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– Advertisement – Gerwyn Price has more PDC titles than anyone else this year – he heads to the Grand Slam of Darts having won it for the last two years – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The best of the action from the final at the World Grand Prix in Coventry “I’m not going to be ageist here, but he’s 15 years younger than Peter Wright,” said Mardle. “Most people may think it’s nonsense, it’s darts. I can tell you it matters. I don’t feel the same as when I was 35, 12 years down the line I’m not the same human being.“I’ve had chats with him before where we’ve spent time away doing exhibitions and corporate gigs, he’s like ‘Wayne I want to take this for all it’s got, I can’t believe I’m making a living playing darts, this is amazing’, and as a sport he said ‘I never thought that I’d play it professionally so I’m just going to keep turning up and keep trying to win and go home and repeat the process’, and I admire that.”Price initially appeared to struggle with the more sterile behind-closed-doors environment as he suffered an early exit in July’s World Matchplay, but he has adapted magnificently to rediscover the winning formula and Mardle has paid tribute to the consistent intensity of his performances.“The way he plays with that aggression and emotion is tiring, so for him to keep doing it takes some mental strength.“His game in general is very, very good, but it’s his will to win. He absolutely thrives on that thought of winning and if you listen to him like at the Grand Prix, he never once spoke of winning until he won. 2:45 Gerwyn Price has more PDC titles than anyone else this year – he heads to the Grand Slam of Darts having won it for the last two years 0:40 Simon Whitlock thrashed defending champion Michael van Gerwen to reach the World Grand Prix semi-finals As a shortened PDC season enter its conclusion, change could be in the offing among the top-three ranked-players with the Grand Slam of Darts and World Darts Championship on the horizon.An out-of-sorts Michael van Gerwen finds his once-unassailable dominance as world No 1 under threat from ever-present world champion Peter Wright and the man playing arguably the best darts on the planet right now in Gerwyn Price.Whether it be debutant winners at the Premier League and World Matchplay in Glen Durrant and Dimitri Van den Bergh, respectively, or an unlikely World Grand Prix finalist in Dirk van Duijvenbode, crowdless darts amid the coronavirus pandemic has continued to surprise. But Wayne Mardle believes the leading trio will again be the ones to beat come the Grand Slam. 6Peter Wright Peter Wright hit a nine-darter during his Premier League match against Daryl Gurney on Night 11 and it clearly meant a lot to the world champion ‘Snakebite’ also won two Players Championship events over the summer, as well as reaching the Premier League Play-Offs where he was beaten by Nathan Aspinall, and Mardle believes the Grand Slam format will play to the Scot’s strengths.“His leg-on-leg ability and concentration, his leg-on-leg pressure that he applies to an opponent will work over a longer distance rather than a short one, which is what we saw in the World Championship final against Michael van Gerwen,” said Mardle.“He was just constantly hitting big shots every leg, every set and it’s not surprising he beat Michael over the format and we’ve seen Peter Wright reach the final here twice over the last three years, lost to Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price.“On that day last year Gerwyn Price reached 107 point something, he was unplayable. I remember Peter Wright said ‘I did well to win six’. It was an incredible performance.“But Peter Wright gets to the latter stages of these long-winded events a lot because he’s very good leg in, leg out. To beat him over a long format you’ve got to do a lot right very, very often.”The world champion has notoriously been an ever-present on the circuit throughout the last few years, but he opted to miss two European Tour events last month and also sat out last weekend’s World Cup in Salzburg, a decision which Mardle thinks could pay dividends.“If he can pick and choose between World Cups and Winter Series and get himself absolutely bang on for the Grand Slam then he’s doing the right thing by his mind and you have to be mentally fit to be able to compete.“If Peter Wright by missing some of the events thinks he has more of a chance to win the bigger ones then good on him. I think he’s doing it right, because I don’t think playing every event is the way forward.” 8Gerwyn Price 2Nathan Aspinall, Joe Cullen, Live Grand Slam of Darts November 16, 2020, 1:00pmLive on PDC Titles 2021 Season Simon Whitlock thrashed defending champion Michael van Gerwen to reach the World Grand Prix semi-finals “The composure that you think is there on dart one disappears for dart two and returns for dart three. His emotions must be everywhere with that and that’s a horrible feeling. You think you’re in control, you’re not and then that wave passes and you feel good again. That is not pleasant.”Van Gerwen is no stranger to Grand Slam success, scooping the coveted title in three consecutive years between 2015 and 2017, and Mardle believes the elongated format could alleviate some of the pressure currently on the Dutchman’s shoulders.“This is a good event for him to see where his game is at because come quarter-finals, semi-finals the formats are long enough to build up a lead where you don’t actually get put under pressure.“You can win the Grand Slam without being under the cosh so this will be a real good yardstick of where his game is at and I’m intrigued to see what happens. Michael van Gerwen is a champion because when he is playing near his best his best is so far better than anybody else’s.”Follow the action from the Grand Slam with all nine days covered on Sky Sports Arena – and if you are out and about updates via our live blogs and @SkySportsDarts for regular updates Michael Smith The winning machineA rampant Price enters the tournament a newly-crowned World Cup champion, the reigning World Grand Prix champion and World Series champion, having also added an eighth PDC title of 2020 with victory on Day Three of the Winter Series. 0:56 The best of the action from the final at the World Grand Prix in Coventry Gerwyn Price is eyeing future titles after winning the World Grand Prix “It was ‘do you believe you can win?’ and it was like ‘well of course I do but there a lot of people doing that so I’ll just keep ploughing on’, and that’s where he doesn’t get ahead of himself. He knows he can win because he’s done it before and done it again and now he’s continuing to do it on a more-than-regular basis.“I just think you’re never over the line against him because he has got those battling qualities. He’s very, very good under pressure. He has little dips in games, of course he does, but I think when he’s on he’s more of an imposing character than absolutely anybody in the game.”The world No 1It seems almost unfathomable that Van Gerwen does not begin a major tournament as an overwhelming favourite, but that is reflective of his barren run which has seen him fail to reach a televised final in his last five major events.Van Gerwen’s last major triumph came at the UK Open prior to lockdown, but since the restart he has struggled to produce the goods. By his exceptional standards he endured a nightmare Premier League campaign, and now faces a fight to maintain his world No 1 status over the coming months.“Michael is probably in as worse shape mentally, and I’m going to say physically now as well with his back problem that hindered him at the World Cup, that he’s been in since 2012. If he plays well, I think he wins,” admitted Mardle.“The chances of him playing somewhere near his best are quite remote because when he’s looked good he’s looked a million dollars, but his ‘B’ game has just deserted him completely. He gets flustered that little bit easier. 4Michael van Gerwen 1:19 Peter Wright hit a nine-darter during his Premier League match against Daryl Gurney on Night 11 and it clearly meant a lot to the world champion “Michael van Gerwen is kind of a worry with his back but I think there’s a few in there that can live with them as well,” said Mardle.“Obviously you’re going to have Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall, Gary Anderson. James Wade will come into that argument as well because we know what James is like, he’s a difficult customer to deal with.“If you are going to pick out three players that can be head and shoulders above the rest, it’s those three. They are one, two and three in the world for a reason. What order one, two and three are going to be after the Worlds we don’t know.“But going into the Grand Slam, Michael van Gerwen won’t be feeling good about his game or maybe his body, Gerwyn Price is a million dollars and to say he wouldn’t win it again, I’d say he probably fancies the task more than ever.”The world championWright recently added a European Championship title to his growing list of accolades as he beat James Wade 11-4 in the final, having averaged more than 102 in each of his five matches. 2:39 Gerwyn Price is eyeing future titles after winning the World Grand Prix – Advertisement –
The same principle has been applied by travel agencies, except in Europe, and in the world all under the #dontcancelpostpone communication, but as Bjelogrlić points out, they are very worried that there are too many unknowns about travel options in the next few months, which makes any planning much more difficult. “Travel agencies need to be conservative with operating costs as they have no revenue. A number of them decided to lay off their workers, and a number activated government measures. Since they are not actively working on reservations at the moment, they are researching what they can do at the moment, and for the vast majority it comes down to investing in marketing, improving the offer and researching technological solutions that can help them achieve operational savings and increase future sales.” Many travel agencies and tour operators still rely on manual work or outdated technologies in performing their business processes, Bjelogrlić emphasizes, and sees this crisis as an opportunity for accelerated digitalization of both the tourism sector and especially travel agencies. “This significantly slows down their business and progress because they have the challenge to respond to customer requests in a timely and adequate manner. On the other hand, digitized travel agencies have much higher operational efficiency and a faster sales process. This is also an important advantage over the competition because travel companies that do not go through digitalization will not be able to remain competitive in the market in the future. ” As it is pointed out, the crisis is always an opportunity, and what is quite clear is a great opportunity for all countries, including most industries, to reset, organize development strategies, accelerate development, and above all accelerate digitalization. When asked what the reaction of their clients is, what they expect and how much the current situation will affect the long-term business or survival of many small and medium-sized agencies, Bjelogrlic said that their clients, like most businesses, found themselves in an unenviable situation. enacted certain measures to help overcome the temporary period. “It is difficult to predict who will survive, but what the market tells us is that small entrepreneurs are in a state of “hibernation”, or dormancy, and with such an approach can withstand more than medium-sized entrepreneurs. Enough of the announcement that states will help rescue large companies like big airlines or at least those that have found themselves in a dead end situation. In the whole story, medium-sized entrepreneurs could suffer the most because they are not able to put their business on hold, and the help itself may not be adequate. We at Lemax talk to clients from all continents and for now most of them do not take drastic measures . They understand that certain competitors will fail, giving them the opportunity for greater market share. The market will gradually return to normal and will need to meet all customer requirements. Our clients understand that they need to achieve operational success to meet new requirements, and they realize that they can only do so with technological advances and the digitalization of their processes. ” By the way, the company Lemax is a Croatian IT company founded in 1990 and is the initiator of the transformation and automation of the global tourism industry through a comprehensive software solution. They employ over 100 employees, and interestingly develop only one product, but which is globally competitive, and is intended for all business needs of travel agencies and tour operators. Today, Lemax is one of the world’s leading software solutions in the travel industry (not only in Croatia, but in the world) that automates the business of 120 clients worldwide. From the outside, it looks easy for the customer – in one place he can see the offer of content and travel packages and buy them immediately. It has everything stored in one digital place, monitors the whole process, has direct communication with partners, while on the other hand the agency thus gets a lot more than seen at first. The heart of digitization is in backend. P Many travel agencies and tour operators still rely on manual labor or outdated technologies in conducting their business processes Travel agencies will be one of the leaders in the new digital evolution in the tourism industry. It was on this topic that I spoke with Ozren Bjelogrlić from Lemax, Croatian company that is a global player and has become a reputation when it comes to digitalization of travel agencies. The tourism sector has always been among the first industries to follow trends and all market demands, and it is quite certain that tourism will embrace this opportunity and further accelerate the process of digitalization in all spheres of tourism. Thus, travel vouchers for travel agencies appeared, which ensured short-term security and the continuation of travel to travel agencies, as well as a certain security for customers to perform the service or refund. In particular, the traveler has the right to postpone the trip for 180 days, and if he decides to refund and does not want to use the previously paid and booked trip, after 180 days he receives a full refund. Most travel agencies in Europe have introduced tourist vouchers, but while in Croatia the deadline is 180 days in some European countries the deadline is up to 12 months. Ozren Bjelogrlić, Account Executive from Lemax The million kuna question that everyone is wondering, of course, is when the global tourism market will finally be activated. A question to which no one has an answer, yet the situation is becoming more stable day by day in most countries. “Appropriate security measures are increasingly being introduced to protect travelers and residents of tourist destinations from the possibility of coronavirus infection, thus increasing the likelihood of travel in the near future. Examples of this are agreements between EU members on the opening of passenger corridors, rapid testing at airports led by the leader of the aviation industry, Emirates, and investments in travel insurance. During the crisis, the importance of domestic guests and how much they will be able to contribute this season is increasingly mentioned. ” Bjelogrlić points out. Precisely because of primarily global partners, I was interested in how travel agencies and tour operators are currently preparing for the day after the coronavirus, what is happening on the global stage and where they see an opportunity for new growth, when of course the global tourism market is activated. It is certainly clear to everyone how the digitalisation of both the entire country and the entire tourism sector will now accelerate. It is in this field that Lemax has the most experience. Technology can and should certainly help tourism recover, Bjelogrlic believes, adding: “It is very questionable in what condition the company from the tourism sector will continue to operate when the economy and society return to normal. An increasing number of them are realizing that they will have to become more agile and significantly more operationally efficient. The digitalization of business processes has affected every industry, so tourism is no exception, and this crisis will be a catalyst for changes in technological terms that will enable them to be agile and better efficient. Those companies from the tourism sector that already have high technological awareness and implemented systems will be able to respond faster to market demands and a possible increase in business volume, given that a number of competitors will not be able to continue doing business. Cover photo: Markus Spiske, Pexels / Illustration: HrTurizam The reason for this was that the agencies, in addition to the new booking and the inflow of any funds in complete delay, could not even get funds for already booked trips because the money has already been forwarded to others in the package chain such as airlines and hotels. this moment brought into even greater problems the travel agency i.e. certain doom. This is how a win-win situation was found through vouchers, both for travel agencies, hotels and other partners, as well as for travelers. When asked how the travel agencies reacted to the new situation, Bjelogrlić pointed out that one of the first and quickest reactions of travel agencies on a global level was the transfer of reservations to later dates or for 2021. “Lemax enables the digital transformation of the business of tour operators and travel agencies through end-to-end integrated processes of automation of sales, marketing, operations and finance. In particular, Lemax enables travel agencies and tour operators to speed up and automate their sales process and to simultaneously monitor communication and activities with both customers and suppliers in a single system. An additional advantage of the system is that it provides improved opportunities for marketing activities (CRM), operations, finance and online sales through the use of B2B and B2C portals. This not only enables the modernization of the overall business of agencies and tour operators, but also increases their scalability in the market.”Concludes Bjelogrlić. What is certain is that the tourism sector, at least in the coming years, will certainly no longer be the same, and various changes will occur in the habits of tourists and the way they travel. According to Bjelogrlić, the focus will be on domestic travel. “Differences within the tourism sector will be visible in several different fields. A much greater focus will be on domestic travel compared to before and certain countries like France, USA, Spain will be able to take quite advantage of this as they are traditionally known for domestic travel. As already mentioned, certain large companies will receive strategic assistance, while medium-sized entrepreneurs could be in the biggest problem of survival. In addition, markets around the world will react differently to the exposure of a particular mode of transport, such as Australia or New Zealand, which can only be reached by plane. Given that Croatia is in a very favorable location within the EU, there may be a greater focus on shorter trips to the Adriatic by our closest neighbors. ” says Bjelogrlić and adds that despite everything, tourism will recover and people will continue to travel. “According to a WTTO (World Travel & Tourism Council) survey, tourism creates 1 in 10 jobs and many other industries and communities around the world depend on it, so it is in everyone’s interest for tourism to recover as soon as possible. ” Bjelogrlić emphasizes.
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Could its tropical climate prevent Indonesia from descending into a major COVID-19 outbreak as seen in South Korea, Iran and Italy? It’s possible, scientists say, but cautioned that governments should not rely on weather to fight the virus.At least two newly published studies have suggested that the viral transmission rate of the 2019 novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, may be linked to temperature and seasonal fluctuations across different regions. Like SARS and MERS? One such study — which has not been peer-reviewed yet — finds that higher temperatures may render the virus less potent and ultimately inactive, which may explain why countries with consistently warmer climates, such as Indonesia, have reported fewer COVID-19 cases than temperate regions where temperatures vary between 5 to 11 degrees Celsius and 47 to 79 percent humidity.Indonesia has reported 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, far below the numbers reported by neighboring Malaysia (149) and Singapore (178). While the official figure given by Indonesia seems implausible, the numbers reported by Malaysia and Singapore are also far below those of South Korea (7,869), Iran (9,000) and Italy (12,462). An isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19, formerly known as 2019-nCoV or novel coronavirus, is seen in a transmission electron microscopic image obtained from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. March 10, 2020. (Reuters/CDC/Hannah A Bullock and Azaibi Tamin) Topics : Conducted by a team of scientists from the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland in the United States in conjunction with the Global Virus Network, the study suggests that, based on the number of reported cases across the globe, COVID-19 may become less potent and, therefore, result in fewer casualties in the tropics.The study points out several attributes and patterns of COVID-19 that are similar to other coronaviruses, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which have proven to be sensitive to higher temperatures, to back up its argument that the virus may be at its most active and potent in lower temperatures, particularly during the winter.Furthermore, the study predicts that hardest-hit countries situated within the more temperate corridor of the planet’s climate – which, at the time of writing, includes outbreak epicenter China, Iran and Italy – are likely to report fewer COVID-19 cases in the months leading up to summer.“Although it would be even more difficult to make a long-term prediction at this stage, it is tempting to expect COVID-19 to diminish considerably in affected areas [within the temperate regions] in the coming months,” the report said.Iranian firefighters disinfect streets in southern Tehran to halt the wild spread of coronavirus on March 11, 2020. – The novel coronavirus outbreak in Iran is one of the deadliest outside of China and has so far killed 291 people and infected more than 8,000. (AFP/Atta Kenare)Another study, conducted by a team from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, finds that COVID-19 may be at its most active at a particular temperature.The analysis, which is based on the team’s study on every novel coronavirus cases confirmed around the world between Jan. 20 and Feb. 4, including in over 400 Chinese cities and regions, indicates that the number of reported cases have been congruent with average temperatures up until they peaked at 8.72 degrees.The number of reported cases subsequently declined at the same time temperatures continued to rise, the study claimed. Bayu Krisnamurti, former head of the now-defunct national committee for avian flu in Indonesia, shared the optimistic outlook on the correlation between the transmission rate of the novel coronavirus and temperature fluctuations.The viruses that cause influenza are known to be sensitive to temperatures, he said.“It is customary for people in countries with four seasons to take flu shots in the fall,” Bayu said, explaining that past flu pandemics have shown a pattern of peaking before stagnating and finally slowing down.Bayu said he did not know whether the novel coronavirus, which caused an influenza-like illness, would behave the same way as the flu, but added that “we could assume it would have the same behavior”.People stand in a long queue to buy face masks at a post office, after a shortage of masks amid the rise in confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, in Daegu, South Korea, March 4, 2020. (REUTERS/REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)Despite the optimistic findings, however, the study still calls for immediate adoption of “the strictest control measures” to prevent future outbreaks in countries and regions with lower temperatures.Contradicting resultsThe caution is not unwarranted.A separate study conducted by a group of researchers, including epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, yielded contradicting results, claiming that “sustained transmission and rapid growth of cases are possible over a range of humidity conditions ranging from cold and dry provinces in China”.It went on to note that changes in weather alone would not necessarily lead to immediate declines in the number of confirmed cases without “the implementation of extensive public health interventions”.Panji Hadisoemarto, an infectious disease control expert from Padjajaran University, also conveyed his skepticism regarding studies that claimed the novel coronavirus’ transmission might be linked to temperature fluctuations, arguing that heat might only “slow down transmission, but very likely not enough to stop it”.Pigeons gather on Piazza del Duomo by Milan’s cathedral on March 10, 2020 in Milan. – Italy imposed unprecedented national restrictions on its 60 million people on March 10, 2020 to control the deadly coronavirus, as China signalled major progress in its own battle against the global epidemic. (AFP/Miguel MEDINA)“There has yet to be any proof that [the virus] could be transmitted through the air. It can be transmitted directly through close physical contact, via droplets, such as when an infected individual coughs in front of an otherwise healthy person,” he said.That said, he explained that indirect transmission — when an individual contracts the virus after coming into contact with an object that contains traces of infectious droplets — could be affected by shifts in temperature, as this type of transmission relied on the virus’ survival outside of its host.“Therefore, the impact of temperature depends on the contribution of indirect transmission to the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, we have yet to know for sure, but I’m confident that direct transmission plays a bigger role in the outbreak, especially in densely populated areas,” Panji said.Tourists sit at a table at a largely empty Chinatown district as tourism takes a decline due to the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore February 21, 2020. Picture taken February 21, 2020. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)Mohammad Sajadi, the lead author of the University of Maryland’s paper, defended his research, saying that while he did not know the situation in Indonesia or whether its government was hiding its statistics, the country might yet see a massive outbreak. “Based on my personal knowledge of COVID-19 in other countries with known high case numbers, when there is significant community spread, it is not subtle, and the hospitals get overrun, and it’s near-impossible to hide,” he said in an email.
But many come through other European countries and anti-slavery charities have said there is a lack of cooperation between different authorities to tackle the trend.Ankie Broekers-Knol, Dutch minister for justice and security, said in a letter to parliament it was difficult for the Netherlands to achieve anything single-handedly.”International cooperation is crucial in order to actually tackle this problem,” she said.But Shamir Ceuleers, spokesman for CKM, the Dutch Centre against human trafficking, said there was not enough urgency in the government’s attitude to the problem.”These are minors we are talking about,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”If Dutch children went missing we would also act. We want to see public prosecution and police becoming stricter on this issue, additional rules at the asylum centers, and the launch of a Europe-wide investigation.” “This confirms assumptions that a large number of these children end up in the hands of human traffickers,” said Herman Bolhaar, the government’s independent advisor on trafficking, in a statement on Wednesday.He said it was “incomprehensible” that authorities had still not put regulations in place to combat this.The Netherlands has between 5,000 and 7,500 victims of human trafficking a year, according to government figures. About one in five are victims of cross-border sex trafficking and 20 percent of those are minors.Vietnam is consistently one of the top source countries for modern slaves in Britain – at least 3,187 suspected Vietnamese victims have been identified since 2009, official data shows. Almost all the Vietnamese children who arrived in Dutch asylum centers in recent years disappeared and were probably trafficked, the Dutch government advisor on human trafficking has said.Eighty unaccompanied minors from Vietnam went missing from government asylum centers in the Netherlands between 2015 and 2019, according to an investigation by the Dutch National Referral Site for Human Trafficking released this week.That represents 97% of the total arrivals from Vietnam. Most are thought to have travelled on to Britain, where a study last year found that Vietnamese children were being made to work in nail salons, cannabis cultivation or prostitution. Topics :
Topics : “The draft resolution on COVID-19 to be adopted by the World Health Assembly is totally different from Australia’s proposal of an independent international review,” a Chinese embassy spokesman said in an emailed statement.Asked about the comments, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham told Sky News that “Australia is not going to engage in cheap politicking over an issue as important as COVID-19”.”I would have thought the appropriate response from China’s ambassador in Australia would have been to welcome these outcomes and welcome the opportunity for all of us to work together on this important issue.”Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday told the assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, that China would support a comprehensive review after the pandemic is brought under control. Australia and China traded barbs on Tuesday in an increasingly acrimonious diplomatic spat over Australia’s support for a global inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, as Australia recorded its 100th COVID-19 fatality.Australia’s relative success in constraining the spread of the virus has been overshadowed by the rift with its largest trading partner, which was exacerbated by a World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution in favor of the inquiry.In an unusually blunt statement on the same day that China imposed hefty tariffs on Australian barley exports, China’s embassy in Canberra said it was “nothing but a joke” for Australia to claim the resolution was vindication of its push for a global review. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s spearheading of the call for an inquiry, alongside the European Union, has been a lightning rod for a more assertive approach by Chinese embassies to criticism of its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. That policy has been dubbed “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy in both Western and Chinese media.The Chinese ambassador had earlier warned of a consumer boycott of Australian goods, which prompted Australian accusations of “economic coercion”. The subsequent barley tariffs and the suspension of the export licenses of several of Australia’s largest beef processors were viewed by many as retaliatory.The row potentially undermines Australia’s shift to allow significantly more public activity this week under the first phase of a three-step federal government plan to reopen business, schools, restaurants, and other public life in a bid to give the economy a boost.The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) warned on Tuesday that the country was facing an “unprecedented” economic contraction, though massive fiscal and monetary policy stimulus would help cushion the blow.Qantas Airways Ltd said it was ready to restart 40-50% of its domestic capacity in July if states relax border controls, and expects to offer low fares to stimulate travel demand.100 deathsWhile a grim milestone, Australia’s death toll of 100 from 7,060 confirmed cases remains well below the fatalities reported in China, North America, Europe and other parts of Asia despite Australia’s earlier exposure to the pandemic.”The outcome in Australia is better because we were lucky in that we saw what was happening in China and so we were able to prepare and put the testing in place,” Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases physician and microbiologist at Canberra Hospital, told Reuters.Australia’s rate of new daily infections peaked on March 23 with 430 cases, according to a Reuters tally based on official data. New cases have averaged about 15 a day over the past week.The 100th fatality was a 93-year-old woman from a care home outside Sydney, a facility responsible for 19 deaths. Australia’s first reported case on March 1 was a 78-year-old man who had been a passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.The two cases illustrate Australia’s biggest weaknesses in its fight against the disease, with the majority of the country’s deaths people aged 70 or over and many linked to either cruise ships or aged care homes.
Comment Cedric Soares breaks silence on Arsenal injury nightmare Pablo Mari has also signed a long-term deal at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Posting on Twitter, he wrote: ‘I’m delighted to announce that I have signed a long term deal to stay at Arsenal. ‘I’ve been really frustrated with how injuries have kept me off the pitch so far, but I’m working as hard as I can to return as soon as possible. Thank you to all those who have supported me. Let’s go, Gunners!’Fellow January recruit Pablo Mari, who has also struggled with injury since his arrival from Flamengo, signed a long-term deal on Wednesday and Mikel Arteta insisted it was always the plan for both players to join the club on a permanent basis.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe said: ‘We’ve been trying to get the [Mari] deal done because we were happy with what Pablo can bring to us. I think the club will announce that as quick as possible when everything is sorted.‘It was the plan from the start [to make Soares’ move permanent]. But he’s been so, so unlucky. ‘He had an injury when he joined, and then he got a fracture of the nose. We think he’s a player who will improve and help the squad depth and hopefully we can do it.’MORE: Former transfer chief Sven Mislintat telling people Arsenal is an ‘absolute mess’MORE: Jamie Vardy made the right decision by rejecting Arsenal, says Phil NevilleFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Cedric Soares is still waiting to make his Arsenal debut following his loan move from Southampton (Picture: Getty)Cedric Soares admits he has been left bitterly frustrated by the injuries which have prevented him from making his Arsenal debut. The experienced Portugal international was brought in on loan from Southampton in January to provide cover for Hector Bellerin who was working his way back to full form and fitness following a year out with a serious knee injury.Soares arrived still nursing a knee injury of his own and was unable to feature prior to the season being suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 28-year-old had been working his way back to full fitness before he suffered a facial injury following a training ground accident involving Bukayo Saka earlier this month which has delayed his debut still further.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDespite a difficult spell on the sidelines, Arsenal have opted to make his transfer a permanent one and he is hopeful of making his bow before the end of the current campaign. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jun 2020 9:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.1kShares Advertisement Advertisement
Quade Cooper, with his partner Laura Dundovic, has sold his Bulimba home. Picture: Adam Head.RUGBY union star Quade Cooper has finally sold his luxury Brisbane riverside home for just over $2.2 million, after it languished for more than a year on the market.It turns out not everyone wants to live like a celebrity, with a number of other sports stars struggling to sell their properties in the city despite buyer demand running hot.The modern concrete mansion in Bulimba that Mr Cooper shared with his girlfriend, model and former Miss Universe Australia Laura Dundovic, has sold to a couple relocating from Melbourne. Quade Cooper and his partner Laura Dundovic at the Bulimba home that has just sold. Picture: Adam Head.The home at 34 Addison Avenue was last listed for between $2.25 million and $2.35 million after failing to sell at auction in late 2018.The two-storey property was renovated by Graya Construction in 2017, drawing on strong geometric lines and glass panelling.Set on a 445 sqm block, the house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a pool and a 12m marina berth on the Brisbane River. This ultra modern, riverside home at 34 Addison Ave, Bulimba, has just sold for over $2.2m.Symmetry is integral to the design, from the concrete kitchen island to the overhang of the upstairs balcony out over the glass pool. A department store-style walk-through wardrobe in the master suite and a swim-through passage in the pool straight into the shower are just two of the many luxury features added.Mr Cooper, now playing with the Melbourne Rebels, bought the 2006-built home for $1.845 million in 2015 when he was with the Queensland Reds. The pool at the home at 34 Addison Ave, Bulimba.Michael Bacon and Simon Caulfield from Place Kangaroo Point negotiated the sale.Mr Bacon said the property attracted a lot of interest, but its unique design was not for everyone.“It only suited a few people,” Mr Bacon said.“It didn’t really suit a lot of families because of the orientation of the house.” The property at 34 Addison Ave, Bulimba, has a rooftop terrace.Mr Bacon said he took more than 60 groups through the home, including apartment buyers who liked the fact it was low maintenance and on a small block.“It’s a unique home that has a lot distinct features,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMeantime, Brisbane Broncos captain Darius Boyd and his wife, Kayla, are still trying to sell their near-new home in Hendra. The property at 34 Addison Ave, Bulimba, comes with a 12m marina berth on the Brisbane River.The property at 78 Harding Street was built two years ago after they commissioned Base Architecture and builder Graya Constructions to create the four-bedroom home with jet black exterior. They bought the original property for $810,000 in 2016 and have had it on the market since March last year. Broncos captain Darius Boyd and his wife Kayla at the home they are trying to sell in Hendra. Photo: Mark Cranitch.The Boyds have moved on to their next project in Paddington, where they spent $1.205 million on an original 1930s cottage that they are now renovating.And the Chambers Street, New Farm, home of Brisbane Roar player Brett Holman and his wife Femke is still on the market after their move to the Sunshine Coast.The house has five bedrooms and four bathrooms and sits on 443 sqm. This home at 78 Harding St, Hendra, is for sale. Picture: Instagram.
The company hopes to launch the first-ever 3D printed rocket as early as next year.The company’s CEO says with 3D printing, they can build a rocket in about two months. California company Relativity Space now has the money to print a 3D rocket and make history at Cape Canaveral.Thanks to investments from Jared Leto and Mark Cuban, Relativity Space announced this week it has secured the funding needed to develop a rocket made almost entirely of 3D printed parts. The company has raised $185 million in total.Relativity, a new star in the space race, raises $160 million for its 3-D printed rockets https://t.co/xfCGAGWTbH pic.twitter.com/PkKiySkQv5— CyberBlog (@CyberBlog1) October 1, 2019