Kazakhstan locks down two biggest cities due to virus

first_imgKazakhstan’s two main cities of Almaty and Nur-Sultan went into lockdown on Thursday to combat the coronavirus pandemic.The army and police blocked roads leading into Almaty — the oil-rich Central Asian country’s usually bustling business hub — using armored vehicles, barriers and concrete blocks.Troops and police manned checkpoints as medics checked the temperatures of car passengers and recorded their names. Topics : According to the latest official count, Kazakhstan has 44 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection — 19 in Almaty and 25 in Nur-Sultan.Almaty has 1.8 million residents and Nur-Sultan has around 1 million, according to official figures.The vast country that borders Russia and China has adopted some of the toughest measures among former Soviet countries and has earlier announced a state of emergency, set to last at least until April 15.”We ourselves are thinking where this all came from and if this is going to last a long time,” said Valentin, a security guard who was commuting to work in Almaty on Thursday.”Don’t get sick, Almaty,” he added, before driving off.center_img The Kazakh authorities plan to block entry and exit routes to Almaty from Sunday, along with similar restrictions for the capital Nur-Sultan located some 1,000 kilometers further north.The streets in Almaty were mostly empty on Thursday except for queues of people outside some pharmacies.”Infection is a really cunning enemy,” said Mira Ruziyeva, a vet, who was passing through a road block into the city.”I for one understand the situation is serious. We all need to show self-discipline and carry out instructions,” she said.last_img read more

Some Wheat Festival contest entries are due Friday

first_imgby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — It’s that time again, when downtown Wellington comes alive for the 116th annual Kansas Wheat Festival! The annual event will be held July 6-10, with many activities, contests and entertainment planned.The first event will be the Baby and Toddler Contest, sponsored by Wellington Health and Rehab. The event will take place Tuesday, July 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the basement of the facility and pre-registration is required. The theme is “I am SUPER!”. Age categories for boys and girls are: 6 months-12 months, 12-24 months and 2-3 years old. Late entries will not be allowed to participate, and all entrants must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place boy and girl. Entry fee is $10, and the deadline is July 5 at 3 p.m.The Kansas Wheat Festival Baker’s Bonanza will be held Wednesday, July 6 at 8 a.m. Pre-registration is required. The event is sponsored by Rivercross Hospice, Golden Living Center, Sumner County Farm Bureau and The River. Following the contest, a Baker’s Bonanza Bake Sale will take place at the Senior Center, 308 S. Washington, at noon.At 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, a horseshoe tournament will take place at Seller’s Park. Sponsors are The Dore Bar & Grill and Colby Zeka Insurance Agency.The Harvest Prince and Princess coronation will take place Wednesday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. during the Picnic in the Park at Seller’s Park. Children must be between 4-8 years old, and there are no exceptions to this. Registration must be turned into the Chamber office by this Thursday, June 30 at 4 p.m. No late entries will be accepted.Following the coronation Wednesday, the variety show will begin at 7 p.m. in Seller’s Park, with required pre-registration. The event is sponsored by Michelle’s Encore Dance Studio and Wedgewood Apartments.The Mayor Cookie Jar Contest, sponsored by the City of Wellington, will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Seller’s Park. Public voting for best cookie and best jar will be held and winners will be recognized.On Thursday, July 8, the Cow Chip Throw will be held at 6 p.m. in the 100 block of N. Washington. Following the Cow Chip Throw, the Bed Races will be held at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Sumner Regional Medical Center. The winning team will receive the coveted bed pan trophy.The Wellington Lions/Rotary Tricycle Race will begin at 7 p.m. in Seller’s Park on Thursday. The event is sponsored by Strategic Financial Concepts Inc.Sidewalk chalking will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 8 at the Methodist Church, with registration and check-in at 9:15 a.m. Age categories are: 4 and under, 5-8, and 9-12 years. Winners will be announced at 10:30 a.m. A Kansas Wheat Festival button is required to compete. Chalk will be provided.At 1:30 p.m. Friday, the Perplexing Puzzle Contest will be held at Brookdale of Wellington, 500 N. Plum. Pre-registration is required, with a limit of 10 teams.The third annual Donut Eating Contest will take place at 6 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of S. Washington, and is sponsored by the Daylight Donut Shop. The contest is open to participants age 6 and older. Entry forms are available at the Chamber, Daylight Donut Shop, or online.At 7 p.m. Friday, a Paper Airplane Contest will take place in Memorial Auditorium, and is sponsored by Kansas Gas Service. Entry forms will be printed in the NotiFlyer.The Tot Trot will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, for kids ages 5-12, and is sponsored by Wellington PTA.The Wheat Festival Parade, with a theme of “From Wheat to Wings,” will take place at 8 p.m. Friday in downtown Wellington. The parade sponsor is GKN Aerospace. Entries are being taken until Thursday, July 7 at 5 p.m. for those wishing to participate in the parade.On Saturday, July 8, the SSB Wheat Run will be held. The 5K race will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the mile race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Both races will be start at C and Harvey, behind the Security State Bank, sponsor of the event.The Arts and Crafts Show will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in Seller’s Park. Food and concessions will also be available.From 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, the 33rd Annual Wheat Festival Antique Rod & Classic Car Show will be held in Seller’s Park. The event is sponsored by Koehn Motors and Wellington Auto and Machine.The 40th annual Slowpitch Softball Tournament will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Rock Island Fields, sponsored by Walmart. Pre-registration is required.At noon, the Kid’s Pedal Power Tractor Pull will be held, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. at Seller’s Park. The event is sponsored by KLEY-KWME, Eagle Exteriors and Automart.A ping pong tournament will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wellington Recreation Center. It is sponsored by the Sumner County Young Professionals.The Hillside Baptist Church and First Baptist Church are sponsoring a Gospel Sing on Saturday, from 3-5:30 p.m. It will take place at the First Baptist Church, 201 W. Lincoln. Refreshments will be served following the performance. Deadline to register is July 6th at 5 p.m.On Sunday, July 10, at 9 a.m., the Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Tournament will be held at McKinley Park, sponsored by Security First Title.The 40th Annual Softball Tournament will continue if there are enough teams left to keep playing, at Rock Island Fields, at 10 a.m.Stay tuned for additional details about other Wheat Festival events!Most contest entries and fees are due this Friday, July 1 for Wheat Fest contests. Registration forms are available in the lobby of the Memorial Auditorium, or online at www.wellingtonkschamber.com and must be turned into the Chamber of Commerce office located on the second floor of the building. An official Kansas Wheat Festival button is required to be worn during contests.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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