Record infections, few deaths: how Qatar has tackled COVID

first_imgQatar has the world’s highest per-capita coronavirus infection rate but one of the lowest death rates, due to extensive testing, a young population and lavish healthcare spending. With 40,702 cases per million since the pandemic began, Qatar is well ahead of next-placed Bahrain, which has seen nearly 29,000 cases per million, and San Marino at just over 21,000.Here is an explanation of why Qatar, home to 2.75 million people, has reported so many positive cases and how it has tackled the public health emergency. What was the testing strategy? Unlike some Gulf countries which have opted for dragnet testing, Doha has zeroed in on groups more vulnerable to infection, including migrant laborers and Qataris returning from overseas.More than one in five residents have now been tested, and at the height of the pandemic, more than one in four of those tests were positive, according to a laboratory source.Luxembourg leads the world testing rankings with 755 per 1,000 people since the pandemic began; Qatar ranks ninth globally with 203. Why is the fatality rate so low?Gas-rich Qatar’s heavy investment in its health system in recent years, coupled with its unusually young population of migrant workers, helped keep its fatality rate among the lowest in the world, authorities and experts say.Just 194 people have died — only 0.17 percent of those infected, according to official statistics.Qatar’s death rate of 67 deaths per million population is the second lowest in the Gulf Cooperation Council bloc, behind only the UAE at 37 per million. By contrast, the US has reported 523 deaths per million.”The reason being they probably have [one of] the best health systems — they are well-equipped and they were well prepared,” Abdinasir Abubakar, from the World Health Organization’s regional office, told AFP.Qatar’s critical care infrastructure also proved resilient, in contrast to some countries where the death rate has been much higher.The Gulf state’s intensive care units reached only 76 percent capacity at the peak of the outbreak, the health ministry said.”A strong history of health sector investment [ensured] everybody who needed hospital care was able to receive it free of charge,” Khal said. “Because of our low threshold for testing, we have identified many more asymptomatic and mild cases of the virus than other countries,” the chair of the National Strategic Group on COVID-19 Abdullatif al-Khal told AFP.But beyond that, Qatar has faced local outbreaks that spread fast because of its reliance on foreign laborers living in cramped, unsanitary conditions, as it transforms the country ahead of the 2022 World Cup.Antoine Flahault, co-director of the Swiss School of Public Health, told AFP that other countries with large populations of migrant workers, including Singapore and other Gulf nations, faced similar spikes in cases.”Singapore had a surge in cases last April which initiated in dormitories of migrant workers with poor levels of sanitation [and] health insurance,” he said.Qatari capital Doha’s outlying Industrial Area, the scene of the country’s first surge of reported cases, was sealed by security forces and flooded with public health teams to contain the outbreak. Officials say strict new rules were brought in to improve hygiene in migrant workers’ quarters. Why does Qatar have the highest per-capita infection rate? Qatar’s health authorities are adamant that their high per-capita infection rate is down to one factor above all: testing.Almost 600,000 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus, over a fifth of the population.  Is there risk of a second spike?As of August 20, Qatar’s “R” rate, the number of people each infected person goes on to infect, had dropped to “well below 1 and remains stable,” said Khal.The country has posted new daily infection rates hovering in the 200-range in the past week — but those are far lower than the 2,355 cases reported on May 30.”Qatar has partially lifted some restrictions and we could expect some resurgence,” said the WHO’s Abubakar. “But we expect they will maintain some measures and intensify testing and tracing, and management of cases.”Social distancing rules are enforced in workplaces and public areas, masks are required in shops and when outdoors for reasons other than exercise.Wary of another wave of infections, authorities have take extraordinary measures, even including the public naming of Qataris breaching self-quarantine — something unprecedented in the traditional society. Topics :last_img read more

Boutique development in Ascot almost sold out before its launch

first_img96 Dobson Street, Ascot has three out of eight apartments left for sale, starting at $694,000.A BOUTIQUE apartment complex in Ascot is proving a hit with five of the eight apartments sold prior to its official launch.The development on 96 Dobson St, Ascot has eight designer three-bedroom apartments with two of the remaining apartments having their own 100sq m private courtyard.The third remaining apartments sits on the top floor with views to the river and city.Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty agent Tyson Clarke said he chose to take on the selling of this project because it was such as unique find. 96 Dobson Street, AscotGold Coast resident and keen property investor Ian Rissman said he chose to buy into the Dobson St project based on its location and quality.Having already signed tenants, Mr Rissman said being so close to Racecourse Rd and Portside was a drawcard, and having watched it being built over the last 12 months he was impressed with the quality of the build.“I mainly invest in commercial property, so this is my first residential for about ten years,” he said. “I see Brisbane as a growth area and seeing what’s happening in Sydney and Melbourne with the prices down there, I think there’ll be a flow on affect so it’s a good time to get in, especially in a good location like this with so much public transport within walking distance.“I think I’ll probably look at buying another residential property in Brisbane, I think the timing’s right.” 96 Dobson Street, AscotInterstate investor Gregory Romeo agreed, he said he had quite a few properties in Melbourne but felt it was getting to expensive and the yield was a bit ridiculous.“So I thought I’d purchase in Brisbane where there’s a better return,” he said.“This is a long-term investment for me, I want to diversity a bit.”Dobson St is Mr Romeo’s first residential investment in Brisbane, he said he wasn’t really interested in the high-rise complexes, he preferred the smaller complex’s with nice streetscapes.center_img 96 Dobson Street, Ascot“At this stage, if you look on, there’s not a lot that compares to this for sale,” Mr Clarke said.“There are a lot of big unit complexes that have a reduced level of interest but hard to find something in a blue chip suburb like Ascot, with a big yard out the back.”Mr Clarke said the development was in a great location, close to Racecourse Road and right near Portside and the Hamilton precinct.“I like the way this project was put together, with large outdoor courtyards that are really rare around this area, it’s something unique in this area and interest in the courtyard apartments has predominantly been by homeowners,” Mr Clarke said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“The outdoor area is huge, over 100sq m of outdoor area!”last_img read more

FCA on target with consultant scrutiny, says BrightonRock’s Keating

first_imgSpecialist fiduciary management provider SEI has called for investment consultants to be required to sell or ring-fence their fiduciary management services to combat conflicts of interest. Keating, while impressed by the FCA’s work overall, said the report fell just shy of getting to the heart of how the business model of the asset management industry needed to change.“They did miss one big opportunity,” he said. “They almost got there but not quite.”He said the FCA had found that some fund managers underperform considerably but do not appear to get terminated, and that, for him, “the real [issue] is that the relative game will get more and more pressured by passive players”.Describing the asset management industry as “a relative game about divisions of a fixed-sum pie”, Keating said this explained why it was “virtually impossible to maintain a leading position”.He said investment managers needed to be more pro-active than they have been.“They have to start looking at working with their investee companies,” he said, adding that pension investors with in-house managers, such as the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Australian Super, were the “furthest advanced” along the lines of that business model.“That idea is where the future of the fund management industry has to lie,” he said.Greater disclosure of costs and fees in the fund management industry will only exacerbate the trend towards passive, he said, “so the smarter fund managers will move away from that business model of trying to outcompete their neighbour and go elsewhere”.Keating has elsewhere referred to the model he proposes as a co-operative, collaborative model of direct involvement, where fund managers, as per the descriptor, “co-operate and collaborate with their investee companies to improve the long-term performance of those companies – and with that, their own value and investment performance”.The approach Keating described is said to have echoes of one adopted by some large European pension investors in recent years, to the extent that it has parallels with a shift to more concentrated equity portfolios based on higher-conviction active investing.The UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme is moving in this direction, for example.Where the FCA “didn’t do anywhere near enough”, Keating said, was on “systematic efforts” to misrepresent fund management performance.“They have been quite remarkable at defending their turf, and truth doesn’t necessarily have to enter their defences,” he said.Keating strongly criticised a report by the Investment Association earlier this summer in which the industry body hit back at claims of high hidden fees charged by fund managers. The FCA has proposed an “all-in fee” for investment funds in addition to other requirements on asset managers to demonstrate value for money to investors.Keating said he thought the all-in fee was a good idea.“What we really do have to see is transparency,” he said. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) delivered an impressive study on the asset management market, asking “serious questions” about investment consultants and fiduciary management, according to Con Keating, head of research at BrightonRock, an insurance company for pension schemes.Keating said the FCA delivered “a very good piece of work”, including with respect to how “they went after investment consultants” and touched on the “very important point” that the quality of their advice has never been able to be measured.He said the FCA’s report “asks some really serious questions” about investment consultants’ move into fund management via fiduciary management and that there was “a very very strong case” to be made that these should be separated.“Either you’re an investment consultant or a fund manager, but you cannot be both,” he said. “I really do think there should be a clear division between fund management and consultancy services.”last_img read more

Everton’s Leighton Baines glad to be back ‘in a positive place’

first_imgEverton defender Leighton Baines is looking forward to a pain-free second half of the season after returning from two ankle operations. Press Association “Getting on in a couple of games was good psychologically and it was good just to be in and around the first team again. “It had been a long time. Seven months is a long time to be out and so there are going to be little ups and down and I can’t expect to be perfect at the moment but I am really happy with where I am at. “Hopefully there will be more opportunities to tick more boxes and get more minutes and that one on Saturday was a big one for me getting 90 minutes, it was a full game and required me to manage myself through that.” Another player trying to remain optimistic is forward Steven Naismith, who has not featured in a league match since he was hauled off at half-time of the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United. Everton rejected a bid from Norwich late in the summer and there is a possibility he will move on when the window reopens in January but the Scotland international still hopes he has a part to play at Goodison Park. “I’ll speak to the manager and see where we’re at but I am just focused on the Christmas run, there are so many games and it might be the chance I need,” Naismith told the Liverpool Echo. “Come the middle of January I may have played every game since and it’s no longer being talked about. “I have learnt in football than things can change in an instant. “After my first season at Everton, I was being written off and people didn’t think I was worth my place in the squad. “But a year later I was playing well and played nearly every game throughout the season, so football is so fickle and can change so quickly.” center_img The 31-year-old played his first 90 minutes since May in the weekend’s 1-1 draw at Norwich and having got through that test he is now focused on the future. “This last 10 days or so I’ve felt great, everything I’ve done there has been no reaction and I’m close to being pain-free. I’m in a positive place,” said the England defender after a game for the Under-21s and two substitute appearances for the first team helped his comeback from surgery. last_img read more

Sheffield Wednesday snap up Aiden McGeady on loan

first_img Republic of Ireland international McGeady, 29, has made just one appearance for Everton this term and is keen for regular first-team football ahead of Euro 2016. Everton had agreed terms for a similar deal with another unnamed Sky Bet Championship club, understood to be Blackburn, while Leeds had also been linked with the player. Sheffield Wednesday have signed winger Aiden McGeady from Everton on loan until the end of the season. McGeady started out at Celtic and won four Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish FA Cups and two Scottish League Cups during his six years at the club. Spartak Moscow paid Celtic £9.5million to sign McGeady in 2010 and after scoring 13 goals in 93 appearances for the Russian side he returned to the UK with Everton for an undisclosed fee in January 2014. McGeady has made 76 appearances for the Republic of Ireland since making his debut in July 2004 against Jamaica. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Murray Reaches Qatar Open S’final

first_imgAnd Australia’s Nick Kyrgios was beaten 6-2 6-2 by Jack Sock at the mixed teams Hopman Cup, in the tie between Australia and the United States.Kyrigos was defeated in under an hour and later pulled out of the mixed doubles event with a knee problem.His injury comes less than two weeks before the Australian Open – the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.Elsewhere yesterday, British number one Johanna Konta continued her good start to 2017 by reaching the semi-finals of the Shenzhen Open in China.The world number 10 defeated Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic, ranked 60th, 6-4 6-7 (11-13) 6-3.Her next opponent will be another Czech, Katerina Siniakova, who beat Serbian Nina Stojanovic 6-3 6-4.Konta is now the highest-ranked player left in the event after world number three Agnieszka Radwanska’s exit.The Polish top seed was beaten 6-2 3-6 6-0 by American world number 39 Alison Riske, who will face Camila Giorgi of Italy in the last four.Konta looked in control early on against her opponent – the twin sister of world number six Karolina Pliskova – as she took the first set with a single break of serve.Neither player could force a break point in the second set and in the resulting tie-break Konta wasted two match points before the big-serving Pliskova levelled the match on her fifth set point.But Konta stayed firm in the final set, claiming the break and reaching the semi-final on her fifth match point.“I am very happy to have extended my stay here,” she said.“She is one of the best servers on tour so I knew I was going to have a hard time on her service games. I was very happy I was able to get that break in the third and see it out in the end.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Andy Murray progressed to the Qatar Open semi-finals by beating Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-4) 7-5.The top seed was broken in his opening service game by 31-year-old Almagro, ranked 44th in the world, but recovered to take the first set tie-break.The pair exchanged breaks early in the second set before Murray prevailed.Murray will face either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Tomas Berdych in the semis and, if he progresses, could meet Novak Djokovic in Saturday’s final.Djokovic, whom Murray replaced as world number one in November, beat veteran Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-3 in their quarter-final to book a meeting with Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the last four.Elsewhere, Britain’s Aljaz Bedene beat Slovakia’s Martin Klizan to reach the quarter-finals of the Chennai Open in India.last_img read more

Watford Stuns Wolves to Qualify for First Final in 35 Years

first_imgDeulofeu, the maverick talent who had never quite fulfilled his potential at Barcelona, Everton and AC Milan, was sent on to rescue Watford after that second goal and fulfilled his mission in spectacular style.He produced an audacious angled flick to give Watford hope and they drew level in injury time as captain Troy Deeney drilled home from the penalty spot after he had been fouled by Leander Dendoncker.Deulofeu, however, was the catalyst and he showed composure and quality to provide the decisive contribution, steering a finish beyond John Ruddy in the 104th minute to send Watford to their first FA Cup final since 1984; they will meet Manchester City on 18 May.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FA CUPGerard Deulofeu delivered a sensational display after coming on as substitute to inspire Watford’s dramatic comeback from two goals down to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers after extra time in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.With 11 minutes left, Wolves looked on course for their first FA Cup final since 1960 as they led through Matt Doherty’s first-header and Raul Jimenez’s superb chest down and volleyed finish.last_img read more

Republic travel without Tipp’s Long

first_imgTonight sees the first leg of the first of this week’s playoffs, with Norway playing host to Hungary. Kick off in Oslo is at 7.45. Captain Robbie Keane, Daryl Murphy and Kevin Doyle are Martin O’Neill’s options up front, after Tipperary’s Shane Long was ruled out of tomorrow’s game. The squad will train this evening at Bilino Polje in Zenica and Keane says it’s a squad who are quietly confident. Meanwhilelast_img

CJEU rules against GBGA’s Gibraltar separate gambling tax status

first_img Related Articles Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 The European Union Court of Justice (CJEU), the EU’s principal law court has ruled against the motion set by The Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association (GBGA), that the British overseas territory of Gibraltar should be treated as an independent tax jurisdiction.The GBGA had set its EU legal dispute against the UK government relating to ‘Point-of-Consumption (POC)’ taxes introduced in 2014 charging online gambling/betting enterprises on revenues generated from British consumers.Last October the CJEU began its review of the dispute, which specifically asked whether Gibraltar an overseas territory of the United Kingdom has a right to separate its commercial status from the UK in accord with EU business laws?The GBGA stated that the UK’s industry taxation had breached trade terms set under the ‘Treaty of Functioning for the European Union’. Furthermore, the introduction of POC duties had resulted in Gibraltar licensed betting enterprises being ‘double taxed’, which infringed on EU ‘freedom of services’ laws.On Tuesday the CJEU rejected GBGA’s motion, stating that as a British overseas territory Gibraltar had gained its access to EU community business laws through its attachment with the United Kingdom.“It follows that the provision of services by operators established in Gibraltar to persons established in the United Kingdom constitutes, under EU law, a situation confined in all respects within a single Member State,” the CJEU statement read.The treatment of Gibraltar and the UK as a ‘single Member State’ will add further concerns for industry stakeholders regarding the viability of Gibraltar as an industry jurisdiction post-Brexit.A number of Gibraltar operators are currently revaluing their operational strategies should Gibraltar be likely impacted by ongoing Brexit negotiations.Publishing its 2016 annual report last April, FTSE listed 888  Holdings detailed that Gibraltar’s current licensing remit remained ‘unclear’ with regards to servicing European gaming jurisdictions. 888 governance stated that it was reviewing its Gibraltar operations and whether they can service the firm’s strategic goals of increasing its European market footprint. Share 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

NFF Confirm Keshi For Eagles CHAN Assignment

first_imgSuper Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, has been saddled with the responsibilities of steering the home-based Eagles to the African Nations Championship.Nigeria is yet to qualify for the competition since its inception with Niger stopping the home-based Eagles led by Okey Emordi from qualifying for the 2011 finals held in Sudan.The Eagles have been drawn against Ivory Coast after the 2014 qualifiers fixtures were made by CAF two weeks ago.Chairman of the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Chris Green, informs Complete Sports that the Glass House has no intention of appointing another coach to lead the home-based Eagles through the CHAN qualifiers as was the case in the past.Green added that Keshi has been mandated to lead the team through the CHAN qualifiers.“Keshi has been asked to do that and he is already working on that. Remember the competition is for only players plying their trades on the African continent and you can also see that Keshi has many home-based players in the current Super Eagles.“So he will only continue with the home-based players and the CHAN qualifiers after the 2013 AFCON qualifiers.”last_img read more