Estate of things to come

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WHO urges ‘extreme vigilance’ as countries exit lockdown

first_imgWHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan meanwhile hailed the gradual lifting of the lockdowns as a sign of “hope”.But he cautioned that “extreme vigilance is required.”More than 280,000 people have died out of the more than four million known COVID-19 infections worldwide.And while the drastic measures implemented by many countries have allowed them to get a tentative handle on the virus, there are widespread fears that there could be fresh waves of intense transmission. Ryan urged countries to boost their public health responses, ensuring they can identify fresh cases, and trace and isolate all contacts, which he said could help “avoid a major second wave”.But he warned that while “many countries have made very systematic investments in building up their public health capacities during the lockdowns, others have not.” Topics : No ‘herd immunity'”If disease persists in countries at a low level without the capacity to investigate clusters, identify clusters, there is always the risk that the disease will take off again,” he said.Without naming names, Ryan decried that some countries were choosing to “drive through this blind” by not dramatically ramping up their capacity to test and trace cases while they have the chance.The WHO warned against the notion in some countries that even if they do not take the measures needed to halt the spread of the virus, their populations will quickly build so-called “herd immunity”.”Early serological studies reflect that a relatively low percentage of the population has antibodies to COVID-19,” Tedros said, pointing out that this means “most of the population is still susceptible to the virus”.More than 90 so-called serological studies, which reveal the presence of antibodies in the blood to determine whether a person has had a past infection, were being conducted in several countries.The WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said that while the UN agency has not yet been able to critically evaluate the studies, initial data released showed that between one and 10 percent of people had antibodies.”There seems to be a consistent pattern so far that a low proportion of people have these antibodies,” she said.Ryan agreed, saying the early results belied the widely-held assumption that most cases of the virus were mild and going undetected.Preliminary results were “showing the opposite… that the proportion of people with significant clinical illness is actually a higher proportion” than previously thought, he said, stressing that “this is a serious disease”.”This idea that maybe countries that have lax measures… will all of a sudden magically reach some herd immunity, and so what if we lose a few old people along the way… is a really dangerous, dangerous calculation,” he said. The World Health Organization on Monday hailed dwindling COVID-19 infection rates and deaths in some countries, but called on nations to show “extreme vigilance” as they begin loosening their restrictions.Swathes of Europe began the long process of reopening from coronavirus lockdowns on Monday, with officials in countries like France and Spain emboldened by declining death rates.”The good news is that there has been a great deal of success in slowing the virus and ultimately saving lives,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing.last_img read more

Dani Ceballos rates Arsenal’s new-look forward line of Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_imgDani Ceballos rates Arsenal’s new-look forward line of Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Dani Ceballos recorded two assists on his full Arsenal debut against Burnley (Picture: Getty)After impressing for the Spanish national team against Romania, Ceballos is almost certain to start against Watford on Sunday but he accepts he may need to curb some of his natural inclinations if he is to be a success in the Premier League.He said: ‘I know I need to be able to identify the moments in a game when it’s right to be the player who does something different and the moments when I have to be the player who holds his position.‘I try to get at the opposition and make the difference. It is true though that sometimes the desire to be near the ball gets the better of me and I can lose my position. But I am young and I can improve.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 12 Sep 2019 12:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link440Shares Advertisement Dani Ceballos has made an instant impact at Arsenal following his loan move from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos admits he has been impressed by the quality and versatility of a new-look Arsenal attack assembled by Unai Emery.The Spain international has made an instant impression since joining on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, earning a standing ovation following his full debut against Burnley and helping to turn the tide during the north London derby prior to the international break.Ceballos looks certain to play a major role under Emery having struggled to win the faith of Zinedine Zidane, particularly with Mesut Ozil out of favour.Nicolas Pepe also joined in the summer for a club-record £72million fee to compliment Arsenal’s two prolific strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAlthough Pepe is yet to get off the mark, Ceballos has been impressed by the Ivory Coast international’s directness but believes Lacazette is the player with the best all round game.‘You can compare [Pierre Emerick] Aubameyang to the style of Cristiano [Ronaldo] when he was at Madrid in the sense that he plays close to the goal and lives for scoring,’ Ceballos told the Daily Mail.‘Pepe is very direct, and Lacazette is the best player in the team: he understands the game perfectly.’last_img read more

Where property prices have risen most over the past year in Townsville

first_imgThe area that has seen the second biggest property price rise in the year to April was Hermit Park, one of the suburbs hit hardest during the floods earlier this year. 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 2020The median price for units in the suburb increased 16.3 per cent in the year to April while house prices rose 8.4 per cent. REIQ regional director Damien Keyes said the suburb was attractive for first-home buyers and investors. “Hermit Park is a resilient suburb and it rebounded very quickly after the 1998 flood,” he said. “It’s a suburb that has a lot of charm, is affordable and very close to the city.“Units for $150,000 is a great entry-level product and it’s good for investors. In the boom, units in that area were going for about $250,000, so people are getting them now, giving them a coat of paint and sitting on them for a bit.”Oonoonba is another suburb where house prices have lifted over the 12 months, with an increase of 14.2 per cent. Top 10 suburbs with a rise in property priceHouses Guilliver 30.3%Units Hermit Park 16.3 %Houses Oonoonba 14.2 %Units South Townsville 13.9 %Houses Bluewater 10.4 %Houses Condon 8.5%Houses Hermit Park 8.4%Houses Black River 7.9%Houses Balgal Beach 7.9%Houses Hyde Park 7.1% Top 10 suburbs with a drop in property priceUnits Belgian Gardens -39.6% Houses Rasmussen -31.3%Units Nelly Bay -28.9%Units Rosslea -27.6% Units West End -20.9%Houses Alligator Creek -20.5%Units Mundingburra -18.8%Houses Rosslea -15.8%Houses Mysterton -15.6% Units North Ward -14.7% Ray White principal Julie Mahoney, who sold Ms Tyrrell the house, said the suburb which was untouched during the floods, was attracting interest from young buyers. “Gulliver is an older suburb with a lot of post-war homes and I’m seeing a lot of the younger people buying there because it’s got wider streets and bigger lots,” she said. “The houses there are very strcturally sound. READ MORE NEWS Bridget Tyrrell outside her newly purchased Gulliver home. Picture: Shae Beplate.PROPERTY prices in some Townsville suburbs have risen above the impact of the flood event earlier this year, with prices lifting substantially in the 12 months to April. New data by CoreLogic has found house prices in Gulliver have increased 30.3 per cent in the 12 months to April, bringing the median house price in the suburb up to $275,000 from $211,000.READ MORE CBD units are the cheapest they’ve been in over a decadecenter_img “It also remained high and dry during the 2019 floods, which was great for the area.”Ms Mahoney said the convenient location was pulling in buyers. “The location is great because it’s still inner-city but the turnover there hasn’t been very high so they’ve been well maintained,” she said.“The school zoning is also convenient in Gulliver and there’s plenty of facilities close by. “People are really seeing the great value for money in the suburb.” Home owner Bridget Tyrrell and Ray White Real Estate Agent Julie Mahoney. Picture: Shae Beplate.Bridget Tyrrell, who recently purchased a home on Sargeant St in Gulliver, said buying in the suburb appealed to her because of its proximity to the CBD.“I think it’s just a central area close to the main attractions in town,” she said. “It’s always going to be good value because of its location. I bought the property because it’s in a lovely street and it’s quiet and surrounded by other nice houses.” Tropical treehouse with plenty of characterlast_img read more

Jillian “Jill” (Keil/Kyle) Furnish

first_imgJillian R. “Jill” (Keil/Kyle) Furnish 70, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Monday June 11, 2018 in Aurora, Indiana.She was born March 24, 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio, daughter of the late Jack P Keil and Audrey (Warburton, Keil) Kyle.She worked as a Account Manager for Dealers Photo Supplies, with over 15 years of service.Jill loved to cook and always cooked for an army. She loved to watch sci-fi movies, art and photography, and she loved their animals. Jill and Al loved to do projects together, such as building and showing cars, motorcycle racing, gardening and landscaping. Jill was very good at whatever she put her mind to do. Her greatest challenge was when someone would tell her she “couldn’t do something”, she would set her mind and prove you wrong. Jill loved her family, especially spoiling her grandchildren. Through her strength she has left a great impression on many lives and will be missed by all.Jill is survived by her loving spouse of 50 years, Al Furnish, daughter, Allynn (Ken) Swensen of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Kyle and Audrey Swensen.She was preceded in death by father, Jack P Keil, mother, Audrey (Warburton, Keil) Kyle and husband Bill Kyle, brother, John Payne Keil.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions may be made to the Jill Furnish Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Marriott goes back-to-back with Nodak win, Zevenbergen rules Dakota Tour Stock Cars

first_imgHunter Marriott made it two wins in as many nights Sunday, with his Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified victory Sunday at Nodal Speedway. (Photos by Mike Spieker, www.speedway-shots.com)By Mike SpiekerMINOT, N.D. (July 8) – Hunter Marriott looks poised to back up last year’s Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour championship. The Brookfield, Mo., driver claimed the $2,454 IMCA Modified win Sunday at Nodak Speedway for his second win in as many nights.Things heated up at halfway as both Ricky Thornton Jr. and Marriott got a run on leader Michael Greseth down the backstretch, which made for a three-wide race for the lead into turn three.Marriott went from third to the point as Thornton drifted up out of turn four and caught the wall. Greseth returned the favor on Marriott with a big slide job in turns one and two, but Marriott was able to regain the lead down the backstretch. Once out front, Marriott checked out from the rest of the field. Behind him, a torrid battle for second continued. On lap 18, Tim Ward drove from fifth to second after getting a run off turn two. Greseth, Wolla and Thornton went three wide for third into turn three, which resulted in Greseth and Wolla making contact. Marriott ran the remainder of the event unchallenged as he cruised to the win. Ward, Thornton, 15th starting Kody Scholpp, and Robert Hellebust rounded out the top five. “When we took off, I knew the car was good. I just didn’t know how good it was,” said Marriott in victory lane. “I just stayed up on the top with (Greseth) and (Thornton). Then at the same time I went for the lead, Ricky went for it too and it just happened to work out for me. Once we got rolling into clean air, the car was really good. It feels good to get back to victory lane here.”Marriott was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.After an 18th place finish the previous night at Jamestown, defending champion Elijah Zevenbergen rebounded to collect the IMCA Stock Car feature win. Hunter Marriott made it two wins in as many nights Sunday, with his Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified victory Sunday at Nodal Speedway. (Photos by Mike Spieker, www.speedway-shots.com)It took just four laps for Elijah Zevenbergen to charge from his fifth starting position to the lead. Zevenbergen took the lead with a slide job on pole sitter Jeremy Swanson. Swanson and Dalton Flory kept Zevenberg honest through the first half of the race, but as the race advanced, Zevenbergen’s lead grew. Zevenbergen went on to take the win over 16th place starter Austin Daae. Flory, Swanson and Colin Heim rounded out the top five.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Hunter Marriott; 2. Tim Ward; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 4. Kody Scholpp; 5. Robert Hellebust; 6. R.C. Whitwell; 7. Jason Wolla; 8. Tom Berry Jr.; 9. Billy Kendall III; 10. Shawn Strand; 11. Eddie Belec; 12. Travis Hagen; 13. Ethan Dotson; 14. Alex Stanford; 15. Lance Mari; 16. Drew Christianson; 17. Mark Dahl; 18. Hank Berry; 19. Kelly Shryock; 20. Jeff Taylor; 21. Marlyn Seidler; 22. Justin O’Brien; 23. Jerad Thelen; 24. Jordan Huettl; 25. Wayne Johnson; 26. Casey Arneson; 27. Mike Greseth; 28. Chris Bragg; 29. Paul Stone; 30. Steven Pfeifer Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Austin Daae; 3. Dalton Flory; 4. Jeremy Swanson; 5. Colin Heim; 6. Angel Munoz; 7. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 8. Matt Speckman; 9. Chris Heim; 10. Rob Stenvold; 11. Joe Flory; 12. Jason Rogers; 13. Cody Nelson; 14. Beau Deschamp; 15. Jake Nelson; 16. Eric Harpole; 17. Blake Adams; 18. Gregg Mann; 19. Andy Altenburg; 20. Curt Lund; 21. Keith Mattox; 22. Aaron Aaseth; 23. Dave Moriarty; 24. Devon Gonas; 25. Michael Swallers; 26. Scott Yale; 27. Matt Lang.last_img read more

Rodgers issues warning to United

first_img Press Association Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Manchester United will face a big task to qualify for the Champions League in future if they miss out on the competition this season. And Rodgers believes a lack of Champions League football means United, who made the final three times in four years between 2008 and 2011, will struggle to attract the calibre of players required to get them back to the top. “We still have a lot of work to get in to the Champions League,” he told various national newspapers. “But when you’re not in it, even though this club is a worldwide, monumental club, we found it difficult because the best players want to play in the best competitions. “This was Liverpool and we weren’t in the Champions League. In order to get in some of the type of players we want, that’s where we need to be and we’re trying to be. “Any club will suffer the same when they’re not in there. There is no doubt it will hurt you, but they (United) will know that.” Liverpool won the Champions League title in 2005 but have not won the English top flight since 1990 and Rodgers has warned that United could face a similar drought after dominating English football for two decades. “We were talking about the great Liverpool teams – one year becomes two and then all of a sudden it was 20 years since they won the title,” he added. “It can get away from you very quickly. “It’s our focus and drive to arrive back (in the Champions League). We have a long way to go but have shown great potential to be in there. I believe if we can get to that level then it gives us a massive advantage as a club.” center_img David Moyes’ men are nine points behind fourth-placed Manchester City going into Sunday’s match against the Reds but their city rivals have two games in hand and the champions are 11 points behind Arsenal and Liverpool, who have played the same number of games. That means United will need a remarkable sequence of results in the closing stages of the season if they are to make Europe’s elite competition, while Liverpool are currently on course to return to the top table for the first time in four years. last_img read more

Sanchez Flores: Aston Villa return won’t faze Troy Deeney

first_img “He is a captain so if something happens he transmits to me as quickly as possible. “He will say ‘coach! This situation has happened’ because I don’t know sometimes what has happened, the connection with him is very very important and I am very happy to have an English leader. It is very important for me.” Sanchez Flores is confident this season will be the one where Watford stay in the Premier League. The Hornets have failed to stay in the top flight of English football for more than a season in their last two attempts, suffering the drop in 1999-2000 and 2006-07, but the Spaniard is confident they can buck that trend. He said: “(Survival) is very important for the club. “This club has been fighting a lot to get into the (Premier League) for a second year, we need to continue growing every time. “We have a chance of course. I know the history but we are not teaching the team to play in history, we are playing in the present. “We try to enjoy the present and we are trying to keep the players competitive.” Valon Behrami will be assessed after training on Friday before a decision is made on whether he will travel with the team after suffering a knock in training but the rest of the Hornets squad are available. Watford’s opponents Villa have not won in their last 12 Premier League games. Deeney started his career in the youth team at Villa Park, remaining with the midlands club until he was 15. He subsequently played for non-league Chelmsley Town, returned to the professional ranks with Walsall and joined the Hornets in 2010. Deeney captained Watford to promotion from the Championship last season and became the first player in the club’s history to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons. Despite being a lifelong Villa fan, Sanchez Flores believes Deeney will be able to focus properly on the game on Saturday. Sanchez Flores said: “He is very competitive, he never wants to lose and not against Aston Villa, it is not in his mind. “He manages this kind of situation very well, (it) is an extra motivation for the players so I talked with him about this matter for maybe two minutes. “I don’t feel scared or worried or anything. I feel very calm about it.” The English striker scored his second goal of the season with a penalty in the Hornets’ 2-1 loss to Manchester United last weekend but in a dramatic turn of events scored an own goal minutes later. Sanchez Flores is not concerned by the game at Vicarage Road last weekend and the Spaniard is confident in Deeney’s ability as a striker and as a captain. “He is part of the soul of the team, he represents well what we want,” the Hornets boss said. “He is fighting always, he’s scoring now and the last goal (the own goal) – he is fighting for goals in every sense. “He is very important because he is always focused and knows what happens in the squad, in the dressing room, on the pitch. Troy Deeney will not be fazed by returning to his boyhood club Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, according to Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dwayne Bravo puts skipper Pollard in same league as Richards, Lara

first_imgNEW DELHI: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo heaped praise on white-ball skipper Kieron Pollard and put him in the league as some of the greatest players ever to play for the country. Bravo gave as insight into Pollard’s winning mentality and how he commands respect in the dressing room because of his achievements in the game.”He loves to win. That’s the most important thing, and as a captain, he’ll do anything to win, in the right way and the right spirit, and he’s very determined to win, to make a difference,” Bravo was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. “The players also respect him, because of whatever he has done and achieved in the white-ball format, especially in T20 cricket. He’s one of the best in the world. “So if someone like Pollard is speaking in the dressing room about T20 cricket, we all have to listen, because he’s played the most games, he’s had success, and he’s highly respected around the world. Pollard is regarded as one of the finest T20 players ever to grace the game. He is the first and only cricketer so far to feature in 500 T20 matches while he stands at second spot in list of most runs scored in the format — behind only compatriot Chris Gayle. Bravo feels Pollard’s name can be taken in same breath as that of yesteryear champions like Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards and also more recent greats like Brian Lara and Chris Gayle. “West Indies always needed a leader like that, a figurehead leader. One time we had Chris Gayle, we had Brian Lara, we had Vivian Richards, we had Clive Lloyd. We had Darren Sammy,” Bravo said. “West Indies leaders have always been figureheads, and have that impact on world cricket. Not just West Indies cricket, but world cricket. “Pollard is someone like that, you know, he demands and commands that respect worldwide, so the team will always give him that support and love,” he added. IANS Also Read: Australia pacer Jhye Richardson undergoes further shoulder surgeryAlso Watch: Sellers take advantage of helplessness of panic stricken citizens by overpricing commoditieslast_img read more

CAS defends independence amid TTFA allegations of bias

first_imgLUASANNE, Switzerland (CMC) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has chastised the ousted executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) for accusing it of bias in the battle against the sport’s world governing body, insisting that it is “independent and impartial from all parties”.In correspondence confirming the termination of the action that the William Wallace-led United TTFA had filed against FIFA, deputy president of CAS appeal division, Dr Elisabeth Steiner, defended the Switzerland-based court, saying its independence “has already been confirmed by several national and international tribunals”.“Any statement to the contrary, such as the ones which have been published in some media, is totally unacceptable,” she stated.Wallace – who led the TTFA before FIFA removed the executive and installed a normalisation committee in mid-March because of mounting and potentially crippling debt – and his three vice-presidents had filed an appeal against FIFA’s takeover with CAS in April.However, complaining that they were not likely to get a fair hearing, given some of the decisions CAS had taken in the early stages of the case, they withdrew the case last month and turned to the High Court in Trinidad and Tobago to deal with the matter instead.The former executive, through their attorneys, had written to CAS pointing out some “irregularities” that demonstrated the court’s bias towards FIFA. They complained that the TTFA was asked to pay all the fees for the arbitration – in contravention of the court’s regulations which require that the parties split the cost, which FIFA refused to do – and that the court had accepted FIFA’s request for the case to be heard by three arbitrators which tripled the cost of the proceedings.CAS head of arbitration, Antonio De Queseda,   had responded to those concerns, rejecting the alleged irregularities. He indicated that CAS had decided to use a three-member arbitration panel instead of a single arbitrator as requested by the TTFA attorneys because of the legal complexity and sensitivity of the case, and stated that the association’s lawyers did not provide a single reason to justify their request.In the correspondence sent on Monday, Steiner indicated that TTFA would not have to pay anything more than the 1000 Swiss Francs (1 US$ = 1.04 CHF) it had deposited to register its appeal.“Consideration that the present order is rendered without costs, except for the court office fee of CHF 1000, which was paid by the appellants and which is retained by the CAS,” she explained.“The appeal filed by the appellants shall be deemed withdrawn and the procedure CAS 2020/A/6915 Trinidad and Tobago Football Association et al FIFA shall consequently be terminated and deleted from the CAS roll.”In its case filed in the High Court last week, the former TTFA executive is asking for: a declaration that FIFA’s removal of the TTFA executive, which was elected to office on November 24, 2019, is null, void, and of no legal and/or binding effect; a permanent injunction preventing FIFA from interfering in, and/or seeking to override the fair and transparent democratic processes of the TTFA and/or attempting to remove the duly elected executive from office; and a permanent injunction preventing FIFA and/or its agents and/or assigns and/or servants from interfering in the day-to-day management of the TTFA, including the association’s bank accounts and real property.FIFA has officially informed the High Court it will defend itself against the legal challenge.The TTFA stands to be suspended as a result of taking FIFA to the local courts, as Article 64 of the FIFA statutes prohibits member associations from taking internal disputes, or disputes affecting leagues, members of leagues, clubs, members of clubs, players, officials, and other association officials to ordinary courts of law.last_img read more