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First coronavirus cases found in sprawling migrant camp at US border

first_imgThree asylum seekers have tested positive for coronavirus in a sprawling encampment steps from the US border in Matamoros, Mexico, marking the first cases in a settlement that advocates have long viewed as vulnerable amid the pandemic.Global Response Management (GRM), a nonprofit providing medical services in the camp, said it is proactively testing and isolating all close contacts of the three migrants who tested positive.”We have 5 patients in isolation: 2 who are awaiting results of testing and 3 who have tested positive on antibody testing,” GRM Executive Director Helen Perry told Reuters on Tuesday. “We are taking an aggressive approach to contact tracing and isolation in the hopes that we can catch infections early and prevent potential spread as much as possible.” Topics : Since confirmed cases of coronavirus in Mexico began rising in March, advocates and government officials have worried about the potential for an outbreak in the camp, where an estimated 2,000 migrants live in tents on the banks of the Rio Grande river.”For months, public health experts have sounded the alarm that people in these under-resourced migrant encampments and shelters… face disproportionate risks from COVID-19,” Michele Heisler, medical director at US-based nonprofit Physicians for Human Rights, said in a statement.A coordinator for the state health department in Matamoros did not immediately respond to a request for comment.A spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said its staff is working to “protect America’s borders, slow the spread of the virus and facilitate the cross-border flow of food, medicine and other essential commerce.”center_img Many migrants in the camp are US asylum seekers who were sent to Mexico as they wait for the outcome of their cases in a controversial Trump administration policy known as “Migrant Protection Protocols.”To prepare for the virus, GRM said it worked with local officials to carry out measures such as checking the temperature of anyone who enters the camp and building a 20-bed field hospital.GRM has conducted 344 tests so far, including more than 100 over the past week, Perry said. In addition to camp residents, the group has also tested some volunteers.After the group disclosed the first confirmed case, two more migrants tested positive on Tuesday, Perry said.Luz, a 42-year-old asylum seeker from Peru who asked that her last name not be used due to safety concerns, said she was tested earlier this month after a friend got sick. Both women tested negative.Luz has tried to isolate as much as possible, though she sometimes leaves her tent for relief from the fierce Matamoros heat.”I truly am not afraid, though I try to be cautious,” she said. “But you can’t stay in your tent all the time… It’s too hot.” last_img read more

The unit and townhouse market are not all doom and gloom, with solid performances in these key suburbs

first_imgWarren McAleese has bought a unit off the plan at the Grange as have current neighbours Terry and Allison Hayes. Picture: Annette DewHe said there hadn’t been a lot to choose from when he first started looking and there wasn’t a lot of new units being built in the area.“They are few and far between,’’ he said.“I do a lot of bike riding and walking so obviously being along the Brook suits me well,’’ he said.The development ticked all his boxes, except one — it wasn’t close to the train station — but Mr McAleese said that wasn’t a major issue as there was a good bus route through the area.While was buying to live in the area, not as an investment, McAleese agreed it was good to know that such properties were growing in value in the area. Warren McAleese has bought a unit off the plan at the Grange. Picture: Annette DewWHILE much of the news about the Brisbane unit market can seem like doom and gloom, there are still suburbs where the market is taking off.The suburb where units and townhouses sell the fastest was Ferny Grove, where it took an average of just 23 days to sell. Deals were also done quickly in Wakerley where it took an average of 29 days and Keperra which had an average of 37 days.The top three suburbs for unit and townhouse price growth were Bethania where the median unit value was now $279,736 — up 35.2 per cent on the same time last year, Beachmere which had a median of $189,791 up 25.9 per cent and Grange, $472,984 which was up 14.7 per cent.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said while much of the news about the new unit market in Brisbane was worrying, there were a few suburbs where they were performing really well.“It is not a huge amount when you compare it to houses, but if you look in Brisbane some of those Logan City areas where obviously there hasn’t been a lot of new supply, generally really low price, pretty high rental yields. Some of those markets have seen a big push higher in unit values,’’ he said.“And then the Grange obviously again, no real new supply in that market, pretty cheap for an inner city area as well.’’Mr Kusher said existing unit markets with older stock were performing better than those where a lot of new stock was coming on line.He said it was still a concern in those areas with a lot of new development that unit values could continue to drop.“I definitely think what you want in a housing market is scarcity and these areas the units are not necessarily going to be modern and have all the bells and whistles but in a lot of instances they are a lot larger in terms of size and there is not a lot of competing stock in these markets.’’More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoWarren McAleese spent about two years looking for the right unit or townhouse to downsize to before finally committing to a new project at the Grange.The Grange Residences are being built on a site alongside Kedron Brook which was once home to the Crushers Leagues Club.Mr McAleese’s current neighbours Terry and Alison Hayes had also bought into the project.last_img read more

Man City star breaks lockdown rules three times in 24 hours

first_img ‘She hugged me to remind me how much she cares and that I am loved. What am I meant to do – push her away? I then travelled to my parents’ house to pick up some home-cooked meals. Again it’s been an extremely tough couple of months for them: everything I’ve gone through in my life they have gone through with me. ‘What have my parents and sister done to deserve their privacy being invaded by photographers following me to their homes? ‘I constantly feel as though I’m being followed. I don’t even feel safe in the confines of my own home – why should they have to feel like that too? Who deserves that? ‘I am in a privileged position as a role model and a professional athlete, and can assure you from my upbringing I do not take it for granted. But, at what stage do my feelings get taken into consideration? Loading… Manchester City and England defender Kyle Walker has released a statement in an attempt to explain why he broke the lockdown rules three times in 24 hours this week – having already been in trouble with his club for a previous breach of the regulations just a few weeks ago. Man City and England defender Kyle Walker has opened up on his mental health anguish The Sun reported that the 29-year-old had flouted Government guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic just weeks after he apologised for holding a sex party with two escorts. The outlet claimed Walker travelled from his house in Prestbury, Cheshire, for a party at his sister’s house in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and then went to his parents’ home in Sheffield. The following day he reportedly went out cycling with a friend from his rented property in Hale. Walker released a statement on his social media platforms late on Thursday night following the revelations, opening up on his mental health. It read: ‘I feel as though I have stayed silent for long enough. ‘In light of the most recent article published about me and my family, I feel as though I have no choice but to address things publicly. ‘I have recently gone through one of the toughest periods of my life, which I take full responsibility for. However, I now feel as though I am being harassed. ‘This is no longer solely affecting me, but affecting the health of my family and my young children too. In relation to the events on Wednesday, I travelled to Sheffield to give my sister a birthday card and present, but also to speak to one of the few people I believe I can trust in my life. Promoted ContentCulkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Inventions That Make Our Lives Much EasierThe Best Cars Of All Time ‘My family has been torn apart, this has been dragged through the press, and I ask: when is enough enough? ‘At a time when the focus is understandably on Covid-19, at what point does mental health get taken into consideration, an illness which affects every sufferer differently? ‘I am a human being, with feelings of pain and upset just like everybody else. Being in the public eye as a professional athlete does not make you immune to this. ‘It is sad, but I feel as though my life is being scrutinised without any context. I understand if people are upset or angry with me, but it was important for people to have a better understanding of my life. ‘Thank you for taking the time to hear my feelings.’ The full-back breached lockdown instructions at the beginning of April and apologised for his actions. It emerged the pair of escorts — who it is claimed were paid £2,200 — had been invited to Walker’s rented Cheshire property. It had been reported that the 29-year-old had flouted Government guidelines earlier this week Read Also: EPL stars cautioned over cars as clubs prepare strict COVID-19 protocols Walker said last month: ‘I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week. ‘I understand my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model. ‘As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Boruc error helps Gunners stay top

first_img Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes following problems on the Piccadilly London Underground line. Southampton were thumped 6-1 here last season, a result which hastened the end of Nigel Adkins and the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino. However, the visitors – unbeaten in eight league games – were certainly not looking for a repeat result this time around, with attention very much fixed on looking up the table. Arsenal, though, fashioned the first opening after 11 minutes. England midfielder Jack Wilshere, showing no signs of his involvement at Wembley over the international break, charged into the right side of the penalty area and looped the ball over Boruc. However, it dropped onto the inside of the far post before bouncing back into the arms of the grateful Saints keeper. The Gunners continued their patient build-up and unlocked Southampton’s defence again on 17 minutes, only to be denied by the same woodwork. Mesut Ozil’s cross was flicked goalwards by Aaron Ramsey, but, with the keeper beaten, the ball shaved the outside of the right post. There was, though, no saving the Saints stopper when he gifted Arsenal the lead on 22 minutes. The Poland goalkeeper made a complete mess of his footwork when caught in possession by Olivier Giroud in the six-yard box on 22 minutes. Arsenal never looked in danger of relinquishing their advantage and settled the game with a late penalty from France striker Giroud to take full advantage of Liverpool’s draw in the Merseyside derby at Everton. Press Association A horrendous mistake from Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc helped set Arsenal on their way to a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium which sent Arsene Wenger’s men four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Boruc – beaten by a long punt from Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic earlier this month – made a complete hash of his attempted drag-backs when dwelling on the ball under pressure from Giroud. The France striker promptly robbed the Pole in the six-yard box, and slotted home his sixth Premier League goal into an empty net. To their credit, Southampton looked for a response – with referee Mark Clattenburg aggravating the home support with some of his decisions. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny remained alert to tip over a dipping 18-yard effort from Saints captain Adam Lallana, fresh from his full England debut over the international break. On 40 minutes, the Poland international then produced a fine one-handed save to deny a well-executed half-volley from Jay Rodriguez, after the new England cap collected the ball on his chest before drilling it goalwards from 15 yards. Dutch defender Jos Hooiveld, in for the ill Dejan Lovren, was booked for a high boot on Giroud. Southampton made a change at the start of the second half as defender Luke Shaw was replaced by Steven Davis. The visitors were lively again, with Lallana driving a 20-yard effort goalwards following another swift counter-attack. The Saints skipper was replaced by £15million forward Pablo Osvaldo on 55 minutes. Arsenal continued to press for a second goal, but found little space behind the well-drilled Southampton defence. With 20 minutes left, Theo Walcott, out since September 18 with an abdominal problem, came on for Santi Cazorla. Arsenal were then forced into another change when Mikel Arteta hobbled off with what looked like an ankle problem, and Czech playmaker Thomas Rosicky came on. Southampton refused to give up and there were some nervy moments for the home crowd during the closing stages. Walcott, returning against his former club, flashed an angled drive across goal. Arsenal were awarded a penalty on 86 minutes when Germany defender Per Mertesacker, who missed the defeat at Manchester United before the international break with a virus, had his shirt pulled by Jose Fonte. Giroud made no mistake from the spot, as Arsenal provided the required response to keep themselves clear of the chasing pack. last_img read more

24-year-old claims $768M Powerball jackpot win

first_imgA Wisconsin man is a whole lot richer after claiming the third largest prize in US lottery history.Manuel Franco, 24, of West Allis was introduced Tuesday as the winner of the massive $768 million Powerball jackpot.Franco said his heart was racing when he realized one of the ten individual tickets he bought at a Powerball drawing last month was a winner.He even quit his job a couple of days later.Franco says he plans to be wise about spending his new wealth and wants “to help out the world.”He chose the cash option lump sum of $477 million.last_img read more

GBA donates hampers to boxers, officials

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), in collaboration with Seon Bristol of Bris O Promotion, on Saturday last presented 65 hampers to boxers and officials of the association. The hampers were made following donations from several companies and well-wishers.The USA-based Bristol said that it is the first but not the last time that he will be providing assistance during the “difficult Covid19 period.” He added that there will be further dialogue with the GBA on whether a similar exercise would be held.GBA president Steve Ninvalle explained that “in such trying times it is only fitting that the Association attempts to minimize the burden of its affiliates.”Ninvalle urged other associations to follow suit as there is presently an urgent need. Ninvalle added that hampers were delivered to the families of the four boxers stranded in Cuba, and also to referees, judges and coaches under the umbrella of the GBA.last_img read more

Cooney fades in 2nd half after explosive start as Syracuse falters down stretch

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Trevor Cooney did all he could to dampen the home crowd’s mood in the first half. When the North Carolina faithful crescendoed into a “Tar…Heels!” chant just under the 13-minute mark, Cooney received a pass on the left wing and buried a 3-pointer to silence the cheer. Four minutes later, he hit another 3 and faced his palms toward the court to quiet the obedient crowd. Momentum, for both teams, rested on Cooney’s fingertips in the opening frame. But Tar Heels forward J.P. Tokoto took that influence out of Cooney’s hands by strapping down on the SU shooting guard in the second half. “They were following him and tagging him around all screens in the second,” Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas said. “Just weren’t as many opportunities for him to shoot.” After pacing the Orange with 15 first-half points, Cooney scored a much quieter 13 in the second as SU (14-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) fell to UNC (17-4, 7-1) 93-83 at the Dean E. Smith Center on Monday night. After toying with the crowd early on, Cooney was dogged by Tokoto for most of the second half and scored his last five points with the game already out of Syracuse’s reach. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe was still able to create space with his newly developed step-back jumper, but had trouble getting clean looks on the perimeter with Tokoto shadowing him step-for-step.“J.P., he’s a really good defender,” Cooney said. “He’s long, he’s 6-6, he’s really, really athletic. I knew that’s how they were going to play me and that he was going to cover me. I just looked to constantly keep moving and just attack and create space, and I was able to a couple times.”With Syracuse still looking for a third player to draw attention away from Cooney and Christmas, Cooney’s diminished second-half output was a difference in the game. Christmas scored 14 of his 22 in the second, but Tokoto kept Cooney from piggy-backing the forward’s production. Instead, it was backup guard Ron Patterson — who finished 0-for-5 from the field and 0-for-3 from 3 — finding himself open down the stretch. Cooney ended up making 10-of-26 shots, shooting 4-of-14 from the field and 1-of-5 from 3 in the second half. When Tokoto walked to the bench after fouling out with 35 seconds left in the game, he walked to standing ovation and into a sea of high-fives in front of the UNC bench. He scored just seven points, but did an adequate job where he was needed the most. “They were denying the ball and taking away (Cooney) as a scoring option,” SU forward Tyler Roberson said. “I don’t know, that can happen again in future games so we have to find a way to get him the ball, but also other people the ball.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 26, 2015 at 11:56 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Honduras Coach Blasts FIFA Over Punishing Playoff Schedule

first_imgHonduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto has criticised world football’s governing body, FIFA,  over the short period between matches in their two-legged World Cup qualifying playoff with Australia.Both teams face a cruel schedule with no direct flights between Honduras and Australia meaning that they have to face journeys of about 24 hours. The two matches of the play-off tie are just five days apart.While speaking on the schedule,  Pinto said: “It’s inhumane of Fifa to put the dates so close with such a long trip in between them.”The Honduran team will fly from San Pedro Sula to Los Angeles’ LAX airport for about seven hours before flying to Sydney for 15 hours. Including transfer time, the whole journey will take close to 24 hours and cover 10,866 miles.Related2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (CONCACAF): Favourites US Miss Out; Panama QualifyOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”Russia 2018 World Cup Playoff: Honduras, Australia Clash End In StalemateNovember 11, 2017In “FIFA”Jedinak Hattrick Sends Australia To The World CupNovember 15, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

Spanish La Liga Watch: Eibar Ease Relegation Fears With ‘Surprise’ Betis Victory

first_imgEibar have eased their relegation worries in the Spanish La Liga after they surprisingly produced their best game of the season to emphatically dispatch 10-man Real Betis 5-0 at home.The lowly outfit started scoring in a fortunate manner after Spanish defender Jordi Amat put through his own net in the 6th minute before Argentina midfielder Gonzalo Escalante added a second goal on the half hour mark to give his side a 2-0 lead at the interval.The game ended as a contest ten minutes into the second half after Betis defender Assier Mandi was sent off for a professional foul in the box and the subsequent penalty was dispatched by Charles. The former Malaga and Celta Vigo forward completed his brace after 71 minutes before Sergei Enrich netted to make it a comprehensive 5-0 victory.The win moves Eibar four points clear in the battle for survival while Real Betis drop one place from 8th to 9th following the thrashing they were handed by their hosts on Monday night. RelatedSpanish La Liga Review: Villareal Stun Madrid As Atletico And Valencia Keep Pressure On Leaders BarcelonaJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Madrid Edge Betis In Thriller As City Rivals Atletico Trim Barcelona’s Lead To Seven PointsFebruary 19, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Madrid Thrash Vigo In Final Home Game To Secure Top-Three FinishMay 13, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Kindred Group ups Social Responsibility drive with launch of ‘AdBlocker’ tool

first_imgShare Maris Bonello – Kindred GroupStockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has announced the launch of its new social responsibility tool ‘AdBlocker’, designed to prevent under-age viewers from being exposed to gambling advertisements.The new tool has been developed in collaboration with industry social responsibility development studio Betfilter, and will be offered to customers across all group betting and gaming brands. The AdBlocker tool will prevent viewers under the age of 18 from being exposed to gambling advertisements, with Kindred customers allowed to install the device across all verticals (desktop, mobile and tablet).“This new social responsibility tool is now ready and available to those who need it. We have always been very clear that our products are only to be used by adults over the age of 18, and therefore see this tool as an important addition to our responsible gambling toolbox. This project also follows our commitment to supply a joyful form of entertainment to our customers”, says Maris Bonello, Integrity Analyst Manager at Kindred Group.Detailing the launch AdBlocker, Kindred states that the tool has undertaken a year to develop working alongside Betfilter, in order to create an effective Ad-monitoring software for concerned users.“At we are proud to collaborate with Kindred Group on this project. Our company has always strived to help people with gambling problems and also ensure safety for children” says Per Albertsen from Betfilter.“The new AdBlocker, which is initially available for Windows users, blocks gambling ads, thus preventing vulnerable people from being tempted. We believe this Out of Sight, Out of Mind method to be truly effective in promoting responsible gambling”. Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Kindred launches new ‘Fair Sports 4 All’ educational programme with EFDN June 8, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020last_img read more