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Coronavirus could damage global growth in 2020: IMF

first_imgThe coronavirus epidemic could damage global economic growth this year, the IMF head said Sunday, but a sharp and rapid economic rebound could follow.”There may be a cut that we are still hoping would be in the 0.1-0.2 percentage space,” the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, told the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai.She said the full impact of the spreading disease that has already killed more than 1,600 people would depend on how quickly it was contained. If the disease is “contained rapidly, there can be a sharp drop and a very rapid rebound”, in what is known as the V-shaped impact, she said.Compared to the impact of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002, she said China’s economy then made up just 8.0 percent of global economy. Now, that figure is 19 percent.She said the trade agreement between the United States and China, the world’s first and second economies, had reduced the disease’s impact on global economy.But the world should be concerned “about sluggish growth” impacted by uncertainty, said the IMF chief.”We are now stuck with low productivity growth, low economic growth, low interest rates and low inflation,” she told the Dubai forum, also attended by US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and former British prime minister Theresa May.Topics : “I advise everybody not to jump to premature conclusions. There is still a great deal of uncertainty. We operate with scenarios, not yet with projections, ask me in 10 days,” Georgieva said.In its January update to the World Economic Outlook, the IMF lowered global economic growth forecast in 2020 by a 0.1 percentage point to 3.3 percent, following a 2.9 percent growth the previous year, the lowest in a decade.Georgieva said it was “too early” to assess the full impact of the epidemic but acknowledged that it had already affected sectors such as tourism and transportation.”It is too early to say because we don’t yet quite know what is the nature of this virus. We don’t know how quickly China will be able to contain it. We don’t know whether it will spread to the rest of the world,” she said.last_img read more

Four die as flash floods, landslides hit South Sulawesi

first_img“The family members were sleeping when the flash flood hit their home causing it to cave in. They were buried by the landslide,” Alfian said, adding that the event occurred in the early hours of Sunday. “We are still searching [for more victims], but [the search] has been postponed due to heavy rain.”The landslide has also cut some road links, including the main road connecting Tana Toraja regency and North Toraja regency. The disaster has forced at least 20 families out of their homes. (trn)Topics : Heavy rain has caused flash floods and landslides in two districts of Tana Toraja regency in South Sulawesi, leaving at least four people dead.Tana Toraja Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Alfian Andi Lolo reported that three of the deceased were members of the same family in Randanbatu village, South Makale district, identified as Bottong, 80, Rita, 40, and Yen, 12. Meanwhile, one fatality is Rantetayo district has yet to be identified.last_img read more

Study shows how masks with valves and face shields allow spread of virus

first_imgAs for a mask with a valve fitted to make breathing easier, “a large number of droplets pass through the exhale valve unfiltered, which make it ineffective in stopping the spread the COVID-19 virus if the person wearing the mask is infected.”The researchers concluded that despite the comfort that both types of protection offer, high-quality cloth or medical masks of plain design are preferential in helping prevent the spread of the virus. Topics : People wearing plastic face shields or masks fitted with a valve can spray invisible droplets over a very wide area when they sneeze or cough, making the devices ineffective at preventing the spread of coronavirus when used on their own, a simulation model shows.  In a report published Tuesday in the US journal Physics of Fluids, researchers at Florida Atlantic University used vertical and horizontal laser sheets to track tiny droplets of distilled water and glycerin as they spread from a hollow mannequin head fitted with a plastic face shield or a mask with a breathing valve on it.The face shield initially blocks the passage of the droplets as they move forwards, but “the expelled droplets can move around the visor with relative ease and spread out over a large area,” the researchers said.last_img read more

Is this the ultimate fishing lodge?

first_imgBribie Island is a fisherman’s dream.GOT the Monday blues? If you’d rather be fishing, you’re going to love or seriously envy what one lucky Queensland buyer landed over the weekend.A unique three-level Bribie Island beach hut designed by architect Paul Wallace, sold on the weekend for $605,000. The beach is down a track across the road.It even has a fireplace for those cold winter nights after a long day fishing, hiking along nearby walking tracks or strolling along the beach.Just in case you do miss the office work a bit, the property also has a separate office building which can of course be used instead for craft or to store prized fishing gear. White Patch, Bribie Island.“White Patch is a tightly held enclave and this property offers at its’ doorstep the dual benefits of the magnificent Pumicestone Passage and over half an acre of prime island real estate to enjoy.” White Patch, Bribie Island.“Here you’ll be rewarded with juvenile snapper, bream, flathead, the odd mulloway and sand crabs.” Real estate agent Stephen Smith of Stephen Smith Real Estate in Scarborough said the Paul Wallace home was “meticulously designed” for free and easy living, including a very unique bathroom with splash worthy tub. center_img White Patch, Bribie Island.The holiday home sits on a 2,023sq m block across the road from a beach which the Visit Moreton Bay Region fishing guide names as “the last point before you’ll need a 4WD to access the inland tracks and camp grounds on the (Pumicestone) Passage”. This designerWhite Patch, Bribie Island property sold for $605,000 over the weekend.Clad in a corrugated iron facade, the three bedroom, two bathroom, two car space holiday home is in a sought after area called White Patch on Bribie Island, which is a mecca for fishing enthusiasts. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agolast_img read more

Scarlets hold off late fightback

first_imgThe Scarlets won for the first time in five visits to Ireland, holding off Connacht’s frantic finish to triumph 24-21 in Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash at the Sportsground. Press Association Having trailed 24-9, Pat Lam’s men produced a late spurt as full-back Gareth Owen became the third Scarlets player to be yellow-carded during this exciting encounter. But Connacht were unable to conjure up a match-winning score and their seventh defeat saw them remain rooted to the bottom of the table. Winger Frazier Climo scored a try on his league debut to edge the Scarlets 10-9 ahead at half-time after Connacht fly-half Craig Ronaldson had converted three penalties. Further tries from Jacobie Adriaanse and Gareth Davies strengthened the Llanelli side’s hand and, although Matt Healy and Jason Harris-Wright touched down for Connacht, the visitors deservedly took the spoils. Connacht were rewarded for their early endeavour when Ronaldson knocked over his first two shots at the posts, with Jake Heenan and Kieran Marmion both prominent. The Scarlets – hampered by international call-ups as well as a series of handling errors – improved as the first half wore on and Aled Thomas punished Connacht captain Craig Clarke for not rolling away in the 21st minute. But Simon Easterby’s charges were under intense pressure after Heenan and Marmion played their part in an attack that almost led to a try for debutant number eight Eoghan Masterson. Cynical play close to the Scarlets line led to prop Adriaanse being sin-binned, however the Connacht try that looked so likely during this period never came. A third Ronaldson penalty was their only reward and the Scarlets stung them with a late try before the break. Gareth Davies did well to create the opportunity with a dummy pass, allowing newcomer Climo to pick a good line and finish in comfortable fashion to the left of the posts. Thomas’ conversion moved the visitors ahead for the first time, and referee Matteo Liperini angered Connacht when he blew for half-time while they seemingly had a penalty advantage. Their frustration grew when the Scarlets pack rumbled over from a lineout maul with prop Adriaanse getting the touchdown. The try came after Ronaldson missed touch from a penalty and was off target from a 40-metre penalty. Thomas added the extras to the visitors’ second try and he turned their third into a seven-pointer too, the well-drilled Scarlets upping the ante with Davies sniping through for a deserved score from close range. Connacht, now 15 points adrift, got a lifeline when Healy scooped up a loose pass and sprinted clear to run in an intercept score which Ronaldson converted. The Scarlets stuttered again when Aaron Shingler was yellow-carded for pulling back Heenan and replacement Dan Parks booted the penalty to touch, setting up a well-constructed drive that led to hooker Harris-Wright crashing over. Unfortunately for the home fans, Parks missed the kick to make it a one-point game and the Scarlets’ stubborn grip on the match points could not be relinquished. In a breathless finish, Connacht failed to profit from a brilliant 60-metre break from replacement Fionn Carr and the ball then beat Climo into touch as he hunted for his second try. Lam’s side exerted more pressure in the dying minutes, after full-back Owen was sin-binned for a late tackle on Healy, but the Welsh side managed to keep them out. last_img read more

McIlroy: I’m back on right track

first_imgRory McIlroy has targeted more major titles after his surprise victory in the BMW PGA Championship, although he admits he is completely in the dark about next month’s US Open venue. Press Association McIlroy had missed the cut in his last two appearances in the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth and began the week by announcing he had called off his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. After turning off his phone and giving away his laptop, McIlroy sought sanctuary inside the ropes and pulled off a remarkable first professional victory on European soil with a closing round of 66 on Sunday. “Obviously the greens are very tricky at Pinehurst, a lot of run-offs and slopes. I think you’re going to have to have everything there. Even without seeing the golf course, I don’t think it’s going to be a course that’s going to suit one type of player or another. You’re obviously going to have to be pretty long off the tee, but most of the guys are these days. “So it will just be about second shots and when you miss greens I think you’ll have to be very imaginative. You’ll have to bump it into the hills and run it up, and some guys might try and fly it up on top of the greens. “It will be interesting to see. I’m going to go and take a look at it after the Memorial Tournament.” With 14-time major winner Tiger Woods absent through injury, McIlroy said earlier this season that golf was waiting for a “dominant player” to stamp their authority on the game as Woods did in his prime. Australian Adam Scott could argue he is that player after extending his stay as world number one with victory in the Crowne Plaza Invitational just hours after McIlroy’s at Wentworth, but McIlroy hopes he can answer his own rallying cry. “I hope so, I definitely hope so,” the Northern Irishman added. “I think it’s the start of something. I could feel my game sort of bubbling and it was getting there. A win validates that. “I think the game is waiting for one guy, or one or two guys, just to kick on. I stand by that comment that I’d like to be that guy and I’d like to think that this is a springboard to doing something like that. “There’s still three majors to play this year, a lot of golf left, a lot of big tournaments to try and win. So even though we’re nearly halfway through the season, I feel like mine’s just beginning.” McIlroy also revealed he had spoken to Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley ahead of his third round at Wentworth, adding: “I was speaking to Paul, just talking about pairings and what he’s thinking. It sounded like the way he was talking, even without this win, like I was going to be on the team! “I’m looking forward to it. We don’t get a chance to come back and play in the UK and Ireland very often. It’s going to be great. I think I’m pretty much cemented on the team now and looking forward to that.” That lifted the 25-year-old from 10th to sixth in the latest world rankings and boosted his confidence ahead of the year’s second major at Pinehurst from June 12-15. “I think the win at the end of last year in Australia stopped all the questions about equipment and about struggling and a slump and all this stuff,” the former world number one said. “I think this victory here, against a great field, one of the best fields of the year, sort of cements that and shows where my game is and that I’m on the right track again. Hopefully it won’t be long before I’m contending in majors and having a chance to win those again.” McIlroy has finished joint eighth in his last two majors, although he never really threatened to win either the 2013 US PGA Championship or the Masters in April. Both were examples of the “back-door top-10s” he had been racking up this season with good performances over the last 36 or 18 holes, but the two-time major winner knows he will need four strong rounds to add to his collection of the game’s biggest titles. McIlroy was a 16-year-old amateur when New Zealand’s Michael Campbell won the last US Open staged at Pinehurst in 2005, although the course has since been restored to how it was intended to play after Donald Ross altered his original design in 1935. “I can only go on what I’ve read and what I’ve heard about Pinehurst because I’ve never been there,” added McIlroy, who won his first major by eight shots in the US Open at Congressional in 2011. “No rough for a US Open is going to be very different. I hear it’s going to be a long, long golf course (7,562 yards), which I’m looking forward to. I don’t mind that at all, getting driver in the hand, and a long golf course would suit me. last_img read more

With final home game approaching, Orange seniors aim for No. 1 seed

first_img Comments For these seniors who were instrumental in taking this program to the next level, the final games at the Carrier Dome mark the end of an era. Facebook Twitter Google+ As soon as Gait’s tenure began, their talent propelled Syracuse into the upper echelon of women’s lacrosse. Gait recognizes what a special group this is, and it may be just as hard for him to see these players leave as it will be for them to go. ‘Going into this last game, it’s a little bittersweet,’ senior attack Halley Quillinan said. ‘I think I’m excited to be playing for the Big East championship, but I almost don’t want it to come yet. I’ve really come to love Syracuse. I love playing in the Dome and Saturday will potentially be my last game in the Dome. So, it’s a little sad.’ ‘I think that every senior playing for a championship has that chip on their shoulder and that edge because it’s your last attempt at winning,’ Quillinan said. ‘And so going into this Big East championship, I’d like to go out the way I came in. My freshman year we won the inaugural Big East championship and I’d like to leave that way, too.’ Senior attack and co-captain Jackie DePetris says the team is very excited about its chances to get back to the final four, but admits that for the seniors, this postseason will be a different experience altogether. The thought of their careers ending in defeat is a haunting one, and it will pose a new challenge for a class that has achieved a considerable amount of success for head coach Gary Gait. On Saturday No. 9 Syracuse (12-4, 6-1 Big East) will host No. 12 Georgetown (9-5, 6-0) in the Carrier Dome in its regular-season finale. In addition to it being Senior Day, Syracuse will have an opportunity to secure a No. 1 seed in the upcoming Big East tournament. Depending on how the NCAA tournament schedule unfolds, Saturday may very well be the last game that this group of seniors ever plays in the Dome. ‘I’m really excited,’ DePetris said. ‘I think the energy right now is huge. It’s our last game and this game means a lot. I just hope that all the seniors play the game of their lives because at this point it’s going to mean that much to all of us.’center_img But with the Big East tournament a week away, these seniors have more on their minds. They want to win the Big East regular-season championship in their final home game. They want their fellow seniors to play their hearts out in front of the home fans that have cheered and supported them for four years. They want the storybook ending.  SU’s seniors said that over the past four seasons they have formed a very close relationship and a tight-knit bond. It is noticeable on the field. It is noticeable on the sidelines. ‘They’ve played a huge part in taking this program from a top 20 program to a Top 10 program consistently,’ Gait said. ‘It just shows what type of players they are, what type of people they are, that they have the skills, the leadership and the personalities to make that happen here at Syracuse.’ But in addition to the camaraderie among teammates, Gait said he has gained a true appreciation for this class of seniors. Gait was named head coach in their sophomore season, and they helped ease his transition back into Division I lacrosse. The seniors on the women’s lacrosse team are confident heading into the postseason. But they almost don’t want that portion of the season to come. Published on April 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm This crop of Syracuse seniors has the Orange playing its best lacrosse of the season. SU has won five straight games, three of which were on the road, and currently sits second in the Big East conference standings, right below the Hoyas. And with a victory against Georgetown on Saturday, Syracuse will position itself nicely to secure a very favorable seed in the NCAA tournament. last_img read more

Victor Ochei Wheelchair Basketball Championship to Begin October 22

first_img The 2017 edition of the Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship is scheduled to hold between October 22 and October 28, organisers of the event have disclosed.Former Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Ochei, has solely funded the Victor Ochei International Wheelchair Basketball Championship in the last six years.He had also sponsored the Nigerian Wheelchair Basketball teams to various international competitions, including the Rio 2016 Olympics Games qualifiers in Algeria, where the country fielded both male and female teams.The current economic situation in the country not withstanding, Ochei has given his word to continue to stick to his promise of using the wheelchair basketball to change the lives of many physically challenged people in Nigeria and some African countries.According to the President, Wheelchair Basketball Federation of Nigeria (WBFN), Bukola Olopade, the 2017 edition, which is the sixth in the series, will witness the introduction of wheelchair basketball challenge.  “The wheelchair basketball challenge is one of the several new things we are going to introduce in this year’s edition. It will carry its own prize money. We will hold a world press conference by the end of this month to officially announce the package,” Olopade stated.Olapade, a former commissioner for sports in Ogun State, was full of commendation for Victor Ochei for his continuous pledge to empower special sports athletes in the country.Some of the players, who spoke at the weekend after their morning training at the National Stadium in Lagos, praised Ochei for his continuous love for special athletes, especially when he is no longer in government.“It is not common in Nigeria for people to continue sponsorship of a sporting event when they are no more in government. But Ochei has stuck to wheelchair basketball, which is commendable,” of the players said yesterday.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Emmanuel Tagoe targets Major World title

first_imgNew WBA International Lightweight Champion Emmanuel Tagoe (20-1-0) says he will immediately focus on clinching a major world title after a hard-fought win against his long-time rival George ‘Red Tiger’ Ashie (23-3-1) in Ghana.Tagoe hopes for a major leap in the world rankings to earn him a major world title shot soon. “I thank God first of all and also thank the Baby Jet Asamoah Gyan for giving me the opportunity to prove to Ghanaians that I am the be best. I am encouraging the Baby Jet to bring in the major world title and I will show the rest of the world that I am in for business”, he said at a post-bout conference.The bout which headlined the maiden promotion for Baby Jet Promotions, owned by Ghana’s Black Stars Captain Asamoah Gyan drew about 7000 fans to the Accra Stadium, saw Tagoe recover from an initial attack from the hard-hitting Ashie. Tagoe danced around the ring virtually running from an aggressive Ashie who stunned the latter with some head and body shots.Tagoe who trains under the legendary Azumah Nelson warmed himself into the bout after the fourth round where he adopted body swerving and swift three-punch combinations anytime Ashie pinned him to the ropes.Ashie, a product of the Attoh Quarshie Gym in Accra moved confidently throughout the bout with a dropped guard which allowed Tagoe to score some points with some head shots.The score cards of Judges Tony Legson, Adon Bertin and Confidence Hiagbe read 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112 to hand Tagoe a majority decision.Tagoe, who previously held the WBO Africa title, has now improved his fight record to 20 wins and a loss. He currently holds the IBF-intercontinental super featherweight title which he won last year after defeating Chilean Oscar Bravo in Ghana. “No boxer in Ghana has won the kinds of titles I have won and this should send strong signals that someone is about to take the world by storm,” the braggart said. In the other three supporting bouts on the Baby Jet bill, Raymond Commey caused a stir when he staged a last minute recovery to win the West African and national Super Bantamweight title after Emmanuel Quartey in 2 minutes 58 seconds the in tenth round. Abraham Osei Bonsu won a featherweight contest with a unanimous decision over Michael Pappoe. Isaac Owusu defeated Kamarudeen Boyefio in a technical knockout in round four to win a super bantamweight contest.last_img read more

Michigan State vs. LSU: Picks, predictions for March Madness Sweet 16 matchup

first_imgSN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​Here’s more on what should be a tight Sweet 16 matchup in the East Region:  No. 2 Michigan State  Coach: Tom Izzo (24 years)Overall record: 30-6Scoring leader: Cassius Winston (18.9 ppg)Rebounding leader: Kenny Goins (8.9 rpg)  Assists leader: Winston (7.6 apg)Famous non-athlete alum: James CaanNo. 3 LSUCoach: Tony Benford (interim)Overall record: 28-6Scoring leader: Tremont Waters (15.0 ppg)Rebounding leader: Naz Reid (7.1 rpg)Assists leader: Waters (5.9 apg)Famous non-athlete alum: James Carville  Best individual matchupWinston vs. Waters. It does not get much better than that. Michigan State’s offense runs through Winston — especially with a pick-and-roll action at the top of the key. Winston is so good at finding Matt McQuaid and Goins for 3-pointers off that action, and Xavier Tillman and Nick Ward near the rim. Waters, meanwhile, struggled a little bit from the floor in the first two games but still averaged six assists. He also took the game-winning shot on a drive to the basket. If the game is on the line, Winston or Waters will take the last shot.MORE SWEET 16 PREVIEWSUNC-AUB | UK-UH | | ZAGS-FSU | UVA-UO | PURDUE-UT | UM-TT | DUKE-VTMost eye-popping statKeep an eye on whether Winston or Waters scores 20 points or more. Winston does that more often — and the Spartans are 15-4 when he does. Waters, meanwhile, has seven 20-point games this season. The Tigers are 7-0 in those games.  Michigan State wins if …  They stay within their usual formula. Michigan State ranks fifth in the nation in rebounding (40.9 rpg) and they will be physical on the glass on both sides. The Spartans have limited opponents to just seven offensive rebounds over two tournament games. If the Spartans stay out of foul trouble and limit LSU’s second-chance points, they will be back in the Elite Eight.   No. 2-seed Michigan State meets 3-seed LSU in the Sweet 16 on Friday in Washington D.C. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:29 p.m. ET.Michigan State is no stranger to tournament success. The Spartans have reached the Final Four seven times under Tom Izzo, and this Cassius Winston-led team has the capability to win a national championship. LSU, meanwhile, advanced on Tremont Waters’ near-buzzer-beater against Maryland in the second round. The Tigers to this point have well handled the turmoil of coach Will Wade’s indefinite suspension. LSU wins if …  They shoot the ball well for an entire game. LSU shot 52.4 from the floor in the first half in wins against Yale and Maryland, but that number dipped to 30.7 in the second half of both games. A prolonged dry spell against the Spartans would be disastrous. Reid can’t get into foul trouble against Michigan State’s physical front line, and Ja’Vonte Smart must have good shot selection, too.MORE: Why your team won’t make the Final FourSweet 16 pick: Michigan StateLSU’s “us against the world” mentality has suited the Tigers well to this point. The Spartans have been doing that for a quarter-century. Izzo is 9-4 in Sweet 16 games, and that experience will show in the second half. Michigan State pulls away with a second-half run, and Winston and McQuaid seal the game at the line in the final minutes.last_img read more