India’s coronavirus cases cross 200,000, peak still weeks away

first_imgAs train and bus services open, migrant workers are travelling home from the coronavirus hot spots of Mumbai and Delhi to the hinterland where infections are starting to rise, health officials say.These included states such as Bihar, Odisha and Uttarakhand which traditionally supply the bulk of migrant workers.Still, Gupta said relative to its large population, India had done well in tackling the disease. “Our preventive measures have been very effective. We are in a much better position vis-a-vis other countries,” she said.Officials say the lockdown helped limit the spread of the virus, giving space to hospitals to deal with those affected. India’s fatality rate of 2.82% against the global average of 6.13% was among the lowest in the world, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry, said.”We have been able to achieve this due to timely identification of cases and proper clinical management,” he said. The death toll from the disease stood at 5,815.Six other nations, including the United States, Britain and Brazil, have higher caseloads, and in India’s favor, at least its mortality rate has been comparably low.But, India’s infections are rising as it ends a severe lockdown of its 1.3 billion people imposed in March.The lockdown has crippled the economy and left tens of thousands without work. India’s coronavirus infections crossed 200,000, official figures showed on Wednesday, and a peak could still be weeks away in the world’s second-most populous country, where the economy has begun re-opening after a lockdown imposed in March.Cases jumped by 8,909 over the previous day in one of the highest single-day spikes, taking the tally to 207,615, the health ministry said.”We are very far away for the peak,” said Dr Nivedita Gupta, of the government-run Indian Council of Medical Research. Government officials have previously said it could be later this month, or even July, before cases start to fall off.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Inquiry for Brisbane’s unit market is starting to pick up with predictions sales will follow

first_imgReal estate signInquiry for Brisbane’s unit market is starting to pick up with predictions that sales will also pick up towards the end of the year.Place Projects analyst Lachlan Walker said while the recent lift in inquiries had not translated into sales yet, it was coming.“I get the feeling we are sort of through the worst of it and I think it (the number of sales) will be similar next quarter and then we’ll start to see some pick-up in the back half of the year,” he said.His latest apartment report revealed there had been 144 unconditional off-the-plan unit sales in the past quarter worth $96 million. An artist’s impression of Brisbane 1 which had the highest number of off the plan sales in the March quarter.And units were selling for 5.3 per cent more than at this time last year – this was the second consecutive quarter the average price of off-the-plan apartments increased.The report found two-bedroom apartments were most in demand during the quarter, accounting for 56 per cent of sales, while about a quarter of sales were for one-bedroom apartments.The most common price point for buyers was between $550,000 and $650,000. 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Picture: AAP/ Ric Frearson“Not coincidentally, a large proportion of owner-occupier sales were in recently built or soon to be completed developments. Generally, owner- occupiers are looking for a home, they want to be able to see the finished product before committing.”He said demand for the right product at the right price still existed.“From our conversations within the market, we know that there has been solid interest and sales in recently-built stock which has had to be resold, indicating that demand hasn’t disappeared and buyers are still active.”It predicted that sales figures would not decline further.As a result of demand from owner- occupiers, the report predicted that developers would refocus on townhouses, house and land packages, and more premium apartment product.center_img Lincoln on the Park recorded strong sales. Picture: the March quarter there were 56 projects being sold off-the-plan in inner Brisbane.The report found there were only six unconditional sales within the Brisbane CBD in the quarter but the average sale price was $1.55 million – including a penthouse which sold for more than $3 million.North of the Brisbane River, there were 74 unconditional sales with Newstead Central Laguna chalking up the highest number – nine. South of the river there were 64 unconditional sales with 11 units selling in Brisbane 1 and 10 in Lincoln on the Park.Mr Walker said the majority of buyers in the unit market at the moment were definitely owner-occupiers.The latest apartment report by property consultants Urbis said the owner-occupier market had remained very active even though the investor market had slowed. Director of property economics research Paul Riga said this quarter, owner-occupier sales overtook foreign investor sales, making up 34 per cent of total sales.last_img read more

Joe Gibbs honored with NASCAR’s award of excellence

first_img NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition.Gibbs was surprised with the honor, given at the start of Thursday night’s season-ending awards ceremony.“Our family, we just appreciate everything about this sport,” Gibbs said. “We were worried about coming into NASCAR, and we were welcomed in. It’s a thrill for us.”The award named for NASCAR’s late founder is not given every year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the last recipient in 2017 and it was not awarded last year. There have been only 26 winners since the award began in 1965. Gibbs received the award from Ben Kennedy, the great-grandson of its namesake.Gibbs drivers won 19 of 36 races this season including last month’s championship-clinching win by Kyle Busch. Gibbs had three drivers in the four-driver finale and it was Busch who emerged the victor for his second career Cup title.This season was dedicated to Gibbs’ oldest son, J.D., who died in January at age 49 from complications of a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. A month later, Denny Hamlin led a 1-2-3 Gibbs sweep at the Daytona 500.Gibbs, who turned 79 late last month, was a three-time Super Bowl champion coach for the Washington Redskins, a team he quit twice, each time surrendering the high-profile job to devote more time to his family and NASCAR.Gibbs’ sons, J.D. and Coy, followed him into JGR, and it was J.D. who discovered Hamlin at a late-model test at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina in the early 2000s.J.D. Gibbs played defensive back and quarterback at William & Mary (1987-90) while his father coached the Redskins. He transitioned into NASCAR and the family business when the elder Gibbs launched his NASCAR team in 1992. J.D. Gibbs was eventually co-chairman of JGR after starting with the organization as a part-time driver and over-the-wall crew member.He even made 13 NASCAR national series starts between 1998 and 2002. He stepped away from JGR in 2015 when it was announced he was suffering from “conditions related to brain function.”___More AP auto racing: and Last Updated: 6th December, 2019 13:22 IST Joe Gibbs Honored With NASCAR’s Award Of Excellence Joe Gibbs was honored with the Bill France Award of Excellence, capping a year in which he was elected to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, won his fifth Cup championship as a car owner and thoroughly dominated the competition. Written By 9 months ago Former envoy: Putin likely ‘joyful’ about Ukraine theory WE RECOMMEND FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago Veteran producer of ‘WarGames,’ ’Blue Bloods,” dies at 85 WATCH US LIVEcenter_img COMMENT Associated Press Television News LIVE TV 9 months ago Trump: If you’re going to impeach me, ‘do it now, fast’ First Published: 6th December, 2019 13:22 IST 9 months ago Trump lights National Christmas Tree in holiday tradition 9 months ago Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation caselast_img read more

Watson powers Bombers past Hawks in high school hoop action

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers won for the second time in as many games on the West Kootenay High School Basketball League circuit Thursday, stopping the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 71-53 in Trail.Missing some key players off the roster due to injury — including Josh Matosevic to a concussion and Kai Shave — the Bombers hopped on the back of Grade 10 forward Vinnie Watson.The power forward led all scorers with 36 points while pulling down 17 rebounds to led the LVR offence. The game was close for 20 minutes as LVR held period leads of 13-6 and 25-22 at the half.But LVR broke open the close game with a 22-point third period to lead 47-35.Darian Johnson had 10 points for LVR while point guard Robby Dixon added eight.Other scorers included Eamon Studer with seven points, Stryder Scott and Brock Dixon each with four points and Jake Anderson had a bucket.Next up for the Bombers is the annual Blair D’Andrea Boxing Day tournament at the LVR Hangar.Bomber grads from past years form teams to play in the annual one-day affair.last_img read more

Temple Athletics mourns longtime public address announcer

first_img“Rest In Peace Merv,” Staley said in a statement on Twitter. “The voice of our program. Neither met a stranger. Overall great man!! There are a lot of great @TempleOwls who will welcome you home. Godspeed to the Jones Family!” “All of Temple Athletics is in mourning due to the loss of a great man and Owl, Merv Jones,” Patrick Kraft, Temple’s director of athletics, said in a statement. “For three decades, Merv’s booming voice delivered the action of Temple Football and Basketball games to fans at Lincoln Financial Field, the Liacouras Center and McGonigle Hall.” Jones graduated from Temple University in 1988 with a degree in radio, television, and film. He then went on to work at the Greatest Sports Legends TV series and co-produce the A&E series The Gifted Ones.  On Wednesday, Temple Athletics announced the death of Merv Jones, Temple’s longtime public address announcer and former athletics communications assistant director, after a “long bout” with cancer. Jones was 54. Jones left his position with Temple Athletics in 2004 to work with Steve Rotfeld Productions in Philadelphia. Jones is survived by his parents, Mervin and Catherine, his sisters, Angela and Kathy Beverly, and his brother, André.center_img Jones returned to Temple in 1998 as an adjunct professor teaching a class called ‘Racism in College Athletics.’ That year, he became the public address announcer for Temple football and Temple Men’s basketball.  “Merv was the consummate professional and loved his Temple Owls, but more importantly, he was a great man beloved by all who knew him,” said Larry Dougherty, Temple’s senior associate athletic director, via Twitter.  Two years later, he joined the Temple Athletics staff as an assistant director in the Owls’ media relations department. He handled the media relations for Temple Women’s basketball coach and Naismith Hall of Famer Dawn Staley. last_img read more


first_imgPeter Miller631510624%49%$530,170 O’NEILL: LIFE GOES ON AFTER NYQUISTHorse racing, like life, is relative. So last Saturday, when Kentucky Derby winner andtwo-year-old colt champion of 2015 Nyquist was declared out of Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic due to a “puffy ankle” and ultimately retired, Doug O’Neill suffered the emotional pangs, then understandably moved on to the business at hand.The 48-year-old trainer has horses entered in 10 Breeders’ Cup races, five tomorrow and five on Saturday. The amicable and readily accessible O’Neill made his rounds as is the norm Thursday morning, milling between the noticeably above average throng on hand at Clockers’ Corner in picture-perfect Southern California weather for the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships unfolding for an unprecedented ninth time at The Great Race Place.“Nyquist is officially retired and is in Lexington (Kentucky) with Darley,” O’Neill said between schmoozing with well wishers. “He’s been turned out there, looks great and is settling in (for his stud career).“It’s hard to put into words what his absence means emotionally, because he’s a member of the family. But he’s only a plane ride away to visit and we’ll keep in steady touch with the people at Darley who work with Nyquist, so it’s like a family member who’s moved out of the house.”As for an objective opinion on the Classic now that he’s out of it, O’Neill opted for the home team: “The Cal-bred,” he said, referring to California Chrome.Art Sherman, trainer of Classic favorite California Chrome, was happy not to draw the rail in the mile and a quarter race, which he had done in his last two starts, the Pacific Classic and the Awesome Again Stakes.“I had to laugh at the post position draw (Monday),” Sherman said, “because nobody could be unlucky enough to get No. One three times in a row.” Joseph Talamo5388215%34%$348,560 Bob Baffert32117334%66%$914,190 FINISH LINES: With three racing days remaining, Rafael Bejarano holds a 19-18 lead over Tyler Baze in the jockeys’ race, with Kent Desormeaux and Norberto Arroyo Jr. right on their heels at 17 each . . . Among trainers, Peter Miller has a comfortable 15-11 lead over runners-up Doug O’Neill and Bob Baffert . . . Santa Anita will have an NFL presence tonight when the league showcases the Atlanta Falcons on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 5:25 p.m. on NBC-TV. A few weeks back, Bodega Studios shot the lead-in for the game in Santa Anita’s tunnels that lead to the Paddock Room and the Infield. The promo features the a cappella band Pentatonix . . .  Frank Scatoni, author of Six Secrets of Successful Bettors, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday, 10:50 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Santa Anita’s jocks’ room usually is comfortable accommodating its base group of about 20 riders, but during Breeders’ Cup weekend, the number more than doubles to about 50, according to Assistant Clerk of Scales Charlie McCaul, who’s been on the beat at Santa Anita for 30 years. Jerry Hollendorfer5056610%34%$331,155 (Current Through Sunday, Oct. 30) Gary Sherlock1752129%47%$142,590 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze861891121%44%$628,865 Carla Gaines1741224%41%$235,770 Doug O’Neill7711101714%49%$518,776 TIZ A KISS GOES FOR GOLDIKOVA GOLDTiz a Kiss, a consistent California-bred daughter of Tiznow, returns to perhaps her favorite distance, at one mile on turf in Sunday’s closing day feature, the Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up.Although she has only one win at a mile on grass, she does have four seconds and is shortening up from a mile and a quarter, when she finished fifth by three lengths in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes on Oct. 1.“She’s a late developer and seems to be in her best form ever,” said Richard Baltas, trainer of the six-year-old gray mare for Barbara and Ron Perry of Berkeley, California, who campaign as Cicero Farms, LLC.Tiz a Kiss has a 4-6-1 record from 21 starts with earnings of $320,751, but seeks her first stakes win in the Goldikova. She worked five furlongs last Sunday in 1:01.The Goldikova, race six of nine with a first post time of 12 noon: Nancy From Nairobi, Joel Rosario; Prize Exhibit, Mike Smith; Queen of the Sand, Rafael Bejarano; Majestic Heat, Flavien Prat; Zindaya, Javier Castellano; Hillhouse High, Santiago Gonzalez; and Tiz a Kiss, Kent Desormeaux. Kent Desormeaux621771127%56%$686,005 Flavien Prat8715171417%53%$1,192,833 Rafael Bejarano10119221319%53%$1,244,183 Eddie Truman1441329%57%$107,675 Victor Espinoza3868416%47%$783,050 Gary Stevens3346912%58%$467,645 Martin Pedroza7095313%24%$302,639center_img Mike Smith2344317%48%$262,205 Jamie Theriot564257%20%$208,259 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.9017121319%47%$678,453 Philip D’Amato4572516%31%$457,630 Fernando Perez551031018%42%$255,800 William Spawr1343131%62%$124,413 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jeff Mullins1440329%50%$125,945 Robert Hess, Jr.1842222%44%$114,395 Mike Puype2541116%24%$135,270 NYQUIST GONE BUT O’NEILL LOOKS TO THE FUTUREMIGLIORE RECALLS $75 UPSET WITH DESERT CODETIZ A KISS GOES FOR GOLDIKOVA GOLD IN FINALE Stewart Elliott474449%26%$223,338 Tiago Pereira6588112%26%$340,980 MIGLIORE FANCIES BEHOLDER IN DISTAFFRichard Migliore, the personable former rider on hand for the Breeders’ Cup races as analyst for the Breeders’ Cup “Player’s Show,” a simulcast feed that goes world wide, had fond memories of winning the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at 36-1 on Desert Code for trainer David Hofmans.A four-year-old son of E Dubai, Desert Code came from 12th after a quarter-mile in a field of 14 in the turf race at about 6 ½ furlongs to win by a half-length at a juicy $75 win mutuel.After a half mile, Desert Code had only three horses beat.“Desert Code was always a horse that was close to the pace,” said Migliore, a 52-year-old native of Babylon, New York, retired for the past six years, “so I came away from the gate driving to get position, and we went about 50 yards and he pinned his ears on me. He was telling me he wasn’t happy with me hustling him, so I just put my hands down and trusted the horse, and he backed up a long ways, and I was nervous, I was worried.“About the three-eighths pole he was kind of leaning into the bit and had one horse beat at that point. I had a lot to do and there was a lot of traffic in front of us. I had to wait until we crossed the dirt to move, because you always get in trouble if you move before you reach the dirt . . . Anyway, we waited, the horses fanned out and we just got up. When you look at the fractions, the horse was telling me we were going too fast, stop pushing on me.“Honestly, the horse should have never been 36-1. He had won five races down the hill and you can’t discount horses that have an affinity for it.”Migliore evaluated the two marquee Breeders’ Cup races thusly: “I really like Beholder in the Distaff. I don’t think the last two races set up well for her, taking nothing away from Stellar Wind, who was extremely good, and Songbird obviously is a brilliant three-year-old, but we’ve seen through history, when Seattle Slew beat Affirmed, Affirmed was three, Slew was four.“When Affirmed beat Spectacular Bid, Affirmed was four, Bid was three, so I’m going to lean towards an older horse in that situation, even as brilliant as Songbird is.“I think Richard Mandella has Beholder primed for the best race she’s run this year and she’s only been narrowly beaten by Stellar Wind, so I really believe in my heart that Beholder is the horse in the Distaff.Noted Mandella on Beholder’s farewell race: “Few people in the world ever got to experience what I’ve had year after year with Beholder. She’s probably as good as any horse I’ve had. I’m not saying there might not have been a better one that’s stayed around who’s been so good.“If there were any, there weren’t many that got better, so I’m very fortunate.”Continued Migliore: “The Classic is so intriguing, because California Chrome is so good and so brilliant. He’s a great horse. You can say that without any reservation. Arrogate was so brilliant in the Travers, but here’s the thing I wonder about.“At some point, they’ve got to take each other on. Now is it going by the wire the first time, is it down the backstretch, that’s the question? And if they hook up early, and they have to respect each other and are really eye-balling each other, something’s got to give. So it could set up for a horse not as good as they are.“If it works out that way, I think the horse that benefits is Frosted, because he’s going to be sitting fourth or fifth. If I’m on Arrogate outside of Chrome, do I come out running and make sure he commits, or do I let my horse float away and put pressure on him later?” Peter Eurton2142319%43%$250,359 Richard Baltas581010617%45%$512,080 Mark Glatt3166919%68%$236,916 SANTA ANITA STATISTICSlast_img read more