Is Airbnb more of a threat than Purplebricks?

first_imgMany traditional high street worry about the threat from online and hybrid agencies, but a new digital competitor is fast establishing itself too – the Airbnb management company.The biggest in the UK is GuestReady, a proptech startup that offers a management service to owners of Airbnb properties.It has today announced that it has raised £2.3 million in seed funding to expand its business outside London.The company, which recently acquired London-based competitor Easy Rental Services, has told The Negotiator that it now has 300 properties under management in the capital.The new funding for GuestRead also includes some heavyweight backing from famous venture capitalists including Impulse VC, which is backed by Roman Abramovich and Xponova, backed by LastMinute.com CEO Fabio Cannavale (pictured, let).The rapid spread of Airbnb and management companies like GuestReady which manage properties on owners’ behalves, has begun to worry many agents as Airbnb begins to eat into the short-term rental market in many cities, once the preserve of traditional letting agents.Airbnb hosts are not supposed to rent their properties out for more than 90 days, a regulation the website announced in December last year, but a recent report by the Institute of PublicPolicy Research (IPPR) revealed that 11% of Airbnb listings in London were for more than six months.The IPPR said it found that some landlords were removing properties from the long-term rental market and offering their properties for rent on a series of short-term lets instead.In London there are currently approximately 50,000 live Airbnb listings, according to consultancy Airdna, an increase of 100% compared to the start of 2015.GuestReady was Initially started as a platform for individual activities like cleaning, laundry, and managing the check-in and check-out of guests, but has has morphed into fully managing properties that they advertised on Airbnb as well as other short-term let websites including HomeAway.com and Booking.comIt also operates in other markets including Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and, following the acquisition of Easy Rental Services, now manages nearly a thousand properties.   Roman Abramovich GuestReady airbnb airdata fabio cannavale October 25, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Is Airbnb more of a threat than Purplebricks? previous nextIs Airbnb more of a threat than Purplebricks?Roman Abramovich-backed Airbnb management company GuestReady has won £2.3 million in funding to expand outside London – so should letting agents be worried?Nigel Lewis25th October 201701,918 Viewslast_img read more

UK: BAE Systems Moved the Biggest Section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: BAE Systems Moved the Biggest Section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH View post tag: Systems UK: BAE Systems Moved the Biggest Section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: moved View post tag: Queen View post tag: Elizabeth View post tag: HMS October 15, 2012 View post tag: Section View post tag: biggest Share this article View post tag: BAE Workers at BAE Systems yesterday moved the biggest section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, the first of two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, out of the company’s shipbuilding hall at Govan for the first time. A team of 40 moved the 11,300 tonne aft section, known as Lower Block 04, across the specially reinforced tarmac at the yard in less than three hours using 450 remote controlled transporters.Angus Holt, Queen Elizabeth Class Block Delivery Director at BAE Systems, said: “Today marks the culmination of months of hard work and preparation and I am extremely proud of the team’s achievements in successfully loading out the aft section on time and built to an exceptional standard. The sheer size and complexity of the block both highlights the skill of workforce here on the Clyde and the huge amount of progress which we continue to make on the programme to deliver the nation’s flagships.”Today the block will be loaded onto one of the two biggest sea-going barges in the world in preparation for her journey to Rosyth where the aircraft carriers are being assembled. Departing from Govan on Saturday 3 November, the 600 mile journey will take Lower Block 04 around the north coast of Scotland.The load out of Lower Block 04 comes only 34 months after the first steel was cut on the section in January 2010. Since then, employees at the company’s Govan yard have worked steadily to construct the block which stands over 20 metres high and 80 metres long. It is the largest hull section equating to around 20% of the overall weight of the ship, and the final hull section of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH to arrive in Rosyth. This will mark a significant phase in the programme with all major hull sections of the ship delivered and ready for integration. Approximately 250 employees from the Clyde will follow the block to Rosyth where they will work in partnership with employees at Babcock to complete the assembly phase of this section of the carrier.Meanwhile, production on both Lower Block 03 and 04 of HMS PRINCE OF WALES continues to progress at Govan, while the aft island for the first ship is underway at the company’s Scotstoun yard. BAE Systems is also manufacturing sections of hull at its Portsmouth facility. Additionally, the company is responsible for the design integration and testing of the ships’ complex mission and advanced communications systems.The aircraft carriers HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES are being delivered by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the UK Ministry of Defence. BAE Systems has an overarching role in managing the QE Class programme, as well as playing a central role in the design and build of the ships.The QE Class will be the centre piece of Britain’s military capability. Each 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier will provide the armed forces with a four acre military operating base which can be deployed worldwide. The vessels will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts to providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 15, 2012; Image: BAE Systems View post tag: Naval Training & Educationlast_img read more

IS IT TRUE JULY 17, 2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE that U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon just announced that he will only take written questions at his July 21 Friday night “Town Hall” meeting? …that 8th District congressman’s Bucshon has decided to only answers questions that are submitted to him on cards that are submitted to a moderator? …we find it extremely laughable that the congressmen will require questioners to stand up when their questions are read by the moderator, but he will not give them a microphone to make comments to him?  …holding a “Town Hall” meeting on Friday evening is an obvious way for congressmen Bucshon to discourage his constituents from attending this meeting? …if 8th District Congressmen Bucshon can’t take the political heat he should get out of the political kitchen?IS IT TRUE that a group of private citizens has formed a group to “Support Those Who Protect Us”?  …that people from all walks of life shall be holding a “Public Safety Appreciation Ceremony” on August 23, 2017 on the steps of the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum?  …stay turned for additional information concerning this long overdue public event thanking the “Public Service Employees” of Vanderburgh County for doing an outstanding job in protecting us?IS IT TRUE that the Henderson sized town of Desert Hot Springs, CA that has faced some serious financial challenges recently, has opened a new dog park?…one can debate whether or not this was a wise decision but an interesting thing about this dog park is that it only costed $60,000 to design and install a very state of the art dog park?…if we contrast that with the million dollar plus pooch park that was proposed by the Winnecke Administration for the Roberts Stadium lot, one must ask just how golden the golden retrievers of Evansville think they are?IS IT TRUE that Mayor Winnecke’s Chief of Staff, Steve Schafer has challenged the study that proclaimed the long violent place called Gary, Indiana to be safer than Evansville on the grounds that assaults in Gary are not being reported?…Mr. Schaefer has done an analysis of the ratio of murders to assault in Gary being unexplainably low?…there is a problem with getting people to testify in places where the police are not well respected so we expect that Mr. Schaefer’s assertion has some merit?…the words “I didn’t see nothing” are the enemy of safe streets and while Evansville does have a problem with finding willing witnesses, we agree with Mr. Schaefer that Gary is benefitting from under-reporting of assaults by its citizens?…that for the time being the official FBI numbers support the assertion that Gary is safer than Evansville?…we don’t believe these “official” numbers any more than we believe the “official” unemployment numbers, or that the Affordable Healthcare Act has made healthcare affordable?…the only certainly with government data these days is that it is certainly gamed to the point of disbelief?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that Congressmen Larry Bucshon is insulting his constituents by holding his Town Hall meeting late Friday evening?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of our advertisers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The Fearless Flyers Release New Album ‘The Fearless Flyers II’ [Listen]

first_imgVulfpeck offshoot The Fearless Flyers have officially released their new album, The Fearless Flyers II, the follow-up to their 2018 debut self-titled album.The new-ish Vulf Records project—which is produced and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck)—features bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri.The Fearless Flyers Release New Single, “Daddy, He Got A Cessna”, Featuring Chris Thile [Watch]As they did on their 2018 debut record, The Fearless Flyers II  includes spinoffs of original Vulfpeck compositions, including “Daddy, He Got A Cessna” (a play on “Daddy, He Got A Tesla”) and “Hero Town” (a song that originally appeared on 2017’s Mr. Finish Line). The six-track record also features special guest collaborations with frequent Vulf collaborator Joey Dosik (keys, sax, vocals) and mandolinist/vocalist Chris Thile (Live From Here).The Fearless Flyers Release New Single, “The Baal Shem Tov” Featuring Joey DosikThe band has only performed together live once, at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL last fall during North Coast Music Festival. The set featured special guests including Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay and fellow Vulf collaborators Antwaun Stanley and Theo Katzman. The group has their second scheduled performance coming up at Madison Square Garden in New York City opening for Vulfpeck on Saturday, September 28th.Listen to the band’s new The Fearless Flyers II album below:The Fearless Flyers – The Fearless Flyers II The Fearless Flyers II Tracklist:SIDE AFlyer DirectThe Baal Shem Tov (feat. Joey Dosik)Simon F15SIDE BDaddy, He Got a Cessna (feat. Chris Thile)Swampers (feat. Chris Thile)Hero TownView Tracklistlast_img read more

Spawn of Bosch

first_imgThis year marks five centuries since the death of Hieronymus Bosch. Harvard Art Museums is paying tribute to the Dutch artist with the exhibit, “Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife of a Renaissance Master in Print.”While the literature dealing with Bosch is vast, his art has inspired an ongoing conflict of interpretations, which the exhibit nods to through its location, the University Research Gallery — a space earmarked for curatorial experimentation that encourages a range of faculty engagement, from generating exhibition concepts to evaluating visitor experience.“Teaching with objects is a huge part of who we are as an institution, it’s one of the things we can do as a university art museum, and that’s really nice,” said the exhibit’s curator, Danielle Carrabino, associate research curator in European art.Visitors might expect to see Bosch’s work lining the walls of the gallery, but instead, more than 30 prints by other artists point to his influence on printmaking from the 16th century to the present.Included in the show is work by Alart du Hameel, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jacques Callot, and Joannes van Doetecum, a 1935 lithograph by M. C. Escher, and Belgian artist Antoine Roegiers’ 2011 animated video, “The Seven Deadly Sins.” There are also pieces that appear to be Bosch creations, but aren’t — except perhaps in spirit. Courtesy of Harvard Art Museums“There’s not a single original work by Bosch, but that concept of originality is something that I think the exhibition really tackles,” Carrabino said. A Boschian phenomenon began in the 16th century and continued strongly into the 17th century, mostly in printmaking.“Bosch comes to the fore at the same time as the printmaking medium is being discovered, perfected, disseminated, learned — so it’s really the timing that allows for these prints to proliferate,” said Carrabino.Included in the show is work by Alart du Hameel, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jacques Callot, and Joannes van Doetecum, a 1935 lithograph by M. C. Escher, and Belgian artist Antoine Roegiers’ 2011 animated video, “The Seven Deadly Sins.” There are also pieces that appear to be Bosch creations, but aren’t — except perhaps in spirit.“He’s a tricky artist, because a lot of the paintings that bear his signature aren’t actually by him,” said Carrabino, “That’s something you’ll see through this exhibition, that they’re signed Hieronymous Bosch, even 60 years after his death.”,Magnifying glasses hanging from the walls encourage exhibit visitors to get up close to the prints. In such a digital-heavy world, where people are often scrolling, clicking, moving, Carrabino wanted to create a space to match the gallery’s investigative nature.“That’s one of the things that art is so great for, that it really can stop you and make you think, and ponder, and consider in a way that is really healthy in our time.”In Bosch’s paintings you find vivid imagination and a strong sense of human frailty. “They’re meant to show you what will happen if you choose the wrong path. They’re not meant to promote hell or sinning, they’re meant to do just the opposite, to kind of frighten the viewer,” Carrabino said.It’s a world of creatures built as fantastic hybrids. Eggs with legs that look like trees, fire-breathing monsters, and visions of hell — all seemingly out of place amongst the acrylics, sculptures, and textiles found in the rest of the museum.But if you look closely, you will notice that the collection sits adjacent to “Everywhen,” an exhibit of work by indigenous artists of Australia in which time is a central, if never quite straightforward, motif.  This placement, though unplanned, seems to fit well with Bosch’s artistic afterlife.Carrabino smiled and said, “That’s kind of the magic of museums. Sometimes great things happen that you don’t plan.”“Beyond Bosch” runs through May 8.last_img read more

Harvard and Berklee to offer dual degree

first_imgHarvard’s Faculty of Arts and Science and Berklee College of Music have established a new dual degree program, offering students the opportunity to earn a bachelor of arts degree at Harvard and a master’s degree at Berklee in five years.The program, which will welcome its first cohort of students in fall 2017, is designed for musicians who are interested in building a foundation for their artistic careers as well as attaining an elite liberal arts education.“Institutionally, the partnership represents an understanding of the arts and art-making in the 21st century, especially the growing impact of technology and realities of a globalizing arts landscape,” said Carol J. Oja, William Powell Mason Professor of Music and chair of the Department Historical Musicology at Harvard. “Berklee’s programs have steadily gained prestige and power, turning the school into a formidable cutting–edge incubator for the newest waves of performance and composition.”The Harvard-Berklee partnership is modeled after Harvard’s successful joint degree program with New England Conservatory, which began in 2005. In the new program, students must be accepted to both Harvard and Berklee independently, as well as complete an audition and interview at Berklee.Here’s how the five-year program works: Students pursue their bachelor’s degree at Harvard while taking private lessons and preparatory classes at Berklee during the first three years. In addition, they participate in ensembles at either institution, and pass instrumental proficiency exams at Berklee. In their fourth year, students complete their bachelor’s requirements, including a senior thesis, if desired. They finish their selected master’s program (master of music or master of arts) in the final year.Berklee offers master’s degrees in scoring for film, television, and video games; music production, technology, and innovation; global entertainment and music business; music therapy; and contemporary performance.“Joshua Redman, Yo-Yo Ma, Aaron Goldberg, Tom Morello, and a number of other highly accomplished musicians have studied at Harvard,” said Berklee President Roger Brown. “Imagine the possibilities when a world-leading Harvard undergraduate education can be augmented by private lessons, ensembles, and music classes in jazz, production, film scoring, and more at Berklee.”With recent faculty additions of Vijay Iyer and Yosvany Terry to Harvard’s Music Department, Oja said this new alliance creates a natural framework for music students who desire an extraordinary liberal arts education and a world-class conservatory environment.“The base is broadening, and as time changes and the department grows, this opens up all sorts of possibilities,” Oja added.Redman, a Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist who graduated Harvard in 1991, praised the partnership, saying he wished that it had existed when he was in Cambridge 25 years ago.“One of the most integral and consequential facets of my ‘Harvard experience’ was being so close to the vibrant Berklee scene. It opened my ears and enriched my life. And it laid the seeds for a future I didn’t even know I had,” he said.Applications for the 2017-18 academic year will be accepted beginning today for Berklee and in early August at Harvard.last_img read more

Extending Choice, Adding Innovations: New Functionality Announced for Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud at VMworld 2017

first_imgIf you were among the thousands of attendees at VMWorld 2017 in Las Vegas, you probably witnessed the buzz around the latest announcements coming from industry leaders across the spectrum of technologies and Dell EMC was once again made news with the latest announcements featuring our hybrid cloud platforms.If you didn’t get a chance to attend, here is a “one click down” view and perspective on the latest release for Dell EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud – our turnkey platform built for VMware environments.Combining the Power of Enterprise Hybrid Cloud With Hyper-Converged InfrastructureOne of the biggest pieces of news shared at the show was the addition of VxRack SDDC support within Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. As the only turnkey, rack-scale hyper-converged engineered system powered by VMware Cloud Foundation software, VxRack SDDC brings together vSphere, vSAN, and NSX into a natively integrated stack that then delivers the infrastructure foundation upon which Enterprise Hybrid Cloud is built providing one of the fastest and easiest ways to stand up and manage a VMware-based hybrid cloud platform.In addition to adding support for VxRack SDDC, we also extended the capabilities for VxRail-based Enterprise Hybrid Cloud deployments. First announced at Dell EMC World in May 2017, the addition of VxRail appliance support to Enterprise Hybrid Cloud provides smaller enterprises the same business outcomes of a more automated, agile IT service delivery but in a smaller footprint. This infrastructure option is also great for larger enterprises that are getting started with a hybrid cloud operational model.In this release, we added the following for VxRail deployments:Multi-site support (up to 4 vCenters) not only for increased scale, but also as a way of providing application and VM-level disaster recovery using RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines.Expanded accelerated install, which covers now also Modular Add-Ons, such as BaaS and DR with RecoverPoint for VMs.Accelerated upgrade capability to reduce the time required to upgrade the platform while minimizing the complexity and risk of performing manual upgrades.Delivering on Full Platform Lifecycle ManagementOne of the key tenets of Dell EMC’s hybrid cloud platforms is that we do the integration and testing of new versions of software releases as they come out from both Dell EMC, and in the case of Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, VMware – showcasing the partnership and collaboration between Dell Technologies strategically aligned businesses. In this release, we updated the core software components including:Updates to core platform software including VMware NSX, vSphere, and updates to the vRealize Suite as well as Dell EMC’s ViPR, Avamar, RecoverPoint for VMs, and CloudLink SecureVM products.Of special note are the new capabilities that Enterprise Hybrid Cloud can also leverage through the latest VMware vRealize Automation release (7.3). These include:Support for Microsoft Azure as a public cloud end pointParameterized blueprints to enhance reusability and reduce sprawlConfiguration Automation Framework via Puppet Enterprise integrationSimpler integration of existing ITSM tools through native integration of ServiceNowHealth Service providing role-based and Tenant access to health dataVMware Admiral Integration supporting collaboration between cloud administrators and development teams for traditional, containerized, and hybrid applicationsWith the continued goal to simplify the journey to a hybrid cloud operating model for our customers, you can quickly see that we are laser focused on providing the latest functionality and innovations into our platforms that will accelerate IT Transformation initiatives for enterprises of all sizes. If you would like to learn more, please visit: www.dellemc.com/enterprisehybridcloudlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Royal Court Taps Kim Cattrall & Martin McDonagh & More

first_img Related Shows Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Royal Court Taps Kim Cattrall & Martin McDonaghTwo big names are returning to the London stage as part of the Royal Court’s upcoming season. Kim Cattrall will appear in Penelope Skinner’s Linda, about a marketing executive who realizes she doesn’t have it all. Directed by Constellations’ Michael Longhurst, the Sex and the City star will play the title role in the new play, which is set to begin previews at the Royal Court Theatre on November 25. Opening night is scheduled on December 1. And after successfully penning movies such as In Bruges, four-time Tony nominee Martin McDonagh will come back to the theater with Hangmen, which will make its world premiere from September 10. Starring Reece Shearsmith and David Morrissey, the show follows an executioner on the day that the U.K. abolishes the death penalty. Directed by Matthew Dunster, the production will run through October 10. We’ll keep a close eye on both shows—they have West End and Broadway transfer written all over them.Kevin Chamberlin & More Join Starry SpamalotTony nominee Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family) will play Sir Bedevere, with Tom Deckman (Spamalot) as Not Dead Fred and Rick Holmes (The Visit) as Sir Lancelot in the previously reported production of Spamalot at the Hollywood Bowl. The trio of Broadway alums joins a cast including Christian Slater, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and the musical’s creator Eric Idle; performances will run July 31 through August 2. B.T. McNicholl directs.Watch Robert Fairchild & Leanne Cope Perform ‘Liza”​S Wonderful way to go into the weekend! An American in Paris’ Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope stopped by Live! with Kelly and Michael on July 17 to perform the number “Liza.” Check out the video below and then the show at Broadway’s Palace Theatre! An American in Paris View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 9, 2016last_img read more

Islamic Center of Long Island Breaks Ground on $4M Expansion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury is getting a $4 million facelift to meet the needs of a growing Muslim community. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)The Islamic Center of Long Island’s long-awaited expansion project has finally become a reality.The Westbury mosque, the oldest on the Island, will undergo a $4 million facelift over the next severals years, a necessary step for the house of worship, its members say, after outgrowing the original building since it first opened its doors more than 30 years ago.“We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” ICLI chairman, Habeeb Ahmed, told the congregation Friday in front of a recently completed $1 million parking lot that has helped ease congestion in the neighborhood.Joining the mosque’s board for the groundbreaking ceremony were dozens of worshipers, religious leaders from other faiths and about a half-dozen local officials who have assisted in the expansion project by educating the surrounding community, including the village’s mayor, Peter Cavallaro, who was praised for his efforts during the process.The plan calls for more classrooms to support the growing number of Muslim families moving into the community, a recreation area, an interfaith center and a space for seniors—or “medicare beneficiaries,” as Dr. Faroque Khan, a member of ICLI’s board of trustees, put it.Khan, who laid out the blueprint for the mosque at his own home three decades ago, said the goal of the project was to turn the mosque into a hub for the entire community—not only Muslims.Related — Muslim Americans: Behind the Veil of a Religion Under Attack“We are putting down a marker and establishing our roots in Nassau County as a very vibrant, progressive Muslim community,” Khan told crowd.ICLI members and local officials celebrate groundbreaking by digging shovels into the ground.The ICLI’s congregation has seen dramatic growth over the years and has become “a model for the entire country,” Khan added.Rev. Mark Lukens of the Interfaith Alliance of Long Island, a group of leaders from many different religions, agrees.“Once again, the ICLI is leading the way in promoting understanding and goodwill between people of faith here on our island,” he said. “And once again, it’s demonstrating by its example that the teachings of Islam, like those of all the world’s great religions, call the faithful to reach out to their neighbors and to fulfill God’s will that we learn from and about one another so that we can live together in harmony and respect.”Cavallaro, the village mayor, put the ICLI’s expansion into the larger social context.“You read everyday in the newspaper and see on the TV everyday—even today if you go home—really negative stuff that would make people of faith like yourselves lose faith in humanity and in man’s ability, I think, to get along with each other,” he said. “But I think this mosque, the way it stands today…in addition to the the expansion project, is really a testament that people of goodwill can still get along and come up with solutions that makes sense for everybody and live in peace.”This is the mosque’s second groundbreaking celebration in as many years.Back in July 2011, they gathered to highlight the expansion of a parking lot to relieve traffic concerns of neighbors in the area.last_img read more

As virus spreads, Madrid region eyes new restrictions

first_imgOnce again at the center of a major coronavirus outbreak, the Madrid region admitted Thursday it was overwhelmed, calling for “decisive” central government action on the eve of unveiling fresh restrictions.In a country where public health services are left in the hands of Spain’s 17 autonomous regions, senior official Ignacio Aguado said it was “necessary and urgent that the Spanish government get involved, and that means decisively, in controlling the pandemic”.”The reality of the epidemic in the community of Madrid is getting worse and we need to make greater efforts,” said Ignacio Aguado, vice president of the region of some 6.6 million people.  The latest figures show 20,987 people have been diagnosed with COVID in the past seven days and 138 people have died.In several districts of southern Madrid and a handful of areas just outside the capital, cases have shot up with more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants — far above the national average of 285, which in itself is one of the highest rates in Europe. The numbers have spiraled despite the fact that mask-wearing has long been compulsory in all public places across all of the country, with the region’s admission coming just days after the start of a new school year that has been overshadowed by the fears and worries of parents and teachers. On Friday, Madrid is to unveil a raft of restrictions on movement to slow the spread of the virus, which regional sources say will take effect either on Saturday or Monday. Regional health chief Antonio Ruiz Escudero said the Madrid government was working on a series of measures “to restrict mobility and reduce activity in certain areas.. where the virus is most-widely transmitted”.”We are in a situation of sustained growth [in cases],” he warned. “We have to do whatever is necessary to control the situation in Madrid” where we have “what is likely the biggest problem”, Health Minister Salvador Illa said.  Spain is currently battling a resurgent second wave of COVID-19 although the mortality levels are far lower than they were in spring. And once again, Madrid is the region with the worst outbreak, accounting for a third of the national figure for both infections and deaths with a level of transmission which the World Health Organization’s European director has described as “alarming”.  Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he had summoned Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the head of the Madrid region, for an emergency meeting “to define a common strategy”.Madrid officials have warned that the region’s healthcare system was coming under increasing pressure with one in five hospital beds occupied by COVID patients. So far, there are 2,850 people in hospital of whom 392 are in intensive care, regional figures show.  A new lockdown? Thursday’s admission came a day after a top regional health official raised the possibility of a fresh lockdown in the worst-hit areas. His remarks triggered anxiety and a flurry of questions about how it could work, given that most hotspots are poor areas where most people travel to work in the city center or in other areas of the region.”It would be bad for shops, for small businesses and little bars that survive on people coming in, for schools,” said Maribel Quesada, a 55-year-old resident of Puente de Vallecas, one of the worst-hit areas.”People are really sick of being at home, the (spring) lockdown was very difficult,” she said of the three-month confinement under some of the strictest conditions in the world, with people only allowed out to buy food or medicine or for a medical emergency. The regional authorities quickly called for calm but the measure they take will not be clear until Friday. Spain has so far suffered more than 30,000 deaths and 600,000 cases of COVID-19, government figures show, with the numbers rising so rapidly that in one week alone, the country added around 100,000 new infections.  Topics :last_img read more