Coronavirus spreading now in Korea has its origin in Europe, US

first_imgThe novel coronavirus spreading in South Korea now has its origin in Europe and the US, health authorities said Monday. The variant belongs to the GH clade, which is usually found in Europe and the US, according to an analysis on genome samples. This implies the virus could have been imported into Korea by those who entered Korea from those regions in March and April. “As we interpret it, the virus belonging to the GH clade is circulating recently because we had many arrivals from Europe and the US in March and April, and the virus imported then is now driving community transmissions,” said Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Jeong Eun-kyung, at a briefing. The variants found in the genome samples in February and March, when the country saw hundreds of cases linked to a church in Daegu and hospital in North Gyeongsang Province at the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak here, belonged to the S clade and V clade. The virus in the S and V clades were circulated largely in China, where the coronavirus is believed to have originated from, and other parts of Asia. Touching on recent study results on the possibility of airborne spread of the COVID-19, Jeong said that the measures to prevent the spread of the virus stays the same, calling on the public to stick to the basic rules such as avoiding enclosed, populated environments, wearing masks and washing hands. This came after 239 scientists from 32 countries called on governments to acknowledge the aerosol transmission of the COVID-19 and take control measures in an open letter to be published this week. On Monday, Korea reported 48 more COVID-19 cases as the country continues to see small-scale outbreaks, infections coming from overseas as well as an increasing number of cases with unidentified routes of transmission.Half of the new cases, 24, were locally transmitted and the other half were imported. Of the locally transmitted cases, seven were registered in Gwangju in connection with a previously identified Buddhist temple cluster. Five cases were reported in Gyeonggi Province, five in Incheon, two each in South Jeolla Province, Daejeon and Seoul, according to the KCDC. Seven more people tested positive for the coronavirus in connection with the temple in Gwangju, bringing the number of related total infections to 87, according to the KCDC. A surge in cases in South Jeolla Province, which surrounds Gwangju, led the provincial government to tighten social distancing measures. Under the “social distancing level 2,” gatherings of 50 or more people indoors or 100 or more people outdoors are banned, and wearing masks is mandatory when using public transportation. Of the total cases reported in the past week, infection routes for 10.7 percent of the cases remain unidentified, Jeong said, adding “quiet transmission” among those in their 50s or over is taking place in the community. Korea reported 24 additional imported cases, 21 of them were from Asia and three from the Americas. Some 15 people detected at the airport quarantine screening and the rest while under quarantine after they entered the country from abroad.Out of the country’s total 13,137 cases, 11,848 people, or about 90.2 percent, were released from quarantine after making full recoveries. Some 1,005 people are under quarantine. One more patient died, bringing the death toll to 284. The overall fatality rate stands at 2.16 percent. The country has carried out 1,297,367 tests since Jan. 3, with 21,292 people being tested as of Monday.  Topics :last_img read more

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David Luiz confident Unai Emery will improve Arsenal’s leaky defence

first_imgDavid Luiz confident Unai Emery will improve Arsenal’s leaky defence Arsenal have conceded as many goals as West Ham and Wolves this season (Picture: Getty)But Luiz has defended his manager’s tactics and believes there has been an improvement recently, collecting a clean sheet in their last outing before the international break against Bournemouth.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We talk about this with every single club, Arsenal is no different,’ Luiz told Sky Sports when asked about the criticism of the side’s defending.‘I think Unai is working very well with the plan to defend and then the plan to attack.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I always say, defending starts with the strikers and through the whole team, and you can see with modern football that the goalkeeper is now like a No 6.‘We are going to try and improve, we are already doing well and the last few games have showed that we are stronger in a defensive way. Advertisement The Gunners have conceded almost twice as many goals as league leaders Liverpool (Picture: Getty)David Luiz insists Unai Emery is working on improving Arsenal’s defensive displays and is confident there will be a marked improvement at the back in the coming games.Although the Gunners are third in the Premier League table, they have only kept two clean sheets and conceded 11 goals in their eight games.They rank joint eighth defensively, letting in almost twice as many goals as league leaders Liverpool, and both the defence and Emery have been criticised for some meek performances at the back. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 19 Oct 2019 8:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kSharescenter_img Arsenal are next in action away to Sheffield United on Monday night (Picture: Getty)‘I want this club to improve in every part of the game. I think we’ve started really well and we just lost one game in the Premier League.‘I think the team is improving and now we are in third in the table but we want to finish this season fighting for the title.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces New PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing across Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces New PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing across Pennsylvania Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced recipients of a new round of funding for housing programs made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund. This funding is a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax earmarked through Act 58 of 2015 to support affordable housing statewide. The funding collected during the past fiscal year totals $12.03 million.PHFA staff working on the PHARE program received and evaluated 140 proposals requesting support for housing initiatives in 49 counties. Governor Wolf today announced that 68 housing programs in 38 counties would receive allocations from this portion of PHARE funding.“When we fund affordable housing, we not only help families with this basic need, but we also promote economic development through the construction work that’s stimulated,” said Governor Wolf. “The demand for affordable housing continues to outpace the housing stock that’s available, so the funding made available today will help address this critical unmet need.”Since 2012, the PHARE program has received a portion of the impact fees collected from natural gas companies operating in the state with the goal of addressing the housing shortage caused by the impact of this new industry. These funds, however, can only be used to assist projects in counties that have working natural gas wells. The new RTT-based funding can be used to support projects in any of the state’s 67 counties.Today’s PHARE funding is expected to produce the following results:3,052 individuals or families will receive rental or utility assistance408 homes will be rehabilitated or repaired756 new rental units will be created40 new single-family homes will be constructedSites will be acquired or prepared for the future construction of 52 homes20 households will received home purchase assistance“I want to thank Governor Wolf and the state legislature for the passage and signing of Act 58, which has made all this possible,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “This funding will be used to leverage another $214.7 million in public and private monies, creating a much larger impact well beyond today’s initial investment of PHARE/RTT dollars. Many families and communities will be helped by this additional funding.”PHFA staff report that $9.4 million of the $12.03 allocated today will be used to fund housing projects benefiting households with income 50 percent below the area median income (AMI). This represents 78.1 percent of the awarded funding.A list of the proposals receiving PHARE/RTT funding is available at: www.phfa.org/legislation/act105.aspx. Look under the subhead for the Realty Transfer Tax Fund.Editor’s Note: The PHARE fund is also often referred to as the state’s Housing Trust Fund.About PHFAThe Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. Through its carefully managed mortgage programs and investments in multifamily housing developments, PHFA also promotes economic development across the state. Since its creation by the legislature in 1972, it has generated more than $13.1 billion of funding for nearly 167,400 single-family home mortgage loans, helped fund the construction of 132,531 rental units, and saved the homes of more than 48,800 families from foreclosure. PHFA programs and operations are funded primarily by the sale of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. The agency is governed by a 14-member board. April 13, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Uncertainty persists over Ireland’s IORP II transposition

first_imgIreland is “at an advanced stage” of drafting legislation to implement IORP II, according to a government minister – but the pensions sector remains uncertain about the final timeline.Regina Doherty, Ireland’s minister for employment affairs and social protection, yesterday told a conference organised by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) that her department was working towards transposing IORP II “as early as possible”.The deadline for member states to transpose the EU-wide pension fund directive was 13 January. The EU has launched infringement proceedings against several EU countries relating to transposition of IORP II – although in several cases the infringements are understood to be minor.Ireland’s pensions industry has been pushing the government to implement IORP II to put an end to the uncertainty facing schemes and employers, but the timeline for transposition remains a mystery. The IAPF held its annual defined contribution conference today, and Moriarty said the association would call for IORP II to be transposed as quickly as possible.   Regina Doherty, minister for employment affairs and social protection, IrelandIn her speech yesterday, Doherty also spoke about the government’s plans to introduce auto-enrolment. Findings from consultations and research would be delivered to the government “in the coming months and I look forward to the scheme commencing, as planned, in 2022”, she said.ESRI was commissioned by Doherty’s department to examine the potential macro- and micro-economic impacts of auto-enrolment.According to figures from Ireland’s Central Statistics Office and cited by Doherty, 35% of private sector workers were signed up to voluntary pension plans in 2018. This figure rose to 47% when public sector arrangements were included.“Despite considerable efforts over many years by the state and the private sector to incentivise voluntary pension participation, pension coverage has failed to increase in any way significantly,” she said.center_img This week the country’s pensions regulator, the Pensions Authority, published a report on defined benefit scheme statistics in which it said the IORP II Directive “will shortly be transposed into Irish law”.However, when questioned, a spokesperson for the Department for Employment Affairs and Social Protection said it was “aware that an application has been granted for a judicial review for a set of reliefs and a stay in relation to the transposition into Irish law of the IORP II Directive”.Judicial reviewThis was a reference to a move by the Association of Pension Trustees in Ireland (ATPI) and two other plaintiffs to try to block IORP II transposition due to fears about the impact on smaller schemes, in particular small self-directed schemes that are mostly for company directors. The government has indicated that a exemption for smaller schemes would no longer apply under the IORP II regime in Ireland.The case brought by APTI was due “for mention” in the High Court on 28 May, but this was adjourned until 4 June, again “for mention”, which is for more administrative matters than a hearing.“Everybody is in the dark a bit about what the timeline is for transposition,” said Jerry Moriarty, chief executive at the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF).“It was clearly delayed even before there was a court case so I’m not sure whether that’s a side issue or a real issue for transposition,” he told IPE.last_img read more

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Government on the spot with parental leave

first_imgDominion Post 7 April 2012National is likely to come under intense pressure to support extending paid parental leave to six months. Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months’ Paid Leave) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot and may have the numbers without National. UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has campaigned on extending paid parental leave to 12 months, and most other political parties, except ACT, are likely to support the bill. That will leave National in a tight spot if it chooses to vote against the family-friendly legislation. The bill would increase paid parental leave by four weeks a year to 26 weeks in 2014, almost double the current 14 weeks. The issue is a contentious one, with New Zealand lagging behind other OECD countries. In 2007, the Families Commission recommended paid parental leave provisions be increased to 13 months by 2015, including a month for fathers. Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said the increase was “simply unaffordable”. “On first glance, the bill would add about $150 million a year to the cost of paid parental leave – money that would need to be borrowed from overseas.” The Government supported parents being able to look after their new families but was concerned about the financial implications, she said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6706106/Government-on-the-spot-with-parental-leaveParental leave bill pulled from ballotNZ Herald 6 April 2012http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10797085last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: — The Ravens have fortified their defensive front by obtaining free agent Michael Brockers. He agreed to terms on a three-year contract after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Rams.— Linebacker Sean Lee is returning for an 11th season with the Cowboys. The 2016 All-Pro has accepted a one-year, $4.5 million contract with $2 million guaranteed.— Free agent linebacker Joe Schobert is joining the Jaguars after four seasons with the Browns. He led Cleveland in tackles twice and made a Pro Bowl.— The Rams have declined their contract option on cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who had been the team’s nickel cornerback and their top defender on slot receivers since the team signed him in 2017. The USC product had three interceptions and 122 tackles for Los Angeles.— A person familiar with the move says defensive tackle Jordan Phillips has agreed to sign with the Cardinals. Phillips just finished a breakout season for the Bills, where he started nine of his 16 games and finished with a career-high 9 1/2 sacks. Associated Press Carolina has replaced Newton with Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater, who accepted a three-year, $63 million contract. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The 27-year-old Bridgewater won each of his five starts for the Saints last season, completing 68% of his passes with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.Meanwhile, the Saints are keeping their record-setting quarterback, giving Drew Brees (breez) a two-year, $50 million contract.A person familiar with the situation spoke to The Associated Press about the contract on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.The 41-year-old Brees is the NFL’s all-time leader in completions with 6,867, yards passing with 77,416, and touchdowns with 547. The 42-year-old quarterback has posted on social media “my football journey will take place elsewhere.” The comments were the first to indicate he would leave the franchise he’s led to six Super Bowl titles, and the only professional football home he has had.Brady’s representatives are in serious contract discussions with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Brady isn’t the only decorated quarterback to leave the only NFL team for which he’s played:— Longtime Chargers star Philip Rivers has agreed to a one-year contract with the Colts, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. Rivers spent his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers and has set almost every major team record for quarterbacks since being taken first overall in the 2004 NFL draft. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection joins a team that went 7-9 with Jacoby Brissett under center and faded badly during the second half last season.— The Panthers are parting ways with 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said on Twitter the team is working with Newton and his agent to find a trade partner. The quarterback responded on social media by saying he never requested a trade, telling the organization to “stop the word play” because they’re trying to manipulate the narrative and act like he requested a trade. HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander is using the interruption to the Major League season to recover from surgery.The Houston Astros ace has undergone surgery on his right groin and is expected to be out about six weeks. The timing gives Verlander time to heal before opening day, which has been pushed back to mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus.Verlander dealt with the problem early in spring training. His first start was delayed until March 3 because of discomfort in his right groin. He recorded a 3.86 in 4 2/3 innings over two spring starts.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FINAL POLLSouth Carolina finishes on top for first time — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.— The Ottawa Senators say one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and is in isolation. Ottawa is notifying those who came in contact with the player and have told other members of the team to monitor their health and seek advice from the medical staff.— A person involved in the discussions tells The Associated Press the PGA Championship will not be held in San Francisco during the third weekend of May. San Francisco now is among six counties in the Bay Area where residents are ordered to venture outside only when necessary for the next three weeks. There was no indication when the PGA Championship would be played, or if it would remain in San Francisco.— The U.S. Tennis Association says it is considering “the possibility” of postponing the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic. What is usually the last Grand Slam tennis tournament each year is currently scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in New York.— The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The French tennis federation says the clay-court tournament will be played from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. The main draw was originally scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. The next major tennis championship currently on the calendar is Wimbledon, which is to start in late June in England. — NASCAR has vowed to reschedule the seven Cup Series events already postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Figuring out how to cram the events and the All-Star race into the crowded 36-race schedule is potentially difficult. NASCAR President Steve Phelps says the series has no specifics on how it is moving forward. He says he wants the postponed races rescheduled before the playoffs begin in September.— The governing body of European soccer has postponed its marquee championship for one year. Euro 2020 became Euro 2021 in a major shift for an international soccer calendar that is on lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak and with no clear end in sight. The tournament that was due to open on June 12 in Rome is now scheduled for next year from June 11 to July 11, in the same 12 host nations.— A person familiar with the diagnosis tells The Associated Press a second New York Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for the new coronavirus. New York had announced a first positive test on Sunday and general manager Brian Cashman said the player had been isolated and the Florida Department of Health notified. The two Yankees minor leaguers are the only baseball players known to have tested positive.MLB-ASTROS-VERLANDERVerlander has surgery March 18, 2020 However, these and other deals may not be finalized Wednesday as expected.A person familiar with the discussions on Tuesday night told The Associated Press that deals might not be confirmed by teams Wednesday when the NFL’s business season begins. This is due to free agents being unable to travel and actually sign agreements, which is a recent league policy to safeguard against the coronavirus. The NFL has banned travel for players and team personnel while also advising clubs that physical exams can only be taken locally by free agents who reach deals.In other NFL news:— A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Broncos have agreed to a two-year contract with veteran free agent quarterback Jeff Driskel. Driskel is a former sixth-round draft pick out of Florida in 2016 who has appeared in a dozen NFL games with the Bengals and Lions.— A person familiar with the deal says veteran tight end Jason Witten has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raiders. Witten ended a one-year retirement to return to Dallas this past season, grabbing 63 passes for 529 yards and four TDs. Witten has 1,215 receptions for 12,977 yards and 72 TDs in 16 seasons with the Cowboys. — The Lions have released linebacker Devon Kennard. He matched a career and team high with seven sacks last season and equaled a personal best with 58 tackles as a team captain.— The Giants have reached an agreement with Kyler Fackrell on a reported one-year contract. Fackrell spent the last four seasons in Green Bay, recording 17 1/2 sacks as a backup used mostly in passing situations.— The Steelers have placed the inside linebacker Ryan Shazier on the reserved/retired list. But the team says the move doesn’t rule out the possibility of Shazier playing again. Shazier spent the last two seasons on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a spinal injury suffered in December 2017. Shazier has made remarkable progress since the injury and has continued working out in hopes of one day being cleared to play again.— A person familiar with the deal says the Raiders have agreed with free agent linebacker Cory Littleton on a three-year contract. NFL Network reported the contract is worth up to $36 million. In addition, two people familiar with the deals say Las Vegas has agreed to contracts with defensive tackle Maliek Collins, safety Jeff Heath and defensive end Carl Nassib.— A person with direct knowledge of the move confirms to the Associated Press that defensive tackle Vernon Butler has agreed to a two-year contract with the Bills. Butler is coming off a breakout campaign in which he became a starter for the first time and finished with 32 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles. IDITARODNorwegian musher wins Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog raceANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Norwegian musher is once again the winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Thomas Waener of Norway easily won this year’s race, running his sled dog under the famed burled arch in downtown Nome early Wednesday after driving his team off the Bering Sea ice. It took him 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds to travel nearly 1,000 miles across Alaska.Waerner’s closest competitor was three-time champion Mitch Seavey, who was about five hours behind. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSBrady is leaving Patriots…Rivers to Colts, Bridgewater to PanthersUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady says he’s thrown his final pass for the New England Patriots, and it appears he could be headed to Florida. — The Bears have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with former All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn. Quinn recorded 11 1/2 sacks with Dallas last year despite a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The Bears also released outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, parting with a former first-round draft pick who never boosted their pass rush the way they envisioned.— The Buccaneers are retaining a key piece of an improved defense by agreeing to re-sign linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul to a two-year, $27 million contract. Pierre-Paul has 21 sacks since being acquired in a trade from the Giants two years ago.— Safety Tre Boston has accepted a three-year, $18 million contract that keeps him with the Panthers. Boston started all 16 games for Carolina last season, recording 59 tackles and three interceptions.— The Eagles have released safety standout Malcolm Jenkins, who led their secondary for the last six years and helped them win the 2017 NFL title. He will cost the team $6 million under the cap, but the Eagles also save nearly $5 million by cutting Jenkins.— The Titans have agreed to terms with defensive end Vic Beasley, who led the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks in 2016 for the Falcons. Atlanta declined to re-sign the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft after he managed only 18 sacks combined over the past three seasons. UNDATED (AP) — South Carolina is No. 1 in the final Associated Press women’s basketball poll of the season for the first time in school history.The Gamecocks received 26 first-place votes and No. 2 Oregon got the other four. Baylor, Maryland and UConn round out the top five.  The AP has always released its final poll of the season before the start of the NCAA Tournament, which has been canceled because of the virus pandemic. Louisville, Stanford, N.C. State, Mississippi State and UCLA round out the top 10. The final men’s basketball poll will be released Wednesday. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSDurant among four Nets to test positiveUNDATED (AP) — Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players to have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA. The Nets did not name the players Tuesday, but Durant confirmed he was one of them to The Athletic, saying: “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.” The Nets announced that one player is exhibiting symptoms, while the other three are asymptomatic.Utah’s Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Donovan Mitchell and Detroit’s Christian Wood are the other players who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.In other sports news involving the outbreak: This is the second time the 47-year-old Waerner has run the Iditarod. He earned Rookie of the Year honors for his 17th place finish in 2015. Two other Norwegian mushers have won the Iditarod.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Cameroun Legend, Song Heads to France for Treatment

first_imgYaounde Emergency Centre director Dr. Louis Joss Bitang A Mafok said Song had suffered a “cerebral hemorrhage”.Song’s relative, Alexandre, has expressed gratitude to Cameroonians for their good wishes.“At this moment my family is living difficult times. We are touched by the love and support of Cameroonians and elsewhere,” he said.“Song has departed to Pitie Salpetriere hospital in Paris, where he will continue treatment. I am grateful to the Head of State for instructing the government to take the necessary measures to ensure that Song recovers.“We hail the professionalism of medical doctors in Cameroon and we continue to pray for a safe trip for Rigobert Song and that he should recover very fast.”On Tuesday, Dr. Mafok confirmed Song had “come out of his coma and the oxygen has been disconnected”, adding “his high blood pressure has returned to normal and the cerebral haemorrhage has been controlled”.Song played 137 times for his country and had spells with English clubs Liverpool and West Ham.He has been working as a coach for Cameroon’s football federation following his departure as Chad coach.Former Cameroon team-mate Samuel Eto’o tweeted in French: “I wish you courage and a speedy recovery big brother.”Ex-Liverpool players Jamie Carragher, Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler have also sent messages of support, while the Anfield club tweeted: “Our thoughts are with Rigobert Song and his family at this time.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Cameroon international Rigobert Song has been flown from Cameroon to France for further treatment after coming out of a two-day coma.The 40-year-old was admitted to Yaounde Central Hospital on Sunday after falling unconscious.On Tuesday he waved to fans outside the Yaounde Emergency Centre as he was taken away to the airport.last_img read more

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‘If I get it going like this, I’m going to be a problem’: Matt Moyer’s career game pushes Syracuse past UConn, 72-63

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 6, 2017 at 12:01 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR NEW YORK — The 3-point attempt clanged off the far end of the rim and bounced high off the backboard, back toward the right corner from where it came. But then a large right hand appeared from seemingly nowhere and altered the ball’s trajectory.Syracuse’s redshirt freshman forward Matthew Moyer had taken flight, seemingly sitting on the backs of Connecticut guard Christian Vital and forward Eric Cobb when he slammed down the monstrous put-back dunk.“Coach (Jim Boeheim) always tells me to go to the glass,” Moyer said. “If I do that, I have a chance to get buckets. If I get one bucket, it’s going to get me in the flow of the game. … If I get it going like this, I’m going to be a problem for a lot of teams.”In the Orange’s seven previous games this season, Moyer scored 17 points. On Tuesday night, Moyer had 18 in a career performance that keyed Syracuse (7-1) to a 72-63 victory over Connecticut (6-3) in the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden. He also chipped in eight rebounds and a steal, while turning it over twice. The night held special importance to Moyer, he said, because it was his father’s birthday on Monday, and both parents watched the game sitting just behind the Orange’s bench.Moyer was an unlikely hero to save Syracuse as it struggled on offense, with point guard Frank Howard shooting 1-for-10 with nine turnovers, and wasn’t at full strength, with Boeheim holding freshman center Bourama Sidibe out in the second half because of an ankle injury. Yet without Moyer’s play, Boeheim said, the Orange likely would have lost. Tyus Battle, SU’s star guard and Moyer’s roommate, said he’s prepared to hear about the dunk “for a while.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen asked about what made this game different for Moyer, Boeheim said, “I have no clue. He’s been horrible all year. And that’s being nice. I’m being nice. ‘Horrible’ is a nice word for what he’s done. He was a terrific player tonight, and I think he can build on this.”A seldom-used player on offense, Moyer nearly eclipsed his previous career-high of 11 points in the first half. He finished the frame with 10, adding another dunk, a 3-pointer and a free throw enabled by effectively exploiting the baseline, which Boeheim said he needs to when defenses focus on Howard or Battle or active, long freshman forward Oshae Brissett.On the first possession of the game, Moyer started his own offense with defense. Moyer stole the ball, but then, down the floor, traveled. Boeheim wildly pointed and screamed at Moyer, a familiar sight. The turnover seemed to doom the forward to a quick hook he’s become accustomed to this season. It didn’t, and a few plays later, Moyer finished a contested layup to jumpstart his scoring spree.“I love the travel, actually,” Moyer said. “The travel was awesome for me. I got the ball and said, ‘You know what? I need to be aggressive and go. It doesn’t matter if you turn it over, just get it and go.’”Moyer added: “I’m a freshman. I’m young. Coach needs to build more trust in me. If I make mistakes, I’m not going to play as much, but if I go back in there and make an impact immediately, then he’ll let me play.”After the first half, Moyer seemed to cool considerably. Moyer grabbed an offensive rebound but missed the put-back and when he got to the free-throw line, he missed one and made one. Battle reassumed his normal duties carrying the offensive load — he finished with 22 points on 8-for-18 shooting — as he maintained Syracuse’s lead. It stretched to 17 late in the first half, but the pesky Huskies continued chipping away and slowly inched back into the game. Syracuse’s advantage hovered between seven and 14 throughout the half.Then, with 10 minutes to go, Moyer reawakened.Off a rare miss from Jalen Adams, UConn’s star junior guard who finished with 22 points, Moyer snared a defensive rebound and started a break. A few seconds later, Moyer threw down the second of his three dunks and flexed just as he had on the tip-back.Late in the half, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie became frustrated his team wasn’t chipping away further at Syracuse’s lead. Ollie stamped into the court so hard it could be heard all the way across the Garden. The Huskies closed in, whittling Syracuse’s lead down to eight with two minutes to go.The crowd rose, sensing it might be UConn’s last push. Battle, hoping to quiet them, rose up for a 3-pointer. It clanked off the rim and, almost eerily, Moyer again started running from about 15 feet, skied in and put down another put-back dunk.“I was like, ‘Nobody’s blocking me out?’” Moyer said. “Are you serious? I think I boosted off somebody. I was like whoa! (The dunk) just flowed out of me.”Syracuse’s lead was pushed out of reach when, on defense, Moyer nabbed another steal. To cap a career night, he slammed again with under a minute remaining to remove any doubt from the game’s final result. The flush bookended the night for Moyer and Syracuse, and it finally pushed away a Huskies team that, until the final possession, gave the Orange all it could handle.After the game, a large media scrum formed around Moyer in the locker room. The forward smiled and laughed. Boeheim walked by and said, “Nobody’s talked to you all year. Why’re they doing (it) now?”The group turned to Boeheim, who added before walking out: “They love you when you’re going good.”The media turned back. Moyer looked down. He laughed a little softer this time.“Anyways,” he said. “That was crazy.” Commentslast_img read more

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Anthony Joshua’s Trainer McCracken Clarifies Comments on Concussion

first_img“I am not a doctor and it may be that concussed is not the right term to have used,” McCracken said on Thursday.“The health of all the boxers I work with is of paramount importance to me and I have always used my judgement and experience to do what is right for them.“There is no formal concussion protocol where the doctor steps in to assess the boxer so you have to use your experience as a coach and your knowledge of the person to make a decision on whether you think they can recover.“I have had this a number of times in my career in professional boxing where boxers have recovered from a difficult round to go on and win the fight. I have also pulled boxers out of fights because I knew it was not in their interests to continue.”Before the seventh round, in which he was stopped by his Mexican-American opponent, Joshua looked perplexed in his corner and said to McCracken: “Why am I feeling like this?”McCracken told the BBC Boxing podcast that Joshua had faced a “deadly” situation.“I know him better than all these experts who virtually don’t know him or have met him once or twice,” he said.“So I knew he was concussed and I’m trying to get him through a few more rounds, one round at a time, and see where he’s at.“He was glazy-eyed from when he got caught with the initial shot in the third round and he carried that with him until the end [in the seventh round]… he wasn’t responding how he should.“I’ve worked with him for nine years and I knew he wasn’t quite where he needed to be. He was asking me why he was feeling this way and stuff.”GB Boxing has backed McCracken, 51, who is its performance director.“Anyone who has ever seen him work knows that he has the best interests of the boxers at heart,” a spokesperson said.“Ensuring we deliver a duty of care and protect the physical and mental health of the boxers is central to the way that Rob McCracken has led the world class programme for boxing over the last 10 years.”Prior to McCracken’s statement on Thursday, Luke Griggs, deputy chief executive of Headway, had said: “Trainers have a duty of care to their boxers and it seems clear that Anthony Joshua’s trainer’s sole priority was winning that fight, not protecting the fighter from a potentially fatal injury.”Headway has now called for “a discussion about concussion protocols in boxing”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken insists the health of his boxers is of “paramount importance”.McCracken told the BBC Boxing podcast he “knew Joshua was concussed” from the third round against Andy Ruiz Jr in June, but let him fight on before his seventh-round loss.Brain injury charity Headway called it a “shocking admission”. Trainer Rob McCracken (left) strategising with Anthony Joshualast_img read more

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MLB wrap: Mike Trout steals show in Angels’ win over Rangers

first_imgLos Angeles picked up a 7-2 win Sunday as Trout completed one of the best four-game series of all-time.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNHe continued to be a home run machine, tying his career-best streak of four consecutive games with homers. Trout also became just the fifth player in history to hit five home runs across his team’s first four home games of the season. 4️⃣ straight games with a homer!@MikeTrout is on 🔥. #MLBTwitterHitter pic.twitter.com/DR7FsQcY5s— MLB (@MLB) April 7, 2019But, what’s more impressive is his numbers from these few games alone. In 18 plate appearances against Texas, Trout reached base 13 times and is now hitting .391/.581/1.000 with 11 total walks.He was 6 for 11 at the plate with a 2.631 OPS, which is the third-highest ever in a four-game series (minimum of 15 plate appearances). He joined the company of Babe Ruth (3.111) and Mickey Mantle (2.850).The Angles moved to 4-6 with the victory.Studs of the NightGary Sanchez reached a Yankee milestone Sunday while also becoming the American League home run leader. He was the first Yankees player with a three home run, six RBI game since Alex Rodriguez completed the feat on April 26, 2005. Sanchez helped New York to a 15-3 win against Baltimore.In 3 swings, @ElGarySanchez has become the American League home run leader. pic.twitter.com/hlgJ44Dvdf— MLB (@MLB) April 7, 2019Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright pitched six innings in the team’s 4-1 victory against the Padres. He allowed five hits while striking out nine and was awarded his first win of the season.The Red Sox have Mitch Moreland to thank for their narrow 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks. He hit a home run in the seventh inning in the pitchers’ duel.Dud of the NightThe Giants weren’t good Sunday. The team pieced together only five hits in their 3-0 shutout loss to the Rays. Leadoff hitter Steven Duggar had the worst game, going 0 for 4 at the plate. HighlightsHello 100. Christian Yelich reached the triple-digit home run mark for his career with this blast in the Brewers’ 4-2 win over the Cubs.No. 💯 for @ChristianYelich. pic.twitter.com/TG9BYJANWr— MLB (@MLB) April 7, 2019The benches cleared during the Reds’ matchup with the Pirates. Pittsburgh went on to win 7-5.Benches clear in Pittsburgh during Reds – Pirates game. pic.twitter.com/Dm6SSnvUNP— MLB (@MLB) April 7, 2019What’s Next?Athletics (6-7) at Orioles (4-5), 7:05 p.m. ET — The Athletics or Orioles will move to .500 by the end of Monday. Oakland will send Marco Estrada to the mound. The A’s have ended up losing all three games the righty has started, although his record remains clean (0-0). The veteran is hoping to break that streak in the first game of the four-game series. Andrew Cashner (1-1) will start for the Orioles. Mike Trout is earning his keep, and then some.The Angels star, who signed a 12-year, $430 million extension last month, had an impressive showing in the team’s home series against the Rangers. last_img read more

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