At the height of the pandemic, with hospitals on the brink of collapse, healthcare professionals had protested over the lack of beds and ventilators for patients as well as personal protection equipment for frontline staff. Spain’s healthcare workers won the prestigious Princess of Asturias prize Wednesday, with the jury hailing their “heroic spirit of sacrifice” in risking their own lives in the frontline fight against COVID-19.Considered the equivalent to a Nobel Prize within the Spanish-speaking world, the Princess of Asturias Award recognizes individuals or institutions in a number of different categories from literature to the arts, science and sport. In allocating the award, the jury congratulated “thousands of people.. in public and private healthcare centers who have been in direct contact with patients” suffering from the deadly virus that has claimed more than 27,000 lives. Health ministry figures indicate more than 50,000 healthcare staff have been infected by the virus in Spain, representing 22 percent of the 240,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. And medical associations say more than 50 have died as a result of the virus. “With their heroic spirit of sacrifice and facing serious risks at personal costs, including that of their own lives, they have become a symbol” of the fight against the virus, the jury said. And that had won them “ongoing expressions of thanks and solidarity” from the nation, it said in a nod to the applause that has rung out every night at 8:00 pm from homes across the country since the crisis began in mid-March. Topics :
Renters need to make sure they are protected.Last week I was greeted with the horrific news that one of the properties our office manages was on-fire and the fire brigade and police were in attendance.Ripping across town my immediate thoughts, as you would expect, were with the lives of the tenants and their pets.I was relived when I arrived to discover the tenants were not home, their pets were safe and no one was hurt.It was a steep learning curve. I have never dealt with a fire of this magnitude and the lessons over the last week have been many.The biggest reminder was obviously the importance of insurance, regular maintenance and smoke alarm monitoring.This property had been regularly serviced and it was the smoke alarms that alerted the neighbours to the drama. There was no outstanding maintenance and the owner had adequate insurance.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoBut here are the two lessons. Unfortunately the tenant didn’t have contents insurance and in these circumstances the owner has to cover the expenses in relation to the building and the tenant has to protect their contents. It is essential that owners and tenants have adequate insurance.It is also a good reminder about another thing that is the tenant’s responsibility during a lease – which could end p being very costly.Many tenants are surprised to know that unreported maintenance can became a cost borne by the tenant.For example, if you notice a leak and don’t report it and the leak causes more damage which could have been avoided, then the tenant could be liable for the costs.My top 3 tips for tenants to ensure maximum protection during a lease are:· Complete your entry report within 3 days of receiving it noting any discrepancies. Ensure you get an acknowledgment that you returned it in time· Get contents insurance· Report all maintenance items
The men’s and women’s tennis teams begin their fall seasons with multiple players from each team nationally ranked.Having won five of the past seven national championships, the men’s tennis team certainly knows what needs to be done to compete for a national title.Junior Nick Crystal, who was a freshman when the Trojans last brought home the trophy in 2014, is the highest ranked singles player heading into the opening tournament this year. Crystal is ranked No. 42 in the country.Crystal has improved his highest ranking from last season, when he was No. 45 in the country for a time. Crystal also earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors last year. Though Crystal has experience with what it takes to win, there is one Trojan with slightly more experience than him.The lone senior of this year’s squad is Max de Vroome.He begins the season ranked No. 61 in the nation in the singles circuit and No. 47 in doubles, with freshman Jack Jaede playing alongside him as his partner.Jaede is not the Trojans’ only freshman, but he is one of four newcomers in addition to sophomore Tanner Smith, who is also in his first year at USC.For the Women of Troy, four players boast career-high singles rankings heading into preseason play.All-American senior Giuliana Olmos has broken into the top 10 for the first time in her career and owns the No. 10 ranking in the land to start the year. In addition to her All-American honors, Olmos was also awarded All-Pac-12 First Team honors.The sophomore triumvirate of Madison Westby, Gabby Smith and Meredith Xepoleas have all upgraded their rankings from the highest point of their freshman campaigns. Westby sits at No. 36, Smith at No. 59 and Xepoleas just behind her at No. 61.Four freshmen are on a very young roster this season, including Rianna Valdes, who has been ranked as the No. 2 freshman in the nation.Valdes is paired with Olmos for a high-ranking freshman-senior doubles duo at No. 31 in the country. Just above them are Westby and junior Zoë Katz.The majority of the men and women will open their 2015 campaigns at the Battle in the Bay in San Francisco from Sept. 17-20. Olmos and Smith, however, will play at the Oracle/ITA Masters in Malibu this weekend.The Women of Troy are looking to reboot their championship hopes after losing to Vanderbilt in the semifinals of the NCAA championships last year. The men lost to Baylor in the quarterfinals of the NCAA championship.