Apple closes China stores until Feb 9 due to virus

first_imgApple announced on Saturday the closure of its stores, corporate offices and contact centres in mainland China until February 9 due to the new coronavirus epidemic.The virus has prompted the government extend the Lunar New Year holiday through this weekend in a bid to contain its spread, but many provinces and cities have called on companies to delay their return to work.”Our thoughts are with the people most immediately affected by the coronavirus and with those working around the clock to study and contain it,” Apple said in a statement. It added the closure was decided “out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts”.Apple’s online store remains open and the company said it would closely monitor the situation.China is home to the firm’s third-biggest consumer market and much of its supply chain.But like every company in China, it has been affected by the virus that has killed 259 people and infected nearly 12,000. Some of Apple’s suppliers are based in the area near Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.Apple chief Tim Cook said on Tuesday that the company was working on “mitigation plans” to make up for production loss with alternate sources.The company had already closed one of its Wuhan stores while some retail partners have shuttered their shops or cut hours of business.Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn, which makes iPhone products, is keeping its Chinese factories closed until mid-February and is allowing local employees to delay their return after the new year break.Topics :last_img read more

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Duterte vows he won’t honor Int’l Criminal Court

first_img “You do not scare me that you will jail me in the International Criminal Court. I will never allow myself to answer these whites,” Duterte said. In a speech on Friday, President Duterte insisted that he will not cooperate with foreigners if put on trial over thousands of deaths in his crackdown, during which activists say crimes against humanity were committed. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte dared the International Criminal Court (ICC) to put him behind the bars or hang him over alleged extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs. “I will never, never, never answer any question coming from you. I am only responsible to the Filipino. Filipinos will judge,” says President Rodrigo Duterte, challenging the International Criminal Court alleged extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs. AP Duterte responded by unilaterally canceling his country’s membership of the court a month later, without legislative approval, saying it had deprived him of a presumption of innocence. Amnesty International called his move “misguided” and “cowardly.” Duterte has repeatedly criticized the ICC and threatened to slap or arrest its prosecutor, who in February 2018 announced a preliminary examination was being conducted into the drugs killings. “I will never, never, never answer any question coming from you. It’s bullshit to me. I am only responsible to the Filipino. Filipinos will judge,” he added. “And if you hang me for all what I did, go ahead. It will be my pleasure.” Duterte’s anti-drugs crackdown has reportedly led to systematic executions and police cover-ups. Police reject that and say the nearly 7,000 people they have killed were armed drug suspects who resisted arrest./PN In a scheduled Dec. 5 report on its activities worldwide, the ICC said it had “significantly advanced” its examination and aimed to finalize it in 2020, then decide whether to seek a formal investigation.last_img read more

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‘Mr. Healthcare’ to check WVMC specialty center construction

first_img“Mr. Healthcare” former senator JV Ejercito (3rd from left) receives a plaque of appreciation from Passi City’s Mayor Stephen Palmares (center) and Vice Mayor Jesry Palmares. Ejercito was in Passi City last night as guest of honor during the coronation of the fiesta queen and king of Passi City. Ejercito further said that Ilonggos,and Filipinos in general, stand to benefit from the implementation of theUniversal Health Care (UHC) Law that he fought hard for and defended in theSenate to become a law, thereby earning him the moniker “Mr. Healthcare”. ILOILO City – Former senator JV “Mr.Healthcare” Ejercito is set to visit today the ongoing construction of WesternVisayas Medical Center’s (WVMC) six-storey Regional Heart and Lung SpecialtyCenter which he facilitated when he was the chairperson of the Senate Committeeon Health. “I am also happy to inform you thatthe expansion of Western Visayas Medical Center’s bed capacity to 700 from 425will be deliberated upon next week in the House. Cong. (Julienne) Jam Barondainformed me about it yesterday. This was our priority when I was the SenateCommittee on Health chairperson, but we ran out of time, so she filed it in theLower House when she came in. And I am glad about the development because it ismoving a bit fast. Magaling talaga si Cong.Jam,” said Ejercito. Congress allocated P172.4 billion inthe General Appropriations Act for the implementation of the Universal HealthCare Act.  “AngUHC aybatas na naglalayon na siguraduhin na ang bawat Pilipino ay magkakaroon ngisang malusog na pamumuhay. Ito ay magbibigay daan tungo sa isangkumprehensibong serbisyong pangkalusugan na malayo sa pinansiyal napagpapahirap,” Ejercito explained.  “I will visit the project site thatwas started just last December because I want to make sure that theconstruction is on time. I know that our fellow Ilonggos are as excited as I amto have this done,” Ejercito, who arrived here yesterday as guest of honorduring the coronation of the fiesta queen and king of Passi City, told Panay News.  Some P449 million was alreadyobligated for the construction of the center that will housethoracic-cardiovascular operating rooms, surgical intensive care units,coronary care units, non-invasive cardiology section, vascular section,pulmonary section, wards, and private rooms. It has a total budget requirementof P600 million. In the first year of theimplementation, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will offer free medicalcheckup, laboratory tests and give basic medicines to patients./PNlast_img read more

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Capiz cops nab 58 curfew violators

first_imgROXAS City – Police personnel in thisprovince nabbed at least 58 Capizeños violating curfew hours, which was imposeddue to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The violators, who were caught fromMarch 18 to April 5, include seven minors and three females, a report fromCapiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) showed. Also excluded from the curfew are food serviceand delivery crew; those who fetch their employees from work, village officialsand Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams, who have been deputized as curfewenforcers in their localities; law enforcers with specific mission orders; andBusiness Process Outsourcing workers, provided they can also show ID, proof ofduty, or hours of work. Persons on emergency health situations are also excusedfrom the curfew. Memorandum Order No. 36-A, or the implementingguidelines of EO No. 11 by Contreras directs law enforcers to observe maximumtolerance in sending violators home. Authorities, however, may file charges forviolation of Republic Act 9271, or the Quarantine Act of 2004 and vagrancy lawunder the Revised Penal Code if violators refuse to follow orders during curfewhours.(With a report from PIA/PN) Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras’ strict 8p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is part of the Executive Order (EO) No. 11 he issued tofurther strengthen strict quarantine procedures in the province to supress thespread of COVID-19. center_img The governor added that those exemptedfrom the curfew are only the following: government and private employees, which include health workers;personnel of the Metro Roxas Water District; Capiz Electric Cooperative andNational Grid Corporation of the Philippines; firemen; emergency responders ofCapiz Emergency Response Team and Roxas City Emergency Response Team;Philippine Red Cross; and mediamen, provided that they present theiridentification (ID) cards and certification of employment when their workschedules are within restricted hours.   Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras Contreras said in a video message: “Iam asking for your cooperation to follow the curfew hours and home quarantine.”last_img read more

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State Stops $78 Million In Illegitimate Tax Refunds

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — More than $78 million in wrongfully requested tax refunds was blocked by the Indiana Department of Revenue during the 2014 tax season, including $39 million in attempted identity theft, and $39 million in unearned tax credits and deductions.Officials confirmed that identity thieves filed 39,000 returns this year, compared with approximately 1500 cases of identity theft stopped in 2013.These fraudulent returns include those in which criminals manufactured false identities with stolen elements of identity information and returns in which actual taxpayers’ identities were stolen and fraudulent refunds were requested in their names.The department is working to hold offenders responsible for the identity theft and prevent them from stealing money from Indiana in the future. A number of active cases are under investigation and the department expects to present cases to prosecutors by the end of 2014.The department also adjusted $39 million in inappropriately claimed tax credits and deductions. These were claimed by legitimate taxpayers on Indiana income tax returns, but were not substantiated.In these instances, taxpayers did not meet the requirements for the requested credit or deduction, so the department adjusted the tax return to the proper amount. This sometimes resulted in a refund request becoming an amount still owed to the state.Some of these adjustments were the result of taxpayers’ honest mistakes, while others may be intentional tax cheats. In these cases, additional investigations continue.The attempted fraud through identity theft was discovered by the department’s increased security activities during the 2014 tax filing process. Of the returns checked for verification, 95 percent of taxpayers’ information was verified and the returns continued processing as usual.The department vows to prevent identity theft and tax fraud in the 2015 tax season and beyond.last_img read more

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SportMod Mayhem is Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – It will most assuredly be an action-packed night at Dodge City Raceway Park this Saturday, Aug. 29 as the track hosts the second annual IMCA SportMod Mayhem special.While SportMods battle it atop the 3/8-mile clay oval for a $1,000 winner’s share, the night of racing action that goes green at 7:30 p.m. also includes Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.General admission is $15 with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanying a paid adult.For more information, contact the track at 620 225-3277 or check www.dodgecityraceway.com.last_img read more

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Edwin D. Roberts, 76, Brookville

first_imgEdwin Roberts, age 76, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at his residence.Born April 9, 1943 in Connersville, Indiana, he was the son of the late Melvin and Margaret (Dorrel) Roberts. On January 11, 1974 he was united in marriage to Ursula (Schuck) Roberts who survives him.Edwin worked in banking for over 40 years and retired from FCN Bank as president in 2015. He was on the board of Big Cedar Cemetery Association and a member of the Whitcomb U.M.C and Kiwanis. In his free time, Edwin enjoyed traveling to the western U.S.Besides Ursula, his wife of over 45 years, survivors include son Wes (Caroline) Roberts of Indianapolis; and one brother Ervin (Marilyn) Roberts of Brookville.Family & friends may visit from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Steve Rundel will officiate the Funeral services at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, December 23, 2019 at Whitcomb United Methodist Church, 7084 Oxford Pike, Brookville. Burial will follow in Big Cedar Cemetery, 11022 Big Cedar Rd, Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to Franklin County Cancer Assistance Now, Franklin County Community Foundation, or Loving Hearts Hospice. The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Roberts family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com.last_img read more

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Chiefs hand trial to Sexton

first_img Sexton had hoped to remain in France after one season with Pro D2 side Auch, but failed to agree a new contract. “My agent told me there was an opportunity to come to Exeter on trial because Dean Mumm was injured and that there was a possible place available,” he said. “We sent the video across, the coaches had a look and now they’ve offered me a chance until November, so we’ll see where it goes from there.” Jerry Sexton followed his elder brother Johnny’s lead in moving to France last summer, with the British and Irish Lions star still plying his trade at Racing Metro. The younger Sexton sibling revealed his vastly-experienced brother had urged him to take his chance with the Devon club. “After Ireland Under-20s I was supposed to go to London Irish Academy on a three-year deal, but that fell through and then I went to France for a year and really enjoyed it,” he said. “I was supposed to go back again this year, but then I had a problem with my contract so I ended up back home and then the trial with Exeter came up. “I’m looking forward to it, my brother said the coaches here are very good and that there are no superstars within the squad. “Already you can see the club is all about hard work and that’s what I aim to do and hopefully get a chance to play.” The 21-year-old has until the end of November to win himself a full-time deal with the Aviva Premiership club. Head coach Rob Baxter has snapped up Ireland Under-20 graduate Sexton to offset the shoulder injury to club captain Dean Mumm. Press Associationcenter_img Exeter Chiefs have handed lock forward Jerry Sexton, the younger brother of Ireland fly-half Johnny, a 14-week trial.last_img read more

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Straightforward for Douvan at Leopardstown

first_img Press Association Only four went to post for the Grade One feature, and while all were of significant ability the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner oozed class in making it two from two over the larger obstacles. Willie Mullins’ five-year-old was expected to have a fight on his hands for the lead with Jessica Harrington’s Ttebbob, but Douvan’s jumping immediately put that rival under pressure and he was eventually pulled up. Sizing John closed after Douvan made a semblance of a mistake at the second-last, but Mullins knew what he had underneath him. Without asking for an effort Douvan began to pull away again and while he was not fluent at the last, he never looked like falling and the 4-7 favourite coasted home, nearly eased to a walk at the line in winning by 18 lengths. Paul Townend was supposed to take the mount on the Rich Ricci-owned victor, but after returning from injury after a spell out, he had a fall in the first race and stood himself down. Former jockey David Casey, representing Mullins, said: “Everything comes easy to him, and it was an easy decision to go over fences with his size. He’s built for fences and oozes class. “It’s about keeping the wheels on the bus now. He’s a special horse.” Patrick Mullins, winning his first Grade One over hurdles or fences, said: “That’s one of the best thrills that I’ve ever had. He was magnificent. “He was clever at the last and put in a short one, whereas at Navan he went long at the last. He was just idling in front. He covers so much ground that you don’t think you are going that quick. He’s like a Ferrari!” William Hill make Douvan the even-money favourite for the Arkle at Cheltenham in March, with RaceBets 10-11 from 6-4. Townend is expected to be out of the saddle for around 10 days. He returned to action on Saturday for his first mounts since December 13, and finished fourth on Beau Mome in the Clayton Hotel Leopardstown Maiden Hurdle, but felt he was not in the right shape to continue. The Turf Club’s medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick said: “Paul Townend has a bone bruise on his right lower tibia which is still giving him some trouble. He will be out for 10 days but should be OK after that.” center_img Douvan was an imperious winner of the Racing Post Novice Chase under replacement rider Patrick Mullins at Leopardstown.last_img read more

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Cricket News This Sri Lankan left-arm spinner fills Rangana Herath’s void, creates history in South Africa Test

first_imgIn the process, Embuldeniya created history by becoming only the fourth Sri Lanka bowler in history to take a five-wicket haul on debut. In 1986, left-arm pacer Kosala Kuruppuarachchi became the first Sri Lankan to take five-wickets on debut during the Pakistan Test in Colombo as the hosts won the match by eight wickets. Upul Chandana, the legspinner, became the first Sri Lankan to take a five-wicket haul on debut overseas when he took 6/179 against Pakistan in Dhaka in 2000 but Sri Lanka lost the game by an innings and 175 runs. Akila Dananjaya took 5/24 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2018. Embuldeniya is the first Sri Lankan to take a five-wicket haul on debut outside the sub-continent.Embuldeniya made his First-Class debut in 2017 for Nondescripts Cricket Club. In 21 games at the domestic level, the tall left-arm bowler has taken 125 wickets at an average of 20.13. His major success in 2019 came in the game against Saracens Sports Club at the Colts Ground in Colombo. Embuldeniya picked up 6/96 and 3/66 but Saracens won the game convincingly. He followed it up with 4/86 against the Sinhalese Sports Club at the P Sara Stadium. Following the 0-2 rout against Australia, Sri Lanka appointed some fresh faces in the side and Dimuth Karunaratne was made the stand-in captain in place of Dinesh Chandimal. Lasith Embuldeniya became 4th Sri Lanka bowler to take five wickets on debut.Rangana Herath took 433 wickets in 93 Tests.Sri Lanka have won only one Test in South Africa. New Delhi: When Rangana Herath announced his retirement during the Galle Test against England in 2018, Sri Lanka suffered yet another setback in their quest to rebuild the team. Following the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan, who had taken 800 wickets and was Sri Lanka’s ultimate match-winner, it was Herath who helped Sri Lanka maintain their consistency. The left-arm spinner, who made his debut in 1999, became the leading left-arm bowler in the world as he finished with 433 wickets in 93 Tests. However, in the Durban Test against South Africa in February 2019, Sri Lanka unearthed a new gem and a bowler who can potentially fill the void left by Herath. On day 3, 22-year-old left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya created history with a five-wicket haul to give Sri Lanka a faint chance.Embuldeniya had taken the wickets of Dean Elgar (35) and Temba Bavuma (3) but a 96-run stand between Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis boosted the Proteas towards a healthy lead. De Kock was trapped LBW by Embuldeniya for 55 but Faf du Plessis neared a century and he shared a 60-run stand with Vernon Philander. However, after the lunch break, Vishwa Fernando got rid of du Plessis for 90 and Embuldeniya got the wickets of Philander (18) and Kagiso Rabada (0) as he finished with a haul of 5/66 from 26 overs. Fernando’s haul of 4/71 resulted in South Africa losing five wickets for eight runs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

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