New Zealand tells overseas arrivals to self-isolate

first_imgInternational visitors to New Zealand must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday.Ardern said the “unprecedented and far-reaching” measure would come into effect from midnight Sunday and affect all inbound travellers except those from Pacific island nations.She said remote New Zealand had been relatively unscathed by coronavirus so far, with six confirmed cases and no fatalities, but the evidence showed the numbers would inevitably rise in the face of a global pandemic. “There’s no doubt this will have a significant impact on New Zealand’s economy but our priority is to ensure we reduce the impacts of COVID-19 as much as we can,” she said.New Zealand has already cancelled several major events, including a memorial planned Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings in which 51 people died.Ardern said more general restrictions on public gatherings would be imposed but details had not yet been finalized.Pacific island nations have not yet recorded any confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the exception of French Polynesia, where one person has tested positive. Air New Zealand said it was reviewing the impact of the measures announced Saturday “and will adjust its capacity accordingly”.The flag carrier has already scrapped its earnings guidance amid plummeting demand. “But the scale of how many cases we get and how fast we get them is something we should do as much as we can to slow,” she told reporters. “We must go hard and we must go early.”Ardern said the self-quarantine order would be reviewed after 16 days.She said New Zealand had also told cruise ships not to visit the country until at least June 30, while New Zealanders were being advised to avoid all non-essential travel overseas.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likes Instagram post mocking Arsenal’s Europa League conquerors BATE Borisov

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Feb 2019 11:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Alexandre Lacazette was sent off in the 85th minute (Picture: Getty)‘I respect [BATE] and I know about them because we watched matches they played. An organised team, defensively a good team and good at transitions. We worked to stop them in these actions but they scored one goal and in the transitions we worked well to stop another situation defensively for us.‘Then in the attacking moment we had the chances, more than them, but the goalkeeper and the last action for us was not efficient. But we did our all to win the match.‘It’s the first 90 minutes. I know it’s more difficult here as we [didn’t] take a better result, but the next match at the Emirates we are going to continue our work today and I want to work to take better attacking moments with more efficiency and to win the match.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementcenter_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang likes Instagram post mocking Arsenal’s Europa League conquerors BATE Borisov Arsenal were subjected to one of the most embarrassing defeats in their European history last night (Picture: Getty)Any member of the Arsenal squad who took part in last night’s embarrassing defeat against BATE Borisov would probably have been best advised to have kept a low profile on social media in the aftermath of one of the most embarrassing losses in the club’s history.Alexandre Lacazette, understandably, broke ranks to apologise for the 85th minute sending of which means he will be suspended for next week’s second leg when the Gunners will be looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit.‘Letting the team down like that is the worst feeling,’ the France international wrote on Twitter. ‘I should have stayed calm but it’s not always easy. Sorry.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There are still 90 minutes to play and I believe that my teammates will make it to the next round.’ADVERTISEMENTThe actions of his strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was brought off the substitutes’ bench in the 68th minute, were less understandable, however, after he mocked a comment which suggested BATE were so small-time they weren’t even worthy of being included in the FIFA computer game series. BATE Borisov are not included in the FIFA computer game series (Picture: Instagram)The defeat was all the more shocking given BATE hadn’t played a competitive match in the previous two months and boast a squad which cost around £200,000 which represents less than Mesut Ozil’s weekly wage.‘I trust in our players and I trust in our stadium and supporters,’ said Unai Emery afterwards. ‘There are two matches. Tonight’s match is important but we can’t [be knocked out in it], we are going to play a second match next week.‘I trust in our work to prepare for the next match and to have a different result at Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Approves $1.4 Million to Support Nine Community Revitalization Projects Statewide

first_img February 16, 2017 Governor Wolf Approves $1.4 Million to Support Nine Community Revitalization Projects Statewide Economy,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of more than $1.4 million in funding through the Keystone Communities program to support nine community revitalization projects across the commonwealth.“Strong communities are built by projects that encourage revitalization and business development and the investments approved today will assist in doing just that,” said Governor Wolf. “Our communities thrive economically when the residents invest their time and energy into the revitalization process and I am extremely excited that these nine communities are doing just that.”Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life.“$1.4 million in funding across nine projects will go a long way in supporting the efforts of these important revitalization projects throughout Pennsylvania,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “We look forward to positive outcomes from the approved projects that will contribute to the overall economic well-being of the commonwealth.”The commonwealth strongly encourages community-based organizations, public agencies, business leaders, private developers, financial institutions, and private citizens to work in partnership with local government to develop a comprehensive approach to address community development and housing needs. These partnerships can and will create more attractive places to live and will encourage business and job expansion and retention in Pennsylvania.The following is a list of the Keystone Communities projects announced today:Allegheny CountyThe Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh: $25,000 to create a business district development plan for the Second Avenue corridor of Hazelwood.Bloomfield Citizens Council: $200,000 to implement the Bloomfield Lighting Implementation Project, including develop and installation of a lighting master plan. The plan will identify and prioritize locations for a distributed network of lighting and multimedia installations.Berks CountyBorough of West Reading: $246,512 to undertake a streetscape project within a two block area in West Reading’s designated Keystone Elm Street area – the Center Point Neighborhood. The project will address issues presented by old, deteriorated, and unsightly sidewalks and broken curbs, a lack of green space, and rain water permeability.Chester CountyBorough of West Chester: $200,000 for the redevelopment of the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in West Chester’s Business Improvement District, a designated Keystone Main Street program. Funding will be used for the purchase and installation of specialized lighting, visual and audio equipment, and theatre seating.Delaware CountyLansdowne Economic Development Corporation: $50,000 to continue implementing the Union Gardens façade improvement program as part of the multi-municipal designated Keystone Elm Street neighborhood revitalization project in Lansdowne and Yeadon. Funds will be used for façade rehabilitation and materials for repairs with a match of 50 percent by each property owner.Mifflin CountyDowntown Lewistown Inc.: $50,000 for the continued implementation of the façade and building improvements program located in Lewistown’s designated Keystone Community district. The project will encourage reinvestment in older commercial and mixed-use structures in the core downtown district.Montgomery CountyGenesis Housing Corporation: $250,000 to ensure the completion of 34 affordably-priced townhouse units in a distressed, transitional area of Norristown. The project will replace a blighted property and provide opportunities for first-time homeowners.Schuylkill CountySchuylkill County Land Bank: $200,000 for the acquisition, demolition, and rehabilitation of blighted properties in Schuylkill County. The project proposes a strategic approach for not only remediating blight, but repurposing properties to meet the public purposes of increasing the tax base, creating jobs, and making the communities more livable.Multiple CountiesPA Route 6 Alliance: $183,000 to establish a façade and signage improvement program to target communities along the Route 6 corridor in Warren, McKean, Potter, and Tioga counties. Funding will allow for 32 façade and 50 signage projects to be completed.For more information about the Keystone Communities program, visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Southeast Queensland house prices to grow by up to 20pc: McGrath

first_imgJohn McGrath of McGrath Estate Agents has released the annual McGrath Report — his view on the Australian residential property market and top suburb picks. Pic supplied.SOUTHEAST Queensland house prices are tipped to grow by up to 20 per cent in the next few years as Sydney and Melbourne’s once sizzling property markets continue to lose steam, according to veteran real estate agent John McGrath.Speaking after the release of the group’s annual residential market report, Mr McGrath told The Courier-Mail the state was only just over halfway through the current property cycle and stood to benefit from the slowdown starting to grip the southern capitals. “We’re very bullish in your part of the world,” Mr McGrath said. “There’s no doubt in my mind there will continue to be growth in southeast Queensland.” An aerial photo of North Lakes, 25km from Brisbane’s CBD. Picture: Richard Walker.“I think it’s going to continue to attract a lot of young families that can’t afford inner Brisbane,” Mr McGrath said.On the Gold Coast, Coomera is tipped to benefit from new infrastructure including the $470 million Westfield Shopping Centre due to open in late 2018.“There are a lot of great areas in between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and Coomera is a great example,” Mr McGrath said.“I think it will continue to grow.” Residential property in the bayside suburb of Wynnum, Brisbane.In Brisbane, his top pick is the bayside suburb of Wynnum, 14km from the CBD.It borders the more prestigious Manly and boasts the same seaside village atmosphere without the hefty price tag, which is attracting younger professionals as well as interstate and international buyers. North Lakes in the Moreton Bay region is also expected to continue to experience strong growth, with significant residential and commercial developments in the pipeline. Brisbane house prices are tipped for further growth according to McGrath. Picture: Richard Walker.The McGrath report found southeast Queensland’s affordability was attracting record levels of interstate migration as well as rising interest from investors and first home buyers, with its housing market continuing to produce solid results despite the economy remaining sluggish as it transitions away from mining.“During the GFC, a lot of people thought it was sensible to wait, but now we’ve got a lot of people sitting in ordinary homes in Sydney and Melbourne worth $2 million to $2.5 million — many in their 60s and 70s — who are saying ‘what could we do next?’ and looking to southeast Queensland,” Mr McGrath said. YOUNG COUPLE GET PRIME RUN HOUSE SMASHES DRY BLOCK RECORD TINKLER HOME PUT UP FOR RENTAL And he said it wasn’t just Baby Boomers and seachangers who were selling up and buying in Queensland with money to spare, but also young families.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoMr McGrath predicts suburbs with easy access to the CBD, the water and/or infrastructure to be the big winners over the next year. center_img An artist impression of the Westfield Coomera Town Centre. Supplied by Westfield.On the Sunshine Coast, McGrath’s top picks are Peregian Springs and Caloundra. The regional centre of Toowoomba is also tipped for strong growth over the next year thanks to its affordability and access to east coast cities via the new airport, according to the report.THE NEXT HOT SUBURBS:WynnumNorth LakesCoomeraPeregian SpringsCaloundra(Source: McGrath) John McGrath of McGrath Estate Agents has released the annual McGrath Report. Property research firm CoreLogic, which releases its monthly home value index this week, has flagged a further fall in Sydney housing values, but a rise of 0.3 per cent in Brisbane home prices.Mr McGrath said he expected between 10 and 20 per cent growth over the next two to three years in the Queensland’s southeast corner, led by Brisbane.“There have been huge capital gains in Sydney and Melbourne and not only has it made it unaffordable … it’s certainly made people look for better value elsewhere in the country,” he said.“I think southeast Queensland and Perth represent that value.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more

RZD eliminates regional boundaries

first_imgRUSSIAN Railways is implementing a sweeping reorganisation programme that sees the number of regional managements cut from 19 to six. Foreshadowed last May at a special railway congress held in Moscow (RG 7.96 p403), the restructuring has now been approved by both parliament and government. Each of the new regions has been structured to serve a major economic or geographical area. On December 1 the Baikal – Amur region was abolished and its routes placed under the jurisdiction of the Far East region. RZD routes on Sakhalin are being transferred to the local government and the Trans-Baikal, Kemerovo and Krasnoyarsk regions are due to disappear by the end of 1998. RZD is pursuing a three-tier organisational structure, with the six regions reporting to the Ministry of Railways and directing field operations. Considerable progress has been made in abolishing RZD’s 104 divisions, and all are expected to vanish by 2000. Studies produced by the Russian Railway Research Institute point to the operating efficiencies to be gained from eliminating most regional and all divisional boundaries; the restructuring should also open the way for RZD to reduce its establishment in line with traffic, which has declined by 50% since 1991. At the end of 1996 RZD had 1639200 employees, down 2·9% on 1995.Last year RZD carried 1 424 billion passengers, down 22% on 1995. Freight fared better, down only 11% at 907·6 million tonnes. Nonetheless, RZD made a profit of R1800bn on income totalling R81000bn.Intermodal to arrest declineThe Ministry of Railways has adopted an intermodal development plan which hopes to attract foreign capital to modernise existing container services and introduce piggyback over the next five to six years. Dedicated services are to be introduced linking Moscow with Brest on the Belarus-Polish border, Helsinki, Vladivostok, Chop on Ukraine’s border with Slovakia and Hungary, Riga, and Berlin via Warszawa. Two intermodal terminals are to be built in Moscow, along with similar facilities in St Petersburg, Novorossiysk on the Black Sea, Nizhni Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Rostov-na-Donu.During 1997, RZD plans to launch a Moscow – Helsinki service with 100 new piggyback wagons; a similar operation is planned for the Moscow – Berlin route, and services to the Baltic ports will follow.Rolling stock ventureRZD’s constituent regions hold 50% of the shares in a joint venture established to provide modern passenger locomotives and rolling stock. Three banks own 19·8%; the Novocherkassk, Kolomna, Tver and Demikhovo rolling stock factories 12·2%; the Ministry of Railways’ wagon and carriage repair works 11·3%; and the Railway Research Institute 1·7%.While RZD’s long-distance passenger traffic is still falling sharply – last year only 137 million were carried compared with 150 million in 1995 – commuter traffic is growing. This is reflected in deliveries that manufacturers in the new venture expect to make in the next few years. Demikhovo expects to produce 4100 EMU cars for commuter services by 2000 and Tver 950 sleeping cars. The Ludinovo factory is to produce 212 DMU cars over this period. Future long-distance rolling stock requirements will be met in part with refurbished vehicles. RZD’s October region has established a joint venture with Spanish manufacturers (RG 2.96 p6) to rebuild coaches after 25 years of service. Up to 200 coaches a year will pass through the Tosno and Tikhvin plants, with Russian-built components eventually replacing Spanish imports, except for vacuum toilets and air-conditioning systems. olast_img read more

Halloween house hell: how some TLC could restore three terrifying Gold Coast homes

first_img The Molendinar property at 15 Mitchell Ave is screaming for a reno.Don’t be fooled by appearances.It looks like a haunted house with its rusting front gate, overgrown garden and stained carpets but it was a beloved family home for 25 years.The deceased estate is now up for grabs, warts and all.The new owners will need to be keen to take up a challenge though as it’s screaming for a renovation.It’s being sold by tender, which closes on November 18. 98 Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain MORE NEWS: Pair of properties present prized prospects Happy Halloween!SCARY, grim and gruesome are not characteristics house hunters generally look for in a dream home.But in the spirit of Halloween, we’ve found three houses on the Gold Coast that will either be a trick or treat to prospective buyers.They may look terrifying now but with a bit of tender love and care, they’d scrub up well. MORE NEWS: How you can join an exclusive property club 8 Noojee St, Currumbin Waters 15 Mitchell Ave, Molendinar The Currumbin Waters residence at 8 Noojee St is in need of some TLC.The peeling paint, splintered wood and discoloured bricks can’t be missed throughout this four-bedroom house.It’s the property market’s version of a zombie but just like the rom-com Warm Bodies, its former life could be restored with some lovin’.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoOn a 602sq m block with an open floorplan, it’s the perfect project for prospective buyers wanting to renovate.They will have to fight for it though as it goes under the hammer on November 16. The Tamborine Mountain property at 98 Long Rd was once vibrant and full of life.The unusual-shaped house shows signs of once being full of life thanks to a lime green exterior and floral wallpaper and tiles that offered a splash of colour inside.Despite looking lifeless now, the two-storey two-bedroom home has some appealing features, including a large central skylight.A fresh lick of paint inside and out would be enough to revitalise the decaying property, otherwise the 739sq m block would offer plenty of space for a new residence.It’s listed with a $420,000 asking price.last_img read more

Ireland backs broader support scheme for renewables

first_imgThe analysis by SEAI of 2030 renewable energy forecast shows that, taking into account all of the measures being supported in the National Development Plan together with the EU reference rate for oil prices of $125 by 2030 and increased renewable electricity generation ambition to 55% – the national share of renewables in the overall energy mix would amount to between 24% and 26%.This analysis work will be further refined in developing the initial draft NECP, the government said.Detailed modelling is currently underway with SEAI, University College Cork (UCC), and Technical Research and Modelling Group (TRAM) regarding options for decarbonization of electricity, heat and transport. The findings will inform future decisions about auction capacity, the government noted. The government of Ireland has approved the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) which is expected to spur the introduction of sufficient renewable electricity generation to meet national and EU-wide renewable energy and decarbonization targets out to 2030.The new RESS will deliver broader energy policy objectives including enhancing security of supply, diversifying the renewable technology mix, and increasing community participation in and benefit from renewable energy projects, the government said.The scheme will be characterized by a series of renewable electricity auctions where projects bid against each other for support. The RESS has been designed to deliver Ireland’s contribution towards an EU-wide renewable energy target of 32%, out to 2030, within a cost-effective framework, the government of Ireland said.The government will determine the exact quantity of capacity to be procured in each auction round based on detailed analysis of project supply and demand, with plans for the first 2019 RESS to auction a capacity of 1,000 GW/hrs.The delivery date for the projects to be approved in the first RESS auction – RESS 1 – is set for 2020, and according to the government, the new ‘technology cap’ measure will not be used for this auction.Technologies will be allowed to participate in the RESS-1 auction based on a 3-year look back viability gap analysis – effectively making marine energy eligible to apply.Announcing the new scheme – Denis Naughten, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), said:“RESS has been approved by government and I will now seek EU State Aid approval. This scheme will mark a shift from guaranteed fixed prices for renewable generators to a more market-oriented mechanism (auctions) where the cost of support will be determined by competitive bidding between renewable generators.”The RESS will provide for a renewable electricity ambition of up to a maximum of 55% by 2030, subject to determining the cost-effective level which will be set out in the draft National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), the Irish government expects.Marine energy in the mix as Ireland aims for greater diversityThe new scheme is expected to help realize Ireland’s policy objective of enhancing security of supply and broadening the renewable energy mix.For the first time – offshore wind and solar PV industries can compete for RESS support in Ireland, and according to the RESS scheme design document “all renewable technologies will be subject to a viability gap look back analysis prior to each auction, to ensure technologies that no longer require a subsidy are ineligible but also to allow for new, nascent technologies to participate if they have become commercially viable during the lifetime of the scheme.”Asked to clarify what this precisely means for marine energy sector in Ireland, Paul Ahern from the Electricity Policy Division at DCCAE, said: “This means that all commercial, renewable technologies that have viability gaps within a certain range will be eligible to participate in RESS auctions.”The second RESS auction – RESS-2 – is expected to be held in 2020 and the capacity auctioned in this round will be for between 3,000 – 4,000GW/hrs.Within RESS-2, it is proposed to use a single technology cap as an interventionist measure to deliver additional technology diversity by 2022.Denis Naughten (Photo: DCCAE)“While the auction approach will provide a route to market for multiple technologies, it will do so in a competitive, cost effective framework. The use of certain ‘levers’, such as near-term delivery dates and ‘single technology caps’, will accelerate the broadening of the renewable technology mix, particularly in light of falling costs for a number of renewable technologies,” added Minister Naughten.It may also be of interest to note that under the Ireland government’s Offshore Renewable Electricity Development Plan – OREDP – the Exchequer support for research, development and demonstration of ocean renewable energy technology is also available.Between 2014 and 2017, capital funding of €17.7 million was allocated by DCCAE for research and development of offshore renewable energy technology, with a further €4.5 million allocated in 2018, according to Ahern.In addition, the Prototype Development Fund, operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), provides grant aid to support developers in bringing their ocean energy devices – including tidal – from prototype to full-scale commercial viability.Ireland fixing national climate and energy strategyThe level of ambition for 2030 and the intervening ‘trajectory years’ will be captured in the first NECP.Illustration (Photo: Pixabay/Creative Commons CC0) Illustration/Ocean Energy’s OE Buoy (Photo: Ocean Energy)last_img read more

Serie A: De Vrij helps Inter to comeback win over AC Milan

first_img Read Also: Inter Milan to open new contract talks with Lautaro Martinez Then Nicolo Barella went racing towards goal from the halfway line, but as he bore down on Donnarumma, the Milan goalkeeper stood firm and blocked the shot. The final few minutes were nervy for Inter with Ibrahimovic hitting the post, but the Nerazzurri made sure of the points when Lukaku headed home a Victor Moses cross in time added on. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Then second goal came just before the break when a corner was floated into Franck Kessie and his flick on found Ibrahimovic who headed past Daniele Padelli. Immediately after the restart a high ball was beautifully caught on the volley by Brozovic who blasted past Donnarumma. Parity was restored on 52 minutes when Sanchez got to the ball in front of Donnarumma and cut back to Vecino who smashed home. But the second 45 minutes belonged to Inter as they got themselves level thanks to Marcelo Brozovic and Matias Vecino, before Stefan De Vrij sent the Meazza wild with a 70th minute header. Romelu Lukaku finished things off in the final moments for Antonio Conte’s men. That gave Inter their fourth consecutive derby win over Milan, the first time they have completed such a run since 1983 when they won five-in-a-row. As a result, Inter move level with Juventus at the top of Serie A, with Lazio a further point adrift of the pair. Milan started brightly with Zlatan Ibrahimovic volleying over the bar in the match’s first chance. Hakan Calhanoglu then hit the post with a low drive from the edge of the area before the 10 minute mark had come up. Inter’s first opportunity came through Diego Godin whose header from an Alexis Sanchez corner was just wide. Ibrahimovic flashed a free kick wide, then at the other end a Sanchez knockdown found Lukaku and hit effort was deflected wide. From the resulting corner De Vrij’s looping header across goal went sailing into he net and completed an astounding comeback from the Nerazzurri. Things could have been worse for the Rossoneri as substitute Christian Eriksen smashed a freekick off the crossbar with nine minutes left to play. Loading… Another warning of Inter’s attacking prowess came the way of Milan as Romelu Lukaku strode down the right side, burning Alessio Romagnoli for pace, and his cross found Vecino but he was denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma. Towards the end of the first half Milan took the lead. Ibrahimovic headed a long ball back across goal and Stefan De Vrij failed to clear, then with the ball falling to Rebic it bounced off the Croatian and into the net. Stefan De Vrij was the hero for Inter as his header helped give the Nerazzurri an astonishing 4-2 comeback win over AC Milan on Sunday evening. A Zlatan Ibrahimovic inspired Milan took a two-goal lead inside six minutes at the end of the first half, with the Swede laying on Ante Rebic, then bagging one of his own.last_img read more

Laurie D. Farmer

first_imgLaurie D. Farmer, 62, of Moores Hill passed away at her residence Monday, February 17, 2020.  Laurie was born Friday, December 27, 1957.  Burial will be held Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10 am at Evergreen Cemetery located at 25 Alexandria Pike Southgate, Kentucky 41071.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img

Joshua boasts: I’ll blow off Ruiz head

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Anthony Joshua has warned Andy Ruiz Jr that he wants to reacquaint himself with the world title belts when they meet on Saturday “to see what I’m about to have in my possession”.The tension will ramp up at the press conference, where Joshua and Ruiz Jr will go face to face ahead of Saturday’s heavyweight championship rematch, live on Sky Sports Box Office with ring-walks from 8:30pm.Joshua, now-infamously, allowed his challenger to touch the title belts in the press conference prior to their first fight in New York six months ago, before then dramatically losing them inside the ring a few days later.He later reflected: “In hindsight, I would probably tell my fighter, as a psychological thing: ‘don’t give them away’.”Now entering as the challenger himself, Joshua exclusively told Sky Sports he hopes to inflict a mental blow on Ruiz Jr by touching the champion’s belts.“Yes, why not,” he said. “They are heavy – that’s why I gave them to him, last time.“But I haven’t had them around me for the past six months so yes, I would definitely take them to see what I’m about to have in my possession.“I would shake his hand, we’re going to fight anyway. Sportsmanship… but come that first bell, I’ll take his head off.”Joshua and Ruiz Jr did not interact on Monday night at their official arrival or at Tuesday’s workouts, and the champion questioned whether his challenger was avoiding him.“I wanted to see him, I wanted to shake his hand, but I guess he didn’t want to see me,” Ruiz Jr told Sky Sports.The IBF, WBA and WBO title-holder insisted that longer preparation would result in a second consecutive win over Joshua.“For the last fight we only had a month-and-a-half at most, this time we’ve had three months,” he said.“I don’t underestimate any fighter, especially AJ. I know he will bring his A-game. I know he wants to hit me from distance but it’s my job to do what we plan on doing. We’re ready for whatever he brings.“Things happen for a reason. No-one is saying this will be easy. I know it will be hard, there will be obstacles.” Tags: Anthony Joshualast_img read more