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Australia, New Zealand agree to work on shared travel zone

first_imgAustralia and New Zealand are committed to introducing a shared travel zone as soon as it is safe to do so, Prime Ministers Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison said.The two leaders agreed to commence work on a trans-Tasman COVID-safe zone that will ease travel restrictions between Australia and New Zealand, they said in a joint statement Tuesday. Earlier Ardern attended Australia’s National Cabinet meeting via video link to discuss the zone and other aspects of the fight against COVID-19.New Zealand and Australia have both had success in containing COVID-19 and avoided the exponential growth in cases seen in many other countries. As they look to relax lockdown restrictions, the focus has shifted to reigniting their economies and both would benefit if they could open the borders to each other’s tourists and business travelers. Topics : “Building on our success so far in responding to COVID-19, continuing to protect Australians and New Zealanders remains an absolute priority,” the prime ministers said. “We will remain responsive to the health situation as it develops.”The travel zone would be put in place once it is safe to do so and necessary health, transport and other protocols had been developed and met, to ensure the protection of public health, they said. Officials will work with business leaders from both nations as the plan develops.“A trans-Tasman COVID-safe travel zone would be mutually beneficial, assisting our trade and economic recovery, helping kick-start the tourism and transport sectors, enhancing sporting contacts, and reuniting families and friends,” the two leaders said. “We need to be cautious as we progress this initiative. Neither country wants to see the virus rebound so it’s essential any such travel zone is safe.”last_img read more

Final 8: Pillars Through to Final, Pick Continental Ticket

first_img2017 KWESE PREMIER LEAGUEAfter a tensed semi final battle between Kano Pillars and Kwara Falcons of Ilorin, Kano Pillars emerged victorious beating Kwara Falcons 69-59 points to zoom into the finals of the 2017 Kwese Premier League holding at the Indoor Gym of the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.The clash between the two conference champions was a thriller of sort with the Falcons giving Pillars a big fight. With the win Pillars becomes the first team in the Final 8 championship to book a continental ticket. Kano Pillars star Abubakar Usman scored the game’s highest with 24 points while Nwafor Josep and Eli Ibrahim contributed 10 points each with Dele Ademola completing highest scores with 11 points for the hosts.Hard-fighting Falcons player Mojuba Oyeleye scored 18 points to finish as the Ilorin based team’s highest scorer.Mathew Omonya expressing happiness for emerging as the first team to reach the final and aim for the ultimate N20m prize money said the cash prize was their biggest motivation: ” When the prize money was announced we became extra motivated to go all out for the win.“It was a hard fought battle but we had to surmount the hurdle because we didn’t want to be left out of the largesse. The money was a big motivation for us and we thank the sponsor Kwese Sports for this. Our eyes are on the trophy and the sponsorship prize money,” stressed Omonya.Meanwhile, in line with the Tijjani Umar led NBBF board’s philosophy of reaching out to the less privileged and giving back to the society, coaches and players participating at the Kwese Premier League Final 8 yesterday visited the Nasarawa Children’s Home in Kano.The Community Outreach Service instituted by the Umar led board a couple of years ago is part of activities flagged off in the ongoing Kwese Premier Basketball League Final 8 Championship holding at the Indoor Hall, Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.Umar, who led some members of the board, former national team coaches, coaches of clubs at the Final 8, former national team players and some players in the ongoing league, referees and technical officials to deliver some gift items said: “Today we identify with the less privileged to show that we care and are willing to support them to aspire and become great in life.“This is important to us because we want to contribute to their lives and encourage as well as motivate them to look up to these players and aspire to be like them. Life is all about give and take and we really appreciate and thank the management of the Home for taking care of the children.”Delivering the gift items on behalf of the group, D’Tigers player and Captain of Mark Mentors of Abuja, Stanley Gumut, pledged that more good things were coming the way of their way as the Tijjani Umar led board was planning to return and build a basketball court for the Home.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more