By Lidia Kelly
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s government expressed support on Sunday for the strictest social-distancing measures yet by the state of Victoria in an effort to contain the new coronavirus.
The government in country’s second-most populous state is expected to announce that movement and businesses will be severely restricted in the state’s capital Melbourne for at least six weeks from Wednesday, media reported.
The backing by the federal government, ruled by a Liberal Party-led coalition, for the measures by Victoria’s Labor Party government shows national unity of message across the political spectrum in a country with a loose federal system.
Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, is already under a reimposed six-week stay-home order, but it has been struggling to rein in COVID-19. Record numbers of new infections of the virus that causes the disease were reported last week, prompting warnings of further restrictions.
The state reported more than 650 infections on Sunday, up from 397 cases Saturday, ABC News television reported, citing unnamed sources.
Education Minister Dan Tehan told Sky News that the federal government would “absolutely” support Victoria in ramping up its measures.
“We will continue to offer as much support as we can,” Tehan said. “There’s no question these are very difficult times in Victoria.”
Australia has fared far better than many other countries in keeping the coronavirus from spreading, but at a high economic cost. It has recorded around 17,300 coronavirus cases and 200 COVID-19 deaths, but the recent surge in Victoria has proven difficult to contain.
Melbournians are allowed to go out for work, essential shopping, medical care and exercise. Under the new restrictions, they would have to stay within 5 kilometres (3 miles) of their homes, with only one person from each household allowed to go to grocery shopping.
The measures would limit transport options and affect many retail outlets. Restaurants, which allow now for delivery and take-away options would be limited to contact-less pick-up orders, Melbourne newspapers reported.
Movement restrictions and business operations would also be limited in the rest of the state, but not to the same level as in Melbourne.
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and William)
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Five northern community broadband projects in the N.W.T., Yukon and northern Manitoba will share in $72 million of Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Broadband Fund money.
According to a press release from the CRTC Wednesday, the projects are designed to improve broadband internet service for about 10,100 households in 51 communities.
The CRTC will dedicate $750 million to projects that improve broadband services in rural and remote communities over the next five years. Many communities in the North rely on slower satellite data connections for internet service. – Anna Desmarais, CBC News
Honourees include Sir Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslet, film director Chloé Zhao (Songs My Brother Taught Me and The Rider), and filmmaker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, Queen of Katwe and Salaam Bombay!). The one-hour tribute show will be broadcast Sept. 15 on CTV and its affiliated platforms and globally streamed by Variety.
Prior to the pandemic, 75% of workers commuted by private vehicle, 13% used public transit, 7% walked or cycled to work and about 1% used another mode of transportation. Fewer than 1 in 20 workers teleworked (4%).
Although private vehicles remain the most common mode of commuting since the onset of the pandemic, its share has declined from 75% to 67% in June. The decrease in the proportion of workers using public transit was even more pronounced, falling from 13% to 3% of workers—half the rate of those who walked or bicycled to work (6%). In June, 22% of Canadians were working from home and slightly less than 2% were using another mode of transportation.
One reason for the decline in private vehicle and public transit use may be attributable to the more than a five-fold increase (from 4% to 22%) in Canadians working from home since the onset of the pandemic. – StatsCan
Sumner (Murray Rothstein) Redstone, the hard-charging mogul who parlayed his father’s New England drive-in theatre business into a media empire that now flows into virtually every avenue of entertainment, has died. He was 97.
Redstone was the controlling shareholder of the recently merged ViacomCBS — and previously CBS Corp. and Viacom — who made famous the mantra “content is king.”
Forbes estimated his net worth at US$3B in 2019.
– Pat O’Day (born Paul W. Berg in Norfolk, Nebraska) whose voice was well known for decades throughout Seattle as a disc jockey and an announcer at the Seafair races, has died at 85.
He passed away at his home in the San Juan Islands, his son Jeff O’Day wrote in a Facebook post.
At one time, Pat O’Day owned the afternoon airwaves, averaging 35% of the after-school and drive-time audience at a time when traffic was growing dramatically. The teenage car culture was in its heyday. Around the time the Lake City branch of the legendary Dick’s Drive-In opened in 1963, O’Day’s listenership peaked at 41%. And his company, Concerts West, was one of the major concert-booking agents in the nation.
According to Wikipedia, almost everything known (published) about Pat O’Day’s work in the radio and live music concert businesses can be found in O’Day’s autobiography, It Was All Just Rock-‘n’-Roll II: A Return to the Center of the Radio & Concert Universe.
His story was featured in a 2015 documentary about radio DJs called I Am What I Play, directed by Roger King.
Personas Social Surpasses 50,000 Social Media Followers TSX Venture Exchange:PRSN – GlobeNewswire
TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Personas Social Incorporated (TSX.V: PRSN) (OTCQB: PKSLF) (the “Company”) is pleased to report that the successful launch of its social media brand awareness program.
The Personas.com video conferencing service provides its customers with a feature rich low-cost video conferencing platform. The Company launched its Personas social media brand awareness program on August 4th, 2020. The Company is proud to announce that as of Wednesday August 12th, 2020 the Personas.com service had accumulated more than 63,000 social media followers. Much larger videoconferencing companies, such as Zoom have fewer followers on the same social media sites. This is due in part to Personas intentionally targeting to the newly evolved and underserved home user video conferencing market. Whereas, most of our competitors offer primarily corporate video conferencing services; Personas offers a video conferencing platform that can be used to run a wide variety of purposes including running a variety of home businesses.
The Company is marketing it services in concert with social media influencers who have a large social media footprint in specific geographies and language groups. In preparation for the marketing campaign the Company implemented multi-lingual support for both its website and customer service department. The company’s initial marketing campaign targeted the country of Brazil and Portuguese speaking social media users. The company will launch similar campaigns targeting other languages and other geographies.
Personas can be found online at www.personas.com.
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Personas Social Incorporated
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai calls for ‘patient’ democracy fight after release
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai said on Thursday he was overwhelmed by the support he got after becoming the most high-profile person to be arrested under a new national security law and urged patience in a “long-term fight” for democracy.
Lai, a staunch supporter of the city’s democracy movement, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of collusion with foreign forces as police raided the offices of his Apple Daily tabloid.
He was released on bail early on Wednesday, and greeted by a throng of supporters chanting “fight till the end”.
In a #LiveChatWithJimmy video appearance on Twitter, Lai thanked his supporters and said their action showed the police raid was a “violation of Hong Kong people’s belief” in wide-ranging freedoms, which he likened to oxygen.
“The oxygen is getting thin, and we are all choking, but when we’re choking we’re still taking care of each other and keep resisting and keep fighting for our rule of law and freedom,” he said.
Lai, who China sees as a “traitor”, was arrested under a new security law imposed by Beijing on June 30 in response to a year of pro-democracy unrest in the former British colony, which returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula aimed at preserving its autonomy.
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, fuelled by fears Beijing has been eroding city freedoms, has enjoyed and sustained broad support in the city.
Lai said pro-democracy activists had to play a long game.
“We cannot be radical, we cannot confront them face-to-face because we’re just like an egg and they are a high wall,” he said.
“We have to flexible, and innovative and patient, but persist.”
The law punishes whatever China considers subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.
Critics say the law brings semi-autonomous Hong Kong closer to mainland China’s authoritarianism, while its supporters say it will bring stability to the city and safeguard its prosperity.
Since Lai’s arrest people have been queuing up early in the morning to buy his Apple Daily, and many have also bought shares in Next Digital, Lai’s media company that publishes his newspaper, sparking a rally of more than 2,000% at its peak.
Lai called the rise in share price an “ephemeral phenomenon” and urged people “not to touch it”.
Source:- Global News
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