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Drones in Jordan
Jordan said it is to use drones and surveillance cameras to monitor compliance with a nationwide curfew imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Jordan has declared five dead and 323 cases.
Jordan says it has arrested at least 1,600 people for violating the curfew, which imposes heavy penalties and has been in force since last month.
It has sealed off the capital and all the country’s provinces, suspended flights in and out of Jordan, closed schools and banned all public gatherings.
Australia sends cruise ships on their way
The largest maritime operation ever undertaken in Sydney Harbour was completed on Sunday with the successful restocking and refuelling of five cruise ships, Australian police said.
Cruise ship guests have so far accounted for almost 10 percent of Australia’s more than 5,500 infections.
Pakistan hunts worshippers
Pakistani authorities are searching for tens of thousands of worshippers who attended an Islamic gathering in Lahore last month amid fears they could be spreading COVID-19 across the country.
At least 154 attendees have tested positive following the Tablighi Jamaat event, which attracted 100,000 people and took place despite government requests to cancel in light of the worsening pandemic.
Drive-by blessings in the Philippines
Priests delivered blessings from the back of trucks and motorised tricycles in the Philippines on Sunday, adapting the deeply Catholic nation’s traditions to the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
Cash injection in Bangladesh
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced a set of stimulus packages worth $8.5 billion to help the country’s economy ride out the damage inflicted by the pandemic. In a speech broadcast live from her office in Dhaka, Hasina said the money would be mostly provided as low-interest loans to hard-hit manufacturers and small and medium-sized enterprises.
South Korea threatens deportation
Authorities said Sunday that anyone arriving in South Korea who violates quarantine measures — including the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period or by giving a false testimony — will face up to one year in prison or a 10 million won ($8,090) fine.
Foreigners who fail to comply can be immediately deported or banned from re-entering the country, authorities said.
Spain sees drop
Spain saw its third consecutive daily decline in the number of people dying from the coronavirus pandemic as the country recorded another 674 deaths on Sunda, official figures showed.
The health ministry said the number, the lowest in 10 days, brought total deaths to 12,418 since the pandemic hit Spain. The number of infections rose 4.8 percent to 130,759.
We don’t need no social distance: US police bust Pink Floyd ‘corona party’
Partygoers at a Pink Floyd tribute night have been scolded for shouting abuse at New Jersey police after defying social distancing rules brought in to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Around 30 people gathered to watch an acoustic rendition of the British rock band’s greatest hits on the front lawn of a home in Rumson, a seaside community south of New York City, that was also broadcast live over social media.
The reported incidents of unlawful acts by members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) since its deployment in support of the police to deal with Covid-19 are regrettable, said Thabang Makwetla, the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, on Sunday.
“They have easily detracted the observer from the overwhelmingly vital role played by the military in the fight against the coronavirus and the enormous value of this deployment to the country. The commander-in-chief, [President Cyril Ramaphosa] ordered the troops to ‘go to our people and give them hope’ because this is a grim moment indeed,” Makwetla said.
On 26 March, Ramaphosa ordered that a 21-day lockdown be implemented until 16 April. As part of these measures, the SANDF was deployed to assist police in ensuring residents stay indoors, except to buy food and medication or to get medical attention.
News24 reported that concerns had been raised about the conduct of the police and the SANDF following claims of abuse, heavy-handed policing and the use of excessive force.
“Maybe I should also say that I am here not referring to the creative ways some of the soldiers devised to remove from the streets the delinquent residents who were wilfully undermining the lockdown regulations. Many of them are unemployed and unlikely to have the money to pay the fines for their transgressions, thereby further contributing to the clogging of our already overcrowded correctional centres across the country,” Makwetla said.
Law enforcement but one element of SANDF’s role
“The law enforcement role of the SANDF alongside the police in the fight against the coronavirus pestilence is but one element of a much bigger and elaborate campaign. In the broader scheme of things, I believe disaster management and the efficiency of government in responding to crisis moments will be spoken of in terms of before Covid-19 and post-Covid-19 practices, not only in South Africa but the world over going forward. Intrinsically linked to this dialogue, necessarily will be a need for a re-look in perspective of the resourcing of South Africa’s defence function overall.”
Makwetla said Ramaphosa’s order to deploy the SANDF “could not have come at a more difficult moment”.
“The financial woes of the defence department, and the consequences thereof, are common knowledge, not only to those with interest in military organisations but to all and sundry, industry workers and soldiers alike.”
She said the SANDF consisted of four arms-of-service: the Army (landward force), the Air Force, the Navy and the South African Military Health Services (SAMHS – the medical wing of the SANDF).
“In this emergency, all the arms of service of the SANDF are, without exception, deployed, and others are on standby.
“Starting with the Army: more than three battalions of troops are on the ground covering all nine provinces, enforcing the regulations and ensuring the restriction of movement in communities. The Army deployment has also included the tightening of border security to limit cross-boundary movement. Over and above these activities, the Army is also deploying other assets such as the water purification and bottling system to alleviate water shortages at different places,” Makwetla said.
She said the Air Force was deployed to expedite “quick reaction force”, and any other air-freight emergencies in support of medical services.
Makwetla went on to explain that the Navy has placed on standby an Offshore Patrol Vessel capability for humanitarian aid in Simon’s Town and Durban.
“It has also provided a standby logistics support capability between our sea-ports.
“SAMHS is providing operational medical support to the Department of Health in the form of different categories of health workers, as it has done in the management of the Polokwane quarantine facility, where the students from Wuhan, China, were placed under observation. It is also responsible for the disinfection and decontamination of facilities and mobile platforms which will be exposed to possible viral contamination.”
Efforts overshadowed by ‘skop-skiet-donner’ condemnation
She said the Logistics Division is tasked to prepare military units to be utilised as isolation and quarantine sites.
“The enormous resources deployed by the military, both men and material, in defence of ‘the life of the nation’, are unfortunately overshadowed by the ‘skop-skiet-en-donner’ condemnation of the indiscretions of a few troopers on the ground.”
The deputy minister said the mission to Wuhan by members of the SANDF was not the first time or the only time it has sprung into action to save lives in such desperate moments.
“As a people, we are fortunate not to inhabit a country which is prone to natural disasters. Our country does not lie along the earth’s fault-lines of earthquakes, etc. However, we have recently witnessed an increased frequency of extreme climatic conditions; of cyclones in our neighbouring countries, and tornadoes, veld fires and flooding in parts of our country. Extreme drought conditions have lately occurred in unusual regions of the country. There is growing anxiety that this pattern of things is likely to increase on account of the effects of global warming.
‘Justifiably ill-prepared for disaster management’
“The threats to the well-being of nations today are forever becoming complex. In countries that are prone to national disasters it is the norm that disaster management as a government function is anchored within their military establishments. Disaster management has dedicated arms of service in their militaries, with specially prepared troops, armed with systems and technologies relevant to disaster requirements. The collateral utilisation of the military to battle disasters is convenient and does make a significant difference. However, performed as a side issue by soldiers, disaster management will always be a tasking that the military comes into justifiably ill-prepared.”
Makwetla said it was “common knowledge” that South Africa’s defence budget stands at a mere 0.93% of the gross domestic product, way below the global average of 2% and of the SADC region member countries.
“These, of course, are not just statistics. The figures speak to the untenable state of affairs in our defence establishment as commented upon many times before by the Minister of Defence and members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on defence.
“This threat is as a result, correctly so, of our sustained political programme over the past 25 years to prioritise the socioeconomic upliftment of the circumstances of South Africa’s previously neglected black populace. However, the grim economic forecast of what lies ahead tells us that there is never an ideal moment to take out guarantees for the protection of the millions of lives in our communities which the state is responsible for.
“Today it is Covid-19, tomorrow is another ambush that will be totally puzzling, the way all ambushes always are. But the lives of our citizens, as the constitution enjoins us, must at all times be protected. And the SANDF must always be fit for purpose,” Makwetla added.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has announced that the Champions League and Europa League must be finished before 3 August.
Both competitions have been postponed indefinitely amid the coronavirus outbreak, with action across the continent suspended.
It is not yet clear when the tournaments will resume, but the governing body will undoubtedly be doing all they can to reach a conclusion – having threatened to exclude teams from leagues that are cancelled prematurely.
Ceferin has now clarified UEFA’s stance on completing their international competitions, telling ZDF in Germany: “It must finish by August 3, both the Champions and Europa League. It is an extraordinary situation we are in, so we are flexible on dates and kick-off times. If the crisis eases earlier, then we can start sooner.”
If the Champions League cannot be completed in its current format, it has been suggested that a play-off between four or eight teams could replace it – but Ceferin says there is still plenty of time for UEFA to make the correct decision.
“We could play with the current system, or in a one-off match played on neutral turf. For now, it’s just an option to play with a Final Eight or Final Four.
“The only wrong decision we could make now would be to play in a way that puts the health and safety of players, fans and referees at risk. However, if we are in secure conditions, then I don’t see the problem.”
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The cerebellum does not affect reading ability in people with dyslexia, according to a study that challenges a controversial theory.
The cerebellum is a brain structure traditionally involved in motor function.
This new study disputes that theory and could lead to improved treatment of dyslexia, according to scientists from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
“Prior imaging research on reading in dyslexia had not found much support for this theory … but these studies tended to focus on the cortex,” explained study first author Sikoya Ashburn, a PhD candidate in neuroscience.
Evidence never very strong
“Therefore, we tackled the question by specifically examining the cerebellum in more detail. We found no signs of cerebellar involvement during reading in skilled readers or differences in children with reading disability,” Ashburn said in a Georgetown news release.
In the study, the researchers used functional MRI to monitor brain activation in 23 children with and 23 children without dyslexia while they read. The results showed that the cerebellum is not engaged during reading in typical readers and does not differ in children who have dyslexia.
“The evidence for the cerebellar deficit theory was never particularly strong, yet people have jumped on the idea and even developed treatment approaches targeting the cerebellum,” said senior study author and neuroscientist Guinevere Eden, She is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown and director of its Center for the Study of Learning.
The study was published in the journal Human Brain Mapping.
The findings could help refine models of dyslexia and assist parents of children who are struggling with reading to make informed decisions about which treatment would be best for their children, the researchers said.
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We are looking for an experienced, senior tester to join our Quality Assurance team, with the potential to move into a QA Team Leader role. QA is a component of the broader development team. As a member of this team you will play a vital role in supporting product development and delivery of multiple quality web and mobile app solutions. Your role will be influential on the quality and usability of our scalable web-based solutions that are deployed in a large cloud environment. For this position we are looking for a person who will contribute significantly to the quality improvement and setting QA standards within our solution delivery team.
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