Brazil sees record daily coronavirus cases, official says outbreak under control

first_imgBrazil reported a record 34,918 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the same day that one of the senior officials leading the country’s widely criticized response to the crisis said the outbreak was under control.Brazil, the world’s No. 2 coronavirus hotspot after the United States, is fast approaching 1 million cases, although experts say the true number is likely higher due to patchy testing. Brazil also registered 1,282 COVID-19 deaths since its last update on Monday, the Health Ministry said, bringing confirmed fatalities in the country to 45,241.Walter Braga Netto, the head of the office of the president’s chief of staff, known as Casa Civil, and one of the top officials handling the crisis, said it was under control. “We are not seeing transmission slowing down” in Brazil, Etienne said.PAHO recommends that Brazil and other regional countries strengthen social distancing and urged that reopening of the economy be done slowly and carefully.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has long opposed social distancing measures, and many of the country’s states are re-opening for business even though the outbreak remains severe. Topics :center_img “There is a crisis, we sympathize with bereaved families, but it is managed,” said Braga Netto, who spoke during a webinar held by the Commercial Association of Rio de Janeiro.Braga Netto said Brazil’s deaths-per-million-people figure was better than that of Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy and France. As such, the Army general said he “was trying to convey a message of optimism in the management of the crisis.”His optimism was not shared by the World Health Organization’s regional director.Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said in a video briefing from Washington that Brazil is a major concern. Latin America’s largest country accounts for about a quarter of the roughly 4 million coronavirus cases in the Americas and nearly 25% of the deaths, she said.last_img read more

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Walmart releases plans to restrict the sale of guns and ammunition

first_imgBentonville, Ar. — Walmart has announced plans to stop selling guns or ammunition to people younger than 21. The retail giant says they will also remove toys and items that resemble assault-style weapons.Company officials released the following statement:“In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales. Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age. We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change.In 2015, Walmart ended sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15. We also do not sell handguns, except in Alaska where we feel we should continue to offer them to our customers. Additionally, we do not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories. We have a process to monitor our eCommerce marketplace and ensure our policies are applied.We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm. The law would allow the sale of a firearm if no response to a background check request has been received within three business days, but our policy prohibits the sale until an approval is given.We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys. Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way.”last_img read more

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South Africa crush England to level series

first_imgNOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) – South Africa took full advantage of an abject England batting display yesterday to complete a crushing 340-run win in the second Test at Trent Bridge which levelled the series 1-1 with two games remaining.Defeat was Joe Root’s first as captain in his second game in charge, and England’s eighth loss in 13 matches. But it was the manner of their capitulation inside 45 overs and with a day and a half to spare that will trouble Root most.Instead of mounting the required rearguard action, England collapsed to 133 all out, with the last three wickets falling without the addition of a run.The wickets were shared among four bowlers with man-of-the-match Vernon Philander (3-24), Keshav Maharj (3-42) and Chris Morris (2-7) taking the honours.South Africa outplayed England in every aspect of the game, with the tourists’ first innings lasting one ball longer, at 96.2 overs, than England’s two combined.Hopes that England might chase down a world-record 474 runs for victory were dispelled by the second over when Philander removed Keaton Jennings’ off-stump, following up soon afterwards by having Gary Ballance for lbw.Both Jennings (3) and Ballance (4) will find their positions under pressure after contributing just 44 and 85 runs respectively in four innings this series.With their departure, England looked to Root and former captain Alastair Cook for resistance but the excellent Morris claimed both batsmen before lunch, bowling Root (8) and bouncing out Cook (42) with a vicious lifter.The hosts fell away alarmingly after the interval when Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali surrendered their wickets to poor shots while Philander removed the dangerous Ben Stokes with the sharpest of return catches.The final indignity came when Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Jimmy Anderson all fell on 133, leaving former England captain Michael Vaughan to post on Twitter, “This is absolutely terrible ……. Far too much talent in this team to play like this.”Root offered a more diplomatic assessment, saying: “It has been a tough week. We weren’t good enough with the bat for the whole game. We prepared very well and had two good practice days.”England have delayed selection ahead of the third Test, which starts at the Oval on July 27, and could make changes.By contrast, South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis was delighted, dedicating the win to absent coach Russell Domingo, who missed the game following a family bereavement. “It was for Russell,” he said.du Plessis added he admired the way his side refused to relinquish their stranglehold once they got on top.“It was important to get into a position of strength and not lose our momentum,” he said.SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 335 (H. Amla 78, Q. de Kock 68, V. Philander 54; J. Anderson 5-72)ENGLAND 1st innings 205 (J. Root 78)SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings 343 for 9 (H. Amla 87, D. Elgar 80, F. du Plessis 63; M. Ali 4-78)ENGLAND 2nd innings (Target: 474 runs)A. Cook c de Kock b Morris 42K. Jennings b Philander 3G. Ballance lbw b Philander 4J. Root b Morris 8J. Bairstow c Morris b Maharaj 16B. Stokes c & b Philander 18M. Ali c Kuhn b Maharaj 27L. Dawson not out 5S. Broad c M. Morkel b Maharaj 5M. Wood c Morris b Olivier 0J. Anderson c de Kock b Olivier 0Extras: (lb-5) 5Total: (all out, 44.2 overs) 133Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-28, 3-55, 4-72, 5-84, 6-122, 7-126, 8-133, 9-133.Bowling: M. Morkel 13-4-30-0, V. Philander 10-3-24-3, D. Olivier 3.2-0-25-2, C. Morris 6-3-7-2, K. Maharaj 12-2-42-3.last_img read more

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Lewandowski on his way to breaking Ronaldo’s record

first_imgNever before had a player scored that many goals for a German club in the Champions League. 53 goals in 44 games of all competitions make him Europe’s current leading striker.Three goals and five assists in both games against Chelsea give proof of his outstanding form.Teammate Leon Goretzka spoke about the “phenomenon Lewandowski” by praising his attitude. “He always told me to stay calm and focused,” Goretzka reported.“After all, we had to deal with a break after the national league. We had only one test game to get on top-level again,” the midfielder added.Goretzka admitted to having been worried, but “Lewa” told him to concentrate on the duel against Chelsea and forget about the unusual circumstances.“You could feel his determination, he carried us all away in every training session,” the German international said.This season’s key to success is to keep in mind that only one game will decide the next round, Lewandowski concluded.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Robert LewandowskiKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  The bag of Robert Lewandowski was packed in no time before the Pole boarded the plane heading for Portugal’s capital Lisbon this Sunday afternoon.A brief smile went over the face of the 31-year-old Bayern Munich striker as the Bavarians took off to attend the 2019/20 Champions League quarterfinals.Spanish giants Barcelona are waiting for their “tournament opener” in the last-8-round this Friday evening.The striker admitted he couldn’t be happier to finish the season’s last chapter with another successful episode.But Lewandowski wouldn’t be Lewandowski if he did not take steps to hide his true intentions.“We want to show we are one of the world’s best sides, and we are determined to reach the semifinal,” he said, talking about his team’s goals instead of his personal ones. Goal records or the Ballon d’Or is nothing he is thinking about, he insisted.In Bayern’s training camp in Lagos, 300 kilometers away from Lisbon, the forward might nevertheless think about his desire to win the campaign for the first time and break the record of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.The Portuguese scored 17 goals in 2013/14 in the shirt of Real Madrid, taking the Spaniards all the way to the trophy.Having scored his goals number 12 and 13 in this season’s campaign when Bayern crushed Chelsea 3-1, the attacker is approaching Ronaldo’s all-time best in rapid strides.“He is not only the world’s best striker, but the best performer in general,” Germany’s most capped international Lothar Matthaeus commented.last_img read more

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TS Melissa Fading in Atlantic, as South FL Deals with Rough Ocean Conditions

first_imgTropical Storm Melissa, which has been causing rough conditions along our coast during the weekend, is about to fade away.According to the National Hurricane Center, the 45-mph storm is weakening and is now expected to become a post-tropical remnant low by Sunday night or Monday.Melissa formed off New England as a subtropical storm on Friday, as thunderstorms surrounded the nor’easter that has been affecting people from New York to Boston.After becoming a tropical storm on Saturday, Melissa was moving east in the Atlantic Ocean, and away from North America.Northwest swells from the storm have combined with onshore winds to kick up our seas as high as nine feet during Sunday.According to our news partner, CBS12, large breaking waves, strong rip currents and beach erosion remain likely, and a small craft advisory is still in effect for boaters.In related news, the NHC says in its 2 p.m. Sunday advisory that a “vigorous” tropical wave with a 70 percent chance of development is moving off the African coast. The advisory states, “Showers and thunderstorms are beginning to show signs of organization, and environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for the development of a tropical depression during the next few days while the disturbance moves west-northwestward to northwestward over or just east of the Cabo Verde Islands.”Strong winds in the upper atmosphere are expected to prevent any further development of the system.Two other disturbances, one over the southwestern Caribbean Sea and the other in the central Atlantic, have a 20 percent chance of development.Upper-level high pressure will continue to bring South Florida mainly dry weather through the middle of the week. A slow-moving front and higher moisture will begin to increase our shower and storm chances by the end of the week.last_img read more

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Amateur golfers to play on golf’s greatest stage at Royal Birkdale

first_img9 May 2017 Amateur golfers to play on golf’s greatest stage at Royal Birkdale Golf club members from across England and the other Home Countries will tee it up at Royal Birkdale shortly before the world’s best golfers compete at The 146th Open in July. A group of 42 men and women will secure their places in the final of the inaugural R&A Nine Hole Championship through a qualifying process organised by the national governing bodies in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. England Golf has invited clubs to put forward the winners of a nominated nine-hole event. The players with the best scores will qualify for the final. The final of the Nine Hole Championship will be held on Saturday, 15 July when qualifiers will play the challenging back nine at the famous Southport links just before official practice begins for the top players in the game. Defending champion Henrik Stenson, Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the 2014 Champion Golfer of the Year Rory McIlroy and current world number one Dustin Johnson will be among those competing. The Open is being staged at Royal Birkdale for the tenth time and will be played from 16 – 23 July. The nine hole event, which follows a successful pilot last year, is central to The R&A’s efforts to promote this form of golf as an ideal way to play the sport in less time, either recreationally or competitively for handicap purposes. Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A said: “We want to promote nine hole golf as a perfectly valid means of enjoying the game whether socially or competitively and the 2017 event builds on the successful pilot run at Royal Troon last summer. “We know the time 18 holes can take and that this can deter golfers from playing regularly so we continue to encourage clubs to offer nine hole event opportunities. It is important, we believe, to remind golfers that nine hole play is increasing in popularity and therefore being enjoyed by more players.”last_img read more

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Prithvi Shaw’s comeback gains steam after cracking Ranji trophy century off just 84 balls

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/PTIAdvertisement g1NBA Finals | Brooklyn VszxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6jt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3q4gyWould you ever consider trying this?😱3okudCan your students do this? 🌚xzguRoller skating! Powered by Firework Many sportsperson over the years have been a victim of doping addiction, and faced punishment and bans from their respective sports. The long break from the game most of the times causes them to quit the sport for good, but not in the case of Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw. After serving a ban of 8 months, the Mumbai batsman has intensified his return to the 22 yards with a century against Baroda in the Ranji trophy!Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/PTIBack in July, Prithvi was subjected to a doping test by BCCI, and the results revealed that there was presence of Terbutaline in his urine, a substance listed in WADA’s Prohibited List of Substances. The player was banned from the sport until November 15, with an official statement released by BCCI, which said that the Prithvi had: “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.”Following the ban, the player took it to social media, and posted a statement on his official Twitter handle.Advertisement However, its all in the past now. A fresh resume on the 22 yards has him landing a marvellous 100 runs off 84 balls against Baroda. This was the 9th century for Mumbai’s hard hitter. At lunch on day 3, Prithvi is 122 unbeaten, with 12 fours and 4 sixes.What the spectators saw on field, Prithvi had already determined it long ago. On his birthday on Nov 9, the 20 year old tweeted a video of him doing net practice, with a caption that read: “I turn 20 today. I assure it will be Prithvi Shaw 2.0 going forward. Thank u for all the good wishes & support. Will be back in action soon. #motivation #hardwork #believe“Check out the tweet here-Shaw made his debut for Mumbai on 1st January 2017 in the semi final of the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy against Tamil Nadu, and scored 120 off 175. His international test debut came on 4th October 2018 versus West Indies, and he has earned 293 caps in the game format. The right handed batsman plays for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.Prithvi’s impressive comeback has him claiming the spot for the third test opener in the upcoming New Zealand tour in February 2020.Early hurdle: Prithvi Shaw faces suspension for doping violation, two more domestic cricketers caughtPrithvi Shaw 2.0 vows to make a comeback on his 20th birthday after doping ban Advertisementlast_img read more

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MAN WHO MAINTAINED CANNABIS FACTORY IS REMANDED IN CUSTODY

first_imgA Malaysian man who oversaw the running of a cannabis growhouse in Ballybofey has been remanded in custody.Ching Ann Low appears in court.Ching Ann Low, 31, appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning. He is the fourth person to appear in court charged in connection with the discovery of the cannabis factory worth an estimated €360,000 above a Chinese restaurant on Navenny Street on Tuesday evening.The court heard that Ching Ann Low held the key to the premises to which the plants were being grown and also looked after the equipment used to grow the plants.Garda Detective Sgt Niall Boyle told the court he was objecting to bail as he considered the accused a serious flight risk.Solicitor Frank Dorrian objected saying Gardai had his passport and that his wife was also now in custody as she was one of the co-accused.But Sgt Boyle said the accused could still slip into Northern Ireland and out of the jurisdiction.The court heard that Ching Ann Low arrived in Ireland in October 2012 with his wife and mother-in-law.Judge Paul Kelly said he agreed that the accused could be a flight risk and remanded him in custody at Castlerea Prison until Monday next by video-link.MAN WHO MAINTAINED CANNABIS FACTORY IS REMANDED IN CUSTODY was last modified: January 24th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Ballybofeycannabis factoryChang Ann LowGardaiSgt Niall Boylelast_img read more

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HOST OF CELEBRITIES ARRIVE IN DONEGAL TOMORROW FOR CHARITY FOOTBALL GAME

first_imgFAI boss John Delaney, RTE’s Tony O’Donoghue, Danny ‘Buster’ O’Carroll, Brian Ormond, Marty Morrissey and professional boxer Jason Quigley are just some of the names headed to Donegal for a charity soccer match tomorrow night.The match, in aid of the Bumbleance Children’s Ambulance service, takes place at Finn Park in Co Donegal on Saturday night.Fans will have a chance to meet all the celebrities after the game which hopes to raise plenty of cash for the charity. Bumbleance provides free medical transport to more than 150 of Ireland’s sickest children. This is a family fun event and will kick of at 7pm with a mini carnival face painting etc fun for all the family with meet and great after the match with all celebritiesTICKETS FOR THE MATCH CAN BE PURCHASED ON THE TICKET HOTLINE ON 086 274 0777 OR AT MICHAEL MURPHY SPORTS AND LEISURE LETTERKENNY TICKETS ARE €5 CHILDADULT €10Family€20 2adults childYour county needs you show your support for what is going to be s big family fun evening for all the family HOST OF CELEBRITIES ARRIVE IN DONEGAL TOMORROW FOR CHARITY FOOTBALL GAME was last modified: September 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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