Germany extends social distancing rules until June 29

first_imgChancellor Angela Merkel originally suggested extending the distancing rules, which require people to stay 1.5 meters apart, until July 5, as the conservative leader is worried about a second wave of cases that could require another costly lockdown.The country’s 16 states have been hit to differing degrees by the coronavirus, and Thuringia in the east, which has had fewer cases, voiced its dissent in separate statement.Germany has seen 8,302 deaths from the coronavirus so far, far fewer than in Italy, Spain, France or Britain, and an initial easing of the measures does not appear to have caused a major spike in cases.A government source said the cabinet may also decide to lift a warning against travel to 26 fellow EU countries plus Britain, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein from June 15, opening the way to separate advice for specific regions. Topics : Germany’s government and its state premiers have agreed to extend social distancing rules until June 29 to contain the coronavirus pandemic, a government spokesman said.Tuesday’s deal, confirmed by the spokesman after being revealed to Reuters by a source, follows a dispute over how quickly to ease lockdown measures that have helped Germany weather the outbreak with far fewer deaths than European peers.Under the agreement, public gatherings of up to 10 people would also be allowed from June 6, the government spokesman said.center_img Markus Soeder, premier of Bavaria, the hardest-hit state, voiced opposition to moving too fast in reopening tourism.”We have in Italy, Spain and France completely different infection numbers compared to Germany so I ask the federal government to think very carefully about this,” he said.”Nobody should be fooled. Corona remains deadly,” Soeder said, describing Thuringia state’s shift towards adopting voluntary, localized measures as a “fatal signal”.In a nod to Bavaria’s objections, the cabinet might postpone its decision by a week, but still lift the blanket travel warning from mid-June, media group RND reported.last_img read more

Eagle-Access Readies Its First Access System Prototype

first_imgThe Netherlands-based Eagle-Access BV is developing its first offshore access system prototype for the transfer of personnel and cargo.Source: Eagle-Access BVThe Eagle-Access System prototype is currently being prepared for production, while the sea trials are scheduled for September 2019.According to the Dutch company, the new access system is completely electrically powered which means large hydraulic power packs and generators are unnecessary, thus making the construction costs lower and operating costs considerably reduced.The installation on the deck of the maintenance vessels is also smaller, resulting in the minimum limitation of deck use, Eagle-Access said, emphasizing that this makes it possible to use smaller platform supply vessels (PSVs). The system’s operational window is from -2m to 25m.In mid-September, Van Halteren Group signed an agreement to become an investor and shareholder in supporting the roll-out of the first systems.last_img read more

Public Expenditure Review Commissioner says Government should review its social assistantance spending.

first_img 221 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Public Expenditure Review Commissioner says Government should review its social assistantance spending. by: – August 19, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Public Review Commissioner, Swinburne Lestrade. Photo credit: thedominican.netPublic Expenditure Review Commissioner Swinburne Lestrade says the Government of Dominica should review its Social Assistance spending as during the period 2005 to 2010 the amount has tripled. Mr. Lestrade made this observation while addressing a meeting to engage member territories in discussions with a view to sensitizing them on public finances and to make recommendations on the way forward last night.“The fact is we have to take note of what’s happening; one of the things that’s happening is that between 2005 to 2010 social assistance spending more than tripled. Again, that’s not necessarily a criticism there may be very good reasons for that. I think we all live here and we know the demands that are made and are placed on the system, on the Government for support of various kinds.”Mr. Lestrade said the commission has observed the increase which is a red flag that the Government needs to address.“So it is certainly a red flag that there to which I think we are compelled to pay attention. I’m suggesting it’s not an accident it’s a deliberate policy of the Government, it’s one that could be justified but I think even the Government itself may need to take a sit back and take a cold hard look at a distance as to what is happening,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour opener moves to Marshalltown

first_imgRained out events so far this spring have been at Sports Park Raceway in Fort Dodge and the traditional Memorial Day show at Benton County Speedway in Vinton.  More information about opening night for the 10th annual tour is available by calling 515 231-5444 and at the website. Also on the midweek program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, chasing $500 top checks, and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks in a $300 to win feature. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.  Title sponsor Arnold Motor Supply provides a portion of the $10,000 tour point fund and also awards a Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pellet Grill to the champion. Wehrs Machine and Racing Products returns as presenting sponsor. A Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth is at stake, as are IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region, E3 Spark Plugs State and special series points.center_img Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and free for kids ages 10 and under. Pit passes are $30. Traveling IMCA Modifieds race for $2,000 to win their Tuesday, June 4 main event.  MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – With hopes that the third time will be a charm, opening night for the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour moves to Marshalltown Speedway. National, regional and state points will be awarded in those divisions.last_img read more

IMCA Modified, Stock, Hobby, SportMod drivers pursue Moser Engineering awards

first_imgPORTLAND, Ind. – Drivers in five IMCA divisions have targeted awards from Moser Engineering again in 2015.The Portland, Ind., rear end components manufacturer and 12-year IMCA marketing partner gives product certificates based on national or regional point standings and to designated place finishers at 80 special events.Runners-up in each of the five IMCA Modified regions and in both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions get $300 product certificates. Runners-up in standings for the two IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks regions and in national standings for both Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods receive $200 certificates.Those awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November.Moser also gives $100 product certificates to designated place finishers at selected specials for the same five divisions; those awards are mailed from the IMCA home office the week after each event is held.Information about Moser products is available by calling 260 726-6689, on Facebook and at the website.“Moser has remained committed to IMCA racing for the past dozen years and that won’t change in 2015,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “The durability and affordability of their products continues to position them at the forefront of the rear end market for IMCA racers.”last_img read more

Walcott: Ozil deal a real statement

first_img Press Association Arsenal’s club-record signing of Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil sent a clear message the Gunners mean business again, according to forward Theo Walcott. “I am sure the new coach is going to develop me further and I am also really looking forward to playing in the Premier League.” Before Sunday’s 1-0 win over big-spending Tottenham, Wenger had seen moves for Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye all fail to materialise, and only secured the free transfers of Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini, before a loan move for Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano was completed on deadline day. Although being signed initially as support for Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, the 27-year-old Italy international fully intends to make the most of any opportunities which come his way. “I think it is a good thing that there are other great goalkeepers here. It is a positive fight,” Viviano said. Arsenal had also been keen to bring in some more offensive cover and looked at a loan deal for Chelsea forward Demba Ba, but the Stamford Bridge club were not interested in reaching such an agreement with their rivals. Ozil, 24, completed what is understood to be a £43million switch from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger finally landed an addition of supreme quality. Having come up against Ozil in action for England in their 4-0 defeat in the 2009 European Under-21 Championships final, Walcott is in no doubt of the impact he can have for Arsenal. “It definitely shows a statement that we are ready to step up,” said Walcott. “We had a disappointing start to the season, but we have bounced back and it is looking fantastic now. “With the likes of Ozil joining the club, it is only going to boost everyone.” Ozil admitted he had not expected to leave the Spanish giants but revealed once it was clear he no longer figured in the first-team plans of Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti following the world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham, he had no hesitation in moving on to a fresh challenge at Arsenal. Ozil is now set to become an integral part of Wenger’s team alongside Jack Wilshere, Walcott and Santi Cazorla. “At the weekend, I was certain that I would stay at Real Madrid, but afterwards I realised that I did not have the faith from the coach or the bosses,” Ozil said in an interview with the German Football Association’s official website, “I am a player who needs this faith and that is what I have felt from Arsenal, which is why I have joined. “Wenger gives me the faith and I can develop further. I know what I can do and I know that I could make the grade with any club in the world because I am so convinced in myself, but if I don’t feel people have faith in me, then that is why I had to leave and at Arsenal, I feel I have this fully. last_img read more

Football News Manchester City continue domination in Premier League, Manchester United held by Southampton

first_imgNew Delhi: Manchester City moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League as Raheem Sterling inspired a 3-1 win over Bournemouth, while Manchester United’s problems mounted as they escaped with a 2-2 draw at lowly Southampton. Pep Guardiola’s side racked up their sixth successive league win Saturday thanks to a second half surge after Bournemouth shocked the Etihad Stadium. City hold a significant lead over second placed Liverpool, but they can close the gap back to two points if they beat Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday. “A good win, after the Champions League it is always tough. People think it’s easy for us but that is not the truth, so I like to win in this way,” Guardiola said. “In the second half one action from Raheem Sterling changed the game.”Read More |Cristiano Ronaldo extends Juventus’ domination in Serie AIt was a landmark moment for former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola, who said: “My 400th win as a manager? I didn’t know that.Read More |FIFA President gifts football jersey to PM ModiCongratulations Pep!” Guardiola left City’s record goal-scorer Sergio Aguero out of the squad, but even the Argentine star’s absence couldn’t halt the champions’ momentum. City had scored 40 goals in their previous 13 league games and it took them just 16 minutes to shatter Bournemouth’s resistence as Bernardo Silva bagged his second goal of the season.     Leroy Sane’s shot was saved by Asmir Begovic, but Silva was on hand to tap into the empty net. City were stunned in the 44th minute when Callum Wilson headed Bournemouth’s equaliser from a Simon Francis cross. But the leaders restored order in the 57th minute as Sterling continued his mastery of Eddie Howe’s team.     Sterling netted from close-range after Begovic spilled Danilo’s shot, making it eight goals in six league appearances against Bournemouth for the City winger. Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt when the German finished a fine move involving Bernardo Silva and Sane in the 79th minute. While City remain the team to beat, their rivals United remain in turmoil after their winless league run extended to three games.     Jose Mourinho’s side desperately needed a victory at St Mary’s to stay in the hunt for a top four finish, but they ended up relieved to avoid defeat after falling two goals behind against third bottom Saints.     “I think the result is quite fair in spite of the fact we were more dominant in the game,” Mourinho said. “I’m always confident but always doubtful at the same time because we don’t start well many times. To have more continuity in our attacking waves you cannot lose the ball so many times.”      Southampton had won only once in 13 league matches this season, that solitary success coming at Crystal Palace on September 1, yet within 12 minutes they had carved open the United defence.     Stern-faced     Nathan Redmond wriggled beyond four statuesque defenders on the edge of the penalty area before finding Michael Obafemi, who teed up Stuart Armstrong for a fierce drive that flashed past David de Gea.     Mourinho sat stern-faced on the bench as Southampton celebrated and his expression was even more vexed eight minutes later as Marcus Rashford’s needless foul on Mario Lemina led to Southampton’s second.     Cedric Soares lined up the resulting free-kick 20 yards from goal and curled a superb effort over the United wall and into the top corner of De Gea’s net.     Romelu Lukaku gave United a lifeline when he slotted home from Rashford’s pass in the 33rd minute as the Belgian striker grabbed his first goal in 13 games.     United suddenly had a spring in their step and Ander Herrera equalised in the 39th minute when he met Rashford’s low cross with a clever back-heeled effort from close-range.     But seventh-placed United reverted to their spluttering form after the interval and they are now six points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, who would increase that gap if they beat Fulham on Sunday.     Crystal Palace ended their eight-game winless league run with a 2-0 success against fellow strugglers Burnley. Brighton conceded the fastest goal in the Premier League this season after 54 seconds, but Chris Hughton’s team recovered to win 2-1 at 10-man Huddersfield. Leicester won for just the second time in seven league games as Watford slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium, with Jamie Vardy and James Maddison scoring for the Foxes. West Ham ended Newcastle’s three-match winning run as Javier Hernandez struck twice in a 3-0 victory at St James Park. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Ramchand ready for Caribbean Invasion

first_imgTeam Ramchand’s Wreckers are ready for tomorrow’s Caribbean Invasion drag race meet at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri.The wreckers, with several local titles under their belts, will be returning to the racing track with the Gillette-sponsored Toyota Levin, a Nissan Pulsar, a Toyota Celica, and a Toyota Starlet.Speaking to the media from his Good Hope East Coast Demerara workshop, Ramchand conveyed that he is ready for the battle, come Sunday (tomorrow).“We’ve been working through the nights recently as we prepare for this drag race meet. However, the main car is not finished as yet, the parts came in late, but we are taking up four cars.”He added, “We are working together as one with all the Guyanese, to get the best result tomorrow against the Surinamese cars.”The team is sponsored by Ansa McAl through the Gillette brand and Ramchand’s Wreckers.Official free practice for the event is set for noon today while tomorrow’s races begin at 09:00hrs, with free runs.last_img read more

Australian XI in command against England Lions

first_imgINJURY scares to a pair of Ashes aspirants overshadowed a tight contest in Canterbury where the Australian XI hold a commanding lead after three days against the England Lions.Australian batter Matt Wade (elbow) and English quick Jamie Porter (back spasms) did not see out yesterday as the visitors finished on 6-223 at stumps, a lead of 353 runs.Wade was hit flush on his right elbow by a Lewis Gregory short ball in the 41st over the Australian XI’s second innings. He batted on but retired hurt at tea and was sent for an X-ray that cleared him of any serious damage.“Matthew will be reassessed in the morning but it’s unlikely he’ll bat again in this innings. However, we’re very hopeful he’ll recover in good time for the Australia – Australia A game next week,” the Australian team’s Dr John Orchard said.While Wade’s mishap was a brutal external blow, Porter’s was more innocuous as he left the field shortly after the midway point in the day suffering back spasms. The right-armer will be monitored and it’s uncertain how much either player will feature on the final day.Regardless of the severity of each injury, the timing is unfortunate.England are set to name their Test side to face Ireland and their Ashes training squad this afternoon, local time, in Canterbury, with several World Cup stars expected to be rested or nursing injuries.The 25-player Australian squad will convene in Southampton tomorrow for next week’s intra-squad clash after which the 16-player Ashes squad will be picked.Around the injury misfortunes, the tourists edged their way into a dominant position on day three.Having lost 6-17 in 47 balls on Monday morning, the Aussies gave the English a taste of their own medicine in the first session yesterday.Including the wicket in the final over of day two, the hosts lost 5-35 as Chris Tremain (4-70), Jackson Bird (3-51) and Jon Holland (2-56) cleaned up the Lions tail in less than 14 overs to bowl them out for 267.Queenslander Michael Neser did not bowl after tea on day two, due to a slight left ankle niggle but was seen bowling before the day’s play and is expected to be able to bowl to roll his arm over in the second innings.Opening batter Joe Burns was an early casualty in the Australian XI’s second innings, caught at third slip off the bowling of Porter for nine.Harris and Kurtis Patterson were slow and steady after lunch as the Lions seamers attacked the stumps before Porter – the pick of the home side’s bowlers – limped off the playing surface after fielding a ball at fine leg.With a seamer down, Leach stepped up to first remove Harris three balls after the left-hander posted a watchful half-century in two-and-a-half hours, and then Patterson, whose edge ballooned to Ollie Robinson at first slip to depart for 38.Patterson’s wicket brought Wade to the crease and three balls into his innings he was struck by Gregory, ducking into a bouncer that thudded into his right elbow.After flexing, contracting and squeezing his hands and elbow, Wade batted on for the remaining 17 balls until tea.But it was decided at the break for Wade to retire as a precaution, so out went Marsh and Head for the final session of the day holding a 247-run lead.However, Head returned to the pavilion 10 balls later when he picked out Sam Northeast at backward point to give Gregory his first wicket of the innings.Marsh was patient against the spin of Leach, happy to block the left-armer until he overpitched and was crunched back over his head for six,Marsh and Paine put on 55 together before the all-rounder was trapped first ball after drinks, out for 26, to the delight of Robinson, who let out a thunderous roar when the umpire raised his index finger.Leach picked up his third wicket when he held onto a skied catch off his own bowling to dismiss Paine for 38 from 68 balls, as the lead edged towards 350 in the closing stages of the day.The Australians’ mentality all tour has been about winning, so perhaps another hour of batting is on the final day before a declaration and chance to get one over an English side before the Ashes begins. (CRICKET read more

Jim Boeheim on win over Wake Forest: ‘We had by the far the best defense we’ve played this year’

first_imgWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Jim Boeheim acknowledged in a joking manner that fouling a lot was a risky way to game plan defensively for a team. But if there’s any team that’s good to foul a lot, it’s Wake Forest, a team that shoots 67.4 percent from the line.Syracuse committed 27 fouls and Wake Forest made just 25 of its 42 free throws. But putting Wake Forest on the line was more a reflection of the tight defense that Syracuse (12-7, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) played in its 83-55 win over the Demon Deacons (10-7, 1-4) on Saturday afternoon.“We had by the far the best defense we’ve played this year,” said Boeheim, SU’s head coach. “… I just thought our defense was active. We did a good job. … We didn’t give them any good looks.”Syracuse wanted to limit Konstantinos Mitoglou, who had scored 26 against the Orange a year ago. He scored just five points on Saturday. SU wanted to keep the ball out of Devin Thomas’ hands. He had just nine points, which was eight below his season average. The Orange wanted to take away the driving lane for Codi Miller-McIntyre. He was just 1-of-7 from the field. It all added up to a game of frustration for the Demon Deacons.“Wake Forest didn’t make shots,” Boeheim said. “And that’s something that’s hard to overcome.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGE:Trevor Cooney’s 25 points lead Syracuse in 83-55 romp of Wake ForestSyracuse’s frontcourt handles foul trouble in rout over Wake ForestWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s 83-55 win against Wake Forest Published on January 16, 2016 at 4:26 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Related Stories Trevor Cooney’s 25 points lead Syracuse in 83-55 romp of Wake ForestSyracuse basketball’s frontcourt handles foul trouble in rout over Wake ForestSyracuse community reacts to win over Wake ForestFast reaction: Syracuse basketball blows out Wake Forest in 28-point win Wake Forest shot just 2-of-20 from behind the arc and just 32.6 percent from the field overall. As a team, the Demon Deacons didn’t generate points off ball movement, recording just nine assists. The game piggybacks SU’s win over Boston College on Wednesday, when it held the Eagles to just 40 points.On Wake Forest’s second offensive possession, Miller-McIntyre tried to drive from the high post to his right but had his shot blocked by Dajuan Coleman, who picked the ball up and pushed the Orange in transition. And it didn’t get any easier from there.The Demon Deacons came into the game with a -3.4 turnover margin, while Syracuse is one of the nation’s best in steals. The Orange had 12 on Saturday, and scored 30 points off WFU’s 18 turnovers.“We limited their shots,” Coleman said. “Definitely taking away the short corner … and the inside play too. I think we did good.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more