Disease puts 1 in 5 globally at severe COVID-19 risk: Study

first_imgThey found that one in five people have at least one underlying health problem putting them in greater danger.While not all of those would go on to develop severe symptoms if infected, the researchers said around 4 percent of the global population — around 350 million) would likely get sick enough to require hospital treatment. “As countries move out of lockdown, governments are looking for ways to protect the most vulnerable from a virus that is still circulating,” said Andrew Clark, who contributed to the study.”This might involve advising people with underlying conditions to adopt social distancing measures appropriate to their level of risk.” Clark said the findings could help governments make decisions on who receives a COVID-19 vaccine first when one becomes available. Consistent with other studies about COVID risk, the authors found that older people are in greater danger of getting seriously unwell from the virus. Less than 5 percent of people aged under 20 have an underlying risk factor, compared with two thirds of over 70s. Countries with younger populations have fewer people with at least one underlying condition, but risks vary globally, according to the analysis. Small island states such as Fiji and Mauritius have among the highest rates of diabetes — a known COVID-19 risk factor — on Earth, for example. And countries with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS, such as eSwatini and Lesotho, also need to be vigilant, said authors of the research published in The Lancet. In Europe, more than 30 percent of people have one or more health conditions, it showed. Writing in a linked comment, Nina Schwalbe from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, said the study showed “it is time to evolve from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that centers on those most at risk.” An estimated 1.7 billion people — more than 20 percent of the world’s population — risk becoming severely infected with COVID-19 due to underlying health problems such as obesity and heart disease, analysis showed Tuesday. The novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 420,000 people globally during the first wave of the pandemic, adversely effects patients suffering from co-morbidities. A team of experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analyzed global data sets of illnesses including diabetes, lung disease and HIV used these to estimate how many people are at heightened risk of serious COVID-19 infection. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen as England’s lockdown eases

first_imgJohnson said his message was to “enjoy summer safely” and not undo the progress made in knocking back the pandemic.He said workers in pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and other businesses had made an heroic effort to prepare for reopening.”The success of these businesses, the livelihoods of those who rely on them, and ultimately the economic health of the whole country is dependent on every single one of us acting responsibly,” he said. “We must not let them down.”Police said they were “absolutely prepared” for the pubs reopening. But customers might find the atmosphere inside rather different from the usual Saturday-night scrum.Numbers will be limited, no one will be allowed to stand at the bar and there will be no live music. Patrons will also have to give their details to allow tracers to identify them if anyone later tests positive.JD Wetherspoon, one of the biggest chains, said it had invested 11 million pounds ($14 million) in safety measures.Most of its pubs in England will open at the usual time of 8 a.m. on Saturday. It is not taking bookings, but said at busy times numbers would be controlled by staff.Topics : England takes its biggest steps yet towards resumption of normal life on Saturday as people are finally allowed to drink in a pub, get a haircut or have a meal in a restaurant for the first time in over three months.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said everybody had to behave responsibly and maintain social distancing to support businesses and not risk a second wave of the coronavirus.Some hairdressers were reported to have opened at the stroke of midnight while pubs will be allowed to start serving from 0500 GMT on so-called “Super Saturday”, sparking worries of pent-up over-indulgence.last_img read more

Gold Coast trophy home sells days after hitting the market

first_imgThe perfect spot to watch the world go by.The master bedroom upstairs has a balcony and is separated from the other bedrooms by a second living area and study.Mr Dowker was confident it would have generated a lot of interest if it was on the market longer.“It would have definitely got strong interest,” he said.Property records show Mr Dowker sold the property to Shelley Fowke in February last year for $3.53 million.He said the market was strong in the Coast’s southern suburbs with several million-dollar sales settling over the past few weeks. The Palm Beach property sold after only five days on the market.A BEACHFRONT trophy home has been snapped up for a multimillion-dollar price after five days on the market.The Palm Beach property on Jefferson Lane was due to go under the hammer this weekend but it went under contract last week.Marketing agent Troy Dowker, of Ray White Mermaid Beach, said it sold to a local buyer for around $4 million. A refurbishment has breathed new life into the property.“I got the deal done in five days,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe sale is due to settle in early September.Mr Dowker said it received two offers, both of which were from Coast residents who liked its position and contemporary style.“(The home) was pretty much completely refurbished,” he said.“It provides a really good view — you get a really good vantage point looking south and north.”The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home has an open kitchen, living and dining area that flows onto a beachfront deck. The kitchen is modern and versatile.center_img Take a bubble bath and enjoy the view. The ultimate beach house.last_img read more

‘Disbelief’ at murderer’s first strike warning

first_imgThe New Zealand Herald July 3 2013Alexsis Tovizi’s mother wants the three strikes policy extended to include serious domestic violence offences after the man convicted of killing her 21-year-old daughter was sentenced today.Nikki Roper was handed a life sentence with a minimum non-parole period of 14-and-a-half years for murdering Alexis Tovizi, his ex-partner, with a sleeper hold at her Christchurch flat in 2010.It was just five days after he was released from prison where he was serving a sentence for choking the young mother.As he left jail in 2010, the unemployed 24-year-old told an inmate: “I’m going to kill the b****.”Alexsis’s mother, Cheryl Tovizi, released a statement today in which she called for the three strikes policy to be extended to include serious domestic violence offences.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10894591last_img read more

Home School Athletes

first_imgNew this year in Indiana is the eligibility of home school students to participate in high school sports.  The one stipulation is that they must be enrolled in the school and take at least one core course.  The rest of their schooling can still be done at home.  For those who like this system, it allows those students a chance to use their athletic skills in highly competitive athletic programs.  It also allows these students a social connection to their peers.  Those opposed to this system point out that this student is only in school one period a day, and thus, the school has little insight into what that student is doing the rest of the time.  Other opponents argue that this student has denied a full-time student a position on an athletic team.  What happens if a student enrolls for one sport and then withdraws as soon as that sport is over?  They may not have even completed a grading period.  This is something, I am sure, that will have to be addressed.  I am for all kids having equal opportunities for participation, but there has to be total fairness for all involved.last_img read more

Australian football club continues negotiations with Usain Bolt

first_imgSydney: The Australian football club where Usain Bolt has spent the past few months trialling have offered the former Olympic sprinter a contract, but say the partnership is unlikely to go ahead unless a third party sponsor can be found.The Central Coast Mariners released a statement on Tuesday saying that the club is seeking external partners to contribute to the contract offer and that without it the Jamaican appears unlikely to accept, reports Xinhua news agency.“Without the financial contribution of an external third party, it is unlikely that Usain Bolt and the Central Coast Mariners will agree to terms,” the statement said.Bolt scored two goals in a recent trial game for the club, who say that the eight-time Olympic gold medallist is not likely to appear in the 2018-19 A-League season, which began last week.“Usain has made great progression during his time on the Central Coast and we feel that he will improve further with more individual intensive training and competitive game time,” the statement said.“We are looking at ways to do this as the club does not have the luxury to be able to do this in the A-League.”Bolt will not be attending training sessions with the team this week until negotiations can be finalised. IANSlast_img read more

Angry players speak out at smoke-shrouded Australian Open qualifiers

first_imgBy Ian RansomMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Tempers flared at the Australian Open qualifying yesterday as players battled through another day of smoky air and two of the game’s all-time greats were labelled “selfish” for not protesting about the conditions.Qualifying was disrupted for a second successive day, firstly by bushfire smoke and later by a torrential rainstorm which cleared the air but put an end to play at Melbourne Park.Tournament organisers have been under fire for ploughing ahead with the qualifiers after an initial delay on Tuesday, with players complaining of breathing difficulties and one forced to retire from a match after suffering a coughing fit.The ill-will spilled over into yesterday, with Canadian world number 103 Brayden Schnur taking aim at 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and world number one Rafael Nadal for not taking a vocal stand for the lower-profile players in qualifying.“It’s got to come from the top guys – Roger and Rafael are a little bit selfish, in thinking about themselves and their careers,” Schnur told Australian Associated Press after winning his qualifier against Austrian Sebastian Ofner.“Because they’re near the end and all they’re thinking about is their legacy and they’re not thinking about the sport itself and trying to do what’s good for the sport – so those guys need to step up.”Schnur said he felt “super dryness” in his throat and that conditions were “100 percent not normal”.“They’re just trying to shove us on the court because we’re qualifiers.”France’s Nicolas Mahut posted a picture of himself wearing a mask over his mouth and nose with the caption: “Ready for my first round”.Canada’s Vasek Pospisil, a member of the ATP Player Council, tweeted: “It’s time for a players’ union. This is getting absurd.”Australia is experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons on record, with fires burning for months and killing 28 people, destroying more than 2 500 homes and razing forests and farmland the size of Bulgaria.Tennis Australia said it would continue to monitor on-site data and consult their medical team, the local bureau of meteorology and government scientists to determine whether conditions were fit for play.Scheduled horse race meetings in two separate Melbourne suburbs were also cancelled yesterday, governing body Racing Victoria said, “due to smoke haze and poor air quality”. Bushfire smoke has affected a number of Australia’s elite sporting competitions including soccer, rugby league and cricket.Victoria State’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said Tennis Australia needed to establish a proper air quality policy alongside its existing extreme heat policy.“They do have a heat policy, I think they need to plan out an air quality policy in the same way,” he told media. “You can’t have a blanket solution; you need to look at the individual circumstances and what the alternatives are for protecting people.”last_img read more

Wiseodds: Tapping into the rise of social betting

first_img The last few weeks has seen Wiseodds launch its poker-inspired platform which has already been integrated into the BetConstruct offering. The platform promises to allows punters to compete against one another in ‘poker-inspired rooms’ to predict the outcome of sporting events.SBC spoke to Lilit Nikoghosyan, Head of Operations at Wiseodds, to find out more about the company’s peer-to-peer product, including how it’s set to help operators differentiate their offering and tap into the rise of social betting SBC: Can you tell SBC readers what is it about the peer-to-peer platform that differentiates it from other betting platforms?LN: The Wiseodds platform allows players to bet against each other instead of competing against an operator. The product is designed to increase the winnings of players and reduce the risk to operators by mitigating cash flow as the winnings are taken from the pot available on the table at that time. Therefore, we have created a low-risk, ring-fenced ecosystem at the player’s table with almost no risk (or loss of revenue) to the operator. For the player, there is a greater chance of winning higher stakes with lower bet amounts.SBC: How does the new platform take social gaming to a new level? LN: When joining a Wiseodds table, players are able to see what fixtures other players are betting on, which then allows them to tell friends to join the same table and compete against them in real-time. They have the ability to check their bet slips as well. All of this makes the game experience far more sociable and exciting than a traditional sportsbook product available on the market. At a time when operators are constantly looking at new ways to attract millennials and Generation Z, Wiseodds taps into the growing popularity of social betting and allows groups of friends to interact with each other when wagering on their favourite sports. SBC: Why has Wiseodds identified Europe and Asia as key markets for expansion?LN: We want to start with the European and Asian markets, as strategically these territories are more mature from a sportsbook perspective. With this maturity markets are ready for new and innovative ways of approaching casino and sports betting. Currently the number of products with key differentiators in the market right now is low. Wiseodds gives operator partners a clear differentiator in markets, especially those who enjoy being first-to-market in situations. SBC: How will the variety in table options better engage with punters?LN: We created a variety of tables where punters can place various and different types of bets such as Under Tables or Over Tables. This enables players to create bets more quickly and easily than the standard betting slip that you find in traditional sportsbook products. It also adds to the choice of a player. While we could have the most innovative idea in the world, if it had only one option it runs the risk of being stale. With a number of different tables, players can try new things, identify their favourites and stick to them, rather than being funneled into a singular choice. SBC: What are Wiseodds’ plans for 2020?LN: While we are aware there is market uncertainty at the moment, it hasn’t dampened our spirits and we still have exciting and ambitious plans for 2020 and beyond. We were delighted to attend ICE London in February 2020, which was particularly successful and we have already begun signing deals with targeted platform providers and operators. They have recognized that the Wiseodds product offers an exciting opportunity for them to partner with an innovative solution within markets that are both competitive and saturated, giving them a differentiator. With our help and support, they will educate players how to use a new product, which in itself is an exciting journey. It also gives them a great retention and acquisition tool with a truly unique offering. Our strategy is to integrate seamlessly with platforms, which is something we are able to do within 24 hours which is testament to the impressive technical team we have built at Wiseodds. With an impressive speed-to-market and innovative product, 2020 should be a very exciting time for Wiseodds! New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Benitez set to appoint Zenden as assistant manager

first_imgBoudewijn Zenden will be appointed assistant to Rafael Benitez at Chelsea, the former Blues player’s father has said.Zenden spent three seasons at Stamford Bridge before joining Benitez at Liverpool in 2004.The former Netherlands international has no previous coaching experience but is well known to Benitez and could help the Spaniard win over sceptical Blues fans by appointing a former player.Zenden’s father Pierre told Voetball International that his son had been approached by Benitez and was on his way to London.“He was approached on Wednesday by Benitez and is now on a flight,” Zenden Sr said. ”Since yesterday, he phoned Benitez many times. ‘I assume that he will be on the pitch [on Thursday] afternoon, together with the manager.”Zenden, who played 42 league games for Chelsea between 2001 and 2004, returns to Stamford Bridge with much expectation to prove in what will be his first coaching appointment since he retired from playing last year.Benitez was appointed interim manager at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday following the departure of Roberto Di Matteo. He will be unveiled in a press conference at 5.30pm on Thursday. It has been revealed that Benitez’s six-month contract at Chelsea has the option for a one-year extension that could be activated next summer. There have also been reports that the club may retain his services even if he does not continue as first-team coach next season.Chelsea officials are believed to be keen to appoint an “experienced football figure” in a sporting director role, and Benitez could fit that bill in a restructured hierarchy at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

UFC 235: Jon Jones feels he will be ‘vindicated’ by going through drug testing in 2019

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhen Jones was officially cleared to face Smith, many pundits feel Jones is going to run through Smith. Why wouldn’t he? He’s quite arguably the greatest fighter the sport has ever seen and Smith has only fought three times at 205 pounds, having defeated Rashad Evans, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Volkan Oezdemir all via stoppage. Regardless of their respective resumes, Jones couldn’t care less about what everyone is saying and is taking Smith very seriously.”When you’re fighting a guy who no one expects to do well, as a favorite, you have to be humble enough to take your opponent seriously,” Jones said. “He’ll get my undivided, full attention.” On Tuesday, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was granted a one-fight conditional license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to compete at UFC 235 on March 2 and defend his title against Anthony Smith. Jones had to come before the NSAC after a Dec. 9 drug test found 60-80 picograms of the M3 metabolite of the banned substance Turinabol in his system. Being granted a license came with a set of rules for Jones.  Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe 31-year-old has to submit and pay for added drug testing by the NSAC leading up to UFC 235. The commission will then reconvene in February and decided whether Jones will need additional testing from them, the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Regardless of what happens next month, Jones will also be randomly drug tested by the NSAC for the remainder of 2019 at minimum two times a month. Even with these new parameters in place, Jones thinks having all the additional testing will clear him of any suspicion of being a cheater.”I’m excited that the whole thing is over,” Jones said during Thursday’s UFC 235 press conference. “It was a four-hour meeting. I learned a lot about what’s happening in my body. It’s good to know I’m not the only athlete going through this. It’s definitely the most high-profile case in the country right now. The biggest thing is and I’m going to drive this home every time is that these picograms give me no performance-enhancing benefits. I have USADA, VADA and Nevada drug testing me for the remainder of this year. That’s a lot of needles. But, I have no problem being in this position. I think through all this testing that I will be vindicated and we’ll all be educated. So, it will be great.”Along with having to now be tested by NSAC, Jones was already being tested by USADA since they are the anti-doping partner of the UFC and has been a part of the VADA program since the end of December as a condition for him to receive a license to compete in California for his UFC 232 bout with Alexander Gustafsson. In Jones’s mind, as frequently as he’ll be tested in 2019, the talk of him doing something wrong should stop. “Absolutely, absolutely,” Jones said. “I think me opening myself to being tested by three different agencies shows I have nothing to hide. USADA and VADA have been around for so long. They have worked with so many extremely successful athletes and guys who were more successful than I am. They’re very credible. I feel like them (Nevada) giving me my license shows that I am innocent. This doesn’t help my performance at all. I’m just grateful for everything to be out and in the open and accessible for everybody to see.”last_img read more