Japanese woman confirmed as coronavirus case for 2nd time, weeks after initial recovery

first_imgTopics : A woman working as a tour-bus guide in Japan tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, Osaka’s prefectural government said on Wednesday, the first person in the country to do so amid growing concerns about the spread of the infection.The second positive test comes as the number of confirmed cases in Japan rose to 186 by Thursday from around 170 the day before. Tokyo has urged big gatherings and sports events be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks to contain the virus while pledging the 2020 Olympic Games will still go ahead in the city.The 186 cases reported by Japan’s health ministry are separate from 704 reported from an outbreak on a cruise liner that was quarantined off Tokyo earlier this month. A total of seven people have died, including four from the ship. The woman, a resident of Osaka in western Japan, tested positive on Wednesday after developing a sore throat and chest pains, the prefectural government said in a statement, describing her as being in her forties. She first tested positive in late January and was discharged from the hospital after recovering on Feb. 1, according to the statement.The health ministry confirmed the case was the first in Japan where a patient tested positive for coronavirus for a second time after being discharged from hospital, the Nikkei newspaper said.Though a first in Japan, cases of second positive tests have been reported in China, where the disease originated late last year. The outbreak has spread rapidly and widely, infecting about 80,000 people globally and killing nearly 2,800, the vast majority in mainland China.”Once you have the infection, it could remain dormant and with minimal symptoms, and then you can get an exacerbation if it finds its way into the lungs,” said Philip Tierno Jr., Professor of Microbiology and Pathology at NYU School of Medicine.center_img He said much remains unknown about the virus. “I’m not certain that this is not bi-phasic, like anthrax,” he said, meaning the disease appears to go away before recurring.Asked to comment on prospects for the Olympic Games going ahead in Tokyo this summer, Prof. Tierno said, “The Olympics should be postponed if this continues … There are many people who don’t understand how easy it is to spread this infection from one person to another.”Japan has changed its strategy in combating the contagion, seeking to slow its spread and minimize the number of deaths.As part of the attempt to contain the outbreak, Tokyo Olympics officials are considering scaling down the torch relay, Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said on Wednesday.The government is also considering scaling back this year’s March 11 memorial ceremony for victims of 2011’s massive earthquake and tsunami, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Thursday.Meanwhile a major Japanese bank reported an employee had tested positive for coronavirus. MUFG Bank, part of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc, the country’s largest lender by assets, said a member of staff at a branch in central Aichi prefecture, had been confirmed to have the virus on Wednesday. last_img read more

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TaniHub donates animal feed to Taman Safari Indonesia amid COVID-19 epidemic

first_img“We are preparing a special section on the TaniHub app dedicated to animal feed donations. It will be launched soon,” he said.According to a survey conducted by the Indonesian Zoo Association (PKBS), 92 percent of the association’s members in Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok and Borneo had stocks to feed their animals only until mid-May.TSI, which is notable for its collection of carnivorous animals, previously attempted to compensate for supply shortages by reducing the amount given to the animals and altering the composition of the feed. “We are very supportive of TSI’s [initiatives], especially its scientific research and animal re-population efforts,” Pamitra said in a statement on Monday.Read also: Thousands of animals in Indonesian zoos may soon go hungryThe firm donated 200 kilograms of chicken and 1,300 kg of fruits and vegetables to the zoo on Thursday.TaniSupply director Sariyo said members of the public would soon be able to contribute to the donation campaign through the TaniHub mobile app. Homegrown agricultural (agritech) technology firm TaniHub Group has donated animal feed to Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) in Bogor, West Java as concerns were raised over animal welfare after the zoo was closed to the public amid the COVID-19 epidemic.TSI is the first of several private zoos and conservation centers across the country to have received supplies of animal feed from the agritech company.TaniHub Group president Pamitra Wineka said the company was committed to alleviating some of the burden placed on TSI to maintain the well-being of various fauna amid the major economic downturn.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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‘Systemic importance’ designation still possible for pension funds

first_imgThe Financial Stability Board (FSB) has held out the prospect of pension funds still being subject to policies designed to tackle ‘too big to fail’ institutions, saying it would consider financial stability risks posed by the former when it resumes its work – suspended last year – on methodologies for identifying global, systemically important financial institutions other than banks and insurers.The Switzerland-based organisation hinted at the possibility in a report, published 22 June, that sets out its proposals for policies to address “structural vulnerabilities” from asset management activities that could destabilise the financial system or markets. Last March, a consultation by the FSB and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) on which non-bank, non-insurer global institutions should be classed as systemically important financial institutions (NBNI G-SIFIs[1]) suggested pension funds could be excluded.This, however, was criticised by some of the world’s largest asset managers. Falling into line with IOSCO, the FSB suspended its work on systemic risk posed by asset managers in July, saying it would finalise the methodologies after completing its work on structural vulnerabilities from asset management activities.The latter are the focus of the policy recommendations the FSB unveiled for consultation yesterday.The policy recommendations, of which there are 14, address four of five areas the FSB had in September identified for further analysis.The fifth area, which the policy proposals do not address, concerns the potential risks to financial stability that stem from pension funds and sovereign wealth funds (SWFs).The FSB explained this decision by stating that, although certain types of pension funds and SWFs may pose financial stability risks, these vary depending on the size, nature and legal settings of the individual entity.“Therefore,” it said, “the FSB decided to conduct further assessment when it revisits the scope of assessment methodologies for identifying NBNI G-SIFIs.”The FSB will be working with IOSCO when it reviews the scope of the methodologies designed to decide which institutions are of global systemic importance.The review will happen when the policy recommendations for asset managers “are finalised”, according to the FSB.The consultation closes on 21 September this year.However, the FSB said the “relevant authorities” may in the meantime want to take into account the FSB’s policy recommendations for asset managers “in considering their policies towards pension funds and SWFs in their jurisdictions if they consider them appropriate”.Pension fund vulnerabilitiesThe FSB said pension funds “generally” make a positive contribution to financial stability, and have relatively low levels of liquidity transformation and financial leverage.“Nonetheless,” it said, “pension funds can engage in activities that give rise to vulnerabilities, in the event that liquidity or asset reallocation pressures may arise.”It identified three main sources of risk.One is the potential for liquidity risk in some types of defined contribution pension funds, where plan rules allow members to withdraw invested amounts.This means some pension funds are vulnerable to redemption pressures in a similar way that open-ended investment funds are.Another source of risk, according to the FSB, is the build-up of leverage in pension funds.It acknowledged that pension funds do not generally take on significant financial leverage but said “they may take on other forms of leverage”.This could be by investing in funds that take on leverage, engaging in leveraged strategies as part of liability-driven investment strategies or investing in “less liquid” alternative assets.Pension funds’ use of derivatives, for enhancing return and mitigating longevity risks, also raises questions about counterparty risk and the “interconnectedness in the financial system”, according to the FSB. [1] Non-bank non-insurer global systemically important financial institutions (NBNI G-SIFIs),WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to Proposed Policy Recommendations to Address Structural Vulnerabilities from Asset Management Activitieslast_img read more

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Mansfield home with park views hits market for the first time ever

first_imgThe bedrooms are large. There are a number of living spaces in the house.Looking back on the past two decades, Mrs Leigh remembers her three children spending countless hours at the park, whether it was rain, hail or shine. The house at 11 Gretna St, Mansfield, is for sale.A LIFETIME of memories were created in the two-level home at 11 Gretna St.When Noela and John Leigh built their Mansfield home 22 years ago, they knew it needed to take advantage of the leafy outlook to Broadwater Park.“We saw another home that had windows along the front looking into the park, so that was something we wanted,” Mrs Leigh said.“Almost every room is open, sunny and has a wonderful view.” The kitchen at 11 Gretna St, Mansfield.Mrs Leigh said her husband jogs and she walks around the park daily, taking in the nature surrounding her.“I love walking in the park and smelling the wattle in the autumn, the Moreton Bay figs when they flower and the eucalyptus.“This is a place where you experience all the seasons, and because of that you participate in the seasons.”center_img The view looks over the park.“When it was flooding, and it was safe, the kids would take their surfboards out and paddle,” she said.“We had parties on the front apron of the property overlooking the park and the kids would play spotlight at night.” Mrs Leigh enjoyed sitting by the fire with a hot chocolate.Mrs Leigh found her favourite room in the living room facing the park before the build was even completed.“For me, it’s probably what I call the garden room,” she said.“When the builders were constructing it, I went and sat on the floor with the woodwork around me.“Looking out the window, it was drizzling in the park and I fell in love with it.“Whenever it rains, I love to sit in that room and remember a lifetime of relaxing.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020last_img read more

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Leask Marine Completes Hornsea One Job

first_imgLeask Marine’s vessel C-Fenna has completed wave buoy works on the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK.The vessel completed wave rider recovery and deployment operations for Fugro GB, who performed a variety of maintenance service operations on each buoy at the 1.2GW offshore wind project.Each buoy was retrieved onto the deck for servicing and then was redeployed on site, Leask Marine.Hornsea Project One will comprise 174 7MW Siemens Gamesa turbines located some 120km off the Yorkshire coast.The 1.2GW project recently produced first power and is slated for full commissioning in 2020.last_img read more

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$47 billion budget for Trinidad and Tobago

first_img Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Minister of Finance Winston DookeranPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Minister of Finance Winston Dookeran began his presentation of a $47 billion (US$7.4 billion) 2011/2012 Trinidad and Tobago National Budget in the House of Representatives in Port of Spain on Monday. He said the 2012 budget calculation was based on an oil price of US$75 per barrel and a gas price of US $2.75 per mmbtu. He said there is an estimate of real GDP growth of 1.7 percent and an average inflation rate of 7 percent. The total revenue is projected at $47 billion comprising $18.1 billion from the energy sector and $28.9 billion from the non energy sector. Total expenditure is projected at $54.6 billion resulting in a fiscal deficit of $7.6 billion or 4.89 percent of our GDP. The debt to GDP ratio remains sustainable and well within international benchmarks.Some of the budget highlights as announced by the minister are:The Deposit Insurance Corporation will increase its deposit insurance coverage limit from $75,000 to $125,000 for deposit holders of commercial banks and non-banks licensed under the Financial Institutions Act 2008;Minimum National Insurance retirement pension will be increased to $3,000 per month during fiscal year 2012;Waiver on the payment of penalties and interest on outstanding contributions to the National Insurance Board until June 30, 2012;THA to be allocated $2.2 billion;The Scarborough General Hospital to be delivered before Christmas 2011;Single mothers who are sole caregivers with a special child to receive grant;Differently-abled will qualify for support under the Food Card Programme;All disabled who wish to enter the labour market to get $5,000 scholarship under the Rise Up Programme;Long standing applicants to the HDC to get priority for housing;Reduction in mortgage rates from the TTMF from 6-8 percent to 5-7 percent;In 2012 4,450 housing units to be completed;GATE programme to be under rigorous pay for performance rules to get value for money;Biggest slice of the Budget will go the Ministry of National Security – $5.1 billionHope to conclude outstanding public sector negotiations shortly for the period 2008 – 2010, before the People’s Partnership time in Government;Negotiations for 2011-2012 period will have social dialogue if there are to be mutually acceptable settlements;Other members of protective services including the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, Fire and Prisons to also receive an incentive monthly allowance as currently being received by police officers;Modernise the Central Statistical Office to provide real time statistics;Timely VAT refund payments;E-payment system for payment of taxes and goods.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional $47 billion budget for Trinidad and Tobago by: – October 12, 2011 19 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Sugar sold ahead of Derby date

first_imgLeading Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby contender Sugar Boy has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. Press Association Prendergast said: “He has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, but we will continue to train him for the Irish Derby. “That is what we’re focussing on and it would be absolutely great if he can go and win it. He’s in great form. “He’s been a great servant to us, we’ll be sorry to see him leave, but there will be no long faces as we do sell horses on.” The deal has been brokered by Blandford Bloodstock agent Stuart Boman, who did not want to disclose who the colt would be trained by after his Classic attempt on Saturday. Boman said: “I can confirm the horse has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum. He will stay with Patrick Prendergast, who has done such a fantastic job with the horse, until after he runs in the Irish Derby. After that he will be transferred.” Asked which trainer he will be sent to, Boman said: “I would prefer not to say at this stage.” Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa has a long-standing association with leading South African trainer Mike de Kock and has also had horses in training in Britain with a number of handlers in recent years, including Mick Channon, Richard Fahey and Marco Botti. center_img The Authorized colt secured a determined victory in the Sandown Classic Trial on his most recent appearance for trainer Patrick Prendergast, notably having subsequent Epsom Derby second and third Libertarian and Galileo Rock among those behind. He will run for Prendergast in this weekend’s Classic, but will be switched to an unspecified trainer afterwards. last_img read more

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Fellaini saddened by Moyes exit

first_imgManchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini admits he was sad to see David Moyes get the sack. Press Association Moyes was fired last week just 10 months into a six-year contract. Fellaini worked with Moyes at Everton for five years and was the Scot’s first signing when he took over at Old Trafford. The Belgium international acknowledges the 51-year-old failed to deliver on the pitch, but that did not stop the midfielder from feeling sorry for his former manager when he was axed. “It was a hard week for me (last week) because I was close with the manager,” Fellaini told MUTV. “I was sad, but that’s football. Results are the most important thing in football so the club decided to make the choice. “Now we have a new manager and we are looking forward. “We have three more games left in the season and we want to finish strong.” Ryan Giggs has been put in charge until the end of the season. The Welshman has added fellow ‘Class of ’92’ graduates Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt to his coaching staff. Fellaini has been impressed with how the trio and Phil Neville, who stayed on as coach despite being initially brought in by Moyes, have taken to the task in hand. “When they came in the first thing I saw was that the players respect the manager and I think that’s important,” the 26-year-old Belgian said. “They were big players before and they know the club and the biggest manager (Sir Alex) Ferguson.” Fellaini did not make the bench for Giggs’ first game in charge – a 4-0 win over Norwich – but hopes to be included in the Welshman’s matchday squad for Saturday’s home game against Sunderland. “I respect the choice of the manager,” the former Everton midfielder said when asked about being dropped last weekend. “I’ve worked hard in the last few days to get into the squad, I did last week as well.” last_img read more

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Steven Smith closer than ever to matching Bradman

first_imgAUSTRALIA captain Steven Smith is closer than ever before to matching Don Bradman as the top-rated batsman of all-time, according to the ICC rankings for Test batsmen.Smith, who scored 239 to lead Australia to regaining the Ashes in Perth, increased his ratings points tally from 938 to 945 at No. 1, surpassing his previous best of 941 after the first Ashes Test in Brisbane.He is second on the all-time list along with former England batsman Len Hutton, and no one else apart from Bradman – who has 961 points – has ever achieved a higher tally.Smith earned seven points after his performance at the WACA led Australia to victory by an innings and 41 runs, overtaking the highest career tallies of Peter May, Ricky Ponting and Jack Hobbs.His Test batting average of 62.32 is only behind Bradman’s 99.94 on the list of best averages for batsmen who have played at least 20 innings.And he’s number one currently ahead of India captain Virat Kohli by 52 ratings points. By the time the Boxing Day Ashes Test begins, Smith would have been at the No. 1 ranking for two years.Reflecting on his double century, Smith said he had never felt better at the crease than the first part of his innings on the second day. “I think that first night I was on, as you say,” he told ABC Radio. “I was in the zone, and everything hit the middle of the bat. I felt incredibly good … that first night was probably as good as I’ve felt.”Smith currently has 426 runs at 142.00 in the Ashes which also included his unbeaten 141 which set up Australia’s opening victory in Brisbane. Darren Lehmann, Australia’s coach, said Smith has taken his game to a new level.“He’s running pretty hot isn’t he? I’ve been lucky enough to see all of his Test hundreds. So for me, seeing him evolve from that first Test hundred at the Oval to now – he just changes his own plans to what the bowlers are doing and what the wicket’s doing, and what the game needs. He’s gone to another level, which is pleasing.” (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Professor wins civil suit against city

first_imgFive years after the measures were found to be illegal, the Los Angeles Police Department continued to enforce curfew provisions in gang injunctions that criminalized being outside at night for suspected gang members.However, through the persistence of Christian Rodriguez and Alberto Cazarez, both formerly charged with violating the curfew, and their attorney Olu Orange, an assistant adjunct professor of political science at USC, the city of Los Angeles will now be forced to pay up to $30 million to assist thousands of people affected by unlawful curfew orders. This settlement is the result of a 2011 federal class-action lawsuit filed by Orange, contending that the LAPD had been willfully ignoring a California appeals court ruling that had declared the curfews “unconstitutionally vague” four years prior.“Gang injunctions, in how they’re drafted and implemented in Los Angeles and in the cities that follow Los Angeles’ lead, are all designed to infringe upon very basic fundamental, constitutionally protected freedoms — the freedom to associate, the freedom to speak or express oneself, the freedom to move and travel freely,” Orange said. “I also believe that they are a tool that law enforcement uses with unfettered discretion to engage in very lazy and inaccurate police work.”The settlement, which is pending approval by a federal court judge, will primarily be used to fund job training and apprenticeship programs for the roughly 5,600 people included in the lawsuit, as well as tattoo removal for those seeking to leave gangs. Additional funds will also be paid toward the education of the daughters of the two plaintiffs.Orange, who is also a civil rights lawyer and a panel attorney for the Indigent Criminal Defense Program, originally became involved with the case after being appointed as Rodriguez’s attorney. Rodriguez was arrested in 2009 for violating curfew. Though he has no ties to any gang, he was included in the injunction because of his brother’s gang connections and Cazarez was arrested for associating with him. As a juvenile, Cazarez was released, but it wasn’t until 2011 that Orange succeeded in getting charges dropped against Rodriguez.After that experience, Rodriguez and Cazarez wanted to ensure that the city could not continue to enforce curfews against anyone, Orange said.To assist him in gathering evidence for the class-action lawsuit, Orange credited the support of his then-intern, MiRi Song ‘09, as well as six then-Dornsife undergraduates, Sarah Ayad ‘12, Mitchell Diesko ‘15, Min Ji Gal ‘13, Lauren Ige ‘12, Angel Lopez ‘12 and Arpine Sardaryan ‘12.Together, Orange and Song determined that more gang injunctions than just the one in Rodriguez’s case contained unconstitutional language. She helped review the terminology of all the gang injunctions in L.A. to figure out which ones could be challenged using the 2007 ruling. His students then analyzed tens of thousands of pages of police reports to determine the plaintiffs who should be included in the lawsuit.Gal, who graduated from the Gould School of Law this year, reflected on what this case taught her about societal change through the legal system.“Justice is slow. This case started in 2011 — that’s when I first started — and I’ve seen it progress, since it’s gotten class-action certification, since it went through different stages. One of the named plaintiffs [Cazarez] passed away,” Gal said. “It’s a very long process, and sometimes it might be too slow, but in the end, the system works. So you can have confidence in that.”Orange too found significance in the case, hoping it would both discourage unconstitutional tactics concerning gang injunctions as well as prove beneficial through the funded job training and apprenticeship programs.“Folks actually want to live good lives, and I hope this case provides an opportunity for that,” Orange said.The amount that the city will pay — at minimum $4.5 million — depends on the number of people who will claim benefits. All of the plaintiffs so far have been enthusiastic about the program, Orange said.“The uniform response is, ‘If this case had yielded thousands of dollars for me, I would spend it and it would be gone,” he said. “But this case gives me an opportunity to actually gain job training, create a job history, engage in education that will support a career, giving us an opportunity to change our lives for the better, and that’s far more important than some sum of money.”As for the lesson he hopes this case will teach his students about the law, Orange cited a quote by prominent civil rights lawyer, Charles Houston, to describe the role of lawyers in creating societal change.“‘A lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society,’” Orange said. “You have a responsibility to make society better for people.”last_img read more

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