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Canada’s Trudeau: World has changed even if pandemic ends, vaccine found

first_imgCanadians should accept the world will change even if a vaccine is found and the coronavirus pandemic ends, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday, urging people to adjust to a new normal that will require modified behavior.Trudeau unveiled new measures to support hard hit sectors, including C$470 million ($334 million) for fisheries, and the partial reopening of some national parks.”We have to recognize that things will change in this world, even after the end of this pandemic, even after a vaccine,” he told reporters. “COVID-19 will be one of the things that create changes in our society. There will be adjustments.” “The truth is we can’t predict where things will go so we need to be ready,” Ford told reporters. “As we get more and more people back to work, the risk of flare up is real so we must be vigilant.”Canada’s coronavirus death toll edged up by 2.5% to 5,337 from Wednesday, one of the smallest daily increases, according to public health agency data.More than 60% of the deaths have occurred in Quebec, the second most populous of the 10 provinces.Premier Francois Legault said the situation in Montreal, Canada’s second largest city, was fragile. Many enterprises are still closed and a planned reopening on May 25 can only happen if the daily death toll starts to fall, he said.”I understand some people in the business community are a bit discouraged, but we have to think about our health most of all,” Legault told a briefing, urging people to wear masks.Legault also said Montreal schools would stay shut until the start of the new year in late August rather than reopen this month as originally planned.Besides support for fisheries, Ottawa will also extend the federal wage subsidy program to encourage more employers to keep workers on the payroll.Canadian farmers and agriculture businesses have claimed most of the C$5 billion ($3.55 billion) in extra credit offered by Ottawa to boost their cash flow during the coronavirus pandemic, in less than two months.In an annual review of Canada’s financial systems, the Bank of Canada said that while the coronavirus remains a massive challenge, measures it has taken “are showing signs of succeeding.”Canadian manufacturing sales in March slumped by the most in over 11 years as the pandemic forced the shutdown of many firms, and April looks set to be worse, Statistics Canada said. Topics :center_img World Health Organization emergencies expert Mike Ryan said on Wednesday that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could become endemic like HIV and “may never go away.”More Canadian provinces are lifting restrictions and moving to restart more economic activity, while the warmer weather is spurring more people outdoors.Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, will permit some retail stores as well as vehicle dealerships and construction sites to reopen on May 19, in the first of three stages to restart the province’s economy.It was impossible to put a date on the next stage, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said, adding it was contingent on a continued decline in cases.last_img read more

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Gold Coast penthouse sells for almost $4m to Melbourne buyers

first_imgThe penthouse takes up the entire northern side of levels 40 and 41 in the Oracle Tower 2.“The new owner plans to do a few minor renovations to the property so by the time the borders open it’s ready to go,” he said.It is the first time the property has been on the market since it was built 10 years ago.“The Oracle is one of the most sought-after and well-known luxury apartment buildings on the Gold Coast,” Mr Stevens said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“This penthouse is extremely sought-after not only due to its size and views but due to its location being in the middle of everything – the trendy shops, cafes and restaurants in Broadbeach.” Soak up the view. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Gold Coast. Palm Beach’s cutest cottage sold in 24 hours The penthouse features high-end interiors throughout.The property, first put on the market in December, 2019, has its own private lift, a rooftop heated pool, home cinema area, wraparound balconies and floor to ceiling windows.Property records reveal the overseas-based sellers paid $3.9 million for the residence in 2008.Mr Stevens said the Gold Coast was fast becoming a “beacon of hope and safety” for interstate buyers.“People seem to just want to get out of Sydney and Melbourne ASAP and people are seeing the Gold Coast as a safe place to permanently live or have a holiday home with its open space, the sun, beach, sand and lifestyle,” Mr Stevens said.“This unfortunate pandemic has put a light on how good the Gold Coast really is.” MORE NEWS: Holiday at home in your very own suburban resort The sale went ahead despite the buyers not even stepping foot inside the residence – all the inspections were done via Facetime.“This is now the fifth luxury property deal I have done in the past four to six weeks via Facetime,” said marketing agent Tolemy Stevens, of Harcourts Coastal.“Even though the buyer had multiple Facetime inspections with me and had a personal friend inspect the property for them, the purchasers have not stepped foot into the penthouse.“It’s a continuing testament that shows how strong the appetite from Sydney and Melbourne buyers is to secure luxury homes on the Gold Coast.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31THE state border is closed but it’s not deterring interstate buyers with a Melbourne family splashing almost $4 million on a trophy penthouse on the Gold Coast.A $3.95 million contract for the two-level trophy penthouse in the Oracle building at Broadbeach went unconditional on Thursday. Luxury at every turn 24001/21 Elizabeth Ave, Broadbeach has sold to a Melbourne buyer. The rooftop pool.last_img read more

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Globalinx Selects Wirewerks for Network Connectivity in New Data Center

first_imgGlobalinx has selected Wirewerks as its network connectivity and fiber management solutions provider at the new Globalinx data center campus in Virginia Beach, VA.Globalinx’s 21.5-acre, Tier-III carrier-neutral data center campus will allow Globalinx to provide data center services, collocation services and meet-me-room facilities to customers throughout the region.The Globalinx campus will facilitate the secure interconnection of domestic fiber networks with MAREA and BRUSA subsea fiber cables for communications to Europe, South America and beyond.Wirewerks’ will supply its portfolio of optical fiber connectivity solutions to Globalinx, including the NextSTEP Technology fiber management system.“Wirewerks connectivity solutions, including our super-high density NextSTEP Technology fiber management system, are enjoying great success in Data Center applications across North America,” said Jais Cohen, president of Wirewerks. “We are honoured by Globalinx’s confidence in Wirewerks and our products, and we look forward to working in partnership with Globalinx on this important project.”Greg Twitt, CEO and Founder of Globalinx said, “Globalinx evaluated many manufacturers however we were most impressed with Wirewerks and their overall organization. The deciding factor outside of Wirewerks providing Globalinx with a seamless and scalable end to end solution with their high density 4U NextSTEP patch panels, is the level of customer commitment and peace of mind we will benefit from having them as our business partner.”last_img read more

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Inmate hangs self

first_imgEfren Estiaga of Barangay Balcon Maravilla, Jordan was believed to have committed suicide. Jail Officer 2 Reynaldo Palma said Estiaga’s suicide was discovered around 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday by his fellow detainees. Palma added they have yet to determine what drove Estiaga to take his own life as of this writing./PN Estiaga, who faces domestic violence and child abuse charges, was found dead hanging inside the isolation facility of BJMP-Guimaras with a blanket tied around his neck. ILOILO City – Police ruled out foul play in the death of a 42-year-old detainee of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Jordan, Guimaras.last_img read more

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Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has Georgia on his mind

first_imgRepublic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill turned his attention to Monday’s Euro 2016 qualifying showdown with Georgia within minutes of his side’s 4-0 victory over Gibraltar. Ireland’s hopes of reaching next summer’s finals received a timely boost hours before kick-off at the Estadio Algarve in Faro when Group D rivals Scotland lost 1-0 to the Georgians in Tbilisi. However, their efforts in Portugal will count for little if they do not come away from the Georgia game with three more points, and that was O’Neill’s focus in the immediate aftermath of a routine victory. Press Association The lead remained slender until skipper Robbie Keane, who scored a 13-minute hat-trick in a 7-0 win over the same opposition in October last year, helped himself to a double inside three minutes at the start of the second half. That took the 35-year-old to 67 international goals, just one behind former Germany star Gerd Muller. O’Neill said: “I didn’t realise that was the case. It’s fantastic, absolutely fantastic, at international level.” Substitute Shane Long completed what was ultimately a comfortable victory with an 80th-minute header as a good night for the Republic drew to a close. Gibraltar boss Jeff Wood was proud of his players’ efforts, but praised O’Neill for his approach. He said: “Martin O’Neill and Ireland, credit to them, they have looked at what we did against Germany and they put us under pressure right from the first whistle.” He said: “I have said before that any team going to Tbilisi is going to find it difficult. For us tonight regardless of that result, we had to win and the result I was concerned about was the one against Gibraltar. “They have improved and they showed that before half-time. Shay [Given] made a good save and Cyrus [Christie] a little back-header when an equaliser might have put us under bit of pressure. “But it was nice to get the second goal and win comfortably eventually. We won well in the end and we’ll now try to get prepared for Monday. “You have to take both games into consideration. It’s nice to have won here, but there’s no time to dwell on it. We fly in an hour or two to Dublin and we are going in good spirits. “But I saw a little of the Scotland game and enough to know there’s a renewed spirit about them [Georgia], and it won’t be easy for us to try to win the game.” Ireland had to wait 26 minutes to get their noses in front, and the goal came from an unlikely source when right-back Cyrus Christie, deputising for the injured Seamus Coleman – the Everton man missed out with a tight hamstring, but is expected to be fit for Monday’s game – marked his first competitive appearance for his country with his first goal. Christie, who is yet to open his account for his club side Derby, said: “It’s a great moment for me, to score for Ireland in front of a lot of fans and my family watching it on TV. “It was a good goal for me – but it means nothing if we don’t follow it up on Monday.” last_img read more

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Sports Minister warns Jamaican athletes about doping pitfalls

first_imgIN the wake of the two-year ban imposed on 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m champion Jason Livermore on Friday, Jamaica’s Minister of Sports Olivia Grange has called on the country’s athletes to be more proactive in the fight against doping.Livermore, 29, was banned after a drug test in December 2016 revealed metabolites of the anabolic steroids Clomifhene and Mestorolone.The sprinter told an independent anti-doping disciplinary panel that he was taking medication that would improve his fertility. His statements were corroborated by his doctor, who also revealed that he was not aware of what a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) certificate was.Since 2013, a number of Jamaica’s high-profile athletes have been sanctioned for breaching the WADA Code and have put the country’s reputation in a bad light.Minister Grange is calling for the athletes to take greater care.“First of all, let me re-iterate Jamaica’s firm position against doping in sport. This process shows that our system to fight doping in sport is working,” she told SportsMax.tv.“While I will not comment on this particular case, I will give this general comment that athletes and their support teams must learn from this process and ensure that they take the matter of doping in sport very seriously.“There is no room for error when they are competing and there is no room for error when it comes to applying the rules related to the fight against doping in sport. Our athletes and their teams must exercise due care.”(Sportsmax).last_img read more

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Walkabout

first_imgStudents from Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii celebrate their third-place finish in USC’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies QuikSCience Challenge with a rigorous hike around the Wrigley Institute’s Catalina campus. The challenge is designed to spark interest in science the oceans and aquatic environments.Dieuwertje Kast | Summer Trojanlast_img

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Students create app to help people explore Europe

first_imgSarah Weingust grew up in Berkeley and Boston,  completed high school in Oregon and ended up at USC, while Meir Razzon grew up in Istanbul before moving to Los Angeles. Now these students are using their travel experiences to create an app that aids the world traveler in finding a secure location fast.Weingust, a senior majoring in psychology, is the CEO and co-founder of HostelPass.  She was inspired to create this app after studying abroad her junior year in London.“I was able to really see the world — it just widened my perspective, and I felt like this was an experience everyone should have,” Weingust said. “But there was something missing from it, which was the ability to be spontaneous and not have to plan everything really far in advance. That’s where HostelPass came in. It just really derived from a pain I was having while I was traveling.”Upon her return from London she shared her idea with her roommate, Razzon, a senior majoring in industrial systems engineering, is now chief operating officer and co-founder of HostelPass.HostelPass allows travelers to pre-pay for a pass for the length of time they want accommodation in Europe. The pass charges $50 per night and after 10 nights the traveler gets one extra night free.The reservation can be made anywhere from months in advance to the date of departure. Upon downloading the app the user creates a profile and subsequently is matched with the top hostels best suited to the person’s preferred characteristics.The app is currently set up for bookings in 10 different European cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, London, Lisbon, Paris, Prague and Rome. They are working with around 225 hostels, some part of the largest hostel chains in all of Europe.“The main objective was to get people to spend less time planning and more time exploring,” Weingust said. “We also wanted to liberate the free-spirited traveler to just be able to experience Europe in the way that they want to and not feel tied down.”After creating HostelPass, Weingust and Razzon started by testing it manually with friends, entering pitch competitions and joining the Viterbi Incubation Program.The two students have been working on the app for around six months. They are currently one of the top six finalists for the New Venture Seed Competition put on by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.The app also aims to provide its users with more culturally enriching experiences by partnering with different tourist companies that provide activities from walking tours to pub crawls. They hope to expand the app to even more European cities and eventually extend to different continents such as Asia and South America.“We want it to be the trusted source of hostel bookings,” Weingust said.Weingust and Razzon expect to complete the development process by the end of April and begin beta testing May 10. The app’s tentative launch date is Sept. 15.“It’s awesome just to do something in the travel space because it’s something that I’ve always been interested in, but I never expressed it or even knew it, but once I started doing this, I realized how cool it is,” Razzon said.Although the app has not been released yet, Weingust is proud of what she and Razzon have already accomplished in what she feels is male-dominated field.“Being able to achieve this has meant a lot in terms of being a woman. I think that the business space is so dominated by men, and it’s been really cool to stand equally and even excel in that field and not feel like I’m being treated any differently,” Weingust said.last_img read more

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Women of Troy stunned by upset-minded Wildcats

first_imgThe USC women’s volleyball team saw its 11-game winning streak come to a grinding halt Sunday afternoon in a rare sweep at the hands of the University of Arizona.The Wildcats upended the No. 1-ranked Women of Troy 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-21) and became the first opponent to out-hit USC all season. The loss was just the second of the season for the Women of Troy (17-2, 7-1 Pac-12) and their first since falling 3-1 to the University of San Diego on Sept. 13.“I didn’t think we were mentally alert,” USC head coach Mick Haley said. “We had our chances to win our third set and just didn’t take advantage. We went ahead in the third set but we’re just not mentally tough enough right now to work through that situation.”The USC offense was strong throughout the match, as three players — freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu, sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio and senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard — each recorded 11 kills. Though the Women of Troy posted a respectable .277 hitting percentage for the match, the defense failed to contain the Wildcats, who hit .324 on the strength of outside hitter Madi Kingdon’s 20 kills.“It reminded me of the [Detroit] Tigers game yesterday when they gave up the grand slam,” Haley said, referencing MLB’s American League Championship Series. “Their hitters didn’t battle the pitchers. They just went all or none, like how we did Sunday.”The opening set was one of the most contentious that USC had played all season, with a total of 15 ties throughout the set. USC went up 17-16 when junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer and junior outside hitter Emily Young combined for a block, but Arizona came back, pulling ahead 23-21. After holding off set point twice, USC faltered, surrendering consecutive points to drop the first set 27-25.The second set saw much of the same, with numerous ties and lead changes bringing both teams to a 15-15 standstill. After a four-point run by Arizona, Nwanebu and Olgard registered back-to-back kills to put USC within contention at 23-21, but a Wildcat kill and a USC error concluded the set 25-21 for Arizona.USC pushed hard to claim the third set and went up 8-3 early, but Arizona withstood the onslaught and applied some pressure of their own to tie it at 11 apiece. The Wildcats later went up 20-15 and never relented after that. Olgard knocked down a kill to pull USC to within three, but Kingdon put an official end to comeback hopes with her 20th kill to seal the set and match for Arizona.In addition to the overall winning streak, the loss also snapped USC’s seven-game winning streak against Arizona. Despite the loss, Bricio tied defensive specialist Julie Mariani for fifth all-time in single-season service aces at USC (50), and senior libero Natalie Hagglund pushed ahead of UCLA libero Lainey Gera into eighth place in Pac-12 history with 2,017 digs.Though the scoreboard will reflect the tight competition in each set, Haley was hard-pressed when asked to pull any positives from the loss.“I don’t know if there are any bright spots that I can pull out,” Haley said. “I thought we got ourselves into a position that we haven’t been in and we had a chance to work ourselves out. But we weren’t successful this time, and now we at least know how to work on that in practice to accommodate that if it comes up again later.”Haley, who has always been one to stress improvement regardless of the outcome, also emphasized the relevance of such a match to future postseason play.“I think this will get us ready for the postseason,” Haley said. “We are going to use this as a learning tool and go through all the things that we weren’t able to do successfully. I thought Arizona played a great match today. They played very few mistakes and their hitters were excellent. We have to give them some credit.”With their longest road trip of the season in the books, the Women of Troy will return to the Galen Center this week for matches against Washington and Washington State.Last season, USC swept Washington State by a combined set score of 6-0. The Women of Troy split the season series with Washington, losing in Seattle but winning the match at home by a score of 3-2.The loss to Arizona drops the Women of Troy to No. 4 in the NCAA rankings behind Texas, Penn State and Florida. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

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Hanfmann receives Pac-12 Player of the Week honors

first_imgOn Tuesday, the Pac-12  announced that junior Yannick Hanfmann had earned its Player of the Week award.The Karlsruhe, Germany native has yet to drop a set in singles or doubles play this season for the Trojans, proving instrumental in USC’s undefeated start to this season.Undefeated · Junior Yannick Hanfmann has opened up the season without dropping a set for the Trojans in either singles or doubles. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanLast weekend, USC hosted the inaugural Pac-12/SEC Showdown, where the No. 4 Trojans battled the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs and the No. 11 Florida Gators. Against Georgia, Hanfmann and his doubles partner, senior Ray Sarmiento, set the tone by taking home a 6-2 victory over Georgia’s top doubles squad in Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland. The doubles team of Hanfmann and Sarmiento are unranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, while Pieters and Wagland are ranked 12th in the nation.After USC narrowly won the doubles point, Hanfmann, ranked No. 32 by the ITA in singles, gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead with his straight-set victory over Georgia’s Nathan Pasha on court two. The first set was close, but Hanfmann turned up the heat in the tiebreak and never looked back, upsetting No. 21 Pasha by a score of 6-5, 6-1.Hanfmann delivered a similar performance in USC’s match against Florida. At the top doubles spot, he and Sarmiento vanquished their opponents, Stephane Piro and Michael Alford, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point for the Trojans.In singles, he again took the first set over his opponent in a nail-biting tiebreak, but flexed his muscle in the second set, ultimately winning his match against Florida’s No. 28 Piro, 6-5(5), 6-2.Hanfmann has been battling injury since last season, but that hasn’t stopped him from maintaining success. His help in leading the Trojans to two sweeps of their opponents propelled USC to the No. 3 slot in the nation in the latest ITA rankings.In the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament last month, Hanfmann took Sarmiento’s place at the top singles slot and delivered a strong performance, leading his opponent 6-2, 4-3 before his teammates clinched the match and suspended play for the rest of the Trojans.During the fall season, Hanfmann took home the singles crown at the ITA Southwest Regional Championship, taking down Pepperdine’s Alex Sarkissian, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.Last season, Hanfmann strung together a remarkable 17-match winning streak, alternating between courts two, three, four and five for the Trojans.This is the first time this season a Trojan has won Pac-12 Player of the Week and it is the fourth time Hanfmann has earned it in his USC career.last_img read more

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