Topics : Amid unprecedented government steps to prop up economies battered by the outbreak, U.S. weekly jobless claims jumped to a record 6.6 million, double the record from the previous week. That reinforced economists’ views that the longest employment boom in U.S. history probably ended in March, and that claims were expected to rise further.Morgues and hospitals in New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, bent under the strain on Thursday, struggling to treat or bury casualties, as New York state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo offered a grim prediction the rest of the country would soon face the same misery.Staff at one medical center in Brooklyn were seen disposing of their gowns and caps and other protective wear in a sidewalk trash can after wheeling bodies out of the hospital and loading them into a refrigerated truck.In hard-hit Spain, the death toll rose to more than 10,000 on Thursday after a record 950 people died overnight, but health officials were encouraged by a slowdown in daily increases in infections and deaths. Global coronavirus cases surpassed 1 million on Thursday with more than 52,000 deaths as the pandemic further exploded in the United States and the death toll climbed in Spain and Italy, according to a Reuters tally of official data.Italy had the most deaths, more than 13,900, followed by Spain. The United States had the most confirmed cases of any country, more than 240,000, the data showed.Since the virus was first recorded in China late last year, the pandemic has spread around the world, prompting governments to close businesses, ground airlines and order hundreds of millions of people to stay at home to try to slow the contagion. Spain has shed jobs at a record pace since it went into lockdown to fight the coronavirus, social security data showed on Thursday, with some 900,000 workers having lost their jobs since mid-March.Appearing for the first time since recovering from the virus himself, Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock promised a tenfold increase in the number of daily tests for the coronavirus by the end of the month after the government faced criticism for failing to roll out mass checks for health workers and the public.Britain initially took a restrained approach to the outbreak but Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive for the virus himself, changed tack and imposed stringent social distancing measures after modeling showed a quarter of a million people in the country could die.In Italy, which hit a daily peak of 6,557 new cases on March 21 and accounts for around 28% of all global fatalities, the death toll climbed to 13,915 on Thursday. But it was the fourth consecutive day in which the number of new cases stayed within a range of 4,050-4,782, seeming to confirm government hopes that the epidemic had hit a plateau.Italy was the first Western country to introduce sweeping bans on movement and economic activity, having first confirmed the presence ofcoronavirus almost six weeks ago.In Russia, President Vladimir Putin prolonged until April 30 a paid non-working period across the country, just a week after the Kremlin said there was no epidemic.There has been particular concern about the spread of the virus in countries that are already struggling with insecurity and weakened health systems.In Iraq, three doctors involved in the testing, a health ministry official and a senior political official said there were thousands of cases of COVID-19, many times more than it has publicly reported. The health ministry denied it.In Latin America, Ecuador said it was building a “special camp” for coronavirus victims in the country’s largest city, Guayaquil, where more than 80 people have died.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro further played down the pandemic, telling church ministers it is “not all it’s being made out to be” and denying that any hospital in the country had reached full capacity. But with his closest aides refusing to support his plan to relax coronavirus rules to keep the economy going, according to sources with knowledge of the dispute, Bolsonaro was looking increasingly isolated.The first 100,000 cases worldwide of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, were reported in around 55 days and the first 500,000 in 76 days, according to a Reuters tally based on official records.
Australia’s military announced Thursday it would send 1,000 troops to Melbourne in an effort to help contain the country’s only significant coronavirus outbreak over fears of a second wave.Victoria state has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases, recording almost 150 new infections over the past week as new clusters have emerged in Melbourne.On Thursday authorities recorded at least 37 cases — the highest national total since mid-April. However, the deployment of such a large military contingent to a major Australian city is unprecedented in the coronavirus crisis.It comes as concern ramps up in Melbourne, with additional pop-up testing centers set up in virus “hot spots” and supermarkets reimposing buying limits amid fears of a return of panic-buying.Virus clusters have emerged in large family groups spread across the country’s second city, at a hotel used for quarantining returned travellers and at a clothing store.Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said 1,000 workers were going door-to-door urging residents in the worst-affected areas to get tested, with hopes of testing 100,000 people in 10 suburbs over 10 days.”This suburban testing blitz is all about finding all of those people that have this virus, then having them quarantined in their home with appropriate support,” he told reporters.”It’s about bringing further stability to these numbers. The numbers will grow, but that’s exactly the strategy: Find these cases.”Australia has recorded roughly 7,500 cases of coronavirus and 104 deaths in a population of 25 million, with several regions believed to be effectively virus free. While the numbers remain small compared to global tallies, the outbreak has rattled Australia, which has been rolling back restrictions after successfully curbing the virus spread.Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said Thursday that 1,000 troops would be deployed to Victoria “in the coming days”. Up to 850 Australian Defense Force personnel will help monitor returned international travellers being held in hotel quarantine while about 200 others will provide logistical and medical support to COVID-19 testing facilities, she added.Military personnel are already manning the borders of states that are closed to outside visitors as well as providing planning support to health and emergency management services, including in Victoria. Topics :
Dennis Bergkamp had to get used to the physicality of the English game (Picture: Getty Images)Dennis Bergkamp struggled with the physicality of the English game when he moved to Arsenal and Ian Wright says he had to tell him to start ‘leaving a bit’ on opposition players.The Dutchman arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 1995 for a then club record transfer fee of £7.5m but had a slow start to life in north London.Wright says this was due to the physical nature of the Premier League at the time and Bergkamp not being used to it after his career in Holland and Italy to that point.After another failure in a cup game against Hartlepool, Wright felt like he had to step in and teach Bergkamp how to deal with the aggression of English defenders.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I remember when he started he went about eight or nine games where it wasn’t going well for him, people were bullying him, he was kicked and went down pretty easily,’ Wright told the BBC. Comment Advertisement Phil HaighThursday 16 Apr 2020 8:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link181Shares Bergkamp and Wright enjoyed great success at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)‘We played a game against Hartlepool, it was the game before Southampton (when he scored his first two goals) the press did a massive piece on how poor he was, how he couldn’t score past a second string goalkeeper and I remember a few games before that I said to him: “Dennis, you’re going to have to start leaving a bit and letting people know you’re there.”‘He was 6ft 2in he was wiry he could put himself about, he could look out for himself. I told him you can’t leave yourself so open, you’ve got to leave something and let people know you’re not going to be kicked every single day. ‘Dennis was cute, he was cute the way he’d leave his foot in.’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 CityBergkamp would go on to play 11 seasons with the Gunners, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, scoring 120 goals for the club.Wright says the Dutchman was the catalyst to all the success achieved under Arsene Wenger and believes he is even the greatest signing in the club’s history.‘All the success we had was built upon what Dennis Bergkamp brought to us as a football player. Absolutely magnificent for our club,’ Wright continued.‘The best signing we’ve ever made in respect of the way it changed the DNA of Arsenal football club.’MORE: Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a ‘great priority’ for Real Madrid this summerMORE: Ian Wright explains why Dennis Bergkamp is Arsenal’s greatest ever signingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Ian Wright reveals the chat which kick-started Dennis Bergkamp’s Arsenal career Advertisement
The UK government has announced an exemption to withholding tax on the interest from private placements, spurring a £9bn (€11.4bn) commitment from insurers and asset managers.Six investment companies, backed by the Investment Management Association (IMA), have committed to providing finance to corporate private placements and infrastructure projects.In yesterday’s Autumn Statement – the chancellor George Osborne’s economic update to Parliament – it was announced that the government would provide an exemption from withholding tax on interest from qualifying private placements. “[This will] help unlock new finance for businesses and infrastructure projects,” the government said. A withholding tax is deducted from interest payments made to lenders of finance or on dividend payments.While details on which private placements would qualify for exemption will be released next week, it is understood third-party funds and pension fund investors would also be exempt.The six organisations funding the £9bn commitment include asset manager Allianz Global Investors (Allianz GI) and insurers Aviva, Friends Life, Prudential, Legal & General and Standard Life.The chancellor said the exemption signalled the potential beginnings of an enduring private-placement market in the UK.UK private-placement issuers accounted for around 21% of the global market at the end of October 2013, according to S&P.This saw around £7bn issued to a mixture of US and UK lenders.On the back of the announcement, Allianz GI said it was prepared to invest upward of £3bn in UK infrastructure debt over the next 3-5 years.This is in addition to the £600m the company is already on track to invest by the end of 2014.Deborah Zurkow, Allianz GI’s CIO for infrastructure debt, said: “Introducing a new tax exemption for private placements will act as an important step in helping unlock further international investment into UK infrastructure.”Insurer Aviva also announced an immediate commitment of £500m to UK infrastructure debt projects, in addition to £500m allocated last year.This will be done via Aviva Investors, the insurer’s asset management arm.Friends Life, which this week agreed to be taken over by Aviva in a deal worth more than £5bn, is also party to the agreement.It said the tax exemption would allow the company to continue its infrastructure and private-placement business, adding to the £1.5bn already invested.Daniel Godfrey, chief executive at the IMA, added: “This measure is a significant boost to the development of the UK private-placement market.”Yesterday’s Autumn Statement also announced a commitment to investigate the possibility of creating a long-term investment fund backed by tax revenues from shale-gas extraction in the North of England.The government said it would legislate in the next Parliament, from May 2015, for a fund to “capture the economic benefits of shale gas for future generations, and ensure revenues are invested in the long-term economic health of the North to create jobs and investment”.
The custom-designed home has a two-storey void, statement lighting and an open library. Picture: supplied.This two-storey custom designed home sits on a big canal block with huge entertaining area, inground swimming pool, pool hut and pontoon. Owners Matt and Andrea Burgess have loved living in the waterside property at 3 Wildfire Ct, Newport with their three children.“The large deck overlooking the canal is probably our favourite part (of the home),” Mr Burgess said. “It’s a great place for entertaining and it has a good view. And even though it has a wide outlook, it is actually quite private.” The kitchen at 3 Wildfire Court, Newport. Picture: supplied.MORE NEWS: Record smashing suburbs of 2019 Designed by the award-winning Darren James, the house is spread across two levels and features European oak floorboards and a two-storey void with feature lighting and custom floor to ceiling bookshelves with rolling ladder.On the ground floor there is a double garage, carport, study and open-plan living spaces. The kitchen has a butler’s pantry and European appliances while bi-fold doors open the dining room to the big entertaining area and the family room to the poolside deck. The entertaining area overlooks the canal. Picture: supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThere is also a laundry and toilet off the living room. Upstairs the master bedroom has an ensuite, a custom bedhead that conceals the built-in wardrobes, and a private balcony overlooking the canal. The remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a family bathroom and separate toilet. The upstairs living space looks out over the void and water. Outside, the entertaining area has an outdoor kitchen, built-in seating, LED lighting, speakers and glass balustrading. In the pool yard there is a second deck and a pool hut with kitchenette, study and storage space.Mr Burgess said the home would be perfect for a family or anyone who loves to entertain. The property is on the market through Danny Mailer of LJ Hooker Redcliffe. Robin Bailey sells Queensland home Southside stunner up for grabs
Press Association The Breeders’ Cup Turf winner won last month’s Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh but was unable to reel in Noble Mission in the Tattersalls Gold Cup on his latest appearance. Jim Bolger has Leitir Mor, Parish Hall and Trading Leather in contention, but the star of the show is last year’s stunning Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve. The French filly was narrowly beaten by Cirrus Des Aigles on her seasonal reappearance in the Prix Ganay, but is a hot favourite to strike on her British debut under Frankie Dettori. Dank is also among 11 confirmations for the 10-furlong Group One, w hile Roger Varian has entered Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned pair Ektihaam and Elkaayed. The owner’s chief contender is the William Haggas-trained Mukhadram, who was narrowly beaten by Al Kazeem in a thrilling finish 12 months ago. Multiple Group One-winning mare The Fugue, third last year, could line up for John Gosden. Gay Kelleway’s likely outsider Zambucca completes the list. Aidan O’Brien is set to rely on Magician in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.
Cape Clear Island continued to respond to pressure to get the better of Greatest Journey by a neck, with Rocky Rider a further head away in third. Co-owner Michael Tabor said: “I think the price tells you it was a surprise. He is a nice horse and hopefully he will improve on that. “I don’t know if he is up for going for the Dante or to Chester, as I don’t know if he is good enough. It is hard to say how good that race was.” Kurland created an instant impact on her racecourse debut after sauntering to an effortless success in the Montaz Restaurant EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes. Moving well throughout the five-furlong contest, the Martyn Meade-trained runner (8-1) was kept close to the front end of the race by Fergus Sweeney before smoothly asserting during the closing stages. Once in the clear, she only needed to be pushed out with hands and heels to come home three and three-quarter lengths clear of 40-1 runner-up Sakhee’s Jem. Meade said: “She is a very exciting prospect, who had always worked really well at home. She was prepared for the moment and she has shown she was good enough. “We will have a look at what time she did to see how good she is, then we can really get to work with her.” Held up at the rear of the field early on by the three-times champion jockey, the 14-1 shot joined the battle for the mile-and-a-quarter race late in the day. Long-time leader and favourite Rocky Rider looked to have fought off the bulk of his rivals from the front, but the Aidan O’Brien-trained winner and eventual runner-up Greatest Journey forged ahead inside the final furlong. Press Association Ryan Moore was seen at his strongest in steering Cape Clear Island to a battling success in the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-0 Trophy at Newmarket. Winter House overcame early signs of greenness to come from well off the pace and open his account at the first time of asking in the Swan At Lavenham Wood Ditton Stakes. Favourite Fallen For A Star and the hard-pulling Bermondsey took the field along early on in the mile contest and were still well in contention entering the final two furlongs. As Bermondsey’s run came to an end, Fallen For A Star continued to battle on but was powerless to prevent both Mustaaqeem and Winter House powering past. It looked as though the Sir Michael Stoute-trained representative had got first run on the 8-1 shot, but with the post looming James Doyle managed to forge the son of Cape Cross into the lead to score by a neck. Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “He will learn a lot from this race. He has been doing well in the mornings, but he is still a bit green. He didn’t behave himself last year, but he is a different horse this year. He was only 80 per cent fit for today and I am sure he will improve for it. “The next race for him will be a Listed race at Windsor on May 11.”
John Beilein has resigned as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers after less than a season February 19, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein has resigned as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers after less than a season.
â€œI am a stickler for due process and I believe that in any event, the local association must be allowed to play its role. Give it to the organisers of the Okpekpe race who have always involved officials from the Edo Athletics Association. Now we want to take it a step further because many of the people serving in the technical committee are former athletes and athletics coaches who understand the rules of the sport,â€ said Ebewele, a member of the board of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).â€œWith the sixth edition of the Okpekpe race holding this May, it is clear the race has come to stay and there is the need to develop more local capacity for the organisation of the race. There is also the need to strengthen community capacity to participate in both the technical and administrative organisation of the race,â€ Ebewele added.He is convinced the elevation of the Okpekpe race status to a first ever silver label race in West Africa will require the involvement of more technically savvy officials.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Technical Committee, Emale has said that the role of the members among other things is to give technical advice to the Main Organising Committee (MOC) for the race.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race will be the first IAAF Silver Label 10km race of the year. It will hold a day before the IAAF Gold Label Tata Consultancy Services World 10K in Bangalore, India.The race is the only road race recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in Nigeria and the sixth edition will hold on May 12, 2018 in Okpekpe near Auchi.It is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A technical committee to see to the successful organisation of the sixth edition of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race has been constituted by the Edo State Athletics Association in Benin City.The committee is headed by Paschal Emale and has 12 members including Otii Ignatius who will serve as secretary and Otupate Adebisi Richard who will serve as the assistant secretary.Route and Participation Coordinator for the Okpekpe race, Brown Ebewele, believes the full involvement of the host state’s athletics association is in line with the race organisers’ plan to ensure athletics officials in Edo State are not only given a sense of belonging but to also recognise their importance as far as organising a successful race is concerned.