‘I got carried away’: Czech PM regrets lifting virus measures

first_imgAfter fending off much of the pandemic earlier in the year with timely steps including mandatory facemasks outdoors, the government lifted most measures before the summer holidays.The Czech Republic registered a record high of 3,130 coronavirus cases last Thursday, almost matching the total for the whole of March, although testing capacity was low at the start of the pandemic.Interior Minister Jan Hamacek said the country was now ranked second worst in the EU behind Spain in terms of daily case growth per 100,000 residents.”The situation is serious. Experts say that if we exceed 120,000 new infections per month, we’ll start running out of hospital beds. We’ll do our best to prevent this,” he said. Health Minister Adam Vojtech — a lawyer known for singing in the Czech version of the “Idol” series — announced his resignation earlier Monday.He was immediately replaced with epidemiologist Roman Prymula, who has helped coordinate government measures to curb infections. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis admitted Monday that his government had made a mistake when it eased restrictions aimed at containing coronavirus over the summer.His mea culpa came as governments across Europe struggle with a second wave of COVID-19 infections following the holiday months in which the number of cases began rising sharply.”Even I got carried away by the coming summer and the general mood. That was a mistake I don’t want to make again,” the billionaire populist said in a televised speech.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Tottenham in talks to sign Joachim Andersen from Sampdoria ahead of summer switch

first_imgTottenham in talks to sign Joachim Andersen from Sampdoria ahead of summer switch Joachim Andersen has been linked with a move away from Sampdoria (Getty Images)Tottenham have entered into discussions with Sampdoria over a £22m move for Danish defender Joachim Andersen, according to Italian publication Calciomercato.The report states that Spurs representatives met with Sampdoria counterparts in London on Wednesday to discuss a summer deal for the 22-year-old, who has also been linked with Juventus and Inter Milan.Andersen spent time in the academies of FC Copenhagen and FC Midtjylland in his homeland before furthering his development with FC Twente in the Netherlands prior to a switch to Sampdoria in 2017.Since moving to Italy, Andersen has emerged as one of the most highly-rated young defenders in Serie A and has started in all but one of his team’s league matches this season, helping them into a comfortable position in the top half of the table.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAndersen has caught the eye with his reading the game, making 27 interceptions this season, while he is also renowned for his passing qualities, averaging an 89.5% pass accuracy rate and completing 127 accurate long balls.Tottenham are well-stocked at centre back at present but that could change in the summer with Toby Alderweireld expected to leave the club when a £25m release clause in his contract kicks in towards the end of the transfer window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLast summer, Spurs signed Davinson Sanchez in a club-record deal from Ajax as well as Juan Foyth from Estudiantes with the long-term in mind but Mauricio Pochettino would want additional cover should Alderweireld depart.There are also question marks surrounding the long-term future of Jan Vertonghen who has 18-months remaining on his current deal, by which time he will be 32. Vertonghen has intimated in the past that he’d be happy to re-join Ajax later in his career.Sampdoria have an excellent track record when it comes to signing young players and selling them at a profit with Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar and Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira among those to have left in recent years and Andersen looks likely to be the next big-money departure.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Feb 2019 3:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link36Shares Advertisementcenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Property prices are on the rise in these 21 Townsville Suburbs

first_imgAerial image of Townsville suburbia. Picture: Evan MorganThe latest CoreLogic data has revealed property prices are on the rise in 21 Townsville suburbs.Leading the list is Bluewater which has seen a 13.2 per cent increase in median house prices in the three months to January 2019, and an overall increase in 2018 of 23.3 per cent.The average house price in the area according to the data is $368,000. Explore Property agent Allison Gough who solda three-bedroom house for $425,000 in Bluewater last month (March 11), said buyers are wanting the most for their money.“Anything on a bigger block is quite busy, people are looking to get value for money and most properties out there are on an acre plus,” Ms Gough said. “What we’re seeing is people chasing lifestyle — there’s a good school up there and the proximity to town is not far either.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020This three-bedroom property at 104 Toolakea Beach Road in Bluewater, sold after the recent floods for above the median house value in the suburb. Picture: SuppliedHouse prices in Vincent have also risen 11.5 per cent, Balgal Beach 11.4 per cent, Gulliver 11 per cent, and Oonoonba 8.8 per cent.Other Townsville suburbs which have seen a hike in house prices in the last three months of last year are: Alice River, Hyde Park, Aitkenvale, Pallarenda, Deeragun, Cranbrook, Condon, Currajong, Rangewood, Garbutt, North Ward, Mundingburra, Cosgrove and Kirwan. Unit prices in Hermit Park, South Townsville and Kirwan are also on the rise. REIQ Regional Director Damien Keyes said it’s hard to tell if the floods will have affected the figures, but predicts it won’t have any long-term effects on property values given the unusual circumstance of the flood.“Some of the figures in regards to Bluewater could have potentially changed, particularly as it was hit hard by the flood, but the general feeling is that because it was such an abnormal event, people aren’t too worried about it happening again,” Mr Keyes said.“People will continue to enjoy what Bluewater has to offer in terms of lifestyle and convenience.” MORE REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more

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Family Structure Trumps ‘Wanted’ for Children

first_imgWashington Times Oct 6 2011In the eyes of children, is it paramount that they were “planned” and “wanted”? Or does the family structure of their home matter more? These are two of the many thought-provoking questions about donor-conceived children and “diverse” family forms in a report released Thursday from the Commission on Parenthood’s Future at the Institute of American Values (IAV).…The IAV’s groundbreaking report seeks to start a discussion about families where children have one, two, three, four and five parents. The report excludes families missing a parent because of unintended circumstances such as death of a parent, divorce, remarriage, adoption or accidental pregnancy. But it includes polyamorous and polygamous families, where children are asked to accept multiple, unrelated adults as their parents. It also includes women and men who intend to be single parents; gay couples; and persons – gay or straight – who create a child to raise together but without a relationship with each other. This latter arrangement, in which a child is expected to live a “split life” with two unrelated co-parents, is probably “handing a lot of head games to the child,” Ms. Marquardt said. Despite the slogan that “every child should be a wanted child,” she said, it should not be assumed that “wantedness” is the most important factor for child well-being. Much more research, discussion and debate is needed about the impact of “intentional parenthood,” family structure and other factors.http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/6/family-structure-said-to-trump-wanted-as-key-to-a-/last_img read more

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Ndidi,Iheanacho likely to face Iwobi’s Everton at Goodison Park

first_imgThree Nigerian players, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi are likely to be on parade on Wednesday when Leicester City tackle Everton in the Premier League duel. Super Eagles and Leicester City duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi According to the Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, midfielder James Maddison is a doubt for the Foxes’ return to Premier League action. The Foxes have overcome the Toffees on two occasions already this term – both in dramatic circumstances – as Kelechi Iheanacho’s last-minute winner in the league at King Power Stadium was followed by a penalty shootout triumph at Goodison Park in the last-eight of the Carabao Cup in December. Ahead of Wednesday’s encounter, LCFC.com continues its series profiling City’s opposition with a closer inspection of their 12th-placed hosts. Italian legend Carlo Ancelotti signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Everton on 21 December, 2019, replacing Marco Silva at Goodison Park, following Duncan Ferguson’s brief spell as caretaker manager. As a midfielder, Ancelotti enjoyed a successful career during his playing days, winning the Serie A title once with AS Roma and on two occasions for AC Milan, alongside four Coppa Italia triumphs in Rome. In 1989 and 1990, Reggiolo-born Ancelotti also lifted two European Cups with Milan, while finishing third at the FIFA World Cup, in Italy, in 1990. He initially started his coaching career as Italy’s assistant manager, alongside Arrigo Sacchi, before guiding Serie B side Reggiana to promotion to the top tier in 1996 and leaving after one season. His next move was to Parma, where he oversaw a side including Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro and Gianfranco Zola, who helped him to seal a second-placed finish in his first season. A disappointing sixth-placed finish in 1997/98, though, ended with him departing and moving onto Juventus in February 1999, where he both succeeded and preceded another legendary Italian manager, Marcello Lippi. Despite holding a five-point lead in the title race with three games to go in 1999/00, Lazio pipped Juventus to top-spot, and although he won the Intertoto Cup in his first full season in charge, Ancelotti left after another second-placed finish in 2000/01. The Italian’s eight-year spell at Milan, though, is regarded as his most successful stint, winning Serie A in 2004, the Coppa Italia (2003), UEFA Super Cup (2003 and 2007), Supercoppa Italiana (2004), FIFA Club World Cup (2007) and two Champions Leagues, in 2003 and 2007. That latter triumph over Liverpool, in 2007, came just two years after the Reds stunningly came back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 in Istanbul, before going on to win the penalty shootout in the final. Loading… Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian Women8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You10 Actors Who Are Happy With The Type Of Roles They Got Hired For10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocketcenter_img A move to England to manage Chelsea in 2009 resulted in the Premier League title during his first season, scoring 103 goals in the process, which was added to by the FA Cup, beating Portsmouth at Wembley. Ancelotti headed to Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, winning Ligue 1 in 2013, before, at Real Madrid, also securing a third Champions League, the Copa del Rey, Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. One year as Bayern Munich’s manager, on the other hand, replacing Pep Guardiola, resulted in the 2016/17 Bundesliga title, as well as two DFL-Supercup successes, before an unusually trophy-less spell at Napoli. Everton have a plethora of international players in their ranks, including England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Brazil star Richarlison and Iceland playmaker Gylfi Sigurðsson. In the summer of 2019, they signed a number of talented players, including Moise Kean from Juventus, Jean-Philippe Gbamin from FSV Mainz and Alex Iwobi from fellow Premier League outfit Arsenal. The Toffees currently lie in 12th position in the Premier League on 41 points, while youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin leads the scoring charts on 15 strikes in all competitions. Shot-stopper Pickford has made the most appearances for Everton this term, starring on 31 occasions in the Premier League, closely followed by Richarliison (29) and Lucas Digne (28). Their most recent starting XI, in a 1-0 win over Norwich City, was: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Iwobi, Davies, Gomes; Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison. The Toffees have lifted England’s first division title on nine occasions, in 1891, 1915, 1928, 1932, 1939, 1963, 1970, 1985 and 1987. Their trophy cabinet also features five FA Cups, of which their 1995 triumph is their most recent piece of silverware. In addition, they won the second division in 1931, as well as the FA Community Shield (former FA Charity Shield) on nine occasions. On the European front, meanwhile, a 3-1 victory over Rapid Vienna in Rotterdam saw them claim the 1985 European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy. Goodison Park has been the home of Everton Football Club since 1892, and has a capacity of just over 39,000. The stadium’s record attendance came during the 1948 Merseyside derby, as over 78,000 fans watched Everton draw 1-1 with Liverpool. Goodison Park has hosted an FA Cup Final, as well as a number of international matches, most notably a semi-final fixture at the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Meanwhile, the Merseyside outfit has recently announced plans to build a new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock, on the banks of the River Mersey. City’s last Premier League trip to Goodison Park, on 1 January, 2019, ended in a 1-0 win for the Foxes, courtesy of Jamie Vardy’s solitary goal. Following Wednesday’s meeting with Leicester, Everton head to the capital to face Tottenham Hotspur on Monday 6 July (8pm kick-off), before welcoming Southampton to Merseyside on Thursday 9 July (6pm kick-off). Then it’s Wolverhampton Wanderers (A), Aston Villa (H), Sheffield United (A), and AFC Bournemouth (A) for the Toffees. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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4-H Fairs and events could resume in July

first_imgStatewide—Purdue Extension announced that events may resume July 1 in compliance with the Back on Track Indiana plan and advise from local public health officials as long as the State reaches Stage 5 of the plan.This means 4-H fairs and 4-H events at county fairs could be held in July, though they will comply with social distancing guidelines, screening, and other health and safety restrictions as required. Please keep in mind that fairs and events will look different this summer. Restrictions and safety precautions will be required, and these will vary by community. Counties still have the option to chose to host a virtual experience for 2020.  Please give your county extension staff the time and space they need to communicate full details with 4-H families and volunteers.last_img read more

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Owen: Moyes will get it right

first_img Others acknowledge the squad Moyes inherited is nowhere near as strong as last season’s 11-point title win indicated, a fact the Scot himself has seemed to endorse over the weekend. In addition, Eric Steele has claimed Moyes went against the advice of Ferguson by dispensing with the services of the former goalkeeping coach and senior coaches Rene Meulensteen and Mike Phelan in the summer, denying United the continuity that could be invaluable at the present time. It has created a pretty unhappy backdrop ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk, who slammed five past Real Sociedad in their opening Group A game a fortnight ago. Yet Owen, who spent three years with the Old Trafford outfit before leaving for Stoke in 2012, insists Moyes will eventually get it right. “It was always going to change quite dramatically,” he told fifa.com. “When someone has been there for over 25 years, whoever was going to take the job was going to have big question marks put against them. “It was going to be a change for everybody within the club. “Manchester United have appointed the right man in David Moyes, he has had a good career so far and has done fantastically well at Everton. Press Association Michael Owen insists David Moyes will come through the rocky start to his Manchester United career and prove to be the right choice to replace Sir Alex Ferguson. “In time he will prove to be a very good choice. “They’ve had a bit of a slow start to the season, but they’ve had a difficult start to the season. “I’m sure they’ll get it right though and will still be one of the main challengers at the end of the season.” That opinion is not shared by the bookmakers, who have pushed United out to fourth favourites for the title at odds that would suggest they are expected to be battling with Tottenham for the final Champions League berth. United did make a winning start to their European campaign, though, by beating Bayer Leverkusen and will have Nani back from suspension in Ukraine this week. United have suffered three defeats in their opening six Barclays Premier League games to leave Moyes reeling. Some fans have been critical of his team selection, in particular his use of Shinji Kagawa and decision not to give new boy Wilfried Zaha any time on the pitch. last_img read more

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Lyons defends Irish Derby

first_img “That is where have all the ‘big’ pedigree horses from Tatts Book 1 and Goffs Orby Sales gone? “These sales are very hard to buy at as all the powerhouse outfits dominate proceedings. But what have they done with their purchases? They give it loads about what nice horses they are and how they justify their huge price tags. But where do they disappear to? “So don’t blame those that turned up last Saturday but question those that didn’t.” Australia only faced four runners in the Classic and two of those were stable companions, but Lyons has questioned where all the big-money purchases from the sales two years ago have ended up. Writing on his Facebook page, Lyons said: “A lot of negative stuff has been written about the Irish Derby since Australia won on Saturday but no one has asked the one pertinent question in my opinion. Ger Lyons has defended the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and feels rather than criticise the horses that turn up, the attention should be placed on those who were not there.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Earthquake shakes Tokyo shortly before Trump’s arrival

first_imgSaturday, an earthquake hit Japan shortly before President Trump’s arrival.The central location of the magnitude five earthquake was in Chiba, around 48 miles east of Tokyo, according to the country’s metrological agency.Chiba is close to where Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are scheduled to play golf on Sunday.The earthquake could be felt in Tokyo and caused buildings to shake, according to reports by local media.However, there is reportedly no visible damage and no threat of a tsunami.President Trump accompanied by first lady Melania Trump landed at the Haneda Airport just before 5 p.m. local time, according to White House officials.On the tarmac, the president and first lady were greeted by multiple U.S. and Japanese officials.The president then headed to a reception with more than two dozen Japanese business leaders at the U.S. ‘ambassador’s house.Looming trade tensions are expected to be a focal point of conversation.However, the president is scheduled to do a series of light-hearted activities with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe throughout his 4-day trip.Trump returns the United States on Tuesday.Related content:Trump arrives in Japan as trade tensions loomlast_img read more

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