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Hong Kong opens makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients

first_imgThe opening of the hospital comes a day after city leader Carrie Lam announced the postponement of upcoming legislative elections for a year, saying that the decision is purely protecting public health and has “nothing to do with politics”.More than 2,000 new infections have been detected since the start of July — 60 percent of the total since the virus first hit the city in late January. The new makeshift hospital set up at the city’s AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition center near the airport, will take in COVID-19 patients aged from 18 to 60. Read also: Hong Kong opens dining in shelters as residents struggle with restaurant ban “Our goal is to triage the patients from the community and provide them with appropriate treatment and hospitalization arrangement,” Dr Larry Lee from the Hospital Authority told media, adding that around 20 to 30 patients are expected to be admitted on the first day.Lee said that arriving patients will go through X-rays as well as blood, saliva and heart tests. If found unstable, patients will be sent to hospitals while stable ones will get treatment and put under medical observation at the facility.New daily infections have been above 100 for the past 10 days with total infection numbers rising to 3,272 on Friday. The death toll rose from seven to 29 in July.China has offered to send mainland testing staff to the city to carry out “large scale nucleic acid testing”. In a Saturday statement, the National Health Commission of China (NHC) said it has set up a team comprised of 60 clinical laboratory staff and an “advance unit” will arrive in the city on Sunday. Topics : Hong Kong opened a temporary field hospital with 500 beds on Saturday to house stable COVID-19 patients as the city battles a new wave of virus infections.The financial hub had been a poster child for tackling the coronavirus, with local transmissions all but ended by early summer.But since July the pathogen has returned, with some cases brought in by the tens of thousands of people who were exempted from a mandatory quarantine imposed on most arrivals.last_img read more

Universities propose closing DB scheme of largest UK pension fund

first_imgThe union representing university staff has warned that “chaos” would ensue if the row over the scheme were not resolved.Responding to UUK’s proposals, the University and College Union (UCU) said they “were a bolt from the blue” and that it would ballot members for industrial action. The strike ballot will open on 27 November.UUK said the threat of industrial action was “premature and disappointing as there is an agreed series of imminent meetings between UUK and UCU to discuss USS pension benefit reform”.“Employers have been requesting discussions with UCU on reforms to USS benefits for the last six months to deal with the significant funding challenges facing USS,” the organisation added.UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said the employers’ proposal was “categorically the worst proposal I have received from universities on any issue in 20 years of representing university staff”.The union pointed to analysis commissioned by USS that it claimed showed that most universities have the ability to pay extra in order to safeguard existing benefits.Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of UUK, countered this, saying: “Most universities can’t afford to pay more into pensions without diverting money from other central areas, such as teaching or research, reducing their positive impact.“Increasing contributions could damage the high standards that students, research funders and others rightly expect.  It could even undermine the sustainability of some institutions.”A spokesman for USS said: “Very low prospective returns across all asset classes have created very challenging circumstances for all pension providers. USS’s primary duty is to ensure pensions already promised to its members are secure, and that pensions offered in future can be met with a high degree of confidence. It has been impartial and objective in its analysis and is now working with employers and union representatives as they determine future benefits. Benefits members have earned to date are secure and protected in law.”Frank Field, Labour politician and chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, has urged all parties to safeguard university finances to avoid pension costs being passed on to current and future students. UK universities have proposed closing the defined benefit (DB) section of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the country’s largest pension fund.Future benefits should be provided by the defined contribution (DC) section of the £60bn scheme, Universities UK (UUK) announced today after tabling the proposal at a joint negotiating committee.“This proposal would tackle the scheme’s financial deficit and rising future costs whilst ensuring that it continues to offer attractive pensions benefits to members,” it said.USS reported an official deficit of around £5bn following its 2017 actuarial valuation, but other valuations have put the shortfall as high as £12bn-£17bn. It said the cost of funding future pension benefits had increased by 35% and that contribution increases of six to seven percentage points could be required.last_img read more

Bulldogs Get ‘W’ Over Knights

first_imgThe Bulldogs traveled away to face the Knights Tuesday evening winning 3-1.The field was wet from a light shower so we knew we would have to adjust to the conditions during warm ups. The game started a little shaky for Batesville and South Dearborn was able to score a goal with 30.29 on the clock for an early lead. A ball was placed through the defensive line and a player broke free from his man allowing a close shot on goal. Luckily, we were able to stay composed and focused on our game. We did well to possess and connect combination passes throughout the field, but we struggled to finish. With just 2.04 in the half Michael Ripperger played a through ball to Ian Yorn with a nice placed shot to the right side of the net. We outshot the Knights 12 to 4 first half.Second half started strong and 17.40 Salvador Blanco ripped a shot and it deflected off the keeper. Michael Ripperger crashed in and finished. The final goal started with Zach Harmeyer on the left wing at midfield, containing his mark, and stealing the ball and played a low leading pass for a breakaway on goal for Michael Ripperger. Final Score 3-1 Batesville Win.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more

Seventh annual Modified Stampede this Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park

first_imgPonca City, Okla., native Brendon Gemmill reigns as the defending Stampede champion after making a late move to top last year’s event.  It was his second Modified Stampede triumph after capturing his first win in 2014.  Money was one of a handful of drivers to kick off the new season on the right foot with Luke Cranston (Sprint Cars), Dakota Sproul (SportMods), Angel Munoz (Stock Cars) and Tathan Burkhart (Hobby Stocks) each getting an early head start towards a potential 2019 track championship by racing to victory lane.  Penokee’s Clay Money tuned up for the Stampede by besting a field of 22 in Saturday’s season opener, fending off challenges from past track champion Clay Sellard and reigning track champion Nick Link for his first Modified triumph atop the 3/8-mile clay oval. Tickets to Saturday’s Stampede are $15 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  Pit passes are $30. Gemmill joined Woodward’s Cole Traugott and multi-time national champion David Murray Jr. as two-time winners of the event.  Traugott reeled off back-to-back wins in 2016 and 2017 while Oberlin’s Murray swept both nights of the Inaugural event in 2013 before topping the 2015 edition as well.  Along with the Modified Stampede, Saturday’s card also includes championship chase action in the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks with the green flag flying at 7:30 p.m.  DODGE CITY, Kan. – After a stellar opening night that attracted a total of 108 racers to Dodge City Raceway Park this past Saturday night, the spotlight shifts to the IMCA Modifieds with Saturday night’s seventh Modified Stampede. Saturday’s card that will attract the top Modified contenders from throughout the area offers up a $1,000 winner’s share and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. By Lonnie Wheatleylast_img read more

Rowntree heaps praise on O’Connell

first_imgPaul O’Connell has been hailed as “one of the best” after injury effectively ended his British and Irish Lions career in a cruel and premature fashion. “He came into selection quite late because he had been out for so long with injuries during the season. Suddenly, he came back on the radar after that game (for Munster) against Harlequins in the European Cup. He was fit. In fact, I don’t think he’s ever been fitter. “But you have got to get on with these things, which is why we brought so many players. Whether he is going to stay I am not sure yet. I would like him to because of the influence he has around the group. We will find out in the next four or five days what he is going to do. Losing someone like Paul galvanises a squad like us. We are a very tight group.” Asked if there was a case of siege mentality, Rowntree replied: “Yes”. England lock Geoff Parling, who had been due to captain the Lions on Tuesday, has been withdrawn from that game and should line up as Alun-Wyn Jones’ Test second-row partner at Etihad Stadium next weekend. “I am not going to try and lie there,” Rowntree added. “Geoff is our next lineout caller, he has been doing very well coming off the bench and has taken his chance when he has started for us as well. He has been exceptional for England, but Geoff is more than just a lineout forward. He’s a very clever footballer, a good ball carrier, his work-rate involvement is very high and he is getting better and better, but he has got to be in a squad like this one.” While Rowntree positively gushed about O’Connell, he was less responsive on the decision not to hand Australia captain James Horwill a ban. Horwill was cited for allegedly stamping on Jones early in the first Test. Television replays showed his boot making contact with the Welshman’s face. Lions chiefs referred the incident to the match citing officer, but Horwill was cleared following a disciplinary hearing in Melbourne on Sunday. “It has happened, we move on,” Rowntree added. “What can you say? You can’t change anything, we just have to get on with it.” O’Connell, who will be 37 when the Lions tour New Zealand in 2017, broke his arm during Saturday’s thrilling first Test victory over Australia at Suncorp Stadium. While he will not play again Down Under, Ireland lock O’Connell could stay on in a supporting role. He attended Monday’s final training session before the Lions tackle Melbourne Rebels on Tuesday. “He is one of the best, and he’s in the form of his life as well,” Lions assistant coach and forwards specialist Graham Rowntree said. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Poyet’s Black Cats bottom at Christmas

first_img The home side returned knowing they had to be much, much better, and they started encouragingly with Fabio Borini winning an early free-kick which Larsson saw deflected over the bar. From the resulting corner, Bardsley and team-mate O’Shea collided, leaving the Republic of Ireland international nursing a shoulder injury which needed treatment on and then off the field. But his side had a glorious opportunity to take the lead when Cattermole picked out the unmarked Brown beyond the far post and he controlled before stabbing the ball inside to Ondrej Celustka. The full-back looked odds-on to score, but he delayed and Johan Elmander managed to bundle the ball behind with the home fans appealing in vain for a penalty for his challenge. But as the Black Cats committed men to the search for the opening goal, they put the Canaries under pressure and they almost cracked with 64 minutes gone when full-back Steven Whittaker thumped and attempted clearance against team-mate Michael Turner and the ball dropped into the path of Borini. However, as he waited for it to settle, the cover arrived and he eventually prodded his shot tamely at the keeper. But Hooper should really have put Norwich ahead four minutes later when Robert Snodgrass picked him out at the far post unopposed, only to see him head wide. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet decided the time was right to replace Altidore with Steven Fletcher, and the newcomer might have made his mark almost immediately when Bardsley flicked Larsson’s 70th-minute corner towards him. The Scotland international could not make meaningful contact, but when Turner’s sliced clearance dropped to Brown at the far post, he headed against the outside of the upright. Norwich should have taken an 82nd-minute lead when van Wolfswinkel was played in on goal, but could not beat Mannone. But Poyet was left with his head in his hands seconds later when Ruddy rushed from his box but was beaten to the ball by Borini, who squared for Ki. Turner got back on to the line with his keeper hopelessly stranded, but the South Korea international lifted his shot from 20 yards over the bar, and the home side’s fortunes took a further turn for the worst at the death when Brown saw red for hacking his way through van Wolfswinkel from behind. Gus Poyet was left facing a bleak Christmas as 10-man Sunderland’s must-win clash with Norwich ended goalless. The Black Cats, who dumped Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup in midweek to book a place in the semi-finals, could not repeat the dose when they needed it most to leave themselves firmly rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table. Sunderland have now won just four of their last 32 league games, and a paltry tally of 10 points from their opening 17 fixtures of the season leaves them in pole position to slip out of the top flight unless they can engineer a major fightback. Press Association Defender Wes Brown, sent off in stoppage time for a foul on substitute Ricky van Wolfswinkel, came closest to a winner when he hit the outside of the post with a 57th-minute header, while Ki Sung-Yueng missed the target with Canaries keeper John Ruddy missing in action. But despite the Black Cats stretching Norwich repeatedly after the break, they were unable to find the breakthrough to leave the bulk of a crowd of 37,778 fearing the worst. Norwich had the better chances in a first half which saw neither goalkeeper unduly stretched. Canaries stopper Ruddy was not called upon until the 37th minute, when he had to get down well to claim a shot from distance from Phil Bardsley – the full-back remains the club’s joint-top scorer, a reflection of their difficulties. Vito Mannone was busier at the other end, turning away Nathan Redmond’s 13th-minute strike and then beating away a Gary Hooper piledriver five minutes before the break. Hooper had earlier been left kicking himself after John O’Shea had completely misjudged Martin Olsson’s left-wing cross, which hit the astonished striker in the chest before he could react. For their part, most of Sunderland’s efforts came from distance with Ki, Sebastian Larsson and Lee Cattermole all wayward before Bardsley tested Ruddy. However, the keeper was relieved to see Jozy Altidore’s deflected shot drop just wide of the far post after Brown had headed down Bardsley’s 36th-minute free-kick. last_img read more

Mullen takes silver

first_img Press Association The 20-year-old finished less than half a second behind the winner, Australia’s Campbell Flakemore, over the 36.15km distance. Mullen, who beat bronze medallist Stefan Kueng, will bid for a second medal in the under-23 road race on Friday. Ireland’s Ryan Mullen has won a silver medal in the under-23 men’s individual time trial on the second day of the Road Cycling World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain.last_img

Other Sports Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat Eye History In World Wrestling Championships

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Bajrang Punia has won four events leading up to the World Wrestling Championships.Vinesh Phogat has moved to the 53 kg category from the 50 kg.Sushil Kumar is returning to the Wrestling World Championship after eight years. Nur-Sultan: A reality check awaits India’s top wrestlers at the World Championships where they will chase not only glory but also Tokyo Olympics qualification at Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan from Saturday. The run-up to the Worlds has been spectacular for Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat while decent results have provided a dose of confidence to a few others like Divya Kakran. Bajrang triumphed at all four events he competed this season — Dan Kolov, Asian Championship Ali Aliev and Yasar Dogu — and will go into the Championships as the world number one and top seed in 65kg. For Vinesh, the season began in a new weight category as she moved up to 53kg from 50kg. She took some time to settle in her new class but still made five finals, winning three golds at Yasar Dogu, Grand Prix of Spain and Poland Open.While skill is not an issue with Vinesh, holding off strong candidates for six minutes is a big challenge, she herself had admitted recently. The big-stage competition will help her make an assessment on this count as she eyes a maiden Worlds medal. A last-minute elbow injury had forced her to opt-out of the Budapest Championships last year.     No Indian woman has ever won a gold at the Worlds and Vinesh has it in her to end India’s drought. Bajrang has been in the form of his life but there is a chink in his armour the weak leg defence and it will surely be tested. Only Sushil Kumar has won a World title in men’s freestyle in India’s wrestling history and Bajrang would be keen to end India’s wait for a second medal. The 25-year-old himself has two World Championship medals but not a gold. His road though is full of challenges with the presence of Russian Gadzhimurad Rashidov and Bahrain’s Haji Mohammed Ali in his category.Also Read | Bajrang Punia dedicates wrestling gold medal to Wing Commander Abhinandan VarthamanTwo-time Olympic medallist Sushil has been struggling of late and is returning to the Worlds after a gap of eight years. He will be watched keenly in the 74kg competition as his relevance is being discussed for some time now. He remains bullish about his chances and Worlds will provide an opportunity to test his claims.Also Read | Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat included in Grade A in revolutionary Wrestling Federation of India central contracts systemLike Sushil, Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik has been struggling on the international circuit. She has not won a title since her triumph at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships. This season, ending runner-up at Dan Kolov has been her best show. She had stunned reigning world champion Petra Olli before eventually settling for a silver.  Not being able to handle pressure has been her bane for long. Staying defensive in the final moments of the bout has not helped her and she has lost a few bouts from advantageous position lot of time. Divya Kakran, in contrast, is a bundle of energy and remains relentless throughout her bouts. She has won two gold and as many bronze medals this season and looks hungry for more. Pooja Dhanda, who became only the fourth Indian woman to win a medal at the Worlds last year, could not book a berth in 57kg, which is an Olympic category but will fight for her second medal in 59kg.It will be interesting to see how Sarita Mor, who shocked Pooja in trials, fares. Among other men’s freestyle grapplers, Deepak Punia is capable of springing a surprise. He is heading into the Championships after becoming India’s first junior World champion in 18 years. He outplayed his seniors during the trials. This is a perfect opportunity for him to announce his arrival on the senior circuit. Gurpreet Singh (77kg) and Harpreet Singh (82kg) will be India’s best bet in Greco-Roman style. However, India’s national Greco Roman Coach Hargobind Singh says a lot would depend on draw and a bit of luck. The championship is offering six Olympic quotas in six categories in all three styles. Squad(Men’s Freestyle): Ravi Kumar (57kg), Rahul Aware (61kg), Bajrang Punia (65kg), Karan (70kg), Sushil Kumar (74kg), Jitender (79kg), Deepak Punia (86kg), Parveen (92kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg) and Sumit Malik (125kg).  (Men’s Greco-Roman): Manjeet (55kg), Manish (60kg), Sagar (63kg), Manish (67kg), Yogesh (72kg), Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Harpreet Singh (82kg), Sunil Kumar (87kg), Ravi (97kg) and Naveen (130kg).  (Women’s Freestyle): Seema (50kg), Vinesh Phogat (53kg), Lalita (55kg), Sarita (57-kg), Pooja Dhanda (59-kg), Sakshi Malik (62kg), Navjot Kaur (65kg), Divya Kakran (68kg), Komal Bhagwan Gole (72kg) and Kiran (76kg). center_img highlightslast_img read more

Kate Hostage lone goal not enough in 2-1 loss to Kent State

first_img Comments As Kate Hostage attempted to regain possession at midfield near Syracuse’s bench, she felt the weight of 98 high-intensity minutes in the form of calf cramps in both her legs. She crumbled to the ground in pain.She limped off the field with two minutes remaining in the first overtime, but soon pleaded to head coach Phil Wheddon to return.“Give me two minutes and I’ll get you back on,” Wheddon told Hostage at the start of the second overtime. By then, it was too late.Kent State forward Isabelle Mihail’s bar-down shot in the 103rd minute gave the Golden Flashes (4-3-1) the 2-1 lead over Syracuse (3-5) and ended the game before Hostage could check back in.“Everyone played with a lot of heart, but the game is lost the minute you switch off,” Hostage said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU had the lead for almost 40 minutes. With five minutes remaining in the first half, Hostage received a pass from midfielder Laurel Ness in stride at the edge of the box, turned, and dribbled a shot into the bottom-right pocket of the net with her left foot.https://twitter.com/cusewsoc/status/1040378667493408769“As a forward, you’re always trying to slip in the seams behind the defenders. (Ness) played a beautiful ball, just where I wanted it. So at that point, you just gotta pick your head up and place it,” Hostage said.The shot gave Hostage her team-leading fourth goal of the season. The sophomore scored only once last year.One moment SU flipped the switch off was in the 79th minute, when centerback Shannon Aviza tried to tap a pass back to keeper Lysianne Proulx. Aviza did not feel the Kent State forward pressuring from behind. The mishap gave Mihail her first goal of the game and knotted the score at one.As the team reset for the kickoff, an assistant coach yelled to Hostage, “Kate, you have 10 minutes to get something going.”Neither Hostage nor SU manufactured a quality shot before the end of regulation. The closest chance SU had was a Georgia Allen cross that landed inches too far for striker Sydney Brackett at the six-yard line.In her 98 minutes played, Hostage registered one other shot, a 35-yard prayer that sailed over the crossbar in the first overtime period. Brackett led SU with four shots, three of which on goal. As a team, Kent State out-shot Syracuse 26 to 10 (14 to 5 on goal).SU has some “soul-searching” to do before playing No. 13 Duke University at home Sunday, Wheddon said.“We’re going to put our heads down, work hard, and put this game behind us,” Hostage said. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 13, 2018 at 10:22 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more