Australia declares emergency, invokes new powers to fight coronavirus

first_imgAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday declared a “human biosecurity emergency” and said the country’s citizens should abandon all overseas travel because of the coronavirus epidemic.The formal declaration gives the government the power to close off cities or regions, impose curfews and order people to quarantine, if deemed necessary to contain the spread of the virus.The upgrade in official advice to an unprecedented “Level 4: Do not travel” to any country in the world, was accompanied by a ban on any non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people. “Life is changing in Australia, as it is changing all around the world,” Morrison said during a televised news conference. “Life is going to continue to change, as we deal with the global coronavirus. This is a once in a hundred year type event.”Australia has recorded around nearly 500 coronavirus infections and six deaths, a relatively small number compared to other countries, but officials are growing increasingly concerned about the prospect of an exponential rise in cases.New South Wales, the country’s most populous state, reported its biggest one-day surge in new cases on Wednesday, along with the country’s latest death, an 86-year-old man who died in a Sydney hospital.Morrison said the tighter ban on indoor social gatherings, down to 100 people from 500 people, did not include essential services like schools, public transport and shopping centers. The Australian leader cited expert health guidance as the rationale for keeping schools open, a strategy that has been questioned by some experts. Several private schools have made the unilateral decision to close ahead of the upcoming Easter break.Morrison reiterated the need for social distancing and good hand hygiene to curb the spread of the virus and announced restricted access to aged care homes.Anybody who travels during a Level 4 ban is warned that the Australian government may not be able to assist if they get into trouble while abroad, according the government’s official SmartTraveller website. It also recommends people already in a “do not travel” area consider leaving.Shortly before Morrison’s statement, the government unveiled a A$A$715 million ($430 million) aid package for airlines, including waivers on domestic air traffic control fees. Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd has suspended all international flights from March 30 to June 14, while Qantas Airways Ltd has cut its international capacity by 90%.The widening restrictions on travel and domestic movement are expected to take a significant toll on Australia’s tourism, retail and entertainment sectors.Economists are predicting the country will slip into its first recession in nearly three decades in the first half of 2020, prompting a rapid jump in unemployment.‘It’s Unaustralian’However, while the epidemic is expected to crimp consumer spending in the long run, data from the official statistics agency released on Wednesday showed a 0.4% rise in retail sales in February as people bought up staples in preparation for shortages.The country’s major grocers, Coles Group Ltd and Woolworths Group Ltd have increased sales restrictions in response to the panic buying on goods including toilet paper, milk, meat, flour, rice, hand sanitizer, eggs and frozen vegetables.They have also introduced exclusive shopping sessions for the elderly and the disabled early in the day, when stores have been restocked.Morrison issued blunt advice on Wednesday that the hoarding was unnecessary and counter-productive.”Stop doing it. It’s ridiculous. It’s un-Australian, and it must stop,” he said.Morrison has already flagged a stimulus package worth around A$17 billion (US$10.2 billion) and said on Wednesday the government was “considering quite extensive further economic measures” to dull the impact on the economy.The Reserve Bank of Australia this week pumped liquidity into money markets and has promised further stimulus measures will be announced on Thursday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta’s trash output down during COVID-19 but environmentalists warn of possible increase

first_imgRead also: Food deliveries, online game purchases up as people stay at home during COVID-19 pandemicAccording to e-commerce hub and price comparison site which surveyed online shopping platforms Tokopedia, Shopee and Bukalapak, there was an estimated 400 percent increase in online purchases of basic necessities between March 2 and April 5.Chairman of the Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo) Roy Mandey said in mid-April that most retailers had seen a fourfold increase in transactions using mobile apps or other delivery services while the number of visits to brick-and-mortar shops had dropped. He also said that transactions had plunged 80 to 85 percent at nonfood retailers and 30 to 40 percent at food retailers since large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were imposed on April 10.However, online shopping means goods are shipped via courier services that also use plastic covers, bubble wrap and other packaging, while food deliveries typically come in plastic bags or takeaway food containers. This could lead to an increase in domestic plastic waste.Jakarta has enacted a ban on single-use plastic bags in traditional markets and modern supermarkets — which will take effect in June — in an effort to cut down on waste. But the policy excludes single-use plastic bags for online shopping and food deliveries.Read also: Consumer habits force retailers to adaptActivists have also warned about the increasing public use of face masks, single-use gloves and disposable wipes. Not to mention the growing use of hand sanitizer, the plastic bottles of which could generate extra waste during the pandemic.“We believe the increase [of waste] will come from the household level instead, from daily consumer goods to personal medical waste, particularly from the use of face masks or gloves,” Greenpeace Indonesia campaigner Atha Rasyadi said.However, with almost all family members staying at home and doing their activities in self-isolation, waste from shopping malls, eateries and offices would drop instead, activists said. But there is no definitive data yet.Plastic Bag Diet movement director Tiza Mafira said that although online purchases might have increased, it was only to make up for offline purchases that were no longer possible, and that both methods resulted in plastic waste.Tiza said that Jakarta Environment Agency should specify the types of waste dumped at Bantar Gebang to provide a clearer picture of what sort of waste was being generated during the pandemic.Read also: Ride-hailing apps rely on deliveries during pandemicAndhini Miranda, an initiator of the Zero Waste Indonesia movement, urged people to not turn to single-use daily products, saying that reducing domestic waste was possible even during the pandemic.People, she said, could use cloth face masks instead of single-use masks, wash their hands frequently with soap instead of wearing gloves and use cloths instead of paper towels to wipe down surfaces with disinfectant.Andhini, who began living a zero-waste lifestyle in 2012, said that with some extra precautions and preparation before doing groceries, she was even able to continue using reusable bags.“COVID-19 has not forced our family to switch to disposable products,” she said in a recent virtual public discussion.The Environment and Forestry Ministry, meanwhile, recently predicted that medical waste from healthcare facilities and hundreds of COVID-19 referral hospitals would increase during the pandemic, particularly from the use of protective gear and other single-use medical equipment. Yet, there is no data on how much medical waste is being produced as a result of COVID-19.Topics : Jakarta may have reduced its trash output during the COVID-19 outbreak, but environmentalists have cautioned that domestic waste could increase, as the longer people stay at home the more often they’ll resort to ordering food and groceries online.The Jakarta Environment Agency reported that the city’s daily trash output had decreased more than 40 percent, or around 620 tons daily, in early April, two weeks since stay-at-home instructions were announced on March 16. Prior to this, Jakarta produced around 1,500 tons of trash daily, almost all of which was sent to the Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java. Physical distancing is changing the way people live their lives, their buying habits and the type and amount of domestic waste they generate.Having worked from home for over a month now, Sandi Nurahman, 31, a resident of Bendungan Hilir, Central Jakarta, said his lifestyle had changed.Before the outbreak, he ordered food online once a week, but now he is using food delivery services more often, around three to four times a week. He goes out twice a month to shop for groceries.”Now that we do almost everything at home, we tend to buy food and other daily necessities online,” Sandi said.last_img read more

Auction wrap: Robina house sells for $1 million

first_img1 Heidelberg Circuit, Robina sold for $1 million under the hammer.THE weather may have cooled but real estate is still running hot on the Gold Coast with a Robina house selling for $1 million under the hammer on the weekend.The property, at 1 Heidelberg Circuit, attracted a crowd when it was offered to the market on Saturday. 1 Heidelberg Circuit, Robina.CoreLogic data showed the Gold Coast had an auction clearance rate of 38.2 per cent over the weekend with 13 out of 34 homes selling under the hammer.Brisbane recorded a 50 per cent clearance rate. 1 Heidelberg Circuit, Robina.Bidding kicked off at $850,000 and went up in $25,000 and $10,000 increments before it stalled at $950,000.“We then negotiated with the buyer,” Ray White Broadbeach-Mermaid Waters agent Sabrina Chen said.“It ended up selling to a local Gold Coast family.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe six-bedroom house offers dual living arrangements with separate upstairs and downstairs quarters.“It’s great for families but it’s also good for investment as you can rent a whole level out,” Ms Chen said.center_img 1 Heidelberg Circuit, Robina.Other standout features include a resort-style pool, media room and LED lighting throughout.Ms Chen said the vendors chose to go to auction after successful auction experiences in both Sydney and Melbourne.“People do have perceptions about selling via auction but this seller was comfortable dealing with auctions,” she said. “It was a great result.”She said 22 groups inspected the property over its marketing campaign.“The market, Id say, is stable at the moment,” she said.last_img read more

Pro-life ‘October Baby’ blitzes box office

first_imgFox News 27 March 2012“The Hunger Games” wasn’t the only film to hit box office paydirt this past  weekend. Although it only opened in 390 theaters, the anti-abortion drama “October Baby,” starring John  Schneider,earned the second-highest-per-screen average, bringing in almost $2  million in ticket sales. “I was shattered when I first learned about the story. I was moved and  mesmerized. I wasn’t an activist, I was just someone who was shattered by the  truth,” director Jon Erwin told FOX411’s Pop Tarts. “Here is our little film,  small budget, in the top ten (at the box office). We are thrilled, blown  away.” “October Baby” follows the emotional journey of a young woman who learns that  she was almost aborted, but at the last minute was instead given up for  adoption. The film almost didn’t see the light of day. “This film couldn’t find a home, no studio wanted to touch it. It was  considered too controversial,” Erwin continued. “There was a real moment of  despair at one point, the film wasn’t finished and nobody would take a look at  it. But every time we screened it, it attracted such intense emotional  reactions. So we had to raise the money ourselves, and the release process took  much longer than we wanted.” According to Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of the Christian movie site, the success of “October Baby” can be attributed to a strong  Christian and moral world view that touched the hearts of those who saw it. He  says it’s important for more audiences to have the chance to see it, too. read more

UK’s child porn filter would not work here – expert

first_imgOneNews 25 July 2013British Prime Minister David Cameron’s push to introduce an automated child porn filter would not work here, according to a New Zealand expert.Mr Cameron has announced measures to ensure search engines block results for searches using blacklisted keywords to stop internet users accessing illegal images.Evidence in two recent high-profile child murders in Britain has shown that the killers accessed online child pornography. Although search companies have pledged to help remove images from the internet, Mr Cameron says he wants them to go further.And Lobby group Family First is calling on the New Zealand Government to to copy the UK plan.CEO of the Telecommunications Users Association, Paul Brislen said the practicalities underneath the surface makes it extremely difficult to implement.“It would be a costly time consuming business that probably won’t result in anything terribly useful at all,” he said.He said to monitor over a billion sites people literally need to physically scan each site and search and approve or disapprove them.“The way the Chinese do it for instance is have people sitting in a room looking at every site and every search that’s going on online at all times,” he told TV ONE’s Breakfast read more

Atletico Madrid target West Ham shot-stopper

first_imgAtletico Madrid have a three-man shortlist for a new back-up goalkeeper to Jan Oblak with West Ham United’s Roberto Jimenez listed. The details are outlined on the front page of Wednesday’s edition of Diario AS, which claims the 33-year-old is an option for Los Rojiblancos alongside Olympiakos goalkeeper Jose Sa and Eibar’s Marko Dmitrovic.Advertisement Loading… It follows on from a report in Diario AS that Atleti’s Antonio Adan is close to joining Portuguese giants Sporting CP this summer and the club are now looking for a replacement. Roberto joined the Hammers on a two-year deal last summer having previously been a deputy at Espanyol, but he failed to impress during his stint in East London. Promoted ContentLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingHidden For A Thousand Years – A Secret Of The Great Wall Of China6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like Them9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes Read Also: Leicester defender wants to join Chelsea this summerThe experienced goalkeeper played 10 times for the club but was criticised for his performances – his run in the team followed an injury to Łukasz Fabiański – and he was eventually replaced by third-choice David Martin.He subsequently joined Alaves for the second half of the season in Spain and made nine appearances before his loan deal expired this summer.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Cricket News Indian Cricket team set to miss THIS big event?

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. He said if conditions were not conducive to have the Asia Cup in Pakistan, the PCB would host it at a neutral venue. “Last year the Board of Control for Cricket in India hosted the Asia Cup in UAE because of the political tensions between Pakistan and India,” the source added.When contacted, a senior BCCI official told PTI: “The decision to play in pakistan will be completely be the government’s call. The Board will follow whatever decision the centre takes. We believe that just like we hosted the tournament last year in the UAE, Pakistan should also ideally organise it at a neutral venue.”At the ACC meeting, the PCB representatives also insisted that Sri Lanka send its team to Pakistan to play the two ICC Test Championship matches in Lahore and Karachi in September this year. It was also decided that the sport would return to the next Asian Games in T20 format and the ACC would provide technical support to the Olympic Council of Asia. The tournament is set to be played in T20 format. Asia Cup will be held in the month of September. The World Cup T20 will be held in Australia in October.  New Delhi: With the diplomatic tensions piled up, India may miss the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup with Asian Cricket Council (ACC) deciding to give the rights to Pakistan. The tournament is scheduled to happen in the year 2020, and the only way India can make an entry into the tournament is by hosting the mega-event in UAE but will that happen is yet to be seen.The ACC in its meeting in Singapore on Tuesday announced that it will be held in T20 format, which will most likely organise it in the neutral venues of the United Arab Emirates, its cricket team’s ‘home’ since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. The tournament will be held in September ahead of the World T20 in Australia.”Pakistan told the delegates at the ACC meeting held in Singapore that they would host the Asia Cup at home but a final decision on the venue would be taken after consultation with other members of the ACC and keeping in mind the prevailing security and political situation around that time in Pakistan,” a PCB source said.last_img read more

2019 SBF Petroleum/CGI Jaguars One-Day League 50 Overs Tournament

first_imgJones 5-for keeps Essequibo unbeaten streak aliveBy Clifton RossAN MVP 5-wicket haul from pacer Joshua Jones saw Essequibo extend their unbeaten streak, trouncing West Demerara by 75 runs in yesterday’s 4th round encounter at Bourda.Chasing a 200-plus score, West Demerara folded for a paltry 138 in 46.5 overs despite some fight from spinner Richie Looknauth who scored 41 and former Windies U-19 keeper Tevin Imlach with 30.Essequibo’s Joshua Jones accepts the man-of-the-match trophy from GCB Assistant Administrator Selena Bacchus. (Clifton Ross photo)Travis Persaud also resisted with 25 but Jones proved to be a handful, while pacer Ronsford Beaton (2-34) and all-rounder Ricardo Adams (2-15) were the other wicket-takers.Essequibo racked up as solid first-innings score of 213 all out in 50 overs, after capitalising on their familiarity with the Bourda ground.Identical knocks of 51 from opener Kevon Boodie and the in-form wicketkeeper-batsman Kemol Savory helped lay the foundation while a few other batsmen chipped in with scores.West Demerara spinners Richie Looknauth (3-25) and Keshram Seyhodan (3-33) almost kept the champs quiet with their six wickets. A late order assault, though, from the likes of Quintin Sampson (26) and Neiland Cadogan (21) helped stretch the total.The chase began in timid fashion with the openers looking jumpy, due to the pace of Beaton, who removed national opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul (4) and Andre Seepersaud (2) within a short space of time.Opener Ronaldo Renee (5) was pinned lbw to Ricardo Adams as the innings began to go left. Looknauth looked like he needed more from his partners but got little support as the Essequibo bowlers stayed on top of the opposition.Jones’ burst and the frequent loss of wickets kept the Berbice franchise at bay for most of the chase and when Looknauth departed, it became difficult for the chasing side.The MVP Jones also recorded a hat-trick when he removed Malcolm Hubbard, Marvin Dhanpaul and Seyhodan, further flinging the innings into disarray as their team crumbled inside 50 overs.Earlier, batting first Boodie notched up another half-century, his second fifty of the match, with some mature stroke-play as he hit a solitary four and six from 77 deliveries before being bowled by Malcolm Hubbard.Seyhodan landed a double blow when he removed Marvin Williams (1) and David Williams (0), without troubling the scorers. Savory continued to look fluent this season with his stylish approach and wide array of strokes.The left-hander was crucial in the repair phases of the team following Boodie’s departure. Not as brisk as the opener’s fifty, Savory grafted an innings of grit and resilience to keep the champs firm during the middle passage.His four fours were well-placed as his focus seemed to be running between the wickets. When he departed, the captain came out and contributed 21, paving the way for Sampson and Cadogan.The two pinch-hitters added 33 runs as they picked apart the Berbice bowling, with Sampson again showing his brutal strength by hitting two sixes, one of which sailed out the ground; similar to what he did against Georgetown in the opener.After a flurry of shots and some brisk running, the pair fell but their side had already reached a winning total.Round four bowls off tomorrow across venues in the country.last_img read more

SU’s forwards’ ‘willingness’ to defend has helped the Orange during 3-game win streak

first_img Comments Published on October 10, 2018 at 11:11 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez Last Friday, then No.1-Wake Forest tried to bully Syracuse with physicality. Virginia Tech executed a similar gameplan a week earlier, so the Demon Deacon’s attempted to follow the blueprint on their first possession of the game. WFU’s 6-foot-2 forward Machop Chol glided down the pitch, pressuring the left side of SU’s formation.He was a step away from the box when an orange-and-blue striped blur charged and knocked the ball away from behind. Ryan Raposo, a forward known for dazzling with his offense, used his 5-foot-7, 139-pound frame to dispossess Chol. It established the tone of the impending 2-0 upset, the Orange’s first conference win in more than 700 days.“We did a good job of limiting their opportunities,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said after the WFU win. “That starts with the front guys.”No. 24 Syracuse (6-4-1, 1-3-0 Atlantic Coast) is riding a three-game winning streak in part because of its forwards’ — from Raposo to Hilli Goldhar to Massimo Ferrin — devotion in SU’s defensive third. The Orange currently rank 98th in goals against average. They’ve allowed 14 scores in 1030 minutes of soccer. Twelve of those goals, however, came in the season’s first 7 games. While the Syracuse offense starts to click, the defense has done its part. It kept Wake Forest and Ohio State — one of the best, and then one of the worst offenses in the country — off the score sheet. The Orange aim to prolong its winning streak in Kentucky on Friday at 7 p.m. when it takes on No. 11 Louisville (7-2-2, 3-1-1).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLaura Angle | Digital Design EditorEarlier this season, it was SU’s smaller players like Goldhar and Raposo that faced discomfort due to their size. Goldhar said he routinely got “kicked,” referring to getting knocked over by larger defenders. The Orange have countered with Raposo and Goldhar, using their speed to ambush opposing ball-handlers.With the game still scoreless in Syracuse’s 3-0 win over Ohio State on Oct. 8, the Buckeyes tried to switch play and cross the ball to the opposite side of the field. Raposo, playing in a deeper spot defensively, knocked the pass off its course when it reached its target and drew a foul.“It’s a willingness to make life uncomfortable for the opponent,” McIntyre said.The tactic worked in the first half of the Wake Forest contest. Multiple forwards pressed high and Raposo darted near the penalty box, corralling a loose ball and getting a shot on net. Generating more turnovers hasn’t been an emphasis, McIntyre said. Instead, the focus has been on positioning.In the second half of the OSU contest, McIntyre urged his forwards to maintain the defensive intensity. The Buckeyes earned a throw-in in front of the SU bench after a sustained bout of possession. McIntyre walked the sidelines with arms pointed at two white jerseys. He called for Raposo and Severin Soerlie, another first-year forward, to match up.“We keep drilling home that everyone has to work hard on the field,” senior defender Kamal Miller said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a forward, a winger or defender. You need to contribute defensively.”Ferrin, a junior transfer, this season has bounced around SU’s 3-5-2 as a midfielder, central forward and winger. In recent games, Ferrin has hovered near the penalty box, snuffing out short-corner attempts and kick starting breakaways.Orange goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert “appreciates” watching forwards make an impact in the defensive third. He’s noticed it drains opposing forwards of their stamina while simultaneously energizing the Orange. SU has fed off the momentum in the last week and responded to its most-recent failure.Following SU’s double-overtime loss to Virginia Tech on Sept. 28, Raposo and other players were distraught. The loss dipped Syracuse’s winning percentage below-.500 and put the Orange on the wrong end of a three-game winless streak.A change needed to be made. And then Syracuse limited Akron, the 22nd offense in the country, to one goal. Then Wake Forest, a team that had scored multiple goals in all of its previous games, was kept off the scoresheet. Then Ohio State, a team that’s scored five goals all year, was handled with ease. The forwards had stepped up on both sides of the field.“I got to contribute so (a loss like the Virginia Tech game) doesn’t happen defensively and offensively,” Raposo said.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Steffens has a lot to say about Bob Marley

first_imgSo Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley, is written by noted Marley archivist Roger Steffens.Released on July 11 by W.W. Norton & Company, the book revisits interviews Steffens did with a number of persons who were close to the singer before he became a superstar.They include Joe Higgs, his former mentor; Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Cherry Green and Beverly Kelso, Marley’s colleagues in The Wailers; his former manager/publisher Danny Sims; confidante Alan ‘Skill’ Cole and Cindy Breakespeare, Marley’s long-time lover.Jamaican people tell Bob’s story“My goal for the book was to let Jamaican people tell Bob’s story in their own words and make this the first book that people will turn to in the future to learn the true story of Bob’s incredible life and career. No made-up conversations by white boys who weren’t there. And deeply detailed observations of his final five years, which books like Catch A Fire race through as if under a fast-approaching deadline,” Steffens told Caribbean National Weekly.According to Steffens, ‘So Much Things to Say’ took him 15 years to complete. It is built around 44 years of research, 37 years of interviews with Bob and 75 of his closest associates.One of those associates was Sims, an African-American who first met The Wailers in Jamaica during the mid-1960s. He and singer Johnny Nash, his business partner, produced a number of songs, including Stir it Up and Guava Jelly which Nash also recorded.Mob ConnectionsSims, who had Mob connections, claimed Marley and Cole approached him in September 1980 for protection against persons who were threatening Marley’s life. Steffens said Sims disclosed the fantastic tale in an April 2012 interview; Sims died in October that year.Marley, who died in May 1981 from cancer, was in New York City to open for Rhythm and Blues group, The Commodores, at Madison Square Garden. Sims who didn’t give the source of the threats, said, “I took Bob and Allan to see a guy named Joey Armone, the head of the Gambino (Mafia) organization at a restaurant. Armone was my partner for 40 years before he died. Allan told Joey they wanted protection at Madison Square Garden,” Sims recalled.So, there were Gambino henchmen at Marley’s two Madison Square Garden shows. The Gambinos were one of the five Mob families that traditionally controlled New York City.Other revelations in the book include Marley’s challenge fighting cancer in Germany; details of how The Wailers split up in 1973; the assassination attempt on Marley’s life in December, 1976, and his relationship with Breakespeare, a white Jamaican who was Miss Jamaica World in 1976.The 75 -year-old Steffens interviewed Marley during his 1979 Survival tour of the United States. Over the years, he has amassed Marley/Wailers memorabilia at his Los Angeles home, considered the largest of its kind in the worldlast_img read more