Bulgaria’s capital Sofia sealed over coronavirus

first_imgPeople travelling for work would need to provide their employer’s contacts in addition to the letter of proof required so far. They would also be allowed to leave and return only during certain hours in the morning and evening. The strict measures were taken after long lines of vehicles formed at checkpoints around the capital Wednesday and Thursday as many disregarded calls from the authorities and left for the  countryside ahead of a four-day Easter holiday in the largely Orthodox Christian country.Previously Bulgarians have been allowed to travel from the regional centers like Sofia only for work and for a limited number of other reasons such as health treatment or the need to take care of a sick relative.But Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said that many were faking their letters of proof.  Bulgaria imposed late Thursday a ban on all travel to and from the capital Sofia after a spike in coronavirus infections and the risk for a further spread over the Orthodox Easter.”From midnight until further notice we are banning the entry and departure from Sofia of all passenger vehicles,” Health Minister Kiril Ananiev announced at a late-night press conference.Exceptions will be made for transport trucks, ambulances, police cars, vehicles transporting people for treatment or medical staff, he added. Topics :center_img “Over 5,000 vehicles were turned back because they could not prove the necessity and urgency of their trip,” Marinov said late Thursday.He could not give an exact number but said that probably several times more cars had left the capital.Bulgaria has been one of the least affected countries in Europe so far, recording 800 novel coronavirus infections and 38 deaths, mostly in the capital Sofia.The highest daily number so far of 53 new infections was recorded on Thursday.The chief of the country’s coronavirus taskforce Ventsislav Mutafchiyski cautioned that mathematical modeling showed that authorities were probably identifying only two out of every seven infections. last_img read more

Larry Ellison to speak at commencement

first_imgOracle’s Larry Ellison was confirmed on Wednesday as the commencement speaker for the 133rd graduation ceremony. Around 60,000 people are expected to attend commencement.Ellison launched tech giant Oracle in 1977. The company develops and markets database software and technology. Ellison stepped down as CEO in 2014 to become the executive chairman and chief technology officer.Ellison is also a philanthropist and sports enthusiast. The Lawrence Ellison Foundation,  among other philanthropic efforts, supports biomedical research on aging and age-related diseases and disabilities.Away from his professional pursuits, Ellison races sailboats and runs one of the world’s largest tennis tournaments. Ellison has financially backed the Oracle Team USA sailing team and brought the America’s Cup back to the U.S. Ellison also acquired the BNP Paribas Open, the fifth largest tennis tournament in the world.“I think life is a series of acts of discovery,” Ellison told USC News. “We’re all interested in our limits, what we can accomplish in life and in discovering our own limits, we might find that in sport, we might find that in business. I think we’re always looking to discover new things about each other and about ourselves. I look forward to speaking with the Class of 2016 as they embark on their own journeys to seek out their limits and their accomplishments.”Around 15,000 degrees will be conferred during commencement, either at the main ceremony in Alumni Park or at one of several satellite ceremonies. The event takes place at Bovard Auditorium starting 8:30 a.m. USC President C. L. Max Nikias will preside over the main ceremony at 9 a.m. in Alumni Park on May 13.last_img read more