G20 health ministers acknowledge health systems’ vulnerability to pandemics

first_imgThe statement said the ministers adopted preventative measures to contain the pandemic, but did not elaborate.A planned virtual news conference was cancelled as Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah had to attend “an urgent COVID-19 KSA (Saudi) taskforce meeting”. Saudi Arabia is the current chair of the G20.In opening remarks provided via video to media, Rabiah said urgent actions included the need for collaboration and engagement of global organizations for coordinated responses to the novel coronavirus pandemic, with an emphasis on supporting countries in need, and investing in research and discovery to produce technology, tools, vaccines and therapies.He also referred to the creation of a global task force to respond to pandemics, an innovation hub for knowledge sharing to improve value in health and a patient safety leaders group to provide shared platforms aimed at reducing patient safety risks.Leaders from Spain, Singapore, Jordan and Switzerland were invited to attend Sunday’s meeting as well as international and regional organizations including the World Health Organization and the World Bank, an earlier G20 statement said.  Health ministers from the Group of 20 major economies discussed weaknesses in health systems that made the world vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak and other pandemics, a statement said after a virtual meeting on Sunday.The Saudi G20 secretariat said that the ministers shared their national experiences, addressed necessary actions to improve preparedness and discussed systemic weaknesses exposed by the pandemic.”Health Ministers recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted systemic weaknesses in health systems,” the statement said. “It also has shown vulnerabilities in the global community’s ability to prevent and respond to pandemic threats.” Topics :last_img read more

Grand country design in Samford Valley

first_imgAN owner-built home designed by a leading Australian architect is on the market in Samford Valley.The property at 21 Vera Court was designed by Gabrielle Poole and built by Eric Leese for his wife, Marianne, and their four children.“We wanted something that opened to the outside. Something that was well ventilated, open and bright,” Mr Leese said.“There are windows in every room, large doors, high ceilings and good connection with outdoors. It has that feeling of living in the country.”Mr Leese built the three-bedroom main house 20 years ago, followed by a granny flat and then a pool house five years ago. The pool house flows out to the inground pool.The main house has an open plan living and dining area with high ceilings, fireplace and sliding doors that open to a deck.The kitchen has stone benchtops, plenty of cupboard space and a servery to a second deck. There is also a separate media room, a courtyard, family bathroom and an office.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and private deck while the second bedroom has a built-in robe and the guest bedroom is at the opposite end of the home along with a laundry and a bathroom.Underneath the home, the self-contained granny flat has a kitchen, shower, toilet and sauna. The fireplace in the main house.Outside there is a heated pool with poolside pavilion. A contemporary pool house has a kitchen, outdoor room, bathroom and an upstairs bedroom.There is also a four-car garage, water tanks and a dam on the 2.35ha property.“There’s a lot of space on the property and a lot of interesting features,” Mr Leese said. “There are walking trails at the back of the house and we get wallabies coming down in the evening sometimes.”The property is being marketed by Georgie Haug from Belle Property Samford.last_img read more

It’s not hard to see why this house was Queensland’s most popular real estate listing

first_img27 Isles Rd, Indooroopilly.Rounding out the top five this week was a house at 18 Eden Court, Nerang with six bedrooms.The home comes with a development approval to build four townhouses. 18 Eden Court, Nerang. Picture: realestate.com.auAs it is the home has industrial interiors, exposed timber beams and polished concrete floors. 2 Turner Rd, Kedron. Picture: realestate.com.auWith an asking price in the mid $400,000s this home at 2 Turner Rd, Kedron came in fourth on the list of most viewed properties this week.The two-bedroom Queenslander, on a corner block, has high ceilings, VJs and wooden floorboards. 902/188 Shafston Avenue, Kangaroo Point. Picture: realestate.com.auComing in at third spot this week was a house at 27 Isles Rd, Indooroopilly. The two-bedroom house has a price guide of between $1,380,000 and $1,580,000.The home is on a 658sq m ridgetop block. It has a formal lounge and dining area with a log fireplace, there is leadlight glass and detailed high ceilings. 17 Saltwater Ave, Noosa Waters. Picture: realestate.com.auIT’S not hard to see why this resort-style home was Queensland’s most viewed property this week.The house at 17 Saltwater Ave, Noosa Waters is what you would expect if you were checking into a five-star resort.center_img 17 Saltwater Ave, Noosa Waters.Picture: realestate.com.auThere are spotted gum and marble floors and indoor pebbled palm garden, bamboos and tropical gardens.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago The home, which was viewed more than any other property listed on realestate.com.au this week has won numerous awards including the National Design Awards: Residential Interiors.The next most popular listing this week was a one-bedroom apartment at Kangaroo Point listed for offers over $130,000.The studio unit at 902/188 Shafston Ave, Kangaroo Point is airconditioned, and in a complex which has a gym. INNER city unit for just $130,000. 17 Saltwater Ave, Noosa Waters.Picture: realestate.com.auThe award-winning home has water views and was designed with an Asian resort in mind by Chris Clout.It has 23 metres of water frontage with water views from the kitchen, living areas and bedrooms.There are high ceilings, a suspended timber crossover bridge on the upper level and a media room with a projector.last_img read more

Report: One Crew Injured in Missile Attack on UAE Ship in Red Sea

first_imgOne crew member sustained injuries when an Emirati ship carrying medical supplies was attacked by a missile fired by Iran-backed Houthi militias, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, citing a statement issued by the Command of Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen. As informed, the incident occurred after the vessel departed Yemeni Port of Mokha in the Red Sea.There were no damages to the ship.The command said that a follow-up of the attack is underway, with perpetrators being tracked down.Furthermore, the command warned that the Houthi rebels are continuing with arms and ammunition smuggling activities into territories of Yemen, according to SPA. Therefore, the command urged the international community to put pressure on Houthi militias and Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution to prevent such practices.Separately, the United Nations Security Council called on June 15 for the immediate mobilization of funds pledged to Yemen at a conference in Geneva on 25 April and for all Member States to fully implement an arms embargo as required by relevant Council resolutions.It also urged the Houthis and forces allied to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to cease all attacks at Saudi Arabia.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

More churches accepting patois Bible

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 52 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share FaithLifestyleNewsRegional More churches accepting patois Bible by: – November 27, 2012 DESPITE initial opposition to the translation of the New Testament into patois, more churches are now spreading the gospel using the controversial text. Reverend Courtney Stewart of the Bible SocietJamaica, – DESPITE initial opposition to the translation of the New Testament into patois, more churches are now spreading the gospel using the controversial text.Reverend Courtney Stewart of the Bible Society of The West Indies told the weekly Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange that acceptance has been slowly building among Jamaican churches for the Jamaican New Testament (translated Di Jameikan Nyuu Testiment).“It’s been an uphill struggle but we are happy that more churches are incorporating it in their worship. Over time, more churches are accepting the notion. We find churches now that one Sunday per month they have readings in Jamaican. Major denominations having assemblies will have readings from the New International version, reading from the King James Version and readings from the Jamaican New Testament and we have no reason to believe that it is not going to continue,” Stewart said yesterday.Sections of the Christian church in Jamaica have been critical of the move to translate the Bible into patois. Some have even gone as far as describing it as almost blasphemous.But Stewart, general secretary of the Bible Society, argued that getting the word of God across in whatever language is the most important factor.“We have nothing but the highest regard for the Scripture,” he said. “Some people associate the crudeness and vulgarity to which the language can be put but we can do the same thing with English.”The Bible Society of The West Indies has partnered with Wycliffe Caribbean and the Jamaica Language Unit at the University of the West Indies to develop a programme to teach clergymen to read and write Jamaican so as to effectively dispense the scriptures to their flock.The translation of the Jamaican New Testament involved a team of linguists, translators, editors and speakers who worked around the clock to complete the project, which was translated from the Greek New Testament.According to Stewart, the Jamaican New Testament is becoming a hit with the younger generation.“The younger people almost take to it like a duck to water,” he said.jamaicaobserverlast_img read more

NBA Basketball

first_imgWhile reading a recent article in the Indy Star, it was pointed out that teams like the Pacers are confused and concerned about the new holding rule in their sport.  The idea behind the rule was to allow freedom of movement by the player without the basketball.  In the past, if you were guarding someone like LeBron James and he didn’t have the ball, you simply grabbed onto him so he had trouble moving.  Now the officials are looking for this and the foul calls have gone up significantly.   This has led to high scoring games and longer games.  Coaches are not sure how to get around this rule and still be able to keep their preferred offense going.This is not a problem in college and high school, because that rule has been enforced for a long time.  It doesn’t seem to stymie those coaches.  The pro coaches will simply have to start playing more team offense and less individual.  This is the way I see it!last_img read more

President Trump Returning to Palm Beach for the Holidays

first_imgTrump was in South Florida last Saturday, when he spoke at the Israeli-American Council Summit in Hollywood.Before that, he spent time at Mar-a-Lago during the Thanksgiving holiday, but made a surprise trip to Afghanistan, where he spent time with American troops stationed there. President Trump will be spending the upcoming holidays at Mar-a-Lago.The commander-in-chief made the announcement Thursday, tweeting:I will be there in two weeks, The Southern White House! https://t.co/2djJrzAEfZ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019last_img

Michael Gbinije returns to form with 14 points in Syracuse’s 62-40 win against Boston College

first_imgOnly five seconds had ticked off the clock and Michael Gbinije took a dribble 2 feet back of the 3-point arc. Then he attacked the basket, blowing past Boston College guard Eli Carter as he finished a layup from the left side with his right hand.It took 36 minutes and 29 seconds for Gbinije to make a shot against then-No. 6 North Carolina on Saturday. On Wednesday, it took all of eight seconds.“He was very controlled. I think that’s a good word for his game today,” guard Trevor Cooney said. “Didn’t have many turnovers. He made plays, made the right plays. It’s just Mike, really.”Gbinije scored 14 points against lowly Boston College (7-9, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) and led Syracuse (11-7, 1-4) to its first ACC win of the season. He scored 12 points in the first half, but was steady not scoring as much after the break. He had four steals, two assists and no turnovers, and also got to play off the ball with Frank Howard playing 14 minutes.MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s blowout win over Boston CollegeTyler Roberson’s solid performance against Boston College is cut short due to foul troubleSyracuse snaps 4-game losing streak, crushes Boston College in 62-40 win Related Stories Syracuse snaps 4-game losing streak, crushes Boston College in 62-40 winTyler Roberson’s solid performance against Boston College is cut short due to foul troubleWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s blowout win over Boston CollegeGallery: Syracuse smokes Boston College in 22-point winSyracuse community reacts to win over Boston College Published on January 13, 2016 at 10:33 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 After Syracuse lost to UNC on Saturday, SU head coach Jim Boeheim jokingly said he’d have to leave Gbinije in even if he had a heart attack. Against BC, Gbinije didn’t come out until the walk-ons subbed on in the game’s final moments.“I thought our offense had good pace,” Gbinije said. “And good flow as well. There wasn’t a lot of holding the ball. We kept it moving. Everybody got touches tonight. I think that was important for us.”On three separate occasions, Gbinije attacked the basket with little resistance from the Eagles defense. His only make of the second half looked a like his first shot of the game, which also mirrored the first play off of Syracuse’s first timeout. The first gave Syracuse a lead. The second tied the game. And the third punctuated a win that was already in hand midway through the second half.In other conference games this season, Gbinije has struggled. He scored just 10 points against Miami and North Carolina and shot a combined 6-of-27. Cooney said that, on Wednesday, he was able to slow the game down in his mind.Said Boeheim: “Mike was just steady the whole game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wisconsin volleyball looks to build on success in Rhode Island

first_imgZhao Lim / The Badger HeraldThe Wisconsin volleyball team will continue the second-longest opening road trip in program history with a weekend tournament in Rhode Island.Wisconsin will play Boston College, Rhode Island and Columbia in its third consecutive invitational tournament away from Madison. The Badgers will look to build on their success from last weekend’s victories at the North Carolina State Invitational, where Wisconsin took two out of three matches, including a close five set loss to host N.C. State.In last weekend’s tournament, the Badgers used all 17 members of their roster, a strategy the team will most likely continue to experiment with as it analyzes the individual talent of each player and develops chemistry between the entire squad.“Our team this year is a lot different than last year, just with the lineups we’re going with and the dynamics of our team,” junior Alexis Mitchell said. “It’s important that the veterans communicate a lot with the freshmen because we do have a lot of them on the court this year. Right from the start, we need to work together because we are playing tough teams in the preseason.”One of the young guns that has been impressive for the Badgers is freshman Crystal Graff, who was named to the All-Tournament Team at the North Carolina State Invitational. Graff recorded 15 kills against the host Wolfpack squad along with 12 digs to record her first career double-double. She is one of three rookies in the starting lineup for the Badgers.Senior Janelle Gabrielsen recognizes that this freshman class is different than most.“I would definitely agree I think they came in prepared,” Gabrielsen said. “A lot of freshmen classes, sometimes when they are being introduced to the collegiate game, are a little nervous or rattled coming into the game. They are a very talented class. One of the freshmen, Crystal Graff, came in early and played with us throughout the spring semester, which really helped her improve. I’m excited to play with her in the next tournaments.”Another great addition for the Badgers has been sophomore Annemarie Hickey, who has seamlessly made the transition to the libero position. Replacing graduated senior Kim Kuzma, who ranked third all time for Wisconsin in digs and digs per set, Hickey has quickly put her name into the ranks of an elite defender with her 33 digs against N.C. State last weekend.“Hickey, as a freshman, started every match as [defensive specialist] last year,” Mitchell said. “She’ll fill Kim’s shoes just fine, she’s a great passer and great at defense. She’s stepped into the position easily, and as she matures more, the leadership part of it will come and she’s so important to have on the floor.”“Obviously as we know, passing starts the play, so if we don’t have good passing we won’t be in the right positions and pin the other team down,” Gabrielsen said. “We have a great sophomore in Annemarie; she’s stepping up to the plate to fill that role, and she’s learning well, so we’re excited.”Besides Hickey’s emergence in the Badgers’ defense, Wisconsin has seen strong improvement along its front line. Over the weekend, the Badgers averaged 3.41 blocks per set, a significant increase from last year.It was an improvement that Gabrielsen had looked for before the tournament.“We want to improve this year on our defensive blocking,” Gabrielsen said. “We know we can get the job done offensively, but it’s how we defend other teams that’s a deciding factor for us.”“I think we have a lot of strengths. We have Ellen Chapman, a freshman, and she’s really tall. She’s 6-foot-5 on the outside, and Graff has been terrific on the back row and the front row. All of the returning players have been doing a great job, and we’re competing our hardest every day.”last_img read more

Decker leads UW to memorable win

first_imgSenior forward Brianna Decker scored a crucial overtime goal against Minnesota-Duluth to send the Badgers into the WCHA playoffs with home ice advantage.[/media-credit]It was a fitting end to Senior Day Sunday afternoon at LaBahn Arena.Wisconsin senior star Brianna Decker came up big with an overtime goal, earning UW a series sweep over University of Minnesota-Duluth and sending the women’s hockey senior class off victorious in their final home game in the regular season.“It was a nice way to end Senior Day,” Decker said with a smile after the game.The Badgers (19-9-2, 15-9-2-2 WCHA) found themselves tied 2-2 at the end of regulation Sunday after a dominating performance Saturday night that ended in a 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs (14-13-3, 13-12-1-0 WCHA).Following a missed opportunity in the first overtime shift, Decker went into what would be the game’s last face-off, determined to put the game away. The center took control of the puck the moment it was dropped, skated around UMD’s center and buried it in the far corner of the net before anyone had a chance to react.“I had the opportunity right before that … I really wanted to put it in and then a play went down at the other end and I thought they were going to finish it off,” Decker said. “I had an opportunity to score and I put it away and made it count and it felt pretty good.”In winning the pair of games, UW also secured home ice for the WCHA playoffs that begin in March. For Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson, Decker’s goal was the perfect ending to his senior’s standout career at UW.“It was a great way for her to finish her last regular season home game as a Badger so I was happy for her,” Johnson said. “I’m glad she got another opportunity and was able to get the puck in the net because that [missed opportunity] would have ate at her for a while. It was a great way to finish.”What led to the overtime victory was an intense battle between the two conference foes. A slow start to the game for UW – likely due to the Senior Day presentation moment before the first face-off that had multiple Badger seniors in tears – gave way to an early Bulldog goal that was waved off due to a high stick. Wisconsin took commanding puck possession as time wore on, outshooting the Bulldogs 11-6 in the first period.Decker got UW on the board 2:14 into the second period off a one-timer from inside the right circle. But UMD was quick to answer with an equalizing goal at 9:14 in the period. The dangerous Badger power play – which scored all three goals Saturday night – was given a chance late in the period but came up short, sending the team to the locker room tied after two.An early goal came again in the third period, but this time it was UMD’s Jamie Kenyon on the power play, giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the series. The Badgers showed no signs of defeat, putting 13 shots on net in the period. Finally, with 5:37 remaining in regulation, Blayre Turnbull caught Bulldogs’ goaltender Kayla Black off-guard with a quick shot from inside the right circle after a loose puck came her way from behind the net.Turnbull’s goal gave Wisconsin and the sold-out LaBahn Arena new life. And when the overtime period finally came, Decker took over for one final encore.“Any time you come away with a victory like we did you know we earned it,” Johnson said. “We were down 2-1 and you get down to seven or eight minutes in the third period, you are looking for something and we got a bounce and Blayre was able to capitalize.“All the things that went on today were positive, we played well … we had a lot of good opportunities and a lot of scoring chances we just didn’t capitalize as much we would like to.”Badgers bruise past Bulldogs 3-1 Saturday nightWhile Sunday’s game was intense in terms of the score, game one of the series was a different kind of intense with hard hits and a plethora of penalties dominating the ice.Saturday night’s matchup from the start was action packed. A total of 10 penalties were assessed in just the first period of play as tensions ran high on both sides of the ice.Following a pair of roughing calls and a high sticking penalty assessed to UMD’s Bridgette Lacquette, senior forward Alev Kelter notched one in during the four-on-three power play, giving the Badgers a 1-0 lead at 10:57 in the first period.The Badgers added to their lead seven minutes into the second period with another power-play goal. Junior forward Madison Packer drilled the puck past Black to give UW a comfortable 2-0 lead.Packer again found the back of the net on the power play in the third period after a shot by Decker deflected off Packer, who was waiting for a rebound on the far post.The Bulldogs did not give up hope, scoring with under 1:30 remaining in the game. Bulldogs’ forward Aleksandra Vafina tapped in a puck that managed to get past sophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby. However, the last-ditch effort was too late, as UW held on to its lead and earned the win.The Badgers have just one series left this coming weekend at Bemidji State before post-season play begins.last_img read more