US facing ‘critical’ coronavirus surge

first_imgTopics : German setback Germany was the first major EU nation to begin easing lockdown measures about seven weeks ago, but two districts in the west of the country were forced to apply the brakes once again.An outbreak at a slaughterhouse that has infected more than 1,500 workers prompted authorities in to impose fresh restrictions on nearly 640,000 people.Portugal also imposed new restrictions in and around its capital Lisbon on Tuesday. And the future of sporting events suffered a major blow when Djokovic, who had organised a series of exhibition events in the Balkans at which social distancing was minimal, tested positive for the virus.Tennis was hoping to follow team sports like football back into arenas and stadiums, but the positive tests of Djokovic and three others have dampened its prospects. “I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm,” the 17-time Grand Slam champion wrote on Twitter, adding, “It was too soon.” ‘Little flu’ Latin America has been one of the world’s worst hotspots for weeks, and the number of deaths there and the Caribbean surpassed 100,000 on Tuesday, according to an AFP tally.Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro has flouted containment measures and described the virus as a “little flu”, is officially the worst-hit country after the United States.More than 1,300 people were confirmed to have died of the virus in Brazil on Tuesday, after a federal judge ordered Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public.”The president has a constitutional obligation to follow the laws in force in the country, as well as to promote the general welfare of the people,” the judge wrote. He continued to stoke controversy on Tuesday, doubling down on weekend comments he wanted to slow testing because so many confirmed infections made the United States look bad.”I don’t kid,” Trump said, after a White House official described his initial comments as just a joke. With the parts of the United States unable to contain the pandemic, the European Union was considering blocking US travellers as it reopens its borders to tourism, the New York Times reported.Reflecting the sentiments of many around the world, New York food shop manager Ian Joskowitz said he was determined not to think about the dangers of the virus as he tried to continue running his business. “If I thought about it too much, I probably may have a problem doing this. So I put it out of my mind,” Joskowitz told AFP.”With my employees, I have an agreement with them. They keep coming in. I’ll continue to do everything humanly possible to keep them safe.”center_img Coronavirus infections are surging across large parts of the United States, the top US infectious disease expert has warned, as the death toll in Latin America passed 100,000.The developments highlighted how far away the world remains from ending the pandemic, six months into a crisis that has claimed nearly 500,000 lives and devastated the global economy.Even in Europe, which has been loosening travel restrictions following a brutal few months when it was the epicenter of the pandemic, there have been major setbacks. Germany on Tuesday reimposed lockdowns on more than 600,000 people following a cluster of infections at a slaughterhouse, while world men’s tennis number one Novak Djokovic tested positive after hosting an exhibition tournament in the Balkans.In the United States, White House advisor Anthony Fauci warned the next two weeks would be “critical to our ability to address… surging” in Florida, Texas and other states.The United States has already recorded more deaths than any other nation, with nearly 800 more fatalities on Tuesday taking its toll past 121,000.However President Donald Trump, whose handling of the crisis has been widely criticized as erratic, is determined to fast-track efforts to restore normality.last_img read more

COVID-19 antibodies present in patients four months after recovery -study

first_imgTopics : Still, the study shows how careful antibody tests can determine the true prevalence of infection, Stefansson said.An editorial that accompanied the study cautioned that it is unclear if recovered patients’ antibodies will protect them from reinfection.However, it suggested that antibody tests may be a cost-effective alternative to infection testing alone, and may work better in surveying populations as countries look to safely reopen their economies and schools. To get a sense of how many people in Iceland had been infected with the new coronavirus and learn more about immune status after recovery, researchers measured antibody levels in more than 30,000 Icelanders.Based on the results, they estimate that about 1% of the population had been infected. Of that group, 56% had received a confirmed diagnosis after a gold-standard PCR laboratory test. Another 14% had not been formally diagnosed but had quarantined after exposure to the virus. In the remaining 30%, the antibody tests led to discovery of prior infection.Among the 1,215 people with an infection confirmed by PCR, 91% had antibody levels that rose during the first two months after diagnosis and then plateaued, researchers reported.The results, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, focused on a homogeneous population from a single country, so the findings may not be the same in other parts of the world with diverse populations.center_img Antibody levels against the novel coronavirus rose and then held steady for up to four months in more than 90% of recovered COVID-19 patients in Iceland, according to a study published on Tuesday.In previous studies, antibody levels dropped sharply within a few months after COVID-19, raising questions about the duration of immunity that infection may provide.The new finding may have implications for reinfection risks and vaccine durability, said Kari Stefansson, chief executive of deCode Genetics, which conducted the study.last_img read more

Homes made for cricket lovers

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoIt’s down the road from The Gabba.Her apartment at 6/41 Kingfisher Lane, East Brisbane, had 206sq m of floor space, with its large northeast facing wraparound veranda perfect for entertaining.“I did get a free Adele concert there,” she said. “I had a few friends over, we had drinks and listened for free” to the singer who performed at The Gabba.Her agent Steve Yates of Place New Farm has the property set to go to auction at 6pm on Thursday December 7.“We’ve had strong interest so far — higher than average. In the first week and a half we had 16 groups through.”He said the eclectic precinct was set to see significant investment in infrastructure and redevelopment of buildings. The area is “I wish I could go to the cricket, I live in the area as well so will be hearing the roars and watching for the Balmy Army. The whole area is gearing up for it.” Loads of room to have friends over to listen to a live concert too. 6/41 Kingfisher Lane, East Brisbane Qld 4169 You could probably lie in bed and catch the action. The view from unit 1202/18-26 Duke Street, Kangaroo Point Qld 4169IF all you can think about right now is how to get to the cricket, one of these properties may well be the home for you. While everyone else has to deal with parking, public transport or chaotic drop-offs getting to The Gabba in Brisbane for eagerly anticipated internationals like this week’s Magellan Ashes Test, homeowners here will be sitting pretty — strolling to the grounds in minutes.Stephanie Albert, a fierce cricket fan who took a day off for Day 1 of the Australia versus England test, said she “pretty much” bought her two bedroom apartment because of The Gabba. “It’s a five-minute walk,” she said. “It’s close to everything, the buses are right there, I work at Southbank so I used to walk to work to stay fit. There are some really nice cafes around and obviously the cricket is the cherry on top. I can be home before everyone else is on the bus.” 1202/18-26 Duke Street, Kangaroo Point Qld 4169 You, 50 friends, barbecues firing, a mini-grandstand and live cricket.If you’d rather sit in your own home and look down on the cricket action, a new build at 1202/18-26 Duke Street, Kangaroo Point, will be open for inspection on Saturday.Agent Luke Westmore of Richardson & Wrench South Brisbane said the two bedroom, two bathroom, single car space unit was priced at $599,000 — and looked down into The Gabba from several vantage points.““In the living room you can see The Gabba’s large screen, and have your screen on too,” he said. “From the (commonspace) rooftop you can see about 95 per cent of The Gabba. I’m sure a lot of tenants will be on the roof with a cold beer and firing up the barbecues. There’s also a mini-grandstand to sit in and a flatscreen TV which is fully weatherproof on the roof. You could easily host 50 to 60 people up there.”The unit was one of just seven left for sale in the building, he said. The Magellan Ashes Test between Australia and England begins at 10am Thursday with the event scheduled to run every day through to Sunday. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXlast_img read more

Pizza king Don Meij has chalked up a big deal

first_imgDon Meij has sold his home at Ascot.PIZZA king, Don Meij will be getting his home delivery to a different address now, with the sale of his Sutherland Ave, Ascot home in a deal worth $11m.Property records reveal the house was bought by Mr Meij in March 2016.Buying and selling the home in one of Brisbane’s top streets proved to be a financially savvy move on Meij’s part, with CoreLogic revealing he paid $8.615m for it.The Hampton’s style home is on a massive block of more than 2000sq m, on a street filled with some of Brisbane’s most prestigious homesIt has large gardens, an infinity edge pool and a pool house.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThere are six bedrooms, timber floors and a self contained granny flat on the property.Marketing agent Patrick McKinnon of Coronis declined to confirm the sale price, but did say the deal was unconditional.The house was not listed on the market, with Mr McKinnon and Andrew Coronis, negotiating the sale after being approached by a potential buyer.Mr McKinnon said the owner was interested in selling because he travelled a lot and wanted something with less maintenance.He said the high end of the market was performing well at the moment.“I just think, all of these nice houses that people are just really after, the high end houses that have been done well, people are pretty eager to get into them,’’ he said.Mr McKinnon said Sutherland Ave was tightly held and buyers were really keen to buy the big houses on the big blocks.last_img read more

Alecta returns hit by 5% loss on equity portfolio

first_imgAlecta, Sweden’s largest occupational pension provider, made a 5.0% loss on its equity investments in the first half of this year, dragging returns down on both its defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) products.Alecta’s DB pension product returned 0.1% in the six-month period, down from 5.1% in the same period last year, while its DC product — Alecta Optimal Pension — made a 1.8% investment loss, down from a positive return of 7.8% in the first half of 2015, the provider reported.In its interim report for January to June 2016, Alecta said: “The comparatively weak performance in the first half was mainly due to a relatively low return on the equities portfolio.”It was partly the case that the portfolio had dipped lower following several years of very strong growth of its holdings, and partly that the relatively high proportion of Swedish and European stocks put it at a disadvantage in the first half, the pensions provider said. While equities made a 5.0% loss for Alecta on both DB and DC sides, fixed-income investments returned 3.5% on the DC side and 3.4% on the DB side, while property returned 3.3% on both sides.This compares with the first half of 2015, when equities returned 10.5%, fixed-income produced 0.4% and property returned 7.8%.The vast majority of Alecta’s assets under management relate to its DB product, at SEK672bn (€70.8bn) at the end of of June, compared to SEK60bn for the DC product.Alecta’s group assets rose to SEK761bn at the end of June from SEK750bn.Magnus Billing, chief executive, said the first half had been marked by big falls in global interest rates and equity markets, which bounced back in the second quarter after a weak start to the year, but which then fell sharply in relation to Brexit.Premiums rose to SEK16.1bn in the first half from SEK14.7bn in the same period last year. Billing said the growth in premiums was due to the continued good development of Alecta Optimal Pension.“Growth has been very strong and bodes well for Alecta’s continued success,” he said.As a group, Alecta made an SEK41bn loss in the first half, compared to its SEK47bn profit in the same period last year.He said Alecta’s results during the first half of 2016 had also been hit by higher technical provisions due to the lowering of the interest rate curve used to determine the level provisions needed to be.“Our financial position shows that the company is well positioned to handle the continued uncertain market conditions and the continuing extremely low level of interest rates,” he said.Alecta’s solvency ratio stood at 154% at the end of June, down from 171% at the same point last year.last_img read more

Inside the Gold Coast’s biggest property sale of the week

first_imgThe six-bedroom, four-bathroom house has six bedrooms, a rumpus room, numerous study niches and a full-floor parents’ retreat.Outdoors, entertaining friends is easy on the terraces equipped with a built-in barbecue kitchen, a tennis court and 17m glass front infinity lap pool.Ms Walsh said the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t impact her listings.“To me it hasn’t really made any difference to selling the properties I was already marketing,” she said. ‘Hemsworth effect’ fuels demand for acreages near Byron Rugby star James O’Connor kicking home goals in more ways than one Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream homes that’ve sold during COVID-1901:19A THREE-STOREY mansion complete with a tennis court, infinity-edge pool and uninterrupted views of the Gold Coast has changed hands for a cool $3.12 million.It was the biggest residential sale on the Gold Coast this week according to realestate.com.au. MORE NEWS The property was snapped up before its scheduled auction.“The buyers were expats relocating back to Australia,” marketing agent Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal said.“They loved the proximity to their children’s new school, the overall size, and the elevation of the house which allows for magnificent cityscape views.” 8 Sunnymeade Place, Mudgeeraba. What a view! Inside 8 Sunnymeade Place, Mudgeeraba.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The staircase stands out. Entertain in style. From the front.The design of the estate strikes a healthy balance between extravagance and efficiency.Solar is used to power the house, hot water and heating for the pool while water is stored in a 20,000L tank.Located in the prestigious Jabiru Estate, near Somerset College, the 8.293ha property is also the closest you’ll get to an acreage in town.last_img read more

Former UWI principal replaces fired minister

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, a former university lecturer and a Cabinet Minister in the 1980s and 1990s, has taken up the position of Minister of Planning, Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs following the Tuesday’s firing of former minister Mary King over the awarding of a government contract to a family business.Dr. Tewarie said he had accepted the position with “mixed feelings” since King was a good friend. However, he said while the decision was a hard one, he was happy that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had the confidence to ask him to fill the post.“I am happy to be on board to contribute to Trinidad and Tobago and the People’s Partnership government,” he told reporters following his swearing-in as a senator and minister yesterday.Dr. Tewarie said his first priority will be to “try to align the ministerial tasks to the manifesto and to see the extent of the connectivity of the Planning Ministry to other Ministries”.Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar, who attended the swearing-in ceremony, said she had to remove Dr. Tewarie’s predecessor from the Cabinet to protect the integrity of her government.King had not disclosed her financial and family interest in a software engineering company, Ixanos Ltd, which won a near TT$100,000 (US$15,748) government website development contract from her ministry last November. She is named as Corporate Secretary of both Ixanos Ltd. and its parent company Caelum Holdings Ltd. and also has joint controlling shareholding with husband Dr St Clair King in Caelum. King was allegedly present at the opening of the bids, and was involved in selecting the bid evaluation team which eventually picked Ixanos.Her dismissal followed the Prime Minister’s receipt of a report by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan who found that the minister acted improperly in failing to disclose her interest and to disqualify herself from the entire process.King’s successor served as a Cabinet Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister under the NAR government from 1986 to 1991. From 1990 to 1991, he also held the position as Minister of Industry, Enterprise and Tourism. Dr. Tewarie was also the executive director of the UWI Institute of Business (now Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business) where planning and development were part of his portfolio; and a former chairman of the National Institute for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology where he facilitated the creation of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts and the foundation work for the establishment of the Accreditation Agency of Trinidad and Tobago. He has also published many articles on economic and educational development issues, and is author of two published books –VS Naipaul Revisited: Ethnicity, Marginality and the Triumph of Individual Will, and the other with Roger Hosein entitled Trade, Investment and Development: In the Contemporary Caribbean.Caribbean 360 News Share Tweet Share NewsRegional Former UWI principal replaces fired minister by: – May 13, 2011center_img Share 19 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Greensburg council members delay chicken decision

first_imgGreensburg, In. — City council members in Greensburg tabled the chicken debate until the December meeting. The council is considering an ordinance that would allow residents to keep up to four hens at least 20 feet away from a property line in city limits.Residential lots that cannot accommodate the 20 foot setback would have to apply for a variance.The delay action was taken largely because a key council member was unable to attend the meeting.Evansville, Bloomington, Greenfield and Columbus all have ordinance that control flocks within city limits.last_img

Ripley County Prosecutor Testifies to Federal Commission

first_imgVersailles, IN– Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel testified virtually on April 14 to a Department of Justice Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice on the issues prosecutors around Indiana and the nation are seeing on domestic violence and sexual assault crimes. Hertel provided the commission with 10 recommendations he had on how to more successfully prosecute those kinds of crimes and took questions from the commission members as well.Most of Hertel’s recommendations focused on additional training for prosecutors and law enforcement officers on how to respond to domestic violence situations, how to gather evidence more effectively, how to successfully pursue a case to secure a conviction and how to more effectively collect data to understand why these kinds of intimate cases are under-reported and undercharged nationwide. Hertel also advocated for more Federal guidelines and funding for prosecutors that would be specifically focused on sexual assault and domestic cases.last_img read more

Doctors find bullet in woman’s head days after shooting

first_imgImagine going into a hospital for a checkup after getting headaches, only to find out there is a bullet in your head!That is exactly what happened to a woman who had been complaining of headaches and was taken to the hospital where, her wife said, doctors found a bullet in her head days after she was hurt in a drive-by shooting in Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Police, Shakena Jefferson, 42, was grazed by a bullet after a drive-by shooting took place near her home on Tuesday.Officials say doctors did an X-ray on her head, and found a bullet inside. Jefferson was treated for her wound and had to undergo a surgery to have the bullet removed.She is expected to recover.She was told she was only grazed by bullet earlier this week after a SW #Miami Dade shooting. Turns out 42-year-old Shakena Jefferson has a bullet in her head according to her family. Days later, she is said to be awaiting emergency surgery to remove the bullet. @wsvn #Exclusive pic.twitter.com/daFQDfqDxH— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) February 15, 2020last_img read more