narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 95.6 million people worldwide and killed over 2 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:Jan 19, 7:57 pmUS hospitalizations decreased on 13 days in JanuaryIn a continued encouraging sign, the number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the U.S. decreased on 13 days in January, according to The COVID Tracking Project. That metric, which is “more resilient” than others to holiday reporting disruptions, increased six times this month, most recently on Jan. 12, it found. There are 123,820 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the tracker. The U.S. reported 144,047 new cases and 2,141 deaths on Tuesday, though national data was incomplete due to the holiday weekend.Jan 19, 7:16 pmDC memorial honors lives lost to COVID-19President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris honored the 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 with a tribute in front of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Tuesday evening.The 400 lights along the pool were lit to symbolize the lives lost to the virus.At the ceremony, part of the incoming administration’s inaugural festivities, Harris called on Americans to “grieve and begin healing together.”“Though we may be physically separated, we, the American people, are united in spirit,” she said.Jan 19, 4:17 pmEmirates, Etihad Airlines to test IATA COVID-19 travel passEmirates Airlines and Etihad Airways said they have partnered with the International Air Transport Association to trial IATA Travel Pass — a mobile app that serves as a “digital passport” to verify pre-travel COVID-19 testing or vaccination status.The app also helps passengers find information on travel and entry requirements at their destinations.Emirates Airlines said it plans to roll out the first phase in April, during which passengers leaving Dubai can share their COVID-19 test status directly with the airline through the app before arriving at the airport. Etihad will first offer the travel pass on some flights out of Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2021.ABC News’ Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.Jan 19, 3:02 pmFatality rate increases in UKBritish health authorities reported a record 1,610 daily deaths on Tuesday, bringing the weekly death toll to 8,267 — a 19.8% increase over the previous week. The United Kingdom has the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide, behind the U.S., Brazil, India and Mexico, according to Johns Hopkins University data.Despite the record death toll, the U.K.’s number of new cases is on the decline amid a national lockdown. The U.K. reported 33,355 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the weekly total to 302,802 — a 22.3% decrease from the last week.ABC News’ Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.Jan 19, 2:39 pmDeath toll surpasses 400,000 in USThe U.S. death toll surpassed 400,000 on Tuesday and now stands at 400,022 fatalities.The number of American lives lost to the coronavirus is more people than the number of U.S. soldiers who died in battle during World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War combined, according to a data estimate compiled by the Department of Veterans Affairs.The U.S. death toll is roughly equivalent to the population of Tampa, Florida, or Tulsa, Oklahoma.By the middle of February, “we expect half a million deaths” in the U.S. from COVID-19, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, who’s nominated to serve as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.ABC News’ Arielle Mitropolous contributed to this report.Jan 19, 1:20 pmUS hospitalizations drop by 6%In the last 10 days, the number of patients hospitalized nationally has declined by 6%, according to ABC News’ analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.California has the most hospitalizations with more than 20,000 patients.Texas has the second most with nearly 14,000 patients, followed by New York, Florida and Georgia. Jan 19, 9:48 amNorway says no evidence that Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine increased risk of patients’ deathsNorway’s national public health institute said Tuesday that there is currently no correlation between receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and an increased risk of death among 23 people who died after getting the shot.The deceased were “severely frail patients” who died within six days after vaccination in the Scandinavian country, and the incidents “do not imply a casual relationship between COVID-19 vaccination and death,” according to Dr. Sara Viksmoen Watle, chief physician at the Norwegian Institute for Public Health.“When we vaccinate the eldest and sickest who often have several underlying conditions we expect high mortality in this population. Hence, we also expect deaths following vaccination,” Watle said in a statement Tuesday. “We do not yet know if these deaths are due to the vaccine or other causes, but we cannot exclude that common side effects may have led to a more severe course for some patients.”The Norwegian Medicines Agency and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health are investigating the deaths.“So far, there are no statistical analyses that indicate that coronavirus vaccination has had an increased risk of death among those vaccinated,” Watle said, after noting that the fatal incidents will be examined “in relation to the expected number of deaths among the nursing home population.”“In order to be able to interpret this information, it is important to see the full picture,” she added. “Nursing home residents are at very high risk of a severe disease course or dying from COVID-19, and have therefore been prioritised for vaccination. A large proportion of those who live in nursing homes have severe underlying conditions or are in the last stages of life. Life expectancy in nursing homes is relatively short and on average, more than 300 people die in Norwegian nursing homes every week.”Jan 19, 8:05 amAmericans can expect travel restrictions to tighten ‘if anything,’ incoming CDC director saysU.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she will “hit the ground running” and suggested there might be more travel restrictions in store.“We need to reset the stage here. We need to make sure the country, the people understand that this pandemic is now going to be addressed with science, with trust, with transparency, with communication of exactly where we are to the American people,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.Walensky, the chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will be sworn in Wednesday as director of the CDC — an appointment that does not require Senate confirmation.“I will be sworn in tomorrow, but the work has been happening since I was named,” Walensky said, “and we’ve been working really hard to make sure we can come in and hit the ground running and make sure that we can get this country back to health.”Walensky said the incoming administration’s plan to vaccinate 100 million people against COVID-19 within the first 100 days of Biden’s presidency is “really ambitious but doable.” The key is making sure there are enough people on the ground to administer the vaccines, understanding the supply and how many doses are going to which states, and making vaccines accessible to all people.“All of that plan is underpinned with equity,” Walensky said. “We need to make sure that we’re equally and equitably getting the vaccine across this country.”In one of his last orders, outgoing President Donald Trump announced Monday that he was rescinding entry bans imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic on most visitors from Brazil and much of Europe effective Jan. 26. However, Biden’s spokesperson Jen Psaki said the incoming administration won’t be lifting the bans.Walensky agreed with the move to reject Trump’s order and said there may be more travel restrictions introduced.“If you look at the fatalities of 400,000 that we’re likely to hit today, if you look at our cases across this country, I don’t think now is the time to encourage people to get on international fights, to encourage people to mobilize,” Walensky said. “I think now is the time to really buckle down, double down our efforts. And so I don’t expect that we’ll be lifting travel restrictions and, if anything, I think we can expect that they might tighten, especially in the context of variants that we’re hearing about.”Jan 19, 7:24 amIsrael sees record rise in cases despite mass vaccinationIsrael confirmed 10,222 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, its highest daily tally since the pandemic began, suggesting the country’s mass vaccination campaign hasn’t kicked in yet.The record figure translates to a nationwide positivity rate in COVID-19 tests of 10.2% However, one promising sign is that the number of critically ill patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across Israel has remained steady over the past few days.Israel’s cumulative totals now stand at 562,167 confirmed cases and 4,049 deaths from the disease, according to the latest data from the Israeli Ministry of Health.Official figures show 25% of Israel’s general population — nearly 2.2 million people — have received the first of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 5% — more than 420,000 — have received their second dose.The Israeli government is expected to meet Tuesday afternoon to determine whether to extend the current lockdown, which has been in place since Jan. 8 and is slated to end Jan. 21.Jan 19, 7:17 am1 in 8 people in England have had COVID-19, data suggestsAn estimated one in eight people in England have already been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to antibody data from the U.K. Office for National Statistic’s COVID-19 Infection Survey.The survey estimates that 12.1% of the population in England would have tested positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 on a blood test in December 2020, suggesting they had the infection in the past.“The estimate is weighted to be representative of the overall population and suggests that an average of 5.4 million people aged 16 years and over in England would have tested positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 during this time,” the report said. “This equates to 1 in 8 people aged 16 years and over.”That estimate was one in 10 people in Wales, one in 13 people in Northern Ireland and one in 11 people in Scotland, according to the survey.Meanwhile, a regional analysis of antibody data for England found that the highest positivity was seen in Yorkshire and The Humber, followed by London and the North West, according to the survey.The survey, which was launched in the United Kingdom in mid-April of last year, measured several factors: how many people test positive for COVID-19 at a given point in time, regardless of whether they report experiencing symptoms; the average number of new infections per week over the course of the study; and the number of people who test positive for antibodies, to indicate how many people are ever likely to have had the infection.The U.K. — an island nation of 66 million people made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — has confirmed more than 3.4 million cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including more than 89,000 deaths. There were 37,535 new cases and 599 additional fatalities from the disease confirmed in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data published on the U.K. government’s website.Jan 19, 5:50 amEighteen family members test positive after holiday party in PennsylvaniaOne family’s holiday gathering in Pennsylvania has turned out to be a superspreading event, according to a report by Philadelphia ABC station WPVI-TV.Darlene Reynolds, 55, said she woke up with a scratchy throat on Dec. 26, the day before relatives from as far as Canada were planning to come over for a holiday party at her home in the Milmont Park section of Ridley Township.“I had no fever because I kept checking it,” Reynolds told WPVI. “I said, ‘I’ll keep a distance since I have a tiny little cough.’”Soon after the party, people started getting sick.“We were sick, but we didn’t know we had COVID. We could’ve had the flu, but it was scary,” Reynolds told WPVI. “We got tested and we tested positive.”In total, 18 family members ranging in age from 1 to 62 contracted COVID-19. Reynolds said both her husband and their son were hospitalized.Jan 19, 5:25 am100 doses of Moderna vaccine batch flagged by California officials administered at mass vaccination eventJust hours after California’s top epidemiologist recommended pausing the use of COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna’s lot 041L20A due to “possible allergic reactions” that are under investigation, Mendocino County officials discovered that the batch in question was used at a mass vaccination event in San Diego.“The county has reviewed the lot numbers administered through our mass vaccination clinics as well as the inventory stored in our freezer. Upon further review, we are confirming that 100 doses of Mendocino County Public Health’s Moderna vaccine associated with the batch the state is concerned with were used at a vaccination event at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds on January 7th,” Mendocino County vaccine coordinator Adrienne Thompson said in a statement Monday night.According to Thompson, all 100 doses were administered at the event and comprised a separate order from the state. No adverse reactions occurred.“County staff will be contacting all 100 individuals that received a vaccine with this lot number to alert them of the recall,” Thompson said. “No other side effects have been noted from use of this vaccine.”Mendocino County’s public health officer, Dr. Andrew Coren, said events such as this are not unexpected because these are new vaccines, and it should not deter the public from getting vaccinated.“This isolated event has not increased the percentage of vaccine reactions, which continue to be about one person in 100,000,” Coren said in a statement Monday night. “Getting vaccinated continues to be the best way for all of us to help move beyond this virus and return to a normal way of life.”Jan 19, 4:17 amUS reports over 137,000 new casesThere were 137,885 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the lowest daily case count that the country has seen since Dec. 25. Monday’s tally is also far less than the country’s all-time high of 302,506 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 1,382 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Monday, down from a peak of 4,462 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the holidays followed by a potentially very large backlog.A total of 24,078,773 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 399,003 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before topping 300,000 on Jan. 2.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Our daily update is published. States reported 1.7M tests, 144k cases, 123,820 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and 2,141 deaths. pic.twitter.com/uEoLizfd7W— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) January 20, 2021 Jan 19, 12:02 pmPanel investigating global pandemic response says the worst is ‘yet to come’An independent panel backed by the World Health Organization and tasked with investigating the global pandemic response warned that “the worst of the pandemic and its impact are yet to come” in a new report released late Monday.The panel put some blame on China — where the outbreak originated — saying in January 2020, Chinese authorities could have applied public health measures “more forcefully.”The panel said the World Health Organization as well as national and local authorities could have issued more timely and stronger warnings on the potential for human-to-human transmission.The panel also said that by the end of January 2020, all countries with a likely case should have implemented public health containment measures, but claimed only a minority of countries took full advantage of the information available.The panel said its observations should be regarded as provisional because the investigations aren’t complete and the pandemic is continuing to evolve.Jan 19, 11:48 amNew record number of cases among kidsThe American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association found over 211,000 new COVID-19 cases among kids last week — the highest number since the pandemic began, according to a newly released report.About 2.5 million children have tested positive since the pandemic started. From Dec. 31 to Jan. 14, there was an 18% jump in cases among children.Severe illness due to COVID-19 remains rare among kids. Between 0.2% and 2.8% of all child COVID-19 cases have resulted in hospitalization, and children account for 0.00% to 0.17% of all COVID-19 deaths.But the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association warn that there’s an urgent need to collect more data on longer-term impacts of the pandemic on children, including ways the virus may harm their long-term physical health as well as their emotional and mental health.Jan 19, 10:35 amSeychelles reopens to all tourists who have been vaccinatedSeychelles Tourism Minister Sylvestre Radegonde has announced that the island nation is reopening its doors to all tourists, as long as they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.In addition to providing proof that they have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, visitors must also produce a negative COVID-19 test taken within the 72 hours prior to their arrival in order to be exempt from quarantining, Radegonde said at a press conference last week.From mid-March, those who wish to visit Seychelles will only need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result as the country hopes to have 70% of its population vaccinated by that point, Radegonde said.Sybille Cardon, chairperson of the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association, told the state-owned Seychelles News Agency that the new measures to reopen the country will not help the tourism industry immediately.“It is definitely not something that will help us immediately because, as you know, in Europe they want to vaccinate everyone with at least the first dose of the vaccine,” Cardon said Monday. “The second dose will not be administrated in three weeks, as previously said. It will be done in about 2 to 3 months as they want to give the first dose to the majority of people. This means that the decision taken will not have a direct impact.”Seychelles, an Indian Ocean archipelago located off the coast of East Africa with a population of just under 100,000, has reported 746 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including two deaths, according to the latest data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Jan 19, 10:07 amUK health secretary self-isolating after coming into ‘close contact’ with someone who tested positiveBritish Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Tuesday that he will be self-isolating at home for the rest of the week.Hancock said he was pinged by the U.K. National Health Service’s COVID-19 app on Monday night, alerting him that he had been in “close contact” with someone who has tested positive.“So that means I’ll be self-isolating at home, not leaving the house at all until Sunday,” Hancock said in a video statement posted on Twitter. “This self-isolation is perhaps the most important part of all the social distancing, because I know from the app that I’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and this is how we break the chains of transmission.”“So you must follow these rules, like I’m going to,” he continued. “I’ve got to work from home for the next six days and together, by doing this, by following this and all the other panoply of rules that we’ve had to put in place, we can get through this is and beat this virus.”Hancock recently came under fire by British tabloids after he was seen in a crowded park in north London on Saturday. The current lockdown restrictions in England bars people from leaving their homes except for a very limited set of exemptions, including to shop for basic necessities, outdoor exercise and to go to work if they cannot do so from home. A photograph of Hancock surfaced after British Boris Johnson had released a video urging people to “think twice” before leaving their homes this weekend. Last night I was alerted by the @NHSCOVID19app to self isolate so I’ll be staying at home & not leaving at all until Sunday. We all have a part to play in getting this virus under control. pic.twitter.com/MaN1EI7UyY— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) January 19, 2021
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By Gary L. WadeUniversity of GeorgiaMost landscapes today are overplanted. With too many plants forthe given area, each plant is less healthy, requires moremaintenance and just doesn’t look as good as it should.The really sad thing is that such landscapes cost more money thanthey should, too. If you’re planning a new landscape or shoppingfor plants to add to your landscape, proper plant spacing is agreat way to stretch your dollars.It’s hard to imagine cute little 1-gallon plants growing 10 feetwide within five years. But knowing the mature size and shape ofthe plants you want can help you avoid buying more than you need.Move over, BudWhen plants are spaced too closely in the landscape, they begincompeting for space, light, water and nutrients. Internal foliagebegins to die off. Air circulation within the plant canopy isrestricted, and the plants become stressed and more susceptibleto insect and disease problems.Close spacing reduces curb appeal, too, when plants lose theirindividuality and are sheared as huge blobs of intertwining greenfoliage.Horizontal groundcover junipers, like Shore and Blue Rug, willform layer upon layer of foliage when they are planted tooclosely.Creating choresWhen this happens, the dense inner growth begins to die out, andit becomes a haven for spider mites and twig blight diseases. Toavoid these problems, thinning the plant canopy to increase lightinfiltration and air circulation becomes an essential chore everythree to five years.Shrubs look their best when they have enough space to achievetheir full size and shape without fighting for space with theirneighbor.The label that comes on the plant often tells about the plant’smature height and width. But it doesn’t hurt to double-check formore information in a horticultural reference book or on the Web.Whoa!I recently bought several dwarf Burford hollies, for instance,and the label said they grew 12 inches to 15 inches tall andwide. Fortunately, I knew the plant grows 12 to 15 feet tall andwide. The label was misprinted. What a disaster this would havebeen if I had planted them 12 inches apart!One of the most commonly used foundation plants is dwarf Yauponholly. This plant will eventually grow 8 feet high and 8 feetwide. Ideal spacing, then, would be 8 feet apart.Hedge plants are often planted so their canopies touch,particularly if they’re to be sheared into a formal look. To dothis, take the projected mature width of the shrub and decreaseit by 2 feet. In other words, if the plants’ mature width is 12feet, space them 10 feet apart in the row to allow the canopiesto overlap slightly.Happy plantsBy spacing plants properly, you’ll likely find that you don’tneed as many plants as you thought you did. The landscape maylook a little sparsely planted at first. But it will growhealthier, require less maintenance and look better.It will stretch your landscaping dollars, too. That’s somethingyou can bank on.(Gary Wade is an Extension Horticulturist with the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)
The Panama Canal expansion project, which involves significant U.S., Chinese and Japanese investment, employs more than 40,000 people. Several regional economic and trade experts predict that revenue earned from the canal expansion turn Panama into Central America’s first “developed” country. “The expansion, by allowing post-Panamax ships to enter, will give an advantage to other countries in the Americas that will see a greater possibility of connection through Panama,” said Ricardo Sanchez of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. “The Panamanian economy will likely thrive.” More ships, more high-tech security Adibel said that Panama has “always been a transit nation.” And Latin America’s narrowest country has always been one of its most vital, providing a link between South America and North America. But with voluminous transit come large security responsibilities, Adibel said. The region surrounding Panama to the north and south is the source of much of the world’s cocaine. Southern neighbors Colombia and Venezuela, as well as Panama and all Central American nations to the north, are on the U.S. State Department’s list of the world’s 22 major drug-trafficking countries. With that in mind, the Panamanian government, the country’s security forces and the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP in Spanish) have jointly designed a high-tech security system to accompany the expansion project. Roberto Linares, the AMP’s administrator, said a digital ship registry has been designed to give Panamanian authorities access to maritime bureaus around the world. Using that registry, canal officials will be able to view the identification numbers, licenses, country of origin, cargo and travel routes of more than 9,000 international vessels. “The registry eases the process for ships passing through the canal and allows us to monitor the history and travels of all cargo and shipments that arrive at the canal,” Linares said. A central contributor to the canal’s cargo monitoring scheme is the Absolute Maritime Tracking System (AMTS), which has designed tracking systems to improve maritime security, anti-piracy countermeasures and environmental protection. The company has agents in more than 90 countries and monitor major shipping centers every day, every hour of the year. AMTS uses digital tracking and surveillance to monitor the course, speed and position of vessels. Any deviations or oddities in transport are flagged and reported to the AMP. Joint security efforts at the canal Aside from the digital monitoring systems in place, physical surveillance and canal vigilance are provided by Panama’s security forces with assistance from several other countries including the United States. Since 2003, the U.S. and Panamanian governments have held annual security meetings known as Fuerzas Aliadas PANAMAX (Allied Forces PANAMAX), which are 10-day to two week seminars centered on protecting the canal from drug trafficking, crime and terrorist threats. At the first PANAMAX demonstration exercises in 2003, only three countries participated. By 2011, more than 3,500 military personnel from 16 countries took part in live and simulated training scenarios in Panama and off U.S. coastal bases. “The security threats of drug trafficking and crime in the region are continuing to grow, and transportation methods are always evolving. Seventy percent of crimes in Central America are now directly linked to drug trafficking,” said Panamanian Vice President Juan Carlos Varela. “This reinforced focus on maritime security will help governments in the region to tackle the common threat of organized crime.” At the annual PANAMAX demonstrations, security officials are instructed on how to spot potential maritime, air, land, space and cyber threats in the vicinity of the canal. Security officers are trained how to locate and diffuse a threat, often through a board, search and seizure procedure. Varela noted that since more than 5 percent of the world’s trade passes through the Panama Canal, “it is imperative that all international security forces work together to assure safe travel of cargo.” UNODC assists with container surveillance In 2010, the United Nations joined canal security efforts, launching the Center of Excellence on Maritime Security through its UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The center focuses its efforts on shipping container surveillance to confiscate and prevent illicit and counterfeit goods from entering markets through seaports. “Better container security can raise the risks and lower the benefits to organized crime,” said Francis Maertens, deputy executive director of UNODC during a visit to the port of Balboa. He noted that less than 2 percent of the 420 million shipping containers used annually worldwide are inspected, meaning better opportunities for drug trafficking and illicit cargo. “Thanks to improved intelligence and information-sharing, in just seven months Panamanian authorities managed to confiscate 146 containers transporting drugs and counterfeit goods, with a value of over $20 million,” Maertens said in 2011. As the canal expands and more ships and cargo pass between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, increased security will be crucial to ensuring prosperity for Panama’s biggest undertaking ever. “The canal is the heart of Panama’s future and a vital part of the world’s economic circulatory system,” Adibel said. “It’s good to see that Panama and much of the region is taking the proper steps make sure the expansion is secure.” By Dialogo May 14, 2012 PANAMA CITY — The Western Hemisphere’s most vital commercial waterway is undergoing a historic makeover. The 51-mile-long Panama Canal is being widened, deepened and modernized to allow the world’s largest containerships, known as post-Panamax tankers, to pass through the inter-oceanic channel. The ambitious project, which began in 2007, will require $5.25 billion in investment and security upgrades by the time it’s completed in late 2014. “This is the most revolutionary expansion in the canal’s history,” said Rodolfo Sabonge, vice-president of research and market analysis at the Panama Canal Authority. “The expansion will affect both ends, origin and destination, because the economies of scale of using larger ships will benefit the whole supply chain. Liner services will likely decrease as the large vessels will be able to carry more than twice as many containers onboard.” Construction activities on and around the canal are proceeding at a dizzying pace. Along the flanks of the channel and near both canal mouths at the oceans, thousands of workers toil in the tropical heat — drilling, digging and dredging as Mack trucks and giant tow trucks transport concrete and building materials from one place to another. “It’s the first real project that Panama will be able to claim as its own since taking control of the canal in 1999,” said Julio Adibel, administrator of Panama Canal Authority, interviewed by Diálogo during a tour of the canal in April. Project to boost employment, standard of living For nearly a century, the Panama Canal was owned and operated by the U.S. government, which constructed the transoceanic channel from 1904 to 1918. In 2006, seven years after taking back ownership of the canal, Panamanian voters approved a referendum to expand the canal to keep pace with the growing volume of cargo passing through each year. In 2011, more than 320 million tons of cargo transited the canal, according to official figures, up from 205 million tons the year before. The newly carved expansion route will be more efficient and direct, and have almost double the amount of cargo capacity of the canal. A third set of locks — which are used to lift and lower ships as they pass through the freshwater channel — will be added. The new locks will have deeper docking areas, offer an additional lane for more ship transit, and come equipped with sliding doors to expedite the transfer process.
U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas Thrash cleared up any ambiguity this week over what types of communications are acceptable between Home Depot and the financial institutions suing the retailer over last year’s massive data breach.Thrash ordered Monday that settlement offers can only be extended if the settlement has been fully negotiated and finalized between Home Depot and MasterCard or any other card brand.The offers also must be in writing, contain adequate details of the suit, advise about class member rights and advise that the offered recovery amounts may be less than what is recoverable in litigation.The order comes on the heels of the settlement letters sent to financial institutions last month that contained incomplete information on a proposed settlement deal. The letters gave plaintiffs mere days to make a decision on whether to accept. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
The regular Assembly of the company Iločki podrumi dd was held in Ilok (April 05), as well as the session of the Supervisory Board of the company when the term of office of the current President of the Management Board, Mr. Robert Miljković, officially expired. The proposal to appoint a new five-member Management Board was unanimously adopted, and it was officially appointed on April 8, 2019 at the company’s headquarters. The company Iločki podrumi dd is the main driver of the development of the city of Ilok, the Croatian Danube region, Vukovar-Srijem County, Srijem vineyards and continental Croatia, whose path of renewal and development was difficult, but Iločki podrumi today is a brand of excellence, not only domestic but also international wine market. “So far, we have successfully dealt with many turbulences in the sector, economic opportunities and demographic outflows in the easternmost city of Croatia, but we are still not living all our potential, and Ilok cellars as a status company is now in the hands of young people boldly improve our business according to set goals”Concluded Mihaljevic. The closest team of associates was also addressed by the new President of the Management Board, Mr. Antonijo Kraljevic, noting that this decision and appointment is a great privilege. “This decision is primarily based on the results and contribution of all new members of the Management Board and their teams in the work and development of the company so far. Apart from the fact that this appointment is a confirmation of their dedicated work and results, it is important to note that all members of the new Management Board are related to the city of Ilok and the company from its share in the ownership structure.”Pointed out Juraj Mihaljević, the majority owner of the company The new Management Board is chaired by Mr. Antonijo Kraljevic, dipl. jur. The former chief oenologist, Mrs. Vera Zima, B.Sc. ing. agr. she was appointed a member Directorate of Viticulture and Enology. Mrs Darija Rotim, was appointed a member of the Sales Board, Ms. Ines Štivić for a member of the Management Board for Logistics and Procurement, and Ms. Karmela Tancabel for a member of the Management Board for Marketing and Export. Mr. was appointed as an external associate and advisor to the Management Board of the company Iločki podrumi Renato Krčmar.
Photo © Pixabay Ireland’s Dan Martin has finished sixth at the Tour de France.Martin competed the tour four minutes and 42 seconds back from Chris Froome, who won his third tour title in a row, and fourth in total.