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Face masks become mandatory in Rome as coronavirus cases rise

first_imgFace masks will have to be worn at all times out of doors in the Italian capital Rome and the surrounding Lazio region, local authorities ruled on Friday in an effort to counter rising coronavirus infections.Italy on Thursday registered more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time since the end of April. Lazio accounted for some 265 of those cases and has been increasingly concerned by the growing contagion. A number of other Italian regions, including Campania centred on Naples, have already made mask wearing obligatory outdoors. Previously, masks had to be worn only in closed public spaces, such as shops and cinemas. “Most of the cases are tied to the lack of respect in using masks and in social distancing,” Lazio’s health chief Alessio D’Amato told reporters on Friday as he announced the new measure.Italy was the first country in Europe to be slammed by COVID-19 and has the second highest death toll in Europe after Britain, with almost 36,000 people dying since the outbreak flared in February. It has registered 317,409 cases.Thanks to one of the strictest lockdowns in the world, the government managed to get the contagion under control by the summer.Cases have slowly picked up over the past two months but Italy is still seeing far fewer daily infections than elsewhere in Europe, with France, Spain and Britain all registering thousands more cases per day.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has ruled out any return to a nationwide lockdown, but officials have said tighter restrictions might have to be applied in future to limited areas to contain any localised flare-ups.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf to Participate in PBS NewsHour Livestream Roundtable Conversation

first_imgTaking guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, prohibiting abusers from possessing firearms and requiring them to turn in their guns after a final protection from abuse order is in effect.Drafting a state budget that allowed for the first deposit into the Rainy Day fund in more than a decade and bolstered the state’s economy and focused on the workforce through education and skills training.A historic liquor reform bill to enhance the customer experience by providing greater convenience and satisfaction, including removing Sunday restrictions and state-mandated holidays, providing options for flexible pricing, and allowing restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores to sell limited quantities of alcohol.Also, Gov. Wolf has joined a group of bipartisan governors in support of protecting pre-existing conditions in health care and laying out a blueprint to improve our nation’s health care system, among other initiatives.Watch the livestream here at 7:00 p.m. today. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 28, 2019 Government That Works,  National Issues,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf will participate this evening with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on a PBS “NewsHour” livestream roundtable conversation titled, “Divided Nation, United States: Navigating Today’s Partisan Waters.” PBS’s Judy Woodruff will moderate the conversation at Baltimore’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre.“I’m looking forward to this conversation with my fellow governors,” Gov. Wolf said. “I espouse bipartisanship because that’s what gets things done to help Pennsylvanians. It doesn’t really matter which side you’re on if you’re working to do the right thing. And we’ve been able to ignore party lines to accomplish a lot in the commonwealth.”Gov. Wolf’s bipartisan accomplishments include:Working across party lines on a pension reform compromise bill that contains long-term changes and adds stability to the system, lowering costs and saving the commonwealth up to $20 billion over 30 years.Demonstrating his commitment to education by fully restoring $1 billion in education funding cuts made in the previous administration, providing unprecedented support to high-quality pre-k programs, and creating PAsmart with a first-of-its kind investment in workforce training and apprenticeship programs.Leading a fight against the heroin and opioid crisis, including support for grandparents raising grandchildren due to the opioid crisis and implementing 45 Centers of Excellence treatment centers across the state.Focusing on criminal justice reform, including signing:The country’s first and only Clean Slate law, allowing for individuals to petition the courts for their records to be sealed if a person has been free from conviction for 10 years for an offense that resulted in a year or more in prison and has paid all court-ordered financial debts.A law that extends the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under the previous law.A sentencing reform law to eliminate drivers license suspensions for non-driving infractions. Governor Wolf to Participate in PBS NewsHour Livestream Roundtable Conversationlast_img read more

Dad in quarantine, mum in lockdown: Brisbane’s three-state auction drama

first_img SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN WILSTON This house at 38 Cramond Street, Wilston sold at auction for $1.03 million.LUCY Martin and Mawson Croaker returned to Australia from Chile on separate international flights and had planned to be together in Melbourne when their former Brisbane home went to auction on Saturday.Instead, Ms Martin was in lockdown in Melbourne with their son Finn, 7, while Mr Croaker, who returned a few weeks later, was diverted to Sydney after Melbourne closed its airport to international arrivals. He heard about the auction result while in mandatory hotel quarantine.“Either way, we’re handling this so much better than Chile is,” Ms Martin said.“You have to get a permit from the police to leave your house over there.” It was a wet auction day in Brisbane on Saturday.The four registered bidders included Libby and Jeremy Davis from New Farm who came with their 18-month old daughter, resuming their property search this month after taking a break during Queensland’s COVID-19 lockdown.“There’s not many going on to market at the moment,” Mrs Davis said.“We went to another property not long ago but it was under the new Brisbane runway flight path so it was too noisy. We only looked at this one last weekend.” Meet the smart home on steroids Umbrellas or raincoats were a prerequisite to leaving home in Brisbane on Saturday and that did not stop 30 people attending the auction of 38 Cramond Street, Wilston.center_img Noel Gibson and Denise Pickering were looking for a home closer to the city that could accommodate older children and loved the separate downstairs living space.“We’ll probably retire to the Sunshine Coast but at the moment, the city is where we want to be for the next 15 years or so,” Mr Gibson said.Ray White auctioneer Phil Parker accepted an opening bid of $800,000 from a phone bidder in Stafford and bids continued in $25,000 lots until $950,000 with Mr Gibson and Ms Pickering in front. Ray White auctioneer Phil Parker at 38 Cramond Street, Wilston“Tell a joke or something,” Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Mcmillan said as he and lead agent Jessie Hall left to negotiate with parties privately.“The Brisbane Broncos,” Mr Parker replied, taking the edge off auction nerves. “At least they’re consistent.”“It’s pretty nerve-racking,” Ms Pickering said. “We first saw this house about five weeks ago. Going to auction means there’s just so much time to think about it. The advice we got was don’t bid first and if it doesn’t happen, it was not meant to be.” Denise Pickering of Ferny Hills and Noel Gibson of Kedron.But after 12 months looking for their first home together, Ms Pickering and Mr Gibson agreed to increase their bid to $1.03 million. The four-bedroom house with an inground pool on a 405sq m corner block was announced on the market and sold unchallenged for that price. It last sold in 2011 for $715,000. The crowd congratulates the new owners of 38 Cramond Street, Wilston.“We’ve done a lot of renovations since we bought it in 2011,” Ms Martin said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours ago“We put the pool in, renovated the bathroom and ensuite, put in built-in wardrobes, plantation shutters, did the concrete driveway and put bi-fold doors along the deck. Bi-fold doors open out to the deck. The main upstairs living areas.“We wanted a bit more but considering what’s happening at the moment, we are happy with the result.” The upstairs bathroom.The family moved to Chile in South America two years ago before being transferred to Melbourne this year.Ms Martin said she was looking forward to her family being reunited after her husband is released from quarantine on Wednesday.“But I think he’s thinking of coming up to Brisbane to see his friends for a few days before he comes to Melbourne and into lockdown with us.”The sale of their Brisbane house makes Cramond Street at Wilston the busiest street for home sales in the inner-north suburb. Three houses have sold on the street this year.Ray White Wilston agent Jessie Hall said she had 40 active buyers looking for homes in this area with budgets ranging from $500,000-$1.5 million. MORE PROPERTY NEWS FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Negros cops to cut food allowance for Taal victims

first_imgThe gathered donations will then behanded over to barangay officials of selected affected barangays in the town ofTaal. Baleros, a native of Taal town inBatangas, said the rice allowance is a privilege given to members of theuniformed service. The said allowance worth around P650 or equivalent to 20kilos of rice is given monthly to police personnel. The NOCPPO director also clarified thathis encouragement is not mandatory, but more of appeal for police officers tobe compassionate to the victims. Aside from the Taal volcano, Balerosalso told the police officers assigned in the towns and cities surrounding Mt.Kanlaon to review their contingency plan should an eruption or any similarnatural calamities occur./PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental PoliceProvincial Office (NOCPPO) director, Colonel Romeo Baleros, encouraged membersof the provincial police force to donate a portion of their rice allowance forthe victims of the recent eruption of Taal Volcano. Fifty percent of the allowance or P325will be collected from 1,971 NOCPPO personnel by the finance section.last_img read more

ICC invites creative community for a unique cricket contest

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMysterious Underwater Objects Most People Don’t Know AboutWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Astonishing Wonders Hidden Deep In SeaThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched a project to celebrate the sport of cricket. ICC has invited the creative industry involving artists to participate in the contest. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Art can capture a unique, emotional, human side of our game, and we invite anyone with an idea to send us their creative interpretations of the sport and its participants, of all level. Send us your artwork, your animations, cartoons, graphics, or any other art form that helps depict our great game. read also:Netherlands, Namibia make ICC T20 Cricket World Cup Ten chosen artists will each receive US$500 from the ICC and have their work showcased and credited across ICC digital channels. We hope this initiative can be a small positive for some of our community and bring a smile to cricket fans the world over. Please submit all work you wish to be considered to “We count the artist and creative community as fans for our sport. These are challenging times for everyone. The pause in all cricket is a mere footnote to the global disruption we are all facing that is impacting every aspect of our lives. The ICC recognizes how difficult an environment it is for everyone, and we want to do our small bit to bring a smile to cricket fans around the world, celebrating talented and passionate artists and designers while we’re doing that” said ICC post. Cricket is a sport of many moving parts, fueled by the passion of its players and fans.Advertisementlast_img read more

Official decal company Chase marks fifth season as marketing partner with IMCA

first_imgAMES, Iowa – Chase Signs & Graphics of Ames continues its role as the official decal company of IMCA, in its fifth season as a marketing partner with the sanctioning body.The Ames, Iowa, company will again give race car wraps to Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod national champions.Champions of the other four IMCA Modified regions receive certificates good for 50 percent off a new wrap.Chase will also furnish presentation checks for a number of IMCA events throughout 2016, nota­bly the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, Deery Brothers Summer Se­ries and Hawkeye Dirt Tour.Information about Chase vehicle and trailer wraps, decals, lettering and banners is available at the website, by calling 515 292-6466 or on Facebook.“When we need some special items for victory lane or to get some vinyl graphics, we turn to Chase,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Their work is high quality and they are great to work with, even on short notice. The team at Chase are some of the best people in the business.”last_img read more

Hooper grabs five for 76 on day-three

first_imgAN outstanding bowling effort from off-spinner Eon Hooper brought down the Singh XI side on day-three of their four day warm-up match against the Barnwell XI.With the Singh-led team resuming on 181-3 in response to Barnwell’s XI first innings score of 325, overnight batsman Raymond Reifer departed after adding only one run to his overnight score of 68,while his partner Shivnarine Chanderpaul coasted to his half century.Reifer departed with the score on 190 and this brought out Anthony Bramble who partnered Chanderpaul to take the score to 226 before the latter was dismissed for 74(5x4s,3×6);nudging one behind to wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach.Bramble then pushed on to make 30 (4x4s) while Sherfene Rutherford (27) and Akshaya Persaud (35) assisted the team in getting past the Barnwell XI total with a slender 43-run lead before they were all out. Hooper returned good figures of five for 76 from his 57.4 overs of which 26 were maidens.Meanwhile, Robin Bacchus was the first wicket to go for the Barnwell XI in their second innings, contributing 15 to the score while Kevin Boodie contributed six more.At the crease are Kandasammy Surijnarine on 26 and Chanderpaul Hemraj. On 16.Anthony Adams has so far taken two for 9.The final day’s play will begin today at 09:30 hrs.last_img read more

Jaguars face another must-win to stay alive

first_img– Careers on the line if performances cannot improveTHE Guyana Jaguars have not played to their full potential,at least for the first five games in the current NAGICO Super50 tournament.Rajendra ChandrikaTheir below-par performances have left them for the second time in three days,in a must-win game today to stay in the hunt for a semifinal spot.They will match wits and skills with the mighty Barbados Pride at the Three Ws Oval from 09:00hrs.Leon Johnson’s team is on 13 points, behind Group B leaders, the Pride,who are on 24,and are in danger of being eliminated at the conclusion of the preliminary round.Guyana are four points ahead of their most threatening rival, Jamaica Scorpions.However,what is interesting is that the Scorpions have played one less game than the Jaguars. Also the Scorpions have a better net run-rate, +0.116 against the Jaguars, -0.263.The equation now, which looks simple on paper, is that the Jaguars need to win the remaining three games and hope for other results to pan out in their favour.The Jaguars batting, especially the top order,has collapsed miserably throughout the tournament, and there has been a huge debate, which leaves the top order nearly pre-decided.The Jaguars have three openers at their disposal:West Indies Test openers, Assad Fudadin and Rajendra Chandrika, along with former West Indies youth captain Shimron Hetmyer, but sadly they all failed to impress, and perhaps lack an insatiable hunger for runs.Fudadin has 108 runs from five games at an average of 21.60, while Chandrika could only achieve 64 runs from four games at an average of 21.33. Hetmyer has six runs from three matches, at two runs per innings.Evidently,the batting statistics represents their inconsistency, which is perhaps the most undependable top order Guyana has produced for a long time.Hetmyer, 20, is still in the learning process, but Fudadin, 31, and Chandrika, 27, both have played at the highest level, and should have produced better performances.All-rounder Christopher Barnwell and wicket-keeper batsman Anthony Bramble are two other failures, especially Barnwell who has failed to justify his selection.Both played four of the five games to date, with Barnwell totaling 41 runs from three innings, while Bramble has 37 runs from two innings. Barnwell’s all-round ability has plummeted significantly over the years, and his eleven overs from three games have cost him 54 runs, with only one wicket.In an invited comment yesterday, an official from the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has stated that careers could be on the line if the performances are not improved as the tournament progresses.Barring the top order failure, veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been the backbone of the Jaguars’ batting line-up. Always reliable throughout his illustrious career, the 42-year-old has an average of 181 in the tournament to date. He is the only Guyanese to register a hundred.Apart from Chanderpaul, skipper Leon Johnson is the team’s highest run- score, with 206, and the onus will be the duo if the Jaguars is to progress further, since unfortunately, the rest of their batting lacks perseverance and intent.The bowling ,both pace and spin,have been fairly effective, despite lacking sting on a few occasions.But for Jaguars, their focus should be on winning their remaining games ,since they cannot control the results of other games.last_img read more

Pierre maiden five-wicket haul gives Red Force innings victory

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre’s maiden five-wicket haul in first class cricket engineered a dramatic Leeward Islands Hurricanes collapse and lifted Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a comprehensive innings and 16-run victory inside three days here Saturday.The hosts were seemingly cruising towards a large total having reached 86 without loss before losing 10 wickets 51 runs to be all out for 137 in their second innings at Warner Park.Pierre, 26, in his seventh first class match, finished with five for 44 after going wicket-less in the first innings while leg-spinner Imran Khan claimed four for 17 to follow up his three wickets in the first innings.Paired with his unbeaten 84 on Friday, Khan was voted Man-of-the-Match.Montcin Hodge top-scored with 54 and his left-handed partner Chesney Hughes got 42, but number nine Jeremiah Louis, with 17, was the only other player to make it into double figures.Resuming the day on 60 without loss faced with a first innings deficit of 153, there was no sign of the collapse to follow, when Hughes and Hodge pushed on nicely.While Hodge faced 198 balls in 3-1/2 hours at the crease and counted four boundaries, Hughes stroked five fours and a six in a 96-ball knock.The breakthrough came, however, when Hughes missed a wild pull at off-spinner Bryan Charles and departed bowled off-stump.Hodge added a further 22 for the second wicket with Akeem Saunders who made nine before playing back and falling lbw to Khan.The rot then set in quickly. Khan curled a leg break around Devon Thomas’s defensive push and knocked over his off-stump before the right-hander had scored and Terrence Ward (1) and Shane Burton fell in successive deliveries to Pierre, to leave Hurricanes tottering on 111 for five.Jahmar Hamilton, short of runs this season, saw his poor form continue when he missed a sweep at Khan and was lbw for two and captain Rahkeem Cornwall perished for five at 119 for seven, missing a pull at Pierre.Hodge’s long innings came to end when he was eighth out, bowled after Pierre got one to spin past his defensive prod.HURRICANES 1st Innings 207Red Force 1st Innings 360Hurricanes 2nd Innings(overnight 60 without loss)M Hodge b Pierre 54C Hughes b Charles 42A Saunders lbw b Imran Khan 9D Thomas b Imran Khan 0T Warde c and b Pierre 1S Burton b Pierre 0+J Hamilton lbw b Imran Khan 2*R Cornwall llbw b Pierre 5J Louis c Ramdin b K Pierre 17E Berridge lbw b Imran Khan 0S Berridge not out 1Extras (lb2, nb4) 6TOTAL (all out, 67.4 overs) 137Fall of wickets: 1-86, 2-108, 3-108, 4-111, 5-111, 6-114, 7-119, 8-120, 9-127, 10-137.Bowling: Primus 3-1-18-0, Webster 7-3-15-0, Charles 21-5-41-1, Pierre 26.4-11-44-5, Imran Khan 10-4-17-4.last_img read more

The Latest: Florida AD says he had a bout with coronavirus

first_imgThe league says that provides more time to prepare for a safe return to competition on an adjusted timeline. The decision includes all exhibition and non-conference games.Each school will be responsible for any rescheduling of non-conference contests impacted by the postponement.The league hasn’t made any announcement on the football season. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have opted to only play conference games.The SEC’s 14 athletic directors convened Monday at league headquarters in Alabama to discuss fall sports.___ The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled several amateur events scheduled in August because of the coronavirus pandemic but is still planning to hold the U.S. Open starting Aug. 31.USTA National Championships in certain junior age groups for singles and doubles are being scrapped.That includes boys’ 18s in Orlando and girls’ 18s in San Diego in singles; boys’ 16s in Rome, Georgia, and girls’ 16s in Mobile, Alabama, in singles; and boys’ and girls’ 12s through 18s doubles in Orlando.Men’s and women’s USTA National Grass Court Championships in Newport, Rhode Island, are also among the tournaments eliminated.The USTA says “there was an inherent risk associated with hosting large numbers of individuals at one site, at one time, and would make risk mitigation difficult.” The New England Patriots have joined a growing list of NFL teams who hope to play home games this season in front of a significantly reduced number of fans to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.The team announced Tuesday that it plans to play in front of about 20% of Gillette Stadium’s capacity, if approved by state and local officials. The stadium’s capacity is just under 66,000. The Patriots also informed season ticket holders that if fans are allowed at the stadium, they will be asked to adhere to physical distancing of at least six feet. Tickets will be arranged in blocks of 10 seats or fewer, with the first eight rows of the stadium not in use. Face coverings will also be required at all times, parking for home games will be free at all Gillette Stadium lots, and all tickets will be mobile. Patriots season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase individual game tickets. Any remaining ticket inventory will go on sale to the general public. ___ The group says the sort of COVID-19 testing and universal housing planned for the U.S. Open “would logistically and financially be incredibly difficult to create” at these national events.All sanctioned tennis has been suspended since March because of the pandemic. Competition is scheduled to resume in August.___The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say it would be “irresponsible and logistically difficult to go ahead” amid uncertainty about public health and the economy. July 14, 2020 In the last week, at least six jockeys have tested positive for the coronavirus, including five who rode at Los Alamitos in Southern California earlier this month. Many of those riders then competed at other tracks around the country before learning that they had been exposed to the virus.The New York Racing Association says riders will need to test negative from a swab taken within five days of riding their first mount at Saratoga in order to be allowed on the grounds.Terry Meyocks, chief executive of The Jockeys’ Guild, says the union is in full support of the new rule.___The Southeastern Conference is postponing the start of volleyball, soccer and cross country competition through at least the end of August because of COVID-19. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said Tuesday during a Zoom call with reporters that he tested positive for the coronavirus last month. Tournament head Roger Brennwald says “social distancing or matches played behind closed doors were out of the question for us from the start.”Roger Federer is a 10-time champion at the tournament in his hometown of Basel but he was set to miss the 50th edition of the event. He is skipping the rest of the 2020 season to let his right knee recover from two surgeries.___More AP sports: and Stricklin says he was initially mad at himself after the diagnosis because “I thought I was being careful.” He said he had about 48 hours where he felt really crummy and probably another three or four days where he didn’t feel like doing much before going back to normal.Stricklin said he quarantined for 10 days after the test results and emphasized the importance of “wearing the masks and physical distancing.”___Jockeys riding at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York won’t be allowed to return to the track if they compete elsewhere during the upcoming summer meet.The new rule announced Tuesday is aimed at limiting the potential spread of the novel coronavirus. The Saratoga meet opens Thursday and runs through Labor Day. The Latest: Florida AD says he had a bout with coronaviruslast_img read more