Although the personal computer has been declared dead many times, it continues to be the primary way in which work gets done in the modern age. As such, the merging of Dell and EMC is great news for service providers, who can now extend their infrastructure service offerings directly to the desktop.The way we work has changed drastically in recent years. You could say that work is no longer a location, but an activity. With this in mind, Dell and Intel commissioned the Future Workforce Study to better understand the changing mind frame of its users. Its findings support the idea that 60% of people do at least some work after hours, while two thirds of employees work from home on a regular basis. Once upon a time, technology was considered standard and users took whatever device IT gave them without questioning the quality. This has changed, however, and organizations can no longer afford to have their employees consider the work environment as a place where they must use old technology. The increased capability of users’ personal equipment is driving higher expectations in the workplace. Technology has become a differentiator as well as a job perk. As the Future Workforce study demonstrates, 42% of millennials would quit a job over poor equipment and 82% say cutting-edge hardware and applications influence what job they take. Therefore, talent acquisition and retention are key reasons for organizations to invest in a workplace transformation.Consumer-Grade ITThe effect of a great working environment goes further than simply attracting and retaining talent. At its recent symposium, Gartner again emphasized ‘digital dexterity’ as one of the conditions of digital transformation. While this phenomenon extends far beyond an organization’s adopting the latest in-house technology, offering the best possible resources to employees certainly helps in getting the best out of office workers. According to Gartner, IT must deliver a consumer-like computer experience to help people become more agile and better equipped to cope with the changes their organization is going through. Employees using excellent hardware and user-friendly applications will be more inclined to turn to technology and its possibilities to add value to the business. If people are digitally empowered, they will help speed the digital transformation.Another engaging reason to provide users with state-of-the-art computer gear is the security aspect: studies reveal that 95% of security breaches originate at an endpoint, where a lot of corporate data is stored. Securing desktops and laptops is an important step in developing a strong security posture.Digital Dexterity as a ServiceThis is great news for service providers who work with Dell EMC. Now that Dell and EMC have combined, our alliance partners can offer a complete bundle of products. It is comforting for corporate buyers to know that a single source can provide a broad range of hardware, software and services. Having one contract to cover the complete infrastructure, from the workstation to the datacenter and then to the cloud, ensures that there will be no finger-pointing between vendors.Dell has been a leader in the PC market for years, boasting an award-winning portfolio designed for productivity and unparalleled security while helping to enable people with the latest devices and the best endpoint security. This has led to 17 consecutive quarters of Commercial PC market share gains, according to IDC. What’s more, the end-to-end solutions for the entire PC lifecycle can streamline and reduce IT’s workload, while lowering costs by 25%. Dell has recently expanded PC as a Service (PCaaS), allowing flexible consumption models to give customers yet another option for how they procure their IT.The renewed importance upon up-to-date in-house equipment offers a great opportunity for service providers to refresh their offerings for Workplace as a Service, Client Managed Services and other managed solutions. Adding these new resources to their existing portfolio will give them a fresh way to approach prospective clients and claim a bigger share of wallet with their existing customers.
Benowa, including Surfers Paradise, is one of the worst hit postcodes in Queensland for mortgage stress. Picture: Jono Searle.Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North said the risk of default was rising in areas where underemployment and unemployment were also rising.“Mortgage stress continues to rise as households experience rising living costs, higher mortgage rates and flat incomes,” he said.“Expected future mortgage rate rises will add further pressure on households.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020With the federal government due to announce housing affordability measures in Tuesday’s budget, the ANU poll also found 68 per cent of those not in the housing market are concerned they will never be able to afford a home.Co-researcher, Associate Professor Ben Phillips, said the survey showed support for an increase in the supply of housing and public housing.“The ANUpoll also found almost half of homeowners would be willing to see their property stop growing in value to improve housing affordability while only 31.8 per cent would not,” he said.“This may suggest that the issue of housing affordability is acute enough that Australians may accept policy change that could reduce prices or the rate of price growth to allow more equitable access to the housing market.”ATTITUDES TO HOUSING AFFORDABILITY:* About 87 per cent are concerned future generations won’t be able to afford to buy a house* 75 per cent believe owning a home is part of the Australian way of life* 68 per cent believe emotional security, stability and belonging are the main reasons to buy a house* 51 per cent nominated investment and financial security as key reasons to buy a house* 28 per cent of those surveyed have economised on luxuries to meet mortgage or rent payments* 18 per cent have economised on essentials to meet mortgage or rent payments* One in five Australians are struggling to keep up with mortgage or rental payments* 23 per cent of mortgage holders would have difficulty keeping up repayments if interest rates increased by two percentage points* 68 per cent of those not in the housing market are concerned they will never be able to afford a home* 77 per cent do not expect their families to give any financial support towards buying a home* 51.7 per cent support the removal of tax incentives such as negative gearing and the capital gains discount, but 27 per cent of investors strongly oppose their removal* 83 per cent support or strongly support first homeowner grants(Source: ANUpoll) A new ANU poll shows 18 per cent of Australians constantly struggle to pay their mortgage.THE great Australian dream might not be all it’s cut out to be with one in five of us struggling to keep up with mortgage or rental payments, a new survey has found.The findings of the latest annual Australian National University poll show 18 per cent of Australians constantly struggle to pay their mortgage, while two per cent say they’ve fallen behind in repayments.The survey of 2500 people in March this year found 23 per cent of mortgage holders would have difficulty keeping up with repayments if interest rates increased by two percentage points.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenHousehold Debt00:51It backs up recent figures by Digital Finance Analytics, which found an estimated 1000 Australian households a week are expected to face mortgage default over the next 12 months.The report reveals one in four households nationwide are in mortgage stress, including 139,000 in Queensland. Mount Pleasant in Mackay is one of the worst hit postcodes in Queensland for mortgage stress. Picture: Rob MaccollOne of the worst hit postcodes in the state is Mount Pleasant in Mackay, where 244 households are at risk of mortgage default and as many as 3600 are in mild mortgage stress.Benowa, which includes the suburbs of Surfers Paradise and Main Beach, on the Gold Coast is also struggling, with 119 households in severe mortgage stress and more than 150 facing default.
*31 Oct 2019 *Cash rate *RBA cuts to *Same as scenario *Trade talks *All dwellings unchanged 0.5% by April 2020 1 HOWEVER collapse *Economy *Trade wars stabilise *APRA *Economy recovering *Economy stable intervention weakening *AUD ranges *No APRA occurs mid 2020 *RBA cuts between US$0.65 intervention cash rate and US$0.75 to zero by *No APRA end 2020. intervention until *QE starts late 2020 at earliestPerth -8.7% +3% to +6% +4% to +7% +3% to +6% -6% to -2%Brisbane -1.1% +3% to +6% +4% to +7% +3% to +6% -3% to +1%Darwin -9.2% -5% to -2% -4% to -1% -5% to -2% -7% to -3%Melbourne -1% +11% to +15% +12% to +17% +5% to +9% 0% to +4%Sydney -2.5% +10% to +14% +11% to +16% +4% to +8% 0% to +4%Adelaide -0.9% +1% to +4% +1% to +4% +1% to +4% -2% to +2%Hobart +2.6% +5% to +8% +6% to +9% +4% to +7% +3% to +6%Canberra +2% +3% to +7% +4% to +8% +2% to +5% +4% to +7%Capital city -2.5% +7% to +11% +8% to +13% +4% to +7% -1% to +3% average (Source: SQM Research) Houses and apartment buildings are seen in the Brisbane suburbs of Paddington and Petrie Terrace. Image: AAP/Darren England.In the best case scenario for Brisbane, prices are forecast to rise between four and seven per cent if interest rates are cut to 0.5 per cent by April 2020.And the worst case would be if interest rates are cut to zero, which SQM predicts would trigger price falls.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said Brisbane’s improving economic outlook and recovery in mining investment was set to benefit the housing market.“An increase in mining investment is coming through as we speak and that’s going to be a nice job creator for the city,” Mr Christopher said.The forecast is for Sydney home prices to rise between 10 per cent and 14 per cent and Melbourne prices to jump by 11 per cent to 15 per cent. SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher.But while Sydney and Melbourne home values are set for a sharp rebound, Mr Christopher said he had doubts about the sustainability of the recovery in those “overvalued” markets.“Long term, our two largest housing markets look vulnerable and forever reliant on cheap credit,” he said. “Brisbane is definitely offering better value for money for those who decide to move from Sydney to Melbourne.“The problem in the past has been people will come from the south but struggle to get jobs, but the economy’s picking up and I think there will be more white collar jobs on offer in Brisbane over 2020 and 2021, which may well encourage more buyers from down south.”Mr Christopher said he also anticipated a recovery in Brisbane’s rental market in 2020, with rents forecast to increase between three and five per cent.“Brisbane is increasingly facing a shortage of rental accommodation after years of being in surplus,” he said.“Vacancy rates are consistently falling and it has turned into a landlord’s market.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago Brisbane’s vacancy rates are increasingly becoming tighter. Picture: Stewart Mclean.From an investment perspective, Mr Christopher said Brisbane’s eastern suburbs were most likely to outperform.“When I look at rental vacancy rates, they tend to be tighter in Brisbane’s east than other regions,” he said.“I think it’s a matter of lifestyle. The bulk of residents, if they were going to pick a region in which to live, would probably pick Brisbane’s east.” It comes as the NAB changes its expected timing for the next interest rate cut.The bank now expects the Reserve Bank of Australia to slash the official cash rate to 0.5 per cent in February 2020 — and potentially announce a package of unconventional policy should there be a need to provide further stimulus to the economy going forward. MORE: The Qld city climbing the global property richlist The NAB expects the RBA to cut interest rates again in February, 2020. Image: AAP/Dan Himbrechts.“To be clear, we think that the RBA should actually provide a further interest rate cut next month with private sector growth remaining weak and little evidence to date that prior easing or the tax rebates has done enough to offset the weakness in the economy,” the bank said in a note to clients. “However, for now, the RBA appears to be in a holding pattern, while it assesses the impact of prior rate cuts and ‘the gentle turning point’. “We see an improvement in growth over time but not to a sufficiently strong rate of growth to prevent the unemployment rate beginning to rise. “At the same time, the government does not seem to be inclined to provide material fiscal stimulus in the near term, which increases the need for the RBA to ease further (including a further rate cut and unconventional policy) should our forecast of a deteriorating labour market materialise.” This house at 35 Railway Rd, Fairfield, is for sale.Brisbane couple Kimiora, 25, and Michael Bennallack, 33, are selling their house in Fairfield and hope to make a profit so they can upgrade to a bigger home in the area.They spent the past three years renovating it and are ready to move on to their next project.Mrs Bennallack said access to cheaper credit and the recent interest rate cuts, coupled with the prospect of more to come, had helped them to achieve their goals more quickly.“We refinanced our mortgage at the start of the year, which was really good, and the rate cuts have given us a bit more money in our pockets to do things around the house and give it more street appeal,” Mrs Bennallack said.Marketing agent Maree Grieve of Place – Annerley said the property had already gone under contract after its first open home on Saturday.“We had 29 groups of buyers through, multiple offers and it went under contract on Monday,” Ms Grieve said.“I think what we’re finding is there are definitely a lot more first home buyers in the market because money’s so cheap at the moment. People are saving and buying insteade of renting.” MIchael and Kimiora Bennallack outside their first home, which they renovated and are now selling in Fairfield. The couple wants to upgrade to a bigger house in the area. Image: AAP/John Gass.RECORD low interest rates and cheap credit could boost Brisbane home prices by up to seven per cent in one year, a new report reveals.SQM Research’s Housing Boom and Bust Report for 2020, released today, forecasts an increase in home prices in the Queensland capital of between three and seven per cent — a recovery from the sluggish growth recorded in the first half of 2019.The base case scenario forecast assumes no changes in interest rates and no intervention by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), in which case SQM predicts Brisbane home prices would increase between three and six per cent. RELATED: Brisbane still affordability capital City Actuals 2020 2020 2020 2020 Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Scenario 3 Scenario 4
Loading… One thing that could play into Real’s hands is that Barcelona would have to pay more. As per the Mirror they have an agreement with the Reds that they will pay £89 million above the market value for any of their players until summer 2021. With Transfermarkt currently valuing the Senegal forward at £135 million it would mean the Catalan giants smashing the £198 million that PSG paid them for Neymar to get their hands on Mane. The agreement is in place because of the Spanish champion’s move for Philippe Coutinho in January 2018. After spending several months trying to sign the midfielder. Barca finally agreed a £140 million fee him.Advertisement Part of the deal included the clause that meant the La Liga leaders had to pay a huge premium on any other players from Anfield until next summer. Quique Setien’s side were hoping to add a forward in January after the injury to Luis Suarez disrupted their season but they failed to get anyone in. Ousmane Dembele’s injury after the transfer window was closed gave them the chance to make an emergency signing and they brought in Martin Braithwaite. Suarez’s age and Dembele’s injury record means that Barca could still be looking to add another forward to their side in the summer, despite the money spent on Antoine Griezmann last year. However rivals Real Madrid may have even more reason to be looking for a world class forward, having still failed to replace Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals.Hazard hasn’t had a happy first season in Spain.Read Also: Fans mock Man City for copying Real Madrid travelling outfitEden Hazard’s injury problems, and lack of form, have led to the issues at the Bernabeu and Luka Jovic has also proved to be a flop so far, with just two goals in La Liga and Zinedine Zidane doesn’t seem to trust the former Frankfurt striker.Mane has continued to be integral to Liverpool’s success and the 27-year-old has scored 13 goals in the league and provided six assists for his teammates.Right now it doesn’t really make sense for any of Liverpool’s players to leave Merseyside but the allure of Real and Barca always seems to make a difference. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona would have to pay a whopping £225 million to sign Sadio Mane this summer, smashing the world record for a transfer currently held by Neymar. The Liverpool forward has been linked with a move to Barca or rivals Real Madrid this summer, along with teammate Mo Salah, and the Res would be desperate to keep hold of him. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A RoleTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Truly Mysterious Things That Have Happened On Chinese Soil10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?
SEYMOUR, Wis. (July 12) – A test and tune session scheduled for tonight (Tuesday) at Seymour Raceway Park is open to anyone wishing to work on their cars or just get seat time.The pit area will open at 4:30 p.m. and the track will be open from 5-8 p.m.Pit passes are $15. Admission to the grandstand is free.
Press Association Jurgen Klopp is convinced there is much more to come from striker Christian Benteke after seeing him fire Liverpool to victory twice inside five days. The Belgium international took his tally for the season to just seven goals, six of them in the Barclays Premier League, when he secured a 1-0 win at Sunderland after coming off the bench to do the same against then leaders Leicester on Boxing Day. Benteke passed up a series of other glorious opportunities, including a gilt-edged chance at the death, but Klopp was satisfied with his contribution. He said: “A striker who scores a decisive goal is always a positive thing, but I’m sure Christian knows he can play better. But at this moment, we need goals more than anything else and he did it again, so we are really satisfied.” Asked if there is more to come from the 25-year-old, Klopp replied: “Yes. That’s the best news.” Benteke’s decisive intervention came 22 seconds after half-time with Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone having produced a series of fine saves, including one outstanding effort to deny Roberto Firmino, to keep his side level. There was a touch of good fortune to the goal as Adam Lallana tried to control Nathaniel Clyne’s pass and succeeded in serving up the ball perfectly for the striker with Mannone powerless to resist. Klopp said: “I’m not too much interested in that, to be honest, because it’s better you decide a game early. We don’t live in wonderland and wait for the special moment, we have to work for the special moment and that’s what we did.” Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce felt a fifth successive defeat was harsh on his team, who remain seven points adrift of safety heading into Saturday’s crucial home clash with bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa. Allardyce said: “I didn’t think we deserved to lose it on the basis of how lucky their goal was. If (Philippe) Coutinho or Lallana had produced a bit of the brilliance we know they can and put it away in the back of our net, then you could hold your hands up and say, ‘Yeah’. “But when you get that stroke of luck like they got – Lallana has tried to control it, he miscontrolled it and it’s flicked off his toe and run straight into Benteke’s path, and even he mishit it and it bounces over Vito, so we were very unlucky there.”
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoOn Iowa’s third play from scrimmage, the Hawkeyes faced a third-and-six from their own 30 yard line. In the game, as an extra defensive back for the third-down play, freshman cornerback Aaron Henry came hard on a blitz, sacking Iowa quarterback Jake Christensen.It was a sign of things to come, as the Badgers routinely hassled the Hawkeyes’ sophomore quarterback and stifled the Iowa offense on third-down attempts.Wisconsin utilized a third-down package with three down linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs, mixing in blitzes by Henry and linebacker DeAndre Levy to put pressure on Christensen.”When you have a quarterback who’s in the beginning tenure of his career … we wanted to make him make decisions, instead of letting him pick his decisions,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “I thought the defensive coaches in particular did a great job of changing up what they do based on what we thought could give us a strength.”Henry was especially successful at getting to Christensen, earning two-and-a-half sacks and a quarterback hurry. Coming into the game, the game plan called for Henry to blitz some. As the game progressed, though, Henry said he was surprised by just how much he was blitzing.”I kind of figured I would have a couple opportunities, but not as many as I did,” Henry said. “My hat goes off to the coaches for giving me an opportunity. I was just trying to go out there and execute like I did in practice. You come screaming off the edge free, you really don’t know what to do sometimes.”Despite flying around like an experienced blitzer, the trade is actually a new trick for the true freshman.”That’s the most sacks. … I mean, I’ve never blitzed in a game, let alone get a sack,” Henry said.With Henry and company putting pressure on Christensen, the quarterback was only able to complete 17 of 37 passes and was forced to scramble out of the pocket often and make throws on the run.”That’s always a boost,” cornerback Allen Langford said. “We look for someone to get to the quarterback, and that’s great on [the defensive backs]. … All week, that was the focus.”All told, the Wisconsin defense held Iowa to 2 of 16 on third-down conversions, including snuffing out the Hawkeyes’ first seven attempts to convert a third down and all five second-half tries.”That’s something the coaches emphasize,” Levy said. “We want to get off the field on third down. … Just getting off the field on third down makes a big difference in the game.”Not only does good third-down defense keep the unit fresh, it also helps the offense get in a groove and avoid sitting for extended periods on the sidelines.”It’s a two-way street,” quarterback Tyler Donovan said. “They did a great job [Saturday] stopping those guys. Obviously, the first half, we were shooting ourselves in the foot at times, they were stepping up for us. Come the second half, we were going to come up big for them.”Outside of the third-down success, the Wisconsin defense played its best game of the season against a quality opponent. In what turned out to be a defensive slugfest, Wisconsin held Iowa to 228 yards of total offense, only 59 of which came on the ground.”Our defense finally came out and played. We toughed up, and we did most everything right,” defensive tackle Nick Hayden said. “There were a couple critical errors made, but it was hard-nosed football, just the way we like it.”Just the way the coach likes it also.”I thought our defense came with an attitude, tackled well and attacked the ball,” Bielema said. “That’s the way we want it to be,” Hayden said. “Just fix the little mistakes and now just keep getting better and better.”
The University of Wisconsin softball team (16–13, 2–2 Big Ten) started off their Big Ten schedule with a 6-3 win at the Goodman Diamond last Sunday March 25 against Rutgers (17–16, 2–2 Big Ten) and added another home victory on Tuesday beating Northern Iowa (18–14, 3–4 Missouri Valley) 6-2. They ended the week by losing the series against No. 24 Ohio State (21–8, 2–4 Big Ten) after dropping the first contest 7-9, winning their second 3-1 and losing the last 0-7 over the weekend in Columbus.The Badgers spring break schedule began somewhat hectically as they were uncertain when — or even if — they would be playing Rutgers due to weather complications from a nor’easter in New Jersey. Though their games were supposed to be rescheduled as a doubleheader on Sunday, the latter contest was canceled so Rutgers could make their flight back to New Jersey.Despite the confusion, Wisconsin impressed in their Big Ten debut. Kaitlyn Menz picked up her eighth win of the year, pitching a complete seven-inning game on just three earned runs.Softball: Nor’easter interrupts Wisconsin Rutgers series, games still planned for Saturday and SundayThe University of Wisconsin softball team (13–11, 0–0 Big Ten) will match up against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (15–14, 0–0 Read…Offensively, Brooke Wyderski had the best game against the Scarlet Knights, going 3-3 from the plate with two doubles, two runs and a run batted in. Wyderski currently leads the Badgers with 21 runs and 24 RBIs and places second on the team in batting average with a .347 average.Wisconsin also looked impressive against non-conference opponent UNI, where Haley Hestekin picked up her seventh win of the year, allowing just one run in 4.2 innings with Menz coming in to shutout Northern Iowa in relief. But Hestekin was fortunate to only have one run on her record as the pitcher allowed ten total baserunners on the day surrendering nine hits and a walk.After hits by Kelsey Jenkins and Wyderski gave the Badgers an early 3-0 lead, Northern Iowa was unable to mount a comeback. Wyderski was once again the biggest offensive producer on the day, going 2-3 with a double and three RBIs.Women’s Basketball: As Cayla McMorris prepares to leave, her legacy remains on Badgers teamCayla McMorris, a 6-foot senior from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, is considered one of the greatest women’s basketball players to ever Read…Wisconsin continued Big Ten play starting on Friday versus Ohio State. Kaitlyn Menz seemed in control once early against the Buckeyes, allowing just two earned runs through her first five innings, giving the Badgers a 7-4 lead. But the game quickly got out of control for Menz as she allowed five runs in the sixth, two of which came off a home run by pitcher-designated player Shelby McCombs.For Ohio State, Kat Duvall ended the game and got the win in an impressive relief appearance — striking out all four batters she faced.In the next contest, Wisconsin got out to a 2-0 lead early with back to back homers by Wyderski and Taylor Johnson. But this time the Badgers held on as Hestekin allowed only one run in her seven-inning, five-strikeout game for her eighth win of the year, defeating starter Kat Duvall.But in their final game on Easter Sunday the Badgers could not compete in a blowout 0-7 loss marred by errors and missed opportunities.Women’s Tennis: Wisconsin wins weekend games versus East Coast foesThe Wisconsin women’s tennis team (8–7, 2–1 Big Ten) won their match on Friday 7–0 against Rutgers (0–1, 5–5 Big Read…Menz got the loss in the contest, allowing six runs in 4.2 innings with only one of them earned as a result of fielding errors.On the Buckeyes, McCombs pitched impressively for a complete game shutout and even had her own grand slam up at bat in the sixth inning. But the Badgers still had their chances to score as the Buckeye pitcher struggled with control, allowing eight walks.Offensively, Wisconsin was unable to capitalize on these opportunities, stranding nine runners on base throughout the course of the game.Wisconsin will continue their Big Ten schedule on the road this Saturday in their series versus Iowa.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley on Saturday said that despite his appeal, members of the public were not taking the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously as Trinidad and Tobago recorded four new cases of the virus. The Ministry of Health in its daily bulletin said that the four new cases “are pending epidemiological investigation” and that “all established protocols have been implemented”. “This action provides fertile conditions to fuel an outbreak of the virus. This political activity may be deemed essential but not in this time of a pandemic.This action of denial or daring poses a threat to the entire nation. There are many other ways to reach and influence the electorate,” Rowley said. He said that it is in this context that once again “I am appealing to my colleagues of the political arena, the UNC (opposition United National Congress), officers and supporters to stop organising large groups of people to walk around neighbourhoods. “It is clear that my appeal to the public to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously and to not congregate or assemble in large groups is falling on many deaf ears. These are people who believe that they must put their finger in the wound to believe that there could be pain,” Rowley said in a statement. “I appeal to all persons organising groups to refrain from violating the health protocols of small groups and wearing of masks once outdoors among people,” Rowley added. Trinidad and Tobago will elect a new government on August 10 and the ruling People’s National Party (PNM) is the only one of the 19 political organisations contesting all 41 seats at stake. The UNC is contesting all 39 seats on Trinidad and none in Tobago. On Friday, Rowley told a news conference that persons should exercise caution, social distancing and wear masks when out in public. He also announced that the number of people in gatherings had been reduced from 25 to 10. As a result of the new cases, Trinidad and Tobago is now reporting 173 cases and eight deaths from the virus that was first detected in March. CMC