WHO raises global virus risk to maximum level

first_imgChina hopeStill, signs in China offered hope that the outbreak could be contained.China reported 44 more deaths on Friday, raising its toll to 2,788, with 327 new cases — the lowest daily figure for new infections in more than a month.The virus has mostly killed the elderly or people with pre-existing health conditions.South Korea also now has the most cases outside China, with more than 2,000 infections and 13 deaths.The virus has had wide-ranging impact, even forcing K-pop megastars BTS to cancel four Seoul concerts scheduled for April. But it is its rapid spread to new zones that has authorities concerned — in the past 24 hours, it has affected nine new countries, from Azerbaijan to Mexico to New Zealand.”We have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters.”We do not see evidence as yet that the virus is spreading freely in communities. As long as that’s the case, we still have a chance of containing this virus.”Global investors nevertheless ran scared, with world markets suffering their worst week since the 2008 financial crisis. British cruise ship passenger diesIn Japan, the health ministry said a British man who was on board a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo had died. More than 700 others on the ship have tested positive.The governor of Japan’s rural northern island of Hokkaido urged people to stay at home this weekend in a desperate effort to contain the outbreak.In Europe, the largest epicenter is Italy with 650 cases and 17 deaths — mostly in cities in the north.Wide-ranging measures to halt the spread of the virus have affected tens of millions of people in northern Italy, with schools closed and cultural and sporting events cancelled.Experts said the virus had probably “circulated unnoticed for several weeks” before the first confirmed cases — possibly since January. Schools closed, events cancelled The coronavirus crisis is affecting everything from global production to schools to sporting events, with FIFA warning Friday that international football matches could be postponed.Several companies have said they expect the virus to hit their earnings because of weaker demand.Oil prices also slipped again, with Brent oil for April delivery sinking as low as $50.05 a barrel.Analysts have warned that China, the world’s second-largest economy, will see a major cut in growth this quarter as the country remains largely paralyzed by quarantines and containment measures. The chair of the US Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, said the central bank stood at the ready to intervene if needed, given the “evolving” risks to the world’s largest economy posed by the deadly outbreak.New drastic measures were put in place: Switzerland cancelled all gatherings of more than 1,000 people, and Saudi Arabia banned Gulf citizens from its holy cities of Mecca and Medina.”This is not a time for panic. It is time to be prepared — fully prepared,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.center_img Topics : ‘Struggling with containment’ Those efforts come as the number of deaths and new infections has been tapering off in China, following unprecedented quarantine efforts locking down tens of millions of people in the worst-hit cities. But infections elsewhere have started to surge, with Iran, Italy and South Korea becoming the major new hotspots and cases being confirmed in around 50 countries.”We see a number of countries struggling with containment,” said Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s health emergencies program.The WHO has voiced particular concern about Africa’s preparedness, warning that the continent’s health care systems were ill-equipped to respond to a COVID-19 epidemic.Cases had previously been reported in Egypt and Algeria, but not in the sub-Saharan region until Friday when Nigeria reported its first case: an Italian man in densely populated Lagos.In Iran, unnamed health system sources told the BBC that at least 210 people had died of the coronavirus — far beyond the official death toll of 34, but a health ministry spokesman angrily denied that figure. The World Health Organization on Friday raised its global risk assessment of the new coronavirus to its highest level after the epidemic spread to sub-Saharan Africa and financial markets slumped.The virus has proliferated around the globe over the past week, emerging on every continent except Antarctica, prompting many governments and businesses to try to stop people from travelling or gathering in crowded places.It has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 84,000 worldwide — the vast majority in China — since it emerged apparently from an animal market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late December.last_img read more

UFC president Dana White promises ‘incredible things’ after signing seven-year extension

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year Dana White confirmed Monday that he has signed a seven-year extension to stay on as UFC president.The announcement comes off the back of news the same day that, starting next month with UFC 236, all pay-per-view events will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+ for the next seven years. UFC and ESPN also extended their distribution agreement to 2025, which would be within White’s newly-extended arrangement.White, 49, also said that Ari Emanuel, the CEO of UFC’s parent company Endeavour, has signed a similar contract and said that they cannot wait to get to work.”It’s incredible for the fans.” @MeganOlivi sits down with @DanaWhite to discuss the @ESPN extension, exclusive PPV rights on ESPN+, McGregor’s return, Khabib, Diaz and more.Full interview: https://t.co/qfmnkQlcwj pic.twitter.com/4p9IC8TAAe— UFC (@ufc) March 18, 2019″Between us and ESPN, there’s never been a better time to be a fan,” White said. “With ESPN, we had a five-year deal with them. Now we have a seven-year deal, and Ari Emanuel and I signed a seven-year deal, too. We’re here for seven years, ESPN is here for seven years, and the incredible things we’re going to work on – I can’t tell you how excited I am for this stuff. I do what I do over here, I have the vision where the sport’s going to go. Ari can get anyone on the phone and can raise money like this.”last_img read more

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first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Sherry Rains · 303 weeks ago Estate Sale 502 North A )ctober 25 from 9-5:00 Vintage vinegar cruets; oil lamps; clocks; porcelain birds; oak kitchen table & chairs; living & bed room furniture; fishing gear; hand & power tools and misc. household Report Reply 1 reply · active 303 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down swimmers · 303 weeks ago Where is 502 North A ? Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Sherry Rains · 303 weeks ago Tracy, The correct address is 502 North F THANKS, Sherry Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sherry Rains · 303 weeks ago Estate Sale 502 North F October 25 9-5:00 Lots of nice L & XL ladies blouses added this evening to the sale listed above along with shoes and other clothing wear Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Joan · 302 weeks ago Garage Sale 1418 North Poplar on Saturday Oct. 25th Garden tools, lawn chairs, humidifier, tools, weed eater, leaf blower, exercise bike ice cream freezer. Lots of miscellaneous. Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Sharon · 302 weeks ago Garage Sale 1414 N Poplar Saturday, October 25th 9 to ? Lots of misc. Roof trusses from a 10×10 shed; small kennel (6 months old, paid $300 asking $200); books and magazines, dishes, toys, Broyhill coffee table, and much more. Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sharon · 302 weeks ago Also two old 22 rifles with scopes for sale at the 1414 N Poplar sale. Thanks! Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Sharon · 302 weeks ago The little girl who bought the coat at our sale left her money here. 1414 N Poplar Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

“Federer and Nadal did not agree with the manifesto promoted by Djokovic”

first_imgVasek Pospisil acknowledged in an interview on TNS the difficulties that existed in the circuit to help help to the gamers with the lowest rating. ANDThe Canadian acknowledged that the majority of tennis gamers supported this resolution, however that gamers like Nadal and Federer did not vote in favor. “Novak had the thought and about 80 Prime-100 tennis gamers signed the letter and 12 of the Prime-20 additionally signed however when Roger and Rafa’s flip got here they had been not in favor. They needed to go with themselves and speak to the Grand Slam and That goes in opposition to the essence of what we try to do. It’s unhappy as a result of I’ve had nice talks with Roger, he is a good man who helps the idea and who agrees on many different issues however who did not help our present motion. That stopped him a bit however in the finish the opinion of the majority counts greater than that of two tennis gamers. “Pospisil additionally highlighted the good attunement and affect that the three gamers have on the ATP Gamers Council. “I not too long ago informed somebody that in one in all the conferences I had Novak on my left and Roger on my proper and Nadal by his aspect and it was wonderful to be in the center of the three. When it comes to how the council works, it’s attention-grabbing as a result of you recognize that there are three very influential characters, very sturdy and with totally different opinions, however we work very effectively collectively. I used to be impressed by how Djokovic cares about the remainder of the gamers and low rating gamers and I don’t know if it’s the place he comes from or how he has grown, as a result of his household went by arduous instances when he was a toddler. I’ve a whole lot of respect for him. The presence of Roger, Rafa and Novak is necessary as a result of they’ve a whole lot of weight and assist our sport lots. After they agree on the identical problem, there isn’t any dialogue. When three of them resolve that one thing needs to be accomplished a method, it is extremely troublesome for there to be any sort of veto. “ The Canadian additionally mentioned the thought of ​​uniting the ATP and WTA circuits and despatched a message to Nick Kyrgios. “We have now a brand new boss at ATP and he has informed us that he has a brand new imaginative and prescient for skilled tennis. EWe’re doing some research and taking a look at knowledge and you recognize that tennis can do higher from a brand new posture with everybody round. We’re very fragmented, there are a number of conflicts of curiosity and totally different governments and every match acts in its personal means and they do not notice the best way to enhance the potential of tennis, so I feel they’ve had an excellent imaginative and prescient and if their plan is realized they’ll have a much bigger development in the sport and make it extra profitable. There have been gamers who’ve given their opinion with out having info as a result of they really feel that they’re saying one thing like Kyrgios, however I feel that there’s no one to provide their opinion once they have already needed to hearken to some issues and you haven’t been diligent, I’ve no downside telling you. “Pospisil additionally highlighted the significance of an excellent relationship between gamers and tournaments. “After all. Tennis wants massive adjustments. After 20 years I opened my eyes to see what number of issues there are in tennis and I requested myself why we had been not capable of change it having a lot relevance and to argue that with out tennis gamers there isn’t any tennis. HI’ve heard that we do nothing, that tournaments do what they need and it’s as if it had been a enterprise settlement, tournaments want us and vice versa. You solely have 100 tennis gamers on the ATP Tour who reside effectively in a sport that generates billions of {dollars}, it’s one thing now we have to arrange to vary it. Step one is that we’re all united and the second is that we examine what we have to change. Tennis is a really worldwide sport and becoming a member of is troublesome, however we’re seeing the gentle at the finish of the tunnel. “last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe new LEICA V-LUX 20 compact camera is the perfect companion for any photographic event. Ready to capture any and all memories from backyard birthday parties to exotic excursions, the V-LUX 20 is equipped with 12.1 mega pixels, a high performance Leica 12x zoom lens plus GPS tagging and HD movie recording.As the first Leica camera to feature GPS tagging, the V-LUX 20’s innovative tracking system allows photographers to record the exact geographical coordinates of their location (in the Exif data of each photo) automatically, as well as the local time for every shot, ensuring the user always has a useful and accurate record of their trip. In addition, the V-LUX 20 can display the names of interesting sightseeing locations from a total of 500,000 ‘points of interest’ across 73 countries.The built-in GPS feature also makes archiving and organizing photos quick and easy, during or after a trip. Furthermore, for photographers posting images on social networks, image portals or map sites such as Google Maps or Google Earth, the data automatically reveals exactly when and where the photos were taken.*For those who want to make movies as well as still images, the V-LUX 20 enables movie recording in HD quality. Its intelligent automatic features, such as face recognition, automatic scene modes and smart exposure, are all available in movie mode, together with the camera’s zoom functions.The V-LUX 20’s generous three inch LCD display has a resolution of 460,000 pixels, and offers an extremely bright, sharp view for precise composition and framing of shots, as well as accurate quality control for captured shots in playback mode.www.leica-camera.comlast_img read more