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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Salve Regina nips MMA 21-19 in football

first_imgMIDDLETOWN, R.I. — The Salve Regina Seahawks withstood a last-ditch scoring effort by Maine Maritime Academy to nip the Mariners 21-19 in New England Football Conference action Saturday.The Seahawks got a sack from senior defensive lineman Luke Gambale on fourth-and-11 for the Mariners with 59 seconds left in the game.MMA had earlier converted a fourth-and-one play for what would have been a go-ahead eight-yard touchdown run by freshman Jacob Doolan.But the Mariners were flagged for holding to move the ball back 10 yards to the Salve Regina 18, and the sack followed to dash hopes for a game-winning rallyThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSalve Regina jumped out to an 8-0 lead when Sam Pascale ran the ball in from 17 yards to cap a 48-yard drive for the Seahawks on their opening possession, with Mitch Graziano scoring the two-point conversion.The Seahawks fumbled on their next two possessions but the Mariners could not capitalize on those early mistakes.The Mariners got on the scoreboard in the second quarter after a Seahawk punt.Michael Fahey ran the ball six yards for the touchdown, andme on the board, and Doolan ran the ball in for the two-point conversion to tie the game 8-8.The Mariners took the 11-8 lead with a little under a minute remaining in the first half when Johnny Weymouth booted a 41-yard field goal. Weymouth’s field goal was the second longest field goal in Maine MMA history and is the longest Mariner field goal since 1996 when David McQuilkin booted a 41-yarder against Westfield State.The MMA lead proved to be brief.Alex Hulme of the Seahawks returned the second-half kickoff 75 yards to the Mariner 20.Four plays later, Pascale took the ball into the end zone from two yards out for his fifth touchdown of the season, and Jackie Hurley’s kick gave the Seahawks a 15-11 lead.MMA reclaimed the lead early in the fourth quarter when Fahey rushed 18 yards for a touchdown that put the Mariners up 17-15.But the Seahawks answered right back with a 47-yard pass completion from quarterback Steven Wilken to Matthew Traynor that set up a five-yard touchdown pass to Hulme for a 21-17 Salve Regina lead.The Mariners got the ball back with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game, and drove 64 yards before committing a costly fumble at the Seahawks’ nine-yard line.Maine Maritime’s defense held Salve Regina to another three and out, and blocked the punt to reclaim the ball at the Seahawks’ 27-yard line with four minutes remaining in the game.James Ferrar rushed for a first down, putting the Mariners at the 17, but the Seahawk defense held abd forced the Mariners to turn the ball over on downs.Three straight kneel-downs for Salve Regina exhausted the remaining timeouts for the Mariners, but still left five seconds on the clock for a fourth-down play.Wilken took the snap and retreated to his own end zone before being downed for a safety, adding the final two points for the Mariners.Fahey had 164 yards on 37 carries and two touchdowns and Ferrar had 99 yards on 26 carries for the Mariners, who rushed for 343 yards.Defensively, John Doyon recorded six tackles, and picked up a fumble recovery for the Mariners, whose record dipped to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play.The Mariners will be at home Saturday to host MIT at noon on Ritchie Field.last_img read more

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Ohtani homers, Bundy brilliant as Angels top Mariners 6-1

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Written By WATCH US LIVE First Published: 7th August, 2020 06:58 IST LIVE TVcenter_img Associated Press Television News Shohei Ohtani homered in his first plate appearance since being shut down as a pitcher, Dylan Bundy struck out 10 in the third complete game of his career and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 on Thursday.Ohtani drove a 1-0 pitch from Seattle starter Taijuan Walker to the opposite field just beyond the leap of left fielder Dee Gordon leading off the second inning. It was Ohtani’s third home run of the season, all coming against the Mariners. Ohtani homered twice last week at home against Seattle.The Angels shut down Ohtani’s arm for the rest of this truncated season after he strained the flexor pronator mass near the elbow. His recovery from the strain requires him to abstain from throwing for four to six weeks, which covers most of the shortened 2020 season.Max Stassi added a two-run homer in the eighth inning, his fourth of the season.Bundy (2-1) has been superb since his offseason arrival from Baltimore via trade. The right-hander has pitched at least six innings in all three of his starts, with 25 strikeouts and two walks in 21 2/3 innings.Bundy allowed four hits and picked up his 10th strikeout getting Kyle Seager leading off the ninth. His only mistake was an elevated changeup that Daniel Vogelbach lined into the right field seats for a solo home run in the fourth inning. Shed Long Jr. followed with a double, but Bundy escaped the threat and retired 17 of his final 18 batters.It was the fifth complete game in baseball this season. Bundy lowered his ERA to 2.08.Walker (1-2) lost command of his fastball in the fourth and failed to make it through the inning.The home run to Ohtani was Walker’s only miscue through the first three innings, but he couldn’t spot his fastball in the fourth following Mike Trout’s leadoff single. Walker walked the next two batters, gave up Tommy La Stella’s RBI single and hit Justin Upton to force in a run.Stassi added a sacrifice fly and Walker was finally lifted after issuing his third walk of the inning. Walker pitched seven innings of one-hit ball in his last start against Oakland.ROSTER MOVESBoth the Angels and Mariners trimmed two players from their roster ahead of Thursday’s finale. The Angels optioned RHP José Rodriguez and INF Matt Thaiss to the club’s alternate training site. Seattle optioned RHP Bryan Shaw and IF/OF José Marmolejos to its alternate training site. All teams had to reduce their rosters from 30 players to 28 on Thursday.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Rookie OF Jo Adell was out of the lineup due to a tight quadriceps muscle, manager Joe Maddon said. Adell had a pair of infield singles in his first two games after being called up on Tuesday. Maddon said the Angels medical staff didn’t consider the soreness anything major.UP NEXTAngels: RHP Griffin Canning (0-1, 3.38) makes his third start as the Angels open up a series against Texas. Canning threw six innings allowing one earned run in his last start against Houston.Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 4.66) gets the start Friday as Seattle begins a three-game interleague series with Colorado. Kikuchi was excellent his last start throwing six shutout innings with nine strikeouts against Oakland.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 06:58 IST Ohtani Homers, Bundy Brilliant As Angels Top Mariners 6-1 Shohei Ohtani homered in his first plate appearance since being shut down as a pitcher, Dylan Bundy struck out 10 in the third complete game of his career and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 on Thursday FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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