Second wave fears rise as China reports more new infections

first_imgThe total number of confirmed cases has doubled to 7.7 million in slightly over a month and the disease is now spreading most rapidly in Latin America, where it is threatening healthcare systems and sparking political turmoil.Brazil now has the second-highest number of virus deaths after the United States, surpassing Britain’s toll, and the Chilean health minister resigned on Saturday amid a furore over the country’s true number of fatalities.There is still no treatment for COVID-19, but pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca said it has agreed to supply an alliance of European countries with up to 400 million doses of a possible vaccine.German government sources told AFP a vaccine could be developed by the end of the year.Europe reopens Many European nations are further lifting painful lockdowns that have saved lives and forced caseloads down, but have also caused their economies to shrink and caused misery for millions.After the European Commission urged a relaxation of restrictions, a number of nations are preparing to reopen borders on Monday — while some like Poland have done so already, with people from other European Union countries allowed to visit.Germany said it would end land border checks on Monday, and France said it would gradually reopen its borders to non-Schengen countries from July.Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis travelled to picturesque Santorini island on Saturday to open his country’s tourism season.”Greece is ready to welcome tourists this summer by putting safety and health as our No. 1 priority,” he said in English in front of a spectacular sunset.Venice sprang back to life Saturday, as hundreds of tourists flocked to the city for the reopening of the iconic Doge’s Palace.”It’s a very strong emotion, like the first day of school,” said Maria Cristina Gribaudi, who heads the city’s Civic Museums Foundation.In another joyful return to semi-normality, football superstar Lionel Messi took to the pitch again in Spain as Barcelona resumed their La Liga title challenge and thumped Real Mallorca 4-0 in an empty stadium.Live sport also returned on Saturday to New Zealand, which has gone 22 days without new coronavirus cases, as 20,000 fans watched rugby’s Otago Highlanders edge the Waikato Chiefs.But even in the much-awaited global sporting revival, there are wobbles — Australian rugby league officials postponed a top-level game on Sunday hours before kick-off due to a coronavirus scare.The World Health Organization said this week the pandemic is accelerating in Africa. Botswana’s capital Gaborone was locked down Saturday after new cases were detected.And in the US, which has seen the most COVID-19 deaths with over 115,000, more than a dozen states — including populous Texas and Florida — reported their highest-ever daily case totals in recent days.The rise comes as huge anti-racism protests rage across America and the world, with many demonstrators wearing masks to protect against the spread of the virus.Topics : Of the 57 new cases logged by Chinese authorities, 36 were domestic infections in the capital, where a large wholesale food market at the centre of the outbreak has been closed and nearby housing estates put under lockdown.”People are scared,” a fruit and vegetable trader at another local market in central Beijing told AFP.”The meat sellers have had to close. This disease is really scary,” said the man surnamed Sun, adding there were fewer customers than normal.At least 429,000 people worldwide have died from the respiratory illness, nearly halfway through a year in which countless lives have already been upended as the pandemic ravages the global economy. China reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months on Sunday with parts of Beijing still under lockdown, offering a second wave warning to the rest of the world as the pandemic rages in South America.The shock resurgence in domestic infections has rattled China, where the disease emerged late last year but had largely been tamed through severe restrictions on movement that were later emulated across the globe.It also provides a bleak insight into the difficulties the world will face in conquering COVID-19 — even as countries in Europe prepare to reopen borders at the beginning of the summer holiday season after an encouraging drop in contagion.last_img read more

Where to buy: Five places under $500k to invest in property in 2019

first_imgAn aerial view of what the university campus will look like at Petrie. Pic supplied.“Petrie is also located within Moreton Bay, which is one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions, with its population expected to growth by a staggering 40 per cent over the next 20 years.”A four-bedroom, two-bathroom family home on 621 sqm at 25 Bordeau Cres, Petrie, is currently on the market for offers over $439,000. This house at 25 Bordeau Cres, Petrie, is for sale.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoRaceview in Ipswich is also in a growth area, according to Mr Walsh, with the region’s population expected to increase from 210,000 to 500,000 by 2041.The suburb is only three kilometres from Ipswich’s main centre, which allowed goodaccess to the region’s diversified economy, including healthcare and social assistance,retail and manufacturing sectors. Your Property Your Wealth director Daniel Walsh.Mr Walsh said one of the most exciting new projects was the new university campus being built in Petrie.“Construction of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Petrie campus is under way, which aims to attract 10,000 students in its first year of operation in 2020,” Mr Walsh said. The suburb of Raceview in Ipswich as seen from above. Picture: Mr Walsh said Amberley’s $5 billion Defence contract was also vital for the region, with the $340 million Cunningham Highway upgrade helping to reduce commuting times to Brisbane. A three-bedroom house on 617 sqm at 281 South Station Rd, Raceview, is on the market for just $285,000. MORE: Why coast waterfront properties are so popular New housing in the suburbs. Image: AAP/Troy Snook.Petrie and Raceview are the hot picks in Queensland, with average house prices of $440,000 and $343,000, respectively. RELATED: How to increase your rental return This house at 281 South Station Rd, Raceview, is for sale.His top investment picks include both regional and capital city locations.“Contrary to some people’s narrow viewpoint that Sydney and Melbourne are the only markets in Australia, there are myriad locations where investors can secure affordable property,” Mr Walsh said.“Not only do they have median house prices under $500,000, but they are also locations on the rise because of fundamentals such as major infrastructure or population growth.” Your Property Your Wealth director and buyer’s agent Daniel Walsh said the sunshine state offered a number of good investment opportunities, not only because of its relative affordability, but also because of its strong infrastructure program. Five of the best places to invest in property under $500,000 have been revealed.A SUBURB on the northern outskirts of Brisbane and an underrated Ipswich gem have been named two of the best places to invest in property in 2019.National buyers’ agency Your Property Your Wealth has hand-picked five locations in three different states that are on track to record solid growth in the years ahead — and they all have a median house price under $500,000. Australian homes as seen from above. Image: AAP/Sam Mooy.No NSW locations made the top five list, despite prices softening in Sydeny.offered more bang for an investor’s buck.“You don’t have to spend $1 million to make a wise investment decision,” Mr Walsh said.“In fact, you could buy two properties for that price in these areas and benefit from the market upswing in the future.”TOP FIVE INVESTMENT LOCATIONS UNDER $500,000 Suburb Locality State Median house price1. Grovedale Geelong VIC $467,0002. Wyndham Vale Wyndham VIC $480,0003. Petrie Moreton Bay QLD $440,0004. Raceview Ipswich QLD $343,0005. Port Adelaide Adelaide SA $350,000(Source: Your Property Your Wealth, CoreLogic)last_img read more

Darlene (Freeland) Meyer, 84

first_imgDarlene (Freeland) Meyer, 84 of Greensburg passed away on May 29, 2020 in her home of natural causes with loved ones by her side. Born April 4, 1936 in Batesville, Indiana, she was next to youngest of 5 children of Walter and Amelia Freeland. Darlene graduated from the Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception.Darlene married her high school sweetheart, Leon Meyer, on January 26, 1957, moved to Greensburg, and together they raised 3 children, Greg, Christy and Suzie. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and wife. Darlene was a talented cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. She also enjoyed growing flowers, crafting, sewing and watching her hummingbirds out her kitchen window. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Adams Fire Department Auxiliary. Darlene was a Retail Manager for many years in Greensburg.Darlene is survived by husband Leon Meyer, and daughters Christy (Mike) Bokelman of Greensburg, and Suzanne (Paul) Ritter of Indianapolis; grandchildren Jennifer (Jason) Stiemann, Ashley (Josh) Snapp, David Bokelman, Abby Bokelman and Lily Ritter; Great-grandchildren Taylah (Thomas) Weber, Cathan Stiemann, Rowan Stiemann, Ryan Rutherford, Carter Rutherford and Ellie Snapp.Darlene was preceded in death by her son Greg Meyer, parents, and siblings, Louise (Bob) Hammerle, Walter (Dolores) Freeland, Leroy Freeland, and Jeanne (Dan) Duvelius.A private service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father John Meyer officiating. Online condolences may be made at contributions can be made to Hospice of Indiana.last_img read more

Trojans can’t hold off Tigers

first_imgThe Tigers edged past USC in the AP top 25 on Sunday, even though the Trojans remained undefeated. On a wild weekend in college football, when half the top 10 lost, USC avoided the upset bug that struck Oklahoma, Florida, Texas and Rutgers. But a sloppy 27-24 victory at Washington on Saturday night cost the Trojans the No. 1 ranking they’ve held all season. USC is the first team to lose the No. 1 ranking after a victory since Nov. 3, 2002, when top-ranked Miami dropped after beating Rutgers, 42-17, and No. 2 Oklahoma moved up after a 27-11 victory over No. 13 Colorado. “I have no idea how the points work and how it all adds up,” USC coach Pete Carroll said Sunday night. “It has no bearing on anything for us. It didn’t before and it doesn’t now. “The reason it happened is the way we played, I guess.” COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Despite a win by USC, LSU is AP’s new No. 1. By Ralph D. Russo THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – LSU reached No. 1 the hard way. LSU, which recovered from its own first-half malaise to beat Tulane, 34-9, Saturday, received 33 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,593 points. USC got 32 first-place votes, 11 fewer than last week, and 1,591 points. LSU coach Les Miles said the voters didn’t get up early enough to watch the first half of the Tigers’ victory against Tulane, when they led, 10-9, at the break. “They kind of slept in and got kind of caught up on the score later in the day,” he said Sunday. “We can’t afford to play like that anymore for any length of time, whether it is a half or whatever. We played without the focus or intensity we are capable of.” The voting was the closest since the second poll of the 2002 season, when Miami and Oklahoma tied for No. 1 and each received 27 first-place votes. Twelve voters switched off USC to LSU this week to swing the vote, though one voter, Jon Wilner of The San Jose Mercury News, voted USC No. 1 after having LSU last week. “The main reason I did was because I look at LSU and USC and feel that the Trojans have two quality wins on the road and that tipped the scales toward SC,” Wilner said. “Winning in Lincoln and in Seattle gives them an edge over LSU’s two big home wins (over South Carolina and Virginia Tech).” In the USA Today coaches’ poll and the Harris rankings, USC held on to No. 1, with LSU, Cal, Ohio State and Wisconsin in the top five. The Harris and coaches’ polls are used in the Bowl Championship Series standings to determine which teams play in the national title game. The first BCS standings will be released Oct. 14. The other two top-10 teams to lose this weekend took the largest tumbles in the new rankings. Texas dropped 12 spots to No. 19. Rutgers fell 11 spots to No. 21. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more