Russian plane heads to US with supplies for virus fight

first_imgContacted by AFP, the defense ministry refused to provide any further information on the delivery, which came after Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with US counterpart Donald Trump on Monday. Russia has previously sent medical supplies and experts to coronavirus-hit Italy as part of a humanitarian effort that analysts said carried geopolitical overtones.Moscow said the aid for Italy included some 100 virus specialists with experience dealing with Ebola and swine fever, but Italian media have reported that much of the aid was not useful in the fight against the virus.Last month, Russia said it had sent nearly 1,000 coronavirus testing kits to ex-Soviet states and countries including Iran and North Korea. Topics : A Russian military plane carrying medical equipment has departed for the United States, the defense ministry in Moscow said Wednesday, as the Kremlin flexes its soft power amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Antonov-124, “with medical masks and medical equipment on board”, left for the US overnight, a statement said, without providing further details.Video released by the ministry showed the cargo plane loaded with boxes preparing to take off from a military airbase near Moscow early Wednesday morning.center_img The US now has 188,663 confirmed coronavirus cases, by far the highest of any country, according to a Johns Hopkins tally, and more than 4,000 deaths.Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Putin expected the US to return the gesture if Russia faces a similar crisis and US producers have increased their capacity to produce medical supplies.”Today, when the situation touches absolutely everyone and is of a global nature, there is no alternative to acting together in the spirit of partnership and mutual assistance,” he said.Trump said earlier this week that “Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment, which was very nice.”Health officials in Russia have registered a sharp increase in the number of infections, with 2,337 cases and 17 deaths confirmed, according to the latest figures Wednesday.last_img read more

Unit market comeback: ‘There are some bargains to be had’

first_imgBrisbane unit values outperformed house values in the latest CoreLogic Home Value Index.BRISBANE’S beaten down unit market is making a comeback, with new figures showing the value of apartments outperforming houses.Despite the surge in supply, the latest home value index released by property researcher CoreLogic reveals unit values in the Queensland capital rose 0.6 per cent in April, while the value of houses fell 0.2 per cent.CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said it was yet to be seen whether this was an emerging trend, but Brisbane’s unit market seemed to be moving through the bottom of its cycle and showing signs of subtle growth. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless, pictured in Sydney.“The construction cycle peaked back in 2016 so we’re progressively seeing unit supply being absorbed and values are still about 11.6 per cent lower than they were 10 years ago, so there are some bargains to be had in the unit market,” Mr Lawless said.Rental yields are also holding strong in Brisbane’s unit market, sitting at 5.4 per cent.“That’s quite a good yield,” Mr Lawless said.“I would show some caution for the off-the-plan market though, and some inner suburbs showing supply concerns.” AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver.Regional areas such as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast continue to outperform Brisbane, with home values rising 1.9 per cent on the Gold Coast and 5.1 per cent on the Sunshine Coast over the past 12 months.“We’re seeing the benefits on both coasts of this real rebound in interstate migration as a lot more capital flows north of the NSW border,” Mr Lawless said.“People are buying holiday homes and putting retirement plans in action. “Anecdotally, more people are moving to what you might describe as ‘lifestyle markets’ and either commuting, or in some cases, working from home.” High rise apartments in Brisbane’s West End. Picture: Mark Calleja.AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said the rise in unit values could reflect the increase in first home buyers or the perception that a new unit closer to transport might offer better value than a stand-alone house.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“I would still be cautious in areas with lots of cranes though!” he said. VIEWS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE AUSTRALIA’S BEST BROTHELS FOR SALE RENTAL CRISIS WORSE THAN EVER Home values on the Gold Coast are rising. Picture: David Clark.Nationally, capital city dwelling prices fell 0.3 per cent in April — the sixth consecutive drop.Weakness continues to be led by Sydney and Melbourne, with most other cities seeing gains.Mr Oliver said last year’s APRA driven tightening in lending standards for interest only borrowers was clearly continuing to have an impact.“The latest round of tightening bank lending standards around borrower’s income and expenses will add to this,” he said.“We expect prices in Sydney and Melbourne to fall another 5 per cent this year, another 5 per cent next year and to still be falling in 2020.”Mr Oliver said he expected moderate growth in Brisbane dwelling values.It comes as the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to leave the official cash rate on hold at a record low 1.5 per cent at its monthly board meeting on Tuesday.AMP Capital expects interest rates to stay on hold until 2020.last_img read more

The man who discovered Ronaldo recalls what he said about Juve star

first_img Promoted Content12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonThe Runner Who Makes Elaborate Artwork With His Feet And A Map Loading… Cristiano Ronaldo can boast many achievements throughout what has been exceptional career, however things could have been very different had he not crossed paths with Laszlo Boloni, the current Royal Antwerp coach, who guided Sporting CP to the league title during the 2001/02 season.Advertisementcenter_img The next year, a young Ronaldo, wearing the No.28, was handed his first-team debut by Boloni.Ronaldo, at the age of 17, made his bow when he replaced Tonito in the 58th minute during a 0-0 draw with Inter in the Champions League qualifiers, and didn’t crumble under the pressure despite a place in the next phase being at stake.Boloni wasn’t put off by the fact that this young player had only played two games with the B team squad.“I went to see the youth team and asked that he come along with the first team because he was in good physical condition, was really quick and had great technical ability,” he explained to MARCA.“None of this was a surprise.“When I saw him in action, I decided that he wasn’t going to go back to playing with the youth team.”“He played and behaved like someone way beyond his years.“In the dressing room he was a bit of a joker, but on the pitch he was exceptional.“To have the level of maturity that he did isn’t common for someone of 16 to 17 years of age.“I didn’t know that he was going to be one of the best ever, but I did know that, if he avoided injuries, he would be a very good player.”“At that time I was asked about him in an interview and I said that he would surpass [Luis] Figo and even Eusebio.“Comparing a young player to those two, who are considered Gods in Portugal, caused me some problems.“Ronaldo, though, has proven that I was right all along.”Boloni didn’t just give Ronaldo his debut; he changed his style of play.“In the youth team he played as a No.9, but I decided to play him as a right winger because he was young and only weighed 60kg, so it was going to be difficult for him to hold up the ball when up against 100kg centre-backs,” the coach said.“On the flank, with the speed and dribbling ability he had, he would be far more effective.”This transformation, however, wasn’t easy.“I’m happy that I made the decision that I did, but at the start it wasn’t easy,” said Boloni.“For him, the thing he wanted to do most was dribble.“My job was to tell him that dribbling past one or two players is important, but five is too many.“I tried to explain to him until what point dribbles like that were useful.“As he was intelligent, he started to go down the right path.”When asked about his position on the Lionel Messi vs Ronaldo debate, Botoni is open about the fact that he is quite biased.“Who is better? I can’t be impartial, Ronaldo will always be my boy,” he said.“He started out with me at Sporting CP.”“In any case, we have all been lucky enough to have enjoyed watching these two legends battle it out for 10 to 15 years.”Before the suspension of all football due to coronavirus, Ronaldo made his 1,000th career appearance, fittingly against Inter.The Old Lady won the Derby d’Italia 2-0, but Ronaldo didn’t get on the scoresheet, putting an end to his best run of form since leaving Real Madrid.At the age of 35, he had scored in 11 consecutive Serie A matches.“No one can say how long he will continue for,” Boloni said.Read Also:Brazil legend Ronaldinho recounts life experience in prison“He’s really strong, he always wants more.“He’s really hard-working, physically blessed and technically complete.”“If he avoids injury, I think he can continue for many years to come.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Osborne lands Lincoln County win

first_imgBy Kelly NinasNORTH PLATTE, Neb. (Aug. 5) – Colton Osborn took the lead on the 12th circuit and then drove his way through lapped traffic to win the IMCA Modified feature Saturday at Lincoln County Raceway.Osborn had started seventh and worked the low groove to put himself in position to make the pass for the lead. Osborn slipped past early leader David Murray Jr., who led the initial 11 laps before falling back to second.Casey Werkmeister was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner and Luke Wassom led the distance in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main.Jamey Kennicutt led from lap three to the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers while Erik Nelson returned to North Platte to pace the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img

Deulofeu hopes magic rubs off at Everton

first_imgEverton loan signing Gerard Deulofeu hopes his training sessions with the likes of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will help him become a hit at Goodison Park. “You train alongside players like Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, who are clearly some of the best players in the world. You obviously learn from them and it is a very nice experience. “I’m an attacking player and I can play wide. I’m quite quick, quite decent at one-on-one situations and I’m looking forward very much to helping the team. “I am very keen to get started and am delighted to be at such a big and historic club. I follow the Premier League quite a lot. It is one of the best, if not the best league, in the world.” Martinez’s capture of Deulofeu is considered something of an achievement as there were a number of other clubs interested in the youngster. During his time at Wigan the Spaniard gained a reputation for nurturing young talent – like Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley and his own player Callum McManaman last season – and Barcelona’s hope is that he will do the same with their prodigy. “I know him. He did a great job at Wigan and we have spoken on the phone and I look forward to meeting him soon,” Deulofeu told evertontv. “I’m really looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting started. Obviously I have got a few days’ holiday coming my way because I have just finished in the (Under-20 World Cup) tournament but I can’t wait to get started.” The highly-rated 19-year-old scored 18 goals for Barcelona B last season and made a number of substitute appearances for the first team. New Toffees boss Roberto Martinez described the player as a “diamond” of Spanish football and there is no wonder considering the calibre of player he works alongside every week. “Obviously training at Barcelona is a fantastic experience,” said the teenager, who will spend a full season at Goodison Park. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Church’s, NCN, Smoke Shack on board iBet Supreme’s FIFA20 ‘League of Champions’

first_img… Over $100 000, 2 dwt of gold and other prizes up for grabsTHE highly-anticipated FIFA20 eSports tournament ‘League of Champions’, which is being hosted by iBet Supreme, has received a tremendous boost through additional sponsors who have joined the team. This means that more prizes will be there for the taking as 32 contestants will go head-to-head through online clashes on eight playing days across two weeks.Local grill, The Smoke Shack, will be providing a trophy for the winner while A&A Game Spot has put up two pennyweight (dwt) of gold as an additional incentive for the outright winner. Camex Restaurants, through their Church’s Chicken franchise, will also be supplying meals for the top three finishers in the tournament.Meanwhile, television and radio broadcasting giant, the National Communication Network, will be playing their supporting role with a live broadcast of the semi-finals and final of the tournament.In addition to a trophy, a special meal package from Church’s and two dwt of gold, the winner will pocket $50 000 and a case of Monster Energy drinks while the runner-up will receive $25 000 and the same prizes as the winner (excluding a trophy and the gold). Third place will also walk away with $15 000 and the corresponding prizes.The initiative was launched as a means of helping to enforce the fight against the global pandemic, COVID-19. Through this tournament iBet Supreme is looking to provide entertainment while reinforcing the necessary measures needed as part of its corporate responsibility.The ‘League of Champions’ will be played online so that participants won’t have to leave their homes, thus adhering to the laws governing the current COVID-19 situation.The criteria for interested persons are as follows: provision of name, address, date of birth (must be 18 or older), PSN ID, Internet Connection Type, team to be played with (no international teams, strictly club team to be used throughout the entirety of the tournament).Registration is already open and for additional tournament information gamers are being encouraged to call 608-7036.  The first match day is set for Saturday, April 18, 2020.Supreme Ventures, a well-respected and well-regulated company, operates its Guyanese brand, iBet Supreme, through Supreme Ventures Guyana Holdings Inc. (SVGH) and Supreme Ventures Enterprise Inc. (SVE).last_img read more

EPL analysis: 7 things we learned from Saturday’s games

first_imgChelsea’s top-four challenge is already over, while four-goal Tottenham still concern in attack. Oh, and we propose a new system to end the injury-time debate for good.…1) Chelsea can forget top fourSince Guus Hiddink uttered the unwise words that fourth position was possible, Chelsea have collected two points from as many games – effectively ending the shortest ever European challenge. Their next three Premier League games are Arsenal (a), Watford (a) and Manchester United (h). It’s got to the stage where they could feasibly lose all three and, if they do, expect the words ‘relegation battle’ to be lumped into the first sentence of all future match reports. If John Terry’s controversial leveller hadn’t crept in during Chelsea’s tussle with Everton, it may have already commenced. Which brings us onto…2) It’s time to overhaul injury time To blow or not to blow, that is the question? It’s a dilemma that afflicts referees across the globe. Mike Jones found himself at the centre of that exact storm at Stamford Bridge, deciding to play over the allotted seven minutes of injury time – allowing Terry to score his offside winner. And he was probably right, given Ramiro Funes Mori’s one-man celebration dragged on for many, many seconds. But Roberto Martinez still fumed. The solution? Take time-keeping duties away from the referee. Instead, hand them to a fifth official, who surveys the match from the stands and can tot up exactly how much time should be added on, rather than simply rounding to the nearest minute. Then, when that time has passed, the match concludes when the ball next goes out of play. Simple. 3) Title could come down to Sergio Aguero v Olivier Giroud Leicester may be dreaming of the impossible, but the reality is the Premier League title race will probably boil down to Manchester City v Arsenal. Or, perhaps more accurately, Sergio Aguero v Olivier Giroud. One is plagued by fitness woes, the other burdened with widespread condemnation. Sure, City are favourites with Aguero, but any injury would promote Giroud to the deadliest striker in the title race. Sporadic brilliance or consistent normality… which would you prefer?4) Tottenham still struggling to break teams down But Tottenham beat Sunderland 4-1, right? True, but look a little deeper and Spurs’ problem of old remains: their inability to break down teams. But for the introduction of debutant Jan Kirchhoff – inadvertently instrumental in the third and fourth goals – it may not have been so easy for Spurs. There is so much to admire about their high-pressing game, but it’s still unclear whether they can repeatedly unlock the tightest of defences. The 1-0 home defeat to Leicester in midweek proved as much.5) Leicester may already have the depth to go the distance Thought Leicester didn’t possess a squad capable of challenging for a top-four spot, or maybe even the title? The rise of Shinji Okazaki disputes that. Magnificent in the two games against Tottenham over the past week, the Japanese forward was an energetic presence as Leicester drew 1-1 with Aston Villa. He may not snatch the headlines as frequently as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, but his contributions are imperative if Leicester are to complete the impossible. It’s these lesser-heralded stars, Danny Drinkwater and Christian Fuchs, that are keeping their charge ticking over. Perhaps Claudio Ranieri was right. Maybe they don’t need reinforcements in January. 6) Jonjo Shelvey has his mojo back Just as his hopes of making the plane for Euro 2016 were diminishing, Jonjo Shelvey burst back with a fine performance in Newcastle’s 2-1 win over West Ham. He was instrumental in both his side’s goals and barely missed a pass. Not bad for a player who was struggling to get in the Swansea team. It’s now feasible he could help send his old club down. His next task: get back into Roy Hodgson’s plans…7) Arsene Wenger may rue letting Benik Afobe leaveFebruary 7: Bournemouth v Arsenal. A first reunion for Benik Afobe and Arsenal since Arsene Wenger deemed him surplus to requirements. It may have been a mistake. Afobe, after scoring a hatful for Wolves, marked his Cherries debut with a goal and seems set for a permanent starting role at the Vitality Stadium. Never given a chance by Wenger, he could yet have a say in whether the title finally arrives at the Emirates. –last_img read more

Nowitzki ”super excited” about Germany generation for China 2019

first_img Nowitzki, who is expected to retire after the current NBA campaign – having spent all 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks – went on to say he’s enjoyed how Rodl has taken charge of the team during the Qualifiers.”It’s been fun observing the positive development,” said Nowitzki, who played at two World Cups (2002 and 2006).”IF EVERYBODY IS HEALTHY, THEN THE GERMAN FEDERATION HAS ASSEMBLED A GREAT YOUNG GROUP. WITH DANIEL THEIS, WITH MAXI (KLEBER), WITH DENNIS (SCHRODER) – THAT IS A SUPER EXCITING GENERATION.”- NowitzkiThe 2.13m (7ft) big man has high hopes the team will perform well in China.”The guys have to fight through it and see how the tournament goes. I definitely believe the team has enough weapons,” said Nowitzki, who last played for the national team at the FIBA EuroBasket 2015.The main weapon, according to Nowitzki, will be the Oklahoma City Thunder star Schroder.”Especially if Dennis plays a super tournament, then everything is possible,” he said. “If everybody is healthy, then the DBB (German Basketball Federation) has assembled a great young group. With Daniel Theis, with Maxi (Kleber), with Dennis (Schroder) – that is a super exciting generation,” the 40-year-old said. Nowitzki, who helped Germany to a third-place finish at the World Cup in 2002, says Germany could definitely use a healthy Paul Zipser as well. The former Chicago Bulls forward made his comeback for the national side in last month’s final window of the Qualifiers, scoring 15 points to go with 4 rebounds in 15 minutes against Israel. However, a foot injury forced him to sit out the final game at home against Greece.”Hopefully Paul Zipser is fit again soon too,” Nowitzki said.center_img German veteran star Dirk Nowitzki is “super excited” about the country’s current generation that is headed to China for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and believes the team has a chance to reach the Quarter-Finals.Nowitzki told the German language BIG magazine he followed Germany’s campaign during the European Qualifiers and expects big things from the side coached by Henrik Rodl. Nowitzki hopes Germany can perform well enough to qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Games and experience the Olympics, something he did in 2008, when he was Germany’s flag-bearer in Beijing. “It would be a really great thing and an important step also for the federation to qualify for the Olympics,” Nowitzki noted. “Hopefully the guys play a great World Cup and fulfil this dream.”The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify directly 7 teams to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the 16 next best classified teams at the World Cup will get the chance of qualifying through one of the 4 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020.last_img read more

Ivica Zubac works his way back into Lakers’ rotation

first_img“He held Dwight to 30 that night!” a good-natured Walton teased on Monday. “We won. I think it might have been our first road win of the season last year but he was good. He was good.”Zubac’s return to Philips Arena on Monday, however, came as the second-year center has worked his way back into the rotation. After the Lakers’ 123-104 victory over Atlanta, Zubac has now logged double-digit minutes in four straight games after appearing in just 13 of the Lakers’ first 52 games.“This is what I’ve been doing for my whole life,” Zubac said. “When you’re not playing you’re not feeling good because this is what I’m doing my whole life. Now, when I’m finally in the rotation, everything else feels much better.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think everybody should get paid no matter what,” Zubac said. “If they are making money (for) that team in Europe or a college in the USA, they should get paid. For sure. That’s their right. I don’t know, I just think it’s not fair to the players to not get paid.”He also believes that “basketball-wise, it’s better to play overseas because you’re playing against guys who are physically more (developed). They can get you prepared for the NBA more than guys your own age.”Fifteen months ago, Zubac wondered just how ready he was for the NBA, as he sat in front of his locker at in Philips Arena, trembling as he studied the scouting report on Dwight Howard.Before scoring 10 points in 16 minutes on Monday in his first game back in Atlanta, Zubac recounted the conversation when Luke Walton told him he would make his first career start against the Hawks. He remembered the nerves he felt the whole day and the sleep he did not get the night before.“As soon as I stepped on the floor,” Zubac said, “everything was gone.” Walton acknowledged Zubac endured “some frustrating times” this season but that those are “part of the learning process.”Zubac started 11 games as a rookie and was penciled in as the starter before the Lakers traded for Brook Lopez, signed Andrew Bogut and ended up playing Julius Randle at center.“I think part of the success he had at the end of his rookie year, he probably thought it was going to be a much bigger role this year for him.”Whatever hard feelings there might have been, Zubac seems to be over them.“Life is much better,” he said.A PAYER’S PROGRAM?Arizona basketball is such a close community that when Walton, who played at the Pac-12 powerhouse from 1999-2003, assembled his Lakers staff he hired no fewer than four assistant coaches with Arizona ties.Walton, Jesse Mermuys, Jud Buechler, Miles Simon. All were shaken this weekend when their alma mater suspended head coach Sean Miller amid a federal investigation that, according to ESPN, caught Miller on a wiretap discussing a $100,000 payment to secure a commitment from star freshman DeAndre Ayton.But unlike other members of the Bear Down brethren, Walton declined to weigh in on Miller’s job security.“It’s unfortunate,” Walton said. “Obviously I’ve got a lot of love for my program. … I feel like Sean’s done a lot of good things, too. It’s a little early to be judging so harshly. It’s a tough job and obviously if what is said is true, that’s a mistake that he made.”Milwaukee Bucks guard Jason Terry, who play at U of A, tweeted that the program needed to “clean house.” Walton, who played under Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, said he was not the person to decide whether Miller should lose his job.Despite his ties being to an earlier generation at the school, Walton remains close to the Arizona program.“Sean’s done a great job of reaching out to former players,” Walton said. “I don’t get back anymore because the only time we can go is in the summer. And Tucson in the summer is a little hot for me, but it’s been a great relationship with them even since Coach Olson’s left.” ATLANTA — Ivica Zubac has been paid to play basketball since he was 16 years old, three years before the Lakers brought him to the NBA.He has followed with interest as top-flight college programs navigate a scandal in which players, including Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, reportedly received money from an agent while in college.Zubac heard from his American teammates on Croatian and Serbian pro teams about “good time they had in college” and on Monday he acknowledged a desire to have experienced it.But there were more practical matters influencing his decision to stay in Europe.last_img read more

Help wanted: City of Wellington looking for a Sanitation Collector

first_imgThe City of Wellington is currently taking applications for the position of Sanitation Collector involving refuse collection and requiring manual labor in all weather conditions.  High School graduate or GED.  Salary range is $9.53 to $13.82 DOQ.  Please apply on-line at or to the City Clerk, 317 S. Washington, Wellington, KS 67152 by 5 p.m., April 30, EOE, Drug-free workplace.last_img