Two locally employed staff at US foreign missions, one in Indonesia and one in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have died of the coronavirus, the US State Department said on Tuesday, its first pandemic-related losses among staff.The employees were based in US embassies in Jakarta and Kinshasa, a representative for the State Department said.”We do not at this time have any reports of COVID-19-related deaths of American staff within the Department of State’s domestic and global workforce,” the representative added. The coronavirus outbreak has now killed more than 38,800 people across the world and infected nearly 800,000, according to a Reuters tally. It has upended normal life, closed schools, forced industries to a standstill and has already triggered layoffs worldwide.Last week, Congo’s president closed the country’s borders and imposed a state of emergency to contain the outbreak. Over 40 people have contracted the virus in Congo and three have died as of March 24.In Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most-populous country, known cases of the disease have gone from none in early March to 1,528, with 136 deaths.On Monday, William Walters, deputy chief medical officer for operations at the State Department’s Bureau of Medical Services told reporters in a briefing that the department had 75 cases overseas, and five locally employed staff hospitalized. Domestically, there were 30 cases across nine US cities.In the United States, the disease has killed more than 3,700 people and infected 184,000, up 21,000 from Monday. Topics :
Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Aug 2020 9:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Premier League Boxing Day fixtures announced for 2020-21 season Arsenal face Chelsea on Boxing Day (Picture: Chelsea FC via Getty Images)The fixtures for the 2020-21 Premier League season have been released and there is set to be a blockbuster London derby on Boxing Day.Arsenal host Chelsea on 26 December at the Emirates in a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final which the Gunners won at Wembley.Elsewhere there is a Yorkshire vs Lancashire clash for newly-promoted Leeds who take on Burnley at Elland Road, while Liverpool host another promoted side, West Brom.Manchester United face a tricky festive trip to Leicester City and Manchester City host Newcastle United the day after Christmas.ADVERTISEMENT2020 Boxing Day fixturesArsenal vs ChelseaAston Villa vs Crystal PalaceFulham vs SouthamptonLeeds United vs BurnleyLeicester City vs Manchester UnitedLiverpool vs West Bromwich AlbionManchester City vs Newcastle UnitedSheffield United vs EvertonWest Ham United vs Brighton & Hove AlbionWolverhampton Wanderers vs Tottenham HotspurAdvertisementAdvertisementMore: 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 CityThere are no fixtures scheduled for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day this season, with a full set on Saturday 2 January when there is another huge clash for Chelsea as they host Manchester City.Defending champions Liverpool get their season underway with an Anfield clash against Leeds on 12 September followed by a trip to Chelsea and then hosting Arsenal in what should be a fascinating opening month for Jurgen Klopp’s side.The season comes to a conclusion on 23 May.MORE: Arsenal’s 2020/21 Premier League fixtures in fullMORE: Chelsea’s 2020/21 Premier League fixtures in fullFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement
RelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Spain striker, Iago Aspas, dealt a fresh blow to Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes by striking a late free kick to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to the Catalans on Saturday.This is just as Quique Setien’s side twice threw away the lead in a thrilling match. The draw put Barca back on top of the table on 69 points after 32 games but Real Madrid, on 68, can go two points clear at the summit if they beat Espanyol away from home on Sunday.Luis Suarez headed Barca in front in the 20th minute, thanks to a piece of ingenuity from Lionel Messi, who looked certain to fire at goal from a free kick but instead lofted the ball towards his Uruguayan strike partner.Russia striker, Fedor Smolov, equalised for Celta early in the second half, knocking in a pass from Okay Yokuslu to complete a quick counterattack after Barca’s Ivan Rakitic had given the ball away.But Suarez restored Barca’s lead in the 67th minute after combining again with Messi, swivelling to fire into the bottom corner.The second goal looked to, have averted a second consecutive away draw for Barca after last week’s goalless stalemate at Sevilla but Aspas won a late free kick after falling over the outstretched legs of Gerard Pique. Celta’s talismanic striker made the late opportunity count by sending a low drive around the wall and into the near bottom corner, flummoxing Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.Celta should have won the game in added time when Nolito arrived at the far post with the goal gaping, but instead of tapping into the net, his shot went straight at Ter Stegen.Celta are 16th on 34 points, the draw taking them eight points clear of the relegation zone.Reuters/NAN.Tags: EspanyolFC BarcelonaIago AspasLa LigaQuique SetienReal Madrid
DEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoIndiana’s defense managed to hold Wisconsin star tailback Brian Calhoun relatively in check. However, the Hoosiers couldn’t handle Brandon Williams and Jonathan Orr.With the Hoosiers loading up the box to stop Calhoun, the Badgers turned to the passing game to beat IU 41-24. Williams continued to move his way up the UW record books, catching six passes for 113 yards and scoring three first-half touchdowns — two on passes from John Stocco and the other on a 63-yard punt return — to give the Badgers control of the contest early on. With his performance, he passed former UW great Al Toon for second place in the school’s all-time receiving yard annals.”It’s great company,” Williams said. “Lee Evans, Chris Chambers, Al Toon. Those guys have moved on and done great things, and to be in the upper echelon of Wisconsin history is just a great thing for me.”The senior from St. Louis, Mo., who left the game after suffering a bruised knee in the second half, started off the scoring for UW by catching a 17-yard strike from Stocco on a slant to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead on their second possession of the contest. The touchdown was Williams’ first scoring grab since Oct. 4, 2003 — a drought that had spanned 22 games.”Junior year, it was a rough year,” Williams said. “A lot of nagging injuries, new quarterback; it just wasn’t all clicking on all cylinders.”Orr provided Wisconsin’s passing attack with a deep threat, stretching the field with a 47-yard reception on the first play of the scoring drive. He added another 47-yard catch in the fourth quarter, as well as a highlight-reel touchdown grab in the back of the end zone that was initially ruled incomplete until an official’s review. For Orr, the four catch, 128-yard performance was his best in terms of receptions since the 2002 season.”[Orr] played well,” co-offensive coordinator Paul Chryst said. “I don’t think in the sense of breakout that he had been struggling. He just got some throws come his way, and he did what we thought he’d do, be it the first game or this one.”Despite playing from behind, Indiana hung tough in the first half, using big plays in the passing game. On the ensuing possession after Williams’ first score, sophomore quarterback Blake Powers hit freshman wideout James Hardy on a slant for an 83-yard score, tying the game with 7:48 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Hardy beat Badger cornerback Brett Bell, who fell down trying to make the tackle.Following a Taylor Mehlhaff field goal that put Wisconsin up 10-7 just over four minutes later, Williams stuck another dagger in the Hoosiers’ hearts, this time by means of a 63-yard punt return.”Brandon really competed, as usual,” head coach Barry Alvarez said. “I tell you, he’s a guy that wants the ball in his hands. That punt return was awesome, and again, we had a lot of guys straining to give him help on that.”Indiana would add another long Powers touchdown pass and a 34-yard field goal from kicker Joe Kleinsmith before halftime, but could not come any closer than 10 points after Williams’ return score. In fact, the Hoosiers didn’t score another point after Kleinsmith’s second-quarter field goal until Powers connected with Hardy in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.Facing nine and sometimes 10 defenders in the box, Calhoun scored his 10th touchdown of the season in the second quarter, but struggled to find open space in comparison to weeks past. The junior still managed to rush for 101 yards, but took 26 carries to do so.”I know statistically it wasn’t his best football game, but I was really proud with the way he played and really made a difference in the game,” co-offensive coordinator Brian White said.Despite giving up 41 points, Indiana’s defense didn’t make things easy for Stocco and the Wisconsin offense, blitzing frequently and tallying three sacks and five quarterback hurries. Stocco also tossed a pair of interceptions in the contest.”I didn’t think we blocked [the blitz] that well,” Alvarez said. “The first half, when we had time we completed the ball, but we had a lot of missed blocks, a lot of people running free in the middle.”However, when the junior signal caller had time to throw, he made IU pay for its aggressive strategy, completing 13 of 24 passes for 274 yards (the second most of his career) and a trio of scores, matching a career best.And though Alvarez himself acknowledged Wisconsin hardly played its best game, the team managed to push its record to 5-0 and avoid a letdown following last Saturday’s emotional win over Michigan.”That just speaks monuments about the hard work that this team puts in,” Williams said. “We may not be hitting on all cylinders, but we still find different ways, different facets of the game to score and to do what we have to do.”
Members of the panel included Professor Rebecca Brown of the USC Gould School of Law, Breck Kadaba, a J.D. candidate at the USC Gould School of Law and Alex Fullman, editor in chief of the USC Journal of Law and Society. Lee Epstein, provost professor of law and political science and Rader Family trustee chair in law, served as a moderator for the discussion.Some of the issues covered during the event included the recent health care law, super PACs and the issue of blind donations, content-based restrictions and the effect of freedom of speech on law and Prop. 8 in California, all in the context of where they stand constitutionally.The constantly debated health care law was the first issue covered. Brown covered the issue by defining Congress’ powers, which most importantly in this instance include the regulation of commerce and taxes.In her argument, Brown scrutinized the health care law from the perspective of the Constitution.“The theory objecting to this was that when you make a person buy [health care], the status of that person before the law that takes effect is not commercial at all,” Brown said.The next topic covered was money in politics, specifically focusing on super PACs and the recent Citizens United decision.Fullman said that the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, which gave corporations the right to spend independent money wherever they please without disclosure, could be harmful to elections.“There’s a real need for disclosure. There’s a lot of dark money and that is the real threat to the integrity to our electoral system,” Fullman said.Next, law student Breck Kadaba addressed the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the right to free speech.Kadaba stressed the United States’ puritanical roots and its devotion, as both a country and a government, to the words and policies of the Constitution as the reason for many of these policies, especially the Supreme Court’s unwillingness to create a strict definition for free speech.“The court doesn’t want to be the person to come down and say, ‘Well, here’s the line,’” Kadaba said.The panelists finished the discussion with the topic of the Prop. 8 case and the constitutionality of gay marriage. Though the case has been kicked up to the Supreme Court, the justices have not yet revealed whether or not they will take the case.The main issue in the case, according to Brown, is whether prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying could be ruled as discrimination.“Every person in this country is entitled not to be grouped and treated more burdensomely than anyone else without a rational reason,” Brown said. The USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics hosted a panel Monday on contemporary constitutional issues in celebration of the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. constitution.Analysis · Law student Breck Kadaba (left), Journal of Law and Society editor Alex Fullman, Professor Rebecca Brown and moderator Lee Epstein tackled issues from Prop. 8 to Super PACs. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily Trojan
Noah Zucker contributed to this report. Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Technology Program announced Tuesday the addition of a mobile app development minor, with hopes to prepare students for the growing mobile app development industry.Coded · The new Mobile App Development minor in the Information Technology Program will provide students with the skills to succeed in the mobile app industry, including in mobile game programming. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe mobile app development minor comprises 20 units of classes within the information technology program. The topics range from mobile game programming to building high-tech startups.Trina Gregory, a lecturer in the information technology program, said the department created the minor in order to attract students who are interested in designing and developing mobile apps, regardless of their major.“We are hoping to attract students who want to develop mobile apps,” Gregory said. “This minor will complement many majors such as computer science, biomedical engineering, industrial systems engineering, communication, journalism, business and economics.”Gregory said the industry has grown considerably in the past couple of years, and the minor includes ITP courses that help students gain knowledge about the mobile industry.“I taught the first mobile app development course in spring 2009, [and] since then we have been developing and offering [more] courses,” Gregory said. “We hope to grow the minor and continue to add more classes to it.”Additionally, Gregory said the new minor would be particularly lucrative for students looking to be employed in a variety of industries.“It’s so exciting because it’s such a dynamic industry,” Gregory said. “It used to be that companies wanted web developers since every company had a website, and now companies want mobile apps. Companies in all types of industries need mobile app developers.”Anjali Shah, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering, said the new minor would provide broad skills appropriate for many specific markets.“Speaking from a biomedical perspective, so much of healthcare is transitioning to using mobile apps to help people monitor their health,” Shah said. “This minor is incredibly applicable and applies to all disciplines because everything is becoming viral and mobile.”Some students highlighted the career benefits of understanding this minor.“The use of mobile phones is becoming a huge part of the world’s everyday life,” said Katie Murphy, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering. “In order to make yourself more marketable or a more knowledgeable person, it would really be a great idea to have a basic knowledge of mobile app design.”Kariah Davis, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering who said she would consider taking courses in the minor, said the new minor would be advantageous for students because it appears in several aspects of a students’ daily life.“I do think it is a good thing for students with the way that the world is going now,” Davis said. “There’s apps on my phone, Twitter and Facebook. Viterbi offering it is just going to further that realm of technology, so I think it’s great.”
Women’s volleyball — Michelle Mankoff, beat writer After it was discovered in March that longtime head coach Jovan Vavic was involved in the college admissions scandal, former assistant coaches Marko Pintaric and Casey Moon have stepped up to lead a talented roster to its 15th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. USC was swept in the final match of the regular season, dropping to a 17-13 overall record. The Trojans were never able to string together a significant series of wins, with their longest win streak spanning just three matches. The team lost seven five-set matches during the year and won just four. The only top-tier team USC beat this season was Washington, whom they defeated twice. Ultimately, many of USC’s victories came against weaker opponents. All that said, USC has a chance to improve its mark with a deep tournament run, but the road will be tough. Still, USC lost to a poor BYU team, almost blew a 27-point lead against Arizona State and its backup quarterback, nearly lost to Colorado and got demolished by 32 points against Oregon at home. After going 14-5 against regular season and playoff opponents, USC men’s water polo’s stellar 2019 campaign is nearly complete. The players and coaches had to overcome a great deal of adversity this year but now find themselves ranked No. 2 in the nation with an opportunity to win their second consecutive NCAA Championship this weekend. With just three wins standing between them and the 2019 National Collegiate Men’s Water Polo Championship, the Trojans still have a chance to turn that A- into an A+. This season hasn’t exactly been the pinnacle of USC football, but it hasn’t been quite the trainwreck many think. USC picked up a few solid wins this year, knocking off now-No. 6 Utah and dominating then-ranked Stanford by 25. It competed with then-No. 9 Notre Dame until the fourth quarter and only lost by 3 on the road, and it picked up convincing wins against Cal, Arizona and UCLA. Grade: C Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis was a standout during the regular season for USC, finishing sixth in the nation in completion percentage. (Ling Luo / Daily Trojan) A season in which USC, given all its talent, doesn’t at least win the Pac-12 South cannot earn a particularly high mark. This season has been littered with inconsistency, and USC never really seemed to find its groove against good competition. The Trojans’ 8-4 record isn’t anything worthy of excitement — it’s above average but, for this program, underwhelming. The No. 9 USC women’s soccer team’s season came to a close with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to No. 2-ranked UNC in the NCAA quarterfinals this past Friday. The Trojans ended the season at a solid 17-5-1 and made it further into the postseason then they had the past two years. For the third season in a row, head coach Keidane McAlpine put forth an elite unit, but the team could not pull off enough big wins to separate itself from the rest of the pack. Because of this, the team gets an A- instead of an A. Grade: A- Football — Nathan Ackerman, sports editor Grade: A- Underrecruited freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis emerged as one of the nation’s best signal-callers, senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is a Biletnikoff Award finalist, the team overcame injuries to several running backs and the defense took considerable strides forward despite subpar coaching. Grade: B- Men’s water polo — Joe Skinner, assistant sports editor The team suffered just four defeats over the course of the regular season. These losses came against highly skilled competition in UC Santa Barbara, Pacific and Pepperdine — each of these programs rank in the top six nationally. The Trojans’ lone postseason defeat thus far came in the opening round of the MPSF tournament against Cal in Berkeley, though USC defeated the Golden Bears up north the weekend prior. The huge losses to Cal, Washington and UCLA during Pac-12 play demonstrated that USC was not quite at the same level as teams like Stanford and Virginia. Although USC could have played better in the Pac-12, McAlpine still did an impressive job leading USC to its third Elite Eight. Next year, the Trojans will return players such as sophomore forward Penelope Hocking, junior forward Tara McKeown and redshirt junior goalie Kaylie Collins in an attempt to improve upon this season’s effort. Whenever a program puts itself in a position to win a national title, it deserves an A grade of one kind or another. This season’s water polo team earns an A- because USC had its share of ups and downs. That said, the downs were few and far between. The women’s volleyball team never quite reached its potential all year. Injuries plagued a group that started as the No. 14 squad in the nation. Early in the season, All-American senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier was out for a couple of weeks with a concussion. Junior outside hitter Brooke Botkin suffered an Achilles injury in November, which put extra pressure on Lanier to produce. Despite her early injury, Lanier was a rare bright spot this season for the Trojans. She tallied 40 kills against Utah, the second-highest mark ever by a USC player. Lanier rose to second in the all-time kill category for USC behind only former Trojan great Sam Bricio. Women’s soccer — Harrison Cho, assistant sports editor
Published on January 26, 2020 at 8:06 pm Contact Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org | @ThomasShults5 Facebook Twitter Google+ It all started in warmups when senior captain Miranda Ramirez yelled out instructions to her young teammates, of whom three of six are freshmen.After Syracuse lost the doubles point, Ramirez, the No. 80 singles player in the nation, huddled everyone up and urged SU to “take the singles, we can’t let them have any more breaks.” They listened, and Ramirez’s 6-1, 7-5 singles win clinched a team victory and SU’s fourth singles match win. Ramirez added a doubles victory to improve to 6-0 on the season in Syracuse’s (3-0) 5-2 win over Cornell (0-4).“We know that we have the confidence to beat this team,” Ramirez said postgame.SU lost the doubles point when partners Polina Kozyreva and Zeynep Erman, as well as ITA’s No. 48 Kim Hansen and Sonya Treshcheva both lost. Then, led by Ramirez, SU huddled and regrouped to win five of the first six singles sets.Even though Ramirez encouraged her teammates to play assuredly, her own confidence waned in her singles match against Ashley Huang. After cruising through the first set 6-1, Ramirez stumbled in the second. All looked to be going as planned for Ramirez, up 3-1 in the second set before coughing up three straight games, and falling behind 4-3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Younes Limam said there’s “ups and downs” in tennis, and after taking a sip of Gatorade and consulting with assistant coach Jennifer Meredith, Ramirez turned to her trusty serve for back-to-back aces to swing momentum.“Mentally I had to stay strong and just sort of know that like I was better,” Ramirez said. “It was a little closer than I think it needed to be but it’s alright as long as I get the W in the end.”Ramirez’s aces led to her taking four the next five games, breaking Huang’s serve once. At one point, Huang led out a frustrated sigh, banging the green tarp by the wall with her racket after losing the set lead. After regaining the lead, Ramirez’s straight-faced demeanor also returned.Hansen and Guzal Yusupova played similarly in control, losing a combined four games total. Freshman Kozyreva, playing in place of an injured No. 111 Sofya Golubovskaya, won 6-1, 7-6 for SU’s fifth singles win.After its third straight win, Syracuse circled to stretch, with the veteran Ramirez leading the routine. Leadership comes naturally, said Ramirez. And even when she was struggling, Limam said he wasn’t too concerned with Ramirez’s match, evidence of the trust they’ve developed over the past four years.“They all owned their court, and I’m super proud of them,” said Ramirez. “So it’s a great team win today.” Comments
Waterford provide the opposition with Derek McGrath’s side unbeaten this year.Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea admits the Deise are the form team having failed to beat them in the three meetings between the sides this year.However O’Shea says the Premier are looking forward to the game. Throw-in is at 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon with live coverage here on Tipp FM in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.
After a seemingly short stint under the GAMURS umbrella, the fate of the EsportsWikis staff is up in the air as the company has decided not to renew the contracts for its contributors.Just found out @GAMURScom isn’t renewing my contract or any of my paid staff……pretty sad to be here again. anyone want a wiki staff?— River (@RheingoldRiver) June 13, 2017While there are many similar community-run databases such as these, EsportsWikis are particularly popular in League of Legends and SMITE, along with providing data for smaller communities like Vainglory and Rocket League. Many supporters have shared their distaste with the decision, noting that wikis like these provide information not found anywhere else.League Esportswikis is by far the best League of Legends wiki out there for competitive. Without it, my job would be much more difficult. https://t.co/WbxnvSOVTG— The Esports Writer (@FionnOnFire) June 13, 2017This isn’t the first time the EsportsWikis team has endured troubles. Under the name Esportspedia, the website was previously owned by Azubu but dropped nearly a year ago. As Azubu retained the Esportspedia website, which is now run independently, the EsportsWikis team was forced to find a new home and was almost immediately picked up by Dot Esports owners, GAMURS.While there was some outrage about the situation, GAMURS CEO Riad Chikhani attempted to shed light on the decision.To give transparency before our announcement tomorrow, GAMURS invested $270k into the wikis in 12mo. Revenue was just over $5k.— Riad Chikhani (@riad_chikhani) June 13, 2017Chikhani followed this tweet up with a lengthy statement detailing the GAMURS decision in dropping EsportsWikis. It states that although the re-launch was successful, the traffic was not enough for a return on their large investment namely due to visitors using AdBlock. It goes on to explain that GAMURS was interested in taking EsportsWikis in a different direction and after proposing it to the staff over a three month period, the notion was “met with continuous resistance and rejection”. After no solution was found, GAMURS was forced to make the decision not to renew any EsportsWikis staff contracts, but have added two members to take charge of the wiki for their new transition.Despite the lack of contract renewals, GAMURS still intends to launch its new platform – Esports Database.Mock up of Esports Database integrationWhile it was not announced at the most opportune moment, Esports Database will have a much larger structure integrated directly into DotEsports.com with player data, live match data, power rankings, tournament statistics, and many other features.This bears the question: if EsportsWikis provided less content and was not sustainable, how will Esports Database succeed with all the announced features? Chikhani insists it will become profitable: “The power to provide data in any form we wish to the entire esports ecosystem creates an unlimited opportunities.” If you also consider the fact that it will be piggy backing off of the Dot Esports traffic with their integration, that will surely help when it comes to ad-revenue.In a comment on the League of Legends subreddit a wiki staff member states the accusation that they were aware of the impending merge was false: “In one of the messages that she (EsportsWikis lead, Megan “River” Cutrofello) sent to us soon after she heard that she was being fired, she told us that she had ‘no notice that this was going to be the case’.”They also state they’ve been locked out of the EsportsWiki servers: “We cannot back up the data we have to import it to a new site. It appears that GAMURS will take the data from the site and then delete it.”Esports Insider says: While community-run databases such as EsportsWikis are essential to the scene, hearing that $270,000 was invested into a wiki site sounds outrageous, especially with expectations of return on investment. GAMURS have made what looks to be a sound decision in integrating their database into the already successful Dot Esports brand, however leaving the staff in the dust is certainly questionable.