Italians scramble to find ‘relatives’ as lockdown eases

first_imgConte said Italians would be allowed to leave their homes for the first time since March 9 “to visit relatives, but only if they respect distance and wear masks”.The only problem is that Italy has no legal definition of the term and people sounded genuinely confused.Most of the big papers devoted entire articles to the subject of whether your boyfriend or distant cousin provided a good enough legal excuse to leave your house.”Here is who you can call your relative,” read a headline of the highbrow Il Sole 24 Ore financial daily. Just who is your relative anyway?That is what millions of stir crazy Italians have apparently been asking ever since Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte allowed them to leave their homes to see their loved ones starting next Monday.Media reports said “relative” became the most searched for term on the Italian internet for a few hours after Conte’s Sunday night television address. Its deep dive into the subject included a passage on “emotional relationships” and kinship.The paper concluded that engaged couples were safe but boyfriends and girlfriends were iffy.Other papers strongly disagreed.”Boyfriends are also relatives,” the Il Messaggero newspaper declared in a headline.It quoted an unnamed “source” in Conte’s office as saying that relatives could potentially include “stable boyfriends”.Corriere della Sera said the prime minister’s office planned to issue a “FAQ explainer” that could help dispel the confusion.Eventually Conte himself stepped into the fray.”A relative is a somewhat broad and generic term,” he conceded to a group of reporters late Monday.”It does not mean that you can go to a friend’s or someone else’s house and have a party,” he said to the likely disappointment of many.”These are people with whom you have family relations. Or, stable emotional relations,” Conte said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Factory activity improves in Q3 but remains below pre-pandemic level

first_img“Although manufacturing activity remains in a contractionary phase, the PMI-BI shows that the performance has improved,” the central bank said in the survey released on Wednesday.“The implementation of [relaxed restrictions] has boosted demand and eased distribution.”The central bank survey shows that all subindices, including overall output and new orders, rose for the first time since the fourth quarter last year.The order volume subindex rose to 50.55 percent from 28.95 percent in the second quarter, followed by the production volume subindex that improved to 45.35 percent from 25.36 percent and the stock volume subindex that rose to 43.87 percent from 32.28 percent. The government has lifted large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented in some provinces in the second quarter of this year, but the recent rise in virus cases had prompted the Jakarta administration to temporarily reinstate the restrictions.All manufacturing sectors improved in the third quarter, with the most significant improvement in cement and nonmetal minerals, as well as food, beverage and tobacco. BI expects manufacturing activity to continue its improvement in the fourth quarter.The manufacturing industry contributed around 19 percent to Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP), the highest among all business sectors, and contracted 6.19 percent in the second quarter this year as a result of cooling domestic and global economic activity due to the coronavirus pandemic.Indonesia’s economy, meanwhile, shrank by 5.32 percent year-on-year in the second quarter and is widely expected to contract further in the July-September period, which would mark the country’s first recession since the 1998 Asian financial crisis.Previously, the manufacturing gauge Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey data published by HIS Markit showed that manufacturing activity declined in September as Jakarta reinstated the PSBB for around a month. The PMI fell nearly four points from 50.8 in August to 47.2 in September as business output and new orders fell.Read also: Rebound in Indonesia’s manufacturing activity hinges on pandemic handling”The latest PMI numbers suggest that the Indonesian manufacturing sector faces challenging operating conditions in the months ahead,” IHS Markit principal economist Bernard Aw said in a statement recently. “Whether a robust recovery will take root depends to a large extent on the country’s ability to bring the pandemic under control.”The PMI-BI data was the latest sign that the economy headed into recession in the third quarter, said Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia economist Anthony Kevin, adding the manufacturing was likely to contract further in the fourth quarter as consumption remained subdued.“The main risk is that manufacturers could increase goods prices due to weakening rupiah exchange rate and that, combined with weak purchasing power because of the prolonged pandemic, could depress manufacturing activity going forward,” he told The Jakarta Post. “Furthermore, potential outbreaks that occurred in factories could further hit manufacturing.”Indonesia should get a grip on the coronavirus pandemic to ensure healthy recovery in economic sectors including manufacturing, he went on to say, adding the uncertainty surrounding vaccines should have prompted the government to ramp up efforts in curbing the virus spread. Factory activity in Indonesia showed signs of improvement in the third quarter after recording the deepest slump ever in the previous quarter, as the reopening of the economy jacked up output and new orders, according to a Bank Indonesia (BI) survey.BI’s Prompt Manufacturing Index (PMI-BI) was recorded at 44.91 percent in the third quarter, up from its lowest level ever at 28.55 percent in the second quarter. However, the figure remains below the pre-coronavirus pandemic level of 52.04 percent in the third quarter last year.Index readings below 50 percent indicate a contraction, while those above 50 percent signify an expansion.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Dominica to feature on BBC’s No Kitchen Required show

first_imgLocalNews Dominica to feature on BBC’s No Kitchen Required show by: – April 3, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Photo credit: ifood.tvDominica will be featured on the BBC’s American Television “No Kitchen Required” program on Tuesday evening.The program features skilled chefs who “leave the comfort of their kitchens and dropped into various locations around the world” to find food and cook it using “primitive utensils” and styles without a kitchen.In Tuesday’s show, the trio award winning New York restaurateur Michael Psilaki, first-ever Chopped Grand Champion Madison Cowan and New Zealand chef Kayne Raymond arrive in the Kalinago Territory with only a knife and “their secret ingredient of choice”The series is hosted by British presenter Dr. Shini Somara the BBC’s One Show, BBC World News’ The Health Show. Here is a Series Premiere First Look: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7tpYHpGffY&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]The show will be aired at 10pm on Marpin channel 43 and SAT channel 42!The other countries which the chefs will be taken to are Belize, New Zealand, Fiji, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Phuket, Hawaii, New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Road clearing worker dies of electrocution

first_imgAccording to the police, Maro wastrimming tree branches when he accidently touched a live wire around 9:30 a.m.yesterday. He was identified as 31-year-old residentArly Maro, a municipal employee of Buenavista, a police report showed. The victim was rushed to the Buenavista Emergency Hospital where theattending physician declared him “dead on arrival.”/PNcenter_img ILOILO City – A man conducting a roadclearing operation died after he got electrocuted in Purok Malipayon, NewPoblacion, Buenavista, Guimaras. last_img read more

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Remembering Roy!!

first_imgAs a follow up to yesterday’s article on Larry Sintz who is being inducted into the Indiana Refereeing Hall of Fame, memories of a fellow Hall of Famer came to mind.  I am speaking of Roy Gardner of Batesville who was inducted many years ago for his outstanding career in refereeing.  Before Roy’s untimely death in the late 70’s, he was one of the Big Ten’s featured referees.  Roy, like most referees, started his career as a high school official.  He worked several state finals before moving on to the college level.Roy’s style of refereeing was a no-nonsense approach.  Roy was always in charge, and as a coach, you learned this very early.  If you let him do his job, he would let you coach.  If you tried to referee for him, he did not hesitate putting you in your place.  If Roy were officiating today, I am sure he would be very happy collecting the money that is now available to college officials.  I understand that besides their normal fee, they get a very healthy amount for travel and lodging if required.  Of course, in Roy’s day few facilities could seat 40,000 fans like they do today.  Roy was always a great mentor to me–as his math student in high school and later as a fellow teacher.last_img read more

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Football Etiquette

first_imgWhat does a coach do in the second half when his team is up big at halftime?   A lot of coaches have a gentlemen’s agreement to allow second stringers get some playing time in the second half.  This practice usually leads the fans believing that their team is slacking off.Most coaches with that kind of lead will run basic plays from scrimmage and not try anything fancy.  If they score, this is fine, but their main goal is to run the clock in the third quarter and maintain their lead.  This will allow them to bring in their reserves in quarter four and give them varsity experience.What upsets the average coach is the team on the losing end running gimmick plays such as on-side kicks when the score is already lopsided.  If they don’t recover the on-side kick, the leading team is in excellent fielding position and probably will score more quickly and make it even more lopsided.Because of the quarters-played rule, you are limited to how soon you can bring your reserves into a game and still allow them to play a reserve game the following week.  A high school player is only allowed 5 quarters in a 7-day period.  When your home team has a big halftime lead in the next game, watch what happens the second half and don’t be disappointed if they don’t keep running up the score.last_img read more

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Al Sadd confirm signing Villarreal playmaker

first_img Loading… Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla has left La Liga side Villarreal to join Qatari club Al Sadd. Marca report confirmed on Monday that Cazorla stated it was ‘time to step aside’ as he believed that he could no longer continue playing at the level required in the Spanish top flight. Cazorla will now team up with former Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez, who is now boss of the Qatari club, and is reportedly familiar with Cazorla’s talents. The former Arsenal star enjoyed a remarkable campaign for the Yellow Submarine and he was one of the standout players in La Liga, scoring 15 goals across all domestic competitions and showing no drop off in form despite celebrating his 35th birthday last December. Cazorla previously sat out over 20 months of action after two serious ankle injuries, with his playing days feared to be over. In August 2018, the former Gunners playmaker made his first appearance in 636 days last month following his last outing in October 2016, after a serious of injury problems.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks NowTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90s6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In Thailand Cazorla has previously played for seven seasons across two spells at the Yellow Submarine whilst also representing Recreativo de Huelva and Malaga. Read Also: Solskjaer takes blame for team selection in Chelsea defeat The Spaniard has had to undergo eight operations while he previously explained that doctors had told him he would be lucky to walk again. He has even been involved in the international setup with Spain in recent times due to his fine form but now it appears unlikely he will represent La Roja again due to this move. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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President Trump invokes Defense Production Act

first_imgPresident Trump announced on Friday that he has invoked the Defense Production Act in order to get General Motors to begin producing ventilators.According to the report, GM refused to begin producing the much needed ventilators because they could not agree on a price with the ventilator company. GM then agreed to only produce 6,000 of the nearly 40,000 ventilators they promised during negotiations. President Trump then stepped and invoked the DPA stating: “the fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course.”NEW: President Trump announces he has implemented the Defense Production Act to “require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators.”He adds, “GM was wasting time.” pic.twitter.com/F51VHSL18B— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) March 27, 2020 During a press conference held late Friday, reporters asked the president whether he truly believed that 40,000 ventilators were truly needed, to which the president replied that the hope is we will not need that many but if we have extra, we can send them to our friends in other countries who are unable to produce them. Shortly after the executive order, GM announced that it has come to a deal with the ventilator company to produce the product at cost.We know that there is a global backorder of critical care ventilators. We’re committed to doing every thing we can to help — including donating our resources at cost to support the fight against COVID-19. https://t.co/34Here89Fa— General Motors (@GM) March 27, 2020center_img They then tweeted that they will  have the ability to deliver more than 10,000 ventilators by next month.Our teams have been working tirelessly with @MyVOCSN to produce critical care ventilators at our Kokomo, IN facility. Retooling is underway and we are poised to deliver the first ventilators next month with capacity of more than 10,000 monthly. https://t.co/34Here89Fa pic.twitter.com/vxZvSzHveb— General Motors (@GM) March 27, 2020last_img read more

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High school football roundup

first_imgJack Cyr carried the ball 24 times for 122 yards and a seven-yard touchdown that got things rolling for Bucksport in the second quarter.Hayden Craig had the big play of the game for the Golden Bucks, picking off a pass by John Bapst quarterback Spencer Baron at the goal line and racing 100 yards to the other end zone for a touchdown.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAsher Bowden capped the scoring for Bucksport in the third period with a one-yard touchdown plunge.Jackson Leonard’s three-yard touchdown run and extra point kick in the fourth period put the only points on the board for the Crusaders.Bowden finished with 43 yards on 12 carries and quarterback Matt Stewart completed five of 10 passes for 65 yards for Bucksport.Zach Chapman led the Golden Buck defense with six solo tackles, four assists and a sack, and Tyler Pye had six solo tackles and two assists.Madison 26, MDI 13Despite drives on offense that ignited hopes of turning things around, the Mount Desert Island Trojans couldn’t get past an energized Bulldog team in Madison Friday night.Madison went away on the upside of the 26-13 score.An MDI fumble on the first play of the game foreshadowed the ultimate outcome. The Trojan defense managed to stop the Bulldogs from converting that error into points, but MDI scrambled to catch up throughout.“It felt like the kids played really hard,” said MDI coach Mark Shields. “They didn’t let up. They battled all night long.”A second Madison touchdown as the clock expired on the first half put the Bulldogs ahead 13-0 going into the break.Things didn’t go so great for MDI in the third period with Madison recovering a MDI fumble in the end zone for six more points. The point-after kick was good to make the score 20-0.Madison players were no doubt motivated by their showing the week before. Although they scored 60 points, their opponent Belfast, scored 82. Some observers believe it was the highest total score in Maine high school sports history.When MDI lost to Belfast earlier this year, the Trojans only allowed them 36 points. Holding Madison to only 26 suggests a tightening defense.MDI was able to battle back against the Bulldogs, however, scoring on a one-yard run by Sandy Henggeler and a five-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Andrew Phelps, a freshman, to Isaiah Keene with just over three minutes left in the fourth period.Starting MDI quarterback Colby Candage was sidelined earlier in the week due to injury.“Our offense really didn’t click until the second half,” said coach Shields. “The turnovers hurt us.”Phelps was three-for-five in the air for a total of 46 yards. He had one touchdown pass and one interception.Most of the yardage logged by MDI came on the ground.Jalique Keene notched 67 yards on 13 carries. Taner Bickford was right behind at 61 yards on eight carries. Hennegler logged 32 yards on nine carries.MDI’s record on the season now stands at 2-4.Next up is an away game on Saturday afternoon at Waterville (5-0).“They are probably the second best team in the league, after Winslow,” said Shields.But despite Waterville’s formidable size and speed, MDI is looking forward to the challenge, the coach said. “We’ll be working hard in practice. We’ll be ready to take them on.”Mount View 53, Ellsworth 12The Ellsworth Eagles lost to the Mount View Mustangs 53-12 on Saturday in Thorndike.Ellsworth began the first quarter with a seven-minute drive that ended on Mount View’s 20-yard-line with a fumble. The Mustangs scored on their following drive.The Eagles concluded the first quarter down 6-0, the smallest deficit they’ve ever trailed by heading into the second quarter.“It kind of went downhill from there,” Ellsworth Coach Duane Crawford said. “We took a step back this week.”Ellsworth continued to fumble the ball in the second quarter, offering the Mustangs plenty of scoring opportunities. By halftime, Mount View led 34-0.But the Eagles did manage to get on the board in the second half. Connor Petros and Devin Wright each scored a rushing touchdown. On defense, Wright also had an interception.The Eagles will host Dexter at 7 p.m. on Friday. Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Bio Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Jack Cyr (5) of the Bucksport Golden Bucks picks up some of his 122 yards with a little help from teammates Lucas Ashmore, who takes down one John Bapst defender, and Tucker Boynton (59), who throws a block on another. Th e Golden Bucks downed the Crusaders 20-7 on Friday night.ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport Golden Bucks improved their record to 3-1 this week, keeping the ball mostly on the ground in a 20-7 win over the John Bapst Crusaders on Friday in Bangor. Fenceviewer Staff Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all)last_img read more

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‘It ate me up’: Kohli reveals the lowest point of his career

first_imgVIRAT Kohli has revealed the depths of his despair during his horror tour of England in 2014, and how he vowed to do everything in his power to never slump to such lows ever again.Kohli spoke openly this week during an Instagram conversation with former England skipper Kevin Pietersen, detailing just how much he struggled mentally during India’s tour of the UK almost six years ago.One of the world’s leading batsmen endured one of his worst ever series on that tour, averaging just 13.40 from 10 innings with a top score of 39.In series consisting of three or more Tests, it’s statistically the second-worst batting campaign of his decorated career, behind the 2017 home series against Australia when he averaged just 9.20 from five innings.Kohli said the England tour was “the lowest point in my career”.“I felt like … as a batsman, you know you are going to get out in the morning when you wake up,” Kohli told Pietersen.“That was the time I felt like that: that there is no chance I am getting runs. And still to get out of bed and just get dressed for the game and to go out there and go through that, knowing that you will fail, was something that ate me up.“It just demolished me completely. And I promised myself I am never going to allow myself to feel like ever again in life.”Kohli made a triumphant return to the UK four years later, banishing his demons with a century in the opening Test and finishing the series as the leading run-scorer from both teams, averaging a touch under 60.He said the lessons learned from that 2014 campaign have always stayed with him.“That (2014 series) happened, for all the younger guys listening, because I was too focused on doing well from a personal point of view,” he said.“I wanted to get runs. I could never think of ‘what does the team want me to do in this situation?’.“I just got too engulfed with England tour – if I perform here, Test cricket, in my mind I’m going to feel established and all that crap on the outside, which is not important at all.“It just ate me up. I just kept going into a downward spiral and I just couldn’t get out of it. Horrible.”“If you are too personal in your approach, if you are too self-centred, you are just thinking about yourself, then you are just looking for ways to get out eventually because people are going to find you out.“You are not getting out of your comfort zone because you don’t want to fail.” (Cricket Network)last_img read more

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