Coronavirus: UK death toll jumps as cases top 1,300

first_imgThe UK death toll from coronavirus has risen to 35, Public Health England has said, up from 21 yesterday. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funnybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitionNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For Seniors Share The economic toll of the containment efforts is beginning to mount, leading companies to request assistance from the government. The rise in the death toll came as the government prepares to tell over-70s to isolate for up to four months as it ramps up its efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. Health secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News that the government does not “want to do that too soon because clearly it is not an easy thing to do”, but that it will likely be put in place within the next few weeks. (Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: UK death toll jumps as cases top 1,300 Mass gatherings are also expected to be banned this week and people told to work from home where possible. whatsapp (Getty Images) Coronavirus: UK death toll jumps as cases top 1,300 The public health body also said the number of confirmed cases rose 20 per cent to 1,372 as of 9am this morning. Show Comments ▼ Britain had tested 40,279 people as of 9am this morning, with 38,907 tests coming back negative. (Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus: UK death toll jumps as cases top 1,300 Airline Virgin Atlantic is preparing to send a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for the government to provide a £7.5bn package to support airlines, Sky News reported. Trump’s ban did not initially apply to the UK and Ireland, but will from Tuesday morning. The ban sent airline stocks plunging last week and helped the FTSE 100 notch up its biggest one-day fall since 1987’s Black Monday crash. Coronavirus, which emerged in China in December, has now infected at least 156,000 people around the world, killing more than 5,800. The true number of infections is likely to be considerably higher, experts have said. Harry Robertson Sunday 15 March 2020 4:17 pm whatsapp Carriers have struggled as people cancel travel plans in response to the virus. Yet their position was made much worse by US President Donald Trump’s decision to ban Europeans from travelling to the US.last_img read more

Tourists pledge to cancel trips to Alaska if Murkowski confirms SCOTUS nominee

first_imgFederal Government | Juneau | Politics | Southeast | TourismTourists pledge to cancel trips to Alaska if Murkowski confirms SCOTUS nomineeAugust 2, 2018 by Henry Leasia, KHNS Share:The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 21, 2009. (Creative Commons photo by Matt Wade)Prospective tourists have pledged to cancel vacations to Alaska if U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski confirms President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. That is according to a letter sent to visitors bureaus in cities across Southeast Alaska.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Thirty-seven people hailing from 11 different states across the U.S. have added their names to the letter addressed to visitors bureaus in Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau.The short letter reads, “The undersigned pledge to cancel Alaska vacations and refrain from making any plans to visit in the future if Senator Murkowski confirms President Trump’s anti-choice SCOTUS nominee.”Travel Juneau CEO Liz Perry said she’s seen this kind of thing before.“This is not uncommon in the industry,” Perry said. “As a matter of fact, the industry refers to this as the weaponization of travel. The threat of a boycott if a political end is not met. Such boycotts can be effective, but most of the time they mostly hit the frontline workers, your service operators. The political folks involved, in this case our U.S. senators, are very seldom affected in a major way.”Perry said she wrote a letter back to its author, Shoshana Hantman from Katonah, New York. Perry encouraged her to write Murkowski directly.“I wanted to acknowledge her concerns and let her know what generally our position was on the way boycotts can or cannot work, and invited her to take a different tack,” Perry said.When reached by phone in New York, Hantman declined to comment for the story.Skagway Tourism Director Cody Jennings asked the Skagway Borough Assembly to consider the letter at its upcoming meeting this week.U.S. Sen. Lisa MurkowskiMurkowski has not said whether she will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.Her vote could be critical in deciding the nomination since a single nay vote among Republicans coupled with the unanimous Democratic opposition would sink the nomination.Perry of Travel Juneau said she sent a copy of the letter to Sen. Murkowski’s office in Juneau.Share this story:last_img read more

Quarantine for coronavirus? Let’s make that unnecessary

first_img A passenger stands outside on the balcony of the cruise ship Diamond Princess anchored at the Yokohama Port near Tokyo. The 3,700 people on board faced a two-week quarantine in their cabins due to coronavirus. Eugene Hoshiko/AP About the Author Reprints Asking people to protect themselves is necessary to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Covid-19, for which there yet is no vaccine or cure. But it isn’t sufficient, because not everyone can comply with recommendations like social distancing, such as not going to school or work and avoiding places where others congregate.Following such recommendations is almost impossible for day laborers who don’t get paid if they don’t go to work; for people with low-wage jobs; for people who don’t have paid sick leave; and others. For many Americans, a few days of lost wages can mean not being able to pay the rent, buy food, or afford medications. They may feel compelled to go to work even if they aren’t feeling well, because they need the money.We need to make it possible for such individuals — who make up a large chunk of Americans — to stay home. That means providing some source of replacement income or job security, either through the private sector or the government.Would that be expensive? Yes. But it is equally expensive — and may be even more costly — to put people in institutional quarantine settings because you still have to provide staff, food, water, medicine, and access to communication with friends and family. That’s not cheap. Just look at our prison system.If we can give people the resources they need to stay home during a disease outbreak and avoid workplaces, schools, theaters, and other places where people gather, there would be fewer opportunities for people to fear that they could contract the virus. It would reduce the strain on our hospitals and health care systems. And most importantly, it would recognize and reward the sacrifice that people voluntarily make to protect the community.People don’t want to make other people sick. They will comply with credible recommendations and voluntarily stay home, if it is possible for them to do so. This means preventive measures must include providing the resources that make it possible.During the SARS outbreak, which first emerged in November 2002, the government in Singapore provided economic assistance to individuals and businesses affected by the quarantine; in Hong Kong, individuals received daily material and financial assistance. The CDC’s 2017 regulations don’t mention these legitimate concerns; they only allow the CDC director to authorize payment for treating people who are involuntarily confined in a quarantine facility. Fear of being quarantined itself can create resistance. If you’re afraid you’re going to get locked up somewhere, you may not want to admit you have an illness. You may not want to go to the doctor for fear of being reported. If you are told you can’t leave your city, you might flee. That’s what happened in China during the SARS outbreak. A rumor that the government was planning a large-scale involuntary quarantine caused nearly 250,000 people to leave Beijing.And quarantines aren’t without their costs. The Wuhan quarantine has had numerous unintended effects, some of them fatal. People were unable to reach sick, elderly parents in the city, let alone take them elsewhere for treatment of chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer. The United Nations AIDS agency recently announced that one-third of people in China who are living with HIV were at risk of running out of their HIV medications because of lockdowns and travel restrictions. The quarantine has also severely slowed China’s economy.As the CDC and other public health agencies know, quarantine by itself may delay the spread of an infectious disease, but it cannot prevent or end any disease outbreak. It has not succeeded in the past and is ill-suited to the realities of the contemporary world.A better way to fight infectious disease outbreaks is by creating a resilient population that is more likely to withstand potential epidemics. As my colleague Michael Ulrich and I wrote in the SMU Law Review in 2018, “Populations with good nutrition, high literacy rates, adequate income, and access to appropriate medical care, social services, and sources of reliable information are better prepared to understand the meaning of an outbreak and what to do in response.” They are also less likely to suffer severe illness if the infection spreads to them.Even in a reasonably resilient population like the United States, limiting the spread of a novel pathogen depends on public trust in government recommendations. But trust goes both ways. Government must also trust people to follow reasonable recommendations. And it can do that if its recommendations are reasonable and credible and people have the means to voluntarily comply with them.Wendy K. Mariner, J.D., is professor of health law at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights. Related: So far, public health recommendations focus on asking people to protect themselves by washing their hands and covering their coughs. While this is good advice, it puts the onus on the individual. Threats of involuntary quarantine often come next, which looks a lot like blaming the victim: punishing people for getting sick or treating people like criminals, not patients. That makes the target of disease-control efforts a person — instead of a pathogen.But when individuals are viewed as potential threats to public health, they may feel unfairly attacked and stigmatized. And if people doubt what the government says, they may decline to follow even sensible recommendations.Infection is not the only harm to the public during an outbreak. During the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak, hysteria, politicization, and some states’ rejection of CDC recommendations created more harm than the disease itself. People were threatened by law enforcement and public officials. Children were bullied in schools. Individuals were not allowed to work, or in some circumstances dismissed from their jobs. While the spread of misinformation, largely through the media, carries much of the blame, those who embraced, enforced, or advocated for overly strict quarantine measures certainly fanned the flames.To gain public trust, health officials must be honest and transparent about what is and is not known about a disease outbreak, and provide useful recommendations for avoiding infection. Giving people credible information about what they can do is an important first step in facing an infectious disease outbreak. Before resorting to the draconian measure of involuntary quarantine, I think we should make it unnecessary. Two complementary efforts can make that happen: providing credible information the public can trust; and making it possible for people to comply with disease-avoidance recommendations without excessive personal or financial cost.advertisement By Wendy K. Mariner Feb. 28, 2020 Reprints The CDC has broad authority — some say overbroad — to approve involuntary quarantines under final regulations governing domestic and foreign quarantine that were issued in January 2017. A single coronavirus case exposes a bigger problem: The scope of undetected U.S. spread is unknown CDC expects ‘community spread’ of coronavirus, as top official warns disruptions could be ‘severe’ First OpinionQuarantine for coronavirus? Let’s make that unnecessary Wendy K. Mariner Tags BostonCoronavirus Do you trust the government to protect you and your family from the novel coronavirus causing Covid-19? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say more cases are inevitable in the United States, although they can’t predict how many and when they will appear. President Trump says the risk is low and “We’re very, very ready for this.” But what does it mean to be ready?The emergence of a new infectious disease often prompts governments to consider quarantines. Officials in China recently turned to this drastic option, blocking most travel into and out of the city of Wuhan, the center of the Covid-19 outbreak. As cases appear in other countries, they, too, are thinking about quarantine.The term “quarantine” means restricting the movements of individuals who have been, or might have been, exposed to a contagious disease. Although it is often used interchangeably with “isolation,” the latter means confining individuals known to have a contagious infection, usually as part of medical treatment. Quarantine and isolation can be voluntary or involuntary.advertisement [email protected] Related: Related: A critical question in getting a handle on coronavirus: What role do kids play in spreading it? last_img read more

Cape Coral woman and her dog attacked by stray while on morning walk

first_imgWATCH: Porch pirate targets newly moved in Cape Coral residents June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Cape Coraldog fightlee county animal control Advertisement Cape Coral applies for FWC grant to improve Yacht Club Park’s marina June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Cape Coral break in foiled by barking dog June 17, 2021 CAPE CORAL. Fla.– A woman and her dog on a Sunday morning stroll in Cape Coral are both attacked by a stray Pit Bull, killing the woman’s dog.According to a report from the Cape Coral Police Department, the woman was walking on the 1800 block of Del Prado Blvd at the Del Prado Linear Park around 6 a.m. Sunday morning when the attack occurred.The report said the Pit Bull ran toward the woman and her dog, attacking them both when she tried breaking up the dog fight.The attempts to break up the altercation didn’t work. The report said the dog ran to a vacant lot with the woman’s dog, killed it and ate it. Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS The Lee County did not say what punishment the dog or the dogs owner is facing as it is an active investigation. AdvertisementCape PD arrived at the scene, finding the Pit Bull sitting next to the dead canine. They called the Lee County Animal Control and was told it would be two hours before they could wrangle the dog.While the officer waited for animal control to arrive, the Pit Bull darted across the road and attacked another dog on a walk. Animal control arrived in time to break up the fight before it turned deadly.LCAC used the dogs microchip to find its owner. The report said the owner told them they didn’t know their dog had gotten out. Cape Coral man tries to figure out meaning of his 25-year-old tattoos June 16, 2021last_img read more

Exhibition on Thai North Korean Abductees Held

first_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Exhibition on Thai North Korean Abductees Held SHARE By Daily NK – 2008.07.16 7:00pm Facebook Twitter [imText1]A photo exhibition of the abduction of Thai citizens by North Korea was held by the Association for the Rescue of North Korean Abductees (ARNKA) from the 13th to the 17th at Suan Dok Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. On the first day of the exhibition about a hundred citizens visited. Many students from the politics department of the Chiang Mai University who have taken lectures on the abduction issue participated in the exhibition. Photos showing the course of the abductions by North Korea, their purposes, and the abductees’ families’ activities are displayed. A letter that the brother of a Thai abductee, Anocha Panjoy, wrote to commemorate his sister’s birthday, July 12, moved audiences to tears. The president of ARNKA Tomoharu Ebihara explained that “Awareness of the abduction issue is not widespread in Thailand, and the Thai government doesn’t make a progress in negations on this issue with North Korea. I opened this photo exhibition commemorating Anocha Panjoy’s birthday in order to raise interest in the abduction issue in Thailand.”What follows is an excerpt from the letter written by the brother of Anocha Panjoy, a Thai abductee by North Korea;“Since you left home, we have all been waiting for you. In the three months after our father who had only waited for you for twenty seven years passed away, we saw your name, ‘Anocha,’ on TV, named as a Thai abductee dragged into North Korea. I rushed into the broadcasting company right after the news and cried out, ‘That woman is my sister!’ If only I could receive a letter from you and know how you are in North Korea. How longer am I to suffer from this pain that I have been bearing for the last thirty years….?”[imText2][imText3][imText4][imText5] AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News News last_img read more

Canadian housing overvalued by 20%: Fitch

According to a report setting out the new model, Fitch estimates that prices are “overvalued by approximately 20% in real terms across Canada, with regional variations.” Due to inflation and price momentum, it is not expected that prices would drop by this amount, Fitch says. “If growth halted and prices began to drop, it would be expected to take several years for home prices to revert to their sustainable values, depending on a number of factors such as government support and credit availability. With this timeframe, the actual observed decline in prices could be as low as 10%,” it suggests. The report notes that the Canadian banking system remains one of the soundest in the world, however, it says elevated household indebtedness has rendered Canada’s economy more vulnerable to adverse shocks, particularly those affecting employment. It points out that, since 2000, the ratio of household debt to disposable income in Canada has increased more than 50% and remained at its high of more than 160% in the third quarter of 2012. “For the first time Canadian households have become more leveraged than their U.S. counterparts,” it says. “Borrower leverage is roughly 80% higher than it was during the recession of the early 1990s, in which house prices experienced only modest declines despite unemployment reaching a high of 11%. As such, Canadian consumers today are more vulnerable to external economic shocks such as a sustained increase in unemployment or sharp rise in interest rates,” it says. The government has taken steps over the past year to curb the growth in mortgage credit, which Fitch says, “seem[s] to have slowed home price growth without causing a severe correction in prices.” Fitch projects economic growth in Canada to average 2.0% per year through 2014; unemployment is expected to decline to 7.2% by the end 2014, it says. Short-term interest rates are also expected to remain low, it notes. Comments on the new model are sought by March 29, and Fitch expects to finalize it in April. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Global housing prices rise amid pandemic: BIS GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB Related news James Langton Tougher stress tests won’t chill housing market: Scotia Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Housing The Canadian housing market is about 20% overvalued, estimates Fitch Ratings in a new model for assessing residential mortgage losses. The rating agency issued an exposure draft detailing its new loan-level model for estimating losses on prime Canadian residential mortgage pools, which was developed to assess the credit risk of residential mortgage loans collateralizing various securities under different home price and macroeconomic scenarios. read more

Wolburgh Jenah appointed to Laurentian board

first_img CETFA elects new board leader Related news Wolburgh Jean was president and CEO of IIROC from 2008 to 2014 and held the same role at IIROC’s predecessor the Investment Dealers’ Association of Canada from 2007 and 2008. Wolburgh Jenah also held senior positions at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) between 1983 and 2007. Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Laurentian Bank of Canada Susan Wolburgh Jenah is the newest board member of Montreal-based Laurentian Bank of Canada. Isabelle Courville, the board’s chairwoman, announced the appointment on Wednesday. The former president and CEO of the Toronto-based Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) is one of 13 board members at the bank. Wolburgh Jenah’s appointment confirms its commitment to female representation on boards, says the bank, as thirty-eight percent of its directors are now women. PenderFund names new SVP for investmentscenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IE Staff TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

U.S. regulators give first feedback to banks on “living wills”

first_imgJames Langton Translating climate risks into financial risks takes work How should banks allocate capital for crypto? Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news The Fed and the FDIC also provided feedback to three non-bank financial companies — AIG Inc., Prudential Financial Inc., and GE Capital Corp. — regarding their initial resolution plans and guidance to the firms for their upcoming filings. The three firms filed initial resolution plans in July 2014. For the banks, the agencies are providing each firm with guidance, clarification, and direction for their resolution plans based on the relative size and scope of each firm’s U.S. operations. The requirements for these plans are tiered, with less complex firms filing more streamlined plans; and, more complex firms filing either full or tailored resolution plans that take into account guidance from the agencies. The regulators also released an updated tailored resolution plan template, which focuses on the non-banking operations of firms, and the interconnections and interdependencies between the non-banking and banking operations. The optional template is intended to facilitate the preparation of tailored resolution plans. For AIG, Prudential and GECC, the guidance includes both specific feedback based on each company’s unique business, structure, and operations, and certain common areas that all of the firms should address. “Those areas include the need for more detailed information on, and analysis of, obstacles to resolvability, including global cooperation, interconnectedness, and adequate funding and liquidity,” the regulators say in a joint news release. The agencies also directed the three firms to strengthen the public portions of the firms’ upcoming resolution plans.center_img OSFI seeks to step up sector’s cyber resilience U.S. banking regulators are providing additional guidance to both banks and a handful of other major financial firms on the so-called “living wills” that they must file by the end of the year. The U.S. Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) provided guidance on Tuesday to 119 banks that will be filing updated resolution plans in December. The plans must set out each company’s strategy for rapid and orderly resolution under U.S. bankruptcy law if they run into material financial distress, or even failure. Keywords Banking industry Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Value of building permits issued slips in February to $7.5 billion

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian Press The value of residential building permits issued fell 1.5% to $5.0 billion in February, with the decrease for single-family homes construction permits offset in part by an increase in the multi-family component. Plans for single-family dwellings fell 5.4% to $2.6 billion, while multi-family construction plans grew 3.0% to $2.4 billion in February. Building permits for non-residential buildings fell 4.5% from January to $2.4 billion in February. The institutional component fell 16.2% to $609 million mainly due to lower construction intentions for government buildings and elementary schools, while the value of permits for industrial structures fell 2.7% to $395 million. The commercial category rose 1.0% to $1.4 billion due to plans for office buildings in Quebec and Manitoba. Statistics Canada say the total value of building permits fell in five provinces in February, led by Ontario and Alberta. Saskatchewan and British Columbia reported the largest increases. Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Keywords Economic indicators center_img Related news Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Statistics Canada says municipalities issued $7.5 billion worth of building permits in February, down 2.5% from January. The agency says the decrease was mainly the result of a drop in plans for single-family dwellings and institutional structures. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian ETF inflows near record in November

first_img Ninepoint launches three ETFs on NEO usiness graph with arrow showing profits and gains nexusplexus/123RF Maddie Johnson BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs Desjardins to close four ETFs Equities led the board, taking in $2.1 billion in November. Equity ETFs inflows were spread among Canada, the U.S. and internationally (developed and emerging markets). The Canadian equity index hit another high in November, with monthly returns exceeding 3%. Notable ETFs inflows included broad market Canadian equity ETFs and low-volatility ETFs, followed by dividend- and income-themed products. In the U.S., broad market currency-unhedged U.S. equity ETFs occupied top spots, and international equity flows saw their first trade increase in four quarters. Canadian ETFs attracted $23 billion in flows year-to-date, nearing the $26-billion annual flow record set in 2017. Fixed-income ETFs saw almost $1.9 billion in new assets in November, bringing year-to-date flows to $13 billion. Canada aggregate bond, Canada corporate bond and cash-alternative ETFs saw the largest monthly inflows across all categories. Only Canada government bond ETFs experienced outflows. Foreign bond ETFs attracted $199 million, with 60% of the category’s year-to-date flows in relatively new foreign bond ETFs (launched in the past two years).Multi-asset ETFs saw a modest $126 million increase in flows.November saw 16 ETF launches from TD Asset Management, iA Clarington and Evolve, but there was no change in the number of ETF providers. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Inflows,  ETFs Canadian ETF assets crossed the $200-billion milestone with one month left in 2019.November saw ETF inflows of $4.5 billion, the largest monthly inflow of the year so far, and one of the highest on record. No asset class or region shed assets.  Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more