Nieuws volgens datum: 1 Sep, 2020

Ruim 1.000 coronabesmettingen op Amerikaanse universiteit sinds heropening


Meer dan duizend studenten van de Universiteit van Alabama zijn positief getest op het coronavirus sinds colleges daar twee weken geleden weer van start zijn gegaan, schrijft CNN.

Colleges op de campus in de stad Tuscaloosa in de Amerikaanse staat Alabama begonnen dit jaar op 19 augustus. Tot 18 augustus waren in totaal al 158 studenten van de universiteit besmet met het COVID-19-virus. Sinds de eerste collegedag loopt het aantal besmettingen op de campus snel op. In totaal zijn nu 1.201 studenten positief getest. Er zijn nog geen studenten met het virus opgenomen in het ziekenhuis. Volgens de Universiteit van Alabama is het snel stijgende aantal besmettingen sinds de aanvang van de colleges niet te wijten aan het fysieke onderwijs dat de school aanbiedt. “Ons bron- en contactonderzoek heeft niet uitgewezen dat er besmettingen hebben plaatsgevonden door fysiek onderwijs”, stelt de rector van de afdeling gezondheidswetenschappen aan de universiteit. (NU)…[+]

Zimbabwe to return land seized from foreign farmers

Zimbabwe has offered to return land to foreign nationals whose farms were seized under a controversial government programme two decades ago.
Thousands of white farmers were forced from their land, often violently, between 2000 and 2001.
The seizures were meant to redress colonial-era land grabs but contributed to the country’s economic decline and ruined relations with the West. A separate compensation scheme has been launched for local white farmers.
They have not been offered land, but the government last month promised them $3.5bn (£2.6bn) for seized infrastructure.The US has said compensating farmers is one of the requirements for it to lift decades of economic sanctions.(BBC)…[+]

Three clean-up crew die after boat capsizes

Three sailors have died and one is missing after their tugboat capsized while they were helping to clear a major oil spill off Mauritius. Four others were rescued after the boat collided with a barge on Monday.
About 1,000 tonnes of oil spilled into a sanctuary for rare wildlife after the Japanese ship MV Wakashio struck a coral reef on 25 July.
Concern mounted further after 39 dead dolphins were found washed up on the shore last week. The cause of their deaths is not yet known but environmental campaigners believe it is linked to the spill and are demanding an inquiry.

The tugboat had been towing the unmanned barge back from the spill site in rough seas when the collision between them happened, the barge operator Taylor Smith Group said. The eight crew members abandoned ship. Four were later rescued and taken to shore. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth visited the rescued sailors in hospital and said rescue teams were searching for the missing crew members, the BBC’s Yasine Mohabuth reports from the capital Port Louis.(BBC)…[+]

Melania Trump ex-confidante tell-all dishes on ‘Princess Ivanka’


A tell-all memoir by an ex-associate of First Lady Melania Trump has disclosed unflattering details about the White House as her husband seeks re-election. In Melania and Me, published Tuesday, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff claims she witnessed “deceit” and “deception” throughout her former friendship.

The White House has denounced the book as a “bizarre twisting of the truth”. On Monday, the author said she was working with authorities on a financial probe of Mr Trump’s inauguration. Mrs Winston Wolkoff, a longtime event planner for Vogue magazine, also describes the widely reported tensions between Mrs Trump and her step-daughter Ivanka Trump, who Mrs Trump allegedly refers to as “princess”.

Mrs Trump, she writes, is a fan of emojis and once sent her a text message describing Ms Trump and her husband Jared Kushner – both senior White House advisors – as “snakes”. On Monday Mrs Winston Wolkoff, who was a senior organiser for Trump’s inauguration, told ABC News that she was cooperating with investigators who are scrutinising allegations of financial crimes involved with spending for the event.(BBC)…[+]