Norway detects its first case of coronavirus

first_imgThe number of new infections inside China – the source of the outbreak – was for the first time overtaken by those elsewhere on Wednesday as the virus spread to a growing number of countries.The disease has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China.Topics : Norway’s Public Health Agency (FHI) said on Wednesday that one person had tested positive for coronavirus and was being kept isolated at home, in what was the country’s first confirmed case.The person had returned from China late last week, but did not appear ill and was unlikely to infect others, the agency said.”This person is not showing symptoms but … was tested after returning from the region of China where the outbreak began,” FHI director Line Vold told a news conference.last_img read more

Buyers urged to do their research if buying property off the plan

first_imgAn aerial view of residential housing on the Gold Coast.But he said it wasn’t all doom and gloom.“The good news is that house price growth is likely to remain strong due to the growing demand for existing affordable dwelling options and the desire to live in established coastal areas with an unrivalled lifestyle and good infrastructure,” he said.“This is driven by ongoing population growth from high levels of interstate buyers, high migration levels to coastal areas (particularly among Baby Boomers), a growing economy and a relatively buoyant labour market in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. RiskWise Property Research CEO Doron Peleg is warning buyers to “proceed with caution” before buying an off-the-plan property.DON’T get caught up in the hype of the Games.That’s the message from RiskWise Property Research CEO Doron Peleg.Mr Peleg said it was best to “proceed with caution” before signing on the dotted line and buying an off-the-plan property.He said while the Games would help put the Gold Coast property market on the world map, it was wise to do comprehensive research and risk analysis before purchasing. Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast.. Picture: Destination Gold Coast“The clear majority of these properties will be off-the-plan units, and these carry a high level of risk due to the potential for oversupply in some areas” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“This means buyers should proceed with caution as they could carry equity risk, cashflow risk and settlement risk.“Our research shows that 10,614 new units will be added to the Gold Coast property market over the next 24 months. “While this represents a small increase and is unlikely to have any significant impact on the market, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Hope Island and Southport have a larger number of units in the pipeline, and these areas do carry a high level of risk.”center_img An aerial view of residential apartments on the Gold Coast.The research house’s analysis shows the region has delivered solid property price growth over the past five years at 36 per cent for houses and 23 per cent for units.CoreLogic’s regional market update to December 2017 places the median house price at 634,423, while the median unit price is $411, 229.RiskWise Property Review was formed in 2016 with the goal of providing property risk advise and research services to help its clients make informed purchasing decisionslast_img read more

Hinterland communities continue to suffer lack of potable water

first_imgSocial Protection Minister Amna AllySeveral hinterland communities continue to suffer from the lack of safe and adequate water supply, but the Government continues to make empty promises to citizens.Residents of Region Eight have reached out to Guyana Times to vent their frustration at not accessing potable water, while claiming that the river is contaminated due to unsafe mining practices. The river, they stated, was the main source of water for persons residing there.Ricardo Phillips, who spoke to this publication, related that residents have been forced to cease using the river water, since it is heavily contaminated and poses a danger to lives.He explained that, just recently, a relative of his had to seek medical attention because he had fallen ill after using the said river water.“We had to stop using the river after my cousin got sick. His entire body broke out with rash, and he started to vomit. The water full of mercury from all the mining that going on here. It’s unsafe mining, and everything ending up back right in the river, which we, the residents of this area, have to use. We depend on the rain for water. If rain don’t fall, we have no water,” he said.Sandra La Cruz believes that clean and healthy water is a basic necessity, and should be easily accessible to all citizens. “Water should not be a luxury. We all need to be able to access water easily for consumption. It’s a basic need, man; and we are tired of being promised and fooled. We see the Government visiting all regions promising this and promising that, and nothing is actually being delivered. They need to do better,” she stated.Similar issues were recently raised by residents of Region One (Barima- Waini) after the Guyana Water Inc had prohibited the use of the river there because it was heavily contaminated. A temporary water supply was provided, but this was not nearly adequate to supply residents of those villages, as the water supply was at a centralised point and residents from far-flung areas were forced to foot several miles for access.As Government took its outreach to Region Two (Pomeroon–Supenaam) on Wednesday, Social Protection Minister Amna Ally yet made promises to residents there that their water supply would be “vastly improved.” She spoke to residents of Lima Sands in response to concerns raised for the need for improved water supply in the region. Minister Ally assured the residents that their concerns have been noted, and she committed to having them addressed by the relevant agencies.“This is not a community we have forgotten; it is a community where we have done work, including (constructing) a new bridge and a multi-purpose building, which was done through the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurial Development (SLED) programme under my ministry. In this region, there has been improved drainage, much needed upgrade was done on the road to Red Luck, Anna Regina road and Sparta, among others. These developments will definitely continue and advance, once this Government remains in office,” Minister Ally explained.last_img read more