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US sees 51,000 new COVID-19 cases, infection rising in 37 states

first_imgThe wave of new cases has several governors halting or back-pedaling on plans to reopen their states after months of strict lockdowns, closing beaches and canceling fireworks displays over the upcoming Independence Day weekend.’Still in the first wave'”We are not out of this crisis. We are still in the first wave of this crisis. It requires some level of personal responsibility,” California Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said at a daily briefing on the pandemic.Earlier on Thursday, Kansas required face coverings after a 46% spike in infections there last week.The sweeping business shut-downs earlier in the pandemic devastated the US economy and threw millions of Americans out of work, leaving governors reluctant to take such draconian steps again, even if the lifting of restrictions likely touched off the new outbreak.A US Labor Department report out Thursday showed the re-openings had a dramatic impact on hiring, with the United States creating jobs at a record pace in June. However, employment remains 14.7 million jobs below pre-pandemic levels.”Today’s announcement proves that our economy is roaring back,” US President Trump told reporters at the White House.But the latest batch of high-frequency data assembled by Federal Reserve officials, economists and private companies suggests economic activity stalled in recent days during new clamp-downs.”More than ever, we’re concerned about the worsening health situation and its impact on the burgeoning recovery. Rebounding mobility and poor use of protective equipment will make for a dangerous summer cocktail,” Oxford Economics analyst Gregory Daco wrote.Joe Biden, Trump’s expected rival for the presidency in November, slammed him on Thursday.”Quit claiming victory with almost 15 million Americans still out of work because of the crisis. Quit ignoring the reality of this pandemic and the horrifying loss of American life,” Biden said in a campaign speech.Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who attended a Trump rally last month in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to his Twitter account. The statement did not say where he was infected.Eight members of the campaign’s staff who were in Tulsa for the June 20 rally have also tested positive.US Vice President Mike Pence was in Florida on Thursday, where he met with Governor Ron DeSantis and expressed support for the governor’s “prudent steps” to slow the spread of the virus.Earlier, Pence said he and Trump supported decisions to pause re-openings, but added that he saw no need for a national mandate for face coverings.Topics : More than three dozen US states were seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, according to a Reuters tally on Thursday and the nation set a new record with more than 51,000 infections in a single day as a fresh wave of the pandemic spread across the nation.A total of nine states posted new record highs on Thursday including Florida, which confirmed more than 10,000 to mark its largest spike so far and more new daily cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks.California, another epicenter, saw positive tests climb 37% with hospitalizations up 56% over the past two weeks. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican who has previously resisted calls to make face masks mandatory, on Thursday ordered them to be worn in all counties with over 20 coronavirus cases.”In the past few weeks, there has been a swift and substantial spike in coronavirus cases,” Abbott said in a videotaped message. “We need to refocus on slowing the spread. But this time, we want to do it without closing down Texas again.”Texas reported nearly 8,000 new cases on Thursday.New infections were rising in 37 out of 50 US states in the past 14 days compared with the two weeks prior, according to a Reuters analysis. The United States has now recorded 128,706 deaths, nearly a quarter of the known global total.last_img read more

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​Norway’s domestic SWF beats the market in 2018

first_imgKjetil Houg, chief executive of Folketrygdfondet, said: “We delivered a solid result in a negative market.”Over the past five years the fund has beaten its benchmark by an average of 1% a year, Folketrygdfondet reported.“The reason we do better than the market over time is that we choose the right companies and have avoided big losses,” Houg said. “We have also positioned ourselves well in the bond market and exploited several sources of return.”Houg took up the top role at Folketrygdfondet at the beginning of September 2018, coming to the management firm Oslo Pensjonsforsikring, where he was chief investment officer.The GPFN’s equity portfolio ended the year with an investment loss of 1.8%, while the bond portfolio produced a positive 1.7% return, the firm reported.Oslo’s stock market was one of the strongest bourses internationally in 2018 despite a significant fall in the oil price, the fund’s manager noted. It lost 0.7% over the course of the year, according to S&P CapitalIQ, while the S&P 500 fell by 7% and the MSCI Europe index collapsed by 17.3%The GPFN’s total assets slipped to NOK239.2bn at the end of December from NOK240.2bn a year before.Yesterday, its sister fund, the NOK8.8trn Government Pension Fund Global, reported a 6.1% loss on its investment portfolio, equivalent to €50bn, with falling equity markets in the first and fourth quarters pulling the fund’s value lower. This return was 0.3 of a percentage point below the benchmark, it said.However, the fund topped up its equity allocation and has recovered the losses since the start of 2019. The Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN) – Norway’s domestically focused sovereign wealth fund – reported a 0.4% investment loss for last year but once more beat its benchmark.The return outperformed its target by 0.8 percentage points in 2018, it reported this week.Folketrygdfondet, which manages the NOK239.2bn (€21bn) fund, attributed the portfolio’s relative success to picking the right companies within its limited hunting ground.The GPFN invests primarily in Norway with a 15% allocation to the other Nordic countries, and only in equities and bonds.last_img read more

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La Liga, Spanish FA on war path over missed games

first_imgLa Liga and the Spanish FA are on the war path over the loss of Friday and Monday night football in the division, report Cadena Cope. The report claims that not only will the league refuse to negotiate with the Federation regarding the long-running dispute, but they will sue them for any loss of revenue from the time slots not being utilised. There has been a long-running dispute between the two bodies, with the league a strong advocate of using the time slots of Friday and Monday evenings for matches with Spanish football’s governing body opposed. La Liga began to utilise the time slots for the opening weeks of the 2020/21 La Liga season but the Spanish FA then blocked them, leading to rearranging the opening weekend of the campaign. Last season, Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales was successful in a campaign to make the matchday free of football – a decision popular with fans, who felt the time slot was unsociable for family and work purposes.Advertisement However, La Liga chief Javier Tebas continued to support the idea of playing Monday and Friday night matches as he believed that a variety of time slots makes the league more attractive to broadcasters and therefore increased streams of revenue for clubs. Read Also: Chelsea goalkeeper Arrizabalaga impresses Lampard The two institutions have remained deeply divided on a number of issues including scheduling with both laying claim to holding power in its decision-making. La Liga was allowed to use the time slots for the closing weeks of the 2019/20 campaign due to the absence of fans and desire to get the schedule completed as swiftly as possible, but that has left a power void and new collision going into this campaign. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

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Man Utd boss dismisses Lampard link

first_imgManchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has shrugged off speculation that he could make an offer for Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard.Reports suggested Ferguson was planning a surprise bid for the 33-year-old, who is said to be unsettled at Stamford Bridge now he is no longer a first-team regular.But Ferguson said: “There’s no foundation in that. Do you really think Chelsea would sell to United in January?AdChoices广告“Chelsea want to do something in the second half of the season, so they want to keep their best players.”Lampard has always insisted that he would see out the remainder of his Chelsea contract, which has another 18 months left to run.He was restored to the starting line-up by boss Andre Villas-Boas on Monday at Wolves, where he scored a late winner. It was Lampard’s 10th goal of the season and his 179th for Chelsea since joining them in 2001.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Top things we learned at 49ers HQ Friday: Injuries to Kittle, Gurley

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Neither the 49ers nor Los Angeles Rams are at full strength entering Sunday’s showdown, and both made injury declarations Friday involving some of their top stars.Most pressing to the 49ers’ plight: Tight end George Kittle was limited in practice Friday with a groin injury. Although coach Kyle Shanahan expects he’ll be able to play, Kittle was to undergo full examinations.San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs in front of Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith …last_img

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Roger Milla, Fifa give malaria the boot

first_imgAdventurer Kingsley Holgate handsout mosquito nets during a UnitedAgainst Malaria expedition in Burundi. (Image: United Against Malaria) The legendary Roger Milla, who has himselfsuffered from the disease, has joinedthe United Against Malaria campaign. (Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lorraine BaldwinUnited Against Malaria EMEA +32 0 2 739 16 77RELATED ARTICLES • Malaria cases halved in SA • Malaria vaccine in final testing • Fruity treatment for malaria • Scientists abuzz over mosquitoJanine ErasmusLegendary African footballer Roger Milla and Fifa are to tackle malaria by joining the United Against Malaria partnership.The former Cameroonian forward, whose Milla jiggle is said to have sparked the popular trend of dancing in celebration when a goal is scored, joins fellow football stars such as Kolo Toure and Didier Drogba of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana’s Michael Essien, Malian Frédéric Kanouté, and American Landon Donovan, who have thrown their weight behind the campaign.In addition, 16 national football associations in Africa have pledged to support the cause.The world football body and Milla declared their support for the campaign, which aims to wipe out malaria deaths by 2015, in Johannesburg soon after the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.They hope that their contribution will help to leave a lasting World Cup legacy that will benefit millions.“This World Cup is special as the first one in Africa,” said Milla, “and by using football, the United Against Malaria campaign has built up a formidable partnership to end deaths from this terrible disease.”The footballer added that his contribution to end the spread of the disease will be boosted by the campaign’s resources.Fifa social responsibility head Federico Addiechi expressed his hopes that the African tournament will have a positive impact on the whole continent.“We have asked national teams in Africa to take on a cause to support and use their profile to make a difference in their countries,” he said, adding that the support of Milla, one of Africa’s greatest footballers, will put malaria high on the agendas of leaders across the continent.Global partnershipThe United Against Malaria campaign was launched in 2009 with the aim of using the universal sport of football to highlight the ongoing battle against malaria, and the progress that has already been made.The campaign draws on the high profiles of celebrities, including football stars, and partners with NGOs, governments, policy makers, corporations and individuals to raise awareness that malaria is preventable and treatable. It also focuses on the various preventive measures available.Senegalese star Youssou N’Dour, Russian tennis champ Anna Kournikova, South African film producer Anant Singh, humanitarian Melinda Gates, American entertainers Mandy Moore and Ashley Judd, and others, are champions of the cause.Founding partners in the venture include the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, PSI Malaria Control, Comic Relief, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Malaria No More, the United Nations Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.ProgressWhile South Africa and eight other African nations have managed to halve malaria-related illness and death, according to the World Malaria Report 2009 which was released in December last year by the World Health Organisation, the rest of the continent carries a heavy burden.The reduction in the nine countries is attributed to the use of insecticidal nets and proper treatment of patients. While great progress has been made in the distribution and availability of new treatments and insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets, and more people are aware of the benefits of indoor spraying, these efforts must be sustained if malaria is to be vanquished.Herve Verhoosel of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership said, “We have the long-term support of a number of national football associations to help us to end malaria deaths. With Fifa and Roger Milla on board we have some powerful allies in our mission to one day end malaria deaths.”Preventable and curableMalaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites, which are injected into the blood through the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. P. falciparum is the most deadly of the four human-infecting species, being the only one that kills.Once in the blood, large numbers of parasites move through the bloodstream and settle in vital organs, which become vulnerable to damage and failure. Patients with low immunity can die from organ failure, and pregnant women and children may suffer anaemia, low birth weight, premature birth and neurological damage. Cerebral malaria is a particularly dangerous form of the disease.A child under the age of five succumbs to malaria every 30 seconds, and about half of the entire global population are at risk of contracting the disease. Statistics reveal that 243-million cases and almost 863 000 deaths were registered in 2008. Of the deaths, 91% occurred in Africa.Malaria is both preventable and curable, but it can only be successfully combated using a multi-faceted approach which involves not only effective treatment of patients, but also insecticide-impregnated bed nets, indoor spraying, bite prevention and the development of an effective vaccine by 2015.However, the information needs to reach even the most remote parts of Africa, and this is where football, with its universal appeal, will play a role by helping to deliver the vital message.last_img read more

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The Loeries, the award-winning radio ad and other collaborations

first_imgBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative was one of 34 Gold award winners at the Loeries this year. Here’s more on the award-winning radio ad and the current campaigns of Play Your Part.Sithembile Ntombela (right), Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing, is pleased with the Loerie Gold award won for the Play Your Part radio ad. Here she is with Thobile Mushwana, a Play Your Part ambassador. (Images: Mathiba Molefe)Melissa JavanBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part won a Gold award at the Loeries this year, held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The Loeries awards ceremonies were held on 19 and 20 August 2017 during Loeries Creative Week Durban.The Loeries are the marketing and advertising industry’s awards. They are an opportunity for brands and marketers to view the very best work coming out of the region. All countries from Africa and the Middle East may enter all the categories, but entries from outside South Africa are judged separately.The Media Update reported that more than 3,000 entries were received, with 20% of them from outside South Africa. A total of 800 brands were represented by 400 agencies from 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East.The awardsThere were more than 240 Loeries awarded in 22 categories, including five Grand Prix, 34 Golds, 24 CraftGolds, 73 Silvers, and 102 Bronzes.The special awards included Nathan Reddy of Grid Worldwide, who was inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame. He is the first designer to receive this honour.Brand South Africa was entered in the Radio Communication: South African Non-English Radio Station Commercials category. Its agency, The Odd Number, won the Gold for the After Tears radio ad for Play Your Part.Listen to the advert (or read the subtitles) here:In the same category, The Odd Number won a Silver for its BBC Lifestyle campaign, Hell’s Kitchen – Mama, Mfundisi, for the Hell’s Kitchen initiative.Joe Public won a Silver award for its Back to School campaign for Jet, called Hand-me-downs – Is’khaftini, Is’cathulo, Isokisi.Runners-up in the category were DDB, which won a Bronze for the Medal Paints Inkanyamba campaign, as did I See A Different You for the self-promotion campaign, Wa hamba Nathi.Communication for niche audiencesLoeries CEO Andrew Human told Campaign Middle East that the Loeries focused on being a regional specialist show. “In our judging, our judges are guided to look for regional excellence, to look for regional relevance.“Often you might find that niche work that may be overlooked in a global show, is what really comes out here and might get a strong award… We are looking for work in local languages that has a small cultural significance to the niche audience,” he said.“It doesn’t have to be a global campaign. It doesn’t have to make sense in London and in New York City. It can make sense in one city, in one country and region and we want to see how communication is being targeted to niche regional audiences.”The Q&APlay Your Part is a movement not a campaign, explained Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing. She was speaking at the media launch of the Play Your Part television series on 24 August 2017. “A campaign ends.“It is imperative to get South Africans to rally behind the Nation’s Brand. There are endless opportunities of getting involved and that is Play Your Part is a call to action programme that challenges every South African to play their part in their communities and contribute towards a positive social change.Sithembile NtombelaJournalist Melissa Javan spoke to Ntombela following the Gold Loerie win; she talked about what Play Your Part was currently doing:Melissa Javan: Congratulations on the Loerie win. How do you feel about it?Sithembile Ntombela: Ecstatic! Play Your Part was launched in 2011 with an objective of promoting active citizenship among citizens with a view that when we as a collective play our part, we will achieve what is set out in the country’s vision.After six years of hard work, receiving a gold award is a huge success and a key milestone for the organisation. This is also indicative of a hard working organisation, an organisation that continues to create a Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally. Play Your Part affords us with a platform of bringing inspiration to life.MJ: What was the idea behind the radio ad?SN: The big idea was to show the reality of the consequences of driving after drinking alcohol. We believe that the number of road accidents continue to be on the rise and the campaign objective was really to activate the “rude awakening” of this reality.That is why the set of the ad is in heaven. If all citizens can play their part and promote responsible driving, the number of accidents can be reduced.MJ: Why was it specifically targeted at non-English speakers?SN: My view is that due to the lingo used, the ad lands itself naturally to a vernacular station. The plan is to get stakeholders to promote the ad and flight it on various platforms, including social media.MJ: Was it part of a campaign?SN: It was a tactical advert in support of the Arrive Alive campaign, which is often championed by the Department of Transport.MJ: How often does Brand South Africa do campaigns like these?SN: Brand South Africa works with and through various stakeholders and there are different collaborations that often take place. For example, there are the South African Premier Business Awards in collaboration with Proudly SA and the Department of Trade and Industry.However, this advert will be aired on different radio channels during the holiday season, with the objective of issuing a strong call to action.MJ: Can you name a few campaigns you are busy with now?SN: We are working with the Department of Trade and Industry on the South African Premier Business Awards. We are also busy with the Play Your Part TV series, which will start airing on 26 August 2017 on SABC 2, at 18h00.In addition, we are promoting the nation brand on international platforms through a partnership with CNN. We have an on-going media engagement to strengthen our relations with the media and get them to understand the nation brand performance.MJ: How important are the Loeries for South Africa?SN: Very important. They enhance the nation brand’s reputation and hopefully this can help in promoting the visibility of Brand South Africa. For me, the Loeries are a platform of celebrating creativity, talent and innovation. If a brand gets recognition at the Loeries, it enhances that brand’s reputation.MJ: Any final thoughts?SN: We will continue to work hard to ensure that the nation brand is recognised and that many South Africans can rally behind the brand and support Brand South Africa in advancing the long-term reputation and competitiveness of South Africa.Watch this year’s Loeries and the winners on its official site.Sources: Loeries, Campaign Middle East and Campaign Middle East, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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NBA: Lakers play safe with injured rookie Ball

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Gin Kings-Bolts return duel set The Lakers open the regular season on October 19 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets splits the defense of Lonzo Ball #2 and Thomas Bryant #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of a preseason game at Staples Center on October 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPLos Angeles, United States — The Los Angeles Lakers opted to keep rookie point guard Lonzo Ball out of Sunday’s pre-season game against the Sacramento Kings, letting him rest his sprained left ankle.Ball was to miss his second straight game since he was hurt on Monday when he came down on Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay’s foot near the end of the first half of a pre-season contest.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Lakers coach Luke Walton said Ball, the second overall selection in the draft in June, had trouble with lateral movement.There was some suggestion Ball could miss the rest of the pre-season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I hope not, but yeah, that’s a possibility,” Walton said. “It is different with every player. He is new to the team, so we’ve got to see how long these types of injuries take him to come back from.“We’d like to have him back, but again, we are not going to rush him back just to try to get him out there.” LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Australia Claims Fourth YTT Title

first_imgThe Australian 18’s Boys team has come from 1-0 down in the series to claim games two and three of the series and win the division title. Their 5-4 win in today’s third and deciding match saw them win the series 2-1. 18’s Girls Australia has claimed a 3-0 series win in the 18’s Girls division following their 6-0 win in game three of the series today. The Australian 18’s Girls started game three strongly, with Shannon Rose scoring in the eighth minute before Zara Nicholas scored in the 11th minute to take a 2-0 lead at half-time.  The Dominique Du Toit scored in the fifth minute of the second half, before touchdowns to Lucy Botten, another to Zara Nicholas and Shellie Davis saw them runaway with a 6-0 win. 18’s Boys  The Australian boys have won the 18’s Boys deciding game by one touchdown, 5-4 to claim the series two games to one. After a 9-8 loss on Friday night, the Australian turned the series around yesterday with a convincing win before they dominated game three early to set up the win from the fast finishing Kiwis. Kalyn Ponga turned defence into attack in the third minute, when he ran the length of the field after intercepting on the line to give Australia an early 1-0 lead. Corey Russell set up David Richards soon after, and when a Kai Simbolon half run saw Matt Wilson score the Australians had a 3-0 lead. Ponga soon had his second touchdown of the half, before Taylor Haugh scored for the Kiwis. Australia took a 4-1 lead into the half-time break. New Zealand scored the first two touchdowns of the second half, through Rory Van Vugt and Te Hauora Campbell bringing their side within one touchdown of the Australians before Damon Moore extended the Aussies lead by two, 5-3. New Zealand scored in the final minutes of the game, but it wasn’t enough, with the Aussies taking a 5-4 win and claiming the series 2-1. 20’s GirlsThe Australian 20’s Girls have continued their dominance in the 20’s Girls division, winning game three 13-3 and taking a 3-0 series win. Game three started in similar fashion to the two previous games, with the Australians taking a 6-1 lead into half-time.They further extended their lead in the second half, to take a 10 touchdown win and finish the series with three wins. 20’s BoysThe Australian 20’s Boys finished their 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign in style, winning their third game 10-7 on Sunday. Australia raced out to a 6-2 lead at half-time, before the Kiwis hit back in the second half, scoring five touchdowns to Australia’s four. But it was too little too late, with the Australians taking the series whitewash 3-0 with their three touchdown win.  Related LinksYTT Day Threelast_img read more

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