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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MARIA SHARAP OVER!  Five -time Grand slam star retires @ 32

first_img Loading… Sharapova during one of her modelling outings The Russian made her return following the drugs ban on April 26, 2017, beating Roberta Vinci in the first round of the Stuttgart Open. Vinci was critical that the tournament had handed Sharapova a controversial wildcard to return to tennis before being beaten in straight sets. Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to top the singles rankings, and last held the ranking for a fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012, to July 8, 2012. Combining both tennis and beauty,Sharapova has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Read AlsoSharapova’s net worth rises to $300m She has appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, and has been the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. since February 2007. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 32 after winning five Grand Slam titles during her career. She has announced she will be quitting her beloved sport in an emotional essay in Vanity Fair on Wednesday, in which she claimed her ‘body has become a distraction’ due to mounting injury problems at the end of her career. The 32-year-old Russian said: ‘I’m new to this, so please forgive me. Tennis —I’m saying goodbye.’ During her career, Sharapova won Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open once, while clinching the French Open twice. Her retirement comes just three years after returning from her drugs ban following a failed test from the 2016 Australian Open, in which she tested positive for meldonium. On Wednesday, Sharapova said: ‘I share this not to garner pity, but to paint my new reality: My body had become a distraction. ‘Throughout my career, ​Is it worth it?​ was never even a question — in the end, it always was.’Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Best Cars Of All TimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U14 GIRLS FACE NAOMH PADRAIG IN COUNTY FINAL

first_imgFour Masters GAA News: U14 Girls: Best of luck to the U14 girls tomorrow evening in the final against Naomh Padraig (Muff) in Convoy at 7pm. All support welcome. Best of luck to Karl Lacey and the Donegal team against Monaghan on Saturday.Congatulations to the U10 Girls that took part in the football blitz on Saturday in Ballybofey.Congratulations to the U10 Boys and Girls who took part in the hurling blitz on Sunday in Convoy.Club Lotto: There was no winner of the lotto jackpot €1500 in week 49 of the 2015/16 season draw held in the Abbey Hotel on Monday the 20th of June. The €25 winners in the lucky dip were Cathal Mc Gonagle, Ballyboyle, Nicola and Barry Dunnion, Mountcharles, Conor Cawdwell, Doonan, Ciaran Meehan,Drimore Mouncharles. The Numbers drawn were 11, 16,17, and 21. Congratulations to all winners. The next draw will take place on the 27th of June.Club Lotto: Renew Subscriptions, the club would ask all persons that are members of our lotto to pay annual subscription to sellers of to treasurer Paul Timoney 0872791305. New members are welcome with quarterly and half yearly subscriptions available.Follow us via facebook, twitter, club app and www.fourmastersgaa.comGAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS U14 GIRLS FACE NAOMH PADRAIG IN COUNTY FINAL was last modified: June 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:four mastersGAASportlast_img read more

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