Australia’s Queensland shuts state border to stem COVID-19 second wave

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first_imgAustralia’s Queensland state on Wednesday said it would close its border with New South Wales state to hold back a second wave of COVID-19, while the country’s second-largest city Melbourne was set to shut most businesses from midnight.A surge in coronavirus cases in Melbourne has forced the state of Victoria to impose a night curfew, tighten restrictions on people’s movements and order most businesses to stop trading from Wednesday night.Other states are imposing new restrictions of their own to prevent any spillover form Victoria and an even bigger hit to the national economy, which has plunged into its first recession in nearly three decades. Australia has withstood the pandemic much better than most other countries, with 18,729 cases and 232 deaths in a population of 25 million.But Victoria, which accounts for about a quarter of the nation’s economy, has nearly two-thirds of Australia’s coronavirus cases and is expected to report more than 700 new infections on Wednesday, according to media reports.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who has already shut her northeastern state’s border to Victorians, said travelers from New South Wales and the capital Canberra also would be barred from Saturday.”We have seen that Victoria is not getting better, and we’re not going to wait for New South Wales to get worse. We need to act,” Palaszczuk said at a media conference in Brisbane. After two months of no community transmission in the state, two travelers who returned to Queensland from Melbourne last month tested positive to the virus and there have been at least three cases of local transmission, the state’s deputy premier said.”It is clear now that Australia is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 and we cannot afford to have that second wave here in Queensland,” Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.Queensland, a popular holiday destination for people from the colder southern states, reported one new and 11 active cases on Wednesday.Victorians are bracing for the shutdown of a range of businesses from hair salons to furniture stores, and curbs on construction activity, meatworks and warehouses, hitting 250,000 jobs.In another blow to the economy, Australia’s number two airline, Virgin Australia Holdings, said on Wednesday it would axe 3,000 jobs under its prospective new owner Bain Capital.Topics :last_img read more

Angels waste Andrew Heaney’s strong start in 2-1 loss to Yankees

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first_imgJohnson got Miguel Andújar on a liner to second, and then he threw Torres a 3-and-1 fastball over the outer half of the plate, and Torres hit it the other way, over the fence in right-center.Afterward, Heaney said he had told Scioscia and pitching coach Charlie Nagy before the seventh that he was almost done.“I said, ‘I’m good but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little low in the gas tank, mentally and physically,’” Heaney said. “I’ll go till you tell me not to. That’s when he wanted to make the move. I’m glad it ended that way (with a strikeout) and not with a hit or a home run. … Just trying to be honest.”Heaney said there was a cumulative effect from two difficult innings he’d had, in the second and fifth. The fifth, in particular, required him to face Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. He ended up getting Stanton to leave the bases loaded.“He had to work hard to get some outs,” Scioscia said. “He got some key outs. He threw a good ballgame, but that was about the time to get him out.” [email protected] with a LASER.This throw was over 100 mph! pic.twitter.com/DXxweIYT47— MLB (@MLB) May 26, 2018 Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Unfortunately for the Angels, Johnson gave up the homer and that was too much for the offense to overcome. Mike Trout’s 16th homer was all the Angels could muster. Judge threw out Kole Calhoun at the plate in the third, and he nailed Martín Maldonado trying to go for a double in the seventh.The Angels had the meat of their order up in the eighth, and Justin Upton’s walk brought the go-ahead run to the plate. Albert Pujols hit a 107 mph line drive right to shortstop Didi Gregorius.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Yankees then summoned flame-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman to face Ohtani. Ohtani missed a homer by about 15 feet down the left-field line, and then he hit a hard ground out on a 101.9-mph pitch, ending the inning. Ohtani had never seen a pitch harder than 99.4 mph.“It was a big situation,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I wanted to get a base hit. I wasn’t able to come through. His pitches were really powerful. Some of the contact I made was some pretty good contact.”Yankees fans loved all three of Ohtani’s outs, as they greeted him with boos each time he came to the plate.In response to the Angels’ decision to skip Ohtani’s expected start at Yankee Stadium, the New York Daily News on Friday morning featured the taunting headline: “What a Chicken!” Interpreter Ippei Mizuhara had deposited a copy of the paper on Ohtani’s chair in the clubhouse.“I didn’t really want to see (the newspaper) but I was kind of forced to,” Ohtani said with a chuckle. “The booing is not the first time, so I’m getting used to it. I am trying to shut that all out.” Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros PreviousNEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Gary Sanchez #24 and Aroldis Chapman #54 of the New York Yankees celebrate a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels after their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney winds up deliver a pitch during Friday’s game against the Yankees in New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)New York Yankees’ Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney delivers a pitch during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Yankees on Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres watches his RBI single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, left, tags out New York Yankees’ Aaron Hicks at home plate during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, left, tags out New York Yankees’ Aaron Hicks at home plate during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Martin Maldonado #12 of the Los Angeles Angels tags out Aaron Hicks #31 of the New York Yankees in the second inning during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a home run in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a home run in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Yankees on Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino waits as Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout runs the bases after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Yankees on Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) walks past New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez after scoring on his home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Fans of Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels look on as he bats against the New York Yankees during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani runs to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. Ohtani was thrown out on the play. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels stands with Gleyber Torres #25 of the New York Yankees during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels is tagged out at the plate by Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees in the third inning during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, left, holds on to the ball after tagging out Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Yankees on Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees pops up with two men on base in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (28) hands the ball to manager Mike Scioscia while third baseman Zack Cozart (7) looks away as Heaney leaves the baseball game against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado watches as New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres, left, follows through on a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson, right, waits as New York Yankees’ Gleyber Torres (25) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Gleyber Torres #25 of the New York Yankees celebrates his seventh inning home run against the Los Angeles Angels during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Gleyber Torres #25 of the New York Yankees celebrates his seventh inning home run with Aaron Judge #99 against the Los Angeles Angels during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani reacts after he was thrown out at first base during the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Yankees in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman smiles after striking out Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado to end a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in New York. The Yankees won 2-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK, NY – MAY 25: Gary Sanchez #24 and Aroldis Chapman #54 of the New York Yankees celebrate a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels after their game at Yankee Stadium on May 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney winds up deliver a pitch during Friday’s game against the Yankees in New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 29Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney winds up deliver a pitch during Friday’s game against the Yankees in New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)ExpandNEW YORK — Andrew Heaney’s continued stretch of outstanding pitching wasn’t enough to get the Angels a victory.Heaney gave up just one run in 6-1/3 innings, but Jim Johnson gave up a tie-breaking homer to the second batter he saw in the Angels’ 2-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Friday night.The quiet night for the Angels offense – including an 0 for 3 from Shohei Ohtani that delighted the Yankees fans – sunk them on a night when the pitching was pretty good.Heaney, who has a 1.45 ERA in his last six games, took the mound with 94 pitches in the seventh, fresh off a seven-pitch sixth inning. He then struck out Tyler Austin on three pitches. Manager Mike Scioscia then went to his bullpen, which has endured a rough stretch lately. 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