Global COVID-19 total tops 5 million; some nations overwhelmed

first_imgThe global COVID-19 total passed 5 million today, with daily cases in Brazil starting to reach levels seen in the United States and Doctors Without Borders sounding an alarm about catastrophic spread of the novel coronavirus in Yemen.It took 12 days for the pandemic total to rise from 4 million to 5 million, the same as it took for illnesses to jump from 3 million to 4 million. The global total is now at 5,047,377 cases, and 329,816 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.As Brazil cases rise, US considers travel banBrazil, which earlier this week became the world’s third hardest-hit nation, behind the United States and Russia, reported a daily high of 21,472 cases yesterday, similar to the US daily total of 22,140. In the United States, President Trump said he is considering a ban on travel from Brazil, owing to its quickly accelerating outbreak, according to media reports.A few days ago, Sao Paulo’s mayor warned that the city’s hospitals would soon be overrun with COVID-19 patients, and lawmakers in Brazil are considering a law to require wearing face masks in public areas.The outbreak is playing out amid controversial policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the threat and discouraged lockdowns. Two health ministers have been fired or have resigned. The most recent one, Nelson Teich, reportedly clashed with the president over the use of distancing measures and hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that has unproven benefits and can be harmful to certain risk groups. Bolsonaro yesterday on Twitter said the country will introduce new guidelines to expand the use of hydroxychloroquine.COVID-19 cases are rising quickly in other Latin America countries, such as Peru, where cases have doubled over the past 2 weeks, giving it the second most cases in the region behind Brazil, Reuters reported. A lockdown in Peru is in effect until May 24, and surging cases are straining hospitals and leading to shortages of drugs such as acetaminophen and amoxicillin.Earlier this week, the head of the Pan American Health Organization said recent spikes in cases and deaths in the Americas were related to the virus taking root in poor and vulnerable groups, including those in indigenous communities and in densely populated urban areas.MSF: Yemen faces catastrophic outbreakElsewhere, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned today that a catastrophe is unfolding the Yemen current capital city of Aden, where it has a COVID-19 treatment center that covers the southern part of the country.In a statement, MSF said that, from Apr 30 to May 17, it admitted 173 patients, 68 of whom died. In a statement, the nonprofit said many patients are arriving at the center in acute respiratory distress, making it hard to save their lives and pointing to more extensive illness levels in households.Government burial records suggest that 80 people a day are dying in their homes, up sharply from the daily baseline of 10. MSF said it had treated several healthcare workers and that many of its own staff are sick. Aden has a population of about 800,000.Caroline Seguin, MSF’s operations manager for Yemen, said the high mortality levels they’re seeing in Aden are similar to those seen in Europe’s intensive care units, but the people dying in Yemen are much younger—with men ages 40 to 60 as the hardest-hit group. She urged the United Nations and other donors to do more to help Yemen, which needs money to pay healthcare workers and for personal protective equipment and oxygen concentrators.World Health Organization (WHO) officials have also raised alarms about the worrying situation developing in Yemen, with cases reported in both the north and the south of the war-torn country.Indonesia cases rise, holiday travel concernsIndonesia yesterday reported its highest daily total, with 973 new cases, Reuters reported. To help contain the outbreak, the country’s president has banned people from traveling for holidays after Ramadan, which ends next week. However, thousands of people are already leaving Jakarta, the country’s outbreak epicenter, raising worries that people could spread the virus to their hometowns during the Eid holiday visits.People are allowed to travel with proof of reason and a health certificate and police are monitoring checkpoints, but media reports say people are getting fake medical certificates online.In other global developments:The Tokyo summer Olympic Games, postponed until next summer, will be cancelled if they need to be cancelled again for COVID-19 reasons, the head of the International Olympic Committee told the BBC Japan’s president has said he hope a decline in virus levels next year and an availability of a vaccine will allow the postponed games to take place.Wuhan, China’s original epicenter, has banned the eating of wild animals and is offering farmers money to stop breeding exotic animals for food to reduce the risk of viruses such as COVID-19 from jumping from animals to people, CBS News China today reported two new cases, one of them imported and one from Shanghai; it also reported 31 more asymptomatic cases, 3 of them imported, according to the National Health Commission.Iran’s state media said 10,000 healthcare workers have been infected in its outbreak, some of them fatally, Reuters reported, though it did not list the number of deaths.Swedish health officials said a seroprevalence study of Stockholm residents suggests that 7.3% of the population have been exposed to COVID-19, CNN Anders Tegnell, PhD, MSc, the country’s chief epidemiologist, said the number was lower than expected, but not by much. Sweden has taken a different response approach to much of the rest of Europe, forgoing strict lockdowns. Global health officials have warned that low seroprevalence levels they are seeing mean the world is vulnerable to another wave of pandemic activity.last_img read more

GVA Grimley Central London Offices Outlook 2010

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No more active cases in Belize

first_img CARICOM congratulates Belize on its 39th Independence… 23 April update – State of Emergency to be extended Neighbouring Guatemala up to yesterday has reported 730 cases with 46 cases being in the Eastern (includes Peten) part of Guatemala and the neigbhouring state of Quintana Roo is reporting 956 cases up until midday today with a total of 24 cases in the neighbouring municipality of Othon P. Blanco (Chetumal included in this data). Unemployment Relief Program being set up Statement on COVID-19 Hon. Dean Barrow, BelizeMay 29, 2020 – My fellow Belizeans, Welcome to this morning’s press conference, and, forgive me, but I must start this morning on a note of complaint. Today’s press conference is another in what has become a regular, almost weekly series. The objective is always to update the nation in…June 1, 2020In “General”COVID deaths recorded in Jamaica, Trinidad and BelizeStory via CMC – Trinidad and Tobago’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roshan Parasram Wednesday said there has been a decline in the number of people tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19) even as the country continues to record more deaths and positive cases from the virus. Dr. Parasram told the Ministry…October 1, 2020In “General”Three CARICOM countries record COVID deathsStory via CMC – Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas registered deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours, while the authorities in Belize warn that ongoing transmission happening within families is a key factor driving the virus in that Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. The Ministry of…October 14, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp Jun 5, 2020 Ministry of Health, Belize – We can now confirm that our last two active cases have recovered as their second test is now negative! Sep 21, 2020 Ministry of Health Confirms 19th Case of COVID-19 Apr 24, 2020 We need a community effort as we move along to prevent any more cases of COVID-19. Apr 16, 2020 You may be interested in… Belize recorded a total of 18 positive cases. There were two deaths and 16 recoveries. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… We however, need to continue to exercise the preventive measures across all sectors as the numbers with our neighbours continue to go up.last_img read more

Canadian Coast Guard’s New Vessel Hits the Water

first_imgThe Halifax Shipyard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Irving Shipbuilding Inc, held a launching ceremony for the Canadian Coast Guard’s new mid-shore patrol vessel, named in memory of Captain Nichola Goddard, a valiant soldier who gave her life for her country.“Canadians owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all those who have fought for our values and freedom, as well as their families and loved ones. This new Coast Guard Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel will keep Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard’s memory alive and will ensure that her sacrifice will never be forgotten,” said Canada’s Justice Minister Peter MacKay.The CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M floated by itself for the first time into Halifax harbour and will head for sea trials before it is assigned to the West Coast.An official naming and dedication ceremony will follow in the near future.[mappress]Press Release, May 22, 2014; Image: Canadian Govtlast_img read more

A breath of fresh air for health and work wellbeing

first_imgThis time of year, it is well documented that we spend around 90% of our time indoors so we are probably more conscious than usual about the quality of the environment we are living and working in. Those still managing to get outdoors to train for a triathlon or simply cycle to work might be increasingly aware of the high levels of outdoor urban air pollution – at least that which can be seen and smelt. But does the quality of the indoor air we breathe on a daily basis get the consideration it deserves?Workers in the property sector will have found it difficult to ignore many of the health and wellbeing-focused reports published by major corporate and property industry bodies in the UK of late. Dialogue surrounding the health, wellbeing and productivity of a company’s employees is prevalent in today’s business arena. For example, the World Green Building Council recently launched its ‘Better Places for People’ campaign and the team behind the ‘WELL’ certification is ramping up its marketing of the new standard in Europe through a number of training workshops, events and partnerships. Bodies such as RICS, BCO and CBI have all been involved with wellbeing working groups, conferences and reports.Indoor environmental quality is now the hot sustainability topic for the industry, moving the conversation on from energy efficiency; a key focus of the past decade. This makes a lot of financial sense. As a rough rule of thumb, an average company spending £300 per square metre on rent, could be spending £30 per square metre annually on energy bills but as much as £3,000 per square metre on employee wages. Therefore anything that positively influences employee comfort, reduces illness and improves cognitive function supports business success to a far greater extent than any other property intervention.Does the quality of the indoor air we breathe on a daily basis get the consideration it deserves?Herein lies the reason for the epiphany in the past couple of years regarding the importance of some of the most basic office features to businesses. A huge number of peer reviewed research studies suggest that better indoor air quality (e.g. with low concentrations of CO2 and pollutants and high fresh air exchange rates) can lead to productivity improvements of as much as 8-11%[1]. This is through two key benefits; the increase of occupant cognitive function, and the reduction in illness absenteeism from respiratory ailments for instance. The specific findings of some of these studies are quite striking.For example, a recent Harvard study demonstrated that people who work in offices with enhanced ventilation and better than average levels of indoor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carbon dioxide concentrations have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores in important areas than those who work in offices with typical levels of these pollutants. These include responding to a crisis (131% higher); developing strategy (288% higher); and information usage (299% higher). Conclusions can justifiably be drawn that that these improvements in cognitive function will have a direct benefit on the quality and speed of creation of work outputs, with subsequent positive impacts on corporate revenues.Improving air quality can also reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses such as coughs and colds, which although seemingly minor, caused the loss of a staggering 27 million work days in 2013 in the UK.[2] Short term sick leave was found in one particular indicative study to be 35% lower in offices ventilated by an outdoor air supply rate of 24 litres/second compared to buildings with rates of 12 l/s. The same study estimated the value of increased ventilation to be $400 per employee per year.[3] Research has also found that getting humidity levels right can also reduce the transmission rates of cold and flu viruses, which interestingly spread much more easily in an office with overly dry air. Quantification of cost savings and paybacks here is pretty easy. Given that the cost of sickness to the employer is estimated at an average £595/employee/year in the UK[4], for a corporate headquarters with 2,000 employees, this equates to total losses of over £1 million per year. Reducing this amount even by 20% through simple changes to mechanical ventilation systems and introducing indoor planting for example, would result in annual savings of around £200,000 from the improvements to this one building alone.Property sector professionals all over the country are now waking up to the effect of a building’s health & wellbeing performance on its desirability. With fitbits, portable sensors and phone apps proliferating, we will soon have access to ‘big data’, which will only add support to the view that an indoor environment designed to support people’s health and cognitive function boosts the bottom line. Although clearly intuitive but sometimes still challenging to fully quantify, my hope is that we can soon draw a line under the endless debates over the business case. Let’s just crack on with delivering healthy buildings, a welcome breath of fresh air for us all.Beth Ambrose, associate director for Upstream Sustainability Services at JLL[1] World Green Building Council: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices, 2014[2] Office for National Statistics (2014)  Full Report: Sickness Absence in the Labour Market[3] Milton DK. Glencross PM. and Walters MD. (2000) Risk of Sick Leave Associated with Outdoor Air Supply Rate, Humidification, and Occupant Complaints. Indoor Air 10, pp 212-221.[4] World Green Building Council: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices, 2014last_img read more

The Wednesday Wire – April 22nd 2015

first_imgAmber Road has recently said that low oil prices, new markets, extraction breakthroughs and shifting geopolitical relationships have resulted in market volatility within the oil and gas sector, affecting financial returns.The leading provider of on-demand global trade management software and solutions adds that this is forcing the energy sector to rein in costs. And one area in which this is happening is within the supply chain as energy companies seek to maximise their supply chain efficiencies as they face a wide range of logistics challenges in both the upstream and downstream sides of the business.Amber Road says logistics service providers active in the sector can expect to see demands for greater supply chain visibility to give a clear view into the operations of the suppliers, projects, customers, and business processes, ensuring complete tracking and monitoring of the movement of goods. There will also be an ongoing demand for evidence of improved compliance processes and enhanced supplier collaboration, such as the development of interactive supplier portals.Amber Road concludes that applying these three techniques can lower costs and flatten the variables in a supply chain. In businessPan Ocean restructures for futurePan Ocean intends to raise USD785 million through a new share sale, while reducing payments to its creditors, as part of a major restructuring programme. Contractual obligationsErickson pipes up in MexicoGroup Desarrollo Infaestructura (GDI) has awarded a contract to Erickson for a new rural infrastructure pipeline project that will bring clean-burning natural gas to Mexico. Capacity developmentsMOK orders vessel trioMitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) subsidiary, Mitsui O.S.K. Kinkai (MOK), has placed an order for three 17,500 dwt multipurpose vessels from Honda Heavy Industries.High Strenx steel launchedNordic and US-based SSAB is launching Strenx, a new high-strength structural steel product brand.Brake sailings open Great Lakes seasonThree sailings by Fednav from the German port of Brake to the North American Great Lakes opened the season for the shipping company’s FALLine (Federal Atlantic Lakes Line) service. On the moveTuscor Lloyds in move of its ownTuscor Lloyds has moved into new headquarters in Manchester, UK.Two new for C.H. RobinsonC.H. Robinson has opened new global forwarding offices in Antwerp and Ho Chi Minh City.Able appoints projects managerAble UK has appointed Neil Jarvis as a special projects manager to work on the company’s developments in both the North East and the Humber. Notable shipmentIndia’s MFC Transport has transported a 437-tonne unit from Godrej Industries’ plant in Vikhroli to Mumbai port.last_img read more

Trump, Spain’s prime minister meet before secession vote

first_imgTrump, Spain’s prime minister meet before secession vote Published: September 26, 2017 1:21 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is welcoming Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (mah-ree-AH’-noh rah-HOY’) to the White House days before a crucial secession vote in his country.The regional government in Catalonia is holding a binding referendum Sunday on separating from Spain. But the Spanish government insists such a vote is illegal and promises it won’t take place. Catalonia is one of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. Its capital is the Mediterranean port city of Barcelona, a favorite for tourists.State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert recently said the U.S. has no position on the referendum.She says the U.S. will work with any government or entity that comes out of the vote.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday she had nothing to add to the State Department’s position on the issue. Author: Associated Press center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

Redundancy talks started at merged Ince Gordon Dadds

first_imgDozens of staff members at the merged firm Ince Gordon Dadds have been put on notice of redundancy.Listed firm Gordon Dadds completed the £27m acquisition of top 50 firm Ince & Co at the end of December and has now kick-started the process for scrapping duplicated roles.A spokesman said: ‘Naturally as with all mergers there are synergies that can be found. A redundancy consultation process will begin next week, however we are committed to exploring ways to minimise the number of employees affected and no final decision has been made as of yet.’It has been reported that around 45 roles are affected, mostly support staff previously based at Ince & Co.Maritime specialist Ince & Co had its own redundancy round in 2018, as it confirmed the loss of 32 jobs in its London office last summer.The firm entered administration on 31 December with insolvency specialist Quantuma brought in to handle the process.Gordon Dadds acquired the business for a total consideration of £27.3m in a pre-pack deal. The deal included the transfer of 24 equity partners who have committed to Ince Gordon Dadds for a minimum of 18 months.last_img read more

EF Country Podcast Episode 2: Country Music Week 2019

first_imgiTunesEpisode 2: Country Music Week 2019 – Entertainment Focus Since recording the podcast, Fairground Saints are no longer part of the Country Music Week line-up. Spotifycenter_img It’s Monday, which means it’s time for the second episode of the newly launched EF Country Podcast!On this week’s episode we talk about the jam-packed Country Music Week line-up. The annual event kicks off on Monday 21st October 2019 and runs through to Monday 28th October 2019.Pip and Laura discuss the events taking place over the course of the week and pick the shows they think are absolute must-sees. You can listen to the podcast across Podomatic, Spotify and iTunes.Pick your preference below, give it a listen and get in touch with us on Twitter @efcountry to let us know what you think!Podomaticlast_img read more

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 7 in Zimbabwe

first_imgCOVID-19 cases rise to 37 in Morocco Kenya’s COVID-19 cases rise to 16 Microscopic view of Coronavirus, a pathogen that attacks the respiratory tract. Analysis and test, experimentation. Sars. 3d render The number of people in Zimbabwe who have tested positive to COVID-19 has risen to seven, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said Friday night.Microscopic view of Coronavirus, a pathogen that attacks the respiratory tract. Analysis and test, experimentation. Sars. 3d renderIn an update to the nation, the ministry said the last three people to test positive had not traveled outside the country.One person tested positive on Thursday and the other two tested positive on Friday.“Of the cases confirmed to date, three are due to contact with an infected individual locally. Our teams are currently seized with enhanced surveillance through contact tracing by following up all known contacts of these cares.“Therefore the ministry would like to remind everyone of the need to maintain social distancing by avoiding close contact (1 meter) with anyone who is unwell, coughing or sneezing,” the ministry said.President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday ordered a 21-day complete shutdown as Zimbabwe, like several others in Southern Africa, battles to contain the spread of the disease which has so far claimed one life in the country.Relatedcenter_img Uganda’s COVID-19’s cases rise to 18last_img read more