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Coronavirus leaves more Americans dead than WWI

first_imgTopics : Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell meanwhile warned that the US economy is unlikely to recover as long as “significant uncertainty” remains over the course of the pandemic.Trump has come under scrutiny for an upcoming campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma — his first since March when the pandemic halted mass gatherings. It is so far planned for an indoor arena that holds about 20,000 people. The United States also agreed to keep its borders with Mexico and Canada closed until July 21, officials said Tuesday, extending travel restrictions for a third time due to the pandemic. With 740 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the United States has seen more people die from the pandemic than died in World War I, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The new figure, counted at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT) Tuesday, brought the country’s total COVID-19 deaths up to 116,854, the tracker from the Baltimore-based university showed. The increase came after two days of death tolls under 400. center_img And 23,351 new cases in the same 24-hour period brought the total US count up to 2,134,973, making it by far the hardest-hit of any country in the world. The country’s pandemic death toll had already passed that of its soldiers in the Vietnam War in late April. The United States, where many businesses are reopening, continues to register around 20,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus each day. Several states are even recording their highest levels of new cases since the start of the pandemic.The administration of President Donald Trump, who has downplayed risks of the virus and instead focused on reviving the economy as he faces a tough re-election battle in November, insists there will be no shutdown of the economy if a second full-blown wave of the epidemic arises.last_img read more

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Ethiopia violence death toll rises to 239

first_imgThe death toll from demonstrations and ethnic violence that erupted in Ethiopia last week following the murder of a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group has risen to 239, according to a tally of police figures.Pop star Hachalu Hundessa, a hero to many Oromo who saw him as the voice of their marginalization, was shot dead by unknown attackers on Monday of last week, fuelling ethnic tensions threatening the country’s democratic transition.Protests broke out in the capital Addis Ababa, as well as the surrounding Oromia region which is the homeland of the country’s largest ethnic group, who have long felt economically and politically sidelined in the diverse nation. Mustafa also said there had been “extensive damage and looting” of government and private property.”To control this unrest more than 3,500 suspects have been arrested. They were anti-peace elements who carried out attacks using the artist’s death as a pretext to dismantle the constitutional system by force,” he said.”The Oromo population should be inclusive of other ethnic groups that live among it.” Threat to planned democracy Hachalu’s music was the soundtrack to anti-government protests that swept Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the country’s first Oromo leader, to office in 2018.Yet, as Ethiopia prepares for elections that will test its democratic transition under Abiy, many Oromo nationalists feel betrayed, arguing the prime minister has failed to champion their interests.Free and fair elections planned for August have been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.Simmering ethnic tensions in the country of over 100 million people have provided a major challenge to Abiy, whose efforts to loosen the reins of iron-fisted rule and open up the democratic space have led to increased jockeying for power and influence.Abiy, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for ending a long running conflict with neighboring Eritrea, has been accused of reverting to the tactics of his predecessors, with a wave of arrests of high profile opposition politicians during last week’s protests.Five senior members of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) were arrested, as were Jawar Mohammed and Bekele Gerba from the Oromo Federalist Congress, as well as Eskinder Nega, a longtime government critic who has recently spoken out against government policies he argues favour Oromos.Abiy has said that Hachalu’s killing and the violence that ensued were part of a plot to sow unrest in Ethiopia.He has linked the chaos to another current major headache he is facing: the filling of a mega-dam Ethiopia has built on the Blue Nile River which is facing objections from neighbors Egypt and Sudan.”The desire of the breaking news is to make the Ethiopian government take its eye off the dam,” Abiy said Tuesday during a question-and-answer session with lawmakers, without giving evidence to support the claim. Officials have attributed the deaths to a combination of lethal force by security officers and inter-ethnic violence.”Due to the unrest that occurred in the region, nine police officers, five militia members and 215 civilians have lost their lives,” acting Oromia police commissioner Mustafa Kedir said on state television on Wednesday.Police in Addis Ababa had previously reported 10 deaths in the capital.The death toll is an increase from 166 fatalities reported at the weekend. Topics :last_img read more

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South Korea’s DSME develops LNG tank for bulk carrier

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of DSMESouth Korea’s shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) said it has developed a liquefied natural gas fuel tank that can be installed on a 180,000 dwt bulk carrier.South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said recently that the country will boost the use of LNG as fuel and aims to build the world’s largest LNG-fuelled bulk carrier in a push for green shipping.The ministry said then it will join forces with state-owned steelmaker POSCO and LNG importing giant KOGAS as well as state institutes to develop a class of 180,000-ton LNG-fuelled vessels.A deal between POSCO, KOGAS, the Korea Development Bank and marine research institutes was signed on September 26 with the ministry to launch the pilot program.According to DSME, the newly developed Type-B LNG tank will be manufactured with high manganese steel that is jointly developed by the shipbuilder and POSCO.The shipbuilder claims that high manganese steel is more resistant to external impact and optimises space better than fuel tanks manufactured with conventional aluminum alloys.In addition, the LNG fuel tank would be installed on the aft deck so that the tank capacity can be flexibly operated for the desired operating route conditions.last_img read more

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USDA Now Requires PED Reporting

first_imgHog producers that are dealing with porcine epidemic diarrhea must now report it to the federal government. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement Friday, after the virus has spread to nearly thirty states including Indiana.In addition to being required to report PED, farmers also will be required to report the movement of pigs, vehicles and other equipment leaving affected areas though movements are still allowed.The goal of the USDA’s action is to slow the spread of the disease while maintaining movement of pigs in the U.S.The announcement also requires incidents of swine delta coronavirus to be reported.“USDA has been working closely with the pork industry and our state and federal partners to solve this problem,” Vilsack stated in the release. “Together, we have established testing protocols, sequenced the virus and are investigating how the virus is transmitted. Today’s actions will help identify gaps in biosecurity and help us as we work together to stop the spread of these diseases and the damage caused to producers, industry and ultimately consumers.”While the viruses are a threat to pigs, it does not infect humans, even if a person is exposed to pigs or consumes pork products.According to Hoosier Ag Today, the virus has a negative impact on pigs but has not translated to lower pork profits. One pork economist said that producer profits will actually increase as a result of PED.The reduction in the hog supply can have more of an impact on the consumer, as bacon and other pork products may cost more at the grocery store as a result.last_img read more

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Moped, Delivery Truck Wreck Injures One

first_imgVERSAILLES — Police say a woman was injured in an accident involving a moped and delivery truck on Wednesday afternoon.Versailles Deputy Marshal Lee Matthews said the accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on South Adams Street near Jarvis Drive.The moped struck the back end of a UPS truck as it was preparing to make a turn off of South Adams.The driver of the moped, Angel Back, 33, of Versailles, suffered injuries and was airlifted to University of Cincinnati Hospital.The UPS driver was not injured.last_img

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FIBA referee Sherwin Henry to meet basketball officials today

first_imgFOLLOWING a meeting between the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) on Sunday and club affiliates, it was decided that Guyana’s lone International Basketball Federation (FIBA) recognised referee Sherwin Henry will hold a special meeting today involving the referees, table officials, game commissioners, coaches and captains, ahead of the LABA 2017 which tentatively bounces off on Saturday in Linden.Henry will brief the various officials on what is expected of them and the general rules that can influence the smooth running of matches and the roles played by these individuals.The referees will get special attention since they will be needed to conduct the games in a way that does not impede the flow of play while maintaining discipline.Clubs – Retrieve Raiders, Half Mile Bulls, Victory Valley Royals, Amelia’s Ward Jets, Bankers Trust Falcons, Kwakwani and Christianburg Pistons – are expected to send representatives in the different categories so that their clubs are aware of their expectations and how to conduct themselves.The Under-23 competition is expected to be the first competition and clubs are to submit their list of players by today and these players must be born on January 1, 1994 or after to be eligible to play in this competition.last_img read more

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Fifa World Cup India has potential to play in FIFA World Cup soon: Rajyavardhan Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore says India has the potential to play in the FIFA World Cup in near future but the country can reach that standard only if opportunities are created for the players. Rathore cited the beautiful game’s rising popularity even as India skipper Sunil Chhetri recently urged his fans to throng the stadiums to watch the national team play in the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai.”Football’s popularity is rising in India. The number of people who turned up to watch FIFA U-17 World Cup was same as IPL matches. India hasn’t played in FIFA World Cup but we have potential. If the potential is linked to opportunities, India will start playing in FIFA World Cup very soon. Be it football, or any other sports, India has tremendous potential,” Rathore said.The minister was speaking at an inter-embassy football tournament, organised by the Russian Embassy.Rathore said the training opportunities and support for the players are much better now and also urged schools to focus on promoting sports and not just academics.He said in the next edition of Khelo India, the government will not only organise   Under-17 Games but also Under -21 (College Games) events.Asked which team he will support as a fan in the FIFA World Cup, Rathore said, “I see with what commitment and passion the players play. Sometimes it’s Brazil and sometimes it’s Argentina but I am the biggest fan of India. We have to see when India plays at FIFA World Cup.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Star Lager in Historic Partnership with Five European Clubs

first_imgFemi SolajaHistory was made on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, as Star Lager Beer announced an unprecedented partnership with five of the biggest European football clubs – Arsenal, Juventus, Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester City, having a combined history in football of 544 years.By virtue of the partnership, Star has become the “Official Beer Partner” of the clubs.These five clubs also have a combined history of 87 domestic league titles, 13 UEFA ChampionsLeague titles and numerous European titles. Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Franco Maria-Maggi, described the partnerships as a commitment from Star, Nigeria’s foremost beer brand to bring new football experience to consumers and loyal fans of these clubs.The significance of this new partnership bestows Star lager beer rights to promote the brand’s association with Real Madrid; Arsenal; Juventus; Manchester City and PSG to millions of fans across Nigeria and beyond, supporting its vision to embrace an unrivalled passion of football.The partnership, first of its kind in Nigeria by a beer brewery, intends to see Star Lager actively engage consumers and fans with series of cross-promotional events and communication materials designed to enhance visibility of the European giants in Nigeria.The ground-breaking partnerships with these clubs poses an exciting bright future for football development and viewing experience in Nigeria as confirmed by the Portfolio Manager, National Premium, Nigerian Breweries, Tokunbo Adodo.He affirmed Star’s accession as “Official Beer Partner” to these five clubs, has bought into important football assets across the biggest leagues in Europe – England, Spain, Italy and France.The established partnership will have Star organise digital amplification of the European clubs in Nigeria, including digital promotions to drive viewership as well as providing outdoor amplification of the clubs and billboards.The partnership will give access to an archive of images and content from the respective clubs with an opportunity for Star to brand its bottles with logos of these clubs. Going forward, a bottle of Star would symbolize more than just another larger, it would mean a communion between a fan and the pride, history and colours of their favourite club side; Real Madrid, Arsenal, PSG, Manchester City and Juventus FC.A common ground Star has with the European giants is the culture of remarkable history. Since the first Star lager beer bottle rolled out of the Lagos brewery in 1949, Star has consistently supported football initiatives and platforms such as its highly impactful campaign to rally Nigerian football fans during the World Cup in 2014.A week ago, Star announced a landmark partnership with the local league, NPFL in a similar arrangement as the “Official Beer Partner” of the domestic league.Star’s partnership with Europe’s five greatest clubs may further encourage the clubs to include Nigeria in their summer pre-season tours.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Casillas’ special teams play paying dividends

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoStanding 6-foot-2 and weighing 200 pounds, Wisconsin linebacker and punt block extraordinaire Jonathan Casillas has already made his presence felt as a true freshman. All one would have to do is ask Illinois — or better yet Minnesota — how fast Casillas can turn a game around by blocking boots alone.As a high school football player, Casillas had a lengthy list of honors and accomplishments. He was first-team all-state, the county’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, team captain, MVP as a senior and was ranked among the top 35 players in New Jersey by Superprep. His totals included 228 tackles, 36 QB sacks, 50 TFLs, 11 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries.So when it came time to make a decision about where to go to school, Casillas obviously had his options open. But, according to the Brunswick, N.J., native, the decision to become a Badger was an easy one.”When I got here, it was the only visit that made me realize that this was the place to be. I mean, it was everything: Coach Alvarez, Coach Bielema, the 80,000 people and the family atmosphere. It was all those things combined,” Casillas said.The bottom line is that Casillas is an expert when it comes to getting to the kicker. His latest blocked punt came early in the third quarter against Illinois. With the Badgers leading 20-10, the freshman was able to use his speed to get his paws on one. His punt block eventually set up a Brian Calhoun six-yard TD run and gave the Badgers a three-score lead.Then there was the Pontiac Game Changing Performance that came against Minnesota. The Badgers were down 34-31 with less than one minute remaining. Casillas came up big with a block that was recovered in the end zone by Ben Strickland for the go-ahead score.It is clear that plays made by special teams — specifically punt blocks — can drastically change the outcome of a game.”There is a statistic that if you block a punt in a game, then there is an 80 percent chance of [winning],” special teams and outside linebacker coach Brian Murphy stated. “That speaks for itself. Doing one thing to have an 80 percent chance of the game going in your direction is a tremendous swing in momentum.”So what separates Casillas from the other punt blockers? Well, it probably has something to do with his physicality, great speed and knowledge of the game. Casillas himself said that you can do a lot with the combination of these three things.”He is a smart player, a tremendous athlete, strong and has a knack for the game,” Murphy expressed.By talking to Casillas, one would find him extremely modest. He gives credit to his coach, saying Murphy has a strong game plan each week and holds an important focus for details.Casillas explains that it is not all about blocking the kick. He views himself as a main contributor on the punt return team. Even if he does not get a block, he tries to spring Brandon Williams for a big return.But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Casillas. He is a developing linebacker who’s seen his playing time steadily increase behind starter LaMarr Watkins in recent weeks. But for now, Casillas is content with his goals, one of which has him establishing himself as one of Wisconsin’s greats through hard work. “My goal is to learn as much as possible by watching the starters to see what they are doing,” Casillas said. “I also try to go in and watch as much film as possible.”The coaches definitely see a bright future for Casillas. With his athleticism and work ethic, he has the opportunity to excel as a Badger.”He has knowledge of the game and he is constantly trying to get better and find a way to improve,” said Murphy.But the freshman does not overlook the true importance of his experience here at Madison. He says that his most important task is to graduate from Wisconsin.”First things first — I have to get a degree,” Casillas joked, “because if I don’t, my mom will not let me back in the house.”last_img read more

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School of Social Work receives research grant

first_imgUSC announced in late August that its School of Social Work’s Children’s Data Network received an $800,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to help further develop the new research project.The CDN is directed by Emily Putnam-Hornstein and Jacquelyn McCroskey of the School of Social Work. It originally received its funding from First 5 LA for analyses on early childhood, from infancy to 5 years of age. The grant money from will expand the project to acquire and study existing data that focuses on transitioning youths out of the foster care system.“We know it’s really important to look at young children to start with, but they do get older, so we approached the Hilton Foundation because we knew about their focus on transitional issues,” McCroskey said.The goal of the CDN is to link administrative records that can be used to study children’s experiences across agencies and departments.“We can bring our research expertise, our analytic expertise, to looking at data that already exists and helping the agencies that are on the front lines of providing services take a better look at what the patterns and trends are,” McCroskey said. “Emily [Putnam-Hornstein] and I are really hoping that by linking data across agencies we can support a better understanding of programs and policies.”Much of the analysis is done on campus by faculty and graduate students. Ivy Hammond, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work, is part of the research team for the CDN.“I feel incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity,” Hammond said. “The CDN is in its early stages, and we’re really trying to grow the infrastructure. It is a scary thing to invest in a new project like the CDN, so it’s great that First 5 LA and the Hilton Foundation [are] willing [to] do that.”Hammond sees the work the CDN is doing affecting people throughout both the university and the larger community.“We’re all about painting a full picture of children and their families,” she said. “It’s definitely an interdisciplinary approach that could include students in the law school, medical school and all different fields.”Kechen Zhao, who is currently in his fourth year of the biostatistics Ph.D. program, does statistical analysis for the network.“The CDN is a project that allows me to expose myself to real problems,” Zhao said. “When we do mathematical problems, we always do hypothetical situations and models, but CDN is the first experience for me to apply what I’ve learned from my courses to solve a real-world issue.”Zhao said the program brings together a diverse group of people.“The CDN is a really exciting program in the fact that the ways researchers are looking at these issues are really innovative,” he said. “It also draws many agencies and people with different backgrounds to get involved. It’s kind of like you combine academic people with politicians, and we have to work together to somehow make change happen. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the program goes in the future.”last_img read more

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