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first_imgThe novel coronavirus pandemic, soon to pass the milestone of one million deaths, has a higher toll compared with other modern viruses although its ravages to date are far less than the Spanish flu a century ago.As the pandemic continues, the death toll from an AFP tally is only provisional, but it provides a reference point for comparing the new coronavirus with that of other viruses, past and present. In 2002-2003, the SARS virus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) that emerged from China was the first coronavirus to spark global fears, but killed just 774 people in the final toll. Other viral epidemics AIDS is by far the most deadly modern epidemic: almost 33 million people around the world have died of the disease which affects the immune system.First detected in 1981, no effective vaccine has been found. But retroviral drugs, when taken regularly, efficiently stop the illness in its tracks and heavily reduce the risk of contamination.This treatment has helped bring down the death toll from its peak in 2004 of 1.7 million deaths to 690,000 in 2009, according to UNAIDS.The hepatitis B and C viruses also have a high death toll, killing some 1.3 million people every year, most often in poor countries.Main data source: World Health Organization (WHO). 21st century viruses SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 infection, has been the deadliest of the 21st century viruses.In 2009, the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, caused a global pandemic and left an official death toll of 18,500.This was later revised upwards by the medical journal The Lancet, to between 151,700 and 575,400 dead. Tropical viruses The death toll from the new coronavirus is already far higher than that of the hemorrhagic fever Ebola, which was first identified in 1976 and in its latest 2018-2020 outbreak killed nearly 2,300 people.In four decades, periodic Ebola outbreaks have killed some 15,000 people, all in Africa.Ebola has a far higher fatality rate than COVID-19: around 50 percent of people who are infected die from it, and this has risen to 90 percent in some of the epidemics.But Ebola is less contagious than other viral diseases, namely because it is not airborne but transmitted through direct and close contact.Dengue fever, which can also be deadly, has a lower toll. This flu-like illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito has been on the rise for two decades but causes just a few thousand deaths per year. Flu epidemics The COVID-19 toll is often compared to that of deadly seasonal flu, though the latter rarely makes the headlines.Globally, seasonal flu accounts for up to 650,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).In the 20th century, two major non-seasonal flu pandemics — Asian flu in 1957-1958 and Hong Kong flu in 1968-1970 — each killed around one million people, according to tolls carried out afterwards.Both pandemics occurred in different circumstances to COVID-19, before globalization intensified and accelerated economic exchange and travel — and with it the rapid spread of deadly viruses.The greatest catastrophe of modern pandemics to date, the flu pandemic of 1918-1919 also known as Spanish flu, wiped out some 50 million people according to research published in the 2000s. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Tierney is open to joining Celtic (Picture: Getty)Neil Lennon insists there has been no developments in Arsenal’s bid to sign Kieran Tierney this summer.Arsenal have seen one bid for Tierney turned down by Celtic, who are holding out for £25million.The Celtic boss was speaking ahead of their Champions League qualifier against FK Sarajevo and issued an update on Tierney and how the transfer speculation is affecting him.‘I have taken no notice of the headlines,’ he said. ‘I am well aware of where we are in terms of the situation.ADVERTISEMENT Celtic are holding out for £25m for Tierney (Picture: Getty)‘I spoke to Kieran in Austria and to be honest I haven’t really seen much of him because he came back early for rehab, so has not been on the training ground as yetAdvertisementAdvertisement‘It can be an unsettling period for any player and that is understandable but until a club comes up with any sort of realistic valuation of the player we don’t have to do anything and we won’t.‘It’s as you were. Kieran is getting on with his rehabilitation and we are getting on with what we have to do here.’ Arsenal are still confident they can sign Tierney this summer (Picture: Getty)Tierney is thought to be keen on a move to Arsenal, but is a life-long Celtic fan and has not played for any other club.Unai Emery is desperate to sign a left-back that can take over the position at the Emirates and the Gunners are confident they can strike a deal with Celtic, with Napoli also interested in Tierney.Arsenal are poised to lodge an improved big, but have so far been frustrated in their attempts to land Emery’s top targets this summer due to a modest transfer budget that is reportedly only £45m.MORE: Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants another centre-back after signing William SalibaMore: 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 Celtic boss Neil Lennon issues update on Kieran Tierney amid Arsenal linkscenter_img Comment Coral BarryTuesday 9 Jul 2019 5:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link365Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe kitchen at 3 Gilbert Crescent, North Ward.The house was inspired by homes on the South Island of New Zealand where stone cottages are popular.RE/MAX Excellence listing agent Michele Hyde said it was one of the most unique properties she had marketed and it had sparked plenty of interest.“The couple who built it based it on a South Island stone cottage,” she said.“The construction works well there to keep the cold air out and it works equally well here to keep the hot air out.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I’ve not seen another cottage like it in Townsville.“It would suit a couple or young professional because it’s not a lot bigger than an apartment but you have all the privacy of having your own garden and house.” The living area features a fireplace and spiral staircase. 3 Gilbert Crescent, North Ward.The entrance features intricate timber work with tall ceilings and stairs that lead to a loft-style upper landing.The top floor has a study, an air-conditioned bedroom with built-in and deck.The second bedroom is on the ground floor along with the main bathroom.The cottage has stained glass windows and is surrounded by a covered veranda while there is also a back deck. One of the bathrooms at 3 Gilbert Crescent, North Ward.The block is very private with plenty of established trees in a prime location on Castle Hill with 407sq m of land. The block is fully fenced and there is also a double automatic carport.The property will be open for inspection on Sunday from 3pm-3.30pm and go to auction on January 18 at 12pm.For more information call Michele Hyde on 0403 345 543.center_img 3 Gilbert Crescent, North Ward.A HIGHLY unique cottage made of stone complete with a fireplace and spiral staircase has been listed for sale.The two-bedroom cottage at 3 Gilbert Crescent, Castle Hill (pictured) was originally built as a granny flat before the block was subdivided.last_img read more

first_imgBut BlackRock said this would bring notable opportunities for global investors.“Economies outside the US continue to struggle, and emerging markets are likely to remain under pressure, although some adjustment has already occurred in anticipation of rate normalisation,” it said.“Equities may also find it difficult to advance in the face of an appreciating dollar and stagnant corporate earnings, placing greater importance on investment selectivity.“We prefer stocks, particularly European and Japanese equities, over bonds, and market-neutral strategies such as long/short equity and credit.”Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management said its outlook for 2016 was unchanged.Its CIO Stefan Kreuzkamp said: “We remain constructive on developed market equities, with a slight preference for Europe and Japan over the US. Sector-wise, technology, consumer cyclicals and financials remain in focus. The latter sector has historically outperformed as central bank interest rates start rising.”He added: “We acknowledge the market risks associated with the Fed hike – for example, fund flows out of higher-risk asset classes such as US or emerging market high-yield bonds.“We would, however, view pronounced equity market weaknesses in the aftermath of the Fed hike as a tactical buying opportunity.”The rate rise signals the divergence in monetary programmes between the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB), according to James Rutherford, CIO at Hermes Sourcecap.“Furthermore,” he added, “there are signs disinflation across the euro-zone
 may soon pick up. As a result, we expect the ECB to further reduce its deposit rate this December in an attempt to kick-start bank lending.”He said this would be good for investors.“European equities could outperform US equities as excess liquidity struggles to find a home in the real economy and is parked in asset markets instead,” he said.“With global growth slowing, earnings expectations being reined back and an increasingly divergent stance in monetary policy between the US and Europe, we expect 2016 to be a year in which the euro-zone markets, awash with excess liquidity, reward those companies that produce an increasingly scarce commodity – consistent earnings growth.”Turning to fixed income markets, David Lloyd, head of institutional public debt portfolio management at M&G Investments, said: “It seems likely low rates will have caused some investors to take extra – and, perhaps, unfamiliar – risks in pursuit of yield.“Similarly, some players may have taken advantage of minimal rates to increase borrowing (leverage). It will take some time before we will be in a position to assess the effect of higher rates on such decisions.”Ian Kernohan, an economist at Royal London Asset Management, said: “While we agree the Fed will stick to a gradual path initially, the market can often underestimate the pace of tightening in a rate cycle.“If the labour market data remains robust through the rest of the winter, combined with a further rise in headline inflation, the market may have to revisit its benign view about the likely path of US interest rates.”In that case, he said: “Bond markets would be most vulnerable to such a reappraisal – in particular government bonds, which have enjoyed a multi-decade bull run of falling yields.”Meanwhile, Ken Taubes, head of US investments at Pioneer, said: “Our overall outlook for fixed income markets is fundamentally unchanged. We have seen corporate credit spreads widen despite the fact US economic activity is recovering, and we are seeing some recovery in Europe as well.“So wider credit spreads may represent a good opportunity.” While the US Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates by 0.25 percentage points – the first increase in nearly a decade – was widely expected, market players have warned that what matters most now is the path of future rate increases.“The increase in borrowing costs may feel like a seismic change, but that’s primarily because it’s been so long since rates have been increased,” said BlackRock strategists.“The Fed said it expects rates to stay subdued, and the hiking cycle to be gradual, which should allow markets to absorb the increases with relative ease.”Having raised rates to a range of 0.25% to 0.5%, the Federal Reserve signalled it was likely to make four further increases of 0.25% each during 2016.last_img read more

first_imgGerman shipping company Oldendorff Carriers has grown its Babycape fleet with four eco 119,000 tonners purchased from compatriot shipowner Hartmann Reederei.The said acquisitions include MV UBC Ottawa, to be renamed Roland Oldendorff, MV UBC Odessa, to be renamed Rex Oldendorff, MV UBC Olimbus future Redmer Oldendorff and MV UBC Oristano, which will bear the name Rik Oldendorff.The ships were built for Hartmann at Sinopacific Shipbuilding in 2011.The latest fleet additions bring the company’s Babycape ship tally to 36 units, of which 10 will be fully owned.” The Sinopacific 119k design, of which we will control all 10 including 8 owned and 2 chartered ships, has the optimum deadweight/draft ratio of nearly 119,000 tdw on only 14.5 m ssw draft. Our calculations show, that we should also be able to increase the intake of these vessels to more than 121,500 tdw on about 14.794 m draft,” the company said.“Having 10 sister vessels which have optimal characteristics allows us to offer our clients a competitive advantage and more flexibility.” Oldendorff said that the investment was being made amid a positive outlook for drybulk freight rates and values.This deal takes the company’s total net acquisitions to 97 vessels of around 10 million tdw over the last 5 years with vessel takeovers between 2013 and 2020.last_img read more

first_imgPolice fired tear gas at the CityUniversity early on Tuesday and a standoff between students and riot policecontinued throughout the morning.(BBC) Dozens of local and internationalschools across the city said they would be closed on Tuesday due to safetyconcerns given the ongoing protests. HONG KONG – Some schools anduniversities here remained closed over safety fears as protesters called for aday of traffic disruptions.  A protester sits at a roadblock outside a dormitory in Hong Kong on Nov. 12. REUTERS/THOMAS PETERcenter_img Chief Executive Carrie Lam saiddespite the unrest, there would be no blanket suspension of all schools. One activist was shot with a livebullet by police while another man was set on fire by the anti-governmentprotesters. Both are in critical condition in the hospital.last_img read more

first_imgDilichukwu Onyedimma, a former Executive Committee member of the Nigeria Football Federation, says the decision to cancel the 2019/2020 football season was hasty and unjust.The ex-NFF chieftain, who was a former Chairperson of Nigeria Women Football League, said this on Sunday in Abuja. Onyedimma said: “I can’t really explain what is happening with football in Nigeria, but it is wrong to cancel the entire football season because of the COVID-19 pandemic without making definite plans to see if the leagues can be restarted like some other African countries are trying to do.“I think the decision was hasty.“They (NFF) should have tarried a while, until maybe the end of July or early August, to decide and see if the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control will give the go ahead to reopen sports.”Onyedimma said the NFF’s decision was not accepted by some clubs, even while many of them failed to voice their displeasure.“It didn’t go down well with some clubs, while others grudgingly accepted the league body’s Points Per Game (PPG) decision in ending the league,” she told the News Agency of Nigeria. Onyedimma advised that the NFF should at all times make decisions based on developmental considerations and not on participation in international competitions.She said: “Our league should not be always about representation in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) inter-clubs competitions, but for the development of the game and the players.”She argued that ending the 2019/2020 season in anticipation of beginning the 2020/2021 season in September or October was not a well thought-out decision.Onyedimma added: “Are we even sure the ill-wind called coronavirus would have been contained for CAF to hold the next edition of its competitions?“Personally, I don’t see the possibility of a new season in September/October, if we cannot thoroughly think out the issues involved and find a solution. “This is because of the stringent safety measures the NCDC has in place, which demand that we have to take all possible precautions to avoid transmission and spread of the virus.”NAN reports that the NFF had on some occasions in the past began the new season in October or November.During those years, the new league season kicked off in December or even January of the following year, with the 2019/2020 NLO and NWPL seasons as examples.On the NWPL, Onyedinma said NFF should have made a pronouncement on which club would represent Nigeria in the newly-introduced CAF Women’s Champions League.RelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 She said: “This should have been just just like they (NFF) did in picking Kano Pillars to represent Nigeria in the 2020/2021 CAF Confederation Cup.“The 2018/2019 winners of the NWPL should have been announced as Nigeria’s flagbearers in the maiden edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League.“I don’t see any reason why there should be a play-off or qualifiers, after cancelling the season, as I read in a publication recently.“It is not just to now say a different consideration would be used in this league.”Onyedinma, who is the Acting Executive Secretary of the FCT Social Development Secretariat, also doubles as the FCT Director of Sports.NAN.Tags: Dilichukwu OnyedimmaFootball Season CancellationNFFlast_img read more

first_imgHarry Kane insists Tottenham should not turn their noses up at the prospect of playing another season in the Europa League. Spurs’ faint hopes of Champions League qualification were extinguished on Saturday in embarrassing fashion as they flopped to a 3-0 defeat at Stoke. If they manage to stay above Southampton – who sit one point below them – Tottenham will qualify for the Europa League. Even if they slip below Saints, a seventh-placed finish would be enough to qualify, provided Arsenal beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final. The prospect of flying to the far reaches of the continent on Thursday nights for a fifth successive season does not appeal to some Spurs fans, who would rather see their team focus solely on domestic matters, but that is not the case for Kane. “We want to win more trophies and the Europa League is a chance to do that,” the Tottenham striker said. “We’re going to try to win the last two games to qualify for the Europa League, and we’ll be taking that competition very seriously.” Tottenham managers have had mixed views on the Europa League since they slipped back into the competition following a single year in the Champions League. Andre Villas-Boas embraced the Europa League, but his predecessor Harry Redknapp branded the competition a “nuisance” that hampers league form. That notion has rung true for Spurs this year. They have taken 16 points from a possible 30 in the matches that have followed their European exploits. But the Europa League gave Kane an avenue to break into the Spurs first team earlier this season and the striker believes playing in the competitions has its merits. “It’s more games so it gives us more opportunities to play together,” said the England forward, who scored seven of his 30 goals this season in the Europa League. “Champions League teams have to do the same. If they win the Champions League they have to play that many games, so the Europa League’s no different. “If anything it gives us a bit more experience in Europe, hopefully to try to push on to the Champions League. Everyone in and around the team wants to be involved.” Judging by Saturday’s performance at the Britannia Stadium, Tottenham are nowhere near good enough to qualify for the Champions League. Jan Vertonghen handed Stoke the lead when he flicked Mame Diouf’s cross straight into the path of Charlie Adam, who nodded in from close range. A mix-up between Eric Dier and Hugo Lloris allowed Steven Nzonzi to add a second before Vertonghen allowed Diouf to tap in Mark Arnautovic’s cross and complete Stoke’s biggest win over Spurs for 80 years. Tottenham have the fifth-worst defensive record in the Barclays Premier League this year – and Kane knows that must improve. “We gave away two sloppy goals,” he said. “That’s something we’ve been doing all season to be honest – and it’s something we’ve got to get better at.” As well as concentrating on winning his final two matches against Hull and Everton, Mauricio Pochettino is also considering his movements in the transfer market. “It is important to identify and take a decision for the season and try to improve our squad. This is the challenge now,” the Spurs boss said. Stoke’s goal in the next fortnight is to surpass their record Premier League tally of 50 points, which they reached on Saturday. “We’re really working hard and we want to keep that going until the end – that is what I demand and that’s what the players expect,” manager Mark Hughes said. “We don’t give them any respite. We have a good opportunity to better last year’s total. Let’s see if we can do it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThe winter storm that is battering much of the country will again bring much cooler temperatures and windy conditions to our region this week.With a cool front from the storm approaching on Sunday night, some parts of our area will see hit and miss showers overnight and into the Monday morning commute. The clouds should leave by Monday afternoon, as the colder air arrives. Highs on Monday will be in the mid- to upper-60s.Graphic courtesy: WPTV/NewsChannel 5We will wake up on Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures in the low 50s along the coast and upper 40s closer to Lake Okeechobee.Highs around the mid-60s will stick around through the middle of the week. Meanwhile, a shift in the global weather pattern will return our temperatures back to above average by late in the week.last_img read more

first_imgBy Martyn HermanPARIS, France (Reuters) – Top seed Andy Murray gave Karen Khachanov a two-hour tennis lesson in the French Open fourth round yesterday before predicting a top-20 place for the rising Russian this year.Khachanov matched Murray for power on a sunny Court Philippe Chatrier but was second-best in every other department as the 30-year-old world number one mastered him 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals at Roland Garros for the seventh time.In doing so, he clocked up a 650th Tour-level victory.Murray made only one unforced error in the first set, won 75 percent of his second-serve points and clinically took advantage every time the 21-year-old Khachanov was betrayed by his lack of grand slam experience.In his first match against a world number one, the 1.96-metre tall Khachanov cracked down 34 clean winners to Murray’s 29 but it was all to no avail as the Briton kept him at arm’s length to seal a clash with eighth seed Kei Nishikori.After a torrid build-up to the tournament when he could not buy a victory followed by scratchy four-set victories in the opening two rounds, Murray has timed his return to form perfectly, taking down former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets, then ousting Khachanov.“Come a long way the last 10 days or so,” Murray, runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year, told reporters.“Each match I feel I played better. I’ve hit the ball cleaner and started to see the right shots at the right moments.”That was the case when he swiped a forehand return past Khachanov at 2-3 in the first set to carve out his first break point which he converted thanks to a double-fault.Another ill-timed Khachanov double-fault gave Murray an early break in the second set, although a couple of errors off the Murray forehand allowed the Russian to break back for 3-3.Murray quickly broke again to seize control and looked comfortable throughout the third set in which he again broke twice.The Scot, however, was impressed by Khachanov’s game.“I think by the end of this year, you know, top 20, top 25, and then from there, who knows?” said Murray, well aware of the grind needed to reach the very top levels.“In my opinion, he has a very good coach in Galo Blanco. Pretty much everyone he’s worked with, he’s helped them a lot.”Immediately after the contest ended with a Khachanov error, Murray’s thoughts turned to the attacks in London on Saturday that left seven people dead.“It was a terrible tragedy in London and also in Manchester only a few weeks ago,” he said.“Paris has had some problems in the last few years and I’m sure everyone will join me in sharing the fact that our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this.”last_img read more