“It also hurts him as far as the whole narrative that it’s really not much to worry about – it puts the COVID crisis itself back front and centre.”MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.27 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index fell 0.98 percent as a decline in oil and copper prices weighed on the country’s resources sector.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index erased gains and fell 0.69 percent as the Tokyo Stock Exchange resumed normal trading after its worst-ever outage brought the world’s third-largest equity market to a standstill.Euro Stoxx 50 futures were up 0.06 percent, German DAX futures rose 0.03 percent, but FTSE futures were down by 1.02 percent.Markets had been choppy early after a spate of data, including jobless claims and consumer spending, suggested that the plodding US economic recovery could be losing steam.Futures for the tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 1.7 percent. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield fell to 0.6545 percent.China’s stock and bond markets, foreign exchange and commodity futures markets are closed Oct. 1-8 for the Golden Week holiday. South Korea and Hong Kong markets are also closed on Friday for holidays.US markets kicked off the fourth quarter by closing higher on Thursday while investors tracked progress in negotiations for additional fiscal stimulus.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.13 percent on Thursday. The S&P 500 gained 0.53 percent and the Nasdaq Composite added 1.42 percent.US consumer spending is starting to slow due to a shaky jobs market. If policymakers cannot agree on more support, the US economy could lose more momentum.Traders are also waiting for the Labor Department’s report on non-farm payrolls and the jobless rate later Friday, following new layoff announcements from the likes of Disney and Goldman Sachs.The dollar index jumped 0.3 percent on risk aversion.Spot gold fell 0.55 percent to US$1,894.60 an ounce, adding to its worst month since November 2016, while oil prices continued to fall, adding to a 10 percent September drop.Brent crude futures were trading down 0.93 percent at $40.54 a barrel on Friday, while US crude futures were down 0.98 percent at $38.34 a barrel.Oil prices fell more than 3 percent on Thursday as rising coronavirus cases around the world dampened the demand outlook, while a rise last month in member output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries also pressured prices. Topics : Trump earlier said on Twitter that he and his wife had been tested for coronavirus after Hope Hicks, a senior advisor who recently traveled with the president, tested positive.He later tweeted he and the first lady had tested positive: “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” he said.Trump’s positive could cause a new wave of market volatility as investors brace for the hotly-contested presidential election in November.“It has the potential to reduce Trump’s campaigning ability. He’s got a lot on and it’s an interruption,” said Sean Callow, currency strategist at Westpac in Sydney. United States stock futures extended losses on Friday after President Donald Trump said he and his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus, weeks ahead of elections.Futures for the S&P 500 slid 1.21 percent by early afternoon in Asia, while Treasury yields also fell.The US dollar rose, particularly against the British pound, the Australian and New Zealand dollars in a sign of risk aversion.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 23, 2015 Government That Works, Press Release, Transparency Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded PennVEST (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority) for its enactment of a gift ban. The board’s vote at its most recent meeting yesterday was unanimous.“I am committed to making government work so we can restore the public’s trust and make sure we are being open and transparent,” said Governor Wolf. “That is why I signed executive orders banning gifts for all employees of the executive branch and reforming the way the commonwealth contracts with outside legal firms.“I commend the PennVEST board’s action in following my lead to ban gifts. This is an important step.”In February, Governor Wolf urged independent state agencies to ban gifts. PennVEST joins major independent agencies, including the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, in banning gifts.# # # Governor Wolf Praises PennVEST Gift Ban Enactment
194/12 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise John and Liz Parker in the formal dining area of their Paradise Waters penthouse apartment. Picture: Jerad Williams 194/12 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise“Now it looks like you’re in the clouds.”Perry also painted various murals inside the apartment, including that of a grand banquet and rolling hills, giving the home a unique character.While the Parkers have given the property a charismatic flair, they said the breathtaking views were its selling point.“What we loved about it there were the views – we’ve got about 270 degree views,” Mr Parker said.“I like watching the motor racing and we’re right on the start finish line of the Gold Coast 600 there too.”The couple are enjoying their new life at Hope Island but Mr Parker said they will miss the apartment. 194/12 Commodore Drive, Surfers ParadiseOwners John and Liz Parker would often indulge in evening swims to admire the Gold Coast skyline from above.“I often used to swim up with a glass of champagne and watch the sunset,” Mr Parker said.The couple have renovated the apartment since buying it in 2000, transforming it into a contemporary palace.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoPart of the transformation included breathing new life into the pool room, which also has its own balcony and kitchenette.Mr Parker said it was his idea to paint the clouds around the dreamy pool, but they called in artist Mike Perry to make sure it looked the part.“We wanted something a little bit special, we thought the space was deserving of something unique,” Mr Parker said. 194/12 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise 194/12 Commodore Drive, Surfers ParadiseTAKING a dip beneath the Gold Coast skyline at night offers a spectacular light show, but have you ever dreamt of swimming above it?Perched on the top floor of Paradise Waters’ Grand Mariner building, this heavenly pool has panoramic views of Surfers Paradise that stretch as far as the ocean and Hinterland.It is the standout feature of the two-storey penthouse apartment at 12 Commodore Drive, which has hit the market for the first time in almost 20 years. The heavenly pool. Picture: Jerad Williams John and Liz Parker are selling their penthouse apartment at 194/12 Commodore Drive. Picture: Jerad Williams 194/12 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise 194/12 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise“It’s something special that I don’t think we’ll ever replace,” Mr Parker said.“We’ve got some grandchildren that we’re spending some more time with so we’re just having a change of lifestyle completely.”Other standout features of the home include a mother of pearl paint finish on the ceiling, an internal lift and marina berth.It is on the market with Winson Woo, of Ray White Sovereign Islands, for $3.65 million.
Rwanda’s Supreme Court approves Kagame’s third term bid Rwanda’s parliament appears to be at the heart of the ongoing efforts to create a legal avenue for President Paul Kagame’s anticipated bid for a third term.CCTV’s Maria Galang sought more details on the ongoing efforts from the Speaker of Rwanda’s National Assembly, Donatilla Mukabalisa. Rwandans vote to secure Paul Kagame a 3rd term Related Rwanda MPs to debate Kagame bid for third term
At a recent boys’ basketball game at BHS, the senior swimmers at Batesville High School were recognized. There were 6 young men and 1 young lady in this group. It was quite an impressive resume for these swimmers. I think all but one of the boys has been a state qualifier, and Matt Weiler has a chance this year to join Bryce Timonera as an individual swimming in the state finals. At least half of these young athletes were academic All-Americans, and every one of them was on some type of record-breaking group of swimmers. Like so many sports at Batesville High School, the athletic performance is enhanced by the academic achievements. It is also quite interesting to find out how many total sports most of these kids do. Five of the six boys are 3-sport letter winners. Most of them list swimming, football, and track on their resume.Coach Greene has led the swimmers since the inception of this sport at Batesville High School. His record is outstanding and the academics of the athletes are even more remarkable. TJ is able to do this despite having to find a pool for practice sessions, and he wins most of his meets even though Batesville does not have divers. This is brought about by the fact that the pools they practice in are not equipped for diving practice. They just recently annihilated their competition at the Centerville Invitational without scoring any points in the diving category. TJ insists that the kids swim hard, maintain high grades, and conduct themselves as role models for their peers. Congratulations!
VINTON, Iowa – Drivers leading national point standings at the end of the month throughout the IMCA point season will be getting something to hang on the wall or add to their trophy case.IMCA will recognize national point leaders in each division January through September, based on standings posted on the first Friday of the following month.August recipients won’t be determined until standings as of the second Friday of September because of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s; September recipients will be determined by point standings before track bonuses are applied.“Seventeen different drivers have been leading national point standings at the end of the month so far this season,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “These awards give well-deserved recognition to early-season competitors.”All awards will be mailed from the IMCA home office.Chaz Baca is the only driver to lead national points in two months, topping January and March IMCA Modified standings. Hunter Marriott led the way in February.Monty Ferriera and Austin Mundie paced IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car standings in February and March, respectively.IMCA Sunoco Stock Car point leaders were Dennis Losing in January, Cody Center in February and Dean Abbey in March.Scott Jeffery led IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock points in January. Allen Hakes was first in February, Bradley Stafford first in March.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod point leaders were Mark Madrid in January, Jason George in February and Chase Alves in March.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod point leaders were Trevor Raney in February and Tyler Bragg in March.Harold Clifton was the Mach-1 Sport Compact point leader in February while Julia Childs led the way for the 4-cylinder class in March.
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In hot and humid conditions, the Mohill AC athlete struggled and could only finish 31st out of 62 competitors. Reynolds, who recorded a time of one hour 33 minutes and 39 seconds, said: “I’m very disappointed with that. “31st place explains it all, wasn’t a good place wasn’t a good time, I don’t have an explanation for it. “My last race in Kazan at World Students I finished sixth, I was happy with finishing sixth. “I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t recover, I just can’t explain why it went wrong. I’ll have to review this with my coach and see where to go.” Press Association Ireland’s Laura Reynolds endured a tough time in the 20-kilometre race walk at the World Championships in Moscow..
Press Association Like many top-flight clubs across Europe, Arsenal are set to see several of their first-team regulars away with their countries on the back of a gruelling campaign, which for the Gunners will not finish until the FA Cup final on Saturday. Both Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez will be away at the Copa America, which runs from June 11 to July 4. With the need for players to have at least four weeks’ holiday, there will inevitably be a disruption of pre-season plans, which for Arsenal include a trip to Singapore for the Barclays Asia Trophy in mid-July. It is a state of affairs which has left Wenger less than impressed. “Moving the fixture calendar forward deeply affects pre-season and I believe it is the wrong decision of the Premier League to start on August 8,” said Wenger, whose side ended the Premier League campaign in third place and so avoided a Champions League play-off next season, but will take on Aston Villa in next weekend’s FA Cup final at Wembley. “The players have played the (2014) World Cup, then you have no winter break, you come out (of the Premier League season) and when you reach the FA Cup final, you play on May 30, then the European players who are called up by their international teams play until June 14, then you start (the new season) on August 8. “If you count six weeks’ preparation, where is the time for recovery? “As a manager, you usually have a bit of time to relax after the season when there is no international competition, but this year we finish at the end of May and start again at the end of June. “It takes you two weeks to just get out of the heat of the Premier League and then you have to prepare again.” Wenger has a particular issue with the scheduling of the Copa America, where Sanchez will aim to take hosts Chile all the way to the final in Santiago on July 4. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at FIFA’s international summer schedule and believes the move to start the new Barclays Premier League season a week earlier in August was “the wrong decision”. “I feel this competition is a bit too much. I will watch it, but with a little bit of fear because Sanchez has played 50 games for us and goes there again, having already played in the World Cup last summer,” said the Arsenal boss. “I am really surprised that FIFA authorised that. “It is disappointing that they speak a lot about the health of the players, but when you look at the competition that is organised, this Copa America, and look at the date of the start of the Premier League, it is not reasonable.”
Club-record signing Andy Carroll came off the bench to head the winner against Chelsea as the England striker returns to full fitness. With Enner Valencia also closing in on a return, Bilic admits he will soon have a selection dilemma on his hands – while backing the England contingent such as Carroll, Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson to push for a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad. “Now I have a positive headache, I have many good players who deserve to be selected in the first 11 or the 18 but I have to make the choice,” he added. “We have most of the players back and I’m glad of it, our medical team has done really well. We are planning that if someone is tired he will get individual training and stay in the gym to protect them from injuries. “I was the manager of my country (Croatia) for six years. I don’t want to tell the England manager who he should pick or not, especially after winning 10 games. “They have the best record in Europe but of course we have some good players and I rate my players. “If they continue to play like this they have every reason to hope they are going to be involved in the England team.” The Croatian has guided the Hammers to third in the Premier League since taking over in the summer and increased the pressure on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho by overseeing a 2-1 victory over the Blues last weekend. The win adds to the other scalps of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City with Bilic enjoying a fine start to his managerial career in England. Press Association Slaven Bilic has called for his West Ham side to improve “in every aspect” – despite their impressive start to the season. West Ham travel to Watford on Saturday looking to maintain pace with the front-runners but Bilic insists there is plenty of room for improvement from his squad. “It has been a good start and we are enjoying it but we are on the ground totally,” he said. “It is only a start but we are confident, we are playing well and if we continue to work hard as we have since day one, of course there will be ups and downs results-wise, but I don’t see a reason why we should drop dramatically. “The core of the team has been playing together for some time now and that is the greatest thing, we only added some players we thought were necessary to make the team better. “It is still early days to say where the limits are for this team – what is definite is that we have lots of room to improve from every aspect.” When asked to specify what areas he was specifically talking about, Bilic replied: “Everything. “Some players know each other only for a couple of months so we can improve organisation and transition. “We can improve small things like set-pieces and second balls. We definitely have to improve in shooting because we are not shooting enough. That doesn’t mean I’m not happy with the performances so far but we can improve in absolutely everything.”