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AMA, AHA, ANA release PSA urging masks to stop COVID-19 spread

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first_imgTogether, the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and American Nurses Association (ANA) released a public service announcement urging the American public to take three simple steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, practice physical distancing and wash hands frequently. The PSA is the first element of a comprehensive campaign to increase public acceptance of these essential actions and builds on the groups’ open letter to the public released last month.Physicians, nurses and hospital and health systems leaders have been joined by researchers and public health experts in this important call to action. The science and evidence is clear, following these guidelines is essential to helping to stop the spread of the virus.Following months of practicing physical distancing and staying home, both COVID-19 infections and deaths began to decline. As states began reopening, people started to abandon the essential steps needed to stop the spread. This led to a significant increase of new cases, worsening the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), tests and testing supplies and further stretching hospitals’ intensive care unit (ICU) capacity in certain states. It also exacerbated the mental and physical toll on health care teams and clinicians providing patient care. In response, the AHA, AMA and ANA have launched the #WearAMask campaign as a way to continue urging the American public to wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing and wash hands. By taking these three simple steps, everyone can contribute to stopping the spread of the virus and keeping themselves, their families and their communities safe.last_img read more

Japan Postpones Olympics Due to Outbreak

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first_imgJapan is delaying the 2020 Olympics until next year.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said today he’s reached an agreement with the International Olympic Committee to delay the games for about a year due to the current global coronavirus pandemic. BREAKING: The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be delayed by one year due to the coronavirus, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced https://t.co/p2FFsWo5Uf— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 24, 2020 Abe said the games will be held no later than next summer.last_img read more

Sen. Padilla to speak to ’SC students

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first_imgCalifornia Sen. Alex Padilla is scheduled to speak with students at USC today on various issues facing the state, such as immigration reform, education budget cuts and sustainability.He is scheduled to appear in the  Rosen Family Theatre of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center at noon.The chat is part of the Latino Empowerment Speakers Series, which will bring a dozen high-ranking politicians and city officials to campus for fireside chats with students.Event organizer Juan Espinoza, director of political affairs for the Latina/o Student Assembly, said the event is for all students, not just Latinos.“Senator Padilla is one of the most influential leaders in our state,” Espinoza said.  “I want to know his plans to counter Governor Jerry Brown’s recent proposal to cut Cal Grants in half for students at private universities.”Brown announced his proposal earlier in the week, but Padilla said he was unaware of it.“I didn’t hear about that,” Padilla said. “I guess I better take a look at that before [I go].”Padilla is currently on a committee that oversees California’s education budget. At the age of 28, Padilla was one of the youngest presidents of the Los Angeles City Council, as well as the first Latino to lead the council since 1868.Padilla said the number of Latino government representatives has soared in California compared to what it was when he first started working in government, but he said there is still much to be done.“Just increasing the number of Latino government officials will not change the world,” Padilla said. “USC is an elite institution full of quality students who can make a difference. I look forward to hearing what they have to say.”Padilla will soon become one of the many politicians that have come to USC to discuss pressing governmental issues with students. Last October, President Barack Obama along with U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, now-Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke on campus to rally support for the democratic platform.Dan Schnur, the executive director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said the Latino Empowerment Speaker Series is a completely different event.“It’s one thing for students to listen to some of the most prestigious politicians and high-ranking officials in the state, but when students get to interact with the speaker and talk with them — that’s what makes this an incredible opportunity,” Schnur said.Efe Ozturk, a senior majoring in biological sciences, said it is important for students to interact with politicians and to voice their grievances.“Events like these expose students to those politicians guiding the country,” he said. “This gives us a chance to speak out about obstacles that affect us all.”Bill Ramos, a senior majoring in communication, said he is attending Padilla’s chat,  to seek inspiration and personal guidance.“Padilla has had much success as a Latino politician and he inspires me to make a positive difference in my community,” Ramos said. “I want to be a role model for my siblings and show them how I graduated college. I want to make everyone proud.”Aubrey Garcia, a senior majoring in communication and public relations, said events like these are vital for students to expand their bubble.“As students, we need to realize that there is so much more going on around us than what we see on campus,” Garcia said. “It’s essential for USC to have events with politicians since they make decisions that affect us.”last_img read more

Kamis Wins Equatorial Guinea Open, Odoh Finishes 12th

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first_imgKamis and Follet-Smith tied at -9 under par to force a two-way play off.Kamis, a multiple winner on the Sunshine Tour of South Africa, hit 13 of 14 fairways and made seven birdies en-route to the tournament’s benchmark round of 66.“It feels special to win this tournament on my first try. Though we had the rain that cut the play, I had a good round and putted very well. I hit a lot of good half chances and gave myself the chance to be in the mix. I had a good run, but to be fair, Mongomo is very generous off the tee. The pressure comes on the green, which is very small and shallow, ” the Cape Town-born golfer said.Follet-Smith, who led the pack through 36 holes, birdied holes 14, 15 and 16. A double bogey at the par 5 10th plus the three putts he took at the 17th handed Karmis a route into the play off.US PGA player, Charlie Wi and Luke Joy of England tied for third at seven under par, Jared Harvey (South Africa), in fifth; Xavier Puig of Spain, sixth; Modalitso Muthiya (Zambia), seventh; and Peter Gusfaffson of Sweden, Michael Cairns of Zimbabwe and Matthew Carvell of South Africa tied for eight.Andrew Oche Odoh was the best Nigerian and West African performer in 12th position. The 2013 and 2015 champion closed at level par 216 over 54 holes.He and Sunday Olapade, in 16th position, are the only Nigerian professional players that will have automatic invitations to play the Equatorial Guinea Open next year.Haruna K. Mohammed (42) SJ Odegha (43), Daniel Pam (45) Elisha Markus (48) and Gift Willy (withdrawal) suffered for inadequate local tournaments and found it tough competing on a global stage of 60 players.Elin Arvidsson of Sweden won the Virgin de Guadaloupe trophy for ladies with a score of three under par, beating both Sophie Walker of England and Belgium’s Sophie Leurquin by one shot.“This win is very special because I have never never played this course before and the experience is different from what I am used to in my normal life in the US and Sweden,” Arvidsson, who plays on the Symetra Tour said.Nigeria’s starlet, Georgia Oboh, shot a final day 78 in the amateur event, an improvement on the opening rounds of 92, 81.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan, Mongomo Equatorial GuineaPeter Kamis of South Africa over the weekend won the 3e Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open Championship in Mongomo in his first appearance, beating Robert Follet-Smith of Zimbabwe in a play off.Kamis saved par and bagged the 30,000 dollars winner’s cheque after Follet-Smith’s approach to the ninth found water.The tournament was reduced to a 54-hole contest after rain disrupted the third round and forced about half of the field to complete the round the following morning.last_img read more

GVC embraces its digital capacity amid a changing UK landscape

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first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Completing its first year as FTSE100 enterprise, GVC Holdings reports that the betting group has demonstrated its global scale and market diversification capacities, delivering growth across all operating territories.The firm’s enlarged portfolio of nineteen brands, operating across multiple European jurisdictions records full-year 2018 group revenues of £2.9 billion (FY2017: £800m) – as GVC governance continues to explore further new market opportunities.“2018 was a transformational year for the group with the completion of the Ladbrokes Coral acquisition in March making the group the largest online-led sports-betting and gaming operator in the world,” Kenneth Alexander, Chief Executive of GVC Holdings, details to investors.Highlighting its ‘digital capacity’, GVC records online revenues of £1.3 billion, supported by an underlying EBITDA growth of £443 million (FY2017: £238m), with the FTSE firm’s enlarged sports betting portfolio contributing an NGR £725 million (FY2017: £292m), with all brands benefiting from World Cup 2018 trading.Despite its digital growth, GVC replicates tough UK trends across it newly integrated retail vertical (Ladbrokes Coral) with the company reporting a pro-forma 8% decline in OTC wagering to £3 billion (FY2017: £3.3 billion).Despite reducing retail operating costs to £529 million following the UK government’s FOBTs judgement, GVC’s new division would record declines across all metrics, reporting an underlying EBITDA of £193 million (proforma-FY2017: £265m).Closing 2018 accounts, GVC reports an underlying group EBITDA of £640 million (FY2017: £211m), as the enlarged operator books in exceptional charges totalling £435 million, resulting in GVC governance reporting a loss after tax of -£56 million.Moving forward, GVC details that it will continue to apply its ‘four strategic enablers’ of leading the global gambling market in technology development, digital product propositions, brand and marketing engagement and staff management.Alexander added: “The GVC operating model leverages the Group’s leading proprietary technology and product development capability, applying central marketing expertise alongside local operational execution. This model is proving highly effective.“Combined with the benefit of being a truly global scale operator, together with the opportunities provided by the integration of Ladbrokes Coral and our joint-venture in the US with MGM Resorts, the Board is confident the Group is well-placed to absorb the impact of the Triennial Review and associated tax increases in 2019, and deliver strong EBITDA growth in future years.”GVC Holdings 2018 Performance  Overview Submitlast_img read more

Rooney banned from driving after drink-drive guilty plea

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first_imgStockport, United Kingdom | AFP |  Former England captain Wayne Rooney was Monday banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to drink driving.Rooney was charged after being stopped by police while driving a black Volkswagen Beetle at 2:00 am on September 1. The car belonged to a woman he had met in a bar.Football, cars, alcohol, drink driving,  Everton, Rooney, ban .Earlier, the Everton striker, 31, arrived at Stockport Magistrates’ Court in the northwest of England wearing a blue suit with his hands in his pockets.Rooney was charged after being stopped by police while driving a black Volkswagen Beetle at 2:00 am on September 1. The car belonged to a woman he had met in a bar. He has been married to his high-school sweetheart Coleen since 2008 and they have three children together. The couple are expecting their fourth child.Rooney was given a warm welcome at Old Trafford on his return to former club Manchester United on Sunday but it ended in disappointment with a 4-0 defeat for Everton.Everton manager Ronald Koeman said earlier this month the matter would be dealt with “internally”.Rooney made a successful start to his second Everton spell following his return to the club from United, scoring on his first two Premier League appearances.His form moved England manager Gareth Southgate to offer him an international recall, but he decided to call time on his England career.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

LVR Jr Boys take it on the chin in Kamloops

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first_imgThe recent B.C. Teacher’s Federation job action forced the L.V. Rogers Bombers to the sidelines after Kamloops canceled its Rugbyfest tournament.However, the cancellation allowed the LVR Junior Boys to capture center stage during a two-game exhibition set in Spoolmak Country.South Kamloops proved to be poor hosts, shellacking the Junior Bombers 25-0. Game two was just as tough for the inexperienced Bombers as St. Ann’s dumped LVR 20-0.LVR made the trek to Kamloops with only 13 players, but picked up two members of the senior girl’s squad — Ruby Kailia and Maria Maglio — to fill out the roster.McKenna Carlson and Devyn Parker played in Saturday’s St. Ann’s game. First rugby for LVR High School pitch in yearsRugby finally made its way to the LVR school field as the Junior Boy’s faced the Senior Girls in an exhibition encounter Wednesday.The boys proved to be too much for their female counterparts, winning the game 15-0.The game, the first in recent memory at rugby game was played ont the LVR pitch, marked the first time in BC High School rugby that boys and girls teams from the same high school have played a competitive game against each other.The Kootenay rugby show goes onThere are enough community coaches to keep the Kootenay High School Rugby League afloat, meaning the first league playday is a go Friday in Grand Forks.LVR meets Selkirk Storm of Kimberley and Rossland Royals while the Junior Bombers play Grand Forks Jr. Wolves and Rossland Jr Royals.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Did you know that there is no English translation for these words in Spanish?

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first_imgIn the world there are currently more than 7,000 different languages, of which the second most spoken is Spanish. This language is increasingly used throughout the world and in addition to being spoken in Spain, it is the native language of many Latin American countries and is increasingly common among the inhabitants of the United States. Spanish is composed of almost 300 thousand different words and although it seems surprising among all of them there are some that have no translation into English. This fact is not so rare since it occurs because in English there is no exact word for that situation or thing although similar, or even because a specific concept does not exist in this language.Words that have no English translationThe day before yesterday: Spanish is one of the few languages ​​that only needs one word to refer to the day before yesterday.Reveal: Term that is used to refer to not being able to sleep or the moment we wake up and we can not fall asleep again.Elf: Word that originated to refer to a fantastic and small being that caused uproar and sometimes even some chaos.Brand New: Wear something that is new for the first time, be it a piece of clothing like a book.Chilly: Spanish is the only language that has a word to refer to people who are much more affected by the cold.To snack: As everyone knows the meal times in Spain are very different from other countries and that is why this term was born that refers to food that is made in the middle of the afternoon.Desktop: Period of time given after lunch or dinner and in which we continue talking with other guests.One-eyed: In English there is no exact word to define a person who has a problem in one eye or even one is missing.Shame on others: In English the word that comes closest to refer to the shame you feel for the things that someone else does is “embarrassed”. Image: iStockcenter_img There are words in Spanish that have no English translationThis occurs by not having an exact word or the absence of a concept.last_img read more

CSO Wants NEC Workers Scrutinized

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first_imgAugustine S. Arkoi-Also craves party observers properly vettedAs the Liberian presidential election heads to a run-off between the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the governing Unity Party (UP), there are calls from many quarters for the National Elections Commission (NEC) to put its house in order in an effort to deliver a result that will be trusted and overwhelmingly accepted by not just the two contesting parties, but the Liberian public and the international community.Irregularities were reported after the October 10 elections, which was welcomed by protests from aggrieved politicians. People have complained that the irregularities might have been caused by workers recruited by the NEC, and also blamed poll watchers that were selected by the political parties.Hence all the major stakeholders, especially the NEC and the contesting parties, need to take cues and govern themselves properly for the crucial November 7 runoff polls.It is in respect of the above that a Civil Society Organization, the Better Future Foundation (BFF), wants the upcoming polls to be entrusted into the care of qualified poll workers whose recruitment by the NEC should be validated by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).The BFF is a member of the Liberia Democracy Sustainability Platform (DSP), a pro-democracy and election monitoring group.The president of BFF, Augustine S. Arkoi, said in a statement that the dismal performance of the current poll workers in the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, a process characterized by irregularities in some polling places, demonstrates not only their gross incompetence but also a failure on the part of the Commission’s Board of Commissioners to exercise due diligence in the recruitment and hiring of such poll workers.The BFF also called for a thorough investigation to determine whether or not such “grave errors” as acknowledged by the National Elections Commission were made with any criminal intent to undermine the integrity of the electoral process.Mr. Arkoi indicated that the re-run of the elections in Nimba, Grand Gedeh and probably Grand Cape Mount counties as a result of electoral irregularities in those counties, constitutes cause for the foundation’s call to probe such irregularities and the importance of bringing the perpetrators to justice so as to retain public trust and confidence in the National Elections Commission (NEC).“A free, fair, transparent and credible electoral process requires the full participation of political parties and independent candidates at every stage of the country’s electioneering process, particularly their representation at various polling stations by competent and reliable individuals for accurate ballot counting and validation,” he said.The group was one of many local CSOs that deployed observers on election day. Through its subsidiary, Youth Beyond Barriers (YBB), BFF deployed over 21 officially accredited observers and more than 50 civic education volunteers throughout Liberia on election day who helped to mitigate some challenges at polling places.Those deployed observed the conspicuous absence of representatives of several political parties and independent candidates at various polling stations across the country during the elections.The deliberate absence of competent representatives of independent candidates and political parties and instances of the absence of accredited CSOs at some polls, Mr. Arkoi, said creates an undue atmosphere for electoral irregularities by some unscrupulous poll workers.He also made mention of the huge number of invalid votes, which he said would have been as a result of inadequate awareness exercises. “This underscored the urgent need for massive and intense civic and voter education for the runoff,” he said.“We want the government and its partners provide timely and much-needed financial and logistical support to the NEC, and community-based CSOs for the conduct of civic education ahead of the runoff,” he said.“We also want both the CDC and UP to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful and non-violent fashion,” he said.BFF has been involved in an intense advocacy that primarily seeks to inspire national consensus building aimed at accelerating human security, respect for and adherence to the rule of law, promotion of infrastructural development as well as sustaining democratic governance in the country and the sub-region.Other challenges that overwhelmed the October 10 elections as flagged by the BFF in its statement includes the late arrival of election materials to some polling centers, voters’ identification numbers, late commencement and closure of the voting process and counting, as well as the apparent inability of some of NEC polling officers to educate and or guide voters.BFF has described as unfortunate the gross lack of infrastructure in the country to the extent that some of the facilities that played host to the presidential and legislative elections were unfit to serve the mass turnout, leaving many registered voters particularly pregnant women, nursing mothers, the elderly, physically challenged among others totally disenfranchised.BFF has, meanwhile, applauded the NEC magistrates and senior staff for the professional and impartial manner in which they addressed grievances of political parties during the tallying process at the SKD Sports Complex in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN ‘DEEPLY REGRETS’ HIT-AND-RUN BEACH INCIDENT, BARRISTER TELLS COURT

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first_imgA 30-year-0ld Donegal man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty at Derry Crown Court to injuring a child and a woman in a hit-and-run incident on a Co Derry beach last year.Paul John Doherty, of Ballynahone, Fahan in Co. Donegal, pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to an incident in which a mother and her child were injured when struck by a red BMW on Benone Beach on 21 July.Doherty admitted two charges of dangerous driving on the beach and at Seacoast Road, Limavady. He also pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop at, report and remain at an accident in which injury had occurred.Defence barrister Joe Brolly told the court Doherty had expressed “deep regret” about the incident.Adjourning sentencing to 31 March next for pre-sentence reports, Judge Phillip Babington released Doherty on continuing bail.DONEGAL MAN ‘DEEPLY REGRETS’ HIT-AND-RUN BEACH INCIDENT, BARRISTER TELLS COURT was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more