Researchers identify two coronavirus types as China cases dwindle

first_imgMainland China had 119 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said, down slightly from 125 the previous day, in a broad trend that has seen numbers of new cases fall from the middle of February.The total number of cases on the mainland has now reached 80,270. The number of deaths rose by 38 to bring the total toll for mainland China to 2,981 by March 3.All but one new death occurred in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.With the number of new daily infections overseas now exceeding new cases in China, Chinese officials have begun to seek ways to control the spread of the virus outside of China and guard against future outbreaks.Authorities have asked overseas Chinese hoping to return home to reconsider their travel plans, while cities across the country have set up quarantine rules for those entering from high-risk places.Italy, South Korea and Iran have all become infection hot spots.An infected person is known to have arrived in China from Iran last week.China is encouraging domestic producers of medical protective equipment to export protective suits to meet overseas demand as the virus spreads, Cao Xuejun, an official with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.China’s health authorities are also studying setting up emergency reserves for medical resources and protective materials, Mao Qunan, an official at China’s National Health Commission said at the same briefing.The coronavirus outbreak had exposed the weakness of China’s emergency reserves, he said.  Topics : The prevalence of the more aggressive virus decreased after early January 2020, they said.”These findings strongly support an urgent need for further immediate, comprehensive studies that combine genomic data, epidemiological data, and chart records of the clinical symptoms of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 [COVID-19],” they wrote.Their findings were published on Tuesday in the National Science Review, the journal of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.The findings come amid a fall in new coronavirus cases following crippling restrictions imposed on the world’s second largest economy to stop its spread, including transport suspensions and the extension of the Lunar New Year holiday.center_img Scientists in China studying the viral disease outbreak’s origin said they had found that two main types of the new coronavirus could be causing infections.The researchers, from Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and the Institute Pasteur of Shanghai under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, cautioned that their analysis examined a limited range of data, and said follow-up analyses of larger data sets are needed to better understand the virus’s evolution.The preliminary study found that a more aggressive type of the new coronavirus associated with the disease outbreak in Wuhan accounted for about 70% of analyzed strains, while 30% was linked to a less aggressive type.last_img read more

Oil firms Apache, Total make second major oil discovery offshore Suriname

first_imgApache’s initial discovery in Suriname was dubbed “among the most anticipated in the world” by one brokerage and was just over the border from Exxon Mobil-led discoveries off Guyana that are estimated to hold more than 8 billion barrels of oil.Houston, Texas-based Apache last month unveiled deep cuts to its exploration budget, pledging to stop all drilling in the Permian basin and to scale back some international operations, in a bid to remain profitable despite the low oil prices.Dingmann added that the sector and particularly US shale continue to face unprecedented headwinds but Apache’s exploration upside and diversified price exposure puts the company in a relatively favorable position, compared with pure US onshore peers. Oil producer Apache Corp and its joint venture partner Total SA said on Thursday that they made their second significant oil discovery of the year in a closely watched area off the coast of South America’s Suriname.Shares of Apache were trading more than 12% higher after surging nearly 21% at market open, on a day when oil stocks were generally stronger due to a recovery in global crude prices.The discovery comes at a time when shale oil producers in North America are grappling with the worst oil price shock in decades, which has led several companies, including Apache, to cut spending for the year and slash dividends. The conventional plays offshore Suriname are especially significant for Apache as it follows the US oil and gas producer’s failed bet in the Alpine High region of the Permian basin, which has suffered from diving natural gas prices.Apache’s second major find was made at the Sapakara West-1 well drilled offshore Suriname on Block 58, which comprises 1.4 million acres, the companies said on Thursday, adding that the third and fourth exploration well locations in the block have been identified.The well was drilled by a water depth of about 1,000 meters and encountered 79 meters net pay of high-quality volatile oil and condensate.”We believe that, while still in the very early stages of exploration, the results from the Sapakara well further demonstrate what we believe to be the enormous potential of Apache’s offshore Suriname position,” SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analyst Neal Dingmann said in a note.center_img Topics :last_img read more

International students, professionals empower fellow Indonesians to go global

first_imgThirty six Indonesian students and professionals living all around the world grouped under the nonprofit organization Indonesia Mengglobal (IM) are empowering their compatriots to pursue their education and careers abroad.Founded by Indonesian students at Stanford University in the United States in 2012, the organization believes many Indonesians have the potential to study at world class universities but lack access to information and mentorship with regards to applications and financial assistance.Members of the organization in Indonesia, Sweden, France, US and Singapore curate relevant information from fellow Indonesians who have studied and worked abroad and publish their stories on the group’s website. “We have published more than 1,400 articles, with more than 800 contributors writing for us,” IM event and partnership director Edwin Chandra said during a virtual media visit to The Jakarta Post on Monday.Edwin said they covered various topics ranging from school reviews, finding scholarships and getting into universities, to applying for internships, working abroad and tips on living and surviving overseas.“As much as possible, we cover not only Ivy League schools but also universities from all parts of the world, including Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and Africa,” he said.Over the next year, he added, IM would diversify its readership by increasing its geographic coverage and publishing more articles on working professionals. Topics :center_img In addition, the group will highlight specific themes, such as beating the odds and making a global impact from within Indonesia, and relevant issues, such as remote working during COVID-19 and celebrating women’s day and antiracism day.In the past six years, IM has run a free annual mentorship program to help promising Indonesians to prepare their applications for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.“We act as the ‘matchmakers’ who connect a selected pool of mentees wishing to study abroad with their mentors who are either students or alumni of international universities,” Edwin said.The group has assisted more than 350 mentees in its mentorship program, including Nadhira Nuraini Afifa, an Indonesian alumnus of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, US, who was selected to give the commencement speech to the graduation ceremony in May.IM also conducts free educational events, including annual sharing sessions on pursuing higher education overseas and regular workshops on skills relevant to education and careers, and participates at various seminars and education fairs.In 2019, IM participated in 15 events in collaboration with more than 10 key partners, reaching  more than 3,000 audience members. So far this year, it has reached about 4,000 audience members at events held virtually.last_img read more

Gold Coast beach house attracts plenty of interest

first_img16 Elizabeth St, Currumbin Waters.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours ago“We had six registered bidders and three active bidders he said.“Bidding open at $850,000 before it sold to a family for $910,000.”He said the house offered an exceptional lifestyle in popular Currumbin Waters.“It was a well designed and well thought-out renovation,” he said.“There is nothing left to do but move in and enjoy the property.” 16 Elizabeth St, Currumbin Waters.A QUINTESSENTIAL Gold Coast beach house “superbly renovated” sold under the hammer over the weekend for $910,000.The property at 16 Elizabeth St, Currumbin Waters pulled a crowd of about 40 people according to agent Billy Jaz of McGrath Palm Beach. 16 Elizabeth St, Currumbin Waters.center_img 16 Elizabeth St, Currumbin Waters.On the southern border with New South Wales and set back from the ocean, Currumbin Waters is comprised of affordable residential pockets as well as some industrial property.The relaxed lifestyle and convenient location of the suburb has placed it in high demand with house hunters. CoreLogic data shows house prices in Currumbin Waters have jumped 45 per cent to $654,000 over the five years to September, 2017.last_img read more

Family snaps up historic Gold Coast house for free

first_imgMichael Elliss bought this southport house last year to develop the land. He didn’t want to demolish the historic home so offered it up for free. Picture Glenn HampsonA QUEENSLAND family has snapped up the historic Gold Coast home that was offered up for free.Brett McClelland and Rachael Webb have decided to take the Southport home, which they plan to move to their Canungra property and live in with their children.Mr McClelland said they were “over the moon” to have snapped up the one-bedroom, one bathroom 1930s brick and weatherboard house at 86 Johnston St.“The moment we walked in, we knew we needed this house,” he said.“It would be a shame if it was knocked down.”He said a friend of theirs worked at a company that could move the house for them but they still needed to get council approval, which could take months. The home belonged to Patricia Henricksen, who was born in the living room and lived there for most of her life. Picture Glenn Hampson“There will be a lot of work involved (and) there’s a lot of hurdles we’ve got to get through yet,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe property was home to Patricia Henricksen from the day she was born in the living room in 1935 until it sold at auction last year.Michael Elliss and Cameron Reed of MCM Property Developments snapped it up for $880,000 with plans to build a three-storey unit block.They were reluctant to knock the existing house down but Ms Henricksen’s death earlier this year halted any thought of demolition. Ms Henricksen passed away last month. Picture Glenn HampsonLast month, Mr Elliss offered the home up to anyone who would love it as much as Ms Henricksen did for free as long as they could pay to relocate it, which would cost between $15,000 and $18,000.“I got so many inquiries, I just didn’t expect anything like that,” Mr Elliss said.When he opened the home for inspections, he asked visitors to write a message explaining what they would do to the house.He said Mr McClelland and Ms Webb explained they would restore it to its former glory, which showed they respected the old home.He offered it to them immediately.“I’m really happy,” he said.“It would have been good to keep it on the Coast but at the end of the day, they’re going to look after it.”center_img The one-bedroom, one bathroom 1930s brick and weatherboard house at 86 Johnston St, Southport.last_img read more

Iwobi: How Mikel influenced my Super Eagles career

first_img Since making his debut for the national team in October 2015, Iwobi has grown to become one of the important players in the new Super Eagles set up. Iwobi who spoke to the Super Eagles media team credited his former skipper for his quick adaptation into the African brand of football. “In training, whilst watching him on the pitch, whilst I’m on the bench watching him, I’ve always learned, the way he’s physically capable to keep the ball in tight situations because playing in African culture there’s a lot more physicality, there are a lot more strong duels, the way he’s able to use his body is something I have picked up and try to add to my game.” Iwobi said.Advertisement Iwobi enjoyed good success with John Mikel Obi in the National before his retirement in 2019. They both helped Nigeria qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the pair also helped the team finished third in the 2019 African cup of Nations in Egypt. read also:Iwobi to face title chasing Liverpool on neutral ground Meanwhile, since the departure of the former Chelsea and Trabzonspor’s midfielder from the three-time African champions, Iwobi has stepped up into his role and currently operates as the number 10 for Gernot Rohr’s side. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Everton star, Alex Iwobi, has revealed how former Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi influenced his career in the national team.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Clichy: Vieira was never replaced

first_img “He was the guy putting in tackles and training as hard as anybody else so as a young player you have two ways of seeing this. Either you say, ‘Wow this guy is the captain of the club, has won this, won that, if he is training like this I cannot do less. I will not be better than him because quality is quality but in terms of commitment and hard work, I have to match that.’ “Then you have those players who will think, ‘If this guy is behaving like this there’s no way I can catch him up so there’s no point for me to train.’ Unfortunately, I have seen players behave like this and have that attitude. read also:Vieira reveals Arsenal manager’s job admission after Arteta appointment “For me on my side I always thought, ‘If these guys are doing this, I cannot allow myself to do less.’ Again, it is not about quality but it is about commitment in training. I do feel that when Patrick left, we had great players coming in, but that space he had within the team, within the club, was perhaps too big to fill for any player.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Arsenal fullback, Gael Clichy, has lauded Patrick Vieira for his leadership skills. Vieira was the captain of Arsenal during one of their most successful periods, which included their Invincibles season of 2003/04. “Patrick was someone who, when he was on the pitch in training, I felt pressure,” Clichy told the club’s website. “Not because he was shouting at young players or because he was demanding too much, but just because of his charisma and the way he was.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daylast_img read more

Pellegrini had faith in City

first_img Hull gave their more illustrious visitors more than one scare with the scores tied but Dzeko’s second and a fourth in three games from substitute Frank Lampard sealed a 4-2 win for the visitors. And Pellegrini revealed he was always confident of getting the right result. “I really was very calm because I don’t think it was the real (rightful) score in the first half,” he said. “You must have personality and character when that happens to try and return to normal. “I felt during half-time the players were clear about what happened, it was not that we were playing badly. “The way we started (I felt) we were going to win the game in the second half and we did. I was very happy about that.” Pellegrini also played down his decision to hand Willy Cabellero a Premier League debut in place of England number one Joe Hart. Caballero was brought to City as a credible challenger for the gloves and retained his place following his appearance in the 7-0 Capital One Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday. The Barclays Premier League champions were 2-0 in front inside 11 minutes as Edin Dzeko followed Sergio Aguero’s opener with a wonderful strike from the edge of the area. At that stage victory seemed a formality but £32million defender Eliaquim Mangala gave the Tigers a route back, putting a bullet header into his own net then conceding a penalty which Abel Hernandez stroked home. “I think for Willy it was good to play not just one game but to play two in a row,” he said. “Joe played eight games in 32 days, a lot of games for a goalkeeper. I have a squad of 22, 23 players and I make rotations because I think it is better for the team. “In this case I think it was good for Willy.” Pellegrini had a word of consolation for Mangala, who endured a bumpy ride following an outstanding debut against Chelsea last weekend. “I think you cannot analyse a player on one match,” he said. “Not the last game when he played wonderfully and everyone said he was the best defender in the world and not today because he was very unlucky with the own-goal and the penalty.” Hull boss Steve Bruce was buoyed by his players’ response to Manchester City’s blistering start but admitted they had ultimately been beaten by the better side. “We had an awful 10-15 minutes at the start and it shows character that they rolled their sleeves up and got back into it,” said Bruce. “For a good hour after that it could have gone either way. We weren’t quite good enough but we gave it a right good go and against a quality team like them that’s all you can ask for. “City are a class act. They want to go and beat you, they want to go and give every team a hammering and they’ve got the players to go that. “Aguero, Dezeko and David Silva, in particular, are wonderful footballers and they’ll give every team problems.” Manuel Pellegrini never doubted his Manchester City side would see off Hull, despite throwing away a two-goal lead in the first half. Press Associationlast_img read more

Inside Joe Girard III’s milestone 52-point game

first_imgGLENS FALLS — Joe Girard III, a member of Syracuse’s 2019 recruiting class, needed 29 points on Sunday night to reach 4,000 in his Glens Falls (New York) High School career. To almost everyone in the Cool Insuring Arena, that somewhat large number seemed a foregone conclusion. It’d be easy for a senior guard averaging nearly 50 points per game to hit 29.But Girard started slow before heating up and finishing with 52 in a Glens Falls win. He made 17 shots from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and added 15 free throws.Here’s a look at the baskets that brought Girard to the milestone total and beyond, up to 4,023 points in his high school career.Points 1 and 2: After missing his first shot from the floor, Girard decided he needed to attack the basket to find an early rhythm. So on a transition opportunity, he used an in-and-out dribble with his right hand to attack toward the right block. Girard weathered the contact and finished for an and-1, although he missed the free throw.“Fastbreaks I knew I was gonna try and get myself going,” Girard said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Points 16 and 17: After popping out to the left corner as he’d done earlier, Girard sold his cut before sliding backdoor. His teammate lobbed a pass in, so Girard went up to grab it before finishing another and-1. He flexed after the finish, but then missed the foul shot. Points 3 and 4: Girard again chooses to attack the basket instead of settling for a perimeter jumper. He’d missed four-straight shots since the opening layup. As his teammate approaches to set a screen to drive left, Girard instead attacks right, double clutches near the basket, and lays it in. Points 42 and 43: Girard took it upon himself to break the Amsterdam press. On this play, he simply wouldn’t stop. Multiple defenders tried to throw themselves in front of him, but Girard kept going right and made it all the way to the basket.“I knew I had to help our team win,” Girard said. “… I wanted the ball in my hands.” He kept going right, @JG3_____ up to 43 and GF up 7 pic.twitter.com/uHa9YEM3Df— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Comments Points 8 and 9: On the next trip after that 3, Girard drove to the basket and couldn’t get a roll on the rim. But since he’d beaten a few defenders to get into the lane, he was relatively open to rise right back up and tip it in with two hands.Points 10, 11, 12: Early on, Glens Falls used Girard as their baseline inbounder multiple times. On this occasion, inbounding from the left side underneath the basket, he passed the ball out top before cutting off a screen to the left corner. After hesitating a moment, he rose up to knock down a 3 for his first basket in the second quarter.“It’s an IQ play of coming off a screen how your defender’s playing you,” Girard said. Point 46: Girard made one-of-two on a trip to the line as Amsterdam ramped up the pressure to try and get steals with a small deficit late.Points 47 and 48: On this baseline out of bounds, Girard set up near the elbow and benefited from a good inbounds pass. He faked as if going out to the corner before sliding toward the block and finishing on the left side of the rim.“Just being tough and trying to carve out a way to get a shot off,” Girard said of this finish. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 28, 2019 at 10:16 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 A fast break layup gets @JG3_____ to six away from 4000. pic.twitter.com/xlnmbiIih2— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 A step back 3 for @JG3_____ has Joe Girard just one bucket away from 4000, he’s at 3997. pic.twitter.com/ZqgjCVPPn3— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Another 3 for @JG3_____ he’s got 12 pic.twitter.com/TuzIZ6udJf— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 4000 for @JG3_____ pic.twitter.com/Y3uzBeg9M1— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Points 24, 25, 26: Girard stepped back right in front of SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara and his father Joe Girard II, a 2,000-point scorer himself. Then he faded even further than the stepback took him. But he drained the 3 in his defender’s face to get within three points of 4,000. Four points for @JG3_____ . GF leads 6-5. He’s 25 from 4K pic.twitter.com/1zmPPmtjyz— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 And @JG3_____ is on the board through contact. Two points, free throw miss pic.twitter.com/E6gcNxj2Yu— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Points 5, 6, 7: Girard misfired on his first three 3-point attempts. But on the fourth, he used a screen to go right. Even with a hard hedge, the senior created space for himself near the right wing, dribbling almost parallel to the foul line. Girard rose up and knocked down the 3. Points 13, 14, 15: Girard, for the second time, went to the in-and-out right-handed dribble to get to the rim. Again, he finished through the contact. This time, he added the free throw.“When your shots aren’t falling, even at the free throw line, you’ve got to kind of find other ways to score,” Girard said of attacking the basket. Here’s @JG3_____ hitting his first 3. Then he gets a tip back. 9 points, 20 from 4K. pic.twitter.com/VBissEAQJK— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Points 18 and 19: Girard finished another putback basket to go into halftime with 19 points. That’s a slow start for him, and his father was nervous.Points 20 and 21: Girard got the second half underway with a pull-up 3 from the top of the arc. It went awry, but the whistle blew, signaling a foul. Girard made the first and third free throws.“When the ball’s in my hand, there’s a lot of focus on it,” Girard said of being hounded by his defenders.Points 22 and 23: Amsterdam, Glens Falls’ opponents, used full-court pressure for much of the game. When Girard and the Indians could break it, that led to easy opportunities like it did here. Good ball movement ended with a cutting Girard being fed the ball for an easy finish on the right side of the rim. Points 44 and 45: Again, Girard made it his duty to be a one-man press break. No defender in front of him had the answer, and he eventually hop-stepped to finish inside.“At the end of the game, I was tired, but you kept looking at the score, and it kept being closer and closer,” Girard said, “and big time players make big time plays at the right time.” Another and-1 for @JG3_____. With the foul shot, up to 15, 14 away from 4K pic.twitter.com/NIlav3Bdhh— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 And @JG3_____ has 48 after this BLOB cut. pic.twitter.com/CuTq4Gqlsp— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Another and1 and this time a flex for @JG3_____ after backdoor and going up to get it. 17 before the FT pic.twitter.com/yUWNbdrBld— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 And @JG3_____ keeps going. With this basket, he’s got 41. Now 4012 points in his GF career. pic.twitter.com/2NtpgfftGd— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 He goes all the way and a hop step for @JG3_____ and 45 points. pic.twitter.com/va3wBCapQG— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 For good measure, a 50 spot for @JG3_____. GF up 4 with 44 seconds left. pic.twitter.com/48EEk8euku— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) January 28, 2019 Points 27, 28, 29: Another slice along the right baseline gave Girard an opportunity to finish off the glass, and he did. Even with limited contact, the whistle blew, and that sent Girard to the foul line for a bonus foul shot. Just as he broke the New York state all-time scoring record from the linea free throw, he reached 4,000 points on a free throw, too.“Struggled a little bit in the beginning but just had to keep up my confidence,” Girard said. “Make sure that I was playing my game and when I got to the line had to step up confidently like I said, and on that shot I felt good.” Points 49, 50, 51, 52: Girard iced a four-point win for Glens Falls with four free throws down the stretch, both perfect two-of-two trips to the line.“Our main focus today was winning,” Girard said. “And the only way to do that was make your free throws at the end of the game.” Points 30 and 31: After being fouled as a ball-handler, Girard knocked down both on a one-and-one trip to the line.Points 32 and 33: Girard stripped the Amsterdam dribbler near half court before breaking away for an easy finish. There was a quick buzz around the Cool Insuring Arena in anticipation of a dunk attempt, but Girard just placed it softly off the glass.Points 34 and 35: Girard swished two more free throws to put early troubles at the foul line behind him.Points 36 and 37: Another strip of an Amsterdam ball handler. Another clear runway to the rim. Another simple layup.Points 38 and 39: Girard worked back to the foul line one more time in a tight game and made both foul shots.Points 40 and 41: Showing a comfort against Amsterdam’s full-court press, Girard worked his way to the middle of the floor. From there, he cut back to his right hand before holding off a defender and extending to finish.last_img read more

Tipp team due to be named tomorrow

first_imgThe starting 15 for Tipperary’s Munster Championship opener against Cork this weekend should be named tomorrow. The Premier County will kick off their 2016 campaign against the Rebels with a home clash in Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Manager Michael Ryan is believed to be making his final preparations ahead of the match….while senior selector Declan Fanning says the players are very well prepared mentally for the challenge.  Fanning says that they’ve tried to plant a few key ideas in the players’ heads in recent weeksThrow in on Sunday is at 4 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the clash in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.And ahead of that – Tipperary’s Munster Championship coverage gets underway this Friday evening from 7 pm as Tipp FM will be broadcasting live from LIT Thurles for our Championship Special hosted by Jackie Cahill.last_img read more