Africa urged to test more as coronavirus cases exceed 500,000

first_imgNkengasong said it was inevitable that as cases rise, hospitals will become overwhelmed.”That is something that is happening already. We will continue to see it as the pandemic expands,” he added.Although many have also started gradually easing lockdowns to reopen hard-hit economies, governments are conscious that opening up too quickly could lead to a spike in new cases.The African Union Commission said on Thursday it had launched a consortium for vaccine clinical trials to be headed by the Africa CDC, which aimed to secure more than 10 late stage vaccine clinical trials as early as possible.South Africa and Egypt are already running human trials for a potential vaccine.  African countries must carry out more coronavirus testing and make people use masks, a regional disease control body said on Thursday as cases topped half a million in the continent.New cases in Africa were up 24% over the past week, with data from governments and the World Health Organization showing it had 512,499 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 11,930 deaths.”The pandemic is gaining full momentum,” John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a virtual news briefing from Addis Ababa. Nkengasong said African countries, many of which do not have reliable data, must adopt an aggressive approach to encourage the wearing of face masks and ramp up testing and tracing.”This will save lives and save (the) economy.”Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Algeria account for 71% of infections on the continent, Nkengasong said.Some governments have been reluctant to acknowledge epidemics or to expose crumbling health systems to outside scrutiny, while others are either too poor or conflict-ridden to carry out significant testing.center_img Topics :last_img read more

SHI Wins Order for LNG Carrier Pair

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has inked a contract with compatriot natural gas company Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) for the construction of two small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. Under the terms of the USD 100 million contract, the ships are expected to be delivered in May and December 2019.The 7,500 cbm vessels, to be equipped with KC-1 cargo containment system, will transport LNG from Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do, to Jeju Island, according to the shipbuilder.As informed, one of the two carriers will be capable of LNG bunkering.The new deal marks SHI’s entering into “promising” small-scale LNG carrier and LNG-bunkering markets, SHI said.So far, SHI has won orders worth USD 2.3 billion. They include eight tankers, two LNG carriers, one LNG floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and one floating production unit (FPU).last_img read more

Real Madrid Former President Dies of Coronavirus Disease

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Best Cars Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney Princesses Loading… Former president of Laliga giants Real Madrid, Lorenzo Sanz, has died after a battle with the Coronavirus disease, his family and the Santiago Bernabeu side have announced. Sanz who died a the age of 76 won some laurels during his reign as president of Real Madrid FC and basketball team from 1995 to 2000. Sanz was reportedly admitted to a hospital in Madrid earlier last week where his Covid-19 infection was manages until he gave up the ghost on Saturday. His son, Lorenzo, confirmed the sad new of his father’s passing in Tweet on Saturday. “My father has just died. He did not deserve it to end in this manner. One of the best, most courageous and hard working people I have seen in my life. His family and Real Madrid were his passion,” Lorenzo [Jnr.] tweeted. lorenzo-sanz-real-madrid-coronavirus-laliga-covid-19Sanz celebrates Champions League title success with Real Madrid players Real Madrid and Laliga followed up Lorenzo’s announcement with official statements on their respective online platforms. “Real Madrid, its president and the board of directors regret with great consternation the death ofLorenzo Sanz, who was president of Real Madrid from 1995 to 2000,’ Real Madrid stated on their website. “They also want to express their deepest condolences and all their affection and affection to his wife Mari Luz, their children; Lorenzo, Francisco, Fernando, María Luz Malula and Diana, and their family and friends. Condolences that also extend to all Real Madrid.center_img Also Read: Ex-Man United Star Fellaini Contracts Coronavirus “Today, Real Madrid is mourning the loss of a president who dedicated a large part of his life to his great passion: Real Madrid. “Given the current circumstances, Real Madrid will pay him the recognition he deserves as soon as possible.” The club also tweeted: “With Lorenzo Sanz as president of @realmadriden, the club won two European Cups and an Intercontinental Cup, a league title, a Spanish Super Cup, a basketball league title and the Saporta Cup. #RealMadrid.” Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos also took to Twitter express his grief over the passing. “Very sad day for Real Madrid. Lorenzo Sanz connected yesterday and today with two numbers for the story: 7 and 8 [Champions League triumphs in 1998 and 2000},” Ramos tweeted. “His death saddens even more these difficult days in which we find ourselves. My deep condolences to family and friends. Rest in peace.” Former Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was also in a mourning mood on Saturday and tweeted: “DEP President, a big hug to family and friends in these difficult times. And a very special memory for those who have also left us because of this fatal virus. Much strength to all.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Retired teachers donate more than 10,000 volunteer hours

first_imgPhoto:FacebookFranklin County, In. — The Whitewater Valley Retired Teachers Association says during 2017 members of their group volunteered at least 10,700 hours in the community. Volunteers prepared meals for Works of Mercy, projects in four elementary schools, youth sports, tutoring and 4-H projects.Retired teachers also worked in various churches, nursing homes and the library. Members also spent time on boards and committees of civic organizations.The members enjoy and appreciate volunteer roles in the community and look for new ways to give back.last_img

Kenneth J. Smith March 26, 1943 – November 7, 2018

first_imgKenneth J. Smith, 75, of Bradenton, FL died peacefully, surrounded by his family on November 7, 2018.Shortly after being born in Sarasota, FL, he moved to Cincinnati, OH where he resided most of his life. After graduating from Norwood High School in 1961, Ken attended the University of Cincinnati where he received both his B.S. and M.Ed.Ken began his 29 year career in Cincinnati Public Schools at Roberts Junior High, where he was a teacher for 19 years. He was then an assistant principal of Western Hills High School and Porter Junior High, a principal of Roberts Junior High and retired as the principal of Dater Junior High. In 2003, he moved to Bradenton, FL as a “Snowbird” and became a full time resident several years later.He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara (nee Frazier); two sons, Jason (Lori) and Christopher (Molly); four grandchildren, Brittany, Justin, Winston and Pippa and one great grandchild, Madelyn.Ken’s passion for cars, sports and boating was eclipsed only by his love of making others happy with his humor and generosity. Nothing ever changed his wonderful attitude, including long term medical issues; he always had a smile for everyone, all the way to the end.Visitation will be held at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home on Thursday, November 15th from 6:00 PM to 8:00PM. Funeral services will be held at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home on Friday at 11:00 AM and will be followed by interment at Arlington Memorial Gardens.last_img read more

England v Brazil: Southgate May Give Youth Another Fling

first_imgIn part, their promotion is reward for their success with England’s junior sides – Solanke scored for England Under-21s last week – but, ahead of next year’s World Cup finals, Southgate is clearly looking to new talent to counter decades of failure by the country’s senior sides.“We have to see how the game progresses but we won’t have any inhibitions about putting them on the pitch,” said Southgate. “We want players who have good international pedigree to have their pathway.“If I had to pick the squad tomorrow, I know who it would be, but that can change in six months because of form and players emerging. I’m open-minded.”England’s junior sides have prospered internationally with the Under-17s and Under-20s both winning World Cups this year and the Under-18s and Under-21s also producing standout performances.But Southgate will be wary of expecting too much, too soon from his young stars and may choose not to use his latest recruits against a Brazil side he was quick to praise.“Brazil are well down the road in knowing their best team, they have some outstanding individuals and an immense physical presence,” he said.“They’ve annihilated everyone in the South American qualification which is the hardest way to the finals, so it will be a big test.“You always want to test yourselves against the best. Germany are a well-oiled machine, you know where they’re going to be. Brazil have fantastic individuals and that’s harder to prepare for.”Asked what he most appreciated about the 0-0 draw with Germany, which proved more exciting than the scoreline suggests, Southgate said the “fearlessness” and highlighted the performance of Chelsea loanee Loftus-Cheek.“He’s obviously taken a lot from the game. He found it a great experience. He was learning throughout it,” said Southgate.“It’s incredible – he’s had so few 90-minute appearances in the league and we put him in but he did well and we believe in him. Sometimes the first game is easier then you have to carry it on.”Southgate added that Tottenham’s Eric Dier will again captain the side.“For me as a coach, he’s good when you want to have discussions about solving tactical problems on the pitch. He’s somebody who’s upbringing at Lisbon was different from some young players,” he said.Against him will be Neymar, who Southgate singled out to be an obvious threat. “He is one of the best players in the world. Is he worth £200 million? If there was to be someone worth that – it’d be him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram England Manager Gareth Southgate has said he is prepared to offer more young players the chance to stake a claim for a World Cup place in today’s friendly against Brazil at Wembley Stadium.Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford received rave reviews after making their first England starts against Germany last Friday.Tammy Abraham, Jack Cork and Joe Gomez also made their debuts and Southgate has added Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook and Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke to his squad for Brazil.last_img read more

Two Tipp men in much changed Munster side

first_imgAlthough managing an elbow issue this week and initially deemed unavailable, Andrew Conway’s injury was not as bad as first feared and the fullback has been declared fit to start.With five changes to the forwards, Rhys Marshall and Stephen Archer are introduced to the front row, joining James Cronin. Clonmel native Dave Foley packs down next to Jean Kleyn in the engine room, while Billy Holland and Jack O’Donoghue are promoted to start alongside Cahir man Tommy O’Donnell in the back-row. In the absence of Peter O’Mahony, Holland will captain the side.After successfully rehabbing an elbow injury, in the replacements, hooker Kevin O’Byrne makes his return to a match-day squad for the first time since the opening game against Scarlets. There are 11 changes to the team that defeated Leinster on Monday in Thomond Park, one of which sees Francis Saili make his first start of the season.This season’s leading try scorer Ronan O’Mahony is the only back retained by Erasmus, starting on the left wing, while Keith Earls returns to start on the opposite flank.Academy player Dan Goggin makes his fourth start of the campaign and joins Saili in forming a new centre partnership, while Duncan Williams and Ian Keatley are this week’s half-back pairing.last_img read more

Neymar Agrees Five-year £450m PSG World-record Deal

first_imgIt is understood the total value of the deal is worth nearly £450m (€500m), which includes wages, bonuses and a buyout clause of £198m (€222m). Neymar has been offered a basic salary of £26.8m-a-year (€30m) after tax, around £515,000-a-week.Barcelona confirmed the buyout clause will have to be “deposited in its entirety” for the deal to pull through.Sky Sports News has been told that a key meeting took place in Brazil earlier last month involving Neymar, his father and super-agent Pini Zahavi, who has brokered the deal.Zahavi has known Neymar since the age of 17 and has become one of his closest advisors.A source in Spain close to Neymar has told Sky Sports News: “Since he decided to leave, Neymar has had to deal with huge pressure to stay at Barcelona. His teammates wanted him to stay but his decision was made.”The source added that Neymar had been “close” to joining Manchester United in last summer’s transfer market but chose PSG after a further season at Barcelona.Neymar is expected to join five Brazilian international teammates at PSG, including Dani Alves and Thiago Silva.The source said: “People will say this has been driven by money, but he wants to become the leader at the club. He wants to be independent, and wants to win the Ballon d’Or. He believes he can do that in Paris.”La Liga President Javier Tebas has threatened to block the transfer but it’s understood PSG officials remain “very confident” there will be no issues with the buyout clause.PSG has yet to confirm whether an agreement has been reached.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Brazil and Barcelona star, Neymar, has agreed a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain and is due in Paris within the next 24 hours to finalise the most expensive transfer in world football history, according to Sky sources.Sky Sports News learnt that Neymar decided to leave Barcelona following talks on holiday near Rio de Janeiro in early July, before he joined the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.He is expected to arrive in the French capital by Friday at the latest to complete his move.last_img read more

Angels 2019 spring training preview: Billy Eppler says team is slowly going in right direction

first_imgTick, tick, tick …General Manager Billy Eppler, however, insists that he does not view his job in such a Trout-centric way.While acknowledging that Trout is obviously a generational player who the Angels love to have, Eppler has said many times he’s looking out for the long-term health of the franchise. The way to have sustained success, he says, is by building a strong farm system.The quickest way, of course, to have a strong farm system, is to trade away a lot of veterans and lose a lot, accumulating high draft picks. The Angels, however, didn’t want to do that either.Instead, they’ve chosen to keep almost all of their established players, supplementing them with short-term potential solutions, to give them a chance to remain competitive while they wait for the farm system to blossom. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Our approach with this organization is a direction over speed approach,” Eppler said in the days leading up to Tuesday’s deadline for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training. “Results are important, and getting things accomplished quicker is better, but not at the expense of us going in the wrong direction.”From about 2011 to 2015, the Angels searched for quick fixes. They relied heavily on free agents and neglected the farm system, and it set back the organization.Eppler is trying to avoid that.“We’ve taken every step we can to be able to build a core group within our farm system and challenged these guys to move aggressively,” he said. “We know we want to build that internally and have sustainability in the long haul. If you are pointed in the wrong direction, it doesn’t matter what speed you are traveling.”Eppler insists the Angels are headed in the right direction after winning 80 games and finishing fourth in 2018. Of the players who were on their active roster at the end of last season, the most significant ones who are now gone are relievers José Álvarez and Blake Parker. They also lost Garrett Richards, Martín Maldonado, Ian Kinsler and pitcher Shohei Ohtani, all of whom made significant contributions earlier in the season.Replacements have come in the form of as many as eight or nine new players who figure to be on the 2019 Opening Day roster.While some fans certainly hoped that the additions would include names such as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado or Dallas Keuchel, Eppler believes the Angels have improved with a series of smaller moves.The Angels didn’t commit any long-term dollars and didn’t give up any promising young players in trades, while adding what they hope are the right pieces to make a run at the playoffs in 2019.They added starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill to a core of Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney. They’ve added veteran closer Cody Allen and power right-hander Luis Garcia to the bullpen.Offensively, they have Justin Bour to pick up some of the first base slack while Albert Pujols and Ohtani recover from their surgeries, and Jonathan Lucroy to plug the hole at catcher.They’ll all be managed by Brad Ausmus, who takes over after the end of Mike Scioscia’s 19-year tenure running the club.“If we can keep our top 30 guys as healthy as possible and put them in a position to perform optimally, and manage their workload and health, I think we can be in a really good spot to win a lot of games,” Eppler said.“We feel good about the progress. We can see progress around and I think the players on our 25-man roster can see progress, because they talk about it.”Which brings us back to the most important player of them all: Trout.As spring training begins, the most significant question the team faces surrounds Trout.WILL TROUT SIGN AN EXTENSION?Although Eppler refuses to comment on the organization’s plans with Trout, a club source said earlier in the winter that extension talks were expected to begin in earnest after Harper and Machado signed, setting a baseline for Trout’s next contract.Assuming those players sign soon, and assuming the Angels and Trout would prefer not to negotiate during the season, this spring training will represent the best window for the two sides to get to work.It is likely that the Angels will be willing to pay whatever it costs to keep Trout – whatever mind-boggling number that might be – so it’s going to come down to whether Trout wants to stay.Trout said at the end of last season that winning is a priority. The Angels have been to the playoffs for just one three-game cameo in Trout’s seven seasons. Once Trout arrives in camp, he will certainly be asked his thoughts on the organization’s direction and his desire to stay. The answers will be telling.If the Angels and Trout don’t come to an agreement this spring, the sides are likely to keep talking for at least another year. It would be a shock if the Angels even considered trading Trout before July 2020, and then only if the team is out of the race and he has made it clear he’s not signing an extension. Even if one of those scenarios exists, it wouldn’t be enough to trade him.HOW QUICKLY WILL OHTANI AND PUJOLS RECOVER?Ohtani had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 1, so he’s not going to pitch this season. He’s expected to be a key part of the Angels lineup as the designated hitter for most of the season, but when that starts is unclear.The Angels have only said Ohtani won’t be ready by Opening Day. As Ohtani goes through his rehab throughout spring training, each week will provide a better picture of how soon he’ll be in the lineup.Ohtani’s immediate absence provides a little more time for Pujols, who has no challengers to his time at designated hitter while Ohtani is out. Pujols is coming back from surgeries on his knee and elbow. He is expected to be ready to hit by Opening Day.When Ohtani comes back, though, the Angels would prefer that Pujols can play first base so Ohtani can DH. Playing 70 games in the field in 2018 was likely a contributing factor to Pujols getting hurt, so it’s certainly worth wondering how much a 39-year-old Pujols will be able to handle this year. Spring training will start to provide some answers.WHO EMERGES IN THE THREE-HEADED INFIELD RACE?Andrelton Simmons will be the Angels’ shortstop and Pujols or Bour will be at first base, but beyond that the infield is uncertain.Zack Cozart, who is coming back from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, will play either second or third. The other spot will be occupied by one of a group of three young players.David Fletcher, Taylor Ward and Luis Rengifo all enter spring training with a chance to emerge as an everyday player. Ward could win a job at third, Rengifo at second and Fletcher at either spot.Fletcher probably enters the spring in the pole position, because he performed the best in the majors last year. However, Ward (power) and Rengifo (speed, on-base percentage) both have some attractive qualities.WHO WILL GET THE FINAL SPOTS ON THE PITCHING STAFF?After the top four starters – Skaggs, Heaney, Harvey and Cahill – the Angels have four pitchers in the running for the fifth spot. Jaime Barría, who performed well as a rookie, is likely at the top of the depth chart going in, but Nick Tropeano, Felix Peña and Dillon Peters also have a chance to win their way into the rotation.All four have options, so there could be a shuttle throughout the season with those pitchers moving between the majors and Triple-A Salt Lake. They also figure to use pitchers from this group to slot a sixth starter into the rotation occasionally, providing extra rest for the others.In the bullpen, Allen will be the closer and Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian, Garcia and Justin Anderson are relatively safe bets to join him. Daniel Hudson, Noé Ramírez, John Curtiss, Taylor Cole and Williams Jerez are all in the mix for the final spot.HOW WILL THE PROSPECTS DO?The Angels’ farm system has gone from being the worst in the sport to somewhere in the upper third, and most of their most promising players will be in big league camp.Outfielders Jo Adell – ranked as high as No. 2 overall in baseball – and Brandon Marsh, infielder Jahmai Jones and pitchers Griffin Canning and José Suarez are the organization’s top five prospects, and all will be in camp. It will be the first big league camp for all but Jones.“I’m excited to watch those guys get acclimated and get an opportunity to learn from the guys they’ll be exposed to,” Eppler said. “I think they’ll embrace all the knowledge that’s imparted.”Canning and Suarez are both likely to start the season at Triple-A, so a good showing in Arizona could help their chances at a quick promotion to the majors. Although Adell is only 19, he finished at Double-A last year, so he could also be up sometime in 2019.center_img TEMPE, Ariz. — The Angels have concluded another offseason with a ticking noise in the background.At least, that’s the narrative outside the organization.Just about every time the Angels have done anything over the past few years, it’s been accompanied by a discussion about whether it’s enough to make the team a winner in the remaining years of Mike Trout’s contract.It’s down to two.last_img read more

Mark Day is new England girls’ coach

first_img9 Sep 2015 Mark Day is new England girls’ coach Hertfordshire’s Mark Day has been appointed as the national coach for the England Golf girls’ squad and will take up his position immediately. He will develop and manage the national girls’ coaching programme and support England girls’ teams at specific events throughout the year. Day, the head professional at Whipsnade Park Golf Club, describes the post as his dream job. “This role will challenge all my coaching skills and push me to be better tomorrow than I am today, which is the mindset I want to instil in all my players,” he said. “I can’t wait to meet the team so that we can start planning and preparing for next season and agree goals for 2016 worthy of the talents of the girls in the squad.  “Personally, I’m an ambitious person and have always aspired to perform at the highest level and will relish this opportunity to support England Golf in producing national and international amateur champions and team winners.” Day, a PGA Fellow Professional, was one of five coaches who were recognised by England Golf last year and who received new awards to mark their outstanding contribution (image © Leaderboard Photography). For the past two years he has been coach to the England Golf Thames Valley U16 girls’ squad, which includes Hertfordshire’s Becca Earl who has just won twice on the WPGA’s One Day Series. He has been the Hertfordshire county coaching co-ordinator since 2010, helping to create a junior talent pathway for girls and boys. The county academy programme hosts 35 coaching days with 16 coaches for over 160 students. Day has also been lead coach to the Hertfordshire boys for the past two years and his individual pupils include Harry Bigham, who won the 2014 English U14 boys’ championship for the Reid Trophy. Day has worked specifically to encourage more girls to take up golf, writing a development plan and, over a three-year period, introducing more than 400 girls to the game. This led to a county-wide programme in Hertfordshire. Nigel Edwards, England Golf’s Performance Director, said: “England Golf is committed to providing excellent coaching to help our players develop the skills they need to perform at the highest level. We are delighted to welcome Mark to the national team and look forward to working with him to achieve even greater successes for our players.”last_img read more