Brazil’s Bolsonaro plays down coronavirus risk as cases top 1,500

first_imgBrazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has denied the country’s healthcare system will collapse next month, contradicting his own health minister as the number of deaths in the country jumped 39 percent and confirmed cases topped 1,500.The latest health ministry figures on Sunday show that the death toll from coronavirus in Brazil rose to at least 25 from 18 the day before, a rise of 39 percent, and the number of confirmed cases now stands at 1,546, up from 1,128.In an interview with CNN Brasil on Saturday night, Bolsonaro also expressed his frustration with several states’ measures to essentially shut down commerce and restrict people’s movement, saying they have gone too far and are damaging the economy. “I think Mandetta was exaggerating,” Bolsonaro told CNN Brasil, referring to health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who said on Friday that Brazil’s fragile healthcare system will collapse under the weight of coronavirus by the end of April.Bolsonaro said “collapse” was the wrong choice of words.”What we’re doing is lengthening the infection curve. I don’t believe in a collapse,” he said.Bolsonaro tweeted on Sunday that the government is distributing around 10 million coronavirus tests, half of which have been dispatched this month. Sao Paulo state, Brazil’s richest and most populous, on Saturday said a statewide quarantine order would take effect on Tuesday and last through April 7, shutting down all but non-essential businesses and services.Retailer Via Varejo said its 1,000-plus stores of white goods chains Casa Bahia and Ponte Frio are closing indefinitely, meaning thousands of brick-and-mortar shops of Brazil’s most recognizable chains now have their shutters down.A Datafolha poll in Sunday’s Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper showed that an overwhelming majority of Brazilians support many of these drastic measures to beat the spread of coronavirus, although opinion is much more divided on business shutting down.Some 82 percent said they agree with the suspension of church services, a decision Bolsonaro, who was elected into office with massive support from evangelical Christians due to his conservative social agenda, has heavily criticized.Evangelical churches were shut or deserted on Sunday in some of Brazil’s major cities, with many switching to broadcasting services online or via their radio and television channels.The massive doors of the Temple of Solomon, a 10,000-seat place of worship belonging to the Universal Church in Sao Paulo, were closed during what is usually one of their busiest times.Security guards patrolled outside telling visitors that services at the church were suspended for two weeks. Reuters visited five of Sao Paulo’s biggest evangelical churches – all were closed.Ailton Pinheiro, a member of the administrative team at the Assembly of God church in Brasilia, said pastor Hadman Daniel is giving sermons two or three times a week via his Facebook page and that the church will remain closed as long as it is told.”Everybody realizes the situation. Everyone has accepted it calmly,” he said in the church’s deserted car park.Topics :last_img read more

James Harden on adjustments he will make for Russell Westbrook: None. None. None.

first_img“None. None. None,” he told reporters at an Adidas and James Harden ProCamp event when asked what adjustments would be needed.”We played with each other in the NBA and the Olympics and all that,” Harden said. “When you have talent like that, it works itself out. You communicate. You go out there and compete possession by possession. “You figure things out throughout the course of the season. That’s just what it is. When you have talent, you have guys with IQ, you have guys willing to sacrifice, it always works itself out.”It’s that trust factor. I trust him; he trusts me. With the group that we already have and the things we already accomplished, it should be an easy transition for him to be incorporated right in, and things are going to go.”It’s official, RT to welcome @russwest44 to Houston!— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) July 17, 2019The Rockets traded Chris Paul, whose relationship with Harden reportedly soured last season, two protected first-round draft selections and two pick swaps to Oklahoma City to secure Westbrook.”I’m excited for this opportunity,” Harden said. “It’s a new chapter, but I know he’s excited.  Harden played with Westbrook with the Thunder between 2009 and 2012 and is already confident about how their rekindled partnership will work out in a loaded Western Conference.So much so, he insists nothing will need to change in his game to make the Rockets successful after Westbrook’s move. Related News Kevin Durant injury update: Nets superstar shares recovery photos on Instagram James Harden won’t play for Team USA at FIBA World Cup James Harden says he will not need to make any changes for new teammate Russell Westbrook when the two are reunited in Houston.A blockbuster trade for Westbrook was completed this week, giving the Rockets two of the last three NBA MVPs on their roster. “He’s been in Oklahoma City for 11 years, so it’s a new chapter for him. We welcome him with open arms. It’s going to work.”That’s my boy right there, since I was like 10 or 11 years old. Obviously, we were teammates for years. Now, we’re at different stages of our careers. I hear a lot of negative things, ‘You can’t, he can’t, they can’t.’ But we’ll figure it out.”The Rockets lost out in six games to the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs last season, having gone 53-29 to claim the fourth seed in the West. Westbrook’s Thunder were the sixth seed in the West and lost their first-round series against the Trail Blazers in five games. Thunder’s Sam Presti, Billy Donovan receive death threats over recent moveslast_img read more

Police investigate shooting of boy, 12

first_imgWhat is his little brother like?He is a funny kid, said the man.He said no suspect was arrested Tuesday, and police are still investigating leads.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Montebello Police Department at (323) [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – A 12-year-old boy was in good condition Tuesday morning after being shot in the abdomen, police said.The boy was the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting, said police.Shots were fired from inside a vehicle at the victims front yard in the 500 block of Walnut Avenue at about 10:20 p.m. Monday, said police.The victim was taking out the trash when he was shot. The shooters were aiming for the victims older brother, according to a statement issued by Montebello police. Both were standing outside their residence when the shooting occurred.At this point, the shooting appears to be gang-related, the statement reads.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was in stable condition after surgery Monday, police said. His condition was upgraded to good on Tuesday.A man who said he is the victims brother was at the home Tuesday morning. He did not want to talk about the circumstances of the shooting, but said his brother was doing well.This morning he said good morning to all the people there (at the hospital), to my family, the man said.last_img read more

Amazons quarterly profit tops 1 billion for first time

Amazon executives said in a conference call Thursday that sales at Whole Foods were better than expected. They also said the company will make its Prime membership the grocer’s loyalty program sometime later this year.Amazon’s headcount also swelled. The company had 566,000 employees at the end of last year, up 66 percent from 2016. Some of that growth came from Whole Foods and its 89,000 employees, but the company said it also hired nearly 130,000 people around the world last year.The company, which has outgrown its Seattle headquarters, is in the process of selecting a place to build a second headquarters. It has narrowed down its options to 20 places after receiving 238 proposals from cities, states and regions in North America hoping to win over the fast-growing company and its promise to add 50,000 jobs and spend $5 billion in construction.Looking ahead, Amazon said it expects first-quarter revenue between $47.75 billion and $50.75 billion. Analysts expected first-quarter revenue of $48.6 Inc.’s stock, which is up more than 22 percent so far this year, jumped 6 percent to $1,477 in after-hours trading Thursday. It was a prime holiday season for Amazon: The online retailer’s quarterly profit soared past $1 billion for the first time in its more than 20-year history as it sold more voice-activated gadgets, enlisted new Prime members and benefited from its recent purchase of Whole Foods. In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, an Amazon Echo Dot is displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the company, in Seattle., Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Amazon shares soar as earnings top expectations The company said its physical stores brought in revenue of $4.5 billion, mostly from Whole Foods.Although the company has more than a dozen bookstores, Amazon’s first big push into physical stores came in August when it completed a nearly $14 billion deal to buy the organic grocer and its 470 stores. Amazon was quick to make changes, slashing prices on yogurt, bananas and organic kale. It also started selling Echos and Kindle tablets near the grocer’s produce. Explore further In this Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, photo, a shopper walks past others in a long line waiting to get inside an Amazon Go store in Seattle., Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) The Seattle-based company’s profit was also helped by recent changes to the tax law, giving it a $789 million tax benefit during the fourth quarter.Amazon, which got its start as an online bookstore in 1995, has ambitions that go far beyond online retailing. This week, for example, it announced plans to create a new health care company with JPMorgan Chase and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway to find a lower cost solution for the three companies’ employees.It also sees its Alexa voice assistant as a big part of its future. Amazon has been striking deals to put Alexa in cars, refrigerators and alarm clocks, allowing users to ask it the weather or shop on by voice. Amazon said Thursday that it sold “tens of millions” of its Alexa-enabled Echo devices last year, but didn’t give specific numbers.Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said Alexa “far exceeded” the company’s expectations.”We don’t see positive surprises of this magnitude very often—expect us to double down,” said Bezos, who will appear in a Super Bowl commercial this weekend that promotes Alexa.Overall, Amazon reported net income of $1.9 billion, or $3.75 per share, in the three months ending Dec. 31. That blew past the $1.88 per share analysts expected, according to FactSet. Its profit was more than double the $749 million it reported in the same quarter a year ago.Revenue soared 38 percent to $60.5 billion in the fourth quarter, beating the $59.8 billion analysts expected. Nearly 70 percent of its revenue came from online shopping and sales of its products, with the rest coming from services, such as the cloud-computing services it sells to businesses. Citation: Amazon’s quarterly profit tops $1 billion for first time (2018, February 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more