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Panic-buying returns as Melbourne braces for lengthy lockdown

first_img“To do otherwise is to pretend that this isn’t real, to pretend that we have other options.”Health authorities say they have linked many of the Melbourne cases to hotels where residents returning from overseas were being quarantined.Local media reported security guards had breached infection control protocols — including allegedly having sex with guests being held in isolation — prompting the government to replace the private contractors with prison staff and launch an inquiry.But there is also concern over the increased community transmission in Melbourne, with just 11 of Wednesday’s new cases linked to known outbreaks.Around 3,000 people in the city have already been locked inside their homes since Saturday in Australia’s strictest coronavirus response to date after a cluster emerged in a high-rise public housing estate.A total of 75 cases have been detected in the densely populated towers during a major testing blitz.Long queues of cars were backed up at Victoria’s border Wednesday after neighboring New South Wales closed the boundary for the first time in the pandemic — essentially sealing off the state from the rest of Australia.The hastily announced decision left residents of border towns scrambling to obtain permits to cross for work or other essential reasons, while school holiday travellers were rushing to return home.Australia has recorded almost 9,000 cases of COVID-19 and 106 deaths from the virus.  The country’s largest supermarket chain, Woolworths, said it had reimposed buying limits on items including pasta, vegetables and sugar after shoppers rushed to stores across Victoria state.Experts have warned that people everywhere will have to get used to the “new normal” of on-and-off restrictions as new clusters emerge and subside, while there are also concerns over the economic and health impacts the measures will bring.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the Melbourne lockdown would cost the economy up to Aus$1 billion ($700 million) a week, telling public broadcaster ABC the burden would “fall heavily on businesses”.Restaurants and cafes will be limited to serving takeaway food, while gyms, beauty salons and cinemas will be forced to close again. Residents will be restricted to their homes except for work, exercise, medical care or to buy essentials — a return to social isolation that was only recently lifted.Professor Michael Kyrios, a clinical psychologist at Flinders University, warned that Victoria needed to brace for a “coming mental health crisis” as a result.”This will likely place the mental health care system in a precarious situation with very limited ability to mobilize resources in response to the increased incidence of mental illness arising from the COVID crisis,” he said.State Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday acknowledged the costs to Victoria’s 6.6 million residents, saying his job required him “to make not just the popular calls, but the really difficult, the hard calls”.”This is not the situation that anybody wanted to be in but it is the reality that we must confront,” he said. Shoppers in Australia’s second-biggest city stripped supermarket shelves Wednesday as millions in Melbourne prepared for a return to virus lockdown, with warnings the new restrictions will cost the economy Aus$1 billion a week.Five million residents were ordered back into a six-week lockdown beginning midnight Wednesday into Thursday as soaring community transmission of the coronavirus brings more than 100 new cases daily.A further 134 infections were detected in the past 24 hours — small in comparison to the tens of thousands in hard-hit countries like the US and Brazil but considered a major spike in Australia, which had otherwise been successful in containing COVID-19. Topics :last_img read more

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East Jakarta cemetery records highest weekly number of COVID-19 burials since March

first_imgThe Pondok Ranggon cemetery in East Jakarta has recorded the highest number of funerals in a week since its establishment as a COVID-19 burial location in March.Nadi, the cemetery’s management officer, said 213 bodies had been buried under COVID-19 protocol at Pondok Ranggon last week.”Last week, we buried 213 bodies. Previously, we buried an average of 180 bodies per week,” Nadi said on Sunday. However, Nadi said he didn’t know how many of the deceased had been confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.  Nadi explained that his team had buried 29 bodies on Monday last week, 32 on Tuesday, 30 on Wednesday, 40 on Thursday, 27 on Friday, 27 on Saturday and 28 on Sunday.Thursday also saw the highest number of bodies buried under COVID-19 protocol in a day at the cemetery since the pandemic was first confirmed in the country in March.The spike came less than two weeks after the cemetery had announced its previous highest daily burial on Aug. 31 with 36 bodies. Nadi said the Pondok Ranggon cemetery expected to run out of space for COVID-19 graves in October because of the recent increase in the number of burials.”There is only space left for another 1,100 burials in the cemetery’s southern area of 7,000 square meters. The capacity is likely to be critical in mid-October,” Nadi said as quoted by kompas.com.It is estimated that, in October, the remaining land may only accommodate 380 to 400 bodies.As of Monday, Jakarta has recorded 54,864 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 12,440 active cases and 1,410 fatalities. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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Merkur Switches On

first_imgGE Renewable Energy has completed the handover of the 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines at the Merkur offshore wind farm in Germany.GE is also in charge of carrying out operations and maintenance of the turbines for a period of ten years.To remind, jack-up vessel Seafox 5 installed the last turbine at the project site 45km of the island of Borkum in September last year, shortly after the wind farm produced first power.The 396MW Merkur offshore wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned this year.Merkur Offshore GmbH, a joint venture between Partners Group, InfraRed Capital Partners, DEME Concessions and Coriolis, is the developer and owner of the project.last_img read more

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Super Student Athlete

first_imgWhile attending the East Central boys sectional last Thursday night, I watched Lawrenceburg’s Mason Parris in action.  The highly decorated state wrestling champ was also the MVP of this track meet.  He won the 110 meter high hurdles, the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, and the shot put.  This accounted for 30 of Lawrenceburg’s 82 points in the meet.In the shot put Parris threw his personal best with a throw of 54′ 6.5″.  This meets the state standard.  Not that other athletes have not accomplished this type of feat, but as I understand it, Mason is a candidate for valedictorian of his graduating class.  Also, it is amazing that someone who weighs well over 200 lbs. can run this fast in a track event that requires tremendous flexibility.Best of luck, Mason, at Michigan University this fall!last_img read more

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Pearson vows to fight on

first_imgDefiant boss Nigel Pearson vowed Leicester would recover from their wretched run after sinking to defeat at Aston Villa. Pearson still has the backing of his players and insisted they would fight to survive following Alan Hutton’s second-half winner. “We will continue to look for the answer. It’s easy to give a flowery answer and say the right thing,” he said. “The bottom line is to keep exploring different ways to get through. “This group of players experienced a really tough run in 2012 from mid-January for couple of months so we have some experience in dealing with setbacks. “At the moment it’s hard for the players because they continue to be punished for errors which they’d get away with at other levels, but certainly not at this level. “We must remain resolute to get through it.” The Foxes boss admitted they were unlikely to appeal Konchesky’s red card. Konchesky was sent off with 10 minutes left after clashing with Hutton, although the Scotland international looked to have pushed his head into Konchesky’s. Hutton was booked and the Leicester man now faces a three-game ban as Pearson feels it is unlikely the red will be lifted. He said: “It’s difficult to have a decision like that rescinded in all honesty. “I think it would lack a bit of class for me to ask for retrospective action against another manager’s player. “When moments pass you by in games officials are there to do a job, do it as best they can. “I can understand because of how it looked – it was because he was pushed away and they kept in contact. In the initial contact I don’t think Paul was the instigator. “It’s easy be over critical. I don’t want to get into a debate about getting other players sent off. Hutton scored the winner 20 minutes from time after Ciaran Clark equalised Leonardo Ulloa’s opener for Leicester. Villa are now unbeaten in five games, their first home victory since August sealing b ack-to-back wins and lifting them to 11th. “I’m delighted with the win and delighted how we did it,” said boss Paul Lambert, who will discover the extent of Ashley Westwood’s knee injury on Monday after he was carried off in the first half. “It’s a massive three points for us and we’re in a bit of form at the minute. “We’re playing well and we worked on something the other day, a different way of playing, and the lads took to it well. “We should have had more and (Kasper) Schmeichel made some unbelievable saves.” Hutton’s winner was his first goal for Villa since signing in 2011 and after being previously frozen out by Lambert before this season. “Hutton is playing as well as any right-back in the country,” said Lambert. “I hope it’s not such a long wait again (for a goal). He never asked to go away and I always had good relationship with him. “He was as good as gold and so easy to deal with. I’m delighted for him. He’s got nothing to prove and doesn’t need make up for lost time.” The Foxes have taken two points from a possible 30 since they beat Manchester United 5-3 at the end of September to sit bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Villa was their third straight loss and they also had Paul Konchesky sent off late on. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gomez set for Reds medical

first_imgLiverpool hope to finalise a deal for Charlton teenager Joe Gomez later this week with the 18-year-old scheduled to undergo a medical on Friday. Press Association Sport understands the Reds have triggered a £3.5million release clause in the England Under-19 international’s contract which has paved the way for the move to be completed and he will meet with club officials on Merseyside on Friday. Liverpool are currently in discussions with the SkyBet Championship club over minor details regarding a sell-on fee should the defender subsequently leave Anfield in the future but those talks will not affect the deal going through. Confirmation of their fourth summer signing – after Manchester City midfielder James Milner, Burnley striker Danny Ings and Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan – is expected probably early next week. Gomez’s arrival is likely to signal the departure of centre-back Sebastian Coates to Sunderland on a £4million permanent deal after the 24-year-old spent a successful season on loan at the Stadium of Light. Liverpool also remain interested in signing Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne but having had an opening bid of £10million rejected they are prepared to be patient in their pursuit. The apparent imminent arrival to St Mary’s of Sporting Lisbon right-back Cedric Soares would appear to ease the way for the 24-year-old England international to move to Anfield but further negotiation is required with the Saints reportedly holding out for £15million. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Badgers can top last year’s squad

first_imgUnlike last season when it was the first No. 1 versus No. 1game in regular season history, there was no hype surrounding Wisconsin?s gameat Ohio State Sunday.And unlike last season, Wisconsin got a win and left withits Big Ten title hopes still intact.No one will argue that last season was a magical year forWisconsin basketball. Hype surrounded the team all season long from itspreseason top 10 ranking and Sports Illustrated cover to earning the first No.1 ranking in school history.The team set numerous records last season as well, includingthe most conference wins (13), wins in a season (30), home wins (19) andlongest winning streak (17).But after reaching the top of the rankings, things startedto go downhill starting with the Ohio State game last season when Brian Butchwas lost for the remainder of the year. Yes, the Badgers made it to the Big Tentournament championship (and lost to Ohio State again) and earned a No. 2 seed ?the highest in team history ? but lost in the second round when everyone expectedanother Final Four trip.Yet despite how magical last season was for Wisconsinbasketball fans, this year?s team has a chance to one-up last year?s squad.With the loss of Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor, not muchwas expected of this team; yet with two weeks remaining in the regular seasonit controls its own destiny for at least a share of a Big Ten title. All UW hasto do is win out, and it clinches its first Big Ten title since 2002.And now Wisconsin has a favorable schedule ahead of themafter going into Illinois and Ohio State and coming out with a pair of wins.The Badgers face Michigan State Thursday at home in probably their toughesttest. Then they wrap up the season next week at home against Penn State (ninthin the Big Ten) and on the road against Northwestern (last in the Big Ten).Of the three teams still in the title hunt ? Indiana, Purdueand Wisconsin ? UW also seems to have the most momentum going forward. TheBadgers have won four in a row, including three on the road, while Purdue lostits last time out to Indiana, and the Hoosiers are still dealing with theKelvin Sampson controversy and almost lost to last-place Northwestern Saturday.In addition to having momentum, the Badgers also have theeasiest schedule down the stretch. UW has three games remaining, with two athome and one on the road. The combined record of its opponents is 41-37. Whileboth Indiana and Purdue have four games left (two at home and two on the road),Purdue?s opponents have a combined record of 64-41, and Indiana faces opponentswith a 68-38 record.Besides the possibility of winning a third Big Ten titleunder Bo Ryan, this year?s squad also has a chance to break the records setjust one year ago.They have already broken a 94-year-old school record withtheir win over Ohio State. The win Sunday pushed UW?s conference road record to7-1 this season, the most ever. They also are the only team in the country withtwo road wins against top 15 teams (Texas and Indiana).But with three games remaining, Ryan?s squad is almostassured to break one record and has a good shot of breaking and, at the veryleast, tying another.Wisconsin will not reach the top of the rankings this yearunless they win it all, but with one more win over the last three games, UWwill set a record for conference wins at 14.The Badgers also have a shot of reaching the 30-win plateauagain this season. Should Wisconsin win out, it will have 26 wins heading intothe postseason. Wisconsin then would at the very worst be a two-seed in the BigTen tournament should they share the conference title with Purdue.So then if UW makes it to the championship game, it would atmost need two wins in the NCAA tournament to reach 30. And unlike last year,Wisconsin?s opponents can?t focus all its energy on shutting down one player,which bodes well for the tournament.While only time will tell if the Badgers are able to toplast year?s squad, 10 years from now when fans look back at this two-year runof Wisconsin basketball, this year?s squad might end up being the team fansremember more.?Gregis a senior majoring communication arts. Let him know what season will be morememorable at gschmitz@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

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Late comeback comes up short in Cantu’s debut

first_imgPrior to Thursday night’s game against Oregon, USC interim coach Bob Cantu hinted at making changes — both in terms of personnel and philosophy. In his second career game as a head coach after serving 12 years as an assistant coach for USC men’s basketball (7-11, 2-3), Cantu adjusted USC’s lineup rotations and spurred the team to quicken its offensive tempo.Not quite enough · Junior guard J.T. Terrell finished with 22 points on 6-12 shooting, including 4-9 on three-point attempts. He was the leading scorer in USC’s 76-74 defeat against the Oregon Ducks. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanUnfortunately for USC, the high-flying Ducks spoiled Cantu’s return to head coaching, edging out the Trojans 76-74 in the final moments and winning their fourth consecutive game to open Pac-12 play. No. 21 Oregon’s well-balanced, versatile attack, which features five starters who average double-digit points, proved too much for USC in the end.Oregon led comfortably throughout the first half, stretching its lead to as many as 10 points midway through the period before settling with a 35-31 lead at halftime after senior  Renaldo Woolridge fouled Oregon forward Carlos Emory on his last-second desperation 3-point heave. Emory would convert two of his three free throws to taint what had been a strong comeback effort for USC.The Trojans hung on, however, on the strength of junior guard J.T. Terrell’s 15-point first half, which included three 3-pointers.The second half featured more of the same, with both teams exchanging baskets at a fairly even clip. With 33 seconds remaining, USC drew to within one point after Terrell made two free throws. Following freshman guard Chass Bryan’s intentional foul on Oregon freshman guard Dominic Artis, the Ducks expanded their lead to 76-74 after Artis front-rimmed the first attempt and made the second.After the ensuing timeout, senior guard Jio Fontan pulled up for a final 3-pointer that rattled around the rim before bouncing out. Both redshirt junior forward Dewayne Dedmon and senior forward Eric Wise had chances at put-back layups but came up empty-handed. Oregon finally corralled the last rebound with one second remaining, sealing the victory.Despite the hard-luck loss, USC exhibited a scoring punch that has been absent in many games thus far. Much of that can be attributed to the sweet-shooting Terrell, whose frequently dubious shot selections earlier in the season often frustrated former USC coach Kevin O’Neill.Upon learning of O’Neill’s firing, many figured that Terrell would be the biggest beneficiary of Cantu’s vow to reassess all players on the roster. Making his second consecutive start after an efficient 14-point performance in Saturday’s 76-59 win at Utah, Terrell finished with 22 points on 50 percent shooting, putting forth a convincing case that he deserves a reprieve from the doghouse in which he has spent most of the season.USC returns to the Galen Center Saturday for a 5 p.m. game against Oregon State.last_img read more

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Langer: Syracuse football missed out on a prime opportunity to win back fans

first_img Published on November 14, 2016 at 6:21 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Leading by one score midway through the third quarter, North Carolina State started with the ball on its own 14-yard line. On first down, running back Matthew Dayes got pushed back for four yards.Wolfpack quarterback Ryan Finley started calling things out from shotgun and stepping up to talk to his offensive line on second down. While he was doing that, SU fans roared to life, cheering at a volume that all season had been reserved for third down.SU head coach Dino Babers said he had noticed Clemson fans raise the noise level even on early downs and it was something he hoped Orange fans would do at home.“You could see that that crowd was educated, like they had been doing that for years, since birth,” Babers said. “And if we can get some of that going on in the Carrier Dome where we make it extremely difficult for those other offenses … I think that’s going to be a huge advantage.”Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) had a chance to get back to .500 on Saturday. But it also had a chance to win over fans in what was announced as a season-high in attendance. For the first half of the year, Syracuse’s attendance was on pace for an all-time low.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Carrier Dome gave Babers what he asked for on Saturday. Without a victory in the most winnable game left on the schedule, though, there’s no reason fans will want to create a more raucous environment in the Carrier Dome. SU didn’t hold up its end in a 35-20 loss to N.C. State (5-5, 2-4).Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerBabers has always preached “belief without evidence”. When he was introduced, he talked about how his system really takes its form in the middle of the second year, and he later said it might take even longer.The expectations changed midway through the season after an upset victory over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech. Before the next game against Boston College, Babers said whichever team won would be in a good position to go to a bowl game. In last week’s press conference, he said his team couldn’t ask for a better schedule to win two more.“The team right now is focused on winning,” junior linebacker Zaire Franklin said about the team’s mood after back-to-back losses. “We got two games left to win and we need two games to go the postseason. So we going out there to win two games.”The fans might not be focused on this season anymore. It’s going to be hard to convince them that two wins are coming against a Florida State team that’s been ranked in the Top 25 all season and on the road against a Pittsburgh team that just beat Clemson in Death Valley.That’s why the loss was so back-breaking to the perception of Babers’ inaugural season. His mantra is easier to sell to young football players. It’s harder to convince some fans that’ve been watching a program for longer than the current players have been alive.It wouldn’t have been fair to expect SU to pull out the win at Clemson, and Babers made that clear with his David and Goliath reference. And the Orange has been ravaged by injuries this season, including one that held starting quarterback Eric Dungey out of this game.But even Babers changed his tone midway through the year, realizing that his team had a chance to finish Year 1 slightly ahead of schedule. Even with the injured players out, this was still a winnable game against an opponent coming off four straight losses.“I felt that we didn’t execute as well,” safety Rodney Williams said. “I don’t think they out-executed us.”The season is by no means over. The Orange still could win the last two games of the season or even just one to make a bowl game. But the only thing harder than winning both those games might be persuading people that SU has a shot.Later in the same drive, after the Wolfpack had moved the ball up 30 yards to the 44-yard line, Finley once again went up to his center to communicate with his O-line. Once again, Syracuse fans gave Babers his wish and roared to try and make it harder to communicate.N.C. State converted four third downs on that drive and eventually scored a touchdown. SU didn’t score again.“We’re going to continue to get better,” Babers said postgame. “It’s going to be a very, very clear sky for us in the future.”It just became harder to convince fans of that.Tomer Langer is an asst. copy editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at tdlanger@syr.edu or @tomer_langer. Commentslast_img read more

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Gyan gunning for most prolific season

first_imgAsamoah Gyan is confident he can better his season’s best of 13 League goals but is refusing to be drawn on how many goals he expects to score.The Sunderland star is back to England on club duties after he got a week off. And he has returned to base determined to add to his goal tally.“I have loved every bit of my first season in England even though here the tackles are tough and the referees offer very little protection,” he told KickOffGhana.com.Despite that lack of protection, Gyan says he is enjoying playing as the main man upfront and is determined the goals will continue to flow.Gyan’s thirteen goals for Stade Rennes last season was his highest since his move from Liberty Professionals to Europe in 2004.“Obviously I would love to score more goals. I am on 10 now but for me the priority is not how many I score is how much I help my team to win and my general contribution to play.” Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more

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