China virus deaths surge past 800, overtaking SARS toll

September 25, 2020

first_imgBEIJING – The death toll from the novelcoronavirus outbreak soared to 803 in China on Sunday, according to officialfigures, overtaking the global toll for SARS. Nearly 37,000 people have now beeninfected by the new coronavirus in China, believed to have emerged last year ina market that sold wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan before spreadingacross China. (AFP) Almost 37,200 people in China have now been infected by the new coronavirus, believed to have emerged late last year in a market that sold wild animals in Hubei’s capital Wuhan, China. MENAFN The latest data came after the WorldHealth Organization said numbers were “stabilizing” — but warned itwas too early to make any predictions about whether the virus might havepeaked. With 81 more people dying in Hubei —the province at the center of the outbreak — the toll is now higher than the774 killed worldwide by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2002-2003,according to figures released Sunday.last_img read more

Mayweather is a 2:1 favorite, but more bettors wagering on Pacman

August 28, 2020

first_imgAs expected, wagering on tonight’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao clash is hot and heavy. Mayweather is currently a -210 favorite, while Pacquiao backers can get +170. 49% of the action is coming in on Mayweather, 51% on Pacquiao.“We expected this to be our highest bet fight in recent memory and as of today the rate that bets are coming in is astounding and may surpass our expectations,” said Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager at “We will know more tomorrow, where we expect to take 50% of the bets on the fight. Even though action is pretty even on the fight itself, our liability on Pacquiao is steadily growing since he is paying just under 2/1. The best case for the book is a Mayweather decision, no surprise there.The worst case is an early Pacquiao KO or even a draw which, I am without words on how much love it is getting from our bettors.”Typically a bet for a draw on a fight will pay about 33:1. For Mayweather=Pacquiao, a draw is paying 10:1.last_img read more

Luis Suarez was in outrageous form during Uruguay’s win over Mexico

December 26, 2019

first_imgLuis Suarez was in devastating form as Uruguay beat Mexico 4-1 in a friendly at the NRG Stadium in Texas.And it was the Barcelona striker who led the rout – scoring two great goals and producing a remarkable rabona assist for La Celeste’s fourth. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Football News 1 impact With the game locked at one goal each, Suarez produced a trademark curling free-kick to put his side 2-1 up.And he made it 3-1 to Uruguay from the spot with an incredibly cheeky Panenka penalty.Below you can see Suarez run wild against Mexico. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible standings smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won center_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures RANKED highlights Mexico couldn’t live with Suarez all game Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware Luis Suárez put on an incredible show in #MEXURU tonight.🔥 #Golazo on a free kick🔥 #Panenka penalty🔥 #Rabona assistThree moments of spectacular individual brilliance, leading #Uruguay to 4-1 win over #Mexico. Amazing to watch!#Partidazo #ElPistolero #Barça 👏👏👏— #ThankYouDeuce (@JogaBonito_USA) September 8, 2018last_img read more


December 24, 2019

first_imgA BOY hit with a toy brick at a Co Donegal community centre and left scarred as a result has been awarded €20,000 in compensation.The child was struck with the toy at Malin Head Community Centre in November 2012, Letterkenny Circuit Court was told.Barrister Peter Nolan told the court that the six-year-old boy was injured at a time when the centre was unsupervised by an adult. He had suffered “a very serious head injury” which had now left “a permanent 2cm scar” on the boy’s forehead.A report by a consultant plastic surgeon said that the boy would have a “mild disfigurement” for life as a result of the incident.The barrister told Judge Keenan Johnson that the community centre’s insurers had offered €15,000 in compensation, but having examined the boy’s facial scar, the judge said this was not enough.The insurance company later agreed to raise its offer to €20,000 – as suggested by the judge – and the settlement was agreed.The money will be kept in a courts account until the boy reaches the age of 18.BOY SCARRED AFTER BEING HIT WITH TOY BRICK AWARDED €20,000 IN DAMAGES was last modified: January 29th, 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) Tags:000COMMUNITY CENTREcompensationMalin Head€20last_img read more

Red Bluff’s Wheeler, Carnes named to all-section volleyball team

December 21, 2019

first_img … Red Bluff High senior volleyball stars Logan Wheeler and Aurora Carnes helped the Spartans capture 23 wins and get back to a Northern Section final this year. This week the two were honored as members of the all-Northern Section team, with Wheeler earning first-team recognition and Carnes second-team. Wheeler was top-10 in the section with 299 kills as Red Bluff’s top offensive weapon. Carnes, meanwhile, was a blocking machine as she finished fourth in the section with 125 blocks.last_img read more

Toyota SA in R363m parts investment

December 18, 2019

first_img18 January 2011Toyota South Africa has announced a R363-million investment in a new parts distribution warehouse – the biggest of its kind on the continent – to serve the car manufacturer’s local and regional markets.The warehouse, to be located near Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, will employ over 800 people. It is being developed in two phases, with the first set to open in May 2012.The completion of the second phase of the warehouse, scheduled for completion by 2015, will take the total area of the facility to 80 000 square metres.Commitment to South AfricaThe first round of daily deliveries will go to the over 220 Toyota, Lexus and Hino dealerships in southern Africa. The warehouse is expected to generate a R3-billion turnover and will house an excess of 2.2-million parts.“The development of a distribution warehouse of this size and scale is one of the clearest signs that we are committed to South Africa and intent on remaining South Africa’s most popular vehicle manufacturer,” Toyota South Africa Motors CEO Johan van Zyl said in Pretoria this week.The development follows a five-year, R8-billion investment in Toyota’s manufacturing facilities in Durban.“In making this a reality, we believe that the government, through the actions of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Automotive Production and Development Programme, has created a stable and predictable environment in which we as manufacturers can make investments such as the one that we are announcing today,” Van Zyl said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Poultry industry bracing for another winter threat of avian influenza

December 18, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As cooler weather returns, so do heightened concerns about the poultry industry’s vulnerability to avian influenza. In September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued their influenza preparedness and response plan to address the significant challenge to both large and small poultry flocks around the country. .Since it was first identified in the United States in December 2014 in the Pacific Northwest, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been detected in commercial and backyard poultry flocks, wild birds, or captive wild birds in 21 States. With the last case of the spring outbreak identified in June, 2015, a total of 211 commercial and 21 backyard poultry premises had been affected. This resulted in the depopulation of 7.5 million turkeys and 42.1 million egg-layer and pullet chickens, with devastating effects on these businesses, and a cost to federal taxpayers of over $950 million.Genetic analysis has shown that a comingling of migratory birds between northeast Asia and Alaska allowed for re-assortment of Asian HPAI strains with North American low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) viruses. The resulting Eurasian-American (EA/AM) HPAI viruses that infected wild birds and domestic poultry earlier in 2015 serve as a potential threat to poultry this fall and winter. Wild birds, particularly resident and migratory dabbling ducks, appear to be the reservoir for these viruses.USDA, along with its partners, has learned a great deal through 2015 HPAI response activities. To prepare for additional outbreaks that could occur this fall or later, federal planning activities assumed a worst-case scenario beginning in September 2015, with HPAI occurring simultaneously in multiple sectors of the poultry industry throughout the nation. Under this scenario, 500 or more commercial establishments of various sizes across a large geographical area could be affected.The USDA plan for preventing and responding to future HPAI cases, in collaboration with industry and state partners includes:Promoting improved on-farm biosecurity practices in order to prevent future HPAI cases to the greatest extent possible;Improving HPAI surveillance in wild birds as a means to provide “early warning” risk information to States and industry;Expanding Federal, State and industry response capabilities, including availability of personnel, equipment, and depopulation, disposal and recovery options;Improving our capabilities to rapidly detect HPAI in domestic poultry and to depopulate affected flocks within 24 hours to reduce the environmental load of HPAI viruses and their subsequent spread;Streamlining the processes for payment of indemnity and the cost of eliminating viruses so that producers receive a fair amount quickly, to assist them in returning to production;Enhancing our ability to communicate in a timely and effective way with producers, consumers, legislators, media, and others regarding outbreaks and other information; andMaking preparations to identify and deploy effective AI vaccines should they be a cost beneficial addition to the eradication efforts in a future HPAI outbreak.Finally, it is important to note that this plan builds upon the Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plans (FAD PReP) and Continuity of Business/Secure Food Supply plans that were already in place and used during the 2015 outbreak and are available on the APHIS website.  USDA resources are available at and a search for “avian influenza.”last_img read more

How to Build a Base of Savings

December 12, 2019

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionFlickr [Piggy Bank by 401(K) 2012, January 20, 2012, CC BY-SA 2.0] Retrieved on January 6, 2015Make Savings Automatic– Automate savings because people are less tempted to spend money if they don’t see it. Automated strategies include: transferring a set amount from a checking to a savings account, making payroll deposits to a credit union, and transferring a set amount directly each month from a bank account to a mutual fund or stock dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP).Complete a Savings Challenge– Aim to finish savings challenges, like the 30-Day $100 Savings Challenge, 15-Week Savings Challenge, 52-Week Money Challenge, and 50-week $2,500 Savings Challenge. Challenges provide a savings goal, a designated time frame, and suggested daily or weekly savings deposits. PFM personnel might consider adding wrap-around briefings and prizes to actively encourage participation.Contribute to Tax-Deferred Retirement Plans– Contribute as much as possible to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) and/or open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The earlier people start saving for retirement, the more time their money has to grow, even if it is a small sum. TSP and tax-deductible traditional IRA deposits and earnings are taxed upon withdrawal. Roth IRAs have no up-front tax deduction but earnings are tax-free after age 59 ½ for accounts open at least 5 years.Earn “Free Money”- Try to save at least the maximum amount of money that can be matched. This is “free money” that should not be passed up. Dollar for dollar matched savings is like getting a 100% return on an investment. When pay increases, raise the TSP contribution, which can raise matched savings. TSP savings plans in the BRS offer four benefits: employer matching, a federal income tax write-off, ongoing tax-deferral, and automatic deposits via payroll deduction. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] Military Personal Financial Management (PFM) program personnel have an opportunity to change the lives of the military families that they serve. In the case of young enlisted military personnel, the potential exists for them to become millionaires through a combination of regular savings and compound interest.Even small dollar amounts will grow to 5-, 6- or 7-figure sums with decades of compound interest. Math genius Albert Einstein was so impressed with this concept that he called compounding the “8th wonder of the world.”U.S. Air Force illustration/Staff Sgt. Alexandre MontesA savings account for emergencies and a tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) retirement account are two great places to save. Service members who save $4,000 annually (about $77 week) at a 7% average annual return will have almost $850,000 in 40 years according to the Bankrate Compound Interest Calculator.When an employer matches young adults’ savings, they can easily become millionaires! With the new Blended Retirement System (BRS) that went into effect in 2018, service members may receive up to 4% in matching contributions, on top of a 1% automatic contribution, until they reach 26 years of service.Below are six action steps for service members to take to build a base of savings: Save a Dollar a Day- Put a dollar a day, plus pocket change, into a can or jar. At the end of each month, they’ll be about $50 to deposit into a savings account. Financial planners advise saving 3 to 6 months expenses for emergencies but any amount of savings is better than none. As services members’ pay increases, they might save $3, or even $5, a day, plus loose change (about $120 and $180 monthly).Live Below Your Means– Track expenses for a month or two to identify spending leaks and to “find” money to save. David Bach, author of The Automatic Millionaire, calls these expenses the “Latte Factor™” because many people spend $5 (or more) a day on fancy coffees, fast food, and similar “impulse” items. This calculator can help users identify their personal “lattes” so they can save this money instead. Flickr [Piggy Bank by 401(K) 2012, January 20, 2012, CC BY-SA 2.0] Retrieved on January 6, 2015last_img read more

Sky delivers profits surge awaiting takeover by Fox

July 18, 2019

Sky-high profits for the TV giant Sky, the pan-European TV giant, announced Thursday a 40-percent increase in first-half net profit on higher revenues, while awaiting a takeover by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. © 2018 AFP It comes as the pay-TV group said it would make all its channels available online, starting with customers in Italy and Austria, in a move that would see households no longer needing a satellite dish to watch all programmes.Profit after tax climbed to £449 million ($640 million, 515 million euros) in the six months to the end of 2017, compared with Sky’s first half in 2016-17, a company statement showed.”Despite households in all our territories facing continued pressure on discretionary spending, our customers and prospective customers value their on-screen entertainment highly,” said Sky, which counts live Premier League football, blockbuster movies and 24-hour rolling news among its offering.”This is demonstrated by today’s further five percent increase in revenues, well ahead of underlying growth in consumer spending and which maintains our historic record of consistent revenue growth achieved in a variety of economic and competitive circumstances,” it added.Sky gained 365,000 new customers to 22.9 million in the reporting period, while it said it would start producing its own films.”The group has to make ambitious plans for the future and must invest in original content to fend off rivals such as Netflix,” said Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre.”While these are a good set of results, they are somewhat being shadowed by other news relating to the takeover saga by 21st Century Fox and Disney.” The results update comes two days after Britain’s competition regulator provisionally ruled that Sky’s planned takeover was not in the public interest.21st Century Fox has bid £11.4 billion for the 61-percent of Sky it does not already own but in Britain concerns linger over the strengthening influence of Australian-born US tycoon Murdoch.The UK regulator on Tuesday said that the deal would hand Murdoch “too much control” over UK news—and therefore too much power in swaying public opinion.At the same time, the Competition and Markets Authority indicated that its plurality concerns would fall away on completion of Disney’s takeover of 21st Century Fox.In a twist to the Sky saga, Disney announced in December a $52.4-billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox. 21st Century Fox/Sky takeover thrown into doubt by UK regulator Explore further Citation: Sky delivers profits surge awaiting takeover by Fox (2018, January 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Facebook as an election weapon from Obama to Trump

July 18, 2019

Explore further Citation: Facebook as an election weapon, from Obama to Trump (2018, March 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from The use of Facebook data to target voters has triggered global outrage with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. But the concept is nothing new: Barack Obama made extensive use of the social network in 2008 and stepped up “micro-targeting” in his 2012 re-election effort. “Being able to micro-target a voter down to what magazine they read and what issues might make them turn out does have an advantage for a candidate when they’re running for an election.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “The Trump campaign did quite a good job at micro-targeting,” she said, noting that it put a heavy focus on seemingly marginal localities that were identified as potentially winnable thanks to socal media, and ended up tipping Republican.According to documents released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Trump’s new choice of national security advisor John Bolton also hired Cambridge Analytica to conduct profiling work for his Super PAC fundraising group in support of Republican congressional candidates.Waking up to problemWhat remains unclear is whether the techniques made a difference in the 2016 US election.Chirag Shah, a Rutgers University professor of information and computer science, said the data gleaned could have been instrumental to Trump’s campaign.”We know from other applications, not just in the political domain, but also all kinds of marketing commercialization domains that these things are very, very instrumental,” Shah said.”It is however speculative to say this really change the outcome of the election. All we can say is that, yes there were people who were influenced or targeted using this data.”Experts also stress that neither the Obama nor the Trump campaign broke any laws on the protection of private data—or even Facebook’s internal rules—which were tightened in 2015 to prevent developers from collecting people’s data without explicit consent.Shah noted the concerns about improper use of personal data are not new.”The problem is once people access the data from Facebook, for which they often pay, that data is out of Facebook’s hands and out of Facebook’s users hands. “And there’s no way that Facebook will be able to track all of the data being shared by third parties, fourth parties.”Rayid Ghani, a University of Chicago researcher who was chief scientist for the 2012 Obama campaign, defended his team’s use of Facebook data while arguing for a need for better information that would allow users to know when and how their personal information is collected.”The public needs to be aware of what data is being collected about them, what it is being used for, who it is shared/sold to, and what they’re doing with it,” Ghani said in a Medium blog post.”We need to push corporations to make their privacy policies and terms of use more human-friendly, and less fine-print. ” Facebook data has been used for years on political campaigns, but members of Barack Obama’s team deny obtaining people’s information without consent Cambridge Analytica: firm at the heart of Facebook scandal © 2018 AFP The unauthorized gathering of data on 50 million Facebook users by a British consulting firm that worked for Donald Trump has sparked intense debate on how politicians and marketers—appropriately or not—use such personal information.But Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the center of the firestorm, has stressed it is far from alone in using data gleaned online to precisely target voters.”Obama’s 2008 campaign was famously data-driven, pioneered micro-targeting in 2012, talking to people specifically based on the issues they care about,” the British firm said on Twitter.Former members of the Obama team fiercely dispute any comparison to the Cambridge Analytica case, in which an academic researcher is accused of scooping up a massive trove of data without consent using a Facebook personality quiz, and transferring it improperly to the firm.”How dare you!” tweeted Michael Simon, who headed Obama’s micro-targeting team in 2008, in response to the firm.”We didn’t steal private Facebook profile data from voters under false pretenses. OFA (Obama’s campaign) voluntarily solicited opinions of hundreds of thousands of voters. We didn’t commit theft to do our groundbreaking work.”Jeremy Bird, a member of the 2012 Obama team, echoed those sentiments, warning: “Do not use the Obama campaign to justify your shady business.”But while Cambridge Analytica’s methods for acquiring data are in dispute, the underlying goal—using social media to take the pulse of voters and find those who are persuadable—was common to both campaigns.So-called micro-targeting, which borrows techniques from the marketing world, is as much about mobilizing voters and getting them to the polls as about changing minds.And micro-targeting long pre-dates the internet, with campaigns as early as 1976 using this method, according to Victoria Farrar-Myers, a political scientist and researcher at Southern Methodist University.Everyone who uses social media makes a decision to share some personal information, she says, although they “may not be fully aware of how people can utilize that.” Analysts say the firestorm over data hijacking has helped users wake up to how social media information is used by marketers and others read more