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In a first, Missouri sues China over coronavirus economic losses

first_img“The Chinese government lied to the world about the danger and contagious nature of COVID-19, silenced whistleblowers, and did little to stop the spread of the disease,” Schmitt, a Republican, said in a statement.”They must be held accountable for their actions.”The lawsuit also accuses the Chinese government of making the pandemic worse by “hoarding” masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE).US President Donald Trump, also a Republican, initially lavished praise on China and his counterpart Xi Jinping for the official response to the outbreak, which has since spread worldwide to infect more than 2.5 million people. But he and other senior US officials have also referred to it as the “Chinese virus” and in recent days have ramped up their rhetoric.China is already facing similar lawsuits filed in US courts on behalf of US business owners.International law experts told Reuters that efforts in US courts to hold China liable for the virus would probably fail.A legal doctrine called sovereign immunity offers foreign governments broad protection from being sued in US courts, said Tom Ginsburg, a professor of international law at the University of Chicago.Ginsburg said he thought the recent flurry of lawsuits against China serves a political end for Republican leaders facing an election in November.”We are seeing a lot of people on the political right focus on the China issue to cover up for the US government’s own errors,” Ginsburg said.Trump initially downplayed the seriousness of the virus, which has killed more than 43,000 people in the United States, out of nearly 800,000 infections, by Tuesday.It has also forced state governors to declare stay-at-home orders that have shuttered businesses and social activities, leading a record 22 million people to seek unemployment benefits in the past month.”If the United States wants to bring claims against China, it will have to do so in an international forum,” said Chimène Keitner, an international law professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.”There is no civil jurisdiction over such claims in US courts.”In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also said China’s response was not under the jurisdiction of US courts, adding that it had provided updates on the outbreak to the United States since Jan. 3.”Such abuse of litigation is not conducive to the epidemic response at home in the United States and also runs counter to international cooperation,” Geng told a daily briefing on Wednesday, speaking about Missouri’s move.”What the United States should do is refute and reject such abuse of litigation.”  Missouri became on Tuesday the first US state to sue the Chinese government over its handling of the coronavirus, saying that China’s response to the outbreak that originated in the city of Wuhan brought devastating economic losses to the state.In Beijing, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry dismissed the accusation on Wednesday as “nothing short of absurdity” and lacking any factual or legal basis.The civil lawsuit, filed in federal court by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, alleges negligence, among other claims. It says Missouri and its residents suffered possibly tens of billions of dollars in economic damages, and seeks cash compensation.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Buyers seek homes equipped for work and life

first_img Digital marketers Anna and Morgan Richards work from their terrace home in Robina.Gold Coast entrepreneurs Anna and Morgan Richards are already living the work-life dream, having moved into Vue Terrace Homes in Robina nine months ago.The couple runs their digital network marketing business from their three-bedroom terrace home which has parkland and Gold Coast City skyline views.“We spend a lot of time in Zoom meetings and doing video podcasts, so one of the biggest factors when we were looking for a new home was internet speeds,” Ms Richards said.“Having our own dedicated office spaces with plenty of natural light and views is a big plus as well. “We keep pretty typical nine-to-five hours, but when we take a break, it is also important for us to have a balcony to sit outside and have a coffee or some lunch.Location was also part of the appeal for the couple who wanted easy access to recreational spaces to break up the work day. “It is really important that we can take a walk on the beach or through Robina City Parklands when they are finished, or go down to the pool and recreation deck for a quick swim,” Ms Richards said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Morgan and I have the perfect work-life balance and no matter how long the pandemic continues, I can’t see us working from a traditional office again any time soon.” Outdoor balconies and natural light make working from home more pleasant.Libby Sander, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Bond University’s Business School, said the pandemic had fast-tracked many businesses into work from home mode – and properties needed to adjust.“In the future, we are likely to see more people working from home on a regular basis. We need to think about designing homes that have multiple designated work areas to support this shift,” she said.“Not everyone will have a dedicated separate office to work from home, and in the current climate, we are likely to see more than one person working from home. In addition, kids are schooling at home in many cases as well.“Creating a designated workspace is important for productivity, as well as physical and mental health. Working from bed, the couch or the kitchen table is unlikely to be effective.“Fresh air and natural light provide important physical and mental benefits, and it is important to take regular breaks, so people should set aside time in their day to get outside and go for a walk.”“Good lighting is essential, as is a well designed desk with a proper chair, and poor internet connectivity is a significant issue for many working at home at the moment.” Fast, reliable internet was a must-have for Morgan and Anna Richards.Homes that are well equipped to handle the demands of working remotely are being favoured by buyers who will continue to work from home post COVID-19.Real estate experts are picking up on a trend towards buyers seeking out homes that enable them to create an ideal work-life balance.Faster internet, dedicated office spaces and convenient access to recreational areas to break-up work routines are among the features home-based workers are wanting. Knight Frank Australia Business Development Manager Chris Litfin said the rise in people working from home has added to what was already a significant remote workforce on the Gold Coast.“Our city is an innovation incubator where a high percentage of people own their own businesses and professionals across a range of industries work from home or from collaborative working spaces,” Mr Litfin said.“Since the pandemic has hit, more professionals who had ordinarily worked from a traditional office have now transitioned to working from home – a situation that is likely to continue for some time.”Mr Litfin said there had been a notable trend towards buyers asking for properties that meet the needs of home-based businesses or have home office capabilities.“We are noticing those looking to buy a new home at the moment are taking into account the fact that they may be working from home for the foreseeable future, and some of the first questions they are asking are to do with whether or not a property meets their professional needs,” he said.last_img read more

Diamond Offshore dives into the red in 4Q

first_imgHouston-based offshore driller Diamond Offshore sank to a loss in the fourth quarter of 2017 as its revenues decreased compared to the same period of 2016. The driller on Monday posted a net loss of $31.94 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to a profit of $116.1 million in the same period of 2016.Diamond’s revenues in the fourth quarter of 2017 dropped to $346.2 million from $391.87 million in the prior-year quarter.“Although market conditions continue to be challenging, we were able to secure additional work for the Ocean Valor and Ocean Valiant, extending both of the rigs’ current contracts through 2020,” said Marc Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer.“These contract extensions comprise a majority of the additional 48 months of backlog Diamond was able to secure this past quarter.”Edwards went on to say, “The moored market continues to tighten, evidenced by our three other contract wins during the quarter.”Operational efficiency of the company’s fleet was 98.8% in the fourth quarter, compared to 94.3% in the third quarter of 2017, reflecting continued improvements from the company’s Pressure Control by the Hour service model.As of December 31, 2017, the company’s total contracted backlog was $2.4 billion, which represents approximately 21 rig years of work.last_img read more

‘Tisoy’ death toll climbs to 13

first_imgMANILA – At least 13 persons died in Luzon and Visayas from the onslaught of the country’s strongest storm so far this year. In Quezon, one died after being struck by lightning while fishing in Polilio Island, while another was hit by a felled tree. The council added that a total of 38 houses have been damaged in Regions V, VI, CAR and CARAGA, while a total of 18 road sections, 12 are impassable and three bridges were affected. Workers repair damaged houses along the coastline in the aftermath of Typhoon Tisoy in Legazpi City, Albay on Tuesday. Tisoy brought heavy rains and strong winds as it made its first landfall on Monday evening in Sorsogon province. BASILIO SEPE/GREENPEACE The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday morning that a total of 495,408 individuals or 123,912 families are being assisted in Regions III, V, VIII, NCR and MIMAROPA. One was killed in Leyte after also beinghit by a tree. Based on the reports from Police Regional Office 5, five were killed in Bicol region, where Typhoon “Tisoy” made its first two landfalls. Tisoy claimed five lives in Mimaropa, where it also hit land twice. Four people were from Oriental Mindoro while one died in Marinduque. Tisoy has made landfall for four times — in Gubat, Sorsogon; San Pascual, Masbate; Marinduque; and Naujan, Oriental Mindoro. The typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning./PNlast_img read more

Barcelona, Real Madrid join race to sign Man United target

first_imgBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke hinted in March that the player would be leaving the Bundesliga club.“Even before the coronavirus pandemic exploded, we said that our desire was for him to stay, but in the end you have to accept the player’s preference,” Watzke wrote in Bild, as cited by El Mundo Deportivo.The winger was part of the England side who won the 2017 Under-20 World Cup and left City to join Dortmund the same summer for €8m.Read Also: PSG plot offer for £50m-rated Super Eagles starIt now appears his exit from the Bundesliga club may be accelerated, particularly in light of the recent arrival of striker Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg this January.Initially arriving as a replacement for Ousmane Dembele, who moved to Barcelona for an initial €105m, the 20-year-old has been a revelation at the Bundesliga club and has scored 31 goals for Borussia’s first team, including 17 this campaign.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Barcelona and Real Madrid have both entered the race to sign in-demand Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho this summer, report Bild.Advertisement The English winger is set to be one of the most in-demand players this summer and will command a sizable transfer fee, with Manchester United and Chelsea both linked by multiple reports. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Largest Cities In The World6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Valuelast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img May 12, 2020 PGA-RYDER CUP-ASSISTANTSStricker appoints Love, Zach Johnson as Ryder Cup assistantsPALM BEACH GARDEN, Fla. (AP) — Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker has asked two-time U.S. captain Davis Love III and Zach Johnson to be his assistants for the upcoming matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.Stricker previously appointed the last captain, Jim Furyk, to be one of his assistants. The Ryder Cup is still on schedule to be played Sept. 25-27 — one week after the rescheduled U.S. Open.Love was captain at Medinah in Illinois in 2012 when Europe rallied from a 10-6 deficit on the final day, the largest comeback by a visiting team in Ryder Cup history. He was appointed captain again for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the first Ryder Cup since players were given more control over decisions. The Americans won for only the second time in eight matches. Update on the latest in sports: Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisions expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that spring training would start in early to mid-June.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players’ association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West.Postseason play would be expanded from 10 clubs to 14 by doubling wild cards in each league to four. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS—The coronavirus pandemic is impacting how college athletic programs make their travel plans as they budget for the upcoming year. The cancellation of the NCAA Tournament has produced a budget crunch that leaves colleges looking for cost-saving measures. One simple step is to cut back on travel. Chattanooga took a creative approach by announcing that any 2020-21 away games that hadn’t already been scheduled must be played within 150 miles of its campus. Other schools also are trying to make their trips as short as possible without instituting any specific limits.— Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is using his love of coffee to help raise money for COVID-19 relief charities. The 25-year-old Happ is partnering with Connect Roasters for Quarantine Coffee. It costs $15 per bag, and $3 from every sale goes to virus-related causes.— The Big Sky Conference is leaving the decision of when to return to sports up to its member schools. The Big Sky’s President’s Council voted to allow schools in one of the nation’s largest geographical conferences to make decisions based on NCAA and state guidelines. The conference also adjusted the schedule of volleyball, track, women’s soccer, softball and tennis for the 2020-21 school year in an effort to limit travel as schools face mounting budget issues.— Canada’s National Bank is offering cash grants to each of 23 tennis players from the country who are facing financial issues because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tennis Canada announced the grants of $10,000 to $20,000 in Canadian dollars, or about $7,000 to $14,000 in U.S. dollars, from National Bank on Monday, saying the amounts will depend on a player’s ranking. NCAA leading scorer Dugan agrees to join Golden KnightsLAS VEGAS (AP) — NCAA leading scorer Jack Dugan agreed Monday to turn pro and join the Vegas Golden Knights.Dugan was a fifth-round pick of the Golden Knights during their first draft in 2017. Because of his age, his NHL entry-level contract beginning next season would be for two years.The 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward from Pittsburgh had 10 goals and 42 assists for 52 points during his sophomore season at Providence College. Dugan was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the nation’s top college player.Dugan, 21, led the NCAA this season with 1.53 points a game, 1.24 assists a game, 22 power-play points and 30 even-strength points. The track in Arcadia has been closed for racing since March 27 by order of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, horses are allowed to train.A string of horse deaths at Santa Anita last year led to sweeping changes involving medication and safety.OLY-TOKYO STORES CLOSINGTokyo Olympics closing 5 souvenir shops; downsizing anotherTOKYO (AP) — Olympic organizers say five official merchandise shops in Tokyo will close by early June with business hindered by the coronavirus pandemic and the games being postponed until next year. NFL-RAVENS-FLUKERRavens sign Fluker, who will seek to replace Yanda at guardOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) —The Baltimore Ravens have signed free agent guard D.J. Fluker, who is expected to compete for the opening on the offensive line created by the retirement of Marshal Yanda.Fluker has 92 games of NFL experience over seven years with three teams, most recently the Seattle Seahawks. He has played primarily at right guard, the position Yanda manned for the majority of his 13 seasons before retiring in March.The Ravens announced Monday that Fluker signed a one-year contract. He has 88 career starts, the last 57 of them at guard. The 6-foot-5, 342-pound Fluker started in 14 regular-season games and had two playoff starts for Seattle at right guard last season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLAP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in JulyNEW YORK (AP) — It’s the players’ union’s turn at the plate. AHL-VIRUS OUTBREAK-AHL CANCELEDAmerican Hockey League cancels rest of season, playoffsThe American Hockey League canceled the rest of its season Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting its focus toward an uncertain future.While the Calder Cup will not be handed out for the first time since 1936, the 31-team AHL hopes to return next season. That remains uncertain; one possibility is that no fans would be allowed in arenas.Incoming president and CEO Scott Howson, who will take over for David Andrews this summer, said the AHL is still planning for a full 2020-21 regular season running from Oct. 9-April 18. But it also is working on schedules that start in November, December or January. Teams would prefer to play at their regular-season ballparks but would switch to spring training stadiums or neutral sites if medical and government approvals can’t be obtained for games at home. Toronto might have to play home games in Dunedin, Florida.The All-Star Game, scheduled for Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 14, likely would be called off.In other baseball news:— A person familiar with the planning tells The Associated Press that the World Baseball Classic will be postponed from 2021 to 2023 because of the new coronavirus. The decision must be approved by the WBC board of directors, which is expected. The fifth edition of the tournament was scheduled for next March in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami. The decision to postpone was first reported by ESPN Deportes (day-POHR’-tays).— Major League Baseball may be weeks away from playing again, but the factory that supplies bats to many of its players resumed production Monday in Kentucky. The Hillerich & Bradsby plant that makes Louisville Slugger bats had been idled for nearly two months because of the coronavirus outbreak. Workers started filling orders for some big leaguers as parts of Kentucky’s economy reopened Monday after weeks of shutdowns. It’s not clear if they will reopen.Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya says a sixth store in Osaka will also be downsized by early June. Organizers say 89 stores were operating in Japan at the end of April.Takaya could not rule out more closures. He says, “we don’t know what’s going to happen in the next three weeks.” Organizers hope for income of about $100 million from merchandise sales.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 SANTA ANITA-FATALITIESHorse dies at Santa Anita after workout; 13th since DecemberARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 13th horse has died at Santa Anita since late December.Tailback, a 4-year-old gelding, broke down after a workout Sunday. Tailback had no wins in two career starts and earnings of $4,340, according to Equibase.Tailback is the sixth horse to die on the main track since Dec. 26. A required necropsy is pending. Four others died on the turf course and three on the training track. In other NFL news:—The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker. The 5-foot-11, 219-pound Booker was a fourth-round pick by Denver in 2016 and played four seasons with the Broncos. Booker rushed for 1,103 yards in 61 games over his career. He wasn’t re-signed by Denver in the offseason. The Raiders also waived linebacker Derrick Moncrief.— Longtime NFL assistant coach John Teerlinck has died. He was 69. Colts owner Jim Irsay made the announcement in a Twitter post Sunday night. Team officials confirmed it was from Irsay’s account. Teerlinck spent 24 seasons coaching NFL defensive linemen, the last 12 with the Indianapolis Colts, and developed a reputation as one of the top pass-rushing coaches in league history. Hall of Famers Chris Doleman, John Randle and Kevin Greene were among Teerlinck’s top pupils.— Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Russell Okung says he’s appealing a decision that denied a claim he brought against the National Football League Players Association alleging unfair labor practices. The National Labor Relations Board last week dismissed Okung’s claim against the NFLPA. Okung has been outspoken against the new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA that was ratified in March by players. He says union voting procedures were not handled correctly and that the union tried to silence his right to speak on the matter.NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-DUGAN Associated Press last_img read more

103 Schools for Calabar Table tennis Open Championship

first_imgAs part of opening ceremony, an exhibition match was staged between two young national champions, Charles Etim of Government Secondary Barracks Road, and Orok Etim of Government Secondary School Akim, who had won gold medals in National school sports meets of Port Harcourt 2013, Ogun 2014 and Benue 2015.According to Duke the state have dominated the game in the country for 18 years, adding that the essence the Royal International Farms and Estates Ltd is bankrolling the event is to discover new talents that would succeed the likes of Offiong Edem and Cecilia Otu-Akpan who are already African champions.Usen Umoh who is General manager of Royal International Farms and Estates Ltd said their deep involvement in sports is to give back to the society and empower the youths in order to help discourage them from crimes.Before the Championship proper, the sponsors had donated complete set of one Joola 5000 table tennis board, 8 packs of. Das table tennis balls, two pairs table tennis rubber and said the private firms were united to popularize table tennis in the state.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Over 103 primary and secondary schools in Cross River State are participating in the 2017 Calabar Open Table Tennis Championship holding at the famous Hope Waddel Training Institute sports hall in Calabar.The three-day Championship which is sanctioned by the Nigeria Table tennis Federation (NTTF) is bankrolled Royal International Farms and Estates Ltd, Triple Star Printing Press Ltd and First Royal Micro Finance Bank Ltd, which last week, had sponsored a one-week 1st Calabar Open Taekwondo Championship.The Championship formally commenced on Wednesday when the chairman of Cross River Sports Council, Orok Duke and representative of the state commissioner for sports, praised commitment of the sponsors to sports development in the state.last_img read more

Boris Becker: “Ivan Lendl was the first complete tennis player”

first_img“He was maybe the first a hundred percent complete skilled, who did the whole lot from the racket stringing to physiotherapy and food plan. I’ve nice esteem and for me he stays one in all the finest coaches in the world. At the moment, Novak Djokovic is the one who does it finest and Iván was one thing like a pioneer in that regard “, stated the German on the event of the 60th birthday of the Czech participant.In his profession as a participant, Lendl led the world rankings for 270 weeks, successful eight Grand Slam, whereas in his stage as coach, he led Briton Andy Murray to get three Grand Slam and two Olympic gold medals, along with directing the German Alexander Zverev, with whom nonetheless, he was not working greater than a yr. The German extenista Boris Becker thought of that one in all his former rivals, Ivan Lendl, was “the first complete tennis participant a hundred percent” and “one thing like a pioneer” in his sport, and famous that as well as, after his profession as a participant, he’s “one in all the finest coaches in the world.”last_img read more

Scorpions take on Red Force

first_imgFresh off their first win, Jamaica Scorpions will today take aim at Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the third round of the WICB First-Class Championship at Queen’s Park Oval.Parading a win-and-loss record, the Scorpions are fourth in the standings on 18 points, five less than their third-place opponents, who have so far registered a win and draw.”They are always a tough opponent, this Trinidad team, however, we just have to build on our last effort,” said Jamaica coach Junior Bennett, which saw his troops defeat the Windward Islands Volcanoes by 30 runs at Sabina Park last weekend.He has also listed batting as the team’s primary concern heading into the encounter.The team, which has been out of the title race from early for the past two seasons, has failed to post a 200-plus total more than once from the start of the campaign, which has seen them bat on four occasions.This resulted in them submitting to a 10 wickets defeat to Barbados Pride in Barbados before recovering somewhat from a second-innings nightmare of 25 for seven to post 128 against the Windwards.Jamaica made 259 in the first innings of that encounter, while against Barbados, the scores were 189 and 187.The national selectors, headed by Wavell Hinds, and including Robert Haynes, Wayne Lewis, Delroy Morgan and, Cleveland Davidson, have made two changes to their squad of 13 in a bid to arrest the batting conundrum.They have added the experienced Tamar Lambert, as well as former Leeward Islands Hurricanes captain, wicketkeeper-turn-batsman Devon Thomas.replacementsThe duo replaces Carlton Baugh Jr and Brandon King and is expected to battle for a place in the starting 11 with West Indieswicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, who, despite participating in the national trials, was left out of the team for the opening two rounds.Trinidad, in the meanwhile, will be hoping to leapfrog second-place Barbados Pride, who have 25 points, and are trailing leaders Guyana Jaguars by 10 points. The Red Force defeated the Leeward Islands in their first match-up before holding Barbados to a draw at Kensington Oval. They have made three changes from their outing with Barbados. Out goes captain and all-rounder Rayad Emrit, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, and batsman Evin Lewis, while in come batsmen Jason Mohammed and Jeremy Solozano, and seamer Marlon Richards. Former youth captain, all-rounder Yannick Ottley has been named captain.last_img read more