Romania increases jail penalties to fight virus spread

first_imgIohannis declared a state of emergency on Monday.Restaurants and coffee shops are closed and gatherings of more than 100 people are banned. Flights to and from Italy and Spain have been suspended.With the Easter holiday on the horizon, Iohannis advised the Romanian diaspora — more than four million people — to avoid returning home.”With sadness, but with sincerity, we must say that you shouldn’t return home this year,” he said, adding: “It’s basically impossible to travel throughout Europe.” Around 3,800 people have been placed in quarantine in Romania, mostly people returning from high-risk areas or those who have had contact with a confirmed or suspected coronavirus patient.”We can’t accept that irresponsible citizens who should be isolated don’t respect the rules, walk around freely among others and risk making other people sick,” Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said.The eastern European country has so far recorded 227 confirmed cases of the virus but no deaths, with 25 people having made a recovery.”The numbers will go up for sure,” President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday during a videoconference with the prime minister and regional leaders. Topics :center_img Romanians face up to 15 years in prison if they violate measures imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced on Thursday.An emergency decree lays down the harshest punishment for those who know they have the disease and flout the rules — up to 15 years if someone gets infected and dies as a result of their actions.Anyone failing to respect quarantine rules could face up to three years in prison, going up to five if their actions lead to the infection of another person.last_img read more

BLOG: Republicans Say No To Funding State-Related Universities

first_imgBLOG: Republicans Say No To Funding State-Related Universities Schools That Teach,  The Blog We need a real budget – one that is balanced, fixes the deficit and invests in education at all levels. Unfortunately, House Republican leaders are still not serious about the budget.Today, they tried to enact new funding for the state-related universities without paying for it. This comes on the heels of their budget that was $500 million out of balance, would grow the deficit to over $2.3 billion and would have cut funding to K through 12 education by $95 million.Investing in higher education is important and Governor Wolf has been fighting to restore the cuts made by Republicans to education at all levels, including our state-related universities. The reality is that the Republican math does not add up.The time for political posturing is long over – it is time for House Republicans to pass a balanced budget that fixes the deficit and truly funds education. By: Jeff Sheridan, Governor Wolf’s Press Secretary Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfWatch Governor Wolf’s remarks on rejecting the Republican plan to cut education (and read the transcript of the remarks).center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 11, 2016last_img read more

Boost in FNQ building approvals of 6.3 per cent last year

first_imgTHE Far North may just escape a subdued building and construction forecast this year.Master Builders deputy chief executive Paul Bidwell said 2019 was predicted to be a year of daunting legislative changes for the industry. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data revealed a 2.1 per cent drop in building approvals as 2018 drew to a close.The drop is a continuation of the fall from the highs experienced in 2016.But the Far North region recorded a boost in building approvals of 6.3 per cent between November and December last year, climbing to 102 from 96.Yearly comparison though showed a drop of 4.6 per cent from 1503 to 1440.However, the tropics outperformed Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Whitsundays region. Mr Bidwell said a tightening in lending requirements could hit the Queensland regional sector hardest. “We expect the residential sector to slip slightly from the 42,000 commencements in 2018 to 40,000 in 2019,” he said. “Worryingly, the drop will be largely in the detached housing sector, with the impact to be felt across the state“Tightening in finance requirements is largely to blame; however, we hope this is a passing phase, due to solid underlying market fundamentals of employment growth, rising wages and a rising population growth rate. “While regional Queensland was looking up in 2018, this has also begun to turn, with regional areas particularly vulnerable to tightening lending conditions. “But large scale resource and renewable energy projects and the tourism sector has boosted hopes for some areas of the state, including the Far North.“This should drive some construction demand and prevent a return to the grim conditions from which the regional industry has only just emerged,” Mr Bidwell said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoNon-residential building activity is also expected to fall and construction in the retail and wholesale trade sectors is set to decline significantly over the coming year. “The tourism and office sector will also fall away. However, there is some good news for commercial builders in the health, aged care, industrial and transport sectors,” Mr Bidwell said. “But as well as dealing with tricky economic conditions, the industry will need to cope with a wave of legislative change. “It’s clear that Minister Mick de Brenni is determined to introduce Project Bank Accounts into the private sector sometime in the second half of 2019. “Master Builders is also expecting the state government to continue with the next tranche of additional reforms. This includes the introduction of new Minimum Financial Requirements, a shake-up to building certification, mandatory Continuing Professional Development and further refinements to the nonconforming building product regimen. These changes, all of which will make it a challenging year for the building industry to tackle.“Our message to the state government will be to consider the outlook for our industry when making any further policy decisions.”last_img read more

PNP: No need to extend Mindanao martial law

first_imgThe defense chief said the enactment ofa stronger law amending Republic Act 9372 or the Human Security Act of 2007 isa better option than martial law extension. MANILA – After the Department ofNational Defense, the Philippine National Police (PNP) also said  the martial law inMindanao may not need to be extended for the fourth time. “Sangayon, nakikita natin na maaari na rin talagang tanggalin ang martial law sa Mindanao,” Banac said. “Mananatili lamang mataas ang alert leveldoon sa bahagi ng Sulu.” According to Banac, the securityofficials have yet to discuss the matter of implementing martial law inselected areas in the region as suggested by the Office of the PresidentialAdviser on the Peace Process. Banac, however, said that PNP’s finalrecommendation on the matter will be known by December but said that heightenedalert status is still needed in some parts of the island. PNP spokesperson Brigadier General BernardBanac said Tuesday the crime rate in Mindanao has declined and security forcesare able to control the proliferation of loose firearms in the area. On Monday, Defense Secretary DelfinLorenzana said that he is not keen to recommend another extension of martiallaw in Mindanao, which will expire on Dec. 31, 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte declaredmartial law in Mindanao on May 23, 2017 following attacks launched by theIslamic State-linked Maute Group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. It has since been in effect afterCongress, in special joint sessions, voted to approve its extension thrice —from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2017; from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018; and from Jan. 1 toDec. 31, 2019./PNlast_img read more

Tyson Fury reveals suicide plans

first_imgRelatedPosts Klitschko drills Holyfield in gym Holyfield hires Klitschko as trainer Klitschko wants Joshua to become world’s no 1 Tyson Fury has opened up on his suicide bid in the aftermath of his victory over Wladimir Klitschko.Despite being crowned undisputed heavyweight champion of the world in November 2015, Fury was overcome by a feeling of emptiness in the coming months and ballooned in weight – reaching 28 stone at his heaviest.He hit rock-bottom in June 2016 when – enveloped by a mood “as black as my boots” – he decided to end it all by driving into a motorway bridge.In his upcoming autobiography Behind The Mask, released on Thursday, Fury recalls: “The Ferrari’s engine roared into life. It would be the last sound I would hear.“In a couple of seconds my mind would be clear, devoid of all the voices boiling in my head. I put my foot to the floor. Then a voice shot into my head, ‘Stop! Think about your kids!’ I blasted past the bridge.”Fury became known as an outlandish extrovert earlier in his career and hit the headlines for the wrong reasons as he was accused of homophobia and sexism with some of his comments.Now a much calmer character – certainly away from the spotlight – Fury admits the persona was often an act.“Maybe it was an act,” he told the Sunday Times Magazine. “Maybe I was doing it to become famous because I know controversy sells.“People ain’t really interested in someone who’s normal. People want to see a freak show to sell papers and sell views on a TV.“Before, I was a performing monkey, I’ve done everything from A to Z to be famous and it got me to where I wanted to be, that elevated position where every motherf***er knows who Tyson Fury is. Now I can be me.”Fury reveals in the book he suffered from mental health issues even as a child – including petrifying hallucinations up to the age of nine.“I suffered from boiling temperatures that would make me delusional,” he writes. “I’d be screaming at my mum and dad that lions were going to eat me and that the curtains were on fire.”Fury was “hit like a sledgehammer” when dad and boxing mentor John was sentenced to 11 years behind bars for gouging a man’s eye out.“It hit me like a sledgehammer,” said Fury. Tags: Wladimir Klitschkolast_img read more

Lockdown halted preparations for junior women’s hockey WC, says captain

first_imgIMPHAL: The Indian junior women’s hockey team was preparing for the 2020 Junior Asia Cup in Kakamigahara, Japan which was to begin on April 6 this year when COVID-19 pandemic halted the team’s quest to achieve a berth for the Junior Women’s World Cup by winning the continental championship. “We were in the national coaching camp since first week of March and we were very focused on performing well at the Junior Asia Cup which would have got us direct qualification into the FIH Junior World Cup 2021 to be held in South Africa. But the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown halted our preparations,” expressed Suman Devi Thoudam, who successfully led the Indian team in the Cantor Fitzgerald U21 International 4-Nations Tournament and the Belarus Tour last year. She was also instrumental in the team’s winning performance at the 3-Nations Tournament in Australia held in December last year. “We had shaped up well as a team and with some good performances last year, we were quite confident of a good show in the Junior Asia Cup in Japan,” Suman added. With the national camp for junior women ending on March 19, Suman’s compatriots left for home however she decided to stay back in SAI, Bengaluru where the senior teams were housed. “My tickets were booked for March 22 but due to the Janta Curfew I couldn’t travel. Though my tickets were rebooked for March 24, I decided to stay back in SAI because I felt it was safer there and there was a lot of uncertainty at the time,” she said. On asked how a young player like her faced the challenges of staying indoors during the nation-wide lockdown, she said, “At first, I was scared and felt that there was so much uncertainty. Myself and three others who were going through rehab due to their injury were the only ones from the junior team who had stayed back in SAI during this period (lockdown) and it probably would have been difficult if not for the constant support from senior players and Wayne Lombard (Scientific Advisor).” IANS Also Watch: AASU Protests against Land Policy 2020 at Various places in Assamlast_img read more

Despite delays Putin satisfied with overall condition of 2018 World Cup venues

first_imgBy Gabrielle Tetrault-FarberMOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that some construction work on the 2018 World Cup stadiums remained behind schedule, but he was satisfied with the overall condition of the venues.“These delays are not critical; there is nothing terrible there, but as I have always said … it is the most difficult thing to resolve tasks at a final stage,” Putin said at a meeting with senior sports officials, regional governors and prominent athletes to discuss preparations for next year’s tournament.“If we relax, we will not fully accomplish the work.”Moscow has eased visa regulations for foreign soccer fans and pumped billions of dollars into stadiums, hotels and other infrastructure.Yet while officials were upbeat about the country’s progress in preparing for next year’s tournament, they stressed that much still needed to be done.Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said preparations to host the 2018 tournament were in full swing but they had not been without difficulties and delays.Kolobkov said the 45 000-seat World Cup stadium in Samara, which has been plagued with delays over the past year, remained behind schedule.“There are some delays at different stages of construction at the stadium in Samara,” Kolobkov said, adding that the company building the venue had been fined.“A timetable for making up for the delays and a system for the daily monitoring of the venue’s completion have been established.”The company building the stadium said in August it was 30 days behind schedule but hoped to make up for lost time and end work on the venue by the end of the year, the initial deadline for its completion.Russia showcased four of its 12 World Cup venues during this year’s Confederations Cup, a two-week tournament that featured the home country, defending world champions Germany and the champions from FIFA’s regional confederations.Many of the remaining venues, however, are still under construction and have yet to be tested.The post-World Cup future of some of the stadiums — including those in cities that do not have Russian Premier League clubs — remains under discussion.At the meeting yesterday, the governor of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, asked Putin to ensure that “at least some regions” receive state support to maintain the venues after the tournament.“For Kaliningrad, where there is no Premier League team for now, handling a 35 000-seat stadium is quite difficult,” Alikhanov said.Russia is set to host the World Cup from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi.last_img read more

Midfielder completes move to QPR

first_imgFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook QPR have formally completed the signing of midfielder Samba Diakite from French club Nancy.The Mali international, currently on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, has joined Rangers on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move if they stay in the Premier League.Diakite, 23, was also a target for Lyon, while Aston Villa expressed some interest in signing him last year.AdChoices广告Related story: QPR boss hopeful of Diakite signinglast_img

Rising Chelsea Stars Face Acid Test against Formidable Ajax

first_imgAjax are averaging over three goals a game at home and abroad and are hungry for European success after semifinal heartache last season.Fikayo Tomori, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham all started Saturday’s win at Stamford Bridge, the first time since 2013 five English players made the London club’s starting XI.They second on three points in Group H after a wobbly opening two games in the Champions League, with a pair of matches coming up against on-fire Ajax that could decide their European destiny.“These two games against Ajax are really big because they’re such a strong team … The movement of the team and the way they play football will be a big test for us,” coach Frank Lampard told the Chelsea website on Monday.Abraham has stolen the headlines with eight goals in nine league appearances and the opener in Chelsea’s 2-1 win in Lille, and Lampard called the 22-year-old a “sponge” for his capacity to learn.“He wants to listen, to get better, to score more goals, improve his game and help his teammates. He’s got the beautiful base of that in terms of coaching,” added Lampard.However four of those Saturday starters are academy products who have flourished under new boss Lampard, who has dealt with the loss of Eden Hazard and a Uefa-imposed transfer ban by pushing the Premier League club’s youth products to centre stage.Hudson-Odoi, who recently returned from a long-term ankle injury, was a constant menace with his bursts down the flank and it was the 18-year-old who teed up Marcos Alonso for the winning goal from a match in which Chelsea had 16 shots at goal and 72 per cent possession.It was also just the second time this season that Chelsea kept a clean sheet, and they did it without the injured Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, with 21-year-old Tomori proving an increasingly solid presence at the back.Rudiger and Christensen are two of a string of Chelsea absentees which includes midfield lynchpin N’Golo Kante and another academy product Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with Barkley and Cesar Azpilicueta also doubts for Ajax.Ajax’s remarkable form has led to rumours that coach Erik ten Hag is a potential Bayern Munich target, rumours that the 49-year-old refused to play down on Monday as Nico Kovac comes under fire in Germany.Despite losing midfield dynamo Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona and defensive rock Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus, they are top of the Eredivisie and unbeaten after scoring 31 times in their opening 10 games, three points ahead of PSV Eindhoven and Vitesse Arnhem.In fact Erik ten Hag’s side have hardly felt the effects of their departures, as the rising stars of Dutch football struggle to impose themselves in new countries.They are also top of Group H after beating both Lille and Valencia 3-0 with the same brand of thrilling football that captured Europe’s imaginations last season.However, although they reemerged as a European force thanks to their academy talent, their star turns this campaign are all outside discoveries, with Hakim Ziyech, David Neres and Dusan Tadic all in fine form and new signing Quincy Promes causing havoc from midfield.The 26-year-old Ziyech’s incredible strike sent Ajax on their way at the Mestalla in their last Champions League match, while Promes, 27, scored in both Group matches and six times in the league.Even 36-year-old Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is on fire, with five league goals in as many appearances, as they hunt their first European trophy in 25 years.UCL FIXTURESGenk Vs LiverpoolSalzburg Vs NapoliInter Vs DortmundPrague Vs BarcaLeipzig Vs ZenitBenfica Vs LyonAjax Vs ChelseaLille Vs ValenciaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CHAMPIONS LEAGUEChelsea’s young guns will test their run of form at one of the homes of youth development tonight as they attempt to stop an Ajax team on course to replicate last season’s thrilling Champions League run.The Blues are on a five-match winning streak in all-competitions after beating Newcastle United 1-0 at the weekend but come up against the Group H leaders in Amsterdamlast_img read more

Olynyk leads Gonzaga’s rapid ascension to No. 1 ranking

first_img Published on March 5, 2013 at 1:12 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Mark Few didn’t expect perfection from his Gonzaga team. He was correct, but the Bulldogs weren’t too far off.“I didn’t think we were going to go undefeated this year, playing the schedule we have,” the head coach said after a win over Kansas State on Dec. 15, Gonzaga’s first game since its loss to Illinois a week earlier. “I’m not going to make any proclamations, but we got back to getting our feet under us (tonight).”Following the Bulldogs’ win over Portland on Saturday, Gonzaga (29-2, 16-0 West Coast Conference) became the first team in the 61-year history of the conference to finish the regular season undefeated in league play. Led by the stellar performance of forward Kelly Olynyk, the Bulldogs cruised to their 10th outright WCC title, winning their league games by an average of 19.4 points per game.And with then-No. 1 Indiana’s loss to Minnesota on Tuesday, Gonzaga’s 12-game winning streak has propelled the Bulldogs to the program’s first ever No. 1 ranking in Monday’s Associated Press Top 25 poll.Prior to dropping the 11-point home decision to Illinois in early December, the Zags started the season 9-0 and elevated to No. 10 in the polls from their preseason No. 21 rank. After the loss, Gonzaga won 20 of 21, dropping only a heartbreaker at the buzzer to then-No. 13 Butler on Jan. 19 in what some consider the best nonconference matchup of the year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We played every game with a huge bull’s eye on our chest, and we played pretty darn well in almost all of them,” Few told reporters. “They’ve been really, really focused. We’ve been so consistent with our effort and preparation. That’s the most impressive thing about it.”Outstanding performances from Olynyk throughout the season thrust him into contention for WCC Player of the Year while spearheading the Bulldogs’ surge to the top.After a year of redshirting to develop, the 7-foot forward ranks best in the WCC and third in the nation with a 66.8 field-goal percentage. Olynyk’s efficiency has helped the fourth-year junior – who played guard growing up – to an average of 17.7 points per game, good for fourth in the conference.“He’s a smart player, one that can hurt you in a lot of different ways – passing, driving and scoring,” Few said after the victory over Kansas State. “I think that’s probably the biggest thing — he went from a guy who loved to just play out there on the perimeter to a guy who is seven feet tall and can use those skills down low.”In 12 of Gonzaga’s games, the British Columbia native attempted 10 or more field goals. In eight of those 12 contests, Olynyk converted more than 50 percent of his shots while never shooting under 41.7 percent from the field in those games.On Feb. 16, Olynyk led the Bulldogs to a 10-point win at San Francisco, scoring 26 points on a 13-of-17 shooting performance – an economical 76.5 percent. After facing Gonzaga twice this season, San Francisco head coach Rex Walters told reporters Olynyk is an “absolute pro” and NBA lottery pick – the first time he’s ever said that about a WCC player, he said.But even a game of that caliber didn’t live up to Olynyk’s showcase more than a month earlier. At Santa Clara on Jan. 5, he dropped a career-high 33 points in Gonzaga’s seven-point victory, converting 12-of-15 shots from the field for a phenomenal 80-percent clip.“I knew, in this game, especially, that I was feeling good about myself,” Olynyk told reporters after the game. “My confidence was really high and I knew I was going to make plays if my team needed me to.”After Few acknowledged on Saturday what a No. 1 ranking would mean for Gonzaga’s program, he downplayed its overall significance.Instead, he pointed to the postseason – starting with the WCC tournament opener on Wednesday in Las Vegas – as the time when his Bulldogs want to be named the top dogs.“I don’t think we’re too caught up in what number we’re at or what we’re seeded,” Few told reporters Saturday. “We’re just going to go play. We’re going to go down to Vegas to try to win the thing. We’re going to go into the NCAA Tournament trying to win the thing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more