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‘A little bit weird’ European nations including Belgium, France, Germany and Greece have begun lifting border restrictions, hoping to save the summer tourism season.Spain has continued to reopen tourist sites, with the Alhambra palace the latest to welcome visitors back on Wednesday.But life is far from normal in Europe.Sweden passed the grim mark of 5,000 deaths, as cracks began to emerge in the political consensus the government has until now enjoyed over its softer approach.The Public Health Agency said it had recorded 5,041 COVID-19 deaths, giving it the world’s fifth highest death rate at 499.1 per million inhabitants.The German government plans to ban large events until at least the end of October, according to a draft policy document seen by AFP on Wednesday.And political leaders are also keen to protect themselves from the virus — anyone visiting Russian leader Vladimir Putin at his country residence must walk through a device that sprays them from above and the side with disinfectant.The most visible sign of normality was the return of the English Premier League when Aston Villa kicked off against Sheffield United.All games will be played in empty stadiums, possibly with cardboard cut-outs of supporters in the stands and piped-in crowd sounds. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said things would still be “a little bit weird”.UEFA, meanwhile, announced that the 2019-2020 Champions League, suspended since March, will be completed in a ‘final eight’ format in Lisbon in August.The closing stages of the women’s Champions League will also go ahead in an eight-team straight knock-out tournament in Bilbao and San Sebastian, in Spain at the end of August. ‘Situation is serious’ And amid a frenzied scramble to find a treatment or a vaccine, British researchers announced that a common steroid could reduce deaths among COVID-19 patients.However, the lack of a vaccine means nations continue to rely on lockdowns or other lesser restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. Beijing ordered further restrictions on Wednesday after reporting 31 more cases, taking its total to 137 in the past six days in an outbreak linked to a sprawling wholesale market called Xinfadi.More than 1,200 flights were cancelled in the capital on Wednesday, state media reported, schools were shut and residents were urged not to leave their homes.The authorities are carrying out thousands of tests.”The situation is serious and people don’t want to come out,” said Bai Xue, a worker at a Beijing restaurant that has put up a notice online saying it has not sourced food from Xinfadi.Chinese officials have ruled out the possibility that the outbreak was caused by Norwegian salmon, prompting Norway to call for the resumption of sales.While China fears a full-blown second wave, nations such as India are just beginning to feel the full force of the pandemic.The South Asian nation of 1.3 billion people reported more than 2,000 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its total to nearly 12,000 — the fourth-highest caseload in the world.Hospitals in the financial capital Mumbai have been overwhelmed and authorities in New Delhi have taken over hotels and banquet halls to house patients.While there have been surges in Iran and Saudi Arabia, Latin America remains the global epicenter.Brazil, the worst-hit nation after the United States, reported its highest daily jump in cases, and Peru’s toll surged past 7,000 — although officials said the number of new cases had begun to fall.The president of Honduras became the latest public figure to test positive for the virus, Juan Orlando Hernandez telling journalists his symptoms were mild and he would work from home.A study in Britain provided respite, researchers finding that a widely available steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by one third among the most severely ill patients.”Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide,” said Oxford professor Peter Horby.World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated scientists for the “lifesaving scientific breakthrough”. China closed schools in Beijing and restricted air travel from the capital on Wednesday to halt an outbreak of coronavirus cases and dampen fears of a second wave, as India’s death toll spiked and Sweden’s went above 5,000.The new Chinese cluster and surging infections in Latin America and South Asia have raised fresh doubts about how quickly the world can control a pandemic that has so far caused more than 443,000 deaths from more than eight million infections.The pandemic has forced sports, entertainment and cultural events off the calendar for the past three months, but the resumption of the English Premier League on Wednesday after a 100-day exile marked a return to something like normality. Topics :
US President Donald Trump declared that catching the COVID-19 was a “blessing from God” that exposed him to experimental treatments he vowed would become free for all Americans, in a video address released on Wednesday.Trump, eager to revitalize his ailing re-election campaign two days after his release from Walter Reed military hospital, repeatedly stressed how well he felt so far in his recovery from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. It was unclear if he was still testing positive for the virus.”I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise,” Trump said, adding that his use of the medication from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc had allowed him to experience first-hand how effective it could be. Trump, who has been widely criticized for a slow response to the pandemic that has killed more than 210,000 Americans and putting his own staff at risk by discouraging the use of masks in the White House and on the campaign trail, also cited similar medication from Eli Lilly and Co.”I want to get for you what I got. And I’m going to make it free,” Trump said, at one point calling the unapproved medicine a “cure.”The timing of the video’s recording was unclear. Trump said in the message that he had gotten back to the White House “a day ago,” suggesting he was speaking on Tuesday. But Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said the video was recorded earlier on Wednesday.The video’s release followed White House assurances that the 74-year-old president was back at the Oval Office on Wednesday, getting briefed about economic stimulus talks and Hurricane Delta. A White House official said Trump entered the office from the Rose Garden to avoid walking through the White House hallways and possibly exposing others to the coronavirus.Chief of staff Mark Meadows, who briefed Trump in personal protective gear, said the White House was keeping access to the Oval Office extremely limited.Trump had been in his residence in the White House since his dramatic made-for-video return from Walter Reed in a helicopter on Monday night.Trump, who faces Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, has had no COVID-19 symptoms for the past 24 hours, his doctor Sean Conley said in a statement.”He’s now been fever-free for more than four days, symptom-free for over 24 hours, and has not needed, nor received, any supplemental oxygen since initial hospitalization,” Conley said.Despite his illness, Trump has been looking for ways to get his election message out and cut into Biden’s lead in battleground states, advisers said. His video message appeared to be a step in that direction.A speech to senior voters is being contemplated for Thursday, they said.Vice President Mike Pence’s debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City will take center stage of the campaign on Wednesday evening.Aides say Trump is impatient to get back on the campaign trail and insistent on going ahead with the next debate on Oct. 15 in Miami, but Biden said on Tuesday he will not participate if Trump is not virus-free.The new claim on free medications came the day after Trump abruptly ended talks with Democrats on a new round of stimulus for a pandemic-pounded economy, with both sides far apart on how much money to devote to a deal.Both Biden and the top Democrat in the US Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accused Trump of abandoning needy Americans.”The president turned his back on you,” Biden said in a Twitter post.With layoffs in key industries mounting by the day and threatening the fragile recovery, Trump late on Tuesday urged Congress to quickly pass $25 billion in funding for passenger airlines, $135 billion for small businesses and provide $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans.But White House officials on Wednesday downplayed the likelihood of any kind of stimulus being passed before the election.Trump’s drive to get Judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court by the Republican-controlled Senate before the election also may be in doubt, since three Republican senators infected with the virus may not be able to vote.Topics :
March 06, 2019 New Low-Interest Financing from Wolf Administration to Support Small Business Expansion, Building Acquisition Economy, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced four new low-interest loan approval through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program. The loans will enable the expansion of two small Lancaster County businesses and a campground business in Armstrong County to expand. They will also support the purchase of a leased industrial building in Bucks County.“When businesses are looking to grow and create jobs, they often need access to capital,” Governor Wolf said. “PIDA provides that capital at low interest rates, which is especially crucial for small businesses. These projects approved today will help these businesses expand and boost their local economies.”So far in 2019, PIDA has approved $6,275,000 in low interest loans that have resulted in $14,639,685 in private investment and supported 89 created and retained full-time jobs. This month’s meeting included the approval of four projects totaling just over $1 million in Armstrong, Bucks, Lancaster, and York counties.The approved projects were as follows:Armstrong CountyBear Ridge Campground & RV Resort LLC was approved for a $200,000, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent fixed rate through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation. The loan will enable the company to acquire a 68-acre campground property located in Boggs Township. The campground features a 3,000-square-foot lodge with a full kitchen, restrooms, game room, and a community center. The property also includes a 40-foot in-ground pool, a retail store, a three-acre lake for fishing and boating, three pavilions, two playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, and two rental cabins. The project is expected to retain one full-time employee.Bucks CountyGWJD Real Estate LP, a real estate holding entity, was approved for a $388,000, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent fixed rate through Bucks County Economic Development Corporation. The loan will enable the company to purchase an 18,000-square-foot multi-occupancy industrial building in Lower Southampton Township. The facility is currently leased by eight tenants.Lancaster CountyPassenger Coffee Roasting, LLC, a specialty coffee roaster in the city of Lancaster, was approved for a $220,000, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent seven year reset rate through EDC Finance Corporation. The loan will enable the company to renovate a newly-purchased industrial location on Plum Street into a food-grade processing facility. The company will retain 11 full-time jobs as a result of this project.York CountyPrince Street Café LLC was approved for a $200,000, 7-year loan at a 3.75 percent fixed rate through York County Economic Development Corporation. The loan will enable Prince Street Café, a successful cafe in downtown Lancaster, to open a second location on West Market St. in York City. The project includes leasehold improvements and furniture, fixtures, and equipment needed to establish the York café.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Netherlands’ Ministry of Social Affairs, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, Deutsche Asset Management, Wells Fargo Asset Management, Schroders, Insight, Mercer, London Business School, Origo, Aviva, Better FinanceNetherlands’ Ministry of Social Affairs – The Dutch government has named Wouter Koolmees as minister for social affairs and employment. He replaces Jetta Klijnsma, who has held the position since 2008. He is the financial spokesman for the D66 liberal democratic party, one of four parties making up the newly formed coalition. Tamara van Ark, of prime minister Mark Rutte’s VVD party, has been appointed state secretary for social affairs and employment.Klijnsma was recently nominated as the new Royal Commissioner of the Dutch province of Drenthe.Lombard Odier Investment Managers – The Swiss asset manager has hired Robert Schlichting from Deutsche Asset Management to lead its institutional sales for Germany and Austria. He has worked for a number of asset managers including Neuberger Berman, Schroders, BlackRock, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and JP Morgan Asset Management. In addition, Lombard Odier has appointed Frank Stefes as head of third-party distribution sales for Germany and Austria. He joined the company in 2010 to oversee business development in the two countries.Wells Fargo Asset Management – Dan Morris is the US manager’s new global head of portfolio solutions within its multi-asset team. In his new role Morris is based in London and reports to Nicolaas Marais, president and head of multi-asset solutions. Morris was previously head of US portfolio solutions at Schroders, where he worked alongside Marais until the latter’s departure in January.Wells Fargo has also hired Martijn De Vree from Insight Investment and Frank Cooke from Mercer . Both report to Morris and are based in London. The team is completed by Jonathon Hobbs, who joined from BlackRock in July and also reports to Morris.London Business School Finance Faculty – The school has named three senior finance figures as executive fellows: Dominic Rossi, global CIO for equities at Fidelity International; Stan Beckers, chair of the AQR Asset Management Institute at London Business School and former member of the board of NN Group; and Tom Gosling, partner in PwC’s executive remuneration practice.“We are delighted that these three highly experienced and respected professionals are joining LBS as Executive Fellows of the Finance Faculty. Their appointment comes at a time when business in general, and finance in particular, is coming under close scrutiny for the role it plays in society,” said Professor Suleyman Basak, joint chair of finance at the business school.Origo – The not-for-profit fintech firm has appointed Anthony Rafferty as managing director. He will take on the role from 1 March 2018, succeeding Paul Pettitt. He is currently head of proposition for Aviva’s consumer platform. Rafferty will officially join Origo on 1 January, while Pettitt is set to depart on 28 February. Origo has been involved in the development of the pensions dashboard in the UK, a concept aimed at displaying all an individual’s savings and pension accounts in one palce.Better Finance – The Brussels-based lobby group has elected Jella Benner-Heinacher as president. She is currently the deputy chief executive of DSW, Germany’s oldest and largest association for private investors. “Working at the European level is certainly one of the most important, but also the most challenging, tasks in the field of investor protection,” she said. “Better Finance has to remain one of the strong voices in the future.”
RETRO LIVING: This old-west cabin could become a very unique weekend getaway spot.AN OLD-WEST style cabin in the woods in a remote location in North Queensland was snapped up by some city slickers at auction.The one-bedroom wood cabin in Hazledean created a lot of interest around Queensland due to its remote location and the building style that looked straight out of the 1800s.According to Hayley Van De Ven from Re/Max Results, four active bidders came to the on-site auction on Saturday morning. HISTORIC BRISSY HOME PASSED IN AT AUCTION Take a step back in time.The couple ended up winning the auction with a $100,000 bid, which was $30,000 above the reserve.“They have got quite a few cool plans for it,” she said.“Their intention is to make it like a Hazledean Hideaway.”The two hectare property has a dam (with fish and yabbies) and the one-bedroom cabin electricity, a fireplace and tank water. RICH SUBURBS SHUN GREEN POWER Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenPrestige property with Liz Tilley07:29 Lots of retro charm.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe winning bidders, a professional Brisbane couple, had seen photos of the unique home on realestate.com.au but had never actually set foot on the property, which is about 40 minutes outside of Mackay, until the day of the auction. AFL STAR SELLS GOLD COAST HOME
254 Views no discussions Share KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — St Vincent and the Grenadines has become the latest Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to record its first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.Health Minister Luke Browne told Parliament on Tuesday night that the authorities had received confirmation of the case from the Trinidad-based Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and that the unidentified person has since fully recovered.The health minister urged citizens to take steps to protect themselves again Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses and to eliminate places where the insect can breed.Zika is a viral disease characterised by fever, rash and body aches. It is one virus of the viral family that includes Yellow Fever, West Nile, Chikungunya and Dengue.But, unlike some of those viruses, there is no vaccine to prevent Zika, nor is there medicine to treat the infection.Zika is commanding worldwide attention because of an increased incidence of microcephaly – a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age- in regions with increased Zika infection.Apart from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname are among CARICOM countries where the virus has been detected. Share Tweet Share HealthLifestyleNewsRegional St Vincent records first case of Zika virus by: Caribbean Media Corporation – February 24, 2016 Sharing is caring!
Biadog wascaught after he sold a sachet suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500around 8:58 p.m. on March 11, a police report showed. BACOLOD City –Police arrested a drug suspect in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Zone 12,Talisay City, Negros Occidental. He wasidentified as Ruskin Biadog, 37, a resident of the village, police said. When frisked,Biadog yielded nine more sachets of suspected illegal drugs valued at aroundP9,000. The suspect wasdetained in the lockup cell of the Talisay City police station. Chargesfor violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002 will be filed against him./PN
Henry Onyekuru’s Monaco have revealed that two people from the club are suspected of contracting COVID-19. The Ligue 1 club did not confirm who the pair were, only that neither’s condition was a cause for worry and that health protocols were being followed.Advertisement Read Also: Lionel Messi claims he is forced to stay at BarcelonaAt the last count, Monaco have picked up four points from their opening two games of the 2020-21 campaign and are next scheduled to be in action on September 14 against Nantes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… A statement on the club’s website read: “Two members of the professional group are suspected of being infected with COVID-19. Their state of health does not cause concern. “They are subject to the health protocol in force and are under the supervision of the medical staff.” Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Shows That Overstayed Their Welcome8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You15 Celebs You Probably Didn’t Expect To Be Cheerleaders10 Big Movie Stars Who Got Famous Thanks To Soap OperasPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?
Batesville, In. — The public is invited to upcoming rummage sales in Napoleon and Osgood in support of Relay for Life.In Napoleon at the St. Maurice Catholic Church on Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon. Two-dollar bags will be available Saturday.In Osgood on Thursday, May 9 & Friday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to noon.Relay for Life will held June 15 and 16 at the Batesville High School. The event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and concludes on Sunday at 1 a.m. Register online here.