Pakistan cracks down on safety breaches, coronavirus cases top 100,000

first_imgThe decision to lift the lockdown on May 9 despite increasing infections of the coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, was prompted by a worsening economic crisis and unemployment.Pakistan is the 16th country to exceed 100,000 infections, a Reuters tally showed. The virus spread has yet to peak in Pakistan, officials say.  Pakistan has recorded more than 100,000 coronavirus infections, officials statistics showed on Monday and the rise in daily infections has prompted authorities to begin strict enforcement of government safety measures.The south Asian nation, which has registered 2,067 deaths and 103,671 infections of the novel coronavirus, lifted its lockdown last month but promulgated protocols for the reopening of markets, industries and public transport – including mandatory wearing of masks and social distancing.”First we educated the masses about the protocols, then we warned them, and now, in the last meeting with the prime minister in the chair, we directed administrations to crack down on places protocols are not being followed,” Pakistan’s Planning Minister Asad Umar said in a news conference at the weekend. Many markets and shops have been sealed because of non-compliance over the last few days, said Umar, who also heads the national response to the pandemic.Pakistan has been setting records for the number of new daily infections over the last 10 days, partly reflecting increased testing.But of the 23,000 tests daily, more than 1 in 5 have been positive over the last 10 days. Before the lockdown was lifted on May 9, the number of tests finding the coronavirus was approximately 1 in 10, government statistics show.Government officials say safety protocols are not being followed, particularly since just before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Former animal shelter site to become human haven

first_imgArboreti will be stage two of Renovare, which is being built on the site of the former RSPCA shelter.Stage one – Respiro – is under construction, and will be home to 11 three-bedroom townhomes and 19 one, two and three- bedroom luxury apartments. Just three townhomes and 11 apartments within the Respiro release remain on the market, with a one bedroom apartment starting from $389,000. Completion is expected by the end of June. Arboreti – stage two – has also been released, with three apartments sold off-the-plan. The largest residence on offer – a five-bedroom apartment – starts from $1.445 million.A third building, Venusto, was also recently released to the market, and will be constructed once the finishing touches are completed on Respiro. Renovare means to renew or refresh.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Gardner Vaughan Group director of sales Jason Currie said they wanted to renew the former RSPCA site, which closed in 2011 after the charity moved to Wacol.“We wanted to blend it (Renovare) in to the surrounding neighbourhood, and really take advantage of its position overlooking the park (Fehlberg Park),” he said.“To find a site like this in a beautiful leafy suburb just 5km from the city, with parkland, is incredibly hard. Any infill sites like this are becoming incredibly rare.”Mr Currie said the market had responded positively, with the majority of buyers coming from the local area.He said the developer and its design team were able to work with buyers to customise off-the-plan floor plates, a plus for owner occupiers and downsizers.“This is not a cookie cutter development,” he said.Each residence boasts designer kitchens with European applia Render showing the Estilo penthouse bedroomnces and stone benchtops, stylish bathrooms with imported luxury tiles and fittings, ducted airconditioning, remote access underground parking and CCTV. Residents-only facilities include a central pool, barbecue and recreation area set among tropical landscaped gardens Renovare was also granted a “five leaf” EnviroDevelopment rating by the UDIA, meaning it must adhere to five core sustainability categories – ecosystems, waste, energy, water and community. Renovare will offer buyers tranquillity close to the city.Its name means to renew or refresh, and Renovare at Yeronga is promising to do just that – create an oasis for buyers seeking tranquillity close to the city. Renovare is being developed on the former RSPCA site by the Gardner Vaughan Group, and will feature five eco-friendly buildings surrounding a central pool, recreational facilities and tropical landscaped gardens. .The development will include vegetable and herb gardens, extensive planting, solar energy in communal facilities, natural gas, water-saving devices, stormwater collection tanks for irrigation, and communal spaces to encourage social interaction.The Community Centre will be open to residents and the community, and will include two indoor, multipurpose function spaces, two fully-equipped kitchens, bathroom facilities and two large outdoor balconies. There will also be a gym with lift access and provision for a “hole in the wall” coffee shop.Yeronga is just five minutes from the CBD, and is close to all of Brisbane’s major hospitals, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, and the University of Queensland.The current median house sales price in Yeronga is $875,000, according to CoreLogic. For a unit, it is $430,000.last_img read more

Bob Wilson has been the man behind Syracuse rugby for 37 years

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 26, 2017 at 12:07 am Contact Evan: By day Bob Wilson is the director of Student Support Services at Syracuse, working in the Psychological Services Center. Wilson’s office, sitting in the basement of the building, is an ode to his true passion: rugby.Hanging on the walls are old rugby photos and the flag of Wilson’s homeland, England. When Wilson leaves his day job, he becomes head coach of the Syracuse rugby team, of which he’s been at the helm for the past 37 years.In 1968, Syracuse was introduced to rugby for the first time by graduate student Peter Baigent. The team had to use rope as crossbars, and consisted of both students and community members. Then, in 1970, Baigent wrote to Wilson and asked if he’d move from England and enroll at Syracuse to support his efforts at developing a rugby club. Baigent knew his friend loved rugby since they began playing together at Loughborough University in Central London.However, for Wilson, rugby wasn’t always his favorite sport. Growing up in England, Wilson played soccer, but he couldn’t continue in high school.“This high school, which was trying to be a poor replica of private schools in the U.K.,” Wilson said, “did not allow soccer, so I played rugby.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWilson helped the rugby program until he graduated. Then, he and his wife, Patricia, moved back to England. After 10 years, the couple returned to Syracuse to be closer to Patricia’s family. It was then that Wilson returned to coach the sport he had helped bring to life with his friend.Wilson describes his first departure as “very hard.”“We had shared rugby, social and family experiences together,” he added. “Several (teammates) are still good friends today.”Once Wilson returned, things had changed and the university and community had split paths. The community members formed the Syracuse Chargers, which still exists today.Syracuse now fields more than 60 players on three different teams and is a no-cut club sport. Yet, this promise to keep any interested athlete has upset upperclassmen who’ve grown frustrated with the high numbers.“There are times when some upperclassmen do not agree with Bob’s mentality of being open to anyone to join the club who is passionate about learning the sport.” said Matt Magargee, one of Wilson’s players. “However, with all the coaches I’ve had and met, I’ve never seen somebody so spirited to teach what he knows about rugby to these 18- to 22-year-old guys.”Magargee is a senior at Syracuse and has been on the rugby team since his freshmen year. He plays back, a position meant for the shorter, shiftier players, like a wide receiver or running back in football. Wilson is a former back, himself.“Bob is basically the core of the backs on the team,” Magargee said. “Without him, we wouldn’t be nearly as competent and competitive as we have been.”Magargee jokes that there’s a rumor that Wilson has never been tackled once in a game. Sometimes during practice, Wilson will take the field with his team.Today, rugby has grown exponentially in the U.S. and recruiting has become the new norm in college rugby. For Wilson, this is a new factor as a coach, yet he has found ways to still bring in players. He sends students or alumni to college fairs in New Jersey and Philadelphia, a youth program in Washington, D.C. and, sometimes, California. He also plans biannual trips to Europe for games. This season, SU will play in Portugal.“We try to keep the name of Syracuse rugby relevant,” Wilson said. Commentslast_img read more