Austria limits indoor events to 10 as virus spikes

first_imgAustria announced Thursday that private indoor gatherings would be limited to 10 people in the battle to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections.”From midnight on Monday… all parties, private events and meetings indoors are limited to ten people,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told a press conference.”We have an exponential rise in new infections in Austria,” he said, adding the country was going through a second wave of the pandemic. Funerals will be exempt from the new rules and the limit for outdoors will remain at 100, Kurz said, with further exemptions for some cultural events.He admitted it would not be legally possible to enforce the new limit in people’s homes but added that he hoped Austrians would follow the rule.Also from Monday, cafe and restaurant customers will have to wear a mask whenever they’re not at their tables.Previously only waiters and other staff had to wear a face covering. Austria is recording several hundred new daily infections, with the one-day total reaching 882 on September 11, the second-highest of the whole crisis.Kurz said he was aware the measures “will once again mean sacrifices” from the population but they were necessary “to hopefully prevent a second lockdown” and the “catastrophic consequences” that would entail.Asked whether Vienna’s famous winter ball season could go ahead, Kurz said it was too early to say but admitted “autumn and winter will be very hard”.”We expect a clear improvement next year in terms of progress with vaccines and treatments,” he said.Neighboring Slovenia has also seen a recent rise in infections and on Thursday announced that from Saturday masks would be mandatory in outdoor public spaces such as markets.Masks will also be compulsory for pupils and teachers in secondary schools, and from Monday restaurants and cafes will have to close at 10 pm.Hungary has also been experiencing a virus surge and on Wednesday Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the country’s border closure would remain in place beyond October 1.He added that the second wave of Hungary’s outbreak could be expected to peak around the end of the year.Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia will remain exempted from Hungary’s border closures — exceptions which have raised criticism from top EU officials, who have warned of discrimination between member states. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Reno could revive retro Gold Coast home

first_imgIt has some quirky character features including slate throughout and coloured glass. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 Even the bathroom has slate details.Lucy Cole Prestige Properties agent John Cole said it had a rich history as one of the first homes built in the suburb.“There were 10 homes in the whole Bundall area,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“For its day, it’s extremely solid — it’s all brick and suspended slab.”Mr Cole said the owners bought the property off the builder not long after it was finished and lived there for almost 50 years.It has three bedrooms, one bathroom and a separate kitchen, living room and dining room.Mr Cole said the deceased estate was in need of some “TLC” but offered endless opportunities for prospective buyers. MORE NEWS: Jetsons house still up for grabs after world-first auction MORE NEWS: When it comes to loos, it’s a game of thrones It was one of the first homes to be built in Bundall.So far, he has had both developers and house hunters with renovations in mind inquiring about the property, including an interior designer.“We’ve had quite a few offers, just not quite at the sales expectation,” he said.“There’s one family that absolutely love it.“She’s driven by it for 20 years and watched it for years and years.”He said the previous owners’ family were hoping the buyers would breath new life into the home. The property was owned by the same family for almost 50 years. The three-bedroom house on Richmond Ave was built in the early 1960s.One of the few original homes remaining in Bundall has hit the market for the first time in more than four decades.The two-storey Richmond Ave house on a 506sq m corner block overlooking the Southport golf course has been listed with an asking price of $695,000.Built in the early 1960s, it has a range of character features that were popular in the era, including coloured glass, vaulted ceilings, slate accents, wood panel walls and an open fireplace.last_img read more

Hickman Harbor Dredging Completed

first_imgImage source: Dorena-Hickman FerryThe Dorena-Hickman Ferry has resumed operation after being shut down for six days due to the dredging operations in Hickman Harbor, the company said in its latest announcement. The ferry had to halt operation last Thursday so the dredging vessel could remove silt from the harbor.Work is completed, so the ferry resumed its normal schedule yesterday, the Dorena-Hickman Ferry said.There may be some delays caused by dredging equipment that has not yet been removed.[mappress mapid=”24309″]last_img

‘Decriminalisation’ drug law change tightened at 11th hour

first_imgNZ Herald 7 August 2019Family First Comment: The government has now decriminalised not just cannabis, but ALL drugs – P, cocaine, heroine etcThankfully NZ First has softened just how radical it is – but it’s still flawed.“NZ Police Association president Chris Cahill said under the original bill, police would consider health and addiction issues if they came across a group of people smoking methamphetamine at a kids’ playground. Under the changed bill, he said the officers would consider the environment and whether the activity was harming the community.”National MP Paula Bennett said the bill decriminalized drugs by stealth. “National supports both greater rehabilitation and tougher sentences, treatment and deterrence should go hand in hand. However this Bill means Police won’t prosecute people who are buying and using hard drugs including P, heroin and cocaine.”#softondrugsA late change to a bill described as de facto decriminalisation of drug use is likely to swing the balance more towards police prosecutions and away from health referrals, the Police Association says.But association president Chris Cahill said he still expected the Misuse of Drugs Amendment bill, which passed its third reading today, to lead to a “significant” drop in prosecutions for drug use.The change to the bill means that the test for prosecuting drug users will be whether a therapeutic approach would be more beneficial “to the public interest” rather than for the individual involved.It was championed by New Zealand First and agreed to by Labour and the Greens, and accepted during the committee stage of the bill last night.The Police Association, the Drug Foundation, the Law Society and the Green Party have all called the original bill effective decriminalisation for drug use because it meant police should only prosecute drug users if that was a better outcome than a therapeutic approach.READ MORE: of Drugs Amendment Bill passes final readingRadio NZ News 7 August 2019National police spokesperson Brett Hudson said it would tie the hands of police and Crown prosecutors.Mr Hudson said if for example someone caught multiple time with possession of meth and the police deemed it in the public interest to prosecute, as soon the case went to court it would be challenged.“They can argue in the court it has to be proven a health-based approach would not have been better in the public interest in that case and that did not and has not existed in the discretionary powers officers have exercised before,” he said.National MP Paula Bennett said the bill decriminalized drugs by stealth.“National supports both greater rehabilitation and tougher sentences, treatment and deterrence should go hand in hand.“However this Bill means Police won’t prosecute people who are buying and using hard drugs including P, heroin and cocaine,” she said.Ms Bennett added police aren’t social workers and the bill meant it will be up to them to help people try to find services that don’t exist.READ MORE: read more

Aussie Open: Kenin stuns Muguruza to claim first Grand Slam title

first_img Loading… Read Also: Fans react to Ighalo’s transfer deadline day switch to Man UtdThe unseeded Muguruza, often frustrated by her opponent’s retrieving skills and inability to assert her superior firepower, double faulted for the seventh time to drop serve crucially for 2-4 in the decider, and could not recover.She double faulted again on match point, leaving the American to go to her father Alexander, stood up in the player’s box, to celebrate.Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands were due to follow them on court for the mixed doubles final.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Displaying shades of two other Florida-raised players with East European roots – Maria Sharapova and Monica Seles – she battled through a high quality set to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in two hours and three minutes. Sofia Kenin became the latest unlikely Grand Slam champion in women’s tennis when her relentless persistence proved too much for Garbine Muguruza in the Australian Open final.Advertisementcenter_img Born in Moscow but having grown up in the US, there is no reason she cannot now buy the apartment she wants in Manhattan after earning £2.2million for her surprise triumph.She won what was the first women’s final of the post-1968 era that did not feature a top 10 player.‘My dream officially came true, if you have a dream go for it, it’s going to come true,’ said Kenin. ‘These past two weeks have been the best two weeks of my life. ‘An emotional Muguruza added: ‘I think I’m going to keep it short because I’m going to get very emotional.‘Congratulations Sofia, you played an incredible match, incredible tournament. You deserve the trophy. I think we’re going to see you play in more finals soon.’Ex-world No 1 Garbine Muguruza took the first set but faltered badly in the match thereafterMuguruza came in a slight favourite for a final whose unexpected line-up contributed to there being spare seats in the stands, the Rod Laver Arena being at least 500 short of a sellout.The Spaniard, going for her third Major after a lean patch, should have won the first set more easily but missed three break points for 5-2 before closing it out after going ahead for 5-4.She did that despite her serve regularly misfiring, and she paid the price in the second set when she was missing virtually six out of 10 first serves. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A RoleA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Pardew wants to protect Taylor

first_img In amongst the euphoria of successive Barclays Premier League victories over Aston Villa and Chelsea – and following a busy January transfer window – the 27-year-old central defender’s presence in the team after a two-month lay-off with a hamstring problem has been somewhat overlooked. However, his partnership with captain Fabricio Coloccini at the heart of the Magpies’ defence has been a key feature of their marked improvement, and Pardew said: “I am very, very conscious, with him and with my staff, that we protect him and try to give him a different regime where hopefully we can keep him fit – because when he is fit, there are not many better.” He added: “He’s an outstanding player. The only down-side has been the injuries, that’s where you have to slightly have a disappointment with him, that he’s just not played enough games in his career here.” Taylor’s injury history makes for depressing reading with a ruptured Achilles tendon robbing him of the last five months of last season, while shoulder problems have interrupted his career on several occasions. However, when fit, he has proved a key member of the side and Pardew has on more than one occasion proposed the former England Under-21s captain as a potential full international. Taylor made his return in the 2-1 victory at Villa Park on January 29 and later described his feelings on the final whistle as the best he had ever experienced as a Newcastle player. As one of the few Geordies in Pardew’s squad – the defender was born in Greenwich but raised on Tyneside – he felt the pain of relegation at the same venue in 2009 as acutely as anyone, and his manager knows just how much that connection to the club fuels him. He said: “It was interesting to hear him say that it was probably the best feeling he has ever had in a black and white shirt. “He had the last kick of the Premier League three years ago and he smashed it up the pitch in frustration because the whistle had gone. We showed that before the game as a little bit of extra motivation.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is keen to find a way to protect defender Steven Taylor following his latest return from injury.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mullins leads way in great season

first_img Heading into the Prestbury Park jamboree in mid-March the travelling army certainly looked to have a formidable raiding party – but few could have expected that 14 of the 27 races would go to Irish-trained runners. Mullins typically set the tone with an opening day hat-trick and five winners in all, with Hurricane Fly regaining his Champion Hurdle crown and the wonder mare Quevega winning the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle for a remarkable fifth consecutive year. Even more incredibly, 20 of the Festival heroes were Irish-bred, and Irish-born jockeys steered home a total of 19 winners. Back on home soil Mullins was an irresistible force, saddling close to 200 winners and accruing the best part of 4m euros in win and place prize-money, and he fittingly closed the season with two more Grade One victories at Punchestown. Hurricane Fly was once again the stable flag-bearer, with victories in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown and the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown among his four seasonal wins in Ireland. Irish Hennessy and Punchestown Gold Cup hero Sir Des Champs, prolific mare Annie Power, Back In Focus and Arvika Ligeonniere were others to secure notable prizes, ensuring the trainers’ championship would be retained by the master of Closutton once again. Rebel Fitz was one of the season’s highest-earning horses for his County Cork-based trainer Michael Winters, largely due to his memorable victory in the lucrative Galway Hurdle last summer. Dot Love enjoyed the biggest day of her training career as her 50-1 shot Liberty Counsel claimed the Irish Grand National, while Henry de Bromhead’s stable star Sizing Europe won four of his five Irish starts, his only defeat coming at the hands of the awesome Sprinter Sacre at Punchestown. Honourable mentions also go to the Mouse Morris-trained Baily Green, a winner of seven races this season, Jessica Harrington’s top-class novice hurdler Jezki, who rocketed into the Champion Hurdle picture at Punchestown, Peter Casey’s Flemenstar and Dessie Hughes’s exciting juvenile Our Conor. A record-breaking Cheltenham Festival for Team Ireland and another incredible campaign for the all-conquering Willie Mullins team will go down as the major highlights of another superb National Hunt season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FWC: Lauderhill Woman was Attacked by Raccoon, Not Bobcat

first_imgThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) has solved the case of the attack earlier this month on a Lauderhill woman.The agency says DNA results show it was a raccoon, and not a bobcat, that jumped from a tree onto the 85-year-old woman as she and her husband were out for a walk along NW 44th Street last week.The woman ended up suffering multiple puncture wounds to her face and arms, and her husband suffered a leg injury while trying to protect her, Lauderhill Fire Rescue said.Mark McCarthy of McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary says, “If they have rabies, they will attack. You can see [raccoons with rabies] in the daytime, running around, almost in a circle.”He adds that typical signs of rabies include raccoons foaming at the mouth, acting disoriented, or coming out in daylight. The more accustomed raccoons are to humans, through actions such as feeding, the more likely a dangerous encounter becomes.According to the FWC, raccoons are attracted to people through garbage, pet food, bird seed and gardens. Wildlife experts caution people against feeding raccoons or keeping food outside. The FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline is available to report any suspicious wildlife activity, at (888) 404-FWCC.last_img read more

20 Pakistan players cleared to travel to England on Sunday

first_imgLAHORE: Having done their complete coronavirus testing, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced the name of 20 players who have been cleared to fly to England on Sunday to play three Tests and as many T20Is against the English team.Taking to Twitter, PCB named the squad which will be led by Azhar Ali and Babar Azam will be the deputy for the Test matches. The limited-overs team will be led by Babar. Earlier the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had confirmed that the Pakistan team will arrive in the UK on Sunday to start preparation for this summers tour of England. This announcement from the ECB came even though as many as ten Pakistan players had tested positive for COVID-19. However, there is still no clarity on the dates for the series which the ECB are planning to announce the behind-closed-doors schedule in ‘due course’. “They (Pakistan team) will start a 14-day isolation period at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester before transferring to Derbyshire’s The Incora County Ground on July 13 to accelerate their preparation ahead of the first Test, which will include two four-day internal warm-up matches,” stated the ECB. “All members of the tour party will have been tested prior to travel. Those who are testing positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to travel with the advance group on Sunday,” it added. SQUAD: Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Iftikhar Ahmad, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Rohail Nazir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari and Yasir Shah. IANSAlso Watch: Minister in Waist Deep Flood Water in Tinsukialast_img read more

The Latest: Unidentified Bruin tests positive for virus

first_imgThe Romanian soccer league’s first match following a three-month suspension has been postponed because a medical staff member at third-place club Botoşani tested positive for the coronavirus.Botoşani was to play at second-place Universitatea Craiova on Friday but the match has been called off.The league is now scheduled to resume on Saturday when Voluntari hosts Academica Clinceni.Another of the seven games scheduled for this weekend in empty stadiums was also postponed. A staff member of Dinamo Bucharest tested positive ahead of the team’s home game against Chindia Targoviste on Saturday.___ The Swiss soccer association voided the seasons of all leagues below the second division and scrapped promotion from the third division.Third-division league leader Yverdon Sport asked CAS to approve its promotion and both Yverdon and second-place Rapperswil-Jona appealed to the court to order the season restarted.The court says the Swiss soccer body did not violate its rules and dismissed the appeals one day after a fast-track hearing was held Thursday.Switzerland’s top two divisions are set to restart next week.___ Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say the long lead times required to construct street circuits in Singapore and Azerbaijan made it impossible to host those races during a period of uncertainty.The Japanese Grand Prix in October was canceled because of ongoing travel restrictions.F1 had already announced a revamped schedule that confirmed the first eight races of the 2020 season. It is planning to have from 15-18 races in total.___ More AP sports: and June 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Boston Bruins say one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19. The Latest: Unidentified Bruin tests positive for virus Associated Press General manager Don Sweeney says the unidentified player had not been a part of informal workouts with his teammates. The Bruins say the player was tested as a requirement to enter the team’s practice facility and came up positive. The player has not shown any COVID-19 symptoms.The Bruins say the player has since tested negative twice for the disease.___The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has dismissed appeals by two Swiss soccer clubs who wanted to complete their league season despite the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more