After months of heartache, signs of COVID-19 easing in Brazil

first_imgTopics : However, the rate previously fell below 1 in August, only to rebound a week later, according to Imperial.The government statistics are also volatile. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Brazil registered more than 1,100 deaths each day, and experts say it is too early to say the worst is over.”We are on a downward trend compared to the previous high plateau,” said Roberto Medronho, an infectious diseases expert at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. “But, the numbers are still high and we have to remain vigilant so that it doesn’t grow again.”Cautionary tale Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll appears to be easing for the first time since May, data shows, a sign the Latin American country could be descending from a long infection plateau that has seen it suffer the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States.With nearly 4 million confirmed cases, the virus has killed over 120,000 people in Brazil. But the level of average daily deaths dropped below 900 per day last week – the lowest in three and a half months and below the rate of both the United States and India, according to a Reuters tally.Researchers at Imperial College London also calculate that the transmission rate in Brazil, at which each person infected with the coronavirus infects another person, is now below 1, the level required for new infections to slow.center_img Epidemiologists see Brazil’s example as a warning to some countries, like India, that are now seeing cases surge.”Brazil is a cautionary tale,” said Albert Ko, a professor at the Yale School of Public Health who has decades of experience in Brazil. “The epidemic hit hard and many evidence-based interventions were not implemented or done properly in many places.”Social distancing, held by most public health experts as the key tool for containing the spread of the virus while no vaccine exists, was poorly implemented from the start in Brazil, sustaining the long peak in infections and deaths, experts say.Data suggests that has been weakening too.A Reuters analysis of Google mobility data, which collates cellphone movement, showed that the number of people coming and going from places of work in Brazil went from a 37.8% reduction from pre-pandemic levels in April to down just 16% in August. Movement at transit hubs has also increased substantially, the data showed.”We have to work, because we pay rent and the cost of living is very expensive,” said waitress Patrícia Lima, who returned to her restaurant in Rio de Janeiro this month after three months at home.Aboard the crowded bus she takes to get to work, many people don’t wear masks, she said.Stay-at-home measures have been loosened across almost the entire country amid pressure from President Jair Bolsonaro, who has criticized them as harmful to the economy.Viral photos from the weekend showed packed beaches in Rio de Janeiro. Restaurants and bars are busy in Sao Paulo.For Paulo Lotufo, an epidemiologist at the University of Sao Paulo’s Medical School, the main cause of the long plateau was places such as the south and mid-west failing to maintain lockdown measures.”If they had taken the correct measures, done adequate controls and maintained them for a longer period, they would have avoided an outbreak and Brazil would be in a better situation,” he said. last_img read more

Three-in-one home up for grabs in Brighton

first_imgThe home at 152 Brighton Tce, Brighton.Mrs Buccini said the family will be sad to leave.“I’m genuinely hoping that another family who wants to live well and entertain a lot will love it,” she said.The property is being marketed by Siobhan Cowell of Jim McKeering Real Estate Sandgate. The home at 152 Brighton Tce, Brighton.Set on 868sq m, the home features pressed metal ceilings, VJ walls and breezeways combined with ducted vacuum and airconditioning, pool and a video security system.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Mrs Buccini said for her and Paul, their two children and the in-laws, the property has been perfect.“You have upstairs, downstairs and the detached granny flat, so there are actually three separate living areas,” she said.Mrs Buccini said the whole family liked to gather in the lower level living room. The home at 152 Brighton Tce, Brighton.THIS bayside home allowed three generations of one family to live together but still maintain privacy and independence.The property at 152 Brighton Tce, Brighton was a labour of love for Claire Buccini and husband Paul.They bought the early 1900s home after it had been shifted on to the site. Over the years, they’ve created a high-end finish while still respecting its colonial roots.“We’ve been very sympathetic in the work we’ve done to retain the character.” Mrs Buccini said.center_img The home at 152 Brighton Tce, Brighton.“There’s a big table down there that seats 12 people comfortably so when we have everyone together we have Sunday lunches down there,” she said.But when it comes to a few quiet moments for the couple, they like to wile away the hours in a different spot.“On the front deck upstairs because you’ve got nice views and a sunset, or in the mornings you might have breakfast out there — there’s a view of the water. Even upstairs on the back deck is nice as well because you’ve got the view of the trees and the neighbourhood.”last_img read more

Gerrard to Aribo others: let’s fight to the finish!

first_img Aribo was in action for full 90 minutes in the FA cup clash against Hearts which ended in a 1-0 defeat. The Nigerian and his teammates are hoping to bounce back against Hamilton Academical, to further push them up the log. Read AlsoGerrard all set on staying at Rangers Rangers currently occupy the 2nd position on the table with 64 points in 27 matches clear 12 points below table toppers Celtic who are leading with 76 points in 28 matches. With ten matches to the end of the season Gerrard believes increased fighting spirit will be of immense benefit to Rangers. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Rangers coach Steven Gerrard says putting aside temporary setbacks and forging ahead is the only way to go after the team was sent packing from the FA Cup. While hailing the contribution of Super Eagles ace Joe Aribo and his teammates so far in the season campaign, the former Liverpool and England captain equally expressed disappointment following the team’s knock out from the FA Cup no thanks to a lone goal defeat by Hearts on Saturday He however urged the players to put the disappointment behind and focus on the future even as they file out against Hamilton Academical in the premier league clash on Wednesday. “If you want to survive at this level you have to bounce back pretty quickly from setbacks and the weekend was a low, I am not going to deny that,” he enthused. Steve Gerrard wants team to bounce back against Hamilton Academical on WednesdayAdvertisement Promoted Content10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone MoviesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetariancenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Coaches Corner Monday Night On WRBI

first_imgListen Monday Night (9-23) starting at 6 for Coaches Corner, Southeastern Indiana’s top local sports show, hosted by Hall of Famer Ron Raver at Ison’s Family Pizza.Ron’s guests include Batesville Tennis Coach Mike McKinney, Batesville Girls Soccer Coach Kyle Laker, Oldenburg Academy Football Coach Wes Gillman, and Batesville Football Coach Eric Heppner.Thanks to Cecil and The Crew at Ison’s Family Pizza for hosting Coaches Corner.last_img

With Snow On The Way, Safety Tips Offered

first_imgSoutheast Indiana could potentially be affected by another wave of snow, sleet and freezing rain this weekend. This wintry mix could cause power outages and dangerous road conditions, conditions that many residents have already experienced this winter. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers the following tips for residents to prepare for potential power outages and possibly more dangerous roads.Power Outage TipsStock up on a supply of flashlights, batteries and be sure to have a battery-powered radio on hand. Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard.Fill your car fuel tank at least half-full, gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.Keep extra cash on hand since an extended power outage may prevent you from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines or banks.If you have a generator, remember do not run it inside a home or garage. Use gas-powered generators only in well-ventilated areas.Don’t plug emergency generators into electric outlets or hook them directly to your home’s electrical system – as they can feed electricity back into the power lines, putting you and line workers in danger.If you lose power, close doors and seal them with towels to keep the warm air in.Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Avoid opening the refrigerator or freezer.Unplug or disconnect any electrical devices that were in use when the power went out. Turn off all lights but one, to alert you when power resumes.Check on elderly neighbors, friends or relatives who may need assistance during the outage.Resist the temptation to call 9-1-1 for information–that’s what your battery-powered radio is for.When power comes back on, it may come back with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage equipment such as computers and motors in appliances like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace. Wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to help eliminate further problems caused by a sharp increase in demand. Car Safety TipsResidents should stay at home and off the roads, but if you have to be on the road for an emergency FLASH recommends the following car safety tips.Take a car emergency kit with you. Be sure to include blankets, food and water, flashlights and batteries and a distress flag.Check your tires for air and wear. Be sure to keep tow and tire chains in your trunk as well.If stranded, run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm. When the engine is running, open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from the exhaust pipe. This will protect you from possible carbon monoxide poisoning.Be careful not to waste battery power. Balance electrical energy needs – the use of lights, heat, and radio – with supply.In extreme cold, use road maps, seat covers, and floor mats for insulation. Huddle with passengers and use your coat for a blanket.last_img read more

Arsenal boss Arteta promises Willian new role

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has reportedly managed to lure Willian to Arsenal with a long-term contract and the promise of a change of position. The Chelsea star waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge this week after seven years with the club with an emotional statement. The 32-year-old was chasing a new three-year contract at the Bridge, but Chelsea would not shift on a two-year deal and the winger decided to move on. The Brazilian is widely expected to pen a deal between £100,000 and £150,000-a-week to join Arsenal, signing a three-year contract. And Arteta, according to the Daily Mirror, plans on using Willian in a central role. It’s not a new position for the player, who played centrally when he arrived at Shakhtar Donetsk from Corinthians in Brazil. That was more than a decade ago, but after five different managers at Chelsea, he looks set to resume his No.10 position.Advertisement Loading…center_img The paper claims Willian has been “somewhat mislabelled in recent years” by Frank Lampard and Co. Lampard was a big admirer of Willian and he featured 47 times this season, but the vast majority of those were out wide. read also:Arsenal will complete deals for Willian, Aubameyang this week However, Willian’s impending move to Arsenal will see him used by Arteta in behind the main striker – a position Willian favours, according to The Metro. “Rather than a wide forward they see him as a midfielder, a creator, while it remains his preference to play in a central role, filling the half-spaces and positions behind opposing midfielders, rather than out wide,” reads the Mirror. He was reportedly in north London on Monday to complete his medical with the Gunners.last_img read more

Late race heroics lift Dotson to CGS Wild West Shootout checkers

first_imgEthan Dotson became the fifth different Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout winner in as many events Tuesday at Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo by Stephanie Deatherage)By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 26) – Ethan Dotson rolled the dice and came up a $1,000 Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout winner Tuesday at Cottage Grove Speedway.Four-time and defending tour champion Jesse Williamson quickly got to the front at the start of the main event and looked to make it two straight wins at the famed quarter-mile oval. Williamson set a rapid pace and seemed to be the class of the field before an extremely long green flag run brought lapped traffic into the mix.Danny Lauer reeled in Williamson and looked to challenge, but couldn’t quite get underneath the leader.A lap 33 caution regrouped the field one last time. On the restart, Williamson went to the bottom to keep Lauer in check.  Dotson, however, gambled on the high side.Williamson and Dotson were side-by-side at the line coming to the white flag and battled it out on the final circuit. Dotson managed to motor his way in front and secure the top spot on the exit of turn two.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Dotson won for the third time in his Wild West Shootout career and for the second time victory and was the second time at Cottage Grove.Williamson was second with Lauer, via one of the consolation features, in third.  John Campos placed fourth and Bricen James was fifth.Thirty-seven entries were in the pit area from Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and North Carolina as well as British Columbia.The Wild West Shootout heads to Sunset Speedway Park in Banks on Wednesday.  Time trials begin at 5:30 p.m. with racing at 6:30 p.m.Feature results – 1. Ethan Dotson; 2. Jesse Williamson; 3. Danny Lauer; 4. John Campos; 5. Bricen James; 6. Mark Wauge; 7. Derrick Young; 8. Dustin Cady; 9. Craig Hanson; 10. Preston Luckman; 11. Jeff Faulkner; 12. Joey Tanner; 13. Collen Winebarger; 14. Jake Mayden; 15. Cur­tis Towns; 16. Tyler Smith; 17. Steven Sturdevant; 18. Donald Schott; 19. Dave Duste Jr.; 20. Aaron Sheelar; 21. Kevin Williamson; 22. Harley Turner Jr.last_img read more

Romania end Ireland hopes

first_img Madalin’s second-half effort condemned Ireland, managed by Noel King’s number two Harry McCue, to a 1-0 defeat at the Showgrounds in Sligo on Tuesday afternoon. Ireland went into the game confident of firmly establishing themselves in second place in Group 6 behind leaders and favourites Germany after recording a 0-0 draw against the Romanians on Piatra Neamt on Friday. However, they were unable to claw themselves back into the game after Madalin’s intervention and now face a battle to get themselves back into the mix. The home side started brightly and went close to the opening goal when Frankie Sutherland tested keeper Laurentiu Branescu from distance with nine minutes gone. They thought they had taken the lead through Sean McGinty’s 19th-minute header, only for an offside flag to end his celebrations. But Romania grew into the game and although Irish keeper Aaron McCarey saved well from Stefan Popescu, there was nothing he could do to keep out Madalin’s 54th-minute effort from all of 30 yards. Ireland might have snatched a point a minute from time when substitute Will Hayhurst got his head to Anthony Forde’s free-kick, but he sent his effort tamely wide. The win – a first in four attempts in the group – saw the Romanians leapfrog their hosts into third place. Ireland, who have now collected only four points from as many games, have a month to stew on a missed opportunity as they prepare for the Faroe Islands’ arrival and their trip to Montenegro in November. Press Associationcenter_img Martin Madalin’s spectacular strike dealt Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2015 European Under-21s Championship finals a major blow.last_img read more

Florida city repeals 13-year ban on saggy pants

first_imgAfter 13 years, Opa-Locka City officials voted to repeal a law banning “saggy pants” in a 4-1 vote, officials said in a statement Thursday.The original 2007 city ordinance said that men could receive civil citations for wearing saggy pants with exposed underwear in city buildings and parks. In 2013, the law was expanded to include women and public spaces.“Since its inception, this law disproportionately affected certain segments of our population, including Black and brown men and women,” the city said in a statement.In the city commission’s virtual meeting on Wednesday, Vice Mayor Chris Davis said the law was originally created with the intent to encourage young individuals — specifically young Black males and males in general — to dress to certain standards in the community.Davis said he believes the repeal of the city’s law is an opportunity to implement the type of positive change needed to establish fair and impartial policies in the city. Especially with all the protests against police brutality still happening across the nation.last_img read more

Youth Basketball Guyana – raising the standard in schools

first_imgBy Daniel HaynesFOR THE last eleven years, the biggest event on the calendar for schools basketball has been the National Schools Basketball Festival or NSBF- an event that has been run by Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG). Since its inception in 2006, the tournament has evolved to have a Regional leg in a lead-up to the Festival where teams from Georgetown, East Coast Demerara, Berbice and Linden play among themselves to get top seeding for the Festival.YBG Director Chris BowmanYBG Director Chris BowmanThe format has drawn close comparison to what is seen in the College Basketball and National Basketball Association (NBA) format in the United States of America. The entire programme, however, started with another initiative, says YBG Director Chris Bowman.“The NSBF, for example, was first organised under the umbrella of Street Solution, which was a private sports promotional group that myself and Rayad Boyce had initiated in 2006,” stated Bowman.He added that YBG was then created to provide a greater level of organisational structure to schools basketball in a manner that was both consistent and coordinated. However, there came a period when what they were doing wasn’t enough and this happened in 2011.“In 2011 we saw it necessary to improve on the organisational model in order to be more effective in terms of youth basketball programming,” Bowman stated.Finding the consistency to continue the work they were doing and even improve on that work proved to be one of the biggest challenges for the YBG team. When asked about finding the consistency to maintain the standard they had set, Bowman was thoughtful about his answer.“Well, it is harder than it appears. There are too many inherent challenges to school and youth sport as a whole, but we have always had a vision of creating a new student athlete culture through the sport of basketball, and I guess that’s what has kept us going because we have not yet accomplished that goal,” he finished.However, further challenges have encompassed access to facilities, equipment, nutrition and coaching for all student athletes. Bowman stated that they also needed to have a better understanding of the benefits of school sport.“Sport is integrated into the school system and there must be better communication and full support of teachers, parents and other key stakeholders,” he said.With all the work YBG has been doing in improving schools basketball, one could assume that they will achieve their ultimate goal of consistently large numbers of student athletes who are basketball players going to colleges in the United States on full scholarships in no time.The NSBF is currently ongoing and will conclude on October 9.last_img read more