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In virus-hit China, coat maker adapts to make hazmat suits

first_imgThe contagion has killed more than 2,800 people and infected some 79,000 in China, sparking global fears and a run on supplies.Wenzhou is one the hardest-hit areas, with 504 cases and one death as of Friday, compared with 337 infections in far larger Shanghai.Along with other cities in Zhejiang province, Wenzhou adopted harsh restrictions on residents’ movements on February 2. Ugly Duck was asked by local authorities to do its part.”As soon as we received this mission, we reorganized our production line within 60 hours,” company president Pan Yue told AFP. Topics : The suits are sold to the government at cost and intended for local epidemic-control efforts.But with the virus now hitting other countries, the company plans to continue hazmat suit production even after normal operations resume as expected in the coming weeks.”We are considering export to Italy or wherever they are needed,” Pan said. “We want to contribute to society and to the world.” Hazmat-clad workers Major production areas in the five-story concrete factory are ghostly quiet expanses of idle sewing machines — testament to the paralysis inflicted on Chinese manufacturing.But in one workshop nearly the size of a football pitch, the bright-white polypropylene material is first cut into basic shapes, then stitched together in stages, and finally folded and packaged on an assembly line by workers who are also clad in the head-to-toe suits to prevent contamination.Each worker has a bottle of hand sanitizer at their work table.Underlining China’s enduring ability to foster mass, collective efforts, companies across China — from iPhone maker Foxconn to car manufacturer BYD — have pitched in after news that doctors in front-line epidemic areas were treating patients without proper masks or suits, or were forced to reuse single-use equipment.Wenzhou, with around three million people in its main urban core, is famed for its commercial prowess.A trade entrepot for centuries, it was an early pioneer in China’s manufacturing-led economic transformation beginning in the 1970s and today produces a large portion of the world’s eyeglasses and shoes.But the city remains subdued, its factories hobbled.Much of Ugly Duck’s roughly 300-strong labor force are migrants from less-developed provinces like Yunnan and Guizhou in China’s southwest.Only half of the workers have managed to navigate travel restrictions and reduced rail and bus traffic.”The outbreak has impacted the company because [production] has been delayed for a month,” said Pan.”But we will do everything to recoup the losses.” The coronavirus outbreak in China is preventing clothing manufacturer Ugly Duck Industry from resuming its normal production of winter coats, so it has pivoted to another in-demand product: hazmat suits.The company in the eastern China export hub of Wenzhou hastily repurposed its assembly line, putting the few dozen workers it could muster to produce thousands of single-use protective suits daily.Ugly Duck — referring to the proverbial duckling that becomes a swan — is among countless Chinese manufacturers heeding calls to address desperate shortages of face masks, medical equipment, and other supplies to fight the new coronavirus.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Scholarship Proposal Will Help College Students Learn and Stay in Pennsylvania

first_img Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Governor Tom Wolf today visited Riverside Junior/Senior High School in Taylor, Lackawanna County to meet with students and parents concerned about the rising costs of higher education. The governor discussed his historic scholarship proposal to help thousands of lower- and middle-class students attend one of the 14 universities in the state system.Unveiled during his budget address Tuesday, the $204 million Nellie Bly Scholarship Program would close the gap after a student’s Pell Grant and other state grants to enroll in a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) university, allowing more students to graduate on time with less student loan debt.“The student debt crisis is a burden on young people and their families that can last for years and holds them back from buying cars and homes and saving for retirement,” said Governor Wolf. “The Nellie Bly Scholarship is an investment in young people so they can get an affordable world-class education at a PASSHE university and provides an incentive to stay in Pennsylvania and build rewarding lives here.”To be eligible, students must enroll full-time in a PASSHE undergraduate program and qualify for a federal subsidized student loan. Students must commit to live in Pennsylvania after graduation for the same number of years they received the scholarship. If a student leaves the state early, they must repay the money. The program will be funded by repurposing revenues from the Horse Racing Development Fund annually.“Pennsylvania must be a place where students can pursue their dream of a college degree,” said Governor Wolf. “The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program will help thousands of students to go to college, get a degree and start a career in Pennsylvania. It’s also the perfect next step to strengthen our workforce after expanding apprenticeships and hands-on job training for those who don’t want to go to college.”The scholarship is named in honor of Nellie Bly, an Armstrong County native born in 1864. Bly attended the Indiana Normal School, now the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but left due to the cost. Bly became a pioneering journalist who helped to force reforms to the mental health care system in the early 20th century.Nearly a century later, higher education remains too expensive for many low-income and middle-class families. The student loan debt for Pennsylvania residents is $68 billion, among the highest in the nation, averaging over $37,000 per student.In addition to the $204 million for the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, the governor’s budget invests in higher education with $12.9 million to support PASSHE’s System Redesign and a $60 million increase for the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, which serves more than 130,000 students and will increase the maximum award to $4,700.The governor’s budget also provides a $435 million increase for pre-k to 12 education, including $100 million more for public schools using the fair funding formula, $25 million more for special education and $30 million more for high-quality early childhood education. The budget also saves school districts $280 million through comprehensive Charter School Law reform.Later today, the governor will visit Springfield High School in Delaware County to talk with students and parents in the suburban Philadelphia community about college affordability and his scholarship proposal. February 06, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Gov. Wolf: Scholarship Proposal Will Help College Students Learn and Stay in Pennsylvanialast_img read more

​Danish pension funds appeal against regulator’s switching block

first_imgAverage-rate or with-profits pension products — with or without yield guarantees — used to be the norm in Denmark until recent years. They involve the provider smooting investment returns on an individual’s savings from year to year, and carry high capital requirements. Most funds have switched, or are switching, most savers to market-rate or unit-linked products, in which an individual bears financial market risk directly. Two Danish pension funds run by Sampension have lodged an appeal against the decision made by the Danish FSA (Finanstilsynet) to ban them from switching their customers from average-rate to market-rate pensions schemes without getting individual consent.A spokeswoman for Sampension confirmed to IPE that the pension fund for architects, AP (Arkitekternes Pensionskasse) and the pension fund for agricultural academics and vets, PJD (Pensionskassen for Jordbrugsakademikere & Dyrlæger) had appealed the watchdog’s decision just before Easter.The appeal was made to the commercial appeals board after the financial regulator’s ruling last month that they could not switch all pensions to a market-rate basis from a conditionally-guaranteed average-rate set-up.The boards of the two funds hold the view that the decision should be made at their respective annual general meetings in the form of a collective vote. But the FSA ruled at the end of March that such a collective change in customers’ pension products would be violating good practice if the funds failed to obtain individuals’ consent.last_img read more

Families show interest in developments near best schools

first_imgRobina’s master-planned residential community, the $170 million Vue Terrace Homes, is located at the heart of Robina’s education and transport hub, making it an ideal location for students and families. Photos: SuppliedA rapid population boom across the southeast is seeing parents flock to areas where developments are being built in sought-after school catchment areas.Across Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast local schools are starting to expand their education offerings – including world-class facilities – to cater to a surge in enrolment demands.Bellbird Park State Secondary College (BPSSC), a new education facility at Brentwood Forest in Bellbird Park – one of the top 10 fastest-growing suburbs in southeast Queensland – is one example, opening two new buildings and welcoming a Year 9 cohort to its ranks for the first time this year.Bellbird Park State Secondary College principal Michael West said this year – its third year open – the school was expecting more than 300 new students.BPSSC is located within AVID Property Group’s Brentwood Forest masterplanned community, where a large contingent of families moving to the area has contributed to the peak in enrolments at the school.AVID Property Group general manager Bruce Harper said building a community was more than just building new homes and the school is an integral piece of the community’s masterplan.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoHowever some sought-after schools are at such capacity, they are reportedly discouraging families from buying in the catchments. In-demand schools such as Mansfield State High, Indooroopilly State High, Ironside State School, Mount Gravatt State High and Graceville State School are currently under Education Queensland catchment management plans — which is introduced when a school nears its capacity. Meanwhile at the Gold Coast, Robina is known for its close proximity to some of the most well respected schools and universities in the city – and in some cases, the country.Robina Group development manager Darrell Irwin said their latest masterplanned residential community, the $170 million Vue Terrace Homes, was at the heart of Robina’s education and transport hub, making it an ideal location for students and families.“One of Australia’s leading and most prestigious private universities, Bond University, is a seven-minute drive or bus trip from Vue Terrace Homes, and Bond’s Institute of Health and Sport is located right across the road from Vue,” Mr Irwin said.“All Saints Anglican School and Somerset College are two of the Gold Coast’s most elite and top-performing private schools, and they are both less than 10 minutes away by car.“Vue Terrace Homes is a short walk or bike ride to Robina State High School, and a five-minute drive to Robina State School, so residents are also inside the catchment areas of two fantastic local public schools.”last_img read more

New Czech Republic Ambassador for Dominica

first_img 13 Views   no discussions Share Share Share Ambassador Edita Hrda presenting her credentials to President LiverpoolH.E Edita Hrda is the new ambassador of the Czech Republic to Dominica.The diplomat presented her letters of credence to Dominica’s Head of State H.E Dr. Nicholas J. O. Liverpool on Wednesday.“The Czech Republic has long standing relations with Caribbean countries. Dominica is a very important player in the international organization. I can attest to that because I am cooperating closely with Caribbean Ambassadors especially with Dominica’s Ambassador in United Nations as I am a permanent representative there.”The new Ambassador stated that the Czech Republic is also a member of the European Union. She says, “This means we participate in all matters relating to the Caribbean. “President of Dominica H.E. Dr Nicholas Liverpool is looking forward to improved relations between Dominica and the Czech Republic.“Since the formalizing of relations between our countries in 1996, the ties have been cordial though limited in scope. It is my sincere hope that your appointment as Ambassador will usher in and activate a new spirit of bilateral cooperation between our two countries.”The President affirmed that Dominica intends to explore avenues of increased cooperation that are traditionally provided by the Czech Republic.He says, “Together we can work towards establishing and maintaining our trade and investment opportunities and cooperate effectively to deepen our economic and social ties.”The President then commended the Government of the Czech Republic for supporting the Millennium Development Goals which are geared at eradicating extreme poverty, its causes and consequences.He stated that, Dominica’s cooperation with the Czech Republic in the international arena can be counted upon.“We look forward to providing continued support for the candidacy of the Czech Republic on various international bodies in appropriate circumstances.”Government Information Servicecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews New Czech Republic Ambassador for Dominica by: – June 15, 2012last_img read more

Drug suspect falls in Bago buy-bust

first_imgThree sachets of suspected shabuvalued around P1,500 were seized from 25-year-old Sharon Mae Magallanes ofBarangay 2, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Police arrested a womanin a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sampinit, Bago City, NegrosOccidental.   Aside from suspected shabu, P322 cashand a cellphone were also recovered from her, police said. Magallanes was nabbed after she soldsuspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer around 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 25,the report added. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Bago City police station, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

U Conn Women’s Basketball

first_imgThis past week the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Team under the direction of Geno Auriemma won their 10th national championship.  This ties him with John Wooden, UCLA, and Phil Jackson, LA Lakers, for national championships.  This was their 3rd straight national championship, and their team has 4 starters back for next year.  Don’t look for any drop in basketball dominance.Geno came to Pennsylvania from Italy and became a naturalized citizen when he was 40 years old in 1994.  During his tenure as a basketball coach, he has 918 wins and only 134 losses.  Between 1995 and 2015 his teams have won 19 Big East Championships and 18 Big East Tournament Championships.  I would believe that if an opening comes up for another school in the Big East it would be difficult to recruit a coach who would enjoy competing against the U Conn women.last_img read more

Thornton tops third straight Winter Challenge Series feature

first_imgPEORIA, Ariz. (Jan. 30) – The folks at Bank of America in his hometown of Chandler have seen a lot of Ricky Thornton Jr. lately.Thornton deposited the $1,000 proceeds from his third straight Winter Challenge Series victory after a back-and-forth IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified battle with Tim Ward Thursday night at Canyon Speedway Park. “I’ve been fortunate once to win nine in a row but never against the caliber of drivers I’m racing against now,” said Thornton, who kept the same setup that helped him to Jan. 25 and 26 victories.From the sixth starting spot, Thornton made a move to the bottom groove in the second set of turns and was up to third by the time the first of 25 circuits was scored. He caught Jason Noll for second a couple laps later and set his sights on Ward. Two cautions interrupted their run at the front, the second of which negated Ward’s pass for the lead.Thornton went higher on the oval after that close call and while Ward threatened he was never able to catch Thornton again. Noll, Jesse Sobbing and Chris Olexiewicz completed the top five. Ward’s runner-up finish put him in the top spot of the series point standings. Canyon’s Winter Challenge Series resumes with $1,000 to win features for the Modifieds on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The series then heads to Cocopah Speedway for Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15 events.Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Tim Ward; 3. Jason Noll; 4. Jesse Sobbing; 5. Chris Olexiewicz; 6. Larry Hood; 7. Mike Jergens; 8. Ryan Roath; 9. Mark Stewart; 10. Stacey Mills; 11. Riley Simmons; 12. Chad Andersen; 13. Chaz Baca Jr.; 14. Jeremy Mills; 15. Scott Eaton; 16. Nate Warren; 17. Jesse Williamson; 18. Jason Schoenberger; 19. Tommy Fain; 20. Cody Miller; 21. Brian Schultz; 22. Jason Briese; 23. Donald Robinson.last_img read more

West Florida Remains Unbeaten in the GSC

first_imgWest Florida Remains Unbeaten in the GSC Oct. 12, 2007 Box Score  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – West Florida (9-2-0, 4-0-0 GSC) remained undefeated in the Gulf South Conference as they improved their shut out streak to three straight games, the Argonauts second longest of the season, following the 4-0 victory over Alabama-Huntsville Friday afternoon at Chargers Field.The Argonauts started the scoring early in the match with their first goal in the third minute of action. Kaley Morris knocked in a corner kick taken by Brandi Adams, which was flicked on by Anastasia Prescott. It was Morris first goal of the season.In the 31st minute of the match, West Florida struck again. Dernelle Mascall used her head to flick the ball to Jodi Galucci inside the box, for her seventh goal of the season.Just before the half Kristin Rhodes added her second goal of the season when she hooked in a corner kick that beat the keeper far post, giving West Florida a 3-0 lead at the break.The Argonauts dominated the first half action out shooting the Charges 7-3, but in the second half the game even out as both team were able to fire five shot a piece. However, it was West Florida that found the back of the net at 60:40 mark of the match, when Alison Riley tucked away West Florida’s third goal on a corner kick. Riley was the 14th different Argonauts to score a goal this season.It was the sixth straight match that West Florida held the opposing team to under ten shots. For the season the Argonauts have out shot their opponents 169-77, and out scored their opponents 34-6. If West Florida can hold their final five opponents to three goals or less they will set school record for fewest goals allowed in the season, 9, set in 2006.Courtney Jones picked up her ninth shutout of the season and 20th of her career in the West Florida triumph. She hadWest Florida next fixture is against Delta State on Sunday with kickoff scheduled for 3:00 p.m. The Argonauts have never lost to the Lady Statesmen and “Live Stats” will be available for the match. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more