Second wave fears rise as China reports more new infections

first_imgThe total number of confirmed cases has doubled to 7.7 million in slightly over a month and the disease is now spreading most rapidly in Latin America, where it is threatening healthcare systems and sparking political turmoil.Brazil now has the second-highest number of virus deaths after the United States, surpassing Britain’s toll, and the Chilean health minister resigned on Saturday amid a furore over the country’s true number of fatalities.There is still no treatment for COVID-19, but pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca said it has agreed to supply an alliance of European countries with up to 400 million doses of a possible vaccine.German government sources told AFP a vaccine could be developed by the end of the year.Europe reopens Many European nations are further lifting painful lockdowns that have saved lives and forced caseloads down, but have also caused their economies to shrink and caused misery for millions.After the European Commission urged a relaxation of restrictions, a number of nations are preparing to reopen borders on Monday — while some like Poland have done so already, with people from other European Union countries allowed to visit.Germany said it would end land border checks on Monday, and France said it would gradually reopen its borders to non-Schengen countries from July.Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis travelled to picturesque Santorini island on Saturday to open his country’s tourism season.”Greece is ready to welcome tourists this summer by putting safety and health as our No. 1 priority,” he said in English in front of a spectacular sunset.Venice sprang back to life Saturday, as hundreds of tourists flocked to the city for the reopening of the iconic Doge’s Palace.”It’s a very strong emotion, like the first day of school,” said Maria Cristina Gribaudi, who heads the city’s Civic Museums Foundation.In another joyful return to semi-normality, football superstar Lionel Messi took to the pitch again in Spain as Barcelona resumed their La Liga title challenge and thumped Real Mallorca 4-0 in an empty stadium.Live sport also returned on Saturday to New Zealand, which has gone 22 days without new coronavirus cases, as 20,000 fans watched rugby’s Otago Highlanders edge the Waikato Chiefs.But even in the much-awaited global sporting revival, there are wobbles — Australian rugby league officials postponed a top-level game on Sunday hours before kick-off due to a coronavirus scare.The World Health Organization said this week the pandemic is accelerating in Africa. Botswana’s capital Gaborone was locked down Saturday after new cases were detected.And in the US, which has seen the most COVID-19 deaths with over 115,000, more than a dozen states — including populous Texas and Florida — reported their highest-ever daily case totals in recent days.The rise comes as huge anti-racism protests rage across America and the world, with many demonstrators wearing masks to protect against the spread of the virus.Topics : Of the 57 new cases logged by Chinese authorities, 36 were domestic infections in the capital, where a large wholesale food market at the centre of the outbreak has been closed and nearby housing estates put under lockdown.”People are scared,” a fruit and vegetable trader at another local market in central Beijing told AFP.”The meat sellers have had to close. This disease is really scary,” said the man surnamed Sun, adding there were fewer customers than normal.At least 429,000 people worldwide have died from the respiratory illness, nearly halfway through a year in which countless lives have already been upended as the pandemic ravages the global economy. China reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months on Sunday with parts of Beijing still under lockdown, offering a second wave warning to the rest of the world as the pandemic rages in South America.The shock resurgence in domestic infections has rattled China, where the disease emerged late last year but had largely been tamed through severe restrictions on movement that were later emulated across the globe.It also provides a bleak insight into the difficulties the world will face in conquering COVID-19 — even as countries in Europe prepare to reopen borders at the beginning of the summer holiday season after an encouraging drop in contagion.last_img read more

Batesville Participates In EIAC Swimming Meet

first_imgGirls:  Elizabeth Weiler to 15th, Audrey Hall to 25th.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene. EIAC Swimming Championships at South Dearborn.Thomas Hatcher-Batesville:  MVP of the EIAC for 2013-2014.   Girls Team Results:  Connersville 117; Greensburg 69; Batesville 54; South Dearborn 40; East Central 30; Lawrenceburg 17; Rushville 0.Batesville Girls are 13-5 on the season.Boys Team Results:  Connersville 102; EC 93; BHS 64; GHS 39; LHS 16; SD 12; Rushville 4.Batesville Boys are 11-4 on the season.Batesville Results.Medley relay:, Girls Runner Up (El Weiler, Gutzwiller, Cox, Villani).Boys (Weiler, Hatcher, Hawkins, Hunter CONFERENCE CHAMPS.200 Free:  Girls Eliz Weiler 6th,  Caplinger 11th, Ally Ritter 12th.Boys:  Evan Miller 8th, Clayton McKinley 10th, Nathan Hall 12th.200 IM:  Girls Emily Gutzwiller 3rd,    Emily Weiler 8th, Lexi Hatcher 11th.Boys Matt Weiler  Runner up, Jacob Hawkins 8th Zach Hall 11th.50 Free:  Girls Taylor Villani 4th, Audrey Hall 6th Maggie Schwettman 10th.Boys Graham Hunter 7th, Seth Parker 8th, Clayton McKinley 9th.100 Fly:  Girls  Emily Gutzwiller 2nd, Hannah Cox 4th.Boys Jacob Hawkins 5th, Kegan Main 6th , Nathan Hall 10th.100 Free: Girls Taylor Villani 3rd, Audrey Hall 6th , Maggie Schwettman 11th.Boys Thomas Hatcher CONFERENCE CHAMP, Graham Hunter 6th  Zach Hall 12th.500 Free:  Girls Sarah Espin 4th, Lauren Caplinger 8th, Ally Ritter 12th.Boys  Evan Miller 7th, Damien Pelo 8th , Harsh Patel 13th.200 Free Relay:  Girls (El Weiler, Gutzwiller, Villani, Hall  3rd.Boys Runner Up (Weiler, Hatcher, McKinley, Hunter) 10th fastest time ever at BHS.100 Back:  Girls:  Emily Wiler 9th, Hannah Cox 10th, Sarah Poltrack 14th.Boys:  Weiler CONFERENCE CHAMP, Seth Parker 5th, Ben Schwettman 10th.100 Breast:  Girls El Weiler 3rd, Lexi Hatcher 6th, Sarah Espin 7th.Boys:  Thomas Hatcher CONFERENCE CHAMP SCHOOL RECORD, Damien Pelo 8th, Grant Greene 10th.400 Free Relay:  Girls (Em Weiler, Cox, Hall, Esping) 4th.Boys (Miller, McKinley, Hawkins, Parker 3rd.For Batesville.Top 10 times of all time  Girls.200 medley relay-8th, 200 free relay-3rd; Most Pts scored conference meet-Gutzwiller 13.50-5th.Top 10 times of all time  Boys.200 free relay-10th, Thomas Hatcher 100 breast new school record, 50 breast split Hatcher-2nd; Most Pts scored at conference Hatcher 20-2nd, Weiler 18-4th.Top 10 swimmers in an event of all time.Girls:   50 free:  Audrey Hall from 8th to 7th, 200 free relay-2nd, 50 back split El Weiler from 6th to 4th; Mst pts scored conference career; El Weiler to 7th-T.Boys:  200 medley relay-9th  50 free: Graham Hunter from 9th to 8th, 200 free relay 6th, 100 breast Hatcher from 3rd to 1st; 50 free split Graham Hunter-9th.Senior Top 10.Boys:  50 free: Hunter from 10th to 9th, 100 free Hatcher from 6th to 2nd, 100 breast Hatcher from 3rd to 1st.Junior Top 10.Girls:  500 free Espin from 9th to 6th.Boys:   50 free Parker to 10th, 100 back Parker from 9th to 4th.Sophomore Top 10.Girls:  100 free Emily Weiler to 10th, 100 breast Hatcher from 9th to 6th, 200 IM Emily Weiler from 7th to 6th.Freshman Top 10.Girls: 50 free Maggie Schwettman to 10th.All Time Scoring.Boys:  Hatcher to 9th.last_img read more

Harrison joins Bengals, motivated by Steelers

first_imgBengals linebacker James Harrison speaks during an NFL football news conference, May 14, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Harrison signed with the Bengals as a free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)by Joe KayCINCINNATI (AP) — James Harrison sat in front of the Bengals backdrop, leaned on his right forearm — the one with “James” tattooed length-wise — and thought about his day.“It’s a change,” he said of his introduction to tiger stripes. “That’s definite. But everything has a reason, and everything happens for a reason. So it’s the reason I’m here.”He’s here to try to get the Bengals their first playoff victory in 23 years.The 35-year-old linebacker left Pittsburgh as a free agent, unable to agree on a restructured contract to help the Steelers get under the salary cap. He chose Cincinnati because it’s been in the playoffs each of the last two seasons and it’s close to his home, which is still in Pittsburgh.Plus, he gets to face the Steelers twice a season as AFC North rivals. Although he has no hard feelings toward the team that helped him become one of the NFL’s best, he hasn’t forgotten how things ended there.It won’t be long before he gets a chance to make his point in person. The Bengals’ home opener is a Monday night game against the Steelers.“I understand it’s a business, so it’s not like I can really take it personally,” Harrison said. “But to say that it doesn’t motivate me in some sense would be a lie.”After he left Pittsburgh, Harrison had to work out for the Bengals, who wanted to make sure he was beyond a knee injury that sidelined him during training camp and forced him to miss the first three games last season. He was in Arizona working out when the Bengals offered a two-year deal last month.Harrison estimated he spends between $400,000 and $600,000 a year to stay as healthy as possible. He said he uses a hyperbaric chamber in Arizona, and has his own staff of acupuncturists, massage therapists and homeopathic doctors.He’ll bring them with him to Cincinnati, where he joined his new team for the first time this week.“I’m still not able to do certain things, but as far as my physical health, I’m able to train a lot harder than I have been over the last two, three offseasons,” Harrison said. “I’m able to do a lot more weight (lifting). I’m able to just do a lot more things that my body physically couldn’t do because of injury, or whatever it may be.”Harrison was the league’s defensive player of the year in 2008. He helped the Steelers win Super Bowls in the 2005 and 2008 seasons.Cincinnati hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season, a streak of futility that’s tied for seventh-longest in NFL history. The Bengals made the playoffs as a wild card team each of the last two seasons but lost to Houston in the opening round both years.Coach Marvin Lewis is 0-4 in the playoffs during his 10 years in Cincinnati.The Bengals return their defense virtually intact from last season, when it finished sixth in yards allowed. Adding Harrison will upgrade a position where they needed some depth. It’ll also bring in someone accustomed to winning playoff games.“He gives you that swagger and that seal,” cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones said Tuesday, after working out at Paul Brown Stadium. “You know when you mail off the letter you make sure you put a stamp on it. Well, he’s the stamp.”Jones spent some time with Harrison reminiscing about their head-to-head encounter in Dallas in 2008, when the linebacker hit him on a punt returned and injured his neck. Jones fell on the ball, and Harrison dived on top of him.“I muffed a punt and he almost killed me,” Jones said. “We talked about it today. That was the first time I hurt my neck, then I re-injured it again when I was here. I told him if he was down (on the field), I probably would have done the same thing.”last_img read more

Lauryn Williams makes history as Black Olympians capture medals for women’s bobsled

first_imgFrom left to right, silver medal winners from the United States Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, gold medal winners from Canada Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, and bronze medal winners from the United States Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans pose during the flower ceremony during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Williams becomes the first U.S. woman and fifth athlete overall to win medals in different sports at both the Summer and Winter GamesKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — For Canada’s Kaillie Humphries, having a minimal margin for error is apparently no problem.It’s why she’s the World Cup champion.It’s also why she’s the Olympic champion. Again.Humphries and Heather Moyse remain queens of Olympic women’s bobsledding after winning their second straight gold medal, rallying past the U.S. duo of Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams on Wednesday night at the Sochi Games.“How do you describe achieving a dream?” Humphries asked after becoming the first women’s bobsled driver to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. “This is a four-year goal of ours. This has been something that we’ve done together.”The final margin: One-tenth of a second.“Anytime you come that close and you can taste it, if you don’t get the result, it hurts a little bit,” Meyers said. “But Kaillie just beat me.”Silver medal winners from the United States Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, pose during the flower ceremony during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Meyers became the first U.S. women’s bobsledder to win multiple Olympic medals, this one added to the bronze she captured as a brakeman in Vancouver. Williams became the first U.S. woman and fifth athlete overall to win medals in different sports at both the Summer and Winter Games, her silver here added to a sprint relay gold from London in 2012 and a silver from the 100 meters in Athens in 2004.“I didn’t come here to make history,” Williams said. “I came here to help Team USA and I feel like I did. It wasn’t about history for me. It wasn’t about the medal for me. It’s all about the journey.”Jamie Greubel paired with brakeman Aja Evans to grab the bronze in USA-2, giving the U.S. two Olympic women’s bobsled medal winners for the first time.“We have so much depth in our program and so much talent on our team,” Greubel said. “And to be able to show the world that we are a force to be reckoned with is really awesome.”The team from the United States USA-2, piloted by Jamie Greubel with brakeman Aja Evans, hug each other after their bronze medal finish during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)All true.But this night belonged to Humphries — who beat Meyers by a single point for the season-long World Cup title — and Moyse.They were second behind Meyers and Williams in USA-1 after the first two runs on Tuesday and left the track not knowing or caring how far behind they were. The way they saw it, showing up on Wednesday and going as fast as they could was all that mattered.“Anything else would have been a negative way to think,” Moyse said.It gave them the most positive of all results.In the third heat, they cut by more than half the 0.23-second deficit they entered the night facing. Humphries went next-to-last in the final run, throwing down a sizzling 57.92 to put the pressure on USA-1. Moments later, when Meyers had another early skid in her final trip down the track, the gold was essentially decided.Still, USA-1 hardly seemed dissatisfied with Sochi silver.When it was over, Williams wrapped herself in an American flag, jumping up and down while she and Meyers smiled broadly.The team from the United States USA-3, piloted by Jazmine Fenlator with brakeman Lolo Jones, left, wave to fans after their final run during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Feb. 19, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Not long afterward, all three U.S. teams — including Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator, who were 11th in USA-3 — were arm in arm, celebrating that two medals are America-bound.And to Jones, seeing Williams — a fellow track athlete turned bobsledder — etch her spot in Olympic history meant just about everything.“She’s like a Jesse Owens. I hope she just inspired a whole country,” Jones said. “When I get home I hope she’s a household name. Her transformation was the most brilliant thing I’ve ever watched.”For Jones, it was not the Olympics she dreamed about. Her third trip to the games — the first two as a hurdler, in Beijing and London — also ended without a medal.Jones clipped a hurdle to lose what would have been gold in Beijing and fought through injury to finish fourth in London, finding both results difficult to accept. At these games, going home without a medal was hardly her fault, as the push times for USA-3 — which was not expected to be in medal contention — were hardly the problem.As a few fans chanted their names, Fenlator and Jones both gave big waves, accompanied by wide smiles when it was over.That alone seemed like victory for Jones, whose first two Olympic experiences ended in heartbreak.last_img read more

Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Varme progress to second round of Korea Open

first_imgAdvertisement acrsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vssj6aWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E68wjq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) y0c8Would you ever consider trying this?😱c6iuzCan your students do this? 🌚ksj0w0pRoller skating! Powered by Firework It has been a promising start for India in the ongoing Korea Open with both Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma progressing to the second round of the men’s singles competition on Wednesday. Srikanth, the sixth seed of the tournament beat Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong by a 21-18, 21-17 margin in a tie which lasted 37 minutes.Advertisement With this victory, the former world no.1, Srikanth will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the second round.Advertisement Sameer Verma also made it to the second round after his opponent Japanese Kazumasa Sakai gave a walk-over midway through the match with an injury, even though Verma was leading the game 11-8. In the second round Sameer will take on Kim Donghun of Korea who defeated another Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma, by a score of 21-13, 12-21, 13-21.However, there is no Indian participating in the women’s singles with the world number 9 Saina Nehwal, who made early exits in a number of tournaments recently, decided to skip the event. The Hyderabadi star is likely to feature at the Syed Modi International World Tour Super 300 in Lucknow next week.Advertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more