Robbers grab 100,000 surgical masks at gunpoint as Ukraine enters shutdown

first_imgUkrainian shops, restaurants and transport shut down on Tuesday as the country tightened restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus, while police arrested five people suspected of trying to rob 100,000 surgical masks at gunpoint in Kiev.The country has seven confirmed cases of the coronavirus so far, including one death. The government has encouraged people to stay at home wherever possible except to buy food and medicine, but has stopped short of introducing curfews.Following a series of emergency steps introduced by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, parliament in a special session on Tuesday approved measures including fines and prison sentences for people who broke mandatory quarantine. “Of course, no one is happy about the restaurant shutdown,” said Mark Zarhin, the owner of a restaurant chain.”It is like a perfect storm in Lviv. We face both ‘plague’ and war today. It is the worst. But it’s not the fact that we close the restaurants that is bad, but the fact that we don’t know for how long. We cannot predict anything.”The nationwide shutdown will include the closure of the Chernobyl area, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in April 1986 that has since become a visitor attraction.Kiev’s main airport was mostly empty after the government banned passenger flights to and from the country, and announced a shutdown of domestic air travel from Wednesday.The authorities also announced the arrest of a group of people who, initially posing as members of the state security service, stole a stash of 100,000 surgical masks at gunpoint from a private seller who had stored them in his car.”Instead of negotiating the purchase and sale conditions, the criminals attacked [the seller], took the masks and beat the man,” Kiev police chief Andriy Kryshchenko said. “Wearing police uniforms and threatening to use firearms, the criminals took possession of the whole batch of goods.”  Topics :center_img The economic fallout from the epidemic also continued to bite as the hryvnia currency slipped to 27 to the dollar for the first time since June 2019.The central bank said it would not impose foreign currency restrictions and added it had $25 billion in reserves to continue market interventions.Nevertheless it warned of an economic hit on Ukraine, which is still fighting a simmering conflict against Russian-backed forces in the eastern Donbass region that has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014.In Lviv, a picturesque city of cobblestone streets in western Ukraine that is popular with tourists, restaurants and cafes closed and supermarket attendants wore masks and gloves while working at the tills.last_img read more

Splash out on a home to relish

first_img111 Sunhaven Blvd, Burdell.The home is currently located in the North Shore Display Village however as it’s located on the display village border, the fencing can be relocated to allow a buyer to move straight in.The house also has a media room as well as a double lockup garage.The outdoor kitchen is up there with the best, making outdoor entertaining a breeze, while a water feature provides soothing sounds of trickling water. 111 Sunhaven Blvd, Burdell.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 2020Dean Powell from Dean Powell Constructions said the house had been built to cater for a family ready to buy their dream home.“Maybe a third-home buyer where they know what they want and it ticks all the boxes,” he said. “We’ve been getting a lot of great comments and everyone loved the facade and the entry, while women have been falling in love with the walk-in wardrobe.“I was all about packing it with features and outdoor living spaces.“We’re all about quality and we build every home to the same quality to be up there with the best.” 111 Sunhaven Blvd, Burdell.The builder of this award-winning home, which took out best individual house between $551,000 and $650,000 (not including land) at the 2017 North Queensland Master Builders awards this year, are now accepting expressions of interest.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home has everything the discerning buyer could want from a butler’s pantry, to a grand entrance way, steam oven, built-in coffee machine, huge outdoor kitchen and custom-made walk-in wardrobe. 111 Sunhaven Blvd, Burdell.Elite Properties agent Glenda Worrall said the home would be perfect for a buyer who wants a premium home without having to do any renovations.“I think it will appeal to people who just want to move in and don’t have to spend any money whatsoever,” she said.“I’ve already had people who are very interested because it’s brand new and comes with a builder’s warranty.“People who have been living here for a while now are looking to upgrade from their house. North Shore is well known for families but retirees also like it out here because it’s close to the beaches and all the infrastructure is out this way.”center_img 111 Sunhaven Blvd, Burdell.THERE is one lawn at North Shore that won’t turn brown no matter what the weather.111 Sunhaven Blvd at Burdell has an artificial lawn paired with drought-resistant plants to ensure the garden will remain looking its best.The low-maintenance artificial turf has a 10-year guarantee, making it a great option for those who want a lush garden in Townsville’s dry conditions. 111 Sunhaven Blvd, Burdell.last_img read more

Bereavement raises heart attack risk, says study

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle Bereavement raises heart attack risk, says study by: – January 10, 2012 Sharecenter_img 15 Views   no discussions Tweet The first seven days following bereavement appear to be the most risky in terms of heart healthThe newly bereaved are at greatly increased risk of heart attack after the death of a close loved one, US researchers say.Heart attack risk is 21 times higher within the first day and six times higher than normal within the first week, a study in the Circulation journal of nearly 2,000 people shows. Symptoms to watch for include chest pain and shortness of breath.Experts say intense grief puts extra strain on the heart.The psychological stress associated with loss can raise heart rate, blood pressure and blood clotting, which, in turn, can increase the chance of a heart attack. A person’s sleep and appetite are also likely to be disrupted. Compound this with self-neglect – such as not bothering to take regular medication – and the result can be grave.The researchers say it is important for family and friends to be aware of these risks and to keep an eye out during such difficult times. EmotionalLead investigator Dr Murray Mittleman, of Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said: “During situations of extreme grief and psychological distress, you still need to take care of yourself and seek medical attention for symptoms associated with a heart attack.“Caretakers, healthcare providers and the bereaved themselves need to recognise they are in a period of heightened risk in the days and weeks after hearing of someone close dying.”The researchers reached their estimates by studying 1,985 heart attack survivors and comparing how many of them had recently been bereaved.Among the study participants, 270 (13.6%) experienced the loss of a significant person in the prior six months, including 19 within one day of their heart attack.Heart attack risk went up significantly within the first week after the death of a close loved one. The risk was highest in the first seven days following bereavement and declined steadily thereafter. VulnerableThe elevated risk ranged from about one in 300 to less than one in 1,000 depending on the individual’s general heart health before bereavement. Those with a history of heart disease already fared worse.Prof Peter Weissberg of the British Heart Foundation said: “We’re already aware that, under exceptional circumstances, emotional stress can trigger a heart attack.“But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that heart attacks triggered by stress normally only happen in people with underlying heart disease. It’s very important that if you’re taking medication because you have, or are at high risk of, heart disease, don’t neglect taking it following a significant bereavement.”Past research has already shown that recently bereaved people have heart rhythm changes which may make some of them more vulnerable to health problems. And grieving spouses have higher long-term risks of dying, with heart disease and strokes accounting for around half of the deaths, findings suggest. By Michelle RobertsHealth reporter, BBC Newslast_img read more

Cricket News IND v AUS – Australia’s make-or-break year begins with tough tour of India

first_imgAustralia have not won an ODI series in India for the last 10 years.Australia have won the ICC Cricket World Cup five times.Australia and England will play the Ashes contest in what will be the first series in the ICC Test Championships. highlights The India and Pakistan contests give them a tough trial by spin and they head for the World Cup. Following the end of the tournament, Australia square off against England in the Ashes contest in five Tests that will form the first matches of the new ICC Test Championship. This situation is a slight role reversal of what England faced in previous years. In 2007 and 2011, England had faced Australia in tough Tests Down Under and their World Cup performances took a dip. In this case, Australia comes straight off the World Cup and takes on England in swinging conditions where they have struggled in the last 14 years.‘Will get hurt’“I don’t think you need anything to put pep in your step when you’re going on an Aussie tour. If you are slightly off the mark, you are going to get hurt,” Australia skipper Finch remarked about their tour of India but he could have very well stated about the team’s chances in the coming six months.Australia currently cannot play spin well, cannot tackle swing and have had the far from ideal build-up for the ICC Cricket World Cup. When one looks at previous editions, the Australian side had built great momentum by winning consistently before the tournament. Whenever they have won over 80 percent of their ODIs before the World Cup, they have gone on to win the tournament with the exception of 2011 where they lost to India in the quarterfinals. In 2007, Australia lost five consecutive games before the World Cup but they went on to win the title.A loss against India and Pakistan will hurt their prospects in the World Cup. An early exit from the tournament will lower their confidence even further while a surrender of the Urn in England could break their cricketing morale for the whole year. The year 2019, in addition to being a World Cup year, is also the make-or-break year for Australian cricket. It all begins in India. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup is less than 100 days away. All the teams involved are gearing up to finalise their team composition and build momentum ahead of the event which will begin on May 30. For Australia, the five-time world champions, the side has suffered a downslide in the last one year. It has been a year since the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town against South Africa which resulted in the one-year bans on Steve Smith and David Warner, their best batsmen. The criticism and the damage to Australia’s reputation off the field have reflected in their poor performances Down Under. A series loss in Tests and T20Is to Pakistan, ODIs and T20I to South Africa as well as losses in Tests and ODIs against India is not an ideal build-up.If one looks at Australia’s schedule in the coming months, it is enormous. Aaron Finch’s side begin their last push to the World Cup with a two-match T20I and five ODI series against India followed by five ODIs against Pakistan in the UAE. In India, they have not won an ODI series for the last 10 years. With India winning nine out of their last 13 ODIs against Australia, the current world champions are low on confidence facing a team that is solid on all fronts and is high on confidence.last_img read more

Annual Homelessness Awareness Week starts Monday

first_imgStudents attend a Homelessness Awareness Week event last year. The annual week features events aimed at educating students while finding solutions to homelessness. (Photo courtesy of Faizus Amin)Undergraduate Student Government, Student Service Assembly and Share a Meal, among other organizations, are co-hosting the University’s annual Homelessness Awareness Week, which runs Nov. 12-15, to educate students on the prevalence of homelessness both on and off campus.“We’re trying to balance awareness to action,” said Alec Vandenberg, director of external affairs for USG and president of Share a Meal. “Not only to get people educated, but also [to] give them concrete tools to make a difference now and in the future.”The event starts Monday with a screening of “Invisible,” a documentary which depicts the struggles of low-income students, followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Justice Butler. Homelessness Awareness Week is focusing its efforts on campus hunger and homelessness, according to Vandenberg.“When we take into account factors such as the rising cost of college and tuition coupled with consistently skyrocketing rent, we know that it becomes harder and harder to be a low-income student, especially on this campus at a private university,” Vandenberg said. On Tuesday, Swipe out Hunger, an organization that focuses on food insecurity and homelessness, will host a hunger banquet. Participants will be sorted into varying socioeconomic classes with the purpose of simulating the income disparity and consequences of homelessness in Los Angeles. The week continues on Wednesday with a volunteer and resource fair, which provides students with concrete ways they can help out the USC and South L.A. community. On Thursday, the Fast-A-Thon, during which students pledge to fast for the day, is intended to show students what it’s like to experience food insecurity. It also gives them an opportunity to sponsor a meal for the homeless through the Ansar Service Partnership.The week ends with a public policy discussion titled “Getting Everyone in the Door,” where the Los Angeles Police Department, A Community of Friends and Abundant Housing representatives will discuss policy challenges toward ending homelessness. “We’re going to be inviting different public policy stakeholders from around L.A. to come and speak about their work and also the perspectives that they have on homelessness in L.A.,” said Mae Gates, who will moderate the panel. “We hope to take that discussion and relate it back to certain issues and things that we see here on USC’s campus.” Faizus Amin, the director of Campus Affairs for Student Service Assembly and moderator on the Swipe out Hunger panel, said engaging in Homelessness Awareness Week is an integral aspect of social responsibility in the South L.A. community.“By having this week, we’re educating ourselves as students on what causes homelessness, what homeless life can be like for some people and how we can contribute to ending the cycle of homelessness, which is running rampant through Los Angeles,” Gates said. Vandenberg said participation during Homelessness Awareness Week is a vital way students can help their community on campus. “Sometimes we delude ourselves by thinking that because we’re at a private university and because we have such generous financial aid, that that somehow precludes us from having students [in] need who fall through a lot of those safety nets,” he said. According to Vandenberg, It’s important to spread education and awareness about the consequences of homelessness continually, not just throughout the course of Homelessness Awareness Week.“We’re really trying to make sure that homelessness and addressing it is very interdisciplinary,” Vandenberg said. “Regardless of your background, everyone can and should make a difference.” Amin encouraged students to attend Homelessness Awareness Week events to learn about the nature of homelessness and to venture out beyond the USC community. “Through Hunger and Homelessness Week, we want students to realize that USC is definitely a bubble,” Amin said. “This is not the reality of South L.A. and we should do our part as a member of the South L.A. community and serve those around us.”last_img read more

John Barnes sends harsh warning to Premier League clubs over England’s young stars

first_imgBut Barnes has warned supporters not to get too carried away by the result, insisting England still need to show they can perform at the highest level consistency before we start tipping them for Euro 2020 glory.Southgate is fielding young sides and Barnes says the players need time to develop experience and confidence against the top teams, but admits that largely depends on the players getting regular minutes with their clubs.A number of the players who started against Spain have struggled for regular game time with their clubs so far this term – including goalscorer Marcus Rashford, who has made just four starts for United.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Barnes said: “The big problem we have is, you look at Harry Winks, Ross Barkley, Marcus Rashford, the only way these players are going to improve is if these players play for their clubs week-in, week-out. Manchester United and the top Premier League sides have been warned the England team will not improve unless they start giving young players more game time at club level.John Barnes believes the young Three Lions squad will never fulfil their potential on the international stage unless their up-and-coming star players play regularly at the top level.Many England fans will still be in disbelief over Monday night’s 3-2 victory over Spain in Seville.Gareth Southgate’s men stunned the former world and European champions with an outstanding first-half display, which saw England claim their first win in Spain in 31 years and inflict the hosts with their first competitive defeat on home soil in 15 years. 2 “There’s no point in them doing what they do for England and going back to their club and being on the bench or not playing at all.“How are they going to improve? How are they going to show their consistency?“We see the potential they have, but unless they get the opportunity at their clubs week-in, week-out at the highest level, we’re not going to improve.“These players have to be playing regularly at their clubs, they can’t just turn up for England once every six weeks and get their football from that.”Listen back to John Barnes on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above. 2 England players celebrate against Spain Rashford scored with a superb finish against Spain last_img read more