Cortizo named ‘virtual victor’
The Electoral Court on Sunday declared opposition candidate Laurentino Cortizo the “virtual winner” in the nation’s tight presidential election. After scrutinizing the results from 92 percent of polling stations, court magistrate Heriberto Arauz said in a televised announcement shortly before midnight that Cortizo had a narrow lead of 2 percentage points over his rival Romulo Roux. The close race pitted the candidates of the two most important opposition political forces in the Central American country. Cortizo, of the Democratic Revolutionary Party, had 33 percent of the votes versus 31 percent for Roux, from former president Ricardo Martinelli’s Democratic Change party. Arauz said the voting trend remained stable as results came in. After announcing the results, Arauz took the phone and dialed the candidate, who was waiting at a campaign point with his wife, Yazmin, and supporters. “You are the virtual winner of the elections for the next five years,” Arauz said. “With humility I receive the announcement, which is important for the country,” Cortizo told the magistrate during the call. “An announcement of great responsibility.”
DJ Adam Neat dies
Popular Australian DJ Adam Neat has died on the Indonesian island of Bali after reportedly crashing through a glass door while trying to help an injured friend. “It is with great regret that we can confirm Adam Neat was involved in a fatal accident while trying to help a friend who had suffered multiple fractures in Bali on Saturday,” a post on his official Facebook page said. Neat, who performed as Adam Sky, was based in Singapore and was regularly ranked in the top three Asia-based DJs, according to his Web site. National broadcaster ABC said Neat, 42, was believed to have severed an artery in his arm when he crashed through a glass door as he rushed to help a female friend who fell from a balcony at the resort where they were staying.
Substance burns partygoers
Police on Sunday said that 10 teenagers who went to a party in a New York City public housing complex on Saturday ended up at hospitals after someone tossed a caustic substance on them from above. Authorities were investigating after the injuries in a courtyard off Third Street in Manhattan’s East Village. Those affected were aged 15 to 18 and reported burns or irritation to their skin. Police were yet to determine where the substance — possibly drain cleaner or something similar — was thrown from. Valerie Vail told the New York Times that her daughter sustained coin-sized burns on her back, chest and arms. The newspaper reported that residents had called police to complain about noise from the large party.
Fleas invade police station
A police station in northeastern Paris had to be evacuated on Sunday after it was invaded by fleas, a police union said. “Police station closed until further notice!” read an notice stuck to the front door of the station in the 19th district of the French capital. In a fit of pique on Twitter, the Alliance police union said the station had been invaded by the blood-sucking pests, “making working conditions INTOLERABLE!!!” Despite pest control efforts, the problem, which first surfaced three weeks ago, had not been eradicated, France Bleu Paris radio station reported. Even off duty, some had inadvertently taken the fleas with them, with the insects causing havoc at home, even biting their children, a union official told the station.
EVOLVING SITUATION: Of the latest cases, 23 percent were found to be asymptomatic, but the coronavirus strain in Da Nang is more contagious, authorities said A COVID-19 outbreak that began in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang more than a week ago has spread to at least four city factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700, state media reported yesterday. Four cases were found at the plants in different industrial parks in the central city that collectively employ 77,000 people, the Lao Dong newspaper said. Vietnam, praised widely for its decisive measures to combat the novel coronavirus since it first appeared in late January, is battling new clusters of infection having gone for more than three months without detecting any domestic transmissions. Authorities yesterday reported one new
WARNINGS OVER COMPLACENCY: The curves of new infections in numerous countries is climbing, while others see the the first new infections in months Spikes in COVID-19 infections in Asia have dispelled any notion that the region might be over the worst, with Australia and India yesterday reporting record daily infections, Vietnam fretting over a new surge and North Korea urging vigilance. Asian nations had largely prided themselves on rapidly containing initial outbreaks after the coronavirus emerged in central China late last year, but flare-ups this month have shown the danger of complacency. “We’ve got to be careful not to slip into some idea that there’s some golden immunity that Australia has in relation to this virus,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters. Australia recorded its
‘COVIDIOTS’: Politicians condemned the protest that came amid surging infections in the country, while a marcher said government-induced fear weakened the body Loudly chanting their opposition to masks and vaccines, thousands of people on Saturday gathered in Berlin to protest against COVID-19 restrictions before being dispersed by police. Police put turnout at about 20,000 — well below the 500,000 organizers had announced as they urged a “day of freedom” from months of virus curbs. Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over the past few weeks and politicians took to social media to criticize the rally as irresponsible. “We are the second wave,” shouted the crowd, a mixture of hard left and right and conspiracy theorists, as they converged
The Australian government yesterday said that it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with media businesses fair pay for news content. In releasing a draft of a mandatory code of conduct, Canberra aims to succeed where other nations have failed in making tech firms pay for news siphoned from commercial media companies. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that Google and Facebook would be the first platforms targeted by the proposed legislation, but others could follow. “It’s about a fair go for Australian news media businesses, it’s about ensuring that we have increased competition, increased consumer protection and a sustainable