Fruits of the boom

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South Korean doctors find risk factors for severe COVID-19 cases

first_imgSouth Korean doctors have found certain underlying conditions that may make some COVID-19 patients more severely affected by the disease, a professor at Yeungnam University Medical Center said on Wednesday.The findings could help doctors identify and prioritize high-risk patients at an early stage of the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Ahn June-hong, professor of internal medicine, told Reuters.Medical experts and epidemiologists are investigating risk factors for patients who develop severe cases of the disease, which has killed more than 400,000 globally since it first emerged late last year in China. The coronavirus patients with at least three of the four prognostic factors developed severe conditions, Professor Ahn said.”I believe using prognostic factors of severe COVID-19 patients will provide an opportunity for physicians to offer those risk-high patients with the best medical care from the early stage of the disease,” he said.As of midnight on Wednesday, South Korea reported 45 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 11,947, with 276 deaths. In a paper published by the Journal of Korean Medical Science on June 2, Ahn and other South Korean doctors wrote that diabetes, high body temperature, low oxygen saturation and pre-existing cardiac injury were shown to be the prognostic factors for severe COVID-19.The team of doctors observed 110 coronavirus patients at a hospital in Daegu, the epicenter of South Korea’s outbreak, from February 19 to April 15.Of the 110 patients in the Yeungnam University Medical Center, 23 developed a severe case of COVID-19.Because such patients were significantly older than others, they were more likely to have diabetes and lower peripheral oxygen saturation, the paper said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast eco-mansion sells for mega price

first_imgRelax in the pool at 7 Sunnymeade Place, Mudgeeraba.A cinema, gym, pool, sauna steam room and separate children’s wing are among the houses’s features while a Cbus automation system controls the lighting and sound.Vendor David Harris is the mastermind behind the solar system. The father-of-six bought the house with wife Pam Weir in 2013.“You can power the house both day and night, heat the swimming pool, have the air conditioning on and drive your car all year round,” Dr Harris told the Bulletin when the property his the market earlier this year.“We also put back about 50 per cent more than what we use into the grid so we’re carbon neutral.” Vendor David Harris at the property. Picture: John GassWhile Dr Harris said he wasn’t a “greenie” he does have an interest in good health.“The environment affects everyone and we want a good environment for our future and our children,” he said.The sale is the second highest price paid for a property in the suburb.The top sale in Mudgeeraba is $4.19 million for 65 Bonogin Rd in 2015. Luxury at every turn.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We auctioned it and then sold it post-auction,” she said.“The buyers liked the size, space, views and quality of the construction. “The eco efficiency of the home was an added bonus. They also have family who go to nearby schools.” 7 Sunnymeade Place, Mudgeeraba sold for a multimillion dollar price.A GOLD Coast eco-mansion has changed hands for a multimillion dollar price— the highest for a property in Queensland this week, according to CoreLogic.The unusual property in gated Jabiru Park estate at Mudgeeraba has a 33kw solar system with a back-up battery system. Vendor David Harris at the Mudgeeraba eco-mansion. Picture: John GassThe hi-tech house at 7 Sunnymeade Place has 130 solar panels — about six times an ordinary house — and generates enough electricity to power the property 24/7.Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal handled the sale and said a local couple bought five-bedroom residence. Cook up a storm in the kitchen. 7 Sunnymeade Place, Mudgeeraba.last_img read more

New York style apartment with loft for sale

first_img1/193 Flinders St, Townsville CityAN INNER-CITY apartment that wouldn’t look out of place in downtown New York has hit the market.The property at 1/193 Flinders St (pictured) will go under the hammer on-site on December 2 at noon.The two-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-car apartment is high on Melton Terrace and has a ladder leading to a loft area that would make a unique study or could be used as a storage area.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20201/193 Flinders St, Townsville CityThe apartment has an edgy, industrial feel with exposed brick, stainless steel accents in the kitchen and cathedral ceilings with exposed beams.LJ Hooker Townsville selling agent Danielle Ronan said the apartment was unique to Townsville. “I think it would suit a young professional couple,” she said. “The owner is a doctor and he just lives there by himself and it has fantastic access into Flinders St East.“I think it would be a fantastic opportunity to purchase something so unique and heritage.” 1/193 Flinders St, Townsville CityThe apartment will be open for inspection on Saturday from 1pm to 1.30pm. For more information on this property, call Danielle Ronan on 0478 189 778.last_img read more

Lancashire County Pension Fund buys first direct wind farm stake

first_imgThe feed-in tariff is for 15 years from the commissioning date, followed by a floor and cap-price mechanism for 5-7 additional years.“EDF EN is at the forefront of developing new renewable energy projects and markets,” Jensen said.“It will be a strategic long-term partner providing technical expertise and opportunities for the fund. EDF EN Portugal has a very enthusiastic and professional management team, which the fund is proud to be partnered with.”LCPF already owns stakes in infrastructure funds with some wind farm exposure.These include an investment in a 101 MW portfolio of landfill gas and coal mine methane electricity generation sites, and in two biomass power stations with a combined capacity of 68 MW. The fund has also provided £12m (€16.3m) to finance the Westmill Solar Cooperative, the first community-owned solar farm in the UK.LCPF does not identify renewables separately within its portfolio, although 12.5% of assets have been allocated to infrastructure, which includes a large element of renewables.These are seen as offering attractive long-term income returns.Jensen said the new investment was expected to provide long-term cash yields that exceeded its benchmark for infrastructure, which it said had been one of its best-performing investment allocations.For the year to 31 March, LCPF returned 14.9%, with an average portfolio value over the final quarter of £5.6bn.The fund has the capacity to add a small number of similarly sized direct or partnership investments to the infrastructure portfolio.Jensen said that, following the pooling of assets with the London Pensions Fund Authority, the pooled vehicle was likely to seek further such investments.Santander Corporate & Investment Banking (France & Portugal) and Uría Menéndez-Proença De Carvalho advised LCPF. Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) has committed to its first direct wind farm investment, a significant minority equity stake in EDF Energies Nouvelles’ (EDF EN) Portuguese wind assets.The assets consist of interests in eight onshore wind farms in Northern Portugal with a gross capacity of around 500MW, ranking among the top five wind platforms in Portugal.Mike Jensen, CIO at LCPF, told IPE: “An investment in wind farms provides the fund with a long-term income stream likely to grow with inflation.“Portugal is an attractive location for wind farm installations, having a windy terrain, a stable feed-in-tariff regime and the support of local communities.”last_img read more

Top IMCA rookies, special events drivers contending for Dynamic Drivelines awards

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – First-year drivers are among the beneficiaries of contingency awards from second-year IMCA sponsor Dynamic Drivelines again this season.The Des Moines, Iowa, manufacturer gives steel drive shafts to national IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod rookies of the year.Both the national IMCA Late Model and the Deery Brothers Summer Series rookie of the year receive carbon fiber drive shafts.All rookie awards will be presented during the national banquet in November.Dynamic Drivelines also gives $50 gift certificates to designated place finishers at 90 Modified, Late Model, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and SportMod special events this season. Those awards will be mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official race results are received.“We are very excited to continue our partnership with IMCA,” said Dynamic Drivelines owner Mike Bennett. “The IMCA rookie awards are a great way to introduce our products to the drivers just coming up in the IMCA program, allowing us to build long-term partnerships with both the rookies and IMCA.”Information about the complete line of drive shafts and other Dynamic Driveline products is availa­ble on the www.dynamicdrivelines.com website, on Facebook or by calling 515 720-8994.“The new program introduced with Dynamic Drivelines last season was met with a great deal of success and they are back for another season of support,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’ve enjoyed the beginning of this new relationship with Mike and Kathy Bennett and are hopeful it will continue well into the future.”last_img read more

Grand Marshal of the Daytona 500 2020: President Donald J. Trump

first_imgPresident Trump and the first lady will arrive at PBIA around 6:35 this evening to spend the President’s day weekend at Mar-a-Lago and will be the Grand Marshal of “The Great American Race” in Daytona on Sunday.The first family will attend Sunday’s Daytona 500 and the #47 car has a Trump Pence 2020 paint job. As the Grand Marshal, Trump will issue the order “gentlemen start your engines.” While the honor has recently gone to a variety of actors and former NASCAR stars, Trump will be the first sitting president to serve as grand marshal since George W. Bush in 2004. Yesterday, officials said Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the Grand Marshall.Joey Logano and William Byron won the dual qualifying races last night which sets the field for Sunday’s Daytona 500. The duo will start in row two. Starting in row one will be pole winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and teammate Alex Bowman, who earned the front row spot in time trials.last_img read more

Reifer credits healthy Guyana environment the best place for cricket

first_imgWEST Indies invitee Raymon Reifer has credited an environment that fosters self-expression and creativity as crucial ingredients of Guyana’s recent dominance of the Regional 4-day competition.Despite being born in Barbados, Reifer has spent the last four seasons plying his trade in Guyana. During that time the Jaguars have been the team to beat in the four-day format, winning three out of the last four seasons.The Jaguars have also in addition seen talents like Reifer, Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer hovering in and about the West Indies squad. The recent success, the Barbadian national believes, is a direct product of a healthy environment for cricket.“I think the environment in Guyana is right for producing international cricketers and I think we will continue to produce great players for Guyana and West Indies like we have seen in the last three years. I think if you look around the Caribbean, to me Guyana has the best set up because they allow you express yourself and the team is still winning,” Reifer told the Guyana Times in a recent interview.Reifer was recently called to West Indies squad for the tour of England but only managed to play warm-up games for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President’s XI versus the likes of Pakistan, Leicestershire, Kent and England.The player has been again been included in the Test squad ahead of the series against Zimbabwe. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

The Latest: Seattle season tickets for 12 frontline workers

first_imgDe Blasio says bigger events are going to be one of the last things that will really fit the equation as the country restarts from the coronavirus pandemic. He says the perfect time to reopen big events is “almost when the disease has really been beaten back to next to nothing.” He says the danger with big gatherings, especially, is “that could be one of the things that propels the disease back.”Opening day was scheduled for March 26 but has been postponed indefinitely because of the new coronavirus. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred believes the season will start at some point, and the league has considered playing in empty ballparks.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put entertainment such as sports into the final phase of his guidelines for reopening the state. He’s discussed the possibility of having big league games in empty stadiums.___Colorado Rapids coach Robin Fraser says players will use team training fields for voluntary individual workouts starting Monday. ___Formula One says Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona midfielder Arthur will compete alongside drivers in this weekend’s virtual Spanish Grand Prix.Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will be the F1 drivers in Sunday’s event.Aguero will race for Red Bull alongside Albon. Courtois will run for Alfa Romeo in his second virtual race. Arthur will be with Haas.Golfer Ian Poulter will make his third appearance with Renault. St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference and is five points ahead of third-place Basel.Switzerland’s government has said professional clubs can resume training Monday. Games in empty stadiums should be possible from June 8.The league says the government has advised that teams are no longer eligible for an unemployment insurance program when players start training. The league says it is having “very constructive” talks with the government about further federal aid.___The International Canoe Federation says it is planning its budget in case the Tokyo Olympics get canceled in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday the steps the state will take as it begins reopening next week. Brown asked those planning large gatherings, such as concerts, festivals, sporting events and conventions, to cancel or significantly modify plans for anything scheduled through at least September.That is likely to impact the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers of the MLS, and Oregon and Oregon State college football.While the NBA and MLS have no firm plans of a restart yet, Oregon and Oregon State both have three home games scheduled in September. Oregon is set to host North Dakota State, Ohio State, and Hawaii in Eugene, while Oregon State is scheduled to face Colorado State, Portland State and Washington State in Corvallis.___New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t see games returning to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field very quickly, at least not with fans. The French Tennis Federation says it will refund tickets purchased for the French Open because of uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic.The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4.The FFT says it “has taken the decision to cancel and refund all tickets purchased for the original dates of Roland Garros.”The FFT is also working closely with French authorities “to establish the necessary measures which will ensure the health and security of all guests attending the tournament.”Refunds will be received by end of May and a new ticketing procedure will be opened if the tournament goes ahead. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___As part of the release of their 2020 schedule, the Seattle Seahawks also said thanks to a dozen pandemic frontline workers in the Seattle area. Associated Press The Rapids join a list of Major League Soccer teams taking the first small steps toward returning to play. Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Orlando City and Inter Miami let players onto fields Wednesday for controlled voluntary workouts on the first day permitted by the league.The MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams.Colorado plans on using two fields for its workouts and run about eight players at a time.Fraser started the video call a bit late because of an injury sustained while kicking a soccer ball around with daughter. No word on the type of injury. ___ The Royal St. John’s Regatta in Canada has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.It’s the first time in 80 years that the historic sports festival in the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador has been called off.The regatta is traditionally run on the first Wednesday in August. This year’s race was scheduled for Aug. 5.The regatta has deep cultural and historic roots in the city. The first record of organized rowing races in St. John’s was in 1816. It celebrated its 200th anniversary two years ago and bills itself as the oldest organized sporting event in North America.The last cancellation was in 1940 during World War II. Eales said if the season doesn’t resume by the end of July, playing a full schedule would be very difficult.___The New York Giants have announced their refund policy for 2020 season tickets. If a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending, full refunds will be available to season ticket members. They have the choice to receive a full refund for any impacted games, or they can apply the amount as a credit toward a future ticket purchase.Owners john Mara and Steve Tisch made the announcement in an email to season ticket holders on Thursday afternoon, hours before the league released the schedule. The Giants also are going to offer a limited number of individual game tickets to season ticket holders. The owners made the decision based on a request from fans. Anyone who purchases individual game tickets from Ticketmaster.com will receive a full refund of their ticket purchase price within 30 days of cancellation if the game cannot be rescheduled or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending. If a game is postponed or rescheduled, tickets are valid for the new date.The Giants said the safety of the fans, players and staff continues to be its first concern during the coronavirus pandemic.___Sports events in Oregon are likely to be without large crowds through at least the end of September. May 7, 2020 The matches will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement comes one day after Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors agreed the season could resume.The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining. Seifert says the league will begin again where it left off.Seifert was speaking after a video conference with members from the country’s 36 clubs in the top two divisions. The second division will also resume on May 16.___center_img The German soccer league Bundesliga is set to resume on May 16.___The Peach Bowl is donating $1.09 million to help fund COVID-19 screenings in Georgia.The bowl announced it will help fund the telemedicine screening mobile app developed by Augusta University Health System. The AU Health ExpressCare app allows for free virtual screenings for the virus throughout the day with no appointment.Patients who screen positive will be scheduled for tests. Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan says the aim is giving Georgia residents access to screenings and tests “as soon as possible.”___The Swiss soccer league says clubs will discuss on May 29 if they want to resume playing in June amid the coronavirus pandemic.The league says the meeting of the 20 clubs will be two days after the next Swiss federal government update on easing restrictions.A restart on June 19 leaves seven weekends and six midweek games to meet UEFA’s preferred Aug. 3 target to complete domestic seasons. The ICF says its board “approved two budget scenarios” up to 2022 taking into account “the chance of no competition or Olympics in 2021.”The ICF is due to get about $16 million from the International Olympic Committee as a share of revenue from the postponed Tokyo Games.The ICF has postponed or canceled all international events through August. It is due to have an election congress in December when president Jose Perurena steps down after 12 years.___German soccer league managing director Christian Seifert says the Bundesliga season will resume on May 16. In a video posted along with the schedule, the Seahawks gave season tickets to 12 workers who had been nominated for consideration. The dozen awarded tickets ranged from a restaurant owner to a firefighter/EMT to hospital workers and grocery store employees.The 12 were told of receiving season tickets in video calls with Seahawks players Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Will Dissly and coach Pete Carroll.How many games they’ll be able to attend is still unknown. The state of Washington is under a stay-at-home order through May 31.The Seahawks open the season on Sept. 13 at Atlanta. Their first home game is Week 2 against New England.___ The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.”He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars).___ The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Horse racing has resumed in Germany, but without spectators and with mask-wearing jockeys.The race day at the Neue Bult track near Hannover on Thursday was the first to take place in Germany since the calendar was suspended in March.It followed talks between race organizers and the local authorities, and access to the track was strictly limited.Jockeys and grooms wore masks and betting was only allowed online. More races are scheduled for Friday in Cologne.Germany resumed ahead of other major European horse racing nations. The equestrian sport of trotting, or harness racing, has continued in Sweden through the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual Spanish GP will take place during the same weekend the real race was scheduled to run at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. The race will consist of a qualifying session and a 33-lap race.The F1 season hasn’t started yet because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The Gibraltar soccer federation says it has declared the league season null and void with no champion.The top two teams in the league were Europa and St. Joseph’s when the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended. The federation says they were so close in the standings it could not declare a champion “in the interests of sporting integrity.” The federation said last week that on government advice the season could not be completed by a UEFA-set deadline for Gibraltar of July 20.Europa will enter next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds. St. Joseph’s and third-place Lincoln Red Imps will enter the Europa League.___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country.The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors. The Latest: Seattle season tickets for 12 frontline workers ___Atlanta United president Darren Eales says it’s still possible for Major League Soccer to get in a full 34-game season plus the playoffs by the end of the year.During a conference call with reporters, Eales noted that player contracts run through Dec. 31, which presumably means the league could push its MLS Cup title game to the very last day of the year.MLS shut down in mid-March — just two weeks into its season — because of the coronavirus outbreak. Each team has 32 regular-season games left and the playoffs usually take another month. The league has already said that it will likely push back its championship game, which was set for Nov. 7.last_img read more

Women’s volleyball team announces 2017 schedule

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanLong road ahead · Senior middle blocker Jordan Dunn and the Trojans will kick off their 2017 season against Loyola Marymount on Aug. 25.The women’s volleyball team will open its season against Loyola Marymount.The Trojans released their 2017 schedule on Thursday, as USC enters the fall looking to build on its 2016 campaign — when the program finished 18-14 in its first season after the graduation of all-time points, kills and aces leader Samantha Bricio.Head coach Mick Haley’s squad will face numerous challenges during the upcoming campaign. The Trojans are scheduled to play 11 teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season, including four regional finalists. They will also face defending national champions Stanford twice in Pac-12 play.USC kicks off the year with four non-conference tournaments, beginning with one in Los Angeles against LMU, Michigan and Albany. The Trojans play the Lions at LMU on Aug. 25 to open the season before hosting Michigan at the Galen Center for their home opener.USC then heads to Omaha, Neb., for the Bluejay Invitational, where the team will take on national quarterfinalist Creighton on its home floor in addition to Northern Iowa and Kentucky.Finally, the Trojans wrap up their out-of-conference slate with tournaments in Santa Barbara and Maryland. USC locks horns with Arkansas, UCSB and Yale on the West Coast before facing Maryland and Oklahoma out east. By the time Haley and company begin league play on Sept. 20, the Trojans will have played 11 non-conference games.The team will have to adjust to Pac-12 opposition quickly, too, as USC’s first conference matchup comes in Westwood against UCLA. Four days later, the Trojans have their Pac-12 home opener against Oregon State. The rematch against the Bruins at the Galen Center doesn’t come until the final day of the regular season on Nov. 25.USC will play two matches against all Pac-12 opponents next fall — one home and one away — except Oregon State. The highlight of the conference schedule likely comes when national champions visit L.A. on Oct. 15. The Trojans travel to Stanford, Calif., for a rematch exactly one month later.This year’s national champion will be crowned on Dec. 16 in Kansas City, Mo. Led by hall-of-fame coach Haley, USC begins its journey there on Aug. 25 at LMU’s Gersten Pavilion.last_img read more