China cleans, locks away banknotes to stop virus spread

first_imgTopics : Pharmacies across the country sold out of disinfectants and surgical masks in just days after a lockdown was announced in late January on Wuhan city, where the COVID-19 illness is believed to have emerged.Office buildings have installed packets of tissue in elevators that tenants are encouraged to use when pressing buttons, while ride-hailing company Didi exhorts drivers to disinfect their cars daily.’Emergency issuance’Fan Yifei, deputy governor of China’s central bank, said Saturday that banks have been urged to provide new banknotes to customers whenever possible.  China is disinfecting and isolating used banknotes as part of efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people, officials said Saturday.Banks use ultraviolet light or high temperatures to disinfect Yuan bills, then seal and store the cash for seven to 14 days — depending on the severity of the outbreak in a particular region — before recirculating them, China’s central bank said at a press conference.The virus, which has infected more than 66,000 people in China and spread to more than two dozen other countries, has sparked a rush to disinfect public places and minimize contact between people.center_img The central bank made an “emergency issuance” of four billion Yuan in new notes to Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, prior to the recent Lunar New Year holiday, Fan added.The measures are intended to “secure the public’s safety and health when using cash”, Fan said.But it is unclear how wide an impact the central bank’s disinfection work will have, with increasing numbers of Chinese people preferring mobile payments over cash in recent years.In 2017, nearly three quarters of Chinese respondents told an Ipsos survey they could survive a whole month without using more than 100 Yuan in cash.According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 can be spread through contaminated objects in addition to droplets and direct contact with infected patients.last_img read more

Child advocacy group announces future Batesville location

first_imgBatesville, In. — Southern Indian Voices for Children earned a $20,000 grant from National CASA and to facilitate volunteer classes and will soon open an office in the Batesville area.The cases of child abuse have more than doubled in the past two years for Jefferson County. Ripley County numbers have more than tripled in 3 years – going from 50 in 2014 to 152 in 2017. Officials say there are 232 children on the CASA waiting list.This grant was written for increased staff for increased recruitment and support for Jefferson volunteers since we won the VOCA federal grant in 2016 that we applied 100% to add a similar staff member in Ripley County. We plan to continue to look for ways to increase our funding, therefore increasing our staff and volunteers – and most importantly –children served.More exciting news for Ripley county – we are excited to announce we will be opening our doors to an office in Ripley county as of February 1. We will be located in the Rom Weber building in Batesville with myself and our Ripley Volunteer Coordinator spending office hours there every week. In October, our goal is to increase staff there full-time.last_img read more

Majesty Gardens, Conscious United in INSPORTS Community play-offs

first_imgMajesty Gardens New Creation and Conscious United captured the last two spots in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) All-Island Community Football League in the Corporate Area. The Majesty Gardens team edged Conscious 1-0 in a preliminary-round decider at Excelsior Primary School last Sunday. The winners came out on top in the group ahead of Conscious, but both teams qualified for the play-offs, which is scheduled to begin on January 10, 2016. The Kingston qualifiers are: Selassie Gardens, Cookhorn Lane, Harbour View, Woodford Strikers, Majesty New Creation, Conscious United, Caribbean Strikers, and Progressive Strikers. In the St Andrew zone, the last eight include: Sandy Park, Ayshire, Crook Street, Likkle Africa, Pembroke Hall Upsetters, Whitehall, Stadium Gardens, and Nannyville Youths. For the matchups, the games are: Stadium Gardens vs Ayshire at 1 p.m., Pembroke Hall Upsetters vs Likkle Africa at 3 p.m. (both games to be played at Excelsior Primary), Crook Street vs Whitehall at 1 p.m., Sandy Park vs Nannyville Youths at 3 p.m. at Stadium East Complex. Caribbean Strikers vs Cookhorn Lane at 1 p.m., Majesty New Creation vs Woodford Park at Tinson Pen playing field, Harbour View vs Conscious United at 1 p.m., and Selassie Gardens vs Progressive Youths at 3 p.m. at Payne Land playing field. The winners of each game will advance to the next stage of the competition.last_img read more

GuyOil rewards 55 lucky customers

first_imgThe Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil) on Friday rewarded 55 lucky customers as part of its ongoing Christmas promotion. The winners were part of the first of two drawings, and 25 walked away with $5,000 worth of free fuel while another 20 received grocery hampers. The other 10 were rewarded with $100,000 each.The drawing took place at the GUYOIL Regent Street branch.Jeffrey Harry is one of the lucky customers to win a grocery hamperMarketing & Sales Manager of GuyOil, Eric Whaul, congratulated the winners on behalf of the company. He noted that, for the New Year, the company would continue to give back to the country and its customers. According to Whaul, despite the fluctuations in gas prices, the company would continue to maintain its low prices.The GuyOil Christmas promotion was launched on November 6, and will run until January 6, 2018. The company will be giving away a total of $3 million in cash and prizes to customers purchasing its products from various service stations. Customers who purchase $5,000 worth of products can fill out a coupon and drop it in the box provided. Winners will be drawn weekly.The final $1 million will be distributed among 10 winning entries.last_img read more