Germany: Innotech Solar buys Energiebau

first_imgGermany: Innotech Solar buys EnergiebauSaved from insolvency, the German solar wholesaler will now offer Innotech product while continuing to sell other PV modules. The company says it is nevertheless reducing its product portfolio in order to adapt to current market conditions. January 7, 2015 Edgar Meza, Sandra Enkhardt Finance Installations Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Scandinavian-German PV module manufacturer Innotech Solar has acquired German solar wholesaler Energiebau Solarstromsysteme GmbH. Innotech purchased the assets of the insolvent company, which will become a 100% subsidiary of the group and now known as Energiebau Solar Power GmbH. Innotech said it would use Energiebau to further expand its German and international sales activities. The companies declined to disclose financial details of the deal. “The high quality and long experience of Energiebau perfectly fits with our highly regarded position as an innovative European solar module manufacturer,” said Innotech CEO Jerry Stokes. “Through introducing Innotech Solar modules to the large and well established customer base of Energiebau we can look forward to further strengthening our market position, especially in Germany. Moreover, we are now able to offer the full range of PV system components to our existing Innotech customers.” Founded in 1983, Energiebau filed for preliminary insolvency due to the difficult market situation at the end of October. Energiebau’s previous managing directors, Michael Schäfer and René Médawar, will continue to run the business operations of the new company and oversee its cooperation with energy utilities as well as project activities in Africa. “We are pleased that we have succeeded in finding a strategic investor with a strong fit to our own business in a difficult market environment,” said Schäfer, the company’s founder and CEO. “Innotech Solar offers a sustainable perspective for Energiebau.” Schäfer said the takeover by Innotech has also saved the majority of jobs at the company. “We also offer our longstanding customers continuity of service, support and supply,” Schäfer added. However, the company will discontinue its logistics operations and instead work with an external service provider. The solar wholesaler will continue to sell other brands of solar modules in addition to Innotech panels, Schäfer told pv magazine. 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LETTER: New state law means voters must opt out of vote-by-mail…

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LETTER: New state law means voters must opt out of vote-by-mail list by Friday September 13, 2018 8:43 am at 8:43 am Editor’s Note: This is an abridged version of the original letter, which can be read in its entirety here.  TAGSletters to the editortiffanie fishervote-by-mail SHARE Actually, part of the point was to encourage people to vote and to vote by mail. That’s why included the pictures of the new application and gave the links. Sorry if it seemed too long. Tried to pack a lot in. September 13, 2018 4:59 pm at 4:59 pm CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter September 12, 2018 9:44 pm at 9:44 pm By John Heinis – September 12, 2018 5:45 pm 4 Facebook Twitter Isn’t voting by mail a good thing? Why opt out???? Hoboken man killed in motorcycle crash on N.J. Turnpike in Kearny, state police say September 12, 2018 9:26 pm at 9:26 pm 4 COMMENTScenter_img Bayonne 2-alarm fire leaves six people displaced, one suffers minor injuries, fire chief says Comments are closed. Bayonne shortandtothepointplease Totally agree. This could have been explained in 3 short sentences. Fisher thinks her wordiness is a sign of her superior intellect much like Roman Brice thinks his convoluted unreadable prose are a sign of his cleverness. Both are wrong. Previous articleIn midst of investigation into sex acts, Hoboken to consider revoking bar’s liquor licenseNext articleAs expected, JCEA endorses Terrell-Paige, Ali and Roman in Jersey City BOE race John Heinis Community TooMuchSplainin In a letter to the editor, Hoboken 2nd Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher reminds readers that under new state law, they must opt out of vote-by-mail lists by going to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office by the end of the business day Friday.A screen of a New Jersey vote by mail ballot.Dear Editor,Governor Murphy signed a law on August 10th with a number of changes to our NJ Election laws relating to VOTING BY MAIL (S-647).Our State Senator Brian Stack and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji were among the sponsors of this legislation. The intent is to increase voter participation, but one part of the new law that requires the immediate attention of some of you, and possibly a response is:IF YOU REQUESTED A BALLOT TO VOTE BY MAIL IN THE 2016 GENERAL (PRESIDENTIAL) ELECTION, AND ONLY FOR THAT ELECTION, YOU HAVE BEEN SIGNED UP TO AUTOMATICALLY VOTE BY MAIL FOR ALL ELECTIONS, FOREVER.If this applies to you, then you should have received the attached letter from the Hudson County Clerk informing you of this.IF YOU WANT TO OPT OUT of this, then you must do so in writing.If you want your opting out to be effective for the upcoming General Election on Tuesday November 6th, you must do so by this Friday, September 14th. Instructions are in the letter.If your opting out instructions are received after Friday, September 14th, the you will be just opting out of all future elections after the upcoming general election on November 6th.If you do not opt out or your notification to opt out is received too late, and you want to vote on Election Day this November 6th, you will not be able to vote in the machine.You will, however, be able to Vote by Mail OR submit a provisional ballot at your polling location on Election Day.Applying to Vote By Mail – Rule Changes:OLD RULES / Prior to the law change: you could apply to vote by mail and select one of two options – either for the current calendar year OR for all November elections going forward.NEW RULES / With the law change: you can apply for either ALL elections going forward OR just one election in the current calendar year.Click HERE for the new Vote By Mail application.What does this mean for you for this year and going forward:You are being added to the automatic and forever list if any of the following applies:If you applied for a ballot previously having checked the box that says all November General elections and still receive ballots. E.G. – you applied in 2015, and have received ballots for every November election since.If you applied in 2016, checked the box that says ONLY the November General election that year.You are not being added to the automatic and forever list if any of the following applies:If you applied in 2016, checked the box that says ONLY one of the elections (E.G. the primary) other than the November General election.If you applied in any other year (2017 or 2018 for example), and checked the box that says ONLY one election (whether November General or any others) that year. Tiffanie CommunityHoboken Minutia Incoporated Bayonne Dear GOD Councilwoman, I luv ya but that is the most convoluted, overwrought letter ever!Why are you promoting the opting out of mail in ballots? We are grownups, if we get a ballot in the mail we know how to use it.last_img read more

Para-Equestrian Lauren Barwick to Perform at the Royal

first_img Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Para-Equestrian Canada and Perry Transport Ltd. are pleased to announce that Canadian Paralympian Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC will be performing a Para-Dressage demonstration to music at this year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON on Saturday November 6th, 2010 at 2:25pm in the main arena.The performance comes shortly after returning from the World Equestrian Games where Barwick was selected as Canada’s flag bearer opening ceremonies, and secured Canada’s highest Para-Dressage results, including two fourth place finishes with her 2008 Paralympic partner Maile, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare.“It is a great opportunity to be able to represent my sport of Para-Dressage at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. I hope people take the opportunity to come and see just some of what the Para rider is capable of,” remarked Barwick, who had hoped to be able to perform her Beijing Gold medal Freestyle ride on Maile; however, the mare was unable to make the trip. “I plan to ride a freestyle on my leased horse L’Amistad 22 owned by Lori Garlough, and then bring my Hungarian mare Cayenne into the ring and do a liberty demonstration with her and L’Amistad 22.”Barwick will also be doing a demonstration at the Ontario Equestrian Federation Spirit of the Horse ring on November 6th at 10 a.m. For more details on the Spirit of the Horse ring, which is located in Hall A of the Exhibition Place, please visit http://www.horse.on.ca/. She will also be signing autographs at the Equine Canada booth located beside the Spirit of the Horse Ring at 5:30 p.m. on the same day.Barwick has represented Canada at a number of international competitions—most notably at the 2008 Paralympic Games where she secured individual gold and individual silver medals. Barwick is not only Canada’s most successful Para-Equestrian athlete in history, but also a powerful ambassador for Para-Equestrian sport.“The opportunity to have Lauren riding at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Horse Show is quite a break through, and it is a great opportunity to showcase our 2008 Paralympic individual gold and silver medalist and our sport at such a large venue,” said Elizabeth Robinson, chair of the High Performance committee of Para-Equestrian Canada. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more

Border Patrol seizes aircraft loaded with meth, fentanyl after it flies into US

first_imgTwitter/@CBPArizona(TUSCON, Arizona) — An ultralight aircraft carrying half a million dollars worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl across the southern border was nabbed by Border Patrol agents late Thursday, according to the agency, but the pilot managed to make an escape.The single-person aircraft was tracked flying across the U.S.-Mexico border by agents in the Nogales and Tucson, Arizona, stations at about 11 p.m. The ultralight craft was tracked to a landing site on a dirt road south of Tucson, Customs and Border Protection said in a press release.The drugs were found, but the pilot was not.“An [Air and Marine Operations] helicopter crew and Border Patrol agents conducted an exhaustive search of the area, but did not find the presumed pilot,” CBP said in a statement.Authorities seized 143 pounds of meth and 220 grams of fentanyl worth about $500,000 — packed into two plastic containers riding shotgun on the aircraft.Despite the relatively small quantity, fentanyl is so strong — about 50 times stronger than heroin — that it is measured in micrograms, or 1 milllionth of a gram, according to the Harm Reduction Coalition.Authorities seized 143 pounds of meth and 220 grams of fentanyl worth about $500,000 — packed into two plastic containers riding shotgun on the aircraft.Despite the relatively small quantity, fentanyl is so strong — about 50 times stronger than heroin — that it is measured in micrograms, or 1 milllionth of a gram, according to the Harm Reduction Coalition.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Miracle’ the German Shepherd survives after owner throws her off motel balcony

first_imgVolusia County CorrectionsBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A woman has been arrested after attacking a maid and throwing her German Shepherd off of a motel balcony.The incident occurred at approximately 12 p.m. on Dec. 14 when the Daytona Beach Police received a call from staff at a Motel 6 reporting that a woman had attacked one of the motel’s maids and had been standing over a railing and threatening to jump off of the motel’s second floor balcony.When deputies arrived, however, the suspect, 35-year-old Allison Murphy, was locked inside of her room.In police body camera released by Volusia Sheriff’s Office, authorities can be seen knocking on the door several times in an attempt to coax Murphy out of the motel room when the door suddenly swings open and Murphy comes out with a leashed German Shepherd which she immediately picks up and throws over the railing to the ground.The dog — now nicknamed “Miracle” by Volusia County Animal Services — managed to land feet first and tried to run away before she was corralled by bystanders.Murphy, meanwhile, was tackled to the floor in her motel room and taken into custody by authorities.“Volusia County Animal Services took custody of the dog and nicknamed her “Miracle,” as no name was provided,” said the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in a statement on social media. “She was taken to Atlantic Animal Hospital in Port Orange for emergency evaluation, and is now in the care of Animal Services. Thankfully, during her examination, it was determined that Miracle escaped serious injury. However, an X-ray revealed a sewing needle was lodged in her right thigh. Miracle underwent a procedure to safely remove the needle and is currently recovering with Animal Services.”Authorities did not disclose what led up to Murphy’s alleged attack on the motel maid and to her throwing her dog off of the balcony but did say that a petition for custody over Miracle will be scheduled in the courts in the coming weeks.Murphy currently remains in custody and has been charged with felony charges of animal cruelty and resisting an officer with violence. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

EYMS in ‘fly-on-the-wall’ TV show

first_imgThe first episode in an eight-part series On the Yorkshire Buses, a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentary at East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS), starts on at 2000hrs, 11 July on Channel 5. .Filmed last summer by ITV-owned Garden Productions (the firm behind BAFTA-winning Bedlam, 24 Hours in A&E and Inside Claridges) it looks at every aspect of Britain’s biggest family-run bus company.Channel 5 says it is: “A warm portrait of our 21st century nation in the bus lane, offering a comic and sometimes touching insight into life on Yorkshire’s buses with drivers and controllers who always go the extra mile however bumpy the ride.” Episode one covers scheduling. summer holiday period, with staff taking annual leave creating a shortage of drivers.The series cover the operations of the company from top to bottom; with crews filming behind the scenes in the board room and the control room, the canteens, the bus terminals and out on the buses – with a characterful cast of drivers and passengers.last_img read more

Brexit bill passes first British parliamentary hurdle

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May overcame a major Brexit hurdle as her bill to transfer the body of EU law onto the U.K. statute books progressed with the support of a majority of MPs.A rebellion by seven Labour MPs who defied leader Jeremy Corbyn’s orders to vote down the new law helped ensure the EU (Withdrawal) Bill comfortably passed a second reading with a majority of 36, meaning it progresses to the next stage in the law-making process where it is scrutinized line-by-line in committees.Conservative rebels gave the government the benefit of the doubt in this early stage in the lawmaking process, but the prime minister still faces an uphill battle to turn the bill, which will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act that took the U.K. into the European Community and later the EU, into law. A raft of Conservative MPs vowed to attempt to curb temporary powers included in the bill in “committee stage” — when bills are scrutinized by a smaller group of MPs who vote on specific sections and add amendments — before it returns to the floor of the House of Commons for its report stage in October, where the amended bill can be debated and further amendments proposed. Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, said the fact the bill passed was “deeply disappointing” as it was “an affront to parliamentary democracy and a naked power grab by government ministers.”He added: “Labour will seek to amend and remove the worst aspects from the bill as it passes through parliament. But the flaws are so fundamental it’s hard to see how this bill could ever be made fit for purpose.”Speaking during the debate, Derek Thomas, the Tory MP for St Ives, said the draft legislation was the “only game in town” to achieve a “smooth” Brexit by March 2019, but suggested changes could be made to the bill at a later stage and it should not hand ministers and their civil servants “the freedom to do as they please.”Soubry, one of the most vocal advocates of a soft Brexit in May’s party, said that while the transfer of regulations, directives and law was necessary, her “biggest concern” was the “power grab” by ministers with very little, if any, influence over debate in the chamber and decision-making in the House of Commons.In a statement issued immediately following the vote, the prime minister said parliament had taken a “historic decision” to back the will of the British people and vote for a bill which gave “certainty and clarity ahead of our withdrawal from the European Union.“Although there is more to do, this decision means we can move on with negotiations with solid foundations and we continue to encourage MPs from all parts of the U.K. to work together in support of this vital piece of legislation,” she said. In a statement following the vote, Steve Baker, the minister for exiting the European Union, said the government would “look with the utmost seriousness at the amendments that are tabled.”“Labour will seek to amend and remove the worst aspects from the bill as it passes through parliament” — Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretaryHe said: “It is essential that we work together to deliver a bill that ensures a functioning legal system outside the EU.”While May survived the early parliamentary Brexit skirmish, with MPs concluding two full days debating the principles of the bill Monday night, she faces many more controversial tests in the months ahead. With many of her party at odds over the shape of Britain’s post-Brexit future on issues like immigration and the economy, she could face much tighter votes than the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which is seen a crucial to a “smooth” Brexit.May also faces another key vote Tuesday to ensure the government has a majority at committee stage. The make-up of the committee usually follows the composition of the House of Commons, but the Conservative Party lost its majority in June. The government argues that because of its deal with Northern Ireland’s 10 Democratic Unionist Party MPs, it has a majority in the Commons, so it should also have a majority at committee stage. Its critics say the plan amounts to rigging the system.A number of Conservatives joined the opposition in voicing concerns during the debate of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill about the fact it gives the government temporary powers to make secondary legislation, enabling corrections to be made to the laws, a move described by former Tory minister Anna Soubry as a “power grab.”center_img The bill passed with 326 votes in favor and 290 against. Also On POLITICO Theresa May wins second Brexit battle in parliament By Annabelle Dickson 40 Brexit troublemakers to watch By Annabelle Dickson How Britain’s backbenchers plan to change the course of Brexit By Charlie Cooper UK wants ‘deep security partnership’ with EU post Brexit By Judith Mischkelast_img read more

Pussy Riot Protest Against Sentence of Russia’s Opposition Leader In New Video

first_imgRussia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to three and a half years in jail today for allegedly stealing 30 million roubles (approximately $533,000) from French cosmetics company Yves Rocher. His brother, Oleg, who has no history of dissidence against Russia’s rulers, was also sentenced to three and a half years, signifying what many believe to be a return to the Soviet Union of the 60s in which relatives of dissidents would be punished. Outspoken Russian activists and musicians Pussy Riot have released a video in his defense.last_img read more

Matt Lauer anchors Class Day festivities

first_imgMatt Lauer, co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today,” delivered the 2009 Senior Class Day speech in Tercentenary Theatre on Wednesday (June 3) under a canopy of green leaves and slightly overcast skies. With a joke-filled address that had the large crowd frequently in stitches, the accomplished journalist proved he is also an accomplished stand-up comedian.In addition to crisscrossing the globe for “Today’s” popular travel series, “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” Lauer has reported from Iraq, covered the Olympic Games in Beijing, and interviewed numerous prominent politicians, including President Barack Obama, then-first lady Hilary Rodham Clinton, and former President George W. Bush.Recalling his own college application process, Lauer talked about a conversation with his guidance counselor in high school. Convinced he had a chance at getting into Harvard, Lauer made his case for applying. His guidance counselor, he recalled, set him straight, noting that he wasn’t allowed to add up his scores from the three times he took the SATs.“He said, ‘Mr. Lauer, you applying to Harvard would be the biggest waste of fifteen dollars in the history of fifteen dollars.’”Later, told by his “Today” executive producer that Harvard wanted him as the Class Day speaker, he said that he “immediately asked the question that any graduate of Ohio University would ask. I said, ‘Do I get an honorary degree? Do I get a doctorate? … Do I get a cap, a gown, a sash — anything I can sell on eBay?”The journalist’s 20-minute speech was equal parts humor, equal parts heartfelt, as he left the seniors not only with laughs but with thoughtful parting advice.“Have kids,” he said, “Have a lot of kids because when you find it hard to find humor in the world, kids will help you find that humor.”Lauer told the graduating class to find at least one friend who would tell them the truth “every single time,” and to try to be that person for someone they loved, and to remember that the only thing that remains constant in life is their character.Finally, he said, remember that a Harvard degree doesn’t mean entitlement.“You did not win the chance to think that you are better than anyone else. This education is a powerful tool but it is just one of the tools at your disposal. I encourage you to use all your tools. Use your compassion, your kindness, your generosity, your sense of fair play, your sense of humor to build bridges to the people around you, not to erect barricades.“You are the best and the brightest,” he added, “and I know you will make us proud.”Class Day is a ceremony for Harvard College that is tinged with humor and is less formal than Commencement Exercises. It traditionally takes place in Harvard’s outdoor Tercentenary Theatre and includes addresses from members of the senior class.Invited speakers Walter Cronkite, George Plimpton, Bono, Hank Aaron, and Conan O’Brien have all taken the Class Day podium.The ceremony also included two Harvard Orations and two Ivy Orations from members of the senior class. The former took a reflective tone, while the latter were all about laughs.In order to “resuscitate the Harvard brand,” spoofed Will Houghteling, “it will be necessary to remind the world how amazing a Harvard graduate is by keeping noses upturned at every occasion, and flouting superiority whenever possible.“Over the next few days and week, countless people will try to humble us as we enter the ‘real’ world, constantly reminding us that hardship and failure are facts of life. Don’t listen to these people: They are losers, and they clearly did not graduate from Harvard like us.”Trepidation is a normal and useful part of the transition from life at Harvard to the wider world, counseled Harvard orator Kendra Boothe, who in rhyming verse repeatedly advised the gathering of seniors to “Be nervous.”“Let us sustain these nervous feelings. Let us take heart. Let us take responsibility for the spiritual currency that are our words. Let us place our attention on the positive and ignore fruitless worry.”Alison Rich, the second Ivy orator, shared one of her future ambitions with the crowd. “I want yachts — 1,000 mink, encrusted-platinum, endangered baby yachts,” she mused.Harvard orator Lewis Bollard told the 2009 senior class that the rigors of Harvard, which at times could lead to failure, provided an important lesson in true self-knowledge.“The Puritans who founded Harvard College called this process finding one’s ‘calling.’ As we leave these gates, I hope that you have had enough doubts, setbacks, and frustrations to find yours.”First Marshal of the 2009 Senior Class Committee Lumumba B. Seegars closed the event with an impromptu a cappella version of “Lean on Me,” by singer/songwriter Bill Withers.“You are an amazing class,” he told the gathering of seniors, “and we should always be able to count on and call on each other.”last_img read more

Built in 10 days, China’s Virus Hospital Takes 1st Patients

first_imgThe ruling Communist Party’s military wing, the People’s Liberation Army, sent 1,400 doctors, nurses and other personnel to staff the Wuhan hospital, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The government said earlier that some have experience fighting SARS and other outbreaks. The state newspaper Beijing Daily applauded construction workers and suppliers who cut short their Lunar New Year holiday. It hailed the rapid construction as a political triumph, despite complaints leaders in Wuhan endangered the public by failing to respond fast enough to reports of a dangerous new disease. The Wuhan treatment centers mark the second time Chinese leaders have responded to a new disease by building specialized hospitals almost overnight. As severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, spread in 2003, a facility in Beijing for patients with that viral disease was constructed in a week. The first patients arrived at Huoshenshan Hospital at 10 a.m. on Monday, according to state media. They gave no details of the patients’ identities or conditions. Newspapers published day-by-day accounts of crews clearing a riverside plot, laying the foundation, installing sewage and electrical equipment and assembling prefabricated rooms that were shipped to the site. “Today’s Chinese people are more deeply aware: where I stand is my China,” the newspaper said. “When this national sense of ownership is awakened, our mentality in the face of disasters becomes more mature.” The building has specialized ventilation systems and double-sided cabinets that connect patient rooms to hallways and allow hospital staff to deliver supplies without entering the rooms. It is equipped with infrared scanners to warn if any employees show signs of the disease’s distinctive fever, the website Economy Net reported, citing the company that provided the technology. In other cities, the government has designated hospitals to handle cases of the new virus. In Beijing, the Xiaotangshan Hospital built in 2003 for SARS is being renovated by construction workers. The government has yet to say whether it might be used for patients with the new disease. This Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, shows construction workers at the site of the Huoshenshan temporary field hospital being built in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. China’s death toll from a new virus has increased to 304 with more than 14,000 cases, amid warnings from the World Health Organization that other countries need to be prepared in the event the disease spreads among their populations. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP) About half of the two-story, 60,000-square meter (600,000-square foot) building is isolation wards, according to the government newspaper Yangtze Daily. It has 30 intensive care units. Authorities have cut most road, rail and air access to Wuhan and surrounding cities, isolating some 50 million people, in efforts to contain the viral outbreak that has sickened more than 17,000 people and killed more than 360. Doctors can talk with outside experts over a video system that links them to Beijing’s PLA General Hospital, according to the Yangtze Daily. It said the system was installed in less than 12 hours by a 20-member “commando team” from Wuhan Telecom Ltd. The Huoshenshan Hospital was built by a 7,000-member crew of carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other specialists, according to Xinhua. This Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, shows construction workers at the site of the Huoshenshan temporary field hospital being built in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. China’s death toll from a new virus has increased to 304 with more than 14,000 cases, amid warnings from the World Health Organization that other countries need to be prepared in the event the disease spreads among their populations. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP) Huoshenshan Hospital and a second 1,500-bed facility due to open this week were built by construction crews who are working around the clock in Wuhan, the central city where the outbreak was first detected in December. Some 50 million people are barred from leaving Wuhan and surrounding cities. Related: U.S. Declares Emergency, New Entry Restrictions Due to Virus Photos in state media showed workers in winter clothing, safety helmets and the surgical-style masks worn by millions of Chinese in an attempt to avoid contracting the virus. Trucks were shown arriving in the middle of the night carrying rolls of insulation and other materials. BEIJING (AP) – The first patients arrived Monday at a 1,000-bed hospital built in 10 days as part of China’s sweeping efforts to fight a new virus that is causing global alarm. The name Huoshenshan means God of Fire Mountain. The second hospital, Leishenshan, means God of Thunder Mountain. Before this week’s addition of 2,500 new beds, Wuhan had 6,754 in hospitals designated for virus patients, according to the website TMTpost.com. It said authorities were considering assigning another 2,183 beds to virus cases at the city’s other hospitals. A Chinese company donated “medical robots” to deliver medicines and carry test samples, according to the Shanghai newspaper The Paper.last_img read more