Australia on course for lowest one-day rise in COVID-19 cases in more than 3 weeks

first_imgTopics : Australia was poised to post its lowest one-day rise in new COVID-19 cases in more than three weeks on Thursday, stoking hopes that a second wave of new infections gripping Victoria state is finally being brought under control.Australia, once heralded as a global leader in combating COVID-19, has struggled to contain an outbreak in the country’s second most populous state, which has seen triple digit daily new cases for weeks.Victoria reported 278 new infections in the past 24 hours, down from 410 a day earlier. Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW) reported 12 new cases, while Queensland state said it has found no new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours.Barring a large rise in cases from states that have a effectively eliminated the virus, that means Australia’s total of 290 cases would be the lowest one-day rise in new coronavirus cases since July 20.Australian authorities cautiously welcomed the decline.”I think we have to wait and see what happens over the coming week just to make sure that downward slope continues over the days ahead,” Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd told Australia’s Channel 9.center_img Australia has identified about 22,500 COVID-19 cases while the death toll rose on Thursday to 361 after nine fatalities from the virus were recorded in Victoria and NSW.The slowdown in new cases comes a week after authorities imposed a total lockdown across Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, including a night curfew, restrictions on people’s daily movements and large parts of state economy ordered to close. Nearly 5 million people in Melbourne have been confined to their homes except for essential reasons for nearly a month.Neighboring New South Wales state is also on alert, having reported daily new infections in the teens for the past several weeks.Officials warned a failure by people there to observe social distancing guidelines could fuel community transmission, as they scrambled to trace several clusters stemming from schools and restaurants. last_img read more

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Original Queenslander listed for first time in 60 years

first_imgAn original Oxley Queenslander built in 1914 is on the market for the first time in more than 60 years.It is only the second time it has been for sale in its more than 100-year history.The house still retains a combustion stove in the kitchen along with vertical joint (VJ) walls, timber floors, a gas fireplace, fretwork and double-hung windows.The home is one of the original Queenslander-style homes to be built.Frosted coloured glass is a major feature in one room.Built by James and Ellen Price, Glenelg remained in the family until 1955 when it was sold to John and Eleanor Vickers.Set on the corner of Jutland and Price streets, it was known as the “big house” – with reference to the only other, and much smaller, house on Price St – which was named after the family.Value add: Geelong land owner finds gold mine in backyardThe original house at 57 Jutland St, Oxley, has been well maintained.The 1620sqm block is four 405sqm lots facing Jutland St, but it may be possible – subject to council approval – to re-configure the property to create a 520sqm block off Price St.Current owner Linda Vickers, who grew up in the home with her parents and brother, still has plenty of paperwork surrounding the property’s history.“My dad never threw anything away, so we still have all of the old rates notices and one of those old-fashioned books he used to make payments,” she says.“Whoever buys it can follow the story of the home through all of the old artefacts he kept.”Winning: 101-year-old woman beats reserve by half a millionThe kitchen retains an old combustion stove along with other original features.The well-maintained house has been restumped, re-roofed, re-decked and had the stairs and balustrades replaced within the past 10 years.There are three bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, dining and living areas, a wraparound veranda and a study which Vickers says was previously a bathroom.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“You would have to heat water on the combustion stove and carry the hot water out there,” she says.Her greatest hope is to find a buyer who falls in love with the house, restoring it to its original glory. An aerial view of the property.“On the other side of the street there is a little worker’s cottage where my parent’s friends used to live, and it has been renovated and done up beautifully,” Vickers says.“There is another beautiful historical home on the street and they both complement this house well. It really has got such a historical connection to the area.”This story was originally published by the Courier Mail.last_img read more

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Euronav sells Suezmax tanker for FPSO conversion

first_imgTanker company Euronav has sold the Suezmax vessel Felicity to an unnamed global supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms.The Suezmax tanker Felicity, with a 157,667 deadweight tonnage, was built in 2009 by Samsung.Announcing the sale on Tuesday, Euronav said that a capital loss on the sale of approximately $3 million would be recorded in 4Q 2018 and the cash generated on this transaction after repayment of debt would be $21.1 million.The vessel has been delivered to its new owners and will be converted into an FPSO and therefore leave the worldwide trading fleet.Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav said: “Once again Euronav has demonstrated a capability to generate value for our stakeholders as part of our approach on fleet renewal. This is the eighth vessel we have successfully introduced into an offshore project. It reflects our reputation for providing high quality operational tonnage for the offshore sector.”last_img read more

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Abortion cases not open for review (but process is)

first_imgNZ Herald 10 Aug 2012An anti-abortion group’s battle for a review of abortions has been dismissed by the Supreme Court. Right to Life had argued many abortions were wrongly approved on mental health grounds and called for the Abortion Supervisory Committee to investigate. The group had sought a judicial review of the committee’s assertion that it has no oversight of the individual decisions made by certifying consultants who approve abortions. High Court judge Justice Forrest Miller ruled in the group’s favour in 2008, noting there was “reason to doubt the lawfulness of many abortions”. The Court of Appeal overturned that decision last year , and Right to Life appealed. In a split decision yesterday, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by a majority of three to two. Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, Justice Andrew Tipping and Justice Peter Blanchard, now retired, upheld the Court of Appeal ruling. They found the law did not permit the committee to investigate the decisions of consultants in individual cases, but it could ask consultants how they approached decision making in general.Right to Life spokesman Ken Orr said he was disappointed the committee could not scrutinise consultants’ decisions but was pleased it could inquire about their decision making. He called it a positive step that would “place restraints on the abortion-on-demand regime”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10825886last_img read more

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Sports Division awards 34 individuals and groups

first_img Share Sportswoman of the Year Luan Gabriel with her mother Cyrilla HiltonThirty-four (34) individuals and groups who have excelled in sports during 2011 have been rewarded. The Ministry of Sports on Wednesday evening hosted the 6th annual National Sports Awards ceremony at the Fort Young Hotel, highlighting and rewarding the achievements of several young people who have for the duration of 2011 performed remarkably in sports.Out of the 34 awardees was sixteen year old Luan Gabriel of Bioche who captured a gold medal at the CARIFTA games in Bermuda last month, earned herself three awards at that ceremony which are; Athletics Track and Field female, Female Youth Athlete of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year.The award for Sportsman of the Year went to Lennon Bannis who is currently in Brazil seeking qualification for the Olympic Games.The other awards for Most Valuable Players (MVP) for 2011 were;• Athletics (Track and Field, Male) – David Registe• Athletics (Track and Field Female) – Luan Gabriel• Basketball – Thomas Felix• Boxing – Lennon Bannis• Bridge – Hilary Harry• Football (male) – Kurlson Benjamin• Football (female) Kadisha Joseph• Netball – Omean Charles• Rounders – Julia Bruno• Softball cricket – Kirt Martin• Squash (male) – Sampson Viville• Squash (female) – Kenya Fagan• Table Tennis (male) – Dane Taylor• Table Tennis (female) – Larissa Dover• Volleyball (male) – Julian Seraphine• Volleyball (female) – Elizabeth Joseph• Special Olympics Athlete of the Year – Crispine Dailey• Sporting Village of the Year – Goodwill• Physical Education/Sports Teacher of the Year, Primary School – Dario Frank• Physical Education/Sports Teacher of the Year, Secondary School – Walson Pacquette• School of the Year in Sports, Primary – Wills Strathmore Stevens• School of the Year in Sports, Secondary – Portsmouth Secondary• Sports Commentator of the Year – Ossie Lewis• Sports Reporter of the Year – Brian Francis• Official (Umpire/Referee) of the Year – Ignatius Carlisle Jno Baptiste• Club of the Year – Cavaliers Sports Club• Sports Committee of the Year – Marigot Sports Committee• Coach of the Year – Nabi Wallace• Association of the Year – Dominica Football Association• Sponsor of the Year – LIME Dominica• Male Youth Athlete of the Year – Kaven Hodge• Female Youth Athlete – Luan GabrielSports Coordinator Trevor Shillingford noted that the government’s allocation of $37, 000.00 towards hosting the event is testament of their commitment to the continued development and growth of young people on the island.Shillingford also noted that the Awards ceremony is the ministry’s way of “providing motivation” to the youth for their continued participation and development in sports.He believes that the “signs for 2012 are encouraging” considering Luan Gabriel’s performance at the CARIFTA games and Shane Shillingford’s record breaking 10 wicket haul during the 3rd Digicel cricket match in Dominica in April.[nggallery id=174 ]Dominica Vibes News LocalNewsSports Sports Division awards 34 individuals and groups by: – May 3, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 158 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

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San Jose town eyes ‘sisterhood pact’ with Silay City

first_imgAccording to Santillan, Silay City –considered as the next Vigan in the preservation and conservation of historicalsites – can assist San Jose in preserving its old infrastructures to furtherattract tourists and boost its economy.  SAN JOSE, Antique – This capital townis planning to create a “sisterhood pact” with Silay City in NegrosOccidental.       Antique Provincial Board Member ErrolSantillan, chairman of the committee on history and cultural heritage, said thecreation of a “sisterhood committee” is an initial step to forge a twinningrelationship between this town and Silay City. The provincial board here last weekunanimously approved during its regular session the creation of the “sisterhoodcommittee” that would carry out the twinning relationship. Santillan added the committee is arequirement by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, whichsupervises local government units (LGUs), forging a sisterhoodrelationship.  He added the local chief executives ofthis capital town and Silay City have mutual interest in further developingtheir economic, social, cultural, political, and historical ties. The committee will be a truecross-section representation of the community, such as the educational,cultural, technical, business, professional, social, civic, religious, youth,and media, among others. center_img San Jose has several historical sites,such as the San Pedro Convent and remnants of the old Spanish Fort.(With a report from PNA/PN) “Silay City has the Heritage ZoneOrdinance, which San Jose can also replicate,” he said. “The sisterhood committee will discussthe affiliation idea and will determine the choice of the LGU to affiliatewith,” he said. It will also be tasked to preparebackground information about the twinning LGUs, and outline the type ofbusiness activities to be carried out, Santillan said.  Provincial Board Member Errol Santillan of Antique shows the newly approved resolution for the “sister city” relationship between San Jose town and Silay City, Negros Occidental on Jan. 23. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAYlast_img read more

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Baines happy with defensive effort

first_img Press Association On Saturday the Toffees ground out a 1-0 win over Fulham to record their fifth clean sheet in seven matches. They are only three points behind fifth-placed Tottenham, who do have a match in hand, but with goals not easy to come by Baines is grateful for their strength at the back. “We have not been conceding many goals at all lately, apart from the one last week (the 1-0 defeat at Sunderland),” said the England international. “We’ve kept a few clean sheets on the bounce at Goodison and we probably could have got another couple of goals against Fulham.” He added: “We didn’t put them away but in the end we only needed the one but we created some chances. “We have been playing well and there was good build-up to the goal and we had a couple of other moves which were similar which didn’t quite have the finish.” Steven Pienaar scored the goal against the Cottagers, his seventh of the season but only the second in the league in 2013. “We rely on him so much and some players, if they are not seen to be carrying the team forward, then it can show because he is so important to us,” added Baines. “He has got a few goals this season so that shows he has added to his game and he is a massive plus for us being in the team.” With three matches of the campaign remaining it is understandable players start looking towards the summer, but with a Merseyside derby at Anfield this weekend there is no danger of that at Everton. “The summer is always welcome, especially when you get to the end of the season and you have been involved heavily,” said the England left-back. “But you try and put it to the back of your mind, especially when you have got big games on the horizon as we have. “You keep plugging away, giving what you have got left.” center_img Defender Leighton Baines believes Everton’s defensive resilience has allowed them to remain in the race for Europe in recent weeks.last_img read more

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Simpson signs four-year Middlesex deal

first_imgFeatures & comment Middlesex furlough players and most staff Robson insists there will be no over-confidence at Middlesexcenter_img The highs and lows of Middlesex’s 50-over campaign last_img

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Orgeron has USC living in the now

first_img“Inside the 20s” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this story, email Nick at nselbe@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbe It started around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, roughly two hours before kickoff. USC coaches, players and players’ family members gathered around midfield at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a pregame prayer and pep talk, led by interim head coach Ed Orgeron. The purpose, players said, was to emphasize the overarching theme that will drive this year’s Trojans to wherever they end up: family.“It was a great feeling. The team that prays together stays together,” redshirt junior linebacker Hayes Pullard said after USC’s 38-31 victory over Arizona. “We are one big family and we wanted to bring the parents in and all pray together. Coach O emphasized that we are a unit, so it was great to bring everyone together.”In the two weeks since he’s taken over as leader of the program, Orgeron has preached three things to his players: be physical up front, play with enthusiasm and have fun. All three attributes have been tenets of Orgeron’s coaching philosophy throughout his career, and players seem rejuvenated by the sudden infusion of energy following the dismissal of former head coach Lane Kiffin.“He’s the definition of ‘Fight On’ and being a Trojan,” redshirt senior outside linebacker Devon Kennard said of Orgeron. “You can’t do anything but love him. He’ll get after you when you do something wrong, but once you start doing things right, there’s nobody that [will] be more excited for you than him. We’ll go through a wall for Coach O.”To call Orgeron the anti-Kiffin would be fairly accurate. Kiffin was renowned for his knowledge of the Xs and Os and had total control over the Trojans’ offense during his three-plus seasons at USC. In his first game as interim head coach, what input did Orgeron give to offensive coordinator Clay Helton, who called the plays against Arizona?“I didn’t have to say a word on the headsets, except ‘Atta boy, good job Cody, good job Clay,’” Orgeron said.Where Kiffin was reserved on the sidelines during games, Orgeron was anything but on Thursday. Not only was he fired up himself, but he implored his players to join in on the high-fives and chest bumps, and the players by and large embraced this drastic change in sideline behavior.“[Defensive linemen] know how Coach O is, so it’s funny seeing other guys getting hyped up now by some of the things he’s doing,” Kennard said. “It’s awesome seeing how infectious he can be to an entire team.”Orgeron’s tactics have been effective, at least for one week, because his rah-rah persona seems 100 percent sincere, just as Kiffin’s stoicism was an indelible part of his identity.Neither approach is inherently better or worse than the other; coaches such as Kansas State’s Bill Snyder and Stanford’s David Shaw have experienced tremendous success throughout their careers while maintaining a certain level of calm on the sidelines. But Orgeron’s style has certainly been effective in motivating this current group of players and has earned him the respect of the athletic administration.“Ed is a very iconic figure around here. What impresses me is that he brings it every day,” USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said. “This is not a fake thing with him. He brings the energy every day, and I think our guys really appreciate it. He’s a great coach, and people like Ed. He’s a very likeable guy, and that’s a good thing right now.”Haden is unquestionably a very smart man, and he chooses his words carefully. When speaking about Orgeron, the phrase “right now” seems most appropriate in discussing his suitableness as USC’s next head coach, sans the “interim” prefix.I don’t know that Orgeron is the best candidate to become USC’s permanent head coach, and I don’t know that he isn’t. At this point, it’s far too early to make that kind of judgment, and Haden is very aware of this.But Orgeron is the perfect coach for USC “right now.” At this juncture, USC does not need a coach; it needs a leader. This is not to say that Kiffin could not lead, but Orgeron is much better suited to pilot the team in a time of crisis. He’s the ideal candidate for the “break glass in case of emergency” situation the USC football program currently finds itself in.After the win against Arizona, it seemed as though players were fighting among themselves to see who could give Orgeron the best compliment. Positive energy is always a good thing, but USC won’t be able to reach its goals this season based on good morale alone. There are still many issues the team has to deal with, such as its pass defense and lack of depth at wide receiver. Those areas must be fixed for the wins to start piling up.But that doesn’t seem to be of much concern for USC players, who are merely happy to see their beloved Coach O enjoy success. In the competition for praising Orgeron, redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler might have finished in first place:“You want a coach that you would go to war for every time,” Kessler said. “[With Orgeron], and I don’t just speak for myself, I speak for the whole team, we would go to war for this guy any day of the week. When you can not only see but feel that he cares about you so much, that’s love right there. I couldn’t ask for a better head coach right now.”And as of right now, how could it get any better than that?last_img read more

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Elvis makes an appearance at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce this morning

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Elvis Presley, aka Marshall Matthews, entered the Wellington Donut Shop this morning to surprise Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce members with a couple of renditions of Elvis hits including “My Blue Suede Shoes” in the video above (don’t miss the dancing by Connie Bales!)The appearance is part of a promotion for a concert held Saturday, May 10 at the Memorial Auditorium in Wellington as a fundraiser for Safe Homes, an organization that provides crisis services, shelter and resources for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for Sumner, Cowley, Elk and Chautauqua Counties in south-central Kansas.Matthews and his band The Memphis Kings are known for their Elvis impersonations. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. with opening act country singer Debbi Cay from Caldwell. The main band will start performing at 7 p.m.During intermission, 13-year-old Mason Lough from Wellington, who became an internet sensation performing with the Zac Brown Band, will entertain the audience on keyboards.The Elvis Show performed by the band has been described as “powerful, energetic and the real Elvis experience.”Matthews performs from the West Coast to the East Coast and in Canada and Mexico.The event is a major benefit for Safe Homes. Some of the programs and services Safe Homes provide are emergency shelter for women and children in crisis, crisis counseling, a 24 hour crisis line, transitional housing, legal advocacy, human trafficking services, support groups, parenting and financial classes and parent / child advocacy.Dusti Fansler Director of Development at Safe Homes reported about 300 new clients — women and children — are served each year, and there are about eight women and children in the shelter each night.“We really enjoy doing benefit shows for worthy organizations, and the May 10th show for Safe Homes is no exception,” Matthews said. “Safe Homes provides a valuable and critical need for victims of violence and abuse in South Central Kansas.”General admission tickets purchased before the concert are $15, and $20 at the door. VIP seating tickets are $30, and Super VIP tickets (stage seating with the band) are $100.  Tickets may be purchased at the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, at The Nook in Caldwell, or by calling the Safe Homes office at 620-221-7079.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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