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Israel controls the coronavirus. What happened?



Israel controls the coronavirus. What happened?

With initial travel restrictions and complete closure, Startup Nation has largely held back the spread of Covid-19, noting a far better mortality rate than many countries in the Western world. When coronavirus tore through the United States and Europe, Israel comfortably moved towards reopening.

So that there is no doubt about who led the country through these difficult times, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regularly holds nighttime press conferences to remind everyone, warn about the latest challenges and take credit for the latest victories.

On April 18, almost exactly two months after Israel discovered the first case of the corona virus, Netanyahu stated that the country had succeeded in the fight against the corona virus, setting an example for the world “in protecting lives and preventing the outbreak of a pandemic.” He predicted that Israel would give an example in restarting the economy as well.

If only the story ends there.

The first wave of Israeli coronavirus is a success story, but the second wave cataloged by health experts seems to be on track for a very different end.

Just a few weeks after reopening restaurants, malls and beaches, Israel now sees a 50-fold increase in new coronavirus cases. From around 20 new cases a day in mid-May to more than 1,000 new cases a day less than two months later, Israel is rushing to once again close the site that was recently opened.

On Monday, Netanyahu announced that sports buildings, swimming pools, event rooms, pubs and others will be closed indefinitely, while restaurants and houses of worship will operate in limited numbers. Desperate to avoid total lockout with unemployment already more than 20%, Netanyahu issued a stern warning.

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“Today, there are about 90 severe cases and the number is doubling every four days. If we don’t act now, we will have hundreds, and maybe more than 1,000, severe cases in the coming weeks, which will paralyze our system,” Netanyahu said. “All Israelis know, or need to understand, that we must now take limited action, with minimal economic impact, to avoid extreme measures that will paralyze the economy.”

A man wearing a protective mask at a crowded restaurant in Jaffa, Israel, on May 29.

Public trust in the handling of the corona virus by Netanyahu is fading fast. From a high of 73% in mid-May when the country appeared to have controlled Covid-19, Netanyahu’s approval had dropped to 46%, according to a survey conducted by Channel 12 News.

The top public health official at the Ministry of Health, Prof. Siegal Sadetzki, who resigned on Tuesday, issued a scathing criticism of handling the government pandemic. In a Facebook post explaining the reasons for his decision, he wrote, “I am sorry, for several weeks the handling of the outbreak has lost its way. Despite systemic and regular warnings in various systems and in discussions in various forums, we watch with frustration when a glass of opportunity is running out. “

The national unity government, which was set up specifically in May to deal with the corona virus, appears to be more interested in political fights between Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and Defense Minister Benny Gantz attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, on June 14.

The two men have quarreled about who would best deal with the fight against the corona virus – Prime Minister Netanyahu with terrorism tools from the Israeli Security Agency, or Defense Minister Gantz with the country’s military reach and order.

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Distrust between the two men became clear, but critics charged that what had not yet emerged from the government or its coronavirus cabinet was a clear and definite plan for loading a second wave of coronavirus.

In the words of former varnished Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the perpetual right-wing thorn on Netanyahu’s side, “This government is bullshit, and the Prime Minister is full of bullshit.”

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Portuguese fund CA Património Crescente wins European award for highest return – Imobiliário



Portuguese fund CA Património Crescente wins European award for highest return - Imobiliário

Open-ended real estate investment fund CA Património Crescente has once again received the MSCI European Property Investment Awards in the Diversified Portfolio category for 2021.

This is the 12th time that the Portuguese fund, established in 2005, has received this award, which distinguishes the national real estate portfolio with the best return. In 2021, CA Património Crescente’s real estate portfolio returned 7.8%, compared to 6.3% in the benchmark.

The largest share of real estate income was received through shopping centers and offices: 8.7% and 8.6% respectively, according to the Portuguese fund Negócios, which at the end of August had a portfolio of 141 assets worth 1,031 million euros.

CA Património Crescente is one of the six funds managed by Square Asset Management, with Grupo Crédito Agrícola being the custodian bank and responsible for its marketing and investments mainly in real estate destined for trade, offices, services, industry, logistics or hotels.

The CA Património Crescente fund returned an annualized return of 5.1% in April, which declined slightly to 4.23% after two years, rising to 4.72% after three years and 4.74% after five years. . The average ten-year yield was 3.95%.

Square AM was also once again awarded by Euromoney, which recognizes major leaders in real estate financial products and services, as the “Best Investment Manager” of 2022.

Square AM has been on the market for 17 years and is one of the largest real estate fund managers in Portugal with €1.3 billion in assets and over 25,000 investors.

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Benfica announces a partnership with Portuguese driver Miguel Santiago.



Benfica announces a partnership with Portuguese driver Miguel Santiago.

Young competes at the National Speed ​​Championship and the FIM GP Junior World Championship.

Benfica have announced a partnership with driver Miguel Santiago, a Portuguese driver who works in the National Speed ​​Championship and the FIM Junior World Championship. Santi, who started taking his first steps in motorsport in 2016, was pleased with someone during the presentation. “The dream has come true! When I was little, before riding motorcycles, I played football, went to Benfica’s school in Mafra, I always dreamed of becoming a Benfica athlete. I never thought! A few years ago, if you had asked me, I would have said no, I believed that one day I would be here, it is a great pride. I have no words. I just hope to reach the goals, glorify the club. I have the race, the desire and the ambition.” , repeated the 18-year-old BTV pilot.

Miguel Santiago is thinking about becoming the queen of motorcycle racing.

“In recent years, the FIM Junior GP has attracted many riders to the Moto GP where 20 out of 24 riders [que participam] come from this contest. Participation in Moto GP is considered the greatest school of prodigies, I am proud to be there and so close to the level of Moto GP,” he said.

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“Unthinkable”. Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.



"Unthinkable".  Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

QuestionAs World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled the statistics released today by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation is “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that more than 1.2 million tons of food was thrown away by families this year, followed by catering (over 237 thousand tons), trade and distribution (214 thousand tons), primary production (over 101 thousand tons) and food nutrition. industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, let it spoil. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash, ”said an official who spoke at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable these days,” he complained.

Jorge Moreira da Silva, President of the Platform for Sustainable Growth, former Minister of the Environment, another participant in the debate, recalled a recent report stating that the impact of food waste could be as high as 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and that the impact on the economy is a billion dollars.

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“Food waste alone is a quarter of what is needed to achieve the sustainable development goals,” he said, adding that while food is thrown out the window, 823 million people go to bed without “decent food.”

Jorge Moreira da Silva said that there are targets in the European Union to reduce food waste that are not being met and that mandatory targets will be announced soon.

The debate participants agreed that it is necessary to inform and attract the attention of families who often spend money without knowing it. “Most people have no idea about the impact of food waste. Nobody will change if they don’t understand the problem,” said Jorge Moreira da Silva.

The debate also spoke about the importance of water, which is present in the production and preparation of food. Ana Margarida Luis from Aguas de Portugal picked up an orange to say that throwing away an orange is equivalent to throwing out 80 liters of water.

Other figures released as part of the initiative are part of an awareness campaign that warn that food waste generates three times more greenhouse gas emissions than oil production, generates the equivalent of 25% of vehicle pollution, and pollutes four times as much as anything else. commercial aviation flights.

[Notícia atualizada às 21h09]

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