Offices Boom time again in the West End?

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Australia annoyed as US pushes Wuhan lab COVID-19 theory

first_imgDossier Last weekend, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper said a “dossier prepared by concerned Western governments” showed China had deliberately suppressed or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak.The report was published shortly after US President Donald Trump said he had seen evidence the coronavirus came from a laboratory in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global outbreak.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said there was “a significant amount of evidence” the virus came from the Wuhan laboratory, although he has also said there wasn’t certainty.Government and intelligence officials said the document the article referred to was a compilation of public reports and newspaper articles, and was not based on intelligence sources.”It’s a research paper. I can tell you, we aren’t paying much attention to it,” an intelligence source said.No public evidence has linked the outbreak to the lab in Wuhan, and scientists have said the coronavirus appears to have developed in nature.Australia shares intelligence with the United States under the “Five Eyes” arrangement which also includes Canada, Britain and New Zealand.An official familiar with the 15-page document cited in the article told Reuters it was American, appeared to be designed to gather support for the US position, and wasn’t a piece of intelligence work.The document included bullet points describing ways in which China hadn’t been transparent in dealing with the coronavirus, sourced to newspaper articles and other claims already in the public domain, the official said.There was no input from Australian agencies into the document, the source said.Australian media have reported concerns that the US embassy in Canberra may have been the source of the document. The US embassy declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.”The Australians are pushing for reform at the World Health Assembly; this doesn’t help those efforts. You can understand their frustration,” said one Western diplomat, who declined to be named as the diplomat, like the other government and intelligence sources, is not authorized to talk to the media.Tense ties Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly said that he has seen no evidence to support the theory the virus came from a lab, and that the most likely source was a wildlife market in Wuhan. He said the goal was to know how to prevent another outbreak.”It’s not directed at anyone, we just want to know what happened so it doesn’t happen again,” Morrison said on Friday, when asked whether the US focus on the Wuhan lab theory was counterproductive.”It’s a pretty honest question, with an honest intent and an honest motive. And I’m seeing more and more support for that position,” he said, referring to Australia’s goals.Morrison wrote to G20 leaders this week seeking support for an independent inquiry. The European Union will raise the issue at the World Health Assembly this month.Australia hopes that if there is wide international support for an independent investigation, China will cooperate.But China is Australia’s largest trading partner, and an already fraught diplomatic relationship has become more strained by the push for an inquiry.China’s ambassador warned last month that Chinese consumers could boycott Australian products, which the government said was a threat of economic coercion. Topics : Australian officials are frustrated that their push for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus is being undermined by the White House, which has sought to link the outbreak to a Chinese lab, government, diplomatic and intelligence sources told Reuters.Washington’s attack on China has given Beijing room to argue that Australia’s request for an independent inquiry is part of a US-led agenda to blame it for the coronavirus outbreak, the sources said.Canberra has been caught in a diplomatic squeeze between Washington, its main security ally, and already strained relations with Beijing, it major trading partner, even as its successful handling of the coronavirus has it planning to reopen the economy.center_img One government source said that officials were working hard to cast the review as open-minded and global, and that the American approach of “let’s get China” wasn’t helping.Trade Minister Simon Birmingham, responding to criticisms about whether an inquiry would hurt trade with China, sought to underscore Australia’s independence during an interview on ABC radio on Friday.”We’re not doing this as some sort of lapdog of the United States,” he said. “You’ll see there are some marked differences between some of the things that the Australian Government has said and some of the commentary coming out of the United States and that’s because we take our own analysis, our own evidence, our own advice and we will take this issue through to the World Health Assembly.”China’s foreign ministry has said the calls for an inquiry are “political manipulation” and said Australia should “give up its ideological prejudices”.last_img read more

WAWU to meet LIAT in Antigua over closure of ticket offices

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Regional airline LIAT is moving ahead to close its ticketing offices in the region, and Dominica is not being left out of the move.Kertiste Augustus, Secretary-Treasurer of the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union, the body representing LIAT workers here, disclosed Wednesday that LIAT has informed, it will dispatch letters to employees at ticketing offices, “informing them that their services will be terminated through redundancy as of the 30th of this month.”WAWU will meet with LIAT officials Friday to further discuss the matter.Click here to listen to Mr. Augustus: The WAWU and other unions in the region have previously held discussions with LIAT to get the airline to reconsider. Augustus said unions will reiterate their concerns on Friday.Dominica Vibes News 36 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews WAWU to meet LIAT in Antigua over closure of ticket offices by: – June 2, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

Kosovo scraps White House talks with Serbia after leader indicted

first_imgA special prosecutor’s office dealing with Kosovo’s 1998-99 uprising against Serbian rule said on Wednesday it had indicted Kosovo President Hashim Thaci at a Hague court for alleged crimes including nearly 100 murders. United States special envoy Richard Grenell (left) is welcomed by Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in Pristina, Kosovo, October 9, 2019. REUTERS/LAURA HASANI PRISTINA – Kosovo’s prime minister said on Thursday his government would not attend United States-mediated talks with Serbia planned for the weekend at the White House after Kosovo’s president was formally accused of war crimes.center_img Thaci and Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti had been due to meet with a Serbian delegation for the first round of U.S.-brokered negotiations aimed at normalizing relations. (Reuters)last_img read more

INDOT announces State Road 129 project in Switzerland County

first_imgSwitzerland County, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation officials say a visibility improvement/curve sign project is planned for early next year on State Road 129 in Switzerland County.Newburgh, Indiana-based Ragle, Inc. will install new curve signs, speed limit signs and chevron bracket postings between State Road 56 and Moorefield Road. Weather permitting, the work could begin in February.last_img

Downing returns to Middlesbrough

first_imgWinger Stewart Downing has rejoined former club Middlesbrough on a four-year deal from West Ham. Press Association Downing, perhaps the highest-profile graduate of the north-east club’s famed a cademy, was left out of the Hammers’ squad for their Thursday night Europa League clash with Birkirkara and was pictured arriving for a medical with Boro looking to seal a sensational swoop. And, with his signature now secured, Karanka is pleased to add a player of Downing’s calibre to his squad. “It’s an amazing signing for us. He’s more than just a player,” the Spaniard told his club’s official website. “Nobody expected him to come here but he wants to be here, and is completely committed to the club and the team. “He is a very good person and I’m excited to work with him.” Downing made his Boro debut during the 2001/02 campaign and spent seven further seasons at the Riverside Stadium before earning a £12million move to Aston Villa in July 2009. The winger swapped life in the Midlands for Liverpool, who paid £20m for his services, two years later and then headed to West Ham for £5m in August 2013. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic wished Downing well, admitting he had wanted the former England man as part of his squad in the Premier League. Downing drops down from the Barclays Premier League to rejoin his home-town club, who were beaten by Norwich in the Championship play-off final at Wembley in May. The 30-year-old England international played almost 250 games for Boro during an eight-year spell before leaving for Aston Villa in 2009 and will link up with Aitor Karanka’s squad at a pre-season training camp in Marbella. “I didn’t want him to go, he’s a quality English player and I know how hard it is to get the quality ones,” he said. “Of course I rate him, I know him from the national team when we played England, and he was brilliant in the first half of last season, so I was counting on him big time, but he told me when we were in Cork that he wanted to go home. “I tried to persuade him to stay with us, that I was counting on him, but he said ‘I like you and everything, but I want to go home. If it was any other club, I would stay here’. “It is a great opportunity for him. “Maybe I could have stopped him, and all that, however it is not what we wanted to do, but he wanted to leave.” last_img read more

Chanderpaul backs winless Jaguars to qualify for Super50 semis

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul has backed the slumping Guyana Jaguars to quickly turn around their form and qualify for the semi-finals of the Regional Super50.The 42-year-old former West Indies star was speaking after scoring a superb hundred in a losing effort, as Jaguars crashed to a 41-run defeat to Jamaica Scorpions in their second match of the tournament, at Kensington Oval here Thursday night.Jaguars are now winless after suffering a heavy 145-run loss to Barbados Pride at the same venue last Tuesday.“(It’s) definitely (disappointing) but you still have a lot of games in the tournament to play so we have to try and put this behind us as quickly as possible,” Chanderpaul said.“We have six more games to play, we have to try and play as well as we can and we know we can, win them and hopefully we can still get out on top (of this group).”Chasing 250 for victory against Scorpions, Jaguars were tottering on 14 for four before Chanderpaul performed a now-familiar rescue effort with a brilliant 101 from 96 deliveries.He staged half-century stands for the fifth wicket with Raymon Reifer (25) and for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble (29), which handed Jaguars a lifeline.Chanderpaul struck 12 fours and a six but was one of the last four wickets to fall for 19 runs, in a late-order collapse.“It’s a very good wicket to bat on, always batting in Barbados. There’s good bounce, good pace, (and) the ball came on nicely,” Chanderpaul explained.“We lost some early wickets and there were conditions for me to go out and play the way I played. We were taking it easy but it’s just we ended up losing too many wickets in the process.“If we had wickets at the bottom end we would have probably pulled off the match.”Chanderpaul, axed by West Indies selectors 19 months ago following a stellar career that saw him garner 11 867 runs from 164 Tests, said he was still highly motivated.“The hard work you’ve put in over the years, the love for the game, the passion and everything is still there and you want to go out and perform,” he stressed.“The people in the stands were shouting and cheering you on and you go out there and hope you can give them something to cheer for.Jaguars face unbeaten Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners in their third game today.last_img read more

Going long: With Marrone calling shots, SU looks to implement deep passing attack

first_imgWhen Aaron Weaver came to Syracuse, he didn’t expect to be lining up in four-receiver formations with a tight end flanked to the far right. After watching the Orange football team from afar last season, how could he?Just four months after SU concluded a season when it finished last in the Big East in passing yardage per completion, the Orange opened spring practice on March 22 with a clear emphasis on stretching the field and making the ‘big play’ downfield. And after two and a half weeks of practice, players like Weaver are loving the transformation.‘I’m really excited,’ said Weaver, who transferred from Hofstra during the offseason. ‘There are a lot of plays where we have deep routes, and as a receiver, you always want to beat the defense deep. And there are a lot of opportunities in this offense to do that.’First-year receivers coach Rob Moore played football at Syracuse from 1986-90, but he never played in an offense that stretched the field. As a former receiver, he wishes he would have. The former NFL pro-bowler said having a downfield passing threat is the key to a well-balanced offense. And that’s one of the things that the Orange coaching staff has emphasized all spring. ‘I loved the offense that we ran,’ Moore said. ‘But this offense really caters to your ability as a wide receiver to make plays downfield.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe idea of having tight end Nick Provo flanked on the outside helps cater to the new philosophy head coach Doug Marrone has instilled this spring. There, he can block on screens and running plays or simply stay put, allowing No. 1 receiver Alec Lemon and Weaver to have a ‘free release’ and get into their routes quicker. But on occasion, even Provo will run a deep route from the outside. Lemon said the success of having a balanced offense that consistently moves the ball and scores will be dependent upon stretching the field and throwing downfield. That, he said, is the reason for optimism. He said that Marrone has changed everything up, giving the defense different looks.‘We’re building on some of the concepts that we did last year,’ Marrone said. ‘So I think we’re ahead of that. … It’s really the progression of the teaching of the quarterback that we’re trying to make sure that we get before we go out there.’Ryan Nassib has had the time to get accustomed to what Marrone wants. And after a year in Marrone’s system, the ‘progression’ Marrone refers to is starting to show. Provo credits that as a primary reason for the passing game opening up this spring.‘From what I saw last year, this year is looking a lot better in terms of the passing game,’ Provo said. ‘A lot better.’Last year, quarterback Greg Paulus didn’t have spring ball to get ready for what Marrone wanted to do in the passing attack. But by the end of the season, after a few months under Marrone’s watch, Paulus began playing exactly how some envisioned he would when he arrived at Syracuse. It just took some time.‘Ryan’s been here awhile, he sees what we’re doing, and he’s doing a great job out there,’ Provo said. ‘This is new for everybody, but he’s helping us out and his understanding is allowing us to throw the ball downfield more.’It was widely assumed that Marrone started calling plays against Rutgers and Connecticut, and the results in the passing game showed. Paulus threw for three touchdowns and 438 yards over his final two games. Though Provo wasn’t on the field during those two games due to injury, that’s the type of potential he sees in this year’s offense. Instead, last season’s offense featured a fairly conservative passing game full of bubble screens, 10-yard slants and tosses out of the backfield. But an inability to keep defenses spread out with a downfield passing game meant defenses crept up to the line of scrimmage. Running back Delone Carter compiled 1,048 yards on the ground, but a lot of those yards came against seven- and eight-man fronts.‘You can score touchdowns with short passes,’ Lemon said. ‘But you occasionally need some explosion to stretch the defense. And as a receiver that’s what we like, so I can’t argue with that.’This year, the hope is that by stretching the field, the Orange will also open up the running game and keep opposing defenses honest. It’s not a novel concept, for that is the hope of nearly every football team, both college and pro. But at SU, that formula hasn’t been successful in years. Despite featuring a quarterback who set some program passing records, none of them were because of a downfield passing threat. Once troubled wide receiver Mike Williams departed midway through the season, defenses focused on stopping the running game. After Williams left, the Orange had zero passing plays that netted more than 40-plus yards.Williams is now gone. As is wideout Mike Jones, who abruptly quit the team on March 22, the first day of spring practice. Despite that, Marrone has moved forward with his offense without a hitch. Though SU lost its top receiver and starting quarterback from last fall, it doesn’t seem to have discouraged Marrone from taking the next step with his offense.Though there are still plenty of screens and slants in his playbook, Marrone appears to have his offense ready to pounce on the opportunities a defense may present to throw downfield. And for Moore, that presents a level of excitement for the offense this spring. And for him, a little bit of jealousy, too. ‘I told my guys the other day, I said, ‘Man, this is the type of offense that you can put some numbers up in,” Moore said. ‘I’m a little envious, to be honest with you.’ aljohn@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 7, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Dream11: Warriors vs LA Lakers preview and predicted line-ups

first_img WE RECOMMEND Poole managed to calmly bury a three-pointer in the final minutes of the game. His confidence in offense will bode well for the Warriors in the upcoming game. The Warriors have one of the most terrifying offensive line-ups in the NBA this season, but they failed to click against the Lakers at the Staples Center last time around. The form of Marquese Chriss, however, will be a positive omen for the Warriors. Chriss registered a four-assist game for the third consecutive pre-season match for the Warriors. Read | NBA Decides To Complete Its Trip To China In Complete SilenceDream 11 Predicted Line-ups 10 months ago Dream11 BEN vs MUM PKL Semi-final 2: Team predictions & squad details GSW – Stephen Curry, Alec Burks, Alfonzo McKinnie, Draymond Green, Omari SpellmanLakers – D’Angelo Russell, Danny Green, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee 10 months ago Dream11 AND vs KER: Match prediction, analysis and squad updates Written By Steph Curry’s Golden State Warriors are set to take on the in-form Los Angeles Lakers in a pre-season NBA game on Thursday, October 17 (8.00 AM IST). In what is a three-game series between the two Western Conference powerhouses of the NBA, the Lakers are leading 1-0 and will look to gain a psychological advantage at the start of the season with another win over the Warriors. Even though both the teams have been without many of their top players, the Lakers had impressed in the first game with a 104-98 win over the Warriors. Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee will be some of the players to watch out for once again.Read | South Park Mocks China After NBA Apology For Hong Kong Support Tweet WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Lakers’ injury woesFormer New Orleans Pelican star Anthony Davis was left out of the squad for the game on Monday night, owing to a thumb injury. The six-time NBA All-Star was spotted with an ice pack on his hand after emerging from the locker game after the first quarter during the game against Brooklyn Nets in China. The towering American is all set to miss the rest of the Lakers’ preseason games. Davis has missed a minimum of seven games in each of his seven seasons. The Lakers, therefore, will have to bide their time in order to see their star acquisition dominate the court. Read | Dream11, GSW Vs LAL: Squads, Team News And PredictionsLeBron James was also rested for the game against the Warriors. This also meant that the Lakers’ pre-season win against the Warriors was all the more admirable. While a pre-season victory cannot be taken as gospel truth, a few points are worth noting for the Warriors. Steph Curry seemed to have struggled to impose a presence in the game against the Lakers. Arguably one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, Curry finished with just 17 points in the game. With the Warriors opting to rest Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell, it was upon rookie Jordan Poole to play the supporting act for the side.Read | India Gets Its First-ever Floating Basketball Court In Mumbai 10 months ago Dream11, GSW vs LAL: Squads, team news and predictions LIVE TV First Published: 16th October, 2019 11:41 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Colin DCunha FOLLOW US Last Updated: 16th October, 2019 11:41 IST Dream11: Warriors Vs LA Lakers Preview And Predicted Line-ups Dream11: After romping to a win over the Warriors at the Staples Center on Monday night, the Lakers will look to register another victory on Thursday morning. 10 months ago Dream11 BLR vs DEL PKL 2019 Semi-final 1: Squads and team predictions 10 months ago Dream11: Sweden vs Spain match predictions, important updateslast_img read more

Justice for Corey Jones

first_imgCorey Jones Finally, after three and-a-half years the family of Palm Beach County resident Corey Jones, a 31-year old black man, who was shot and killed by white South Asian police officer Nouman Raja in October 2015 has received some justice.This morning in a Palm Beach County court,  a jury of six found Raja, who was previously fired from the Palm Beach Gardens police force, guilty of manslaughter and attempted murder in Jones’ death. Raja is the first police officer in Florida to be convicted of shooting and killing while on duty in 30 years.A fired Florida police officer has been found guilty as charged of manslaughter and attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a stranded black motorist. Nouman Raja is the first officer in the state to be convicted of an on-duty shooting in 30 years.A Palm Beach County jury found Raja guilty on Thursday of the October 2015 shooting of 31-year-old Corey Jones. Raja now faces up to life in prison when he’s sentenced.Jones had been driving on I-95 on the morning of October 18, 2015 when his SUV encountered mechanical problems and he puled off the road unto an exit ramp. While waiting for help Raja, dressed in plain clothes, drove up the darken ramp. However, instead of assisting Jones, Raja accosted him without identifying himself.  The prosecution argued Jones thought Raja was a robber, and pulled his licensed firearm. He was then shot several times by Raja, who claimed he shot the young church musician in self defenseFollowing the announcement of the verdict the judge announced that Raja’s sentencing will be held on April 26. He could be sentenced to life in prison on the charges on which he is convicted.last_img read more