Australian officials tried to contain a fresh outbreak of the novel coronavirus on Monday, telling residents in the cluster hotspots to avoid travel outside their suburbs in Melbourne, the country’s second-largest city.Victoria state of which Melbourne is the capital has recorded double digit rises in new COVID-19 infections, accounting for nearly 90% of the 126 cases detected nationally over the past week.”At the moment the recommendation is simply an advisory, a strong advisory, where what we don’t want is people to come from those areas to other parts of Victoria, or interstate,” Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio. “If you are coming from interstate and you have family in one of those areas, we would prefer you not to come and visit that area and potentially take the virus back.”The Victorian government has said it would reimpose restrictions on social gatherings after the surge in new cases it says has been caused by family get-togethers attended by people with mild symptoms.Officials have also criticized people who have gone shopping while awaiting COVID-19 test results.New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, told residents to avoid travelling to hotspots in neighboring Victoria as the winter school holidays approach. Topics : “We’re asking people to consider their trips to Melbourne as community transmission at the moment is higher than what they would like,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.Despite the spike in cases in Victoria, Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged states and territories to continue removing the bulk of social distancing restrictions by the end of July.”We have to ensure that we can run our economy, run our lives, run our communities alongside this virus,” Morrison told reporters in Sydney.Australia had reported nearly 7,500 coronavirus cases and 102 deaths as of Sunday.
FILE PHOTO: Marcus Rashford Share on: WhatsApp Sent off at Burnley in September for a headbutt, Rashford was labelled “naive” by Mourinho.It was not the last time he would be one of Mourinho’s sacrificial lambs.“When we talk about Luke Shaw, about (Anthony) Martial, about (Jesse) Lingard, about Marcus Rashford, we’re talking about boys with great potential but who still are lacking that (courage),” Mourinho moaned in November.Thankfully for Rashford’s flagging morale, that proved one of Mourinho’s last salvos before his unlamented exit.Solskjaer knows a thing or two about persevering in adversity at United after thriving under Alex Ferguson despite often being used as an impact substitute.His refusal to be defined by his understudy role was rewarded when he scored the dramatic winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.Feeling a kinship with Rashford, Solskjaer was quick to seek him out when he arrived at United’s Carrington training ground, making a point of rebuilding his shattered confidence by assuring him the goals would come as long as he persevered.Putting in the hard yards has never been a problem for Rashford, who is so dedicated to his craft that he spends hours after training honing his skills while most of his teammates have long since gone home.“Marcus just wants to learn. He’s on the training pitch all the time and at times you have to drag him off, because he just wants to be out there,” United defender Ashley Young said.“It’s fantastic to see, he’s got that hunger, that desire, he’s a winner.”For Solskjaer, a devotee of United’s purist principles, the pace and poise of Rashford was the ideal building block for his revamped attack.His strike against Brighton was his 41st goal for United, with Ronaldo having scored 25 times and Rooney 45 times after 150 games.Unchained by Solskjaer, Rashford is the leading man at last and United are reaping the rewards. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Marcus Rashford was in danger of seeing his dream of becoming Manchester United’s star striker turn to dust but the England forward is flourishing again after escaping Jose Mourinho’s shackles.Three years after exploding onto the Premier League scene, Rashford marked his 150th United appearance on Saturday with a memorable goal that underlined his vast potential.Smoothly turning away from Brighton’s Pascal Gross, Rashford curled a fine shot into the top corner as United sealed a seventh successive win since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim manager.Solskjaer’s arrival in December to replace the sacked Mourinho has proved a catalyst for United’s surge, and Rashford has been at the heart of their success.Rashford has scored five times in six league matches following the Norwegian’s appointment, earning comparisons from his manager with former United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.“Definitely he can be absolutely top-class. He is only 21 but the maturity he is showing at times is more than 21,” Solskjaer said when asked if Rashford was capable of emulating Ronaldo and Rooney.Born in the south Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe, Rashford has long appeared destined to join the lengthy list of homegrown United legends.He joined the club as a seven-year-old and was so highly regarded that the notoriously demanding Louis van Gaal handed him his debut in a Europa League tie against Midtjylland in February 2016.The coltish Rashford netted twice that night, before scoring another brace against Arsenal in his first Premier League game three days later.He also scored in his first Manchester derby match and his first Champions League match, earning an England call-up that featured — what else — a debut goal.Scoring against Australia in the third minute, Rashford became the youngest Englishman to net on his international bow.But following Mourinho’s arrival, it quickly became clear that Rashford’s precocious talent would be tolerated but not fully trusted by the Portuguese coach.Mourinho rarely gave Rashford a sustained run of games as a centre forward, preferring to use him on the flanks while Romelu Lukaku monopolised playing time, even though the Belgian was often inconsistent.– Hunger and desire –By the early stages of this season, Rashford was growing disillusioned.He scored just twice for United between August and December, and Mourinho’s acerbic tongue hardly helped ease his player’s fears that his career was stalling.
TeamsMen, captained by Roy Smethurst (Crewe, Cheshire):Ian Attoe (Worplesdon, Surrey)Stephen East (Wyke Ridge, Yorkshire)Trevor Foster (Accriungton & District, Lancashire)Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Berkshire)Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire)Richard Partridge (Wildernesse, Kent) 5 Sep 2018 England teams march ahead in European championships Women, captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey).Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex)Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath, Straffordshire)Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire)Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire)Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire)Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) England marched into the match play stages of the European senior team championships, with the men going through as top seeds and the women in fourth place.The men, playing at the Diamond Club in Austria, had only one round to make an impact in qualifying after yesterday’s play was washed out.They made no mistakes today and won the qualifying round by four shots. Their team total, with their best five scores from six counting, was three-over par.British Senior Champion Trevor Foster (pictured) led the way for the team with a score of one-under 71, one behind the individual winners. Ian Attoe, Rupert Kellock and Richard Latham added par scores and Stephen East contributed four-over 76.The top eight teams qualified for the championship knock-out stage and tomorrow England will play Sweden in the quarter finals.The women, competing in Mont du Golf Garni in Belgium, played steadily over their two days of qualifying. Top scorer was Cath Rawthore, who shared third place in the individual table on two-over par.They will also play Sweden in their quarter-final tomorrow. Tags: European, Senior Team Championship
The happy Locke family would not be complete if sister Robyn didn’t participate too.The younger sibling has not disappointed the rest of the family at most of the same events Peter and Julien competed at — except for Junior Nationals.“Last year my biggest race was going to Terrace for B.C. Winter Games,” said 14-year-old Robyn Locke. “I finished eighth and 12th in my category (midget girls). These were probably of my two best races of the year.”Some results for Robyn Locke has the Nelsonite 18th and 16th at Canmore to start the season, and 12th and 15th at a B.C. Cup race in Prince George.Robyn Locke plans on joining older brothers at the Westerns and [email protected] By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsLong time ago in a far away place, humans realized by attaching two shaped pieces of wood to their feet they could travel faster when hunting in snow-covered fields and woods. You won’t see Peter or Julien Locke breezing through the forests around the Heritage City with rifle strapped on back looking for dinner.They shop at the Co-op.However, it wouldn’t be uncommon to see the two Nelsonites leading the pack during a provincial or national cross-country race.The two Nelson skiers have quietly turned more than a few heads at the elite level and are looking for more success in the coming months.“The season is going very well,” Peter Locke told The Nelson Daily on the eve of the Western Canadians this weekend in Kelowna. “I’ve had some very good results this year, however, they were as good as I hoped for at (junior) nationals.”“My sprinting this year has been very good,” added Julien Locke. “One of my best races was the Thunder Bay sprint (January 6-9).”Not that long ago the two Locke boys, twins you know, were being towed around the Nelson Nordic Ski Trails in a sled by their parents.It wasn’t that long before the two were up on skis, competing in the Jackrabbit program, passing up on the traditional team sports like soccer and hockey.“It’s not like don’t like team sports, I just prefer individual sports like cross-country,” Peter Locke said.“Nothing against team sports at all . . . I used to swim when I was younger,” added Julien Locke. “I just never did any.”After a few years in the Nelson Nordic Ski Club system, the two decided to join the more competitive Blackjack club in Rossland.“There wasn’t much happing in Nelson and Rossland ran a higher caliber team so we thought there was more opportunity for us,” Julien Locke explained.The Blackjack coach is none other than Dave Wood, formerly of the Canadian national team for the past 16 years. Wood wrapped up his career in 2010 helping Canadian athletes at the Vancouver/Whistler Olympics. The Locke boys, who home school but find time to put in 500 hours per year or eight to 24 per week of training, have already logged more miles than Greyhound this season competing on the cross country circuit.There were races in Canmore, the Alberta Cup; at Vernon’s Silver Star Resort for the Haywood NorAm; and at the home Blackjack Club for the Haywood NorAm Senior World Championship trials. The two then traveled to Thunder Bay, Ont., for the World Junior Trails.Peter Locke, at 6’3”, 175 pounds, finished 26th in the 20-kilometer continuous pursuit, 31st in the 1600m classic sprint and 19th in 15km skate.Julien Locke, at 6’1”, 180-pounds, finished 34th, eighth and 25th.“I was hoping to land one of the spots for Canada at World Juniors but I came up just a little short,” said Julien Locke.“I had a fast heat, with the eventual first, second and fourth-place guys in it and unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay with them up the hill. I did everything I could but they were all a year or two older than me and with the long course, they had the advantage.”“My best race was the Thunder Bay . . . the 15 km,” Peter Locke admitted. “So far this year we have mostly raced up in Junior Men’s category, which has been quite a change from last year as the distances have increased from 10 km to 20km. I really like the longer races and have been having a really good season so far.”The two 17-year-old skiers, Julien is part of the B.C. Team and Peter the B.C. Development squad, have been racing most of this season in Junior Men’s category against many older skiers.This weekend another major test comes in Kelowna at Westerns.The Westerns is going to be a “tour” race. The first stage is a skate sprint. The next day is a prologue race, which will be one of the first times this type of race being been held in Canada. It’s a 3.5 km classic individual start. The race is so short, competitor need to ski at a sprint pace for the duration. The final day is the 15 km pursuit. For this race skiers are seeded according to times and bonus seconds from the first two days of racing. The start is staggered accordingly. The first person to the finish wins the overall three days of racing. The whole idea of tour races has been around for a long time in other sports but it’s quite new to cross country skiing.The field won’t be as strong as World Junior Trials, a field that included many of the top skiers in Canada, but most of the top skiers from the west will be competing.“Last year we did not attend Westerns but at Nationals I won the skate sprint and got fourth in the aggregate, just a few points out of third,” said Julien Locke, whose goal is to ski for Canada on the World Cup circuit. “So I expect westerns should be good again.”Next month in Canmore, March 12-19 promises to be the ultimate test for the two Locke boys.“I am looking forward to all of the races but I’m especially exited for the sprint,” said Julien Locke. “The classic (my favourite), the course is perfect and I am going into it as last years winner. It’s not going to be easy to hang on to the title but I am looking forward to the challenge.”Then again, if it doesn’t work out on the cross-country circuit for the two Blackjack skiers, there’s always the chance of putting those skills on boards to good use trying to find dinner.Sister Robyn keeps up with older brothers
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham to offer Carroll to Newcastle for Shelveyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham striker Andy Carroll is being linked with a return to Newcastle United.The Daily Express says Carroll’s agent is in talks over a return to Newcastle.The move would see Jonjo Shelvey transfer to West Ham in a swap.The Hammers are reportedly trying to offload the striker before his contract expires in the summer while Shelvey has fallen down the pecking order under Rafa Benitez.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso: No reason to feel intimidated facing Juventusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso insists there’s no reason to feel intimidated facing Juventus in the Supercoppa.The match is being held in Saudi Arabia.Gattuso said, “I felt the tension more as a player than a Coach. It’s completely different. We are up against a side that has been dominant in Italy and Europe for eight years, they know how to play for trophies, but it’s important for us to be here and feel this experience too.“We’ve got to play our game with a relaxed approach, because the strongest team doesn’t always win in a one-off match. We want to see a great performance to beat Juve tomorrow, we’re well aware of that.“I am a man who often follows his instinct and for the last five years in this profession my focus has been on being as credible as possible in the eyes of my players. I say with great honesty, I am not thinking of myself, but what this game can represent for my players.“I want to help them realise we can do it, we can raise the bar and push through the limits. I don’t want to see us panic or fall apart at the first error. I don’t want to see a repeat of Olympiacos, a game we had in our grasp and threw it away. At the first error, we lose all our confidence. It has been happening to Milan for a long time, even before I got here, and I want to see this team maintain its courage.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AC Milan rival Arsenal, Liverpool for Donyell Malenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe battle for PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen is heating up.The Mirror says AC Milan have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for Malen, according to latest reports from Italy.Arsenal are monitoring £50million-rated striker Malen, two years after allowing the young Dutchman to move back to Holland for just £500,000.Malen has scored 11 goals in just 13 matches in four competitions for Eindhoven this season after hitting double figures in his breakthrough campaign.Eindhoven believe he is already worth 100 times the sum they paid Arsenal to secure his services.Malen was dubbed the new Thierry Henry when he spent two seasons with the Gunners’ youth team. However, he featured in just two pre-season friendlies for Arsene Wenger before being sold to PSV in the summer of 2017.
Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba fit to face Rochdaleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is fit to face Rochdale in the Carabao Cup tomorrow.United host the League One side in the third round of the Carabao Cup and will be boosted by the return of Pogba, who has missed the last three games against Leicester, Astana and West Ham.Solskjaer said: “He’ll probably get some minutes against Rochdale. “But we definitely think he’s ready for Arsenal.”Also returning is 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood, fresh from his match-winning goal against Astana in the Europa League on Thursday. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsThe federal government is revising their plans for the Nanisivik research station on Baffin Island in Nunavut.Nanisivik was originally proposed in 2007, when debate about Canada’s Arctic sovereignty was in full force. Now, the project has been scaled back dramatically, and one MP is saying it was little more than political opportunism to begin with.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier talks to MP Dennis Bevington about the hopes for Nanisivik and what this says about the state of arctic sovereignty.
BlackBerry Ltd.’s shares soared Friday after its latest financial results topped expectations and it outlined plans for growth in autonomous driving, a push into health care and intentions to add significant engineering talent.The company beat expectations through growth in its enterprise software and services business, as well as in its fast-growing automotive division, John Chen, BlackBerry’s executive chairman and chief executive, said in an interview.“Transportation, especially when it comes to autonomous driven vehicles and connected car, that unit had done the best in the last quarter,” he said.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said it earned US$43 million or eight cents per basic share in its latest quarter, more than double earnings of $19 million or four cents per basic share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, BlackBerry said it earned four cents per share for the quarter, beating the penny per share profits analysts on average had expected according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company’s shares were up $2.20 or 16.6 per cent to $15.49 in late-morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.While overall revenue dropped to $210 million from $238 million last year, the automotive division saw 29 per cent revenue growth with more to come, said Chen.“It will continue to grow double-digit for the next couple quarters, so we think that is a big growth opportunity for BlackBerry.”The company recently announced a partnership with Ottawa-based technology accelerator L-SPARK to help small- and medium-sized businesses bring new products to market using its BlackBerry QNX automotive software.Chen said the company also plans to ramp up efforts in autonomous driving and other divisions.“You ask our own people, who are much more bullish than I am, they’re talking about adding a thousand engineers,” he said.“It’s going to be multi-years, I mean you can’t find a thousand engineers because there’s such high demand and short supply. But we do have the advantage that a lot of our development organization is in Canada, so we’re very closely tied to the university programs. So we’re going to hire a lot of engineers I’m sure.”But while technology development is ramping up on the automotive side, Chen said he’s more cautious than his colleagues as to when we’ll see fully autonomous vehicles take hold.He said the technology should be available and affordable in the next few years, but thinks infrastructure and policies on safety and other issues will push back a widespread rollout.“I’m encouraged for the future, I just think that most people think it’s going to happen faster than I think it will.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BB)