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PM Johnson back to work as UK virus problems mount

first_imgTopics : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to work on Monday more than three weeks after being hospitalized for the coronavirus and spending three days in intensive care.Johnson, one of the highest-profile people to have contracted the virus, returned to 10 Downing Street on Sunday evening and will chair a meeting on Monday morning of the coronavirus “war cabinet”, his colleagues confirmed.Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary who has deputized in Johnson’s absence, told the BBC on Sunday that his return would be a “boost for the government and a boost for the country”. In a video message after leaving hospital, Johnson thanked “Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal” for helping him recover.On medical advice, he has not been doing official government work during his convalescence but has spoken to Queen Elizabeth and US President Donald Trump on the phone.The British leader was diagnosed with the virus late last month but initially stayed at Downing Street and was filmed taking part in a round of applause for health workers in the days before he went to hospital. Raab also claimed the prime minister was “raring to go”.Johnson, 55, was admitted to hospital on April 5 suffering from “persistent symptoms” of the deadly disease. His condition worsened and he later admitted after being put in intensive care that “things could have gone either way”.He was discharged on April 12 and has been recuperating at his official residence, west of London. Back but facing problems Some critics have described the government as being rudderless in his absence.Britain has been one of the countries worst affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, with the number of deaths reaching 20,732 in the days before Johnson’s return.The actual toll could be much higher when deaths in the community are taken into account, particularly at care homes.The rise in fatalities put the spotlight on the government’s approach and led to questions about shortages in protective equipment and a lack of widespread testing, particularly for frontline health staff.One major decision Johnson will face is whether or not to relax strict social distancing rules which he introduced on March 23.This was extended on April 16 and a review is due on May 7, with pressure building from political allies and foes for the government to make clear its intentions over extending or relaxing the lockdown.On Sunday, Raab said lockdown rules would “be with us for some time” and were the “new normal”, adding that ministers could not “allow the coronavirus to get a grip back on the country”.Johnson faces calls from within his own party to ease restrictions and will also find a letter in his in-tray from new opposition Labor party leader Keir Starmer asking for details on a potential lifting of the lockdown.And he will be confronted with a political row over the role played by his chief adviser Dominic Cummings after it emerged he attended meetings of a supposedly independent scientific group advising ministers on the coronavirus. last_img read more

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David Luiz responds to Unai Emery’s criticism of Arsenal players

first_img Comment Unai Emery was sacked in November following a terrible run of results (Picture: Getty)Luiz, meanwhile, has been one of the main beneficiaries of Mikel Arteta’s appointment as Emery’s permanent replacement and the experienced Brazilian is full of praise for the former club captain.He added: ‘I think we are doing things every single week in a positive way, we are improving.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Then in the end we start to get some results and we start to think about the table, start to think we still have the possibility and then we try until the end to do our best in the season.‘I am happy with the team, I am happy with how we are understanding better what Mikel wants from us every week. We are improving as a team.’MORE: Arsenal eye summer transfer move for Jonathan TahMORE: Ray Parlour sends message to Arsenal over Bukayo Saka amid Manchester United and Liverpool links David Luiz has improved significantly under the management of Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)David Luiz insists he harbours no ill-will towards Unai Emery, despite the former Arsenal manager blaming senior players for his downfall.Emery was sacked in November, barely 18 months after succeeding Arsene Wenger, following a calamitous run of results which left the Gunners in the bottom half of the Premier League table.The Spaniard cited the attitude of several senior players as a factor in his failure to build on a promising start, but Luiz maintains the three-time Europa League winning coach is a top class manager.He said: ‘I think he was a great, great guy, great coach. In football we need results, if the results aren’t coming everybody is going to try to find out why.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think he has his vision and we have to accept that in a nice way and in a humble way.’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Feb 2020 11:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Advertisement David Luiz responds to Unai Emery’s criticism of Arsenal players Advertisementlast_img read more

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Room to grow a family in renovated lowset

first_imgOne of the living spaces at 37-39 Sobar St, Burpengary.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and modern ensuite and there is a fifth bedroom that could be used as a study. “We have the kids down one end of the house and our room is at the other end, so we have a retreat and really nice ensuite,” Mrs Hinte said. Outside there is an in-ground swimming pool with gazebo and slide, a double garage, garden shed, vegetable patch and a large wraparound veranda. The home at 37-39 Sobar St, Burpengary.THIS big family home has had a makeover and is on the market in Burpengary. The property at 37-39 Sobar St is on a 3006sq m block with swimming pool, double lockup garage and entertaining area with a pizza oven. Owner Dinelle Hinte said she and her husband had the house built in 1995 and renovated the property four years ago. “We had the kitchen completely renovated, the ensuite and main bedroom were renovated and we had a rumpus put on,” she said. “The house has all been painted throughout as well.” The kitchen at 37-39 Sobar St, Burpengary.The home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens to the covered entertaining space with built-in outdoor kitchen, barbecue and pizza oven. The kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops, a butler’s pantry, stainless steel appliances and soft close drawers. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The kitchen is amazing it makes the house feel like a brand new home,” Mrs Hinte said. “And the outdoor area would be my favourite part of the home. “We have the pizza oven and barbecue and it’s a big area where you can sit down and relax and look out over the pool.” center_img The outdoor area at 37-39 Sobar St, Burpengary.Mrs Hinte said the home was in a quiet neighbourhood with lovely neighbours. “For a young family it’s an amazing home. There is so much space for kids to play,” she said. The property is being marketed by Donna Hannon and Francine Deeks of Raine & Horne Burpengary Narangba.last_img read more

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IAPF offers tacit endorsement of compulsory saving, collective DC

first_imgThe Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) has tacitly endorsed a mandatory pension system as the least complex and costly reform option if the current government wishes to boost participation rates.The industry body also suggested that a shift towards an auto-enrolment or a compulsory pension savings system could warrant the launch of collective defined contribution (CDC) funds, and said government should let the private sector operate any scheme unless it felt the need for a provider of last resort.In its response to the Universal Retirement Savings Group (URSG), which launched an informal consultation with stakeholder groups following its launch in February, the IAPF did not explicitly endorse a mandatory system and said it accepted the “political reality” that auto-enrolment may be easier to deliver.Despite this admission, the IAPF said complexities arising from an auto-enrolment approach would easily fall away if the government chose compulsion, suggesting there were “clear advantages” to a mandatory system. “Overall, it should be less complex and costly to administer, there is less need for compliance checking and establishing who should be included and when.”The IAPF’s words echoed those chosen by the OECD when it reviewed Ireland’s pension system in 2013.The think tank’s report backed compulsory saving and suggested auto-enrolment was a second-rate policy, with the former a “less costly and more effective” means of increasing coverage.In a letter to the URSG, IAPF chief executive Jerry Moriarty said the association had “some difficulty” in answering the consultation, as it did not set out a clear objective for the proposed Universal Retirement Savings Scheme (URSS).“We believe that if this had been done and the population of likely participants established it would be much easier to look at issues such as operation and investment,” Moriarty said.The response said the Irish government should play no role in operating the URSS outside of regulation, noting the importance of establishing a trusted system, and contrasting this with the government’s 0.6% pensions levy and the use of the National Pensions Reserve Fund to support struggling banks during the financial crisis.“That said, there may be a need for a provider of last resort that would be able to take on low contributions on an uncommercial basis,” the consultation said, in a likely reference to the UK’s launch of the National Employment Savings Trust.The consultation also suggested the reform could see the launch of CDC funds, as these could be more appropriate than individual accounts. “If a collective DC arrangement was established it could provide more equity across generations and therefore more certainty of achieving the desired goals.”The IAPF alos said any investment strategy would need to take an appropriate amount of risk to meet agreed objectives, in an absence of a pre-determined replacement ratio for the URSS.It also argued that there should only be limited investment choice, with a default fund a necessity.Asked about the timeline for its introduction, the IAPF said it preferred a “big bang” approach, allowing for the system to establish scale “sooner, rather than over generations”.The URSG has previously said that it would look to table its proposals by the end of the year, but minister for social protection Joan Burton has not given any indication of when the system would be in place, insisting there would be a “very gradual” rollout once economic factors allowed for the launch.last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats Blanked By Lady Trojans In Soccer

first_imgWhen Coach Adams took over the program this summer, she had one goal in mind to prepare for this game against East Central: Match them step for step for 80 straight minutes. Fitness was the #1 priority for the squad over the summer. Team defending was the second priority. Both of these goals were in evidence tonight. EC won 3-0.Franklin County didn’t give up the first goal until late in the first half. It came from an East Central corner kick and bounced around finally was knocked in.The team defending was superb anchored by Kylee Gibson playing in the sweeper position. Other defenders such as Jaime Stortz, Laura Edwards, Adrienne and Claudia Mauntel played exceptionally well as did the Franklin midfielders.But the real story was the incredible goal keeping by Senior Shelby Pearson. Shelby converted from a hugely successful defender to be the primary goal keeper this year. Shelby had 18 saves. She is by far the reason Franklin County was able to keep the game within striking distance giving up the final goal in final four minutes of the game.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Cindy Adams.last_img read more

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Jose reminds Wenger of bad times

first_img “The tribute is to say that I believe that, any one of us, we would love to have the same privilege with our clubs,” Mourinho said. The Portuguese last month described Wenger as a “specialist in failure” after the Frenchman commented that anyone ruling themselves out of the title race was doing so out of a fear of falling short. And Mourinho again spoke of Wenger’s eight-and-a-half-year trophy drought. “I admire him and I admire Arsenal, because it’s not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club in the way they support the manager, especially in the bad moments and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot,” Mourinho added. Mourinho insisted his personal record against Wenger was incidental as matches pit team against team, not manager against manager. “It doesn’t matter,” Mourinho said. “It’s not against him. It’s Chelsea against Arsenal. “I didn’t even play Arsenal with Inter Milan or with Real Madrid or with Porto, I just played with Chelsea. “It’s Chelsea-Arsenal, Arsenal-Chelsea, it’s not me against him. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stopped short of a glowing tribute in expressing his admiration for Arsene Wenger ahead of the Frenchman’s 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal, which comes at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. “Records don’t play any role. A match is a match. It’s not coach against coach, it’s team against team.” Chelsea, who beat Galatasaray to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek, will be bidding to respond following last Saturday’s controversial loss to Aston Villa, when Mourinho, Ramires and Willian were sent off. Mourinho will contest his Football Association improper conduct charge, while Ramires is banned for three matches and Willian one, with both missing the Arsenal game. Also absent is former Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole (knee), but Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are available after being ineligible in Europe in midweek. Meanwhile, Wenger will not let a war of words with Mourinho deflect his focus ahead of Saturday’s clash. “I would keep that [his opinion of Mourinho] for myself. Tomorrow I represent my club, I don’t represent myself, and I will behave always in respecting the values of our club, and keep my own feelings far away from that,” said Wenger, whose last trophy came in 2005. Mourinho has continually used his press conferences to talk down Chelsea’s title chances, describing them as a “little horse” in the championship race. Wenger, though, is not about to take any notice of such gamesmanship, preferring instead to let Arsenal do all of their talking with a football as the FA Cup semi-finalists look to build on last weekend’s north London derby win at Tottenham. “What gives the teams advantages is performances on the pitch,” Wenger said when asked if Mourinho’s pre-match statements had any real impact. “Press conferences can be for you (media) less or more boring, and I can understand you like some more than others, but the real excitement is the game on the pitch.” Wenger continued: “You cannot say they (Chelsea) are favourites or not, but they are among the teams who are fighting to win the Premier League, nobody can deny that. “What is very interesting is you have Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal [all fighting for the title] and that has not happened for years. “None of these four teams can say they are not going for it, that would be stupid.” Arsenal will hand a fitness test to midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who has an ankle problem. Wenger, though, confirmed on Friday that Japanese midfielder Ryo Miyaichi will miss the rest of the season due to a hamstring injury. Press Association The landmark occasion arrives as Chelsea and Arsenal tussle for the Premier League title, along with Liverpool and Manchester City, and with Wenger chasing a first victory in 10 contests with Mourinho. Wenger’s 500th match was a defeat to a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho, who has not been beaten in 75 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge. last_img read more

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Hancock County athletes take first at state track meet

first_imgYARMOUTH – Three Hancock County athletes won events at the Class C track and field championships on Saturday at Yarmouth High School.Bucksport junior Mavis Taungatu’a and GSA sophomores Morgan Dauk and John Hassett each took first in individual events.Dauk won the girls’ javelin throw with a distance of 114-02; Hassett won the boys’ 3,200-meter run (9:58.40); and Taungatu’a won the girls’ shot put (35-02.00).At Saturday’s Class B state championships in Bath, Ellsworth junior Elizabeth Perry placed second in the girls’ shot put (34-08.25) and the discus throw (105-09). Greely junior Alyssa Coyne won both events.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor Class C, Orono took first for the girls with 132.75 points and the boys with 88 points.For Class B, Waterville won for the girls with 118.25 points, and York won for the boys with 96 points.last_img read more

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ESPN President Skipper resigns to deal with substance addiction

first_img(REUTERS) – Walt Disney Co’s John Skipper resigned yesterday as president of ESPN, the company’s most important network, due to a problem with addiction.“I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction,” Skipper, who was also Disney Media Networks co-chairman,” said in a statement. “I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.”George Bodenheimer will be the sports network’s acting chairman for the next 90 days, ESPN said in a statement. He had been its president from 1998 to 2011 and executive chairman until May 2014.An ESPN spokeswoman declined to comment on who may be considered as Skipper’s successor.Skipper’s departure comes within a few days after Disney struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion.Skipper, who became ESPN president in 2012, has led the network to a series of long-term distribution agreements with major rights holders, including the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.But ESPN has also struggled with subscriber losses and ratings declines. Last month, it said it would lay off about 150 employees.Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, who extended his stay at the company through 2021 to oversee integration of Fox’s businesses, lauded Skipper’s candour and backed his decision.Disney shares were down 0.2 percent at $111.09 yesterday afternoon.last_img read more

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Heartbreak for Jaguars as U.S. deny them Super50 semi-final place

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad (CMC) – Medium pacer Rusty Theron snatched two wickets in a magnificent last over to deny Guyana Jaguars a crucial victory and a place in the final four of the Regional Super50 Cup here Monday night.Requiring 11 runs from the last over in pursuit of 222 for victory, Jaguars lost Ramaal Lewis (10) and Jonathan Foo (41) and managed just two runs, to slide to a shock eight-run defeat to United States under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern at the Brian Lara Stadium.Theron kept Ramaal Lewis scoreless off the first ball before having him caught at the wicket, desperately flashing at a widish second delivery.New batsman Renaldo Alimohammed then scrambled a single to long off to get the in-form Foo on strike but the right-hander missed a swing at the fourth delivery and had his stumps shattered.With 10 needed from the last two balls, Veerasammy Permaul could only get a single off the penultimate delivery, leaving the result as a formality.Jaguars had entered the contest in third on 16 points and faced a must-win situation especially after second-placed WI Emerging Players (18 points) suffered a 10-wicket trouncing at the hands of Group B winners Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.Initially set 231 for victory in a game reduced to 41 overs, the target was revised to 222 from 36 overs following a rain delay with Jaguars well placed on 71 for two in the 16th over.Chris Barnwell continued his impressive form with a top score of 54 – his third half-century of the campaign – while Anthony Bramble chipped in with 38 and all-rounder Raymon Reifer, 33.Left-arm pacer Saurabh Netravalkar claimed three for 42 while Theron picked up two for 44.Opting to bat, United States had rallied to 230 for five off their 41 overs with Monank Patel top-scoring with 85 and Ian Holland smashing a 37-ball 59 not out.Leg-spinner Ramaal Lewis proved expensive in his four overs but ended with three for 24.The result left Jaguars, last year’s losing finalists, with their fourth defeat from their eight preliminary games, and outside of the top two in the group.For the U.S., meanwhile, the victory was their second but was not enough to get them off the bottom of the standings.Xavier Marshall fell cheaply for seven in the third over with 12 runs on the board but Monank and then Holland inspired a series of partnerships to revive the innings.Monank, who faced 105 balls and struck three fours and sixes, put on 39 for the second wicket with Steven Taylor (17) before adding a further 78 for the third wicket with Aaron Jones who made 37.The pace of the innings then quickened when Monank posted a swift 59 off 36 deliveries with Holland, who blasted two fours and three sixes.In reply, Jaguars lost Chandrapaul Hemraj for 10 in the second over, feathering a catch behind off Netravalkar but Bramble and captain Leon Johnson (18) added 54 for the second wicket to stabilise the innings.Both fell within the space of 16 balls, however, to leave Jaguars on 73 for three in the 16th over and paving the way for an 80-run fourth-wicket stand between Barnwell and Reifer.Barnwell needed just 47 balls and belted a four and four sixes while Reifer counted three fours in a 45-ball knock.Again, Jaguars lost both set batsmen in quick succession in the space of 12 balls. Even though Foo, who lashed two fours and three sixes off just 22 balls, inspired a 47-run, sixth-wicket stand off 40 balls with Lewis, the last three overs of the innings yielded just 13 runs.last_img read more

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Borgstrom looks to step up as Syracuse enters Big East play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 13, 2012 at 2:59 am Contact Josh: A Hanna Strong shot from 8 yards out rebounded quickly toward the sideline. The ball nearly went out of bounds, but Syracuse defender Cecilia Borgstrom stepped up and sent a shot on goal.The ball sailed over the shoulder of South Florida goalkeeper Nicole McClure and hit the inside left netting.Borgstrom’s improbable goal from 22 yards with just 1.9 seconds remaining in the game last October clinched a 1-0 victory and a berth in the Big East tournament.Borgstrom, a junior defender from Stockholm, Sweden, has been a reliable player for the Orange. She has played on the highest levels of international soccer and has a knack for stepping up on the game’s biggest stages.Borgstrom will look to help the Orange (3-3-1) get off to a strong start in the Big East when it takes on Connecticut (4-2-1) at SU Soccer Stadium on Thursday at 7 p.m. After the conference opener, Syracuse will face Providence (5-2-1) in Rhode Island on Sunday at 1 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange is determined to build on its seven-win 2011 campaign. And Borgstrom will be crucial to achieving that goal.As an 18-year-old, Borgstrom competed against older players in the Under-19 European Championship in Belarus. Her Swedish team lost in the championship game to England, but she was pleased with her play in the time she received, including a few starts at outside back.Syracuse’s game against Connecticut — a celebrated program that the Orange has never beaten — will not faze Borgstrom. Teammate and roommate Rachel Blum said she’s a key part of the SU defense.“She’s an impact player when she gets out and uses her speed and body,” Blum said.Head coach Phil Wheddon said SU is fortunate that a player of Borgstrom’s talent level chose a growing program like Syracuse. Wheddon originally scouted Borgstrom on a trip to Sweden, where he went to see several Swedish players, and Borgstrom happened to be one of them.In three years at SU, she has started 32 games, scoring three goals and tallying one assist. Borgstrom said she needs to improve her offensive skills this season.“I’m trying to bring my speed and be as physical as I can,” she said. “I’m trying to cross as many balls as I can, but of course to score.”Despite her talent and experience, Wheddon said Borgstrom has to show that she belongs on the field.“She’s shown some very good things at times,” Wheddon said. “She has pace. She’s difficult to deal with. She’s still developing. She’s still a player who is someone that we need to step up and rise to that next level.” Commentslast_img read more

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