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BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 8
By Jeila Aliyeva – Trend:
The US continues to cooperate with Turkmenistan in the sphere of economic development in a range of areas, Stephen Guice, Public Affairs Officer of the US Embassy in Ashgabat told Trend.
Thus, these areas include: promotion of the private sector, the development of entrepreneurs, and increasing commercial ties between the two countries.
“The US also supports multilateral organizations and their wide range of programming in Turkmenistan,” he said.
Turkmenistan is actively promoting growth in the private sector, he noted.
The US is one of the important trade, economic, and foreign policy partners of Turkmenistan, with which cooperation is carried out in the field of regional security, combating serious threats and challenges, as well as in other areas.
In recent years, the US has taken a course towards rapprochement with Turkmenistan. Political consultations have become regular. Cooperation continues in such areas as the supply of agricultural machinery, modernization of the technical fleet of civil aviation in Turkmenistan, and import of electric power equipment.
In addition, the US administration supports regional gas pipeline projects of Turkmenistan, such as Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI) and Trans-Caspian International Transport Route.
Diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the US were established on February 19, 1992.
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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has received seven tons of relief assistance from the Italian Contingent of the European Union Training Mission in Somalia, EUTM-S, the US Army Civil Affairs Team. The food will be distributed to vulnerable families and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Lower Shabelle region.
The EUTM-S Force Commander, Brig. Gen. Zinzone said essential support to vulnerable communities as part of their mission in Somalia. In addition, they were committed to assisting more communities battling climate shocks and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are a coalition that supports and works with the Somali people. It is fundamental for the Somali people to tell us what they need, and we will always be ready to help in whatever way we can,” said Brig. Gen. Zinzone, during the handover, was attended by various officials, including from the Somalia Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.
During the handover, AMISOM Deputy Force Commander in charge of Operations and Plans, Maj Gen. William Kitsao Shume, who represented the Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, commended the collaboration between different partners in supporting communities living within AMISOM’s area of responsibility.
“Your generous donation has allowed AMISOM, in conjunction with the Federal Government of Somalia and the South West State, to help make sure the vulnerable people do not go hungry,” said Maj. Gen. Shume.
“I am glad that you recognize the significant role of AMISOM’s provision of relief assistance in Somalia, and I hope that this constructive partnership with you can continue,” added Maj. Gen. Shume.
Col. Bruce Terry of the US Army Civil Affairs Unit said it is through the support and collaboration of the international partners that Somalia’s challenges will be overcome.
“Let us each take pride in the part played by our organizations in assisting Somalia, and also for the collective action that continues this endeavor that our nations have sent us to fight and win,” said Col. Terry.
In her remarks, the Somalia Federal Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Khadija Diriye, applauded AMISOM and partners for coming to the aid of vulnerable communities.
“AMISOM has on numerous occasions supported the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management in responding to various humanitarian needs of our people. All of us very much appreciate these efforts in helping vulnerable communities in your areas of responsibility,” said Minister Khadija.
The Governor of Lower Shabelle, Abdikadir Murshid Sidi, said due to increased community policing and better working relationships between locals and security agencies, Al-Shabaab has now resorted to sabotaging main supply routes in a bid to curtail humanitarian response.
“Since there are no more hiding places for them and there is more collaboration between the security forces and the public, the terrorist group has resorted to targeting civilian populations,” noted governor Abdikadir.
“I would like to commend the international community for standing with the people of Southwest State,” he added.
According to the Federal Government of Somalia, the impact of the flooding, desert locust, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed 2.7 million people across the country towards a major humanitarian emergency.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Union Mission in Somalia.
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Webmed said: “Call your doctor about high cholesterol and heart disease if you detect soft, yellowish skin growths on yourself or on your children.
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Delta variant cases now account for up to 91 percent of all new coronavirus cases in the UK according to the Health Secretary.
Speaking to MPs on Thursday, June 10, Matt Hancock said this figure was ascertained from an assessment he saw “last night”.
The Delta variant was first detected in India and is believed to be around 40 to 60 percent more transmissible than the Kent mutation detected in winter last year.
The rise in cases since February has been attributed to this variant, with more than 7,000 cases reported on both June 9 and 10 this week for the first time in weeks.
PHE medical director Dr Yvonne Doyle said: “Once again we are seeing cases rapidly rise across the country and the Delta variant is now dominant.
“The increase is primarily in younger age groups who are yet to receive the vaccine and we are seeing more hospital admissions.
“The vaccine rollout is a huge success, however, there are many millions who still need one or two doses and protection is not immediate.”
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The coronavirus might be receding in much of the United States, but it continues to spread in communities with low Covid-19 vaccination rates, where highly contagious virus variants pose a threat to those who have not had shots.
In Smith County, Tenn., where only 20 percent of people are fully vaccinated, there has been an almost 700 percent increase in hospitalizations for Covid-19 over the past two weeks, according to a New York Times database. In Trousdale, Tenn., where only 23 percent of people have had two vaccine doses, hospitalizations have also surged by 700 percent in the same period.
The increase is not a coincidence, said Dr. Ted Delbridge, executive director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. People who become ill with Covid-19 now are, “in most age groups, twice as likely to end up hospitalized as people who got the virus earlier in the course of the pandemic,” Dr. Delbridge said.
In Maryland, of those between the ages of 50 and 59 who contracted Covid-19 over the winter, about 8 percent were hospitalized, he said. From the end of April through the beginning of June, the hospitalization rate in that group was 19 percent.
Dangerous virus variants are likely to be to blame, Dr. Delbridge said. The variant first found in Britain, now known as Alpha, is deadlier and more contagious than most others and is now dominant in the United States. Last month, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the variant, also known as B.1.1.7, made up 72 percent of U.S. cases at the time.
But vaccines have proven to be effective against the Alpha variant. A spring surge that scientists had warned of largely failed to materialize in the United States.
“I think we got lucky, to be honest,” Nathan Grubaugh, an epidemiologist at Yale University, told The New York Times last month. “We’re being rescued by the vaccine.”
Through Tuesday, about 172 million Americans had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to a Times database. But vaccine distribution across the country has slowed in recent weeks. About 1 million shots are being administered nationwide each day, down from an April peak of 3 million.
In Michigan, one of the few states that saw a surge in cases this spring, Alpha struck younger people who were returning to schools and playing contact sports.
“Because it’s more transmissible, the virus finds cracks in behavior that normally wouldn’t have been as much of a problem,” said Emily Martin, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan.
At a White House press briefing on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief Covid adviser, said the Delta variant, which was originally identified in India, was emerging as the dominant variant in Britain.
“We cannot let that happen in the United States,” Dr. Fauci said, adding that the Delta variant now accounted for 6 percent of sequenced cases in the United States.
Dr. Fauci urged young people to get vaccinated, citing a study that found that two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the AstraZeneca vaccine appeared to be effective against the Delta variant.
One way of limiting the spread is for those who are vaccinated to wear masks around those who are not, doctors say. At least one state is making that a rule in some places: When California reopens next week, fully vaccinated colleagues working in a room together will be allowed to work maskless. But if one person is unvaccinated, everyone in the room will need to wear a mask.
“If I’m in close proximity to other people, and I don’t know their vaccination status, I put a mask on,” Dr. Delbridge said. “It’s just too easy.”
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However, chief executive of NHS Providers Chris Hopson said the number of people in hospital with the variant has not increased “very significantly”.
He also said that many of those currently in hospital in Bolton – which has the highest number of Indian variant cases – were younger than in previous waves.
“The people who came in this time round were actually a lot younger and were a lot less at risk of very serious complication, less at risk of death, and what that means is that they were less demand on critical care,” he explained.
He continued: “What we think we can start to say now, based on that experience, is that it does look as though the vaccines have broken the chain between catching Covid-19 and potentially being very, very seriously ill and potentially dying.
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Speaking at a Scottish Government coronavirus briefing today, Ms Sturgeon said: “We know that there are particularly serious outbreaks in three specific English local authority areas – Bedford, Bolton and Blackford and Darwen.
“So for that reason, from Monday onwards, we are putting hopefully temporary travel restrictions on travel between Scotland and those three local authority areas in England.
So if you were planning to visit friends or relatives or to stay in those areas you must delay your visit.
”She added it “makes more sense” to then review the new restrictions on a weekly basis, before then announcing Glasgow will be the only area to stay in Level 3 of the nation’s measures.
Sturgeon has imposed a Scotland travel ban to UK Covid hotspots Bedford, Bolton, Blackburn
She added there was still a rise in cases despite “extensive public health measures” brought in over the past 10 days.
It comes as the number of cases per 100,000 people in Glasgow has increased from 71 last week to 122.6 in the seven days to May 18.
Meanwhile, East Renfrewshire had a higher seven-day average rate of cases than Glasgow which earlier this week, will remain in Level 2.
The temporary ban will start from Monday
Infection levels in Moray, in the north-east of Scotland, are down from 98 cases per 100,000 people last week to 37, with test positivity falling from 2.8 percent to 1.3 percent.
In Level 2, people can hug, meet indoors and travel across the UK and overseas.
Hospitality venues can also open later than in Level 3 and serve alcohol indoors.
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When asked whether Glasgow could face restrictions for a longer period because of the numbers, she said: “The reason I’m not saying we’ll come back in three weeks now is I hope the overall duration of these higher level restrictions in Glasgow will be shorter than was the case earlier this year and at the tail end of last year.
“I think it actually makes more sense to review on a weekly basis, because we don’t want to keep Glasgow in higher level restrictions any longer than is necessary… because of the scale of the public health interventions that we have in deployment right now.
“And in determining where to put travel restrictions we just have to be mindful of people’s travel patterns – people might live in the south side of Glasgow but in the city they don’t necessarily stay in the south side of Glasgow all the time because they work elsewhere and vice versa.”
The First Minister said it “makes more sense” to review coronavirus restrictions on a weekly basis
Elsewhere, the Indian variant of Covid has been described as a “black cloud on the horizon” for Ireland by the country’s chief medical officer.
Around 72 cases of the variant have been confirmed in Ireland to date, up from 59 earlier this week.
Dr Tony Holohan said public health officials are “genuinely concerned” about the variant and its increased transmissibility, despite the situation being “stable” at present.
He said: “The situation is broadly stable for the most part.
Mrs Sturgeon added the variant first identified in India was likely to change quickly
“The vaccination programme is continuing at pace and we’re increasing the proportion of people being vaccinated on a daily basis.
“In broad terms you could characterise it that the sky is for the most part blue. But there is a black cloud on the horizon which is the Indian variant.
“We are genuinely concerned about the reports we’re seeing and the credibility we attach to them around the increased transmissibility associated with that particular variant.”
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The research found that the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea now has the UK’s highest average house price, measured at £1,220,511.49 in February 2021.
However, residents there also enjoy England’s fifth lowest Council Tax bill – an average of just £1,515.
The London boroughs of Westminster and Wandsworth each have an average bill just under £1,000 – at £945 and £966 respectively – the two lowest rates in the country.
But, the story is very different when it comes to house prices though.
Average house prices in Wandsworth meanwhile stand at £617,220.48 – the UK’s eighth highest.
Conversely, County Durham has the third lowest (311 out of 313) average house price in England – measured at £112,722.16 in February 2021.
However, its residents receive the eighth-highest average Council Tax bill at £2,503.
In Hartlepool meanwhile, the average house price is £115,437.76, which ranks as 308th out of 313.
Meanwhile, its average council tax bill is £2,528, the sixth-highest in the country.
Here, the lowest rate – Band A – is £1,417, only £147 less than Westminster’s highest possible rate – Band H – which is £1,564.
A reader shared the article on Reddit, with hundreds of people commenting on the findings.
“It’s unfair and ridiculous. I shouldn’t have to pay more because I’m in a worse off area. It’s a tax on the poor,” wrote one person.
“I now pay significantly more, waste is collected every two weeks, massive reduction in services etc. Council is constantly selling off public land, and they are eyeing up the allotments. It’s a disgrace.”
Another person had looked into their own council tax bill, to discover how much they were paying more than another property band in Westminster.
“I checked, and my band C property pays more than a band E property in Westminster,” they wrote.
Another person asked: “Shouldn’t council tax be based off the value of the house?”
Not all Reddit users agreed with one another though.
One person penned: “Is that because a wealthier area has less costs for things like social care compared to poorer areas?”
“County Durham doesn’t quite have the expensive commercial properties of Oxford Street, Regent Street, Soho, and Covent Garden to add to its coffers.
“I bet they make quite a bit from parking too – I remember it being something like £4 for 20 minutes at a meter.
“Then yes, they generally have less to spend. Though Westminster and K&C etc. certainly do have some very deprived areas too.”
A spokesperson for Xendpay, the money transfer experts who carried out the analysis, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the findings, and the reaction.
“It’s clear from the comments that council tax provokes strong reactions, no matter where you live,” they said.
“The UK’s gross average wage is around £31,500, so a council tax bill of £2,000 takes up six percent of it, which is obviously a considerable amount.
“And with many council tax bills across the country set to increase, the debate is not likely to stop anytime soon.”
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