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UK says virus-related deaths rise to 48,000


first_imgSome younger children returned to school in England on Monday while some shops were allowed to reopen.However, some critics say the government is moving too quickly while infection rates and deaths remain high. Separately, England’s public health agency on Tuesday published a new report confirming previous evidence that the outbreak is hitting ethnic minorities the hardest.People of Bangladeshi origin had around twice the risk of dying than white British people, even accounting for age, sex, deprivation and region — although not accounting for comorbidities, occupation or obesity.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said coronavirus had “emphasized the existing health inequalities in the country”, and promised further work on the issue.He said the report was timely given global protests over the death of George Floyd in the United States, adding: “Black lives matter.”And I want to say this to everyone who works in the National Health Service and in social care: I value the contribution that you make, everybody equally.”And I want to say it right across society too. I want to thank you.” Topics : The number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has risen to 48,000, official data showed Tuesday.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures tallied all fatalities in which COVID-19 was suspected or mentioned on death certificates up to May 22.The total of 48,106 is significantly higher than the government’s latest daily figure of 39,369, which only includes deaths where the patient tested positive for coronavirus.center_img By either measure, the toll is Europe’s worst and puts Britain behind only the United States in officially announced deaths, although each country has different reporting lags and methods. The data also showed there had been 56,308 more deaths in England and Wales than the five-year average since the outbreak took hold in March.But in the week ending May 22, there were 2,589 mentions of “novel coronavirus” on death certificates in England and Wales — the lowest since the seven days to March 27.Britain is one of the last European countries to start easing its stay-at-home restrictions, which were imposed on March 23.last_img read more


Regional properties more affordable than ever across North Queensland


first_img107 Ocean View Drive, Bowen offers magnificent ocean views and could be all yours for $799,000The drop in value of local properties has been somewhat offset however by a 12.5 per cent boost to land values in Airlie Beach. Queensland Valuer-General Neil Bray said valuation changes varied across the region.“Residential values have risen slightly in Cannonvale, with some slight to minor reductions in Bowen and Proserpine, minor increases in Airlie Beach and significant falls in Collinsville and Scottville,” Mr Bray said.“Some localities, such as Collinsville and Scottville, reflected significant decreases in median values due to a downturn in the coal mining industry with the median value of residential land in Collinsville falling from $21,000 to $9500.” View of Bowen Harbour, North Queensland. iStockIF owning a weekender is on your bucket list, cast your eyes towards the Whitsundays.Property valuations across Bowen and Collinsville have dropped to a record low in annual valuation figures released by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines this month.While valuations have only fallen by an average of 1.5 per cent across the Whitsunday region, Collinsville and Scottville land values have been slashed by over half after they were similarly cut last year.Bowen land value also dropped by 12.4 per cent. This five-bedroom home at43 Pelican Street, Collinsville is the perfect project for a motivated renovatorLand owners who object to their land valuations can register their concerns with the department until May 8.While the overall drop in values may have left some property owners in a perilous position, Housing Industry Association Regional Director North Queensland Robert Harding said the drop in values was an opportunity for buyers and builders looking to invest in the region.“The largest cost of building is the land component as well as government taxes,” he said.“Whenever we see land values drop, it generally benefits our building industry as everything that goes into building becomes more affordable so this drop is certainly welcomed by all of us.” Looking for a tree change? This Collinsville property onNormanby Road comes with 400 breeders and a four-bedroom homestead.“The movement in valuations reflect the diversity in our Whitsunday Region’s economy — some areas have seen significant improvement while other areas are still doing it tough,” Cr Willcox said.“It is like a patchwork in movement in the land valuations, even at a suburb level, some streets have increased, while others have decreased.“If the property owners dispute the valuations provided for 30 June 2017, they must object to the State Government, not council.” Are you looking for a weekender with plenty of room for a boat? Than94 Herbert Street, Bowen should be on your `must-inspect’ list.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 2020The new land valuations will be used by Whitsunday Regional Council to generate general rates for 2017/18.Movement in land valuations will impact on the individual rate assessment, as well as the total rate revenue that council receives through rate notices.In stressing that valuations were set by the Queensland Government, Mayor Andrew Willcox encouraged locals to review their new valuation and challenge it if they had concerns.last_img

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers protest at EU sanctions


first_img Share News Ivory Coast cocoa farmers protest at EU sanctions by: – February 17, 2011 The farmers say the EU is being manipulated by France.Hundreds of Ivory Coast cocoa farmers have burned sacks of beans in protest at EU sanctions intended to force Laurent Gbagbo from power.The EU, like the UN and the African Union, recognises Alassane Ouattara as the rightful winner of November’s election.Financial sanctions have been imposed on institutions seen as backing Mr Gbagbo.The country’s largest bank has ceased trading – the fifth this week.French bank Societe Generale said it was shutting down its Ivorian subsidiary SGBCI because it is “no longer able to ensure the short term supply of currency/cash to our branches”.There have been long queues of people outside banks in the main city Abidjan this week after the other banks shut down.Ivory Coast is part of the eight-country West African CFA monetary zone, with a single central bank based in Dakar, Senegal, which has refused to deal with Mr Gbagbo’s administration.Diplomats hope that Mr Gbagbo will have no option but to stand down if he is no longer able to pay civil servants, especially members of the security forces.“We reject EU sanctions on our cocoa because we are not involved in politics,” Blehoue Aka, president of the planters’ association, said at the protest outside the EU headquarters in Abidjan.“We are growers and without cocoa, we and our families risk dying,” he said as he delivered a letter of protest, reports the Reuters news agency.Ivory Coast is the biggest cocoa producer in the world and the price of cocoa has been trading at its highest levels for a year.Exporters have stopped registering new beans for export as a result of the sanctions, as well as a ban called for by Mr Ouattara.The UN-backed electoral commission says Mr Ouattara won November’s election but the Constitutional Council overruled it, citing rigging in the north, controlled by rebels who support Mr Ouattara.The long-delayed elections had been supposed to reunify the country – once the richest in West Africa – which has been divided since a 2002 civil war. 13 Views   no discussions Tweet Share BBC News Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more


Behanzin concerned about CHANCES


first_imgLocalNews Behanzin concerned about CHANCES by: – July 12, 2011 Share 31 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img CHANCES located on the Jimmit Highway. Photo credit: maureen61.blogspot.comFormer Magistrate Tiyani Behanzin has taken issue with CHANCES, a building set up in Jimmit to house delinquent children or young offenders.Mr. Behanzin says there should be different options for young offenders in Dominica, and that there must also be a different solution to remove young people out of the court system and put them in a more secure place.The building which costs over one million dollars was officially opened in September.Behanzin believes better could have been done with that money used for construction of the Chances building by providing better ways and means to have those children raised with functional families rather than sending them in an area where there is no family setting.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more


Hillforest re-opening soon


first_imgAURORA, Ind. — Hillforest Victorian House Museum will re-open for its 61st touring season on Saturday, April 1.The 1855 fully restored Victorian home of Thomas and Sarah Gaff in Aurora, offers guided tours Tuesday through Sunday from 1 – 5 PM.Admission is $10 for anyone age 14 and up, or $4 for children ages 7 -13.Kids 6 and under are free. Hillforest’s featured exhibit is “Bags, Bonnets, and Baubles,” a display of antique and vintage ladies hats, purses, and jewelry.Hillforest is a National Historic Landmark and one of Dearborn County’s top tourist attractions.last_img