Bolivia reports first coronavirus death

first_imgMore than half the country’s confirmed cases have been in Santa Cruz, an eastern province where authorities said stay-at-home appeals have not been heeded.The country was under a national shutdown over the weekend, for the first time. From Monday to Friday, only one person per family is permitted to circulate to buy groceries or other supplies. Topics : A 78-year-old woman on Sunday became the first person to die of the new coronavirus in Bolivia, which has reported 81 confirmed cases, the government announced.Health Minister Anibal Cruz told reporters the woman, who was hospitalized in the department of Santa Cruz, had been in stable condition.”During the night she grew worse, and was transferred to intensive care. She died this morning,” he said.last_img read more

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Hong Kong could postpone election due to virus in blow for democracy camp

first_imgSome 600,000 people voted in unofficial primaries polls for the opposition in Hong Kong this month, sending a younger, more confrontational generation of pro-democracy politicians into the race for the legislature.One of them, prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong, said he would doubt the veracity of any coronavirus delay.”Using pandemic as an excuse to postpone the election is definitely a lie,” Wong said on Twitter.The Legislative Council, or Legco, election would be the first vote in the former British colony since the introduction of the national security legislation in the semiautonomous city. The law punishes what China broadly defines as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison and sees mainland Chinese security agents operating officially in the city for the first time.Critics of the law say it erodes the freedoms Hong Kong was promised when it was handed back to China by Britain in 1997, while supporters say it would restore stability after a year of often-violent pro-democracy protests in the city.Britain’s foreign minister, Dominic Raab, told top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi that Britain would be watching the Hong Kong elections closely and stressed that China needed to rebuild trust in the global community, a British Foreign Office spokesman said on Tuesday.Under city laws, the government can postpone elections if the chief executive is of the opinion that the vote “is likely to be obstructed, disrupted, undermined or seriously affected by riot or open violence or any danger to public health or safety”.A new election date, not more than 14 days after the original date, must be announced immediately, according to election laws. But British colonial-era legislation gives the government sweeping powers in case of emergency or public danger.It is not clear if former members of the city assembly, whose terms have expired, could return to the legislature in the event of a postponement for a year.Hong Kong has reported about 3,000 coronavirus cases since January and more than 20 deaths – far lower than in other major cities around the world.But the government has warned of a new surge of infections in the community and has banned dining in restaurants and limited group gatherings to two people.Rival finance hub Singapore, which has had a larger coronavirus outbreak, held a general election this month.At least 68 countries and territories have delayed national or regional elections due to the coronavirus since February, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance said.At least 49 countries and territories have decided to hold national or subnational elections, it said.  Topics :center_img Hong Kong’s government could postpone by a year a vote for seats in the city’s legislature scheduled for Sept. 6 amid fears of a resurgence in novel coronavirus cases, public broadcaster RTHK reported on Wednesday.A postponement would be a blow for the opposition pro-democracy camp, which is aiming to win a historic majority in the city’s assembly given widespread resentment of Beijing’s imposition of a new security law widely criticized by Western countries as eroding citizens’ rights.The RTHK report cited unidentified sources and did not give any more details. The office of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

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Marcus Rashford names the most complete Premier League striker

first_imgRashford named his favourite current Premier League strikers (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Marcus Rashford named Sergio Aguero as the Premier League’s most complete striker, despite him playing for Manchester United’s bitter rivals.The 21-year-old England international has become one of the most feared attackers in English football and he’s scored nine goals and provided six assists in 20 league starts for his club this season.While Rashford has made waves in the Premier League, he doesn’t rank himself as the division’s best striker and he named Manchester City’s Aguero, Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the three forwards who inspire him most. Comment Aguero is one of the Premier League’s best (Picture: AMA/Getty Images) Marcus Rashford names the most complete Premier League striker Advertisementcenter_img Kane is highly regarded by Rashford (Picture: MB Media/Getty Images)But of that trio, he believes Aguero is in a league of his own.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think, probably the most all-round centre forward, is Sergio Agüero,’ he told GQ.‘Even on an off day, he can score you three or four goals. That, for me, is one trait of a centre forward that I would take all day long.‘When you’re not having a good game, but you’re still scoring goals. That is a skill on its own.‘Also Harry Kane, his positioning, his movement – very clever player. I like Aubameyang as well.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsIs Sergio Aguero the best striker in the Premier League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Metro Sport ReporterMonday 18 Mar 2019 5:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link569Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Wood Group to prepare Brent Bravo platform for removal

first_imgOffshore services provider Wood Group has been awarded a contract to support Shell in the decommissioning of the Brent Bravo platform in the North Sea.Wood Group will prepare the platform for removal via single lift methodology. This includes conductor removal, structural strengthening and installation of under deck lift points, in addition to the modifications required to enable the platform to operate on minimum manning mode.Dave Stewart, CEO for Wood Group’s Asset Life Cycle Solutions business in the Eastern region, said: “We have over four decades of experience supporting Shell’s Brent field and this new contract clearly demonstrates our client’s trust in our consistent delivery of innovative and efficient technical services that have been designed for offshore decommissioning challenges.“We will leverage our learnings from the delivery of the Brent Delta decommissioning scope. Our commitment is to continuing to work in partnership with Shell to ensure the safe, cost efficient and timely execution of the contract.”The Brent Bravo lift follows the recent Brent Delta decommissioning, which was carried out by Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit vessel. The Brent Bravo platform ceased production in November 2014. First oil from the platform started flowing in November 1976.The Shell-operated field Brent field, located 115 miles north-east of the Shetland Islands has produced around three billion barrels of oil equivalent since production started in 1976, which is almost 10% of UK production.The Brent decommissioning program recommends that the upper steel jacket on the Brent Alpha platform is removed, along with the topsides of the four Brent platforms, debris lying on the seabed, and the attic oil contained within the concrete storage cells of the gravity base structures.last_img read more

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African states want U.N to set up Boko Haram trust fund

first_imgAfrican states want the United Nations to set up a trust fund to finance a force to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria and called on the international community to supply intelligence and equipment, according to a draft U.N. resolution. The draft U.N. Security Council text endorses the creation of a force by Nigeria and its neighbors Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin to take on Boko Haram. The 54-nation African Union has already approved a force of up to 10,000 troops.The text drafted by Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon, and obtained by Reuters, has not yet been circulated to the 15 Security Council members. Chad’s U.N. Ambassador Mahamat Cherif has said he hoped the council could vote on a resolution by end-March.last_img read more

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Improvised gun seized

first_imgRecovered from Bernas was a 12-gaugeshotgun with several live bullets, the police added. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Estancia police station./PN When frisked, the Bernas yielded threesachets of suspected shabu. The 41-year-old Danny Bernas, a residentof the village, was nabbed on the strength of an arrest warrant around 9 a.m.on Wednesday, police said. ILOILO City – Police arrested a man forillegal possession for firearm in Barangay Lumbia, Estancia, Iloilo.last_img

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Median work continues on I-74 between New Point and S.R. 101 in Decatur, Franklin and Ripley Counties

first_imgDecatur, Franklin, and Ripley Counties, IN— Milestone Contractors will continue median work this week on I-74 between Exits 143 (New Point) and 156 (S.R. 101/Sunman/Milan) in Decatur, Franklin and Ripley Counties. Both eastbound and westbound traffic was shifted back to respective lanes last month with the right lane open in each direction. The left lanes have remained closed while work is completed in the median.Crews are scheduled to begin paving six median crossovers along this stretch of I-74 on Thursday, November 14, weather permitting. Edge lines will also be painted from MM 150 to MM 156, in addition to the re-installation of cable barriers between MM 148 and MM 156. This work is expected to be completed by the evening of Wednesday, November 20.last_img read more

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The Latest: Scully ponders when opening day will arrive

first_img___The fourth edition of the Laver Cup exhibition event founded by Roger Federer’s management company is being postponed a year because of changes to the tennis calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic.It now will be at TD Garden in Boston from Sept. 24-26, 2021.The original dates were Sept. 25-27 this year.But the French Open moved its start from May to Sept. 20 a month ago. That means the Grand Slam tournament would have overlapped with the Laver Cup. The exhibition tournament has attracted some of the top players in men’s tennis in the past. April 17, 2020 ___The NBA and WNBA say they plan to sell cloth face coverings bearing team and league logos and that all proceeds generated by the league will go to charity.The proceeds will go to Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada. Both of those organizations work to assist the hungry.Face-covering manufacturers FOCO and Industry Rag will also be amping up charity efforts through sales. They will donate one face covering for every one purchased to the benefiting charities.NBA social responsibility and player programs president Kathy Behrens says the masks will help fans adhere to CDC safety guidelines “while joining in the league’s efforts to aid those who have been directly affected by COVID-19.” Associated Press German Chancellor Angela Merkel has banned large public gatherings in the country through August 31 and the French government has done the same until mid-July.The Scottish Open was scheduled to be played from July 9-12. Discussions on a rescheduled date are ongoing.___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 6 ___Women’s golf has lost another senior major because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Senior LPGA Championship has been canceled. It was scheduled to be played July 30-Aug. 1 at French Lick Resort in Indiana.The USGA previously canceled the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.The Senior LPGA will stay at French Lick in 2021. The new dates will be determined later. Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds and also played 28 times for England. He was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad and earned the nickname “Bites Yer Legs” because of his tough tackling.Hunter also won two league titles and the FA Cup with Leeds.___The BMW International Open in Germany and the Open de France golf tournaments have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Scottish Open has been postponed.The BMW International Open was to be played in Munich from June 25-28 and the Open de France was scheduled to take place a week later. The Draft-A-Thon will be live-streamed on NFL social and digital platforms and featured in live draft coverage on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes. Donations now can be made at NFL.com/RELIEF.Funds raised will help support six national nonprofit organizations: American Red Cross; CDC Foundation’s All of Us Combat Coronavirus Campaign; Feeding America; Meals on Wheels America; Salvation Army; and United Way.Also, all 32 NFL clubs have selected one or more of these organization’s local branches to receive a portion of the funding. The remaining funds will be distributed across the nation and internationally where the needs are greatest.___The NCAA is waiving standardized test requirements for incoming freshmen to be eligible to compete in Division I and II during the 2020-21 academic year. The Latest: Scully ponders when opening day will arrive The Eligibility Center adjusted several of its eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen, including the number of core courses and minimum grade-point averages. The adjustments were made in response to schools across the country moving to online learning as part of the fight against coronavirus. Social-distancing restrictions had also canceled some SAT and ACT testing dates.The NCAA’s news release said: “Membership committees in both Divisions I and II reviewed initial-eligibility data and determined the NCAA would offer flexibility for incoming student-athletes based on research, fairness, equity and a standard of college readiness.”___South America’s soccer body Conmebol said in a statement it still expects to complete the current editions of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana tournaments.It did not, however, provide a date for matches to resume. Conmebol also added it’s up to FIFA to make decisions on September’s fixtures of the region’s World Cup qualifiers. The first two rounds were initially scheduled for March, but were postponed due to the new coronavirus outbreak. “I don’t think anyone wants these games to be canceled, we need them to be played,” Pivac said.“We need the money into the game for the game to survive. We’re all in the same boat there.”___Actor Kevin Hart, singers Kane Brown and Quavo are among the entertainers who will participate in the NFL’s Draft-A-Thon live stream that will accompany the draft.The league will be raising funds for six organizations battling the new coronavirus pandemic that caused the NFL to cancel all draft events in Las Vegas. Instead, the April 23-25 proceedings will be done remotely and virtually.center_img ___NASCAR has suspended its May 9 race at Martinsville Speedway and did not give an indication on when the season will resume.When NASCAR suspended racing four events into the season, it listed the event in Virginia as its return date. But Virginia is under a stay-at-home order until June 10.NASCAR in a statement said it is considering restarting the season without fans in May. It has privately told teams that NASCAR is hopeful to race May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Coca-Cola 600.“Our intention remains to run all 36 races, with a potential return to racing without fans in attendance in May at a date and location to be determined,” NASCAR said in a statement. They will get input from a member of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus mass gatherings expert group.The panel has its first meeting next week and plans to work with advisers from industry, sponsors and the media. Aims include guidance on risk assessment and how sports can “plan a return to normal activities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak or similar future situations.”___Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 76.Leeds says Hunter was admitted to the hospital last week and died on Friday. Liverpool holds a 25-point lead at the top of the standings with nine games remaining.___An employee of Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact has tested positive for COVID-19.The team made the announcement Wednesday and said the employee had mild symptoms for a few days is doing well. The person has been placed in quarantine.Montreal did not specify whether the employee was a player or another member of the team’s staff. The Impact said it is the only confirmed case of the novel coronavirus within the organization so far. ___The Premier League says it still wants to complete its season.The league held a call with all 20 soccer clubs but provided no specifics about its plan to resume. The competition was suspended more than a month ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league only says it discussed “possible scheduling models” and that “it remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.”The league says it will only restart “with the full support of the government” and when “medical guidance allows.” Skateboarding pioneer and entrepreneur Tony Hawk is working with Vans to promote the “Foot The Bill” program to help skate shops around the world get through disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Because skate shops are the central hub for skate communities, “Foot The Bill” will support them by providing custom-designed Vans footwear, with the net proceeds from each pair sold online going directly to that business.“These days are extremely difficult for so many, which is why we are hoping to provide some fun and creativity for the global community to enjoy,” Hawk said in a statement. “In unprecedented times like these, we need to stay positive, support each other and keep creating.”Hawk will continue as color commentator in the Vans Park Series once competitions are allowed to resume. He is also working to produce a new professional vert competition.___ Federer called the announcement of the Laver Cup date change “unfortunate” and “disappointing” but also “the right thing to do for everyone concerned.”Tickets already purchased will be valid in 2021 or can be refunded.___The governing body of track and field is leading a panel of Olympic sports to advise on safely organizing mass gathering events amid the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce includes the International Institute for Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee. Wales rugby coach Wayne Pivac says “two or three” of his squad have contracted the coronavirus.All have recovered, he told 1 News in New Zealand without elaborating.Wales still has a match to play in the Six Nations that was suspended last month because of the pandemic. A date has yet to be set.In the meantime, Pivac and his staff and Wales Rugby Union executives have taken 25% pay cuts to meet the union’s financial challenges.Wales’ next scheduled match is on June 27 in Japan, followed by two tests in New Zealand. Construction work has continued during the coronavirus pandemic to create two acres of interactive areas, retail and concessions behind the outfield pavilions.Scully ponders when the return to Dodger Stadium will occur.“Well, as that noted baseball philosopher Yogi Berra once said, ‘I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question,’” Scully said, chuckling.He told fans to “stay healthy, stay safe and sometime soon opening day will be on the horizon.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Los Angeles Dodgers showed off some of their stadium renovations in a video narrated by retired broadcaster Vin Scully and posted on social media.last_img read more

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GOtv Boxing Night 16 Holds Sunday

first_imgThe Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium will Sunday be the focal point of boxing fans around the continent, as it hosts GOtv Boxing Night 16, tagged the “Independence Edition”.This is the first time Teslim Balogun is hosting the event. A total of nine bouts, including two with international flavour, are scheduled. Headlining the show will be the West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight title bout between Ghana’s Benjamin Lamptey and Nigeria’s Rilwan Oladosu. The second international bout is a challenge duel between Ghana’s Emmanuel Mensah and Nigeria’s Oto Joseph, the African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion. The other big- name match-ups are the national light heavyweight title duel between Kabiru Towolawi and Adewale Masebinu as well as the featherweight challenge clash between Waidi “Skoro” Usman and Chibuzo Obi.The bout card also features debutants, famously drawn from the last two editions of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search. In the super bantamweight division, Adeyemi Elijah will face Sheriff Ogunbanjo, while Taiwo Agbaje will face Tope Musa in the lightweight division. Azeez “Who Say So” will take on Waheed “Showmax” Shogbanmu in a light welterweight bout, as Isaac “I Star” Chukwudi takes on Adeyemi Adekanla in the welterweight class. The last of the debutants’ clashes pairs Aminu Akintayo with Mutiu Lawal.The best boxer at the event will go home with the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and a cash prize of N1.5million. GOtv Boxing Night 16 will be beamed live in 47 African countries by SuperSport.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Halloween treat: Cupcake snack for Badgers

first_imgIt’s understandable why the No. 17 University of Wisconsin football team could be distracted heading into their contest with lowly Illinois this Saturday. The Badgers are 7-1 (4-1 Big Ten), having won four straight contests convincingly and they have two huge matchups against Penn State and at Iowa still looming. The Fighting Illini, however, are floundering again at 2-6 (1-3 Big Ten) and are finding newer and more inventive ways to lose games every week. Not to mention the Badgers will be in Madison for Halloween for the first time since 2001.So, how will the Badgers keep their head straight in what has the feel of a major trap game? According to head coach Bret Bielema and UW players, senior leadership is expected to lead them through the torrent of distractions.”We aren’t thinking about anybody but Illinois right now,” senior safety Joe Stellmacher said. “All that other stuff will come eventually. Right now, it’s all about Illinois.””I asked our seniors to stay after our team meeting [Tuesday],” Bielema said. “I think that our team is what it is today because of our senior leadership, in particular on offense. John Stocco and Joe Thomas, defensively Joe Monty, Roderick Rogers, Joe Stellmacher, and Mark Zalewski, those six guys, who are our only senior starters, have greatly influenced all the young players in our program.”And I really asked them to, in the next several weeks, try and instill in those young players the mentality that’s got them to [this] point is right now … I asked them to really pass that on as best they can over the next several weeks.”That leadership will be put to the test this weekend, as the Illini — while sporting a pedestrian record — are certainly much improved from a year ago, with an improved defense and more dynamic, if error-prone, offense. “There is improvement,” Illinois head coach Ron Zook said. “I know sometimes it’s hard to see, but there is improvement. I think if you go back and compare the football team from a year ago, there is a lot of improvement.”Illinois upset Michigan State in its second conference game of the season, and looked poised to start a Big Ten winning streak, jumping out to a 25-7 lead over Indiana before the Hoosiers mounted a furious comeback that ended with the Illini falling on a field goal as time expired.While Illinois has been in something of a tailspin since losing its last two games, the contests have been hard fought. In losing to Penn State last weekend, the Illini outgained the Nittany Lions 358 yards to 184 and held a 9-3 lead at halftime before tossing the game with turnovers and shoddy special teams play.”They went against Penn State and gave them everything they wanted, were within five points, I think, with nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter,” Bielema responded when asked if his players might overlook the Illinois due to their conference standing. “That should be a good enough reason right there to make sure that there isn’t going to be any type of issue along that line.” Illinois’ defense, the worst in the Big Ten last year — giving up almost 40 points a game — is significantly more stingy with opponents averaging 25.6 points a contest.The two-touchdown improvement comes from a rushing defense that has improved by almost 100 yards per game from 2005.”Defensively, there is no question they are playing hard, they’re chasing the football,” Zook said. “For the most part, other than a couple of games, the thing that we said we couldn’t do this year is give up the big plays.”For the Illini, like most of UW’s opponents, the first order of business is to try and find a way to shut down P.J. Hill and the Badger running game.”Wisconsin has always been known for big offensive linemen,” Zook said, lauding on the UW blockers up front. “These guys are big, athletic guys that move around well … I mean, you do the same things time after time, year after year, and pretty soon you’re pretty good.”When Illinois has the ball, Wisconsin will be worried about mobile true freshman quarterback Juice Williams, a candidate for Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades right behind Wisconsin’s Hill. Williams has run for just under 40 yards a game, adding an explosive element to the Illini offense, despite his under-par passing numbers. Williams has completed only 42.2 percent of his passes and has eight touchdowns to seven interceptions, not boding well for the frosh going into a game against the conference’s best pass defense. “Juice is very, very good at running the football,” Bielema said. “All of a sudden, the quarterback and another running back are coming out the other side running full-speed option.”Regardless of the opponent, the Badgers’ biggest foe might be themselves this weekend with the distraction of a Madison Halloween.Interestingly enough, Wisconsin has had a rather dubious recent history when playing Halloween weekend home games, going 3-2 in their last five contests (dating back to 1992). One of the victories is considered to be one of the most tragic moments in UW history, when Wisconsin upset Michigan 13-10 in 1993 and fans tried to storm the field, resulting in 73 people sustaining serious injuries.Bielema isn’t worried that his team will be able to overcome the adversity.”You guys all know I’m a big believer in the 1-0 mentality,” Bielema said. “I don’t … say it as much as I need to because they say it to each other and without even thinking about it.”last_img read more

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