Hong Kong leader urges people to stay home as cases rise

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday urged residents to stay home as the city grapples with a resurgence of the coronavirus, which has infected over 500 people in the past week.



People wearing face masks to protect against the spred of the coronavirus, walk along a street in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)


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People wearing face masks to protect against the spred of the coronavirus, walk along a street in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Lam asked citizens to “refrain from social gatherings” and said that people, in particular the elderly, should remain at home.



A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, uses her computer on a street in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)


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A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, uses her computer on a street in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

“The latest wave of the epidemic is rather severe. Every one of us should do our best and exercise a high level of discipline to fight the pandemic,”

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Hong Kong leader reiterates call to stay at home to curb spread of COVID-19

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a weekly news conference following a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Hong Kong, China December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Joyce Zhou

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday again urged residents of the densely populated city to stay at home and avoid unnecessary family gatherings as the global financial hub scrambles to contain a rise in coronavirus cases.

Lam was speaking at her weekly press conference a day after the government announced tighter measures to curb the spread of the disease that will see group gatherings restricted to two people and most civil servants working from home.

Schools across the territory will close for the rest of the year from Wednesday.

Hong Kong has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases after weeks of reporting single-digit or low double digit numbers, but it has so far avoided a complete lockdown

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San Francisco 49ers will play “home” games in Arizona after COVID-19 rules ban team from playing at Levi’s Stadium

New local regulations taking effect will force the San Francisco 49ers to play their December home games in Arizona, the team announced Monday. The move comes as the NFL has grappled with several coronavirus-related issues over the last week, which included the postponed Thanksgiving Day game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. 

The 49ers said they’ve reached an agreement with the NFL and Arizona Cardinals allowing them to host games against the Buffalo Bills (December 7) and Washington Football Team (December 13) at State Farm Stadium, the Cardinals’ home field. 

“The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games,” the team said. Future team practice arrangements will be announced at a later time. 

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, health officials announced over the weekend that all contact sports

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Pictured is a display from the exhibit “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People” at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago.




A fascinating exhibit titled “Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People” is the latest display housed at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago.

Due to the current closings of museums and other public venues in Chicago, the exhibit, which is to run through Dec. 12, is not able to be enjoyed by “live” visitors now. Architecture fans can take part in virtual programs, however, which are being held in conjunction with the exhibit.

Balkrishna Doshi, who is in his 90s, is well known in India and is a Pulitzer Prize-winning architect.

“Not too many people know of him in Chicago,” said James D. McDonough, executive director of Alphawood Foundation,  a group which helped make the exhibition’s display possible in Chicago.

“It was important to bring (some) of his architecture to America and bring to

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San Francisco 49ers to play next two ‘home’ games in Arizona after Santa Clara COVID-19 restrictions

General view of action between the Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.

General view of action between the Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.

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After a slew of new COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara County, where Levi’s Stadium is located, the San Francisco 49ers are heading south for their next few “home games.”

On Monday morning, the Niners announced they would be playing their Week 13 game against the Buffalo Bills and their Week 14 game against the Washington Football Team at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. That stadium is where the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco’s division rivals in the NFC West, host their own home contests.

The Cardinals are slated to play their Week 13 game at State Farm Stadium, but that matchup against the Los Angeles Rams is on Sunday, while the 49ers will play the Bills on Monday. The Cardinals

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Pune architecture students win The Drawing Board-2020 competition

PUNE: The fifth edition of ‘The Drawing Board’, a competition for architecture students pan South East Asia was won by Pune students including Purushottam Deth, Nikhil Patne and Somesh Kachavar. All of them are the students of VIT’s PVP College of Architecture and bagged a cash prize of Rs.50,000 said an official release.

This is the fifth year of this competition jointly organized by Bengaluru based Mindspace Architects and Pune based Rohan Builders . Over 1300 students from more than 14 countries took part in this competition. The jury for the competition consisted of Architect Takaharu Tezuka of Tezuka Architects – Japan, Architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai – Mumbai and Architect Rahul Gore of Opolis Architects- Mumbai.

The release informed that the first runner up team was from the Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh comprising Faisal Hossain, Sumaiyya Sultana, and Sadman Ali who won Rs. 35,000 with

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LASPOTECH tasks govt on Yoruba architecture

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THE Lagos State Polytechnic has called on the Nigerian Government to resuscitate the Yoruba indigenous architecture, saying such a step will help to build a sustainable environment more than the best 3-D.

This was the core of discussion at the 28th inaugural lecture of the institution which was titled, ‘Sustaining the future through the rejected cornerstone: A semiotic approach to Yoruba-African architecture’.

The lecture was delivered by Dean, School of Environmental Studies, Mr Ajibade Adeyemo.

Adeyemo in his insightful lecture said the African architecture remained a veritable instrument for the enrichment of architecture, adding that the use of indigenous materials in building were also cheaper and affordable.

“Our traditional materials should be fashioned with available materials to meet the needs of the people, promote social inclusion as well as suit the environmental condition harmoniously to reverse the present dominance of external influences.

“There is the need to look

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Australia’s housing market roars back, boosts wealth and construction

By Wayne Cole



a truck on a city street: A row of newly built apartment blocks is seen in the suburb of Epping, Sydney


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A row of newly built apartment blocks is seen in the suburb of Epping, Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s housing market has come roaring back to life as record-low interest rates stoke demand from first-time buyers, lifting approvals for new homes to 20-year highs and delivering a major windfall to consumer wealth.

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Data from property consultant CoreLogic out on Tuesday showed home prices rose 0.8% in November, twice the gain seen in October, leaving them 3.1% up on the year.

“In November, demand for NAB home loans was stronger than we’ve seen for more than two years,” said National Australia Bank executive for home ownership, Andy Kerr. “Applications over the past six weeks are up more than 25% against the prior six weeks.”

“We expect strong interest to continue given the likelihood of low rates for several years.”

That will be a

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GOP aide sent home from Colorado Legislature had COVID-19

DENVER (AP) — As Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature convened Monday for a special session, a GOP staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 attended a morning House session and was sent home.

In response to the incident, Colorado House Speaker KC Becker, a Democrat from Boulder, called it a “reckless breach” of the Capitol’s safety protocols.

“The minority’s dangerous disregard for simple and effective protections and this staffer’s presence on the floor has placed the health of every lawmaker and member of staff at risk as we meet to pass critical legislation to help Coloradans get through this crisis,” Becker said.

House Republican leader Hugh McKean said that the Republican aide was cleared by a physician to work in person.

“After consulting with the Aide and finding that the test was performed on November 17th and cleared to return to work in person on the 24th, there should be minimal concern

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