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Coronavirus could trim 1 percentage point from China GDP growth

first_imgTopics : “The employment situation is not optimistic. This will also pose a serious challenge to the macro policy goal of ‘employment first’,” he said.Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that the government would prevent large-scale layoffs, Chinese state television reported.China’s central bank has taken steps to support the economy, including reducing interest rates and flushing the market with liquidity. It has also said it will provide special funds for banks to lend to businesses.Analysts at Citi said they expect growth to slow significantly despite expectations of more proactive fiscal policy and more accommodative monetary policy.“Assuming the virus is contained by the end of March, we revise down our 20Q1 GDP growth forecast considerably to 3.6 percent and the annual growth modestly to 5.3 percent”, Citi analysts said in a note. Citi previously forecast first-quarter growth of 4.8 percent and full-year growth of 5.5 percent. “At present, according to different scenario assumptions, researchers expect the negative impact of the epidemic on full-year GDP growth to be in the range of 0.2 percent to 1 percent.”If the official response to the epidemic is timely and effective at limiting its spread, long-term growth trends would not be significantly affected, Zeng said.“But in the short term, the epidemic’s impact on economic activity cannot be ignored, especially with tertiary industries and small enterprises with tight cash flows facing greater pressures,” Zeng said.Zeng said difficulties for small companies could prompt a rise in bankruptcies and put upward pressure on the unemployment rate in the first quarter.center_img The coronavirus outbreak could trim China’s full-year economic growth rate by as much as 1 percentage point in 2020, a senior member of a Chinese government think tank said in comments published on Tuesday.Zeng Gang, vice chair of the National Institute for Finance and Development, compared the current crisis with the SARS epidemic of 2003, when China’s growth declined by about 2 percentage points in a single quarter.“The impact of this epidemic on the economy in the first quarter is expected to be comparable,” Zeng said in a commentary published in the 21st Century Business Herald newspaper.last_img read more

Fearful Papua New Guinea calls for WHO virus help

first_img“We are also discussing with the PNG Defense Force to assist… the Health Department. We have always said we don’t have adequate facilities.”Manning admitted testing had been “very limited” in areas outside the capital, and “while there is no evidence of hospitals being overwhelmed”, that could “be due to delayed reporting or poor health checking behavior”. National pandemic response controller David Manning expressed “serious concerns on the alarming rate of increase of COVID-19 cases in Port Moresby and the likely spread to the other provinces”, saying there was a “high likelihood of expanded community transmission”.Papua New Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the Pacific. Its rickety health system is already under severe pressure from the widespread transmission of malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, as well as one of the world’s few remaining outbreaks of polio.Manning added that the WHO was in the process of mobilizing international emergency medical teams to deploy to the country.He said in a statement there was “an urgent need” for emergency health workers to help the country manage a surge in cases and administer isolation facilities. Topics :center_img Papua New Guinea has asked for World Health Organization help after a rapidly spreading new coronavirus outbreak sparked preparations for large-scale community transmission in the under-resourced country.Having mostly dodged the COVID-19 pandemic until now, Papua New Guinea reported Thursday it had detected three new cases in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total to 30 — up from just 11 on Sunday.With limited coronavirus testing and many positive cases found in health workers, there are fears the virus may have a stronger foothold than those detected cases may indicate.last_img read more

Rahul, Kuldeep architect India’s 8-wkt win in first T20I

first_imgManchester, July 4: Riding on a flashy unbeaten century from Lokesh Rahul and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav’s maiden T20 International fifer, India outclassed England by eight wickets in the opening match and go 1-0 up in the three-match rubber at the Old Trafford cricket stadium here on Tuesday.Rahul struck a breezy 54-ball 101, laced with 10 fours and five sixes to anchor India’s run chase that saw him forge a masterly 123-run second wicket stand with opener Rohit Sharma (32 off 30).Chasing 160, India quickly overcame the early loss of opener Shikhar Dhawan (4) as the right-handed duo of Rahul and Rohit helped the visitors race to 50 in the first five overs.Rahul continued his glorious run with the bat, dominating the partnership with Rohit, who uncharacteristically played the perfect second fiddle to the Karnataka youngster.Rahul started the onslaught right from the word go before meting out some special treatment to off-spinner Moeen Ali, whom he welcomed with a superb reverse sweep that yielded a boundary and followed up with a massive six over long on.The right-hander then picked the leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a boundary to third man to get to his half century off just 27 balls, before launching Liam Plunkett for two sixes and as many fours to milk 20 runs from the paceman .With India comfortably placed at 103/1 midway through the innings, Rohit too stepped up the gas by launching Rashid for a towering six over mid wicket before falling to the same bowler.Rohit’s departure brought in skipper Virat Kohli (20 not out off 22 balls), who was seven shy of becoming the fourth batsman to notch 2000 T20I runs.Kohli, not only got to the landmark but also ensured Rahul get to his deserving second T20I century with a single before the skipper finished off in style with a thunderous six off Ali to guide India home.Earlier, England had themselves to blame for wasting a sound 50-run opening start from Jason Roy (30) and Jos Buttler (69) as Kuldeep (5/24) triggered a collapse that saw Alex Hales (8), Eoin Morgan (7), Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (0) departing in quick succession — the latter three in a span of four deliveries.Buttler, however continued tormenting the Indians with a 46-ball knock laced with eight fours and a couple of sixes before becoming Kuldeep’s fifth victim, thanks to a brilliant catch by Kohli after Rahul dropped him one ball earlier.Towards the end, lower order bat David Willey’s unbeaten 29 off 15 balls helped England to some sort of respectability.Brief Scores: England 159/8 (Jos Buttler 69, Jason Roy 30; Kuldeep Yadav 5/24) lose to India 163/2 (Lokesh Rahul 101 not out, Rohit Sharma 32, Virat Kohli 20 not out) by 8 wickets. (IANS)last_img read more

Syracuse rides trio of goals to beat Lindenwood on road

first_imgMelissa Piacentini and Nicole Ferrara both finished with a goal and an assist for Syracuse (5-5, 3-1 College Hockey America) on Friday night as the Orange rode a trio of goals to down conference rival Lindenwood (3-5-1, 1-1-1), 3-1, at Lindenwood Ice Arena.Syracuse struck first in the second period on a goal from sophomore Dakota Derrer, assisted by Danielle Leslie and Jessica Sibley.It was Derrer’s second goal of the season.Lindenwood answered back ten minutes later to knot the game at one with Britannia Gillanders’ goal, but the combination of SU seniors Piacentini and Ferrara helped propel the Orange ahead.At the 6:31 mark of the third period, Piacentini scored off an assist from Ferrara. And 12 minutes later, it was Ferrara who scored off an assist from Piacentini to close out the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth SU and Lindenwood put up 35 shots, and SU goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan amassed 24 saves.With the win, Syracuse climbed back to .500 on the season. The Orange will look to continue its success on Saturday when it finishes its two-game series with Lindenwood at 3 p.m. Comments Published on November 6, 2015 at 10:59 pm Contact Matt: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

TOUGH LOVE: Quincy Guerrier’s work ethic, raw talent make him a legitimate option for Syracuse as a freshman

first_imgQuincy Guerrier held his wrist at the free throw line. It was winter 2017 and moments earlier, Guerrier drove the lane against Woodstock Academy, hoping to add to his team-high 45 points. A defender knocked him to the ground and sent Guerrier to the line.“Stop holding your wrist,” Ibrahim Appiah, Guerrier’s coach at Thetford (Quebec) Academy, remembered instructing from the sidelines. “That’s going to be your excuse.”Guerrier missed one of two free throws and turnover-prone guards cost Thetford the game in overtime. Appiah waited for Guerrier by the bus afterward. “It’s your fault we lost,” Appiah said to no response. When they returned from the six-hour drive back to Canada, Guerrier apologized to his coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAppiah didn’t actually think Guerrier had cost Thetford the contest, but he wanted the Division-I recruit to feel the blame. It was a motivational tactic.Much of Guerrier’s game developed this way: Appiah or another member of Guerrier’s inner circle would critique his skillset, and true or not, Guerrier would immediately adjust. It started in 2013 when Guerrier transferred to Thetford and hasn’t stopped since. Appiah, Kolia Konan, a former Thetford teammate and close friend, and a couple others comprise Guerrier’s support group. Each of them has a story about the first time they saw him play, and the first time they saw his talent. The two usually coincide.“I think the beauty about him is the fact that I don’t even think he knew how much potential he had,” Appiah said.Guerrier’s five years at Thetford bridged the player he was to the one people thought he could be. Syracuse awaits the results. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward projects to crack the Orange’s starting lineup, replacing Oshae Brissett, another Canadian wing who came to the Orange with a lanky frame and NBA aspirations.In his summer months on campus, Guerrier attempted 38,000 shots. Yes, he kept track — to the point that SU coaches told him to slow down. He didn’t want to.“I know there’s a lot of high expectations for me this year,” Guerrier said. “I just keep working hard. There’s no pressure. If I’m working hard and doing what I need to do, I’ll be fine.”,Guerrier first appeared as a blip on SU’s recruiting radar when Syracuse associate head coach Adrian Autry powered on his computer one morning in 2016. A Thetford coach emailed Guerrier’s most-recent highlight tape to Autry. Autry knew to temper expectations, but he still grew enamored with Guerrier’s talent: Long arms, effective shot and mature playing style. Some of his dribble moves weren’t fluid, but to even attempt them showcased Guerrier’s “upside,” Autry said. After he watched one workout in Thetford’s gym, Autry told Appiah that he envisioned Guerrier at SU.By then, Guerrier had grown from a 6-foot-3 high school freshman who didn’t know how to run properly, according to Thetford assistant coach Oscar Lerebeson, to a volume scorer. Guerrier thrived as the best player on an otherwise smaller programWhile larger prep schools in Ontario flew teams across North America for tournaments, Guerrier scheduled lunchtime shootarounds with Appiah. Meanwhile, other coaches told Appiah that if Guerrier attended a U.S. school, he’d be a top-25 recruit, not his 247sports No. 122 national ranking.Larger schools approached Guerrier to transfer and he turned them away. He believed in Thetford’s system and Appiah’s coaching. Appiah grew up with SU alum Kris Joseph, and quickly drew comparisons between their play styles. This allowed Appiah to identify the parts of Guerrier’s game that needed work.“Especially mentally and physically,” Guerrier said, “(Thetford) really helped me.”Over the summer, Guerrier honed his shooting stroke by taking 38,000 shots. Corey Henry | Photo EditorHe also grew close with Konan, who was two years older than Guerrier. Konan mocked Guerrier’s rigid jump shot that always seemed to slip through twine. Feeling that a bond had been built, Appiah and Konan decided to tweak Guerrier’s development plan in his junior year.They held meetings in Appiah’s office and challenged Guerrier to improve. Shoot better? Guerrier was in the gym the next morning. Be a better leader? He’d communicate more in practice. Even his strengths were questioned. As Guerrier received offers from Oregon, Syracuse and other programs, he saw the potential future Appiah, Konan and others laid out for him.Guerrier regimented his training, constantly shooting alone in the gym. If team meetings ran long and Guerrier had a set time for an individual practice, the high schooler asked to cut them short. Whenever Thetford traveled for road games, he’d ask Appiah for an advanced copy of the itinerary.When Guerrier arrived at Syracuse on May 18, he brought with him a notebook — another motivational tool from Thetford. To keep track of his progress at SU, Appiah suggested Guerrier document each day. So far, Guerrier has logged every practice, weight-training session, and individual shootaround, even tracking practice free throw percentages.“It keeps him honest with how hard he’s been working,” Appiah said about the notebook.,The initial results didn’t show in Syracuse’s Italy Tour in mid-August, though. In four games, he averaged 11.8 points and 9.3 rebounds, focusing on his rebounding instead of 3-pointers. Once back at SU, coaches wanted him to shoot more, tucking in his elbow and readjusting his hand placement.Off the court, Guerrier and Konan spoke daily. Konan intentionally didn’t ask about basketball, instead discussing the best cities from the trip. He knew as the season neared, Guerrier would handle the prep.After a string of days in the gym during the offseason, Guerrier’s wrist ached and Orange coaches recommend he take a break, Appiah said. Guerrier complied, but returned to his schedule once he felt better.Syracuse — with four new starters and a five-player freshmen class — needs Guerrier to be an Atlantic Coast Conference-caliber player sooner rather than later. Knowing he’d operate out of the post, Guerrier watched highlights from Carmelo Anthony’s lone season at Syracuse, trying to pick up anything he can.In the first half of the Orange’s first exhibition against Daemen, Guerrier scored two of his eight points on a turnaround-jumper from the elbow. But after the Oct. 26 game, head coach Jim Boeheim chided Guerrier’s play. A pair of missed layups. Poor rebounding. Defensive lapses.“He’s got a lot of work to do,” Boeheim said. “But he’s got a lot of talent.”Sitting in his locker minutes later, Guerrier acknowledged the same issues. Before he left the locker room, he already knew what he had to work on next.Banner photo by Corey Henry | Photo Editor Comments Published on November 4, 2019 at 1:11 am Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

Eliud Kipchoge becomes first man to complete marathon in under 2 hours

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 12th October, 2019 14:24 IST Eliud Kipchoge Becomes First Man To Complete Marathon In Under 2 Hours Eliud Kipchoge, the greatest marathoner of the modern era created history in Vienna as he unofficially broke the record, running a marathon in 1:59:40 hours First Published: 12th October, 2019 14:24 IST Written By Eliud Kipchoge turned another page in history as he successfully became the first athlete to run the marathon in under two hours. The Kenyan world record holder clocked in at 1hr 59mins 40sec in Vienna. Kipchoge flew to Vienna on Monday, as he touched down in the Austrian capital to prepare to attempt the ‘INEOS 1:59 Challenge’. The Kenyan world record holder has been labelled as ‘the greatest marathoner of the modern era’. The 34-year old currently holds an Olympic gold medal, a world title, and the marathon world record. Racing on a 9.6km circuit, Kipchoge aimed to become the first marathoner to break the two-hour barrier during the INEOS 1:59 Challenge.Also Read | Dutee Chand Breaks Her Own National Record On Her Way To GoldKipchoge the legendThe Kenyan currently holds the record for the marathon, with a time of 2:01:39 hours. Kipchoge attempted breaking the two-hour barrier earlier in 2017 during Nike’s Breaking 2 event at the Monza racetrack in Italy. Kipchoge, however, fell just short, clocking in at 2:00:25 hours. Having skipped the 2019 World Athletics Championships and the Berlin Marathon, Kipchoge was well primed to break the two-hour barrier at the event. His run, however, will not be eligible for the official record books. Kipchoge’s attempt to break the record was made using a team of 41 pacemakers divided into 6-person pace-triangles, that was sure to have helped with the air resistance in this historic attempt. The Kenyan also had a lead car for assistance and the team of 41 pacemakers had been tasked with supplying Kipchoge with energy drinks.Also Read | Mary Kom Controversially Loses WC Semi, Still Bags Record 8th Medal FOLLOW US COMMENT LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE This assistance is in breach of the official IAAF competition rules, which was the reason for the record’s official omission. That, however, has not meant that the excitement around the Kenyan’s historic sub-two-hour attempt was dampened. Kipchoge was also helped by his choice of footwear. Kipchoge sported Nike’s specially designed Vaporfly 4%. As the name suggests, the Vaporfly 4% is designed to improve running ease and speed by as much as 4%. After a long and extensive search for the venue to suit this historic occasion, Vienna’s Prater Hauptallee was zeroed in on. The Prater Hauptallee was selected since the course fit a pre-determined template of the ideal parameters in temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind speed, elevation, and precipitation.Also Read | Simone Biles Could Clinch All-time World Championships RecordAlso Read | Naomi Osaka To Choose Japan Nationality Over US For Tokyo Olympics Colin DCunha last_img read more

Supreme Court Denies Alpena Man’s Request For Appeal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis The Michigan Supreme Court denied an application for leave to an Alpena man serving a lengthy prison sentence.56–year old Kenneth Gerald Cox is serving 2 to 30 years in prison for a 2001 conviction of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and two counts of home invasion in the second degree.Cox recently filed an application for leave to appeal a lower court ruling in the case. That application was denied by the Supreme Court because they were not persuaded that the questions presented, should be reviewed by the court. Cox will continue serving time at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson County.His earliest release date is on March 12th, 2020. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Dennis Liske Faces Judge in a Status Conference Following Sexual Assault AllegationsNext Inspiring 12-Year-Old Gives Backlast_img read more

FA CUP ROUND OF 32: Draw throws tricky ties for top flight sides

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko and Accra Hearts of Oak will play second tier sides, Birim DC United and Bolga Man City respectively when the MTN FA Cup Round of 32 kicks off on the 4/5 of April.Both Kotoko and Hearts will however have their games suspended as they will be playing the CAF Champions League and Caf Confederations Cup matches respectively.Below is the detailed draw of the MTN FA Cup matches.HOME                        AWAYAfienya City     vs     OlympicsSusubiribi FC   vs  Aduana StarsEleven Wise    vs    Unity FCKotoko vs     Birim DC United Hearts           vs  Bolga Man City77 Stars         vs  Istanbul FCGreat Astronomers vs  New EdubiaseAshGold           vs  Wa Africa UnitedTamale Utretch   vs  Starke FC Prestige FC          vs  WAFATano Bofoakwa    vs  Mighty JetsLiberty Profs        vs SamatexAmidaus Profs      vs  R.T.UProud United       vs  Inter Allies Kenyase FC          vs BA UnitedMedeama SC       vs  Bibiani Gold Stars–last_img read more

What time does WWE Royal Rumble start today? Matches, PPV cost, location & rumors for 2020

first_imgSeveral matches have already been announced and the full card is still coming together Until then, here’s a guide to everything need to know about WWE Royal Rumble 2020, including start time, how to watch on PPV and the latest match rumors.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhat time does WWE Royal Rumble 2020 start?Date: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020Time: 5 p.m. ET (preshow) | 7 p.m. ET (main card)Location: Minute Maid Park in HoustonWWE Royal Rumble 2020 will air live on Sunday, Jan. 26, from Minute Maid Park in Houston. The preshow is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET and the main card will begin at 7 p.m. ET.How to watch WWE Royal Rumble 2020, PPV costTV channel: WWE Network (PPV)Live stream: price: $9.99/monthWWE Royal Rumble 2020 will be available for purchase on pay-per-view or via the WWE Network.The WWE Network is available at or by downloading the app on certain smart TVs – including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic – as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google Play, and Chromecast. You can also watch the network on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 by downloading the app through its stores.It costs $9.99 per month to sign up to watch the WWE Network online.WWE Royal Rumble 2020 matches— Men’s Royal Rumble for a world title match at WrestleMania 36 (entrants include Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Erick Rowan, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton, Ricochet, Elias, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Otis, Tucker, Rusev, Bobby Lashley, Aleister Black, Buddy Murphy, Braun Strowman, Shinsuke Nakamura, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Kofi Kingston, Big E, R-Truth, John Morrison, The Miz)— Women’s Royal Rumble for a world title match at WrestleMania 36 (entrants include Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Sarah Logan, Natalya, Carmella, Dana Brooke)— “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan in a Strap match for the Universal championship— Becky Lynch vs. Asuka for the “RAW” women’s championship— Bayley vs. Lacey Evans for the “SmackDown” women’s championship — Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin in a Falls Count Anywhere match— Andrade vs. Humberto Carrillo for the United States championship— Sheamus vs. Shorty G As is tradition, WWE will begin 2020 with one of the biggest and most anticipated shows of the year — the annual WWE Royal Rumble. This year’s Rumble will place on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, home of baseball’s Houston Astros.The event will once again feature both a men’s and women’s Royal Rumble match will the winner of each going on to headline the “showcase of the immortals,” WrestleMania 36 in April. However, this year’s show has a bit of a twist in that WWE champion Brock Lesnar will be in the men’s Royal Rumble match and will enter in the No. 1 slot. WWE Royal Rumble 2020 rumors— Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens— The New Day vs. The Miz and John Morrison for the “SmackDown” tag team championship— Andrade vs. Rey Mysterio in a hair vs. mask match for the United States championshiplast_img read more

Sen. Graham Plans to Call Robert Mueller to Testify on Russia Probe

first_imgStone was convicted last November on charges, brought by Mueller, of lying to investigators regarding his connections to WikiLeaks and attempting to obstruct federal investigations. Democrats had called for Mueller testify before the Senate in April of last year, just after the release of the Mueller Report. Graham responded at the time that he was “done with the Mueller Report,” and wanted to move on. “Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing – and also capable – of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post,” Graham tweeted in response.Graham also noted that Democrats on the committee “have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation,” stating “that request will be granted.” Mueller led an investigation from 2017 until last year into alleged connections between the president’s campaign and Russia, in addition to Mr. Trump’s alleged efforts to cover up those connections, after the president fired FBI Director Jim Comey. The result of that investigation, The Mueller Report, found that the Russian government intervened in the 2016 election in order to benefit Trump.However, the report did not find sufficient evidence that Trump’s staff “coordinated or conspired” with the Russian government. It also did not state that the president committed a crime, but did not “exonerate” him either. Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham announced on Sunday that he will call former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before the committee, after Mueller  wrote a Washington Post opinion-editorial piece criticizing President Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence. The president commuted Stone’s sentence late Friday, prompting Mueller to write that Stone “remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” adding, “I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office.” “We identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel — Stone among them,” Mueller wrote in his Sunday piece, adding that the investigation, “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its activities.”However, he asserted, “the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”Graham has led an investigation into the report’s origins, saying “we need to look long and hard how the Mueller investigation went off the rails.”He has also subpoenaed intelligence officials such as former CIA director John Brennan and former FBI Director James Clapper.last_img read more