UK hits highest daily COVID-19 cases at 6,634, partly due to more tests

first_img“[At the peak], we estimate through surveys that over 100,000 people a day were catching the disease, but we only found about 6,000 of them and they tested positive,” he said in an interview on Sky News.”Now we estimate that it’s under 10,000 people a day getting the disease. That’s too high, but it’s still much lower than in the peak.”While testing capacity has increased dramatically since the first wave, the system has nevertheless been under strain, with many people reporting they were unable to get tests, or had to travel long distances. Delays in getting results back have also led to criticism of the system.Public Health England said there had also been 40 new deaths, up from 37 the day before. At the peak of the pandemic, Britain was reporting more than 1,000 deaths per day.Britain has the highest death toll from COVID-19 in Europe, at 41,902. Topics : Britain recorded its highest number of daily cases of COVID-19 on Thursday at 6,634, according to government data, reflecting a second wave of infections sweeping through the country but also a much higher level of testing than during the first wave.Thursday’s number was up from 6,178 on Wednesday, itself a jump from 4,926 the previous day.Earlier, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government estimated fewer than 10,000 people were becoming infected every day, as opposed to estimated numbers over 100,000 during the peak of the first wave.last_img read more

Arsenal submit £27m to sign William Saliba but agree to loan him back to Saint-Etienne

first_imgSaliba (left) is also wanted by Tottenham (AFP/Getty Images)It’s also claimed that as part of the deal, Saint-Etienne are demanding that Saliba stays with them for one more season on loan and Arsenal are willing to accept that arrangement.AdvertisementAdvertisementNegotiations between the two clubs are due to continue this week in the hope that an agreement can be reached.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySaliba is understood to have agreed a five-year contract with the Gunners.The defender made 19 appearances for Saint-Etienne this season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal submit £27m to sign William Saliba but agree to loan him back to Saint-Etienne Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Jun 2019 3:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link91Shares Arsenal have met Saint-Etienne’s asking price for William Saliba (Getty Images)Arsenal have submitted a €30 million (£27m) bid to sign Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba, according to reports.The Gunners have reportedly agreed personal terms with the 18-year-old but had not reached an agreement over a transfer fee with Saint-Etienne.Reports in France claim that Tottenham have made a move to sign Saliba by opening talks with the defender’s representatives.But RMC Sport now claim that Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit and have shown a strong signal of intent by meeting Saint-Etienne’s €30m (£27m) asking price for Saliba.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

IPE Views: Is Pascal the solution to climate change?

first_imgIf you replace God with the idea of climate change in Pascal’s Wager, the argument is clear. If climate change does not exist, and humanity acts as though it does, there will be a cost entailed, but it is finite and can be absorbed relatively easily. If, on the other hand, climate change does exist, and humanity behaves as though it does not, then the temperature rise will lead to global calamity and possibly an infinite loss, which could have been averted for a modest cost.The issue then moves away from any requirement to obtaining absolute certainty there is climate change arising from increased carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. Instead, there can be an acceptance that absolute certainty may never be achieved, as in proving the existence of God. In which case, the issue is how should mankind respond in the face of the pay-off profiles for action and for inaction as described. Clearly, if a modest cost can avert a possibly infinite loss, that should be the path chosen.The real issues, then, revolve around the implications of adopting strategies that would reduce climate change effects. For example, what should poor countries such as those in sub-Saharan Africa do for energy if they have abundant fossil fuels that are now being demonised? Alternatives such as wind, solar and hydro-electric are expensive and currently do not have the capacity to produce the energy required to generate the GDP growth that could, as in Asia, lift them out of poverty. Whilst the extreme wing of the climate change warriors may argue it is the idea of economic growth that is at fault, and therefore growth expectations should be reduced if they are based on carbon dioxide-producing energy sources, the populations of countries still struggling to lift themselves out of poverty are unlikely to agree. Unfortunately, Pascal does not appear to have an answer to the question of how GDP growth could be increased in poor countries without increasing global warming. Instead, the solution may be a combination of lower-cost alternative energy sources such as photo-voltaic solar cells combined with cheaper and more effective industrial-scale batteries. If that combination were ever able to transform the energy supplies in the sunbelts of the tropics, it would truly be a miracle, although even Pascal may agree it would not prove the existence of God.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE IPE contributing editor Joseph Mariathasan applies Pascal’s Wager to the climate change debateAs an ex-physicist, I am always interested to read about the scientific basis for global warming. But I must admit, once you remove the dogmatists who argue either for or against the phenomenon on the basis of emotions rather than facts, it can be difficult to get absolute certainty either way. Since I read that the majority of climate scientists believes the evidence for global warming is strong, then I have to accept that is likely to be the case. Personally, I am happy to accept this logic, but even if I were not, I always think of the French mathematician Blaise Pascal’s arguments for behaviour in the absence of definitive proof for the existence of God. The same arguments can be made for climate change.Pascal’s Wager can be expressed as a set of outcomes arising from living your life in different ways: If you live your life in accordance with the belief God does exist, and you are right, you will be rewarded with eternal life in Heaven and thus an infinite gain. If you live your life with the view God does not exist, when in fact there is a God, you will be condemned forever in the afterlife and hence suffer an infinite loss.On the other hand, if you live your life with the belief there is a God, and in fact God does not exist, there will be no reward and, as a result, a finite loss in terms of presumably illicit pleasures foregone. Finally, if you live your life with the view God does not exist, and you are proved right, you would have just a finite gain through your life but no infinite gain or infinite punishment. More simply, if one behaved as though there were no God, but it turned out to be wrong, then for the sake of just a finite cost, you have missed out on eternal happiness.last_img read more

Diana Shipping Inks Newcastlemax Charter with Koch

first_imgGreek shipowner Diana Shipping has extended a time charter contract with Singapore’s Koch Shipping for one of its Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels, the San Francisco.The gross charter rate for the 208,006 dwt bulker was agreed at USD 16,000 per day for a period of nineteen to about twenty-two months. The charter commenced on March 5.Diana Shipping informed that the new employment is expected to generate USD 9.12 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The Newcastlemax was previously chartered to Koch Shipping at a rate of USD 24,000 per day.Following completion of the announced sales of two Panamax dry bulk vessels, Danae and Dione, Diana Shipping’s fleet will consist of 46 dry bulk vessels.last_img read more

Housewives are as happy as working women

first_imgMail Online (UK) 29 Feb 2012For decades, women have been told that being housewives will leave them downtrodden and unfulfilled. But a Government study yesterday showed mothers who stay at home are as content and satisfied with their lives as those who choose to go out to work. In contrast, the report found that house husbands are generally much less happy. The results of David Cameron’s campaign to measure well-being also reveal that the happiest people are traditional married families.Couples who wed are more content than others, and those with children feel a greater sense of purpose. The findings come as a powerful endorsement to campaigners who believe the Government should do more to encourage marriage and more to help couples who have children.The happiness index was based on findings from a survey in which 80,000 were asked four questions: how satisfied they were with their lives; to what extent their lives were worthwhile; how happy they were yesterday; and how anxious they felt yesterday.Women who stayed at home to look after the family recorded high scores almost identical to those of working women. The findings appeared to undermine the assumption of ministers since the 1990s that it is good for mothers to go out to work. read more

Labour to review medicinal cannabis laws

first_imgNZ Herald 5 April 2016Family First Comment: NZ’ers need to be aware of the smoke-screen of ‘medicinal marijuana’. The strategy of groups who want dope legalised is to promote medicinal marijuana which simply manipulates society’s compassion for people with serious pain and health concerns. But marijuana will then be diverted from medical programs to ‘recreational’ purposes.Note however that Family First IS supporting further quality research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms and responding to individuals with serious medical conditions where traditional methods have failed.Labour leader Andrew Little says his party wants to make it easier to access medicinal cannabis.The Labour caucus is now debating the issue and will come up with a formal position in the next few weeks, Mr Little told reporters at Parliament this morning.“We are aware that this is an issue and there is a willingness to look at our current policy and see whether it meets current scientific understanding,” he said.The Labour leader would not say whether the party wanted decriminalisation of marijuana use for medical purposes. But he said that the process for applying for medicinal cannabis products needed to be simpler.“It’s about accepting there is enough medical evidence around now that under proper or appropriate supervision from a GP or specialist that this isn’t a form of treatment that ought to go through a series of hoops to get a ministerial sign-off.”The party currently has no formal position on recreational or medicinal use of cannabis.Labour’s review of its position comes as Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne approved an application for a cannabis-based product for just the second time – for a patient with severe Tourette’s Syndrome.READ MORE: for Caution On Medicinal Marijuana LawsMedia Release Oct 13 2015Family First NZ is calling for politicians to reject knee-jerk law changes to medicinal marijuana, and wants them to comprehend the concerns around the real agenda behind liberalising drug laws and also the abuse of medicinal marijuana. However, Family First is supporting further quality research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms and responding to individuals with serious medical conditions where traditional methods have failed.“NZ’ers need to be aware of the smoke-screen of ‘medicinal marijuana’. The strategy of groups who want dope legalised is to promote medicinal marijuana which simply manipulates society’s compassion for people with serious pain and health concerns. But marijuana will then be diverted from medical programs to ‘recreational’ purposes,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director. Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Canadian Astronaut to record full music album in space

first_imgHadfield, who retired as an astronaut in June 2013, had an acoustic guitar and a laptop during his stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS) from December 2012 to May 2013.“The guitar and vocal tracks were recorded in space — a human first,” Warner Music said in a statement.“The album’s fall 2015 launch underscores the importance that music has always had to Col. Hadfield wherever he is, whether in space or at home on Earth.”Hadfield’s cover video of “Space Oddity,” made in zero gravity during the five-month mission to the ISS, was an Internet sensation and has racked up more than 25 million views on YouTube. Canadian Astronaut Chris HadfieldMusic in space? Yes it will certainly be a first.A Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield is taking music the space daring to be the first musician to record a whole music album in space.He also intends to write his music in space.The debut album by the Canadian, 55, who skyrocketed to stardom in 2013 with his take of David Bowie’s “Space oddity,” will be launched in the fall.“Space album! Happy to announce that we will release a full album’s worth of music written and recorded in space in fall 2015 with Warner Music Canada. Exciting!” he wrote on his Facebook account on Tuesday.Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfieldlast_img read more

No guarantees for Carroll

first_imgWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce has warned Andy Carroll he is not guaranteed to start Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Everton. Carroll is available to face Everton, but Allardyce may opt for Cole after he was on target in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Southampton. “Carlton has done a really good job while Andy has been out,” Allardyce said. “It’s a tough decision based upon how Carlton performed last week and obviously I’ll make that decision on Friday when we pick the team to play Everton. “After he spent a long time in the wilderness over the summer, it took a little bit of time to get him back into top condition and now he’s done that he’s produced more goals than he did last season. “Goals are what it’s all about for us at the moment. In our last four games we’ve won them all by two goals.” Carroll had only recently recovered from a long-term foot injury when he was dismissed against Swansea, a setback which contributed to him not being included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the friendly with Denmark on March 5. But Hodgson confirmed on Thursday that he would be “keeping an eye” on Carroll, leaving the door open for selection for the World Cup in Brazil this summer. And Allardyce is backing the 25-year-old to prove he is worthy of selection. Press Association Allardyce insists Carlton Cole’s form in the four-match winning run that has eased the Hammers’ fears of relegation makes him a genuine contender to continue up front at Goodison. Three of those victories were secured in Carroll’s absence as the England marksman served a three-match ban for his red card against Swansea on February 1. “I don’t see any reason why he can’t make the World Cup squad,” Allardyce said. “It’s in his hands what happens between now and the end of the season based upon his performances, when selected. “After a disrupted first half of the season last season he got into full flow and was selected by Roy Hodgson to go to Brazil. “Unfortunately, because he was injured in the last game of the season against Reading, he couldn’t make that trip. “If he does the same again then there shouldn’t be any problems with Andy being in that final squad for the World Cup. “He’s got to stay fit, perform well and that will give him a great chance of being selected.” last_img read more

Windy and Rainy as System Develops

first_imgGet ready for a windy, soaker of a weekend. An elongated area of low pressure is moving through the Straits of Florida and is expected to move northeastward to offshore of the Southeast Florida coast by Saturday morning. This area of lower pressure system is expected to develop into some type of a tropical system, possibly subtropical storm Arthur, this weekend as it nears the northwestern Bahamas. Locally, winds will slacken, and become light to perhaps gentle this weekend andearly next week.last_img read more

England run in seven tries to down United States 45-7

first_imgBy Peter RutherfordKOBE, Japan (Reuters) – England’s squad players got the job done with a solid 45-7 bonus point victory over the United States at the Rugby World Cup yesterday against a determined Eagles side.With a four-day turnaround after their opening Pool C victory over Tonga, coach Eddie Jones rang the changes with 10 new picks but was rewarded with seven tries in humid conditions at a packed Kobe Misaki Stadium.Skipper George Ford, Billy Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie scored before the break, with winger Joe Cokanasiga grabbing a brace and Ruaridh McConnochie and Lewis Ludlam also crossing in the second half.United States flanker John Quill was sent off in the 70th minute for a shoulder-charge to the head of Owen Farrell but the Americans never gave up and replacement Bryce Campbell finally got them on the scoreboard at the final gong. “It’s a good win again,” said player-of-the-match Ford. “We had to work for it again, the USA were a really physical, passionate team so we had to earn that win and I thought we did that very well.”U.S. coach Gary Gold, however, was disappointed.“You can’t be missing nearly 40 tackles in a game and still hope to be in the game,” he added. “It was a pretty awful performance by us tonight.” ENGLAND MAULEngland had come in for some criticism after their untidy 35-3 win over Tonga, on Sunday, but they showed right from the kickoff that they were in determined mood.U.S. fullback Will Hooley had said ahead of the game that, while England had good players, they were not from Mount Olympus, though he may feel he was hit by Zeus himself in the opening seconds after being smashed backwards by centre Piers Francis. That opening tackle looked borderline high but went unpunished.After waiting until the 24th minute to score on Sunday, England were quicker off the mark in Kobe, scrumhalf Willi Heinz finding Ford running a beautiful line and the number 10 went through to score under the posts after five minutes.England then opted to kick for touch when awarded a penalty just outside the U.S. 22 and were rewarded when Tom Curry claimed the lineout and Vunipola smashed over from the back of a driving maul.England’s third try arrived in similar circumstances, the United States powerless to stop a rampaging maul before Cowan-Dickie touched down.The stadium’s retractable roof was closed for the match, meaning that while the players had to deal with stifling humidity the fans were able to create a boisterous atmosphere.Chants of “USA! USA!” competed with renditions of England’s rugby anthem “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” while the entire crowd joined together at halftime to belt out the John Denver classic, “Take me home, country roads”.The red shirts of England were quickly into their stride after the break and claimed the bonus point try in the 48th minute when a rampaging Jonathan Joseph was stopped just short but Cokanasiga was on hand to score.A raft of substitutions followed, with Ben Youngs coming on to win his 91st cap and join Jonny Wilkinson and prop Dan Cole, who had started the match, for third on the all-time England men’s appearances list. England winger McConnochie was having a quiet night but the Olympic rugby sevens silver medallist showed his sense of timing just before the hour mark, taking a pass at full pelt and bundling over for his first international try in the 15-aside game.England’s seventh score came with four minutes left when replacement prop Ellis Genge barrelled his way through a host tired U.S. tacklers before Cokanasiga finished off.England, not contented, greedily went for another score after the final ‘gong’ had sounded but instead it was the United States who got the score, replacement Bryce Campbell going over after an untidy, frenzied passage of play.last_img read more