Australia has eliminated the novel coronavirus in many parts of the country, its chief medical officer said on Friday, clearing the way for sports fans to soon return to stadiums and for foreign students to prepare to fly back to classes.Australia recorded just 38 cases of the coronavirus over the past week, with travellers returning from overseas and already in quarantine accounting for more than half of them, said Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy.”We have effectively achieved elimination at this time in many parts of the country,” Murphy told reporters. The prospect of allowing international students back also reinforces Morrison’s call for Australian states and territories to reopen internal borders.He has grown frustrated by the reluctance of several states to open borders and he said if it continued the restart of international education would be delayed.”If someone can’t come to your state from Sydney, then someone can’t come to your state from Singapore,” he said.But the path out of lockdown has been complicated by rallies to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Morrison said gatherings last weekend that attracted tens of thousands had delayed the process.A rally is scheduled in Sydney on Friday despite warnings of on-the-spot fines and arrest and more are planned.Australia has had about 7,300 cases of the coronavirus and 102 deaths. Prime Minister Scott Morrison last month announced a three-step plan to remove most lockdown measures by July.But with case numbers falling significantly, Morrison said restrictions on indoor gatherings would be loosened in July with crowds of up 10,000 people allowed in seated stadiums and a trial scheme to allow foreign students to return.Details for students were being finalized but they would require quarantine, he said.The return of international students would be a boost for universities facing big financial losses with the border closed. International education is Australia’s fourth-largest foreign exchange earner, worth A$38 billion ($26 billion) annually. Topics :
Mary Ann Griner, 80, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. Born January 12, 1939 in Rodney, Indiana, she was the daughter of Norvel Hill and Violet (Baker) Hill. She was tough as nails and loved Waylon Jennings, reading Dean Koontz, and enjoyed her solitude with the company of her cats. She also liked Stranger Things, Fats Domino, mush and eggs, slushies, A&W fried chicken, Storie’s tenderloins, and still called it Decatur Bank after all these years. She disliked wearing long pants, temperatures above 40F, and robocalls. Mary Ann married Edgar A. Griner on October 27, 1956 and he preceded her in death on January 4, 1984. She is survived by 5 children, Vicky (Arthur) Hodapp, Chris Griner, Lori Griner, Benjamin Griner, and Adam (Han) Griner. Memorials may be made to the Decatur County Animal Shelter in Greensburg. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
What’s your most useless talent? VENTERS: I don’t know. I don’t have that many talents. What’s one thing you’d do if you were MLB commissioner for a day?VENTERS: If I was the MLB commissioner for a day, I would make free agency come earlier. What’s your best purchase ever? VENTERS: Probably my wife’s engagement ring. Sporting News writer Ryan Fagan is traveling through Florida and Arizona this spring, stopping at camps and chatting with the players. One of his side projects is a quick-hitter Q/A we’re calling “Two Minutes With …”Previous editions: Anthony Rizzo | Max Muncy | Touki Toussaint | Clint Frazier | Pat Neshek | Ben Gamel | Chris Iannetta | Cal Quantrill | Robert Stock Up now: Braves reliever Jonny VentersWhat’s one of your first baseball memories?VENTERS: My first real memory was seeing Michael Jordan play baseball in Orlando when he was playing for the Barons. What’s the last show you binge-watched?VENTERS: “Narcos.”Any superstitions? VENTERS: Nah.What’s your favorite free-time activity? VENTERS: Fishing. Here, it’s bass fishing. I usually hit all these Disney ponds. They’re full of bass. They’ll kick you off, but we just go to another one. I’ve been using a soft-plastic fluke, watermelon red. My biggest one is 11 pounds, on a golf course. I caught a 10.6 pounder on Lake Toho when I was in the minor leagues. Me and my dad were fishing. That was the biggest lake, legitimate fish. Golf course, I guess, is kinda cheating.What’s one talent you’d most like to have?VENTERS: I wish I could be good at golf. I’m terrible. I’ve never really tried to be good, but it seems like it would be a fun game if you’re good at it.