UK death toll nears 10,000 as minister says Boris Johnson must rest

first_imgA still image from footage released by 10 Downing Street, the office of the British prime minister, on April 3, 2020 shows Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson in 10 Downing Street central London giving an update on his condition after he announced that he had tested positive for the new coronavirus on March 27, 2020. – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in (AFP/- / 10 Downing Street )Downing Street said Johnson “continues to make very good progress”, but interior minister Priti Patel said it was vital he took time to fully recover.”The message to the prime minister is that we want him to get better and he needs some time and some space to rest, recuperate and recover,” Patel said.”And the whole of cabinet would support that message,” she told a news conference in Downing Street. Foreign minister Dominic Raab is currently deputising for the prime minister.Newly appointed Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain July 25, 2019. (Reuters/Hannah McKay)Johnson’s office said on Friday that he was back on his feet and British newspapers reported he was watching films and reading letters sent to him by his fiancee Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant and who herself has suffered COVID-19 symptoms.The government’s main focus in recent days has been trying to ensure Britons comply with stay-home orders and a ban on social gatherings, especially over a sunny Easter weekend.Police said only a small minority of people were ignoring the message and early data showed officers in England and Wales had issued 1,084 on-the-spot fines so far for people breaking the restrictions. Police powers to enforce came in on March 26 – after the start of lockdown measures.Police officers talk with a couple resting on Primrose Hill in London on April 10, 2020 as warm weather tests the nationwide lockdown and the long Easter weekend begins. – The disease has struck at the heart of the British government, infected more than 60,000 people nationwide and killed over 7,000, with another record daily death toll of 881 reported on April 9. (AFP/Ben STANSALL )No Magical SolutionHowever, the government has come under increasing pressure to detail how long the strict curbs on movement will last, with the shutdown meaning many businesses are unable to operate.Ministers have said Britain needs to pass the peak of the outbreak before any changes can be made. Health minister Matt Hancock said that although the rise in numbers of hospital admissions had started to flatten out, the judgement was they had not reached that point.”There is no magical solution that doesn’t require difficult decisions,” said Stephen Powis, the medical director of the National Health Service in England.”This was never going to be a sprint over a few weeks; this is going to be longer, it is going to be a marathon.”There was mounting criticism on Saturday from doctors and nurses who said they were having to treat patients without proper personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves.Medical staff take a break in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 10, 2020. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)Some 19 health care workers including 11 doctors have died after testing positive for the coronavirus.The British Medical Association, which represents doctors, said medics were facing a “heart-breaking” decision over whether to treat patients without proper protection and so put themselves at risk.The Royal College of Nursing said it was getting calls about shortages, saying some staff were “petrified”.Hancock said 761 million items of PPE had been delivered to the National Health Service but there were issues in ensuring it reached the people who needed it.”I’m sorry if people feel that there have been failings,” Home Secretary Patel said.Topics : Britain’s COVID-19 death toll neared 10,000 on Saturday after health officials reported another 917 hospital deaths, while one senior minister said Prime Minister Boris Johnson will need time off as he recovers from being seriously ill with the virus.Britain has now reported 9,875 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the fifth highest national number globally. Saturday’s increase was the second day running that the number of deaths had increased by more than 900.Almost 80,000 people in Britain have tested positive for the virus, among them Johnson, who is in the early stages of recovery on a hospital ward after spending three nights in intensive care.last_img read more

Investors can pick up a whole block of units, right on the beachfront

first_imgThe units have been refurbished. An entire block is up for grabs at Tugun.THE man behind Gold Coast eatery The Collective Palm Beach, has a new project up his sleeve that is sure to satisfy any investor’s appetite. On the sandy shores of Tugun beach, Wayne Hubbard’s latest property venture Sandbox includes eight self-contained beachfront apartments featuring a mix of three, two and one-bedrooms units. With a strip of lawn and road separating the units from the golden beach and rolling waves, Mr Hubbard said the property would be perfect for beachgoers were looking for a lifestyle of canoeing, surfing and paddle boarding. Kingfisher Realty marketing agents Tamika Carmichael and Conal Martin said there was a lot of interest in the 810sq m property at 616 Pacific Parade, Tugun. Priced at $4.31 million, it has a total of 17 bedrooms and eight bathrooms.“There is enormous potential to increase the income of these beachfront units by 40 to 50 per cent,” Mrs Carmichael said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“Tugun is one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic beach suburbs and has an incredible stretch of beach.“It also a neighbourhood suburb to world-renowned surfing spots such as Burleigh Heads and Snapper Rocks.” A prime lifestyle location.Mrs Carmichael said Gold Coast tourism on the southern end of the coast was set to soar. “This year and the next are going to be really exciting for the tourism industry,” she said.“It is a really exciting time to start investing.” The units have a north-easterly aspect and were recently refurbished with a contemporary-coastal design combining timber and stone flooring with a white colour palette and white venetian blinds.last_img read more

Westlake couple ready to relocate and make a sea change

first_img48 Tarrabool St, Westlake.The home features an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, plus a fantastic outdoor entertaining area.Mrs Robertson said the home would suit a couple who were ready to take the next step in their lives.“This home is on one level and has no stairs. We just love it,” she said.“There’s a little bit of detail within the home, too, which makes it different.” 48 Tarrabool St, Westlake.Greg and Denise Robertson have lived at their beautiful Westlake home for 12 years and have made the decision to move on.The couple are looking for a tree change, and Mr Robertson is retiring.The lowset home at 48 Tarrabool St has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and is in a quiet cul-de-sac. 48 Tarrabool St, Westlake.Mrs Robertson said she loved the home and described it as beautiful and relaxing.“We don’t have a huge yard or a swimming pool, but we have the spa,” she said.“We have installed Crimsafe screen doors and windows and put a glass fence around the spa.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 Mrs Robertson said they were originally from the bush on a cattle station and used to outdoor space, but added that the Tarrabool St property was a “great city home”.center_img 48 Tarrabool St, Westlake.Unaffected by the 2011 floods, the home is within walking distance to a lake and river.Selling agent Doug May said the quality of this immaculately presented lowset home was sure to impress prospective buyers. “Lovingly cared for by its current owners, this residence of exceeding charm offers all the lifestyle benefits of low- maintenance living at its best,” Mr May said. The property is close to schools, shops and restaurants.last_img read more

European investors back hedge funds in low-return world

first_imgSource: Mercer European Asset Allocation Survey 2017Funds-of-funds and multi-strategy products dominate hedge fund allocationsDeb Wardle, alternatives portfolio manager at Mercer, said: “Over recent years, hedge funds have generated positive but muted returns, particularly when compared to traditional equity and fixed income asset classes.“The current outlook for traditional asset classes, however, appears more challenging, and hedge funds, with their absolute return focus, offer an attractive proposition on a relative-value basis.“In addition, we expect higher volatility and lower correlations across markets going forward, which should provide attractive opportunities for active management in general, and hedge funds in particular.”Research from data specialist Preqin published earlier this year showed hedge fund managers were becoming more willing to cut fees as competition for institutional assets increased. Mercer’s survey also showed a slight decrease in the proportion of investors with an allocation to private equity, which fell by 1.5%. This was in contrast to a survey of alternatives investors published by Coller Capital in December, which reported an increase in allocations to private equity at the expense of hedge fund holdings. Hedge funds saw a flurry of interest from European pension funds last year as investors braced for an expected low return environment, according to a survey from Mercer.The consulting giant found that the proportion of its 1,241 respondents with allocations to hedge funds grew by 4.6% year-on-year, the biggest growth of any alternative asset class.Despite hedge funds on average struggling to post competitive returns in recent years, as well as concerns over high management fees, Mercer said investors had “not lost faith”.The increase was “consistent with an environment where returns from traditional market betas will be hard to find”, the consultant said. More than a third (37%) of respondents had an allocation to hedge funds, the survey found. The average allocation was 6%.By far the most popular strategies were funds-of-funds, used by 23% of hedge fund investors, and multi-strategy vehicles, used by 12%.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

MaRINET2 fixes marine call three

first_imgIllustration/Sabella tidal turbine testing at CNR-INSEAN (Photo: MaRINET2) The EU-funded MaRINET2 project has set up the third call for free access to testing facilities, designed for ocean energy developers, that will be launched on the first day of the month of November.Successful applicants will receive free access to the network of 57 world-leading testing and research facilities across Europe under a €10.5 million MaRINET2 project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program.The call will be open to offshore energy technology developers, including wind, wave and tidal energy at system and component level, from November 1 until December 15, 2018.Jose Luis Villate, MaRINET2 Dissemination Coordinator, and offshore renewable energy director at Tecnalia, highlighted the need of collaboration around offshore renewable technologies.“Access to testing and research infrastructures within MaRINET2 will open collaboration opportunities among different actors in the sector. This is a positive development,” said Villate.Christophe Maisondieu, MaRINET2 Access Coordinator at Ifremer, said: “The first MaRINET project supported 178 projects over a period of 4.5 years, and had a considerable impact on research into offshore renewables in Europe. We will look forward to building on this success in MaRINET2, and help develop exciting new renewable energy technologies from around Europe.”Coordinated by the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy (MaREI) in Ireland, MaRINET2 – Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network – is a network of 39 partners in 13 European countries, involving research centers and organizations who work together to progress offshore renewable energy technologies such as wave, tidal and offshore-wind.last_img read more

Arsenal star facing rest of season out with broken ankle

first_img Uruguayan international Torreira went down after a challenge from Pompey defender James Bolton. The 24-year-old was then carried off on a stretcher and is now almost definitely out for the rest of the season. The Gunners announced the results of the scan on his right ankle on Thursday morning just days after he was spotted leaving Fratton Park on crutches and wearing a protective boot.Advertisement Loading… No timescale has yet been put on his recovery as they wait for “further specialist reviews” but he looks set to miss out on their fight for a top four finish. Torreira has made 33 appearances for Arsenal this season and had re-established himself back in the starting XI following Mikel Arteta’s arrival in December. Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira has suffered a fractured ankle and now faces being ruled out for the rest of the season Read Also: FA Cup quarter-final draw: Chelsea face Ndidi’s Leicester, Arsenal, others know foes The North London side have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes since the Spaniard took charge and will travel to Sheffield United in the FA Cup quarter-finals. They have also reignited their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League and currently sit eight points off fourth-placed Chelsea with a game in hand. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentIncredible Underwater Objects Surrounded By MysteryCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Arsenal have suffered a huge blow after it was confirmed Lucas Torreira has suffered a broken ankle. The injury occurred during Monday’s FA Cup fifth round victory at Portsmouth.last_img read more

Pirates Great Performances At DePauw DePauw HJ Champion Hampton

first_imgTwo relay teams competed for the Greensburg Boys Track and Field team Friday evening at DePauw University and both squads improved their times. Now the team will wait to see how many individuals and relays will qualify for the Hoosier State Indoor Track and Field Relays State meet next Saturday at IU.Link for performace lists teams from Friday night.4×800 – Reid McClintic, Kevin Johnson, Louis Moore and Hunter Butz – 8:51.67.Distance Medley Relay – Johnson, Daimon Austin, Butz, and McClintic – 11:46.57.The Lady Pirates had more great performances at DePauw University on Friday night.Meet High Jump Champion Arie Hampton won her signature event with a new indoor PR of 5’4. Cathy Newhart also had an indoor PR in the 3200 with 12:14.20. Ellie Kramer tied her own school record pole vault height of 8’0. Other outstanding performances included Rylie Smith advancing to the finals in the 60m hurdles and placing 8th overall.The girls will now wait to see if their marks will qualify them for the Hoosier State Relay Finals held at IU Bloomington next Saturday.Greensburg Girls Track HSR ResultsCourtesy of Pirates Coaches Mike Myers and Katina Tekulve.last_img read more

The country remembers September 11

first_imgWashington D.C. — On this day 17-years ago four coordinated attacks conducted by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda changed the United States forever and resulted in the longest war in our history. Nearly 3,000 people were killed that day and more than $10 billion in infrastructure was destroyed.Since military operations have been conducted in 76 countries, more than 6,500 service members have been lost and the cost has been estimated at $5.6 trillion.President Trump and his wife, Melania will attend a ceremony in a Shanksville, Pennsylvania field where Flight 93 crashed killing all aboard. Analysts have speculated the 40 passengers and crew members attempted to regain control of the airplane before the crash. It is thought the aircraft was bound for the White House or the U.S. Capitol.Governor Eric Holcomb has directed all flags to be flown at half-staff in remembrance today.last_img read more

Midstate Machine to replace engine claimed from Super Nationals Stock Car champion

first_imgMidstate Machine furnishes the rest of the parts.  IMCA claims the engines of Saturday night Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod champions, who all receive new motors, with proceeds from the auction that evening distributed equally to the other drivers qualifying for those respective main events. IMCA and event sponsors will contribute parts. Midstate Machine, of Des Moines, will donate the labor to send the Saturday night champion home from Boone Speedway with a new power­plant.  “We have been working with John and his team at Midstate Machine for the past few weeks to ensure this was something we could present to the Stock Car champion,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Our IMCA sponsors always step up with great product support and Mid­state gets all the credit for graciously willing to assemble and complete the build to make sure the Stock Car champion leaves Boone with a high quality engine. We are proud to be able to work with them.” BOONE, Iowa – Midstate Machine will add an engine to the prestige and the $5,000 that go with winning the Stock Car main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s.  EQ contributes a set of heads, Champ Pans the oil pan, Edelbrock the intake manifold, JE Pis­tons a set of pistons, Manley a crankshaft, Comp Cams the camshaft, rocker arms and lifters, Kevko the valve covers and MSD the distributor. “We have a ton of Stock Car customers who race at Super Nationals,” said Midstate’s John Davis. “We wanted to donate our time and parts so the Super Nationals Stock Car winner gets an en­gine.” last_img read more

Next Deery Series dates are this weekend at Maquoketa, Quad City

first_imgMAQUOKETA, Iowa (May 1) – The only weekend doubleheader of the season is next for the Deery Brothers Summer Series, with $2,000 to win events on Saturday, May 5 at Maquoketa Speed­way and Sunday, May 6 at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill.The second and third installments of the tour for IMCA Late Models both pay a minimum of $300 to start.Pit gates and the grandstand both open at 3 p.m. Saturday at Maquoketa. Hot laps are at 5:15 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students and free for ages 12 and under. Discounted tickets are available from participating sponsors and pit passes are $30.Also on the card are IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. More information is available by calling 563 940-7841 and at the website.On Sunday, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:15 p.m. with racing to follow. Box seating is $18. Other spectator admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $35.IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods complete the card. More information is available by calling 309 644-1304 and on Facebook.The Deery dates are the 12th in series history at Maquoketa, where Terry Neal leads all drivers with four victories, and the 21st at East Moline, where Ray Guss Jr. is a three-time winner.Darrel DeFrance has competed at all 480 events in series history and is the defend­ing race winner at Quad City Speedway.Justin Kay,  a two-time series champion, was the winner when the 32nd annual tour opened on April 21 at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton.The next event on the schedule following the May 5-6 twinbill is the traditional Memorial Day show on May 28 at Boone Speedway.Deery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 43; 2. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, 41; 3. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 39; 4. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, 38; 5. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 37; 6. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, and Nick Marolf, Moscow, both 36; 8. Jere­miah Hurst, Dubuque, and Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, both 33; 10. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 32; 11. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill, 31; 12. Luke Merfeld, Dubuque, 29; 13. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., and Rob Moss, Iowa City, both 28; 15. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher, 27; 16. Tim Simpson, Iowa City, 25; 17. Sam Halstead, New London, 24; 18. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, and Terry Neal, Ely, both 23; 20. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 22.last_img read more