Abu Dhabi will allow people to enter the emirate if they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the previous 48 hours, the local government media office said on Monday, Trend reports citing Reuters.
Abu Dhabi, the largest and wealthiest member of the United Arab Emirates federation, has had a ban on people entering since June 2. It eased some restrictions a week ago to allow movement between its cities for residents.
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates will partially reopen mosques across the country starting July 1, with a reduced capacity of 30%, the spokesperson of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority said on Monday.
Saif Al Dhaheri said that mosques will remain closed for Friday prayers, but some will be open at other times while those located in industrial areas, shopping malls and public parks will stay closed for now.
COUGHING Major Charles Ingram cheated his way to the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? jackpot but YOU could win it fair and square – could you not?
ITV’s three-part drama Quiz, recreating Ingram’s con on the ITV gameshow in 2001, and the ensuing court case, closed tonight with Matthew Macfadyen in the lead role and Michael Sheen as host Chris Tarrant.
Here, we see if you have what it might take to win the £1million payout with your grey matter alone.
Five people have done that, with no foul play, on the show hosted by Tarrant from 1998 until 2014.
Emily Fairbairn reveals the questions three of them aced – Judith Keppel, David Edwards and Pat Gibson – for you to test your skill against.
And no coughing, please.
GARDEN designer Judith was the show’s first winner, in 2000, and has starred on BBC quiz Eggheads since 2003.
£100 Complete this phrase. As sick as a . . .
a) Partridge, b) Puffin, c) Parrot, d) Penguin
£200 Which legal document states a person’s wishes regarding the disposal of their property after death?
a) Would, b) Shall, c) Should, d) Will
£300 Complete the title of the James Bond film The Man With The Golden . . .
a) Tooth, b) Gun, c) Eagle, d) Delicious
£500 Which of these fruits shares its name with something superior or desirable?
a) Apricot, b) Grapefruit, c) Plum, d) Mango
£1,000 In which sport do two teams pull at the opposite ends of a rope?
a) Tug of war, b) Basketball, c) Ice hockey, d) Polo
£2,000 Where does a cowboy wear chaps?
a) On his head, b) On his arms, c) On his legs, d) On his hands
£4,000 Which of these zodiac signs is not represented by an animal with horns?
a) Taurus, b) Capricorn, c) Aquarius, d) Aries
£8,000 Sherpas and Gurkhas are native to which country?
a) Russia, b) Ecuador, c) Nepal, d) Morocco
£16,000 Prime Minister Tony Blair was born in which country?
a) England, b) Northern Ireland, c) Scotland, d) Wales
£32,000 Whose autobiography has the title A Long Walk To Freedom?
a) Ranulph Fiennes, b) Mother Teresa, c) Nelson Mandela, d) Mikhail Gorbachev
£64,000 Duffle coats are named after a town in which country?
a) Belgium, b) Holland, c) Germany, d) Austria
£125,000 Complete this stage instruction in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale: “Exit, pursued by a . . . ”:
a) Tiger, b) Clown, c) Bear d) Dog
£250,000 The young of which creature is known as a squab?
a) Salmon, b) Horse, c) Pigeon, d) Octopus
£500,000 Who is the patron saint of Spain?
a) St James, b) St John, c) St Benedict, d) St Peter
£1,000,000 Which king was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine?
a) Henry I, b) Henry II, c) Richard I, d) Henry V
IRISH multiple world champ quizzer Pat triumphed in 2004 and is also an Eggheads TV regular.
£100 In children’s stories, how many wishes are granted by a genie or fairy?
a) One, b) Two, c) Three, d) Four
£200 Which phrase refers to discussion about work outside working hours?
a) Talking factory, b) Talking store, c) Talking shop, d) Talking mill
£300 What is the colour of the front door of 10 Downing Street?
a) Red, b) Blue, c) Yellow, d) Black
£500 Complete David Dickinson’s famous catchphrase: “Cheap as . . . ”?
a) Cheddar, b) Chowder, c) Chips, d) Chilli
£1,000 What is the first word in the phonetic alphabet?
a) Apple, b) Alpha, c) Armadillo, d) Amazon
£2,000 Which girl’s name is the title of a song on The Beatles’ album Rubber Soul?
a) Mandy, b) Michelle, c) Madeleine, d) Marianne
£4,000 In 1581, Sir Francis Drake became mayor of which city?
a) Hull, b) Glasgow, c) Plymouth, d) Bristol
£8,000 The Walrus And The Carpenter is a well-known verse in which children’s novel?
a) Swallows And Amazons, b) The Hobbit, c) Through The Looking Glass, d) Stig Of The Dump
£16,000 In heraldry, a lion standing on one or two hind legs, with one foreleg raised above the other, is described as what?
a) Dormant, b) Passant, c) Couchant, d) Rampant
£32,000 What is the name of the world’s highest active volcano?
a) Etna, b) St Helens, c) Cotopaxi, d) Krakatoa
£64,000 In Welsh, what does ‘afon’ mean?
a) Fort, b) Meadow, c) Pool, d) River
£125,000 Which king wrote a famous denunciation of smoking?
a) Richard I, b) William I, c) George I, d) James I
£250,000 What is the female equivalent of the Oedipus complex?
a) Electra complex, b) Athena complex, c) Diana complex, d) Pandora complex
£500,000 Which of these creatures are most associated with naturalist and artist John James Audubon?
a) Beetles, b) Butterflies, c) Birds, d) Bats
£1,000,000Which of these is not one of the American Triple Crown horse races?
a) Arlington Million, b) Belmont Stakes, c) Kentucky Derby, d) Preakness Stakes
FORMER physics teacher David was the first man to win the show, the year after Judith Keppel.
£100 Which of these is a drink made with fruit juices, spices and often wine or spirits?
a) Knock, b) Thump, c) Punch, d) Whack
£200 A big, portable cassette recorder with speakers is known as a ghetto . . . what?
a) Blaster, b) Blower, c) Blarer, d) Banger
£300 Which of these phrases refers to a brief success?
a) Blaze in the pot, b) Spark in the tub, c) Flare in the jug, d) Flash in the pan
£500 Which of these is a type of hat?
a) Sausage roll, b) Pork pie, c) Scotch egg, d) Potato crisp
£1,000 Which of these is a duty levied on the legal recognition of documents?
a) Off duty, b) Stamp duty, c) Heavy-duty, d) Jury duty
£2,000 Which singer was regularly ridiculed by Morecambe and Wise?
a) Rolf Harris, b) Des O’Connor, c) Gracie Fields, d) Barry Manilow
£4,000 Which of these is a game played by Harry Potter and his friends?
a) Qwerty, b) Quibble, c) Quidditch, d) Quantum
£8,000 Which city hosted the 2001 FA Cup Final?
a) London, b) Leeds, c) Manchester, d) Cardiff
£16,000 Which of these have to pass a test on ‘The Knowledge’ to get a licence?
a) Taxi drivers, b) Bus drivers, c) Police officers, d) Ambulance drivers
£32,000 In 2001, Donald Campbell’s Bluebird was recovered from which lake?
a) Bala Lake, b) Kleder Water, c) Coniston Water, d) Lake Windermere
£64,000 According to legend, the composer Salieri poisoned which rival?
a) Brahms, b) Haydn, c) Liszt, d) Mozart
£125,000 What is the real first name of former Home Secretary Jack Straw?
a) Justin, b) James, c) John, d) Joseph
£250,000 What creature is a grackle?
a) Lizard, b) Bird, c) Fish, d) Beetle
£500,000 The Newlyn School is associated with which group of people?
a) Method actors, b) Circus entertainers, c) Painters, d) Musicians
£1,000,000 If you planted the seeds of Quercus robur, what would grow?
a) Trees, b) Flowers, c) Vegetables, d) Grain
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Three unaccompanied minor children in U.S. custody in New York have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Thursday.
The children, whose ages and nationalities weren’t released, are in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The office is responsible for housing migrant minors.
The agency said it is doing an evaluation of the children and will not release them from New York care provider facilities.
The resettlement office’s medical team “is working with the programs in New York and local health department to collect information and determine next steps,” a statement from the agency said.
The statement said the office has stopped placements of unaccompanied minor children in the states of California, New York, and Washington, which have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus. With more than 30,000 cases in New York, the state has become the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in the United States.
“ORR is prioritizing local placements for all new referrals from DHS to limit air travel when possible,” the statement said.
The agency said 18 children have been tested for COVID-19, with three presumptive cases confirmed, 11 negative results, and 4 that are still pending.
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The agency said if a health care provider or public health department recommends testing for a child, that they receive the testing. Any child showing symptoms is medically isolated from other children, pending negative test results, the agency said.
Five staff members and one staff contractor at three separate care provider facilities in New York recently tested positive for COVID-19, the statement said. One staff member at a facility in Texas, and one foster parent in Washington State have also tested positive.
“ORR is currently tracking down and notifying anyone that may have been exposed at these care provider facilities,’’ according to the statement.” The ORR medical team and affected programs are actively coordinating with state and local public health departments on appropriate public health measures.”
There are approximately 3,500 unaccompanied minor children presently in ORR care and custody.
Arizona Republic Reporter Daniel Gonzalez contributed to this report.
Monsy Alvarado is the immigration reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get unlimited access to the latest news about one of the hottest issues in our state and country, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
Ontario plans to be able to run 5,000 COVID-19 tests a day by the end of this week and aims to perform almost 20,000 tests a day by April 17, provincial health officials say.
That’s a big step up from the roughly 2,500 tests Ontario has been processing each day. This is all part of a plan to both clear a massive testing backlog and to prepare for the expected strain on the system as the pandemic spreads in the province.
“In Ontario we have taken immediate and important steps to increase our provincial testing capacity,” said Helen Angus, Ontario’s deputy health minister and chair of the COVID-19 Command Table. She said partnerships with hospital and community laboratories will help ramp up capacity. By April 17, Angus said labs across Ontario will be performing 18,900 tests a day.
Instead of the majority of COVID-19 swab samples going to the provincial lab — as they now do — samples will be sent to private and hospital labs that have the capacity, starting immediately. Other geographical areas in the province, particularly the North, will have added capacity under the new plan.
Despite that increased capacity, there are no plans to test everyone who is sick.
“It is not feasible and it is not desirable,” said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s deputy chief medical officer of health. “I know people are worried and there is a lot of fear and concern out there and somehow getting a test result could make you feel better, but it may give you a false sense of security.”
Ontario is prioritizing health-care workers and others who by the nature of their job or where they live (residents and workers in nursing homes and homeless shelters as an example) are at risk of infection, and also the very sick who are hospitalized with severe respiratory symptoms. Others are encouraged to stay home, self-isolate, and if they develop severe respiratory symptoms, chest pains or extreme lethargy go to a hospital emergency.
And not everyone at the site of an outbreak needs to be tested, officials said. Using long-term-care facilities as an example, health officials who briefed the media Thursday said that if three people on a nursing home floor test positive, and others are sick on that floor, there is no need to test them as they are presumed to have the virus and will be treated as if they do.
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As of Thursday morning, Ontario had increased its daily testing capacity to 2,439, although officials overstated that during the briefing, saying Ontario was currently at “3,000 to 4,000 tests a day.” Provincial data showed that as of Thursday morning the testing backlog — number of samples taken but not processed — was 10,965, a number that has been steadily growing but with a slower growth rate in the past few days.
Scientists are learning with each day’s experience. Officials at the briefing said the testing protocol and testing sensitivity has grown as scientists in Canada and around the world learn more and more about the novel coronavirus. “Lab tests are now so sensitive that even the smallest trace of COVID-19 can be detected,” Angus said.
Starting Thursday, Ontario is reallocating COVID-19 tests that would normally have been done at the Public Health Ontario laboratories to hospital and private labs. Angus said Ontario has had strong response from private labs that want to help out.
Officials reiterated Thursday that Ontario continues to prioritize health-care workers, people in long-term-care facilities and homeless shelters, patients hospitalized with severe respiratory symptoms, and people in “remote First Nations reserves,” and returning travellers with symptoms.
“We recognize that not everybody at this point can be tested quickly and not everybody really needs to be tested in terms of the clinical treatment they would get,” said Yaffe, the associate chief medical officer of health.
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“The ones we are prioritizing are where there is an impact on a lot of other vulnerable people and so the result needs to be done quickly,” Yaffe said.
As to how many the province is missing due to this testing protocol, Yaffe said they do not know. “Many, many thousands of people” have used the province’s online assessment tool, she said.
“As we expand the number of tests we will have a better sense of the prevalence in the population,” said deputy health minister Angus.
Officials said doctors still have leeway to determine who will be tested, along with the provincial priorities.
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Matt Andersen, president and CEO of Ontario Health, said the province estimates it can add 4,000 additional completed tests each week, growing to a capacity of close to 20,000 by the middle of April.
A big concern provincial health officials have is Ontario residents returning from winter vacations. “There’s real concern about the snowbirds coming back and make sure we are looking at them and pulling out all the stops to get them to stay home” and self-isolate, said Angus.
Several hours after President Donald Trump declared the novel coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan aid package to help ease the economic pain of COVID-19.
There are at least 2,174 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 49 coronavirus-related deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and ABC News reporting.
Globally, there are at least 145,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 5,400 deaths.
Tune into ABC News Live at noon ET every weekday for the latest news, context and analysis on the novel coronavirus, with resources from the full ABC News team.
Today’s biggest developments:
Trump says he took test
US travel ban extended to UK, Ireland
House passes COVID-19 stimulus package
Apple closing all stores outside of China
US death toll rises to 49
Here’s the latest on the developing situation. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.
3:38 p.m. Berlin closes restaurants, pubs
The Berlin Senate decided that all public and non-public events in the city are prohibited for 50 participants or more.
Restaurants, bars, theaters, museums, places of prostitution and similar places of entertainment will be shut down until further notice.
There are exceptions: Restaurants that prepare food on site can remain open, but they’ll be required to keep the tables 1.5 meters, about 5 feet, apart.
For public and non-public events with up to 50 persons, organizers must keep an attendance list with everyone’s name, postal address and telephone number. The list must be kept for at least four weeks and must be handed over in full at the request of the public health department.
3:35 p.m. Preventive measures announced in Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced new measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the closing down of numerous public spaces until further notice.
Restaurants, bars, theaters and gyms will shutter on Sunday. Supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and banks will remain open.
Netanyahu said that gatherings of 10 people or fewer will still be allowed.
After announcing on Friday that schools and universities would be closed indefinitely, he said kindergarten classes will now also be closed.
3:26 p.m. Macy’s employee tests positive
A part-time employee at Macy’s Herald Square location in New York City has tested positive, the company said in a statement.
“This colleague has NOT been in the store for the last two weeks and has NOT been in direct contact with colleagues or customers since experiencing symptoms,” the company said.
Macy’s said it doesn’t believe there’s a risk to colleagues or customers and that all stores “are operating with enhanced cleaning standards.”
3:18 p.m. Trudeau’s wife ‘doing very well’
Trump tweeted that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie, is “doing very well” after testing positive.
3:06 p.m. RNC Chairwoman tested after experiencing flu-like symptoms
Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, is being tested after experiencing a fever and flu-like symptoms, according to an RNC spokesman.
McDaniel, the niece of Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, went to a hospital and was tested for flu and strep. Both tests came back negative, said the spokesman, Michael Ahrens, who added that everyone who’d been in contact with McDaniel is being notified.
She and her family are quarantining at home.
2:55 p.m. Restaurants, cafes closed in France
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced at a press conference the decision to close all places that receive the public and are “not essential to the continuity of the life of the nation”.
This includes restaurants, cafes and cinemas, all of which will be closed until further notice.
Places of worship will remain open, but religious gatherings will be postponed. Public transportation will continue, and municipal elections are still scheduled for Sunday.
1:46 p.m. Archdiocese of New York cancels masses
The Archdiocese of New York has canceled masses beginning this weekend. No time frame was given for when they’d resume.
The decision follows Dutchess County announcing that gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited, according to a statement from the Archdiocese.
Churches, however, will remain open for private prayer and a private Mass will be livestreamed on the St. Patrick’s Cathedral website.
“Let us pray for all who are sick, as well as doctors, nurses, caregivers and all those working hard to combat the disease,” said Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York. “We should also remember those whose lives have been otherwise disrupted, especially anyone who has lost income from a loss of work during this difficult time.”
1:24 p.m. Death toll in Italy rises
There have been 175 deaths in Italy over the last 24 hours, raising the total to 1,441.
The number of positive cases has now reached 17,750 and more than 109,000 tests have been issued, according to local authorities.
1:14 p.m. Pompeo ‘in good health’
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is “is in good health” and following the advice of physicians, a department spokesperson said, after he was potentially exposed to the virus on a recent trip to Ethiopia.
It’s unclear whether Pompeo took a test for COVID-19. The spokesperson also said that all State Department travel is permitted only if “mission critical,” and senior agency officials must approve all travel.
State Department personnel in Washington and overseas are also now permitted to telework and use “other workplace flexibilities,” like rotational schedules and virtual meetings, according to the spokesperson — joining other federal agencies in implementing contingency plans for its nearly 76,000 employees.
12:39 p.m. Trump says he got tested
Trump said on Saturday that he has taken a COVID-19 test and is awaiting the results.
Trump, who said on Friday he’d “most likely get tested,” said he’s unsure when his results will come back.
His temperature was taken, and he said it was “totally normal.”
On Friday, Trump said he’d “most likely” get tested.
12:33 p.m. Travel ban extended to UK and Ireland
The U.S. travel ban currently in place for parts of Europe has been extended to the UK and Ireland, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed.
The president said on Friday he was considering adding the U.K.
Trump announced last week a ban on some travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days. The area Trump restricted is known as the Schengen zone and is made up of 26 countries including Italy, Spain, France and Germany.
12:23 p.m. Press member turned away from White House briefing
A member of the press was turned away from a White House briefing because his temperature was too high.
Several photographers and reporters, including an ABC News reporter, saw him turned away outside the briefing room doors. That man, who declined to disclose his name or media outlet, was led away from the premises.
Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, later tweeted: “According to the White House Medical Unit, the temperature was taken three times over a 15 minute period – all three registered above the @CDCgov 100.4 guidelines.”
12:15 p.m. Google appears to downplay Trump’s statement on website
Google said it was in the “early stages” of developing a tool to help testing, contradicting President Donald Trump’s announcement yesterday that “it’s going to be very quickly done.”
Verily, which was previously Google Life Sciences, did not provide details on the tool, only saying there was a plan to test it in the Bay Area “with the hope of expanding more broadly over time.”
It struck a much different tone than Trump’s address Friday, in which he thanked Google for “helping to develop a website. It’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location.”
11:46 a.m. State of emergency declared in Georgia
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a public health state of emergency.
The governor said the declaration will help health and emergency management officials across the state by “deploying all available resources for the mitigation and treatment of COVID-19.”
“Over the past few weeks, our state has been facing an unprecedented public health threat with the spread of novel coronavirus,” Kemp said. “In only a matter of days, communities within the metro-Atlanta area and North Georgia have seen several cases, including hospitalizations, where the source of infection is unknown.”
There are at least 66 cases in the state, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
11:34 a.m. CVS announces strategy
CVS said it is working on conducting tests in the parking lots of selected stores.
The announcement comes a day after Trump said private sector companies, including CVS, would be involved in addressing the crisis.
The company said although details are still being worked out, customers inside the store would not be affected by the tests.
“Individuals being tested will not have to leave their cars,” CVS said in a statement. “We look forward to sharing more details as they become available.”
11:12 a.m. 2 large grocery store chains to close early
Publix and Harris Teeter grocery stores announced they will close early, starting this weekend.
All Publix Super Markets are adjusting store and pharmacy hours, shutting down at 8 p.m. starting Saturday until further notice, according to a company statement. Harris Teeter stores will close at 9 p.m. until further notice, beginning Sunday, according to a statement posted to Twitter.
Both grocers said closing earlier gives them more time to sanitize stores.
11:07 a.m. ‘Priority calls’ only for Colorado police
Police in Aurora, Colorado, will only respond to “priority calls” for service amid the pandemic, the department said in a Facebook post.
A priority call is defined as “any situation where there is a crime in a progress,” according to the statement.
“We are taking these measures in an abundance of caution for your safety as well as the safety of our officers,” the department said. “Police Officers frequently are in contact with many citizens, and we want to minimize the potential of our daily interactions from causing an exposure risk to you.”
Citizens are encouraged to use the department’s online reporting system, which can be found here.
11:02 a.m. House Republican says Trump should be tested
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said it “should go without saying” that Trump should be tested for novel coronavirus.
10:17 a.m. Cuomo announces 1st death in New York
An 82-year-old woman has died in a New York City hospital after arriving March 3. She had an underlying respiratory illness, emphysema, for which she was been previously hospitalized. There are now 524 cases of COVID-19 in New York state.
9:45 a.m. Bolsonaro will isolate for a week, get tested again
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s press office has confirmed that he will self-isolate for a week, after which he will seek another test.
This comes after four members of his delegation during last weekend’s trip to meet Trump at Mar-a-Lago now have tested positive for COVID-19. Bolsonaro on Friday denied Brazilian press reports that he too, had tested positive, calling it “fake news.” His office still won’t say whether he’s tested positive. His next test is scheduled for Friday.
9:44 a.m. Obituaries fill Italian newspaper
The obituary section is making up most of Saturday’s edition of the Bergamo Eco. The section is 10 full pages.
The tradition in Bergamo, an Italian city northeast of Milan, is to still put death notices in the paper and posters on the street. The population of Bergamo is roughly 120,000.
9:28 a.m. Iran closes 2 major shrines for pilgrims
Iran closed the holy shrine of Fatima Masoumeh in Qom and the great mosque of Jamkaran, also close to Qom, after over three weeks of the first coronavirus infection reported. The shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad is also to be closed for three days.
The shrines closed amid controversy between health officials and religious conservatives over the closings.
5:41 a.m. Pentagon restricts domestic travel for service members
New travel restrictions approved Friday by the Department of Defense limit all domestic travel for service members, their families and DoD civilians.
The new rule, an attempt to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, goes into effect on Monday and will last through May 11.
Even service members who have orders to move to new assignments or bases in the U.S. will not be allowed to move while the restrictions are in place, according to the DoD.
The Pentagon also announced, effective midnight Sunday, that it’s restricting who enters the Pentagon. All tours, unofficial visits and all international visits have ended.
Additionally, any military member or civilian employee who has carried out recent foreign travel will not be allowed into the building until they have completed 14 days back in the U.S.
3:04 a.m. Apple closing all stores outside China
Apple CEO Tom Cook announced early Saturday morning that all of his company’s stores outside of greater China would close until March 27.
“The global spread of COVID-19 is affecting every one of us,” Cook said in a statement. “At Apple, we are people first, and we do what we do with the belief that technology can change lives and the hope that it can be a valuable tool in a moment like this.”
In an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus and treat those who are sick, Cook said Apple has donated $15 million.
“There is no mistaking the challenge of this moment,” Cook said. “… As President Lincoln said in a time of great adversity: ‘The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.'”
1:24 a.m. House passes stimulus package
With a 363 to 40 vote, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.
The bill, which is an economic aid package designed to help ease the financial pain of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be considered by the Senate on Monday.
“Senators will need to carefully review the version just passed by the House,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement Saturday. “But I believe the vast majority of Senators in both parties will agree we should act swiftly to secure relief for American workers, families, and small businesses.”
The cost of the bill is unknown, however, the bill includes $1 billion for National Disaster Medical System to reimburse people without health insurance, $82 million for Defense beneficiaries, $64 million for Indian Health Service and $60 million for veterans.
“This Bill will follow my direction for free CoronaVirus tests, and paid sick leave for our impacted American workers,” Trump tweeted Monday prior to the vote. “I have directed the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor to issue regulations that will provide flexibility so that in no way will Small Businesses be hurt.”
12:21 a.m. Trump physician says quarantine, COVID-19 test ‘not currently indicated’ for president
Despite coming into contact with multiple people who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, Trump’s physician said late Friday night that a home quarantine or COVID-19 test are “not currently indicated.”
Last week while hosting the Brazilian delegation at Mar-a-Lago, Trump came in close contact with at least two people who later tested positive for the virus, according to Trump physician Dr. Sean Conley.
One person only had a brief interaction with the president — a handshake and photograph — and began to show symptoms three days after the interaction. The other shared a table with the president, but Conley said that person was symptom-free until Friday. Both interactions are defined as “low risk” for transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Given the president himself remains without symptoms, testing for COIVD-19 is not currently indicated,” Conley wrote Friday. “I will continue to closely monitor and care for the president.”
What to know about coronavirus:
How it started and how to protect yourself: coronavirus explained
What to do if you have symptoms: coronavirus symptoms
Tracking the spread in the US and worldwide: coronavirus map
ABC News’ Ben Gittleson, John Santucci, Katherine Faulders, John Parkinson, Luis Martinez, Clayton Sandell, Benjamin Siegel, Phoebe Natanson, Ibtissem Guenfoud, Bruno Nota, Sarah Hucal and Jason Volack contributed to this report.
Ben Stokes has time and again proved that he is indispensable for England.
He was instrumental in leading England to its first World Cup in 2019, and in Cape Town on Tuesday the New Zealand-born all-rounder grabbed the headlines yet again.
In the last hour of a gripping finish, Stokes produced an inspired spell of fast, hostile bowling to help England to a dramatic 189-run win on the fifth and final day to level the four-Test series at 1-1.
England needed five wickets in the final two hours of the day, and Stokes got the ball rolling by snagging Dwaine Pretorius and Anrich Nortje off successive deliveries and then getting the last wicket of Vernon Philander with just 8.2 overs left.
Joe Root, who came under fire for his leadership after that first Test defeat, was all smiles on Tuesday and heaped lavish praise on his star performer. Root described Stokes as a “golden nugget” and he was right on in his assessment of his all-rounder, who it appears lives for the big moment.
“He’s just a fantastic specimen,” Root told AFP.
Stokes, of course, was named man of the match for his two knocks of 47 and 72 and three wickets for 35 in the second innings.
England made 269 and 391 for eight in the second innings, thanks to a solid unbeaten knock of 133 by opening batsman Dominic Sibley and Stokes’ 72. South Africa struggled to 223 and 248 and skipper Faf du Plessis will be under the gun as he failed with the bat yet again. Pace-man Jimmy Anderson was England’s hero in the first innings with a haul of five for 40.
England still needed five wickets after tea. “We knew there would be partnerships but we never stopped believing,” said Root. Quinton de Kock (50) and Rassie van der Dussen (17) stayed together for two hours before ending the resistance.
AUSSIES EYE INDIA
Kane Williamson’s New Zealand was expected to give Australia a fight to the bitter end. Instead it returns home today as the only Black Caps team to be blanked 3-0, much to the chagrin of their diehard fans.
A dominant Australia ended each Test inside four days and, instead of celebrating this first sweep of the home Test summer since that Ashes whitewash of 2013/2014, skipper Tim Paine has set his sights on its next opponent next summer.
Paine and the rest of the cricket world will have their eyes set on the blockbuster match-up against the world’s No. 1 Test nation, India.
A year ago India created history on the Australian shores by finally returning home with a Test series victory.
India does realize this Australian squad under Paine has bounced back following that sandpaper caper in South Africa. Under Paine’s leadership the Aussies retained the Ashes in England last year and showed no mercy to New Zealand thanks to returning superstars David Warner and Steve Smith, who both served a year’s ban for their involvement in the ball-tampering incident.
The Aussies also discovered a batting gem in Marnus Labuschagne. Since taking guard against Pakistan in Perth in November, runs have flowed from his bat. After scoring 215 in Australia’s 454 in the third Test against New Zealand, the 25-year-old tally has compiled a mind-boggling 896 runs, just nine runs short of Wally Hammond’s mark over five Tests.
Next comes India. With the addition of Labuschagne, Australia parades the world’s most terrifying pace attack that includes Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Josh Hazelwood, and master-spinner Nathan Lyon.
“It’s going to be an awesome series,’’ Paine said of the clash versus India. “They showed last year they have a pace battery that is every bit as threatening as ours. It’s going to be one to watch.”
In the final Test versus New Zealand, Australia posted 454 and 217 for two with Warner scoring an unbeaten 111 and the Kiwis managing 251 and 136 (Colin De Grandhomme52, Lyon five for 50).
Meanwhile Ross Taylor became New Zealand’s leading Test run scorer by making 22 to move to 7,174 career runs and overhaul Stephen Fleming in this match that the Aussies won by 279 runs.
ONLY IN INDIA?
The richest cricket board became the laughing stock of the world after a brief spell of rain forced the abandonment of the first T20 between India and Sri Lanka on Sunday at Guwahati. The outfield was bone-dry but some water seeped onto the pitch because of a leak in the covers. It’s almost unbelievable that there was a leak in the covers as this was an international encounter, not a schoolboys encounter.
But what happened next must have embarrassed the Indian Board no end as twitter went into overdrive. The ground staff brought in steam irons, hair dryers and vacuum cleaners to dry the pitch! Twitter carried pictures of steam irons and hair dryers making the rounds. How embarrassing is that?
In the second T20 encounter played in Indore on Tuesday, India beat the visitors by seven wickets. Sri Lanka managed 142 for nine and India overhauled this total by posting 144 for three in 17.3 overs with K.L. Rahul making 45.
The final session of the day is almost upon us. The embarrassment that is modern over-rates means we’ll be playing through until 6pm local time (30 minutes later than scheduled) and we’ll still fall well short of seeing the remaining 40 scheduled overs bowlers.
After their calamitous morning session New Zealand regrouped well during the afternoon and Tom Blundell is growing into an impressive innings. Australia may yet have to return tomorrow to complete their series victory.
39th over: New Zealand 131-4 (Blundell 73, Watling 6) The runs are starting to flow for New Zealand now. Blundell earns four of them the hard way – all run – with a square drive off Cummins, then he smashes four more with a classical front foot push just wide of the diving mid-off. This is turning into a coming-of-age knock for the makeshift opener.
38th over: New Zealand 123-4 (Blundell 65, Watling 6) Pattinson is back on; T20 one-over burst stuff from Paine in the last half-hour or so, but it doesn’t work. Blundell smacks consecutive fours through the on-side, first through midwicket, then behind square, profiting on the bowler pitching too full and then too short.
37th over: New Zealand 114-4 (Blundell 56, Watling 6) Cummins replaces Pattinson from the Members’ end and he’s immediately driven calmly through wide midwicket for three by the busy Blundell. The strike is then rotated from four of the next five deliveries.
Australia have adjusted their field, taking out third slip and placing them at short cover for Watling and second gully for Blundell. Is that an acknowledgment the pace has left this pitch once the ball ages a little?
36th over: New Zealand 107-4 (Blundell 51, Watling 4) Lyon returns after just the one over from Cummins and he almost buys a wicket when Blundell mistimes a clip to leg onto his thigh pad but the ball loops behind square and not to the man fielding under his nose.
35th over: New Zealand 106-4 (Blundell 50, Watling 4) Pattinson is bowling a top-of-off spell so far but Blundell is up to the task, clipping a couple to the on-side when the line leaks a fraction onto the batsman’s pads, and then he reaches 50 by driving a long half-volley towards point for three more. Watling completes the two-three-four stepping stone of runs by drilling a gorgeous on-drive all along the carpet and into the sightscreen.
33rd over: New Zealand 96-4 (Blundell 44, Watling 0) Pattinson replaces Starc from the Members’ end and he’s immediately into a tidy line and length against Watling. Four deliveries into his over there’s a conflab about the state of the Kookaburra and Nigel la la la la Llong invites the fourth umpire onto the field to furnish his heist movie metal suitcase full of replacements. The second ball of the over dovetails with the first to deliver a maiden.
32nd over: New Zealand 96-4 (Blundell 44, Watling 0) Blundell looks like he might just have singed a brain cell or two in this fierce heat. He’s looking increasingly skittish at the crease, especially against Lyon, who moves his man across the crease like a marionette in a testing maiden.
Can someone better than me at the internet do a remix of this featuring Nigel Llong? Please and thank you.
31st over: New Zealand 96-4 (Blundell 44, Watling 0) Blundell is living dangerously. After being beaten for pace with that LBW shout he then gloves a bumper down the leg-side that is only just out of reach of the diving Paine. He earns four for his troubles though, and three more with a nice checked drive down to long-on.
WICKET! Nicholls st Paine b Lyon 33 (New Zealand 89-4)
Nicholls greets Lyon’s latest over by skipping down the pitch and belting him back over his head for six! Lyon responds by dropping his pace and executing a perfect off-spinning delivery that drifts in then spins away, beating the outside edge of a forward prod. So far so normal. But Paine is alert behind the stumps and whips off the bails in a flash, catching Nicholls with his back foot on the line, not behind it. The Aussie skipper tears away like Cristiano Ronaldo in celebration long before the DRS confirms the dismissal.
29th over: New Zealand 82-3 (Blundell 37, Nicholls 26) Starc is bowling with excellent rhythm but his over largely targeting the ribcages of New Zealand’s batsmen fails to engineer a chance. Again, Nicholls hints that his aerial clip off his hip could lead to his downfall.
28th over: New Zealand 81-3 (Blundell 36, Nicholls 26) Lyon is on top of his duel with Blundell, working the batsmen over from both sides of the wicket and almost inducing a play-on. The opener holds his own though, even nudging his first run on the off-side this innings.
27th over: New Zealand 80-3 (Blundell 35, Nicholls 26) Nicholls clips Starc off his hip for two and in so doing gives square leg a sniff of a chance, but it’s well out of reach. Australia trying to outmuscle New Zealand’s no.5 midway through this fourth day. Nicholls survives though, and alongside Blundell he has posted the touring side’s longest partnership of the series (in terms of balls faced).
Thank you very much Adam. My condolences on Peter Siddle robbing you of endless material. If you get nostalgic for the venomous vegan he has a series of instructional videos on YouTube. My favourite is the bouncer edition where he terrorises some patsy on a net wicket that should be roped off with crime scene tape.
26th over: New Zealand 77-3 (Blundell 35, Nicholls 24) The Australian fielders are talking loudly around the bat. Simon Katich, also on SEN radio, reckons they are discussing their respective Australian Rules football careers. As my OBO colleague Sam Perry rightly says, cricket is just footy in the summer these days. Lyon concedes four singles this time around, the final of those very, very close to a run out. Indeed, had Cummins hit from mid-on, Nicholls was gone by a long way. And after that moment of chaos, drinks are on the field. New Zealand have made it through the third hour without loss, which isn’t for nothing with both of these players trying to make a something of a statement before this Test is over. I’ll take this moment to hand over to JP Howcroft. Thanks for your company. Bye for now!
25th over: New Zealand 73-3 (Blundell 33, Nicholls 22)Another instance in 2019 of the stumps being hit by the ball without the bails coming off! As it happens, Starc was over the line anyway, called a no-ball as he sent it down. It found Nicholls’ inside edge, clipping the leg stump and ending up running away for a boundary with five added to the tally. He then makes it two in a row with a compact glance, beating fine leg again. A third boundary later in the over! It looked to have come off Blundell’s backside rather than his bat but it goes in the book as runs against Starc’s name. All told, 15 from the over after three maidens in a row. The final ball of the over was clocked at 152.4kph – whoa. “You’re having a laugh,” Brendon McCullum says of that reading on SEN radio. “That makes Henry Nicholls, who defended it easily off the front dog, the best player of fast bowling of all time.”
24th over: New Zealand 58-3 (Blundell 28, Nicholls 13) A silly point is brought in for Lyon to dissuade Blundell from lunging at the off-spinner. It works, the opener reverting back to playing him from the crease before using his feet the take the catchers out of range. Nice cat and mouse stuff. Three maidens on the trot.
23rd over: New Zealand 58-3 (Blundell 28, Nicholls 13) A new spell for Starc, a maiden to begin as it was with Lyon. He was well above 140kph throughout to Nicholls, who had to deal with the usual complement of short stuff in addition to a couple of probing deliveries aimed right at his stumps. He’s defending positively.
21st over: New Zealand 58-3 (Blundell 28, Nicholls 13) Nicholls picks the right Cummins delivery to turn around the corner, beating long leg for four. Nice shot. Of course, the bouncer follows. He deals with it well. The next bumper is quicker again, ducked as soon as he saw it banged in.
The New Zealand fans are giving the Barmy Army chant a razz, which I’m all about. They have been fantastic throughout the week. The good news is that Cricket Australia are open to having them back again for Boxing Day soon.
20th over: New Zealand 54-3 (Blundell 28, Nicholls 9) Another strong lbw shout, Pattinson jagging back at Blundell and hitting him on the knee roll. Lyon at point says it is going over the top, which means he isn’t getting a review; the subsequent TV projection confirms this to be the correct call. We’re still waiting to find out from the New Zealand camp if Trent Boult will bat, by the way. I can’t imagine why he would unless there’s a realistic chance of them getting something out of it.
19th over: New Zealand 52-3 (Blundell 28, Nicholls 8) More good batting from Blundell, getting into position early to pull Cummins. There’s no real doubt how this game is going to end but there is plenty to be gained for the new opener.
Simon Katich is making some strong comments on SEN radio about the lack of tour games teams play before starting a tour in Australia, observing that it hurts the quality of the end product: the Test Matches. There was some fairly silly stuff floating around last week saying that the Black Caps should have been fine in Perth because they played England in Hamilton. That’s not quite how it works.
18th over: New Zealand 50-3 (Blundell 27, Nicholls 7) Shot! Blundell has pulled really well, this time getting on the top of the bounce off Pattinson, hammering it in front of square leg. Head, sweeping on that rope, had no chance of cutting it off. The visiting fans are happy as it brings up the New Zealand 50. Pattinson is much fuller to finish, beating the edge on the angle away from the left-hander.
17th over: New Zealand 46-3 (Blundell 23, Nicholls 7) Cummins to Nicholls now, locating his inside edge within two balls. He gets better through the over, ducking and leaving nice and early. A reminder: New Zealand’s target is (notionally) 488.
There are 17,725 people in the MCG, bringing the overall attendance to 201,477.
16th over: New Zealand 44-3 (Blundell 23, Nicholls 5) At last a productive over for New Zealand against Pattinson. For the new man Nicholls that is important as he searches for a way into his groove, pulling a couple of times through midwicket.
“I was an early-adopter of all things Siddle and I love the way he’s bowing out,” writes Robert Wilson, who I instinctively believe on this point. “I’d have been sad if it was a total retirement. It’s typical and somehow delightful that he’s going to crack on and try to get another 1st class milestone under his belt. He always reminded me of Boxer, the dray horse in Animal Farm – solid, patient, often poorly-used and impeccably herbivore. It’s in no way a diss. I once rode a dray. Size of a Sherman tank but the thing could truly move when it was in the mood, a horse that could take a hat-trick. I felt like a cork on a waterfall. Vale Siddle.”
Love. Now, this might be a bit much but, hearing him say that he will bowl till his body says no more, what if he goes around for four more years both in the UK and Oz? That would, dare I suggest it, bring 1000 wickets into consideration. Go on!
15th over: New Zealand 39-3 (Blundell 23, Nicholls 1) Gee whiz, Blundell leaves Cummins close to his body, the ball just clearing his off-stump bail. He goes for the inswinger at the timber next up, doing enough to beat the inside edge before hooping big down the legside. You don’t see him bowl with conventional shape through the air too often – he looks pretty happy with how it came out. Maiden.
14th over: New Zealand 39-3 (Blundell 23, Nicholls 1) Blundell gets one away off his middle stump into the legside to open his account for the session. Nicholls’ turn, looking pretty organised in defence, leaving well too outside the off stump. It prompts a shift to around the wicket with one ball to go, dealt with solidly.
The players are back! That means Pattinson is back. He now has 81 Test wickets at 25 apiece, really making the most of this excellent comeback. “Imagine he takes seven or eight?” says Damien Fleming on SEN Radio of his fellow Victorian. Dare to dream. Nicholls will be taking the first ball of this middle session. PLAY!
13th over: New Zealand 38-3 (Blundell 22, Nicholls 1) Nicholls is walking out on a King Pair but avoids that with a single, driven past Starc. Blundell, who picked up one around the corner earlier in the over, deals with the last couple of balls of the session, clipping a single to fine leg to finish. That’s LUNCH at the MCG, the Australians seven wickets from victory after a most productive 13 overs.
Meanwhile, what a nightmare of a tour this has been for New Zealand with the bat, and specifically the captain Williamson who has made 57 runs in four hits. He was pretty unlucky there. You don’t see many like that given out by the on-field ump.
WICKET! Williamson lbw b Pattinson 0 (New Zealand 33-2)
Umpire’s call! Pitching on off-stump, the DRS projection showed the ball JUST touching the leg stump. Because he was given out on the field, it is good enough to send the New Zealand captain packing for a duck. Disaster for the tourists. And clever captaincy from Paine, swinging Pattinson around to follow Cummins.
11th over: New Zealand 33-1 (Blundell 20, Williamson 0) Starc is straight back after Pattinson’s one, successful over. They must want him to have a crack at Williamson before the main man is set? Or changing ends? If the former, it doesn’t here, Blundell taking charge of the whole over. After prodding unsuccessfully at the first ball, he builds in confidence by the end – defending solidly; calling loudly.
10th over: New Zealand 33-1 (Blundell 20, Williamson 0) That’s rapid from Cummins to Williamson, flinging an accurate bouncer at his lid, the New Zealand captain swaying inside the line of it. No inch given throughout the over.
SEOUL — North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at “restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.,” state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea’s Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
In a later statement carried by KCNA, Chief of the General Staff Pak Jong Chon said the tests were designed to bolster North Korea’s defenses by developing new weapons.
“The priceless data, experience and new technologies gained in the recent tests of defense science research will be fully applied to the development of another strategic weapon of the DPRK for definitely and reliably restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.,” he said, using the initials of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
It was the second test at the Sohae facility in the space of a week.
KCNA on Sunday said that North Korea had carried out a “very important” test on Dec. 7 at the satellite launch site, a rocket-testing facility that U.S. officials once said North Korea had promised to close.
That KCNA report called the Dec. 7 event a “successful test of great significance.” South Korea’s defense minister Jeong Keong-doo said it was an engine test.
The reported tests come ahead of a year-end deadline North Korea has put forth for the United States to drop its insistence on unilateral denuclearisation by Pyongyang.
U.S. President Donald Trump has invested considerable time trying to persuade North Korea to give up a nuclear weapons program that has grown to threaten the United States, but progress has been scant in spite of his three meetings with Kim Jong Un.
North Korea would be ready to respond to all political and military provocations by hostile forces while being “familiar with both dialog and confrontation,” Pak said.
“Genuine peace can be safeguarded and our development and future be guaranteed only when the balance of power is completely ensured,” he said.
Pak warned that the United States and others should avoid provoking North Korea if they wanted a peaceful end-of-year period.
“Our army is fully ready to thoroughly carry out any decision of the Supreme Leader with action,” he said.
Pyongyang has warned it could take a “new path” amid the stalled talks with the United States.
The top U.S envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, U.S. special envoy for North Korea, is due in Seoul on Sunday for meetings with South Korean officials.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday said the United States would be “tested soon” on bringing North Korea back to the negotiating table.
“They (North Korea) are still doing training, they do short range ballistic missile tests that we are also concerned about.
“We watch closely as do South Korea and Japan … the State Department is trying to get them to the table, because the only way forward is through a diplomatic and political agreement,” Esper said at an event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations.
The State Department is trying to get them to the table, because the only way forward is through a diplomatic and political agreement
Analysts said such tests could help North Korea build more reliable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
“The point seems to be to remind the United States that North Korea still has space to qualitatively advance its program,” said Ankit Panda, a senior fellow at the U.S.-based Federation of American Scientists.
“We had a good hint that whatever they were doing at Sohae was military in nature when the Academy of Defence Science took charge of the announcement, as opposed to NADA, their space agency,” Panda added.
Tension has been rising in recent weeks as Pyongyang has conducted weapons tests and waged a war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump, stoking fears that tensions between the two countries could return.
“Considering the fact that North Korea said the 7-minute test conducted last night was to bolster the strategic nuclear deterrence, the test would likely be related to ICBMs, which North Korea considers a strategic weapon to defend itself from adversaries including the United States,” Koh Yu-hwan, a professor at Dongguk University in Seoul, told Reuters.
“North Korea is close to issuing an ultimatum towards the United States to come to the negotiating table with new calculations or to return to developing nuclear weapons,” Koh added.
27th over: New Zealand 89-3 (Taylor 50, Nicholls 3) Ummm, Labuschagne is convinced Nicholls has edged the final Starc delivery and is going WILD at short leg. Except… he’s the only man appealing. Snicko shows that there is no edge. There was a noise. “100% I heard something,” he says on the stump mic. Gotta love his enthusiasm. Earlier in the over, Taylor reached his half-century with a single off his hip. “One of the grittiest in his career,” Ian Smith’s assessment.
26th over: New Zealand 88-3 (Taylor 49, Nicholls 3) Good call getting Cummins back in the act with eight overs (or half an hour) left. As I predicted when the innings started, there’s some chance Australia won’t get through a session worth of overs with the added half an hour. Sigh. Anyway, Cummins is brilliant. Some indecision early in the over leads to a direct hit at the non-strikers’ end from midwicket. The check upstairs but Nicholls is safely home. Taylor’s edge is found and his bat is beaten before the over is done. Seven overs left but a long, long way to go for New Zealand. Compelling cricket.
25th over: New Zealand 83-3 (Taylor 45, Nicholls 2) Taylor keeps the board ticking, driving a couple past mid off before grabbing another around the corner. Nicholls deals with the rest. Gotta get to stumps.
There are 20,018 at the Casino Stadium tonight, CA have told us. The final Test at the WACA in 2017 had 22,000-plus on each of the first two days. Presented without further comment.
24th over: New Zealand 80-3 (Taylor 42, Nicholls 2) I admit, I’m down a youtube wormhole on brilliant Smith catches and I haven’t watched a lot of that Lyon over. I know three runs were taken off it and Nicholls was off the mark with a couple behind square.
Was this Smith’s best catch tonight? Or was it this, as a chubby kid?
23rd over: New Zealand 77-3 (Taylor 41, Nicholls 0) Henry Nicholls walks out for his first Test innings in Australia and defends to begin with a nice, broad blade. He’s a very organised player. Ooh, Labuschagne is in the game to finish, collecting the ball on the bounce. “Those are the catches you dream of,” says Mark Waugh on commentary. He should know. Cue up the 1999 World Cup Final.
WICKET! Williamson c Smith b Starc 34 (New Zealand 77-3)
A ONE-HANDED RIPPER! One of the best catches you’ll ever see from Steve Smith, diving to his right at full stretch at second slip, his right hand dragging the chance in. Starc beat him with a beauty the ball before and now wins the contest. A huge moment in this game.
22nd over: New Zealand 76-2 (Williamson 34, Taylor 40) Lyon around the wicket with two catchers on the legside to Williamson. “Let’s have them run each other out!” roars Paine, hinting at the fact that these two have been involved in many mix-ups over the years. It’s a good over from Lyon, which ends with Williamson opening up the face of his bat just enough to run it past Smith at slip and down to the rope. Hands on heads, but he knew what he was doing.
21st over: New Zealand 71-2 (Williamson 30, Taylor 39) Starc to Williamson. He isn’t using his bat for the first half of the over, happy to let Starc do his thing short of a length. When he does come back at the batsman, he responds with soft hands in defence. This is superb Test Match cricket between some of the best players in the world.
19th over: New Zealand 69-2 (Williamson 29, Taylor 38) Starc is back and Williamson is up to the task, leaping into a full ball with immaculate timing, out to the cover point boundary. So good. But Starc bounces straight back with an unplayable, jagging away from Williamson from a full length after pitching on middle. Too good. The Black Cap numbero uno keeps his cool to drive a couple more out in the cover direction to finish. So much relies on these two getting to the close. There are 14 overs remaining tonight.
18th over: New Zealand 63-2 (Williamson 23, Taylor 38) Taylor continues to take the game to Lyon, driving him through cover for a couple then getting two more behind point, albeit off the edge. Paine can’t glove one down the legside, a bye added, before Williamson keeps the strike with an ODI-esque single down the ground. Better.
“This series has lived up to its hype so far,” Abhijato Sensarma declares. “The batting and bowling on display makes for excellent viewing. New Zealand bucked the trend of away losses by winning an all-time great series in the UAE … If they do it here, which they very much can, it’ll firmly put New Zealand on the map as a real WTC contender. Who do you think will meet India at Lord’s for the Final?”
Australia will have to get it done in Bangladesh and maybe the UAE, which they weren’t able to do in the previous cycle. New Zealand in England won’t be easy, either. In short: way too early to call.
17th over: New Zealand 57-2 (Williamson 22, Taylor 34) Classic Williamson to start again after drinks, using the pace of Cummins to ease him behind point for four. The short ball is evaded with a bit more ease, the defence is tight. It took a while, but the captain is set.
16th over: New Zealand 53-2 (Williamson 18, Taylor 34) Taylor opens up the arms, not without some risk. His drive through cover is in the air, prompting a roar of catch from Paine, but it is wide of the man and down to the rope. He goes again later in the over, getting to the ball after coming down the track, clearing cover. To finish, a deft late cut makes it three boundaries from the over as they go to drinks. Clever batting, denying Lyon the chance to get into his groove.
15th over: New Zealand 41-2 (Williamson 18, Taylor 22) Cummins vs Williamson: give me all that you’ve got. Ooh, and he’s only gone and hit him on the hand, the ball then deflecting onto his box. He gives himself a chance to gather his thoughts after that and fair enough, too. Composed, he gets through the rest of it safely.
14th over: New Zealand 41-2 (Williamson 18, Taylor 22) Shot. Taylor leans on a wider ball that he turns into a half-volley with a big stride, creaming it through cover to move into the 20s. Just as it was in his first over, he then dragged the length back and tightened the screws.
12th over: New Zealand 36-2 (Williamson 18, Taylor 17) The Wade Experiment comes to an end for now, Nathan Lyon thrown the ball for his first twist. He’s too full to Williamson early on, a half-volley timed safely through cover for four. He finds his range thereafter. With Hazlewood more than likely out of the match, this will be the first of many overs he is asked to bowl over the next few days.
11th over: New Zealand 32-2 (Williamson 14, Taylor 17) Gosh, this interrogation is not getting any less troubling for the Black Caps. Cummins is ferocious, finding the edge then beating it with a shorter ball that lifts at Taylor. He then tempts him outside the off-stump; the 36-year-old too smart to fall for that trick. A legitimate bouncer finishes the over, so potent that Paine has to leap one-handed to drag it down to in effect save four byes. Excellent wicketkeeping.
10th over: New Zealand 32-2 (Williamson 14, Taylor 17) Williamson did hit the last ball of the previous over! We get the snicko on screen and it’s conclusive. Oh dear. Smith was the one Australian who heard the edge. Reminiscent of Steve Waugh at the MCG in 2002 against England in that sketchy fourth-innings chase. Meanwhile, Wade beats Taylor a second time with another outswinger that does plenty. The over doesn’t get any better than that – some looser deliveries worked around the field for three singles – but he’s very much in the contest as the sun starts to set over Casino Stadium.
9th over: New Zealand 29-2 (Williamson 13, Taylor 15) There’s a nice graphic showing how late Williamson plays the ball, which serves him well against an unrelenting Cummins. And one time the big quick misses his mark, he’s right in position to clip it away for four. Good batting. Oh, less so the last ball, wafting and missing outside the line of the off-stump. Behind the wicket, Smith reckons he might have tickled it but there’s no response from the bowler or captain.
8th over: New Zealand 24-2 (Williamson 9, Taylor 14) Welcome to the attack in the eighth over a Test Match innings… Matthew Wade! With Hazlewood off the field and no all-rounder, he is the next in the pecking order as far as a seam option is concerned. I’ve watched him bowl plenty the nets and he does quite often make life tough for the established batsmen. Anyway, it’s a bit of a mixed bag, as you might expect. He beats Taylor with a lovely outswinger to begin, curling past the blade… then bumps him! But the veteran isn’t missing out the second time the short ball comes down, hammering it behind square for four. By the end of the set, Wade has lost his radar.
“Hi Adam.” Hi Henry Coleman. “Perhaps understandably, a little surly this morning. Given the blessed wonders of escapism in this cricket match as a UK neutral, and the fact you worked in politics for a time, do you have any good yarns of Antipodean politics or sport that may offer a hopeful thought this morning? From one citizen of the world to another, Harry. p.s. cricket x.”
Yes, cricket. In the interests of keeping this vaguely non-political, I’ll shoulder arms. But yes. I feel you.
7th over: New Zealand 19-2 (Williamson 9, Taylor 9) Less going on here for Starc with Williamson, as they say, getting into his work. The Black Caps skipper plays a neat drive through cover, which should do wonders for his confidence. Earlier in the over, Taylor made decent contact off the back foot, cutting three for himself.
6th over: New Zealand 12-2 (Williamson 5, Taylor 6) Cummins wants in on this too, beating Taylor on the inside edge to start his fresh set, not far from the woodwork once more. An edge, albeit one more or less along the ground, follows. Four runs added; some respite. Sure enough, Cummins is back close to the timber hitting the back pad. The huge shout is turned down and Paine doesn’t refer it – contact outside the line? It doesn’t end there. A probing short ball under Taylor’s arm is just kept away from trouble, once again into that leg gully region. Time for a fielder there? Oh, and to finish, Williamson nearly chops on for the third time in his innings so far! Superb stuff!
5th over: New Zealand 7-2 (Williamson 5, Taylor 1) Every single ball something is happening. To begin Starc’s over, Taylor creams a straight drive but he gets nothing for it – Williamson’s body is in the way. Next comes the shorter ball – if a leg gully was in play, that was a chance. Next a shout for leg before against Williamson, albeit an ambitious one. A rapid bouncer to finish at the skipper, getting under it at the very last moment. The one saving grace for New Zealand is that there is no longer a shadow across the middle of the pitch. It really was a terrible time for them to start this innings but Australia have made it count. Meanwhile, Patto for Boxing Day?
4th over: New Zealand 6-2 (Williamson 5, Taylor 0) Cummins to complete the over with four balls to go in it and immediately finds Williamson’s inside edge. Dear me, not far away from the captain chopping on to give the man they call Winx a wicket with his first delivery. “It’s really tough out there,” says Ian Smith. Too right it is.
Seeing the replay, it’s definitely Hazlewood’s left hamstring causing him trouble. The ball before pulling up he grabbed for that leg. CA are usually pretty good with injury updates – we’ll have one soon.
3rd over: New Zealand 2-2 (Williamson 1, Taylor 0) Starc is bowling quickly and accurately with movement back towards Taylor from over the wicket. In other words: a complete bloody nightmare. Oh, and now he’s pinned him on the shoulder with a short ball. Then some drama to finish! Taylor clips well to midwicket and takes on Cummins! You don’t do that. The athlete makes a diving stop and throw. A direct hit would have been that. Instead, a Warner haS enough time to push the ball onto the woodwork after a dive of his own. The TV ump shows Taylor to be in by a foot. Was his bat grounded? Anyway, he’s given not out. IT’S ALL HAPPENING.
2nd over: New Zealand 1-2 (Williamson 0, Taylor 0) What a formidale record Hazlewood has since returning to this XI at Lord’s. Since then, he’s been taking his wickets at 20-odd. Sure enough, he’s right on the money to the new man Taylor, who is defending from off-stump.
It’s a beauty! Raval shouldn’t have been trying to whip Hazlewood from the line of the off stump and he pays the price, his middle pole bent back when the delivery comes back through the gate from over the wicket. What a bowler, what a start.
1st over: New Zealand 1-1 (Raval 1, Williamson 0) Now Williamson walks out with one ball to face in the first over of New Zealand’s reply. There’s an appeal from Paine for a legside caught behind too, albeit not an overly enthusiastic one. It clipped his thigh pad. Earlier in the over, Starc was right on the money straight away; Raval solid in defence. As Michael Vaughan said on TV, what a tough time to open with shadows all over the pitch from the grandstands. He was then off the mark with one off his hip, via the inside edge.
Right, Australia have 33 overs to bowl and 122 minutes from the start until the scheduled close. The question: how many overs will they burn when they don’t get these in – even with the extra half hour?
The changeover is also the tea break. Wagner is on the telly giving an unbeat interview, very happy to get the job done despite being a bowler down with Ferguson ruled out with a calf injury this time yesterday. In this heat, it’s an especially good effort. Starc’s cameo and Paine’s patience got the hosts beyond their primary goal of 400. All told, it’s nicely set up for another eventful session under lights!
I’ll leave you with that Williamson catch. Back after a coffee.
WICKET! Lyon c de Grandhomme b Wagner 8 (Australia 416-9)
Fun while it lasted! Lyon is caught at fine leg by de Grandhomme, ultimately falling for the Wagner trap. But he did collect consecutive boundaries by successfully taking on the short ball, pulling with authority to the square leg boundary then hooking successfully too. But Wagner persisted and it worked. He’s earned four wickets.
WASHINGTON/SEOUL, Dec 8 (Reuters) — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un risks losing “everything” if he resumes hostility and his country must denuclearize, after the North said it had carried out a “successful test of great significance.”
“Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way. He signed a strong Denuclearization Agreement with me in Singapore,” Trump said on Twitter, referring to his first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018.
“He does not want to void his special relationship with the President of the United States or interfere with the U.S. Presidential Election in November,” he said.
North Korea’s state media KCNA reported earlier on Sunday that it had carried out a “very important” test at its Sohae satellite launch site, a rocket-testing ground that U.S. officials once said North Korea had promised to close.
The reported test comes ahead of a year-end deadline North Korea has imposed for the United States to drop its insistence on unilateral denuclearization. Pyongyang has warned it could take a “new path” amid the stalled talks with the United States.
“North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, has tremendous economic potential, but it must denuclearize as promised,” Trump said on Twitter.
The KCNA report called it a “successful test of great significance” but did not specify what was tested.
This could be a very credible signal of what might await the world after the New Year.
Missile experts said it appeared likely the North Koreans had conducted a static test of a rocket engine, rather than a missile launch.
“If it is indeed a static engine test for a new solid or liquid fuel missile, it is yet another loud signal that the door for diplomacy is quickly slamming, if it isn’t already,” said Vipin Narang, a nuclear affairs expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States.
“This could be a very credible signal of what might await the world after the New Year.”
Tensions have risen ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea, which has called on the United States to change its policy of insisting on Pyongyang’s unilateral denuclearization and demanded relief from punishing sanctions.
On Saturday North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations said denuclearization was now off the negotiating table with the United States and lengthy talks with Washington are not needed.
“The results of the recent important test will have an important effect on changing the strategic position of the DPRK once again in the near future,” KCNA reported, using the initials of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Asked in a CBS “Face the Nation” interview if North Korea might be preparing to resume nuclear tests, U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said that “would be a mistake on the part of North Korea.”
Pyongyang’s last nuclear test, its sixth and most powerful, took place in September 2017.
“It doesn’t end well for them if they do.. If North Korea takes a different path than the one it’s promised… we’ve got plenty of tools in the toolkit,” O’Brien said on Sunday.
Recent days have also seen a return to the highly charged rhetoric that raised fears of war two years ago.
In 2017, Trump and Kim famously engaged in a war of words, with Trump calling Kim “Rocket Man” and North Korea calling Trump, now 73, a “dotard.”
On Tuesday, Trump once again called Kim “Rocket Man” and said the United States reserved the right to use military force against North Korea. Pyongyang, in response, said any repeat of such language would represent “the relapse of the dotage of a dotard.”
The test is the latest in a string of statements and actions from North Korea designed to underscore the seriousness of its year-end deadline.
North Korea has announced it would convene a rare gathering of top ruling-party officials later this month, and on Wednesday state media showed photos of Kim taking a second symbolic horse ride on the country’s sacred Mt. Paektu.
Such meetings and propaganda blitzes often come ahead of major announcements from North Korean authorities.
While North Korea has not specified what its “new path” could be, observers have suggested the launch of a space satellite is a possibility, allowing Pyongyang to demonstrate and test its rocket capabilities without resorting to overt military provocation such as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch.
Kim Dong-yub, a former South Korean Navy officer who teaches at Kyungnam University in Seoul, said North Korea may have tested a solid fuel rocket engine, which could allow North Korea to field ICBMs that are easier to hide and faster to deploy.
“North Korea has already entered the ‘new path’ that they talked about,” he said.
Trump told reporters in June 2018 after his first summit with Kim that North Korea had pledged to dismantle one of its missile installations, which U.S. officials later identified as Sohae.
Shortly after that summit, analysts said satellite imagery showed some key facilities at Sohae being dismantled.
However, in the wake of the second summit between Trump and Kim earlier this year, which ended with no agreement, new imagery indicated the North Koreans were rebuilding the site.
“Remember this is at the site that was supposedly dismantled as a ‘denuclearization step,’” Narang said. “So this is a first step at ‘renuclearizing.’ Reversible steps are being…reversed.”