Bath “must win” at Vicarage Road

first_imgNick Abendanon; Matt Banahan, Ben Williams, Shontayne Hape, Matt Carraro; Butch James, Michael Claassens; David Flatman, Lee Mears, Duncan Bell, Stuart Hooper, Peter Short, Ben Skirving, Luke Watson (capt), Simon Taylor.ReplacementsPieter Dixon, Nathan Catt, David Wilson, Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, Guy Mercer, Mark McMillan, Sam Vesty, Jack CuthbertSaracensAlex Goode; David Strettle, Chris Wyles, Brad Barritt, James Short; Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth; Matt Stevens, Schalk Brits, Carlos Nieto, Steve Borthwick (capt), Hayden Smith, Kelly Brown, Andy Saull, Ernst Joubert. ReplacementsJamie George, Rhys Gill, Petrus du Plessis, Mouritz Botha, Jacques Burger, Kevin Barrett, Adam Powell, Noah Cato. TAGS: Bath RugbySaracens LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Bath travel to Watford’s Vicarage Road on Sunday aiming for a much-needed win to keep their hopes of making the Aviva Premiership play-offs alive. After a heavy defeat to table-toppers Leicester last week at The Rec, they will also be looking to re-build their confidence by overcoming Saracens, who are currently sitting in second place just behind the Tigers.Defence and skills coach Brad Davis has had time to reflect on last weekend’s defeat, and says only a victory on Sunday will be acceptable.“We played some great bits of rugby last weekend, especially in the first 40 minutes – we made numerous line-breaks and with better finishing we could’ve been two or three tries to the good,” says Davis. “It’s taught us a lesson in taking opportunities.“We have a chance to put things right on Sunday and it’s turning into a must win game for us as we look to push into the top four. We have a couple of games in hand but they will only count if we win them. When the rearranged fixtures come, we have to take those opportunities.“At the same time we are under no illusions that the most important game in our season is coming up on Sunday. We know what Saracens provide – a stern physical test, and a strong set piece. They don’t give too much away so we are going to have to be at our best to make sure we stay on top of them and come away with the points.”Meanwhile the hosts are without scrum-half Neil de Kock and back-rower Justin Melck, who make way for Richard Wigglesworth and Kelly Brown. Jacques Burger also makes his return from a knee injury on the bench, and Kevin Barrett and Mouritz Botha are both included in the 23.Bath last_img read more

Six Nations finale preview in the new Rugby World magazine

first_imgExclusive interviews and in-depth analysis ahead of the 2020 championship climax TAGS: Highlight Italy scrum-half Callum BraleyThe Benetton No 9 talks horses, habits and humorous team-matesLeinster’s Pro14 triumphSean Holley analyses the key factors behind the Irish province’s latest titleScotland’s Battle for No 10Who will Gregor Townsend pick at fly-half? Or could he combine Adam Hastings and Finn Russell in the same back-line? Tom English assesses the way forwardPremier 15s previewA team-by-team guide to the English women’s top flight for the 2020-21 season, plus an exclusive interview with new Wasps signing Ellie KildunneMunster’s Matt GallagherThe full-back is loving life at Munster, especially now he’s got one up on his dad!Arcing run: Ireland’s Rob Herring tries to evade Wales’ defence (Getty Images)Ireland hooker Rob HerringThe Ulster front-rower has had to bide his time throughout his career, but the matches are coming thick and fast now. Find out more about his journeyBehind closed doorsWe head to Welford Road to find out what it’s like to stage a match during a global pandemicClub Hero Brad Barritt“He’s the best defensive 12 there’s ever been by a country mile.” Team-mates and coaches pay tribute to the Saracens stalwart as he retires LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Six Nations finale preview in the new Rugby World magazineWho will get their hands on the Six Nations trophy? The long-awaited climax to the 2020 championship is upon us and we have all you need to get ready for those final matches in the new issue of Rugby World magazine.There are exclusive interviews with England’s Charlie Ewels, Wales wing George North and Ireland hooker Rob Herring as well as analysis of the Scotland fly-half battle and the Women’s Six Nations.If you can’t get to the shops to buy a copy, you can now order single issues online and get the magazine delivered direct to your door – click here and select Rugby World’s Nov-20 issue.Or you can find out how to download the digital edition to your tablet here. We also have incredible subscription offers, including five issues for just £5 until 10am on Monday 12 October – find out more here.Here are 15 reasons to buy Rugby World magazine’s November 2020 edition…Point of contact: Charlie Ewels in action for England against France (Getty Images)Charlie Ewels exclusive interviewFrom his Dorset roots to tough lessons early in his professional career to competition at Test level, the Bath and England lock opens up to RW’s Alan Pearey25 years of European rugbyAhead of this month’s Champions Cup final between Exeter and Racing 92, we look back on memorable moments from a quarter of a century of European rugbyBernard Jackman columnThe former Ireland hooker gives his verdict on the Six Nations finale, including how he thinks Leinster’s defeat by Saracens could impact Ireland’s chancesWell-oiled machine: George North with his motorbike (Andrew Salter/@AGSVisual)My Day Off… George NorthThe Ospreys, Wales and Lions winger is known for his speed on the field, but he’s also a fan of going fast on two wheels. He talks motorbikes and milestonesBehind closed doorsWe head to Welford Road to find out what it’s like to stage a match during a global pandemicRichie and Rory ArnoldIt took time for the 6ft 10in identical twins to rise to the top but the Australians are now soaring in France for Toulouse. RW’s Alan Dymock reportsOn the ball: England’s Katy Daley-Mclean takes on Wales in the Women’s Six Nations (Getty Images)Women’s Six NationsThe women’s championship – and women’s game as a whole – needs a revamp, argues Stephen Jones. Read his plans for reform in the new issue Plus, there’s all this…Toby Booth on his vision for the OspreysA British & Irish league debateRising Stars Alex Coles and Jamie DobieWhat it’s like to… see your team go extinctMark Evans on midweek matchesGrass-roots club newsSouth Africa fly-half Elton JantjiesTips on passing from the baseInside the mind of… Scarlets scrum-half Kieran HardyThe Secret Player on bus tripsThe November 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine is on sale from 6 October to 2 November 2020.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Villa Mediterraneo 01 / Metroarea Architetti Associati

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/801253/villa-mediterraneo-01-metroarea-architetti-associati Clipboard Photographs ArchDaily Spain Villa Mediterraneo 01 / Metroarea Architetti Associati “COPY” Save this picture!© Fernando Alda+ 27 Share Area:  1100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Year:  Housescenter_img Projects Photographs:  Fernando Alda  Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: ForsterSave this picture!© Fernando AldaText description provided by the architects. The main concept of the building is the fusion of the Mediterranean culture with the natural environment. Save this picture!© Fernando AldaInspired by the roman villa and by Spanish and Arab heritage, the house takes form through the natural lexicon of Italian expressionism (Moretti, Michelucci etc.), which also maintains a strong memory of Rudolf Steiner. For Metroarea, infact, designing a contemporary building in 2016 means establishing a dedicated dialogue with history and with nature.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaSo for example the continuous inside outside relationship obtained by the big glass windows, is filtered by hanging gardens, canopies and custom made bamboo shutters, that are a reminiscence of the traditional awnings and latticework Moucharabieh. Save this picture!DiagramThe typical central patio is the fulcrum of a complex network of multi level paths and, at the same time, as the impluvium was used to gather water, it is enriched by a waterfall and creek that connects the two swimming pools. Save this picture!© Fernando AldaThe Villa shape, follows the natural slope of the ground and it is lying perfectly on the hill, in a shape the reminds of an amphitheater, surrounded by nature.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaSave this picture!Second FloorSave this picture!© Fernando AldaThe use of simple materials like irregular board formed concrete and drywalls, underlines the desire to avoid a popular image of luxury, while instead pursuing a connection with the island, the ground and its tradition. The result is thus informal and hospitable, according to the lessons of Busiri Vici, Couelle and Vietti.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaProduct Description. Most of material is custom made or produced on site. The use of simple materials like irregular board formed concrete and drywalls, underlines the desire to avoid a popular image of luxury, while instead pursuing a connection with the island, the ground and its tradition. The result is thus informal and hospitable, according to the lessons of Busiri Vici, Couelle and Vietti. Custom made bamboo shutters are a reminiscence of the traditional awnings and latticework Moucharabieh. Concrete was produced on site as no cement plant on the island could guarantee concrete density.Save this picture!© Fernando AldaProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Point / Ayre Chamberlain GauntSelected ProjectsM’ARS Centre for Multimedia Arts in Abrau-Durso / NOWADAYS officeSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/801253/villa-mediterraneo-01-metroarea-architetti-associati Clipboard Architects: Metroarea Architetti Associati Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Balearic Islands, Spain 2016 Villa Mediterraneo 01 / Metroarea Architetti AssociatiSave this projectSaveVilla Mediterraneo 01 / Metroarea Architetti Associati CopyAbout this officeMetroarea Architetti AssociatiOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBalearic IslandsSpainPublished on December 14, 2016Cite: “Villa Mediterraneo 01 / Metroarea Architetti Associati” 14 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?地中海01别墅 / Metroarea Architetti Associati是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

#ONEMILLIONCLAPS appeal launches to raise £5m for NHS staff

first_img Melanie May | 9 April 2020 | News “It’s such a simple idea that, once we got moving, it just took on a life of its own. So many people have pitched in – both the team at Open as well as loads of wonderful folk outside the organisation who have done so much to help.“Getting permission to use ‘We Will Rock You’ and – even more amazing – to rewrite it was obviously a special moment but it feels like every hour brings another brilliant surprise.”“I’m incredibly proud that we’ve been able to put this together and play our part in helping the NHS in this difficult time.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  680 total views,  2 views today #ONEMILLIONCLAPS appeal launches to raise £5m for NHS staff AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21center_img With the public once again due to show their appreciation for NHS staff with a round of applause from their doorsteps tonight, an appeal launches today to encourage them to donate via text as well.Launched by NHS Charities Together and developed by Open, the #ONEMILLIONCLAPS appeal aims to raise millions of pounds to support NHS nurses, doctors, staff and volunteers working to save lives during the coronavirus crisis.It hopes to inspire at least a million people to show their backing for the NHS by ‘texting a clap’ along with a message of support and a donation of £5. Open has created a film featuring NHS staff & members of the public to promote the appeal. Voiced by author & TV star David Walliams, it features a re-recording of the Queen classic “We Will Rock You” with a new lyric – “NHS, We Love You. We Say, We Say, Thank You.”NHS Charities Together will use the money to provide a range of supplies and support for NHS staff and volunteers, including food, travel, accommodation and counselling. Individual messages, meanwhile, will be forwarded to local NHS charities and sent to donors’ local hospitals.Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, said:“Every single penny raised for nurses, doctors and NHS staff in this way will go to help those health service workers who are working so hard and risking so much to help us.“This is a fantastic initiative which answers the question I’ve heard asked so many times in recent weeks: what can we do to show our gratitude to the NHS?“Thousands of staff are risking their lives every day for us and many of them are now sick themselves or at breaking point. If we can raise £5 million tonight, it will go a long way towards providing them and their families with the support they so desperately need.”The campaign has been developed in just over a week after Open approached NHS Charities Together with the idea in an email. Since then, a range of celebrities and other partners have stepped forward to help.Donations will be processed by Open Mobile Global who have been scaling up capacity to deal with the anticipated demand. They’ve also put in place new systems to process Gift Aid, consent and location data that will allow messages to be delivered to the local hospital.The appeal film was produced and edited by Craft Films while music rights & production were handled by Pure Sync. Rachel Kinnock coordinated media & celebrity partnerships.James Briggs, Co-Founder of Open, said: Advertisement  681 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 Tagged with: COVID-19 NHSlast_img read more

Municipal qualifying ends today; absentee voting extended

first_imgLatest Stories Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson To qualify for the municipal election, one must be 18 years of age and must have been a resident of the municipality and district on May 25, 2020.If a runoff is necessary, the run-off date will be Tuesday, October 6. Pike County residents who have questions about voting districts should call the Pike County Board of Registrars at  334-566-1757 and 566-6449. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Tuesday, July 21, is the last day to qualify for the municipal elections to be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.Already, hats have been tossed in the rings in Brundidge and Troy. However, hopefuls in Goshen and Banks are waiting until the waning moments to let their candidacies be publicly known.Linda Faust, Brundidge city clerk, said candidates have until  5 p.m. today to qualify. The fee is $50. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 5:50 pm Monday, July 20, 2020 “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. [ID REQUIRED]”“We appreciate the Secretary of State’s Office collaborating with ALM to address these extraordinary circumstances as we head into municipal elections,” said Greg Cochran, League of Municipalities Executive Director. “Ensuring all Alabamians have a voice through their vote is imperative to the success of our state.”For the August 25 municipal elections, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, August 10, the deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Thursday, August 20, and the deadline to hand-deliver an absentee ballot is the close of business Monday, August 24. If an absentee ballot is returned by mail, it must be postmarked by August 24 and received by noon on August 25.If necessary, runoff elections will be held on Tuesday, October 6. Skip Email the author Also, Secretary of State John H. Merrill has officially extended the opportunity for anyone concerned about COVID-19 to apply for and cast an absentee ballot for the upcoming municipal elections.At the request of the Alabama League of Municipalities on behalf of all Alabama municipalities scheduled to hold an election in 2020, Merrill has authorized anyone concerned about contracting or spreading COVID-19 to cast an absentee ballot in order to avoid the polls on Election Day.“We have worked to provide safe, secure, and free elections for the people of Alabama through offering an extended absentee voting period during the recent Primary Runoff Election, and we will continue to see that Alabamians have the opportunity to safely participate in the electoral process during these challenging times,” Merrill said in a release.Any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to that individual. State law allows the Secretary of State to issue absentee voting guidance during declared states of emergency, allowing Secretary Merrill to encourage voters to check the box which reads as follows (in the case none of the boxes are appropriate): Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Local schools to get $1.18M from CARES Act Troy and Pike County public schools will receive more than $1.18 million in federal coronavirus relief funds. The funds, announced… read more By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Municipal qualifying ends today; absentee voting extended Book Nook to reopenlast_img read more

Gun control bills slated for vote in Virginia

first_imgtraveler1116/iStock(RICHMOND, Va.) — The Virginia state legislature is slated to vote on a package of gun control bills Thursday, more than a week after thousands of the legislation’s armed opponents marched through Richmond.Virginia’s House of Delegates is expected to pass several pieces of legislation aimed at curbing gun violence, including universal background checks, a monthly limit on handgun purchases and “a red flag” law, which would give judges and police officers the authority to remove a weapon from an individual if they pose a threat.The state Senate, which — along with the House — gained a Democratic majority for the first time in more than 20 years this year, passed similar bills two weeks ago.The votes come after a tense day of lobbying against the bill on Martin Luther King Day Jr. by several gun rights groups including the Virginia Citizen Defense League.Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports the bills, issued a state of emergency following credible threats of violence on Lobby Day, and banned all weapons from the state Capitol grounds while the rallies took place.Despite the order, 16,000 armed gun rights activists marched through the streets of Richmond outside of the prohibited areas.The Virginia Citizen Defense League didn’t immediately return messages for comment on Thursday’s vote. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Pope Francis’ personal doctor dies from COVID-19

first_imgJan 11, 12:36 pmSingle greatest cause of line-of-duty officers deaths last year was COVID-19COVID-19 killed more law enforcement officers in the line of duty than anything else in 2020, according to a new report.The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund report found that 145 of the 264 federal, state, military, tribal and local law enforcement officer deaths last year were related to COVID-19, with that number expected to rise as more deaths from the virus are confirmed. Other officer fatalities in 2020 included car crashes, heart attacks, stroke and firearm deaths.Last year marked the highest number of line-of-duty law enforcement deaths since 1974.Jan 11, 11:35 amOne American death from COVID-19 is reported every 30 secondsIt’s just over a week into 2021 and the United States has already seen its worst week on record for both COVID-19 infections and deaths.In the first 10 days of the month, the country has recorded some 2.35 million COVID-19 cases and more than 28,000 deaths from the disease. That works out to be around 163 Americans diagnosed with COVID-19 every minute, and approximately one American death from the disease reported every 30 seconds, according to an ABC News analysis of data compiled by The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the U.S. outbreak.The U.S. has not seen a day with fewer than 100,000 new cases in more than two months, with a record-high average of 243,000 newly confirmed infections every day. In the last week alone, that average of daily cases has increased by approximately 16.3%.Sunday marked the 41st consecutive day with more than 1,000 fatalities from COVID-19 reported nationwide. The country’s average of daily deaths jumped by 21.4% in the last seven days.Meanwhile, more than 129,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the U.S. — a number that has hovered around 130,000 for the last several days.At the current rate, January could surpass December’s staggering COVID-19 totals to become the nation’s hardest hit month of the pandemic.Jan 11, 11:11 amPope Francis’ personal doctor dies from COVID-19Pope Francis’ personal doctor has died of complications related to COVID-19, the Vatican’s newspaper L’Osservatore Romano announced Saturday.Fabrizio Soccorsi, 78, was being treated for cancer at a hospital in Rome at the time of his death, according to the newspaper.Soccorsi was chosen by the pontiff to be his personal physician in 2015.In an interview with Italian television channel Canale 5 that aired Sunday night, Francis said COVID-19 vaccinations will begin at the Vatican next week and that he will get the shot.Jan 11, 10:42 amPalestinian health ministry approves Russian vaccineSputnik V, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia, has been registered by the Palestinian Ministry of Health for emergency use in Palestinian self-ruled territory, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund announced Monday.The first shipment of doses is expected to arrive next month, according to a press release from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is responsible for worldwide marketing of the vaccine.The RDIF didn’t say how many doses would be shipped to the Palestinian Authority — which governs parts of the West Bank under interim peace deals with Israel — but that supplies would be facilitated by manufacturing partners in India, China, South Korea and other countries.As of Jan. 5, the World Health Organization had recorded more than 157,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the occupied Palestinian territories, including at least 1,578 deaths.Jan 11, 9:29 amModerna vaccine doses arrive in France More than 50,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. biotechnology company Moderna are expected to arrive in France on Monday, according to a statement from the country’s health ministry.France should have nearly eight million doses of the Moderna vaccine by the end of June, the health ministry said.Last week, the European Medicines Agency authorized the Moderna vaccine for use across the European Union. Another COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech was approved two weeks earlier. Both vaccines are administered in two doses.French Health Minister Olivier Veran told Europe 1 radio that the Moderna doses will then be sent to towns and cities with the highest virus circulation. The doses should reach vaccination centers by Wednesday, he said.By the end of the weekend, Veran said, more than 100,000 people should have received a first dose of the vaccine.France has faced criticism for a slow vaccine rollout compared to its EU neighbors.Jan 11, 7:24 amMexico detects first case of UK variantA new, more infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that was first detected in the United Kingdom has now been discovered in Mexico.The strain, called B117, was confirmed in a 56-year-old foreign citizen who had traveled from Amsterdam to Mexico City on Dec. 28, and then to the northeastern city of Matamoros the following day. The individual was asymptomatic when he arrived in the country, according to Mexico’s director general of epidemiology, Jose Luis Alomia Zegarra.After testing positive for COVID-19, the man was admitted to a Mexican hospital last week where he remains intubated, Zegarra said.Genomic sequencing of the patient’s sample that tested positive for COVID-19 revealed its B117 lineage. More than 500 suspected cases of the U.K. variant have been tested in Mexico, but this is the country’s first verified case, according to Zegarra.Mexican health authorities are tracking contacts of the patient, including people who traveled on the same flight. Two individuals who showed symptoms have since tested negative for COVID-19, while another 31 are asymptomatic and remain in isolation. Officials have been unable to locate 12 others, Zegarra said.The highly contagious strain has become prevalent in London and other parts of southeast England, after first being identified in the English county of Kent in September. The B117 variant has since been detected in over a dozen other countries.Jan 11, 6:40 amSeychelles becomes first African nation to roll out COVID-19 vaccineSeychelles, an island nation of just under 100,000 people, has begun immunizing its population against COVID-19 with a vaccine developed by China’s state-owned pharmaceutical company, Sinopharm.Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan became the first African head of state to receive the Sinopharm vaccine on Sunday, as the country officially launched a national COVID-19 immunization campaign — the first in Africa to do so. The Seychelles Ministry of Health began administering the shot to priority groups on Monday, starting with health care professionals and other front-line workers, according to a press release from the president’s office.Last month, China authorized Sinopharm’s vaccine for general use after the company announced that preliminary data from late-stage trials had shown it to be 79.3% effective. The shot is administered in two doses.The United Arab Emirates donated 50,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to Seychelles. India offered 100,000 doses of another COVID-19 vaccine developed by England’s University of Oxford and British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which are due to arrive in Seychelles at the end of the month, according to the president’s office.“With such a robust vaccination campaign, Seychelles aims to be the first country in the world to vaccinate at least 70% of its over 18 population,” Ramkalawan said in a statement Sunday. “From there, we will be able to declare Seychelles as being COVID safe. This will allow us to reopen our economy.”Seychelles, an Indian Ocean archipelago located off the coast of East Africa, has reported 508 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including at least one death, according to the latest data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Jan 11, 5:44 amUS reports over 213,000 new casesThere were 213,905 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the sixth straight day that the country has reported more than 200,000 newly confirmed infections. Sunday’s tally is less than the all-time high of 302,506 new cases, which the country logged on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 1,814 new deaths from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide Sunday, down from the country’s peak of 4,194 fatalities on Jan. 7, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the holidays followed by a potentially very large backlog.A total of 22,409,131 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 374,329 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Jan 11, 5:16 amWHO experts probing virus origins travel to China, as country marks one year since 1st COVID-19 deathA group of experts from the World Health Organization are set to arrive in China on Thursday for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.China’s National Health Commission confirmed the upcoming visit in a brief statement Monday, saying the WHO team would be meeting with Chinese scientists to conduct joint scientific research on the virus’ origin. It’s unclear exactly where they will be carrying out their research and whether they will travel to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus was first detected in December 2019.The visit follows negotiations between both sides, with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressing disappointment last week over delays with the probe.Meanwhile, China marked one year on Monday since confirming its first death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. China’s National Health Commission has since reported more than 87,000 cases of COVID-19 on the Chinese mainland, including at least 4,634 deaths, though those figures are believed to be much higher.Jan 11, 4:30 amRussia detects first cases of UK variantA new, more contagious variant of the novel coronavirus that was first detected in the United Kingdom has now been discovered in Russia.The strain, called B117, was confirmed among four Russian citizens who had tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning from the U.K., Russia’s chief sanitary doctor, Anna Popova, told reporters Sunday evening.After being identified in England in late December, B117 has become prevalent in London and other parts of southeast England.Last month, Russia joined the growing list of countries to suspend flights from the U.K. amid rising COVID-19 infections and concerns about the highly infectious variant there.With more than 3.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, Russia has the fourth-highest tally of diagnosed infections in the world, followed by the U.K., according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Russia confirmed 23,315 new cases and 436 additional deaths from the disease on Sunday, according to the country’s coronavirus headquarters.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 90.4 million people worldwide and killed over 1.9 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Jan 11, 1:13 pmJapan identifies new COVID-19 variant: WHOJapan has identified a new variant of COVID-19, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said during a Monday news conference.Japanese health officials alerted the WHO of the new variant, which is different than COVID-19 variants first identified in the U.K. and in South Africa, over the weekend. High transmission of the virus in much of the world is giving it more chances to mutate and evolve into new variants.“Most notably, transmissibility of some variants of the virus appears to be increasing,” Tedros said. “This can drive a surge of cases and hospitalizations, which is highly problematic for health workers and hospitals already close to breaking point,” he added.“At present, the variants do not seem to show increased severity of disease,” Tedros said.last_img read more

Dixie State Football Overpowers South Dakota School of Mines 28-16

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRAPID CITY, S.D.-Keaton Mott completed 21 of 38 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns as the Dixie State Trailblazers won their third straight game, downing the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrockers 28-16 Saturday at O’Harra Memorial Stadium in Rocky Mountain Athletic Football Conference action.The Trailblazers improved to 3-1 on the season, completing their road trip successfully, which has seen them on the road for three straight games.Dixie State took a 6-0 lead on field goals of 35 and 40 yards from James Baird. The Hardrockers responded by taking a 10-6 lead at the half by virtue of a 2-yard touchdown run from tailback Ahmad Lewis (24 car, 96 yards, 2 TD’s) and a 39-yard field goal from kicker Enis Sefa.The Trailblazers then took complete control as Mott threw touchdown passes of 12 and 61 yards to receiver Dejuan Dantzler (4 rec, 116 yards, 2 TD’s).After the Hardrockers had pulled to within 20-16 on Lewis’ second touchdown run of the eveing, the Trailblazers put the game away with a 16-yard touchdown run from tailback D’Arman Notoa (9 car 47 yards, TD).Defensively, Dixie State received stellar performances from defensive lineman Dylan Hendrickson (4.5 sacks) and defensive back Aaron Simpson (2 interceptions).The Trailblazers return to action Saturday October 5 against Black Hills State at Trailblazers Stadium for a 1:00 pm kickoff. This is Dixie State’s first home game since September 7, when they fell to Colorado State-Pueblo, 36-7. September 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Football Overpowers South Dakota School of Mines 28-16 Tags: Ahmad Lewis/Black Hills State/Colorado State-Pueblo/Dejuan Dantzler/Dixie State Football/Dylan Hendrickson/Enis Sefa/James Baird/Keaton Mott Brad Jameslast_img read more

NMSU faces Utah Valley in WAC semis

first_imgMarch 12, 2021 /Sports News – Local NMSU faces Utah Valley in WAC semis FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP)-No. 3 seed New Mexico State (11-7, 8-6) vs. No. 2 seed Utah Valley (11-10, 9-4)Western Athletic Conference Tourney Semifinals, Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada; Friday, 9 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: New Mexico State is ready to take on Utah Valley with the winner earning its place in the WAC championship game. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 20, when Utah Valley made only seven free throws on 13 attempts while the Aggies hit 21 of 25 en route to a seven-point victory.LEADING THE WAY: Utah Valley’s Fardaws Aimaq has averaged 14.5 points and 15.1 rebounds while Trey Woodbury has put up 14.7 points and four rebounds. For the Aggies, Jabari Rice has averaged 13.3 points and 5.6 rebounds while Johnny McCants has put up 10.3 points and 6.2 rebounds.JUMPING FOR JABARI: Rice has connected on 35.7 percent of the 84 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 17 over the last three games. He’s also made 80 percent of his free throws this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Wolverines are 5-0 when they hold opposing teams to 66 points or fewer and 6-10 when opponents exceed 66 points. The Aggies are 6-0 when they make 10 or more 3-pointers and 5-7 when the team hits fewer than 10 from long range.ASSIST RATIOS: The Aggies have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Wolverines. Utah Valley has 36 assists on 71 field goals (50.7 percent) over its previous three games while New Mexico State has assists on 44 of 78 field goals (56.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Utah Valley has attempted the seventh-most free throws in all of Division I. The Wolverines have averaged 23.6 free throws per game. Written bycenter_img Associated Presslast_img read more

Oxford bans donations from Chinese tech giant

first_imgChancellor Patten noted Oxford’s extensive involvement with the Chinese government, including the recently-opened research centre in Suzhou: “We have quite a few Chinese benefactors. Now we have a huge number of Chinese alumni because we have got over 1,300 Chinese postgraduate and undergraduate students at Oxford – more than most universities – and about 240 academic staff. This is a subject that we are really live to.”Patten hinted that universities would be under greater financial pressure to accept foreign donations post-Brexit. He also highlighted the importance of donor transparency in countering such influence.Patten described Confucius Institutes, Chinese government-funded cultural institutes attached to foreign universities, as “an offshoot of the propaganda department of the Communist party.”He said: “If the Confucius Institute is working on a university campus as a contributor to Chinese language instruction, to understanding about the spectacular Chinese civilisation, that is fine. If it is trying to shape the curriculum, or shape students’ attitudes to Tibet, or Xinjiang, or free speech, or other issues like that, it is not acceptable.”A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy told Cherwell that the Confucius Institute “is a joint venture between a Chinese university and a foreign host university upon the latter’s application. The Chinese university respects the host’s right to make their decision in running the Institute and never interferes in academic freedom.“The Confucius Institute is strictly for public good, focusing on mutual exchange and providing people with an opportunity to learn the Chinese language and culture, to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation, and to build friendships. The Institute has never participated in any activities in the host country that are political or religious in nature, and will not do so in the future.”A spokesperson for the University stressed that Lord Patten’s comments were “applied to the higher education sector in general and he does not have specific concerns relating to Oxford.”Huawei is under investigation int he US and facing a ban in Poland after an employee was charged with espionage. The governments of Australia and New Zealand have blocked the company’s involvement in their internet infrastructures, while Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou is currently detained in Canada awaiting extradition to the United States on charges of violating sanctions on Iran.Other universities that have partnered with Huawei include Cambridge, Cardiff, York, Manchester, Edinburgh and Imperial College, London. The University has decided to not pursue new funding opportunities with Chinese tech giant Huawei and its related companies in response to spying allegations.The University currently has two on-going projects with Huawei, with funding for both totalling £692,000. These projects were approved by the University prior to concerns being raised internationally.The University decided to initiate the suspension on the 8 January and it will last at least three months. Oxford will continue with existing research contracts where funding has already been committed.The telecommunications company has been accused by the US and others of spying on clients for the Chinese government and stealing trade secrets.A spokesperson for the University told Cherwell: “Huawei has been notified of the decision, which the University will keep under review. The decision applies both to the funding of research contracts and of philanthropic donations.“The decision has been taken in light of public concerns raised in recent months surrounding UK partnerships with Huawei. We hope these matters can be resolved shortly and note Huawei’s own willingness ot reassure governments about its role and activities.”Oxford Chancellor Chris Patten warned MPs last week that China was attempting to exert a sway over Britain’s universities, highlighting Oxford’s particular vulnerabilities.Giving evidence to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, the former colonial governor of Hong Kong urged universities and government to remain vigilant against manipulative academic practices.Chancellor Patten called for more collaboration between academics and the British state to counter Chinese influence: “[I]t would be very helpful if there was more agreement within Government about what is acceptable, and if there were a point of contact in Government to which all universities can turn.”last_img read more