Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgEastern Europe is confronting a surge in cases. Romania announced that it would close schools and implement an overnight curfew. Poland admitted the first patient to its new field hospital at a stadium in Warsaw. Hungary declared a “state of danger” this week, and Ukraine announced a national mask mandate in public buildings and on public transportation. Scientists in Britain have started a clinical trial of aspirin to see whether the anti-inflammatory agent can improve the care of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 by reducing the formation of life-threatening blood clots. What you’re doingAfter 8 years married, a year ago, my husband and I decided to divorce. We started taking turns living in our house. One of us would stay with our daughter; the other one would go to a small rented flat. When France went into lockdown in March, we decided to confine all together in the house. Then, during 3 months, we realized that we still enjoyed each other’s company as well as our family life and that we could work as a team like we had never done before. It became obvious that we still loved each other so we got back together. The lockdown gave us perspective and time to slow down and rethink our relationship. — MariaRosa Quintero Bernabeu, Grenoble, FranceLet us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email.Email your thoughts to briefing@nytimes.com. The University of Notre Dame’s faculty rejected a proposed vote of no confidence in its president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, voting instead to “express its disappointment” with him for appearing at a White House reception in the midst of a pandemic without a face mask. – Advertisement – When the rally ended, the crowds streamed home like some huge exhalation, spreading cases to more than 20 states. Infections connected to the rally popped up as far away as New Hampshire, and case numbers climbed in the Dakotas, Wyoming and Nebraska, where thousands of residents had returned from Sturgis.The rally has become “a rumbling symbol of America’s bitter divisions over the coronavirus,” wrote our colleagues Mark Walker and Jack Healy. Family members who stayed away are angry at relatives who attended and brought the virus home. Sturgis council members who approved the rally have been bombarded with death threats. And health experts and politicians are still fighting over how many cases Sturgis may have caused across the country.Even now, health officials said a lack of contact tracing and the sheer scale of the event have made it impossible to know how many people were infected directly or indirectly because of Sturgis.Kids produce weaker antibodiesA study published Thursday found that children infected with the coronavirus produce fewer and weaker antibodies than adults.Although that finding sounds scary, it actually may help answer longstanding questions about why children have a different experience with the virus than adults.“We know that kids are much less likely to get sick from the coronavirus,” said Apoorva Mandavilli, who covered the study. “This study says they produce a less robust immune response to the virus, which, paradoxically, may be a good thing.” Fewer antibodies may indicate that children were sick for a shorter period of time, and may also explain why children seem to transmit the virus less efficiently. A weak immune response also may shed light on why children are mostly spared severe symptoms.Importantly, having weaker and fewer antibodies does not seem to mean that children would be more at risk of reinfection.Resurgences Paris banned delivery and takeaway food and alcohol between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. as officials try to curb what they say is a large number of people on the streets at night, despite a lockdown, France 24 reports. It’s hard to imagine a more alarming moment since early April, when 2,000 people were dying a day, and there are few signs that things will improve in the near future. The country has recorded well above 1,000 deaths every day since Election Day, and infection rates in hot spots are accelerating. Governors across the country continue to plead daily with Americans to take the virus seriously.“Colorado, I love you. This is an intervention,” said Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado. The state recorded more than 3,800 cases yesterday, around 900 more than its previous record, and hospitalizations have risen to their highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. “Cancel your social plans the next few weeks — avoid interacting with others. Wear a mask. Keep your distance,” Mr. Polis begged.- Advertisement –center_img Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re following In England, the first hours of Lockdown 2.0, as local newspapers called it, looked very little like a lockdown at all. America waits, but the virus does notWhile Americans are transfixed with the razor’s edge presidential election results, the country’s coronavirus situation has become catastrophically bad — and continues to worsen.Less than 24 hours after the U.S. broke its daily national case record, it added 121,500 more cases — more than Japan, Egypt or Hungary have recorded during the entire pandemic. Twenty-eight states have added more cases in the last week than in any other period.- Advertisement – Italy locked down six regions in the country’s deeply infected north and highly vulnerable, and poorer, south. The measures are the most drastic since a nationwide lockdown in March. Wuhan, where the outbreak began, has emerged as a star in China. Propaganda agencies have churned out television tributes to the city, and a new opera idolizes its doctors. The Las Vegas Raiders were fined for repeatedly violating the N.F.L.’s virus protocols. Hospitals in hard-hit areas around the country are quickly reaching their limit. At Trinity Health in Minot, N.D., the entire floor dedicated to coronavirus patients had no more available beds. Dr. Jeffrey Sather, the chief of staff, called other large hospitals around the state to see if he could transfer some patients, but every facility was also full. Dr. Sather was also worried about his staff members.“They are witnessing people suffocate to death on a regular basis,” he said. “And it’s a heavy psychological toll.”A motorcycle rally’s aftermathInfectious-disease experts had warned about the risk of holding the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Still, South Dakota’s Republican governor, a vocal opponent of lockdowns, gave her blessing, and local leaders set aside their misgivings as thousands of people from every state in the nation rolled down Sturgis’s Main Street. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Veja Mate Pushes SMC to New Heights

first_imgThe provision of technicians by Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) to the 402MW Veja Mate project saw SMC reach a significant milestone – the company now contracts over 100 people.The Veja Mate wind farm comprises 67 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 turbines installed in the German part of the North Sea. The construction of the Veja Mate wind farm was completed in less than 14 months, and just 23 months after the Financial Close.Specialist Marine Consultants Ltd was established in 2006 by Captain Ian Coates. In its early days, the company’s sole remit was the provision of vessel inspections to the oil & gas sector. Over the last eleven years the business has grown and now provides a range of specialist services and personnel across the oil & gas, offshore wind and utilities sectors.“The business started eleven years ago with one person and has now grown in scale to employ over one hundred members of staff,” Coates said.”This is a tribute to the hard work, professionalism, high standards and a dominant safety culture that SMC has built its foundations on since day one. Thank you to all personnel past and present, who have, and continue to work to the highest safety standards. We must also thank our large client base for their continued support and up take of SMC’s specialist services.”Veja Mate is a EUR 1.9 billion project owned by the Highland Group Holdings Ltd, Siemens Financial Services and CI II managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.last_img read more

World Wrestling Championships: Yogeshwar picks his favourites

first_img WE RECOMMEND Read: Ken Shamrock expresses a desire to share the ring with Brock LesnarA New Platform Dedicated To Indian WrestlersWith an aim to exclusively show wrestling and India’s performance at the top international events, WrestlingTV has been conceived & launched by an Indian sports marketing company. It will become a one-stop destination for wrestling live news & exclusive updates starting with the upcoming World Wrestling Championships for the Indian subcontinent. WrestlingTV will bring to the fans all information & live action from the sport. Sushil, Sakshi and Bajrang will be seen in action in the World Wrestling Championships 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan starting tomorrow. This initiative will cater to the growing popularity in the sport of wrestling, making it the first Olympic sport in India to have an official, exclusive and dedicated digital platform. The platform will not just have live-streams and match highlights, but fans will also get access to all the latest news, reviews, expert reviews and behind-the-scenes stories. READ: Manish Kaushik in AIBA Men’s WC 2nd round with thumping win in RussiaREAD: Batista gives a savage reply to troll who mocked his famous chant FOLLOW US “Form is temporary but class is permanent”, is how India’s wrestling legend Yogeshwar Dutt emphasized while speaking about double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar’s chances in 74kg as he returned to the World Wrestling Championships after a gap of eight years.Yogeshwar Dutt supports Sushil KumarThe 2010 world champion, who is eyeing a fourth Olympic berth, has found strong backing from his former colleague Yogeshwar Dutt, who believes Sushil’s vast experience will be his forte. “Sushil Pehelwan Ji is one of the most experienced wrestlers right now. He has won 2 Olympic medals and one World Championship gold medal, that itself speaks a lot about him. His experience will help him a lot in this World Championship,” said Dutt.Read: Wrestling TV: A new platform dedicated to Indian wrestlersDutt, who won the 60kg bronze in 2012 London Olympics where Sushil won the 66kg silver, counts Sushil among his medal favourites as he singled out the names who could create history for India this time. “I have a lot of expectations from our wrestlers especially Bajrang, Sushil, Sakshi, and Vinesh. Over the past few years, our performance has been really good. We’ve won medals in different tournaments through the year and I have high hopes,” he said. COMMENT 11 months ago Wrestling TV: A new platform dedicated to Indian wrestlers Written By 1 year ago Digvijaya links current feud in MP Congress to his ISI remark SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE Suman Ray Last Updated: 14th September, 2019 23:08 IST World Wrestling Championships: Yogeshwar Picks His Favourites Yogeshwar picks his favourites for the World Wrestling Championships. He also said that he has a lot of expectations from Bajrang, Sushil, Sakshi and Vinesh. 1 year ago National Sports Awards: Deepa Malik to Jadeja, full list of winners 1 year ago Deepa Malik joins Bajrang Punia for Khel Ratna, Ravindra Jadeja among 19 other Arjuna awardees “This World Championship is a great chance for us to win maximum Olympic quotas,” he added. “The entire team has worked really hard and if they finish in the top 6 and get Olympic quotas, they’ll get ample time to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics and work on their shortcomings with a free mind, Yogeshwar added.  1 year ago BJP slams Digvijaya Singh, says ‘Congress leaders are quoted in Pak’ First Published: 14th September, 2019 22:37 ISTlast_img read more

Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers: How first ‘Monday Night Football’ showdown shaped never-ending comparisons

first_imgBrett Favre was always good for “Monday Night Football” ratings.  Whether it was throwing a game-winning TD pass off Antonio Freeman’s back or delivering an unforgettable tribute to his late father, Favre made the most of the moment during his time in Green Bay.   Yet it’s the “Monday Night Football” game when he wore a different uniform that drew the highest television ratings. ESPN will re-air the Oct. 5, 2009, matchup between the Vikings and Packers tonight — the first head-to-head matchup between Favre and Aaron Rodgers.  MORE: 11 insane things I did becuase of Brett FavreThat was a much-anticipated moment given the circumstances. The Packers’ brass — which included general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy — chose to proceed with Rodgers instead of Favre before the 2008 season. Favre was traded to the New York Jets and played one season before signing with the rival Vikings in 2009.  It marked a soap opera split of epic proportions, and the Favre vs. Rodgers debate consumed Green Bay leading up to the 2009 game. All those memories — and comparisons that continue today — will be conjured up again Monday night.  Favre owned ‘MNF’ showdown  The Packers-Vikings fell just five days before Favre’s 40th birthday. He led Minnesota to a 3-0 start, and the Packers were 2-1 behind Rodgers in his second year as a starter.  Favre seized the moment by finishing 24 of 31 for 271 yards and three TDs. He threw two first-half TDs, and a 31-yard TD to Bernard Berrian in the third quarter build a 28-14 lead.  Green Bay tried to play catch-up behind Rodgers, who finished 26 of 37 for 384 yards, two TDs and an interception. Rodgers, however, was sacked eight times in the 30-23 loss. Jared Allen had 4.5 sacks.  Favre scored a big win in Round 1 and would take it to the next level a month later.   Return to Lambeau  On Nov. 1, 2009, Favre returned to Lambeau Field in a Vikings uniform and delivered another jaw-dropping performance. He finished 17 of 28 for 244 yards with four TDs and no interceptions.  A 51-yard TD pass to Percy Harvin gave Minnesota a 24-3 lead in the third quarter. Rodgers, who finished 26 of 41 for 287 yards and three TDs, led another comeback that fell short.  Minnesota won 38-26 and went on to lose the NFC Championship Game that season. Green Bay fell short in the NFC Wild Card round, and it set the stage for the 2010 season.  Rodgers gets revenge  While those first two matchups get the most attention, it’s easy to forget the two head-to-head matchups in 2010.  Green Bay and Minnesota met on “Sunday Night Football” on Oct. 24, 2010. Rodgers finished 21 of 34 for 295 yards, two TDs and two interceptions, and Desmond Bishop’s interception return clinched a 28-24 victory.  Favre finished 16 of 29 for 212 yards, a TD and three INTs in his final appearance at Lambeau Field.   Green Bay dominated the second matchup 31-3 on Nov. 21 at the Metrodome. Rodgers put on another show by finishing 22 of 31 for 301 yards, four TDs and no interceptions. Favre finished 17 of 38 for 208 yards and an interception.  Green Bay went on to win Super Bowl XLV. Favre was knocked out of a “Monday Night Football” game against Chicago on Dec. 20 and retired after the season.  MORE: NFL Mock Draft 2020: Complete seven-round editionHead-to-head numbers  Favre won the early battles, but the four-game series with Rodgers was a draw with the Packers and Vikings each winning two games.  In those four games, Favre finished 74 of 126 (58.7 percent) with eight TDs and four interceptions. Rodgers finished 95 of 143 (66.4 percent) with 11 TDs and three interceptions.  So it could be said that Favre might have the most memorable moment, but Rodgers has the hidden edge given the trajectory of both franchises since.  Healed relationshipFavre had a fractured relationship with Packers fans and Rodgers, but there has been healing since.  Favre and Rodgers appeared at the NFL honors together in 2013, and it put a humorous touch on their much-publicized relationship.  The Packers retired Favre’s jersey on Nov. 26, 2015, in a ceremony where the late Bart Starr joined Favre on the field.  Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, and Green Bay jerseys dominated the night in Canton, Ohio.  That said, the comparisons with Rodgers still linger.  Favre vs. Rodgers comparisons Which quarterback is better? That argument still has several layers more than a decade later when you judge both quarterbacks’ career resumes.  StatsFavre ranks fourth all time in passing yards (71,838) and TDs (508). He also threw the most interceptions in NFL history (336).  Rodgers ranks 13th all time in passing yards (46,946) and eighth in TDs (364). He’s done that with the highest passer rating of all time (104.1).  MVP awardsFavre and Rodgers are two of the eight NFL players with multiple NFL MVP awards. Favre is a three-time winner (1995, 1996, 1997). Rodgers is a two-time winner (2011-14).  Playoff successFavre finished with a 13-11 record in the postseason, and he had a 2-3 record in the NFC Championship Game (including the one NFC championship appearance with the Vikings). He led the Packers to a pair of Super Bowl appearances.  Rodgers is 11-8 in the postseason and has led the Packers to four NFC title game appearances, including last year against San Francisco.  Packers legacyFavre remains one of the most lovable players of all time, and he led the Packers to their first Super Bowl victory in 30 years. He remains one of the most popular quarterbacks of all time because of “The Gunslinger” mentality during 16 seasons in Green Bay. He had a 160-93 record as a starter with the Packers.   Rodgers, meanwhile, is a surgeon. He enters his 16th season with Green Bay and has a 113-60-1 record as a starter. He is under contract through 2024 and likely will close his career with the Packers.  The comparisons will continue until Rodgers is finished, and Green Bay’s next franchise quarterback will face an impossible third act.  Perhaps that will play out on “Monday Night Football” in the future, too.last_img read more

The eight best active MLB players drafted in Rounds 6-10

first_imgThe 2020 MLB Draft will be reduced to five rounds, rather than the usual 40 rounds, according to reports Friday, because of the financial impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.A shortened draft was inevitable, though there was a possibility this year’s draft could have been 10 rounds instead of five. Ultimately, according to reports, MLB and the players association had reservations about a proposed 10-round setup. MORE: Coronavirus schedule updatesThe decision to go five rounds could have major implications down the road as teams regularly find hidden gems later in the draft. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, the 2018 AL MVP with the Red Sox, was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, narrowly missing the cutoff for Sporting News’ list of the best active players drafted in the sixth through 10th rounds.A look at the top eight players drafted in Rounds 6 through 10, ordered by their ranking in MLB.com’s list of the top 100 players:Jacob deGrom, No. 8 (Ninth round, Mets, 2010)DeGrom clearly stands out as the best of the recent players taken. The Mets probably didn’t expect to draft a soon-to-be starting pitcher in the ninth round, let alone an ace, but deGrom made his debut just four years later and was named NL Rookie of the Year that season. He has gone on to post a career 2.62 ERA and 35.5 bWAR. His win-loss record isn’t impressive, but that’s more on the Mets than him; he posted an MLB-best 1.70 ERA to win his first Cy Young award in 2018 and the racked up 255 strikeouts in 2019 to go back-to-back.Marcus Semien, No. 30 (Sixth round, White Sox 2011)Semien’s first six seasons in the majors were only so-so, especially for a player who was promoted just two seasons after being drafted. He posted a .249 batting average, 75 home runs and 12.9 WAR in two seasons with the White Sox and four with the Athletics. The Oakland shortstop finally broke out in 2019 with career-best numbers: a .285 batting average, 33 home runs, 92 RBIs, 123 runs scored and 8.1 WAR. Semien finished third in AL MVP voting last season.Anthony Rizzo, No. 39 (Sixth round, Red Sox, 2007)Rizzo never did play for the team that drafted him; Boston traded him San Diego in 2010. He made his debut with the Padres in 2011 and was traded to the Cubs the following offseason. The deal worked out all right for him. In eight seasons in Chicago, Rizzo has batted .277 with 217 home runs, 729 RBIs and 33.9 WAR. His best season came in 2016 when he hit .292 with 32 homers, 109 RBIs and 94 runs scored to help lead the Cubs to a drought-ending World Series championship.Michael Brantley, No. 44 (Seventh round, Brewers, 2005)Few left-handed hitters have wreaked havoc on the American League over the past decade the way Brantley has. The Indians called him up in 2009, a year after he was acquired from Milwaukee in the trade that sent CC Sabathia to the Brewers. He broke out in 2014, hitting .327 with 20 homers, 97 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He finished third in AL MVP voting that year. Over the last three seasons between Cleveland and Houston, he has hit .307/.366/.476 with 48 homers, 224 runs scored, 218 RBIs and 10.9 WAR.Paul Goldschmidt, No. 46 (Eighth round, Diamondbacks, 2009)Goldschmidt’s .260/.346/.476 slash line last year in his first season with the Cardinals was his worst since his rookie season in 2011, but 33 homers and 97 RBIs at 31 years old are nothing to scoff at. Goldschmidt has consistently been one of the league’s best hitters since coming up with Arizona in 2011. In nine seasons, the first baseman has posted a .292 career batting average with 243 home runs, 807 RBIs and 43.1 WAR. Not bad for an eighth-round pick. Justin Turner, No. 54 (Seventh round, Reds, 2006)Health has been an issue for Turner in recent years, but his production has not. In six seasons with Los Angeles, he has posted a .302 batting average with 112 home runs, 383 RBIs, 394 runs scored and 27.5 WAR despite missing time with injuries in four of those seasons. He never played a game for the Reds, who traded him to the Orioles in 2008. He had three decent seasons with the Mets, who claimed him off waivers in 2010, before breaking out with the Dodgers in 2014.Whit Merrifield, No. 56 (Ninth round, Royals, 2010)Today’s baseball may be played primarily by pull-happy sluggers who hit dingers or strike out trying, but the Royals were able to find a quintessential leadoff man in Merrifield. He didn’t make his major league debut until he was 27, but he has been brilliant in his four seasons thus far: a .296/.344/.445 slash line, 107 stolen bases, 317 runs scored and 13.3 WAR. He has led MLB in hits in back-to-back seasons, with 192 in 2018 and 206 in 2019.Mitch Garver, No. 89 (Ninth round, Twins, 2013)Garver, 29, is just three seasons into his career, but he has already established himself as one of MLB’s best-hitting catchers. In just 93 games last season, he slugged 31 home runs to go with a .273/.365/.630 slash line, 67 RBIs and 4.1 WAR.Notable players in MLB.com’s 100 drafted in the 11th round or later, or undraftedJ.D. Martinez, No. 27 (20th round, Astros, 2009)Jeff McNeil, No. 49 (12th round, Mets, 2013)Nelson Cruz, No. 51 (undrafted, Mets, 1998)Tommy Pham, No. 68 (16th round, Cardinals, 2006)Kirby Yates, No. 73 (undrafted, Rays, 2009) Josh Hader, No. 74 (19th round, Orioles, 2012)Ramon Laureano, No. 84 (16th round, Astros, 2014)Joc Pederson, No. 98 (11th round, Dodgers, 2010)last_img read more