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George Floyd was infected with COVID-19, autopsy reveals

first_imgGeorge Floyd, whose fatal encounter with Minneapolis police stirred a global outcry over racial bias by US law enforcement, tested positive for the coronavirus, his autopsy showed, but the infection was not listed as a factor in his death.The official cause of death, according to the full 20-page report made public on Wednesday by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, was cardiopulmonary arrest while Floyd was being restrained by police taking him into custody on May 25.The coroner ruled the manner of death to be a homicide. Four police officers since fired from their jobs for their role in the incident, which was captured on a bystander’s cellphone video, are being held on criminal charges, one of them accused of murder. The video showed that officer using his knee to press Floyd’s neck into the street for nearly nine minutes while the 46-year-old victim gasped for air and repeatedly groaned, “please, I can’t breathe.” Floyd was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.The video immediately went viral on the internet, igniting nine days of nationwide protest and civil strife. Demonstrators have also taken to the streets overseas, from Germany to New Zealand.The autopsy, in listing cardiopulmonary arrest as the cause of Floyd’s death, also cited “complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.”The report listed several additional factors as “significant conditions” contributing to Floyd’s death, including heart disease, high blood pressure and intoxication from the powerful opioid fentanyl, as well as recent methamphetamine use. The report further noted that a nasal swab sample collected from Floyd’s body came back positive for COVID-19, and that Floyd had also tested positive on April 3, nearly eight weeks before his death.The county’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Andrew Baker, concluded that the post mortem test result “most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent … positivity from previous infection.” There was no indication in the autopsy report that coronavirus played any role in Floyd’s death.Dr. Michael Baden, one of two medical examiners who conducted a private autopsy for Floyd’s family, told the New York Times that county officials never told him, or the funeral director, that Floyd had tested positive for COVID-19. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Metal miner Antam sees net profit sink 80 percent in first half

first_imgPublicly listed state-owned metal miner PT Aneka Tambang (Antam) has seen its net profit sink 80 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 84.8 billion (US$5.82 million) in the first half of the year, dragged down by poor nickel and ferronickel sales but anchored by gold sales, according to its half-year financial report. Antam’s revenue fell 36 percent to Rp 9.2 trillion, while its costs fell by nearly the same percentage at 35.6 percent to Rp 7.9 trillion over the same period.“Antam’s reported financial performance has been in decline throughout the PSBB, especially its net profit. […] Antam has been more reliant on its gold bar volumes,” analyst Nafan Aji of Binaartha Parama Sekuritas told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.  He was referring to the large-scale social restrictions policy that was introduced in four months ago in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.Read also: Gold price surge blessing in disguise for IndonesiaTechnically a partial lockdown, several regions across the country implemented the PSBB in early April in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions included self-quarantine, work from home and study at home policies, as well as enforced the temporary closure of offices, retail outlets and factories. In early June, despite record numbers of COVID-19 cases per day, the government started easing the PSBB to gradually reopen the economy to cushion the economic impacts of the epidemic. On Tuesday, official data showed 1,922 new cases of the disease, bringing the cumulative total to 115,056 cases with more than 5,300 COVID-19 deaths. The country surpassed 100,000 cases on July 27 amid the government’s transition to the “new normal” phase of its disease management policy in reopening the economy.The drop in Antam’s first-half revenue was led by poor sales of nickel ore, which plunged 94 percent yoy to Rp 89.3 billion following the government’s landmark ban on nickel ore exports in January. Nickel ore had fallen in the first half from being the miner’s third best-selling product in 2019 to become its fifth best-selling product because of the ban.Antam said in a statement that it hoped to recoup its nickel ore sales margin in the domestic market, referring to the government’s plans to expand Indonesia’s downstream nickel industry and to regulate the domestic selling price of nickel ore.Read also: Gold prices hit $2,000 an ounce for first time“[The regulation] will create a competitive pricing structure for domestic minerals amid a positive outlook on domestic absorption, especially for nickel ore commodities,” said Antam corporate secretary Kunto Hendrapawoko.In contrast, gold played a bigger role in Antam’s half-year sales revenue, its contribution increasing from 68 percent in 2019 to 69.4 percent this year.Antam also reported that its half-year gold sales volume fell 50 percent yoy to 7,915 kilograms, but that gold sales revenue fell softer by 33 percent yoy to Rp 6.4 trillion, propped up by higher prices as consumers hoarded the precious metal as a safe haven asset amid a volatile market.Gold prices hit $2,000 an ounce on Tuesday for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak weakened the economy and clouded the global financial outlook, reported AFP. Gold bullion prices had increased more than 30 percent this year.“In 2020, Antam has been focusing on developing domestic customers in line with the public’s growing awareness of gold investment,” added Kunto.Kunto previously told the Post on July 3 that the miner had allocated Rp 80 billion in capital expenditure this year to expand its dwindling bauxite, nickel and gold reserves, with a particular focus on the precious metal as the bestseller.Meanwhile, first-half sale revenue of ferronickel fell 12.5 percent yoy to Rp 2 trillion, but the metal remains Antam’s second best-selling product, contributing 21.9 percent of total sales revenue.Antam is continuing development on two metal smelters as part of its long-term plan. The smelters will enable the company to produce and export higher-value refined metals in line with the government’s vision to transform Indonesia into an industrial economy.Read also: Metal miner Antam allocates $5.5m for exploration amid dwindling gold reservesOne of the smelters under development is a ferronickel smelter in East Halmahera, North Maluku, which was 98 percent complete as of June. The $289 million smelter will enable Antam to absorb more of its nickel ore and export higher-value ferronickel.The other is an aluminum smelter in Mempawah, West Kalimantan. The $841 million smelter is being developed in cooperation with state-owned PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum), which specializes in aluminum smelting. Antam did not release the smelter’s completion rate.Antam shares, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) using the code ANTM, soared 2.84 percent on Wednesday at 10:10 a.m. Jakarta time, even as the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge of the IDX, slipped 0.2 percent.Antam shares have lost 14.29 percent of their value this year, compared to the JCI’s losses of 19.62 percent.Topics :last_img read more

Two players in US Open bubble enter quarantine from tracing

first_imgTopics : Although tournament organizers didn’t name the players, Argentina’s Guido Pella and qualifying hopeful Hugo Dellien of Bolivia both posted videos on Instagram saying they were the players concerned.Pella, ranked 35th in the world said he was sidelined after his personal trainer, Juan Manuel Galvan, tested positive for the virus.”Juan Manuel Galvan tested positive two days ago (Monday),” Pella said, adding that his coach, Jose Acasuso, had also been in close contact with Galvan.”Our two tests, Jose’s and mine, came back negative, we don’t feel anything. But the organizers took me out of the tournament … Now protocol dictates that I be tested every two days. There’s no other option and hopefully these two weeks will go by quickly and I can be present at the US Open.” Two players within the US Open bubble have been dropped from the ATP and WTA Western and Southern Open and sent into quarantine after contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.Tournament officials announced the move Wednesday, a day after learning that a non-player within the controlled environment had tested positive for the deadly virus.The person who tested positive is in isolation for 10 days but contract tracing showed two players had been in “close and prolonged contact” with the individual.center_img Tournament officials said neither of the players who have been excluded has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms. But after input from the US Open medical team and in consultation with the New York City Department of Health, they were removed from the Western and Southern Open and sent into quarantine.The tournament, usually in Cincinnati, was moved to New York this year to serve as a tuneup for the US Open, which starts August 31 without spectators in a bubble setup at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.Women’s main draw play in the Western and Southern Open is set to begin Friday with men’s matches to start Saturday.The COVID-19 outbreak that had shut down the ATP and WTA season caused a temporary hospital to be established on the tennis center grounds in April as New York battled a spike in cases.last_img read more

Governor and First Lady Host Annual Easter Egg Event to Highlight Importance of Pre-K Investment

first_img Education,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today hosted pre-school classes from across the commonwealth at the annual Easter Egg Event at the Governor’s Residence. The event was co-sponsored by Pre-K for PA, a non-partisan advocacy group that supports the expansion of publicly funded pre-k.“Frances and I are proud that Pennsylvania delivers high-quality, publicly-funded pre-k to many children, but over 106,000 kids remain unserved and a serious investment must be made to continue toward the goal of providing access to all at-risk kids,” Governor Wolf said. “Pre-k doesn’t just benefit the children fortunate enough to access a high-quality program, it benefits the entire commonwealth. We must get serious about investing in early childhood education to make sure all of Pennsylvania’s children enter kindergarten ready to learn.”In his 2018-19 budget, Governor Wolf proposed an additional $40 million to support high-quality pre-k programs in the commonwealth. This expansion would mean access to publicly funded, high-quality pre-k for 4,400 more kids.“Today, only 39 percent of eligible children in Pennsylvania benefit from the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend high quality publicly funded pre-k,” said Jodi Askins, founding partner of Pre-K for PA. “With Governor Wolf’s proposal to invest $40 million in this year’s budget, 4,400 more children will be able to access high-quality pre-kindergarten, a fundamental building block of our state’s education system that helps ensure children have the strong foundation necessary to enter kindergarten ready to learn.”Studies show that children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten perform better in school, graduate at higher rates, and earn more throughout their working lives compared to peers who do not have access to early learning programs. Additionally, children who were previously enrolled in Pre-K Counts outperform their economically disadvantaged peers in third grade math and reading.Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal contains education investments at all levels, including:$100 million increase in Basic Education;$40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start;$20 million increase for Special Education;$15 million increase for the State System of Higher Education; and$10 million increase for Career and Technical EducationFor more information on pre-k in Pennsylvania, visit Pre-K for PA. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor and First Lady Host Annual Easter Egg Event to Highlight Importance of Pre-K Investmentcenter_img April 03, 2018last_img read more

West Midlands reappoints manager to £600m direct property mandate

first_imgWest Midlands Pension Fund has reappointed CBRE Global Investors to manage its £622m (€776m) UK property portfolio and will give the manager more discretion.The existing advisory mandate, which has been in place for seven years, will effectively be replaced at the end of September by a new discretionary one.CBRE Global Investors had to re-tender for the new mandate, which will last for another seven years with an option to extend it by a further three.The outgoing mandate was originally awarded to ING Real Estate Investment Management before the company was merged with CBRE’s investment management business to create CBRE Global Investors. The directly-held UK real estate portfolio of the £10bn West Midlands Pension Fund includes a number of core assets, such as the 270,000sqft Arc Shopping Centre in Bury St Edmunds and the 54,000sqft office at 35 Newhall Street in Birmingham and as of March last year its real estate holdings were worth £838m.
Michael Daggett, fund manager at CBRE Global Investors described the three-month re-tendering process as “rigorous” and said the manager would seek to build on “the portfolio’s solid foundations”.last_img read more

MeyGen reports on lessons learned during initial phase

first_imgThe developers of the MeyGen tidal array project have summarized the lessons learned during the project’s Phase 1A in a report for the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).The report provides some generic conclusions and a number of detailed experiences amassed in the Phase 1A of the MeyGen project.The aim is to allow the wider industry to draw their own parallels between the experiences of MeyGen Phase 1A and their own ventures, even if they do not face the exact same circumstances, it is stated in the report.MeyGen found found that smaller, local subcontractors were generally more willing to complete work on time and take ownership, and will consider using a higher proportion of small, local contractors in future phases of the project.The report also states that in comparison to using only a single turbine type, having two turbine types resulted in the Phase 1A project bearing additional costs. However, MeyGen anticipates that the experience gained by all parties will justify this cost in the later phases of the project.MeyGen has generally found that remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are not suited to the conditions, and also, that using a different cable monitoring system, such as CableFish, to guide the cable lay process would have been beneficial.MeyGen found that an earlier, more detailed, study of the seabed conditions, including bathymetric and visual inspection, would have been valuable, as the MeyGen Phase 1A used gravity foundations which have three feet, each of which requires a suitably level seabed.This was later determined to be ‘extremely difficult’ to find, and MeyGen should have given a higher weighting to this issue when deciding between the use of gravity base or monopile foundations in the early engineering stage, the report said.MeyGen also said it prioritized the standardization of the foundation design over flexibility to suit the different seabed conditions, and would have benefitted from a more flexible foundation design.The monopile foundations will be used for the MeyGen Phase 1B, also known as the Project Stroma, it was revealed earlier.The Phase 1A of the MeyGen project has been completed, and included the installation and operation of four tidal turbines with the total installed capacity of 6MW.Once fully built, the 400MW MeyGen project is expected to generate enough predictable and emissions free electricity to power 175,000 Scottish homes.last_img read more

Manchester United drop place in money league but return to top spot predicted

first_img Press Association United’s return to the top of the Deloitte’s money league has been forecast despite the club dropping into third place in the latest rankings behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, mainly due to last’s season Champions League absence. However United’s return to Europe’s elite club competition and the impact of huge new adidas sponsorship deal should see United take over at the top of from the Spanish giants for the first time since 2004. Manchester United have been predicted to return to the top of football’s ‘Money League’ for the first time in 12 years as English clubs increase their financial stranglehold on the game in Europe. English clubs dominate the top 30 of the world’s richest clubs – no fewer than 17 of the 20 Premier League clubs are ranked in the top 30 – and their position will become even stronger from from next season when the huge new Premier League TV deals – expected to top £8billion over three years – come on stream. On a European level, Italian clubs’ financial struggles are continuing. Inter Milan have almost dropped out of the top 20 and are set to be overtaken by the likes of Leicester City and Southampton in future years. Real Madrid have topped the latest list, based on revenue from the 2014/15 season, for the 11th year in a row, with Barcelona leapfrogging United into second spot. Bayern Munich have fallen to fifth spot, their lowest position since 2006/07. Tim Bridge, senior manager at Deloitte, said: “Despite a reduction in revenue year-on-year, the fact that Manchester United remain in the top three of the money league demonstrates the underlying strength of the club’s business model. “The return to Champions League football, as well as the commencement of a number of significant commercial partnerships, will only strengthen the business in 2015/16. With this in mind, it would not be surprising to see United top next year’s Money League for the first time in 12 years, with the club forecasting revenues of around £500million.” In the latest rankings, Arsenal have gone above Chelsea into seventh place, one behind Manchester City while Liverpool are the other Premier League club in the top 10, in ninth spot. English were also helped by a 10 per cent strengthening of sterling against the euro and a record nine Premier League clubs are now ranked within the top 20 including West Ham. Bridge added: “Despite disappointing performances by Premier League clubs in recent European competitions, they continue to lead the way in revenue terms. This is again testament to the phenomenal broadcast success of the English Premier League and the relative equality of its distributions, giving its non-Champions League clubs particularly a considerable competitive advantage internationally. “With the new round of Premier League broadcast deals set to deliver greatly improved domestic broadcast revenues in 2016/17, we expect to see Premier League clubs cementing their places in the top 30 in the coming years, with potential for some of these to climb into the top 20.” The financial strength of the Premier League helps explain the competitiveness within the league – the likes of Everton, Stoke and West Ham can now outbid many of the top clubs in Italy, Spain, Germany and France for players. The Deloitte Football Money League (2014/15 revenue in millions of euros): 1 Real Madrid (577m euro), 2 Barcelona (560.8m), 3 Man Utd (519.5m), 4 Paris St Germain (480.8m), 5 Bayern Munich (474m), 6 Man City (463.5m, 7 Arsenal (435.5m), 8 Chelsea (420m), 9 Liverpool (391.8m) 10 Juventus (323.9m). 11 Borussia Dortmund (280.6m), 12 Tottenham (257.5m), 13 Schalke (219.7m), 14 AC Milan (199.1m), 15 Atletico Madrid (187.1m), 16 Roma (180.4m), 17 Newcastle (169.3m), 18 Everton (165.1m), 19 Inter Milan (164.8m), 20 West Ham (160.9m). 21 Galatasaray (159.1m), 22 Southampton (149.5m), 23 Aston Villa (148.8m), 24 Leicester (137.2m), 25 Sunderland (132.9m), 26 Swansea (132.8m) 27 Stoke (130.9m), 28 Crystal Palace (130.8m), 29 West Brom (126.6m), 30 Napoli (125.5m). last_img read more

Regal All-Stars, Masters reach final

first_img… Floodlights knocked outBy Rajiv Bisnauth in FloridaGUYANA’s top softball teams, Regal All-Stars and Masters have advanced to the final of the All-Stars and Masters’ finals after both teams won their respective semi-final games yesterday in the three-day Florida Cup Softball tournament played at the Brian Piccolo Park, Cooper City, Florida.Both teams played excellent cricket, with the All-Stars beating the South Florida Softball Cricket League by 252 runs, while Regal Masters edged the defending Champions by 20 runs.In the Maters category, Mahesh Chunilall stroked an unbeaten 94, which was the backbone of the innings after Regal Masters were 9-2 at one stage.The two City teams had an intense battle, but it was Regal who had the final say. Floodlights,after winning the toss and deciding to bowl first,made early inroads, removing Mahendra Hardyal (0), via the run out route and Eion Able;both going in the second over.But, Chunilall and Mohendra Arjune joined forces and built a superb partnership of 51 off 43 balls. Both batsmen handled the early pressure with ease, rotating the strike on a regular basis and in the process dispatching the bad balls when they came along.However, Arjune was dismissed for a 13-ball 30, inclusive of four fours and a six;being dismissed at the half-way stage of the innings, with Regal Masters on 72-3.After the interval, Chunilall and Eric Thomas added 64 for the fourth-wicket before Thomas (8) and Rudolph Baker (9) were both dismissed in quick succession.The right-handed Chunilall continued his measured innings to remain unbeaten on 95,which came off 53 balls and included six fours and seven sixes.Regal Masters ended on 184-5.In reply Floodlights ended on 164-8.Meanwhile, Regal All-Stars made 331-4 declared, with Richard Latif hitting an unbeaten 100. South Florida Softball Cricket League were bowled out for 79.In today’s final at the Central Broward Regional Park and Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida, Regal Maters will play Amazon, while Regal All-Stars come up against Hurricanes.last_img read more

Sheffield Shield final.. Harris and Dean put Victoria on top

first_imgOPENERS Marcus Harris and Travis Dean gave Victoria the perfect start in their push to complete a hat-trick of Sheffield Shield titles, setting up a strong first day with the bat for the Bushrangers.Harris scored his second century of the Shield season and Dean fell just short of doing the same, but their 224-run opening stand put Victoria on the path to a hefty total against South Australia.At stumps on the first day in Alice Springs, Victoria had moved along to 3 for 322, with Rob Quiney on 44 and Cameron White on 7.It brought an end to a tough day in the field for the Redbacks, who are searching for their first Shield title in more than two decades. However, they had brought some of the misery on themselves through a lacklustre fielding display, with both Harris and Dean given lives.Harris was first dropped on 54 when he edged Joe Mennie to first slip, where Daniel Worrall put down a sitter; Harris had another let-off on 59 when a drive off Chadd Sayers skewed to backward point, where Jake Lehmann dropped a harder opportunity. In between those two misses, Callum Ferguson at gully also grassed a chance to give Dean a reprieve.South Australia also missed a couple of run-out opportunities, and the Victorians made the Redbacks pay for their sloppy work, raising the second-highest opening stand of this Sheffield Shield summer. Harris brought up his hundred and in his first season for Victoria continued to build his reputation as a big-game player: in the 2014-15 final he had made 81 and 158* for Western Australia to be Man of the Match.The partnership ended only when Dean was bowled by a well-flighted delivery from Adam Zampa for 94, and Harris fell in the next over for 120 when he drove at Sayers and was caught by Mennie at gully, but Rob Quiney and Aaron Finch continued to frustrate the Redbacks with a 72-run stand that came to an end when Finch was lbw to Sayers for 38. But at stumps, Victoria remained firmly in control of the contest.(ESPN Cricinfo).last_img read more