New Zealand locks down all nursing homes after virus return

first_imgNew Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month’s general election.Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand’s borders.A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday. New Zealand had been held up by the World Health Organization as an example of how to contain the disease after recording only 22 deaths in a population of five million and preventing community transmission for more than three months.Ardern said the return of coronavirus was “unsettling” but all efforts were being made to retrace the steps of the Auckland family of four who contracted it from an unknown source.She said the September 19 election may be impacted if the outbreak could not be contained.”We’re seeking advice from the Electoral Commission, just so that we make sure have all options open to us,” she said.”No decisions yet, as you can imagine, have been made.”Ardern’s center-left Labor Party has been riding high in opinion polls and is expected win a second term.The conservative National Party was open to the idea of a delay if conditions meant it was justified.”It’s going to be very difficult to have an election in mid-September when we are now mid-August. It is very little time,” National leader Judith Collins told TV3. Police in facemasks manned roadblocks on major roads in Auckland to enforce the new measures. Ardern said health officials were also locking down aged care homes across the country because they could act as transmission hotspots.”I realize how incredibly difficult this will be for those who have loved ones in these facilities, but it’s the strongest way we can protect and look after them,” she said.There was panic buying at supermarkets across New Zealand and huge queues at coronavirus testing stations as Kiwis came to terms with the re-emergence of a virus many thought had been defeated.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Santi Cazorla offers support to Unai Emery after Arsenal’s poor start

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Unai Emery needs time at Arsenal, says Santi Cazorla (AFP via Getty Images)Santi Cazorla has backed Unai Emery following pressure from Arsenal fans to sack the Spaniard.Emery’s job is under threat following the Gunners’ poor start to the Premier League campaign which has left them eight points behind fourth place after just 12 games.Arsenal’s board are understood to be behind Emery but anger from supporters will continue to grow if the team slip further behind in the Premier League.Cazorla, who spent six years at Arsenal before he returned to Villarreal last year, has urged the Gunners’ hierarchy to support Emery and suggests a lack of belief could be holding the team back.ADVERTISEMENT Santi Cazorla is thriving at Villarreal after leaving Arsenal (Getty Images)‘Unai Emery is a good coach and it’s a very good team, I watch them play often, but he needs time,’ Cazorla said in an interview with The Independent.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s a new generation and it’s very difficult to compete against teams like Man City and Liverpool.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‘It’s difficult to know [why the team are in this position].‘They have the players, they have the fans, the stadium, they have everything to do it but they have to believe it.’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 Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Nov 2019 11:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Santi Cazorla offers support to Unai Emery after Arsenal’s poor startlast_img read more

NZ sex industry under attack

first_imgNew Zealand’s sex industry model ‘as useful as a burst condom’Stuff 15 October 2017Family First Comment: Highlighting the failures of flawed lawmaking by politicians….“Among the failures of the New Zealand system in removing abuse, exploitation and trafficking, she lists: convictions for under-age workers exploited foreign workers, a problem acknowledged within the industry, and a 2004 US State Department report that called New Zealand “a trafficking destination country”.Bindel advocates for the Nordic model, which criminalises brothels and sex buyers, but not prostitutes. Implemented in Norway, Sweden and France, under such a model prostitutes are offered “a way out” through health services, she says. “There’s a possibility of a world without prostitution, prostitution does not have to exist, it benefits no-one but the abuser and the profiteers.”And“”I never had someone say, ‘I paid for your body, and I can do what I want’, until decriminalisation. That’s putting power in the hands of the business pimps. You can see this across every brothel in New Zealand.”Prostitutes raised red umbrellas in celebration of New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective entering its third decade on Thursday.Speeches were made, and stories shared among a crowd of a hundred at Wellington’s Southern Cross bar, before the umbrellas – a symbol of sex work – were lifted for a photo opportunity.But a new book, highly critical of the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective (NZPC), issued a warning to the world this week: the New Zealand model is “as useful as a burst condom”.The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth, released in New Zealand on October 11, describes an abusive industry left unchecked by absent government agencies.Author Julie Bindel, a combative radical feminist from England, and former New Zealand sex worker Sabrinna Valisce have been making international headlines with their scathing critique and tales of abuse.Speaking from Bergen, Norway, the morning after a book launch, Bindel says her work is a grassroots, investigative expose of legitimised sex work around the world.A prostitution abolitionist, she uses words unlike those used in New Zealand’s sex industry.It’s not sex workers or prostitutes; it’s “prostituted women”. Brothel owners are pimps or abusers, no bones about it. Johns or sex buyers aren’t always punters; they’re also abusers.And the service provided by women in the sex industry is spoken of in violent terms.“Sex for a woman, when you don’t want it – in any orifice – is a horrible experience, even when we’re not describing it as rape. Calling it work, and doing it over and over again in one day, is a form of torture.”In researching the book, Bindel visited New Zealand in April 2016 and spoke to eight sex workers, two in brothels and four on the street.The book recounts the stories of five; Nicky, unwillingly penetrated with a bottle; Ne’Cole, gang-raped while working the street at 15-years-old; Chelsea, who describes brothel owners as abusive pimps; Lisa, a 50-something street worker using a walking frame, disabled after a life in prostitution; and Sabrinna Valisce.Bindel takes particular issue with the application form for opening a brothel in New Zealand, said to be just two pages long (it’s actually three) and shorter than the adoption form at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London.And when the brothels open, no-one checks in. Official Information Act data is referenced, but not provided, in the book, which shows only 23 brothel inspections took place between the 2003 reform and January 2015.“The framework for regulation does exist, as we shall see, but it’s about as useful as a burst condom,” she writes.Among the failures of the New Zealand system in removing abuse, exploitation and trafficking, she lists: convictions for under-age workers exploited foreign workers, a problem acknowledged within the industry, and a 2004 US State Department report that called New Zealand “a trafficking destination country”.Bindel advocates for the Nordic model, which criminalises brothels and sex buyers, but not prostitutes. Implemented in Norway, Sweden and France, under such a model prostitutes are offered “a way out” through health services, she says.“There’s a possibility of a world without prostitution, prostitution does not have to exist, it benefits no-one but the abuser and the profiteers.”Former New Zealand sex worker Sabrinna Valisce, who provides evidence in Bindel’s book, was in Edinburgh this month meeting Scottish MPs currently considering the Nordic model.Valisce declined to share her personal experiences and horror stories as a sex worker in New Zealand.This much is known from Bindel’s work: Valisce came to New Zealand at 14-years-old and after being offered $100 for sex while wearing her school uniform one afternoon, she found herself on the streets selling sex to survive.Decades of sex work and involvement with the NZPC followed, but Valisce recounts few positive changes from the legislation. After moving to Australia in 2011, she realised the horrors of the industry she had been subject to.Valisce is now critical of the NZPC and says it will never be effective in removing abuse and exploitation. Bindel quotes sex worker Chelsea, who says the NZPC is in denial about an expanding industry and offers only “propaganda” in its information packs.“I never had someone say, ‘I paid for your body, and I can do what I want’, until decriminalisation. That’s putting power in the hands of the business pimps. You can see this across every brothel in New Zealand.”This is disputed by those in the industry, but there’s no disagreement about one thing: you can’t legislate away the stigma.Sex industry sources like brothel owners and workers readily admit the legalised sex business isn’t without its problems.Of the workers, there are tales of threats and violence, but there’s a point of difference. Before decriminalisation, the threat of violence would linger. Now, if you have a problem, the police are there to help.Problems with drug addiction, illegal under-age and foreign sex workers, and bad operators are just that: problems. They’re not problems that just lie with this industry, and they’re for agencies such as Immigration New Zealand to deal with.Brothel owners notice the few inspections and say more are warranted to weed out bad operators who bend the rules.The industry has moved on since the 2003 reform rewrote the prostitution playbook, and according to some, it’s ready to evolve again.READ MORE: read more

Season-opening Qatar MotoGP cancelled due to coronavirus

first_img Loading… Six riders in the elite class are Italian, including seven-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi as well as 2019 runner-up Andrea Dovizioso, while Ducati and Aprilia are leading Italian manufacturers. Qatar was to be the first of a 20-race MotoGP season and it becomes the latest motorsports event cancelled because of the spread of coronavirus. The Chinese Formula One Grand Prix, which was set for April 19 in Shanghai, has already been axed as has the March 21 Formula E race slated for Sanya on the Chinese island of Hainan. However, the inaugural F1 race in Vietnam, on April 5, is going ahead. With the Qatar round cancelled, the Thailand MotoGP at Buriram on March 22 now becomes the season-opener. It was announced last week that visitors to the circuit will face rigorous health screening and be given hand sanitiser and facemasks to keep the event coronavirus-free. Thermal screening will be used at the racetrack’s entrances, hotels will look out for anyone showing symptoms, and a ‘Buriram Healthy’ app will provide up-to-date health information. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The season-opening Qatar MotoGP, scheduled to take place on March 8, was cancelled Sunday because of the spread of the coronavirus, the international motorcycling federation (FIM) announced. “Due to Qatar travel restrictions brought into force affecting passengers from Italy (amongst other countries), the premier class will not race at the Losail circuit,” the FIM said. Ducati’s Italian rider Andrea Dovizioso celebrates winning the 2019 Qatar MotoGP However, the Moto2 and Moto3 world championship races will go ahead as planned at the desert track as riders and teams were already in the Gulf state preparing for the event. As the coronavirus has spread, Italy has become the hardest-hit European country with 34 deaths and over 1,600 people infected. “As of today, all passengers arriving at Doha on direct flights from Italy, or having been in Italy in the past two weeks, will be taken straight to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days,” added the FIM. “Italy clearly plays a vital role in the championship and in the MotoGP class – both on track and off – and therefore the decision has been taken to cancel premier class competition.”Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyeslast_img read more

Jacqueline Ann Kleine

first_imgJacqueline Ann Kleine 66, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away Saturday June 23, 2018 in Dillsboro, Indiana.She was born July 17, 1951 in Batesville, IN, daughter of the late William Louis Banschbach and Patricia (Negley) Banschbach.Jacqueline enjoyed gardening, flower gardens and spending time with family.Jacqueline is survived by children, Jerri (Ronald) Jackson of Dillsboro, IN, Lisa (Jason) Felts of Aurora, IN, Neal (Melanie) Riggs of Austin, IN; sisters, Brenda (Marvin) Murr of Ft. Wayne, IN, Nancy (Michael) Land of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Derek Jackson, Shelby Jackson, Branden Bear, Hannah Felts, Dalton Felts and Justin Riggs; great-grandchildren, Destiny & Evan Bear, Kellen Riggs and Haven Felts.She was preceded in death by parents, spouses, Albert W Kleine and Jerry Caplinger, brothers, Christopher & Mark Banschbach, granddaughter, Hailey Riggs.Friends will be received Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held Thursday at 11:00 am.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Family. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

EHS fan building “Field of Dreams”

first_img Latest Posts Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img The Ellsworth High School baseball field PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROPELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth High School baseball fan wants to help the team achieve its very own “Field of Dreams.”“Money is tight in school budgets, and things need updates and refreshing,” says Danny Baron, father of a 15-year-old EHS baseball player. “We’re just helping to better the playing conditions.”But Baron has set his sights high for the EHS field, which is also used by other local baseball teams during the summer. When discussing his plans, Baron occasionally tosses around examples from Bangor’s Mansfield Stadium — built by Stephen King and known as one of Maine’s nicest baseball fields.“Obviously, we don’t have Stephen King’s wallet,” Baron says. “It’s all about using your resources.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBaron already has enlisted businesses to help fund the first stage of his plan: refreshing the infield with clay-based Turface — a task he says is long overdue.“All the dirt area needs to be added to with the appropriate baseball mix,” Baron says. “Turface is like baseball kitty litter. It keeps the dust down, allows for sliding and soaks up moisture.”Ellsworth Building Supplies, Tradewinds, the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA, R.F. Jordan and Sons Construction, Harmon’s Tires and Lee Auto Mall have all contributed the combined $4,000 needed for the project, which is set to begin June 24.Next on Baron’s agenda are the flashier items, such as revamping the dugouts with new benches, overhead cubbies and bins for gear; replacing the rusted batting cage and broken L-screen used for pitching and batting practice; upgrading the scoreboard to a larger, remote-controlled one as well as the portable backstop to a collapsible cage called “Big Bubba.”Then there are the features on Baron’s list the EHS field has never had: a flagpole; a press box; a secondary fence that allows for home runs; and bullpens for both the home and away teams to warm up their pitchers.And eventually, there will be a storage shed for all this new equipment.“We’re looking for longer-term stuff,” Baron says. “We want to buy the right equipment, store it, and take care of it so it will last.”And Baron has a track record for making things happen for Ellsworth baseball programs. Most recently, he helped lead the charge in funding the Ellsworth YMCA Junior League’s trip to New Jersey last spring for the New England championships after the squad took first in the state.With 10 days to fundraise before the tournament, Baron, the players and their parents got to work. And the community rewarded their efforts.“We wanted to give all the boys an experience they wouldn’t forget,” Baron says. “The hype was there, and businesses started donating left and right.”Baron credits businesses and organizations such as Mainely Meat in downtown Ellsworth for allowing the boys to wait tables and collect half the profits for a night; the Ellsworth Rotary Club for letting the team set up a donation booth at the annual Blueberry Pancake Breakfast; and the community-wide bottle drive over just five days that totaled $1,200 at the redemption center.“Some businesses had been storing cans for years,” Baron says. “We had enough cans to fill a tractor-trailer.”In a week and a half, the Junior League team raised $24,500 for the trip.“It starts with a dollar,” Baron says. “No donation is too small. No donation is too big.”Baron hopes to raise money for each stage of his vision for the EHS baseball field in similar fashion. He estimates the total cost will fall somewhere between $25,000 and $35,000.“Businesses are usually more than willing to help out by offering their expertise,” Baron says. “We have the ability to work together as a community and make this happen.”For more information about how to get involved or donate, email Baron at Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016last_img read more

States to get funds from Centre for developing sport they’ve adopted: Kiren Rijiju

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Sports Ministry will assist and fund states in achieving excellence in “one or two sports” that they have adopted in accordance to the ‘One State One Sport’ policy, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Tuesday.He said this in a meeting with sports ministers and senior officials of 18 states and union territories through video conference. Representatives from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and West Bengal participated in what is the first of a two-day conference, the second leg of which will be held on Wednesday. The states are to adopt sports in which it has “traditionally been strong”. Additionally the ministry also said that Khelo India State Centre Excellence (KISCE) will be set up in each state. “Our ministry will assist and fund the states in the endeavour to achieve excellence in one or two sports,” Rijiju said. “The KISCEs will become the nodal centre for a particular sport where athletes can be groomed at world-class facilities for Olympics. States can also choose to train athletes in other sports, including traditional sports, but the focus should be on one or two disciplines.” The representatives of the states said that setting up of “1000 Khelo India Centres in all districts across the country will help to not just tap into local talent, but also create a culture of sport in the country.” Rijiju further stated that the participation of states in activities related to the ‘Fit India Movement’ have been encouraging, with more than 2.5 lakh schools across India enrolling to become Fit India Schools. “I request all state and UT governments to take active part in including all schools in their states and UTs to register as Fit India schools so that fitness becomes a way of life for youngsters,” he said. IANS Also watch: Unable to Make Ends Meet, Uber Driver Turns Vegetable Vendorlast_img read more

Okpekpe Race Grabs Linkage Assurance Plc’s Sponsorship

first_imgLinkage Assurance Plc has been announced as the Official Insurer of the second edition of the annual Okpekpe 10 kilometre Road Race, slated to hold on May 7.Director of Organisation for the race, Zak Amodu, confirmed yesterday in Lagos that Linkage Assurance Plc will provide insurance cover for the entire 3,000 runners expected at this year’s race in Okpekpe, Edo State. The assurance firm is to also back the overall race organisation with cash support. “In our determination to meet the requirement of the IAAF label condition, we have this afternoon (yesterday) secured the sponsorship of Linkage Assurance Plc as the Official Insurer of the fourth edition of the Okpekpe road race. They will provide insurance cover for the entire 3,000 runners expected this year on a value in kind basis with some cash to support the overall race organisation,” stressed Amodu yesterday.He further revealed that the total financial commitment of N10m will be envisaged to cover the following: Death benefit for each athlete and official; Permanent Disablement and Medical Expenses of athletes.Linkage Assurance is the latest partner of the Okpekpe race. Others include; SuperSport –who will broadcast on Pay TV with additional support with a pre-event ‘Let’s Play’ activity for 2,000 kids on the 6th May 2016; African Independent Television (AIT) is to broadcast the race on terrestrial television as a broadcast partner alongside Channels TV.“As in the first bronze label race, we are committed to improving our status with the ambition of getting a silver label,” Amodu stressed yesterday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary between Wednesday, March 28, and Thursday, March 29.View Roundup 04-02 in a larger mapCrimes against a personat 3:31 a.m. on March 29, a student reported that another student pushed him to the ground during an argument on Ellendale Place and while he was lying on the ground he was kicked by two unidentified companions of the subject. The reporting student complained of injuries to his ribs, wrist and elbow, but he declined medical treatment from an LAFD RA unit and was released at the scene. The second student could not be located for questioning at the time of the report.Crimes against propertyat 10:15 p.m. on March 29, unknown suspects threw an egg at a student’s vehicle on 30th and Royal streets causing paint damage to the rear passenger side panel of his 11:19 p.m. on March 28, a student was cited to Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for throwing a water balloon at a DPS vehicle on Menlo Avenue and a second student was cited for failure to comply with officers who detained him during an investigation of the 8:41 p.m. on March 28, DPS officers responded to a report of two juveniles driving a university electric cart near Heritage Hall, but upon their arrival the cart was abandoned and the juveniles could not be located. There was no damage to the cart and it was subsequently impounded at the DPS office until it could be returned to the proper department.Miscellaneous incidentsat 5:54 p.m. on March 29, DPS officers responded to a roommate dispute with two USC female students at University Gateway. The students assured the officers that the dispute was over and there were no visible signs of injury to either of them. The officers cleared the 1:04 p.m. on March 29, DPS officers responded to a traffic collision involving a male student on a bicycle and a non-USC visitor in a vehicle on Exposition Boulevard and Trousdale Parkway. The officer determined that neither party was injured and subsequently cleared the scene.At 12:31 a.m. on March 29, two students were cited to Judicial Affairs for smoking marijuana in an apartment at the Annenberg 7:12 p.m. on March 28, a suspect used an unknown sharp object to scratch the paint on the entire body of a student’s vehicle near Century 2:41 p.m. on March 28, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect prowling in an office inside the Frank Seaver Science Center and detained him for investigation. The officers found the suspect in possession of a crack pipe. He was arrested and transported to 77th station for booking.last_img read more

Syracuse beats Georgia Tech, 6-2

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2017 at 5:42 pm Contact Matt: Syracuse (16-9, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) rebounded from Friday’s loss against Georgia Tech (9-17, 3-5) to defeat the Yellow Jackets 6-2.Freshman Alexa Romero continued the impressive start to her collegiate career. The lefty tossed 5.2 innings of three-hit softball, striking out eight.Syracuse scored the first run of the game in the third inning off an Alyssa Dewes solo home run and jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the fourth inning following a Dewes grand slam, to give her two home runs and five RBIs. Dewes joined Sydney O’Hara and Faith Cain as the only Orange players with multiple home runs, and O’Hara as the only the only two to hit multiple home runs in a game.SU went into the bottom of the sixth up 6-0 with Romero still on the mound. After giving up two runs, Syracuse head coach Mike Bosch subbed O’Hara in for relief. The senior collected her NCAA-leading seventh save of the year, striking out two from the circle.Freshman Toni Martin had a strong outing, going 1-2 at the plate, with a walk and two runs scored.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU finishes their series with Georgia Tech on Sunday at noon. Next weekend the Orange will host their first home series against Louisville at Skytop Softball Stadium. Commentslast_img read more