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Vietnam’s Communist Party leaders warn of challenges ahead

first_imgHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Senior members of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party caution that their country faced opportunities and challenges ahead, as they began a key meeting to set the nation’s path for the next five years. Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong declared, “Globalization and global integration are on the right track, but they are met with the rise of extreme nationalism, strategic competition and trade wars.” Trong said the coronavirus pandemic compelled the world to strategically adjust policies. The National Party Congress will also be choosing the nation’s top leaders. Trong is likely to be selected for a third five-year term as the nation’s most powerful leader.last_img read more

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Malaysian PM quarantines after minister tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgMalaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday said he will self quarantine for 14 days after a minister who attended a high-level government meeting to discuss coronavirus developments on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19.The Southeast Asian country has seen a steady climb in cases in the past week in the aftermath of an election in the state of Sabah in Borneo on Sept 26.Authorities in Malaysia have warned that coronavirus restrictions may have to be reimposed if the trend continues, amid popular anger towards politicians who have been blamed for the spike. In a statement, Muhyiddin confirmed that Religious Affairs Minister Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri had tested positive, and that those identified as close contacts at Saturday’s National Security Council meeting to discuss COVID-19 had been issued a 14-day home surveillance order starting Oct 3.”Pursuant to that, I will undergo self-quarantine at my home for 14 days as advised by the health ministry,” Muhyiddin said.”However, this will not interrupt government business. I will continue to work from home and use video conferencing to conduct meetings as necessary.”In an earlier statement, the health ministry said contact tracing had been carried out, including symptom screening and collection of swabs to detect COVID-19 infections.In a Facebook post on Monday, Zulkifli confirmed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was now undergoing treatment.In a separate statement, Malaysia’s health ministry reported 432 new daily cases on Monday, setting a new record since the country started tracking the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

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Bulldogs Volleyball Results

first_imgFrom Coach Trenkamp. The Batesville Lady Dogs fell to Community Christian in 3 games tonight. We had a great momentum the first game and was able to pull out the win.  Games 2 and 3 we just couldn’t figure out how to bounce back.  We played with 6 girls only tonight and that was huge as it led to a new rotation being unsure of what to do.  Scores were 16-25, 25-6 and 15-8.From Coach Prickel. The JV volleyball team overcame a 9-2 deficit in game 1 vs. Lawrenceburg to pull off an exciting 25-21 win. The team went on to lose games 2 & 3. (25-16, 15-4) Kerigan Haskamp was the leading scorer with 7 points in a 9/10 performance from the service line. Other point getters were Nikki Fox (5 pts.) and Shelby Westerfeld (3 pts.) Katie Bedel pounded 7 kills in 19 attempts with Shalee Harrington and Haskamp chipping in with 3 kills a piece.The varsity played some of the best volleyball they have played all season against conference rival Lawrenceburg, but were unable to sustain the level of play for the needed win.  (25-16, 27-25, 25-21, 25-8)‘We gave the tigers a battle for about 2.5 of 4 sets; it was great volleyball!  Unfortunately we lost the serve/server receive game which is crucial to control if you want to pick up the “W”.  They served us well picking on players who were showing visible signs of inner turmoil, for 13 aces in crucial moments.  We did receive some great sparks from the bench with pull up players coming into tight moments to shine.  #12 Katie Bedel had 4kills and a solo block, & #25 Nikki Fox came up with a reception , dig and kill.  Other leaders were #23 Hattie Westerfeld with 13 kills and two blocks, #7 Kylie Laker with 3 aces and 12 digs, and #11 Jenna Ertel with 18 digs.’ Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.We will have some needed rest and practice time to work out the kinks before hosting Rushville on Tuesday the 4th with a 5:30 JV start.last_img read more