first_imgTopics : The first one million came within five hours of launching the app, he added.When asked how many people need to download the app for it to be successful, Hunt said “there is no magic number.””As many as possible is our real goal,” he added.”It is about assisting our disease experts find people who might have been exposed and we are well ahead of our best hopes and expectations already.” The surge in downloads come as a Newspoll conducted for The Australian newspaper showed Morrison enjoyed the best approval rating for a leader since end-2008.Morrison’s approval rating has skyrocketed 27 points since the first week of March to 68%, the poll showed.The result was boosted as Morrison jettisoned much of his conservative government’s ideology to pledge spending worth more than 10% of GDP, including a A$130 billion subsidy to employers to keep staff they might otherwise have let go.Westpac chief economist Bill Evans estimates that without the subsidy unemployment would have soared to 17% by the end of June, but would now only reach 9%.Business groups in the country have begun lobbying for easing pandemic-related restrictions.A modeling by the Business Council of Australia on Monday showed the A$2 trillion economy could take a A$400 billion ($256 billion) hit if restrictions adopted to fight the spread of Covid-19 continued for six months.Last week, the head of Australia’s central bank said the country would suffer its biggest economic contraction since the 1930s in the first half of this year due to the containment measures.He estimated national output would fall by around 10% in the first half of 2020 with unemployment almost doubling to around 10% by June.The states of Queensland and Western Australia have said they would ease some restrictions this week, as both have had new cases in the low single digits in recent days.Western Australia will allow indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, while Queensland has allowed picnics, retail shopping and drives of up to 50 kilometers from home. Queensland has also opened its national parks.The most populous states of Victoria and New South Wales, which have the country’s coronavirus hotspots, are maintaining strict social and business restrictions.center_img More than a million Australians rushed to download an app designed to help medical workers and state governments trace close contacts of COVID-19 patients, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating soared on his pandemic response.Australia has been one of the most successful countries in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, recording just 83 deaths and 6,700 cases, due to border closures, movement restrictions and a stay-at-home policy. It has lowered its infection rate to currently around 1% from 25% in March.Health Minister Greg Hunt said 1.13 million Australians downloaded the tracing app CovidSafe as of 6 a.m. (2000 GMT) on Monday, nearly 4.5% of the country’s population.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But his best right-handed reliever, Dylan Floro, was unavailable based on usage recently – he pitched in three of the previous four games and warmed up in the other. So Roberts went with Chargois.“I just felt Arenado does a lot of damage against lefties. There’s some history there,” Roberts said. “You’ve got Desmond behind him. It’s a great runway for Shaggy who’s shown the ability to consistently get righties out, put them on the ground or strike them out. You got that. You got an out. I just felt it was the right play.”The history between Alexander and Arenado is minimal – four plate appearances, one hit (a home run) and a walk.“Arenado has homered off him before so he has put the ball in the air off him,” Roberts said, defending his decision. “You look at the ground-ball ratio and the success with Chargois — it’s pretty stark that Chargois has a better chance.“Neither guy has really closed. I just felt to put both those guys in a position to have success, that was the right decision.”Based on the results, it wasn’t.Chargois fell behind 3-and-1 then hit Arenado in the left hip with a slider. Perhaps Chargois’ best pitch, he had difficulty controlling his slider Saturday.“That’s fair to say. He wasn’t as sharp with it today. But that happens,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said. “He’s still got a good mix with his sinker. We should still be able to get guys out.”Chargois got Ian Desmond to bounce a ball up the middle. Second baseman Brian Dozier made a sprawling stop then flipped the ball from his glove to Manny Machado while lying on the ground. Dozier made the same play for one of three double plays the Dodgers turned for Buehler.This one only went for a single out and brought up the left-handed McMahon. Roberts’ only left-handed option to face him was two-handed Pat Venditte.He left Chargois in and McMahon clubbed his 1-and-0 fastball over the scoreboard in right field.“Arenado, we were trying to attack with sliders and get ahead of him,” Chargois said. “Battled with Desmond and got a ground ball. Unfortunately, it was in a place where we couldn’t get the double play.“Left that (last) pitch up and he hit it.”A win either Friday or Saturday would have moved the Dodgers ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks and alone atop the division. Their bullpen wouldn’t let it happen.“We have confidence in all these guys,” Barnes said. “I think everybody is capable of getting big outs in big situations. Obviously it was a luxury having Kenley for so long. He’s one of the best in the game. But we’re confident in all these guys stepping up for us.” But Jansen is sidelined, being treated for an irregular heartbeat, leaving the Dodgers’ bullpen with no back.“Obviously you don’t have that guy who’s proven to get outs in the ninth inning. That’s where we’re at right now,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We talked about ‘closer-by-committee’ and giving guys opportunities and the matchups that we feel will give us the best opportunity to get those last three outs.”After rookies Walker Buehler and Caleb Ferguson combined to get a shutout into a ninth inning at Coors Field, Roberts convened the committee.Scott Alexander has been the Dodgers’ most reliable reliever and the leading candidate to assume the closer role in Jansen’s absence. But that is not the Dodgers’ plan. Matchup-based decisions are.Alexander struck out the left-handed Carlos Gonzalez but gave up a double to right-handed Trevor Story. Nolan Arenado did not start the game because of a sore shoulder. But when Rockies manager Buddy Black sent Arenado up as a pinch-hitter, Roberts wanted a right-hander.center_img PreviousColorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, center, jokes with teammates as they warm up before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, left, congratulates starting pitcher Kyle Freeland after he struck out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier to end the top of the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland throws to first base to put out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Walker Buehler in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig steals third base against the Colorado Rockies in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Brian Dozier, left, throws over Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez after forcing him out at second base on the front end of a double play hit into by Trevor Story during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig tosses his bat after singling off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon left, applies a late tag as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner (10) pulls into third base with an RBI-triple in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado reacts after striking out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland in the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland, front, reacts after giving up a solo home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, back, in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado follows the flight of his double off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner follows the flight of his RBI-triple off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado warms up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp warms up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley, left, jokes with center fielder Enrique Hernandez as they warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Enrique Hernandez leans over the dugout rail while waiting to warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta waits to bat as he warms up before a baseball game against Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, center, jokes with teammates as they warm up before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, left, congratulates starting pitcher Kyle Freeland after he struck out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier to end the top of the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NextShow Caption1 of 19Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta, left, congratulates starting pitcher Kyle Freeland after he struck out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier to end the top of the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)ExpandDENVER – So this is their life now.For the second consecutive night, former Mater Dei two-sport star Ryan McMahon drove home the point. This time, the Dodgers were only one out away from taking sole possession of first place in the National League West when McMahon hit a three-run walkoff home run to give the Colorado Rockies a 3-2 victory Saturday night.On Friday, McMahon hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning that lifted the Rockies to a 5-4 victory.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.In both cases, the victims – left-hander Zac Rosscup on Friday and right-hander J.T. Chargois on Saturday – were pitching in situations they probably would not have been in if Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen were available.last_img read more

first_imgMINISTER LEO VARADKAR has decided to retain coast guard services at Malin Head and Valenctia Island, Co Kerry.Here’s what he had to say:“The review of the Marine Survey Office and Irish Coast Guard Services, and relevant ongoing work by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, and Fisher Consultants I should like to thank Deputy McHugh for raising this issue. Value for Money reviews into the Coast Guard and Marine Surveying functions of my Department identified a number of issues which need to be addressed in Ireland’s maritime transport safety and marine emergency response regimes. These include:• enhancing Ireland’s pollution preparedness and response capability;• improving Coast Guard volunteer training and management;• addressing deficiencies in legislation relating to maritime safety; and • addressing various measures to promote greater efficiencies within the services.I informed the Government in July that I would consider the Fisher reviews in detail and prepare an action plan to address the deficiencies identified.When I published the reviews last July I made it clear that I wouldn’t accept or reject any of the recommendations until a full assessment of the proposals had been undertaken and actions prioritised to address the issues identified as requiring attention.In publishing the reports I emphasised that preparing the action plan provides a valuable opportunity to create more efficient and effective maritime safety regulatory arrangements and emergency response services. At the same time, it is important to recognise that resources available to the maritime services are very limited and they have to be deployed on a prioritised basis and as effectively and efficiently as possible to address the most urgent needs.The Action Plan is nearing conclusion and I expect to return to Government on this in the coming weeks. One aspect of the review which has attracted significant interest is that of the future of the co-ordination centres at Dublin, Valentia and Malin.There has been considerable interest in this matter, and I appreciate that in seeking to protect local services, passions can overflow. However, I should like to put on the record that I was disappointed at the treatment of officials from my Department at a recent meeting of the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications. While most of those in attendance, including Deputy McHugh engaged constructively on the matter, there were a small number of members whose contribution was deeply unfair and unjustified. I want to record on the record of the House my disappointment in the conduct of those members, and I am sure when they review the transcript of the meeting they will withdraw some of the comments made.In my Department’s review of the Coast Guard and Marine Survey Office services, all options have to be considered. That necessarily included looking at whether the current configuration of co-ordination centres was appropriate and whether changes to that would deliver greater efficiency. This was all within the context of the expenditure and human resources constraints that my Department operates under.However, after careful consideration of the various options available, I will be proposing that the three centres will remain open and that none will be closed. Rather, through the utilisation of the most modern communications and IT infrastructure across a single national Coast Guard network, I will be proposing that the three centres will be more closely aligned and integrated. Therefore the current structure of three Coast Guard Centres in Dublin, Malin and Valentia will continue to provide their current service but will be required to deliver new efficiencies in how these services are provided. External consultants are undertaking work on the details of this at the moment to assist in the preparation of the Action Plan.WHY I KEPT MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION OPEN – BY MINISTER LEO VARADKAR was last modified: November 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:WHY I KEPT MALIN HEAD COAST GUARD STATION OPEN – BY MINISTER LEO VARADKARlast_img read more