October 20, 2020

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first_imgThe 750-billion-euro post-coronavirus recovery plan is tied with the EU’s long-term budget. EU chief Charles Michel said the total stimulus would reach 1.8 trillion euros ($2.2 trillion).”This moment, it’s my conviction, is pivotal in European history. We acted fast and with urgency,” Michel told the European Parliament.”Europe’s response is greater than that of the United States or China,” to fight the coronavirus, which has ravaged the global economy and sent millions into dire poverty, he said. The UN called for a temporary basic income for nearly three billion of the world’s poorest people.Funding of $199 billion per month would provide 2.7 billion people with a temporary basic income and the “means to buy food and pay for health and education expenses”, the UN Development Program said.”Bailouts and recovery plans cannot only focus on big markets and big business. A Temporary Basic Income might enable governments to give people in lockdown a financial lifeline,” said UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner.UN projections have warned the virus could kill 1.67 million people in 30 low-income countries.Signs are emerging in many parts of the world that the virus quickly springs back when lockdown measures are lifted.Australia, Belgium, Hong Kong and the Japanese capital Tokyo had all used restrictive measures to successfully beat outbreaks earlier in the pandemic, but all are now facing an upsurge in cases.Belgium on Thursday made masks mandatory in outdoor markets and busy areas. Anyone venturing out in Australia’s second-biggest city Melbourne was also ordered to wear a mask.”These measures are not advice, they are orders,” Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said of the move, which comes into effect on Saturday. “Announcing a strengthening of the rules is a hard blow for our morale, but we’d prefer to take these measures today than to regret it tomorrow,” she said.In Melbourne, local resident Adam Ozmen added: “We should go to… whatever is necessary to just eliminate the thing and go back to what’s left of our normal lives.”South Africa’s Medical Research Council has reported a 60 percent increase in overall numbers of natural deaths in recent weeks, suggesting a much higher toll of coronavirus-related fatalities in Africa’s worst-hit nation.Paris, the world’s most visited city, was starved of tourists — the lifeblood of its economy — after being battered by a two-month COVID-19 lockdown.But city attractions are seeing homegrown crowds, such as the Seine river cruise ships that are usually swamped by visitors from the United States and Latin America.”Most clients are clearly French, with lots of families,” said a spokesman for the catering and facilities management group Sodexo, which operates the Bateaux Parisiens ships.He said the chic Jules Verne restaurant on the Eiffel tower was booked solid every night in July, and nearly so for lunch, by locals.”Before, you had to book a table three months in advance, which put off the French, but now it’s just one month,” he said.Iraq on Thursday reopened its airspace after four months of lockdown while the Chinese Basketball Association said it will start allowing spectators from Sunday, in a major boost to sport in the country in the wake of the coronavirus.The CBA on June 20 became the first league to return to action in China following a nearly five-month stoppage because of the pandemic.The production of a vaccine is now key to ensuring a return to something close to normality.More than 200 candidate drugs are being developed, with 23 having progressed to clinical trials.Topics : Europe on Thursday recorded more than three million coronavirus cases, as EU lawmakers examined a massive aid package for their pandemic-ravaged economies and the UN called for a basic income for the world’s poorest to help slow the spread.The continent now accounts for a fifth of the world’s total cases of more than 15 million and remains the hardest hit in terms of deaths, with 206,633 out of 627,307 worldwide.The European Parliament was meanwhile examining a massive recovery package hammered out at a hard-fought summit that saw fiscally disciplined nations oppose huge aid grants to coronavirus-hit countries such as Spain and Italy.last_img read more

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first_imgRAE, Jeanette Nichols, loving mother of Mary (Christopher) Ward, dear grandmother of Aidan Ward, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born May 17, 1930 in Thomasville, Alabama to Kirby and Gertrude (Mayo) Nichols. Jeanette married Lyle Andrew Rae December 21, 1958 in Selma, Alabama, soon relocating to Harrison, Ohio. She worked for many years as a music teacher in the Southwest Local School District and as a choir director for the First Presbyterian Church in Harrison.She was preceded in death by her parents Kirby and Gertrude Nichols, husband Lyle Andrew Rae, and siblings Myrtie McCrory, Tom Nichols, Ruby Durden, Mayo Nichols, Mary Rayboun, and Fred Nichols.Visitation will be held Tuesday May 28, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., all at the First Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Vine St., Harrison, Ohio 45030. A memorial service will be held on Thursday May 30 at 10:30 A.M. followed by a reception at the Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community, 3550 Shaw Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45208. Memorials are suggested to the Good Samaritan Mission – Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community: to the attention of Diana Collins, 3870 Virginia Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45227.last_img read more

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first_imgVernon Hensley, age 76 of St. Leon, Indiana passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in West Harrison, Indiana. Born May 24, 1943 in Manchester, Kentucky the son of Walter and Mae (Webb) Hensley.Vernon graduated from Clay County High School, married Pam Fox on November 9, 1971 in Covington, Kentucky. Vernon worked for General Motors for 33 years as a welder. Member of St Leon American Legion Post 464, St Leon Coon hunters and was very involved with St Leon town council for many years.Vernon is survived by his loving wife Pam Hensley, daughters Christine (Dave) Bullock of Chesterton, Indiana and Beth Hensley of Zionsville, Indiana. Grandpa of Shelby and Colby Bullock. Brother of Carol (Ralph) Gilbert of Union, Kentucky.Preceded in death by his parents Walter and Mae Hensley and siblings Otha Richmond, Nora Thompson, Bernice Byrd, Emily Bauchman, Oscar Hensley, McKenley Hensley, Walter Hensley Jr and Gilbert Hensley.Visitation will be held Saturday, June 29 from 9:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 P.M. with Rev. Wade Hicks officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery St. Leon, Indiana with military honors provided by US Army and St. Leon American Legion.Memorials may be directed to St. Leon American Legion 28866 Post 464 Road Brookville, Indiana, 47012.last_img read more

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first_img Eleven days after coming within minutes of joining Real Madrid, De Gea signed a new contract at United worth £200,000 a week. The Spaniard was left out of Louis van Gaal’s squad for the opening six matches while he was persistently linked with Real Madrid in one of the most intense transfer sagas of the summer. David de Gea declared himself ready for selection after he put a difficult summer behind him by signing a new four-year contract at Manchester United. But having now committed his future to United, De Gea is ready for battle. The 24-year-old performed well in Spain’s 1-0 win over Macedonia on Tuesday and now he is determined to make his first appearance of the season for United against bitter rivals Liverpool on Saturday. “It is a perfect moment to come back,” De Gea told MUTV. “We are at Old Trafford against Liverpool, one of the biggest games in the world and I know the fans will love it if we win the game. “I trained really hard and I played with my national team and of course I feel ready and 100 per cent fit.” Given the events of the last few months, it is nothing short of remarkable that De Ge has signed a contract extension at Old Trafford. In July senior sources at the club admitted they had given up any hope of persuading De Gea to stay. And on the Spanish deadline day just under two weeks ago, Madrid agreed a fee worth £29million for the goalkeeper, with Keylor Navas coming the other way. De Gea was ready to leave United for the Spanish capital, where his pop star girlfriend Edurne Garcia lives, but the relevant paperwork was not completed before the 11pm deadline. Van Gaal said he felt for De Gea and the ordeal he had “suffered”, but the goalkeeper insists the transfer talk is now a thing of the past. “(There was) lots of speculation this summer but I keep my hard work and now I am relaxed, I am happy here, now we have to look forward to this season, to play well, win the games and hopefully we can win a trophy,” he said. “It was a different summer. I keep my focus, I keep calm and I keep my hard work. “I feel really well. I would like to say thank you to them (the fans) for the support.” Van Gaal admits he was braced to lose the two-time player of the year. ”If Madrid paid the price and had the papers in order at the right time, he would have been sold,” Van Gaal said. ”Everything can happen, especially at the end, and I had hope. ”Despite all the media saying he was going to Madrid, but I didn’t sell him and he is here. ”I asked (executive vice-chairman) Ed (Woodward) if it is true that United sent the papers too late and he said ‘no’. ”The information is sufficient and at that time I thought only what De Gea was suffering, but it is the world of football and it is a crazy world.” As well as trying to resolve De Gea’s future, Woodward was also busy trying to wrap up the signing of the most expensive teenager in history on deadline day. Anthony Martial moved from Monaco to Old Trafford in a deal that could rise to £56million. Van Gaal defended the massive fee, but admitted United fans must not expect too much too soon from the French 19-year-old. ”There is a market and a market price and we cannot have any influence on that price,” Van Gaal said. ”I said to Ed that he is the best of his age and we need a striker for the future. ”I imagine the fans think ‘£50million, he has to score.’ No, he is 19 and he has to adapt.” Michael Carrick is available for Saturday’s game after overcoming the calf injury that caused him to pull out of the England squad on Monday. Andreas Pereira came back from international duty with an injury and will therefore not play. Defender Phil Jones is still out as he continues his recovery from minor thrombosis. Press Associationlast_img read more

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first_imgAn Orono Police officer is being praised for his actions after he mowed an elderly woman’s lawn after being asked to conducting a welfare check on her.According to the report, Officer Matt Siltala and his partner Officer McCoy were called to the residence by someone who was considered about the older woman after not being able to get in touch with her.When the officers pulled up to the home, they found that the lawn had been overgrown but were relieved when the resident was found to be in good condition.The officers then inquired about the woman’s lawn and the woman told them it was overgrown because she is unable to do it herself and did not have anyone to cut it.  That’s when Officer Siltala sprung into action using the woman’s gas mower.According to WSVN, after authorities posted about the good deed, others have since inquired about how they could also help.last_img read more

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first_imgMohammed Alshamrani in a photo released by the FBI. – (FBI)By ALEXANDER MALLIN and LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department on Monday is expected to announce that the suspect who carried out the December shooting at a Pensacola Naval Air Station had communicated directly with a suspected Al Qaeda operative, a U.S. official familiar with the probe confirmed to ABC News.The FBI found that the suspect, Mohammed Alshamrani, a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force, was found to have been in touch with at least one member of the terrorist organization before the attack, that official said.Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray are expected to make the announcement at a press conference later Monday morning.Alshamrani was killed by law enforcement during the attack.The shooting at that Pensacola, Florida, naval base in December killed four people and wounded eight.In a news conference in January, the attorney general said an investigation of the shooter has determined he was “motivated by jihadist ideology,” and called the attack an “act of terrorism.”The Justice Department has said that twelve of the 21 Saudi students identified were trainees at the Pensacola Naval Air Station while the other nine were receiving their training in military facilities across the U.S.A review of the trainees computers and personal devices found that several of the students had possessed “derogatory material.”“Seventeen had social media containing some jihadi or anti-American content,” Barr said. “However, there was no evidence of any affiliation or involvement with any terrorist activity or group. 15 individuals (including some of the 17 just mentioned) had had some kind of contact with child pornography.”The trainees were not prosecuted by the United States, but the Saudi armed forces had determined the cases “demonstrated conduct unbecoming an officer,” and the students were subsequently dis-enrolled from service, Barr said.On Sept. 11, the shooter posted a message on social media the “countdown has begun.” Investigators also learned that he visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City over Thanksgiving weekend, and posted anti-American messages as recently as two hours before carrying out the attack at the base.FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich said at the time, the FBI interviewed “more than 500 people.” The shooting itself lasted 15 minutes, Bowdich said, he was engaged by law enforcement about eight minutes in. He was killed by responding law enforcement and found to have possessed 180 rounds of ammunition.The FBI also determined that the shooter had studied Al Qaeda’s U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, whose propaganda campaign may have inspired more radicals than anyone outside of Osama Bin Laden before he was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011.The shooting also exposed a rift between U.S. law enforcement and Apple.At the time, Barr and Bowdich criticized Apple for its lack of cooperation, saying that the company has “has not given us any substantive assistance.”Apple, in a statement, rebutted the characterization.“The characterization that Apple has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation. Our responses to their many requests since the attack have been timely, thorough and are ongoing.”“Within hours of the FBI’s first request on December 6th, we produced a wide variety of information associated with the investigation. From December 7th through the 14th, we received six additional legal requests and in response provided information including iCloud backups, account information and transactional data for multiple accounts,” the company said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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first_imgHaving a conversation could soon be among the list of available features for a new car.USC researchers showcased Nigel, the driver-tracking Mini Cooper equipped with 230 sensors and an iPhone app that documents the driver’s habits in its vehicle log, at the sixth annual Body Computing Conference on Friday.Created in 2010, Nigel emerged from a partnership between automobile company BMW and the USC School of Cinematic Arts to create a car with “character” and personality through ambience storytelling that also monitors the health of the driver.“We are using the data generated by the car and the driver, looking at driver habits, combination of sensors we know that the drivers are using, and creating an experience around that data,” said Jen Stein, an SCA researcher who oversaw Nigel’s development. “We’ve developed a character that has emerged out of that data. There’s an I-drive display in the center of the car, and once you plug your iPhone in and launch the Lifelog app, we can collect all the data.”Though still in its early stages, the concept of “health” car will build on the foundation of storytelling already developed with Nigel.The elements of interaction go beyond GPS directions and reminders to visit the gas station.“Nigel observes your driving behavior, responses — it can actually count the number of times you triggered the sensors and develop different milestones that you’ve reached with the car like hitting x number of miles or x number of right turns,” Stein explained.Instead of listing the results as dry statistics, the car turns into a character.“It’s like a friend, a driving companion to keep out the loneliness,” Stein said. “We try to make it more playful so that it feels like you actually have a companion you’re sharing an experience with. The way you talk to it is through your driving.”Dr. Leslie Saxon, chief of cardiology at Keck and the executive director of the Center for Body Computing, believes innovative cars like Nigel can be used to draw attention to unhealthy habits and call for change.“What we’re trying to do with Nigel is to give him an awareness of his health, and make health fun and engaging for him, so he learns himself and helps us learn ourselves,” Saxon said. “What better thing to integrate into driving? It’s a matter of if you’ve got the technology and if you can do the match-ups and hook it into an existing sensors system, why not make people more aware?”The project will feature MEMS-enabled devices and ultrasound-enabled sensors. One example of this type of device is the EKG-enabled iPad at the conference that measured attendees’ heart rates just by placing their hands on its cover.Saxon said she hopes Nigel is only the beginning of what researchers can do with this technology.“Hopefully, we’ll get everything in there, blood pressure, figure out what the air pollution is, content, all factors of health,” Saxon said. “There are already tons of sensors in there. A lot of them will be wireless. It may just be the way you touch the steering wheel, or the way you lay back in your seat.”Avimaan Syam, a second-year graduate student at SCA’s Department of Interactive Media who has worked on Nigel since last year, said that although this kind of technology can seem unusual, projects like this will become more commonplace in the future.“Whenever we first start to explain Lifelog to people, I think they get nervous that it’s a company recording your history — that Big Brother is watching — but that’s not the purpose at all,” he said. “The way we interact with the car and our expectations for a car when we’re driving is going to change a lot in the next few years. What we’re going to want out of our car is going to change in a way that the general public cannot imagine right now.”last_img read more

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first_imgLegendary sports agent Leigh Steinberg, who’s considered to be one of the most influential figures in all of sports, will be hosting his second ever “Sports Agent Academy” on May 16 at Steinberg Sports & Entertainment’s headquarters in Newport Beach, California.The event is back by popular demand after Steinberg, who’s well known for his inspiration of the film Jerry Maguire, held his inaugural academy back in October of 2014, where 25 aspiring agents had the opportunity of learning the ins and outs of representation from one of the industry’s best.“Students always ask me what does it take to be an agent,” Steinberg said. “It’s not easy to answer them all but I have a tremendous interest in seeing young, ethical and idealist professionals succeed.”During his accomplished 41-year career, Steinberg has represented hundreds of professional athletes including the No. 1 overall pick of the NFL draft a record eight times. In the process, he has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts for his clients, which include the likes of Warren Moon, Steve Young, Troy Aikman and Oscar de la Hoya.According to Steinberg, though, it all really starts his mission and philosophy of representation, which entails the idea of athletes as role models and getting them involved in the community and giving back through charity at the beginning of their careers. By following this principle, professional athletes are able to build a pathway toward to a second career.“As an athlete’s agent, it’s about more than just making money, but rather the commitment to a long-term career of an athlete,” Steinberg said. “Athletes have the capacity to do multiple things and it’s important that they are able to see their nonathletic skills so that they have the opportunity to make a difference in the world in an area other than sports.”A number of Steinberg’s clients have previously gone on to have successful careers in broadcasting, working in the venture capital and tech industry and owning professional teams.Steinberg who’s spoken on over 80 different college campuses including USC this past February, says he founded the academy in order to provide young professionals, who are interested in a career in any field related to sports, entertainment or representation, with a learning experience that teaches them the necessary skills to succeed in a hyper-competitive industry.The academy educates young professionals in a plethora of relevant areas, training them how to put together a representation practice, recruit and find clients, put together endorsement packages and much more.“The academy goes above and beyond what any sports law, business, or management class would teach you,” Steinberg said. “We teach everyone the art of negotiation, how to read a collective bargaining agreement, how to put on charity programs and how to mentor athletes.”Overall, Steinberg emphasizes the importance of aspiring agents being able to ultimately brand and distinguish themselves in a way that allows them to stand out, which is one of the key skills that he wants those in attendance to take away from the academy.“It’s my goal to make this a very hands-on, personal and life changing experience for everyone and they’re all ought to come out of the academy much more confident to be a sports agent or professional,” Steinberg said. “I have an interest in making sure that sports and the field of agentry is left in good hands.”Following this installment of the academy in Southern California, Steinberg looks forward to taking the academy to more cities nationwide.last_img read more

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first_imgAnd in the North Tipp Premier Division League, Roscrea United host Thurles Town at half eleven and Nenagh Celtic welcome Cloughjordan at three o’clock. Clonmel Celtic are at home when they take on St Michaels. While Glengoole United are away to Cashel Town. Both those games kick-off at 12 o’clock.And at 3, Peake Villa host Wilderness Rovers. Meanwhile, the Paddy Purtill Cup semi-finals sees Bansha Celtic take on Old Bridge at 3 o’clock and Galbally United are at home to Tipperary Town at 11. They are away to Streamstown Celtic this afternoon and anything but a loss will see Holycross crowned champions of the Division 1 league for the first time in their history. Philip Cullen is PRO of the club and he says his side have gone a remarkable 30 games unbeaten and are looking to secure their first Division 1 title. That game kicks-off at half eleven. last_img read more

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