Europe coronavirus cases reach almost 1 million, coming weeks ‘critical’: WHO

first_imgEurope is in eye of the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the number of cases nearing a million, and should move with extreme caution when considering easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization’s regional director said on Thursday.”Case numbers across the region continue to climb. In the past 10 days, the number of cases reported in Europe has nearly doubled to close to 1 million,” the WHO’s European director, Hans Kluge, told reporters in an online briefing.This meant that about 50% of the global burden of COVID-19 was in Europe, Kluge said. More than 84,000 people in Europe have died in the epidemic, he said. “People are rightly asking: How much do we have to endure? And for how long? In response, we, governments, and health authorities must come up with answers to identify when, under what conditions and how we can consider a safe transition.”Any step to lift lockdown measures must firstly ensure several key things, he said, including that evidence shows a country’s COVID-19 transmission is being controlled, outbreak risks are minimized, and that health systems have the capacity to identify, test, trace and isolate COVID-19 cases.”We remain in the eye of the storm…If you cannot ensure these criteria are in place before easing restrictions, I urge you to re-think,” he said, adding: “There is no fast track back to normal.”  “The storm clouds of this pandemic still hang heavily over the European region,” Kluge said.As some countries start to consider whether restrictions may be eased and whether schools and some workplaces might start to reopen, he said it was critical to understand the complexity and uncertainty of such transitioning.Companies and politicians across the world are worried about the economic impact of a long shutdown, and some countries in Europe – such as Germany, Denmark, Spain and others – are beginning to think about how to ease some societal restrictions.Kluge said the WHO recognized that social distancing policies designed to slow the spread of the virus “are affecting lives and livelihoods”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

PKA grabs chance for DKK1bn profit on German windfarm, exits early

first_imgDenmark’s PKA, which runs three labour-market pension funds in the social and healthcare sectors, says it has made an investment return of nearly DKK1bn (€134m) on the sale of its stake in the Butendiek German offshore windfarm.The DKK250m pensions administrator said it sold the 22.5% stake in the windfarm, located near the Danish-German border, 32km from the island of Sylt, which it bought in 2013 when the project was at the planning stage.It sold the stake to a consortium led by Japan’s ITOCHU group. Peter Damgaard Jensen, PKA’s chief executive, said: “Normally, we would remain in this kind of infrastructure investment for the entire duration, typically 25 years. But we had the opportunity to make a solid profit for our members, and we grabbed it.” He said it had also been important for PKA, which has invested in five offshore windfarms including Butendiek, to establish that this type of alternative investment gives PKA’s 275,000 members a good return.Without disclosing the amount received for the stake, PKA said the deal had given it a return of almost DKK1bn.“Altogether, PKA has more than doubled the sum invested in just three years, and the investment in Butendiek has therefore achieved an annual return of around 25% for PKA’s members,” the firm said.In February 2013, PKA said it was investing DKK750m in the project.Damgaard Jensen said the high return crystallised from the deal meant it would continue to pursue its strategy of investing in alternatives.“And that could very well be a new offshore windfarm, where we can combine a good return with making a positive difference for the climate,” he said.The sale is subject to approval from competition authorities, PKA said.PKA invested in Butendiek in 2013 alongside Industriens Pension – which took the same size of stake as PKA – Siemens Financial Services, Marguerite Infrastructure Fund and WPD.The total equity and bank financing of the facility was around DKK10bn, it said.PKA has said it aims to invest around 10% of its total assets in projects that reduce the use of fossil fuels by 2020.last_img read more

Tucker Barnhart

first_imgI was glad to see that Tucker Barnhart won the Golden Glove award this year!  The 26-year old from Brownsburg received his first Golden Glove!  He did so by beating out perennial winners Yadier Molina of the Cards and Buster Posey of the Giants.It was the first Golden Glove award for the Reds since Brandon Phillips won one in 2013 as a second baseman, and Tucker is the first Reds catcher to win since Johnny Bench in 1977.I am sure it is very satisfying for Barnhart since the so-called experts said he was too small to be a regular major league catcher.  They forgot about another ingredient to success–that is “how big is a person’s heart”?last_img

Clown gets serious at Galway

first_img The Andrew Oliver-trained four-year-old opened his account for the campaign at Sligo in the middle of June before running well in defeat on Irish Derby day at the Curragh. He then enjoyed the biggest day of his career so far when edging ahead in a thrilling “Nasrullah” Handicap at Navan three weeks ago. “He came out of his last race well and having won at Sligo twice, the unique track in Galway shouldn’t hold any fears for him,” said the County Tyrone-based trainer. “The negative is the outside berth, but we’ll just have to deal with that on the day. “He’s a good, consistent horse who always turns up and runs his race. “It wasn’t a big field at Navan last time, but it was a competitive race and he was a deserved winner. “Ground doesn’t really seem to affect him. He’s won on all sorts and seems fairly versatile.” I’ll Be Your Clown is one of 15 horses in contention for a race run over just shy of a mile and a half, with Royal Ascot hero Clondaw Warrior taking top billing. Having missed the cut for the Galway Hurdle, the Ascot Stakes winner is dropped in distance by Willie Mullins, with the champion trainer having booked top apprentice Jack Kennedy for the ride. The weights are headed by Fog Of War from Ger Lyons’ stable, while recent Leopardstown winner Cailini Alainn is a major player for John Oxx. Press Associationcenter_img I’ll Be Your Clown bids to claim a second valuable prize in July in the feature Guinness Handicap on day five of the Galway Festival.last_img read more

Robert Lewandowski ends Republic of Ireland’s hopes of automatic qualification

first_img Martin O’Neill’s men, who had won their three previous qualifiers to keep themselves firmly in the race, have the consolation prize of a place in the play-offs, but still have plenty of work to do if they are to join England, Wales and Northern Ireland at next summer’s finals. O’Neill, who had hinted in the run-up to the game that some of his players were feeling the effects of their exertions against the Germans, made five changes, restoring Glenn Whelan and James McClean after suspension, drafting in Seamus Coleman following his recovery from a hamstring problem and rewarding keeper Darren Randolph and match-winner Shane Long for their efforts on Thursday evening. The game rather meandered through the early stages as the teams probed away at each other without ever really threatening to do anything decisive, and there was no real indication of what was to follow. However, it exploded into life with 13 minutes gone when, after Coleman and O’Shea has combined to repel a foray into the box, the ball fell to Kamil Grosicki, who prompted a good reaction save from Randolph from close range. Ireland managed only to half-clear the resulting corner to Krychowiak 20 yards out and his sweetly struck low drive sped into the bottom corner with the wrong-footed Randolph helpless. But the visitors were behind for only three minutes, although the incident which led to the equaliser did not go down well with the home fans among a crowd of 57,497. Defender Michal Pazdan’s high challenge on Long was ugly, but television replays suggested it might have occurred outside the box. Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir nevertheless pointed to the spot and Walters calmly beat keeper Lukasz Fabianski to claim his eight goal in an Ireland shirt. Robert Lewandowski ended the Republic of Ireland’s hopes of automatic qualification for the Euro 2016 finals as Poland secured their trip to France. The Poles saw an 18th-minute Pawel Olkowski strike correctly ruled out for offside as the home side redoubled their efforts, and although the Republic defended stubbornly, they eventually succumbed three minutes before the break. This time, Olkowski was the provider, picking out Lewandowski with the perfect cross for the in-form striker to power a header past Randolph. Adam Nawalka’s men returned determined to kill the game off and assure their presence in France as quickly as possible, and Ireland found themselves largely on the back foot once again. Whelan forced Fabianski into a solid save with a 51st-minute shot from distance after Robbie Brady’s enterprising run, but the Stoke midfielder was to depart seven minutes later when he was replaced by Aiden McGeady, and he did so having seen Long carried from the field on a stretcher with what looked like an ankle injury. Long’s departure had prompted Robbie Keane’s introduction, but although Ireland were now contesting the game higher up the pitch, that left space behind and Grosicki almost exploited it when he was played in with 65 minutes gone, only for Randolph to block. Randolph might have been called upon once again six minutes later after Lewandowski raced clear of the cover, but Coleman came to his rescue with a superbly-timed challenge. Central defender Richard Keogh cameclose nine minutes from time when he got his head to McGeady’s cross, but Fabianski claimed the ball at the second attempt, and Ireland’s hopes were gone when O’Shea, who had been cautioned before the break, felled Lewandowski and was dismissed. The Bayern Munich striker’s 15th goal in 447 minutes of football for club and country handed the home side a 2-1 win to end their Group D campaign in second place behind world champions Germany. Grzegorz Krychowiak had given the Poles a 13th-minute lead at the Narodowy Stadium, but Jonathan Walters’ penalty three minutes later gave Ireland, who had skipper John O’Shea sent off for as second bookable offence in injury time, fresh hope until Lewandowski’s 42nd-minute intervention. Press Associationlast_img read more

Meghalaya suffer huge defeat in Cooch Behar trophy

first_imgStaff CorrespondentSHILLONG: Meghalaya lost to Bihar by an innings and 178 runs in the Cooch Behar trophy match today. Bihar, who had been put in to bat first, made 404 all out in their first innings. Meghalaya’s Abhishek took 5/89, with Sudhir Sahani bagging 4/117 and Aryan 1/95.Meghalaya were then bowled out for 183 in their first innings, with Ankit Kumar Singh steering the side with an innings of 98. Later following on Meghalaya bowled out for just 43 in the second innings.Meanwhile In the CK Nayudu Cricket tournament Meghalaya lost to Puducherry by an innings and 93 runs at the MCA Cricket Group here today. Meghalaya won the toss and chose to field and Puducherry made 276 all out, with Kartik Pawar turning in a fine performance with the ball to claim 8/89. Akash Kumar (1/57) and Md Nafees (1/67) were the other wicket-takers. Meghalaya, however, were then bowled out twice for 68 and 115 following on, giving Puducherry victory by an innings and 93 runs.Also Read: Assam take big lead in Cooch Behar Trophylast_img read more

Egypt’s Al Ahly in Supremacy Battle with Esperance

first_imgCAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINALFemi SolajaAfrica’s most decorated club side, Al Ahly of Egypt, looks set to stake its pride in the continental club competition when they play host to North African rivals, Esperance of Tunisia in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final. Al Ahly versus Esperance It is a battle of two of Africa’s oldest club-sides. Al Ahly was founded in 1907 while Esperance had its seeds sowed in 1919.This is the first time since 2012 that both sides will meet in the final match.. The confrontations of both teams litter the record books of African football. Across all African clubs’ competitions in the past 28 years, both teams have met 18 times with victories tilting more to Al Ahly.Even this year, they met twice in the group stage. Esperance held Al Ahly to a scoreless draw in Alexandria only to succumb to a lone goal defeat at home in Rades off 32th minute strike from Al Al Ahly’s Walid Azaro.The ninth time African champion in the elite club competition, Al Ahly comes up against three times winners, Esperance at the 60,000 capacity stadium at the Alexandria’s Borg El Arab.The host, although favoured to get the result in tonight’s duel but will have to bank on decent form of their veteran winger, Walid Soliman, if they hope to get a convincing win and make the return leg in Tunis less consequential.Since joining Al Ahly from domestic side ENPPI in 2011, Soliman enjoyed Champions League glory with the club in 2012 and 2013.He scored the decisive goal in the aggregate 3-2 victory over Esperance when both sides clashed in the 2012 final.Soliman also won three more CAF titles with the club, namely 2 CAF Super Cups (2013 and 2014) and the 2014 CAF Confederation Cup.But it’s this year that saw Soliman rising to the elite rank within the Red Devils squad. After seeing legend Mohamed Abu Treika retiring in 2013, Soliman did his job well, but being overshadowed by the likes of Emad Moteab, Abdullah Elsaid and others.On the road to the final match today, Soliman scored in the second round knock out phase against CF Mounana of Gabon, then missed a penalty in the 2-0 defeat at Uganda’s KCCA that saw Ahly doomed to bottom of their mini league stage group. But since French coach Patrica Carteron arrived, the 33 years old winger proved to be the team’s superstar.A goal against Horoya of Guinea in the quarterfinals, and two more in both legs against Algeria’s ES Setif in the semis, in addition to two more assists proved Soliman to be the “Top Gun” within Ahly ranks this term.And he remains the fans favourite as his side prepares to their second successive appearance in the final, hoping to better their runner-ups finish last year.While the final match comes up from tonight, Nigerians focus will be on Oluwafemi Ajayi, better known as Junior Ajayi who was injured but has now been certified medically fit for the potentially explosive Al Ahly –Esperance clashes.The Nigerian player had been sidelined for the greater part of the season owing to a rupture in his medial collateral ligament during a fourth round of the Champions League group stage.But according to Egyptian publication, Kingfut last Sunday, Al Ahly medical team confirmed that Ajayi will return to training sessions after three weeks, assuring that the player’s recovery progress is going well. He may not be in action in the first leg, but could feature in the return leg in Tunisia.In another development, the Video assistant referees (VAR) will be used for the first this evening.The system allows off-field referees to assist match officials regarding goals, penalty and straight red card decisions, and mistaken identity when awarding red and yellow cards.VAR has been used once before in Africa, for the 2018 CAF Super Cup match between Wydad Casablanca of Morocco and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo.Apart from a $2.5 million prize, the African champions will qualify for the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, which guarantees at least another $1million for the winners.MATCH FACTS· An Al Ahly-Esperance meeting is something of a classic in African football. The pair have met 14 times in this tournament, perhaps most memorably is the final in 2012. Esperance returned from Cairo with a 1-1 draw and what seemed like the upper hand, but Al Ahly turned the tables at the Stade Rades to win 2-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate.· During their previous 14 meetings, draws have been the most common result (six times). Al Ahly have won on five occasions (including three times in Tunis), as have Esperance, with the last of their wins coming in the second leg of the 2011 semi-final.· Al Ahly will be taking part in their 12th continental final, eight of which they have won. Both of those stats are tournament records. For Esperance, this will be their seventh final. On their previous six attempts, they have triumphed twice and lost four times, the last to none other than Al Ahly.· Anice Badri (Esperance) and Walid Azaro (Al Ahly) will be also be competing to be this year’s top scorer in the CAF Champions League. Badri leads the way on seven goals, along with two other players no longer in contention, while Azaro is just one back on six. With 180 minutes still to play, both will have time to stake their claim.· The two teams were drawn together in this year’s group stage. Unsurprisingly, they drew 0-0 in Cairo, while Al Ahly secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory in Tunis, thanks to an Azaro strike.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Marrow, Kobelt launch SU to win in home opener against Navy

first_imgAleah Marrow and Maddie Kobelt set the tone right away for Syracuse. The Orange’s top doubles pairing opened the match with an 8-2 win.SU never looked back, proceeding to dominate in both doubles and singles en route to its first victory of the season.“It feels good to get a win under our belt but we still have a long ways to go,” Marrow said.In its first home match of the season, Syracuse defeated Navy 6-1. The emphatic victory on its home court was the first of the season for the Orange, and sent a message that the 0-5 start isn’t going to be the norm for this team.The Orange took all three doubles matches and five of six singles matches in the victory. Marrow continued to ride her hot play in defeating Noelle Kaufmann 6-4, 6-0. Even with her success, she still sought improvement.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut she is not the only one on her team who expects more. Head coach Luke Jensen was adamant about getting the most out of his players.“The play to me is just still too inconsistent,” Jensen said. “We’re still trying to find an identity to this team.”The team came into the match not feeling like a team that lost five straight, but a team that was excited to get back home and prove it is a force to be reckoned with. Jensen and his players were thrilled to get back to Drumlins and play in front of a home crowd.“This is our home turf. We have to defend this,” Kobelt said.It’s a turf SU has defended well. The Orange went 6-1 at home last season and with this first win against Navy, it looks to build on that home success.With three home matches in a row, Syracuse has the opportunity to play in a comfortable environment without the distraction of constant traveling that’s made the beginning of the season tough.“It’s so much easier being at home compared to jumping in the van, eating out and all that stuff,” Jensen said. “It’s just so much easier here to get things right.”The players are relieved to be at home, too, and believe the upcoming stretch of three home games may turn the season around.“We’re going to get a full good week of practice in, not being all over the place, and I think that we’re up to defend our house.” Kobelt said.Jensen added a sense of urgency to his statements. He said if there is ever a time to act, it is now.“It has to be, it really has to be (now),” Jensen said. “For us to really make a run at a national title, we got to get some confidence going and it starts here at Drumlins.”The first match at home provided a fresh start for the Orange. With its collective back against the wall, it is what Syracuse can do now that will define the 2012-13 campaign.Said Jensen: “The next month is really going to determine, in my opinion, how this team does moving forward into the later months.” Comments Published on January 28, 2013 at 12:46 am Contact Danny: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Unruh hosts viewing of Republican debate

first_imgIn a continuation of its event series covering the presidential race, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a panel and watch party for the Republican Debate on Thursday night. Students gathered in the Montgomery Ross Fisher building to watch the debate between the final five candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.The event began with a panel discussion moderated by Unruh Institute director Dan Schnur and Daily Trojan editorial director Sonali Seth. The panel featured political science professor Robert Shrum, a former Democratic political consultant; Daily Trojan editor-in-chief Anshu Siripurapu; and Justin Wallin, COO/CMO of Probolsky Research.In their discussion, the panelists focused on how presidential candidates can unseat front-runner Donald Trump from his position. With Super Tuesday — the day when half of the delegate votes will be awarded — looming, the panel discussed the strengths and weaknesses of Trump as a candidate.“When it comes down to it, there has to be something that balances off a visceral distaste,” Wallin said. “[Trump] is just one-dimensional.”The panel also discussed the future of the Republican party as its candidates jockey back and forth for a dominant position in the race. In the midst of the party’s debates, the panelists pointed out that the platform of the Republican party remains in question.“It’s a party struggle; it’s an identity crisis,” Schnur said. “We’ll see tonight how they work that out.”The first moments of the debate addressed the issue of immigration, a heated topic of debate for Republicans throughout this campaign process. Early on, fellow Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio established an attack plan of gunning for Trump, throwing insults and targeting both his past and his current policies fervently.After immigration, the moderators moved onto the replacement of the Supreme Court Justice seat left empty by the death of Antonin Scalia. Each of the candidates took a moment to acknowledge Scalia’s role as a solid rock for the conservative vote in his time on the Supreme Court.Rubio brought up concerns about whether Trump will stand true to conservative ideals, especially due to his support of Planned Parenthood and his neutrality on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He pointed to both of those less conservative positions as reason to doubt Trump’s ability to select a new Supreme Court Justice. Despite these types of attacks, however, the panel did not believe that the candidates were able to slow Trump at all.“They’ve thrown the kitchen sink at Trump; if he survives, what else does the Republican party have?” Shrum said. “They’re nicking him, but I’m not sure if it’s having a big effect.”The debate often digressed into arguments about tax returns, with Rubio and Cruz questioning Trump’s decision to not release his returns. Trump defended himself, saying that he was currently being audited and therefore could not release his returns. This was a topic of lengthy conversation, which the Unruh panelists believe only sidetracked the conversation and weakened the debate.The final half hour of the debate focused in on smaller items of interest, such as the Apple court order, while returning to topics such as national security and immigration. Part of the debate dissolved into Rubio, Cruz and Trump yelling over one another. Though they believed that Rubio and Cruz made small ground in certain areas, the panel was in agreement that the debate did nothing to diminish Trump or to boost the Republican party as a whole.“They haven’t gained in contrast to Trump,” Wallin said. “You can see him inflating with all the glancing blows. None of them stuck, and they wouldn’t stick to anyone. It’s hard to know what can be done to beat him. It’s almost who’s the bigger bulldog than who has a better argument.”last_img read more

Daniels: After disastrous start, UW back to old ways

first_imgIt wasn’t long ago, on Nov. 27 to be exact, that I wrote a column concerning the dire situation that was Wisconsin men’s hockey.At the end of the first half of the season and heading into final exams here at the University of Wisconsin, the team sat at a disappointing 3-7-3 after starting the season with big expectations and a No. 15 ranking to boot. Fans began to wonder what had become of their perennial title-contender, while I wrote about the lingering effects a poor season could have on the long-term success of the program.Fast forward nearly two months and the situation could not be more different.UW has clawed its way back into the rankings at No. 19 and head into their series this weekend at North Dakota on a 10-game unbeaten streak in WCHA play. More importantly, they sit just four points back from first place in the WCHA.So what changed?To be frank, the Badgers have not faced the most difficult of schedules in that time frame. Since Dec. 13, UW has faced only two ranked opponents in No. 11 Minnesota State and No. 8 Miami, while beating up on WCHA cellar-dweller Alaska-Anchorage (1-15-4 in WCHA play) for four of those victories in that span.But there is another reason for Wisconsin’s season turnaround too, and it is an answer a modest coach would tend to avoid using: the players have all been healthy and eligible to play.While Eaves never made it an excuse, trying to compete in the cutthroat WCHA with two key absences at the same time early this season in Mark Zengerle – the nation’s returning leading scorer in 2011-12 with 50 points – and heavily-hyped freshman Nic Kerdiles was no easy task.After years of consistent success, it is certainly understandable fans began to think of the UW hockey program as infallible. Winning was the norm. So it seemed almost destined the next guys in line would be able to keep things going as if Zengerle and Kerdiles had never been missing at all.But after it became clear that Kerdiles would be forced to sit out the first 10 games after what the NCAA called a violation of the “code of amateurism” and Zengerle would miss six games after being diagnosed with a broken index finger, that quickly became impossible. Unfortunately, as much as coaches hate to admit it – taking it almost as a personal insult to their ability to adjust to what the season gives them as they aim to build a successful team – some players just can’t be replaced no matter how hard you try.Zengerle is one of those players.Almost more important than Zengerle’s goal tally for the team over his time at UW is the 5-foot-11 center’s ability to make his whole team better around him.So far this season, Zengerle has nine assists despite missing six games this season. In both his freshman and sophomore campaigns, he finished with 31 and 37 assists, respectively – a mark that puts him in an exclusive club with Badger greats Theran Welsh, Mark Johnson and Chris Chelios as the only ones to earn at least 30 assists in their first two seasons.While assists certainly add to Zengerle’s individual points total, more importantly they mean one of his teammates will be credited with a goal – something that came few and far between at times for the Badgers earlier this season, especially in his absence.Combine his output with three goals and seven assists from Kerdiles and it becomes clear without those two on the ice, Wisconsin was short two of its top five assist producers this season – the engine room of any successful team.And so it was only fitting Friday night, as the team sought to finally break their power play drought extending all the way back to Dec. 13 against Alabama-Huntsville, a Zengerle pass would make the difference in helping set up a goal from junior forward Michael Mersch on the team’s first power play chance of the night. Even more telling is the fact Kerdiles or Zengerle scored or had a hand in all but one of UW’s five goals that night.With both players now healthy, fit and firing on all cylinders since their returns to the lineup last month, the Badgers look like a team to be reckoned with moving forward – as long as Zengerle and Kerdiles are on the ice, that is.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Think that the Wisconsin hockey team has something else to thank for it’s dramatic turnaround this season?  Send him an email at or tweet him @npdaniels31.last_img read more