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first_imgThe United Kingdom’s novel coronavirus outbreak is starting to peak but it is too early to lift the lockdown because the virus would “run rampant” if the government eased social distancing measures, Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday.The United Kingdom has the fifth highest official death toll from COVID-19 in the world, after the United States, Italy, Spain and France, though the figure only covers hospital fatalities and the real number is probably much higher.”We think it is too early to make a change,” Hancock said. “While we’ve seen a flattening of the number of cases, and thankfully a flattening of the number of deaths, that hasn’t started to come down yet.” “If we just released all the measures now, then this virus would run rampant once again and we can’t let that happen.”While Prime Minister Boris Johnson recuperates at a country residence from COVID-19 complications that nearly cost him his life, the British government is due to discuss a review of the lockdown later on Thursday.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputizing for Johnson, has already made clear there will be no immediate lifting of the social distancing measures announced on March 23.Raab will chair a cabinet meeting at 1000 GMT at which the government’s chief scientist will update ministers. Later in the afternoon Raab will chair an emergency response meeting to discuss the lockdown. Social distancing The United Kingdom’s hospital death toll from COVID-19 rose by 761 to 12,868 as of 1600 on April 14, the health ministry said. Broader statistics that include deaths in care homes and in the community suggest the total toll is much larger.The most stringent restrictions in British peacetime history have effectively closed down much of the world economy, and the United Kingdom is heading towards its deepest depression in three centuries.As leaders around the world begin to contemplate ways to exit the shutdown, epidemiologists have cautioned that a second wave of the outbreak could endanger the weak and elderly.Neil Ferguson, a professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London who advises the government, said Britain would probably have to maintain some level of social distancing until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is available.”It is not going to be going back to normal,” Ferguson told BBC radio. “We will have to maintain some level of social distancing, a significant level of social distancing, probably indefinitely until we have a vaccine available.””If we relax measures too much then we will see a resurgence in transmission,” he said. “If we want to reopen schools, let people get back to work then we need to keep the transmission down in another manner.”GlaxoSmithKline Chief Executive Officer Emma Walmsley said on Wednesday that a vaccine was unlikely to be ready before the second half of 2021. center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgAfter opening the Big Ten season with a big win at home against then-No. 10 Penn State last weekend, the Badger wrestling team has a tough task ahead. Tonight they head to Northwestern, and Saturday they head to perennial powerhouse and Coach Barry Davis’ alma mater, Iowa.”This is going to be a tough weekend,” Davis said. “We’ve got to take care of business at Northwestern first. Then we’ll head to the locker room, re-group, and talk about Saturday and Iowa.”Davis is using the same type of “one match at a time” mentality that has been successful for both Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. The 9th ranked Badgers are off to a 15-0 start after defeating Penn State 17-16. The win total is the second highest in school history, and yet they are only at the midpoint of the season.”Beating Penn State was huge,” sophomore Zach Tanelli, 133 lbs., said. “The Big Ten is one of if not the toughest wrestling conference in the nation. Beating a team like that in the conference opener is a huge confidence booster.”Against Penn State, the unranked Tanelli upset the 6th ranked wrestler in the 133 lbs. weight class. For his effort Tanelli was named the Big Ten Co-Wrestler of the Week. Tanelli is currently 15-0 in dual competition this season.”It’s a great honor to be named wrestler of the week,” Tanelli said. “But (I) can’t let awards during the season overshadow my own goals and our team goals. I’m honored, but at the same time I have to focus on this weekend and Northwestern.”Northwestern comes into the match tonight with a 10-5 overall record in dual matches, but is 0-2 in the Big Ten after losing twice on road last weekend at Illinois and Iowa.”Each one of us have to do our own thing this weekend,” sophomore Dallas Herbst, 197 lbs., said. “Coach always tells us that if we each take care of business then everything else comes together.”Saturday the Badgers travel to Iowa, a familiar place for Davis. The Badgers coach was a four-time Big Ten Champion and All-American at Iowa, as well as a three-time NCAA Champion in the 1980’s. Davis still holds the Iowa record for most wins in a season and a career.”Coach is an awesome guy,” senior and team captain Tyler Turner, 149 lbs., said. “He knows the sport and cares about not only us as wrestlers but us as individuals. The energy he has for the game is great, and that spreads to all of us.”Although Davis and the Badgers are focusing on Northwestern first and will turn their minds to Iowa after Friday’s match is over, there are some things the Badgers must be keeping in the back of their minds. Wisconsin has lost the last 32 meetings against Iowa. In fact, the last time the Badgers defeated the Hawkeyes was in Iowa way back in 1966.”Beginning of the year we get the schedule, and we see this weekend on it,” Davis said. “Now that we are in the Big Ten season, we have to kick it up to a whole other level. Our young guys are doing a great job, and hopefully their hard work will give us some good results this weekend.”last_img read more

first_imgNorth Carolina freshman punt returner Ryan Switzer (3) smiles as he trots off the field with guard Landon Turner (78) and wide receiver Roy Smith (81) after an NCAA football game against Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 in Pittsburgh. Switzer returned two punts for touchdowns in North Carolina’s 34-27 win.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – His team’s momentum gone and time winding down, North Carolina freshman punt returner Ryan Switzer saw the ball drift toward him and had just a single thought running through his mind.“I wasn’t going to fair catch that one,” Switzer said.Good call.Switzer hauled in the kick from Pittsburgh’s Matt Yakolic, darted left down the sideline then completely reversed field on his way to a 61-yard touchdown that lifted the streaking Tar Heels to a 34-27 win over the enigmatic Panthers.The score was Switzer’s second of the game and third in the last two weeks, both school records.“When I saw him go up the sideline, I was like, ‘He’s gone,’” North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams said. “I know what he can do. I’ve been on him all year. I told him, ‘When your time comes, just keep performing.”North Carolina (5-5, 4-3 ACC) needed Switzer to come through after blowing a 24-point second-half lead. The Tar Heels appeared to be in full control when Thomas Moore’s second field goal made it 27-3 with 12:51 to play in the third quarter.It disappeared over the next 20 minutes, as Pitt quarterback Tom Savage shook off a relentless North Carolina pass rush to lead a frantic rally. The Panthers tied it at 27 on James Conner’s 2-yard plunge with 8:52 to play. Pitt mounted one last drive after Switzer’s second score, but Conner was stuffed on fourth-and-1 at the North Carolina 26 with 1:10 to go and the Tar Heels escaped with their fourth straight victory after a 1-5 start.“We talk about adversity all the time and what you have to do with it,” North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. “They didn’t blink and kept believing in each other.”Williams ran for two touchdowns to overcome a shaky day passing and the Tar Heels sacked Savage seven times, including 3˝ by defensive end Kareem Martin.“He’s a senior that understands we are running out of opportunities and he’s making the most out of every one of them,” Fedora said of Martin.Savage completed 23 of 38 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers (5-5, 2-4), both scores and more of the yards coming after he left the game briefly late in the second quarter with a left knee injury.He returned to start the second half and was promptly sacked and fumbled on his first pass attempt. The Tar Heels recovered and Moore’s second field goal seemed to have North Carolina firmly in control.Instead, the Panthers flirted with one of the greatest comebacks in program history.“I appreciate that he’s a warrior,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. “I appreciate what he does. I love the way he plays. He’s pretty even keeled and obviously competitive.”So, it turns out, are the Tar Heels, who have emerged from the ashes of a brutal first half of the season to move within a game of becoming bowl eligible.North Carolina came in surging, winning its previous three games by an average of 21 points. The Tar Heels seemed to be well on their way to another one, taking advantage of choppy play by the Panthers, who were hoping to avoid a letdown after rallying to beat Notre Dame last weekend.Chryst allowed he wasn’t sure how his team would respond after the biggest victory of his two-year tenure and was treated to another uneven performance in a season full of them.The Panthers marched 64 yards on the opening drive for a field goal and was deep in North Carolina territory on its second drive when Savage scrambled to his left and had the ball knocked out of his hand by Martin. Travis Hughes recovered and in an instant Pitt’s momentum vanished.North Carolina ripped off the game’s next 27 points.Williams was erratic when dropping back to throw, completing just 15 of 27 passes for 173 yards. He was dynamic, however, when tucking the ball under his right arm. He ran for 79 yards, including touchdown runs of 16 and 10 yards.For a long stretch, the Panthers had no answer as North Carolina’s rejuvenated defense, which was so abysmal earlier in the season associate head coach Vic Koennig said he was “disenchanted” by his group’s play, seemed to put a body on Savage after every snap.During one five-possession span in the second and third quarters, Savage endured six sacks, avoided another by intentionally grounding the ball by switching the ball to his left (non-throwing) hand and fell in a heap clutching his knee at the end of a lengthy scramble.Still, he hung around and put the Panthers in position to earn their sixth victory and become bowl eligible for the sixth straight season. That goal will have to wait until next week at the earliest thanks to Switzer.last_img read more

first_imgNorth Coast residents get excited for the season’s first significant rain for a variety of reasons. Some just love the rain and for others, it’s the start of the holiday season. Others love the idea of bringing new life to our forest floors and home gardens. For anglers, the first big rain means something completely different. To us, it means big, bright king salmon charging from the salt water of the Pacific Ocean into our coastal rivers. With some very large storms looming on the horizon, the …last_img read more

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma will on Sunday, 22 May 2016, officiate at the National Day of Prayer at Absa Stadium in DurbanThe prayers will be for, amongst other things, successful and peaceful 2016 Local Government Elections as well as for the further consolidation of democracy.On the day of the prayer service, leaders of religious and civil society formations will join government in praying also for national unity, social cohesion as well as for rain and the promotion of water conservation under the persistent drought conditions.The event will further observe Africa Month which was launched on 03 May 2016 at the Cradle of the Humankind in Mogale City by the Department of Arts and Culture. From last year, government decided to organise activities in May to mark Africa Month, to promote unity, cohesion and prosperity in the African continent.The 2016 celebrations will be held under the theme; “Building a Better Africa and a Better World” and the sub-theme: “There shall be Peace and Friendship”.The Africa Month activities, which will be implemented by various government departments and provinces, will showcase and promote African renewal and renaissance, arts and culture, economic development in the continent as well as African sports and recreation.This year’s celebrations will also reflect on tragic events of last year in parts of Durban and Johannesburg where some foreign nationals, especially those from the African continent, were tragically attacked.The prayer service will further promote unity and peaceful co-existence and encourage communities to continue fighting xenophobia, racism and any form of intolerance.Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows:Date: Sunday, 22 May 2016Time: 09h00Venue: ABSA Stadium (Kings Park), DurbanWe wish to request media covering the event to please send their details to Professor Ndawonde on [email protected] or [email protected] or 079 891 2782.Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or [email protected] by: The PresidencyPretoriaWebsite: www.thepresidency.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgBuying used gear can be a great investment, but it can also involve risks. Let’s discuss which ones to take and which ones to avoid.In today’s film and video marketplace, it feels like everyone’s chasing the latest, greatest cameras and trends. From Full HD to 4K at 60 fps to whatever the heck it is that people want to do with 8K internal recording. It seems like every few months there are some big announcements and big technical breakthroughs.For a filmmaker or videographer simply looking to purchase a camera, it can be a bit overwhelming. You don’t want to go out and buy a new $3,000 camera just to see it become old news by the end of the week.Because of this overflow on the market, many filmmakers who have saved and are ready to make an investment — big or small — a smart choice is often the used gear route. But buying used also means that you need to really research and know what you’re getting.That is, if you’re cautious when considering all the risks that come with your used investments.Make Sure You’re Actually Getting a Good DealSo, before you dive into making a used gear investment, you’ll definitely want to do your due diligence and research the market. To start, you can always look up what every camera (or piece of equipment or gear) currently costs new. From there, you can also check around to get a ballpark estimate for the used piece of equipment.Big wholesale websites like B&H and Adorama can be good places to start. But for used, it might be best to check around on Amazon and Ebay, as well. From there, you should start to understand what used gear is actually worth.BUT! For many of these resale websites, used gear is actually refurbished, and often represents at least some type of care. Once you start shopping around from friends, colleagues, or just through online marketplaces like Craigslist or Facebook, you’re really dealing with true USED gear that hasn’t been touched up, or perhaps even tested, recently.As such, the price should drop. You should never pay the same price for something used as you would new. And, it might very well be best to not even pay the “used” price online for a used camera from a friend — without checking it out first, that is.Check the SensorImage via Hayati Kayhan.If and when you do get a chance to check a camera out in person, you’re going to want to look it over as thoroughly as possible. But one part that you should absolutely be sure to check out is the sensor. Cosmetic damages to cameras or gear should be easy to identify, but any small scratches or build-up inside the camera could be the biggest problem.When you can, inspect the sensor from the outside first for any noticeable damage. From there, you can give it an actual test.Record Test FootageHaving bought used cameras for both video and photography, for me, this seems to be pretty standard practice and probably the best way to test to make sure the secondhand gear you’re investing in is truly functional and working properly. For photography, you can simply take some test photos. Try to shoot at different F-stops and get some shots of clean backgrounds — like a blue sky or a white wall. This’ll help you when inspecting the images to see if there are any dots or blemishes.For video, you can try the same things, but of course, by actually recording video. Try recording at different frames per second. Try different lenses. (If you can, bring your own lenses to make sure they fit, as well.) Try, as best as possible, to replicate your intended workflow with the new camera or gear. If you can, bring your own cards and laptop so that you can make sure the footage will upload and isn’t damaged for your edits.Read Reviews for Common ProblemsImage via SKphotographer.Along with your initial research into pricing for your used gear and cameras, it is also helpful to research reviews to find common problems associated with cameras that could pop up after a couple years. Make a list of all the potential issues that people have reported, and ask if any of those problems (or warning signs of those problems) have been noticed with the gear.Check Shutter Count (If Applicable)While not always an issue with all video cameras, for many DSLRs back in the day, checking the shutter count for your hybrid video and photo cameras was perhaps the biggest piece of information about just how much wear and tear the camera had. It might not be the true equivalent of miles from the odometer of a car, but it’d at least give you an idea of just how often a camera has been used.If you’re looking strictly at video cameras, you can ask about its usage. Red flags to look out for are cameras or gear that have been used in extreme weather conditions (hot or cold), as well as in sandy environments like on the beach or on long hikes or trips.You’ll perhaps never know the true story of your used cameras or gear, but if you follow these steps and ask the right questions, you should mitigate the chances of investing in a piece of gear that might break down on you well before you expected.Cover image by nampix.For more film and video gear advice and tips, check out these articles below.Tips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online6 Online Resources for Renting Camera GearHow To Make Your Expensive Gear Investment Last ForeverIndustry Trends: The Most Popular Gear Rentals of 2018What You Should Buy After You’ve Purchased a Cameralast_img read more

first_imgRussia’s world number 12 Svetlana Kuznetsova will miss next month’s Australian Open as she recovers from wrist surgery, organisers confirmed on Friday.The 32-year-old former French and U.S. Open champion was already rated doubtful and was missing from the official entry list when it was published on Friday along with China’s world number 94 Zheng Saisai, who has a right knee problem.Reigning champion Serena Williams was included in the field for the first grand slam of the year but remains a doubt for the event after giving birth to a daughter in September.Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, all of whom ended last season early due to injuries, are expected to return to Australia next month.”We have been in regular contact with Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, who are all set for the Aussie summer,” tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement.”They will all have lower rankings meaning there’s a real chance we’ll finally see a breakthrough from one of the rising stars like Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem or David Goffin.”The Australian Open follows the world rankings for seedings so world number ones Rafa Nadal and Simona Halep will top the men’s and women’s singles draws for the Jan. 15 to 28 event at Melbourne Park.last_img read more

first_imgThe Touch Football Australia Queensland branch and University Sport are working together to run the Northern University Games Touch Championships to be held at Quad Park Kawana from 3rd to 6th July 2006. REFEREES ARE REQUIRED for this event and they will be paid at a rate of $20 per single and $10 per Dual.If you are interested in refereeing at this event, please contact Glen Richardson at [email protected] to register your interest.This is a great event and heaps of fun and a good chance to earn a few dollars along the way.All referees will also be given a social pass to attend the night time functions – if that interests you?Any assistance will be appreciated! Register your interest now.For Further information check out the Unisport website : Northern University Games Websitelast_img read more

first_imgHigh quality action was expected for Day 1 of the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament and the opening morning has not disappointed.In the Mens 40s, Sydney Scorpions got off to a flying start in defence of their 2006 title, defeating cross town rivals Mets 11-2.Last year’s Mens 50s winners Qld Country Rustlers were not so lucky going down to Cobras 5-2.Sharks Mens 35s showed why they are the team to beat with a convincing 9-0 win over Southern Suns.In the Womens 30s division, strong performances from Suns, Cyclones and Rustlers suggest competition will be fierce over the next few days.For all the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITE8.30am            Men’s 40s:                   Scorpions (11) def Mets (2)Men’s 40s:                   Rustlers (6) drew Sharks (6)Men’s 50s:                   Cobras (5) def Rustlers (2)Men’s 45s:                   Sharks (5) def Rustlers (3)Men’s 45s:                   Suns (6) def Hornets (0)9.20amMen’s 40s:                   Suns (12) def Eagles (4)Men’s 40s:                   Barbarians (5) def Hornets (2)Men’s 45s:                   Eagles (4) def Scorpions (3)Men’s 50s:                   Suns (6) def Scorpions (4)Women’s 30s:              Eagles (2) drew Scorpions (2)Men’s 50s:                   Mets (7) def ACT (2)10.10amWomen’s 30s:              Suns v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Cyclones (4) def Sharks (2)Women’s 30s:              Rustlers (8) def ACT (3)Men’s 50s:                   Hornets (3) def Sharks (0)Men’s 40s:                   Warriors (3) def Cyclones (1)Men’s 50s:                   Cyclones (3) drew Eagles (3)11.00amMen’s 35s:                   Sharks (9) def Suns (0)Men’s 30s:                   Suns (13) def Barbarians (2)Men’s 30s:                  Rustlers (8) def Cyclones (3)Women’s 40s:              Scorpions (6) def Cyclones (3)Women’s 40s:              Cobras (4) def Hornets (2)11.50amMen’s 35s:                   Cobras v MetsMen’s 30s:                   Hornets v CobrasMen’s 45s:                   Eagles v ACTMen’s 45s:                   Scorpions v SharksWomen’s 40s:              Sharks v Suns12.40pmMen’s 40’s:                  Hornets v CyclonesMen’s 40’s:                  Scorpions v WarriorsMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v Barbarians Men’s 40s:                   Suns v RustlersMen’s 45s:                   Suns v Rustlers1.30pmWomen’s 40s:              Scorpions v CobrasWomen’s 30s:              Suns v ACTWomen’s 30s:              Scorpions v HornetsWomen’s 30s:              Rustlers v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Mets v Eagles2.20pmWomen’s 40s:              Cyclones v SunsWomen’s 30s:              Eagles v SharksMen’s 35s:                   Sharks v Mets Men’s 35s:                   Suns v ScorpionsWomen’s 40s:              Hornets v Sharks3.10pmMen’s 50s:                   Hornets v MetsMen’s 50s:                   Scorpions v SharksMen’s 50s:                   Rustlers v EaglesMen’s 50s:                   Cobras v SunsMen’s 50s:                   ACT v Cyclones4.00pmMen’s 40s:                   Sharks v EaglesMen’s 40s:                   Suns v MetsMen’s 40s:                   Scorpions v CyclonesMen’s 40s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 40s:                   Hornets v Rustlers4.50pmMen’s 35s:                   Scorpions v CobrasMen’s 35s:                   Mets v SunsMen’s 30s:                   Suns v HornetsMen’s 30s:                   Warriors v BarbariansMen’s 30s:                   Cobras v Rustlerslast_img read more

first_imgDuke and UNC face off.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 7: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Former Duke star J.J. Redick is back in Durham this week, and worked out at the team’s facility yesterday. He’s back out there today, and shooting like he used to do for the Blue Devils, according to the Duke basketball Twitter account. All-time Duke scoring leader @JJRedick shooting 92% unofficially in this workout. The guy can’t miss. #DukeFam pic.twitter.com/qH5Bg6imDZ— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) September 15, 2015Crazy to think that Redick is entering his 10th NBA season. Time flies.last_img read more