New Zealand could delay election after virus return

first_imgIn a statement, the legislature said that step “will no longer be held today” but could be done any time before Oct. 13, potentially pushing the election out by months.Health officials were also locking down aged care homes across the country because they could act as transmission hotspots.”I realize how incredibly difficult this will be for those who have loved ones in these facilities, but it’s the strongest way we can protect and look after them,” Ardern said.Director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield acknowledged the heartbreak of many Kiwis as they come to terms with the return of a virus many thought had been defeated.”I know the virus re-remerging in our community has caused alarm and the unknown is scary,” he said. “[But] we’ve been here before, we can get through it if we work together.”New Zealand had been held up by the World Health Organization as an example of how to contain the disease after recording only 22 deaths in a population of five million, and halting community transmission for more than three months.Ardern described the new cases as “unsettling” but said all efforts were being made to retrace the steps of the Auckland family of four who contracted it from an unknown source.Her center-left Labor Party has been riding high in opinion polls, largely on the back of its success containing the virus through a strict seven-week lockdown earlier this year.With campaigning temporarily halted by the latest virus scare, the conservative National Party said it was open to a delay if circumstances warranted.”It’s going to be very difficult to have an election in mid-September when we are now mid-August. It is very little time,” National leader Judith Collins told TV3.The initial lockdown is only for three days but University of Otago epidemiologist Amanda Kvalsvig said it could last much longer if the source of the infection was not found swiftly.”The aim is to return to alert level one [New Zealand’s lowest] and regain elimination status — but that won’t happen overnight,” she said.”Even after we stop seeing new cases it’ll take time and extensive testing to be sure the virus is once more under control.”The outbreak has already eroded some of the everyday freedoms New Zealanders had enjoyed, with Ardern urging Aucklanders to wear masks and restricting gatherings in the city to a maximum of 10 people.The final match of Super Rugby Aotearoa — which had been set to take place in front of a sold-out 43,000 crowd at Eden Park on Sunday — is also in doubt.The Auckland Blues said its players had been sent home to await advice on whether they can host the weekend’s blockbuster match against newly-crowned champions, the Canterbury Crusaders.Topics : Panic buying returned to supermarkets, huge queues formed at COVID-19 testing stations and face-masked police manned roadblocks on major roads to enforce the new measures. Ardern warned the Sept. 19 election may be have to be delayed if the outbreak could not be contained.”We’re seeking advice from the Electoral Commission, just so that we make sure we have all options open to us,” she said. “No decisions yet, as you can imagine, have been made.”New Zealand’s parliament had been due to be dissolved Wednesday, to allow the election to go ahead. New Zealand’s looming general election could be delayed, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned Wednesday, as the shock re-emergence of the coronavirus sent the country’s largest city into lockdown and forced nursing homes nationwide to shut their doors.Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents whose positive tests on Tuesday ended the country’s envied run of 102 days without community transmission.A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland — a city of 1.5 million people — went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday, ending weeks of near normality, when thousands had flocked to restaurants and filled rugby stadiums.last_img read more

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Tyson Fury calls Anthony Joshua a ‘disgrace’ following loss to ‘little fat guy’ Andy Ruiz Jr.

first_imgFury also said before the fight started, he could tell Joshua was going to get knocked out. And he believes a rematch will end in the same fate.”From round one I could see what was going to happen,” Fury said. “I looked at Joshua and he didn’t have no water, no sweat walking into the ring, I thought this guys is going to get knocked out. … (Joshua’s) style and (Ruiz Jr.’s) style — they’re not made to go together. Andy will always beat AJ in my opinion.”Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has said a rematch against Ruiz is on the way, with a date and location to be determined. Ruiz has said he’d “love” to fight in Mexico, but said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night he’s willing to fight anywhere, including the U.K. where Joshua is from. Tyson Fury had a lot to say about Andy Ruiz Jr.’s shocking upset over Anthony Joshua from the past weekend.The heavyweight fighter was asked about the bout on ESPN Radio and was very critical towards Joshua while not offering much praise for Ruiz. His comments were interesting, because after the fight, Fury seemed to offer some words of comfort towards Joshua on social media. We have our back and Forth’s but @anthonyfjoshua changed his stars through life. heavyweight boxing, these things happen, rest up, recover, regroup and come again 👊🏼— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) June 2, 2019Join DAZN and watch GGG-Rolls: Sign up in U.S. But his tone in his interview with ESPN was much different.”He’s done very well in his life and career,” Fury said of Joshua. “He’s definitely done well but everybody bumps into that one person who can knock them out any time and unfortunately for AJ it was a little fat fella from California who chinned him. And he’ll never live it down. Can you imagine? You’re built like an Adonis, you’re six foot six [inches], you’re ripped, carved in stone, and a little fat guy who has eaten every Snickers and Mars bar in the whole of California comes in there and bladders you all over? What a disgrace. If that was me, I’d never show my face in public ever again.”last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic ‘very frustrated’ with lack of playing time

first_imgPulisic moved to Chelsea from Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the offseason amid plenty of hype following a $73 million transfer.However, the United States international has only appeared in one of the club’s last five matches — the 7-1 EFL Cup rout of Grimsby Town on Wednesday.Full-time: Chelsea 2-0 Brighton!Three points and a clean sheet, with goals from Jorginho (p) and Willian! #CHEBHA pic.twitter.com/LcEy2Ife7E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 28, 2019″Yeah, of course, it is very frustrating, but I will continue to work my hardest because I want to play,” Pulisic told NBC Sports after Saturday’s game.Asked if he has received advice from head coach Lampard, Pulisic added: “Not so much. Christian Pulisic admitted he is “very frustrated” with his lack of playing time under Frank Lampard at the Premier League giants.Pulisic, 21, was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. “He said to keep working and I have to improve myself in training and try to get back in the line-up.”It is not going to be easy here, but it was never going to be easy.”Pulisic has made six appearances in all competitions, with the American star yet to open his account for Chelsea, who are sixth 11 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool.last_img read more

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Central College’s $38,000 tuition rate reset to $18,600

first_imgPELLA — Central College in Pella has unveiled what college officials say will be a clearer and easier to understand tuition schedule and replacing its published $38,000 tuition rate.Central College president Mark Putnam says annual tuition will be $18,600, starting in the fall of 2020.“The price change begins a new approach to tuition in Iowa,” Putnam says, “offering transparency and rationality to what students and parents actually pay.”Putnam says nearly all private colleges and universities publish high tuition rates — causing sticker shock for prospective students who don’t realize that with scholarships and financial aid, they will pay significantly less.“Over the past several years, we’ve been looking very carefully at tuition and trying to understand how things are changing in this marketplace,” Putnam says.Putnam says the new tuition rate of 18-thousand-600 means Central students will pay about the same amount as students pay to attend Iowa’s three public universities. Putnam points to a meeting last winter with the parents of prospective students as a crystallizing moment.“There was a mother of an admitted student who was in the audience and she raised her hand,” he says, “and she said the following — and I’ll never forget it: ‘Why is tuition so high? I don’t understand. Why don’t you just charge what it costs?’”Putnam says no current Central student will pay more next year in tuition than they are paying for this academic year. Central college officials say they’ve had record fundraising in the past year for scholarships. There are currently 269 endowed scholarships for Central students.last_img read more

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