Hong Kong leader announces mass COVID-19 testing to begin Sept 1

first_imgTopics : “There will be a substantial boosting of the testing capacity in the public and private sector, a more than 10-fold increase.”Hong Kong had seen a resurgence of locally transmitted cases since the start of July but the daily number has fallen from triple digits in recent weeks to low double digits.The former British colony still has a relatively low number of overall cases globally. Since late January, over 4,600 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 75 of whom have died.Restrictions including a ban on dining at restaurants after 6 p.m. and the mandatory wearing of masks in all outdoor public areas are set to remain in force until at least August 25.Businesses across the city have been reeling from the restrictions with many industries calling on the government for urgent financial support. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Friday that mass testing of residents for coronavirus in the Asian financial hub will begin on Sept. 1, as she warned people not to be complacent despite a steady fall in the number of new infections.The testing, which will be done with the assistance of a 60-person team from the mainland, is the first time Chinese health officials have assisted the special administrative region in its battle to control the pandemic.The testing will be voluntary and take around two weeks to complete, Lam said.last_img read more

Australia’s next property millionaire to be decided soon with a home in every east coast capital city

first_imgThis view belongs to that of Australia’s next property millionaire, set to be drawn by the RSL Art Union within weeks.SOAK up the winter sun in Noosa, spend summer on Sydney’s beaches and watch the leaves change colour in Melbourne – all possible if you become Australia’s newest property millionaire for just $5. The massive $3.46m-plus property portfolio was put up as part of the RSL Art Union Prize Home Lottery, involving three dream apartments across Sydney, Noosa and Melbourne with an estimated rental return of $153,140 a year.The apartments were bought earlier this year for $3.1925m all up, of which the biggest cost was the $1.715m paid for the two bed 166/71 Victoria Street, Potts Point, in Sydney in January, followed by $942,500 for a three bed apartment at 26 The Rise 37 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, on the Queensland coast in May and $535,000 forked out for a one bedder at 503/55 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, in Victoria in February. QUEENSLAND SET FOR DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH THE BLOCK’S $2M TAX BREAK AUSTRALIA’S RICHEST YOUNG PEOPLE NAMED The Port Melbourne apartment is part of a thriving cultural zone. The view from 503/55 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, Vic 3207The draw is set to close at 8pm on November 7, and Australia’s newest property millionaire will be discovered at the 10am draw on Wednesday November 15.The Sydney unit is in the Waratah building, with million-dollar views towards the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Centrepoint Tower.The original listing said the two bedroom, two bathroom apartment was in “the highly sought after inner-city suburb of Potts Point, just 3km from the CBD”, was thoughtfully styled for a chic Sydney lifestyle, and would make a good weekender or permanent residence. “You will be the talk of the town at New Year’s Eve,” it said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoThe Sydney skyline from your loungeroom. The bedroom also opens to the balcony. The view from 26 The Rise, 37 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, Qld 4567 It has views across the water. The Noosa kitchen is big enough for the whole family. The apartment is perfect for soaking up some sunshine.It has a whopping $66,560 worth of furniture and electricals, and RSL has paid rates, water and body corporate for the first 12 months ($11,430), plus legal fees ($1,375), and they’ve thrown in a $3,000 travel voucher.The one bedder in Melbourne is in a building called ‘Bayshore’, in the cultural hub, 5km from the CBD, and has view of Port Phillip Bay. The estimated annual rental was $30,940, and RSL has put in $23,987 worth of furniture and electricals, paid the rates, water and body corporate for the first 12 months ($3,491) plus transfer duty ($27,170) and legal fees ($1,375).Funds raised by the RSL Art Union go to providing services like crisis accommodation, advocacy, welfare services, financial support and rehabilitation to current and ex-servicemen and women, their dependants and families. *FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK *FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX The apartment was designed to suit Sydney chic inner-city lifestyle.If you rented the Sydney apartment out the estimated annual rental income was $78,000 and RSL also had the unit kitted out with $41,910 worth of furniture and electricals.The rates, water and body corporate have been paid for the first 12 months (valued at $11,363), and also transfer duty ($79,835) and legal fees ($1,375).The Noosa three bedroom executive apartment was in ‘The Rise’, a 14 minute walk from the coast’s famous Main Beach. Split-level, with views of Laguna Bay from the living room and the popular Hastings Street heart of Noosa a 10 minute stroll away, the unit could be rented out for $44,200 annual rental income. The unit is light and bright. The Noosa apartment is split level with the living zones up top.last_img read more

Erica Wicks Joins Civista Bank

first_imgSandusky, OH—Erica Wicks joins Civista Bank as Vice President, Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)/Fair Lending Officer. Wicks brings over five years of banking experience with her to the Civista Bank team, as well as prior experience in the public sector and non-profit industry. Her previous career included responding to community needs in Ohio, Mississippi and Washington, D.C. Wicks has completed undergraduate and graduate coursework at Ohio State University, where she studied public policy, city and regional planning, finance and real estate.She is actively involved in her community and serves on the Columbus City Schools Neighborhood School Development Partnership (NSDP) Committee and Fisher College of Business Alumni Board. Wicks currently resides in Columbus, Ohio. As the CRA/Fair Lending Officer, she will assist Civista business line leaders in developing and implementing programs to address the banking and credit needs of the communities in which the bank serves.last_img read more

Olympia Dance Festival Showcases Many Styles Of Dance, Features Guest Artist…

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsOlympia, WA – Ballet Northwest partners with the Washington Center for the Performing Arts to present the 4th Annual Olympia Dance Festival, March 2 -3, 2013. Dance groups from the South Puget Sound area are coming together to share master classes and techniques during the weekend. Each group will rehearse with Washington Center production staff, giving them professional level experience at Olympia’s premier theater.The program for the festival’s final performance includes a guest artist: Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer Maria Chapman will perform a ballet piece from “Swan Lake”. Taking place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 2pm at the Washington Center, the performance is open to the public and gives each group an opportunity to showcase their talents.The event is designed to be a celebration of dance in Olympia for the entire community and will be great fun for all ages. Participating dance groups include; Ballet Northwest, Centralia Ballet Academy, Comerford School of Irish Dance, Debbie’s Dance, Etc., Johansen Olympia Dance Center, Mas Uda Middle Eastern Dancers, Random Acts of Dance Collective (RADCO), Slieveloughane Irish Dancers, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble and Studio West Dance Academy.Tickets are $10, plus $3.00 service fee, and are available through any participating group and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.More information can be found by visiting www.balletnorthwest.org/olympiadancefestival.html or contacting Ballet Northwest at communications@balletnorthwest.org or 360-867-8824.About Maria ChapmanMaria Chapman is from St. Simons Island, Georgia. She was a student of Magdalena Maury and studied under Patricia Bromley at Terpsichore Co., Ltd. in Atlanta. She continued her training on full scholarship at the School of American Ballet and attended summer courses at Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1995 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 1996, soloist in 2005, and principal in 2009. Ms. Chapman danced in the BBC’s 1999 film version of PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. She is also featured in the 1999 danceWORKS fitness video and began appearing in Bloch dancewear advertising in 2002. In addition to her performing career, Ms. Chapman is a founding member (1998 to present) of Second Stage for Dancers, PNB’s career transition program. She is currently chairperson of the Second Stage Dancer Committee.About Ballet NorthwestSince 1970, Ballet Northwest has been a community-based group dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. The company offers educational opportunities for local dancers as well as outreach throughout the community.About the Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts, South Puget Sound’s largest performing arts facility, is committed to providing a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities for the residents of four counties. Our multi-purpose facility contains a 983-seat proscenium theater with four seating levels and adjacent lobby spaces, as well as a smaller Stage II black box theater with its own lobby.Opened in 1985, the facility has played host to thousands of events, with over 2,000,000 people crossing our threshold. However, its history did not start in 1985. The Washington Center is really the grandchild of the Liberty Theater, a 1924 vaudeville house which stood on the same ground the Washington Center does today. The Liberty Theater was renovated and refurbished in 1948, becoming the Olympic Theater movie house. The Olympic was then taken down to just a few exterior walls and completely rebuilt as The Washington Center. While the building’s facade still retains elements of the 1924 architecture, the interior is contemporary and modern.last_img read more