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Pandemic could make another 25 million jobless: UN

first_imgThe UN agency’s study suggested the world should prepare to see a “significant rise in unemployment and underemployment in the wake of the virus.”Presenting different scenarios depending on how quickly and with what level of coordination governments react, it found that even in the best-case scenario, 5.3 million more people will be pushed into unemployment by the crisis.At the high-end meanwhile, 24.7 million more people will become jobless, on top of the 188 million registered as unemployed in 2019, the study found.”By comparison, the 2008-9 global financial crisis increased global unemployment by 22 million,” the ILO said. The COVID-19 pandemic will significantly increase global unemployment, leaving up to 25 million more people out of work, and will dramatically slash workers’ incomes, the United Nations said Wednesday.In a fresh study, the International Labor Organization warned that the economic and labor crisis sparked by the spread of the new coronavirus, which has now killed more than 8,000 people worldwide, will have “far-reaching impacts on labor market outcomes”.”This is no longer only a global health crisis, it is also a major labor market and economic crisis that is having a huge impact on people,” ILO chief Guy Ryder said in a statement.  $3.4 trillion in lost income? Self-employment in developing countries, which often serves to cushion the impact of economic shifts, might not do so this time due to the severe restrictions being placed on the movement of people and goods.Reductions in access to work will also mean “large income losses for workers,” ILO said.”The study estimates these as being between $860 billion and $3.4 trillion by the end of 2020,” it said, warning that “this will translate into falls in consumption of goods and services, in turn affecting the prospects for businesses and economies.”The number of people who live in poverty despite holding one or more jobs will also increase significantly, the study said, estimating that between 8.8 and 35 million more people will be added to the ranks of the working poor.”The strain on incomes resulting from the decline in economic activity will devastate workers close to or below the poverty line,” it said.The ILO called for urgent, large-scale and coordinated measures to protect workers in the workplace, stimulate the economy and employment and support jobs and income, including through social protections, paid leave and other subsidies.The agency pointed out that some groups will be disproportionately impacted by the jobs crisis, including youth, older workers, women and migrants, in a way that could increase already soaring inequality.”In 2008, the world presented a united front to address the consequences of the global financial crisis, and the worst was averted,” Ryder pointed out.”We need that kind of leadership and resolve now.” Topics : It warned that “underemployment is also expected to increase on a large scale, as the economic consequences of the virus outbreak translate into reductions in working hours and wages.”last_img read more

Premier League, EFL and PFA to discuss wage deferral agreement: BBC

first_imgTopics : Premier League and English Football League clubs are seeking agreement on a collective wage deferral plan at a meeting with the Professional Footballers’ Association on Wednesday, the BBC has reported.The report said the proposal is one option to help clubs safeguard their financial future during the coronavirus shutdown.English football has been suspended until at least April 30 and league authorities have said they will resume action “only when it is safe and conditions allow”. Players at Championship leaders Leeds United have volunteered to take a wage deferral, while Birmingham City have asked some players to take a 50% pay cut over the next four months.Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has called on Premier League players and managers to help English football deal with the crisis.”We have seen some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus take steps to reduce their costs,” said Levy, who revealed Spurs had imposed a 20% pay cut on 550 non-playing staff in April and May.”We hope the discussions between the Premier League, PFA and LMA (League Managers Association) will result in players and coaches doing their bit for the football ecosystem.”Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, general secretary of FIFPRO, has praised the players who agreed to take pay cuts but warned that the example should not be used to pressure those at smaller clubs.”We can only appeal to common sense that those measures taken by the elite clubs and players cannot just be transferred downwards,” he added. last_img read more

Decision on holding Olympics must wait until spring 2021: organizer

first_imgAn executive board member of the Tokyo Games organizing committee said Friday a decision on whether to go ahead with the postponed Summer Olympics and Paralympics should be made no earlier than next spring.Toshiaki Endo, one of the vice presidents of the organizing committee, said it was important to monitor the coronavirus situation and assess its potential impact on the games.”Selecting athletes by around next March will be a major challenge. The organizing committee will need to make some kind of a decision considering the situation at that time,” Endo, a lawmaker and former Olympic minister, said at a meeting of his Liberal Democratic Party. Endo, however, said he has confirmed with the IOC that no deadline had been set on making a decision.Last month, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said in an interview with BBC Sport that he accepts that the virus-hit Tokyo Games will have to be canceled if they cannot be held next year.Japan is considering simplifying the format of the Summer Games, including reducing the number of spectators and scaling back the opening and closing ceremonies, government sources said Thursday. The move demonstrates Tokyo is willing to be flexible to ensure the games have the best chance as possible to go ahead.The Tokyo Olympics are now slated to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 next year, with the Paralympic Games following between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5.The Tokyo Games organizing committee said it is scheduled to make a virtual presentation about its preparations to the IOC executive board next week.Topics : His comments were the first in public by an executive member of the organizing committee about when a decision regarding the fate of the games might be made.The Olympics and Paralympics, which were originally scheduled for this summer, were postponed in March after athletes and National Olympic Committees voiced fears over the virus and a number of qualifying events had to be canceled.”There are still many estimates and it is unclear what the new coronavirus situation will be next summer. It is still too early to discuss whether to hold (the games) or not,” he said.John Coates, who heads the IOC’s coordination commission, has indicated that October will be a critical period for assessing whether the Japanese capital will be able to welcome the world, according to Australian media.last_img read more

Gold Coast Hamptons-inspired home sells within three days for $2.12 million

first_img109 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.A STUNNING Hamptons-inspired home on the Gold Coast has sold for $2.12 million within three days of hitting the market.The riverfront Benowa Waters property at 109 Sir Bruce Small Blvd was scheduled to go to auction later this month but the vendors received an offer too good to refuse.Ray White Prestige Gold Coast – Surfers Paradise agents Robert Graham and Jackson Paradise negotiated the sale.Mr Graham said the first people to inspect the property — a family — bought it.“A family already living in Benowa Waters who have three kids wanted a bigger house and didn’t want to go through the hassle of building,” Mr Graham said.“They can move straight in and are very excited.” Gallery (10 images)The spacious deck. Picture: seller bought the block for $815,000 in 2013 and built his dream home.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoIt was completed late last year.“He spent years deciding on the perfect home and has had a change of direction and so decided to move on,” Mr Graham said. 109 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.center_img 109 Sir Bruce Small Blvd, Benowa Waters.The house is set on an 887sq m block with 21m of river frontage.A soaring entry foyer, butler’s pantry, cinema, games room and pool are among its standout features.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFinding the Hamptons style03:56 Related videos 03:56Finding the Hamptons style02:45Hamptons Mansion listed for $91 million02:34Showing off your home in the best light02:18Hamptons house bowls over market01:47Holiday in style, for only $US2.5 million02:02Interior design awardsMr Graham said 46 groups inspected the property in the space of three days.“You have a big block of land on the main river with a house that is ready to be moved into straight away,” Mr Graham said.“It appeals to a buyer who doesn’t want to go through 18 months of building and council applications to do this.”“The style is also as current as you can find.“Hamptons styling — the chunky timber, weatherboard, Colorbond roof and the colours are very popular.”last_img read more

Before and after: unit block listed for millions after renovation

first_img47 Palm Avenue, Surfers Paradise is on the market for $2 million after a renovation.A SAVVY vendor has listed an entire Surfers Paradise apartment block for more than double its purchase price, after snapping it up then flipping it in a drastic renovation in the space of a year. Property records show the Budds Beach block changed hands for $945,000 in March, 2017 — it’s now listed for $2 million. Out with the old. Every single unit underwent a makeover. And after its transformation. There are three apartments included in the listing. It’s now much more modern and tasteful.“The property has a beautiful alfresco outdoor entertaining area, swimming pool and off street parking for three vehicles,” the listing states.“(It) is ideal for any investor looking for a good return on investment in a great Gold Coast position.”center_img The living area in the ground floor apartment has been renovated. And in with the new.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe listing includes a four-bedroom apartment, two-bedroom apartment and one-bedroom studio on a lowset, 458sq m block. According to the listing, the renovation was “eclectic styling with a splash of modern retro”.Timber floors and functional designs feature throughout, while the largest apartment has an outdoor entertaining area and balcony, and the two-bedroom option overlooks the communal pool. One of the living areas before. City views are offered from this bedroom.Approximate rental returns at the property range from $475 per week for the studio to $900 per week for the four-bedroom apartment, while the properties could attract between $110 to $400 per night on Airbnb.last_img read more

Gold Coast house prices are expected to keep climbing despite national downturn

first_imgDwelling values are predicted to fall 3.3 per cent in Sydney and by as much as 6 per cent in Melbourne on the back of declines in inner-city areas.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson believed the Gold Coast would outperform the two eastern cities.“Sydney and Melbourne have had significant years of growth at a pretty high trajectory of increase each year,” he said.“On the Gold Coast we’ve seen an increase but nowhere as steep a trajectory as Sydney or Melbourne have seen.“Also when you look at the population growth here, that will be where our advantage lies.“People still need somewhere to live and while they keep moving here they should aid that growth.”He also said the Coast’s lifestyle was a big drawcard.“People moving to the Gold Coast traditionally came here to retire or work in hospitality,” he said.“Now all age groups are coming, people can run businesses from home.“You don’t need to be in the office every day.“You’ve got the airport and can be in Sydney in an hour.” Gold Coast house prices are tipped to keeping rising.THE Gold Coast property market is tipped to defy a national housing downturn led by Sydney and Melbourne.A new housing value forecast report by CoreLogic and Moody’s Analytics predicted Gold Coast house prices would continue to climb off the back of steady growth over the past two years.Prices on the Glitter Strip are expected to rise 2.2 per cent in 2019 followed by a further 3.6 per cent in 2020.Nationally, prices are tipped to drop three per cent this year before climbing 2.2 per cent next year.According to the report, the Gold Coast was among Queensland’s “lifestyle” areas, which included the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Cairns, that were expected to perform well.“Areas here are expected to perform better over the forecast period, as income growth remains robust and the degree of supply increase is not as great as in areas of Brisbane,” Moody’s Analytics economist Katrina Ell said.“ MORE NEWS: First look inside new Broadbeach towercenter_img House prices look set to start climbing. Moreover, the lifestyle areas are buoyed by overseas tourist demand, which has remained strong on the back of the falling Australian dollar.”The report paints a much more positive picture for the Coast than Sydney and Melbourne, which are expected to continue to decline.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: Indoor pool a standoutlast_img read more

Domestic violence: Men or Women? – you be the judge

first_imgFrom the NZ Crime and Safety Survey 2009 published by the Ministry of Justice last December, and which the NZ Herald quoted from…Table B11: Factors associated with the risk of confrontational crime by current partners in 2008 So that’s 40% male victims, 60% female victimsTable B12: Factors associated with the risk of confrontational crime by family members / ex-partners in 2008 For ex-partner and family members violence So that’s 48% male victims, 52% female victimsBut let’s look at marital status – which is the safest family structure to be in?For partner violence Perhaps the focus should be on family structure, rather than gender!I rest my case.last_img read more

Iwobi: I’m getting better at Everton

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom Alex Iwobi said he is “getting better every day” under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti – and the forward is keen to “get in on the act” after watching fellow widemen Theo Walcott and Bernard score in Everton’s past two games. Iwobi missed six weeks after injuring his hamstring against former club Arsenal back in December and confessed his period out “felt like a year”. He returned for Everton’s rollercoaster 3-2 victory at Watford this month – when Walcott struck the decisive goal in stoppage time – and is aiming for a start at his old Emirates Stadium stomping ground when the Blues tackle Arsenal on Sunday. And Iwobi insisted that the blend of Ancelotti’s individual coaching and the decorated manager’s preference for narrow wingers are combining to unlock the player’s attacking talent. “I have grown up playing on the left or as a number 10 and he has combined the two (in one position),” Iwobi told “It feels natural and I am comfortable in the system, it has been bringing the best from me in training. “The way he (Ancelotti) tells me to come inside is helping my body position, so I receive the ball in a better place (on the field). “It means my first touch takes me where I should go and I can come infield at the right time to be free and able to turn and play forward. “He is helping me a lot and I am benefiting in training. “I feel I am getting better every day with him.” Iwobi signed a five-year deal when he joined Everton from boyhood club Arsenal on transfer deadline day back in August. He has made 21 appearances and scored on his first two starts for the Club. The 23-year-old’s bright beginning to his Everton career was disrupted when he hurt himself early in the meeting with Arsenal on the day of Ancelotti’s appointment as boss.Tags: alex iwobiCarlo Ancelottieverton fcTheo WalcottWatfordlast_img read more

Ireland skipper Paul O’Connell left disappointed as Dublin farewell ends in loss

first_img Ireland suffered an injury scare midway through the second half when wing Keith Earls was carried off, but head coach Joe Schmidt gave an initial positive fitness bulletin. “Keith just got caught with his head on the wrong side of the tackle. He was totally lucid in the changing rooms and remembered his involvements in the game, so they are promising signs, ” Schmidt said. “He will follow the concussion protocols. “To be honest, it is a little bit of deja vu. We conceded a lot of penalties at the Millennium Stadium during the Six Nations last season, and I think we were six-nil down on penalties today when we were 10-0 down on the scoreboard. “You can’t give Leigh Halfpenny goalkicking opportunities, because he is too good at it. You can’t give a team the quality of Wales the opportunity to enter into your defensive zone, because they will make you pay for it. “I said to the players in the changing room it’s going to be very tough next week. “They (England) are going to look to rebound from a slip-up in France, and they are going to bring a really physical performance to Twickenham to lay down a marker prior to the World Cup, and we are going to have to walk in there and man-up and do the best we can.” Wales head coach Warren Gatland reported that centre Jamie Roberts and lock Alun-Wyn Jones both suffered bumps and bruises during what was a high-octane clash, considering its’ pre-tournament warm-up status. “Alun-Wyn was precautionary really,” Gatland said. “We made a decision it wasn’t worth him playing on and potentially picking up a tournament-ending injury, so it was just a case of getting him off the field and seeing if we could cope with that for the last few minutes, and we did that. “Jamie just got a knock in the ribs. Hopefully, we are relatively unscathed, but those kind of things you don’t really find out until the next morning.” Wales’ victory took them above England in the official world rankings four weeks before the countries clash in a pivotal World Cup game at Twickenham, but Gatland dismissed any relevance. “It doesn make any difference to us,” he added. “We came here to play against the number two team in the world. We are the only side that have beaten Ireland in the last 15 games. We weren’t speaking about the rankings or whatever. “We just know how close teams can be. The way the game is at the moment, you can win by 15 or 20 points and the team you are playing against change their game-plan and do things differently and you can lose by the same margin the following week. “So it (rankings) doesn’t mean anything. It’s just bragging rights, that’s all it is.” Reflecting on his team’s display – Wales became the first team to beat Ireland in Dublin since world champions New Zealand toppled them in November 2013 – Gatland said: “It was a good performance. “We knew the whole focus of this campaign so far in preparation was to win a big game away from home, because we’ve got to go to Twickenham for a couple of big games (in the World Cup). “So to beat the number two team in the world was good. “I know it was close at the end. Ireland could have won it, and that would have been heartbreaking for us, but potentially it could have been a lot more comfortable for us as well.” Ireland captain Paul O’Connell struggled to mask his disappointment after he said farewell to Test rugby in Dublin on a losing note. Wales deservedly claimed a 16-10 World Cup warm-up success at the Aviva Stadium, built on flanker Justin Tipuric’s first-half try and 11 points from the boot of full-back Leigh Halfpenny. Ireland now complete their World Cup preparations against England at Twickenham next Saturday, and there is little doubt that they will require an improved display. “There are a certain amount of things we wanted to improve on from the Scotland game, and we probably didn’t do that. From our point of view that is disappointing,” O’Connell said. “There is no doubt about it that it’s disappointing. “There are certain things that we pride ourselves on, and we didn’t do a whole lot of those very well today, with discipline being one of them. “It’s very hard to play as well as you would like in your first start of the season. I really appreciated the reception I got from the crowd today. I was just a little bit embarrassed that we lost the game. “The penalty count is a big thing. Wales are a big side, and we gave them a few good cracks at us on five-metre drives, and we gave Leigh Halfpenny a lot of kicks at goal. “I thought some of the penalties were tough and difficult to take, but at the same time, you can’t blame that on a 15-6 penalty count against you. “Victory is always important – that is what underpins everything we do. “When we get a certain amount of things right in our game, it always puts us in a good place to win the match. Until we start putting those things in place, we don’t stand a chance of winning, especially those big games against big teams.” Press Associationlast_img read more