English lockdown might have reduced COVID-19 infections more than thought: Scientists

first_imgThe reproductive number of COVID-19 in England may been lower than previously thought in May, research published by British scientists said on Wednesday, suggesting the government’s COVID-19 lockdown worked to reduce infection rates.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson first eased England’s lockdown on June 1, and has since re-opened more of the economy.The research showed the rates of infection fell during May, the last month of full lockdown, halving every eight to nine days. The research also found that young adults were more likely to test positive than other age groups, indicating the need for them to follow social distancing even if their symptoms are often less severe than for older people.It also said that people of Asian ethnicity were more likely to test positive, which might account for higher death rates in that group.A separate pre-print study of a pilot test-and-trace scheme on the Isle of Wight found that it had reduced total incidence of infections and the R number faster than in other areas of the UK. Topics :center_img The study – which is a “pre-print”, meaning it has yet to be peer-reviewed – found there were on average 13 positive cases for every 10,000 people, with an overall reproduction number of 0.57.That is lower than the government’s official figures for that time, estimating a so-called “R” number of 0.7-0.9 when lockdown was eased. An R number of less than 1 indicates an epidemic is shrinking.”Our level of adherence in the UK, and the overall average behavior was very effective at reducing transmission of the virus,” Steven Riley, Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics, Imperial College London, told reporters.Over 120,000 volunteers were tested as part of the study, which health minister Matt Hancock said showed the government took the “right actions at the right time”.last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, January 8 – January 14, 2017

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf was joined by members of his administration and the General Assembly to announce that Pennsylvania received a $25 million federal investment to improve rural healthcare and hospitals.Governor Wolf and PennDOT also announced that $33 million in federal funds were made available to improve 51 alternative transportation projects across the Commonwealth.Combatting the opioid epidemic is a top priority for the governor. This week, he was able to tour and host roundtable discussions at Centers of Excellence in Bethlehem and Connellsville.Governor Wolf continued his “Jobs that Pay” tour at Jyoti Natural Foods in Sharon Hill. He also made several job creation and business expansion announcements for Allegheny and Delaware counties, Indiana County, and Luzerne County.Governor Wolf’s Week, January 8 – January 14, 2017Monday, 1/9/17On “Jobs that Pay” Tour, Governor Wolf Visits Jyoti Natural Foods in Sharon HillGovernor Wolf Highlights Importance of Career, Technical Education at PA FFA Mid-Winter Convention during 101st PA Farm ShowTuesday, 1/10/17Ahead of Future Winter Storms, Governor Wolf PennDOT Stress Safety, PreparednessGovernor Wolf Announces 51 PennDOT Projects Statewide to Improve Transportation AlternativesGovernor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Luzerne County with Establishment of American Paper Bag FacilityGovernor Wolf Announces Creation of 392 New Jobs in Allegheny and Delaware Counties with Expansion of SAPWednesday, 1/11/17In Bethlehem, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable to Discuss State Efforts to Battle Opioid EpidemicThursday, 1/12/17Governor Wolf, Treasurer Reese Consolidate Investments to Cut Millions in Wall Street FeesGovernor Wolf Announces $25 Million Federal Investment in Pennsylvania’s Rural Health SystemGovernor Wolf Announces Business Fee Exemptions for Military Veterans and ReservistsFriday, 1/13/17In Connellsville, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable to Discuss State Efforts to Battle Opioid EpidemicGovenror Wolf Announces New Jobs with Expansion of Core-Mark Holding International in Luzerne CountyGovernor Wolf Announces 50 New Jobs with Gordon Sinclair Expansion in Indiana CountyGovernor Wolf Congratulates Pittsburgh-Based American Robotics, Inc. for U.S. Department of Defense Designation as a New Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation HubHighlights from The BlogFour Ways Governor Tom Wolf is Cutting Costs and Streamlining GovernmentWATCH: How to Save a Life with NaloxoneHow Pennsylvania Will Fight to Protect Health Insurance and Treatment for Substance Use DisordersGovernor Wolf and PennDOT Announce Funding for 51 Alternative Transportation Projects (Round-Up)Governor Wolf and Treasurer Reese Announce Cuts in Wall Street Fees by Consolidating Investments (Round-Up)Highlights from TwitterHere in PA, I will never sign any bill that forces women to undergo unnecessary, intrusive medical procedures. -TW https://t.co/QUo9hFhxxB— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 10, 2017 By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant Medicaid Expansion has given 63,000 in PA access to addiction treatment. We can’t allow them or any PA’ians to undergo a lapse in care. https://t.co/ue83wKF9B1— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 12, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 13, 2017 Governor Wolf’s Week, January 8 – January 14, 2017last_img read more

Pope Francis Against Gay Adoption

first_imgCNS News 21 May 2014Although Pope Francis was praised for his “who am I to judge?” comment about gay individuals and was named Person of the Year by the homosexual magazine The Advocate in 2013, the Pope has rejected the idea of same-sex marriage as an “anthropological regression” and stressed that  when it comes to adoption, “every person needs a male father and a female mother.”Pope Francis explained his views on these hot-button issues in his book, On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century, which he co-wrote with Rabbi Abraham Skorka in 2010 and which was republished after the then-Argentine cardinal was elected to the papacy in March 2013.The book is a dialogue between Skorka and the future Pope and includes a chapter on same-sex marriage, which is where the pontiff also talks about adoption.Skorka first explains that Judaism “prohibits sexual relations between two men” and then expresses worry about how a proposed gay-marriage law in Argentina could change “the core values of our society.”Pope Francis (then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio) says, “I have the exact  same opinion; in order to define it I would use the expression  ‘anthropologic regression,’ a weakening of the [marriage] institution  that is thousands of years old and that was forged according to nature  and anthropology.”http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/pope-francis-against-gay-adoption-every-person-needs-male-father-andlast_img read more

Wolves see opening offer rejected for in-demand Arsenal youngster

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka TrumpYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketRobert Pattinson Showed The GQ Magazine What Quarantining MeansWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic Wolves are expected to return with an improved bid, with a four-year deal in the offing. They may have to act fast though, with bids from elsewhere thought to be imminent. In other news, Roma are willing to part ways with midfielder Amadou Diawara in the current transfer window. read also:Europa League: Sevilla set up Man Utd semi-final after Wolves win The Guinean moved to the Stadio Olimpico last summer but injuries have halted his progress. Officials at the Italian side now appear to have lost confidence in the 23-year-old and are willing to cash in. That could be a boost for Arsenal, who have been linked with the former Napoli man on several occasions. It is claimed Roma would be willing to accept a cash sum or player swap in order to get him off their books. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Wolves have seen their opening offer for Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles rejected, according to a report in the Metro. Maitland-Niles is believed to be the subject of interest from a number of clubs after his Arsenal future became unclear. Mikel Arteta is a fan of the 22-year-old, as proven by starting him in the FA Cup final success over Chelsea. However, Gunners chiefs have placed him on the transfer list as they look to raise funds this summer. That led to the likes of Tottenham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace weighing up offers for the promising Englishman. Two German clubs are also understood to be keen. But it’s Wolves who have made the first move, with Nuno Espirito Santo looking to add depth to his squad. A long-term injury to Jonny Otto has left him in need of reinforcements. In Maitland-Niles, he would be getting a player who has already played 100 senior games and won three FA Cups. Their bid has been unsuccessful though, with the report stating that their offer of under £20million was not enough to persuade Arsenal into doing business. Previous stories suggest that £20million is the minimum amount the Gunners want for Maitland-Niles.Advertisementlast_img read more

Serena Williams stuns in Nigerian designed outfit

first_imgRelatedPosts Serena pulls out of Italian Open Serena heads to French Open with time running out for number 24 Serena dumped out of US Open Tennis star, Serena Williams, stunned fans with a black sleeveless Kimono jacket by a Nigerian designer, Jane Michael Ekanem The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the jacket was part of her fashion ensemble for the cover of Essence Magazine’s latest issue. Essence is a popular monthly magazine for African-American women. It was first published in 1970. Ekanem is a popular Nigerian fashion designer who has styled Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage and other celebrities. Serena paired the Kimono with a floor-length skirt, white shirt, and strappy heels and has raved about how much she loves the design. According to Ekanem, the Kimono represents light and energy, which Serena is known for globally. The kimono featured inked artwork on the lapels by Laolu Senbajo, another Nigerian designer, was also responsible for Serena’s face art on the magazine cover. Laolu, who is a popular name in the international fashion scene, is also a renowned face artist. He has worked with notable brands like Nike, Bvlgari, Beyoncé and most recently a Grace Jones-inspired bodysuit for Hollywood actress, Taraji P. Henson. In the cover feature interview, Serena spoke about her take on the fashion world following the launch of her own fashion line “Serena” in 2018. Reacting to the cover, an excited Ekanem on Instagram: @janemichaelekanem, appreciated Serena for rocking the designs. She wrote: “About this same time 4 years ago, I posted a video of Serena Williams of how she said ‘I want other people to be like me’ when she was asked who she would like to be like. “It’s not far fetched from mine as I always tell people I want to be a better version of myself. “Today, at this same period, I have my piece worn by @serenawilliams, one of the most powerful and most accomplished women in the world wear my Kimono piece. “(The piece was) tailored and made here in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria in a global magazine, @essence, in a global fashion edition. “No matter who you are and where you are, when your time is here, your universe will come for you. Keep at what you are doing. Do good relentlessly. “I am just that young black girl who is trying to keep the dreams alive. And as @lupitanyongo would say ‘your dreams are still valid’. “I have never doubted my journey even though sometimes I got angry and impatient. “My life is a work in progress and I will trust the process. A huge thanks to @laolunyc for being the bridge. The art you put on the lapel made it even more attractive. “The kimono was inspired from the #EnergyGod kimono made by @janemichaelcollection for @do2dtun during his photoshoot. The Kimono symbolizes energy and light.” NAN reports that the outfit is the latest design in the Jane Ekanem’s eponymous brand collection. Tags: Essence MagazineJane Michael EkanemKimonoLaolu SenbajoSerena WilliamsTiwa Savageyemi aladelast_img read more

ICC World Cup Chennai Super Kings official breaks silence on MS Dhoni’s participation in IPL 2020

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Chennai Super Kings finished as runner ups in IPL 2019. MS Dhoni has been the most successful captain in history of IPL. Chennai Super Kings has won two titles.  highlightscenter_img New Delhi: After a defeat against New Zealand in semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019, the men-in-blue are set to travel West Indies for a full series. The participation of Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah looks unclear. However, MS Dhoni’s inclusion still surrounds some questions. With fans eagerly waiting for Dhoni to come out and shut his critics, the Chennai Super Kings official came with a delightful statement for MS Dhoni’s fans. Amidst all the retirement speculation, MS Dhoni is set to lead the CSK in the IPL 2020 as well. A top franchise official confirmed the news while speaking to Mumbai Mirror. “Whatever may be the speculation, he will play for us next year,” he said. This comes as a  news to be heard for the Indian fans as they haven’t seen the end of the legendary cricketer yet.ALSO READ: BCCI official confirms MS Dhoni’s retirement news: ReportsMS Dhoni though is most likely to call it a day as far as his international career is concerned. According to the reports, he is unlikely to be the part of the squad for the upcoming West Indies tour where Team India will play three T20Is, as many ODIs and a couple of Test matches. The likes of Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are also likely to be rested for the tour while a full strength team will be picked for the Test series.Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s men are stuck in Manchester due to unavailability to tickets. Virat mentioned in the press conference that he doesn’t have any idea about Dhoni’s retirement plans. last_img read more

C. Michigan looks to extend streak vs W. Michigan

first_imgVARYING EXPERIENCE: Central Michigan has been fueled by senior leadership this year while Western Michigan has depended on freshmen. Seniors Kevin McKay, David DiLeo, Dallas Morgan and Rob Montgomery have collectively accounted for 64 percent of Central Michigan’s scoring this season and 69 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. On the other side, freshmen Brandon Johnson, B. Artis White and Titus Wright have collectively scored 41 percent of the team’s points this year and have accounted for 55 percent of all Broncos points over their last five.JUMPING FOR JOHNSON: Johnson has connected on 32.3 percent of the 62 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 6 of 7 over the last three games. He’s also converted 73.4 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Central Michigan is 0-8 this year when it scores 67 points or fewer and 13-9 when it scores at least 68.COMING UP SHORT: Western Michigan has dropped its last three road games, scoring 57.7 points and allowing 71 points during those contests. Central Michigan has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 72.7 points while giving up 82.DID YOU KNOW: The Central Michigan offense has scored 78.5 points per game this season, ranking the Chippewas 23rd nationally. The Western Michigan defense has allowed 71.5 points per game to opponents (ranked 210th).___ Associated Press March 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWestern Michigan (13-17, 6-11) vs. Central Michigan (13-17, 6-11)McGuirk Arena, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Central Michigan looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Western Michigan. In its last five wins against the Broncos, Central Michigan has won by an average of 12 points. Western Michigan’s last win in the series came on Feb. 20, 2018, an 83-81 victory.center_img For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com C. Michigan looks to extend streak vs W. Michiganlast_img read more

Banks DIH Rainforest Water to hydrate COURTS 10K Road Race

first_imgBANKS DIH, under its Rainforest Water brand yesterday aligned itself once again with the annual COURTS 10K Road Race, which is set for this Sunday, September 15. Considered as one of the most anticipated events on the AAG’s calendar, the event involves athletes from gyms and clubs across the country, competing for cash prizes, trophies and medals.The 10K race will commence at the COURTS Main Street store at 06:00hrs. Staff will participate in a 3K race as the company continues to encourage staff towards living a healthy lifestyle.Last year, it was not business as usual at the office for Cleveland Forde, Guyana’s leading distance athlete, and for the first time in the eight-year-old COURTS 10K road race, the man known as the ‘little Kenyan’ did not cross the finish line first, thanks to a sensational run by Winston Missigher.With $100 000 on the line, Missigher out-sprinted Forde to cross the line in a time of 33 minutes 29 seconds.Forde, the five-time winner, had to settle for second place (33:30), while 2016 winner, Cleveland Thomas (34:13) was third. Jonathan Fagundes (35:09), Odwin Tudor (35:34) and Tyshon Bentick (35:44) rounded out the top six.Kezra Murray, Ashanti Scott, Leyanna Charles, Maria Urquhart, Shaunsel Adams and Latoya Perreira were the top six finishers in the female open category.last_img read more

Syracuse reaches Elite Eight for 1st time in program history with 3-1 win over Seattle

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Liam Callahan links Syracuse’s defense and attack in 3-1 win over Seattle Julian Buescher asked for a box score and scanned the page. He let out a prolonged, “Yeah,” while he wagged his right pointer finger.“I needed that one,” Buescher said as he gathered up his cleats and drawstring bag and left the foyer of Ensley Athletic Center.He was referring to his assist on Kamal Miller’s goal, the one that buried Seattle and propelled Syracuse to its first Elite Eight ever. Buescher had set up the free kick and booted it through the 18-yard box. Redhawks goalie Shane Haworth saw the ball bound through the box, expecting someone to poke it toward the net.Instead it bounced in front of Haworth, who dropped to his knees and tried to knock it away. The ball caromed to Miller, who smashed the shot into the back of the net.“It popped in front of me and my eyes kind of lit up,” Miller said, “saying ‘Do I really have this chance right now?’ I knew I had to put it away to secure the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe free kick yielded Syracuse’s second goal via a set piece, the first coming just one minute, 30 seconds into the game. The two set pieces allowed No. 6 seed SU (15-5-3, 3-4-1 Atlantic Coast) to stun, then finish No. 11 seed Seattle (18-4-1, 9-1 Western Athletic).In the Sweet 16 last season against Georgetown, the Orange saw its 1-0 lead evaporate on two set pieces. After flipping the script this season, SU will play unseeded Boston College at SU Soccer Stadium at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5.“Set pieces can change matches,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It’s about quality service.”Seattle stumbled out of the gate slowly. It took 15 minutes for the Redhawks to gain possession inside of the Orange’s 18-yard box. In those 15 minutes, Seattle’s one foul was its only mark in the box score.One minute, 30 seconds into the game, SU midfielder Liam Callahan blasted a corner kick into the box. Defender Miles Robinson separated from his defender and made a run through the 6-yard box, knocking the ball to the left of Haworth, who couldn’t punch it away.“Miles will tell you it was a thundering header from about 6 inches,” McIntyre joked after the game.Although it wouldn’t stand as the game-winning goal, the corner kick allowed SU to land a decisive blow on an already wobbly Redhawks squad.SU used the goal to bear down on Seattle, pushing its three defenders forward and holding lengthy possessions. In the first half of the first 45 minutes, McIntyre yelled several times, “Keep dropping Kamal, keep dropping Kamal,” as the defender ran back from an offensive possession.Fewer than 20 minutes after the first goal, Syracuse got another when Seattle cracked under the Orange’s pressure. Callahan tapped a cross into the box and Noah Rhynhart blasted a shot off of a Seattle defender and into the net.“We couldn’t get ourselves going and that’s because of their tough pressure,” Seattle head coach Pete Fewing said. “We had a hard time getting a rhythm because it closed down so quick.”Four minutes after Seattle forward David Olsen scored from the ground by poking the ball through SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert’s knees, Miller scored his free-kick goal.Miller ran from the far side of the field to the Syracuse bench, but slowed down with his last few steps and danced into his teammates’ embrace after the goal that put Syracuse up, 3-1.“They had us on the ropes,” McIntyre said. “So to score that third goal as quickly as we did after Olsen scores … it gave us that breathing room to kind of get over the line today.”Against Georgetown in the Sweet 16 last season, SU held the Hoyas scoreless until the 80th minute. First a back-post cross and then a front-post cross, both on corners, ended SU’s season in overtime. Georgetown closed Syracuse’s season for the second time in three years.After that game last year, some players stayed on the field. Jordan Murrell sat on the field alone, Nick Perea stayed motionless. Then-backup goalie Matt Stith sobbed.This time, however, Stith, who is still at Syracuse but not as a player, walked onto the field on Sunday with an ear-to-ear grin. The celebration was subdued as players consoled Seattle players.But Stith, who watched the game with SU players who were hurt or not playing, dapped up teammates in a white sweatshirt with an orange 13 emblazoned on the back.This Sweet 16 was different. Commentscenter_img Published on November 29, 2015 at 3:08 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

Mario Balotelli Instagram post to be investigated by FA

first_imgThe Football Association (FA) is to investigate a social media post by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.Balotelli, 24, deleted the post from his Instagram page  of Nintendo computer game character Super Mario.The Italian later tweeted to deny the text of the post was offensive.The FA confirmed it was looking into the post, while Liverpool said they will speak to Balotelli.A club spokesman told BBC Sport: “We are aware of the posting which has since been promptly deleted by the player.”We will be speaking to the player about the issue.” Responding to criticism on Twitter, Balotelli tweeted:  “My Mom is Jewish so all of you shut up please.”He also described reposting the image as “my unlucky moment”.However, former FA executive and current chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council Simon Johnson said Balotelli should face action.”We abhor all forms of racism, wherever it is found,” Johnson told the Daily Telegraph. “We call upon the FA to investigate this offensive social media post and to take action if appropriate if we are to succeed in kicking racism out of football.” Under the FA’s social media guidelines, the minimum ban for race-related breaches of rules is five games.In September, Merseyside Police investigated racist remarks made to Balotelli on Twitter after he posted a message during Manchester United’s 5-3 defeat against Leicester City.last_img read more