Italy overtakes China as nation with most virus deaths

first_imgItaly announced another 427 fatalities on Thursday, taking its total to 3,405, according to an AFP tally.China, where the outbreak first emerged in December last year, has officially reported 3,245 deaths.Globally, the death toll from the virus — whose main symptoms are a dry cough and fever — has risen to over 9,000.Countries have tightened border controls and unleashed nearly a trillion dollars to prop up the teetering world economy, only to see the once-in-a-century pandemic seemingly spiral further out of control. ‘Paying a big price’ US President Donald Trump, who has come under fire for his response to the crisis, charged Thursday that the world was paying for China’s lack of transparency on the outbreak of the new coronavirus there several months ago.”It could have been contained to that one area of China where it started. And certainly the world is paying a big price for what they did,” he said.As the toll surged in his country, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the national lockdown, which has been copied around Europe, would be prolonged to April 3, shattering hopes of a quick end to the crisis. “We will not be able to return immediately to life as it was before,” he said.France also mooted extending the two-week lockdown ordered this week by President Emmanuel Macron, as the interior minister blasted “idiots” who flout home confinement rules and put others at risk.The disease continued to hit high-profile figures with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Monaco’s Prince Albert II among those testing positive. Italy passed a grim milestone on Thursday when it overtook China as the country with most reported deaths from the new coronavirus sweeping the planet.The world has stepped up its war to try to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19, with several countries imposing lockdowns that are keeping tens of millions of people trapped in their homes.But the death toll has soared in Europe even as China saw a glimmer of hope with zero new domestic cases reported for the first time. ‘Enemy against humanity’ The battle is only just beginning across the rest of the world, with the shadow of the virus lengthening across Africa.The Nigerian mega-city of Lagos announced it would shut its schools while Burkina Faso confirmed the first death in sub-Saharan Africa.Russia reported its first death and even the Pacific nation of Fiji said it had its first case.The UN warned that as nations bring in shutdowns and travel bans, some three billion people lack even the most basic weapons to protect themselves from the virus: soap and running water.World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries to “come together as one against a common enemy: an enemy against humanity”.Countries are taking increasingly drastic steps to stem infections, with Australia and New Zealand banning non-residents from arriving, and India imposing a one-day nationwide curfew.Britain closed dozens of London Underground stations and shut down schools, although the government denied reports it was about to lock down the capital. Bank bazooka With countries paralyzed by the pandemic and stock markets imploding, policymakers this week unleashed a wave of measures to shore up the global economy.The European Central Bank late Wednesday announced a 750-billion-euro bond-buying scheme, dubbed the “big bazooka”.”Extraordinary times require extraordinary action. There are no limits to our commitment to the euro,” ECB chief Christine Lagarde said.In the United States, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging Congress to pass a $1-trillion emergency stimulus package immediately, with many economists saying the US is already now in deep recession.Trump has said he views himself as a “wartime president”, even as his administration faced growing criticism over a lack of testing for coronavirus and for the speed of its response.The US has so far shied away from the sweeping restrictions used in China and many European countries, although the streets of many of its major cities have emptied as local curbs come into effect.European and US stocks staged a rebound on the stimulus news, although Asian markets took another beating.But the sense of impending doom continues to cast a pall over the world economy with airlines, carmakers and others all warning of bleak times ahead.center_img China listed no new domestic infections for the first time since the outbreak first erupted in the central city of Wuhan in December, before spreading worldwide.It appeared to have staunched the virus with strict measures including a complete quarantine of Wuhan since January, meaning the number of infections and deaths in the rest of the world have surpassed those in China.But there were fears that Asia faces a second wave of cases imported from abroad, with 34 new cases reported in China, the highest figure for two weeks. ‘Like a psychosis’ While the EU has closed its borders to outsiders, in many countries bars, restaurants and most shops have closed their doors until further notice, bringing life in Europe’s normally bustling cities to a halt. The virus also continues to hit sports and cultural events, with Greece handing over the Olympic flame to Tokyo 2020 organizers at a ceremony held behind closed doors amid calls for the games to be postponed.English football also extended its shutdown  until at least April 30.Interpol warned that criminals around the world were cashing in on the pandemic by offering fake or sub-standard medical products like surgical masks.Countries are also working to combat hoarding.As others stockpiled toilet paper and pasta, the French are thronging bakeries for their famed baguettes.”We’ve seen people come in who want to buy 50 baguettes at a time,” said Matthieu Labbe of France’s Federation of Bakeries. “There’s something like a psychosis in some people,”  Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia reaffirms support for UN body advocating for Palestinian refugees: Minister

first_imgAs a long-standing advocate for Palestine, Indonesia has reaffirmed its support for Palestinians by assisting the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) – a UN agency taking care of Palestinian refugees.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said in a briefing on Thursday that she had a virtual conversation with UNRWA commissioner general Philippe Lazarini on Tuesday, during which the latter appreciated the continued support of Indonesia toward the agency, both political and financial.“Aside from congratulating him on his new appointment as commissioner general, I reaffirmed Indonesia’s support for the continued work of the UNRWA to better address the refugees’ humanitarian situation,” Retno said. Founded in 1949, the UNRWA was created to support the relief and human development of Palestinian refugees. Its definition of “refugee” covers Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes during the 1948 Palestine War, 1967 Six-Day War and their patrilineal descendants.Currently, the organization provides wide-ranging advocacies including in education, health care and other social services to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees spread across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.Indonesia has been consistently vocal in helping Palestine. Recently, Retno sent letters to at least 30 of her counterparts around the world, urging them to reject the Israeli government’s plan to annex a large part of the West Bank.In Thursday’s briefing, Retno said that, on top of the financial support to the UNRWA, Indonesia was also committed to extending financial assistance to Palestine and humanitarian institutions, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).Topics : In this regard, the two counterparts spoke about the need to build a more effective and efficient UNRWA as well as efforts to revitalize the organization through system-wide reform and improved management transparency.“I reaffirmed Indonesia’s commitment to continue [Indonesia’s] funding for the UNWRA,” Retno said, adding that several Indonesian humanitarian NGOs and philanthropists had also extended their financial support to the body.Read also: Love for the motherland: Homesick Palestinians extol Indonesian supportRetno said she also confirmed Indonesia’s participation in the upcoming UNRWA Extraordinary Virtual Ministerial Pledging Conference later this month.last_img read more

Charmer in a top pocket of Sandgate

first_imgThe lounge room at 11 Lower Alexandra St, Sandgate.“When the children were younger we went there a lot. It was really special. We used to see kangaroos there,” she said.“We’ve had so many memories here — it’s a cracker spot.”Mrs Brown said her favourite part of the home was the deck.“It used to be a double car port but now it’s a 6 x 6m deck,” she said. The home at 11 Lower Alexandra St, Sandgate.KIM Brown’s recently renovated three-bedroom Sandgate cottage has hit the market and she says it’s perfect for those wanting a relaxing lifestyle.Mrs Brown has lived at 11 Lower Alexander St for 10 years and is looking to move to acreage on the Sunshine Coast.“We are farmers by heart and looking for a change,” the mother-of-two said. The kitchen at 11 Lower Alexandra St, Sandgate.She said people would be attracted to the property because of the sea and country charm.“Being in this pocket of Sandgate with a rainforest at the back is really the best of both worlds,” Mrs Brown said.“Being where we are, we are protected from the downside of what coastal living offers, like rough weather.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Mrs Brown said it was an easy walk to the local wetlands.center_img The deck at 11 Lower Alexandra St, Sandgate.“We’ve hosted playgroups on the deck when it has rained and we used to run an organic food co-op, so about 28 families would come around every Wednesday to collect food.”With a love of bird watching and bushwalking, Mrs Brown hopes the next owner will enjoy similar things. “We are hoping it’s someone who can contribute to the neighbourhood somehow,” she said.Harcourts Pinnacle selling agent Zac McHardy said Sandgate was a suburb that continued to be in high demand.He said the home was ideal for those who had decided the beach lifestyle was what they needed.last_img read more

Global Petroleum set to start Namibian license farm-out

first_imgAustralia-based oil company Global Petroleum will soon begin a farm-out process for its Namibian Blocks 1910B and 2010A.Global said on Friday that the farm-out process would shortly begin with the intention of future work on the blocks being financed by a farminee.Global is the operator and holds an 85 percent working interest in the Petroleum Exploration Licence No. 0029, covering the two blocks.The company has appointed Stellar Energy Advisors to advise Global in relation to the farm-out.Stellar Energy Advisors is a specialized, independent advisor providing acquisition and divestment services to upstream companies in the international oil and gas business. Recently, Stellar acted as advisor to Tullow Oil in its successful farm-outs of Namibian Licenses PEL 30 and PEL 37 to ONGC Videsh.Global CEO Peter Hill said: “Following the publication of the CPR, which has confirmed the high level of prospectivity on our Blocks, we feel that the time is now right to commence a structured farm-out process.“We have noted the improving investment climate for upstream E&P generally, and in particular the recent entry of major IOCs and NOCs into Namibian exploration. We also regard Stellar as the advisor best placed to assist us in the farm-out, given their extensive technical knowledge of Namibian E&P and their recent successes in advising on farm-outs in the country.”The license was originally issued on December 3, 2010, and covers 11,730 square kilometers located offshore Namibia in water depths ranging from 1,300 meters to 3,000 meters.The minimum work program for the one-year extension of Phase 2 is the acquisition of 600 square kilometers of 3D seismic data, contingent upon Global concluding a farm-out agreement with a third party to fund the acquisition of the 3D data. If the 3D acquisition is not completed during the Phase 2 extension period, it may be carried over into Phase 3.During Phase 3, the commitment is to drill one well, depth and location to be agreed, unless the Ministry and Global agree that circumstances dictate otherwise.last_img read more

Batemans Bay Dredging Project on the Way

first_imgThe Roads and Maritime Services NSW has announced that dredging operations will be undertaken in Batemans Bay during October and November.As reported, the dredging will take place in the vicinity of the Clyde River Bar, Batemans Bay, from Monday, 7 October to Wednesday, 20 November 2019.Vessel operators should exercise caution in the vicinity of the Clyde River Bar, Batemans Bay, due to dredging operations and the presence of the floating dredge, spoil pipeline and other associated equipment, during the times detailed above, Roads and Maritime said in the notice.Batemans Bay is a popular recreational boating destination within easy reach from Canberra that supports significant tourism activity and provides access to the Batemans Bay Marine Park, including the Montague Island Nature Reserve.The area also supports a growing and regionally important aquaculture industry, particularly oyster farming, and a range of other commercial operations including marinas, fishing businesses, hire and drive businesses and commercial passenger vessels.The last dredging campaign in the area took place in 2016.last_img read more

Adebayor: I never criticised fans

first_img “I think it might be better to play away from home at the moment because at least we know beforehand we are guaranteed to be booed because they want their home club to win. “But when you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes then it is harder.” There was a nervous atmosphere from the start at White Hart Lane on Sunday and the fans were quick to vent their frustrations after Bojan Krkic gave Stoke an early lead. The criticism seemed to affect the players who went on to lose 2-1 and manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted after the match his players “needed a lot of time to recover”. “When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you,” Adebayor said. “But now it is like going through a sad moment and your family not welcoming you home – that’s the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go. “Obviously I was on the bench against Stoke and, though I could not see everything as clear as night, I could see that nobody wanted the ball. “It’s hard for the players. It’s not their fault and it’s not the fans’ fault either because the fans want to see a result, the fans want to see a response and things are not going our way at the moment. “We just have to fight as a team and as a club to find a solution – the quicker the better.” Press Association “I would like to clarify some recent reports in the newspapers,” read the statement. “I have NEVER criticised Tottenham fans. I just merely suggested that it would be more positive if they got behind the team more. “I love the club as do all the players in the dressing room. We would all do anything to make this team win but like most people we respond better to praise than criticism. “We will get this right. Please bear with us and we will improve.” Tottenham have also lost at home to West Brom, Newcastle and Liverpool this season and are currently 12th in the Barclays Premier League table. “Will it help playing away from home? To be honest, I think so,” Adebayor said following Sunday’s defeat. “At least you know I am going to be having the majority of opposition fans booing me rather than our own fans booing me. “And I am not just talking about me, I am speaking on behalf of all the players. The Togo striker said after the home defeat to Stoke at the weekend that it would be better if the club played away from home due to the negative atmosphere created by home supporters. However, the 30-year-old has issued a statement denying his comments were a criticism of the Spurs faithful and calling on them to get behind the team more. Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has denied criticising the club’s fans following his recent comments regarding the atmosphere at White Hart Lane. last_img read more

Supreme Sanchez the top Gunner

first_img The victory, though, could have come at a cost as full-back Mathieu Debuchy, who had only just returned from an ankle problem, was carried off during the first half after suffering a shoulder injury when falling into the advertising hoardings after colliding with Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic. Szczesny, meanwhile, had been left to watch on from the bench as Colombian David Ospina made his Premier League debut, the Poland international having found himself the centre of some negative headlines earlier this week for smoking in the showers after the defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day. Arsenal had shown their intent from kick-off as Sanchez tested Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic with an early effort which was curling towards the bottom right corner before being pushed behind. Stoke had not won at Arsenal since August 1981, and were trailing again after five minutes. Begovic pushed an angled drive from Tomas Rosicky behind. Sanchez’s corner was only half-cleared, and Koscielny played the loose ball back out to the Chile international. Centre-back Koscielny ran off into the six-yard box and ghosted in unmarked to plant a firm header past Begovic after a peach of a cross from Sanchez. Arsenal were soon forced into a defensive change as Debuchy was sent tumbling behind the goal after colliding with Arnautovic. The France defender needed medical assistance and was eventually carried off on a stretcher, clutching his shoulder. Hector Bellerin came on in the 13th minute. Alexis Sanchez scored another breathtaking goal as Arsenal closed back up on the top four of the Barclays Premier League with a 3-0 win over Stoke at the Emirates Stadium, where goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had been left on the bench. The Chile forward, signed for £30million in the summer from Barcelona, took his tally in an impressive debut campaign to 18. His first was a brilliant solo effort in the 33rd minute having earlier set up Laurent Koscielny for the opener, before netting a deflected free-kick at the start of the second half. The result meant the Gunners leapfrog Tottenham into fifth place, level on points with Southampton, who play Manchester United later on Sunday. Arsenal continued their offensive, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shooting wide after being played in on the right by Sanchez. Olivier Giroud – who returned from a three-match suspension – was denied by a spectacular flying save from Begovic. Glenn Whelan fired over after a clever free-kick from Bojan Krkic on the right was pulled back to the edge of the Arsenal area, but i t was 2-0 Arsenal in the 33rd minute thanks to a goal of the highest order from Sanchez. A quick exchange with Rosicky put Sanchez in space on the right. He jumped the lunging challenge of Steven Nzonzi before darting into the penalty area, where he turned Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross inside-out before clipping the ball past Begovic inside the goalkeeper’s near post. When play resumed, Nacho Monreal was caught in the face by a stray elbow from Stoke forward Peter Crouch and needed several minutes of treatment for a cut just above his eye. Stoke looked to regroup for the second half, with Nzonzi replaced by Steve Sidwell and Erik Pieters by Marc Muniesa. However, it was 3-0 and game over in the 49th minute. Sidwell tripped Oxlade-Chamberlain on the edge of the penalty area. Sanchez’s low free-kick took a deflection off Geoff Cameron in the wall which deceived Begovic, who could only push the ball against the post before it squirmed over the goalline. Arsenal went close again when Santi Cazorla shaved the crossbar with an angled chip as the Gunners grew in confidence. Fit-again England forward Theo Walcott and then German playmaker Mesut Ozil, who had been out since October with a knee injury, were sent on for the closing stages and both men shot wide when played in on goal. Press Associationlast_img read more

QPR star appeals to fans for help

first_imgAdel Taarabt has told the Press Association that QPR fans can play a role in keeping the club in the Premier League.Rangers are in the bottom three and face a tough run-in, which includes a home clash with Arsenal on Saturday.“I feel better when we play at Loftus Road than I do when we play away. I feel the fans are really behind me,” said Taarabt.AdChoices广告“When we played against Liverpool they were fantastic – with me and the team as well. We need them, that’s for sure, and I hope we can stay in this league.”Click here to test your knowledge with our QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Golf: Torgah Leads Chase for Nigerian Masters

first_imgThe tournament is one of the events on the schedule of the West African Tour.Torgah is familiar with the West African Tour having won three times on the tour, including the flagship Tour Championship last year.The players, 43 in all, will be aiming for a lump share of the $50,000 prize money over the 72 holes.The event has drawn players from 11 players, some who are featuring at the tournament for the first time.Zambia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Trinidad and Tobago and Uganda are countries who are presenting players for the first time at the West African Tour.They will be joined by the shot-makers from Senegal, Gabon, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria in making the event an exciting fiesta.The Caddy Tournament that held wednesday served as a dress rehearsal to the competition, with the best caddy earning the honour to play along the professional playersUS Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, will present the winner with the coveted White Jacket on Sunday.Oche Odoh, who is absent at this edition won the first edition of the tournament last yearShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaVincent Torgah of Ghana will lead the pack of contenders aspiring to win the Nigerian Masters which officially tees off today at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.last_img read more

Agege Stadium to Hosts Zenith Bank/NFF U-15 Final

first_imgThe final of the National U-15 football competition sponsored by Zenith Bank in conjunction with the Nigeria Football Federation will take place today at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.In the past four months, the competition has moved round the country at state and zonal levels in both the U-13 and U-15 levels.The final round of matches for the U-13 took place in Kano during the recently concluded Super Six Invitational tournament.The Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, has been at the centre of the organisation of the tournament.Zenith Bank’s Group Managing Director, Peter Amangbo, said the future of the youth taking part in the competition was paramount to the organization. “We are happy to be staging a youth tournament to at least create a template for the young ones to exhibit their talents to the world. It will continue like this every year and we are confident that in future products of this competition will be in the Super Eagles,” Amangbo said.It is about one year that the finals of the inaugural edition of the competition (U-13 and U-15) took place at the Onikan Stadium, with South West emerging champions in the U-15 category with a 2-0 defeat of South East, while South East defeated South South 4-2 in the final of the U-13 category.This year, an enterprising North Central squad overcame equally ambitious South West team 4-2 on penalties in Kano to emerge champions of the U-13 category.In the U-15 cadre, North West and South East take to the Agege Stadium turf on Tuesday afternoon for the intermediate honours, with last year’s runners-up South East determined to win the trophy this time.NFF Technical Director, Mr. Bitrus Bewarang has commended event sponsors Zenith Bank International PLC, assuring the bank that its name would be etched in gold once the prodigies start making waves in the NPFL, Super Eagles and top Leagues overseas.“The bank has put its money in the right place, and I am using this opportunity to call on other big players in Corporate Nigeria to embrace sports, because by embracing sports, they are assuring the future of the youth,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more