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first_imgCoronavirus deaths in the United States were approaching 190,000 on Wednesday along with a spike in new cases in the US Midwest with states like Iowa and South Dakota emerging as the new hotspots in the past few weeks.Iowa currently has one of the highest rates of infection in the nation, with 15% of tests last week coming back positive. Nearby South Dakota has a positive test rate of 19% and North Dakota is at 18%, according to a Reuters analysis.The surge in Iowa and South Dakota is being linked to colleges reopening in Iowa and an annual motorcycle rally last month in Sturgis, South Dakota. Kansas, Idaho and Missouri are also among the top 10 states for positive test rates.New coronavirus infections have fallen for seven weeks in a row for the United States with a death rate of about 6,100 per week from COVID-19 in the last month.On a per capita basis, the United States ranks 12th in the world for the number of deaths, with 58 deaths per 100,000 people, and 11th in the world for cases, with 1,933 cases per 100,000 residents, according to a Reuters analysis.US confirmed cases are highest in the world with now over 6.3 million followed by India with 4.3 million cases and Brazil with 4.1 million. The US death toll is also the highest in the world.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had forecast last month that the US death toll will reach 200,000 to 211,000 by Sept. 26.The University of Washington’s health institute last week forecasted that the US deaths from the coronavirus will reach 410,000 by the end of the year. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgTENDERS will be called by German Railway this month or next for the first three of seven Advanced Train Control Centres that will ultimately take over train operations from thousands of existing signalboxes. These will be turnkey projects of substantial size, with around 150 workstations each, and great complexity, especially in terms of software development. They will take many years to complete, not least because of the need to replace mechanical signalling and other devices incapable of being operated remotely. DB’s initiative is all the more remarkable because, until recently, signalbox control areas had been very limited in Germany. Michael Kant of Alcatel SEL told last month’s AIC signalling conference in London how the ATCC has been developed with DB to control directly every aspect of hour-by-hour running of the operational railway, including maintenance. This will embrace passenger information, and even escalators at stations. Notable exceptions are the railway’s exclusive 16·7Hz traction power network and the S-Bahn in Berlin and maybe other cities.Railtrack is launching this year development of up to seven Management Control Centres, with the first probably at Eastleigh. These will play a similar role to the German ATCCs in operating Britain’s 16000 km network, although the initial remote control task to be transferred (from Woking) is expected to be the 750VDC traction power supply broadly covering the area of the South West Trains franchise.The conceptual jump from the dispatching function to integrating hands-on management of the complete railway operation in a single building takes some grasping, but the logic is compelling. The cost of reliable data transfer over wide-area networks has become negligible. Much operating and commercial data currently collected for different purposes can be merged, producing major cost savings and raising efficiency. Automatic route setting backed up by conflict resolution algorithms is already turning dispatchers into short-term timetable editors.Staff reductions in prospect are formidable. Union Pacific led the way in 1989 with its Harriman Dispatching Centre (RG 3.90 p186) controlling and managing the entire network from Omaha. BNSF and CSX built similar facilities at Fort Worth and Jacksonville – the latter is currently being upgraded to perform more functions, with more lines to be added when Conrail is split.While UP and BNSF are 20% bigger than DB in route-km, the passenger-oriented European networks with their much higher train densities pose an altogether more complex and formidable task considered to be beyond the capacity of a single control centre. Paul Carroll, Engineering Manager for the Railtrack project, explained that the Management Control Centres will not spring into being overnight. Rather, there will be ’migration of control’ as new management information systems are created and interfaces with relay-based signalling up to 40 years old are put in place. Nonetheless, train control in Europe is going to look very different five years from now. olast_img read more

first_imgThe run-up to UK’s general election on 8 June may very well be dominated by one topic – Brexit – but that has not stopped the country’s pension funds from listing their preferred priorities for the next government.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has called for political parties to include six pension-related topics in their manifestos, including helping defined benefit (DB) schemes to merge, increasing the minimum contribution for auto-enrolment schemes, and simplifying the state pension.Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said: “The next government needs to consolidate the growth of workplace pensions, increasing the reach of automatic enrolment and setting out a plan to raise contribution rates. It also needs to make it easier for schemes to make DB pensions sustainable.“Above all, it needs to build public confidence in the system, helping the industry fight scams and deliver the retirement choices savers want, while resisting the temptation for further raids on the pensions tax relief piggybank.” The UK’s first-pillar pension system has already hit headlines since prime minister Theresa May called the election two weeks ago.Of particular focus is the so-called ‘triple lock’, which promises an increase every year based on inflation, average earnings growth, or 2.5%, whichever is highest. Recent reports have suggested that this could be changed to reduce the financial burden of the state pension.A government-commissioned report by John Cridland, former director general of the Confederation of British Industry, recommended that the triple lock be scrapped and the state pension age increased to 68. It is due to rise to 67 by 2028 under current legislation.The PLSA said the state pension was “affordable without further increases to the state pension age” but agreed that the triple lock should be replaced with “a simpler, fairer, and more affordable uprating mechanism” linked to average earnings growth.Consultancy firm Mercer also backed calls for parties contesting the general election to be explicit in their plans for the state pension. Tony Wood, UK leader of Mercer’s health and benefits business, said John Cridland’s review “goes to the heart of many of the core issues raised in the current election campaign”.“However there appears to be a distinct lack of commitment to the recommendations,” he added. “People need to plan well in advance, to be able to make the most of living and working longer, and it is imperative that all the recommendations of this review are addressed by those forming our new government and not kicked into the long grass.”The government was due to discuss the state pension next week, but parliament has been dissolved ahead of the 8 June poll and no more policy work will take place until the next government is formed.The PLSA listed five more areas of focus, including DB scheme consolidation. The trade body is a vocal advocate of schemes working closer together to reduce costs and improve governance, and has proposed the creation of “superfunds”.It said: “The government should bring forward legislation to reduce burdens and enable pension schemes to share services or to merge, delivering better returns, saving money, and improving governance. This will mean a greater chance of members receiving their benefits. It will free employers to focus on corporate growth and it will return public confidence to the system.”On auto-enrolment, the PLSA called for overall minimum contributions to be increased to “at least 12% of salary” by 2030, as well as extending the policy so it applies to workers aged between 18 and 21, self-employed people, and people in multiple jobs.The trade body also recommended an authorisation regime for pension funds to reduce the risk of members transferring into fraudulent schemes. It called for improved help for members at retirement, and for the next government to review the pension tax relief system to ensure it is sustainable and incentivises saving.last_img read more

first_imgMilan High School Girls Varsity Volleyball falls to South Dearborn High School 17-25, 25-10, 25-19, 25-14.The Lady Knights JV won.The Lady Indians Freshman won 25-12 and 25-9.Courtesy of Indians AD John Prifogle.last_img

first_img Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid draw Saul Niguez buried the second spot kick, to send the visitors in level at the break. Barcelona have looked bright in the opening stages of the second half, with Messi edging them back in front from 12 yards, after Felipe Monteiro fouled Nelson Semedo inside the box. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Diego Simeone’s side rallied immediately, with Yannick Carrasco winning a penalty at the other end, four minutes later. Lionel Messi has netted his 700th career goal, with a brilliant panenka style penalty, to hand Barcelona a 2-1 lead over Atletico Madrid. Lionel Messi’s cheeky panenka v Atletico Madrid makes it 700 career goals The La Blaugrana skipper has been waiting to break another goal scoring milestone, and his deft effort was a fitting way for the Argentina international to make it 700. Quique Setien’s side took an early lead at the Camp Nou, as Diego Costa scuffed Messi’s whipped corner into his own net on 11 minutes. Costa’s spot kick was saved by Marc Ter Stegen, but referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez opted to call for a retake, as the German keeper came off his line too early.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Legendary Movies To Learn History FromYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

first_img The four-year-old filly opened her account over jumps at Grade One level as she got the better of her stable companion Kalkir. The pair treated racegoers to a tremendous finish, with Bryan Cooper driving Petite Parisienne (6-1) home by a length and three-quarters from Ruby Walsh on the 5-4 favourite. Prussian Eagle was third. Mullins said: “I’m happy with both of them and both will go to Cheltenham for the Triumph. That was a good prep run. “Hopefully both of them will improve from that and they are two nice horses to be going with. I also have Dicosimo who will go there as well.” Cooper said: “She’s a grand filly. We went a good gallop and she came back on the bridle pretty strong going down to the last. “I was always confident. It rode a good race and she’s tough. It was a big help getting the allowance as a filly and she’s going the right way.” RaceBets and Paddy Power quote Petite Parisienne at 10-1 from 25-1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle. Who’s That (20-1) was third in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle 12 months ago and went two better off a 1lb lower mark this time, beating Misty Lady by a length and a quarter. Petite Parisienne headed a Willie Mullins one-two after a thrilling climax to the Gala Retail Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgCarlingford Lough, joint top-weight for the Crabbie’s Grand National, has been ruled out of the Aintree centrepiece on April 11. McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry said: “That (Grand National) won’t be happening.” The County Waterford trainer raised the possibility of Carlingford Lough lining up in the Punchestown Gold Cup, depending on how quickly he recovers from his Cheltenham exertions. Kiely said: “He’s come back fine. We agreed the ground probably wasn’t ideal, but I’m not sure he would have been good enough anyway. “I think we’ll give our horse a break for a couple of weeks and see how he is after that. “He could go to Punchestown, maybe.” The JP McManus-owned nine-year-old claimed the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on his penultimate start, but failed to provide Tony McCoy with a final Cheltenham Gold Cup success, finishing ninth behind Coneygree. John Kiely’s charge heads the weights for the National, along with last year’s Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere, but he will not be heading to Merseyside. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgJeter’s class includes outfielder Larry Walker and catcher Ted Simmons, along with former union head Marvin Miller. A record crowd of over 70,000 had been expected this summer at the small town in upstate New York to honor Jeter, the former Yankees captain who came within one vote of unanimous election in January.This will be the first year without an induction ceremony since 1960.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Several Major League Baseball teams have announced ticket refund policies for games not played through May because of the virus outbreak. The Cleveland Indians have offered a 10% bonus credit for fans who want to apply what they’ve paid to future games. The Boston Red Sox extended a similar bonus credit to season ticket holders. Spring training was suspended on March 12 and the regular season was delayed from its scheduled March 26 start because of the new coronavirus pandemic. A revised schedule has not been announced. MLB is exploring many options to play this year if it’s deemed safe.— The Tampa Bay Rays are the first Major League Baseball team known to plan furloughs of some full-time employees because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to a person familiar with the decision who told The Associated Press the temporary cost-cutting measures will take effect on Saturday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBaseball Hall pushes back 2020 induction ceremonyUNDATED (AP) — First-ballot Hall of Famer Derek Jeter will have to wait an extra year to be inducted at Cooperstown. The Hall of Fame has announced that it has canceled the July 26 induction ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the class will be included with any additional new choices at next year’s induction festivities. Associated Press Update on the latest sports April 30, 2020center_img — The inaugural season of “The Hundred” has been postponed for a year after English cricket leaders conceded the task of delivering their glossy and controversial competition during a pandemic was too difficult. The month-long competition was scheduled to start on July 17. It aimed to capitalize on England winning the Cricket World Cup last year and inspire a new generation of fans through a shorter, 100-ball format. The England and Wales Cricket Board said it will not be possible to stage the event because of operational challenges caused by the current social distancing directives and global travel restrictions. The body also didn’t want to stage the competition in empty stadiums.—The Diamond League track meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, won’t happen as scheduled on Aug. 20. Organizers of the Athletissima say they are now looking at “alternative options and formats that could still be considered in order to offer athletes the possibility to compete.” Switzerland’s government has prohibited gatherings of more than 1,000 people until the end of August.GYMNASTICS-HANEY SUSPENDEDFormer US Olympic gymnastics coach Haney suspended 8 yearsUNDATED (AP) — Former U.S. Olympic coach Maggie Haney has been suspended for eight years by USA Gymnastics for verbal and emotional abuse of athletes. — The New York Racing Association is seeking to resume live racing at Belmont Park without fans, and it wants to do the same thing this summer at Saratoga Race Course. NYRA says returning to racing would “provide a small sense of normalcy for fans across the country who can watch on television and online.” There has been no live racing in New York since March 15, although training has continued at Belmont Park. NYRA says thoroughbred racing provides $3 billion in annual economic impact and over 19,000 jobs in the state.— Churchill Downs will open stables at the track and training center in phases starting May 11 before races are run during its spring meet without spectators. The historic track postponed the Kentucky Derby last month from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will mark the first time since 1945 horse racing’s marquee event will not run on the first Saturday in May. The stables closed since Dec. 31 for winter renovations and their reopening been being delayed several times.— Germany is beginning to roll out coronavirus testing at soccer clubs in the top two men’s leagues in the hope of resuming the season next month. The German league tells news agency DPA the tests will start immediately. The Bundesliga’s plan to resume in May rests on regular testing for players. That is likely to be before they resume full-team training and before each game. Thousands of tests will be needed to complete the season. That has fueled criticism that the plan wastes resources. The vice president of Germany’s public health institute said last week testing should be focused on people who have symptoms or were linked to an outbreak.— A new women’s soccer season has started in Belarus after it was initially delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The season started with a game between Dynamo-BGUFK and the Belarus national under-19 team. The under-19 team competes in the league alongside club squads. Fans were allowed to attend the game for free but fewer than 100 were in the stands at the stadium in Minsk. Belarus is the only country in Europe playing professional soccer during the pandemic. The men’s league started last month. The women’s league had been scheduled to start on April 16 but was delayed.— British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July. The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel. Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show. USA Gymnastics confirmed the penalty in a statement Wednesday. The decision came after two months of hearings that included Olympic champion Laurie Hernandez testifying against her longtime coach and world champion Riley McCusker writing a letter critical of Haney.Haney is suspended from membership and any coaching of USA Gymnastics athletes or in member clubs for eight years, effective immediately, followed by a two-year probationary period. After the suspension concludes, USA Gymnastics said Haney may reapply for membership after submitting proof of completing certain specified Safe Sport courses.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to ­perform a major U-turn and re-open contract talks with Frank Lampard, writes the Sunday People.Sunday People Sport can reveal the Blues are close to announcing the£15million signing of Spain Under-21 international midfielder Isco but they are open to the idea of long-serving Lampard staying.After telling the club legend that he could leave, Stamford Bridge sources now insist they want to talk about a new deal.Lampard’s representatives have yet to hear from Chelsea, but the player is keen to stay in the hope of persuading the club to offer him a two-year agreement. Lampard scored a penalty in Chelsea’s 5-1 FA Cup demolition of Southampton yesterday to go level with Kerry Dixon on 193 goals for Blues.He is now just 10 goals shy of breaking Bobby Tambling’s club record of 202 – a mark Lampard is desperate to overhaul.Interim Blues boss Benitez said: “Frank is a good pro, he is doing well, he is under contract, and he is doing fine. I know they have conversations (over his contract) sometimes but the main thing for me as coach is to bring the best out of him.” Manchester United are considering a swoop for Lampard if the Blues fail to tie him up to an extension – and QPR are willing to offer Lamps a two-and-a-half year deal.But whatever happens to Lampard, Malaga starlet Isco is bound for Stamford Bridge.The Spanish club need to bring in significant sums of money in January to pay a huge tax bill.It is not yet clear whether Isco will move to west London this month or remain at Malaga for the rest of the season, possibly on a loan-back deal. The 20-year-old is an attacking midfielder who has scored six times for Malaga this season.last_img read more

first_imgSanogo strugglesWith the news that talismanic frontman Olivier Giroud was ruled out for three to four months with a broken tibia, many were wondering who can fill the void for Arsenal.Manager Arsène Wenger bullishly insisted in his pre-match news conference that the squad had more than enough depth to cope with the loss of the Frenchman and that he wouldn’t be dipping into the transfer market for a replacement. In this potentially tricky encounter at the King Power Stadium, Wenger opted to start with the more physical presence of Yaya Sanogo as the lone striker. A frustrating afternoon ensued for the forward as he failed to take opportunities to net for the visitors, due to a combination of poor composure and good goalkeeping. While Wenger has a good record in converting raw talent into superstars, with a notable example being Thierry Henry, the lack of a top quality striker means that the patience of Gunners fans continues to run thin.Ramsey makes his markSince the departure of Cesc Fàbregas to Barcelona in 2011, the Gunners have been searching for a player who fits into the same mould. During last season they looked to have uncovered this as Aaron Ramsey came to the fore, with a combination of speed, skill and quality finishing, as he notched 16 goals in all competitions. His importance to the team was outlined by the fact that during his absence through injury, Arsenal’s win percentage fell to 55. That momentum has continued into 2014-15 with a pair of crucial league strikes against Crystal Palace and Everton. With the inclusion ofSanti Cazorla in the starting line-up, the Welshman was implemented in a deeper role and his impact proved to be a hard-working display. Although much of the talk has centered around signings on the field, the addition of fitness coach Shad Forsythe may prove vital, as he looks to ensure that the exciting talent of Ramsey is available for all of the campaign.Leicester show their stomach for their fightWhen you looked at the fixtures awaiting Nigel Pearson’s side at the start of the Premier League campaign, you may have feared for their survival chances. The Foxes have defied all of their doubters in the opening credits of the season as they have produced a trio of good performances against teams competing for the top four spots. After twice coming from behind on the opening day against Everton and stifling Chelsea and Arsenal for long periods with an organised and energetic approach, Pearson’s team illustrated that they will be difficult to beat. Despite a lack of top-flight experience in their ranks, with a combined total of 550 appearances in their line-up, Leicester have a good team ethic and will look to build on this encouraging start.last_img read more