The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021
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20 WORLD SATURDAY JULY 31 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 R1 The smoke plume. Turkey beach resorts battle blazes ANKARA: Four people were reported dead and more than 180 injured as thousands of firefighters battled huge blazes spreading across the Mediterranean resort regions of Turkeys southern coast. Officials also launched an investigation into suspicions the fires that broke out on Wednesday in four locations to the east of the tourist hotspot Antalya were the result of arson. Turkeys disaster and emergen cies office said three people were killed including an 82-year-old who lived alone. The NTV channel later said a 25-year-old man died in Marmaris while trying to bring aid. The fires first emerged across a sparsely populated region about 75km east of Antalya a resort especially popular with Russian and other eastern European tourists. But they were creeping closer on Thursday to sandy beaches dotted with hotels and resorts. Images on social media and Turkish TV showed residents jumping out of their cars and running for their lives through smoke-filled streets lit up by orange flames. The fires were raging amid temperatures approaching 40C and with wind gusts of 50km/h. Antalya mayor Muhittin Bocek said he suspected foul play because the fires started in four locations at once. This suggests an arson attack, he said. BIG DOG OF CYBERHEISTS ABUJA: A Nigerian Instagram celebrity who had an inexplicable rise from Lagos street hawker to a penthouse in Dubai has pleaded guilty to conning a fortune from his victims in cyberheists. Ramon Abbas, 37, styled himself as Hushpuppi, an extravagant social media persona that he used to dupe targets all over the world, a court in California was told. He faces up to 20 years in jail and the prospect of repaying some of those he swindled after admitting money laundering and running a fraudulent email racket. Abbas was arrested in June last year. Nearly $50 million in cash and 13 cars were seized at his Dubai apartment along with evidence that pointed to nearly 2 million possible victims. The FBI described Abbas as one of the worlds most high-profile money launderers. US anti-vax nightmare WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has stepped up actions to combat the spread of the surging Delta variant and the insidious rise of anti-vaxxer lies by asking every US federal worker to either declare they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or wear masks and be tested. We have the tools to prevent this new wave of Covid from shutting down our businesses, our schools, our society as we saw happen last year, the veteran Democrat said in a speech on his administrations new initiatives. The White House said just ahead of the address that all 4 million federal employees and on-site contractors will be asked to attest to their vaccination status. Those who do not declare they are fully vaccinated will be required to wear a mask on the job regardless of location, physically distance from coworkers, and comply with a weekly or twice weekly screening testing requirement. The moves stop short of a vaccination mandate for federal workers, which was being considered as a way to protect federal workers and set an example for the private sector. Mr Biden said the nation needed to remain vigilant. We are not fully out of the woods, he said, urging Americans not to politicise the issues of vaccination or wearing masks. This is not about red states and blue states. Its literally about life and death, he said. The President will direct the Pentagon to consider adding Covid vaccinations to its list of required vaccinations for members of the US military. He also called on state and local governments to offer $US100 ($135) as an incentive for holdouts to get vaccinated a nod to what the White House described as successful cash-for-jab efforts already implemented in some states. The White House said the rules regarding getting vaccinated or wearing masks and being tested should not just apply to federal workers, with Mr Biden set to urge private sector employers to follow suit. The federal government, we see ourselves as a model for other companies and other organisations, and thats something that we dont take lightly, deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. The US Department of Vet erans Affairs has already announced it would require its more than 100,000 healthcare personnel to be vaccinated. California and New York City said state workers would need to get vaccinated or take weekly tests, with California extending the requirement to private-sector health jobs. Personnel such as physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses and others now have eight weeks to be fully vaccinated. Biden tells federal workers to get the jab or wear a mask and undergo tests George Clooney helps the mayor of Laglio, Roberto Pozzi, clean up the devastated Italian town after flash flooding caused mayhem and trapped the star in his Lake Como mansion. ROME: George Clooney has been helping residents of the floodravaged town of Laglio in Italy after the star was trapped in his Lake Como mansion with his family as the floodwaters piled mud and debris up to the level of his first-floor balcony. Clooney, 60, posed for photographs with civil protection volunteers and with the mayor of Laglio, Roberto Pozzi. The pair were pictured together in front of a mound of dried mud as Clooney lent a hand in the clean-up operation. Its much worse than I thought, he told state-run television, speaking in English and apologising for his lack of Italian. In Cernobbio the situation is serious and in Laglio it is even worse. I have spoken to the mayor; there will be a lot of work, it will take millions of dollars, but this city is strong. It will react and return better than before. The torrential rain began on Tuesday, local time, bringing debris crashing down the mountains onto the lakeside town and forcing the evacuation of 60 people from the area, 30 of them from Laglio. Photographs of the devastation resembled a disaster movie, with the mayor warning that recovery could take years and would cost millions of euros and still leave open wounds. OH BROTHER! GEORGE HELPS VICTIMS OF PERFECT STORM