Austria will deny entry to people coming from Italy, Chancellor Kurz says

first_imgAustria will deny entry to people arriving from Italy and ban indoor events of more than 100 people, drastically stepping up measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.The announcement comes a day after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the whole of his country was being placed under lockdown until next month, an unprecedented and unexpected new attempt to beat coronavirus in Europe’s worst-affected country.”The utmost priority is to prevent the spread and thus the importing of the illness into our society. There is therefore a ban on entry for people from Italy into Austria, with the exception of people who have a doctor’s note [certifying they are healthy],” Kurz told a news conference. Kurz and Interior Minister Karl Nehammer announced other measures, including a ban on indoor events of more than 100 people and outdoor events of more than 500 people. University lectures will stop on Monday at the latest and companies are being asked to let their staff work from home.Austria had previously said it would introduce spot health checks at its border with Italy on Tuesday, targeting vehicles with Italian license plates in particular. It also said last week it was banning direct flights to the Italian cities of Milan and Bologna, as well as to Iran and South Korea.Austria has had 157 confirmed cases so far and no deaths, compared with more than 9,000 cases in Italy and 463 deathsTopics :last_img read more

Science legend James Watson `mortified’ by own remarks on blacks

first_imgNEW YORK – James Watson, the 79-year-old scientific icon made famous by his work in DNA, has set off an international furor with comments to a London newspaper about intelligence levels among blacks. Watson, who’s chancellor of the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, has a history of provocative statements about social implications of science. But several friends said Thursday he’s no racist. And Watson, who won a Nobel Prize in 1962 for co-discovering the structure of DNA, apologized and says he’s “mortified.” A profile of Watson in the Sunday Times Magazine of London quoted him as saying that he’s “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really.” The Sunday Times said that the interview with Watson was recorded and that the newspaper stood by the story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.While he hopes everyone is equal, “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true,” Watson is quoted as saying. He also said people should not be discriminated against on the basis of color, because “there are many people of color who are very talented.” The comments, reprinted Wednesday in a front-page article in another British newspaper, The Independent, provoked a sharp reaction. London’s Science Museum canceled a sold-out lecture he was to give there today. The mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said his comments “represent racist propaganda masquerading as scientific fact.” In the United States, the Federation of American Scientists said it was outraged that Watson “chose to use his unique stature to promote personal prejudices that are racist, vicious and unsupported by science.” Watson’s publicist, Kate Farquhar-Thomson, would not address whether Watson was suggesting he was misquoted. “You have the statement. That’s it, I’m afraid.” last_img read more