Trump cuts ties with WHO as pandemic grips Latin America

first_imgUS President Donald Trump said he is severing ties with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as the death toll from the disease spiked again in the United States and Brazil.Trump’s move signals an end to hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the United Nations agency just when it needs it most, with outbreaks in many parts of the world yet to reach their peak.Countries in Latin America are bracing for difficult weeks ahead, especially Brazil, where the death toll shot up by 1,124 on Friday and there were a record number of new infections. “The world needs answers from China on the virus. We must have transparency,” Trump said.Beijing has furiously denied US allegations that it played down or even covered up the threat from the virus after it was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, insisting it has been forthcoming.Read also: Twitter attaches disclaimer to Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence”Living in fear’ The pandemic has since claimed almost 364,000 lives globally and the number of cases is nearing six million.Populations are now learning to adjust to life with the long-term threat of infection as the virus continues its march around the globe and a vaccine remains elusive.As the disease spreads across South America, the poor have been hit hard in countries like Brazil, which now has the second highest number of cases in the world after the United States.Lockdowns have interrupted the meager services many depend on, such as school lunches for hungry children and water deliveries.”In 26 years, I’ve never seen so many people living in fear, so many people going hungry,” said Alcione Albanesi, founder of charity Amigos do Bem, which distributes supplies to communities in the hot, dry and impoverished Sertao region of Brazil’s northeast.”Everything has ground to a stop. But hunger doesn’t stop.”Chile also logged another record number of deaths on Friday, pushing its total to almost 1,000. The surge in the Americas comes as the number of infections continues to fall in much of Europe, which is pressing on down the path to economic re-opening after months of crippling lockdowns.Italy’s iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa is set to open Saturday, cinemas will reopen in Austria, and parks are scheduled to throw open their gates in Paris.Tourism-dependent Greece said it will restart its two main airports for arrivals from 29 countries from June 15 as the summer travel season picks up. But some European nations hard hit by the virus are not on the list, such as France, Spain, Britain and Italy.In Austria, hotels were on Friday allowed to take in tourists again under special guidelines, provided masks are worn.”It’s of course a lot more effort now. But the most important thing is that guests return,” Gilbert Kratschmann, marketing manager at the Das Triest boutique hotel in Vienna, told AFP.Turkey too moved ahead with easing its restrictions as mosques opened for the first time in months, drawing hundreds of worshippers in masks for mass prayers in Istanbul.And Denmark said it would reopen its border to visitors from Germany, Norway and Iceland from June 15, although Britain and the rest of the European Union will have to wait a few more months for access.Across the Atlantic, the US capital Washington resumed outdoor dining with social distancing precautions in place, and in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state was “on track” to begin reopening in the week of June 8, even as the death toll in the US spiked again by 1,225 on Friday.Disney World in Florida said it will be up and running again from July 11.The economic damage from weeks of lockdowns continues to pile up, with Chile taking out a two-year $24 billion credit line with the IMF Friday to tackle the virus fallout.India’s economy grew at its slowest pace in two decades in the first quarter, and Canada and Brazil also said their GDP figures shrank.Germany and the European Commission meanwhile reached agreement on a giant Berlin-funded rescue plan for virus-hit Lufthansa, a commission spokeswoman and a source close to the negotiations said.But there were signs of progress in the sporting world, with England’s FA Cup final set to take place on August 1, football authorities announced, and competition in Spain’s La Liga will resume on June 11.Topics : Trump initially suspended funding to the WHO last month, accusing it of not doing enough to curb the early spread of the virus and being too lenient with China, where the virus emerged late last year.On Friday he made that decision permanent in a major blow for the UN agency’s finances, as the United States is by far its biggest contributor, pumping in $400 million last year.”Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization,” Trump told reporters.The Republican leader said the US would be redirecting WHO funds “to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs.”last_img read more

MORE redeploys Evopod tidal device

first_imgThe Marine Offshore Renewable Energy (MORE) team from the University of Algarve has redeployed the Evopod E1 tidal energy device off Portugal.The redeployment operation was completed in the last week of September at Ria Formosa, a coastal lagoon in the south of Portugal.One week after the deployment, the MORE team informed they conducted a data capturing campaign with load cells that measured drag from E1 while extracting energy.The 1:10 scale Evopod E1 unit, leased from the UK-based tidal energy developer Oceanflow Energy, underwent maintenance following the initial deployment in June 2017.The device has been fitted with two new load cells on its mooring lines, and two batteries to be charged with two new solar panels fitted on the device.The team said this ensured that the batteries are charged under neap tides, to ready them for use when the logger is needed.The deployment is part of SCORE project whose aim is to examine the behavior of small-scale tidal current turbine in a shallow-water estuarine environment.last_img read more

EMGS to conduct 3D survey offshore Namibia

first_imgElectromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has been awarded a contract from Nabirm Global LLC for a proprietary 3D CSEM survey over Block 2113A, Petroleum Exploration License (PEL 0058) in the Walvis Basin offshore Namibia. The contract value is in excess of $1 million. Under the contract, EMGS will also provide processing, inversion and interpretation services to Nabirm post-acquisition, EMGS said on Thursday.Subject to, amongst other things, vessel availability, acquisition is projected to take place in Q1/Q2 2020, with a backstop date (automatic termination in the event if no vessel availability) of May 2020.CEO of EMGS, Bjørn Petter Lindhom, commented: “We are very pleased with the award of this vessel of opportunity contract from Nabirm, which further strengthens our belief that we are well placed to deliver significant value to customers operating offshore Africa, and that the importance of the African market will increase going forward.We are working on developing a 2020 multi-client campaign offshore Namibia, which will allow us to deploy a vessel to the region.”CEO of Nabirm, Olayinka Arowolo, commented: “We are pleased to be working with EMGS on this project; it is a significant opportunity for all our stakeholders as this will be the first survey of its kind in the region. We believe that EMGS’s proprietary technology will help us de-risk our prospects significantly.!Risk Based Solutions Namibia will assist with obtaining the required Environmental Clearance Certificate prior to the acquisition.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Thousands of Hoosiers Waiting for Green Light on “HIP 2.0”

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers are waiting on a decision that could change their lives.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are reviewing the state’s federal waiver request to use the existing Healthy Indiana Plan to help low-income residents access health insurance coverage without expanding traditional Medicaid.Caitlin Finnegan Priest, director of policy and communications for Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, says it would extend coverage to 350,000 low-income residents.“We know 59 percent of them work sometimes one, two, or more than two jobs but either don’t have coverage or can’t afford coverage at work,” she says. “These folks have oftentimes gone without insurance for a very long time and they may have a host of chronic conditions that need to get treated.”The current Healthy Indiana Plan program is for those between the ages of 19 and 64 with incomes up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level and caps the number of enrollees without dependents. The new proposal, HIP 2.0, expands the income eligibility to 138 percent of federal poverty level and will not cap the number of enrollees.Priest says they are hoping for speedy approval so those who have fallen into the coverage gap can finally access needed medical services.“Our grassroots enrollment folks have to turn away people who come to us looking for help finding something they qualify for and we have to tell them there’s nothing for them in the state of Indiana for affordable health coverage so we really want to make sure we get this approved as soon as possible,” she says.There is no timeline for a decision from the federal government, but Priest says it could come as early as the end of next month. If HIP 2.0 is not approved, the state will submit a request to preserve the current Health Indiana Plan for current enrollees. Waivers to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act were approved in Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

Cricket News Rohit Sharma Shouts Expletives At Cheteshwar Pujara, Social Media Explodes

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: When it comes to shouting expletives on the cricket field, one Indian cricket team player takes the cake. Virat Kohli, the skipper, is known to let out expletives whenever a wicket falls or when India are nearing a win. However, in the Vizag Test, this time it was not Kohli who was giving the expletives but Rohit Sharma. Having scored a century in the first innings, Rohit was on course to score back-to-back tons. However, there was one moment which caused social media to explode.When Rohit tapped Dane Piedt to backward point and looked to take a quick single, he was sent back by Cheteshwar Pujara, not known to be a quick runner. Rohit hastily turned back to return to his crease but as he made it, the stump microphone picked up the expletive by stating, “Pujji, bhaag B*********”. The audio visual captured on social media went viral. Even Ben Stokes tweeted stating, “This time it’s Rohit not Virat…if you know you know.” The incident that has taken place in Vizag on October 5 is actually not new. This comes nine years after the famous VVS Laxman and Pragyan Ojha meltdown during the Mohali Test between India and Australia. With Australia one wicket away from victory and India needing less than 10 runs, Laxman was the key. Battling a bad back, he scored a brave fifty and was getting India closer to the line. Suresh Raina was his runner and Ojha was at the non-striker’s end. Also Read | Rohit Sharma Becomes India’s Biggest Six-Hitting Monster Across All FormatsLaxman drove a full ball from Ben Hilfenhaus to mid on and Raina set off for the single. However, Ojha was not ready and he hastily sent Raina back. Laxman, normally gentle by nature, was fuming and he shouted expletives at Ojha which went viral at that time. The duo maintained their composure and India won the match by one wicket and went on to win the series 2-0.Also Read | Rohit Sharma Slams Centuries In Both Innings In Vizag Test, Creates RecordRohit blasted his second century in the match and joined an elite list of Indian players. With these two instances, October 5 should be rechristened as ‘Expletive Day’ in the Indian cricket team. In 2010, it was surprisingly Laxman. In 2019, surprisingly, it did not turn out to be Kohli.last_img read more

TP Mazembe take control of CAF Champions League final

first_imgTP Mazembe are in control of the CAF Champions League final after beating USM Alger 2-1 in the first leg, with both sides reduced to 10 men.Rainford Kalaba opened the scoring for the Congolese club but was shown a red card in first-half added time.USM Alger had Hocine El Orfi sent off for two bookable offences early in the second half.Mazembe had a great chance to double their lead but Mbwana Samatta was denied from the penalty spot by Mohamed Zemmamouche.But when the referee awarded Mazembe another spot kick a few minutes later, Samatta made amends and beat the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.Mohamed Seguer gave USM Alger hope by scoring a fine goal just before full-time. Ghana’s duo of Richard Kissi Boateng and Yaw Frimpong started for the Congolese sideThe second leg will take place on Sunday November 8.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. Catch the Caf Champions League second leg final live and exclusively on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more

Bidding for rare Shoeless Joe Jackson signature tops $20K in still-active auction

first_imgYou won’t find the “Shoeless” part on any of his signatures, though. Jackson hated that nickname, which originated from one game in Anderson, S.C., in 1908, when Jackson ditched a new pair of shoes that were hurting his feet. The document up for auction, though, probably isn’t the only time Jackson signed some sort of mortgage document. Joe and Katie Jackson were active participants in the Greenville real-estate market. “Katie, I think, was the original flip-this-house person,” Wallach said. “They bought probably 20 different homes in the Greenville area that they lived in over the years. Sometimes they lived there for less than a year. I don’t know if she was really flipping them, or because he was on the road all the time, or whatever. But he’d buy homes for his parents, for her families, and sell them. I think she’s the original flip-it person.” On the spectrum of baseball rarities, a signature from Shoeless Joe Jackson — the turn-of-the-century star who never learned to read or write — is high on the list. Jackson never spent a day in school, instead joining his father doing odd jobs at the Brandon Mill in his hometown of Greenville, S.C., as a child and taking the baseball path to stardom from the time he was barely a teenager. Jackson, who hit .408 for Cleveland in 1911 and was banned by baseball for his role — a highly disputed role — in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, did sign a few important documents along the way, though. One of those rare signatures is up for auction right now, with the bidding at Leland’s ending on Friday. It’s a signed mortgage voucher from 1916. At the time of this story’s publishing, the high bid is $20,886.MORE: Dear MLB teams: Please keep paying the playersHere’s a portion of the official item description. “This rarity is a Joe Jackson signed voucher of a mortgage payment made by the White Sox. It is dated February 28th, 1916 in Savannah, Ga and paid to the order of the Savannah Realty Investment Corporation and value received and charge the same to the account of Harry Grabiner, Secy. Chicago White Sox. This is a scarce piece of baseball history. It is in very good to excellent condition with two minor vertical folds and a tiny chip on the right edge. It has been authenticated and encapsulated by PSA/DNA.”I visited Greenville a few months ago to see how Shoeless Joe’s hometown views its most famous son — spoiler: The town still loves Joe! — and when I was there, I talked to Michael Wallach, the managing director of the Shoeless Joe Museum, about Jackson signatures, among many, many other topics. The museum owns Jackson’s will and has a blown-up picture of the will on display (the original is safely tucked away in a different location). “We know of only six legitimate, proven signatures. I personally believe there are a lot more,” Wallach told me. “The reason I think there are many more is because I can imagine times when somebody might have said, ‘Joe, give me the best you can.’ ”Mostly, though, he took another approach. “Because he couldn’t sign his name, he would sign his name like many people who couldn’t write back in those days, with an X,” Wallach said. “And then the person next to them would say, ‘I witness that X as being Joe’s legitimate signature.’ ”I reached out to Wallach to ask about the Leland’s item. The document, he said, is believed to be the real thing. The challenge with authenticating Jackson signatures, Wallach explained to me on my visit, is that because Jackson couldn’t write, he was basically trying to draw his name without any sort of writing muscle memory, which meant each time he wrote his name a different variation was produced. Jackson signed his will in 1950, and he died the next year. “For the will, he wanted to sign his real name,” Wallach said. “He was practicing with his wife, Katie. They got to the lawyer’s office like 20 minutes ahead of their scheduled time, and the lawyer gave them a large envelope, an 8 1/2 by 11 big envelope, for him to sign his name, and for 20 minutes they practiced his name. And then they threw the envelope out. Can you imagine what that envelope would be worth? I don’t think there’s anything in sports that would come close to the value of that envelope.”last_img read more

Olympia Gardening Expert Gives Tips On Successfully Growing Tomatoes In Our…

first_imgSubmitted by Mary Jo BuzaDid you know that at one time people were afraid to eat tomatoes?  Called ‘wolf pears’ tomatoes were scorned because it was thought that the red fruit was poisonous.  Lucky for us, some careless or perhaps fearless person decided to eat the tempting red fruit and lived!  Today, the tomato is a vegetable we consistently use in our kitchens. Could you image a summer salad without tomatoes?As much as we love tomatoes, growing them in the South Sound regions is a frustrating endeavor.  If the crop is not destroyed by the dreaded late tomato blight, our cool summer temperatures slow the ripening so much that your bumper crop of tomatoes are still green in September.I usually plant tomatoes in early June. But with the spectacular warm May, savvy gardeners got a jump on the weather and planted early with little risk of a late frost. Here are my secrets to growing tomatoes in the South Sound and attain the coveted ripe, red fruit.Tip #1 Grow the Crop under Clear Plastic: The best crop of tomatoes I have ever seen were grown on the south side of a house with an attached a wood frame for the plastic. The plastic increases the temperatures enough to ripen fruit and extends crop production long after the first frosts in September. The plastic will also keep the rain off which inhibits the late tomato blight.Tip #2 Use Soaker Hoses: Overhead watering promotes the dreaded late tomato blight.  The blight lives dormant in the soil waiting for contact with the leaves of your tomato plant. Tomatoes are infected when water splashing from the soil hits the leaves. The tiny drops of water carry fungal spores from the soil to the leaves.  Using soaker hoses eliminates this potential problem.  Another secret to growing tomatoes is to reduce the amount and frequency of watering once the fruit begins to ripen sometime in August.  This will hasten the ripening process.Tip#3 Stake Tomato Plants:  Why go to all the trouble to stake tomatoes?  There are several reasons. One, you can grow more tomatoes in a smaller space; plants can be set as little as 24 inches apart.  Second, the fruits tend to ripen earlier and are larger.  Third, the tomatoes have better air circulation which decreases disease problems. And lastly, growing tomatoes on stakes keeps them out the reach of slugsTomatoes are broken into two classifications: determinate and indeterminate. Tomatoes suitable for growing as a single vine are the indeterminate varieties. Determinate varieties are bushier and are not suitable for staking or trellising.  Indeterminate varieties grow more like a vine but require training.The ABC’s of Growing a Tomato Plants as a VinePlace the StakesIt may be hard to imagine that your puny four-inch tomato plant will need a stake, but don’t be misled. Once the plant sets fruit it will need a sturdy support.   A 2×2 wooden stake about eight feet long cut to a point at the bottom works best.  Some lumber yards will cut the points, but you will need to ask.To avoid root damage, place the stakes before you set out your transplants. Sink the stake about two feet into the ground.  This provides enough stability to prevent the plants from falling over when heavy with fruit.Tying the PlantsTying the plants is necessary because indeterminate tomatoes are not a true vine and have no way to support them. Any coarse twine will work.  Be careful not to tie the plants too tightly and cut into the stems.  You will be surprised at how fast your tomatoes grow.  I check and tie my plants about once a week.PruningThe concept of pruning tomato plants is baffling.  But a staked tomato is best grown as a single stem.  In each leaf axil, where the leaf stem joins the main stem, a lateral shoot will grow.  These lateral shoots need to be removed, before they grow longer than an inch or two.  I use my fingers to snap off the lateral shoots.  Fingers actually work better than pruners or a knife. I check and prune out lateral shoots once a week.PinchingOnce the plant has grown to the top of your stake, prune out the growing tip.  This will direct the plant’s energy into ripening the fruit.  This will accelerate the ripening process and increase the size of the fruit.Author Mary Jo Buza, is a landscape designer she has more than 25 years experience maintaining, designing, and teaching gardening in the South Sound region.  For more information on a custom landscape design or consultation call 923-1733. Check out her website: Facebook123Tweet0Pin8last_img read more

Do not lose muscle, the footballer’s challenge in confinement

first_imgThe objective of this control is especially “to maintain muscle mass and not gain a tier. The goal is to maintain an adequate body composition ”. One of the tasks is to adapt a menu for each player based on the parameters provided by the player. Roughly, “The recommendation is to reduce carbohydrates and increase protein, since there is less caloric expenditure.” Even, the coaching staff has given the players a list of home delivery companies so that they do not have to move from home and expose themselves to unnecessary risks, after eight players had tested positive (all are already cured) . The technical bodies have practically not stopped their activity. Especially those members whose work is less visible but just as momentous. Physical trainers, physiotherapists or nutritionists are in charge of this period of confinement so that players, who have already spent a month without stepping on a pitch, do not lose muscle and maintain an optimal physical state to return later with less risk of injury and more close to the previous competitive level.After Jaume Bartrés, physical trainer, explained how parrot players train at home, now Robert Bausells, the nutritionist, gives more details on how they try to prevent the loss of training from transforming into a muscle fall. “We do a daily monitoring with the players through an application. They have to send us the weight every day and the perception they have of fatigue after each training session ”, commented for the official channels of the blue and white club. Obviously, and associated with the deterioration of physical activity, diet tries to reduce physical loss, which on the other hand is inevitable: “We are trying to polish, but this break will affect muscle reduction and fat gain. When we return to the activity it will be seen ”.last_img read more

Tennis stars want names of match-fixers

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Around the world, players, commentators, and fans echoed the call of Roger Federer, who wants to know names of those suspected of match-fixing in a growing scandal that one ex-pro described as a “major wake-up call for the world of tennis”.Many called for clarity, saying that the public and players have a right to know who is suspected of cheating. Others warned that the match-fixing scandal has the potential to damage the reputation of tennis, just like doping or corruption scandals have hurt professional cycling, athletics, baseball, and soccer.Martina Navratilova, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, tweeted: “We need facts, not suppositions.”The scandal broke on Monday when the BBC and BuzzFeed News published reports – timed for the start of the Australian Open – alleging that tennis authorities have ignored widespread evidence of match-fixing involving 16 tennis players who have ranked in the top 50 over the past decade.BuzzFeed titled its story ‘The Tennis Racket’ and said that half of those 16, including a Grand Slam winner, were at this year’s Australian Open.”This really casts a very dark shadow on our sport right now,” Mary Jo Fernandez said on ESPN as part of a panel discussion yesterday on the controversy.”Hopefully, because the world is watching, something will be done about it. We need to flag who these players were,” said Fernandez, a three-time Grand Slam finalist, winner of two Grand Slam women’s doubles titles and two Olympic gold medals.Federer was among the first to demand more information: “I would love to hear names,” the Swiss star said on Monday at a post-match news conference. Referring specifically to the claim about a former Grand Slam winner, he asked, “Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which Slam? It’s so all over the place. It’s nonsense to answer something that is pure speculation.”His comments have resonated with those who say that not knowing leads to dangerous speculation.”This is turning into a witch hunt,” said Patrick McEnroe, a former French Open doubles champion and captain of the US Davis Cup team who was in Melbourne commentating.No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic was put on the spot yesterday at a post-match news conference, where a reporter told him that an Italian newspaper had just reported that he “wanted to lose” a match in Paris in 2007.”You can pick any match that you like that the top player lost and just create a story out of it,” Djokovic said.”This is now the main story in tennis, in the sports world. There’s going to be a lot of allegations,” he said, calling it “just speculation” and saying “it is not true”.GAMBLEDONHEAVILYUntil now, the average fan may have had little idea that tennis is one of the most gambled on sports in the world, with bookmakers actively taking bets mid-match. Between matches at the Australian Open, tennis experts have explained the mechanics of match-fixing, spelling out that it doesn’t necessarily mean throwing an entire match but could involve taking money just to double-fault or lose a set.”We in the tennis world have all heard the stories about this going on at the low levels. No one knew it was happening at the Grand Slams,” McEnroe said. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. This is a major, major wake-up call for the world of tennis.”The BBC and BuzzFeed report prompted an immediate news conference by tennis’ governing bodies on Monday in Melbourne Park, where representatives denied allegations that any evidence about match-fixing had been suppressed. Officials noted that the sport’s anti-corruption division, the Tennis Integrity Unit, has pursued 18 disciplinary cases that resulted in life bans from the sport for five players and one official. It was set up in 2008 after a surge of suspicious betting activity in tennis.last_img read more