Agreement reached between EU Member States: Common criteria for labeling regions by number of coronavirus infected defined

first_imgThis is a big step forward, because now the restriction of travel to a country will be transparent and automated, without political “games”, which is a prerequisite for the stability of tourism. That’s right green indicate the country if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case reporting rate is less than 25 per 19 thousand population and the COVID-3 infection test positive rate is less than XNUMX%; Based on this information, the ECDC should publish weekly maps of EU Member States with individually identified regions in order to contribute to decision-making in the Member States.  number newly reported cases per 100 inhabitants in the last 000 daysnumber tests conducted in the past week per 100 inhabitants (testing rate) andpercentage positive tests conducted in the past week (rate of positive tests). EU Member States have harmonized common criteria to mark regions by the number of coronavirus infected. Based on the data provided by the Member States to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, a map of the EU countries by different colors or zones (green, orange, red, gray) – and by regions, which is crucial. Member States should provide available information on the following criteria to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on a weekly basis:center_img It was also agreed that they would notify for the country in which the restricted trip would be announced 48 hours before entry into force new measures, which will give guests plenty of time to organize and return to their country. This year, there were cases when the decisions came into force on the second day, which created confusion for everyone, and especially for tourists. See the Council’s decision HERE Orange will mean if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case reporting rate is less than 50 per 19 population, but the COVID-3 infection test positive rate is 14% or more, or if the 19-day cumulative COVID-25 infection rate is cases range from 150 to 19, but the positivity rate of COVID-3 infection tests is less than XNUMX%; Red zone, if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case reporting rate is 50 or more and the COVID-19 infection test positive is 3% or more, or if the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 case is more than 150 at 100 inhabitants. Gray areas for which there is insufficient data will be marked. The map of member states by zones and by regions will be visible on the network platform ReOpen-EUlast_img read more

Coronavirus ‘second wave’ batters ex-Soviet Central Asia

first_imgThe country has reported more than 8,000 cases but many say the real number of infections is higher, pointing to overflowing hospitals and social media timelines thick with condolences and cries for assistance.A lack of tests, as well as their poor quality, are two reasons coronavirus is increasingly not being diagnosed or counted as a cause of death, experts say.Aigul Sarykbayeva, a 54-year-old queuing for a drip treatment at the capital’s main indoor sports venue — recently repurposed as a hospital — has not yet been able to get tested for the virus.But after battling to secure a lung scan, Sarykbayeva was diagnosed with pneumonia — a condition caused by the virus that she said is ripping through her neighborhood. “I sometimes think to myself, is there anyone I know who isn’t ill? Absolutely everyone is ill,” she told AFP. Firework fury Kazakhstan, the richest of the five Central Asian states, has also seen its hospitals overwhelmed and drug supplies squeezed as registered cases have grown four-fold since the beginning of last month to top 48,000.  Yevgeny Yeremin, a man who was in a long queue to buy medicines in the former capital Almaty, said he had considered coronavirus a “joke” and “something political” before his grandfather died from the virus and his elderly mother grew seriously ill.Complaints poured onto social media on Monday after officials marked a public holiday honoring the capital Nur-Sultan — named in honor of ex-leader Nursultan Nazarbayev — with an ostentatious firework display in the city.Dimash Kudaibergen, a singer with a massive following in China as well as his homeland, was among those who criticized the move that came as the official virus death toll reached 264 people.”Fireworks in honors of what?” the star wrote on his Instagram page with 3.3 million followers. “In honor of taking the first place for coronavirus cases?”  “Now nearly all calls are people ringing in with symptoms of coronavirus infections.”Bishkek has become a new regional epicenter of the disease that has re-emerged with a vengeance since Kyrgyzstan and fellow ex-Soviet neighbors Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan began relaxing stay-at-home restrictions in May.Even Turkmenistan, which still insists it is virus-free, on Monday welcomed a 10-day WHO mission that will examine the secretive country’s response to the pandemic.In Kyrgyzstan, registered daily infections have twice topped 500 this month — more than the total number of people recorded as ill with coronavirus at the time the lockdown was relaxed in late May. BottlenecksWhile Kazakhstan has this month reintroduced some of the restrictions that it first imposed in March, officials in Kyrgyzstan have said they are not considering a second lockdown.The government has admitted that pandemic-related aid received from international donors was used to pay state salaries and plug budget holes compounded by lockdown, rather than strengthen the health system.Across the corruption-prone region, the surge in cases has helped fuel accusations that officials are embezzling donor money.  One place where most agree aid has been put to good use is the Bishkek call center, which was briefly closed for disinfection in June after two volunteers caught the virus.The importance of the center, which began with just 12 volunteers in April and advises patients on further treatment, has led some to argue it should take on more staff.But Shamil Ibragimov, director of the national branch of the Soros Foundation that supported the project at the beginning, said that would only achieve so much.”We can expand the center [again], but that will not add more mobile brigades or hospital beds,” Ibragimov said.”Everywhere you look in the system, there are bottlenecks.”center_img At a call center functioning as a coronavirus hotline in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, the volunteers manning the telephones are under siege.Call center coordinator Askhat Abdykerimov says he and his team of more than 60 medics and medical students are now fielding at least 3,000 calls per week.”When the call center first opened, we had plenty of calls of a non-medical nature,” Abdykerimov told AFP. Topics :last_img read more

Chord on bungee ride snaps moments before riders are launched into air

first_imgTwo men are lucky to be alive after a vital cord snapped on the bungee ride they were on moments before they were to be launched into the air.The incident occurred Saturday at the Cobra Adventure Park in Panama, Florida.Video of the incident shows the two riders seated in the “Vertical Accelerator” as the ride operator prepares to launch them into the air, suddenly the elastic rope on the left side of the ride, shreds to pieces and lands on the ground next to them.The riders were removed from the ride and the ride was briefly shut down.As of Monday, the ride was reportedly open and inspectors have been called to the park to check the ride.last_img

Blade-Free Laser Cataract Surgery Comes to Clarus Eye Centre

first_imgSubmitted by Clarus Eye CentreAt Clarus Eye Centre, we’re excited to announce the arrival of the area’s first femtosecond laser designed to enhance an already successful cataract procedure.  Cataract surgery has never been so accurate.Cataracts are the leading cause of reversible vision loss in the United States.  Over three million cataract procedures are performed each year in this country.  While the surgery has come a long way, new technologies continue to make the procedure more precise, with even better outcomes.Until recently, surgeons have been limited to handheld instruments and blades to access the cataract and correct astigmatism.  With the traditional bladed cataract surgery, we are able to improve vision and often help patients see more clearly.  However, less than 50% of patients with traditional surgery see well enough to retire their glasses.The Catalys Precision Laser System helps reduce the need for the hand-held instruments.  With unparalleled precision, the laser can create very accurate incisions in the cornea, correcting astigmatism to a degree not seen with hand-held instruments.  In addition, the laser can open the cataract and then pre-soften the lens prior to its removal.  The softening allows us to remove the cataract more gently, speeding recovery and enhancing the patient experience and outcomes.All of our procedures are done in our Lacey surgery center. Call today at 360.456.3200 to schedule a consultation with one of our outstanding surgeons and determine if you’re a candidate for blade-free cataract surgery with the Catalys Laser System.If you’re interested in viewing a video about the Catalys Laser System, click here. Facebook107Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NMHA Novice Teams

first_imgStaff at Mallards Source for sports had a blast meeting all the players and parents during the weekend and would like nothing more than to salute the local host teams with Team of the Week honours.The Junior and Senior novice teams got together during the tournament for a team photo.The players include, back row (black jerseys) Gordon Hollett, Breanna St. Thomas, Imogene Maley, Myles cousins, Owen Makortoff, Sasha Semenick, Jocelyn Mushumanski, Jaiden Hlookoff, Caiden Thompson, Nathan Merritt, Lexi Elias, Wayland Dickson and Lucas Hoffert.Middle (white jerseys) Evan Ouchi, Larson Proctor, Riley Andrusak, Dane Jones, Jonah Bennett, Shea Andersen, Sebastian Conne-Correnti, Front Rob – L-R Gunnar Evenson, Cash Nay, Brooke Robertson, Mitchell Erickson, Austin Vulcano and Ryder Nash.From, black jersey, Tyson Hutt, Jessie chochinov, Taylor Robertson and goalie Nathan Jackman. Nelson rolled out the red carpet for the annual Novice Hockey Tournament this past weekend at the NDCC and Civic Arenas.Two host teams from the Heritage City were joined teams from Spokane, South Okanagan and the West Kootenays at the three-day tournament.last_img read more

Tough start to hoop season for LVR Bombers at South Okanagan Tournament

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers ran into some tough competition on opening weekend of the BC High School Basketball season in Oliver.The Bombers finished the South Okanagan Hornets tournament outlasting Fulton Maroons of Vernon 66-35 Saturday.”We finished to claim seventh (spot) at the tough — there were four ranked 2A schools —  8-team tournament,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.It looked like LVR would be just fine after leading the host Hornets 48-38 30 minutes into the contest.But the Bombers shooting went cold, allowing the Hornets to out score LVR 27-7 in the final period to grab a 63-55 victory.”SOSS scored 30 of their 63 from beyond the three-point line in the game,” Phelan said. “At the end of the game we rallied but the crowd was extremely loud which definitely got into our heads and prevented us from converting at the freethrow line where we shot 4 for 11.”Player of the game for LVR, Josh Matosevic, led the Bombers with 18 points. Vinnie Watson had 14 points while Jake Anderson had nine and Kai Shave seven. LVR then dropped a tough 74-64 Overtime decision to the Kelowna Owls B Team.LVR held the lead throughout much of the game until KSS hit a three-pointer out of a timeout to tie late in the fourth quarter, then another three-pointer to put them up with under two minutes to play in regulation.Bombers rallied with a field goal and a freethrow to tie and force overtime. LVR ran out of gas in OT after Matosevic fouled out of the game leaving them with only seven players, and KSS outscored them 19-12 in the extra frame.Player of the game for LVR was Kai Shave. LVR then dropped its third game of the tournament, 77-53 to third-ranked 2A Collingwood of West Vancouver.The Cavaliers led from start to finishing, building a 26-6 first quarter lead before rolling to the win. Player of the game for LVR was Vinnie Watson. “Third game in less than 24 hrs and only eight players against a discipline Collingwood Cavs team spelled trouble,” Phelan explained.”Josh Matosevic sat with an injury much of the game and we struggled to score against the 1-3-1 zone defense.”Watson led the Bombers in scoring with 27 points, 16 coming in the third quarter.Robby Dixon added 19 points.last_img read more

Quiet day for 49ers, who add nine to practice squad

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers did not add players via the waiver wire Sunday but were able to place running back Jeff Wilson Jr. and safety Marcell Harris, among others, on their practice squad.Other players added to the 49ers practice squad were receiver Malik Henry, defensive linemen Jeremiah Valoaga and Kevin Givens, tight end Daniel Helm, linebackers Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles and Elijah Lee and guard Ross Reynolds.Wilson, who played six games for the 49ers last season, led the team with 178 …last_img

Lyceum crushes Arellano for 4-0 start in NCAA

first_imgQuarters: 20-11, 40-30, 63-49, 99-65. CJ Perez once again imposed his might, racking 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal, but this time, he allowed his teammates to also flourish in the spotlight.Jaycee Marcelino fired 13 markers, six boards, and two dimes, MJ Ayaay went on a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc to wound up with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Ralph Tansingco also had 13 markers and five boards in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLyceum also matched its longest winning streak at four, equaling the feat set under coach Bonnie Tan in 2013.Still, coach Topex Robinson downplayed the win, saying that his players simply manned up to the task on a night when with Arellano fired blanks. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netContinuing its dream streak this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, Lyceum coasted to a 99-65 thumping of Arellano to stay unscathed Tuesday in the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.It was a complete domination for the Pirates as this season’s dark horses showed no mercy against last year’s runner-up,  pulling away from the Chiefs, 63-49, in the third quarter before pushing the lead to as high as 35, 99-64, late in the game.ADVERTISEMENT “We just caught them in a bad afternoon and we took advantage. The players were playing well and they’re up to the challenge,” he said.Zach Nicholls topscored for the Chiefs with 12 points on a paltry 4-of-11 shooting from the field, while Kent Salado was limited to 11 markers, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the defeat.The Scores:LYCEUM 99 – Perez 16, Jc. Marcelino 13, Ayaay 13, Tansingco 13, Nzeusseu 8, Ibanez 8, Jv. Marcelino 8, Caduyac 6, Serrano 5, Pretta 3, Marata 2, Baltazar 2, Liwag 2, Santos 0.ARELLANO 65 – Nicholls 12, Salado 11, Concepcion 9, Canete 7, Meca 6, Alcoriza 5, Dela Cruz 4, Enriquez 4, Flores 3, Ongolo Ongolo 2, Rivera 2, Abanes 0, Taywan 0, Villoria 0, Padilla 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Engel, Davidson homer as White Sox end 9-game losing streak Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Home sweat home

first_imgTalk about sweating it out in the lap of luxury.Before fitness became a megafad and zero the most desirable body size, a basic treadmill or Exercycle in one corner of the bedroom was considered a home gym. And the equipment, more often than not, ended up as a dumb valet,Talk about sweating it out in the lap of luxury.Before fitness became a megafad and zero the most desirable body size, a basic treadmill or Exercycle in one corner of the bedroom was considered a home gym. And the equipment, more often than not, ended up as a dumb valet for towels and clothes. Not any more. With the increased emphasis on staying healthy and getting a hot bod, even if there’s less time to do something about it, more and more people are culling out spaces within their homes to set up personal gyms. They range from basic spaces, such as a spare bedroom that’s used as an exercise room to extravagant workout zones that fill the basement or terrace and are fitted with the best equipment that money can buy. From treadmills with LCD screens to state-of-the-art cross trainers and all manner of weight training gear, it’s easy now for fitness freaks to get health club quality machines at home.But do remember, a gym is more than just an accumulation of equipment-it must be the product of a well-conceived design that’s as functional as it is motivating. “To begin with, figure out the number of people who will use the gym at the same time,” advises Aparna Kaushik, architect and director of Delhi-based Design Forum. “Each extra user will add to the cost,” she says. Your routine dictates the design and layout. If you are a serious practitioner of aerobics or yoga, you need to set aside extra leg room for that.The type and number of equipment, too, require careful planning. “To judge the space required for dumbbells stretch your arms, see if you are hitting any other equipment. Then, take a step back without bumping into anything. Next, move into the push-up position to get an idea of the approximate length required,” says Vesna Pericevic Jacob, fitness consultant and director of Delhibased Vesna’s Wellness Clinic. A treadmill, on the other hand, requires only three to five feet of space behind it. “This will ensure that you don’t hit anything if you slip,” says Jacob. Even the smallest multi-station gym, to be used properly, requires at least two to three feet of space around it. As Kaushik explains, free weights require 20 to 50 sq ft space; treadmills need 30 sq ft; and a multi-station gym requires 50 to 200 sq ft. A rectangular area is best for a gym, as odd-shaped rooms result in a lot of wasted space, she adds.While choosing the equipment, do ensure that you buy the best quality and have it installed by professionals. Heavy equipment falling apart while you exercise can cause you grievous harm. “As for lighting, ensure that it is not as strong as the bathroom and not as dim as the bedroom,” says Kaushik. Basements, rooftops and rooms that offer great views, especially of a pool or a garden, work well. Locating your gym on the lowest floor is a good idea as it will reduce noise transmission from the exercise equipment.Mira Gulati, principal designer and founder of Mirari Jewels, has a 600-sq-ft home gym in Delhi’s Westend Greens that overlooks the swimming pool. She’s used rubberised matting on the gym floor to prevent slipping and resist shocks. The gym has a treadmill, a spot cycle, a multi-gym, weights and a massage chair. The special add-on feature here is the sauna room.To help you plan the best possible layout, we have divided gyms into three categories-basic, mid-level and high-end.Basic gym: The minimum size of dedicated gym space, says Kaushik, should be 10 ft by 15 ft. This is enough for two people to use simultaneously. “A vibrant and active layout is a must, whatever the gym’s size,” she adds. It’s a good idea to go with bright colours for the walls, wooden panelling to make the space feel warm in the midst of all that metal, and mirror cladding to monitor your body and check your posture. Avoid vitrified tiles or marble as they are much too hard and can cause injury in the event of a fall. Laminated flooring is a better option. Make sure the room has as many windows as possible. Windows help circulate air and provide natural light. If your budget allows it, do install an air-conditioner. The equipment required in a basic gym is a treadmill, an exercise cycle, weights and a yoga mat (if space permits). Equipment estimate: Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.Mid-level: “An area of 20 ft by 20 ft or even 20 ft by 15 ft works well for three to four people,” says Kaushik. When designing, install big windows to provide ample light and ventilation. Vinyl, which provides extra cushioning, is a good choice for flooring. Mirrors and mood lighting with dimmers add to the sense of space. Good air conditioning such as ductable splits, especially in summers, makes working out easier. A mid-level gym can also be equipped with entertainment options like a music system and TV. Also, go for dehumidifiers, an air freshener machine and a small fridge for energy drinks. The equipment that you will need here is a treadmill, a cross trainer, an abs bench, weights and a yoga mat. Equipment estimate: Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.High-end: “A high-end gym can be as small as 500 sq ft or as big as 2,000 sq ft,” says Kaushik. And it can be as luxurious and as whimsical as you want. If money is not a consideration, you can go all out and get the best quality fittings and fixtures available in the market. Clad the walls with bevelled mirror panels and use rubberised vinyl for the floor as it has good insulation and cushioning properties. If the gym overlooks a pool or a lush green lawn, consider using toughened glass walls. Likewise for a rooftop gym, because a great view only makes the experience better.Cooling can be done through ductable splits and equipment that pulls fresh air into the gym mechanically. The layout should be neat and the equipment should be placed along the walls, leaving the central area empty. Since most high-end gym owners typically have a personal trainer coming in, ensure that there’s enough room for both people to move around.This homeowner has turned his large basement into a soundproof gym. A mirrored wall, an LCD TV, synthetic carpeting and topquality lighting work together to create a cheerful and comfortable workout zone. Incidentally, don’t miss the colourcoordinated equipment.As for equipment, the sky is the limit. Opt for treadmills fitted with a touch-screen LCD TV that has iPod compatibility, a multi-gym, a high-tech cross trainer, a chest and leg press machine and an abdominal crunch. Since you have the space, you can also demarcate a section for weights, yoga, pillates or aerobics. Add-ons like a powder room, a jacuzzi or even a spa and sauna can take working out to the next level. The latest trend, says the architect, is to create recreational zones within the gym. A bar area with comfy couches, massage chairs and pool tables are some popular choices. Equipment estimate: Rs 10 lakh onwards.Deciding what sort of gym you want boils down to two things: how important is your health to you and how much can you afford to spend? As any fitness fiend will tell you, working out is an investment that yields great results. If you have the space, don’t think twice about getting a home gym. Never again will you waste time commuting to and from the gym. Nor will you have to wait for your favourite equipment to get free or look for corners that are free of undesirable smells and sounds. Just hop on and enjoy the ride. Fabulous fourThe awesome foursome no gym can do without Multi-gym, called Unica, with 25 different exercise modules from Technogym. Price on request.Reebok’s Cross trainer 5.1 version comes with 16 levels of resistance. Price: Rs 48,000.Technogym’s Recline Bike shows progress based on time, distance and calories. Price: Rs 3 lakh onwards.This treadmill from Proline Fitness has a 15-inch touch screen display. Price: Rs 10 lakh onwardsBuyer’s guideReebok: www.reebok.comLodhi Sports: 7 Main Market, Lodhi Colony, Delhi. Tel: 011-24635947.Ace Sporting & Fitness: E-363A GK-I, New Delhi. Tel: 011-46572693.Technogym: No 553 Phase 5, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon. Tel: 0124-4234491.Jerai Fitness Pvt. Ltd: 2A Suyog Apt, New Link Road, Borivali (W), Mumbai. Tel: 022-28337737.Proline Fitness: Cravatex Limited, 6 Sahas, 4th Floor, 414/2 Veer Savarkar Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai. Tel: 022-66667474.Afton Health and Fitness Equipment: 55 Montieth Road, Egmore, Chennai. Tel: 044-28553881.Olympic, The Sport Shop: 29 9th B Main, 1st Block, Banaswadi, Bangalore. Tel: 080-42084338.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more