Australia to deploy armed forces in coronavirus compliance battle

first_imgAustralia has already closed its borders to everyone but Australian citizens or residents returning home. Those returnees will now be detained in a hotel for two weeks, rather than trusted to go home and self-isolate.The Australian Defense Force (ADF) will be sent out to check recent returnees are complying with the previous order to self-isolate at their home for the same period of time, a rare step in a country where the military is not often seen on the streets.”The ADF will be there to put boots on the ground,” Morrison said.The rate of infections across Australia remains much slower than in many other countries, but officials are concerned that the number of cases has accelerated over the past week, particularly in the most populated states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. There have been 13 deaths nationally. Australia is introducing enforced quarantine by midnight on Saturday for citizens returning home from overseas and will deploy the armed forces to ensure people already subjected to self-isolation measures are complying.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday that returning Australians accounted for around two thirds of the country’s more than 3,000 coronavirus cases, making it the “biggest issue” to be addressed in the country’s fight against the pandemic.”As time has gone on, the risk of those who are returning from other parts of the world actually increases,” Morrison said in a televised briefing. Despite the relatively low numbers, there has been frustration and anger over contradictory guidance from the federal government, state legislators and health officials in recent days over the necessary level of social distancing.At the same media conference where Morrison announced returning Australians as the No. 1 issue to tackle, Australia’s chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said the priority from a health perspective was preventing any potential spike in local transmissions.”We’re not kidding ourselves – if community transmission becomes significant, that is the real serious concern,” Murphy said. “That’s why these social distancing measures are just so important.”That has been a particularly thorny issue for Morrison’s government, which has said that schools should remain open and has so far backed away from the more sweeping lockdowns on public movement seen in Europe.The leaders of NSW and Victoria state have both said they are ready to push ahead with tighter curbs when – rather than if – they become necessary.”We will get to a point where we need to do more,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said after Morrison spoke.Andrews said measures like the enforced quarantine for returning travellers were a “big step to take away someone’s liberty … but this is life and death. There is too much at stake to do otherwise.”Cruise ship concerns Cruise ships have become a flashpoint in Australia after almost 200 of 2,700 passengers who were allowed to disembark from Carnival Corp’s Ruby Princess in Sydney a week ago later tested positive for COVID-19.Murphy noted on Friday that case numbers had “not been helped by a recent cruise ship”. The blunder sparked widespread anger, a blame game between state and federal authorities, and tighter scrutiny of cruise ships still in Australian waters.One liner off the west coast, the German-owned MV Artania, was permitted to dock on Friday morning after a medical emergency on board. Seven passengers have tested positive for COVID-19, with one now in hospital in a critical condition.Western Australia state Premier Mark McGowan said arrangements were being made for around 800 remaining passengers to be transferred to waiting planes for charter flights to Germany, the home country of the bulk of the tourists.Australian passengers on board a second cruise ship in Western Australian waters, the Vasco da Gama, will be quarantined on the former prison island turned tourist destination of Rottnest island from Monday. Other passengers will be flown home. center_img Topics :last_img read more

University to co-host 2015 Special Olympics with UCLA

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan This summer, the USC campus will host all competitive events for the 2014 Special Olympics Southern California Summer Games Invitational from June 6 to 8 including track and field, swimming, basketball, gymnastics and bocce, according to an email from Provost and Senior Vice President Elizabeth Garrett sent on Tuesday.The next year, USC will join UCLA in co-hosting the 2015 Special Olympics, last held in the United States 16 years ago. Sixty-five hundred athletes, 500,000 spectators, 3,000 officials and 18,000 volunteers will join the Los Angeles population for the largest global organized sports and humanitarian event of 2015 from July 25 to Aug. 2. USC will host the track and field, basketball and swimming events.“As the president of the University of Southern California, I want you to know how proud I am that USC and this city will host the 2015 Special Olympics,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said, according to USC News. “For more than 43 years, the Special Olympics have been a shining symbol of the triumph of the human spirit.”Founded in 1968, the Special Olympics gives opportunities to the disabled to compete in athletic events on a grand scale. The event also brings attention to the mentally disabled. Since its inception, the event has grown from a few hundred to more than 4 million athletes.President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as honorary co-chairs of the 2015 Special Olympics. California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will be honorary hosts.“Michelle and I are so honored to serve as co-chairs of this inspiring event. The Special Olympics honors a tradition that started more than 50 years ago … at Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s house. Today, that simple day camp has grown into one of the biggest sporting competitions in the world for people with intellectual disabilities,” Obama said in a video statement. “The athletes coming to these games represent the grit and determination that’s at the very root of the American spirit.”A complete event calendar for the 2015 games will be published soon, according to Garrett. The 2015 World Games’ Opening Ceremonies will take place nearby the USC campus — at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum -—  on July 25, 2015. Closing Ceremonies will take place at Dodger Stadium.last_img read more

Connacht and Ulster name Pro12 teams

first_imgAndrew Browne forms a new second row partnership with Aly Muldowney. Captain John Muldoon shifts to blindside flanker.Jared Payne, Andrew Trimble and Rory Best are all back in the Ulster side.Payne is at full back with Trimble on the wing and Best at Hooker. Both players are injured meaning Robbie Henshaw starts at full back, Peter Robb keeps his place in the centre and John Cooney is in at scrum half.Shane O’Leary starts at out half for the Sale bound AJ McGinty who’s injured.Ultan Dillane is on the bench but doesn’t start while Rodney Ah You comes in for the injured Nathan White in the front row.last_img

#Donkomi: Swansea place £18m price tag on Ayew amid Spurs links

first_imgEnglish Championship side Swansea City have slapped an £18 million price tag on forward André Ayew to ward off any potential suitors in the January transfer window.The 30 year old leads the scoring for the Welsh side this season with 12 goals in all competitions – the latest being the winner against Wigan Athletic last weekend.The Black Stars captain’s future at the club has been the subject of intense speculation over the past couple of weeks, with Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United among the leading candidates for his signature.With 18 months left on his Swansea contract, and being the club’s highest earner by some distance, murmurs around the club suggest that the hierarchy is split between the forward’s future, with a section wanting to cash in quickly before he runs out his contract.But it looks like Ayew would be staying put, at least till the end of the season, with the latest development.Ayew rejoined Swansea in January 2018 from West Ham, but spent last season on loan at Turkish side Fernerbahce, before returning to the Swans at the start of the season.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Fuel Crisis—Why?

first_imgHow is it possible for Africa’s leading producer of petroleum to run short of fuel to power its motor vehicles, airplanes and even to keep open hospitals and key businesses? In conventional thinking, this should not and could never happen.Yet it has happened all too often in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and one of its richest, thanks to its vast petroleum reserves.The primary reason for this, we strongly believe, is corruption and a seeming lack of love and respect for country on the part of many unscrupulous Nigerian businesspeople. It is these unprincipled and ruthless people who firmly believe that increasing their fat foreign bank accounts is more important than the welfare of the suffering Nigerian masses, the economic, industrial and financial success of the country, and its respectability among the comity of nations.Why do we say that? For these Nigerian fat cats, it is nothing short of an anathema (atrocity, disgrace) for Nigeria to have efficient and effective petroleum refining companies in which the country can refine its own oil and make it readily available to Nigerians and other peoples in the West African sub-region.The world knows that Nigerians are among Africa’s most intelligent, dynamic and progressive people. Nigerians are also aggressively entrepreneurial. That is why you find many Nigerian women with Bachelor and Master’s degrees selling market. These dynamic women ask themselves, “Why go stand in line looking for a job when I can make my own money and be my own boss by running my own business?”Most multinational corporations with branches in Nigeria are run not by pale faced foreigners, as we see everywhere in countries like Liberia. The offices of these multinationals are run by Nigerians—why? Nigerian Immigration, Labor and Commerce officials and institutions, unlike ours in Liberia, SERIOUSLY enforce the macroeconomic policies established by the Nigerian Federal and State governments. There is no fooling or joking around with this. If you want to do business in Nigeria—any business—it must be run by Nigerians and you must have Nigerian partners.This is why yes, you do find some rich foreigners in Nigeria, but you can be absolutely sure they are not alone. No. There are millions of rich Nigerians, too, who have a very serious stake—indeed the lion’s share—in their economy.But why are all these positive and real attributes not reflected in Nigeria’s prime industry, petroleum? Why have there not emerged serious minded Nigerian investors who can successfully run petroleum refineries? After all, following the collapse—due to persistent and unconscionable mismanagement of the national airline, Nigeria Airways—several Nigerian entrepreneurs have emerged to start successful regional airlines that effectively run the sub-region. Among these are Arik, MedView and Dana Air, all of which are wholly owned by Nigerians.So why are Nigerian entrepreneurs not manning the petroleum sector, too? Do they think they can make more money importing petroleum products? If so, then what about the fate of ordinary Nigerians—not only those whom the refineries would employ—but also those who must suffer the constant, outrageous and unexplainable indignity of standing in endless lines searching for petroleum that God has generously deposited beneath Nigerian soil and waters? We pray that the new Nigerian President—who history tells us has been in that office before—will make the efficient operations of ALL Nigerian refineries his number two priority. We say number two because we know that NUMBER ONE is defeating the country’s murderous menace—Boko Haram.And more besides, let President Mahammadu Buhari, when he takes office tomorrow, faithfully promise and swiftly fulfill that promise to the Nigerian people that NEVER AGAIN will they have to suffer and endure this monumental, embarrassing contradiction of being oil-rich, yet still enduring the indignity and agony of scrounging (begging) daily for oil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more