October 19

Chinese toddler’s condition improves after suspected Wuhan coronavirus infection in Manado

first_imgThe condition of a 2-year-old Chinese toddler who showed several symptoms of the coronavirus has improved after being put in an isolation room in the Prof. Kandou General Hospital in Manado, North Sulawesi.The boy had been in Manado with his parents since Jan. 21. He was taken to the hospital on Monday after he showed symptoms of the coronavirus.“His health condition is stable and is starting to improve. There are no more complaints, his body temperature remains at a normal range of 36.3 degrees [Celsius] and his cough has begun to improve as well,” the hospital’s medical services division head Hanry Takasenseran said on Friday. He, however, could not yet announce whether the toddler had tested positive for the novel coronavirus as he was still waiting for test results from the Health Ministry’s research and development center in Jakarta. The hospital previously took two blood samples from the patient.“We are still coordinating whether we have to wait for results of both samples or just one of them to know his condition,” Hanry said, adding that both of the toddler’s parents were in good condition.The isolation room in which the toddler was being observed was under strict guard, Hanry went on to say.He previously stated that the toddler had been experiencing fever and cough for the previous nine days, according to his medical record. The toddler was referred to the hospital by a private hospital in Manado. Read also: Chinese toddler becomes first suspected Wuhan coronavirus case in ManadoNorth Sulawesi Health Agency dismissed a rumor on social media that the toddlers’ family were hiding in the Four Points Hotel in Manado before eventually taking their children to the hospital. Rumor had it that the entire family was infected by the coronavirus. Residents were also told to stay away from the hotel as well as Manado Town Square shopping center, which the family visited.“It’s not true that they were hiding here [in the hotel]. They were monitored by travel agents who brought them here,” the agency head Debie KR Kalalo said. She also dismissed the report that the entire family was being put under observation in the hospital’s isolation room.Four Point Hotel spokesperson Novrico echoed Debie’s statement, saying the health condition of the remaining Chinese tourists staying at the hotel had been verified as good.Debie added that there was no scientific evidence that the novel coronavirus could be spread by airborne transmission, such as through the hospital’s air conditioning system. She went on to say that the virus would need respiratory droplets in order to survive.AFP reported that the official Chinese death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose on Friday to 636, with the government saying total infections had climbed past 30,000. Indonesia has yet to have any confirmed cases, although an Indonesian domestic worker in Singapore was tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

September 29

​UK local authorities eye joint stewardship, ESG framework

first_imgAlex Younger, investment and actuarial services manager at Norfolk, said the tender had yet to be launched but would follow shortly after two concept viability days in early October with both the 13 involved LGPS and providers.He said the framework would have “real credibility” due to the involvement of several funds that have previously placed a heavy emphasis on stewardship and ESG, including the Environment Agency Pension Fund, the West Midlands Pension Fund and its counterpart in West Yorkshire.One of the other funds involved, the Lothian Pension Fund, has previously overseen a joint procurement exercise for voting and engagement services that saw Hermes win a contract from three Scottish LGPS.Younger noted the uncertainty surrounding the future shape of the LGPS, with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) currently working with the LGPS Advisory Board on options to pool assets.The London Pensions Fund Authority and the Lancashire County Pension Fund, both backing the new framework, in July agreed a partnership to pool assets, and other London local authority funds have joined to set up a collective investment vehicle (CIV).Younger said the framework team was “cognizant” of the uncertainty ahead.“We are seeking to make future frameworks as robust as possible for an uncertain new model,” he said. More than a dozen UK local authority funds are working on a national procurement framework for environmental, social and governance (ESG) providers, including the provision of proxy voting services.The new framework, currently being drawn up by Norfolk County Council, will cover an as yet unspecified number of areas including proxy voting, ESG data metrics and more general advice where required by local authority pension schemes (LGPS).The framework is the latest being undertaken by the National LGPS Frameworks project, overseen by Norfolk Pension Fund, which to date has launched frameworks including ones for legal advice, custody and investment consultancy services.In July, it announced it was set to hire dedicated procurement staff, citing £16m (€21.8m) in savings as proof of its success.last_img read more

September 28

Businessman Keith Lloyd sells his Gold Coast beachfront trophy home

first_imgKeith Lloyd’s Main Beach apartment recently went under contract.BUSINESSMAN Keith Lloyd has offloaded his beachfront trophy home in a multimillion-dollar deal.The former shipbuilder and founder of Shafston International College listed the lavish apartment in Main Beach’s Ocean Isles building in March.He offered to throw his superyacht into the mix as part of a package deal with a $13 million price tag and even considered a trade at one point.However, marketing agent Lucy Cole said the Gold Coast buyers only wanted the three-bedroom residence. It is one of five in the beachfront Ocean Isles building. The sale could mark a record for the building.Ms Cole said the move would be a downsize for the buyers who were saying goodbye to their family home.“They just think it’s time to look after themselves,” she said.Property records show Mr Lloyd bought the apartment about eight years ago.It has a seemingly endless list of luxury features, including floor-to-ceiling windows, framing ocean views, a media lounge, lift, an office with library, and a heated pool and spa.Ms Cole described it as “a real showpiece” and said Mr Lloyd used it as a weekend escape.Kollosche director Michael Kollosche and colleague Duncan Longmore recently sold a neighbouring apartment in the building, but they would not disclose the sale price. MORE NEWS: A pool that’s good for your health? Yes please! Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 Mr Lloyd used it as a weekend escape.She wouldn’t reveal a sale price until the deal settled but said it was close to the apartment’s $7.5 million asking price.“It didn’t involve the boat, the boat has gone to Sydney,” said Ms Cole, managing director of Lucy Cole Prestige Properties.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We had an excellent response to the marketing.”The sale has potentially set a new benchmark for the four-level building, which only has five apartments.The same apartment holds the record after selling for $6.42 million in 2007. MORE NEWS: Beach house sells in days — and it wasn’t even on the market It was initially listed with his super yacht as part of a package deal.last_img read more

September 24

ORV crash hurts two in Ripley County

first_imgOsgood, In. — An off-road vehicle crash injured two people in Ripley County Saturday.A report from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department says at 7:28 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the crash scene south of the intersection of Old Michigan Road and Fairground Road. The vehicle, driven by Jesse Grow, of Osgood, was northbound on Old Michigan Road when he struck a mailbox and a tree.Grow was flown to an Indianapolis area hospital. The passenger, David Cornett, of Greensburg, was treated at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.The accident remains under investigation.last_img read more

September 21

Portugal rout inexperienced Ireland

first_img However, it was striker Hugo Almeida who took centre-stage, heading Portugal into a second-minute lead and, after Richard Keogh’s own goal had put them further ahead, claiming a second eight minutes before the interval. James McClean’s first strike for his country on his 23rd senior appearance gave Ireland hope seven minutes after the break, but substitute Vierinha struck 12 minutes from time and Fabio Coentrao added a fifth as newcomer Nani produced a superb late cameo performance. While Portugal boss Paulo Bento included his highest-profile player for obvious reasons, opposite number Martin O’Neill left his sitting on the bench having hinted that he might in his pre-match press conference when he said he knew all he needed to about Robbie Keane. Eight days short of 20 years since Ireland famously defeated Italy 1-0 in the World Cup finals at the old Giants Stadium, a team which included only a handful of regular starters ran out hoping to spring a similar surprise, albeit in different circumstances. However, the game was over as a contest long before the half-time whistle as the Portuguese flexed their muscles in impressive style. They needed barely two minutes to get their noses in front when winger Varela, in what was to become something of a theme, found himself in space down the right and delivered the perfect cross for unmarked striker Almeida to head firmly past goalkeeper David Forde. Ronaldo had already served notice of his intent with a deft turn which took him away from Jeff Hendrick and David Meyler on halfway, although his scuffed shot had an element of rust about it. But he tested Forde further with a left-footed drive 13 minutes later, and the Millwall keeper reacted superbly to deny Raul Meireles from the follow-up. Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his return to fitness as Portugal completed their World Cup preparations with a comfortable victory over Ireland. The Portuguese captain, who had missed the earlier warm-up games against Greece and Mexico through a combination of knee and thigh injuries, started at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and played a leading role as his side raced into a 3-0 lead on their way to a 5-1 win. Ronaldo had a hand in the third goal, having earlier hit the post with a free-kick, and showed few signs of being hampered by any fitness concerns. Press Association Ronaldo was warming to his task, although clearly unhappy with the playing surface after slipping on more than one occasion, and McClean could have been forgiven for thinking he had done just that with 18 minutes played when the Portugal captain hit the deck after the merest of contacts. The Real Madrid star dusted himself down and curled the resulting free-kick around the wall and past Forde’s dive, only for the foot of the post to intervene. The respite was only temporary, however, and Ireland fell further behind when full-back Coentrao’s cross clipped the unfortunate Keogh and sailed over the stranded Forde’s head before dropping inside the far post. Skipper for the night Jon Walters produced Ireland’s first effort on target, but his 27th-minute header from McClean’s cross was directed straight at keeper Rui Patricio. But Portugal were cruising with playmaker William orchestrating from the middle of the field and Varela terrorising on the right as Ronaldo floated menacingly ahead of them. They increased their lead eight minutes before the break when Forde could only parry Ronaldo’s header from yet another Varela cross to Almeida, who made no mistake from close range. Bento resisted the temptation to remove his star man from the fray at the break, but Ireland made a better fist of it in the early stages of the second half as wingers McClean and Aiden McGeady found themselves in advanced positions on several occasions. They got their reward seven minutes into the half when Wes Hoolahan played a quick free-kick to McClean on the right side of the penalty area, and he stepped inside before dispatching a low left-footed shot past Patricio. Portugal’s response was concerted and having wasted one free-kick by thumping it straight into the defensive wall, Ronaldo forced Forde into a diving save with a second on 57 minutes. Varela could have wrapped up the win had he been able to collect Ronaldo’s return pass after the pair launched a lightning break-out, but substitutes Nani and Vierinha combined in fine style on 78 minutes, and the former set up Coentrao for an exquisite fifth five minutes later as the Irish wilted. last_img read more

September 18

The Latest: Braves OF Markakis opts out of 2020 season

first_img Associated Press Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand.Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays. The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021.___Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund.The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website. July 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season. The Latest: Braves OF Markakis opts out of 2020 season The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff.Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process. Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season.Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143.But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season.___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month. Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy. The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.”Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year.Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.last_img read more

September 17

Mason: Lineman’s career as a blogger ends

first_imgWith Saturday’s 36-35 overtime victory over Cal Poly, the regular season for the Wisconsin Badgers is over.So, too, is the career of sophomore center John Moffitt.Well, his blogging career, that is.Since August, Moffitt has written a weekly blog on UWBadgers.com. The Athletic Communications office contacted him before the season began with the idea of writing a total of three blog entries. It started, he explained, as a way to keep fans up to speed with what was going on in the fall camp.But it turned into something much bigger.“It started to take off. I started throwing some funny stuff in there,” Moffitt said. “I think camp was getting a hold of my mind. I was going a little stir crazy. They liked it, so we kind of kept it going.”The blog quickly garnered a fan following, and soon even members of the media — I’m not the only guilty one, apparently — peppered Moffitt with questions about his newfound hobby.“People talk to me about the blog more than football stuff,” Moffitt said. “It’s crazy.”He even wrote a story on SI.com titled “An athlete’s guide to blogging,” in which he offered tips for other athletes to dipping their feet in the blogosphere.What did the other guys on his team thing about his writing?“Some guys say, ‘I like your blog.’ Other guys are like, ‘You’re blog’s awful,’” Moffitt said. “I don’t really care. I just do it. It’s fun. You don’t have to read it — it’s free.”For those who haven’t read Moffitt’s stuff, you should. The guy’s got a sense of humor, and it definitely comes through in the blog. In one post he made fun of coach Bielema’s “next man in” philosophy by pointing out some eerie similarities in the appearances of several teammates.In another, he laid out the “Ten Commandments of Offensive Linemen” — my favorites are “V: Thou shalt always be blamed… even if it’s the defense’s fault,” and X: Thou shalt only get pity dates or blind dates.”In his final blog, Moffitt actually got a little serious. He reflected on the senior offensive linemen — Kraig Urbik, Erik Vanden Heuvel and Andy Kemp — and how he’s going to miss them. He also discussed what he took away from the blog.One of those things he learned is just how tough it is to come up with original content week in and week out, especially with the monotony of practices.“Football — it’s scheduled. Everything is the same every week,” Moffitt said. “It’s hard to try to find things that stick out to you.”So his solution to the problem was to write about the subject he knows best: himself. In one entry, he told readers about his plans for his upcoming 22nd birthday — which involved eating half a sheet cake — and about why he’s so old for a sophomore.“I feel like if you make fun of yourself, no one’s going to get upset or offended. It’s what you can take,” Moffitt said. “I think that’s one of the safest bets. But I’ve got nothing left to say about myself. I’ve torn myself apart.”After talking with the 6-foot-4, 323-pound sociology major about his blogging, I had to ask him how a hack like him could get his writing published by Sports Illustrated when most sports writers — myself included — may never get that glory.“I don’t think I’m a great writer or anything like that,” Moffitt said. “I have no clue. Your guess is as good as mine.”As much as Moffitt has enjoyed the blog and everything that’s come with it, he said he’s pulling the plug on it all. One season was enough.“I’ve enjoyed it. I don’t even know if I can keep going with it because I don’t even know what to say anymore,” he said. “I’m not looking to be a blogger for the rest of my life. It really was fun while it lasted, but I think this is probably going to be the end of it.”Tyler is a senior majoring in journalism. Were you a frequent reader of John Moffitt’s blog? Share your thoughts on it with Tyler at tmason@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

August 31

Haiti to have increased access to small business loans

first_imgHaitians will have increased access to small business loans as the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Global Affairs Canada and Desjardins International (DID) of Canada have partnered to increase services for Micro and Small Enterprises (MPE) in the country.The project entitled “Support for the Establishment of a Specialized Micro and Small Business Financing Assessment Unit”, within the Le Levier Fédération (a network of savings and credit cooperatives)” will support the Federation in implementing place of a unit specializing in finance for MEPs. The project provides for an investment of US $3.04 million, which includes a $500,000 loan component for on-lending, to Le Levier’s first-rate credit and savings cooperatives, which use the Center’s model. affiliate for Financial Entrepreneurs (CFE) for the financing of MSEs.The remaining resources will be used to support the establishment and implementation of the CFE model in participating financial cooperatives.The CBD will focus specifically on underserved and unserved MSEs in Haiti, committing up to US$500,000 for funding activities related to the establishment of CFE in northern and southern Haitilast_img read more

August 31

Jamaica to sign new air service agreements

first_imgInformation Minister Ruel Reid The Jamaican government will be signing new  air-service agreements with the governments of Slovenia, the Kingdom of Morocco, The Bahamas and South Africa.Information Minister Ruel Reid, told reporters during Wednesday’s  post-Cabinet press briefing that these agreements follows approval by the Cabinet.He said Cabinet took special note of the outcome of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Services Agreement, which, since 2008, had provided states with an avenue to conduct air-services negotiations or consultations.“This is important in negotiating direct flights to Jamaica. Cabinet noted that Jamaica had participated in 16 air-service agreement negotiation sessions since 2008,” he said.last_img read more

August 16

Alen Ramić in Split Tomorrow to Defend World Title in Jiu-Jitsu

first_imgThe B&H Jiu-Jitsu fighter Alen Ramić will defend in Split tomorrow the world title in the absolute category.The competition is being held under the auspices of the World Martial Arts Games 2013 from 14-18 August in the sports hall “Gripe”.“For such a competition I am intensely preparing and everyday for the last three months in my club “Bushido” from Sarajevo. I had two rehearsals in two competitions where I won the gold, and I would especially mention the gold medal that I won at the World Cup in Lisbon in June’’, said Ramić in an interview for Fena.“If I win the world championship, my goals for this year will have been completed’’, said Ramić.last_img read more