New Russia virus cases top 10,000 for sixth day

first_imgRussia on Friday registered more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases for the sixth day in a row, after emerging as a new hotspot of the pandemic.A government tally showed 10,669 new cases over the last 24 hours, fewer than Thursday’s record of 11,231 and bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 187,859.The country also recorded 98 new deaths from the virus, for a total of 1,723.  Russia now ranks fourth in Europe in terms of the total number of cases, according to an AFP tally, behind countries where the epidemic hit considerably earlier: Britain, Italy and Spain.On Thursday Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced an extension of a lockdown in the capital, where most cases are concentrated, to May 31.He also brought in a rule that people will have to wear masks and gloves in public transport and shops or face fines from Tuesday.Residents of the capital are only allowed to leave their homes for brief trips to a shop, to walk dogs or to travel to essential jobs with a permit.Russia has a national non-working period until May 11 that so far has not been extended.On Saturday, when the country usually marks Soviet victory in World War II with large-scale military parades, there will only be fly-pasts and fireworks. For the first time, President Vladimir Putin will give a speech by the Eternal Flame memorial beside the Kremlin walls instead of during a parade on Red Square. Topics :last_img read more

Spain’s ‘democracy king’ Juan Carlos flees under weight of scandal

first_imgElephant-hunter The country had long closed its eyes to the numerous affairs the action-man king could boast.But his decline began in 2012, when as a keen sportsman and hunter, he accepted a luxury elephant-hunting trip to Botswana, paid for by a Saudi entrepreneur, during a tough recession at home.The trip, accompanied by his German mistress, came to light only because he broke his right hip and was flown home for surgery. The king made a public apology as he emerged from hospital on crutches.His medical problems raised further questions over his reign.Between May 2010 and November 2013, he had surgery nine times, including two operations on his right hip and three on his left.Born in Rome on January 5, 1938, grandson of exiled king Alfonso XIII, Juan Carlos was just 10 years old when he was put on a train to Spain.His father had agreed to have him educated under Franco in the hope of one day seeing himself sit on the throne.Juan Carlos spent 27 years under the shadow of Franco, growing up in a series of military academies.In May 1962 Juan Carlos married Sofia, a Greek princess. They were both keen sailors and had met on a cruise.With Franco’s blessing, the couple settled at the Zarzuela palace near Madrid and had three children: Elena, Cristina and Felipe, who as male heir bypassed his elder sisters to the throne. Felipe had accepted the decision, the royal palace said, following a Supreme Court decision in June to open an investigation.Suspicion focuses on $100 million (85 million euros) alleged to have been paid secretly into a Swiss bank account in 2008 by Saudi Arabia.Felipe has tried to distance himself from the allegations of a huge hidden fortune, withdrawing his father’s annual royal allowance and renouncing his inheritance. Topics : Coup-stopper Yet it was Juan Carlos who had defied the Francoists by ushering in a new system of parliamentary monarchy. A new constitution was passed by referendum in 1978.He was credited with helping to defuse an attempted coup in February 1981 by soldiers who stormed into parliament shooting and who held lawmakers hostage for several hours.The king’s appearance on television urging support for the democratic government was instrumental in blocking the attempt.”I knew the soldiers were going to agree because I had been named by Franco” and was their commander-in-chief, he said later. He knew most of the officers from his military training.Although his blocking of the coup helped endear him to the nation, the king’s image suffered in later years.center_img Juan Carlos I led Spain to democracy and foiled a military coup, but he heads into exile under a cloud of royal corruption that has ruined his legacy.He abdicated in 2014 after playing a determining role in Spain’s modern history, stepping up as the first crowned head of state in 44 years after the death of General Francisco Franco.He took the throne within days of Franco’s death in November 1975, having been named successor by the dictator himself, who passed over Juan Carlos’s father, Juan de Borbon. “Faithful to the political desire of my father… I wanted to be king for all Spaniards,” Juan Carlos said in his abdication address, recalling the day of his proclamation.He was popular for decades, however, on Monday the former head state admitted to his son King Felipe VI it was better he left the country.”Guided by the conviction to best serve the people of Spain, its institutions, and you as king, I inform you of my decision at this time to go into exile outside Spain,” Juan Carlos wrote.Facing investigation at home and abroad for corruption, he had become an embarrassment to the throne and the government.last_img read more

Where you should invest in rental property on the Gold Coast

first_img31 Bourton Rd, Merrimac is available for $435 per week.Reedy Creek (number 4), Elanora (number 8) and Merrimac (number 10) all made the top ten in the Top Rental Performers Report — the Gold Coast was the only region to have multiple suburbs in the top ten ranking. The report, compiled by CoreLogic using data to October 2017, listed 74 suburbs where houses or units have an estimated gross rental yield of 5 per cent or more per year. Suburbs also had to demonstrate solid rental yields, consistent rental growth and vacancy rates of less than three per cent. Reedy Creek made the list twice. 10 Peregrine St can be rented for $760 per week.In total, 12 Gold Coast suburbs made the Top Rental Performers Report, with Reedy Creek and Tugun ranked twice for high rental returns in both units and houses. Queensland recorded the highest state ranking with 24 suburbs on the list, followed by New South Wales with 19, Tasmania with 18, ACT with 10 and Victoria, three, while the remaining two states didn’t make the list.The top three suburbs were all in Tasmania.Does your suburb have the best rents?#4 Reedy Creek (units) #8 Elanora (units) #10 Merrimac (units) #15 Ashmore (units) #29 Tugun (houses)#30 Currumbin Waters (units)#33 Mermaid Waters (units)#39 Burleigh Waters (units)#41 Helensvale (units) #45 Miami (units)#58 Highland Park (houses)#70 Reedy Creek (houses)#73 Tugun (units)#74 Coombabah (houses) The rooftop apartment at 1 Toombul Ave, Miami is listed for $700 per week. The view at unit/90 Marine Pde, Miami will cost you $650 per week.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoUnits lead the way with the top three Gold Coast suburbs ranked due to the rental apartment market over the past 12 months.Reedy Creek recorded 5.3 per cent increase and 6.3 per cent gross rental yield in median rent; in Elanora, the median rent rose by 6.9 per cent and investors received a 6.1 per cent per year return.Merrimac was the fastest mover with a median rent hike of 12.5 per cent delivering a 6.1 per rental yield.The Coast suburb that performed the best rental return for houses was Tugun, ranked #29 on the list overall. center_img Merrimac was one of the most profitable suburbs for rental units.IF you’re looking to invest in property on the Gold Coast, these suburbs are where you should be looking.The Gold Coast has dominated a new report revealing the ‘best rents’ suburbs across Australia, with units in inner localities leading the way. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.last_img read more

Three-person baby ‘race’ dangerous

first_imgBBC News 12 October 2016Family First Comment:  The warnings are clear – “They are ignoring ongoing policy debates and conducting dangerous and socially fraught experiments on mothers and children. And they appear to be actively seeking a media splash on the way down. Use of these biologically extreme procedures for infertility is based purely on speculation.”The race to make babies from three people is a major worry, duping couples and a dangerous experiment on mums and babies, warn scientists and ethicists.The UK, which pioneered the advanced form of IVF, was the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.Yet the first baby was born in Mexico.And despite the technique being designed to eliminate disease, it has been used as an unproven fertility booster in Ukraine.Both countries have less fertility regulation than the UK.How to make a three-person baby?Three-person IVF was devised to prevent the repeated heartache of losing children to illnesses caused by defective mitochondria.The tiny structures in our bodies convert food into useable energy and are passed on only through the mother’s egg.Three-person IVF takes the DNA from mum and dad and puts it in an egg from a donor woman. The resulting child has 0.1% of its DNA from the donor.Why make babies from three people?The advanced form of IVF was developed at Newcastle University in the UK and the final safety checks were completed in June.So the Mexico birth and the procedure being offered as a fertility treatment has caused concern.“We appear to be in a race to the bottom,” warned Dr Marcy Darnovsky from the US Centre for Genetics and Society.Criticising doctors offering the technique, she added: “They are ignoring ongoing policy debates and conducting dangerous and socially fraught experiments on mothers and children. And they appear to be actively seeking a media splash on the way down.”“Use of these biologically extreme procedures for infertility is based purely on speculation.”It is argued that some cases of infertility are caused by a “poor” environment inside the egg such as insufficient or old mitochondria or an imbalance in the chemicals necessary to trigger embryo development.And that the three-person technique could overcome those deficiencies.‘Unstoppable’Dr Dusko Ilic, from King’s College London, said there was no way to stop IVF clinics offering the procedure.While the UK was the first country to create laws to legalise three person IVF, it is legal by default in many countries with little-to-no regulation.Dr Ilic told the BBC News website: “IVF clinics are jumping on the bandwagon and rushing ahead, whereas the Newcastle team did all the hard due diligence work.“The major worry is how technically skilful these clinics are, what quality control measures are in place and what information they provide to desperate patients seeking help.“Are those patients aware of all risks involved?”READ MORE: read more

116 NegOcc ARBs get land titles

first_imgBACOLOD City – A total of 116 farmers infour local government units in northern Negros Occidental received theircertificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) in separate rites facilitated bythe Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) this February. Twenty nine beneficiaries occupiedaround 34 hectares of landholding in Barangay 12, Victorias City – in theproperty previously owned by Ben-Jam Agro Development Corp., among others onFeb.24. The first, formerly managed by ReedaBantug, has an area of 2.5 hectares located in Hacienda Clarita, BarangayNanca, while the property formerly owned by Jeslor Agro-Industrial Corp., whichspans 15.5 hectares, is situated in Barangay San Jose. On the same day, 43 ARBs received titlesand were installed on lots covering 18 hectares in separate locations in E.B.Magalona town. Municipal Agrarian Reform ProgramOfficer Imelda Mombay led the distribution of CLOAs to the farmers for thelandholdings that were previously owned by the Philippine National Bank. Municipal Agrarian Reform Program OfficerMa. Jade Sollesta said the farmer-beneficiaries on the awarded lots will beinstalled in the coming days. The landholdings used to belong to ALMGroup of Farms Inc., and the writ of installation was ordered by the office ofthe Provincial Agrarian Reform Adjudicator. In the neighboring Manapla town, 36agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) received land titles and were subsequentlyinstalled on some 59-hectare property at Hacienda Sto. Niño in BarangayTortosa, Manapla on Feb. 19. Eight ARBs were also awarded titles tomore than four hectares in Barangay Iglau-an, Murcia town on Feb. 5. Officer-in-charge, chief agrarian reformprogram officer Angel Belga led the installation rites with the assistance ofthe personnel of Manapla Police Station headed by Capt. Jaynick Bermudez. All the areas are under the jurisdictionof DAR-Negros Occidental I.(With a reportfrom PNA/PN)last_img read more

Forrest D. Smith age, 89

first_imgForrest D. Smith, age 89, of Brookville, Indiana died Thursday, June 2, 2016 at McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Ohio.Born December 6, 1926 in Franklin County, Indiana he was the son of the late Robert & Sarah (Reese) Smith. He was a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served as an Aviation Radioman. On November 12, 1948 he was united in marriage to the former Reva Imogene Lockard, and she preceded him in death on September 20, 2011.Forrest retired in 1989 from the Farm Bureau Co-Op in Brookville, where he had served as the General Manager for over 30 years. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting & fishing and being outdoors.Survivors include a daughter, Penny Harsh of Brookville, Indiana; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy Riley of Converse, Texas, June (Joe) Turco of Hamilton, Ohio and Claudia (Melvin) Hertel of Brookville, Indiana; one brother, Jim (Maria) Smith of Greenwood, Indiana.Besides his parents and wife, Jean, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Sue Byrd, a son, Ricky Dale Smith Sr., a granddaughter, Alisha Lynn Toole; four sisters, Lettie Powers, Oceola Browning, Audrey Phillips, Leona Allen; two brothers, William Smith and Leonard “Dutch” Smith.Family & friends may visit from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Mike Haviland will officiate the Funeral Services at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Burial will follow with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion, in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Bowers sweeps weekend at U.S. 36

first_imgOSBORN, Mo. (July 4) – For the second straight night of racing at U.S. 36 Raceway, the IMCA Modifieds saw Steven Bowers Jr. visit Westfall GMC Victory Lane. By Jacob Blair  Carson Masoner paced the first half of the race in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Masoner comfortably led the first half of the race, while J.J. Baumli began his charge from the ninth place starting position. Bowers used a front-row starting position to lead every lap of the feature in route to the dominating win. Chad Clancy started in the ninth position and patiently worked his way to second. The lone caution of the race allowed Clancy a chance at Bowers, but Bowers kept a comfortable margin after the restart. Josh Munsen completed the podium with a third place run.  Up next at Osborn, weekly competitors continue the season’s chase for championships on Friday, July 10. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods will all be racing.center_img Bowers, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, earned $1,000 for his Saturday efforts. His second IMCA Modified win of the weekend at U.S. 36 Raceway paid $1,000 to Steven Bowers Jr. (Photo by Judy Staley) Baumli and Connor Masoner battled for second at the halfway mark of the race, when the caution flew. On the restart, Carson Masoner continued out front, while Baumli cleared Connor Masoner for second. Baumli rolled the low side of the racetrack and slowly completed the pass for the lead and eventual win. Carson Masoner finished second, with Connor Masoner third. last_img read more

McIlroy candid over struggles

first_img The world number one came into the first leg of the four-tournament FedEx Cup play-offs as a hot favourite following victories at the Open Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship, but starting on the back nine at the Ridgewood Country Club, he made the turn in four-over 40 before picking up a shot on the way back. His round of 74 left him eight shots off the lead held jointly by six players who had reached the clubhouse – Cameron Tringale, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell, Brendan De Jonge, Ben Martin and Brendan Todd. Rory McIlroy admitted a week of distractions had taken their toll after he suffered a nightmare start to The Barclays. Justin Rose carded 68, dropping shots on the 12th and 17th to miss out on a share of the lead. “My game feels close,” he said on Sky Sports. “I played really well at the PGA as well but my putter let me down so I was really pleased today that there were some four, five putts that I got and that kept my momentum going. It was something I struggled with at the PGA. “My ball striking was there or thereabouts. I didn’t hit that many fairways today so I was happy to get round.” The top 125 players in the standings have qualified for The Barclays, with the field being trimmed to 100 for the Deutsche Bank Championship, 70 for the BMW Championship and then 30 for the Tour Championship with the man finishing top of the standings claiming a 10million US dollars bonus. McIlroy led the FedEx Cup standings coming into the tournament followed by Jimmy Walker, Watson, Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk. Press Association Paul Casey, who was on the 15th, was one of three players at five under still on the course. McIlroy was within an inch or so of a birdie on the first hole he played, the 10th, but his form then deserted him as he registered a double-bogey on the 12th, his third hole, and followed that with bogeys on the 13th and 18th to leave him last of all players on the course at the time. He pulled a shot back on the par-four fifth but gave it back on the eighth, missing a four-foot putt to bogey. He recovered to birdie the ninth, his final hole of the day, finishing with a three-over round of 74 and at least off the very bottom of the leaderboard. McIlroy, who appeared on late-night US television with Tiger Woods earlier this week, days after parading his Claret Jug at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground last weekend, said he needed to regain his focus to get back into contention. “I’m not quite on my game, I’ve not quite put in the time over the last few days for obvious reasons,” he said on Sky Sports. “I’m going to go and have some lunch and then work on the range, work on a few things, and try to catch up on some practice I’ve missed out on over the last week and try to be ready for tomorrow.” Looking forward to the FedEx Cup, he added: “For me, not being here for the weekend isn’t an option. I’ve got to work hard today on the range and get out there and get off to a fast start tomorrow, and get myself back into this tournament.” last_img read more

Sakho ‘held on assault suspicion’

first_imgWest Ham forward Diafra Sakho has been arrested on suspicion of assault, it has been reported. The 25-year-old from Senegal was reportedly arrested last Thursday, three days before West Ham’s shock 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League. Police held the player on suspicion of attacking a girlfriend in east London, The Sun reported. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Officers from Tower Hamlets have arrested a man on suspicion of common assault, criminal damage and malicious communication. “The 25-year-old was arrested on Thursday 6 August at an address in Emerson Park, Hornchurch. “He was taken to an east London police station and has been bailed to a date in late September.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Wrestling: Locals claim top-4 finishes at state championships

first_imgFRYEBURG — Five Hancock County wrestlers advanced to the upcoming All-State championships with top-four finishes in Saturday’s state championship meet at Fryeburg Academy.Mount Desert Island’s Baylor Landsman earned the best finish of any local wrestler on the day with a third-place effort at 170 pounds. After beating Tyler Avery of Madison and losing to eventual eventual champion Tyler Cox of Medomak Valley, Landsman beat Evan Cash of Wells in the consolation semifinals and Alex Munson of Mattanawcook Academy in the consolation title bout.For Ellsworth, Matt Reid and Noah Hughes claimed fourth-places finishes at 126 pounds and 160 pounds, respectively. Reid earned a quarterfinal win over Maine Central Institute’s Malik Keresey and a consolation semifinal win over Zac Spizuoco of Dexter, and Hughes won a 15-5 major decision over Medomak Valley’s Nolan Grubb in the quarterfinals before beating Foxcroft’s Sam Robinson in the consolation semis.For Bucksport, Grayson Fernald posted two wins at 195 pounds to claim fourth. In the heavyweight class, Gavin Billings claimed fourth with wins over Madison’s Clarke Leblanc and Belfast’s Ben Watts.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport placed 15th as a team with Ellsworth claiming 17th and MDI finishing 20th. Wells won the team title with a whopping 130 points, 34 more than second-place Mattanawcook.Landsman, Reid, Hughes, Fernald and Billings are now eligible to compete in the New England qualifying (All-State) meet. The event is set to begin at 9 a.m. next Saturday, Feb. 29, at Noble High School in North Berwick.last_img read more