Belgium toughens rules after ‘worrying’ virus surge

first_imgSpecial local measures have been taken to try to contain the spike.But Jacobs warned that “the number of infections is also rising considerably in the rest of the country”.An average of 279 people a day contracted COVID-19 in the last week, compared with 163 a day the week before.”Most infections are still coming among the active population, that is to say people aged between 20 and 59,” Jacobs said.Since the start of the pandemic Belgium has recorded 66,026 cases and 9,821 deaths, according to the latest data published on Monday, making it one of the countries with the highest per capita rates of infection at the height of crisis in Europe.A three-year-old girl with severe pre-existing health problems became Belgium’s youngest known coronavirus victim last week.Tougher rules on wearing masks came into force on Saturday with face coverings made obligatory in markets, hotels and busy shopping streets. The announcement from Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes comes as fears grow in some European countries of a damaging second wave of the pandemic, with Britain reimposing quarantine requirements on holidaymakers returning from Spain.Belgian health officials said there had been a rapid rise in coronavirus cases, with 1,952 new infections over the past week, up more than 70 percent on the previous week.”The epidemiological data are worrying and we are very worried, that’s why we are acting today,” Wilmes told reporters, after a meeting of the country’s national security council.In addition, face masks are to become compulsory whenever people are unable to maintain a social distance of 1.5 meters, and the government is “strongly recommending” that people work from home. The moves mark a sharp turnaround after Belgium began to ease anti-virus measures, but Wilmes said it was needed “to avoid a new complete lockdown and to avoid putting the return of schools in September in jeopardy”.Frederique Jacobs, professor of infectious diseases and a spokeswoman for Belgium’s federal COVID-19 taskforce, told reporters: “The rapid growth in the number of cases is worrying.” She said the situation was particularly serious in the province of Antwerp, in northern Belgium, which recorded 47 percent of new infections in the last week.  Belgium announced new rules Monday as it tries to stem a worrying flare-up in coronavirus cases centered on the port city of Antwerp.From Wednesday, Belgians will be allowed to see a maximum of five people outside of their families, reducing the permitted “social bubble” from 15.Working from home will be “strongly recommended.”center_img Cat sickMeanwhile, travel giant TUI cancelled all British holidays to mainland Spain from Monday after London announced that all travellers returning from the country would have to go into two week’s quarantine.The newly-imposed rule, abruptly introduced at midnight Saturday hours after being announced, follows a surge in coronavirus cases in parts of Spain in recent weeks.The quarantine rule has dismayed the tourism sector, which was aiming to recover some of its revenues during the peak summer weeks after being decimated by months of lockdown.There was further unsettling news from Britain where health officials said a pet cat had become the country’s first animal to be confirmed with COVID-19.The cat was initially diagnosed by a private vet as having the feline herpes virus but the sample was also subsequently tested for COVID-19 and proved positive.Officials said it was a very rare event and there was no evidence that pets transmit the virus directly to humans. Topics :last_img read more

Grand old home to change hands after 90 years

first_imgThe home at 31 Cintra Rd, Bowen Hills.A GRAND Queenslander built by a true gentleman as a wedding gift for his wife-to-be has hit the market for the first time in 90 years.Chivalry certainly wasn’t dead in 1925 when Alexander Burrows set an incredibly high benchmark for the young men of today by building ‘‘Rangeview’’.Little did he know, five generations of his family would enjoy living in the four-bedroom period home at 31 Cintra Rd, Bowen Hills, which has played host to weddings, christenings and even births.Homes with history…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:25Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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 Rate1xFullscreenDream Home: 40 Blackler St, Semaphore00:25 Related videos 00:25Dream Home: 40 Blackler St, Semaphore00:31Historic home for sale01:53Chill out in this underground home00:35Dreamy Victorian Terraces 01:00Historic bluestone cottage in Batesford00:48Art DecoIt will be an emotional day for Alexander Burrows’ granddaughter, Lorraine Firth, when the home goes to auction on July 29.“I have wonderful memories as a teenager at the old home,” Mrs Firth said.“We used to have wonderful parties under the poinciana tree out the back.”Mrs Firth celebrated the best day of her life at the property when she married her husband in the garden 35 years ago.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The front entrance of 31 Cintra Road, Bowen Hills.Perched high on an elevated corner, the house sits on an 810sq m block which has two street accesses and is bigger than average for its inner-city location.The home has all the classic features of its time including high ceilings, polished timber floors, intricate lattice timber work and lead-lighting.Marketing agent Brett Greensill of LJ Hooker New Farm said he had never been involved in the sale of a house with such a unique history.“It’s just extraordinary,” he said.“It’s testament to how a home is made as opposed to just selling a house.”Mr Greensill said the home was in the fortunate position of not having any neighbours as it was next to a heritage-listed Catholic Church.The home will be sold with the original title deed.last_img read more

Fab former farmhouse up for auction

first_imgThe outdoor area at 8 Mapleleaf St, Eight Mile Plains.The rumpus room opens through timber and glass doors to the poolside deck. There are also two bedrooms, laundry and powder room on the ground floor. Upstairs, the master bedroom has an ensuite, walk-in wardrobe and built-in wardrobe, and there are two more bedrooms along with a family bathroom. Outside there is a double garage, dual carport, saltwater in-ground pool, and low-maintenance lawns and gardens. The family room at 8 Mapleleaf St, Eight Mile Plains.Marketing agent Peter Florentzos said there was potential to subdivide the property into the three blocks, subject to council approval. The home is going to auction on Saturday, September 9 at 12.30pm. The kitchen and meals area at 8 Mapleleaf St, Eight Mile Plains.“It’s an entertainer’s home as well as a family home,” Mr Pearce said. The home has a living area, family room, modern kitchen and dining room on the ground floor. The kitchen has stone benchtops, Italian hand-pressed tiles, Miele appliances and breakfast bar. The dining room at 8 Mapleleaf St, Eight Mile Plains.“You always get a good breeze,” Mr Pearce said. “The home has character, high ceilings and very solid rendered brick walls.”Since owning the home, the couple have given the property a facelift, painting inside and out, adding a hardwood timber deck, reconfiguring the front entry and adding natural stone paving around the swimming pool. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The home at 8 Mapleleaf St, Eight Mile Plains.THIS renovated family home on a 1661sq m block with subdivision potential is going under the hammer. The five-bedroom family home at 8 Mapleleaf St, Eight Mile Plains, began its life as a 1950s farmhouse. The property was extensively renovated and extended in the 1980s and the current owners, Ian and Sarah Pearce bought the property 10 years ago. Mr Pearce said they loved the size of the home and the position on top of the hill. last_img read more

Romania’s second-pillar funds receive scant contribution increase

first_img“This measure is the biggest blow against the fledgling second-pillar system in its eight-year history,” he told IPE.“We at APAPR made great efforts before the end of 2015 to prevent this and try to convince the government to respect existing legislation, but several populist measures have had more success in making it on the final national budget adopted for 2016.”According to Romania’s Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF), the second pillar had 6.5m members and net assets of RON24.3bn (€5.5bn) as of the end of November 2015, while contributions over the 12-month period totalled RON5.2bn.In related news, the ASF has slashed fees for voluntary third-pillar operations by 50%, cutting the annual asset management fee to 0.01% of net assets, the up-front monthly contribution to 0.25%, and the depositary levy to 5%.These took effect at the start of 2016.The third pillar is considerably smaller than the second, with 378,370 members and net assets of RON.2bn as of the end of November 2015.The fee reductions, however, have also left the industry underwhelmed.Bobocea noted that it fails to compensate for the 2012 decision by the ASF’s predecessor, the Private Pension Supervision Commission (CSSPP), to raise second-pillar fees, as of 2013, by 60%.“That will also have a negligible effect on the financial situation of the industry,” he said.“The APAPR requested a reversal of an exaggerated 60% hike in second-pillar fees in 2012, which still remains a huge burden on the industry.“Basically, the regulator only ‘gave back’ 10% of the requested cut in fees and kept 90%, which is totally unreasonable and unfair.” Romania’s mandatory second-pillar pension funds received scant compensation this year after the government’s 2016 Budget raised the contribution rate by 0.1 percentage point to 5.1% of gross wages, not the 6% earlier stipulated in law.The 6% rate is now set to kick on in 2017.Previous reports suggested the 2016 contribution rate would be frozen at 5%, a measure the Romanian Pension Funds’ Association (APAPR) estimated would cost future pensioners €200m.According to Mihai Bobocea, adviser to the APAPR board, the impact of the so-called “increase” will be negligible.last_img read more

New contract wins for DOF Subsea vessels

first_imgDOF Subsea, a Norwegian offshore vessel operator, has been awarded a frame agreement and several short-term contracts for its vessels. Illustration. One of DOF’s vessels; Photo by Alan JamiesonDOF Subsea said on Friday that the Atlantic region has been awarded a frame agreement for marine subsea services from Wintershall.During the course of this contract, Wintershall may call-of services as required within survey, IMR and light construction using DOF Subsea’s integrated PM&E teams and fleet of subsea vessels. The duration of the agreement is three years firm, with four years of options.In addition, the Atlantic region has been awarded two new contracts for projects in the North Sea from two unnamed clients.Under these contracts, DOF Subsea will carry out environmental survey and subsea inspection work during the third quarter of 2018 utilizing the Skandi Neptune vessel.Built in 2001 and converted in 2005, Skandi Neptune is an ROV construction support vessel, equipped with a heavy duty heave compensated 250 t crane along with two 3 000 m rated WROVs. The vessel is of an MT 6016 design.last_img read more

Saving Presque Isle VIDEO

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The USACE Buffalo District’s Presque Isle sand nourishment project’s primary objective is to preserve Presque Isle Peninsula by stabilizing the shoreline and maintaining beaches that are an important economic resource for the City of Erie. Presque Isle Peninsula forms Erie Harbor and is a national landmark.The Buffalo District conducted the annual Presque Isle beach walk at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA, April 22, 2020.Data collected on the walk will help determine the scope of the District’s annual sand nourishment project at Presque Isle.last_img

Grant Funding Available for Community Recycling Projects

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) announced today the availability of grant funding for recycling and household hazardous waste (HHW) collection and disposal from the agency’s Community Recycling Grant Program. “IDEM is pleased to offer grants to communities and organizations that will increase overall recycling in Indiana while helping to protect the environment,” said IDEM Commissioner Bruno Pigott.Counties, municipalities, solid waste management districts, schools, and nonprofit organizations located in Indiana are eligible to submit applications for a Community Recycling Grant under $50,000. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 20, 2019, at 5 p.m. EST.Grants are funded through IDEM’s Solid Waste Management Fund. Eligible projects should focus on education and promotion of recycling, processing of recyclable materials, waste reduction, and HHW and organics management (including yard waste management and composting). Grant funding is intended to create successful, cost-effective programs. Applicants must demonstrate a positive environmental impact within the project service area, an increase in waste diversion as a result of the project, and show the sustainability of the project. Final funding determinations will be made in February 2020.last_img read more

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce backs a “Rooney Rule” for home-grown managers

first_img “It’s happened at this club, it’s happened to many, many clubs, but it’s not the position you want to be in as a manager, having to win four games out of six when you have never done it in the entire season. “For us, it’s about making sure we keep the gap and close that gap consistently over the Christmas and New Year period, where we chip away and chip a point here and a point back there and we start closing that gap as quickly as we can. “It’s exactly what I did at Blackburn when I got there and by the time there were two games left, we were safe. That’s the best way to do it and it does relieve the pressure if you do it like that, chipping away here and there and not looking for miraculous runs of results.” The vastly-experienced 61-year-old will go head-to-head with one of the Barclays Premier League’s newest overseas recruits on Wednesday evening when German Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side to the Stadium of Light. Allardyce has grown increasingly concerned at the lack of opportunities for British managers, something which has become a pet topic over the years, and he believes the situation has reached a stage where the authorities must act to level the playing field. Press Association Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has called for the introduction of a “Rooney Rule” to allow home-grown managers the chance to compete with foreign imports in English football. He said: “The problem for me is we are denying British coaches positions in all divisions now, particularly in the top division and the Championship, and we need to do something about that. “As a country, as the FA, as the Premier League, we need to protect the position of our own highly-qualified coaches who are not even getting an interview now. “What we could do is make sure that a British coach is interviewed for every position, a bit like the Rooney Rule. “It would be a fantastic idea because there are so many coaches out there who are highly-qualified, have spent a huge amount of money qualifying and have a great amount of experience and are not even getting the opportunity to do the job in their own country as they should be.” The Rooney Rule was adopted by the NFL in America to ensure at least one black or minority ethnic candidate is interviewed for every head coach vacancy in an attempt to address the lack of representation from those groups. Allardyce’s more immediate concern, however, is for his own club with Sunderland languishing inside the Barclays Premier League relegation zone on the back of four successive defeats, a run which has left them five points adrift of safety. Their current haul of just 12 points from 18 games is close to the point where he believes their task would become near-impossible, and that is something he knows they need to start putting right now with time fast running out. Allardyce said: “The gap between games and points cannot get into double figures. That would be a huge task. You’d be asking a club to win three or four games on the trot. last_img read more

North Carolina Wesleyan’s Givens keeps out of spotlight despite leading Division III in scoring

first_imgJohn Thompson stood courtside before North Carolina Wesleyan’s game against Greensboro College, watching his 10-year-old son Jackson shoot baskets. Alongside his son was his star player, 6-foot-6 senior forward Brandon Givens.Givens transferred to NC Wesleyan just months before, and had only known the Thompsons for a few months. But as Thompson chatted with Greensboro coach Bryan Galuski, he said to him, “If I had an emergency right now for some reason and had to leave, I would be comfortable leaving Jackson with Brandon.”Givens’ 27.1 points per game leads the Battling Bishops (15-10, 6-8 USA South) and all of Division III. His on-the-court talent speaks for itself, but it’s his humbleness that makes Givens special. His penchant for sleeping in the locker room is now widely known. His dedication was portrayed accurately. But the attention he received was probably unwanted.“It’s funny because I wish it didn’t get out,” Givens said. “I wish they didn’t find out about that. I think some people just think its motivation, some people think it’s weird, some people think it’s strange. But I just want to practice and just get extra time and extra shots. I think it’ll pay off in the long run if I keep it up.”Thompson receives many calls from prospective players, so when Givens called during the summer, he didn’t think much about it. Most players who contact him never follow through. He needed to know what made Givens unique.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGivens’ reason for wanting to come play for North Carolina Wesleyan struck the right nerve. Givens wanted to be closer to his ailing grandmother. He spent his sophomore year at Jones County Community College in Mississippi, more than 10 hours from his home in Ruffin, S.C.Givens did all of the legwork. During the transferring process, he found transcripts from multiple schools he attended, and emailed and called administrators when problems arose. In a strange twist, his high school had moved to a new location. Their record system, which was on paper, was in storage.“It took a lot of work to ultimately get that high school transcript,” Thompson said. “But again, he was just diligent about completing everything necessary.”It’s a trait he learned from his grandmother, who raised him.“She’s part of the reason I am how I am right now,” Givens said. “I learned a lot of stuff before basketball came along, and it came from her.”When Givens arrived, he simply wanted to fit in. In the team’s first game against Mid-Atlantic Christian, Givens scored 14 points on 12 shots. Thompson didn’t think Givens was asserting himself enough, so he called him to his office.“He said, ‘Coach, I don’t need to be the leading scorer, I don’t need to be the guy. I just want to try to help us win and I just want to try to fit in,’” Thompson said. “I said, ‘That’s great. But if you really want to help us win, you’ve got to be you.’”Givens told Thompson he didn’t want his teammates to think he came to Wesleyan for one year to take all of the shots.Five days later, against Shenandoah, he scored 43 points, shooting 14-of-22 from the field. He scored 50 points in a double-overtime win over Christopher Newport, a game in which the team trailed by 16 with 5:40 to go in regulation. He led the Battling Bishops back, assisting on the bucket that iced the win.But more than statistics, he’s a great teammate.Sophomore guard Eddie Stokes says Givens doesn’t really say much, but when he does speak up, it’s for the betterment of the team.“On the court, he’s one of those people that pushes everybody,” Stokes said. “He wants the best. Off the court, he’s a cool person to be around, real humble. We don’t really talk too much about the basketball stuff off the court. He’s really wise, knows what he’s talking about. He’s real mature.”It was his grandmother who raised him to be the man he has become, and the coaches along the way have aided his growth. Givens said he wouldn’t be where he is if it weren’t for them, and he wouldn’t trade his situation for anything.“He has great character. He cares about other people’s feelings, whether it’s his teammates, whether it’s my young son, whether it’s other students here at school,” Thompson said. “ … He cares so much about others that he would probably give someone the shirt off his back if he needed to.” Comments Published on February 21, 2013 at 1:55 am Contact Josh: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mariano, Salcido, Firman, Williams named to All-ACC team

first_imgNo. 1 Syracuse’s Nick Mariano, Sergio Salcido, Scott Firman and Ben Williams were named Thursday morning to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team. Both Mariano and Salcido earned the same honors in 2016.Firman, a senior close defender who switched from long-stick midfielder at the start of the season, has held the opponent’s top threat to 2.58 points per game. Those players average 3.76 points per game. He has caused 13 turnovers and picked up 25 ground balls, moving into sixth place in program history for caused turnovers.Mariano, a senior midfielder, leads SU with 29 goals and 43 points. He’s riding the 10th-longest goals streak in the country with his 12-game hot streak. The Tewaaraton Award nominee is on pace to lead the Orange in goals for the second straight season. He has earned All-ACC honors both of his years at SU after transferring from Massachusetts.Salcido is on pace to break Syracuse’s record for most assists by a midfielder in a single season. He has 28 dimes and 12 goals, looking for his second 50-point season in a row after barely seeing the field before his redshirt junior year. Salcido, a former walk-on, has two of the top-nine single season assist totals among midfielders. He is a Tewaaraton Award nominee.Williams, the senior faceoff specialist, became the program’s all-time faceoff wins leader (626) and ground balls leader (330) this season. He has won 138-of-250 (.552) of his chances at the X and collected 66 ground balls this year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo.1 seed Syracuse will play No. 4 seed North Carolina on Friday at 6 p.m. in the ACC tournament opener. SU (11-1, 4-0 ACC) has not lost since Feb. 25 and finished undefeated in conference play.2017 ACC Men’s Lacrosse All-ACC TeamA – Jack Bruckner, Sr., DukeA – Justin Guterding, Jr., DukeA – Luke Goldstock, Sr., North CarolinaA – Zed Williams, Sr., VirginiaA – Michael Kraus, Fr., VirginiaM – Sergio Perkovic, Sr., Notre DameM – Sergio Salcido, R-Sr., SyracuseM – Nick Mariano, Sr., SyracuseM – Ryan Conrad, So., VirginiaD – Cade Van Raaphorst, So., DukeD – Austin Pifani, Sr., North CarolinaD – Garrett Epple, Sr., Notre DameD – Scott Firman, Sr., SyracuseSSM – Tate Jozokos, Sr., North CarolinaLSM – John Sexton, Jr., Notre DameF/O – Kyle Rowe, Sr., DukeF/O – Ben Williams, Sr., SyracuseG – Danny Fowler, Sr., Duke Comments Published on April 27, 2017 at 11:44 am Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more