The latest data released by the Victorian government showed there was just one new case of Covid-19 in the state yesterday (8 June), while Victoria’s seven-day average was five positive cases. Crown said while its hotel and food and beverage facilities at Crown Melbourne will re-commence operations from 11 June, gaming activities will remain halted until restrictions are eased further. Land-based casino Tags: Covid-19 Lockdown Crown Resorts Crown Melbourne The operator added that it will continue to financially support staff who remain stood down – including the majority of gaming operational staff – by paying an additional discretionary payment. The state entered an initial week-long lockdown on 27 May after a rise in Covid-19 cases, though this was then extended by a further week to 10 June as more positive cases were confirmed. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Crown Melbourne to remain closed despite lockdown easing in Victoria AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Topics: Casino & games Land-based casino Regions: Australia Crown Resorts has announced that its Melbourne casino will remain closed despite novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown restrictions being eased in the Australian state of Victoria. 9th June 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Victoria’s government confirmed that the state will exit lockdown on 10 June, but a number of measures will remain in place in an effort to prevent further spread of the virus. These include citizens only being permitted to travel 25km from their home and capacity limits for retail shops, restaurants and cafes.
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Photo: Julia Carrie WongPhoto: Wild TigersPhoto: Al OsorioCat Brooks, one of the arrestees in the BlackOut Collective’s civil disobedience action, which shut down transbay traffic at the West Oakland Bay Area Rapid Transit station for most of the day on BlackOut Friday, spoke that same day to Terri Kay of Workers World. The demonstrators had chained themselves to two trains, one in each direction, and then to benches on the platforms, to keep the trains from moving. Meanwhile, a support rally was held outside the station on the ground floor.Brooks is co-chair of Organizing to Act Never Ceasing to Struggle Youth Focused with Elder Guidance Xercising the Right to Liberate our Communities (ONYX) Organizing Committee. Cat Brooks: We did the action to raise awareness about the outrage across the country at the non-indictment of Darren Wilson for the execution of Mike Brown. It’s not just for Mike Brown that we stood yesterday, though. There was a national call to “Black Out Black Friday” and do an economic boycott of the system that continues to terrorize and kill us.In addition to our direct shutdown, there was a healing ceremony participated in by hundreds of Black people in Oakland in the downstairs BART station because our community has been so tortured, so tormented, so pillaged and raped and abused and beaten and battered by the system and by the state, that in our struggle we also have to take time to heal ourselves and uplift ourselves to continue the battle.WW: Who organized this and how did you go about it?CB: We joined an amazing powerhouse group called the BlackOut Collective, which is a full service direct action team for Black folks. It was an amazing coming together of elders, that have been in the movement a long time, and some veterans like myself that have been in for less time, and some young folks who have been activated around Mike Brown. It was quite beautiful, on the side of the platform I was chained to we had age ranges from the late 50s all the way down to your 20s.WW: How long were you able to shut the system down for?CB: We were chained in for a little over two hours, but if you watch the news reports the service did not get back to normal until around 7 p.m. that night, so we locked in at 10 a.m. and we successfully interrupted business as usual for over 7 hours.WW: There were some arrests. Is everyone out?CB: Fourteen of us were arrested. Everyone was out by 6 p.m. We have been charged with trespassing on a railway.WW: What are the results of this action?CB: There is national attention on this action. What I’m seeing is dialogue sparked over social media. That dialogue is translating into households. It was also a power moment. We were able to demonstrate that North American Africans can organize, can be highly organized, can be highly disciplined, can be highly strategic and can impact the system. What I think we’ll see is more actions like this. I know that the group of us plan to continue going. It renewed energy into the struggle.It also interrupted business as usual. You do not get to continue business as usual when part of that business as usual is the execution of Black and Brown men on the streets by state terrorism. It stops now! What you are seeing is multi generations of people who are really, really fed up, and Ferguson has been the jumping off point for what I believe is going to be sustained direct action and otherwise until there’s a change, until there’s a cease and desist of the war on Black people in this country.WW photo: Terri KayFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets at three Palestinian photographers – Mahmoud Alyan and Mahfouz Abou Turk (who both work for the daily Al-Quds) and Ahmed Al-Gharabli of AFP – while they were covering clashes between soldiers and Palestinian youths outside the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem on 5 March. Organisation Follow the news on Israel “The incidents continue with complete impunity,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The IDF soldiers involved are rarely punished and, less still, disowned by the superiors, who endorse the use of violence against media personnel. It is time this stopped.” In the most recent incident, Falestin TV journalist Harun Amayra was injured in the foot by a shot fired by an Israeli soldier while he was covering a peaceful demonstration marking Earth Day in Badras, a village to the west of Ramallah, on 30 March. Around 10 demonstrators were also injured by IDF gunfire. Amayra was hospitalised in Ramallah. An Israeli soldier fired a tear-gas grenade at AP photographer Nasser Al-Shouyoukhi during clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian youths on 17 March in Hebron. Rubber bullets and tear-gas grenades were also fired at photographer Issam Al-Rimawi while he was covering events at the Qalandiya checkpoint. Falestin TV reporter Harun Amayra and cameraman Najib Sharoneh were doing a report in the village of Badras on 19 March when Israeli soldiers accosted them, hit them and then detained them for nearly four hours. to go further The same day, Israeli soldiers banned journalists from entering the village of Ni’lin, near Ramallah, where the reporters had wanted to cover the weekly protest against Israel’s West Bank barrier. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders deplores the frequency of press freedom violations by the Israel Defence Forces, which routinely fire on Palestinian journalists. At least eight journalists were injured by shots fired by Israeli soldiers during March in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News June 3, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts A crew working for satellite TV station Al-Quds were blocked for several hours by Israeli troops at the Qalandiya checkpoint on 25 March while on their way to present a live broadcast from Jerusalem. After interrogating presenter Raed Fathi, the soldiers banned him from entering the city for a week. IsraelMiddle East – North Africa April 1, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Palestinian journalists repeatedly targeted by IDF gunfire during March May 16, 2021 Find out more
Community News 18 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has voted to reduce the number of airport staff meetings in an effort to improve airport staff efficiency. Last week, board members, minus absent Commissioners Bill Wiggins and Pasadena’s Steve Madison, voted 7-0 to reduce the number of meetings overall, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.The Airport Authority is headed by President Terry Tornek, Pasadena’s mayor.Frank Miller, executive director of the airport, said that regular meetings will take place on the first and third Mondays of February, April, May, June, and October. However, the authority will have only one regular meeting in January, March, July, August, September, November, and December. It also has usually held meetings on every first and third Monday of each month, with the exception of one meeting during the last two months of the year and in January, due to the holidays.The 9 a.m. start time for regular meetings will remain unchanged.The LA Times said the authority also voted to remove a provision in its bylaws that allows for meetings to be held in the evenings, as the airport has not scheduled evening meetings in recent years.Miller said these changes would allow staff to better focus on the airport’s upcoming replacement terminal project. Just last week, the authority approved an agreement with Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, Inc. to review the conceptual plans for the 14-gate replacement terminal which is scheduled to open in 2022. Business Districts News Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport to See Reduction in Staff Meetings From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 7:18 pm Community News More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe
NewsBreaking newsUK drug seizure linked to Irish crime gangBy Staff Reporter – December 2, 2014 815 Twitter Advertisement Print Facebook Andrew Carey [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up COCAINE with a likely UK street value in excess of £40million has been seized following an operation involving the National Crime Agency (NCA), Border Force and An Garda Siochana.The drugs, which Gardai believe are linked to a major Irish crime gang, were seized following the search of the cargo vessel Star Stratos at Portsmouth port this Monday evening December 1.Approximately 300 kilos were discovered concealed within a shipment of bananas which had originated in Colombia.Gardai believe that part of the consignment of drugs was destined for this jurisdiction and the seizure is a major disruption to elements of an Irish organised crime gang. The operation involved cooperation between An Garda Siochana and the NCA and will help to protect Irish Communities from the scurge of illegal drugs. Investigations are continuing both in the UK and Ireland.This is the second joint operation between An Garda Siochana and the NCA which has resulted in a huge cocaine seizure in less than three months.In September around a tonne of cocaine was seized by the Irish Naval Service from the yacht Makayabella around 300 miles off the south west coast of Ireland. Linkedin Email WhatsApp Previous articleCarols at St Mary’s CathedralNext articleEmotional Intelligence to feature at Chamber’s networking event Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Email Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK Gardaí foiled an international ‘theft-to-order’ criminal operation when they seized 72 stolen bicycles from a house in the Castletroy area earlier this week.Gardaí believe the bicycles were about to be shipped out of the country after being stolen from Castletroy, Monaleen and other areas surrounding the University of Limerick.Using information gathered through Operation Thor, Gardaí were able to trace a number of the bicycle thefts to the Castletroy area.Having obtained a search warrant, Gardaí raided the house where they found 72 bicycles with the wheels taken off but cable-tied to their frames for ease of loading into a shipping container.Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan said that the bikes were in a state of readiness “for export out of the country to illegal markets ahead of Christmas”.Children’s bikes valued at €100, along with high-spec adults bikes valued at more than €750 were included in the haul that was found under a tarpaulin cover in the back garden of the house.Chief Supt Sheahan said that some of the bikes were of “high value and specifically stolen for selling on”.“Most of the bicycles were stolen in April and May of this year which led us to believe that this illegal enterprise, of stealing bikes to supply elsewhere, has been in operation for most of the year if not before.He described the seizure as a “significant disruption to the illegal trade of stolen goods and one that resulted directly from the increased activities undertaken as part of Operation Thor.One man was arrested at the scene but he has since been released without charge pending further investigation.Gardaí are now in the process of documenting the haul with a view to returning the bicycles to their owners.Some have already been returned but Chief Superintendent Sheahan said that they hoped to return all the bikes to their rightful owners as soon as possible and asked anyone with information to contact them at any Garda Station. Linkedin Facebook Twitter NewsBreaking newsGardaí smash Limerick bike theft ringBy Staff Reporter – December 3, 2015 907 Advertisement WhatsApp Print Previous articleSea survival technology brings national award to LimerickNext articleIt All Works Out for The Riptide Movement Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
4nadia/iStock(MILWAUKEE) — A 55-year-old man was “cold and frozen” when he was found dead in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, garage on Tuesday, according to a local official.The man, whose identity was not released, collapsed in his detached garage with a snow shovel close by, Karen Domagalski, operations manager at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s office, told ABC News.It’s unclear how long the man was in the garage, Domagalski said.The autopsy is pending, she said.This death comes as the Midwest faces a massive snowstorm and dangerous arctic blast.As Wisconsin residents dig out from over 1 foot of snow, dangerously cold air — the coldest in decades — is expected in the Midwest Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.Chicago could see a wind chill of minus 50 degrees and Green Bay could see a wind chill of minus 40 on Wednesday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/nathanphotoBY: CATHERINE THORBECKE(HOUSTON) — Despite a global pandemic here on Earth, NASA is persevering with its mission to Mars — launching its most advanced “Perseverance” rover to discover more about our neighboring red planet.“We are in extraordinary times right now with the coronavirus pandemic and yet we have in fact persevered, and we have protected this mission because it is so important,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said at a news conference Tuesday.He added that he thinks the name of the rover — chosen by a seventh grader from Virginia — is “perfectly appropriate” for the times.The launch is scheduled to take place Thursday at 7:50 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It will be broadcast live on NASA’s website and YouTube channel.On Tuesday, Perseverance made its way onto the launch pad, and the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron predicted an 80% chance of favorable weather conditions for Thursday’s launch.The rover’s main job is to seek out signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for a possible return to Earth, according to NASA. It will also test out new technology to pave the way for future robot or human exploration of our neighboring planet.“This is the first time in history when NASA has dedicated a mission to what we call astrobiology, the search for life, maybe now or ancient life, on another world,” Bridenstine said.The mission will also feature “a bunch of other neat things,” according to John Logsdon, a professor emeritus at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute.“There is an attached little helicopter that is going to fly like a drone over the Martian surface and give us images,” Logsdon told ABC News.“There is an experiment called ‘MOXIE’ that will see whether it is possible to manufacture oxygen out of the methane in the Mars atmosphere, which would be important for eventual human missions,” he added.The launch also comes on the heels of two other nations — the United Arab Emirates and China — sending missions to Mars over the summer.If Thursday’s launch goes well, the six-wheeled rover is expected to land on Mars on February 18, 2021. Perseverance is then expected to stay on the Red Planet for at least one Martian year, or 687 Earth days.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 103.8 million people worldwide and killed over 2.25 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 developed Tuesday. All times Eastern:Feb 02, 9:08 pmSnowstorm cancels thousands of vaccine appointmentsThousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointments were canceled after a nor’easter slammed the East Coast this week. In Connecticut alone, some 10,000 appointments had to be rescheduled “as quickly as possible,” as many vaccination clinics closed Monday, the state health department said. “Many clinics that were forced to close will be offering longer clinics hours and weekend hours to accommodate anyone who had their appointment cancelled yesterday or today,” the department said in a statement. “We do not anticipate any issues with vaccine deliveries. Many will arrive today or tomorrow, which is in line with the vaccination plans of our providers.”In New Jersey, which saw some of the highest snowfalls, the state’s six vaccine megasites were closed Monday and Tuesday.“We are still working to assess the storm’s impact,” state health department spokesperson Nancy Kearney told ABC News Tuesday.Depending on the vaccination site, appointments were being rescheduled throughout the week, with some sites extending hours. Most vaccination sites in New York City remained closed on Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, with plans to reopen on Wednesday and “catch up on appointments quickly.” Among those needing to be rescheduled were 1,000 appointments across Monday and Tuesday at the city health department’s vaccine clinic in Elmhurst, Queens.MaineHealth, one of two major health providers operating vaccine clinics in the state, canceled appointments on Tuesday. The other provider — Northern Light Health — planned to continue, the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention said.In Washington, D.C., which had just 2.6 inches of snowfall, there were very few requests for cancellations, the department of health said.The fallout from the snowstorm is less clear in Virginia and Pennsylvania, where the health departments said they don’t track counties’ appointments or cancellations. Feb 02, 7:26 pmLA County surpasses 17,000 deathsLos Angeles County has surpassed 17,000 COVID-19 deaths.On Tuesday, the county’s public health department reported 205 new deaths for a total of 17,057.LA has the more COVID-19 cases than any other county in the country — and more than twice as many as Illinois’ Cook County, the second-highest, according to Johns Hopkins University. LA County surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 deaths on Dec. 30 — adding more than 7,000 new COVID-19 deaths in a little over a month. By comparison, there were 7,000 deaths reported between February and October, the health department noted. Nearly half of COVID-19 deaths in LA County — 8,405 — were among Hispanic/Latino residents, according to the health department. The county is continuing to make progress in reducing transmission, health officials said, with 3,763 new confirmed cases reported on Tuesday. Though that number is “substantially higher than the number of cases we saw in September,” when there were fewer than 1,000 daily new cases, the health department said.ABC News’ Bonnie McLean contributed to this report.Feb 02, 6:35 pm1 million vaccine doses going out directly to pharmacies next week The U.S. government will begin shipping 1 million vaccine doses directly to select pharmacies next week, Jeff Zients, White House coordinator on COVID-19, announced Tuesday.The doses will go to 6,500 pharmacies on Feb. 11 — and are on top of the 10.5 million doses already scheduled to be delivered next week, Zients said. The participating pharmacies include:-Walgreens (including Duane Reade)-CVS Pharmacy, Inc. (including Long’s)-Walmart, Inc. (including Sam’s Club)-Rite Aid Corp.-The Kroger Co. (including Kroger, Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Ralphs, King Soopers, Smiths, City Market, Dillons, Mariano’s, Pick-n-Save, Copps, Metro Market)-Publix Super Markets, Inc.-Costco Wholesale Corp.-Albertsons Companies, Inc. (including Osco, Jewel-Osco, Albertsons, Albertsons Market, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Star Market, Shaw’s, Haggen, Acme, Randalls, Carrs, Market Street, United, Vons, Pavilions, Amigos, Lucky’s, Pak n Save, Sav-On)-Hy-Vee, Inc.-Meijer Inc.-H-E-B, LP-Retail Business Services, LLC (including Food Lion, Giant Food, The Giant Company, Hannaford Bros Co, Stop & Shop)-Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. (including Winn-Dixie, Harveys, Fresco Y Mas) ABC News’ Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.Feb 02, 1:45 pm7.8% of US population vaccinatedTwenty-six million people — which is 7.8% of the population — have received one or more vaccine doses, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services.Cases and hospital admissions are continuing to decline nationally, while adult intensive care unit occupancy rates and deaths remain high in several states.The seven-day average for new hospital admissions has dropped from a peak of 16,485 on Jan. 9 to 11,369 — a 31% decline, the report said.California, Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Oklahoma are the only states where ICU occupancies are above 85%, the report said.Feb 02, 1:21 pmFauci says next 6 weeks will be ‘full-court press’ on variantsDr. Anthony Fauci says variants are the top concern in the U.S. right now and that the next six weeks will be critical.“We’re going to be doing … a full-court press on non-pharmacologic interventions [like masks] as well as getting as much vaccine out as we possibly can,” Fauci said at the International Aids Society conference Tuesday.“It’s a very stressful situation … when you have that much virus circulating, you’re going to get a lot of mutations, no doubt about it,” Fauci said. “It’s almost a race of trying to suppress the level of replication before we get so many accumulation of both the South African and other mutants as well as mutants of our own.”Feb 02, 12:14 pmMaryland confirms 2 more cases of South African variantMaryland has identified two more cases of the South African B.1.351 variant, Gov. Larry Hogan said.The two people are Montgomery County residents who recently traveled abroad, Hogan said.“Contact tracing is underway, and close contacts are isolating,” the governor tweeted.Maryland’s first case of the South African variant, in the Baltimore region, was announced on Saturday.“The B.1.351 variant has not been shown to cause more severe illness or increased risk of death, though it is believed to be more transmissible,” the governor said. “Initial evidence suggests that vaccines are still likely to be protective against the variant.”Feb 02, 11:55 amCapt. Sir Tom Moore dies after contracting COVID-19Capt. Sir Thomas Moore, the 100-year-old British World War II veteran who garnered global attention for his fundraising efforts amid the pandemic, has died after contracting COVID-19.His death was announced Tuesday on social media accounts run by his family. Moore was being treated for pneumonia over the past few weeks. After testing positive for COVID-19 last week, the centenarian was hospitalized on Sunday because “he needed additional help with his breathing,” his daughter said in a statement posted on Twitter.Last spring, Moore raised over 37 million pounds ($50.7 million) for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service by walking laps in his garden in England amid a nationwide lockdown. Queen Elizabeth II honored Moore’s charity and service to the country with a promotion to honorary colonel, a social flyover and knighthood.A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told ABC News the queen “is sending a private message of condolence” to Moore’s family and that she “very much enjoyed” meeting them last year.“Her thoughts, and those of the Royal Family, are with them, recognising the inspiration he provided for the whole nation and others across the world,” the spokesperson said.Feb 02, 11:12 amAndrew Yang tests positiveAndrew Yang, who ran for president of the United States in 2020 and is currently running to be mayor of New York City, has tested positive for COVID-19. “After testing negative as recently as this weekend, today I took a COVID rapid test and received a positive result,” Yang said through his campaign Tuesday.Yang said he has mild symptoms, and as he quarantines he’ll “continue to attend as many virtual events as possible.” “Our team has begun the contact tracing process to notify anyone who may have been in close contact with me,” he added.Feb 02, 10:24 amReal Madrid president tests positiveSpanish professional soccer club Real Madrid announced Tuesday that its president has tested positive for COVID-19.Florentino Perez, 73, returned a positive result during the Madrid-based club’s routine testing. He is not showing any symptoms, the club said in a brief statement.No additional details were provided by the club.Feb 02, 9:25 amPeer-reviewed study finds Russia’s vaccine is over 91% effectiveResults from a late-stage clinical trial of Russia’s flagship coronavirus vaccine show the shot is not only safe but also 91.6% effective against symptomatic COVID-19, according to a study published Tuesday by the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet.The randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled Phase 3 trial in Moscow involved 19,866 adult participants, of whom 14,964 received the vaccine, called Sputnik V, and 4,902 received a placebo. The two-dose vaccine was administered 21 days apart.There were 62 confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified among the trial participants in the placebo group and 16 cases in the vaccine group, according to the study.The study said there were no serious adverse effects related to the vaccine recorded during the trial and that 94% were mild, including flu-like symptoms, pain at the injection site and headaches.A sub-analysis of 2,144 trial participants older than 60 showed the vaccine had a similar efficacy of 91.8%, according to the study.“Our interim analysis of this phase 3 trial of Gam-COVID-Vac has shown promising results,” the researchers wrote.The publication of peer-reviewed data follows last year’s criticism of Russia for registering the COVID-19 vaccine — and declaring itself the first country in the world to do so — before starting crucial Phase 3 trials.“The development of the Sputnik V vaccine has been criticised for unseemly haste, corner cutting, and an absence of transparency,” Ian Jones, a professor of virology at England’s University of Reading, wrote in a comment piece published Tuesday by The Lancet alongside the study. “But the outcome reported here is clear and the scientific principle of vaccination is demonstrated, which means another vaccine can now join the fight to reduce the incidence of COVID-19.”Russia’s Direct Investment Fund (RDF), which funded the production of Sputnik V and is responsible for its worldwide marketing, hailed the study and noted that the COVID-19 vaccine is currently one of only three in the world with an efficacy above 90%. The vaccine, which is now registered in 16 countries, costs $10 per dose and can be stored and transported more easily because it can be kept at the temperature of a standard refrigerator, according to RDF.“The data published by The Lancet proves that not only Sputnik V is the world’s first registered vaccine, but also one of the best,” Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of RDF, said in a statement Tuesday.Feb 02, 8:27 amJapan extends state of emergency in greater Tokyo areaJapanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and nine surrounding prefectures for another month to further stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.The declaration, however, was lifted in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, where the COVID-19 infection rate has eased.“I regret that the declaration cannot be lifted across the nation at this time,” Suga said Tuesday night in a televised address from his office in Tokyo.The prime minister used a chart to show that Japan’s daily number of newly diagnosed infections has declined from 7,721 on Jan. 7 to 1,783 on Feb. In Tokyo, that number has dropped from 2,447 on Jan. 7 to 393 on Feb. 1. According to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, there were 556 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the capital city on Tuesday.Suga said the state of emergency could be lifted earlier than March 7 if the situation continues to improve. He noted that his government is hoping to begin a mass COVID-19 vaccination program as early as mid-February.“Thanks to the cooperation of the people of Japan, we have seen a marked outcome,” he said. “At this point in time, I need to ask the people to endure another round of the state of emergency so that positive outcomes can be solidified.”The move comes less than six months before the pandemic-delayed 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to open in Tokyo.A state of emergency declaration gives the governors of those respective regions the authority to ask residents for cooperation in efforts to curb the spread of the virus. There are currently no legal ramifications for non-compliance.Suga first declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures on Jan. 7, before expanding the order to include more virus-hit areas.Under the state of emergency, Suga said governors will ask residents to refrain from dining out and to stay home after 8 p.m. unless for essential reasons. They will also ask companies to decrease the number of employees commuting to work by 70%.Suga said bars and restaurants will be asked to stop serving alcohol by 7 p.m. and to close by 8 p.m. Governors may disclose the name of the businesses that don’t comply, while those that do will be given 1.8 million Japanese yen ($17,000) per month.Spectator events will be limited to an audience of 5,000 people. Schools will not be asked to close, according to Suga.Suga’s predecessor, Shinzo Abe, declared a nationwide state of emergency relatively early in the pandemic in April, which lasted for a month. At that time, residents were asked to reduce person-to-person contact by 80% and to practice “jishuku,” or “self-restraint,” by staying at home and closing non-essential businesses.Feb 02, 7:15 amTokyo Olympics will take place ‘no matter how the COVID situation will be’The Tokyo Olympics will take place this year “no matter how the COVID situation will be,” organizers said Tuesday.“We will make sure the Games will be held no matter how the COVID situation will be,” Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, said during remarks at a meeting on preparations for the event. “We go beyond the discussion of whether we hold (the Games) or not hold. We are to come up with ‘new’ Olympics.”The 2020 Summer Olympics were supposed to kick off in the Japanese capital last year on July 24. But in late March, amid mounting calls to delay or cancel the upcoming Games, the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s prime minister announced that the event would be held a year later due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Games are now scheduled to open in Tokyo this summer on July 23, but doubt has surfaced as Japan — and much of the world — grapples with a resurgence of COVID-19 infections. Moreover, Japan is not expected to begin administering its first round of COVID-19 vaccinations until the end of February.Last week, organizers said COVID-19 vaccines will not be a requirement to compete in the Tokyo Olympics and that they are still considering holding the Games without spectators.Feb 02, 6:49 amUS reports over 134,000 new casesThere were 134,339 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Monday’s case count is far less than the country’s all-time high of 300,282 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 2,031 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Monday, down from a peak of 4,466 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.A total of 26,321,457 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 443,365 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.So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. More than 32 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. pic.twitter.com/4QHUcwrHiH— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) February 2, 2021