At the Ministry of Health, Jamila Madeira, former leader of Socialist Youth, MEP and leader of the PS, leaves the functions of Assistant Secretary of State and Health, a position that is now held by António Sales, who thus rises in the hierarchy of the team led by Minister Marta Temido.
Still for this team, to assume the functions of Secretary of State for Health exercised until now by António Sales, Diogo Serras Lopes enters, current vice president of the board of directors of the Central Administration of the Health System and who was an advisor on economic issues in the prime minister’s office.
Susana de Fátima Carvalho Amador was also exonerated from the post of Secretary of State for Education. The folder was handed over to jurist Inês Pacheco Ramires Ferreira.
A note of the Presidency of the Republic also reveals that, in the team of the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos, the Secretaries of State Assistant and Communications, Alberto de Souto de Miranda, and Housing, Ana Cláudia da Costa Pinho are exonerated, being replaced, respectively, by Hugo Santos Mendes and by the vice president of the socialist bench Marina Gonçalves.
At the Ministry of the Sea, José Apolinário leaves the role of Secretary of State for Fisheries to run for election in October for president of the Algarve Regional and Coordination Commission, a position that will be held by Teresa Estêvão Pedro, lawyer and who was representative of Portugal on the Management Board of the European Fisheries Control Agency between 2010 and 2012.
The President of the Republic will swear in the new secretaries of state this Thursday, at 5:45 pm, in a restricted ceremony at the Palace of Belém.
This second recomposition of the XXII Constitutional Government was proposed this Wednesday by the Prime Minister, António Costa, and accepted by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Japan’s new prime minister, conservative Yoshihide Suga, took office on Wednesday. It is the end of the Shinzo Abe era, at least formally. Suga, a little charismatic character, known among Japanese journalists as the “iron wall”, for his refusal to answer difficult questions, considered Abe’s right hand, promised to keep his predecessor’s course, setting up an Executive full of familiar faces . At 71, Suga inherited the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD), which has a parliamentary majority and has ruled Japan for most of the past 65 years. He will have to make the transition between backstage, where he operated, and stardom, with the obligation to win elections, despite being a figure hitherto unknown to most Japanese.
A month ago, Suga’s rise to prime minister would be absolutely unpredictable. Abe’s timid response to the pandemic, hesitating to impose restrictions against the covid-19, left him with approval ratings of around 30%, but no one foresaw his departure. Until a crisis of ulcerative colitis, a chronic illness he had suffered from for a long time, forced him to walk away.
Suga’s choice was obviously the result of “an election in the smoking rooms inside the PLD,” said Jesper Koll, a Tokyo-based economist, speaking to the BBC. “The public had no voice in their choice as Prime Minister of Japan,” he continued. “In the end, you are only good for your party if you can win public elections. Therefore, he is under pressure. It will have to show its value to the party ”.
Even among the Japanese, known for their work ethic, Suga is described as particularly disciplined. “He is a man who gets up at 5 am, does 100 sit-ups and reads all the newspapers,” describes Koll, who personally knows the new leader. However, Suga leaves with the disadvantage of being a compromise solution between the PLD barons, without the support of any particular faction. Son of farmers who produced strawberries in the icy north of Japan, the new prime minister is a rare case in his party, as he has no family political capital to cling to, unlike Abe, the son of a former foreign minister and grandson of a prime minister.
As such, Suga’s executive is a hodgepodge of the PLD’s seven main factions, including that of its main rival, the ultra-conservative Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister, who led the internal opposition to Abe. At a time when the Prime Minister is facing a pandemic and a brutal economic crisis, as well as a sharp drop in the birth rate and an increase in tensions with neighboring countries, such as China and South Korea, there is no doubt that Suga’s rivals will exploit each of their mistakes.
For now, Suga has rejected calls from the opposition, which demands the dissolution of Parliament and new elections, to legitimize the new incumbent. In any case, the new prime minister will have to prepare for the 2021 elections, always aware that the many factions in his party can take the rug out of his way.
Police arrested six suspected arsonists following the devastating fires in the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos. Meanwhile, a fire breaks out on the Greek island of Samos.
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The Greek police responded to the destruction of the refugee camp Moria on the island Lesbos six suspected arsonists arrested. Greek authorities believe the fire was deliberately started by inmates after quarantine rules were put in place when several refugees tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Moria camp, in which more than 12,000 people lived, was razed to the ground by the great fire last week. Initial reports indicated that fires broke out in various parts of the camp.
Fire broke out on Samos
Meanwhile, a fire broke out on the Greek island of Samos near the refugee camp there on Tuesday evening. The fire brigade was able to bring the fire under control on Tuesday, as reported by the island’s online portal “Samos Today”. The camp is not in danger, Stantzos told the radio station Thema 104.6. He had previously expressed concern and feared that the migrants’ tents could also catch fire.
The media also reported the first arrests: Several men had been arrested by the police on suspicion of arson. At first it was not clear who the men were and what motives they were pursuing.
According to the Greek Ministry of Migration, around 4,600 migrants live in the Vathy refugee camp on Samos. However, the camp only has space for around 650 people. Two people tested positive for the corona virus in the camp on Tuesday.
“You want to leave the island”
After the fire on Lesbos last week, thousands of people who have become homeless refuse Migrantsto move into newly built makeshift accommodation. Instead, they asked again on Tuesday to be allowed to leave the island. “We have informed them that they have to go to the facility, but they refuse,” said a police representative who did not want to be named. “You want to leave the island.”
Moria: The refugee camp was completely destroyed by the fire. (Source: Reuters)
Most of the people, who come mainly from Afghanistan, Syria and Africa, endure without shelter, sanitary facilities and food supplies. The government announced that only 1,000 migrants have so far wanted to go to a new temporary camp in the Kara Tepe region, which is already equipped with 5,000 beds and is being expanded. Thousands of others – men, women and children – spent the night outside the facility on the side of the road. They fear that the living conditions in the new camp will be just as bad as in Moria and hope that they will come off the island.
Permanent new warehouse is to be built
“Nobody will leave Lesbos without first being in the interim camp,” said Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis on the radio station Skai. Prime Minister had the weekend Kyriakos Mitsotakis declares that in any case a permanent reception camp for refugees will be built on Lesbos to replace the destroyed Moria camp. This was originally designed for around 2,800 people. Lesbos is close to the Turkish coast, which is why many migrants stranded there.
But so far only a few hundred refugees have been allowed to leave Lesbos, mostly unaccompanied minors. Germany now wants to take in around 1,500 refugees. The Greek authorities have stated that there will be no mass transfers to the mainland and that all migrants must first go to the new accommodation on Lesbos.
The Prime Minister has warned Quebecers against a general relaxation of health measures, which would be at the origin of the increase in new cases of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.
“There is a general relaxation in Quebec. […] It is important to return to a certain discipline, ”asked the Prime Minister, François Legault, at a press briefing Monday in Montreal.
Moreover, Quebec is studying the possibility of cracking down on those who do not comply with health instructions.
Mr. Legault said the new cases affect a segment of the younger population and are not only concentrated in Montreal.
Quebec recorded 140 new COVID-19 contaminations on Monday, now bringing the total of cases listed to 62,492.
The hospitalization situation is relatively stable with a total of 112 patients.
For the Prime Minister, the current return to school, the return to the office of several workers and the arrival of colder temperatures that will encourage people to take refuge indoors are pivotal moments in the fight against the virus.
“The next few weeks will be critical. […] We do not want to close the schools. We owe that to our children, ”implored Mr. Legault.
Although he does not wish to return to this measure, the Prime Minister has left the threat of a return to confinement if the situation escalates too much.
According to the strategic medical adviser to the General Directorate of Public Health, Richard Massé, the current increase in cases is more linked to summer vacations rather than the start of the school year, which began last week in some regions.
“We are not able to pinpoint a type of activity that has an impact on this increase,” said the Prime Minister.
On the other hand, the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, mentioned certain cases of rally which weighed in the balance.
“There are 10 new cases today [qui sont liés à une activité de karaoké] and we will have new cases related to this activity tomorrow. We also have a hint of marriage. […] This is how a second wave begins, ”warned Mr. Dubé.
He informed that the government will hear a report from the Ministry of the Interior (MoI) on the surveillance of state borders in the conditions of Covid-19.
Asked to comment on the rapid increase in the incidence of Covid-19 in Lithuania and the possible actions of Latvia, this neighboring country, possibly on the so-called “yellow” or “red” list, Kariņš admitted that he monitors the situation with Covid-19 incidence in various European countries every day. Countries of the Union.
The Prime Minister pointed out that he was more concerned about the situation in Latvia’s neighboring countries, adding that the incidence of Covid-19 in Lithuania was on an upward trend.
It has already been reported that 38 people have been infected with the new coronavir virus in Lithuania last day and another death has been confirmed with the disease Covid-19, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday.
Thus, in Lithuania, infection with this virus was detected in a total of 2,673 people. Hospitals are currently treating 37 infected people, five of whom are in resuscitation or intensive care units, one person needs artificial ventilation, and 19 people have oxygen masks. 1766 people have been confirmed to recover, according to data published by the National Center for Public Health.
A sharp increase in the number of infections with Covid-19 in Lithuania has been observed since the end of July. From 1 to 23 August, 563 new cases of infection were registered in Lithuania, which makes up 21% or one fifth of the total number of Covid-19 infections registered in the country.
According to data compiled by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the cumulative number of 14-day infections per 100,000 population in Lithuania on 24 August has reached 13.7. This is the highest figure since April.
In Latvia, 14 – day self – isolation must be observed when entering countries where the cumulative number of 14 – day infections per 100,000 population exceeds 16.
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez refused this Tuesday to re-enact a state of emergency in Spain to contain the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving that responsibility in the hands of the autonomies.With cases increasing from day to day and several regions grappling with a second wave of contagions, Sánchez admitted that the situation is “worrying”, but considered that each autonomous region should assume the responsibility to decree the return to the state of emergency, a measure that allows to restrict the movement of people and other fundamental rights, which led the opposition to accuse him of “discarding responsibilities”. Speaking after the first meeting of the Council of Ministers after the holidays, the Spanish PM also made available 2,000 military personnel to assist in the screening of possible contacts of infected people across the country. details Europeans reinfected A Dutch patient and a Belgian patient were again infected with Covid-19 months after being considered cured of the disease, it was revealed this Tuesday. In both cases, they were infected with a different strain of the virus.False positives About 3700 people were wrongly diagnosed with Covid-19 in Sweden after being tested with a defective batch of tests made in China.Against hasty vaccine Chief U.S. epidemiologist Anthony Fauci considered the possibility of hastening the delivery of a vaccine before passing all safety tests dangerous, after rumors that Trump wants a vaccine before the elections.Bali without tourists until 2021 The Indonesian island of Bali will remain closed to international tourists until the end of the year, the Jakarta government announced.Bolsonaro’s son infected with Covid-19 Flávio Bolsonaro, the eldest son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the fourth infected in the family after his father, stepmother, Michelle, and stepbrother, Jair Renan.
The senator has no symptoms and is being treated with hydroxychloroquine, the controversial medication promoted by his father as a cure for the disease.
The spokesperson will not say whether the 59-year-old has been hospitalized or provide further details about Tymoshenko’s condition, according to Reuters.
Tymoshenko, who has twice served as Prime Minister of Ukraine and is a candidate in several presidential elections, is the first top politician in the country to be confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus.
A mother of two neuro-atypical children still does not know how they will be able to return to school, almost a week before the start of the school year. She denounces the lack of consideration for children with disabilities or suffering from a learning disability in the recovery plan of the government of Quebec.
In March, before masks became routine, German tourists infected with the coronavirus returned from Israel by plane, a flight of more than four hours during which, to the surprise of the researchers, only two infections of other passengers. have been discovered.
The coronavirus pandemic is shaking entire sections of the world economy, including the airline industry, the automobile industry and even distribution, where the British chain Marks and Spencer announced on Tuesday the loss of 7,000 jobs.
A New Yorker was arrested Tuesday for using the identities of 90 stars to invent employees and recover $ 3 million in aid for small businesses, with which he bought, among other things, a Mercedes and a Rolex.
Three crew members of a Seattle fishing boat who had antibodies capable of neutralizing the novel coronavirus were not re-infected during a COVID-19 outbreak that struck the majority of people on board, according to a report. study.
Quebec Finance Minister Eric Girard recognizes that some sectors will have difficulty recovering from the COVID-19 crisis and therefore wants to help workers reorient themselves towards more profitable industries.
Faced with worrying signs of a resurgence of the coronavirus, which according to the WHO is increasingly spread by young people, France will impose the wearing of masks in companies and South Korea is stepping up closure measures in the Seoul region .
Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx sweeps away criticism from opposition parties and denies having abandoned the industry with her $ 753 million stimulus plan consisting mainly of aid programs in the form of loans.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday called “manifestly false” a statement by US President Donald Trump, who spoke of an uncontrolled “huge rise” in coronavirus cases in the archipelago.
The coronavirus in Asia-Pacific is currently being spread by people under the age of fifty who sometimes do not know they are infected, the WHO said on Tuesday, warning of a “new phase” of the epidemic.
8:30 am | The Indian tourist region of Goa wants to crack down on underground parties in the face of rising coronavirus cases in this small state known for its idyllic beaches
The Indian tourist region of Goa wants to crack down on underground parties in the face of the increase in cases of coronavirus in this small state known for its idyllic beaches, local authorities said on Tuesday.
Certain categories of citizens will be able to get a discount of 10 to 25 percent on a new car when it is purchased under a preferential car loan program. Lost revenue for banks is compensated by the state.
According to the decree signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, subsidies will be given to credit institutions that offer loans at a discount of 10 percent of the cost of a car to families raising at least one child and employees of state medical organizations. A cheaper new car will also cost those who rent their old car for a down payment, but the TCP must be at least six years old and must be owned by the borrower for more than a year. For residents of the Far East, the discount is increased to 25 percent.
In addition, the maximum cost of a car that can be taken on credit has been increased from 1 to 1.5 million rubles. This will allow large families to acquire modern roomy vehicles.