Virus yet to peak in Americas: WHO

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic has yet to peak in the Americas, the World Health Organization warned on Wednesday, as it said global infections were likely to hit 10 million within a week.The WHO said the length and height of peaks would be determined by government actions, without which a lurch back towards lockdowns was unavoidable.The UN health agency also warned that at the current rate of new cases, a shortage of concentrators — devices that purify oxygen — to help critically-ill patients was looming. Topics : ‘Hard choices’ Patients with severe and critical COVID-19 struggle to get enough oxygen into their lungs, needing higher concentrations and support to prevent organ failure and death.Medical oxygen is produced using concentrators that extract and purify it from the air.”Many countries are now experiencing difficulties in obtaining oxygen concentrators. Eighty percent of the market is owned by just a few companies, and demand is currently outstripping supply,” said Tedros.”WHO estimates that at the current rate of about one million new cases a week, the world needs about 620,000 cubic meters of oxygen a day, which is about 88,000 large cylinders.”Meanwhile, the WHO backed Saudi Arabia’s decision to scale back the annual haj pilgrimage to only 1,000 people, down from last year’s 2.5 million.The haj is one of the world’s largest mass gatherings.”This is another example of the hard choices that all countries must make to put health first,” said Tedros. Latin America surge WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan warned that the virus was still raging in the Americas and raised the prospect of fresh nationwide lockdown measures, in the absence of ultra-vigilance.”It’s particularly intense in Central and South America,” he said.”We’ve seen a steady and worrying continuation of trend, with many countries experiencing between a 25 and 50 percent rise in cases over the last week.”Unfortunately, the pandemic for many countries in the Americas has not peaked,” he said, and was “likely to result in a sustained number of cases and continued deaths in the coming weeks”.The Irish epidemiologist said that without isolating and quarantining contacts, “the specter of further lockdowns cannot be excluded”.Alas, “the only way, in some circumstances, to avoid that now, is a very, very, very aggressive investment in our capacity to detect cases”, he said.After the United States, Brazil is the hardest-hit country, with more than 52,600 deaths from over 1.1 million cases.President Jair Bolsonaro has been fiercely criticized for comparing the virus to a “little flu”.”The numbers respond to response,” said Ryan.The height and length of the peak, and the trajectory downwards, “is everything to do with the government’s intervention to respond”, he said. “In the first month of this outbreak, less than 10,000 cases were reported to WHO. In the last month, almost four million cases have been reported,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.”We expect to reach a total of 10 million cases within the next week.”This is a sober reminder that even as we continue research into vaccines and therapeutics, we have an urgent responsibility to do everything we can with the tools we have now to suppress transmission and save lives.”The novel coronavirus has killed at least 477,500 people and infected nearly 9.3 million since emerging in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.last_img read more

Barcelona preparing £70m move for Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette

first_imgBarcelona preparing £70m move for Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette Metro Sport ReporterMonday 6 May 2019 5:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link82Shares Comment Advertisement Rashford is a target for Barcelona but a deal would be difficult (Picture: EPAThat took the Frenchman’s tally to 18 goals for the season and Arsenal may struggle to hold onto him should they miss out on a Champions League slot.AdvertisementAdvertisementVictory in the Europa League appears to be the Gunners’ best route back into Europe’s elite competition but, in any scenario, Lacazette may struggle to turn down Barcelona.The striker is said to have a good relationship with Barcelona director Eric Abidal, though talks have not been opened just yet.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBarcelona could raise funds by offloading Philippe Coutinho.The club have publicly stood by the Brazilian since his £144m move from Liverpool but he’s struggled to make an impression at the Camp Nou and his own fans turned on him when he was substituted against Liverpool.Selling the playmaker could raise around £90m, which could help fund a move for Lacazette.MORE: Arsenal vs Brighton TV channel, live stream, time, odds and team news Alexandre Lacazette is a target for Barcelona (Picture: Getty)Barcelona are ready to test Arsenal’s resolve to keep Alexandre Lacazette this summer.The Frenchman, who was named Arsenal’s Player of the Year earlier this week, has attracted Barcelona’s attention as the Catalans seek a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.The La Liga giants had identified Marcus Rashford as a viable target but United are keen to extend his contract and prising him away from Old Trafford will cost in excess of £130million.With that deal looking difficult, the Express claim Barcelona have switched their attention to Lacazette and were impressed by the double he scored against rivals Valencia on Thursday in the Europa League.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

IPE Views: China’s financial revolution

first_imgBut China’s decades of having a one-child policy does, however, mean that not only is China catching up and competing in manufacturing, it has caught up with the West in terms of an ageing population and an increasing dependency ratio. The final chapter of a one-child policy means a worker has two parents and four grandparents to look after. Pensions and savings in China, have become as important a subject as in the developed nations.Addressing the issues of an ageing population is one of China’s key challenges. We are in the midst of a financial revolution in China that should have a major and hopefully positive impact on the issues of pensions and long-term savings. It will also open up many more opportunities for foreign financial firms willing to adopt a long-term strategy to developing a footprint in China, as well as creating new sources of attractive investment opportunities for pension funds in Europe and elsewhere.What China will be seeing over the next 20 years is a transformative policy shift in all areas of finance following on from its agricultural reform, and its property reforms. This is resulting in the opening of numerous sectors alongside a gradual liberalisation of the renminbi and of the capital account.These changes have created a natural and robust underlying demand across all financial products with new markets, new users and high growth rates that had not previously been realised due to financial repression, restricted capital flows and a previously stultified financial system. It is in many senses analogous to the UK’s ‘Big Bang’ financial reformation in 1996. Many have argued that focusing on short-term stimulus misses the far more important trend of a swathe of coordinated reforms that will utterly transform the country’s financial system.The most recent development in the ongoing transformation of the financial sector is the news that absolute control of multiple mainland asset management platforms will be an option for foreign parties, according to draft regulations released by the China Banking Regulation Commission. The China-focused consultancy Z-Ben Advisors reports that foreign entities may now be permitted to own a controlling stake in mainland trust companies, a dramatic change from the previous ownership limit of less than 20%. As it points out, the trust license offers immediate access to institutional and high net worth money, and is an ideal entry point for those who want to establish a substantial and far-reaching China footprint.Crucially, these trust-specific reforms are the thin edge of the wedge. Z-Ben believes FMCs, brokerages and the whole spectrum of mainland asset management will be available for foreign ownership within the next three years. The UK’s Big Bang transformed the country’s financial services industry from a heavily protected sector, closed to outsiders, into a global powerhouse. Now it is China’s turn.Joseph Mariathasan is contributing editor at IPE Joseph Mariathasan reports on the ‘Big Bang’ in China’s financial services industryI remember walking into a Shanghai brokerage in 1997, ragged lines of plastic chairs in front of a wall of flickering share prices, solitary figures sitting glazed and transfixed, timing when to make their next transaction or reverse an old one, often on the same day. Capitalism had returned to China, although both Marx and Adam Smith would have been turning in their graves (in opposite directions, one would have supposed), whilst Mao may have managed a quiet chuckle. It is not surprising the government has been keen on setting up long-term savings institutions such as life insurance companies and mutual fund companies. China needs institutional investors to move investment away from the day traders sitting in Shanghai brokerages and focus on investing for the long term.The introduction of stock exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen was intended as part of the process of transforming China from a centrally planned command economy, with all the distortions and inefficiencies that entailed, into the fastest growing major economy in the world, even after adjustment for biased statistics.The transition from the ‘iron rice bowl’, whereby the State provided and guaranteed employment, education, healthcare and housing (albeit at minimum levels) to one where market mechanisms and the ‘invisible hand’ of Adam Smith decide on the allocation of resources has transformed China’s economy. It unleashed the power of the country’s manufacturing capacity to the world at large, exporting deflation and the creative destruction of many of the developed world’s cherished industries, as they wilt under the competition of China’s immense and cheap labour force.last_img read more

Virgin Atlantic Set to Launch New Service to Tobago

first_imgTobago (CJ Photo)Virgin Atlantic is set to launch service from London Gatwick Airport to the Caribbean island of Tobago.The service will launch beginning in March, and will operate as an additional sector between the carrier’s nonstop St Lucia service.That means a short stop in St Lucia before the flight continues to Tobago.The flight will operate weekly on Sunday mornings between March and October, and on Tuesdays and Saturdays beginning in October.In a statement, Virgin said the addition of the flight came in response to “an opening in the market.”“The Caribbean has long been at the heart of our leisure operation and we’re really excited to be offering our customers flights to beautiful Tobago once again,” said Joe Thompson, director of network and alliances at Virgin Atlantic. “We are always looking for opportunities to grow our network and provide our customers with even more travel options and with other operators withdrawing from this route, we believe our new services will be very popular with British holidaymakers.”The flights will operate on Airbus A330-300 aircraft with 33 upper class, 48 premium economy and 185 economy seats.Virgin Atlantic currently operates 23 peak return flights a week across the Caribbean. 378 Views   no discussions Share BusinessLifestyleTravel Virgin Atlantic Set to Launch New Service to Tobago by: Caribbean Journal – January 5, 2015 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Rangers fine Mbia

first_img The club acknowledged the message and revealed Mbia informed them he was not responsible for them, but Rangers have now fined the midfielder. QPR spokesperson Ian Taylor wrote on Twitter: “The club has concluded its investigation following a series of Tweets which appeared on Stephane Mbia’s official Twitter account. “Stephane has stressed to the club that he is not responsible for the Tweets. However the club is of the view that every player that has a Twitter account is ultimately responsible for what appears on it. “As a result, Stephane has been fined and warned in relation to his future conduct. The club will be making no further comment.” Midfielder Stephane Mbia has been fined and warned about his future conduct by QPR after a message on his Twitter account appeared to suggest he wanted to return to his former club Marseille. Press Associationcenter_img The Cameroon international moved to Loftus Road last summer, with Joey Barton making a loan move to Marseille as part of the deal. But – after being unable to help QPR avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League – there was a message sent to Barton from Mbia’s Twitter account asking him if he was interested in returning to the west London club. It read: “@Joey7Barton: Do you want to rechange (sic) your seat with me?” last_img read more

Fight not easy, request all to maintain social distancing: Virat Kohli

first_imgNew Delhi: With some Indian citizens failing to abide by the lockdown rules implemented by the government, India skipper Virat Kohli has made an appeal to all to strictly follow the guidelines that have been set by not just the government, but also medical experts in our fight against the coronavirus outbreak.Taking to Twitter, Kohli said: “Hello, I am Virat Kohli. Today I am speaking to you not as an India player, but as a citizen of the country. What I have seen in the last few days — people moving in groups, not abiding by curfew rules, not following lockdown guidelines — it shows that we are taking the fight very lightly. But this fight is not as easy as it looks or feels.“I wish to request everyone to please maintain social distancing and follow it. Also we should follow the directives given by the government and just for once think how you would feel if due to your negligence someone in your family gets affected by the virus. Please follow the experts as they are working very hard. It will only be successful when we follow our duties rather than going out in groups and breaking rules. This for me is an act against the country’s well-being. So now, I along with all of you wish to see things improve and please follow the directives of the government. Jai Hind!”Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown in the country to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. He said this is an essential step to fight coronavirus decisively. He added that saving lives is priority as of now.“With folded hands, I request you to stay put wherever you are,” said Prime Minister Modi. He added that he is mindful of the economic ramifications of it. However, this is a smaller concern. IANSAlso Read: These are testing times, please stand united during lockdown: Virat Kohli, Anushka SharmaAlso Watch: Coronavirus update: Buddhist Monastery in Naharkatika take extra prevention measureslast_img read more

Colombia’s Ibarguen wins triple jump gold

first_img(REUTERS)-Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen leapt 15.17 metres to snatch a gold medal in the women’s triple jump yesterday, fending off Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas to continue her dominance in the event.The two-time world champion Ibarguen was hot-favourite going into the Rio Games and produced a season’s best jump in the fourth round of the final to take gold.Rojas’ best of 14.98m, also in the fourth round, was enough for silver.Kazakhstan’s London Olympics champion Olga Rypakova pulled off the two best jumps of her season, but her 14.74m in the fifth round was only good enough for bronze.last_img read more

Martinez Rejoins  Muguruza’s Coaching Team

first_imgWimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is to rekindle her working partnership with Conchita Martinez.Martinez temporarily stepped into regular coach Sam Sumyk’s shoes for 2017’s Wimbledon championships.Although she withdrew from the Muguruza camp after the success last summer, Martinez has returned to the team to work alongside Sumyk.The 24-year-old will be aiming to rediscover her form in the upcoming hard-court tournaments in Doha, Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami.With Sumyk at home awaiting the birth of his child, the all-Spanish pairing proved a remarkable combination on the grass of the All England Club.Muguruza, 14th seed, swept through the tournament, dropping just one set en route to the final, where she comprehensively beat Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 to clinch a second grand slam title. In the process, she became only the second Spanish female to be crowned Wimbledon singles champion after Martinez, who beat Martina Navratilova in the 1994 final.Martinez said: “Returning to work next to Garbine is very gratifying.“She is a great professional and hard-working, she demands a lot and her levels of intensity are always high, so it is a great challenge for me to start this new stage with her.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Angels’ Andrelton Simmons likely to miss months with Grade 3 ankle sprain

first_imgANAHEIM — Andrelton Simmons was diagnosed with a Grade 3 sprain of his left ankle Tuesday, an injury that could sideline the Angels shortstop for weeks and perhaps months.Simmons suffered the injury on an awkward step lunging toward first base in the Angels’ 3-1 loss to the Twins on Monday. He’s since relied on a pair of crutches to get around and will visit a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday.With Simmons on the 10-day injured list, the Angels recalled Luis Rengifo from Triple-A Salt Lake. The rookie started at second base Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. David Fletcher started at shortstop for the third time this season.Manager Brad Ausmus said Rengifo and veteran Zack Cozart will also see time at shortstop in Simmons’ absence. Albert Pujols batted cleanup Tuesday against the Twins and will do so again Wednesday, Ausmus said. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “I’m not too concerned,” Simmons said. “Hopefully I’m going to come back fast. I’m going to try to do whatever the staff tells me so I can get back on the field to help the team.”ALSOAndrew Heaney will throw one more bullpen before he makes his next start, Ausmus said, but the team has not decided when and where that start will be. Sunday’s game against the Texas Rangers is one option. Heaney (elbow) threw 4⅓ innings in a rehab start with Salt Lake on Monday. … Shohei Ohtani was back in the Angels’ lineup one day after he was hit by a pitch on his right ring finger. Ohtani will throw from flat ground Wednesday as previously planned, Ausmus said. … The Angels’ home game on Sept. 1 against Boston, which was originally listed as TBA, will now officially begin at 1:07 p.m. Pacific Time.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Matt Harvey) vs. Twins (LHP Martin Perez), Wednesday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports West, MLB Network Simmons described his injury as a low ankle sprain, which is considered less serious than a high ankle sprain. He has a fairly long history with the injury in both ankles; Simmons missed 11 days last year after suffering a Grade 2 right ankle sprain. A grade 3 ankle sprain refers to a complete tear of the ankle ligament. The Angels figure to have a better estimate on when Simmons might return after he meets with the specialist. Estimates of the rehab time range from 6 to 12 weeks, although it can vary widely based on the specifics of the injury.“Growing up I played a little soccer so I rolled it here and there,” he said of his left ankle. “It never swelled up this bad. Both (ankles), I’ve rolled them enough to where I couldn’t walk for one or two days.”As the Angels’ primary cleanup hitter this year, Simmons has a .298 batting average, .323 on-base percentage, three home runs and 21 RBIs. His 7.7 percent strikeout rate is the third-lowest among all qualified major league hitters. Only teammates David Fletcher and Tommy La Stella strike out less frequently.Simmons’ calling card is his glove. The Gold Glove award he won last year was his fourth.A year ago, Simmons sprained his right ankle tripping on the dugout steps. This injury was no less a fluke.center_img “You can’t predict those things,” Ausmus said. “It has nothing to do with the maintenance routine of a player who’s trying to beat another guy to the base, not quite getting there and rolling his ankle just as he hit it – those type of things you can’t predict.“Truth is, you don’t really want the guys playing any other way. You want them to play hard. If we knew he was going to roll his ankle we would’ve said back off, but what type of player do you want, the type who’s going to go all out all the time, or the one who’s going to go at 70 percent when there’s a 70 percent chance of him being safe? I’d rather have the guy who’s going all out all the time.“It’s extremely unfortunate but I don’t know that I want a different type of Andrelton Simmons. I want that makeup.”Rengifo is 5 for 34 (.147) in 11 games with the Angels since he debuted in April.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

HARD WORK PAYS OFF

first_imgby Malik VincentA strong work ethic is what’s going to get you ahead in life moving forward, keynote speaker and former Pitt basketball star Jason Matthews shared with the student athletes being honored at the annual New Pittsburgh Courier All-City Luncheon. The June 4 event, held at the Greater Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood, honored 133 athletes who competed in football, boys and girls basketball, as well as track and field in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.“One of the challenges that I see with the 17- 22-year-old age group is the feeling of entitlement,” said Matthews, a 1991 Pitt graduate and native of Los Angeles. “During my high school career, I was told in order to play there and in college I had to shoot 500 jump shots, 200 free throws, and maintain a 3.0 GPA. That work ethic helped me make it through college and have a successful business career.”The smooth shooting Mat­thews was a three-time All Big East performer, whose three-point percentage mark still stands in the record books today.“I graduated 20 years ago and my record is still there,” he said. “That is telling me that young people today aren’t working hard enough.”Darnell Dinkins, a former pro tight end who played with four different NFL teams, served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.He, too, spoke about the hard work that it requires to be successful in not only the realm of athletics, but in everyday life.“It’s not just important to work the muscles in your body,” he said. “But it’s also important to work the muscle (inside of the head) that stretches six inches between both ears.”Dinkins, a former All-City performer at Schenley, took his talents to the University of Pittsburgh, where he obtained a degree in criminology. Despite, having an extended NFL career in which he won a Super Bowl championship with New Orleans in 2010, he stressed the importance of achieving all one can on and off the field.He said it took him four attempts to pass the SAT’s in high school. He also talked about the adversities he faced academically in school and how he worked hard in the gym into the wee hours of the morning to qualify—physically—for the competition in the NFL.Chuck Sanders Charities was the platinum sponsor for the event. Other sponsors were: Port Authority of Allegheny County, Heinz Corp., Jim Rice Enterprises, the Trolley Station Oral History Center and the Pittsburgh Penguins.“The All-City Luncheon is something we do because we think it’s very important to acknowledge the City youth for the positive things they have accomplished, “ said Ulish Carter, managing editor of the New Pittsburgh Courier. “Thank God for Chuck Sanders who stepped up again this year to sponsor the luncheon. Even though we haven’t gotten the full participation from parents, schools and coaches that we would like, on the whole most have responded positively. We were extremely happy that Pittsburgh School Superintendent Linda Lane, PhD, participated this year. She presented the awards to the students. This is the first time a superintendent has attended.”Sanders, a native of Homewood, starred at Penn Hills High School then moved on to being one of the top running backs at Slippery Rock University before playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL.“Honestly, it’s huge,” Sanders said about having the event in Homewood and honoring the kids. “I’m so blessed to be home. I literally got goose bumps thinking of being in the coliseum and Homewood and being able to see these kids. You look back and remember when you used to look up to who used to inspire you. Anytime I get an opportunity to support (City League youth), it’s a no-brainer.”Sanders was raised in Homewood but his parents moved to Penn Hills when he was a teen. He said he cried when his parents moved out of Homewood.Perry’s standout wide receiver, Devin Ghafoor—a 2011 first-team All-City football selection—hopes to emulate that same success as he’ll move on to a full football scholarship at Edinboro University in the fall.Statistically, he had one of the best years in the league with 48 receptions for 750 yards—10 of which went for touchdowns. On defense, he also enjoyed a good campaign with six interceptions plus one that went for a score.“I’m looking forward to, hopefully, getting some good playing time (in college),” Ghafoor said. “I had a great senior year at Perry. We started out training hard and we did well (all the way from the preseason).”Junior guard Justin Dobbs helped lead his city boys basketball champion Allderdice team to a second round game in the PIAA playoffs for the first time in his career. Named this year’s boys ­basketball All-City Most Valuable Player, he was the league’s leading scorer, averaging over 15 points a game on the season.“Last summer I was basically just playing basketball and sleeping,” Dobbs said. “I knew we’d lost a lot of people after last season, so I realized there was a lot that I had to pick up, but we still had some people coming back. I feel like there are a lot of people on our side, so we had to go out there and win for them, too.”Janay Bottoms led Allderdice to the girls basketball title in 2011, as well. She was crowned the Most Valuable Player, in addition, to a unanimous first-team selection, at the luncheon.“I worked so hard to get here,” Bottoms said. “It was unexpected that I would be honored. After not winning the title the year before, I wanted to do everything I could for my team to come back and win this year.Four coaches were acknowledged as Coaches of the Year in 2010-2011, by the New Pittsburgh Courier.Since taking over the program in 2001, Perry’s head football coach Bill Gallagher won his sixth title for the Commodores this past season. The team went a perfect 11-0 in City League play.“I’ve seen these kids, after football, excel in the classroom and excel in other sports,” he said. “They’re such a well-rounded group of kids. I wish (my seniors) all the best of luck in whatever they do.”Carrick boys basketball coach, Walt Malinski, enjoyed his first selection as Coach of the Year. His Raiders were one of the city’s most improved teams and made a rare appearance in the post-season in 2011, despite losing their leading scorer, guard Jordan Wilson to a season-ending leg injury.Dave Walchesky from Allderdice and Phyllis Jones from Westinghouse were honored as co-Coaches of the Year in girls basketball. Jones couldn’t attend the event due to her daughter’s high school graduation, but her other daughter Denise Jones accepted the honor for her.“This is one of the most important recognition events we do each year,” said Stephan Broadus, Courier assistant to the publisher.“It’s an honor to be able to showcase these talented young men and women as they move on in their academic and athletic careers.”last_img read more