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MMC’s drones used in the battle against the new coronavirus outbreak

BEIJING, Feb. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The beginning of 2020 is special to most Chinese – with a sudden coronavirus outbreak firstly occurred in Wuhan, China, all cities joined to fight with efforts. Shenzhen MicroMultiCopter (MMC) quickly launched the UAV prevention solutions and invested a service team of over 200 people rushing to the front line with over 100 drones deployed in many cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhaoqing, Foshan and other areas to participate in the battles, by which the risk of virus spreading among front-line staffs is greatly reduced.

MMC drone with megaphones doing aerial broacasting

I. Aerial broadcasting
Instead of artificially patrolling, the drones are capable of uninterrupted patrols in 360 degrees to observe the ground condition through 40x zoom cameras. Crowds and those who doesn’t wear masks in public places are found and dispersed by the commanders through onboard megaphones. Daily broadcasting by drones is carrying out in different streets and communities, larger area is covered than using traditional loudspeakers.

II. Disinfectant spraying
From stations, supermarkets to small courtyards where there is a need, MMC drones are used to spray disinfectant in public places. Compared to traditional way, using drones can avoid direct contact especially in those places required regular disinfection.

MMC drone standby for missions

III. Aerial thermal sensing
The drone with thermal camera will automatically sense each person through high accuracy infrared which has been widely used in crowded areas to assist in onsite management and evacuation.

IV. Traffic control
Since 1st Feb, MMC teams have been working with traffic police at many highway points. Traffic flow, congestion situation was captured. With larger coverage than fixed cameras, MMC drones greatly helped commanders figure out solutions very quickly.

“Unlike previous years where we must drive to patrol and gather information, we can now discover everything using drones,” a local traffic police praised with his thumb-up.

MMC drones in traffic monitoring

“At first, our drones are used only in aerial broadcasting, and it goes deeper in front-line use since the situation is getting more serious, further functions are required so we quickly formed a online R&D team and carried out the solutions,” said Lu Zhihui, chairman of MMC.

As a company with complete supply chain of industrial UAV, MMC provides not only complete solutions but also UAV key parts for different applications and OEM/ODM cooperation. With the experience cooperating with its global partners, MMC is committed to boosting automation level so people can work in greater safety, with lower cost and by higher efficiency.

MMC industrial supply chain

 

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صندوق النقد الدولي يشيد بدور برنامج الجنسية عن طريق الاستثمار في التنمية الاقتصادية لدول الكاريبي ويشجع العملات الرقمية بينما

تمرر سانت كيتس ونيفيس قانون الأصول الافتراضية

لندن، 9 فبراير / شباط، 2020 /PRNewswire/ — يعد برنامج الجنسية عن طريق الاستثمار “Citizenship by Investment” أحد الأسباب الرئيسية لتسجيل الاتحاد النقدي لمنطقة شرق الكاريبي (ECCU) نموًا في الناتج المحلي الإجمالي خلال العام الماضي، وذلك بحسب تقرير صندوق النقد الدولي في البيان الختامي لبعثته. وبالإضافة لذلك، يقترح خبراء صندوق النقد الدولي أن “العملة الرقمية قيد التجربة بحذر” تعد أحد الجوانب التي يمكن أن تحفز موارد المنطقة ومقدراتها، والتي تساعد بشكل خاص في “تعزيز الاتحاد النقدي من خلال رفع الكفاءة المالية”.

وتؤسس سانت كيتس ونيفيس بالفعل إطارًا تشريعيًا وتنظيميًا يراعي التقنيات المالية. وفي نهاية يناير / كانون ثاني، مرر برلمان سانت كيتس ونيفيس قانون الأصول الافتراضية “Virtual Assets Bill“، الذي يلزم بتسجيل الأعمال، وإجراءات التقصي اللازم، ويخضع لنظام إشرافي في حالة الرغبة في المشاركة في خدمات الأصول الافتراضية. ويتماشى ذلك مع معايير مكافحة غسيل الأموال التي وضعها صناع القرار العالميين ضمن مجموعة العمل المالية (FATF).

وصرح معالي رئيس الوزراء ووزير المالية تيموثي هاريس “Timothy Harris” في أثناء القراءة الثانية والأخيرة للقانون أمام البرلمان في الثالث والعشرين من يناير / كانون ثاني أن هذا التحرك يستهدف معالجة ما وصفه محافظ البنك المركزي لمنطقة شرق الكاريبي بـ “مجتمع غير نقدي”. وصرح معالي رئيس الوزراء قائلاً: “من الضروري في هذه المرحلة أن ننتهز الفرصة لزيادة قدراتنا للتكيف مع واقع التغيير الناعم في الميادين التقنية التي وجدنا فيها أنفسنا خلال القرن الحادي والعشرين”.

وفي ديسمبر / كانون أول، أعلن معالي رئيس الوزراء هاريس أن سانت كيتس ونيفيس ستدرج القياسات الحيوية ضمن إجراءات التدقيق التي يجب أن يجتازها جميع المتقدمين لبرنامج الجنسية عن طريق الاستثمار قبل أن يتم النظر في طلباتهم. وبمجرد الموافقة على المتقدم للحصول على جنسية ثانية من سانت كيتس ونيفيس، يستطيع المتقدم أن يساهم بمبلغ 150,000 دولار أمريكي في صندوق التنمية المستدامة، حيث تستطيع العائلات التي تضم أربعة أفراد أو أكثر تقديم طلب مشترك من خلال سداد أقل مساهمة بقيمة 195,000 دولار أمريكي. وفي حالة النجاح، يحق للمستثمرين الإقامة والعمل في سانت كيتس ونيفيس بالإضافة إلى امتيازات أخرى.

ومن جانبه، أشاد دانيال كيلمان “Daniel Kelman“، المستشار القانوني العام والداعم للعملات الرقمية، بتوجه الدولة التي تتكون من جزيرتين نحو المزيد من تكامل التقنيات المالية. حيث صرح: “يمكن أن يكون لديك أعمال في سانت كيتس وتؤدي الأعمال في جميع أنحاء العالم”. ويضيف في نشرة صحفية أصدرتها الحكومة: “حيث يكون لديك عمل صغير هنا في الجزيرة وتستطيع الوصول إلى العالم بأكمله كما لو أنه لا توجد أية حدود – ذلك بالضبط هو توجه سانت كيتس ونيفيس”.

وشهدت سانت كيتس ونيفيس تحسن الأداء الاقتصادي في 2019، وذلك بحسب النتائج الأولية التي كشفها أحدث تقرير صادر عن مفوضية الأمم المتحدة لأمريكا اللاتينية وجزر الكاريبي (ECLAC). وأشار محرر التقرير إلى مجموعة من التوجهات الاقتصادية الإيجابية في سانت كيتس ونيفيس، تتمثل في انخفاض الأسعار بنسبة (-0,43%)، وانخفاض أرصدة الديون بنسبة (-3,5%)، ونمو الناتج المحلي الإجمالي بنسبة (+3%)، والفائض المالي بنسبة (+191,5 مليون)، ونمو عدد السائحين بنسبة (+11,9%)، والعديد من مشروعات البنية التحتية التي يدعمها برنامج الجنسية عن طريق الاستثمار، بالإضافة إلى الآثار التبعية للعديد من القطاعات في إطار توفير فرص العمل وزيادة هامش الربح.

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Voting Begins in Cameroon French Areas, Timid in English Zones

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Local and parliamentary elections have begun successfully in French-speaking areas of Cameroon but things are slow going in the English-speaking zones of the central African country where separatists fighters warned residents not to vote. Several election staff have been attacked. Cameroon president Paul Biya has encouraged and congratulated those who voted.

Hundreds of voters line up at the polling station at Government Bilingual Primary School Bastos in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, to vote in the central African nation’s local and parliamentary elections. Among those who voted in the early hours of the morning was Cameroon President Paul Biya. He says Cameroonians should come out massively and vote and should not listen to people he describes as detractors of his country’s democracy.

He says he is very delighted and satisfied to have performed his civic responsibility and that he is calling on all citizens to ignore calls from some political parties to boycott the polls. He says as far as he is concerned, the elections indicate that democracy is progressing and is now inevitable in Cameroon.

Biya was reacting to some political parties like the Cameroon People’s Party that had been calling for the cancellation of the elections in favor of a transition which will put an end to his regime. The Cameroon Renaissance Movement Party was also leading protests for the elections to be canceled.

Separatist fighters have vowed that the elections will not take place in the two English-speaking regions of the country and imposed a travel ban in Cameroon’s Northwest and Southwest.

Emmanuel Acha, a 54-year-old English teacher who escaped from his northwestern village of Bafut, says he voted because he believes the Cameroon parliament needs committed people who can solve the separatist crisis in the English-speaking regions.

“I am particularly pleased to have accomplished my civic duty. This is the greatest weapon for peace and development. The greatest weapon to bring back normalcy,” he said.

As many rushed to vote in the French-speaking regions, the turn out in the English- speaking Northwest and Southwest regions was very poor as many people were either scared of separatist threats or heeded calls on them not to vote.

Deben Tchoffo, governor of the English-speaking regions pleaded with voters to conquer fear and assured the population of their safety.

“I am appealing to all the citizens of the Northwest region to go to the polling stations to vote for our municipal counselors, for our parliamentarians. Those are the key persons that are going to implement the special status agreed upon after the major national dialogue,” he said. “I am also asking everybody, mainly the youths of the north west region to come out massively to vote.”

The special status governor Deben Tchoffo was referring to creates assemblies of chiefs, regional assemblies and regional councils for the two English-speaking regions, with each of them having elected presidents.

Many civilians have escaped from the English-speaking regions where there were battles between the military and rebels. The civilians said they did not believe the government will be able to protect them.

Early Sunday the government said suspected separatists torched a public building that hosted polling stations in the English-speaking northwestern town of Bafut. No one was wounded.

A military convoy transporting elections material to the English-speaking towns of Jakiri and Kumbo came under heavy attack from separatists in the village of Sabga on the night of the election.

Source: Voice of America

Where Did They Go? Millions Left Wuhan Before Quarantine

SHANGHAI, CHINA – For weeks after the first reports of a mysterious new virus in Wuhan, millions of people poured out of the central Chinese city, cramming onto buses, trains and planes as the first wave of China’s great Lunar New Year migration broke across the nation. Some carried with them the new virus that has since claimed over 900 lives and sickened more than 37,000 people.

Officials finally began to seal the borders on Jan. 23. But it was too late. Speaking to reporters a few days after the city was put under quarantine, the mayor estimated that 5 million people had already left.

Where did they go?

An Associated Press analysis of domestic travel patterns using map location data from Chinese tech giant Baidu shows that in the two weeks before Wuhan’s lockdown, nearly 70% of trips out of the central Chinese city were within Hubei province. Baidu has a map app that is similar to Google Maps, which is blocked in China.

Another 14% of the trips went to the neighboring provinces of Henan, Hunan, Anhui and Jiangxi. Nearly 2% slipped down to Guangdong province, the coastal manufacturing powerhouse across from Hong Kong, and the rest fanned out across China. The cities outside Hubei province that were top destinations for trips from Wuhan between Jan. 10 and Jan. 24 were Chongqing, a municipality next to Hubei province, Beijing and Shanghai.

The travel patterns broadly track with the early spread of the virus. The majority of confirmed cases and deaths have occurred in China, within Hubei province, followed by high numbers of cases in central China, with pockets of infections in Chongqing, Shanghai and Beijing as well.

It’s definitely too late, said Jin Dong-Yan, a molecular virologist at Hong Kong University’s School of Biomedical Sciences. Five million out. That’s a big challenge. Many of them may not come back to Wuhan but hang around somewhere else. To control this outbreak, we have to deal with this. On one hand, we need to identify them. On the other hand, we need to address the issue of stigma and discrimination.

He added that the initial spread of travelers to provinces in central China with large pools of migrant workers and relatively weaker health care systems puts a big burden on the hospitals … of these resource-limited provinces.

Baidu gathers travel data based on more than 120 billion daily location requests from its map app and other apps that use Baidu’s location services. Only data from users who agree to share their location is recorded and the company says data is masked to protect privacy. Baidu’s publicly available data shows proportional travel, not absolute numbers of recorded trips, and does not include trips by people who don’t use mobile phones or apps that rely on Baidu’s popular location services.

Public health officials and academics have been using this kind of mapping data for years to track the potential spread of disease.

A group of researchers from Southampton University’s WorldPop research group, which studies population dynamics, used 2013-2015 data from Baidu’s location services and international flight itineraries to make a predictive global risk map for the likely spread of the virus from Wuhan.

It’s important to understand the population movements out of Wuhan before the city’s lock down, said Lai Shengjie, a WorldPop researcher who used to work at China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maybe they hadn’t developed symptoms but could transmit the virus. We need to look at destinations across China and the world and focus on the main destinations and try to prepare for disease control and prevention, he said.

The last trains left Wuhan the morning of Jan. 23, cutting off a surge of outbound travel that had begun three days earlier, Baidu data shows. Nearby cities rushed to impose travel restrictions of their own. From Jan. 23 to Jan. 26, the 15 cities that Baidu data shows received the most travelers from Wuhan � a combined 70% � all imposed some level of travel restrictions.

Other nations soon followed suit, including the United States, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and the Philippines, all of which have sharply restricted entry for people coming from China. Others, like Italy and Indonesia, have barred flights.

WorldPop researchers found that travel out of Wuhan has historically ramped up in the weeks before Lunar New Year’s Day. Based on historical travel patterns, they identified 18 high-risk cities within China that received the most travelers from Wuhan during this period. They then used 2018 flight itineraries from the International Air Transport Association to map the global connectivity of those cities.

They note that travel patterns after restrictions started rolling out on Jan. 23 will not match historical norms and that the cities they identified are initial ports of landing; travelers could have subsequently moved elsewhere.

The top 10 global destinations for travelers from high-risk Chinese cities around Lunar New Year, according to their analysis, were Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, the United States, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Australia.

In Africa, Egypt, South Africa, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria and Kenya topped the list.

The African continent is particularly vulnerable because of the weaker health infrastructure in many countries, and the longer cases go undetected, the more likely they are to spread.

Capacity is quite weak in many African health services, Dr. Michel Yao, emergency operations manager for the World Health Organization in Africa, told the AP. This new virus could overwhelm health systems we have in Africa.

The Africa Centers for Disease Control, formed three years ago in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, said screening has been stepped up at ports of entry across Africa. Egypt began screening passengers from affected areas in China on Jan. 16. Over the next eight days, Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mauritius and Kenya all put screening systems in place. No confirmed cases have been reported.

Lai and his colleagues said they found a high correlation between the early spread of coronavirus cases and the geographical risk patterns they identified.

The first case of the virus outside China was reported on Jan. 13 in Thailand, followed two days later by Japan, the countries with the highest connectivity risk, according to WorldPop’s analysis. Within 10 days of Wuhan’s quarantine, the virus had spread to more than two dozen countries; nine of the 10 countries with the most flight connections to at-risk mainland cities also had the highest numbers of confirmed cases, mostly afflicting people who had been in China.

The pattern isn’t perfect; Zhejiang province, for example, was not a top destination from Wuhan this year, according to Baidu data, but now has among the highest numbers of confirmed cases.

Our aim was to help guide some of the surveillance and thinking around the control measures, said Andrew Tatem, the director of WorldPop, adding that his group plans to update their analysis.

There was a huge amount of movement out of the Wuhan region before the controls came into place, he said. Now we’re getting to stage of having data from multiple places on the scale of outbreaks elsewhere.

Scientists have identified the new virus as a coronavirus, a family of viruses that includes ones that can cause the common cold, as well as others that cause more serious illnesses, like SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome.

Many are now focused on what will happen after the second wave of the Lunar New Year rush as people once again crowd onto trains, buses and planes to head back to work. The Chinese government extended the holiday, which was supposed to end on Jan. 30, to Feb. 2. Shanghai, Beijing and several Chinese provinces ordered businesses to remain shut through Sunday, leaving the nation’s great megalopolises feeling like ghost towns.

It’s in cities where people interact much more, Tatem said. That’s potentially the worry of lots of people coming back in. A few people seeding that could result in a bigger problem.

Source: Voice of America