Virus cases top nine million as WHO says pandemic ‘accelerating’

first_imgSports stars tumble The sporting world has been reemerging from the darkness, although for every step forward it seems to take one back. Japan announced that up to 5,000 fans would be able to attend football and baseball games from July 10 but the presence of fans at other sporting events, notably in the Balkans, appears to have caused problems. Five players from Serbian club Red Star Belgrade tested positive for coronavirus after playing a match attended by 16,000 people, the club said on Monday. ‘Very limited’ haj Saudi Arabia announced it would allow a “very limited” number of pilgrims to its annual haj ritual, which last year drew 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world.The haj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, represents a potentially major source of contagion. The authorities on Monday said a haj only involving pilgrims already in the kingdom would be permitted.In Europe, countries continued to ease their lockdown restrictions. Thousands of French danced and partied well into Monday for an annual music festival, in the first big blowout since the lockdown.Revelers packed the streets of Paris, most shunning masks and social distancing, to enjoy concerts in cafes and on street corners. Although there were none of the usual extravaganzas, many felt the authorities were too lax.”This is not what a gradual end to the lockdown looks like,” said Dr Gilbert Deray.”I understand that the Festival of Music is something of a liberation, but did we really have to have it this year?”Swimming pools and cinemas also reopened on Monday while children up to the age of 15 returned to school, attendance once again becoming compulsory. But illustrating the persisting risks, Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa said restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people would be reimposed and cafes and shops ordered to close at 8:00 pm in Lisbon.Australians were warned on Monday to avoid travelling to Melbourne, as the second-biggest city tightened restrictions over fears of an upsurge in cases.China, Germany and Japan are also battling new outbreaks with some reintroducing containment measures.The spike in infections increased nervousness in global markets, which mostly fell on Monday on news of a worrying jump in fresh cases in several US states including California, Texas and Florida. German airline group Lufthansa, meanwhile, says it has backup plans ready in case shareholders reject a nine-billion-euro ($10.1 billion) pandemic rescue plan agreed with the state. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly played down the threat, comparing the virus to a “little flu” and arguing the economic impact of shutdowns is worse than the virus itself.Brazil is the second worst-affected country behind the United States, where the number of deaths topped 120,000 on Monday and political infighting has prevented a unified policy. Mexico, Peru and Chile are also coping with severe crises — Mexico City being forced to delay plans for a broad reopening of the economy as the country’s death toll raced past 20,000.With a vaccine still far away, the WHO has called for a rapid increase in production of the steroid dexamethasone, which has been shown to have life-saving potential for critically ill patients. And there are fears of new clusters in Melbourne and Lisbon as well as renewed outbreaks in Beijing and other parts of Asia.”The pandemic is still accelerating,” WHO’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual health forum organized by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.Tedros said the greatest threat facing the world was not the virus itself, which has now killed over 465,000 people and infected nine million, but “the lack of global solidarity and global leadership.” “We cannot defeat this pandemic with a divided world,” he said. “The politicization of the pandemic has exacerbated it.”center_img Global coronavirus infections topped nine million on Monday as the World Health Organization warned that the pandemic was accelerating and Saudi Arabia said it would allow a “very limited” number of pilgrims to the haj next month.France took its biggest step yet back to normality by allowing millions of children to return to school.But despite Europe further easing lockdowns, cases are still rising around the world, especially in Latin America with Brazil now registering more than 50,000 deaths. Topics :last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through May 14

first_imgIMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 794; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 787; 3. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 706; 4. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 683; 5. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa, 620; 6. Jeffry Sheppard Jr., Golden Valley, Ariz., 619; 7. Lance Mari, El Centro, Calif., 541; 8. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 538; 9. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 532; 10. Tyler Mecl, Queen Creek, Ariz., 530; 11. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa, 514; 12. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 503; 13. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 489; 14. John P. Gober, Poolville, Texas, 478; 15. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 472; 16. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 464; 17. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 461; 18. Johnny Morris Jr., Queen Creek, Ariz., 456; 19. Josh Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif., 453; 20. Don Earven, Globe, Ariz., 442.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 155; 2. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 151; 3. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 147; 4. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, and Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., both 146; 6. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 143; 7. Paul Nagle, Nevada, Iowa, 141; 8. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, and Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, both 135; 10. Brian Harris, Davenport, Iowa, and Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, both 132; 12. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 128; 13. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 125; 14. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 116; 15. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 112; 16. Chris Snyder, Raymond, Iowa, 110; 17. Becky Roth, Kieler, Wis., 108; 18. Jason Rauen, Farley, Iowa, 105; 19. Mike Garland, Morrison, Ill., 104; 20. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, Iowa, 102.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 447; 2. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 440; 3. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 413; 4. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 328; 5. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 298; 6. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 283; 7. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 269; 8. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 258; 9. Dustin Gates, Haughton, La., 239; 10. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 235; 11. Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, 234; 12. Regan Hawkins, Troup, Texas, 228; 13. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 227; 14. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 217; 15. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 212; 16. Chris Kelly, Oklahoma City, Okla., 200; 17. Bryson Oeschger, Amarillo, Texas, 199; 18. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 198; 19. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 178; 20. Brandon Long, Wichita Falls, Texas, 177.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 598; 2. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 597; 3. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 567; 4. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 545; 5. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 524; 6. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 494; 7. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 472; 8. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 467; 9. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 466; 10. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 444; 11. Randy Killen, Des Moines, Iowa, 442; 12. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, 436; 13. Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, 435; 14. Cary White, Lamesa, Texas, 423; 15. Dustin White, Lamesa, Texas, 420; 16. Casey Woken, Ogallala, Neb., 410; 17. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 401; 18. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 391; 19. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 389; 20. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 386.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 573; 2. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, 532; 3. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 530; 4. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 485; 5. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 469; 6. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 449; 7. Tyrel Smith, Goodland, Kan., 447; 8. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, and Leonard Jones, Yuma, Ariz., both 397; 10. Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa, Iowa, 395; 11. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., and Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger, Iowa, both 392; 13. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 389; 14. Derek Hodges, Des Moines, Iowa, 385; 15. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 384; 16. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 381; 17. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 380; 18. Justin Lichty, Waterloo, Iowa, 376; 19. Leonard Manos, Yuma, Ariz., and Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, both 374.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 881; 2. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 620; 3. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., 590; 4. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 586; 5. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 549; 6. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 531; 7. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 528; 8. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 520; 9. Lucas James Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 482; 10. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn, Iowa, 476; 11. Josh Hensley, Atwater, Calif., 466; 12. Sam Robert Wieben, Dysart, Iowa, 453; 13. Jenae Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 445; 14. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 429; 15. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 422; 16. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 414; 17. Austin Carter, Jamestown, Kan., 413; 18. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 412; 19. Kevin Bethke, Neenah, Wis., 411; 20. Ryan King, Montour, Iowa, 388.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 572; 2. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 552; 3. Michael Maraschick, Midland, Texas, 504; 4. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 495; 5. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 459; 6. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 433; 7. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 415; 8. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, 390; 9. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 375; 10. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 338; 11. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, and Shane Priddy, Merkel, Texas, both 333; 13. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 323; 14. Steve Wade, Waco, Texas, 319; 15. Tanner Houston, Odessa, Texas, 318; 16. Levy Galmor, Elk City, Okla., 312; 17. David Sanford, Abilene, Texas, 301; 18. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 293; 19. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 279; 20. Lodi Mitchell, Abilene, Texas, 278.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Dalton Kron, Algona, Iowa, 523; 2. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 479; 3. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 472; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 469; 5. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 464; 6. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 463; 7. Trent Orwig, Wayland, Iowa, 438; 8. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 416; 9. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 401; 10. Drew Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa, 375; 11. John Girdley, Wayland, Iowa, 355; 12. Danny Sassman Jr., Fort Dodge, Iowa, 313; 13. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 306; 14. Devin Jones, Clear Lake, Iowa, 304; 15. Art Herzog, Hays, Kan., 297; 16. John Whalen, Ainsworth, Iowa, 287; 17. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, and Colby Kaspar, Norfolk, Neb., both 282; 19. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 281; 20. Randy Murphy, Ellis, Kan., 280.last_img read more

Gaethje dominates in UFC’s return as Trump congratulates promoters

first_imgJustin Gaethje (left) of the United States delivers a punch to Tony Ferguson in a interim lightweight title fight during UFC 249 in FloridaMiami, United States | AFP |  The Ultimate Fighting Championship Saturday became the first major American sporting event held since the US coronavirus outbreak, with President Donald Trump congratulating the promoter.The controversial card put the UFC in the spotlight like never before, but did not go off without a hitch after middleweight Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza was dropped when he and two of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.The main event saw Justin Gaethje dominate Tony Ferguson with a fifth-round technical knockout victory in the lightweight division. Gaethje finished his opponent off three minutes and 39 seconds into the fifth to earn the interim lightweight crown.“It worked out great,” said promoter Dana White. “I am happy with the way it went tonight.”In a pre-recorded video shown during the undercard fights, Trump — who in November attended a UFC card — congratulated White for the sport’s return.“Get the sports leagues back, let’s play,” the president said. “You do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do, but we need sports. We want our sports back.”The fights were staged in an empty 15,000-seat VyStar Veterans Memorial arena in Jacksonville, Florida, after earlier attempts to hold it in New York and California failed due to pandemic restrictions on live sporting events.The global outbreak has largely shut down the American economy, but Florida authorities have deemed professional sports — including mixed martial arts — essential businesses.White downplayed the negative impact of Souza’s positive test and insisted it showed they were on top of things.“Obviously the system that we set up works. We found out he was positive and all the other tests were negative,” he said.“We have two more fights this week. We will do over 1,100 tests.” He has also announced cards for Wednesday and next Saturday in Jacksonville — despite stating he expects to see more positive coronavirus tests this week.“When you are testing that much I am sure we are going to find somebody else who is positive,” White told ESPN.– Step towards normalcy –With the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer all suspended — along with the US PGA Tour and LPGA — White is touting the return of UFC as a step toward normalcy and a boon for sports-starved fans.Post-fight interviews on Saturday were conducted inside the ring without masks. Outside the Octagon many personnel — but not all — were wearing some protective equipment.“I wanted to look them in the eye. I didn’t want it to be some impersonal thing where he is 100 feet away from me,” said Joe Rogan, interviewing inside the ring.Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer wore a mask cage-side, removing it for introductions and results while inside the ring.Gaethje pummelled Ferguson from the opening bell, swelling both his eyes and cutting him on the cheek. Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight after Gaethje landed a solid left that wobbled Ferguson.Both main event fighters made weight on Friday at a weigh-in where media members and most UFC staff were kept at a distance, those closer to the fighters wore masks and the scale was sanitized.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Heading to School on Two Wheels

first_imgBy John BurtonIn Fair Haven, riding bikes is a preferred mode of travel FAIR HAVEN – The borough is a biking town.All the kids are doing it. Well, maybe not all the kids, but a considerably large number of the borough’s younger population who attend borough schools regularly ride their bikes there and home.Gabby and Joseph Gotch ride their bikes to school most days, like many Fair Haven children.“It’s hundreds of kids,” estimated Police Corporal John Waltz, who oversees the bicycle safety program the police department sponsors in conjunction with the schools. “It’s only a handful that don’t.”Bennett Coleman, president of the district’s PTA, estimated that about half of the nearly 700 students attend­ing the district’s Viola L. Sickles and Knollwood schools ride their bikes to school, depending on the weather.Coleman, who ­has kids in grades 1, 2 and 6, said she is comfortable letting them ride to and from school because of the role educators, police, crossing guards and fellow parents have played in keeping the children safe.“Everyone is so supportive,” she said.Along with that input, Coleman says, “We practice, practice, practice,” to make sure the kids are aware of what they should and shouldn’t be doing on their bikes.Allowing their children to easily get around Fair Haven, a suburban community of approximately 6,121 residents and roughly 2 square miles, is what residents like about living in a bike-friendly town, many said.“I’m kind of a helicopter mom,” Coleman said, but “I don’t have any reservations.”“This is a regular part of Fair Haven,” said Jeff White, a parent of two daughters, fifth- and sixth-graders who also ride bikes to school.Knollwood School students head home at the corner of Hance Road and Third Street after school in Fair Haven.“You get to the Knollwood School and look at the parking lot by the school, no lie, they must have 150 bikes there,” he said.Like other parents, he feels very comfortable about letting his children go back and forth on bikes.“The No. 1 reason that I think everyone is OK with it is that drivers around here are accustomed to it,” he said.The Whites’ home is on River Road, a busy thoroughfare running east-west through the community, which is used by commercial vehicles. White acknowledged there are times when traffic is heavy and one or both of his daughters need to wait quite a while before being able to cross the street. But the key is proper and regular education on what to look out for, he said. “I always let them know, they can’t make any assumptions. When in doubt, stop.“We have the best crossing guards. The kids love ’em and the parents love ’em,” said White, adding that the crossing guards seem to know all the kids by name.“I have to say, it’s one thing I really don’t worry about,” said Laura Nolan, a Highland Avenue mother of four, ages 7 to 11.“My kids bike every day, rain or shine. It’s easier than driving them there.“I think it’s good for them. It’s a social thing,” as the children regularly go in groups of friends, Nolan said.“My concern is the afterschool, when traffic picks up,” especially on some of the busier streets, like River, Ridge and Fair Haven roads, said Jennie Lucci, another River Road resident.“They need to learn safety – and they’re learning it,” said Lucci, who has three children, ages 6, 9 and 13.The school district has taken appropriate steps to address safety considerations, Coleman and Waltz each said.Both schools conduct two days of bike safety instruction at the beginning of each school year. The extensive training shows students the proper way to wear helmets – and stresses they must always wear them – what to watch out for and when it’s safe and not to proceed, and all stay to the right, Waltz said.Bikes fill the racks at Knollwood School in Fair Haven.The district also staggers its dismissal times, allowing students with bikes to leave first, followed by those students who walk. Students who are picked up by parents in cars leave the building last. Closing Third Street to all but local residents in the morning and afternoon on school days also helps contribute to a safe environment for those on two wheels, Waltz and others said.There have been no serious injuries involving children on bikes here, as far as Waltz could remember. “Maybe a couple of scraped knees,” but nothing worse than that, he said.Last Saturday, the PTA conducted its first bike rodeo in conjunction with the police and with the support of Meridian Health System, which operates Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank.The goal of the event, held on Willow Street, across from Sickles school, “is to promote bicycle safety for families,” Coleman said.Children were instructed about how to cross streets, be cautious of driveways and always be alert – as should drivers, Coleman said. “It’s about knowing where you’re going.”“I try to remind them to look both ways,” said Erin Gotch of Fair Haven Road. “They’re going to want to continue to ride their bikes, so they’ll listen to the rules.”Gotch’s children, Joseph, 9, who attends Knollwood, and Gabby, 8, a Sickles student, both said they want to continue riding.“It makes me feel happy,” Joseph said.“I like being outside. I like riding my bike,” Gabby added.Joseph regularly rides with his five friends while his sister usually rides to and from school alone.One of the best parts about it for Joseph is “You don’t have to wait for your parents to get ready,” to take you.The most important thing about it for Gabby? “It let’s you be free,” she said.Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli, who is a bicycling enthusiast in his own right, said, “It’s great. It keeps the kids active.”To help encourage everyone to take bikes, instead of immediately hopping in the car, plans are in the works to establish bike lanes through some of the borough’s main streets, Lucarelli said.last_img read more

Bombers blast Lakers en route to Kootenay Soccer Zone title

first_imgEarlier in the day LVR blasted Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar 6-0 to claim the three-team, round robin tournament.Bekka Schrader led the Bomber charge against the Lakers with three goals while Morag Paterson, Abbie Bouchier-Willans, Erica Augsten and senior defender Brittany Wheeler added singles.In the opening game against the Rockers, senior Andrea Stinson scored twice along with Paterson. Chloe Kuch and Keegan Paterson each scored single goals.Keeper Kat Garbula was her steady self in goal to register two shutouts.The Bombers travel to represent the Kootenay Zone May 31 to June 2 in Kamloops.The tournament is hosted by Sahali Secondary and played at McArthur Island Park. The L.V. Rogers Bombers are off to the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships.A day after the Bomber boys captured the Kootenay High School Rugby Zone title, the girls did the same — also in convincing fashion.The Bombers routed David Thompson Lakers from Invermere 7-0 en route to the zone crown Thursday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.last_img read more