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Behind the bike shed

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WHO warns ‘long way to go’ in virus crisis, deaths top 180,000

first_img‘Significant step’ But Germany, which has cautiously begun allowing shops to reopen, offered another glimmer of hope when it announced that human trials for a vaccine will start by next week.The trial, only the fifth to have been authorized worldwide, is a “significant step” in making a vaccine “available as soon as possible”, the country’s regulatory body said.With several months to go before a viable vaccine can be rolled out, more than half of humanity remains under some form of lockdown.Singapore extended its confinement order for a month to June 1, as the Asian city-state — which managed to keep its outbreak in check early on — has been hit by second-wave infections.The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also warned Americans to prepare for a more challenging second round of outbreaks, should it be mixed with seasonal flu infections.”There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” Robert Redfield told The Washington Post.On Wednesday, Redfield urged Americans to “embrace the flu vaccine with confidence, as mitigating its effects would help the overall health battle.In South Africa, more than 73,000 extra troops were sent out to enforce a shutdown as authorities struggled to keep people indoors — particularly in overcrowded townships. With businesses shuttered and millions of jobs lost, the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) said the virus crisis would hit the least privileged the hardest.It said the number of people suffering from acute hunger was projected to nearly double to 265 million this year.Standing in line in Bangkok’s historic quarter for food donations of rice, noodles, milk and curry packets, Chare Kunwong, a 46-year-old masseur, said: “If I wait for the government’s aid, then I’ll be dead first.” Health experts in the world’s biggest economy warned it could face a complicated second coronavirus wave if it dovetails with the seasonal flu this winter, as some US states moved to reopen select businesses.Nations around the world have been scrambling to fight the pandemic — which has killed more than 180,000 people and infected nearly 2.6 million worldwide — while desperately seeking ways to limit the devastating economic fallout.As some countries have moved to lift lockdown restrictions that have upended daily life around the globe, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a sober warning. “Make no mistake: we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time,” Tedros told a virtual press conference. Topics : The World Health Organization on Wednesday warned that the coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon, with many countries only in the early stages of the fight, as the global death toll surpassed 180,000.The pandemic has sparked not only a health emergency, but a global economic rout, with businesses struggling to survive, millions left jobless, and millions more facing starvation.US President Donald Trump — with an eye on widespread unemployment and his re-election prospects in November — signed an executive order suspending the issuance of green cards for 60 days. ‘Wrong and unjust’ In the United States, Trump said Wednesday his order to suspend the issuance of green cards would “ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens.”The US recorded a further 1,738 deaths on Wednesday — fewer than the day before, but bringing its total number of fatalities since the outbreak began there to 46,583, by far the most of any country.It has also reported nearly 840,000 infections, and health care infrastructure, especially in hotspots like New York, has struggled to cope.”We must guard against a dangerous rebound” of the coronavirus “after all this death”, Trump told reporters.Protesters took to the streets again Wednesday — this time in Virginia’s state capital Richmond — to demand that stay-at-home orders be lifted so people can get back to work.But that demonstration came as experts revealed that the country’s first virus-related death came in February, weeks earlier than first reported. ‘Now they die alone’ Among those hardest hit economically during the crisis are millions of migrant workers who toil abroad to send money back home to their families.Remittances are expected to plunge by about 20 percent globally this year, the biggest decline in recent history, the World Bank said in a report on the money transfers that are lifelines to millions of families.The pandemic shutdowns mean even the bodies of some migrant workers cannot be sent home, and are instead being buried or cremated in the country where they die — often without any loved ones present.”Nobody comes anymore, nobody touches, nobody says goodbye,” said Ishwar Kumar, manager of a Hindu cremation ground in Dubai.Before the pandemic, people would come “to grieve and bring flowers. Now they die alone”. “Most countries are still in the early stages of their epidemics. And some that were affected early in the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence in cases.”Worst-hit region Europe saw its death toll climb to another grim milestone of 110,000, while fatalities in Italy, the hardest hit country behind the United States, topped 25,000.Finland said it would maintain a ban on gatherings of more than 500 people through July.In Spain, which reported a slight increase for the second day running in the number of COVID-19 deaths, the government said it did not expect to lift its strict lockdown until mid-May.”We must be incredibly careful in this phase,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said.last_img read more

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Gambling Harm Reduction Bill a win for Maori Party

first_imgNewstalk ZB 5 September 2013A bill aimed at reducing gambling harm has passed through Parliament, but opposition parties believe it will cause more problems than it solves.Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling Harm Reduction Bill is the first Maori Party bill to successfully make it through Parliament.It passed 63 votes to 55 last night, under a conscience vote.Labour MP Trevor Mallard is outraged at how much the bill was watered down.“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.“This bill has been absolutely gutted at the Select Committee process by a government majority.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/2013362211-gambling-harm-reduction-bill-a-win-for-maori-partylast_img

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STRANGE: Euthanasia debate linked to ‘putting animal down’

first_imgEuthanasia: How is it done, and what’s it like putting down something you’ve vowed to care for?Stuff co.nz 5 April 2017Family First Comment: Supporters of euthanasia compare euthanasia to putting animals down (which the SPCA probably does every day, including mongrel or aggressive dogs), but… “Questions over whether pets would need to be euthanased as frequently if quality palliative care existed, were incomparable to a subsidised public health system, she said.”Exactly. Comparing apples with oranges. #rejectassistedsuicideIt’s not uncommon for a distraught a pet owner, standing by Rover as he’s put down in a veterinary clinic, to lament “I wish we could have done this to Grandma,” MPs investigating euthanasia have been told.Parliament’s Health Select Committee is nearing the end of its inquiry into euthanasia, and its MPs requested for specific evidence to be given on the mechanics of the process by leading veterinarians and an anaesthetist.While they had sat through months of public submission hearings on the moral, legal and ethical points around euthanasia, little evidence had been given on the process itself and what it felt like for the clinician performing it.Dean of Massey University’s Veterinary School Jenny Weston said it was difficult to draw too many parallels between animals and humans, but few vets would prefer to prolong suffering rather than put an animal down.As a profession, we don’t have a compulsory requirement for a debrief as there are in other professions – where you can go and unburden your soul about what might be troubling you.“I think there would be almost no veterinarians, who when there is a sick animal that’s in pain, and there is no treatment available, would have any concerns about it,” she said.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/91236530/euthanasia-how-is-it-done-and-whats-it-like-putting-down-something-youve-vowed-to-care-forKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Construction Set To Start On Interstate 74

first_imgConstruction signs are going up along Interstate 74 in Decatur County in advance of a project to repair and resurface nearly nine miles of roadway between S.R. 3 at Greensburg and the Shelby County line.Milestone, the state’s contractor, plans to start filling potholes on April 15 as part of a $3.8 million Indiana Department of Transportation project.Repair operations will begin in full force on Monday, April 28. Crews have been scheduled to work at numerous sites along the westbound lanes of I-74 placing asphalt patches. At the same time, road crews will be in the eastbound lanes saw-cutting the pavement and pouring concrete patches.Motorists will encounter orange construction barrels in westbound lanes at worksites. Concrete barrier wall will restrict traffic to one-lane along road work in the eastbound lane.This HMA Overlay W/Concrete Pavement Restoration project requires extensive patching before milling and paving operations can begin.Once patching operations have concluded, two inches of the I-74 pavement surface will be milled away and replaced with a fresh, smooth lift of asphalt.Work is expected to continue through July.last_img read more

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How They Got There

first_imgThis is the concensus on how Kansas City, Toronto, the Mets, and the Cubs wound up baseball’s Top 4 teams last year.  In the case of Kansas City, they did it mostly through smart drafting of players and good trades.  Their two main acquisitions were Cain and Escobar.  The Blue Jays reached the top through free agency and smart trades.  They obtained Edwin  Encarnacion, and Troy Tulowitski from trades.As far as the Mets are concerned, they did it through the draft.  Their top 4 pitchers are deGron, Harvey, Motts, and Syndergaard.  All of these pitchers are in their first or second full season, so if the Mets can re-sign them they should be set for many years.  The Cubs also used the draft and smart trades to jump to the Top 4 in a very short time.  Their acquisition of Jake Arrieta and Anthony Rizzo in trades along with their own development of Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber make them a formidable team for many years.I am sure that all 4 of these teams will be in the thick of the pennant races in 2016.last_img read more

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Rose Marie Herring (nee Rolfes), of Sunman

first_imgRose Marie Herring (nee Rolfes), of Sunman, was born on September 5, 1958 in Cincinnati, the daughter of Robert J. and Dolores Ann (Tenoever) Rolfes.  After graduating Western Hills High School, she went on to get her degree from University of Cincinnati, and later did graduate work at Loyola University.  Rose married Grant Herring on July 14, 1984 and together they had six children.  She home schooled all of them. Rose was an active member at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.  She was also a member of the Confraternity of Penitents and Southeastern Indiana Right to Life.  On Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the age of 59, Rose passed away unexpectedly at her residence.     Rose is survived by her loving husband, Grant; sons, Grant Herring, Jr. of Lafayette,  Brother Ignatius Maria (Christian Herring) of Fort Wayne,  Brother Anthony Marie (Joseph Herring) of Mishawaka, and John Herring of Sunman; a daughter, Marie Herring of Sunman; father, Robert Rolfes of Amelia, OH; brothers, Robert Rolfes of Dover, DE, Richard Rolfes of Cincinnati, Joseph Rolfes of Lakeside Park, KY, Gregory Rolfes of Plano, TX, and Jerome Rolfes of Cincinnati; sisters, Jeanne Kroeger, and Barbara Rose, both of Cincinnati, and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Herring on April 30, 2014, and her mother, Dolores Rolfes on September 11, 2017. Memorial contributions can be directed to Cross Catholic Outreach at PO Box 273908, Boca Raton, FL 33427-3908 or to The Worldwide Seminarian Support (Please specify group: The Franciscan Friar Minor, Ft. Wayne Diocese) at 11954 N.E. Glisan Street, Ste. 141, Portland, OR 97220 ..  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Rose Herring.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman, with Rosary recited at 3:30.  Rev. Shaun Whittington will celebrate a Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.last_img read more

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Liverpool, C-NS runners star at Manhattan Invitational

first_imgOnce more, cross country runners from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse went up against elite fields when they traveled to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for last Saturday’s Manhattan Invitational.Each of the Liverpool teams was in the main event, the Eastern States Championships, with Jenna Schulz  leading the girls to a third-place finish and the boys Warriors picking up a solid eighth-place finish.Schulz found herself among several local runners – in fact, of the top 11 in the girls Eastern States race, seven were from Section III. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Among them, Schulz got sixth place in exactly 14 minutes, 19 seconds, the winning time of 13:33.2 posted by North Rockland star Katelyn Tuohy as Fayetteville-Manlius’ Claire Walters (13:45.9) and Tully’s Brooke Rauber (13:52.1).Team-wise, Liverpool, with 165 points, trailed only F-M (64 points) and Bolles, from Jacksonville, Florida, who had 122 points.Behind Schulz, Sydney Carlson gained 22nd place in 15:28.1, while Gabby McCarthy was 37th in 16:03.9. Eighth-grader Addyson Graham got 48th place in 16:15.3 as Eva Woodworth (16:19.4) was 52nd. Kara Nash (16:50.0) and Kaleigh Buck (17:12.2) also ran well. In the boys Eastern States race, Liverpool was 12th out of 20 teams with 365 points, this despite a pair of top-25 individual efforts from Carter Rodriguez, who was 17th in 12:54.4, and Jake McGowan, who was 24th in 13:08.1.Every other Warriors runner finished outside the top 100, Ryan Hagan doing the best of them as he posted 14:07.6, seven spots ahead of Charlie Praschunus (14:12.0), with Ethan Glashauser (14:20.9) beating out Ryan Fennelly (14:25.2) and Miguel Gonzalez posting 15:14.7.Meanwhile, C-NS was victorious in the girls Varsity C race, earning 43 points, well clear of the 72 points from runner-up Walter Johnson (Maryland) as Baldwinsville finished sixth.Leading the way, Kate Putman needed a time of 14:51.5 to finish second behind Walter Johnson’s Jenna Goldberg (14:31.0), while Marissa Navarra made her way to sixth place in 15:51.1.Allison Newton got ninth place in 16:02.8 as Hannah Reichard was 12th in 16:10.2 and Gabby Putman was 14th in 16:13.8. Morgan Kingdeski had a 17th-place clocking of 16:28.6 and Abbee Norris (17:03.0) was 32nd.The C-NS boys had to settle for an eighth-place finish in the 26-team Varsity C race, paced by Matt LeClair, who made his way to 24th place in a clocking of 13:42.8.R.J. Davis finished 48th in 13:58 flat, with Josh Koeppe 54th in 14:07.1 and Evan Romano needing 14:12.6 to grab 60th place. Zach Bergman, in a time of 14:24.9, was ahead of Jacob Schmid (14:44.9) and Evan Breitbeck (14:52.4).C-NS and Liverpool both sends runners to this Wednesday’s Salt City Athletic Conference championships at Baldwinsville. Tags: C-NScross countryliverpoollast_img read more

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Lionel Messi works out with new gym partner; his two-year-old son Ciro [VIDEO]

first_imgWorld Player of the Year, Lionel Messi is a naturally-talented player, which has accounted for a lot of his success, but he works hard to keep up his fitness as well.And he appears to be transferring this attitude to his youngest son Ciro,The Argentine star shared a video of him and his son working out at home.First Ciro, who is only two years old, did 10 amazingly accurate hip raises with encouragement from his mom and dad.Lionel then takes his turn on the mat, doing a few cross-armed sit-ups before finishing it off with a high five from his son.It’s another adorable moment between the Barcelona forward and his kid, who is spending a lot more time with his family as the world of football deals with the coronavirus pandemic.Messi is one of a host of players confined to their homes as CCOVID-19 rages across the world.Chelsea winger, Willian, recently shared a video of himself training with his two daughters in their home in Brazil.Ghanaian defender, Harrison Afful also posted a video of him braiding his daughter’s hair.The video has since gone viral.Take a look at Messi working out with his son below:last_img read more

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Clippers’ Matt Barnes crossed line with special Mother’s Day message

first_imgMany of us can’t relate to the intensity of an athletic competition at a very high level like, let’s say, an NBA playoff game. There are times players — in any sport at various levels — are so focused on the mission at hand, they don’t see the crowd.Matt Barnes of the Clippers wasn’t in that zone earlier this week. In the second quarter of the second game of the second-round NBA playoff game in Houston, Barnes exchanged barbs/words with fans, something he’s done previously this season.This time, there were special factors involved. One, according to the NBA, was he used “inappropriate” language toward a fan during an exchange in the second quarter. Second, the woman was later identified as Monja Willis, who just happens to be the mother of the Rockets’ James Harden. So if a legendary trash-talker finds fault with the motherly comment, it’s further proof Barnes crossed into no-man’s land.Mothers have earned a unique status among today’s athletes. While accepting honors for their efforts, they start to tear up, and shaking, when thanking Mom for being the foundation of their success.Who did that?For openers, there was Kevin Durant pouring out his heart when calling Wanda Pratt the “real MVP” after he won the NBA MVP last year. Others to give thanks have been Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps, volleyball star Gabrielle Reece, basketball greats Shaquille O’Neal and LaBron James, baseball superstars Derek Jeter and Mike Trout, and NASCAR drivers Kyle Petty, Danica Patrick and Carl Edwards.And that’s just a start. Attend an awards ceremony or team awards dinner, especially at the high school level, and listen as athlete after athlete thanks Mom for her help, support and guidance, with a special emphasis on her cooking. At times, they’ll include Dad in their thanks, but such speeches are usually centered around Mom.Think about it. How many times will a camera along a football sideline capture a player with a “Hi Mom” sign, or the same words written in eye black on the face.Mothers are very proud of their children competing, and many aren’t shy about voicing their opinion.Many years ago, speaking to a booster organization, I was asked who was my best source.“Easy,” I quickly replied. “You’re probably thinking I was going to say I would never reveal a source. But when a mother calls about her child’s unique achievement, and has that strong voice, you know she’s proud.”And it’s just not athletes who take the opportunity to honor mother; sports columnists can also do it. Sara Brewster, and my late father Louis, created a solid foundation that allowed their son to craft a career that started before the walk on the moon.Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the moms. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The NBA wasted little time slapping Barnes with a $50,000 fine, or $12,500 a word.Happy Mother’s Day.Bad timing by Barnes, made even worse by the fact that mothers are honored today. Barnes said he apologized twice and believes the air is clear. However, as long as the 35-year-old has played the game, probably starting before junior high school, he knows he crossed an invisible line by disrespecting a competitor’s mother.“You don’t say anything to anybody’s mom,” said Rockets coach Kevin McHale when his team arrived in Southern California. “If you have something to say, say it to the guy you’re playing against.”If that’s done, it usually results in a mano-a-mano showdown. Some of the best action ever — regardless whether it’s a field, court, pitch, rink, etc — has come after a “Yo mama …” insult. The line might be invisible, but it’s certainly audible.last_img read more