New Zealand prepares to enter lockdown as coronavirus cases double

first_imgTopics : New Zealand said on Monday it will move to its highest alert level imposing self-isolation, with all-non-essential services, schools and offices to be shut over the next 48 hours as the number of coronavirus cases more than double.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said these decisions will place the most significant restriction on New Zealanders’ movements in modern history, but it was needed to save lives and slow the virus.”We are all now preparing to go into self isolation as a nation,” Ardern said in a news conference. She added that without these measures tens of thousands of New Zealanders could die. The number of coronavirus cases in New Zealand shot up to 102, more than double since Friday, as the country reported 36 new infections. New Zealand has had no deaths.Ardern said the cabinet agreed that effective immediately, the country of 5 million people would move into alert level 3 nationwide, and after 48 hours it will be at the highest level 4. New Zealand has already closed its borders to foreigners.Ardern said all bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries, playgrounds and any other place where the public congregate must close their face-to-face function.She said supermarkets, doctors, pharmacies, service stations, access to essential banking services will all be available throughout New Zealand at every alert level.center_img “If you do not have immediate needs, do not go to the supermarket. It will be there for you today, tomorrow, and the day after that,” she added.The move comes after neighboring Australia, which has thousands of COVID-19 cases, started lockdown measures on Monday, but has stopped short of self-isolation.New Zealand’s bourse reacted immediately to the announcement plunging 10% to biggest intraday percentage drop ever.Finance Minister Grant Robertson said all rents will be freezed and the government will announce further support for the economy in the coming days.”To be absolutely clear we are now asking all New Zealanders who are outside essential services to stay at home, and to stop all interactions with others outside of those in your household,” Ardern said.Schools will be closed from Tuesday, except for children of essential workers such as our doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and police. Schools will close entirely from midnight Wednesday.All indoor and outdoor events will be cancelled. All workplaces were asked to implement alternative ways of working.Public transport will shut for everyone outside of people working in essential services.To stop community transmission these measures will need to be in place for 4 weeks, said Ardern.New Zealand’s opposition National Party said it had put on hold its campaign for a general election on Sept 19. Ardern said there was no impact on the election for now.Of the new cases, two are being treated as related to community transmission, Ministry of Health’s Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said in a news conference on Monday.More than half the cases are directly related to overseas travel, while most of the remainder are close contacts of a previously confirmed case or associated with an event where there were confirmed cases, he said. last_img read more

Indonesia’s COVID-19 testing positivity remains far above WHO standard for ‘new normal’

first_imgIndonesia has seen an increase in its COVID-19 positivity rate – the percentage of those tested found to be infected – in the past month, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said on Tuesday.The country recorded a national positivity rate average of 14 percent, an 0.7 percent increase from July.”The national average positivity rate is about 14 percent,” Wiku said in a press conference on Tuesday. The country’s positivity rate far exceeds the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 5 percent for entering the “new normal”.Wiku also said the country had fallen far short of WHO’s recommended testing rate.”WHO recommends performing one test per 1,000 population per week, meaning with a population of around 260 million people, Indonesia needs to conduct 267,700 tests per week,” Wiku said. “However, we were only able to test 95,463 people in the past week, 35.6 percent of the testing rate recommended by WHO.”Wiku said the government was working hard to increase the PCR testing rate by improving its laboratories’ testing capacity.”We’ll increase the capacity of the 320 laboratories [that are running PCR tests] by improving human resources and working hours efficiency so that they can perform optimum testing,” he said.Indonesia recorded on Tuesday 2,447 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 157,859, with 112.867 recoveries and 6.858 fatalities. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Teekay Extends Petrojarl Banff FPSO Employment for One Year

first_imgBermuda-based shipping group Teekay Corporation has entered into an agreement to extend the employment of the Petrojarl Banff FPSO unit in the North Sea for a period of one year.Under the deal with a subsidiary of Canadian Natural Resources (CNR), the FPSO unit will continue working on the Banff field until the end of August 2020.The company said that the contract was agreed at substantially similar terms to the current deal, which includes an upside component linked to oil prices and oil/gas production.“We are pleased to announce this important FPSO contract extension for the Petrojarl Banff, which extends the production of the fields in the North Sea, and we are committed to work together with CNR to maximize production in the future,” Kenneth Hvid, Teekay’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said.last_img read more

Pirates Results At Brown County Talon Relays

first_img4x1600m relay: 6th, 20:06.84 – Reid McClintic, Kevin Johnson, Louis Moore, Jared Hasselbring; 110mHurdles: 5th Collin Springmeyer 17.94; 8th Vincent Pavy 18.96; 4x100m relay: 5th, 47.90 – Shawn Partlow, Vincent Pavy, Luke Lozier, Zach Pokrzywinski; Distance Medley Relay: 6th, 11:31.69 – McClintic (1200m), Daimon Austion (400m), Hunter Butz (800m), Johnson (1600m); 4x400m relay: 6th, 3:46.68 – Jadrian Woods, Moore, Butz, Austin; 3200m run: PR for Kyran Luken in 12:09.79; 4x200m relay: 5th, 1:40.88 – Pavy, Woods, Austin, Devin Imel; 4x100m Throwers relay: 5th, 57.40 -Cody Bauer, Landon Diekhoff, Dylan Cain, Jesse Hunter; Sprint Medley relay: 4th, 1:45.64 – Pavy (100m), Lozier (100m), Pokrzywinski (200m), Woods (400m)4x800m relay: 5th, 9:05.99 – McClintic, Johnson, Butz, HasselbringHigh Jump: 3rd, Pokrzywinski/Lozier; Long Jump: 6th, Pokrzywinski/Partlow; 8th, Lozier, Hunter; Discus: 6th, Tanner Yonts/Cain; Pole Vault: 5th, Eric Lowe/Charlie Pumphrey.Final Team Scores1. Columbus North 1112. Bedford North Lawrence 80.53. Silver Creek 774. Terre Haute North 765. Crown Point 746. Brown County 62.57. Terre Haute South 588. Greensburg 529. Heritage Christian 4410. Providence Cristo Rey 1111. Seymour 4The squad will be in action on Tuesday when they host Franklin Community and celebrate Senior Night.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers. The Lady Pirates traveled to Nashville for the Brown County Talon Relays Saturday morning and came away with a Runner Up finish only 3 points behind the Champion Columbus North Bulldogs. The Greensburg Girls placed in 16 of the 17 contested events they competed in with many top performances. The only event the ladies did not score in was the shuttle hurdle relay in which they did not have an entry.Ashlynn Meyer defended her 2016 individual 100 Hurdle title without a single competitor coming close to her stride. Other Champions included Lily Grimes (111′ PR) and Erin Browning (109’1.5) with a combined 220’1.5″ discus throw and Rylie Smith (14’6) and Jaylin Hampton (14’1) adding up to a 28’7″ long jump.Champions100 Hurdles – Ashlynn MeyerDiscus – Lily Grimes & Erin BrowningLong Jump – Rylie Smith & Jaylin HamptonRunner Up ChampionsShot Put – Lily Grimes & Erin Browning6400m Relay – Julia Ankney, Morgan Winkler, Charlotte Anderson, Reagan WhiteDistance Medley Relay – Cathy Newhart, Kayla Davis, Julia Ankney, Cami JonesThrowers 400 Relay – Allison Ralston, Kailee Kidd, Lily Grimes, Erin Browning3rd Place 3200m – Cathy Newhart800m Relay – Montana Whitaker, Koregan Kidd, Arie Hampton, Mary West4th Place100 Hurdles – Rylie SmithHigh Jump – Arie Hampton & Erika FixmerSprint Medley Relay – Mary West, Jaylin Hampton, Montana Whitaker, Rylie Smith3200m Relay – Cathy Newhart, Morgan Winkler, Julia Ankney, Cami Jones5th PlacePole Vault – Koregan Kidd & Mikayla Markland400m Relay – Rylie Smith, Mary West, Jaylin Hampton, Ashlynn Meyer6th Place 1600m Relay – Cami Jones, Jaylin Hampton, Kayla Davis, Julia AnkneyThe Lady Pirates will compete again next Tuesday at home against Franklin Community after Senior Night. We will be honoring our 5 seniors: Thrower Erin Browning, High Jumper Arie Hampton, Hurdler/Long Jumper Rylie Smith and Managers Emma Overmeyer and Emma Taylor.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Katina Tekulve.The Greensburg Boys Track and Field team traveled to Brown County to compete in the Talon Relays Saturday. Thankfully the rain missed the meet, but the wind and some cooler temperatures prevailed throughout the day.Overall the Pirates competed well but did not finish as high as we would have wanted coming in 8th with 52 points. Columbus North was the team champion with 111 points.Events and point scorers for the Pirates were:last_img read more

Campbell backs Arsenal to challenge

first_imgFormer defender Sol Campbell believes Arsenal can become genuine challengers once again next season if they buy a couple more players who can “frighten” the opposition. Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who had been in superb form before his thigh injury on Boxing Day, marked his return to fitness with a goal in the 3-0 win at Hull, when German playmaker Mesut Ozil was also fit again following six weeks out because of a hamstring tear. With England forward Theo Walcott set to miss the World Cup with the serious knee injury and Jack Wilshere also currently on the way back from a fractured foot, Arsenal have certainly seen their squad stretched. Campbell – a bedrock of the Invincibles championship side from 2003/2004 – believes with a few more high-calibre players for manager Arsene Wenger to pick from, there is no reason why his old team cannot last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race once again, having faded badly since the turn of the year after going out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich. “You have got to get to the stage where teams are frightened of you. You need options and they could do with a few more players who could frighten other teams with their playing ability,” said Campbell, speaking at an Independent Arsenal Supporters’ Association question-and-answer session to help promote his new book, Sol Campbell – The Authorised Biography. “It will turn, but you need that cutting edge in your side. The board might have to put their head on the block and go for it and do not be scared. “If you spend money on a player and it does not work, you have to go again. “Yes you can get players through scouting around the world, but ultimately these players are ready made and you have got to play top dollar to get them in. “Arsenal need some more players who are ready-made and world-class. With everyone fit, I think they need another three players.” Campbell added: “Injuries have not helped Arsenal this season. Who knows, if Aaron Ramsey was fit, Theo Walcott did not get injured and Jack Wilshere played more regularly, you never know. “They could be in a situation like Liverpool, who have not had many injuries.” Arsenal will tackle Hull at Wembley in the FA Cup final on May 17 looking to finally end a near decade trophy drought. Wenger insists his men – who before then are aiming to secure a top-four finish, with Newcastle coming to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night – will be fully focused. Campbell knows from first-hand experience the dangers of taking anything for granted in the world’s oldest knockout competition, having been part of the 2008 Portsmouth side which beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and went on to lift the trophy. “In the quarter-finals we played against Manchester United, they were confident, but in the FA Cup you never know. We were not expected to win anything that season at Portsmouth,” he said. “Hopefully Arsenal can heed that and realise that you have to earn it. “Do not think ‘here is the FA Cup’. Hull will have a different game, so hopefully Arsenal will understand that.” Campbell played more than 200 games for Arsenal over two spells at the north London club, having first joined in a controversial switch from Spurs in 2001, and won 73 caps for England at two World Cups before he finally retired from playing in May 2012 The 39-year-old maintains he is keen to one day return to football, but only at the right time. He added: “I know I have to do the (coaching) badges. I know I am not ready now, but I know I am going to have to do it. “I am very tactical and like breaking teams down in my head, like a chess board. I love characters as well. “Football is a beautiful game. I have had a fantastic time playing. “As a manager, if I really go for it and am really committed, I will really go for it. “I want to win everything I did not win as a player. I want to be ready. “Sometimes I think players go from having a long career, straight into management and they are burned out. “It is full on and maybe I am not ready for that yet. I know that, when I am ready, I have got everything in place. “If I have to go abroad to start things, I will do that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Roberto Martinez: Inspirational Leicester can achieve anything this season

first_img Press Association It is not unusual for a less-fancied side to be among the big hitters at the start of a season but, with Leicester showing no signs of slipping off the pace heading into Christmas, this is developing into a very different story. “Leicester deserve to be top of the league,” Martinez said. “I think Claudio Ranieri deserves all the credit for developing the belief in that team. “Of course they are (title contenders). I don’t see why they shouldn’t be. It’s not because they are top of the league, it’s because they’ve been so competitive in every game. “I’ve seen a real change. The first two or three fixtures, they were testing themselves and seeing how they could compete. Now it’s different. “The last few games, there’s an incredible belief. They go out knowing they’re going to win the football game, and I think when you develop that momentum, it can be very powerful. “Of course in a competition of 10 months you’re relying on (a lack of) suspensions, injuries, you have to be a bit fortunate, and Leicester is no different, but, where they are now, the way they are playing and the momentum that they achieved, they are capable of achieving anything this season.” It has been a remarkable transformation for a team who were bottom of the table last Christmas and looked to be heading for relegation until a dramatic upturn in form at the end of the season. Martinez will hope to hand Leicester just a second defeat of the season on Saturday but the Spaniard thinks the Foxes’ rise is a fillip for football. The Toffees are the latest team to try to derail the flying Foxes, with Claudio Ranieri’s team the visitors to Goodison Park on Saturday. Leicester top the table by two points after Monday’s victory over Chelsea and are a full 12 points clear of Martinez’s 10th-placed team. “They are refreshing for modern football because we all know that finances dictate a lot,” he said. “Normally, in any competition, at the end of the season, more or less the expected sides are always there. I think when you see teams like Leicester and the nature of this year’s competition, I think it’s inspirational and it’s something you want every footballer to believe, that you can achieve something that probably you’re not predicted to. “It’s the belief, the momentum, the way they play, it’s very refreshing, so I’m sure every neutral football fan up and down the country will have a soft feeling towards what Leicester are achieving. “I think this campaign is the most open we have had for many years and I think that’s good for football in general.” Everton could well still be without midfielder James McCarthy for the game as he continues to recover from a hip problem, but defender John Stones has shown no ill effects from the knocks to his ankle and knee that he picked up before and during the draw against Norwich last weekend. Martinez, who reiterated that he will not be selling any of his key players in January, said: ” It’s been really good news. In the last two days (Stones) has been able to do his normal work. He’s in perfect condition for the weekend.” Midfielder Steven Pienaar, meanwhile, is closing in on his first appearance of the season after recovering from a hamstring problem. Leicester are capable of achieving anything this season, including winning the Premier League title, according to Everton boss Roberto Martinez. last_img read more

Blue Hill woman to walk marathon

first_imgBOSTON — Blue Hill resident Marybeth Judy will walk in the upcoming Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday, Sept. 27.She will walk the 26.2-mile course among an expected turnout of 8,500 walkers.The Jimmy Fund Walk is the nation’s largest single-day fundraiser. This year’s goal is to raise more than $8.2 million for the Jimmy Fund for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.“The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai unites thousands of people young and old — from adults, children, parents, neighbors, colleagues, cancer patients, to cancer survivors — who share a unified goal to cure cancer,” said Zack Blackburn, assistant vice president of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. “Their dedication and commitment enables Dana-Farber to make progress on cancer care and research.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe event has raised more than $100 million in its 27-year history.Since 1989, the Boston Athletic Association has supported the walk, and since 2002, Hyundai has been the presenting sponsor.Walkers can choose from four routes along the historic course: Hopkinton 26.2-mile, rolling start: 5:30 to 7:30 a.m.; Wellesley 13.1-mile, rolling start: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Boston College five-mile, rolling start: 10 a.m. to noon; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute three-mile, official start: 1:45 p.m., which will include patients and their families.Those unable to participate on event day can become “Virtual Walkers” and fundraise for the event online. The walk finishes at Copley Square in Boston, where walkers can celebrate and enjoy complimentary food, beverages, a speaking program and live entertainment.All walkers must raise a minimum of $300, and walkers 12 years and younger have a fundraising minimum of $100.Pacesetters are fundraisers who raise $1,500 or more.To register for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, to support a walker or to volunteer, visit or call (866) 531-9255. Registrants can enter the discount code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee.last_img read more

MDI football comes up short in state championship game

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Bigler Mace (see all) Bio The Mount Desert Island football team lost the Class C state championship game, but for players, coaches, fans and the community as a whole, the entire season was a win.Wells defeated the Trojans 44-0 on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium, but MDI’s first appearance in the championship game was a victory in and of itself.“We told the kids [Friday] before we came down here that the scoreboard would not be the most important thing on this field today, that it would be the players, and we believe that,” MDI head coach Mark Shields said.Wells a force to be reckoned with from the opening kick, scoring seven touchdowns and a safety while keeping MDI’s offense at bay.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI, the top-seeded team from the North, had a promising start as the Trojans defense held Wells to zero points in the first quarter, but the second quarter started off poorly for them. Wells’ Evan Whitten ran the ball in for a touchdown to cap off a drive in which the Warriors moved the ball with ease, and the extra point was good.The Trojans’ first offensive drive of the second quarter ended quickly as the Wells offense forced the Trojans to turn over on downs. The Warriors scored again on their second possession of the quarter with a touchdown run by Nolan Potter and another made extra point. MDI was again forced to turn the ball over on downs, but the Trojans defense was able to do the same to Wells on the Warriors’ next offensive drive.With just 29 seconds left in the half, MDI’s goal was to hold onto the ball, run out the clock and focus on getting a good start in the second half. Although MDI had the ball as time was running down, the Trojans ended up digging themselves into an an even bigger hole when Wells’ Michael Wrigley intercepted an Andrew Phelps pass and ran unhindered to the end zone to make it 21-0 going into halftime.Things got worse for MDI (9-2) early in the second half when Whitten broke out of the formation for a 40-yard touchdown run. Two series later, as MDI’s Colby Lee prepared to punt from the 7-yard line, Wells’ special teams unit pushed him into the end zone for a safety to make the game 30-0.Early into the fourth quarter, Brody Dempsey broke out for a 32-yard touchdown run and Reidy again knocked in an extra point for a 37-0 lead. Wells (11-1) scored one final time when Nick Hansen ran the ball in for a 45-yard touchdown with seven minutes remaining for the game’s last score.“We are disappointed with the score, the way it turned out,” Shields said. “We thought we could play with this team a little better. The reality is they are a big, fast, strong team and they pushed us around a little today, and we had troubles with that.”Regardless of the score, the Trojans have no reason to hang their heads after what they’ve accomplished this season. they won the Class C North title and made it to the Class C state championship game for the first time in program history.“I think they did an outstanding job. We are very, very proud to be here representing Class C North,” Athletic Director Bunky Dow said. “A lot of people didn’t pick us to go this far, and it’s unfortunate that we may be remembered for this last game, but that shouldn’t take away from what the young men and the coaching staff did all year. They represented the community and the school with pride, and I am very, very proud.”Correction: A photo caption in an earlier version of this article said the Class B title game was played Nov. 18. The game was played Nov. 19. MDI man reaches 41 straight years of daily runs – July 31, 2017 Latest Postscenter_img Taylor Bigler MaceReporter at Mount Desert IslanderTaylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. Town Hill Takeout serves up inventive tacos – August 18, 2017 Sea urchin subject of aging research – July 30, 2017last_img read more

Football News Manchester City knock Liverpool off top spot in Premier League with win over Everton

first_img Manchester : Manchester City seized first place in the Premier League on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Everton that moved the champions above Liverpool on goal difference. Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead through Aymeric Laporte’s header on the stroke of half-time at Goodison Park. Gabriel Jesus struck in the closing seconds to seal a victory that moved City level on points with Liverpool and allowed them to return to the top of the table. Second-placed Liverpool have a game in hand on City, who were playing Everton in a game brought forward due to a fixture clash with the League Cup final against Chelsea later this month. It was a far from inspired performance from City, but it was enough to turn the pressure back on Jurgen Klopp’s faltering team, who had occupied top spot since December 8.   Liverpool’s successive draws against Leicester and West Ham have allowed City back into the title race just when it looked like the Reds were set to take control as they chase a first English crown since 1990. The opening goal came from a free-kick, needlessly conceded by Idrissa Gueye and taken by David Silva. The Spanish midfielder curled in a perfect delivery which found Laporte unmarked, and only eight yards from goal, for a perfect header.It was the 16th consecutive league and cup game in which Guardiola’s side had scored a first half goal, a run dating back to their first league defeat of the season at Chelsea in early December. And in the context of the title race, it may yet prove to be one of the more important, although it took until deep into stoppage-time of the second half for City to claim their second. Manchester City are on top in the Premier League due to goal difference.Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City.Manchester City defeated Everton 2-0. highlights Kevin De Bruyne played in Jesus, whose initial run was blocked by Jordan Pickford only for the ball to sit up kindly for the Brazilian to head into an open goal. That was a cruel finale for Marco Silva’s out-of-form team, who had battled admirably in the first half and not given up a single shot on target to that point.          In fact Brazilian Bernard came close to opening the scoring when he met a cross from opposite winger Theo Walcott and delivered a shot which Ederson was required to turn around his post.   Pressure on Liverpool  City had looked certain to take the lead after 19 minutes when Ilkay Gundogan slid in to meet David Silva’s excellent cross, but succeeded only in scooping his shot against the Everton bar.              Laporte had also missed a free header at the far post in a spell of early City pressure but, by the time he redeemed himself at the end of the half, Everton appeared to have weathered the worst of it. Indeed, by the half-hour mark, Guardiola cut an increasingly frustrated figure on the touchline, arms waving at every over-hit pass and misplaced and overhit through ball.       But the first goal, and its timing, eased the pressure on City and turned it, in no uncertain terms, on Everton’s cross-town rivals Liverpool. After the restart, City sought the goal that would kill off Everton’s threat. Yet, as had been the case in the first half, all too often promising play broke down in the final third. Pickford failed to deal with a deflected Gundogan cross, with Sergio Aguero shooting wide with an overhead attempt, before Guardiola brought on substitute Raheem Sterling in an effort to introduce a more clinical edge.  It almost worked, as the England forward saw a shot deflected onto the roof of the net following a spell of uncertain defending from Everton and a couple of failed clearances. There was a late scare for City when a mistake by Kyle Walker gifted the ball to Richarlison who should have played in Cenk Tosun only to see his pass easily cut out by Ederson. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more