Czechs order masks indoors as daily cases top 1,000 for first time

first_imgSchools fully reopened on Sept. 1 even as case numbers crept up, and restrictions from face mask rules to attendance at public events remained relatively relaxed.Masks were reintroduced on public transport last week. In the capital Prague, bars and clubs, which have been the source of several outbreaks, must close by midnight on Wednesday.The economy shrank 11% in the April-June period on an annual basis, with tourism especially hit.The Czech spike in the last two weeks has been among Europe’s fastest, outpaced only by Spain, France, Malta, Romania and Croatia, said the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.The Czech rate of 68.8 cases per 100,000 people compares to 20.5 in neighboring Germany.However, deaths are lower than many other places, with 441 fatalities reported as of Wednesday from 29,877 cases.Hospitalizations remain below this year’s peaks but have jumped by 78% over the past two weeks to 234. Many new cases are asymptomatic and among the younger population. Restaurant customers do not have to wear masks while consuming, and some professions including news anchors and performing artists were exempt.Prime Minister Andrej Babis urged people to help avoid another lockdown. “We have to react in a way which saves lives, at the same time we cannot afford measures of economic nature,” he told a conference in a video message.”A difficult autumn awaits us.”While the Czech Republic was among the first European countries to adopt masks and close borders and businesses at the start of the pandemic, it was also among the quickest to reopen. Czech authorities ordered people to wear face masks inside buildings from Thursday as the daily count of new coronavirus cases topped 1,000 for the first time.Health Minister Adam Vojtech announced the measure after a one-day spike of 1,164 infections.It applies to indoor spaces except homes, classrooms and workplaces where 2-metre distancing is possible.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hendra house makes $100,000 in less than four years

first_imgSOLD: Rajeev and Ruth Sinniah (left) sold 57 Harding St, Hendra at auction to Tunde and Wande Olarinde (right) for $885,000. Photo: Debra BelaA HOUSE at Hendra in Brisbane’s north made $100,000 for its owners at auction on Saturday despite the lead bidders starting the engine of their Mercedes C200 during negotiations and preparing to drive away. The house at 57 Harding St, Hendra. Photo: supplied“They didn’t want to take our money,” Dr Tunde Olarinde explained afterwards. Place auctioneer Peter Burgin negotiates with the lead bidders just before they get in their car and prepare to drive away. Photo: Debra BelaThe three-bedroom, pre-war home at 57 Harding Street sold for $885,000 on a street made famous in March when retiring Brisbane Broncos veteran Darius Boyd sold his near new home at 78 Harding St for close to $2 million. MORE PROPERTY STORIES Property savings in a post-COVID world “We compromised on what we anticipated for the house for the certainty of not having this on our shoulders … that it was just going to be sold today,” Dr Sinniah said.“The economic crunch hasn’t hit yet.“We thought we’d do it now because in three-six months the market would change on a downward trend, lending would be a lot more stringent. So it was either now or come back in three to five years and do it then.” The north-facing back deck. Photo: suppliedThe Place Ascot onsite auction, lead by agent Patrick McKinnon, attracted a group of 16 interested parties with three bidders and was held outside so as not to breach the new government guidelines on having no more than 10 visitors inside at an auction or open home.A directive from the Chief Health Officer in the wake of the COVID-19 health emergency now requires all real estate agents to collect the name, address and mobile phone number of anyone attending an open home or auction in Queensland.The information is kept for a period of 28 days and is used for tracing purposes in the event of a coronavirus outbreak.In other auction results, five registered bidders attended 24 Oakwal Tce, Windsor where Ray White Ascot agent Ian Cuneo sold the four-bedroom house to a young couple for $1.175 million.While in Clayfield, 90 Barlow St sold for $930,000 with six registered bidders. The winning bidder was a couple from Brisbane who were currently interstate.“There’s a very high demand for property and a shortage of stock, and the sheer competition between buyers is pushing up the prices, so it really is a great time to think about selling,” Ray White lead agent Alexander Shean said. The auction volume for Saturday was double that of last weekend with 20 properties going under the hammer, including four houses at Hendra.Ruth and Rajeev Sinniah, bought the 406sq m Hendra house for $785,000 in 2016 and considered renovating but instead they found a larger 890sq m property in Clayfield which they moved into over Easter.Dr Tunde Olarinde and his wife Wande had been renting in Hendra for three years while looking for a house to renovate and saw this property a week ago. The main dining area looking into the kitchen and living room at 57 Harding St, Hendra. Photo: supplied.“We wanted to avoid the auction but they didn’t accept our offer, that was the bone of contention,” Mrs Olarinde said.“We put in an offer of $900,000 which was higher that what we’re paying for it now. They should have said yes then.”After an opening phone bid of $810,000, Place chief auctioneer Peter Burgin made a vendor bid of $850,000 before the young couple on the phone also bid $850,000.“We’ll substitute yours for mine,” Mr Burgin said. “Yours is better.” Place chief auctioneer Peter Burgin (centre) opens the auction of 57 Harding St, Hendra. Photo: Debra BelaLeaning on the bonnet of their Mercedes Benz, Dr and Mrs Olarinde bid $860,000 and then the auction paused for more than 20 minutes for negotiations until the Olarindes got into their silver car and started the engine.“I’ve got news,” one Place Ascot agent shouted as he rushed over to the car in a last-ditch effort to keep the couple in play.Within seconds, the engine had stopped, a new bid of $885,000 was recorded and the property sold immediately. Dr Sinniah said the decision to go to auction was based on his analysis of the current economic conditions.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agolast_img read more

Joe Biden, Carmelo Anthony and Pearl Washington leave their mark on this year’s ESPY Awards

first_imgThe ESPYs kicked off with a speech by NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and LeBron James.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe athletes addressed the recent killings of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and five Dallas police officers.Anthony echoed the statements he made in a recent Instagram post calling athletes to help the lead the charge for social change.“The system is broken, the problems are not new, the violence is not new, and the racial divide definitely is not new, but the urgency for change is definitely at an all-time high,” said Carmelo Anthony in his speech.Pearl Washington remembered in tribute videoAndra Day performed “Rearview” in tribute to the athletes lost by the sports world during the past year. During the song, a photo of Syracuse basketball legend Pearl Washington flashed across the screen.Washington died April 20 after battling a malignant brain tumor since the summer of 2015.Joe Biden introduces Craig Sager, touches on his late son’s battle with cancerBiden presented sideline reporter Craig Sager with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award for his tenacity in battling leukemia.In his speech, Biden touched upon his late son Beau who died at the age of 46 in May from brain cancer.“Like Jimmy V, my son Beau never let cancer touch his heart or his soul,” Biden said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ The ESPY Awards recognize the greatest stories and triumphs in sports.Syracuse University didn’t win any individual accolades, but the school’s presence was weaved throughout the award show.Carmelo Anthony, Vice President Joe Biden and Pearl Washington each left an impression on the night.Carmelo Anthony calls athletes to promote social changecenter_img Published on July 14, 2016 at 10:30 am Contact Jacob: jagedets@syr.edulast_img read more