The Wuhan coronavirus has now killed more than 900 people and there are more than 40-thousand confirmed cases around the world, with the vast majority in China. Jen and Bill just talked with infectious diseases specialist Dr. Aileen Marty from FIU Monday and asked her if the coronavirus is going to kill us.Her answer, “No you have a 98% chance of not dying from the coronavirus.”Dr Aileen Marty won’t dieAileen M. Marty, M.D., F.A.C.P., is a professor of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.Bill also asked Dr. Marty if there’s a chance that this virus was manufactured in a lab which she doubted calling “Mother Nature the biggest terrorist.”Dr. Mary added that the virus originated in bats then spread to another animal. She said it’s important to figure out what that intermediate animal is.Finally Dr. Marty says the virus is spread from person to person within a 3-6 foot radius of a sneeze or cough, but the virus lives on surfaces for several hours so she suggests that you wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer to prevent contracting the disease.Listen to the full interview with Dr. Aileen Marty here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Dr-Elieen-Mardy-Coronavirus-2-10-20.mp3
Eight months after the Commonwealth Games, skeletons continue to tumble out of the taint-ridden Organising Committee’s closet.The stock-taking of the assets purchased for the October 2010 Games has thrown up an endless list of expensive gizmos that were purchased but are now untraceable.The OC officials are finding it difficult to fix the exact worth of these gizmos as the files pertaining to their purchase are also missing.As many as 125 laptops, 45 television sets, including 33 LCDs, 25 desktops and over 40 DVD players are found to be missing. The list of missing gadgets is endless. “About 580 mobile phones issued during the Games can’t be traced, as is the case with 15 missing printers, two scanners, 10 microwave ovens, 80 web cameras which were installed on desktops, 10 projectors and 110 phone sets used for internet facility at the venues. Someone has even taken away about 80 pedestal fans from our possession,” OC chief executive officer Jarnail Singh said.Even the plaques, which were to be gifted to the heads of the Commonwealth Federation, were not spared. As many as 180 plaques were designed at a cost of Rs 23 lakh.Today the OC can account for only 89 of them. As they were not gifted to any representative of the Commonwealth Federation, the OC officials were perplexed about the fate of the remaining 91 plaques. The OC officials realised that the plaques had been stolen only when one of their consultants was caught carting it away on a close circuit TV camera. The consultant was later confronted and the plaque retrieved.The disclosure made by the OC chief to Mail Today part of the report being prepared for the Union sports ministry which will present it to the Cabinet at the monsoon session of Parliament.advertisementThe missing inventory is apart from what the Prime Minister appointed V. K. Shunglu Committee has pointed out in its report about the irregularities in giving of CWG contracts and the corruption trail being probed by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI. Senior officials claimed that the “missing inventory” does not include furniture, which would be more in numbers than what has been disclosed so far.”Unlike government offices, we never kept a record of our furniture, nor did we number it according to the year of purchase. It’s a poor asset management, which has been repeatedly pointed out by the audit teams of sports ministry since 2006. But we failed to correct ourselves,” a senior officer of the OC’s finance wing, said.The OC CEO Singh said, “We can’t even claim back our own furniture because we don’t have proper records of that, nor can we put its worth in rupees as we don’t know in which year it was bought.” The ministry’s audit team would be doing the final exercise very soon. But it would be a messy affair still as there would be many missing links as usual, Singh said.”We are preparing this official note where we are going to present the correct picture to the ministry and also admit that tracing the missing stocks is beyond our capacity,” a senior OC official said.There is something more baffling for the OC officials as they try to bring the shutters down at 1 Jai Singh Road, the OC headquarters.”A lot of our stocks is not matching the purchases in account books as we get ready for our last audit. Besides the list we have prepared for the ministry, there were a lot of items purchased between 2006 and 2008 in the run- up to the 2010 Games and the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune. A lot of these items are missing in our current stocks and mostly got misplaced or stolen when OC headquarters shifted to its present address,” another senior OC official said.The OC’s poor asset management and lack of proper stock verification exercises in the five years leading to the Games is reflected in what OC officials have to face daily. Contractors and vendors make a beeline to the OC headquarters almost daily to claim payment of bills for the logistics support they provided during the Games.”The problem is that the official files do not have the bills while officials within the OC authenticate their claims. We do not even have those logistics to allow for the payment. At the same time the account books cannot be completed without settling these claims,” the official said.These are mostly small vendors who did the contract in the range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh and may are approaching the court to settle their claims, he added.advertisementNo one in the OC is able to resolve the mystery of missing gizmos, files and bills. Perhaps the jailed OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi and his henchmen would be able to do it.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
CALGARY – Two years after a blue-ribbon panel called on the Alberta government to encourage partial upgrading of bitumen from the oilsands to enhance value and free up more pipeline room for exports, the idea remains years away from commercialization.In its royalty review report in January 2016, the panel led by ATB Financial CEO Dave Mowat pointed out that if heavy, sticky bitumen were partly upgraded, there would be less need to add light petroleum to dilute it so it will flow in a pipeline — meaning as much as 30 per cent more bitumen could be stuffed into existing pipelines.It would also boost profits because companies wouldn’t have to buy diluent, which is generally priced in line with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil, the report said.Diluted bitumen as represented by Western Canadian Select crude currently sells for considerably less per barrel than WTI, a discount that has doubled in recent months from typical levels due in part to pipeline capacity constraints. The wider differential means Alberta producers are missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.Last week, privately owned Fractal Systems Inc. announced that its Enhanced JetShear partial upgrading and acid reduction technology had proved — during a year of testing — its ability to improve bitumen quality, increase bitumen volumes shipped in pipelines and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.“We’re now ready for commercial deployment and we’re hoping we’re hitting the market at just the right time,” said Fractal chairman Joe Gasca.“An engineering study is now underway with our oilsands partner for a large-scale Enhanced JetShear facility. We should know more about the timing of an investment decision later this year.”The company is partnering with oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc., aided by a $3.7-million federal grant approved in 2015 from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.Cenovus is investigating several partial upgrading technologies for potential future investment, according to CEO Alex Pourbaix.“We’re seeing some positive indications but I think we’re still in what I would call the R and D stage,” he said. “It isn’t something we’re going to be rolling out on a commercial basis in the short term.”Fractal said it has processed more than 225,000 barrels of diluted bitumen trucked to a 1,000-barrel-per-day pilot plant from steam-driven oilsands operations in northern Alberta. The facility succeeded in reducing the need for diluent by up to 53 per cent while improving oil quality through the reduction of olefins and acidity, the company said.Fractal president Ed Veith said a 50,000-barrel-per-day Enhanced JetShear facility at an oilsands project is estimated to cost about $275 million to build. It would result in savings from lower transportation and diluent costs of about $7.50 per barrel, based on 2017 average prices.However, proving partial upgrading technology works is one thing, while putting it into practice is another, said Kent Fellows, research associate at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.“We’re probably looking at measuring in years, definitely not in weeks or months,” he said. “There is a lot of risk still in this, which has the potential to kill it in the nest before it gets out.”Fellows said producers looking to invest must ensure positive results from small pilot plants will be duplicated on a larger scale. They also need to make sure their customers will be willing to pay to use the resulting crude in their refineries. And the projects have to be able to pass regulatory hurdles.Alberta’s carbon tax creates another potential problem, Fellows added.Raw bitumen shipped to the U.S. Gulf Coast is processed in Texas, which has no carbon tax, he said. If it’s partly upgraded in Alberta, the producer will have to pay Alberta’s carbon tax on any emissions from the process — even if, as technology developers promise, the overall greenhouse gas emissions wind up being slightly lower.Fractal has been in touch with the Alberta government about the carbon tax issue, Gasca said, but it’s unclear whether anything can be done to address it.A School of Public Policy report funded by Alberta Innovates, the province’s applied research arm, suggested a year ago that a 100,000-barrel-per-day partial upgrading facility could add $10 to $15 of value to each barrel of bitumen.It listed 10 pre-commercial technologies that have been tested or proposed for deployment in Alberta.Alberta Innovates has hired an engineering firm to produce a report to be delivered by the end of February that will evaluate pre-commercial partial upgrading technologies.About 60 per cent of Alberta’s oilsands production is shipped in its raw form. The rest is typically upgraded into synthetic crude oil, a light product that flows easily in a pipeline and usually fetches near-WTI prices.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this story: (TSX:CVE, TSX:SU)
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is praying with thousands of poor people in the splendor of St. Peter’s Basilica and decrying that the “few rich” grow even wealthier.The Catholic Church dedicated Sunday to the world’s poor, and Francis invited needy persons and volunteers who help them to Mass as well as to lunch at the Vatican.In his homily, Francis called injustice the “perverse root of poverty.” He lamented that while the cry of the poor becomes stronger, it is drowned out by “the din of the rich few, who grow ever fewer and more rich.”He said Christians cannot be indifferent, and cited the “stifled cry” of the unborn, of starving children, abandoned elderly, youths in war zones, those forced to flee homelands and “entire peoples, deprived” of immense natural resources.The Associated Press
New Delhi: India continues to work with the UN Security Council sanctions committee on the listing of Masood Azhar as a global terrorist and will show patience on the issue, official sources said Saturday, days after China blocked a proposal at the world body to ban the JeM chief. They also said steps taken by Pakistan in the last few days, against terror groups are cosmetic in nature. “India continues to work with the UNSC’s sanction committee on listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist,” official sources said. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day India believes “terrorism is a major issue for China. They know a number of terror groups are based in Pakistan”, sources added. On China blocking Azhar’s listing as a global terrorist, sources said India will show patience as long as it takes. On Beijing continuing to oppose Azhar’s listing as global terrorist, government sources said there are issues which China needs to resolve with Pakistan. On Wednesday, China for the fourth time blocked the bid in the UN Security Council to designate the chief of the Pakistan-based terror group as a “global terrorist” by putting a technical hold on the proposal. The Chinese move was termed “disappointing” by India.
The outcome didn’t reflect the run of play: The U.S. outshot Sweden 26 to 3 and completed more than twice as many passes. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo said after the match that the U.S. had played “a bunch of cowards,” a reference to Sweden’s defensive tactics. Swedish coach Pia Sundhage, who used to coach the U.S., responded, “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.”Even if the American women had escaped Friday’s shootout with a win, they’d have had their work cut out for them, with just a 36 percent chance of winning their fourth straight gold medal, according to our Women’s Soccer Power Index projections.U.S. fans spoiled by all the team’s recent success — the 2015 Women’s World Cup title, the 2012 Olympic gold — might have forgotten that past performance is no guarantee of future results. But those wins were hard-earned and never guaranteed. The Americans reached the 2012 gold-medal match after barely avoiding the lottery that is a penalty shootout in their semifinal against Canada, with an Alex Morgan goal at just about the last possible moment. And last summer in Canada, the team went scoreless in the first half of its first three knockout games before getting second-half goals. Just because the U.S. women sometimes made it look easy — like when they romped over Japan in the World Cup final — doesn’t mean it was.In these Olympics, even while the U.S. women were going undefeated in their first three games and winning their group, their chance of winning the gold medal, counterintuitively, was declining, to 31 percent from 38 percent before the tournament. That was partly because the quarterfinal field was so stacked: All of the eight best teams coming into the tournament advanced from the group stage. Also, the U.S. showed some weakness in the group stage, including yielding a 90th-minute goal to Colombia that led to a disappointing 2-2 draw. The team’s rating declined slightly during the group stage from the start of the tournament. Sweden’s did, too, but the Swedes remained a tough opponent, with a 21 percent chance of beating the U.S. before Friday’s match — about the chance the Cleveland Cavaliers had of beating the Golden State Warriors when trailing 3-2 in this year’s NBA Finals. Upsets happen to favorites all the time. On Friday, one happened, finally, to the U.S. women at the Olympics.Additional research by Jay Boice. Tournament favorites usually don’t win — even big ones like the U.S. women’s soccer team. Too many things can go wrong, as they did in the penalty shootout of the USWNT’s quarterfinal loss against Sweden in the Rio Olympics on Friday. A goalkeeper guesses the right way, a usually reliable shooter sends a penalty kick over the crossbar, and suddenly the team is out of the tournament. It was the USWNT’s earliest-ever exit from an Olympics or World Cup. With the Americans eliminated, the draw has opened up for new favorite Germany, which advanced to the semifinals later Friday, and host Brazil, which plays its quarterfinal against Australia on Friday night. (If Brazil wins, it could overtake Germany as the favorite, depending on the scores of its quarterfinal and Friday night’s other match, between Canada and France.)
Ohio State redshirt junior cornerback Denzel Ward prepares for a play during the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIndiana quarterback Richard Lagow made it clear early that the Hoosiers’ offensive game plan was to attack an Ohio State secondary that lost both starting cornerbacks and a starting safety from a season ago.For the most part, that plan proved effective as Lagow finished the game 40-for-65 in pass attempts with 410 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, even though Indiana lost 49-21.“Our defense was exposed big time in the first half. Our pass defense was awful,” Meyer said Thursday. “It was not complicated, they were just picking on the corners.”Playing against a quarterback in Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma on Saturday, Ohio State’s secondary is going to be in for another major challenge. Mayfield finished his team’s season opener 19-for-20 with 329 passing yards and three touchdown passes en route to a 56-7 beatdown of University of Texas-El Paso.Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said Monday that defending against an athlete like Mayfield could provide his secondary with issues, if it doesn’t step up its game from this past weekend.“[Mayfield]’s got incredible arm strength, and when I say incredible, he can really throw the ball down the field,” Schiano said. “He is most anxious when he has a little bit of space and he can let receivers down the field because he has a strong-enough arm to go roll over there and throw it all the way back over there. And you saw it in our game, he had a touchdown on us last year.”In its matchup against another gifted quarterback in Lagow, Ohio State seemed to get off to a slow start.Through the first half of the game, Lagow showed no hesitation, frequently passing into what had been a hyped up secondary for Ohio State. He targeted Denzel Ward — the third man in the three-man cornerback rotation last season — 10 times during the half and managed to complete three of those passes for a total of 29 yards and a touchdown, the first Ward had ever surrendered.By the time the half was over, Indiana gained at least 15 passing yards on eight occasions. Of those, five were allowed by the fresh-faced cornerbacks.“We gave up three plays of plus-25 yards or more. You can’t do that,” Schiano said. “They made some plays on us. In looking at it, it was a group of guys that have played some, but haven’t started, haven’t been in that role.”But the inexperience was not the only cause for struggles among the corners.Indiana’s leading receiver for the game, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Simmie Cobbs, trounced all over Ward and Kendall Sheffield — his two primary defenders — in the first half. He had no trouble leaping over the 5-foot-10 Ward and six-foot Sheffield, making acrobatic catches and back-shoulder fades as though it were nothing more than practice on his way to 98 receiving yards and a touchdown on just seven first-half receptions. He finished the game with 149 receiving yards with 11 receptions.Meyer said the difference in height can put a corner at a disadvantage, but that the gap should not be enough of an obstacle to allow for blown coverage.“Everyone wants a 6-foot-1 corner. There’s not many of them out there. We had Eli [Apple], Marshon [Lattimore] and Gareon [Conley] were all the long corners. Denzel, he’s not that small, but you have to be exceptional in technique,” Meyer said. “Obviously the vertical jump, to be able to knock a ball out, we practice the heck out of that. That’s much more difficult. Can be done, though.”And it seemed that in the second half, the gap in height seemed to have much less of an impact on the corners. With 10:11 remaining in the game, Lagow again looked Ward’s way to another 6-foot-4 receiver, Donovan Hale, and attempted to complete what would have been a 20-yard pass. But this time, Ward won the battle and came down with an interception.The improved play in the second half came not just from Ward, but also from the rest of the secondary. The unit held Lagow to just 151 second-half passing yards and one touchdown after he tallied 286 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air in the first half.“I was concerned a little bit during the first half, but I was pleased the way they rebounded in the second half,” Schiano said. “Hopefully they’ve got some experience under their belt now and we can move forward.”Schiano added that with the pressure of the position of cornerback, the unit will need to continue to exhibit a similar performance level moving forward if it is going to live up to the lofty standard set at Ohio State.“Around here, the standard is you don’t allow catches,” Schiano said. “When you play corner, it’s not the five you made that stick out, it’s the two you missed. And that’s the position. If you don’t like it, go play something else.”
Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been discussing life at the club since Ralph Hassenhuttl was appointed manager.The former RB Leipzig manager replaced the sacked Mark Hughes as the Saints found themselves battling relegation for the second consecutive season, but McCarthy insists the players must do better.“Everyone needed a kick up the a— and I think in the short amount of time he has been with us there has been a big reaction from the boys already,” McCarthy said, according to the Telegraph.“He has got his different methods and they are totally different training sessions. Obviously, the goalies are not as involved as much but from what I have heard and what I have seen on the videos in the analysis room, everyone is just pressing, pressing, pressing once you lose the ball.”“And when we regain it, instead of turning around and playing back, it’s having that confidence to play forward and bring everyone up the pitch so we are a lot more attacking.”Speaking about the new manager’s training method, after reports suggested they were having longer sessions.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.“He likes to play attractive football,” McCarthy says. “High pressing and intensive. I would much rather play like that than like Cardiff City did at the weekend.”Hassenhuttl began life as Saints boss with a disappointing 1-0 away loss to Cardiff City, but McCarthy believes the manager will get it right, saying: “He’s not left any stone unturned. He’s very thorough.”“With this manager and the way he wants to play, that is what you will see out there.”“I think there will be a lot more team bonding sessions, whether it’s a lunch together or go-karting or whatever.”