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Virus cases in hard-hit Australian state reach lowest in months

first_imgDespite the lifting of the curfew, Melbourne residents remain subject to a stay-at-home order and are only allowed to travel within a radius of five kilometers for a limited number of approved activities.Non-essential businesses are still banned from reopening, with restaurants only available for takeaway, a rule that has caused angst among many owners.On Monday, a Victoria state judge was scheduled to begin hearing a case challenging the validity of lockdown measures — specifically the now-scrapped curfew — reportedly brought by a cafe owner frustrated by plummeting revenues.Melbourne became the epicenter of Australia’s second wave after security bungles led to the virus escaping from hotels used to quarantine travellers returning from overseas.Overall, Australia has been relatively successful in curbing the spread of COVID-19, with just over 27,000 cases and 875 deaths in a population of 25 million.Most regions are now reporting few or no new daily infections, allowing restrictions to be rolled back across much of the country.The nation has maintained strict controls over its international borders, with limits on the numbers of citizens who can return from overseas and a ban on leaving. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the downward trend in new cases was “very, very significant”, suggesting more restrictions would be eased if it continued.”We are so close to being able to take a really big step — big step towards that COVID normal,” he told a press conference. Five million residents in Australia’s second biggest city emerged from an almost two-month overnight curfew on Monday as just five new coronavirus cases were recorded in worst-hit Victoria state.The figure was the lowest daily rise in infections in Victoria since June 12 and came as residents of the state capital Melbourne saw a raft other virus restrictions also eased.Curbs on industries such as construction and manufacturing have been lifted in Melbourne, with childcare centers reopening and small religious services allowed to resume.center_img Topics :last_img read more

How watching reality TV helped buy a house

first_img34 Gibraltar Drive, Isle Of Capri sold for $1.256 million at The Event on Sunday.REALITY television helped a Gold Coast family successfully bid on a waterfront house during a mega auction event.Bernadette Parzatka said she and husband Henry Parzatka “stood fairly firm” to outbid their competition and snap up a five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at Isle of Capri. The Isle of Capri home feaures five bedrooms and three bathrooms.“I think from watching all the reality TV shows … we know the tricks,” Mrs Parzatka said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoBidding on the property inched upwards before the Parzatkas took it from the underbidder by just $1000, for $1.256 million.It was one of $40 million worth of properties on the auction block at Ray White Surfers Paradise’s auction The Event on Sunday.Mrs Parzatka said she had an eye on a few properties she had viewed in the lead-up to The Event but was ultimately attracted to the Isle of Capri home for its weekly rental return of $1250. Pool and a view.center_img The 635 sq m property has multiple living areas.“We bought it as an investment property,” said Mrs Parzatka, who lives in an apartment in Surfers Paradise with her family.Mrs Parzatka has bought property through auction before but said The Event was the largest of its kind, and would recommend it to other buyers.“It is a bit scary … you just have to be careful not to get caught up in the action,” she said.last_img read more

Tornadoes bring death, destruction in S. US

first_imgWASHINGTON – Tornadoes ripped throughthe southern United States, killing at least 32 people and leaving behindsplintered buildings and downed powerlines, officials and US media said Monday. Twisters caused catastrophic damageEaster Sunday and early Monday morning as storms moved through a regionstretching from Texas to Georgia, prompting the National Weather Service toissue its highest level of tornado alert. This handout photo obtained April 13, 2020 courtesy of the City of Monroe, Louisiana shows the aftermath of storm damage after tornadoes ripped through southern US states on Easter Sunday. THE CITY OF MONROE/AFP / HANDOUTcenter_img Images showed lines of smashed, rooflesshouses where tornadoes had blasted through, many homes just piles of rubblesitting atop foundations. (AFP)last_img

Act Like You Have Been There

first_imgIf you have been in athletics at all, you are more than likely familiar with the statement “act like you have been there before”.  It refers to when you score or when you make a good play you should not taunt the other team.  You go back on defense or move back to the huddle or whatever the game calls for.  In other words, you have done this before; it is no big deal; and you aren’t going to rub it in their face.  The NFL is always trying to cut down on violence in football.   One way would be to severely penalize any sign of taunting.  For example, backing into the end zone after a long run which tells your opponent that they are so slow you can beat them running backwards.  When a tackle makes a good play, instead of getting up and moving to the next play they stand and point fingers in your face or dance around like they have just been stung by a poisoned bee.  One or two plays later in the game someone gets an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty because in retaliation they try to kill an opposing player rather than just tackle him.  They supposedly took away celebrating in the end zone, but I have failed to see any real enforcement of this.  You would think that someone in the multi-million dollar earning range might have a little more sense than to shed all of their dignity and act like their two-year-old sons or daughters throwing a temper tantrum.last_img read more

Man United expect new Barcelona contract for Ansu Fati

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Costly Liquids In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… As outlined by Diario Sport, the Red Devils have seen a €100m approach for the player knocked back but were preparing a new and improved offer.The teenager star has a contract until 2022 with a €170m release clause but figures at United believe their interest is being leveraged in order for the player to secure a new deal at the Catalan club, which would see his contract extended until 2024 and the release clause increased to €400m.The Blaugrana believe Fati will play a part in the club’s first-team squad for the rest of this season and going into the future under boss Quique Seiten, viewing him as non-transferable – even though they are looking to sell several first-team squad players this summer.The Catalan giants are well stocked in the attacking department – Martin Braithwaite arrived in February while Luis Suarez is back to full fitness and Ousmane Dembele will be back in August, with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann also limiting Fati’s gametime.The 17-year-old forward, who is the youngest player to score for Barcelona in La Liga is said to be held in high esteem by United and officials at Barcelona which to elevate his clause and status further.Read Also: Wenger wants players pay lowered to tackle football’s virus falloutFati – born in Guinea Bissau, who now has Spanish nationality and also qualifies to represent Portugal – scored and assisted on his first start for the Blaugrana in their 5-2 win over Valencia in September and his level of performance has generated a great level of excitement.Fati has also become a Spain Under-21 international in recent months after his nationality papers were processed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United have an interest in signing Barcelona teenage forward Ansu Fati but believe he will sign a new contract at the Camp Nou, say ESPN.last_img read more

Two Injured in Massive Fort Lauderdale Boat Fire; Officials Close Intracoastal Waterway

first_imgAlthough there is minimal impact to nearby roads, the intracoastal waterway is shut down as of about 3:30 p.m. Gollan adds that two people were injured, but did not have any additional information on the extent of their injuries. The boat, a 60-foot sport fisherman, reportedly caught fire directly behind the Shooters restaurant, says Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen GollanThe restaurant is located at 3033 Northeast 32nd Ave. just south of Oakland Park Boulevard. A massive boat fire in Fort Lauderdale has shut down the intracoastal waterway in both directions as of late Sunday afternoon, and officials say two people are being treated for injuriescenter_img “FLFR is working a boat fire aboard and approximately 60 foot sport fishermen on the inter coastal and East Oakland Park Blvd.,” Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue tweeted at 3:08 p.m.FLFR is working a boat fire aboard and approximately 60 foot sport fishermen on the inter coastal and East Oakland Park Blvd.— FLFR PIO (@FLFR411) May 17, 2020 The cause of the fire is not yet known, and it was unclear if there were any other injuries.last_img read more

Vettel beats Hamilton in Bahrain thriller

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinMANAMA,(Reuters)-Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel forged seven points clear at the top of the Formula One standings on Sunday after winning a Bahrain Grand Prix thriller that saw Lewis Hamilton penalised for underhand tactics.Hamilton, who had started the floodlit race level on points with the German, took second place for Mercedes after staging a late chase following the five-second penalty for driving deliberately slowly into the pits.Hamilton’s Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas was third after leading from his first pole position, struggling with his tyres and twice respecting team orders to allow the faster Briton through.The victory was Vettel’s second of the season after the four-times world champion won the opener in Australia. Hamilton, who won in China last weekend, crossed the finish line 6.6 seconds behind.Vettel’s 44th win lifted him to 68 points, with Hamilton second on 61 and the championship looking ever more likely to be an evenly matched battle between the two with Ferrari and Mercedes a cut above the rest.“Yes guys, that’s what I’m talking about,” whooped the German, who was helped by a safety car after an aggressive early pitstop.“It was a really great day. It was on the last half of the out lap when all the fireworks were going off that I was like ‘I love what I do’,” he said.Hamilton’s race, already compromised by Vettel passing him off the start for second place, unravelled further when he drove “unnecessarily slowly” as he came in for his first pit stop.The move was a deliberate one to prevent Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo getting the jump with a quick stop while Hamilton waited behind Bottas, already in the pits.The Briton served the penalty at his second stop, frustration evident from his shaking helmet, before charging back and taking more than a second a lap out of Vettel’s advantage.The task of making up 20 seconds in 16 laps was ultimately too great a task.BACK FOOT“The pitlane was my fault and apologies to the team. I tried my hardest to catch up,” said Hamilton, who thanked Bottas for his help.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the Finn’s hopes of a first win had been hit even before the start when a problem with a generator on the grid left him with the wrong tyre pressures.“From then on we were on the back foot,” he said.Bottas kept the lead for the opening laps, with Vettel close behind in a five-car train.The safety car appeared on track after 18-year-old Canadian newcomer Lance Stroll, suffering his third retirement in three races, turned into Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz as the Spaniard left the pits.“I got hit from the side,” the Williams rookie exclaimed.The safety car appeared on track after 18-year-old Canadian newcomer Lance Stroll, suffering his third retirement in three races, turned into Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz as the Spaniard left the pits.“I got hit from the side,” the Williams rookie exclaimed.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had already crashed out by then, blaming brake failure after he trekked across the gravel into the tyre barrier on lap 12.“It was a great team effort today and I felt like we are quick. I tried to put Valtteri under pressure. But the early pit stop worked,” said Vettel.“Lewis obviously was a very big threat again towards the end… but the car was a dream today.”Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth with Australian Ricciardo fifth for Red Bull and Brazilian Felipe Massa sixth for Williams on the 75th birthday of team founder Frank Williams.Mexican Sergio Perez finished seventh for Force India, his 13th successive points finish, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean eighth for U.S.-owned Haas.Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg was ninth for Renault, that team’s first points of the year, and French rookie Esteban Ocon bagged the final point for Force India.McLaren’s nightmare continued with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne failing to start and Fernando Alonso retiring on the final laps but classified 14th.“I never raced with less power in my life,” the Spaniard told his team.last_img read more

Experts talk about state of election

first_imgPolitical experts discussed messaging in the presidential campaigns and upcoming events in the next nine weeks of the general election at the first installment of the “Road to the White House 2012: Politics, Media and Technology” series.College Democrats President Aaron Taxy and College Republicans President Madeline Lansky moderated a discussion with Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Raphael Bostic, director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise and Roberto Suro, a faculty fellow at the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.Expert takes · Annenberg Faculty Fellow Roberto Suro, left, and Director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise Raphael Bostic discussed the future of the general election campaign at Wednesday’s panel. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanThe weekly panels aim to provide an opportunity to listen to and take part in a discussion on topics ranging from domestic policy to the effects of swing voters.They are sponsored by the Unruh Institute of Politics, the Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise and the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.Panelists analyzed and speculated the effects of last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. this week. Suro said that, at this point, any incident could tip the election.“In this close of a race, any external event could produce a breakout moment for the other candidate,” Suro said.The event also touched upon how both the Obama and Romney campaigns will define the futures of their respective parties.“For all sorts of reasons in a multimedia era, it’s a lot harder for candidates to put a stamp on their party,” Schnur said. “I don’t know if there will be a Romney republicanism or an Obama democratism.”The first half hour of the discussion began with the student moderators posing questions to the panelists. During the second half of the panel, the audience was given the chance to question the experts directly.Students, including Nathaniel Haas, a freshman majoring in political science, posed questions to the panel. Haas said the discussion gave college students the opportunity to stay updated on important national events.“It’s hard to stay informed in college, so events like this are really helpful in allowing students to stay informed about issues that are important to us, like the presidential election,” Haas said.After the panel, Taxy said that the principal aim of the series is to foster a non-partisan conversation rather than a debate.“It is part of the atmosphere that the Trojan Family fosters,” Taxy said. “At USC, we like to have a conversation and learn something from someone who might disagree with us.”Lansky wrote in an email there are few opportunities for college students to express their views in a non-partisan way besides outlets like this series.“It’s nice to take a break from the biased discussions that revolve around politics and hear non-partisan, analytical perspectives,” Lansky wrote.The subject of next Wednesday’s panel is “The Key Issues: Jobs, Healthcare and Medicare —What Will Decide the Election?” It will run from noon to 1 p.m. in Ronald Tutor Campus Center 227.last_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Friday, Sept. 14, and Monday, Sept. 17. Crimes against propertyat 4:54 p.m. on Sept. 16, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect trespassing at Regional Trojan Arms and detained him for investigation. The officers found the suspect in possession of a bicycle that was registered to a student, but they were unable to contact him to determine if a crime had occurred.  The officers then impounded the bike and the suspect was released after being advised against trespassing on university property.at 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 15, a suspect pried open security bars, pulled off a screen and climbed through a window to gain entry at a residence on Portland Street.  The suspect then removed a laptop computer, a camera, a cellular phone and a wallet.Miscellaneous incidentsat 4:10 a.m. on Sept. 16, DPS officers responded to a student who drove his vehicle into a tree in a median near the intersection of 23rd and Figueroa streets. The student sustained abrasions to his arm and shoulder but declined medical treatment and was released at the scene.at 11:58 a.m. on Sept. 15, DPS officers responded to a student who struck her head on a wrought iron gate when she fell while climbing over it at Elizabeth Von KleinSmid Memorial Residence Hall. The officers examined the student then transported her to Good Samaritan Hospital for medical treatment.at 9:50 P.m. on Sept. 15, DPS officers responded to a report of a water leak at Cecele and Michael Birnkrant Residence Hall. Upon their arrival, a student directed them to the lobby, where water was dripping from an exposed pipe in the ceiling.  The officers positioned a trash can beneath the pipe to catch the water, then FMS personnel were requested to clean up and conduct repairs.last_img read more

Beat writers split on No. 11 Syracuse upsetting No. 3 Michigan State and playing on to the Sweet 16

first_imgNo. 11 Syracuse (22-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) faces off with No. 3 seed Michigan State (30-4, 16-2 Big 10) on Sunday at 2:40 p.m. at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The Orange most recently smothered TCU, 57-52 and was led by Marek Dolezaj’s 17 points. Michigan State fended off a pesky Bucknell team behind sophomore wing Miles Bridges’ second-half explosion and 29 points.See what our beat writers think of the matchup.Matthew Gutierrez (28-7)So so sweetSyracuse 58, Michigan State 57The arena on Sunday will be packed, mostly of fans in green and white. Stopping Miles Bridges, who scored 29 points Friday night, won’t be easy. MSU has some big bodies inside. But Syracuse’s defense has been as stiff and tough as it’s been all year long. Given how well SU played Friday, even with Tyus Battle and Frank Howard held in check, look out for a Syracuse upset against the Spartans. SU marches on to Omaha.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSam Fortier (24-11)Why not?Syracuse 61, Michigan State 60Jim Boeheim vanquished Jamie Dixon and now Syracuse finds itself in another long-odds situation. This, strangely, seems exactly where the Orange is most comfortable. This team skirted past TCU without its Big 3 firing on all cylinders, which was unlikely, but Syracuse has ignored logic all season. Now, SU has the chance to come back and beat Michigan State after Middle Tennessee State denied SU the opportunity two years ago. It’s too early to compare this postseason run to that one, but if the Orange bullies by the Spartans, those whispers will get louder.Tomer Langer (24-11)ChalkMichigan State 63, Syracuse 59My picks don’t matter anymore. Syracuse has been the underdog in its last two games after narrowly making the NCAA Tournament and won both. On Friday night, No. 1 overall seed Virginia — the team that lost just twice all year, that set the ACC record for wins in a season, that had the best defense in the country — lost to No. 16 seed UMBC, the first time a one seed has lost its first games. Nothing makes sense. Take every pick in this Tournament, from here on out, with a grain of salt. I want to pick Syracuse to win because this team has seemingly taken on a new identity in March. In the end, MSU is by far the toughest of the three opponents it’ll have faced so far in the Tournament, and so I’ll go with the Spartans. Comments Published on March 17, 2018 at 1:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more