Algeria announces first confirmed case of coronavirus

first_imgThe disease reaches Algeria at a politically difficult moment, following a year of mass street protests that still occur twice a week.Tebboune was elected in December in a vote opposed by the protesters, whose demonstrations helped bring down his predecessor Abdelaziz Bouteflika.Topics : Algeria has reported its first confirmed case of the new coronavirus, an Italian man who arrived in the country on Feb. 17 and has been put into isolation.The case was announced by the health minister, and President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said on Twitter that he had ordered medical authorities to take maximum precautions. He urged Algerians to be careful what information they shared online.Northern Italy, home to many Algerians, has been the centre of an outbreak of the coronavirus with more than 280 cases and 11 deaths. Its Milan-based energy company, Eni, is also involved in projects in Algeria.last_img read more

New Zealand’s Ardern admits to cannabis use ‘a long time ago’

first_imgTopics : In the wide-ranging debate, both leaders were also asked if U.S. President Donald Trump was a dangerous influence on the world.Collins said Trump had done well recently on the peace deal between Israel and some Gulf nations.”Actually that’s better than war. He hasn’t been ready to rush into war,” said Collins.Ardern shot back saying: “It is a worry when the best thing you can say is we haven’t had war?”Ardern last month slammed Trump’s comments that New Zealand was experiencing a surge in COVID-19 as “patently wrong”.”The idea that we would be compared to the outbreak in the U.S. by President Trump, I totally reject that and I stand by my response,” said Ardern, whose brand of liberal, inclusive and compassionate leadership has led to some people labeling her “the anti-Trump”.New Zealand has had 25 coronavirus related deaths, among the lowest in the world, while fatalities in the United States have crossed 200,000.The comments came just hours after Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden battled fiercely in a chaotic and bad-tempered first debate marked by personal insults and Trump’s repeated interruptions. New Zealand’s ruling party leader Jacinda Ardern said she tried cannabis “a long time ago” when asked during a heated live debate on Wednesday ahead of the Oct 17 general election.Ardern, 40, is widely seen winning a second term in office on the back of her success in containing COVID-19 but her rival, conservative National Party leader Judith Collins, has been clawing back support.New Zealanders are also voting on two other issues – on legalizing recreational cannabis and euthanasia – topics that have split opinions in the country.center_img In the second election debate on Wednesday, when asked by the moderator if she has ever used cannabis, Ardern said: “Yes I did, a long time ago.”But she said she will only reveal which way she voted on the cannabis referendum after the election.”I made a clear decision that I want the public of New Zealand to decide this and I want this not to be about politics,” she said.Collins, however, said she has never used cannabis and would vote against it.last_img read more

Celtic respond to Arsenal’s opening offer for Kieran Tierney

first_imgAdvertisement Celtic value Arsenal transfer target Kieran Tierney at £25million (Picture: Getty)Celtic have rejected Arsenal’s audacious opening offer for Kieran Tierney.Unai Emery is hopeful of signing a new left-back this summer as he plans to revert to a back four next season. Nacho Monreal turns 34 in February, while Sead Kolasinac has impressed mainly in a wing-back role and has been linked with a summer move to Barcelona.The under-pressure Arsenal manager is reported to have instructed the Arsenal board to make a move for Tierney in the belief he would make a ‘significant improvement’ to the first team squad.Hampered by a restrictive budget, The Sun claims Arsenal have already seen an opening £15million offer, which included four players in part exchange, dismissed by the Scottish champions who value the player closer to the £25m mark.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal were prepared to let the likes of Carl Jenkinson, Jordi Osei-Tutu, Emile Smith Rowe and Eddie Nketiah move to Parkhead but will have to submit an improved cash bid if they are to land the 22-year-old who is contracted until 2023 and is currently recovering from a double hernia operation.Speaking about Arsenal’s interest in Tierney, as well as the speculation surrounding Olivier Ntcham, Celtic boss Neil Lennon said on Friday: ‘I would expect bids. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 22 Jun 2019 7:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares First-choice Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal turns 34 in February (Picture: Getty)‘We’re realistic and I’d be surprised if there weren’t any offers for them because they’re both extremely talented players.‘So I may have a decision to make, but there’s nothing for us to think about yet.‘For someone so young, Kieran already has vast experience – he’s played Champions League, Europa League, internationals and he’s won trophies.’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 Arsenal Celtic respond to Arsenal’s opening offer for Kieran Tierney Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Bidders battle for deceased estate on big block

first_imgThe pool area at 79 Camelot Place, Bridgeman Downs.Ms Treloar said the Bridgeman Downs property attracted good interest during the marketing campaign. “We had good numbers through the open homes and some really lovely comments.” The bathroom at 35 Bowen St, Windsor“They’re owner occupiers who plan on doing some renovations,” he said. Mr Cuneo said buyers interested in the property were mostly owner-occupiers.In Bridgeman Downs, a six-bedroom home on 9708sq m of lakeside land also sold under the hammer on Saturday. Auctioneer Peter Burgin at the auction of 37 Drury St, Windsor.The final two were both Windsor residents hoping to upgrade but in the end Cate Rawlinson proved victorious. “I can’t believe it,” she said. “We’ve been the under bidder in about six auctions before this one.”Ms Rawlinson said the size of the block was the big drawcard when it came to the Drury Street property. She said she didn’t have any concrete plans for the home but renovations were on the cards. The living area at 37 Drury St, Windsor.Marketing agent Simone Weigall of Place Ascot said the home sold above expectations.She said the property attracted strong interest from owner-occupiers during the marketing campaign. “We had over 85 groups through. Location (and) land size were driving the interest,” she said. “People wanted to secure a big piece of land where they could either renovate or build new.” More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoAlso in Windsor, a pre-1945 Queenslander sold at auction on Saturday, fetching $692,000. The kitchen at 35 Bowen St, Windsor.“The opening bid was $450,000 and it got to $600,000 pretty quick,” he said. “Then there was a bit of stop-start before selling for $692,000.” Mr Cuneo said the highest bidders were a young couple from New South Wales who had moved to Brisbane for work. The home at 35 Bowen St, Windsor.The three-bedroom home at 35 Bowen St has a north-south alignment and is on a 923sq m block. The house has pine floorboards, VJ walls, high ceilings, picture rails and an arched, open-plan lounge and dining area. Marketing agent Ian Cuneo of Ray White Ascot said 11 bidders registered for the auction of 35 Bowen St and six of those placed bids. center_img One the six bedroom at 79 Camelot Place, Bridgeman Downs.Ms Treloar said the new owners were moving from Brisbane’s south side and were looking for a lifestyle change. “They loved the lake and the quiet lifestyle on offer,” she said. “They are really looking forward to moving in. “The sellers were very excited too. They’ve already moved out of Brisbane so they were happy to put the sold sign up today.” The home at 37 Drury St, Windsor, sold at auction.A DECEASED estate in Windsor has sold under the hammer for $962,000 after a drawn out bidding war between five would-be owners. The 1950s property at 37 Drury St is on an 860sq m block of land at the end of a cul-de-sac. A total of 11 buyers registered for the auction, which kicked off with an opening bid of $700,000 on Saturday morning. Three bidders quickly drove the price up through the $700,000s before slowing through the $800,000s. The home at 79 Camelot Place, Bridgeman Downs.The property at 70 Camelot Place sold for $1.85 million.Marketing agent Sonya Treloar of Ray White Bridgeman Downs said the auction attracted five registered bidders and a crowd of more than 60 people. “We started at $1.1 million and there was some back and forth between the bidders. The vendor decided to sell to the top bidder at $1.85 million,” she said. The auction of 37 Drury St, Windsor.A new buyer entered the bidding war at $885,000 and the property was called on the market at $902,000. From that point, the highest bid slowly increased by $2000 and $1000 increments with a fifth bidder entering the fray at $930,000. From $955,000 the bids dropped to $500 increments with two bidders left standing. last_img read more

Welcome to Paradise

first_imgThe Telegraph April 2014People think Amsterdam is the prostitution capital of Europe but Germany has more prostitutes per capita than any other country in the continent, more even than Thailand…The idea of the law, passed by Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s Social Democrat-Green coalition, was to recognise prostitution as a job like any other. Sex workers could now enter into employment contracts, sue for payment and register for health insurance, pension plans and other benefits. Exploiting prostitutes was still criminal but everything else was now above board.It didn’t work. “Nobody employs prostitutes in Germany,” says Beretin. None of the authorities I spoke to had ever heard of a prostitute suing for payment, either. And only 44 prostitutes have registered for benefits.The Netherlands legalised prostitution two years before Germany, just after Sweden had gone the other way and made the purchase of sex a criminal offence. Norway adopted the Swedish model – in which selling sex is permitted but anyone caught buying it is fined or imprisoned – in 2009. Iceland has followed suit, and France and Ireland look set to do the same.Pressure to review prostitution laws is coming from an EU anti-trafficking directive that obliges member states to “reduce demand” for human trafficking. Given that at least 70 per cent of trafficking in Europe is into forced prostitution, a lot of people are arguing that the best way to reduce demand for trafficking is to reduce demand for prostitution. And one way to do that is to criminalise the buyer.There is “absolutely” a correlation between legalised prostitution and trafficking, says Andrea Matolcsi, the programme officer for sexual violence and trafficking at Equality Now. “For a trafficker it’s much easier to go to a country where it’s legal to have brothels and it’s legal to manage people in prostitution. It’s just a more attractive environment.” She points out that Denmark, which decriminalised prostitution in 1999 – the same year Sweden made the purchase of sex illegal – has four times the number of trafficking victims than its neighbour despite having around half the population. It’s one reason the Netherlands has gone into reverse with legalisation. The Deputy Prime Minister, Lodewijk Asscher, has called it “a national mistake”.The standard argument against increasing regulations is that it will push prostitution underground. That’s an argument that underestimates the police. As Simon Haggstrom, an officer in the prostitution unit of the Stockholm Police, observes, “If a sex buyer can find a prostituted woman, the police can do it.” And, really, what’s the alternative? Just do nothing? read more

JetBlue connects Connecticut to the Caribbean with nonstop service to Puerto Rico

first_img Sharing is caring! 39 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img LifestyleTravel JetBlue connects Connecticut to the Caribbean with nonstop service to Puerto Rico by: – July 1, 2011 Share Photo credit: leeloveshotttrends.comSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — JetBlue Airways has announced plans to add a nonstop daily flight between Hartford’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) and San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU), effective January 2012. San Juan will be JetBlue’s third nonstop destination offered from Bradley, New England’s second-largest airport, in addition to its twice daily service to both Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla.“With almost 250 weekly departures this summer and counting, JetBlue is already the Commonwealth’s largest carrier,” said Dave Clark, director of network planning for JetBlue Airways. “Thanks to the support we have received from both Puerto Rican and Connecticut travelers, JetBlue is able to add more options and destinations to the places our customers want to go. We look forward to expanding our network in both cities, and earning each new loyal customer one flight at a time.”“The Strategic Model for the New Economy of Puerto Rico recognizes the development of our air access as a strategic priority. We depend on our air access and thanks to partner airlines like JetBlue we have been able to develop and improve strategic routes for tourism and commerce development, and for the enjoyment of our residents. Puerto Rico has as a strategic goal to improve its position as a Caribbean hub, and JetBlue is partnering with Puerto Rico to achieve this and improve our connectivity with our sister islands like St Maarten and the United States Virgin Islands, as well as to the continental United States,” said Jose Ramon Perez Riera, Secretary of Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce.“JetBlue has maintained a great working relationship with Puerto Rico, which is evidenced by the significant growth levels that they have maintained in our market. This new route adds more seat capacity to Puerto Rico from one of our main tourism and visiting friends and relatives markets,” added Jaime Lopez, Chief Development Officer of the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce.“JetBlue has quickly become a key player in the Connecticut market and I commend them for their investment in Bradley International Airport and the people we serve,” said Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “Our state has special ties to Puerto Rico, so this is very welcome news. We have built a solid partnership with JetBlue and today’s announcement strengthens that bond. When we expand travel options for our customers, everyone benefits — and the region’s economy improves.”In addition to this new nonstop service to San Juan, Hartford customers can also conveniently connect to other destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America via Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, including Aguadilla and Ponce, Puerto Rico; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Bogota, Colombia; and Cancun, Mexico.JetBlue has grown 38 percent over the last year in Puerto Rico, and now offers more seats and more capacity (available seat miles) to and from the Commonwealth than any other airline. In Puerto Rico, JetBlue currently serves seven non-stop destinations from San Juan including: Boston; New York (JFK); Ft Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla.; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as well as service to New York and Orlando from Aguadilla and Ponce. Starting Nov. 17, 2011, the carrier will add nonstop flights from San Juan to St Maarten. Twice-daily flights to St Thomas and a daily flight to St Croix from San Juan begin December 15, 2011.Customers connecting through San Juan from select destinations can also connect seamlessly on JetBlue’s partner airline Cape Air to Vieques, Mayaguez, Tortola, and Anguilla.JetBlue’s flights between San Juan and Hartford will be operated with its comfortable Airbus A320 fleet and award-winning service.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

New IMCA sanctions make history at Lafayette County Speedway

first_imgTwelve Friday programs are scheduled during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season, from April 24 to Aug. 14. “Lafayette County Speedway has a long history of great racing and we’re proud to become part of that,” said IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard. “The Darlington area is home to a lot of talented drivers and race fans there have even more to look forward to this season.” The 3/8-mile clay oval was converted from a half-mile in the early 2000s. The Lafayette County Fair race is July 17, the Bob Larson Memorial Sept. 18 and 19.  Lafayette County Speedway at Darlington sanctions the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods beginning in 2020.  Both Modified and Northern SportMod fields are expected to be well represented by drivers from the tri-state area also including Illinois and Iowa. The Hobby Stock class, noted Ruf, will be a “perfect fit” for younger drivers looking to begin their full-bodied racing careers. center_img “IMCA is very well respected in the racing industry and a lot of our drivers already race IMCA,” explained Media Director Kari Ruf. “We’ve been getting good car counts and our rules were similar to IMCA’s. We decided sanctioning was the good way for us to go.”  DARLINGTON, Wis. – A southwest Wisconsin speedplant with nearly seven decades of racing history adds three IMCA divisions to regular weekly shows this season.  Modified points earned at Darlington figure toward IMCA Side Biter Chassis North Central Region standings, Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region.last_img read more

Shatzer sails in opener for Virginia Sprint Series

first_imgELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (June 5) – Dylan Shatzer’s first trip to the tidewater area ended up being smooth sailing but much faster all the way to the Friday night Virginia Sprint Series win at Dixie­land Speedway.  Dylan Shatzer led every time around the oval in winning Friday’s Virginia Sprint Series feature at Dixieland Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines) The next Virginia Sprint Series race will be June 13 at Natural Bridge in Virginia or June 20 at Hagerstown Speedway.  The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car season-opening feature was lined up with Jake McLain and Shatzer on the front row. With the green flag waving Shatzer was out first with McLain and Bron­zie Lawson fighting for second right away.  After a quick yellow to push a stalled car from the track, Shatzer took off and the laps ran out, leaving Lawson in second and Humphries third. center_img The track was fast with Shatzer showing smooth was the way to go as he kept pulling away lap after lap with Lawson getting to second and setting his sights on the front. Tom Humphries made his way to third by lap 15.  By Jim Haines  Feature results – 1. Dylan Shatzer; 2. Bronzie Lawson; 3. Tom Humphries; 4. Mike Leraas; 5. Mike Keeton; 6. Jake McLain; 7. Chris Ware; 8. Matt Mullins; 9. Bill Rice; 10. Daren Bolac.last_img read more

Deputies arrest man in the middle of a ‘killing spree’

first_imgAuthorities say they have arrested a man who went on a killing spree in Michigan.The incident occurred in Eaton County early Friday.According to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, they received a phone call from a woman stating that a man she knew kept knocking at her door and when she refused to answer, he began sending her strange text messages.One of the text stated that “he loved her so he spared her, and she would know what that meant soon.” Another text stated that “had been ridding the demons of some dear friends of his,” according to police.Authorities were able to locate the suspect driving along Interstate 69 about an hour after receiving the call and initiated a traffic stop.During the stop, the suspect, who has yet to be named, began showing the deputies photos of two women who appeared to be deceased.“During the stop, the suspect told the deputies that he needed to show them some images on his phone,” Ingham County officials said. “The suspect proceeded to show the deputies images of what appeared to be two deceased females.”Authorities were able to hold the suspect on several outstanding warrants as they performed welfare checks on the two women photographed on his phone.When authorities performed a welfare check on the two women, they found them dead in their homes.Officials identified one of the victims as 26-year-old Kaylee Ann Brock. Brock was found dead in her home from “multiple blunt force trauma.”The second victim was identified as 32-year-old Julie Ann Mooney. She was also found dead in her home of blunt force trauma.In addition to the woman who contacted police, authorities identified two other women that the suspect planned to kill. Each woman as since been contacted and has not been harmed.The suspect is currently being held at the Eaton County jail, pending his arraignment and formal charges.last_img read more

James leads Cavs to record second-half comeback win over Pacers

first_img(REUTERS) – LeBron James engineered the NBA playoffs’ biggest second-half comeback as the Cleveland Cavaliers overturned a 25-point deficit at halftime to beat the Indiana Pacers 119-114 in Game Three of their series on Thursday.James scored 41 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and dished out 12 assists as the reigning NBA champions beat the Pacers in Indianapolis to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series. It was his 17th career playoff triple-double. Only Magic Johnson, with 30, has more.“I didn’t know it was the biggest comeback,” said James, who became the third-highest scorer in the playoffs with 5 670 points, ahead of Kobe Bryant and trailing only Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.“I just try to put myself in position to help my teammates win. I try to empower them, make them better, make them believe we can be great every night.”Until Thursday, no team had come from more than 21 points behind at halftime to win a playoff game – the previous record was set in 1948 by Baltimore against Philadelphia.The Cavs were down 74-49 at halftime, after earlier trailing by 26 points.“I don’t settle for being not as great as I can be,” James said. “It’s not going to result in a stat line like this every night. The only thing that matters is the win and that’s what I’m here for.“To win on the road in the post-season is already tough enough. To win in the fashion we did tonight is even tougher.”last_img read more