Rio de Janeiro beaches open for exercise not sunbathing, experts still worried

first_imgCity Hall has laid out various public health criteria to try and ensure a safe return to business, such as limiting capacity and requiring people book spots in advance, but medical experts still fear the move may have come too soon.”The opening was hasty. We are seeing a drop in deaths, but it doesn’t mean that at the first sign of a fall it is safe open,” said Américo Cunha, a professor at Rio’s state university UERJ who has monitored the outbreak.”I can categorically say that the contagion is already rising because of this opening,” he added.Rio, he explained, still has an elevated number of daily deaths showing the virus remained highly active.From Sunday until Wednesday, Rio registered 252 deaths due to COVID-19 according to the Ministry of Health. Topics : In Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, residents could once again run along the beaches and drink a chilled coconut water at the kiosks that line the sand, as Brazil’s second city tried to return to some normality despite a heavy coronavirus death toll.Cariocas, as Rio’s inhabitants are known, went to bars, restaurants and gyms that are now allowed to operate again in the latest stage of reopening that had some experts worried about a new wave of infections. The beaches remained closed for sunbathing, but opened for individual exercise.”It is a relief and provides hope that things can get better,” said Flavio Vicente, 38, as he worked out on Copacabana Beach. Brazil has the world’s second largest outbreak behind the United States, with the country’s death toll passing 60,000 on Wednesday.In Rio alone, 6,618 people have died of COVID-19 in the past four months. Only 14 countries in the world have a death toll higher than the city. Public hospitals are at 70% capacity.At a restaurant in Copacabana, Fernando Melo said he was relieved to be back at work.”They were difficult days at home, without doing anything, without money,” he said. “We are returning slowly with the hope of better days in this new normal.”last_img read more

Unai Emery ‘very interested’ in signing Adrien Rabiot for Arsenal as Manchester United prepare move

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 May 2019 6:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link21Shares Rabiot thrived under Emery’s guidance at PSG (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementBut Paris United report that the pair do not have a poor relationship and the biggest snag in Arsenal’s bid is their inability to offer Champions League football following their defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final on Wednesday.Rabiot flourished under Emery’s guidance at PSG but has heavily fallen out of favour since the Spaniard’s departure and was heavily criticised after he was caught partying just hours after the club’s defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League in March.The report also claims that Manchester United have a huge advantage in the race for Rabiot as they would be willing to meet the midfielder’s salary demands and signing-on fee.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Adrien Rabiot is wanted by Unai Emery at Arsenal (AFP/Getty Images)Unai Emery is ‘very interested’ in signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to reports in France.Rabiot has not featured for PSG since December and will leave the club on a free transfer this summer after refusing to sign a new contract.The 24-year-old has attracted interest from several clubs across Europe, including Manchester United, Barcelona, Tottenham and Liverpool.But according to Paris United, Emery is keen to reunite with Rabiot at Arsenal having managed the midfielder at PSG.ADVERTISEMENTReports in France had claimed that during their time together, Rabiot clashed with Emery as he disagreed with the position he was given in PSG’s midfield. Advertisement Unai Emery ‘very interested’ in signing Adrien Rabiot for Arsenal as Manchester United prepare move Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Country feel close to schools, shops and highway

first_imgThe living room at 10 Range Drive, Tanah Merah.“It’s like a country home in suburbia,” she said. “The back yard is almost like Mt Tamborine but the Hyperdome is not even two minutes away, along with the entry and exit to the freeway. “Everything is right there.” The property is being marketed by John Jessop and Ben Ive of Elders Real Estate Loganholme. The master bedroom at 10 Range Drive, Tanah Merah.The laundry has a linen cupboard and external access and there is a third bathroom off the home office. Outside, a veranda wraps around half of the home and there is plenty of storage space in the extra-high double carport and the 6m x 6m shed. Mrs Fuller said the home was the perfect place to raise a family with plenty of space for the kids to play in the secure yard and room for dogs, chickens and ducks. The open-plan living area at 10 Range Drive, Tanah Merah.The sprawling home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, a separate living room and a big home office that could be used as a third living space. The kitchen has a modern colour scheme, high-gloss cupboard doors, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, dishwasher and pantry. The family room opens through sliding doors to the patio. The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and an ensuite with dual basins. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The three remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and the toilet and family bathroom are separate. The home at 10 Range Drive, Tanah Merah.THIS custom-built home on a 2001sq m block is on the market in Tanah Merah. Owners Anthony and Carla Fuller had the home built after finding the perfect parcel of land at 10 Range Drive in the Rangeview Heights estate nine years ago. “We wanted a big yard for the children to play in, we didn’t want neighbours on top of us and we wanted to feel like we were in the country,” Mrs Fuller said. “The house also had to be big enough that we didn’t feel like we were in each other’s pockets.” The floorplan of 10 Range Drive, Tanah Merah.last_img read more

For better, for worse, in sickness and in health…..

first_imgAfter 69 years, Neville Putt won’t give up on loveStuff co.nz 8 January 2016On January 11 Neville and Phyllis Putt celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary.Over the sound of a steel guitar, Neville and Phyllis Putt fell in love.Now, the meaning behind the sound only registers with one of them.“It’s all through the music really, that we got together,” Neville explained.“We were in an orchestra together, and it all grew from there. We seemed to click together.”The sounds don’t resonate with Phyllis anymore though, as 13 years ago she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.Around five years ago the suggestion was made that Neville should put Phyllis, now 87, into a care facility. Staying true to his wedding vow of “in sickness and in health,” he refused.“I didn’t want to put her into a home. We’ve always been together and I didn’t want to part with her. In the early stages you can pamper them and look after them. You don’t want to throw them away like an old slipper,” Neville said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/75731014/after-69-years-neville-putt-wont-give-up-on-love.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

East Central Swim Team Central Zone Championships

first_imgTwo East Central Swim team athletes participated in the Central Zone championships Friday August 1 – Sunday August 3 at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.Central Zone is one of the four zones of USA Swimming. The Local Swimming Committees that are part of the Central Zone are Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Lake Erie, Michigan, Midwestern, Minnesota, Missouri Valley, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ozark, South Dakota and Wisconsin.The participants at the Central Zone meet were Alexis deLong and Jackson Ketcham of EC. Both swimmers swam as members and representatives of Team Indiana.Alexis deLong4th- 200 Freestyle Relay (13-14 girls)6th- 400 Freestyle Relay (13-14 girls)12th – 50 Freestyle (13-14 girls)17th – 100 Freestyle (13-14 girls)Jackson Ketcham8th – 400 Freestyle Relay (11-12 boys)8th – 400 Freestyle (11-12 boys)16th – 200 Freestyle (11-12 boys)18th – 100 Freestyle (11-12 boys)23rd – 200 Individual Medley (11-12 boys)Congrats to Alexis, Jackson, and Team Indiana on a successfully zone championships.Courtesy of East Central Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

Sandra Lee Thayer

first_imgSandra Lee Thayer, 83, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born January 13, 1935 in Ohio County, IN, daughter of the late Lucian McPherson and Dorotha McPherson.She worked at the Switch Board and as a Receptionist for Schenley Distillers.She was a member of Aurora United Methodist Church, and sang in the choir. Sandra was an auxiliary member of the Aurora American Legion. She enjoyed singing, crocheting and being outside tinkering in the yard. She loved to travel, and loved to golf, and was even on a couple golf leagues, Time with her family was her greatest joy.Surviving are children, Debra A Thayer of Aurora, IN, Robert W. (Deena) Thayer of Lawrenceburg, IN; Sister, Bonnie (late Vic) Willis of OR; grandchildren, Dustin Thayer, Travis Thayer, Kyle (Alan) Miller, Katie Thayer, Kara (Andy) South; great-grandchildren, Ryan Miller, James Jeffery South, Nolan South.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of almost 60 years, Charles Thayer, son, James L Thayer, sister, Linda Jackson.Friends will be received Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home at 1:00 pm with Pastor Ellaine Hussung officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the family for a monument . If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Lampard makes New York move

first_img The 36-year-old left Chelsea at the end of last season after 13 seasons and a club record 211 goals. The midfielder becomes New York City FC’s fourth player and second major summer signing following the arrival of David Villa from Atletico Madrid. Frank Lampard has signed for New York City FC, the Major League Soccer franchise have announced. Lampard, who has signed a two-year deal with his new club, made 649 appearances for Chelsea since signing from West Ham in 2001. He has played 106 times for England, scoring 29 goals. He signed a one-year contract extension with the Blues in May 2013 after mulling over a move to Los Angeles Galaxy, who he will now play in opposition from next spring. New York City FC sporting director Claudio Reyna said Lampard was “one of the greatest players over the last 15 years” and “ticked all the boxes” in terms of a signing. The move appealed to Lampard, too. Lampard said at a media conference in New York, streamed live on nycfc.com: “Why not chose New York City? For me talking about it ticking all the boxes, personally for me it does exactly the same. “It’s a very exciting challenge for me in life terms. “I’ve seen a real long-term plan and I wanted to be part of that. I want to test myself, I want to carry on challenging myself. “It was a good time for myself and Chelsea that I moved on.” Lampard did not speak to former England team-mate and ex-LA Galaxy captain David Beckham about MLS. “I know David pretty well, but we’re not on every day speaking terms,” Lampard added. “I’ve spoken to him about his experiences in the MLS (but) the decision was all mine. “There’s a lot of new challenges here, but I’m coming to a great city and I wanted to show people that I can play good football.” Lampard is still to determine what the immediate future holds, given the season begins in 2015. He added: “I’m going to keep fit, that’s the main thing. How I do that is not clear yet. “I’m going to sit round with people at the club and sort that out.” Lampard was in England’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil but is still to decide on his international future, prioritising his club future. “In terms of England, I’ve had a bit of time after the World Cup which was obviously a huge disappointment,” he added. “I now need to think about England and think about what I want to do next. “Now I know where I’ll be playing my football next year I can make that decision.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Greenwood praises ‘shrewd’ Schmidt

first_img Former England centre Greenwood revealed he has put money on Ireland claiming World Cup glory this year, tipping Schmidt’s men to safeguard his stake on England. The 2003 World Cup winner expects England and Ireland to square off in the last four of this year’s global battle, with the winner too close to call. A strong World Cup could install Ireland’s Kiwi boss Schmidt as a credible rival to Wales coach Warren Gatland to lead the Lions’ next tour to New Zealand. “I started putting money on Ireland for the World Cup at 25/1 about eight months ago,” Greenwood told Press Association Sport. “I’m backing Ireland to win their group, and optimistically backing England to win theirs, so that those two would meet in the semi-final. “So if you back them both, you’ve got a pretty nice price on one of them in the final. “That’s partly my thinking, but also I believe Ireland have a great chance. “Schmidt is a very shrewd man, you can see with some of the moves he created that armed his Leinster side when they were winning big tournaments, big trophies, big matches. “Then there’s the thought process behind the Tommy Bowe try which was chipped back the other way by Conor Murray against South Africa in November.” Ireland have suffered just three defeats in 13 Test matches under Schmidt, rising to third in the world rankings and claiming the 2014 Six Nations title. Joe Schmidt is “one of the best coaches in the Test arena” and could lead the British and Irish Lions in 2017, according to Will Greenwood. Greenwood believes Schmidt’s side could go on to mirror the kind of build-up England enjoyed before lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy in 2003. “What Schmidt has done in the last year or so, it’s the kind of record that Clive (Woodward) used to put together with England in the years leading up to 2003,” said Greenwood. “You start building that sort of track-record you have to be earmarked as one of the best coaches in the Test arena. “There’s no doubt with what he’s done he’d have to be absolutely marked out as having the respect of all the other international coaches. “And I’m pretty sure right now most international sides, if you ask them who has a chance of winning the World Cup, most players would probably throw Ireland into a hat of three or four.” Former Clermont coach Schmidt could build a fine case to succeed All Blacks boss Steve Hansen following the 2017 Lions tour, even more so if he leads the British side in his homeland. Greenwood conceded the Lions board will already be weighing up whether to keep faith with Gatland or eye a switch to Schmidt in two years’ time. “Obviously Warren did an amazing job and won a series in Australia,” said Greenwood, speaking on behalf of Land Rover, a Rugby World Cup 2015 partner. “You tend to get your name as a Lions man if you can deliver success. “Warren nearly won in South Africa, he did win in Australia and it’s New Zealand next. “So you would say Warren is still very much in the mix of course. “But if there’s a shortlist then Joe Schmidt must be on it. “The Lions committee will certainly have him earmarked, and a lot of course will depend on how the next two years go.” :: Will Greenwood is a Land Rover ambassador. Keep up to date with the latest Land Rover rugby activity by following @LandRoverRugby on Twitter. Press Associationlast_img read more

2019 Okpekpe Winner Breaks Africa’s 10km Race Record

first_imgZack Amodu, director of organisation for the Okpekpe international 10km road race says Chelangat’s feat is a confirmation of the quality of elite athletes paraded at the seventh edition of the first and only IAAF silver label road race in Nigeria nay West Africa.“This is a confirmation of how big the Okpekpe race is and the quality of our elite field for the seventh edition held on May 25,2019 at the hilly and rusty town of Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State,” said Amodu who recalled that Ethiopia’s Leul Gebrselasie who set a new, world class personal best time of 2:04:02 in the full marathon after emerging winner of the men’s race at the 2017 Okpekpe international 10km road race.Amodu assure aficionados of long distance races that organisers of the Okpekpe Race will continue to get the best legs available all over the world to compete in the first road race in Nigeria to not only have its race course measured by an IAAF/AIMS accredited measurer but also to get an IAAF label status in 2015.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 2019 Okpekpe International IAAF Silver Label 10km Road Race winner, Sheila Chelangat of Kenya has set a new African 10km all-comers record at the 10km de Port-Gentil, an IAAF Bronze Label race, in Gabon on Sunday.Chelangat who ran 33.14 to win her first ever Okpekpe title in May won her second 10km title on African soil in 2019 at the event in Gabon, crossing the line in 30:55 to clip 41 seconds from the continental all-comers mark set by Ruth Chepngetich at this race in 2017.It was also the third road victory for Chelangat this year, who set her previous career best of 31:01 at Valenciennes, France, in March.last_img read more

Beavers host Badgers

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThere is little left to write about the Wisconsin women’s hockey team. They are the reigning national champions, have been ranked No. 1 in the nation all season, and boast an undefeated streak of 24 games. The Badgers are, for the time being, unstoppable.It certainly doesn’t appear that they’ll be stopped this weekend either. Wisconsin (11-0-1, 9-0-1 WCHA) will travel to Bemidji State (3-6-1, 2-3-1) this weekend to take on the Beavers, the third straight series in which Wisconsin will face a weak conference opponent. In the past two series, the Badgers dismantled WCHA bottom-feeder North Dakota before rolling over Minnesota State.Bemidji State doesn’t seem to have much hope of stopping Wisconsin from doing the same to them. The two teams are polar opposites, with the Badgers holding a considerable advantage in virtually every category. That won’t stop Bemidji from playing hard, however.”I know they’ll work hard, and it’ll be a couple of really challenging games for us,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said.Nonetheless, the differences between the two teams are staggering. In terms of offense, the Badgers have the top-two point producers in the conference, senior Sara Bauer and junior Jinelle Zaugg. Bauer has already collected 18 assists while Zaugg has racked up 13 goals, combining for 44 total points.The Beavers, on the other hand, seem to have no legitimate scoring threats. Their top two scorers, Helena Tageson and Jenn Sadler, have combined for just 10 points. While Wisconsin has outscored opponents more than three to one, Bemidji State has been outscored nearly two to one.There has also been an amazing difference between the quality of play from the goaltenders of each team. Wisconsin goaltenders Jessie Vetter and Christine Dufour, who split time in goal, are both among the best in the conference in goals against average and save percentages. Just as important, they’ve produced plenty of wins.In contrast, Bemidji State’s goalie Emily Brookshaw is among the league’s worst in winning percentage, save percentage and goals against average.It will be interesting to see how Johnson will split time between Vetter and Dufour this weekend. Both goalies have been superb, but Vetter has eight starts compared to Dufour’s four starts. Vetter has also made three of the last four starts for the Badgers.In addition Wisconsin has a tremendous advantage in special teams. The Badgers’ power play is converting on more than a third of their opportunities, and the penalty kill has stopped nearly nine out of every 10 opponents’ power-play chances.Again, Bemidji State’s comparative weakness in these areas is noticeable. The Beavers’ power play is stagnant, with a success rate of just under 11 percent. However, their penalty kill count is respectable, stopping 85 percent of opponents’ chances.This is for good reason: the Beavers are very penalty-prone, averaging more than 18 penalty minutes per game. That’s nearly an entire period per game spent killing off penalties. This doesn’t bode well for Bemidji State, as it allows the Badgers’ conference-best powerplay to get a lot of ice time.It would appear that the Beavers’ only hope for avoiding a series sweep this weekend is for the Badgers to come out flat-footed. Obviously there’s always a possibility of that, in any series of any sport. But the only likely reason for the Badgers to come out flat would be for them to become complacent.”It’s never good to be complacent,” team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “And I don’t think it’s ever good to be comfortable, and when that’s the case we really need to address that.”I think games like these are the hardest games to play, because they do have nothing to lose, and that’s what’s scary,” Slusar added. “They’re going to give it their all … but we just have to come in and play our game first and hopefully not worry about them too much.”However, this series does have some added significance because Wisconsin’s next series will be a home series against conference rival UMN-Duluth, which closely trails Wisconsin in the conference standings. And it would certainly be an extra benefit to the Badgers if they could go into that series with some added confidence.”Every weekend is a very important weekend; it doesn’t matter who we’re playing,” Slusar said. “So it’s very important for us to come out with a couple of wins [against Bemidji State].”last_img read more