N.J. expands quarantine travel advisory to 22 states. List adds 4 states, while Delaware gets removed.
New Jersey on Tuesday added four states to its coronavirus quarantine travel advisory and removed Delaware, bringing the list to 22 states considered COVID-19 hotspots.Travelers — including New Jersey residents — arriving from those states are being asked to voluntarily self-quarantine for two weeks and to seek a coronavirus test.Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin were added Tuesday.New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York jointly announced the quarantine plan last month to help protect their states from other areas with surging cases.The states have expanded the list three times in the l...
NY airports to enforce quarantine for travelers from COVID hot spots
NEW YORK — People coming into New York’s airports from 19 states where coronavirus cases are rapidly rising will be met by “peace officers” upon arrival, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.The potentially infectious travelers will be required to fill out a state Department of Health form that provides information on where they are coming from, going to, how to contact them — as well as a guarantee to self-quarantine for two weeks. The forms will be distributed on flights before they land, and can also be filled out electronically.Those who decline to fill out a form will face a fine of up to $...
New York Daily News
17 US states sue Trump administration over visa rule on foreign students
WASHINGTON - Seventeen US states and the District of Columbia sued the administration of President Donald Trump on Monday to reject the federal government's recent rule stripping foreign students of their visas if the institution they are enrolled in only offers online teaching this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic.Led by the Massachusetts attorney general's office, the lawsuit came exactly one week after the US Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released guidelines vowing to invalidate foreign students' F-1 and M-1 visas if the educational instit...
China Daily US edition
Delays in N.J. coronavirus test results grow, could be up to 1 week again because of spikes in other states
The length of time to get coronavirus test results in New Jersey has been increasing steadily for three weeks because of a national demand and supply shortage as numerous other states are seeing surges in new cases, the state’s top health official said Monday.The development has the potential to complicate contact tracing, calculating the daily positivity rate, and further lifting restrictions in the Garden State.State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said New Jersey had been seeing turnaround times of between two and four days. Now it’s more than five, she said.Persichilli said chains l...
UK selling spyware to 'repressive states' including Saudi Arabia and the UAE
TheUKhas sold millions of dollars worth ofspywareand wiretapping technology toauthoritariangovernments despite laws preventing such exports,The Independenthas reported.Over the past five years, theUKgovernment has signed off on more than £75 million ($95 million) in such sales to countries ranked "not free" by Freedom House, including top customer theUAE.Despite regulations preventing the sale of such equipment to countries that might use it for internal repression, the UK has exported spyware and other security goods to 17 countries routinely decried as rights abusers.The UAE has been the big...
Arab states target extremism online — but are they effective?
With the rise of the “Islamic State,” a host of Arab-led initiatives were created to disrupt extremist content online. But their activities have triggered concerns about their wider role in countering terrorism.Less than five years ago, the “Islamic State” (IS) militant group’s digital presence was so momentous, it forced the US government and Arab states to rethink their approach to countering extremist messaging online.That impetus triggered a wave of Arab-led initiatives, including several conducted in tandem with Washington. One of those, the Sawab Center, was launched in 2015 as “an onlin...
Israel: ‘Our relations with Arab states do not depend on peace with Palestine’
Israel’s relationship with Arab states does not depend on peace with the Palestinians, Israel’s Minister of Intelligence Eli Cohen told i24NEWS on Thursday.He stressed that even if a peaceful solution with the Palestinians seems impossible, Arab states are going ahead in developing ties with Israel as they believe the main threat within the Middle East is Iran.“We should be aware that the importance of oil and gas is decreasing, whereas the importance of technology is on the rise,” he expressed. “Therefore, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and others are interested in cooperation with I...
The Middle East Monitor
ANTIGUA-HEALTH-Government establishes “travel bubble” for Caribbean travellers
The Antigua and Barbuda government says it has established a “travel bubble” that will allow citizens from several identified states within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to travel to the island without the necessity to have coronavirus ( COVID-19) tests and certificates to be presented upon entry.A statement issued after the weekly Cabinet meeting on Thursday, noted that citizens from the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica will be accorded the privilege of being included in this “bubble”.“Reciprocity is also deeme...
What does future holds for Gbagi in Delta?
As the clock ticks towards 2023 by the moments, the Nigerian political class is not leaving anything to chances as the political undercurrent swells up by the day, in alignments and realignments to capture power especially at the centre and the Federating states where there will be a transition from one administration to the other.While a handful of states will have their state executives seek second term in the office, most states shall be having incumbents end their 8-year tenure and change of administrative batons ditto the Government at the centre.2023 is a year pundits say can make or mar...
Virus-ravaged states seek more funds from Modi
Archana Chaudhary and Shwetha SunilNew Delhi: India’s soaring coronavirus numbers are threatening its economic recovery and sharpening differences between states and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s federal government. This week India surpassed Russia to become the third worst-hit country with more than 740,000 Covid-19 infections. The surging virus numbers have all but overwhelmed the public health system, which the states are responsible for. It’s also piling on pressure on local governments at a time when they’re scrambling to restart economic activity.The country’s sudden lockdown — imposed ...