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Italy struck by deadliest day as virus prompts industry shutdown

first_imgAfter overtaking China as the most deadly center of the outbreak, Italy has alarmingly reported 793 deaths on Saturday, raising the total to 4,825 as hospitals overflow and health-care workers die. The country is fast running out of solutions — social and economic — to contain the catastrophe.It’s not alone: The death count in the UK and Spain also surged.Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was initially reluctant to embrace a large-scale shutdown, warned Britons they can’t expect to be spared: “The numbers are very stark, and they are accelerating. We are only a matter of weeks — two or three — behind Italy.”With no end in sight to the carnage, Europe is increasingly on a war footing after restrictions on society that would have seemed outlandish just weeks ago failed to bring down death rates. Italy, a founding European Union member that’s survived its share of political and financial crises, is once again on the brink in an EU beset by its latest crisis. Conte’s measures to contain the spread of the virus mirror initiatives taken by the Lombardy region, the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak and its economic heart. Regional leaders have urged the central government to take tougher action, often imposing their own measures before officials in Rome acted.As the human toll mounts, governments are increasingly throwing out the rulebook to counter the economic impact. Germany, long a holdout on deficit spending, pledged new debt worth almost 4.5% of its economic output. Unprecedented UK measures include helping pay people’s wages. The US administration is floating about $2 trillion in stimulus.As during Europe’s debt crisis a decade ago and the politically divisive influx of refugees that began in 2015, unified leadership has been in short supply. Helmed by an inexperienced team of EU commissioners in Brussels, the bloc did agree to close its outside borders as a way to protect visa-free travel within the EU.This weekend’s focus turns to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor with debt-crisis experience whose government is holding emergency talks on Sunday that look set to end years of balanced budgets.Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said Germany is pledging more than 150 billion euros ($160 billion) in new debt to help small companies cover overheads and aid to low-income earners. Merkel is considering a state of emergency, which would allow her government to ask parliament to the German constitution’s limits on public debt.Merkel also has prepared Germans for the possibility of sweeping shutdowns like those imposed in Italy and Spain, telling them “you need to take it seriously.”Berlin, the capital, on Saturday joined Bavaria and other German states in announcing further restrictions on public movement ahead of Sunday’s meeting.With cafés, bars and pubs now closed, the UK government is falling in line with the trend toward restrictions on social gatherings to curb the spread of the virus. But in the economic sphere it is going much further than its cohort with a radical set of measures that include the state paying up to 80 percent of a worker’s wages.In Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned the nation on Saturday to expect a further increase in deaths. The country is entering the second week of a state of emergency that has confined most people to their homes with police patrolling the streets to enforce the lockdown. Reported deaths rose by 324 on Saturday to 1,326, about twice the pace recorded the previous day.Most people in Spain “have never had to face something as harsh this,” Sanchez said in a address.Topics : Italy suffered its worst day of coronavirus deaths and shut down almost all industrial production for 15 days, with the pandemic dealing blow after blow across an entire European continent in lockdown.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said late Saturday that Italy will temporarily halt all non-essential business activity as the country of 60 million faces its biggest challenge since World War II. Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and post offices and other essential businesses will stay open, he said.”Stay home, we don’t have a choice,” he told Italians in a televised address.last_img read more

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4 persons hurt in road crash

first_imgThe 60-year-old Segundito Segador; 43-year-oldRhea Estrella; Jeff Geolagio and his 11-year-old sister Liza sustained injurieson the body, police said. The suspect was in the custody of the Guimbalpolice station. He vowed to pay for all the hospital expenses of the victims./PN The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. onTuesday. The driver of the pickup was identifiedas Zaldy Torrechante, 49, of Barangay Atabayan, Tigbauan, Iloilo. ILOILO City – The tricycle they wereriding crashed against a pickup truck in Barangay Nanga, Guimbal, Iloilo. last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Spartans

first_imgThe 8th grade Lady Bulldogs came out with a win last night against Connersville 31-16.They played great Defense and worked well together. They set goals for the game, and they worked on getting them accomplished. Scoring for the ladies were:Catherin Raab 8, Denise Davalos 7, Chloe Saler and Paige Oldham both with 5, Katie Brewer 4, and Shalee Harrington 2. Great job girls! Coty and I are very PROUD of you.They will be in action again on Thursday at home. Come out and support the girls as they finish up the regular season.The 7th grade lost in overtime 32-28.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Horn.last_img read more

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Fletcher has surgery on ankle

first_imgSunderland striker Steven Fletcher has undergone surgery to address the ankle injury which ended his season prematurely, the club have confirmed. The 26-year-old Scotland international had an operation on Monday and is now targeting a swift as possible return to ensure he is available for the start of the new campaign. Fletcher, a £12million summer signing from Wolves, remains the club’s leading scorer for this season but has missed the last three games after damaging ankle ligaments on international duty last month. The Black Cats are yet to reveal details of his recovery period. News of Fletcher’s absence for the remainder of the season was announced on the same day as skipper Lee Cattermole was ruled out with a persistent knee problem, and represented a major blow to then manager Martin O’Neill with the club fighting for Barclays Premier League survival. O’Neill revealed at the time that he was hopeful Fletcher would not need surgery, but admitted it was a possibility if the ankle did not settle down with treatment and rest. The Ulsterman was replaced by Paolo Di Canio on March 30 with the newcomer well aware he would be without the man most likely to fire the Black Cats out of trouble. In the circumstances, he challenged the rest of his players to come up with the goals to keep them in the top flight, and received the perfect response on Sunday when Stephane Sessegnon, Adam Johnson and David Vaughan struck to secure a famous 3-0 derby victory at Newcastle. However, Sunderland remain only three points clear of the relegation zone with five games to play despite Wigan’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday night, and the Latics still have a game in hand on their fellow relegation contenders. The Black Cats entertain high-flying Everton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, when anything other than three points could dissipate the euphoria of their heroics on Tyneside. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Blues on the brink of title

first_imgEfficient Chelsea moved to the brink of the Barclays Premier League title after they came from behind to beat gutsy Leicester 3-1. Jose Mourinho’s side can no w clinch the league against Crystal Palace on Sunday and claim their first crown since 2010. They are 13 points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal with just four games left, although the Gunners have a match in hand. Didier Drogba, John Terry and Ramires scored second half goals to rescue the visitors after d isciplined Leicester had shocked them – Marc Albrighton’s first goal for the club gave the hosts a deserved lead. The Foxes, one point above the bottom three, matched Chelsea in a dogged and organised display despite being denied a fifth straight top flight win for the first time since 1963/64. Drogba started for Chelsea along with Petr Cech – with Oscar, after his head injury at Arsenal, and Thibaut Courtois, who was struggling with a hip injury, on the bench. Diego Costa missed out, not risked after a hamstring problem. Leicester were unchanged as Jamie Vardy started despite being a doubt with a foot injury. The hosts began well, snapping at their sloppy visitors who were not allowed to settle with Esteban Cambiasso pulling the strings. The midfielder, central to Mourinho when they won the Champions League at Inter together in 2010, created a fine opening for Ulloa with a glorious pass on 12 minutes, only for the striker’s touch to let him down. Drogba then failed to connect with Willian’s cross as Chelsea threatened before Eden Hazard’s excellent pass unlocked the Foxes, only for Cesc Fabregas’ cross to be hacked clear. The leaders started to probe and Leicester suffered a double blow in a matter of minutes as Andy King, on his 300th appearance for the club, and former Chelsea defender Robert Huth were forced off. Matty James and Ritchie De Laet replaced them but it failed to hurt the Foxes’ resilience as they held off Chelsea with a degree of ease. While the visitors pressed they rarely looked like making a breakthrough against the organised hosts. Danny Drinkwater fired over seven minutes before the break and the leaders then survived a huge scare moments later. Albrighton’s cross was met by Paul Konchesky, who saw his shot turned against the post by Cech and then his cross half-cleared. James headed the ball back for Cambiasso and his lay-off found Albrighton, whose goalbound shot was blocked. But the winger scored his first goal since January 2012 in first half stoppage time to send the home fans into raptures. James sent Vardy scampering down the left and, when he crossed, Cesar Azpilicueta slipped and Albrighton passed the ball into the corner at the far post. The King Power Stadium erupted but was left in stunned silence three minutes after the break when Chelsea levelled. Leicester had been controlled at the back but allowed Branislav Ivanovic to squeeze down the right and cross for Drogba to sweep in from 10 yards. Two minutes later the striker, who had been poor in the first half, fired over and then Fabregas failed to connect with Willian’s sumptuous centre. Chelsea had upped their game and Drogba flashed a shot wide after 62 minutes as Leicester struggled to match their first-half tempo. James saw a shot deflect wide but the visitors were in the ascendency and went ahead 11 minutes from time. Kasper Schmeichel produced an excellent save from Gary Cahill’s header, only for Terry to bundle in the rebound. And four minutes later it was 3-1 when Fabregas cut the ball back for Ramires to find the top corner from 18 yards. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gonsalves family runs rampant at Mainstay Regatta.

first_imgHUNDREDS of fans turned out on Sunday to witness the annual Mainstay Regatta and the Gonsalves family of Pomeroon dominated the day.Commencing just before lunch at the Essequibo resort, the day featured over 13 events of boat racing.Apart from the powerboat racing, there were also novelty events for male and female swimmers and canoe racing.The event was declared open by managing director of the resort, Wilfred Jagnarine.last_img

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‘I’d need a belt for Hetmyer’ – Windies great Lance Gibbs

first_img… admits frustration with mercurial young talent WEST Indies great Lance Gibbs has jokingly suggested he would need a belt in order to help the talented but often mercurial young batsman Shimron Hetmyer.The legendary spinner, who turned 85-year-old last year, had a good laugh when asked to assess what measures could be taken to get the 23-year-old to consistently produce the type of performances his immense ability often seems to suggest he is capable of.“I want a belt.  I want a belt in my hand when I see him,” Lance quipped during an interview on the Mason and Guest radio show.The former U-19 World Cup-winning captain has been both a source of both delight and frustration for West Indies fans in recent years.  While he has often been revered for his effortless and beautiful stroke play, the player has also been guilty of a certain amount of recklessness, which often gifts his wicket to opponents.  Hetmyer was dropped for a few games in February after failing a fitness test.“You don’t just throw away your hand like that,” Gibbs added.The spin bowling legend, however, believes that the attitude of some of the modern players is influenced by how much they participate in the shorter formats of the game, which have become the most lucrative.“We play limited-overs cricket at a fair pace, you have 20 overs you have 50 overs. The 20 overs is a slug, our young players are not putting their heads down to bat for a period of time.We probably need more 50 overs.  A youngster like Hetmyer, for example, goes out and always wants to hit the ball for sixes, you don’t bat that way.”As means of a solution, Gibbs suggested the creation of a formal medium where past generations could be given the chance to meet and mentor the current crop.(Sportsmax)last_img read more

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Abedi Pele: How Late Marseille Boss Inspired Me, My Sons to…

first_imgFormer Marseille Ghana and Olympic Marseille midfielder, Abedi Pele Ayew, has extolled late Chairman of the French top division, Pape Diouf who died this week from coronavirus. Diouf was the first victim of the disease in Senegal.Diouf was not only the first black top-flight chairman in elite European football, but before that an agent and journalist.One of the players he managed to greatness was Abedi Ayew Pele who played for Marseille in the 1993 Champions League Final against AC Milan In a condolence message he wrote for Diouf in BBC Sports yesterday, Abedi insisted no words were enough to describe how the late Football icon turned him and his children- Andre and Jordan to excellent footballers.“There is no amount of words to describe Pape Diouf. At this particular moment, all I can say is that Pape was a father, a senior brother, and then a manager.“He managed my children Jordan and Andre. He took them to Marseille at the age of 14.“Everybody is saying that I’ve got wonderful children – they are well-respected and disciplined in the society – but it was not me who did that; it was Pape.When he took them to Marseille and they were at the academy, the first thing he would ask them was, ‘where are your school reports? I want to see them before you even greet me.’“This is somebody who was more than everything to us – and to me especially, because he saw me growing up and achieving great things in Marseille and beyond.“So, it is a very difficult moment for us and it’s sad.In the nineties, when I got to Marseille, Pape was a journalist, writing for one of the biggest newspapers in Marseille. He was somebody who was respected all across French sport. And he was always very close to the team Marseille“He was someone who saw a career for me in football and managed me to success.“After the Champions League finale in ’93, when he was my agent, he said to me, ‘you are the black Maradona.’ Because I was voted the Man of the Match in that particular game.“And he said, ‘Africa will always be proud of you. You are the black Maradona.’And I kept those words close to my heart.Pape was bigger than any words. He was intelligent, he was kind, he was loved and he loved people.“He was a great personality. And unique. You could not have two of him.I hope and pray that, after all this virus saga, Marseille will try to organise something for Pape.”The UEFA Champions League. Cup winner with Marseille prays the Covid-19 allow the football world to celebrate the passage of Pape Diouf.“If that is being done, I think people will see how Pape is loved all over the world.“He went above race, colour, religion, whatever you can name. He was respected across the board. He was a big, big, big personality.“He opened a door and put the bar very high for all of us to emulate what he has achieved and what he has done.“The most disappointing and difficult moment for us is that because of this virus we cannot say bye to Pape. Whether in Senegal or in France, we cannot be at the grave and share the pain with some of his close family.But God will take control and God will give him a better place,” concludes the former Ghanaian legend.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Abedi Pele Ayewlast_img read more

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Football breakdown: Wisconsin loses in heartbreaking fashion to Northwestern

first_imgIn a game where the Wisconsin football team rushed for a total of -26 yards, they were never out of the game. However, in the end, they could not take advantage of the opportunities presented to them and suffered an ugly, heartbreaking 13-7 defeat to Northwestern Saturday.In the first half, the Badgers could get absolutely nothing going offensively, totaling just 50 yards on 28 plays. They never came close to finding the end zone, yet strong defensive play kept them in the game as they headed to the locker room down 10-0.UW was ultimately able to find the end zone in the first half, as tailback Corey Clement scampered into the end zone from nine yards out, bringing the Badgers to within three.Just two minutes later, Wisconsin had forced Northwestern into another punt. Wide receiver Alex Erickson grabbed the ball off a bounce and broke a pair of tackles before running it 66 yards in the end zone. Seven minutes into the third quarter, and the Badgers had the lead.Or so they thought.Turning pointWhile Camp Randall erupted, a sad reality came over the fans and the team, as the officials ruled that since Erickson crossed his arms to waive off his teammates from touching the ball, that the play was dead, and the touchdown was called back.Erickson said after the game that he knew that was the rule, but he never heard a whistle and just kept running. The play ended up costing Wisconsin, as they only made it 11 yards on the ensuing drive before having to punt and they never were able to find the end zone for the remainder of the game.When you knew it was overDespite the abysmal offensive performance, the Badgers still had one final play to win the game. Following a sack where quarterback Joel Stave was hit hard and too disoriented to even stand straight, tailback Dare Ogunbowale took initiative to spike the ball, leaving UW with six seconds and one last play.Backup Bart Houston had to come into the game the play, but threw a low, incomplete pass intended for Tanner McEvoy. The play resulted in a turnover on downs, and one Northwestern kneel sealed the deal.Wisconsin player of the gameSenior outside linebacker Joe Schobert was dominant in his final game on the Camp Randall field. He finished with a season-high 13 tackles and three tackles for a loss as he and his fellow linebackers led what may have been the strongest defensive effort from the Badgers all season.Northwestern player of the gameNorthwestern only needed one touchdown for them to win this game, and running back Justin Jackson gave them that score. The Wildcats rode their lead back all game, as he rushed 35 times for 140 yards, including a 32-yard run up the sideline. On a day where Northwestern’s passing attack was limited to just nine completions for 60 yards, Jackson gave them life and just enough to leave with a huge road victory.QuotableMcEvoy on the emotional ending to the game:“It’s heartbreaking to lose like that but we still had an opportunity to win the game on the last play and we didn’t capitalize. So even with all the stuff going on with the calls and the controversies, we still had an opportunity. We still had the ball in our hands to make the play and we didn’t do it.”Chryst on what the plan was for Clement’s usage:“Didn’t have a clue of what to expect. With Corey, it’s week-to-week whether he would even play and then it’s warm ups and how he’s feeling. I thought he did some good things. He was patient.”Schobert on Peavy’s non-catch:“That rule, the catch rule, the Calvin Johnson rule, whatever you want to call it; I don’t get how your guy can catch the ball, take three steps and then get pushed to the ground and then it can’t be a catch. If that was in the middle of the field, it would have to be a completion and fumble or something like that.”Clement on the seniors’ final game at Camp Randall:“It sucks. After the game everyone and our seniors were just down. Everyone wants to do their best and I want them to leave with the best memory possible so that you can look back on it. Obviously next year when it’s my time I don’t want my last game at Camp Randall to be a loss.”last_img read more

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Soccer continues its quest for a third championship

first_imgDefensively, USC will need to watch out for the offensive prowess of senior forward Ally Watt — who has 15 goals on the season — and junior defender Jimena Lopez, who is dangerous from the backfield with 14 assists.   The Aggies played a tough SEC schedule in the regular season. They’ve only lost once to then-No. 8 Arkansas and then-No. 10 BYU and twice to Florida. BYU is now No. 4 while Arkansas maintains the No. 8 spot. In addition, the Aggies knocked off then-No. 13 Santa Clara in their second game of the year.  If McKeown is unable to return against Texas A&M, the Trojans will need someone other than Hocking to step up offensively. Last week, that person was Hyatt, and it could be her time to shine again. Overall, USC should feel comfortable heading into this game. With Hocking on fire and the defense playing well, the Trojans will make a formidable opponent to any team they play for the time being.   Last season, McKeown played less of an attacking role, but personnel changes this offseason moved her into her more natural position, and it has paid off. Hyatt saw a similar leap in production when she was moved. Before playing Fullerton, she had been quiet statistically, but her outburst now puts her at five assists on the season.    Whoever ends up playing that second forward spot will face a tough Texas A&M defense that has been stellar all season, earning 11 shutouts on the year.   Friday’s game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. at McAlister Field. The No. 9-overall USC women’s soccer team is set to face No. 22 Texas A&M Friday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as it looks to stay in the hunt for the program’s third national championship.   “I am glad we had that connection,” Hocking said after the win.  The 14-4-3 Aggies also took care of business easily in the first round. They took down Texas 4-1 and will have had a week to prepare for anything USC throws at them. “I think we just realize it’s win or go home,” Hyatt said. “We want another week.”center_img Hocking said the team needs to “stay focused” and “stay working together” heading into playoffs.  If USC takes care of business Friday, the winner of No. 20 Santa Clara and No. 13 Oklahoma State will provide a daunting third-round challenge.   The decision to move Hyatt was made quite late, and Hocking said she was “surprised” when Hyatt began practicing as a forward. However, the move ended up being for the best.  “It’s just important that we all work super hard,” Hocking said. “This team is really special.” The Trojans enter the game coming off a resounding 5-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton last weekend. Sophomore forward Penelope Hocking dominated the tournament opener, carrying the team with 4 goals and one assist. Her outstanding performance gave her the USC record for points in a single game with 9 and tied the program record for most goals in a game at 4. The only common opponents that USC and Texas A&M have played are Pepperdine and Florida. USC played significantly better against both opponents while the Aggies struggled against Florida, losing 3-1 and 2-1.   Junior forward/midfielder Alea Hyatt also played a key offensive role as she assisted Hocking three times to tie the program record for most assists in a game. Prior to the game, Hyatt was switched from midfield to attack, filling the role of injured junior forward Tara McKeown, who has been phenomenal for the Trojans all year.    Junior forward/midfielder Alea Hyatt had three assists to contribute to USC’s 5-1 win over Cal State Fullerton Saturday, tying the program record for assists in a single game. (James Wolfe / Daily Trojan) USC may look to exploit the same weaknesses that Florida did, but last week head coach Keidane McAlpine emphasized that USC needs to stay true to itself to make a deep playoff run. last_img read more

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