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‘Corona parties’ The state of Bavaria is one of the worst-hit in Germany, according to official figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) disease control centre.But the virus is spreading fast elsewhere too, prompting Chancellor Angela Merkel to appeal to citizens in a TV address on Wednesday evening to limit social interactions.Germany reported an overnight increase of more than 2,800 official cases on Thursday, bringing the total to more than 10,000.Borders have been shut to stem the contagion, while across the country shops have been closed, restaurants forced to operate restricted opening hours and people urged to work from home.But not everyone seemed to have got the message.In Berlin, reports of young people gathering in parks for so-called “corona parties” prompted city mayor Michael Mueller to promise a total lockdown if residents did not start behaving themselves.Bavarian premier Markus Soeder has threatened similar action, in line with lockdowns already seen in Italy, Spain, France and Belgium.”If large numbers of people are not restricting themselves voluntarily, then in the end the only instrument left to react to this is a Bavaria-wide curfew,” Soeder said.For the people of Mitterteich, the unprecedented situation will take some getting used to. “It’s strange, because our streets were never so empty,” said Andreas Degner. “It’s an unsettling feeling, I must say.”But he was determined to look on the bright side.”I’m going to watch films, read… I’ll find something to do. I’ll have enough time.” But they appeared to be taking it on the chin.”It’s good that we are the first town to have this curfew, and it’s also great that it’s being done so consistently,” resident Sandra Wedlich said.She said she worried about her mother and husband who were in the at-risk groups for the virus. “He wanted to go out today and I told him ‘no'”.The drastic measures come after Mitterteich emerged as a coronavirus hotspot, accounting for around half of the roughly 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tirschenreuth.Officials believe many of the infections are linked to a recent beer festival. The streets are deserted and the church square empty in the small Bavarian town of Mitterteich, the first in Germany to go into total lockdown over the spiraling coronavirus outbreak.The 6,500 residents are forbidden from leaving their homes without a valid reason, giving a foretaste of what could lie ahead for the rest of the country where many have defied confinement measures.The people of Mitterteich, located in the district of Tirschenreuth in southern Bavaria, woke up to a different world on Thursday morning. The benches stood vacant outside the town’s picturesque 17th-century church. Apart from the odd delivery van and police car, the cobbled streets remained clear, filled only with the sound of birdsong.On the outskirts of town, police in high-visibility jackets stopped people in their cars as they attempted to drive in and out, granting entry only to residents.According to district administrator Wolfgang Lippert, residents could only leave home if they have to go to work, see a doctor or go grocery shopping. Topics :
First home buyers have hit a record level in latest monthly data, but there are challenges ahead for those yet to get on board.FIRST home buyers have hit a record monthly level when it comes to borrowing, according to latest data.Australian Bureau of Statistics figures found there were 10,227 owner-occupier finance commitments by first home buyers in August of this year — the highest level reached since December 2009.But lawyers and conveyancers are warning that 2018 will see some big challenges thrown in the path of those who haven’t got a foot on the property ladder yet.Two out of three Australian property lawyers and conveyancers believed that even with concessions “2018 will be even harder for first home buyers”, according to GlobalX research.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoState first homebuyer concessions helped spur a surge in FHBs in August.CEO Peter Maloney warned housing prices were still a major barrier for many first time buyers, especially given continued rises in major cities.“Unfortunately the state of the market means house prices are continuing to increase at a far greater rate than annual wages,” he said. “While the industry is encouraged by the recent surge in the number of first home buyers, it is sceptical that this trajectory will remain constant over the next 12 months.”Law firm K & L Gates partner Warren Denny said it was very challenging for those entering the market for the first time. “They must feel like they are chasing their tail, because prices are rising at a rate which is higher than the rate they can save for a deposit,” he said. FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX
The Batesville Police Department is warning residents of a scam that has been reported in the area.Police have received numerous calls in reference to a caller identifying themselves as being with Publisher’s Clearinghouse.The scammer tells a homeowner that they have won a large sum of money, and all the homeowner has to do is send a money order to a certain location to receive the award.If you do not participate in the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes you are not eligible to win. Also, Publisher’s Clearinghouse will not ask for any money directly to obtain an award from them.The Batesville Police Department reminds citizens to never give personal information out over the telephone.
Curt Martin won his first Deery Brothers Summer Series feature of the season while ending Justin Kay’s streak at four straight IMCA Late Model tour victories on Memorial Day at Boone Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)BOONE, Iowa (May 28) – A driver who knows a thing or two about winning streaks ended one and started one of his own Monday night at Boone Speedway.Curt Martin led all but one of 40 laps in winning the Memorial Day Deery Brothers Summer Series event at Boone, earning $2,000 for his career 27th IMCA Late Model tour victory.His convincing run at the front ended Justin Kay’s bid for a record fifth consecutive series victory. Jeremiah Hurst finished a distant second, with Ryan Dolan, Kay and Joe Zrostlik rounding out the top five.Martin drew the pole and gave up the lead early to Hurst for a single circuit before resuming command. Just a couple cautions slowed what was otherwise a fast-paced feature but Martin edged ahead on lap 10 and 22 restarts.Hurst was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.Martin and Kay are now tied for third on the all-time series wins list; Martin had been the first Deery driver to win three straight features, doing so twice in 1990 when he earned the first of back-to-back tour championships.He’d last won at Boone during the 1999 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The fifth stop on the 2018 Deery Series schedule is Tuesday, June 5 at Marshalltown Speedway. The Steve Priske Miller Lite 50 pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.Feature results – 1. Curt Martin, Independence; 2. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 4. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 5. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 6. Jason Hahne, Webster City; 7. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 8. Nick Marolf, Moscow; 9. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill; 10. John Emerson, Waterloo; 11. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill.; 12. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake; 13. Kyle Krampe, Baxter; 14. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant; 15. Luke Pestka, Robins; 16. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 17. Tim Simpson, Iowa City; 18. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 19. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 20. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 21. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 22. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 23. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill.; 24. Richie Gustin, Marshalltown.
RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Major League Baseball and its players’ association agreed to a shortened 60-game 2020 season on Tuesday.This ended weeks of heated talks between team owners and their players. Players will report for spring training by July 1 with the season set to begin on July 23 or July 24, MLB said.MLB postponed its 162-game regular season in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and had struggled to broker an accord between the two sides.“Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said.“We are excited to provide our great fans with baseball again soon.”The MLBPA said that “all remaining issues have been resolved”. The proposed schedule is designed to “mitigate travel,” the league said, with the majority of games involving divisional play.The news quickly began to trend across Twitter, with elated baseball fans and players celebrating.“Philly. We’re finally coming home!” tweeted Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper.“Baseball is back!” wrote three-time All-Star Matt Carpenter. “I could cry.”MLB also said it was “working with a variety of public health experts, infectious disease specialists and technology providers” on best practices for a safe return, as new COVID-19 cases surged across several states. The Phillies shut down its Clearwater, Florida, training site last week after five players and three staff members tested positive, while the Toronto Blue Jays shut down its Dunedin, Florida, training centre after a player showed symptoms.Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusMajor League BaseballRob Manfred
Press Association With both teams currently on 34 points, a victory for either side could all but seal top-flight status for another year. But when it was put to him that Palace, who have six games left to play, may already be safe, Pulis said: “No chance. “I don’t think so, there are more twists and turns in it and we’ll be desperately keen to get as many points on the board as quickly as we can.” He added: “It can change so quickly so we have to stay focused, win, lose or draw. “It’s been a good couple of weeks for us but it’s important we keep our feet on the ground – we recognise how important the Villa game is going to be on Saturday so we have to maintain the momentum we’ve built up over the past few weeks.” Villa boss Paul Lambert believes Tony Pulis is in with a shout of being named manager of the season. Pulis has performed a minor miracle since taking over the helm towards the end of November, when the club were rock bottom with just seven points from 12 matches. Pulis has since steered the Eagles out of the relegation zone to a position where they are now seven points clear of the bottom three. Dwight Gayle returned from an ankle injury to score five goals in an under-21s fixture against Brentford on Wednesday night but the young striker is not considered ready to start. The Eagles have no other major injury concerns ahead of the contest at Selhurst Park as they look to take another step closer to Barclays Premier League survival. Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to have a fully-fit squad to choose from when his side host Aston Villa on Saturday. The last two games have seen Palace spring a shock success over Chelsea and then comfortably beat relegation rivals Cardiff 3-0 in south Wales. Lambert said: “It wouldn’t surprise me if Tony picked up something. “He did brilliantly when he was at Stoke, and he’s doing really well now at Palace. “I get on pretty well with him, and you know what you get with Tony’s sides, that it’s going to be a hard game. “He’s a squad of good, honest pros who have picked up a couple of good results lately that has given them a fighting chance.” Lambert has a trio of key players available again for the game after fielding a depleted side for last Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Fulham. Striker Gabby Agbonlahor and midfielders Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi should all go straight back into the starting line-up. But Villa are still reeling from the blow of losing star striker Christian Benteke for at least the next six months after he ruptured an Achilles tendon in training last week.
City of Miami leaders came to a final decision and announced that Calle Ocho and Ultra Music Festival for 2020 will be canceled due to the concern over preventing the spread of the coronavirus.On Friday, city officials announced that both events will be postponed until next year.“This has been a very, very difficult decision that we have made,” said Miami District 3 Commissioner Joe Carollo.City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said it is a postponement until the coronavirus threat is less severe. “As COVID-19 coronavirus cases continue to rise, public gatherings can pose a risk by increasing person-to-person contact, often putting groups in close proximity to one another,” said Suarez. “We are obtaining this guidance from the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], which defines mass gatherings as those with 25,000 people or more.” Ultra Music Festival released a statement that said those who have purchased tickets for the event will receive an email on Monday. The statement did not make it clear if ticket buyers would get a full refund.The Florida Department of Health says there are now six cases of the new coronavirus in the state, including two in Broward county and two deaths statewide.
highlights New Delhi: After the disappointment of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India and West Indies square off in a series of three Twenty20 Internationals, three ODIs and two Tests in the Caribbean. While the West Indies finished eighth, India was knocked out in the semi-final of the World Cup with an 18-run loss to New Zealand in Old Trafford. Now, with the World T20 to be played in Australia next year, the focus now shifts to creating a core team for the marquee event next year. West Indies are the two-time World T20 champions and they will be determined to continue their dominance against India in a format which they love. West Indies were whitewashed 3-0 in their last series against India but they enjoy a superior advantage at home, winning three out of five with one game being washed out. Speaking during a training camp in Florida, West Indies coach Floyd Reifer has said the team has a good mixture of youth and experience. “We have players like (Kieron) Pollard and (Sunil) Narine making a return to the team as well as the captain Carlos Brathwaite and they have a lot of experience at this level and in this format. The team is young, and we like to mix the experienced players with the youth. We have a very good blend. We are looking forward to the matches here in Florida. It should be a very exciting weekend, we lots of entertainment for the fans,” Reifer said.Also Read | I don’t just walk out for my team, I walk out for my country: Rohit SharmaThe sqaud also consists of youngsters like Khary Pierre and reserve wicket-keeper Anthony Bramble. Pierre had played one Twenty20 International during the 2018 tour of India and Reifer added that youngsters are eager to show their talent in the upcoming series. “We have young Khary Pierre, a very good spinner, he played in India last year and he bowled quite well. He is also a good fielder. Bramble has been around first-class cricket for a while, and he has played some very good innings for Guyana. He toured with the West Indies B team to Canada and did a great job as captain. You can see how eager he is to get out there on the park and perform at this level,” Reifer said.Also Read | Virat Kohli wants THIS person to be India’s next head coachWest Indies will play three Twenty20 Internationals beginning on August 3 and August 4 in Florida as well as the final match on August 6 in Guyana. After the Twenty20 series, India will play three ODIs followed by two Tests which will be part of the new World Test Championship, which has already begun with the Ashes contest between England and Australia at Edgbaston. India has won only one T20I against West Indies in the Caribbean.India defeated West Indies 3-0 in the last T20I series.India will play three T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests in West Indies tour. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Omon-Julius Onabu in AsabaAFCON 2019 qualifier, the Super Eagles of Nigeria became $50,000 richer as the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday evening redeemed his pledge of $25,000 per goal scored by the team in their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against the South African football team, Bafana Bafana.Although, the Super Eagles encounter with their South Africa opponents in Johannesburg ended one goal apiece, Okowa decided to reward the Nigerian players with the sum of $50,000 apparently to compensate the Super Eagles for two goals they scored by controversially denied by the centre referee of the match. According to the Delta State governor, he was convinced that the Super Eagles performed well enough to claim the maximum points from the weekend match in Johannesburg, in spite of the 1-1 score-line at the final whistle signalling the end of clash.The Nigerian football ambassadors had trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba, the Delta State capital, before jetting out to Johannesburg last weekend through the Asaba International Airport.After the match, which saw Nigeria booking a place during the AFCON Championship to be hosted 2019 by Cameroon, the Nigerian national football team also returned to the country through the Asaba International Airport.At a state banquet held in honour of the Super Eagles at Government House, Asaba, on Tuesday night, the governor disclosed that though the match ended 1-1, what he saw was the Super Eagles scoring more than one goal.Okowa said, “As a state government, we did make a promise to give $25,000 per goal in the AFCON qualifying match in South Africa (and) in my mind, I know we scored two goals, not one goal; because the second goal was wrongly disallowed.“So, we will fulfil our promise with what we saw, not with what was announced by the referee,he remarked.Moreover, the governor described the camping of the Super Eagles in Asaba as a blessing in several ways.Shortly before their departure to South Africa through Asaba airport, Okowa motivativated the team with a pomise to reward them with the sum of $25, 000 for every goal scored against Bafana Bafana.“We are very happy that you left for South Africa from Asaba because you enabled us to witness the first international flight from the Asaba International Airport”, Okowa noted.“We are truly excited this evening that we are hosting our dear Super Eagles as a state government and the Ugandan team (The Cranes) with who they earlier played a barren draw with the Super Eagles at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, we truly enjoyed ourselves because the two teams played good football.“It was good to host the Super Eagles, they have been with us for some days now, and I believe that the people, Deltans and Nigerians in general, are excited. Though they drew the match with the Cranes of Uganda, both teams played good game and it was gladdenjng to know that both team have also qualified for the African Cup of Nations,” he said, disclosing that the coming of the Super Eagles to Asaba greatly gave a boost to socio-economic life of Deltans.Okowa assured that his administration will continue to invest in the development of sports and sporting activities, noting that Principal’s Cup and the Headmaster’s Cup football championship were designed to encourage the development of football in secondary and primary schools in the state.He congratulated the Super Eagles for qualifying for AFCON, assuring that his administration would continue to support the Pinnick Amaju led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to succeed.Stand-in Captain of the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa on behalf of members of the team, thanked Governor Okowa and the people of Delta State for their support.“We will love to come back here again and on behalf of my team mates, we say thank you,” Musa said.The Cranes of Uganda that earlier held the Super Eagles to a goalless draw at the Stephen Keshi Stadium attended the dinner.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, Executive Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa presenting the 2018 Nigerian Sports Award (NSA) Footballer of the Year Award to Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ Stand-In Captain, Ahmed Musa at the Nigeria/Uganda International friendly football match on Tuesday.