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Pandemic deaths could top 1.8 million even with tough response: study

first_imgTopics : The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe could hit 1.8 million worldwide this year even with swift and stringent measures to stop it, according to a study from Britain’s Imperial College published Thursday.Researchers estimate that tens of millions of lives could be saved if governments act fast to adopt strict public health measures, including testing, quarantining and broad social distancing. The latest report from Imperial College London, whose previous research spurred the British government to ramp up its efforts to curb the virus, comes as an AFP toll based on country data and World Health Organization figures showed global infections topping 500,000, including more than 22,000 deaths.  If the same measures were taken later — leading to 1.6 deaths per 100,000 of population per week — the estimated toll rises sharply to 10.45 million deaths and 2.4 billion people infected. “Our analysis highlights the challenging decisions faced by all governments in the coming weeks and months, but demonstrates the extent to which rapid, decisive and collective action now could save millions of lives,” the authors said. Estimates of mortality levels and healthcare demand were based on data from China and high-income countries, the report said, adding that variances in health systems could result in different patterns in low income countries. They stressed that the modeling mapped out “possible trajectories” for the pandemic and containment strategies, based on countries that have been affected early in the pandemic.”However, at the current time, it is not possible to predict with any certainty the exact number of cases for any given country or the precise mortality and disease burden that will result.”The report does not take into account the social and economic costs of the containment measures, “which will be high and may be disproportionately so in lower income settings”. It also warned that “suppression strategies will need to be maintained in some manner until vaccines or effective treatments become available to avoid the risk of later epidemics”.center_img The Imperial College modeling simulations are based on current data about the severity of the virus — its contagiousness and estimated mortality rate — as well as demographic and societal factors.In a sobering projection of what could have happened with no interventions at all, the study said that if left unchecked COVID-19 could have infected almost everyone on the planet this year  and killed 40 million people. The report then looks at different levels of response, from spontaneous social distancing to the tough lock down measures currently imposed in some worst-affected countries, and projects the potential health impacts across 202 countries. With strict containment measures imposed early enough — resulting in a rate of deaths of 0.2 per 100,000 of population per week — the modeling shows a death toll of 1.86 million people, with nearly 470 million infected this year. last_img read more

Europa League draw: Man Utd to face Astana and Arsenal get Eintracht Frankfurt

first_imgManchester United won the Europa League in 2017 (Picture: Getty)United, meanwhile, who won the Europa League in 2017 during Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge, will also face Partizan Belgrade and Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.After knocking out Torino in a two-legged play-off, Wolves have been drawn against Besiktas, Braga and Slovan Bratislava, while Scottish champions Celtic will face Lazio, Rennes and Cluj.Glasgow rivals Rangers, who beat Legia Warsaw in their play-off thanks to Alfredo Morelos’s late winner at Ibrox, will meet Porto, Feyernoord and Young Boys.Europa League Group Stage Draw in Full Group D Sporting LisbonPSVRosenborgLASK Linz Arsenal were beaten 4-1 in last season’s Europa League final against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have been drawn against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League group stages while Manchester United are set to face FC AstanaThe Bundesliga club reached the semi-final stage of the competition last season where they were beaten on a penalty shootout by eventual winners Chelsea, but their squad has been severely weakened following the summer sales of Luka Jovic to Real Madrid and Sebastian Haller to West Ham.Unai Emery’s side were battered by Chelsea in the final in Baku back in May and will be hoping to go one better and gain re-entry into the Champions League after a three-season absence.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s section will also include Standard Liege, who the Gunners last faced en route to European Cup Winners’ Cup glory in 1993, and Portuguese side Vitoria.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Group H CSKA MoscowLudogoretsEspanyolFerencvaros Group I WolfsburgGentSaint-EtienneOlexandriya Group E Lazio ItalyCeltic ScotlandRennes FranceCluj Group F ArsenalFrankfurtStandard LiegeVitoria SC Comment Group K BesiktasBragaWolvesSlovan Bratislava Group C BaselKrasnadorGetafeTrabzonspor More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorscenter_img Group G PortoBSC Young BoysFeyenoordRangers Group A SevillaAPOELQarabagDundelange Europa League draw: Man Utd to face Astana and Arsenal get Eintracht Frankfurt Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 30 Aug 2019 12:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Group L Man UtdAstanaPartizanAZ Alkmaar Group J AS RomaBorussia Monchengladbachİstanbul BasaksehirWolfsberger Group B Dynamo KievCopanhagenMalmoLugano Advertisementlast_img read more

Inside Broadbeach Island’s $2 billion expansion

first_imgBroadbeach Island, Gold Coast’s globally-renowned entertainment hub, is cementing itself as an enviable precinct to live in, thanks to ongoing support from the State Government and investment in high-quality residential property.Committed to increasing both domestic and international tourism to the region, the State Government recently gave the green light for a $370-million redevelopment of Gold Coast Airport, just a 30-minute drive south of Broadbeach. As part of the upgrade, Queensland Airports Limited plans to pave the way for future passenger growth.The expansion of Gold Coast Airport will support the growth of the region. Picture: Artist’s impression of The Star Gold Coast“Gold Coast Airport looks after 6.6 million passengers a year, and this will more than double by 2037. The existing terminal is currently operating beyond capacity. This expansion will not only help us meet demand, it will create an entry point to the city, befitting the nation’s leading tourism region,” said Chris Mills, chief executive of Queensland Airports Limited.The State Government has also announced support for The Star Entertainment Group’s $2-billion expansion on Broadbeach Island. The Star Gold Coast, in its current form, has already been acknowledged as one of Asia’s finest integrated resorts at the 2019 G2E Asia awards.The Star Residences Gold Coast – Stage 1, comprising 423 residential apartments, is now 92 per cent sold with construction well underway. Such is the demand for a piece of real estate in the burgeoning Broadbeach Island, The Star Entertainment Group has fast-tracked the development of its fourth hotel, recently opening expressions of interest.Picture: Artist’s impression of the 215-metre stage 2 tower.This highly-anticipated second stage of the mixed-use tower will include The Star Residences Stage 2, a five-star hotel, and is set to feature lagoon pools and a nightlife venue. Additional restaurants and bars are key attractions of the proposed 215-metre tower.Work could start as early as next year, with pre-sales for apartments within the tower already attracting interest from astute buyers both locally and overseas.The Star Entertainment Group’s chief executive officer and managing director, Matt Bekier, said plans to fast-track the new five-star hotel and apartments tower at The Star Gold Coast were the next step in delivering on the staged, fully approved masterplan for the property.“This latest hotel tower will further progress the internationally-competitive resort facilities we are offering to domestic and international tourists, along with restaurants, bars, a nightlife venue, a luxury day spa and wellness centre, and outdoor spaces that the local Gold Coast community as well as visitors to the city can enjoy and frequent,” he said.The five-star hotel and apartments are the next step for the fully approved masterplan. Picture: Artist’s impression of Epsilon – The Star Residences.“If our masterplan is rolled out in full, and there is so much more we would like to deliver, The Star Gold Coast will be the equal of the finest integrated resorts in the world and complement our $3.6-billion project at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane.”As well as having access to new restaurant and bar precincts, residents of the new tower will also be able to take advantage of increased entertainment and retail, as well as resort facilities.Highly sought-after island living, with unobstructed water views and luxurious interiors, is available in one, two or three-bedroom apartments at The Star Gold Coast’s world-class integrated resort, prices start from $486,000.With demand for these limited release apartments expected to exceed supply, now is the time to register your interest.All renders supplied courtesy of The Star Residences.last_img read more

Gardasil will be the biggest scandal in medical history

first_imgHPV 14 April 2014The former Merck doctor, French Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, was interviewed for the magazine Principe de Santé (Health Principles) in April this year, and in that interview he talks about his experiences in the pharmaceutical industry. After some tough years as a doctor in a hospital, Dr. Bernard Dalbergue quickly became seduced by the convenience of work in the pharmaceutical industry. Less yelling, pain and death. The latest fashion, fancy cars, money and embezzlement became part of his new life instead. Right up until his conscience, after 20 years in the pharmaceutical laboratories, woke him up and he wrote all his experiences in a book.In the interview Dr. Bernard Dalbergue talks about his surprise at how Marcia Angell, former head of the respected New England Journal of Medicine, left her job because she believed that the pharmaceutical industry manipulated the clinical research and controlled all the information that got to public attention. She, like many others, claimed that scientific studies that on the surface was described as objective and independent, was actually written by the pharmaceutical industry.In the interview he also explains that each year between 18,000-30,000 die in France directly as a result of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical products and the figure for the whole of the EU is about 200,000. He explains that there are no clinical studies that will document the safety of a product, like Merck is trying to tell people in the case of Gardasil, it is only after millions of doses have been distributed that you will see how dangerous a product is. Therefore, he says without hesitation: “Gardasil will be the biggest scandal in medical history,” and he adds: “The full extent of the Gardasil scandal needs to be assessed. Everyone knew when this vaccine was released on the American market that it would prove to be worthless. Diane Harper, a major opinion leader in the United States, was one of the first to blow the whistle, pointing out the fraud and scam of it all.” read more

Many Kiwi parents still consider smacking as acceptable

first_imgStuff 4 July 2017Family First Comment: No surprises. You can’t ban something that works.Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says there is no doubt the 2007 “anti-smacking” law change has worked to protect children.His comments come after a report showing a third of Kiwi kids are still smacked by their parents.Ten years on from the repeal of section 59 of the Crimes Act in 2007 – the “anti-smacking law” driven by MP Sue Bradford – which removed the defence of “reasonable force” for adults who smacked their children, a longitudinal study shows many parents still use physical discipline as a form of punishment.The University of Auckland’s study Growing up in New Zealand has released its Now We Are Four report which reveals worrying statistics happening behind closed doors in New Zealand homes.The report showed a third of mothers used smacking as a form of punishment and regularly shouted at their children. One in 10 parents said they frequently smacked their children.READ MORE: read more

East Central Alumni Swim Meet

first_imgThe 2nd Annual East Central Alumni Swim Meet will be taking place on Saturday, November 29th with Warm-ups at 9 AM and The Meet at 10.East Central Alumni Swim Meet NewsletterIf you are interested, you may contact Sean Guthrie of Event Coordinator Sean Guthrie.last_img

Rebecca “Becky” Acree Byrd

first_imgRebecca “Becky” Acree Byrd, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away June 30, 2017.She was born June 1, 1960 in Cincinnati, OH, daughter of the late Francis Acree and Nelle Callahan AcreeShe was disabled, but previously worked for Aurora Utility Company for 16 years. Becky loved nature and wildlife. She loved horses, birds, dogs and cats. She enjoyed riding motorcycle with Jeff, and also hiking adventures. Becky loved being with family and she will be greatly missed.Surviving are her daughter, Marie Byrd of Aurora, IN; boyfriend, Jeff Lange of Aurora, IN; siblings, Teresa Marcus and Cynthia Acree Hamann of Cin., OH; Jackie Melick of Aurora, IN; grandson, Jace Kapetanakis of Aurora, IN; and nephew, Michael Melick of Aurora, IN; .Friends will be received Friday, July 7, 2017, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 7:00 pm following visitation.Private Interment will follow in the Buddy Spicer Cemetery in Canoe KY.Contributions may be made to the Charity of Donor’s Choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Coastal boys are champions in 14th Sheriff’s Cup tourney

first_img Bio Caravel 34, Blue Hill Eagles 30Orland 54, Junior Tigers 26MDI A 59, Ellsworth 12Patriots 34, Orrington 29DEFY 37, AOS 94 22Nokomis 51, Glenburn 29Houlton 70, SAD 37 41Central Aroostook 59, MDI B 27Brewer 72, Ellsworth 15Presque Isle 58, Lincoln 35Nokomis 49, Caravel 21Central Aroostook 50, Orrington 32MDI A 44, Blue Hill Eagles 41DEFY 47, Junior Tigers 24Glenburn 48, SAD 37 33Orland 60, Patriots 22Houlton 85, Ellsworth 8Presque Isle 53, MDI B 23Lincoln 60, DEFY 27Brewer 56, AOS 94 5Caravel 19, AOS 94 7Orrington 34, Junior Tigers 24Glenburn 53, MDI B 21SAD 37 50, Ellsworth 19Blue Hill Eagles 45, Patriots 37Orland 51, DEFY 39Lincoln 54, Central Aroostook 35Nokomis 64, Houlton 41Brewer 40, MDI A 36Presque Isle 44, Blue Hill Eagles 24Girls’ Elimination PlayBrewer 51, Lincoln 38Nokomis 45, DEFY 27Glenburn 43, Orland 34Presque Isle 49, Caravel 27Nokomis 46, Brewer 43Glenburn 57, Presque Isle 52Nokomis 68, Glenburn 34Boys’ Pool PlayMDI B 46, Bangor 42Coastal 45, Belfast 35Gardiner 65, Patriots 18MDI A 34, Hampden 23Presque Isle 64, DEEFY 2 19Nokomis 74, SAD 37 25Hermon 49, DEFY 1 47Glenburn 65, Warriors 23Belfast 63, SAD 37 37Patriots 53, Bangor 39Hermon 42, Hampden 41DEFY 1 52, MDI A 39Coastal 61, Nokomis 35Presque Isle 95, Warriors 23Glenburn 57, DEFY 2 28Gardiner 58, MDI B 28MDI B 55, Patriots 51Coastal 80, SAD 37 17DEFY 1 57, Hampden 45Hermon 44, MDI A 38Belfast 40, Nokomis 37Warriors 43, DEFY 2 36Presque Isle 47, Glenburn 30Gardiner 53, Bangor 37Boys’ Elimination PlayGardiner 46, Belfast 45Hermon 50, Glenburn 32Presque Isle 55, DEFY 1 45Coastal 48, MDI B 20Hermon 51, Gardiner 35Coastal 62, Presque Isle 45Coastal 75, Hermon 43Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest Posts Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Coastal Thunder the team of middle school players from the Blue Hill area sailed through the tournament with six wins, defeating Hermon in the boys’ championship fi nal. Sheriff Bill Clark (at left ), who will retire later this year, stands with the Th under aft er making his fi nal awards presentation as sheriff . Team members include (front, from left ) Payson Allen, Ben Cole, Caden Mattson, Taylor Schildroth and Gavin Mote, and (rear, from left ) coach Cory Schildroth, Max Mattson, Joe Norwood, Stefan Simmons, Tyler McKenney and coach Matt Mattson.ELLSWORTH — After falling by a single point in last year’s championship contest, the Coastal Thunder of the Blue Hill area weren’t about to let that happen again in this year’s Hancock County Sheriff’s Cup basketball tournament.The Coastal squad reeled off six consecutive wins, culminating in a lopsided 75-43 win over the Hermon Hawks for the boys’ division championship in the three-day event for players of middle school age.In the girls’ division, the Wildcats from Nokomis also sailed through the tournament without a loss.In the final, their second face-off with the Glenburn Chargers, the Wildcats again prevailed, this time by a score of 68-34.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe tournament, which stretched from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, drew 19 girls’ teams and 16 boys’ teams from throughout eastern and northern Maine.Final figures are not yet available, but the event nets thousands of dollars each year for the Sheriff’s Charities Fund.To see photos from the Sheriff’s Cup, click here.  Sheriff’s Cup Tournament ResultsGirls’ Pool Playlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Dale Steyn not bothered about choker’s tag; want to finish with World Cup title

first_imgSouth Africa has never won ICC 50-over World Cup. Dale Steyn is set to play his last ODI World Cup. South Africa will play the World Cup opener against England.  “I will give my best during this World Cup. I have got all the important trophies in my drawing room except this World Cup. I want to have the World Cup medal before I quit the game,” Steyn told The Times of India.”I am just not bothered [about choker’s tag following South Africa]. Incidentally, we could not win any World Cup title after coming back to international cricket. In 1992, we lost due to a silly rain rule. After that, we did well but we could not win the Cup.”Steyn conceded South Africa aren’t being considered favourites but said the team is confident in the lead up to the big tournament. South Africa open their campaign against overwhelming favourites and hosts, England on May 30.”… The whole team is motivated like never before. I am personally trying to convince my teammates that we should not waste this opportunity as well. I was injured before the IPL. But rehabilitation was going on. I have been telling my physio that I have to be fit, fully fit for the World Cup. We’ll start the campaign as one of the confident teams,” Steyn added.”[Our] Batting department will have specialist batsmen and three to four allrounders. If you go through the list, it may not be great but quite good. The atmosphere of World Cup will encourage the whole team to do well.”We’ll tell ourselves, ‘let us all give it a go’. Forget about the past. But prove the whole world that South Africa also can play excellent brand of cricket. And if we can manage to do that, we’ll progress in the tournament.” New Delhi: South Africa have been perennial underachievers at the World Cup but pace sensation Dale Steyn believes the Proteas are pumped up and are willing to give their best at the quadrennial tournament, starting May 30 in England and Wales. South Africa aka ‘Proteas’ have had hearthbreaks at the World Cup due to rain rule in 192, a run out in 1999 and Dale Steyn’s penultimate over in 2015, they have been pencil thin close to reach the final of the biggest event in cricket.With AB de Villiers retiring months ahead of the World Cup, South Africa are not among the favourites but Dale Steyn is confident the Proteas will forget the past and play as a unit.Marred by injury concerns in the recent past, Dale Steyn has played very little ODI cricket in the last three years (13 matches since 2017) but the veteran pacer says he is ready to give his best.Steyn, 35, is in the twilight of his career and modern-day great is keen on finishing his celebrated career with a World Cup medal around his neck. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Ming opens New Zealand series with seventh place finish

first_imgCALVIN MING opened the latest journey in his motor-racing career with a seventh place finish at the Ruapuna raceway in Christchurch, New Zealand.Competing in that country’s Castrol Toyota Racing series, the Guyanese started from the back of the pack in race-one before moving his way up to seventh as he gets ready to compete in the second race last evening.Ming gave Chronicle Sport a quick comment, saying, “We [the team] are looking forward to the positives at the moment where we have managed to bring down the times over the weekend.”“I’m looking forward to the next race as I am continually learning. All in all, I count this as a learning curve and I am very grateful to my team, Victory Motor Racing for offering me this opportunity”The first race was won by Richard Verschoor, ahead of Ferrari Driver Academy’s Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong, respectively.Ming recently finished fifth overall in the American Cooper Tyres USF2000 series, notching up four podium appearances.He also won the FIA NACAM Formula 4 Championship 2016/2017, with seven wins during that year and ten podium finishes.Ming will use the same Tatus single seater as every other driver in the series. It is powered by a 1.8 litre Toyota engine, producing about 145 kWs, running on an 85 per cent ethanol bio-fuel.All the cars will use the same Michelin tyres, gearboxes, suspensions and brakes to provide a level playing field, with driving skills being the deciding factor.The five-round, 15 race Castrol Toyota Racing Series, which concludes with the New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild from February 9-11, has three races each weekend –on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings and afternoons.The 2015 champion is current Williams Mercedes F1 driver, Lance Stroll, while the 2016 champion, Lando Norris, is currently the test driver for the Honda McLaren f1 team.last_img read more