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British virus death toll now world’s third-highest

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first_img“They don’t represent a sudden surge in the number of deaths,” he told reporters.According to an AFP tally from official sources at 1300 GMT on Wednesday, Britain has now leapfrogged the tolls in France and Spain and is the second-worst affected country in Europe, behind Italy’s 27,359 deaths. The United States has the world’s worst death toll with 58,355. ‘Relief and joy’ Britain shut non-essential shops and services, and ordered people to stay at home except to shop for groceries and medicines, on March 27.A review of the measures is expected on May 7, amid dire warnings about the economic impact and indications of frustration at the continued confinement.Johnson held a lunchtime telephone call with the leader of the main opposition Labor party, Keir Starmer who has called for more clarity on the lockdown exit plan.Starmer earlier joined well-wishers in congratulating Johnson on becoming a father again, particularly after his recent experience. Symonds also displayed COVID-19 symptoms but was not tested.”Whatever differences we have in this house, as human beings we all recognize the anxiety the prime minister and Carrie must have gone through in these past few weeks,” he told parliament.”I really hope this brings them incredible relief and joy.”Johnson had to spend three nights in intensive care, and later admitted his illness “could have gone either way”.He was present for the birth at an unnamed NHS hospital in London and would be taking some paternity leave later in the year, his spokesman said.Johnson has at least five other children, including four with his second wife, Marina Wheeler, from whom he split in 2018.He also had a daughter as a result of an extra-marital affair while he was mayor of London, according to a 2013 court case. The rare good news was soured however by the additional 4,419 deaths in the overall coronavirus death toll, just as Johnson, who returned to work on Monday, is under pressure to ease a month-long lockdown.Until now, Britain had reported only deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19 in hospital but there has been mounting concern about high numbers of unreported victims in the wider community.On Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics said deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending April 17 were running at roughly double the five-year average and were the highest weekly total since 1993.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday said there were an additional 3,811 deaths included in the outbreak since the start of March, on top of figures from the last 24 hours. Second peak Britain has widened its testing regime for COVID-19 to care homes, the over-65s and people unable to work from home, as part of increased measures to curb the outbreak.A total of 85 frontline workers in the state-run National Health Service (NHS) have died from the coronavirus, and 23 in social care, according to the government.There remain questions about the provision of personal protective equipment to medics and others dealing with patients, and the availability of testing. Raab, who has deputized for Johnson during his illness and recovery, warned the government is not yet ready to ease lockdown restrictions.”This issue of a second spike and the need to avoid it, it’s not a theoretical risk,” he said.”Having relaxed restrictions in Germany over the last week, they’ve seen a rise in the transmission rate of coronavirus.”We’re in a delicate and dangerous moment. We’re coming through the peak, but we’re not there yet.”center_img Britain’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 26,097 on Wednesday — the second-highest in Europe behind Italy and third-highest in the world — as the government took into account fatalities outside hospital, including care homes, for the first time.The increase came after surprise news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had become a father again at age 55, several months earlier than expected, and just weeks after he was taken to hospital with COVID-19.Downing Street announced that his partner, Carrie Symonds, 32, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, prompting messages of congratulation from across the political spectrum at home and abroad. Topics :last_img read more

North Korea suspends military action plans against South Korea

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first_imgTopics : North Korea has decided to suspend military action plans against South Korea, the official KCNA news agency reported on Wednesday, as a report suggested North Korean troops were taking down loudspeakers recently reinstalled at the fortified border.Political tensions between the rival Koreas had been rising over Pyongyang’s objections to plans by defector-led groups in the South to send propaganda leaflets into the North. Stalled negotiations regarding economic sanctions imposed because of the North’s nuclear weapons program had also fuelled tensions.It was not immediately clear why North Korea had softened its position, which came after it blew up a liaison office last week and cut off communication hotlines with the South. The ministry also confirmed reports that a number of official North Korea propaganda websites had removed some articles critical of South Korea, though the spokesman said it was unclear why.Rollercoaster of tensionsKim Jong Un’s decision to suspend the unspecified military actions may represent a reprieve from weeks of increasingly provocative moves by North Korea.Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, warned last week of retaliatory measures against South Korea that could involve the military, without elaborating.The General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) later said it had been studying an “action plan” that included sending troops into joint tourism and economic zones, reoccupying border guard posts that had been abandoned under the 2018 pact, taking steps to “turn the front line into a fortress,” and supporting plans for the North to send its own propaganda leaflets into the South.Jenny Town, with the U.S.-based North Korea-monitoring website 38 North, said anti-South Korea rhetoric from the North over the past week had left room for flexibility, but it was still unclear where the latest moves will lead.”Overall, it doesn’t appear that the North has necessarily wanted to be overly provocative,” she said. “While it seems set on reversing the measures taken in the inter-Korean agreements -in a dramatic fashion – so far, the rhetoric has already been milder since the demolition of the liaison office.”The KCNA report sent shares of South Korea’s defense-related firms, which have risen during the heightened tensions, into a tailspin early on Wednesday. Victek Co Ltd, Speco and Firstec Co Ltd tumbled more than 20% each, while the benchmark KOSPI and junior KOSDAQ was trading up 1.3% and 0.9%, respectively, as of 0032 GMT. center_img North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over a video conference meeting of the ruling party’s Central Military Commission on Tuesday, where members “took stock of the prevailing situation” before deciding to suspend the military plans, the report said, without elaborating.The committee also discussed documents outlining measures for “further bolstering the war deterrent of the country,” KCNA reported.North Korea’s military was seen removing about 10 loudspeakers near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on Wednesday, just days after they were seen reinstalling around 20 of the devices, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing unnamed military sources. About 40 such systems were taken down after the two Koreas signed an accord in 2018 to cease “all hostile acts”.A spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles relations with the North, said it is monitoring the situation and had no change in its stance that inter-Korean agreements should be kept.last_img read more

Luxe trio take pride of place in Taringa

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first_imgThey are close to a number of river walks, public transport, parks and playgrounds, shops, cafes and dining options. “The homes will be crafted from a beautiful blend of traditional Queensland materials such as oak floors, spotted gum timbers on the balconies and stone finishes for the kitchens and bathrooms, balanced with modern textures and colour schemes and solar power to reduce energy costs,” he said.“In addition to the design we have created, buyers are able to tailor their fixtures, finishes and even some aspects of the layout to suit their lifestyle thanks to our in-house interior design service. “They can also access our custom joinery package to allow them to create a special place for their family heirlooms and artworks.”The new luxury homes will be built at 41, 43 and 45 Ellerslie Crescent, with construction starting within days. The original character home, with wraparound balcony, will be saved, relocated to another part of the site with city views, and put up for sale. Mr Ansell said he was open to renovating the house for its new owner.He said the project had not yet been publicly launched, but they had already received plenty of interest from their existing client database.“I don’t expect them to be on the market for long,” he said.Stage two of the development will involve the construction of 23 luxury townhomes on the site of about 4200sq m, with those designs expected to be launched in February. A render showing the living room in one of the three luxury homes by Velocity Property Group.JUST three luxury homes will be built in one of Taringa’s most exclusive locations. Capitalising on sweeping city views, the three and four bedroom homes, built over three levels, are situated in an elevated, north-facing position on Ellerslie Crescent. Velocity Property Group will build just three city-view homes at Taringa.Each boasts city views from two levels, and will feature commanding master bedroom enclaves, huge designer chef’s kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, spacious media rooms, plenty of storage, an in-ground pool and an optional internal lift. The three-home project is a departure from the usual offerings by developer, Velocity Property Group, which is known for its penthouses, apartments and town homes. Velocity Property Group managing director Brendon Ansell said that the land and its position led to the creation of the spectacular homes.“These three homes have been designed as modern classics for growing families or downsizers seeking modernity, with thoughtfully planned spaces that are both beautiful and functional to balance the home’s generous proportions with practical living,” he said. “We have designed luxury, boutique town homes and apartments on the land directly behind these homes, which will be released soon, so these three homes represent a unique opportunity for buyers to experience brand new privacy, quality and luxury in individual-title homes only 5km from the Brisbane CBD.”The homes, designed by HAL Architects, are priced from $1.665m to $1.75m and are sized from approximately 450sq m to 520sq m. center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agolast_img read more

Zeaborn, BlocBox to Use Blockchain for Maritime Safety

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first_imgZeaborn Ship Management (Singapore) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BlocBox, the developer of a blockchain protocol for aviation and maritime safety.The parties would collaborate on a blockchain-based project to ensure the safety of ships at sea.Under the deal, BlocBox would collect VDR data from a test ship allocated by Zeaborn Ship Management that can be stored and distributed in a blockchain network. The said data will then be converted into BlocBox encryption format.BlocBox would build an immutable distributed ledger with blockchain technology to solve the challenges of retrieval of black box data, transparency, predictions and ownership in the maritime and aviation industry. A prototype of the interface has been developed by the team and is in its testing phases, the parties explained.and Capt. Ninad Mhatre, Deputy MD of Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore).“Blockchain technology is the future and needs to be maximised to its full potential. In 2017 alone there were 2,712 maritime incidents, causing insured losses of over 16.2 billion USD. Also, despite internationally agreed upon safety and security standardizations, there are still instances considered as disaster level events resulting in loss of lives,” Saurish Nandi, Co-Founder & CTO of BlocBox, said.last_img read more

Gangs force sex trade on underage girls

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first_imgAuckland Now 12 Sep 2012Underage Maori and Pacific Island sex workers are caught up in illegal prostitution in Auckland, the head of a prostitute support service says.Debbie Baker, from Streetreach, which encourages women to leave prostitution, told Police News that 14 to 16-year-old girls were being pushed into prostitution by gangs to pay off debts.They were so scared of the gangs they would never admit the connection to police, she said.Baker gave examples of one girl who was forced to have sex at Black Power pads around the country to pay off drug debts, and another who was taken from Tauranga to Auckland to work in a brothel.The girl was locked in a room and Baker said she never saw any of the money for the whole time she worked there.It was very difficult for police to uncover the gang’s influence because girls were too scared to acknowledge it.“This fear is often far stronger than the fear they feel for police or other government agencies, as they are often threatened or stood-over, making it even harder for Police and other authorities to prove what’s going on,” Baker said.Acting area commander for Manurewa Inspector Richard Wilkie said police in South Auckland were doing all they could to address the problem of underage prostitution.There were regular stings of popular hangouts like Northcrest and Hunter’s Corner and as a result he said they were picking up fewer people than in previous months.Wilkie said police intelligence suggested gangs were the main force behind the illegal trade.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7654574/Gangs-force-sex-trade-on-underage-girlslast_img read more

Tokyo governor apologizes for calling quake devine retribution

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first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet FaithLifestyle Tokyo governor apologizes for calling quake devine retribution by: – March 16, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 51 Views   no discussions The governor of Tokyo apologized on Tuesday for saying the earthquake and resulting tsunami that left thousands dead were divine punishment for Japanese egoism, a leading Japanese news service reported. “I will take back (the remark) and offer a deep apology,” Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said at a Tuesday news conference, according to Japan’s Kyodo News.On Monday, Ishihara had told reporters, “I think (the disaster) is tembatsu (divine punishment), although I feel sorry for disaster victims,” according to Kyodo News, which translated Ishihara’s remarks from Japanese. “Japanese politics is tainted with egoism and populism,” Ishihara had said Monday, according to Kyodo News. “We need to use tsunami to wipe out egoism, which has rusted onto the mentality of Japanese over a long period of time.”The death toll from Friday’s 9.0-magnitude quake off the east coast of Honshu grew to 3,373 on Tuesday. John Nelson, the chair of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco, said Ishihara’s remarks about divine retribution hark back to Japanese Buddhist ideas that fell out of favor decades ago. He said the Japanese term “tembatsu” could also be translated as heavenly punishment. “The way [Ishihara] used it was a prewar understanding of the will of heaven or the gods to discipline the Japanese people,” Nelson said.“That understating of the gods having an agenda was instrumental to the ideology of the prewar years, when it was said to be Japan’s divine mission to conquer Asia and establish an empire,” Nelson said. Ishihara, 78, had said he was leaving politics but announced after the earthquake that he will seek a fourth term as governor in this year’s elections.By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editorlast_img read more

Bulldogs CC Teams Fare Well At Connersville

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first_imgThe Batesville Boys Cross Country team traveled to Connersville Tuesday night for Connersville’s Annual Invite.Batesville’s top 5 did a good job and brought home a second place trophy. Scoring for Batesville were Cole Nuhring who came in third, Caleb Moster who came in fourth and Connor Bell who came in fifth. Also scoring were Chris Riffle who got the eighteenth spot and rounding out the scoring was Elliot Main who came in 39th.This brought Batesville’s score to a total of 69 and this followed Hagerstown’s 32. Rounding out the top 3 was Connersville with 98.The boys will be back in action Saturday at the Southport Invite.The Batesville Lady Cross Country team took on 12 other teams Tuesday at the Connersville Invitational and came up just a little short placing 2nd place to a very strong Connersville team 51-59. Union County rounded off third place with 92 points.This brings the ladies record to 52-1. The Bulldogs were led by senior, Kelsey Gausman who came in 3rd over all. Other scorers and award winners for the varsity race were Sarah Poltrack, 10th, Mary Potrack 14th, Maria Wessel 15th and Emma Gausman, 17th.Madaleine Robben was the individual champion in the JV race. Rounding off the top 10 were Bre Hartman, 4th, Sarah Canady, 5th, Jamie Day, 9th and Mary Catherine Barnett, 10th.The Bulldogs travel to Southport this Saturday for their next competition.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coaches Ben Pierson and Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

Wolves boss: Enobakhare has Bright future at AEK Athens

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first_img “He has so much talent, but Bright was one of the players that we were not able to be with as much as we wanted to keep on improving him. read also:Enobakhare delighted to secure AEK Athens move “At the same time, I love him very much and it was a pleasure to work with him. “I think he can be a top player, but he made mistakes and sometimes things don’t work out.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Wolves boss Nuno is convinced by the potential of released striker Bright Enobakhare.center_img He has now signed with Greek side AEK Athens and Nuno believes there is still a promising future for him. “Bright is a special player, he was with us in the Championship and he was in the starting XI for those first games,” Nuno said.Advertisementlast_img read more

UCLA looks to sweep Utah

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first_img Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com UCLA looks to sweep Utah LEADING THE WAY: Utah’s Timmy Allen has averaged 17.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while Rylan Jones has put up 10.1 points and 4.4 assists. For the Bruins, Chris Smith has averaged 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds while Jalen Hill has put up 9.1 points and 6.8 rebounds.SOLID SMITH: Smith has connected on 31.3 percent of the 64 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 19 over his last three games. He’s also made 85.8 percent of his foul shots this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: UCLA is a perfect 14-0 when it holds an opponent to 68 points or fewer. The Bruins are 1-11 when opponents score more than 68.STREAK SCORING: Utah has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 66.8 points while giving up 57.8.DID YOU KNOW: UCLA is ranked first among Pac-12 teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 35 percent. The Bruins have averaged 12.2 offensive boards per game.___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUCLA (15-11, 8-5) vs. Utah (14-11, 5-8)Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City; Thursday, 10:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Utah seeks revenge on UCLA after dropping the first matchup in Los Angeles. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 2, when the Bruins outshot Utah from the field 49 percent to 39.3 percent and made 13 more foul shots on the way to the 73-57 victory. February 19, 2020last_img read more

Caban’s late goal sends Wisconsin past Loyola Marymount

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first_imgFreshman David Caban’s goal with four minutes remaining pushed the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (4-3-1) past Loyola Marymount (2-6) for a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon.The Badgers started the game off with a forceful offensive presence attacking the ball. Early on, junior Tamislav Zadro scored the first goal of the game for the Badgers at the 22:21 mark, the sixth time Zadro has scored a goal for the Badgers in the previous six games. With the end of the first half nearing, the Badgers defensive unit made a more dominant showing on the field.“It’s really nice, especially being a freshman, to get my first goal,” Caban said. “It was a bit of a relief, especially so late in the game. It’s pretty nice to come out on a Sunday and win.”Caban’s goal was made possible with the assist from senior Josh Thiermann. After transferring to Wisconsin and being sidelined with injuries, Thiermann has been waiting to contribute to the team in a meaningful way.“Everybody always says, ‘Oh, you know it’s so emotional,’ but it honestly was for me,” Thiermann said. “To put the jersey on for the first official game meant the absolute world to me.” Loyola Marymount scored a goal with three minutes remaining in the half to tie the game at 1-1. Although the game was tied entering halftime, the Badgers had plenty of reasons to hold their heads high, especially considering they were out-shooting LMU 8-5.Opening the second half of the game, Wisconsin continued its heavy defensive showing. The second half proved to be very physical with lots of pushing around and fighting for the ball.The Badgers came off with four yellow cards in the second half as well as a few offside calls that seemed to be a struggle late in the game. Nevertheless, UW wasn’t slowed.After Thiermann capped the night with the game-winning assist, head coach John Trask came away confident and impressed with Thiermann’s offensive play.Trask felt Thiermann showed real knowledge for the game and the team Sunday, realizing he needed to pass the ball off to Caban rather than go after the goal himself in the final minutes.“Josh is playing hurt, and God love him for it but he is a fifth-year senior, and this is his last hurrah,” Trask said. “He is playing for the school, he is playing for the fans and he is playing for his teammates.”Trask also felt it was UW’s overall athleticism that contributed to the victory against LMU. The Badgers out-shot the Lions 18-11, and with Sunday’s win, the Badgers find themselves sitting with a 3-2 home record.“I thought it was a hard fought win today, and sometimes that’s all that college soccer is about, is winning,” Trask said.The win is a solid confidence booster for the Badgers with a three-game home series approaching with games against in-state rival Marquette and No. 1-ranked Indiana.“They are home games. You almost don’t need to say anything else,” Thiermann said. “Home games are the best; nothing is better than getting a ‘W’ at home in front of your home fans.”last_img read more