Switzerland cancels events as Europe steps up virus containment

first_imgAs the number of cases rises, European leaders are struggling to project an image of business as usual. French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte drank coffee together in a bar in Naples on Thursday, calling for European cooperation and rejecting calls for suspending the Schengen Treaty that allows for border-free travel within the European Union.Italy remains the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe. Cases in the country soared to 650 on Thursday from 400 a day earlier. The first measures to support the most affected areas may be approved by the Italian government as early as Friday, Economic Development Minister Stefano Patuanelli said. The country is considering subsidies to help pay utility bills as well as mortgage-payment suspensions.German infections rose to nearly 60, while the first two cases in the Netherlands were confirmed. The Dutch patients, who are being kept in isolation, recently visited Italy’s Lombardy region. Globally, there are over 83,000 cases, including more than 700 in Europe.A crisis task force in Germany will meet on Friday afternoon in Berlin to discuss next steps, including the possibility of canceling the ITB tourism trade fair. The organizers said on Twitter that they are coordinating with state and federal officials on how to proceed. Switzerland canceled large events and Germany quarantined about 1,000 people as Europe stepped up measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.Public and private gatherings with more than 1,000 people won’t be allowed until March 15, the Swiss government said on Friday. The move hit the Geneva Motor Show, which was set to open to the public on March 5. The cancellation of one of Europe’s biggest auto exhibitions comes after the wireless industry earlier this month scrapped the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and China postponed large-scale events scheduled through late March.In addition to threatening big events, the public health scare prompted authorities in the German municipality of Heinsberg, near the Dutch border, to ask people who came into contact with a married couple with the disease to stay at home, spokesman Ulrich Hollwitz said by phone on Friday. The pair had attended a Carnival event in mid-February with about 400 people, and the isolation affects them and their family and friends. EasyJet Plc said it’s planning to cancel flights as demand slows for travel, particularly to Italy. Sales of airline tickets are decelerating globally, according to Amadeus IT Group SA, the largest operator of software used by the travel industry to book and sell flights.While tourists have been particularly vulnerable to quarantines, there has been a sign of easing. Nine guests at a virus-hit hotel on the Spanish island of Tenerife have been allowed to leave, La Provincia newspaper reported. The government said Thursday that as many as 130 guests of about 700 at the hotel were awaiting authorization to depart because they had no contact with an Italian doctor and his wife who were found to have the virus.In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel consulted with her ministers on Friday morning, with all state organizations focused on halting or slowing the spread.Europe’s largest economy is looking at a range of measures to protect its key export sector and address the damage from a slowdown stemming from virus’s impact on business. The benchmark DAX Index lost 3.7% at 12:02 p.m. on Friday.The government’s plans would seek to improve conditions for doing business, including reducing the tax burden on companies and boosting tax relief for digital investment, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Thursday in Berlin, adding that Germany is in “a period of growing uncertainty” and couldn’t rule out cuts to growth forecasts.The fallout looks to be spreading, compounding a broader industrial slump. BASF SE warned of a possible second annual profit drop due to the impact of the coronavirus and an ongoing automotive slump.Germany is monitoring transport links by air, sea and land and will ask international travelers to fill in landing cards stating where else they’ve traveled, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Thursday.“The situation has clearly deteriorated,” he said. “The term ‘beginning of an epidemic’ means that the number of cases will increase.”Topics :last_img read more

Strong human resources can improve Indonesia’s economic growth: Jokowi

first_img“I hope students can get one year internships rather than only one or two weeks,” said Jokowi.The President said students should be given access to learn wherever they wanted so they could develop the necessary skills once they entered the job market.He went on to say that Indonesia should increase its human resource capacity so people could be more productive and competitive.“Vocational education has an important role in developing our human resources.”Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hopes human resources development can serve as an opportunity for Indonesia to catch up with economic growth in other countries. The President conveyed his wish during the virtual inauguration of Diponegoro University’s vocational school building in Semarang, Central Java, on Wednesday. The building’s construction started in March last year as part of a collaboration between Sinar Mas Group and PT Astra International.During the ceremony, the President expressed his appreciation for the university’s intention to develop skills and reiterated his Cabinet’s priority to develop human resources.“Good infrastructure, strong human resources and [this building] will serve as our capital to escape the middle-income trap,” Jokowi said.He added that he believed strong human resources could help develop Indonesia. Moreover, Jokowi said the facility could be a gateway to internship opportunities and provide a space to learn about various sectors.last_img read more

Kia Joorabchian rubbishes Arsenal transfer links to Joelson Fernandes

first_imgFernandes has a £40m buy-out clause (Picture: Getty)Joelson Fernandes’s agent has denied the Sporting Lisbon star is in talks with Arsenal over a move to the Premier League.Kia Joorabchian has been described as the driving force behind Arsenal’s efforts to sign the 17-year-old, who is a rising star in Portugal and has also been linked with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.Arsenal have close ties with Joorabchian, who has already secured deals at Arsenal for his clients David Luiz and Cedric Soares.Former Chelsea winger Willian is also expected to join Arsenal in the coming days, but Joorabchian denied he was trying to get Fernandes to sign for the Gunners as well.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told TalkSport about the rumours: ‘Today I read something about Joelson Fernandes, that Arsenal made an offer. ‘He’s young, phenomenal talent, but we’ve never spoken about him to Arsenal. ‘I’ve probably seen like 25 articles about him and Arsenal and it’s so untrue. I’ve never mentioned him to Arsenal.’ Willian is set to join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Fernandes has a £40million release clause, but Arsenal are reportedly hopeful of lowering the asking price by offering one of their players in part exchange.While Arsenal may not be pushing to sign Fernandes, the Gunners have agreed personal terms with Brazilian attacker Willian to join the club on a free transfer.Fans are waiting impatiently for Arsenal to officially announce the deal, but Joorabchian refused to confirm his player was on the way to the Emirates.‘He had a fantastic seven years at Chelsea,’ Joorabchian said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He had a fantastic relationship with Frank [Lampard] and respected him a lot.‘For now, I can’t say, but we know where he’s going and it will be announced soon.’MORE: Mesut Ozil speaks out on Arsenal future and omission from the side under Mikel ArtetaMORE: Real Madrid reject Arsenal’s new offer to sign Dani Ceballos Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Kia Joorabchian rubbishes Arsenal transfer links to Joelson Fernandes Advertisement Advertisement Coral BarryThursday 13 Aug 2020 1:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShareslast_img read more

Fears for schools if fees ruled out

first_imgStuff co.nz 5 May 2014A ruling ordering a school to stop illegally charging parents for extras has prompted education leaders to warn the education system will fail if schools are reprimanded for collecting donations and fees.A secondary school has been ordered to stop illegally charging parents for school books, photocopying and food ingredients after the Ombudsman released a report yesterday saying the school had breached the right to a free education.Ombudsman Ron Paterson’s report instructed the school, which he would not name, to address all its voluntary donations and review all fees charged.The decile 8 state school received between $260,000 and $310,000 a year from non- Government funding to supplement its income and the school principal said it was difficult to break even.Wellington College principal Roger Moses said it would be a struggle to find any school that was “frivolous” with its money and any funding received was only used to “further enhance the education of its students”.He said the quality of education would be the first thing to drop if donations, fundraising and fees were removed from a school’s income. “If you got rid of all of that you would quickly find there was a huge shortfall, which either the Government would have to step in and fill – or more likely, the quality of education would drop.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/10000646/Fears-for-schools-if-fees-ruled-outlast_img read more

Lawrenceburg Junior raising money for ALS

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — A Lawrenceburg Junior is holding a car show to raise money for ALS.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Logan-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That’s Logan Lawrence who currently holds a 4.28 GPA.The show will be held on May 7.Early registration is open through April 15.Logan is hoping to get as many cars and motorcycles as possible in the show.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Logan-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Logan hopes to raise $10,000 to donate.Logan Lawrence can be reached for sponsorship and additional car show information at (513) 532.7261, email at logan352law@gmail.com, or through the “Cruisin To A Cure” for ALS Facebook page.For more information about ALS and support and resources for individuals and families, visit www.alsa.org.Click here to download a registration form.last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through April 18

first_imgIMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., 251; 2. Joe Peterson, Chandler, Ariz., 217; 3. Nathan DeRagon, Peoria, Ariz., 215; 4. Gerald Spalding Jr., Andrews, Texas, 155; 5. Cory Stone, Lovington, N.M., 154; 6. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 153; 7. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 152; 8. Scott Tenney, Yuma, Ariz., 146; 9. Cody Stone, Hobbs, N.M., 145; 10. Bradley Stafford, Glendale, Ariz., 143; 11. Shawn Stone, Lovington, N.M., 140; 12. Ashton Hayes, Hobbs, N.M., 138; 13. Dylan Nelson, Adel, Iowa, and Kyle Cardinal, Paradise Valley, Ariz., both 137; 15. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, and Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, both 135; 17. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 134; 18. David Males, Roswell, N.M., and Ricky Yeley, Hobbs, N.M., both 133; 20. Matthew Machen, Roswell, N.M., 130. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Rod Craddock, Alvin, Texas, 191; 2. Tyler Harris, Vidor, Texas, 150; 3. Jacob Harris, Vidor, Texas, 149; 4. Kent Lewis Sr., Willis, Texas, 147; 5. Mike Oliver, San Antonio, Texas, 144; 6. Caleb Padgett, Madisonville, Texas, 131; 7. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 120; 8. Travis “Blake” Cunningham, Silsbee, Texas, 118; 9. Grant Champlin, Hanford, Calif., 115; 10. Chris Hinson, Nederland, Texas, 114; 11. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Theresa Waller, Montgomery, Texas, both 113; 13. Kyle Rasmussen, Clovis, Calif., 112; 14. Nick Sweigart, Myerstown, Pennsylvania, 107; 15. Daniel King, Conroe, Texas, 104; 16. Ty Williams, Arcadia, Okla., 101; 17. Kyle Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pennsylvania, 99; 18. Brooklyn Holland, Fresno, Calif., 98; 19. Brendan Warmerdam, Lemoore, Calif., and Michael Pombo, Easton, Calif., both 96. IMCA Modifieds – 1. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 549; 2. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 524; 3. Zachary Madrid, Tucson, Ariz., 519; 4. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 463; 5. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 459; 6. Jeff “Bubba” Stafford Jr., Wittmann, Ariz., 441; 7. Don Gumke, Jamestown, N.D., 439; 8. Chris Elliott, Abilene, Texas, 423; 9. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 421; 10. Ryan Roath, Peoria, Ariz., 399; 11. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, 395; 12. David Goode Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 394; 13. Jeffrey Hoegh, New Caney, Texas, 390; 14. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 383; 15. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 358; 16. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 349; 17. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 345; 18. Don Banker, Austin, Texas, 333; 19. Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., 324; 20. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 302. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 643; 2. David Jones, Chandler, Ariz., 510; 3. Cole Carver, Apache Junction, Ariz., 509; 4. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 444; 5. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., 418; 6. Michael Egurola Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 403; 7. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 390; 8. Heath Dry, Phoenix, Ariz., 387; 9. Mark Madrid, Laveen, Ariz., 379; 10. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 351; 11. Ty Weidner, Chandler, Ariz., 344; 12. Tate Johnson, Homestead, Montana, 341; 13. Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz., 330; 14. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz., 303; 15. Bryan Miller, Glendale, Ariz., 298; 16. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif., 288; 17. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 282; 18. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D., 257; 19. Brandyn Johnson, Mesa, Ariz., 252; 20. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 242. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 655; 2. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 560; 3. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., and Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., both 523; 5. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 471; 6. Lonnie Foss, Glendale, Ariz., 470; 7. William “Joey” McCullough, Phoenix, Ariz., 428; 8. A. J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas, 423; 9. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, 400; 10. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla., 395; 11. Gary Williams, Bonham, Texas, 373; 12. Tyler Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 352; 13. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 329; 14. Douglas Kennemer, Rhome, Texas, 319; 15. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 301; 16. Blake Clark, Joshua, Texas, 300; 17. Michael Sheen, Lamesa, Texas, 298; 18. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas, 293; 19. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 274; 20. Ryan Powers, Joshua, Texas, 271. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 604; 2. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 599; 3. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 559; 4. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 452; 5. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 416; 6. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 366; 7. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 331; 8. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 299; 9. Austin Moore, Axtell, Texas, 269; 10. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 258; 11. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 252; 12. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 246; 13. Cory Williams, Tahoka, Texas, 239; 14. Jared Baird, Norman, Okla., 232; 15. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park, Texas, 224; 16. Hayden Wade, Elm Mott, Texas, 222; 17. Jeff Shepperd, Waco, Texas, 219; 18. John “Jay” Coone, Weatherford, Texas, 204; 19. Kyle Robinson, Pilot Point, Texas, 191; 20. Michael Martin, Kaufman, Texas, 189. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Brian Schoenbaum, Killeen, Texas, 527; 2. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 508; 3. Anthony Vandenberg, Dublin, Texas, 383; 4. Kaleb Watson, Mineral Wells, Texas, 354; 5. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 347; 6. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 313; 7. Derek Cates, Woodway, Texas, 290; 8. Clifton Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 256; 9. William Creese, Springtown, Texas, 236; 10. Kody Crofutt, Dublin, Texas, 228; 11. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 223; 12. Randy McNorton Jr., Alvord, Texas, 201; 13. Ryan Whisenant, Stephenville, Texas, 198; 14. Pamela Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 195; 15. Billy Butcher, Boyd, Texas, 193; 16. Jack Lewis, Temple, Texas, 164; 17. Randall Carty, Dallas, Texas, 137; 18. Johnny Clark, Cleburne, Texas, and James Morehead, Cleburne, Texas, both 136; 20. Jason Magouirk, Fort Worth, Texas, 134.last_img read more

MDI girls fall to Lake Region to become state runners-up

first_img Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 Latest Posts Mount Desert Island High School sophomore Kelsey Shaw leaps above the defense in the State Class B Championship game Friday night in Bangor.BANGOR — With a 56-47 defeat in a hard-fought game Friday night, the Mount Desert Island High School girls are state runners-up in Class B basketball. For their opponents, Lake Region High School, the state title is the first since 1975, despite winning the Western Maine Championship six times since 2006.The Lady Trojans cut an early Lake Region lead to two, 23-21, by the end of the first half, but were outscored 33-26 in the second half. MDI was paced by senior Hannah Shaw with 13 points. Sarah Phelps added 11, Sierra Tapley had 8, and senior captain Sierra Myrick had 6, from two three-point field goals. Bio Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textcenter_img Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020last_img read more

Eagles, Bucks, Trojans garner All-PVC wrestling accolades

first_imgELLSWORTH — Wrestlers from all three Hancock County teams were announced Thursday as selections to this year’s All-Penobscot Valley Conference teams.Bucksport had a first-team selection in Kaleb Nightingale, who earned the top spot at 133 pounds. Travis Hutchinson (120 pounds), Grayson Fernald (195 pounds), Cameron Rich (220) and Gavin Billings (285) earned second-team selections for the Golden Bucks.For Ellsworth, Matt Reid (126 pounds) and Noah Hughes (160 pounds) earned spots on the All-PVC second team. The Eagles’ Everett Huckins received honorable mention at 152 pounds.At 182 pounds, MDI’s Ethan Harkins claimed Hancock County’s second first-team selection. The Trojans’ Baylor Landsman was a second-team selection at 170 pounds, and Logan Blanchette received honorable mention at 106 pounds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSelections were made based on the results of this year’s PVC championships held Feb. 1 at MDI High School. Weight-class champions collected first-team honors with runners-up claiming spots on the second team and consolation champions receiving honorable mentionBucksport’s Hutchinson, Bernier honoredBucksport’s Travis Hutchinson and Liz Bernier had their names added to a pair of new gymnasium banners Friday in honor of their recent achievements.Hutchinson had his name top a new banner of 100-match winners. He joined his father, Travis Hutchinson Sr., on the list Jan. 11 with a pin of Cony’s Ahmad Ahmad.Bernier headed another new banner, this one dedicated to a list of girls’ state champions. Bernier was girls’ state champ at 160 pounds last year and was runner-up in the weight class this year.Bucksport’s football team received a banner commemorating its Northern Maine title and state runner-up finish this past season. The Golden Bucks finished the year with a record of 9-1.last_img read more

WADA Board approves changes to sanctioning powers

first_imgMONTREAL, Canada, (CMC) – The World Anti-Doping Agency’s Foundation Board has approved the development of a framework that specifies a range of graded, proportionate and predictable consequences for national Olympic committees that are non-compliant.A stakeholder consultation process will start in early June, with a view to the proposal being approved at the next board meeting in November and the changes coming into effect early next year.“WADA is pleased that the board supports development of a graded sanctioning framework, which addresses the strong call by stakeholders, in particular athletes, for a clear and transparent procedure that addresses non-compliance by signatories,” WADA president Sir Craig Reedie said.Beckie Scott, WADA’s Athlete Committee chair, added: “It is very important that all signatories are held to the same standards within the code. Athletes are expected to uphold a very high standard of compliance and now is the time for all members of the clean sport movement to do the same. The WADA Athlete Committee believes this is a critical step towards ensuring a level playing field.”At the same meeting, the WADA Board selected Katowice, Poland, as the host city for the next World Conference on Doping in Sport which is to be staged in November 2019.The Board also approved a recommendation that the embattled Russian Anti-Doping Agency be permitted to plan, coordinate and execute testing using its trained doping control officers under the supervision of two WADA-appointed international experts and UK Anti-Doping, once a number of conditions have been met.The Board was updated on WADA’s strengthened Intelligence and Investigations Department and gave their approval on a policy and framework that grants the department with full independence in its work, along with approval of an independent supervisor that will audit its performance.The Board also approved the mechanism for appointment of the Independent Testing Authority board, along with principles which were agreed earlier this month by a WADA Working Group comprised of the sports movement and governments.The ITA, which was first proposed by the Olympic Summit in November 2015, will assist international federations that wish to delegate their anti-doping programmes to an independent body.Importantly, the Board also approved that WADA explore development of an international standard for education and information, which would elevate the importance of values-based education within the World Anti-Doping Programme and guide stakeholders in developing and carrying out effective programmes.last_img read more

Prominent fashion designer, Dexter Pottinger, murdered in Jamaica

first_imgStabbed several timesHours after the cries had died down, it was discovered that fashion designer, Dexter ‘3D’ Pottinger was stabbed several times, and became one of Jamaica’s  latest murder victims.Pottinger, was a well-respected make-up artiste and fashion designer whose creations were worn by some of the country’s leading models and fashionistas. His tragic death has hit some folks hard. Despite cries of ‘Murder!’ and ‘Help!’ in the wee hours of Thursday morning, residents of Yarisco place, an upper middle-class Jamaican community in Kingston, did nothing.Not one of the residents thought it wise to call the police to assist a neighbor who was clearly in distress. Regular hue and cry curiously absentHowever this time the regular hue and cry which accompanies the murder of gays was curiously absent.Early indications are that Pottinger was killed by a member of the gay community, even as police report their probe into the macabre murder is in its infancy.The fact that no one thought it fit to find out what was befalling their screaming neighbor hit home hard among those who loved and cherished Pottinger.Social media was abuzz with disparaging remarks, especially against a female neighbor who told reporters she did in fact hear the screams but did not know what was taking place so decided not to interfere.More than 1,000 murders have been recorded on police blotters in the island since the start of the year.center_img Blood everywhereAs news of his death spread, scores of persons gathered behind the yellow crime scene tape at his home. According to the police, there was blood everywhere.Pottinger was openly gay and was a member of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) a gay advocacy group that has long branded Jamaica as a homophobic society that attacks and kills gays because of their lifestyle.last_img read more