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Australia ‘losing $2.5 bn a week’ in virus shutdown

first_imgAustralia’s economy is losing Aus$4 billion (US$2.5 billion) every week its virus shutdown continues, while a million workers have already lost their jobs in the crisis, according to figures announced Tuesday.The country has enjoyed success in curbing the spread of COVID-19, with new daily cases slowing to single digits or zero across most regions.But Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the restrictions on movement and gatherings designed to stop the spread of the disease were dealing a heavy blow to the economy. The ABS also reported that 31 percent of households nationwide had seen their finances worsen.Frydenberg said the figures showed Australia “must get people back into jobs, and we must get people back at work” but the country had only met 11 of the 15 health conditions for lifting restrictions — though work was ongoing to fast-track the remaining four.Among those is a greater take-up of the government’s contact tracing app, COVIDSafe, which to date has been downloaded by almost five million smartphone users.Australia has recorded more than 6,800 cases of COVID-19 and 96 deaths. Despite progress in some parts of the country, large clusters of cases have emerged at a Melbourne abattoir and Sydney care home.Australia’s states and territories have begun gradually easing some of the restrictions imposed to curb the epidemic and Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said further steps could be announced later this week.  “For every extra week that the current restrictions remain in place, the Treasury estimates that close to $4 billion will be reduced in economic activity, from a combination of a reduced workforce participation, reduced productivity, and reduced consumption,” he said in a speech in Canberra.It came as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported a 7.5 percent drop in jobs — equivalent to nearly one million workers out of an active workforce of some 13 million — in the five weeks to April 18.A third of workers lost their jobs in the worst-affected hotel and hospitality industries, along with 27 percent of people in the arts and recreation sectors.The Treasury has previously estimated the unemployment rate will double to 10 percent by the middle of the year because of the coronavirus shutdowns, leaving about 1.4 million people out of work.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Nicolas Pepe defends Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City

first_imgAdvertisement Nicolas Pepe says Arsenal’s players need to ‘rectify’ their current situation (BPI/REX)Nicolas Pepe has defended Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City and claims the Swede is not at fault for the team’s poor performances.The Gunners were comfortably beaten by the Premier League champions on Sunday as Kevin De Bruyne’s double and Raheem Sterling’s goal sealed a 3-0 victory for Pep Guardiola’s side at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal have registered just one win in their last 12 matches in all competitions but Pepe believes criticism should be directed towards the players as opposed to Ljungberg.‘It is us, the players, who need to rectify this,’ Pepe told RMC Sport after the match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘With Freddie or someone else, it would be the same.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Dec 2019 9:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Freddie Ljungberg has urged Arsenal to made a quick decision over their new manager (BPI/REX)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‘I think it needs clearing up to make a decision so that everybody knows.‘That’s something I’ve said. It’s totally up to the club.‘I’m very honoured and trying to do things as well as I can, but I think that it would be good to make a decision regardless of what it is.’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 Commentcenter_img Nicolas Pepe struggled to make an impact in Arsenal’s defeat to Man City (Getty Images)Ljungberg, meanwhile, has urged Arsenal’s hierarchy to speed up their process of finding a new manager following the decision to sack Unai Emery 17 days ago.‘I think, as I’ve said to the club, it’s a great, great honour to do this,’ Ljungberg said after the defeat to City.‘Of course Per [Mertesacker] is the academy manager and he’s doing two jobs in one go. Nicolas Pepe defends Freddie Ljungberg after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City Advertisementlast_img read more

The Brisbane unit market is showing glimmers of recovery

first_imgHaesley Cush at auction under the stars.Given the previous period of uncertainty in the apartment market it was great to see buyers back out fighting in this segment of the market.Now to represent that the unit market is back, would be entirely misleading and a gross misread of the events.What we saw was the green shoots of a market in recovery. Units in the inner city currently represent awesome value and it looks like buyers have realised that those prices won’t last forever.Brisbane has a very healthy outlook with the Queens Wharf infrastructure supporting employment until completion and then the Casino and hospitality precinct providing even more jobs thereafter. And where will those people live? Likely, for the most part, in apartments within the ring of the city.The rest of the night saw house sales from $620,000 up to above $3 million. With nearly $15 million worth of sales concluded by the end of the auctions. 27/4 Wandoo St, Fortitude Valley sold under the hammer for $537,000. Picture: Wednesday night I called our Biannual ‘Under the Stars’ auctions. I always get excited for these big events.The weather, as it usually is, was perfect and more than 300 people, a mixture of buyers, sellers and locals turned up to take their read on the Brisbane market.Heading out to centre stage to call 28 auctions is a thrilling feeling. But I also carry a certain amount curiosity in my back pocket.I’m as keen as anyone to see what unfolds during the auctions. The property market can be highly unpredictable, due largely to the emotional attachment people have to their current or future homes.As an auctioneer I have a game plan for how the night should run, but as one of the great auctioneers Phil Parker used to tell me “The best thing to expect is the unexpected”.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoWednesday certainly dished up some unexpected results. The big news out of the night was that half of the properties that sold were units.last_img read more

St Vincent pastor, wife and daughter to serve 4 years after scalding man in ‘spiritual warfare’

first_img Tweet Share FaithLifestyleNewsRegional St Vincent pastor, wife and daughter to serve 4 years after scalding man in ‘spiritual warfare’ by: – April 30, 2018 Share 270 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Cuthbert “Mafia” Victory following the attack in 2016. (Photo: CMC)KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – A magistrate Monday sentenced a pastor, his wife and daughter to four years in prison after they were found guilty of pouring hot liquid on a man following what they described as a “spiritual warfare” two years ago.Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett imposed the sentence on Nigel Morgan, his wife Althia, and their 23-year-old daughter, Crystal, following the assault on Cuthbert “Mafia” Victory, which left him with burns to his back, shoulders, chest and face.Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche had argued that the trio had planned the assault on Victory on April 9, 2016.A video of the incident, which was widely circulated on social media, showed the older Morgans holding Victory while their daughter pours on him what was later revealed to be a hot liquid. The video was not tendered in evidence, reportedly because police did not secure a deposition from the person who did the recording.In her defence, Crystal Morgan told the court that she was feeling ill and was about to make a cup of tea when she heard noises that suggested that her parents were under attack.“I felt as if my soul left my body,” she told the Kingstown Magistrate Court even as she acknowledged that she could not recall how she left the kitchen on the upper floor of their two-storey house, to the street, where she poured the hot water on the man.She told the court that even up to the point of giving evidence she did not know who it was that she had hurt.In their defence, the older Morgans presented themselves as having been under attack by Victory, a 39-year-old construction worker, who had gone to visit a friend who was the Morgans’ neighbour.However, they admitted in court that they had attempted to use olive oil on the man while, praying for him even though he had not requested any spiritual help.But the state’s main witness, Clint Antoine, who was the Morgans’ neighbour at the time of the incident, told the court that the pastor and his wife, had been engaged in an exchange of words with Victory.He said during the fracas. Morgan placed his hand on the bottle then placed it above Victory’s forehead. The witness said Victory swung his hand and Mrs. Morgan held on to him and they began fighting.Antoine told the court that the trio continued fighting before Victory was subdued by the Morgans and the daughter then poured the contents of a black and silver kettle on him.On their last court appearance on April 13, the Morgans hired their own camera crew to photograph and videotape reporters covering the court case.last_img read more

Post Covid-19: Operation mind your water bottle coming!

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 A number of clubs are organising their own testing procedures. Yet the physical rigours of the elite football environment also have an effect on players’ immune systems which have always made players susceptible to viruses. players water rack may henceforth have individual players name on them ‘Professional players have been shown to be regularly immunosuppressed,’ former Chelsea doctor Dr Eva Carneiro tells Sportsmail. ‘This has been demonstrated by both blood tests and the rate and incidence of upper respiratory tract and other infections, which is how a virus like this starts. That’s due to the amount of sport they play. The physical activity, playing at a professional level, with games sometimes every 72 hours, as well as training creates a strain on the body.’ The risk is compounded by overseas travel. ‘It means they have to enter an airport even though they might be travelling by private jet,’ adds Dr Carneiro who was at Chelsea for six years. Read AlsoCoronavirus: Ronaldo sends message to fans as he remains in quarantine “’Travel can also mean a change in sleep patterns, arriving back in the early hours of the morning, creating a fatigue which again can make players susceptible.’ Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Biggest Cities In The World So FarWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Best Cars Of All Time Loading… There are strong indications that professional football clubs will adopt operation mind your water bottle when the leagues return after the virus forced embargo. It’s the pitch side bottle-throwing habit which drives some Premier League club doctors mad. A player will catch one, drink from it and throw it back over the white line from where it will be placed back in the rack for anyone else to use — a ready-made means to transmit the viruses to which elite players can be particularly prone. One doctor speaks of pushing to get name labels put on bottles to prevent a virus spreading in such an elementary way but it was a struggle. Players in prime physical fitness, playing elite football week-in week-out, think they’re untouchable. The Covid-19 virus has revealed they are as prone to infection as anyone else.  Within a 12-hour period late on Thursday, no fewer than five Premier League players were self-isolating, with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi both confirmed as infected.Advertisementlast_img read more

Lady Chargers Battle Lady Spartans

first_imgNorth Decatur JV lost in 3 sets 13-25, 25-12, 25-13.Anna Burkhart had 21 digs and Brittany Krieger had 15 digs. Erin Schwering & Brittany Krieger both added 4 kills.North Decatur Varsity won in 4 sets 25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 26-24.‘The girls played really well tonight and it was great to see them battle back after dropping Set 2. They communicated well and showed hustle and enthusiasm. Varsity is now 9-3 on the season and we look to continue adding to our 9 game win streak next week with 3 matches, all at Home.’ Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.Kara Muckerheide set an impressive 105/106 with 28 assists, added 4 kills and  & 5 digs. Emma Luttle served 23/24 with 6 Aces and added 3 kills. Erica Gauck totaled 16 digs and 7 kills. Maddy Day 9 kills & Olivia Bohman 4 kills w/3 solo blocks. Erika Kramer 13 kills & 5 total blocks.last_img read more

Inside Alexis Sanchez new £2m Florida apartment

first_img Promoted Content8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot South Florida real estate website The Real Deal has claimed that the Inter Milan loanee has forked out nearly £2million for a luxury apartment in a condominium at Sunny Isles Beach. His property is said to be just a 30-minute drive away from Miami, with records showing proof of the Chilean international’s purchase at the Ritz-Carlton Residences. Sanchez put himself in lockdown outside the Chilean capital Santiago before returning to Italy the weekend before last. Italian media have seized on the reported purchase as evidence that his future could lie in the US and David Beckham’s Inter Miami. He was first linked to Miami in September after admitting he’d love to play in the MLS at some point, but insisted he still had “five or six years” left at a good level in Europe. Reports at the weekend said Sanchez’s career was in limbo with the player unwanted by both Manchester United and Inter Milan. read also:South African model in Coronavirus lockdown with Sanchez He still has over two years left on his Old Trafford contract, though it remains to be seen where he will be playing next season. West Ham were said to have expressed an interest in signing him if the stumbling block of his high wages could be overcome, but nothing has come of it so far. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It has also been stated that the 31-year-old would be given access to a private club on the 33rd floor of the 52-storey tower, which includes a beachfront restaurant, pool deck and full-service spa, as well as a fitness centre and wellness centre. An official website for the apartment block describes it as a “sumptuous urban oasis” of 212 condominium homes including four penthouses. The 649ft residential tower provides sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. According to The Real Deal, the Ritz-Carlton had declined to comment on the alleged purchase from Sanchez.center_img Loading… Manchester United forward, Alexis Sanchez, has reportedly bought a beachside apartment near Miami.last_img read more

Man U move a dream come true — Ighalo

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo described his move to Manchester United as a “dream come true” as he arrived in the UK after signing for the club on loan until the end of the season. The 30-year-old striker sealed a shock loan move to United from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in the closing moments of the transfer window on Friday. The move came as a surprise to many in the footballing world, but after arriving into the city’s airport, the Nigerian opened up on his long-standing love for the club and excitement about what lies ahead. “Its been crazy. Obviously I am happy to be in Manchester and this is a great opportunity for me”, Ighalo told Sky Sports News. “And I’m grateful to God, my agent and the coach that gave me this opportunity to be here. I’m happy to be here to work hard with the team and finish very well this season. “It’s a dream come true because since I was a kid I have always dreamed about Man United, but this is reality now.” United will be hoping their new recruit hits the ground running after again failing to score in a 0-0 home draw with Wolves on Saturday, meaning they have failed to score in the four league games top scorer Marcus Rashford has been injured. Ighalo’s move was sealed in dramatic circumstances on the final day of the transfer window, with the deal being announced at one minute past midnight after the window had already closed. United initially attempted to sign Bournemouth striker Josh King earlier in the day before turning to their attention to Ighalo, with the player’s agent claiming the move only started to gather pace at midday on Friday. After arriving into Manchester Airport following a long flight from China, the striker said he would be resting on Sunday but is ready to get straight into action with the team starting on Monday. “Today I will just chill because I have travelled from Shanghai to Manchester. Today (the plan) is just to rest and tomorrow we start to work,” Ighalo added. It is not the first time the Nigerian has played in the Premier League after spending three successful years with Watford, scoring 17 goals and assisting six in the league before his move to China in 2017. Ighalo could make his debut for the Red Devils against Chelsea on 17 February after the club takes a brief winter break.Tags: Manchester UnitedOdion IghaloShanghai Shenhualast_img read more

CONCACAF getting back on track – President

first_imgPresident of CONCACAF, Victor Montagliani is breathing a little easier these days after successfully utting his organisation back on a path to success following corruption scandals that rocked it to its core.“Putting the financial house in order of CONCACAF over a short period of time has been the highlight, not only generating increased revenue, but also putting in some good practices from a governance and fiscal management perspective. Culturally, that is something that is very important to the future of the organisation,” said Montagliani.The United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) arrested 40 FIFA and former FIFA officials, 0including some of CONCACAF’s very top officials. A number of those officials, including former president Jeffrey Webb, have since pleaded guilty, and have been given life bans from the sport.According to Montagliani, there was also the issue of bringing unity to CONCACAF after, not just the scar of corruption, but also after a hard-fought election for the organisation’s presidency in its wake.Today, Montagliani believes that the various Association presidents are happier, having seen the efforts to create unity within CONCACAF.“The other highlight is that we have been able to put the house in order, and we have met about three occasions with the (association) presidents and you can see by coming together the people are seeing that anything is possible when we are united,” said Montagliani in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.Now the organisation is looking forward to putting up a bid or multiple bids for the 2026 World Cup. Before that, there is the 2017 Gold Cup, which is expected to provide a financial boost for the organisation.last_img read more