US could start reopening in May, top virus advisor says

first_imgAnthony Fauci, the veteran pandemic expert who has quietly sought action to stem infections, said in a televised interview that parts of the country could begin easing restrictions in May — but was cautious.”I think it could probably start at least in some ways maybe next month,” Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN.”We are hoping by the end of the month we can look around and say, OK, is there any element here that we can safely and cautiously start pulling back on?” Fauci said.”If so, do it. If not, then just continue to hunker down.” The United States may be ready to start gradually reopening next month, the government’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday, as signs grew that the coronavirus pandemic was peaking.President Donald Trump had earlier wanted the world’s largest economy to be “raring to go” by Easter Sunday, but most of the country remained at a standstill and churches took celebrations online to halt the spread of the virus that has killed more than 22,000 people in the US.Trump has cast the decision on when to ease the lockdown as the biggest of his presidency as he faces competing pressures from public health experts and businesses along with some conservative allies who want a swift return to business as usual. Fauci said that regions would be ready at different times rather than the United States turning back on like a “light switch.”Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told ABC he was “hopeful” about a reopening on April 1 but added: “I think it’s too early to be able to tell that.”Unlike in most Western countries, lockdown decisions are primarily up to local governments, not the president, and leaders of a number of hard-hit, densely populated states have vowed to act as long as necessary.”We want to reopen as soon as possible,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters. “The caveat is we need to be smart in the way we reopen.”Neighboring New Jersey’s governor, fellow Democrat Phil Murphy, said that an economic recovery depended on a “full health-care recovery.”If “we start to get back on our feet too soon, I fear, based on the data we’re looking at, we could be throwing gasoline on the fire,” Murphy told CBS.Trump, for his part, wrote on Twitter Sunday: “We are winning, and will win, the war on the Invisible Enemy!” Topics : ‘Cautiously optimistic’ The United States has been recording nearly 2,000 deaths a day from the coronavirus, disproportionately older people with weakened immune systems and ethnic minorities with less access to health care and teleworking.Worst-hit New York recorded another 758 coronavirus deaths, Cuomo said.”You’re not seeing a great decline in the numbers, but you’re seeing a flattening,” he said.Fauci similarly said he was “cautiously optimistic” as admissions into hospitals and intensive care had begun to decline.The United States, which has 4.25 percent of the world’s population, accounts for almost a fifth of the world’s nearly 110,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the disease first emerged in China late last year.The New York Times, in an extensive article published Sunday, described Trump as failing to act quickly in part due to confidence in his gut instincts and his distrust of civil servants he brands as a conspiratorial “deep state.”Fauci, who has advised six successive presidents, acknowledged when asked about the article that the US could have saved lives by shutting down public spaces when the disease’s seriousness became clear early in the year.”But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then,” Fauci told CNN, without naming Trump.Trump soon afterward posted an interview on in which Fauci said that the United States “early on did not get correct information.”Trump last week zeroed in on the World Health Organization to explain early difficulties, saying the UN body was overly reliant on China when illnesses first emerged in Wuhan.Trump had been hoping to campaign on a strong economy as he seeks re-election in November.Instead, some 17 million people have lost their jobs in a matter of weeks and his presumptive Democratic rival, Joe Biden, has been hammering him over his virus response.last_img read more

The last bastion for family homes

first_imgThe suburb is renowned for its equestrian pursuits, including a property at 385 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket which has its own stables.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoHe said school catchment zones were still a big-ticket item though as well as access to amenities and public transport. Mr Robson named Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Corinda, Chapel Hill and Kenmore as rising in popularity with families.Fig Tree Pocket resident Katrina Le Sauvage has no plans to leave the area, moving to a home close by.“Because it’s a pocket, the kids can roam freely like in the old days. They’re always walking to each other’s houses, there are parklands, soccer fields and a creek runs through the middle.“We moved in when my daughter was eight weeks old, so there’s been a lot of tears. We’re moving around the corner. I can’t rave enough about the area and its community feel.” TOP 5 FAMILY SUBURBS: WITHIN 10KM OF CBD: Fig Tree PocketKalingaChelmerGracevilleThe Gap WITHIN 20KM OF CBD: MackenzieHeathwoodGumdaleNew BeithDrewvale (Source: CoreLogic) Lulu, 5, and Layla, 5, at Gan Gani Community Kindergarten in Fig Tree Pocket, which has been named the most family friendly suburb within 10km of the CBD. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.About two thirds of households in Fig Tree Pocket were made up of families with kids, while the most affordable family suburb within 10km of the CBD was Tingalpa where families made up 45.9 per cent of households and the typical house was valued at $547,000.Mackenzie had the highest concentration of families within 20km of the CBD, with 70.6 per cent of all households made up of either couples with kids or single parent families.“At only 12.5km from the Brisbane GPO, typical block sizes are larger than most suburbs this close to the city at almost 1,100sq m. The typical house at Mackenzie is worth $793,000, with the lower quartile indicating entry level values are about $730,000.”Real estate agent Brad Robson of Place Graceville said room to move was topping school zone access in some family suburbs like Fig Tree Pocket.“Space is always important, particularly for growing and young families.” Katrina Le Sauvage with her children Charlize, 11, and Archer, 9, at the family home in Fig Tree Pocket. Picture: AAP Image/Sarah Marshall.BRISBANE is miles ahead of its southern counterparts when it comes to having the most affordable family friendly suburbs.It is the last bastion for Aussie families looking for affordable houses close to capital city CBDs, the latest Aussie/CoreLogic Most Popular Suburbs for Families report has found.Houses in Brisbane were selling cheaper than southern units and on larger blocks closer to the city.It found three Sydney northern beaches suburbs had the highest concentrations of families with kids within 10km of the CBD nationally followed by Brisbane’s Fig Tree Pocket in fourth spot — but the Queensland capital houses were 50 per cent cheaper than units in the south. STATE ‘INTERESTED’ IN PAYING FOR 25PC OF YOUR FIRST HOME SIGN UP FOR THE COURIER-MAIL’S FREE REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Aussie chief executive James Symond said Brisbane had “a broad range of suburbs with large blocks of land located close to the city centre at relatively affordable prices”.“Unlike the southern capital cities, Brisbane’s top suburbs for families with kids are broadly spread across the metropolitan area, with five of the top 20 located south of the city, four in Ipswich and three in both Moreton Bay South and Brisbane West.”last_img read more

Take the ‘2018 Community Survey’ and you could win cash

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Coalition for a Drug Free Batesville would like the public to complete a survey to help them understand needs in the community.The 2018 Community Perception Survey will ask community members about their thoughts on a variety of topics around substance use and abuse. The Coalition then uses the results from this survey to look at what the community perception is on specific topics to allow them to create what their focus of work will be over the next year and beyond.Those who complete the survey, will be put in to a drawing for a $50 gift card if you choose to include your name and e-mail address at the completion of the survey. Take the survey here.last_img read more

Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Misconduct, Grand Theft

first_imgDeputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday they have arrested one of their own on charges of grand theft, official misconduct, and obtaining property under $20,000 by fraud.According to investigators with the BSO”s Public Corruption Unit, Det. Luis Silberberg falsified overtime forms seven times and lied more than 50 times about working a full shift when records showed he did not, thereby defrauding the sheriff’s office out of more than $15,000. Officials say Silberberg claimed he had worked a regular shift and an overtime shift on the same day, when he only actually worked the overtime shift.The 16-month investigation also revealed the deputy said he worked a full day.However, records show he either did not leave his home, or worked part of his shift before returning home.Ultimately, investigators found 57 occasions on which Silberberg claimed to have worked the entire day, when records showed he had been at home for some or all of those shifts.BSO’s investigation found that over four months at the end of last year, Silberberg was overcompensated $15,540 for 368 regular hours and 16 overtime hours that he falsely claimed to have worked.He was arrested Thursday afternoon at BSO’s Public Safety Building.Silberberg has been suspended without pay. He had already been suspended with pay since February until Thursday’s arrest.He was hired by the sheriff’s office in 2006, when he initially worked as a detective in the robbery unit.last_img read more

Football News Durand Cup: Gokulam Kerala defeat East Bengal on penalties to enter final

first_imgNew Delhi: Gokulam Kerala beat East Bengal in penalty-shootout to make it to the final of Durand Cup on Wednesday. Both teams were locked 1-1 at the end of normal and extra time. East Bengal had taken the lead thorugh Samad Mallick and were looking set to reach the final. However, Gokulam Kerala FC staged a late comeback in the match after scoring the equaliser in the injury time of the normal time.  Some sloppy work by the Kolkata side saw them gift a penalty in added time. Gokulam Kerala’s Joseph Marcus converted from the spot extend the match. Both teams failed to find the goal in the extra time.Gokulam Kerala’s Ubaid pulled off two saves in the penalty-shootout to script an emphatic victory. They will face the winner of the semifinal between Mohun Bagan and Real Kashmir in the title clash. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

USC looks to end struggles as its season winds down

first_imgThe 2010 college baseball regular season ends May 30 for USC. If the Trojans want to play ball in June, they’ll have to find their stride and turn things around.Doing so will not be easy.Matching up · Sophomore Chad Smith and the USC pitching staff have struggled to keep pace with the rest of the Pac-10 this season. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan USC (17-23, 3-12) is in last place in the conference, and eight games behind the leader, Arizona State. The Trojans have just 12 conference games remaining on their schedule to make up the deficit.Tomorrow No. 17 Arizona comes to Dedeaux Field for a three-game series. The Wildcats are 28-11 on the season and 8-7 in the stacked Pac-10 conference.They trail the Sun Devils by three games.Every game the Trojans plays for the rest of the season — 20 in all — will come against a team that currently has a winning overall record.The Trojans have three conference series remaining after this weekend’s games against Arizona. They play at No. 5 UCLA (30-7, 7-5) on May 14 to 16 and at Washington State (21-15, 5-7) on May 21 to 23.USC closes the regular season at home against Washington (21-19, 5-7) on May 28 to 30.The Trojans travel to Irvine on Tuesday to take on the Anteaters (24-14). The two teams will meet again 21 days later at Dedeaux Field.UCI has won 10 of the last 11 matchups between the two teams dating back to 2004.The Trojans will host Utah in a nonconference series at Dedeaux Field on May 7 to 9. The Utes are 19-18, and will be well-tested after a three-game series against No. 11 TCU.Utah leads the all-time series 6-0, with the last game being played at Dedeaux Field in 1971.The Trojans host Long Beach State (19-18) three days after the Utah series concludes. USC beat the Dirtbags 10-5 on March 2.The last nonconference series of the year will be against New Mexico State, a two-game series on May 18 to 19. The Aggies are 31-12-1, and have lost just twice since March 20.USC will have to rely on the bats of two sophomores, infielders Ricky Oropesa and Matt Foat, and junior infielder Joe De Pinto.Oropesa leads the team in home runs (11) and RBI (40), with Foat second in RBI (30). De Pinto leads the team in runs scored, with 36.Together, the trio has scored 90 runs ­— accounting for just over 42 percent of USC’s total run production for the season.On the hill, USC has had its share of struggles. Sophomore starter Ben Mount has been solid for most of the season, pitching to a 3-3 record and a 3.38 ERA.But sophomore starter Andrew Triggs has had a tough season. He’s 1-7 with a 4.38 ERA. Senior starter Kevin Couture is 2-2 with an ERA of 7.63.USC’s team ERA is third worst in the conference, and opponents are hitting .289 against Trojan pitching — the second highest average in the Pac-10.Three of the four conference teams remaining on the schedule — UCLA, Arizona and Washington State — have higher team batting averages and lower team ERAs.Only Washington is ranked lower than USC in both categories.last_img read more

Unified Veikkaus ready for €3.5 billion Finnish gambling market

first_img Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Veikkaus seeks new wagering lead as Kauhanen departs to lead Finnish Hippos June 12, 2020 Share Lottery leaders to address COVID-19 crisis at SBC Digital Summit April 17, 2020 The governance of Finnish state-owned operator Veikkaus OY has stated that it has completed its unification of gambling enterprises under the Veikkaus brand, which will seek to bring a greater market proposition to Finland’s betting/gaming consumers.Last June the Finnish Finance Ministry announced that the state-owned gambling enterprises of Ray (slots & games) Fintoto (racing) and Veikkaus (betting) would be merged under the single entity of Veikkaus OY.The unification of assets has been led by newly appointed Veikkaus OY Group Chief Executive Olli Sarekoski who took leadership of the company in July 2016.Completing its unification, Veikkaus governance stated that Finnish charities and social programs would benefit greatly from the new enterprise, which would be a more effective vehicle for fundraising.Presenting its Finland gambling report, Veikkaus OY estimates that the Finnish gambling market is valued at circa €3.5 billion a year.Last week, Veikkaus governance presented the final results of Ray, Fintoto and Veikkaus as independent assets.Ray and Veikkaus would declare respective record-breaking years, as Ray games would declare a turnover EUR 809.4 million, while Veikkaus betting would declare a turnover € 810 million, combined with an underlying corporate profit of €423.5 million.The growth of the two divisions, has made Veikkaus governance positive that it will be outright market leader for both retail and landbased gambling consumer services Related Articles Share Submitlast_img read more

Dodgers continue their get-well visit to Cincinnati, beat Reds 7-4

first_img“Maybe Kersh needs to speak a little more profoundly,” pitcher Brett Anderson said, referring to Clayton Kershaw’s postgame interview Sunday after the Dodgers’ fifth straight loss. “Fire us up, say we need to play with a little more sense of urgency or panic a little earlier on. We’re 2-0 with him saying something like that. We’ll see how it works the rest of the way.”This one looked easy, at least when Scott Van Slyke, A.J. Ellis and Yasiel Puig all hit home runs off Reds starter David Holmberg (1-4) in the fourth inning, turning the Dodgers’ 1-0 lead into a 6-0 cushion.It was the fifth time this season the Dodgers have hit three home runs in one inning.Anderson (8-8) appeared to get through seven innings without allowing a run, at least for a split second. With two outs in the seventh, Jay Bruce hit a soft line drive to short right field. Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley backpedaled onto the grass, got the heel of his glove on the baseball, but couldn’t squeeze it for an out. The Reds then rallied for three runs off Anderson before reliever Jim Johnson struck out Brayan Pena to end the inning. Anderson was charged with three runs — none were earned because of Utley’s error — while walking one batter and striking out four in 6 2/3 innings. The Dodgers are 8-1 this season when Ellis catches Anderson.“My stuff wasn’t anything to write home about,” Anderson said. “I had good movement and was able to get ground balls and go back to being fairly efficient.”The bullpen offered its usual mix of good and bad.Johnson stayed in to pitch the eighth inning but allowed a leadoff double to Jason Bourgeois. Left-hander J.P. Howell faced the next batter, Eugenio Suarez, and walked him. Right-hander Juan Nicasio then allowed an RBI single to Brandon Phillips that brought the Reds within 6-4, before striking out out Todd Frazier.For the second straight night, left-hander Luis Avilan faced one batter and struck out Jay Bruce to end the eighth inning. Closer Kenley Jansen also pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the second straight night; this time he recorded his 25th save.Within their successes and failures the last two days, the Dodgers’ bullpen might have found a temporary path to success. On Tuesday, four pitchers got through the final three innings without allowing a run. On Wednesday, the Dodgers used five different relievers to complete the final two innings; only Johnson allowed a run.“He’s been a little unlucky with the bounces,” manager Don Mattingly said of Johnson. “I thought he threw the ball good tonight. Everything they hit on the ground gets through. Hopefully we’re finding combinations. We’re trying to do things a little bit differently trying to get the ball to Kenley … just willing to use more people to do it.”In addition to hitting his 11th home run of the season, Puig drew a walk and scored two runs. He has a nine-game hitting streak, his longest of the season.Kiké Hernandez had three of the Dodgers’ 10 hits and Van Slyke had two, including his fifth homer of the year. Van Slyke, who started in left field with a left-handed pitcher (Holmberg) on the mound, hadn’t hit a home run since June 26, ending a streak of 73 plate appearances without a home run. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img CINCINNATI >> Back when the Dodgers were winning regularly, they played like they did Wednesday. Balls left the park, starting pitchers pitched deep into games, relief pitchers got clutch outs. They can still do those things apparently, though it probably helps that they were playing the Cincinnati Reds for the second straight night. The Reds, who are three games out of the race for the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft and 28 games out of first place in the National League Central, host the finale of the three-game series Thursday. The Dodgers can end their eight-game road trip with a sweep after winning 7-4 on Wednesday.The Dodgers never trailed Wednesday and still haven’t trailed at any point in the series, the Reds providing the perfect antidote for a five-game losing streak.last_img read more

Blue Jays’ Ken Giles sidelined with nerve inflammation after massage

first_img MLB trade rumors: Here’s who the Yankees could want from teams targeting Clint Frazier MLB wrap: Cody Bellinger helps Dodgers top Red Sox on his birthday Related News Giles was held out of the team’s 2-1 win over the Yankees due to the elbow issue, which Montoyo claimed was related to a massage the pitcher received during the All-Star break.Giles’ story is a bit different. Says he indeed had the massage but felt it playing catch when he returned after the break. He claims it’s nothing serious, just a bit “tingly.” #BlueJays— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) July 13, 2019Giles downplayed the severity of the injury after the game, saying he wasn’t required to undergo an MRI exam and might be cleared to throw in the series finale slated for Sunday. Ken Giles could be back in action Sunday.The Blue Jays closer is listed as day-to-day with nerve inflammation in his elbow, Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo announced Saturday. Red Sox trade news: Boston acquires Andrew Cashner from Orioles “Nothing serious,” Giles said, via the Toronto Star . “Just a little fatigue. I got some work done during the All-Star break. A little sore from it still, so we’re being cautious with it. Just a little irritated. I’m day-by-day right now and hopefully I’ll be back on the mound tomorrow.”It was rumored that Giles was held out of Saturday’s game because he had been traded — with the Twins or Yankees the most likely destinations — though that turned out not to be the case.The 28-year-old has converted 13 saves with a 1-2 record and a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings this season.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Lily Whites Soccer Champs

first_imgThere’s a new champion in the Finley’s Ladies Rec Soccer League as the Lily Whites captured the Cup over Dirty Dozen in the final recently at the Lakeside Pitch. Mallard’s Source for Sports is all game to salute the Lily Whites with Team of the Week honours. The team, celebrating with a champagne shower, includes, back row, L-R, Doris Hausleitner, Heather Anderson, Karen Bennett, Layla Precious, Emma Precious and Tina Choi.  Front, Bronwyn Marzicola, Kim Green, Sarah Mitchell, Beverly Dawe and Kelly Newhouse.last_img read more