German virus hunters track down corona outbreaks

first_imgSecond wave looms Germany in microcosm, Cologne’s toll from the virus remains limited, with 2,500 infections since February and 100 deaths.The daily tally of new cases is well below the peak of the pandemic in March.But “that’s no reason to let our guards down,” warns doctor Johannes Niessen, the head of the public health office.As lockdowns are eased, the federal government plans to step up testing in parallel to keep the virus’ spread under control.”We’re prepared for the second wave of infections that could arrive in the autumn,” Niessen says.Not all of Germany’s 400 public health offices are as resilient as Cologne’s, with the number of doctors recruited by the state down by a third in the past 15 years according to public health doctors’ federation BVOeGD.Many departing colleagues have not been replaced, as the public salaries on offer can’t compete with the private sector.The federal health ministry has vowed to spend 50 million euros ($56 million) digitizing public health offices, and in the spring recruited 500 students as “containment scouts” deployed to virus hotspots around Germany.Meanwhile the German army told AFP it has pressed 190 soldiers into service as contact tracers in health offices nationwide.Even the new tracking app “cannot replace our contact work nor the advice we give to patients,” tracker Gruene believes. From Tuesday, the human virus trackers are backed up by an official contact-tracing app, aping other nations’ efforts to automate identification of potentially infectious encounters.”It’s not the first warning app to be launched worldwide, but I’m very convinced that it’s the best,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun — himself a doctor — said Tuesday.For the student trackers, a fax dropping out of the machine in the Cologne office announcing another positive coronavirus test marks the start line for the team. Relentless questioning With not a minute to lose, the health office aims to call the new case within an hour.Their task on that first call starts with warning the person they are sick and should quarantine themselves.But the staff must also “manage emotions” that can range from a false sense of security to panic, says Andreas Gehlhar, one of the 200 students manning the phones since March.For worse-afflicted neighbors Germany has proved to be an example, with fewer deaths, at around 8,800, than other European countries like France, Italy or Britain.Medical students’ training in taking a case history from a patient has proved “vital for tracking down the disease,” Gehlhar says.From the initial case, they spread their net to all of the people they might have come into contact with in the 48 hours before the positive test.Like detectives, the tracers often can’t settle for the first answer they get.”An old person living in shared housing might tell us she’s only seen her daughter in the last two days, and later you find out she spoke to the cleaning staff in the stairwell or sat for 30 minutes in the waiting room at the doctor’s office where she was tested,” said Barbara Gruene.A student doctor, Gruene has found herself at the head of one of the three “brigades” of contact trackers staffing the office.Once the most extensive possible list of contacts for each case has been established, they must then call each person in turn.Between them the students can check up on the contactees in more than 20 languages, vital among Cologne’s million-strong multiethnic population.The tracers hope to convince all first-degree contacts to place themselves under quarantine.”The vast majority agrees,” says Gruene, allowing the office to “break the virus’ chains of transmission”. A team of medical students pressed into service by Cologne’s public health office are scrambling to cut off potential new chains of coronavirus infections by endlessly repeating the same questions.”What are your symptoms? Who have you met in the last few days,” they ask people with confirmed or suspected cases.Such painstaking detective work is vital to avoid a second wave with more deaths and economic damage, as Germany eases the far-reaching lockdowns imposed in March to control the disease’s spread. Topics :last_img read more

Former state minister shells out near record price for stunning Brisbane renovation

first_imgLooking across the kitchen to the open plan after all the hard work has been done.The home also has a rooftop terrace affording panoramic views through to the Brisbane City skyline. Former LNP representative, Saxon Rice, has been revealed as the multimillion-dollar buyer of Graya constructions latest project. Photo: Nathan RichterFORMER State politician, Saxon Rice, has been revealed as the latest buyer in a growing list of personalities to have purchased a Graya Constructions project.The past state member for Mount Coot-tha paid $2.22 million to snap up the stunning transformation of 8 McNab St, Paddington. The contemporary finishes were perfectly pitched for the high-end market.Ms Saxon joins a growing list of high-profile Graya clients which have included Channel 9’s Alison Ariotti, Brisbane Broncos captain Darius Boyd and wife Kayla, as well as Queensland Reds Player, Quade Cooper and his model girlfriend Laura Dundovic.Mr Graya said secret behind McNab Street’s success was simple.“It was 100 per cent about the location — Paddington is our stomping ground and I feel like we know it inside out,” he said. BEFORE: 8 McNab St, Paddington before Graya Construction got into the renovation. The view from the homes rooftop terrace.Owner of Graya Constructions, Rob Graya, said they were pleased to build a beautiful home and achieve a great outcome.“Very happy with the result. It was a very enjoyable build and it was a very nice feeling handing over the keys to a great family to enjoy the house,” Mr Graya said.Mr Graya said the architect, Joe Adsett, had created a standout home, and he would rank the project as one of his most enjoyable to date. AFTER: 8 McNab St, Paddington, QLD after its major makeover.The property had only been on the market for one day before it was put under contract by Ms Rice.The sale reflected the second highest price ever paid for a home on a 405sq m block in Paddington.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe once decrepit home is now a designer showpiece with five-bedroom, three-bathroom accommodation across multiple levels and is positioned just a few minutes’ walk from the Rosalie Village cafe hub.The property includes a glass-walled wine store, huge Calacatta marble kitchen bench, in-built timber cabinetry, over-size pivot glass front door and open plan living space that connects to the patio and pool area. BEFORE: Rob Graya knew the position was right for a successful project.“With Paddington’s number one street only next door it was a no brainer for us when Ben Wakely (agent) showed us the site,” he said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Jumbo testing bio-fuel use during offshore decommissioning project

first_imgDutch offshore heavy lift, installation, and transportation firm Jumbo will test the use of bio-fuel oil aboard one of its vessels during an upcoming offshore decommissioning project. Jumbo has teamed up with sustainable marine biofuel company GoodFuels for the project.“Starting with an initial project, the partnership paves the way for a fossil fuel to renewables energy transition in the offshore support sector – removing infrastructure for fossil fuel production, while simultaneously accelerating the energy transition during that process,” Jumbo said in a statement on Monday.According to the statement, Bio-Fuel Oil is fully derived from forest residues and waste oil products, and is “expected to deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, and contains no sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions – all without any requirement for engine modifications.”“By testing the Bio-Fuel Oil, we are taking a major step towards a sustainably powered fleet,” Wout Janssens, Director Operations & Engineering at Jumbo said.Under the project, GoodFuels’ logistics partner VARO Energy will be supplying Bio-Fuel Oil to Jumbo’s offshore vessel, Fairplayer, ahead of its departure to the North Sea. Jumbo did not provide further info on the decommissioning project itself.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Police Association asks, ‘what if cops could legally use weed?’

first_imgStuff 10 October 2018Family First Comment: “The association would not take a pro or an anti-legalisation stance in the public debate because its members had to enforce the law, whatever it was.” Wrong answer. The police should be arguing for an anti-legalisation stance, just as they argue against alcohol outlets and licences. #PeopleAboveProfits www.VoteNo.nzWhether or not frontline cops can use cannabis and work if legalisation occurs will need to be decided, the Police Association says.With a referendum looming on legalising the recreational use of cannabis the Police Association is asking members to consider the implications for frontline officers who use the drug if it becomes legal.Police Association president Chris Cahill raised the issue on Wednesday at the opening in the association’s annual conference exploring the theme “Weeding out the referendum: Policing with a ‘Yes’ vote”.“From a policing perspective there is another impairment challenge not immediately obvious to this debate, if cannabis is legal cops can use it too.“The consequences of THC being detected in a drug test following a critical incident such as a police shooting are extremely serious for us,” Cahill said.Police already had a policy advising that they don’t come to work if affected by alcohol or illegal drugs.If cannabis became legal, police would need to know exactly where they stood on their own personal use.“We cannot have [officers] turning up to work believing they are clean, only to test positive for THC following a critical incident that may have occurred days after use of cannabis,” Cahill said.As for the policing of drug driving, developing a roadside test for cannabis was not as easy as it sounded and was fraught with complications.These included delays between stopping a driver and taking a blood test, chronic users still testing positive even after 30 days of abstinence, variables in cannabis strength, whether it was inhaled or consumed and the mixing of cannabis with alcohol.Defining impairment would take serious scientific and legal input and the sooner this insight began, the better, Cahill said.The association would not take a pro or an anti-legalisation stance in the public debate because its members had to enforce the law, whatever it was.Responding to criticism from an association member on the devastation wrought by the legalisation of synthetic cannabis, police minister Stuart Nash said very strong arguments could be made for and against legalising genuine cannabis but the issue must be framed around health rather than crime.The issue of arrested development in young, heavy cannabis users was a concern but the counter to that was the harm caused by gangs and Nash questioned whether it might be better to target synthetics, methamphetamine and the synthetic opiod fentanyl – if it arrived.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Barbados spending millions on kidney treatment

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 20 Views no discussionscenter_img HealthLifestyle Barbados spending millions on kidney treatment by: – March 10, 2012 Share Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados reports that the ages of patients requiring kidney treatment are getting younger.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Chronic kidney disease is on the rise in Barbados, resulting in the island’s lone general hospital spending $6.5 million annually on treatment.Of that figure, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital spends $1.8 million per year to rent 23 dialysis machines for its Artificial Kidney Unit (AKU), and pays a further $300 per patient for the treatment of 24 patients at a private facility because the unit is too full.Despite this, the numbers continue to rise with hypertension and diabetes still being identified as the main causes.The number of patients requiring the services of the AKU has risen from three in 1979 to 200 in 2011, and is expected to double by 2020.These were among statistics being revealed as countries around the world marked World Kidney Day yesterday under the theme Donate – Kidneys for Life – Receive.Officials at the QEH are also reporting that the ages of patients requiring kidney treatment are getting younger.The hospital is also reporting successes with its kidney transplants, with nine being conducted between 1991 and 1996, and the first laparoscopic one being done in February this year.However, organisers of World Kidney Day are urging people to cut out the things they know are not healthy, pay attention to family history, exercise and eat in moderation.They are advocating for people around the world to keep fit and active, maintain regular control of their blood sugar levels, monitor blood pressure, eat healthy and keep weight in check, maintain a healthy fluid intake, avoid smoking and taking over-the-counter pills. Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Amokachi names two Nigerians good for Eagles’ job

first_img The former Everton and Besiktas forward disclosed this while answering questions on Sports Radio Brila FM on Tuesday morning. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Best Cars Of All TimeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Actors And Actresses Whose Careers Were Boosted By Soap Operas8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World “I am not thinking about another opportunity, to be honest with you because I believe there are other people who are also qualified’, He stated.“I also think that some of the qualified ones should get the opportunity, and if given, they also deserve time to do the job. Read Also: Odion Ighalo wears boots in tribute to tragic sister who died two months ago“Some one like Oliseh, he knows the job and I can say Oliseh is the best coach in Nigeria as at today – He knows the game, someone like that should be given the chance.“Amunike is another top coach who knows the job so well, they should get the chance, although, I won’t turn down a chance as well because I know I’m such a sexy coach,” he concluded.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Ex-Nigeria assistant coach Daniel Amokachi has confirmed that he is not thinking about another Super Eagles job opportunity.Advertisementlast_img read more

Phivolcs: Can’t relax on Taal Volcano yet

first_imgBornas also said that the Phivolcs isalso “bothered” by the increased number of volcanic earthquakes especially nowthat Taal’s magmatic chamber has opened up, allowing space for movement ofmagma underneath. MANILA – Residents near the Taal Volcanostill cannot relax as the number of volcanic quakes in the area hassignificantly increased, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology(Phivolcs) warned on Sunday. Phivolcs Volcano Monitoring and EruptionPrediction Division chief Mariton Bornas said a total of 787 volcanicearthquakes have been listed in the past 24 hours, including 15 low-frequencyearthquakes. The National Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Council so far recorded a total of 96,061 individuals who wereaffected by the eruption in Batangas, Laguna and Cavite. Of this number, 70,413 are taking temporary shelter in evacuation centers./PN “We are looking at all of thescenarios and lagi po nating ina-assesshourly, daily ‘yung monitoring ng data at applicability ng alert level. At kami na po ang magsasabi kung kailangan na tayong magbaba,”Bornas said. Residents of nearby areas, particularlythe affected towns of Agoncillo, Talisay, Laurel, and San Nicolas in Batangasare still expected to follow the government’s strict evacuation protocol untilthe alert level is lowered. “Nagkakaroonpa rin po tayo ng minor eruptions, walangsign na malakas as of the moment.Maaaring magkaroon pa rin ngphreatomagmatic eruptions, and meron of course malakas na expulsion ng gas.Mapanganib ‘yung mga ‘to,” she added. “Medyonababagabag kami sa aming nakalap na monitoring data. Kapag nag-umpisa ulit [angeruption], napakaliit ng lead time lalo na ngayong nabuklat na ang bulkan kasi nung una, closed system pasiya na hindi pumuputok…so mas lalana po ngyon na open na ang bulkan,mabilis na po ang pagsampa ng magma, wala nang pumipigil sa kanya napressure,” Bornas said. Following Taal’s eruption which sent ashinto parts of Metro Manila a week ago, the Phivolcs noted a quieter volcanowith frequently continuing earthquakes since last week. Residents affected by the erupting Taal Volcano leave their town after authorities allowed them to collect belongings and abandoned animals in Agoncillo, Batangas, Jan. 17, 2020. REUTERS With Alert Level 4 still in effect,hazardous explosive eruption may still occur within hours or days, Bornasexplained, adding that it was conducting further assessment of the probabilityof all scenarios considering the volcano’s behavior.last_img read more

Thies takes IMCA Modified win at Raceway Park

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (July 12) – Jim Thies got by early leader Jason Schneiders just past the mid­way point of the Total Motors IMCA Modified main event and held on for the Sunday victory at Raceway Park.Schneiders finished second, followed by Chris Abelson.The Casey’s General Store IMCA Stock Car feature again went to Chris Mills, his second win in only four starts. Second went to new point leader Bo Lundquist, followed by Casey Jones.Karl Brewer had the field covered in the Skyline Casino IMCA Northern SportMods. Brewer led most of the feature and was followed across the line by Kaleb Kennedy and Darin Roepke. Kenne­dy’s finish put him into a tie for the division lead with Rusty Montange.The MOPAR IMCA Hobby Stock feature had a controversial ending when race-long leader Gabe Barclay was hit in turn four by second place runner Aaron Shearn, flattening Barclay’s tire.With Barclay making it to the pits, no caution was thrown and Shearn went on to the feature win over Dave Riley and Andy Hoffman.Aaron Edwardson led the KISS 107 FM IMCA Sport Compacts flag to flag and held off a late charge from Luke Jackson and Drew Johnson to take the feature win.last_img read more

Former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs to auction bat used in historic ‘438 game’

first_imgJOHANNESBURG: Former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs has decided to auction the bat — used during his team’s record-breaking chase of 434 against Australia in 2006 — in order to raise funds for fight against coronavirus.Fourteen years ago, the Proteas had registered their name in record books when they chased down a monumental target of 434 runs in an ODI game played in Johannesburg on March 12. Gibbs had played an unbelievable knock of 175 as South Africa went across the line with one wicket in hand on the second last ball of what was a nail-biting contest. “Supersport showing the 438 game. The bat I used that day will be up for auction to raise funds for COVID-19. Kept it all these years,” Gibbs said in a tweet on Friday. Mickey Arthur, who was South Africa’s coach at that time, was quick to respond and said: “Good work Hersch…..that should be worth a bit!” IANSlast_img read more

England win U20 FIFA World Cup for biggest international title since 1966

first_imgENGLAND won their biggest international football title since 1966 by beating Venezuela 1-0 in the Under-20 FIFA World Cup final in South Korea on Sunday.It was England’s first appearance in the final of a global tournament since their World Cup victory 51 years ago.Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half goal was enough for victory thanks to Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman’s second-half penalty save.Woodman denied Adalberto Penaranda from the spot after the Malaga forward was fouled by Kyle Walker-Peters.With 17 minutes to play, the referee pointed to the spot to signal a penalty before immediately referring to the video assistant referee.The decision stood – there was the slightest of contacts – but Newcastle keeper Woodman’s strong palm kept out Penaranda’s effort.In the first half Ronaldo Lucena hit the post with an audacious long-range free-kick that had Woodman well beaten, while Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah saw a powerful effort strike the underside of the Venezuela bar after the break.After the match, England forward Dominic Solanke, due to join Liverpool from Chelsea on 1 July, was awarded the Golden Ball given to the player of the tournament. Previous winners of the award include Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Luis Figo, Paul Pogba and Sergio Aguero.Woodman was awarded the Golden Glove, given to best goalkeeper of the tournament.“Thankfully Freddie saved the penalty. I was watching through my fingers from the halfway line and it was an incredible moment. It was a big, big moment that helped turn the game,” said Calvert-Lewin, who joined Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters as the only Englishmen to score in a World Cup final.“To be one of only three Englishman to have scored in a World Cup final is amazing.”What is the Under-20 World Cup?It is the biggest global tournament in youth football and has helped launch the career of a number of big names in football.Barcelona forward Messi was in the Argentina team that won the 2005 event (then called the Fifa World Youth Championship), while Portuguese great Figo inspired his country to victory in the 1989 and 1991 competitions.England’s team in 2013 – the last time they competed in the event – featured Ross Barkley, John Stones, Harry Kane and Eric Dier. They failed to win a game and finished bottom of their group.The last Under-20 World Cup in 2015 was won by Serbia, who beat a Brazil side containing Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus in the final. Six of Serbia’s 21-man squad have since made a full international debut, including Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic.England’s youth teams have won the Under-17 European Championship twice – in 2010 and 2014 – and the Under-21 European Championship twice – in 1982 and 1984.Their previous best at the Under-20 World Cup was third place in 1993. Of that squad, only four players went on to represent England at senior level – Nicky Butt, Nick Barmby, Alan Thompson and David Unsworth.Six of the squad that triumphed in South Korea on Sunday were part of that Under-17 European success in 2014. Woodman, Jonjoe Kenny, Dominic Solanke and captain Lewis Cook all started in Sunday’s final, while Dael Fry and Adam Armstrong were on the bench.The current side have made a total of 72 Premier League appearances to date. Striker Adam Armstrong leads the way with 15 since his top-flight debut in Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat by Fulham in March 2014.(BBC Sport)last_img read more