Virus was direct cause of death for 89% of Italian COVID-19 victims

first_imgThe new coronavirus has directly caused the death of 9 out of 10 of Italian COVID-19 victims, a study released on Thursday said, shedding new light on the epidemic which mainly struck the country’s northern regions.Since discovering its first infections in February, Italy has reported some 35,000 COVID-19 fatalities.However, health authorities said many of those who died were also affected by other ailments and this provoked a fierce debate on whether the virus was the actual cause of death. The study published by the Superior Health Institute and National Statistics Institute ISTAT showed the coronavirus was the direct cause of death for 89% of the 4,942 victims in the sample.The remaining 11% had coronavirus but died as a direct result of other medical conditions, including heart disease cancer and dementia. However, the virus might have aggravated their condition and accelerated their death.The study was based on deaths reported at the end of May, when Italy had already loosened its rigid lockdown rules.Pneumonia was observed in 79% of the people whose deaths were directly tied to coronavirus and was the most common complication for COVID-19 patients, followed by other respiratory diseases.The report showed COVID-19 was also fatal for some people who did not have any underlying health problem.”In 28.2% of the cases analyzed, there are no other causes of death,” the report said. Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia forms team to probe recent shootings in Papua, but state rights body excluded

first_imgTopics : The government has formed a joint fact-finding team (TGPF) to investigate the recent killings in Intan Jaya, Papua, including the shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Hitadipa district.Established under a ministerial decree signed by Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Minister Mahfud MD on Thursday, the team comprises ministry officials, members of other state institutions, intellectuals as well as several Papuan figures.Noticeably missing, however, are members of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM). “This team has two weeks, starting from the issuance of the decree, to report the results [of the investigation] to the ministry,” Mahfud said in a virtual press conference on Friday.In addition to Yeremia’s death, which occurred on Sept. 19, the team will also investigate other deaths that took place around the same time in September, including the shooting of a civilian named Badawi and TNI soldiers, Chief. Sgt. Sahlan and First Pvt. Dwi Akbar.Read also: Churches union condemns shooting that killed pastor in Papua, urges Jokowi to take actionMahfud said the government had received recommendations from many parties, including church unions, to investigate the incidents transparently under the law and to form an investigation team.center_img The security chief minister was in charge of the TGPF, with the ministry’s secretary Tri Soewandono appointed as the chief of the steering committee, whose members include several deputies and an expert staffer from the ministry, a deputy from the Executive Office of the President, an executive from the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) and a Papuan public figure.Meanwhile, Benny Jozua Mamoto from the National Police Commission (Kompolnas) has been appointed to lead the unit for its investigation in the field, which comprises members from different institutions, including the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) and several universities, the National Police, the Military Police, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK).At least four Papuan community figures are also in the unit.Over the past few weeks, the government has been under pressure from civil society groups and members of the public to investigate the recent shootings in Intan Jaya. Mahfud said an armed criminal group (KKB) was responsible for the incidents. Read also: Intan Jaya pastor third churchman allegedly killed by security personnel, church saysThe PGI has alleged that the slain pastor, Yeremia, was killed by a TNI soldier, which the military denies.Komnas HAM commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara said Mahfud’s office had invited the commission to discuss the issue and the position of each relevant agency and ministry.However, Beka said, they agreed to not include Komnas HAM in the TGPF in order to maintain the position of the state rights body — which usually spearheads investigations into alleged human rights abuse cases — as an independent state institution.“We have started our own investigation and will be discussing the results with the ministry. In addition, we will also monitor the work of the joint team formed by the ministry,” Beka told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Beka said he respected the government’s initiative to form the joint team, hoping that it was a sign from the government of its commitment to resolving issues in Papua consistently.last_img read more

Significance of riverside property to appeal to buyers who love history

first_img17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket.A Brisbane couple who named their five-bedroom riverside sanctuary Shangani, never realised the history the Fig Tree Pocket land had stockpiled.The name was in deference to their Rhodesian (now Zimbabwean) upbringing and the gallant bravery of the Shangani Patrol.They had not only purchased the property at 17 Ningana St, from former Australian Defence Minister John Moore, who had deployed troops to East Timor and the UN Peacekeepers, but further back it was owned by Sir Jack Leggo, who was a member of the RAF Dambusters team in World War 2, that was sent on a single air mission to destroy Germany’s dams and industrial centres. 17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoIn stark contrast to the bustle of battle, Shangani is an oasis of calm and peace on 1.34ha of landscaped gardens bordered by a private creek with two waterfalls and the Brisbane River.Owners Barry and Merle O’Rourke said their property’s name was perfect.“As well as the historical significance of the Shangani River in Rhodesian history, the word itself means a ‘junction’ and was originally used to indicate the junction of two waterways — hence the name for our property, which is at the junction of the Brisbane River and the CubberlaCreek,” Mrs O’ Rourke said. 17 Ningana St, Fig Tree Pocket.The couple, who had also lived in London and Melbourne, wanted space to raise their young family and found it in droves.“When we moved here 23 years ago there were cows in the paddock opposite us and we knew the moment we saw it, we had to have it,” Mr O’Rourke said.The couple, a former lawyer and merchant banker, said the house was designed with entertaining in mind.The property features a tennis court, swimming pool, and a temperature controlled cellar with a 6000 bottle capacity. The property is being marketed with offers over $7 million by Place Paddington agents Simon Wheelans and Rachael Spinks.last_img read more

EC to initiate work on European non-financial reporting standards [updated]

first_imgHis announcement came as the Commission prepares for a review of the EU’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive later this year, with Dombrovkskis indicating there would be a limit to how much disclosure would be prescribed in a revised version of the legislation.“Not every detail can – or should – be fixed in law,” he said. “There is also a need for clear reporting standards for companies to apply.”A European Commission spokeswoman told IPE it was “normal practice” in the world of corporate reporting for standards to accompany legislation and that it was possible this could also become the case with regard to non-financial reporting.She said the Commission expected to reach an agreement with EFRAG by spring on the work it could do.The upcoming review of the NFRD and Dombrovskis’ fresh announcement about European standards comes as investor bodies have been calling for improvements in the availability and quality of non-financial data about companies.Aleksandra Palinka, senior regulatory policy advisor at the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), said the group welcomed the Commission’s intention to support the development of non-financial reporting standards given that, as Dombrovskis said, not every detail could or should be fixed in legislation.However, consistency at international level was key, she said.“If European standards were to be developed, it is important to build on existing international frameworks,” she said.Charles Tilley, CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), which provides a framework for company reporting, made a similar point.“Any European solution will ultimately need to be a global solution”Charles Tilley, CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council “The environment does not acknowledge borders,” he said. “Any European solution will ultimately need to be a global solution and whilst we congratulate the European Commission on their leadership on this urgent matter, we encourage them to create something that can be applicable globally.” The EU Council, the body for the bloc’s member states, last year suggested the Commission consider the development of a European non-financial reporting standard. The measure was one of several outlined by the Council in a document about its ideas for the next stage of the Capital Markets Union project.Building on what existsIn his speech Dombrovskis indicated the Commission would not be starting from scratch on reporting standards, but using as a starting point “the best and most widely accepted elements of what exists today” and tapping the expertise among “those organisations and individuals who can best contribute to the process”. Source: EU Audiovisual servicesValdis Dombrovksis unveiled the intention to develop European non-financial reporting standards plan at a conference this week“Along with the new taxonomy system, better corporate information will be the cornerstone of our strategy,” he said. “I will enable financial market participants to disclose their sustainable investment to their clients.”The IIRC’s Tilley welcomed the Commission’s intention to build on the work that had already been done in this domain.“It is important that anything the European Commission creates is based upon the work of the standard setters and framework developers already prevalent in the market and it is right that executive vice-president Dombrovskis has committed to this,” he said.EFAMA’s Palinska said investee companies and investors needed to be actively involved in any process of developing standards.The EU Council, the body for the bloc’s member states, last year suggested the Commission consider the development of a European non-financial reporting standard. The measure was one of several outlined by the Council in a document about its ideas for the next stage of the Capital Markets Union project.Since the end of 2018 EFRAG has had a forum for discussion on “non-financial topics”, the European Corporate Reporting Lab. It was established on the back of the Commission’s March 2018 sustainable finance action plan. Last autumn it announced that its next project would be on “Reporting of non-financial risks and opportunities, and linkage to the business model”.A spokesperson for EFRAG said it could not comment on what was said at the Commission’s conference this week.This article was updated to add comments from an EC spokeswoman. The European Commission is going to “support a process” to develop European non-financial reporting standards, according to Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission executive vice president.In a speech delivered this week at a conference about the Commission’s climate change-informed economic growth plan – the European Green Deal – Dombrovskis said the Commission would be inviting the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) to begin preparatory work on the standards as quickly as possible.The existence of many overlapping international reporting standards and set-ups confused companies and investors, who also found this situation expensive, Dombrovskis said.“The EU is well placed to address this situation – and show leadership in building consensus for a set of standards that can be widely accepted,” he continued.last_img read more

Ex-Eagles midfielder welcomes CAF decision to postpone 2021 AFCON

first_img The CAF Executive Committee reached an agreement to push the tournament forward by twelve months on Tuesday, no thanks to the ongoing global pandemic which has left various sporting activities around the world crippled. The African football governing body however believed it will be wise to shift the prestigious championship along with African Women Championship and other tournaments by another twelve months, to allow teams and countries to recover from the negative effects of the pandemic. Adepoju who won the tournament in 1994 with Nigeria, has now praised the development, he believes shifting the tournament to 2022 is the best decision from the Ahmad Ahmad led Excos. “I was wondering about d kind of magic CAF would perform to host 2021 AFCON, but with this postponement, there is more time for effective planning for the hosts, while countries would have enough time prepare. And by then, players would really be in their best shape. Good decision from CAF.” He said.Advertisement Former Nigerian international, Mutiu Adepoju, has applauded the decision of the Confederations of African Football to postpone the 2021 African Cup of Nations earlier scheduled to be hosted by Cameroon. Loading…center_img Meanwhile, CAF also confirmed that the maiden edition of Africa Women’s Champions League will begin next year. In the same vein,Cameroonian journalist, Williams Tchango has revealed that the postponement of the 2021 Africa cup of nations by CAF from January 2021 to January 2022 is a blessing in disguise for the host nation who is actually far behind schedule in terms of preparations. read also:Thun, Laussane eye Super Eagles prospect Tchango told that the latest inspection of facilities by the Cameroon Sports minister few days ago in Garoua was unsatisfactory and the minister was livid with the slow pace of work at the stadium project in the city. He added that a lot more work needs to be done for Cameroon to be ready for the AFCON and the postponement will serve Cameroon well in this regard. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

St Ledger warns of Zlatan threat

first_img Much of the talk ahead of Friday night’s World Cup qualifier in Stockholm has centred on Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his potential to wreck Ireland’s hopes of claiming the runners-up spot in Group C. The 31-year-old has 33 goals already this season, and St Ledger said: “I have played against a few decent strikers in my time. He is up there. He’s a very, very good striker. I think you could probably put him in a category with people like Messi and Ronaldo. He can win games by himself with magic moments.” Ibrahimovic’s talent is well-known, but his critics argue he blows hot and cold. St Ledger said: “Let’s hope he has a cold one this week. “To be honest, I have not seen too much of him. I wouldn’t say I have watched loads and loads of games of his over the full 90 minutes, so it would be very harsh for me to judge him on that. You only see clips and nine times out of 10, he’s brilliant.” Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni and his players flew out to Scandinavia this on Wednesday having completed the bulk of their preparations, and there is little doubt that Ibrahimovic would have come high on his list. But St Ledger admits the Swede is far from the stereotypical big man up front. He said: “When you play against big players, seven times out of 10 you would probably say they wouldn’t be too good with their feet or they wouldn’t be as mobile. But he seems to have the full package. He is obviously very physical, and he’s got the feet. He seems quick enough over the ground, so he has got everything. “Obviously, he’s a very good player – you can’t take that away from him. You give him the respect he deserves and then you just try to play your normal game.” Sean St Ledger has warned Ireland they will have to shackle a man every bit as destructive as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo if they are to prosper in Sweden.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Butt sees a better United

first_img “I’m sure the new man in charge will say the same thing to the players. Hopefully the players will react, and I’m sure they will.” Butt worked with United’s youth set-up last term and asked about his current role under Van Gaal he said: “It is a bit of a wider remit now – I’m looking over all age groups. But that needs to be finalised in the next few weeks.” Then asked for his impressions so far of the Dutchman, Butt said: “Positive. He is obviously a very in-control man. “He has an aura about him – when he walks in the building, you know who the boss is, and I think that is very important. “We had that with Sir Alex for all those years and I think we have that now with Van Gaal. He walks into the building and he commands your respect. “All the players look up to him as the leader and that is how it should be. From afar, when I’ve looked at him it looks like he takes no messing about and if anyone doesn’t toe the line, I’m sure they will be out of the team.” Butt was speaking on Thursday at the AJ Bell Stadium, where he, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Gary and Phil Neville rolled back the years as they lined up together in a ‘Class of 92 and friends’ XI for a friendly against Salford City, the non-league outfit they bought between them this year. The quintet went on to enjoy trophy-laden careers with United after all graduating from the club’s academy in the early 1990s – something Butt thinks is unlikely to be replicated. “It is possible – there are a lot of great young players out there,” the ex-England international said. “But we just need to give them a chance. We had a manager in charge and a club that believed in that, but it is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly. “Owners that come in don’t necessarily know a lot about football – they just know a lot about business, unfortunately. But that’s the way football is. People don’t have the foresight to wait and see. “To be fair, managers come in now and why should they go four or five nights a week looking at academies when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards? “I think good lads, top players, will still come through. But whether you will get five or six through together is something I doubt. “We played together since we were 12, 13. To prepare lads to come through takes a lot of patience and a good owner to say to a manager ‘we are going to give you time and stand by you’. “Unfortunately, for whatever reason, it doesn’t happen now.” Nicky Butt expects Manchester United to be challenging for the Barclays Premier League title this season. The sense of optimism around United is growing as the 2014/15 top-flight campaign draws ever nearer, with new manager Louis van Gaal having come in and so far seen his team emerge victorious from all five of their pre-season friendlies. The Red Devils are looking to bounce back after the debacle of 2013/14, when they struggled under David Moyes and finished seventh in the table – a year on from being crowned champions in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge. And Butt, the former United midfielder who was part of the coaching staff last term and is again this season, is in optimistic mood ahead of the club’s Premier League opener against Swansea at Old Trafford a week on Saturday. The 39-year-old said: “The new manager is in charge now, we are on an unbeaten run and now we are looking to make a good start to the season with the first five games we have got (Swansea, Sunderland, Burnley, QPR and Leicester). “Everyone expects Manchester United to contend for the title. “We finished as low as we have done last season, but when the season starts again, everyone will expect. I am a fan, and I will expect us to be challenging again.” Butt, a United player from 1992 to 2004, knows the strong desire within the club to respond after disappointing periods and has no doubt there will be that kind of feeling in the dressing room at the moment. “It (that desire) is immense,” Butt said. “In days gone by it has sometimes been when Man United are at their strongest – when they have had setbacks. “We were always told in no uncertain terms that you had to step up to the plate, otherwise you were not going to be at the club for very much longer. Press Associationlast_img read more

Evans misses Euro clashes

first_img “It’s key that we allow him to enjoy the experiences he is having right now. “Defence is a department we are well off in at the moment but he is certainly another option to consider and we will continue to monitor him. To have another Premier League player is a bonus for us.” Northern Ireland started their Euro 2016 campaign with a 2-1 win in Budapest and will be hoping to make it back-to-back victories when they welcome the Faroes to Belfast. The forthcoming fixtures were always likely to come too soon for Evans, who was suspended for the first Group F qualifier in Hungary, but O’Neill had hoped by resting him for the home match against the Faroes on Saturday the defender may have been able to play some part in Greece three days later. The presence of Gareth McAuley, Aaron Hughes and Chris Baird mean Northern Ireland are not short of experience at the back, but fans would have welcomed an early chance to see McNair, the country’s latest Premier League performer, in action too. The teenager shot to prominence in the last two weeks when injuries – including Evans’ – saw him fast-tracked into the Red Devils’ starting XI and he responded with assured displays against West Ham and Everton. O’Neill has been monitoring McNair’s development for several months and is delighted to have another top-flight prospect on the radar. But that does not mean he is in a rush to blood him at the first opportunity and he has promised to be cautious in his handling of the Ballyclare man. “Paddy is a young player with a great future who has come on a lot, made a huge jump in a couple of weeks,” O’Neill told Press Association Sport. “It’s great to see one of our young players break through and do so well at a club like Manchester United but the main thing is that we don’t burden him with expectation at this stage. “We don’t need to place unrealistic expectations on him too early in his career. Press Association Jonny Evans has pulled out of Northern Ireland’s squad to face the Faroe Islands and Greece after failing to recover from an ankle injury. The centre-back has not played for Manchester United since sustaining the injury against Leicester in his comeback match and, although out of the protective boot he had been wearing, he has not been judged fit enough for the forthcoming Euro 2016 double header. His replacement at Old Trafford, 19-year-old Paddy McNair, had been in line to deputise with the national side as well but manager Michael O’Neill has not yet called for cover with the teenager reported to have sustained a hamstring injury of his own. last_img read more

Education top priority for voters, new poll reveals

first_imgThe results of a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll released this weekend revealed public opinion on the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the race for governor, and ballot propositions, as well as the public’s thoughts on the state’s high-speed rail project, plastic grocery bag ban and Ebola.According to poll results, education has surpassed the economy as a top priority among California voters. Forty-two percent of likely voters rated education as their most important issue. Thirty-seven percent of likely voters said that the economy was their number one concern, followed by water and drought issues (27 percent), crime and public safety (16 percent), taxes (17 percent) and the state budget deficit (13 percent), a press release stated.This divide might be a contributing factor in the tight race for State Superintendent. Poll results showed that incumbent Tom Torlakson leads over opponent Marshall Tuck by a slim margin of 32 to 29 percent among likely voters, according to a Dornsife press release.“I can’t think of a down-ticket office in recent California history that’s received so much attention,” said Dan Schnur, director of the poll and executive director of the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in the press release. “Some of that is the relative lack of competition at the top of the ballot, some of it is lack of extremely compelling ballot initiatives, but a lot of it is the emergence of education as such a top-tier issue for California voters.”In the race for governor, 56 percent of registered likely voters said they would cast their ballot for incumbent Jerry Brown, while 37 percent support Republican businessman Neel Kashkari, results showed. Likely voters also strongly support the propositions supported by Brown, such as Propositions 1 and 2 as well as Proposition 47.Proposition 1 allows the state to spend more money on water-related programs, and Proposition 2 increases California’s rainy-day fund while also requiring more regular payment of state debt. Proposition 47 allows misdemeanor instead of felony sentencing for some drug- and property-related offenses.The majority of likely voters oppose Propositions 45 and 46, which give the state more control over health insurance rates and increase the cap for damages in medical malpractice suits, respectively.“Propositions 1, 2 and 47 are facing little or no financial opposition, while the campaigns for Propositions 45 and 46 are being heavily outspent,” Schnur said in a press release.Meanwhile, voters were divided about California’s potential high-speed rail line. Forty-eight percent of respondents said the project should stop compared to the 44 percent who wanted it to proceed. In contrast, the September 2013 poll showed less support, with 43 percent of voters in favor of the project and 52 percent opposed.Participants were also polled on their concern about Ebola and the state’s plastic grocery bag ban. Most respondents said they were not concerned about exposure to the Ebola virus, with 46 percent of California voters saying they are “not at all worried” that they or a family member will be exposed to Ebola and 24 percent saying that they are not “too worried.”Furthermore, California voters support the recent statewide ban on plastic grocery bags in a margin of about 2-to-1, according to the poll.last_img read more

BHA aims to enhance integrity and safety with“one team” focus

first_img British horseracing is to see the evolution of its officiating model from 2019, designed to raise the bar on the sports regulation, in addition to how it handles issues of integrity, safety, welfare and the management of risk on the racecourse.Coming as the result of an extensive consultation process, the new raceday regulatory system was born on the belief that strong changes were necessary amongst stakeholders, participants and fans.Amongst the key features of the new model are a “one team” approach, introduction of a new Chief Steward role, voluntary stewards to fulfil the role of Stewards’ Panel Chair and the addition of a multi-skilled BHA Raceday Assistant.Brant Dunshea, Chief Regulatory Officer for the British Horseracing Authority, explained: “Horseracing is a major British sport, with a proud history, a global reach and with aspirations of continuing growth. It has always evolved with the times, keeping pace with wider social, political, economic and technological changes.“Now, as always, we face a number of challenges. Not only are we facing increased competition from other sports for support, publicity, sponsorship and investment, we are also at continuous risk from unscrupulous interests, who seek to exploit and corrupt the sport for financial gain.“The framework of raceday regulation currently in place in Britain has served us well. However, to ensure that Racing is best positioned to mitigate and manage the risks posed by contemporary integrity threats to so many sports, it’s essential that we continue to evolve and improve our regulatory systems.”Adding: “We believe that the new officiating model retains the best elements of the current model, while raising the bar on integrity, welfare and the management of risk and major incidents. “We expect this to bring together all our raceday teams, including our volunteer and professional stewards and other officials, into a more coherent, supportive, consistent, flexible and effective operation.“Threats and challenges are always best addressed by working as a team, and this ‘one team’ concept is central to the development of the new model we will be establishing.” Share Submit UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE  June 25, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more