Texas county stores bodies in trucks as state sets one-day record for COVID-19 deaths

first_imgTopics : Cortez, a Democrat who serves as the top county official, issued a shelter-in-place order for residents. That mandate put him at odds with Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who maintains that local officials do not have the authority to make residents stay home.Crematoriums in the Hidalgo area have a wait list of two weeks, Cortez said, forcing the county to use five refrigerated trucks that can hold 50 bodies each.Hidalgo’s top medical official, Dr. Ivan Melendez, partly blamed Abbott’s move to override local officials for the spike in coronavirus infections, which he said has jammed the local medical system at every level.”Do I think that a stay-at-home order is medically indicated at this point? Absolutely,” Melendez said. On Tuesday, US deaths from COVID-19 topped 1,000 in a single day for the first time since June 10. More than 142,000 people have died in the country during the past five months and deaths are rising in 23 states, according to the Reuters tally.The country’s three most populous states, Florida, Texas and California, top the list of 44 states where cases are increasing, based on a Reuters analysis.School disputesCalifornia on Wednesday reported more than 12,800 new infections, a one-day record. The state has now eclipsed New York for the highest number of cases overall, although New York has seen far more deaths at 32,000 versus 7,800 in California.The surge has fueled disputes over mandatory mask orders and how best to resume schooling.In Chicago, dozens of teachers staged a socially distant motor protest against Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan for Chicago Public Schools to start the academic year with a mix of in-person instruction and remote learning.”If the biggies make the decisions that teachers are going back fully in class, then somebody is going to die. If it isn’t a student, it’ll be a teacher, a teacher’s grandmother or a student’s grandmother,” said retired teacher Jerome Jordan, 78.The protesting teachers said officials have not unveiled a detailed plan to clean schools adequately, provide disinfectant and personal protective equipment and instruct them how to implement social distancing in large groups of children.In Georgia, a third judge has been appointed in the dispute between Republican Governor Brian Kemp and Atlanta’s Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat and mayor of the state’s largest city, over whether people must wear masks.Among the few states seeing a drop in infections was Arizona, another recent hotspot which saw new infections fall 13 percent last week. Hospitalizations in the state have steadily trended downward after peaking on July 13.Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, was encouraged by those trends, his office said in a written statement, but cautioned that it was not time for the public to let down its guard.”We need to continue doing the things we know make a difference: wearing a mask, physically distancing and staying home as much as possible,” Ducey’s office said in the statement.center_img Texas on Wednesday set one-day records for increases in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations in the state, forcing one county to store bodies in refrigerated trucks and prompting a top health official there to call for new stay-at-home orders.Texas, which reported 197 deaths and 10,893 hospitalizations, has been one of the states hardest hit by the resurgent coronavirus. Hidalgo County, at the southern tip of the state on the US border with Mexico, has seen cases rise 60 percent in the last week, according to a Reuters tally, with deaths doubling to more than 360.”We’ve got to lasso this virus, this stallion, bring the numbers back down and get control of this thing,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez said. “Because our hospitals – they’re war zones, they are really struggling right now.”last_img read more

Timing perfect for investors to strike a great deal

first_imgThe home at 11 Coriander Drive, Griffin.WITH property, great timing and the right buyer can make all the difference.That was certainly the case for 11 Coriander Drive, Griffin, which sold from one investor to another for $465,000 on August 2.According to LJ Hooker sales agent Chris Pascoe the tenant’s moving plans allowed the out-of-town owner to prepare for sale.“I’d been speaking to this seller for about six to eight months and when I saw the market improving, I knew he had time on his side so we just co-ordinated the sale with the end of the lease,” Mr Pascoe said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The outdoor area at 11 Coriander Drive, Griffin.He said the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home was in great condition, and the 639sq m site was a major selling point.“The street appeal, the location and also a big positive was the block size,” Mr Pascoe said.Mr Pascoe said the property proved its worth after another non-local investor looking for great returns snapped it up.“The rental range could be anywhere from $410 per week up to $440 per week,” Mr Pascoe said.He said the local property market was heating up. “I’ve been selling in Griffin for 10 years now, and the market currently is as good as it has ever been,” he said.last_img read more

De-risking market set for growth despite Solvency II ‘bottleneck’ – WTW

first_imgThe medically underwritten bulk annuity market is likely to grow rapidly this year due to attractive pricing, with a particular interest in top slicing, according to the consultants.An “unprecedented” number of clients are investigating this market, they said.Top-slicing involves pension schemes purchasing a bulk annuity to cover those members with high liabilities, to remove concentrated longevity risk.Shelly Beard, senior de-risking consultant at WTW, said had been a wide range of transaction pricing in the bulk annuity market this year, which the consultants believe is in part because insurers are “price-testing” new positions under Solvency II.“However, general pricing levels remain strong, and the recent widening of corporate bond spreads has increased affordability for those schemes that have set a price target relative to Gilts,” she said.The consultants said there was a “high level of activity at what is normally a quiet time of year”, indicating a strong year ahead.Overall deal values for longevity hedging could reach £20bn in 2016, after £6bn in 2015 and £25bn in 2014, according to the WTW report.This would be the second-biggest year on record, after 2014, which included a record-breaking £16bn hedge for the BT Pension Scheme. This year could witness the first-ever “half-way house” transaction structures, involving top-slicing in the bulk annuity market and longevity swaps to cover the liabilities represented by the remaining population, according to WTW.This approach is likely to be attractive for those pension schemes “with some Gilts but not enough to annuitise all of their pensioner liabilities”, noted the report.Solvency II, the EU-wide solvency regulation for insurers that came into effect in January, could pose a challenge for pension schemes longevity hedging this year but is surmountable, according to the consultants.The problem, to the extent that it becomes one, stems from bulk annuity providers themselves looking to reinsure longevity risk more regularly because the capital-requirement rules of Solvency II makes holding the longevity risk on their books inefficient.This could mean pension schemes find it more difficult to get traction when reinsurers have limited resources, said the consultants.However, this potential capacity constraint in 2016 is likely to be operational and is one reinsurers are aware of and building their teams to cope with, Beard said.“While we may see bottlenecks in certain areas, we do not expect it to have a major impact on the market, and schemes that go to market with clear objectives will continue to achieve good outcomes,” she said.The onus, according to the report, is on pension schemes to have “a well-thought-out quotation process to maximise reinsurer engagement”. Longevity-hedging deals for company pension schemes could hit £20bn (€26bn) in 2016 despite challenges posed by Solvency II, according to a report by Willis Towers Watson (WTW).The consultancy predicted a 20% growth in bulk annuity deals in 2016, expecting buy-ins or buyouts covering some £12bn of liabilities versus the £10bn of liabilities transferred to insurers in 2015.Pensions schemes can expect lower prices and more innovation due to increased competition in the market, according to the advisory company’s 2016 de-risking report.Canada Life and Scottish Widows entered the market in the second half of 2015, noted WTW, and “we are aware of a number of other companies closely monitoring the development of the market” and likely to develop bulk annuity propositions over the course of 2016. last_img read more

Dear mom with a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis

first_imgLifesite News 13 June 2013Dear mom who just received a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis,I know how you feel.Except — unlike you, I was holding my new baby, Kate, in my arms when I found out. She was wrapped in a blanket, looking up at me as I cried, listening to the Neonatologist on staff tell me — only minutes after she was born — that she had Down syndrome. And what that meant.He said that it meant she had an extra chromosome. And that she would have learning delays. He said that it meant she was significantly predisposed to certain medical conditions, including congenital heart defects — and that we should get her heart tested right away. He said that it meant she had low muscle tone and may not be able to breastfeed. He said that it meant she would do things on a different schedule than other kids.And in those first few days, after hearing those statistics, talking to doctors and researching online, I thought I knew what it “meant” to have a child with Down syndrome. And quite frankly, I was devastated.And so it is with you.But let me tell you — from one mother to another — those facts are not what it means to have a child with Down syndrome.READ MORE http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/dear-mom-with-a-prenatal-down-syndrome-diagnosislast_img read more

Kaleb Joseph already showing flashes of improved game

first_imgLe Moyne’s Daniel Kaigler blocked Kaleb Joseph’s shot near the rim with three seconds left in the first half. Tanner Hyland corralled the rebound, lofted a three-quarters-court shot that hit the top of the backboard and the buzzer sounded as Joseph headed toward the locker room.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim stood near midcourt, his unwavering glare directed right at the sophomore, before screaming “Hey” to get his attention.“He made a bad play at the end of the first half,” Boeheim said after the game.It capped off a 20-minute span that Joseph wanted to put behind him. One-of-6 shooting. No makes on his two 3-pointers. A meager three points for a professed new player whose stroke from distance and ability to finish at the rim was supposedly far superior than a year ago.But in the second half, the point guard was more selective in his looks from the field, he said. Joseph hit half of his six shots, including back-to-back 3s that topped off a 21-0 SU run, finishing as one of five Orange players in double figures with 11 points. The latter 20 minutes displayed the Joseph that Syracuse knows he can be, and a second exhibition against Division-II national champion Florida Southern on Sunday gives him one last chance to continue rounding into form before the regular season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was settling in the first half, kind of forcing the issue a little bit,” Joseph said. “The second half, it’s just about playing basketball, making the right play and not pressing.”In last season’s first exhibition against Carleton, Joseph scored a team-high 19 points. He was the starting point guard as a true freshman, running an offense that lost Tyler Ennis early to the NBA.This year, Joseph’s role is different. He’s not starting. Instead, 6-foot-7 fifth-year senior Michael Gbinije is running the point.Joseph has refined his game despite not cracking the first five, putting on significant muscle and improving his stroke from deep. He showed a tendency to attack the rim in the first half against the Dolphins and his first two shots in the second half, both makes from behind the arc, helped SU pull away.“Kaleb’s definitely 16-17 pounds stronger and he’s shooting the ball better this year,” Boeheim said. “Those two things definitely help.”Syracuse shot 32 3s on Monday, many of which came from penetrate-and-kick situations. Gbinije, who shot 10 from beyond the arc himself, and Joseph, were able to get in the lane, draw defenders in and pass it back outside to an open shooter.“He got in the paint quite a lot,” Gbinije said. “I think that’s big for him, if he can get in the paint and make it easier to make plays.”SU plans to be more of a perimeter-oriented offense, and it’ll need Joseph, even if he plays just 16 minutes like Monday, to draw attention to the paint.It’s an improved branch of his game, but one that’s still a work in progress. If it can be refined along with his outside shooting, Syracuse can inch closer to the new offense it’s already begun to unveil.Said Joseph: “I think there’s definitely a lot more to come.” Comments Published on November 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

At last, Vegas solves Demko in 3-0 Game 7 win over Canucks

first_img Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV COMMENT First Published: 5th September, 2020 09:33 IST Shea Theodore finally solved Thatcher Demko with 6:08 remaining in the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Friday night in Game 7 of their second-round series.Theodore’s goal was the first in 138:40 for the Golden Knights against Demko, the rookie who had brought Vancouver back from a 3-1 deficit in the series and held off Vegas for most of this game, too. Then Theodore scored a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the blue line that slipped through traffic and past Demko, who had made 98 consecutive saves.Alex Tuch and Paul Stastny added empty-net goals.Vegas outshot the Canucks 36-14 in the game and 127-54 over the final three. It was barely enough. The Golden Knights will face Dallas for a berth in the Stanley Cup final.Robin Lehner had his third shutout of the series, and his sensational glove save on Brock Boeser in the second period kept the game scoreless.Vancouver missed an opportunity when it failed to convert on an extended power play after Ryan Reaves was ejected toward the end of the second period.The Golden Knights outshot Vancouver 91-40 in Games 5 and 6 but managed only one goal in that span. It was all Vegas again at the start of Game 7, but the Canucks withstood the initial push and made it to the end of the first period in a scoreless tie. The Golden Knights had an 11-2 edge in shots.Reilly Smith missed the net on a breakaway early in the second for Vegas, and the best save of that period actually belonged to Lehner. As he has for most of these playoffs, he got the start over Marc-Andre Fleury, and when the Canucks produced a rare scoring opportunity on a 2-on-1 break, Lehner made a lunging glove save on Boeser.Vancouver found itself with a big opportunity with 3:30 left in the period. Reaves received a major penalty and was ejected for a hit to the head of Tyler Motte, but that power play — which extended into the third period — was fruitless.That call on Reaves seemed less controversial than the penalty that sank Vegas last season. In Game 7 of a first-round series against San Jose, the Golden Knights were up 3-0 when Cody Eakin was given a major penalty for cross-checking. The Sharks scored four quick goals and eventually won in overtime.Nicolas Roy finally beat Demko to the glove side with about 12 minutes to go, but the shot hit the post. Then Vegas easily killed off another Vancouver power play as it became increasingly clear that the first goal would probably decide it.Vancouver’s J.T. Miller was called for hooking with 6:13 remaining, and Vegas needed only a few seconds to score.With the Canucks out, Canada again won’t have a Stanley Cup champion. The last team from Canada to win it all was Montreal in 1993.Image credits: AP center_img Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 09:33 IST At Last, Vegas Solves Demko In 3-0 Game 7 Win Over Canucks Shea Theodore finally solved Thatcher Demko with 6:08 remaining in the third period and the Vegas Golden Knights edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Friday night in Game 7 of their second-round series WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

New CheckdMedia appointment will play “vital role in growth”

first_img StumbleUpon PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articles Share CheckdMedia’s new Head of Commercial Harry Bowden will “play a vital role in the strategy and growth” of the firm, according to CEO Jamie Knowlson. Formerly of Oddschecker, he will report to co-founder and Marketing Director Lee Struggles.Bowden boasts an extensive list of industry experience, with a stint at Sky Bet preceding his seven years at Oddschecker.On accepting the role, he said: “I’ve known Jamie and Lee for years and can’t wait to be part of an already thriving business. They’ve established themselves as one of the industry’s leading sports betting communities and have incredibly exciting growth plans. I’m looking forward to working with them and our operator partners to truly realise our potential.”CheckdMedia’s brands include the likes of FootyAccumulators.com, The Winners Enclosure and the 2017-acquired brand Oddschanger. As well as being the main contact between the firm and its partners, Bowden will play a key role in bringing in new business and opportunities for the B2B areas recently launched on CheckdMedia’s newly revamped website.Knowlson added: “We are very excited for Harry to join the team. With his wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry, he’s going to play a vital role in the strategy and growth of CheckdMedia and will be a particularly important player in our plans to expand worldwide.”The appointment consolidates what has been a fruitful start to 2019 for Checkdmedia, after the Manchester-based firm launched a new B2B site just last week. The revamped site gives potential businesses the opportunity to navigate through CheckdMedia’s services easily, and includes the brand-new strapline: ‘Positioning your brand amongst the audience that matters’.“The newly designed website gives our existing partners the best experience possible, whilst showcasing CheckdMedia’s offerings to potential new clients,” said Knowlson. Submit Share Restructured GVC sidelines Oddschecker affiliate services  July 8, 2020 Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020last_img read more

Fahrudin Đurđević is the new player of FC ”Zvijezda” Gradačac

first_imgCurrently, BiH football tournaments are on a break, and most teams are searching for reinforcements. BiH Premier League team ”Zvijezda” from Gradačac is bringing Fahrudin Đurđević in its team.Đurđević was born in Skopje, and so far he played for FC Macedonia, FC Vardar, FC Spartak Skopje, and he also played for U-17, U-19 and U-21 National football teams of Macedonialast_img

Football Players of Željezničar Training in Međugorje

first_imgFootball players and the expert staff of Football Club Željezničar are training in Međugorje, where they are preparing for the European League matches, announced this football club.The team is training twice a day.All the football players are in good shape, expect for Dedić, who has a minor injury. Filip Lončarić joined them as well and on “probation” is Ćilić and Sokol.They will play today in Međugorje at 17:00 a friendly match against Croatian first league team- Istra 1961 team.Football players of Željezničar in the first qualifying round will play against representatives of Montenegro – Lovćena team. The first match will be played on 3 July in Cetinje and the rematch will take place on 10 July in Sarajevo.(Source: Fena)last_img

Simeone rehearses with João Félix as headline against Sevilla

first_imgSimeone began to test in the training session today a possible eleven to face Sevilla, in which it will be the first final of those that the Madrid team has left. The rojiblanco coach arranged several games in which he let glimpse a starting eleven. João Félix would be the big news against Sevilla and enter by Carrasco, who played at home against Espanyol. Simeone, in the different games and ball exercises, put an eleven in which they were Vrsaljko, Savic, Felipe, Beautiful (Lodi did thoughtful work in the gym and that’s fine, so he could be a starter); Correa, Marcos Llorente, Saúl, Koke; Morata and João Félix.Thomas is low by penalty and in this place the Cholo placed Marcos Llorente, who could regain ownership in this meeting. As can be seen from the rehearsals, Correa could go down to the center of the field, on the right side, so that the Portuguese play on top with Morata. João Félix does not start from January 26, in the match against Leganés. The Portuguese has already played after his injury, although he had not yet played in the starting eleven. He played a few minutes in front of Villarreal and Espanyol. Before Sevilla will recover ownership. Giménez, OK; Lemar is still lowGiménez, who stayed off the list of summoned in the last league match due to discomfort in one knee, exercised without problems with the rest of his teammates and had no physical problems. He was not with the whole group Lemar, who is still recovering from his injury. The Frenchman did not train, although he followed his recovery plan in the gym. We will see if the French can be incorporated progressively with the rest of his teammates.last_img read more