UPDATED: Boris Johnson Unveils UK’s Plan for Exiting Lockdown

first_imgThe U.K. government has replaced its “stay at home” coronavirus slogan with a “stay alert” message, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday introduced the stages to lift that country’s lockdown amid the pandemic.The government-ordered lockdown, which began March 23, has significantly reduced the transmission of the virus in Britain. However, the daily death toll remains high, with 32,000 fatalities as of Sunday, for the most in Europe and the second-highest pandemic toll worldwide.Johnson, who returned to work two weeks ago following his hospitalization for the virus, announced in a prerecorded televised address some minor changes to the lockdown.Meanwhile, governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have already extended their lockdowns for another three weeks.Ahead of the speech, Johnson detailed the meaning of the new “stay alert” slogan as telling the public to “stay at home as much as possible,” to keep two meters (over 6 feet) apart “where possible” when going out, and to also limit their contact with other people.The leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said they would stick with the “stay at home” message. Up to now, the four nations of the U.K. have moved in lockstep on virus regulations.Among the changes:-Some workers will be permitted to return to their jobs-People will be allowed to exercise outside more than once a day-Garden centers will reopen-Everyone who flies into the U.K. will be required to quarantine for 14 days unless they are coming from IrelandJohnson said, “It would be madness to throw away that achievement by allowing a second spike,” regarding the country’s progress. “We must stay alert. We have been through the initial peak, but it is coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous.”last_img read more

Lunch Break Seeking Adopt-A-Family Donors

first_imgRED BANK – Time is running out to help make the holidays a special one for children enrolled in Lunch Break’s Adopt-A-Family Holiday Toy program.This year Lunch Break has over 2,000 children registered for the program. Every year the program provides toys, books, clothing, and gift cards to local children from newborns to age 15 who are in need as well as their families. The hope is that each child will receive four gifts, costing no more than $30 per gift.To participate, visit lunchbreak.org/adopt-a-family and choose to adopt-a-family or sponsor a child and Lunch Break will do the shopping.All unwrapped gifts are due at Lunch Break, 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd., Red Bank, by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9.Gifts will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Tower Hill Church.last_img read more

Pony Struck by Truck in Middletown

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – An unfortunate accident led to the death of a small pony Oct. 14 in Middletown. According to Middletown Police spokesman Lt. Paul Bailey, the driver was not injured. He was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Middletown Police were the only ones dispatched to the scene. And while Bailey said he has encountered animal crashes before, he could not recall the last time an accident involved a horse. No charges were brought against the driver. The pony was kept comfortable until a veterinarian arrived to euthanize it. The pony was owned by Middletown resident Liz Wyer and was kept at the Garrett’s farm, just down the road from Big Mike’s Little Red Store on Navesink Avenue in the historic Navesink section of Middletown. John the pony, along with two horses, broke through fencing at the farm that day and wandered down the narrow road, where John was ultimately hit by the vehicle. The two horses were not injured. Paulson said she has never encountered a car while on horseback but knows people who have. It can be a scary experience because horses panic, she said, and as “fight-or-flight animals” they will run wildly and blindly. The pony was trained to pull a cart and could sometimes be seen carting people from one place to another, according to neighbors. There are no shoulders or sidewalks on the narrow road where the pony was struck, just room for cars. center_img At 4:25 p.m. that Monday, Middletown police were dispatched to Monmouth Avenue near the intersection of Browns Dock Road for a reported accident. Vincent Esposito, a 39-year-old Middletown resident, was driving a truck and struck a paint pony named John. John, a small paint pony struck and killed in an accident, lived at the Garrett’s farm near Big Mike’s Little Red Store in the historic Navesink section of Middletown.Photo by Allison Perrine In 2012 a similar situation occured in the same general area. A pony named Belle broke loose from Navesink Stables on Kings Highway East, which has trails that lead out to the Whipporwill Valley Road area. Belle was ultimately found unharmed and was returned safely to her owner. Sarah Paulson, assistant trainer and barn farm manager at Knightsbridge Farm Inc. on Whipporwill Valley Road, advised that if drivers come across horseback riders on the road they should always slow down. “They should have the same respect for a person on horseback as they do for a biker or runner,” she said. “They should always give that animal the right-of-way and wait for the rider to wave them by.” last_img read more

All Blacks wary of improving Wallabies

first_imgThe All Blacks have already secured the Bledisloe Cup, backing up the 54-34 trouncing in Sydney with a series-clinching comeback in Dunedin.But after that narrow escape, and having witnessed Australia’s draw in South Africa and win in Argentina since, Hansen and the side have arrived in Brisbane wary of how far the Wallabies have come.”They’ve been pretty good, they keep developing and they’re a confident side aren’t they?” he said.”It’s always difficult when you play someone and you beat them well the first time, to back that up, one of the hardest things in sport I think.”They certainly got a lot out of it and came at us; it should be a good Test match.”Hansen said fit-again Karmichael Hunt’s push for a return was evidence of the Wallabies’ improved depth, agreeing that it was something the All Blacks had done better than most in recent years.”Karmichael’s a good player; whether he comes off the bench, whether he starts or whether he doesn’t make the 23 it just means that they’ve got a good squad,” he said.”One of the things you want in today’s game is 23 people who can participate and ask questions of the opposition.”We’ve moved from talking of a starting 15 to a playing 23 and I think Australia are starting to build that same depth; him coming back will only strengthen that.”They’ve used a lot of players but they’re starting to get more comfortable selecting the same team, so they’re obviously starting to believe they’re picking the right ones.”New Zealand’s own depth could be stretched again, with five-eighth Beauden Barrett in camp but suffering headaches after a knock in the one-point defeat of South Africa earlier this month.Canterbury’s Richie Mo’unga could debut if Barrett doesn’t improve this week.”Richie’s young, a good player and still in the infancy in his career … he’s got all the fundamentals of a good five-eighth,” Hansen said.”Obviously this (Test arena) is a different environment, it comes with a lot of pressure and can be overwhelming for some people.”It will be a big challenge, but we’ve had challenges like this before, it’s what you coach for and the boys will look after him.”last_img read more

Irene Aguiar: “ERTE is a legal tool that Las Palmas can host”

first_imgThe legal advisor, attached to the Iusport management, and expert in sports law and Sport management, Irene Aguiar, attends the Diario AS to shed a little light on the current legal questions regarding the application of ERTE in the world of football and the expiration of contracts, as well as the particularity of the case of UD Las Palmas, being the The only professional club in La Liga that guarantees 100% of the salary of its employees and footballers.In the beginning, many clubs did not want to join an ERTE or did not see it as necessary, however, every day a new club comes out requesting its application. Was it inevitable given the economic and legal uncertainty?Of course, we must bear in mind that ERTE is the tool designed to safeguard these circumstances, which are superfluous, unpredictable, which affect football and all industries equally. What happens here is that the losses are large and indeterminate and the uncertainty does a lot of damage, because in a certain scenario you can make your forecasts, but here it is not known if the competition will be suspended for one, four or six months, or if not resumes. Therefore, the exact losses are not known either.It has also been attributed to a bad management of the clubs, as if they should have money in cash to survive these months without competition, but the best management could not imagine this scenario. By managing your accounts well, you can think of a reduction in your income, different scenarios, etc; However, you never imagine the complete cancellation of your income. A pandemic is not expected by anyone, so ERTE is the lawful tool that clubs can welcome, like any other company, if they want to survive this situation.Is the figure of the Bankruptcy Law in professional clubs completely discardable due to this crisis?We could get to see it, yes. In general many are going to be in great difficulties and it is possible that some have serious problems to survive if the situation is prolonged. There are clubs with very few resources and it will seriously affect them.At the local level, UD Las Palmas is, for the moment, the only team that has requested it, ensuring that it will maintain 100% of the salary of its players and workers. Why before they could not accept it and now it is understood that yes under this formula?The issue is that it can be difficult to justify that you have a real need to apply it, if you are going to keep wages, so it is possible that at first they thought that it would not be approved. After all, it is debatable. Of course, it depends on more variables. It is one thing for you to do the ERTE on non-sports personnel, suspend their contracts and to that you add a supplement that reaches 100% of the salary. To understand it better, we put figures: a worker who receives € 1,000, the unemployment benefit he receives is € 700 and the club puts him € 300 to complete his salary. This mechanism is compressible taking into account the number of workers that a club has. You can afford 100 € 300 salaries, but not 100 € 1,000. However, a different thing is if you make a reduction in working hours and complete 100%, because in practice you are paying the entire salary. Now, the agreement with the footballers what you can take into account are other variables such as the duration of the competition and what is being guaranteed is the total to be received annually. By this I mean that now instead of ending in June, the league can end in August and there are already 3 more months of salary that the club did not have and have been able to reach agreements to receive what was agreed in 12 months .And why is it taking so long for the labor authority to respond?The truth is that the labor authority has a maximum period of five days to resolve and authorize it. Right now the administrations are overflowing with the amount of ERTE´s that are being presented. At the moment three have been approved in La Liga, which are those of Barca, Espanyol and Alavés, due to positive silence, which means that the five-day period has expired and is understood as authorized. Normally, if you have not already been authorized, you at UD Las Palmas must be on the fall.Despite joining ERTE, from the Gran Canaria club they predict losses of between 2 and 3 million euros just for this two-month hiatus, are we legally entering an uncertain time of how to manage television contracts, sponsors, etc?Audiovisual rights are expected to be saved, but many other issues. The sponsorship leg is going to be very touched. Hopefully all other contracts will be renegotiated. The sponsor will need it because they have lost their activity, they may have had many losses, they will not have as much return as in normal circumstances, etc.The logical thing in these cases is that the club also plays its part since the relationship between them is close. As stipulated in the contract, the possibility that one of the parties may have to take charge of a force majeure cause or not, can be taken into account, this must also be taken into account.And in the field of fan subscriptions?Surely many clubs choose to return part of this income to their fans by not being able to go to the stadiums until next season, although they are not obliged to have ceased the activity due to a greater cause, the wording of this link of the club with its subscriber to know if the return is mandatory or not. In any case, if a part is returned, we can speak of a 10-20% loss of a club’s income, to which must be added merchandising sales, normal tickets, etc.Player rights and transfers The League is negotiating with the AFE the economic cut to the soccer players without reaching any type of agreement. One of the criticisms made by the footballers’ union is that, if the League has been carrying out an economic control of the clubs for years, how is it possible that the sanitized teams are not able to endure one or two months without income and that they put on the Spotlights on the footing of footballers for not wanting to lower their wages?The fact that clubs cannot cope with two, three or four months without competition does not mean that they are not healthy. I understand that the economic control of La Liga has nothing to do with this, because it is impossible to foresee that all income in one fell swoop, especially when we talk about companies with the particularity that the wages of their workers are very high amounts. .Sports clubs, unlike a normal company, can bear that up to 70% of their budget is borne by the salaries of footballers. It is not argued that they have to maintain the level of spending with income at zero. When you remove one of the legs, the balance breaks.It is normal that from AFE the interests of the players are defended, now, I think that in these special circumstances everyone should row in the same direction and, if the footballers do not understand that lowering their claims, there will come a time when the Discussion will not be about reducing 10 or 30% of my salary because there will be no club to go to.In this sense, the clubs have the frying pan by the handle, since they can unilaterally decide to carry out the ERTE.In itself, the clubs can do what you say, although it is not to be expected and, in fact, it is not what we are seeing. What are taking place right now are negotiations, since the relationship between club and player is based on good faith and cordiality and, in the end, the clubs have a bit of family. The footballer has to be comfortable or they end up leaving. You have to think that they are still an asset of the club, so they maintain that good relationship and it is not normal that these negotiations occur.Another issue regarding footballers is that they have been opposed to extending their contracts beyond June 30, despite the FIFA recommendation.FIFA suggests that contracts be prolonged, but does not bind because it cannot enter labor law. Nor does it have the capacity to determine the duration of a contract. If the player has signed a contract until June 30, no one can compel him to extend it. This can only happen by mutual agreement between the club and the player. Accepting otherwise would be accepting slavery.What FIFA has done, with good judgment, is to propose it. It also depends on how the footballer’s contract has been signed, if it says that it is until June 30 or if it is until the end of the season, so in the latter case there would be no problem.Here one of the questions to solve is to see how all the leagues are coordinated for the teams that have players on loan outside their national competition. Therefore, joint solutions are being sought, but it will be frankly difficult. UEFA, for example, has already given Belgium a hint that, if they end the season unilaterally, their teams may not compete in Europe next season. What is convenient is that all come to an agreement.And what can happen regarding the transfer windows?What is envisaged is that a modification of the regulation of the transfer of players statute will be carried out, which will allow, in turn, the national federations to modify their transfer windows. Not that FIFA is going to change this period. I say this because each national federation establishes its soccer player registration periods twelve months in advance and, in addition, it must do so when the season ends. Right now what happens is that we have a period that begins on July 1 because the season ends, in theory, on June 30, however, the competition is prolonged and it cannot happen that while the league is being played they are open the signings and the federation cannot change these regulations right now. What FIFA will do is change the regulations so that each national federation can modify, consequently, the end date of the season and the transfer window so that it takes place at the end of this league course.Not knowing how the disease will evolve in each country, FIFA cannot unilaterally designate market dates.In the health field, it would be understandable that there are players who do not see with good eyes to return to work under these circumstances and this added pressure, would they have any legal argument not to train with their teammates until everything happens?When there is serious and imminent risk, that is, it can be denied when I think you are at risk, but this situation has to be objective.The player can not stop training for the simple fear of being infected by the virus, but if there were other members of the staff infected, there we could enter another field.Economic impact on the stateOnly professional football is one of the drivers of Spain’s gross domestic product, representing 1.37%, with 185,000 direct jobs. Is it up to all sectors to help each other overcome this situation?Yes, they are demonizing the clubs a lot for the ERTE and for the mere idea of ​​resuming soccer, but it is an industry that moves a lot of money and many families depend on this activity to continue their employment. We all have to row for soccer to survive and come back. There is a false dichotomy between health and economics, but there is no choice. These are two aspects of the same balance that have to subsist if we want to maintain the system with which we have been living for so many years. One does not exist without the other.last_img read more

Slack competed with broken elbow

first_imgDoctors last month discovered that Jamaican heptathlete Salcia Slack had been competing with a broken elbow since last April. During the period, she competed at a number of major events including the NCAA Division II Championships and the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.She is, however, breathing a huge sigh of relief since doctors said the injury has healed on its own and she won’t require surgery.Slack, 26, withdrew midway competition in Beijing because of the injury, and an ankle injury that hampered her ability to be competitive.Then just last month, doctors examining her painful elbow told her she had been competing with a broken bone which would have required surgery. However, further scans showed that the injury was now healed. She now has to undergo rehabilitation therapy which might last six to eight weeks. This was welcome news to the athlete who is hoping to make Jamaica’s team to the Summer Olympics in Rio in August 2016.Online postingIn celebration, she posted on her Facebook page, “On April 8, 2015 I was throwing the javelin and after my second throw, I hurt my elbow while throwing. I had horrible pain after that. I never knew that it was broken twice, so I have been throwing with a broken elbow for months. I did an MRI in September that showed that it was broken, and this had me so worried because it was a high possibility that I would have to have surgery that would rule me out for a year. I have been stressing for weeks now, but the Lord had a different plan for me. The CT scan and the X-Ray came back that it is healed with some swelling to it. Now, it’s time for rehab on this arm”.Slack, who is in her penultimate semester at the New Mexico Highlands University where she is majoring in psychology, is hoping to be able to heal in time to compete in what will be her final indoor season. She also harbours ambitions of being selected to compete for Jamaica at the World Indoor Championships in Poland early next year.On reflection, she said the pain she suffered last season was the worst she had ever experienced.”I am always competing in pain, but this elbow pain was my worst pain ever. This injury only allowed me to throw one throw after it happened, especially in the javelin. I couldn’t even do arm work in the gym after it happened,” she said.Despite the pain, Slack dominated NCAA Division II last season during which she won a handful of awards including Athlete of the Year, and led her team to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships in Michigan in May. She was also inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.last_img read more

Region 3 residents benefit from Salvation Army donation

first_imgThe Salvation Army, under the leadership of Major Matignol, on Thursday distributed one hundred food hampers and mattresses to flood-affected persons in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).Regional Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikaran and a representative of the Salvation Army distributing the food hampersIn brief remarks, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikaran thanked the Salvation Army representatives for their kind gesture, and noting that the initiative was welcome. He added that any further assistance given to the affected persons, who are slowly returning to a life of normalcy, would always be welcome.The REO expressed optimism that future collaborations with the organisation would not only benefit the residents, but also boost the region’s development.A representative from the Salvation Army said the initiative is in keeping with that organisation’s mission of assisting those in need.Some of the persons receiving the hampersOn December 28, 2017, officials from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) and Region Three visited Canal Number One and began delivering assistance to some 200 families whose homes and farmlands were adversely affected by heavy rainfall.During that visit, it was reported that three sluices were fully functioning, along with two additional pumps, to discharge water from the affected areas into the Demerara River.A Public Health Ministry team also visited the Manram Memorial Health Centre in Canal Number One to ensure it was equipped with the necessary drugs to address any possible outbreak of waterborne disease, and to prevent related illnesses.last_img read more

Man jailed for beating wife with rolling pin

first_imgThe heavy arm of the law came down on domestic violence when jail time was imposed on a man who beat his wife with a rolling pin during a family dispute.Wife beater: Collin MillingtonForty-three-year-old Collin Millington appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday charged with unlawful wounding.He admitted to the court that he beat his wife with a rolling pin on May 5, 2018 at their Austin Street, Campbellville, Georgetown home.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, Millington is in the habit of beating his wife when angered.On the day of the incident, someone told Millington that his wife was allegedly having an affair and as such, he picked up a rolling pin from the kitchen and dealt the woman several blows to her body.The matter was reported to the Police, and Millington was arrested and charged.He was jailed for 18 months by Magistrate Latchman.last_img read more

Linden youths benefit from diversity, leadership training

first_imgApproximately 38 youths from across Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), last week benefited from a two-day diversity and leadership training workshop facilitated by the Ministry of the Presidency ‘s Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport.Lead Trainer/Training consultant Wil Campbell during the session on Friday lastThe training, which was conducted on Thursday and Friday, was titled “Unity and diversity, bridging gaps in communities” and saw the attendance of participants from various youth organisations in the community.Speaking at the conclusion of the exercise at the Linden Enterprise Network (LEN) on Friday, lead trainer/training consultant Wil Campbell explained the aim of the initiative.“The aim is to help people become more aware of their own personal biases and [realise] how these biases negatively impact the way we deal with people in our communities and how they hamper our development as communities and as a nation. We also hope to help people learn how to embrace our diversities rather than see them as liabilities, see our differences as assets rather than liabilities.”Additionally, Coordinator of the Department of Social Cohesion (ag) within the Ministry of the Presidency, Natasha Singh Lewis said over the course of the two days, equal opportunities for training was provided for young leaders at the community level.“Our mandate speaks to creating a unified Guyana, equal opportunities for everyone. Our approach to this…is capacity-building at a community, municipal, regional and a national level”, she noted.Singh further explained that participants were divided into four groups – two for Wismar and two for the Mackenzie areas – and were involved in the creation and planning of community-based projects that will promote unity and cohesion in these areas.“They are expected to demonstrate what they have learnt…in terms of leadership in their community…they’re going to use projects in their community, the Department of Social Cohesion will support the implementation of the projects,” Singh stated.She added that the Department’s approach is to train persons to facilitate behavioural change.Meanwhile, Campbell further explained that the training assisted the participants in focusing on identifying strengths within themselves and various groups and identifying values in others as well as focusing on how they can bring various groups together.He said it also zeroed in on how negative attributes such as prejudice and stereotypical behaviours can affect progress and how differences can be used to promote strength. Campbell pointed out that the youths were further trained on how to become great leaders for a united community.Singh related that such training commenced in 2017 and has been conducted in all ten administrative regions. She said it has so far targeted Indigenous communities, Toshaos and other stakeholder groups and organisations. She noted too that the Department is currently involved in the training of young people and teachers in an effort to impact behavioural changes in stakeholder groups. It has also commenced the training of heads of departments for social studies and Councillors, she noted.last_img read more

Anna Regina township gets tough on food safety

first_img…Food and Drug Dept swoops down on businessesThe Anna Regina Town Council has toughened its stance on businesspersons who have been endangering the lives of citizens by selling expired food items.Public health officials packing some of the seized itemsOn Thursday, a team comprising persons from the Public Health Department of the Anna Regina Town Council and the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department in Georgetown swooped down on businesses along the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).During the exercise, thousands of dollars in goods, including baby food, was seized from supermarkets, shops, stalls and wholesalers within the township.Some of the items seized were already expired, had bad labelling or the expiry date was tampered with. The team reported that some of the items seized had labels that were tampered with to show a longer shelf life while others had expired for months.A tin of expired milk that was on saleConfiscated items included baby food, milk, juices, jams, cheese, mixed vegetables, peanut butter, jello, tomato paste, corned beef and biscuits.Customers are being encouraged to check labels before purchasing items.The campaign, Guyana Times was told, will continue throughout coming months.last_img read more