New Zealand to roll out ‘digital diary’ app to help people track movements

first_imgTwenty one people have died of COVID-19 since the outbreak was first reported on February 28 in the Pacific nation, but like neighboring Australia it has largely avoided high casualties.The country, home to more than 5 million people, reported no new cases on Monday with the number of new daily cases falling steadily over the last few weeks since reaching a peak in early April.New Zealand registered only 19 new coronavirus cases this month out of nearly 1,500 so far and no cases were reported on seven separate days. New Zealand will launch a contact-tracing app on Wednesday to help people track their movements as the country eases one of the world’s most rigid lockdowns designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the app can be best described as a ‘digital diary’ helping people to record their personal movements, adding the data would not be shared to anyone else besides the user.”It’s just in case in the future if you find yourself with COVID-19, you’ve got an easy reference to tell where you’ve been over a period of time,” Ardern said during a media briefing in Wellington. Topics :center_img “It’s for you, it’s on your device, and it’s your data and your information.”New Zealand slightly eased curbs in late April and moved to ‘level 2’ in its scale of alert last week, allowing cafes, shops, restaurants and other public spaces including playgrounds to reopen under strict social distancing rules.Schools across the country also reopened on Monday after nearly a two-month nationwide lockdown.With restrictions loosened, people have been flocking to popular hotspots and on Saturday the prime minister and her partner were turned away from a cafe in the nation’s capital Wellington because it was too full under the physical distancing guidelines.last_img read more

US CDC takes down coronavirus airborne transmission guidance

first_imgThe CDC did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment on when the guidance will be updated.The health agency had said that COVID-19 could spread through airborne particles that can remain suspended in the air and travel beyond six feet.Presently, the agency’s guidance says the virus mainly spreads from person-to-person through respiratory droplets, which can land in the mouth or nose of people nearby. (https://bit.ly/2EknVZc)Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump took exception to comments from the CDC director, who said masks might be even more effective than a vaccine for the novel coronavirus that could be broadly rolled out in mid-2021. That followed a New York Times report that guidance about novel coronavirus testing posted last month on the CDC’s website was not written by the agency’s scientists and was posted over their objections.The World Health Organization has not changed its policy on aerosol transmission of the coronavirus, it said on Monday.The agency still believes the disease is primarily spread through droplets, but that in enclosed crowded spaces with inadequate ventilation, aerosol transmission can occur, said Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s emergencies program. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday took down its guidance warning on possible airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus, saying that the draft recommendation was posted in error.The now-withdrawn guidance, posted on the agency’s website on Friday, recommended that people use air purifiers to reduce airborne germs indoors to avoid the disease from spreading.”CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted,” the agency said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Police wary of CPP anniversary attacks

first_imgThe CPP was formed by Prof. Jose MariaSison on Dec. 26, 1968. It was designated as a terrorist group by currentPhilippine president and Sison’s former student, Rodrigo Duterte in December2017. In Iloilo province, towns withinsurgency problems were told to be wary of strangers as these could be rebels. Police Brigadier General RenePamuspusan, regional police director, ordered police units across WesternVisayas to step up anti-insurgency operations in coordination with the ArmedForces of the Philippines (AFP). Intensify intelligence monitoring,maximize defense posture, he told them. By the end of Marcos’ dictatorship, thenumber of combatants had expanded to include more than 10,000 fighters. In aspeech before the US Congress in 1986, Marcos’ successor Corazon Aquinoaccredited the party’s rapid growth as being caused by Marcos’ attempts tostifle it with the “means by which it grows” with his establishment ofmartial law, suggesting that other governments view it as a lesson when dealingwith communist insurgencies. ILOILO City – On Dec. 26, the 51stfounding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), therecould be rebel offensives against government security forces and vitalinstallations in Western Visayas, according to the Police Regional Office 6(PRO-6). On the other hand, the Philippine Armyalready started troop deployment in the towns. The CPP usually marks its anniversarywith attacks against the police and military carried out by its armed wing, theNew People’s Army (NPA).center_img These were San Joaquin, Guimbal,Miag-ao, Tubungan, Igbaras, Alimodian, Leon, Calinog, Maasin, Bingawan,Badiangan, San Enrique, San Rafael and Lemery, and the component city of Passi. The CPP has been fighting a guerrillawar against the state since its establishment. Although its ranks initiallynumbered around 500, the party grew quickly, supposedly due to the declarationand imposition of martial law by former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcosduring his 21-year rule. “We are ready. But we are asking thehelp of the community,” said Army Captain Cenon Pancito III, spokesperson ofthe 3rd infantry Division, Philippine Army. PRO-6 spokesperson Police LieutenantColonel Joem Malong said, “Our regional director also directed our policemen tocarry both short and long firearms.” As of 2019, the organization claims thatthe number of its members and supporters is growing, despite claims by thePhilippine government that the organization is about to be destroyed. The organization remains an undergroundoperation, with its primary goals being to overthrow the Philippine governmentthrough armed revolution./PNlast_img read more

Klopp delighted with Elliott pro deal

first_img Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole LifeThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooDeepika Padukone’s Most Memorable LooksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… “I think the public maybe doesn’t know the real Harvey yet and part of that is because we have looked to shield and protect him. “But he is such a nice, polite, humble boy – who is appreciative of the talent and opportunity he has – and just loves football. He loves the game first and foremost, would play every minute of every day if he could – and he loves this club also and that’s a nice mixture. “What is critical – so important – is that he is given time and space to develop. He will get that from us. He needs to be allowed to make mistakes while he learns and not feel more pressure than is right and fair. read also:Klopp happy to develop Liverpool habit of winning ugly “He is young and he is in the early stages of his development still. “What is great is that he has the perfect culture here and we will protect him. The senior players and the coaches really care about him and are as excited as I am about his future. So, we will all be part of his story as it unfolds.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has welcomed Harvey Elliott signing pro terms with the club. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Elliott signed his first professional contract with the Reds on Monday after he turned 17 in April. “Brilliant news – really happy,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “Harvey is such an exciting prospect. We all know his qualities – we have seen them this season in the first team and U23s. “I love his attitude – love his enthusiasm – love his bravery – love the fact he has the right amount of football confidence and cheekiness.Advertisementlast_img read more

Leon Balogun eyes Bundesliga return

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan RB Leipzig get approval for some fans in stadium at season opening match Nigeria international and Brighton and Wigan Athletic defender, Leon Balogun, has disclosed that he would like to play in the Bundesliga again game.Balogun moved out of Germany for the first time when he signed for Premier League team, Brighton and Hove Albion, in 2018, after the expiration of his contract with Mainz O5. The 31-year-old later found first-team opportunities difficult to come by at the Amex and decided to move to English Championship side, Wigan, where he has been putting in sterling performances before the season was suspended because of the widespread of the coronavirus pandemic.The former Werder Bremen defender said moving back to Germany later in his career was not negotiable.“Germany is my home, I would always think about it, I’m still fit. Even if I turn 32 in the summer, I still have a few years in my legs. I would also like to continue the experience of England, but the bottom line is that it is nowhere like at home,” he said.Balogun has played for Mainz, Hertha Berlin, Hannover 96, Darmstadt 98, among others before moving to the English Premier League.— Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionBundesligaLeon BalogunMainz 05last_img read more

Alcaraz: First season one to forget

first_imgEverton defender Antolin Alcaraz has likened his injury-plagued first season at the club to being in prison. The Paraguay international followed his manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan last summer but did not make his debut until December 29, managing only seven appearances in total. In his absence the 20-year-old John Stones established himself as a more than capable deputy to Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin, both of whom suffered injuries of their own in the second half of the season. Press Associationcenter_img Alcaraz is now looking forward to having a full pre-season and proving his worth. “On a personal level, it’s one to put behind me,” the centre-back told evertontv. “It’s one to forget almost as it’s been full of negatives. “The frustration as a player is that an injury stops you doing what you most enjoy. “It’s almost like it is taking your liberty away from you and you become a prisoner in your own situation. “But it’s gone now and it’s not worth looking back and feeling sorry for yourself. “You have to look ahead, be positive and I’m looking forward to next season and hoping for better things. “I took solace in that I was able to play a few games towards the end of the season and physically I came through those okay, and that is promising for next season. “What I want more than anything is to make sure that I am 100 per cent fit, totally free from injuries and have the chance to do what I do.” last_img read more

Chelsea forward Juan Cuadrado makes Juventus loan move

first_imgJuan Cuadrado has joined Juventus on a season-long loan from Chelsea, both clubs have confirmed. Press Association “Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Juan Cuadrado has agreed terms on a season-long loan deal from English Premier League side Chelsea,” a statement on the Italian club’s website read. Premier League champions Chelsea also confirmed the deal on their website. Cuadrado moved to Stamford Bridge in February, but made a limited impact as the Blues won the Capital One Cup and Premier League. “We all know that Juve is a great club, among the best teams in Europe. They have everything to win the Scudetto (Serie A),” Cuadrado said on the club’s official website earlier on Tuesday. “I hope I can give Juventus my best, 100 per cent. I didn’t expect to receive such a warm welcome from the fans in Italy but they have always welcomed me with open arms and that makes me very happy. “The fans’ support will give me further motivation to do well.” Cuadrado was one of Colombia’s star players at last year’s World Cup but has failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since moving from Fiorentina for an initial £23.3million. He signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Chelsea but it seems the club are already willing to allow him to play elsewhere after just four Premier League starts. It will inevitably lead to suggestions France midfielder Paul Pogba will make the switch in the opposite direction, with a move in excess of £60million spoken of. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho refused to discuss Pogba last Friday and the Cuadrado switch appears independent of any negotiations for the former Manchester United midfielder. Whether anything materialises over Pogba remains to be seen, but the rumours remain. Cuadrado is excited at the prospect of playing for Juve, who won the Italian double – Serie A and Coppa Italia – in the 2014-15 campaign and finished runners-up to Barcelona in the Champions League. He is eager to win another league title. “The league has only started and we hope we can defend the title,” he added. “I want to prepare well for every game and then the coach will decide. I just have to work hard and play my game.” Juve, coached by Massimiliano Allegri, began their Serie A title defence with a 1-0 defeat at home to Udinese on Sunday and take on last season’s runners-up Roma at the Stadio Olimpico this weekend. Chelsea’s Egypt winger Mohamed Salah, who moved to Fiorentina on loan as part of the Cuadrado deal, is now on loan at Roma. Chelsea also confirmed German Marko Marin had joined Turkish side Trabzonspor on a season-long loan, with an option to purchase. The 26-year-old joined Chelsea in 2012 from Werder Bremen and was a member of the squad which won the 2013 Europa League, but has had limited opportunities since. Marin has had loan spells at Sevilla, Fiorentina and Anderlecht. The 27-year-old Colombia forward returns to Serie A seven months since moving to Chelsea from Fiorentina. Whether there is an option for the move to become permanent remains to be seen. last_img read more

WATCH LIVE: President Trump Announces Run for Second Term in Orlando

first_imgPresident Trump holds a rally in Orlando, Florida where he will officially announce his 2020 presidential campaign.He will be joined by first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Pence and several members of his family and 2016 campaign staff.Thousands of supporters have waited more than 40 hours to see the president announce he is running for re-election.The incumbent has a huge advantage when running for a second term. Only two incumbent presidents failed to be re-elected, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.last_img read more

Munro ton sees Kiwis to T20 series win

first_img(REUTERS) – Colin Munro became the third New Zealand player to score a Twenty20 international century as his side secured a 47-run victory and wrapped up their three-match series against Bangladesh with a game to spare yesterday.Munro blasted 101, joining former captain Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill as New Zealand’s other Twenty20 centurions, as the hosts scored 195 for seven in their 20 overs at Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui.The 29-year-old old also combined with Tom Bruce (59 not out) in a 123-run partnership in 11.1 overs to threaten a total in excess of 200 before Bangladesh’s bowlers pulled the run rate back towards the end of the innings.The visitors were well placed at 104-3 in the 11th over of their reply but once Soumya Sarkar (39) and Sabbir Rahman (48) were dismissed, the momentum was sucked out of their run chase and they were bowled out for 148 in 18.1 overs.New Zealand, who already had Guptill (hamstring) and Neil Broom (broken finger) out injured, also lost wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi to a groin strain when he pulled up chasing a ball in the eighth over, leaving Bruce to take over behind the stumps.Ronchi was later ruled out of the final game of the series tomorrow with uncapped Wellington wicketkeeper Tom Blundell replacing him in the squad.Munro raced to 50 from 31 balls but flicked the switch in the 13th over when he belted off-spinner Mahmudullah for 28 runs to move from 64 to 92.He brought up his century when he pushed the ball back past Mashrafe Mortaza for a single on his 52nd delivery, having hit seven boundaries and seven sixes, but was dismissed shortly after when he nicked behind off Rubel Hossain.Rubel finished with figures of 3-37 and was on a hat-trick at one stage, having bowled Colin De Grandhomme on the final delivery of his third over, the 17th, and Jimmy Neesham on the first ball of his fourth, the 20th.last_img read more

Barbados sweep CASA titles to end Guyana’s dominance

first_imgIT was a disappointing day for the Guyana squash fraternity as the juniors conceded the Junior Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Championships team title, ending their more than decade long monopoly, after Barbados blindsided the longstanding winners on their home turf yesterday when the competition concluded at the Georgetown Club.Boys’ under-15 champion, Shomari Wiltshire was Guyana’s only silver lining of the day with his stress-free 11-2,11-2,11-1 win over Darien Benn, during the afternoon session.However, by that time the win was of no consequence as Guyana’s dismal fate had already been sealed; the point of no return touching down after Barbados closed off their 5 – 0 victory against the girls earlier during the morning session.It was nothing but loud celebrations in the Bajan camp as Barbados lifted the towering team trophy for the first time in 12 years; not just winning, but doing so in fine style after claiming both the girls’ and boys’ team titles.“This is just a combination of all that has been happening over the years. What has been happening is that for the last three or four years we’ve been building and each year we’ve been getting better and winning more and more titles,” explained Barbados team coach Marlon White.“We weren’t taking anything for granted. As the days went on we realised that the players were confident and we went out trying to get the job done as good as we can and I guess it worked for us.”Guyana ends in second place at this year’s Junior CASAThings were already looking bleak for the Guyana side going into the final day of competition, after they started off the day being a match behind Barbados. The “Land of Many Waters” would’ve needed to claim seven of their ten matches for the team win, but with the Barbados team boasting six title champions, it proved to be too much for the Guyanese.The general consensus for Guyana’s loss was that Barbados just had the better team this year.Guyana team coach Carl Ince believes it may have been a matter of complacency, and the local side may have just gotten a little too comfortable winning without changing up the strategy“If you’re winning all the time, you’re doing the same thing all the time [it won’t always work], ” Ince commented.“Barbados deserves to win; they were better prepared. It’s obvious that they spent more time on court than our players did. They’ve gone on camps, they’ve done their solo work.You could tell that by just looking at the way they hold their racket and swing it, and now we’re going to have to do all those things if we hope to get it [the team title] back.”Guyana’s Makeda Harding was the first victim when Barbados began their onslaught on the home team. Harding fell in yet another match against Jada Smith-Padmore; going out 9 – 11, 6 – 11, 5 – 11.Amanda Haywood then destroyed Rebecca Low 11 – 3, 11 – 7, 11 – 5.But the upset of the day was achieved by girls’ under 17 champion, Megan Best, as she overwhelmed girls’ under 19 champion, Guyana’s Taylor Fernandes; taking just three games to do so, ending with a 11 – 5, 11- 4, 11 – 1 victory margin. From there it was just about over for the Guyana side, since Barbadian young powerhouses Sumaira Suleman and Chelsie Samuel were still to make their appearance.Suleman had already crushed Guyana’s Kirsten Gomes in the girls under 13 finals, so it was just a matter of formality as she disposed of Gomes again 11 – 2, 11 – 4, 11 – 1. Samuel’s 11 – 6, 11 – 9, 12 – 10 win against Abosaide Cadogan gave a clean sweep to the “Land of the Flying Fish”.The boys division was not much prettier for Guyana. Boys’ under -17 champion Khamal Cumberbatch quickly sent Daniel Islam packing; collecting a 11 – 2, 11 – 5, 11 – 4 win.Reginald Brewster avenged his earlier lost to Alexander Cheeks in a tight five set play-out. The score ending at 11 – 5, 11 – 7, 11 – 13, 6 – 11, 11 – 6.Another rematch was played out between Joshua Griffith and Benjamin Mekdeci, with Griffith maintaining his dominance (14 – 12, 11 – 8, 11 – 6). Michael Alphonso suffered Guyana’s final lost. Even after taking the first game 13 – 11, he went down 7 – 11, 8 – 11, 5 – 11 against Alex Stewart.last_img read more