help fund a balance of payments deficit exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization said in a statement.“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe impact on Malawi, creating an urgent balance of payments need,” Tao Zhang, deputy manager of the IMF, said in the statement.“The authorities have been proactive in mitigating the impact of the pandemic, including through increased spending on health care and social assistance … and ensuring food security through purchase and storage of agricultural harvests,” he added.Malawi is one of 52 countries in Africa that have recorded cases of COVID-19. The country has registered 39 infections and three deaths, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.The Southeast African state was already struggling economically even before the pandemic struck, due to a lengthy drought.The country’s main export is tobacco, which makes up up about half of export earnings, alongside other crops such as tea and sugar.The World Bank said last month it had approved a $37 million funding package to help Malawi respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.Related Malawi records 10 new cases of COVID-19 IMF approves $91 million loan to Malawi for COVID-19 trade balance woes Somalia confirms 19 new COVID-19 cases
[av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]MANILA – Global Football Club-Philippines suffered a 6-0 defeat to Australia’s Brisbane Roar in the second phase of 2017 AFC Champions League Preliminary on Tuesday night at the Brisbane Stadium in Australia.With the defeat, Global, the United Football League (UFL) Cup and League champion, has been relegated to the AFC Cup berth along with Ceres-Negros Football Club.Brisbane Roar, meanwhile, has advanced to the next round of the qualifying leg where they will face powerhouse Shanghai Shenhua of China on Feb. 7 in China.Brisbane Roar was aggressive right from the start with Brandon Borello putting his team on the board with a 12th minute goal. Borello went on to score two more for a hat-trick right in the opening half.The Australian team continued its domination in the second half with back-to-back conversions from Manuel Arana and Borello to complete its dominant win.“We made sure that we stuck to our structures, the way we want to play football,” Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi said. “We spoke about that it we did that, it would make the game easier for us.”Global earned a ticket to the east zone qualification stage of the prestigious football tournament after sweeping two titles in the 2016 United Football League (UFL) season.The top six clubs for the countries in the East Zone were given direct entries to the group stage of the Asian Champions League while the bottom six were given slots in the preliminary rounds.“We learned a lot from this. We will be ready for the AFC Cup 2017 (later this) month,” said Misagh Bahadoran, who keyed Global’s 2-0 victory over Tampines Rovers a week ago./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Global bows to Brisbane in Champs League’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Thursday, February 2, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/sports-Global-495×366.jpg’ attachment=’95132′ attachment_size=’portfolio’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’13’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]Australia’s Joe Caletti (29) of the Brisbane Roar rams past Global Football Club-Philippines’ Matthew Hartmann (3) during their 2017 AFC Champions League Preliminary match on Tuesday. COURIER MAIL[/av_image]