Saturday, 4 April 2020

First Ethiopian born minister in the Israeli government?

MK Penina Tamanu Shata in interview after leaving Yesh Atid: 'It isn't same party I joined in 2013; Gantz made very courageous decision.'
Hezki Baruch , 

MK Penina Tamanu Shata
MK Penina Tamanu Shata
Hezki Baruch
"A difficult, complicated, and intricate decision," MK Penina Tamanu Shata (Blue and White) defined the decision she made earlier this week to leave the Yesh Atid party, her party for the past seven years.
In an interview with Arutz Sheva she says: "In politics, difficult but necessary decisions often must be taken. I follow the order of my heart, the order of the day. It was unavoidable but to go with the fact that Gantz made a very courageous decision and the conditions were not simple. It's not a simple matter to taket Blue and White apart."
She says, "Also for me the decision wasn't easy, but circumstances dictated reality. It's good for an emergency/national unity government to start working. Given the state of the coronavirus and the global and health crisis, and even before the economic crisis with over a million Israeli citizens sitting at home, this is something that needs to be addressed in all seriousness with all parts of the political map carrying part of the burden."
Does one make such a decision with the family? You met with party Chairman Yair Lapid. I assume it wasn't an easy conversation?
"Such a decision is a decision by my principles. I'm a person of unity of reconciliation and connection. We see that Israeli society is in a bad state of schism and adding the coronavirus crisis to all this, I made the decision with my husband and family. I met with Yair Lapid to tell him about it, that I decided to leave the political home. I think every Knesset Member and elected public official must be real and go with the public interest."
Lapid gave his blessing on your new path?
"Yair Lapid is a gentleman. He knows my opinions, however we had a difficult and complex conversation with me finally deciding I was leaving Yesh Atid. Lapid wished me success and I with Yesh Atid success, but I think it was a mistake not to enter this government."
What does a religious woman and Ulpana alumna have to do with a party like Yesh Atid?
"I entered Yesh Atid in 2013 knowing Lapid as Center-Right and it was a more diverse party, with people like Rabbi Shai Piron, Aliza Lavie, and Dov Lipman. Yesh Atid of today in my opinion and to my taste I think isn't the same. I think Yesh Atid is a party that believes in its way and principles, only our principles have moved away from each other."
I suppose after your decision, you were harshly criticized by people who saw your move as a betrayal?
"Most Israeli society understands that now is the time for a unity government and I belong to this camp. True, not everyone likes the decisions of every public figure. Ben Gurion said 'I don't know what the people want, but I know what the people need.' They need unity. I was educated on unity and reconciliation and love of the country and if not now then when?"
Will you be the first Ethiopian minister in Israel?
"With G-d's help. I less made the move with agreements over jobs but I'd definitely put all my skills into making a contribution to the future government and coalition."
How are you and your family going through the coronavirus crisis?
"We're all dealing with a situation that's strange to us. The coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented event but with mutual responsibility. The medical teams that work night and day, and I embrace the veteran citizens who sit at home and we'll all get through this period. I wish everyone a happy and kosher Passover holiday."
Yesh Atid campaign HQ Tel Aviv said in response to the Arutz Sheva interview"Penina Tamanu Shata never opposed Yesh Atid's actions and expressed no ideological doubts until a cushy job was offered to her in the Netanyahu government."

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Man shot dead for flouting coronavirus rules

Police in the Philippines have shot dead a man for not wearing a mask and provoking officers. President Duterte has ordered police and military to kill anyone violating quarantine or causing trouble during the pandemic.
Two Philippines police officers (Reuters/E. Lopez)
A 63-year-old man has been shot dead by police in the Philippines after he became enraged for being told to wear a facemask, marking the first reported case of authorities shooting a civilian for breaching coronavirus restrictions.
The man was believed to have been drunk when he threatened village authorities with a scythe – a sharp blade – in the southern town of Nasipit in Agusan del Norte province, police said on Saturday.
"The suspect was cautioned by a village health worker ... for not wearing a face mask," the police report said. "But the suspect got angry, uttering provoking words and eventually attacked the personnel using a scythe."
Mandatory face masks 
The government ordered on Thursday all people across the archipelago nation's main islands to wear face masks when going outside during its month-long lockdown.
"Let me repeat - if you need to go out of your house, you need to wear a mask," government official Karlo Nograles said, according to the German Press Agency. Nograles added it doesn't have to be a medical mask, but any improvised covering which covers the mouth and nose.
The Philippines has over 3,000 confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus and 144 people have died so far.

Farmer Richard Tudor killed in tractor accident at Llanerfyl

Richard TudorImage copyrightFAMILY PHOTO
Image captionRichard Tudor was praised as "an all-rounder" who could "turn his hand to everything"
Tributes have been paid to a well-known farmer killed in a tractor accident in Powys.
Father-of-two Richard Tudor, 45, died on Friday while working on his farm at Llanerfyl, Montgomeryshire.
A family friend said the community was "deeply shocked" by his death and he would be "sorely missed".
The Health and Safety Executive said it was working with Dyfed-Powys Police which it said was investigating the incident.
Mr Tudor was well known in the community, and was a coach for the local young farmers' club and chair of the board of governors at Ysgol Dyffryn Banw.
He also wrote a monthly farming column for the community newspaper.
Close family friend Beryl Vaughan said: "Richard was a special and strong personality, a good farmer and a great contributor to his community but above all a family man.
"He was also able to turn his hand to everything. He was an all-rounder who always tried to do everything the right way. 
"We send our sincere condolences to his family in their loss at this very difficult time."
Mr Tudor, was the son of Ann and Tom Tudor, president of the 2018 Royal Welsh Show, and had previously travelled to Australia, New Zealand and North America to study soil fertility.

Coronavirus: High-risk people should stay at home for 12 weeks

Full list of high-risk people that should stay at home for 12 weeks
Full list of high-risk people that should stay at home for 12 weeks
PEOPLE with serious underlying health conditions must stay home for 12 weeks, the government has said.
Those with severe respiratory conditions, such as asthma, “face the highest risk of being hospitalised by coronavirus”.
As a warning to those most at risk, the NHS has shared new advice for those most vulnerable to help prevent the spread of the virus.
It comes after the government said an estimated 1.4million people who are most 'at risk' from severe coronavirus will be sent a text message or letter advising them to stop all social contact.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said the very most vulnerable will be told to carry out social distancing measures in place for 12 weeks from tomorrow.
Below is a full list of those advised to stay at home.
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The high-risk group
1. Solid organ transplant recipients 2. People with specific cancers: people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer, people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment, people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer, people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors, people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs 3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
Individuals who have been given a prognosis of less than six months to live, and some others in special circumstances, could decide not to undertake shielding. The advice is for these people to consult their GP or healthcare workers for advice.
The NHS is directly contacting people with these conditions to provide further advice.
If you think you fall into one of the categories of extremely vulnerable people listed above and you have not received a letter by Sunday, March 29 or been contacted by your GP, you should discuss your concerns with your GP or hospital clinician.
The measures
The measures set out in the guidance are:
·      Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
·      Do not leave your house.
·      Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces for example family homes, weddings and religious services.
·      Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
·      Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
·      Do use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
A statement on the Government website about shielding reads: "You are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks from the day you receive your letter.
"Please note that this period of time could change.
"Visits from people who provide essential support to you such as healthcare, personal support with your daily needs or social care should continue, but carers and care workers must stay away if they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19).
"All people coming to your home should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds on arrival to your house and often whilst they are there."

Five London bus workers have died with Covid-19, union says

By Press Association 2020
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Five London bus workers have now died with Covid-19, according to a trade union.
Unite said the deaths were a “terrible tragedy”.
Regional secretary Peter Kavanagh said: “Unite will assist the families of our members in every possible way during this terrible time.
“Unite has been working continuously with Transport for London (TfL) and the operators to ensure the safety of drivers and others in the industry who are performing a heroic job in getting NHS and care workers to their places of work.
“These measures include deep cleaning of buses, additional cleaning of touch points, the sealing of screens around the driver, the provision of hand sanitiser for all and placing the passenger seating closest to the driver out of bounds.
“I have been in direct contact with the Mayor of London who shares our view that bus drivers must be fully protected.
“My officers are holding daily meetings with TfL, exploring further safety improvements and we are absolutely committed to doing everything in our power to make the driving of buses safe during this unprecedented crisis.
“We are also calling on the Government to make provisions for transport workers in terms of personal protective equipment.”
Gareth Powell, TfL’s managing director for surface transport, said: “We have been extremely saddened to hear of the recent passing of our colleagues in the bus industry. Our thoughts are with their families and friends and we have been offering the bus companies for whom they worked every support possible.
“The safety of our staff and customers is our absolute priority and we have been working closely with the bus companies, the mayor and Unite to implement a range of changes and improvements to keep the bus network and garages safe for those operating and using it, in accordance with Public Health England advice.
“Our clear message to Londoners is simple – the transport network is only for critical workers who need to make absolutely essential journeys. Please, everyone else, stay at home, don’t travel and save lives.”

First Ethiopian born minister in the Israeli government?

MK Penina Tamanu Shata in interview after leaving Yesh Atid: 'It isn't same party I joined in 2013; Gantz made very courageous d...