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PH COVID-19 cases could reach 40K by June 30, UP experts say

first_imgMANILA – The Philippines may see 40,000 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases by end of June, researchers and scientists of the University of the Philippines said.Professor Guido David of UP Institute of Mathematics bared this in a virtual press conference hosted by the Department of Health, saying the projection was based on current trends on the COVID-19 data in the country.“Right now, ‘yung projection namin, ginamit lang namin ‘yung R0 (pronounced R-naught) na 1.2 sa Philippines. So ‘yung projection actually is nasa 40,000 cases by June 30,” said David.According to David, the reproduction number (R0) is used to measure the transmission potential of a disease. It is the average number of secondary infections produced by a typical case of an infection.“In-assume lang namin na 1.2. Kung bumaba ‘yung R0 – which is bumababa pa – kasi ‘yung NCR (National Capital Region) less than 1 ‘yung R0 so pag i-project natin ‘yan, mas konti naman ‘yung cases,” David said.Even with the projection, David has said that a lot of cities in the country have been “winning the war” against the pandemic with the “main battle ground” only remains in Metro Manila and Cebu.“Kapag may forecast kami, hindi naman namin sinasabi na ‘yan talaga ang lalabas. Nakadepend siya sa factors and nakadepend siya sa data na pinoprovide ng DOH (Department of Health),” he said.Based on the latest number of COVID-19 cases from the DOH, there were 23,732 total cases in the country – 4,895 of whom have recovered and 1,027 died of the disease./PN Crowds of commuters are back in Metro Manilam after the general community quarantine downgrade. The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines could reach 40,000 by June 30, according to researchers and scientists of the University of the Philippines. ARON FAVILLA/APlast_img read more

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Lukaku says split from Man Utd was ‘right decision’

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Romelu Lukaku believes he made the right decision to leave Manchester United for a new challenge at Inter Milan, saying he had to “re-find” himself after a difficult time at Old Trafford.The Belgium striker joined United from Everton for £75 million ($98 million) in July 2017, scoring 42 goals in his two seasons at the club before moving to Inter in August last year.He has been in superb form for Antonio Conte’s side, scoring 18 goals to help the club sustain a challenge for the Serie A title.Those performances, and United’s reported interest in signing a striker this month after Marcus Rashford’s back injury, have raised questions as to the wisdom of allowing Lukaku to leave Old Trafford.But, in an interview with Sky Sports News, the 26-year-old said the decision was his and it had worked out well for United as well.“I think I had to re-find myself,” he said. “Last year was difficult for me on the professional side because stuff was not going how I wanted and I was not performing as well… and I just came to the conclusion that it was time for me to change environment.“I made my decision around March, and I went to the manager’s office (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) and I told him it was time for me to find something else.”“I think I made the right decision and I think Manchester United now has made space for the younger players to come through so I think it was a bit of a win-win situation for both of us,” he added. The Belgian was signed for United by Jose Mourinho and had an excellent first season, scoring 27 goals as United finished second in the Premier League.But Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 after a disappointing start to the season, with Lukaku also unable to discover his best form.Former Chelsea manager Conte has managed to bring the best out of Lukaku this season, pairing him with Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez to lethal effect.Lukaku said the Italian knew how to extract the most from his whole squad but revealed he was not afraid to get tough with the players.“The manager, he tells it straight to your face if you’re doing well or wrong,” he said.“You work hard, you train hard and you play,” he added. “If you don’t do what he says, you don’t play. You know where you stand — and that’s what I respect about him.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Inside Conditions…‘The Lost Boys’

first_imgThere was a macabre film conjured up by the cinema madmen from Hollywood in1987 titled ‘The Lost Boys’. The production narrative from IMBd.com says this about the movie. “A mother and her two sons move to a small coast town in California.The town is plagued by bikers and some mysterious deaths. The younger boy makes friends with two other boys who claim to be vampire hunters while the older boy is drawn into the gang of bikers by a beautiful girl. The older boy starts sleeping days and staying out all night while the younger boy starts getting into trouble because of his friends’ obsession.”We hear about the unfortunate murder of Trayvon Martin, the young Black man who was allegedly slain while in route to his father’s house in Sanford, Fla. just because he aroused the suspicions of one of the areas “hired thugs.” I, like most of America am outraged by this murderous turn of events. However, I am far more incensed by events happening much closer to the confluence of the Allegheny, Monogahela and Ohio rivers.On Jan. 30, Khiry Templin Watts, a standout and gifted young Black man who seemed as if he had just found the compass to assist him along the road to becoming a standout human being lost his life, not to one of the many George Zimmerman’s that may or may not be lying and waiting. Mr. Watts met his demise by committing suicide. According to a November 2008 article by Mike White of the Post-Gazette, Watts explained that, “My life was terrible.” Then the Templins (his adopted family who happened to be Caucasian) helped turn it around. “They brought me into their house and taught me a lot,” Watts said. “They taught me about family.” White observed that, “For Khiry Watts, it doesn’t get much better. He is having an unforgettable football season—and he has a family to enjoy it with him. Watts is a senior running back at Avonworth High School and one of the main reasons the Antelopes are 11-0.” But family by proxy just wasn’t enough for this young and troubled Black mind.What happened to Khiry Templin Watts between November of 2008 and Jan. 30? In approximately three years and two months his life did not slowly evolve; apparently it slowly dissolved. Most of us cannot be appointed a family; we have to be anointed with a family. The composition of a strong family unit may often be just as dependent on the genesis of genetics as it is on a generic environment. Just like in the sports world if you are traded to another team the “synergetic” process perhaps may be more complex depending upon the individual dynamics and compatibility of your individual teammates.Ms. Daren A. Ellerbee, outreach coordinator, CASA of Allegheny County had this to say in regards to the loss of this “reclaimed” young man with such a bright future. “Here at the CASA office we were of course saddened having lost one of our precious children. However, overall I have the feeling that he was a good kid. Many of our CASA children experience a lot of adversity but he [Khiry Watts] was trying to make the best of his circumstances.”A mother and her two sons move to a small coast town in California.When will African-American men stop just stepping up to the plate and begin to send a few balls sailing over the centerfield wall. We need far more than men just stepping up to the plate. A few boys must begin to hit the covers off the ball.The town is plagued by bikers and some mysterious deaths.There are many more “bikers” that are vigilantes that plague our system in the high school and college classrooms and locker rooms all across the country. George Zimmerman is not just a blip on the radar screen; the George Zimmermans of America are the radar screen. The perpetrators of these modern day vigilante acts are far more common than society would have any of us believe. There are many Zimmerman-like officials and teachers that are policing athletics and classrooms in a biased, slanted and heinous way. Cs are given to students who deserve As. Certain athletes are forced to ride the bench because of blatant nepotism, cronyism and any other “ism’s” and “schism’s” that may be illegitimately applied.Black America is sickening me with this fake a—outrage, we shall overcome singing b.s. complete with balloon filled marches and vigils.As has been proven the real vigils are being kept in the dark by those waiting to strike people of color like silent cobras with a numbing venom that the victim will never feel entering the stream of his or her consciousness.Let me see, UConn was just penalized for a miserable graduation rate for their men’s basketball team. Oh yeah, why you ask? Don’t matter the school got the loot. The athlete does not have to perform in the classroom only in the athletic arena.But ya know what? I saved the worst for last. In the years dating 2008-2010 there were more children in Chicago killed by Black on Black violence than soldiers that fought in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.Don’t lecture me about no freakin’ George Zimmerman. Next time you see a young African-American at the plate and strike three is called and you know that it was a ball, think G.Z. When the ref calls a young Black receiver out of bounds when the replay clearly shows that he was in hey my man; G.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ will set you free.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

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Gun is found at beach cleanup

first_imgL.A. COUNTY: Spray paint cans and a light saber also turn up when volunteers collect 73,722 pounds of trash. By Josh Grossberg STAFF WRITER With gloves, bags and even scuba gear, hundreds of people swept South Bay beaches gathering tons of trash Saturday. “Anything that drops in the street comes to ocean,” said Julie Profet with Heal the Bay, the environmental group that sponsors the event. Most of the bigger items were carted off in the early years of the cleanup, but scuba divers still kept a watchful eye out for anything unusual. Not much surprises them anymore. In previous years, they’ve found bicycles, toilets, Hindu deity figurines, teddy bears and a jar filled with molasses. Although this year’s haul wasn’t as dramatic, it’s still vital to get rid of the plastic bags and pieces of foam that litter the coast, Schaar said. “It’s not as much fun, but it’s important,” she said. “Animals can mistake it for food.” Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay, said inland communities were added to the list of participating areas 10 years ago when organizers realized that most of the ocean’s trash wasn’t coming from coastal areas. Last year, more than 80 percent of the 70,000 pounds of trash collected during the cleanup in Los Angeles County came from the inland communities. “All of L.A. County is in a watershed, and all the trash on the ground goes into the rivers that then flow into San Pedro and Long Beach,” Gold said. “By focusing on the beach communities, we were missing the point.” The extra push inland brought a record number of volunteers. This year, 11,020 people joined in, up from 9,765 last year. They gathered 73,722pounds of trash, including what appeared to be a .357 Magnum handgun at Dockweiler State Beach (police were immediately called), a rosary in Manhattan Beach and pieces of a guitar on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, said Heal the Bay’s Matthew King. But in addition to the trash that was collected, King said that it was good for people to learn the importance of keeping litter away from the ocean. “Our message is spreading inland,” he said. “Even if they live miles from the beach, people have a vested interest in its health and well-being.” [email protected] Staff writer Connie Llanos contributed to this article.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But at the 23rd annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, workers had some extra help: The Force. Among the sundry pieces of plastic, fishing line and cigarette butts, divers found an abandoned Star Wars light saber in the waters off the Redondo Beach pier. Elsewhere in Los Angeles, volunteers found a handgun, a doorless safe, a wedding dress and, at Ken Malloy Regional Park in Harbor City, exactly 2,083 empty or partially used cans of spray paint. “We also found a lot of cell phones and (fishing) knives,” said volunteer supervisor Rachel Schaar. Volunteers worked at about 70spots across the county – some of them miles away from the ocean. But litter can quickly wind up at the coast through the area’s fast network of storm drains. last_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Saltwater season back in full swing

first_imgAfter sitting on the sidelines watching the wind blow for more than a week, it finally relented, allowing our saltwater fishing season to resume. Salmon, rockfish, and halibut were all attainable the last couple days. And that should be the case through the weekend as the weather looks to remain fishable.Early in the week, the salmon bite was decent despite the influx of cold water. “The most striking development following a windy week was the frigid water that moved in, ranging from 47 to 51 …last_img

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – July 27th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Most of Ohio received relief from the wet and humid weather that has prevailed over most of the season, according the USDA/NASS Great Lakes Regional Office.  There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork.  Warmer temperatures spurred crop development.  Precipitation was lighter and less frequent, and sunny weather favored wheat harvest and baling of straw and hay.  The benefits of rescue efforts such as nitrogen application in corn was apparent.  Growers continued application of fungicides, insecticides and herbicides, resorting to aerial applications in fields to soggy to support equipment.  However, effects of the season to this point continued to appear.  Growers harvesting wheat found sprouting in lodged fields, low test weights, and vomitoxin levels created difficulties in marketing the crop.  Quality of hay harvested was reduced by over maturity, and supply may be an issue this winter.  Many tobacco growers noted loss due mainly to weed pressure and scald.  Corn growth appeared uneven and soybeans looked stunted, especially in hardest hit areas where standing water remains.View the full report herelast_img read more

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New MIT OpenCourseWare Initiative Aims to Improve Independent Online Learning

first_imgMIT OpenCourseWare is launching five new courses today that mark a new model for one of the world’s premier open educational resources. These OCW Scholar courses are designed for use by independent learners, and like the other material made available through MIT OCW, are freely available for anyone to pursue. These aren’t distance learning classes – there is no instructor, no contact with MIT, no credit. But the courses are meant to be stand-alone offerings, not requiring any additional materials for learning.Although MIT OpenCourseWare may have become synonymous with the move to online education, it’s worth noting that the original expectation of the initiative was that by making the university’s course content freely and openly accessible, other educators would use the syllabi, lecture notes, tests and assignments to design their other courses. It’s apparent, however, that the most of the people using the site are there as learners, not as teachers.The OCW Scholar courses are aimed at providing these learners with a more complete set of materials, so that those taking the courses needn’t turn elsewhere for other resources – such as journal articles – in order to complete the curriculum. These new OCW courses combine materials from multiple MIT courses, and the OCW team has worked with university faculty and teaching assistants to create new materials specifically designed for this project. The Physics 1 class, for example, contains a set of video lectures from MIT physics professor Walter Lewin, a set of course notes (replacing the need for a traditional textbook), a set of class slides, homework problems, homework help videos (in which Lewin helps learners through solving the problems), links to related materials, and an online study group at OpenStudy where you can connect with other independent learners.MIT OCW plans to publish 20 OCW Scholar courses over the next three years, all focused on introductory college-level science, math, engineering and other foundational subjects. This first set of courses that launch today include 8.01SC Physics I, 8.02SC Physics II, 18.01SC Calculus I, 18.02SC Calculus II and 3.091SC Introduction to Solid State Chemistry.The OCW Scholar courses are a new approach to MIT OpenCourseWare, but as the program notes, this is meant to complement not replace the other OCW publications. “We’re still committed to publishing MIT’s materials as we always have,” says OCW Executive Director Cecilia d’Oliveira, “and our core publication continues to provide tremendous value to educators and students around the world. With OCW Scholar, we are enhancing our support for independent learners and building on what we’ve accomplished with the rest of the site.”As we recently reported, MIT OpenCourseWare has continued to grow in popularity, with 9.6 million visitors last year and tens of millions of files downloaded from the site, from YouTube and from iTunesU. The expansion of the program is meant to increase the scalability of OCW, making sure that more people can have access to these educational resources. Tags:#E-Learning#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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2013 X-Blades National Touch League Update

first_imgPlease find enclosed updated information regarding the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League.Related Filesntl_memo_-_8_6_2012-pdfRelated Links2013 NTL Updatelast_img

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16 days agoLionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelona

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi has hinted he’s willing to play out his career with Barcelona.Messi, speaking on RAC1, insists he and his family are happy and settled in the city.He explained: “My idea has always been to stay here, it has always been the case and it has not changed. “An extension? I think not, I do not have all the information about it, but for the moment there is nothing according to what my father tells me. Whenever there were negotiations, I always stayed away from the discussions because there were never any problems, everything was always clear. “Today, my idea and that of my family is to finish my career here. Especially because I’m settled in the club and I feel good within the club, after for family reasons, because we are happy in this city, and for my sons also not to change their friendships and break them, I lived it and it had hurt me a lot on a personal level.” last_img read more

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