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WHO opens door to broader use of masks to limit spread of coronavirus

first_imgA senior WHO official told reporters there was some possibility of airborne transmission of the virus that has now infected over 1 million people and killed 50,000 people worldwide since emerging in China last December.But the main driver of the pandemic was still believed to be sick people with symptoms who were coughing and sneezing and contaminating surfaces or other people.”We must preserve medical surgical respirator masks for our frontline workers. But the idea of using respiratory coverings or mouth coverings to prevent coughing or sneezing projecting disease into the environment and towards others … that in itself is not a bad idea,” Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease who is top U.S. infectious disease official, said on Friday that Americans should cover their face if they have to go in public, but they should still stay isolated as much as possible. Topics : Ryan acknowledged a “very important and healthy debate” on the wearing of masks.He said that if used, they should be part of a comprehensive strategy and would not negate the need for handwashing and social distancing.”So we can certainly see circumstances in which the use of masks, both homemade or cloth masks, at community level may help in an overall comprehensive response to this disease,” he said.Ryan, citing data from Italy, said that there did not appear to be a link between people taking drugs against hypertension known as ace inhibitors and getting the disease or developing severe disease.Click https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in a separate browser for a GRAPHIC on global tracking of the spread of the coronavirus.Exhausted staff in some overwhelmed health care systems could be a factor in mortality rates, Ryan said, adding: “We need to reduce the tsunamis of patients coming through the door to give doctors, nurses and other carers the opportunity to save more lives.”Dr. Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist, cautioned against comparing mortality rates between countries, noting that some may be missing mild infections as they focus on patients in severe condition.”What we really need to be focusing on right now is what is the age profile of people who are in ICU (intensive care units),” she said.”We are seeing more and more individuals who are of the younger age group – in their 30s, in their 40s, in their 50s – who are in ICU and who are dying,” she said, citing Italy and China.Generally older people or those with underlying medical conditions will have more advanced disease and a higher risk of death, van Kerkhove said.”But we have some time to go before we can really understand what mortality looks like across different countries so I would urge you to take those mortality rates with caution when comparing across countries,” she said.center_img The World Health Organization on Friday said that medical masks should be prioritised for health workers, but it opened the door to greater public use of homemade masks or other mouth coverings as a way to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.last_img read more

Mansfield house sells for $50k above asking price despite passing in at auction

first_imgThe house passed in at auction.However, once the house went to market, interest exploded.“I priced it at $1,020,000,” Mr Comino said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“We got six offers after auction (and) out of those, five were new buyers.” The house sold for $50,000 above asking price. The house at 16 Sandringham St, Mansfield, sold for $1,070,000.A MANSFIELD Tudor-style home sold above the seller’s expectations after passing in at auction.LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills agent Kosma Comino said when the 16 Sandringham St house went to auction about a month ago, there was only one registered bidder, and the property passed in at $851,000. The price sparked a bidding war.This excitement created a bidding war, resulting in the house being sold for $1,070,000 — $50,000 more than the asking price.It was purchased by a young family who loved its Tudor style, and enjoyed the fact their children could walk to the nearby school. However, a price on the listing post-auction drew six written offers.Mr Comino said due to the grand presence of the house, buyers had assumed the house was out of their price bracket before auction.“It’s a really big house and it looks really special online,” Mr Comino said.“Everyone thought it would be $1.5 million, so when they saw it at $1,020,000, that created a lot of excitement in the market.”last_img read more

UK Royal family and MPs to meet President Xi Jinping

first_imgMembers of United Kingdom’s Royal Family and politicians will greet China’s President Xi Jinping as he begins his four-day state visit to the country.President Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan will take part in a procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace, ahead of a state banquet to be hosted by the Queen later.Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that Britain was strengthening its relations with China.Ministers expect more than £30bn of trade and investment deals to be struck during the visit, which will also include talks between Mr Xi and Prime Minister David Cameron.President Xi and the first lady arrived into the UK on Monday, and are staying at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London.Among the activities that Xi is expected to be involved in during his stay are addressing both Houses of Parliament and meeting UK Prime Minister David Cameron.The UK Treasury has expressed hopes of establishing China as Britain’s second biggest trading partner within 10 years.The trip, the first UK state visit by a Chinese leader since 2005, has been hailed by officials from both countries as the start of a “golden era” of relations.last_img read more

Bizarre incident at Portsmouth Secondary

first_img Share LocalNews Bizarre incident at Portsmouth Secondary by: – April 7, 2011 Students of the Portsmouth Secondary School at a basketball game. Photo credit: GIS NewsIn what appears to be a bizarre incident, the normal school day was interrupted at the Portsmouth Secondary School, when some students allegedly began acting hyper and deranged-an incident similar to what occurred at the Grandbay Secondary several years ago.It is alleged that 3 female students each from the second, third and fourth form started turning over desks and screaming at the top of their lungs. One student even allegedly fought with a teacher.Eyewitness saw one young female student running down the main road to the school screaming.“She was rescued by another young lady and the two fell on top one another on the ground screaming. They then got up and continued down the street screaming as teachers and other students attempted to calm the two. Another young lady who was being ‘prayed for’ after violently attacking a teacher knelt calmly on the ground then suddenly attacked the teacher who was praying for her and other students close by. She threw a chair at a male student, “according the eye witness.While information about what really transpired is sketchy at this time, Dominica Vibes can confirm that officials from the Ministry of Education met with staff members about the matter.Dominica Vibes will continue to follow that story. Tweet 54 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

You are too short, Mourinho tells struggling Spurs defenders

first_img Mourinho admitted: “If I was one of my attackers I would be very frustrated that behind we are unable to stop it. But it is also great to know the team never gives up. I want to praise that fantastic spirit. “People who accumulate 180 minutes in two games were fantastic. The others who are not playing too much or came back from injuries, like Erik Lamela and Tanguy Ndombele, deserve praise.” Lamela and Ndombele returned to action at Norwich. Mourinho also welcomes back midfield pair Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko to the squad for today’s trip to Saints. The boss may be struggling to solve their defensive issues but he has wasted no time in sorting their away form. Tottenham had not won away for 11 months before Mourinho’s November arrival. They have won two and drawn one of their four away games in the Prem under him. He said: “Is that better than before? Yes. Is it perfect? No. José Mourinho accuses Tottenham defenders of giving away goals like ‘gifts’ after two defensive howlers allow Norwich a point “At Manchester United we got to half-time at 1-1. But the second half starts and we concede a ridiculous goal, that is the problem.” Read Also:Tottenham’s defence leaves Mourinho sympathising with strikers Yet Mourinho, despite being without the injured Danny Rose, insists he is not planning to bring in any new defenders this month. He said: “No, no, in January we have more time to work to try to improve.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 They have conceded 17 goals in ten matches in all competitions since the Special One took over from Mauricio Pochettino. Mourinho takes his defence-shy team to struggling Southampton today. He said: “We play so well, we create so much. In the beginning we were conceding lots of goals on corners, we stopped that. “We conceded the other day against Brighton from a free-kick. But there are things in football that are very difficult to control. “When I am small and you are taller than me by 15cm there are things in football that are impossible. The only solution is to select a majority of tall players to cope with the physicality of the Premier League or in European competitions. “But we have to improve, we concede too many goals and it is very frustrating.” Many will dismiss Mourinho’s claims as a tall story as four of the defenders who played against Norwich on Saturday — Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth — all stand above 6ft. But Spurs looked shoddy at the back again as they drew 2-2 at rock-bottom Canaries. Tottenham have now let in 12 goals in eight Premier League matches under Jose. By contrast they have scored EIGHTEEN goals in those top-flight contests and a further five in his two Champions League fixtures. Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniversePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Loading… Jose Mourinho claims the reason Tottenham’s defenders are coming up short — is because they are too small.last_img read more

Chelsea keen on Lazio hitman

first_img Il Messaggero claim that the Blues are weighing up a move for the 29-year-old either this month or in the summer. Read Also:Serie A: Immobile nets hat-trick as Lazio thrash Sampdoria to keep title chase alive Immobile has banged in 26 goals in 25 games this season in all competitions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Lazio hitman, Ciro Immobile, according to Italian news outlet Il Messaggero. Lazio’s Italian forward Ciro Immobile has scored 23 goals this season. Frank Lampard has made it clear he wants to sign the striker to ease the burden on Tammy Abraham.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian ActressesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarianlast_img read more

Chester R. Caffee, 91

first_imgChester R. Caffee, 91, Greensburg, passed on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Greensburg. Born, November 13, 1925 in Metcalfe County, Kentucky, he was the son of Omer and Mattie (Brown) Caffee.  Chester served in WW II with the Army.  After the war, he farmed,  worked for Hamilton Costco in Columbus for 18 years, and he then owned and operated the Caffee’s Leather Craft until his retirement.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the Freedom Missionary Baptist Church in Letts.  He was a former judge for the AKC Dog shows. He was married to Gladys Harper on November 7, 1942 and she preceded him in death on August 13, 1991. He is survived by three sons, Jim (Donna) Caffee, Greensburg, Alfred Caffee, Greensburg, Fred Caffee, Greensburg; one daughter, Bonnie (Wayne) Wade, Greensburg; three sisters, Edna Layton, Westport, Laura (Ray) Gearlds, Texas, Shirley Wilson, North Vernon; twelve grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; one son, Jerry Caffee; three brothers, Ben, Melvin, and Billie Caffee; one sister, Nellie Dickson. Visitation will be held on Monday from 10 to 1:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017 at the funeral home with Rev. Otis Sturgeon officiating. Interment with full military rites will be held in the South Park Cemetery. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Clark commits to Villa

first_img The Republic of Ireland international said: “From a personal point of view, I really couldn’t be more delighted or more proud. “I’ve been here since I was 12 years old, progressing from the younger teams through the youth team along with players such as Marc Albrighton, Barry Bannan and another couple who have just signed new deals in Nathan Baker and Andreas Weimann. “It’s great that we’ve all managed to come through together and there’s a bond there with this club that’s as close as family to us lads especially.” Manager Paul Lambert has been busy in the transfer market so far this summer, recruiting defenders Jores Okore and Antonio Luna, midfielders Leandro Bacuna and Aleksander Tonev, striker Nicklas Helenius and goalkeeper Jed Steer, and Clark is feeling positive about the coming season. “Everyone’s at the stage now where we just want to get out and play and the competition for places is tougher than it’s been these past few seasons, no doubt about that,” Clark added on avfc.co.uk. “The players who have come in have integrated into the squad really well. There’s definitely a vibrant feeling within the camp and a real desire to push on and keep building. We feel like we have very strong foundations in place. “The manager has also been superb in instilling confidence and ambition, a real desire to succeed for the club and we’re all hungry to achieve something here.” Ciaran Clark has become the latest player to pledge his future to Aston Villa, signing a new three-year deal through to 2016. Press Associationcenter_img The 23-year-old defender, an academy product at Villa Park, has made 75 appearances in all competitions for the club since making his senior debut in 2009, scoring six goals. He joins goalkeeper Brad Guzan, midfielder Ashley Westwood and fellow academy graduates Andreas Weimann and Nathan Baker in putting pen to paper on a new deal this summer. last_img read more

The Latest: Hungarian GP to be run without spectators

first_imgVideo links will connect world record holder Armand Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie.World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media.Duplantis will be in Louisiana, Kendricks in Mississippi and Lavillenie in France.Their challenge is to clear the most 5-meter jumps within 30 minutes. The athletes agreed on the format because adjusting the bar is not practical without officials in place.Duplantis broke Lavillenie’s world record in February. He cleared 6.17 meters and then 6.18 on consecutive weekends. Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August.The tournament in the Swiss Alps was scheduled for Aug. 27-30.Organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions.___The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’ll do it from their own backyards. The Latest: Hungarian GP to be run without spectators May 1, 2020 Associated Press center_img The race is planned for Aug. 2 but Formula One officials are rewriting the 2020 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellations and postponements.Hungarian race officials announced their plan after the government banned large gatherings through Aug. 15.F1 chairman Chase Carey says the season could start July 5 with the Austrian GP. He hopes 15-18 races can take place beginning in Europe before moving to Eurasia, Asia and the Americas.___The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for August in Switzerland has been canceled. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Hungarian Grand Prix organizers say spectators won’t be allowed at this year’s Formula One race if it goes ahead. World Athletics says it’s looking to hold Ultimate Garden Clash competitions in other events.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports May 9, 2020 A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum.The 160 players drafted would be by far the fewest since the annual selection started in 1965. The amount of signing bonus pool money eliminated is over $29 million.KYLE LARSON RETURNSKyle Larson returns to racing – on dirtKNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Kyle Larson has returned to racing for the first time since he was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racial slur in a NASCAR iRacing event last month. Larson was one of 24 drivers to make the main event in Friday night’s World of Outlaws sprint car race, a $15,000-to-win Invitational held without spectators on the dirt oval in Knoxville, Iowa. Larson finished 10th. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL considers early draftUNDATED (AP) — The success of the NFL’s virtual draft and the uncertainty surrounding the resumption of hockey this season have raised the possibility of the NHL draft being held before the Stanley Cup Final. Associated Press — At least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season. Ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs, the Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” plans. Watford is 17th in the league with nine rounds left and looking to fight off relegation amid a challenging backdrop brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.— Figure Skating in Harlem is pivoting from the ice to the internet. The annual fundraiser was called off in March, two days before it would have hit the ice. So instead, the Figure Skating in Harlem Champions in Life Virtual Gala will be held on May 14. It will feature Olympic champions Scott Hamilton, Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis. The 23-year-old group is the only organization for girls of color that combines education with access to the athletic and artistic discipline of figure skating.MLB-DRAFTMLB reduces draft to 5 roundsNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will cut its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million.center_img The draft had been scheduled for June 26-27, but it was postponed with the season in an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the NHL is considering having it earlier in June.There are mixed feelings about the idea among executives. It would put hockey back in the spotlight for a couple of days, but it would also create some headaches.Unlike the NFL, which held its draft as usual in the middle of its offseason, the NHL would be holding its draft before the season is complete. That means teams would not be able to trade players, there would be a lack of clarity over next year’s salary cap and the draft order could be determined before all games are played.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NASCAR’s revised 2020 Cup schedule eliminates three major races as the circuit attempts to restart its season. NASCAR has canceled races at Richmond Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Sonoma Speedway. Richmond was originally scheduled for April 19 and Chicagoland was slated for June 21. Speedway Motorsports traded its road course race in Sonoma scheduled for June 14 for a Cup race at Charlotte on May 27. NASCAR plans to race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on May 17 and May 20. Since those races weren’t originally scheduled, NASCAR forfeited events at its Richmond and Chicago tracks. NASCAR is attempting to race at tracks within driving distance of its North Carolina-based teams. — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took part in a teleconference Friday with members of the National Basketball Players Association for an update on the league’s plans amid the pandemic. A person familiar with the call’s details says Silver told players that the league is still aiming to hold full best-of-seven playoff series should the season resume and that playing without fans is an obvious possibility. Silver also spoke about the well-known notion of having the season resume in a centralized location, though cautioned that no decisions may be made for another several weeks.— A small number of NBA practice facilities reopened for workouts Friday, and at least one team received permission from the league to test players and staff for the coronavirus. Cleveland and Portland were open for players who wanted to get back into game shape. The Orlando Magic revealed that they have been authorized by local health officials to test players and staff.— NCAA President Mark Emmert says the coronavirus is making it unlikely all schools will be ready to begin competing in college sports at the same time. He says the goal is for every team to have an equal amount of preparation time before its season starts. Emmert acknowledges there could be some competitive inequities caused by schools having varied timelines for re-opening campuses.— The presidents of the 11 Big East Conference schools are leaning toward not allowing sports to be played at schools this season unless their campuses are open. While no deadlines have been set, Commissioner Val Ackerman said the presidents indicated a late June/early July deadline for fall sports, and possibly a Sept. 1 deadline for winter sports. It is conceivable the league would play with some members not participating. Ackerman said there are hybrid scenarios that could change things, such as a campus opening late.— The end of this virus-disrupted school year has produced a bleak financial outlook for major college sports. Budget projections are landing in the red. West Virginia has announced a $5 million projected shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30. The athletic director will take a 10% salary reduction for the next budget cycle along with other high earners in the department. Minnesota has forecast a $4 million deficit for the current fiscal period. The month before the pandemic hit, a $1 million surplus was projected. Now, the school says all cost-savings measures are on the table. — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, football coach Paul Chryst and men’s basketball coach Greg Gard are being asked to take a 15% pay cut over the next six months as part of the school’s response to the pandemic. School officials say Alvarez, Chryst and Gard are among 25 of the athletic department’s highest-earning employees who are being asked to take that voluntary cut. There will be no reduction in that group’s work hours.— Canada’s gymnastics federation laid off 70% of its staff this week. The organization’s chief executive officer hopes the emergency funding announced by the federal government Friday allows him to recall people soon. Canada’s amateur sports system will receive nearly $52 million to alleviate the financial pain from the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes whose monthly Sport Canada checks are affected by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 also receive financial aid.— One of the fighters scheduled to take part in Saturday’s UFC mixed martial arts event in Jacksonville, Florida, has tested positive for the COVID-19. UFC says Jacaré Souza’s middleweight bout against Uriah Hall has been called off after Souza tested positive, along with his two cornermen. UFC says all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely. The UFC is returning after an involuntary eight-week break that upended plans by UFC President Dana White to keep fighting amid the coronavirus outbreak.— Two players at German second division side Dynamo Dresden have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting on hold the club’s planned return to soccer next weekend. Dresden was to play Hannover away on May 17 when the league resumes after a two-month suspension. Now, the entire squad, coaching and supervisory staff must go into 14 days of quarantine at home. Their positive results for COVID-19 were found in a third wave of tests conducted at the club yesterday as part of the league’s hygiene protocol to get soccer back underway in Germany.— The president of French soccer club Lyon (lee-OHN’) says all members of its men’s and women’s teams have tested negative for the coronavirus. They were tested by team doctors. It’s a total reset for a driver who less than a month ago was the top free agent in NASCAR. His career came to a sudden halt when he was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racial slur in an iRacing event late Easter Sunday. Matt Kenseth has come out of retirement to replace Larson when NASCAR resumes May 17.Friday night’s event also featured the return of Kasey Kahne (kayn), who retired from NASCAR at the end of the 2018 season. He was supposed to race 50 sprint car events for his own team last year but was injured in a March 2019 accident and had not raced before Friday night.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more