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Healthcare staff win top Spain prize for ‘spirit of sacrifice’


first_imgAt 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. center_img Topics :last_img read more


Gold Coast’s top 20 most affordable suburbs


first_imgSpringbrook is known for its picturesque national park. Pic: Jerad Williams Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 The Gold Coast’s top 20 most affordable suburbs for houses (lowest median values). Source: Aussie Home Loans and CoreLogic MORE NEWS: Coast’s best indoor pools “Springbrook is 35 minutes from Nerang and 20 minutes from Mudgeeraba and Robina,” she said.“It’s a little bit further so you have to drive somewhere to get petrol and groceries.”She said it was perfect for people who wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the city as well as those looking to get more bang for their buck.“It’s basically a rainforest so the homes are very private,” she said.“I personally own two cottages up there. It was the most affordable home I could find on the Gold Coast.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We’ve had young couples and young families start their life up there too.“The homes are mostly older homes but there are some up there that are a year old, the majority of them are quarter-acre (1000sq m) places.”center_img The Gold Coast’s top 20 most affordable suburbs for units (lowest median values). Source: Aussie Home Loans and CoreLogic.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said it was a surprise to see Springbrook top the list.“Potentially, it’s one of those golden opportunities,” he said.“I think if (buyers) are looking for that lifestyle where they’re getting a retreat from the busy part of the Coast, I’d (tell them to) look at it.”He said suburbs on the northern Gold Coast, including Pimpama and Coomera, would always offer more affordable houses than the southern areas.“That’s the growth corridor of the Gold Coast so you’re probably seeing that in the short to medium term being the most affordable market,” he said. MORE NEWS: From dull to modern haven: inside a top renovation Where are the best place to look for cheap houses and units on the Gold Coast?GOLD Coasters on the hunt for a cheap house are being urged to look in a surprising location.New data shows Springbrook in the city’s southwest is the most affordable Coast suburb to buy a house.It heads a joint study by Aussie Home Loans and CoreLogic, released today (Saturday), which identified the top 20 most affordable suburbs for houses and units.The mountain area claimed the top spot on the list because it had the lowest median house value at $443,261.Pimpama ($455,198), Coomera ($476,903), Nerang ($480,229) and Ormeau Hills ($492,316) followed closely behind.LJ Hooker Nerang agent Helen Thomas said Springbrook’s location was what made its roughly 380 houses so cheap, despite often being on large blocks. Aussie Homes Loans chief executive James Symond said it was a great time for first-home buyers and investors to break into the market.“Most suburbs on our lists have experienced healthy growth in median value over the last decade,” he said. “However, in the last 12 months more have been tracking backwards, especially houses.“Our report reveals some quality affordable housing in suburbs across the Gold Coast and with record low interest rates, buying a property could be more achievable than you know.”last_img read more


White line edging on I-74 today


first_imgBatesville, IN–Crews will re-stripe the white edge line along I-74 EB from west of New Point (Exit 143) to S.R. 101/Sunman/Milan (Exit 156) starting today at  10 a.m. Please use caution in the area. Attenuator trucks will be present.last_img


Herath’s 400th Test wicket seals dramatic Sri Lanka win


first_imgSRI LANKA 1st innings 419 (D. Chandimal 155 n.o., D. Karunaratne 93, N. Dickwella 83)PAKISTAN 1st innings 422 (A. Ali 85, H. Sohail 76, S. Masood 59, S. Aslam 51; R. Herath 5-93)SRI LANKA 2nd innings (overnight 69-4)Dimuth Karunaratne c Masood b Shah 10Kaushal Silva lbw b Sohail 25Lahiru Thirimanne c S. Ahmed b Shafiq 7Kusal Mendis lbw b Abbas 18Dinesh Chandimal c Shafiq b Shah 7Suranga Lakmal c B. Azam b Abbas 13Niroshan Dickwella not out 40Dilruwan Perera lbw b Shah 6Rangana Herath c Masood b Shah 0Lakshan Sandakan c Amir b Shah 8Nuwan Pradeep b H. Ali 0Extras: (lb-3, nb-1) 4Total: (all out, 66.5 overs) 138Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-33, 3-51, 4-65, 5-73, 6-86, 7-101, 8-101, 9-135.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 12-4-27-0, Mohammad Abbas 12-3-22-2 (nb-1), Yasir Shah 27-5-51-5, Hasan Ali 7.1-0-21-1, Asad Shafiq 3.4-0-7–1, Haris Sohail 5-2-7-1.PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Target: 136 runs)Shan Masood c K. Silva b D. Perera 7Sami Aslam c Karunaratne b Herath 2Azhar Ali c Dickwella b Lakmal 0Asad Shafiq c Karunaratne b Herath 20Babar Azam c Dickwella b D. Perera 3Haris Sohail lbw b D. Perera 34Sarfraz Ahmed stp. Dickwella b Herath 19Hasan Ali b Herath 8Mohammad Amir b Herath 9Yasir Shah not out 6Mohammad Abbas lbw b Herath 0Extras: (b-1, lb-4, nb-1) 6Total: (all out, 47.4 overs) 114Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-7. 3-16, 4-32, 5-36, 6-78, 7-98, 8-100, 9-111.Bowling: Suranga Lakmal 5-1-12-1, Rangana Herath 21.4-4-43-6, Dilruwan Perera 18-4-46- 3 (nb-1), Nuwan Pradeep 2-1-4-0, Lakshan Sandakan 1-0-4-0… RANGANA Herath claimed his 400th Test wicket as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic 21-run win over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi to answer their critics in style.The veteran bowler stole the headlines on an action-packed final day of the first Test, bringing up his landmark scalp with the match-clinching lbw dismissal of Mohammad Abbas.It was the 16th wicket to fall yesterday as Pakistan were all out for 114, after Sri Lanka – whitewashed in all formats on their tour of India – posted 138.Herath ended with figures of 6-43 to give his side the lead in the two-match series, becoming only the second Sri Lankan to take 400 wickets in the longest format – half the total compiled by legendary compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan.The 39-year-old’s man-of-the-match display came on a pitch that deteriorated badly on the fifth day, when runs were hard to come by and no batsman was able to stamp his authority.It all meant that a contest which had failed to provide much in the way of entertainment for four days concluded in memorable fashion.Sri Lanka were left to defend 136 after lunch, with Niroshan Dickwella’s 40 not out representing their only meaningful resistance with the bat.Yasir Shah helped himself to a five-for to set up what looked to be a very achievable chase for Pakistan.But the warning signs were there from very early in their second innings, with Herath dismissing Sami Aslam for two, as the left-arm spinner began to weave his magic.Pakistan were rarely able to build momentum and on 36-5 they were well on their way to blowing it.A brief rally saw Sarfraz Ahmed (19) and Haris Sohail (34) put on 42, but Herath refused to stay quiet for long and he ultimately broke up the partnership when Sarfraz came down the pitch and missed a dipping delivery, allowing Dickwella to stump him.That broke Pakistan’s spirit and the tail was cleaned up in short order, although only after Kusal Mendis had prematurely celebrated the win when his catch came off a Dilruwan Perera no-ball.Herath’s place in the history books was the final action of the match, sparking wild celebrations from a Sri Lanka side who exorcised some of the demons of their India misery.The second meeting starts on Friday in Dubai. (Omnisport)last_img read more


Clear Lake Veterans Memorial dedicated (AUDIO/VIDEO/PICS)


first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Dedication ceremonies were held Monday afternoon for the Clear Lake Veterans Memorial. Six large black marble slabs are mounted on the walls outside the VFW Post 4868 building which face the courtyard at the southern corner of 3rd and Main blocks away from the lake.Eldon Vine talking at Monday’s Clear Lake VFW ceremonyMemorial committee chairman Eldon Vine, a Korean War veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Part of his talk revolved around a granite bench that’s also part of the memorial right outside the VFW front doors that carries the inscription “All Gave Some – Some Gave All”. Vine says all servicemen that went through basic training endured a vigorous time of instruction that had a lasting impact. “That seems unnecessarily cruel, but there is a method or a reason for that. Certainly when someone survives that basic training, they no longer are naive about the world. They know that life is tough, in other words they become tough-minded, and if you ever go to combat, you need to be as tough minded as you can be from the onset. A lot of people criticize this rather rigorous early training, but it does have a purpose. I know I hated it at the time too, but as time passes you realize it’s better.” Vine says the final three words of that line, “Some Gave All”, are very self-explanatory.  “Of those who experience all these other things, in combat or other perilous duty, end up being Killed In Action, killed in the line of duty, or they end up being Missing In Action, which is sad, that means at some point, the person dropped out of sight. We had a number of Missing In Action people in Korea. In another category, some because of combat end up really shattered in both body and spirit, also bad. So that’s ‘giving it your all. ‘All Gave Some — Some Gave All’,  that summarizes it.” Any veterans or families of veterans who haven’t placed a name on the wall can get more information from the VFW. You can listen back to Monday’s full ceremony via the audio player belowlast_img read more




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