Belgium could be at start of localized coronavirus ‘second wave’, virologists say

first_imgTopics : Health Minister Maggie de Block on Friday said “the numbers are clearly not good” and called on Belgians to respect social distancing rules.Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes postponed this week a further easing of rules on social gatherings after infections climbed, and said she could not rule out the reintroduction of lockdowns in worst-hit areas.The government will meet on July 23 to discuss its response to the uptick in new cases. Belgium may be at the start of a second wave of coronavirus infections after reporting a 32% increase in weekly cases, though for now the resurgence appears more localised than the initial outbreak, virologists said on Friday.Belgium, which has reined in the coronavirus after becoming the worst-hit mid-sized country in the world, reported zero new COVID-19-related deaths in 24 hours on July 14 for the first time since March 10.But the national public health institute Sciensano said on Friday that new infections have been increasing. From July 7-13, the country recorded an average of 114.7 confirmed new COVID-19 cases per day, a 32% increase from the previous week.center_img This was still significantly below the 1,600 daily new cases the country logged at the peak of the pandemic.”With the latest numbers and the recent increases of confirmed cases, you can clearly see that we are at the start of a second wave,” virologist Marc Van Ranst told Belgium’s Radio 1.However, Yves van Laethem, a spokesman for the Belgian health ministry, told Belgian broadcaster RTBF that the prospect of a second wave appeared to be localized to particular provinces for now. Speaking to Le Soir newspaper, virologist Marius Gilbert echoed this, adding that transmission rates remain relatively low.The so-called reproduction rate of COVID-19 infections, which shows the average number of infections caused by each person with the virus, has increased in Belgium to above 1 for the first time since the peak of the pandemic on April 4.last_img read more

Last of the large waterfront land in Gold Coast’s North Shore

first_imgFor anyone in search of a waterfront lifestyle, the Gold Coast has been a premier destination for the past 40 years. But as time has passed, prime waterfront sites have become scarcer and scarcer.Opportunities for buyers to grab their own slice of Gold Coast waterfront lifestyle are running out, according to Nerida Conisbee, chief economist at REA Group.“Of all parts of south-east Queensland, Gold Coast has the most acute land shortage,” Conisbee says. “People think of it as being a high-rise area but most of the Gold Coast now actually consists of single dwellings. Land supply in the area is going to fall short quite quickly and land shortage means that the area will become more expensive – particularly near the water.”Last of the north-facing waterfront landSerenity 4212, the latest flagship masterplanned community from respected Brisbane-based developers Keylin Group and Kinstone Developments, will bring to market some of the last large, north-facing, absolute waterfront blocks on the Gold Coast.The development is one of the last opportunities to cash in on the waterfront lifestyle enjoyed by residents of the prestigious Hope Island and North Shore region, says Tony Ashwin, principal of Ashwin Property.“I’ve been working on new projects in this area since 1995 and this development stands out,” Ashwin says. “It offers the last of the large waterfront lots on the northern end of the Gold Coast.”Serenity 4212 offers some of the last waterfront land at the northern end of the Gold Coast. Picture: Keylin GroupThe 65-hectare development makes the most of the beauty and lifestyle afforded by the surrounding natural waterways and reserves, including Lake Serenity, Saltwater Creek, the Coombabah Creek and Coomera River. Mountains and a national park encompass the area, while 27 hectares of the development site will be returned to Gold Coast Council for additional parkland.The nearby Springbrook National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, is one of the Gold Coast’s best-kept secrets and home to an abundance of native flora and fauna.“This is an incredibly special location,” says Ashwin. “When you are on the site you see mountains and water all around. You don’t feel that you are actually in the centre of the northern Gold Coast.“Every home site in Serenity 4212 has a view of the landscape. It brings together natural beauty, great boating access to the water, the benefits of the Hope Island region, the North Shore lifestyle and amenities like nearby Hope Island Marketplace.”The gorgeous Springbrook National Park has some breath-taking natural sites. Picture: GettyAshwin expects many locals will be interested in the opportunity to upgrade their homes. Blocks will be generously proportioned, starting at 500sqm and ranging up to 1,326sqm, with homes, apartments and townhouses available.“People can buy a block of land at 600sqm or 700sqm, build a new home and move in for $1.5 million,” says Ashwin. He expects downsizers and interstate buyers searching for quality waterfront living in a central location will find Serenity 4212 appealing.Keylin Group and Kinstone Developments have a proven track record for creating high-end residential communities on the Gold Coast. Keylin Group has developed at Hope Island and Mudgeeraba, while Kinstone has built a number of residential developments and a masterplanned community in the region.“Keylin have delivered over $100 million in homes through Hope Island in the past three years and Serenity will be a natural extension of that experience,” says Ashwin. “This will be a quality, on-time delivery and we expect the first lots to be registered in November.”The Gold Coast lifestyle offers a little bit for everybody. Picture: GettyInterstaters long for the Gold Coast tooConisbee expects that when sites become available there will be keen demand from buyers across Australia.“When we look at property searches of people from outside Queensland, Gold Coast is usually the first or second most searched area,” she says.“Everyone knows about it – it has a good ‘brand’. But added to all this is the fact this area is a really nice part of the world with good weather, good beaches and lots of amenities – it’s a very liveable area.“It’s going to become harder to find a home on canal estates like Serenity 4212.”last_img read more

Keidra N. Yorn, 24

first_imgKeidra N. Yorn, 24, St. Paul, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the I.U. Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.Born October 21, 1991 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Ellis Martinez and Jonathan and Patricia (Yorn) Kloberdanz.Keidra worked at Valeo Mfg. in Greensburg.She is survived by her parents; two daughters, Aiyana Nikole Yorn, Larissa Cheyenne Yorn; two brothers, Briggsley Linville, North Carolina, Stratton Linville, St. Paul.Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 to 8:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at the funeral home with Rev. Perry Cook officiating.Memorials may be made to the family for Keidra’s daughters.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Heppner

first_imgElizabeth A.  “Betty” Heppner, age 86 of Batesville, died Friday, November 18, 2016 at The Waters of Batesville.  Born October 21, 1930 in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Loretta (Nee: Lampe) and August Heppner.  Betty was a long time familiar face behind the counter at Band Box Cleaners.Betty preferred to keep life simple.  She enjoyed watching sports and was a longtime Reds and Bengals fan.  She also was a huge fan of the Game Show network and playing cards, especially 500.  Betty’s favorite pastime was doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles.  Most mornings started with the crossword puzzle in the paper.She is survived by her brothers Jim Heppner of Oldenburg, Jerry Heppner of Batesville; sister-in-law Charlotte Heppner of Oldenburg, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by brothers Rev. Sylvester Heppner O.F.M., Martin Heppner and Albert Heppner.Visitation is Monday, November 21st, from 9 – 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.  Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M., officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

Emurua Dikirr MP Ng’eno to face criminal charges for hate speech

first_imgThe DPP says the conduct of the MP was offensive and likely to provoke a breach of peace in the area.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 “I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to initiate the prosecution of the MP under the National Cohesion and Integration Act 2008.” He says.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentThe DPP further argues that it is in public interest to prefer charges against the suspect as his actions may open old wounds and incite the different communities in the area against each other owing to the fact that Mau forest has been an area of contention.Also Read  Kalonzo applauds Senate for ending revenue stalemateHaji has further warned leaders fanning hate and sowing seeds of discord that they will not be tolerated.Ng’eno will now face criminal charges for hate speech, with the DPP urging Kenyans to resist and report any attempt to breach of peace.Haji says perpetrators of hate speech, incitement will face the full wrath of the law regardless of their social standing in society. The Director of Public Prosecutions has ordered the immediate Prosecution of Emurua Dikirr Member of Parliament Johana Ng’eno for hate speech.In a statement, DPP Noordin Haji said his office received a file from the Inspector General of Police in relation to allegations that the MP had uttered threatening, abusive and insulting words in a public gathering in his constituency.Upon review of the file, the DPP concluded that, “on Saturday 5th September 2020, the MP uttered words which were threatening, abusive and insulting and were intended to stir up ethnic animosity among communities residing in Trans Mara area.”Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  last_img read more

David Horsey not distracted by Ryder Cup qualification ahead of Russian task

first_img “I just want to keep playing well. I’m not really thinking about it being the start of the Ryder Cup race at all,” he said. “I just want to turn up every week and try and compete every week, do my own thing and get my preparation done and try to win. “It is always great to come back and defend a title, even if it is a different golf course.” The Cheshire golfer admits even in victory last month he learned a lesson after missing the cut the following week at the Czech Masters. “I was probably a little bit mentally tired last week, it takes a lot out of you that you don’t realise when you win,” he told his pre-tournament press conference. “Your confidence is high and you think you can win every week so maybe I have to learn from that. “It was a course which didn’t really suit me, but I felt like I could score but maybe ran out of batteries on Friday.” Horsey succeeded Michael Hoey as Russian Open champion, but the Northern Irishman is back in Moscow looking to rediscover some form in the city where the most recent of five career European Tour victories came. Qualification for Darren Clarke’s team to go to Hazeltine in a year’s time begins with the event at the Skolkovo Golf Club, which is owned by Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich. However, Horsey, who recorded his fourth European Tour win last month in Denmark, is concentrating on retaining the trophy he won in a play-off at the Tseleevo Golf Club. “It’s a good opportunity here for myself and some of the younger guys to come and try get a win because the field isn’t as strong as the likes of Wentworth or the bigger tournaments,” said the 36-year-old. “I used to play Challenge Tour at Moscow Country Club, which was always a fantastic course and when I won two years ago it was at Tseleevo – another great golf course. “I haven’t really been totally sharp this year. We had a baby at the end of last year so we have two kids now and that can be tough with the travelling. “I’m definitely disappointed not to have challenged as much this year, but I’ve secured my job on the European Tour for next year so at least I have that. “It’s been a tough year with the two young one, but it should get easier and I’m feeling great now so hopefully the end of the year can be good. “I’m hitting the ball well but I just need to hole a couple of putts. I putted really well two years ago and it was a similar course so if I can do that this week then you never know.” England’s David Horsey is focused on defending his Russian Open title rather than the start of the race for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Press Associationlast_img read more

Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick sidelined by ankle surgery

first_img The club captain travelled to Sweden to see a specialist known for his work with Zlatan Ibrahimovic after experiencing discomfort following a routine challenge in training. Having initially been given a positive diagnosis it was hoped he would swiftly return, but the discomfort remained and he has since been operated on in an attempt to cure his condition. “When he’s playing, when he’s injured, it doesn’t really change, so he’s now focusing on his rehab and coming back stronger than ever. Although he now faces a long recovery time, he’s in good mental shape. “It went as well as can be expected. Those types of injuries, going back 10, 15 years, were a lot bigger operations than they are now, so the surgeon was very happy. “(It’s also) really positive to get Harry back, first and foremost, on the pitch. He enjoyed the game, every player enjoys playing when they haven’t played for so long. “He will need more training time, more game time – that’s me, in an ideal world – sometimes you don’t know what happens and whether you’re forced to put players in before you want to, but at the moment I’d say another week or possibly longer before he’s considered for selection.” Press Association “Tommy’s had an operation on his ankle so he’s facing around 10 weeks out,” said Cherries manager Eddie Howe of the defender. “It was innocuous really. It was a kick on the ankle and, despite many attempts to come back, it just didn’t feel right. “With further investigation it was discovered that he needed an operation. “He’s had it, he’s two weeks in. Ten weeks is the estimate (recovery time) but it could be longer than that.” Elphick’s injury is just the latest to undermine Howe’s plans in an already difficult start to the season. Callum Wilson, Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel – three important players, the latter two the most expensive signings in the club’s history – are unlikely to play again in 2015/16 after each suffered anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Howe has revealed, however, that Wilson – the most recent of the trio to be injured – has so far responded positively to surgery, and that he expects his squad to be strengthened by the imminent return of Harry Arter from a groin problem after the midfielder played for Bournemouth’s Under-21s against Colchester on Monday. “Callum’s had the surgery on his knee,” Howe said. “He’s in a good form, he’s a very positive guy, he’s got a great mentality. Bournemouth defender Tommy Elphick will be out of action for at least the next eight weeks after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.last_img read more

Rosberg is F1 World Champion 34 Years after His Dad Won

first_img*Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GPNico Rosberg won his first Formula 1 world title despite Lewis Hamilton disobeying Mercedes orders not to back his team-mate into rivals.Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi GP driving slowly in an attempt to bring other drivers into the battle, knowing he needed Rosberg to finish below third.Hamilton was repeatedly told to speed up but told the team: “Let us race.”Rosberg came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel but managed to hold the Ferrari driver to finish second.Hamilton controlled the race from the front but was under instruction from Mercedes management not to try any strategic games to delay Rosberg.However, he disregarded message after message to speed up and prevent Vettel and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen from closing on Rosberg.The German in turn complained on the radio to the team to “consider doing something” and the tense title battle will do nothing to improve the cool relationship between the two drivers.At one point, as Vettel homed in on Rosberg in the closing laps, Mercedes Executive Director (technical) Paddy Lowe, who only speaks to the drivers on the radio in extreme circumstances, told Hamilton: “Lewis, this is Paddy. We need you to pick up the pace to win this race.”Hamilton replied: “I’m in the lead right now. I’m quite comfortable where I am.”But his tactics were not enough and Rosberg whooped with delight as he crossed the line and after his wife Viviane congratulated him over the radio, did doughnut spins on the pit straight before climbing on to the nose of the car to take the cheers from the crowd.“It’s a childhood dream come true,” Rosberg said over the radio. “Thank you for everything.”After the drama of the race, Hamilton congratulated Rosberg on his world championship and the two men embraced and shook hands on the podium.Rosberg said he had not decided whether to take the number one on his car as is his right next year or whether to stick with the number six, which he chose as his race number because his father Keke won the 1982 world title with it.The Rosbergs are only the second family in which a father and son have won the F1 world title, after Graham and Damon Hill.Rosberg started the race 12 points ahead of Hamilton and knew a finish on the podium would be enough to secure the championship regardless of what Hamilton did.Initially looked like he would be able to cruise to an easy climax to the best season of his career, but it did not take long for the tension to mount.Hamilton and Rosberg both made good starts to convert first and second places on the grid into a one-two from the start.But the difficult moments for Rosberg began when he came out from his first pit stop behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.After a spin at the first corner of the race, the Red Bull driver recovered ground quickly and, running a long first stint as a prelude to a one-stop race, ended up in second place behind Hamilton after the leaders had finished their first pit stops.Rosberg came out right behind Verstappen, and was also under pressure from behind from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.Ricciardo attacked Raikkonen intermittently, without managing a pass, but Rosberg was able to stay out of the Ferrari’s reach and the Finn never got close enough to try the same to the Mercedes.Rosberg tried to pass Verstappen two laps after his pit stop but the Dutchman defended aggressively and the championship leader decided discretion was the better part of valour and sat back looking after his tyres.However, as Verstappen’s stint grew longer and longer, Mercedes realised they were at risk of losing second place to him because he could make his one stop for tyres and still come out in front.Rosberg was told on lap 19 that passing the Red Bull was “critical” and he responded by passing Verstappen on the very next lap to take the second place he would hold to the end.Hamilton continued to lap only just as fast as he needed, balancing his vain hope that other drivers might be able to get among the two Mercedes with instructions from his team not to drive too slowly and force the issue.As the race progressed, Hamilton went slower and slower and the team began to worry that a one-two was at risk.This ensured that Verstappen was never more than about three seconds behind, with Ricciardo closing on him and, in the final stint, Vettel attacking both.With 11 laps to go, Hamilton was warned to pick up the pace because Vettel was an “imminent threat”.At the time, Vettel was running in fifth place but was closing rapidly on Verstappen and Ricciardo in third and fourth places because the four-time champion had done a long middle stint and fitted super-soft tyres for his final stint, while the others were on the more durable but slower soft tyres.He passed both but was not quite close enough on the last lap to make an attack Rosberg work.“It was a tricky situation at the end with Lewis playing dirty tricks,” Vettel said to his team as they congratulated him over the radio.“It was tough out there,” he said. “I didn’t want to be an issue. But at the end I was thinking maybe to try to pass both of them but it didn’t work out.”Jenson Button’s final grand prix came to an early end when his McLaren’s front suspension broke as he bounced over a kerb on lap 12.Button said: “The result doesn’t count. The weekend does. It has been awesome, from the fans, to before the race, a load of the team lined up and I walked between them and they clapped me into the garage. Very emotional, not the easiest thing before grand prix. An amazing day and an amazing weekend.”But Williams driver Felipe Massa, who is also retiring from F1, finished ninth, fending off a late attack from his former Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso’s McLaren.His long-time friend and engineer Rob Smedley praised him on the radio afterwards, saying he had done a “great drive”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Good Neighbor’s Campaign starts

first_imgUSC’s 17th annual Good Neighbors Campaign kicked off Oct. 1 with a new monetary goal — $1.3 million.With the primary goal of giving back to the Los Angeles community and creating an educationally enriched environment for adults and children, the monthlong campaign — which receives donations from staff and faculty — serves to provide grant funding to programs located within the community surrounding the university.“With the USC tradition of civic engagement, part of our mission is solving societal needs: [We need] an academic institution to provide academic opportunities,” Campaign Director Carolina Castillo said. “Giving is about settling problems, the civic engagement of faculty and staff and enhancing the communities and lives of residents of Los Angeles. We have a long tradition of that at this school, and the tradition of giving is much the same.”Last year, the Good Neighbors Campaign set out to raise $1.2 million from staff and faculty. The new goal of $1.3 million was set based on the amount of money received in 2009, Castillo said, and the trends of increasing participation and involvement that campaign leaders saw over time.This year, the campaign has seen almost 140 faculty and staff members volunteer as campaign leaders to raise awareness and money for the project. Castillo said she believes that such increased participation will bring in more funds; she hopes to reach at least 15,000 university employees.“Contributions are critical, and the goal is increasing because needs are increasing,” Castillo said. “I think that the goal is achievable, and USC faculty and staff understand the impact that their contributions are making in the community and that the need continues to grow every year. Given that they know that this is the impact they are having, we can meet that goal.”In previous years, money generated from the campaign was distributed among many organizations, each of which sponsored programs to benefit the community around them. Last year, grants were given to 43 organizations out of 60 that applied. This year, coordinators hope to increase that number, Castillo said.Last year, funding went to organizations such as the Thornton School of Music and the Fisher Museum of Art to create programs for kids in the community.“These kids can say things through art that they can’t say through words,” said Selma Holo, the director of the gallery and a member working in conjunction with the Good Neighbors Campaign-sponsored Art in the Village Program, to which $25,991 was given.The program was designed to allow children to come to the Fisher Museum and take interest in interactive art workshops.“We see students here in a way that we’ve never seen before, and we have kids that are really members of Fisher, and the kids feel like they belong. It’s a sustainable relationship, and we know they’ll come back in the future even when these programs are over,” Holo said.Similar funds were provided to the Thornton School of Music, which used $33,880 on the USC Thornton Student Outreach Program, which provided music education to students from grades K-12.“It’s a strong partnership between the community and Thornton,” said Thornton faculty member Susan Helfter. “These programs are beneficial to both our students and the students outside the USC gates, and the interaction gives music a different dimension. It’s clear that these programs are really making a difference to these kids.”last_img read more

Men’s soccer: With Green Bay game cancellation, Badgers turn to Penn State

first_imgAfter weather saw the McClimon Complex unfit for play for their match against Green Bay Wednesday, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (6-4-2, 3-1 Big Ten) now turn their attention to their upcoming meeting with Penn State (3-6-2, 1-2-2 Big Ten) in State College Sunday. Following the Green Bay cancellation, only Big Ten teams remain on the Badgers’ schedule, with four games remaining in the regular season. After struggling early in the season Wisconsin has been on an absolute tear in Big Ten play, sporting a 3-1 record, with their only defeat coming at the hands of No. 2 Indiana. They will look to keep that hot form going and have a good chance to do so as, aside from Michigan (9-2-1, 3-1-1 Big Ten), their remaining opponents all dwell in the bottom half of the Big Ten standings.Men’s Soccer: Badgers tally season-high four goals in defeat of RutgersThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (6-4-2, 3-1 Big Ten) beat fellow Big Ten opponent Rutgers (2-8-1, 1-4 Big Read…Penn State, on the other hand, are struggling in the wins column, with only one Big Ten victory to their name this season — that being a 3–1 win over last-placed Ohio State. Their inability to score goals has been a major factor in their lack of success. Besides the Ohio State game, they’ve only found the back of the net once in their other four Big Ten matches. A home game in State College will be beneficial for Penn State, as they have struggled mightily on the road so far this season and have yet to pick up a single away victory. One player Wisconsin will have to look out for is Penn State sophomore Daniel Gonzalez, who scored two goals in a 3–1 victory over Stony Brook Tuesday. The midfielder also added an assist to go with his pair of goals in what was his first career start for Penn State.Making waves: New swimming coach Yuri Suguiyama already has championship aspirationsEvery dominant athletic program begins somewhere — pieces of a puzzle that came together somehow to create a dynasty. What Read…Wisconsin will be looking to make an impression in the attacking third, coming off their most prolific offensive performance of the season, a 4–2 victory over Rutgers. The star from that performance was freshman Noah Melick, who recorded a double, his first goals in the cardinal and white. The Badgers may have the superior record this season, but they haven’t tasted victory over Penn State since 2011, something they will be looking to change Sunday. You can catch all the action from University Park on BTN Plus, with kickoff slated for 11 a.m.last_img read more