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General view of a Dubai duty free closed shop at Dubai International Airport, as Emirates airline resumed limited outbound passenger flights amid outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dubai, UAE April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Ahmed JadallahDUBAI, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will lift an entry and transit ban on on Saturday on travellers who had recently visited South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and eight other African countries. The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) said late on Wednesday it was lifting the ban on those who had visited certain African countries in the previous 14 days, imposed due to the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterThose travelling from African countries will have to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours prior to departure and a negative rapid-PCR test at the departure airport. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterWriting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Kim CoghillOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ahmed Jadallah DUBAI, Alexander Cornwell, Kim Coghill Organizations: Dubai International Airport, Emirates, REUTERS, United, Emergency Management Authority, Omicron,, Thomson Locations: Dubai, UAE, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Republic of Congo, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda
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Blast in Greek capital damages buildings, one injured
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A police officer blocks the road after a blast in Athens, Greece, January 26, 2022. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterDebris littered the street a day after a severe snowstorm swept the capital disrupting traffic and stranding thousands of people. It was not immediately clear what triggered the blast or the fire, officials said. "We have a fire, there was a blast before that," said a fire brigade commander at the scene. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Renee Maltezou; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Clarence FernandezOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Costas Baltas ATHENS, Jan, Giorgos Mathiopoulos, Skai, Renee Maltezou, Christopher Cushing, Clarence Fernandez Organizations: REUTERS, National Centre for Emergency Care, Thomson Locations: Athens, Greece
Ethiopia's cabinet approves lifting of state of emergency
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attends his last campaign event ahead of Ethiopia's parliamentary and regional elections scheduled for June 21, in Jimma, Ethiopia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriADDIS ABABA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's cabinet on Wednesday approved the lifting of a six-month state of emergency ahead of its expiration in light of changing security conditions in the country, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office said in a statement. Ethiopia declared the state of emergency in November after forces from the northern region of Tigray said they had gained territory and were considering marching on the capital Addis Ababa. The government said last month the army was clearing the Tigrayan forces from the northern Amhara and Afar regions, dismissing Tigrayan statements that their forces were retreating voluntarily to create an "opening for peace". Over the weekend, the military said it was planning to enter the Tigray regional capital of Mekelle and "eliminate" the rebellious forces.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Jan, Abiy, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Alison Williams Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tiksa, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, Thomson Locations: Jimma, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Amhara, Afar, Mekelle
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailMaley: The mistake the Fed made was leaving emergency stimulus in place long after the emergency was overMatt Maley of Miller Tabak discusses what drove the buying during Monday's massive turnaround, and whether volatility will remain while the Fed decides when to start raising rates.
Persons: Matt Maley, Miller Tabak
The Biden administration is formally withdrawing its vaccine and testing mandate for businesses, after the Supreme Court blocked the requirements earlier this month. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Tuesday said it is pulling the rules for businesses effective Wednesday, Jan. 26. Under the defunct rules, businesses with 100 or more employees had to ensure their employees were fully vaccinated, or submitted a negative Covid test weekly to enter the workplace. OSHA on Tuesday said it will shift resources to focus on creating a permanent Covid safety standard for health-care workers. The health-care Covid safety standard required most facilities to provide personal protective equipment, install physical barriers in certain areas, clean and disinfect the workplace, and maintain proper ventilation among a number of other measures.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Joe Biden's, Marty Walsh, Dr, Gillian Schmitz Organizations: White, Occupational Safety, Health Administration, OSHA, Labor, U.S, CNBC, Johns Hopkins University, AFL, National Nurses United, Human Services, American College of Emergency Physicians Locations: Washington ,, Covid, U.S
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailFDA says some antibody treatments don't work against omicron, pulls emergency use authorizationCNBC's Meg Tirrell joins Shep Smith to report on the FDA's decision to pull antibody treatments for the omicron variant. The agency says the drugs are not effective against the variant.
Persons: Meg Tirrell, Shep Smith Organizations: FDA, omicron
Snow halts flights at Istanbul Airport, shuts roads
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ISTANBUL, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Turkish authorities temporarily halted all flights at Istanbul Airport on Monday due to heavy snowfall in the city, which was blanketed in white, while winter weather snarled transportation across the country. The heavy snowfall halted some of Istanbul's ferry services, shut some roads and caused visibility problems for drivers. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterMany parts of Turkey have been hit with heavy snowfall since last week, which coincided with a winter break at most schools. Turkey's flag-carrier Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) said it had cancelled all flights from Istanbul Airport until Tuesday 0100 GMT to ensure "travel safety and for our passengers" and to prevent them from being stranded at airports. The snow was expected to raise water levels in dams to some 70% as it continued in coming days, he said.
Persons: Jan, Ali Yerlikaya, Ekrem Imamoglu, Imamoglu, Nevzat Devranoglu, Ali Kucukgocmen, Ezgi, Daren Butler, Jonathan Spicer, Jane Merriman Organizations: Turkish, Istanbul Airport, Nationwide, Emergency Authority, Turkish Airlines, Twitter, Vehicles, Istanbul's, Istanbul, Reuters, Thomson Locations: ISTANBUL, Istanbul, Turkey, Turkey's
Beijing in 'full emergency mode' in zero-covid fight
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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBeijing in 'full emergency mode' in zero-covid fightEunice Yoon reports how Beijing has responded to the increased Covid cases as the city ramps up for Lunar New Year and Winter Olympics.
Persons: Eunice Yoon Organizations: Beijing Locations: Beijing
On the contrary, globally, the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge. To change the course of the pandemic, we must change the conditions that are driving it. All time Last 90 days AfricaAsia-PacificEuropeLatin AmericaMiddle EastU.S. and Canada 100 cases 200 cases per 100,000 Feb. 2020 Mar. Given how the virus has offered new surprises and challenges Dr. Kluge also offered a mix of caution and optimism. “This pandemic, like all other pandemics before it, will end, but it is far too early to relax,” Dr. Kluge said.
Persons: Miguel Medina, Hans Kluge, Fabrice Coffrini, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, , Karl Lauterbach, Jan, Anthony S, Fauci, Biden’s, Kluge, ” Dr, , Dr Organizations: Agence France, World Health, “ Omicron, Health, Middle, Middle East U.S, for Systems Science, Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Bank, U.S, Census, U.S . Department of Health, Human Services, European Center for Disease Prevention Locations: Cremona, Italy, Europe, Central Europe, Asia, South Africa, Britain, Israel, Africa Asia, Pacific Europe, Middle East, Canada, United States, Midwest, Mississippi, U.S
Beijing enters 'emergency mode' ahead of Olympics
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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBeijing enters 'emergency mode' ahead of OlympicsCNBC's Eunice Yoon joins Shep Smith to report on Beijing's Olympic preparations as the country steps up Covid testing ahead of the games.
Persons: Eunice Yoon, Shep Smith Organizations: Beijing
Desperate Afghans are struggling to withdraw cash as the economy crumbles under the Taliban. The founder of a coding school for Afghan women told Insider that her students' families were going hungry. The situation is particularly "horrifying" for the nation's women, Forough said, many of whom have been forced out of jobs and into poverty. Once some of the money did eventually go through, often, her students were unable to withdraw cash at local banks. Forough said that donating cryptocurrencies holds many advantages for the women in Afghanistan, including a reduced risk in the money being confiscated.
Persons: Fereshteh, Fereshteh Forough, Forough, rocketing, Petros Giannakouris, Binance, cryptocurrencies Organizations: Service, Western Union, JPMorganChase, World Food Programme, AP Bank Locations: New Hampshire, Herat, Afghanistan, Kabul, bank's
The family of Austin McEwan, who died in an Amazon warehouse collapse, is suing the company. Lawyer, Jack Casciato, alleges that the Amazon warehouse was not securely attached to the ground. The lawyer representing the bereaved family of Austin McEwen, 26, who died in an Illinois warehouse collapse, alleges that the warehouse was not sufficiently attached to the ground. He added that the employees were not run through tornado safety drills, making the warehouse collapse a "chaotic scene." Casciato added that Amazon attempted to offer the McEwen family money immediately after their son's death.
Persons: Austin McEwan, Jack Casciato, Jeff Bezos, Austin McEwen, McEwen, Casciato, Tim Vizer, , Alice, Randy McEwen —, Austin McEwen —, Austin McEwen's, Austin's, Alice McEwen, Kelly Nantel, Sen, Elizabeth Warren, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Andy Jassy Organizations: Lawyer, Service, Chicago's, Amazon, Madison, Court, FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Administration, Getty, Edwardsville, Rep Locations: Illinois, Chicago's Clifford, Edwardsville, Madison County, , Edwardsville , Illinois, AFP, Alexandria
A New Zealand navy ship carrying 250,000 liters of water arrived in Tonga on Friday, bringing lifesaving supplies for the South Pacific archipelago six days after it was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami that polluted its water sources. New Zealand’s High Commission said that the HMNZS Aotearoa had arrived in the capital, Nuku’alofa. As well as water supplies it was carrying desalination equipment that can produce 70,000 liters a day. “Trucks from National Emergency Management Office have begun collecting and delivering water supplies from Aotearoa,” the High Commission said on its Facebook page. Three people have been reported killed, authorities said.
Persons: Organizations: New Zealand, Pacific, Zealand’s, Commission, National Emergency Management Office, High, NBC Locations: Tonga, Nuku’alofa, Aotearoa
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gestures as he attends a news conference at the end of his visit to Lebanon, in Beirut, Lebanon December 21, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed AzakirUNITED NATIONS, Jan 21 (Reuters) - U.N. chief Antonio Guterres, lamenting a failure of global governance, urged the world to go into emergency mode to tackle COVID-19, the climate crisis and global finance reform, put humanity at the center of technology and bring peace. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register"All these challenges are, at heart, failures of global governance," he said. "From global health to digital technology, many of today's multilateral frameworks are outdated and no longer fit for purpose." "Technology shouldn't use us, we should use technology," Guterres said, calling on governments, the private sector and civil society to come together to agree key principles underpinning global digital cooperation.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Mohamed Azakir, COVID, Guterres, Michelle Nichols, Howard Goller Organizations: United Nations, REUTERS, Mohamed Azakir UNITED NATIONS, Assembly, Thomson Locations: Lebanon, Beirut
In the wake of a deadly standoff at a Texas synagogue, the Torah’s requirement that Jews must open their doors to those in need has run headlong into the need to protect a sacred space from dangerous intruders. And at synagogues across the country, rabbis and other leaders told NBC News they have been wrestling with that ethical dilemma. But even with all that new security, Akram was able to get inside the synagogue by spinning a convincing story. "No matter how good the security is, this kind of thing can still happen," Cytron-Walker said. Ed Feinstein, the senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, said he can relate.
Persons: , Benny Rogosnitzky, we’re, Charlie Cytron, Walker, Beth Israel, , ” Rogosnitzky, they’ve, ” Joel Mosbacher, Temple Shaaray, supremacists, Peter Berg, Berg, ” Berg, Christopher Wray, Malik Faisal Akram, Wray, Akram, Aafia Siddiqui, Ed Feinstein, We’ve Organizations: NBC News, Beth, Defamation League, FBI, Nonprofit Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, Valley Beth Locations: Texas, New York City, Fort Worth, British, Temple, Atlanta, America, Afghanistan, Colleyville , Texas, Valley, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino , California
As Covid-19 cases surge across the nation, Republican and Democratic governors alike are issuing new or reinstated emergency health orders in an effort to slow the spread of the omicron variant and alleviate the strain on hospitals. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said the state had to "commit every resource available to beating back the wave" when he renewed his public health emergency and state of emergency declarations last week. "This is what this does not mean: It does not mean any new universal mandates or passports," he said in a press briefing. Larry Hogan issued a 30-day state of emergency for Maryland, to assist local and state health officials in their response to the pandemic. Gavin Newsom, in November, extended California's Covid emergency orders through March and is weighing more stringent vaccine and testing requirements for private companies.
Persons: Phil Murphy, Murphy, Larry Hogan, Ralph Northam, Laura Kelly, Gavin Newsom, Muriel E, Bowser, Jared Polis, Ramnik Dhaliwal, Colorado ACEP Organizations: Republican, Democratic, . New, . New Jersey Gov, Republican Gov, Virginia Gov, Kansas Gov, Columbia, Johns Hopkins University, Health, Human Services, Colorado Gov, American College of Emergency Physicians, CNBC Locations: Maryland , Virginia , New Jersey , Kansas, California, ., . New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, District, U.S, Colorado
LIMA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Castillo declared an environmental emergency on Thursday as clean-up teams struggled to contain a huge oil spill at the country's biggest refinery, after rogue waves rocked a ship unloading crude there. "We are at a critical moment in environmental matters," said Castillo, before signing the emergency decree on one of the beaches hit by the spill. "This is the most worrying ecological disaster on the Peruvian coast in recent times." REUTERS/Angela Ponce Read MoreUnlike other Pacific countries, Peruvian authorities warned of unusual waves only after the eruption. Environment Minister Ruben Ramirez has said that some 6,000 barrels of oil were spilled in the incident, which has left oil on 21 beaches.
Persons: LIMA, Jan, Pedro Castillo, Castillo, Angela Ponce Read, Ruben Ramirez, Repsol, Marco Aquino, Carolina Pulice, Alexandra Hudson Organizations: La, Peruvian Navy, REUTERS, Peru's Agency, Environmental, Alexandra Hudson Our, Thomson Locations: Peruvian, Tonga, La Pampilla, Lima, Ventanilla, Peru
Some 56% of Americans are unable to cover an unexpected $1,000 bill with savings, according to a telephone survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted in early January by Bankrate. Most Americans are still struggling to build solid savings accounts nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic. Barriers to savingTo be sure, the 44% of Americans who could cover a $1,000 emergency expense from their savings is the highest percentage in eight years, according to Bankrate. In addition, some adults fare better than others in building and keeping solid emergency savings. Nearly 60% of those with college degrees could cover a $1,000 expense, as could more than half of people who make $50,000 a year or more.
Persons: Greg McBride, workweek, Tania Brown, Brown Organizations: Bankrate, U.S . Bureau of Labor Statistics, Locations: Invest, U.S, Lawrenceville , Georgia
U.S. EPA fines Hawaii oil refinery for Clean Air Act violations
  + stars: | 2022-01-19 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., U.S. REUTERS/Andrew KellyCompanies Par Pacific Holdings Inc See all The company and law firm names shown above are generated automatically based on the text of the article. Jan 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday announced a penalty of $176,899 on Par Pacific Holdings for violations of the Clean Air Act at its 93,500 barrel-per-day oil refinery in Kapolei, Hawaii. Apart from the fine, the refinery would "implement changes to improve safety and reduce the risk of accidental chemical releases" as part of a settlement reached with the company over Clean Air Act and Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act violations at the plant, the EPA said. The company must certify that all the requisite measures have been completed by December 2023, it added. During inspections in March 2016, the EPA found violations including process safety information errors, such as inaccurate piping and machine diagrams, unclear operating information and mechanical integrity failures.
Persons: Andrew Kelly, Arpan Varghese, David Gregorio Our Organizations: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, Andrew Kelly Companies Par Pacific Holdings Inc, Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, Par Pacific Holdings, Clean, Act, Emergency, Thomson Locations: Washington ,, U.S, Kapolei, Hawaii, Bengaluru
A South Korean F-35A fighter jet recently made an emergency belly landing after a bird strike, officials said Friday. The stealth fighter jet crash-landed on the runway at an air force base in Seosan during a training flight on January 4. A belly landing, also known as a gear-up landing, carries tremendous risk for the pilot. Information on the bird strike came from an initial joint investigation into the incident by the US and South Korea. The Air Force Safety Center at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico told the defense outlet that the Air Force had lost 13 aircraft and recorded 27 deaths because of bird strikes since 1995.
Persons: Alxey Pnferov Organizations: Service, South Korean Air Force, Yonhap News Agency, Korean Air Force, US, US Air Force, Military Times, The Air Force Safety, Kirtland Air Force Base, Air Force, Officials Locations: South Korea, Seosan, Alxey, New Mexico, Korean
"I did not know the FBI director was going to join us until he appeared on the screen," Diament, who is his group's executive director of public policy, told NBC News. "And he offered some practical steps for increasing security that rabbis and synagogue leaders can take immediately, like getting to know the head of the local FBI field office." SWAT team members deploy near the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on Jan. 15, 2022. Jewish organizations have called on the U.S. government to quadruple federal funding from $90 million to $360 million to secure synagogues and other places of worship from hate crimes. The United Jewish Appeal and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York were expected to host a second meeting with Jewish leaders about synagogue security later Tuesday.
Persons: Merrick Garland, Alejandro Mayorkas, , Nathan Diament, Garland, Mayorkas, Christopher Wray, Paul Abbate, Diament, Beth Israel, Andy Jacobshon, it's, Malik Faisal Akram, Charlie Cytron, Walker, Akram, Aafia Siddiqui, Rabbi Charlie Cytron, Rabbi Charlie Cytron Walker, “ Colleyville, Omar Suleiman, Cytron, , there’s, Charlie, Suleiman, Joe Organizations: Homeland, of Orthodox, of America, Conference, Major, Jewish, FBI, Orthodox Union, NBC, Getty, Nonprofit Security, Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Beth, FEMA, United, United Jewish Appeal, Jewish Community Relations, New Locations: Texas, Colleyville , Texas, AFP, United States, Fort Worth , Texas, U.S, Afghanistan, New York
Covid-19 will never be eradicated, but society has a chance to end the public health emergency in 2022, a senior WHO official has said. "We won't end the virus this year, we won't ever end the virus — what we can end is the public health emergency," he told a panel via videoconference. "Yes, we have a chance to end the public health emergency this year," he said, noting that this could only be done by addressing longstanding inequities in various areas of society, such as fair access to vaccines and health care. "It won't end if we don't [address these issues], this tragedy will continue," he added. That's the end of the emergency in my view, that's the end of the pandemic."
Persons: Mike Ryan, Michael Ryan, Ryan, Covid Organizations: WHO Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Covid, Davos
Fake testing sites put consumers at risk for identity theft, inaccurate or missing test results, and financial losses if they're charged for the tests, which are typically free to consumers. She said consumers should contact Attorney General Kwame Raoul's office if they are concerned about fraud or criminal activity at testing sites. In some places, testing sites run by the same company were clustered within easy walking distance of one another. As demand for Covid-19 testing grows, even legitimate test operators may not meet their commitments. LabQ was one of several Covid-19 test companies that received the warnings in late December and early January.
Persons: Gigi Gronvall, they're, Eve Bloomgarden, Bloomgarden, Melaney Arnold, Kwame Raoul's, James Garrow, Garrow, Denis Nash, Nash, Andy Owen, Brian Frosh, hasn't, Aleithea Warmack, Kristine Grow, Scott Becker, Becker, They're, Joe, Theo Servedio, Dr, Sanjay Gupta, Servedio, Letitia James, LabQ Organizations: CNN, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Security, Illinois, Illinois Department of Public Health, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, FEMA, Crestview Clinical, City University of New, Columbia University, New, Maryland Department of Health, Medicare, Medicaid Services, Association of Public Health Laboratories, CNN Health, New York Locations: York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Manhattan, Crestview, Los Angeles, Wilshire, City University of New York, New York, New York City, Bronx, Maryland, Covid, U.S, Montgomery County , Maryland, LabQ
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailColorado doctors fear hospitals may reach 'breaking point' as omicron variant rages onThe Colorado American College of Emergency Physicians have written a letter to Colorado governor, Jared Polis, that says hospitals will near a breaking point if more work isn't done to combat nursing shortages.
Persons: Jared Polis Organizations: Colorado American College of Emergency Physicians Locations: Colorado
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