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

Mikel Arteta confirms talks to keep Dani Ceballos at Arsenal next season

first_imgMikel Arteta confirms talks to keep Dani Ceballos at Arsenal next season Advertisement Advertisement Dani Ceballos is becoming a key player at Arsenal (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to keep loanee Dani Ceballos at the club and has confirmed that talks are ongoing with Real Madrid over the midfielder’s future.The 23-year-old has spent the season on loan in north London and has been growing in influence at the club, especially since the arrival of Arteta as manager in December.Ceballos has made 14 Premier League starts for the Gunners, four of which have come since the restart in June, including all three of Arsenal’s recent wins without conceding a goal.Arteta is thoroughly impressed with his countryman’s development, commitment, passion and influence, so much so that he wants to keep him around for longer than just one season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Yeah, we are talking to the club, obviously we don’t own the player,’ said the Gunners boss. ‘He’s not in our hands so the clubs will need to have a communication and see what we can do.‘I’m really happy with him, the way he’s evolving and I love how much he likes to play football – the passion he puts into every training session, and in every game, you just have to see his celebrations.‘Whether he’s on the pitch or on the bench, the way he celebrates shows how much he puts in and he throws his life into it.‘And again I’m really happy with him, I think he’s evolving in the right way and he’s becoming a really important player for us.’ Arteta is keen to keep working with Ceballos (Picture: CameraSport/Getty Images)Ceballos has not scored a Premier League goal as yet, but he netted the winner in the FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United last month, securing a semi-final clash with Manchester City.What deal could be done to keep him at Arsenal is unclear, as he has previously stated his ambition to return to Real Madrid and fight for his place there.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnother loan contract could be the answer, while Arteta says that swap deals are likely to be more prevalent this summer than usual, although whether Real would want any Arsenal players is very questionable.‘We have to be open to different situations as you mentioned,’ said Arteta.‘And I think the market will give us the opportunity to do certain deals like this, but at the moment I cannot comment on any of that.’Arsenal are looking to continue the run of form that has seen them pick up three straight Premier League wins over Southampton, Norwich and Wolves when they meet Leicester at the Emirates on Tuesday night.MORE: Arsenal make U-turn in discussions with Saint-Etienne after ‘angering’ William SalibaMORE: Mikel Arteta bans Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal first team training after Edu meetingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 10:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShareslast_img read more

Tunnel still afloat

first_imgEUROTUNNEL’S efforts to drum up support from shareholders for the complex financial restructuring intended to make its £8·5bn debt more manageable were rewarded at an extraordinary general meeting on July 10 in Paris. After 6 h of debate, the resolutions needed to approve the restructuring were passed by a majority of 98%.Several groups of shareholders had threatened to vote against the plans, thereby risking a collapse of the whole Eurotunnel edifice. Among factors which persuaded the rebels to volte-face was an agreement in principle on July 1 by the French and British governments to extend Eurotunnel’s concession from 65 to ’at least 99 years’. Conditions attached to this were that the banks and shareholders endorsed the restructuring, that the governments shared profits with Eurotunnel after 2052, and that both sides should seek agreement ’on ways and means to increase railfreight traffic through the Channel Tunnel and beyond.’Eurotunnel must now secure the support of its 174 creditor banks. olast_img read more

There is strong belief in the DC side: Ricky Ponting

first_imgSHERFANE Rutherford and Axar Patel shared a crucial unbeaten stand of 46 while the bowlers held their nerves as Delhi Capitals (DC) overcame Royal Challengers Bangalore to chart their way to the playoffs for the first time in the IPL since 2012.Ricky Ponting, the head coach, observed that there is a strong belief in the camp with DC now perched at the top of the points table with 16.After a string of poor performances over a period of time, DC tried to revamp the side with Shreyas Iyer being named the captain and Ponting taking over the coaching role. “We’ve probably done it the hard way tonight, but the boys are really starting to believe in themselves, they are trusting one another, and playing some good cricket. So all in all, we are pretty happy with where we’re at,” said Ponting on Sunday (April 29).“You want to be peaking at the right time, so for us to bounce back after a five-day break and win tonight was a really good thing,” he noted. “We go to Chennai now, which is a hard place for anybody to win, so that’s a great challenge for us. To the boys’ credit, we haven’t really talked about where we are on the table, just getting as well-prepared and planning as well as we can for the next challenge. So yeah, we’ve qualified, that’s really great, but two big games to go, and the target now will be to finish one or two.”Meanwhile, the loss ended the practicality around Bangalore’s progression to the next phase, although they are still in with an outside chance. The franchise had a poor start to the season but rebounded nicely, winning four out of five games only for their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs being engulfed in smoke after losing to Delhi.Virat Kohli, the Bangalore skipper, noted that they could have restricted Delhi to a score of around 160. He also pointed out that during crunch moments of the game, the home side played better. “Even after losing the toss, the way we bowled was really nice, we showed a lot of character. But then the game got away from us at the end a little bit. We were thinking 160-165, but 185-plus on that sort of a pitch with three spinners was always going to be tough. But we still showed a lot of character.“In the crunch moments, I think Delhi played better than us. That’s why they got the result they did. But yeah, with the bat we started off really well, PP [Parthiv Patel] was outstanding, then I got going, but then me and AB [de Villiers] getting out to balls that you don’t get out to… so, yeah, that’s how the game goes sometimes, and those little moments can be big at the end of the game.”(Cricbuzz)last_img read more

Collins returns to the net as USC goes 1-1 on the weekend

first_imgWashington is by no means a weak team. The Huskies have beaten a number of ranked opponents — including Cal, Arizona and TCU — and are likely to be ranked after their win over the Trojans. They have also competed in close games against powerhouses like UNC and UCLA.   McKeown netted 2 goals in the first half to achieve her fourth brace of the season. Her first goal came less than five minutes into the game, and she followed with another less than 15 minutes later. Hocking scored the lone goal of the second half off a long assist from redshirt junior forward Samantha Bruder to ice the game for the Trojans.   The Trojans dominated the Cougars offensively, putting up 17 shots, nine of which were on goal. Once again, it was forwards junior Tara McKeown and sophomore Penelope Hocking who were able to find the back of the net. This loss will be particularly costly for the Trojans going forward, as USC and Washington were tied for second in the conference rankings entering the game. Now sitting at 5-3 in the conference, the Trojans can afford no more mistakes.   “Every team in our conference is a tough opponent,” McAlpine said. “If you show up and you don’t bring the proper energy and intensity to the game, then you can get beat.”   Following its second conference defeat against Cal, No. 7 USC women’s soccer bounced back with a decisive 3-0 win over No. 19 Washington State Thursday before losing momentum in a 2-0 loss to Washington Sunday. The Washington defense shut out the Trojans and turned defense into offense for their 2 goals on the day. Although USC put up 13 shots compared to six for Washington, the Huskies’ senior goalie Siena Ruelas remained strong in the net, saving all nine shots on goal. Meanwhile, Collins only posted one save.  Washington’s experience against stronger opponents appeared to pay off, as the Trojans’ offense was unable to find the back of the net.   Although beating WSU was an important victory, USC was unable to replicate its performance against the Cougars’      in-state neighbors. The Trojans’                  2-0 defeat marked their third Pac-12 loss and second home defeat of the season.   The WSU game was also          redshirt  junior goalkeeper Kaylie Collins’ first start since August. Collins made three saves and notched her third shutout on the year in only five games. Washington scored off a long assist that left Collins in a tough one-on-one situation as well as a long free kick that soared out of Collins’ reach and hit the upper left corner.   “Washington did a much better job organizationally with their defending and their back line than did Washington State,” McAlpine said. “I also thought we didn’t catch the breaks … with every blocked shot, with every miss, they gained energy and we lost it, and so I thought that was a big part of the problem today.”   “I thought we were very disconnected from the opening whistle,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “I give a lot of credit to the Huskies. They did what they planned to do. We didn’t execute well … and they capitalized [on that].”   Sophomore forward Penelope Hocking fends off a Washington defender. Hocking and the Trojan offense were shut out by the Huskies. (James Wolfe / Daily Trojan) USC will travel north to face both Oregon and Oregon State this weekend before returning to Los Angeles for its final regular season game against crosstown rival UCLA.last_img read more

STILL A FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR DONEGAL DOUBLE-HEADER AT O’DONNELL PARK

first_imgTHERE are still a few hundred tickets left for the Donegal hurling and football double header at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny tomorrow.Donegal’s hurlers take on Down in the Division 2B clash at 1.15pm followed by Donegal’s footballers v Down at 3pm in the Division 1 clash.It promises to be a special atmosphere at O’Donnell Park with a capacity 8,000 crowd expected. The following is information issued by Donegal GAA PRO today:Allianz Hurling League Division 2B Donegal v Down 1.15pmAllianz Football League Division 1 Donegal v Roscommon 3.00pmDate Sunday 13/03/2016Stiles Open 12.30pmTicket Information.Event is all ticket. You must have a ticket to gain access to the grounds.Tickets are available to purchase from your local Supervalu & Centra stores.Pre Purchase Prices.Adult €10Senior/Student €10Juvenile U16. €5Patrons travelling to O’Donnell Park.Patrons are asked to arrive early as a large crowd is expected. Patrons attending at the O’Donnell Park are requested to respect residents by behaving in an appropriate manner when going to and departing the stadium. Issues such as illegal parking, anti social behaviour, drinking and urinating in public cause difficulties and will not be tolerated by Gardai. Patrons are asked to desist from such behaviour. Gardai & Stewards will be available to assist in all areas throughout the event.Patrons travelling from South Donegal & Roscommon should allow extra travel time due to roadworks on the N15 between Donegal Town & Ballybofey.SeatingNo Reserved Seating. Seating is on a first come first served basis. The GAA Season Ticket/Club+ Card allows the holder access to the grounds via the designated stiles. As the seating is unreserved holders of GAA Season Tickets/Club+ Cards are not guaranteed a seat in the stand.Vehicular access to O’Donnell Park.A Garda Cordon may be in effect on the road that lead to O’Donnell Park. Only accredited vehicles will be permitted to pass by this cordon. All vehicles will be checked for accreditation prior to entry to the ground. No spectator parking within the St.Eunan’s grounds.Special Needs Parking:There are 20 disabled parking spaces in the O’Donnell Park car park which can only be accessed on production of the disabled blue badge.. Patrons using this facility should be in the grounds at least 2 hours prior to the event starting or admittance cannot be guaranteed.Parking;There is no spectator parking within the St.Eunan’s grounds. Patrons are advised to utilise car parks in the town & avail of the shuttle bus service to and from the grounds.Drivers should be aware that illegally or improperly parked vehicles have the potential to cause traffic disruption and obstruction to emergency vehicles that may need to access O’Donnell Park. Tow Wagons will be in operation during the event and offending vehicles will be removed. Bus & Coach InformationThere are no specific bus or coach parking areas around the grounds. Coaches must not be parked in a manner which could lead to disruption. Coach Operators are advised to drop their passengers and have a clear plan in place to pick up their passengers after the event.Safety InformationVehicles parked inside the grounds will not be allowed depart the ground for 30 minutes after the event is over in the interest of health & safety.In order to ensure crowd safety and ease of movement patrons should comply with the instructions of Gardai and stewards during entry & departure of the stadium. These Gardai & stewards will be available to assist in all areas.STILL A FEW TICKETS LEFT FOR DONEGAL DOUBLE-HEADER AT O’DONNELL PARK was last modified: March 12th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donega;donegalDouble-headerDownroscommonlast_img read more