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Brazil eyes coronavirus vaccine rollout in January, acting health minister says

first_imgBrazil has the third-worst outbreak of coronavirus globally with more than 4.1 million cases, passed this week by India for the second highest number of cases after the United States. More than 127,000 people have died from the disease, according to the official Health Ministry death toll.The high number of cases has led several vaccine makers to seek out Brazil for clinical trials. The country is testing a potential vaccine from AstraZeneca and has signed a memorandum of understanding to receive 30 million doses of it.Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, on Tuesday repeated prior statements that vaccination would not be mandatory, although the government would still mount a vaccine campaign.”People cannot be injected with whatever, or forced,” Bolsonaro said in an afternoon event with Brazilian doctors. Topics : Brazil’s acting Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said on Tuesday that a COVID-19 vaccine would be rolled out for all Brazilians in January 2021.”We are closing contracts with vaccine manufacturers and the forecast is that a vaccine will arrive for us starting in January next year and we will start vaccinating everyone,” Eduardo Pazuello said in a video posted to social media.Pazuello and other ministers were responding to questions from Esther Castilho, a 10-year-old YouTuber wearing a cowboy hat. Pazuello did not give details on which vaccine would be rolled out.last_img read more

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23 more WV LGUs receive social amelioration fund

first_imgWestern Visayas has 133 LGUs. The 23additional LGUs were in the following provinces: DSWDhas released P25,290,000 in SAP funds to the municipality of Zarragafor 4,215 qualified families in 24 barangays. This brought to 103 the LGUs now setto release cash assistance to their people economically displaced by theongoing enhanced community quarantine, according to Regional Director Ma.Evelyn Macapobre. * Capiz – Pontevedra, Ivisan,Maayon, Pilar, Dao, Cuartero, President Roxas, Dumalag, Jamindan, Panit-an,Pan-ay, Sapi-an, Sigma, and New Washington The SAP funds released to the 103LGUs so far reached P5,905,974,000. Eachbeneficiary received a cash subsidy of P6,000. AssistantSecretary for Specialized Programs Rhea Peñaflor said under Republic Act (RA)11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, 18 million low-income families allover the country are expected to receive emergency cash assistance to mitigatethe impact of the coronavirus public health emergency. * Antique – San Remigio, Bugasong,Sibalom, Pandan, and Caluya As of April 15, the 30 LGUs yet tobe released SAP funds were the following: * Iloilo – Carles, Pavia * Aklan – Tangalan, Buruanga,Makato, and Balete * Iloilo – San Miguel, Sara, Dingle,Lambunao, Leon, Batad, Concepcion, Santa Barbara, San Dionisio, Leganes, andLemery Yesterday, DSWD and the LGU of Zarraga, Iloilostarted distributing SAP cash grants to 4,215 family beneficiaries. ILOILO City – Twenty-three morelocal government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas received Social AmeliorationProgram (SAP) funds from the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) for distribution to their constituents. Asof yesterday, the town already distributed P768,000 cash aid to 128 families inbarangays Dawis Centro, Dawis Norte, and Dawis Sur. “Ginapangabaygid namon ining LGUs nga dasig-dasigon or coordinatediri sa DSWD para mahatagankahigayunan ang aton pumoluyo sa inyo nga banwa nga makabaton sangassistance,” said Peñaflor./PN Underthe SAP, the LGU should pay out the beneficiaries within five days after thetransfer of funds. RICHER BY P6,000. A resident of Barangay Dawis Sur, Zarraga, Iloilo receives her cash aid of P6,000 from the national government’s Social Amelioration Program for people economically displaced by the enhanced community quarantine. Twenty-three more local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas received Social Amelioration Program funds from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for distribution to their constituents. This brought to 103 the LGUs now set to release cash assistance to their people, according to Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre. DSWD-6 PHOTO * Negros Occidental – Talisay City Peñaflorwas in Barangay Dawis, Zarraga yesterday to oversee the distribution of cashaid to 70 beneficiaries amounting to P420,000. * Aklan – Batan, Numancia, Madalag,Malay, Ibajay, Nabas, Altavas, Banga, Leso, Malinao, Libacao, and Kalibo * Guimaras – Nueva Valencia * Antique – San Jose * Capiz – Tapaz * Guimaras – Buenavista last_img read more

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What Is Next?

first_imgI am sure you have heard about some of the things coming out of the New York Mets starting pitchers.  If you haven’t, here are a couple examples.  Terry Collins allowed his starting pitchers to decide the uniform, style, and color on the days they were pitching.  In fact, they kept stats on the records achieved for every game uniform style worn both at home and away.  I think you might call this wanting to take superstition to a new level.In fact, Matt Harvey and his agent (plus his doctor) wanted to dictate to the Mets how may pitches he would throw during the season.  In fact, the agent set up press conferences putting out these demands.  In the end, Harvey had enough sense to follow his managers wants and not what his agent wanted.What can we expect next from pro athletes?  Their own uniform–different from the rest of the team?  Who knows?last_img read more

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Burns earns first career feature win

first_imgThe closest feature finish of the evening came in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts as Lucas Parsons, Oliver Monson and Kaytee DeVries finished within a car length of each other as they crossed the finish line 1-2-3. By Greg Grabianowski  Burns took the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature holding off a late challenge from Brandon Nielsen. The Al­gona driver was racing with a heavy heart as his grandmother had passed away earlier in the day and in a victory lane interview, dedicated the race to her.  Brandon Nielsen took the runner-up spot as Cody Nielsen was third. Jay Sidles grabbed the early lead before an early caution. The race resumed as Burns used the high side to get past Sidles on lap four. He built a comfortable lead only to see Nielsen closing fast, but Burns slammed the door to set off a wild celebration in victory lane with his first career victory. center_img James Burns became a first-time IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature winner Thursday at Kossuth County Speedway. (Photo by Greg Grabianowski) Austin Wolf was the IMCA Modified winner and Jake Masters dominated in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Matt Looft paced the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod headliner. ALGONA, Iowa (July 16) – James Burns won his first career feature race to highlight an exciting night of dirt track racing at the Kossuth County Speedway on Thursday. The big night of racing drew another nice crowd count of 104 cars filling the pit area looking for a tune up for the upcoming Salute to Veterans show.last_img read more

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Pellegrini confident of Hart deal

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident England goalkeeper Joe Hart will sign a new contract at the Etihad Stadium. Pellegrini said: “I think it’s an issue that we’re talking about. Joe knows what I think about that. I think in the right moment, (we will) have the right solution. I think Joe wants to stay here and we want him to stay.” If he re-signs, Hart would follow team-mates Samir Nasri, Aleksandar Kolarov, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, who all agreed fresh terms in the summer. Pellegrini dropped Hart for a spell last autumn after a series of high-profile errors. He responded well and finished the season strongly, helping City win the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup after regaining his place. This season some of his performances have been top-drawer. He was outstanding in a Champions League loss at Bayern Munich last month and was similarly impressive in last Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Tottenham. Extra motivation might have come from the summer signing of Willy Caballero from Pellegrini’s former club Malaga, but the manager puts the improvement down to Hart himself. Pellegrini said: “He is not responding to the challenge of Willy. He is responding as number one goalkeeper as England. Except for the first three months of last year, Joe Hart always puts in a very good performance.” Despite Hart’s brilliance, City’s defence has not been impregnable this season and they have kept just two clean sheets out of eight in the Premier League. Hart has been back to his best this season and the club have been in negotiations over a new deal. The 27-year-old’s current contract expires in the summer of 2016. Press Association Pellegrini acknowledges that but does not see it is an area needing specific attention and instead wants general improvement across the pitch. The Chilean said: “We are always trying to improve in all senses, in attack and in defence. “This season we are not so strong in attacking. Last season in the first eight games I think we had scored more goals than now. “But also we had conceded more goals than now. This season our defence is (joint) second behind Southampton as the best in the league. “By our defence I’m not talking about only the back line, I’m talking the whole team, and I think we’re defending well. But of course we must improve. There’s a lot of goals that we can avoid and it will be better for us.” last_img read more

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Senate Committee Upholds Scott Israel’s Suspension

first_imgIsrael responded to the committee vote by saying he will run in 2020 against the appointed Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony and will be re-elected for a third time.Acting sheriff Gregory Tony, right, speaks after being introduced by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Fort Lauderdale headquarters, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) The Florida Senate Rules Committee voted 9-7 along party lines on Monday night to uphold Governor Ron DeSantis’ removal of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.The vote came after 10 hours of testimony from special investigators, lawyers, and the public.DeSantis suspended Israel in January for his handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre and the 2017 mass shooting at Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.The matter now goes to a vote by the full Senate on Wednesday. Justice and accountability came together today with the ⁦@FLSenate⁩ upholding former Sheriff Israel’s suspension. Disappointing to see not one Democrat voted to put public safety over party.You are a disgrace ⁦⁦@Book4Senate⁩! https://t.co/BcqLSADaEk— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) October 22, 2019last_img read more

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MBB : Orange struggles to find rhythm on offense against Bulldogs zone in close win

first_img Comments Published on March 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img PITTSBURGH – For a team that plays strictly 2-3 zone on defense, Syracuse can’t seem to figure out how to score against one.Not even one that doesn’t boast a player over 6-foot-5.‘We go against it every day,’ junior guard Brandon Triche said. ‘You would think we’d be good at it, but we’re playing against a different team, a different style of it. That’s the toughest part for us.’For the second straight game, Syracuse struggled to attack a zone defense. The top-seeded Orange (32-2) stumbled to a 72-65 win over 16th-seeded UNC Asheville (24-10) Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Consol Energy Arena. SU jacked up 23 3-pointers in the game and failed to take full advantage of the much smaller Bulldogs defense.Still, Syracuse did enough to advance to the third round to take on No. 8 Kansas State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange had difficulty with Cincinnati’s 2-3 zone in its second loss of the year last week, and it was more of the same in the matchup against UNC Asheville.‘I think after the last two games, you know, although we have a pretty good zone defense and we play against it every day,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said, ‘we have not been very proficient on offense against the zone defenses we’ve seen the last two games by any stretch of the imagination.’In the first half, Syracuse showed little interest in working the ball into the zone and seemed content launching shots from the perimeter. Even when the Orange passed up decent looks from deep, the shooters repeatedly took one dribble inside the arc before taking a long jumper.With SU settling for long-range shots, UNC Asheville was able to keep its small lineup on the floor. The center position in the Bulldogs’ zone – typically manned by someone 6-foot-9 or taller at Syracuse – was held down by players ranging from 6 feet 3 inches to 6 feet 5 inches for almost the entire game.But the SU didn’t take advantage. And the offensive struggles led to a 34-30 halftime deficit, thanks in large part to 1-of-13 shooting from 3-point range.‘We didn’t get to the basket like we should have,’ Triche said. ‘We didn’t get those guys in foul trouble. I think we took a lot of shots that we could make. But we have to get to the basket and not rely on the 3-point shot.’Though the Bulldogs employed the zone for much of the game, they occasionally switched to man-to-man defense out of timeouts. Point guard Scoop Jardine said the changing defenses confused the Orange when it tried to get into offensive sets.But for the most part, it was the scrappy 2-3 zone that gave the Orange fits.‘In all zones, in all man-to-man, you got to keep them away from the basket and you got to rebound,’ UNC Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach said. ‘We just played a good 2-3 zone and mixed it up a little bit. … Just enough to keep them off balance.’After halftime, SU started to take advantage of its size by crashing the offensive glass and getting to the middle of the defense. The Orange finished with 34 points in the paint.‘We talked about we were 1-for-13 (from 3),’ SU forward James Southerland said. ‘We just basically had to go in there and create nice, easy buckets. And when we do that, it’s going to create open shots.’But that didn’t lead to more triples for the Orange. Southerland knocked down three 3s but the rest of the team was a miserable 2-of-18 from long range.‘Pretty much everybody on our team can shoot it and make it,’ Triche said. ‘But when we’re all off, then we have to adjust and then try it later.’In the end, one of the biggest plays of the game came when Syracuse made that adjustment and attacked the paint.With less than three minutes remaining and the Orange up five, Dion Waiters drove to the rim from the top of the key. Southerland slid over to replace the sophomore out top, and Waiters spun back to pass him the ball. The junior swished the 3 to put Syracuse up by eight.SU held on from there, but its offensive ineptitude against zones in the past two games is cause for concern in Boeheim’s mind.The head coach believes his Orange will play better Saturday against Kansas State, assuming the Wildcats don’t decide to employ a 2-3 zone, too.‘We haven’t played well in the last two games,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think part of it is the way we’ve attacked the zone defenses that we’ve seen. Maybe they’ll play zone, too. Maybe we’ll get better at it.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

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Group helps reshape USC’s approach to LGBT athletes

first_imgPhoto courtesy of the USC LGBT Resource CenterTrojan pride · USC students show their support for LGBT rights at the 2014 Los Angeles Pride Parade. Groups like the LGBT Resource Center, which organized the march, also help make athletics more inclusive.Trojan athletes will wear shirts emblazoned with the logo “We Are SC” in rainbow font on Tuesday in honor of National Coming Out Day. On Monday afternoon, the shirts were heaped on the couch in the office of Donna Heinel, the senior associate athletic director at USC.It’s a subtle show of support, Heinel said. But it’s something that Trojan athletes wanted — a way to create a positive impact for the LGBT population on campus. And the shirts are part of a wider campaign that Heinel and the USC LGBT Athletic Committee hope to expand throughout the year.“We were thinking about a lot of ways to celebrate,” Heinel said. “The [athletes] said they wanted something that subtly shows support for gay student athletes and something that allies can wear proudly. It’s going to get people talking, and that’s really what we want to do.”The LGBT Athletic Committee has existed for years, but in the last year it has been revitalized under a new group of leaders. This group includes Heinel, athletic personal development coordinator Whitney Rotrock, sports psychologist Nohelani Lawrence and associate women’s soccer coach Jen Klein. Together, this group is hoping to reshape the way in which USC Athletics approaches topics such as LGBT issues, inclusivity and social justice. Due to the significance of athletics on campus, the committee hopes to begin setting an example of acceptance for the entire Trojan community.“It has a large trickle down effect,” said Kelby Harrison, director of the LGBT Resource Center. “The climate and culture of our athletics department affects every student at USC and even our national reputation.”Traditionally, the world of sports has gained a stereotype of being unaccepting of openly LGBT athletes, particularly in hyper-masculine arenas such as football or men’s basketball. With little visibility, many athletes felt uncomfortable expressing themselves fully in teams throughout their careers.The committee hopes to change this by creating a positive culture and environment for LGBT athletes and their teammates throughout the University. Klein feels that today’s collegiate athletes are already far ahead of previous generations of athletes in their comfort and acceptance of the LGBT community. The LGBT Athletic Committee’s role is to supplement the athlete experience, providing programming and support when necessary.“So many of these athletes are already so comfortable with who they are,” Klein said. “It’s really incredible to see how much better these issues have gotten, even in just the last few years. It’s our job to just keep that going, to keep asking them what they need and what’s most important to them.”This goes far beyond just LGBT issues. Heinel and Klein recognize that social issues play an integral role in the lives of students, and those issues can’t always be separated from their roles as athletes. The committee hopes to create a space where these discussions — no matter how hard or uncomfortable — can take place for athletes on campus.Earlier this season, six players from the women’s soccer team decided to kneel during the national anthem before a Pac-12 game to raise awareness for victims of police brutality. This type of decision is not simple or easy, according to Heinel. The players spoke to the administration, their coaching staff and their team before ultimately deciding to continue with the peaceful protest. Heinel and the committee hope to continue these types of conversations. Ultimately, their goal parallels the overall goal of the USC administration — to create an open, accepting environment for all students. By doing so, the committee believes that the USC sports programs will only continue to excel. “It’s better for athletics teams because when you’re accepting, you’re bringing in the best athletes,” Harrison said. “That means LGBT, that means racial and ethnic identities. It’s how you succeed because you’re drawing from the widest pool.”Only half an hour after Heinel sent out an email letting all the teams know that the LGBT shirts were waiting in her office, three athletes were already waiting in the lobby to pick up shirts for themselves, their teammates and coaches. Heinel grinned as she exited her office and greeted each athlete. She knows that the group donning the shirts on Tuesday might be small, but she believes the impact that each shirt makes is significant for the culture of USC Athletics as a whole. It sends a message of acceptance that, for Heinel, is the most important part of any sports program.last_img read more

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Tipp hurlers plan low-key build-up to Munster final

first_imgHowever fans won’t be getting too many opportunities to watch them train with all sessions this week being held behind closed doors.County Board secretary Tim Floyd says the low profile build up to the Limerick game worked for them with the same approach being taken for the final.He says they hope to have an open training session next week.last_img