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

Townsville launches first home buyers expo this Saturday

first_imgIan Griffin, Tim Sangricoli, Jess Graniglia, Julia Swain and Paul Trevethan at the Ronald McDonald House North Queensland which has been chosen as the event’s charity.“There are a lot of prospective buyers that out home buying or investing into the `too hard basket’,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I love helping people achieve their home ownership goals.“This event is a great opportunity to bring together top local businesses that can assist buyers in making their home ownership dream a reality.”Next level marketing will also be holding free homebuyer information sessions throughout the day for those feeling overwhelmed with the process and require a more personalised one on one service.To make the day even more special, the event will be supporting Ronald McDonald House North Queensland, by donating entry fees back to the charity.“We’re honoured to be the charity of choice for the Townsville Home Buyers expo,” said Ronald McDonald House CEO Amy Cooper.“It’s wonderful to have the generous support of the Townsville community, at an event that brings locals together.” The Townsville Home Buyers Expo will be held at Mercure Townsville on April 8, 9am-4pm. ARE you looking to buy your first home or next investment property but don’t know where to start?Townsville first inaugural Home Buyers Expo may have all the answers.Hosted in partnership with Brookstone on the Park and Bayside Bushland Beach, the April 8 event has attracted a wide range of exhibitors, ranging from financiers, builders and land developers right through to the latest in home technology, home automation systems, home wares, solar, pools and much more.Event co-ordinator Jess Graniglia from Next Level Marketing identified the need for the event after continuously being approached by overwhelmed buyers who are new to the home ownership or investment journey.last_img

NHL trade news: Avalanche clear more cap space for free agency by dealing Carl Soderberg

first_imgAt the same time, the team has discussed trading defenseman Tyson Barrie as well, so the Avalanche appear to be attempting to make drastic changes to their blue line, too.Cale Makar came up and made an immediate impact in the playoffs on the blue line and the team drafted defenseman Bowen Byram with the No. 4 pick as well, so the potential addition of Connauton may have something to do with their work on defense. NHL trade news: Devils acquire P.K. Subban from Predators NHL trade rumors: Canucks acquire center J.T. Miller from Lightning Colorado is shaking up its bottom six.The Avalanche have traded forward Carl Soderberg to the Coyotes for a third-round pick and defenseman Kevin Connauton, the team announced Tuesday.center_img We have a trade to announce…#GoAvsGo— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 25, 2019Soderberg is coming off a career year with the Avalanche in which he scored 23 goals and added 26 assists for Colorado, but there were significant stretches throughout the year where the team struggled to score at all after their top line left the ice.Colorado has needed to address their depth of scoring and some of that could involve simply moving on from some of last year’s depth, even if it was productive on paper as Soderberg was. Related News Connauton, 29, scored one goal and added nine assists in 50 games for Arizona last season. He also has only one year remaining on his deal, so Colorado could have some flexibility there as well.The deal also clears $4 million from the Avalanche’s cap this year as Soderberg is in the final year of a five-year, $23 million deal. That gives Colorado about $38 million in cap space going into next season, according to Sportsnet.Even with the need to re-sign restricted free agent Mikko Rantanen, Colorado will have room to add a talented player to next year’s roster.The #avs have ~$38M in available cap space after the Soderberg/Connauton trade. Even with a high-end RFA in Mikko Rantanen still to sign, Colorado is poised to be a major player on July 1.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 25, 2019last_img read more