India reopens further as virus cases hit 1.5 million

first_imgIndia will reopen gyms and end a nighttime curfew from August, but cinemas, bars and schools will remain closed in the vast South Asian nation as the number of coronavirus cases passed 1.5 million and deaths neared 35,000 on Wednesday.The country of 1.3 billion people — the world’s third-most infected nation — has gradually eased its virus restrictions imposed since late March to boost the flagging economy.But the latest reopenings from August 5 are limited to gyms and yoga teaching facilities, as well as an end to the curfew, currently from 10 pm to 5 am. Topics : Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this week that India was in a “better position that other countries”, and winning international praise.The health ministry website — which no longer includes total infections as the government puts more emphasis on recoveries — on Wednesday reported almost 50,000 new infections and 768 more deaths.India, home to some of the world’s most crowded cities and where health-care spending per capita is among the world’s lowest, passed one million cases only 12 days ago.But many experts have said the country is not testing enough people, and that many coronavirus-linked deaths are not being recorded as such.A study released Tuesday that tested for coronavirus antibodies reported some 57 percent of people in Mumbai’s teeming slums have had the infection — far more than official figures suggest.The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research’s Ullas S. Kolthur, who was involved in carrying out the survey, said he was surprised by the results.”At least in the slums, we think it is largely because social distancing wouldn’t work simply because of the population density,” Kolthur told AFP.Last week, a similar study indicated that almost a quarter of people in the capital New Delhi have contracted the virus — almost 40 times the official total.There are, however, doubts about the accuracy of such tests, since other coronaviruses — not just this one — may also produce antibodies that could give a false positive result. The Mumbai survey also covered a relatively small sample of around 7,000 people.India now has the third-highest number of cases in the world behind the United States and Brazil, although the official number of deaths in the South Asian nation is far lower.As a proportion of its population, India also lags behind, with only 1,110 cases per million people, compared to 13,148 for the United States, according to an AFP tally.center_img Case numbers in India are soaring and more states are reimposing shutdowns to stem the spread of the virus.Independence Day celebrations on August 15 will go ahead, but with “social distancing and by following other health protocols” such as mask-wearing, the home affairs ministry said.Metro train services, cinemas, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums and assembly halls will remain closed for now, it added.Schools and other educational institutions will also remain shut through the end of August, at least.last_img read more

Brazil facing 200,000 virus deaths by October: Expert

first_imgTopics : Q: How do you see the pandemic evolving from here in Brazil?”Infection rates are accelerating in the interior, even as they slow in the state capitals. At the regional level, the situation is getting worse in the states that hadn’t been hit hard yet, such as the southern and west-central regions.”The number of confirmed cases is still much lower than the real figure — six to seven times lower, according to our calculations. At the beginning of the pandemic, it was up to 16 times lower. But that doesn’t mean we’ve gotten anything under control. Testing has increased, but Brazil remains one of the countries that is testing least worldwide.” Q: How did Brazil get here?”In large part due to our leaders. The federal government continues to consider it a ‘little flu,’ and there is no national policy to fight COVID-19.”Governors and mayors have started going in the same direction, mainly because local elections are coming up in November. Places started coming out of lockdown in June, but that was too soon given the high number of new infections.”We’re still seeing record numbers of cases and deaths, but the authorities are trying to make people believe we can just increase the number of intensive care beds. Their only goal is to have an acceptable occupancy rate [in intensive care units] so they can let businesses reopen. The plan is to sacrifice the Brazilian people to achieve an economic pseudo-recovery.”Brazil has systematically rejected lockdown measures recommended by the World Health Organization that worked in Europe. There is zero political will, and science was sidelined in our country a long time ago.” Q: When do you calculate Brazil’s death toll will hit 200,000?”If current trends continue, we should reach (200,000 deaths) on October 15 or 16….”But I’m afraid it could be even earlier, because the infection and fatality curves are likely to accelerate in the coming weeks….”If things go on like this, we’ll have a high level of daily deaths until there’s a vaccine.” With Brazil poised to register 100,000 coronavirus deaths, AFP spoke to medical statistician Domingos Alves about what went wrong in the giant South American country and where its outbreak is headed.Alves, coordinator of the Health Intelligence Lab at the University of Sao Paulo’s Ribeirao Preto medical school, was scathing in his criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro’s government, which he accused of “sacrificing the Brazilian people” in the name of keeping the economy afloat.last_img read more

COVID-19: N. Sumatra water park manager named suspect, park closed after pool party

first_imgThe Medan Police have named ES, the general manager of the Hairos Water Park in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, a suspect for allegedly violating COVID-19 health protocols by opening the recreation site to thousands of people.Medan Police deputy Adj. Sr. Comr. Irsan Sinuhaji said the water park held a live DJ performance at a cost of Rp 22,500 (US$1.5) per ticket or half than the original price. The event attracted 2,800 visitors while the capacity of the pool was only 400 people.“Due to this violation, we named him a suspect but did not detain him,” Irsan said on Friday. He added that ES was charged with violating Article 9 Paragraph 1 of Law No. 5/2018 on health quarantine and Health Ministerial Decree No. 107/2020 on health protocols to prevent COVID-19, which carry a maximum sentence of one year in prison.Read also: ‘Viral’ pool party lands North Sumatra amusement park in hot waterThe North Sumatra COVID-19 task force has also closed Hairos Water Park until further notice following order from North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi.“First, I order the closure of the water park and second, take stern action against the health protocol violator,” he said on Friday.On Sept. 28, footage showing a large group of people enjoying a pool party without physical distancing at the park circulated on the internet after Twitter user Rizki Ramadhani Nsi (@dionismee) posted the video with the message, “I don’t understand people anymore”. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Television presenter and sports commentator Victoria Carthew is selling her Hawthorne home

first_img70 Coventry St, Hawthorne.TELEVISION and radio presenter and sports commentator Victoria Carthew has listed her Hawthorne home for auction.The house at 70 Coventry St will go under the hammer on June 17.Carthew, who is also a presenter for Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender, bought the home with her husband Jon Bryant about 13 years ago. The couple have three children.Carthew said she was surprised at how emotional she had become when she saw the advertising for the property listing this week.“It has been a real home for us,’’ she said.70 Coventry St, Hawthorne.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“It has got a beautiful feel to it.’’One of her favourite things about the house is that she can stand in the kitchen and look out and watch her children in the backyard swimming pool.The deck was replaced and extended in recent years and the bathroom and laundry renovated.It is listed through Simon Dean of Place Bulimba.Dean described the home as a “character Queenslander’’ with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and is on 810sq m of land.It has been recently renovated, has high ceilings, VJ walls and original polished timber floors.last_img read more

DDA Boss says staycation will boost local economy

first_img 22 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews DDA Boss says staycation will boost local economy by: – June 15, 2011 Tweet Mr. Colin Piper speaking at the Tourism Awards held at the Fort Young Hotel last month.Dominica’s “staycation” promotion invented by the Discover Dominica Authority will mean more money in the country’s economy.The DDA wants locals to stay on the island instead of going overseas this summer.Director of the DDA Colin Piper says organizers wanted to convince traveler that they could save money by taking a vacation in Dominica and to inform and educate them on the product.“Many Dominicans have not been to hotels here and partake in activities such as river tubing, even going to the Aerial Tram. We wanted to encourage families to take a vacation in Dominica that would be cost effective and be a great memory for the family,” he said.He said the idea is also to keep the money in the economy.Ten accommodation proprietors are offering specials this summer.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Portsmouth business man described as ‘lucky’ by Court of Appeal

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Portsmouth business man described as ‘lucky’ by Court of Appeal by: – May 3, 2012 60 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Renneth “bubbles” Alexis. Photo credit: Facebook profilePortsmouth business man Renneth “Bubbles” Alexis has been described as a “lucky man” by Justices of the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.Alexis who is represented by Heather Felix Evans and Geoffery Douglas Murdock appealed his conviction and sentence which Felix “proposed” was “too harsh and severe”.In October 2010 former magistrate Tiyani Behanzin found Alexis guilty on charges of intimidation, possession of unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition. Alexis had pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of the unlicensed firearm and ammunition.He was fined $2,800.00 on the charge of intimidation, fine of $1,000 suspended for two years on the charge of possession of an unlicensed firearm and in default spend six months imprisonment. There was no separate penalty on the charge of possession of ammunition. Before giving his order Justice Rawlins told Alexis that it was his “duty” to ensure that his license on his firearm was up to date and that he ought to be “more responsible”.“You are lucky you got off with $1,000 fine suspended for two years for an offence which carries a maximum fine of $6,000. Once your firearm is not licensed it puts you in the same position as persons running around with unlicensed firearm like they do in the Wild, Wild West”.Justice Rawlins then granted the appeal against conviction of intimidation and quashed both the conviction and sentence.He also allowed the appeal against confiscation of firearm and ammunition and ordered that the ammunition and firearm be returned to Alexis.The appeal against sentence for possession of firearm was dismissed however the sentence for the offence of possession of firearm was affirmed.Domincia Vibes Newslast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 participation: Liverpool awaiting more information before making decision on Salah

first_img Gharib said this week he would name Salah, a two-times African player of the year who is considered among the best in the world, in his provisional 50-man squad for the Tokyo 2020 football tournament. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said the club would need more information before making a decision on whether to release the 27-year-old to play at the Olympics. Should Salah be given the all-clear by the current European and world champions, he could miss the start of the next Premier League season. The final of the men’s Tokyo 2020 football competition is scheduled for August 8, the same day the 2020-2021 Premier League campaign begins. “There has been no decision,” Klopp said. “Do I want to lose the player in pre-season? Of course not. “But we have to consider different things. “I speak with Mo and we are completely clear about what we want.” Klopp added: “But we need more information. Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah, could represent his country at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, but coach Shawky Gharib has conceded the final decision on his participation rests with his club Liverpool. “How would it look? When would the preparation start? “All of that stuff and no one has really contacted us yet. “We’ve had to play without Mo before. “But it is the Olympics, and I’m still a sportsperson and the Olympics are the Olympics.” The Olympic football tournament is for under-23 teams but countries are allowed to select up to three players over that age. Egypt qualified for Tokyo 2020 at the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo in November, where they lifted the trophy. Ivory Coast, who finished as runners-up, and third-placed South Africa also sealed a spot at Tokyo 2020 at the event. Read Also:Klopp reluctant to lose Salah to Olympics Egypt made the quarter-finals at London 2012 – the joint-best result they have recorded – but failed to qualify for Rio 2016. The African country’s appearance in London was their first at the Games since Barcelona 1992. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

Hong Kong gov’t fails to find PR firm to rescue battered image

first_imgHong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam holds a news conference in Hong Kong, China, September 3. AFP HONG KONG – The government here has tried but failed to secure help from any of the global public relations firms it has approached to salvage the financial hub’s tarnished reputation, as anti-government protests continued to wreak havoc months into its deepest political crisis in decades. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam told a group of business people in the city in late August that the government had approached eight global PR companies to help it relaunch Hong Kong, but four “immediately declined because that would be a detriment to their reputation to support the Hong Kong government now,” according to a transcript of her speech published by Reuters last week. Two more declined later, she said. (The Guardian)last_img read more

Strickler ends rollercoaster week with Super Nationals Modified crown

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – A rollercoaster four days at Boone Speedway ended with Kyle Strickler on top of the dirt track racing world. Strickler led all 40 laps of Saturday’s Modified main event at another record-setting IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The victory lane scene that followed was an emotional one. “This is the greatest race ever. Winning it means so much to me,” he said, pausing several times to wipe away tears of joy. “There is so much history here. I’d always wanted to put my name on the T-shirt and now I’ve done it.” The win came a night after Strickler’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot triumph and paid $2,700. Richie Gustin, the 2011 champion, defending champion Dylan Smith and Canadian Aaron Turnbull completed the top four.Strickler had been disqualified from a runner-up finish in his Wednesday qualifier for use of unapproved wheels. He won his Friday qualifier and started at the front on the outside row in Saturday’s big dance.“It was pretty cool to be able to rebound that way at Super Nationals, and to start a row further ahead than we could have,” he said. “If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. This is just phenomenal.” After a multi-car pileup on the front stretch that stopped the race on lap 18, the feature stayed green to the finish. A purse of more than $250,000 was paid to, and a similar dollar value in cash and contingencies was awarded to drivers from a record 27 states entered in the 32nd annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation. The car count of 866 nearly matched the mark of 874 set two years ago. The common theme to Saturday’s other three main events was family. Rookie Devin Smith joined brothers Donavon and Dustin as a Super Nationals champion, scoring the Stock Car crown and a $3,200 check. He also won the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions, earning $1,175 and matching Donavon’s 2012 Super Nationals double. Dustin and oldest brother David are also Sunoco RoC winners.Shannon Anderson led all 30 laps in winning his career third Hobby Stock title and $1,750. His father Jeff won two Super Nationals Stock Car championships.Johnathon Logue, son of five-time Modified champion John Logue, was reeling in leader Randy Roberts before a lap 17 restart in the SportMod main. He was in first when the next circuit was scored and drove to his first Super Nationals title, good for $1,925. Keith White ended a string of bad luck at Boone by winning the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds. He ran in front the last 11 of 12 laps, holding off Mason Big Eagle for what turned out to be the $2,100 checkers. The Luellen family celebrated twice. Austin Luellen led all 10 laps of the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks. That victory paid $800. Older brother Clinton then led all 10 laps of the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for SportMods for a $1,300 payday. All four race of champions events ran caution free.Jeff Aikey won his Late Model division record-matching fourth Deery Brothers Summer Series feature and $3,300 on opening night Sept. 1. Gustin and Tyler Droste both qualified for the Deery feature and Saturday’s Modified show. Adam Gates was the winner of Tuesday’s Sport Compact main event. That victory paid $320.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Results At Plainfield Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs participated in the Plainfield Invitational on Saturday with Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Danville High School, and Plainfield High School. The morning pairings were Batesville vs Chatard and Plainfield vs Danville. Batesville and Chatard played in a very close matchup that saw action end to end throughout much of the first half. However, both teams were able to keep a clean sheet as the teams went into halftime tied at 0. In the second half, Batesville took the early lead with 35:24 left in the half. Liz Heidlage was able to break free on the left side of the field and took the ball to the endline where she dropped the ball to a streaking Carlie Werner who finished with the outside of her foot. Chatard scored there equalizer with 27 minutes to play to make it 1-1. The half finished with the score tied so the teams played two 7-minute overtime periods. In the first overtime period, Chatard took a 2-1 lead on a nice shot from distance. The teams switched sides after the first period of overtime and Batesville was running out of time to even the score. With 3:03 left in overtime, Caroline Kellerman played a great ball into the back post, the Chatard GK couldn’t handle the ball and Abbey Prickel was there to poke it into the back of the net to even the score at 2. In the PK shootout the followed overtime, Batesville did a great job of stepping up and taking confident penalty kicks. Heidlage was first and buried her shot in the back of the net. Chatard’s first kicker sailed the ball over the crossbar. 1-0 Batesville. Werner was second for the Lady Bulldogs and she too placed a great shot into the net. Chatard’s second player hit the ball wide right, advantage Batesville 2-0. Ellie Cassidy stepped up and drilled their third consecutive PK for the Lady Bulldogs. After a Chatard make and a Batesville miss, it came down to a must make situation for Chatard. Their fourth kicker stepped up and hit their crossbar and Cerniglia was able to make thee save after the deflection. “Chatard is a regional opponent and this was a regional type atmosphere today. We got some experience in overtime and a penalty shootout. I was happy with our girls today as they showed some grit after getting down 2-1 in overtime. We looked confident in our PK’s and I like our chances later in the postseason if we find ourselves in that position again.” Coach Laker commented on the game. After a grueling 94 minutes in game 1, that Lady Bulldogs were forced to make a quick turnaround. Game 1 ended at 12:30 and game 2 started at 2:00. Plainfield won game 1 easily by a score of 3-0 and were well-rested for there championship matchup with the Lady Bulldogs. In the first half, Plainfield controlled the possession and had several opportunities to score but the Batesville defense held strong. With 9:51 seconds left to play in the half, Plainfield was able to get free in the center of the Batesville defense and netted the games first goal. The teams went into half-time with as score of Plainfield 1 – Batesville 0. The second half was all Plainfield. Batesville simply ran out of gas and Plainfield found the back of the net 5 more times to win the invitational’s championship game 6-0.  The Lady Bulldogs are back in action on Tuesday as they face off with another conference foe. Batesville will host South Dearborn with a JV kickoff planned for 5:30 with the varsity match to follow.last_img read more