New Zealand confirms first coronavirus case

first_imgEarlier, Health Minister David Clark said New Zealand was introducing strict travel bans on arrivals from Iran similar to those already imposed on arrivals from China.He said the action was taken after a spike in infections in Iran, where the virus has killed 26 people, the highest death toll outside China — and because of the unreliable information coming out of the Islamic republic.”Obviously this situation in Iran is concerning, there is ongoing spread of the disease there and a large degree of uncertainty about the scale of the outbreak and the ability to contain it,” he told reporters.”The information that’s coming out of Iran appears to be out of step with what’s coming out of other countries in terms of the death rate per incidence.”Topics : Officials said the person, reportedly a female New Zealand citizen, arrived in Auckland on Wednesday and family members went to the hospital after becoming concerned about the individual’s condition.The officials urged any passengers on Wednesday’s final leg of the Emirates airline journey, which goes from Bali to Auckland, to contact authorities if they were concerned.However, authorities downplayed the risk to the public saying the situation was being well managed.”Although we have our first case of COVID-19, the chances of community outbreak remain low,” the statement said. New Zealand confirmed its first coronavirus case Friday, saying a recent arrival from Iran who travelled to Auckland via Bali had tested positive.Health officials said the person, aged in their 60s, was being treated in Auckland City Hospital.”They are in an improving condition in isolation, in a negative pressure room to prevent any spread of the disease,” the health department said in a statement.last_img read more

Paul Merson rates Liverpool’s chances of matching Arsenal’s Invincibles this season

first_imgPaul Merson doubts Liverpool can go all the way through the season unbeaten (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes there’s no chance Liverpool will follow in the footsteps of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ by remaining unbeaten throughout the Premier League season but hailed their ‘ridiculous’ 17-match winning streak.Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are storming ahead at the top of the table having won their opening eight matches, opening up an eight-point gap on nearest title rivals Manchester City.Liverpool required a stoppage time penalty from James Milner – controversially won by Sadio Mane – to down Leicester 2-1 at the weekend and Merson believes there were signs that they will struggle to maintain this unbeaten run, despite having City’s record of 18 straight wins in their sights. Paul Merson rates Liverpool’s chances of matching Arsenal’s Invincibles this season Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Oct 2019 11:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link244Shares Advertisement Pep Guardiola’s side are already playing catch up (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘I’ve said before that this side is not getting beat by any side in the bottom half and Manchester City have been beaten by two teams in the bottom half already,’ he added.‘They’ve got the points on the board and can afford a slip here or there. Manchester City could beat Liverpool twice now and it wouldn’t make a difference. It’s all in their hands now.‘I don’t want to say it’s Liverpool’s title to throw away because there’s a long way to go.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘No-one has ever won the league in eight football matches, but if they keep on doing what they are doing, it’s going to be hard for anybody else to catch them.‘The players had the title snatched from them last year. It was taken away from them after Man City won 14 straight football matches and Vincent Kompany stuck one in the top corner from 30 yards.‘Liverpool know things can happen. This Manchester City team can get on a roll and reel off 10 on the trot so there’s a long, long way to go.’Will Liverpool go the Premier League season unbeaten?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Liverpool are ‘too far ahead for everybody else’ in the Premier League, says Arsene WengerMORE: How much it will cost Manchester United to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaercenter_img Will Jurgen Klopp’s men falter? (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)‘Liverpool won’t go unbeaten, not a chance,’ former Arsenal midfielder Merson told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘What Arsenal did all those years ago, that’s some going. What Liverpool are doing, winning all these games on the trot, though, is ridiculous.‘They weren’t great the other day. When Leicester got to 1-1, they looked like the team that might nick it, even though Liverpool didn’t deserve to lose.‘For 70-odd minutes they were the better team, but they just kept on going and you have to get some breaks every now and again.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘No-one is going to look back on October 5 and remember the penalty, but that spot-kick could’ve been a massive, massive goal.‘When you win league titles, everybody forgets about what happens in October and November.‘Everybody just thinks about what happened in April or May, but the penalty could be massive in the context of the title race.’Merson wouldn’t go as far as to say the title race is already over, but he certainly thinks it’s Liverpool’s to lose. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Equities fuel Lithuanian second-pillar funds’ 4.5% gain in 2017

first_imgThis was the first time since the system’s inception in 2004 that this group recorded losses.According to BoL, the yields on the government bonds that make up the bulk of their portfolios were either very low or negative.Dalia Juškevičienė, principal specialist in the long-term saving and investment product supervision division at BoL, noted that the recent strong growth of stock markets was one of the reasons for the 25% increase in equity fund membership last year.However, she cautioned that “the equity market is cyclical and the risk of recession should be duly taken into account, especially for those who are close to the retirement age”.As of the end of 2017, second-pillar assets had grown by 17% year on year to €2.9bn, while membership rose by 2.7% year-on-year to 1.29m. Just over half of the membership (51%) was invested in medium-risk funds, 23% in low-equity plans, 19.4% in high-equity and the remainder in conservative vehicles.Last May the BoL, as part of its proposals for an overhaul of the pensions system, called for mandatory life-cycle pre-retirement investment, warning that 70% of fund members were assuming either too little or too much risk for their age, and were not inclined to adjust their risk profile.The current Peasants and Greens’ Union-led coalition government, which took power in late 2016, also has pensions reform on its agenda, with policy changes set to be announced this year and implementation by the end of 2019.In the case of the much smaller third pillar, overall returns averaged 5.19%. Averages were: 8.68%in the case of the five high-equity funds, 3.72% for the four medium-risk funds and 2.15% for the three conservative funds.Membership grew by 12% to 57,780 and assets by 21.4% to €96.6m. Lithuania’s voluntary second-pillar pension funds returned a nominal average 4.51% for 2017, marginally above the 4.37% average in 2016, according to sector regulator Bank of Lithuania (BoL).As in 2016, funds with the highest equity weightings generated the best returns.The four funds with an equity allocation of up to 100% generated an average 9.17%, followed by the six medium-risk funds, with a 50-70% equity share, at 4.94%. The four plans with a maximum of 30% in equity gained an average 2.19%.Meanwhile, four of the six conservative funds generated negative returns, resulting in an average loss of 0.61%.last_img read more

Koeman content despite ambitions

first_imgRonald Koeman is ready to coach one of the biggest clubs in Europe, but his only focus right now is continuing Southampton’s scarcely-believable season. “That is football,” he added, when talking about the recent pressure on current head coach Luis Enrique. “Today can be black and tomorrow can be white. “You must prepare for everything and try to work well and win matches. Barcelona have a great team with great footballers, above all Messi. He is in his best form and nobody can stop this team.” Manchester City do, though, on Wednesday face the unenviable task of attempting to thwart Barcelona in the Champions League last-16. Failure to overcome them would be no great embarrassment, although it would lead to pressure mounting on manager Manuel Pellegrini. Koeman played with City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain at Barcelona, leading to it being suggested that the Saints boss could soon be getting a call. “Txiki has my number!” he said. “This is a joke. “I have contact with Txiki because we have seen each other during the games we have played against them. “We have to play them at the end of the season. We are friends and we have frequent contact and we are both happy to be working in England.” Press Association The Dutch great’s arrival during a summer of discontent at St Mary’s surprised many – so too has his remarkable impact since taking the reins. The term meltdown was bandied about ahead of a season many predicated to end in a relegation fight, yet Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea leaves Saints sixth in the standings with nine matches remaining. Such success has seen Koeman linked with a move away to one of Europe’s elite clubs – a job he believes he would be up to. “I see myself as ready,” he told Spanish radio show El Partido de las 12. “I have been a coach for a while now and I have been at a few clubs. “I have experience and this is an important detail if you are going to be a good coach, but at the moment I am only thinking about Southampton because I have two more years on my contract after this season.” England is the fourth country in which Koeman has managed after spells in his homeland, Portugal and Spain. It is a return to the latter he is most often linked, with Barcelona regularly mentioned as a potential destination. Koeman is listed amongst the club ‘legends’ after a wonderful period at Barca, where – not for the first time – he admits he can see himself managing one day. “I think so, yes, because everyone knows what I have had with Barcelona and what Barcelona has with Ronald Koeman,” he said. “Therefore, if one day in the future I can be manager there, I would love it. last_img read more

Berlais taking flight in Ryanair

first_imgWillie Mullins expects Gitane Du Berlais to prove difficult to beat in the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. Writing on his website, Mullins said: “Valseur Lido is a course and distance winner and was third to Vautour at Cheltenham. He has been working well but might find this trip a little on the short side. “Gitane Du Berlais is improving all the time and the form of the hurdle race she won at Auteuil last month has been working out well. With her weight allowance she should go very close.” Ruby Walsh had the choice of the pair but feels the allowances Gitane Du Berlais gets made her impossible to ignore. “With Bryan Cooper suspended I could have ridden Valseur Lido but opted for Gitane Du Berlais,” he said in his Irish Examiner column. “She beat Irish Saint in Sandown with no five-year-old allowance. She gets that allowance here and, with the mares’ allowance as well, is getting 15lb off Valseur Lido. Irish Saint was just behind Valseur Lido in the JLT. “She was very good in France when Jacques Ricou rode her. She only had 9st 10lb on her back but bolted in in a decent hurdle race. It’s a toss of a coin but I think with the weight she’s getting, she could be hard to beat. “It’s a very good race with Gilgamboa, Apache Stronghold and Valseur Lido. Without Don Poli, Vautour and Un De Sceaux, these are the best novices around in Ireland or England. “I rode Valseur Lido in work on Thursday. He worked well but the massive weight allowance and likely testing ground is what swung me towards Gitane.” Press Associationcenter_img The mare is joined in the race by stablemate Valseur Lido, already a Grade One winner this season but well beaten into third by Mullins’ Vautour in the JLT at Cheltenham last month. Gitane Du Berlais has already beaten the boys once this season at Sandown and last time out picked up a big pot in France. last_img read more

Acadians win three in a row

first_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Latest Posts Bio ELLSWORTH — After losing their first two outings, the Trenton Acadians reeled off three consecutive wins in American Legion Zone 1 baseball action last week.On Friday in Blue Hill, the Acadians downed Brewer 5-3 as righthander Steven Hanscom yielded just four hits in six innings, and got relief help from Jon Phelps in the seventh.Phelps took the mound with the bases loaded and one out and struck out two Brewer batters to earn the save.Phelps also contributed a triple and drove in two runs, Hank Vinall doubled and Conor Maguire singed for the Acadians.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor Brewer, pitcher Galan Williamson allowed just one earned run over five innings in defeat.Jeff Weeks singled twice, Carter DeRedin doubled and Kyle Alexander singled for Brewer.In two games at separate locations on Sunday, the Acadians downed Hampden 16-4 in Hampden and bested Waldo 6-1 in Searsport.Against Hampden, Garrison Looke doubled and singled to drive in three runs, Sid St. Peter had a two-run homer, Joe Archambault and Scott Boies each drove in two runs with a single and a double, Dakota Chipman drove in two runs with three singles and Maguire singled and tripled with a run batted in for the Acadians.Righthander Gage Feeney allowed just four hits in eight innings and struck out five batters to get the win for Trenton.In Searsport, righthander Will Ricker pitched six strong innings for the Acadians, allowing just three hits and striking out five to get the win.Geeney and Archambault each had two-out, two-run doubles; Cooper Smallidge singled to drive in a run; Looke, Maguire and Bois each singled; and Dylan Collins drove in a run with a sacrifice fly for Trenton.Emery Dinsmore allowed just one earned run, allowed five hits and struck out nine on the mound for Waldo.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.center_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

USG allows students to edit the 15 articles

first_imgOn Tuesday, the Undergraduate Student Government shared a document of their 2018 Elections Code on their website, allowing students to edit and make comments. The USG Elections Code, which was shared via Google Docs, is an extensive set of guidelines. The 15 articles inform the entire student body of aspects surrounding the election process, including campaign periods, conflicts of interest and candidate eligibility.“It works as an outline for candidates to know what is going on, but also for the general student body to know what to expect,” said Nillani Anandakugan, USG’s co-director of elections and recruitment. “It goes further into detail about what a fair election looks like.” The edit access allows students to comment on inconsistencies or unclear language present in the guidelines without permanently changing the document, according to Anandakugan. “We realized that there was a lot of stuff that we overlooked,” Anandakugan said. “There were inconsistencies within the old code. In order to cover all of our bases, we wanted to make sure that everyone who is affected by the code has access to it and can give suggestions.” Anandakugan said sharing the document is also a way to pursue transparency between USG and the student body.“Because USG is an organization that serves the student body, the only way to truly serve [them] is to make sure that there is that type of access to electing the individuals who will affect students overall,” Anandakugan said. “We have to be open in all parts of this organization.” The document will be available to edit until Nov. 6, the day in which the day the code will be brought in front of the USG Senate to be ratified. After the deadline, the only changes that can be made to the code will be decided by the Senate. “We will take all of [the edits] into consideration and present them accordingly,” Anandakugan said.last_img read more

Manchester Rivals Face-off in Top-of-Table Clash as United Host City

first_img“For me, it’s one more big match against one of the best teams in the country. We are a better team than last year – I think Man City is also better than last season.”City are unbeaten in the league this season but did lose their first game of the campaign in midweek when they were beaten 2-1 by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.“I am a manager to play these kinds of games on the biggest stages. That’s why we are here,” Pep Guardiola said. “I will enjoy it, definitely. I am looking forward to arriving and playing. I love to be there, working out what we can do to beat them. After, we shake hands.“Winning, drawing or losing, we are not going to win or lose the Premier League. It’s an important game because you can win points but it’s the same for them. All we are thinking is how to play well and win the game.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic are available for today’s game while Marouane Fellaini will be assessed ahead of the game.Paul Pogba starts a three-match ban today after he was sent off in last weekend’s win at Arsenal, joining captain Michael Carrick and defender Eric Bailly on the sidelines.Manchester City playmaker David Silva is fit for the Old Trafford trip after overcoming a knock but captain Vincent Kompany is doubtful with an unspecified problem.Makeshift left-back Fabian Delph has recovered from a sickness bug but defenders John Stones (hamstring) and Benjamin Mendy (knee) are still out.After losing four Premier League games in a row against Manchester City, Manchester United have lost just one of their last five derbies against them (W2 D2 L1).Jose Mourinho’s side are on the longest current unbeaten home run in the Premier League (24 games – W14 D10 L0), with their last such defeat at Old Trafford coming against Manchester City in September 2016 (1-2).Manchester City have now won 13 successive league matches – a joint-record within a single top-flight season, alongside Chelsea (2016-17), Arsenal (2001-02), Preston and Sunderland (both 1891-92).If Pep Guardiola’s side win this match then they will equal the all-time English top-flight league record of 14 consecutive victories; set by Arsenal between February and August 2002.Jose Mourinho has won just four of his 19 managerial meetings with Pep Guardiola in all competitions (W4 D7 L8), with just one of those wins coming in league competition (2-1 with Real Madrid at Barcelona in April 2012).These are the two tightest defences in the Premier League this season, with Manchester United (9) having conceded one goal fewer than Manchester City (10); this despite facing more than double the tally of shots on target (64 v 27).Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 21 goals in his 24 Premier League appearances so far in his career (15 goals, six assists).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Premier League’s top two go head to head at Old Trafford on Derby Day as Jose Mourinho’s side aim to close the gap on City to five points with a win. While his team have been preparing for the clash, the Portuguese says that derby matches can throw up unforeseeable challenges that he cannot control.“Football is unpredictable,” Mourinho said. “As a manager, I can try to define a game plan and work a direction but you don’t know what can happen. There are so many things that are out of my control that can totally transform the direction of the game.last_img read more

Ghana, Cameroon share spoils in epic battle

first_imgDefending champions Cameroon played out to a barren draw with Ghana in a hotly contested West African clash of the titans in a Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Egypt 2019 Group F clash in Ismailia on Saturday.Substitute Kwabena Owusu should have won all three for the Black Stars barely a minute after coming on for Andre Ayew but his cracking shot from the edge of the box came off the crossbar. Andrew Yiadom had a chance five yards from goal a minute later, but saw it saved by Andre Onana.With the result, Cameroon have moved to four points while Ghana are on two points after back to back draws. The Ghanaians have to beat Guinea Bissau on Tuesday to be certain of a place at the next round.On the balance of chances, Cameroon should have gone to the break at least one up. A massive save by Richard Ofori four minutes from time and a timely tackle from Jonathan Mensah earlier on ensured the scores were 0-0 after the opening 45 minutes.last_img read more

Our Community Credit Union To Sponsor Fan Appreciation Night At Grays…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Grays Harbor RacewayFan Appreciation Night at Grays Harbor Raceway has become one of the enjoyable events around for race fans.  For a period of time the track will be shut down and all the competitors on hand that day will be brought out on the track.  From there fans can get up close to their favorite drivers and receive hero cards to get signed or pose for pictures.GHR is proud to announce that this event will return to the 2013 and will take place this Saturday June 1st.  And coming back to sponsor this night from last year are the fine folks from Our Community Credit Union.  All five classes will be on hand for which includes the 360 Sprints, Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Cut Rate Auto Parts Street Stocks, and Hornets.“We love fan appreciation night, it gives us the opportunity to celebrate with the community,” commented Daris Devaney, Vice President of Marketing at Our Community Credit Union, “It’s also a family night for the OCCU employees, we provide their tickets so they can relax with their families and enjoy a fun evening.  We appreciate being able to help sponsor Fan Appreciation night, it’s such a popular family event and we want OCCU to be a part of the fan’s experience.”Last year Jay Cole led the entire distance in the 360 Sprint to pick up his one and only feature victory of the season.  Jared Peterson showed his dominance in the USAC Ford Focus Midgets that night and performed a clean sweep on the competition.  Scott Miller would earn the Modified feature victory after a late race restart to win for the second week in a row in the same fashion.  In the Street Stocks Jason Tole led early then lost the lead and got it back late in the race to win his fourth straight main event.  And Brian Norton would become the third different Hornet feature winner in three nights of racing.Saturday night’s admission is Adults $13.00, Senior (62+)/Juniors (13-18)/Military $10.00, Youths (6-12) $5.00, Youths (5 and Under) FREE, Family Pass (Two Adults and Up To Four Youths) $30.00, and Premium Seating $20.00. Pit gates open at 2:30, front gates, 4:30, and racing starting at 6:30.Don’t forget that the $650.00 to win Cut Rate Auto Parts Iron Man 100 has been rescheduled for the following Saturday on June 8th. Also on hand will be the Shipwreck Beads IMCA Modifieds with an enhanced purse of $750.00 to win and $200.00 to start courtesy of X-Factor Race Cars. The other class in competition will be the Hornet division.Our Community Credit Union started its history in late 1941 as Simpson Employees Credit Union and since 2006 has been known by its current name. At Our Community Credit Union you will find better service, greater convenience, and more affordable choices suited to your needs at their six branch locations in Shelton, Union, McCleary, Elma, and Montesano. To find more about the advantages about being a member visit your local branch today or visit for more information.The Grays Harbor Raceway is known for its high speeds and side by side racing as well as its large track size. Hosting racing action from April to October regular classes include 360 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, USAC Ford Focus Midgets, Street Stocks, Hornets, and for the first time the Northwest Extreme Winged Sprint Cars. For more information visit or call the brand new Northwest Tracks Hotline at (360)-699-RACE.Photo courtesy Aaron Reedlast_img read more